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1942: Leo Adde (37)
American jazz drummer,
he began by playing the cigar box on percussion, as a duo with Raymond Burke on the streets of New Orleans in the mid-1910s. He joined the Halfway House Orchestra under Abbie Brunies in the early 1920s, after which he played in Johnny Millinder's New Orleans Frolickers. Leo also recorded in the 1920s with Johnny Bayersdorffer and with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. In the 1930s he drummed with the Melody Masters, led by Sharkey Bonano and Louis Prima's brother Leon Prima. He moved with the ensemble to New York City, where they sometimes performed as the New Orleans Melody Masters. Later in the decade he recorded with the New Orleans Owls, and returned to New Orleans at the end of the 1930s (?) b. April 21st 1904.

March 1st.
1932: Frank Teschemacher (25) American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, along with Jimmy McPartland, Bud Freeman and others, he was associated with the "Austin High" gang. He was mainly self-taught on his instruments and doubled on violin and banjo early in his career. Strongly influenced by cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, he started playing the clarinet professionally in 1925. He began recording under his own name in 1928. His intense solo work laid the groundwork for a rich sound and creative approach, that is credited with influencing a young Benny Goodman and a style of which Pee Wee Russell is perhaps the best-known representative. (killed in a car accident as a passenger in a car driven by his performing associate cornetist "Wild" Bill Davison, just days before of what would have been his 26th birthday) b. March 13th 1906.
1937: Clarence Holiday (38)
American jazz guitarist; he worked locally until he became a member of the Fletcher "Smack" Henderson Orchestra in 1928 for 5 years, after which he worked and recorded with Benny Carter in 1934, Bob Howard and also with Charlie Turner in 1935, then Louis Metcalf from 1935, before joining the Don Redman Big Band in 1936 till his early death. Clarence was also the father to the great Billie Holiday (?) b. July 23rd 1898.
1970: Lucille Hegamin (76
) American singer and a pioneer of African American blues. At the age of 15 she was touring the US South with Minstrel shows and became a prominent singer, billed as "The Georgia Peach". Settling in Chicago in 1914 she worked with Tony Jackson and Jelly Roll Morton before marrying pianist Bill Hegamin. He led Lucille' band the Blue Flame Syncopators, first in L.A. and then in New York. In November 1920 she became the second ever African American blues singer to record, after Mamie Smith. In 1926 she performed in Clarence Williams' Review at the Lincoln Theater in New York, then in various reviews in New York and Atlantic City, New Jersey through to 1934, when she retired from the music business to become a nurse. In 1961 and 1962 she came out of retirement to make more records (died in Harlem Hospital in New York City) b. November 29th 1894.
1974: Robert "Bobby" Timmons (38)
American jazz pianist and composer; born in Philadelphia, and is best known for his role as sideman in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1958-1961 and the composition of "Moanin'", "Dat Dere", and "This Here", each of which are typical of his distinctive gospel soul-jazz style. He also played with Cannonball Adderley, Chet Baker, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Stitt, Maynard Ferguson and Kenny Dorham with whom he made his recording debut in a live set from May 1956 (sadly died from cirrhosis of the liver) b. December 19th 1935.
: Jean Martinon (66) French conductor and composer born in Lyon, France where he began his education, at the Conservatoire de Paris. During WW II, he was taken prisoner in 1940, composing works such as Chant des captifs while incarcerated. Among his other compositions are four symphonies, four concertos, additional choral works and chamber music. After the war, he was appointed conductor of the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire of Paris, and, in 1946, of the Bordeaux Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras with which he was officially associated include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker; the French National Orchestra; the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, the Concerts Lamoureux, and Het Residentie Orkest in The Hague (Jean sadly died after a brave fight with bone cancer) b. January 10th 1910.
1991: Frank Esler-Smith (42)
British arranger and keyboard player for the soft-rock band Air Supply in the 1970s and during their 1980s heyday, with hits such as "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Every Woman in the World", "Here I Am", "Even the Nights Are Better", and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" among many others. Born in London, but he attended Melbourne Uni, Australia to study architecture. However, his early passion had been classical music, and he would later gain extensive experience as an orchestral conductor in settings as variegated as musical theatre and rock recordings. He first met principal Air Supply members Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell while he was working with the orchestra in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar that included Hitchcock and Russell as castmembers. He collaborated with many other musicians and songwriters throughout his career (sadly died from pneumonia, AIDS related)
b. June 5th 1948.
2002: D
oreen Waddell (36) British singer with the R&B-dance group Soul II Soul best known for their 1989 UK chart-topper and U.S. Top 5 hit, "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" and also as a member of the British acid house group KLF (when being chased from a store for shoplifting, she ran onto the A27 Worthing, where horricically she was hit by 3 vehicles, dying instantly) b. July 10th 1965.
2006: Johnny Jackson (54)
American musician; noted for being the drummer for The Jackson 5 from their early Gary, Indiana days until the end of their famed career at Motown.
The label presented Johnny as the cousin of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, but Johnny is not directly related to the Jacksons (tragically Johnny was stabbed to death by his girlfriend) b. March 3rd 1951.
2009: Tony Osborne (86)
British musician born in Cambridge, who found success arranging for some of the biggest stars of the 1950s and ’60s. A versatile musician, he was a junior accordion champion, could play the bass, piano and trumpet.
After serving in the RAF during the WWII he sought work as a session musician in London. He played with top band leaders and also the BBC Orchestra on scores for their radio comedy shows and progressed to writing arrangements. He landed work for EMI while his band, the Brass Hats, became the house band on kids' show Six-Five Special and composed the theme for another, Juke Box Jury. This led to work with Eartha Kitt and Dorothy Squires and helped create some of the biggest hits of the era, including Gracie Fields ’ Around The World, Connie Francis’ Mama and the Beverley Sisters’ Sisters. Most notably Shirley Bassey for whom he wrote several songs, arranged many more and conducted concert performances. I (Who Have Nothing) was his biggest success with Bassey, No.1 in 1963. In the late 60s, he started playing on cruise ships, and settled in Sydney, Australia, where he led a tour with six surviving members of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He spent the remaining years of his life listening to music and enjoying a residency as the pianist at the Sydney Yacht Club (?) b. June 29th 1922.
2012: Lucio Dalla (68) Italian singer-songwriter clarinetist and keyboard player, born in Bologna, Italy. He began to play the clarinet at an early age, in a jazz band in Bologna, and became member of a local jazz band called Rheno Dixieland Band, together with the future film director Pupi Avati. He went on to have a solo career releasing his debut album, "1999", in 1966 followed by 39 albums over his long career, his last "Angoli nel cielo" released in 2010. Lucio was the composer of Caruso in 1986, a dedication to the great Enrico Caruso, which has been covered by numerous international artists. A version of Caruso sung by Luciano Pavarotti sold over 9 million copies, and another version was a track on Andrea Bocelli's first international album Romanza, which later sold over 20 million copies worldwide. This piece is also on Josh Groban's album "Closer", which sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone. (sadly Lucio died from a heart attack) b. March 4th 1943 .
2013: Bonnie Gail Franklin (69) American actress and singer, born in Santa Monica. CA. As well as her acting career films and well known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time 1975-84, she debuted on Broadway in 1970 in the musical Applause, earning a Tony Award nomination. Her recording of "Applause", the show's title track, was the most successful Broadway song of the season, vocally upstaging the star of the show, Lauren Bacall. In 1973, she also appeared in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" at the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island in New York
(sadly died fighting pancreatic cancer) b. January 6th 1944.
Jewel Akens (79) American R&B singer born in Houston, Texas; he recorded with The Medallions, The Four Dots and then with singer Eddie Daniels as "Jewel and Eddie" in 1960. A number of his recordings featured Eddie Cochran on guitar. He later went solo and recorded "The Birds And The Bees" in 1965,which went to No.3 in the Billboard Hot 100r, and reached No.29 in the UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Other noted recordings include "Georgie Porgie", "Little Bitty Pretty One" and "You Better Move On" . Jewel toured regularly since 1965 till shortly before his death and he included a tribute to his mentor, Sam Cooke, in most of his shows. Between 1989 and 1991, he also recorded three singles with a group called The Feathers. (sadly died of complications from back surgery) b. September 12th 1933.
2013: Magic/Awood Johnson (37) American rap vocalist, he grew up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and first made his name in New Orleans' underground circuit, before signing with Master P's No Limit. Magic first made his appearance on C-Murder's song "Picture Me" on his 1998 album Life or Death.
