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1985: Otto Bredl (56)
German jazz trombonist; between 1948 and the mid '80s, Otto appeared on at least 100 recordings, including a series of collaborations between European big bands and visiting American jazz stars such as his frequent associate Jiggs Whigham, or the flashy Stan Kenton. From 1949 he was also steadily employed in the well-financed broadcasting studios by radio bandleaders Kurt Edelhagen and Eddie Sauter. By 1961, he had become associated with the Clarke-Boland Big Band, a collaborative effort between French pianist Francy Boland and the American bebop drummer Kenny Clarke (?) b. November 29th 1928.
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2011: Ronald "Ron" Skinner (64) English bass guitarist and blues singer, born in Paddington, London and he started out playing youth clubs along with his friend Mel Wright in a band called The Tridents. During the 60s, they played together in the blues bands Shakey Vick, Dynaflow Blues and the Nighthawks, during which time Ron also became a respected blues singer.
At the 100 Club in London, their bands accompanied and supported visiting American blues players including Howlin' Wolf, Curtis Jones, Lightnin' Slim, Son House and Juke Boy Bonner. At a recording session for BBC television's Late Night Line-Up, with Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. In his mid 20s, Ron studied economics at Kingston University, achieving a first-class honours degree, and then gained an academic position at Westminster Business School, where he became senior lecturer in economics. Ron also became international exchanges co-ordinator at the school, and he travelled to Japan, Australia and the US to establish relations with other universities (sadly died of cancer) b. January 17th 1947. Sourse Mel Wright

July 1st.
1784: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (73)
German composer and performer, and eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Wilhelm was appointed in 1733 to the position of organist of the St. Sophia's Church at Dresden. In competing for the post he played a new version of his father’s Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541. The judge described him as clearly superior to the other two candidates. He remained a renowned organist throughout his life. He composed many Sacred Cantatas, Song, Keyboard works, Orchestral Works, Chamber Music, Liturgical Works, Secular Cantata & Opera, but despite his genius as an organist, improviser and composer, his income and employment were unstable and he died in poverty (?) b. November 22nd 1710.
1950: Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (84)
Swiss composer, musician and music educator who developed eurhythmics, a method of learning and experiencing music through movement. The influence of eurhythmics can be seen in the Orff Schulwerk pedagogy, common in public school music education throughout the United States. Between 1903 and 1910, he had begun giving public presentations of his method. In 1910, with the help of German industrialist Wolf Dohrn, Emile founded a school at Hellerau, outside of Dresden, dedicated to the teaching of his method. Among his compositions are a Nocturne for violin and orchestra, Violin Concerto No.1 in c and Poème 2nd Concerto for violin and orchestra (?) b.
July 6th 1865.
1981: Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (33) American bass guitarist best known for his work with the rock band Steppenwolf from 1967–68 and again in 1978. Hi
s early influence was essential in creating the unique musical style for which Steppenwolf became famous. He joined the band in 1967 and performed on their debut album, Steppenwolf, which was composed of covers and songs written by John Kay. Rushton co-wrote one of thier hits "Magic Carpet Ride" with Kay. His influence was heavier on the follow-up, The Second, his final album with Steppenwolf. He split with the band in late 1968 when he refused to fly back to California, fearing it would sink into the Pacific Ocean (tragically killed in a motorcycle accident) b. November 6th 1948.
1987: Snakefinger/Philip Lithman (38)
UK singer, songwriter and multi-musician; born in South London, he grew up and worked in and among the British Blues scene, but moved to San Francisco in 1971, where he joined up with the avant-garde group The Residents, who it is said gave him his nickname 'Snakefinger' either because of his proficient guitar work or his shred work on the violin.. or maybe both. He returned to England in 1972 and formed the rock band Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers with Martin Stone, as a duo, they released the album "Kings of Robot Rhythm". In 1974, as a full band they released "Bongos Over Balham". The band broke up in '75 and by 1976 Lithman was back in the United States, this time in Los Angeles, California, but by '78 he was back in San Francisco touring and recording again with The Residents, his is featured on 12 of their albums between 1971 and 1986. In 1978 Phil started to record is own material under the name of Snakefinger, debuting with the single "The Spot", followed in 1979 with the album "Chewing Hides the Sound". Ten albums in all have been released inder his Snakefinger name. Phil suffered a heart attack while touring in Australia, but by 1982 he was on the road again with his nearly formed backing band The Vestal Virgins. Phil performed with The Residents on their 13th Anniversary Tour in 1986 and 1987 saw Snakefinger and his band, The Vestal Virgins, touring Europe, tragically, his final tour. (During a performance at the Posthof Club Lithman, Austria, he suffered a fatal heart attack. On that same day his single, "There's No Justice in Life", was released) b. June 17th 1949.
1985: Dick Vance
American trumpeter who grew up in Cleveland in the 1920s and ‘30s, seldom soloed and was not widely known by the general public, but he was a highly respected lead trumpeter and arranger. He played in Cleveland with J. Frank Terry before joining Lil Armstrong's band in 1934-35. He moved to New York City and played with Willie Bryant, Kaiser Marshall, and Fletcher Henderson in 1936-38; in Henderson's band he was lead trumpeter and occasionally sang. In 1939 he joined Chick Webb's orchestra, and remained in the group when Ella Fitzgerald took over leadership. Following this he worked with Charlie Barnet, Don Redman, Eddie Heywood, and Ben Webster. From 1944 to 1947 he studied at Juilliard, and moonlighted as a pit orchestra musician and an arranger. He arranged for Duke Ellington, Harry James, Cab Calloway, and Earl Hines.
In 1950 Dick played once more with Fletcher Henderson in a sextet, then joined Duke Ellington's group in 1951-52. He toured with Redman in 1953 and was a regular at the Savoy Ballroom throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s, he toured Europe with Eddie Barefield, released two albums under his own name, and played with the Cab Calloway band. By the 1980s, he stayed close to New York, as one of the honored veterans of the swing era, he took part in a Vintage Jazz Band Bash organized by Oberlin College graduate Dick Sudhalter in New York in June of 1984 (?) b. November 28th 1915.
NOTE:- from
Duke Ellington’s book "Music is My Mistress"... President Lyndon Johnson hired the Duke to play at the White House for a party honoring the visiting King of Thailand. Ellington asked Vance to write some arrangements and invited him to attend the party. When The Duke introduced Vance to the king, the king said, "Dick Vance? I know who Dick Vance is. He used to wail with Chick Webb." Ellington thought to himself, "This is a real hip king!"

1995: Wolfman Jack/ Robert Weston Smith (56)
American internationally famous gravelly-voiced, howling wolfman disc jockey; influenced by Dr. Jive, Jockey Jack, Professor Bob and Sugar Daddy and Alan Freed, the ultimate deejay of New York radio. He got his big break when he became a "gofer" at Paramount. His first radio job was at WYOU-AM in Newport News, Virginia. he developed his first radio name, Daddy Jules, a tribute to the influence Black DJs had on him in his formative years. His energy and style produced a barrage of listeners. But after opening a dance club, the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross on his lawn, he decided to move to Shreveport, working at Shreveport's KCIJ-AM, before relocating to Mexico. He found national fame at XERF-AM in Mexico. People were wondering who he actually was, and artists such as Leon Russell, Todd Rundgren, Freddie King and the Guess Who produced chart hits about the radio personality "Wolfman Jack". The person behind Wolfman Jack was revealed in George Lucas' 1973 Academy Award-winning film, American Graffiti. Although the mystery was solved, he continued to be a success, hosting NBC-TV's The Midnight Special. He made more than 80 television appearances (died of a heart attack) b. January 21st 1938.
1999: Guy Mitchell/Albert George Cernik (72)
Croatian-American pop singer; born in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of eleven, he was signed by Warner Brothers Pictures, to be groomed as a child star, and he also performed on the radio on Station KFWB in LA, California. He went on to successful in the UK and Australia as well as in his homeland. His first hit was 1951's "My Heart Cries for You". As an international recording star of the 1950s he achieved record sales in excess of 44 million and this included six million-selling singles. His songs included "Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle", "Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-po)", "Heartaches By The Number", "Knee Deep In The Blues", "Look At That Girl", "My Heart Cries for You", "Ninety Nine Years (Dead or Alive)", "Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie", "Rock-a-Billy", "Same Old Me", "She Wears Red Feathers" and "Singing the Blues". In 1957 he had his own television show. As well as his sing career, in the 1950s and 1960s he acted in films along side of Teresa Brewer, Rosemary Clooney and Pat Crowley (sadly died at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas from complications following cancer surgery
b. February 27th 1927.
1999: Dennis Emmanuel Brown (42) Jamaican reggae singer, was one of the pioneer in the lovers rock style of reggae, and with 78 albums to his name was one of the most prolific names in the business. His first commercially successful song internationally was "Money In My Pocket" on the Joe Gibbs label, and by the late 1970s, Brown had recorded and performed chart-toppers such as "Sitting & Watching", "Wolves and Leopards", "Here I Come" and "Revolution"; many featuring Sly and Robbie as the rhythm section and he frequently recorded with King Jammy and Gussie Clarke. Bob Marley cited him as his favourite singer and dubbed him "The Crown Prince of Reggae" (he was rushed to a Kingston hospital with a collapsed lung. This is not usually a fatal condition, but he was so weakened from cocaine use) b. February 1st 1957
2000: Michael "Cub" Koda
(51) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, disc jockey, music critic, and record compiler.
Koda is perhaps best known for writing the song "Smokin' in the Boys' Room". When performed by Cub's rock band Brownsville Station, the song reached No.3 in the Billboard charts in 1974, and was later covered by Mötley Crüe. He formed Brownsville Station in Ann Arbor in 1969. Brownsville Station's early albums included song covers from bands which had inspired them. In 1970, they released their debut studio album No BS. which included their biggest hit, "Smokin' In the Boys Room", from their 1973 album Yeah!. The track sold over two million copies and was awarded a gold disc status by the RIAA on 15 January 1974. Cub co-wrote and edited the All Music Guide to the Blues and Blues for Dummies and put together the CD of blues classics accompanying the latter title, personally selecting versions of each song that appeared on it. He also contributed liner notes for the Trashmen, Jimmy Reed, J. B. Hutto, The Kingsmen, and the Miller Sisters, among others (failure due to diabetes) b. October 1st 1948.
2002: Raymond Matthews Brown (75)
American jazz double bassist, born in Pittsburgh, he had piano lessons from the age of eight. After noticing how many pianists attended his high school, he thought of taking up the trombone, but was unable to afford one. With a vacancy in the school jazz orchestra, he took up the upright bass. After playing in the Jimmy Hinsley Sextet and the Snookum Russell band, at aged 20 he relocated to New York where he was soon hired by Dizzy Gillespie. He played and recorded with many greats before in 1966, he settled in Los Angeles where he was in high demand working for various television show orchestras. He also accompanied some of the leading artists of the day, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson. He also managed his former musical partners, the Modern Jazz Quartet, as well as a young Quincy Jones, produced some shows for the Hollywood Bowl, wrote jazz bass instruction books, and developed a jazz cello.
It was whilst in LA that he composed music for films and television shows. He was awarded his first Grammy for his composition, "Gravy Waltz", a tune which would later be used as the theme song for The Steve Allen Show. He was one of the most in-demand double bass players and continued to play until his death In 2003, Ray was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (he died in his sleep, after having played golf, before a show in Indianapolis) b. October 13th 1926.
2003: Herbie Mann/Herbert Jay Solomon (73) Jewish American jazz flutist born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophones and clarinets but he was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flutist during the 1960s. His most popular single was "Hijack," which was a Billboard No.1 dance hits of 1975. In 1961 he took a tour of Brazil and returned to the United States to record with Brazilian players including Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Baden Powell. These albums helped popularize the bossa nova. Many of his albums throughout his career returned to Brazilian themes. In the early 1970s he founded his own label, Embryo Records, distributed by Cotillion Records, a division of Atlantic Records. Embroy produced jazz albums, such as Ron Carter's Uptown Conversation-1970 ; Miroslav Vitous' first solo album, Infinite Search-1969; Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival-1971; and Dick Morrissey and Jim Mullen's Up-1976, which featured the Average White Band as a rhythm section; and the 730 Series, with a more rock-oriented style, including Zero Time-1971 by TONTO's Expanding Head Band (sadly Herbie died after a long brave battle with prostate cancer) b. April 16th 1930.
2004: Todor Skalovski (95)
Macedonian composer, chorus and orchestra conductor, born in Tetovo, Ottoman Empire.
Among his famous works is the Republic of Macedonia's national anthem - "Today Over Macedonia" (died in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia) b. January 21st 1909.
2005: Renaldo "Obie" Benson (69)
American soul and R&B singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bass and lead of Motown group The Four Tops, which he joined in 1953 and continued to perform with for over five decades, until April 8, 2005. He also co-wrote "What's Going On" which became a No. 2 hit for Marvin Gaye in 1971, and which Rolling Stone rated as #4 on their List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time released in 2004. Renaldo was admitted as a member of the Four Tops to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The group was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997, followed by the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. June 14th 1937 .. read more

2005: Luther Vandross (54) American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance With My Father Again", co-written with Richard Marx. (died in JFK Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke) b. April 20th 1951 .. read more
2006: Rufus Harley Jr (70) American jazz musician
, born near Raleigh, North Carolina, of Cherokee and African ancestry, known primarily as the first jazz musician to adopt the Scottish great Highland bagpipe as his primary instrument. He made his bagpipe performance debut in 1964 and from 1965 to 1970 he released four recordings as leader on the Atlantic label, also recording as a sideman with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, and Sonny Rollins in the 1960s and 1970s. He later recorded with Laurie Anderson, appearing on her 1982 album Big Science and The Roots on their 1995 album Do You Want More?!!!??!. In addition to bagpipes, on these albums he also plays tenor saxophone, flute, or/and electric soprano saxophone (sadly lost to prostate cancer) b. May 20th 1936.
2006: Robbie "Rocket" Watts (47) Australian guitarist for the Cosmic Psychos a punk rock band based in Melbourne and rural Victoria. He joined the band in 1990 replacing guitarist Peter "Dirty" Jones and his first album with the group was "Blokes You Can Trust". Robbie remained the band's sole guitarist until his death (died suddenly just after a show in Bendigo) b. ????
2006: Jaye Michael Davis (62) American veteran radio deejay (died in a motorcycle accident) b.????
2008: Mel Galley (60) UK guitarist with Trapeze, Whitesnake, Finders Keepers and Phenomena. While with Whitesnake, he badly injured his arm at a fairground in Germany and had to leave the band, as he was unable to play guitar because of a nerve damage as result of incompetent surgery. Later he became known for playing with "The Claw", a specially developed spring and wire device fitted to his hand which enabled him to play guitar again (sadly died of cancer) b. March 8th 1948.
2010: Lele/Victor Alexis Rivera Santiago (24)
Puerto Rican rapper and reggae artist; he recorded solo or as part of a duo with partner Endo under Lele y Endo. He wrote basically every single song & hit Hector 'El Father' performed in the years he was an active artist, but in 2008, Lele had threatened to sue Hector "El Father" for not receiving royalties for more than 40 songs he had co-written with him (tragically Lele was shot dead while in his car) b. 1986
2011: Charlie Craig (73) American Grammy-nominated songwriter born and raised in Watts Mill, South Carolina. He relocated to Nashville and spent over 40 years in the music industry. Some of his more than 300 recorded credits as a songwriter include "I Think I'm in Love", "I Would Like to See You Again", "She's Single Again", "Wanted", "Miss Mis Behavin'", "The Generation Gap", "Leavin's Been a Long Time Comin'" and "Waking Up With You". They have been recorded by the likes of Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Johnny Cash, Aaron Tippin and George Strait (?) 1938.
2011: Bébé Manga (60) Cameroonian singer, born In Mamfe,
considered one of the most popular makossa singers of the 80s and best known for her song is "Ami O". She started her career in 1975, singing in a night club in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire called "Son de Guitare"/Sound of a Guitar.
In the late 90's, she recorded another world-class song, "Mota Benamaa", deploring the situation of children suffering around the world. Her talents were celebrated at the Top D'Or 2005 in Abidjan, when she was voted one of the best African artists of all time. Bébé is also featured on Manu Dibango's "Manu Safari" album (sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. 1951.
2011: Ruth Roberts (84) American songwriter, the songwriter who penned "Meet the Mets", written as an upbeat fight song for the struggling young baseball team. She studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. In 1947, Ruth recorded her first song, "The Moon is Always Bigger on a Saturday Night," performed by Orrin Tucker and his orchestra. Over the next two decades her songs were recorded by some of the great stars of that era including Arthur Godfrey, Hugo Winterhalter, the McGuire sisters, plus Buddy Holly and The Beatles, who each did versions of "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" (sadly died of lung cancer) b. 1927

2012: Evelyn Lear/Evelyn Shulman (86)
American opera singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her musical education at Hunter College, New York University and the Juilliard School of Music studying voice, piano, French horn and composition. Between 1959 and 1992, she appeared in more than forty operatic roles, appeared with every major opera company in the US and won a Grammy Award in 1966. She was well known for her musical versatility, having sung all three main female roles in Der Rosenkavalier. She was also known for her work on 20th century pieces by Robert Ward, Alban Berg, Marvin David Levy, Rudolf Kelterborn and Giselher Klebe. (?) b. January 8th 1926.
2012: Fritz Pauer (68) Austrian jazz pianist and composer, he made his first recording with the Hans Koller quartet in 1962. He moved to Berlin, Germany, 1964-68, and played at Dug's Night Club & Jazzgalery as accompanist for Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Booker Erwin, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Pony Poindexter, Jimmy Woode and vocalist Annie Ross, recording with many of them. From 1968-1982 he taught piano at the Jazz Department, Vienna Conservatory. In 1970, Fritz started recording with trumpeter/flugelhornist Art Farmer, a relationship that would continue into the 1990s. He retired from the University in Graz (Austria) Jazzdepartement in 2009. He was honoured with the Golden Cross of Austria in 2003, an Honour for Lifetime work in Jazzmusic, composition, piano, teaching in 2008 (?) b. October 14th 1943
2012: Oswald "Ossie" Hibbert (62)
Jamaican organist, keyboard player and record producer; he began his career in Jamaican music in the mid-1970s, working in bands such as The Professionals, The Aggrovators and The Revolutionaries, and playing on dozens of albums by artists such as Johnny Clarke, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy London, Delroy Wilson, and Linval Thompson. He recorded two solo albums in the 1970s, Crueshal Dub-76 and Satisfaction in Dub-78, and in the late 70s began working as a producer of other artists at Channel One Studios, his album productions including Gregory Isaacs Meets Ronnie Davis, Mr. Issacs,, Creation, Cocaine In My Brain, and Earthquake Dub. He opened his own Ossie Hibbert Productions company in the 1980s and worked with artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Carlene Davis, and Pat Kelly. In the 2000s, his credits include production work for Chaka Demus & Pliers, Errol Dunkley, Peter Hunnigale, and The Wailing Souls
(?) b. 1950
2013: Texas Johnny Brown (85)
American blues guitarist, songwriter and singer born in Ackerman, MI; as a child he played guitar alongside his father on the streets of his hometown before the family moved to Houston in 1946. His jazzy guitar style of playing the blues has been attested to the early influence of Charlie Christian on him. Johnny is best known for his composition "Two Steps from the Blues" and in his long career, he worked with the likes of Joe Hinton, Amos Milburn, Ruth Brown, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Lavelle White, Buddy Ace and Junior Parker. Then in 1998, he finally released an album under his own name, Nothin' but the Truth and in September 2001, he was named 'Blues Artist of the Year' at the Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton Blues Festival, which took place in Houston (sadly Johnny died fighting lung cancer) b. February 22nd 1928
2013: Maarten van Roozendaal (51)
Dutch singer, comedian and songwriter born in Heiloo, North Holland, Netherlands. He recorded "I'm So Curious", and variously worked with Paul de Munnik, Willem Ennes, Egon Power, Marcel de Groot and Kim Soepnel. In his youth he was involved with music, and he combined this with his work as a bartender. He wrote music for Teleac school television, playing piano, plus he played drums in a punk band, and directed and advised other artists. In 1994, he won the jury and audience at the Cabaret Festival. He mainly performed his own work, but also that of Cornelis Vreeswijk and Bram Vermeulen (sadly Maarten died fighting of lung cancer) b. May 2nd 1962.
2013: Gary Shearston (74)
Australian singer-songwriter born in Inverell, NSW; he become a professional singer at 19 working in hotels and with the American gospel and blues singer Brother John Sellers. In 1966 and 1967 he became Australia's biggest record seller of folk music. He had his own national television show called Just Folk and Peter Paul and Mary recorded a cover of his "Sometime Lovin'". Gary also had a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1974 with his cover version of the Cole Porter song "I Get a Kick out of You". In 1989 he became a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia in rural NSW (sadly Gary died from a stroke) b. January 9th 1939.
2014: Rita F. “Betty Cody” Binette (92) Canadian-born American country music singer; she began yodeling and singing at a young age and her first appearance was at WCOU Radio in Lewiston at the age of 15 and began performing with Lone Pine and in the early 50’s they were signed to RCA. Rita toured with several well-known musicians across the United States and Canada, including Kitty Wells, Chet Atkins, Hank Snow, and Dick Curless. She performed her whole life, specializing in yodeling, country and french songs and was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall to Fame in 1979 (?) b. August 17th 1921.
2014: Oscar Yatco (83) Filipino conductor and violin prodigy; he got his music teacher’s diploma at the young age of 16 from the University of the Philippines in 1947. He went on to serve as conductor, concert master, professor and music consultant for local orchestras such as the Manilla Symphony Orchestra, the Cultural Center of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra; and overseas National Theater Orchestra, Wagner Festival Orchestra and State Academy of Music in Hannover, Germany. (?) b. November 23rd 1930.
2015: Red Lane/Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter (76) American country singer and award winning songwriter, born in Zona, Louisiana; he served in the U.S. Air Force before deciding to pursue a career in music. He started as a solo act performing with his guitar at local nightclubs. His break came in 1964 when Justin Tubb asked him to join his band and introduced him to music publisher Buddy Killen. Red went on to perform in the bands of both Dottie West and Merle Haggard, and on recordings by Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare and Willie Nelson. He had huge success as a songwriter, penning hits such as Eddy Arnold’s “They Don’t Make Love Like They Used To”, Merle Haggard's "My Own Kind of Hat", George Strait's "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa", Willie Nelson's "Blackjack County Chain" and "Till I Get It Right" by Tammy Wynette. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in Tennessee in 1993. (sadly Red died after a long battle with cancer) b. February 2nd 1939.
2015: Val Doonican (88) Irish singer and television presenter
2015: Edward Greenfield OBE (86) English music critic and broadcaster, born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. He
joined the Manchester Guardian in 1953, as a filing clerk. He then became a lobby correspondent in the House of Commons.
After which he was a record critic for the newspaper from 1955, a music critic from 1964, and chief music critic from 1977 until his retirement in 1993. He contributed to Gramophone magazine from 1960, and was joint editor of The Stereo Record Guide after 1960. A regular broadcaster on the BBC, he presented classical music programmes on the World Service, including his selection of music and requests on The Greenfield Collection, and was a regular contributor to the Building a Library feature of Radio 3's Record Review, now CD Review, for many years. Edward was awarded the OBE in 1994. () b. July 3rd 1928.

July 2nd.
1971: Bobby Donaldson (48)
American jazz drummer,
after playing locally in the early 1940s, Donaldson played with Russell Procope while serving in the Army in New York City. In 1946-47 he worked with Cat Anderson, and following this played with Edmond Hall, Andy Kirk, Lucky Millinder, Buck Clayton, Red Norvo, and Sy Oliver/Louis Armstrong. He was a prolific session musician for much of the 1950s and 1960s, playing with Helen Merrill, Ruby Braff, Mel Powell, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Bobby Jaspar, Herbie Mann, André Hodeir, Kenny Burrell, Lonnie Johnson, Frank Wess, Willis Jackson, and Johnny Hodges (?) b. November 29th 1922.
1988: Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (70)
American alto saxophonist, jazz and blues shouter; he acquired his nickname after a hair-straightening mishap left him bald. Born in Houston, Texas, he was a member of the horn section in Milton Larkin's orchestra, which he joined in the late 1930.
He then moved to New York and joined the Cootie Williams Orchestra from 1942 to 1945. He formed his own in 1945, signing with Mercury Records, and enjoying a double-sided hit in 1947 with his R&B chart-topper "Old Maid Boogie", and the song that would prove to be his signature number, "Kidney Stew Blues". Eddie's jazz leanings were probably heightened during 1952-1953, when his band included a young John Coltrane. In the early 1960s he moved to LA and began working with the Johnny Otis Revue. A 1970 appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Otis spurred a bit of a comeback for Eddie. Throughout the 70s he worked high-profile blues and jazz sessions for Count Basie, Johnny Otis, Roomful of Blues, Arnett Cobb, and Buddy Tate. He also composed steadily, including "Tune Up" and "Four", both of which have been incorrectly attributed to Miles Davis. Eddie recorded extensively during his fifty plus year career and performed regularly in Europe and the United States (died from a heart attack whilst undergoing chemotherapy)
b. December 18th 1917.
1990: Snooky Lanson/Roy Landman (76)
American singer and TV personality, born in Memphis, Tennessee; he was a band singer with Francis Craig's dance band before joining the NBC television series Your Hit Parade in 1950 through to 1957, chosen to replace Frank Sinatra. Befroe hand in 1941, he recorded the hit ''By the Light of the Silvery Moon'' with the Ray Noble Band. A later hit, ''The Old Master Painter,'' helped him land the ''Hit Parade'' job. After Hit Parade ended, he performed in nightclubs and on local television shows in Atlanta and Shreveport. He guest-starred in 1958 on The Gisele MacKenzie Show. In 1961, he was one of five rotating hosts on the NBC-TV program Five Star Jubilee.
In January 1960, Crossroads TV Productions videotaped a pilot in Springfield, Missouri for a proposed pop music-variety series called Snooky Lanson Time. Guests were Brenda Lee, the Anita Kerr Singers, Betty Ann Grove and Paul Mitchell's instrumental combo. He spent the 1960s to the 1980s as a Chrysler car salesman in Nashville, Tennessee (?) b. March 27th 1914.
1992: Camarón de la Isla/José Monje Cruz (41)
Spanish flamenco singer
born in Cádiz, Spain; at 16 he won first prize at the Festival del Cante Jondo in Mairena de Alcor. He then went to Madrid with Miguel de los Reyes and in 1968 became a resident artist at the Tablao Torres Bermejas where he remained for twelve years. It was here José met Paco de Lucía, the pair toured extensively over 8 years and recorded nine albums. Many consider José to be the single most popular and influential flamenco "cantador" of the modern period. Although his work was criticized by some traditionalists, he was one of the first to feature an electric bass in his songs. This was a turning point in the history of Flamenco music that helped distinguish Nuevo Flamenco. (He sadly died of lung cancer, it was estimated that more than 100,000 people attended his funeral.) b. December 5th 1950.
2002: Ray Brown (75)
American jazz double bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; arriving in New York at the age of twenty, he met up with Hank Jones, with whom he had previously worked, and was introduced to Dizzy Gillespie, who was looking for a bass player. Gillespie hired Brown on the spot and he soon played with such established musicians as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker.
From 1946 to 1951 he played in Gillespie's band. He played in many TV show orchestras, and with leading artists, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson. He lead his own band the Modern Jazz Quartet, managed a young Quincy Jones, also wrote jazz double bass instruction books, and developed a jazz cello (Ray sadly died while taking a nap before a show in Indianapolis) b. October 13th 1926.
2007: Ray Goins (71)
American bluegrass banjoist and bluegrass music pioneer born in Bramwell, West Virginia. During his 50 year career, Ray was a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers; Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, before forming the Goins Brothers with his younger brother, Melvin. They were inducted into Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Hall of Fame in the fall of 2001. Ray also received Morehead State University's Appalachian Treasure Award (?) b. January 3rd 1936.
2007: Git Gay/Birgit Carp nee Holmberg (85) Swedish revue director, actress and singer, her parents wanted her to become a concerto pianist and sent her to the Music Conservatory in Malmö. However, in the end of the 1940s, she was invited to act as a prima donna in a summer revue by director Sigge Holmberg. The following year, she performed at the Gröna Lund in Stockholm in the revue Klart Grönan. In 1949, she was hired by the entertainer Karl Gerhard to participate in the revue Där de stora torskarna går in Gothenburg. In 1960, Git set up the Git Gay Show at Lorensberg Theatre in Gothenburg. The show is sometimes considered the first modern restaurant performance in Sweden (?) b. July 13th 1921.
2007: Beverly Sills (78)
American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 50s-70s. In her prime she was the only real rival to Joan Sutherland as the leading bel canto stylist.
Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet, Wagner, and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature roles include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Massenet's Manon, Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment, the three heroines in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects. (Beverly sadly died after a brave battle with cancer) b. May 25th 1929
2007: Hy Zaret/Hyman Harry Zaritsky (99)
American lyricist and composer best known as the co-author of the 1955 hit "Unchained Melody", one of the most recorded songs of the 20th. Born in New York City, he attended West Virginia University and Brooklyn Law School, where he received an LLB. He scored his first major success in 1935, when he teamed up with Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn to co-write the pop standard "Dedicated to You." The early '40s brought some collaborations with Alex C. Kramer and Joan Whitney, including 1941's "It All Comes Back to Me Now" and the socially conscious, WWII-themed "My Sister and I". Hy also wrote lyrics for an English translation of the French Resistance song "The Partisan", which was later covered by Leonard Cohen. In 1944 he and Lou Singer wrote the popular hit novelty song "One Meatball", based on a song popular among Harvard undergraduates (died a few weeks before his 100th birthday) b. August 21st 1907.
2008: Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (19) Indian singer; born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, he was the winner of Amul STAR Voice of India 2007. Ishmeet had been working with Salim-Suleiman to produce a song called 'Shukriya' and had promoted this single with live performances.
He toured Hong Kong and Malaysia and sung in concerts with members of the Voice of India competition. He put time aside to sing kirtan, or hymns, in gurdwaras. His last performance in a gurdwara was alongside the well-known singer amongst the sikhs, Veer Manpreet Singh (died under mysterious circumstances in a swimming pool at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli beach resort in Maldives where he had gone to perform in an event) b. September 2nd 1988.
2008: Natasha Shneider (52)
Russian-born keyboardist, bassist and singer born in Moscow, and later relocated to America. She was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes. She also played bass on the group's first three albums. Natasha and Alain contributed to Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf, and joined the band as part of their touring line-up in support of their 2005 album Lullabies to Paralyze. They also wrote, performed and produced with Chris Cornell for his 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, and formed part of his band for the subsequent tour. Previous band affiliations include Desert Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon. She also acted in two feature films, playing the roles of Russian cosmonaut Irina Yakunina in '2010' in 1984, and Polish former exchange student Wanda Yakubovska in the film 'Spiker' in 1986, as well as minor roles in the TV shows Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues (Natasha sadly died following a brave battle with cancer) b. May 22nd 1956.
2010: M. G. Radhakrishnan (70)
Indian music director born in Harippad, he
had once been an artiste with the All India Radio, and burst on to the Malayalam film industry with his music composition for the film Thambu in 1978. Some of his compositions like Naadha nee varum kaalocha kelkuvan for the movie Chaamaram and Pinakkamano for Ananthabhadram are among all-time favourite Malayalam songs. Other famous movies for which he composed music include Thambu, Thakara, Poochakkoru Mookuthi, Vellanakalude Naadu and Manichithrathazhu. (He had been undergoing treatment for liver malfunction) b. August 8th 1940.
2013: Bengt Hallberg (80) Swedish jazz pianist and also played the accordion on occasion. He studied piano from an early age, wrote his first jazz arrangement at 13 and made his first trio recordings when he was 17. In 1949 he recorded with the Swedish alto saxophonist Arne Domnérus for the first time and the two musicians continued to play together. From 1956-1963 he worked as a member of the Swedish Radio Big Band. Bengt also played with leading visiting American players, including the trumpeter Clifford Brown and the tenor saxaphonist Stan Getz and trumpeter/arranger Quincy Jones. As well his playing, he later became in demand music writer for film and television, as well as writing choral arrangements (?) b. September 13th 1932.
2013: Gregory Carroll (35) American opera singer; in season 2010-2011, he made both his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut and European operatic debut with Norwegian National Opera in Verdi's Aida. He joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Enchanted Island; he returned to the role of Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Opera Lyra Ottawa, returned to Chautauqua Opera for his debut as Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and sang his first performances as Alfred in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with Portland SummerFest. In the 2012-13 season, he joined Los Angeles Opera and returned to the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and again joins The Tacoma Symphony for Handel’s Messiah (
sadly Gregory died from a heart attack following a respiratory infection) b. July 9th 1977.
2015: Slavko Avsenik (85) Slovene composer and piano accordionist, born in Begunje na Gorenjskem, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He hegan in 1953 with the formation of the Avsenik Brothers Ensemble, and produced more than 1,000 songs and enjoyed success both in Slovenia and in other parts of Europe and America, and is viewed as a Slovenian cultural icon. His band was Slovenia's most popular music band, winning countless awards including eight consecutive television competitions, twelve from German network television, eighteen as Germany's most popular band, the recording industry's "European Oscar" in 1975, the Golden Rose Award for being the most requested on Austrian radio, in 1979, Slovenia's Linhart plaque, and the "Hermann Löns" award from the German Minister of Culture. (?) b. November 26th 1929.
2015: Roy C. Bennett/Israel Brodsky (96) American songwriter born in Brooklyn, New York; as a young boy he befriended a newly arrived neighbour, Sid Tepper and thier mutual interest in music led to a highly successful music collaboration that spanned more than twenty-five years. Between 1945 and 1970 they had close to three hundred musical compositions published. Songs included "Red Roses for a Blue Lady", "Naughty Lady of Shady Lane",
"Suzy Snowflake", "Nuttin' For Christmas", "Kewpie Doll", "Glad All Over", and so many more, including 42 songs for Elvis Presley. He wrote Cliff Richard's No.1 hit, "The Young Ones", and in 2002, Roy was invited to England to meet Cliff Richard and sang "The Young Ones" with him before an audience of 12,000 people in Birmingham.published the Choral Singer's Handbook which is still in print today and fascinated by the desktop computer, he created a software program called PowerMacros for WordPerfect (?) b. August 12th 1918

2016: Renée de Haan (61) Dutch singer who grew up in in Amsterdam's Jordaan, where she sang in local bars before being discovered at the age of 31 by record company EMI. In 1986, she broke through with two songs, "In A World Without You" and "Do Not Over You What Love Is" . Other well-known songs include "Dirty hypocrite" and "Men (Always wrong again)" (sadly died while battling cancer) b. July 9th 1954.

July 3rd.

1969: Brian Jones (27)
English lead-rhythm guitarist, multi-musician, vocalist and founder-leader of The Rolling Stones, born in Cheltenham. A highly gifted multi-instrumentalist, he played guitar, slide guitar, piano, tamboura, sitar, organ, dulcimer, mellotron, xylophone, marimba, recorder, clarinet, in total he is known to have played at least 15 instruments with the Stones >>> read more <<< (allegedly drowned while under the influence of drugs & alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool. Some suspect Brian was murdered) b. February 28th 1942.
1971: Jim Morrison (27)
American singer-songwriter, poet, composer; he was best known as the lead singer and lyricist of The Doors and is widely considered to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in rock music history. He was also the author of several books of poetry and the director of a documentary and short film. Although Jim was known for his baritone vocals, many fans, scholars, and journalists have discussed his theatrical stage persona, his self-destructiveness, and his work as a poet. He was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". The Doors rock band was formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, hits include hits, including "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "Love Her Madly" and "Touch Me". According to the RIAA, they have sold over 32.5 million albums in the US alone. The band has sold 80 to 100 million albums worldwide. Jims alcohol and drug abuse and open disdain for authority made him a rock hero; his mysterious death in Paris, France at the age of 27 made him a pop culture icon (found dead in a bathtub, the cause of death was given as a heart attack) b. December 8th 1943.
1971: Don McPherson (29)
American R&B singer; born in Indianapolis, he was known for his vocal abilities and received several awards between 1961 and 1963, while he served in the United States Army. Don was the original lead singer of the group The Main Ingredient, formed in Harlem in 1964, members included Donald, Luther Simmons Jr. and Tony Silvester. They first called themselves, 'Trio' and joined the writing team of Leiber & Stoller. They changed their name to 'The Insiders' and then finally to, 'The Main Ingredient'. In 1970 Don and ain Ingredient released their first Top 30 hit, 'You've Been My Inspirartion', and the hits continued with the Top 20 hit, 'I'm So Proud,' and the Top Ten hit, 'Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)'. This was soon followed by the black power anthem, 'Black Seeds Keep On Growing' before Donald's untimely death just six days before his 30th birthday (sadly Don died fighting leukaemia) b. July 9th 1941.
1972: Fred "Mississippi" McDowell (68)
American blues singer, guitarist player in the North Mississippi style. Born in Rossville, Tennessee, he actually may be considered the first of the bluesmen from the 'North Mississippi' region - parallel to, but somewhat east of the Delta region - to achieve widespread recognition for his work. He started playing guitar at the age of 14 and played at dances around Rossville. He moved to Memphis in 1926 where he worked in a number of jobs and played music for tips. He settled in Como in 1940 or 1941, continuing to perform music at dances and picnics. Initially he played slide guitar using a pocket knife and then a slide made from a beef rib bone, later switching to a glass slide for its clearer sound. He played with the slide on his ring finger. The 1950s brought a rising interest in blues music and folk music in the US and Fred was brought to wider public attention, beginning when he was discovered and recorded in 1959 by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins. His records were popular, and he performed often at festivals and club and he continued to perform blues in the North Mississippi blues style much as he had for decades, but he sometimes performed on electric guitar rather than acoustic guitar. Fred's 1969 album 'I Do Not Play No Rock 'N' Roll' was his first featuring electric guitar. It features parts of an interview in which he discusses the origins of the blues and the nature of love. (sadly Fred died after a fight with cancer) b. January 12th 1904.
1973: Laurens Hammond (78)
American engineer and inventor in Evanston, Illinois, his inventions include, most famously, the Hammond organ and the Hammond clock. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University and graduated with an honors degree in 1916. At this time most thoughts were concentrated on the ongoing World War I, and Laurens made his contribution to the war effort serving his time with the American Expeditionary Force in France.
Following this, he moved to Detroit, where he was fortunate to occupy the post of chief engineer of the Gray Motor Company, a manufacturer of marine engines. In 1919, he invented a silent spring-driven clock. This invention brought him enough money to leave Gray Motor Company and rent his own space in New York. At the time of his retirement in 1960, he held 90 patents, he was granted another 20 before his death (?) January 11th 1895.
1979: Louis Durey (91) French composer born in Paris, as a composer he was primarily self-taught, from the beginning, choral music was of great importance in his productivity. His first work to gain recognition in the music world was for a piano duet titled Carillons. At a 1918 concert this work attracted the interest of Maurice Ravel, who recommended him to his publisher.
Sadly though he is probably the least remembered of Les six. After the Les six period, Louis continued with his career. During the years of the Nazi occupation of World War II, he worked with the French Resistance as a prominent member of the Front National des Musiciens and wrote anti-Fascist songs. After the war he embraced hard-line communism, he voiced his growing left-wing ideals that put him in an artistic isolation that lasted for the rest of his life (?) b. May 27th 1888
1986: Dillon "Curley" Russell (69)
American jazz double-bassist, who played bass on many bebop recordings.
A member of the Tadd Dameron Sextet, in his heyday he was in demand for his ability to play at the rapid tempos typical of bebop, and appears on several key recordings of the period, recording with the likes of Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Johnny Griffin and Zoot Sims. He left the music business in the late 1950s. According to jazz historian Phil Schaap the classic bebop tune "Donna Lee", a contrafact on "Back Home Again In Indiana", was named after Curley's daughter (?) b. March 19th 1917.
1986: Rudy Vallee/Hubert Prior Vallée (84)
American singer, actor, multi-musician, bandleader, entertainer in Island Pond, Vermont. Having played drums in his high school band, he played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England in his youth before joining the US Navy. From 1924 through 1925, he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel in London. He returned to the States to obtain a degree in Philosophy from Yale and to form his own band, "Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees" and given a recording contract and in 1928. It was in 1929 that he did his first film "Vagabond Lover". It was also in 1929 that he was picked up for the Fleishchman’s Radio Music Hour and later the Sealtest Hour. Rudy's last hit song was the 1943 reissue of the melancholy ballad "As Time Goes By", popularized in the feature film Casablanca. In 1941 he enlisted in the Coast Guard to help direct the 11th district band as a Chief Petty Officer. Eventually he was promoted to Lieutenant and lead the 40 piece band to great success. Later he concerntrated more on his acting career, besides his early films, he appeared in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Won Ton Ton, The Dog That Saved Hollywood", "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes", "The Helen Morgan Story", "Why Was I Born?", "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", "Live a Little, Love a Little", "The Night They Raided Minsky's" among others. Also on TV he appeared in Alias Smith and Jones, Ellery Queen, CHiPs, Santa Barbara to mention a few and he played Lord Marmaduke Fogg on the Batman TV series (?) b. July 28th 1901.
1986: Greg Carroll (26)
New Zealand Maori crew member with U2. Greg met U2 in Auckland in 1984, during The Unforgettable Fire tour and worked for the promoter of U2's shows in Auckland. He joined the U2 team and was responsible for "ensuring" for Bono.
His death was tremendous for U2 and after returning from Gregs funeral Bono wrote a song specially dedicated to him: One Tree Hill, and devoted the U2 album The Joshua Tree to Greg (tragically he died in a motorcycle accident in Dublin when a drunk driver collided into him) b. 1960.
1999: Mark Sandman (46) American multi-instrumentalist and musical instrument inventor; born in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts.
An indie rock icon and longtime fixture on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he was best known as the lead singer and slide bass player of the band Morphine releasing five albums . He was also known as a prominent member of the Boston blues-rock band Treat Her Right and the founder of Hi-n-Dry, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based recording studio and independent record label. His instruments were extensively altered and sometimes built by hand to create unique sounds. In Morphine, he played primarily a two-string slide bass guitar usually tuned to a fifth, but he also was known to play a unitar, named after the one-stringed instrument in American blues tradition, and three-string slide bass with one bass string and two unison strings tuned an octave higher, usually A (Mark tragically collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Latium, Ital, near Rome while performing with Morphine, he was pronounced dead of a heart attack) b. September 24th 1952.
2001: Delia Ann Derbyshire (64) English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète. Born in Coventry, she is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer's theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. In 1959 she applied for a position at Decca Records only to be told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so instead she took a position at the UN in Geneva for the next year. Besides the Doctor Who theme, Delia also composed and produced scores, incidental pieces and themes for nearly 200 BBC Radio and BBC TV programmes. In 1973, she left the BBC and after a brief stint working at Hodgson's Electrophon studio during which time she contributed to the soundtrack to the film The Legend of Hell House, Delia stopped composing music. She returned to music in the late nineties after having her interest renewed by fellow electronic musician Peter Kember and was working on an album when she died (Delia sadly died of renal failure while recovering from breast cancer) b. May 5th 1937.
2001: Johnny Russell (61)
American country singer, songwriter and comedian born in Mississippi, but he moved with his family at age 11 to Fresno, California. Johnny is famed for his song 'Act Naturally', which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965. He is also known for being the first one to record 'He Stopped Loving Her Today', in some surveys named as the greatest country song of all time and the biggest hit for George Jones in 1980.
George Strait topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with Johnny's song 'Let's Fall To Pieces Together'. His songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Tamra Rosanes, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt among others (died from diabetes-related complications) b. January 23rd 1940.
2005: Pierre Michelot (77)
French bebop/hard bop double bass player, b
orn in Saint-Denis, Paris; he studied piano from 1936 until 1938, but switched to playing bass at the age of sixteen. Through his career he played with the likes of Rex Stewart, Coleman Hawkins, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and many others. Pierre was also a member of the Jacques Loussier Trio, known for the Play Bach album series. Together with Miles Davis, he was responsible for the critically acclaimed soundtrack of Louis Malle's Ascenseur pour l'échafaud. He also appeared as an unnamed bass player in the movie Round Midnight. (In later life, Pierre suffered from Alzheimer's disease) b. March 3rd 1928.
2006: Jack "Smilin" Smith (92)
American crooner, actor and former host of 'You Asked for It'; He began his musical career at the age of 15, singing with "The Three Ambassadors". He became a solo baritone crooner in 1939. Jack established a radio show in 1945, he went on to host such guests as Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, John Serry, Sr. and Ginny Simms. With the television's arrival, radio saw a decline in audiences, but he soon became the host of You Asked For It in 1958, staying with it in various roles until 1991. Following a guest appearance in the musical film Make Believe Ballroom in 1949, Jack was offered the second lead in Warner Bros.' On Moonlight Bay in 1951 opposite Doris Day (leukemia) b. November 16th 1913.
2007: Boots Randolph/Homer Louis Randolph III (80)
American saxophonist; he was the first ever sax player to record with Elvis, and the only one to ever play solo with him, and he also recorded on the soundtracks for 8 of his movies. Boots is also the saxophone player responsible for penning and playing the 1961 multi-million seller of "Yakety Sax" which was the closing theme to the Benny Hill TV Specials. Boots can be heard on Roy Orbison's 1964 hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman". "Little Queenie" by REO Speedwagon, "Java" by Al Hirt, "Turn On Your Lovelight" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Rockin' 'Round The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee, others out of dozens include Chet Atkins >>> READ MORE <<< (he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on June 25 and fell into a in coma from which he never regained consciousness) b. 03.June.1927.
2008: Colin Cooper (69)
English frontman, vocalist, saxophonist and founder member of the Climax Blues Band, formed in Stafford, England, he also played harp, flute and guitars. They released 18 albums, and their hit singles include "Couldn't Get It Right", "I Love You", "Couldn't Get It Right" and "I Love You". They performed at major concerts and festivals around the world, including Glastonbury and a 25-date German tour with the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall. (Colin sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. October 7th 1939.
2008: Noel Sayre (37)
American violinist and co-founder of Pretty Mighty Mighty and the Black Swans (he nearly drowned at a community pool after suffering an apparent heart attack, and had been on life support for several days before he passed away) b.1971
2008: Oliver Schroer (53)
Canadian fiddle player; Oliver grew up in Vandeleur, Ontario, a small crossroads near Markdale in rural Grey County. He attended Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton, where he played French horn in the school band and also took private violin lessons. He started as a busker in the Toronto system subway with his guitar. He went on to become a prolific composer, recording ten CDs in 14 years. He performed in Europe and North America in clubs, cathedrals, and New York's Lincoln Centre. Altogether, he produced or performed on over 100 albums of new traditional, acoustic, and popular music, and wrote more than 1,000 pieces of music. (Sadly died from leukemia) b. June 18th 1956.
Johnny MacRae (84) American country songwriter; he served in the navy for 15 years and left hoping for a career in the music industry. He went on to write several well known and loved country songs, such as Conway Twitty‘s No.1 track ‘I’d Just Love to Lay You Down‘ and Reba McEntire‘s ‘(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven’ as well as Doug Stone’s ‘I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)’. In recent years, he and his wife have worked on their farm, making wine from various types of grapes and fruit and raising poultry including geese, chickens, ducks, peacocks and pheasants (sadly Johnny has passed while fighting heart disease) b. February 15th 1929.
2013: Bernard Vitet (77) French trumpetist
, and besides trumpet, he sang, composed and played flugelhorn, trombone, piano and violin. Born in Paris, in his early years he performed with Django Reinhardt, Gus Viseur, Eric Dolphy and Albert Ayler. In 1964 he was co-founder of the first free jazz band in France together with François Tusques. In the 1960s, he accompanied singers such as Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara, Yves Montand, Claude François, Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Colette Magny, Brigitte Fontaine, Lester Young, Don Cherry, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Jean-Luc Ponty and Martial Solal. Under >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from respiratory failure) b. May 26th 1934.
2014: Annik Honoré (56)
Belgium journalist, music promoter and known for her association with Ian Curtis, the former lead singer of Joy Division. Born in Mons, Annik moved to London in 1979, taking a job as a secretary at the Belgian Embassy and in late 1979, she and journalist Michel Duval began promoting musical performances at the Plan K venue in Brussels. performed on the club's opening night on October 16th. A few months later, in 1980, she and Duval founded Factory Benelux as a Continental offshoot of Factory Records as well as Les Disques du Crépuscule, an independent Belgian music label. She left the music business in the mid-1980s and went on to work for the European Union in Brussels. In a 2010 interview, she said her relationship with Joy Division's Ian Curtis was entirely platonic (?) b. October 12th 1957.
2014: Peter Dawkins (68) New Zealand-born Australian record producer; born in Timaru, he started out in his teens as a drummer and toured Europe in the mid 60s with his bands Me and the Others, and The New Nadir. He returned home in late '68 and started his production career with HMV Records, the NZ branch of EMI, where he produced seven No.1 hits including "Nature" by The Fourmyula. Then in 1972 he moved to Australia and became a house producer for EMI Australia. In 1975 he moved to Festival Records, then on to CBS Records where he produced a string of successful recordings, including hits for the New Zealand rock group Dragon and Melbourne band Australian Crawl.
During this period, he also produced several albums and hit singles by singer-songwriter Ross Ryan; Mi-Sex; Pseudo Echo; Air Supply; Slim Dusty; Russell Morris; and Billy Thorpe, amongst many others. He won multiple production awards, including the Countdown Producer of the Year. Sadly in the late 80s he developed Parkinson's disease. In 1990 he opened a recording studio in Balmain, Sydney - Giant Studios, and started his second label (through BMG) called Nova. The earlier Giant name was bought by Irving Azoff, who was starting a label in the United States with the same name. Sadly the development of Parkinson's disease meant that he had to gradually cease work over the next few years, with the shut-down of the studio in the mid-nineties. (tragically he died of injuries from a fall) b. November 27th 1946.

July 4th.

