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1969: Lou Breese/Luigi G. Calabrese (68) American banjo player and trumpeter, born in Milford, Massachusetts. He began violin lessons when he was five years old, but in later years he concentrated on the trumpet. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and paid his way through school by playing banjo at society debut parties and campus functions in the Boston area. He went on to work with the likes of Bert Lowe and His First String Orchestra, Paul Specht and His Orchestra, Lou Calabrese and His Hot Shotss, The Capitolians, and The Georgians. Luigialso, under the name of Lou Breese had his own radio show and dance band that was popular in the 1930's and 1940's. His career covered almost all facets of the entertainment world including night clubs, theatres, radio, and films
(?) b. February 10th 1900.
1988: Ilona Fehér (86) Hungarian violinist, born in Budapest, she studied with Jeno Hubay for six years at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Between the two world wars she performed all over Europe, in particular with Willem Mengelberg and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
She lived in Budapest until 1942 when she was interned with her daughter in a concentration camp. They managed to escape in 1944, and joined Hungarian and Czechoslovak partisans until the liberation by the Soviet Red Army. She later returned to the concert stage to perform only in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe. In 1949 she emigrated to Israel to begin a new life as a violin teacher. Her 250 pupils included some of the most outstanding violinists such as Pinkas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Hagai Shaham, Ittai Shapira, Moshe Hammer and Yehonatan Berick, chamber music players Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Ehrlich (?) b. December 1st 1901.
2009: Ron Asheton (60) American guitarist and original member of The Stooges, the influential protopunk band founded in Ann Arbor in 1967, his distorted guitar was a hallmark of the Iggy Pop-led group. He appeared as guitarist on the Stooges first two albums, and later appeared as bassist for their third, "Raw Power", when he was replaced in both instrument and songwriting prominence by The Stooges' new guitar player, James Williamson. When the Stooges reformed in 2007, he once again appeared as the band's guitarist, they released "The Weirdness," their first album in three decades. Apart from The Stooges, he also played in the bands The New Order (not the UK band New Order), Destroy All Monsters, New Race, Dark Carnival, Empty Set, The Powertrane and more recently with Mike Watt, J. Mascis, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Mark Arm of Mudhoney among others. He was named the 29th greatest guitarist of all time in 2003 by Rolling Stone. (Found dead on his settee in his apartment in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of a probable heart attack. He had been dead for several days) b. July 17th 1948. ... NOTE: Ron Asheton's death was announced on January 6th

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1953: Hank Williams/Hiram King Williams (29) US legendary country singer, guitarist, songwriter; he has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky tonk style, his songbook is one of the backbones of country music, and several of his songs are pop standards as well. He had 11 number one hits in his career, "Lovesick Blues", "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", "Why Don't You Love Me?", "Moanin' the Blues", "Cold, Cold Heart", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive", "Kaw-Liga", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Take These Chains From My Heart"—as well as many other top-ten hits. He is ranked No.2 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003, behind only Johnny Cash. His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, grandson Hank Williams III, and granddaughters Hilary Williams and Holly Williams are also country musicians (died of a heart attack; before leaving the old Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, he injected himself with B12 and morphine. He then left in a chauffeur driven Cadillac, though contrary to popular belief, he did not have a bottle of whiskey with him. The only items found in the backseat of his car were a few cans of beer and the hand-written lyrics to an unrecorded song. When the 17-year-old chauffeur Charles Carr pulled over at an all-night service station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, he discovered that Hank was unresponsive and becoming rigid. Upon closer examination, it was discovered that Hank Williams was dead.. Over 20,000 mourners attended his funeral) b. September 17th 1923.
1972: Maurice Auguste Chevalier (83)
French actor, singer, and entertainer; born in Paris, his trademark was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with his tuxedo. Maurice's first working job was as an acrobat, until a severe accident turned him toward singing and making pictures. He was singing, unpaid, at a café when a member of the theatre saw him and suggested he try for a local musical. He got the part. He made a name as a mimic and a singer. His act in l'Alcazar in Marseille was so successful, he made a triumphant rearrival in Paris. He also made short films in France, the year being 1908. He joined the French Army in World War I, but was wounded, captured, and imprisoned by the Germans. While in prison, he learned the English language from fellow prisoners. After the war, he returned to making French films. When Hollywood started to make talkies, he decided to relocate to the US in 1928. In 1929, he was matched up with the opeattic singer/actress, Jeanette MacDonald to make the film, Love Parade. They made 3 more films together, the most successful being, Love Me Tonight. In the late 1930's, Maurice returned to Europe, making several French and English films. World War II interrupted his career for he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator - later being vindicated. In the 1950's, he returned to Hollywood, he was older and gray-headed. He made the movie Gigi (1958), this gave him his signature songs, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", and "I Remember it Well". He also received a special oscar that year. In the 60's, he continued to make a few more films, and in 1970, he sang the title song for Walt Disney's, Aristocats. This marked his last contribution to the film industry (tragically Maurice died of a cardiac arrest after surgery for a kidney problem) b. September 12th 1888.

1980: Adolph Deutsch (82) English born American composer, conductor and arranger born in London. In 1914, he started out as a "Buffalo movie house musician", accompanying silent films and he began his composing career on Broadway in the 1920s and 1930s before working for Hollywood films. He won Oscars for his background music for Oklahoma! in 1955, and for conducting the music for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1954 and Annie Get Your Gun in 1950. He was also nominated for The Band Wagon in 1953 and the 1951 film version of Show Boat. For Broadway and Hollywood, he conducted, composed and arranged music, but never wrote songs. In addition to his music for westerns and his conducting of the scores for musicals, Adolph also composed for films noir, including The Mask of Dimitrios, The Maltese Falcon, Nobody Lives Forever, Some Like It Hot and the Wilder comedies The Apartment. Adolph retired to Palm Desert, California in 1961 (?) b. October 20th 1897.
1984: Alexis Korner/Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner (55) French writer, radio broadcaster, pioneering blues and jazz guitarist, sometimes referred to as, "The Founding Father of British Blues". A major influence on the British music scene in the 1960s. After starting out in the Chris Barber Band in the late 40s, he and Cyril Davies started working together and in 1961, they formed Blues Incorporated- probably the first 'electric British blues' bands - initially a loose-knit group of musicians with a shared love of electric blues and R&B music. The group included, at various times, influential musicians Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson and Dick Heckstall-Smith. In 1970 he formed the group The Collective Consciousness Society/ C.C.S, then in 1973, he formed another group, Snape, with Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, and Ian Wallace. His 50th birthday all-star concert was released as "The Party Album" and in 1981, he joined "supergroup" Rocket 88, led by Ian Stewart based around boogie-woogie keyboard players, which featured a rhythm section comprising Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts, among others, as well as a horn section (sadly died of lung cancer) b. April 19th 1928.
1991: Buck Ram (73) American manager and songwriter to The Platters; he wrote 99% of the Platter's hits such as "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "Twilight Time", he also wrote, produced and/or arranged for The Coasters, The Drifters, Ike and Tina Turner, Ike Cole, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. He wrote the lyrics to "I'll Be Home For Christmas" as a 16 year old college student as a gift for his mother. In 1942, hi's publisher chose to hold the song for release because they were releasing Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" first. Not completely satisfied with the song, Buck discussed his concerns with two acquaintances in a bar. He left a copy of the song with them but never discussed it with them again. Both Buck and his publisher were shocked when the song was released. His publisher sued and won (?) b. November 21st 1907.
1994: Dewey Jackson (93) American jazz trumpeter and cornetist; he began playing professionally at an early age, with the Odd Fellows Boys' Band-1912, Tommy Evans 1916-17, and George Reynolds's Keystone Band. He played with Charlie Creath on riverboats, and then led his own Golden Melody Band from 1920 -1923. He recorded only four sides as a leader in 1926. Among his sidemen were Pops Foster, Willie Humphrey, Don Stovall, Morris White, Albert Snaer, William Thornton Blue, and Clark Terry. He continued to be a regular performer on riverboats into the early 1940s, heading his own groups and working as a sideman for Creath and Fate Marable. In 1926, he played for four months with Andrew Preer at the Cotton Club in New York City. Dewey played little in the 1940s but returned to work in the 1950s with Singleton Palmer and Don Ewell
(?) b. June 21st 1900.
1997: Ivan Graziani (51) Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist born at Teramo, Abruzzo. His first band was The Serogan, which he formed in 1963 with Giuseppe Canala, Bruno Tartaglia, and Luciano Cordivani. He then played in Anonima Sound until 1972, after which he went solo, releasing his debut solo album, "Desperation", in 1973. This was followed by 16 more albums, the last being "Per sempre Ivan" released in 1999 after his death. He launched into acting in 1981 and wrote a book, Arcipielago Chieti, in 1988 (?) b. October 6th 1945.
1997: Townes Van Zandt (52) American country-folk singer-songwriter and poet; throughout his career he was admired by fellow songwriters, particularly in the folk and country genres, but greater fame eluded him, in part because of his unconventional vocal style and because of his erratic personal behavior. Many of his songs, including "Pancho and Lefty," "If I Needed You," and "To Live's to Fly," have been recorded by other notable performers and are considered standards of their genre. His songs have been covered by such notable and varied musicians as Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, Hoyt Axton, Tindersticks, Devendra Banhart, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Be Good Tanyas, Gillian Welch, and the Dixie Chicks. The film "Be Here to Love Me" chronicling the artist's life and legacy was released in the United States in 2006 (sadly Townes died from massive pulmonary embolus, blood clot in the lungs) b. March 7th 1944.
1997: Hagood Hardy (57) Canadian composer, pianist, vibraphonist, born in Angola, Indiana, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. . He is best known for the 1975 single, "The Homecoming," and for his soundtrack to the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea films. In the 1960's he played vibraphone in the bands of Martin Denny, Gigi Gryce, Herbie Mann and George Shearing. In 1992 Hagood was made a Member of the Order of Canada (?) b. February 26th 1937.
2006: Bryan Harvey (49) American singer and musician, he first gained attention in the early 1980s as singer-guitarist in a power pop band based out of Richmond, Virginia called The Dads. Popular at East Coast colleges, they released a self titled album in 1984 on CBS records. Harvey's subsequent musical career included long-time participation in the indie supergroup Gutterball, which featured former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn. Harvey's most enduring project, however, was House of Freaks, a two-man band with Richmond percussionist Johnny Hott, who had a penchant for banging on anything he could drag into the studio that made the noise he wanted.
House of Freaks split in 1995. Both members were involved with the making of the most recent Gutterball outing. Bryan completed a solo album in early 1997, which remains unreleased. (He was murdered with his wife Kathryn and their two daughters Stella aged 9 and 4 year old Ruby) b. April 27th 1956.
2007: Julius Hegyi (83) American conductor and violinist born in New York City; he spent his lifetime building orchestras, founding chamber music groups and instilling a passion for music in young and old alike. His belief in contemporary music, especially American music, as conductor, violinist and mentor, brought compelling listening experiences to his audiences. He was well-known for his expert grasp of European repertoire, routinely giving commanding performances of Beethoven and Brahms, for example
(?) b. February 2nd 1923.
2007: Del Reeves (74) American country singer born in Sparta, North Carolina; he became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty-type songs such as "The Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell", both highlights from his career. He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem "Looking at the World through a Windshield" which proved he was capable of singing more than just novelty songs. He and his wife became a songwriting team, writing songs for the likes of Rose Maddox, Carl Smith and Roy Drusky, to name a few. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1966, his last Opry performance was in August 2002 (emphysema) b. July 14th 1942
2007: Thaddeus "Tad" Jones (54) American music historian and researcher best known for discovering Louis Armstrong's correct birthdate. He was co-author of "Up From the Cradle of Jazz", long anticipated book on the early life of Louis Armstrong was almost complete when he died. He was also responsible for conducting numerous interviews with musicians from every period and style of New Orleans music, many of which are housed in the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University. He also served as consultant for documentaries and films (died unexpectedly from a fall) b. September 19th 1952.
2009: Walter Haynes (80) American steel guitarist and music producer who worked with such artists as Jimmy Dickens, Del Reeves, The Everly Brothers and Jeanne Pruett. He also co-wrote a number of songs including "Girl on the Billboard" - a song that became a #1 hit for Del Reeves in 1965. An addition to his time in Dickens’ Country Boys group, he worked the road with Ferlin Husky and Webb Pierce. He also worked for 13 years as a staff musician on the Grand Ole Opry. In the studio, he was versatile enough to play on such disparate recordings as Dickens’ rockabilly-fused “Hey Worm! (You Wanna Wiggle),” to Patsy Cline’s elegant “Walkin’ After Midnight” to rocker J.J. Cale’s 1971 Naturally album. He was also a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and at the time of his death he had been teaching music lessons in Bullard, Texas (?) b. 1928.
2010: Lhasa de Sela (37) American singer-songwriter who spent her adult life between Canada and France. After moving to Montreal when she was 19, Lhasa worked the bar circuit before releasing her debut album, 'La Llorona' in 1997. The album won the Quebec Félix Award in Canada for "Artiste québécois - musique du monde" in 1997 and a Canadian Juno Award for Best Global Artist, in 1998. In 1999 she joined her sister in France and Lhasa joined a circus, before moving to Marseille where she started writing songs again. She then returned to Montreal to produce her second album, 'The Living Road', which was released in 2003. She has appeared as a guest on albums with Tinderstick singing "Sometimes It Hurts", duetted with Stuart Staples singing "That Leaving Feeling" and featured on Arthur H, Jérôme Minière, and the French gypsy music group Bratsch albums. In 2005 Lhasa received the BBC World Music Award for Best Artist of the Americas. Her third and final album "Lhasa" was released in April 2009 (sadly died after a long battle with breast cancer) b. September 27th 1972.
2010: Gregory Slay (40) American rock drummer with the Birmingham, Alabama-based alternative rock band Remy Zero, who got their big break when the group's demo was heard by Radiohead, who were so impressed they invited Remy Zero to join them on their 'Bends Tour'. Remy Zero went on to record three albums, scoring hit singles with 1998's 'Prophecy' and 2001's 'Save Me', which came from their album The Golden Hum. The song was chosen as the theme tune for the WB's Superman restart show "Smallville". They disbanded in 2003. Gregory then worked on his own music in the band he founded, Sleepwell, and various other projects, including his Emmy-nominated work on the theme song for the television series 'Nip / Tuck'. He also worked frequently with his former Remy Zero band mates, most recently teaming up with guitarist Jeffrey Cain on an album produced for musician Eliot Morris called 'All Things In Time.' (
tragically Gregory passed away after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis) b. ??.??.1969.
2011: Marin Constantin (85) Romanian musician, conductor and composer, born in Urleta, he was the founder in 1963 of the Madrigal Chamber Choir and had been its conductor and director ever since. He was well-known all over the world for his expertise on Renaissance music, Baroque, Gregorian songs and Traditional Romanian music. In over 45 years, over 3500 concerts have been performed by the choir in Romania and abroad. He was also designated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992
(?) b. February 27th 1925.
2011: Charles Fambrough (60) American jazz bassist and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers during the early 1980s. He also played with Freddie Hubbard, Airto Moreira, and Shirley Scott to name only a few
(?) b. August 25th 1950.
2011: Gil Garfield (77) American songwriter and singer with The Cheers, a rock and roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the mid 1950s starting with "(Bazoom') I Need Your Lovin'", which hit No.15 on the U.S. charts in 1954. This was the first hit written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to chart on the Pop charts in the US. They followed it up with a No.6 hit "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots", also written by Leiber and Stoller, a song about a wild-living leather-jacketed motorcyclist (died after a long battle with cancer) b. May 20th 1933.
2011: David Gurland (43) American cabaret singer; during his career, he performed at such venues as the Laurie Beechman Theatre, BB KINGS, The Bitter End, The Cutting Room, The Living Room, Downtime, CB's Gallery, The Metropolitan Room, Eighty-Eights, The Duplex , Don't Tell Mama, and The Gardenia, among many others. He was also a member of the acclaimed vocal group Uptown Express. David's honors include the MAC Hanson Award and the Back Stage Bistro Award
(tragically died after a massive brain aneurysm) b. 1967.
2011: Verne Langdon (69) American musician, record producer and make-up artist, best known for his tracks "Pipe Dreams" and "The Neanderthal Stomp". Born in Oakland, California, he was known in cult monster mask circles as the creative force behind the Don Post Studios "Calendar Masks". He was also the creator of the most sought-after collector's mask, "The Zombie", and was creator-producer of the cult classic Decca LP An Evening With Boris Karloff And His Friends. With Jay Stein and Terry Winnick he created The Land Of A Thousand Faces Makeup Show in '75 and the Castle Dracula horror show in '80. He has produced, written, performed and recorded thirty one albums, his most recent album was released in March 2009, Jonathan Winters - A Very Special Time, with all music composed by himself (?) b. September 15th 1941.
2011: Flemming Jørgensen (63) Danish pop singer and actor, best known as lead singer of the band Bamses Venner/Teddy Bear's Friends. During the recent years he also released some solo albums, the latest being Tæt på /Close-up from 2010. His band was part of the Danish music scene for more than 35 years, and sold more than 3.5 million albums. He occasionally worked as an actor and 1986 he received a Robert Award for best male supporting actor of the year in the movie Ofelia kommer til byen/Ophelia comes to town
(sadly died of a cardiac arrest in his home in Egå) b. February 7th 1947.
2011: Albert Raisner (88) French TV presenter and harmonica player born in Paris; he started in his childhood on the piano and violin, before taking up the harmonica in the early '30s. As a musician, he gained his reputation in the '50s as a harmonica in the trio Raisner. He wrote a book on the harmonica, which he made a history of the instrument and its major users, and traces his own musical career. On radio, he was one of the original presenters of Game of 1000 francs , and hosted the TV show Age Tender Blockhead, who received all the stars of pop music
(sadly passed to pneumonia) b. September 30th 1922.
2012: Yafa Yarkoni /Yafa Abramov (86) Israeli singer born in Giv'at Rambam and dubbed Israel's “songstress of the wars”. In 1948, during Israel's War of Independence, she joined an IDF song troupe affiliated with the Givati Brigade. Bab el-Wad, a song she performed at the time, became a classic and sung every year on Israel's Memorial Day. After the war, she performed songs for a program on the Kol Yisrael radio station. Among her most well-known songs are "Don't Say Goodbye, Say I Will See You," about a soldier parting from his girlfriend before battle, and "Road to Jerusalem," about soldiers transporting food to Jerusalem when the city was under siege in 1948. In 1998, Yafai was awarded the Israel Prize, for Hebrew song. In 2005, she was voted the 153rd-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis (Yafa sadly died at Reut Medical Center in Tel Aviv) b. December 24th 1925.
2012: Fred Milano (72)
American doo-wop singer; born in New York, he was a member of The Belmonts who became successful in the late 1950s as Dion and the Belmonts. Their breakthrough came when "I Wonder Why" reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the group appeared for the first time on American Bandstand. They followed it with the ballads "No One Knows" and "Don’t Pity Me". In March 1959, Dion and the Belmonts’ next single, "A Teenager in Love", was released, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 28 in the UK Singles Chart, and this was followed by an album, Presenting Dion and the Belmonts. Their biggest hit, "Where or When", was released in November 1959, and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In early 1960, Dion checked into a hospital for heroin addiction. Dion and the Belmonts reunited in 1966 for the album Together Again and again in 1972 for a one-off show at Madison Square Garden, recorded and released as a live album. In 2000, Fred along with the Belmonts was inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (Fred sadly died three weeks after his cancer was diagnosed)
b. August 22nd 1939.
2012: Nina Miranda (86) Uruguayan tango singer and composer; her first break came when she was invited to sing with an all girls group "Las Golondrinas" with whom she toured Latin America… in 1952 while waiting in a studio for colleague Ernesto Fama, the orchestra leader noticed her and asked her to substitute immediately in a recording session for a singer that did not work out… the piece recorded that day, "Maula", became an instant major hit…this led to an invitation to perform in the play "Tu Cuna Fue Un Conventillo" which had great success and where she premiered another hit "Tu Corazon"… many events followed including the creation of her own group… she wrote the lyrics to the tango "No Hagas Caso a La Gente" and the music to "Cancion Para Mi Amor" which was recorded by Colombian star Mirta Perez (?) b. November 8th 1925.
2012: Anders Frandsen (51) Danish singer and TV presenter. He came to fame in 1991 when he won The Danish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest) with the song "Lige der hvor hjertet slår" and was placed 19th in Eurovision Song Contest. The following year at the Danish national final, he was the host, after which he became a TV host on TV3 for the next few years. He appeared on lots of shows like "Knald eller Fald" (a dating programme), "Stjerneskud" (a talent competition for look-alikes), and also presented the network's morning TV. At the Danish national final in 2001, presenting one of the songs, and also guest-starred in an episode of Ørnen and in 2005 he guest-starred in an episode of the Danish TV show Twist & Shout (On the evening of Jan 1st 2012, Anders was found lifeless in his apartment by friends. He was pronounced dead on site and Danish Police have said they are treating his death as suspicious due to circumstances) b. December 8th 1960.
2013: Patti Page/Clara Ann Fowler (85) American singer, born in rural Oklahoma, the 10th of 11 children, she started work in the art department of a Tulsa radio station while she was still at school. Her vocal skills soon led her to become the voice of the "Patti Page Show", a daily 15-minute programme sponsored by the local Page Milk Company. The broadcasts came to the attention of Jack Rael, the manager of a Texas orchestra, the Jimmy Joy band. She joined the band in 1946, taking with her the name Patti Page. With Rael as her personal manager, she left the band a year later to launch her solo career, beginning with a broadcast at a Chicago radio station, where she was accompanied by a small group led by Benny Goodman. Patti rose to fame in the 1950s, when she scored such multimillion hits such as her signature song, the chart topping “The Tennessee Waltz”, “Mockin' Bird Hill”, “Left Right Out of Your Heart”, “I Went to Your Wedding”, “Allegheny Moon”, “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte” and the novelty song “(How Much is That) Doggie in the Window?” >>>READ MORE<<< (?) b. November 8th 1927
Tabby Thomas/Ernest Joseph Thomas (84) American blues musician; he sang, played the piano and guitar and specialized in a genre of blues indigenous to southern Louisiana called swamp blues. He was born in Baton Rouge and after graduating he served in the U.S. Air Force. While serving he won a talent contest on KSAN radio in San Francisco in 1959. He went on to become one of the best known blues musicians in Baton Rouge with his band the Mellow, Mellow Men and became a regular visitor to the UK and Europe. Tabby had a car accident in 2002 and a stroke in 2004, which affected his playing but not his singing. He later hosted the radio show, Tabby's Blues Box, on Baton Rouge stations WBRH-FM and KBRH-AM (?) b. January 5th 1929.
2014: Milan Horvat (94) Croatian conductor, born in Pakrac. He started his professional career in 1946 with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Zagreb, followed in 1953 he became chief conductor of the (RTÉ) National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin for five years. He was Chief Conductor, Managing Director, Principal Guest Conductor and since 1985 Lifetime Honorary Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also chief conductor of the Opera Zagreb/Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb for ten years. He was Honorary Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and from 1981 the Principal Guest Conductor and the Honorary Member of the Slovenian Philharmonic. Also among many other posts throughout his career, from 1969 to 1975, he was head of the newly created Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (sadly died in Innsbruck, Austria) b. July 28th 1919.
2014: Pierre Cullaz (78) French modern jazz guitarist and cellist, born in Paris; He began his career as a professional musician, 1956-57, with Michel Hausser and 1958-59 he worked in Art Simmons' trio, which appeared in the Paris Club Mars. After his milertry service he played in the bands of Martial Solal in 1962 and Eddy Louis's 1964-65. Also during the 1960s he was a member of Raymond Gimenes' Guitars as wellas accompaning singers like Claude Nougaro . Peirre taught at the CIM in Paris and wrote the textbook Methode de Guitare (Edition A. Leduc). Throughout his career, he also worked with Buck Clayton , Léon Francioli , Michel Gaudry , Jef Gilson , The Golden Gate Quartet , Guy Lafitte , Sir Charles Thompson and Sarah Vaughan ("Misty"). In the field of jazz, he was involved in 76 recording sessions from 1956-1977 (?) b. July 21st 1935.
2014: Simone Bosé (51) Spanish music executive born in Milan, he settled in Madrid, where he began his music industry career in 1985 as BMG Ariola as label manager and after moving to Sony Music Group Madrid in 1986, he joined Capitol EMI Music Group in 1990 as director of local A&R. He then held a series of positions with Polygram-Universal Group Madrid. He went on to become general manager of EMI Music Spain, then promoted to managing director of EMI Music Iberia with responsibility for EMI’s operations in Spain and Portugal and eventually became chairman of Universal Music for Spain and Portugal (sadly died of complications from pneumonia) b. 1962/3
2015: Donna Douglas/Doris Smith (82) American actress and gospel singer, born in Pride, Louisiana. Besides her acting career, best known for her role as Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies, Donna also enjoyed singing. She frequently performed as a gospel singer and spoke at churches across America. She has recorded several gospel albums, the first "Donna Douglas Sings Gospel" was released in 1982. During the 1970s and 1980s, she also recorded a few minor country music records (sadly died from pancreatic cancer) b. September 26th 1932.
Matthew Cogley (30) British guitarist and singer-songwriter; he was a member of the rock band Failsafe which is based in and around Preston. He and his friends started the band in 2000, while at school, originally calling the band Duck Hunt after the NES game. Since 2003 as Failsafe, the band have released three albums and have toured extensively around the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Paramore, Cute Is What We Aim For, A Wilhelm Scream, Idlewild, Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly, Boy Sets Fire, Allister, Rx Bandits, Belvedere, Capdown, The Aquabats, Spunge, A Day To Remember, Armor for Sleep, Anti-Flag and Phinius Gage. His band appeared in series three of The Inbetweeners for an episode titled 'The Gig and the Girlfriend', in which they were performing at a local gig.
(tragically Matthew passed away suddenly on New Year's Day) b. 1984
2015: Jeff Golub (59) American guitarist, born in Copley, Ohio and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston he played in The James Montgomery Band. From Boston, he moved to New York in 1980 where his first major gig was with Billy Squier after which he appeared on seven of his albums and completed 3 world tours with Billy. He was a member of Rod Stewart's backing band, with whom he played from with from 1988 until 1995 performing on four albums and five world tours, as well as recording the live DVD, One Night Only, at the Royal Albert Hall. At this same time he released his first of 15 solo albums, Unspoken Words for Gaia Records in 1988, but really embraced his role as band leader and instrumentalist with the release of his second album Avenue Blue in 1994. Jeff had also been a member Dave Koz & The Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show. (sadly Jeff died from progressive supranuclear palsy) b. April 15th 1955.
2016: Gilberto Mendes (93) Brazilian composer, born in Santos and attended the Santos Conservatory from 1941 to 1949. His compositions include cantatas, motets, orchestral music, incidental music, solo and chamber pieces, and some avant-garde works. Most of them are published by Alain Van Kerckhoven Editeur. In 1965, he founded the Santos New Music Festival. In the 1970s and 1980s, he taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Texas, then was professor of music in São Paulo. (?) b. October 13th 1922.
2016: Gilbert Kaplan (74)
American millionaire businessman and amateur conductor. He amassed such a fortune on Wall Street that enabled him to fulfill his fantasy of becoming an orchestral conductor, confining himself to a single work, Mahler’s Second Symphony, but stunned a skeptical musical world with his command of the daunting score. The composition is regarded as a monument of 19th-century music, a sprawling work of five movements requiring an orchestra of 100, a choir of up to 200 and two soloists. In 1982, he hired the American Symphony Orchestra to present the Second Symphony under his baton at Lincoln Center, after which, more than 50 orchestras around the world engaged him, among them the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic , the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of La Scala opera house in Milan and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gilbert’s recording of the Second Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra was described in news accounts as the best-selling Mahler recording ever.(sadly died fighting cancer) b. March 3rd 1941.
Mark B/Mark Barnes (45) British hip-hop record producer born in Kingston, South West London; he was most active in the 1990s and early 2000s, associating with Task Force and Blade on many of his records. He was a DJ for Jazz Fudge Recordings for much of his career. Mark B first signed with Jazz Fudge in 1995 and he produced some tracks for DJ Vadim's U.S.S.R. Repertoire. His first of four individual albums 'Underworld Connection', was released in 1997. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1970
2017: Stuart Hamilton/Robert Stuart Hamilton (87) Canadian pianist, operatic vocal coach, and radio broadcaster, born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Perhaps best known as the longtime quiz master for CBC Radio’s 'Saturday Afternoon at the Opera', he taught opera repertoire and diction at the University of Toronto. He has also received international acclaim as a panelist for the Metropolitan Opera Quiz from New York. Stuart was the first Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. In 1981 he relinquished this position, to act as Lois Marshall's accompanist on her farewell recital tour and he also had a cameo film role with his sister Patricia Hamilton as "Mme. Selitsky's Accompanist" in the film 'Anne of Green Gables' in 1985. (sadly Stuart died after years battling prostate cancer) b. September 28th 1929.
2017: Memo Morales/Guillermo Enrique Morales Portillo (79) Venezuelan singer, born in Maracaibo, he was also dubbed as El Gitano Maracucho. He started as a child prodigy competing in amateur
radio singing contests. In 1945, he went to Caracas, where he participated in "Proarte infantil", in which he interpreted the "Princesita rubia" tango that earned him the first award. Memo began his professional musical career in 1953 as a crooner for the Garrido y sus Solistas band. In 1954 he sang with Juanito Arteta and his Orchestra until 1958 when he joined the Carlos Torres band. In 1964, he joined the Billo's Caracas Boys,working together with other large names such as Cheo García and José Luis Rodríguez, popularizing pasodobles such as "Ni Se Compra, Ni Se Vende" and "Viva España". This progression brought him huge solo hits as "Se Necesitan Dos", "Rumores", "Parece Mentira", "El Tunante", "Dámele Betún", "Juanita Bonita", "Qué Tienes Tú", "Eva", "La Rubia y la Trigueña", among many other songs. In 2016 he was appointed an honorary citizen and ambassador of good will from the mayor of the city of Houston, Sylvester Turner, in recognition of his valuable musical contribution to humanity (sadly died from a heart attack) b. April 6th 1937.

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1915: Karl Goldmark (84)
Hungarian composer; he was largely self-taught as a composer. He first supported himself in Vienna playing the violin in theatre orchestras, at the Carlstheater. One of his many works The Rustic Wedding Symphony , Op. 26 which premiered 1876, a work that was kept in the repertory by Sir Thomas Beecham, includes five movements, like a suite composed of coloristic tone poems: a wedding march with variations depicting the wedding guests, a nuptial song, a serenade, a dialogue between the bride and groom in a garden, and a dance movement (?) b. May 18th 1830
1924: Sabine Baring-Gould (89) English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist born in Exeter. His bibliography consists of more than 1240 publications, though this list continues to grow. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over". He also translated the carol "Gabriel's Message" from the Basque language to the English. His first book of songs, Songs and Ballads of the West, was the first folk song collection published for the mass market (?) b. January 28th 1834.
1941: Mischa Levitzki (42) Russian-born pianist, born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, his parents had taken American citizenship and simply happened to be on a visit to their homeland when Mischa was born. He was playing the violin at the age of three, but soon developed an interest in the piano, which he studied in Warsaw with Aleksander Michalowski, before making his debut in Antwerp in 1906. He became the youngest student of Erno Dohnányi and was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize in 1915. By this time he had performed throughout Europe and Scandinavia. He made his American debut in New York on October 17th 1916, at Aeolian Hall. He performed at concerts worldwide up until the time of his death
, making a reputation with his performances of the Romantic repertory. He was elected an honorary member of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity at the New England Conservatory in 1917 (tragically Mischa died suddenly of a heart attack) b. May 25th 1898.
1950: Theophrastos Sakellaridis (66)
Greek composer, conductor and basic creator of Greek operetta born in Athens and
studied in Athens, Germany, and Italy. In 1903, he gave concerts with his own compositions in the Musical Academy of Munich, as well as in Italy and Egypt. He wrote about 80 operettas, including "The Godson", five operas, various songs and music for revues (?) b. September 7th 1883.
1973: Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott (44)
Jamacian alto saxophonist; initially a bebopper, but he is now widely acknowledged as one of the worldwide pioneers of free jazz. He was educated at Kingston's famed Alpha Boys School, which produced a number of prominent Jamaican musicians. He moved to the UK as a working musician in 1951 and lived in the country for the rest of his life.He worked freelance and in the band of trumpeter Pete Pitterson. In 1954, he landed an important gig with drummer Tony Kinsey; the next year he played in saxophonist Ronnie Scott's big band. His first album as a leader was 1959's Southern Horizon. He was big influence in the British Jazz world (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. July 15th 1928.
1974: Tex Ritter/Woodward Maurice Ritter (68) American country music singer and movie actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s, and the patriarch of the Ritter family in acting, son John and grandson Jason. In 1944, he scored a hit with "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You", which hit No. 1 on the country chart and eleven on the pop chart. "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder" was a country chart No. 2 and pop chart No. 21. In 1945, he had the No. 1, 2, and 3 songs on Billboard's Most Played Jukebox Folk Records poll, a 1st in the industry. Between 1945 and 1946, he registered seven consecutive top five hits, including a No.1 hit "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often", which spent eleven weeks on the charts. In 1948, "Rye Whiskey" and his cover of "The Deck of Cards" both made the top ten and "Pecos Bill" reached No.15. In 1950, "Daddy's Last Letter (Private First Class John H. McCormick)" also became a hit. His last song, "The Americans", recorded in 1973, became a posthumous hit shortly after his death. His motion picture debut was in Song Of The Gringo-1936 for Grand National Pictures. Between 1938 and 1945, he starred in around forty "singing cowboy" movies as well as starring in dozens of other films. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard; he and John Ritter were the first father-and-son pair to be so honored in different categories. In 1980, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
(sadly died from a heart attack) b. January 12th 1905.
1977: Errol Garner (55) American pianist and composer, one of the most virtuosic and popular pianists in jazz. He was influenced by Fats Waller and was entirely self-taught. He spelled Art Tatum in the latter's trio in 1945 and subsequently formed his own three-piece group, achieving commercial success with Concert by the Sea in 1958, one of the best-selling albums in jazz. He wrote some 200 songs, including 'Misty', 'Dreamy' and 'Solitaire'. He developed a unique style of piano playing and toured throughout the world from the 1940s through the 1960s. Amazingly h
e never learnt to read music and remained an "ear player" all his life (?) b. June 15th 1951.
1981: David Lynch (51) American tenor vocalist and an original member of the legendary Platters an influencial doo-wop vocal group which was formed in 1953. Their distinctive sound created by Buck Ram was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition, and the burgeoning new genre. The original group members were David Lynch, Alex Hodge, Cornell Gunther, Joe Jefferson, Gaynel Hodge and Herb Reed. They were the first rock and roll group to have a Top Ten album in America, and had hit singles such as "Only You", "Great Pretender", "Enchanted", "The Magic Touch", "My Prayer", "Twilight Time", "Harbor Lights", "To Each His Own", "If I Didn't Care" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". David later joined Ram's Platters lineup, with lead vocalist Sonny Turner, Herb Reed, Nate Nelson and Sandra Dawn; they enjoyed a short chart renaissance in 1966-67, with the comeback singles "I Love You 1000 Times", "With This Ring", and the Motown-influenced "Washed Ashore". David along with the Platters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009 (sadly died of cancer) b. July 3rd 1929.
Peter Lucia (39) American drummer and founder member of Tommy James and Shondells, whose period of greatest success came in the late 1960s. They had two number one singles in the US - "Hanky Panky" in 1966 and "Crimson and Clover" in 1969, and also released five other top ten hits; "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mony Mony," "Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Mirage", and "Sweet Cherry Wine". Peter co-wrote "Crimson and Clover". In 2006, Tommy James & the Shondells were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame (Tragically Peter died very unexpectedly, heart problems) b. February 2nd 1947.
1991: Mort Shuman (54) American singer, pianist and songwriter, after teaming up with Doc Pomus, working in New York City's Brill Building. Their songwriting collaboration saw Doc write the lyrics and Shuman the melody, although occasionally they worked on both. Their compositions would be recorded by artists such as Dion, Andy Williams, Bobby Darin, Fabian, The Drifters, and Elvis Presley, among others. Their most famous songs include "A Teenager in Love", "Turn Me Loose", "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Little Sister", "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" and "Viva Las Vegas". In 1965, he moved to Paris, France where he wrote songs for the French rocker Johnny Hallyday. He wrote and sang many songs in French, such as Le Lac Majeur, Allo Papa Tango Charlie, Sha Mi Sha, Un Eté de Porcelaine, Brooklyn by the Sea which became great hits in France. Mort was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 (died from complications due to a liver operation) b.
November 12th 1936.
1997: Randy California/Randy Craig Wolfe (45) American guitarist, singer, songwriter and one of the original members of the rock group Spirit. He moved to New York City in the summer of 66, it was there, at Manny's Guitars, that Randy met Jimi Hendrix. He played in Hendrix's band Jimmy James & the Blue Flames that summer.
The stage name "Randy California" was given to him by Hendrix to distinguish him from another Randy in the band, who Hendrix dubbed "Randy Texas". Together with his stepfather Ed Cassidy, songwriter/front-man Jay Ferguson, bassist Mark Andes, with whom Randy and Ed had formed a band called the Red Roosters, and keyboardist John Locke, he founded the band Spirit, originally named Spirits Rebellious, after Kahlil Gibran's poem in 1967 (Randy tragically drowned while rescuing his 12 year old son when he was sucked into a riptide in Hawaii) b. February 20th 1951.
1999: Rolf Liebermann (88) Swiss composer and music administrator born in Zurich; in the 1930s, he studied composition and conducting with Hermann Scherchen in Budapest and Vienna, and later with Wladimir Vogel in Basel. His output included chansons, classical, and light music. His classical music often combines myriad styles and techniques, including those drawn from baroque, classical, and twelve-tone music. He was director of the Hamburg Staatsoper from 1959 to 1973, and again from 1985 to 1988. During his tenure in Hamburg, he commissioned 24 new operas, including The Devils by Krzysztof Penderecki, Der Prinz von Homburg by Hans Werner Henze, and Help, Help the Globolinks! by Gian Carlo Menotti. In the intervening years he served as director of the Paris Opera from 1973 to 1980 (?) b. September 14th 1910.
2000: Nathaniel Adderley (68) American jazz cornetist who played in the hard bop and soul jazz genres. Born in Tampa, Florida, Nat and his brother saxist Cannonball Adderley played with Ray Charles in the early 40s. In the 1950s he worked with Lionel Hampton and with J. J. Johnson, then in 1959 joined his brother's new quintet and stayed with it until Cannonball's death in 1975. He composed "Work Song," "Jive Samba," and "The Old Country" for this group. After his brother's death he led his own groups, recording extensively, releasing around 38 albums. During this period he worked with, among others, Ron Carter, Sonny Fortune, Johnny Griffin, Antonio Hart and Vincent Herring. He also helped in the founding and development of the annual Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, held annually at Florida Southern College in Lakeland (?) b. November 25th 1931.
2002: Armi Aavikko (43) Finnish singer; best known for her duets with Ilkka Lipsanen aka Danny. She was chosen as Miss Finland in 1977 and achieved some posthumous fame in 2006 when an old music video "I Wanna Love You Tender" featuring herself and Danny(pneumonia, brought on by chronic alcoholism) b. September 1st 1958.
2002: Zachary Sebastian Rex James Foley (31) British bassist, Zac was thrown out of school at 16 for having long hair, he gravitated towards the local indie music scene. He played for the IUCs before joining EMF on its formation in 1989. After finding a Casio sampler and sequencer in a local charity shop, they added a light techno element to their rock-orientated sound, and within a year Unbelievable had conquered the charts, reaching No. 3 in the UK charts and was a No.1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and their debut album, Schubert Dip, went to No.3 in the UK Albums Chart. They made 2 more albums, 92's "Stigma" and 95's "Cha Cha Cha". The band split after Zak's death (died due to an overdose of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, barbiturates and alcohol). b. December 9th 1970.
2003: Eric Jupp (80) British-born musician, composer, arranger and conductor who gained wide popularity in Australia after settling there in the 1960s, hosting a long-running light music TV show and composing for film and TV. He is best remembered for his theme music to the TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. Born in Brighton he began to study piano at seven. He left school and started his musical career at fourteen, playing in nightclubs. He joined the R.A.F.at the outbreak of WW II, after which, he went to London, where he soon became a prominent member of several leading big bands, working as a pianist, composer and arranger. Eric worked as an arranger for both of Britain's top bandleaders of the period, Stanley Black and Ted Heath.
As pianist and arranger Eric was also a long-serving member of the Oscar Rabin Band. In 1951 he formed his own orchestra at the request of the BBC and began making regular radio broadcasts and also appeared in the Hammer Films TV series Bands On Parade. He began writing music for films in Britain, beginning with the crime drama The Secret Place in 1957. In 1961 he launched his popular and long-running weekly ABC-TV series The Magic of Music, which was seen in 29 countries and ran from 1961 to 1974. After relocating to Australia in the early 60s he soon made a name for himself there as a leading composer for film and TV. Among many projects he became music director for the 1971 Fauna Productions adventure series Barrier Reef. He composed music for the TV series Bailey's Bird-1977 and wrote the score for Michael Pate's 1979 film version of Colleen McCullough's first novel, Tim, starring the then unknown Mel Gibson (sadly Eric died after battling illness for several months) b. January 7th 1922.
2006: Bill DeArango (84) American jazz guitarist, he played in Dixieland jazz bands while attending Ohio State University. After serving in the Army from 1942-44, he moved to New York City, where he played with Don Byas, Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Slam Stewart, Ike Quebec, Ray Nance, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. He recorded under his own name for the first time in 1945, and co-led a band with Terry Gibbs shortly after. Bill left New York to return to Cleveland in '47, where he disappeared from the music world. He did an album with pianist John Williams in 1954 for EmArcy, but remained strictly a local musician for more than 20 years, in addition to running a record store. Late in the 1960s he managed the rock band Henry Tree, and held a regular gig in the 70s at the Smiling Dog Saloon with Ernie Krivda and Skip Hadden. In 1978 he recorded with Barry Altschul, and with Kenny Werner in 1981; he won significant renown for his 1993 collaboration with Joe Lovano, Anything Went. After the release of this record, DeArango played locally but had primarily gone into retirement (He entered a nursing home in 1999 suffering dementia until his death seven years later) b. September 20th 1921.
2006: Michael Scott Smith (59) American jazz drummer and percussionist, he grew up in Meadville, Pennsylvania where his father exposed him to jazz at an early age. At age 8, he began taking drum lessons from local jazz drummer, Cootie Harris. In 1968, he joined his friend, bassist Terry Plumeri in the group, Love, Cry, Want, a free-improvisation group with jazz, blues, and rock influences. He eventually recorded with Plumeri on two albums, He Who Lives In Many Places and Water Garden in 1978, formerly titled Ongoing. In 2007, these two albums were re-issued on CD by GMMC records. Michael based himself in the Washington D.C., Baltimore area for most of his 40-year career, He played with many jazz greats including, but not limited to Dave Liebman, Herbie Hancock, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Tommy Flanagan, Billy Eckstein, Astrud Gilberto, Freddie Hubbard, Herb Ellis, and Milt Jackson. (?) b. January 30th 1946.
2008: Ben Marlin (31) American bassist with the brutal death metal band Disgorge. Ben was playing bass as a member of the death metal band Strangulation, when in 1998 he was asked to join, Disgorge who were then just signing with Unique Leader Records. Shortly after they recorded and released their second album, "She Lay Gutted", in November 1999. They toured worldwide in Europe, North America and South America. Disgorge recorded their third album "Consume the Forsaken" in 2002 and "Parallels Of Infinite Torture" in 2005 touring in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Mexico and Indonesia to promote their new release. (Ben sadly died after battling cancer for more than a year and a half) b. March 19th 1976.
2011: Robert Trumble (91) Australian writer, musician and son of international cricketer Hugh Trumble; Robert dedicated his first book, The Golden Age of Cricket, to his father. His musical career was noted by the Australian media and in 2003 he was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for reviving the work of Vincent d'Indy. He had previously spent thirty years as a concert manager for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He was also commissioned to write for the British Music Society in 2004, and also published a biography of d'Indy, Vincent d'Indy: His Greatness and His Integrity in 1994 and The Compositions of Vincent d'Indy in 2000 (?) b. April 15th 1919.
2012: Ian Bargh (76) British-Canadian jazz pianist and composer, he emigrated to Toronto in 1957. Through the 60s & 70s he played with the likes of Buddy Tate, Buck Clayton, Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Ernestine Anderson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Edmund Hall, Doc Cheatham, and Tyree Glenn. In the 80s, he began an 8 year association with Jim Galloway's “Toronto Alive” project at the Sheraton Ctre. Live collaborations at the centre included those with, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Peter Appleyard, Frank Wright, Scott Hamilton, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Ed Bickert, Dizzy Reece, and Warren Vache, among others. During this period, he also toured in jazz festivals across the world in an all-star group again led by Galloway. Towards the end of this period, he began a 15-year association with the Toronto Jazz Festival, leading the rhythm section of the the host hotel's house band. It was at this venue that he performed with scores of musicians, including, Jake Hanna, Plas Johnson, Spanky Davis, Harold Ashby, both Warren and Allan Vache, Fraser MacPherson, Joe Temperley, Randy Sandke and George Masso
(sadly Ian died of lung cancer) b. January 8th 1935.
2012: Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (63) American rock guitarist born in Florida, After playing with several local bands in 1969, he, along with bassist Richard Price and drummer Ramone Sotolongo, formed a "power trio" The Load performing mostly original, psychedelic blues-rock and landed a house gig in Gainesville, at a club called Dubs. He was also guitarist, breifly for The Second Coming before joining Iron Butterfly. In 1970, Iron Butterfly released an album that included Larry and Mike Pinera, titled Metamorphosis, which was officially credited to "Iron Butterfly With Pinera & Rhino. In 1970 Larry and Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman formed Captain Beyond, recruiting former Johnny Winter/Rick Derringer drummer Bobby Caldwell >>>READ MORE<<< (Larry sadly died after battling cancer and sclerosis of the liver) b. July 7th 1948.
2014: Li Tai-hsiang (72) Taiwanese composer and folk songwriter, born to the Amis aboriginal tribe in Taichung. He was the composer of the plaintive Olive Tree and many other songs at the peak of the 1970s folk era in Mandarin pop. Other hits include Daylight Avenue, Walking In The Rain and Your Smiling Face, the song from the 1979 film of the same title. Even as his health deteriorated, he still spent 2 hours a day composing songs. (sadly Li died of multiple organ failure after a 25-year brave battle with Parkinson's disease) b. February 20th 1941.
2014: John "Jay" Traynor (70)
American singer; he was a lead vocalist of the Mystics, singing falsetto on "The White Cliffs of Dover" and lead on "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "Blue Star". After which, he formed Jay & the Americans with Kenny Vance and Sandy Yaguda and sang lead on their first hit, "She Cried," which was followed up by the LP, She Cried. In 1964 he went solo releasing "I Rise, I Fall" followed by "Up & Over", which became a big hit with the UK "Northern Soul" underground dance clubs. In 1970 he began working behind the scenes with many 70s acts including Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, The Who, Ten Years After, Yes, and gospel singer Mylon LeFevre. He went on to sing with the Joey Thomas Big Band and recorded a few CDs including Live On WAMC & The Sinatra Show. Then from 2006 he he toured with Jay Siegel's Tokens for the remainder of his life (sadly Jay died while fighting liver cancer) b. March 30th 1943.
2014: Thomas Kurzhals (60) German keyboardist and composer born in Ronneburg; he played in a few local bands in 1972 when he became keyboardist and also composing for the rock band Stern-Combo Meißen. In the early 1980s the band's name was changed to Star Meissen. In 1984 he joined the rock band Carat as keyboardist. In 1992 he built his own recording studio in Erkner, but still played with Carat until a replacement was found for him. In 1996 Thomas returned to the Star-Combo Meissen, he played, recorded and toured with the band and worked at his recording studio until his death (sadly Thomas died from cirrhosis of the liver) b.
December 13th 1953.
Bob Gilmore (53) British musicologist born in Carrickfergus. He was best known for his books on American music - Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He also wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horatiu Radulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. He also wrote on the work of younger Irish composers including Deirdre Gribbin, Donnacha Dennehy and Jennifer Walshe in the Journal of Music in Ireland. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music. (?) b. June 6th 1961.
2015: Little Jimmy Dickens/James Cecil Dickens (94) American country music singer and songwriter born in Bolt, West Virginia; the eldest of 13 siblings, he began his musical career in the late 30s, performing on WJLS radio station in Beckley, while attending West Virginia University. He soon quit school to pursue a full-time music career, and travelled the country performing on various local radio stations under the name "Jimmy the Kid". He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and began using the nickname, Little Jimmy Dickens, inspired by his short stature, 4'11"/150 cm. He recorded many novelty songs including "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", "A-Sleeping at the Foot >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Jimmy died from a cardiac arrest) b. December 19th 1920.
2016: Jean-Michel Delpech (69) French singer-songwriter and actor born in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine; in 1963, he had his debut release hit "Anatole". In 1965, he took part in the music comedy Copains Clopant and he was the opening act for Jacques Brel's goodbye concert at the Paris Olympia. Then in 1967, he collaborated with Johnny Stark. In 1968, he won the "Grand Prix du Disque" award for "Il y a des jours où on ferait mieux de rester au lit". At the peak of his success, he recorded "Wight Is Wight" in tribute to the Isle of Wight Festival, which became his best known song. It sold over one million copies in Europe, and was awarded gold disc status.In the 1980s, he enjoyed a comeback and released the album Loin d'ici. A compilation album followed in 1989. He continued releasing albums and making concerts. In December 2006, he released an album of duets Michel Delpech and that topped the French Albums Chart (sadly died fighting throat cancer)
b. January 26th 1946.
2017: Barbara Fei/Barbara Fei Ming-yi (85) Hong Kong opera singer born in Tianjin, China. At aged four, she performed from memory "The Family Song", from a film directed by her father, Fei Mu, one of China's top film directors, before relocating to Hong Kong with her family in 1949. In 1956, Fei joined the Sino-British Orchestra to perform in Guangzhou, and, later that year, flew to Paris to study under European soprano Lotte Schöne for three years. She founded the Allegro Singers in 1964 and commissioned Chinese composers to arrange folk songs for chorus, which she did for every annual concert up to 2016. Barbara performed with the Allegro Singers for over 50 years, her last performance with them was in November 2016. She was awarded the Bronze and a Silver Bauhinia Medal in 2001 and 2012. (?) b. July 8th 1931.
2017: Auriel Andrew OAM (69) Indigenous Australian country musician born in Darwin, Northern Territory; she was a member of the Arrernte people of Central Australia and grew up in Alice Springs, but at the age of 21 left for Adelaide to pursue her music career. She appeared on live TV music broadcasts, including shows hosted by Roger Cardwell, Johnny Mack & Ernie Sigley, and then becoming a regular on Channel Nine’s Heather McKean & Reg Lindsey Show. In 1973 she moved to Sydney, and toured with Jimmy Little, performing at popular clubs and pubs around NSW. Auriel’s well known recordings include the country classic ‘Truck Drivin’ Woman’ and Bob Randell’s ‘Brown Skin Baby’. She performed at the Sydney Opera House for the venue’s grand opening, and sang ‘Amazing Grace’ in Pitjantjitjara for Pope John Paul II during his Australian tour. She appeared in the SBS documentary "Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music" in 2000 about Aboriginal country music. At the 2008 Deadlys, Auriel was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music and in 2011, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work as an entertainer and contribution to her communities through charity events. (?) b. 1947.

January 3rd ..
1956: Alexander Gretchaninov (91)
Russian romantic composer born in Kaluga he went on to write five symphonies, the first premiered by Rimsky-Korsakov; four string quartets, the first two of which won important prizes, two piano trios, sonatas for violin, cello, clarinet, piano and balalaika, several operas, song cycle Les Fleurs du Mal, op. 48 [setting lyrics by Baudelaire] and much other music. (?) b. October 25th 1864.
1967: Mary Garden (92)
Scottish soprano
described as "the Sarah Bernhardt of opera"; she spent the latter part of her childhood and youth in America and eventually became a citizen, she also lived in France for many years and eventually retired to Scotland. In 1907, Oscar Hammerstein convinced her to join the Manhattan Opera House in New York where she became an immediate success. By 1910 she was a household name in America and appeared in operas in several major American cities; including performing with the Boston Opera Company and the Philadelphia Opera Company. Between 1910-32 she worked in opera houses in Chicago and joined the Chicago Opera Association in 1915, ultimately becoming the company's director in 1921. She was notably responsible for staging the world premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges before the company went bankrupt in 1922. Shortly thereafter she became the director of the Chicago Civic Opera where she commissioned the opera Camille by 28 year old composer Hamilton Forrest. She sang roles at the Civic Opera until 1931, notably in several US and world premieres. Also Mary appeared in two silent films made by Samuel Goldwyn. After retiring from the opera stage in 1934, Mary worked as a talent scout for MGM (sadly passed with dementia) b. February 20th 1874.
1980: Amos Milburn (52)
American blues & boogie pianist, singer born in Houston. He was one of the greatest pioneers in the history of R&B pounding out some of the most hellacious boogies of the postwar era, usually recording in Los Angeles for Aladdin Records, specializing in good-natured upbeat romps about booze and its effects that proved massive hits during the immediate pre-rock era. "Hold Me Baby" and "Chicken Shack Boogie" landed numbers eight and nine on Billboard's survey of 1949's R&B Bestsellers. Among his best known songs was "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer". In 1950 his "Bad, Bad, Whiskey" reached the top of the R&B charts and began a string of drinking songs. Amos's final recording was on an album by Johnny Otis. This was in 1972 after he had been incapacitated by a stroke, so much so that Otis had to play the left-hand piano parts for his old friend. (his 2nd stroke led to the amputation of a leg and sadly he died shortly after a third stroke)
b. April 1st 1927.
1982: Tommy Bryant (51) American jazz double-bassist, grew up in a musical family in Philadelphia; his mother was a choir director, his brother Ray Bryant is a pianist, and another brother, Len Bryant, is a vocalist and drummer. He began playing bass at age twelve and played in many local outfits, including Billy Krechmer's. In the late 1940s he joined Elmer Snowden's band, staying there until 1952, when he took a tour of duty during the Korean War. In 1956 he returned and formed his own trio, though he is better known for his work with musicians such as Jo Jones, Charlie Shavers, Roy Eldridge Dizzy Gillespie, Barney Wilen, Benny Golson, Big Joe Turner and Coleman Hawkins. In the last ten years of his life he played in the follow-up band to The Ink Spots. Tommy also recorded with Mahalia Jackson under the name Tom Bryant (?) b. May 21st 1930.
1989: Eddie Heywood Jr (73) American jazz pianist, born in Georgia, he became very popular in the 1940s. He played with several popular jazz musicians such as Wayman Carver in 1932, Clarence Love from 1934 to 1937 and Benny Carter from 1939 to 1940 after which moving to New York. After starting his own band, he occasionally played back-up for Billie Holiday in 1941. In 1943, he put together the first sextet, including Doc Cheatham and Vic Dickenson. After their version of "Begin the Beguine" became a hit in 1944, they had three successful years. Between 1947 to 1950, he was stricken with a partial paralysis of his hands and could not play at all. In the 1950s, Eddie wrote and recorded "Land of Dreams" and "Soft Summer Breeze" and is probably best known for his 1956 recording of "Canadian Sunset," all of which he recorded with Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra. After a second partial paralysis in the 1960s, Heywood made another comeback and continued his career in the 1980s. Eddie has a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (?) b. December 4th 1915.

1990: Arthur Gold (72) American pianist; he met fellow pianist Robert Fizdale during their student years at Juilliard. They formed a lifelong gay partnership based around their interests of music and formed one of the most important Piano duos of the 20th century. Some say that Gold and Fizdale revolutionized the art of performing as a 2-piano duo, agree or not, they were commissioned and premièred many of the most important works for this ensemble in the second half of the 20th century, including works by John Cage, Paul Bowles, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem and many other US composers.
They released recordings featuring works by Les Six, Vittorio Rieti, and many other composers, as well as a series of Concerto recordings with Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic, including the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos, The Mozart Two Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns's "Carnival of the Animals" (?) b. February 6th 1917.
2002: Juan García Esquivel (83) Mexican band leader, pianist, and film score composer, born in Tampico. He is recognized today as one of the foremost exponents of a sophisticated style of largely instrumental music that combines elements of lounge music and jazz with Latin flavors. He is called by many "The King of Space Age Pop" and "The Busby Berkley of Cocktail Music" and is considered one of the foremost exponents of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop that became known as "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music". He arranged many traditional Mexican songs like "Bésame Mucho", "La Bamba", "El Manisero" and "La Bikina"; also Brazilian songs like "Aquarela do Brasil"/"Brazil", "Surfboard" and "Agua de Beber", and composed spicy lounge-like novelties such as "Mini Skirt", "Yeyo", "Latin-Esque", "Mucha Muchacha" and "Whatchamacallit". He was commissioned to compose the music of a Mexican children's TV show Odisea Burbujas. Juan's concerts featured elaborate light shows years before effects like that became popular in live music. He performed in Las Vegas on several occasions, often opening for Frank Sinatra (?) b. January 20th 1918.
2007: Janos Furst (71) Hungarian orchestral conductor, he originally studied the violin at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in his native Budapest. After the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary, he continued studies at the conservatory in Brussels. He attended the Conservatoire de Paris and there won a Premier Prix. He took a job in 1958 with the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, and developed his career as an orchestra leader. In 1963, he founded the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and became concertmaster of the Ulster Orchestra in 1966. In the 70s, 80s and 90s he held positions as Chief Conductor and-or Music Director, and recorded with orchestras in Malmö, Aalborg, Winterthur, Dublin, the Opéra de Marseille and was Chief Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked and recorded with many others including the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (sadly Janos died of cancer in Paris) b. August 8th 1935
2009: Charles Camilleri (77) Maltese composer, long acknowledged as Malta's national composer; born in Hamrun, as a teenager he had already composed a number of works based on folk music and legends of his native Malta. He went on to composed over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice and solo instruments. His work has been performed throughout the world and his research of folk music and improvisation, the influences of the sounds of Africa and Asia, together with the academic study of European music, helped him create a "universal" style. His works include the now famous Malta Suite, Maltese Dances, A Maltese Overture - Din l-Art Helwa, operas in Maltese, a ballet based on the Knights of Malta and the oratorio Pawlu ta' Malta. His piano piece Cantilena, is currently part of the Grade 5 Trinity Guildhall piano syllabus. The Missa Mundi for solo organ was described by its first publisher as "the organ's Rite of Spring" (?) b. September 7th 1931.
2010: Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt (84) Chilean composer, a prolific composer in Chile before he moved to Germany to teach at Oldenburg University, a job he held since 1974. His catalogue includes 100s of compositions that goes from the most traditional to the most avant-garde, from popular songs to large scale cantatas, symphonies and oratorios.
Highlights are his cantatas La Araucana and Lord Cochrane de Chile, the Macchu Picchu oratorio on texts by Neruda, the Concerto for Flute & Strings, and a most recent Harp Concerto from 2006, not forgetting the electroacoustic works. Gustavo also was an important teacher, some of his pupils were or are among the most important composers of Chile, these include Luis Advis, Sergio Ortega, Fernando García, and Cirilo Vila (sadly Gustavo died while fighting lung cancer) b. August 26th 1925.
2011: Geraldo Flach (65) Brazilian pianist, composer, and considered one of the leading names in instrumental music in southern Brazil. He collaborated with the likes of Nana Caymmi, Ivan Lins, Renato Borghetti and Yamandu Costa, and had songs recorded by Elis Regina, and Emilio Santiago Taiguara, among others. His work, which mixes folk roots with urban music filtered into the language of jazz, was awarded in Brazil and abroad
(cancer) b. ????
2011: Suchitra Mitra (86) Indian singer, composer and a well respected exponent of Rabindra Sangeet or the songs of Bengal's poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore. As an academic she remained a Professor and the Head of 'Rabindra Sangeet Department' at the Rabindra Bharati University for many years. She has also done playback singing and acted in a Bengali films as well, and for many years remained associated with IPTA. Some of her notable awards include: Tagore Hymn Prize in 1945 from London Tagore Hymn Society, Padma Shri in 1973 from the Government of India, Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1986 from the Government of India, HMV Golden Disc Award, Shiromoni Puraskar from Asian Paints, Desikottama from Visva-Bharati, Allauddin Puraskar from the Government of West Bengal, among numerous others
(cardiac arrest) b. September 19th 1924.
2012: Enrique de Melchor/Enrique Jiménez Ramírez
(61) Spanish flamenco guitarist, born near Seville, but lived in Madrid most of his life. Considered the equal of Paco de Lucia and Manolo SanLucar, he has worked with the soulful greats among flamenco singers, including Antonio Mairena, Camarón de La Isla, La Perla de Cádiz, Pansequito, Rocío Jurado, Chiquetete, El Lebrijano, El Fary, María Jiménez and José Menese among others. As a soloist, he appears at venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, along with the Madrid’s Teatro Real de Madrid and Barcelona’s Liceo. He also accompanied Spanish opera singers Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras (sadly Enrique died fighting cancer) b. July 15th 1950.
2012: Robert 'Bob' Weston (64) British musician born in Plymouth, Devon, best known for his brief role as guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Fleetwood Mac in late 1972-74. He recorded the Penguin album in January 1973 as a lead guitarist alongside Bob Welch, but stood out on his slide guitar, especially on "Remember Me", and his accomplished harmonica and banjo playing. He also sang with Christine McVie on the song "Did You Ever Love Me", and wrote the instrumental, "Caught in the Rain". Bob went on to record with Murray Head, then briefly join, along with bassist Nick South and drummer Ian Wallace, Steve Marriott's newly formed All-Stars Band. When Marriott opted to play lead guitar himself, Bob went on to do a few solo albums. In January 2008, he started working on new recordings, recorded at Markant Studios in the Netherlands and were released later in the year
(sadly Bob was found dead flat in his flat at Brent Cross, London) b. November 1st 1947.
2013: M. S. Gopalakrishnan aka MSG (81) Indian violinist born in Mylapore, Chennai; he was a violinist in the field of Carnatic music. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Padma Sri, Kalaimamani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and 1997 Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, and is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan as part of the violin-trinity of carnatic music. He has played the violin for over fifty years as a soloist and accompanist, having accompanied Omkarnath Thakur and D. V. Paluskar, and has toured Australia, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, and Hong Kong (?) b. June 10th 1931.
2014: Yashiki Takajin (64) Japanese singer-songwriter and television presenter, born in Nishinari-ku, Osaka, he started his singing career in the 1970s in Gion, Kyoto. In 1981, he sang the theme song of the first movie of the Mobile Suit Gundam, Suna no jujika a. He sang many songs about Osaka such as Yappa suki yanen-1986, Osaka koi monogatari-1989, Nametonka-1990 and Tokyo-1993. (sadly died of esophageal cancer) b. October 5th 1949.
2014: Phil Everley (74) American singer, songwriter and guitarist
born in Chicago, Illinois, into a musical family; his father, Ike who was also a musician had a show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah, Iowa, in the 1940s, with his wife Margaret and their two young sons, Don and Phil. Singing on the show gave the brothers their first exposure to the music industry. The family sang together and lived and traveled in the area singing as the Everly Family. The Everly Brothers grew up from ages 5 and 7, through early high school, in Shenandoah before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where the brothers attended Knox West High School, continuing their musical development. The boys caught the attention of Chet Atkins who became an early champion >>> READ MORE <<<< (sadly died after a long brave battle with emphysema and bronchitis ) b. January 19th 1939.
2016: Paul Bley (83) Canadian jazz pianist born in Monteal. In the 1950s he founded the Jazz Workshop in Montreal, performing on piano and recording with be-bop alto saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker. In the 1960s he was part of the Jimmy Giuffre 3; he toured and recorded with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins; and was instrumental in the formation of the Jazz Composers Guild, a co-operative organization which brought together many free jazz musicians in New York: Paul was featured in the 1981 documentary film Imagine the Sound, in which he performs and discusses the history of his music. In the 1990s, he taught at the faculty of the New England Music Conservatory and continued to tour internationally and record profusely, releasing almost a hundred recordings. He also published several books, such as two autobiographies in 1999 - Stopping Time, and 2003 - Time Will Tell. In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. (Paul died at his home in Florida, USA) b. November 10th 1932.
2016: Jason Mackenroth (46) American drummer born in Sarcramento, CA; he started playing drums in high school and upon graduating, played with the Sacramento Freelancers, In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles where he co-founded the power trio Mother Superior, before joining Henry Rollins Band and over six years, Jason performed on seven albums and four world tours. He went go on to release two solo albums and recorded with such artists as Motorhead’s Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Ice T, and George Clinton. For the last ten years Jason, has played drums with the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas (sadly Jason died after a four year battle with prostate cancer) b. May 9th 1969.