Magic's 1998 debut, Sky's the Limit, reached No.15 on the Billboard 200. Magic later joined fellow New Orleans native Choppa and former boxer Roy Jones Jr. to form the group Body Head Bangerz, who released their only album in 2004, Body Head Bangerz: Volume One, and had a hit with "I Smoke, I Drank". He formed his own label, Banx Entertainment, in 2011 (he and his wife Chastity were tragically involved in a fatal car accident in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Their twelve-year-old daughter, Twila, was the lone survivor
) b. August 16th 1975
2013: John
"Kellogs" Kalinowski (66) British rock-and-roll manager, stage manager and promoter born in Rochford, Essex, and grew up in Southend-on-Sea. He joined the Paramounts on the road in 1963 and then worked with Procol Harum when they first toured the USA. He went on to work with Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and a host of other bands and musicians including Madness, Nick Lowe, Van Morrison, and The Kinks (?) b. May 2nd 1946
2013: Rafael Puyana (81) Colombian harpsichordist, born
Rafael Puyana Michelsen in Bogotá and began piano lessons at the age of 6 and at aged 13 he made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá. When he was 16, he went to Boston to study piano at the New England Conservatory. He subsequently studied harpsichord and musical composition in Paris. Rafael made his harpsichord début in New York in 1957, in 1961, he débuted in Boston in the Peabody Mason Concert series and made his London debut in 1966. (sadly died in Paris) b. October 14th 1931.
2014: Alan Heyman (82) South Korean musicologist and composer; born in the United States, he first came to South Korea in 1953 with the United States Army during the Korean War and after completing a graduate degree in music education at Columbia University, moved to South Korea permanently in 1960 to devote himself to research and composition. To support himself and his wife during his music studies in the 1960s, he composed film scores for various films set in South Korea; by 1968, he had nearly a dozen such credits to his name, mostly documentaries. He went on to lead traditional Korean music troupes on tours of North America and Europe and made significant contributions to the preservation of Korean traditional music, for which he was recognised with many awards from national and international organisations and in June 2011, he was inducted into the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch as an honorary lifetime member. He gave up his U.S. citizenship to become a South Korean citizen in 1995 and remained in the country until his death (?) b. March 16th 1931
2015: Jennifer Ward Clarke (79) English baroque cellist and pedagogue born in Yateley, Hampshire and studied at the Royal College of Music in London; in 1967 she was a founder member of the Pierrot Players, working closely with Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies. With this group and its successor, the Fires of London, she took part in many first performances, including Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King and Birtwistle’s Medusa. She went on to serve as a member of the London Sinfonietta, London Classical Players, Monteverdi Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, and the acclaimed Salomon Quartet.
She also served long term teaching positions at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music and was widely respected as one of the most distinguished period cello performance experts in the world
(?) b. June 20th 1935
Brian Carman (69) American guitarist, founding member of surf rockers the Chantays and co-writer of the band's career-defining hit "Pipeline". Inspired by a local band called the Rhythm Rockers, Brian and four classmates at Santa Ana High School formed the Chantays in the early ’60s. He and his bandmate Bob Pickard wrote “Pipeline” after school one day. It peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1963; this was followed by and album of the same title. (sadly Brian died while battling Crohn's disease) b. August 10th 1945.
2015: Orrin Keepnews (91) American jazz record producer, executive and writer born in the Bronx; he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English in 1943. Subsequently, he was involved in bombing raids over Japan in the final months of World War II, before returning for graduate studies at Columbia in 1946. While working as an editor for the book publishers Simon and Schuster, he moonlighted as editor of The Record Changer, a small jazz magazine, where he wrote one of the earliest profiles of Thelonious Monk, then little known, for the publication.
In 1952 he and Bill Grauer produced a series of reissues on RCA Victor's Label "X". The following year they founded Riverside Records, which was initially devoted to reissue projects in the traditional and swing jazz idioms. Pianist Randy Weston was the first modern jazz artist signed by the label, soon followed by significant young artists as Bill Evans, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin and Jimmy Heath. Orrin started Milestone Records in 1966 with a new business partner, pianist Dick Katz. Among their most notable artists over the next few years were McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Gary Bartz and Sonny Rollins. In 1985 he founded Landmark Records, whose catalog included albums recorded by the Kronos Quartet of music by Bill Evans and Monk, as well as straight jazz albums. For Landmark, Bobby Hutcherson recorded his most extensive sequence of latter-day albums. Landmark passed to Muse Records in 1993. In 2004 he was given a Trustees Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and in June 2010, Orrin received a 2011 NEA Jazz Masters lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in the field of jazz, including a stipend of $25,000 (?) b. March 2nd 1923
2016: Gayle McCormick (67) American singer born in St. Louis, Missouri where she attended Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, and sang high soprano with the Suburb Choir. In 1967 she was the lead singer in a band called the Klassmen and released a single called "Without You". Later in 1969 she joined the band, Smith; their first album entitled "A Group Called Smith" featured Gayle as lead vocalist. They had a top 5 hit with a cover of of "Baby It's You". After the group disbanded, she went on to record three solo albums, 'Gayle McCormick', 'Flesh And Blood', and 'One More Hour'. Gayle also contributed backing vocals to Jimmy Rabbitt and Renegade's Waylon Jennings-produced 1976 self-titled LP from which the single "Ladies Love Outlaws" released. (sadly Gayle died while bravely fighting cancer) b. November 26th 1948.
2017: Hiroshi "Monsieur" Kamayatsu (78) Japanese singer and guitarist. Born in Tokyo he was a founding member of bands 'The Spiders' in 1961 which toured Europe and the US in the mid 60s, and the band Vodka Collins in 1971, who were the opening act on the Jackson 5's first ever show in Japan on April 27th 1973 at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo. Hiroshi also had a successful solo career. (sadly Hiroshi died fighting pancreatic cancer) b. January 12th 1939.
2017: Wally Pikal (90) American trumpeter and entertainer; his first professional job with the Jerry Dostal Band, but he soon learned that he could play two and even three trumpets at the same time. That was strange enough, but he began doing it while jumping on a pogo stick and in 1950 he formed the band "Wally & the Dill Pickles". He continued playing for over a half a century, his one-man vaudeville show earned him fame on national television shows such as The Tonight Show and The Mike Douglas Show. Wally also had a weekly Friday radio show called "The Pikal Patch" on KDUZ in Hutchinson and entertained audiences with his old-time band. and over the years, he worked with many top stars, including Doc Severinson, Jim Stafford, Victor Borge, Conway Twitty, and Frank Sinatra Jr. (?) b. February 15th 1927.

March 2nd.
1938: Benjamin Robertson "Ben" Harney (65)
America songwriter, entertainer, and pioneer of ragtime music. His father's military records show Ben was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He toured widely on the Vaudeville circuits in the USA, as well as tours of theatres in Europe, Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific. His 1895 composition "You've Been a Good Old Wagon but You Done Broke Down" is regarded as one of the first published ragtime songs. Other compositions included "Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose", "Cake Walk In The Sky", "There's A Knocker Layin' Around", "You May Go, but This Will Bring You Back", "Cannon Ball Catcher", "T.T.T. (Treat, Trade or Travel)", "I Love My Little Honey", "The Wagon" and "There's Only One Way to Keep a Gal". In 1924, the New York Times wrote that Ben "probably did more to popularize ragtime than any other person". Time Magazine termed him "Ragtime's Father" in 1938. (Heart attack) b. March 6th 1872
1942: Charlie Christian (24
American jazz guitarist and blues singer; the first important electric guitarist, he was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique combined with amplification helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument. In 1990 Charlie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (tuberculosis) b. July 29th 1916.
1972: James "Spanky" DeBrest (34)
American jazz bassist; he
played with Lee Morgan in his early years in Philadelphia. In 1957 he was a member of Ray Draper's Quintet, with Jackie McLean, pianist Mal Waldron, and drummer Ben Dixon. He also played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers until 1958, including sessions with Thelonious Monk. Other credits include work with greats such as John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan, Ray Draper, Lee Morgan, and J. J. Johnson. His last recordings were made in 1971 (?) b. April 24th 1937
1991: Serge Gainsbourg/Lucien Ginsburg
(62) French legendary singer, pianist, guitarist; born in Paris, France, known as the saucey old man of popular music and provocateur notorious for his appetite for alcohol, cigarettes, and women, his scandalous, taboo-shattering output made him a legend in Europe but only a cult figure in America. In late-1967, he had a short but ardent love affair with Brigitte Bardot to whom he dedicated the song and album Initials BB. His early songs influenced by Boris Vian, were largely in the vein of old-fashioned chanson. However, Serge began to move beyond this and experiment with a succession of different musical styles: jazz early on to pop in the 1960s, rock and reggae in the 1970s, and electronica in the 1980s. His many hits include "Bonnie and Clyde", "Lemon Incest", "Je t'aime... moi non plus", "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", "Comment te dire adieu", "Mon légionnaire", "White and Black Blues", and "Les Sucettes". During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more than 40 films. In 1996, he received a posthumous César Award for Best Music Written for a Film for Élisa, along with Zbigniew Preisner and Michel Colombier. (Serge died of a heart attack, his death virtually lead to national mourning in France) b. April 2nd 1928.