1931: Buddie Petit/Joseph Crawford (40/41) American jazz cornettist regarded as one of the best in New Orleans, in his early teens. By the early 1910s he was one of the top horn players in the new style of music not yet generally known as "jazz". He took Freddie Keppard's place in the Eagle Band. He was known as a hard-drinking, fun loving man who played cornet with great virtuosity and inventiveness. He was briefly lured to Los Angeles, California by Jelly Roll Morton and Bill Johnson in 1917, but objected to being told to dress and behave differently than he was accustomed to back home, and promptly returned to New Orleans. He spent the rest of his career in the area around greater New Orleans and the towns north of Lake Pontchartrain like Mandeville, Louisiana, not venturing further from home than Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (?) b. 1895
Jimmie Spheeris (34) American singer-songwriter, guitarist , pianoist, keyboards; born in Phenix City, Alabama, after his father was murdered his mother moved the family to Venice, California. Jimmie again relocated to New York in the late 1960s to pursue his songwriting career. His 1971 debut album, Isle of View, created a following and FM radio airplay, most notably for the song 'I am the Mercury'. His 1973 album, The Original Tap Dancing Kid, was followed by a period of extensive concert touring. He returned to the recording studio in 1975 with The Dragon is Dancing and released Ports of the Heart in 1976. Just hours before his death, Jimmie finished the self-titled album, Spheeris. This final album was not publicly released for 16 years, it was released in 2000 on Rain Records (at 2am, Jimmie died in Santa Monica, California, when his motorcycle collided with a van; the van driver had been drinking) b. November 5th 1949.
1986: Flor Peeters (83)
Flemish composer, organist and teacher, born in the village of Tielen; he began his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, he later collaborate with Jules van Nuffel and the Institute's other professors, to produce the Nova Organi Harmonia. In 1923 he became an organ teacher at the Institute; simultaneously he acquired the position of chief organist at the St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen, which he held for most of the rest of his life. He collaborated with the cantor at the cathedral Jules Van Nuffel. As an organist and pedagogue, Peeters enjoyed great renown, giving concerts and liturgical masterclasses all over the world. He also made recordings of sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century organ music; some of these have been reissued in recent years on compact disc. Most of his own pieces, he wrote well over 100, were for his own instrument, for choir, or for both (?) b. July 4th 1903.
1992: Joe Newman (69)
American jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator; born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a musical family, he attended Alabama State College, where he joined the college band, the Bama State Collegians, became its leader, and took it on tour.
In 1941 he joined Lionel Hampton for two years, before signing with Count Basie. He was also first with saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and then drummer J. C. Heard, between 1947 and 1952. During his second period with Basie, which lasted for about nine years, he made a number of small-group recordings as leader. He also played on Benny Goodman's 1962 tour of the Soviet Union. In 1961 Joe left the Basie and helped to found Jazz Interactions, of which he became president in 1967. Jazz Interactions was a charitable organisation which provided an information service, took jazz master classes into schools and colleges, and later maintained its own Jazz Interaction Orchestra, for which Joe wrote. In the 1970s and 80s Joe toured internationally, and recorded for various major record labels. He suffered a stroke in 1991, which seriously disabled him (heart problems) b. Sept 7th 1922.
1992: Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (71) Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player born in Mar del Plata. Maybe the single most important figure in the history of tango, his oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. Also an excellent bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with different ensembles (In 1990 he suffered thrombosis while in Paris, and died two years later in Buenos Aires.) b. March 11th 1921
2003: André Claveau (91)
French singer born in Paris, very popular in France from the 1940s-1960s.
He won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 singing "Dors, mon amour"/ Sleep my love with music composed by Pierre Delanoë and lyrics by Hubert Giraud. He has also appeared in over a dozen films (?) b. December 17th 1915.
2003: Barry White/Barry Eugene Carter (58) American soul singer and record producer, a five-time Grammy Award-winner known for his rich bass voice and romantic image. After leaving gang life and his teens behind he embarked on a musical career, having marginal success at songwriting. His songs were recorded by rock singer Bobby Fuller and TV bubblegum act The Banana Splits. He was also responsible in 1963 for arranging "Harlem Shuffle" for Bob & Earl, which became a hit in the UK in 1969. He had his first solo chart hit with 1973's "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby". Then his orchestra, Love Unlimited Orchestra's recording of White's composition "Love's Theme" reached No.1 in 1974, one of only a handful of instrumental recordings ever to do so. Some regard "Love's Theme" as the first disco hit ever, although Nino Tempo's "Sister James" had already reached the Hot 100 a few months before. Other chart hits by Barry include "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up", "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe", "You're the First, the Last, My Everything", "What Am I Gonna Do with You", "Let the Music Play", "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" and "Your Sweetness is My Weakness". He also had a strong following in the UK where he had five Top 10 hits and one No.1 with "You're The First". Barry had many gold and platinum albums and singles, with combined sales of over 100 million (sadly Barry died from kidney failure) b. September 12th 1944
2005: Al Downing (65)
American entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In 1978, Al's "Mr. Jones" reached the Top 20, followed by "Touch Me (I'll Be Your Fool Once More)" "Midnight Lace," and "I Ain't No Fool,". He received the Billboard's New Artist of the Year and the Single of the Year Award in 1979. In 1980, the "Story Behind The Story" reached the Top 40 and "Bring It On Home" reached the Top Twenty . He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Al was nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand television programs. He continued to perform on more than 75 occasions per year in the remaining years of his life, and appeared at Ontario's prestigious Havelock Country Jamboree with Kenny Rogers and Roy Clark. But sadly in 2005, Al had to postpone his plans for a European tour due to his ill health (lymphoblastic leukemia) b. January 9th 1940.
2007: Johnny Frigo (90)
American jazz violinist and bassist born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied violin for only three years beginning at age 7. While in high school he started to play double bass in dance orchestras. In 1942 he played with Chico Marx's orchestra after which he toured with Jimmy Dorsey's band from 1945 to 1947, later forming the Soft Winds trio with Dorsey's guitarist Herb Ellis and pianist Lou Carter. During this time he wrote the music and words of the standard "Detour Ahead", which has been recorded by Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, and Carola among others.
In 1951 Frigo returned to Chicago, primarily working as a studio bassist and arranger. He also led the band at Mr. Kelly's, a popular Rush Street nightspot. Between 1951 and 1960 he played fiddle hoedowns and novelties with the Sage Riders, the house band for WLS's long-running National Barn Dance. He continued playing with the Sage Riders for another four years after WGN revived the show in 1961. He continued performing at festivals worldwide, including the Umbria Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival. Frigo also was a published poet and artist. (He had been battling cancer, but sadly died of complications from a fall) b. July 4th 2007.
2007: Bill Pinkney (81) American singer; born in Dalzell, South Carolina, he grew up singing gospel in his church choir. He was also a pitcher for the Negro league baseball's New York Blue Sox team, before serving in the US Army in World War II. He earned a Presidential Citation with four Bronze Stars (for battles including Normandy and Bastogne under General Patton). Returning from the war, Bill began to sing again in various gospel choirs. It was there that he would meet the members of the original Drifters. On their first record in 1953, "Money Honey", Bill actually sang first tenor, changing to bass after Ferbie left. In 1958 the manager fired all of the individual Drifters and hired all >>> READ MORE <<<
(he died the evening of July 4th in Florida from a heart attack, while staying at the Daytona Beach Hilton. He was to perform with The Drifters at the annual Daytona Beach 4th of July celebration, Red, White & Boom) b. August 15th 1925.
2007: Baris Akarsu (28)
Turkish rock singer; he started out as an entertainer in beach resorts in Antalya. Later he moved to Karadeniz Eregli, singing in bars, the local television and radio shows before joining the TV show Academy Turkey. Shortly after winning the show, he moved to Istanbul to pursue a career in music. Baris released his first album “Islak Islak” followed by his second “Dusmeden Bulutlarda Kosmam Gerek” released in August 2006. He appeared on music videos for his songs “Islak Islak”, “Kimdir O”, “Mavi” and “Amasra” from his first and “Vurdum En Dibe Kadar” and “Yaz Demedim” from his second album. He composed and wrote the lyrics for “Ben” and “Yeter Be” from his second album. At the time of his death, he was working on his unreleased third album (
tragically died due to complications arising from a motor the accident) b. June 29th 1979.
2009: Drake Levin/Drake Maxwell Levinshefski (62)
American musician, best known as the guitarist for Paul Revere & the Raiders. He started with Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1963, even while he was in the National Guard he would come to record with them in the studio. They had hits such as "Louie Louie", "Steppin' Out", "Just Like Me", "Kicks" which ranked No. 400 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 1966, "Hungry" "The Great Airplane Strike", "Good Thing" and "Him or Me - What's It Gonna Be?". Drake, Phil Volk and Mike “Smitty” Smith left the Raiders in 1967 to form the trio, The Brotherhood. Over the years Drake has worked with Ananda Shankar, Emitt Rhodesand Lee Michaels among other artists as well as participating in reunions with ex-members of the Raiders (cancer) b. August 17th 1946.
2009: Robert Mitchell (96)
American organist and one of the last original silent film accompanists; born in Sierra Madre, California, he started his career at the age of 12 when he worked at The Strand Theatre in Pasadena, CA playing Christmas carols between showings. Once the silent film started, his career as an accompanist began, which he continued until the arrival of talkies which made accompanists irrelevant. In 1932 he won a scholarship to the Eastman School of music where he studied piano. He stayed in New York performing gigs of many genre that varied from church accompaniment to speakeasies to radio. During the 1930s, he organized the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, who were cast in many films from the 1930s through to the 1960s. From 1962s he played the organ for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 70s and 80s saw him as musical director for several churches: St. Ann, St. Brendan, St. Kevin and St. Peter in Los Angeles, and The Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. From 1992 until his death Robert accompanied several silent films in revival houses particularly in California, performing weekly at both The Orpheum and The Silent Movie Theatre, playing some of the original scores he had from the 1920s. This gallant trooper performed until May 2009, when he suffered from pneumonia and his health began to decline. In his 84 year career Robert received many awards including the Silver Medal awarded at the Royal Palace in Monte Carlo by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco. A Silver Beaver Medal, the highest honor awarded scoutmasters by the Boy Scouts of America. An acclamation as a Knight of Malta with a medal from the American Melkite Archimandrate. An Honorary Plaque in the Amphitheater of Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, California. And the "Pro Papa et Ecclesia" Certificate from Pope John-Paul the Second. (pneumonia) b. October 12th 1912.
2009: Allen Klein (77) American businessman, agent, record label executive, admired and feared for his reputation as a fierce negotiator.
Born in New Jersey, he spent much of his childhood in an orphanage and graduated from college with a degree in accounting, after which, while working with friend, Don Kirshner, he soon gained a reputation as an effective sleuth who could root through record companies' books on behalf of artists and find thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. In 1961 he founded his company Abkco and he quickly worked his magic for Bobby Darin and Sam Cooke as well as becoming Sam's manager. With the "British Invasion" of the US, he was soon representing many UK artists including The Animals, Herman's Hermits and The Rolling Stones. (Later when The Verve's hit "Bittersweet Symphony" sampled an orchestration from The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," the rights to which are owned by Allen's ABKCO Industries was nominated for a Grammy Award, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones were named as the nominees, rather then The Verve.) In 1969, Allen began to work with the Beatles, and in 1971 he was a producer of the concerts for Bangladesh, with Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and others. In the 80's he bought the rights to music produced by Phil Spector, such as the Philles Records and Phil Spector International catalogs. His company ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. owns and/or administers the rights to music by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks, as well as the Cameo Parkway label, which includes recordings by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Orlons, The Dovells, Question Mark & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. ABKCO also administers Philles Records and its master recordings, including hits by The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, The Crystals and others. Allen also worked as a producer on the films The Holy Mountain in 1973 and The Greek Tycoon in 1978, as well as on several Italian spaghetti westerns (Alzheimer's disease) b. December 18th 1931.
2010: Huang You-di (98) Taiwanese musician and composer. He was responsible for around 2000 compositions, his most popular being Azaleas, written during the Second Sino-Japanese War (sadly died of multiple organ failure) b. January 12th 1912.
2011: Jane Scott (92) American rock music critic, in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919, a 1937 graduate of Lakewood High School and a 1941 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English, Speech and Drama. Jane was influential rock critic for the newspaper The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, during her career she covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was on a first name basis with many stars. Until her retirement from the paper in April 2002 she was known as "The World’s Oldest Rock Critic." She was also influential in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland (?) b. May 3rd 1919.
2011: Gerhard Unger (95) German light tenor opera singer born in Bad Salzungen. He had his debut as an opera singer in 1947 in Weimar. From 1949 to 1961 he sang with the Berlin State Opera. After 1951 he sang regularly at the Bayreuth Festival. One of his signature roles was David from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which is confirmed by the number of times he recorded the role. Equally known was his Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, notably in the legendary 1965 Salzburg Festival production, which was conducted by Zubin Mehta, and was kept in the festival's repertory for 10 years and was also shown at Milan's La Scala. His other Salzburg Festival roles included Monostatos in two different stagings of The Magic Flute. He occasionally played Mime, for example in La Scala's 1975 production
(?) b. November 26th 1916.
2013: Bernadette "Bernie" Nolan (52) Irish singer, actress and former lead vocalist of The Nolans; born in Dublin but raised in Blackpool, England, she was the second youngest of siblings Anne, Brian, Denise, Maureen, Tommy, Linda and Coleen Nolan. Before the Nolan sisters became famous, Bernie and her sisters, parents and brothers performed in smokey clubs and pubs in and around Blackpool. The family troupe performed often until the early hours and would be woken up in the morning for school. In 1974 the five daughters began performing as The Nolan Sisters. After guesting on Cliff Richard's TV show, they began regular appearances on variety and comedy shows including Summertime Special, The Morecambe & Wise Show and The Two Ronnies. In 1975 they supported Frank Sinatra >>> READ MORE <<< (Bernie died after a long brave with cancer;
in 2010 she was given the all clear after treatment for breast cancer, but last year, 2012, she discovered it had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones) b. October 17th 1960
2014: Hope Powell (90) American photographer, country music album cover designer and songwriter; she was one of the first photographers, male or female, to forge a freelance career shooting pictures of country stars.
Born in Salisbury, N.C., where she began her photography career, her first photography encounter with show business was Hollywood blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield. She moved to Atlanta in 1968, where she was soon a familiar face to artists such as Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Hank Williams Jr, Jim Ed Brown and Loretta Lynn. This led to her move to Music City in 1970 and her photographs became iconic images for such performers as Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Larry Gatlin, Donna Fargo, Charlie Rich, Alabama, Tanya Tucker and hundreds of others. Among her most memorable album covers are those for Dolly Parton’s LP Jolene and LP All I Can Do, Twitty’s LP Classic Conway, Tom T. Hall’s album Places I’ve Done Time, Porter Wagoner’s album Porter, the 2004 Vern Gosdin collection Back in the Swing of Things and the Willie Nelson/Hank Snow package Brand on My Heart. Her work is featured in such Time-Life publications as Classic Country in 2001 and Legends of Classic Country in 2000 (?) b. September 14th 1923.
2014: Giorgio Faletti (63) Italian author, actor, comedian and singer-songwriter, born in Asti, Piedmont; during 70s, after graduating from law school, he began his career as a comedian and also began his acting career at this time too. In 1988 he released a mini-album Colletti bianchi, the soundtrack of the TV series of the same name in which he was one of the main actors. In 1991 he released his second album, Disperato ma non serio, launched by the single Ulula, and he composed the song "Traditore", included in his album Caterpillar. In 1992, he performed, for the first time, at the Sanremo Music Festival with Orietta Berti with the song "Rumba di Tango". Giorgio got success as a songwriter with the songs such as "Signor Tenente", "The Show Must Go On", "Gli anni che non hai" and many others.6+3
2014: Myer Fredman (82) British-Australian conductor He studied at Dartington Hall and in London and was assistant conductor to Otto Klemperer, Vittorio Gui, Sir John Pritchard and Sir Charles Mackerras. His world-premiere recordings include Arnold Bax's 1st and 2nd symphonies and Havergal Brian's 6th symphony, all with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brian's 16th symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and Peter Sculthorpe's Piano Concerto and a television opera, Quiros. His other recordings include the music of Britten, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Rubbra, Sir Eugene Goossens, Arthur Benjamin, Richard Meale, Robert Still, and Ross Edwards. He has orchestrated and arranged instrumental and operatic music by J. S. Bach, John Dowland, Mozart, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Elgar. He later moved to Hobart, where he conducted and taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music and he was also involved in creating The Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. (?) b. January 29th 1932.
2016: William Hawkins (76) Canadian poet, songwriter and performer, born in Ottawa, Ontario,and most notable for his contributions in the 1960s to Canadian folk rock music and to Canadian poetry. His best known song is "Gnostic Serenade", was originally recorded by 3's a Crowd. In 2015, Chaudière Books published The Collected Poems of William Hawkins, edited and with a comprehensive introduction by Cameron Anstee. Hawkins' last public performance was a reading from the collection, on November 28, 2015, under the auspices of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. (?) b. May 20th 1940.

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1884: Victor Massé (62)
French composer; he studied at the Paris Conservatoire, winning the Prix de Rome in 1844 for his cantata Le rénégat de Tanger before turning his attention to opera. While at the Conservatoire, Massé studied with Jaques Halévy. He wrote some twenty operas, including La chanteuse voilée-1850, followed by the more ambitious Galathée-1852 and Paul et Virginie. His best-known and most successful work was the opéra comique Les noces de Jeannette in 1853. Victor's last work, Une Nuit de Cléopâtre, was performed posthumously in April 1885 (?) b. March 7th 1822.
1948: Carole Landis/Frances Lillian Mary Ridste (29)
American film and stage actress and singer, born in Fairchild, Wisconsin. She was the youngest of five children, two of whom died in childhood. Her early years were filled with poverty and sexual abuse. In January 1934, at the age of 15 she married her 19-year-old neighbour, Irving Wheeler, but the marriage was annulled in February 1934. That same year she started out as a hula dancer in a San Francisco nightclub and later sang with a dance band. Her 1937 film debut was as an extra in A Star Is Born; she also appeared in various horse operas and posed for hundreds of cheesecake photographs. She appeared in a string of successful films in the '40s, usually as the second female lead. In a time when the singing of many actresses was dubbed in, Carole's own voice was used in her musical roles. In 1942, she toured with comedienne Martha Raye, dancer Mitzi Mayfair and actress Kay Francis with a USO troupe in England and North Africa. Two years later, she entertained soldiers in the South Pacific with Jack Benny. Carole traveled more than 100,000 miles during the war and spent more time visiting troops than any other actress. In 1945 she starred on Broadway in the musical A Lady Says Yes with Jacqueline Susann (Carole was reportedly crushed when Rex Harrison refused to divorce his wife for her; unable to cope any longer, tragically, she committed suicide in her Pacific Palisades home. Her family have always questioned the events of her death and the coroner's ruling of suicide) b. January 1st 1919.
1951: Egbert Anson Van Alstyne (73)
American songwriter, pianist, and composer of a number of popular and ragtime tunes from the early 20th century. B
orn in Marengo, Illinois, he moved to New York City after some time touring in Vaudeville. He worked as a Tin Pan Alley song-plugger until he was able to make his living as a songwriter. He teamed with lyricist Harry H. Williams, their first success was "Navajo" which was introduced in the Broadway musical Nancy Brown in 1903 and became one of the first records by Billy Murray early in 1904. Their best remembered song is ''In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree'' from 1905. Other of his hits included "Won't You Come Over to My House?", "I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark", and "Memories". He shares credit with Tony Jackson on the hit "Pretty Baby" (?) b. March 4th 1878.
1969: Wilhelm Backhaus (85)
German pianist; born in Leipzig, he studied at the conservatoire there with Alois Reckendorf until 1899. He made his first concert tour at the age of sixteen. In 1905 he won the Anton Rubinstein Competition and toured widely throughout his life - in 1921 he gave seventeen concerts in Buenos Aires in less than three weeks. He made his U.S. debut on January 5, 1912, as soloist in Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra. In 1930 he moved to Lugano and became a citizen of Switzerland.
He made his last recital in Ossiach, which was recorded, a few days before his death (Wilhelm died in Villach, Austria where he was due to play in a concert) b. March 26th 1884.

1975: Gilda Dalla Rizza (72)
Italian prima donna soprano, born in Verona, she made her operatic debut in Bologna (the Teatro Verdi) in 1912, as Charlotte in Werther. Especially acclaimed in the verismo repertory, she was regarded as being Giacomo Puccini's favorite soprano, creating Magda in his La rondine (1917). She also gave the first European performances of his Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, at Rome in 1919. She also created roles in Pietro Mascagni's Il piccolo Marat and Riccardo Zandonai's Giulietta e Romeo. She was also an important interpreter of that composer's Francesca da Rimini. She also appeared at the Teatro Colón (including Manon Lescaut opposite Aureliano Pertile) and Covent Garden, and was a favorite at Monte Carlo and the Teatro alla Scala. One of Dalla Rizza's unexpected successes at the latter theatre was in La traviata, under the bâton of Arturo Toscanini. Gilda also taught formany years at Venice's Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello (sadly died at Milan's Casa Verdi) b. October 12th 1892.
1982: Abe Tilmon (37)
American vocalist with Detroit Emeralds; "The Emeralds" formed as a vocal harmony group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and originally composed of four brothers, Abrim/Abe, Ivory, Cleophus and Raymond Tilmon. After Cleophus and Raymond left, Abe and Ivory joined by childhood friend James Mitchell moved to Detroit, Michigan and expanded their name to the Detroit Emeralds. The trio had their first R&B chart success on Ric-Tic Records, with "Show Time" in 1968. Other hits included "If I Lose Your Love", "Do Me Right", "You Want It, You Got It" and "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" and
"Feel The Need In Me" (sadly Abe died after suffering a heart attack) b. January 12th 1945.
1983: Harry James (67)
American trumpet player and bandleader, born in Albany, Georgia; in February 1939 he debuted his own big band in Philadelphia. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941. He toured with the band into the 1980s.
His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich. He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. Harry's recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the motion picture My Dog Skip-2000. His music is also featured in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters and recorded many popular records and appeared in many Hollywood movies. Although diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but he continued to work, playing his last professional job on June 26, 1983, in Los Angeles just 9 days before he died. (sadly died after his brave battle with cancer) b. March 15th 1916
1993: Maria Teresa de Noronha (74)
Portuguese fado singer; her artistic career spanned over 30 years and is considered one of the most unique and beautiful fado voices. Born in Lisbon, and at the age of 20, Maria was invited by the Portuguese broadcasting company to perform at a regular biweekly fado program, which she did uninterruptly until 1961 (died of prolonged disease at her house of São Pedro de Sintra) b. November 7th 1918.
Mrs. Miller/Elva Ruby Connes Miller (89)
American singer, born in Joplin, Missouri, she studied music, voice, and composition at Pomona College, and involved herself in church and community projects. She said singing was "a hobby", but produced several records, mainly of classical, gospel, and children's songs. She found fame in the '60s for her out-of-tune versions of songs such as "Moon River", "Monday, Monday", "Downtown", and "A Lover's Concerto". She sang in an untrained, Mermanesque, vibrato-laden voice (?) b. October 5th 1907.
2001: Ernie K Doe Jr (65)
American R&B singer and drummer, born in New Orleans; he recorded as a member of the group the Blue Diamonds in 1954 before making his first solo recordings the following year, "Mother-in-Law", which reached No.1 on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Other hits include "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta", and "Later For Tomorrow". In the 1980s he did radio shows on New Orleans community stations WWOZ and WTUL. In the 1990s he began billing himself as "The Emperor of the Universe" and wearing a cape and crown he became a famous local eccentric on the New Orleans scene (sadly died of kidney and liver failure) b. February 22nd 1936.
2005: Shirley Goodman (69) American R&B singer, born in New Orleans, known best as one half of Shirley and Lee, a 50s R&B duo with her school friend, Leonard Lee. In 1956 they recorded "Let the Good Times Roll", which became their biggest hit single reaching No.1 on the US R&B chart and No.20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold over a million copies, and awarded a gold disc. Later in her career, Shirley had a resurgence with the disco hit, "Shame, Shame, Shame" in the 1970s. Credited to Shirley & Company, the record became an international pop hit, reaching No.12 on the Billboard chart and presaging the disco boom. (?) b.
June 19th 1936.
2005: Raymond "Ray" Davis (65) American original bass singer and a founding members of The Parliaments, Parliament, and Funkadelic born in Sumter, South Carolina. Aside from George Clinton, he was the only original member of the Parliaments not to leave the Parliament/Funkadelic conglomerate in 1977. He worked with Roger Troutman and Zapp in the early to mid '80's. His distinctive baritone can be heard on "I Can Make You Dance". He was also briefly in a late-period line-up of the The Temptations, after the death of bass singer Melvin Franklin and appearing on the 1995 album For Lovers Only. Ray left the group when diagnosed with throat cancer. In later years, he performed with former Temptation Glenn Leonard's group, The Temptations Experience and in 1998, with original Parliament-Funkadelic members Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Calvin Simon and Grady Thomas, formed the Original P. In 1997 Ray was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic (respiratory problems) b. March 29th 1940.
2006: Don Lusher (82) British jazz trombonist and band leader born in Peterborough, England; when World War II broke out he served as a gunner signaller in the Royal Artillery; after being demobbed he became a professional musician playing with the bands of Joe Daniels, Lou Preager, Maurice Winnick, The Squadronaires, Jack Parnell and lastly Ted Heath.
Don spent nine years as lead trombone with the Ted Heath Jazz Band and toured the USA several times, taking over as leader in 1969 after Heath's death. He also led the trombone section on many of Frank Sinatra's European tours. He later formed his own band and also performed with the Manhattan Sound Big Band, with Alexis Korner and various session musicians in the big band-rock fusion group CCS .In 1993 he was awarded the status of Freeman of the City of London. In 2001 Don recorded an album featuring Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, John Chilton and the Feetwarmers, John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton and George Melly it was entitled British Jazz Legends Together and in 2002 he received an OBE for services to the music industry (?) b. November 6th 1923.
2006: Joe Weaver (71) American Detroit blues, electric blues and R&B pianist, singer and bandleader. His best known recording was "Baby I Love You So" - 1955, and he was a founding member of both The Blue Note Orchestra and The Motor City Rhythm & Blues Pioneers. Over his lengthy but staggered career, Joe worked with various musicians including The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, John Lee Hooker, Nathaniel Mayer, The Miracles, Martha Reeves, Nolan Strong & The Diablos, Andre Williams, Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. In addition, he was a session musician in the early days of Motown Records and played in the house band at Fortune Records. He was a key component in the 1950s Detroit R&B scene (sadly died of a stroke) b. August 27th 1934.
2007: Régine Crespin (80) French soprano, later a mezzo-soprano, who had a major international career in opera and on the concert stage between 1950 and 1989. She excelled in both the French and German repertoire. She become a fixture at the Opéra National de Paris in the mid 1950s. Her international career was launched in 1958 with a critically acclaimed performance of Kundry in Richard Wagner's Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. She soon appeared at most of the major opera houses in the United States and Europe and made a number of appearances in South America as well. She had a long and fruitful association with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, making over 125 appearances at that house between 1962 and 1987. Regine retired from the stage in 1989, after which she taught singing for many years at her alma mater, the Conservatoire de Paris (sadly died after a brave fight with liver cancer) b. February 23rd 1927.
George Heywood Melly (80) English jazz and blues singer, writer, music critic; born in Liverpool, educated at Stowe School, where he discovered his interest in art, jazz and blues. He joined the Royal Navy near to the end of the World War 2, where he was almost court-martialled for distributing anarchist literature. After the war while working in an Surrealism art gallery he was offered the job as singer with the Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band. The 60s saw George a film critic for The Observer, the writer on the Daily Mail's satirical newspaper strip Flook, illustrated by Trog, and scriptwriter on the 1967 satirical film Smashing Time. The 70's, it's back to jazz with >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from lung cancer) b. August 17th 1926.
2010: Cesare Siepi (77) Italian opera singer, generally considered to have been one of the finest basses of the post-war period. His voice was characterised by a deep, warm timbre, and a ringing, vibrant upper register. On stage, his tall, striking presence and elegance of phrasing made him a natural Don Giovanni, among his many other worldwide roles. He can be seen in that role on video from Salzburg, under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwängler. Cesare's last studio recording was as the old King Archibaldo in RCA's 1976 taping of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re, with Anna Moffo and Plácido Domingo in the cast, and his formal farewell to the operatic stage occurred at the Teatro Carani in Sassuolo on 21 April 1989 (Sadly, he died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier) b. February 10th 1923.

2010: David Fanshawe (68) English composer and ethnomusicologist; educated at St George's School, Windsor Castle and Stowe School he started his career as a musician and producer for documentary films. He studied composition under John Lambert at the Royal College of Music. His work is situated at the crossroads of traditional and modern music. David's best-known composition is the 1972 choral work African Sanctus (sadly died after suffering from a stroke) b.
April 19th 1942.
2011: Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizell (68) American record producer, born in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1972 he moved to LA with the Motown company, along with Berry Gordy and Freddie Perren, he was one third of the production house, a member of "The Corporation", responsible for writing and producing The Jackson 5's early hits, including 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'The Love You Save'. Fonce and his brother Larry also started their own company, Sky High Productions. They went on to produce albums for Blue Note Records that set the tone for jazz fusion, including: Donald Byrd's Black Byrd-1972, Street Lady-1973, Bobbi Humphrey's Blacks and Blues-1973, Stepping into Tomorrow-1974, Places and Spaces-1975 and Caricatures-1976, Satin Doll-1974 and Fancy Dancer-1975, Johnny "Hammond" Smith's Gambler's Life-1974, Gears-1975, A Taste Of Honey's platinum selling roller-rink anthem of '78 "Boogie Oogie Oogie", L.T.D.'s "Love Ballad", a number 1 R&B hit in 1976 and Mary Wells' dance funk 12-inch "Gigolo" in 1982. The Mizell Brothers often used the same musicians on their albums, including Harvey Mason on drums, Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin and David T. Walker on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass and Jerry Peters on piano. In the 1980s, the Mizell brothers retired from full-time production in the 1980s but made reappearances in the 2000s, notably with 4Hero (?) b. January 15th 1943.
2012: Ben Kynard (92) American jazz saxophone player and songwriter born in Eureka Springs, Ark.; his life as a musician started at a young age, and by the time he graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kan., in 1938 he was already performing in nightclubs.
After a stint in the U.S. Army, where he played with a military band, Ben played with Lionel Hampton from 1946 to 1953, which took him to gigs across America. After years on the road left Lional and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Kansas City for 32 years, delivering mail in the day and playing jazz at night. He also frequently wrote music for local jazz musicians, typically without charging them. One of his more famous compositions is the standard “Red Top” (sadly Ben died of complications from a stroke that he had in late June) b. February 28th 1920.
2013: Bipul Bhattacharya (58) Bangladeshi singer; he led choruses of a huge number of songs that boosted the spirit of the freedom fighters of the Liberation War. Such songs include: “Nao Chhariya Dey Paal Uraiya Dey,” “Shonen Shonen Bhai Shobey Satyo E Je Ghotona,” “Bolo Bolo Rey Bolo Shobey Bolo Rey Bangalir Joy,” “Ei Na Bangladasher Gaan Gaitey Rey Amar Dukkhey Poran Kandey,” “O Rey Bishom Doirar Dheu” and many more. Bipul won the first place in folk music category in all Pakistan Music Competition in 1970. Later, he led a musical organisation called “Mallika Sangeet Shamaroho”
(sadly he died of cancer) b. 1955.
2014: Sharifah Aini (61) Malaysian traditional and pop singer, who grew up in the Kampung Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru and became known as Biduanita Negara or "National Songstress" and also Kak Pah. Over her long career
, she released around 83 albums between 1970 and 2006. As a tribute, her name has been immortalized in the Malaysian Book of Records for her sense of giving back to a country that has been brought up to international standards (sadly Sharifah died from complications from lung fibrosis) b. July 2nd 1953
2014: William Gugi Waaka (76) New Zealand Maori guitarist and singer; he was a member of the Quin Tikis, the Maori Volcanics and other bands in a career that started in the dance halls of Auckland in the early 1960s and took him to Australia and beyond. (sadly died with heart problems) b. 1938.
2015: Charanjit Singh (75) Indian musician, Bollywood composer, pioneer, and a man intreged by sound, born in Bombay; a one-time session musician who played with R D Burman, Shankar Jaikishen and many others, who had not only mastered the guitar but was also an early advocate of the synthesizer. However, more recently it has been discovered by international music lovers and the media that he was the man who had fused different sounds and created "acid house" music, a sub-genre of "house" music developed in the 1980s in Chicago. He gained attention for his 1982 release Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, an album originally intended as a fusion of electronic disco music with Indian classical ragas. His use of both the TR-808 drum machine and TB-303 bass synthesizer have recently led some journalists to suggest that it is the earliest example of acid house music; predating Phuture's seminal Chicago acid house record "Acid Tracks" in 1987 by five years. The first track "Raga Bhairavi" also features a synthesised voice that says "Om Namah Shivaya" through a vocoder. From 2012 until his death, Charanjit performed the material from "Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat" live (?) b. 1940
2016: Gladys Nordenstrom (92) American composer born in Mora, Minnesota. She studied music at the Institute of Fine Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she received bachelor's and master's degrees. In 1952 she married Austrian composer Ernst Krenek who she accompanied to visiting professorships in various locations and sometimes collaborated on works. After his death in 1991, she founded the Ernst Krenek Institute in 1998 and the private foundation Krems die Ernst Krenek in 2004 in Vienna, Austria. In 2006 Gladys was awarded the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria. (?) b. May 23rd 1924.

July 6th.
1961: Rocco Scott LaFaro (25)
American influential jazz bassist, born in Irvington, New Jersey, and perhaps best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio. He entered college to study music but left during the early weeks of his sophomore year, to joined Buddy Morrow and his big band, before relocating to Los Angeles. He quickly found work and became known as one of the best of the young bassists. In 1959, after many gigs with such greats as Chet Baker, Victor Feldman, Stan Kenton, Cal Tjader, and Benny Goodman, Rocco joined Bill Evans. His tragic death came two days after accompanying Stan Getz at the Newport Jazz Festival and ten days after recording two live albums with the Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby, albums considered among the finest live jazz recordings (died in an automobile accident in Flint, New York on U.S. 20 between Geneva and Canandaigua) b. April 3rd 1936
Satchmo/Louis Armstrong (69)
American bandleader, singer and trumpet player, born in New Orleans, LA. He was a very charismatic innovative performer whose musical skills and bright personality transformed jazz from a rough regional dance music into a popular art form. One of the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century. He worked odd jobs as a boy, including delivering milk and coal and selling newspapers and bananas. He also played the cornet with various bands in the New Orleans area. From 1922-24 Louis played with King Oliver's Original Creole Jazz Band. Next he played trumpet with Fletcher Henderson in New York City, before he played solo trumpet and fronted his own bands until his death, including the Hot Five and the Hot Seven. recording artist beginning in the early 1920s. Appeared in Broadway shows, including "Hot Chocolates" and "Swingin' the Dream". He also appeared in many films, including Pennies from Heaven 1936; Every Day's a Holiday, 1937; Going Places 1938; Dr. Rhythm 1938; Cabin in the Sky 1943; Jam Session 1944; New Orleans 1947; The Strip 1951; Glory Alley 1952; The Glenn Miller Story 1954; High Society 1957; The Five Pennies 1959; A Man Called Adam 1966; and Hello, Dolly 1969. Louis's nickname Satchmo was an abbreviation of "satchelmouth," a joke on the size of his mouth; he was also nicknamed Gatemouth, Dippermouth, Dip, and simply Pops. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "early influence" in 1990 and in 2001 the city of New Orleans renamed its airport as Louis Armstrong International Airport (sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 4th 1901.
1977: Ödön Pártos (70)
Hungarian-Israeli violist, composer and recipient of the Israel Prize in 1954. He taught and served as director of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and regarded as among the most important Israeli composers. Between the years 1938–1956, Ödön was the principal of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's viola section, as well as playing numerous solo performances in Israel and abroad. In 1946, together with cellist László Vincze, he founded the Samuel Rubin Israel Academy of Music, now Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, and in 1959 was instrumental in founding the Thelma Yellin High School of Art in Tel Aviv. In 1951, Partos was appointed director of the Rubin Academy, a position he was to hold until his death, although the state of his health during his last five years of life prevented him from taking an active part in the Academy's administration, a position filled by Prof. Arie Vardi who succeeded him as director there (?) b. October 1st 1907.
1979: Van Allen Clinton McCoy (39)
American musician, music producer, arranger, songwriter, and orchestra conductor. Born in Washington, D.C., he learned to play piano at a young age and sang with the Metropolitan Baptist Church choir as a youngster. By age 12, he had begun writing his own songs in addition to performing in local amateur shows alongside his older brother, Norman Jr. The two brothers formed a doo-wop combo named the Starlighters with two friends while in high school. He is best known for his 1975 international hit "The Hustle", which is still played in dance halls and on the radio today. He has approximately 700 song copyrights to his credit and is also noted for producing songs for such recording artists as Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin, Brenda & The Tabulations, David Ruffin, Peaches & Herb, and Stacy Lattishaw (sadly died of a massive heart attack) b. January 6th 1940.
1998: Roy Rogers/Leonard Slye (86)
American actor and country singer; he and his 3rd wife Dale Evans, his "golden palomino" Trigger and German shepherd, Bullet, were featured in over 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show which ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1964. After moving to LA in 1929/30 he started out with his cousin singing the LA bars as the Slye Brothers. After four years of little success, in 1934, he formed a Western cowboy music group, Sons of the Pioneers with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer. The group hit it big with songs like "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in western films, including a supporting role as a singing cowboy, still billed as "Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie. In 1938, when Autry temporarily walked out on his movie contract, Leonard was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers" and assigned the lead in Under Western Stars. Roy became a matinee idol and American legend, also a competitor for Gene Autry as the nation's favorite singing cowboy was born! (congestive heart failure) b. November 5th 1911.
1999: Michael Wallace (43)
Jamaican keyboard player and original member of the seminal Jamaican 80s band Chalice with hits such as "I Still Love You" and "Good To Be There". He had also been a member of the band Third World (tragically gunned down while drivng his car in Kingston, Jamaica) b. June 6th 1956.
Joaquin Rodrigo (97)
Spanish composer of classical music and virtuoso pianist; despite being nearly blind from an early age, he achieved great success. His music counts among some of the most popular of the 20th century, particularly his Concierto de Aranjuez, considered one of the pinnacles of the Spanish music and guitar concerto repertoire. In 1943 he received Spain's National Prize for Orchestra for Cinco piezas infantiles/Five Children's Pieces, based on his earlier composition of the same piece for two pianos, premiered by Ricardo Viñes. From 1947 Rodrigo was a professor of music history, holding the Manuel de Falla Chair of Music in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, at Complutense University of Madrid. In 1991, he was raised to the nobility by King Juan Carlos; he was given the title Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez, in 1996 he received the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award—Spain's highest civilian honor, and he was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1998 (?) b. November 22nd 1901.
Wladyslaw Szpilman (88)
Polish pianist, Wladyslaw studied piano in Warsaw and Berlin in the early 1930s. After Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany in 1933, he returned to Warsaw, where he quickly became a celebrated pianist and composer of both classical and popular music. He composed many pieces and soundtracks while touring Poland with his violinist, Bronislav Gimpel. His family was deported to Treblinka, an extermination camp in the east, but Wladyslaw managed to flee from the transport loading site with the help of a friend. Tragically none of his family members survived the war apart from himself. From 1945 to 1963 he was director of the Music Department at Polish Radio. Over his career he composed several symphonic works and about 500 songs, still popular in Poland today, as well as music for children, radio plays and films. In 1961 he initiated and organized the Sopot International Song Festival in Poland and founded the Polish Union of Authors of Popular Music. Shortly after the war ended he wrote a memoir about his survival in Warsaw. He published the book, Smierc Miasta (Death of a City), it was soon suppressed by the Stalinist Polish authorities. Following the de-Stalinisation period of the 1950s, the book was published and printed to a greater extent. In 1998, Wladyslaw’s son Andrzej republished his father’s work, first in German as Das wunderbare Überleben (The miraculous survival) and then in English as The Pianist. In 2002, Roman Polanski directed a screen version, also called The Pianist, but sadly Wladyslaw died before the film was completed. The movie won three Academy Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Award, and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (died in Warsaw) b. December 5th 1911.
"Lonesome" Jimmie Lee Robertson (71)
American blues singer and guitarist, from the generation of blues performers who helped establish Maxwell Street in Chicago as a famous blues locale. He recorded with musicians like Magic Sam and Jimmy Reed, made records as a leader, and took part in the American Folk Blues Festival package tour of the US and Europe in 1965.
He took a succession of days jobs in the 1970s and 1980s, but returned to recording in the 1990s, and made several albums for the Delmark, Amina and Apo labels. He led a protest against the proposed redevlopment of the historic Maxwell Street area and Chicago's blues heritage in the late 1990s, including two lengthy hunger strikes. In 1998 he embarked upon the first of two long hunger strikes in protest. (He had been been diagnosed with bone cancer, and was later found dead with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound) b. April 30th 1931.
2003: Clyde "Skip" Battin (69)
American bassist and songwriter born in Gallipolis, Ohio; in 1956 he collaborated with Gary Paxton and formed the Pledges, the two later successfully recorded under the name of Skip & Flip, enjoying hits with "It Was I", and "Cherry Pie". From 1970 to 1973
Skip was bass player and songwriter with the Byrds. From
1974 to 1976 he played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, with whom he recorded three albums. He continued to play live and recorded collaborations with notable country rock musicians, numerous solo projects and stints with the Flying Burrito Brothers. From 1989 to 1991 he toured occasionally with Michael Clarke's Byrds. (Alzheimer's disease) b. February 18th 1934.
2004: Syreeta Wright (57)
US Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, most notably known for her work with Stevie Wonder and Billy Preston. She began recording career with Motown as a backing vocalist during the 60s, releasing her own single "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You" in 1967. Following a suggestion by Stevie Wonder, she became a songwriter.
One early success between the two was the song 'It's A Shame' for the, then, Motown Spinners. By 1970, the collaboration with Stevie saw the release of the song 'Signed, Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours', a song she co-wrote with Wonder, Lee Garrett and Lula Hardaway. That same year, she collaborated with Stevie on his album 'Where I'm Coming From', co-writing the songs 'Do Yourself A Favor', 'Something Out Of The Blue', 'If You Really Love Me' (a song on which she sang) and 'Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer'. Stevie and Syreeta married on the 14th September 1970. In 1972, Syreeta released her debut album, simply entitled 'Syreeta' for the MoWest imprint, the first of 10 solo albums. Syreeta wrote, or recorded with Sheree Brown, George Howard, Gary Bartz, Patrice Rushen, Wayne Henderson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Stairsteps, George Duke, Quincy Jones and Donald Byrd, amongst many others, at various times. (sadly died after her long battle with breast cancer) b. August 3rd 1946.
2005: Dennis D'Ell/Denis James Dalziel (61)
British singer and harmonica player born in London. He was a founding member and lead singer of the British pop band The Honeycombs formed in 1963. There debut single "Have I the Right?" was released in June 1964 on the Pye record label, by the end of August the record reached No.1 in the UK charts. Outside the UK "Have I the Right?" was a big success too. The song became No.1 in Australia, Canada and Sweden, No.5 in the US and in the Netherlands No.2. The Honeycombs also recorded a German version of the song: "Hab ich das Recht?" and both versions reached No.21 in the German charts. The group toured Europe, The Far East, Japan and Australia. Other hits included "Who Is Sylvia?", "Is It Because", "Eyes", "That's the Way" and others (sadly he lost his battle with cancer) b. October 14th 1943.
2008: Bobby Durham (71)
American jazz drummer born in in Philadelphia; he started with The Orioles at age 16, and went on to play with King James, Stan Hunter, Lloyd Price, Wild Bill Davis, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Slide Hampton, Grant Green, Sweets Edison, Tommy Flanagan, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Rowles, Oscar Peterson, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, in which he played for five years, and accompanied Ella Fitzgerald for more than a decade (?) b. Feb 3rd 1937
2009: Jim Reid (75)
Scottish folk singer, guitarist and mouth organist; born in Dundee, Jim started out in the with "The Taysiders", after which he became the driving force of the Arbroath band "The Foundry Bar Band". He recorded 3 albums with them, 'The Foundry Bar Band' in 1981, 'On The Road with The Foundry Bar Band' in 1983 and in 1988 'Rolling Home'. Jim has featured on many other artists recordings including the 9th to 12th volumes of the twelve volume series of "The Complete Songs of Robert Burns", John Huband's "Freewheeling Now" and the Hamish Henderson tribute album "A The Bairns O Adam" and "Life In The Kingdom", the latter was with the children of Fife primary schools. In 2005 he won the "Scots Singer of the Year" award and he regularly played at festivals until recently when he was diagnosed with dementia (died after short illness) b.????
2009: Martin Streek (43)
Canadian influencial radio DJ known for his work on CFNY-FM (Edge 102) in Toronto, Ontario. Born in the Meadowvale part of Mississauga, he was one of three remaining personalities from the "Spirit of Radio" era of the Edge. He was known for his deep, gravelly voice, his phrase "Come out early and stay late" and weekend late night live-to-air broadcasts from the Toronto clubs, mainly the Phoenix Concert Theatre and the Velvet Underground in Toronto, and The Kingdom in Burlington, Ont. when it was in existence. For a time, Martin also hosted a Friday Night Live show from the Docks.
He was also known for his weekly show, the Thursday 30, where he counted down the top 30 songs of the past week, as well as championing five emerging acts in a segment called Groundbreakers. Martin was voted DJ of the year a number of times in Now Magazine's year-end public ballot. Despite his knowledge and his great importance to the music scene over the decades, in late May 2009 sadly he seemed to have been axed by CFNY-FM and from the station's website, along with a few others as part of restructuring at the station. Martin's last status update on Facebook was, "So...I guess that's it...thanks everyone...I'm sorry to those I should be sorry to, I love you to those that I love, and I will see you all again soon (not too soon though)... Let the stories begin." (suspected suicide) b. June 16th 1964.
2010: Abdullah Totong Mahmud (80) Indonesian composer and television host, a composer of around 500 children's songs from Indonesia. Some of his best known works include "Pelangi", "Ambilkan Bulan", "Anak Gembala", "Bintang Kejora", "Mendaki Gunung", "Ade Irma Suryani", and "Amelia". Abdullah was the host of two children song's shows on TVRI, "Lagu Pilihanku"/Songs of My Choice from 1968 to 88, and "Ayo Menyanyi"/Let’s Sing from 1969 to 1988. He was honoured with the 2003 AMI Lifetime Achievement Award. The Indonesian government awarded him the Bintang Budaya Parama Dharma medal in 2003 (pneumonia) b. February 3rd 1930.
Syrinx/Simion Stanciu (60) Romanian pan flautist
, born in Bucharest, who later lived and worked in Switzerland.
He started studying violin, but from the age of 14, Simion increasingly concentrated on playing the pan pipes. He chose his stage name, which not only signifies the nymph Syrinx in ancient Greek mythology, but also the Pan flute itself. The range of Stanciu's repertoire included Baroque and Classical instrumental concerts - Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart etc. adapted for the Pan flute, collaborations with Rock music artists like The Moody Blues or Yes, as well as recordings in the fields of Jazz and light music. He also performed the soundtrack recording for the film Quest for Fire. Simion founded the Pan flute school Akademie Syrinx (died in Geneva, Switzerland, after a protracted illness) b. December 23rd 1949
2010: Harvey Fuqua (80)
American singer, songwriter, producer and record label executive; born in Louisville, Kentucky, where he started a vocal group called the Crazy Sounds. Later, the group with Harvey as lead singer, along with Bobby Lester, Alexander "Pete" Graves, Prentiss Barnes, plus Billy Johnson on guitar moved to Cleveland, where an impressed R & R DJ Alan Freed, invited them on his radio show and concerts, then in 1952, changing their name to The Moonglows Alan signed them to his Champagne Records label. The Moonglows eventually signed to >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from a heart attack) b. July 27th 1929.
2011: Josef Suk (81) Czech violinist, violist, chamber musician and conductor, the grandson of Josef Suk, and great-grandson of Antonín Dvorák. In his home country he carried the title of National Artist. He became a distinguished violist, having recorded Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra as violist with Iona Brown and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He
had a long and distinguished career in the recording studio, winning the Grand Prix du Disque six times: including in 1960 for recordings of Leoš Janácek and Claude Debussy violin sonatas, and in 1968 for the Alban Berg violin concerto. He also won the Wiener Floetenuhr Prize and the Edison Prize (sadly Josef died fighting prostate cancer) b. August 8th 1929
2014: Castro De Destroyer/Theophilus Tagoe (32) Ghanaian
award-winning hiplife musician, a musical style which fuses highlife and hip hop. Born in Takoradi, Western Region, he attended Anglican Primary and J.S.S, and he featured on hip-life group 4×4 hit track, “sikletele” which officially introduced him into the local music scene. In 2003, he released his debut album ‘Sradenam’, which became an instant hit in Ghana; this was followed by his second album ‘Toffee’. Castro later formed the group Cashface along with Shiloh and Screw Face, they had many hits including ‘Omega’. Over his career he worked with other musicians such as Tinny, Sarkodie, Buk Bak, Mzbel, Abrewa Nana, Pope Skinny, Dasebre Dwamena, just to mention a few. His latest collaborations include Adonai remix - Sarkodie ft Castro, Personal Person - D Black ft Castro, Ma Yentena - Dada Hafco ft Castro, Odo Bekumi - Funny Face ft Castro & Samira, and Odo Pa - Castro ft Asamoah Gyan & Kofi Kinaata. (while staying at the Aqua Safari Resort in Ada with friends, tragically, Casto drowned when he dived into the lake in an attempt to save the life of Janet Bandu, believed to be his girlfriend) b. 1982.
2014: Kathy Stobart (89) British jazz saxophonist born in South Shields, and first learned piano as a child. After picking up saxophone, she first played locally in Newcastle and then in London in the 1940s with Denis Rose, Ted Heath and Jimmy Skidmore. Later that decade she played with Art Pepper and Peanuts Hucko. She played with pianist Art Thompson in the late 1940s. She toured with Vic Lewis in 1949 and led her own group in 1950-51. In the 1950s and 1960s she went into semiretirement to raise her family. Then from 1969 to 1977 she played with the jazz icon Humphrey Lyttelton. Following this she led her own groups, with Harry Beckett, John Bunch, and Lennie Best, among others. Over her long career she also played with Johnny Griffin, Al Haig, Earl Hines, Buddy Tate, Zoot Sims, Marian McPartland, and Dick Hyman (?) b. April 1st 1925.
Sadly Kathy Stobert died on July 6th, NOT July 5th as many sources report. This is confirmed by her youngest son, Peter Courtley.
2015: Masabumi Kikuchi aka Poo Sun (75) Japanese jazz pianist and composer; born in Tokyo, he studied music at the Tokyo Art College High School. After graduating, he joined Lionel Hampton's Japanese touring band. He became known for his broad and diverse range of music from vanguard classical to fusion and digital music and worked with a large number of musicians, including Sonny Rollins, Woody Herman, Mal Waldron, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Paul Motian, Terumasa Hino, Helen Merrill, Tethered Moon, Pee Wee Ellis, Billy Harper and Hannibal Peterson. (sadly died from subdural hematoma) b. October 19th 1939.
2015: Julio Angel/Julio Manuel Acevedo Lanuza (69) Puerto Rican rock, pop and bolero singer, born in Bayamón; in his teens he formed a band which he and his friends named "Julito and the Latin Lads". During the 1960s, he made his television debut at Puerto Rico's WAPA-TV canal 4 television channel, with his group, on Myrta Silva's show, singing "Una Hora Contigo"/"One Hour With You", which lead him to become a new teen idol of Puerto Rico. He had many hits in the 60s, 70s and 80s and continued his singing career into the 2000s. (sadly died fighting multiple myeloma) b.December 23rd 1945.
2015: Lil' Bob/Camille Bob (77) American R&B singer, drummer and bandleader, born in Arnaudville, Louisiana. He started his music career in the mid-1950s as drummer in a band led by the unrelated Good Rockin' Bob, but he soon formed his own dance band, The Lollipops, and first recorded in 1957. He and his band became best known for their 1965 single "I Got Loaded" and the 1966 album Nobody But You. Many of their 1960s recordings have remained popular on the Northern soul circuit in Britain. Lil' Bob was still active as a performer in Louisiana in the mid to late 2000s (sadly he died from cancer
) b. November 7th 1937.

2016: Danny Smythe (67) American drummer and founding member of The Box Tops, a Memphis band which started out in 1963 as "The Devilles". They won a weekly "Battle of the Bands" contest at Memphis's T. Walker Lewis YMCA, before changing their name to "Box Tops" to prevent confusion with a New York band with the name "The Devilles". They recorded "The Letter", though under two minutes in length, it was an international hit by September 1967, reaching Billboard's No.1 position and remaining there for four weeks. The band followed up with "Neon Rainbow", after which Danny returned to school. He studied art after leaving the music industry and painted murals in restaurants and hotel lobbies and spent decades as a freelance illustrator for advertising agencies. He returned to a reunited Box Tops in 1996 and two years later they released Tear Off!, whose cover was designed by Danny. They continued to tour until Alex Chilton’s death in 2010. (?) b. August 25th 1948.