January 4th ..
1969: Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jr. (33)
American musician born in Pittsburgh, he was one of the most influential jazz bassists of the 20th century. A prominent figure in many rhythm sections during the 50s and 60s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be measured not only by the length and breadth of his work in this short period but also his impeccable time, intonation, and virtuosic improvisations.
He was in great demand as a session musician recording with dozens of greats, including such landmarks as Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, Coltrane's Giant Steps, and Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Many musicians wrote songs dedicated to Paul. Red Garland, wrote the tune "The P.C. Blues", and Coltrane's song "Mr. P.C.", Tommy Flanagan wrote "Big Paul", which was performed on the John Coltrane and Kenny Burrell Prestige 1958 LP. Max Roach wrote a drum solo called "Five For Paul", on his 1977 "impossible to find" drum solo LP recorded in Japan, and Sonny Rollins wrote "Paul's Pal" for him (sadly died prematurely of tuberculosis) b. April 22nd 1935.
1970: Neil Boland (?)
English chauffeur, bodyguard and friend of The Who's drummer, Keith Moon. (Keith accidently ran over Neil as he was escaping from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Keith had never passed his driving test and never got over it) b. ????
1981: Ruth Lowe (66) Canadian songwriter, pianist born in Toronto; in 1936, she became a member of the All Girl band, The Melodears. She went on to become a successful songwriter, her songs included "I'll Never Smile Again", written after her husband died. The song was later covered by many artists, including Frank Sinatra, his first great hit while with Dorsey; and The Ink Spots. Also she composed the Frank Sinatra hit "Put Your Dreams Away", Frank's 'signature' song, which was played at his funeral. In 1982, the year after she died, Ruth was inducted into the American Music Hall of Fame with an honorary Grammy Award (?) b. August 12th 1914.
1985: Lovro von Matacic (85) Croatian conductor and composer born in Sušak. He was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir, then studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik. There he studied piano, organ, composition, and conducting. He he went on to be especially praised for his control over the immense formal structures of Bruckner's symphonies and his masterly control of phrasing. However, he also included in his favorite repertory music of the whole Romantic era and the music of Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. His reputation with the most serious music of the era did not preclude him from having a light touch where recalled; his recording of Léhar's The Merry Widow, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, is particularly prized (?) b.
February 14th 1899.
1986: Phil Lynott (36) Irish singer, bassist, songwriter, composer, founder member of Thin Lizzy; he released two solo albums and also formed and fronted the band Grand Slam. Born in West Bromwich, England, but when Phil was four years old, he went to live with his grandmother Sarah in Crumlin, Dublin, while his mother stayed in Manchester. In the mid 1960s, he began singing in his first band, the Black Eagles. Around this time, he befriended Brian Downey, who was later persuaded to join the band. Before long the Black Eagles broke up and Phil joined 'Kama Sutra' before settling into a short stint singing in (Irish) Skid Row. In 1969, Phil and Brian Downey formed Thin Lizzy with guitarist Eric Bell and keyboard player Eric Wrixon. Phil was the main songwriter for Thin Lizzy, as well as the lead singer and bassist. Their first top ten hit was in 1973, with a rock version of the traditional Irish song "Whiskey in the Jar". In 1980, though Thin Lizzy were still enjoying considerable success, Phil launched a solo career with the album, Solo in Soho. In 1984, he formed a new band, Grand Slam, with Doish Nagle, Laurence Archer, Robbie Brennan, and Mark Stanway.
His last single, "Nineteen", was released a few weeks before his death (heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose) b. August 20th 1949.
1988: Lily Laskine (94) French harpist, she was one of the most prominent harpists of the twentieth century. She was a frequent performing partner of several distinguished French flautists, including Marcel Moyse and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Laskine also served as professor of harp at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1948 to 1958. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1958 (?) b. August 31st 1893.
1991: Leo Wright (57)
A first-rate bop-oriented alto saxophonist, clarinetist, he was also one of the finest flutists jazz, born in Wichita Falls, Texas.
In the late 1950s he played with Charles Mingus, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Coles, Blue Mitchell and Dizzy Gillespie who in rhe 1960s he appeared at several major international festivals and made records including A Musical Safari. From the end of the 60s he lived in Europe where he played with various bands. In the mid-80s he performed and record with Nat Adderley, Kenny Drew, and his vocalist wife Elly, and led his own groups (?) b. December 14th 1933.
1994: Rahul Dev Burman (54) Indian composer and actor born in Calcutta;
he was famous for his grunting bass singing style. He sang playback in 18 movies which he composed and he also acted in the film Bhoot Bungla '65 and Pyar Ka Mausam '67. Out of his 331 released movies 292 were in Hindi, 31 in Bangla, 3 in Telugu, 2 each in Tamil & Oriya and 1 in Marathi. He also composed for 5 TV Serials in Hindi and Marathi and scored a large number of non-film songs in Bangla aka Pooja songs or modern songs, which are available in different albums. (?) b. June 27th 1939.
1995: Eduardo Mata (52) Mexican conductor and composer; born in Mexico City, he studied guitar privately for 3 years before attending the National Conservatory of Music. He composed several works in the 50s and 60s, including 3 symphonies, chamber works, sonatas, and works for ballet. His 3rd symphony and some chamber works have been recorded. In 1965 he was appointed head of the Music Department of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and conductor of the Guadalajara Orchestra. From '77 to '93 he was music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor of several famous orchestras in the US, Europe and Latin America. He recorded over fifty albums, most of them with the UNAM Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra
(Eduardo and a passenger were en route from Cuernavaca, Morelos, to Dallas, Texas; he was piloting his own Piper Aerostar. One engine failed shortly after takeoff, tragically the plane crashed during an emergency landing attempt, killing them both)b. September 5th 1942.
1996: Ramón Vinay
(84) Chilean operatic tenor born in Chillán, Chile, probably best remembered for his appearances in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera Otello. His overall tenor repertoire embraced heavy Wagnerian roles, he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1952-57, as well as Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Don José in Bizet's Carmen and Samson in Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila. Apart from Iago, the baritone parts which he performed included Telramund, Bartolo, Falstaff and Scarpia (died in Mexico) b. August 31st 1911. NOTE:some sources give YOB 1912
1998: John Gary (66) American pop vocalist; considered by many to be one of the best crooners due to his extaordinary breath control and tonal quality of his voice. He had an exceptionally wide range of 3 octaves. He sang in movies, on Broadway, had his own TV show, and appeared at Carnegie Hall, with numerous symphonies. He appeared 30 times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. He traveled across the U.S. and Canada with around 40 concerts per year. For six years he gave Community concerts in over 400 cities and towns. John recorded 23 albums for RCA Victor Records. His 1967 single "Cold", r was his most successful, topping the billboard easy listening chart for two weeks
(?) b. November 29th 1932.
2001: Les Brown (88) American big band leader and composer, best known for his nearly seven decades of work with his group Les Brown and His Band of Renown from 1938 to 2001. Before which he graduated from New York Military Academy in 1932, Les attended college at Duke University from 1932-1936. There he led the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils, performing regularly on campus and up and down the east coast. The first feature length film that Les and the band appeared in was the war-time movie "Seven Days Leave". "Rock-A-Billy Baby", in 1957, was their second movie and in 1963, they appeared in Jerry Lewis' comedy The Nutty Professor. Les and his band were also the house band for the Steve Allen show from 1959-1961 and the Dean Martin Variety Show from 1963-1972. They performed with virtually every major performer of their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat "King" Cole (?) b. March 14th 1912.
2003: Yfrah Neaman OBE (79) Lebonese violinist and an eminent pedagogue born in Sidon; he studied in Paris and then settled in London where he continued his studies with Carl Flesch and Max Rostal. Yfrah gave the first performances in Britain of the violin concertos of Walter Piston in 1952 and Roberto Gerhard in 1955. He taught at the Guildhall School of Music and was artistic director of the Carl Flesch Competition. Among his students were Krzysztof Smietana, David Takeno, Wolfgang David, Sung-Sic Yang, Gennady Filimonov, Mihai Craioveanu, and Radoslaw Szulc. Yfrah was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1983 (?) b.
February 13th 1923.
2004: Jake Hess (76) American 4 time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and founder of The Imperials. He began his career at the age of 16, when he joined the John Daniel Quartet, making his recorded debut on "Just a Prayer Away". After which, he sang with three of his brothers as the Hess Brothers Quartet. He also sang with the Sunny South Quartet and their rival, the Melody Masters Quartet. From 1948 until 1963 Jake sang lead with the Statesmen Quartet. Upon leaving the Statesmen Quartet, Jake formed the Imperials, they went on to become pioneers in Contemporary Christian Music, and would eventually be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley had long harbored a love for gospel and Jake Hess in particular. The group recorded with Elvis in sessions from May 1966 to June 1971. This included his last two Grammy Award-winning albums: How Great Thou Art, featuring a duet with Jake on the classic Statesmen song "If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side" and He Touched Me, which used many of the songs that the Imperials had recorded on their own albums. (
sadly died from a heart attack) b. December 24th 1927.
2008: Mort Garson (83) Canadian electronic musician born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and was an best known for his albums that predominantly feature Moog synthesizers. He went on to work in television and film, scoring a wide variety of music for many different movies and TV shows, from Beware! The Blob! to Kentucky Fried Movie to National Geographic specials. Closely associated with Heatter-Quigley Productions, he created the theme songs and music cues for the TV game shows such as
"Amateur's Guide to Love", "Gambit", "Runaround", "Baffle", "The Magnificent Marble Machine", and "Battlestars". composed the score for the 1983 West End musical Marilyn! The Musical (?) b. July 20th 1924
2008: Keith Baxter (36) British drummer;
in 1990, he was a founder member of folk metal pioneers Skyclad, releasing their debut album 'The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth' in 1991. After a tour with Overkill they recorded their follow-up album 'A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol' in 1992. He recorded 3 more albums with them before leaving in 1995 to move to London where he joined '3CR'/'3 Colours Red'. Their 1997 debut album "Pure" was follFollowing the band split in 1999 he formed the band Elevation with former bandmate, Pete Vuckovic. The following year he moved back to his hometown of Lancaster and briefly played with the Nth.Irish band, Therapy in 2002. Following 3 Colours Red's reformation and second split, Kieth played with Lancaster-based Baby Judas (sadly died from gastro-intestinal hemorrhage in hospital surrounded by family and friends) b. February 19th 1971.
2010: Sandro de América/Roberto Sánchez (64) Argentinian singer, guitarist and actor born in Buenos Aires, learning and playing Romani guitar as a child. In the 1960s he started the group Sandro & los de Fuego, which gained popularity on the TV show Sábados Circulares and had hits with songs like Trigal, Tengo, ¿A esto le llamas amor?, Eres el demonio disfrazado, Porque yo te amo and Rosa, Rosa. He was the first Latino singer to fill Madison Square Garden doing so five times during the 1970s. He was also the first singer to do a television concert via satellite, the concert was broadcast from Madison Square Garden in April 1970. This concert marked the debut of Latino music for a world audience.
Sandro also appeared in various films, among others: Quiero Llenarme de Ti ("I Want to fill myself with you") and telenovelas, including Fue sin Querer/"It wasn't on purpose" (died from complications after having heart and lung transplant surgery) b. August 19th 1945.
2010: Tony Clarke (68) British musician and record producer born in Coventry started his musical career playing bass guitar in skiffle bands in the mid 1950s, and in rock bands into the early 1960s. At this time he also worked as a session musician for Decca Records, but in 1964 he transferred to the production department. He also worked as a songwriter; his tune "Our Song" was recorded by Malcolm Roberts and Jack Jones. His first production was with Pinkerton's Colours No.8 hit "Mirror, Mirror", soon followed by The Equals's No.1 hit "Baby Come Back" as well as writing "The Guy Who Made Her A Star" for the band. In 1966 he was given The Moody Blues, and produced what became their 1967 symphonic rock album "Days of Future Passed" which included the now classic track, "Nights in White Satin", it was also the first album to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge. Tony produced The Four Tops for a UK-only release in 1972, which was comprised entirely of songs written by the Moody Blues. He stayed with Moody Blues till their 1978 comeback album, Octave, earning the name "the Sixth Moody" from friends and fans. He went on to produce a number of film soundtracks and produced the likes of the Irish folk rock outfit Clannad, Yes man Rick Wakeman, and Nicky Hopkins, among others () b. ??.??.1941.
2010: Neil Christian/Christopher Tidmarsh (66) English singer born in Hoxton, London. He formed Neil Christian and the Crusaders in the early 1960s with a young Jimmy Page who toured with Christian for around two years, and later played on several of his records, including their November 1962 single, "The Road to Love" / "The Big Beat Drum". At various times the band included Albert Lee and Alex Dmochowski. He had a solo hit single in 1966, when "That's Nice", with Ritchie Blackmore on guitar. However follow-up singles "Oops" and "Two at a Time" never reached the charts, so Neil
remains a one-hit wonder (?) b. February 4th 1943.
2011: Mick Karn/Andonis Michaelides (52) Cypriot-born British bass guitarist, saxophonist and keyboardist born in Nicosia; in 1961, his family emigrated to London, England, where he was educated at Catford Boys' School. He and his friends formed the New Wave group, Japan in 1974 and achieved success in the late '70s and '80s, when they were often associated with the burgeoning New Romantic fashion movement. They debuted with their '78 album Adolescent Sex, followed up with Obscure Alternatives, both albums acheiving success outside the UK . Their next 5 albums all charted in the UK, the last being Rain Tree Crow in 1991, when they briefly reformed for this one-off project, and their final album. After Japan broke up, he recorded a solo album before forming Dalis Car with Peter Murphy of the gothic post-punk group Bauhaus, who recorded one album in 1984. In the 90s he worked with artist David Torn and a number of Japanese musicians, and formed the multinational New Wave band, NiNa. Since then Mick has worked as a solo artist and as a sculptor and photographer.
He has also played on recordings by other artists, contributing bass guitar and saxophone to Gary Numan's Dance album, and played with Kate Bush and Joan Armatrading (sadly died from cancer) b. July 24th 1958.
2011: Tavo Kupinski (36) Argentine left-hander guitarist and founding member of the rock band Los Piojos formed in 1988. In 1991, they headed to Europe to participate in an anti-racist music festival in France, playing with groups from Mali, Burkina Faso, Cuba, and Spain. He recorded eleven albums with the band, but in 2009, when the internal crisis started he moved on as reinforcement of Las Pelotas band; also along with Paul Guerra, Sebastián Cardero and Changuito Gómez Farías, he formed the rock band Revealados (tragically Tavo died along with his wife in a car crash) b. January 18th 1974
2011: Gerry Rafferty (63) Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Paisley, Glasgow best known for his hits "Right Down the Line" and "Baker Street". In 1963 he left St Mirin's Academy and had several jobs while playing in a local group, the Mavericks. In 1966 Gerry and his school friend Joe Egan released a single, "Benjamin Day"/"There's Nobody Here", as members of The Fifth Column. He joined Billy Connolly in a folk band The Humblebums, recording 2 albums with Billy, 'The New Humblebums' and 'Open Up the Door'. It was Gerry who urged Connolly to go it alone as a comic, after which Gerry recorded a first solo album, 'Can I Have My Money Back'. >>> READ MORE <<<
(Gerry has sadly died after suffering a long time with chronic liver and kidney illnesses) b. April 16th 1947.
2011: Grady Chapman (81) American doo-wop singer; born in Greenville, South Carolina, he joined The Robins in 1952, singing alongside Bobby Nunn, Billy Richards, Roy Richards, Ty Terrell, and later Carl Gardner. During that time, the Robins recorded for RCA, and later Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's LA based "Spark" label. In 1958, he wrote "Sweet Pea" for Bob and Earl. Grady would later become a member of one of the the Coasters' many spin-off groups, The Coasters Mark II, which included Bobby Nunn, Bobby Sheen, and Billy Richards, Jr. In 1977, along with Billy Guy and Jerome Evans, he sang on "Paid The Price" on Michelle Phillips' album Victim Of Romance. He would also substitute for Carl Gardner a few times in the 1990s and 2000s with The Coasters. He still performed as Grady Chapman & The Robins, until his death (heart failure) b. October 1st 1929.
2011: Jeff Jacobs (41) American trumpeter and keyboardist, and a member of the San Francisco spaghetti-Western-jazz ensemble The Drift. Over the years they have toured in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States and has produced multiple recordings (sadly died after a battle with cancer) b.????
2012: Kerry McGregor (37) Scottish singer-songwriter and actress born in West Lothian and began her career performing with bands including Nexus and QFX. In 1997, she came second in the The Great British Song Contest, the UK selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Yodel in the Canyon of Love". She
appeared in a number of stage and television shows including the Channel 4 comedy The Book Group playing Kenny's love-interest Carol Ann, and the BBC1 Children's drama series Grange Hill. In 2006, Kerry was a finalist in the third UK series of TV talent show The X Factor, but was eliminated in the third week of the live shows along with Dionne Mitchell. In 2010, she supported Scottish singer-songwriter Jay Brown, and was working with producer and musician Calais Brown at the time of her death (sadly Kerry died while fighting cancer) b. 1974.
2013: Senay Yüzbasioglu (62) Turkish singer, born in Istanbul; in 1971, she married musician Serif Yüzbasioglu. Following her marriage she became one of the most active singers of Turkey. In addition to music, she made a name in politics by supporting Bülent Ecevit, leader of the Republican People's Party. After her husband's death in 1981, she almost abandoned music (sadly died from respiratory failure) b. 1951
2013: Sammy Johns (66) American country singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Charlotte, North Carolina, best known for his million selling 1975 hit single, "Chevy Van". As a teenager he had established his own band, the Devilles, who performed in local clubs and recorded a few records on the Dixie record label. After a move to Atlanta, Georgia, Sammy was given a recording contract in 1973 with General Recording Corporation who put out his first solo record, "Early Morning Love". After his debut album for GRC which included "Chevy Van", Sammy signed a deal in 1976 with Warner-Curb, which resulted in him working on the soundtrack to The Van. The 1982 New World Records single "Falling for You" came to the attention of Elektra, and the company took Sammy on board and issued "Love Me off the Road" and "Common Man". When country artist John Conlee covered "Common Man", the single went gold and topped the charts. His song "America" was nominated for song of the year in country music circles and "Desperado Love" brought Conway Twitty his final gold record
(?) b. February 7th 1946.
Rene Netto (75) American clarinetist, saxophonist and fluteist born in the heart of jazzland ~ New Orleans. He attended McDonough Grammar School where at the age of 11 he started to study music. Continuing his studies at St. Aloysius and McDonough High School, by this time he was very influenced by the greats such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He finished his education with a year at the University of South Western Louisiana. It isn't any wonder growing up on the doorstep Bourbon Street with the soulful sounds of the blues to the feverish passion of the jazz vibrating from building to building, a melting pot for ethnically diverse cultures. Musical influences from Africa, Spain, Italy, South America, and French cultures, growing up with the excitement of Mardi Gras >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. January 12th 1937.
2014: Shigeyuki Imai (81) Japanese composer (sadly died fighting esophageal cancer) b. 1932.
2015: Joe Guercio (87) American orchestra leader and Elvis Presley’s musical director and conductor from 1970 until Presley’s death in 1977. Joe was born in Buffalo, New York and h
is first high-profile music gig was working as an accompanist for Patti Page. He subsequently served as musical director for Diana Ross, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Florence Henderson, Jim Nabors and Diahann Carroll, among others. His arrangements of “Sweet Inspiration / Where You Lead” and of “The Way We Were/Try to Remember” helped create hits for Barbra Streisand and Gladys Knight, respectively. He was musical director for the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas when he began his association with Presley and is credited with creating the iconic six-note theme that heralded Presley’s entrance onstage. One of his earliest triumphs with the superstar was leading the orchestra in the historic Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite special in 1973 that aired live in more than 40 countries in Europe and Asia.
(?) b. July 16th 1927
Lance Diamond (??) American lounge singer and radio personality based in Buffalo, New York. He hosted Saturday Night Fever, every Saturday night from 6pm-12mid on 96.1 WMSX featuring love music. Lance had his own classic rock cover band, the 24 Karat Diamond Band, but Lance also played with the Goo Goo Dolls live, as well as recording with them on the tracks "Down On The Corner", "Never Take The Place of Your Man", "My Girl", "Do You Believe", and "Bitch" (sadly died of a heart attack) b. ????
2015: Pino Daniele (59) Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Naples; he released his debut album Terra mia, in 1977, which proved to be a successful mix of Neapolitan tradition and Blues sounds. Pino defined his music with the term "taramblu", which indicated a mix of tarantella, blues and rumba.
His lyrics also attracted critical praise: written and sung in an intense Neapolitan, they contained strong though bitter accusations against the social injustices of Naples, Italian society in general, and included melancholic personal themes. He released 32 albums, the last being La Grande Madre in 2012 (sadly died of a heart attack) b. March 19th 1955.

2016: Achim Mentzel (69) German singer, guitarist, actor and television presenter best known for hosting his show Achims Hitparade from 1989 to 2006 and for his work with satirist Oliver Kalkofe on Kalkofes Mattscheibe. He released 23 singles and seven albums between 1978 and 2010, and was a member of the cover band, Fritzens Dampferband/Fritzen's Steamboat Band, together with Nina Hagen. He appeared in the films The Legend of Paul and Paula-1973 and Der Wixxer-2004, and the TV shows Das Amt and SOKO Leipzig (sadly Achim died from a heart attack) b. July 15th 1946.
2016: Robert Stigwood (81) Australian band manager, stage and film producer and impresario, born in Port Pirie, South Australia and was best known for managing the bands Cream and the Bee Gees. From Australia, he relocated to England in 1954. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, he was one of the most successful figures in the entertainment world, through his management of music groups, theatrical productions like Hair, Oh! Calcutta!, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd and many film productions including the hugely successful Saturday Night Fever, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Tommy and the 1997 Golden Globe Awards best film winner, Evita, starring Madonna (?) b. April 16th 1934.
2016: Long John Hunter/John Thurman Hunter Jr. (84) American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Ringgold, Louisiana, raised on a farm in Magnolia, Arkansas, but by his early twenties was working in a box factory in Beaumont, Texas. He bought his first guitar after attending a B. B. King concert, then adopted the stage name of Long John Hunter in 1953 and released his first single, "She Used to Be My Woman" b/w "Crazy Girl", the same year. He went on to release seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical acknowledgement outside of his homeland. John's best known tracks are "El Paso Rock" and "Alligators Around My Door", the latter of which Hunter co-wrote with Bruce Iglauer. (?) b. July 13th 1931.

2017: Vlastimir Trajkovic (69) Serbian awarded composer, born in Belgrade, a descendant of a family that has yielded three generations of musicians. He secured his first teaching post in Stankovic Music School in 1971, where he remained until 1975. he went on to be a full-time professor of composition and orchestration at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade. His oeuvre especially outstanding are his piano works, Four Nocturnes (1972) and Zvona (Bells), Op. 5, and Za pocetnike, dve etide za klavir (For Beginners, Two Piano Studies), Op. 9. and others have been performed in Serbia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. In the domain of musicology, and in collaboration with Slobodan Varsakovic, he undertook to fully restore the bequest of his grandfather, Miloje Milojevic, by classifying his numerous manuscripts, compositions and papers into a comprehensive catalogue. (?) b. June 17th 1947.
2017: Georges Prêtre aka Georges Dherain (92) French orchestral and opera conductor born in Waziers, and attended the Douai Conservatory and then studied harmony and conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris. His early musical interests were jazz and trumpet. After graduating, he conducted in a number of small French opera houses sometimes under the pseudonym Georges Dherain. His Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut came in 1965, with first appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, and La Scala, Milan, also coming in the same decade. He worked with Maria Callas on a number of occasions, and made recordings of Carmen and Tosca with her. Aside from opera, Georges was best known for performances of French music, having conducted long and difficult works like Debussy's La mer and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé without a score (i.e. from memory). He is especially associated with Francis Poulenc, giving the premiere of his opera La voix humaine at the Opéra-Comique in 1959 and his Sept répons des ténèbres in 1963. In 1999 he gave a series of concerts in Paris to celebrate the centenary of Poulenc's birth. He conducted the La Scala Orchestra in Franco Zeffirelli's 1982 film versions of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Both films starred Plácido Domingo. In 2009, at the age of 85, he returned to these two Italian operas in the Roman amphitheater at Orange, for televised performances starring Roberto Alagna (?) b. August 14th 1924.
2017: Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan (89) Indian sitar player and composer, born in Jaora, Madhya Pradesh, and is regarded as one of the 'Sitar Trinity' of India along with Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan. He is perhaps best known for his innovation, Jafferkhani Baaj. He had a valuable involvement with Indian cinema after music director Khwaja Khurshid Anwar introduced him to the Hindi film industry in 1946 at the age of 17 when he played sitar in the songs of 1947 film Parwana. He has also composed and played for epic films like Mughal-e-Azam; Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje; Goonj Uthi Shehnai; and Kohinoor. He received the national awards Padma Shri in 1970 and Padma Bhushan in 2006 and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1987, also the Lifetime Achievement Award (Legends Of India) in 2005. (sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest) b. February 18th 1927.
2017: Bade Fateh Ali Khan (82) Pakistani singer who was amongst the foremost Khyal vocalists in Pakistan, and a leading exponent of the Patiala Gharana.. He is the younger of the singing duo Amanat Ali and Fateh Ali, who enjoyed immense prestige and success in Pakistan as well as India, until the death of Amanat Ali Khanlung disease in 1974. Bade suffered a deep depression for over a year and a half, following which he joined Radio Pakistan as a supervisor. Eventually overcame his grief, and started singing as a duo with his younger brother Hamid Ali Khan, as well his nephews, Asad Amanat Ali Khan from 1952–2007 or with Amjad and Amanat Ali Khan who are both sons of his late brother Amanat Ali Khan. (sadly died fighting a lung disease) b. 1935.
2017: Mike "Gabby" Gaborno aka Jefe (51) American singer and founding member of the punk rock/Chicano rock band, Manic Hispanic, formed in Orange County, California in 1992. Their first album was released in 1992, called 'The Menudo Incident', a reference to Guns N' Roses' 'The Spaghetti Incident', it featured cover versions of songs by Wire, X, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, Black Flag, The Clash, and others. These cover versions featured rewritten lyrics humorously reflecting the Chicano identity of the band and Chicano/Mexican culture as a whole. They released 3 more albums 'The Recline of Mexican Civilization', 'Mijo Goes to Jr. College', and 'Grupo Sexo'. Prior to Manic Hispanic, Gabby was a member of the hardcore punk unit, Cadillac Tramps. They released their self titled album in 1987, which was followed by 3 further albums. He also contributed to the music world in several other bands, including Flock of Goo Goo, the X Members, and Santos Y (sadly Gabby died bravely fighting liver cancer) b. October 6th 1965.
2017: Bart Prater (69) American radio disc jockey; his first job in radio was shoveling ashes after a fire. He was at high school in Marion when the town’s radio station, WOLD-AM,went up in flames. The station owner hired teenagers to help up, but 15 year old Bart,, already had his amateur radio license, rebuilt the station’s transmitter and control board and was soon working as an engineer and a disc jockey. He became one the most prominent voices and personalities in Roanoke radio history. He worked at WROV-AM during the wild and crazy 1970s, then later, as AM faded in popularity, went to K92 in the 1980s when it dominated the airwaves. He ran an advertising agency for a while, and launched an unsuccessful effort to buy a radio station at SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VA, after which he went to WVTF. He also sang and played guitar on the radio, writing his own novelty songs, which included “Pickle Jar Lid” song, which was a local hit in 1969 (?) b. October 22nd 1947.

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1946: Katherine "Kitty" Cheatham (82) American singer, diseuse and actress, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her career in music at age 14 by performing at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville. She later went on to study in New York, Paris, and Berlin. Her professional stage debut was made in London, England in 1904, where she performed renditions of African-American folk songs. She is credited with having helped preserve these traditional songs and bring them to European audiences (?) b. 1864.
Mistinguett/Jeanne Bourgeois (80) French vaudeville performer born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France. She began as a flower seller in a restaurant in her home town, singing popular ballads as she sold her flowers. Jeanne made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris in 1895, and also appeared in shows as the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge, and Eldorado. Her risqué routines captivated Paris and she went on to become the most popular French entertainers of her time and the highest paid female entertainer in the world. In 1919 her legs were insured for the then astounding amount of 500,000 francs. She first recorded her signature song 'Mon Homme' in 1916.
During a tour of the America, she was asked by Time magazine to explain her popularity. Her answer was: "It is a kind of magnetism. I say 'Come closer' and draw them to me." (?) b. April 5th 1875.
1970: Robert Gerhard (73)
Catalan Spanish composer, musical scholar and writer. He spent several years with Schoenberg in Vienna and Berlin. Returning to Barcelona in 1928, he devoted his energies to new music through concerts and journalism, in conjunction with the flourishing literary and artistic avant-garde of Cataloni. He was forced to flee to France in 1939 and later that year settled in Cambridge, England. As well as his many works, he was perhaps the first important composer of electronic music in Britain; his music for the 1955 Stratford-on-Avon King Lear – one of many such commissions for the Royal Shakespeare Company - was the first electronic score for the British stage
(sadly died of a heart disease) b. September 25th 1896.
1974: Lev Oborin (66)
Russian pianist; in 1921, he was accepted into Moscow Conservatory as a student of piano and composition. He completed his piano studies in 1926 and in 1927 he was the winner of the first International Chopin Piano Competition. During the years 1941 to 1963, Lev played in a piano trio with David Oistrakh and the cellist Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, achieving international fame
(?) b. September 11th 1907.
1976: Mal Evans (40)
English roadie; best known as the road manager, assistant, and a friend of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In the early 1960s, Evans was employed as a telephone engineer, and also worked part-time as a bouncer at the Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed. Manager Brian Epstein later hired Evans as their assistant road manager, in tandem with Neil Aspinall. He contributed to many Beatle recordings, and appeared in some of the films they made. The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, but Mal carried on assisting the band and working with them in the studio. Mal enjoyed an executive position at Apple until 1969, when Allen Klein was hired as a manager to reorganise the whole company. Mal was fired by Klein the next year, because Klein complained to Lennon that Aspinall and Evans were "living like kings, like f***g emperors", although he was later reinstated after McCartney, Harrison and Starr complained. He produced several songs recorded by the Iveys / Badfinger in 1969 and 1970. The most notable of these is the song "No Matter What" by Badfinger, which charted on Billboard's Top 10 in December 1970. He also produced some tracks for Keith Moon's solo album Two Sides of the Moon and co-wrote "You and Me (Babe)" with George Harrison, which appears on Ringo's solo album, Ringo, in 1973.
(tragically Mal was shot dead by police at his LA apartment; he pointed a rifle at the police while upset) b. May 27th 1935.
1979: Charles Mingus (56) American jazz pianist, bassist and bandleader born at a US Army Base in Nogales, Arizona. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third stream, free jazz, and classical music. Many musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. He recruited talented and sometimes little-known artists whom he assembled into unconventional and revealing configurations. As a performer, he was a pioneer in double bass technique and considered the heir apparent to Duke Ellington. Epitaph is considered to be one of Charles Mingus' masterpieces. The composition is 4,235 measures long, requires two hours to perform, and is one of the longest jazz pieces ever written.
(sadly died from Lou Gehrig's disease) b. April 22nd 1922.
1991: Billie Anthony/Philomena McGeachie Levy (58) Scottish singer born in Glasgow. Her mother was a dancer and her father, a song and dance man, and her godmother was Gracie Fields. In 1946, at aged 14, she ran away from home and joined the chorus of a touring show as one of "May Moxon’s Young Ladies". Five years later she met Peter Elliott, they decided on the formation of their own double act. As Phil and Peter Elliott, they successfully toured variety theatres as "The Debonair Dancers — Four Educated Feet". In October 1953, with her name changed to Billie Anthony, she recorded and released her first single "I’d Rather Take My Time" coupled with "Things Go Wrong". Her sixth release "This Ole House" reached No.4 in the UK and remained in the chart for 16 weeks (sadly Billie died after suffering a series of strokes) b. October 11th 1932.
1997: Burton Lane/Burton Levy (84) American composer and lyricist; best known for his Broadway musicals, "Finian's Rainbow" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", he also wrote the music for the Broadway shows, Hold On to Your Hats, Laffing Room Only, Junior Miss, and Carmelina. He wrote music for many films such as Dancing Lady, Babes on Broadway, and Some Like it Hot. For a time, he was president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers, where he campaigned against music piracy. He also served three terms on the board of directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He is credited with discovering the 11 year old Frances Gumm aka Judy Garland's best known songs include "Old Devil Moon," "How are Things In Glocca Morra?", "Too Late Now," "How About You?", and the title song from "On a Clear Day." He shared a Grammy Award in 1965 for Best Broadway Cast Album of the year "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (?) b. February 2nd 1912.
1998: Salvatore ''Sonny'' Bono (62) American record producer, singer, actor, and politician born in Detroit but attended Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, but did not graduate. He began his music career working at Specialty Records where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for the legendary record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer". One of his earliest songwriting efforts was "Needles and Pins" which he co-wrote with Jack Nitzsche. Later in the same decade, he achieved commercial success, along with his then-wife Cher, as part of the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On". He also played a major part in Cher's early solo career with recordings such as "Bang Bang" and "You Better Sit Down Kids". Sonny later went into acting and politics (tragically killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe) b. February 16th 1935.
1998: Ken Forssi (55) American bassist born in Florida; along with several Sarasota friends, he migrated to Anaheim, California in 1964, and began commuting to the school. At this time, his interest in music became much more intense, he learned new techniques very rapidly. Soon he got the position as bass player in a late-period lineup of The Surfaris, and touring Japan with the band. In 1965 he met Arthur Lee, who then had a band called "Grass Roots", Lee hired Ken as bassist, and they soon officially formed Love. Their music reflected different influences, combining elements of rock and roll, garage rock, folk and psychedelia. Ken can be heard on their first three albums. After Love his talent as a bassist gained him studio session work and offers to join various other rock groups. He played briefly with a band called "The Elves Themselves" and worked on a record with Jimi Hendrix. (sadly died from a brain tumor) b. March 30th 1943.
2003: Doreen Carwithen aka Mary Alwyn (80) British composer, born in Haddenham; she started both piano and violin at age 4. At age 16 she began composing by setting Wordsworth's I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud/Daffodils for voice and piano. In 1941 she entered the Royal Academy of Music and played the cello in a string quartet and with orchestras. She went on to write scores for over 30 films, including Harvest from the Wilderness in 1948; Boys in Brown -1950; Mantrap, released in the U.S. as Man in Hiding -1952; and East Anglian Holiday -1954. She also scored Elizabeth is Queen, the official film of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Doreen also composed some orchestral music: an overture ODTAA/One Damn Thing After Another -1945; a Concerto for piano and strings -1948; the overture Bishop Rock -1952; a Suffolk Suite -1964 and two award-winning but little-known string quartets. In 1999 a stroke left her paralysed on one side
(?) b. November 15th 1922.
2004: John Payne Guerin (64)American top session drummer; self-taught on drums, percussion and keyboards, an extremely successful "crossover" artist, frequently bridging the gaps between jazz and rock with his expansive drum vocabulary. Born in Hawaii and raised in San Diego, he began performing with Buddy DeFranco in 1960. In the late 60s he moved to LA where his talented drum work was utilised by artists including Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Peggy Lee, Them, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, Ray Conniff, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle and countless others. In jazz and pop, he is one of the most recorded drummers of all time. Among his many contributions to motion picture and TV scores, John's most celebrated work was on the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's 1988 film biography of Charlie Parker, titled Bird. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O. In more recent years Guerin worked with Tyrell, Oscar Peterson, John Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, Justin Morell, Andreas Pettersson, David Basse, David Garfield, Gary Lemel, and Mike Melvoin (sadly died from heart failure) b. October 31st 1939.
2005: Danny Sugerman (50) US music manager; the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and who wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' co-authored with Jerry Hopkins, and the autobiography 'Wonderland Avenue'. He helped film director Oliver Stone with the production of the 1991 movie The Doors. He also managed Iggy Pop, producing his song "Repo Man", and wrote the book Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns 'N Roses in 1991 (lung cancer) b. October 10th 1954.
2009: Sam "Bluzman" Taylor (74) American singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music has been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley and Son Seals to DMX and EPMD. He was part of Joey Dee & The Starlighters when they had their hit "Peppermint Twist" in 1962. Through the 1970s, he spent his days writing, producing, arranging and teaching more notably for 1970s legendary Funk/Soul group B.T Express when they had their No.1 R&B hits "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" and "Express" in 1974/1975. He was also well known for his own blues work, of more than 12 albums, including "I Came from Dirt" and 2004's "Voice of the Blues", and his appearances at Long Island blues clubs. In 2006 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and just before his death, he released his autobiography "Caught In The Jaws Of The Blues" (heart disease)
b. October 25th 1934.
2009: Claude Jeter (94) American gospel music singer, known for his falsetto vocals; one time member of the Dixie Hummingbirds, he formed the Four Harmony Kings in 1938 with his brother and two fellow coal miners, which was later renamed as the Silvertone Singers. After the group was hired by a radio program based in Knoxville, Tennessee that was sponsored by the local Swan Bakery, they were renamed as the Swan Silvertones, the group would eventually become one of the most popular gospel quartets of the post-war era. During the 1950s many of the elements of the group's style resembled the then-prevalent rhythm and blues vocal group style. He received many offers to perform R&B or rock and roll, but rejected them all, citing a commitment he had made to his mother that he would always sing for the Lord () b.October 26th 1914.
2010: Willie Mitchell (81) American soul, R&B, rock and roll, pop and funk music producer and arranger who ran Royal Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of eight, he began to play the trumpet. While in high school, he was a featured player in popular local big bands. He later formed his own combo, which from time to time included musicians such as trumpeter Booker Little, saxophonists Charles Lloyd, and George Coleman, and pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr. He was maybe better known for his Hi Records label of the 1970s, whose sound was derivative of Booker T and the MG's, releasing albums by a large stable of popular Memphis soul artists, including among others Al Green, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles and of course himself, as a trumpeter and bandleader he released a few popular singles for his Hi Records in the 1960s, including "Soul Serenade". He released his first solo record in 1963 and made another 16 instrumental albums over the next forty years. Willie and Al Green revived their successful recording partnership in 2003 when Green recorded I Can't Stop. They followed this up in 2005 with Everything's OK (Willie sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. March 23rd 1928.
2010: Harold Lewis (98) American musician born in New York City, he was an accomplished flutist and respected studio musician for more than 25 years having worked at Disney, Paramount, RKO, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Goldwyn, Universal and Hal Roach Studios, where he performed in many motion pictures including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Bambi," "Pinocchio," and his piccolo solo can be heard in "The Three Little Pigs". Other films include "Citizen Kane," "The Ten Commandments," "Gone With the Wind," "Love With the Proper Stranger," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," and a number of Laurel and Hardy comedies. Harold was honored to accompany artists such as Mel Torme, Lily Pons, and Jascha Heifetz and to work with numerous talented composers and conductors such as Alfred Newman, George Gershwin, and Elmer Bernstein. (?) b. March 25th 1911.
2011: Keijiro Yamashita (71) Japanese rockabilly singer; he started his career in 1958 at the age of 18, appearing in the “Western Carnival” stage show at the Nihon Gekijo in Tokyo. From there, he quickly found fame as one of the “Rockabilly Sannin Otoko” along with Masaaki Hirao and Mickey Curtis. Despite being hospitalized and undergoing treatment, he performed a dinner show in the Tochigi prefecture on December 26 2010. Sitting in a wheelchair on stage, he extended the performance from its originally scheduled 10 minutes to 40 minutes. Among the songs he performed during the show was his well-known cover of Paul Anka’s “Diana”
(cancer) b.????
2011: Brian Rust (88) British jazz discographer and music journalist; born in London, he collected records from the age of 5. He worked in the BBC's record library from 1945-1960, and supervised broadcasting selections. He wrote for The Gramophone from 1948-1970, and wrote freelance from 1960, including copious liner notes for jazz releases. He hosted the Mardi Gras radio program on Capital Radio from 1973-1984. His Jazz Records 1897-1942, revised several times since its initial publication in 1961, is a standard jazz discography
(?) b. March 19th 1922.
2012: Amit Saigal (46)
Indian rock musician, promoter of rock music, publisher and impresario. Saigal founded the music magazine Rock Street Journal, the first rock magazine in India, and promoted alternative music in India. Amit was also termed as "Papa Rock" by the rock music community of India (sadly drowned while on his boat which was anchored off Bogmalo beach in Goa) b. July 6th 1965.
2012: Gordon W. Bowie (66 or 67) American trombonist, composer, and conductor; was director of the Montgomery Village Community Band in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was bass trombonist for the Virginia Grand Military Band, Legacy Brass, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and other DC area ensembles. In addition, for the 1999-2000 school year he served as band and orchestra director for St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes Schools in Alexandria, Virginia. His many compositions include pieces for band, trombone, string orchestra, brass ensembles, and a large variety of other chamber music. He was a performing arts copyright specialist for the Library of Congress, as well as founder of Serendipity Press, a publisher of brass and woodwind solo and ensemble music with nationwide distribution. (sadly died after a long struggle with prostate cancer)
b. 1945
2012: Hikaru Hayashi (81) Japanese composer, pianist and conductor born in Tokyo. He
composed more than 30 operas and was artistic director and resident composer of the Opera Theatre Konnyakuza. His oeuvre also includes symphonic works, works for band, chamber music, choral works, songs and more than 100 film scores. He wrote more than 20 books including Nihon opera no yume / The Dream of Japanese Opera and i
n 1998 Hikarui won the 30th Suntory Music Award (tragically Hikaru died after collapsing in front of his home hitting his head. He was rushed to the hospital but was unresponsive) b. October 22nd 1931.
2014: K. P. Udayabhanu (77) Indian radio announcer, also he was a playback singer and music director mainly in Malayalam films; born
in Tharur, Palakkad he was the nephew of music scholar K. P. Appukutta Menon and freedom fighter K. P. Kesava Menon. Before working in films he started his career as an announcer in All India Radio in 1955, where he worked for 38 years. In 1964, he worked as music teacher at Lawrence School, Lovedale, but quit it in 1965 and rejoined All India Radio in the same year. He was also the Public Relations Officer to K. Karunakaran twice (sadly he died while fighting Parkinson's disease) b. June 6th 1936.
2014: Nelson Ned/Nelson Ned d'Ávila Pinto (66) Brazilian singer and composer who rose to fame in Brazil and Latin America in 1969 and becoming known internationally, especially in Portugal, France and Spain. In 1971 he released his first Spanish album, "Canción Popular" and performed in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
His best-known ballads in Portuguese language are: "Domingo à Tarde", "Tudo Passará", "Eu Tambem Sou Sentimental", "Deus Abençoe as Crianças do Brasil", "Medo" and "Feliz Aniversario". He also did some instrumental work for the "Electric Moog Orchestra" in 1977. Since 1993, he has only recorded Christian Evangelical songs in both Portuguese, Spanish and some in English (sadly died from pneumonia) b. March 2nd 1947.
2015: King Sporty/Noel G. Williams (71) Jamaican-American reggae musician, born in Portland. He started out as a studio sideman under Clement Dodd's tutelage at Studio One. He recorded for Dodd as a deejay as well as deejaying on Dodd's sound system and in 1965 he released the track "El Cid", credited to King Sporty and Justin Yap, before moving to Miami, Florida in the early 70s. In 1977 Sporty released an album, Mr. Rhythm on his own Konduko label. He evolved from reggae to funk to disco to electro to Miami bass between the 1970s and 1980s and found lasting hits in the electro funk canon with Connie Case's "Get on Down" and "Haven't Been Funked Enough", under his Ex Tras moniker. Sporty is probably best known for writing the massive Bob Marley hit "Buffalo Soldier, also a hit for Eric Clapton.
In 2013 Justin Timberlake sampled Sporty's song "Self Destruct" in his song "That Girl" on his 20/20 Experience album. The International Reggae and World Music Awards honored King Sporty with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. (?) b. September 19th 1943
2016: Elizabeth Swados (64) American writer and composer, born in Buffalo, New York. She studied music at Bennington College in Vermont, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. Her first success, Runaways, opened at The Public Theartre, but moved to Broadway in May, 1978. Over her career, she received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. She was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music, and won an Obie Award for her direction. In 1984 she composed the music for Gary Trudeau's satirical musical Rap Master Ronnie. Her earlier musical with Trudeau, Doonesbury, opened on Broadway in 1983 at the Biltmore Theatre. She composed music for films including 1981's Four Friends and for television such as Seize the Day in 1987 and performed at Carnegie Hall (sadly Elizabeth died from complications following surgery for esophageal cancer) b. February 5th 1951
2016: Pierre Boulez (90) French composer, conductor, writer and pianist, born in Montbrison, Loire. He was also the founder and director of the Paris based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).
In his early career, he played a key role in the development of integral serialism, controlled chance and electronic music. This, coupled with his highly polemical views on the evolution of music, gained him the reputation as an enfant terrible. As a conductor, Pierre was known mainly for his performances of Béla Bartók, Alban Berg, Anton Bruckner, Claude Debussy, Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Edgard Varèse, Richard Wagner and Anton Webern. He received a total of 26 Grammy Awards during his career. Sadly Pierre had been ill for some time and had been unable to take part in the many celebrations, held across the world, for his 90th birthday (?) b. March 26th 1925.
2016: Nick Caldwell (71) American R&B singer and member The Whispers, based in Los Angeles, California. They have had a consistent track record of hit records dating back to the late 1960s. They scored many hits on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they hit No.1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1980 with "And the Beat Goes On / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box". In 1987, they enjoyed a brief tenure in the Top 10 when "Rock Steady" became their first Top 10 success on the Hot 100, reaching No.7, while also reaching the No.1 spot on the R&B chart.The Whispers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003,and were winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008. By popular vote, the group was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com in December 2012. (?) b. April 5th 1944.

2017: Georgette "Géori" Boué (98) French operatic soprano born in Toulouse, where studied solfege, piano, harp, and voice at the Music Conservatory. After winning a first prize in a vocal competition, she made her debut at the Capitole de Toulouse in 1934, aged only 16, in small roles, such as Urbain in Les Huguenots, Siebel in Faust, Stéfano in Roméo et Juliette, quickly followed by bigger parts such as the lead role in Mireille, and Micaëla in Carmen. She made her Paris debut at the Opéra-Comique in 1939, as Mimi in La Bohème and went on to perform worldwide including the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Liceu in Barcelona, and La Scala in Milan (?) b. October 16th 1918.

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1942: Emma Calvé/Rosa Emma Calvet (83)
French soprano born in Decazeville; she studied the art of singing under Jules Puget. After her debut at the Brussels La Monnaie, she took lessons in Paris from the celebrated teacher Mathilde Marchesi. She made a tour of Italy, where she saw the famous actress Eleonora Duse, whose impersonations made a deep impression on the young singer. She trained herself in stage craft and gesture by closely observing Duse's performances. Emma went on to be probably the most famous French female opera singer of the Belle Époque. Hers was an international career, and she sang regularly and to considerable acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (?) b. August 15th 1858.
1980: Georgeanna Marie Tillman
Gordon (36) American singer brought up in Detroit, she joined a singing group with high school friends Gladys Horton, Georgia Dobbins, Katherine Anderson, and Wyanttea Cowart and called the Casinyets. After coming in second place during a talent contest, the group, now known as The Marvels, went to Motown's Hitsville USA studio and auditioned for the label's head Berry Gordy and leading artist/staffer Smokey Robinson. The group performed well but was required to come back with their own song. Georgia co-wrote the song "Please Mr. Postman" for the group and the Marvels signed to Motown's Tamla label in 1961, Gordy altering their name to the Marvelettes. Georgeanna remained a member from then on until 1965 when her illness began to affect her performances
(sadly died young with sickle cell anemia) b. February 5th 1944
1986: Joe Farrell/Joseph Carl Firrantello (48) US jazz saxophonist and flutist; well known for his performance with Chick Corea in Return to Forever, as well as a series of albums under his own name on the CTI label having a major hit with his third album “Moon Gems,” in 1972, backed by top sidemen including Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette. He also recorded with Charles Mingus, The Band, Maynard Ferguson Big Band, Slide Hampton, Andrew Hill, Average White Band, Jaki Byard, Hall & Oates, Fuse One and Elvin Jones among others. He is bettwr known for a series of albums under his own name on the CTI record label and for playing in the initial incarnation of Chick Corea's Return to Forever (died of bone cancer) b. December 16th 1937.
1993: Dizzy Gillespie/John Birks Gillespie (75) American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer dubbed "the sound of surprise", his image is almost inseparable from his trademark trumpet, whose bell bends upward at a 45-degree angle rather than pointing straight ahead as in the conventional design. Born in Cheraw, South Carolina, he started to play the piano at the age of four and taught himself how to play the trombone as well as the trumpet by the age of twelve. His first professional job was with the Frank Fairfax Orchestra in 1935, after which he joined the respective orchestras of Edgar Hayes and Teddy Hill, in 1937. Teddy Hill’s band was where Dizzy Gillespie made his first recording, King Porter Stomp. In 1939, Dizzy joined Cab Calloway's orchestra. During this time started writing big band music for bandleaders like Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. He then freelanced with a few bands, most notably Ella Fitzgerald's orchestra, made up of members of the late Chick Webb's band, in 1942. 1943, saw Dizzy with the Earl Hines orchestra, but in 1945, he left Eckstine's band wanting to play with a small combo and he e and Charlie Parker worked together. After his work with Parker, Dizzie led other small combos, including ones with Milt Jackson, John Coltrane, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Brown, Kenny Clarke, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, and Yusef Lateef and finally put together his first successful big band. Dizzie was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many, many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Jon Faddis and Chuck Mangione.
(sadly died of pancreatic cancer) b. October 21st 1917.
1999: Michel Petrucciani (36) French jazz pianist; Michel was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, in his early career his father and brother occasionally carried him, literally, because he could not walk far on his own unaided. Although he trained for years as a classical pianist, an enthusiast of Duke Ellington, and jazz remained his main interest. He gave his first professional concert at the age of 13 and moved to America in 1982, where he successfully encouraged Charles Lloyd to resume playing actively. Then on February 22nd 1985, with Michel cradled in his arms, Charles Lloyd walked onto the stage at Town Hall in New York City and sat Michel on his piano stool for what would be an historic evening in jazz history: the filming of One Night with Blue Note. In 1986 he recorded a live album with Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall. He also played with diverse figures in the US jazz scene including Dizzy Gillespie. In 1994 Michel was granted a Légion d'honneur in Paris (sadly died from a pulmonary infection) b.
December 28th 1962.
2003: Hirini Melbourne (53) Maori composer, singer, university lecturer, poet and author, from Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Kahungunu Maori tribes. He is known in New Zealand for his work surrounding the revival Maori culture. A member of Nga Tamatoa, which petitioned the New Zealand Government to have Maori taught in schools as part of its focus on Maori identity, he also studied at Auckland University and later became the Dean and associate professor of Maori and Pacific development. The power of his melodies and the brilliance of his compositions have still to be widely recognised, although dozens of his now classic songs are sung in classrooms throughout New Zealand. He regularly played with Richard Nunns. This partnership lead to the release of ‘Te Ku Te Whe’, a CD of original and traditional compositions for a variety of Maori flutes which has been awarded a Gold Disc Award. A second CD together with a DVD ‘Te Hekenga-a-rangi’ was released in 2003. In 2002 Hirini was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato where he had been a lecturer in the Department of Maori. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2003 New Year’s Honours just before his untimely death a week later (?) b. 21 July 1949.
2005: Les Robinson (90) American jazz musician; started on the trumpet, but famous for playing and recording alto-sax and sometimes clarenet with the big swing bands of Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Howard Thomas to mention just a few. He was Artie Shaw's lead alto on the classic "Begin the Beguine" and he is all Artie Shaw's recordings from 1937 to 1939 (?) b. November 10th 1914
2006: Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (72) American jazz, soul, R&B singer-songwriter born in Chicago. Lou was a high school classmate of Sam Cooke, they sang together in the Teenage Kings of Harmony, a '50s gospel group. After 3 years in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, leaving as a sergeant, he travelled to LA with The Pilgrim Travelers. While touring the South in 1958 with the Travelers and Sam Cooke, he was in a serious car crash and pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital, it took him nearly a year to fully recuperate, allowing him to perform at the Hollywood Bowl in 1959. This led him to be signed to Capitol Records. His debut Capitol solo jazz album, Stormy Monday (a.k.a. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water) was the first of 28 albums made with Capitol. As well as his recording and touring career, he appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many cartoons. He had been called "The Funkiest Man Alive".
In 1967 Lou won his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, for the single "Dead End Street" and he performed the national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner", prior to the Earnie Shavers-Muhammad Ali title fight at Madison Square Garden. They requested him to sing the anthem many times over the next 28 years. Although he was seriously ill with cancer, his final performance there, was on October 23rd, 2005 at the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Game Two of the 2005 World Series. (complications of lung and brain cancers) b. December 1st 1933.
2007: Sneaky/Pete Kleinow (72) American pedal steel guitarist, co-founded influential 1960s country rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers; born in South Bend, Indiana, he originally worked as a special effects artist and stop motion animator for movies and television, including the Gumby, Outer Limits, and Davey and Goliath series. He also sat in with Bakersfield Sound-oriented combos and early country-rock aggregations playing the pedal steel guitar. This is where he became acquainted with Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons of The Byrds, helping the group to replicate their newly country-oriented sound onstage with banjoist Doug Dillard. After leaving the Byrds, in 1968, Parsons and Hillman invited Pete to join their new band, the Flying Burrito Brothers. He left behind his career in visual effects and spent the next thirteen years as a professional musician. He became an in demand session player for an eclectic range of artists, including Joe Cocker, Delaney, Bonnie and Friends and Little Feat. In 1972 Sneaky teamed up with Laramy Smith in the super group ARIZONA. He also added steel guitar to records by Frank Zappa, the Bee Gees, John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac. In 1974 Pete was part of a new band, Cold Steel, and then a reconstituted Flying Burrito Brothers. His first solo album, Sneaky Pete, was released in 1978 and The Legend and the Legacy followed in 1994. He had also returned to special effects and created the dinosaurs for the comic film Caveman (1981), starring Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. In 1983, his work on the television miniseries The Winds of War was recognized with an Emmy Award for Special Visual Effects.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Pete created special effects for movies such as The Empire Strikes Back, Gremlins, The Right Stuff, The Terminator, and Terminator 2, while continuing to work sporadically as a professional musician. In 2000, Kleinow formed a group called Burrito Deluxe, the name of a 1970 Flying Burrito Brothers album. The group recorded three albums, Georgia Peach, The Whole Enchilada and 2007's Disciples Of The Truth, which feature his last studio recordings. Pete's last performance was at a 2005 Gram Parsons tribute concert in Waycross, Georgia, the home town of Gram Parsons (complications of Alzheimer's disease) b. August 20th 1934.
2008: Seymour Marvin "Cy" Leslie (75) American music and video executive, he began his career by founding Voco Records, producing record greeting cards and children's records. He later e founded Pickwick Records, and was the first president and founder of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group. Pickwick Records aimed to make music more affordable, and carried such artists as Elvis Presley at various times. MGM Home Video was the first company to enter the home video business, which today has become the home entertainment industry including DVD and other sales (?) b. December 16th 1922.
2009: {date his death was announced} Ronald Frank Asheton (60) American guitarist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop and rock band The Stooges ~ b. July 17th 1948... MORE INFO
Maria Dimitriadi (58) Greek singer, born in Athens; she was considered a "total voice" and one of the most renowned performers of the songs of Mikis Theodorakis and Thanos Mikroutsikos. She primarily connected with political left-wing songs during the Junta and Metapolitefsi era in Greece, but she also experimented with other styles and genres, of a more lyrical tone (sadly died from a rare lung disease) b. April 11th 1950.
2011: Richard Wiedamann (78) German pianist, composer and cultural mediator born
in Regensburg. In 1982 he co-founded the Jazz Weekend in the Old Town of Regensburg, with 15 Bands and 6000 mark budget. In 1987 he founded the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Bavaria, he was the organization manager for 10 years until his move to Marktoberdorf.
He was awarded the Cultural Prize of the City of Regensburg 2010 (?) b. May 14th 1932.
2012: W. Francis McBeth (78) American composer, whose wind band works are highly respected. His primary musical influences included Clifton Williams, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson. The popularity of his works in the United States during the last half of the twentieth century led to many invitations and appearances as a guest conductor, where he often conducted the premiere performances of some of his compositions, the majority of which were commissioned. His conducting activities have taken him to forty-eight states, three Canadian provinces, Japan, and Australia. At one time, his "Double Pyramid Balance System" was a widely used pedagogical tool in the concert band world. As well as been honoured with several awards, f
rom '57 until his retirement in 1996, he taught at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. (?) b. March 9th 1933.
2012: Tom Ardolino (56) American drummer; he joined the
Miami rock band, New Rhythm and Blues Quartet aka NRBQ in 1974 when original drummer Tom Staley departed. Tom remained behind the drums for the next 30 years, playing on 15 studio albums and countless live shows, until the group went on hiatus in 2004. NRBQ is known for its live performances, containing a high degree of spontaneity and levity, and blending rock, pop, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. Although he played at NRBQ reunion concerts in the intervening years, Tom wasn’t well enough to resume drum duties when keyboardist Terry Adams reconstituted the band with a new lineup in 2011. As a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, Tom appeared in a promotional video to campaign for the world premiere of The Simpsons Movie in Springfieldand he also released a solo album "Unknown Brain" was released in 2004
(sadly Tom died following a long illness) b. January 12th 1955.
2013: Bart Van den Bossche (48) Belgian singer and TV presenter, born in Oostende, Belgium but grew up in Kortrijk, to which he dedicated his song De stad van mijn jeugd/The town of my youth. During his humanities studies he started to play the guitar and sing. After graduation he went to the Brussels conservatorium. His musical style was heavily influenced by Johan Verminnen and Raymond van het Groenewoud, mentioned in his song 'k Heb bijna alles/I have nearly everything.
His first hit Overstuur came out in 1986. As an actor he took part in the playwright Maria Viers lokaal in 1989/1990. He also presented the VTM programs Videodinges, Kok en Cº, De dag van 100,000 and Haha Reclame, and the radio programs Het leven is mooi, Radio 2, and VDB.
(sadly Bart died from an aortic aneurysm) b. April 17th 1964
2014: Hugo de la Torre (61) Argentine singer, guitarist and along with his brother Raul, was one half of the duo Los Hermanos de la Torre. In 1966 they recorded their first album, "The Brothers of the Tower".
Thereafter the duo started singing Cuyo which spread throughout the country and abroad. His music was heard in Russia, USA, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Japan. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. February 20th 1953.
2014: Luc Romann/Roland Froidevaux (76) French singer-songwriter, he recorded his debut album, Sing ... Luc Romann, in 1961. This was followed by a further 12 albums, the last being, Solitudes & Co, released in 1992. He also wrote several songs with Georges Moustaki, 'I love you by I love you' and 'Shadow' (sadly died of complications from surgery) b. December 5th 1937.
2014: Herbert Owen Reed (103) American composer, conductor and educator, raised in rural Odessa, Missouri, where his first exposure to music was his father's playing of the old-time fiddle accompanied by his mother at the piano. He studied music at the University of Missouri beginning in 1929, transferring in 1933 to Louisiana State University where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, both in music composition, as well as a Bachelor of Arts. While a freshman at the University of Missouri, he became interested in jazz big band, later arranging for the university's big band. He also became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia while at Missouri. He investigated the traditional music of Eastern Europe, North Africa and Turkey, using these as inspirations for his own original works and devoted much study to the traditional music of North America. Many of his works feature material derived from the Mexican, Native American, Anglo-American and African American cultures, blended with contemporary idioms and composed a trilogy of chamber operas based on Native American legends: Earth Trapped (Sioux, 1960), Living Solid Face (Algonquin, 1974) and Butterfly Girl and Mirage Boy (Hopi-Aztec, 1980). He has also published eight books on the subjects of musical composition and music theory (?) b. June 17th 1910.
2015: Lawrence Gushee (83) American musicologist; born in Ridley Park, Philadelphia, he specialized in medieval music and early jazz. He wrote the book, Pioneers of Jazz:The Story of the Creole Band, and also played traditional jazz and ragtime, performing as a clarinetist in the New Golden Rule Orchestra (?) b. February 25th 1931.
2016: Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros (87) Cuban trumpeter, born in Santa Clara, Las Villas Province. He first began playing in a band led by the sonero/composer René Álvarez called Conjunto Los Astros and soon after with Arsenio Rodríguez. The nickname "Chocolate" was given him owing to a case of mistaken identity, when someone took him for Kid Chocolate, the champion boxer. After the Cuban Revolution, he moved to New York, and went on to play with José Fajardo, Beny Moré, Tito Puente, César Concepción, Machito, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Marcelino Guerra, Charlie Palmieri, John Santos, Israel "Cachao" López, Noro Morales, Johnny Pacheco, and many others.Also he was a member of La Sonora Matancera from 1977 to 1980. (sadly died fighting prostate cancer) b. April 4th 1928
2017: Sylvester Potts (79) American soul singer born in Detroit; he joined the soul group, The Contours, just after they had signed to Motown, replacing Benny Reeves who had left to serve in the US Navy. He performed on the group's second single release, the Gordy penned "The Stretch". It was a No.1 on Billboard's R&B chart and crossed over to No.3 on the Hot 100 in 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Other 60s hits included "Shake Sherry", "Can You Do It", "Don't Let Her Be Your Baby", "Can You Jerk Like Me", "That Day When She Needed Me", and "First I Look at the Purse". Sylvester was a member of the Contours for over 50 years, but in 2004, he left to form his own group with four members of a local Detroit group named 'Upscale', which immediately began performing as 'The Contours'. Joe Billingslea sued and Sylvester countersued, each claiming the rights to the name. These suits were resolved in an out-of-court settlement which provided for the existence of both groups to be identified as "Joe Billingslea and The Contours" and "The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts" (?) b. January 1st 1938.
2017: Johnny Dick (73) Australian drummer, born in Llanfairfechan, Wales, UK, but as a child his family relocated to New Zealand where he met Max Merritt. He first went to Australia as a member of Max Merritt’s band playing at the Rex Hotel; after the show Billy Thorpe walked up to him and said he wanted him in his band. Johnny was a member of Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs for 1965-1966; In Focus 1969-1970; Fanny Adams 1970-1971; The Wild Cherries 1971-1972; and La De Das, after which he helped form and performed in John Paul Young and The All Stars and The Stevie Wright Band. Despite having a such a long career in music he only recorded one solo single, “The Warrior” b/w “She Was My Babe” in 1975. (?) b. June 1943.

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1936: Guy d'Hardelot/Helen Rhodes nee Helen Guy (77) French composer, pianist, and teacher.
Born at Chateau d'Hardelot, near Boulogne-sur-Mer. This old castle, from which she took her pen name, was once occupied by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Most of her life, she was engaged in teaching singing and diction at her home in London, and many of her pupils attained success. In 1896 she toured the US with Calvé. Her first real success as a composer was won with "Because", though her song "Sans Toi" had previously been favorably received. Among her other successes may be mentioned "I Know a Lovely Garden", "I Think", "I Hid My Love", "Dawn", and "A Bunch of Violets" (?) b. August ?? 1858
1946: Adamo Didur (72)
Polish operatic bass vocalist; he studied in Lwów with Valery Wysocki. He later worked with Franz Emmerich in Milan. His concert debut came in Milan in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He went on to sing extensively in opera in Europe and appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera from 1908 to 1932
(?) b. December 24th 1874.
1964: Cyril Davies (32)
English musician, born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, he was one of the first UK blues harmonica players and blues musicians. He began his career in the early '50s, first within Steve Lane's Southern Stompers, then as part of an acoustic skiffle and blues group with Alexis Korner. He began as a banjo and 12-string guitarist before becoming Britain's first Chicago-style blues harmonica player. In 1962, he and Alexis Korner opened a club called the Ealing Club in London, adding bassist Jack Bruce, saxist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Charlie Watts, to form the electric band Blues Incorporated, and they recorded the album R&B from the Marquee. Many budding young musicians visited the Ealing Club and 'guested' with Blues Incorporated, including Rod Stewart, Paul Jones, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Eric Burdon, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Ginger Baker (frequently reported as of leukaemia, but some accounts suggest pleurisy and others small cell lung cancer) b.
January 23rd 1932.
1967: Carl Schuricht (86) German conductor, in 1909 he succeeded Siegfried Ochs as director of the Rühlscher Oratorienverein in Frankfurt-am-Mein and at 31 was appointed musical director of the municipal orchestra in Wiesbaden; festivals of modern music (Richard Strauss, Reger, Mahler, Delius and Arnold Schoenberg) made Wiesbaden an internationally-renowned centre for music. In later years during the late 40s and 50s Carl conducted throughout Switzerland, at the re-opening of the Salzburg Festival in 1946, in Paris, and at the festivals of Holland, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Montreux. He regularly conducted the South German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to 1966. When the Vienna Philharmonic made their first tour to the USA in 1956, he share the conducting during the six-weeks with André Cluytens (?)
b. July 3rd 1880.
1980: Larry Williams (44) American singer, saxophonist, keyboards, and pianist born in New Orleans, Louisiana; best known for writing and recording some Rock'n'Roll standards from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records, including "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". He also began acting in the 1960s, appearing on film in Just for the Hell of It-1968, The Klansman-1974, and Drum-1976 (tragically died from a gun-shot wound in his LA, California home. The death was deemed suicide, though there was much speculation otherwise. No suspects were ever arrested or charged) b. May 10th 1935.
Chink Martin/Chink Abraham (94) American jazz tubist born in New Orleans; he
played guitar before settling on tuba. He played with Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Brass Band around 1910, and worked in various other brass bands in the city in the 1910's. In 1923, he traveled to Chicago and played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, as well as the Halfway House Orchestra, the New Orleans Harmony Kings, and the New Orleans Swing Kings. In the 1930s, he worked as a staff musician at WSMB radio. He continued to play tuba for his entire career, though he also picked up double-bass from the 1930s onward. He played with dozens of noted New Orleans jazz musicians, appearing on record with Sharkey Bonano, Santo Pecora, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and others, and released one album under his own name on Southland Records in 1963 (?) b. June 10th 1886.
1998: Owen Bradley (82) American record producer and pianist who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 60s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly. He learned piano at an early age, and began playing in local nightclubs and roadhouses when he was a teenager. At 20, he got a job at WSM-AM radio, where he worked as an arranger and musician and in 1942, he became the station's musical director. As well as becoming a recording artist, he enjoyed record production and in 1952, he and his brother Harold built their own recording studio where they began to record singers such as Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells. By 1956, they had moved to larger premises and had their famed Quonset hut studio on 16th Avenue South, Nashville. It was here that Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent recorded some of their earliest sessions. Owen also recorded several of the new country artists of the time, including Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. The area surrounding the old Quonset hut became known as Music Row. It was here that, over the years, the recording industry of Nashville developed. He did, in fact, record both pop and country artists. He also appeared as a musician, not only on some of Decca recording sessions but he actually played with Chet Atkins on Elvis Presley's RCA session, on the recording of Heartbreak Hotel. Between 1958 and 1968, he was the country A&R director for Decca and was then promoted to be the label's vice president in Nashville. Owen was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. He retired from production in the early 1980s, but continued to work on the selected projects, such as k.d. Lang's acclaimed 1988 album, Shadowland (?) b. October 21st 1915.
2001: James Carr (58) American R&B and soul singer, born in Coahoma, Mississippi, and began singing in church and was performing in gospel groups. He first made the R&B charts in 1966 with "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", followed by his most famous song "The Dark End of the Street". A resurgence in interest in his music, spurred by his portrayal in Peter Guralnick's 1986 book Sweet Soul Music, helped return Carr to the recording studio, but he didn't have any further chart success (sadly James died after a battle with lung cancer) b. June 13th 1942.
2002: Jon Lee (33) Welsh musician and the original drummer for the successful British rock band Feeder. Born in Newport, Wales, he was inspired to play the drums, having acquired a drum kit in his teens, he teamed up in the early 1990s with Grant Nicholas to form a band called "Temper Temper". Without much in the way of success, the two took to London to set up a new band called "Hum", but the true turning point came when a Japanese bassist called Taka Hirose answered an ad in "Loot" magazine to form a new band called "Reel" and a record contract with the Echo Label followed in November 1994 when their name was "Real". From here the band changed their name to Feeder named after Grant's goldfish (sadly suicide, found hanged at his Miami home) b. March 28th 1968.