1994: Anita Rose Morris (50)
American actress, singer, and dancer, born in Durham, Nth. Carolina. Among many roles, her most prominent film role was as Carol Dodsworth, the mistress to Danny DeVito, in Ruthless People and for her sensual performance as Carla in the musical 'Nine' opposite Raul Julia. Her signature number in Nine was "A Call from the Vatican" and she also sang "Simple", late in act two. She was scheduled to perform the former at the Tony Awards in 1982, but the television censors found her outfit too revealing. Her stage work began in the American Mime Theatre and carried her to Broadway both for Nine, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seesaw, The Magic Show, Sugar Babies and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other film work included Bloodhounds of Broadway with Madonna, Randy Quaid and Matt Dillon, Ruthless People with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, 18 Again! with George Burns and Charlie Schlatter, Absolute Beginners with David Bowie and Radioland Murders, which was her final film role. (Anita sadly died after bravely fighting cancer for 14 years) b. March 14th 1943.
1999: David Thomas Ackles (62)
American singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s, born in Rock Island, Illinois. Although he never gained wide commercial success, he influenced many other artists. When Elvis Costello was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, he cited David Ackles in his speech as one of his major influences. Elton John and Phil Collins, are self-declared fans of David too. When Phil Collins was on the British BBC radio show Desert Island Discs, he selected David Ackles' song "Down River" as one of his eight all-time favorite songs. David had also been a child actor, appearing in six of the eight films in Columbia Pictures' Rusty children's film series made 1945-1949. (sadly died of lung cancer) b. February 27th 1937
1999: Dusty Springfield/Mary O'Brien (59) British husky-voiced soul singer; UK's greatest pop diva, also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose work spans the decades. She began her solo career in '63 with the upbeat pop hit, "I Only Want To Be With You". Other hits included "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "Wishin' and Hopin'" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me". Her rendition of "The Look of Love", was included on the soundtrack of the James Bond movie Casino Royale and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Dusty in Memphis earned her a nomination for the Grammy Award and it received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. International polls list the album among the greatest of all time. Its standout track "Son of a Preacher Man" was an international Top 10 hit in 1969. Because of her enthusiasm for Motown music, she campaigned to get some little-known American soul music singers a better audience in the U.K. She devised and hosted The Sound Of Motown, a special edition of Ready Steady Go! TV programme on 28 April 1965. The show was broadcast by Rediffusion TV from their studios in Kingsway, London. Dusty opened the two parts of the show, performing "Wishin' and Hopin'" and "Can't Hear You No More", accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Motown's in-house band The Funk Brothers. Other guests included The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder. In 1987, she sang with the Pet Shop Boys on their single "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" it reached No.2 on both sides of the Atlantic. While in Nashville, Dusty fell ill during the recording her final album A Very Fine Love (breast cancer) b. April 16th 1939.
2003: Hank Ballard/John Henry Kendricks
American singer and songwriter born in Bessemer, Alabama, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan with relatives, where he began singing in church. In 1951, he formed a doo-wop group and was discovered by the legendary band leader Johnny Otis, and was signed to sing with a group called The Royals. The group changed its name to The Midnighters to avoid confusion with The "5" Royales. Their debut single in 1953 "Get It" was shunned by many radio stations because it contained sexually oriented lyrics. In 1954, Hank wrote the song "Work With Me Annie", drawn from "Get It", it became The Midnighters' first major R&B hit, going to No.1 on the R&B charts. After a small string of hits, the group dissolved in 1965. Hank tried to launch a solo career, working with James Brown, but he re-formed The Midnighters, and The Midnighters Band, they toured from the mid 1980's til 2002. (sadly Hank died fightling throat cancer) b. November 18th 1927.
2003: Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson AO, CBE (71)
Australian composer born in Sydney; he wrote seven symphonies; four numbered piano concertos (plus the Concerto for Two Pianos & Strings, the Concerto for Two Pianos & Wind Quintet, after Rawsthorne, and the Sinfonia Concertante), a violin concerto, an organ concerto, a harp concerto and a saxophone concerto; many orchestral works; operas including English eccentrics, to a libretto by Edith Sitwell; Our Man in Havana, after Graham Greene's novel; The Violins of Saint Jacques from Patrick Leigh-Fermor's novel, and which features a volcanic eruption killing all the principal characters except one; Lucky Peter's Journey and The Growing Castle, both of which set plays by August Strindberg). He also wrote several ballets including Sun Into Darkness and The Display, many effective choral works, chamber music, music for solo piano, music for film and television including "Prologue" and "Main Title" of Watership Down.
Malcolm also wrote music for children, including the operas The Happy Prince (based on the story by Oscar Wilde) and Julius Caesar Jones; as well as cassations, short operas incorporating audience participation. One of these, The Valley and the Hill, written for the silver jubilee of Elizabeth II, was performed by 18,000 children. After the death of Sir Arthur Bliss, Malclom held the title of Master of the Queen's Music from 1975 to 2003 (He died in hospital in Cambridge after a series of illnesses) b. November 21st 1931.
: Martin Denny (93)
American pianoist and composer known as the "father of exotica"; a child prodigy, at age ten he studied piano under Lester Spitz and Isadore Gorn. In a long career that saw him performing into his 90s, he toured the world popularizing his brand of lounge music which included exotic percussion, imaginative rearrangements of popular songs, and original songs that celebrated Tiki culture. In 1958, Dick Clark hosted Denny on American Bandstand. "Quiet Village" reached No.2 on Billboard's charts in 1959 with the Exotica album" reaching No.1. He rode the charts of Cashbox and Variety also. Denny had as many as three or four albums on the charts simultaneously during his career. He also had national hits with "A Taste of Honey", "The Enchanted Sea", and "Ebb Tide". (His last concert was held in Hawaii on February 13th 2005 at a benefit to aid tsunami victims, just three weeks later he sadly passed away) b. April 10th 1911.
2008: Jeff Healey (41) Canadian jazz-blues-rock guitarist and vocalist born in Toronto, Ontario. Jeff lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. His eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements. He began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. At 17, he formed a local band Blue Direction. He was soon hosting a blues show on radio staion CIUT-FM where he became known for playing from his massive collection of vintage 78 RPM gramophone records, after which he formed a trio, "The Jeff Healey Band". In 1988, the band released the album See the Light, featuring the hit single "Angel Eyes" and the song "Hideaway", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. While recording See the Light, they were also filming and recording for the soundtrack of the Patrick Swayze film Road House. Jeff had numerous acting scenes in the movie with Swayze, as his band was the house cover band for the bar featured in the movie. In 1990, the band won the Juno Award for Canadian Entertainer of the Year. The albums ''Hell to Pay'' and ''Feel This'' gave Jeff 10 charting singles in Canada between 1990 and 1994, including a cover of The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps which featured George Harrison and Jeff Lynne on backing vocals and acoustic guitar. Over the years, he toured and sat-in with many legends, including, Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and many more. In 2006, Jeff appeared on Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan's CD/DVD ''Gillan's Inn''. He passed away a month before the release of his album, Mess of Blues, which was his first rock/blues album in eight years (sadly died after a couple of years of health
problems and a brave battle cancer) b. March 25th 1966.
2009: Ernie Ashworth (80) American country singer, songwriter and longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He began his career singing on Huntsville radio station WBHP. In 1949, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked for several radio stations and was signed by Wesley Rose as a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music. Among the artists who recorded his songs were Jimmy Dickens, Carl Smith, Johnny Horton and Paul Anka. As a singer his first single, "Each Moment (Spent With You)," became a Top 5 Hit, which was followed by another top 10 hit "You Can’t Pick A Rose In December".
Then the release that would become his signature song “Talk Back Trembling Lips” went to No.1 and he was voted "Most Promising Male Artist" by Cashbox, Billboard and Record World in 1963 and 1964 and he was also invited to join the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964. In 1989, he purchased radio station WSLV in Ardmore, Tennessee. In 1992, Ernie was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and remained active as a recording artist until his death (?) b. December 15th 1928.
2011: Erling Kroner (67) Danish trombonist and bandleader, born in Copenhagen; during 1969–70 and 1973–74, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but played professionally beginning as early as 1961, amongst others in Germany in the Dixieland Stompers and played avant garde music, amongst others with John Tchicai, and rock in Melvis & His Gentlemen. In 1967 he formed his own band, which he kept together ever since, and which primarily was a quintet or tentet. During the 1970s Erling played in NDR's Big Band in Hamburg. 1973–1986 he also was a member of the DR Big Band and played in Leif Johanssons orchestra and Lasse Beijboms band – White Orange. From mid-1990s he was bandleader of a big orchestra together with Lasse Beijbom – The Beijbom-Kroner Big Band. In 2004 he and the American baritone saxophonist Ed Epstein formed the band Bari-Bone Connection, who recorded the album Bari My Heart (sadly died after a fight with cancer) b. April 16th 1943.
2014: Jap Chong (71) Japanese guitarist and pioneer musician; Jap was the founder of hugely popular 1960s band The Quests, which once topped The Beatles off Singapore and Malaysia's Hit Parade Charts with its original song, Shanty. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1942

March 3rd.
1961: Paul Wittgenstein (73)
Austrian-born concert pianist, who became known for his ability to play with just his left hand, after he lost his right arm during the First World War. He devised novel techniques, including pedal and hand-movement combinations, that allowed him to play chords previously regarded as impossible for a five-fingered pianist. He commissioned several pieces for the left hand from prominent composers. Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Sergei Prokofiev, Franz Schmidt, Sergei Bortkiewicz, and Richard Strauss all produced pieces for him. Maurice Ravel wrote his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, which became more famous than any of the other compositions. Paul became an American citizen in 1946, where he did a good deal of teaching as well as playing (?) b. November 5th 1887.