July 7th.
1949: Bunk Johnson (?)
American jazz trumpeter, a prominent early New Orleans jazz trumpet player in the early years of the 20th century who enjoyed a revived career in the 1940s.
Bunk gave the year of his birth as 1879, although there is speculation that he may have actually been younger by as much as a decade. He received lessons from Adam Olivier and played in Olivier's orchestra. Bunk began in Papa Jack Laines band, along with Buddy Bolan and played a few adolescent jobs with Buddy Bolden, but was not a regular member of Bolden's Band for any length of time. He was regarded as one of the top trumpeters in New Orleans in the years 1905–1915, in between repeatedly leaving the city to tour with minstrel shows and circus bands. After he failed to appear for a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade job in 1915, he learned the krewe members intended to do him bodily harm, and so he left town, touring with shows and then settling in New Iberia, Louisiana. In 1931 he lost his trumpet and front teeth when a violent fight broke out at a dance in Rayne, Louisiana, putting an end to his playing. Eventually Bunk was fitted with a set of dentures and given a new trumpet, and in 1942 made his first solo recordings with his band. These recordings propelled him into public attention, attracting a cult following. Bunk and his band played in New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, and New York City and made many more recordings (sadly Bunk died a year after suffering a bad stroke) b. 1879 or 1889.
1950: Theodore "Fats" Navarro (26)
American jazz trumpet player, born in Key West, Florida; he was a pioneer of the bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940s. He had a strong stylistic influence on many other players, most notably Clifford Brown. He began playing piano at age six, and began playing trumpet at thirteen. After life on the road with many bands he settled in New York City in 1946, where he met and played with Charlie Parker, alsthough never a member of his bands. Fats played in the Andy Kirk, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, and Lionel Hampton big bands, and participated in small group recording sessions with Kenny Clarke, Tadd Dameron, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Howard McGhee, and Bud Powell. His last performance was with Charlie Parker on July 1st at Birdland (?) b. September 24th 1923.
1954: Idabelle Smith Firestone (79)
American composer and songwriter, b
orn in Jackson, Michigan; she was educated at Alma College, Ontario. She joined the ASCAP in 1948 and her compositions include "If I Could Tell You" used as the theme of "Voice of Firestone" programs, "In My Garden", "You Are the Song in My Heart", "Do You Recall?", "Melody of Love" and "Bluebirds" (?) b. November 10th 1874.
1990: Cazuza/Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto (32)
Brazilian composer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro. He started his career with the rock band Barão Vermelho in 1980, their greatest success was "Bete Balanço". In 1985, Cazuza took part in Rock in Rio with Barão Vermelho, and around this time, Caetano Veloso claimed he was the greatest Brazilian poet of his generation. 1985 also saw him pursue his solo career, Cazuza's music began to diversify, incorporating elements of the blues in songs such as "Blues da Piedade"/Blues of Compassion, "Só as mães são felizes"/Only Mothers Are Happy and "Balada da Esplanada"/Ballad of the Esplanade, which was based on a poem of the same name by Oswald de Andrade; showcasing increasingly intimate lyrics, like those in "Só se for a Dois" /Only If It Will Be as a Couple, as well as opening itself up to influences from Brazilian pop music with interpretations of Cartola's "O Mundo é um Moinho", Raul Seixas's "Cavalos Calados"/Silent Horses and Caetano Veloso's "Esse Cara"/This Guy (sadly died from an AIDS related illness) b. April 4th 1958.
Mia Zapata (27)
American singer, lead singer for the Seattle punk rock band The Gits. Highly influential in the Seattle, Washington music scene, she was considered a dynamic live performer and a uniquely gifted lyricist and painter. In 1992, the band released its debut album "Frenching the Bully" (Mia was brutally raped and murdered; A streetwalker found her beaten and mutilated body posed in a Christ-like fashion under a streetlight in a park. Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia was sentenced to 36 years for the crimes) b. August 25th 1965.
1997: Mrs Miller/Elva Ruby Connes (89) American singer born in Joplin, Missouri; her whistling, which was equally as wobbly as her voice was apparently preceded by Mrs. Miller filling her mouth with ice to better control the pitch, also featured on a number of her records. She gained fame in the 1960s for her out-of-tune versions of songs such as "Moon River", "Monday, Monday", "A Lover's Concerto", and "Downtown". She sang in an untrained, Mermanesque, vibrato-laden voice (?) b. October 5th 1907.
2001: Fred Neil (65) American singer, guitarist, songwriter; one of the most compelling folk-rockers to emerge from Greenwich Village in the mid '60s. Born in Cleveland, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Fred was one of the singer-songwriters who worked out of New York City's Brill Building. He is often called a pioneer of the folk rock, his most prominent musical descendants being Tim Buckley, Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell. Also in the 1960s and early 1970s, he wrote hits such as "Candy Man" and "Everybody's Talkin'" as well as the ballad "A Little Bit Of Rain" and the rock standard "The Other Side of This Life", most famously recorded by Jefferson Airplane. He left the music industry in the 70s. (sadly died of cancer) b. March 16th 1936.
2003: Izhak Graziani (79) Bulgarian-born conductor born in Bulgaria and studied music and conducting.
In 1948 he moved to Israel where he became the conductor of the IDF Orchestra. He eventually became conductor of the IBA Radio Orchestra, eventually renamed IBA Radio and TV Orchestra (?) b. August 4th 1924.
2005: Richard Verreau (79) Canadian tenor born in Chateau-Richer, near Québec City, he began singing as a child in church choir. He studied at the Laval University with Émile Larochelle and made his debut at the Opéra de Lyon in 1951, where he sang the lead tenor roles in Lakmé, Manon, Mireille, and Les pêcheurs de perles. In Europe, he performed in Belgium, Italy, Austria, and even Russia. He made his debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as the Duke in Rigoletto, in 1957, other roles there included: Alfredo in La traviata, Rodolfo in La bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Back in North America, he appeared regularly with the Opera Guild of Montréal and the Théâtre lyrique de Nouvelle-France. He made his debut at the New York City Opera in 1956, as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, followed by his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Faust, in 1963. He appeared at the San Francisco Opera, as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. Richard also performed as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1998, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2000, an Officer of the National Order of Quebec (?) b. January 1st 1926.
2006: Rudi Carrell/Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar (78)
Dutch entertainer and singer;
he worked as a TV entertainer and hosted his own show. The Rudi Carrell Show ran first in the Netherlands, then in Germany for many years. Rudi acted in several movies and was also a singer with a number of hits, as well as representing the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 singing "Wat een geluk"/What luck (sadly died battling lung cancer) b. December 19th 1934.
2006: Roger 'Syd' Barrett (60)
British psychedelic pioneer, founder member, frontman / lead guitarist of legendary rock band Pink Floyd, the band's creative force and influential songwriter, penning most of their early hits. Born in Cambridge, England, to a well-off middle class family, he acquired the nickname "Syd" at the age of 15, a reference to an old local >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Syd died from complications from diabetes) b. January 6th 1946.
2008: Hugh Mendl (88) British record producer; produced Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, which were pivotal in defining the new skiffle sound of the 1950s, acted as executive producer for the Moody Blues' 1967 album Days of Future Passed. Through his efforts, David Bowie, John Mayall, Caravan, Genesis among
others signed with Decca; he also produced the original cast recordings of musicals such as Hello Dolly, Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, and Cinderella.(?) b. August 6th 1919
2010: Robbie Jansen (60) South African jazz multi-musician, born in Cape Town, he began in local bands such as The Rockets, performing music made popular by the Sth African radio, playing the British pop of the late 60s. But after a trip to London, part of a prize in a band competition, he soon discovered Black music from the USA and his love for it. He next played in the brass section of Cape Town's cult jazz/rock group Pacific Express from where he went solo as an alto-sax player and singer. South African duo Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu brought Robbie on board to play flute and saxophone on Juluka's debut album, Universal Men. Robbie then joined the growing band for their next two albums, before resuming his solo career. In 2006 his album, Nomad Jazz was finalist for a SAMA Award, as best Jazz album of the year. He has two other solo albums, Vastrap Island and The Cape Doctor. Sadly he suffered with ill health and respiratory problems in his latter years (
sadly died after a long illness) b.1949.
2010: Lelio Luttazzi (87) Italian musician and singer, his many songs include "Senza cerini", "Legata ad uno scoglio", "Timido twist" ,"Chiedimi tutto" etc. He has composed pieces like Una zebra a pois, sung by Mina, Vecchia America for Quartetto Cetra, "Eccezionalmente, Sì" for Jula De Palma "You'll say to-morrow" recorded in Italian language by Sophia Loren, and "Souvenir d'Italie". He appeared on television in the 80s and 90s in shows such as "Cipria" by Enzo Tortora and in 1991 at Telemontecarlo for "Festa di compleanno". On October 8th 2006 he was guest of honor for Fiorello's show "Viva Radio2" which, for the occasion, went on the air at the same time as on the radio as on TV. (peripheral neuropathy) b. April 27th 1923
2010: Ezequiel Neves (74) Brazilian record producer and journalist (died after long illness) b.????

2011: Manuel Galbán (80) Cuban guitarist, a Grammy winner, pianist and arranger, most notable for his work with Los Zafiros, Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club. He grew up in the fishing town of Gibara, after playing guitar and tres in various local youth groups, he got his first professional gig at the age of 14 playing guitar with the Orchestra Villa Blanca. In 1956 he moved to Havana, where he spent seven years playing in bars and clubs and appearances on radio.
In 1963 he joined the legendary vocal group Los Zafiros, after a mutual friend had recommended him to them. His playing proved to be an essential ingredient to the sound of Los Zafiros; he left the group in 1972. After he spent three years with Cuba's national musical ensemble, Dirección Nacional de Música, he worked a further 23 years with the Grupo Batey as a guitarist, vocalist and pianist, touring extensively across four continents. In 1998 he joined the traditional Cuban group Vieja Trova Santiaguera with whom he toured and released two highly acclaimed albums. He also he appeared in the Wim Wenders film Buena Vista Social Club, filmed with Ry Cooder during the sessions for the debut solo album by Ibrahim Ferrer. Later he recorded with Ferrer and Buena Vista Social Club bassist Cachaíto Lopez, leading to his engagement as the featured guitarist with the touring ensemble named after the film. In 2001 he recorded Mambo Sinuendo with Ry Cooder which won the 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. (sadly Manuel died of a heart attack at his home in Havana) b. January 14th 1931.
2011: Yuri Kukin (78) Russian singer-songwriter born in the town of Syasstroy; after graduating from the Institute of Physical Training in Leningrad in 1954, he worked as a figure skating coach in sports schools. In 1960, he participated in geological expeditions to Kamchatka and Pamir.
Since childhood, he was involved with music, playing in a jazz band as a drummer. In 1948, he started to write songs and perform them. Later, some of these songs became popular among hikers and geologists, and then among the general public. Over time, Kukin won prizes at various festivals. In 1968, he began performing as an artist at Lenconcert. In 1971, he began working at the Leningrad Symphony. In 1979 he worked at Lenconcert, and in 1988, he worked at a theater studio called Benefis (?) b. July 17th 1932.
2012: Dennis Flemion (57) American rock keyboardist and drummer; along with his brother Jimmy, he was a founding member of the rock band The Frogs. He was the primary percussionist for the band. Dennis was also a temporary member of The Smashing Pumpkins from 1996 to 1997, filling in on live keyboards following the death of Jonathan Melvoin.
Dennis and Jimmy also appeared on The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Medellia of the Gray Skies', on "Tonight, Tonight", and on the album 'Adore', backing vocals on "To Sheila" and "Behold! The Night-Mare" (tragically Dennis drowned while swimming in Lake Wind,Wisconsin) b. June 6th 1955..
2013: MC Daleste/Daniel Pedreira Senna Pellegrine (20) Brazilian funk singer, songwriter and rapper; born in São Paulo, he began his career in 2009 composing his first funk songs and found success after releasing "Deusa da Ostentação'", "Ostentação Fora do Normal" and "Quem é Essa Menina de Vermelho?" and collaboration with another urban artist MC Guimê (tragically he was shot in the stomach while performing a show in São Paulo with reportedly 3000 attending. He died later that day in hospital. The Brazilian rap scene has turned violent with a number of MCs being killed including Felipe Boladão, MC Careca and MC Primo) b. October 30th 1992.
2014: Byungho Yoon (78) Korean-born Canadian violinist and composer, born in Jung Up village in southern Korea. As a youngster he joined the Korean Youth Partisans to "defeat the U.S. imperialists and their allies" and was imprisoned by enemy forces. He later joined the South Korean military band, where he learnt to play the violin. In 1991, Byungho, his wife and their children immigrated to Canada, where he continued his career in music and became a member of the York Symphonic Orchestra. He was anti-American, also member of the Communist Party of Canada, as well as a member of the Korean Truth Commission and a supporter of Korean Re-Unification. He later visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1994 and 2005. (
Byungho died after a series of strokes) b. November 11th 1936.
2014: Lois Johnson/Lois Johnson Scoggins (72) American country music singer born in Maynardville, TE., and charted 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including "Loving You Will Never Grow Old", "Your Pretty Roses Came Too Late" and "Come On In and Let Me Love You" (?) b. May 15th 1942.
2014: Francis "Frankie" Dunlop (86) American jazz drummer
born in Buffalo, New York; he began playing guitar at age nine and drums at ten. He was playing professionally by age 16 and received some classical education in percussion. He toured with Big Jay McNeely and recorded with Moe Koffman in 1950 before serving in the Army during the Korean War. After his discharge he played with Sonny Stitt, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins in 1958, 1966–67, Maynard Ferguson from 1958–60, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington in 1960, and Thelonious Monk from 1960–64; it is for his recordings with the last of these that he is principally remembered. Later in his life he recorded with Lionel Hampton from 1975–81, Earl Hines 1973–74, after which he played with Ray Crawford, and Joe Zawinul before retiring
in 1984, having recorded on over 100 albums. Frankie and his jazz pianist brother Boyd were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of fame on October 4th 2012 (?) b. December 6th 1928.
2016: Rokusuke Ei (83) Japanese lyricist, composer, author, essayist and TV personality of Chinese descent. He wrote the lyrics to the song "Ue o Muite Aruko", known internationally as "Sukiyaki", which has been used in several English language films. He also wrote the lyrics to the song "Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi o" sung by Kyu Sakamoto in 1963. (?) b. April 10th 1933.
2016: Om Prakash Sonik (77) Indian composer and Bollywood music director; he composed music for films like Mahua (with the haunting Dono ne kiya tha pyar magar), Truck Driver, Mehfil, Beti, Dharti Ki Godh Mein, Dharma (the famous qawwali Raaz ki baat keh doon to, jaane mehfil mein phir kya ho), Raftaar, Umar Qaid, Chowki No. 11 (which had the memorable hit number sung by Shobha Gurtu, Kahin ho na mohalle me halla) and Ladki Pasand Hai. In the past few years, Omi largely remained away from Bollywood but composed certain non-film and private albums, religious music and other genres of music. Till the end, he remained active with The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd, which ensures royalties for all performers, said Som. (sadly died of a cardiac arrest) b. 1939.

July 8th.
1905: Walter Kittredge (70) American singer, songwriter, violin, seraphine, melodeon
, a famous musician during the American Civil War. Born in Merrimack, New Hampshire, he was a talented self-taught musician
and toured solo and also with the Hutchinson Family, a musical troupe. In his career he wrote over 500 songs, many of them dealing with themes of the American Civil War. His most famous song, "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground", was sung by both sides of the war and is known throughout the world. Walter was also a noted supporter of Abolitionism and the Temperance movement (?) b. October 8th 1834.
1971: Charlie James Shavers (50) American swing era jazz trumpet player, born in New York. He originally took up the piano and banjo before switching to trumpet and went on to play with
Johnny Dodds, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams and Billie Holiday. In 1953-54 he worked with Benny Goodman, and toured Europe with Norman Granz's popular Jazz at the Philharmonic series. He formed his own band with Terry Gibbs and Louie Bellson.
Charlie was also an arranger and composer, one of his compositions, "Undecided", is a jazz standard (sadly Charlie died after battling throat cancer) b. August 3rd 1920.
1991: Willie Nix/The Memphis Blues Boy (68) American blues singer, guitarist and drummer, born in Memphis, Tennessee; as a child he learned to tap dance, as a teenager he worked as part dancer, part comedian, with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels. This led to work in various variety shows in the 1940s, and he appeared on local radio working alongside Willie Love, Joe Willie Wilkins and Sonny Boy Williamson II, billed as the Four Aces. He became a part of the blues scene that grew up around Beale Street and made his first recording for RPM Records in 1951. Willie wrote the songs "Nervous Wreck" and "Try Me One More Time", and reworked others such as Catfish Blues and Curtis Jones' Lonesome Bedroom Blues. Sam Philips signed him up as "the Memphis Blues Boy" for Sun in early 1953, as a singing drummer with a band, Before recording for Chance Records in Chicago. Willie also worked with Big Walter Horton, Elmore James, Johnny Shines, and Memphis Slim during his active years and in the late 1950s he was briefly a member of Willie Cobbs' band. After a spell in prison and back in Memphis, Willie continued working throughout the 60s and 70s, until his health deteriorated (?) b. August 6th 1922.
2006: Sabine Dünser (29) Liechtensteinerin lead singer and co-founder of the gothic metal band Elis. She released her first album "Twilight" in 2001 when the band was known as Erben der Schöpfung. By the second album, some of the members of Erben der Schöpfung including Sabine, left to form the band Elis. Sabine recorded 3 albums and the EP "Show Me The Way" with Elis before her untimely death (Sadly died from a cerebral hemorrhage) b. June 27th 1977.
2011: Kenny Baker (85) American fiddler, born in Jenkins, Kentucky and he is considered to be one of the most influential fiddlers in bluegrass music; early on, he was influenced by the swing fiddler Marion Sumner, guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. He served in the United States Navy before pursuing a musical career full-time when he joined Don Gibson's band as a replacement for Marion Sumner. During a package show with Don Gibson, Kenny met Bill Monroe and was offered a job. He cut his first recordings with Monroe's Bluegrass Boys on December 15th 1957.
Kenny served more years in Monroe's band than any other musician, 27 years. After leaving the Bluegrass Boys in 1984, he played with a group of friends, Bob Black, Alan Murphy, and Aleta Murphy recording the album , Dry & Dusty in 1973, after which he teamed up with Josh Graves, who had played resonator guitar for Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs as a Foggy Mountain Boy. They played together until Josh's death in 2006. Kenny was named to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1999. His most recent recordings include "Cotton Baggin' 2000" and "Spider Bit the Baby" on OMS Records. (sadly Kenny died of complications from a stroke) June 26th 1926.
2011: George McAnthony/Georg Spitaler (45) Italian country singer, multi-musician and songwriter born in Appiano; since 1988 he toured around Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
He recorded 14 albums, three of them in Nashville. He performed as a "Country One Man Band", playing seven acoustic instruments at the same time, live, without playback or support from other musicians. He played 12-string guitar, dobro, kazoo, harmonica and mandolin or electric guitar, with his feet he played percussion instruments such as bass drum, snare, tambourine and hi-hat. He performed a duet with John Denver and appeared in radio and TV broadcasting shows. Georg has been awarded the "Best European Country Artist", "Vocalist" and "Country Song of the Year" and was also dedicated to charity projects. His 13th album "Bridge To El Dorado", came 2nd at the European Country Music Awards 2009 in the Category "Best European Album of the Year". Georg recorded his forteenth and final album "Dust Off My Boots" in Nashville, Tennessee, with Brent Mason, Paul Franklin and Bryan Sutton. (sadly Georg died from a heart attack in Terracina, Italy) b. April 6th 1966.
2012: "Uncle" Lionel Batiste (81) American jazz-blues singer, bass drummer, kazoo player from New Orleans. He began his career at aged 11 playing bass drum with the Square Deal Social & Pleasure Club. He was the bass drummer, vocalist and assistant leader of the marching brass band, the Treme Brass Band. In 2006 The National Endowment for the Arts awarded them a National Heritage Fellowship. He
has served as leader of the daily Moldejazz parade since 2000 and was king of the Krewe du Vieux for 2003 (?) b. February 1st 1931.
2013: Brett Walker (51) American songwriter, singer, and record producer born in Norman, Oklahoma; he moved to Los Angeles a
t the age of 21 where he worked as a songwriter and collaborated with a number of artists and songwriters, including Survivor, Nick Gilder, Jonathan Cain, Russ Ballard and Alias featuring Freddy Curci. In 1991 he co-wrote the song "Waiting for Love" for the band Alias and the song went on to become Brett's first top-10 international hit. The Alias CD earned platinum sales throughout the world, and the song "Waiting for Love" received a BMI Award for top radio airplay that year. His first solo record, Nevertheless, released in 1994, generated a top-10 hit in Europe with the song "Lecia". His music was heard over 300 network television shows, including The Young and the Restless, One Tree Hill, Felicity, CSI: Miami, Everwood, Malcolm in the Middle, Baywatch, and One Life to Live (?) b. November 14th 1961.
2014: Henry "Hank" LoConti Sr (85) American rock venue owner-founder of the Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio and started his career in Jukeboxes. His first Agora Club, referred to as Agora Alpha, opened on February 26th 1966 on the corner of Cornell and Random Roads in Little Italy. In 1967, the Agora moved to a second building aka Agora Beta, near the campus of Cleveland State University. It gave exposure to many bands who were starting out, both from the Cleveland area and abroad. Many artists such as
David Bowie, U2, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Grand Funk Railroad, Duran Duran, ZZ Top, Glass Harp, The Raspberries, and 100s of others achieved much exposure after playing the Agora. The popularity of the club led the Agora to expand during the 1970s, opening as many as thirteen clubs, in cities including Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa, Miami, Houston, Hartford, Akron, Toledo, New Haven, Painesville and Youngstown. However the Cleveland Club is the only one still in existence today. In 1984, the Cleveland Agora was destroyed by fire, and Hank reopened in a new building on Euclid Avenue, east of Downtown Cleveland. In 2012, the LoConti family donated the Agora to non-profit MidTown Cleveland (sadly Hank died from Lymphoma) b. 1929.
2015: Ernie Maresca (76) American songwriter and singer, born in the Bronx, New York. He began singing and writing in a doo-wop group, the Monterays, later renamed as the Desires. In 1957, a demo of his song "No One Knows" came to the attention of Dion DiMucci, who recorded it with the Belmonts, the record reached No.19 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in 1958. He then wrote "The Wanderer", "Lovers Who Wander"; and "Donna the Prima Donna" for Dion as well as co-writing "Runaround Sue". In 1962, he wrote a solo hit for himself, "Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)". He kept on writing for plenty of artists, too, often on the Laurie roster, and in that capacity had some modest hits with Reparata & the Delrons - "Whenever a Teenager Cries", Bernadette Carroll - "Party Girl", and Jimmie Rodgers - "Child of Clay", which he co-wrote with Jimmy Curtiss (sadly Ernie died at his home in South Florida, after a brief illness) b. August 21st 1938.
2016: Gérard Bourgeois aka Robert Bourgeois (80) French composer and lyricist born in Paris, in the early 1960s he met the lyricist Jean-Max Rivière and together they became a popular song writing team. In 1962 they wrote the song "Madrague" for Brigitte Bardot and also wrote for singers like Richard Anthony "Now You Can Go Away" and Jean-Claude Pascal "Between The Sea and You" among many others. In 2006 Gérard was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres (?) b. June 17th 1936.

July 9th.
1949: Fritz Hart (75) English-born Australian composer born at Brockley, Greenwich; in his younger years he spent three years as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, under Sir Frederick Bridge, and then went to the Royal College of Music in 1893. He went on to write 23 operas, of which 18 were composed in Melbourne and 4 in Hawaii. Fritz wrote 514 songs, of which about half were composed in Melbourne and a quarter each in England and Hawaii; four large choral works, unaccompanied choruses, and part-songs. He was deeply attached to the poetry of Robert Herrick, and set his words 126 times. His choral works used texts by Shelley and Walt Whitman.
He wrote a symphony in 1934, 14 other orchestral works, numerous chamber and solo instrumental works including 2 string quartets and 3 violin sonatas, transcriptions and arrangements (Fritz sadly died while living in Honolulu of cardiac disorder) b. February 11th 1874.
1951: Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (59)
Italian spinto soprano, particularly associated with the Italian operatic repertory. She made her debut in Rome in 1920, singing mezzo-soprano roles for the next 3 years.
She sang at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan from 1924-30, making her debut as Elena in Boito's Mefistofele, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. Rapidly invited in all the great opera houses of Europe, although she never appeared in Paris or London, she also sang to great acclaim in South America and was chosen by Nellie Melba to take part in her farewell tour of Australia in 1928. She was renowned in roles such as La Vestale, Lucrezia Borgia, La Gioconda, and Aida. She retired from the stage, in '38 while still in good voice. She then taught at the Music Conservatory in Milan, and later in Ankara, where she had the well-known soprano Leyla Gencer as a pupil She made a number of 78-rpm discs of individual arias and duets, and four complete opera recordings, Aida; Cavalleria rusticana; La Gioconda; and Mefistofele as Helen of Troy to Nazzareno De Angelis's Mephisto (?) b. June 20th 1891.
1972: Robert Weede/Robert Wiedefeld (69)
American operatic baritone,
born in Baltimore, Maryland, he studied singing at the Eastman School of Music and in Milan. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1937, as Tonio in Pagliacci. His other roles at the Metropolitan included Baron Scarpia, Rigoletto, Manfredo, Amonasro, and Shaklovity. Singing the role of Rigoletto, he made his debuts in Chicago in 1939, San Francisco in 1940, and at the New York City Opera in 1948. In 1956, he scored a great success on Broadway as Tony Esposito in the original production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, which was recorded complete by Columbia Records. He was also seen on Broadway in Milk and Honey from 1961-63, also recorded and Cry for Us All in 1970. (died in Walnut Creek, California) b. February 22nd 1903.
1980: Vinicius de Moraes (66)
Brazilian poet and songwriter; born in Rio de Janeiro, he was a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian music. As a poet, he wrote lyrics for a great number of songs that became all-time classics, hundreds of international performers have recorded more than 400 of his songs. He was also a composer of Bossa nova, a playwright, a diplomat and, as an interpreter of his own songs, he left several important albums (?) b. October 19th 1913.
1996: Sergey Kuryokhin (42) Russian film actor, film composer, pianist, music director, experimental artist and writer based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sergey began his acting career as a piano and keyboard player with a school band in Leningrad. After playing with professional jazz-bands as well as popular rock musicians, he went through several stages in his career, and eventually became one of the most recognisable names and faces in Russia during the 1980s and 1990s. At the end of his short life, he emerged as an avant-garde film composer, improvisor, performance artist and film actor. Outside Russia he is primarily known as a jazz and experimental musician, through his works released since 1981 on UK's Leo Records, as well as his concert tours with Ensemble Pop-Mekhanika and his happening show also titled Pop Mekhanika. He also made a significant contribution to several albums of the famous Russian rock band Aquarium (Passed away young, with a rare heart condition, cardiac sarcoma) b.
16 June 1954.
2006: Milan Williams (58) American keyboardist, songwriter and founding member of R&B/funk band the Commodores. Born in Okolona, Mississippi. His first band was called The Jays, after they disbanded he met the other founding members of the Commodores in 1967. In 1969 he traveled with the band to New York, where they recorded a single called "Keep On Dancing" on Atlantic Records.
Milan wrote the Commodores first hit record the instrumental track, "Machine Gun". Other Commodores songs penned by him are; "The Bump", "Rapid Fire", "I'm Ready", "Better Never Than Forever", "Mary Mary", "Quick Draw", "Patch It Up", "X-Rated Movie", "Wonderland", "Old-Fashion Love", "Only You", a track he also produced, taken from the Commodores first LP without Lionel Richie, Commodores 13, "You Don't Know That I Know", "Let's Get Started" and "Brick House". He left the Commodores in 1989 (Sadly died after battling cancer) b. March 28th 1948.
2006: John Coletta (74) English with Italian roots, music manager and music producer; he managed Deep Purple and Whitesnake, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.
He remained an integral part of the management of the Deep Purple through the years 1968 to 1976, often touring with them. After the group split, he managed David Coverdale’s Whitesnake for many years. Later he lived in Spain, and was involved with concert promotion there until he became ill in 2005. (Died of a heart attack after watching Italy in the World Cup final) b. 1932
2011: Facundo Cabral (74) Argentine singer and songwriter born in La Plata, from the most humble of beginnings, he went on to inspire millions around the world through his songs, poems and 66 books. Maybe best known as the composer of "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá"/"I'm not from here nor there", which he improvised during one of his concerts. His songs have been covered by Spanish language interpreters such as Alberto Cortez, who was also a friend of his, Juan Luis Guerra and Joan Manuel Serrat.
Facundo went into exile in Mexico during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship and he was named a United Nations Messengers of Peace in 1996. His later songs turned more spiritual and he continued to fill concert halls across Latin America until his death (tragically he died of multiple gun shot wounds when he was brutally shot and killed during a tour in Guatemala City while en route to La Aurora International Airport) b. May 22nd 1937.
2013: Lewis Lymon (69) American singer born in New York City and sang with the Harlemaires Juniors along with his brothers Frankie and Howard Jr before forming the rhythm and blues vocal group Teenchords. They released cut a series 50s gems
including the ballad “Please Tell the Angels” and tunes including “Not Too Young To Fall In Love”, “Honey Honey”, “Tell Me Love”, “Lydia” and “I’m So Happy”. Lewis with the Teenchords also sang in the 1957 movie “Jamboree”, which featured Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. He kept singing through out his life; he sang on and off with Jimmy Merchant and original Teenager, Herman Santiago in the Legendary Teenagers from the 1980s into the new millennium and formed a new Teenchords for a few recordings. He also sang with Drifters and Coasters group (sadly died from prostate cancer) b. June 20th 1944.
2013: James "Jim" Foglesong (90) American country music executive; born in Lundale, West Virginia. He began his career in the music industry at Columbia Records in 1951, transferring 78 RPM records into LP formats. Next he worked for RCA-Victor
for 20 years, then moved to Nashville in 1970 to head the A&R division at Dot Records. He signed popular artists, among them Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Garth Brooks, the Oak Ridge Boys, Donna Fargo, Reba McEntire, Con Hunley, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss and Kevin Morris. In Nashville, the records Jim promoted won 46 Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004 (?) b. July 26th 1922.
2014: Lorenzo Álvarez Florentín (87)
Paraguayan composer and violinist, born in San Cosme y Damián, and started his musical journey in the 30s. At aged 11 he moved to Encarnación, where he made his debut in the Molinas brothers' band before moving to
Asunción in 1950. He went on to form and or play in many ensambles with musicians such as Oscar Escobar, Carlos Centurion, Juan Carlos Miranda and Jorge Alonso. He was known for compositions such as "Soul and Violin", "Night Whistle", "Go Albirroja Go" - the most popular song dedicated to the Paraguayan football team. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 10th 1926.
2014: Ken Thorne (90) British television and film score composer, born in East Dereham, Norfolk and began his musical career as a pianist with the big bands of England during the 1940s. Then at age 27, he decided to study composition with private tutors at Cambridge and later studied the organ for five years in London. Ken began composing scores for films in 1948 and went on to
composed music for "Inspector Clouseau", the Monkees' comedy "Head" and "The Magic Christian", which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and won an Oscar for scoring the musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". He was hired to handle the music for "Superman II" and "Superman III", for which he rearranged the John Williams themes composed for the original "Superman" in 1978. He moved permanently to the US when he started work on the "Superman" films. In later years, he worked mostly in television, where his credits include the TV movies "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," "Diana: Her True Story" and "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story". (?) b. January 26th 1924.
2014: John Spinks (60)
English guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of the British rock/power trio 'The Outfield', based in Manchester, UK. The band enjoyed success in America, but never had similar success in the UK.. They released their first album, Play Deep, in 1985 through Columbia Records, which reached No.9 on the Billboard 200 and reached triple platinum in America. Their single "Your Love" reached No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and became their signature song. Their next 3 albums all charted in the US and 7 other of thier singles charted on the
Billboard Hot 100, including ‘Since You’ve Been Gone‘ and ‘Voices of Babylon‘ (sadly John died while fighting liver cancer) b. 1954.
2015: Bashar Nawaz (79) Indian Urdu poet and songwriter, he penned the popular song Karoge Yaad in the Bollywood film Bazaar. He had written lyrics for other Hindi films such as 'Lori' and 'Jane Wafa', and Ghulam Ali, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Aziz, Asha Bhosale, Talat Aziz, Bhupinder and Mehdi Hasan among others have given voice to his Ghazals. He also wrote 13 episodes of the TV serial Amir Khusro, which was telecast on Doordarshan in 1983. Bashar also penned 26 episodes of the musical opera "Sare Jahan se Accha Hindustan Hamara". He was honored with prestigious "Pulotsav Samman" and "Ghalib Award" for his contribution to Urdu literature.
2015: Gloria Bentley aka Gloria Lind (90) American soprano opera singer from the Chicago area sang with renowned companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Met. (sadly died from Alzheimer's) b. 1925.
2015: Ettore Stratta (82) American conductor and music producer
2015: Michael Masser (74) American songwriter born in Chicago; he attended the University of Illinois College of Law and became a stockbroker before to pursing a career in music. His first major hit, "Touch Me in the Morning", was co-written with Ron Miller and recorded by Diana Ross. He co-wrote several other hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s, including four made famous by Whitney Houston, "Greatest Love of All", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "Saving All My Love for You" and "All At Once". His other hit songs include "Hold Me", "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love", "If Ever You're in My Arms Again", "In Your Eyes", "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You", "Miss You Like Crazy", "Someone That I Used To Love", "The Greatest Love of All", "So Sad the Song", "It's My Turn", "Last Time I Saw Him" and many more. Michael was nominated for an Academy Award in 1976 for Best Music, Original Song, for "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)," which he wrote with Gerry Goffin. In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007. () b. March 24th 1941.
2016: Geneviève Castrée aka Woelv/Ô Paon (34) Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and comic book artist, born in Loretteville, Quebec and later lived in the Pacific Northwestern United States. (sadly died from pancreatic cancer) b.1981.
2016: Vaughn Harper (71) American radio DJ, born in New York City and a veteran WBLS New York personality who possessed one of R&B radio’s most iconic baritone voices.
Nicknamed “Velvet Voice,” he was a major pioneer of the smooth and soulful “Quiet Storm” R&B/blues/jazz format at WBLS that became popular in the early '80s. Before radio, basketball was the 6-foot-4 Vaughn’s first love. A star player at both Boys High in Brooklyn and Syracuse University, he became a fifth-round draft pick for the Detroit Pistons. Later recruited, trained and mentored by legendary WBLS radio personality/programmer Frankie Crocker, he joined the station in 1976. Although he suffered a stroke in 1993, Harper recovered and returned to the WBLS airwaves. He also lent his voice to commercials, the Grand Theft Auto IV video game and the Apollo Theater as master of ceremonies for the venue’s famed “Amateur Night” talent contests. Inducted into the Living Legends Hall of Fame, Harper retired from WBLS in 2008 after more than three decades on the air. (sadly he been battling health issues over the last few years) b. March 7th 1945.

July 10th.
1908: Phoebe Knapp (68)
American composer of music for hymns,
born in New York City and a members of the John Street Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City. She wrote over 500 hymn tunes, the most familiar is the tune now called Assurance for Fanny Crosby's lyrics Blessed Assurance. Another hymn by Fanny Crosby for which Phoebe wrote the music is "Nearer the Cross." Other hymn tunes include the tune for "Jesus Christ is Passing By" by J. Denham Smith, which is called "Albertson," and the one for "My Spirit Soul and Body" by Mary D. James, which is called "Consecration." She also wrote sacred choral and solo works, perhaps the best known of which is the Palm Sunday aria "Open the Gates of the Temple." (died in Poland, Maine) b. March 9th 1839.
1941: Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (50) American virtuoso ragtime, and pioneer jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer born in New Orleans, Louisiana, who some call the first true composer of jazz music. His composition "Jelly Roll Blues" was the first published jazz composition, in 1915. He is also notable for naming and popularizing the "Spanish tinge" of exotic rhythms and penning such standards as "Wolverine Blues," "Black Bottom Stomp," and "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden's Say," the latter a tribute to the pioneering New Orleans trumpeter. His influence continues to this day in the work of Dick Hyman, Reginald Robinson and Mark Birnbaum (evenaully died from the effects of a badly treated knife wound, afflicted 11 days previous to his death) b. October 20th 1890.
1972: Lovie Austin
/Cora Calhoun (84) American jazz pianist, Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, and arranger during the 1920s classic blues era. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after studying music theory in 1923, she relocated to Chicago where she lived and worked there for the rest of her life. Her early career was in vaudeville where she played piano and performed in variety acts. Accompanying blues singers was Lovie's specialty, and can be heard on recordings by Ma Rainey ("Moonshine Blues), Ida Cox ("Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"), Ethel Waters ("Craving Blues"), and Alberta Hunter ("Sad 'n' Lonely Blues"). She led her own band, the Blues Serenaders, and worked with many top jazz musicians of the '20s, including Louis Armstrong.
When the classic blues craze began to wither in the early 1930s, Lovie settled into the position of musical director for the Monogram Theater, in Chicago where all the T.O.B.A. acts played. She worked there for 20 years. After World War II she became a pianist at Jimmy Payne's Dancing School at Penthouse Studios, and performed and recorded occasionally. In 1961 she recorded Alberta Hunter with Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, as part of Riverside's Living Legends series. Her songs included "Sweet Georgia Brown," "C-Jam Blues," and "Gallon Stomp". She and Lil Hardin Armstrong are often ranked as two of the best female jazz blues piano players of the period and Mary Lou Williams cited Austin as her greatest influence. (?) b. September 19th 1887.
1979: Arthur Fiedler (85) American conductor in Boston, Massachusetts, who as director of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1930 to 1979, blended works of classical and popular music in his concerts (He had been in failing health for some time, and had suffered a heart attack after a performance on Saturday evening, May 5th 1979. He was in his 50th year as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra) b. December 17th 1894.
1983: Werner Egk (82)
German composer,
born in Auchsesheim, he studied under Carl Orff in Munich. When radio broadcasting became available to the public, Egk immediately realised its importance as a mass medium and developed operas and radio plays. At the beginning of the 1930s, Egk turned his interest towards ballet and opera. In 1935, he premiered his first opera Die Zaubergeige/The magic violin in Frankfurt am Main. In May 1941 he composed the soundtrack for Jungens/Boys, a propaganda film about the Hitler Youth. It included the song Marsch der deutschen Jugend/March of the German Youth for which Hans Fritz Beckmann wrote the lyrics. 1938 saw the première of his opera Peer Gynt based on Henrik Ibsen's play (?) b. May 17th 1901.
1987: John Hammond ll (76)
American record producer, musician and music critic from the 1930s to the early 1980s. Born in New York he funded the recording of pianist Garland Wilson in 1931, marking the beginning of a long string of artistic successes as record producer. In his service as a talent scout, he became one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music.
John was instrumental in sparking or furthering numerous musical careers, including those of Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Babatunde Olatunji, Asha Puthli, Pete Seeger, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Bob Dylan, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Russell and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is also largely responsible for the revival of delta blues artist Robert Johnson's music. John received a Grammy Trustees Award for being credited with co-producing a Bessie Smith reissue in 1971, and in 1986 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (sadly died from series of strokes) b. December 15th 1910.
Dick Lory/Richard "Dick" Glasser (66) American singer, songwriter and record producer; born in Canton, Ohios he started recording in the mid 50's as a rockabilly and pop singer while writing songs for other artists. In 1955 one of his first recorded songs, "Angels In The Sky", became a million seller for The Crew Cuts. Later he recorded the song himself on Colombia Records. His many other songs included I Will, a hit on both sides of the Atlantic; Baby Bye Bye; Crazy Little Daisy; Midnight To Daylight; Ballroom Baby; Gone Is My Love; Make Believe Wedding Bells; Crazy Alligator; Wild Blooded Woman to mentiion just a few. Among artists who recorded his songs were Bobby Vee, PJ Proby, Chet Atkins, Walter Brennan, Glen Campbell, Billy Fury, Dean Martin, Buddy Greco, The Kingston Trio and Ruby Winters.
Dick worked at Liberty before becoming a general manager of Dolton Records, an A&R director for Warner Bros. Records, and started Richbare Music. He produced artists including Vic Dana, The Everly Brothers, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, and The Ventures, among many many others (lung cancer) b. December 8th 1934.
2006: Tommy Bruce (68)
British singer, born in Stepney, London, both his parents died when he was a child and he grew up in an orphanage. He became a friend of his neighbour, songwriter Barry Mason, who suggested he record a version of the song "Ain't Misbehavin'", written by Fats Waller, it reached No. 3 in the UK charts in 1960. From 1963, he became a regular performer on the ITV variety show Stars and Garters, becoming involved in comedy routines as well as singing. Later, he made a living in cabaret, much of it in Spain and Malta, and also made appearances on the 1960s nostalgia circuit (prostate cancer) b. July 16th 1937.
2010: Sugar Minott/Lincoln Barrington Minott (54)
Jamaican reggae singer and producer, born in Kingston. He began his musical career as a young teenager in the as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio. It was in the late 1970s when he
started his solo carrer, gaining a following in Jamaica's dancehalls with songs like "Vanity", "Hang On Natty", "Mr. DC", and "Jah Jah Children", while recording for the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio, the famed Studio One. Sugar had his biggest hit with the Jackson Five's "Good Thing Going" in 1981, which reached No.4 in the UK's singles chart in March of that year, leading him to relocate to the UK, where he became a focus for UK reggae. Singles such as "Run Come", "Not for Sale", "African Girl", "Lovers Rock", "In a Dis Ya Time", "Africa" and "Make It with You" (with Carroll Thompson) were hits in the years that followed. He returned to Jamaica in the mid 80s, where Sugar became known for nurturing young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company; artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers under his guidance. His Black Roots label also featured his productions of others such as Barry Brown, Little John, Tony Tuff, Barrington Levy, Horace Andy, and one of his discoveries from England, Trevor Hartley. He also produced early works by Nitty Gritty, Yami Bolo, Colourman, Daddy Freddy and Garnett Silk. Two months ago, Sugar canceled performances in Canada after suffering chest pains (Sadly died at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica) b. May 25th 1956.
2010: Mimis Gioulekas (65)
Greek singer (?) b.????
2011: Pierrette Alarie (89)
Canadian soprano and wife of tenor Léopold Simoneau; born in Montreal, Quebec, she made her debut in 1938 at Les Variétés lyriques in the operetta The White Horse Inn. On a scholarship she went to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to complete her studies with Elisabeth Schumann.
Pierrette won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and made her Metropolitan Opera debut on December 8th 1945, as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera under Bruno Walter. She spent three seasons at the Met singing Olympia Les contes d'Hoffmann, Blonchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, etc. She went on to perform at all the major opera houses and festivals. In 1959 Pierrette received the Calixa-Lavallée Award, in 1967 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1995. In 1997, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Québec (?) b. November 9th 1921.
2012: George W. Lowen "Lol" Coxhill (79)
English jazz saxophonist, born in Portsmouth; in the late 60s and early 70s, he was a member of Canterbury scene bands Carol Grimes and Delivery and then Kevin Ayers and the Whole World.
He became known for his solo playing and for work in duets with pianist Steve Miller and guitarist G. F. Fitzgerald. Lol collaborated with other musicians including Mike Oldfield, Morgan Fisher, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, The Dedication Orchestra, Django Bates, The Damned, Hugh Metcalfe, Derek Bailey and performance art group Welfare State. He was compere and occasional performer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, and a raconteur as well as a musician (sadly died after a short illness) b. September 19th 1932.
2012: Maria Hawkins Cole (89)
American jazz singer, and widow of Nat King Cole, born in Boston. As a jazz singer she worked most notably with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. She met Nat King Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar Club. Maria traveled and performed with her husband throughout the '50s. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. August 1st 1922.
André Verchuren (92) French accordionist born in Neuilly-sous-Clermont; he started to play accordian at 4 years and went on to become the largest seller of accordion records in the world, selling over 70 million records. By 1992, he had traveled 7 million kilometers by car and one million by plane and had participated in more than 10,000 galas to 40 million viewers. He recorded 777 albums during his career, his biggest hit was The Betrothed d'Auvergne. Andre was also a radio host for 30 years, with Radio Luxembourg for 17 years and Europe One for 13 years. As a former deportee-resistant, he received a diploma from President Eisenhower and also recieved the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor May 5th 1986 (sadly Andre died of a heart attack while eating in a pizzeria in Chantilly
) b. December 28th .1920.
2013: Peppi Marchello (68) American singer known for his powerful vibrato,
lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the Long Island rock band The Good Rats. They formed in 1964 as the U-Men, then changed their name to the Good Rats with the release of a self-titled debut album in 1969, which was followed by a further twelve albums, the last being Blue Collar Rats: The Lost Archives in 2012. Known for their clever rock anthems such as "Tasty" and "New York Survivor", however, it was The Good Rats' live shows that became legendary, landing them in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008. In July of 2009, Peppi cut a series of three commercials for the car donation organization Kars4Kids (tragically Peppi died of a heart attack at his Nissequogue home, while recovering from heart surgery he had in June) b. 1945
2014: Chris Grier (??) American musician, guitarist and journalist; born in Miami,
he was a member of avant-garde noise-rock group To Live and Shave in L.A. from 2003 to 2007 and is credited with guitar and treatments in the band. Over his career he has also played with the likes of Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes, Little Wings, Little Howlin’ Wolf and more as well as playing solo. Whether playing solo or in groups, he has shared the stage with Faust, Bob Pollard, Dan Higgs, Max Ochs, Grey Daturas, Flower Travellin’ Band, Ya Ho Wha 13, Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young, Sightings, Magik Markers, Wooden Wand, Religious Knives, Six Organs of Admittance, MV+EE and others. (sadly Chris died from a cardiac arrest) b. ????

July 11th.
1937: George Gershwin/Jacob Gershowitz (38)
American multi-award winning composer and pianist; born in Brooklyn, he quit school and found his first job as a performer as a "song plugger" for Jerome H. Remick and Company, a publishing firm on New York City's Tin Pan Alley, where he earned $15 a week. His first published song was "When You Want 'Em You Can't Get 'Em, When You've Got 'Em, You Don't Want 'Em", it was published in 1916 when George was only 17 years old and earned him a sum total of $5. His 1917 novelty rag "Rialto Ripples" was a commercial success, and in 1919 he scored his first big national hit with his song "Swanee". His musicals included George White's Scandals; Lady, Be Good; Primrose; Tip-Toes; Tell Me More!; Oh, Kay!; Rosalie; Strike up the Band; Funny Face; Show Girl; Let 'Em Eat Cake; Pardon My English; Girl Crazy; Of Thee I Sing; and Porgy and Bess. He also wrote musical scores for many films and 7 orchestral compositions including Catfish Row and Rhapsody in Blue. In 1983 the musical 'My One and Only' was an original musical using previously written Gershwin songs (sadly his career was cut short when he died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital following surgery for a brain tumor) b. September 26th 1898.
1949: Danny Polo (48) American clarinetist, very busy world touring sessionist; in the 1920s, he played with Elmer Schoebel-1923, Merritt Brunies, Arnold Johnson, Ben Bernie, Jean Goldkette in 1926, and Paul Ash. In 1927 he went with Dave Tough to Europe, where he played with several Continental bandleaders including Bert Firman, Lud Gluskin, George Carhart, and Arthur Briggs. From 1930-1935 he played with Ambrose, then returned to the U.S. in December of that year.
In 1938, Danny returned to Britain to play with Ambrose again, and worked with Ray Ventura in Paris in 1939. Late in 1939 he moved back to the U.S. for good, and spent the early 1940s working with Joe Sullivan, Jack Teagarden , and Claude Thornhill again. In 1942, he appeared in Bing Crosby's film Birth of the Blues. Danny also led his own Midwestern territory band for a time, then returned to play with Thornhill once more in 1947 (While working with Claude Thornhill's Orchestra, he unexpectedly became ill and died suddenly) b. December 22nd 1901.
1985: George Duvivier (84)
American double-bass player; born in New York City and took up the cello and also the violin while in high school before settling on the bass. He also learned scoring and composition before going out on the road with Lucky Millinder and then with the Cab Calloway bands of the early 40s after a stint in the army. He was a free lance bassist for most of his life, never belonging to any one particular group for any extended period of time. He was Bud Powell's bassist in the year of 1953, during the monumental sessions for "The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 2," for which he contributed arrangements. He was a member of the Eddie "LockJaw" Davis quartet with organist Shirley Scott and drummer Arthur Edgehill from 1957-59. In 1956, he played in the orchestra in the movie, The Benny Goodman Story. With the exception of fellow bassists Milt Hinton and probably Ron Carter, allegedly George has played double bass on more recordings than any one else in the history of jazz, recording for almost every major jazz star. One of his last performances was on the David Letterman show in 1983, accompanying singer/songwriter Tom Waits. (sadly George died of cancer in his Manhattan home) b. August 17th 1920.
1991: Roger Christian (57)
American radio personality and lyricist who wrote several songs for The Beach Boys, mostly about cars, including "Ballad of Ole' Betsy", "Car Crazy Cutie", "Cherry, Cherry Coupe", "Don’t Worry Baby", "In the Parkin' Lot", "Little Deuce Coupe", "No-Go Showboat", "Shut Down" and "Spirit of America," all with Brian Wilson.
He also co-wrote many songs recorded by Jan and Dean, including "Dead Man's Curve", "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", "Sidewalk Surfin", "Drag City", "Honolulu Lulu", and "You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy". Roger, along with Gary Usher, collaborated on several songs that were either featured in or specifically written for the films Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Ride the Wild Surf, Beach Blanket Bingo, Ski Party, Beach Ball, and Catalina Caper - including three songs for 'king of the surf guitar,' Dick Dale. He also worked as a radio personality in the 1960s and '70s; he was one of the original "Boss Jocks" when 93KHJ debuted in 1965 in Los Angeles. His radio career started in Buffalo, New York in the mid 1950s He moved to the west coast and worked for other radio stations in Los Angeles, including KFWB (AM), KGBS (AM-FM), KBLA, KBBQ-AM, KRTH-FM, KRLA (AM) and KIQQ-FM (saddly ied from kidney and liver failure) b. July 3th 1934 (a DJ named "Roger Christian" working in Buffalo since the 1970s is apparently unrelated to this Roger Christian).
1999: Helen Forrest/Bonnie Blue/Helen Fogel (82)
American singer; one of the most popular female jazz vocalists during America's Big Band era.
She first sang with her brother's band at the age of 10, and later began her career singing on CBS radio under the name Bonnie Blue and achieved further fame with the Artie Shaw band in 1938 when she recorded 38 singles with his band, including the hits "They Say" and "All the Things You Are". In the late 40s, she sang on Dick Haymes radio show and went on to record with Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Harry James Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, among others as well as pursuing a solo career. Over the course of her career, she recorded more than 500 songs. Helen also acted in several musical films, including Bathing Beauty and Two Girls and a Sailor (congestive heart failure) b. April 12th 1917.
2001: Herman Brood (54) Dutch pianist, keyboards, singer, painter and media personality; he founded beat band The Moans in 1964, which would later become Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers. He was also asked to play with Cuby and the Blizzards, but was removed by management when the record company discovered he used drugs. For a number of years, Herman was in jail for dealing LSD, or abroad, and had a number of short-term engagements with The Studs, the Flash & Dance Band, Vitesse. In 1976, he started his own group, Herman Brood & his Wild Romance, best known for their second album, Shpritsz. His outspoken statements in the press about sex and drug use brought him into the Dutch public arena even more than his music. In the summer of 1979, he tried to enter the American market, where he toured as a support-act for The Kinks, The Cars, and Foreigner. A re-recorded version of Saturday Night peaked at number 35 in the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, he won the BV Popprijs, one of the highest Dutch awards for popular music, and recorded Freeze with Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band and Tejano accordion player Flaco Jiménez. (Herman found he had only a few months left to live, so took matters into his own hands, also depressed by the failure of his drug rehabilitation programme, he committed suicide by jumping off the Amsterdam Hilton) b. November 5th 1946.
2005: Julia Frances Langford (92)
American singer and entertainer who was popular during the Golden Age of Radio and also made film appearances over two decades.
She attended Lakeland High School, Florida and originally trained as an opera singer. While a young girl she required a tonsillectomy that changed her soprano range to a contralto. As a result, she was forced to change her vocal style to a more contemporary big band, popular music style. At age 17, she was singing for local dances. Cigar manufacturer Eli Witt heard her sing at an American Legion party and hired her to sing on his local radio show. While singing for radio during the early 1930s, she was heard by Rudy Vallee, who invited her to become a regular on his radio show.From 1935 until 1938 she was a regular performer on Dick Powell's radio show. From 1946 to 1951, she performed with Don Ameche on The Bickersons (sadly died from congestive heart failure) b. April 4th 1913.
2006: Bill Miller (91)
American pianist,
orchestra conductor and musical director with Frank Sinatra for 46 years. Bill was also pianist for Frank Jr for his last 8 years. He performed with Red Norvo, Mildred Bailey and Charlie Barnet in the 1930s, and also performed with Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.
He first met Sinatra in 1941, they didn't work together until November 1951, when Bill was performing in the lounge of the Desert Inn, in Las Vegas. Sinatra was having difficulty holding on to pianists, and it was Jimmy Van Heusen who recommended Bill to Sinatra. In 1998, he performed "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" at Frank's funeral. He retired for three years, and then came out of retirement to work for Sinatra's son, Frank Sinatra, Jr. (He fell broking his hip while performing in Montreal, on July 1. Shortly after the accident, he suffered a heart attack and underwent heart bypass surgery from which he sadly didn't recovered) b. February 3rd 1915.
2010: Walter Hawkins (61) American Grammy and three time Dove award-winning gospel singer,
and pastor, ordained a bishop in 1992. Born in Oakland, CA., Walter started his career in one of his brother's chorales, "The Northern California State Youth Choir" of the Church of God in Christ, after which he sang with another of his brothers, Edwin, in The Edwin Hawkins Singers. He next founded The Love Centre Church at Oakland in the early 1970s. He and his Love Center Choir had success with their "Love Alive" series of recordings; "Love Alive IV", released in 1990, reached No.1 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts, where it stayed for 33 weeks. Over his career, Walter worked on 116 hit songs which made the Billboard Gospel Music charts and
recorded with the likes of Sylvester, Van Morrison, Diahann Carroll, Jeffrey Osborne, among many others (sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer) b. May 18th 1949.
2010: Carmen Dragon (62) American classical harpist, in addition to her career as a concert harpist in the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, recording credits on numerous television shows, creation of four harp CDs with both original compositions and classics, and work as a soloist, conductor, music director, and harp and piano teacher, Carmen spent the last decade of her life living on the island of Kauai, where she earned her bachelor's degree and established the North Shore School of Music (complications from cancer) b. January 17th 1948.
2011: Robert Frank "Rob" Grill (67) American lead singer, songwriter and bass guitarist; born in Los Angeles, he was a very early member of the California rock and roll band, The Grass Roots in 1966.
Between 1967-1972, the band set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 straight weeks and have sold over 20 million records worldwide. They also hold the all time attendance record for a one act, at the US concert of 600,000 people on July 4th, 1982 in Washington, DC. Their hit singles include: Let's Live For Today, I'd Wait A Million Years, Midnight Confessions, Sooner Or Later, Two Divided By Love >>> READ MORE <<< (Rob sadly died from the effects of two strokes and head injuries. He had been in a coma since sustaining head injuries several weeks earlier when he fell after suffering a stroke) b. November 30th 1943.
2013: James David Mark (43) American guitarist for the New Orleans-formed group Michael Hurtt and his Haunted Hearts. They played obscure covers and originals in the traditional country, rockabilly and swamp pop genres. The band was a regular feature of Carnival parades and visitors at the Ponderosa Stomp annual roots-music festival, backing up artists including Harvey Scales, Ralph “Soul” Jackson, Herman Hitson,
Alex Chilton, Roscoe Robinson, Bobby Patterson, Jay Chevalier, Grace Broussard, Joe Clay, Warren Storm, Maggie Lewis, Jivin Gene, Johnnie Allan, Earl Stanley, Eddie Powers, and Frankie Ford. In 2006, the Haunted Hearts recorded “Come Back To Louisiana” with the rockabilly veteran Jay Chevalier, who that year was named Louisiana’s official state troubadour. James has also performed with other bands including Jack Oblivian’s Tennessee Tearjerkers, Carroll County Picture Show, the Cowboy Killers, the Belvederes, Jeffrey Evans, the Piedmont blues guitarist Precious Bryant and the Oxford-based Wiley and the Checkmates (died from natural causes) b. 1970
2014: Charlie Haden (76) American jazz bassist, bandleader and three-time Grammy Award winner, born in Shenandoah, Iowa; he made his professional debut as a singer, when he was 2 years old, on the Haden Family's radio show. He continued singing with his family until he contracted a bulbar form of polio around his throat and facial muscles when he was 15. At 14, he had become interested in jazz, and began playing his older brother's double bass. In 1957 he moved to LA, where his first recordings were made that year with Paul Bley, with whom he worked until 1959. He also played with Art Pepper in 1957, and with Hampton Hawes from 1958-1959, the start of many greats he played with over his long career. He is probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, pianist Keith Jarrett, and his Liberation Music Orchestra, a group he co-led with pianist Carla Bley. They won multiple awards in 1970, including France’s Grand Prix du Disque from the Académie Charles Cros, and Japan’s Gold Disc Award from Swing Journal. In 2001, Charle won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album Nocturne, which contains boleros from Cuba and Mexico. In 2003 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance for his album Land of the Sun and in 2013 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award (sadly died from post-polio syndrome) b. August 6th 1937.
Tommy Ramone/Erdélyi Tamás (62) Hungarian born American record producer, drummer and last of the original band member of the Ramones, was born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest, to Jewish parents who survived the Holocaust by being hidden by neighbours, although many of his relatives were victims of the Nazis. The family emigrated to the USA when Tommy was four years old and he grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. While in high school, he and guitarist Johnny Cummings, who later became Johnny Ramone, performed together in a garage band called the Tangerine Puppets. In 1970, Tommy was an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys. Then in 1974, hugely influenced by 60s groups and the New York Dolls, Tommy, along with Johnny Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman and Douglas Colvin formed a new band and bassist Douglas, inspired by Paul McCartney's use of the pseudonym Paul Ramon, called himself Dee Dee Ramone and convinced the other members to take on the name Ramone and came up with the idea of calling the band the Ramones. >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died while fighting bile duct cancer) b. January 29th 1949.