2009: Alex van Heerden (34) South African trumpeter, vocalist, accordionist, producer, composer, historian and explorer; a self-taught musician that started to play trumpet at the age of 17. As well as his solo career, he worked with Robbie Jansen in Jansen's jazz group Sons of Table Mountain. Later he studied his own ethnic music and in the process became aware of the influence of ghoema, vastrap and other Coloured music on boeremusiek. He also worked together with Swedish musician and producer Håkan Lidbo, creating electronic music. He was on the verge of co-launching a second album with Cape Town jazz musician Hilton Schilder, with who he had toured parts of Europe and Hong Kong with on several occasions, and a second CD with Gramadoelas, the band he co-founded (died in a car accident in Cape Town)
b. November 23rd 1974
2010: Eric Shark/Thomas Sam Davis (59) British singer with the Liverpool based band, Deaf School. Eric had been in poor health for several years and was waiting for a lung transplant, but he continued to play a part in Deaf School concerts until September, when he sat at a table at the side of the stage, with microphone in hand and oxygen mask and cylinder close by (lung disease) b. ????
2011: Phil Kennemore (57) American bassist he was a member of Y&T, who were formerly known as Yesterday And Today, and played with the hard rock band at every stage of their 36-year history since 1974, helping the band sell over four million albums in the process. He appeared on all of their 21 albums, including the classic albums In Rock We Trust, which featured their biggest hit ‘Summertime Girls’, and Mean Streak, and the band’s most recent studio record Facemelter which was released last year.
Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's own innovators of the hard rock sound. World-renowned headliners on their own, the band also remained the most requested support act on the hard rock road, touring with icons Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and more (sadly died after his brave fight with lung cancer) b. 1954
2013: Tom Ebbert (93) American trombonist and former member of the Dukes of Dixieland, a New Orleans "Dixieland" style revival band formed in 1948. Born in Pittsburgh, Tom spent more than five decades of his career playing swing, ballroom and polka music at burlesque houses and jazz joints in New Orleans' French Quarter. Tom played with the traditional New Orleans jazz ensemble, the Dukes of Dixieland, and was a regular at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe and Preservation Hall before moving to Petersburg, Ind., days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. (sadly died complications from Alzheimer's disease) b. 1920
2016: Troy Shondell/Gary Shelton/Gary Wayne Schelton (76) American singer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and educated at Valparaiso and Indiana universities. He wrote his first song at age 14, which was recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials. He also learned to play five musical instruments. His professional music career started as a teenager and released his first single, "My Hero", in 1958 under the name Gary Shelton. He followed the next year with "Kissin' at the Drive-In". In 1961 he became a UK one-hit wonder, with his song, "This Time", which also earnt him a gold disc. Troy performed and toured well into the 2000's until he became too ill to perform. (sadly died from complications from Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease) b. May 14th 1939.
2016: Robert M. Cundick Sr (89)
American organist and composer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah and earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in music from the University of Utah. One of the ‘most important and influential Latter-day Saint musicians, he was the organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle from 1965 to 1991 and also a prominent composer, maybe best-known for his oratorio "The Redeemer". As well, he served for many years as an organist at the Mormon Tabernacle. This included accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and playing organ solos on the weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word. (?) b. November 26th 1926.
2016: Kitty Kallen (94) American singer; born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s—to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock 'n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s, including those of Artie Shaw, Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, before starting out on her solo career and
became widely known for her 1954 solo recording '"Little Things Mean a Lot". Voted "most popular female singer" in 1954 in both Billboard and Variety polls,Kitty lost her voice at the London Palladium in 1955 at the top of her career and left singing for four years, suffering paralyzed vocal cords. After testing her voice under a pseudonym in small town venues, she returned and went on to achieve many more hits, including "If I Give My Heart to You" and "My Coloring Book". As well, she starred on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow; in the 1955 film The Second Greatest Sex and appeared on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Big Beat with singer-host Richard Hayes, American Bandstand, and Fred Allen's Judge for Yourself. In 1951, Kallen appeared with Buster Crabbe as the Queen and King of Winter at the Lake Placid resort. In 2009, Kitty was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. (?) b. May 25th 1921.
2016: Jit Samaroo (65) Trinidadian Steelpan musician and arranger, born in Surrey; at the age of 10, he joined the shortlived Village Boys pan-round-the-neck side, before forming the Samaroo kids combo with his siblings. Jit joined the Lever Brothers Canboulay Steelband, where he learned and mastered all the orchestra's instruments. Recognising young Jit's talent, musical director Landeg White allowed him to help arrange the band's calypsos. Jit went on to perform and was the arranger for the Renegades Steel Orchestra for over four decades, and created history when he won nine Panorama Competitions between 1982 and 1997.
He was also was awarded the Hummingbird Medal of Merit (silver) in 1987, as well as the Chaconia Medal (silver) in 1995 and in 2003, he was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West Indies. He was a versatile composer and musician and occasionally played bass in his family band the Samaroo Jets. (?) b. February 24th 1950.

2017: Eddie Kamae (89) American ukulele virtuoso, singer, composer, and film producer born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised both there and in Lahaina, Maui. He learned to play the ukulele with an instrument his bus driver brother found on the public transport. In 1948, Eddie and Shoi Ikemi formed the Ukulele Rascals, the first known professional all-ukulele act. In 1959 he met Gabby Pahinui, they began playing together and formed Sons of Hawaii, with their first paying gig at The Sand Box. His 1971 initial meeting with Hawaiian poet Sam Li'a Kalainaina Jr resulted in Eddie's first of several documentaries in 1988, 'LI'A: 'The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man'. Together, he and Li'a wrote 'Hawaii Pia Valley Song'. Eddie also produced the documentaries 'The Hawaiian Way The Art and Tradition of Slack Key Music'-1993; The History of the Sons of Hawaii-2004; Words, Earth & Aloha: Source of Hawaiian Music-2005; Keepers of the Flame-2005; Lahaina: Waves of Change-2007. (?) b. August 4th 1927.
2017: Jerzy Kossela (74) Polish guitarist, vocalist and founding member of the bands Electron, Niebiesko-Czarni, Pieciolinie and Czerwone Gitary. He was a founding member of the band Czerwone Gitary, during 1965-1967. Following his departure from the band, he continued to remain active in Polish music and performed on stage with his other bands until 1976 after which he would then spend 15 years as a music presenter. Upon Czerwone Gitary's reunion in 1991, he once again became its guitarist and singer. He composed such hits as "Bo ty sie boisz myszy", "Historia jednej znajomosci", "Matura" (lyrics to the music of Krzysztof Klenczon). Due to health problems, he stopped performing in concerts with the band Czerwone Gitary, May 2015. Jerzy also co-authored the book 'Czerwone Gitary to wlasnie my!' and in 2010 he received the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis. (?) b. July 15th 1942.

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1970: Giannis Christou (44) Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents. In 1948 he gained an MA in philosophy after having studied with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell in Cambridge.
During that time he also studied music with Hans Redlich and studied orchestration with Angelo Francesco Lavagnino in Rome in '49, also that year he composed Phoenix Music for orchestra and First Symphony. His last works from 1967 to 1970 include Anaparastasis I (The baritone),
Anaparastasis III (The pianist), Oedipus Rex and also Oresteia which was unfinished (Tragically died on his birthday in a car accident in Athens, Greece) b. January 8th 1926.
1975: Richard Tucker/Rubin Ticker (61)
American operatic tenor; a highly regarded operatic tenor throughout his career, and is generally considered by vocal-music historians and critics as being the greatest American-born, American-trained tenor of his era. On December 15th 1945, under the baton of Emil Cooper, Richard made his debut as Enzo in La Gioconda. The debut, one of the most successful in the annals of the Metropolitan, foretold his 30-year career as the leading American tenor of the postwar era (He died of a heart attack while resting before an evening performance in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the only person whose funeral has been held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. In tribute to his legacy at the Met, the city of New York designated the park adjacent to Lincoln Centre as Richard Tucker Square) b. August 28th 1913.
1979: Sara Carter (80)
American country musician; known for her deep and distinctive singing voice, she was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930's. She married A. P. Carter on June 18, 1915. Sara was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970,
in 1993, her image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family and in 2001 she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor
(??) b. July 21st 1898.
1986: Pierre Fournier (88)
French cellist, he graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 17, in 1923. He was hailed as "the cellist of the future" and won praise for his virtuosity and bowing technique. In the period 1925-1929 he was a member of the Krettly Quartet, led by Odette's brother Robert Krettly.
He became well known when he also played with the Concerts Colonne Orchestra in 1925 and began touring all over Europe. Pierre taught at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Paris Conservatoire from 1937 to 1949. He made his first tour of the United States in 1948 and played to great acclaim in New York and Boston. After 1956, he made his home in Switzerland, and taught privately at his home in Geneva until his death: the British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber was among his pupils (?) b. June 24th 1906.
1991: Steve Clark (30)
English co-lead guitarist for British heavy metal band Def Leppard. Born in Sheffield, he started playing guitar at aged 11 and was soon playing in a local band, Electric Chicken, before joining Def Leppard in 1978 where he was nicknamed "The Riffmaster". He contributed to half of the songs on the band's 1992 album Adrenalize prior to his death, he is also showcased on the 1979 EP Def Leppard and albums, On Through the Night, High 'n' Dry, Hysteria, Pyromania, Adrenalize, and Retro Active (sadly died from a drug overdose) b. April 23rd 1960.
1996: Howard Taubman (88)
American music and theatre critic, born in Manhattan; he began working for The New York Times and joined the Music Department there in 1930 and became music editor in 1935. For about a year, from 1944-1945, he served in the Army and worked in Italy as a writer for Stars and Stripes.
In the 1950s, he acted as the ghostwriter for opera singer Marian Anderson’s autobiography My Lord, What a Morning. In 1960, he took the post of Chief Drama Critic for the Times and from 1966 until he retired in 1972, Howard was a critic-at-large for the Times. He wrote several books including How to Bring up your Child to Enjoy Music, How to Build a Record Library, The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini, Music on My Beat: An Intimate Volume of Shop Talk, Music as a Profession, and Opera: Front and Back (?) b. July 4th 1907.
1998: Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (93) English composer was one of the foremost British composers of the 20th century he was a student in the Royal College of Music, where he studied composition with Charles Wood and C. H. Kitson, he also studied conducting with Adrian Boult and Malcolm Sargent. As a composer his works comprised of five string quartets, four concerti, four symphonies, five operas and a number of vocal and choral works. Michael was knighted in 1966, and awarded the Order of Merit in 1983. He remained very active composing and conducting. His opera, New Year, received its premiere in 1989. Then came Byzantium, a piece for soprano and orchestra premiered in 1991. His autobiography, Those Twentieth Century Blues also appeared in 1991. A string quartet followed in 1992. In 1995 his ninetieth birthday was celebrated with special events in Britain, Canada and the US, including the premiere of his final work, The Rose Lake. In that year a collection of his essays, Tippett on Music, also appeared (While in Stockholm for a retrospective of his concert music, he developed pneumonia. He was brought home, but died soon after) b. January 2nd 1905.
2002: David McWilliams (56)
Northern Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist born in Belfast and moved to Ballymena at the age of 8. He began playing guitar and writing songs in his early teens and he started a local dance band, the Coral Showband. He is maybe best known for his 1967 song "Days of Pearly Spencer".
Although he never had a 'hit' in England, he was very popular on continental Europe, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and also Japan. (heart attack) b. July 4th 1945.
2003: Ron Goodwin (77) British composer and conductor; he learned the piano from an early age and studied trumpet in London at the Guildhall School of Music. His first job was as copyist and arranger for publishing companies and bands, including work with the BBC. Through documentary music he was introduced to music for movies, and worked as a ghostwriter for Phil Green, Stanley Black, Geraldo and Peter Yorke among others. He later worked as a conductor in recording sessions for popular music artists, including Petula Clark. His many film scores include Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, and 2 movies featuring Morecambe and Wise, as well as Norman Wisdom films. He composed the music for Lancelot and Guinevere, four Miss Marple movies, Force 10 From Navarone, The Spaceman and King ArthurWalt Disney's One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, among others. Ron won three Ivor Novello Awards, including one for lifetime achievement in 1994. He was given honorary Freedom of the City of London (?) b. February 17th 1925.
2009: Deborah Riedel (50) Australian operatic soprano, generally regarded as one of the greatest voices ever produced in Australia. She sang with such companies as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Rome Opera; the Vienna State Opera, and many others. She won the inaugural Givenchy French Operatic Award in 1994. Her American debut that year was as Amina in La sonnambula in San Diego. She also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. Her work in Australia included roles in The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Norma, La traviata, Il trovatore, La bohème, Tosca, Faust, The Tales of Hoffmann, Turandot and others. Internationally she sang the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. In 2004, she was Sieglinde in the first Wagner Ring Cycle ever staged in Australia, by the State Opera of South Australia (sadly lost to cancer) b. July 31st 1958.
2011: Elfa Secioria (51) Indonesian jazz pianist, born in Garut, West Java; he showed great keyboard talents from the age of 5, and was already performing before appreciative crowds with his own jazz trio by age 8. Before his 20th birthday this musical genius had completed courses in symphonic music, musical arrangement, music theory and musical history.
His songs and his performances, time and again, won Indonesia top honors at the ASEAN Song Festival, Tokyo Song Festival, Golden Kite Festival-Kuala Lumpur, World Song Festival-Tokyo. His educational and musical directing abilities also earned his groups world titles in international choral and marching band competitions. Elfa's best-selling recording "From Indonesia with Love" remains the definitive compendium of modern arrangements of traditional national songs gathered from Sabang to Merauke (?) b. February 20th 1959.
2012: Dave Alexander aka Omar Sharriff/Omar Hakim Khayam (73) American blues singer and self taught pianist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Marshall, Texas. He joined the US Navy in 1955, then moved to Oakland, California in 1957, where he played with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. In 1968, he recorded 'Oakland Blues', his first songs for the World Pacific label. He performed at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1970, and played at the San Francisco Blues Festival, many times from 1973 onward. His songs include "The Hoodoo Man (The Voodoo Woman & The Witch Doctor)", "Cold Feelin", "St. James Infirmary", "Blue Tumbleweed", "Sundown", "Sufferin' With The Lowdown Blues", "Jimmy, Is That You?", "So You Wanna Be A Man" "Strange Woman", and "The Dirt On The Ground" (Tragically, Dave died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Marshall, Texas) b. March 10th 1938.
2011: Derek 'Chow' Boyes (66) England organist and keyboardist born in Scarborough; he played with The Buzz, David Bowie and The Truth (Chow died unexpectedly) b. June 13th 1944.
2012: Alexis Weissenberg (82) Bulgarian classical pianist, born in Sofia; he gave his first public performance at the age of eight. After escaping to what was then Palestine in 1945, where he he was studying, he went to the Juilliard School in 1946 to study. In 1947 he made his New York debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His more notable interpretations were those of Liszt Sonata in B minor, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as his Piano Concerto No. 3, also his readings of Schumann, and many works by Frédéric Chopin. Alexis was also a composer of much piano music and a musical, Nostalgie, that was premiered at the State Theatre of Darmstadt in October 1992 (?) b. July 26th 1929.
2013: Tandyn Almer (70) American songwriter, singer, musician, and producer born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he attended the music conservatory. He quit school and moved to Chicago to become a jazz pianist. In the early 60s he relocated to Los Angeles, where his musical interests shifted to pop and rock and he attended Los Angeles City College. In 1966 he wrote the Top Ten hit "Along Comes Mary" for The Association. In 1970 he produced the Dennis Olivieri album Come to the Party. While a songwriter for A&M Records in the 1970s, he was introduced to and became friends with Brian Wilson. The two collaborated in the early 1970s on several projects, and Tandyn co-wrote the Beach Boys' hits "Marcella" and "Sail On, Sailor". In the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote songs for Washington, D.C.'s annual Hexagon satirical revue and he also wrote several "fake books," consisting of simplified arrangements of popular songs. (sadly Tandyn died from a combination of illnesses, including atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) b. July 30th 1942
2014: Josef Lammerz (83) German composer and organist; from 1950-54 he studied sacred music at the Robert Schumann Hochschule and later further organ studies at Cologne Cathedral and in Düsseldorf. In 1961-75, he took posts as lecturer in professional piano and organ studies at the Niederrheinischen Musikschule in Duisburg and music theory at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. In 1975 he moved back to Bonn Cathedral to become the organist and choirmaster. Since his retirement in 1989, he spent long periods in Teulada on the Costa Blanca, Spain, where he continued to compose and was made an honoured citizen after composing a cantata about the great medieval history of Teulada and for his outstanding service to the musical life of the city (?) b. June 30th 1930.
2014: Maciej Dunal (60)
Polish actor and singer; he attended and graduated at the Musical Theatre, Danuta Baduszkowej in Gdynia where he studied vocals and acting and went on to feature in films such "Penelope", "Tenants" and " Neighbors" (?) b. December 20th 1953.

2015: Andraé Crouch (72) American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, pastor and referred to by some as "the father of modern gospel music". Born in San Francisco, CA, he was known for his compositions "My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)", "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", and "Soon and Very Soon". In secular music, he was known for his collaborative work during the 1980s with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Quincy Jones as well as conducting choirs that sang on the Michael Jackson hit "Man in the Mirror" and Madonna's "Like a Prayer". Andraé was noted for his talent of incorporating contemporary secular music styles into the gospel music he grew up with. His efforts in this area were what helped in paving the way for early American contemporary Christian music during the 60s and 70s.
His s original music arrangements were heard in the films The Color Purple and Disney's The Lion King, as well as the NBC television series Amen. Awards received by him include seven Grammy Awards, being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998, and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004 (sadly Andraé died from the effects of an earlier heart attack) b. July 1st 1942.
2015: Curtis Lee (75) American singer born in Yuma, Arizona; he began his recording career in 1959 and traveled to New York in 1960. He wrote some songs with Tommy Boyce, in this period. His first three singles were "Special Love", "Pledge of Love," and "Pretty Little Angel Eyes". By the end of the 60s his
hits dried up and he went into construction with his father in 1969 (sadly died from cancer) b. October 28th 1939.
2015: Ray McFall (88) English businessman and music promoter who ran and owned the Cavern Club in Liverpool during the Mersey Beat explosion of the early 1960s. Born in south Liverpool,
he worked as a Bevin Boy at the Clock Face Colliery, St Helens, during WWll and was later articled as a clerk in a firm of accountants. In 1959 the 32 year old accounts clerk Ray bought an old failing jazz venue, The Cavern, and transformed it into a hot hub for rock and roll and within two years, the club had become the crucible for the Liverpool sound that swept the world. He also told a young act, the Beatles, to smarten up their act; The Beatles made their first appearance at a lunchtime session at the Cavern in February 1961. They had recently returned from a residency in Hamburg, and looked so scruffy in leather jackets and jeans that Ray felt obliged to point out to them that such outfits were taboo at his club, even among the punters. Over the next four years he booked many other leading acts of the 1960s, including The Who and the Kinks. The Beatles appeared on 292 occasions until August 1963, earning 25 shillings/£1.25 for each performance. When Beatlemania exploded in 1964, the Cavern became the focal point of unprecedented attention, even broadcasting its own weekly show on Radio Luxembourg. When the Liverpool beat sound declined, he lost money, sold the lease and moved to London where he sold insurance, later adding machines, and finally joined an office furnishings business in Surrey, before retiring in 1999. (?) b. November 26th 1926.
2016: Brett Smiley (60) American singer-songwriter; he began his career as a child actor, playing Oliver on Broadway. He was active in the UK during the glam rock era of the early 1970s, he released one single, "Va Va Va Voom," and made an appearance on the Russell Harty television show, where he performed the song "Space Ace". Smiley also starred as the Prince, in the 1977 American erotic musical comedy Cinderella. In 2004, rock biographer Nina Antonia published a book about Smiley, The Prettiest Star: Whatever Happened to Brett Smiley. (sadly died after a lengthy battle with HIV and hepatitis) b. September 25th 1955
2016: Otis Clay (73) American R&B/soul singer, born in rural Bolivar County, Mississippi who started in gospel music. After singing with local gospel group, the Voices of Hope, he sang with the Christian Travelers, before settling in Chicago in 1957. His first hit came in 1967 with "That's How It Is (When You're In Love)", by "A Lasting Love". Other hits included "Trying To Live My Life Without You", "If I Could Reach Out", and the original version of "The Only Way Is Up". In 2013, Otis was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame. (sadly died of a heart attack) February 11th 1942.
2016: Joseph "Red" Simpson (81) American country singer-songwriter, born and raised in Bakersfield, California; he wrote his first song at the age of 14 and became best known for his trucker-themed songs. While working at The Wagon Wheel, Fuzzy Owen saw him and arranged for him to work at his Clover Club as a piano player. He then got a job replacing Buck Owens at the Blackboard Club on weekends. Red began writing songs with Owens in 1962, including the Top Ten hit "Gonna Have Love" and made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1972. His other hits included "Roll Truck Roll", "The Highway Patrol", "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves", "Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer", "Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer", among others and his biggest hit "I'm a Truck" (complications from a heart attack) b. March 6th 1934.
2017: Louis I. "Buddy" Bregman (86) American arranger, producer, and composer born in Chicago. He studied at UCLA and during his sophomore year arranged and conducted Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin')" for the Cheers, which subsequently became his first hit record. In 1955 he was appointed orchestra leader for the Gary Crosby Show on CBS radio.. He went on to work with many of the greatest musical artists of 20th Century popular music, including: Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Jerry Lewis, Paul Anka, Buddy Rich, Eddie Fisher, Annie Ross, and Carmen McRae. He became Ethel Merman's personal arranger.(sadly died from complications of Alzheimer's disease) b. July 9th 1930.
2017: Peter Sarstedt aka Peter Lincoln (75) English singer, guitarist and award-winning songwriter, born in Delhi, India, in what was then part of the British Raj, where his parents were civil servants in the British administration. His family returned to the UK in 1954, settling in south London where the Sarstedt brothers, Eden Kane, Clive Sarstedt and Peter, started out performing skiffle music and briefly, early in his career he was billed as Peter Lincoln. He became best known for writing and performing the single "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?", set to a European style faux-waltz tune, which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1969 and won the Ivor Novello Award along with "Space Oddity" by David Bowie. Peter remained a one-hit wonder, for a long time despite having released numerous successful albums and singles beginning from the late 1960s and releasing two singles a year from 1967 until 1987, with the popular track "Frozen Orange Juice" and the novelty song "Take off Your Clothes" entering the top ten.
Peter continued to tour throughout the 80s, 90s and 2000s, mainly in 1960s revival-type shows, until his retirement in 2010 due to ill health (sadly died from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), diagnosed in 2015 but originally wrongly diagnosed as dementia in 2013) b. December 10th 1941.

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1939: Johann Strauss III (72) Austrian conductor and violinist, whose father was Eduard Strauss, whose uncles were Johann Strauss II & Josef Strauss, and whose grandfather was Johann Strauss I. He was unofficially entrusted with the task of upholding his family's tradition after the disbandment of the Strauss Orchestra by his father in 1901. Despite his keen interest in composing, he was better remembered as a conductor. His only stage work, the three-act operetta Katze und Maus, composed in 1898, premiered in Vienna on 23 December 1898, at the Theatre an der Wien. He also conducted from the violin in the style of the Vorgeiger and of his family. In 1903, he elevated the Strauss family to a new age of development when the Deutsche Grammophon AG of Germany recorded his conducting of the Johann Strauss Orchestra on eight single-sided records of works by his family. Principally, he was the first conductor in the Strauss family to actively conduct works to be recorded by prominent recording companies (?) b. February 16th 1866.
1962: Leroy Shield (68)
American film score and radio composer, born in Waseca, Minnesota; he started at RCA Victor's National Broadcasting Company, where he composed and conducted on-air musical pieces. Around 1922 he was a Victor house musician, conducting and providing piano accompaniment on many hundreds of popular and USF Victor recordings. He also worked as a part-time employee for the Hal Roach film studio, composing countless background themes that became associated with such Roach comedy series as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, and Charley Chase. One of his compositions for the 1930 Our Gang 1930 short Teacher's Pet, "Good Old Days," became the theme song of the series. His 1930 song "Beautiful Lady" was used as the theme song for the Pitts and Todd films () b. October 2nd 1893.
1970: Jani Christou (44)
Greek composer,
born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents and educated at the English School in Alexandria. He took his first piano lessons from the important Greek pianist Gina Bachauer. His earlier composing works up to the Second Symphony (with chorus, 1958), draw on Stravinsky, Berg and Mahler. Then he developed a style of ostinato patterning aimed at activating primordial emotions, as in the oratorio Tongues of Fire, 1964. Later works, called Anaparastasis (‘Re-enactments’), move away from traditional notation to provide psychic rituals for the performers. (Tragically died in a car accident in Athens) b. January 9th 1926.
1981: Kazimierz Serocki (58)
Polish composer and one of the founders of the Warsaw Autumn contemporary music festival.
Between 1946-51 he performed many times as a concert pianist in Poland and abroad, but for the rest of his career, he was focused exclusively on composition. His output is concentrated in two main spheres: orchestral music and vocal-instrumental pieces to Polish texts selected with fine discrimination. He was vice-president of the central administration of the Polish Composers' Union from 1954-55. He received a number of Polish and foreign awards, including several State Prizes, among them one in 1952 for his music to the film Young Chopin. He also received a prize at the UNESCO competition in 1959, for the Sinfonietta and the award of the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in 1963 for the whole of his work (?) b. March 3rd 1922.
Cozy Cole/William Randolph Cole (71) American jazz drummer born in East Orange, New Jersey. His first music job was with Wilbur Sweatman in 1928. In 1930 he played for Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, recording an early drum solo on "Load of Cole". He spent 1931–33 with Blanche Calloway, 1933-34 with Benny Carter, 1935-36 with Willie Bryant, 1936-38 with Stuff Smith's small combo, and 1938-42 with Cab Calloway. In 1942, he was hired by CBS Radio music director Raymond Scott as part of network radio's first mixed-race orchestra. After that he played with Louis Armstrong's All Stars. Cozy scored a No.1 Cashbox magazine hit with the record "Topsy Part 2". "Topsy" peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at No.1 on the R&B chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The track peaked at No. 29 in the UK Singles Chart in 1958. Cozy appeared in music-related films, including a brief cameo in Don't Knock the Rock. Also he and Gene Krupa often played duets at the Metropole in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout the 1960s and '70s he continued to perform in a variety of settings. (sadly Cozy died while fighting cancer) b. October 17th 1909.
*Some sourses give January 31st 1981, others January 29th 1981 as Cozy Cole's death
1982: Vido Musso (69)
Italian-born jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader born in Carini, Sicily;
his family moved to the United States in 1920, settling in Detroit. He moved to Los Angeles in 1930 where he began an association with Stan Kenton, the two were sidemen in several of the same local bands. Vido and Kenton briefly had a big band in 1936, noted particularly for his emotional rendition of "Come Back to Sorrento". He became a highly respected and wanted session player known for his many contributions to the big bands of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. All of Vido Musso's recording dates as a leader are somewhat obscure. There was a four-song Savoy session in 1946; eight boppish titles in 1947 for Trilon; other dates for Arco, Fantasy, three songs in 1952, and RPM; plus two albums for Crown and Modern in 1954-1955.
(Vido died in Rancho Mirage, California) b. January 9th 1913.
1995: Peter Cook (57) English comedian, writer, and satirist, who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. There is a cult following among some Cook fans for a little-remembered project that he was involved with in the 1970s. This was his participation – playing multiple roles – on the 1977 concept album Consequences, written and produced by former 10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. A mixture of spoken-word comedy and progressive rock music with an environmental subtext; Consequences started out as a single that Godley and Creme planned to make to demonstrate their new invention, an electric guitar effect called The Gizmo. The project gradually grew into a triple LP boxed set. The comedy sections of the album were originally intended to be performed by an all-star cast including Spike Milligan and Peter Ustinov, but after meeting Peter Cook, Godley and Creme realised that Peter could perform most of the parts himself (sadly Peter died from internal haemorrhaging) b. November 17th 1937.
2009: Dave Dee/
David Harman (65) British singer with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich; In his early days he was a policeman, as such he was at the scene of the automobile accident that took the life of American rocker Eddie Cochran and injured Gene Vincent in April 1960. Dave had taken Cochran's guitar from the accident and held it until it could be returned to his family. He formed a group in 1961 called Dave Dee And The Bostons. They soon changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich — an amalgam of their nicknames. They had top 10 UK hits with "Hideaway", "Hold Tight", "Bend It", "Save Me", "Touch Me, Touch Me!", "Okay" and "Zabadak".and a No.1 hit "The Legend of Xanadu". which became a worldwide hit. As well as from performing in Britain, they also played in Hamburg at Star-Club and Top Ten Club, and in Cologne at Storyville. In September, 1969, he left the group for a solo career.(prostate cancer) b. December 17th 1943.
2009: Jon Hager (67)
American country musician, one half of The Hager Twins, also known as the Hager Brothers, with his identical twin Jim, they were a duo of American country music singers and comedians who first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw. The twins first sang in the church choir. then as s teenagers, they sang on a Saturday morning WGN-TV series. Both brothers served in the United States Army and performed at Officers' Clubs and NCO Clubs in the United States and Europe. After leaving the military, the Hager brothers moved to California and performed at the Ledbetter's Night Club in Los Angeles with The Carpenters, The New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Steve Martin and Kenny Rogers. They also worked at Disneyland, which is where Buck Owens saw them perform and signed them to contracts. In addition to Owens, the brothers served as opening acts for Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears and Lefty Frizzell. (heart attack) b. August 30th 1941.
2011: Debbie Friedman (58) American songwriter, composer and singer of songs with Jewish religious content. Born in Utica, New York but moved with her family to Minnesota at age 5, she is best known for her musical version of “Mi Sheberach”, the prayer for healing, which is used by hundreds of congregations across America.
Between 1971 and 2011 she recorded more than 19 albums, useing English and Hebrew lyrics and wrote for all ages. Some of her other songs include "The Aleph Bet Song", "Not By Might", For Hanukkah, "Miriam's Song", for Passover, and "I am a Latke", also for Hanukkah. In 2004, A Journey of Spirit, a documentary film about Friedman, was produced by Ann Coppel. In 2007, Friedman accepted an appointment to the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music in New York where she instructed both rabbinic and cantorial students (a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, Debbie sadly died from pneumonia) b. 1952.
2012: Ruth Fernández (92) Puerto Rican singer and politician; before her political career, in 1935 started singing on local radio and she joined Mingo and his band in 1940. Ruth started to gain popularity as a singer and in 1941, at age 22, she was signed by Columbia Records with whom she recorded her first hit song, "Cuando Vuelvas" /When you return. Her first appearance in New York was in The Latin Theater, the Master of Ceremonies, Hector del Villar, introduced her as "El Alma de Puerto Rico hecha cancion"/"The Soul of Puerto Rico Turned Song", and that moniker was to stay with her forever. In 1943, when Ruth returned to the island, she enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico with the intention of becoming a social worker. However, she once again joined Mingo and his band, the "Whoopee Kids" and toured with them throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. During World War II and the Korean War, she traveled overseas to entertain the soldiers of Hispanic descent After the war and through the 60s she performed in USA, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, and Cuba. She had a long standing musical partnership with Lito Peña; she recorded two albums with his Orquesta Panamericana, and he wrote and arranged many of her most famous songs
(?) b. November 5th 1919.
2012: Bridie Gallagher (87) Irish singer, born in Creeslough, came to fame in 1956 with her recording of A Mother's Love's A Blessing and achieved international acclaim with her legendary rendition of The Boys From County Armagh. During her career, which spans over six decades, she has appeared in many leading venues across the globe, making songs such as 'The Homes of Donegal' famous. Bridie also holds the record for the largest number of people in attendance in the Albert Hall London, a record that was never equalled as it went on to be come an all seater venue. Bridie played in many other of the world's best known theatre's including Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York. Bridie sang mainly ballads or as they later became known as Country and Irish. She had her own Radio Show on RTÉ, as well as many appearances on television RTÉ, BBC, UTV, and coast to coast in the United States (?) b.
September 7th 1924.
2012: Ernie Carson (74) American Dixieland jazz cornetist, pianist, and singer. He was born in Portland, Oregon and played with the Castle Jazz Band in the mid-50s prior to a stint in the U.S. Marines. Following this he worked in L.A. with Dave Wierbach, Jig Adams, Ray Bauduc, Pat Yankee, and Turk Murphy, and led several of his own groups from the 70s, including the Capital City Jazz Band and a new version of the Castle Jazz Band. After more than twenty years of playing based in Atlanta, he moved back to Oregon in 1995 (?) b. December 4th 1937.
2014: Bryan Fairfax (83)
Australian conductor, born Lancelot Beresford Bryan Fairfax
in Sydney and based in the UK, he was known for his championing of little known or neglected works. He studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and in London. He became strongly associated with the works of Havergal Brian and conducted the world premiere of Brian's Symphony No.1, Gothic in 1961. Brian's Symphony No.18 was written especially for Fairfax and the semi-professional Polyphonia Orchestra he founded. His UK premieres include major works by Gustav Mahler, Dmitri Shostakovich, Carl Nielsen, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Schmidt and Percy Grainger. His conducting style has been likened to that of Sir Adrian Boult and Vernon Handley (?) b. February 8th 1930.
2014: Roy Campbell Jr (61) American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, pocket trumpeter, flutist, composer and arranger, born in LA, California. He started to learn the trumpet at aged 15 and hroughout the 1960s, he performed in the big bands of the Manhattan Community College. From the 1970s till his death he has performed mainly within the context of free jazz, spending some of this period studying with Yusef Lateef. In the early 90s he moved to the Netherlands and performed regularly with Klaas Hekman and Don Cherry. In addition to leading his own groups, he performed with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew Shipp and other improvisors. Upon returning to the US he began leading his group, Other Dimensions In Music and along with William Parker he also formed the Pyramid Trio, a trio unique for not employing the traditional use of a piano. He has performed with dancers including Leena Conquest, Aleta Hayes, K.J. Holmes, Maria Mitchell, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Nayo Takasaki and others and performed regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City. In addition, Roy is an actor and appeared in independent films and plays (?) b. September 29th 1952.
2015: Willie "Popsy" Dixon (72) American drummer and vocalist born in Virginia Beach; he met brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes at a New York gig in 1967. They played the bar circuit until 1979 when they officially formed The Holmes Brothers. With The Holmes Brothers, he recorded with the likes of Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Willie Nelson, Freddie Roulette, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Joan Osborne, toured the world including performing for President Bill Clinton and released 12 albums. Their most recent release was 2014's "Brotherhood". They won the Blues Music Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year in 2005 and for the Soul Blues Album of the Year in 2008. (sadly died fighting bladder cancer
) b. July 26th 1942.
2016: John Berry (51) American singer-songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of the slowcore indie rock band, Idaho. He grew up in Los Angeles, California and in the 1980s, he began writing songs and performing in various local bands with his friend Jeff Martin. They formed Idaho in 1992, releasing their first Idaho single in the same year and released their debut album, 'Year After Year' in 1993. John left the band by the time Idaho released their second album in 1994. Late last year, 2015, the band released The Broadcast of Disease, which featured a series of early recordings made by John and Martin. (?) b. 1964.
2016: Janis Vaišla (46) Latvian musician and member of Pirates of the Sea, a musical project that represented Latvia in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with their song "Wolves of the Sea". (died from cardiac amyloidosis, after struggling with heart problems) b. 1969.

2017: Travis Peterson (40) American music video director; he was noted for directing videos for some of L.A.'s favorite indie rock bands, such as Ariel Pink, Vivian Girls, Nite Jewel, Glass Candy and others. Prior to this Travis previously played music himself in the bands Moog, Pong and Cherubino (tragically his body was found in a parking garage in La Cañada Flintridge north of Los Angeles on Friday night. He was believed to have died earlier that day, in part because his car radio was still on when he was discovered) b. 1976.
2017: Crazy Toones/Lamar Dupré Calhoun (45) American hip-hop record producer and DJ, born in Houston. Over the years, Toones worked with WC & The Maad Circle, Coolio, Kurupt, Xhibit, Snoop Dogg and more and had ties to Westside Connection and Lench Mob Records. His most recent gig was being Ice Cube‘s official tour DJ. Cube. He is also known for producing West Coast hits like West Connection’s “Let It Reign” and was an instrumental part of Mack 10’s 1995 debut album.
(sadly died of a heart attack) b. January 29th 1971.

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1941: Frank Bridge (61) English composer; born in Brighton and studied at the Royal College of Music in London from 1899 to 1903. He played the viola in a number of string quartets, most notably the English String Quartet, and conducted, sometimes deputising for Henry Wood, before devoting himself to composition, receiving the patronage of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. He privately tutored a number of pupils, most famously Benjamin Britten, who later championed his teacher's music and paid homage to him in the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge-1937, based on a theme from the second of Frank's Three Idylls for String Quartet-1906. One of his most famous works is a piece for violin called Moto perpetuo, written 1900, revised 1911. Other frequently performed works are the Adagio in E for organ, Rosemary for piano, and the masterful Cello Sonata in D minor 1913–17. The Scherzetto for cello and piano was rediscovered in the library of London's Royal College of Music by the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber (He died in Eastbourne) b. February 26th 1879.
1969: John Brownlee (69)
Australian operatic baritone, born in Geelong. He became a junior naval cadet in the Royal Australian Navy, serving during World War I. After which he entered a singing contest in Ballarat, winning first prize. Several singing engagements followed. One of these, a performance of Messiah, was attended by Nellie Melba, who convinced him to go to Paris for serious study with Dinh Gilly. His debut took place at Covent Garden on 8th June 1926, in the performance of La bohème in which Melba made her farewell appearance. That autumn he was engaged by the Paris Opera, the first time a British subject had been made a permanent member of that company; his Paris debut was in Thaïs in 1927.
On 17 February 1937, he appeared for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera was Rigoletto. Besides making important appearances elsewhere, Brownlee remained a regular at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, and the Met, making his last performance there in March 1957. His greatest successes were in the Mozart repertory, particularly at the Glyndebourne Festival. An Australian scholarship in his name was first awarded after his death in 1969 (?) b. January 7th 1900
1972: Al Goodman (81) Russian born conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist.
He was first introduced to musical comedy by the late Earl Carroll who persuaded him to collaborate in producing his musical, So Long Letty. This success, followed by the hit, “Sinbad”, which he produced with Al Jolson, led to positions as orchestra conductor for many Broadway productions including the highly successful Flyin’ High, The Student Prince, and Blossom Time. In all, during this period of his career, he directed over 150 first-night performances and became one of the Great White Way's most popular conductors. He also wrote some memorable songs such as "When hearts Are Young", "Call Of Love" and "Twlilight". (?) b. August 12th 1890.
1976: Howlin' Wolf/Chester Arthur Burnett (65)
American blues guitarist, singer, and harmonica player, born in White Station, Mississippi; he was an experimental bluesman who formulated a wide range of moods and possibilities for his songs. His raw, rasping, fierce voice, combined with his imposing physical presence and wild stage abandon, made him unforgettable. His influence stretched far beyond the realm of the blues, and many songs popularized by him such as "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful", have become standards of blues and blues rock. He is portrayed by Eamonn Walker in the 2008 motion picture Cadillac Records. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed 1956 Smokestack Lightning, 1960 Spoonful and 1962's The Red Rooster by Howlin' Wolf of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll and his Smokestack Lightning was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance." (died from complications arising from kidney disease) b. June 10th 1910.
1978: Don Gillis (65) American composer, conductor and teacher born in Cameron, Missouri; the composition which has gained him most recognition is his orchestral Symphony No. 5½, A Symphony for Fun. His music drew upon popular material, particularly emphasizing jazz, which he considered a revitalizing element in American music. He became production director for the radio station WBAP, later moving to NBC where he became producer for the NBC Symphony Orchestra during the tenure of its conductor Arturo Toscanini. He held several teaching posts at academic institutions in the southern United States during his career, and also helped to found the Symphony of the Air orchestra. (?) b. June 17th 1912.
1985: Anton Karas (79) Austrian zither player, born in Vienna, he is best known for his soundtrack to Carol Reed's The Third Man. By the end of 1949, a half million copies of "The Harry Lime Theme" had been sold, an unprecedented amount for the time. The success of the score also caused a surge in zither sales. Anton went on his first world tour in 1950. He went on tour again in 1951, travelling to Montreal and Las Vegas, followed by a number of other tours, including Japan in 1962, 1969 and 1972, where he performed for emperor Hirohito. In 1954, he opened his own Heuriger which was fashionable among Hollywood celebrities like Orson Welles, Gina Lollobrigida, Curd Jürgens, Hans Moser, Paul Hörbiger, Marika Röck or Johannes Heesters. (?) b. July 7th 1906.
1987: Marion Hutton/Marion Thornburg (67) American singer and actress; elder sister of actress Betty Hutton. Both sisters sang with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra. She was discovered by Glenn Miller and was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1938. She remained with Miller on and off until the orchestra disbanded in 1942. After Glenn Miller joined the Army in 1942, she went with fellow Miller alumni Tex Beneke and the Modernaires on a theatre tour. The next important event in her entertainment career was a role in In Society with Abbott and Costello in the mid-1940s. Marion appeared with the Desi Arnaz orchestra in October 1947 at the Radio City Theatre in Minneapolis. As the 1940s wound down, so did Marion's career. Her last film role was in 1949, acting in the Marx Brothers' Love Happy (sadly lost her battle with cancer) b. March 10th 1919.
1991: Robert 'Bob' Wallis (56) English jazz trumpeter born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire; as a youth he joined the Salvation Army, before discovering jazz. He played with a few bands including Acker Bilk's band, before he joined up with Hugh Rainey's All Stars at the time Ginger Baker was their drummer. Shortly afterwards the band changed its name to The Storyville Jazzmen and was fronted by Bob. In 1963, after several hits, being television regulars, and having a summer season at the London Palladium, Bob and his band broke up. He played with one or two other bands before moving to the Continent eventually settling in Zurich with a residency at the Casa Bar. He spent most of his remaining years, in Europe, still playing with versions of the Storyville Jazzmen (sadly died after a long battle with illness) b. June 3rd 1934.
1997: Kenneth Pickett (54) British singer and founder member of "The Creation", an English freakbeat band, formed in 1966. The most popular of 11 Creation singles was "Painter Man", which made the Top 40 in the UK charts in late 1966, and No.8 in the German chart in April '67. Their style was originally loud pop art, but developed into a more typically mid 60s psychedelic rock sound, which has been retroactively described as freakbeat. He had previously been in The Mark Four with John Dalton, who left the band to join The Kinks. The band split in '67, but re-formed in the mid '80s, releasing a single and recording an album in a more contemporary rock style. The reformed band continued to tour, with various line-up changes, capitalising on their cult notoriety with the underground mod and garage rock audiences (heart attack) b. September 3rd 1942.
2001: Bryan Gregory (46) American guitarist, songwriter and founder member with the punk rock band, The Cramps. He was known for his oozing guitar sound, wild stage antics, long hair with a skunk stripe over his eye, and acne scarred face. He appeared on The Cramps first two albums "Gravest Hits" and "Songs The Lord Taught Us". He went on to play in Beast from 1980-1984, The Dials from 1992-1995 and also played in a band called Shiver. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. February 20th 1954.
2005: Margherita Carosio (96) Italian operatic soprano born in Genoa was one of the leading sopranos at La Scala in Milan for over 20 years. In 1924, still only 16, she made her operatic debut in the taxing role of Lucia di Lammermoor at Novi Ligure and in 1928, she sang Musetta and Feodor to Chaliapin's Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, but did not return to London until after the second world war. Her expressive and expertly produced voice is preserved in many Parlophone and Ultraphon recordings made before World War II, as well as a memorable series made for HMV in London, beginning in 1946. She was still singing leading roles in her early sixties and was considered one of the leading bel canto sopranos of her day (?) b.
June 7th 1908.
2008: Dave Day/Dave Havlicek (66) American banjoist, rhythm guitarist with garage rock band The Monks, a pre-punk band, made up of former American GI's, primarily active in Germany in the mid to late 60s. They reunited in 1999 and have continued to play concerts, although no new studio recordings have been made. The Monks stood out from the music of the time, and have developed a cult following amongst many musicians and music fans. (died four days after suffering a heart attack) b.1941
2008: Rod Allen/Rodney Bainbridge (63) British lead singer and bassist with The Fortunes; he came to international acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles" broke into the American and British Top Ten charts. An archetypal English beat group, originally a trio called The Cliftones, they signed to Decca in the UK in 1963. Their first single as The Fortunes, "Summertime, Summertime," was oddly credited to both groups. Their follow-up in 1964, "Caroline", was used as the signature tune for the influential pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. In 1966, their manager Reginald Calvert was shot dead in a dispute over pirate radio stations, after which they had several more hit singles in UK and USA. Rod fronted an ever changing version of The Fortunes from 1963 up to his death (liver cancer) b. March 31st 1944.
2009: Ana Isabel "Anabel" Ramirez Bosch (32) Filipino singer who fronted several Filipino rock bands. She started singing while at high school, when she became a regular at Club Dredd in Quezon City. She soon became a lead singer for Tropical Depression, a popular Filipino rock band in the late 1990s. She also sang for the rock bands Elektrikoolaid, Spy and Analog (She was stricken with a brain aneurysm on New Year's Day 2009, and lapsed into unconsciousness) b. January 25th 1976
2010: Mano Solo/Emmanuel Cabut (46) French singer born in Châlons-sur-Marne; at 17 he co-founded and played guitar in punk rock group, les Chihuahuas, before launching his solo career and singing his own compositions in the early nineties. His first album, La Marmaille Nue/"The Naked Children", was released in 1993 and sold 100,000 copies in the first year. 1995 saw his 2nd album, Les Années Sombres/"The Dark Years" which also went gold in its first months. He went on to record 8 more albums, the last being Rentrer au port in 2009. Mano also sang regularly at the Tourtour theatre in Paris, alongside singers Marousse and P'tit Louis (aneurysm rupture) b. April 24th 1963.
2010: Jayne Walton Rosen/Dorothy Jayne Flanagan (92) American singer born in San Antonio; from an early age she performed as a singer after graduating from Brackenridge High School. She sang professionally around the country and eventually joined the Lawrence Welk Orchestra performing ballads throughout the Midwest and in New York. During The Lawrence Welk Show's first year on the air, the Welk hour instituted several regular features. To make Welk's "Champagne Music" tagline visual, the production crew made a "bubble machine" that spouted streams of large bubbles across the bandstand. Whenever the orchestra played a polka or waltz, Welk himself would dance with the band's female vocalist, the "Champagne Lady", Jayne was his first "Champagne Lady" to appear on the televised show. After 6 years, she left the band to pursude a solo career (?) b. August 28th 1917.
2011: Margaret Whiting (86) American pop singer born in Detroit; at the age of only seven she sang for singer-lyricist Johnny Mercer, with whom her father had collaborated on some popular songs. In '42, Mercer started Capitol Records and signed Margaret, one of Capitol's first recording contracts. Her first recordings were as featured singer with various orchestras, such as "That Old Black Magic", with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra in 1942, "Moonlight in Vermont", with Billy Butterfield's Orchestra in 1943 and "It Might as Well Be Spring" with Paul Weston's Orchestra in 1945. That same year she debuted under her own name with "All Through the Day" followed by "In Love In Vain", "Guilty", "Oh, But I Do", "A Tree in the Meadow", No.1 hit "Slippin Around" and others. She had a No.1 hit single again in 1966, with "The Wheel of Hurt" and carried on recording until the early 1970's
(?) b. July 22nd 1924.
2011: Boško Petrovic (75) Croatian vibraphonist, music producer and The founder of the popular jazz band 'Zagreb Jazz Quartet', which was performed within Miljenko Prohaska, Krešimi Remeta, D. and Sylvia Kajfeš Glojnaric, and its value confirmed in Europe. He is the author of many radio and television show, the organizer of numerous music festivals, while at the same time acting as a producer and educator. During his musical career, has won numerous awards and is also a multiple winner of the prestigious Croatian discography awards' Porin'. His discography includes dozens of albums, which include his first recordings with Bosko Petrovic Quartet and members of the Quincy Jones Orchestra, and co-operation with great jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Ernie Willkins and Art Farmer, Joe Pass, Buck Clayton, Joe Turner, Buddy de Franco, Kenny Drew, NHO Pedersen, and Alvin Queen. He recorded with numerous Zagreb Soloists Quartet Boilers, Eastern European and Californian jazz soloists, orchestras and Gerry Mulligan Oliver Nelson, pianist and Davor Kajfes Neven Franges, while at the same time popularizing ethnic repertoire. As a guest performance at the world's most prestigious jazz festivals such as Montreux , Monterey, Detroit, and Berlin. Bosko is a member of the International Biografical Association and the International Who is Who in Music (?) b. February 18th 1935.
2011: María Elena Walsh (80) Argentine pianist, poet, composer, and writer; at 15 years old she had some of her poems published in the "El Hogar" magazine and La Nación newspaper. In 1947, before graduating from art school, she published her first book, “Otoño Imperdonable,” a selection of poems which received recognition from other Latin American writers. Maria graduated in 1948, traveled to North America and Europe, then moved to Paris for four years in the early 1950s. While there, she performed in concerts featuring Argentine folklore. Returning to Argentina, she wrote numerous TV scripts, plays, poems, books and songs. Her work has often contained an underlying political message, as in the song "El País del Nomeacuerdo" / "The Country of Idontremember", which was later used as the theme song for The Official Story, the winner of the 1985 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
(?) b. February 1st 1930.
2013: George Gruntz (70) Swiss pianist and composer, organist, harpsichordist, keyboardist and composer born in Basel. He was known for the George Gruntz Concert Big Band, and his work with artists such as Phil Woods, Chet Baker, Don Cherry, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin and Mel Lewis. He was also an accomplished arranger and composer, having been commissioned by many orchestras and symphonies. From 1972 to 1994 he served as artistic director for the JazzFest Berlin. (?) b. June 24th 1932.
2013: Franz Lehrndorfer (84) German organist and composer born in Salzburg. He was a specialist in organ improvisation, and he was for decades both the organist of the Munich cathedral Frauenkirche and the head of the department of Catholic Church Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He composed mostly works for organ, such as variations on the carol "O du fröhliche", and sacred music. He also designed several major organs, including in 1980 the new organ of the Tegernsee Abbey with 33 stops, three manuals, a pedalboard and mechanical wind chest, made by Georg Jann (?) b. August 10th 1928.
2014: Aram Gharabekian (58) Armenian conductor, former Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. In 1983 he founded and until 1991 directed and conducted the Boston SinfoNova Orchestra. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the NRCU Symphony Orchestra in Kiev and has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared with the Sinfonietta München. He has also led the Ukrainian National Symphony, the Ukrainian State Opera and Ballet, the West Ukrainian Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. On New Year's Eve in 1999 Gharabekian led an orchestra and chorus in Hangzhou, China of 300 musicians from 6 countries in a televised millennium celebration concert featuring Beethoven's 9th Symphony (?) b. July 7th 1955.
2015: Tim Drummond (74) American bassist born in Canton, Illinois. He toured and recorded with many notable artists including Conway Twitty, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Albert Collins, Ry Cooder, J. J. Cale, Lonnie Mack, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Joe Henry, Jewel, Essra Mohawk, and many others. He also co-wrote songs with many of the artists he worked with, including: "Saved" (Bob Dylan), "Who's Talking" (J.J. Cale), "Saddle Up The Palomino" (Neil Young), and "Down In Hollywood" (Ry Cooder). He often played as part of the session rhythm duo Tim & Jim with drummer Jim Keltner (?) b. 20 April 1940.
2016: Hernán Gamboa (69) Venezuelan musician (Serenata Guayanesa), cancer
2016: David Bowie (69) English singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity", Ziggy Stardust, "Heroes"), record producer and actor (Labyrinth), liver cancer

2017: Armando "Buddy" Greco (90)
American crooner and jazz pianist, was born in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and began singing on the radio at age 4 and playing the piano at age 6. He was singing and performing in the clubs during his early teens and when he was 16, he was hired by Benny Goodman and toured worldwide. He spent four years with Goodman's orchestra, singing, playing piano, and arranging. At the age of 20, he returned to nightclubs, singing and playing piano. He also recorded many hit songs in jazz, pop, and country music, including "Oh Look A-There", "Ain't She Pretty", "Up, Up and Away" and "Around the World". His most successful single was "The Lady Is a Tramp", which sold over one million copies. During his career, he recorded over sixty albums >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died in Las Vagas) b. August 14th 1926.