1987: Danny Kaye/David Daniel Kominski (74)
American actor, singer, dancer, comedian and was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF
. He became extremely popular in films with his bravura performances of patter songs and for children's favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly Duckling. Danny first gained fame on Broadway by upstaging the great Gertrude Lawrence in Lady in the Dark with an unforgettable rendition of the "Tchaikovsky," in which he rapidly fired off the names of 54 Russian composers in 38 seconds! His many films included 'Hans Christian Andersen', 'White Christmas', 'The Court Jester', Merry Andrew'. He also portrayed cornet player and bandleader Red Nichols in the film 'The Five Pennies'. He appeared on many TV shows as well as his own show in the 1960s. (sadly died of a heart attack, following a bout with hepatitis) b. January 18th 1913.
1993: Carlos Montoya (89)
Spanish flamenco guitarist born in Madrid
; he began studying the guitar with his mother and a neighboring barber, Pepe el Barbero. By the time he was 14 years old he was accompanying dancers and singers in the cafes of Madrid, Spain.
In the 1920s and 1930s he performed extensively in Europe, North America, and Asia with the likes of La Teresina. The outbreak of World War II brought him to the United States where he began his most successful days as a musician, and frequently toured with the dancer La Argentina. Settling in New York City during World War II, he began touring on his own, bringing his fiery style to concert halls, universities, and orchestras. During this period he made a few recordings for several major and independent labels including RCA Victor, Everest and Folkways. Carlos would toured all year round but always returned to his homeland, Spain for Christmas with his family (died in Wainscott, New York) b. December 13th 1903.
2000: Toni Ortelli (95) Italian alpinist, conductor and composer from, born in Schio, the Veneto region of Italy.
He is well known in the southern Alps regions of Italy, Austria and Switzerland for being the composer of the famous Trentino folk song "La Montanara"/The Song of the Mountains. He wrote the melody and lyrics in 1927 while being on an excursion in the mountains. Luigi Pigarelli has added other vocal parts to harmonize it to a choral piece. It has been translated into 148 languages (?) b. November 25th 1904.
2002: Harlan Perry Howard (74)
American songwriter, principally in country music; born in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up on a farm in Kentucky and he was 12 years old when he began writing songs, starting a career which spanned six decades. His songs include "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down", "Heartaches By The Number", "Everglades, Busted "I Fall To Pieces", his songs were so immediately successful that in 1961 alone, he had fifteen of his compositions on the country music charts, earning himself ten BMI awards. Howard was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 (?) b. September 8th 1927.
2003: Goffredo Petrassi (98)
Italian composer of modern classical music, conductor, and teacher, born in Zagarolo, and is considered one of the most influential Italian composers of the 20th century. After working in a music shop at 15 to help his family financially, in 1928, he entered the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome to study organ and composition. He went on to become musical director of the opera house La Fenice, and from 1959 taught composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and at the Salzburg Mozarteum (?) b. July 16th 1904.
2008: Giuseppe Di Stefano (86) Italian operatic tenor born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, a village near Catania, Sicily. He sang professionally from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. He was known as the "Golden voice" as the true successor of Beniamino Gigli. He was also known for his long-term performance and recording association and brief romantic episode with the soprano Maria Callas. He made his New York debut in 1948 as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto. He went on to perform regularly in New York for many years. In 1957, he made his British debut at the Edinburgh Festival as Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore and his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut in 1961, as Cavaradossi in Tosca. His final operatic role was as the aged Emperor in Turandot, in July 1992 (In November 2004 Giuseppe was critically injured in his home in Diani Beach, Kenya, after a brutal beating by unknown assailants. He was still unconscious a week after the attack and was fed intravenously, and underwent several operations. In December 2007, he was flown to the San Raffaele clinic at Milan, where he slipped into a coma. He he sadly died in his home in Santa Maria Hoè near Milan 3 months later) b. July 24th 1921
2008: Norman "Hurricane" Smith (85)
British singer, songwriter, record producer, also recording engineer with The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others. Born in Edmonton, North London, he served as a RAF glider pilot during World War II. In 1959 after an unsuccessful career as a jazz musician, he joined EMI as an apprentice sound engineer. He later worked on 180 Beatle tracks, "Rubber Soul" was the last album he worked on before he got promoted to producer. Norman wrote many hits, using a pseudonym of "Hurricane Smith" and he had a UK hit with Don't Let It Die, a song he had written for John Lennon and .. READ MORE .. (?) b. February 22nd 1923.
2010: Michalis Toumbouros (51)
Greek singer-songwriter and physician, he wrote the lyrics and music to musicals such as "Trojan Women" (Tragically died in a traffic accident) b. ????
2010: Big Tiny Little/Dudley "Tiny" Little Jr (79)
American pianist, he performed and recorded professionally for more than 60 years.
Tiny began his career as a musician at an early age touring with his father's band. Although he remained principally a pianist, he also mastered the organ, tuba, bass fiddle and vocals. Tiny was well known for his honky-tonk piano role on the "Lawrence Welk Show" from 1955 to 1959. After which he performed on virtually every music and variety show on the air including the first Mike Douglas Show, Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin and Dinah Shore. A part of that Dinah Shore Show featured four pianists at one time playing different interpretations of songs. Peter Nero playing jazz, Ray Charles playing rhythm and blues, Liberace playing classical style and Tiny playing Dixieland. Besides recording 35 albums, including one gold record, he has played in clubs from coast to coast, and performed on cruises to Australia, Hawaii and South America and he was the first American performer to appear on Japanese TV and he was also invited to perform at President Reagan's Inaugural Ball in 1985. He began touring in 2004 with a Welk alumni in the “Live Lawrence Welk Show” and in 2008 Big Tiny was named Emperor of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee where he had played piano for the last twenty-seven years. (Passed away in his hometown of Carson City) b. August 31st 1930.
2011: Aldo Clementi (85)
Italian composer, born in Catania, Italy. He studied the piano, graduating in 1946. His studies in composition began in 1941, after receiving his diploma in 1954, he attended the Darmstadt summer courses from 1955 to 1962. Important influences during this period included meeting Bruno Maderna in 1956, and working at the electronic music studio of the Italian radio broadcaster RAI in Milan.
Poesia de Rilke-1946 was the first work of his to be performed in Vienna-1947. Of more significance was the premiere of Cantata-1954, which was broadcast by North German, Hamburg Radio in 1956. In 1959 he won second prize in the ISCM competition with Episodi, and in 1963 he took first prize in the same competition, with Sette scene da "Collage". Aldo also taught music theory at the University of Bologna from 1971 to 1992 (?) b. May 25th 1925.
2012: Ronnie Montrose (64) American fiery rock guitarist and pioneer; born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in San Francisco, California. After learning his trade with teenage bands, he started out in a band called Sawbuck with Bill Church, before auditioning for Van Morrison, which led to him playing on Morrison's 1971 album Tupelo Honey. He also played on the song "Listen to the Lion", which was released on Morrison's next album, Saint Dominic's Preview in 1972. That same year he played briefly with Boz Scaggs, then joined the Edgar Winter Group, where he played on They Only Come Out at Night album, which included the hit singles "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride". He then >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Ronnie while fighting prostate cancer) b. November 29th 1947.
2013: Müslüm Gürses/Müslüm Akbas (59) Turkish singer and actor also known as Müslüm Baba born in Fistiközü, Halfeti, Sanliurfa. He began singing at the age of 13, in the tea-garden where he worked. In 1967, he entered in a song contest and won the title. He then began to perform at Radio Çukurova. During this time, he adopted the surname Gürses, which means literally "stentorian voice". His debut record single "Emmioglu/Ovada Tasa Basma" was released in 1968. The next year in 1969, he already landed a hit record titled "Sevda Yüklü Kervanlar/Vurma Güzel Vurma" released by Palandöken Records in Istanbul, which sold 300,000 copies. Although he was mainly an arabesk singer, later his interest shifted to other musical genres. He included pop and rock music to his repertory, singing such titles as "Olmadi Yar" of Nilüfer, "Paramparça" of Teoman and "Ikimizin Yerine" of Tarkan (sadly Müslüm died of complications from heart surgery)
May 7th 1953
2013: Bobby Rogers (73)
American soul singer, songwriter, co-founder and member of Motown Records' first signed group The Miracles from 1956 until 2011. Originally called the Five Chimes, then The Matadors, and renamed The Miracles when Bobby’s cousin Claudette joined the line-up in 1957. Over his 56 years with the Miracles, Bobby has been on all their hit singles including their 1960 single "Shop Around" which was Motown's first number one hit on the R&B singles chart, and was also Motown's first million selling hit single.. Other hit singles include "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "My Girl Has Gone", "I Second That Emotion", "Mickey's Monkey", "Going to a Go-Go", "Ooo Baby Baby", "Tracks of My Tears", "Baby Baby Don't Cry", and "Tears of a Clown".