July 12th.
1947: Jimmie Lunceford (45)
American saxophonist and bandleader born in Fulton, Mississippi, before the family moved to Denver. In 1927, while teaching at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, he organized a student band, the Chickasaw Syncopators, whose name was changed to the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra when it began touring. He was the first high school band director in Memphis. This band recorded in 1927 and 1930. In 1934 they played at The Cotton Club, his orchestra with their tight musicianship and often outrageous humor in their music and lyrics made an ideal band for the club, and Jimmie's reputation began to steadily grow. The band precision can be heard in such pieces as "Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam)", "Lunceford Special", "For Dancers Only", "Uptown Blues", and "Stratosphere". The noted saxophone section was led by alto sax player Willie Smith. (Tragically Jimmie died while playing in Seaside, Oregon, he collapsed and died from cardiac arrest during an autograph session) b. June 6th 1902.
1962: Roger Wolfe Kahn (54)
American jazz and popular musician, composer and bandleader; it is said that he learnt to play 18 musical instruments before starting to lead his own orchestra in 1923, aged only 16. In 1925, Roger appeared in a short film made in Lee De Forest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process. He hired famous jazz musicians of the day to play in his band, especially during recording sessions, for example Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Red Nichols, and Gene Krupa. Recordings were made for Victor until 1929, Columbia in 1929 and 1930, and for the Brunswick label in 1932.
Roger had fun leading and conducting his orchestra. Reportedly, when the band was playing especially well he used to throw himself onto the floor and wave his legs in the air. However, in the mid-1930s, he lost interest in his orchestra and disbanded it, to go into aviation and eventually, in 1941, became a test pilot for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, a well-known aircraft manufacturer (sadly died from a heart attack) b. October 19th 1907.
1970: Louis Wolfe Gilbert (84)
Russian-born American songwriter; he moved to the United States as a young man and soon established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of Tin Pan Alley. He began his career touring with John L. Sullivan and singing in a quartet at small Coney Island cafe called "College Inn", where he was discovered by English producer Albert Decourville, who brought him to London as part of The Ragtime Octet. Louis's first songwriting success came in 1912 when F. A. Mills Music Publishers published his song "Waiting For the Robert E. Lee". He relocated to Hollywood in 1915, and began writing for film, television, and radio including the Eddie Cantor show and the theme lyrics for the popular children's TV Western, 'Hopalong Cassidy'. Louis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 (?) b. August 31st 1886.
1979: Minnie Riperton (31)
American R&B singer-songwriter best known for her five-and-a-half octave vocal range and her 1975 single "Lovin' You". As a child she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. While with Chess Records Minnie sang backup for various artists including Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for the rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. Her 1975 No.1 hit single, "Lovin' You", was the last release from her 1974 gold album "Perfect Angel". In 1976 Minnie was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a modified radical mastectomy. Though she was given just six months to live, she continued recording and touring, and in 1977 she became spokesperson for the American Cancer Society (sadly died fighting cancer) b. November 8th 1947.
1983: Chris Wood (39)
UK musician and founding member of the UK band Traffic; he primarily played flute and saxophone, occasionally contributing keyboards and vocals. Chris was a co-writer for many of Traffic's songs and he played on 18 of their albums. Though his career, Chris has also played and toured with the likes of Dr John, the Wynder K Frog project playing as "Wooden Frog" and Ginger Baker's Air Force and has recorded and appeared on albums with many great artists and bands including Jimi Hendrix, Small Faces, Free, Fat Mattress, Martha Velez, Chicken Shack, Gordon Jackson, Sky, Locomotive, Shawn Phillips,Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Reebop Kwaku Baah, John Martyn, Hanson, Crawler, Third World and Ginger Baker. Chris died while working on a solo album that was to be titled Vulcan, which was eventually released in 2008 (pneumonia after a lengthy illness and a battle with alcohol and drugs) b. June 24th 1944.
1996: Jonathan Melvoin (34) American keyboard player and drummer; he performed with many punk bands in the '80s such as The Dickies, and also made musical contributions to many of Susannah and Wendy Melvoin projects, as well as Prince and the Revolution's album "Around the World in a Day". At the time of his death he was the touring keyboardist for The Smashing Pumpkins during their worldwide tour for the album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness". (He died in New York City after overdosing on heroin he had taken with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin)*December 6th 1961.
1998: Jimmy Driftwood/
James Corbitt Morris (91)
American folk songwriter and musician most famous for his songs "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Tennessee Stud". He learned to play guitar at a young age on his grandfather's homemade instrument and used this unique guitar throughout his career. He became popular through his appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and programs including Ozark Jubilee and Louisiana Hayride. Jimmy became interested in promoting Arkansas folk music and the local folk performers he knew in the area, so invited members of the Mountain View community to perform at a festival of his own devising. This festival grew exponentially over the years and transformed into the annual Arkansas Folk Festival which would attract over 100,000 people. Jimmy was invited to sing for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev as an example of traditional American music during the leader's visit to the United States. Over his career he wrote 6,000 plus folksongs, of which over 300 were recorded by various musicians (heart attack) b. June 20th 1907.
1999: Luis "Papo" Deschamps (
Member of the Dominican rap group Sandy y Papo. The group debuted in 1996 with music that combined merengue rhythms with house and hip-hop (killed in a car accident) b. ????
Bill Owen/William John Owen Rowbotham MBE (85)
English actor and songwriter, born in London, he made his first film appearance in 1944 but did not achieve lasting fame until the 1970s, when he took the starring role of William "Compo" Simmonite in the long-running British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. The series, started in 1973 and finishing in 2010, is today the world's longest-running comedy series. Bill became an icon, and was central to its success and episodes for 26 years, right until his death. In 1958, Owen presented a music programme titled Dad You're A Square for ATV. During the 1960s, Bill had a successful second career as a songwriter, with compositions including the hit, Marianne, recorded by Cliff Richard. At this time he also collaborated with songwriter Tony Russell on the musical The Matchgirls about the London matchgirls strike of 1888. Bill worked right up until his death (sadly died fighting pancreatic cancer) b. March 14th 1914.
Benny Carter (95)
American jazz alto saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader; a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, recieving many awards, The National Endowment for the Arts honored Benny with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award for 1986. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, winner of the Grammy Award in 1994 for his solo "Prelude to a Kiss", and also the same year, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000 awarded the National Endowment for the Arts, National Medal of Arts, presented by President Bill Clinton. From 1924 to 1928, Carter gained valuable professional experience as a sideman in some of New York's top bands, playing with such jazz greats as cornetist Rex Stewart, clarinetist-soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet, pianists Earl Hines, Willie "The Lion" Smith, pianist Fats Waller, pianist James P. Johnson, pianist Duke Ellington. He first recorded in 1928 with Charlie Johnson's Orchestra, also arranging the titles recorded, and formed his first big band the following year. He played with Fletcher Henderson in 1930 and 1931. His arrangements were much in demand and were featured on recordings by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, and Tommy Dorsey. Though he only had one major hit in the big band era with “Cow-Cow Boogie”, sung by Ella Mae Morse, during the 1930s he composed and/or arranged many of the pieces that became swing era classics, such as “When Lights Are Low”, “Blues in My Heart” and “Lonesome Nights”. Benny moved to Europe in 1935 to play with Willie Lewis's orchestra, and also became staff arranger for the BBC dance orchestra and made several records. Over the next three years, he traveled throughout Europe, playing and recording with the top British, French, and Scandinavian jazzmen, as well as with visiting American stars such as his friend Coleman Hawkins. He relocated to LA in 1943, moving more into studio work. Beginning with "Stormy Weather" in 1943, he arranged for dozens of feature films and television productions. In Hollywood, he wrote arrangements for such artists as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Pearl Bailey, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Slack, Mel Torme and many others. In 1990, he was named "Jazz Artist of the Year" in both the Down Beat and Jazz Times International Critics' polls. He was also a member of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 1980 received the Golden Score award of the American Society of Music Arrangers. He was also a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1996, and received honorary doctorates from Princeton - 1974, Rutgers 1991, Harvard in 1994 and the New England Conservatory in 1998 (complications of bronchitis) b. August 8th 1907
2004: Ersel Hickey (70)
US rockabilly singer best known for his hit song "Bluebirds over the Mountain"; also wrote songs for other artists, including "The Millionaire" for Jackie Wilson and "A Little Bird Told Me So" for LaVern Baker and "Don't Let the Rain Come Down", which was a US top ten hit for the Serendipity Singers.
Ersel's contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (died after surgery to remove his bladder) b. June 27th 1934.
2004: Hal Carter (69) American songwriter, manager, agent, producer (sadly cancer) b. July 13th 1935.
2007: Robert Burås (31)
Norwegian guitarist and songwriter in the Norwegian rock band Madrugada and also a founding member of the band My Midnight Creeps. Born in Narvik he took up guitar at the age of 12 after listening to Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll. He played in local bands before co-founding Abbey's Adoption later changing it's name to Madrugada and releasing their debut album Industrial Silence in 1999, the first of 6 albums. Robert founded My Midnight Creeps in 2005 >>> READ MORE <<< (Robert was found dead in his apartment by a friend, with his guitar in his hand) b. August 12th 1975
2008: Earl Nelson (79)
American R&B singer with Nelson and Relf aka Bob & Earl; best known for co-writing and recording the original version of "Harlem Shuffle"in 1963, its main success came in 1969, when it was re-released in the UK and became a Top Ten hit there. Reportedly, George Harrison called it his favourite record of all time. Earl was also an early member of the Hollywood Flames and sang lead on the doo-wop group's biggest hit, "Buzz Buzz Buzz". Earl had achieved further success as a solo artist under the alias of Jackie Lee, with "The Duck", a hit dance record released in 1965, which reached No.14 in the U.S.(Alzheimer's disease) b. September 8th 1928.
2010: Naphtali "Tuli" Kupferberg (86)
American counterculture poet, author, cartoonist, pacifist anarchist, publisher and co-founder of the band The Fugs. Born in New York City, he founded the magazine Birth in 1958 and self-published the book Beatniks or, The War Against the Beats in 1961. Perhaps his best-known book is 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft in 1966. In 1964, he formed the satirical rock group The Fugs with poet Ed Sanders. Tuli was one of the band's singers and wrote many of their songs. He also released two solo albums: "No Deposit, No Return" in 1966, which is a collection of found pop poetry, and "Tuli & Friends" in 1989. (sadly Tuli died from kidney failure and sepsis) b. September 28th 1923.
2010: Olga Guillot (87)
Cuban singer, born in Santiago, known as the "queen of bolero".
As a teenager, she and her sister, Ana Luisa, performed as a duo, named the "Duo Hermanitas Guillot" before going solo. In 1954, she recorded her song "Mienteme"/"Lie to Me", which became a hit across Latin America, and earned her three consecutive awards as Cuba's best female singer. In '63, she was given the Golden Palm award as "best bolero singer of Latin America". Olga continued on touring for the next 40 years in many parts of the world, releasing over fifty albums and winning numerous awards for her activity in the music world (?) b. October 9th 1922.
2010: Paulo Moura (77) Brazilian saxophonist and clarinetist, born in São José do Rio Preto. He studied in the National Music School and performed with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. Paulo was the first black artist to become first clarinetist in the Municipal Theatre Orchestra. He appeared at Bossa Nova night at Carnegie Hall in 1962 with Sérgio Mendes, the two of them also featuring on Cannonball Adderley's 1962 album, Cannonball's Bossa Nova. He also won the Sharp Award for the most popular instrumentalist of the year in 1992. His CD "Paulo Moura e Os Oito Batutas" was listed by Barnes & Noble as one of the top 10 recommendations of the year for 1998 (sadly died while battling lymphoma) b. July 15th 1932.
2012: Takayoshi Matsunaga (54) Japanese bassist, he studied classical bass at Kunitachi College of Music. After graduation, he joined the successful Japanese Dub Reggae band Mute Beat, with whom he stayed for several years. In 1998, one of his solo concert performances was highly acclaimed by Argentinian tango pianist Omar Valente, and inspired Valente to write a solo piece "Qué nunca fuerte" specifically for him. Takayoshi is a well recognized and respected versatile studio bassist and appears with many groups such as Gontiti, UA, Rikuo, Hashiken, both on recordings and at live concerts. Alongside performing with the band Kut, he is also a member of the bands Love Joy, and Ring Links (sadly died from pneumonia) b. February 27th
Bana/Adriano Gonçalves (81) Cape Verdean balladeer and an interpreter of the morna style, the plaintive, melodic lament which is a staple musical style of the country. Often referred to as "King of Morna",
Bana, who was over seven feet tall, began his musical career during Portuguese colonial rule, when he worked as a handyman and bodyguard for the legendary Cabo Verdean composer and performer, B. Leza. Bana released his first album L. Morais in 1967, which was followed by 5 more albums. His biggest hit single was "Cabinda a Cunene" in 1998 (sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest) b. March 5th 1932
2016: Gregg Smith (84) American conductor and composer; he founded and directed The Gregg Smith Singers in L.A. and moved the group to New York in 1970. They toured the United States 40 times, in addition to 16 tours of Europe, and three visits to Asia. The group's repertoire ranged from the colonial-era American compositions of William Billings to contemporary works by Morton Feldman as well as many works by Gregg himself. They have also performed works by William Duckworth, Arnold Schoenberg, Elliott Carter, Charles Ives, Earle Brown, Edwin London, Blas Galindo, Jorge Córdoba, Harold Blumenfeld, Irving Fine, Morton Gould, William Schuman, Louise Talma, Arthur Sullivan, and Ned Rorem, as well as early music by composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Heinrich Schütz. (sadly died from a heart attack) b. August 21st 1931.

July 13th.
1957: Wessel Ilcken (33)
Dutch jazz drummer; he played in the 1940s in the Piet van Dijks orchestra, and married the singer of the band, Rita Reys, with whom he started his own jazz band. They were international famous with tours through Sweden and performances with American bebop musicians that visited Europe. He has also worked with many Dutch jazzmen including Pim Jacobs, Rob Pronk, Ack and Jerry van Rooyen, Ruud Bosch, Piet Noordijk, Toon van Vliet, Ruud Brink, Herman Schoonderwalt, Rob Madna, Dick van der Capellen as well as playing, touring and recording with his own Wessel Ilcken Sextet (tragically died from a brain haemorrhage) b. December 1st 1923.
1994: Eddie Boyd (79) American blues and gospel, pianist and guitarist; born near Clarksdale, on Stovall's Plantation, Mississippi, he moved to Memphis where he formed his Dixie Rhythm Boys, after which he relocated to Chicago in 1941. In the '50s he wrote and recorded the hit songs "Five Long Years", "24 Hours", and "Third Degree". In 1965 Eddie toured Europe with Buddy Guy's band as part of the American Folk Blues Festival. Later he toured and recorded with Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Tired of racial discrimination he experienced in the United States, he first moved to Belgium, where he recorded with the Dutch band, Cuby and the Blizzards, then in 1970 he settled in Finland. He continued to record 10 more blues albums, and played at his last blues concert in 1984. After which he performed only gospel music. (died in Helsinki, Finland, just a few months before Eric Clapton released a chart-topping blues album that included Eddie's "Five Long Years" and "Third Degree") b. November 25th 1914
1995: Matti "Peltsi" Pellonpää (44) Finnish award-winning actor and singer born in Helsinki. He started his career in 1962 as a radio actor at the Finnish broadcasting company YLE, and went on to be nominated Best Actor by European Film Academy for his role as Rodolfo in La Vie de Boheme and won the Felix at the European Film Awards in 1992. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1991 film Night on Earth. As well as making around 42 films, he also had a singing career fronting the band Peltsix. They performed on Finnish live concerts, radio and TV and released 2 albums 'Lihaa Ja Leikkeleitä' in 1991 and 'Silkkaa Kryptoniittia' in 93. In 1996 Matti was one of the people commemorating 100 years of Finnish Cinema on a stamp (?) b. March 28th 1951
2003: Compay Segundo (97) Cuban Cuban trova guitarist and composer; his first engagement was in the Municipal Band of Santiago de Cuba, after which he moved to Havana in 1934, where he also played in the Municipal Band, on the clarinet. He also learnt to play the guitar and the tres: these became his main instruments. In the late 1920s
Compay invented the armónico, a guitar customized with a double third string to fuse the tonal qualities of the traditional Cuban tres guitar and its Spanish counterpart. In the 1950s he became well-known as the second voice and tres player in Los Compadres, a duo he formed with Lorenzo Hierrezuelo in 1947, one of the most successful Cuban duos. In 1997, Los Compadres released their hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club album, which won several Grammy awards. Compay appeared in the film of the same title (kidney failure) b. November 18th 1907.
2004: Arthur "Killer" Kane (55) American bass player; born in the Bronx, New York he graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, New York. He first played bass in the band Actress along with three other original New York Dolls: Johnny Thunders, Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia. The New York Dolls formed in 1971, the original lineup's first performance was on Christmas Eve 1971 at a homeless shelter, the Endicott Hotel. They debuted with the album "New York Dolls" in 1973, which was followed by "Too Much Too Soon" in 1974. Arthur remained part of the Dolls from their founding, until he was forced out of the group shortly after the departure of Johnny Thunders and >>> READ MORE <<< (died after battling leukemia) b. February 3rd 1949.
2004: Carlos Kleiber (74)
Austrian classical conductor born in Berlin, he spent most of his early life in Santiago, Havana, Buenos Aires, and New York City, and from the early 1950s his professional career in Germany. He was repetiteur at the Gartnerplatz Theatre in Munich in 1952, and made his conducting debut with the operetta Gasparone at Potsdam theatre in 1954. From 1958 to 1964 he was Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg, then at the Opera in Zürich from 1964-1966. Between 1966-1973 he was first Kapellmeister in Stuttgart, his last permanent post. During the following years, he often conducted at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
His American debut came in 1978 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his New York Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1988, conducting Giacomo Puccini's La bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni. BBC Music Magazine, announced on 17 March 2011 that Carlos had been selected as "the greatest conductor of all time" (?) b. July 3rd 1930.
2008: Gerald Wiggins (86)
American jazz pianist and organist; he worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. In the 1940s he moved to LA where he played music for TV and film. He has also worked with singers like Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eartha Kitt (?) b. May 12th 1922
2010: Manohari Singh (79)
Indian saxophonist and a key member of Bollywood film composer Rahul Dev Burman's team. Born in Kolkata into a family of musicians, he tried his hand at the English key flute, the clarinet and the mandolin, before choosing the saxophone as his forte. His first break as a saxophonist was in 1958 with Sachin Dev Burman for the movie Sitaron se aage. He has also released an album titled Sax Appeal containing saxophone renditions of various Hindi movie music tracks (sadly died of a heart attack) b. March 8th 1931.
2011: Jerry Ragovoy (80)
American songwriter born in Philadelphia; his best-known composition "Time Is on My Side", written under the pseudonym of Norman Meade, was made famous by The Rolling Stones, although it had been recorded earlier by Kai Winding and Irma Thomas. He also wrote "Stay With Me", which was originally recorded by Lorraine Ellison, and was performed by Mary J. Blige at the 49th Grammy Awards.
An important behind-the-scenes force of East Coast soul music, Jerry wrote or co-wrote several classic New York and Philadelphia soul records in the 1960s, often distinguished by a conspicuous gospel feel. The best of these included Garnet Mimms' "Cry Baby," Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart," Howard Tate's "Get It While You Can," all later covered by Janis Joplin, plus "Time Is on My Side" and "Stay With Me". He also contributed to first-class soul records as a producer and arranger (sadly Jerry died from a stroke) b. September 4th 1930.
2012: Ingo Bellmann (62)
Czech singer and guitarist born in Prague, he graduated from the Technical University. In 1977 along with Michael German and Ivan Podobským, he co-founded the group Jablkon, who have released 15 albums (Ingo died unexpectedly while playing football) b. December 30th 1949.
2012: Leda Valladares (93)
Argentine poet, singer and musicologist, born in the Province of Tucumán; Leda showed a passion for Argentine folk music as a child. In the fifties she traveled to Paris, where with her friend María Elena Walsh, she formed the musical duet “Leda and María”. One of her main musical works was an album “Mapa Musical Argentino”, released in 1974. She was also the author of “Igual rumbo, grito en el cielo”, “Grito en el cielo II” and “América en Cueros”, which earned her to be declared a member of honor of UNESCO in the early nineties (sadly died while suffering from Alzheimer disease) b. December 21st 1919.
2013: Cory Monteith (31)
Canadian actor and singer, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee from 2009 until his death in 2013.
Born in Calgary and raised in Victoria, he had a troubled youth involving substance abuse from age 13 onwards, and he left school at age 16. After an intervention by family and friends, he entered drug rehabilitation at age 19, and began rebuilding his life. As an actor based out of Vancouver, he had smaller roles on such television series as Stargate Atlantis and Smallville before an audition tape of him singing "Can't Fight This Feeling" helped to land him the biggest role of his career, Finn on Glee, introducing him to an international audience as a high school quarterback who is at first reluctant to join the high school singing club. In later seasons, the character had graduated but returned as a singing coach. Following his success on Glee, Monteith's film work included the movie Monte Carlo and a starring role in Sisters & Brothers (cause of death, as yet not known... autopsy pending) b. May 11th 1982.
2014: Lorin Maazel (84) French-American conductor, violinist, composer and music director born to Jewish American parents of Russian origin in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He was the most prolific conductor of his generation, a child prodigy who performed with the New York Philharmonic at age 12. Over his long career Lorin conducted more than 150 orchestras in more than 5,000 opera and concert performances and made at least 300 recordings. He served as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Vienna State Opera. He stepped down as director of the Munich Philharmonic only last month (sadly Lorin has died from complications of pneumonia) b. March 6th 1930.
2016: El Lebrijano/Juan Peña Fernández (74) Spanish flamenco guitartist/singer; born in Lebrija, Seville, he began to play flamenco guitar as a child, accompanying singers such as La Paquera de Jerez in 1950, but eventually turned to Flamenco singing. In 1964, he won the championship at the Competition of Mairena del Alcor, one of the most important Flamenco music festivals. Within years, he was regarded as one of the greatest voices of flamenco. A few years later, in 1970, he started his collaboration with the guitarist Paco de Lucía. His later musical works included Andalusi influences, with albums such as Casablanca, Open Doors and Encuentros. There was also a tribute to his friend Gabriel García Márquez. In 1997 the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded him the Medalla de Oro al Trabajo. (?) b. August 8th 1941.
2016: Steven Young (??) British musician-songwriter with the electronic pop groups Colourbox and M/A/R/R/S. He and a his brother Martyn formed Colourbox in 1982. They released two self-titled albums in 1983 and 1985. In 1986, the band recorded “The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme,” a song that Martyn said “the BBC came very close to choosing” as the tournament’s official song.
In 1987, Steven and other members of Colourbox joined with the duo A.R. Kane to form the influential acid-house trendsetters MARRS. The collaboration yielded just one single for 4AD, “Pump Up the Volume” b/w “Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance)”. “Pump Up the Volume” became a worldwide hit and earned the group a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1989. In the years that followed the success of "Pump Up the Volume", he became less active in music, making appearances on releases by Moose and Kid Congo Powers. In 2012, 4AD celebrated the 30th anniversary of Colourbox’s formation with a retrospective box set that collected their various studio recordings, mixes, singles, and albums. Steve also participated in 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell's ethereal This Mortal Coil project, a fluid supergroup of sorts that featured some of the label's most acclaimed artists. (?) b. ????

July 14th.
Luis Mariano/Mariano Eusebio González y García (44)
Spanish Basque tenor born in Irun; his family moved to France at the start of the Spanish Civil War and settled in Bordeaux where Luis studied at the Conservatoire, and also sang in cabarets, stage shows and appeared films, starting with 'L'escalier sans fin' in 1943. Luis achieved fame in 1946 with "La belle de Cadix"/"The Beautiful Lady of Cadix" an operetta by Francis Lopez. He appeared in the 1954 film Adventures of the Barber of Seville and Le Chanteur de Mexico.
He continued to appear in other films from 1946, including a singing role in Napoléon and a film adaptation of Lehar's Der Zarewitsch. He also left us with many recordings of popular song and operetta (?) b. August 13th 1914.
1975: Madan Mohan (51)
Iraqi film music director; born in Baghdad he went on to become a famed Bollywood film music director of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He is particularly remembered for the ghazals he composed for the film industry, mainly using the voice of India's Melody Queen, Lata Mangeshkar and 'King Of Ghazals' Talat Mahmood and his favourite singer, Mohammed Rafi. In 2004, Madan's unused tunes were recreated by his son, Sanjeev Kohli, for the Yash Chopra film Veer-Zaara, starring Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Rani Mukerji. The lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar, and Lata Mangeshkar was invited to once again sing the majority of the melodies composed by her dear friend (sadly died of died of liver cirrhosis) b. June 25th 1924.
1978: Leonard "Lennie" Hastings (53)
English jazz drummer born in the London suburb of Carshalton.
He played in military bands during World War II, after which he played with both Freddy Randall and Alex Welsh throughout the 50s. Following these he played in local combos, led an ensemble in Düsseldorf and worked with Nat Gonella before rejoining Alex Welsh. He was Welsh's drummer for well over a decade, during which time he also recorded with Earl Hines, Rex Stewart, Eddie Davis, Ben Webster, and Bill Coleman. In 1972 he left Welsh's group due to failing health. Later in the decade he played and recorded with Brian Lemon, Stan Greig, Dave Shepherd, and Fred Hunt. He played at the Pizza Express, a London club, in his later years, and toured with Wild Bill Davison and Ruby Braff. He led his own quartet shortly before his death (?) b. January 25th 1925.
1980: Malcolm Owen (26)
English lead singer with The Ruts, the reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 and notable for the 1979 Top 10 hit "Babylon's Burning", and an earlier single "In a Rut", which was not a hit but was much played and highly regarded by the UK BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, John Peel. (sadly Malcolm died from a heroin overdose) b. 1954.
1984: Philippé Wynne /Phillip Walker (43)
American R&B singer, born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he began his musical career as a gospel singer. He is best known for his role as the co-lead singer of The Spinners. He scored notable hits such as "How Could I Let You Get Away", "The Rubberband Man", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "I'll Be Around", "Mighty Love", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", and "Then Came You" with Dionne Warwick. After leaving The Spinners, Wynne never regained the same success, although he featured in hits by other artists such as "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic. (tragically he died on-stage of a massive heart attack while performing in Oakland, California) b. April 3rd 1941.
1993: Léo Ferré (76)
Franco-Monegasque poet, composer, singer and musician.
Born in Monaco, he mixed love and melancholy with moral anarchy, lyricism with slang, rhyming verse with prose monologues. He moved from music-hall to orchestral music, breaking free from the traditional song structure during the 1970s, inventing his own musical territory, powerfully dramatic and unique. He also set to music several poems by the French poètes maudits, such as François Villon, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, and Arthur Rimbaud, as well as French poets from the 20th century like Guillaume Apollinaire and Louis Aragon (?) b. August 24th 1916.
2005: Joe Harnell (80)
American musician, composer and arranger; born in the Bronx, he started playing piano at age six and was performing in his father's ensembles by age 14. He attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship in the early 1940s, and in 1943 joined the Air Force, playing with Glenn Miller's Air Force Band. In the '50s he played in Lester Lanin's band and worked as an accompanist for singers such as Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier and Marlene Dietrich. From 1958 to 1961, he was Peggy Lee's full-time accompanist and arranger for the albums "Anything Goes:Cole Porter" and "Peggy Lee & the George Shearing Quartet". In 1962, Kapp Records asked him to work on writing potential hits in the then-hot genre of bossa nova. Harnell's biggest success was with his arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon, which was a hit in the US in 1963 and which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. After working for Gray Advertising as a jingle writer, from 1967 to 1973 he worked as musical director of The Mike Douglas Show. In 1973 Harnell moved to Hollywood and worked in film score and television composition, composing for The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, and V, for which he was awarded an Emmy in 1986. Following this he became a faculty member at USC's Flora Thornton School of Music as an instructor in film score composition (heart failure) b. August 2nd 1924
Kathryn Ann "Katie" Reider (30)
American singer-songwriter and gay rights activist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio; she began performing her own songs publicly in the early 1990s while still a high school student. She started singing in local coffeehouses and later at the Crossroads Community Church in Oakley. She released her first album, Wonder, in late 1998, followed by 3 more albums and by 2006 had won five local music awards that gained her a huge fanbase nation. In addition to her music, Katie was known for her activism, she spoke out about gay rights issues and was a performer at gay pride celebrations (brain hemorrhage) b. May 23rd 1978.
2010: Madalina Petru-Manole (43)
Romanian pop and folk singer, born in Valenii de Munte, Prahova County. She released her debut album "Fata draga" in 1991, this was followed by nine more, her last release being "O 9 Madalina Manole, MediaPro Music" earlier this year, 2010. (Madalina was found dead by her husband at their house in the early morning, of what looks like an apparent suicide) b. July 14th 1967.
2010: Gene Ludwig (72)
American jazz organist, born in Twin Rocks, Pennsylvaniahe, Gene recorded as leader debuting in 1962 with his album "Organ Out Loud", this was followed by seven albums, his last being "Duffs Blues" in 2008. He also played prolifically as a sideman with the likes of Sonny Stitt, Arthur Prysock, Leslie West, Scott Hamilton, Bob DeVos, Joey DeFrancesco and many others. Live performances have included the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; San Francisco Jazz Festival; Birdland in NYC; and the 2003 Stanford Jazz Festival for the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Other recent appearances include several gigs at The Blue Note in NYC and a special appearance at the Blue Note in Las Vegas in 2002 (?) b. September 4th 1937.
2010: Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC, CH, CBE (84) Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York. He was an authority on the operas of Janácek and Mozart, and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He was the first Australian chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Alan was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1974 New Year Honours, and knighted in the 1979 New Year Honours. In 1978 he was presented with the Janácek medal for services to Czech music, on stage at the Coliseum Theatre, by the Czechoslovak ambassador. In 1990 he was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Hull. In 1996 he received the Medal of Merit from the Czech Republic, and in 1997 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for services to music and Australian music. In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal created to mark the centenary of the Federation of Australia. In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2005, he was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, and he was also the first recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music, announced by then Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall before a Proms performance of HMS Pinafore (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b.
November 17th 1925.
2010: Valerie Watts
(67) British bassoonist, she started to learn the bassoon while at Wimbledon high school, before attending the Royal College of Music in '61, after which she spent 5 years as a member of the Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra. Valerie became a freelance bassoon and contra player. In the '80s she moved to Nth Yorkshire, where she had been regularly involved with the Helmsley festival, later named the Ryedale festival and continued to play professionally all over the country (sadly lost her long fight with breast cancer) b.????
2011: Antonio Prieto (84) Chilean actor and singer born in Iquique, he developed most of his acting career in Argentina and Spain. His most well-known role was Don Miguel Rojo, the eldest of the three bandit Rojo brothers in A Fistful of Dollars.
Also a popular singer, he scored an international 1961 hit with "La novia", later known as "The Wedding" in the UK and the US. In 1995 he releaseda a 20 Greatest Hits CD, which included such hits as "La novia" and "El milagro". He also made a very popular Spanish version of a song from the Italian singer Domenico Modugno called "The Violin Professor" (?) b. May 26th 1927.
2011: Eric Delaney (87) British drummer, percussionist, band leader, pioneer and must be the ultimate of drummer's drummer!! Born in Acton, London, Eric was playing drums to live audiences at 6 and by aged 10 was in his first group, with his mother on piano and his father on banjo. In his early teens he was acclaimed as a "Drum Genius" taking drum command and touring the UK with the Royal Kiltie Junior Band and the Hughie Green Roadshow. By the time he was 16, Eric was voted Britain's Best Young Swing Drummer, and in 1941 at the age of 17, Eric joined George Shearing of the famous Ambrose Octet touring the variety theatres of that time. Although best known as a jazz drummer, Eric was a multi-percussionist, as well as the drums he played xylophone, timpani, glockenspiel, military side drum, tubular bells, a variety of Chinese gongs and tam tams and incorporated many everyday items such as brushes and whistles into his shows over the years. Over the years Eric been voted No.1 of 8 titles including >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. May 22nd 1924.
2012: Marcel Curuchet (40) Uruguayan keyboardist born in Montevideo and founding member of the rock band No Te Va Gustar; formed in 1994. In '97 the band added new styles of music to its repertoire such as reggae, candombe, salsa, ska and murga. The band started to gain recognition in '98 when they won the "Third Song Festival of Montevideo" and another competition organized by the Montevideo City Council Youth Commission. They released their first album entitled "Sólo de noche", in 1999, which was followed by three other albums. No Te Va Gustar's third album "Aunque cueste ver el sol"/Even if it's hard to see the sun, was released in 2005 and the release concert attracted an audience of 10,000 people, and the show was recorded for release on DVD later that year. In 2005 the band also did a European tour, playing dates in more than 40 cities including Munich,
Bern, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Vienna, and Madrid (while on tour, tragically Marcel died in a New Jersey Hospital two days after a motorbike accident on one of the NY-NJ bridges) b. July 5th 1972.
2014: Vange Leonel (51) Brazilian singer, writer, feminist and LGBT activist born in São Paulo in 1963; her first musical ventures were with the post-punk band Nau, which was founded in 1985. Nau released an eponymous album via CBS and took part in the compilation Não São Paulo, Vol. 2, released by Baratos Afins. They disbanded in 1989, and Vange followed with a solo career, releasing her debut album in 1991. In 2000 she wrote her first of five theatre plays, As Sereias da Rive Gauche, that was performed in the same year and it was was published as a book in 2002. Her first novel, Balada para as Meninas Perdidas, was released in 2003. In a 2012 interview, she stated that she was working on a translation to Portuguese of Djuna Barnes' 1928 novel Ladies Almanack. (sadly Vange passed away after a long struggle with ovarian cancer) b. May 4th 1963.
2016: Lisa Gaye (81) American actress, singer and dancer (Rock Around the Clock, Drums Across the River)

July 15th.
1933: Freddie Keppard (43)
American Jazz cornetist born in New Orleans. He played violin, mandolin, and accordion before switching to cornet. After playing with the Olympia Orchestra he joined Frankie Dusen's Eagle Band, taking the place recently vacated by Buddy Bolden. The music scene proclaimed Freddie "King Keppard" as the city's top horn player. In he accepted an offer to join Bill Johnson's band in LA, California.
Johnson and Freddie's band became the Original Creole Orchestra which toured the Vaudeville circuit, giving other parts of the USA a first taste of the music that was not yet known as "jazz". While playing a successful engagement in New York City in 1915 the band was offered a chance to record for the Victor Talking Machine Company. This could probably have been the first jazz recording. About 1917 he settled in Chicago, which would remain his home, except for briefly going to the East Coast to work with Tim Brymn's band about 1920. He worked in Chicago both as a soloist and with the bands of Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Erskine Tate, Doc Cook-for several years, Don Pasquall, and Lil Hardin Armstrong (he suffered from alcoholism and tuberculosis in his final years, and so sadly died largely forgotten) b. February 27th 1890.
1947: Walter Donaldson (54)
American songwriter born in Brooklyn, New York; he published some 600 of his original songs. His biggest hits included "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?", "My Mammy" (a huge hit for Al Jolson), "My Buddy", "Carolina in the Morning", "Yes Sir, That's My Baby","At Sundown", "My Blue Heaven", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Kansas City Kitty", "Makin' Whoopee", "Georgia". His film credits include work on such pictures as Glorifying the American Girl, Suzi, The Great Ziegfeld, Panama Hattie, Follow the Boys, and Nevada (Walter retired in 1943 and died in Santa Monica, California) b. February 15th 1893
1959: Ernest Bloch (78)
Swiss-born American composer born in Geneva and began playing the violin at age 9.
His early works, including his opera Macbeth-1910 show the influence of both the Germanic school of Richard Strauss and the impressionism of Claude Debussy. Mature works, including his best-known pieces, often draw on Jewish liturgical and folk music. These works include Schelomo-1916 for cello and orchestra, the Israel Symphony-1916, Baal Shem for violin and piano-1923, later version for violin and orchestra, the "From Jewish Life" suite for cello and piano, and Avodath Hakodesh/Sacred Service, in 1933 for baritone, choir and orchestra. Pieces written after World War II are a little more varied in style, though his essentially Romantic idiom remains (sadly died after battling cancer) b. July 24th 1880.
1960: Lawrence Mervil Tibbett (63)
American opera singer, movie actor, radio personality and recording artist. He sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1923 to 1950. He performed roles ranging from Iago in Otello to Captain Hook in Peter Pan. As a baritone, he is acknowledged as one of the greatest opera singers produced by the USA, and one of the finest male voices of the past 100 years. (died as the result of a fall in his apartment) b. November 16th 1896.
1973: Clarence White/Clarence LeBlanc (29)
American guitarist born in Lewiston, Maine; he started out with his 2 brothers in a band called the Three Little Country Boys. They cut their first single in 1958, which led to appearances on the Andy Griffith Show. In late '62, the Country Boys became the Kentucky Colonels. After the dissolution of the Colonels, he found employment as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, playing on early records of The Monkees, and performed at night with future Byrd Gene Parsons in the group Nashville West. Clarence contributed twangy lead guitar to two of Gene's songs on the Byrd's 4th album Younger Than Yesterday: "Time Between" and "The Girl With No Name". He was invited back to play on The Byrds' next album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, and he contributed to Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the group's Gram Parsons-led foray into traditional honky-tonk which has become a landmark recording. He was finally asked to join the reconstituted Byrds in Sept '68, remaining with the band until the group was dissolved by McGuinn in '73. Clarence remained busy throughout early '73. In addition to more Browne sessions, he joined with Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Richard Green and banjo player Bill Keith to form the bluegrass supergroup Muleskinner. (Tragically died after being struck by a drunk driver. The accident occurred shortly after 2am, while he and his brother Roland were loading equipment into their car following a spur-of-the moment reunion gig of the Colonels) b. June 7th 1944.
1982: William "Bill" Justis (55)
American pioneer rock and roll musician, composer, and musical arranger, best known for his 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame song, "Raunchy". Born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up in Memphis, a trumpet and saxophone player, while in university he performed with local jazz and dance bands after which he was taken on by Sam Phillips at Sun Records where he recorded music for himself as well as arranged the music for Sun artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Charlie Rich. He released his song "Raunchy" in November 1957, it was the first rock and roll instrumental hit, and went on to be a worldwide hit. In 1961, Justis moved to Nashville where he became a successful record producer and music arranger for both pop and country music performers at Monument and Mercury Records and other labels. He played saxophone on the soundtrack for the 1964 Elvis Presley film, Kissin' Cousins and that same year took over as manager of the singing group, Ronny & the Daytonas. He also wrote the music for several Hollywood films including the Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper. (sadly died from cancer) b. October 14th 1927.
Nesuhi Ertegun (71) Turkish record producer and executive of Atlantic Records and WEA International, born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to America in 1935. He founded the Crescent record label, then purchased Jazz Man Records, issuing traditional jazz recordings on Jazz Man until 1952. At Jazz Man, Nesuhi produced classic Kid Ory revival recordings in 1944 and 1945 plus other recordings by Pete Daily and Turk Murphy. For details on this seminal period in Ertegun's career, see Cary Ginell's "Hot Jazz for Sale: Hollywood's Jazz Man Record Shop". He sold the Jazz Man label in 1952 and worked for Lester Koenig at Contemporary Records. While there, he taught the first history of jazz course ever given for academic credit at a major American university at UCLA. He joined Atlantic Records in 1955 and went on to become Vice president. As a producer at Atlantic he worked with John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, the Modern Jazz Quartet and many others. He also became involved with the label’s rhythm & blues and rock and roll roster, first recruiting songwriters and producers Leiber and Stoller, with whom he had worked in California, and producing several hit records for Ray Charles, Chris Connor, the Drifters, Bobby Darin and Roberta Flack. In 1971, Nesuhi founded WEA International, now Warner Music International. While at WEA International, Nesuhi demonstrated tremendous independence and character, often going against the wishes of his U.S. counterparts. In the 1980s he released the single "Girls, Girls, Girls" by then unknown Latin-American rockers Renegade forcing a domestic release of their debut album Rock N' Roll Crazy! (he sadly died from complications following cancer surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City) b. November 26th 1917.
1990: Trouble T-Roy/Troy Dixon (22)
American member of the hip-hop band Heavy D and The Boyz (tragically died from an accidental fall. He and others were merrymaking after a concert and while dancing, he lost his balance, fell from a balcony, hit his head) b. October 19th 1967.
1997: Ary Groenhuijzen (50)
American keyboard player for Phil Spector's, The Teddy Bears (sadly died of Motor Neuron Disease also known as ALS) b. ????
2000: Louis Quilico (75)
Canadian baritone opera singer; One of the leading baritones of his day, he was an ideal interpreter of the great Italian and French composers, especially Giuseppe Verdi. He was often referred to as "Mr Rigoletto" in reference to the Verdi opera. During his 45 year long career he shared performing credits with opera's greatest stars. He spent 25 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. After his retirement from the stage in '98 he continued to perform and record, most often with his wife, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, with whom he made 4 CDs. The couple also toured together extensively in concerts until Louis's death. In 1974, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (died sadly as a result of complications following a knee operation) b. January 14th 1925.
2000: Johnny Duncan (67)
American skiffle music star. He was born in the Windrock coal mining camp overlooking the town of Oliver Springs, Tennessee and became a British skiffle star in 1957 with the hit record "Last Train to San Fernando". While serving in the US Army, he was sent to the United Kingdom where he formed a small hillbilly group in which he sang and played the guitar and mandolin, the band spent all of its off-duty hours either playing for its own amusement or entertaining fellow GI’s and British locals at camp concerts and dances. He also met and married his wife Betty in 1952. After his discharge and on a return trip to the UK, he went to see Chris Barber's Dixieland Band which had turned Lonnie Donegan into a star with his skiffle hit recording of "Rock Island Line". Barber signed Johnny to play with his band where he stayed for a year. After which he went solo releasing his massive hit "Last Train to San Fernando" backed by his band "The Bluegrass Boys". He became a regular on 6.5 Special, the first teenage program on BBC Television and had his own program Tennessee Songbag on BBC Radio. As skiffle faded Johnny emigrated to Australia and semi-retired from the music scene (?) b. September 7th 1932.
2000: Paul Young (53)
English singer and percussionist born in Benchill, Wythenshawe, Manchester; he initially came to prominence as the lead singer of chart band Sad Café, and later enjoyed further chart success sharing lead vocal duties with Paul Carrack in Mike + The Mechanics. His powerful rock voice and wide vocal range was generally assigned to handle the heavier songs, while Carrack's pure, soulful voice was assigned to ballads and more pop-oriented numbers. Paul provided lead vocals for the hit singles "All I Need Is a Miracle," Word of Mouth", and "Taken In" (sadly died of a heart attack) b. June 17th 1947.
2007: Kelly Johnson (49)
English guitarist, singer and songwriter; one of the original members of the heavy metal rock band Girlschool, when it was formed from the group Painted Lady in 1978. She was a songwriter, playing lead guitar and singing both lead and backing vocals on the group's first four albums. She provided both a strong visual focus for the band with her tall figure and blonde hair and an excellent musical contribution with her trenchant guitar playing. In 1984 she left the band and relocated to LA. In 1987, she jioned the rock band World’s Cutest Killers, which included on rhythm guitar and vocals former Painted Lady and The Go-Go's member Kathy Valentine. WCK changed their name to The Renegades. In 1993, after almost ten years in the USA, she returned to the UK to resume her role as lead guitarist of Girlschool for a much publicized reunion tour. She remained with the band and toured incessantly until 1999, when she became too ill to tour (Kelly sadly died after a brave six year battle with cancer of the spine) b. June 20th 1958.
2010: Hank Cochran/Garland Perry Cochran (74)
American country music singer-songwriter, born in in Isola, Mississippi. Since the 1960s, Hank has been a prolific country songwriter, including major hits by Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and others. He wrote or co-wrote songs like "I Fall To Peices", "A Little Bitty Tear", "It's Just My Funny Way of Laughin'", "The Same Old Hurt","The Chair", "Ocean Front Property", Merle Haggard ("It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)", "Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)", and "That's All That Matters". Hank was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, charting seven times on the Billboard country charts, with his highest solo peak being "Sally Was a Good Old Girl" (sadly taken by pancreatic cancer) b. August 2nd 1935.
2011: Cornell MacNeil (88) American operatic baritone born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and known for his exceptional voice and long career with the Metropolitan Opera, which spanned 642 performances in twenty-six roles. He debuted with various companies in the United States from 1953, including the New York City Opera, La Scala and the Metropolitan in 1959. In 1969 he became president of the American Guild of Musical Artists. Two of his most notable roles were the title role in Rigoletto, and Iago in Otello. Rigoletto was also the role he sang the most at the Met, 104 times, including the Met's first telecast of that opera in 1977. He
was also well-known for the role of Baron Scarpia in Tosca, a role he sang 92 times at the Met between November 2nd 1959 and December 5th 1987, which was his last performance with the Met (?) b. September 24nd 1922.
2011: Cuddly Dudley/ Dudley Heslop (87) English-Jamaican rock & roll singer, dancer and actor, who came to fame on the Oh Boy! TV series, and is noted for being “Britain's first black rock & roller”. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he started performing when very young with a "native song and dance act" for tourists. In 1947 he went to Britain where he spent a year in the play Sauce Tartare at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End, before singing in clubs for 6 months. He then played in Folies Bergeres at the Hippodrome, London and toured Australia in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, before joining Sid Milward's Comedy orchestra, The Nit Wits, supporting Max Bygraves. He became influenced by early rock 'n' roll and, being black, with a strong voice, decided to change musical style, he also adopted a big grin, flashy suits and snazzy ties and manager manager, Guy Robinson, promoted him as "Bristol's answer to The Big Bopper". At this time Dudley also a co-founded The Dominoes, with pianist Iggy Quail >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. May 22nd 1924
2013: Noël Lee (88) Chinese-born American classical pianist and composer; bo
rn in Nanjing, China, he studied music in Lafayette, Indiana, then attended Harvard University and was also a student at the Longy School of Music in the early 1940s. Following World War II he composed orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, and film music. In addition, he completed several unfinished piano works by Franz Schubert and composed cadenzas for piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven and
served as visiting professor at Brandeis University, Cornell University and Dartmouth College. Noël received numerous awards throughout his career, an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his creative work in 1959; and from France, in 1998, the grade of Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, also in 1999, from the city of Paris, the Grand Prix de la Musique (?) b. December 25th 1924.
2015: Alan Curtis (80)
American harpsichordist, musicologist, and conductor of baroque opera. Born in Mason, Michigan. He studied at the University of Illinois, where he wrote his dissertation on the keyboard music of Sweelinck, after which he studied in Amsterdam. Following an academic career divided between UC Berkeley and Europe, he devoted his time to performing dramatic music from Monteverdi to Mozart. He commissioned both the first chitarrone and the first chromatic harpsichord to be built in the 20th century and in 1978 in a production of Handel's Admeto he made the first successful attempt to revive Handel's opera orchestra, including the now widely accepted use of the archlute. Alan also founded the European ensemble Il Complesso Barocco. (He died in Florence, Italy) b. November 17th 1934.
2015: Dave Somerville (81) Canadian-American singer and co-founder of The Diamonds. Born in Guelph, Ontario, he grew up in a musical family in the farming village of Rockwood, then in 1947, at aged 14, he moved to Toronto with his parents. In 1952, aged 19, he secured a position at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the engineering department as a radio operator while still studying voice at the University of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1953, he, along with Ted Kowalski, Phil Levitt, and Bill Reed formed the vocal quartet, The Diamonds. Their first performance was in the basement of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Toronto singing in a Christmas minstrel show; their first recording was "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" reached No.12 in the US in 1956, and their follow-up hit single, "The Church Bells May Ring", reached No.14 in the US. In 1957 their "Little Darlin'" reached No.3 on the UK singles chart and No.2 in the US. They also made an appearence in the 1958 film "The Big Beat". In August 1961, Dave left The Diamonds and began a 6 year solo career after which in the 70s and 80s he formed the group WW Fancy and also sang with The Four Preps. In the 1990s he released his first children’s album was titled The Cosmic Adventures of Diamond Dave. The Diamonds have been honored and inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Doo Wop Hall of Fame, The Rockabilly Hall of Fame and are recipients of Canada's prestigious Juno Award
(sadly died fighting cancer) b. October 2nd 1933.
2016: Roland Prince (69) Antiguan jazz guitarist
2016: Erik Petersen (38) American punk rock musician (Mischief Brew).

July 16th.