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1947: Eva Tanguay (67) Canadian-born singer and entertainer who billed herself as "the girl who made vaudeville famous",
making her first appearance on stage at the age of eight. With her parents' assistance, she pursued a show business career, working her way through a variety of amateur contests that eventually landed her a spot with a comedy troupe before making her vaudeville debut in New York City in 1904. She went on to have a long-lasting vaudeville career and eventually commanded one of the highest salaries of any performer of the day earning as much as $3,500 a week at the height of her fame around 1910. Eva only made one recording "I Don't Care" in 1922 for Nordskog Records. In addition to her singing career, she also starred in two film comedies that, despite the limitations of silent film, used the screen to capture her lusty stage vitality to its fullest. The first, titled Energetic Eva was made in 1916 and the following year she starred opposite Tom Moore in The Wild Girl. Eva was said to have lost more than $2 million in the Wall Street crash of 1929 and in the 1930s, she retired from show business. Cataracts caused her to lose her sight, but Sophie Tucker, a friend from vaudeville days, paid for the operation that restored her vision. In 1953 Mitzi Gaynor portrayed Eva in a fictionalized version of her life in the Hollywood motion picture, The I Don't Care Girl (?) b. August 1st 1879.
1952: Aureliano Pertile (67)
Italian tenor singer; considered to have been one of the most exciting Italian operatic artists of the inter-war period, and one of the most important tenors of the 20th century.After singing in regional Italy and South America, he first sang at the premier Italian opera house, La Scala, Milan, in 1916. He then participated in Met performances of Louise in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Thereafter he returned to Italy, where he established himself as the leading tenor at La Scala from 1927 to 1937, and becoming a favorite of the conducter Arturo Toscanini. He also sang at the Royal Opera House in London from 1927 to 1931, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1923-29. His final stage appearances were in 1946, in Pagliacci. He then taught at the Milan Conservatory until his death (He died in Milan) b.
November 9th 1885.
1954: Oscar Nathan Straus (83) Austrian Viennese composer of operettas and film scores and songs. He also wrote about 500 cabaret songs, chamber music, and orchestral and choral works.
In 1939, following the Nazi Anschluss, he fled to Paris, where he received the honour of a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, and then to Hollywood. After the war, he returned to Europe, and settled at Bad Ischl. Oscar's best-known works are Ein Walzertraum/A Waltz Dream, and Der tapfere Soldat/The Chocolate Soldier. The waltz arrangement from the former is probably his most enduring orchestral work (?) March 6th 1870.
Rose Sutro (86) American pianist born in Baltimore, and one half of a piano duo with her sister Ottilie Sutro. They both studied in Berlin at the Royal Hochschule für Musik under Karl Heinrich Barth and made their debut in London in July 1894. Their American debut was with the Seidl Society in Boston on November 13th of the same year, in a Bach concerto. They toured in the USA and Europe (?) b. September 15th 1870.
1958: Alec Rowley (65) English composer and writer on music.
He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Corder, and later taught at Trinity College in the same city. He frequently performed and broadcast piano duets with Edgar Moy, and was widely known for his compositions for amateur forces. His seven choral songs, A Sailors Garland, are full of good music, and he wrote many pieces for solo piano and solo organ. He was for many years the organist of St Alban's Church, Teddington and was a contributor to 'The Rotunda', the house magazine of Henry Willis & Sons Ltd. (?) b. March 13th 1892.
1961: Elena Gerhardt (77) German mezzo-soprano singer
born in Connewitz. She was associated with the singing of German classical lieder, of which she was considered one of the great interpreters. She left Germany to live in London in 1934, and
graced many of the major opera houses in Europe and America (?) b. November 11th 1883.
1968: Rezso Seress (78)
Hungarian singer, pianist, songwriter; being Jewish, he was taken to a labour camp by the Nazis during WW2. He survived the camp and after spells of employment in the theatre and the circus, where he was a trapeze artist, he concentrated on songwriting and singing after an injury. His most famous composition was "Szomorú Vasárnap" (Gloomy Sunday) written in 1933, which gained infamy as it became associated with a spate of suicides. The first suicide was that of Joseph Keller, a cobbler, in Budapest in February 1936. His suicide note contained the words of Gloomy Sunday. Following this event, 17 additional people took their lives in a way related to the song. Over 100 others are rumoured to have done the same worldwide. The song was banned in many places and has been banned from BBC radio until recently when it was lifted. (He survived the Nazi forced labour in the Ukraine, although beaten heavily many times, the composer survived the Holocaust, but sadly his mother didn't. Rezso tragically committed suicide by jumping out of a window) b. November 3rd 1889.
1975: Max Lorenz (73) German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles;
born in Düsseldorf, he made his debut at the Semperoper in Dresden in 1927, becoming a principal tenor. His operatic and recital career lasted three decades. He became known as one of the world's leading heldentenors, particularly renowned for his performances as Tristan, Walther and Siegfried. He was also a notable Otello, Bacchus and Herod. From 1929 to 1944 he was a member of the ensemble at the Berlin State Opera, appearing at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1931–34, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1933–39, 1952, 1954, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1934 and 1937. He sang, too, at the Vienna State Opera in 1929–33, 1936–44, and in 1954 (?) May 10th 1901
1987: Albert Ferber (75) Swiss-English pianist Although best known as a concert pianist and recording artist, he had a brief association with the theatre and the cinema, conducting theatre orchestras during the 1940s for productions such as The Beggar's Opera. A little later he appeared as pianist in the Brian Hurst film The Mark of Cain 1947, and composed scores for two films, The Hangman Waits in 1947 and Death in the Hand in 1948, both directed by the Australian, Albert Barr-Smith. After this his performing activities prevented further composition until near the end of his life when he wrote a set of six songs to texts by Paul Verlaine.
As a pianist for over 4 decades he worked with the likes of Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef Krips and the Hallé Orchestra, and further work with Sir Adrian Boult, Sergiu Celibidache, Jascha Horenstein and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. His career took him to most parts of the world, although he had a special affinity with South American countries. In the UK he made regular recital appearances in London at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and continued to broadcast for the BBC until illness ended his performing career (?) b. March 29th 1911.
1995: Josef Gingold (85) Russian-American violinist and teacher, born in Brest-Litovsk, and emigrated to NewYork City, in 1920, where he became one of the most influential violin teachers in the US. He gave the first performance of Ysaÿe's 3rd Sonata for Solo Violin. In 1937, he won a spot in the NBC Symphony Orchestra; he then served as the concertmaster and occasional soloist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and later was the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster.
His recording of Fritz Kreisler's works was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of the numerous honors he received during his lifetime include the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year; the Chamber Music America National Service Award; the Fredrick Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University; Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers; and the American Symphony Orchestra League's Golden Baton Award. Josef also taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more than thirty years, until his death and was a founder of the quadrennial Indianapolis Violin Competition (?) b. October 28th 1909.
1996: Ike Isaacs (73)
Burmese-British jazz guitarist born in Rangoon, Burma, best known for his work with Stephane Grappelli. He started playing professionally while he was a chemistry student at university. In 1946 he moved to England, where he freelanced for many years; he played in the BBC Show Band, as well as playing with George Chisholm and Barney Kessel. In the 1960s and 1970s he played with Stephane Grappelli extensively. He also played with Digby Fairweather, Len Skeat, and Denny Wright in the group Velvet in the 1970s, before moving to to Australia in the 1980s, where he taught at the Sydney Guitar School (?) b. December 1st 1919.
1998: Klaus Tennstedt (71)
German musician and conductor from Merseburg. He studied violin and piano at the Leipzig Conservatory. He became concertmaster of the orchestra at the Halle Municipal Theatre in 1948. However, a finger injury stopped his career as a violinist, and afterwards he worked as a coach to singers at the same theatre. He then directed his talents toward conducting. In 1958, he became music director of the Dresden Opera, and in 1962, music director of the Schwerin State Orchestra and Theatre. He worked at many of the major orchestras around the world including the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra (?) b. June 6th 1926.
1999: Barry Pritchard (55)
English vocalist, guitarist and founder member of the beat harmony group The Fortunes, formed in Birmingham in 1963. They first came to prominence and international acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles" broke into the US and UK Top 10s. Afterwards they did a succession of hits including "Here It Comes Again" and "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again"; continuing into the 1970s with more globally successful releases such as "Storm in a Teacup" and "Freedom Come, Freedom Go"
(sadly Barry died from a heart attack) b. April 3rd 1944.
1999: Fabrizio de André (58) Italian singer-songwriter born in Genoa, he started playing the violin first, then the guitar, and joined a number of local jazz bands. In 1961 Fabrizio recorded his first two songs, "Nuvole barocche"/"Baroque Clouds" and "E fu la notte"/"And There Was Night". In the following years he wrote a number of songs which soon becoming classic hits: "La guerra di Piero"/"Peter's War", "La ballata dell'eroe"/"The Hero's Ballad", "Il testamento di Tito"/"Titus's Will", "La Ballata del Michè"/"Mike's Ballad", "Via del Campo"/"Field Street", "La canzone dell'amore perduto"/ "Song for the Lost Love", "La città vecchia"/"Old Downtown", and "Carlo Martello ritorna dalla battaglia di Poitiers"/"Charles Martel on His Way Back from Poitiers" among others and went on over to release 26 albums his career (sadly died from lung cancer) b. February 18th 1940.
Gene Dinwiddie (65) American saxophone player; later nicknamed "Brother", he born in Louisville and played with various bands and jammed with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell and Amina Claudine Myers, for over a decade and a half before he got a big break in 1967. This happened when Paul Butterfield inspired by his mentor Junior Parker, formed a "big band". Soon after he asked Gene, by then a highly respected blues and jazz man, to arranged the brass section to join the band. This included Brother Gene himself, Trevor Lawrence, David Sanborn, Steve Madeo, they made a huge impact on the band, and brought them media attention. Gene appeared at both legendary festivals, the '67 Monterey Pop Festival, and at Woodstock in 1969, where his outstanding performance in "Love March" helped make it an instant hit... >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. September 19th 1936
2003: Mickey Finn (55) British percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in his band Tyrannosaurus Rex and later, the 1970s glam rock group, T.Rex. He can be heard on the album, "A Beard of Stars" released March '70. After Bolan and T.Rex's demise, he played sessions for The Blow Monkeys and The Soup Dragons. During the late 80s and early 90s, he made a few guest appearances with the London rock band, Checkpoint Charlie, fronted by Mick Lexington. He returned to the mainstream music scene in 1997, fronting a new, version of T. Rex, Mickey Finn's T. Rex (sadly died from kidney and liver problems) b.
June 3rd 1947.
2003: Bill Russo (74) American trombone player, teacher and considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz composer and arranger. Born in Chicago, he played trombone in dance and jazz bands, and began writing and arranging while still in his early teens. In 1947 he formed his own rehearsal band while a student, under the name of Experiment in Jazz. In the '50s he wrote ground breaking orchestral scores for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, one of the more famous works he wrote for the Kenton Orchestra is Halls Of Brass. In the early 1960s Bill moved to England, where he founded the London Jazz Orchestra, and was a contributor to the Third Stream movement that tried to close the gap between jazz and classical music. He returned to the US in 1965, where he founded Columbia College's music department, he started the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which was dedicated to preserving and expanding jazz and was the Director of Orchestral Studies at Scuola Europea d’Orchestra Jazz in Palermo, Italy.
He also composed music, including operas, symphonies, choral works, as well as a rock cantata "The Civil War". In his long career Bill composed more than 200 pieces for jazz orchestra, and there were more than 30 recordings of his work, including work with Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Cannonball Adderley, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Seiji Ozawa, Billie Holiday, and others. In addition to playing, composing, arranging, conducting and teaching, he also wrote and/or co-wrote 3 books on music: Composing for the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Composition and Orchestration, and Composing Music: A New Approach. In 1990, Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for his amazing contribution to music (?) b. June 25th 1928.
2004: Max Duane Barnes (67) American country singer with the Golden Rockets, songwriter; his songs have been recorded by George Jones, Vince Gill, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Vern Gosdin, the Kendalls, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and Eddy Raven, among others. Max was a two-time winner of the Country Music Association's prestigious Song of the Year prize: in 1998 for "Chiseled In Stone" co-written with Gosdin, and in 1992 for "Look At Us," co-written with Gill. He was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and American Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame along with his sister Ruthie Barnes Steele in 2006. He was also a BMI Award-winning songwriter and a writing partner of Harlan Howard, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, his son Max T. Barnes, and sister Ruthie (sadly Max died while suffering from pneumonia) b. July 24th 1936.
2005: Jimmy Griffin (61) American singer, guitarist and award winning songwriter who grew up in Memphis, but was born in Cincinnati. In the 1960s, Jimmy teamed with songwriter Michael Z. Gordon to write songs for such diverse singers as Ed Ames, Gary Lewis, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, Leslie Gore, The Standells, Sandy Nelson and Cher. The pair won a BMI award for 'Apologize'. In 1968, he teamed with David Gates and Robb Royer to form the band Bread. They had No.1 Hot 100 hit, with the song "Make It With You". Other hits by Bread included "Everything I Own", "Baby I'm-a Want You", and "If". Although Jimmy was a significant contributor to Bread's albums as a writer and singer, every one of the group's 13 songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart was written and sung by Gates, a situation that created huge friction between the two.
After the release of Guitar Man in '72, Bread went on hiatus, they reformed in '76 for one final album, Lost Without Your Love. In 1970, Griffin and Robb Royer, under the pseudonyms Arthur James and Robb Wilson, wrote the lyrics for Fred Karlin's music for the song "For All We Know," featured in the film Lovers and Other Strangers. It won the Academy Award for Best Song. In 1977, he released a third solo album, James Griffin, after which in 1982 he teamed with Terry Sylvester on the album Griffin & Sylvester in 1982 and was a member of Black Tie which released When The Night Falls in 1985. Jimmy then joined The Remingtons with Richard Mainegra and Rick Yancey. They released their first single in 1991, followed by the albums Blue Frontier and Aim for the Heart. Their single, "A Long Time Ago" went top-10 on Billboard's country chart in 1992. Jimmy and Gates put aside their past differences for a Bread reunion tour in 1996–1997 with Botts and Knechtel. In early 2004, Jimmy recorded a duet with Holly Cieri of his Oscar winning song 'For All We Know' (sadly Jimmy lost his fight with cancer) b. August 10th 1943.
2005: Spencer Dryden (67) Amercan drummer and half brother to Charlie Chaplin. He was born in New York City and moved to LA as an infant. In mid 1966 Spencer was recruited to replace Skip Spence as the drummer in leading San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, staying with the band until 1970. He then joined up with The New Riders of the Purple Sage, performing and recording with them from late 1970 until 1977, at which point he became the manager of the band. After leaving the New Riders, he went on to play a lengthy stint with The Dinosaurs and Barry Melton's band before retiring from drumming in 1995. In 1996, Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of Jefferson Airplane.(He died from colon cancer, sadly in relative obscurity) b. April 7th 1938.
2005: Miriam Beatrice Hyde AO, OBE (91) Australian composer, pianist, poet and educator. She composed over 150 works for piano, and other instrumental and orchestral works and performed as a concert pianist with eminent conductors including Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Bernard Heinze and Geoffrey Simon. One of her best known pieces is the piano solo Valley of Rocks. In 1981 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 1991 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University in 1993, and in 2004 received an award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the Australian Performing Rights Association and Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards. She was appointed Patron of the Music Teachers' Association of South Australia and established the Miriam Hyde Award for the Association. Her 90th birthday was celebrated with concerts and broadcasts throughout Australia. (?) b. January 15th 1913.
2006: Markus Löffel aka Mark Spoon/Spacy Trancer (39) German DJ and producer born in Frankfurt. Together with guitarist Rolf Ellmer aka Jam El Mar hey have recorded under several monikers, including Jam & Spoon, Tokyo Ghetto Pussy and Storm. He also produced and remixed many other artists as well as becoming a veteran performer many times at Berlin's infamous Love Parade (sadly died of a heart attack) b. November 37th 1966.
2007: Puchi Balseiro (81) Puerto Rican singer, guitarist, composer, songwriter, radio & television personality born in Santurce, San Juan. Her best known compositions were: "En La Soledad"/In Solitude and "Tu y mi Canción"/You and my Song. "En la Soledad", was a hit song in the 1970s for Tito Rodríguez, although there were previous versions sung by Chucho Avellanet, Julio Angel, and Flor de Loto, among others. She was also a producer, script writer and host of various radio & television shows, hosting her own television show, broadcasted by WIPR-TV, titled: Usted y mi Mundo/You and My World. Among many other things she also originated, produced, and directed the: "Festivales del Filin"/The Feeling Festivals (?) b. November 1st 1926.
2009: Freddie Mack aka Mr.Superbad (74) American light-heavyweight boxer who later enjoyed success in the UK as a singer and DJ. Born on a cotton plantation in Bennettsville, South Carolina, he was a childhood friend of Floyd Patterson, who introduced him to boxing, and after 66 professional fights he became a sparring partner for, among others, Henry Cooper, Billy Walker aka The Blonde Bomber and John "Cowboy" McCormack. After living some time in Rome, he retired to England in 1965, where he was introduced to the movie scene by fight fans Sir Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. Freddie enjoyed a short film career especially his part in Cleopatra where, as one of the black slaves, he carried Elizabeth Taylor into Rome. Then he embarked on yet another initially successful career as a singer/entertainer backed by an ever-changing band of British jazz and R&B musicians called various names, "The Mack Sound", the "Freddie Mack Sound", the "Fantastic Freddie Mack Show" or the "Freddie Mack Extravaganza". Also his American voice and his love of Soul Music could be heard over the airwaves of Radio Clyde every Saturday night for many years (?) September 15th 1934.
2009: Andy DeMize/ Andrew Martinez (25) American drummer from Hacienda Heights, California was influenced by drummers Wade Youman and John Bonham. Andy joined the pop punk group Up Syndrome in October 2001, before he and Tony "Slash" Red-Horse formed The Rocketz in December 2003. In May 2006, he replaced James Meza as the drummer for the Nekromantix. He made his album debut with the group on Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! (killed in a car accident while travelling south on Route 57 outside of Fullerton, California at roughly 85 miles per hour when the driver, Osvaldo Orozco lost control) b.
March 11th 1983.
2010: George Garanian (75) Russian jazz saxophonist and bandleader, born in Moscow. George was one of the first Russian musicians who attracted attention of Western world as part of the jazz from the USSR. He belonged to the first generation of Russian jazzmen who started to perform after World War II. As a musician, alto saxophonist, conductor and composer he was the leader of country's best big bands: Melodia through 1970s and 1980s; and Moscow Big Band from 1992 to 1995. He also led the Municipal Big Band in the Southern Russian city of Krasnodar. (sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. August 15th 1934.
2010: Mick Green (65) British rock n roll guitarist born in in Matlock. He began his career playing with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in the early 1960s, then joined Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas in 1964. His ability to play lead and rhythm guitar simultaneously influenced a number of British guitarists to follow, including Pete Townshend and Wilko Johnson, the original guitarist for Dr. Feelgood. Mick's song "Oyeh!" was on Dr. Feelgood's debut album, Down by the Jetty; and a song he co-wrote, "Going Back Home" appeared on Dr. Feelgood's 1975 Malpractice and the live album, Stupidity in 1976. Mick reformed The Pirates in the mid 1970s as well as being a member of the band, Shanghai, who released two albums, in 1974 and 1976, and supported Status Quo on their Blue for You tour. In the 1980s and 1990s Mick played with amongst others, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney, as well as playing with The Pirates with whom he continued to gig well into the 2000s. In 2008, Green performed regularly with the Van Morrison band, and played guitar on five of the tracks on Van Morrison's 2008 album, Keep It Simple. (sadly Mick died from heart failure) b. February 22nd 1944.
2011: John Modinos (84) Cypriot opera baritone, born near Limassol and emigrated to the USA after WWII, where he completed a formal education in music. His career spanned four decades and included numerous operatic performances, including a total of 223 appearances in Verdi's "Rigolleto"
(heart failure) b.1927
2012: David Whitaker (80) English composer, songwriter, arranger and conductor born in Kingston upon Thames. He collaborated with some of the most prestigious British and French artists including Air, Etienne Daho, Marianne Faithfull, Claude François, Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Johnny Hallyday, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page (Death Wish II), Saint Etienne, Simply Red, Sylvie Vartan and others like Lee Hazlewood, Kings of Convenience and Francesco De Gregori. He composed Hammer Films atmospheric score for the 1971 production of Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, other films included Scream & Scream Again; Run Wild, Run Free; Vampira; The Sword and the Sorcerer; Shadow Run, and others. David also recorded several sessions with the BBC Radio Orchestra at the Maida Vale Studios, London in the early 80s, featuring a mixture of his own compositions and arrangements, to high-acclaim. He was nominated in 2001 for the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film with the French movie With a Friend Like Harry/Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien
(?) b. January 6th 1931.
2012: Chuck Metcalf (81) American jazz double-bassist. He taught at Garfield High School's Magnet Program with saxophonist Joe Brazil in 1968. In 1980 he toured with Dexter Gordon. Over his career he recorded with many greats, including Joni Metcalf, Doug Hammond, Mark Murphy, Bert Wilson, Gerry Grosz, Primo Kim and many others. His released his first solo studio album Elsie Street in 1989 (?) b. January 8th 1931.
2013: Jimmy O'Neill (73) American disc jockey and television host born in Enid, Oklahoma. After taking a broadcasting class at Enid High School, he began his career in radio at WKY in Oklahoma City, OK. One year later he landed a job at KQV in Pittsburgh, at age 19. He also worked at WCAE. He was hired at KRLA in Los Angeles, CA a year after working at KQV. He went on to host the ABC television show Shindig! from 1964-1966. Also he was the owner of Pandora's Box, an influential Sunset Strip music venue in West Hollywood, that was the centre of the 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots. (sadly died from diabetes and heart complications
) b. January 8th 1940.
2013: Khushi Murali (45) Indian pop singer; in a career spanning over a decade, he sang over 100 songs. Some of his hit numbers are from films "Khushi", "100 percent Love", "Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu" and "Mr Perfect". (he suffered a heart attack and tragically died while travelling to Kakinada from Secunderabad on the Gautami Express. He was on his way to perform in the Kakinada Beach Festival) b. 1967
2013: John Wilkinson (67) American rhythm guitarist from Springfield; he first met Elvis Presley when he was only 10 years old when he sneaked into Elvis's dressing room. In his teens he developed a name for himself as a singer and guitarist, performing with such groups as The Kingston Trio, The Goodtime Singers, Greenwood County Singers, and The New Christy Minstrels. In 1968, Elvis saw him perform on a TV show in Los Angeles and asked him to join the TCB Band which he was forming. John went on to play over 1,200 shows as Presley's rhythm guitar player until the legendary singer's death in 1977. In 1989 John suffered a stroke that left him unable to play the guitar, but he continued singing with fellow musicians, he traveled the U.S. and Europe, appearing with the old TCB band and others, singing and paying tribute to Elvis. He also made a living in retail and airline services management
(sadly John died fighting cancer) b. July 3rd 1945.
2013: Jimmy O'Neill (73) American radio rock DJ and TV host born in Enid, Oklahoma. At 15 he took a high school class in broadcasting and as one of the two top students won a chance to have his own 2 hour show on the local radio station. By the time he was 20 he had become LA's top-rated radio deejay and was only 24 when he catapulted to national celebrity as the host of "Shindig!," one of the earliest rock 'n' roll shows on prime-time television, that featured frenetic dancers and showcased such acts as the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Righteous Brothers. He also ran nightclubs for teenagers, including one called Pandora's Box on the Sunset Strip and hosted a youth-oriented TV talk show, "The Jimmy O'Neill Show," on KCOP-TV /Channel 13.
(died in his sleep, sadly he had been suffering with diabetes and heart problems) b. January 8th 1940.
2017: José Vicente Asuar (83) Chilean composer and pioneer of electroacoustic; he is considered to be one of the first composers of electronic music in Latin America. In 1958 he founded the first electronic music laboratory in Latin America at the Faculty of Arts of the Universidad Católica de Chile, where he composed Espectrales Variaciones, his first electronic work. He founded and directed electroacoustic music labs in Karlsruhe, Germany 1960; Caracas, Venezuela 1965; and the University of Chile in 1969. In 1978, he created COMDASUAR, the first Chilean computer exclusively dedicated to playing music. In 2013 the documentary Spectral Variations , directed by Carlos Lértora, was released and focuses on the pioneering aspect of Asuar in the fields of electroacoustics and computational music.(?) b. July 20th 1933.
2017: Tommy Allsup (85) American rockabilly and swing and music producer, born in Owasso, Oklahoma, and was an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. He worked with entertainers such as Buddy Holly and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Tommy was touring with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when he lost a fateful coin toss with Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed, killing Valens, Holly, Richardson, and the pilot on February 3rd 1959. He moved to Los Angeles, played with local bands, and did session work, including writing credit for the Ventures', "Guitar Twist" aka "Driving Guitars". He returned to Odessa, Texas, where he worked with Ronnie Smith, Roy Orbison, and producer Willie Nelson. In 1968 he moved to Nashville, where he did session work and produced Bob Wills', "24 Great Hits by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys". In 1979, he started a club, "Tommy's Heads Up Saloon", in Dallas. The club was named for his coin toss with Valens 20 years earlier and was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2005. (?) b. November 24th 1931.

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1921: Gervase Elwes (55)
English tenor, born in Billing, Northampton; he first trained as a lawyert, spending some years in Brussels, where he began formal singing lessons at the age of 28. However he had to overcome a social convention of resistance to one of his class his making a professional career as a singer, and not until the early 1900s, in his late thirties, did he gave his first professional performances in London, opposite Agnes Nicholls, in Wallfahrt nach Kevlaar by Engelbert Humperdinck at the St James's Hall, with the Handel Society under J. S. Liddle in late April 1903, and immediately afterwards he appeared at the Westmorland Festival. He went on to be an international star and much loved artist where ever he performed (he tragically died in a horrific railroad accident in Boston, USA while at the height of his career) b. November 15th 1866.
1934: Pawel Kochanski (47)
Polish violinist, composer and arranger born in Orel, Russia; he studied violin first with his father and then at age 7 in Odessa with Emil Mlynarski. From 1909 to 1911 he taught at the Warsaw Conservatory as professor of violin. In 1909 he and Arthur Rubinstein gave the first performance of Karol Szymanowski's Violin Sonata in D minor. He went on to play in all the major opera houses and recital halls around Europe, America and Sth America. In 1921, he made a sensational debut in the Brahms Violin Concerto at the Carnegie Hall, and was immediately in demand and in April 1922 he was playing in Buenos Aires. As well as all his international appearances, Pawel also taught at the Juilliard School in New York City, from 1924, heading the violin faculty, until his death (sadly died from cancer) b. September 14th 1887.
1971: Captain John Handy (70)
American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist; he played clarinet in New Orleans bands from the 1920s, including in his own Louisiana Shakers. He switched to alto saxophone in 1928, and was little-known outside of Louisiana until the 1960s, when he began playing frequently with Kid Sheik Cola and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and recorded for GHB Records, RCA, and Jazz Crusade. He is also well known for playing in the December Band along side "Kid" Thomas Valentine, "Big" Jim Robinson, Sammy Rimington, Bill Sinclair, Dick Griffith, "Mouldy" Dick Mccarthy and Sammy Pen. His solo in Ice Cream is one of the most well known in New Orleans Jazz (?) b. June 24th 1900.
1983: Anthony "Rebop" Kwaku Baah (37) Ghanaian percussionist born in Konongo; he met up with the UK band Traffic while they toured Sweden, and played with them from 1971-74, appearing on the albums The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, On the Road, and Welcome to the Canteen. In 1973 he played in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert along with Eric, Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Karstein, Jim Capaldi, and Steve Winwood. After Traffic broke up, he played on Steve Winwood’s self-titled debut solo '77 album. Also in 1977, he joined the German band 'Can' along with bassist Rosko Gee, playing with them until their breakup in '79, appearing on albums Saw Delight, Out of Reach and Can.
In '83 he recorded a jazz fusion album with Zahara. Rebop also recorded 4 solo albums, the last being Melodies in a Jungle Mans Head in '83 (he sadly died of a brain haemorrhage during a performance in Sweden while touring with Jimmy Cliff's band) b.February 13th 1944.
1998: Phyllis Nelson (47) American singer born in Indiana; she worked and recorded for several years from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s before her big success with her self-penned ballad "Move Closer". Although it failed in her home country, it reached No.1 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1985. While based in France, she recorded the single "I Don't Know" with the French actor, Alain Delon. The song was included in the original soundtrack of the French film, Parole De Flic. In the USA she had success with "I Like You", which reached No.1 on the Hot Dance Club chart. "Move Closer" returned to the UK chart in 1994, reaching the Top 40, after being featured in a TV commercial (sadly Phyllis died from breast cancer) b. October 3rd 1950.
2001: Luiz Floriano Bonfá (78)
Brazilian guitarist and composer; born in Rio de Janeiro, he began teaching himself to play guitar as a child and he studied in Rio with Uruguayan classical guitarist Isaías Sávio from the age of 12. He was part of the burgeoning days of Rio de Janeiro's thriving jazz scene, it was commonplace for musicians and
artists to collaborate in theatrical presentations. Luiz wrote some of the music featured in the film, including the numbers "Samba de Orfeu" and his most famous composition, "Manhã de Carnaval" of which Carl Sigman later wrote a different set of English lyrics titled "A Day in the Life of a Fool", which has been among the top 10 standards played worldwide, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Luiz lived in the USA from the early 1960s until 1975. He worked with American musicians such as Quincy Jones, George Benson, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra, recording several albums while in there. Elvis Presley sang a Bonfá composition, "Almost in Love", in the 1968 MGM film "Live a Little, Love a Little" (sadly died from prostate cancer) b. October 17th 1922.
2003: Maurice Gibb (53) British singier and songwriter in the internationally famed group, The Bee Gees, formed with his brothers Robin and Barry. The trio got their start in Australia, and found major success when they returned to England. The Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time and have been awarded 9 grammys among their many other awards; have been inducted into 8 Hall of Fames and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (sadly died from heart attack during surgery) b:
December 22nd 1949.
2004: Randy VanWarmer
(48) American singer, songwriter, composer; best remembered for his hit "Just When I Needed You Most." It reached No.8 in the UK and No.4 in the US Hot 100 in 1979. There are several cover versions of this song, including those by Dolly Parton and Smokie.
He wrote songs for The Oak Ridge Boys including "I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes." His final album was released posthumously only in Japan and was a tribute to Stephen Foster (died after a brave battle with leukaemia) b: March 30th 1955.
2007: Alice Coltrane (69) American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, composer, and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane. After his death she continued to play with her own groups, moving into more and more meditative music, and later playing with her children. She was one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. Her essential recordings were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! Records. (sadly Alice died due to respiratory failure) b. August 27th 1937.
2009: Alejandro Sokol (48) Argentine rock musician with bands Sumo and Las Pelotas. He was the bassist, and then the drummer of rock band "Sumo" introducing British post-punk to the Argentine scene, with almost the whole lyrics in English. In 1987 he formed the band "Las Pelotas" together with fellow ex-Sumo Germán Daffunchio. After 17 years with the band, he left to form his own group, "El Vuelto S.A.", featuring his son Ismael Sokol, Nicolás Angiolini and Gustavo Bustos on guitars, Sebastián Villegas on bass and Damián Bustos playing drums. (died in the bus depot in Río Cuarto, Córdoba province, of cardio-respiratory failure, when waiting for a bus to take him to Buenos Aires back from the Traslasierra district)
b. January 30th 1960.
2010: Jimmy O/ Jean Jimmy Alexandre (35) Haitian Hip Hop artist, rapper and songwriter, born in Port-au-Prince and lived in New York City. He was involved with Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti Foundation, a grass-roots charitable organization established by Wyclef Jean in 2005. As a musician, Jimmy O helped develop new talent and artists in Haiti. Jimmy was also preparing to release his debut album. (Tragically he was crushed in a vehicle during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti) b. March 9th 1974.
2010: Brian Damage/Brian Keats (46) American punk and rock drummer born in New York
he played in the bands Genocide and Verbal Abuse, before in October of 1983 Glenn Danzig invited him to join The Misfits. His first and only performance with The Misfits, a Halloween show in Detroit, Brian was so drunk he could not perform properly, it also turned out to be the band's farewell show. After The Misfits, Brian remained in New York City playing drums for Hellbent, The Kretins, The Hellhounds, The Diamondbacks, The Skulls, Angels In Vain, Princess Pang, and Raging Slab. He later moved to LA where he played and/or recorded with Baron Jive, The Light Bachwood Movement, Wink, Pressurehed, Sylvain Sylvain, Link Protrudi And The Jaymen, Paul Inman, Marioux, Low Pop Suicide, 3 Day Wheely, Bortek, Susanna Hoffs, Doppler, The Fuzztones, and Tramdriver as well as playing live performances with Kathy Fisher, Sages & Seers, African Violet, Tim Harrington, $100 Band, Jason Falkner, Woozy, and Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords and recorded sessions demos with Zoe Poledouris And Bubble Gun, Bijou Phillips, Swirl 360, Tallulah, Marie Wilson, Michael Hately, Kim Richey, Billy Idol, Tom Anderson, Leah Andreone, and Colony (complications of colon cancer) b. February 11th 1963.
2010: Dewey Tucker (24) American bassist and smooth jazz bassist who has world toured and been playing with Lauryn Hill over the last few years and played with Oakland hip-hop group the Coup. He was also a member of the Greater St. Paul Baptist Church band in Oakland. (Dewey was found dead in his vehicle Tuesday night, having been killed in a random shooting on his way to band practice in Oakland) b. ??.
2010: Yabby You/Vivian Jackson (63) Jamaican reggae singer and producer born in Kingston, Jamaica. At 17, Yabby was so malnourished that he had to be hospitalized, he eventually left with severe arthritis and crippled legs. While he could not work in certain jobs, he had a musical talent and taking divine inspiration from the sounds of nature around him, and with the help of friends, in 1972 he founded a harmony trio, the Prophets. Their debut single "Conquering Lion," was a classically styled reggae song with a deep personal message. They made a few more singles which appeared on Yabby's successful debut album, also called Conquering Lion. He was closely affiliated with King Tubby, whose dubs often appeared on the B-sides of his singles. Yabby's success allowed him to branch out as a producer, and he began working with both upcoming and more established artists including Wayne Wade, Michael Rose, Tommy McCook, Michael Prophet, Big Youth, Trinity, Dillinger and Tapper Zukie, while continuing to release his own material (died after suffering a brain aneurysm) b. August 14th 1946.
2012: Sadao Bekku (89) Japanese classical composer, born in Tokyo; his works include five symphonies, film scores, a flute sonata, a piano concerto, choral work, art songs, and the opera, Prince Arima.
His work took strong influences from jazz. His most famous works include the film score, Matango in '63 (Sadao passed away with pneumonia) b. May 24th 1922.
2012: Rosalind "Lindy" Runcie née Turner (79) British pianist and wife of the late Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury. She gave piano recitals in both the UK and the USA and according to a 1983 article of the Wrexham Evening Leader, she had raised over £60,000 for charity through her recitals. She also taught piano privately and at St Albans School and St Albans High School for Girls (?) b.
January 23rd 1932.
2013: Precious Bryant née Bussey (71) American country blues, gospel, and folk musician; born in Talbot County, she was noted for playing Piedmont fingerstyle guitar. Her uncle, George Henry Bussey, taught her to play guitar and by the age of 9, she was playing regularly in the church. She went on to do numerous tours in the USA and abroad, including notable appearances at the Blues to Bop Festival in Switzerland and the Alabama Folk Festival in Montgomery. Precious released two solo albums; her 2002 debut, Fool Me Good, was nominated for two Blues Music Awards, in the categories of 'Acoustic Blues Album of the Year' and 'Best New Artist Debut'. In 2006 she was nominated for another similar award for 'Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year' (sadly Georgia died after a six week battle with complications from diabetes and congestive heart failure) b. January 4th 1942.
2015: Frank Glazer (99) American pianist and composer born in Chester, Wisconsin but his family moved to Milwaukee in 1919. As a teenager, he played in his brothers' dance band, his high school band and vaudeville. Alfred Strelsin, a New York signage manufacturer and arts patron, provided the funds for him to travel to Berlin in 1932 to study with Artur Schnabel and Arnold Schoenberg, after which he taught in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1939 Glazer performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Sergei Koussevitzky. Glazer served in the US Army as an interpreter from 1943 to 1945 in Germany and France. In the early 1950s, Frank had his own television show called Playhouse 15 in Milwaukee. In the 1960s he recorded the complete piano music of Erik Satie for the Vox label. In the 70's, with his wife Ruth, he founded the Saco River Festival in Maine, a summer chamber series. Also from 1965 until 1980 he taught at the Eastman School of Music, when he left Eastman and became artist in residence at Bates College in Maine. (?) b. February 19th 1915.
2015: Yoko Nagae Ceschina (82) Japanese classical music philanthropist, born in Kumamoto Prefecture; she graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and went to Italy in 1960 to study harp. She went on to sponsore countless musicians and concerts, among them Valeri Gergiev, conductor of the Mariinski Theatre in Saint Petersburg, and purchased Maxim Vengerov's excellent violin. In November 2014, she received a state honor from Vladimir Putin (?) b. April 5th 1932.
2015: Elena Obraztsova (75)
Russian mezzo-soprano, widely recognised as one of the greatest opera singers of all time. She lived in Leningrad through the severe long siege, more than 870 days, during World War II. From 1954 to 1957, she studied in the Tchaikovsky musical college in Taganrog. In 1963 she was invited to perform in a Bolshoi Theater production of Boris Godunov in Moscow. Her introduction to the opera houses of Europe and the world was a recital in the Salle Pleyel in Paris. (sadly died while undergoing medical treatment) b. July 7th 1939.
2015: Bill Thompson (70) American band manager, born in Oklahoma City and moved to San Francisco for college. He began managing Jefferson Airplane in 1968 and stuck with them through their various name changes to Jefferson Starship and then just Starship. He also managed the Airplane spin-off group Hot Tuna, as well as the solo careers of members Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1944.
2015: Arthur John "AJ" Masters (64) American singer and songwriter, born in Walden, New York but raised in Compton, CA. He played bass guitar in his brother's band, and first recorded in 1978 when Mickey Jones recorded "I'm No Cowboy". He charted eight singles on Hot Country Songs between 1985 and 1987. AJ received an Academy of Country Music nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year and in the 1990s, he played guitar for Charlie Rich and wrote the songs "Change My Mind", which was recorded by both The Oak Ridge Boys and John Berry, "Someday" by Steve Azar, "Last Request" by Frazier River, "Love Ain't Like That" by Faith Hill, and "Half a Heart Tattoo" by Jennifer Hanson. (sadly died while fighting prostate cancer) b. 1950.
2015: Clifford Adams (62) American trombonist born in Trenton NJ and was a member of his school choir. In 1968, he got his professional start in the horn section of a band called the VSQs. By the age of 17, he was playing on the road with Patti Labelle and the Bluebells. He also sat in with Sonny Stitt, James Moody, George Benson, Shirley Scott, Gene Ammons, Don Patterson, and Charles Earland, who took young Adams out on the road. In '73, Clifford, Mike Ray, and Larry Gittens were the horn section for The Stylistics world tour. Clifford also went on a two-year stint with the world famous Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Big Band. After playing with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, then headed by the Duke’s son Mercer Ellington, he did a European tour with Max Roach, and then formally joined Kool & the Gang. (sadly died while fighting liver cancer) b. October 8th 1952.
2017: Meir Banai (55) Israeli singer-songwriter and member of the famous Banai clan; born and raised in Beersheba, Banai is the brother of Eviatar Banai, cousin of Ehud Banai and Mashina leader Yuval Banai and the nephew of the late veteran entertainer Yossi Banai. The title song from his second album, Geshem, became arguably his best known and best-loved song. Overall, he released seven albums during his varied career, including 2007’s Shma Koli, that included traditional Jewish texts set to music. In 2008, Meir was awarded the Landau Award for Stage Arts by Mifal Hapayis. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. July 5th 1961.

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1864: Stephen Collins Foster (37)
American songwriter; born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, known as the "father of American music", he was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. His songs such as "Oh! Susanna", "Old Black Joe", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home"/"Swanee River", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "My Old Kentucky Home","Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", and "Beautiful Dreamer", remain popular over 150 years after their composition.
While in Cincinnati, Stephen penned his first successful songs, among them "Oh! Susanna" which would prove to be the anthem of the California Gold Rush in 1848–1849. In 1849, he published Foster's Ethiopian Melodies, which included the successful song "Nelly Was a Lady", made famous by the Christy Minstrels. Many of his songs were of the blackface minstrel show tradition popular at the time. He sought, in his own words, to "build up taste ... among refined people by making words suitable to their taste, instead of the trashy and really offensive words which belong to some songs of that order". Although many of his songs had Southern themes, Foster never lived in the South and visited it only once, by river-boat voyage, on his brother Dunning's steam boat, the Millinger, down the Mississippi to New Orleans, in 1852 (suffering a fever Stephen sadly died from a head injury 3 days after a tragic accident in his hotel room) b. July 4th 1826.
1950: Dimitrios Semsis/Dimitrios Koukoudeas (66)
Greek violinist born in Strumica; at the end of 19th century, he joined a circus band, which was traveling the Balkans. Later, he joined other traveling bands and played in places such as Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Sudan and elsewhere. After the end of the WW I, in 1919, his family moved to Thessaloniki. He tookpart in hundreds of recordings of folk, rebetic and smyrnaic songs between 1924-1931. He also composed over 100 songs, presenting his first songs in 1928. His compositions were recorded by the greatest artists of that time, such as Stratos Pagioumtzis, Rita Ampatzi and Stelios Perpiniadis. He became the Director of Arts of His Master's Voice, in 1931 until his death. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. 1883.
Sonny Clark/Conrad Yeatis (31)
American hard bop pianist. An underappreciated jazz artist during his time, his work has become much more widely known after his death. He is known for his unique touch, sense of melody and complex, hard-swinging style . He frequently recorded for Blue Note Records, on which he played as a sideman with many of the most important hard bop players, including: Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Grant Green, Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Jordan, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Art Taylor, and Wilbur Ware. He also recorded sessions with jazz luminaries Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Billie Holiday, Stanley Turrentine, and Lee Morgan.
As a band leader, his albums Sonny Clark Trio, with Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, and Cool Struttin' , and Sonny Clark Trio with George Duvivier and Max Roach are considered among his finest. (heroine overdose) b. July 21st 1931
1971: Robert Still (60) English composer, educator and amateur tennis player,
born in London; his compositions include songs, 4 symphonies, a piano concerto, violin concerto, instrumental & chamber works, orchestral works, motets and an opera. An archive is held at the Jerwood Library in Greenwich, London. He remained predominantly tonal, using dissonance to great effect. (Robert died suddenly of a heart attack) b. June 10th 1910.
1971: William T. Lewis (65)
American jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Cleburne, TS.
He attended the New England Conservatory of Music, then played in Will Marion Cook's orchestra. When Cook's band was taken over by Sam Wooding, William traveled with him on his tours of Europe, Sth America, and Nth Africa, remaining until Wooding disbanded in 1931. Following this he set up his own band, Willie Lewis and His Entertainers, which featured some of Wooding's old players and played with great success in Europe. Among those who played under William were Herman Chittison, Benny Carter, Bill Coleman, Garnet Clark, Bobby Martin, and June Cole. (?) b. June 10th 1905
1974: Raoul Jobin/Joseph Roméo (67)
French-Canadian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the French repertory. He made his professional debut 28 May 1930 in Liszt's oratorio Christus at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on February 19, 1940, as des Grieux in Manon. He remained with the company until 1950, where he sang many roles alongside such singers as Lily Pons, Bidu Sayao, Licia Albanese, Rise Stevens, under conductors such as Wilfrid Pelletier and Thomas Beecham, among many others. He made regular appearances in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, etc., also appearing in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. He had been created Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1951, and he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967 (?) b. April
8th 1906.
1979: Marjorie Lawrence (71)
Australian international soprano, born at Deans Marsh; she was particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She was the first soprano to perform the immolation scene in Götterdämmerung by riding her horse into the flames as Wagner had intended. Afflicted by polio from 1941, her autobiography was filmed in 1955 as Interrupted Melody. Marjorie later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In 1946 she was awarded the cross of the Légion d'honneur for her work in France. In 1976 she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on the recommendation of the Government of Australia (sadly died from heart failure)
b. February 18th 1907.
1979: Donny Hathaway (33)
Grammy Award-winning American soul pianist and keyboardist. He first worked as songwriter, session musician and producer. Working first at Chicago's Twinight Records and later did the arrangements for The Unifics ("Court of Love" and "The Beginning Of My End"), he also participated in projects by The Staple Singers, Jerry Butler' Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin. After becoming a "house producer" at Mayfield's label, Curtom Records, he recorded his first single in 1969, a duet with singer June Conquest called "I Thank You Baby".He signed with Atlantic Records in 1969, and with his first single "The Ghetto, Part I" in 1970, Rolling Stone magazine marked him as a major new force in soul music. His collaborations with Roberta Flack took him to the top of the charts and won him the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the duet "Where Is the Love" in 1973. (apparent suicide, falling from a 15th floor New York City hotel window) b. October 1st 1945.
1980: André Kostelanetz (78) Russian-American popular music orchestra leader arranger and a pioneer of easy listening music. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he escaped in 1922 after the Russian Revolution and arrived in America that same year. In the 1920s, Andréconducted concerts for radio, then in the 1930s, he began his own weekly show on CBS, André Kostelanetz Presents.
He was known for arranging and recording light classical music pieces for mass audiences, as well as orchestral versions of songs and Broadway show tunes. He made numerous recordings over the course of his career, which had sales of over 50 million and became staples of beautiful music radio stations. For many years, Andre also conducted the New York Philharmonic in pops concerts and recordings, in which they were billed as Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra. Outside the US, one of his best known works was an orchestral arrangement of the tune "With a Song in my Heart", which was the signature tune of a long-running BBC radio program, at first called Forces Favourites, then Family Favourites, and finally Two Way Family Favourites (?) b. December 22nd 1901
1983: Barry Galbraith (63)
US jazz guitarist; he moved to New York City in the 1941 and found work playing with Babe Russin, Art Tatum, Red Norvo, Hal McIntyre, and Teddy Powell. He played with Claude Thornhill in 1941-42 and again in 1946-49 after serving in the Army. He did a tour with Stan Kenton in 1953. He
did extensive work as a studio musician for NBC and CBS in the 1950s and 1960s; among those he played with were Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Tal Farlow, Coleman Hawkins, John Lewis, Hal McKusick, Oscar Peterson, Max Roach, George Russell, and Tony Scott. He also accompanied the singers Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, Billie Holiday, Helen Merrill, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington on record. In 1961 he appeared in the film After Hours. In 1963-64 he played on Gil Evans's album The Individualism of Gil Evans, and in 1965 he appeared on the Stan Getz/Eddie Sauter-led soundtrack to Mickey One. (?) b. December 18th 1919.
Camargo Guarnieri (85) Brazilian composer; his complete name is "Mozart Camargo Guarnieri" (his father gave famous composer’s names to all his sons). Camargo studied piano and composition at the São Paulo Conservatório, and subsequently worked with Charles Koechlin in Paris. Some of his compositions received important prizes in the United States in the 1940s, giving Guarnieri the opportunity of conducting them in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. A distinguished figure of the Brazilian national school, he served in several capacities; conductor of the São Paulo Orchestra, member of the Academia Brasileira de Música, and Director of the São Paulo Conservatório, where he taught composition and orchestral conducting. In 1936 he was the first conductor of the Coral Paulistano choir. His œuvre comprises symphonies, concertos, cantatas, two operas, chamber music, many piano pieces, and over fifty canções. (?) b. February 1st 1907.
2001: Michael Cuccione (16) Canadian actor and singer (so sadly died of respiratory failure, due to cancer which he had been bravely battling since he was 9 years old)
b. January 5th 1985.
2001: Stanley Freeman (80) American composer, lyricist, musical arranger, conductor, and studio musician.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hartford. After serving in WWII, he joined Tex Beneke's big band, eventually leaving to perform as a pianist and later a comic in nightclubs. His work as a studio musician included sessions with Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Percy Faith, Mabel Mercer, and Rosemary Clooney, for whom he played harpsichord on her hit "Come on-a My House". He also conducted Broadway concerts for Marlene Dietrich in 1967 and 1968 and provided arrangements for three of Michael Feinstein's Broadway outings, as well as composing special musical material for Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore. Stanley's solo recordings include Piano Sweethearts, Piano Moods, Come on-a Stan's house: Stan Freeman at the Harpsichord, Fascination, Manhattan, At the Blue Angel, and Everybody's Twistin'. He and Arthur Malvin shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Musical Material for the mini-musical Hi-Hat (died of emphysema) b. April 3rd 1920.
2005: Nell Rankin (81) American mezzo-soprano and opera singer; her breakthrough, came in 1950, when she became the first American singer to win the first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva.
This y led to her debuts at La Scala and at the Vienna State Opera, both as Amneris, in 1951, and to her Met debut in the same role later that year. Debuts at Covent Garden and the San Francisco Opera followed in 1953. On both occasions, she sang the title role in "Carmen.". Although a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most of her career at the Metropolitan Opera where she worked from 1951-1976. She was particularly admired for her portrayals of Amneris in Verdi's Aida and the title role in Bizet's Carmen. After she retired from the Metropolitan Opera, Rankin devoted herself to teaching, first at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, from 1977 to 1984, and then privately in New York City until she retired in 1991 (?) b. January 3rd 1924.
2007: Michael Brecker (57) Influential and versatile American tenor saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over a career that spanned nearly four decades. He was responsible for some of the most superior jazz fusion of the 1970s and 1980s: alongside his trumpeter brother Randy in their group, the Brecker Brothers; and on the solo albums he led from 1987 onwards. As well as recording 29 albums as a leader, he was also one of the most ubiquitous, and certainly the most distinguished, of studio musicians, appearing on albums by Frank Zappa, Bette Midler, Bruce Springten, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Bonnie Tyler, James Taylor, Luther Van dross, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Rick James, Jan Akkerman, Herbie Hancock, John Lennon, Andy Gibb, Steely Dan, Elton John, Aerosmith, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Lou Reed and so many more (sadly Michael died whilen bravely fighting leukemia) b. March 29th 1949.
2008: Sergei Larin (51) Lithuanian tenor born in Daugavpils, Latvia; after completing a degree in French philology in Gorky and undergoing voice training in Lithuania, he made his debut at Lithuania's opera and ballet theatre in 1981, singing Alfredo in La Traviata. Nearly a decade of performances at various Soviet venues passed before he made his debut in the West. His international career started after he signed a contract with the Opera Theatre of Bratislava and moved to Slovakia, following which he made a sensational debut at the Vienna State Opera. His Covent Garden debut took place in 1991, where he sang Don José in Bizet's Carmen, while Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca served for his debuts at both Paris and the Metropolitan Opera
(?) b. March 9th 1956.
2009: Mansour Rahbani (83)
Lebanese composer and lyricist; he studied Eastern music, musical scores, melodies, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and musical analysis. With his brother Assi, they formed the Rahbani brothers and took their new artistic direction to the Lebanese Radio in 1945. The two brothers went on to join the ranks of the Near East Radio, where they composed many artistic works as well as a series of sketches entitled “Sabeh and Makhoul”. The Rahbani Brothers also extended their activities to the world of cinema, and composed the music for three illustrious films: Biyaa el Khawatem/The Ring Seller, Safar Barlek/Exile, and Bent el Hares/The Guardian’s Daughter. After Assi's death
Mansour went on to write and produced many theatrical plays, including Summer 840, The Will, The Last Days of Socrates, He Rose on the 3rd Day, The Maronite Mass, Abu Tayeb al Mutanabbi, Moulouk al Tawaef, The Last Day, Hekm al Rehyan, Gibran and the Prophet, Zenobia, and The Return of the Phoenix, is his last master piece (?) b. 1925
2009: Gary Kurfirst (61) American music manager; an influential figure in late 20th and early 21st century pop music as a promoter, producer, manager, and record label executive.
A longtime business associate and partner of Chris Blackwell, Gary's reach spanned new wave, reggae, punk, rock, and pop. His clients as manager included the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, the B52s, the Eurythmics, and Jane's Addiction. Prior to his managerial career, he promoted a wide variety of artists. Kirfirst also produced four films, including Stop Making Sense, True Stories, and a documentary about the Ramones (died while vacationing in the Bahamas) b. 1947
2009: Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar (81) Puerto Rican dancer, referred to as "the greatest Mambo dancer ever", by Life magazine and Tito Puente. His nickname, "Cuban Pete" was given him in 1949 in the famous dance hall "Palladium", New York in reference to the mambo classic song Cuban Pete by Desi Arnaz, and it was endorsed by Arnaz himself. He won numerous prizes in Latin dancing during the Mambo era, together with his dance partner Millie Donay. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards for his work. He is the only Latin dancer recognized in the Latin Jazz exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution (sadly taken by a heart attack) b. June 14th 1927.
2010: Jim Korthe (39) American vocalist and drummer, he grew up in San Pedro, California. At 16, Jim became a drummer for Phantasm, his first touring band. In the 1980s and 1990s, he and his friend Tom McNerney started Dimestore Hoods, a rap metal band that earned a recording contract from MCA records. He named his third band 3rd Strike, they released their debut and only album, Lost Angel in May, 2002. They toured with Ozzfest and Warped Tour to promote their album, but broke up shortly after. Their song "Into Hell Again" was featured on the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life soundtrack (sadly, found dead of natural causes in his home) b. June 20th 1970.
2010: Teddy Pendergrass (59) American soul singer, born in Kingstree, South Carolina, he left school early to join a band called the Cadillacs as their drummer. The band merged with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes when Melvin invited Teddy to become the lead singer after being impressed with his vocal talent and passion for music. With the Blue Notes he enjoyed many hits including I Miss You, Wake Up Everybody , and the two million seller If You Don't Know Me By Now . Embarking on a solo career he enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums throughout the 1970s, including The Whole Town's Laughing At Me, Close the Door, Love T.K.O and Turn Off The Lights. Tragically, in 1982 a car crash left Teddy paralysed from the waist down. He performed on 13 July '85, at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, then continued to record throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Five times Grammy Award nominee, Teddy retired in 2006, but he did briefly returned to performing to take part in the 2007, Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities , an awards ceremony that marked the 25th anniversary of his accident, raised money for his charity, The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, (Teddy underwent surgery for colon cancer and had difficulty recovering from the disease from which sadly, he eventually died) b. March 26th 1950.
2010: Jay Reatard/Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr (29) American garage punk drummer, musician and singer born in Lilbourn, Missouri, at 15, he was signed by Eric Friedl to Goner Records. Re-naming himself Jay Reatard, Jimmy called his first project The Reatards, which at that time included only himself as a solo performer alternating between playing guitar, singing, and beating on a bucket to provide a percussive rhythm and his first release was a 7” EP called Get Real Stupid. In 2001 Lindsey began recording with Alicja Trout and Rich Crook as the Lost Sounds. He went on to play in various bands and projects and he released six limited, 7" singles throughout 2008 with Matador. Soon after the release of the first single and write-ups in NME, Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone, Jimmy began playing larger shows and various music festivals all over the world. (Sadly found dead at his home in Memphis. An autopsy was performed but a cause of death had not yet been determined. Jimmy had been suffering from flu-like sympoms) b.
May 1st 1980.
2010: Edmund Leonard Thigpen (79) American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, and raised in LA; he first worked professionally in New York with the Cootie Williams orchestra from 1951 to 1952 at the Savoy Ballroom. Ed worked with Dinah Washington, Gil Melle, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Vinson, Paul Quinichette, Ernie Wilkins, Lennie Tristano, Jutta Hipp, Johnny Hodges, Dorothy Ashby, Bud Powell, and the Billy Taylor trio from 1956 to 1959. After which he joined the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1959. In 1961 he recorded with the Teddy Edwards–Howard McGhee Quintet in LA. After leaving Oscar he recorded one album as a leader, Out of the Storm of 1966, then toured and recorded with Ella Fitzgerald from 1967 to 1972, before settling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here Ed worked with artists, including Alice Babs, Kenny Drew, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ernie Wilkins, Svend Asmussen, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and Thad Jones and he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. (?) b. December 28th 1930
2011: Tommy Crain (59) American guitarist, born and raised in Nashville, he played in various local bands, the best being Flat Creek Band in which his brother Billy also played guitar. This group eventually disbanded and Tom formed a group called Buckeye. Tommy joined the Charlie Daniels Band in 1975. His unrestrained guitar work became an integral part of the band’s sound. He played on more than 20 CDB albums and is credited with co-writing more than 60 of the band songs including
their 1979 No.1 country hit and Grammy-winning "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".
Other CDB classics are "Cumberland Mountain Number Nine," "Blind Man" and "Franklin Limestone". He left the band in 1990 to be with his family, but re-emerged in 2004 with his Crosstown Allstars band. He also joined Daniels’ band onstage on occasion (?) b. January 16th 1951.
2012: Sándor Fehér (38) Hungarian violinist, who loved to teach and died a true hero. He had been working as an entertainer on
Costa Concordia cruise liner when it hit ground, instead of saving himself he helped to calm and put life jackets on frightened crying children. He came from a musical family, both his father and grandfather played the violin, and he started playing the violin when he was six years old. In 1998 he graduated from the Franz Lizst Academy in Budapest, where he studied with László Dénes.
Sándor taught violin lessons to students ages six through 20 and believed strongly in a method devised by his teacher Dénes, as well as by Rudolf Nemeth and Judit Szaszne-Reger, called Violin ABC. (tragically Sándor drowned, he was the first victim from the Costa Concordia disaster to be identified) b. 1973
2012: Dilys Elwyn-Edwards (93) Welsh-language composer, lecturer and accompanist.
She studied at Cardiff University, where she received her BMus degree. She taught music at the university for the next three years. She received the Open Scholarship in Composition from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied composition. Dilys was known for her soft, melodic art songs for voice in both Welsh and English. Charlotte Church and Aled Jones have recorded Caneuon y Tri Aderyn /Three Welsh Bird Songs; Y Gylfinir /The Curlew; Tylluanod /Owls and her most famous song, of dozens, Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr /There is longing in the sea, R. Williams Parry's sonnet set to music (?) b. August 19th 1918.
2014: Yelizaveta Zarbatova (87) Russian singer and a member of Buranovskiye Babushki / "Buranovo Grannies. The group had previously participated on Russia's Eurovision song selection in 2010 with the song "Dlinnaja-Dlinnaja Beresta I Kak Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon"/"Very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban", where they finished third. They made another attempt to represent Russia by participating on Russia's Eurovision song selection in 2012 with the song "Party for Everybody", finishing in 2nd place. Their other recorded songs include "Yesterday", "Let It Be", "Smoke on the Water", "Hotel California" and "The Star Called Sun" Buranovskiye Babushki (?) b. 1926.
2014: Freddie 'Fingers' Lee/Frederick John Cheesman (76) British rock and roll pianist and musician, from Blackhill, Consett, County Durham. He lost an eye as a one-years-old and wore an eye patch. His career started in the 50s as a guitarist in a skiffle group, playing between films on the Star Cinema circuit. He joined Eden Kane's band touring with Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde and went on to play piano with Screaming Lord Sutch, in the house band at The Star Club in Hamburg. He contined to work with Screaming Lord Sutch until Lord Sutch's suicide in 1999. Freddie also played in
bands >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Freddie died from pneumonia) b. 1938.
2014: Menachem Zilberman (67) Israeli comedian and songwriter, born in Mandatory Palestine, who in 1965, became a star in the IDF’s popular Nahal troupe that sang and performed for military and civilians audiences throughout Israel. After his discharge from the army, he got his big break in 1971 with the lead male role in Hedva Ve’ Shlomik. He was also behind several of the hits of the superstar group Kaveret, writing “Baruch’s boots” among other songs.
After continuing a career in entertainment and music through most of the 1980s and 90s, he moved to Los Angeles in 2000 where he mostly owned and operated “Zilbertours Travel Makers,” a tour guide company that catered to Israeli tourists visiting California. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. October 6th 1946.
Ronny Jordan/Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson (51) English jazz guitarist, born in London; he was at the forefront of the acid jazz movement at the end of the twentieth century. He described his music as "urban jazz," a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. He came to notice after being featured on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, released in 1993. He was also featured on Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, a compilation album released in 1994 to benefit the Red Hot Organization. He was also the recipient of many awards, including The MOBO Best Jazz Act Award as well as Gibson Guitar Best Jazz Guitarist Award. His 2000 release, A Brighter Day, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (?) b. November 29th 1962.
2015: Dozy/Trevor Ward-Davies (70) British bassist born in Enford, Wiltshire;
in the late 1950s, he lead a semi professional local rock band called the Beatnicks, before he becoming a founding member of the band, Dave Dee and the Bostons in 1961. They changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, when they gained a recording contract with Fontana Records. Between 1965 and 1969, the group spent more weeks in the UK Singles Chart than the Beatles and made a few tours to Australia and New Zealand
. They scored a No.1 hit in the UK in 1968 with "The Legend of Xanadu". Their other Top 10 UK hits included "Bend It!", "Hideaway", "Hold Tight!", "Save Me", "Touch Me, Touch Me", "Okay!", "Zabadak!" and "Last Night in Soho". The band carried on performing after Dave Dee left in the 1970s, under the acronym DBMT. Dozy was a member of the band 54 years until his death. In 2008, 40 years after Xanadu reached the top of the charts, the band was honoured with a blue plaque at Salisbury city hall. (sadly Trevor died from cancer) b. November 27th 1944.
2016: Bern Herbolsheimer (67) American composer and pianist, born in Great Falls, Montana; a frequent award winner, he received recognition throughout the USA and Europe for over 500 works ranging from ballet to symphonic, operatic, chamber and choral works. His numerous major commissions and premieres included ballets for the Frankfurt Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Eugene Ballet. His first opera, Aria da Capo, won first prize in the National Opera Association's New Opera Competition. Mark Me Twain, his second opera, was commissioned and premiered in 1993 by the Nevada Opera for its Silver Anniversary season, and the massive list goes on. (sadly Bern died fighting cancer) b. September 2nd 1948.
2016: Giorgio Gomelsky (81) Georgian-born Swiss impresario, band manager, songwriter and record producer, born in Tiflis, Georgia; the family left in 1938 and via Syria, Egypt, and Italy, in 1944 they settled in Switzerland. He went on to own the Crawdaddy Club in London where The Rolling Stones were house band, and he was involved with their early management. He hired The Yardbirds as a replacement and managed them. He was also their producer from the beginning through 1966. In 1967, he started Marmalade Records and also signed Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity, The Blossom Toes, and early recordings by Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who became 10cc. The label closed in 1969. He was also instrumental in the careers of Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, The Soft Machine, Daevid Allen and Gong, Magma and Material. Through the 1970s to the 2010s from his recording and rehearsal studio in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, Giorgio has continued to nurture and mentor musicians. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. February 28th 1934.

2017: O'on/Muhammad Fachroni (44) Indonesian singer and founding member of Project-P, and its spin off comic band, Project Pop, which formed in 1996. As of 2017, they had released nine albums, their first album, Bakpia vs Lumpia was a commercial failure, but beginning with their 2000 album 'Tu Wa Ga Pa't they found mainstream success. Drawing on current musical trends when writing their songs, they have done songs in pop, dangdut, soul, rock, house, and rap. In 2005, Project Pop released Pop Circus; the music video for "Jangan Ganggu Banci"/"Don't Bother Transvestite!", went on to win MTV Indonesia's video clip of the year. (sadly died of complications from diabetes) b. 1972.
2017: Anton Nanut (84) Slovenian conductor of classical music, who at just 11 years old replaced his father as choirmaster and organist after the latter was sent to a concentration camp and went on to conduct
over 200 orchestras and to make over 200 recordings with a variety of labels. From 1981 to 1999 he served as the chief conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. He was a professor of conducting at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and was the artistic leader of the Slovene Octet in its most productive years. Among the concerts that he valued most was a concert with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in the Carnegie Hall; his concerts with Staatskapelle Dresden; with the Berlin RIAS and with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a chief conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and has conducted nearly all the Italian symphony orchestras, especially Orchestra Di Padova e del Veneto. In 2011, his efforts earned him the prestigious Prešeren Prize for Lifetime Achievement, Slovenia’s top award for artists. (sadly died after a long illness) b. September 13th 1932.
2017: Horacio Guarany/Eraclio Catalin Rodríguez Cereijo (91) Argentine singer, composer, writer, and winner of the Konex Platinum Award in 1985 as the most important male folk singer in history in Argentina. Born in Las Garzas, Santa Fe, he began with the Orchestra of Herminio Giménez, singing Paraguayan music and in Guaraní language and in 1957 he made debut in Radio Belgrano of Buenos Aires. He was a pioneer of the Cosquín National Festival in 1961. He record around 56 solo albumsas well as many other albums with acts such as Mercedes Sosa, Chaqueño Palavecino, César Isella and Soledad Pastorutti. His well-known compositions include "Midnight Guitar", "Milonga para mi perro", "La guerrillera", "I do not know why you think" Regalito " and " If the singer is silent ". Some of his celebrated musical compositions are accompanied by the lyrics of the great tucumano poet Juan Eduardo Piatelli , songs like "Song of the pardon" or "I do not want to love you", among others. As an actor he is known for El grito en la sangre-2014, Argentinísima-1972 and Felicidades: Navidad-2015. (sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest) b. May 15th 1925.
2017: Alan Jabbour (74) American classical and Appalachian style fiddler and folklorist born in Jacksonville, Florida; he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami in 1963 and received his M.A. in 1966 and Ph.D. in 1968 from Duke University. A violinist from the age of seven, Alan Jabbour was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, and the University of Miami String Quartet. While a graduate student, he began documenting South from musicians like Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, and Tommy Jarrell of Toast, North Carolina. He taught a repertory of oldtime fiddle tunes to his band, the Hollow Rock String Band, which was an important link in the instrumental music revival in the 1960s. He published widely on the subject of folklore and folklife, including a number of publications on American folksong and instrumental folk music. He has been featured on many recordings and in numerous festivals. In 1976 Alan became the founding director of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress,
until his retirement in 1999 (?) b. June 21st 1942.
2017: Richie Ingui (70) American soul singer and co-founder the Philadelphia group The Soul Survivors with his brother Charlie and Kenny Jeremiah. The Soul Survivors originally formed as The Dedications and released a number of tracks between 1962 and 1964 before changing their name to the Soul Survivors. They are best known for their 1967 hit single "Expressway to Your Heart", which was the first hit by Philadelphia soul record producers and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Other hits included "Explosion in Your Soul", "Impossible Mission (Mission Impossible)", "Mama Soul", "City of Brotherly Love" and "Happy Birthday, America, Pt. 1", among others. In 2013, The Soul Survivors were honored by Philadelphia International Records with the annual Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award at Citizens Bank Park.The Ingui brothers last performed together in November 2016, at the Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Richie and Charlie captivated the crowd with an extended Gamble & Huff medley, closing their set with a scording rendition of "Expressway" (?) b. 1946.

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1949: Joaquín Turina (66)
Spanish composer born in Seville where he was educated as well as in Madrid. He lived in Paris from 1905 to 1914 where he took composition lessons from Vincent d'Indy at his Schola Cantorum, and studied the piano under Moritz Moszkowski. Like his fellow countryman and friend, Manuel de Falla, while there he got to know the impressionist composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.
Along with de Falla, he returned to Madrid in 1914, working as a composer, teacher and critic. In 1931 he was made professor of composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatory. His notable pupils included Vicente Asencio and Celedonio Romero. Joaquín's works include the operas Margot -1914 and Jardín de Oriente -1923, the Danzas fantásticas -1920, La oración del torero, chamber music, piano works, guitar pieces and songs. Much of his work shows the influence of traditional Andalusian music (?) b. December 9th 1882.
1952: Artur Kapp (73)
Estonian composer,
born in Suure-Jaani, then part of the Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire. Some of his most enduring works are the 1899 overture Don Juan and the 1900 cantata Paradiis ja Peri/"Paradise and Peri", both of which are large scale works that prominently feature the organ. He is possibly best recalled for his oratorio Hiiob/"Job" and Metsateel/"On A Road Through The Woods", a piece for solo voice. His work is abundant and diverse and covers many classical genres. He wrote five symphonies, five concertos, overtures, four orchestral suites, in addition to the above (?) b. February 28th 1878.
1965: Jeanette MacDonald (61)
American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the '30s with Maurice Chevalier (Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour With You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in grand opera, concerts, radio, television and also made a few nightclub appearances at The Sands and The Sahara in Las Vegas in 1953, The Coconut Grove in Los Angeles in 1954, and again at The Sahara in 1957. She was one of most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing grand opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of singers. (heart problems). b. June 18th 1903.
1978: Robert Heger (91)German conductor and composer born in from Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine; he studied at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, under Franz Stockhausen, then in Zurich under Lothar Kempter, and finally in Munich under Max von Schillings. After early conducting engagements in Strasbourg he made his debut at Ulm in 1908 or 1909. He held appointments in Barmen-1909, at the Vienna Volksoper-1911, and at Nuremberg-1913, where he also conducted Philharmonic concerts. He progressed to Munich and then to Berlin in 1933-1950, after which he returned to Munich.
Robert also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1925-1935, and again with his Munich company in 1953, when he gave the first London performance of Richard Strauss's opera Capriccio (?) b. August 19th 1886
1986: Daniel Balavoine (33)
French singer born in Alençon, Orne; he was a chorus-singer in the musical La Révolution française, then as a backing singer at the concerts of Patrick Juvet. The latter gave him the opportunity to record his songs on an album. This break enabled him to be noticed as a singer-songwriter by Léo Missir, artistic director at Barclay Records with whom he formed a very strong and lasting bond. (while flying over the Paris-Dakar motor rally, he died, along with Thierry Sabine and three other people, when their helicopter crashed into a dune in Mali, Africa) b. February 5th 2010.
1992: Jerry Nolan (45)
American drummer, from Brooklyn and best known for his work with The New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.
He played with Wayne County's 'Queen Elizabeth', Billy Squier's "Kicks" and was the only male member of Suzi Quatro's Detroit-based band Cradle, and was also a member the power trio "Shaker", before joining The New York Dolls in the autumn of 1972 to replace Billy Murcia. He played on the Dolls' first two albums, New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon. Jerry left the Dolls together with Johnny Thunders in the spring of 1975 to form The Heartbreakers. Jerry and his wife lived in Sweden, off and on, through the 1980s. There he also recorded a solo single of an older Heartbreakers' song "Take A Chance With Me". Johnny Thunders also moved to Sweden with his girlfriend, Susanne, and their collaboration continued periodically, until Thunders' death in 1991 (while being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia, Jerry suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered. He spent his final weeks on a life support system) b. May 7th 1946.
Sir Alexander Gibson (68) Scottish conductor born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, and studied music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, as well as in London, Salzburg and Siena, Italy. At the time of his appointment in 1957 as musical director of Sadler's Wells, he was the youngest ever to have taken that position. He founded Scottish Opera in 1962 and was music director until 1986. Through his artistic achievements the Theatre Royal, Glasgow was bought from Scottish TV and in 1975 made the home theatre of Scottish Opera and Ballet, the first national opera house in Scotland. In 1987, he was appointed conductor laureate of Scottish Opera until his death.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, was knighted in 1977 and became president of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where in his memory, the Alexander Gibson School of Opera was opened in 1998. It was the first purpose-built opera school in Great Britain. (died from complications following a heart attack) b. February 11th 1926.
1999: Muslimgauze/Bryn Jones (37)
British ethnic electronica and experimental musician who was influenced by conflicts in the Muslim world, with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With dozens of albums released under the Muslimgauze name, he was remarkably prolific, but his mainstream success was limited due in part to his work being issued mostly in limited editions on small record labels. Nonetheless, as John Bush wrote, "Jones' blend of found-sound Middle Eastern atmospheres with heavily phased drones and colliding rhythm programs were among the most startling and unique in the noise underground". In 1995, he had six releases; in 1996, 15; in 1997, nine; in 1998, 16. After his death, the many record companies with which he had associated released unreleased material and re-pressed older, out-of-print material. In 1999, the year of his death, 22 new and old albums and EPs on several media were released. (he was rushed to hospital in Manchester with a fungal infection in his bloodstream, for which he had to be heavily sedated. Tragically his body just shut down) b. June 17th 1961.
2010: Bobby Charles/Robert Charles Guidry (71)
American songwriter born in Abbeville, Louisiana; at aged 15, he was so inspired by Fats Domino, he began to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre known as swamp pop. His compositions include the hits "See You Later, Alligator," which he initially recorded himself as "Later Alligator", covered by Bill Haley & His Comets; "Walking to New Orleans", written for Fats Domino; his "(I Don't Know Why I Love You) But I Do" was a 1950s classic which Clarence "Frogman" Henry had a major hit with. His composition "Why Are People Like That?" was on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie Home Fries.
On November 26, 1976, he was invited to play with The Band at their farewell concert, The Last Waltz, Bobby played "Down South in New Orleans". In September 2007, he was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (sadly Bobby collapsed and died in his home near Abbeville) b. February 21st 1938.
2010: Chilton Price/Chilton Searcy (96) American violinist and songwriter born near Fern Creek, Kentucky, she studied music appreciation at the University of Louisville. During the '30s and '40s she played violin with the Louisville Orchestra. Chilton started her songwriting while working as a music librarian at the Louisville radio station WAVE, where country music perform
ers Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart were regular performers. "Never Look Back", "Slow Poke" and "You Belong to Me" were lyrical among her hits (?) b. December 25th 1913.
2011: Trish Keenan (42) British lead vocalist and founder member of the UK electronic music band Broadcast founded in 1995. Their 1996 debut EP 'The Book Lovers' was featued on the soundtrack of the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Their debut album in 1997 'Work and Non Work', produced the singles Accidentals" and "Living Room". Other singles include Echo's Answer", "Drums on Fire", "Come On Let's Go" and "America's Boy" (
sadly tragically died of complications with pneumonia following a lengthy stay in intensive care after she had been hospitalized and was said to be suffering from a strain of the H1N1 flu/swine flu) b. 1968.
2012: Lasse Kolstad/Lars Kolstad (90) Norwegian actor and singer born in Kristiania; in 1943 he had his début at Trøndelag Teater, where he remained until 1949. He later worked at Centralteatret, Edderkoppen, Riksteatret, Fjernsynsteatret og Det Norske Teatret. He has had roles in plays by Ibsen, Shakespeare and Sophocles, and musicals such as Zorba and The Threepenny Opera. His best-known character though, was "Tevye" in Fiddler on the Roof, a role he played 400 times.
He also had various roles in movies and on TV, and still took on roles after his retirement. In 1958 he took part in the documentary Windjammer about the full rigged ship Christian Radich. He played the title role in the television series Skipper Worse in 1968, based on the novel by Alexander Kielland, and was a Viking in the American movie The Island at the Top of the World in 1974 (?) b. January 10th 1922.
2012: Robbie France (52) English drummer, producer, arranger, journalist, educator, and broadcaster.
Born in Sheffield, and emigrated to Australia around 1970, where he studied at the National Academy of Rudimentary Drummers of Australia until 1974. He formed the jazz-fusion group, Carnival, performed at the Oz Jazz Festival, and supported John McLaughlin. He worked with Stevie Wright of the Easybeats, Marty Rhone, Ray Burgess, Tim Gaze, and most major Australian artists. He amassed over 1,000 television, radio, and advertising credits, including eight documentaries and four film scores, including Band on the Run, one of the most successful surfing films ever made. Robbie left Australia in 1982 to return to England, where he joined Diamond Head the following year. Part of the NWOBHM movement, they performed at Castle Donington Monsters of Rock, then went on to record their third album, Canterbury. In 1985... >>>READ MORE<<< (Robbie tragically died of a ruptured aorta, compications from surgery) b. December 5th 1959.
2014: Flavio Testi (91) Italian composer of contemporary classical music and musicologist. He studied with Gedda and Peracchio at the Turin Conservatory and took an arts degree at Milan University. He worked for Suvini Zerboni and Ricordi while also composing, pursuing his interest in music history and working on various radio projects for the RAI. From 1972 he devoted himself to educational activities, teaching music history at the Padua Conservatory and then taking up teaching posts at the Milan Conservatory and Florence Conservatory. His last opera, Mariana Pineda, premiered at the opera house Erfurt, Germany, on September 8th 2007 (?) b. January 4th 1923.
2016: Franco Oppo (80) Italian composer, born in Nuoro, he studied at the Conservatory of Cagliari, graduating in piano, choral music and choral conducting, and composition. Since 1965 he won several international composition competitions. He was professor of composition and experimental composition at the Conservatory of Cagliari and professor of music theory at the Cagliari University. Franco published various studies and essays, particularly about music semiology and ethnic music. His studies mainly focused on aleatoric music and on testing new types of notation (?) b. October 2nd 1935.
2016: Elisa Pegreffi (93)
Italian violinist in the classical string quartet, Quartetto Italiano formed in 1945. Over the years they toured most of Europe and performed in the USA and they have recorded the complete quartets by Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Webern. They rarely collaborated with external members, but two notable recordings are Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with Antoine-Pierre de Bavier in 1951, and Brahms's Piano Quintet Op.34 with Maurizio Pollini in 1979. After 35 years they bought the band to an end in 1980, after which Elisa devoted herself to teaching (?) b. June 10th 1922
2016: René Angélil (73)
Canadian entertainment manager, singer and husband of Celine Dion. He started out as a pop singer in the 1960s in Montréal and formed a pop rock group, "Les Baronets". They had some hits during the 1960s, mostly translations of English-language pop hits from the UK or the US, such as "C'est fou, mais c'est tout"/"Hold Me Tight". When the band split,
René and best friend Guy Cloutier began managing artists. They parted ways in 1981 to become solo managers. Also that year René heard Céline Dion's demo tape and soon took over as her agent. The couple married in December 1994, his third marraige, which lasted until his death, and he continued as Celine's manager until June 2014, when he had to step down due to his battle with cancer. (sadly René died while fighting throat cancer) b. January 16th 1942.