Referred to as Motown's "soul supergroup", the Miracles recorded 26 Top 40 hits, 6 top 20 singles... >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Bobby died with complications from diabetes) b. February 19th 1940.
2014: Robert Ashley (83)
American composer born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music and was later a musician in the US Army. He is best known for his operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques and along with Gordon Mumma, he was also a major pioneer of audio synthesis. From 1961 to 1969, he organised the ONCE Festival in Ann Arbor with Roger Reynolds, Gordon Mumma, and other local composers and artists. He was a co-founder of the ONCE Group, as well as a member of the Sonic Arts Union, which also included David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, and Gordon Mumma. In 1969 he became director of the San Francisco Tape Music Center. In the 1970s he directed the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music (Robert passed away from narural causes) b. March 28th 1930.
2016: Gwyneth George (95) British concert cellist and music academic and grew up in Swansea before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music. She made her Wigmore Hall debut in 1950 and performed regularly with the Argentinian pianist Alberto Portugheis in UK concert halls from 1967 to 1972, as well as in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. In 1979 Gwyneth premiered the Five Nocturnes and Cadenzas that had been written for her by the Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott. She only recorded only one commercial disc, a recording of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich cello sonatas for the Unicorn label in 1971. She also was a professor of music in Kingston, Jamaica, before returning to the UK where she joined the Trinity staff and received an honorary diploma. Gwyneth gave her name to the Gwyneth George Award, which is presented annually to chamber music groups by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. (?) b. May 27th 1920.
2016: John Thomas (63) Welsh guitarist; John started off with bands including Warwick; the psychedelic rock outfit, Edgar Broughton Band; then the UK southern rock group George Hatcher Band, before joining the Welsh hard rock band Budgie in 1979, replacing Rob Kendrick. He played with Budgie until the act’s first breakup in 1988, coming back in 1995 when Budgie reformed. John was also part of Budgie’s second reformation in 1999, ultimately leaving for good in 2002. He performed on three of Budgie’s albums: Power Supply, Nightflight and Deliver Us From Evil. The latter two were Budgie’s most successful albums in the U.K. (?) b. February 21st 1952.

2017: Misha Mengelberg (81) Ukrainian-born Dutch jazz pianist and composer, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, but his family moved back to the Netherlands in the late 1930s and Misha began learning the piano at age five. He entered the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he studied music from 1958 to 1964. While there he won the first prize at a jazz festival in Loosdrecht and became associated with Fluxus. His first appearance on record was on one of Eric Dolphy's final recording, Last Date in 1964. Over his long career he played with a large variety of musicians. He often performed in a duo with fellow Dutchman Bennink, with other collaborators including Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton. He was also one of the earliest exponents of the work of the once-neglected pianist Herbie Nichols (?) b. June 5th 1935
2017: Tommy Page (46) American singer-songwriter and music industry executive with Reprise Records. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, he grew up in nearby West Caldwell and graduated from James Caldwell High School in 1985 at the age of 15. At 18, he was asked to write the theme tune of the film Shag and later released it as his first single. His self-titled debut album was released in November 1988 and contained hits such as "A Zillion Kisses," "Turning Me On," "I Think I'm in Love," and "A Shoulder to Cry On". He released six further albums, the last being 'Ten 'Til Midnight' in 2000. In 2011, after a successful stint as an executive at Warner Bros Records, where he helped to shape the careers of Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, and Green Day, among others, he joined Billboard as publisher. He held that role for two years and was responsible for the successful relaunch of the brand.
As a publisher he created new features such as the Industry Icon Award as well as the infamous Power 100 List. (tragically died from an apparent suicide) May 24th 1970.
2017: Lyle Joseph Ritz (87) American bassist and jazz ukulele musician who was a key part of the Hawaii ukulele genre. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but began his music career as a college student working at the Southern California Music Company in Los Angeles, where he demonstrated instruments including the ukulele. After hearing him play, he was signed by
Verve who released his first ukulele record, 'How About Uke?' in 1957 and '50th State Jazz' in 1959. He then became a session musician on the bass guitar and joined the Wrecking Crew, a popular group of studio musicians in the Los Angeles recording industry. Lyle compiled over 5,000 credits including such notable tracks as Herb Alpert's "Taste of Honey", The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", and the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations". Other notable recording artists he backed up include Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Herb Ohta, Dean Martin, and Linda Ronstadt. He also played bass on television soundtracks including The Rockford Files, Name That Tune, and Kojak. In 1979 he was hired to play the ukulele in place of Steve Martin when Martin was shown playing in 'The Jerk'. Popular in Hawaii he was a regular face at their Annual Ukulele Festival and he continued to recored until 2007. That same year Lyle was inducted to both the Ukulele Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. (?) b. January 10th 1930.

March 4th
1954: Noel Gay/Reginald Moxon Armitage (55)
English composer, born in Wakefield; his most famous show, Me and My Girl was originally performed at the Victoria Palace London, in 1937, and ran for a 1,646 performances. It was revived again in 1952, and 1984, when it ran for eight years initially at the Haymarket theatre in Leicester and then at the Adelphi theatre in London, later going on tour throughout Britain, and transferring to Broadway. The show's "showstopper", "The Lambeth Walk" has the distinction of being the only popular song to be the subject of a leader in The Times, in October 1938 it was reported "While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances — to 'The Lambeth Walk'".
He went on to write songs for revues by The Crazy Gang, and for star artists like Gracie Fields, Flanagan and Allen and George Formby, penning popular World War II songs such as "Run Rabbit Run". After the war, his songwriting diminished, and he concentrated on production (?) b. July 15th 1898.
1960: Leonard Warren (48)
American baritone born in New York; made his concert debut at the Metropolitan Opera in excerpts from La traviata and Pagliacci during a concert in New York in November 1938. His formal operatic debut took place there in January 1939, when he sang Paolo in Simon Boccanegra. A recording contract with RCA Victor soon followed.
He went on to sing in San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires, he appeared at La Scala in Milan in 1953, and in 1958, he made a highly successful tour of the Soviet Union, but for most of his career he remained in New York and sang at the Met (he sadly died on stage of a massive cerebral hemorrhage in mid performance of La forza del destino with Renata Tebaldi, at The Met) b. April 21st 1911.
1978: Joe Marsala (71)
American jazz clarinetist and songwriter born in Chicago, where he freelanced starting in the late '20s before moving to New York City where he found his greatest success as the leader of the 1936 band in the Hickory House on 52nd Street. Over the next ten years Joe featured such side players as Adele Girard, Buddy Rich, Red Allen, Eddie Condon, Joe Bushkin, Dave Tough, Shelly Manne, Max Kaminsky, and his brother, Marty, among others. He also recorded with Wingy Manone in the mid-'30s. Joe retired from full-time playing in 1948, working instead in music publishing (sadly died fighting cancer) b. January 4th 1907
1979: Harry Hopkinson aka Harry Torrani(76)
British yodeler billed as the "Yodeling Cowboy from Chesterfield" who was credited as one of the world's greatest yodelers.
He started singing in the North Wingfield Church choir, and after a spell working in the local colliery, entered show business in a troupe of traveling entertainers. The yodeling part of his act was expanded, and he adopted the more commercial and continental sounding name of Harry Torrani. He recorded his first yodelling song on 27 August 1931 "Honeymoon Yodel" / "Happy and Free". His recording career continued until 1942, and he recorded 25 records. Some of his songs were "Yodel All Day", "Yodelers Dream Girl", "Honeymoon Yodel", "The Australian Yodel", "The Highland Yodel", "Mammy’s Yodel!" and "Mississippi Yodel!". After his his retirement in the late 40s, he worked as a watch repairer (?) b. 1902
1979: Mike Patto/Michael McCarthy (36)
English singer and keyboardist, born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. He first became vocalist and front man for The Bow Street Runners, who won a prestigious TV band competition Ready Steady Win during 1964 . He was a member of Timebox, his own band Patto and Dick and the Firemen. In 1974 he joined Spooky Tooth as vocalist and 2nd keyboardist, Spooky Tooth was one of the very few bands to adopt the twin keyboard approach. He is also known as a founding member of the rock band Boxer along with the legendary guitarist Ollie Halsall and global keyboardist Chris Stainton. They toured both the US and Europe (sadly died after a brave battle with throat cancer) b. September 22nd 1942
1986: Howard Greenfield (49)
American lyricist and songwriter, who for several years in the 1960s worked out of the famous Brill Building. He is best known for his series of successful songwriting collaborations, including one with Neil Sedaka from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, and a near-simultaneous and equally successful songwriting partnership with Jack Keller throughout most of the 1960s. He
co-wrote four songs that reached No.1 on the US Billboard charts: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", as recorded by Neil Sedaka; "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart", both as recorded by Connie Francis, and "Love Will Keep Us Together", as recorded by The Captain & Tennille. He also co-wrote numerous other top 10 hits for Neil Sedaka, including "Oh! Carol", "Stairway to Heaven", "Calendar Girl", "Little Devil", "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen", and "Next Door to an Angel"; Connie Francis including the "Theme to Where The Boys Are" and "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own"; The Everly Brothers-"Crying In The Rain"; Jimmy Clanton-"Venus In Blue Jeans" and The Shirelles-"Foolish Little Girl". As well, co-writing the theme songs to numerous 1960s TV series, including Bewitched, The Flying Nun and Hazel. In 2005, "Is This The Way To Amarillo", a song Greenfield had written with Sedaka in the early 1970s, reached No.1 on the UK charts sung by Tony Christie when the song was re-released on 14 March 2005 to raise money for the Comic Relief charity, with an accompanying video by comedian Peter Kay. In 1991, Howard Greenfield was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (sadly died from complications due to AIDS) b. March 15th 1936.