1957: Serge Chaloff (33) American jazz baritone saxophonist,
he was among the few major jazz performers on his instrument, until Serge the only prominent baritone player in jazz was Harry Carney of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Originally influenced by Charlie Parker, he became the first major bebop baritonist and opened the way for others to follow. He first became well known as one of the "Four Brothers" reed section in Woody Herman's Second Herd. He also played with Boyd Raeburn, Georgie Auld, Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie, as well as recording as a leader. Serge's career was greatly limited by addiction to heroin which successfully gave up (sadly Serge developed cancer of the spine which caused his early death) b. November 24th 1923.
1981: Harry Chapin (38)
American singer and songwriter, born in New York, known for his folk rock songs such as "Taxi," "W*O*L*D," and "Cat's in the Cradle". He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1960, and was among the five inductees in the school's Alumni Hall Of Fame for the year 2000. His debut solo album Heads & Tales, produced the hit single "Taxi". His 4th album, 1974's Verities & Balderdash was his most successful producing his chart topping "Cat's in the Cradle". It was used in an episode of The Simpsons, an episode of King of the Hill, an episode of Family Guy and was featured in Shrek The Third. The song has also been heard many other times on television and film
and ranked number 186 of 365 on the RIAA list of Songs of the Century. Harry was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006. As well as his musical career he was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger, with his work being widely recognized as a key player in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Harry was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work (tragically killed when a tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was driving) b. December 7th 1942.
1985: Wayne King (84)
American musician, songwriter, singer, orchestral leader and sometimes referred to as "the Waltz King" because much of his most popular music involved waltzes; "The Waltz You Saved For Me" was his standard set closing song in live performance and on numerous radio broadcasts at the height of his career. In later years he operated a black angus cattle farm and a car rental business (?) b. February 16th 1901.
1988: Steve Cayter (?)
Road crew technician with Def Leppard, Steve had been instrumental in getting Rick Allen back playing the drums after he had lost his arm in a road accident (died of a brain haemorrhage on stage before a show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy Wisconsin) b. ????
1989: Herbert von Karajan (81)
Austrian orchestra and opera conductor born in Salzburg, Austria-Hungary, was a child prodigy at the piano. From 1916 to 1926, he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he was encouraged to concentrate on conducting by his teacher, who detected his exceptional promise in that regard. Some described Herbert as "probably the world's best-known conductor and one of the most powerful figures in classical music". Among his many world engagments, he conducted the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra for 35 years. He is the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records during his career. On 21 June 1978 he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from Oxford University. He was honored by the "Médaille de Vermeil" in Paris, the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, the Olympia Award of the Onassis Foundation in Athens and the UNESCO International Music Prize. He received two Gramophone Awards for recordings of Mahler's Ninth Symphony and the complete Parsifal recordings in 1981. In 2002, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize was founded in his honour; in 2003 Anne-Sophie Mutter who had made her debut with Karajan in 1977, became the first recipient of this award (Herbert died from a heart attack at his home in Anif, in the Austrian Alps) b. April 5th 1908.
Sidney Torch MBE/ Sidney Torchinsky (82) British pianist, cinema organist, conductor, orchestral arranger and a composer of light music.
He worked as an accompanist before getting a job playing the Piano with the Orchestra of the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London. When the Cinema's Christie Theatre Organ was installed in 1928, he became the Assistant Organist and took over as Chief Organist at the Cinema in 1932. In 1934 he played the organ in a number of London Cinemas and in 1937 he became the Chief Organist of the new Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn. He continued to play the Wurlitzer there up until 1940, when he was drafted into the RAF and stationed near Blackpool and would play and make recordings on the numerous Cinema Organs in the Blackpool area, during his spare time. While in the RAF, Torch became the Conductor of the RAF Concert Orchestra, where he learned to arrange music and to conduct. He conducted many orchestras and bands, particularly those of the BBC; he was the man who created the popular BBC Light Programme show Friday Night is Music Night, which started in 1953 and continues to be broadcast to this day. He also conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra for nearly every Friday Night show until his retirement. Sidney composed many pieces for the BBC, particularly the theme tunes for radio and television shows (?) b. 1908.
1996: John Panozzo (47) American drummer and bass guitarist, founder member of Styx; born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He and his twin brother, Chuck, started music lessons at aged 7, John took up the drums and percussion. At the age of 12 while at Catholic school they were part of a 3-piece band in which John played drums and Chuck played guitar, they played weddings.
In 1961, John, Chuck, and their neighbour, accordionist and singer Dennis DeYoung, formed a band called The Tradewinds, playing local rock n roll gigs. In 1968, Chuck switched to bass and they added guitarists / vocalists James "J.Y." Young and John Curulewski, changing their name to TW4. The band signed to Wooden Nickel Records and changed their name to Styx. In the mid-1990s, as Styx was about to embark on its first tour with the classic line-up since 1983, John fell seriously ill and began battling cirrhosis of the liver. The band dedicated their 1996 Return to Paradise tour to him, and Tommy Shaw, who had earlier replaced Curulewski, wrote the song "Dear John" as the band's final tribute to their drummer and friend (he tried for years to battle cirrhosis of the liver, but eventually died of gastrointestinal haemmorhaging) b. September 20th 1948.
1999: Hiromi Yanagihara (19)
Japanese singer and founding member of Hello! Project group Country Musume. She joined Country Musume in 1999 along with Rinne Toda and Azusa Kobayashi (Hiromi was tragically killed in a car accident one week before the group's first release) b. October 19th 1979.
2003: Celia Cruz (77)
Cuban singer; one of the most successful Salsa performers of the 20th century. Born in La Habana, Cuba, internationally known as the "Queen of Salsa" as well as "La Guarachera de Cuba and has twenty-three gold albums to her name. She started out singing "Nostalgias" on Havana's radio station Radio Garcia-Serra's popular "Hora del Té" daily broadcast, and made her first recordings in 1948 in Venezuela. She made her first major breakthrough in 1950, when she took over as lead singer of the Sonora Matancera orchestra, who she stayed with for the next 15 years recording and touring all over Latin America. In 1960 Celia and her husaband became citizens of the United States and in 1966 she started working with Tito Puente which led to eight albums for Tico Records. Over her remarkable six-decade career, she recorded more than 70 albums, won two Grammy awards and three Latin Grammys, among numerous other accolades to her credit. She also starred with Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas in the film The Mambo Kings and in 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded Celia the National Medal of Arts (she died of a cancerous brain tumor at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey.) b. October 21st 1925.
Camillo Felgen (84)
Luxembourgian singer, lyricist, DJ, and television presenter; he studied theatre and opera in Brussels and Liège. In 1946, he joined Radio Luxembourg as a chorus singer and a French language reporter and in 1949, he completed his theatre and opera studies. In 1951, he had his first international hit record, "Bonjour les amies" ("Hello Friends"). The song went on to become the theme song for his national broadcaster. In 1953, he recorded his first German language record, "Onkel Toms altes Boot" ("Uncle Tom's Old Boat"), in Berlin. He represented his home country in the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 with "So laang we's du do bast", becoming the first male contestant to represent Luxembourg and the first entrant to sing in Luxembourgish.
One of the greatest hits of Felgen was "Ich hab Ehrfurcht vor schneeweißen Haaren"/“I Respect Your Grey Hair”, a cover of singer-guitarist Bobbejaan Schoepen, another hit was "Sag warum", in 1959. He also translated the two songs that The Beatles performed in German, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You", in 1964. Camillo, then worked as a programme director at the RTL (?) b. November 17th 1920.
2006: Malachi Thompson
(56) American jazz trumpeter; born in Princeton, Kentucky but moved to Chicago as a child, he first worked in the R&B scene on Chicago’s South Side as a teenager. In 1968, he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, spending some time in the AACM big band, before playing and touring with the Operation Breadbasket Big Band. Moving to New York he worked with saxophonists Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Frank Foster and Archie Shepp among other musicians and formed his Freebop band in 1978. He nexted moved to Washington where he worked with Lester Bowie's Hot Trumpets Repertory Company. He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphomain 1989 and given only one year to live. Happily back in Chicago he went on to form his New Orleans inspired band, Africa Brass and wanting to preserve the Sutherland Theatre on Chicago's South Side, in 1991 Malachi founded the Sutherland Community Arts Initiative, a non-profit corporation and also wrote incidental music for a play about the theatre. In 1995 he was selected as an Arts Midwest Jazz Master, selected as a “Chicagoan of the Year" in 1996 by the “Chicago Tribune" for his efforts to bring jazz back to the South Side of Chicago. In 1997 he was honored by the Chicago Endowment for the Arts for his arts activism and his trumpet playing has been recognized in “DownBeat" magazine's annual International Critic's Poll. He is featured on 29 recordings of which thirteen he is the featured artist and has performed in over 15 countries around the world (a relapse of his cancer) b. August 21st 1949.
Caterina Bueno (64) Italian singer and folk music historian, her research and performances of Italian folk songs, particularly those of Tuscany, are credited to bringing a new awareness of Italian folk music. She taught herself to play the guitar and collected folk records, generally of Tuscany origin and worked with many artists including Francesco De Gregori who dedicated his song "Caterina" to her. She became active at the l'Istituto Ernesto De Martino and later the magazine Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano
(?) b. April 2nd 1943.
2008: Jo Stafford (90) American singer of traditional pop music and jazz standards whose career spanned the 1930s through the early 1960s, considered one of the most versatile vocalists of the era; she entertained the GI's in World War 2 and recorded hits with Frankie Laine, Gordon MacRae, Johnny Mercer and released 47 solo singles. Her song "You Belong to Me" topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and made her the first female singer to have a No 1 hit in the UK singles chart. (heart failure) b. November 12th 1917.
2010: Carlos Torres Vila (63)
Argentine folk singer and pioneer, born in Buenos Aires; in his 40 years in show business, Carlos has played in major festivals including the Festival de Baradero and the Festival de Cosquín. He has made countless appearances on radio and television and was one of the first to introduce the so-called “romantic folklore”, recording hits such as "El Chango", "Qué pasa entre los dos", "La Engañera", "Zamba para olvidarte" and "La López Pereyra" (sadly died after suffering a long and painful illness) b. November 9th 1946.
2012: Ed Lincoln/Eduardo Lincoln Barbosa de Sabóia (80) Brazilian musician, composer and arranger known for a wide variety of styles. As a bassist, he was present at the earliest moments of bossa nova and as a Hammond organ player, he was foundational in establishing the sound of Brazilian jazz and space age pop.
His most widely-heard compositions include O Ganso -Ed Lincoln and D'Orlann, É o Cid -Ed Lincoln and Sílvio César, Palladium-Ed Lincoln and Orlandivo and Ai que Saudade Dessa Nega. His most successful arrangements include O Bêbado, Na Onda do Berimbau, Romantic Partners and The Blues Walk, the latter in collaboration with American trumpeter Clifford Brown. He appeared in four films: Colégio de Brotos-1955, Vamos com Calma-1956, Na Onda do Iê-Iê-Iê-1966 and Estranho triângulo-1970. He composed the music for two films, the musical comedy Adorável Trapalhão-1967 in which he also appeared as himself and the musical Juventude e Ternura in 1968, working with Érlon Chaves on the latter film (sadly died from respiratory failure) b. May 31st 1932
Kitty Wells/Ellen Muriel Deason (92) American country music singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee. She began singing as a child, learning guitar from her dad. As a teenager, she sang with her sisters, who performed as the Deason Sisters on a local radio station beginning in 1936. At the age of 18 she married Johnnie Wright, and Kitty sang with Johnnie and his sister Louise Wright; the three toured as Johnnie Right and the Harmony Girls. Soon they Jack Anglin, who married Louise and became part of the band, which became known first as the Tennessee Hillbillies and then the Tennessee Mountain Boys. In 1952, Paul Cohen, of Decca Records, asked Kitty to record solo "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". It was an instant hit and made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female >>> READ MORE <<< (Kitty sadly died from complications after a stroke) b. August 30th 1919.
2012: Bob Babbitt/Robert Kreinar (74) American top session bassist born in Pittsburgh; with 25 Gold and Platinum records under his belt he is famous for his work as a member of Motown Records' studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1967-72, as well as his tenure as part of MFSB for Philadelphia International Records afterwards. Also in 1968-1970, with Mike Campbell, Ray Monette and Andrew Smith he formed the band Scorpion. His
most notable bass performances include "War", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", "The Tears of a Clown", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", "Inner City Blues""Band Of Gold" (by Freda Payne), "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)", "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Bob died while bravely fighting brain cancer) b. November 26th 1937.
2012: Jon Lord (71) English composer, pianist and Hammond organ playerborn in Leicester, he was known for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men. He studied classical piano from the age of five, and those influences were a recurring trademark in his work. The raw sounds of the great American blues organists
Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith and "Brother" Jack McDuff, as well as the stage showmanship of Jerry Lee Lewis and the organ-based progressive rock played by Vanilla Fudge were also early influences. He started his London band career in 1960 with jazz ensemble the Bill Ashton Combo, followed by Red Bludd's Bluesicians, The Art Wood Combo, Santa Barbara Machine Head and The Flower Pot Men, before he founded Deep Purple in 1968. Deep Purple started out an organ >>> READ MORE <<< (In 2011 Jon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, sadly he died at a London Clinic after suffering a pulmonary embolism) b. June 9th 1941.
2013: T.Model Ford/James Lewis Carter Ford (89-93) American blues guitarist, born in Forest, Mississippi. It is reported he had 26 children and didn't take up guitar until his fifth wife left him and gave him a guitar as a leaving present.
He began touring juke joints and other venues, and for a while opening for Buddy Guy. In 1995, he was discovered by Matthew Johnson of Fat Possum Records, under which he released five albums from 1997 to 2008. Since 2008, he worked with the Seattle-based band, GravelRoad, who were longtime fans of T-Bone and they agreed to provide support for a ten-show US tour for him through July 2008, after which he had a pacemaker fitted, but he appeared on stage again with GravelRoad in 2008, and also in 2009 and 2010. He had a stroke in early 2010, but despite difficulty with right-hand mobility, managed to complete a successful tour with GravelRoad. Also GravelRoad backed him on his 2010 and 2011 albums, The Ladies Man and Taledragger. He suffered a second stroke in 2012, however, again he soldiered on and performed at that year's King Biscuit Blues Festival in October (sadly T.Model died of respiratory failure) b. early 1920s
2014: Johnny Winter/John Dawson Winter III (70) American blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s.
He and his younger Edgar were both born with albinism, in Beaumont, Texas, and in the mid 50s they appeared as a duo on a local children's show, singing songs and playing ukulele. By the time he was 15 he had formed a band, Johnny and the Jammers, and released "School Day Blues" on a local Houston record label. Also in these early days he sometimes sat in with Roy Head and the Traits when they performed in the Beaumont area. In 1967, Johnny recorded a single with the Traits, "Tramp" backed with "Parchman Farm" and in 1968, he released his first album The Progressive Blues Experiment. A huge break came for him in December of 1968, when Mike Bloomfield, invited him to sing and play a song during a Bloomfield and Al Kooper concert at the Fillmore East in New York, he sang >>> READ MORE <<< (he was found, sadly dead in his Swss hotel room just two days after his performance at the Cahors Blues Festival in France) b. February 23rd 1944.
2015: Ramakrishna Vissamraju (67) Indian playback singer and film scorer; impressed by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, he took up to singing and first sing for All India Radio. His debut movie song was Vayase Oka Poolathota in Vichitra Bandham in 1972. He went on to sing over 5000 songs, in movies as well as in Devotional Albums. The depth in his voice and the soothing effect that his songs gives to the audience an unforgettable experience, and unfolds the character in a movie. Most of the Top actors in the Telugu film industry preferred him to lend his voice to their movies (sadly he died while fighting cancer) b. August 20th 1947.
2016: Gary S. Paxton (77) American record producer ("Monster Mash") and singer-songwriter (Skip & Flip, The Hollywood Argyles).
2016: Claude Williamson (89) American jazz pianist.
2016: Bonnie Brown (77) American country singer
(lung cancer)

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1951: Harry Choates (28)
American fiddle player, accordionist, steel and acoustic guitarist born in Louisiana and moved to Port Arthur, Texas in the 1930s; he was one of the most influential and tragic musicians in the history of Cajun music. By age 12 he started playing fiddle for spare change in barbershops. He gained early professional experience playing in the bands of Leo Soileau and Leroy LeBlanc, then left to form his own group called the Melody Boys in 1946. His 1946 song "Jole Blonde", a top 10 hit for Harry, was recorded by country singer Moon Mullican and became a major hit, but Harry had waived his rights to the song and was never compensated for the success of song.
He remained with the Melody Boys from 1946 to 1951, when they disbanded over Harry's chronic problems with alcoholism (Failing to make support payments of $20 a week for his son and daughter, he was jailed by a judge who found him in contempt of court. After three days of being forced to curtail his drinking habit, he began beating his head against the cell bars and fell into a coma. He died a few days later) b. December 26th 1922.
1959: Billie Holiday/Lady Day/Eleanora Fagan Goughy (44)
Legendary American female jazz singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a horrible childhood of under age prostitution, workhouses and a spell in prison, nicknamed Lady Day by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Billy became a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Above all, she was admired all over the world for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever.". She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow, "and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became famous for singing jazz standards including "Easy Living" and "Strange Fruit" (cirrhosis of the liver) b. April 7th 1915.
1967: John Coltrane (40)
American saxophonist and composer, among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz.
Born in Hamlet, North Carolina, he worked in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, and helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz. He was prolific, organizing at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his recording career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. As his career progressed, his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. He influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. He received many awards, among them a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz.". He was also beatified by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane (He sadly died of liver cancer) b. September 23rd 1926.
1971: Cliff Edwards
aka Ukelele Ike (75)
American singer, voice actor and ukelele player, born in Hannibal, Missouri. He got his first break in 1918 at the Arsonia Cafe in Chicago, Illinois, where he performed a tune called "Ja Da", written by the club's pianist, Bob Carleton. He and Carleton made the tune a hit on the vaudeville circuit. Cliff enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop standards and novelty tunes and had a number-one hit with "Singin' in the Rain" in 1929. He became one of the most popular singers of the decade, and appeared in several Broadway shows and recorded, in his distinctive style, many of the pop and novelty hits of the day, such as "California, Here I Come", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Yes Sir, That's My Baby", and "I'll See You in My Dreams". Cliff also did voices for animated cartoons later in his career, and is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio and his Jiminy song "When You Wish Upon A Star"-1940 which won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song and went on to become an icon of The Walt Disney Company. In 1941, he also voiced the head crow in Disney's Dumbo and sang "When I See an Elephant Fly". In 2002, Cliff and his recording of "When You Wish Upon a Star", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (?) b. June 14th 1895.
1983: Roosevelt "Honeydripper" Sykes (77) American jazz pianist; born in in Elmar, Arkansas, and grew up near Helena but at 15, went on the road playing piano with a barrelhouse style of blues. Like many bluesmen of his time, he travelled around playing to all-male audiences in sawmill, turpentine and levee camps along the Mississippi River. In 1929, he was spotted by a talent scout while in New York. His first release was "'44' Blues" which became a blues standard and his trademark. He started recording on various labels, using various names including including 'Easy Papa Johnson', 'Dobby Bragg' and 'Willie Kelly'. His next stop was Chicago where he recorded with the Honeydrippers. He lived his final years in New Orleans (heart attack) b. January 31st 1906.
1995: Miklós Rózsa (88) Hungarian-born award winning composer and conductor, best known for his numerous film scores.
He was one of the most respected and popular film score composers in Hollywood and is today regarded as one of the greatest film score composers of all time. In a career that spanned over fifty years, he composed music for nearly 100 films including Spellbound in 1945, Quo Vadis in 1951, Ben-Hur in 1959, and King of Kings in 1961. Miklós was a three time Oscar winner, and was nominated a total of 16 times, making him one of the most nominated composers in Oscar history. He also received three Golden Globe nominations and one Grammy Award nomination. His last film score was to Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982. That same year, Miklós suffered a stroke which brought an end to his film scoring career, though he still wrote concert pieces afterwards (?) b. April 18th 1907.
1996: Bryan ''Chas'' Chandler (57)
English bassist, manager and producer, born in Heaton, Newcastle; he began his career playing bass guitar in a trio with Alan Price. After vocalist Eric Burdon joined them the group was renamed The Animals and became one of the most successful R&B bands ever. His most famous bass lines are the opening riffs of their 1965 hits "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and "It's My Life". Chas was also the most prominent of the group's backing vocalists and did occasional songwriting with Burdon.
After the group split up in late 1966, he became manager to Jimi Hendrix and recruiting other musicians to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1966 to 1968. He then went on to manage and produce the English rock band Slade for twelve years. During this time, Chandler bought and ran IBC Studios for four years and launched Barn Records (died while undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm) b. December 18th 1938.
1998: Marc Alexander Hunter (44) New Zealand rock and pop singer born in Taumarunui; best known as the lead vocalist with Dragon, a band formed by his older brother Todd in Auckland in 1973. They recorded two albums in New Zealand, Universal Radio in 1974 and Scented Gardens For The Blind in 1975, before relocating to Sydney, Australia. Dragon racked up a string of hit singles and albums between 1976 and 1979 including "Get That Jive", "Sunshine", "Are You Old Enough?", "I'm Still In Love With You" and "April Sun in Cuba". They also enjoyed huge success with their first three albums Sunshine, Running Free, and O! Zambezi.
(sadly Marc died while fighting throat cancer) b. September 7th 1953
1999: Kevin Wilkinson (41) English drummer, born in Stoke-on-Trent, he is credited as a former official member of several successful British pop groups, including The League of Gentlemen - 1980, The Waterboys 1983–84, China Crisis 1985–89, and Squeeze 1995–96. He also appeared in some of his affiliated bands' music videos.
Throughout his career, he was a highly regarded session musician, performing with other artists as diverse as Fish and The Proclaimers, and Howard Jones. He also drummed for less well known acts - including his friend Paul Griffiths, and songwriting partner Robbie Wyborn of King Strut, who benefited hugely from his support and his contributions on their Sacred Ground album (tragically Kevin hung himself) b. June 11th 1958.
2002: Bobby Worth (89)
American songwriter born in Cleveland, Ohio and
was considered a child prodigy, performing in classical concerts at ten years of age. In his teens he was performing in Gus Edwards' vaudeville acts. In 1940, at age 28, he moved to Hollywood, California, where he teamed up with songwriter Stanley Cowan in 1941, and began writing for movie studios. From the 1940s onwards, his songs were recorded by artists including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. His best known songs are "Do I Worry?", "(Lights Out) 'Til Reveille", "Tonight We Love", and "Don't You Know?" (?) b. September 25th 1912.
2003: Rosalyn Tureck (89)
American pianist and harpsichordist born in Chicago, particularly associated with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach
, but had a wide-ranging repertoire. She studied at the Juilliard School of music, later in her career, she joined the faculty at the Juilliard School. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall playing the theremin, and for a while she played Bach's keyboard music on a harpsichord, but later returned to playing the piano. In 1970, she performed in Boston for the Peabody Mason Concert series. Her scores and recordings were given to the Music Division and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, both divisions of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. (?) b. December 14th 1914.
2005: Laurel Aitken/Lorenzo Aitken (78)
Jamaica singer, known as "the Godfather of Ska", born in Cuba of mixed Cuban and Jamaican descent, his family settled in Jamaica in 1938 and he went on to become Jamaica's first real recording star. His first recordings in the late 1950s were mento tunes such as "Nebuchnezer", "Sweet Chariot" and "Baba Kill Me Goat". Progressing to a pre-ska shuffle, his 1958 single "Little Sheila"/"Boogie in My Bones" was one of the first records produced by Chris Blackwell, who founded his Island Records label that year, and the first Jamaican popular music record to be released in the UK. Other rock and roll singles from this period include "Low Down Dirty Girl", "Drinkin' Whisky" and "More Whisky".
Laurel moved to Brixton, London in 1960 and recorded for the Blue Beat label, releasing fifteen singles before returning to Jamaica in 1963. He recorded for Duke Reid, with backing from The Skatalites on tracks such as "Zion" and "Weary Wanderer", before returning to the UK, where he began working with Pama Records. He recorded hits such as "Fire in Mi Wire" and "Landlord and Tenants", which led to a wider recognition outside of Jamaica and the UK. This cemented his position as one of ska's leading artists. He gained a loyal following not only among the West Indian community, but also among mods, skinheads and other ska fans. He had hit records in the UK and other countries in the 1950s through to the 1970s (sadly died of a heart attack) b. April 22nd 1927.
2006: Sam Myers (69)
American blues singer, drummer, harmonica player, trumpeter and songwriter. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, he appeared as an accompanist on dozens of recordings for blues artists over 5 decades, and fronted one of the top blues bands in the world. He began his career as a drummer for Elmore James but was most famous as a blues vocalist and blues harp player. He was in high demand for his authentic delta blues sound working with Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Robert Lockwood, Jr, Little Walter, and Hound Dog Taylor. Sam played drums with Elmore James on a fairly steady basis from '52 until James's death in '63, and is credited on many of James's historic recordings for Chess Records. In 1956, he wrote and recorded what was to be his most famous single, "Sleeping In The Ground" and for nearly 2 decades he was the featured vocalist for Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets. Just before he died, he toured as a solo artist, in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, with the Swedish band Bloosblasters (sadly died from throat cancer) b. February 19th 1936.
2007: Teresa Stich-Randall (79) American
opera soprano, discovered in the late 1940s by Arturo Toscanini, who engaged her for a series of performances with his NBC Symphony Orchestra in New York, Arturo described her at the time as "the find of the century". She made her European debut in Florence and won a competition in Lausanne the following year. This led to appearances with the Basel Opera in Switzerland.
Teresa was a regular performer with the Vienna State Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. From '55, she was a regular at summer events at Aix-en-Provence in France, where her portrayal of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni was highly esteemed. In 1962, the Austrian Government awarded her the title of Kammersängerin given to esteemed vocal artists. She made her debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera as "Gilda" in Rigoletto in 1955. She first sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in Cosi Fan Tutte in 1961 and remained on their roster of singers until 1966 and made her Boston debut in 1963 for the Peabody Mason Concert series (natural causes) b. December 24th 1927.
2009: Gordon Waller (64) Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist, best known for being one half of the 1960's duo Peter and Gordon; born in Braemar, Scotland, Gordon met fellow student, Peter Asher while attending Westminster School, and they began playing together as the duo Peter & Gordon. Peter's sister Jane was dating Paul McCartney, through this connection they were give an unrecorded Beatles song "World Without Love", which became a huge hit on bothe sides of the Atlantic and catapulted them to fame. Other hits followed, including
"Woman", "Nobody I Know", "I Don't Want To See You Again", "I Go to Pieces", "True Love Ways", "To Know You Is To Love You.", "Lady Godiva", "Knight In Rusty Armour" and "Sunday for Tea". The two split in 1968, but stayed life long friends. Gordon pursued a solo career and also appeared in the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharaoh. In August 2005, Peter and Gordon reunited onstage for the first time in over 30 years, as part of two tribute concerts for Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five in New York City. This was followed by more complete concerts at The Festival for Beatles Fans conventions beginning the following year and also did a world tour. In 2007 Gordon released a solo album "Plays the Beatles", featuring a new recording of his 60s hit "Woman" and on August 21st 2008, Peter and Gordon performed a free concert on the pier in Santa Monica, California, briefly accompanied by Joan Baez (cardiac arrest) b. June 4th 1945.
2010: Fred Carter Jr. (76) American session musician, guitarist, singer, producer and composer. Born in the delta country in Winnsboro, he began his professional career in the 1950s, his work can be heard in the music charts across a number of genres. Based in Nashville he was a top session guitarist, and can be heard on recordings as diverse as Muddy Waters,
Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Neil Young, The Band, Waylon Jennings, Dottie Rambo, and Simon and Garfunkel. His songs have been recorded by acts as diverse as Dean Martin and Chet Atkins. He worked on many Simon and Garfunkel classics - most notably "The Boxer" in which he played four guitars, including the memorable finger-picking intro and conclusion. He can also be heard playing bass on Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay". Fred was a principal member of the band Levon Helm and The RCO All-Stars. This band was composed of Levon Helm, Booker T. and the MG's, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, and the NBC Saturday Night Live horns (sadly died of a stroke) b. December 31st 1933.
2011: Taiji Sawada (45) Japanese musician and singer-songwriter born in Ichikawa, Chiba; after dropping out of high school in 1982, Taiji formed his first band, Trash, where he was the leader and guitarist. In late 1984 he switched to bass and going by the name Ray, joined the metal group Dementia, staying until 1985. After which he became known for his work with the popular heavy metal band X, for whom he played bass on their first three albums. After leaving the group in 1992 he worked with several other bands, such as Loudness and Dirty Trashroad aka
DTR. Later he performed with Cloud Nine, Taiji with Heaven's and Taiji & Shu Project aka TSP. On August 12th 2010, Taiji rejoined X, now known as X Japan (he was rushed to an intensive care unit in Saipan on July 14th, after attempting suicide by hanging himself which left him brain dead and on life support. He died after his mother and fiancée made the decision to turn off his life support system) b. July 12th 1966.
2011: Joe Lee Wilson (75) American gospel-influenced jazz singer, born in Bristow, Oklahoma; he studied in LA before touring the West Coast and down to Mexico. In New York in the 1960s, he worked with Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders and Jackie McLean. During the 70s, he operated a jazz performance loft in New York's NoHo district known as the Ladies' Fort at 2 Bond Street. His regular band, Joe Lee Wilson Plus 5, featured the alto saxophonist Monty Waters and for several years the Japanese guitarist, Ryo Kawasaki, and Archie Shepp, and Eddie Jefferson were frequent collaborators at these sessions. Joe
also sang with Eddie Jefferson, Freddie Hubbard, and Kenny Dorham. He recorded a live radio program at WKCR-FM, Columbia University, on July 16th 1972, which was released as an album, Livin' High Off Nickels & Dimes. His rendition of "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul" was a radio hit on New York jazz radio in 1975. While based in Paris, Tokyo and the UK, he recorded regularly with the American pianist Kirk Lightsey, including the Candid recording Feelin’ Good. One of his last albums was with Riccardo Arrighini and Gianni Basso, Ballads for Trane. Joe was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in November of 2010, where he gave his last public performance (he sadly died at his UK home in Brighton of congestive heart failure) b. December 22nd 1935.
Gil Bernal (80) American saxophonist described by many as having one of the most sensual sounds in Jazz. Born in Los Angeles he began singing and playing the tenor sax in his early teens and joined local bands performing at parties and dances. By the age of 18, he had joined up with Lionel Hampton, spending the next three years playing with Quincy Jones and Benny Powell, and touring the U.S. and Canada with the band as a featured sax soloist and vocalist. He also played sax on 1950s and early ‘60s hits such as Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and The Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and “Youngblood”. After which he did a short stint with his own band in Las Vegas, before joining Spike Jones' band as saxophone soloist, vocalist, and impressionist, spending the next six years >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died of congestive heart failure) b. Febrary 4th 1931.
2012: Ms. Melodie/Ramona Scott (43) American rapper and the older sister of former BDP member Harmony. One of rap’s first female emcees, she was raised the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and was married to KRS-One and associated with his group Boogie Down Productions (BDP) until the couple's divorce in 1992.
Her first release was the 1988 12-inch single "Hype According to Ms. Melodie", which, like most of her records, was produced by KRS-One. While they began recording her debut album, she and the rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Her only album, Diva, was released the following year. The single "Wake Up, Wake Up" reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart; the groundbreaking music video to its follow-up single "Live on Stage" was a hit on video stations. (?) b. 1969
2012: Ilhan Mimaroglu (86) Turkish electronic music composer and member of the Advisory Board of Moon and Stars Project; born in Istanbul, he graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1945 and went to study in New York supported by a Rockefeller Scholarship. He studied musicology at Columbia University and during the 1960s he studied in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Center. He worked as a producer for Atlantic Records, where he created his own record label, Finnadar Records, in 1971. Ilham was responsible for recordings of Charles Mingus, Modern Jazz Quartet, John Cage, Eric Salzman, Luciano Berio, Idil Biret, Meral Güneyman, Vladimir Ussachevsky. Janis Siegel, and many others. He also collaborated with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard on a moving anti-war statement, Sing Me a Song of Songmy and was the producer for Charles Mingus' Changes One and Changes Two, as well as Federico Fellini's Satyricon. Ilhan was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition in 1971 (sadly Ilham died of pneumonia
) b. March 11th 1926
2014: Richard Nichols (55) American band manager, he was the longtime manager for The Roots the hip hop/neo soul band, formed by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He had managered the band for over 22 years from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. (sadly died while bravely battling leukemia) b. 1959

July 18th.
1949: Vítezslav Novák (78)
Czechoslovacian composer, born in Kamenice nad Lipou, a small town in Southern Bohemia, and in his late teens he moved to Prague to study at Prague Conservatory. He went on to become one of the most well-respected Czech composers and pedagogues, almost single-handedly founding a mid-century Czech school of composition. Stylistically, he was a leading figure in the Neo-Romanticism movement, and his music has been occasionally considered an early example of Czech modernism (?) b. December 5th 1870.

Weldon Kees (41)
American poet, painter, literary critic, novelist, playwright, jazz pianist, short story writer, and filmmaker. Despite his brief career, he is considered an important mid-twentieth century poet of the same generation as John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Lowell (presumed suicide)b. July 18th 1955.
1966: Bobby Fuller (23)
American singer, guitarist and leader of The Bobby Fuller Four. Born in Baytown, Texas, but brought up in El Paso and he played in clubs and bars with his band The Bobby Fuller Four. They moved to LA in 1964 and were signed to Mustang Records recording singles including "I Fought the Law" and "Love's Made a Fool of You". The Bobby Fuller Four, also appeared in the 1966 movie, "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini" as back-up toNancy Sinatra for the song, "Geronimo," and continued to play for the pool party scene (tragically Bobby died in his car from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked outside his Hollywood apartment. Police labelled it a suicide, but many think the possibility of foul play is far more probable, as he was found with multiple wounds all over his body and covered in gasoline) b. October 22nd 1942.
1982: Lionel Daunais OC (80)
French Canadian baritone singer, composer; in 1922 he performed in a student concert at the Académie Querbes in Outremont. A year later he won first prize at the Montreal Musical Festival. In January 1926 he made his operatic debut as Ourrias in Mireille at the Orpheum Theatre, and in March he gave his first recital at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The same year he won a Prix d'Europe which enabled him to continue his studies in Paris with Émile Marcellin of the Opéra-Comique. In 1929 he was engaged as principal baritone at the Opera of Algiers and sang in Carmen, Faust, Manon, La Traviata, and The Barber of Seville. In his years of composing, singing, arranging, producing, touring and recording he received many awards including in 1965 the 'Bene Merenti de Patria' silver medal from the St-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal. In 1972 Daunais was awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal and was appointed to the board of directors of the Opéra du Québec. He was awarded the 1977 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée, and in 1978 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was awarded the Prix Denise-Pelletier posthumously in 1982, and is an inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. (?) b. December 31st 1901.
1988: Nico/Christa Päffgen (49)
German singer, composer, model, actress, and a Warhol star. She is known for both her vocal collaboration, the spooky vocalist, on The Velvet Underground's debut album; The Velvet Underground and Nico, and her work as a solo artist from the late '60s through the early '80s. On her debut album, 1967's Chelsea Girl, she recorded songs by Bob Dylan, and Tim Hardin among others. She also had roles in a handful of films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960 and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls in 1966. (Sadly died of a brain haemorrhage after falling off her bicycle while in Ibiza) b. October 16th 1938.
Gerry Boulet (44)
French-Canadian singer, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He started his music career with the band Les Gants Blancs, which by 1969 had evolved into the blues rock band Offenbach. They released their debut album, the first of 17 albums, Offenbach Soap Opéra, in 1971, touring France to promote it. In 1976, the band recorded its first of two English albums, Never Too Tender. In 1984, friction within the group led Gerry to record his first solo album, Presque 40 ans de blues and the following year, the band performed a farewell concert at the Montreal Forum. Gerry was diagnosed
with colon cancer in 1987, but carried on working, he released his second solo album, Rendez-vous doux, in 1989, the album won him three Félix Awards. Some songs in this album clearly talk about his fight for life. Three more albums, including a live album and a rock opera, were released after his death. (Sadly Gerry lost his brave battle with cancer) b. March 1st 1946.
2007: Jerry Hadley (55)
American operatic tenor, born and raised in Manlius, Illinois, of Italian and English parents and he attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Jerry was the protegé of famous soprano Dame Joan Sutherland and her husband, conductor Richard Bonynge. He received three Grammy awards for his vocal peformances in the recordings of Jenufa, 2004 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording Susannah; 1995 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording and Candide; 1992 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album (Jerry suffered severe brain damage after apparently shooting himself in the head with an air rifle at his home, he died 8 days later) b. June 16th 1952.
2011: Sid Cooper (94)
American big band, studio musician, composer and arranger born in Montreal moving to his mothers home in New York as a child. He went on to play a range of wind instruments, including alto sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo with some of the biggest names in the business including Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey. He was a saxophonist and arranger for the orchestras of Henry Jerome, for which he wrote the theme "Night Is Gone", Tommy Dorsey 1944-49, Jimmy Dorsey, Ziggy Elman, Skitch Henderson, and Sy Oliver, and also for other radio and television orchestras. He became a staff musician at NBC, where he played for a retinue of variety shows in the '50s and ’60s, including Eddie Fisher’s Coke Time, The Steve Allen Show, Masquerade Party, Hullaballoo and also arranged music and a longtime member of the Tonight Show Orchestra when it was based in New York, hosted by Johnny Carson. Sid's popular-song and instrumental compositions include "Piccolo Polka", "Saxology", "Clarinet Cascades", "Cooper Union", and "Eiffel Tower" (?) b. November 2nd 1918.
2013: Peter Appleyard (84) British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, percussionist and composer, born in Lincs, UK. In 1949 he moved to Bermuda where he lived for two years, before moving to Canada, where he spent most of his life living and performing in the city of Toronto. For many years he was a popular performer in the city's nightclubs and hotels. He also played and recorded with many of the city's orchestras and been featured on Canadian television and radio programs. In the early 1970s he drew wide acclaim for his performances with Benny Goodman's jazz sextet with which he toured internationally. In 1976, Frank Sinatra requested Peter to join him in concert with the Count Basie Orchestra and Ella Fitzgerald at the Uris Theatre in New York City. In 1992, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his being an "internationally renowned vibraphonist who has represented the Canadian jazz community across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia (sadly Peter has passed away from natural causes) b. August 26th 1928.
2013: Carline Ray (88) American singer, guitarist, jazz pioneer and activist in women’s rights; she rose to fame as a member of the Sweethearts of Rhythm band and as a member of trumpet player Erskine Hawkins' orchestra in 1948. She also played with the Sy Oliver Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and pianist/composer Mary Lou Williams. She was honoured with the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Award at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center in 2005, and received the International Women in Jazz Award in 2008. Carline
continued to work well into her 80s, and released her debut solo album, Carline Ray: Vocal Sides, in April 2013, as she celebrated her 88th birthday (Carline sadly died at Isabella House in Manhattan) b. April 21 1925.
2014: James Govan (64) American blues singer and percussionist, born in McComb, Mississippi, who by the age of 13 was playing the guitar and
started off in a band called The Vans. He was discovered by Fame Studio's George Jackson and recorded with Fame's Mickey Buckins in 1969. He went on to became a Beale Street highlight for over three decades. James was the hero of the Porretta Soul Festival, Tribute To Otis Redding, Italy, where he performed from 1993 to 1997. His last live performance album by James Govan and the Boogie Blues Band was released in 1999, entitled A Night on Beale and his last studio album, Wanted: The Fame Recordings was released in 2013 (?) b. September 2nd 1949.
2015: Buddy Buie/Perry Carlton "Buddy" Buie (74) American singer, songwriter and guitarist; born in Dothan, Alabama, he moved on to New York City and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent most of his career, where he went on to become a highly influential songwriter, with 340 songs registered in the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) catalog. His work includes “Rock Bottom” - Wynonna Judd; “Mr. Midnight” - Garth Brooks; “Traces” - Gloria Estefan; “Back Up Against the Wall” and “Homesick” - Travis Tritt; “Spooky”- David Sanborn; and (“Stormy”) Carlos Santana. Most recently John Legend used “Stormy” as the backing track on the single “Save Room”, earning Buddy a writer’s credit. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1941.
2016: Karina Jensen (?) Danish singer and member of the technobilly/glam pop band, Cartoon, best known for their 1998 Eurodance cover of the 1958 novelty song, "Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian, as well as for their outlandish plastic costumes and wigs used in live performances as caricatures of 1950s American rock and roll stars. Many of their hits are Europop covers of old rockabilly hits. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. ????

July 19th.
1975: Lefty Frizzell/William Orville Frizzell (47)
American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s, and was an influence on later stars Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and George Jones. Born in Corsicana, Texas, but moved with his family shortly after his birth to El Dorado, Arkansas, in 1950, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry; the following year he appeared on Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, and then he and close friend "Cowboy" Ralph Spicer began touring with country music's biggest star of the era, Hank Williams. Handbills of the time referred to them as "Kings of the Honky Tonks." A prolific songwriter, Lefty had four songs in the country top ten at the same time in 1951. In 1972, Frizzell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his song "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time" earned him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award (sadly died of a massive stroke) b. March 31st 1928.
1981: Roger Doucet (62)
French Canadian tenor born in Montreal, Quebec; he was best known for singing the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada", on televised games of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Alouettes, and Montreal Expos during the 1970s. He was particularly known for his bilingual version of the anthem, which began in French and ended in English, in recognition of the two languages of Canada. In 1980, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada (sadly died after sustaining a brain tumour) b. April 21st 1919.
Steve Rye
(46) English harmonica player; Jo Ann Kelly encouraged his early performances in the mid-60s getting him to play at her Sunday-night sessions at Bunjies coffee shop in the West End of London and he performed on her Retrospect LP in 1966. In 1967 he joined The Groundhogs appearing on their debut album Scratchin' the Surface, and following albums, Thank Christ For The Bomb; and Split. After leaving Groundhogs he played permanently with Simon Prager in their acoustic blues duo. He had played with Prager since 1965 and fitted in gigs with him during his stint with the Groundhogs. Later on they became a trio when Bob Hall joined them and at various times a quartet.
In the early 70’s he and Prager formed the All Star Medicine Show and they recorded an album. During this time they also played a lot with Jo-Ann Kelly (?) b. March 8th 1946.
**Some sources have Steve Rye's death as July 14th 1992
2000: Mabel Scott (85)
American gospel music and R&B vocalist, born in Richmond, VI, and lived in New York where in 1932 she began singing at Harlem's Cotton Club with Cab Calloway's Orchestra and the dancing Nicholas Brothers. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1936, then she and pianist Bob Mosley went to England and recorded on the Parlophone Records label. World War II forced her to stop her European tours, and she settled in Los Angeles, where she became part of the postwar West Coast jazz and R&B scene. In 1948 she toured and scored Billboard R&B hits with "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" and "Elevator Boogie". In 1949 Mabel married her pianist, Charles Brown.
In the 50s she recorded for several labels, her final recordings were on Festival Records as part of an Australian tour backed by Les Welch's band. She was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1995 (?)*April 30th 1915.
2001: Judy Clay/Judy Guions (62)
American singer; from the age of 14, she performed with the family gospel group, before making her recording debut with the Drinkard Singers - who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations. After leaving
the Drinkard Singers in 1960, she made her first solo recording, "More Than You Know", on Ember Records. This was followed by further singles including "You Busted My Mind", which later became successful on the UK's Northern soul club circuit. In 1967, she teamed up with singer-songwriter Billy Vera, and The Sweet Inspirations, to record "Storybook Children". After a further hit duet with Billy Vera, "Country Girl, City Man", and an album together, she returned to Stax Records. There she had further successes, this time with William Bell recording "Private Number" which also had great success in the UK where it reached No.8 on the UK Singles Chart. Other hits include "My Baby Specializes", and a final solo hit "Greatest Love" in 1970. Subsequently, she worked as a backing vocalist with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and others. (tragically she died from complications following an auto accident) b. September 12th 1938.
2002: Dave Carter (49) American folksinger- songwriter and guitarist, his style maybe described as "post-modern mythic American folk music. Born in Oxnard, California, he became one half of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, who were heralded as the new "voice of modern folk music" in the months before Dave's unexpected death. They were ranked as number one on the year-end list for "Top Artists" on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart for 2001 and 2002, and their popularity has endured in the years following his death. Joan Baez who went on tour with the duo in 2002 spoke of Dave's songs in the same terms that she once used to promote a young Bob Dylan (sadly died of a massive heart attack) b. August 13th 1952.
2002: Alan Lomax (86)
US singer, guitarist, folklorist, musicologist; one of the great field collectors of folk music of the 20th century, recording thousands of songs in the United States, Great Britain, the West Indies, Italy, and Spain. He began his lifework on field trips sponsored by the Library of Congress in the middle-‘30s. Artists such as Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Muddy Waters made their first recordings for Alan. He recorded Burl Ives, Memphis Slim, Pete Seeger, and Sonny Boy Williamson, and recorded over eight hours with Jelly Roll Morton before he died, documenting the birth of jazz by one of its greatest early masters. He received the National Book Award in 1993 for The Land Where The Blues Began, which is an account of his work in the American South from the ‘30s through the ‘80s (?) b. January 31st 1915.
2006: Sam Neely (58) American country artist and singer-songwriter born in Cuero, Texas. He began playing guitar at age ten. After moving with his family to Corpus Christi, he began playing in bands, including local group Buckle. in 1968 He made an appearance on the Merv Griffin Show and was asked to write a song for the film Tilt; though the movie was not released until 1978, it did include Neely's "Long Road to Texas".[1] Neely scored a string of minor hits in the 1970s on the country and pop charts, and released a few albums which saw sales success. In 1978, he moved back to Corpus Christi and became the house musician for the Electric Eel. (collapsed and died while mowing his lawn) b. August 22nd 1948.
2007: Ivor Emmanuel (79)
Welsh baritone singer and actor, he led the rendition of 'Men of Harlech' in the 1964 film Zulu and starred in many West End and Broadway musicals. Born in Margam, near Port Talbot, Wales, and moved to Pontrhydyfen near Port Talbot as a young child. At the age of 20 he was cast in the musical Oklahoma! at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He took part in a Welsh language singing programme called Dewch i Mewn and from 1958 to 1964 was lead singer on the TWW show, Gwlad y Gan ('Land of Song') and May 1960, saw Ivor perform in the first televised edition of the Royal Variety Performance, other performers included The Crazy Gang, Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd, Vera Lynn, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Liberace. He made his debut on Broadway as Mr. Gruffydd, the minister, in A Time for Singing, a musical version of Richard Llewellyn's novel How Green Was My Valley. In 1984, Ivor and his family retired to the quiet life in Benalmadena, a village near Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol. There he was filmed for an HTV television profile, Its My Life: Man of Song (stroke) b. November 7th 1927.
2010: Andy Hummel (59) American bassist and founding member of the rock band Big Star which was formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971. Andy played on Big Star's debut #1 Record and Radio City, both listed on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. He wrote "The India Song" and "Way Out West" and has co-writing credits on some of the band's most beloved songs, including "Back of a Car," "Life is White" and "Daisy Glaze". Andy went on to become a longtime employee at Lockheed Martin, though he still occasionally played music on the side. (sadly died after a long battle with cancer) b.195?
2011: Lil Greenwood (86) American vocalist born in Pritchard Alabama; she joined Roy Milton's Solid Senders at the end of the 40s, and recorded r&b and blues singles in her own name during the early 50s She recorded
'Mercy Me' in 1954 with The Lamplighters, 'Monday Morning Blues' in 1952 with Little Willie and The Four Jacks. She joined Duke Ellington in 1956 and is featured on Ellington's album My People, but her career as a recording artist in her own right was highlighted by more R&B-oriented sides. She was one of many California-based singers in these years recording in a style intersecting jazz with blues and a bit of gospel, forming a dominant part of post-war R&B before that gave way to doo wop and rock & roll. After her stint in Ellington's band ended, Lil recorded sporadically for labels like NRC, Reprise, and Tangerine, and made some appearance on TV series, including The Tonight Show, Good Times, and The Jeffersons. A compilation of her '50s R&B sides, Walking & Singing the Blues, came out on Ace in 2002 (?) b. November 18th 1924.
2011: Karen Khachaturian (90) Russian composer;
born in Moscow, his studies under Genrikh Litinsky at the Moscow Conservatory were interrupted by a term of duty in the entertainment division of the Red Army. Resuming his studies in 1945, he worked with Dmitri Shostakovich and Nikolai Myaskovsky. In addition to the Violin Sonata-1947, his works include a Cello Sonata -1966, a String Quartet-1969, four symphonies -1955, 1968, 1982, 1991) and a ballet, Cipollino -1973, as well as various other orchestral works and music for the theatre. His works have been recorded by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, including David Oistrakh, Jascha Heifetz, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Vladimir Yampolsky (?) b. September 19th 1920.
2013: Mikhail "The Pot" Gorsheniov (39) Russian punk rock singer and composer born in Boksitogorsk; in 1988 together with his classmates he formed the horror punk, hard rock band Korol i Shut (King and Jester). The band's music consisted of various elements of punk rock, hard rock, art rock and gothic rock and went on to become a number one rock band in Russia. They were the most successful and well-known Russian punk and hard rock act of the decade from 2001-2011 and released 16 albums from
Stone In The Head in 1996 to TODD. Act 2. At the Edge in 2012. Korol i Shut had many nominations for most every Russian music award and won almost all of them. Mikhail also worked in theatre and had a lot of collaborations with other Russian rock musicians (tragically he died from a drug overdose) b. August 7th 1973.
2014: Lionel Ferbos (103) American jazz trumpeter born in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his long career, Ferbos worked with some of the giants of early traditional jazz and in later years, with widely recognized contemporary revivals of the old style music like the original stage band of the off-Broadway hit One Mo’ Time.
Lionel also played at all of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals. His first professional music jobs were in the early 1930s with society jazz bands like the Starlight Serenaders and the Moonlight Serenaders, performing at well-known New Orleans venues like the Pythian Roof Garden, San Jacinto Hall, Pelican Club, Autocrat Club, Southern Yacht Club and the New Orleans Country Club. In 1932, he joined Captain Handy’s Louisiana Shakers and later backed blues singer Mamie Smith while playing with the Fats Pichon Band. In the 1940s, he played on Lake Pontchartrain at the Happy Landing and Mama Lou’s, and in the '50s he worked with Harold Dejan at the Melody Inn, where he recorded with the “Mighty Four”. In the ‘60s he played with Herbert Leary’s Orchestra. Because of his ability to read sheet music, he found himself in demand, and worked into his 100s, retiring in 2013 at the age of 102. Despite his long career, Lionel made few early recordings, after he joined the Ragtime and the Palm Court bands, he was recorded on several CDs on the GHB label. He made 8 tours of Europe with the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra and was featured on other recent recordings with New Orleans headliners on specialty labels and he was trumpeter with the Ragtime on the soundtrack of the 1978 movie Pretty Baby. In 2003 Lionel was honored with the Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award (?) b. July 17th 1911.
2016: Tamás Somló (68) Hungarian multi-musician, singer, artist and composer born in Budapest. He is mostly famous for having been a member of the Hungarian rock band Locomotiv GT and for composing several successful songs.In 2004 he was honored with Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (sadly died fighting cancer) b. November 17th 1947.

July 20th.
1941: Lew Fields/Moses Schoenfeld (74)
American vaudeville star, actor, comedian, theatre manager and producer. He was half of the great comic duo Weber and Fields, the other half being Joe Weber. The two toured successfully for many years, becoming one of the most popular and profitable acts in vaudeville. In 1896, the partners opened the Weber and Fields Music Hall, where they produced very successful burlesques of popular Broadway shows. In the music hall's casts were some of the greatest performers and comics on the American stage, including Lillian Russell, Fay Templeton and DeWolf Hopper. Some of their routines were Pousse Cafe, Hurly Burly, Whirl-I-Gig, Fiddle-Dee-Dee, Hoity-Toity, Twirly Whirly and Whoop-de-Doo. The duo separated in 1904, and Fields took over operations at the music hall. Lew also went on to produce many musicals. In 1923, he and Weber reunited for a short film made by Lee DeForest featuring a recreation of their famous pool hall routine. They also reunited for the 27 December 1932 inaugural show at Radio City Music Hall, which proved to be the last stage appearance of the two as a team (?) b. January 1st 1867.
1969: Roy Hamilton (40) American singer and member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; born in Leesburg, Georgia, he moved to Jersey City in 1943. During the mid to late '50s, he was famed for his dramatic, searing voice and treatments of such songs as "You'll Never Walk Alone," "If I Loved You," "Ebb Tide," and "Unchained Melody". He also appeared in the film, Let's Rock, in 1958. His last hit record, "You Can Have Her" came in 1961, and was followed by the album Mr. Rock And Soul in 1962. Roy continued to perform and record until his death (sadly died not long after suffering a stroke) b. April 16th 1929.
1977: Gary Kellgren (38)
American sound pioneer, audio engineer and co-owner Record Plant studios; he began working at Apostolic Studios, Scepter Studios, and Mayfair Studios, Mayfair Studios were the best in New York, and Gary was the king of the advanced eight-track board. He has worked with musicians such as John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Bobby Goldsboro, The Animals, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Frank Zappa, Velvet Underground, Sly and the Family Stone, CSNY, Rod Stewart, Ravi Shankar, Keith Moon, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. He has also worked with producers such as Wes Farrell, Tom Wilson, Chas Chandler, Jack Douglas, Robert Margouleff, Phil Spector, and Bill Szymczyk (tragically Gary drowned in his swimming pool at his home in Hollywood) b. April 7th 1939.
2008: Artie Traum (65)
American folk singer, award-winning guitarist, producer and songwriter, born in the Bronx. His work appeared on more than 35 albums. He produced and recorded with The Band, Warren Bernhardt, Pat Alger, Tony Levin, John Sebastian, Richie Havens, Maria Muldaur, Eric Anderson, Paul Butterfield, Paul Siebel, Rory Block, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, David Grisman, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks and Happy Traum, among others. He toured in Japan, Europe and the USA (sadly died after battling cancer) b. April 13th 1943.
2009: Ria Brieffies (52)
Dutch singer born in Lutjebroek, sang in various bands, including the VIPs. In 1979 she joined the newly-formed girl group Dolly Dots, who went on to become one of the most popular groups of the 1980s in the Netherlands. The band also enjoyed some success in Germany and Belgium. The single "Love Me Just a Little Bit More", featuring Ria on lead vocals, topped the Dutch singles chart in 1984. The group split in 1988, Ria pursued a solo career and in 1989 she recorded "Love Always Finds a Reason", a duet with American singer Glenn Medeiros which reached the Dutch top 20. She later performed with her own jazz group, the Ria Brieffies Kwintet. Ria and the Dolly Dots reunited in 2007 for a tour which included three concerts to sell-out audiences at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam (Sadly died of lung cancer) b. February 23rd 1957.
2013: Faye Hunter (59) American alternative rock bassist, vocals and founder member of the group Let's Active, formed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1981. They played their first performance with their friends R.E.M. and recorded the EP Afoot in 1983 and the full-length Cypress the following year, after which Faye left the band. In 1986 she returned to contribute to Let's Active's third album, “Big Plans for Everybody”
(tragically died of an apparent suicide) b. 1954.
2014: George Riddle (78) American country musician and songwriter, born in Marion and moved to Nashville in 1960. He soon met and teamed up with George Jones, and founded The Jones Boys, George's famous touring band.
Also along side this, he pursued solo recording career throughout the '60s and toured with numerous country legends on package tours. In his later years, he was a frequent sight on stage at the "Grand Ole Opry" as a member of Bill Carlisle's band and performed with him until shortly before Carlisle's death in 2003. After Carlisle's death, George returned to Marion, where he hosted "Classic Country Jamboree," a weekly radio show on 99.3 FM WCJC () b. September 1st 1935.
2014: Rod Franks (58) English trumpeter, born in Shipley, Yorkshire; he took up the cornet at the age of six, and went on to play in the Hammonds, Brighouse and Rastrick and Black Dyke brass bands. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music; after graduation he was appointed principal trumpet of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to the UK to become principal trumpet of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and went on to be a founder member of the English Brass Ensemble and London Brass, and was also artistic director of the LSO’s brass ensemble. In 1988, until his untimely death, Rod played with the London Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, 23 of which as principal trumpet. Even though, in 2002 Rod had a brain tumour removed, after which he suffered from epilepsy, facial palsy and hearing loss, he bravely fought back and played on. (tragically while traveling as a passenger, Rod died in a car crash on the A1 in Nottinghamshire) b. May 31st 1956.
2016: André Isoir (81) French organist; he at the École César-Franck and at the Paris Conservatoire where he won the first prizes in organ and improvisation in 1960. In 1965 he won the improvisation competition in St Albans, UK, and, in three successive years, he won the competition in Haarlem, earning the "Challenge Award," the only French interpreter to have achieved this distinction since the inception of the competition in 1951. He was organist titulaire at St-Médard in Paris from 1952-1967 and at St. Severin in 1967. Since 1973 he has been titulaire / head organist at the ancient Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. In 1974 he was appointed to the organ staff at the Conservatoire d'Orsay, in 1977 promoted to the rank of National School of Music. He became a full professor in January 1978 and remained at Orsay until 1983, when he was appointed to the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt, where he taught organ until 1994. He has recorded some sixty discs, notably for Calliope Records. Among his many, many awards, his recordings have been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1972, 73, 74, 75, 77, 80, 89 and 91 as well as the «Président de la République» prize for "Le Livre d'Or de l’Orgue Français" (?) b. July 20th 1935.
2016: Lawrence Minors (73) Bermudian calypso bassist and a popular member of Bermuda’s shrinking fraternity of veteran calypso artists. He played with the famous Bermuda Strollers, one of the island’s internationally known acts that grew out of the heyday of performers on the local hotel circuit. (?) b. 1943.

2016: Bijoya Chaudhuri (90) Indian Rabindra Sangeet singer, born in Shibsagar, Assam, but grew up in Sylhet. From her first 78rpm in 1965, she recorded consistently with HMV and later with Music India. Bijoya also authored a cookbook, 'Rannagharer Saat Kaahan', which contains some of her original recipes. (?) b. 1926.