2017: Podi Lamaya/Deepal Silva (50) Sri Lankan singer and comedian, who stepped into the field of entertainment in 1990, singing songs with a touch of humour. His more popular songs include "Ada Nokara Katha", "Ali Athun Maranne", "Ananda Bhavan", "Awata Giyata Sellam Wedado" and "Ayukthiyata Hisa Namanne Na" (sadly died after suffering a heart attack) b. 1966.
2017: Yama Buddha/Anil Adhikari (29) Nepalese rapper, born in Salakpur, Morang, but moved with his parents to Terai when he was six years old; he went on to be one of the most popular rappers in Nepal. His popular songs included: Sathi, Aama, Yo Prasanga, and Antya Ko Suruwat among others. He was also the Presenter of Popular Rap Battle show Raw Barz. (tragically Yama commited suicide while living in London) b. May 30th 1987.

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1926: Enrico Toselli/Count of Montignoso (42)
Italian pianist and composer, born in Florence, he studied piano with Giovanni Sgambati and composition with Giuseppe Martucci and Reginaldo Grazzini. He embarked on a career as a concert pianist, playing in Italy, European capital cities, Alexandria and North America. His most popular composition is Serenata 'Rimpianto' Op.6 No.1. His other works include two operettas, La cattiva Francesca - 1912 and La principessa bizzarra in 1913. Enrico
's fame largely derives not from his musical ability but from his scandalous elopement with Archduchess Louise of Austria, the former Crown Princess of Saxony, in 1907. She had previously deserted and divorced her husband, Frederick Augustus of Saxony, who later became king of Saxony in 1904. Her marriage to Enrico also ended in divorce in 1912. (?) b. March 13th 1883.
Jack Teagarden (58)
American bandleader, trombonist, dixieland vocalist; he recorded with notable bandleaders and sidemen such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Jimmy McPartland, Mezz Mezzrow, Glenn Miller, and Eddie Condon, and appeared in the movies Birth of the Blues, The Glass Wall, and Jazz on a Summer's Day. As a jazz artist he won the 1944 Esquire magazine Gold Award, was highly rated in the Metronome polls of from 1937to 1942 and again in 1945, and was selected for the Playboy magazine All Star Band, from 1957 to 1960 (sadly he died alone of pneumonia) b. Aug 20th 1964.
1980: David Whitfield (
British singer born in Kingston Upon Hull, as a child he became a choir boy in St. Peter's Church and began a lifelong love of singing which made him Britain's most successful solo male star of the early 1950s until the advent of Rock n Roll. He was the first UK male vocalist to earn a gold disc; the first UK vocalist ever to have a hit placed in the Top Ten of the US Singles Chart; the first artist from Britain to sell over one million copies of one disc in the US and the third to be awarded a gold disc;. He got his big break came as he appeared on the talent show Opportunity Knocks on Radio Luxembourg. The host of the show, Hughie Green got him a booking at the Washington Hotel in the West End of London where a talent scout from Decca records heard him singing and signed him to the label. His many hits include "Cara Mia" which topped the charts for 10 weeks, "Answer Me", "My September Love", "I'll Find You", "William Tell", and "A Scottish Soldier". Over 50 years on, he is still one of only six artists to have spent 10 or more consecutive weeks at Number One on the UK Singles Chart. (brain haemorrhage while on tour in Australia) b. February 2nd 1925.
1980: Alan Louis Breeze (70)
English singer of the British dance band era born in West Ham, London. He began his musical career singing in working men's clubs, restaurants, theatre queues and made around 78 recordings, including "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts". He also produced recordings at film studios for actors who could not sing. That is where, in 1932, he met the band leader Billy Cotton, who changed his career forever, when he hired him as a
vocalist. Alan stayed with the band for 36 years and was a regular entertainer on the post-war BBC radio programme the Billy Cotton Band. He went on to be one of the most popular UK vocalists, on radio, television and in theatres around the United Kingdom, and became known as “The man with the sunshine in his voice” (?) b. October 9th 1909.
1987: Ray Bolger/Raymond Wallace Bulcao (83)
American actor, singer, and dancer maybe best known for playing The Scarecrow in the 1939 musical fantasy film "The Wizard of Oz". While working on the Vaudeville scene, as half of a team called Sanford and Bolger, in 1926, he was spotted by star maker, Gus Edwards, who hired him for the Broadway show "A Merry World." Numerous Broadway roles followed including the lead in the Rodgers and Hart 1936 classic "On Your Toes." The strength of that performance earned him a movie contract from MGM. Other Broadway credits include- Life Begins at 8:40, By Jupiter, All American, and Where's Charley?, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and in which he introduced "Once in Love with Amy", the song often connected with him. He also had a big career in films and TV. Ray has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard for movies and at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for television (Sadly lost to cancer) b. January 10th 1904.
1992: Dee Murray (45)
English bass player; a talented musician whose gift for melody, placement, and an understated, yet profound technique, plus his standout work as a backing vocalist, puts him in an elite class among rock bassists. He was a member of the Spencer Davis band before joining Elton John. He was a key members of John's backing band, including the milestone album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. In 1975, after recording Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Dee and Nigel Olsson were released from the band because John wanted to achieve a different sound. Dee and Nigel a continued working together, as session musicians in Los Angeles. They played on Rick Springfield's first United States album, Wait for Night in 1976. In 1977, Murray briefly joined Procol Harum on a US tour. Between '78 and '79, he worked as part of Alice Cooper's backing band.
Both Dee and Nigel returned to the UK in 1981, and toured with John for another four years. (After a long brave battle with skin cancer, Dee died from a stroke) b. April 3rd 1946.
1993: Sammy Cahn (79) Four times Academy Award-winning American lyricist, songwriter and musician, best known for his romantic lyrics to tin pan alley and Broadway songs, as recorded by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and many others. He played the piano and violin. His many songs lyrics include "Three Coins in the Fountain", "All the Way", "High Hopes", "Call Me Irresponsible", "I've Heard That Song Before", "I'll Walk Alone", "Anywhere", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "It's Magic", "It's a Great Feeling", "Be My Love", "Wonder Why", "Because You're Mine", "I'll Never Stop Loving You", "(Love Is) The Tender Trap", "It's Been A Long, Long Time", "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", "Love and Marriage", "Papa, Won't You Dance With Me", "Please Be Kind", "Rhythm Is Our Business", "Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Things We Did Last Summer" (?).He became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and later took over the presidency of that organization from his friend Johnny Mercer when Mercer became ill and i
n 1988 the Sammy Awards, an annual award for movie songs and scores, was started in his honor. ( died in Los Angeles, California. He was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery) b. June 18th 1913.
1994: Georges Cziffra (72) Hungarian-French pianist best known for his performances of Liszt's rhapsodies. Of gypsy descent, he was born in Budapest, but since the Soviet-led invasion of Hungary in 1956, he had lived in France. He also recorded many of Frédéric Chopin's compositions and those of Robert Schumann. He is also well-known for his rather-demanding transcriptions of several orchestral works for the piano - among them, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee
(Sadly died from a heart attack) b. November 5th 1921.
1994: Harry Nilsson III (52) American singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York; as early as 1958 he was influenced by the likes of Ray Charles and the Everly Brothers and in his teens he formed a vocal duo with his friend Jerry Smith singing close harmonies in the style of the Everly Brothers. Harry came to the peak of his commercial success as a singer in the mid 1970s.
When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist. He replied, "Nilsson". Paul was then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, "Nilsson". On all but his earliest recordings, he is credited as 'Nilsson', such as "Without You", "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City", "Everybody's Talkin'," "Coconut" and "Jump into the Fire". As a songwriter, many of his songs, including 'One' and 'Cuddly Toy' have been covered by artists including the Monkees, Three Dog Night and Aimee Mann. His musical legacy continues and his music is featured on dozens of soundtracks of films and TV programs, spanning the 1960s through to the present-day. He was honored with Grammy Awards for two of his recordings "Everybody's Talkin'" in 1969 and again in 1973, when he won the "Best Male Pop Vocal" for his hit "Without You"; received several more Grammy nominations for his album Nilsson Schmilsson (on the night he completed his last album, which as yet, has never been released, Harry sadly died in his sleep of heart failure) b. June 15th 1941.
1996: Les Baxter (73) American saxophonist, pianist; he composed and was arranger for the top swing bands of the '40s and '50s, but he is better known as the founder of exotica, a variation of easy listening that glorified the sounds and styles of Polynesia, Africa, and South America, even as it retained the traditional string-and-horn arrangements of instrumental pop. Les studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist, he turned to popular music as a singer. At the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw records such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?". He then turned to arranging and conducting for Capitol Records in 1950 and was credited with the early Nat King Cole hits, "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young", but both were actually orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. (kidney failure) b. March 14th 1922.
1998: Junior Wells/Amos Blakemore (63)
American blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago, famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & appeared in the 1998 movie Blues Brothers 2000 (Junior Wells was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in the summer of 1997, tragically that fall, he suffered a heart attack while undergoing treatment, sending him into a coma. Sadly Wells stayed in the coma until he passed away) b. December 9th 1934.
1999: Marion Ryan (67) English singer, born in Middlesbrough, once called "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song", she was a pop singer of the 1950s in the early years of British Independent Television. She was the regular singer in the popular musical quiz "Spot the Tune", on Granada Television for seven years from 1956, with a total of 209 half-hour programmes, that featured several star hosts including disc-jockey Pete Murray, the Canadian pop singer Jackie Rae, the comedians Ken Platt, Ted Ray, and Peter Knight and his Orchestra. She made one brief appearance as herself in a feature film with singer Tommy Steele
(died from heart failure) b. February 4th 1931.
2001: Bob Braun (71) American television host born in Ludlow, Kentucky
; his daily 90-minute show was syndicated throughout the heartland of America, and featured a live bands, singers, and special guests (sadly taken by Parkinson's disease and cancer) b. April 20th 1929.
2003: Doris Fisher (87) American singer and songwriter; she sang with Big Bands, on the radio, with the Eddie Duchin Orchestra and led the group "Penny Wise and Her Wise Guys". As a songwriter her hit compositions included "You Always Hurt the One You Love", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", "Amado Mio", "Put the Blame on Mame" and "That Ole Devil Called Love". She also collaborated with Slim Gaillard on "Tutti Frutti".
(?) b. May 2nd 1915.
Terje "Valfar" Bakken (25) Norwegian lead singer and founder of the Norwegian Black/Folk Metal band Windir. Windir was started as a one-man project, but it was expanded into a full band with the release of a 3rd album, 1184. Valfar originally sang his lyrics in Sognamål, a dialect of Norwegian, but eventually switched to English. Their last full length album "Likferd" was released in 2003. (died from hypothermia, he went out on a walk heading towards his family's cabin at Fagereggi, but he never arrived. Three days later, authorities found his body at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. Valfar had been caught in a snow storm) b. Sept 3rd 1978.
2005: Victoria de los Angeles López García (81)
Spanish Catalan operatic soprano and recitalist of the highest rank whose career began in the early 1940s and reached its height in the years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. While she later made fewer appearances in opera, she continued to give recitals, focusing on mostly French and Spanish art songs, into the 1990s.
She studied at the Barcelona Conservatory, graduating in just three years in 1941 at age 18. That year, she made her operatic debut as Mimì at the Liceu, but then resumed her musical studies. After winning first prize in the Geneva International Competition in 1947, she sang Salud in Falla's La vida breve with the BBC in London in 1948. She went on to perform around the globe at all the major opera houses. She made many widely acclaimed recordings, including those of La vida breve, La bohème, Pagliacci, and Madama Butterfly (Sadly died from heart failure) b. November 1st 1923.
2008: Bobby Ferrara/Robert Patrick Ferrara (42) American
guitarist, shred guitarist and composer; self taught and a world class... READ MORE (sadly died from a fatal heart attack) b. July 22nd 1965
2009: Leroy "Hog" Cooper (80) American saxophone player born in Dallas, Texas. As a young man he played saxophone in his uncle’s jazz ensemble before beginning his formal studies at Tilottson College in Austin, Texas. After a two year stint in the 315th Army Band, he joined the Ray Charles Ensemble recording and concertizing around the world for two decades. Leroy's first recording session with Charles was “Them That Got”, “My Baby! (I Love Her, Yes I Do)” and “Who You Gonna Love?” in 1959. Having performed with numerous legendary jazz artists, he is renowned for his definitive performances on baritone, soprano and tenor saxophones. After leaving Ray, Leroy lived out a happy life in Orlando, Fla., where he played in the Disney band (?) b. August 31st 1928.
2009: Leroy Smith (56) Jamaican keyboardist, singer and founder member of the eight piece British soul group, Sweet Sensation. Formed in Manchester in 1973 the band came to prominence after appearing on the ITV talent show New Faces. Their debut single "Snowfire" failed to reach the charts, but the follow-up "Sad Sweet Dreamer" was a UK No.1 single in October 1974, and also reached No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following spring. Other releases included "Purely by Coincidence", "Hide Away from the Sun", "Mr Cool", "Sweet Regrets" and "Mail Train". In 1977 the band participated in A Song For Europe in an attempt to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song "You're My Sweet Sensation" ended in eighth place. (sadly died in his Manchester flat from bronchopneumonia) b. September 3rd 1952.
2011: Harvey James (58) Australian rock guitarist, born in Melbourne, he was a member of the bands
Party Boys, Sherbet, Ariel and Mississippi.
He joined the band Mississippi, but they broke up on a visit to the UK in 1973. Back in Australia, Harvey joined progressive rock group Ariel, with Mike Rudd and Bill Putt. He travelled to the UK with them in 1974, where they recorded their 2nd album ''Rock & Roll Scars''. He remained with Ariel until early 1975, by which time the band had added a fifth member, singer-guitarist Glyn Mason. But he shot to national prominence in Australia in early 1975, when he left Ariel to replace founding member Clive Shakespeare in the chart-topping Australian pop band Sherbet. His first recording with them was their biggest hit, "Howzat", which became an Australian No.1 and made the Top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. He remained with the group until they split in 1979. Harvey next co-founded the rock band The Party Boys in 1982, playing on their first two albums ''Live at Several 21sts'' and ''Greatest Hits (of Other People)'', before along with guitarist Clive Shakespeare reuniting Sherbet for several reunions. He also participated in a reunion of the second line-up of Ariel in 1998 (sadly lost his battle against lung cancer) b. September 20th 1952.
2012: Rafael Rincón González (89) Venezuelan singer, composer, bandleader and teacher, born in Maracaibo, As well as performing with the Trío los Melódicos, he founded the bands Los Hermanitos Rincón and El Grupo. He composed more than 600 songs, essentially waltzes, danzas, contradanzas, bambucos and gaitas; among the best known are: “Maracaibo florido”, “Besos inocentes”, “El platanero”, "Cosas del Ayer", “No te puedo Olvidar”, “Danza Zuliana”, “Lamento Goajiro”, “Maracaibera”, “Pregones Zulianos”, “Soberana”, “Mi gaitón”, and “Lago de Maracaibo”. He worked as a music teacher in different schools in which he formed choirs and school music groups, which was an impoertant part of his life
(?) b. September 30th 1922.
2012: Fumio Nunoya (64) Japanese singer born in Hakodate; he was the lead singer
the band The Bickies and the Psychedelic rock band Blues Creation, releasing made a self-titled album of American blues covers, featuring songs written by Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Chester Burnett, J. Mayall-E. Clapton, Blind Willie Johnson, Willie Dixon and Otis Rush, in 1969; he had formed both of theses bands with Kazuo Takeda. Fumio was also the singer with the band Dew and the band Taboo which he formed with the future Happy End star, Eiichi Otaki (sadly Fumio died from a cerebral hemorrhage) b. January 25th 1947
2013: Yuli Turovsky (73) Russian-born Canadian conductor and cellist born in Moscow. His name is mostly associated with the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1983 and led until his death (sadly died from complications due to Parkinson's disease) b. June 7th 1939.

2013: Ivo Varts (51) Estonian progressive rock drummer; he was a founding member of perhaps the Soviet Union's first punk band, Propeller, formed in 1979. The band was banned by Soviet authorities after their cancelled stadium gig in September 1980 turned into a youth riot with overturned trams and the destruction of police cars. As of October 1st 1980, the band's very name was forbidden, and all recordings that Estonian Radio had were destroyed (the band kept the originals though). Their only CD was recorded in the spring/summer of 1980 and released in 1995 by Fugata Ltd. Over his long career Ivo has played with many other bands including Disturbed, Kaseke, Hook,
In Spe, Orange, Mahavoki and Compromise Blue. Since 2000 he had taught at Rocca al Mare School and leader of a drum circle (tragically he died from complications after a fall) b. December 1st 1961.
2015: Ervin Drake/Ervin Maurice Druckman (95) American songwriter, born in New York City; he had his first song published at the age of 12, in 1931 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from the City College of New York in 1940. Among his best known songs are "I Believe", a number-one hit for Frankie Laine, holding the record for number of non-consecutive weeks spent at number one. It has also been recorded by over a dozen other artists including Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley. Other famous songs include "Perdido", "It Was a Very Good Year", and "Quando Quando". Ervin also worked on the Broadway musicals... Heads or Tails, What Makes Sammy Run? and Her First Roman. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983. (sadly Ervin died fighting bladder cancer) b. April 3rd 1919.
2015: Jochen Hülder (57) German music impresario and founder of JCP Management GmbH. First, he supervised folk singer Werner Lämmerhirt, later the music groups Hoelderin, Lunch, German American Friendship, The economic miracle, Palais Schaumburg, Wrong Colors and a Bob Marley concert and organized the farewell tour of the Central Committee. He is maybe best known for managing the punk band Die Toten Hosen since their formation in Düsseldorf. He also managed other artists such as Ohrbooten, TV Smith, Funny van Dannen and Wolfgang Rohde's music group Wölli & the Band of the Year, BLIND, Broilers and Extremo. As an actor, he is known for 'Nichts als die Wahrheit - 30 Jahre Die Toten Hosen' and 'Palermo Shooting' (?) b. October 18th 1957.
2015: Kim Fowley (75) American record producer, impresario and singer, born in Los Angeles, and attended the University High School at the same time as singers Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Johnston, as well as actors Ryan O'Neal, James Brolin and Sandra Dee. In 1957, he was suffered with polio but, on his release, became manager and publicist for a local band The Sleepwalkers which included Bruce Johnston, drummer Sandy Nelson and, occasionally, Phil Spector >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died of bladder cancer) b. July 21st 1939.
2016: Pete Huttlinger (54) American guitar virtuoso, born in Washington, D.C; as a boy he learned to play banjo, before he fell in love with the guitar. After a small inheritance he paid his way through college, graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music 1984. He toured, recorded and performed on television with John Denver from 1994 until John’s death in 1997. He also performed around the world with such artists as and John Oates, and he appears on recordings by Denver, LeAnn Rimes, Hall & Oates., Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffett and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, among many others and performed on numerous Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated projects. As a solo artist, he released more than 15 albums and he performed across the U.S. and Europe; he performed everywhere from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004, 2007, and 2010. In 2000, Pete won the National Fingerstyle Guitar >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died of complications from a stroke) b. June 22nd 1961.
2017: Richard Sydney Divall AO OBE (71) Australian conductor and musicologist, born in Sydney. After nine years as a music producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, from 1972 on the invitation of Dame Joan Hammond he became the music director of the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, where he remained for twenty-five years. A further five years were spent as Principal Resident Conductor of Opera Australia. He conducted many concerts, ballets, and 151 operas, particularly works of the late baroque, Mozart, Handel, Gounod, Berlioz and Verdi. He conducted Verdi's Don Carlos, the first opera to be staged in the State Theatre of the Victorian Arts Centre in 1984. His repertoire included Lohengrin and Tannhäuser by Wagner. The most recent operas he directed were Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Hasse's Antonio e Cleopatra, Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, and Puccini's final opera Turandot at Monash University (?) b. September 9th 1945.
2017: Thandi Klaasen née Mpambane (86)
South African jazz singer, grew up in Sophia town, the daughter of a shoemaker and a domestic worker. When she was a teenager, she was attacked with acid and her face was permanently scarred. Her career as a singer and dancer began in the mid-1950s. In 1961, she moved to London to work in the musical King Kong. Thandi also performed with the likes of Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, and others. (sadly died fighting pancreatic) b. cancer) b. 1930.
2017: Terry Cryer (82) English jazz and blues photographer born in Leeds, Yorkshire, who at the age of fourteen he worked for a film processing company, Cardigan D&P, mixing chemicals at 100 gallons a time; it was this experience that sparked his interest in photography. Three years later he joined the army and was sent by the War Office to take photographs in Egypt. Upon his return to Leeds, he found employment at a Butlins holiday camp where he learned the art of speed printing. In 1956, Louis Armstrong played at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester – this was the first time Terry had photographed a high-profile artist from the United States. He was soon on to tour with American artists such as Jimmy Rushing, Muddy Waters, aEddie Condon, and Big Bill Broonzy. In 1957 he relocated to London where he found work as a freelance photographer with The Jazz News, earning ten shillings for each photograph he took. He went on to photogragh countless top jazz artists and celebrities around the world from Ella Fitzgerald to Elizabeth Taylor to Margaret Thatcher, and Nat King Cole to Johnny Hodges to Peter Sellers and was dubbed "The Dean of UK jazz and blues photographers". (?) b. June 24th 1934.
2017: Greg Trooper (61) American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, and raised in nearby Little Silver. In 1976, he moved to Austin, Texas and then to Lawrence, Kansas where he entered college at the University of Kansas and continued to improve his guitar, singing, and songwriting skills, before he moved to New York City for the 1980s and part of the 1990s, where he formed The Greg Trooper Band. From 1986 Greg recorded 13 albums, the last being 'Live at the Rock Room' in 2015 (sadly died fighting pancreatic cancer)*January 13th 1956.

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1957: Arturo Toscanini (89) Italian celloist and conductor, born in Parma; he won a scholarship to the local music conservatory, where he studied the cello. He joined the orchestra of an opera company, which he toured South America in 1886. He went on to be one of the most acclaimed musicians and conductors of the late 19th century and 20th century, he was renowned for his brilliant intensity, his restless perfectionism, and his phenomenal ear for orchestral detail. Over his long career he worked with many top orchestras around the world. As music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra he became a household name through his radio and TV broadcasts and many recordings of the operatic and symphonic repertoire. Artuo was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987
(sadly died of a stroke) b. March 25th 1867.
1963: Ike Quebec (44)
American tenor saxophone player, dancer and pianist, born in Newark, New Jersey; he switched to tenor sax as his primary instrument in his early 20s, and quickly earned a reputation. He recorded for Blue Note records in the 40's, and also served as a talent scout for the label, helping pianists Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk come to wider attention and due to Ike's exceptional sight reading skills, he was an uncredited impromptu arranger for many Blue Note sessions. (sadly died of lung cancer) b. August 17th 1918.
1969: Vernon Duke/Vladimir Dukelsky (65) Russian-American composer, songwriter; at 11, he was accepted at the Kiev Conservatory where he studied composition with Reinhold Glière and musical theory with Boleslav Yavorsky. In 1919, his family escaped from the turmoil of civil war in Russia and spent a year and a half with other refugees in Constantinople. In 1921 they obtained American visas and sailed to New York. Vernon is best known for "Taking a Chance on Love" lyrics by Ted Fetter and John Latouche, "I Can't Get Started" lyrics by Ira Gershwin, "April in Paris" with lyrics by E. Y. ("Yip") Harburg, and "What Is There To Say" for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, also with Harburg. He wrote the words and music for "Autumn in New York" in 1934. Vernon collaborated with lyricists such as Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn and his works have been performed and recorded by Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Thelonious Monk (died in Santa Monica, California during a lung cancer operation.) b. October 10th 1903.

1972: David Seville/Ross Bagdasarian
(52) American Grammy Award winning pianist, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, born in Fresno, California as a young man, he performed in the Broadway cast of The Time of Your Life and his first musical success was the song he wrote with Saroyan, "Come on-a My House," recorded by Rosemary Clooney in 1951. He was better known by the stage name David Seville, as David Seville, Ross had a number-one hit in the summer of 1958 with the "Witch Doctor," which was his first experiment with speeding an audio track to get a distinctive, squeaky, high-pitched voice, followed by "The Bird on My Head" which wasn't a hit. Then for the 1958 Christmas season came "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" with The Chipmunks, for which he won two Grammy Awards in 1959: Best Comedy Performance and Best Recording for Children. He named the three Chipmunk characters after record executives: Simon Waronker, Ted Keep, and Alvin Bennett. (sadly died of a heart attack) b
. January 27th 1919.
1990: Fritz "Freddy" Brocksieper (78) German jazz drummer and percussionist; he was a founder member of Charlie and his Orchestra, in 1940, which was led by frontman Karl Schwedler. They made over 90 recordings between March 1941 and February 1943. After the WW2 Freddy went on as a freelance musician and to lead his own bands (?) b. August 24th 1912.
1991: Cladys "Jabbo" Smith (82) American jazz trumpeter and singer; at 6 he went into the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, Sth Carolina where he learned trumpet and trombone, and by age 10 was touring with the Jenkins Band. At age 16 he left the Orphanage to become a professional musician, at first playing in bands in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey before making his base in Manhattan, New York City from about 1925 through 1928, where he made the first of his well regarded recordings. In the 1930s, he made Milwaukee, Wisconsin his main base, before dropping out of the public eye. Jabbo made a comeback in the late 1960s; many young musicians, fans, and record collectors were surprised to learn that the star of those great 1920s recordings was still alive. Jabbo once again successfully played with bands and shows in New York, New Orleans, Louisiana, London, and France through the 1970s and into the 1980s (?) b. December 24th 1908.
2000: Will "Dub" Jones (71)
American singer born in Shreveport, Louisiana; bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals was on The Cadets' biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle". In 1956, he sang on The Crescendos' recording "Sweet Dreams" and in '57, he sang with Jesse Belvin & The Space Riders on the single "My Satellite" / "Just To Say Hello." He had also recorded with Cora Washington, billed as Cora And Dub. Will joined The Coasters in 1958, and his bass vocals are show cased on The Coasters' hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown". Will also recorded with later versions of The Coasters on the '76 album The World Famous Coasters and with Billy Guy's group of Coasters in 1977 (sadly died from the effects of diabetes) b. May 14th 1928.
2000: John Morris Rankin (40) Canadian pianist and fiddle player and a member of The Rankin Family along with his siblings, Heather, Cookie, Jimmy, and Raylene, a Canadian celtic family group from Mabou, Nova Scotia. The group won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big Country Music Awards. Their many hits included "Orangedale Whistle", "Fare Thee Well Love", "Gillis Mountain", 'Movin' On', 'Long way To Go', "North Country" and "Roving Gypsy Boy"
(tragically killed in a car accident in Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia) b. April 28th 1959.
2001: Virginia Lee O'Brien (51)
American actress and singer known for her comedic roles in MGM musicals of the 1940s. Among the films she appeared in during her time at MGM were The Big Store with the Marx Brothers, Ship Ahoy with Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton, Thousands Cheer, Du Barry Was a Lady with Skelton and Lucille Ball, The Harvey Girls with Judy Garland and Ziegfeld Follies. After appearing once again with Red Skelton in 1947's Merton of the Movies, and a guest appearance the following year in the short Musical Merry-Go-Round (undisclosed causes) b. April 18th 1919
2002: Eddie Meduza/Errol Leonard Norstedt (53) Swedish singer-songwriter, composer and guitarist working mainly in the rockabilly genre. Many of his songs are about alcohol, women, cars, and often with obscene lyrics especially while under the guise of E.Hitler. Sometimes they were politically oriented, many aimed at the Swedish Social Democrats. He was a popular performer of Raggare music (alcohol abuse related) b. June 17th 1948.
2004: Czeslaw Niemen/Czeslaw Juliusz Wydrzycki (64) Polish singer, songwriter, multi-musician; one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in the Polish language. He made his debut in the early 1960s, singing Polish rock and soul music. He possessed an unusually wide voice range and equally rich intonation. He was an ardent composer and a keyboard player. After his first successful concerts in France, he started to use the pseudonym Niemen. In the early 70s, Niemen recorded 3 English language albums on the CBS label. In 1974 he recorded Mourner's Rhapsody with Jan Hammer and Rick Laird from Mahavishnu Orchestra. In the seventies, Niemen turned to jazz-rock fusion and electronic music - Katharsis album. In 1972 he also contributed with a song performed by him in "Wesele"/The Wedding 1972 film. Later, Niemen also composed film soundtracks and theater music. In the 1990s he showed interest in art painting and computer graphics. He died of cancer in Warsaw. (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. February 16th 1939.
2007: Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (72) American lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group The Spaniels, who lent his tenor vocals to hits like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists. Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie to be the first true leader of a vocal group, because the Spaniels pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest of the group shared a second microphone (sadly died after a fight with cancer) b. June 11th 1934.
2009: Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell (76) American jazz musician and comedy writer; he began on tuba and clarinet before choosing bass as his first instrument. He played with Elinor Sherry and Shep Fields in the early '50s before serving in the Army during the Korean War. From 1954 he worked freelance in New York City, playing with the likes of Gene Krupa, Tony Scott, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, Herbie Mann, Betty Roche, Oscar Pettiford, Gene Quill, Mat Mathews, Joe Puma, Johnny Richards, Peter Appleyard, Andre Previn, and Benny Goodman. He released an album under his own name in 1956, and worked with Red and Blue Mitchell in 1958 as "The Mitchells" on a Metrojazz release. 1965 saw him in Hollywood as a television writer and producer. He worked on shows such as Get Smart, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy, and several Bob Hope television specials. In 1995 he moved to Palm Desert, California, where he had his own radio show (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. February 22nd 1932
2010: Carl Smith (82) American country singer-songwriter and musician born in Maynardville, Tennessee. At 15, he started performing in a band called Kitty Dibble and Her Dude Ranch Ranglers. By age 17, he had learned to play the string bass and spent his summer vacation working at WROL-AM in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he performed on Cas Walker's radio show. Carl went on to become one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 hits. His success continued well into the 1970s, when he had a charting single every year except one. His many hits included "Let's Live a Little", "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way", "(When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There", "Are You Teasing Me", "Hey Joe", "Back Up Buddy", "There She Goes", "You Are the One" and "Ten Thousand Drums" He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Carl was was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. (natural causes) b. March 15th 1927
2011: Augusto Algueró (76) Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona, he split his student days in the Municipal Conservatory with Medical School, and also started his professional musical career in the early 1950s aged just 16. His most famous compositions are Penélope, which he wrote specially for Joan Manuel Serrat, as well as Noelia for Nino Bravo, Tómbola for Marisol and La chica ye-ye for Concha Velasco. In all, during the course of his career, Augusto wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for films and television.
(sadly Augusto died of a cardiac arrest) b. February 23rd 1934.
2011: Steve Prestwich (56) Australian drummer born in Liverpool, UK, where he was a member of the folk/rock band, Sandy, in 1970. The following year he relocating to Australia with his family when he was 17. He was the founding and long-term drummer for rockers Cold Chisel which he formed in Adelaide, in 1973. Steve wrote the Cold Chisel's songs, "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now", from the 1982 album Circus Animals. He had a short spell in Little River Band from 1984–1986. He toured America and released two albums with them, "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now". Steve also released two solo albums, ''Since You've Been Gone'' and ''Every Highway'' which was released in October 2009
(sadly died from a brain tumor) b. March 5th 1954.
2012: Gustav Leonhardt (83) Dutch harpsichordist, keyboardist and conductor born in 's-Graveland, and he studied organ and harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel from 1947 to 1950. He made his first recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach's works for harpsichord in the early 1950s. He went on to become one of Holland's most renowned musicians and conductors. Among the awards given to him were the Medal of Honour for the Arts and Sciences from the Netherlands, presented to him by Queen Beatrix in 2009, and the 1980 Erasmus Prize, he shared with Nicolaus Harnoncourt, honouring their recording of the complete Bach cantatasgave. Gustav gave his last public performance on December
12th 2011 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, and cancelling all his 2012 engagments, he announced his retirement due to ill health (?) b. May 30th 1928
Jimmy Castor (71) American funk and R&B saxophonist and singer born in New York City. He wrote and recorded "I Promise to Remember" in 1956, prior to replacing Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers in 1957 and then switching to the saxophone in 1960. He had a solo hit with "Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You" in 1966. Jimmy also played sax on Dave "Baby" Cortez's hit "Rinky Dink". He formed the Jimmy Castor Bunch in 1972 and signed with RCA. As leader of The Jimmy Castor Bunch in the 1970s, and also as a solo artist, he has released several successful albums and singles. The group reached the peak of their commercial success in 1972 with the release of their album, It's Just Begun, which featured two hit singles: the title track and "Troglodyte (Cave Man)," which was a large hit in the U.S., peaking at No.6 in the Billboard Hot 100. He continued the trend in 1975 with "The Bertha Butt Boogie" and later recorded "E-Man Boogie", "King Kong", "Bom Bom", "Potential" and his 1988 hit "Love Makes a Woman" (sadly Jimmy died from heart failure) b. June 23rd 1940
2014: Masahide Sakuma (61) Japanese keyboardist, guitarist and member of the Japanese new wave music group, the Plastics, prominent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their music was a major influence on Japanese pop music and their songs have been covered by many bands, most notably Polysics, Pizzicato Five, and Stereo Total (sadly, Masahide died from stomach cancer) b. 1952
2014: Robert "Bud" Spangler (75) American jazz drummer,
percussionist, composer, radio broadcaster, music producer and concert organizer. He began his music career in the Detroit music scene of the 1960s, engineering for R&B, blues, and funk-oriented bands and working as a drummer for jazz groups. In the 1970s that included working with Strata Records, Blue Note and Tribe Records. After moving to California in the 1970s, he produced Grammy-nominated recordings for jazz artists such as Taylor Eigsti, Mark Levine, and Cedar Walton; from 1982 co-led and performed in the modern jazz ensemble Tom Peron-Bud Spangler Interplay Quartet; from 1991 to 2007 he helped create and produce the Woodside, California concert series Jazz at Filoli. He also worked as a host-producer at radio stations, by the early 1980s he was hosting "The Turk Murphy Show" and the live jazz performance show "Sunday Sunday Night" on KCSM. He also hosted "See’s Sunday Night Jazz Show" on KJAZ, and has done hosting and producing for National Public Radio (sadly died while fighting lung cancer) b. December 7th 1938.
2015: Bella Yao/Yao Beina (33) Chinese singer, born in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.. She was was known as the singer of the theme songs of 'Painted Skin: The Resurrection' and 'Back to 1942'. (sadly Yao died while bravely fighting breast cancer) b. September 26th 1981.
2015: Michael Gehrke (58) German music impresario and tour manager; he has worked with the German heavy rock band the Scorpions for over 30 years. He traveled the world with the band during their rise to international fame and far beyond (?) b.
2016: Hubert Giraud (94) French musician and songwriter, born in Marseille; he started out on his career playing the harmonica with Django Reinhardt's jazz group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France. In 1941, he was recruited by Ray Ventura to play the guitar during Ventura's big-band tour of South America. Six years later, he joined Jacques Hélian's orchestra in scoring a series of post-war romantic comedy films, including Georges Combert's 1951 feature, Musique en tête. His song "Dors, mon amour", performed by André Claveau, won the Eurovision Song Contest 1958. Hubert, along with lyricist Pierre Cour, wrote the song "Gitans" aka "Les Gitans". He also wrote the music for the songs "Sous le ciel de Paris" in 1951 and "Mamy Blue" in 1970. (?) b. March 3rd 1920.
2016: Gary Alexander Loizzo (70) American guitarist, singer, recording engineer, record producer and founder member of the rock band, The American Breed. Born in Chicago he formed the band in 1962, in Cicero, Illinois as Gary & The Knight Lites. The group's greatest success was the single, "Bend Me, Shape Me," which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968. Other hits include"Step Out Of Your Mind", and "Green Light" among others. When the band split up Gary went on to start his own recording studio called 'Pumpkin Studios' in the early 70's and become a two-time Grammy-nominated recording engineer. He worked with REO Speedwagon, Styx, Bad Company, Slash, Survivor, Liza Minnelli, Tenacious D, Nelson, and many others. He has been the lead recording engineer for albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. (sadly died while fighting pancreatic cancer) b. August 16th 1945.

2017: William Onyeabor (70) Nigerian singer-songwriter born in Enugu.He went on to study cinematography in Russia, returning to Nigeria in the 1970s to start his own Wilfilms music label and to set up a recording and production studio. He was later crowned a High Chief in Enugu, where he lived as a businessman working on government contracts and running his own semolina flour mill. His business successes saw him named West African Industrialist of the Year in 1987. According to the Luaka Bop record label, William "self-released eight albums between 1977 and 1985 and then became a born-again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again". Then nearly 20 years later in December 2014, William made his first radio appearance on the Lauren Laverne Show on BBC 6 Music, where he stated "I only create music that will help the world," whilst also admitting that he has never played live, and announcing that he had plans to release new material (?) b. March 26th 1946.
2017: Steve Wright (66) American bass guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter; born in El Cerrito, California, Steve started out in the band Traumatic Experience with John Cuniberti and Jimmy Thorsen.
After changing their name to Hades Blues Works, later Hades, they expanded into a quartet with Craig Ferreira in 1970. In 1976 Steve became a founding member of the Greg Kihn Band with fellow El Cerrito native Larry Lynch. They spent their early early years touring, and opening arena-sized shows for groups like Journey, the Grateful Dead, and The Rolling Stones. Their most successful hit singles include "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)", "Lucky", and No.2 hit "Jeopardy" all of which, and other hits, Steve co-wrote with Greg Kihn. He left the Band Kihn in 1996, but continued songwriting with Kiln. Steve suffered a stroke in 2007, which devastated Kihn so much that he considered retiring from music. Five years later, Steve, along with Kihn, guitarist Greg Douglass and original drummer Larry Lynch reunited at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA, to celebrate the release of a box set, but as a result of the stroke, Steve’s contributions were limited to playing keyboards with one hand and singing background vocals (sadly died from a heart attack at UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento, CA) b. 1950.
2017: Charles "Bobo" Shaw (69) American jazz drummer, born in Pope, Mississippi; he joined the American Woodsman Drummer bugle corp in 1953 and also played with the Tom Powel Post American Legion #77. He was also a founding member of the Black Artists Group, a St. Louis, Missouri ensemble, in the 1960s; during that decade he also played with Lester Bowie, Frank Lowe, Hamiett Bluiett, John Mixon, and Oliver Lake. He moved to Europe later in the 1960s and played in Paris with Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Frank Wright, Alan Silva, Michel Portal, Cecil Taylor, Richard Martin, and Frank Lowe. After returning to St. Louis, he played with Lake again in 1971 and then in the 1970s led the Human Arts Ensemble, playing with Lester Bowie, Joseph Bowie, Julius Hemphill, David Murray and Lake again. He played with Billy Bang in the 1980s, and experimented with incorporating new wave and funk music into his improvisational Jam Sessions at venues in New York City. Charles was a long time resident of Garfield Apartments, a part of Peter & Paul Community Service in St Louis, Missouri. (?) b. September 15th 1947.

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1969: Grazyna Bacewicz (59) Polish composer and violinist. She is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national and international recognition, the first being Maria Szymanowska in the early 19th century. She studied with Sikorski at the Warsaw Conservatory and with Boulanger in Paris, simultaneously studying the violin: she wrote much for her own instrument, including 7 concertos and solo and accompanied sonatas. Most of her music is neoclassical, but in the early 1960s she began to incorporate elements of the new Polish style exemplified by her contemporary Lutoslawski, and in 1965 she adopted an avant-garde idiom. Her large output includes four symphonies, piano music, ballets and songs.(?) b. February 5th 1909
1970: Billy Stewart (33)
American R&B singer; with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, popular in the early 1960s. Born in Washington DC, he was 12 years old when he began singing with his brothers Johnny 11, James 9 and Frank 4 as the 4 Stewart Brothers, and later went on to get their own radio show every Sunday for five years at WUST radio station in Washington, D.C. After that, as a teenager, he joined his mother's group, the Stewart Gospel Singers. He occasionally sang with The Rainbows, a D.C. area vocal group led by the future soul star, Don Covay. It was also through The Rainbows that Stewart met another aspiring singer, Marvin Gaye. Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Billy playing piano in Washington, D.C. in 1956 and inviting him to be one of his backup musicians. This led to a recording contract and he went on to have hits such as "Reap What You Sow", "Strange Feeling", "Do I Love You", "Summertime" and "Sitting in the Park". Billy was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982 (Billy and 3 of his band were killed when their car crashed off a bridge into the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina) b. March 24th 1937.
1989: Alfredo Zitarrosa (52) Uruguayan singer, composer, poet and writer. He began his artistic career in 1954, as a radio broadcaster, entering as a presenter and entertainer, librettist and informativist. He was also a writer, poet, and journalist, working for the famous weekly newspaper Marcha.
While in Peru, forced by circumstances and somewhat fortuitously, he made his professional debut as a singer, on Feb 20th 1964, in a program on Channel 13, Panamericana Television. He went on to be is regarded as one of the most important figures in the popular music of his country and Latin America in general (?) b. March 10th 1936.
Charlie Ventura (75) American swing-oriented tenor saxophonist and bandleader born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he is noted for his attempt at popularizing bebop during the tail end of the music's mid- to late-'40s heyday. He had his first successes as a featured soloist with Gene Krupa after joining the band in 1942. In 1945 he won the Down Beat readers' poll in the tenor saxophone division. In the late 1940 he ran a few successful ensembles and went on to be known for "Bop for the People" with Jackie Cain, and Roy Kral.
After the 1950s he did few recordings and led another big band, a highly acclaimed group called the Big Four with Chubby Jackson, Buddy Rich, and Marty Napoleon. He also briefly ran his own night club in Philadelphia and he continued to work with Krupa into the '60s. Charlie worked with Jackie Gleason in Las Vegas and fronted various groups in the '70s and '80s (sadly Charlie died fightimg cancer) b. December 2nd 1916.
1993: Barbara Buczek (53) Polish composer born in Kraków (?) b.
January 9th 1940.
: Georges Cziffra (72) Hungarian virtuoso pianist; he became noted at 5 years, improvising on popular tunes in bars and circuses. An attempted escape from Soviet-dominated Hungary led to imprisonment and communist forced labour in the period 1950–1953. In 1956, on the eve of the Hungarian insurrection, Georges escaped with his wife and son to Vienna where his recital at the Brahmsaal caused a sensation. News of this event reached the magazine The New Yorker. His Paris debut the following year caused a furore, his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall in Liszt's first concerto and Hungarian Fantasy similarly, an enraptured orchestra and audience applauding and cheering for over twenty minutes. His meteoric career continued with concerts throughout Europe and debuts at the Ravinia Festival and Carnegie Hall New York with Thomas Schippers. He always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist which were stretched while being tortured in prison and also as a memento of his years in labour (died of a heart attack resulting from series of complications from lung cancer) b. November 5th 1921.
1996: Harry Robinson
/Henry Robertson (63) Scottish musician, bandleader, music director and composer, born in Elgin, Morayshire. He produced and composed the music of Hawk the Slayer-1980, Prisoners of the Lost Universe-1982 and Jane and the Lost City-1988 to mention a few. He wrote a number of film scripts, television series and books, including The Electric Eskimo, The Boy Who Never Was, Sammy's Super T-Shirt and was a regular composer for Hammer Film Productions. He was also the musical director of the British television pop music programmes, Six-Five Special-1957 and Oh Boy!-1959 ITV.
He arranged and conducted the stage shows, Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be-1960 and Maggie May-1964 and also co-wrote the West End hit musical Elvis. Harry was the conductor for the United Kingdom entry in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest. He also wrote highly acclaimed string arrangements for English folk singers, such as Nick Drake, notably, "River Man", from Drake's debut album, Five Leaves Left and Sandy Denny. He created and wrote the music of Virtual Murder and also wrote and producted the chart topping Hoots Mon (?) b. 19 November 1932
1998: David "Junior" Kimbrough (67) American Mississippi bluesman, although he began playing guitar in his youth, and counted Lightnin' Hopkins as an early influence, he only came to national attention in 1992 with his debut album ''All Night Long'
', followed by "Sad Days, Lonely Nights" in 1993. He recorded seven more albums before his death. Music journalist Tony Russell stated "his raw, repetitive style suggests an archaic forebear of John Lee Hooker (sadly David died of a stroke) b. July 28th 1930.
2000: Philip Jones (71) British trumpeter and leader of an internationally famous brass chamber music ensemble,
born in Bath; in 1944 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He formed the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in 1951, they grew from four members to ten and larger for special projects. The most usual formations were the quintet, two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba; and the ten-piece, four trumpeters one sometimes doubling piccolo, trumpet and sometimes doubling flugel horn, horn, four trombones and tuba. He became principal trumpet for most major London orchestras: The Royal Philharmonic 56-60, the Philharmonia 60-64, the Philharmonic 64-65, the New Philharmonia 65-67 and the BBC Symphony 67-71. He also held posts at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, where he was Principal until his retirement in 1994. He was chairman of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 1995 and awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE in 1986 (?) b. March 12th 1928.
2003: Balint Vazsonyi (66) Hungarian pianist, global recitalist, soloist with leading orchestras, and political journalist. From 1945-56 he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from which he earned an Artist Diploma. He made his debut in Budapest at age 12 with the F Minor Concerto of J.S.Bach.
He went on to make performance history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. After being based in London for 14 years, in 1978-84 Balint was invited to be Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington School of Music where, as well as having a private piano studio, he conducted all Doctoral Seminars in Piano Literature. During the last 6 years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington, D.C. on the state of American politics. (?) b. March 7th 1936.
2008: Carlos/Jean Chrysostome Dolto (64) French singer; one of France's popular chart selling singers in the 70's and 80's with hits like "Tout nu, tout bronzé", "Rosalie", "Papayou", "T'as l'bonjour d'Albert" and "Le tirelipimpon". He was renamed Carlos in 1958, in homage to the percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes.
In 1980, he became a spokesman for the Oasis brand fruit drink, with his song "Rosalie" being used in their television advertisements. In 1988, he was named the mascot of the amusement park Mirapolis, open in the Val-d'Oise, which quickly went bankrupt. He ran for office in the local elections in Courdimanche in 1989, but was not elected. He regularly participated in the radio program Grosses Têtes of Philippe Bouvard and had his own cartoon, Around the World in 80 Dreams, in 1992. He was also the narrator of the French version of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. From 2000 to 2007, he directed documentary films for the series Le Gros homme et la Mer (The Fat Man and the Sea), for the stations Odyssée and Voyage (lost to cancer) b. February 20th 1943.
2009: Suzanne DeLee Flanders Larson/Susanna Foster (84) American film actress and singer; she was taken to Hollywood at the age of 20 by MGM, who sent her to school and groomed her for an acting and singing career. Two of her classmates at this school were Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. She had appeared in 12 films, but is best known for her role as Christine in the 1943 film, The Phantom of the Opera (Died unexpectedly at The Lillian Booth Actor's Home in Englewood, New Jersey where she had been residing since 2003) b. December 6th 1924
2011: Don Kirshner (76) American song publisher and rock producer known for his managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies.
He achieved his first major success in the late '50s and early '60s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller. As a producer-promoter, he was influential in starting off the career of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Sarah Dash of Labelle, as well as discovering the occasional rock act such as Kansas. Don was hired by the producers of The Monkees to provide hitworthy songs to accompany the television program, within a demanding schedule. He quickly corralled songwriting talent from his Brill Building stable of writers and musicians to create catchy, engaging tracks which the band could pretend to perform on the show. September 1973 he hosted his own syndicated weekly rock-concert program called Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. With its long-form live performances, as compared to rehearsed, often lip-synced performances that were the staple of earlier television shows like Shindig!, it was a new direction for pop music presentation. The last show aired in 1981, the year that MTV was launched. Don received the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Publishing Award (sadly die of heart failure) b. April 17th 1934.
Johnny Otis/Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes (90)
Pioneering rhythm and blues singer, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, author, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, bandleader, pastor and commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues", was born Ioannis Veliotes, in Vallejo, a predominantly black neighborhood in California, where he started out playing drums in a variety of swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, and Harlan Leonard's Rockets, after which he founded his own band in 1945 and had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem Nocturne". Other of his hits included "Double Crossing Blues," "Mistrustin' Blues", "Cupid's Boogie", "Gee Baby", "All Nite Long" "Mambo Boogie", "Sunset to Dawn" and "Ma He's Making Eyes At Me". In the late 1940s ... >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. December 28th 1921.
Lizbeth Webb/Betty Webb/Elizabeth Holton (86) English soprano and stage actress born in Reading. She began her career as a teenage band vocalist under the name Betty Webb, singing to the troops during World War II and freelancing with British bands such as those of Geraldo, Albert Sandler, Henry Hall, Louis Levy and, particularly, Jack Payne. She was also a regular on programmes such as Happidrome, Workers Playtime, Kaleidoscope, "Music Hall", Variety Bandbox, Four and Twenty, The Forces Show with Diana Dors, Jack Buchanan and Bob Monkhouse, Follies of the Air with Sonnie Hale, Home At Eight with Hermione Gingold and Richard Attenborough and Friday Night Is Music Night. Among the conductors she sang with were George Melachrino, Mantovani, Richard Tauber, Harry Rabinowitz, Stanley Black, Max Jaffa, Charles Mackerras, both Eric and Stanford Robinson and Vilém Tauský. She then pursued a career in West End musicals, playing such roles as Lucy Willow in Bless the Bride, Linda in Ivor Novello's Gay's the Word, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and title role of The Merry Widow. In 1953, she featured in the Royal Command Performance in front of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth (?) b. January 30th 1926.
2013: Homayoun Khorram (82)
Iranian violinist and composer; he began his music career as a violinist at the age of 10 by participating in master Abolhassan Saba violin and Radif classes. After four years he entered the State National Radio Orchestra as a violin soloist and afterwords as a concert maestro. He composed many songs for notable singers including Hossein Ghavami, Marzieh, Hayedeh, Shajarian and made over a hundred pieces for violin and orchestra, charmezrabs, overtures in collaboration with outstanding contemporary artists including Javad Maroufi, Jalil Shahnaz, and Farhang Sharif (sadly died fighting cancer
) b. June 30th 1930.
2013: Claude Black (80) American jazz pianist, born in Detroit; he began his jazz career in 1948 playing in various bands and in 1952 he was drafted into the Army, where he spent much of that time playing music. When he was discharged he met bassist Clifford Murphy and they formed a musical partnership that lasted more than 40 years. A big break came in 1965 when he began to tour with Aretha Franklin. He has also performed with Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Fats Waller, Wes Montgomery among many others. As the house pianist for Murphy’s Place for more than two decades he worked with younger musicians, teaching them the personal and musical skills he had learned over the years
(sadly Claude died fighting cancer) b. 1933.
2013: Sophiya Haque (41) English actress, singer, video jockey and dancer born in Plymouth. She started as the lead vocalist in the band Akasa; they signed a deal with Warner Bros in 1988. Subsequently she worked as a video jockey for MTV Asia for seven years and Channel V. In 2002, Sophiya returned to the UK to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams. In 2005, she starred in the West End theatre musical production of The Far Pavilions and in 2012 she starred in Wah! Wah! Girls (?) b. June 14th 1971.
2013: Claudio Leo (40) Italian guitarist; he was a co-founder and guitarist with the Italian gothic metal band based in Milan, Lacuna Coil in 1994. He was an integral part of the Lacuna Coil line up in the early stages, then named Sleep of Right and appeared on the band's demo tape when they were called Ethereal and also recorded their 1998 self-titled EP, Lacuna Coil. He left the band in 1998 and along with fellow guitarist Raffaele Zagaria, formed the gothic rock band Cayne, releasing their debut full length album "Old Faded Pictures" in 2001. Claudio's final album, a self-titled album with the band, will released, posthumously, on February 14th (Claudio had reportedly been battling a serious disease, from which he has sadly died) b. 1973
2013: Nic Potter (61) English bassist born in Swindon; at 16, he joined a late lineup of The Misunderstood, and recorded on their 1969 LP Golden Glass. When Van der Graaf Generator decided to reform after a brief hiatus, Nic replaced their earlier bassist Keith Ellis. He first appeared on the album "The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other", also playing some electric guitar on a few tracks in addition to his usual bass. He left the band in 1970 during the recording of their next album, ‘H to He, Who Am The Only One’, on which he recorded 3 tracks. He then joined Rare Bird, with whom he recorded two LPs in 1972 & 73. Though no longer a member of Van Der Graaf, he continued to play on Hammill’s solo recordings, 14 in all between 1971-94 and eventually returned to the band in 1977 to play on two more LPs. During the ’80s and ’90s he released nine solo albums and continued session work with Hammill and others, including Jeff Beck, Paul Kossoff and Chuck Berry
(Nic was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia, from which he sadly died) b. October 18th 1951.
2014: Joe Evans (97) American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Pensacola, Florida, he was active between 1939 and 1965, playing in the big bands of Jay McShann, Jimmy Forrest and Gene Ramey; Don Redman and Louis Armstrong. In 1944 he recorded with Mary Lou Williams, as a member of a band including Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman and Denzil Best. At the beginning of 1945, he recorded for J. Mayo Williams's independent label, Chicago, leading a combo comprising Jesse Drakes, Duke Jordan, Gene Ramey, J. C. Heard and Etta Jones. Later that same year and in 1946, he recorded with Andy Kirk's orchestra as part of a lineup that included Fats Navarro, Reuben Phillips, Jimmy Forrest, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Hank Jones, Floyd Smith, Al Hall and Ben Thigpen. Other musicians he performed and recorded with include Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Lionel Hampton and Ivory Joe Hunter. In 2008, University of Illinois Press published his autobiography, Follow Your Heart, co-authored by Christopher Brooks, a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth (sadly died of a renal disease) b. October 7th 1916.

2015: Gobinda Haldar (84) Indian lyricist and composer, (sadly died of kidney failure) b.
2015: Origa (44) Russian singer (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b.
2016: Ramblin' Lou Schriver (86) American country musician and radio broadcaster; he began his radio career in 1947, performing live music at WJJL in Niagara Falls. He was the first person to broadcast country music over the Western New York airwaves. He moved to Buffalo's WWOL in 1964 as the station flipped to a country music format. In 1970, Schriver bought WMMJ and renamed it WXRL; the "RL" in reference to his initials. Lou performed in Western New York, Southern Ontario, and beyond. In 1951 his band, the Twin Pine Mountaineers, recorded and released an album for Sparton Records. He appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and the WWVA Jamboree, and was an annual performer at the Erie County Fair for 51 years until 2015. A preeminent country music promoter, he brought numerous acts to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, including Elvis Presley, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. Lou was a 1985 inductee of the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was a charter member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and was a 1996 inductee of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. (sadly died from heart disease) b. 1929.
2016: Carina Jaarnek (53) Swedish singer and Dansband artist, born in Säbrå. During the 1970s she was part of the dance band Frösöflickorna, and during the 1980s in the dansbands Bosse Påhlssons orkester and Alfstarz. After this, she started her own band called Carina Jaarneks orkester. She has often been referred to as "The dansband queen of Sweden". Her first appearance on the Svensktoppen charts came in 1986 with the song "Natten tänder ljus på himlen". In 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee, she recorded an album along with eight Elvis Presley musicians: James Burton, Jerry Sheff, Glen Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Charlie McCoy, BB Cunningham, Billy Swan, D. J. Fontana and Paul Burlison. The album won her a Guldklaven (sv) award (sadly Carina died from a cerebral haemorrhage) b. December 26th 1962
2016: Blowfly/Clarence Henry Reid (76) American vocalist, songwriter and producer, born in Cochran, Georgia. During the 1960s and 1970s he wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including "Nobody But You Babe". He also
wrote sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971, he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of dirty songs 'The Weird World of Blowfly', under the name Blowfly. He created this alter ego to protect his career as a songwriter, and continued to perform in bizarre costumes as his Blowfly character and continued to record sexually explicit albums and Blowfly's Punk Rock Party, a 2006 album features several punk rock classics given the Blowfly treatment. He completed his first tour of Australia in March 2007, and toured Germany with Die Ärzte in 2008. He also performed at the 2010 Big Day Out music festival, held in Australia and New Zealand. (sadly died while bravely fighting liver cancer) b. February 14th 1939.
2016: Mic Gillette (64) American multi-brass player; a child prodigy, he was born and raised in northern California's East Bay area. He was famous for being a member of Tower of Power, Cold Blood, and The Sons of Champlin, playing both trumpet and trombone, as well as baritone and tuba. Tower of Power toured with Heart, Rod Stewart, and The Rolling Stones, among others. After splitting from the band, Mic appeared on hundreds of recordings as a session player. In 2009 after a 25-year absence, Mic rejoined Tower of Power replacing Mike Bogart; but he left the band again on February 14th 2011. (sadly died from a massive heart attack) b. May 7th 1951.
2016: Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin (67) English drummer and producer; born in Ross-on-Wye, were he attended Ross-on-Wye Grammar School, with fellow musician, bassist Overend Watts, and the pair decided to play together. Dale renamed himself Sniffin’ Griff Griffin, but Overland changed it to Snigger Buffin, and the name Buffin suck with him throughout his career. He was also part of the Charles Kingsley Creation and was involved with the early days of Rockfield Studios. As a member of the Doc Thomas Group, Dale along with Watts and guitarist Mick Ralphs, had success in Italy. In 1968 the three musicians were joined by the organist Verden Allen and became the Shakedown Sound and then the Silence, before vocalist Ian Hunter joined them and suggested a change of name to Mott The Hoople. The band's debut album, in 1969, 'Mott the Hoople', recorded in only a week, was a cult success. But the band didn't find international success until David Bowie, a fan of the band, penned "All the Young Dudes" for them and it became their >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from Alzheimer's disease) b. October 24th 1948.

January 18.
1984: Vassilis Tsitsanis (69) Greek singer, songwriter and bouzouki player. He became one of the leading Greek composers of his time and is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Rebetika. He wrote more than 500 songs and is still remembered as an extraordinary bouzouki player, he also played the mandolin, violin (sadly he died on his birthday at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London following a lung operation) b. January
18th 1915.
1997: Keith Diamond (46)
American songwriter and producer who worked with artists such as Donna Summer, Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger and Don Johnson. He also produced and wrote Billy Ocean's "Suddenly," "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," "Loverboy," and "Mystery Lady," as well as producing and managing groups such as Starpoint and Fredrick Thomas. He also produced and co-wrote James Ingram's album entitled "Always" in 1986, at the request of Quincy Jones (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1950
1990: Mel Appleby (23) British singer, born in Hackney, London; initially worked as a glamour model before joining her sister Kim to form the duo Mel & Kim which recieved success between 1986 and 1988 before Mel succumbed to terminal illness. Their hits included "Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)", "Respectable", "F.L.M", "That's the Way It Is", "More Than Words Can Say" and "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (Mel had an operation to remove a large tumour on her liver in 1985, the cancer returned to her spine in mid 1987. She sadly died from pneumonia following treatment for her spinal cancer) b. July
11th 1966.
2007: Brent Liles (43) American bass player in the rock bands Social Distortion from 1981-1984 and Agent Orange from 1988-1992. Brent also briefly played guitar for the bands Chaotic Stature and Easter. He also appeared in the 1984 documentary Another State of Mind. There is a notable scene in this film where he gives orange juice to an out of control fan on the stage. His songwriting credits include "Mass Hysteria" with Social Distortion and "Broken Dreams" with Agent Orange. He was known for playing a Rickenbacker fretless bass, which is rarely seen in punk rock (died after being hit by a truck while cycling) b. September 7th 1963.
2008: Frank Lewin (82) American composer and music theorist, born in Breslau, Germany. He and his family escaped from Germany in 1939, spent a year in Cuba, and went to America in 1940. He studied composition with at the Baldwin Conservatory, New York; Southern Methodist University; in Logan, Utah; and the Yale School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 51.
Frank composed and edited music for feature, documentary, and television films, including dozens of original scores for The Defenders and The Nurses. He wrote music for plays from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, and composed scores for historical dramas by Paul Green and others, in various parts of the country. He also wrote a number of concert compositions including two operas, l orchestral works, concertos for viola and harmonica, song cycles, and choral music. Frank was also a professor at the Yale School of Music from 1971 to 1992, teaching composition for film; and at the Columbia University School of the Arts from 1975 to 1989, where he taught the course "Music in Modern Media" (?) b. March 27th 1925.
2010: Kate McGarrigle (63) Canadian folk singer,
born in Montreal, but grew up in the Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. Kate wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle. Kate and Anna's 1975 self-titled debut album was chosen by Melody Maker as Best Record of the Year. Their albums Matapedia in '97 and The McGarrigle Hour in '99, won Juno Awards. In 1993, Kate was made a Member of the Order of CanadaIn and in 1999 Kate and Anna both received Women of Originality awards and in 2006 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement awards. Kate is also the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (sadly died of clear cell sarcoma) b. February 6th 1946... Read More
2011: Purushottam Das Jalota (84) Indian singer, a legend in music circles, he was one of the most celebrated exponents of devotional singing and considered as the great master of Bhajans (sadly died at home 2 weeks after suffering a heart attack) b. ????
2011: Cristian Paturca (46) Romanian composer born in Bucharest, he was the composer of a song called, Imnul Golanilor/The Hooligans’ Hymn, that inspired Romanians in their struggle against vestiges of the Communist government.
The president of Romania, Traian Basescu, awarded Cristian the National Cross in April for faithful service (he died after a long brave battle with tuberculosis) b. September 10th 1964.
2014: Dennis Frederiksen (62)
American rock singer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he started his musical career at the age of 13 and he played clubs and pubs at the age of 15 with a group called the Common People. In 1975, while attending college at Central Michigan, he was asked by his friend Tommy Shaw to replace him as the lead vocalist for the band MSFunk. The band went on to tour with Styx and Heart, where Dennis began performing his trademark back-flips during live shows to fire up crowds. He became best known as the lead singer of Trillion, Angel, LeRoux and Toto, as well as providing backing vocals for Survivor. He contributed to hit singles in three consecutive years, all with different bands: Survivor's "American Heartbeat" in 1982, LeRoux's "Carrie's Gone" in 1983 and Toto's "Stranger in Town" in 1984. In June 2010, he announced he had inoperable cancer. Medical treatments made it difficult for him to do recording sessions, however, his friend Alex Ligertwood pushed him to continue and he released two more solo albums: Happiness is the Road and Any Given Moment (sadly died while bravely fighting liver cancer) b. May 15th 1951
2014: Gibrán Martiz (22) Mexican singing contestant on the 3rd season La Voz..México/The Voice..Mexico. He bought his first guitar at age 15, had been singing professionally for about five years and while also doing businss studies at college.
(on this date January 18th, police found the body of Gibrán, he had been shot to death along with a second victim, after a shootout with “deliquents”. His family had reported that Gibrán and a friend had been taken from his apartment on January 7th by kidnappers dressed as police) b. 1991
2015: Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez (26) American rapper and a founding of the A$AP Mob, a collective of rappers, producers, video directors, and fashion designers who share similar interests in music, fashion, style, and art, most of which carry the "ASAP" moniker. In the summer of 2012 the group released their first full-length project together, a mixtape titled Lords Never Worry. In October 2013, they released their debut single "Trillmatic", followed by "Xscape" and "Hella Hoes" (?) b. 1988
Cynthia Layne (51) American jazz singer, born in Dayton, Ohio; She performed on stages around the world singing in a multitude of styles. Layne went beyond genre to find something of herself in any music. Cynthia got her start hanging out in clubs and sitting in with local bands. She went on to release 3 albums, Beautiful Soul was the last studio solo album released during her lifetime. (sadly Cynthia died fighting cancer) *February 27th 1963.
2015: Dallas Taylor Jr (66) American drummer born in Denver, Colorado. He achieved success first with 1960s band Clear Light, but is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969 and their 1970 follow-up with Neil Young, Déjà Vu, when he was given a front-sleeve credit along with Motown bassist Greg Reeves. Dallas was also the drummer for Stills' group Manassas in 1972 and 1973.
The following year he played with Van Morrison at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival, in a quartet along with keyboardist Pete Wingfield and the awesome bassist Jerome Rimson, a performance issued on the 2006 DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974. Dallas briefly appeared again in the mid 1970s, drumming for Paul Butterfield's touring band (sadly Dallas died of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease) b. April 7th 1948.
2016: Else Marie Pade (91) Danish composer born in Aarhus and studied as a pianist; she was active in the resistance during the Second World War, and was interned at the Frøslev prison camp from 1944 till the end of the war. Because of the after-effects of her stay in Frøslevlejren she could not further her education as a pianist she studied composition and twelve-tone technique at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium /Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In 1954, she became the first Danish composer of electronic and concrete music. She worked with Pierre Schaeffer, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez (?) b. December 2nd 1924.
2016: Pablo Manaello (65) Italian born–Venezuelan composer, guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Rome, Italy. began his career in the mid-60s with Los Memphis, a pop-rock band from Caracas influenced by The Beatles. Los Memphis released their first album in 1967 and another one in 1969 before disbanding. Later he founded Sangre, which released a self-titled album 1971. He worked as a session musician before collaborating with Juan Michelena in the protest album "Dicen que soy..." in 1977 and joining Vytas Brenner's Venezuelan fusion band Ofrenda. His debut as composer and producer was with Ricardo Montaner's first album in 1986, which was certified multi-platinum in Venezuela and reached #1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart. He also worked for many recognized Hispanic artists such as Ricardo Montaner, Chayanne, Carlos Vives, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Antonio De Carlo, Soraya, Melissa, Kiara, Ilan Chester, Paralamas, and many others, and scored films and TV shows. (?) b. May 21st 1950.
2016: Glenn Lewis Frey (67)
American singer, songwriter, producer and actor, Glenn Lewis Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied piano from aged 5, but later switched to guitar and became part of the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene. One of his earliest bands was called the Subterraneans, named after Jack Kerouac's novel, then after graduating from high school in 1966, he played for a while with the local band The Four of Us, before In 1967 he formed the Mushrooms after which he put together another band called Heavy Metal Kids. His first professional recording experience, at age 19, was performing acoustic guitar and background vocals on Seger's single, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" in 1968. In 1969 Glenn moved to Los Angelese where he debuted as a recorded songwriter while fronting the duo Longbranch Pennywhistle, with JD Souther. Glenn wrote the songs "Rebecca" and "Run, Boy, Run" and also co-wrote "Bring Back Funky Women" with JD for their self-titled album. The following year he met drummer Don Henley and when Linda Ronstadt needed a backup band for a gig, she hired Glenn, Don, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon after which Glenn >>> READ MORE <<< (died from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery) b. November 6th 1948.
2017: Nolitha Langa (51) South African gospel singer; s he started singing professionally when she joined the Youth With Mission. She later joined Malibongwe Gcwabe as a backing vocalist before she released her debut album in 2012 Ulihlathi lethu Thixo. (sadly passed away at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital last Thursday after a short illness after being admitted with tonsillitis) b. 1965.
2017: Roberta Peters/Roberta Peterman (86) American coloratura soprano, in The Bronx, New York City, one of the most prominent American singers to achieve lasting fame and success in opera. As well appearing abroad as early as 1951, and performing at major opera houses such as the Royal Opera House in London, several opera houses in Italy, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and the Bolshoi in Moscow, Roberta is best noted for her 35-year association with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York, which was among the longest such associations between a singer and a company in opera. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998. Her roles at the Met included Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro; Despina in Così fan tutte; The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute; Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice; Marzeline in Beethoven's Fidelio; Rosina in The Barber of Seville; Adina in L'elisir d'amore; Norina in Don Pasquale; Oscar in Un ballo in maschera; Nanetta in Falstaff; Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos; and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She later added lyric-coloratura roles such as Amina in La sonnambula, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gilda in Rigoletto, the last being her farewell role at the Met in 1985.(sadly died from Parkinson's disease) b. May 4th 1930.