1986: Richard Manuel (42) Canadian singer, piano, keyboards, drums, and lap slide guitarist, born in Stratford, Ontario. He started out playing in the Rockin' Revols before joining up with Ronnie Hawkins band The Hawks. John P. Hammond recommended The Hawks to Bob Dylan, who tapped them to serve as his backing band while he switched to an electric sound. In 1966, they toured Europe and the U.S. with Dylan and were known for enduring the ire of Dylan's folk fans, and were subjected to unpleasant hissing and booing. They gradually became called The Band. Richard's is the first voice you hear on The Band's legendary debut album, Music From Big Pink, a rich baritone so soulful and charged with pathos it's hard to believe it could come from the frail Canadian. (committed suicide by hanging when his wife briefly stepped out of their room. A bottle of Grand Marnier and cocaine were found alongside his body) b. April 3rd 1943.
Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes (72)
American jazz and R&B guitarist; born in Newport News, Virginia he began his career playing drums and one-fingered piano. In 1938 he took up the electric 4-string tenor guitar. In 1940 he joined the Cats And A Fiddle as guitarist and singer, then in 1943 he joined the Art Tatum Trio as guitarist making a number of recordings. He left Art to form his own bands in New York recording with the likes of Billy Holiday, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Roy Eldridge, Pepper Adams, and other noted players, with numbers like "I’ll Always Love You", "Red Cross", "Tiny’s Tempo", "Romance Without Finance", and his jazzed up version of "Loch Lomond". He continued to lead his own groups into the late '70s. It has been suggested that the guitar break, based on the Scottish tune "The Campbells are Coming", on The Crows one hit wonder "Gee" in 1952 may have been played by Tiny. The song which has been credited as the first Rock n’ Roll hit by a rock and roll group and it was the first 1950s doo-wop record to sell over one million records. (?) b. July 7th 1916.
1992: Mary Osborne (70)
American jazz guitarist, violin, bassist and vocalist with many jazz bands touring with Buddy Rogers, Dick Stabile, Terry Shand, Joe Venuti, and Russ Morgan, and recorded with Mary Lou Williams, Beryl Booker, Coleman Hawkins, Mercer Ellington, Ethel Waters, and Wynonie Harris. She also featured on Jack Sterling's daily CBS radio program from 1952 to 1960. Born in Minot, North Dakota, she learned violin as a child and could play guitar and bass by the age of 15. She remained a formidable guitarist late in life; in an appearance with Lionel Hampton at the 1990 Playboy Jazz Festival, she virtually stole the show (?) b. July 17th 1921.
1993: Art Hodes (88) American jazz pianist born in Ukraine and his family settled in Chicago, Illinois when he was a few months old. His career began in Chicago clubs, but he did not gain wider attention until moving to New York City in 1938. In that city he played with Sidney Bechet, Joe Marsala, and Mezz Mezzrow. L
ater he founded his own band in the 1940s and it would be associated with his home town of Chicago for the next forty years. Art also played and recorded with musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Wingy Manone, Gene Krupa, Muggsy Spanier, Joe Marsala, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Albert Nicholas, Wild Bill Davison, and Vic Dickenson. In the late 1960s Art starred in a series of TV shows on Chicago style jazz called "Jazz Alley" and in 1998, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame (?) b. November 14th 1904.
1993: Tomislav Ivcic (40) Croatian singer, songwriter, guitarist and politician; one of the most popular
Croatian singers and songwriters in 1970s appearing at many pop music festivals. During the war in Croatia, he wrote the song "Stop the War in Croatia" which became a hit as well as charting in the Top 10 in Australia in 1991. In 1990, he also became a member of Croatian Democratic Union. He expressed his patriotism through the song "Bože cuvaj Hrvatsku", that would become semi-official anthem of his party. In February 1993 he ran as his party's candidate for House of Chambers of Croatian Parliament, and won a seat. (A few weeks before he was supposed to take office and shortly after a Globus interview in which he was described as "first Croatian senator", he tragically died in a accident)
b. January 6th 1953.
1993: Eugene "Gene" Hall (79)
American music educator, saxophonist, and arranger, most known for creating and presiding over the first academic curriculum leading to a bachelors degree in jazz, then called "Dance Band" at an institution of higher learning, being at the University of North Texas College of Music in 1947. Born in Whitewright, TX, he studied the saxophone and played in church, later played saxophone local combo called the Joy Makers. He performed with dance bands in the North Texas area in the 1930s and in 1934 began a two-year European tour as saxophonist with the Clarence Nemir Orchestra, where he developed his arranging skills. Among his many projects he also worked with Stan Kenton and his successor, Leon Breeden, at the Stan Kenton Band Clinics (?) b. June 12th 1913.
1995: Eden Ahbez/George McGrew/George Alexander Aberle ()
American songwriter, singer and poet
from the 1940s-1960s, born in Brooklyn, brought up in Kansas and whose lifestyle in California was influential on the hippie movement. From at least the 1940s, he traveled in sandals and wore shoulder-length hair and beard, and white robes. He camped out below the first L in the Hollywood Sign above LA, studied Oriental mysticism, and claimed to live on three dollars a week, sleeping outdoors with his family, and eating vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Eden composed the song "Nature Boy", which became a No.1 hit for eight weeks in 1948 for Nat "King" Cole, and has since become a pop and jazz standard, his other songs include "Land of Love (Come My Love and Live with Me)" and "Lonely Island". In 1959, he began recording instrumental music, and in 1960, he recorded his only solo LP, Eden’s Island, mixing his beatnik poetry with exotica arrangements.(Tragically he died from injuries sustained in a car accident) b. April 15th 1908.
1999: Eddie Dean/Edgar Dean Glosup (91) American western singer and actor, born in Posey, TA. At the age of 16 he performed on the Southern gospel circuit with the Vaughan and then the V.O. Stamps quartets, before moving to Chicago with his brother Jimmie and performed together on WLS Radio's National Barn Dance. They also did work from a radio station in Yankton, South Dakota. In 1934, Eddie appeared in his first of many films in the role of Sam in Manhattan Love Song. Beginning in 1941, he recorded a string of singles including the country No.1, "Dearest". In 1955, Eddie and Hal Southern released "Hill-Billy Heaven". He was also a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Western Music Association Hall of Fame (sadly Eddie died of emphysema)
b. July 7th 1907.
1999: Milosz Magin (69) Polish composer and pianist, born in Lodz; he won prizes in several international competitions: the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris and the Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon.
He left his native country together with his wife Idalia Magin and stayed in Portugal, Germany, and England until finally settling in Paris in 1960. Parallel to his career as a pianist and composer, Milosz Magin became a very popular teacher with students who came to him from all over the world, including such famous performers as Jean-Marc Luisada. (sadly Milosz died of a heart attack, during a tour of concerts in Tahiti) b. July 6th 1929.
1999: Teddy McRae (91) American jazz tenor saxophonist and arranger born in Philadelphia; he played with June Clark in 1926 before moving to New York City to found his own band. Following this he played and/or recorded with Charlie Johnson, Elmer Snowden, Stuff Smith, Lil Armstrong, Benny Morton, Teddy Wilson, Red Allen and Chick Webb. After Webb's death he was musical director for the orchestra during its tenure under the leadership of Ella Fitzgerald-1939-41. In the 40s he
worked in the orchestras of Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford, Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong; he also served as Armstrong's musical director during his period with that band. He wrote tunes for Artie Shaw including "Back Bay Shuffle" and formed his own band in 1945. He and Eddie Wilcox formed their own R&B label, Raecox, in the 1950s. He also recorded with Champion Jack Dupree in 1955-56, and recorded a few sides for Groove Records in 1955 and Moonshine Records in 1958 (?) b. January 22nd 1908.
2000: Kyi Kyi Htay (75) Burmese four-time Myanmar Academy Award winning film actress, opera performer, singer, and dancer born in a small town of Letbadan. She took part in Burmese traditional opera, Zat Thabin, since her childhood and became famous under the name Aung Chin Ma Marla Yi. She crossed over to films in 1952, and won her first Burmese Academy Award with her debut film Chit Thet-Wai. She won three more Academy Awards for Chit Kwint Ma Paing in 1956, Nu Nu Nge Nge in 1970, and Lu Zaw in 1978. (?) b. March 19th 1924.