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1990: Joe Turner (82) American jazz pianist born in Baltimore, he was o
ne of the masters of the stride piano style associated with Harlem, New York City. Joe got his first big musical break in 1928 with his hiring by the Benny Carter Orchestra. He also played with Louis Armstrong in 1930. He was drafted in World War II, and played piano in the Army orchestra directed by Sy Oliver. After the war, he settled in Europe. He had lived in Paris since 1962 and often played at La Calavados, a night club on the Champs Elysees (sadly died of a heart attack) b. November 3rd 1907.
1993: Richard Tee/Richard Ten Ryk (49)
American pianist, studio musician, singer and arranger.
He graduated from the High School of Music and Art and attended the Manhattan School of Music. After which he went on to become a much in demand session musician, recording with 100s of artists including Bernard Purdie, Bob Marley, Shirley Scott, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Billy Idol, Lou Rawls, Manhattan Transfer, Diana Ross, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Hubert Laws, Average White Band, Van McCoy, Eric Gale, Tom Scott, Paul Simon and so many others. He also recorded 5 albums with Steve Gadd, 4 albums with Hank Crawford, 5 with Cornell Dupree, and 9 with Grover Washington, Jr. Besides his busy studio and session career, Richard led a jazz ensemble, the Richard Tee Committee, and was a founding member of the New York-based jazz funk band Stuff recording 7 albums and he also recorded 7 solo albums (sadly died after battling prostate cancer) b. November 24th 1943.
2002: Gus Dudgeon (59)
British record producer, engineer, and long time collaborator with Elton John and the inventor of audio sampling as a musical device. He is best known for his collaborations with the songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. He was an essential part of Elton's pop success, overseeing the recording of such Top 10 singles as "Rocket Man," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me", "Crocodile Rock," and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". He also recorded David Bowie's 1969 single "Space Oddity," which wasn't a hit until re-released in 1973. Whilst working with Elton, Gus's other main priority was with Charisma Records band Audience but he also produced Chris Rea, Ralph McTell, Lindisfarne, Elkie Brooks, Joan Armatrading, Fairport Convention, The Sinceros, The Beach Boys and Steeleye Span. In the 1980s he built Sol Studios. (Tragically died in a car accident together with his wife, when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car on a motorway, crashing down an embankment at speed and drowning in a ditch) b. September 30th 1942.
2004: Jerry Goldsmith (75)
American pianist, musical creator and director of films & TV; one of the most prolific film and television composers, with almost 200 scores to his credit, as well as being a consistent award winner in both mediums. Some of his distinguished film scores, most of which were Oscar nominated, include Freud, A Patch of Blue, The Blue Max, The Sand Pebbles, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Papillon, Chinatown, The Wind and the Lion, The Omen, Logan's Run, Islands in the Stream (acknowledged by Goldsmith as his own personal favorite), The Boys from Brazil, Capricorn One, Alien, The First Great Train Robbery, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Lionheart, The Russia House, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Total Recall, Medicine Man, Basic Instinct, Hoosiers, The Edge, The 13th Warrior and The Mummy. (cancer) b. February 10th 1929.
2005: Patrick Sherry (29)
British lead singer with Bad Beat Revue (died after a stage dive went wrong during a gig at the Warehouse in Leeds) b. ????
2005: Long John Baldry (64) British blues singer, born in London, Long John begun his career playing folk and jazz in the late 50s, he toured with Ramblin' Jack Elliott before moving into R&B. His strong, deep voice won him a place in the influential Blues Incorporated, following which he joined Cyril Davies' R & B All Stars. After Davies' death, Long John fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, which also included future superstar Rod Stewart, who later joined Baldry in Steam Packet. After a brief period with Bluesology (which boasted a young Elton John on piano & keyboards), Long John decided to go solo and record straightforward pop. Already well known on the music scene, he nevertheless appeared an unusual pop star in 1967 with his sharp suits and imposing 6foot 7inch height >>> Read More <<< (sadly John died from a severe chest infection) b. January 12th 1941
2005: Michael Chapman (70)
British bassoonist and reed-maker;
his playing, characterized by an ability to weave long, sustained, singing lines and deliver powerful utterances, has influenced subsequent generations of British bassoonists, including Rex Liu and Joseph Niesyto. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, after which, he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1959 as second bassoon. In 1962, he won an Arts Council scholarship and left the London Phili to study with the great Italian bassoonist Enzo Muccetti at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma. Upon returning to England, he served as principal bassoonist of the newly formed Northern Sinfonia, where he stayed for almost 15 years. In 1978, he became principal bassoonist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and he held this post for the next 21 years. When he to his Northumberland home town of Corbridge, he set about organising a small chamber group, the Broadwood Ensemble, with retired Northern Sinfonia musicians and other colleagues. (?) b. August 3rd 1934.
2006: Herbert Kalin (72)
American singer, one half of the duo The Kalin Twins, comprising of twins Hal and Herbie Kalin. They remain the archetypal one-hit wonders with their only Top 10 chart hit - "When" in 1958. It topped the UK Chart, and got to No.5 the US and sold over two million copies in the process. It remained in the UK listings for eighteen weeks, five of which were at No.1, they had no further UK chart entries.
Hal and Herbie were the first set of twins to reach No.1 in the UK as a duo, followed years later by The Proclaimers. They were supported by Cliff Richard on their only UK tour. Their second single, "Forget Me Not," reached Number 12 in the US Billboard chart later in 1958. (sadly Herbie died of a heart attack) b. February 16th 1934.
2008: K-Swift/Khia Edgerton (29)
American pioneering Baltimore female Hip Hop DJ, has been on the scene since her early teen years and is known as the Club Queen for her intense club mixes. Khia began interning at 92Q when she was 18, and worked her way through the ranks at the station until she earned a co-hosting position in 1998. The show, along with her co-host Squirrel Wyde was the number one radio show in all of Baltimore (died as a result of head and neck injures that occured in her swimming pool) b. October 19th 1980.
2009: Gangubai Hangal (96) Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music and known for her deep and powerful voice. Born in Dharwad and her family moved to Hubli in 1928 so that Gangubai could study Hindustani music. Her mother's family was considered to be of low social status and for women of her generation singing was not considered appropriate employment; she struggled against this prejudice and made a career. She performed all over India and for All India Radio stations until 1945. She had initially performed light classical genres, including bhajan and thumri, but concentrated on khyal. Later, however, she refused to sing light classical, saying she sang only ragas. Gangubai served as honorary music professor of the Karnatak University. She gave her last concert in March 2006 to mark her 75th career year. (She had overcome bone marrow cancer in 2003, but 6 years later sadly died of a cardiac arrest) b. March 5th 1913.
2009: John Collins Dawson IV/Marmaduke (64)
American guitarist, singer and songwriter; born in Detroit, brought up in New York, but went to San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 60s to pursue his musical dreams on the folk and psychedelic rock scene. He soon became part of the of Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, a jug band that included Jerry Garcia and several other future members of the Grateful Dead. It is here where he also met fellow guitarist David Nelson. In 1967, John decided that it was his life's mission to combine the psychedelia of the San Francisco rock with his beloved electric country music and by 1969, he had written a number of country rock songs, so with Jerry Garcia the two began playing coffeehouse concerts together while the Grateful Dead was off the road. By the summer of '69 John and Jerry decided to form a full band, David Nelson was recruited from Big Brother to play electric lead guitar, Robert Hunter on electric bass and Grateful Dead Mickey Hart on drums. This
was the original line-up of the band which became known as the New Riders of the Purple Sage. In 1970 and 1971, the New Riders and the Grateful Dead performed many concerts together. John also appeared as a guest musician on three Grateful Dead albums — Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead, and American Beauty and he co-wrote the Dead's "Friend of the Devil". Buddy Cage replaced Jerry Garcia as the New Riders' pedal steel player, John and David Nelson led a gradually evolving lineup of musicians in the New Riders of the Purple Sage, playing their psychedelic influenced brand of country rock and releasing a number of studio and live albums. In 1982, David Nelson and Buddy Cage left the band. John Dawson and the New Riders carried on without them, taking on more of a bluegrass influence with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Rusty Gauthier to the group. John continued to tour with the band and released the occasional album, until their eventual retirement in 1997. John relocated to Mexico to become an English teacher and made several guest appearances at the revival of the New Riders concerts in the mid 2000s onwards (died in Mexicao with stomach cancer) b. June 16th 1945
2009: Marcel Jacob (45)
Swedish musician; best known as the bassist in the hard rock bands Talisman and Last Autumn's Dream. In 1978, he formed the band Rising Force together with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. Three years later he joined the band Force, which later changed its name to Europe, replacing John Levén, who took his place in Rising Force. During his time in Force, Marcel wrote the song "Black Journey for My Soul" together with vocalist Joey Tempest. The song was eventually included on Europe's second album Wings of Tomorrow, retitled "Scream of Anger". After spending three months in Force, he traded places with John Levén again, who apparently had issues with Malmsteen.
In 1987 Marcel played on the album Total Control, the debute solo album released by Europe guitarist John Norum; Marcel also co-wrote several of the songs included on that album. Two years later he formed the band Talisman with Jeff Scott Soto, releasing 13 albums over the next . In 2005 Marcel joined the Swedish/German hard rock band Last Autumn's Dream for its second studio album . He played on 8 of their albums, the last being Dreamcatcher in 2009. Over the years Marcel has played with many artists and bands including Human Clay, Humanimal, Meldrum, Tommy Denander, The Poodles and Tommy Denander (sadly Marcel was found dead from suicide in his home in Kristineberg, Stockholm) b. January 30th 1964.
2010: Anthony Rolfe Johnson (69) English tenor, born in Tackley in Oxfordshire, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He first appeared in opera in the chorus and in small roles at the Glyndebourne Festival between 1972 and 1976. His major operatic debut was in Iolanthe in 1973 with the English Opera Group. He wnet on to perform at the world's major opera houses, including the English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Vienna State Opera, and the Paris Opera.
Anthony performed in Handel's oratorios, sang the role of Evangelist in J. S. Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and sang solos in Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation. Operas he recorded include Mozart's The Magic Flute, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Mozart's Idomeneo and La clemenza di Tito, and Britten's Peter Grimes as well as appearing in the War Requiem, amongst many others. (Alzheimer's disease) b. November 5th 1940.
2010: Doug Oldham (79) American legendary gospel music singer; Doug recorded at least 65 albums during his five-decade career, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He was the recipient of two GMA Dove Awards, an Angel Award, a Gold Album, an Honorary Doctorate, and was named an Honorary Colonel of Alabama. In 2007, Liberty University named a recital hall after him and set up a scholarship fund in his honor at the Center for Worship. (complications from a fall) b. November 30th 1930

2011: Allison Harte/Prudence Dykstra (58)
American radio DJ and pioneer opening the doors for many female broadcasters, she was especially noted for her tenure at Classic Rock 97LAV. She entertained West Michigan for nearly three decades where she become one of the best known rock radio personalities of her generation.
She burst onto the radio scene in 1980, anchoring the night shift as one of the Air Aces for WLAV-FM and helped propel LAV-FM to ratings dominance for much of that decade and where she developed a loyal following. Allison also worked at WKLQ and finished her radio career at the Fox 101.3, when she left radio in 2007 (Allison sadly died in hospital when taken off a life support system. Tragically she had been found unconious by her husband, in the swimming pool a few days earlier, at their home in Cannon Township on July 19th) b.????
2011: Milly Del Rubio/Mildred Boyd (89)
American singer-guitarist; youngest triplet she and her sisters Edith, and Elena were born in the Panama Canal Zone. The girls grew up in Ancón and Washington D.C. and went on to become The Del Rubio triplets. Their stage name comes from the colour they dyed their hair; the word "rubio" means "blonde" in Spanish. Grammy winner Allee Willis is credited with discovering the Del Rubio Triplets in 1985 after which they made various television appearances such as Married.. with Children, Full House, The Golden Girls, Night Court and Pee-wee's Playhouse wearing bouffant hair-dos and gaudy blue eyeshadow. They often appeared scantily clad, usually showing off their legs, despite the fact that they were in their sixties at the time. They are often remembered for their contribution of "Winter Wonderland" to the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special that originally aired in 1988. They also briefly appeared in the motion picture Americathon, playing "America the Beautiful" behind several posing bodybuilders. They also appeared in Sliders, season 1 episode 9, "The King Is Back" as themselves, performing "Whip It". In the late 1980s they were featured in a McDonald's fast food advertisement.
The three performed until Eadie was diagnosed with cancer in 1996; after her death in 1996, Elena and Milly never again performed but lived together for five years until Elena died of cancer in 2001 (?) b. August 23rd 1921.
2014: Verda Erman (70)
Turkish pianist; she began her music education at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatory and continued her education at the Paris Conservatory. After returning to Turkey, she played piano concertos with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. In November 1963, she was the top prize winner of Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition of Paris. She won the second prize in Canada International Piano Competition in 1965. After 1971, Verda was invited to perform at all the top music venues around the world (sadly died from leukemia) b. 1944
2014: Gene Walker (76) American jazz and rock saxophonist, he took up the instrument as a student at Champion Middle School, Near East Side, Columbus, Ohio. In his career, which took him around the world, he shared the stage with the likes of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson
, Brook Benton, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Benny Green, Wild Bill Davis, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Scott, Charles Earland, Lloyd Price, Jimmy Reed, The Isley Brothers, Neil Diamond, Melba Moore, Billy Daniels, Charli Persip, Elvin Jones, Irene Reid and others. Gene , along with Curtis King opened for the Beatles in 1965 at the New York’s Shea Stadium. He has also made a number of distinguished appearances, including at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, NY; Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, U.K.; North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Holland; and Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy. In 2012, Gene was inducted into the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame on E. Long Street (?) b. February 14th 1938.
William Schoen (94) American violist, born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Cleveland; in his teens he toured with Stokowski's All-American Youth Orchestra and during the war he was a member of the U.S. Marine Band for four years as a violist and performed at the White House. Following military service, he was a solo violist for eight years with the CBS Concert Orchestra in New York. In 1963-64, he was principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he played as a soloist. His distinguished chamber music career included membership in the Guilet Quartet. He was an original member of the Claremont String Quartet which toured all over the world. He appeared on the Chicago Symphony Chamber Music Series and has taught violin, viola, and chamber music for many years (sadly died with complications from a stroke) b. 1920
2016: Lewis "Lewie" Steinberg (82) American Hall of Fame bassist, born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1962 he became a founding member and fist bassist in Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. In the 1960s, as a members of the house band of Stax Records, he played on recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. The band also released instrumental records under their own name, of which the best known is the 1962 hit single "Green Onions". As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of its era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.'s. He is featured on "Green Onions" b/w "Behave Yourself" and the Green Onions album, and the follow-up album Soul Dressing in 1965, but left the band soon after. Lewie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Then, on November 14th 2010, he and members of his family were honored with a Brass Note on Beale Street's Walk of Fame, in Memphis (sadly Lewie died while fighting cancer) b. September 13th 1933.

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1971: Ted Fiorito/Teodorico Salvatore Fiorito (70) American bandleader, pianist, keyboardist; still in his teens in 1919 he worked as a pianist at Columbia's New York City recording studio, working with the Yerkes Novelty Five, Yerkes' Jazarimba Orchestra and the Happy Six.
He moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo's band, and the following year he was the co-leader of Russo and Fio Rito's Oriole Orchestra. They did their first radio remote broadcast on March 29, 1924. In August 1925, theyopened Chicago's new Uptown Theatre. Over the years vocalists such as Jimmy Baxter, Candy Candido, the Debutantes, Betty Grable, June Haver, the Mahoney Sisters, Muzzy Marcellino, Joy Lane (1947-1951), Billy Murray, Maureen O’Connor, Patti Palmer. He composed more than 100 songs, collaborating with such lyricists as Ernie Erdman, Gus Kahn, Sam Lewis, Cecil Mack, Albert Von Tilzer and Joe Young. Ted played in Las Vegas during the 1960s. In his last years, he led a small combo at venues throughout California and Nevada until his death in Scottsdale, Arizona Swingle (sadly died of a heart attack) b. December 20th 1900.
1977: Richie Kamuca (46) American jazz tenor saxophone player born in Philadelphia, later he moved to the West coast; Much of his early playing was done on tour with the big bands of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, where he became a member of the later line-ups of Herman's famous Four Brothers saxophone section with Al Cohn and Bill Perkins.On the West Coast he played with the smaller groups of Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers, and others. He was one of the Lighthouse All-Stars in 1957 and 1958, and recorded with Perkins, Art Pepper, Jimmy Rowles, Cy Touff and many others in those years, as well as leading recording sessions in his own right. Richie was a member of the group "Shelly Manne and His Men" from 1959 through 1962, when he moved to New York. In New York, he worked with Gerry Mulligan, Gary McFarland, and Roy Eldridge before returning to the West Coast in 1972, where he recorded in the studios and performed with local groups (sadly Richie died after battling cancer) b. July 23rd 1930.
1982: Edward "Sonny" Stitt (58)
American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom, recording over 100 records in his lifetime. He featured in Tiny Bradshaw's big band in the early 40s, but his first recordings were made in 1945 with Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie.
He played alto saxophone in Billy Eckstine's big band 1945 until 1949, when he started to play tenor saxophone more frequently. Later on, he played with other bop musicians Bud Powell and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and experimented with Afro-Cuban jazz in the late 1950s, the results can be heard on his recordings for Roost and Verve, on which he teamed up with Thad Jones and Chick Corea for Latin versions of such standards as "Autumn Leaves". Though the 60's till his death he regularly toured Europe, playing and recording with the greats and was a frequently seen playing at Ronnie Scott's in London. He also was one of the first jazz musicians to experiment with an electric saxophone, an instrument called a Varitone, as heard on the album Just The Way It Was - Live At The Left Bank, recorded in 1971 and released in 2000 (sadly died from a heart attack) b. February 2nd 1924.
1989: Martti Talvela (54) Finnish operatic bass, born in Hiitola,
and made his operatic debut in Helsinki in 1960 as Sparafucile. At 6 ft 8 in, he was the tallest singer of the century. He sang at the Stockholm Royal Opera in Sweden from 1961 to 1962, before becoming a regularly employed singer at the Deutsche Oper of Berlin in 1962. In 1970, the Senate of West Berlin formally granted him the rank of chamber singer. He worked as the artistic leader of the Savonlinna Opera Festival from 1972 to 1979. At New York's Metropolitan Opera, he performed the role of Boris Godunov 39 times between 1974 and 1987. He was especially acclaimed as the title character in Boris Godunov and as Pimen from the same work, as Paavo Ruotsalainen in The Last Temptations, as a Wagner singer (King Marke, Hunding, Fasolt, Fafner, Hagen and Titurel, as Sarastro, Dosefei, and Prince Gremin, as King Phillip II, the Grand Inquisitor and, in the later part of his career, the title character in Glinka's Ivan Susanin. As his final record he left, terribly thinned out by illness, a warm and heartfelt version of Schubert's Winterreise. (sadly died while dancing with a lady of a neighbouring farm at his daughter's wedding) b. February 4th 1935.
1996: Rob Collins (33)
English musician founder member and keyboardist for Charlatans; he grew up in Willenhall, Staffordshire and was invited to join the Charlatans in the late 1980s as their first keyboardist. The band's debut single "Indian Rope" was an indie hit, and led the way for their debut top ten single "The Only One I Know" in 1990. His swirling and layered psychedelic organ playing added an important and noted edge to the bands sound and placed the band apart from many of their contemporaries. Rob recorded four successful albums with the band. In 1992 he was arrested for robbery on an off-licence near his home, for which he served 4 months in 1994 (Rob had started to record his keyboard parts for the Charlatans' 5th album Tellin' Stories when tragically he was killed in a car crash on a country road in Wales) b. February 23rd 1963.
1998: Hermann Prey (69)
German bass-baritone, in the early 50s he joined the Staatsoper, where he sang until 1960. During his last years in Hamburg, he also made frequent guest appearances elsewhere, including the Salzburg Festival.
He sang frequently at the Metropolitan Opera between 1960 and 1970 and made his Bayreuth debut in 1965. Although he often sang Verdi early in his career, he later concentrated more on Mozart and Richard Strauss. Prey was well known for playing Figaro (Mozart and Rossini), but he played other Mozart roles at least equally often, particularly Papageno and Guglielmo. He also played, and recorded, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro. He is regarded by many as the best Einsenstein in Die Fledermaus operetta. He also sang operetta and performed on German TV, becoming extremely popular with television audiences. Starting in 1982, he taught at the Musikhochschule Hamburg, and he wrote an autobiography which was translated as First Night Fever. In 1988, he directed a production of The Marriage of Figaro in Salzburg (?) b. July 11th 1929.
1999: Gary C. "Gar" Samuelson (41)
American heavy metal musician born in Dunkirk, New York; he is best known as the drummer for thrash metal band Megadeth, working in it from 1984 to 1987. Prior to Megadeth he and Chris Poland played in a jazz fusion band called The New Yorkers, and that before this, both practiced and played together for many years. Also Gary and his brother Stew, along with Billy Brehme, Travis Karcher and Andy Freeman, formed the band Fatal Opera, which released a self-titled album in 1995 and the Eleventh Hour in 1997 (He sadly died from liver failure) b. February 18th 1958.
2004: Sacha Distel/Sacha Alexandre (71)
French singer and guitarist best known for a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, started out in music as a professional jazz guitarist at the age of 16.
He went on to become a household name across the world during a career which peaked with his cover version of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. He scored his first hit with Scoubidou in 1958 and went on to record more than 200 songs. He worked alongside some of the music greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones. Considered a heart-throb around the world, he also appeared in a number of French films and television programmes and had his own TV show in the US, where he was also hugely popular. Sacha made his British theatre debut as smooth talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the London West End production of the Bob Fosse musical Chicago for three months from December 2000 (long battle with deteriorating health) b. January 29th 1933.
2004: Arthur Crier (69)
American singer, songwriter and producer born in Manhattan; in 1953, he formed the Chimes with Gary Morrison, Gene Redd and John Murray. They recorded two singles, including 'Dearest Darling'. He and Morrison then joined original Hummer members Lillian Leach, John Wilson and Harold Johnson in the Mellows, recording hits such as the haunting ballad 'Moon Of Silver'. He also formed the Halos and recorded the Coasters-styled novelty 'Nag', which became a national hit in the summer of 1961. Crier's prominent bass voice, singing "oh, baby you're a nag" became the song's hook. As accomplished background singers, Crier and the members of the Halos were among the most recorded vocal groups of the early 1960s, backing artists including Tommy Hunt, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Nash, Little Eva, Johnny Mathis, Dion, Gene Pitney, Curtis Lee, Barry Mann, the Coasters, Connie Francis, Brian Hyland and Ben E. King, among others. His resonant bass voice was featured on Barry Mann's 'Who Put The Bomp' and the Phil Spector-produced 'Pretty Little Angel Eyes' by Curtis Lee and Gene Pitney's 'Every Breath I Take' (sadly Arthur died of heart failure) b. April 1st 1935.
2004: Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (82)
American jazz tenor saxophonist best remembered for his solo on "Flying Home", critically recognized as the first R&B saxophone solo. He was a pioneer of the honking tenor saxophone that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of early rock and roll. He was one of few who doubled on the bassoon. Born in Broussard, Louisiana and moved to Houston, Texas as an infant, Illinios performed in his father's band as a child on the alto sax. At 15, he began playing with the Milton Larkin Orchestra, and in 1939, moved to LA, where he met and sat in with Nat King Cole. He changed to tenor sax when he joined Lionel Hampton in 1940. Illinois appeared as a member with Cab Calloway's band in Lena Horne's movie Stormy Weather, before he formed a small band with his brother Russell and a young Charles Mingus. It was at this time that he appeared in the Academy Award-nominated short film Jammin' the Blues with Lester Young. He also appeared at the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. In 1946 he moved to New York City and joined the Count Basie orchestra, replacing Lester Young. Aer which he continued to perform, mostly in Europe, in small groups through the 1960s and 1970s and he led the Illinois Jacquet Big Band from 1981 until his death. He became the first jazz musician to be an artist-in-residence at Harvard University in 1983. He also played "C-Jam Blues" with President Bill Clinton on the White House lawn during Clinton's inaugural ball in 1993 (heart attack) b. October 31st 1922.
2005: Eugene Record (64)
American lead singer with The Chi-lites, The Chi-Lites began with the merging of two 1950s doo wop groups, Robert "Squirrel" Lester, Eugene Record and Clarence Johnson from "The Chanteurs", with Creadel "Red" Jones and Marshall Thompson from "the Desideros". Originally known as the "Hi-Lites", they became the Chi-Lites in 1964. 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" >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. December 23rd 1940.
2006: Jessie Mae Hemphill (82)
American award winning blues musician born near Como and Senatobia, Mississippi; a pioneering electric guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist specializing in the primal, northern Mississippi country blues. The first field recordings of her work were made by blues researcher George Mitchell in 1967 and ethnomusicologist Dr. David Evans in 1973 when she was known as Jessie Mae Brooks, using the surname from a brief early marriage, but the recordings were not released. She launched her recording career in the early 1980s, her first full-length album, She-Wolf, was released in 1981. Jessie performed concerts across the US and other countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Canada. She received the W. C. Handy Award for best traditional female blues artist in 1987 and 1988 (sadly died from complications of an ulcer) b. October 18 1923.
Dika Newlin (82)
American composer, singer and punk rocker; she could read the dictionary by age 3, play the piano by age 6 and began composing music at age 7. When she was 11 she wrote a symphonic piece, Cradle Song, that was performed 3 years later by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Her compositions include 3 operas, a piano concerto, a chamber symphony, numerous chamber, vocal and mixed-media works. She also translated many of Schoenberg's works from German to English, she sang in a costumed performance of Pierrot Lunaire, which she had translated to English in 1999. The 70's saw her as a leather-clad punk rocker with bright orange hair. As a punk rocker, she appeared in horror movies by Richmond producer Michael D. Moore. Around this time she also performed as an Elvis Presley impersonator. In 1985 she formed a new band ApoCowLypso, with fellow singer/songwriters Brooke Saunders and Manko Eponymous and Hunter Duke on drums; she performed lead and backing vocals as well as percussion..washboard, tambourine and temple bells. In the 1995 film Creep, she played a person wearing a leather motorcycle jacket who puts poison in baby food at a supermarket and she posed for a pinup calendar when she was in her 70s (This amazing lady sadly died from complications of a broken arm she suffered in an accident on June 30th 2006) b. November 22nd 1923.
2007: Don Arden/Harry Levy (81)
British rock manager, agent and businessman, best known for overseeing the careers of rock groups Small Faces, Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.
He achieved notoriety in England for his aggressive, sometimes illegal business tactics which led to him being called "Mr Big", "The English Godfather" and "The Al Capone of Pop", also the father of Sharon Osbourne (Alzheimer's disease).
2009: Abe Futoshi (42)
Japanese guitarist and founder member the influential Japanese punk band Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, a band he co-formed while he was student at Tokyo's Meiji Gakuin University.They recorded 11 albums between 1993, debuting with Maximum! Maximum!! Maximum!!! and 2003 with the two albums Sabrina No Heaven and the live album, Last Heaven's Bootleg (epidural hematoma) b.????
2010: Harry Beckett (75) Barbadian-born British trumpeter and flugelhorn player
, who in 1972, won the Melody Maker jazz Poll as 'Top Trumpeter in Britain'. Harry was a key figure of important groups in the British free jazz/improvised music scene, including Ian Carr's Nucleus, the Brotherhood of Breath and The Dedication Orchestra, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, London Improvisers Orchestra, John Surman's Octet, Django Bates, Ronnie Scott's Quintet, Kathy Stobart, Charlie Watts, Stan Tracey's Big Band and Octet; Elton Dean's Ninesense. He has also recorded with Keef Hartley, Jah Wobble, David Sylvian and worked with David Murray. He toured abroad with Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Keith Tippett, John Tchicai, Joachim Kühn, Dudu Pukwana's Zila, George Gruntz's Bands, Belgian quintet The Wrong Object, Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Band and Annie Whitehead's Robert Wyatt project, Soupsongs, amongst other jazz and rock projects. He was also a member of the Orchestre National de Jazz between 1997 and 2000 (sadly died after suffering a stroke) b. May 30th 1935.
2010: Phillip Walker (73) American blues guitarist, who grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, by his mid-teens was playing guitar in Houston, working for Lonesome Sundown and Lonnie Brooks. In the mid 1950s he had a spell in Clifton Chenier's band and also recorded his most noted hit single, "Hello My Darling" in 1959. He spent the 1960s in LA, California leading a band that played a catholic repertoire of the R&B chart music, joined by his singing wife Ina, alias Bea Bopp. He appeared on show 237 of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour in 2002 and in 2007 he recorded his
final studio album, Going Back Home (heart failure) b. February 11th 1937.
2013: Mike Shipley (56) Australian-born sound engineer, mixer and music producer. Born in Sydney, he became interested in a recording career while at school in the UK in the early 1970s. He completed school in Melbourne, Australia, but quickly returned to London, where he got his first big break working for Wessex Studios, home to acts including Queen and The Sex Pistols. Asked to work with The Cars, he went to LA in 1984, he relocated breifly to Hawaii, but returned to LA where he has since been based. Over his career Mike has produced and mixed albums for such diverse artists as Queen, Keith Urban, AC/DC, Lynam, Mr. Mister, Joni Mitchell, The Cars, Meat Loaf, Def Leppard, A Flock of Seagulls, The Clash, Winger, Van Halen, The Corrs, Anberlin, Shania Twain, David Archuleta, Kim Carnes, Kelly Clarkson, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Blondie, Foreigner, Devo, Cheap Trick, Jimmy Barnes, Enrique Iglesias, Tim McGraw, Maroon 5, Ashley Tesoro, Barenaked Ladies, Ric Ocasek, Berlin, Faith Hill, Nickelback, Michael Bolton, Ronan Keating, Thomas Dolby, Prefab Sprout, Papa Roach, Jefferson Airplane, Green Day, Blessed by a Broken Heart, The Black Crowes, Alison Krauss, Casey Chambers, Shawn Colvin, Takota, My Chemical Romance, John Waite, and Days of the New. He also worked on the Rock of Ages soundtrack featuring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand and was awarded 2 Grammy Awards for his work on the Alison Krauss and Union Station release Paper Airplane (sadly died at Studio City, CA) b. October 7th 1956.
2013: GiGi Hines (76) American blues singer and songwriter a self-taught singer and guitarist, was at home before audiences of all sizes and musical tastes, including performances for children in hospitals, church congregations and in nightclubs. She also was a member of The Patio Jammers, an informal group of 10 to 12 singers who gather at bars with patios for jam sessions () b. May 7th 1937
2015: Owen Mays (32) American hillbilly and honky tonk country singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjo, fiddle player born in Cambria, Wisconsin and played the trumpet in the elementary band and sang in the high school choir.. After working in several deat-end jobs he got a break in 2009, while working a summer job at a campground in his home town when he played a show with his friends, J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters. The next day, he joined the Drifters for a few days on the road, taking in all of the knowledge about music, and business. In March 2011, Owen set out on his first solo U.S. tour, which was quickly followed by a second tour that summer. Since then, he has played countless shows around the United States, both solo, and backed by several incarnations of his backing band, The 80 Proof Boys. Owen was currently doing shows with Amanda & Eric Bestul, as Owen Mays and the Last Calls. (?) b. November 1st 1982.
2016: Edgar Muenzer (88) American violinist; a longtime Park Ridge resident, he founded the award winning Park Ridge Civic Orchestra along with his wife Nancy in September 1994. The orchestra’s contribution to Park Ridge and surrounding communities has been acknowledged with numerous awards, including the Governor’s Hometown Award; 10 awards from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, including “Orchestra of the Year;” Pickwick Arts Award; and several Mayoral Proclamations from the City of Park Ridge. Edgar and Nancy Muenzer also received the Illinois Humanities Council Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. His long musical career also includes 47 years as a renowned violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, from 1954 until 2003, as well as performing with the Chicago Symphony String Quartet, teaching violin at Northwestern University and serving as concertmaster for the Northbrook Symphony (sadly died following a long illness) b. 1928.

July 23rd.
1757: Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (71) Italian composer; born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples, he became a composer and organist at the royal chapel in Naples in 1701 and he spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style. His influential 555 sonatas were almost all written for the harpsichord with a few exceptions for chamber ensemble or organ (died in Madrid, were his house on Calle Leganitos is designated with a historical plaque) b. October 26th 1685.
1980: Keith Godchaux (32)
American keyboard player, born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Concord, California and was married to singer Donna Jean Thatcher. He started playing with The Grateful Dead in 1971 after he had been working with Dave Mason, formerly of Traffic. Keith stayed with the Dead until 1979. He and Donna also issued the mostly self-written Keith and Donna album in 1975 with Jerry Garcia as a member of their band. The album was recorded at their home in Stinson Beach, where they lived in the 70s. They also appeared in Jerry's band New Riders of the Purple Sage. Keith also appeared with the Subsequently, co-writing songs with Lowell George and Robert Hunter.After his time with Jerry, he and his wife formed The Heart of Gold Band, sadly this was short lived
(tragically died in a car accident in Marin County, California) b. July 19th 1948
1983: Georges Auric (84)
French composer, born in Lodève, Hérault. He was a child prodigy and at age 15 he had his first compositions published. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and before he turned 20 he had orchestrated and written incidental music for several ballets and stage productions. He continued to write classical chamber music throughout his life, but Georges also went on to write soundtracks for a number of French and British films, and his success led to writing the music for Hollywood movies, too. Several times, his work made it to the hit parade, notably The Song from Moulin Rouge.
Especially notable among his film music is the lavishly impressionistic score that he wrote for Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast-1946; other films include Passport to Pimlico-1948, Silent Dust-1949, The Lavender Hill Mob-1951, Moulin Rouge-1952, The Titfield Thunderbolt-1953, Roman Holiday-1953, The Wages of Fear-1953, The Divided Heart-1954, Lola Montes-1955, Rififi-1956, The Hunchback of Notre Dame-1956, Bonjour Tristesse-1958, The Night Heaven Fell-1958, Goodbye Again-1961, and Therese and Isabelle-1968. In 1960 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Berlin International Film Festival (?) b. February 15th 1899.
2002: Idrees Sulieman (79)
American flugelhorn player, trumpeter; born in St. Petersburg, Florida, he studied at Boston Conservatory, after which from 1943 to 1946 he played with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, the Earl Hines Orchestra and Mary Lou Williams. In 1947 he recorded with Thelonious Monk which made him the first trumpeter that played be-bop with the now legendary pianist. Over the next 14 years he played with many greats such as Cab Calloway, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Randy Weston and Coleman Hawkins.
He went on tour in Europe in 1961 with Oscar Dennard, and settled in Stockholm, then moved to Copenhagen in 1964. Idrees became a major soloist with The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band from the mid '60s through 1973 and frequently worked with radio orchestras (sadly died battling bladder cancer) b. August 7th 1923.
2004: Piero Piccioni (82)
Italian pianist, organist, conductor, composer, born in Turin;
many directors sought Piero to score the soundtracks for their films: Francesco Rosi, Mario Monicelli, Alberto Lattuada, Luigi Comencini, Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Tinto Brass, Dino Risi, and others. He is credited with works for more than 300 soundtracks and compositions for films, radio, television, ballets and orchestra. Among his favorite vocalists were female soul singer Shawn Robinson and Lydia MacDonald. Piero's many prestigious prizes won include a David di Donatello Award for the movie Swept Away in 1975, Nastro d’argento Award for the movie Salvatore Giuliano by Francesco Rosi 1963, Prix International Lumière 1991, Anna Magnani Award 1975 and Vittorio De Sica Award 1979 (died in Rome) b. December 6th 1921.
2004: Serge Reggiani (82)
Italian-French singer and actor, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, he moved to France at aged eight. His first feature film came in 1946 with his role in Les portes de la nuit / "The Doors of the Night". He later went on to perform in 80 films including Casque d'or, Les Misérables ,Tutti a casa, Le Doulos, Il Gattopardo, La terrazza, and The Pianist in 1998. His best known songs include "Les loups sont entrés dans Paris"/"The Wolves Have Entered Paris" and "Sarah (La femme qui est dans mon lit.)"/"The Woman Who Is In My Bed". In later life he became a painter and gave a number of exhibitions of his artwork (heart attack) b. May 2nd 1922.
2004: Carlos Paredes (79)
Portuguese virtuoso guitar player, known as the "Man with a Thousand Fingers". Born in Coimbra, he is credited with popularising the medium internationally during the 20th century, being frequently considered to be the most talented Portuguese musician in the 20th century. Carlos began playing guitar at the age of four and started his music career at the age of eleven. He performed with many other artists including Charlie Haden and also wrote compositions for Fado singer Amália Rodrigues. He did a stiny in prison for opposing the Portuguese dictatorship, he would walk around his cell pretending to play music which led some prison inmates to believe he was insane, he was actually doing compositions in his head. He wrote a number of film scores and received particular recognition for the 1961 film Verdes Anos/"Tender Years". In 2000, the string quartet Kronos Quartet recorded two versions of Verdes Anos and Romance Nº.1, from the first Perry Froelic album, Guitarra Portuguesa, recorded in 1969 -1970 (?) b. February 16th 1925.
2005: Theodore "Ted" Greene (58)
American fingerstyle jazz guitarist, teacher and music columnist; in the 1960s he was a member of a blues rock group called Bluesberry Jam along with future Canned Heat drummer Fito de la Parra. They shared billings with The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Sweetwater, Alice Cooper, Sons of Champlin, Poco, Blues Image and Joe Cocker. He was well known to guitarists due to his role as a music educator, which included private teaching, seminars at the Guitar Institute of Technology, columns for Guitar Player magazine, and his series of instructional books on guitar harmony, chord melody and single-note soloing. Later he would make occasional live appearances at clubs in the San Fernando Valley, usually playing a Fender Telecaster. Ted recorded one album "Solo Guitar" in 1977, and he also helped Fender design a 1952 Telecaster vintage reissue, their first such reissue, by making reference to his collection of old Telecasters, Broadcasters and Nocasters. (sadly Ted died of a heart attack) b. September 26th 1946.
2005: Myron Floren (85) US accordianist; he best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show between 1950 and 1982. In the mid-1970s, he formed an orchestra of his own, while still employed by the Welk organization. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, the "Myron Floren Orchestra" played during the television show's off-season, and during holiday breaks, becoming a regional favorite.
After the Welk show went off the air in the early 1980s, Myron continued to perform on the road, with as many as 200 dates a year, either as a solo artist, with his orchestra, or with other members of the Welk Show cast. Among the annual events where he headlined were Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas; German Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota; the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida and PolkaFest at the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri. He was a member of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1990. (Died after several battles with cancer) November 5th 1919.
2007: Ron Miller (73)
American songwriter and record producer who attained many Top 10 hits with ballads written for Motown artists in the 1960s and 1970s. B
orn in Chicago and was discovered playing in a bar by Motown founder Berry Gordy. He penned a number of songs for Stevie Wonder, including four hit singles, the most famous hit song was Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life" which was written the night his daughter Angel was born. It is one of the most covered songs in pop history with more than 270 recorded versions. A version recorded by Tony Bennett and Wonder won a Grammy Award in 2007. A version of his song "Heaven Help Us All" by Ray Charles and Gladys Knight won a Grammy Award for best gospel performance in 2005 (Ron sadly died of cardiac arrest after a long brave battle with emphysema and cancer) b. 1933
2009: Danny McBride/Daniel Hatton (63) American singer-songwriter, guitarist; raised in Reading, Massachusetts, where he graduated at Reading Memorial High School, then graduated from Boston University in 1970.
He is best known as the lead guitarist and lead singer for Sha Na Na during their heyday on their TV series of the same name. He also appeared in the film Grease in 1978 with Sha Na Na. He also, enjoyed success as a solo artist, an actor and voice-over performer (died in his sleep) b. November 20th 1945.
2010: Selmi Andak (89)
Turkish composer, Selmi graduated from various international music schools and he also worked as a music journalist. This year, he wanted to celebrate 70th anniversary as a music artist. He is also known for having competed with ten songs in Turkish national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest between 1975 and 1995. including "Hayalimdeki adam" in 1975, which scored equal 2nd, and "Gramafon" in 1982 which came 3rd. (Sadly died at a hospital in Istanbul) b.????
Willem Breuker (65) Dutch jazz bandleader, composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist.
During the mid 1960s he played with percussionist Han Bennink and pianist Misha Mengelberg, co-founding the Instant Composers Pool until 1973. He was also a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the Gunter Hampel Group. In 1974 he began leading the 10-piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, which performed jazz in a theatrical and often unconventional manner, drawing elements from theater and vaudeville. They toured Western Europe, Russia, Australia, India, China, Japan, the United States, and Canada. In 1998, Willem was knighted with the Order of the Netherlands Lion (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer) b. November 4th 1944.
2011: Bill Morrissey (59) American folk singer-songwriter born in Hartford, Connecticut. Many of his songs reflect the harsh realities of life in crumbling New England mill towns and over the years two of his ten albums received Grammy nominations and several have earned 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone. His most recent album Come Running, produced by himself and Billy Conway of Morphine, was released in 2007 by his own label, Turn and Spin Media. Come Running features guitar work by Dave Alvin and the remaining members of Morphine, Billy Conway and Dana Colley
(sadly died of heart disease) b. November 25th 1951.
2011: Johnny Hoes (94) Dutch singer, lyricist, composer and producer, known as the king of the tear-jerker and was the man behind thousands of sing-alongs, tearjerkers , carnival squatters and torch . His big hits include "The smuggler", "That's the end" and "We want fries with mayonnaise". His hit "Oh, I was but the mother stayed at home", stands with 450,000 copies is the best selling single ever in Dutch.
In the 60s and 70s he had his own television show called With a Smile and a Tear . He remained active until a very advanced age, in January 2011 he recorded his last album on the song "How do you do" in a duet with Stef Ekkel (sadly Johnny died from heart problems after a severe heart attack earlier this month) b. April 19th 1917.
2011: Amy Winehouse (27) English singer, songwriter and guitar player; born in Southgate, London, at nine years old, Amy attended the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and at ten, she founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet 'n' Sour. She stayed at the Earnshaw school for four years before seeking full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, she appeared in an episode of The Fast Show in 1997 before allegedly being expelled at 14 for "not applying herself" and for piercing her nose. Amy had taken up the guitar at 13 and was writing songs by the age of 14. She began working soon after, including as a showbiz journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local group the Bolsha Band.
>>> READ MORE <<< (cause of death not been made public) b. September 14th 1983.
2013: Pino Massara/Giuseppe Previde Massara (82) Italian musician, composer
and record producer, born in Vigevano. Among his successful songs "Permette, signorina?" was covered by the great Nat King Cole with the title "Cappuccina", "I Sing ammore" and "Grazie prego scusi", both recorded by several artists including Dean Martin, "Nel Sole" sold over one million copies and launched the career of Al Bano and "Siamo la coppia più bella del mondo", a duet between Adriano Celentano and Claudia Mori which was No.1 in the Italian charts for six weeks. In the 70s he also founded "Bla Bla Records", a recording company that produced the first works of Juri Camisasca, Franco Battiato and the avant-garde rock of Capsicum Red (?) b. April 24th 1931
2013: Dominguinhos/José Domingos de Morais (72) Brazilian singer, accordionist and composer, born in Garanhuns, Pernambuco; he performed with musicians such as Luiz Gonzaga, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Zé Ramalho, Toquinho, and Maria Bethânia. Some of his hits were recorded by Bethânia, Chico Buarque, Elba Ramalho and Fagner and in 1997 he wrote the soundtrack of the film O Cangaceiro (sadly Dominguinhos died of an infection and cardiac complications) b. February 12th 1941
2014: Mohan Nadkarni
(91) Indian musicologist, mostly based in Pune and Mumbai, where he was the music critic of The Times of India for over 5 decades and reviewed thousands of music concerts and singers between 1948-2000. Over the years, he authored over 4,000 articles and critiques on Hindustani music, Marathi and Sanskrit drama and theatre, and other cultural topics for Indian and foreign publications. In 2006, he moved to Auckland, New Zealand to live with his son Dev. At this time, he donated his entire music collection comprising thousands of articles, rare photographers, around 1,200 LPs and other records, thousands of music-cassettes, to the Department of Music at Pune’s SNDT University, which has set up a music library named after him (sadly died fighting a chest infection chest in New Zealand) b. 1923.
2014: Saado Ali Warsame (64) Somali-American singer-songwriter and politician. She served as a lawmaker in the Federal Parliament of Somalia. A prominent figure in traditional Somali music, her art and legislative work were centered on political and social justice, like her song "Laand Karuusar" criticized kleptocracy in the ruling military junta. (tragically Saado and her driver were gunned down by unknown assailants in Mogadishu as she was being driven to a hotel. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said was part of its assassination campaign against Somali legislators) b. 1950.
2014: Norman Leyden (96) American conductor, composer, arranger and clarinetist, born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He began his professional music career playing bass clarinet for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra while attending Yale. He worked in film and television,
and co-wrote with Glenn Miller the theme "I Sustain the Wings" in 1943, which was used to introduce the World War II radio series. As a staff arranger at RCA Victor he composed and arranged music for Disney and other musicals including Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio. He conducted and arranged for many well-known artists including Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Don Cornell, Vic Damone, Johnny Desmond, Johnny Hartman, Gordon MacRae, Mitch Miller, Ezio Pinza, Frank Sinatra, Jeri Southern, and Sarah Vaughan, but he is perhaps best known as the conductor of the Oregon Symphony Pops orchestra. In 1991 he was honoured with the Oregon Governor's Arts Award (?) b. October 17th 1917.