January 19.
1576: Hans Sachs (71)
German singer, poet, playwright and shoemaker; in 1513 he took up an apprenticeship to become a mastersinger at Munich. He is considered the most talented and famous of the meistersingers, he wrote over 6000 pieces of various kinds. The strict rules and the craftsmen's approach to poetry of the mastersingers produced a kind of poetry that was not really palatable for later ages. His carnival plays, comedies that were meant to be played during carnival, are considered his best works and are still played today (?) b. September 5th 1494.
1971: Harry Shields (71)
American jazz clarinetist,
born in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, the younger brother of noted clarinetist Larry Shields. Harry spent almost his whole career in New Orleans. He played with the bands of Norman Brownlee, Sharkey Bonano, Tom Brown, Johnny Wiggs, and others. Many fellow musicians regarded Harry as superior to his more famous brother, Larry. Johnny Wiggs commented that he was the only clarinetist he'd heard who could always play the right note without fail (?) b. June 30th 1899.
1972: Michael Rabin (35)
American violinist of Romanian-Jewish descent.
He began to learn the violin at 7 and studied with Galamian in New York and at the Meadowmount School of Music, then the Juilliard School. He went on to appear with a number of orchestras before his Carnegie Hall debut on 29 November 1951 in the Paganini D major Concerto, with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 15. He first appeared in London on 13 December 1954, aged only 18, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto in D at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Michael played in a bel canto style and toured widely, playing in all the major cities of the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia. He performed for many years on the "Kubelik" Guarnerius del Gesu of 1735 (he died from a head injury from a fall at his New York apartment) b. May 2nd 1936.
1977: Yvonne Printemps (82)
French singer and actress born in Ermont, Paris;
she made her debut at the age of 12 in a revue at La Cigale in Paris. She was dancing at the Folies Bergère at age 13. Nicknamed Printemps by her fellow chorus members because of her sunny disposition, she started in operetta, appearing in such works as Les Contes de Perrault-1913 and Le Poilu -1916. Her voice and stage presence made her a great star at a young age, appearing as a teenager with the greatest stars of the day, Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett. Yvonne performed in Paris and at London's West End before going to America to star on Broadway. She appeared in nine motion pictures, including the starring role in both the stage and screen versions of Trois Valses. In 1994, the government of France placed her image on a postage stamp (?) b. July 25th 1894.
1982: Elis Regina (36)
Brazilian singer born in Porto Alegre and went on to become one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. She began her career as a singer at age 11 on a children's radio show, O Clube Do Guri on Rádio Farroupilha. In 1959, she was contracted by Rádio Gaúcha and in the next year she travelled to Rio de Janeiro where she recorded her first LP, Viva a Brotolândia. Her recordings sold well and she was soon a teenage star. Elis's career showed no signs of slowing as the 1970s came to a close; some of her best records were recorded during this time, and one album simply called Elis & Tom, recorded in Los Angeles with Antonio Carlos Jobim, has been called by many journalists and musicians one of the greatest Brazilian pop records ever made. (Sadly she was found dead of alcohol and cocaine intoxication. A few days after her death, a memorial concert was held in São Paulo featuring many of Brazil's most famous singers. Over 100,000 grieving Brazilians came to pay their final respects to this highly gifted singer) b. March 17th 1945.
1990: Alberto Semprini (81)
English pianist; born in Bath, Somerset, he was famous for appearances on the BBC, mainly on radio. He
showed early talent for both the piano and cello and graduated in 1928 from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, having studied composition and conducting as well as honing his skills at the piano. His initial fame came from headlining a light music programme, Semprini Serenade, which he introduced with the words: "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones". It first aired on BBC Radio in 1957 and continued for around 25 years. His 'house band' was the New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra. Alberto also wrote a number of original compositions on the lighter side of the musical repertoire, including Mediterranean Concerto, which he used as the theme tune for his radio show. (?) b. March 27th 1908.
1995: Gene MacLellan (56)
Canadian composer and singer born in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Among his notable compositions were "Snowbird", made famous by Anne Murray, "Put Your Hand in the Hand," made famous by the band Ocean, "The Call", "Pages of Time" and "Thorn in My Shoe". Elvis Presley, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby were among the many artists who recorded his songs and in he won a Juno Award in 1971 as best songwriter. Gene was a frequent guest on Don Messer's Jubilee and later a regular cast member of Singalong Jubilee with Anne Murray and Bill Langstroth. In 1996 Gene was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. (reportedly suicide) b. February 2nd 1938.
Carl Perkins (65) American singer, guitarist, songwriter, a pioneer of rockabilly music, his influence as the quintessential rockabilly artist has played a big part in the development of every generation of rockers since, from Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles' George Harrison to the Stray Cats' Brian Setzer. Born in Tiptonville, Tennessee, he was crowned "the King of Rockabilly", his best known song is his self penned "Blue Suede Shoes" which was the first record by a Sun label artist to sell a million copies.
Other songs include "Turn Around", "Gone Gone Gone" "Dixie Fried", "Put Your Cat Clothes On", "Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo", "You Can't Make Love to Somebody", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", "That Don't Move Me", "Boppin' the Blues" "Jive After Five", "Rockin' Record Hop", "Levi Jacket (And a Long Tail Shirt)", "Pop, Let Me Have the Car", "Hambone", "Pink Pedal Pushers", "Anyway the Wind Blows", "Pointed Toe Shoes", and "Sister Twister" among many others. Carl was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient (sadly died after suffering two strokes) b. April 9th 1932.
2006: Wilson Pickett (63)
American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
A huge figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are "In the Midnight Hour", "Mustang Sally", "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Funky Broadway". The impact of his songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall ...READ MORE... (sadly died of a heart attack) b. March 18th 1941.
2007: Murat Nasyrov (37) Russian pop singer and composer born in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union, (tragically jumped off a balcony, for reasons unknown. There were reports that it was the result of ingesting the hallucinagenic drug LSD, possibly dissolved in some alcohol he drank a few hours before his death, although the postmortem examination of a body did not reveal any traces of alcohol or drugs) b. December 13th 1969.
2007: Denny Doherty (66)
Canadian singer-songwriter and guitaristDenny was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1960, aged 19, Denny co-founded a folk group called The Colonials in Montreal, Quebec. When they got a record deal with Columbia Records, they changed their name to The Halifax Three, and had a minor hit, "The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch" In 1963, Doherty struck up a friendship with Cass Elliot when she was with a band called "The Big Three". Shortly after a tour together ...READ MORE... (sadly died of kidney failure following surgery on a abdominal aneurysm) b. November 29th 1940.
2008: John Stewart (68) American songwriter singer and musician, he demonstrated an early talent for music, learning the guitar and banjo, and composing his first song "Shrunken Head Boogie" when he was just ten years old. He formed a school garage band known as "Johnny Stewart and the Furies." Influenced by the icons of the day, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, the Furies toured southern California colleges and coffee houses, releasing one single, "Rockin' Anna," which was a minor, regional hit. John is better known for his contributions to the American folk music movement of the 1960s while a member of The Kingston Trio from 1961to 1967. As a songwriter he wrote the song "Daydream Believer," which was a huge number one hit for the Monkees, followed by the hit "Gold" for Fleetwood Mac. Among the dozens of songs he has written and recorded many have been covered by artists from Pat Boone to The Four Tops to Joan Baez. (massive stroke or brain aneurysm) b. September 5th 1939.
2012: Dave Millen (66) English lead guitarist for the pop/beat group from Preston, Lancashire, The Puppets. They backed artists such as Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Dee Dee Sharp, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, Marty Wilde, Michael Cox, Duffy Power, Jess Conrad Crispian St. Peters, Billy Fury and Millie (?) b.
January 29th 1943
2012: Anthony Gonsalves (84) Indian film music composer born in the village of Majorda; during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms in films of the day.
In 1958, he founded the Indian Symphony Orchestra (not the Symphony Orchestra of India) featuring playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey as soloists. In 1965, he quit the film industry and went to the United States, via a travelling grant from Syracuse University in New York. He became a member of the American Society of Composers, Publishers and Authors, and later in returned to India, settled in his ancestral village of Majorda in Goa, and continued composing music (sadly died from pneumonia and hypotension) b. 1927.
2012: Winston Riley (65) Jamaican reggae musician and producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica. He started in the music industry at 16 years old in 1962, when he formed The Techniques harmony group, which recorded their first tracks for Byron Lee, and then later recorded for Duke Reid. In 1968, he left the group and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production, producing artistes like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne. His own song, "Double Barrel", performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under Riley's own production, was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching No.1 in the Dutch and UK Singles Chart (On 1 November 2011, Winston was shot in the head at his home in Kingston. He had been the subject of several earlier attacks. Sadly he died after being in a coma since the shooting) b. May 14th 1943.
2012: Errol Scorcher/Errol Archer (55) Jamaican reggae DJ, he had several hits in the 1970s with tracks such as "Jolly Bus-Ting", "Engineers Affair" and "Peace Truce". In 1978 he joined Nicodemus, Nigger Kojak, and Mother Liza on Prince Jammy's Tapetone sound system, which soon became Jamaica's top system. His first album, Rasta Fire, was also released on the United Artists offshoot Ballistic, on which he was backed by The Revolutionaries. In '79 he had a hit with "Roach in a De Corner" and "Frog In a Water". He worked with Ansell Collins on a series of recordings including "Mosquitoes", which was also a hit. He also set up his own Scorcher label and began production work on both his own recordings and for artists such as Tony Tuff (?) b. 1956
2012: Giancarlo Bigazzi (71) Italian record producer, composer, lyricist, and former bandleader of the group of Squallor. Born in Florence, he went on to write some of the greatest hit records of Italian pop music, such as Red Roses; Blue-eyed Lisa; I love you; Gloria; You Can Give More; Seafarers, Self Control;
I Do Not Love Me; Men Do Not Change;Fall In Love and Bella Bitch, as well as writing and composing for film and TV. Also in 1971 he formed the band Squallor, for whom he was the principal lyricist. The band, which was active until 1994, had thier biggest success in 1985 with the album Touch the Apricot
(?) b. September 5th 1940.
2013: Mehnaz Begum (55) Pakistani singer; she sang a variety of genres but specialized in ghazal, thumri, dadra, khayal, drupad and reciting salam, noha and marsiya. (sadly, Mehnaz died at Bahrain Airport while transiting from Karachi to Miami, US for medical treatment) b. 1958
2013: Ahmad Rafiq (64) Indonesian singer and actor, known for his Elvis-inspired stage costume and hip gyrating movements. He recordeded his first single, "Pandangan Pertama"/"First Sight" in 1978. The single was a huge hit and propelled his career in the Indonesian 70's dangdut scene. "Pengalaman Pertama" enjoyed popularity again in 2002, when it was remade by one of the popular Indonesian singers Chrisye and for a third time in 2007, "Pengalaman Pertama" was again remade by popular Indonesian rock band Slank in the original motion picture soundtrack of Indonesian movie "Get Married"
(?) b. March 5th 1948
2013: John Braheny (74) American singer-songwriter born in Iowa; he released a solo album in 1970, Some Kind Of Change, and he also wrote songs for others, including "December Dream", which has been recorded by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. Along with partner Len Chandler, John was the co-founder and director of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS), a national non-profit organization that provided exposure and encouragement to an impressive list of later-to-be-successful new writers and writer-artists from 1971-1996 including Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, Janis Ian, Warren Zevon, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, Wendy Waldman, and pop music's most successful contemporary songwriter, Diane Warren, for whom they critiqued over 150 songs when she was only 15 (?) b. 1938
2013: Frank Pooler (86) American choirmaster and composer, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1943, while still a high school student, he founded and directed the first children's choir at First (Norwegian) Lutheran Church. In 1953 he studied and worked with Scandinavian composers in Norway, Sweden and Denmark resulting in the English publication of more than 100 Scandinavian choral works. He has served as a guest conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator throughout the continental United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska. His published compositions, arrangements and editions, over 500, have been widely performed in Europe and North America. In 2006 he was Honoree Award recipient at the American Choral Director Association Western Division convention in Salt Lake City, Utah (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. March 29th 1926.
2014: Udo Kasemets (94) Estonian-born Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber,
electroacoustic, vocal, and piano works. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, he trained at the Tallinn Conservatory and the Akademie der Musik in Stuttgart and was one of the first composers to adopt the methods of John Cage. He was also a conductor, lecturer, pianist, organist, teacher and writer.() b. November 16th 1919.
2014: Steven Fromholz (68) American entertainer, singer-songwriter and Poet Laureate of Texas-2007; born in Temple, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas where he was president of the Folk Music Club. Steven began performing while he was serving in the United States Navy during the 1960s. After leaving the Navy, he teamed with Dan McCrimmon to create the group Frummox and he then played with Stephen Stills and Rick Roberts before going solo. He recorded with Willie Nelson, singing "I'd Have to be Crazy" and Lyle Lovett singing "Texas Trilogy" and "Bears." Other artists who have recorded his songs include Hoyt Axton, John Denver, and Jerry Jeff Walker. In addition to singing and songwriting, he did acting, playwriting, poetry, record producing, narrating, jingle-writing, and whitewater river guiding. In 2007, he was named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas by the Texas State Legislature. His latest book is Steven Fromholz: New and Selected Works. (tragically he was fatally injured when a rifle fell from its case and discharged) b. June 8th 1945.
2015: John Bilezikjian (66) Armenian-American milti-musician born in L.A; most renowned as a oud master, he also plays violin, mandolin, and dumbek. He is also a traditional and contemporary singer singing in Armenian, but also in Turkish, Assyrian/Syriac, English and known for his contributions to world music as a solo act and in collaborations. He established his own record company, Dantz Records making many recording and appearing in dozens of film soundtracks. He also played with many orchestras including The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The Los Angeles Mandolin Orchestra, The Pacific Palisades Symphony. In 2005 he played with the Boston Pops Orchestra as featured soloist, marking the first time the oud was heard in a solo capacity with that orchestra on its stage. (sadly died fighting kidney disease) b. February 1st 1948.
2015: Vera Gornostayeva (85) Russian pianist and piano teacher and a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In addition to her performing career, she was a professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and gave masterclasses in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. She also presented master classes in Japan from 1990 until her death and was renowned for having trained about 50 prize winners of international piano competitions (?) b. October 1st 1929.
2015: Ward Lama Swingle (87) American vocalist, jazz pianist and founder of the Swingle Singers born in Mobile, Aabama, where he learned clarinet, oboe and the piano as a child. He was playing in local Big Bands before finishing high school and graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1950, after which he moved to Paris with his new wife, Françoise Demorest, where he worked as a rehearsal pianist for Les Ballets de Paris. In 1959, he was a founding member of Les Double Six of Paris, which specialised in scat singing of jazz standards. This concept was the foundation for The Swingle Singers, which he had fully established by 1962. The Swingle Singers released their albums Jazz Sebastian Bach and Bach's Greatest Hits in 1963. Their early recordings won five Grammy Awards. In 1973 he moved to London and formed Swingle II and later the New Swingle Singers. In 1984, Ward returned to live in America, though he remained musical advisor for his London-based group. He devoted most of his time to
guest conducting, workshops and the dissemination of his printed arrangements through his publishing company, Swingle Music.On February 20, 2004, Swingle was named "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture and Information (?) b. September 21st 1927
2017: Howard Kaufman (79) American influential artist manager whose clients have included some of the biggest names in rock n' roll. In 1974, he teamed with Irving Azoff to form Front Line Management, which notably guided the careers of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Jimmy Buffett, among others. The company disbanded in the 1980s, after which Howard formed H.K. Management, where he had an artist roster that included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, and Def Leppard among others. In early 2005 he and Azoff resumed Front Line Management, the revamped Front Line experienced rapid growth and in 2008 was acquired by Ticketmaster, which named Azoff CEO. Over the years, Howard has also represented Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Isaak.(?) b. 1937.
2017: Loalwa Braz/Loalwa Braz Vieira (63) Brazilian singer-songwriter born in Rio de Janeiro to a family of musicians. She learned to play the piano at the age of four, started singing at 13 and quickly obtained many awards, and started performing at Rio’s most prestigious night clubs.Her talent granted her the recognition of Brazil’s pop music greatest artists Gilberto Gil, Tim Maia, Alcione, Maria Bethânia, Emílio Santiago, Gal, Costa, Caetano Veloso, etc.; who became her stage or recording co-workers from 1975 to 1985. In 1985 she moved to Paris, France and lived in Geneva from 2010. She is also noted for providing lead vocals for the French-Brazilian pop group Kaoma, with their worldwide hit "Lambada" in 1989. (Loalwa was brutally murdered; her body found in a burned out car near her home in a coastal town outside of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian police have detained three men in what has been described as a robbery gone awry) b. June 3rd 1953.
2017: Mike Kellie (69) English multi-instrumentalist and record producer, born in Birmingham. In his teens, he joined St. Michaels Youth Club band as a drummer and later played at "The Track" at Tudor Grange Sports Centre in Solihull. On the basis of this work, he was invited by Brian "Monk" Ffinch to play with Wayne and the Beachcombers in Birmingham, which started his career as a professional musician. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Mike was a member of the rock bands the V.I.P.s, Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones. He was also a prolofic session musician, and worked with the likes of the Who on the film soundtrack of Tommy), Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton, Maurice Gibb, Luther Grosvenor, Paul Kossoff, Neil Innes, Andy Roberts, Sean Tyla, Nick Kent & the Subterraneans, Jim Capaldi, Heavy Jelly, Pat Travers and Andy Fraser.
In 2014, Mike released his debut solo album 'Music from The Hidden', while still a member of the Only Ones (?) b. 24 March 1947.

January 20.
1965: Alan Freed/Moondog (43) American disc-jockey commonly referred to as the "father of rock and roll”, he became internationally known for promoting African-American R & B music on the radio in the USA and Europe under the name of Rock and Roll. In 1949, he moved to Cleveland and, in April 1950, he joined WXEL-TV/Channel 9 as the afternoon movie show host. The next year, he got a job playing classical music on Cleveland radio station WJW.
On July 11th1951, Alan started playing rhythm and blues records on WJW and called his show "The Moondog House" and billed himself as "The King of the Moondoggers". He had been inspired by an offbeat instrumental called "Moondog Symphony" that had been recorded by New York street musician Louis T. Hardin, aka "Moondog". In 1954, following his success on the air in Cleveland, Alan moved to New York City where he turned WINS into a rock and roll radio station, which it would remain until April 19th 1965 when it became a news outlet. He began recording a weekly half-hour segment of the Radio Luxembourg show called Jamboree that was aired on Saturday nights at 9:30 PM. Jamboree with Alan Freed was heard throughout the British Isles and much of Europe via the powerful AM nighttime signal of Radio Luxembourg, 208, and outside of Europe by a simultaneous relay via transmission on shortwave. It was at the height of Alan's career at the beginning of his new television series that various individuals decided to use him as a scapegoat for all that was wrong with the recorded music industry. His show, The Big Beat (which predated American Bandstand), on ABC, was suddenly canceled after an episode in which Frankie Lymon of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers was seen dancing with a white girl. His career ended when accusations were made, and proven, that he had accepted payola, or accepted bribes from record companies to play specific records. He moved to the West Coast in 1960, where he worked at KDAY-AM in Santa Monica, California. In 1962, after KDAY refused to allow him to promote "rock and roll" stage shows, Freed moved to WQAM in Miami, Florida, but that association lasted 2 months (sadly died from liver cirrhosis) b. December 15th 1921.
Gustav Winckler (53) Danish singer; he grew up in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, and in 1948 he won a talent competition at National Scala Theatre in Copenhagen, by
1950 he made regular appearances on Danmarks Radio and his first professional recording. Through the 1950s he recorded and toured in Denmark, Germany, under the name Gunnar Winkler and England under the name of Sam Payne. In 1957 he qualified in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest, where he sung "Skibet skal sejle i nat"/"The ship is leaving tonight" with Birthe Wilke. They finished in third place and stunned television audiences with a 32-second long kiss at the end of their performance. He participated in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix twice afterwards, in 1964 with "Ugler i mosen", and then in 1966 with "Salami" (Car accident) b. October 13th 1925.
1990: Hayedeh/Masoumeh Dadehbala (47) Legendary Persian Pop and classical singer and diva with a contralto vocal range. In a career spanning more than two decades, she had countless hits and captured the hearts of millions around the world. Her songs included "Rouza-ye Roshan Khodahafez", "Shabeh Eshgh", "Gol Vajeh", "Ravi", "Bahaneh", "Eshareh", "Ghesseyeh Man", "Zendegi", "Nargeseh Shirazi" and many more. Two decades after her death, she is considered one of the most influential and iconic Persian vocalists of all time and still recognized as one of the most popular, famous and distinguished Iranian singers of the 20th century (sadly Hayedeh died from a heart attack) b. April 10th 1942.
1991: Stan Szelest (48) American piano/keyboard player from Buffalo, he formed the band Stan and the Ravens in 1958, which he played with for over 30 years, taking time out for many other musical projects. At aged seventeen years in early 1960, Ronnie Hawkins hired him to to play in the Hawks. At this point the Hawks were Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Fred Carter Jr, with Stan and Will Jones doubling on piano and keyboards. When Rick Danko became bassist in 1961, he became Danko's musical teacher. In the summer of 1984, Stan and Levon Helm played together again as members of the short-lived septet The Woodstock All-Stars. By the end of 1990 he became a member of the reunited Band. They were getting ready to record for CBS, writing songs, recording, and rehearsing with Garth Hudson in Woodstock, which would be Stans ladt recording. Some of his electric piano work can be heard on the Band album Jericho, where he also co-wrote the Richard Manuel tribute "Too Soon Gone". Stan also recorded with Roy Buchanan, Lonnie Mack, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jesse Ed Davis, Delbert McClinton and Northern Lights. (Sadly died of a heart attack in the recording studio) b. 1943

1996: Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (68) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger born in Queens Village, Queens, New York.
Gerry is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history, playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz, but he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. His pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the more important cool jazz groups. He was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. (died following complications from knee surgery, he had also been suffering from liver cancer) b. April 6th 1927.
1999: William "Bill" Albaugh (53) American drummer with the Lemon Pipers a psychedelic pop, bubblegum band from Cincinnati, Ohio known chiefly for their song "Green Tambourine", which reached No.1 on the Billboard chart in 1968 (?) b. 1948.
2000: Ray Jones (60) English bass player born in Liverpool; in 1963 Brian Epstein signed The Dakotas to be a backing band for Billy J. Kramer. Billy had been friends with John Lennon for some time and John gave the group a demo of a new song, "Do You Want to Know a Secret", which they perfected whilst working in Hamburg at the Star Club. On returning to Britain, the song was recorded at Abbey Road studios, with producer George Martin. It stormed up the charts and reached No.2 in the spring of 1963. This was followed by a No.1 hit "Bad to Me" c/w "I Call Your Name", and was awarded a gold disc, followed by another hit with "I'll Keep You Satisfied". In addition to backing Billy J on his hits, the group itself is perhaps best known for their instrumental single called "The Cruel Sea", which reached No.18 in the UK charts in July 1963. After a row with Brian Epstein, Ray left the Dakotas in July 1964. (?) b. October
22nd 1939.
2001: Nico Assumpção (46) Brazilian bass player born in São Paulo, he studied in both Brazil and America. In the USA, he played with several important musicians of the jazz scene, including Wayne Shorter, Sadao Watanabe, Larry Coryell, Fred Hersh, Larry Willis, Joe Diorio, John Hicks, Steve Slagle, Victor Lewis, Don Salvador and Charlie Rouse. Nico mastered various bass playing techniques, and became one of the pioneers of fretless and 6-string bass in Brazil when he returned 1981, the same year in which he released the first bassist solo album in the country, titled "Nico Assumpção". In 1982 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he lived for the rest of his life, and turned into one of the most popular bassists of the country among musicians and artists for recording and shows, having played and/or recorded with Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Maria Bethânia, Edu Lobo, César Camargo Mariano, Toninho Horta, Luiz Avellar, Wauke Wakabaiashi, Marco Pereira, Ricardo Silveira, Gal Costa, Hélio Delmiro, Maria Bethânia, Márcio Montarroyos, Raphael Rabello, Edu Lobo, Léo Gandelman and Victor Biglione, among others (?) b. August 13th 1954
2009: David Newman (75) American jazz saxophonist, he left college to go on the road with Buster Smith, playing many one-nighters at dance halls.
At one of these gigs, he met Ray Charles, there was an immediate bond between them. In 1954, he joined Ray's band as the baritone sax player, although more famous as a tenor saxophone and flute player, where he stayed for the next twelve years. He later joined Herbie Mann, with whom he played for another ten years. He has recorded over 38 albums under his own name and also played R&B and blues, recording with Aretha Franklin, Stanley Turrentine, B. B. King, the Average White Band, Jimmy McGriff, Natalie Cole, Eric Clapton, John Stein, Hank Crawford, Aaron Neville, Queen Latifah, Richard Tee, Dr. John, Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer and Doug Sahm (pancreatic cancer) b. February 24th 1933
2010: Joe Ptacek (37) American vocalist and founder member of
the death metal band Broken Hope. Formed in the Chicago area in 1988, the band released five albums for Metal Blade Records before disbanding in 2002. The band had recently been discussing reforming. (sadly suicide, an apparent self inflicted gun shot) b. ????
2010: Nerlynn 'Lynn' Taitt (75) Jamaican reggae guitarist, born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago; before taking up the guitar aged 14, he got his start as a musician playing in local steel drum bands. He formed his own band, which was booked by Byron Lee to perform at the 1962 independence celebrations in Jamaica. He decided to stay in Jamaica, living in Kingston, and played in a number of bands including The Sheiks, The Cavaliers, The Comets and The Jets, and worked with Baba Brooks, The Skatalites and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. Lynn Taitt and the Jets played on 100s of recording sessions for Jamaican producers such as Bunny Lee, Duke Reid, Joe Gibbs, Coxsone Dodd, and Sonia Pottinger, often performing up to five sessions a day. Their recording of "Take It Easy" was one of the first rocksteady singles and it reached number one in the Jamaican singles chart. He emigrated to Toronto, Canada in August 1968, to take up the position of arranger for the house band at the West Indian Federated Club. He remained active as a musician in Montreal, having recorded with such acts as The Kingpins "Let's Go To Work" CD in 1999 as well as performing live with the Montreal Ska All Stars and at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2002 and the Fabulous LoLo sings Rocksteady in 2006.
He was the subject of the 2006 documentary Lynn Taitt: Rocksteady (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. June 22nd 1934.
2012: Larry Butler (69) American multi-musician and music producer, born in Florida. At age ten he sang with Red Foley and before he was old enough to drive he had hosted his own radio show and co-hosted a live TV show in his market. He moved to Nashville and soon his unique style of piano playing supported such hits as "Hello Darlin" by Conway Twitty and "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. He was in high demand as a Nashville session player and backed up such as Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Bobby Goldsboro, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Lynn Anderson and more.
In 1973 he joined United Artists Records as head of the label's Nashville division. His leadership and vision brought in such acts as Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Dottie West and The Kendalls and established the label as one of the most successful and respected in Nashville. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. Many of his albums with Rogers went gold or platinum and accumulated many millions of sales around the world. These albums include Kenny Rogers-1976, The Gambler-1978, Gideon-1980, I Prefer The Moonlight-1987 and If Only My Heart Had A Voice-1993. Larry also participated in Rogers 2006 retrospective DVD The Journey. In 1984 Larry formed his own music company, Larry Butler Music Group, Inc. where he produced the likes of George Strait, Charlie Rich, Keith Whitley, Eddy Raven, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Don McLean, John Denver and Vern Gosdin. Larry is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year (?) b. March 26th 1942.
Etta James/Jamesetta Hawkins (73) American singer was born in Los Angeles, California, but due to her 14 year old mother being often absent, Etta lived with a series of caregivers, most notably 'Sarge' and 'Mama' Lu. She sang at the church from the age of 5 and at home was beaten and forced by Sarge to sing in the early hours at drunken poker games. In 1950 Mama Lu died, and Etta's real mother took her to the Fillmore, in San Francisco. Within a couple of years, Etta inspired by doo-wop, formed a girl group, called the Creolettes. Johnny Otis took the group under his wing, helping them sign to Modern Records and changing their name to the Peaches and gave Etta her stage name, reversing Jamesetta into Etta James.Through her career >>>READ MORE<<< (Etta sadly died fighting Alzheimer's disease and leukemia) b. January 25th 1938.
2014: Claudio Abbado (80)
Italian conductor, born in Milan, and son of violinist and composer Michelangelo Abbado. Claudio served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. He was made a Senator for life in the Senate of Italy in 2013. Over his long career, he received many awards including the Grand cross of the Légion d'honneur, Bundesverdienstkreuz, Imperial Prize of Japan, Mahler Medal, Khytera Prize, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Ferrara, Cambridge, Aberdeen and Havana. In 1973, he won the Mozart Medal awarded by Mozartgemeinde Wien, and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 1994. He also received the 1997 Grammy Award in the Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor) category for "Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1 With Finale 1921, Op. 24 No. 1" and the 2005 Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orch) category for "Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3" performed by Martha Argerich. In April 2012, Claudio was voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and in May of the same year, he was awarded the conductor prize at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards (sadly died after a long illness) b. June 26th 1933.
2015: Rose Marie McCoy (92) American songwriter, born in Oneida, Ark; she went on to become an influential and prolific songwriter during the 1950s and 60s. Her songs, co-written with others, were successfully recorded by
Elvis Presley, Big Maybelle, Nat King Cole and many others. In 1952, Rose wrote and recorded two songs, “Georgie Boy Blues” and “Cheating Blues”. After publishers heard these songs they sought her out, and she started working in the Brill Building. Teamed up with Charles Singleton for 8 years they wrote dozens of hits including Elvis Presley’s "I Beg Of You", The Eagles' “Trying to Get to You", Ruth Brown’s “Mambo Baby”, and Nappy Brown’s “Little by Little”. Their tunes were also recorded by Nat King Cole ("If I May", "My Personal Possession"), Little Willie John ("Letter from My Darling"), Eartha Kitt, Aretha Franklin, Eddy Arnold, The Five Willows, Big Joe Turner, The Du Droppers, Little Esther, The Clovers and many other top artists of the time. Her most successful song of the 1960s was “It's Gonna Work Out Fine", co-written with Sylvia McKinney, which became Ike and Tina Turner’s first top 20 pop single in 1961 and their 1st Grammy nomination. Many other artists have recorded some of the 850 plus songs, over seven decades, songs she published, including Pearl Bailey, Maxine Brown, Shirley Caesar, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Lenny Welch, Dinah Washington, Barbara Lewis, Del Shannon, Joe Medlin, Freddie Scott, Billy & Lillie, Tommy Sands, Marie Cole, Shirley and Lee, Sammy Turner, Solomon Burke, Toni Arden, The Crew-Cuts, Ellerine Harding, Annie Laurie, Al Hibbler, Vera Longus, Jimmy Rushing, Eartha Kitt, Otis Williams, Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Ella Mae Morse, Chuck Jackson, Eddy Arnold, Dizzy Gillespie, Brook Benton, Buddy Ace, Varetta Dillard, Ivory Joe Hunter, Big Dee Irwin, Jane Froman, Shirley Ellis, Jimmy Rushing, Peggy Lee, Jean Wells, Jo Stafford, Georgia Gibbs, Joe Erskine, Bobby Vee, Wilbert Harrison, Linda Hopkins, The Platters, The Four Preps, Dakota Staton, Etta James, The Harptones, Moms Mabley, Gloria Lynne, Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. Her biography, Thought We Were Writing the Blues: But They Called It Rock 'n' Roll, was written by Arlene Corsano and published in 2014 (sadly Rose has died at her home in Champaign, Illinois) b. April 19th 1922.
2015: Edgar Froese (70)
German pianist, synthesizer, multi-musician and electronic-music pioneer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia. He was the only constant member of Tangerine Dream throughout their 48-year history and performs on over 100 albums
with the band. He took piano lessons from the age of 12, and started playing guitar at 15. After showing an early aptitude for art, Froese enrolled at the Academy of the Arts in West Berlin to study painting and sculpture. In 1965, he formed a band called The Ones, which played psychedelic rock, and some rock and R&B standards. (sadly he unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism) b. June 6th 1944.
2016: Lee Abramson (45) American composer and musician, born in Lansing, Michiga. He was the first person to write music using ModelTalker, a computerized speech production program. He used adaptive technology, live musicians and electronic technology to create complex musical expressions, all with one finger. His music featured layers of electronic textures, synthesizers, piano, bass, and percussion. His music was used as a subject for study in a Michigan State University class. In Feb 2005 he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig's disease, because of his disability, which limits his ability to control a computer to the use of only one finger, he wrote music one note at a time using software such as Sibelius, LogicPro, ModelTalker to use computer recordings of his voice to "sing" on songs, Keystrokes from Assistiveware as an on-screen keyboard. Lee released his debut album Rumi Music in 2009, followed by 5 albums the last being The Bionic Mouth in 2014. (sadly died while battling Lou Gehrig's disease) b. September 13th 1970.
2017: Ca Lê Thuan (78) Vietnamese composer, born in Tan Thanh Binh; by 16 he could play several instruments like the saxophone and accordion . In 1960 he was sent to study theory and composition at the Conservatory of Odessa, Russia. He went on to serve in important positions: as Secretary General of the Vietnam Musicians Lock IV (1989-1995), Deputy Head of Culture - Central entertainment, vice president of the national Union Commission Literature and Arts Associations Vietnam, President Union of Literature and Arts City. rom 1987 to 1997, he was the National Assembly, is vice president of the Committee for Culture - Education and Youth, teen and children's parliament. In 1989, he accepted the position of director of Department of Culture - City Information. In 1997, he served as director of the City Concert Hall and the Conservatory until retirement. His works include 'co-launch Hometown' (piano), 'The days have passed' (violin and piano), 'are taking Vietnam' (symphonic paintings), 'red pearls' (the suite symphony, theater dance), 'Luc Van Tien - Kieu Nguyet Nga' (dance drama), and 'Vietnam song' (choral) (sadly died after suffering a stroke) b. 1938.
2017: Darci Rossi (69) Brazilian sertanejo composer, born in Guaxupé, but raised in São Caetano do Sul. In 1977 he became the managing director of the GM Bank, when he met Chitãozinho & Xororó early in their careers. He went on to have more than 400 songs recorded and was responsible for the greatest hits of the duos Chitãozinho and Xororó, João Paulo & Daniel and João Mineiro & Marciano, among many others. In 2009, he was honored with the honorary citizen's title of the municipality of Valinhos and in 2010, with the Diploma of Cultural and Artistic Merit Adoniran Barbosa, also granted by the Valinhos Chamber, for "his work, dedication and altruism, Sertaneja music and the municipality where he lives". (sadly died from pneumonia) b. 1947.
2017: Frank Thomas/Franc Combès (80) French songwriter and producer born in Montpellier; over the course of his career, he wrote songs for Claude François, Sylvie Vartan, Michel Polnareff, Gilbert Bécaud, Joe Dassin and Gérard Berliner(?)
2017: Chuck Stewart (89) American jazz photographer born in Texas and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He received a Kodak Brownie camera as a present when he was 13 years old and used it that same day to take photos of Marian Anderson, who had come to visit his school. After they were developed, he was able to sell his photos for two dollars, making him a professional photographer from his first day he took pictures. He is best known for his portraits of jazz singers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, as well as artists in the R&B and salsa genres. His photographs have graced more than 2,000 album covers and in publications including Esquire, Paris Match and The New York Times, as well as in the Encyclopedia of Jazz by jazz journalist Leonard Feather. He also worked for Chess Records in Chicago and its Argo subsidiary (?) b. May 21st 1927.

January 21.

1984: Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. (49) American soul singer born in Detroit; he grained fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group, The Dominoes, before his solo career began with 1957's "Reet Petite," written by the then-unknown Berry Gordy, Jr. and recorded on the Brunswick Records label. His dynamic stage performances earned him the nickname "Mr. Excitement" and his performance of "Lonely Teardrops" on the Ed Sullivan Show is considered one of the show's classics. He recorded over fifty hit singles in a repertoire that included R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening before lapsing into a coma following a collapse on stage during a 1975 benefit concert. By the time of his death in 1984, he had become one of the most influential soul artists of his generation.
A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Jackie was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson No.68 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (He had been in care ever since suffering a heart attack during a stage performance in 1975. His medical costs were paid for by Elvis Presley and soul singer Al Green, was one of the very few artists who regularly visited a bed-ridden Jackie) b. June 9th 1934.
Billy Tipton/Dorothy Lucille Tipton (74) American jazz pianist, saxophonist and band leader who lived as a man for nearly 50 years; she gradually gained success and recognition as a musician when in 1936, as the leader of a band playing on KFXR. She joined Louvenie’s Western Swingbillies, a band which played on KTOK and at Brown's Tavern. In 1940 Billy was touring the Midwest playing at dances with Scott Cameron's band. In 1941 she began a two and a half year run performing at Joplin, Missouri's Cotton Club with George Meyer's band, then toured for a time with Ross Carlyle, then played for two years in Texas. The Billy Tipton Trio recorded 2 albums of jazz standards "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano", both released in '57. Among the pieces performed were "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "Willow Weep for Me", "What'll I Do", and "Don't Blame Me". In the 70s, his/her worsening arthritis forced Billy to retire from music. (sadly died from a hemorrhaging ulcer) b. December 29th 1914.
1992: Champion Jack Dupree (82) New Orleans blues & boogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor". His father was from the Belgian Congo, his mother was part African American and Cherokee. He was orphaned at the age of 2 and sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs,where h
e taught himself piano and later apprenticed with Tuts Washington and Willie Hall, whom he called his 'father' and from whom he learned "Junker's Blues". He was also "spy boy" for the Yellow Pochahantas tribe of Mardi Gras Indians and soon began playing in barrelhouses and other drinking establishments. He began his life of travelling living in Chicago, where he worked with Georgia Tom, and in Indianapolis, where he met Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr. In Detroit he met Joe Louis, who encouraged him to become a boxer. He fought in 107 bouts, winning Golden Gloves and other championships and picking up the nickname 'Champion Jack', which he used the rest of his life. He returned to Chicago at aged 30 and joined a circle of recording artists, including Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red, who introduced him to the record producer Lester Melrose, who claimed composer credit and publishing on many of Jack's songs. He was a cook in the US Navy and spent two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. He was accompanied on guitar by Larry Dale, on his best known album, ''Blues from the Gutter'' in 1959 whose playing inspired Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. He was also noted as a raconteur and transformed many of his stories into songs. "Big Leg Emma's" takes its place in the roots of rap music as the rhymed tale of a police raid on a barrelhouse. His biggest commercial success was "Walkin' the Blues", which led to several national tours, and to a European tour and him moving to Europe in 1960, first settling in Switzerland and then Denmark, England, Sweden and finally, Germany. During the 1970s and 1980s he lived at Ovenden, near Halifax, England where a bronze plaque has been commissioned in his memory.In later years Jack recorded with John Mayall, Mick Taylor and Eric Clapton. He continued to record and tour in Europe with Axel Zwingenberger and Louisiana Red, Kenn Lending Band, also made many live appearances there, also still working as a cook specializing in New Orleans cuisine. He returned to the United States from time to time and appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (sadly died in Hanover, Germany of cancer) b. July 4th 1910. NOTE: Jack's birth date is disputed, given as July 4, 10, and 23, in the years 1908, 1909, or 1910.
1996: Dennis Fuller (37) British singer and dancer of the German pop duo London Boys and a former member of the Roxy Rollers rollerskating disco act, who released a single called "I Need A Holiday" in May '79. Dennis met Edem Ephraim while at school in Greenwich, and they moved to Glinde near Hamburg in Germany in '81. They formed London Boys with songwriter-record producer Ralf-René Maué in '86 as a vehicle for Ralf-René's work. Their musical style was a mix of soul and dance music or eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade dancers prior to forming the duo. They released 5 albums, their debut album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, peaked at No.2 in the UK and their most notable songs were "London Nights" and "Requiem". In total they sold 4.5 million records. Dennis and Edem gave concerts and appeared in clubs all over the world. London Boys' music is very optimistic upbeat Eurodisco at its best. (Tragically killed in a car crash while traveling in Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road, in head-on collision with a drunken Swiss driver) b. July 1st 1959.
1996: Edem Ephraim (37) Jamacain singer and dancer of the German pop duo London Boys.
Edem met Dennis Fuller while at school in Greenwich, London, and the pair moved to Glinde near Hamburg in Germany in 1981. They formed London Boys with songwriter and record producer Ralf-René Maué in 1986 as a showcase for Ralf-René's work. Their musical style was a mix of soul and dance music or eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade dancers prior to forming the duo. They released 5 albums, their debut album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, peaked at No.2 in the UK and most notable singles were "London Nights" and "Requiem". In total The London Boys sold 4.5 million records. The duo gave concerts all over the world, London Boys' music is very optimistic upbeat Eurodisco at its best. (Tragically killed in a car crash while traveling in the Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road, and another car was trying to pass at the opposite side of the road. The accident was a head-on collision with a drunken Swiss. Edem's wife and a DJ friend also died) b. June 19th 1959.
1997: Colonel Tom Parker/Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk (87) Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley, The "Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his client's interests and took far more than the traditional 10 percent of his earnings, reaching up to 50 percent by the end of Elvis's life. For many years he claimed to have been U.S. born, but it eventually emerged that he was born in Breda, Netherlands to Dutch parents. In 1935 Tom married 27-year-old Marie Francis Mott, they struggled to survive through the depression-era, working short-cons and traveling the country to seek work. His involvement in the music industry began as a music promoter in 1938, working with popular singer Gene Austin. Despite having sold in excess of 86 million records since 1924, and with earnings exceeding $17 million, Austin's career had hit a bad patch. He had wasted much of his fortune on partying, cars, mansions, and women. Arnold fired Tom in 1953 due to Parker's growing involvement with the singer Hank Snow. However, Tom remained involved in many of Arnold's live tours, and demanded a buyout of $50,000 to settle their contract. In February of 1955, Elvis Presley agreed to let The Colonel take some control of future bookings and promotions.
Tom and Snow worked together to promote Elvis, using their own Hank Snow Tour to book him and tour him and on October 20th 1955, Tom Parker became Elvis Presley's official manager. At Elvis's funeral Tom persuaded Presley's father to sign over control of Presley's career in death to him. It wasn't until the 80s after several court cases that The Elvis Trust took control of the huge Elvis estate. (died of a stroke, in Las Vegas, Nevada) b. June 26th 1909.
1997: Irwin Levine (58) American songwriter born in Newark; Irvine and Larry Brown together wrote over 40 songs, many popular songs such as "I Can't Quit Her", "(Say, Has Anybody Seen) My Sweet Gypsy Rose?", "Knock Three Times" and "Yellow Ribbon", which according to the Guinness Book of Records, with over 2,000 recorded versions it is next to the Beatles' 'Yesterday' as the most recorded popular song in history (sadly Irwin died from kidney failure) b. March 23rd 1958.
1999: Charles Brown (76) American blues singer and pianist born in Texas City, a rhythm and blues pioneer,
his style dominated the Southern California club scene during the 40s and 50s, he influenced such performers as Floyd Dixon, Cecil Gant, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield and Johnny Ace. In 1944 Charles moved to LA and was soon offered a spot in Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. On February 1st 1946 “Driftin’ Blues,” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, enters the R&B chart. Written and sung by Charles the song reached No.2 and remains on the R&B chart for half a year, a significant milestone of the early postwar blues, it also received ‘Cashbox’ magazine’s award for R&B record of the year. This was the first of a string of hits for thr Three Blazers. Charles had his first solo hit in January 1949 with “Get Yourself Another Fool,” it reaches No.4 on the R&B chart, quickly followed by “Trouble Blues” which topped the charts for 15 weeks. His 1951 hit “Black Night” topped the R&B charts for 14 weeks. Over a two-year period, Charles' two biggest hits occupied the No.1 spot for a combined 29 weeks, a phenomenal feat. His last chart hit “Please Come Home for Christmas” in Dec 1960, has been covered by dozens of artists like many of his other songs. Charles recorded and toured throughout his life; his last studio album ‘So Goes Love’, was released in May 1998. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2 months after his death, long time fan and friend Bonnie Raitt, a was his presenter (died of congestive heart failure) b. September 13th 1922.
2002: Peggy Lee/
Norma Deloris Egstrom (81) American jazz singer and Oscar-nominated performer. She sang with the likes of The Benny Goodman Band, and she became famous for her singular voice, sexy, subtle, simultaneously smoky 'n' cool and her unique jazz-inflected interpretations of popular tunes—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, art songs, and other genres. She also wrote music for films, and dozens of songs for herself and other artists; the first song she composed was "Little Fool", published in 1941, "What More Can a Woman Do?" was recorded by Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" was no.1 for 9 weeks on the Billboard singles chart in 1948. Peggy was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award; the Pied Piper Award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); the Presidents Award, from the Songwriters Guild of America; the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, from the Society of Singers; and the Living Legacy Award, from the Women's International Center. In 1999 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (complications from diabetes and cardiac disease) b. May 26th 1920.
2005: Kaljo Raid (84) Estonian composer, cellist and pastor born in Tallinn. He studied composition at Tallinn Conservatory under Heino Eller. His Symphony No. 1 was performed in 1944, the year of his graduation. He studied theology in Stockholm from 1945 to 1946 and then at the Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts from 1946 to 1949. He taught music at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, meeting Jacques Ibert and Darius Milhaud. In 1954 he moved to Canada and became the pastor of the Estonian Baptist Church in Toronto; he continued in this capacity for 35 years. After retiring in 1989 he devoted himself full-time to composition. Among his works are four symphonies and an opera on the life of Polycarp of Smyrna, Fiery Chariots in 1993. He also completed the first movement of Eduard Tubin's unfinished Symphony No. 11.(?) b. March 4th 1921.
U;Nee/Heo Yoon (25) South Korean singer and actress, after her debut as a singer, she used the stage name U;Nee professionally until her death. She debuted as a dance-pop singer, with upbeat songs such as her very first single "Go". The track was then featured on her debut album, ''U;Nee Code'', released on June 12, 2003. This was followed by a 2nd album, Call Call Call in 2005. Unfortunately U;Nee's image became associated with a scandal involving Altantuya Shaaribuu, who was murdered in October 2006 (sadly Heo committed suicide by hanging herself in her home in Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea) b. May 3rd 1981.
2010: Paul Lewis Quarrington (56) Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician, born in Toronto, and studied at the University of Toronto.
As well as his (non musical) writing for TV, film and stage, Paul wrote his early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and the Continental Drift. His most successful novel to date, Whale Music was called "the greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written" by Penthouse magazine. Musically... more recently Paul was also the singer/guitarist for the blues-country group Porkbelly Futures. Their first CD, Way Past Midnight was released in late 2005 and spent six months on the "Americana" charts. Their second CD, Porkbelly Futures, was released in April of 2008. It contains many self penned original compositions. (Sadly passed after a battle with lung cancer) b. July 22nd 1953.
2010: Leon Villalba (21) British guitarist and driving force with the London based heavy metal band 'After Death', which formed in 2005. (The band was in Brazil on the tour supporting Masters on the “Masters of Hate Tour 2010” when Leon tragically drowned while swimming at the beach in Atalaia, one of the most dangerous beaches in Brazil. Bandmate Timothy tried to go to his aid, but he, too, was over whelmed by the force of the waves) b. ????
2010: Timothy Kennelly (18) British bassist with the London based
heavy metal band 'After Death'. He joined the band only six months ago. (The band was in Brazil on the “Masters of Hate Tour 2010”. Tim is pressumed drowned while swimming at the beach in Atalaia, one of the most dangerous beaches in Brazil. He went to the aid of his drowning band mate, when tragically he too was overwhelmed by the force of the waves, but his body is still missing) b. ????.
2012: Irena Jarocka (65) Polish pop singer, born in Srebrna Góra
and emergrated to the USA in 1990; in 1966 at 20 years old she debuted at Klub Rudy Kot in Gdansk, and first participated in the Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej in Opole. She went on to record 12 albums and performed in concerts with Michel Sardou, Enrico Macias, Charles Aznavour, and Mireille Mathieu. She has sung in concerts within Poland and in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Luxembourg, Australia and France, and for Polish communities in the USA and Canada. Irena has also appeared in several films and on T.V. (?) b. August 18th 1946.
2012: Gerre Hancock (77) American organist, improviser, and composer born in Lubbock, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, from which he later received the Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award. He served as Assistant Organist at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York, Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church, now Christ Church Cathedral, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Organist and Master of the Choristers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue from 1971 to 2004. Gerre was also a Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at the University of Texas, Austin.
He is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” and in 2004 he was honored in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace in London where he was presented the Medal of the Cross of St. Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
(sadly Gerre died from a cardiac arrest) b. February 21st 1934
2013: János Korössy (86) Romanian jazz pianist and composer born in Cluj. He
was the first jazzman in Romania that fused elements of local folklore and jazz, a genre called ethno jazz. In the 60s he enjoyed wide popularity in the former Eastern Bloc, but left Romania in 1969, settling in the U.S., in Atlanta; as a result, his name was erased from the history of Romanian music. In 1975 János he was awarded the distinction of "Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence" for outstanding cultural merit in jazz music by President Jimmy Carter. In the US he performed and recorded with many artists including Woody Herman, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz,, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Ray Brown. In 2006, the Romanian Minister of Culture awarded him the Order of Merit in recognition of promoting Romanian culture abroad and to highlight the folk music through jazz and in December 2006, at the age of 80 years, he held a four-hour concert at the Romanian Athenaeum (?) b. December 26th 1926.
2014: Jan Manschot/Brekken Jan Schamp Shot (66) Dutch drummer, percussionist and founding member of the rock band Normaal, formed in Achterhoek in 1975. From their appearence on the pop festival in Lochem, the group was successful and became nationally known with their single "Oerend Hard". They released thier début album Oerend hard in 1977 which was followed by 27 studio albums and 5 live albums. In 1989 he left the group, but still played at the annual "coffee concerts" with Normaal. Also in 1989 he formed with, among others, Ferdi Jolij the group Boh Foi Toch. (sadly Jan died from a brain tumor) b. September 21st 1947.
2015: Kemal Monteno (66) Bosnian singer-songwriter, born in Sarajevo. He recorded his first song "Lidija" in 1967 and has enjoyed a prosperous career in the former Yugoslavia. He is perhaps best known for "Sarajevo ljubavi moja", a tribute to his home town. His career stretched from the 1960s to the 2010s
and he became known as the "Bosnian Roy Orbison" (sadly died from pneumonia and sepsis) b. September 17th 1948
Waldemar Kmentt (85) Austrian operatic tenor; born in Vienna, he studied at the Vienna Music Academy, first the piano, and later voice. In 1950, he sang the tenor-solo part in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under Karl Böhm. His professional opera debut was in 1951 at the Vienna State Opera, as the Prince in The Love for Three Oranges. Beginning in 1956, he appeared in places such as Milan, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Munich. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival, as Walther von Stolzing in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, in 1968. He also appeared regularly at the Vienna Volksoper in operetta, notably Die Fledermaus. Other notable roles included Jacquino, Erik, Bacchus, The Emperor. (?) b. February 2nd 1929
2017: Veljo Tormis (86) Estonian composer, born in Kuusalu and began his formal musical education in 1943 at the Tallinn Music School, but was interrupted by World War II and illness. In 1949, he entered the Tallinn Conservatory and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory (1951–1956). He quickly acquired teaching positions at the Tallinn Music School (1955–60) and the Tallinn Music High School (1962–66), but by 1969 was supporting himself exclusively as a freelance composer. He regarded as one of the greatest choral composers and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Internationally, his fame arises chiefly from his extensive body of choral music, which exceeds 500 individual choral songs, most of it a cappella. The great majority of these pieces are based on traditional ancient Estonian folksongs, either textually, melodically, or merely stylistically. His composition most often performed outside Estonia, Curse Upon Iron/Raua needmine (?) b. August 7th 1930.
2017: Karl Hendricks (46) American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record store owner, and he grew up in McKeesport. In the summer of ‘88 he started writing his own songs, and by that fall, he had cut a solo cassette on a four-track recorder in his bedroom called "Jolly Doom". During his freshman year at Pittsburgh, he worked at Jim’s Records in Bloomfield, which he eventually bought in the 90s. In 1989, he formed the noise-rock trio Sludgehammer. When it broke up, in addition to playing bass in Thee Speaking Canaries, he also launched the Karl Hendricks Trio in 1991, putting the emphasis on his wry, heartbreaking and very rocking love songs.
Their 1992 debut "Buick Electra," and follow-ups “Misery and Women” and “A Gesture of Kindness,” won them a contract with the prestigious label Merge for a fifth album, "For a While, It Was Funny". The band's latest album was 2012's The Adult Section. (sadly died after a brave three year battle with oral cancer) b.
July 17th 1970.
2017: Maggie Roche (65) American singer-songwriter and founding member of The Roches, a vocal group of three Irish-American sisters, Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy Roche, from Park Ridge, New Jersey. They were known for their "unusual" and "rich" harmonies, quirky lyrics, and casually comedic stage performances. Maggie wrote most of the songs, with Terre contributing to a few. The sisters got their big break when Paul Simon brought them in as backup singers on his 1973
No.2 album "There Goes Rhymin' Simon". From 1979 The Roches released 13 studio albums, the last being 'Rhino HiFive: The Roches' in 2007. Prior to this, Maggie & Terre Roche had released the album 'Seductive Reasoning' in 1975. (sadly Maggie died fighting cancer) b. October 26th 1951.

2017: Walter "Junie" Morrison aka BoyInSea (62) American keyboardist, vocalist, producer, born in Dayton, Ohio. In 1970 he joined the new line-up of the Ohio Players as keyboardist, vocalist and a producer. He can be heard on their albums 'Pain', 'Pleasure', and 'Ecstasy', and he was largely responsible for writing and arranging the band's 1973 hit single, "Funky Worm". After he left the band in 1974 he released three solo albums, credited as Junie – 'When We Do', 'Freeze', and 'Suzie Supergroupie'. In 1977 he joined George Clinton's P-Funk/Parliament-Funkadelic where he also became musical director. After his time with Parliament-Funkadelic, he recorded three solo albums: 1980's Bread Alone, 1981's Junie 5, and 1984's Evacuate Your Seats. He produced other artists throughout the 90s and released his most recent solo album, When the City, on his own label Juniefunk in 2004. Junie also worked with British group Soul II Soul and released solo music under the name BoyInSea in 2011. (?) b. 1954/55

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1957: Claire Waldoff
/Clara Wortmann (72) German singer, born in Gelsenkirchen. She became a famous cabaret singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s. After completing school, she studied theatre, in 1903, she got her first theatre jobs in Bad Pyrmont and in Kattowitz. In 1907, she went to Berlin, and began a life as a cabaret singer. Rudolf Nelson gave her a job for the theatre Roland von Berlin at the Potsdamer Straße. She had great success during the next years in German cabaret. singing in the likes of the Scala and at the Wintergarten in Berlin. Clara sang many cabaret songs in a German slang typical of the city Berlin. She also sang together with Marlene Dietrich on stage. Clara was also very popular on German radio, she had a repertoire of around 300 of her own songs and has a star in Walk of Fame of Cabaret (?) b. October 21st 1884.
1964: Marc Blitzstein (58)
American composer, lyricist and librettist, born in Philadelphia. He won national attention in 1937 when his pro-union musical The Cradle Will Rock, directed by Orson Welles, was shut down by the Works Progress Administration. He is known for The Cradle Will Rock and for his Off-Broadway translation/adaptation of The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. His works also include the opera Regina, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes; the Broadway musical Juno, based on Seán O'Casey's play Juno and the Paycock; and No for an Answer. He completed translation/adaptations of Brecht's and Weill's musical play 'Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' and of Brecht's play 'Mother Courage and Her Children'. He also composed music for films, such as Surf and Seaweed (1931) and The Spanish Earth (1937) and he contributed two songs to the original 1960 production of Hellman's play Toys in the Attic (During a visit to Martinique, tragically he was murdered by 3 sailors he had picked up in a bar, one of whom he was said to have propositioned) b. March 2nd 1905.
1982: Tommy Tucker/Robert Higginbotham (48)
American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter best known for the 1964 hit "High Heel Sneakers", followed by a second hit, "Long Tall Shorty". He also
co-wrote the song "My Girl (I Really Love Her So)" before leaving music in the late 1960s, taking a position as a real estate agent in New Jersey, he also did freelance writing for a local newspaper in East Orange, N.J. writing of the plight and ignorance of black males in America and the gullibility and exploitation of African Americans in general by the white dominated media. Four of his albums selling in Europe and over the Internet, through the Red Lightnin' record label (he died when he was overcome by poisonous fumes while renovating the floors of his New York home) b. March 5th 1933.
1994: Rhett Forrester (37)
American singer, the lead singer of New York based band Riot from 1981 until 1984. After Riot, he performed on Jack Starr's Out of the Darkness, and put out two solo albums, "Gone With the Wind" and "Even the Score", "Assume The Position", was the most famous song of his solo albums.
In Japan, at the beginning of the 80's, Burrn! magazine voted him the number one vocalist of the year. During 1985, Rhett Forrester performed into the Thrasher Project, singing the song "Bad Boys", on the album "Burning At the Speed of Light". He also recorded one album with the ex-Keel Brian Jay's band: Dogbone. The beginning of the 90's, saw him playing with the Canadian band Black Symphony and with Alex Masi. On June 22, 1996 Rhett Forrester was inducted into Atlanta's own Hard Rock Cafe (He was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia, after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking) b. September 22nd 1956.
1994: Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas (70) American actor, singer; as well as his huge acting career, as a singer Telly had some chart success. His spoken version of Bread's If produced by Snuff Garrett was No.1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975 and his version of Don Williams' Some Broken Hearts Never Mend topped the charts in 1980. He worked with composer and producer John Cacavas on many albums, including Telly in 1974 and Who Loves Ya, Baby in 1976. His version of "If", was at No.1 in Europe for 10 weeks (prostrate cancer) b. January 22nd 1994.
1997: Ron Holden (57) American singer born in Seattle, Washington;
he was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer to start his own record label. Ron then released the single "Love You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the Black Singles chart and No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. He returned to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?" (he died in Rosarito, Mexico) b. August 7th 1939.
1997: Billy Mackenzie (37) Scottish singer born in Dundee. He led a nomadic life, New Zealand at 16, and travelling across America at 17. In 1976 he was back in Scotland where he formed the post-punk and new wave band Ascorbic Ones, changing the name to Associates in 1979. Billy became well known for his operatic voice and theatrical antics. They released thier debut album The Affectionate Punch in 1980. This was followed by 7 more albums. The band split in 1990 and Billy released the electronica-influenced solo album Outernational in 1992. Between 1987 and 1992 Billy had also worked with Swiss avant-garde outfit Yello, contributing to 3 Yello albums One Second in 1987,
he wrote the lyrics of the song "The Rhythm Divine" performed by Shirley Bassey on the album One Second, with himself singing backing vocals. Flag in 1988 and Babyin 1991. He worked on many other collaborations including albums with B.E.F., Stephen Emmer's Vogue Estate album, Annie Lennox: duet on The Best Of You, and Holger Hiller's Oben Im Eck album to mention a few (He suffered from clinical depression, sadly he commited suicide, Billy overdosed on prescription drugs after the death of his mother) b. March 27th 1957.
1997: Wally Whyton (67) English multi-musician, songwriter and radio and TV personality, born in London he learned to play first the piano, then trombone, and finally guitar. In 1956, while working in advertising, he formed the Vipers Skiffle Group, which became the resident band at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho. After a number of hit records produced by George Martin, including his song "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O", the group split up in 1960, and Wally moved into television work. He went on to host Granada TV's Time For A Laugh and from the 1960s to the 1990s he was a presenter on BBC Radio 2, mainly fronting folk and country music programmes. One of these was "Hello Folk" and another "Country Club"
(?) b. September 23rd 1929.
1997: Ron Holden (57) American pop singer, born in Seattle, Washington and
was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer to start his own record label. Ron then released the single "Love You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the Black Singles chart and No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. He returned to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?" (died in Mexico) b. August 7th 1939.
2002: Henry "Hank" Cosby (74) American saxophonist in the famed Funk Brothers and songwriter and record producer for Motown Records. Although he worked with many of the label's artists, from The Supremes to The Temptations, Hank is best known for helming many of Stevie Wonder's early hits, including "My Cherie Amour", "I Was Made to Love Her", and "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". He also co-wrote "Tears of a Clown", a No.1 hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. (Sadly died of complications from cardiac bypass surgery) b. May 12th 1928.
2004: Billy May (87) American composer and trumpeter; he wrote many TV and film themes including Batgirl theme for 1966's Batman "Somewhere in the Night" - Naked City,
he orchestrated Cocoon, and Cocoon: The Return among many others. He wrote arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Hank played trumpet in various bands,
during the 1940s big-band era, he recorded such songs as "Measure for Measure", "Long Tall Mama", and "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby", and "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra. With his own band, he had a hit single, "Charmaine" and the released an album, Sorta-May (sadly died from heart failure) b. November 10th 1916.
2005: Consuelo Velázquez (80 or 88) Mexican concert pianist, songwriter and recording artist.
She was the songwriter and lyricist of many Latin standard songs, such as Amar y vivir, Verdad amarga, Franqueza, Que seas feliz, Cachito, Enamorada and, most notably, the enduring 1940s-era standard 'Bésame mucho', a romantic ballad which was soon recorded by artists around the globe, making it an international hit. She began playing the piano at the age of four, started her professional career as a classical music concert pianist, performing at Palacio de Bellas Artes and XEQ Radio, but later became a singer and recording artist. According to Consuelo herself, she was strongly influenced by Spanish composer Enrique Granados (respiratory problems) b. August 21st 1916 .. According to her obituary, she was 88 years old when she died. Most music resources, however, list her birth date as August 29th 1924, in Ciudad Guzmán, state of Jalisco, Mexico.
2006: Janette Carter (82) America singer, autoharpist, folklorist;
the last living child of A.P. and Sara Carter of the Carter Family formed in 1926, the "First Family of Country Music." They recorded more than three hundred folk songs - songs in the public domain, which later became known as Carter songs. She also championed the cause of traditional American roots music into the 21st century (Parkinson's disease) b. July 2nd 1923.
2009: Charles Cooper (31) American musician, one half of the Chicago, Illinois-based duo electronic-music group Telefon Tel Aviv, which he formed with his high school friend Joshua Eustis, in 1999. As well as touring the world they have released 3 full length albums and a compilation album of remixes. Their first album was released in the autumn of 2001 to positive reviews. They had just released their third full length album "Immolate Yourself" January 20th 2009 (tragically died from an accidental mix of sleeping pills and alcohol) b. April 12th 1977.
2010: Robert "Squirrel" Lester (67) American soul tenor and a founder member of the Chicago based singing group The Chi-Lites.The Chi-Lites began with the merging of two 1950s doo wop groups,
Robert "Squirrel" Lester, Eugene Record and Clarence Johnson from "The Chanteurs", with Creadel "Red" Jones and Marshall Thompson from "the Desideros". Originally known as the "Hi-Lites", they became the Chi-Lites in 1964. Squirrel and the Chi-Lites went on to have hits such as "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)"
, "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People", "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl". Between 1972 and 1976 the band had a number of UK Top 10 pop hit records, including "Have You Seen Her", "Homely Girl", "Too Good To Be Forgotten", "It's Time For Love", and "You Don't Have To Go". They gradually became a regular on the oldies and soul circuit and were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2000 and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 (cause of death has yet to be released) b. August 16th 1942.
Apache/Anthony Peaks (?) American rapper, Apache was one of the three original rappers in Flavor Unit, a crew of emcees and DJs from New York City and Northern New Jersey, along with Queen Latifah and Latee as early group members. He appeared on hits such as
"Smooth Yet Hard", "I Feel like Flowing", "Passin' the Mic". The rap crew Flavour Unit later consisted of groups or rappers like Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Chill Rob G., Naughty By Nature, Freddie Foxxx, Nikki D, and Rowdy Rahz. Apache's appearances included collaborations with Naughty by Nature, Fat Joe, Tupac, and A Tribe Called Quest. He released his debut album "Apache Ain't Shit" in 1993 which featured his hit single "Gangsta Bitch" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart (sadly died after a protracted illness) b.????
2011: Bobby Poe (77) American pop singer, songwriter and promoter, born in Vinita, Oklahoma. In the mid-50s he formed Bobby Poe and The Poe Kats, who were also Wanda Jackson's first Rock and Roll backing band. They toured with Wanda and also can be found on her early Capitol Records recordings, including the Rockabilly classic "Let's Have A Party". Bobby and Wanda, are members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1968, he switched gears and started several music tip sheets for music industry insiders and radio stations. The most successful tip sheet was Pop Music Survey, which grew significantly when he began an annual music convention. After 25 successful conventions, he retired in 1996
(Bobby had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009, he was able to beat the cancer, but grew steadily weaker during his recovery and suffered a fatal blood clot) b. April 13th 1933.
2012: Rita Gorr/Marguerite Geirnaert (85) Belgian opera singer, she won first prize at the vocal competition of Verviers in 1946, and made her professional debut at Antwerp as Fricka in Die Walküre the same year. She became a member of the Opera of Strasbourg, from 1949 to 1952. Rita won another first prize at the vocal competition of Lausanne in 1952, which led to her debut at the Opéra-Comique and the Paris Opéra that same year. She made her dedebut at the Royal Opera House in 1959, La Scala in 1960, the Metropolitan Opera on October 17th 1962 as Amneris. In four seasons at the Met, she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Eboli in Don Carlos, Azucena in Il trovatore and Dalila (?
) b. February 18th 1926.
2014: Fred Bertelmann (88) German singer and actor, born in Duisburg, at aged just 9 he became a chorister and later studied cello, trumpet, guitar and singing. He fought in the Wehrmacht in World War II, but then became a prisoner of war and was sent to Alabama, where he first heard of swing music. After his return to Germany he founded his own band and often performed in American GI clubs in Germany. In 1950 he toured Sweden with Arne Hülphers and Zarah Leander. He also worked as a solo singer of Schlager songs. In the 1950s and 1960s, he also acted in movies as well as in stage plays. His most popular song was his 1957 Der lachende Vagabund / Gambler’s Guitar (sadly Fred died from severe pneumonia) b. October 7th 1925.
2014: François Deguelt/Louis Deghelt (81) French singer born in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées and is best known for his participation on behalf of Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1960 with "Ce soir-là"/"That Night" and in 1962 with "Dis rien"/"Say Nothing". Later successful singles included "Le Ciel, le soleil et la mer", "Le printemps", also "Minuit, le vent, la nuit" and "La libération" both in 1968. He continued to tour and perform on the nostalgia circuit until his death (?) b. December 4th 1932
2015: Joan Hinde (81) English trumpeter and entertainer born in Eckington; she was perhaps the UK's oldest working female trumpeter, and was proud to have been a lifelong member of the very excluside Grand Order of Lady Ratlings. She began her career on the BBC radio programme, Children's Hour when very young in the early 1940s. In her teens she progressed to regular and legendary appearances on BBC Variety Bandbox, holding her own against fellow performers such as Billy Ternent and Eddie Calvert. It was during this period that she was the only female trumpeter in the world to broadcast Haydn's famous Trumpet Concerto. She went on to work with the likes of Elsie and Doris Waters, Jimmy James and Co., Gladys Morgan, The Black and White Minstrel Show, Max Bygraves, Harry Secombe and Ken Dodd. She toured with Sir Harry Secombe entertaining the British armed forces during various conflicts, including the Falklands and Aden. In 2002 she made her first TV appearance in many years on LWT's Another Audience with Ken Dodd. She appeared as the Lady Mayoress who joined in with Dodd's singing of "The Very Thought of You". Joan suffered a stroke in 2008, but 11 days later was back onstage at the London Palladium. She retire for health reasons in 2012. (?) b. October 21st 1933.
2016: Alec Wishart (76) British-born New Zealand lead vocalist, percussionist and founding member of the band Hogsnort Rupert. The band originally formed in 1968 as Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band, but shortened their name to Hogsnort Rupert in 1970. They released their debute album 'All Our Own Work!' in 1970 and became known for their light, humorous brand of music which produced several charting singles, including their No.1 hit "Pretty Girl" which became the biggest selling single in New Zealand of 1970. They released 10 albums, the last being 'A Touch of Hoggers (Celebrating 40 Years of Recording with Hogsnort Rupert)'. Alec fronted Hogsnort Rupert, which is one of the longest running bands in New Zealand music history, until his death (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. 1939.
2017: Naqsh Lyallpuri/Jaswant Rai Sharma (89) Indian poet and songwriter born in Lyallpur, now called Faisalabad and in present day Pakistan. He moved to Mumbai in 1940s wanting a career in Hindi film industry. He debuted as film song writer with 1952 film Jaggu penning the lyrics of "Agar Teri Aakhon Se Aakhein Mila Doon". Other films include Parinay; Gharonda; Tumhare Liye; Dard; Dil-e-Nadaan; Kaala Suraj; Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story; Yatra and others (?) b. 1927.
2017: Jaki Liebezeit (78) German drummer born in Dresden; in the mid-1960s, he was part of Manfred Schoof's quintet, who were early exponents of European free jazz, before becoming a founding member of experimental rock band, Can, formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. He is known for his exceptional "metronome" style of playing and his drumming was prominent in the band's sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long "Halleluhwah" on Tago Mago. In 1980, he became a member of Phantomband, and has since formed drum ensembles such as Drums off Chaos and Club off Chaos. He has also recorded with numerous musicians, such as Jah Wobble, Philip Jeck, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and Burnt Friedman (sadly Jacki died from pneumonia) b. May 26th 1938.
2017: Jean Karakos/Jean Georgakarakos (76) French music producer born in Malestroit, Brittany. At the age of 16, he became a racing boy for American Express, then at 18 years old was employed by the insurance company Le Monde - unrelated to the daily. In 1960 he sold his insurance portfolio and invested in the creation of his first phonographic company, Star Success. It produces a little and mainly recorded ensembles of Cuban, Brazilian music, flamenco or gypsy music. At the end of 1963, he moved to Bandol and founded the company JOC which published blues and jazz, then founded the BYG company, after which he founded Celluloid, then Distance, a label specialized in techno, trance and other electronic music dancing, and in 2003, a label of compilations, Suave. Over his long career he worked with 100's of artists and bands including Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Alan Jack Civilization, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Sunny Murray, Alan Silva, Steve Lacy, Pink Floyd, Caravan, Colosseum, The Nice, Frank Zappa, Cabaret Voltaire, James Chance, Suicide, Soft Cell, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmixer DST. (?) b. June 26th 1940.
2017: Pete "Overend" Watts (69) English bass guitar player and founding member of 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople. Born in Yardley, Birmingham, he moved as a child to Worthing, Sussex, and then to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, where he started learning guitar while at Ross Grammar School and became a professional musician alongside Mick Ralphs in a group, the Buddies, that played in German clubs. The group later became the Doc Thomas Group, and then Shakedown Sound, before finally changing their name to Silence and returning to London in 1969. The group then added singer Ian Hunter, and became Mott the Hoople. They had hits such as "All the Young Dudes",
written and produced by David Bowie which was their biggest hit reaching No.3 in the UK charts and No.37 in the USA. Other hits included "Honaloochie Boogie", "All the Way from Memphis", "Roll Away the Stone", "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" and "Foxy, Foxy" and "Saturday Gigs" >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Pete died following a six year battle with throat cancer) b. May 13th 1947.