2001: Glenn Hughes (50) American singer, the original "Biker" character in the disco group Village People from 1977 to 1996. He attended Manhattan College, where he was initiated as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1969. He responded to an advertisement by composer Jacques Morali seeking "macho" singers and dancers. Glenn and other members of the band were given a crash course in the synchronized dance choreography that later typified the group's live performances. Glenn's powerful bass voice played an important part in the background lyrics of almost all Village People's most known hits. In 1996, he retired from dancing and launched his own successful New York cabaret act, until lung cancer was diagnosed. However, he did continued with management of the band. His iconic handlebar moustache and leather clothing have made Glenn a gay archetype yet Glenn was heterosexual. During his later years, he was known for storming the streets of New York with his Custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle. (Sadly he lost his brave battle with lung cancer) b. July 18th 1950.
2002: Eric Flynn (62) Chinese-born British actor and singer Born in Hainan, he
appeared as Alan-A-Dale in "A Challenge For Robin Hood" in 1963, as Leo Ryan in the Doctor Who story The Wheel in Space in 1968, as Ivanhoe in a 1970 TV mini series and as Major Tom Graham in series five of Freewheelers in 1971. He was also an established musical theatre actor appearing in shows such as "Evita", "Annie Get Your Gun", "The Sound Of Music", "My Fair Lady", "A Little Night Music" and "Copacabana" starring alongside the likes of Lauren Becall and Maria Freidman (sadly lost his fight against cancer) b. December 13th 1939.
2004: John McGeoch (48)
Legendary Scottish guitarist born in Greenock, Renfrewshire; he played with a number of bands of the post-punk era, including Magazine; Visage and Public Image Ltd; and Siouxsie and the Banshees, playing on albums Kaleidoscope in 1980, Juju-1981, and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse-1982. The Banshees' hit singles of this era featured some of John's greatest work, particularly 1980's "Happy House", "Christine" and "Israel".
He was described as "one of the most influential guitarists of his generation" and he was also considered as "the new wave Jimmy Page". In 1996, he was listed by Mojo in their "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "Spellbound" (reportedly he died in his sleep) b. August 25th 1955.
2004: Claude Nougaro (74)
French songwriter and singer; born in Toulouse, he was widely regarded as the singer who fused the traditions of the French chanson with the energy and verve of American jazz. Claude never learnt to write music or play an instrument, in the early days he sent his lyrics to Marguerite Monnot, Édith Piaf's songwriter, who put them to music. He started to sing for a livelihood in 1959 in a Parisian cabaret in Montmartre, the Lapin Agile. As well as collaborating with jazz greats including Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman and Nat Adderley, during the 1960s Claude studied Brazilian music, working with Baden Powell and Chico Buarque, some of his noted songs include "Je Suis Sous" ("I Am Drunk"), "Cécile, Ma Fille" ("Cecile, My Daughter"), "Jazz and Java," and "Paris Mai". Although Nougaro's commercial success declined during the 1970s, the 80s saw comeback inspired by the success of Nougaro, an album cut in New York City. At this time, he also experimented with African rhythms. In 1988 Victoires de la musique rewarded him with best album and best artist, and between 1993 and 1997 he released three new albums (cancer) b. September 9th 1929
2005: Robert "Rob" Consoli (40) American actor, guitarist and singer born in Bradford, Massachusetts, he moved to California in the late-80’s to pursue an acting career. As well as his acting career, he also performed with Canadian singer Norman Iceberg both as an actor and musician, adding a theatrical touch to the shows. (Rob sadly died fighting leukemia)
b. August 21st 1964.
2005: Una Hale (82) Australian operatic soprano, born in Adelaide, and relocated to Britain in 1946 to study at the Royal College of Music. She appeared with the Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1949 to 1954, playing many leading roles, such as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata Micaela Carmen and Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. In 1954 Una was engaged as a principal soprano at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where she sang most of the major lyric soprano roles. She was particularly noted for her portrayals of Ellen Orford in Britten's Peter Grimes, Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Marschallin in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and Liu in Puccini's Turandot. In 1956 she portrayed Naomi in the world première of Lennox Berkeley's opera, Ruth. In 1962, she sang the title role in the Australian première of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos. During that same season she also portrayed Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff. In 1963-64 she sang Ellen Orford and Tosca with the Sadler's Wells Opera Company, and Tosca and The Marshallin in Romania with the Romanian National Opera (?) b. November 18th 1922.
2007: Tadeusz Nalepa (63) Polish singer-songwriter and guitarist; he graduated from the Music Academy in Rzeszów in violin, clarinet and contrabass. In 1965, he and his friend Stan Borys, formed the rock band Blackout, before starting a new band Breakout shortly after, releasing 10 albums before disbanding in 1981. In 1982, he debuted as a solo artist in the Warsaw concert "Rock-Blok". On the May 25th 1985, Tadeusz re-formed Breakout and in 1986, the magazine Jazz Forum named him the best musician, composer and guitar player. Along with the other winners, he took part in the concert series "Blues/Rock Top '86". At this same period of time he was also working with another polish rock/blues band Dzem. In 2003, Tadeusz was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Polonia Restituta. (He had became very ill in the recent years and he had to be dialised because of the kidney problems and sadly died from serious illness of his digestive system)
b. August 26th 1943.
2007: Natalie Bodanya (98) American operatic soprano, born in Manhatten, who had an active international career from the late 1920s through the 1940s. She notably sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1937 through 1942 and was a performer with the New York City Opera during the company's 1943-1944 inaugural season. In addition to her appearances in the United States, Bodanya was also active as a guest artist in operas and concerts in Europe. She notably canceled her contracts with the Vienna State Opera and La Scala in 1938 to protest the anti-Semitic measures being taken by the governments of Italy and Austria. She also appeared in nightclubs, performed on the radio, and recorded a few songs with Mario Lanza. In the 1950s Natalie embarked on a second career as a singing teacher in California (?) b. August 23rd 1908.

2007: Richard Joseph (53) British games soundtrack composer; he was noted in game audio for bringing "real" voice actors into a game for the first time, Mega Lo Mania, the earliest use of interactive music, Chaos Engine, working with established recording artists - Betty Boo on Magic Pockets, Captain Sensible on Sensible Soccer, Brian May on Rise of the Robots and Jon Foxx on Gods and Speedball 2, and featuring vocals in title tunes, which was revolutionary for the time. In the late 1980s and early '90s, he produced soundtracks for development teams Sensible Software and the Bitmap Brothers. He is also credited with the soundtrack to the C64 version of the hit Defender of the Crown. Prior to working in games Richard had a fleeting career in the music industry working with artists such as Trevor Horn and Hugh Padgham. Richard released one solo single on EMI and was part of the group CMU which released two albums, Richard was only involved with the second, Space Cabaret, on Transatlantic before evolving into jazz funk band Shakatak
(sadly lost his battle with lung cancer) b. April 23rd 1953.
2008: Leonard Rosenman (83) American academy award winning film composer born in Brooklyn, NYC. After service in the Pacific in the Army Air Forces in WW II, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg, Roger Sessions and Luigi Dallapiccola. He went on to
compose the scores for dozens of films such as East of Eden-1955, Rebel Without a Cause-1955, Fantastic Voyage-1966, The Lord of the Rings-1978), Cross Creek-1983 and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home-1986 and incidental music for television series as such The Defenders, The Twilight Zone, Gibbsville and Marcus Welby, M.D. He also wrote the theme and almost all of the incidental music used for the entire run of the 1960s World War II television series Combat!. In the 1970s he composed Bass Concerto Chamber Music 4 for bassist Buell Neidlinger and four string quartets with a second bass (sadly he died of a heart attack) b. September 7th 1924.
2009: John "Bowling Green" Cephas (78) American Piedmont blues guitarist, well known as one half of the duo Cephas & Wiggins. He learned the blues from a guitar-playing aunt while his grandfather taught him about eastern Virginia folklore and his cousin David Taleofero, is credited with teaching him the Piedmont blues style of alternating thumb-and-picking method of guitar. Before serving in the Army during the Korean War, he joined the Capitol Harmonizers and toured on the gospel circuit. He met "Harmonica Phil" Wiggins at a jam session in Washington in 1977, and both performed as regular members of Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis's Barrelhouse Rockers. Wilbert Ellis died later that year, John and Phil carried on together and since 1978, as the duo Cephas & Wiggins, they have performed on tours of Europe, Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Soviet Union. Their 13 releases from the 1980 include Dog Days of August, Guitar Man and Flip, Flop and Fly. All are great examples of state-of-the-art, acoustic Piedmont blues (natural causes) b. September 4th 1940.
2009: Joseph Bloch (91)
American concert pianist and professor of piano literature at the Juilliard School in New York City. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he attended Chicago Musical College, where he was awarded a bachelor's degree and later attended Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in musicology. His education was interrupted by his service in the US Army Air Force during World War II, where he was stationed in Guam. During his career at Juilliard that spanned 5 decades, his students included Emanuel Ax, Jeffrey Siegel Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter, Garrick Ohlsson, and Jeffrey Swann. During his time at the school, with the exception of an attempted retirement in the 1980s, he taught every piano student at Juilliard. While other Juilliard piano instructors taught prowess at the keyboard, Joseph focused on what The New York Times described as "the who, the why and the what-if" of the piano, not "the how-to" (Sadly Joseph died of a heart attack) b. November 6th 1917.