July 24th.
1960: Hans Albers (68)
German actor and singer born in in Hamburg; as well as being the single biggest male movie star in Germany between 1930 and 1945 and one of the most popular German actors of the twentieth century, he was also a singer. Many of Hans' songs were humorous tales of drunken, womanizing sailors on shore-leave, with double entendres such as "It hurts the first time, but with time, you get used to it" in reference to a girl falling in love for the first time. Albers' songs were often peppered with expressions in Low German, which is spoken in Northern Germany. His most famous song is by far "Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins"/"On the Reeperbahn at half past midnight" (?) b. September 22nd 1891.
1972: Bobby Ramirez (23)
Mexican-born drummer who worked with Rick Derringer, LaCroix and Edgar Winter’s White Trash. He appeared on two of the band's album, their self titled debut album in 1971 and Roadwork in 1972 (while on tour with Edgar Winter, supporting Uriah Heap, Bobby found himself assaulted after an altercation in a Chicago bar. He was tragically beaten and kicked to death after comments were made about the length of his hair) b. 1949.
1980: Peter Sellers/Richard Henry Sellers (54)
English comic actor, musician, singer and a Goon; as well as his huge comedy, film and radio career, he was a versatile artist, excelling at dancing and drumming well enough to tour with jazz bands and played ukulele and banjo. In a Parkinson Show, Peter claimed his father had taught George Formby to play ukulele. Peter himself played ukulele on the "New York Girls" track for Steeleye Span's 1975 album 'Commoner's Crown'. He also had some hit records in the UK charts, including "Any Old Iron" in 1957, "Goodness Gracious Me" in 1960 with Sophia Loren, "Bangers and Mash", also featuring Sophia Loren, then in 1965 "A Hard Day's Night". This consisted of him speaking the Beatles lyrics using the stereotypical voice of an actor playing Shakespeare's Richard III. He also performed the song in costume on television.
In the late 1950s, Peter released two comedy records produced by George Martin: "The Best of Sellers", with the tracks "Balham, Gateway to the South" and "Suddenly It's Folksong" where a group of people end up smashing up a pub after a row over someone playing a bum note and "Songs for Swinging Sellers" released in 1959, contained material written by Frank Muir and Dennis Norden and featured Sellers performing "Puttin on the Style", a parody of the skiffle movement's performer Lonnie Donegan. He also appeared with guest Irene Handl on the track "Shadows on the Grass" where he plays the part of an Indian man befriending a lady in the park. In 1979 he released a third gatefold album entitled Sellers' Market which included comic singing and a feature called the "All England George Formby Finals" where he parodies the late George Formby and his ukelele playing. Also featured was the Complete Guide to Accents of the British Isles. The tracks on all three albums showcased Peter's ability to use his flexible voice to enormous comedic effect (sadly died of a heart attack) b. September 8th 1925
1987: Richard MacQueen "Dick" Wellstood (59)
American jazz pianist and one of the few stride pianists to arise in the 1940s during the rise of bebop. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, he played with Bob Wilber's Wildcats in 1946 before becoming a mainstay on the trad jazz scene, playing with Sidney Bechet in 1947 and in the 1950s with Jimmy Archey, Conrad Janis, Roy Eldridge, Rex Stewart, Charlie Shavers, and Eddie Condon. He was the house pianist at New York City clubs Metropole and Nick's in the late 1950s and 1960s. He played with Gene Krupa in South America in 1965 and later joined the World's Greatest Jazz Band. He played locally in the 1970s and studied law, briefly going into practice in the 1980s. In 1977 Dick completed a tour of the UK with the Dutch Swing College Band and in the 1980s he often played with Kenny Davernas well as being the house pianist at Hanratty's restaurant in Manhattan for 6–8 months a year. At the time of his death he was the pianist for Bemelman's Bar of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City (sadly Dick died from a heart attack) b. November 25th 1927.
1995: Jerry Lordan (61)
English songwriter, composer and singer born in Paddington, London. On leaving the Air Force he had jobs including stand-up comedian, singer, in advertising and started to write songs. In 1958 his song, "A House, A Car and a Wedding Ring" was recorded by Mike Preston, and was also successfully covered by the American rockabilly star, Dale Hawkins. His song, "I've Waited So Long" was recorded by the young Anthony Newley reaching No.3 in the UK charts in May 1959. Jerry was signed as a singer to Parlophone and had three charting singles in 1960, the most successful being "Who Could Be Bluer?". He wrote the Shadows' UK No.1 "Wonderful Land", and theirr No.2 hit "Atlantis", as well as a vocal hit single in 1965 " Mary Anne", and a further No.1 "Diamonds" for the ex-Shadows Jet Harris and Tony Meehan in 1963. Harris and Meehan also recorded his song "Scarlett O'Hara" taking it to No.2. He wrote further hits for Cliff Richard, such as "A Girl Like You", and "I'm Just a Baby" for Louise Cordet (Jerry sadly died of acute renal failure
) b. April 30th 1934.
2001: Georges Dor (70)
Québécois Canadian author, composer, playwright, singer, poet, theatrical producer and director.
He worked as a DJ and news director for Radio-Canada, and became a director for the Evening News. He wrote poems for many years, but began singing professionally in early '65, and released his first album in 1966, his track "La Manic", whose lyrics were a love letter written by a construction worker on the Manicouagan power project, became the most successful record ever by a Quebec chansonnier. Georges continued to perform as a singer until 1972, and to record until 1978 (?) b. March 10th 1931
2003: Bobby Thompson (50)
Long standing tour manager for Ozzy Osbourne, he had been with Ozzy for 23 years (sadly Bobby had been suffering from throat cancer, he passed away in his sleep in a Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan while there with Ozzfest) b. ????
2004: Bob Azzam (78)
Egyptian singer born in Cairo, he became a great success in France in the 1960s with his hit songs "Mustapha" and "Fais-moi du couscous, chérie". He had a degree in electronic engineering, and has been regarded as the man behind the chamber of echoes "Hors-studio" or "off-studio". He eventually opened a nightclub in Geneva. (?) b. October 24th 1925.
Nicola Zaccaria/Giulio Mauri/Nicholas Angelos Zachariou (84)
Greek bass opera singer, born in Piraeus, Zaccaria studied at the Athens Conservatory where he enjoyed his debut in 1949, aged 26. He sang at La Scala in 1953 and his position as a mainstay of the bass operatic repertoire was assured thereafter. He was La Scala's principal bass for almost 15 years. He sang with some of the most famous singers of his generation, such as Maria Callas, Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, and Marilyn Horne, who was Nicholas's companion in later life. Despite intimidating competition, he developed an impressive international career and recorded more than 30 operas for major recording companies. He recorded nine complete operas with Maria Callas (sadly Nicholas died from Alzheimer's disease) b. March 9th 1923.
2008: Zezé Gonzaga (81)
Brazilian singer; considered one of the most beautiful voices of Rádio Nacional in its heyday, she was known especially for her two hits "Canção de Dalila" and "Óculos Escuros" and participated regularly on the radio's prime time, accompanied by the orchestras conducted by Radamés Gnattali, Leo Peracchi, Lírio Panicali, and others. In the late '80s, she formed, with other old-timers, the group Eternas Cantoras do Rádio, recording two CDs and doing several performances. In 1999, she recorded, together with Jane Duboc, the album Clássicas, doing shows in Rio, São Paulo, and other cities. In the late '90s, she also participated in the show Lupicínio Rodrigues with Áurea Martins in Rio and São Paulo. As a composer, she wrote (with Luís Carlos Saroldi) the opening theme of the Minerva project, broadcast nationwide by the Rádio MEC. In 2000, Zeze participated in the MPB: A História de Um Século project, together with Paulo Sérgio Santos and Maria Tereza Madeira, an ambitious initiative that intended to review the history of Brazilian popular music in the 20th century (multiple organ failure) b. Sept 3rd 1926.
2008: Norman Dello Joio/Nicodemo DeGioio (95) American composer born in New York City; he began his musical career as organist and choir director at the Star of the Sea Church on City Island in New York at age 14. He went on to win the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Meditations on Ecclesiastes. Another of his famous works is Scenes from the Louvre, for concert band. His Variations, Chaconne and Finale won the New York Critics Circle Award in 1948 (died in his sleep at his home) b. January 24th 1913
Dan Peek (60) American singer-songwriter, to many best known as a member of the rock band America from 1970 to 1977, where contributed lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, and harmonica to their recordings during his tenure in the band. As a member of America, he contributed with four Top 100 singles: "Don't Cross The River", his most successful single "Lonely People", "Woman Tonight", and "Today's the Day". Although he did not write them, "Ventura Highway", "Sister Golden Hair", "Tin Man (song)", and "A Horse with No Name" are also his collaborations. Dan was also a "pioneer in contemporary Christian music", years of life on the road had taken a toll on him. Leaving the band 1977 he renewed his Christian faith and went on to sign with Pat Boone's Lamb & Lion Records and his debut solo album, All Things Are Possible was released in 1979. His single "All Things Are Possible" not only hit number 1 on the CCM singles chart, it also crossed over to the Billboard singles and adult contemporary charts, becoming one of the earliest CCM's crossover hits, and the album was nominated at the 22nd Grammy Awards. He semi-retired in the 1990s, occasionally recording music at his home in the Cayman Islands (Dan died in his sleep) b. November 1st 1950.
2012: Larry Hoppen (61)
American vocalist, guitarist and songwriter born on Long Island, New York, he was co-founder of the pop-rock group Orleans, best known for its hits "Dance with Me", "Still the One", from the album Waking and Dreaming, and "Love Takes Time". Between 1969 and 1971, Larry's Ithaca, NY- based band, Boffalongo, made two LPs, the second included the original recording of “Dancin’ in the Moonlight”. In 1972 he and John Hall formed the rock band Orleans, which found its core audience touring the clubs and college circuit of the northeastern United States. It was not until their third album, Let There Be Music, released in March 1975, that the band scored its first Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Let There Be Music". In 1977 Larry joined Jerry Marotta in the backing band for Garland Jeffreys. He and Orleans continued to tour with the likes of Stephen Stills and Chicago. In the early 80s Larry and his brother Lance formed a side group, Mood Ring. After a stint in Nashville, Larry and Orleans returned to Woodstock, and slowly re-established their presence in the Northeast over the next couple of years.
Larry continued to write, tour and record with Orleans until his death; they were scheduled to perform in a concert sponsored by morning TV's "Fox & Friends" on Friday July 27th. Larry performed and/or recorded with Jackson Browne, Livingston Taylor, Lulu, Graham Parker, Blues Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Michael Franks, Levon Helm, Michael Brecker, Chet Atkins, Artie Traum, John Sebastian, Bela Fleck, Felix Cavaliere, Edgar Winter, Robbie Dupree, Bonny Rhaitt, Spencer Davis, Rick Derringer, Mark Farner, John Ford Coley, Jimi Jamison, John Cafferty and many more notable artists. Larry also released 2 solo albums: “HandMade” and “Looking for the Light”, a flagship fundraiser for his nonprofit Sunshine for HIV Kids (the cause of Larry's death has not yet been disclosed) b. January 12th 1951.
2013: Chiwoniso Maraire (37)
Zimbabwean Mbira singer and the daughter of Zimbabwean mbira player and teacher Dumisani Maraire. She fronted her acoustic group Chiwoniso & Vibe Culture for several years. From 2001 to 2004, she was also a core member of the multinational all-women band Women's Voice, whose members come from Norway, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, America, Israel and Algeria. Chiwoniso also starred in film and worked on the soundtracks for movies and documentaries by an array of Zimbabwean writers and film producers in the last ten years (sadly Chiwoniso died of a lung infection, suspected pneumonia) b. March 5th 1976.
2014: Ik-Hwan Bae (57) South Korean-born American concert violinist; a native of Seoul, he made his professional debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12 and he attended New York City's prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, graduating in 1976. While there, he also studied with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard's Pre-School and graduated four years later. He received second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1985 and also was a prize winner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1984. In 1986, he was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His performances in recitals and concerto concerts took him to most of the major cities in Europe, Asia and the United States. (?) b. November 19th 1956.
2014: Yoo Chae-yeong/Kim Soo-jin (40) South Korean singer; she made her debut at 17 years old as part of the group Punsudeul/Idiots in 1989, when she was still in high school. In 1994, using the stage name Yoo Chae-yeong, she became one of the original members of the popular K-pop group Cool, before embarking on a solo career r in 1996, and released her hit song "Emotion" in 1999. As an actress, Yoo appeared in movies and TV dramas, notably in the comedy film Sex Is Zero and its sequel Sex Is Zero 2. She was also a radio host on the MBC program Good Weekend, It's Kim Kyung-sik and Yoo Chae-yeong, where she was known for her quick wit and self-deprecating humor (sadly Yoo died while fighting stomach cancer
b. September 22nd 1973.
2014: Sushilarani Patel (96)
Indian classical singer, writer, activist and judiciary,
she was a film industry pioneer and renaissance woman. She started training in classical music at the age of 7 and studied with such greats as Pandita Mogubai Kurdikar and Ustad Alladiya Khan Saheb. Over her long career, won 34 awards, including a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy award, a Sangeet Natak Akademi award and a Maharashtra Rajya Sanskritik Puraskar. She also trained many singers who went on to find fame, including Alvira Khan, Kiran Rao, and sitar maestro Ustad Alim Khan and so many others (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1918.
2014: Jaan Arder (62) Estonian singer born in Tallinn. He was a founding member of the rock band Apelsin, before joining the music ensemble Hortus Musicus as their baritone singer (?) b.
February 26th 1952.
2014: Christian Falk (52) Swedish singer and bassist started his recording career with the band Madhouse in the early 80’s, before co-founding the post-punk band Imperiet. In the early 90’s he emerged as a producer and DJ in the emerging Swedish hip hop, soul and club scene and produced the multi-million selling song "7 Seconds" released in 1994 as a single performed by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry. He co-wrote the track "Electricity" and several other tracks on the 1995 album We Care from alt-rockers, Whale. In 2000, Christian
released the hit single, "Make It Right" under his own name, and in 2008, he scored a Top 40 hit with "Dream On" in the UK (sadly, Jaan died while bravely fighting pancreatic cancer) b. April 25th 1962.
2015: Mario Sereni (87) Italian operatic baritone, born in Perugia; he enjoyed a long and steady career at the Metropolitan Opera, for twenty-seven seasons, he sang most of the important baritone roles of the Italian repertory in opera such as Ernani, Luisa Miller, Il trovatore, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlo, and Aida. He also sang in La Gioconda, Cavalleria rusticana, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, and Madama Butterfly, as well as L'elisir d'amore and Lucia di Lammermoor. Mario was also a regular guest at the opera houses of Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas. He also enjoyed a successful international career appearing frequently at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. (?) b. March 25th 1928.
2016: Marni Nixon/Margaret Nixon McEathron (86) American soprano and playback singer for featured actresses in movie musicals. Born in Altadena, she was a child actress and began singing at an early age in choruses, including performing solos with the Roger Wagner Chorale. Her career in film started in 1948 when she sang the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948). The same year, she did her first dubbing work when she provided Margaret O'Brien's singing voice in 1948's Big City and then 1949's The Secret Garden. She also dubbed Marilyn Monroe's high notes in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). She appeared on Broadway in 1954 in The Girl in Pink Tights, and dubbed the singing voices of the leading actresses in films, including "The King and I", "West Side Story" and "My Fair Lady", among many others. Besides her voice work in films, her varied career included some film roles of her own, television, opera, concerts with major symphony orchestras around the world, musicals on stage throughout the United States, and recordings. (sadly died fighting breast cancer) b. February 22nd 1930.
2016: Horacio Olivo (83) Puerto Rican actor, comedian, and television/radio personality, as well as a classically trained singer. Born in Dorado, he is perhaps best known as the booming voice behind the comedy troupe, Los Rayos Gamma. One of the Rayos Gamma's better known parodies was Horacio's hugely popular antagonistic ode to the U.S. Navy, based on Agustín Lara's song "Granada". (?) b. 1933.
2016: Keith Gemmell (68) English saxophonist, clarinetist, and flute player born in Hackney, London. Influenced by bands such as Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Sounds Incorporated and The Mar-Keys he decided to take up the saxophone and began playing in local bands. Aged 17, he turned fully professional, joining Bognor Regis based band The Noblemen and between August 1965 and May 1966, toured Europe playing in clubs, US bases and the Piper Club in Rome. On returning to the UK he helped form the Hackney band, The Lloyd Alexander Blues Band, who later metamorphosed into Audience in 1969. Keith left in 1972 to join Stackridge, and later joined Sammy, whose sole album was produced by Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, then on to The Roy Young Band. During this time he was also doing session work and arranging, often together with film soundtrack writer John Altman, before joining the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for fourteen years. Upon leaving the PRO, he built a second freelance career, this time as a writer of both words (music technology) and music (composing and arranging). In 2004 Audience reformed, and Keith continued to tour and record with them until 2013. (sadly died fighting throat cancer) b. February 15th 1948.

July 25th.
1952: Herbert Murrill (43)
English composer and organist, born in London; he studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1925 to 1928 and an organ scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, from 1928 to 1931. His works include a jazz opera, Man in Cage, which was performed in 1930 while he was still at university. He wrote film scores for And So To Work and The Daily Round, both early films from the director Richard Massingham. He wrote several piano pieces, two cello concertos and some chamber and vocal pieces. His most frequently performed works are his choral and organ works: his setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E major, an organ piece called Carillon, and his arrangement for organ of the orchestral march Crown Imperial by William Walton. His piano duet arrangement of William Walton's First Symphony was published by OUP. He also worked for the BBC from 1936 onwards, reaching the post of Head of Music in 1950. (?) b. May 11th 1909
Leroy Robertson (74)
American composer and music educator,
born in Fountain Green, Utah, he studied violin, composition, and public school music at the New England Conservatory and in Europe. He received an MA degree from the University of Utah and a Ph.D from the University of Southern California. He was chairman of the music department at Brigham Young University from 1925 to 1948 and at the University of Utah from 1948 to 1962. Leroy was instrumental in the promotion of the Utah Symphony and of classical music in Salt Lake City. He is best known for his Oratorio from the Book of Mormon. The setting of the Lord's Prayer from that oratorio was recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and released as a 45 single on the flip side of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which hit the top 50 charts. Amongst his works in the 1948 LDS hymnal was the music for "Up! Arose Thee, O Beautiful Zion". In the 1985 edition of the LDS hymnal there is one hymn with words by Leroy and 8 hymns for which he wrote the music (?) b. December 21st 1896.
1984: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (57)
American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. Born in Ariton, Alabama, she wrote and sang her blues songs, played the harmonica, taught herself to play the drums and was the first to record the hit song "Hound Dog" in 1952. The song was No.1 on the Billboard R&B charts for seven weeks. The B-side was "They Call Me Big Mama," and the single sold almost two million copies. In a similar occurrence, she wrote and recorded "Ball 'n' Chain," which became a hit for her. Others of many songs she recorded included "Everything Gonna Be Alright", "Big Mama's Blues", "I'm Feeling Alright", "Big Mama's Bumble Bee Blues", "Looking The World Over", "Big Mama's Shuffle", and "Since I Fell For You", "Wade in the Water", "Little Red Rooster", "Money Taker", and "Prison Blues". Big Mama appeared on all the top stages from New York City's Apollo Theatre in 1952 to the Newport Jazz Festival in 1983, and has been nominated for the Blues Music Awards six times. (sadly died from heart failure) b. December 11th 1926.
1987: Alex Sadkin (38)
American record producer; while at Florida State University in Tallahassee he played bass guitar in a college band, after which he actually got his start in the music industry as saxophonist for the Las Olas Brass in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He got his first big break after impressing Neil Young with his mixing ability, and he eventually became head engineer at Compass Point Studio in Nassau, Bahamas. He worked alongside Island Records boss Chris Blackwell on many of the label's projects, most famously with Bob Marley & The Wailers. He began producing artists for Island Records such as Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, while doing mixing work for other labels. Among the other artists he produced in the 1980s are James Brown, the J. Geils Band, Thompson Twins, Classix Nouveaux, Foreigner, Duran Duran, Simply Red, Arcadia and Paul Haig. (tragically Alex died in a motor accident in Nassau, shortly after completing production work on Boom Crash Opera's eponymous 1987 album) b. April 9th 1949.
1995: Charlie Rich
aka The Silver Fox (62)
American country singer & pianist playing in the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and gospel genres. He started out as a session musician for Judd Records, owned by Jud Phillips, the brother of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. In 1958, he became a regular session musician for Sun Records playing on records by Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bill Justis, Warren Smith, Billy Lee Riley, Carl Mann, and Ray Smith. He also wrote songs for Lewis, Cash, and others. He released a few solo singles with Sun before moving to RCA's Groove Label. His first single for Groove, "Big Boss Man," was a minor hit, but went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed and most erratic country singers of post-World War II era. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". Charlie appeared as himself in the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie, Every Which Way But Loose, in which he performed the song, "I'll Wake You Up When I Get Home" . He was honoured with 13 awards including 2 grammies (died in his sleep from a blood clot in his lung) b. December 14th 1932.
1998: Tal Farlow (77)
American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina he is nearly as famous for his reluctance to perform publicly as for his outstanding abilities, he did not take up the instrument until he was 21, but within a year was playing professionally and in 1948 was with Marjorie Hyams' band. While with the Red Norvo Trio from 1949–1953, he became famous in the jazz world. His huge hands and ability to play rapid yet light lines, which earned him the nickname "Octopus", made him one of the top guitarists of the era. After six months with Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five in 1953, Tal put together his own group, which for a time included pianist Eddie Costa. (sadly Tal died of cancer) b. June 7th 1921.
2003: Erik Keith Brann (52)
American rock guitarist, born in
Boston, Massachusetts; as a violinist, Erik was accepted as a child into the prodigy program at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but was wanting to become a rock guitarist, joining Iron Butterfly at 16. He played with Ron Bushy, Lee Dorman and Doug Ingle from 1967 to 1969. He is featured on the band's greatest hit, the legendary 17-minute piece In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida which sold over 20 million copies, went platinum and stayed on Billboard magazine's charts for over a year. He also wrote the song "Termination," which was featured on the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album, recorded when he was just 17. In he formed the band Flintwhistle. In 1974, he reunited with a new version of Iron Butterfly recording albums "Scorching Beauty", and "Sun and Steel". Erik occasionally reunited with Iron Butterfly for concerts, and was working on his solo debut before his death (heart attack) b. August 11th 1950.
2005: Albert Mangelsdorff (76) German bandleader and trombonist; one of the most innovative trombonists of modern jazz who became famous for his distinctive technique of playing multiphonics. At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, he performed as unaccompanied trombonist in a concert set. In the 1970s he made his first solo recordings and collaborated with Elvin Jones, Jaco Pastorius and Alphonse Mouzon, John Surman, Barre Phillips and Stu Martin and others. In 1975 he was co-founder of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble that existed for more than 30 years, and recorded duo albums with Wolfgang Dauner (?) b. September 5th 1928.
2008: Hiram Bullock (52)
American jazz funk and fusion guitarist; notable for his time on the David Letterman Show and work with David Sanborn. He also did work for Marcus Miller, Carla Bley, Miles Davis, Ruben Rada and Gil Evans.
He recorded as a member of the 24th Street Band, releasing 3 albums. In 1982 he released his debut-album, called First Class Vagabond, which was exclusively distributed for the Japanese music-market by the JVC-Victor Company, and later re-issued on CD (throat cancer) b. September 11th 1955
2008: Johnny Griffin (80)
American bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist; once known as the "fastest tenor in the west", for the ease with which he could execute fast note runs.
He joined Art Blakey in 1957, his recordings at that time include a memorable album joining together the Messengers and Thelonious Monk, after which he succeeded John Coltrane as a member of Monk's Five Spot quartet and was recording for Blue Note and the Riverside label. 1960-62 he and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis led their own quintet. He moved to France and regularly appeared under his own name at jazz clubs such as London's Ronnie Scott's, he became the "first choice" sax player for visiting US musicians touring the continent. He went on to record albums with Wes Montgomery, The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, Peter Herbolzheimer And His Big Band, Nat Adderley, Derek Watkins, Art Farmer, Slide Hampton, Jiggs Whigham, Herb Geller, Wilton Gaynair, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Rita Reys, Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Grady Tate, Quincy Jones and others. Johnny played his last concert with his supurb French band on July 21st 2008 in Hyères, France a week before he died (died of a heart attack in Availles-Limouzine, France, where he had lived for the past 24 years) b. April 24th 1928.
2008: Claire Frances Stroface (61)
US singer, songwriter and producer; a native New Yorker, Claire’s lifelong musical career began in high school on Long Island when she produced and fronted an all-girl doo-wop group. After moving to Massachusetts, she sang with a number of female rock bands through the 70s and 80s, such as Lilith, Liberty Standing, The Ina Ray Band, and Trans-Sister.
Claire also handled their stage production, musical arrangements, business management, and studio production, as well as contributing >>> Read More <<< (Sadly Claire died after a long illness) b. August 21st 1946.
2010: Manfred Schulze (76)
German jazz baritone saxophonist, clarinetist and trombonist. Born in Switzerland, he was a highly influencial musician on the German jazz scene. Over 4 decades he played in many jazz groups including Hermann Keller Werkstattorchester,
Berliner Improvisations-Trio/Quintet, Hannes Zerbe Trio/Quintet, Orchester Eberhard Weise, Manfred Schulze Formation to mention just a few (?) b. August 17th 1934.
2011: Mike Reaves (52) American rock guitarist and founder member of of The Voodoo Hippies who became Full Devil Jacket. Their year 2000 self-titled LP Full Devil Jacket quickly went gold and the band toured with Creed, Nickelback, Type O Negative, played at Woodstock 99, and was featured on the Tattoo the Earth tour with Mudvayne, Slipknot, Sepultura, Slayer, and Coal Chamber with Metallica headlining one show. After Full Devil Jacket, Mike toured Europe with the band Travisty and briefly worked with the pop singer Jasmine Cain. He also wrote and recorded with Randy Lovelace around Jackson, Tennessee. At the time of his untimely death, Mike lived in Dyersburg, Tennessee and played with a band named 3 Legged Dog (Sadly Mike died fighting
prostate cancer) b. ????
2011: Malcom " Malky" Higgins (79) Scottish trumpet player and sometime vocalist of the Clyde Valley Stompers, a trad jazz band who built up a huge fan base not only in Scotland but throughout the UK and across the Atlantic in the 1950s and early 1960s. His
piercing trumpet was a feature of the top-of-the-ratings Lonnie Donegan show. The Stompers toured with Donegan and such top names as Louis Armstrong, Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark and blues legend Big Bill Broonzy. Malcolm emigrated to Canada in 1967 and o
ver his long and distinguished jazz career he has played trumpet with the likes of Canal Street Jazzmen, Clyde Valley Stompers, Metro Stompers, Eddie Condon, The Hot Five Jazzmakers, Southern Comfort and many celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic (sadly died in Toronto, Ontario Canada) b. April 4th 1932.
2013: Steve Berrios (68)
American jazz drummer and percussionist born in New York City. He started playing trumpet, before the drums and often performs in the Afro-Cuban jazz medium, having played with Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers and Mongo Santamaría. He has also worked with artists such as Kenny Kirkland, Art Blakey, Michael Brecker, The Harlem Experiment and
many others (?) b. February 24th 1945.
2013: Kongar-ol Ondar (51) Russian Tuvan throat singer and doshpuluur (wooden lute) player, born near the Khemchik River in western Tuva and considered a living treasure by the Republic of Tuva. He became known outside Tuva after American blues musician Paul Pena went Tuva. Pena, who had learned throat singing before going to Tuva, was the subject of the documentary "Genghis Blues" in which Kongar-ol was also featured.
In 1993 Kongar performed at Frank Zappa's eclectic "garden party / soiree" gathering, has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and he also appears on the Béla Fleck and the Flecktones albums Outbound, album and DVD 'Live at the Quick' and 'Jingle All the Way'. He released one solo album "Back Tuva Future" on Warner Bros (tragically Kongar-ol died after emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage) b. March 29th 1962
2013: Walter Joseph De Maria (77) American sculptor, drummer and composer born in Albany, CA; he studied history and art at the University of California, Berkeley from 1953 to 1959, although trained as a painter, he turned to sculpture. In 1960, he moved to New York City, where, in 1965 he became the drummer in the New York-based rock group The Primitives and an artist/musician collaborative group called The Druds. The group included Lou Reed and John Cale and was a precursor to The Velvet Underground (In May 2013, Walter went to
Los Angeles to celebrate his mother’s 100th birthday, he suffered a stroke there a few days later. He remained in LA for treatment, but sadly died of a stroke) b.
October 1st 1935.
2014: Carlo Bergonzi (90) Italian operatic tenor born in Polisene, where he sang in church and soon began to appear in children's opera roles in Busetto. Although he went on to perform and record some bel canto and verismo roles, he was above all associated with the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, including a large number of the composer's lesser known works that he helped revive. Additionally, he sang more than 40 other roles throughout his long international career, appearing at all the major venues. He is considered as one of the 20th century’s most distinguished operatic tenors (?) b.
July 13th 1924.

July 26th.
1933: Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley (83)
American Methodist minister and gospel music composer born in Berlin, Maryland.
He is often referred to as "The Prince of Preachers", he educated himself, became a minister and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations serving the African-American community on the East Coast of the United States. The Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in Philadelphia was named for him. He was also noted songwriter and composer of gospel hymns and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of American gospel music. Five of his hymns appear in the revised Methodist hymnal, which is used worldwide. His composition "I'll Overcome Someday" is credited by some observers to be the basis for the U.S. Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome,". The song "We Shall Overcome" was composed by artists at the Highlander Folk School in 1947: Tindley's song had been brought to the school in the 1930s by tobacco workers from Charleston, South Carolina (?) b. July 7th 1851.
1990: Brent Mydland (38)
American keyboardist, songwriter; born in Munich, Germany he moved to San Francisco, California with his parents at the age of one. In 1978, Brent had played the Bob Weir Band, before he joined the Grateful Dead in April 1979. He also played in another of Weir's bands, Bobby and the Midnitesin 1980 and 1981. He was keyboardist with The Dead for 11 years, longer than any other keyboardist. His songwriting contributions included "Far From Me" and "Easy to Love You", "Hell in a Bucket" "Tons of Steel". "Just a Little Light" "We Can Run", and "I Will Take You Home". His last show with them was on 23 July 1990 at The World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, IL (sadly died of a drug overdose at his home on in Lafayette, California, shortly after completing the Grateful Dead's summer tour) b. October 21st 1952.
1992: Mary Wells (49)
American singer and Motown artist; with a string of hit singles mainly composed by Smokey Robinson including "Two Lovers" in 1962, the Grammy-nominated "You Beat Me to the Punch" in 1962 and her signature hit in 1964, "My Guy", she became recognized as "The Queen of Motown" until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. In other circles, she's referred to as the "The First Lady of Motown" and was one of Motown's first singing superstars. Mary came to the attention of Berry Gordy as a 17-year-old, hawking a song she'd written for Jackie Wilson; that song, "Bye Bye Baby," became her first Motown hit in 1961, and "My Guy" hit the number one spot in mid-1964, at the very height of Beatlemania and became the first Motown hit in UK. After a fall-out with Motown at the height of her career she signed with 20th Century Fox and also later with the Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco, then Jubilee Records, where she scored her final pop hit, "The Doctor", a song she co-wrote with then-husband Cecil Womack. Two years later Mary left the label for the Warner Music subsidiary Reprise Records and released two Bobby Womack-produced singles before deciding to retire from music altogether in 1974 to raise her family. She made a come back in the 80's, bit in 1990 doctors diagnosed Mary with laryngeal cancer. Treatments for the disease ravaged her voice, forcing her to quit her music career. (She sadly lost her brave battle with throat cancer) b. May 13th 1943.
95: Laurindo Almeida (77) Brazilian classical guitarist; born in Sao Paulo, Laurindo made a name for himself in Rio de Janeiro, then in 1947 he was asked to the US by Stan Kenton to join his band, after which he was employed as a studio musician. In 1953 he recorded, with Bud Shank, two albums called Brazilliance for the World Pacific label. He also recorded with Baden Powell, Stan Getz and Herbie Mann, among others, and recorded for film and television.
From 1974 through 1982 he was a member of the chamber Jazz group The L.A. Four. In 1961, he won Grammy Awards for Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Chamber Music Performance. The following year he won Grammy Awards for Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Duo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition and in 1965 he won Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group (?) b. September 2nd 1917.
2001: Helmut Brandt (69)
German baritone saxophonist; played tenor/baritone saxophone and clarinet as the leader of an amateur dixieland group, entertaining American troops after WW II. He won enormous popularity in the American jazz clubs, made many recordings, appeared as an honoured guest at jazz festivals and played with many international stars () b. January 1st 1931.
2006: Floyd Dixon/Jay Riggins Jr (77)
American R&B pianist born in Marshall, Texas. He was influenced by blues, gospel, jazz and country music growing up. His family moved to LA, California in 1942, where he met his influence Charles Brown.
He signed to Modern Records in 1949, specializing in jump blues and sexualized songs like "Red Cherries", "Wine Wine Wine", "Too Much Jelly Roll" and "Baby Let's Go Down to The Woods". When Brown left Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in 1950 to go solo, Floyd replaced him as pianist and singer and recorded with the band and had a hit under his own name in 1952 with "Call Operator 210". Other hits include "Hey Bartender" and "Hole In The Wall" were hit singles during this time. Floyd semi retired in the late 60's, but did occasional tours in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1984 he was commissioned to write "Olympic Blues" for the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1993, Dixon received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and in the mid 1990s, he secured a contract with Alligator Records, releasing the critically-acclaimed album, Wake Up And Live (sadly Floyd died from kidney failure) b. February 8th 1929.
2007: Lars Hans Carl Abraham Forssell (79)
Swedish writer and member of the Swedish Academy born in Stockholm. He was a versatile writer who worked within many genres, and was awarded the Bellman Prize in both 1968 and 1981, the Pilot Prize in 1992, the Litteris et Artibus award in 1993, the Cornelis Vreeswijk scholarship in 1997 and the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize in 1998. His works include anthologies of poetry, books of song lyrics, children's books, plays, operatic librettos and translations. (?) b. January 14th 1928.
2007: Johnnie Mac "Uncle John" Turner (62)
American blues drummer born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas; he was one of the founders of the blues-rock style of drumming and a Texas legend. He played with countless artists including B. B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins, Willie Dixon, Lazy Lester and Johnny Winter at Woodstock >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died with complications of hepatitis C) b. August 20th 1944.
2010: Ben Keith Schaeufele (73)
American multi-musician and record producer, better known by his stage name Ben Keith. One of his early successes was his steel guitar playing on Patsy Cline's 1961 hit "I Fall to Pieces" and was a fixture of the Nashville country music community in the 1950s and 1960s. Since then Ben is known primarily for his work as a pedal steel guitarist with Neil Young and has worked with numerous successful rock, country and pop artists as both a producer and versatile, multi-instrumentalist sideman for over four decades, working with the likes of Terry Reid, J. J. Cale, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, Blue, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Paul Butterfield, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray and Ringo Starr. He also served as the producer of Jewel's debut album Pieces of You, and has worked as solo artist. He toured with Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 Freedom of Speech tour. (Sadly died of a heart attack while at Neil Young's home) b. March 6th 1937.
2010: Al Goodman (63) American baritone soul singer;
along with Harry Ray and William Brown, he was a member of the Moments, an R&B group that formed in Hackensack, New Jersey, in 1968. Al became a member in 1969. They topped the soul charts in 1970 with "Love on a Two Way Street" and again in 1975 with "Look at Me (I'm in Love)". The Moments were also co-credited with labelmates The Whatnauts on their hit "Girls (Part 1)", which only made No.25 on the U.S. R&B charts, but became one of their biggest international successes, reaching No.3 on the UK singles chart in 1975. Harry and Al were also strongly involved in writing and producing much of their material from the mid 1970s as well as performing production and writing duties for All-Platinum's other artists.
By 1979, the group had had a total of 27 R&B chart hits, In 1978, the trio renamed itself Ray, Goodman and Brown and the following year, they had a No.1 hit with "Special Lady." The group made regular appearances on the soul charts into the 1980s. Their last Top Ten single was in 1986. (Sadly, Al died of heart failure during surgery to remove a tumor at Hackensack Medical Centre in New Jersey) b. March 31st 1947
2011: Frank Foster (82) American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1949 where he joined the local jazz scene, playing with musicians such as Wardell Gray. After finishing his military service in 1953 he joined Count Basie's big band and contributed both arrangements and original compositions to Count Basie’s band including the standard, “Shiny Stockings”, and other popular songs such as “Down for the Count”, “Blues Backstage”, “Back to the Apple”, “Discommotion”, and “Blues in Hoss Flat” as well as arrangements for the entire Easin’ It album. He also played with Elvin Jones, the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis big band, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. From 1972 to 1976, he was full-time Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Program at the State University >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died of complications from kidney failure) b. September 23rd 1928.
2011: Joe Arroyo/Álvaro José Arroyo González (55) Colombian singer born Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar; at the age of eight he was singing in brothels in Tesco, a red-light zone in his hometown, before he began singing with groups like "Manuel Villanueva y su Orquesta", "Los Caporales del Magdalena", and "Super Combo Los Diamantes". In 1971 Joe was discovered by Julio Ernesto Estrada, the bass player and singer of the band Fruko y sus Tesos and signed up with Colombian record label Disco Fuentes. He performed with the band for ten years until in 1981 when he began his solo career leading his own band, "La Verdad"/The Truth. He became very successful by mixing salsa, soca, kompa, zouk and other music from the African Diaspora in a unique style that has earned him the prefix of Chonero de la Salsa by critics and fans. Some of his most famous songs are "Rebelión" and "En Barranquilla me Quedo (after spending nearly a month in a Barranquilla hospital, Joe sadly died from the effects of multiorgan failure) b. November 1st 1955.
2011: Tim Smooth (39) American rapper and was considered a pioneer of New Orleans hip-hop. He established his reputation as an MC while still a teenager; in an interview last year, he recalled sneaking out of L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero at lunchtime to battle other rappers on their school’s playgrounds. In 1991, he released his first single, “I Gotsta Have It,” for Dallas-based Yo! Records, and label-hopped after that, putting out albums on Houston’s Rap-A-Lot label and the local indies Big Boy and Mobo.
At Big Boy Records, he met and mentored Mystikal. During a respite from his illness, he made an appearance on the mic with his old friend during a House of Blues concert last December (sadly Tim died fighting cancer) b. ????
2013: JJ Cale/John Weldon Cale (74) American award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; born in Oklahoma City, he was raised in Tulsa, and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. Along with a number of young Tulsa musicians, he moved to L.A. in the early 1960s, where he first worked as a studio engineer. Finding little success as a recording artist, he later returned to Tulsa and was considering giving up the music business until Eric Clapton recorded his "After Midnight" in 1970 and his first album, "Naturally", established his style, described by Los Angeles Times writer Richard Cromelin as a "unique hybrid of blues, folk and jazz. Between 1972 -2009 John recorded 16 solo albums and his biggest U.S. hit single, "Crazy Mama", peaked at No.22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. Many songs written by John have been covered by other musicians including
"Cocaine", "After Midnight" and "Travelin' Light" by Eric Clapton, "Call Me the Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Clyde" by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook and Captain Beefheart covered "Same Old Blues" on his album Bluejeans & Moonbeams.
The 1992 track "Run" on Spiritualized's debut album, Lazer Guided Melodies is essentially a cover of Cale's "Call Me the Breeze" with some additional lyrics and JJ is given songwriting credit on the album (sadly John died of a heart attack) b. December 5th 1938.
2015: Vic Firth/Everett Joseph Firth (85) American musician and the founder of Vic Firth Company, a company that makes percussion sticks and mallets. (sadly died from pancreatic cancer) b. June 2nd 1930.
2015: Pía Sebastiani (90) Argentine pianist and composer born in Buenos Aires. In 1941, she composed and performed a concert for piano and orchestra.
His piano career took her to some of the most important clubs in the world, such as Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. She taught at the Ball State University School of Music and was a member of the Beethoven Conservatory. (?) b. February 27th 1925.
2015: Bobbi Kristina Brown (22) American media personality and singer () b.
2015: Wolfgang Gönnenwein (82) German conductor and music director, general intendant of Staatstheater Stuttgart

2016: Samuel C. "Sandy" Pearlman (72) American music producer, artist manager, professor, songwriter, poet, and record company executive. He was best known for founding, writing for and producing or co-producing many LPs by Blue Öyster Cult, as well as producing important albums by The Clash, The Dictators, Pavlov's Dog, Space Team Electra and Dream Syndicate, and for being the founding Vice President of eMusic.com. Over his career Sandy was the recipient of 17 gold and platinum records. He was also the Schulich Distinguished Professor Chair at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, and from August 2014 held a Marshall McLuhan Centenary Fellowship at the Coach House Institute of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information as part of the CHI's McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology. He worked as a full-time artist manager, managing the careers of Blue Öyster Cult, Black Sabbath (1979–1983), Romeo Void, The Dictators, Shakin' Street, Aldo Nova and others. In the 1980s, he pioneered the mega-tour stadium format of several bands traveling together, sharing promotional costs and production and travel costs, a format persisting today with the Lollapalooza Festival, the Lilith Fair and related tour packages. (?) b. August 8th 1943.

July 27th.
1978: Jan Willem van Otterloo (70)
Dutch conductor, cellist and composer,
born in Winterswijk, Gelderland. He qualified to study medicine at Utrecht University but switched to studying cello and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. While playing as a cellist in the Utrecht Stedelijk Orkest, he won a composition prize from the Concertgebouw Orchestra for his Suite No.3, which he presented in his 1932 conducting debut, also with that orchestra. He held posts with the Utrecht Stedelijk Orkest, before being appointed chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague from 1949-1973. Jan spent 11 years in Australia, from 1967 to 1970 he was chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in 1971 he was appointed chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 1978. He made recordings, with Residentie Orkest, Concertgebouworkest, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre Lamoureux and the Sydney Symphony (tragically died in East St Kilda, Melbourne from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, not long after his farewell performance with the Sydney Symphony) b. December 27th 1907.
1990: Bobby Day/Robert James Byrd (62)
African American rock and roll and R&B singer and keyboardist; his
best known songwriting efforts were "Over and Over" made popular by the Dave Clark Five in 1965 and "Little Bitty Pretty One" popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957, Clyde McPhatter in 1962 and the Jackson Five in 1972. However, Bobby is most remembered for his 1958 solo recording of the Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit, "Rockin' Robin", written by Leon Rene under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc (sadly died after his fight with cancer) b. July 1st 1928.
1995: Miklós Rózsa (88)
Hungarian-born American composer and conductor, best known for his numerous film scores. He is considered to be one of the "founding fathers" of film music. He
was one of the most respected and popular composers working in Hollywood and is also regarded today as one of the greatest film score composers of all time. In a career that spanned over 50 years, he composed music for nearly 100 films, including Spellbound-1945, Quo Vadis-1951, Ben-Hur-1959, and King of Kings-1961. Miklos is one of the most nominated composers in Oscar history: he had 16 nominations and three Oscars. He also had 3 Golden Globe nominations, and a Grammy Award nomination for the MGM Records album of Ben-Hur (?) b. April 18th 1907
1999: Harry "Sweets" Edison (83)
American jazz trumpet player born in Columbus, Ohio, but spent his early childhood in Kentucky. In 1933, he became a member of the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra in Cleveland. Afterwards he played with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band and Lucky Millinder. In 1937 he moved to New York and joined the Count Basie Orchestra. His colleagues included Buck Clayton, Lester Young, who named him "Sweets", Buddy Tate, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, and other original members of that famous band. Sweets
came to prominence as a soloist with the Basie Band and as an occasional composer-arranger for the He also appeared in the 1944 film Jammin' The Blues. In the early 1950s, he settled on the West Coast and became a highly sought-after studio musician, In the 60s and 70s he continued to work in many orchestras on TV shows, including Hollywood Palace and The Leslie Uggams Show, specials with Frank Sinatra; prominently featured on the sound track and in the sound track album of the film, Lady Sings the Blues (?) b. October 10th 1915.
2001: Leon
Russell Wilkeson (49)
American bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 until his death. Born in Newport, Rhode Island but raised in Jacksonville, Florida, at about 12, inspired by The Beatles, Leon began learning to play bass guitar copying his favorite member of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney. Only wanting to play music, he dropped out of his school band at the age of 14 and, soon he was playing bass with Ronnie Van Zant's local group, the Collegiates. He had to leave the group and continue his education and he began to study the 'lead bass style'. By the early '70s, Leon was becoming one of Jacksonville's top bassists, and when Van Zant's new band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, found themselves without a bassist, Leon jioned the line-up. After the tragic plane crash on October 20, 1977 outside of Gillsburg, MS, which left several bandmembers dead (including Ronnie Van Zant) and the rest badly injured, grief-stricken, leon and the other survivors bowed out of the spotlight for the remainder of the '70s. His left arm was so badly broken that doctors were considering amputating it, never completely recovered from that injury - he had to play bass in a more "upright" position. In 1980, he was a member of the Rossington-Collins Band releasing their debut, Anytime Anyplace Anywhere, that same year. By 1987, he signed on with a reunited version of Skynyrd, with Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, supplying lead vocals. Skynyrd's 2003 album Vicious Cycle, the band dedicated the song '"Mad Hatter" in memory to Leon (chronic liver and lung disease) b. April 2nd 1952.
: Harold Land (73)
American hard bop and post-bop tenor saxophonist born in Houston, Texas, he evolved his hard bop playing with the Max Roach/Clifford Brown band into a personal, modern style. He moved to Los Angeles in 1955, where he played with Curtis Counce, led his own groups, and co-led groups with Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Mitchell, and Red Mitchell. From the 1970s onwards his style showed the influence of John Coltrane.
In the early 1980s through to the early 1990s he worked regularly with the Timeless All Stars, a group sponsored by the Timeless jazz record label. Harold joined the UCLA Jazz Studies Program as a lecturer in 1996 to teach instrumental jazz combo (died of a stroke) b. February 18th 1928.
2003: Arthur "Artie" Anton
Jazz musician, conga drums, drums, timbales, a music major at New York University. From the late '40s onward, Anton began working with leaders such as Herbie Fields, Sonny Dunham, Bobby Byrne, Tommy Reynolds and Art Wall. In 1952 he got into the combo of the open-minded saxophonist Bud Freeman, moving to pianist Ralph Flanagan's band the following year. After gigs in 1954 with Jerry Gray and Charlie Barnet, Artie relocated to the west coast and began freelancing. He performed and recorded with important bandleaders, from the big band of Stan Kenton to multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Guiffre's smaller units and played drums on tour with Frank Zappa when studio ace drummer Jim Gordon got arrested in South Carolina for illegal drugs during the 1972 Grand Wazoo tour () b. September 8th 1925.
2008: Horst Walter Stein (80)
German conductor, born in Elberfeld; in 1952 he began work as a conducting assistant at the Bayreuth Festival to such conductors as Joseph Keilberth, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan. In 1955, at the invitation of Erich Kleiber, he conducted at the opening of the restored Berlin State Opera, and subsequently worked there as a Staatskapellmeister. From 1961-1963, he worked under the leadership of Rolf Liebermann as deputy chief conductor at the Hamburg State Opera. From 1963-1970, he served as chief conductor and director of opera at the Mannheim National Theatre and held a regular post at the Vienna State Opera from 1969-1971, where he conducted 500 performances. He returned to the Hamburg State Opera as General Music Director from 1972 to 1977.
He held principal conducting positions with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Basel Symphony Orchestra. He was especially associated with the music of Max Reger, and recorded several Reger works. He spent much time training young conductors (?) b. May 2nd 1928.
2009: George Russell (86)
American jazz pianist and composer; considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music theory with a theory of harmony based on Jazz rather than European music, in his 1953 book, The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. Although learning piano from an early age, he started playing drums with the Boy Scouts He received a scholarship to Wilberforce University, where he joined the Collegians. George began playing drums in Benny Carter's band, but decided to give up drumming as a vocation after hearing Max Roach. Inspired by hearing Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight", he moved to New York in the early 1940s. His first famous composition was for the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, the two-part "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop" in 1947. George on piano, began leading a series of groups which have included Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Paul Motian and many others. In 1964, he toured Europe with his sextet and lived in Scandinavia for five years. In the 1970s he was commissioned to write and record 3 major works: Listen to the Silence, a mass for orchestra and chorus for the Norwegian Cultural Fund; Living Time, commissioned by Bill Evans for Columbia Records; and Vertical Form VI for the Swedish Radio. (complications from the cruel Alzheimer's disease) b. June 23rd 1923
2011: Rei Harakami (40)
Japanese electronic musician, Kyoto-based, but born in Hiroshima; he released his debut album in 1998, and follow-up albums, Opa*q in 1999 and Red Curb in 2001 showcased his skills as an artist and producer. Rei's growing reputation resulted in his becoming in demand as a producer and collaborator for artists such as UA, Great 3 and Coldcut. His recent collaboration as an artist and producer was on Akiko Yano's 2004 album, Honto no Kimochi/"True feelings", and resulted in widespread recognition in Japan.
Rei regularly performed at some of Japan's big festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival, and Sonar Sound Tokyo. Rei had also actively participated in several music showcases in France and Germany and in Sonar 2005 in Barcelona, Spain where he appeared with Shiro Takatani. In 2007, he composed the music for the film Tennen Kokekko/"A Gentle Breeze in the Village", and also started a project with Akiko Yano, called Yanokami, which also debuted in 2007 (sadly died from cerebrovascular disease) b. December 10th 1970.
2012: Tony Martin/Alvin Morris (98)
American actor, multi-instrumentalist and singer born in San Francisco; he received a saxophone as a gift from his grandmother at the age of ten. He formed his first band, named "The Red Peppers", when he was at Oakland Technical High School, eventually joining the band of a local orchestra leader, Tom Gerun, as a reed instrument specialist, sitting alongside a young Woody Herman. After college, he left the band to go to Hollywood to try his luck in films and he adopted the stage name of Tony Martin. He appeared in 23 films before the war and sang and was master of ceremonies / singer on Tune-Up Time, with Andre Kostelanetz, on CBS radio in the early 40s. As a corporal WWII he was assigned to Capt. Glenn Miller's band, then promoted to technical sergeant in the Air Transport Command and stationed in India. After the war he appeared in film musicals including Deep in My Heart and Till the Clouds Roll By and from 1954 to 1956 The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute variety program, aired on NBC. Tony was married to actress and dancer Cyd Charisse for 60 years, until her death in 2008. Both were staunch Republicans who campaigned for Richard Nixon and together they wrote their joint memoirs entitled "The Two of Us" (Tony died from natural causes) b. December 25th 1913.
2013: Mick Farren (69)
British music journalist, author and singer born in Cheltenham; from 1967-69 he was the singer with the proto-punk band The Deviants, releasing 3 albums. During 1970 he released the solo album Mona–The Carnivorous Circus after which he concentrated more on his writing. D
uring the mid-1970s, he briefly revived his musical career, releasing the single "Play With Fire" and "Broken Statue", the EP 'Screwed Up', album Vampires Stole My Lunch Money. During the early 1970s he wrote for the UK Underground press such as the International Times, also establishing Nasty Tales which he successfully defended from an obscenity charge. He later wrote for the mainstream New Musical Express, for which he wrote the article The Titanic Sails At Dawn, an analysis of what he considered the malaise afflicting then-contemporary rock music and which described the conditions that subsequently resulted in punk. Over his career he wrote 23 novels, 11 works of non-fiction, a number of biographical, including four on Elvis Presley, autobiographical and culture books such as The Black Leather Jacket and much poetry (Mick collapsed on stage while performing with his friends the Deviants at the Borderline Club in London, tragically he failed to recover) b. September 3rd 1943.
2015: Ndidani/Mtshengiseni Gcwensa (39)
South African Maskandi singer and was part of the popular group Amageza Amahle. He was also a very successful solo artist who won nine South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) including Best Song of the Year‚ Best Selling Album and Best Composer of the Year. His work was also recognised by Amantshontsho KaMaskandi Awards (?) b. 1976 ?
2015: Rickey Grundy (56)
American gospel singer-songwriter born in in Los Angeles, and studied music at the University of Southern California. His music recording career started in 1988, with the release of "Spirit Come Down" which charted on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart at No. 22. The subsequent album, "The Rickey Grundy Chorale", released in 1990, reached No. 10 on the same chart (?) b. January 30th 1959.
2015: Ivan Moravec (84)
Czech concert pianist; he performed major recital works by Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, and Mozart, as well as Czech composers. He played with most of the world's notable symphony orchestras, and his active piano concerto repertoire included more than a dozen works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Franck. He also taught music in Prague, and frequently gave master classes when on tour. In 2000 he was awarded the Charles IV Prize, the Czech Republic's most prestigious acknowledgement of service to humanity. The same year President Václav Havel presented him with the Medal of Merit for outstanding artistic achievements. In 2002 Ivan was awarded the Cannes Classical Award for lifetime achievement and in 2010, the New York Times selected his s 1965 recording of Chopin's Nocturnes as one of 5 representative works to showcase their celebration of the bicentenary of Chopin's birth (?) b. November 9th 1930.

July 28th.
1741: Antonio Vivaldi (63)
Italian composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. He is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over 40 operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where he worked between 1703 and 1740. He also had some success with stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. Vivaldi received commissions from European nobility and royalty. The wedding cantata Gloria e Imeneo was written for the marriage of Louis XV. Vivaldi's Opus 9, La Cetra, was dedicated to Emperor Charles VI, who gave Vivaldi the title of knight, a gold medal and an invitation to Vienna. In 1728, Vivaldi moved to Vienna but he Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and the composer was left without royal protection and without a steady source of income.
Though Vivaldi's music was well received during his lifetime, it later declined in popularity until its vigorous revival in the first half of the 20th century. Today, Vivaldi ranks among the most popular and widely recorded Baroque composers. (Vivaldi died not long after the emperor of "internal infection", and was sadly buried as a pauper) b. March 4th 1678.
1750: Johann Sebastian Bach (65)
German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist () b.March 21st 1685
1962: Eddie Costa (31)
American jazz pianist and vibraphonist born in Atlas, Pennsylvania near Mount Carmel, PA in Northumberland County.
In 1957's he led a quintet that included Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Teddy Kotick, and Paul Motian; their repertoire featured interpretations of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way," the latter of which focused on Eddie's vibes and Farmer's muted trumpet, with Woods switching to the piano. His next recording in 1958's "Guys and Dolls like Vibes" recording with Bill Evans now reissued as "Bill Evans and Eddie Costa, Complete Quartet" on CD. (He tragically died in a car accident on New York's Westside Highway) b. August 14th 1930.
1969: Frank Henry Loesser (59) American songwriter born in New York City who wrote the scores to the Broadway hits including "Guys and Dolls", "Where's Charley?", and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", among others. He won Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes and Academy awards, writings lyrics for over 700 songs. He also wrote numerous songs for films and Tin Pan Alley, many of which have become standards, and was nominated for five Academy Awards for best song, winning once for "Baby, It's Cold Outside".
Other of 100s of songs include "Luck Be a Lady Tonight", "On a Slow Boat to China", "The Ballad of Rodger Young", "Never Will I Marry" and "Inch Worm" (sadly Frank died of lung cancer) b. June 29th 1910.
Helen Traubel (73) American operatic soprano born in St. Louis, and in 1924 he debuted with the Saint Louis Symphony. To continue her training there, she declined an offer from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, but did move to New York in the late 1930s. Helen was the Met’s premier Wagnerian soprano until she left in 1953 to appear in nightclubs, on television and in movies. With her joyous confidence and booming laughter, she broke down barriers in a stratified society and proved that an American could succeed in the European-dominated opera world. For her contribution to the recording industry, Helen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6422 Hollywood Blvd. In 1994 she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame (?) b. June 16th 1899.
1982: Keith Gordon Green (28)
American gospel singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, bass guitar, percussion, and Contemporary Christian Music artist originally from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Beyond his music, which shook the Christian world and recording industry, Green is best known for his strong devotion to Christian evangelism and challenging others to the same. Often considered controversial for his frequently confrontational lyrics and spoken messages, some notable songs written by Gordon and /or his wife, Melody Green, include "Your Love Broke Through," "You Put This Love In My Heart," and "Asleep In The Light". Gordon is also known for numerous popular modern hymns, including "O Lord, You're Beautiful" and "There Is A Redeemer."(died when a small airplane leased by Last Days Ministries crashed on takeoff) b. October 21st 1953.
1996: Marguerite "Marge" Ganser (48)
American singer and founder member of the vocal group the Shangri-Las, which consisted of two sets of sisters: identical twins Marguerite "Marge" and Mary Ann Ganser, plus Mary Weiss and Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss. The girls often appeared as a trio, as Betty Weiss rarely appeared on stage until late 1965, preferring to avoid touring. They began playing school shows, talent shows, and teen hops, coming to the attention of Artie Ripp, who arranged the group's first record deal with Kama Sutra. Their first recording in December 1963 was "Simon Says", on which Betty sang lead. They had their first hit in 1964 with "Leader of the Pack" reaching No.1 in US and No.11 in the UK. They continued to chart with fairly successful U.S. hit records, specializing in adolescent themes such as alienation, loneliness, abandonment and death. Singles included "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", "Out in the Streets", "Give Us Your Blessings", the top ten hit "I Can Never Go Home Anymore", "Long Live Our Love", "He Cried" and the spoken-word "Past, Present and Future", featuring music from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Noteworthy B-sides included "Heaven Only Knows", "The Train from Kansas City", "Dressed in Black", and "Paradise" (sadly died of breast cancer) b. February 4th 1947.
2000: Jerome Smith (47)
American rhythm guitarist and an original member of the group KC and the Sunshine Band. His high-pitched, restless guitar solo on "Get Down Tonight", KC and the Sunshine Band's first US No.1 single, resembled the sound of a synthesizer. With the group he recorded five No. 1 songs, including "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "I'm Your Boogie Man".
He was also sought after as a session guitarist, playing on 10 albums by the disco burlesque artist Blowfly and touring in America with the Australian group the Divinyls. In the 1990s he contributed to the soundtrack of the television show Melrose Place. (tragically he was crushed by a bulldozer he was operating) b. June 18th 1953.
2003: Samuel Aaron Bell (81)
American pianist, tuba player and bassist, one of the best bassists ever in the Duke Ellington band; his powerful lines and graceful, yet sturdy support provided a rich presence in the rhythm section. He played with the Duke between '60-62 and again in '67, on a tribute to Billy Strayhorn. Over the years he recorded with Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Carmen McRae, Dick Haymes, Johnny Hodges, Stan Kenton, Jimmy Rushing and Lester Young, among many others. He also began teaching at Essex College, Newark in 1970, remaining there until 1990. Later in the 1970s he toured with Norris Turney, Cat Anderson and Harold Ashby; in the 1980s he returned to piano playing, and retired from active performance in 1989 (?) b. April 24th 1922.
2004: George "The Fox" Williams (69)
American lead singer of the Philadelphia R&B vocal group The Tymes. He joined the group in 1960 after which they changed their name from the Latineers to The Tymes.
They had hits in the UK in the 60s and 70s with songs such as "So Much in Love", a U.S. chart topper and million-seller in 1963, "You Little Trust Maker" and "Ms Grace". The last of these became the group's biggest UK hit, reaching No.1 in the UK in 1975. "So Much in Love" was elected to the Songs of the Century in 2001 and in 2005 The Tymes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (sadly George died of cancer) b. December 6th 1935.
2007: Sal Mosca (80)
American jazz pianist and educator, born in Mount Vernon, NY; he worked with Lee Konitz in 1949, also he worked with Warne Marsh. He spent much of his career teaching and was fairly inactive since 1992, but a new CD was released in 2004 (sadly died from effects of emphysema) b. April 27th 1927.
2008: Susan Tamim (30)
Lebanese singer and actress; she rose to fame in the Arab world after having won the top prize in the popular Studio El Fan television show in 1996. She was hailed for her beauty and also for a voice that was equally suited to pop tunes and classical Arabic melodies. Her last album 'Saken Alby' was produced in 2002 and her last song, Lovers, recorded in 2006, was dedicated to the memory of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (Susan was found murdered in an apartment in Dubai Marina; Egyptian businessman and lawmaker Hisham Talaat Moustafa was arrested in Cairo and charged with paying a hitman to have Tamim killed. On May 21, 2009, he and Muhsen el-Sukkari were found guilty of her murder and have been sentenced to death by hanging in Cairo) b. September 23rd 1977
2009: Kaori Kawamura (38)
Japanese rock and pop singer. She released her first single, "ZOO", at the age of 17.
In 1990 she had a hit with "Kamisama ga Oritekuru Yoru" and the following year with the often-covered "Tsubasa wo Kudasai." That year she made the first of several movie appearances in "Tokyo Kyujitsu". Kaori got involved in the club scene in the late 90s. In 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she became a spokeswoman for cancer activism (sadly died of cancer) b. January 23rd 1971.
2010: Chris Dagley (38) British drummer, clinician, arranger, and session player; a drum prodigy since the age of 12, originally from Birmingham, Chris went on to become a top session musician and one of the busiest drummers in London. He has performed and/or worked with NYJO, Randy Brecker, Don Weller, Jamiroquai, Benny Golson, Jim Mullen, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Lionel Ritchie, Gary Barlow, Westlife, Lalo Schifrin, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric >>>READ MORE<<< (Tragically, Chris was killed on his way home from a gig at the Ronnie Scott Club in the small hours, when his motorcycle crashed on the A40 dual carriageway near White City) b. ????
2010: Katarzyna Sobczyk (65) Polish singer, born in Tyczyn. From 1964-72 she was a member of the band Czerwono-Czarni. Between 1964 -
1967 Katarzyna and the band won four awards at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, for the songs.. O mnie sie nie martw; Nie wiem czy warto; Nie badz taki szybki Bill; and Trzynastego. Later she and her husband Henryk Fabian were vocalists in the band Wiatraki (sadly died after a battle with breast cancer) b. February 12th 1945
2010: Derf "Fred" Scratch/Frederick Milner III (??) American bassist, best known as the original bass guitarist and founder member of the punk rock band Fear formed in 1977.
After their their notorious Saturday Night Live performance in 1981, they recorded their debut album The Record, now a classic punk album. Scratch not only played bass on most of the record, he played saxophone on the song "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones". He also co-wrote one song with Ving on the album, "Fresh Flesh", and wrote and sang lead vocal on "Getting The Brush". Derf was also seen with the band in the movie The Decline of Western Civilization and on an episode of Casey Kasem's syndicated America's Top 10 TV show. (?) b. ????
2011: Bernd Clüver (63) German singer well known for his huge hit "The Boy With The Harmonica"
. Over his career he sold over 10 million CDs, had over 5000 performances on European stages and won numerous awards. In addition to his work as a pop singer, he also had success as a broadcaster , including the Southwest Radio Baden-Baden. As a lyricist he wrote the song Angel In Blue Jeans with German text from Neil Diamond's Forever in Blue Jeans (Bernd tragically died from a fall in a domestic accident) b. April 10th 1948.
2013: Rita Reys/Maria Everdina Reijs (88) Dutch jazz singer born in Rotterdam into an artistic family. Her first pro band Rita Reys & the Wessel Ilcken Sextet, regularly performed at the Sheherezade jazz club and toured many parts of Europe. They performed with Ted Powder in Belgium and Luxemburg in 1945 and 1946 and toured Spain and North Africa with the Piet van Dijk orchestra between 1947 and 1950. At the 1960 French jazz festival of Juan-les-Pins, Rita received the title, "Europe's first lady of jazz".
Columbia record producer George Avakian, heard her rendition of "My Funny Valentine" and she accepted his invitation to go to the states and in 1956 she went to New York City where she recorded with the greats including Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Oscar Pettiford, Zoot Sims and Clark Terry. More recently, in 2009, Rita performed at a sold out Amsterdam Concertgebouw, together with Trijntje Oosterhuis and accompanied by the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (?) b.
December 21st 1924.
2014: Johnny Rebb/Donald James Delbridge (79) Australian rock and roll singer born in Newcastle, NSW, who became a successful country & western singer in the 50s. In the 60s he was dubbed the "Gentleman of Rock" by disc jockeys of the time and
replaced Johnny O'Keefe as the MC of Saturday Rock while O'Keefe was in the USA. Later in the 1960s, Johnny became the lead singer s in the band The Atlantics, well known for their classic hit, "Bombora", their later recordings such as "Come On" are examples of 1960s garage rock. They were the first Australian rock band to write their own hits. Over the years The Atlantics have re-emerged sporadically and in 2011 the band released an album of rare and unreleased tracks
(?) b. March 20th 1939.