January 23.
1548: Bernardo Pisano/Pagoli (57)
Italian composer, priest, singer, and scholar of the Renaissance. He was one of the first madrigalists and the first composer anywhere to have a printed collection of secular music devoted entirely to himself. In 1546 Pope Paul III appointed him maestro di cappella of his private chapel, a position which he held till his death (?) b. October 12th 1490.
1973: Edward "Kid" Ory (86) American jazz trombonist and bandleader, born in Woodland Plantation, Louisiana. He had one of the best-known bands in New Orleans in the 1910s, hiring many of the great jazz musicians of the city, including, cornetists Joe "King" Oliver, Mutt Carey, and Louis Armstrong; and clarinetists Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone. In 1919 he moved to Los Angeles where he recorded with a band that included Mutt Carey, clarinetist and pianist Dink Johnson, and string bassist Ed Garland. In 1925, he moved to Chicago, where he was very active, working and recording with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe "King" Oliver, Johnny Dodds, and many others. During the Great Depression he retired from music until 1943. From 1944 to about 1961 he led one of the top New Orleans style bands of the period. In addition to Mutt Carey and Ed Garland, trumpeters Alvin Alcorn and Teddy Buckner; clarinetists Darnell Howard, Jimmie Noone, Albert Nicholas, Barney Bigard, and George Probert; pianists Buster Wilson, Cedric Haywood and Don Ewell; and drummer Minor Hall were among his sidemen during this period. All but Probert, Buckner, and Ewell were originally from New Orleans
(he retired from music in 1966 and spent his last years in Hawaii, dying in Honolulu) b. December 25th 1886.
Paul Robeson (77) American bass-baritone concert singer, multi-lingual American actor, writer, footballer, athlete, civil rights activist, Spingarn Medal winner, and Stalin peace prize laureate. He also sang in and was conversant in more than 20 languages. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave, Paul was the first major concert star to popularize the performance of Negro spirituals and was the first black actor of the 20th century to portray Shakespeare's Othello on Broadway. In 1915, he graduated with honors from Somerville High School, where he excelled academically and participated in singing, acting, and athletics. He went on to win a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University. In the 1920s, Paul found fame as an actor and singing star of both stage and radio with his bass voice and commanding presence. His vocal instrument descended as low as C below the bass clef. He and his accompanist and arranger Lawrence Brown were the first to bring spirituals to the concert stage and their association that would last through four decades. His rendition of Ol' Man River is widely considered the definitive version of the song. He is also referenced with being one of the forerunners of the civil rights movement, travelling to many parts of the world, he was a popular figure in East Germany where he received an honorary doctorate from Humboldt University in 1960 among other awards (died of a stroke following complications from a severe cerebral vascular disorder) b. April 9th 1898.
1977: Richard "Dick" Burnett (94) American fiddle player and folk songwriter from Monticello, Kentucky;
he lost his sight when he was shot in the face in 1907. He could not work anymore so he took up music to feed his family. He allegedly wrote the traditional American folk song, Man of Constant Sorrow, which was later covered by Bob Dylan and featured in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou as another version (?) b. October 8th 1883.
1978: Terry Kath (31)
American singer, guitarist, born in chicago, he was a multi-instrumentalist who played banjo, accordion, bass and drums, he played lead guitar in a band called "Jimmy and the Gentlemen" during the mid-1960s. He played bass in a road band called Jimmy Ford and The Executives. Kath's close friend, Walter Parazaider, played in these bands as well, and they were together in developing the band later to be called
(Terry accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning, what he believed to be an unloaded gun) b. January 31st 1946... READ MORE
1978: Vic Ames (52) American singer with The Ames Brothers, along with his brothers Joe, Gene and Ed, they notched up 50 US chart entries including "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane", "My Bonnie Lassie", "Tammy", "It Only Hurts for a Little While", "Forever Darling", "Melodie D'Amour", "You, You, You Are the One", "Can Anyone Explain?", "Sentimental Me", and "Hawaiian War Chant". They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 (sadly died in a car accident) b. May 20th 1925.
1981: Samuel Osborne Barber II (70) American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His Adagio for Strings is his most popular composition and widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, for his opera Vanessa and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. His Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work for soprano and orchestra, was an acclaimed setting of prose by James Agee (died of cancer) b.
March 9th 1910
1990: Larkin Allen Collins Jr (37) American guitarist he joined up with Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, along with Bob Burns and Larry Junstrom, so came the birth of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the summer of 1964. Allen and lead singer Ronnie co-wrote many of the biggest Skynyrd hits, including "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps", and "That Smell". The band received national success beginning in 1973 while opening for The Who on their Quadrophenia tour. The Skynyrd plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi killing three band members, including Ronnie. Allen was seriously injured in the crash, suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage to his right arm. While amputation was recommended, his father refused and Allen eventually recovered.
During the early 80s, he continued to perform on stage in The Rossington-Collins Band which enjoyed modest success, releasing two albums "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" and "This Is the Way". In 1980, his wife suddenly died of a hemorrhage, Allen began a downward spiral, using drugs and alcohol to assuage his grief. Missed concerts and conflicts within the band resulted in disbanding in 1982, and the start of the Allen Collins Band, which released one album, "Here, There & Back" in 1983. The six band members were Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell and bassist Leon Wilkeson, along with lead singer Jimmy Dougherty, drummer Derek Hess, and guitarists Barry Lee Harwood and Randall Hall. A 1986 drunk-driving accident killed Allen's girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down, and with limited use of his arms and hands, he never play guitar onstage again. All remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited to perform in 1987, but due to his injuries Allen served as musical director (so sadly died from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis) b. July 19th 1952.
1993: Thomas A. Dorsey (93) American singer known as "the father of black gospel music" and was at one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the new style were sometimes known as "dorseys". Earlier in his life he was a leading blues pianist known as Georgia Tom. He was the music director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago from 1932 until the late 1970s. His best known composition, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and 1937's "Peace in the Valley", which was a hit for Red Foley in 1951 and has been performed by dozens of other artists, including Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
In 2002, the Library of Congress honored his 1973 album Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey, by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry (?) b. July 1st 1899.
Wayne Raney (71) American country music singer, harmonica player; born in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas, after learning to play harmonica at an early age, he moved to Piedras Negras, Mexico at age 13, where he played on radio station XEPN. He met Lonnie Glosson, his longtime musical associate, in 1936, they sold millions of harmonicas through the mail and did much to establish the harmonica as an instrument accessible and popular everywhere. His 1949 single, "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me", was a No.1 country hit and also hit the Top 40 of the pop charts. Raney played the Grand Ole Opry in 1953 and also worked on the California Hayride and the WWVA Jamboree. Late in the 1950s he worked as a DJ, record producer, and label owner, starting Rimrock Records (sadly lost his fight with cancer) b. August 17th 1921.
1997: Richard Berry (61) American singer, composer, songwriter, best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard "Louie Louie". He began singing and playing in local doo-wop groups, recording with several of them including The Penguins, The Cadets and The Chimes, before joining The Flairs, who also recorded as The Debonaires and The Flamingoes in 1953. By the end of 1954, he left the Flairs to form his own group, the Pharaohs, while also continuing to work with other groups as a singer and songwriter. One of these was a Latin and R&B group, Rick Rillera and The Rhythm Rockers. In 1955, he was inspired to write a new calypso-style song, "Louie Louie", based on The Rhythm Rockers version of René Touzet's "El Loco Cha Cha" and also influenced by Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon". In 1986 and again in 1993, he finally received substantial financial benefits for writing the song. In February 1996, he performed for the final time, with The Pharaohs and The Dreamers for a benefit concert in Long Beach, California (heart failure) b. April 11th 1935.
1998: Johnny Funches (62) US soul singer, lead tenor with the Dells. The Dells grew up in Harvey, Illinois and began singing together while attending Thornton Township High School. Forming in 1952 under the name the El-Rays, the group initially consisted of himself Johnny, Marvin Junior, Mickey McGill, Lucius McGill, Verne Allison, and Chuck Barksdale. Two years later, Lucius left in 1954 and they released a doo-wop single, "Darling I Know".
In 1955, the group renamed themselves the Dells and signed with Vee-Jay Records and 1956, they recorded their first hit, "Oh What a Night" co-written by Johnny Funches, who also sang lead on the recording. It peaked at the top five of the R&B singles chart and sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1958, a car accident threatened to derail the group with McGill nearly losing his leg in the accident. The group agreed to split up to bide time as McGill recovered. Johnny left the group permantly. In 2004, Johnny along with the group was inducted to both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (emphysema) b. July 18th 1935.
Sax/Lincoln Thompson (39) Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter with the reggae band the Royal Rasses, and a member of the Rastafari movement. He was born in Jonestown, he was noted for his high falsetto singing voice, very different from his spoken voice. He began his recording career as a harmony singer along with Cedric Myton of The Congos in 1967 in a band called The Tartans who then split up in 1969. In 1971 he was taken on by Coxsone Dodd, and recorded 3 songs with him at Studio One called Daughters of Zion, True Experience and Live up to your name. In 1974 he recorded the Humanity album with Cedric Myton, Clinton Hall and Keith Peterkin, and set up the God Sent label in order to sell it. He had two hit singles with Love the way it should be and Kingston 11. (sadly died of cancer while in London, UK) b. June 18th 1949.
2003: Nell Carter (54) American singer and actress born in Birmingham, Alabama; she appeared alongside Bette Davis in the '74 stage musical Miss Moffat, based on Davis' earlier film The Corn Is Green, then broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin, for which she won a Tony Award in '78. She also won an Emmy for the same role in a televised performance in 1982. Additional Broadway credits included Dude and Annie. She also took a role on TV's The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, before landing the role as housekeeper Nell Harper on the sitcom Gimme a Break!, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations (having survived two brain aneurysms, Nell died from heart disease complicated by diabetes)
b. September 13th 1948.
2005: Johnny Carson (79) American TV host and comedian, known as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years, 1962–1992. He received 6 Emmy Awards including the Governor Award and a 1985 Peabody Award; he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, and received Kennedy Center Honors in 1993.
Although his show was already hugely successful by the end of the 1960s, it was during the 1970s that he became an American icon and the "best guest" in American homes up until his retirement in 1992. He adopted a casual, conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach pioneered by Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Jack Parr. Paul Anka wrote the theme song, "Johnny's Theme", a reworking of his "Toot Sweet", given lyrics, renamed "It's Really Love," and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959. Before taking over the Tonight Show, Johnny wrote lyrics for the song and thus claimed 50 per cent of the song's performance royalties, even though the lyrics were never used. Emmure wrote a song named "Johnny Carson Didn't have to die". The 2005 film The Aristocrats was dedicated to Johnny, as well as The Simpsons episode Mommie Beerest. (Johnny sadly died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, of respiratory failure arising from emphysema) b. October 23rd 1925.
2010: Earl Wild (94) American classical pianist, child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition.
He was the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television, in 1939, as staff pianist for NBC. Earl was also the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet in 1997. In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the first for orchestra and soloist, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. He is renowned for his virtuoso recitals and master classes held around the world, from Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo to Argentina, England and throughout the United States. (sadly died of congestive heart disease) b. November 26th 1915.
2012: Stig Vig/Per Odeltorp (63) Swedish bassist, singer and composer, born in Constance, best known as the frontman and bass player in the trans-continental rock reggae band Dag Vag. He was also part of the musical theater group, Flower Power (?) b. November 19th 1948.
2014: Riziero Ortolani (87) Italian film composer, born in Pesaro; in the early 50s he was the founder of a well known Italian jazz band. He wrote his first score for Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti's pseudo-documentary Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Song. The success of the soundtrack of Mondo Cane led him to score films in England and the United States such as The 7th Dawn-1964, The Yellow Rolls-Royce-1964, The Glory Guys-1965, The Spy with a Cold Nose-1966 and O Cangaceiro -1970. Riz scored all or parts of over 200 films, including German westerns like Apache's Last Battle and a long series of Italian giallos, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy films, Exploitation films and mondo films. Notable films include Il Sorpasso; Io ho paura; Castle of Blood; Anzio; The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom; Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso; Africa Addio; Addio Zio Tom; House on the Edge of the Park; Cannibal Holocaust; Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969; Kill Bill: Vol. 1; Kill Bill: Vol. 2; Drive; and Django Unchained. In 2013 Riz was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy (?) b. March 25th 1926.
2016: Cadalack Ron/Robert Paulson (34) American battle rapper (sadlly died of a heroin overdose) b.1981
2017: Marvell Thomas (75) American keyboardist and son of the great Rufus Thomas. Born in Memphis, his studio career started at the age of 17, and was the first piano player at Stax Records. He played on the label's earliest national hits, including "Burnt Biscuits", "You Don't Miss Your Water", and "Cause I Love You" a duet by Rufus and Carla Thomas and featured a sixteen-year-old Booker T. Jones on saxophone. He also played on some of Wilson Pickett sessions at Stax and at Muscle Shoals, as well as Clarence Carter, Eddie Hinton, and Denise LaSalle. He worked frequently as keyboardist and arranger, appearing on albums by Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Little Milton, The Emotions, Albert King, Mavis Staples, Yvonne Elliman, and Etta James. Marvell
co-produced and played keyboards on the multi-platinum Isaac Hayes album, Hot Buttered Soul. His touring credits include concerts with The Temptations, and acting as music director for Peabo Bryson, Isaac Hayes, his father Rufus Thomas, and his sister Carla Thomas. (sadly died after a brief illness) b. August 22nd 1941.

January 24.
1972: Gene Austin (71)
US singer, songwriter who is considered to have been the first "crooner", best-known for his "My Blue Heaven," one of the most popular records of all time. In 1978, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his 1928 recording of "Bye, Bye, Blackbird", which has long been considered recorded music's definitive rendition of that song, and i
n 2005, he was nominated and admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame (lung cancer) b. June 24th 1900
1960: Edwin Fischer (73)
Swiss pianist and conductor born in Basel, he was one of the great pianists of the 20th century particularly in the traditional Germanic repertoire of such composers as Schubert, Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. He was aslo one of the finest piano teachers of modern times. His last musical collaboration was with the violinist Gioconda de Vito. During their recording sessions for the Brahms violin sonatas Nos.1 and 3, he had to go to London for medical treatment; there, he was told that he was seriously ill (?) b. October 6th 1886.
1963: Otto Harbach/Otto Abels Hauerbach (89)
American lyricist and librettist of about 50 musical comedies. Some of his more famous lyrics are for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Yesterdays", "Indian Love Call," "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," "One Alone," "The Night Was Made For Love," "I Won't Dance" and "She Didn't Say Yes".
He collaborated as lyricist or librettist with Karl Hoschna, Rudolf Friml, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Herbert Stothart, Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin, and Sigmund Romberg. He was a charter member of ASCAP in 1914, serving as its director from 1920 to 1963, vice president from 1936 to 1940, and finally president from 1950 to 1953 (?) b. August 18th 1873.
1970: James Sheppard (35) American singer with Shep & The Limelites; he started out as the lead singer of the musical group, 'The Heartbeats' formed in 1958 known for there hits such as, 'Darling How Long,' 'A Thousand Miles Away, and 'Crazy For You'. After the band's break-up James met up with old friends, Clarence Bassett and Charles Baskerville. The three men decided to start a new group and called themselves, 'Shep & The Limelights'. They recorded the original version of "Daddy's Home" on February 1st 1961. "Daddy's Home" reached no. 2 on the Billboard pop chart in May and was covered by Jermaine Jackson-1972, Toots and the Maytals-1973, and Junior English. Later songs included "What Did Daddy Do", "Ready For Your Love" and "Our Anniversary". James re-formed the Limelites in the late '60s (James was found dead in his car on the Long Island Expressway, having been brutally beaten to death and robbed) b. September 24th 1935
1986: Gordon MacRae (64) American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, 1955's Oklahoma! and Carousel in 1956. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, he made his Broadway debut in the mid-1940s, and appeared in his first film, The Big Punch in 1948. In the 1960's Gordon appeared frequently on television, on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Bell Telephone Hour. In the late 1960s he co-hosted for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. He also toured in summer stock and appeared in nightclubs. In 1967, he replaced Robert Preston in the original Broadway run of the musical I Do! I Do!. (sadly died of cancer of the mouth and jaw) b.
March 12th 1921.
1992: Ken Darby (82) American award winning composer, arranger and conductor; his choral group, The Ken Darby Singers, sang backup for Bing Crosby on the original 1942 Decca Records studio recording of "White Christmas".
He also performed as part of a vocal quartet, "The King's Men", who recorded several songs with Paul Whiteman's orchestra in the mid-'30s, and were the featured vocalists on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio program from 1940 through 1953. They also participated on the soundtracks of several MGM films, including The Wizard Of Oz and occasional Tom and Jerry cartoons. He was a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios, and was choral and vocal director on the 1946 Disney film classic, Song of the South. Ken was also Marilyn Monroe's vocal coach for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in '53 and There's No Business Like Show Business in '54 and was the principal composer of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit "Love Me Tender" (?) b. May 13th 1909
1995: David Cole (37)
US record producer and was one half of dance group C+C Music Factory, also known as Clivillés + Cole, a group he founded with musical partner Robert Clivillés.
David and Robert also produced various hits for other artists such as Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Deborah Cooper, and many others. The duo were also responsible for the formation of pop group Seduction, for whom they wrote and produced a string of Top-10 hits, and resuscitated the career of former Weather Girls vocalist Martha Wash. His death in 1995 inspired the song "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (tragically David died from Spinal Meningitis) b. June 3rd 1962.
Justin Tubb (62) American country singer-songwriter and guitarist; born in San Antonio, Texas, he was the eldest son of the legendary country singer Ernest Tubb. By 1954 he had made it on the country chart with two duets with Goldie Hill, "Looking Back to See" and "Sure Fire Kisses", and a year later, at aged 20, he was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He went on to have hits such as "I Gotta Go Get My Baby" and "Take a Letter Miss Gray", but he was more successful as a songwriter. He penned many hit songs for other performers, including "Keeping Up with the Joneses", "Love Is No Excuse", and "Lonesome 7-7203. Ultimately, six of his songs won awards. During the 1960s, he worked with his father and nearer the end of his own life, he completed an album of duets with his father, 'Just You and Me Daddy', using recordings Ernest had made before his death (?) b. August 20th 1935.
2003: Cyril James Touff (75) American jazz bass trumpeter, born on in Chicago; He started on piano at age 6 and went on to play xylophone and saxophone before settling on trumpet. He was one of the few jazz musicians known as a bass trumpeter. He was also associated with West coast jazz even though he spent most of his life in Chicago.
He served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946 and in the military he played trombone. After the war he switched to bass trumpet and worked with Woody Herman and Sandy Mosse among others. He and Mosse co-led an octet called Pieces of Eight late in the 1950s into the next decade (?) March 4th 1927
2005: June Bronhill OBE/June Mary Gough (75) Australian soprano opera singer. She trained in London and gained early exposure with the Sadler's Wells company in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. She also sang leading roles in Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, Menotti's The Telephone, Flotow's Martha and Hänsel und Gretel among many other roles with the Sadler's Wells. In 1964 June appeared as Elizabeth in the musical Robert and Elizabeth at the London Lyric Theatre, a show she later took to Australia. She also appeared in England in tours of two Ivor Novello musicals, Glamorous Night & The Dancing Years, the latter playing a season at the Saville Theatre in London. She also appeared as the Mother Abbess in the 1981 London revival of The Sound of Music at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. She was perhaps best known for title role of "Hanna Glawari" in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, which she sang with the Sadler's Wells Opera. She was well known in the London West End theatres as well as on the opera stage (June died in her sleep at a Sydney nursing home) b. June 26th 1929.
2009: Leonard Gaskin (88) American jazz bassist born in NYC and in the early 1940s he played on the bebop scene at Minton's and Monroe's. In 1944 he took over Oscar Pettiford's spot in Dizzy Gillespie's band, and followed it with stints in bands led by Cootie Williams, Charlie Parker, Don Byas, Eddie South, Charlie Shavers, and Erroll Garner. In the '50s he played with Eddie Condon's Dixieland band, and played with Ruby Braff, Bud Freeman, Rex Stewart, Cootie Williams, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson, and Miles Davis. In the '60s he became a studio musician, playing on numerous gospel and pop records. In the 70s and 80s he returned to jazz, playing with Sy Oliver, Panama Francis, and The International Art of Jazz. In the 90's Leonard was selected to play for President Bill Clinton's congressional ball at the White House and Later in his shared his knowledge and performed with elementary students with the Good Groove Band at Woodstock Elementary School in Woodstock, NY. (?) b. August 25th 1920.
2009: Corey Daum/Corey James (39) American guitarist and vocalist; he was lead guitarist with the shock rock band Lizzy Borden from 1989 to 1995; he appeared on a couple of albums and in 2 Lizzy Borden video’s ‘We got the power’ and ‘Love is a crime’ as well as performing on the Master of Disguise tour. He moved to Nashville after the touring days ended (died in a car accident, after the car he was a passenger in ploughed across three lanes on the Interstate 40 motorway and smashed into a concrete wall. The driver, confessed to driving under the influence at the scene of the crime and has been charged with vehicular homicide) b. ??
2009: Gérard Blanc (61) French singer and guitarist; he began to sing in the 1970s with the band Martin Circus. Then in the 1980s, he participated in the production of Princess Stephanie of Monaco's first album, and started a solo career. He charted four singles in France, including "Du soleil dans la nuit" and particularly the summer No.2 hit "Une Autre Histoire" in 1987. He went on stage at the Olympia on March 20th 2008
(?) b. December 8th 1947.
2011: Bhimsen Joshi (88) Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. A member of the Kirana Gharana, he is renowned for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music, bhajans and abhangs. He was the most recent recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, awarded in 2008. Over the years, his repertoire tended to favor a relatively small number of complex and serious ragas; however, he remaindd one of the most prolific exponents of Hindustani classical music. Some of Joshi's more popular ragas include Shuddha Kalyan, Miyan Ki Todi, Puriya Dhanashri, Multani, Bhimpalas, Darbari, and Ramkali. He was considered a purist and has not dabbled in experimental forms of music, except for a well-known series of Jugalbandi recordings with the Carnatic signer M. Balamuralikrishna (died due to complicaions with gastrointestinal bleeding and bilateral pneumonia) b. February 4th 1922.
2011: Audun Tylden (62) Norwegian music executive and record producer, born in Voss and grew up in Trondheim. He was employed as a recording head of PolyGram in 1970 , and later became Chief of the Norwegian branch of the same selsap. In 1981 he founded the Norwegian label Hit Factory, together with Jan Paulsen, Tom Hovde and John Selvær. which was sold to Polygram, then to Universal Music in 1990. He continued in company until 1992 , then together with Tom Hovde,
in 1992 he started the label Tylden & Co.. where he was general manager until he died in 2011.
Audun worked closely with Norwegian artists Øystein Sunde, Lille Bjørn Nilsen, Olav Stedje, Bob Marley, Vazelina Bilophøggers, Marius Muller, DDE, Ketil Bjørnstad, Lava, Odd Børretzen, Lars Martin Myhre and many more. He was awarded the Bjellesau price from Fono in 2004 "for 30 years on the barricades for Norwegian music and Norwegian artists" and an industry award at the Grammy Award for 2008 . In February 2009 he was awarded the King's Medal of Merit in Gold, also for his great contribution to music with Norwegian subtitles (sadly died of heart failure) b. October 29th 1948
2011: Francisco Mata (78) Venezuelan folk singer and composer born in Juan Griego and learned to play the cuatro and guitar at a very young age . He made his
professional debut in 1945, appearing at the Beneficient society of Juan Griego. In 1960, he joined the Guaiquerí group, with which he traveled to Caracas to record his first album, Cantos Margariteños. While he was with the group, they created the well-known sub-genre Motivo Guaiquerí. His extraordinary musical talent has served to compose in genres like: eastern gaitas, fulías, polos, malagueñas, sabanablancas, puntos, jotas, galerones, zumbaquezumba, lololós, gaitones and estribillos, among others, as well as joropos, waltzes, merengues, boleros and pasodobles (?) b. July 24th 1932.
2011: Barrie Lee Hall Jr (61) American jazz trumpeter, music director and band leader of the Duke Ellington Small Band, and was highly regarded for his use of the plunger mute to affect the tone of his trumpet. Born in Mansfield, Louisiana, studied piano and trumpet and won soloist awards in big-band competitions. He joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra June 8th 1973. When "The Duke" died the following year, Barrie continued to play with the band under the direction of Duke's son, Mercer Ellington. When Mercer Ellington died in 1996, he conducted the Duke Ellington Orchestra for one year after and remained the replacement director when Paul Ellington was unable to perform. During his time with Mercer, Barrie was given Cootie Williams' last trumpet by Williams himself before he died, and was known as the inheritor of Cootie's style of playing (?) b. June 30th 1949.
2012: Patricia Neway (92) American operatic soprano and musical theatre actress born in Brooklyn; she had an active international career during the mid-1940s through the 1970s. One of the few performers of her day to enjoy equal success on both the opera and musical theatre stages, she was a regular performer on both Broadway and at the New York City Opera during the 1950s and 1960s. She is particularly remembered for creating roles in the world premieres of several contemporary American operas, most notably Magda Sorel in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul. On Broadway she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the Mother Abbess in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (?) b.
September 30th 1919.
2016: Jimmy Bain (68) Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter born in Newtonmore, Highland; he played in several local bands as a young teen before joining the band Harlot in 1974 and hitting the London music scene. Jimmy was asked to join Rainbow after Ritchie Blackmore had watched him performing at The Marquee in London. He recorded the studio album Rising with them and play on their following world tour. While on the tour, he played on Rainbow's first live album, On Stage; but in January 1977, Jimmy was sacked from the band. He then toured Europe with John Cale. In the summer of 1978, he formed the band Wild Horses, releasing two albums 'Wild Horses' in 1980 and 'Stand Your Ground' in 1981. Jimmy then worked with the former Family main-man Roger Chapman, Roy Harper, Gary Moore, Kate Bush and co-wrote and performed with his close friend Phil Lynott >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. December 19th 1947.
2017: Gil Ray (60) American rock drummer, guitarist, and vocalist, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. By the mid-1970s, Ray had played in several local Charlotte bands and in 1979, he recorded a 12" single with a band called The Happy Eggs, followed by their 1981 four-song EP Wake Up, which was reissued on vinyl by DBK Works in July 2014. Ray moved to San Francisco in 1982, where he played in several bands including goth rockers Fade To Black, before joining Game Theory. As drummer and backing vocalist for Game Theory, Gil recorded three studio albums. In 1998, he teamed again with Scott Miller, joining as a member of The Loud Family. Gil played on the Loud Family's last two studio albums, Days for Days in 1998 and Attractive Nuisance in 2000. In late 2012, he joined Rain Parade as drummer for a series of reunion performances. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. September 17th 1956.
2017: Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks (69) American drummer born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He played in various groups before forming the rock and roll band, 31st of February, while at Florida State University in the mid-1960s. He joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. The group became one of the most popular bands of the era on the strength of their live performances and several successful albums.
Though the band broke up and reformed various times, Butch remained a constant in their 45-year career, until they disbanded in 2014. In 2015, he performed at two festivals with a band billed as Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends. This band evolved into a band called Les Brers which was led by Butch and also featured other former Allman Brothers Band members including his longtime drumming partner Jaimoe. He also performed with a band called Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band. (tragically died of a gunshot to the head from an apparent suicide) b. May 11th 1947.
2017: Björn Åke Thelin (74) Swedish bassist and singer born in Stöde. In 1956, together with Bo Starander he formed a duo called The Rebels, but in 1957 they added Bo Winberg and changed their name to "Rock-Teddy and the Blue Caps". In 1958 they brought drummer Ove Johansson on board and changed their name again to "The Frazers", and began playing regularly in local clubs. They signed a recording contract in 1961, and changed their name to for the last time to "The Spotnicks". They, like the Shadows, are counted as one of the most famous instrumental bands during the 1960s. They were famous for wearing "space suit" costumes on stage, and for their innovative electronic guitar sound. Their 1962 single "Orange Blossom Special", became their first big international hit, making the Top 30 in the UK Singles Chart and reaching No.1 in Australia. In 1963, "Amapola" became their most successful singles in their home country, staying at No.1 in Sweden for eight weeks. Other hits included "Rocket Man", "Hava Nagila", "Spotnick Theme", "Poppy" and "Karelia" among others. They went on to release 42 albums, selling more than 18 million records. In 2013, they announced that they would be undertaking a final tour, finishing in May 2014. In 2001 Björn published the book "The VA then, those" which reflected on his life and in 2005 he also played with Sweden Rock Prince and The Sixties on tour at various festivals, including Royal Square at the Gothenburg Festival. (?) b. June 27th 1942.

January 25.
1970: Jane Bathori/Jeanne-Marie Berthier (92)
French mezzo-soprano; in the early 1900s she began studying with Pierre-Emile Engel, whom she married in 1908. In 1917, she became the director of the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. After the war she sang at La Scala and in other major centres across Europe. During the time of Les Six in the early 1920s she played a large role in the propagation of the new music of this period especially by some of the members of the famous Les Six. On January 31, 1920 she gave the first performance of Louis Durey's Printemps au fond de la mer. She would give the first performances of many works by other contemporary French composers.
In the 1930s she sang in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the German occupation of France during World War II she would make Buenos Aires her home. After her return to France she taught and coached a number of young singers, working closely with Irène Joachim (?) b. June 14th 1877.
1976: Chris Kenner (46)
American singer, s
ongwriter, born in Kenner, upriver from New Orleans. He sang gospel music with his church choir, and moved to New Orleans in his teens. He made his first recordings in '55 without success; then in 1957 recorded his "Sick and Tired", before his self-penned "I Like it Like That" and "Life Is Just a Struggle," both were notable songs from this period. He spent much of the latter part of his life with an extreme drink problem spending much of his time passed out in flophouses or curled up on a bench at the downtown bus station and in 1968 he was convicted of statutory rape of a minor and he spent three years in Louisiana's Angola prison. (died from a heart attack) b. December 25th 1907.
1986: Albert Grossman (59)
American manager born in Chicago, most famous as the manager of Bob Dylan between 1962 and '70. In 1961, he put together Mary Travers, Noel Stookey, and Peter Yarrow as the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, who quickly achieved success when their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary. His client list also included Odetta, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Lee Hooker, Ian and Sylvia, Phil Ochs, Gordon Lightfoot, Richie Havens, The Pozo Seco Singers, Todd Rundgren, The Band, the Electric Flag, Jesse Winchester, and Janis Joplin (sadly died of a heart attack while flying on Concorde to London) b. May 21st 1926.
1983: Lamar Williams (36)
American bassist born Gulfport, Mississippi, most known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band and Sea Level. by the 1960s he was playing bass in a soul music band known as Sounds of Soul with Jai Johanny Johanson. In 1970 after serving in the Vietnam War he played with the Fungus Blues Band, before joining the Allman Brothers Band in late 1972.
He played in the band at the peak of their commercial success. After the Allmans dissolved in 1976, Williams founded Sea Level with Jaimoe and Chuck Leavell of the Allmans. In Sea Level he played in a looser, more jazz-like fashion. Williams left Sea Level in 1980, shortly before that band broke up (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. January 14th 1949.
1996: Jonathan Larson (35) American composer and playwright noted for the serious social issues of addiction, multiculturalism, and homophobia explored in his work. Typical examples of his use of these themes are found in his works, Rent and tick, tick... BOOM!. He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the rock opera Rent
(sadly Jonathan died of an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by Marfan syndrome) b. February 4th 1960.
1999: Robert Shaw (82) American conductor in Red Bluff, California. In 1941, he founded the Collegiate Chorale, a group notable in its day for its racial integration. He is most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He received 14 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, the Alice M. Ditson Conductor's Award for Service to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra League for "distinguished service to music and the arts, the American National Medal of Arts, France's Officier des Arts et des Lettres, England's Gramophone Award, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors
(He died in New Haven, Connecticut following a stroke) b. April 30th 1916.
2005: Ray Peterson (69) American singer; as a youngster he overcame polio and his 4.5-octave singing voice made him a Golden Voice of Rock and Roll. In 1959 he recorded "The Wonder of You" which made it into the Billboard Top 30, a song later recorded by Elvis Presley with whom he became close friends.
In 1960, he created his own label with his manager Stan Shulman, Dunes Records, he scored a Top 10 hit with "Tell Laura I Love Her", followed by "Corrina, Corrina" and "I Could Have Loved You So Well". His last charting hit was "Missing You". By the mid 1960s he had become something of a phenomenon on the west coast of the United States, appearing live in numerous rock concerts with Paul McCartney lookalike, Keith Allison. In and from the 70's he became a Baptist Church minister and occasionally played the oldies music circuit. (sadly die of cancer) b. April 23rd 1935.
2008: Evelyn Barbirolli/Evelyn Rothwell (97) English oboist born in Wallingford-on-Thames, and studied the oboe there with Léon Goossens the Royal College of Music, where she also learned the piano as a second instrument, and played the cello and the timpani. She rose to fame at a time when there were very few women in orchestras except for harpists. She started her professional career by deputising for Léon Goossens in the Drury Lane Orchestra and was soon appointed second oboe with the Royal Opera House touring company, which was conducted by John Barbirolli. Barbirolli was married, although the marriage was not to last. Barbirolli was then made conductor of the Scottish Orchestra, now the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He appointed Evelyn as first oboe in the orchestra. He arranged several works for oboe and orchestra for her, including a concerto by Handel. Several composers dedicated works to her, including Arnold Cooke, Stephen Dodgson, Arthur Benjamin, Edmund Rubbra and Elizabeth Maconchy
(?) b. January 24th 1911.
2010: Orlando Cole (101) American classical cellist and educator. Born in Philadelphia, he entered the first class of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924 as a pupil and graduated in 1934. Along with Jascha Brodsky, Charles Jaffe, and Max Aronoff, he was a founding member of what was then known as the Swastika Quartet, in 1927. They soon changed the bands name to the Curtis Quartet with permission of the school's founder, Mary Louise Curtis. The Curtis Quartet was a pioneer in its time, and acclaimed as the premier string quartet in America during the prewar years and the first American quartet to tour Europe, including a command performance before Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V of the United Kingdom. They disbanded in 1981. Orlando taught at the Curtis Institute of Music for seventy-five years, first as Salmond's assistant while still a student and then succeeding his own teacher, he retired from the Curtis Institute in 2008. He also held master-classes all over the world and helped to found the Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio, along with David Cerone (?) b. August 16th 1908.
2010: Jane Jarvis (94) American jazz pianist and organist, born in Vincennes, Indiana, was recognized as a piano prodigy at the age of five. Her family moved to Gary, and Jane was hired to play the piano at radio station WJKS in Gary in 1927. By 1954, Jarvis was on television at station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, hosting a show called "Jivin' with Jarvis" while serving as staff pianist and organist. The Milwaukee Braves had just relocated from Boston and invited her to be the organist at Milwaukee County Stadium. She stayed with them for 8 seasons before heading to New York. In 1964 - 1979, she was hired by the New York Mets to play the organ at Shea Stadium. She is remembered at Shea for playing the Mets's theme song, "Meet the Mets", as the team took the field before every game, as well as for her renditions of the Mexican Hat Dance during the seventh-inning stretch. Jane also had a day job with the Muzak Corporation,
Muzak was synonymous with soothing background sounds piped into elevators when Ms. Jarvis was hired for a clerical job there in 1963. She worked her way up to vice president in charge of programming and recording; when she began supervising sessions, she hired Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry and other jazz musicians. The result was canned music considerably more swinging than the Muzak norm, much of which the musicians, including Jane, composed themselves. She became a fixture at New York nightclubs, frequently playing alongside bassist Milt Hinton and became a founding member of the Statesmen of Jazz, a group of jazz musicians age 65 and older (Jane spent the final years at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, New Jersey) b. October 31st 1915.
2012: Paavo Berglund (82) Finnish conductor born in Helsinki, and studied the violin as a child, and by 18 was playing in restaurants. He joined the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in '49, unique among the others, he was left-handed. His conducting career also began in '49, founding his own chamber orchestra. In 1953, Berglund co-founded the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra. He became music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in '75 and held the post for 4 seasons. In the UK, he led Sibelius centenary concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1965, and became their principal conductor in 1972-79. Berglund led the Bournemouth Orchestra with distinction between '72-79.
He made his New York debut in '78 with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, in a concert of Shostakovich and Sibelius. From the 90s he become a regular guest conductor in the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra (?) b. April 14th 1929.
2012: Mark Reale (56) American heavy metal guitarist born in Brooklyn, New York and best known for being the only constant original member in the metal band Riot. Mark formed in
Riot 1975 along with drummer Peter Bitelli. The band has recorded 15 albums, debuting with Rock City in 1977. He was principal songwriter for the band and they have toured with Sammy Hagar, AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, Kiss, Vandenberg and Black Sabbath among others. After Riot's temporary breakup following the "Born In America" in 1983, Mark formed the short-lived outfit named Narita, the band recorded a sole demo before disbanding. Mark re-activate Riot which led to a new record deal with CBS Records and the Thundersteel album in 1988. As well as Riot, in 1998, Mark co-founded the group Westworld with vocalist Tony Harnell of TNT fame. Westworld released three studio albums and one live disc between 1999 and 2002. Mark's final album with Riot was "Immortal Soul" in October 2011 (Mark sadly died of complications related to Crohn's disease) b. June 7th 1955.
2012: Dick Kniss (74) American bassist, born in Portland, Oregon; he was an original member of Denver's 1970s band
playing with the band for almost eight years and appeared on such hits as "Back Home Again", "Annie's Song," "I'm Sorry" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and Dick co-wrote the hits "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "The Season Suite". Dick performed for 45 years with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary affectionally known on stage as the fourth member of the band. Over his long career Dick also played with many jazz greats including Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Pepper Adams, Zoot Sims, Don Friedman, Teddy Charles, Sal Salvador and Woody Herman (sadly Dick died with pulmonary disease) b. April 24th 1937.
2013: Aase Nordmo Løvberg (89) Norwegian opera soprano born in Målselv, Troms, and made her professional début in Oslo in 1948. In the period 1952 to 1970 she lived in Stockholm, interrupted by a stay at the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She
was a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and head of the Norwegian Opera. She also was a Commander of the Order of St. Olav, and won a Gammleng prize in the veteran class in 2000. She lived her last years in Lillehammer, Oppland
(?) b. June 10th 1923.
2014: Arthur Doyle (69) American jazz saxophonist, flutist, zanzithophonist and vocalist born in Birmingham AL. While studying Music Education at Tennessee State University, he built a circle of contacts in the Nashville music scene, playing with Louis Smith and Walter Miller. Following stints in Detroit, playing in
Charles Moore's big band and back home in Alabama with R&B outfit Johnny Jones & the King Casuals, Arthur left for New York at the age of 23. He performed in a style he called "free jazz soul", he combined the liberated freedom flights of the avant-garde with the gritty, gut-wrenching emotion of gospel and R&B. As a leader he debuted with the album "Alabama Feeling" in 1978, which was followed by a further more 24 albums (?) b. June 26th 1944
Demis Roussos/Artemios Ventouris Roussos (68) Greek singer and performer born in Alexandria, Egypt, into a musical Greek family; his father George was a classical guitarist and his mother Olga was a singer. As a child, he studied music and joined the Greek Byzantine Church choir, but sadly his parents lost their possessions during the Suez Crisis and decided to move to Greece. As a teenager he sang in several local groups, including The Idols, where he met Vangelis. In 1967 he joined rock band Aphrodite's Child with his friends Vangelis and Loukas Sideras, initially as a singer, but later he also played bass guitar, achieving commercial success in France (where Demis lived part of his life) and other parts of Europe. His operatic vocal style helped propel the band to international success, notably on their final album 666, based on religious texts from the Apocalypse of St John, which became a progressive rock cult classic. >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. June 15th 1946.
2016: Leif Solberg (101) Norwegian composer and organist, born in Lena. After studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music he spent his professional career as the organist in Lillehammer from 1938 to 1982. He was also a music tutor and choral conductor. However he is better known as a classical composer. (?) b. November 18th 1914.
2016: Denise Duval (94) French soprano; born in Paris, her father was a military man, and she was raised in Indochina, Senegal and China before the family settled in Bordeaux. She made her debut as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana in Bordeaux in 1941 and was a member of the companies of the Paris Opéra and Opéra-Comique from 1947 to 1965, when she retired. She was noted for her portrayals of Debussy's Mélisande and Massenet's Thaïs and noted for her performances of works by Roussel and Ravel. She was also noted for her performances of works by Roussel and Ravel. (?)b. October 23rd 1921.

2017: Don Grilley (88) American stage actor and singer; a resident of Fort Lauderdale he was a veteran of many Broadway shows and replaced Larry Kert as Tony in the original company of West Side Story. Other musicals he appeared in include "Finian's Rainbow", "My Fair Lady", and "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" among others. (sadly died fighting colon cancer) b. 1929.
2017: Ronnie Davis aka Romey Pickett (66) Jamaican reggae singer; born in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland Parish, he started his singing career by entering local talent contests in the early 1960s, after which he formed a group called The Westmorlites. His big break came in 1969 when he was asked to join The Tennors and recorded a string of singles with the group during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He always yearned for a solo career, and had first solo chart-topping tune, "Won't You Come Home", in 1975. He enjoyed several hits during the mid-1970s, such as "Jah Jah Jehovah", "Forget Me Now", "On and On", "Babylon Falling", "Fancy Make Up", and one of his best-known solo tracks, "It's Raining". He also cut a few singles under the pseudonym Romey Pickett. In the 80s Ronnie enjoyed major success as a member of The Itals, recording and touring the globe. Their 1987 release Rasta Philosophy was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Reggae Album. He left The Itals in 1995, to again pursue a solo career, forming the vocal group, Ronnie Davis & Idren, featuring harmony singers Roy Smith (an old schoolfriend), Robert Doctor and fellow former-Ital Lloyd Ricketts. He toured with The Pocket Band of Washington, DC in 2007 and 2008, after which he again hooked up with The Itals. Then 2012, after a near 35-year hiatus, he re-united with The Tennors. He released his last solo album "Iyahcoustic" in 2016 (?) b. 1950.

January 26.
1947: Grace Moore (48)
American operatic soprano and actress in musical theatre and film, nicknamed the "Tennessee Nightingale." Grace's first Broadway appearance was in 1920 in the musical Hitchy-Koo, by Jerome Kern. In 1922 and 1923 she appeared in the 2nd and 3rd of Irving Berlin's series of four Music Box Revues. In her operatic career, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on February 7th 1928, as Mimì in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, debuted at the Opera-Comique in Paris on September 29th 1928 in the same role, which she also performed in a royal command performance at Covent Garden in London on June 6th 1935. During her sixteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang in several Italian and French operas as well as the title roles in Tosca, Manon, and Louise. Her first screen role was as Jenny Lind in the 1930 film A Lady's Morals, produced for MGM by Irving Thalberg and directed by Sidney Franklin. (tragically died in a plane crash near the Copenhagen, Denmark airport) b. December 5th
1973: Jay C. Higginbotham (66)
American jazz musician; considered to be the most vital of the swing trombone players. His strong, raucous sound on the trombone and wild outbreaks on stage were characteristic.
In the 1930s and 1940s he played with some of the premier swing bands, including Luis Russell's, Benny Carter's, Red Allen's, Louis Armstrong, and Fletcher Henderson's. From 1947 on he chiefly led his own groups. He recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader. He led several bands in the Fifties in Boston and Cleveland, appeared regularly at the Metropole in New York between 1956-59, and led his own Dixieland band there in the Sixties (?) b. 1906
1982: John "Jack" Owens (69) American singer-songwriter and gifted pianist,
born in Tulsa. From his starts in vaudeville, he became the star of the longest running network radio show, Don McNeil's Breakfast Club. He was known as "The Cruising Crooner" because of his unique showmanship of cruising through mostly female audiences attending the live Breakfast Club broadcasts, and crooning love ballads to the blushing, giggling women, often singing directly to them, one at a time, sitting on their laps, and nuzzling close to them.
Some of his music even appeared in such movies as San Antonio Rose in 1941 and From Here to Eternity in 1953. Jack retired from show business in 1957 and worked in real estate in Phoenix. Although he co-wrote "Back In Aloha Land" in 1963, and "I'm The Only One That Wants Me" in 1965 (?) b. October 17th 1912
1985: Liaqat Ali Salaam/Kenny "Klook" Clarke (71) US jazz drummer and composer born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. While still a teenager in Pittsburgh, he played in the bands of Leroy Bradley and Roy Eldridge. He toured around the Midwest for several years with the Jeter-Pillars band, which also featured bassist Jimmy Blanton and guitarist Charlie Christian and by 1935, he was more frequently in New York. As the house drummer at Minton's Playhouse in the early 1940s, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet. After 1968 Kenny played and recorded with the french composer and clarinettist Jean-Christian Michel for 10 years. In 1988 he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. (?) b. January 9th 1914.
1989: Donnie Elbert (53) American soul singer born in New Orleans; in 1955 he co-founded a doo-wop group called the Vibraharps serving as guitarist, arranger and songwriter, while largely relegating himself to background vocals. After releasing their debut single in 1957 "Walk Beside Me," he left the Vibraharps to pursue his solo career and relocated to the UK in 1966. His reputation was secured by his hit "A Little Piece Of Leather", a compulsive performance highlighting his irresistible falsetto voice. The song became a standard at UK soul clubs (sadly died from a stroke) b. May 25th 1936.
1996: Henry Jay Lewis (63) African-American double-bassist and orchestral conductor. Originally from LA, he attended The University of Southern California, and at 16 he joined the LA Philharmonic for 6 years, becoming the first black instrumentalist in a major symphony orchestra. While in the US army he played double-bass with and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony. Back in the USA, he was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1968 he became the conductor and musical director of the New Jersey Symphony, transforming it into a nationally recognized orchestra. After retiring from the New Jersey Symphony in 1976, he toured as a guest conductor in all of the major opera houses. Then from 1989 to 1991, he was principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony (sadly Henry died from a heart attack)
b. October 16th 1932.

1996: Stevie Plunder/Anthony Hayes (32) A
ustralian guitarist, singer and songwriter born in Volda in 1945, and grew up in Fredrikstad; he played in bands from his late teens including The Shouties, Hippy Dribble, The Plunderers before forming the Australian piano-based rock band The Whitlams. In 1993, The Whitlams released their debut album, "Introducing The Whitlams". With a follow up album "Undeniably The Whitlams" in 1994. Their single "I Make Hamburgers" was made the Triple J Hottest 100 chart (found dead at the bottom of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, apparent suicide) b. 1963
1998: S.P. Leary (67) Texan drummer; best known for backing such music greats as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, T. Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, and Howlin' Wolf. He began his musical career by touring with Walker and Fulson during the 1940s. His many credits include Howlin Wolf's albums, "I'm Leaving You", and "I've Been Abused", and Muddy Waters' hit recordings "The Same Thing" and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had". Other collaborators include Blind John Davis in the 1980s and pianist Erwin Helfer during the 1990s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 1995, and honored with the Key to the City of Dallas. (died from complications of a stroke and cancer) b. June 6th 1930.
2010: Dag Frøland (64) Norwegian comedian, revue artist and singer, best known for his countless impersonations and successful variety shows in Oslo during the 70s and 80s. In 1967 he recorded Du skal få en dag i mårå, an Alf Prøysen classic, and in the following years continued to produce hit singles. In the early 70s he became the director of theatre Chat Noir in Oslo, and became a known face to the audiences, with his countless, impersonations of Norwegian celebrities and comic musical numbers. In '79, he began a 10 year run of annual revues on Chat Noir, drawing full houses on every show (died in his home on the famed Bygdøy allé in Oslo) b. September 16th 1945.
2011: Charlie Louvin (83) American country singer born in Henagar, Alabama; he is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers. He began singing professionally with his brother Ira as a teenager on local radio programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Louvin Brothers released numerous singles, such as "Little Reasons," with over 20 recordings reaching the country music charts. Their rich harmonies served as an influence to later artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and The Byrds. By the 1960s Charlie and Ira's popularity had waned and the brothers split up in 1963 and Charlie continued to perform solo. Sadly in 1965, Ira was killed in a car accident. Charlie had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955 and in 2001, the Louvin Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (sadly died after his battle with pancreatic cancer) b. July 7th 1927
2012: Clare Fischer (83) American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader born in Durand, Michigan. In grade school he started his general music study with violin and piano as his first instruments. At aged 7 he began to pick out four-part harmony on the piano. After graduating from Michigan State University, he became the pianist and arranger for the vocal group The Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s. He went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd, and became known for his Latin and bossa nova recordings in the 1960s. He composed the jazz standard, "Pensativa". Clare was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, winning two for his albums, Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante Present 2+2 in 1981 and Free Fall in 1986, where he merged Latin and vocal music. He also became an in-demand arranger for pop albums, working with Prince, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Robert Palmer, and many others. (Clare sadly died from complications of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, following a minor surgery a few days before) b. October 22nd 1928.
2013: Gour Khyapa (65) Indian Baul singer famous for his songs related to Radha Krishna. He also taught philosophy at Vassar and Brown universities (tragically died as a result of a road accident
) b.1947
2015: Neil Levang (83) American guitar, violin and banjo player, born in Adams, Nth Dakota, but his family settled in Riverside, C.A. when he was 13. At 15 he played in local bands and in 1948, he appeared with Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage. In 1951 he joined the US Coast Guard which took him to Seattle, where he played with Texas Jim Lewis and his Lonestar Cowboys. In 1959, Neil was hired as a temporary guitar and banjo player on The Lawrence Welk Show, pleased with his ability he was hired on a permanent basis. He stayed with the band until its final show in 1982. That same year, at the Country Music Association Awards he was nominated for best artist on a speciality instrument, the mandolin. Neil was also an accomplished studio musician, playing on several records for artists such as Glen Campbell, Frank Zappa, Bobby Darin, Bobbi Gentry, David Clayton Thomas, Neal Hefti, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond and Noel Boggs. He also performed as a studio musician on many television shows including Little House on the Prairie, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Brady Bunch, The Monkees, Highway to Heaven, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and a host of Hanna-Barbera cartoons
(?) b. January 3rd 1932.
2016: Margaret Pardee (95) American violinist and teacher born in Valdosta, Georgia, and studied at the Juilliard School. After a brief solo career, she started teaching in the 1940s. She taught at Juilliard for over 60 years and also taught at the Meadowmount School of Music summer programs.Throughout her career, she collected violins and violas. In her mid-eighties, she donated a set of 30 violins and violas to the Juilliard School, including a 1771 Guadagnini violin, a 1845 Gagliano violin, and a 1810 J.B. Ceruti half-size violin. (?) b. May 10th 1920.
2016: Black/Colin Vearncombe (53) British singer-songwriter born in Liverpool; his first release was the single "Human Features" in 1981, he had his first top 10 hit with "Sweetest Smile" in June 1987 when he was 25 years old. His second hit song a rerelease of "Wonderful Life", made the top 10 in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy. (On Sunday Jan 10th 2016, he was involved in a serious car accident near Cork Airport in Ireland and placed in a medically-induced coma after sustaining serious head injuries, but tragically died from his injuries at the intensive care unit of Cork University Hospital) b. May 26th 1962.

January 27.
1901: Giuseppe Verdi (87)
Italian composer in vocal, opera, chamber, choral genres; one of the most influential composers of Italian opera in the 19th century. It was suggested that effective opera after Rossini was not possible. Verdi, however, took the form to new heights of drama and musical expression. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, and "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata. (He died 6 days after suffering a stroke) b. October 10th 1813.
1972: Mahalia Jackson (60)
African-American gospel singer, nicknamed “Halie," she grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Best known for her contralto voice range, she was widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre, and was the very first "Queen of Gospel Music". With her powerful, distinct voice, she became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world. She recorded about 30 albums, and her 45 rpm records included a dozengold million-sellers. She has been honored with 6 grammys, for her recordings "How I Got Over", "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah", "Make A Joyful Noise Unto The Lord" "Great Songs Of Love And Faith" "Everytime I Feel the Spirit" and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (Heart failure and diabetes) b. October 16th or 26th 1911.
1986: Nikhil Banerjee (55) Indian sitarist, composer, teacher; a child prodigy, winning an all-Bengal sitar competition at the age of nine and soon was playing for All India Radio. He became one of India's most prominent sitar players of the second half of the 20th Century. His concert career took him to all corners of the world and lasted right up to his death. He spent three months each summer teaching, performing, and lecturing/demonstrating at U. C. Berkeley (?)October 14th 1931.
1992: Clara Solovera (82) Chilean folk singer and composer, born in Santiago; she began composing in 1948, her first hit that year was the tune "Chile Lindo" nothing marred the historical popularity of this tune, which was in Ester Sore.
Over two hundred of his works are registered in the Chilean Society of copyright. (she died in Santiago, but his ashes are buried in the sea) b. May 15th 1909
Gerald Marks (96) American songwriter who has been recorded over 2000 times over the years. He is well known for the song "All of Me" which he co-wrote with Seymour Simons. He also wrote the songs "That's What I Want for Christmas" for the film Stowaway starring Shirley Temple, and "Is It True What They Say About Dixie" recorded by Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. In the late 1930s and early 1940s Marks and several of his fellow hitmakers formed a sensational review called "Songwriters On Parade", performing all across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew's and Keith circuits (?) b. October 13th 1900.
Friedrich Gulda (69) Austrian pianist who performed in both classical and jazz.
Born in Vienna he began learning to play the piano from Felix Pazofsky at the Wiener Volkskonservatorium, aged 7. He won first prize at the International Competition in Geneva in 1946. Friedrich began going on concert tours throughout the world. Together with Jörg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda, he formed what became known as the "Viennese troika". Although famous for his Beethoven interpretations, he also performed the music of Mozart, J. S. Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and Ravel. From the 1950s on he cultivated an interest in jazz, performing with many Viennese musicians like Alexander Jenner, writing several songs and instrumental pieces himself and combining jazz and classical music in his concerts at times. In 1982, he teamed up with jazz pianist Chick Corea, they communicate in lengthy improvisations mixing jazz such as "Some Day My Prince Will Come" and the lesser known Miles Davis song "Put Your Foot Out" and classical music of Brahms' "Wiegenlied"/"Cradle (died from heart failure on the birthday of his beloved Mozart) b. May 16th 1930.
2001: Stavros Damianides (59) Greece bouzouki soloist; at 8 he made his first bouzouki out of an old tin can and secretly taught himself how to play. When his hidden talent was revealed, he was very popular amongst his friends and neighbours. He was employed to play bouzouki at their baptisms, weddings and other feasts and festivals. When older, he would travel to other towns and villages in his community. After touring Greece, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, the Middle East, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, Stavros migrated to Australia in the late 1960s where he eventually played in live venues in Sydney, Darwin, Tasmania, Melbourne, Adelaide, and finally Perth where he settled. (sadly he
died suddenly of a massive heart-attack) b. September 17th 1941.
2006: Gene McFadden (57) American singer, songwriter, and record producer. As teenages, he and John Whitehead founded the soul group the Epsilons, and were discovered by Otis Redding, whom acted as their manager until his untimely death in 1967. Their songwriting ability soon gained attention when their song "Back Stabbers," recorded by The O'Jays, became a No. 3 pop hit, they became key members of the Philadelphia International record label, writing many songs for Philadelphia International artists and had hits such as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)", The Intruders' "I’ll Always Love My Mama," and their own, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" in 1979. They were instrumental in defining the sound of Philadelphia soul. (sadly died after a brave battle with liver and lung cancer) b. July 2nd 1948.
2009: Mino Reitano (64) Popular Italian singer born in in Fiumara, near Reggio Calabria, whose career spans over 40 years with 24 Italian hit singles under his belt, including 'Era il tempo delle more', 'Una Ferita in fondo al cuore Ciao vita mia', 'Stasera non si ride e non si balla', 'Dolce angelo', and 'Italia', He sang at many top music festivals and shared the stage with the likes of Graham Nash and The Hollies. He has made many appearances on TV and appeared in 5 films including "Tara Pokì" and "Lady Football" (sadly died after long illness. In 2007 he had been diagnosed with cancer of the intestine) b. December 7th 1944.
2010: Shirley Caddell (78) American country, rockabilly singer and ex-wife of Willie Nelson born in Chillicothe, Missouri; she reached No.10 on the Billboard country charts in 1962 with Willie on the duet, "Willingly," written by Hank Cochran. The single marked Willie Nelson's first appearance on the Billboard country chart as a recording artist. They were married from 1963 to 1971. Shirley's first charting single, "Dime a Dozen" by Harlan Howard, reached No. 25 in 1961. A few months later, a duet version of "Why, Baby, Why" with Warren Smith reached No. 23. In the late 1950s, she was a cast member of the Ozark Jubilee. In 2009, she published a book, Scrapbooks in My Mind: Featuring Shirley and Willie Nelson and Many Others (?) b. March 16th 1931.
2011: Eddie Martin/Martinš Freimanis (33) Latvian singer-songwriter, actor, and member of the group F.L.Y. created by
Martinš, Lauris Reiniks and Yana Kay, in late 2002 with the purpose to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2003. Their song ''Hello From Mars'' was written by Martinš and Lauris and recorded soon afterwards. They came 23rd and they stayed together until 2005. Martinš had also been leader of the pop rock band Tumsa since 1994, which has three albums to its credit.
He wrote songs for other popular bands, a book of poems, and acted in the Liepaja Theatre and on television series. (sadly died of influenza) b. February 7th 1977.
2011: Tony DiPardo (98) American bandleader, music director, and trumpeter a swing-era veteran who became a successful conductor of hotel and society bands in Kansas beginning in the 1940s. He later formed a booking agency through which he hired musicians, many of them skilled jazz players, for a wide variety of engagements and fielded many bands simultaneously under the DiPardo name (sadly taken by a brain aneurysm) b.
2013: Pham Duy Can (91) Vietnamese
prolific songwriter born in Hanoi; he taught himself music and started his musical career as a singer in the Duc Huy musical troupe, performing around the country in '43-44, before attending college, after which he studied in France in 1954-55 under Robert Lopez and as an unregistered student at the Institut de Musicologie in Paris.
He then joined a musical cadre for the Viet Minh during their resistance against the French. He left the Viet Minh after 6 years for French-controlled Hanoi and moved south to Saigon. He went on, along with Van Cao and Trinh Công Son, to become one of the three most outstanding and influential figures of modern Vietnamese music, known as tân nhac. His musical career spanned more than seventy years and he wrote over one thousand songs which he divided into different periods: Folk, Heart, Spiritual, Profane, and Children's Songs. (Pham had been from suffering heart and liver disease) b. October 5th 1921.
2013: Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (69) American singer and guitarist born in born in Hamilton; he joined the The Ohio Untouchables when they regrouped in 1964, which with Leroy's rip-it-up guitar work and taste for something funky went on to become The Ohio Players, with Leroy as their front man, lead singer and guitarist. Their first big hit single "Funky Worm", reached No.1 on the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1973. Other hits include "Who'd She Coo?" and their double No.1 hit songs "Love Rollercoaster"
and "Fire" in January 1976 (sadly Leroy died fighting
cancer) b. March 14th 1943.
2014: Pete Seeger (94)
American folk singer and activist, born in Midtown Manhattan. He was well known for his liberal politics, he protested U.S. wars from Vietnam to Iraq, participated in the civil rights movement, supported organized labor and helped found an environmental group that played a key role in cleaning up the polluted Hudson River. In '61, he was sentenced to prison for refusing to testify to Congress about his time in the Communist Party, then nearly a half-century later, he performed at a January 2009 concert marking the inauguration of President Barack Obama. >>> READ MORE <<< (Pete died from natural causes) b. May 3rd 1917.
2015: Margot Moir (55) Scottish-born Australian singer and member of the Australian pop group The Moir Sisters. The group consisted of three sisters: Jean, born 1957; Margot born in 1959 and and her youger sister Lesley who was born in 1962. All 3 were born in Scotland, but the family moved to Melbourne, Australia, in the early 1960s. They launched their act in 1970 and in 1974 won a talent quest called New Faces on Melbourne's GTV-9. As "Moir Sisters", they released an album in 1975, Lost Somewhere beyond Harmony, and went tour with The Osmonds. At this time their career was limited because Lesley was only 13, which meant that all their live performances had to be approved by the Child Welfare Department of the Victorian Government. In the late 70s they signed to Elton John's record label The Rocket Record Company. With their name changed to "The Moirs", they went to Los Angeles to record their 2nd album, State of Shock, released in 1978.
In the early 1980s, The Moir Sisters signed to WEA in Australia and issued 2 singles, So Excited b/w You Won't Get Me in 1982 and Running Scared b/w See You Coming in 1983. The sisters continued to perform, but Margot also issued a solo single, Scarlet Skies b/w Tightrope in 1989, and album, Strong And Mighty in 1996 (?) b. 1959.
2017: Benny Collins (68) American production and tour manager born in Oakland. He started his career in the music industry in the early ’70s as a roadie for Graham Central Station before going on to work with Bill Graham. In 1979, he was hired to be Journey’s drum tech and made his way up the ranks to their stage manager and production manager. He went on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the Rolling Stones, U2, Wham, David Bowie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and so many others. In 2014, Benny received a Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award (sadly died from pneumonia) b. 1948.
2017: Henry-Louis de La Grange (92) French musicologist, born in Paris. He studied the humanities in Paris and New York and literature at Aix-en-Provence University and at the Sorbonne. From 1946 to 1947 he studied at the Yale University School of Music and from 1948 until 1953, privately in Paris. He began working as a music critic in 1952, writing articles for the New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times, and the magazines Opera News, Saturday Review, Musical America, and Opus in the United States, and Arts, Disques, La Revue Musicale, and Harmonie in France. He directed the Festival "Les Nuits d'Alziprato" in Corsica for five years 1974–1979, and in the Summer of 1986 the Mahler Festival in Toblach, Dobbiaco, Italy. He discovered the music of Gustav Mahler in 1945 and spent many years researching the composer, meeting the composer's widow Alma Mahler, collecting material and producing a multi-volume definitive Mahler biography (?) b. May 26th 1924.