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1970: John Barbirolli (80) English conductor born in London; he is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini's successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, serving there from 1936 to 1943. He was also chief conductor of the Houston Symphony from 1961 to 1967, and was a guest conductor of many other orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, making recordings with all these orchestras. Musical wards included the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, 1966; Honorary Academician of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, 1960; Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, 1950; Bruckner Medal, Bruckner Society of America, 1959; and the Mahler Medal, Mahler-Bruckner Society of America, 1965 and 1949 saw him knighted (?) b. December 2nd 1899.
Mama Cass/Cass Elliot/Ellen Naomi Cohen (33) American singer with the folk-rock group "Mamas and the Papas," during the 1960s. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she grew up in the Washington DC area. During her senior year in high school she had the desire to become an actress, and got a part in the play "The Music Man", then in early '63 she formed a folk singing group called "The Triumvirate", later changed to "The Big 3". They cut 2 albums, and appearanced on "The Tonight Show," "Hootenanny," and the "Danny Kaye Show". In 1964, the name changed to "Cass Elliott and the Big Three" but soon became "The Mugwumps". Later that year she joined John and Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty in the group "The New Journeymen", which became "The Mamas and The Papas" in 1965. Out of their five No.1 hits, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" became Cass's theme song when she turned solo in '68 to '74. During these times she was regularly on TV talk shows and variety shows, including The Julie Andrews Hour, The Mike Douglas Show, The Andy Williams Show, Hollywood Squares, and The Carol Burnett Show. She guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and appeared on that show 13 other times. At the height of her solo career in 1974, Cass performed two weeks of sold-out concerts at the London Palladium. After the final concert on July 28th, she telephoned Michelle Phillips excited and over-joyed with the standing ovations each night, but, so sadly she died later that night. Cass was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (she did not choke to death on her ham sandwich as rumour once had it, an autopsy concluded that Cass had died of a heart attack. Drummer Keith Moon, of The Who, died in the same room four years later. This tragic London apartment, flat, No.12 at 9 Curzon Place, Mayfair, was owned by singer-songwriter, the late Harry Nilsson) b. September 19th 1941.
1978: Glen Lamont Goins (24)
American singer, guitarist, born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey a master vocalist with a powerful and haunting gospel voice, he first recorded with the group "The Bags", releasing a single in 1972 "It's Heavy" / "Don't Mess With My Baby". But Glen is better known as singer and guitarist for Parliament Funkadelic in the mid-1970s. He was particularly prominent on the Parliament albums Mothership Connection in 1975, The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein in 1976, and 1977's Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome. Glen is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. In 1978 he formed his own funk band Quazar featuring his younger brother Kevin Goins and drummer Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey. They recorded a self-titled album which Glen also produced and arranged, but sadly Glen died before the album's release (sadly died fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma) b. January 2nd 1954.
1978: Peter Alexander Edwin Meaden (36)
English publicist for various musicians and the first manager for the Who. He was a prominent figure in the English Mod subculture of the early 1960s. He is sometimes referred to as the "Mod Father" or "Mod God"; either way his influence has left a mark on the Mod subculture to this day. As a teenager, he worked in a restaurant before embracing the mod subculture and establishing himself as a face, a trend-setter within the mod scene. As manager of The Who, he reinvented the band to attract a mod following, changing their name to The High Numbers and wrote thier first and only single, "I'm the Face"; the B-side of which was "Zoot Suit". In January 1968, he attempted to escort the American rockers Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band to London for their first UK performances. But he had not obtained the necessary work permits in advance, the musicians were detained at customs and denied entry to the country.After losing control of the Who, he went on to manage Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, and worked as a publicist for the Crystals, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones. (sadly after years of drug abuse and a nervous breakdown, Peter died at his parents' home in London, of a barbiturate overdose) b. November 11th 1941.
1984: Fred Waring (84) American singer, musician, bandleader and radio-television personality, often referred to as "America's Singing Master" and "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing". He was also a promoter, financial backer and namesake of the Waring Blendor, the first modern electric blender on the market. He was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania and while in college Fred , his brother Tom, and friend Poley McClintock founded the Waring-McClintock Snap Orchestra, which evolved into Fred Waring's Banjo Orchestra. With their success, he left college to tour with his band. They eventually became known as Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians
and the 1940s and early 1950s, Fred produced a string of hits, selling millions of records. A few of his many choral hits include "Sleep," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,"
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "White Christmas" and "Dancing in the Dark". He expanded into television with The Fred Waring Show, which ran on CBS Television from 20 June 1948 to 30 May 1954. As well as his musical carreer from 1943 to 1974, Fred owned the Shawnee Inn and Country Club, a golf resort located at Shawnee, Delaware. Throughout his career, he received many awards, but in 1983, at 83-years old, now considered king of popular choral music he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest honor for a civilian, by President Ronald Reagan (he died suddenly, sadly of stroke) b. June 9th 1900.

1986: Gordon Mills (51)
London-based music industry manager and songwriter who was born in Madras, India and grew up in Trealaw in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. At age 15, he joined a group playing in pubs and clubs in the South Wales Valleys. At age 17, he was called up for National Service and served in Germany and Malaya. After which he met musicians Don Paul and Ronnie Wells with whom he formed a trio known as The Viscounts. One song "Who Put the Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" became a minor hit in the UK Singles Chart. Their cover of "Short'nin' Bread" also had some success. He he went on to manage the careers of eminent vocalists Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones and co-wrote with Les Reed, Jones's signature song It's Not Unusual (died after a fight with stomach cancer) b. May 15th 1935.
1988: Pete Drake/Roddis Franklin Drake (56)
American pedal steel guitarist and major Nashville, Tennessee-based record producer. He was one of the most sought-after backup musicians of the 1960s, he played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden", Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors"', and Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay"'; he played on Bob Dylan's three Nashville-recorded albums, including Nashville Skyline, and on Joan Baez's David's Album. He also worked with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass, and with Ringo Starr on Beaucoups of Blues in 1970. Pete produced albums for many other musicians, and founded Stop Records and First Generation Records. In 1970 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's Walkway of Stars and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1987 (sadly lost his 3 year battle with emphysema) b. October 8th 1932.
1992: William Mathias (57) Welsh composer, born in Whitland, Carmarthenshire. A child prodigy, he started playing the piano at the age of three and composing at the age of five. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He founded the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph in 1972 and directed it until his death. In 1968, William received the Bax Society Prize of the Harriet Cohen International Music Award and he was professor of music and head of department at the University of Wales, Bangor, from 1970 until 1988. He wrote dozens of choral, orchestral, chamber, solo, and organ works, and an opera. His anthem "Let the people praise Thee, O God" written for the 1981 royal wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, had a television audience of an estimated 1 billion people worldwide (?) b. November 1st 1934.
1995: Les Elgart (77)
American swing jazz bandleader and trumpet player, born in New Haven, CT; he
began playing trumpet as a teenager, and in the 1940s he played in bands led by Raymond Scott, Charlie Spivak, and Harry James. In 1945 he and his brother Larry, put together a band, the Les & Larry Elgart Ensemble, hiring Bill Finegan, Nelson Riddle and Ralph Flanagan, to do arrangements; but they split in 1946. They reunited in '52 and released a substantial number of albums on Columbia Records. Among their better-known tunes is "Bandstand Boogie", which was used by Dick Clark as the theme song for American Bandstand. Later in the 1950s Les moved away from performing to handling the band's business end, and had essentially stopped performing by the end of the decade. In 1963, the pair reunited again, hiring arrangers like Charles Albertine and Bobby Scott for material, Les continued to work until his death (died from heart failure in Dallas, Texas) b. August 3rd 1917.
Jason Thirsk (28)
American bass player, he started playing in school bands at Mira Costa High before in 1988 founding the punk rock band Pennywise along with Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge and drummer Byron McMackin. They released two EPs A Word from the Wise and Wildcard, both 1989. Signing to Epitaph Records in 1990 they released their first album Pennywise in 1991, which quickly spread throughout the punk community, earning the band nation-wide recognition. They went on to record 2 more albums, but in 1996, when Pennywise be gan recording their fourth album, Jason left the band in an attempt to conquer alcoholism, sadly he didn't finish the album (died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest) b. December 25th 1967.
1997: Chuck Wayne (74)
American jazz guitarist born in New York City, as a youngster, as well as learning guitar he also became an expert on the banjo, mandolin, and balalaika. He was one of the earliest guitarists to learn the bebop style. In the early 40s he began playing jazz on 52nd Street and in the Village and is noted for his work with Woody Herman's First Herd and for being the first guitarist in the George Shearing quintet. He also was Tony Bennett's accompanist and music director from 1954-1957. Over his long career he worked with many major artists and musicians including vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand; bandleaders Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Jack Teagarden, Slam Stewart, Claude Thornhill, Wingy Manone and Tadd Dameron; plus an endless list of soloists including Zoot Sims, Brew Moore, Jo Jones, Joe Marsala, Billy Taylor, George Duvivier and Red Norvo. In his later career, he was also noted for duo performances in the New York City area with Warren Chiasson, Joe Puma, and Tal Farlow (?) b. February 27th 1923.
1999: Ina Anita Carter (66)
American singer born in Maces Spring, Virginia; she experimented with several types of music and played upright bass with her sisters Helen Carter and June Carter Cash as The Carter Sisters. The trio joined the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1950 when Anita was 17 years old, opened shows for Elvis Presley, and joined The Johnny Cash Show in 1971. As a solo artist, and with her family, Anita recorded for a number of labels including RCA Victor, Cadence, Columbia, Audiograph, United Artists, Liberty and Capitol. She scored two Top 10 hits in 1951 with "Down The Trail of Achin' Hearts" with Hank Snow and "Blue Bird Island". She reached the Top 10 again in 1968 with "I Got You" with Waylon Jennings. Other solo releases charted as well. She recorded two folk albums in the 1960s. In 1962, she recorded a song co-written by her sister June and Merle Kilgore called "Love's Ring Of Fire" (Anita had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years, the drugs used to treat it severely damaged her pancreas, kidneys, and liver) b. March 31th 1933.
2004: James "Huby" Hubert Heard (53)
American keyboardist, organist born in Hamilton, he was also a singer, songwriter, composer and busy session player. When he was 13, he moved to Cincinnati to become a musician for the Bibleway Church of God In Christ. He left Cincinnati to join Billy Preston in Los Angeles, where he lived for the next 30 years.
He played keyboard for Billy Preston's group, The God Squad, for about 13 years and made appearances on such television programs as Soul Train and American Bandstand. The group won four Grammys for the songs, "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Nothing from Nothing", "Outta Space" and "Space Race". In the early 70s, he toured in England playing keyboard for The Rolling Stones. In 1975, he played on the Stone Alone solo album by Rolling Stone member Bill Wyman. He was also a member of Leon Russell's band, which later became the Gap Band, whose hits included, "Party Train", "Early in the Morning" and "Drop the Bomb". Other artists he played keyboard for included Angela and Renee, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Ray Charles, and Brothers Johnson. In 1999, Huby joined Preston and other former band members to tape a television show, Motown Live (sadly Huby died of a heart ailment) b. 1951.
2005: Al McKibbon (86)
American jazz double bassist, known for his work in bop, hard bop, and Latin jazz.
In 1947, after working with Lucky Millinder, Tab Smith, J. C. Heard, and Coleman Hawkins, he replaced Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's band, in which he played until 1950. In the '50s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins. He was credited with interesting Tjader in Latin music while in Tjader's group. Al continued to perform until 2004. In '99, aged 80, he recorded his first album in his name, Tumbao Para Los Congueros Di Mi Vida, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance. McKibbon's second album, Black Orchid, was released in 2004. He also wrote the Afterword to Raul Fernandez' book, Latin Jazz, part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of exhibitions on jazz (?) b. January 1st 1919.
2005: Hildegarde Loretta Sell (99)
American cabaret singer born in Adell, Wisconsin, known for the song "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup".
Hildegarde trained at Marquette University's College of Music in the 1920s and worked in vaudeville and traveling shows throughout her career, appearing across the United States and Europe. Known for 70 years as "The Incomparable Hildegarde" a title bestowed on her by columnist Walter Winchell, i
n the 1930s and '40s, she was booked in cabarets and supper clubs at least 45 weeks a year. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1939, and her recordings sold in the hundreds of thousands. Revlon even introduced a Hildegarde shade of lipstick and nail polish and her admirers ranged from soldiers during World War II to King Gustaf of Sweden and the Duke of Windsor. From the 1950s through the 1970s, in addition to her cabaret performances and record albums, she appeared in a number of television specials and toured with the national company of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies. Her autobiography, Over 50 .... So What!, was published by Doubleday in 1961. (natural causes) b. February 1st 1906.
Art Davis (73) American jazz double-bassist, known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Max Roach. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania he began on the piano at five, switching to tuba, then finally to bass while at high school. He studied at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music but graduated from Hunter College. He went on to be a top
New York session musician, he recorded with many pop artists and has also worked in classical symphony orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic; he also launched a legal case which led to the current system of blind auditions for orchestras. Art Davis was also a professor at Orange Coast College. While performing with bassist Reggie Workman in Coltrane's group, Art pioneered the use of two basses in a jazz combo setting. Art earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University in 1982. He moved to southern California in 1986 where he balanced his teaching and practicing of psychology with jazz performances. (heart attack) b. December 5th 1934.
2008: Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (18) Indian singer; born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, he was the winner of Amul STAR Voice of India 2007. He entered the Star Voice of India contest at the age of 17, making him one of the youngest competitors on the show. After winning the contest he debuted with a religious Gurbani album called Satgur Tumre Kaaj Savaare. Ishmeet had been working with Salim-Suleiman to produce the song 'Shukriya' and had promoted this single with live performances. He toured Hong Kong and Malaysia and sung in concerts with members of the Voice of India competition. He put time aside to sing kirtan, or hymns, in gurdwaras. His last performance in a gurdwara was alongside the well-known singer amongst the sikhs, Veer Manpreet Singh (died under mysterious circumstances in a swimming pool at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli beach resort in Maldives where he had gone to perform in an event) b. September 2nd 1989.
2009: Renato Pagliari (69) Italian-born, UK West Midlands-resident; he auditioned for ITV's talent show, New Faces in 1975, catching the attention of songwriter, Johnny Edward, who had written "Save Your Love". Renato was teamed up with British singer Hilary Lester and the duo was named Renée and Renato. They recorded the song, "Save Your Love" which became the 1982 Christmas No.1. The follow-up single "Just One More Kiss" reached No.48. Their third single, "Jesus Loves Us All", failed to reach the UK Singles Chart. He sang regularly at his son's restaurant, his later credits included a guest spot on the TV comedy show Little and Large, he also issued several albums (sadly died due to complications following surgery on a brain tumor) b. June 28th 1940.
2011: Nella Martinetti (65)
Swiss singer-songwriter; born in Brissago, she became the first winner of the Grand Prix der Volksmusik
in 1986 with the song Bella Musica, which she had composed herself. In Eurovision, Nella wrote 4 songs for Switzerland: Io senza you in 1981, placed 4th; Io così non ci sto, in 1983 placed 15th; Pas pour moi in 1986, placed 2nd and Ne partez pas sans moi which came 1st in 1988, the song was sung by the then unknown Canadian singer Celine Dion (sadly Nella died of pancreatic cancer) b. January 21st 1946.
2011: Gene McDaniels (76)
American singer-songwriter born in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He went on to have six Top 40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that went into the Top 5 were 1961's "Tower of Strength" reaching No.5 and "A Hundred Pounds of Clay," which reached No.3 and sold over one million records, earning gold disc status. "Tower of Strength" reached No.49 in the UK Singles Chart, losing out to Frankie Vaughan's chart-topping version. In the 1980s, he recorded an album with percussionist Terry Silverlight, which has not yet been released. In 2005, he released Screams & Whispers on his own record label. In 2009, Gene release a new album, Evolution's Child, which featured his lyrics, and a number of songs composed or arranged with pianist Ted Brancato. Some of the songs featured jazz musician Ron Carter on concert bass. Gene also also appeared in films including the 1962 It's Trad, Dad!, the 1963's The Young Swingers and breifly in Uptown Saturday Night in 1974. Living his later life as a near-hermit in Maine, Gene's final work was a series of YouTube videos featuring his music and comments on his life (?) b. February 12th 1935.
2013: Ole Henrik Moe (93) Norwegian pianist and art historian, born in Lillehammer. During WW II he was a member of the intelligence organization XU, but was arrested in October 1942 and was incarcerated in the Sachsenhausen CC from 1943-1945.
He was manager of the Henie-Onstad Art Centre from 1966 to 1989. Among his works are Slekten Knagenhjelm og Kaupanger from 1960, and biographies of Lars Hertervig and Inger Sitter. He was decorated Knight, 1st Class of the Order of St.Olav in 1980, and Officer of the French Légion d'honneur, then awarded the Arts Council Norway Honorary Award in 1995 (?) b. January 11th 1920.
2013: Graciana Silva (73) Mexican singer and harpist, born in Medellin; she learned to play the harp at the age of 10 and had lessons from blind harpist, Rodrigo Rodriguez. Throughout her career she devoted herself to playing in festivals and local venues in her home state of Veracruzshe, but also appeared in major venues in America and Europe such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican in London, UK, the Harbour Centre in Toronto, Canada, the Theatre de la Ville de Paris in France and in The Mexico-Festival in Berlin. She did not record till later in her life, recording 3 albums "Sones jarochos with Silva Trio" in 1995, followed by albums "En vivo desde el Theatre de la Ville" and "Live from the Theatre de la Ville" (?) b. December 18th 1933.
2014: Sadanam Divakara Marar (77) Indian percussionist.
2014: Giorgio Gaslini (84) Italian pianist and composer, complications from a fall.
2014: Idris Muhammad (74) American jazz drummer
2015: Buddy Emmons (78) American musician born in Mishawaka, Indiana; he played several instruments, most notably pedal steel guitar. At aged 18 he joined Little Jimmy Dickens' band, followed by Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadours, Ray Price & The Cherokee Cowboys, before joining The Roger Miller Band in 1967. His musical versatility spanned genres such as country, swing, jazz, folk, and country-rock, and he has also performed or recorded, as well as the avove, with a wide variety of vocalists and musicians including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers,
Redneck Jazz Explosion, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, Lenny Breau and others. (?) b. January 27th 1937.
2016: José Menese (74) Spanish flamenco singer born in the small, southwestern town of La Puebla de Cazalla; many aficionados consider him to be the finest voice in flamenco singing despite not to have been born within a Gypsy family. His awards include the award of the Chair of Flamencology of Jerez in 1965 and 1974, the plate of silver of Mairena del Alcor in 1967, the prize waves of Cadena Ser, the Popular prize of the everyday people (1968), the arrow of gold of Seville in 1969), the Taranto of gold in 1971), the Seville and Seville of the year in 1973) famous Prize, the prize Compas del Cante in 1992) and the Calle de Alcalá and "Patriarch of singing" in 1997) and also he leaves behind a discography of around 30 records. José died just weeks before two flamenco festivals were due to recognize his life’s work and La Puebla de Cazalla decreed three days of official mourning for the death of the singer. (?) b. December 3rd 1942.
2016: Lucille Dumont/Lucelle Dumont/Micheline Lalonde (97) Canadian singer and radio-television host. Born in Montreal, she made her professional debut, performing on the Sweet Caporal radio show focused on French music. She is credited by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame with having "served and personified Quebec popular music" and popularized the music of Quebec songwriters by singing their songs. She is also credited with being "at the birth of Quebec television," participating in Radio Canada's first television shows. Lucille
was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 and was an Officer of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec
. (?) b. January 20th 1919.
2016: Daasebre Gyamenah (47) Ghanaian singer who became very popular for his debut hit ‘Kokooko’ in 1999 which featured Lord Kenya. This song was the first major fusion of hiplife and highlife in Ghana and meant a successful career for both musicians. He was attributed to many titles including contemporary highlife music. He won two awards in 2000 and another four awards during 2002 editions of the Ghana Music Awards. (Daasebre had been battling an undisclosed illness) b. 1969.
2016: Peter Sadlo (54) German percussionist, he grew in Zirndorf; in 1967 he started with classical percussion training. At the age of 12 he was received as a guest student at the former Meistersinger Conservatory in Nuremberg. Spotted when he was 20 by Sergiu Celibidache, and went on to be principal timpanist of the Munich Philharmonic in 1982 and professor of percussion at the city’s music academy. He added the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1990 and from there developed a major solo career. He could play everything, from Bach to blues and among his many awards, in 2015 he was awarded the Frankfurt Music Prize. (tragically Peter died from serious complications after kidney surgery) b. June 27th 1962.
2016: Fred Tomlinson (88) English singer born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Early in his career he auditioned for the George Mitchell Singers, who provided backing for radio and television programmes, and so his broadcasting career began. In 1960 he took over as musical director of the Littlewoods Pools Company broadcasting orchestra, before founding the Fred Tomlinson Singers in the late 1960s. For some 20 years from the late 1960s his singing, playing, arranging, compositional and even whistling skills were frequently called upon for musical items in television programmes. Among other things he co-wrote the Python team’s Lumberjack Song and the Vikings singing Spam! Wonderful Spam! and had a starring role as a soloist on The Two Ronnies in the St Botolph Country Dance Team’s rendition of Bold Sir John. The group also performed in episodes of Coronation Street, Dad’s Army, The Goodies, Only Fools and Horses and other shows. As a composer, he wrote an orchestral and choral piece called The Chaucer Suite, using words from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Fred was an enthusiastic and committed chairman of the Peter Warlock Society from 1970 to 1995 and remained chairman emeritus until his death. (?) b. December 18th 1927.
2016: Ken Barrie/Les Carl/Leslie Hulme (83) British voice actor and singer, born in Stoke on Trent. Under the stage name Les Carle, he recorded for Embassy Records, an offshoot of Woolworths that released inexpensive cover versions of pop hits, between 1962 and 1965, after which he changed his stage name and took his new name of Ken Barrie from the names of his wife's brothers.[4] His own singing and narrating voice and whistling has been heard in many movies and television commercials, and included providing the voices of the Smash Martians. Barrie provided singing voices in various movies for many actors including Larry Hagman, George C. Scott, and Horst Buchholz. His own singing and narrating voice and whistling has been heard in many movies and television commercials, and included providing the voices of the Smash Martians. He provided singing voices in various movies for many actors including Larry Hagman, George C. Scott, and Horst Buchholz. He became the voice of Postman Pat in 1981, narrating the first series and also providing the voices of the Postman Pat and many of the other characters, as well as recording of the theme song, which reached No. 44 on the UK singles chart. He also sang the soundtrack for Charlie Chalk[6] and recorded the soundtracks for Sharks' Treasure and Emily. (sadly died from liver cancer) b. January 9th 1933

July 30th.
1942: Jimmie Blanton (23) American jazz double bassist, born in Chattanooga. He joined Duke Ellington's band in 1939, and though he stayed with Ellington for only two years, he made an immeasurable contribution in changing the way the double bass was used in jazz. Previously the double bass was rarely used to play anything but quarter notes in ensemble or solos but by soloing on the bass more in a 'horn like' fashion, Jimmie began sliding into eighth- and sixteenth-note runs, introducing melodic and harmonic ideas that were totally new to jazz bass playing. His virtuosity put him in a different class from his predecessors, making him the first true master of the jazz bass and demonstrating the instrument's unsuspected potential as a solo instrument. Such was his importance to Ellington's band at the time, together with the tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, that it became known as the Blanton–Webster band. Jimmie also recorded a series of bass and piano duets with Ellington. In 1941, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, cutting short his tenure with Ellington. His last recording session was cut on September 26th 1941 in Hollywood, after which he had to retire to a sanatorium (so sadly Jimmie died of tuberculosis) b. October 5th 1918
Guilhermina Suggia (62) Portuguese cellist born in Porto; at the age of 12 she was appointed principal cellist of the local orchestra, the Orpheon Portuense. In 1904, under the patronage of Queen Maria Amélia of Portugal, she went to study at the Leipzig Conservatoire, Germany under Julius Klengel and built an international reputation. She spent many years living in England, where she was particularly celebrated. She retired in 1939, but emerged from retirement to give concerts in Britain. She gave her last concerts at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949 and in Bournemouth later the same year. Guilhermina bequeathed her Stradivarius cello to the Royal Academy of Music in London, to be sold to fund a scholarship for young cellists (?) b. June 27th 1885.
1970: György Széll or Georg Szell (73)
Hungarian-born American conductor and composer. He is remembered today for his long and successful tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, and for the recordings of the standard classical repertoire he made in Cleveland and with other orchestras (?) b. June 7th 1897.

1981: Daisy Kennedy (88)
Australian-born concert violinist born in Burra-Burra near Adelaide. She was for three years Elder scholar at Adelaide Conservatory and a private pupil of Otakar Ševcík in Vienna for a year, and then studied for two years in the Meister-Schule there. She appeared in London in 1911 and toured widely in Europe and in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. (?) b. January 16th 1893.
Howard Dietz (86)
American pop and Broadway lyricist; born in N.Y.C. in 1896, he attended Columbia University before working as a newspaper columnist and ad writer, and serving in WW1. He next worked as publicist/director of advertising for Samuel Goldwyn Productions and later MGM and is credited with creating its lion mascot, Leo the Lion, and choosing their slogan Ars Gratia Artis. He began a long association with composer Arthur Schwartz when they teamed up for the Broadway revue "The Little Show" in 1929 and continued to work together over the next 30 plus years. Others Broadway musicals include 'Three's a Crowd' in 1930, 'The Band Wagon' in 1931, 'Flying Colors' in 1932, 'Revenge With Music' in 1934, 'At Home Abroad' in 1935 'Between the Devil' in 1938, and 'Inside U.S.A' in 1948 among others. Hits by Schwartz and Dietz to mention a few include "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" and "Moanin' Low", "Something to Remember You By", "Dancin' in the Dark", "Louisiana Hayride" and "A Shine on Your Shoes", "You and the Night and the Music", "By Myself" and "I See Your Face Before Me", and "That's Entertainment". Howard also wrote English lyrics for the operas La Boheme and Der Fledermaus, and collaborated on pop songs with such composers as Jerome Kern, Vernon Duke, Jimmy McHugh, and Ralph Rainger. Dietz reunited with Schwartz in the 1960s for the musicals 'The Gay Life' in 1961 and Jennie in 1963. Howard is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Parkinson's disease) b. September 8th 1896.

1985: Peter Knight (68)
English musical arranger, conductor and composer born in Exmouth, Devon; he worked with Independent Television light entertainment stars from 'Spot The Tune' in 1956 with Jackie Rae and Marion Ryan to the comedy series 'Home to Roost' in 1985. He also composed the scores to the feature films Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968, Boris Karloff) and Sunstruck (1972, Harry Secombe). A few other high lights of his busy career:- he was conductor for many songs for Scott Walker's 1960's; conductor for The Last Goon Show of All in 1972; orchestra director for many episodes of The Morecambe and Wise show between 1969–77; collaborated with The Carpenters on their two Christmas Special Television Shows in 1977 and 1978; he was orchestrator of the music for the Roman Polanski film Tess in 1979; conductor and orchestrator for the Jean-Jacques Annaud film Quest for Fire in 1981, and the film Ghost Story in 1981; orchestrator of the music for the film The Dark Crystal in 1982, to mention a few. (?) b. June 23rd 1917.
1993: The Bass Thing/Rob Jones (29)
English bassist born in Kingswinford; Bob together with friends Miles Hunt, Malcolm Treece, and Martin Gilks formed the band Wonder Stuff in March 1986. "A Wonderful Day" and "Red Berry Joy Town" respectively, became the first single and the first track on the debut "The Eight Legged Groove Machine" album. Rob left the band after their follow-up album Hup and headed for America.
In New York Rob formed another band, The Bridge & Tunnel Crew, singing vocals and playing rhythm guitar. (Sadly found dead in his apartment from a heart attack, it was widely believed he was using heroin in those days) b. 1964
1993: Don Myrick (53) American saxophonist born in Chicago; he started with a jazz group The Pharaohs and went on to sell millions of records as a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire in the original horn section, The Phenix Horns Esq. Don also played on the Phil Collins hit "One More Night". He performed with many prominent musicians including Grover Washington, Jr. and Carlos Santana. He appeared on albums by artists including Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Dells, Regina Belle, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and Heaven 17. (Tragically Don was shot dead in his California home by a Santa Monica cop working a narcotics investigation. Police surrounded the house and knocked on his door at 6:10 a.m. to serve a search warrant. He answered with a butane lighter in his hand and was fatally shot in the chest. His family collected $400,000 in a wrongful death suit filed against L.A. County) b. April 6th 1940.
1994: Ryszard Riedel (38) Polish singer and the original lead singer of blues-rock band Dzem/Jam. He is often regarded as one of the most popular and well known vocalist of Polish music along with occasional collaborator Czeslaw Niemen. He is remembered today by a festival in his honour in Tychy and
in 2005 his life story was turned into the Polish movie Destined for Blues/Skazany na bluesa, he is portrayed by Tomasz Kot (sadly the cause of death was cardiac insufficiency due to long time opiate drugs abuse) b.September 7th 1956.
1994: Ipce Ahmedovski/
Mali Rambo/Bogotac (28) Serbian-Macedonian folk singer. He sang iin his father's kafana before he eventually moved to Belgrade, Serbia, to launch his professional singing career. He recorded his first album, Bila si devojcica godina mojih, in 1986 with famous composer Rade Vuckovic and Tomica Miljic orchestra. Later he recorded several albums with another Serbian composer Novica Uroševic and in the early nineties achieved great fame and popularity in Serbia (tragically he died in a car accident on Ibarska magistrala near Šopici, when he crashed his Mercedes into a truck) b. January 5th 1966.
2001: John Walters (63) British radio producer, presenter and musician; initially a teacher and a jazz enthusiast, he played trumpet in The Mighty Joe Young Jazz Men and the 1960s pop group The Alan Price Set before joining BBC Radio 1 in 1967. He was long-term producer of DJ John Peel's radio show, and responsible for giving many recording artists their first big break. He turned down the Sex Pistols for a Peel session, but he reportedly regretted this decision later - but he was responsible for getting The Smiths their first session after witnessing an early concert. As a broadcaster he presented the long-running Radio 1 arts magazine Walters' Weekly and was heard reviewing the music papers on the Janice Long show in the 1980s. In the 1990s he was a reporter on the BBC's current affairs magazine Here and Now (?) b. July 11th 1939.
2003: Sam Phillips/Samuel Cornelius Phillips (80) American record producer, label owner, and talent scout throughout the 40s and 50s, who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. He was a native of Florence, Alabama and a graduate of Coffee High School. He was exposed to blues and became interested in music by African-American workers on his father's cotton farm. He is most notably attributed with the discoveries of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and is associated with several other noteworthy rhythm and blues and rock and roll stars of the period. Sam was also founder of Sun Records and was vital to launching the careers of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and numerous other significant artists. As well as owning the Sun Studio Café in Memphis, and he and his family founded Big River Broadcasting Corporation which owns and operates several radio stations in the Florence, Alabama, area, including WQLT-FM, WSBM, and WXFL. In 1986 Sam was part of the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his pioneering contribution has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, being the first ever non-performer inducted. In 1987, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He received a Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1991. In 1998, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and in October 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, only one day before the original Sun Studio was designated a National Historic Landmark) b. January 5th 1923.
2005: Eli "Lucky" Thompson (81)
American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist born in Columbia, Sth Carolina.
After playing with the swing orchestras of Lucky Millinder, Billy Eckstine, Don Redman, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, Eli worked in R&Bs and then established a career in bop and hard bop, working with Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Milt Jackson. He was an inspired soloist with of a very personal style, as shown on many albums recorded during the 1950s, such as Stan Kenton's Cuban Fire, and those under his own name. He appeared on Charlie Parker's LA's Dial Records sessions and on Miles Davis’s hard bop Walkin' session among many others. He lived in Lausanne, Switzerland in the late 60s and recorded albums there including A Lucky Songbook in Europe. He taught at Dartmouth College in 1973 and 1974, not long after which, Eli left the music business, because of the racist treatment he received from record companies and clubs. (Eli passed away after sadly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in his last years) b. June 16th 1924.
2006: Anthony Galla-Rini (102) American accordionist, arranger, composer, conductor, author, and teacher, born in Manchester, Connecticut. He is considered by many to be the first American accordionist to promote the accordion as a "legitimate" concert instrument. In 1924 he dropped out of his father's Vaudeville act and joined his sisters, forming a separate act that lasted until 1932. He was one of the founding members of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) in 1938 in New York City, and is in fact their first member. He also founded the International Accordion Teachers' Guild (ATG), in 1941 in Chicago serving as President Emeritus of that society throughout his career. In addition, Galla-Rini also served as a Vice-President of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the United Nations' International Music Council (IMC).
In 1941 Antony also composed his Accordion Concerto in G Minor (no. 1), and premiered it with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra on November 15, 1941. Since then there have been more than 39 performances of this concerto in the US as well as additional performances in England, Finland, Norway and Canada. His career spanned 98 years as a professional accordionist, and more than 74 years as an accordion teacher. He has arranged literally hundreds of transcriptions for accordion ensembles, orchestras and soloists. Anthony has also played a major part in pioneering the development of the modern accordion, developing the treble and bass registers, as well as standardizing the stradella bass system on the accordion (?) b. January 18th 1904.
2010: Stefka Sabotinova (80)
Bulgarian folk singer born in the village of Rozov Kladenec in south-east Bulgaria.
For many years, Stefka was involved in Bulgaria's premier folk ensemble Filip Koutev, where she gained a cult-like status in Bulgaria, attaining international fame. She is also known internationally as part of the Bulgarian State television female vocal choir,"The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices". Stefka was signed by Swiss producer Marcel Cellier in 1975 who later produced the compilation of folk songs entitled "Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares" which promoted Bulgarian folk music internationally. (?) b. April 2nd 1930.
2010: Otto Joachim (99)
German-born Canadian violist and composer of electronic music. Born in Düsseldorf, he trained as a violinist at Düsseldorf and Cologne. Like many Jewish composers of his time, in 1934 he left Nazi Germany and played in Singapore and Shanghai during the war years. He settled permanently in Montreal in 1949. For the next 15 years Otto worked as a player, teacher, instrument builder and composer. Since the 1960s he has concentrated on his compositions which are a mix of aleatoric and electroacoustic works.
In 1993, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. (He died in Montreal) b. October 13th 1910.
2013: Sharon Mosby (70) American jazz and blues singer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he graduated from Austin High School in 1961. She started out touring with the Hampton Institute concert choir throughout the U.S. and abroad. As the lead vocalist for several groups, she has opened for such notables as Al Green, Fifth Dimension, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and James Brown. Sharon released her first CD project with Wendel Werner in 1999 entitled, "I Can Handle That!" (?) b. May 26th 1943.
2013: Nick Nixon (72) American country singer and songwriter from St. Louis. He penned the million-selling hit “The Teddy Bear Song” that became a No.1 hit for Barbara Fairchild in March of 1973, as well as many other notable country compositions in the late 60's through the late 70's. Nick had 12 Top 40 hits over his career, and he released an album simply entitled Nick Nixon that which included his song “Rocking In Rosalee’s Boat” which reached No.27 on the Billboard charts
(sadly Nick died from pulmonary lung disease) b. 1941
2014: Murat Gögebakan (45) Turkish rock-pop singer born in Adana, he moved to Berlin, Germany at the age of one and returned to Istanbul aged 10. He went on to study at the Turkish State Conservatory at Hacettepe University and he made his breakthrough as a singer with his 1996 debut album “Sen Rahatina Bak” (Don't Be Disturbed), which was followed by “Tek Suçum Seni Sevmekmis” (My Only Mistake Is Falling In Love With You). Murat's most famous song, “Ay Yüzlüm” (My Moon-faced Lover), stayed on the Turkish music charts for weeks. He released his fourteenth and final album , Cry Of Love, in 2012 (sadly Murat who had been bravely battling cancer for the last five years died of a heart attack) b. October 9th 1968.
2015: Johnny Meeks (78) American guitarist with Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, born in Gaffney, South Carolina; he began recording with the band in June 1957 and stayed with them for more than 18 months, through 1958's Record Date album. He played on several pivotal Gene Vincent tracks, including "Lotta Lovin'" and "Say Mama," which he wrote himself. He was the guitarist who was with Vincent the longest and appeared in the 1958 film Hot Rod Gang with the band. When the Blue Caps broke up in late 1958, he joined the Tune Toppers, followed by the Champs. He then went on to perform with Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and former Monkee Michael Nesmith, and appeared on Nesmith's Tantamount to Treason album in 1972. (?) b. April 16th 1937.
2015: Lynn Anderson (67) American multi-award-winning country music singer, born in Grand Forks, Nth Dakota. Over her career she charted 12 No.1, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. In addition to being named "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music twice and "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association, Lynn won a Grammy Award (with seven nominations), People's Choice Award and an American Music Award (AMA). She was named Billboard's Female Artist of the Decade from 1970–1980.
She was also the first female country artist to win The American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Artist in 1974, as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year. >>> READ MORE <<< (Lynn was in hospital in Nashville, recovering from pneumonia when she suffered a fatal heart attack) b. September 26th 1947.
2016: Nigel Gray (69) British record producer and medical doctor with a passion for music. In 1974 he converted a village hall in Leatherhead in the south of England into a four-track recording studio named Surrey Sound Studios, with his brother Chris Gray as engineer. In 1977 the studio became 16-track and amongst others The Police recorded their first album 'Outlandos d'Amour' there. In 1979, he upgraded the studio again to 24 track and The Police, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Godley & Creme recorded albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album for Zenyatta Mondatta (1981), then won two Grammies for producer of Best Rock Performance (Don't Stand So Close To Me) and Best Rock Instrumental (Behind My Camel). In 1987, Nigel sold his studio and retired in Cornwall (?) b. 1974.

July 31st.
: Franz Liszt (74)
Hungarian pianist and composer; as a composer, he was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" / "New German School". He left behind a huge and diverse body of work, in which he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends. Some of his most notable contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form and making radical departures in harmony. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time (officially he died as a result of pneumonia, but he was also suffering from a chronic heart disease) b. October 22nd 1811
1964: Jim Reeves (41)
American legendary mellow baritone country singer, born in Galloway, Texas; in his youth he played baseball, playing in the semi-professional leagues before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals farm team in 1944 as a right-handed pitcher. He began to work as a DJ, and sang live between songs. In the late 1940s, he was signed to a couple of small Texas-based record labels, but with no success. Jim became a member of Moon Mullican's band and made some early Mullican-style recordings like "Each Beat of my Heart" and "My Heart's Like a Welcome Mat" from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. After he lowered his singing pitch Jim became known as a crooner because of his warm, velvety voice. His songs were remarkable for their simple elegance highlighted by his rich light baritone voice. Songs such as "Adios Amigo", "Welcome To My World", and "Am I Losing You?" demonstrated this approach. His Christmas songs have been annual favorites, including "Silver Bells", "Blue Christmas" and "An Old Christmas Card". In 1963, he toured Britain, Ireland, Europe and South Africa and starred in a South African film, Kimberley Jim. In 1964 he visited Njårdhallen, Oslo in Norway with Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins, the Blue Boys and The Anita Kerr Singers. They held two concerts; the second was televised and recorded by the Norwegian network.
His first hit in Norway, "He'll Have to Go", reached No.1 and stayed on the chart for 29 weeks. "I Love You Because" was his biggest hit in Norway, reaching No.1 in 1964 and staying on the list for 39 weeks. His albums spent 696 weeks in the Norwegian Top 20 chart, making him among the most popular artists in the history of Norway. Jim's last RCA recording session was "Make the World Go Away", "Missing You", "Is It Really Over?" and "I Can't Stop Loving You". He made one later recording, however, at the little studio in his home. In July of 1964 he recorded "I'm a Hit Again", using just an acoustic guitar as accompaniment. He was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967 (tragically he died in a plane crash; while Jim was flying a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, from Arkansas to Nashville, the plane came down in a violent storm. Coincidentally, both Jim Reeves and Randy Hughes, the pilot of Patsy Cline's ill-fated plane, were trained by the same instructor) b. August 20th 1923.
1966: Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (41)
American jazz pianist, born in New York City. Bud has been described as one of "the two most significant pianists of the style of modern jazz that came to be known as bop", the other being his friend and contemporary Thelonious Monk. Along with Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Bud was a key player in the history of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him "the Charlie Parker of the piano". His first recording date was with Cootie Williams's band in 1944 and other early recordings included sessions with Frank Socolow, Dexter Gordon, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro and Kenny Clarke. Bud's first session as a leader was in a trio with Curly Russell and Max Roach, recorded in 1947, he also recorded on a Charlie Parker date with Miles Davis, Tommy Potter and Roach in May 1947. He also recorded extentively with Blue Note and other labels through the 50s. Sadly his career was cut short by schizophrenic behavior, as his health deteriorated so did his piano talent. He was still recording briefly in 1963 when he contracted tuberculosis (died while hospitalized) b. September 27th 1924.
1978: Enoch Light
(72) American light classical violinist, bandleader, recording engineer born in Canton, Ohio. He started out as a light classical violinist, performing in the US and Europe. After WW2 he organized his own dance band, "The Light Brigade," and worked in clubs and hotels, including the Grill Room of the Hotel Taft. It was a conservative band, specializing in music for middle-aged dancers. He recorded with this band for RCA and Columbia. From 1954-59 he was president of Waldorf Music Hall Records, NYC; from 1959-65 director of Grand Award Record Co, NYC, as well as Record Songs, NYC and also from 1959-65 he was executive VP & managing director and founder of Command Record Co, NYC. He continued recording after the sale of Command with a new label called Project 3 (?) b. August 18th 1905.
1980: Bobby Van/Robert Jack Stein (51)
American singer, dancer, trumpet, actor born in The Bronx, New York City, and grew up backstage to many memorable Depression-era acts; Van began his career playing trumpet. When his band played a venue in the Catskills, he was asked to fill in as a song and dance man for another act. His act drew rave reviews, and it gave him a thrill out of performing live as a solo act. He is best known for his musical and acting career in films, TV and on Broadway in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1973 he appeared in the musical remake of Lost Horizon, the last occasion on which he took his traditional song-and-dance persona to the big screen. His novelty dance number from Small Town Girl-1953 was featured in That's Entertainment, Part II-1976. Van's last television appearance was as the host for the Mrs. America Pageant in 1980, which he had emceed for several years (sadly died from cancer) b. December 6th 1928.
1986: Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (73)
American jazz pianist, band leader and arranger, born in Austin, Texas, and is considered one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time.. He studied piano and violin at Tuskegee Institute. After working in the Lawrence "Speed" Webb band, with Louis Armstrong and also "understudying" Earl Hines in Hines's Grand Terrace Cafe Orchestra, Teddy joined Benny Carter's Chocolate Dandies in 1933. In 1935 he joined the Benny Goodman Trio, which consisted of Benny, himself and Gene Krupa, later expanded to the Benny Goodman Quartet with the addition of Lionel Hampton. By joining the trio, he became the first black musician to perform in public with a previously all-white jazz group. He recorded fifty hit records with various singers such as Lena Horne, Helen Ward, and many of Billie Holiday's greatest successes. During these years he also took part in many highly regarded sessions with a wide range of important swing musicians, such as Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Buck Clayton and Ben Webster (?) b. November 24th 1912.
1996: Seagram Miller (25)
American grangsta rapper from Oakland, California;
he released three albums, the hard-edged and violent The Dark Roads and the more typically laid-back west coast style Reality Check and 1997's Souls on Ice was released posthumously after Miller's death (Seagram was shot to death) b. 1970.
2005: Les Braid (63) English bassist, keyboards born in Liverpool; in the mid 50s he joined
Ray Ennis's skiffle group Blue Genes and by 1962, they were working full-time and playing skiffle at venues in Liverpool and at the Star Club in Hamburg. However they were not liked in Germany so they changed their direction to rock 'n' roll and changed the bands name to the Swinging Blue Jeans. They had their first Top 10 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake", in December of 1963, this was followed by "Good Golly Miss Molly", and "You're No Good". In 1966 their version of "Don't Make Me Over" reached No.31 in the UK Chart, the group never charted again. The band then changed their name to Music Motor for a one off single "Happy", after which they reverted back to The Swinging Blue Jeans name and the band eventually retired to the cabaret circuit. They successfully played and later toured on the "Oldie Shows" until Les's death (sadly died of cancer) b. September 15th 1937.
2006: Rufus Harley (70) American jazz musician of mixed Cherokee and African ancestry, known primarily as the first jazz musician to adopt the Scottish great Highland bagpipe as his primary instrument. Born in North Carolina, but at an early age moved with his mother to North Philadelphia. He began playing the C melody saxophone at age 12, and also played trumpet. He made his bagpipe performance debut in 1964. From 1965 to 1970 he released four recordings as leader on the Atlantic label, also recording as a sideman with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, and Sonny Rollins in the 1960s and 1970s. He later recorded with Laurie Anderson and The Roots. In addition to bagpipes, on these albums he also occasionally plays tenor saxophone, flute, or electric soprano saxophone (sadly died after a fight with prostate cancer) b. May 20th 1936.
2007: Nookie Boy/Oliver Morgan (74) American rhythm & blues vocalist, best known for his hit "Who Shot the La La" which sings about the mysterious situation surrounding the death of singer Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson in 1963. Born in New Orleans, he released his debut single on AFO Records under the pseudonym "Nookie Boy" in 1961; it was in 1964 that he released his only national hit "Who Shot the La La". In 1998, Nookie Boy released his first and only full length album "I'm Home" on Allen Toussaint's Nyno label. Tragically his home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, and he evacuated to Atlanta with his wife where their children were living and sadly he didn't perform again (Nookie Boy died from a heart attack) b. May 6th 1933..
2009: Baatin/Titus Glover (35) American rapper; born in Detroit, Michigan, he started his MC-ing career in 1986
, in these early days he called himself Scandalous-T. In the early 90's he worked with rapper Proof accompanying him to hip-hop nights at 1515 Broadway and Stanley’s Café
. In 1991, Baatin’s hip-hop group, Ssenepod, which was dopeness spelled backward, changed its name to Slum Village. Their first album Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.1, comprises of songs from their demo album, which was recorded in 1996 and 1997, but not officially released until 8 years later. It was nonetheless leaked onto the underground circuit and caused quite a stir in 1997. In 2000 they recorded Fantastic Vol. 2, followed by Trinity (Past, Present and Future), Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) after which Baatin left the line-up suffering from schizophrenia that briefly incapacitated him. He later launched his solo career (?) b. 1974.
2010: Mohammad Nouri (
80) Iranian singer, he was one of the foremost folk and pop singers in Iran rising to fame
in the 60s with his distinct style of singing he enjoyed 4 decades of popularity among all generations. His song 'Jaan-e Maryam' as well as his patriotic song 'Iran, Iran' is a well known melody and theme among three generations of Iranians both before and after the Islamic revolution (blood disorder) b. October 22nd 1929.
2010: Mitch Miller (99) American music executive and American musician, singer, conductor,
television host, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, he became one of the most influential figures in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s. He is sometimes thought of as the creator of what would become karaoke with his NBC-TV series, Sing Along with Mitch. He began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work (sadly Mitch died after a short illness) b.
July 4th 1911
2011: Ljubiša "Louis" Stojanovic (59) Serbian singer; born in Leskovac he was known for his unique musical style and was in the music business from 1970 until his death. His stage name Louis originated from when he was nine and successfully performed Louis Armstrong's songs. He graduated from the music high school in Niš, and got his B.A. in Music from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, majoring in voice, composing with arrangement and folklore.
He was among the first to combine jazz with Serbia's folklore. In 1980 he recorded his first record titled Ne kuni me, ne ruži me, majko/Do Not Scold Me, Do Not Rebuke Me, Mother, gaining high sales. Together with the Serbian band Flamingosi, he almost won the Beovizija 2006 festival for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece (tragically died in a car accident) b. June 25th 1952.
2013: Oliver Simon/Werner Gensmantel (56) German singer, born in Wolfratshausen, he was founder member of Mixed Emotions formed in 1986. Their best known hit is probably "You Want Love (Maria, Maria)". Other well-known songs are "Bring Back (Sha Na Na)", "Sweetheart - Darlin' My Dear", "Just for You" and "I Never Give Up". After five best selling singles and two successful albums the group split in 1989. They reunited in 1999 to record the album We Belong Together and they had a number of successful of TV appearances, before disbanding again (sadly Oliver died of a brain tumor) b. May 14th 1957.
2014: Richard Allen "Dick" Wagner (71) American rock guitarist, songwriter and author noted for his work with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and KISS.
Born in Oelwein, Iowa, but grew up in the Saginaw, Michigan, he formed his first band The Bossman in the mid 60s. They had several radio hits with his self penned songs, including "Baby Boy", and "You're The Girl For Me". In the late 60s he formed his second band The Frost, it was in these days he penned one of the best-known songs "Only Women Bleed". He moved to New York in 1972, where he formed the group Ursa Major in which included Billy Joel in the original line up. The band toured nationally with Jeff Beck and then with Alice Cooper. The following year, he, along with fellow guitarist Steve Hunter featured on Lou Reed's >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from respiratory failure) b. December 14th 1942
2015: Red Dragon/Redman/Leroy May (49) Jamaican reggae singer; born in Kingston, he deejayed with several sound systems in the early 1980s, including Barrington Hi Fi, Stone Love, People's Choice, and his own Rambo Mango, initially working under the name Redman. His "Laughing Dragon" dubplate became popular, prompting a change of stage name to Red Dragon. He also started his own Dragon label, and moved into production, and helped to nurture the early careers of artists such as Buju Banton and Terry Ganzie. In the early 1990s, he returned to recording, enjoying hits with a variety of producers including Riley, Bobby Digital, and Sly & Robbie, and had a major hit single along with Brian & Tony Gold with "Compliments on Your Kiss" in 1994, the single reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart (?) b. 1960.
2016: Michael "Mike" Prabawa Mohede (32) Indonesian singer and the winner of the second season of Indonesian Idol in 2005, after which he has released seven studio albums. Mike also represented Indonesia in Asian Idol, losing to Hady Mirza of Singapore Idol. (tragically died young of a heart attack) b. November 7th 1983.
2016: Ngapo "Bub" Wehi (82) New Zealand legendary kapa haka performer, composer and choreographer; raised in Waioeka, he was educated at Waiti Primary, Waioeka Primary and Opotiki College. He was an exceptional tennis and rugby player and when he moved to Gisborne to find employment he was chosen to represent Waihirere Marae in tennis.
In 1981 he set up a whanau group called 'Te Waka Huiaout' out of a garage and the following year they performed at their first regionals at Hoani Waititi Marae in West Auckland. In 1986 they qualified for their first Nationals in Christchurch and they won the supreme award. Ngapo went on to become the most decorated exponent of Maori performing arts and holds the record for the most national wins in the history of kapa haka. In 2002 he performed for his last time at the Te Matatini Nationals held in Tamaki Makaurau. "Free the mind, be strong of spirit and you can achieve anything," was Ngapo's favourite quote and a philosophy he lived by. Honored after his sad death, he lay in state at Parihimanihi Marae, Waihirere. (?) b. February 5th 1934.

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