January 28 ..
1968: Aleksander Maaker aka Torupilli-Sass (77)
Estonian player of the traditional torupill, the Estonian bagpipe, born in Muda, Hiiumaa island (?) b. October 20th 1890.
1974: Ed Allen (76)
American jazz trumpeter and cornetist; by 1910 he was playing in nighclubs and on riverboats which ran between New Orleans and St. Louis on the Mississippi River. In 1924 he moved Chicago and played with Earl Hines, also in a revue called Ed Daily's Black and White Show. He recorded extensively with Clarence Williams in the group later known as the LeRoy Tibbs Orchestra., also recorded in several bands of King Oliver's. He
played in various dance bands through the 1930s and 1940s, then played with Benton Heath in New York City from the middle of the 1940s up until 1963. His last appearance on record was in England with Chris Barber in the 1950s. After 1963 his failing health resulted in retirement from music () b. December 15th 1897.
1980: Jimmy "Craw" Crawford (70)
American jazz drummer, born in Memphis, he was the drummer of the Jimmie Lunceford big band for nearly 14 years from 1928-42. According to Modern Drummer, he "played with a strong, solid pulsation, a classic trademark of the Lunceford sound, and was a key factor in establishing the unique Lunceford beat". Later, in the 50s, he worked as a pit drummer on Broadway and and went on to record with numerous notable artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sy Oliver, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Frank Sinatra
(?) b. January 14th 1910
1983: Billy Fury/Ronald Wycherley (43)
One of Britain's finest pop singers from the late '50s to the early '60s, he remained an active songwriter until the '80s. He released his first hit "Maybe Tomorrow", in 1959. By March 1960, he hit the UK No.9 spot with his self penned "Colette", followed by "That's Love" and debut album The Sound Of Fury, which featured a young Joe Brown on lead guitar, with backup vocals by The Four Jays. He went on to have 29 chart hits including Wondrous Place; A Thousand Stars; Don't Worry; Halfway to Paradise; Jealousy; In Summer; Like I've Never Been Gone; When Will You Say I Love You; I'd Never Find Another You; Last Night Was Made for Love and Once Upon a Dream. He also appeared in the films I've Gotta Horse and That'll Be The Day. Billy had suffered with rheumatic fever, his health was slowly deteriorating and in '76 he underwent heart surgery and again later. In 1980 he was declared bankrupt, this forced him out of retirement, against medical advice he went back to work. His last public appearance was at the Sunnyside, Northampton, in Dec 1982. He recorded a live performance for the television show Unforgettable featuring six of his old hits. He adly died the following month (sadly Billy died from heart failure) b. April 17th 1940.
1990: Puma Jones/Sandra Jones (36) American singer; born in Columbia, Sth Carolina, and graduated from Columbia University with a Masters Degree, before becoming a social worker in New York City. She studied dance with the Chuck Davis troupe where she took particular interest in African dance and decided to "discover her roots" and headed for Jamaica. She sang with Miriam Makeba, Ras Michael, and the Sons of Negus, before becoming a member of IBlack Uhuru for the recording of their 1979 album, Showcase. She went on to sing on seven studio albums, which represents the groups most critically acclaimed period, culminating in Anthem earning the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985. (sadly died while fighting breast cancer) b. October 5th 1953.
1999: Valery Gavrilin (59) Russian composer born in Vologdam, but brought up in an orphanage from aged 10. In 1964 he graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory with two specialities: composition and musicology. Shortly after he published the vocal cycle that would make his name, the Russian Notebook. After having composed "The Russian Music Book" he entered into music of the 1960s in the period of the so-called "neo-folklore wave" which was a kind of parallel to the art of such Russian "country-writers" in the genre prose as Vasili Belov, Viktor Astafiyev and Vasily Shukshin. He continued at the Conservatory as a teacher. In television and film he often collaborated with director Aleksandr Arkadevich Belinskiy. The 70th Anniversary of Gavrilin's birth was marked by a Gavrilin Festival in October 2009, which included concerts in his memory in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Vologda, and Cherepovec, and which included a performance by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev (sadly died following two severe heart attacks) b. August 17th 1939.
2000: Thomas "Beans" Bowles (73) American sax player with Motown, band leader and freelance. He played on many top hits and originated the idea of the Motortown Revue, which took Motown's young talent on the road, spurring record sales and jump-starting careers. As well as playing with Marvin Gaye,Temptations, Martha Reeves, Four Tops, Mary Wells and other Motowners, he has also played with the likes of Bill Doggett, Johnny Ray, LaVern Baker and others (sadly died from prostate cancer) b. 1926.
2002: Andy Kulberg (57) American bassist and also known for his electric flute virtuosity, born in Buffalo, New York. In 1965, he became a founding member of the "Blues Project", a popular New York City folk rock band, along with Al Kooper, Danny Kalb, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld. In 1969 became a founding member of "Seatrain" which he formed with Roy Blumenfeld after the breakup of Blues Project. Peter Rowan and Richard Greene were among the renowned members of Seatrain. For nearly twenty years, Kulberg worked in Fairfax, California as a musician and composer, collaborating with Chris Michie. Andy was posthumously inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on October 18th 2007 (sadly
he died of lymphoma) b. April 30th 1944.
2003: Keven "Dino" Conner (28) American singer with the R&B/hip hop musical group H-Town. He formed the group in 1992 with his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner, and their long-time friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. They had 9 R&B chart hits including their No. 1 "Knockin' Da Boots" off there 1993 album Fever for Da Flavor, which also made No.3 in the album chart (a sport utility vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the car he was a passenger in, which had just picked him up from the recording studio) b. November 18th 1974.
2003: Stan Martin/Stanley Martin Feuerman (64) American radio host, DJ; guests on his radio shows were the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett. He was also a M.C. for cabaret shows. His last radio position was as manager for New York's WQEW-AM (stroke) b. December 26th 1938.
2004: Mel Pritchard (56) British drummer with the progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest. Mel and friend Les Holroyd were together at Derker Secondary Modern school where they joined a school band, then went on to form Heart and Soul and The Wickeds. The band gained a good reputation playing semi-professional gigs. They were both founding members of Barclay James Harvest in 1966 and stayed with the band throughout it's history, resulting in 23 studio and live albums between 1970-1997. Following the band's split, Mel worked with bassist Les in his band "Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd" (sadly taken by a heart attack) b. January 20th 1948.
2005: Jim Capaldi (60)
English drummer; formed his first band at the age of fourteen and was soon recording with the Hellions. His next band was Deep Feeling which he shared with fellow 'Traffic' founder Dave Mason & 'Family' founding member Poli Palmer. The idea of Traffic was born while jamming late into the night with other bands in Birmingham after gigs. He was a member of Traffic in their 2 incarnations, from 1967 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1974. He and Steve Winwood wrote the lyrics of most of Traffic's best-known songs. Jim recorded his debut solo album, 'Oh How We Danced', during a gap in the band's career in 1972, and scored a U.S. singles chart entry with "Eve." He turned solo full-time when Traffic split in '74 and earned world respect in his own right with hits such as "Love Hurts", and "Its Alright". He drummed with several famous singers and musicians in his career, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Alvin Lee, and Mylon LeFevre. In March 2004 he was inducted with Traffic into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just five months before being diagnosed with terminal cancer. His last solo album was released in 2001 'Living On The Outside' (stomach cancer) b. August 2nd 1944.
2007: Karel Svoboda (68) Czechoslovakian composer of popular music, born in Prague. He became a member of the rock band "Mefisto" in 1963 where he played piano. Later, he composed music for the Laterna Magica theatre in Prague and many Czech singers. In '69 he wrote Lady Carneval for Karel Gott, a major Czech pop star and ended up writing a total of 80 songs for her. He went on to composed TV scores for the German channel ZDF for over 30 years and scores for almost 90 films and TV series. He also wrote scores for musicals including "Noc na Karlštejne", "Dracula", "Monte Christo", and "Golem"
(Karel was found dead from gunshot wounds in the garden of his villa, it is believed that he committed suicide) b. December 19th 1938.
2009: Billy Powell (56) American longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. After majoring in Music Theory, he worked as a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd, until '72 when he became a full member as keyboardust. He suffered severe facial lacerations, almost completely losing his nose in the fatal plane crash of Oct 20th 1977. During the time between the plane crash and the Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion in 1987, he joined a Christian rock band named Vision, where his keyboard playing was spotlighted in their concerts. He played the Lynyrd Skynyrd 1987 tribute tour, and remained with the band until his death. Gary Rossington is now the only member from the classic lineup who continues to record and perform with the reunited band today (heart attack) b. June 3rd 1952.
2010: Alistair Hulett (57) Scottish-born Australian folk singer-songwriter, accoustic guitarist and revolutionary socialist; born in Glasgow, he and his family moved to New Zealand in 1968 where he established a reputation on the folk circuit. In 1971, at the age of 18, he moved over to Australia. For two years he sang his way around Australia's festivals and clubs before "going bush" for several years, where he began to write his own songs. After a two year hippy stint in India, he returned to Australia in 1979 and joined the punk band The Furious Chrome Dolls. By the early 80's Alistair was again performing folk material around Sydney and was a founding member of 5 piece punk folk outfit called Roarinng Jack. Their debut album, "Street Celtabillity", in 1986 reached No.1 on the local Indie charts. The band headlined major Australian rock venues as well as opening for overseas acts including Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Men Thry Couldn't Hang. Their second album "The Cat Among The Pigeons" in 1988 was nominated for an Australian Music Industry Association (ARIA) award and was released in Europe. After the release of their third album, "Through The Smoke of Innocence", the band decided to call it a day despite another ARIA nomination. Alistair started out on his solo career releasing four albums and also collaborated with With Dave Swarbrick on 3 albums. His last album was "Suited and Booted" with The Malkies in 2008. Since the 90's he has lived in his native Glasgow, while regularly touring elsewhere in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. He's played in various musical ensembles including most recently his band the Malkies (liver failure causes by aggressive metastatic cancer) b. 1951.

2011: Dame Margaret Price (69) Welsh soprano, born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire. Considered one of the world's leading sopranos, she made her operatic debut in 1962, singing Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the Welsh National Opera. That same year, she joined the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, where she sang minor roles. Her breakthrough came when Teresa Berganza cancelled a performance, and Margaret got the chance to take over as her understudy - again in the role of Cherubino, a performance that made her famous overnight. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1985 as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. She did not enjoy travelling, she always kept a "home" stage, where she stayed and performed for the majority of each year, first Covent Garden, then Cologne, and since 1971 the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she lived until retirement in 1999. Margaret was honoured with the title Bayerische
Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera; Vienna State Opera and Munich Opera and in 1993 was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music (Margaret passed away from heart failure) b. April 13th 1941.
2013: Ferdi Özbegen (71) Turkish singer, keyboardist and actor, born in Izmir. He released 26 albums between 1977 and 2009. He also appeared in 3 films, Cry out to God-1980, Feminine-1984, and Read a Fall (Emotion)-1986 (sadly Ferdi died of respiratory failure) b. August 17th 1941.
2014: John Cacavas (73) American composer and conductor born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, he was best known for his television and film scores, such as Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, The Bionic Woman, Mrs. Columbo, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, the Airport series: Airport 1975 and Airport '77, Horror Express and Hellinger's Law. More recently, he wrote the theme song "March Popakov Remix" for the 2005 video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. (?) b. August 13th 1930.
2014: Dwight Gustafson (83) American composer and conductor born in Seattle, Washington; in 1960, he was selected as one of ten young conductors to study at the Aspen School of Music. He quickly proved himself a competent administrator who brought to his position a working knowledge of art, music and drama. He also regularly conducted campus choirs and the Bob Jones Symphony Orchestra, especially in its annual opera productions. In 1954, at the age of 24, shortly before graduating from BJU with an M.A. in music, he was asked by the then-president, Bob Jones, Jr., to become dean of the School of Fine Arts. As a composer he was best known for his sacred choral compositions and arrangements, although his more than 160 works included five film scores, a string quartet, Encounters-a violin concerto and numerous extended compositions for chorus and orchestra, including Three Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra in 1989 and Words of Passion and Resurrection in 2002. "Fantasia for a Celebration" was commissioned by the Williamsburg Symphonia as part of the city's 300-year celebration in 1999. In December 2006, Dwight premiered a one-act opera, Simeon, about the blessing given by Simeon the Righteous to the Christ child : Luke 2: 25-35. (?) b. April 20th 1930
2015: Lee Baby Simms/Gilmore LaMar Simms (72) American radio disc jockey, one of Connecticut's most colourful and controversial DJs. He also worked on radio in Charleston, Orlando, Hartford, Cleveland, San Diego (twice), San Antonio (three times), Detroit, Los Angeles (four times), Miami, Santa Rosa, Honolulu, Phoenix, and San Francisco (twice) in fact in a grand total of 27 stations (tragically Lee shot himself, dead) b. 1942
2016: Paul Kantner (74) American guitarist, vocalist born in San Francisco, California.co-founder and driving force of the legendary psychedelic rock band, Jefferson Airplane, born in San Francisco, California, and as a teenager he went into total revolt against all forms of authority, and he decided to become a protest folk singer in the manner of his musical hero, Pete Seeger. During the summer of 1965, singer Marty Balin saw Paul perform at the Drinking Gourd, a folk club, and invited him to co-found a new band, Jefferson Airplane and he wrote many of the Airplane's early songs, including the chart hits "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil", "Watch Her Ride", and "Crown of Creation", and, with Balin, co-wrote "Today" and "Volunteers". The "classic" line-up of Jefferson Airplane remained stable from 1967 to 1972, and consisted of Paul, Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick. The band advocated sex, psychedelic drugs, >>> Read More <<< (sadly Paul died of multiple organ failure and septic shock, after suffering a heart attack a few days before) b. March 17th 1941.
2017: Alexander Tikhanovich (64) Belarusian singer and former member of Verasy, formed in 1971 it went on to be one of the major pop music groups in Belarus. He was later named both Honored Artist and People's Artist in Belarus. From 2006-09, Alexander headed the national TV music project Eurofest Belarusian selection round for the international Eurovision Song Contest and later in life despite his long illness, he never left the stage and continued recording songs. (sadly died following a long illness) b. 13 July 1952
2017: Bobby Freeman (76)
American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and record producer born in Alameda County and raised in San Francisco, CA. He started singing in a doo-wop group, the Romancers, in his early teens, their recordings included "House Cat" soon after Bobby started a new group, the Vocaleers. At just 17 years old in 1958 he wrote and recorded "Do You Want to Dance" which quickly rose to No.5 on the pop chart and No. 2 on the R&B chart. He appeared on American Bandstand and toured with such musicians as Fats Domino, the Coasters, and Jackie Wilson. Several of his follow-ups on Laurie, including "Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes" and "Need Your Love", a ballad, also made the pop charts. He continued to release singles through to the mid-1970s (?) b. June 13th 1940.
2017: Guitar Gable/Gabriel Perrodin (79)
American blues, swamp blues and swamp pop singer and self taught guitarist; born in Bellevue, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and in his mid-teens he formed a group called the Swing Masters. But he was best known for recording the original version of "This Should Go On Forever", and his part in the vibrant swamp blues and pop scene in Louisiana in the 1950s and early 1960s. He served in the armed forces and later continued with his own band, maintaining a following in local clubs until 1968. In the 1970s, he performed regularly with Lil' Bob and the Lollipops, before he initially retired from performing in the 1980s, but was tempted back to the performing by C.C. Adcock
in the 1990s.
(?) b. August 17th 1937.
2017: Geoff Nicholls (68)
English keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and longtime member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, until 2004. Born in Birmingham, he played in several local bands as a teenager, the first band he ever joined in the early 60s was Colin Storm & the Whirlwinds. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, he played lead guitar for the Birmingham band Johnny Neal and the Starliners, before joining a new wave of British heavy metal band, known as Bandylegs, which soon changed their name to Quartz, whose members also included Mick Hopkins and Malcolm Cope. Their 1977 self titled debut album was produced by Iommi. He first worked with Black Sabbath in 1979, originally as a second guitarist when the band doubted whether they would even continue under that name. He then switched to bass when Geezer Butler left briefly, after which he became the band's keyboardist upon Butler's return and the decision was made to keep the Sabbath name. Nicholls' first appearance on a Black Sabbath album was on Heaven and Hell in 1980, >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. February 28th 1948.

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1962: Fritz Kreisler (86)
Austrian violin virtuoso and composer. One of the most famous violin masters of his or any other day, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although he derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich lifestyle of pre-war Vienna. He made his recording debut with Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, with Efrem Zimbalist on second violin and a string quartet on January 4th 1915. His work has been reasonably well represented on both LP and CD reissues. He moved to the United States before the Nazi invasion and lived his remaining years in America, where he gave his final public concert in 1947. He continued to perform on broadcasts until 1950 (?) b. February 2nd 1875
1966: Pierre Mercure (38)
Canadian composer, TV producer, bassoonist, multi-musician and administrator. Born in Montreal,
Pierre was hired by Wilfrid Pelletier as a bassoonist for the Montréal Symphony Orchestra in 1946. He played there for about four years, while also studying composition at the Conservatory with Claude Champagne. He began his compositional career in the world of ballet, composing four ballets in a short period in 1948 and 1950, he went on to compose many chamber, orchestral and electronic music as well. He sought to make the Canadian new music community catch up with the developments of western classical music in Europe and the United States, taking many trips to France in order to absorb its contemporary music scene. (died tragically in a car accident near Avallon, France) b. February 21st 1927
1980: Jimmy Durante (86)
American actor, singer and pianist; by the mid-1920s, he had become a vaudeville star and radio personality in a trio, with his best friends, called Clayton, Jackson and Durante and they often reunited in subsequent years. Jackson and Jimmy appeared in the Cole Porter musical The New Yorkers, which opened on Broadway December 1930. Earlier that year, the team appeared in the movie Roadhouse Nights, ostensibly based on Dashiell Hammett's novel Red Harvest.
In 1934, Jimmy had a major record hit with his own novelty song, "Inka Dinka Doo", it became his theme song for the rest of his life. A year later, he starred on Broadway in the Billy Rose stage musical Jumbo. He also appeared on Broadway in Show Girl in 1929, Strike Me Pink in 1934 and Red, Hot and Blue in 1936. As well as his musical career, Jimmy had a huge career in films and TV (he retired in 1972 after suffering a stroke that left him confined to a wheelchair. He sadly died of pneumonia) b. February 10th 1893.
1992: Willie Dixon (76)
American blues bassist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. His songs, including "Little Red Rooster", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Bring It on Home", written during the peak of Chess Records, 1950-1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter, influenced a worldwide generation of musicians. He also was an important link between the blues and rock and roll, working with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley in the late 1950s, and his songs were covered by some of the biggest bands of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bob Dylan, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead. (sadly died of heart failure) b. July 1st 1915.
2004: Soko Richardson (64) American influential rhythm and blues drummer, born in New Iberia, Louisiana. His career spanned almost fifty years, during which he performed and recorded with seminal groups including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. He is perhaps best known for his innovative arrangement of the Ike and Tina version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Proud Mary
(died from complications of diabetes) b. December 8th 1939.
2005: Eric Griffiths (65) Welsh guitarist; he, John Lennon, Pete Shotton and Rod Davis, were all at Quarry Bank High School together and shared an interest in American music; Eric and John attended some guitar lessons but found it too slow to learn and dropped the lessons when Lennon's mother taught them to play easier banjo chords. Lennon formed The Quarry Men with Eric, Shotton and Davis. Paul McCartney joined The Quarry Men as lead guitarist but the band decided that neither McCartney nor Eric were suitable as lead guitarist. When George Harrison joined the band they suggested that Eric buy an electric bass and an amplifier but he could not afford this and he was not invited to McCartney's house for the next rehearsal and when Eric phoned them during the practice session, John told him he was sacked. Eric went on to join the Merchant Navy, after with he spent over 30 years in the Prison Service. In January 1997, he returned to Liverpool to meet some of his former band members at the Cavern Club's 40th anniversary. All the surviving original Quarry Men were there and that evening they gave an impromptu performance with borrowed instruments on the stage. When the band were persuaded to reform for a charity gig in Woolton in July 1997, Eric had to buy a guitar and re-learn a few chords.(sadly Eric cancer of the pancreas) b. October 31st 1940.
2008: Margaret Truman (83) American singer and author; born in Independence, Missouri, she was the only child of Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman. After operatic vocal training, her singing career began with a debut radio recital in March 1947. She also performed on the NBC Radio program The Big Show. There she met writer Goodman Ace, who gave her advice and pointers; Ace became a lifelong friend, advising her even after The Big Show. She became part of the team of NBC Radio's Weekday show that premiered in 1955, shortly after its Monitor program made its debut. Paired with Mike Wallace, she presented news and interviews aimed at a female audience. She also wrote a full biography of her father, a personal biography of her mother and histories of the White House and its inhabitants (including first ladies and pets) as well as a series of murder mysteries set in and around Washington, D.C.. These were published under her allegedly ghostwriter names, first by William Harrington and then allegedly by Donald Bain. (?)
b. February 17th 1924.
2009: John Martyn/Iain David McGeachy OBE (60) British singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi musician. He began his professional musical career when he was 17, playing a blend of blues and folk that resulted in a unique style that made him a key figure in the London folk scene during the mid-1960s, releasing his first album, ''London Conversation'', in 1968. By 1970 he had developed a wholly original and idiosyncratic sound: acoustic guitar run through a fuzzbox, phase-shifter, and Echoplex. This sound was first apparent on Stormbringer! in 1970. Over a forty-year career he rerecorded twenty studio albums, and released 14 further albums and worked with artists such as Eric Clapton, John Paul Jones,David Gilmour, Phil Collins
, He had battled with drugs and alcohol throughout his life and was forced to have his right leg amputated below the knee after a cyst burst in 2003, and in his latter years he performed from a wheelchair. On Feb 4th 2008, he received the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and he was appointed OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours. (More recently he had divided his time between Glasgow and Kilkenny, Ireland and died in an Irish hospital when sadly his ongoing health problems finally overcame him) b. September 11th 1948.
2009: Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr (74) American R&B, hard bop, jazz-funk, soul jazz alto saxophonist, arranger and songwriter; he was leading his own rock 'n' roll quartet, "Little Hank and the Rhythm Kings"when he met Ray Charles. Ray Charles hired him originally as a baritone saxophonist. Hank switched to alto in 1959 and remained with Charles' band, recording 4 albums and becoming its musical director. .He left Ray Charles in 1963 to form his own septet recording 23 albums under his own name. He also has done musical arrangement for Etta James, Lou Rawls, and others and has recorded as a sideman with BB King and Eric Clapton (sadly Hank died with complications from a stroke) b. December 21st 1934.
2011: Bruce Robert Jackson (61) Australian audio engineer, born in Sydney, who co-founded JANDS, an Australian audio, lighting and staging company. With Clair Brothers, a concert sound company, he designed audio electronics including a custom mixing console. Beginning in 1978, he toured as Bruce Springsteen's band engineer for a decade, using Clair Brothers sound systems. He subsequently founded the digital audio company Apogee Electronics in Santa Monica, California, and while still a partner at Apogee, he began touring with Barbra Streisand, mixing concert sound and serving as sound designer from 1993 to 2007 and along with two other audio engineers he received an Emmy Award for sound design and sound mixing on Streisand's TV special Barbra: The Concert. Bruce worked on sound design for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and served as audio director for the opening and closing ceremonies. He performed the same role in Doha, Qatar, at the 2006 Asian Games and in Vancouver, Canada, at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition to Presley, Springsteen and Streisand, Bruce mixed concert sound for the likes of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Barry White, Jefferson Airplane, Ozzy Osbourne, Carly Simon, Three Dog Night, The Jackson 5, Cat Stevens, Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Procol Harum and Lou Reed (tragically died when he crashed his Mooney not long after taking off from Furnace Creek Airport) b. June 3rd 1949.
2011: Milton Byron Babbitt (94) American composer, particularly noted for his serial and electronic music, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but raised in Jackson, he studied violin, clarinet and saxophone as a child. He went to New York University, where he studied music where he became interested in the music of the composers of the Second Viennese School, and went on to write a number of articles on twelve tone music including the first description of combinatoriality and a serial "time-point" technique. In '58, he achieved unsought notoriety through an article in the magazine High Fidelity. His title for the article, "The Composer as Specialist", was changed, without his knowledge or consent, to "Who Cares if You Listen?" More than 30 years later, he commented that, because of that "offensively vulgar title", he was "still ... far more likely to be known as the author of 'Who Cares if You Listen?' than as the composer of music to which you may or may not care to listen" Milton later became interested in electronic music. He was hired by RCA as consultant composer to work with their RCA Mark II Synthesizer at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center/Columbia University Computer Music Center, and in 1961 produced his Composition for Synthesizer. In 1982, the Pulitzer Prize board awarded a "special citation to Milton Babbitt for his life's work as a distinguished and seminal American composer". Since 1985 he has served as the Chairman of the BMI Student Composer Awards, the international competition for young classical composers. In 1986, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship; 1988, he received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for music composition; and in 2000, he was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international, professional music fraternity (?
) b. May 10th 1916.
2012: Kell Osborne (72)
American singer born in Birmingham, Alabama; in 1955 he and his friends Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, and Willy Waller started a singing group known as The Cavaliers. They later moved to Detroit, and changed their name to The Primes. In 1960 Kell left the group and moved to Los Angeles, to start a solo career. He signed with Lester Sill and Lee Hazlewood's Trey label, and Phil Spector became his producer. He recorded the songs "Bells Of St Mary's", and "That's Alright Baby". Then with Class Records, he recorded "Chickadee", "Do You Mind", "Would You Laugh", and "Eye Of The Fire". In 1995 he left the music business and took a job driving buses in order to keep a stable income until 2005 when he released a new album (?) b. March 12th 1939.
2012: Camilla Williams (92)
American operatic soprano; she began performing on the coast-to-coast RCA radio network, and in 1946 became the first African-American to receive a regular contract with a major US opera company, making her debut with the New York City Opera, singing the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. She sang throughout the USA and Europe with various other opera companies and in 1951 sang Bess in the landmark first complete recording of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. In April '54 she became the first African-American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera when she performed her signature part of Cio-Cio-San. In 1963, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the White House before 250,000 people in Washington DC preceding Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream". Camilla also toured in fourteen African countries, Formosa, South Korea, China, Japan, Laos, South Vietnam, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia. In addition, she was a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Camilla was the first African American Professor of Voice appointed to the voice faculty of what is now known as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 1977 and in 1984 was the first African American instructor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. In 1995 she was an inaugural recipient of the National Opera Association's "Lift Every Voice" Legacy Award, honoring the contributions of African Americans to the field of opera and in '96 was honored as Outstanding African American Singer/Pioneer by Harvard University. In 1997 Camilla became a Professor Emerita of Voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (sadly Camilla died of complications from cancer) b. October 18th 1919.
2013: Kenneth Hodges (76) American vocalist and bassist born in Jacksonville, Florida. He performed in the late 1950s and early '60s with the Folksters; the group later became the Bitter End Singers. By the late 1960s, Ken had joined Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane and others as the folk-rock band Spanky and Our Gang. That band recorded hit songs from 1967 to 1969. Among its hits were “Sunday Will Never Be the Same,” “Making Every Minute Count,” “Lazy Day,” “Sunday Mornin'” and “Like to Get to Know You”. Ken retired from the music business in 2005 (sadly died of viral pneumonia) b. August 3rd 1936.
Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris (65) American composer, cornetist and conductor, born in Long Beach, California. He served in the US forces in the Vietnam Wa
r, after which, he began his musical career. He came to attention with saxophonist David Murray's groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His brother, double bassist Wilber Morris, sometimes performed and recorded with him during this period. Butch then led a group called Orchestra SLANG, which featured drummer Kenny Wollesen, alto saxophonist Jonathon Haffner, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and others. He performed and presented regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, held annually in New York City. He also played with well-known artist and would be drummer A.R. Penck in 1990 (sadly Butch died while fighting lung cancer) b. February 10th 1947

2014: Johnny Allen (96) American pianist and music arranger, born in Uchee, Ala., but grew up in Chicago. Already an accomplished pianist and self-taught arranger he moved in Detroit in 1936, where he first worked at the upscale Club Congo in the 40s. As the musical director, he wrote snappy arrangements of current pop and jazz tunes. As a pianist, his foremost influence was Earl Hines. He went on to write arrangements for the Motown and Stax labels, and his associations ranged from Billie Holiday to the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Dramatics, Luther Ingram and the Staple Singers >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Johnny died from pneumonia) b.
September 20th 1917.
2015: Maurizio Arcieri (72) Italian singer; at 17 he was the lead singer of the 60s beat band The New Dada. They won the first edition of the "Beat Bands Festival" in Rieti. After releasing some singles and an album, I'll Go Crazy, the band took part in TV programmes, Studio Uno and Andiamoci Piano, and participated to the '66 edition of the "Cantagiro" Festival with "Non dirne più" and won several contests at the Bandiera Gialla Beat Club in Rimini. In '76, Maurizio and his wife Christina Moser formed the duo under the name "Chrisma." That year, they moved to London where they recorded "U" and "Amore". In 1980 they changed their name from ""Chrisma"" to Krisma and moved to New York in 1986 where they directed three videos for MTV, and soon after they began to work for France 2. In Italy they often appeared on the program "Be Bop a Lula" hosted by Red Ronnie for Italia Uno. The single "Nothing To Do With the Dog", retitled "Fido" in international markets and "Iceberg" were released during this time. On July 22nd 1998 the couple launched Krisma TV, which was broadcast through the Skyplex satellite service and later Eutelstat to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
(?) b. April 30th 1942.
2015: Israel Yinon (59) Israeli conductor born in Kfar Saba; he was a guest conductor with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. He specialized in reviving works of forgotten German composers who were forbidden under Adolf Hitler (Israel
died after collapsing onstage at a youth concert at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland) b. January 11th 1956.
2015: Danny McCulloch (69) English bassist born in Shepherd's Bush, West London; he started out with local band The Avro Boys, who became Tony Craven & The Casuals in the late 1950s. In 1960, the band linked up with new singer Frankie Reid and Danny remained with the group until October 1962. During his time with The Casuals, one of the band's drummers was Mitch Mitchell. Danny next joined Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages, before joining The Plebs. During 1966, he worked briefly with The Carl Douglas Set. In late 1966, after the breakup of the original incarnation of The Animals, he joined the "New Animals". They released a series of albums and hit singles, including "San Franciscan Nights", "Monterey" and "Sky Pilot". He and Vic Briggs were fired from the band and they started a duo career. In 1969 they released the album Wings of a Man. In 1971 Danny was the bassist on Reg King's solo LP. But in the 1980s he worked as a psychiatric nurse in the psychiatric hospital Rauceby in Sleaford Lincolnshire. Then in 1993 he put together a new Animals group, which rerecorded the old hits and a few others. In 1995 he recorded a second solo album, Beowulf. In the 2000s he was touring with a new Animals formation, called Animals and Friends. (sadly Danny died from heart failure) b. July 18th 1945.
2015: Rod McKuen (81) American poet, singer-songwriter born in Oakland, C.A; he ran away from home at the age of 11 and drifted along the West Coast, supporting himself as a ranch hand, surveyor, railroad worker,
rodeo cowboy, lumberjack, stuntman and radio disk jockey. He went on to become one of the best-selling poets in the USA during the late 60s and throughout his career, he produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks and classical music. His songs include "Jean", "Seasons in the Sun", "The Loner", and "I Think of You". He earned two Academy Award nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his music compositions. In the early 1960s, he moved to France, where he first met the Belgian singer-songwriter and chanson singer Jacques Brel. He was instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. Rod wrote over 1,500 songs which have accounted for over 100 million records sales worldwide, according to the Associated Press. His songs have been performed by such diverse artists as Glenn Yarbrough, Barbra Streisand, Perry Como, Petula Clark, Waylon Jennings, The Boston Pops, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Pete Fountain, Andy Williams, Al Hirt, the Kingston Trio, Percy Faith, the London Philharmonic, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Greta Keller, and Frank Sinatra. (sadly Rod died from pneumonia) b. April 29th 1933.
2017: Elkin Ramírez (54) Colombian rock singer and songwriter; born in Medellín, Antioquia, he was a self-taught musician training himself and his vocal technique. Early in his career he was a member of the band Kripzy from 1981 to 1982 and Ferrotrack in 1983 and 1984. The in 1985, he founded the rock/metal band Kraken. He was the lead singer as well as writing and composin of most of the band's songs. They released their first of 11 studio and live albums, 'Kraken I', in 1987. In December 2013, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary and filmed the show for an upcoming DVD. Elkin led the band until his death. In 2008, he also debuted as an actor playing a hit man in the Colombian feature film "Cain's Ethic"/"La Etica de Cain" directed by Edward Ruiz. (sadly Elkin died bravely fighting brain cancer) b. October 26th 1962

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1963: Francis Poulenc (64) French composer born in Paris and was a member of the French group Les Six. He composed music in genres including art song, solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music. Critic Claude Rostand, in a July 1950 Paris-Presse article, described Poulenc as "half monk, half delinquent"/"le moine et le voyou"), a tag that was to be attached to his name for the rest of his career (sadly lost to heart failure) b. January 7th 1899.
1978: Greg Herbert (30) American saxophone player who played with many of the greats including, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Pat Martino, Woody Herman, Harold Danko, Blood Sweat & Tears, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Chuck Israels' National Jazz Ensemble and many others (tragically died of an accidental drug overdose while on tour in Europe with Blood Sweat & Tears) b. May 19th 1947.
1980: Professor Longhair/Roy "Bald Head" Byrd /Henry Roeland Byrd (61)
US New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was noted for his unique piano style, which he described as "a combination of rumba, mambo, and Calypso", and his unusual, expressive voice, described once as "freak unique". He was called the Bach of Rock and Roll for the clarity, varied and extremely accurate and "funky" syncopation, and the beautiful tone of his piano playing. He had only one national commercial hit, "Bald Head" in 1950, and he lacked the crossover appeal for the white audience of Fats Domino. But his rollicking, idiosyncratic, rumba-based piano and exuberant singing made him one of New Orleans biggest rock stars. His signature song, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" is still the theme song of New Orleans Mardi Gras, which he recorded in 1949 (heart attack)
b. December 19th 1918.
1982: Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins (70)
US blues guitarist, singer; His distinctive style often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. His musical phrasing would often include a long low note at the beginning, the rhythm played in the middle range, then the lead in the high range. By playing this quickly - with occasional slaps of the guitar - the effect of bass, rhythm, percussion and lead would be created. He influenced many guitarists including Jimi Hendrix. It has been estimated that he recorded between 800 and 1000 songs during his career, including his hits such as "Mojo Hand", "T-Model Blues" and "Tim Moore's Farm" (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. March 15th 1912.
Luke Kelly (43) Irish folk singer, banjo player, founder member of The Dubliners; he relocated to England in 1958 to look for work. The first folk club he came across was in Newcastle upon Tyne in early 1960. He started memorising songs and brought a banjo to play sessions in McReady's pub. The folk revival was under way in England, at the centre of it was Ewan MacColl who scripted a radio programme called Ballads and Blues. The skiffle craze had also injected a certain energy into folk singing.
Luke started busking and returned to Dublin in 1962. That same year Luke along with Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna formed "The Ronnie Drew Group", playing regularly in O'Donoghue's Pub. They changed their name due to Drew's unhappiness with the name, coinciding with the fact that Kelly was reading Dubliners by James Joyce at the time. In 1964 Luke Kelly left the group for nearly two years, he went back to London and became involved in Ewan MacColl's "gathering". The Critics, as it was called, was formed to explore folk traditions and help young singers. He greatly admired MacColl and saw his time with The Critics as an apprenticeship. Back with The Dubliners, Luke was more of the balladeer in the band, and he played chords on the five-string banjo and sang many defining versions of traditional songs like "The Black Velvet Band", "Whiskey in the Jar", "Home Boys Home". On June 30th 1980 during a concert in the Cork Opera House, Luke collapsed on the stage, a brain tumour was diagnosed. He continued to tour with the Dubliners after enduring an operation, but his health sadly deteriorated further. The Ballybough Bridge in the north inner city of Dublin has been renamed the "Luke Kelly Bridge" and in November 2004, the Dublin city council voted unanimously to erect a bronze statue of Luke (On his autumn tour in 1983 he came off the stage, ill, in Traun, Austria and again in Mannheim, Germany. He had to cancel the tour of southern Germany and after a short stay in hospital in Heidelberg was flown back to Dublin. After an operation he spent Christmas with his family but was taken into hospital in the New Year, where this time he sadly died) b. November 17th 1940.
1987: Harold Loeffelmacher (82) American singer and bandleader on a Minnesota farm near Fort Ridgely. After his family moved to New Ulm, he took violin lessons, then moved to wind instruments, including the brass horn, then later he took up the trombone, which became his primary band instrument. In 1932, he started a polka band "Six Fat Dutchmen," which grew from the initial six to over a dozen musicians. They played the Nebraska State Fair for 26 straight years. During his long career of touring from show to show, it is claimed that he eventually wore out seven buses while accumulating as much as 90,000 miles of road travel annually. He also performed a dozen times on the long-running TV series, The Lawrence Welk Show (?)
b. March 14th 1905.
1998: Richard Cassilly (70) American operatic tenor born in Washington D.C.; he entered the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where he studied singing with Hans Heinz. He went on have a major international opera career between 1954 and 1990. One of his generation's leading tenors, a mainstay in the heldentenor repertory in opera houses around the world for 30 years and particularly excelled in Wagnerian roles like Tristan, Siegmund and Tannhäuser, and in dramatic parts that required both stamina and vocal weight, such as Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" and Camille Saint-Saëns's "Samson". He was also an admired Don José in Carmen and sang almost all of the leading Puccini tenor roles. (A few days prior to his death he fell on the ice hitting his head. It was thought to be a mild concussion but sadly it caused a fatal cerebral hemorrhage) b. December 14th 1927.
2002: Carlo Karges (50) German musician; guitar, keyboards, songwriter; he began as a student to play guitar and to compose songs. After he had gathered experience playing live in several different groups, including Tomorrows’ It Poison and Release Music Orchestra, by 1971 he was the guitarist and keyboardist and founding member of Novalis.
In 1981 he joined Gabriele "Nena" Kerner in establishing Nena. Karges co-wrote their most famous song, "99 Luftballons" (sadly liver failure) b. July 31st 1951.
2004: Malachi Favors/Malachi Favors Maghostut (76) US avant-garde jazz double bass player, but also played the electric bass guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments. He is most associated with bebop, hard bop, free jazz and best known for his work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Early performances included work with Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard, one of his earliest recordings was with Chicago pianist Andrew Hill in 1957. He began working with Roscoe Mitchell in 1966; this group eventually became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He also worked outside the group, with artists including Sunny Murrary, Archie Shepp, and Dewey Redman. (lost his battle sadly, to pancreatic cancer) b. August 22nd 1927.
2005: Martyn Bennett (33) Scottish-Canadian musician, born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He played the Great Highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes, violin, piano and was extremely influential in the evolution of modern Celtic Fusion, a blending of traditional Celtic and modern music. He performed at the world premiere party for the film Braveheart. His composition, Mackay's Memoirs, was played at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 by the band of Broughton High School, the album Mackay's Memoirs was recorded by Broughton High School the morning after his death. His last album in 2003, Grit, was recorded during his brave struggle with cancer and marks a drastic change in his sound since, as he became too weak to play his instruments and had to rely entirely on samples and synthesizers in order to keep creating music (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. February 17th 1971.
2005: Wes Wehmiller (33) US bassist; at high school, he was an award-winning member of the Delaware All State Jazz Band, receiving the Delaware Music Educators' "Award of Distinction.". He worked with many other musicians in L.A. before founding his own band "I, Claudius". When bassist John Taylor bowed out of Duran Duran in 1997, he took his place, touring and performing on television with the band until 2001. After which he worked with Warren Cuccurullo, Missing Persons, and several other L.A. bands. In 2004, he played with Mike Keneally (lost his battle sadly, to thyroid cancer) b.
September 12th 1971.
2009: Mike Francis (47) Italian pop musician; he formed his first band at age 14 with schoolmates from l'Istituto di Studi Americano in Rome. He had his first hit with "Survivor" in 1982 and went on to record ten studio albums, he recorded his last album "Inspired" in 2007. A best of album, "The very best of Mike Francis (All was missing)" have just been released (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer) b. April 26th 1961.
2010: Antiochos Evangelatos II (24) Greek rap artist (sadly taken by a cardiac arrest) b. ????
John Barry/John Barry Prendergast OBE (77) Oscar winning English film score composer, trumpet player and bandleader. Born in York, he is best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' style. Born in York, as a teenager he learned the trumpet and grew interested in composing and arranging music. During his National Service in Cyprus, he began performing as a musician. After he started work as an arranger for the Jack Parnell and Ted Heath's Orchestra and he formed his own band in 1957, The John Barry Seven, with whom he had several hit records, including "Hit and Miss", the theme tune he composed for the BBC's Juke Box Jury programme, a cover of the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run", and the theme for >>>READ MORE<<< (John sadly died of a heart attack at his Oyster Bay home in America) b. November 3rd 1933.
2013: Patty Andrews (94)
American mezzo-soprano harmony singer in The Andrews Sisters, born in Minnesota. Throughout their long career, the three sisters sold over 75 million records and became the best-selling female vocal group in the history of popular music setting records that remain unsurpassed to this day. The sisters charted with 113 Billboard hits, 46 of these reaching Top 10 status and their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues. Their harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, The Puppini Sisters, Christina Aguilera, and The Three Belles. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Patty, the youngest and the lead singer of the group, was only seven when the group was formed, and just 12 when they won first prize at a talent contest at the local Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. When the Andrews Sisters broke up in 1951, Patty joined another group, with her husband acting as her agent, until the trio reunited in 1956. Eldest sister LaVerne died of cancer in 1967, Patty and Maxene continued to perform as a duo until 1968, Patty again launched her solo carrer. She was the last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters (Patty died of natural causes) b. February 16th 1918.
2013: Ann Rabson (67) American blues vocalist, pianist, guitar player and pioneer, born in New York City and had been playing and singing the blues professionally since 1962. She was a solo recording artist signed to Alligator Records and was a member of the acoustic blues band Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, who has shared the stage with B.B. King, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor among others; they disbanded amicably in 2009. Ann had been nominated eight times for a Blues Music Award, formerly W.C. Handy Award, as Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Her first solo album, Music Makin' Mama, was nominated Album of the Year in both the Traditional Blues and Acoustic Blues categories, and her composition "Elevator Man" was nominated as Song of the Year (sadly Ann died while bravely fighting cancer) b. April 12th 1945
2014: William "Bill" Motzing (76) American composer and conductor born in Pittsburgh, PA and attended the Eastman School of Music and played trombone in the Eastman School of Music's Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He toured the world as sound designer for Blood, Sweat & Tears and after visiting Australia with the group in 1971, he relocated there on January 25th 1972, where he became best known for his award-winning film and television scores and gold and platinum pop album arrangements he wrote. He had over 30 Australian film and TV soundtracks to his name, including Newsfront, Young Einstein, The Return of Captain Invincible, and The Quiet American. He also arranged and conducted strings and horns on many of Australia's chart-topping hits including "I Still Call Australia Home", Billy Field's "Bad Habits", INXS's "The Swing", Jon English's Australian top 20 singles "Turn the Page" and "Hollywood Seven"; and albums for Air Supply and Billy Thorpe. For over 40 years Bill was also a jazz lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and conducted major symphony orchestras including the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Opera, and the Australian Ballet and Sydney Symphony Orchestras at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. (?) b. August 19th 1937.
2014: The Mighty Hannibal/James Timothy Shaw (74) American R&B, soul-funk singer, songwriter and record producer; born in Atlanta, he started singing doo-wop as a teenager and in 1954 he joined his first group, The Overalls. In 1958 he moved to L.A. where he recorded his debut solo single, "Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um". Other releases include "The Biggest Cry", "I Need a Woman ('Cause I'm a Man)", his anti-Vietnam War classic "Hymn No. 5", "The Truth Shall Make You Free" and "Hoedown Disco". Later in life, he was a mentor and friend to King Khan, Black Lips, and others. Sadly, Hannibal lost his eyesight in 2002 to glaucoma and in 2009 He continued to perform live and enjoyed a 70th birthday celebration on stage in 2009, also that year he was the subject of a documentary film, Showtime! The following year he contributed on Elton John and Leon Russell's first album together, The Union, by co-writing the track "There's No Tomorrow" (?) b. August 9th 1939.
2017: Walter Hautzig (95) Austrian-born Israeli pianist; he studied at Public and High School in Vienna, and the Vienna Academy of Music. He left Austria after the rise of the Nazis to power, and went to Jerusalem to continue his studies at the Conservatory there. In 1939 he moved to the USA, where he continued his musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and made his debut at Town Hall in New York in October 1943. After World War II, he made tours all over the world, met with brilliant successes in the USA, in the USA, Latin America, Europe and throughout the Far East and the Near East. During his long career as a concert pianist he has given recitals and orchestral appearances in over 50 countries, earning particular acclaim in Japan, where he has also recorded extensively. Walter was Professor of Piano at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore from 1960 to 1988 and was a member of the American Association University Professors, and President of Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship Fund. (?) b. September 28th 1921.
2017: James Laurence (27) American musician, record producer and one half of
the hip hop instrumental duo Friendzone, based in East Bay, California. The duo produced Main Attrakionz' "Chuch" and "Perfect Skies", featured on the 2011 mixtape 808s & Dark Grapes II. In 2012, they released Collection I, a compilation of rap instrumentals and original songs. In 2013, they landed their first major label placement, producing the song "Fashion Killa" for ASAP Rocky, which appeared on his debut album 'Long. Live. ASAP'. They released the album, 'DX', in 2013. The music video for "Poly", the song off of the album, was premiered by Vice on the same day. In 2015, Boiler Room released 'Upfront 014', which featured nearly an hour of unreleased music from the duo and Friendzone released a new EP, While U Wait. Main Attrakionz released '808s & Dark Grapes III', produced by Friendzone in its entirety, on Neil Young's Vapor Records. (the cause of death has not been announced) b. 1989.

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1970: Slim Harpo
/Harmonica Slim/James Moore (46) Influential blues - R&B singer, known as one of the masters of the blues harmonica; the name "Slim Harpo" was a humorous takeoff on "harp," the popular nickname for the harmonica in blues circles. He began performing in Baton Rouge bars under the name Harmonica Slim. He later accompanied Lightnin' Slim, his brother-in-law, both live and in the studio, before commencing his own recording career in 1957. Named Slim Harpo by producer Jay Miller, his solo debut coupled "I'm a King Bee" with "I Got Love If You Want It." Influenced by Jimmy Reed, he began recording for Excello Records, and enjoyed a string of popular R&B singles which combined a drawling vocal with incisive harmonica passages. Among them were "Rainin' In My Heart", "I Love The Life I Live", "Buzzin'" (instrumental) and "Little Queen Bee". The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, ZZ Topp and many other artists have covered his hits (unexpected heart attack) b.January 11th 1924.
1976: Evert Taube (85) Swedish author, lute player, composer and singer, born in Gothenburg, and brought up on the island of Vinga, Västergötland. He is best known for his folk songs, and is widely regarded as one of Sweden's most respected musicians.
Among his most famous songs are "Calle Schewens vals", "Min älskling (du är som en ros)", "Dans på Sunnanö", "Flickan i Havanna", "Änglamark'", "Så skimrande var aldrig havet" and "Så länge skutan kan gå". On his 60th birthday in 1950, Taube received the Bellman Award from the Swedish Academy and in 1960 he received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University. He was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1970 (?) b. March 12th 1890
1983: Lorraine Ellison (51) African-American female soul singer, best known for her recording of the song "Stay With Me Baby" and "Heart Be Still" in the 60's. She originally sang with two gospel groups, the Ellison Singers and the Golden Chords, before moving to R&B in 1964. Her first chart entry was with a cover of Jerry Butler's "I Dig You Baby" in 1965. Ellison also recorded "Just a Little Bit Harder", a song later covered to more success by Janis Joplin. She signed with the Loma record label and recorded the soul classic "Stay With Me Baby" at a last minute booking, following a studio cancellation by Frank Sinatra (ovarian cancer)
b. March 17th 1931.
1991: Kostas Mountakis (64) Greek singer-songwriter born in Crete. He popularized the traditional music of the island of Crete, primarily with the lyra, the bowed string instrument of Crete and most popular surviving form of the medieval Byzantine lyra, he also played an important and vital role to the popularization of the lira as well as to the formation of its teaching methods. (?)
b. February 10th 1926.
1999: Baris Manço (56) Turkish rock singer, composer, and television producer, one of the most influential Turkish musicians of all times. In his early career he and his bands contributed to the Turkish rock movement by combining traditional Turkish music with rock influences, which is still one of the main trends of Turkish popular music.
He started out fronting bands like Kafadarlar and Harmoniler. In 1963, he moved to Europe, travelling around Paris and Liège, where he formed bands with local musicians and recorded some singles mainly in English and in French but also in Turkish. He toured with his band Les Mistigris in Germany, Belgium, France and Turkey until 1967. In 1972, Baris formed Kurtalan Ekspres, a legend by itself, the band that would accompany him until his death. He composed about 200 songs, some of which were translated into a variety of languages including English, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Hebrew and Arabic. He remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey
(sadly Baris died of a sudden heart attack before the release of his just finished last work Mançoloji, a double album) b. January 2nd 1943.
2007: Kirka Babitzin (56) Finnish singer; one of Finland's most famous and popular musicians. He won an accordion competition at the age of ten, but soon ditched the squeezebox for rock and roll music. His first band was The Creatures, which he joined in 1964. In 1967 he joined the band The Islanders, and went on to become a household name in dance halls and festivals all over Finland. He also recorded with Blues Section. His trademark was to be his powerful, throaty voice; simultaneously shrill and soulful, it is instantly recognizable to generations of Finnish music lover and was awarded the Emma award for best male singer twice, first in 1984 and then in 2000. (He died suddenly at his home of undisclosed acute illness) b. September 22nd 1950.
2009: Dewey Martin/Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff (68) Canadian drummer and singer, best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield. He moved to Nashville in 1960 where he became a session drummer playing and recording with the likes of Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Patsy Cline, Everly Brothers, Faron Young and Roy Orbison among others. In 1963, he travelled to Los Angeles with Faron Young's band where he decided to stay. He first worked with a group called Lucky Lee & The Blue Diamonds. In November 1964, he recorded his first single, "White Cliffs of Dover". He aslo worked with Sir Raleigh & The Cupons; The Standells; MFQ; and The Dillards before becoming a founding member of notoriously volatile band, Buffalo Springfield, playing on all 3 of their albums. Since the band slit in 1968, he has played, toured, or/and recorded with New Buffalo Springfield, Medicine Ball, Electric Range, Pink Slip, The Meisner-Roberts Band and Buffalo Springfield Revisited. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Sadly a somewhat unheralded drummer, but it must be remembered in his era, he was an influentual drummer with unique skills, also well known for his many pranks, his battle with the demon drink and for having an incredibly kind soul
(cause of death unknown) b. September 30th 1940.
2010: Pauly Fuemana (40) New Zealander singer born in Otara, Auckland; he and Alan Jansson formed the duo
Otara Millionaires Club aka OMC in 1995. He fronted the project, while the music and tracks were created by both of them. OMC, with Sina Siapaia as the female backing vocalist released the single "How Bizarre" in New Zealand in 1995. It was a smash hit reaching No.1. In 1996 "How Bizarre" went to No.1 in Australia, No.5 in the UK and No.1 in countries across Europe and much of the rest of the world. It was followed by their debut album, also entitled How Bizarre and the single "Right On". Their third single "On the Run" reached No.56 on the UK singles charts in 1997.. By mid-2000, OMC had broken up but Pauly used the group's acronym as a solo artist. They later re-formed in 2007, releasing the single "4 All of Us". (sadly died after a short illness) b. February 8th 1969
2011: Doc Williams/Andrew John Smik, Jr (96) American country singer and band leader, born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Kittanning, PA. he started his professional career playing with the Kansas Clodhoppers during the early 1930s and eventually formed his own band, Doc Williams and the Border Riders. The group went on the air on WWVA Wheeling in 1937; soon, with the addition of comedian Froggie Cortez and cowboy crooner, Big Slim the Lone Cowboy, and became one of the station's favourites.
In 1939, he married singer Jessie Wanda Crupe, a who adopted the stage name Chickie Williams. Together, The Williams' were popular performers. Although the couple and their band the Border Riders recorded, performed live and appeared on the radio for over five decades, they never had a national hit. Doc founded Wheeling Records in 1947 and through it released all of his and his wife's albums; they sang solo, together, and sometimes with their three daughters. Among his best-known songs are "Willie Roy the Crippled Boy" and "My Old Brown Coat And Me" (?) b. June 26th 1914.
2012: Leslie Carter (25) American singer, reality star,
and sister of Nick and Aaron Carter born in Tampa, Florida. She had a hit single, "Like Wow!" peaking at 15 on the Hot 100 in 2001. Leslie moved to Toronto, Canada with her husband Mike Ashton in 2008 (tragically died after a drug overdose) b. June 6th 1986
2012: King Stitt/Winston Sparkes (71) Jamaican singer, deejay, pioneer
; he began deejaying on Clement Dodd's Sir Coxsone's Downbeat Sound System in 1956. Count Machuki, the original Jamaican deejay, noticed him for his dancing and offered him to try his hand on the mic. Winston soon built his own deejay set, occasionally replacing Count Machuki, and went on to become one of the most popular deejays at the island's dances. He became King Stitt when he was crowned 'king of the deejays' in 1963. In the heyday of ska. His first and most prolific record releases came from producer Clancy Eccles with classic deejay tracks like "Fire Corner", "Lee Van Cleef", "Herbman Shuffle", "King of Kings", "Vigorton 2" and "Dance Beat" (sadly Winston died of complications from prostate cancer and diabetes) b. September 17th 1939
2014: Joseph Willcox Jenkins (85) American composer, conductor, and educator born in Wawa, Pennsylvania. During his military service in the Korean War, he became the first arranger for the United States Army Chorus, as well as for the Armed Forces Radio Network. While with the Army Field Band, he composed his now famous American Overture for Band, Op. 13. Jenkins wrote over 270 arrangements for voice while with the Army Chorus, in addition to several original works. Over his career he
composed over 200 works for orchestra, band, chamber and organ. He ended his teaching career as Professor Emeritus at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, where he had been a professor since 1961 (?) b. February 15th 1928.
2014: Alexander Ivashkin (65) Russian cellist, writer and conductor who made his home in the United Kingdom. He also played electric cello, viola de gamba, sitar and piano.
He was the first performer and dedicatee of many works by great contemporary composers. Along with Mstislav Rostropovich and Natalia Gutman, he is one of the cellists for whom Alfred Schnittke composed. He actively collaborated with composers such as John Cage, George Crumb, Mauricio Kagel, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Sculthorpe, Brett Dean, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, Rodion Shchedrin, Nikolai Korndorf, Dmitri Smirnov, Elena Firsova, Alexander Raskatov, Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Augusta Read Thomas, James MacMillan, Lyell Cresswell, Roger Redgate, Gabriel Prokofiev and Gillian Whitehead. His recitals, radio and TV recordings, and appearances with the world leading orchestras included performances in more than 40 countries (?) b. August 17th 1948.
2014: Anna Gordy Gaye (92) American businesswoman, composer and songwriter, born in Milledgeville, Georgia, but moved to Detroit as a baby. She was an elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, she co-founded the photo concession at Detroit's Flame Show Bar, with sister Gwen. In 1958, she co-founded the record label Anna Records, alongside Gwen and Billy Davis. Later as the wife of Motown artist Marvin Gaye, she co-wrote two tunes on Gaye's What's Going On album and co-wrote hits with Gaye for the Motown group The Originals, including the hit ballad "Baby, I'm for Real". The troubled marriage between Anna and Marvin became the focal point of Gaye's 1978 album Here, My Dear. Despite the divorce, by the early 1980s, Marvin and Anna had reconciled their friendship and Anna began attending events with Marvin after the release of his Midnight Love album and was present at the Grammy Awards in 1983 when Marvin won his only two Grammy Awards. When Gaye was honored with induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Anna attended and accepted Gaye's induction to the Hall of Fame on his behalf with Marvin Gaye III. Anna
made her last public appearance with her brother Berry at a red carpet event where he was honored, in 2008 (died from natural causes) b. January 28th 1922.
2016: Janusz Muniak (74) Polish jazz saxophonist who has worked in several jazz groups including Janusz Muniak Group, Janusz Muniak Quartet, Janusz Muniak Quintet, The Andrzej Trzaskowski Quintet, The Andrzej Trzaskowski Sextet, and the Tomasz Stanko Quintet (?) b. June 3rd 1941.
2016: Sir Terry Wogan (77) Irish-British broadcaster
and presenter born in Limerick City, and educated at Crescent College, a Jesuit school, from the age of eight. At the age of 15, after his father was promoted at work, all the family moved to Dublin where he attended Belvedere College, participated in amateur dramatics and discovered a love of rock and roll. In his early twenties, after a few mundane jobs, Terry joined the national broadcaster of Ireland, RTÉ / Raidió Teilifís Éireann as a newsreader and announcer, before moving to the light entertainment department as a disc jockey and host of TV quiz and variety shows such as Jackpot, a top rated quiz show on RTÉ in the 1960s. He began working for BBC Radio, initially 'down the line' from London, first broadcasting on the Light Programme on Tuesday 27 September 1966. He presented the Tuesday edition of Late Night Extra for two years on BBC Radio 1, commuting weekly from Dublin to London. After covering Jimmy Young's mid-morning show throughout July in 1969, he was offered a regular afternoon slot between 3 and 5. >>> Read More <<< (sadly died after a short brave battle with cancer) b. August 3rd 1938.
2017: Matilde Capuis (104) Italian organist, pianist, music educator and composer. She was born in Naples and studied in Venice with Gabriele Bianchi and at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. After completing her studies, she took a position at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Turin where she became chair of theory and then composition. For many years she performed in a duo with cellist Hugh Attilio Scabia. Her works included 6 Sonatas, Preludio e fughetta, Symphony in G major, Three Moments for cello and string orchestra, Fantasia, Elegy for cello and piano, Dodici Liriche and many others (?) b. January 1st 1913.
2017: Carsten "Beathoven" Mohren (54) German musician, producer, keyboardist, composer and sound engineer. He received piano lessons at the age of eight and completed his studies at the University of Music "Hanns Eisler" in East Berlin. He began his musical career with the band Taxi-Combo, after which he founded the Gaukler Rock Band. In 1981 he joined The Friends, then switched to the band Christin D. In 1986 Carsten moved to Rockhaus, when the band dissolved in 1998, he joined the band of Dirk Michaelis and was also an active member of the band The Ossis. But he remained loyal to Rockhaus at re-union venues and toured with the band in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2016. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. 1962/63
2017: Roger "Deke" Leonard (72)
Welsh rock guitarist was born in Llanelli, South Wales. He formed his first band, Lucifer and the Corncrackers in 1962, whilst still at Llanelli Grammar School, taking his stage name from "Deke" Rivers, the character played by Elvis Presley in his film "Loving You". The Corncrackers ran their own club, the "L" Club, featuring themselves and other local musicians, whilst also playing support to acts such as Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and The Hollies at a rival venue. He next joined The Jets who changed their name to The Smokeless Zone and took residencies in Germany, In 1968, Deke joined The Bystanders, who soon after changed their name to Man. In 1972 he went solo and did stint with the band, Help Yourself. He then formed the band Iceberg to tour with and promote his debut album Iceburg. From the 1970s though to 2012 Deke performed with both Man and his band Iceburg. Over his long career, he also wrote several books including: Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics, Maybe I Should've Stayed in Bed?, The Twang Dynasty, Maximum Darkness: Man on the Road to Nowhere and others (?) b. December 18th 1944.
2017: John Wetton (67)
English bassist, singer-songwriter born in Willington, Derbyshire, and grew up in Bournemouth. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash.
His first big break came when he joined musician Robert Fripp in his new line-up of King Crimson in 1972, allowing him to come to the fore as a lead singer and composer. After King Crimson's split in 1974, John continued to work on various projects, including a tour with Roxy Music and two albums with Uriah Heep. In 1977, after failed attempts to reunite King Crimson and create a new band with Rick Wakeman, John formed the supergroup U.K. In '78 and '79 the band released two studio albums and toured in support of Jethro Tull, but disbanded in 1980. Later that same year, he had a brief stint in Wishbone Ash, contributing bass and vocals to their album 'Number the Brave'. >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly John died while fighting colon cancer) b. June 12th 1949.


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