2010: Fred Wedlock (67)
British folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, he was best known for his UK hit single, "The Oldest Swinger In Town" and performed at many venues in Britain and Europe. He taught in the East End of London during the 1960s and then at South Bristol College, before taking up music full time in the 1970s. He played the folk circuit for many years, both prior to, and in the wake of, his single chart success. He also presented many programmes on West Country TV. In 1997 Fred took a leading role in Bristol Old Vic's production of Up the Feeder, Down the Mouth, a theatrical history of Bristol Docks. In 2001 the production was remounted on the waterfront. He also appeared in several productions for Bristol theatre company, The Ministry of Entertainment, most recently in December 2009. Fred was also devoted to charitable causes, he performed on numerous occasions for the Variety Club, and raised thousands of pounds over the years (Fred sadly died from a heart attack, after having contracted pneumonia) b. May 23rd 1942
2010: Johnny Alf (80)
Brazilian singer, pianist and composer born in Rio de Janeiro. He introduced Brazil to a new way of singing, playing, and composing several years before the term "bossa nova" was even coined. All those who came after such as Tom Jobim, Leny Andrade, Luís Eça, Carlos Lyra, had some Alf influences. Unfortunately Alf, a musical genius, was highly underestimated, his importance in Brazilian popular music as a fundamental precursor is still to be properly regarded, while he has been frequently recorded by international musicians such as Lalo Schifrin, "Rapaz de Bem". In Brazil, his playing is registered on 46 albums, singles, compilations, and participations, but he has recorded only nine solo LPs or CDs in his career (lost his brave battle with cancer) b. May 19th 1929.
2010: Ron Banks (58) American singer
born in Redford, Michigan, Ron was a singer with the soul music vocal group, The Dramatics from the 1960s until his death. The Dramatics originally known as the Dynamics, changed their name around 1967, when they had their first minor hit single, "All Because of You". They did not break through until their single, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.9, this was their first million selling disc and was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December 1971. Through the 1970s, they appeared on Soul Train and continued to have hits, including the No.1 R&B hit, "In the Rain", "Toast to the Fool", "Me and Mrs. Jones", "I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes" and "Be My Girl". Ron with The Dramatics also were guests on the Snoop Doggy Dogg song, "Doggy Dogg World". The song appeared on Snoop's 1993 debut album, Doggystyle. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" appeared in the 2005 documentary Sunday Driver, as well as the movies, Wattstax and Darktown Strutters, and the 2007 Petey Greene biopic, Talk To Me (sadly died of a heart attack) b. May 10th 1951
2010: Lolly Vegas/Lolly Vasquez (70)
American singer and guitarist born in Coalinga, Calif., and grew up in Fresno. He and his brother Pat, a singer and bassist, were session musicians who performed together as Pat and Lolly Vegas in the 1960s at Sunset Strip clubs and on the TV variety show "Shindig!". They formed the Native American band Redbone in 1969. The band, with members of Latino and native American origin, released its self-titled debut album the following year. The band first gained notice with "Maggie" in 1970 and "The Witch Queen of New Orleans" in 1971. "Come and Get Your Love" peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1974.
In concert, Redbone often dressed in traditional Native American attire, and some of the group's songs, including "We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee," emphasized the members' Indian background. Lolly and Pat also were prolific songwriters whose "Niki Hoeky" was covered by Aretha Franklin, Bobbie Gentry and P.J. Proby. (sadly died after a brave battle against cancer) b. October 2nd 1939.
2010: Etta Cameron/Ettamae Louvita Coakley (60)
Danish singer and actor born in Nassau, Bahamas; she went to Denmark from DDR, she was stranded for five years in East Berlin, after a performance commitment she had lost her passport. She especially sang jazz and gospel, and put her marks in the Danish music culture through her entire career since she arrived to Denmark in the 1970s. She was made a Knight of Dannebrog in 1997.
Etta is also well-known as one of the judges in the first two seasons of Scenen er din, the Danish version of the American TV show Star Search (died after a long illness) b. November 21st 1939.
2011: Johnny Preston/John Preston Courville (71)
American pop music singer, who was best known for his international No.1 hit in 1960, "Running Bear".
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, he sang in high school choral contests throughout the state of Texas and formed a rock and roll band called 'The Shades', who were seen performing at a local club by J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. Big Bopper offered him the chance to record a teenage tragedy song he had written, "Running Bear", which they did in Houston, Texas in 1958. The "Indian" sounds on the record were performed by Richardson and George Jones. The record was released after Big Bopper's death in Buddy Holly-Ritchie Valens plane crash entering the U.S. Hot 100 in October 1959, reaching No.1 in January 1960. It was a transatlantic chart-topper, reaching No.1 in the UK in March 1960.The sales of the record exceeded one million copies, earning Johnny his first gold disc. This was followed up with "Cradle of Love", "Feel So Fine", and others. His pioneering contribution to the genre was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He also performed at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, Missouri. In 2009, Johnny performed at the Lamar State College, in his hometown. (Johnny had coronary artery bypass surgery in 2010, but has sadly died of heart failure after years of heart related illnesses) b. August 18th 1939.
2013: Fran Warren/Frances Wolfe (87)
American singer and actress, born in the Bronx, New York City. After some time on a chorus line at New York's Roxy Theater, she sang with bands led by Randy Brooks, Art Mooney, Billy Eckstine who gave her the stage name, Charlie Barnet and Claude Thornhill with who she made the charts for the first time, with "A Sunday Kind Of Love" in 1947. In 1948 she went solo, making a number of recordings, her biggest hit was a duet with Tony Martin, "I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Pray'rs)" which reached No.3 on the charts. In the 1950s, she also started to play in musical comedy, performing in The Pajama Game and Finian's Rainbow and later playing the title role in Mame. She did not neglect her band singing, touring with Harry James in the 1960s and trumpet player Joe Cabot in the 70s and early 80s (?) b. March 4th 1926.
2014: Renato Cioni (84)
Italian operatic tenor, born in Portoferraio on the Isle of Elba. In 1956, as a result of winning an international voice contest organized by the Rome Opera, he made his stage debut at Spoleto, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He quickly became in great demand as a leading tenor throughout Italy, making debut in Rome, Naples, Palermo, Venice, Genoa, Trieste, Bologna, and Catania, etc. He made his La Scala debut on 4 March 1961, as Pinkerton, under Gianandrea Gavazzeni. Also that year he made his studio recordings of Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto, opposite Joan Sutherlandin and he was soon also singing outside Italy, appearing in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and France. In 1964, he took part in two historical performances, first at Covent Garden, as Cavaradossi in Tosca, opposite Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi, and then at La Scala, as Alfredo in La traviata, opposite Anna Moffo and Mario Sereni, under Herbert von Karajan.(?) b. April 15th 1929.
2015: : Vladimir "Vlada" Divljan (56)
Serbian singer, guitarist and songwriter born in Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia. He was known as the frontman for the Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band Idoli, one of the bands which initiated the Yugoslav new wave on the music and cultural scene of the former Yugoslavia in the 1980s, as well as for his solo works. The first serious band he formed after graduation, in 1976 was called Merlin but soon renamed Zvuk Ulice/ Sound Of The Street, after which he formed the band Decaci/The Boys. In the 80s he launched a solo career before moving to Australia in 1991. Having started working on TV and movie soundtracks he was included into the Movie Composer's Society and in 1996 started studying at the University of Sydney, section Sound studies of the Movie Academy. During a short visit to Yugoslavia in late 1995 / early 1996, he formed the Old Stars Band. In 1999 he and his family moved to Vienna, where he settled for the rest of his days. He continued to work on radio, films and with different music and band projects. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. May 10th 1958.
2015: Jim McCann (70)
Irish guitarist and singer born in Dublin. He dropped out of University College Dublin where he was stuying medicine, when he became interested in folk music during a 1964 summer in Birmingham, UK. He began to perform in folk clubs in the area, and, upon his return to Dublin, he joined a group called the Ludlow Trio in 1965; they had an Irish No.1 hit 1966, with “The Sea Around Us”, but the band broke up the following year. Jim began a solo career, releasing an album, McCann. In 1973 he performed alongside Luke Kelly in the original cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, in the role of Peter. In April 1974 Kelly asked him to join The Dubliners temporarily, to replace Ciarán Bourke during an illness. However, he became a permanent member soon afterwards, when Ronnie Drew left the group. He remained with The Dubliners until the end of 1979, during which he toured incessantly, also recorded several albums with the group. Jim continued his solo career, but he rejoined The Dubliners in 2002 for their 40th anniversary tour and again at Vicar Street in 2012 for their 50th. Jim released 7 solo albums including From Tara to Here which went gold. (sadly Jim died battling throat cancer) b. October 26th 1944.
2016: Zhou Xiaoyan (98)
Chinese vocal pedagogue, classical soprano and considered to be the first important instructor of Western opera in China. Born in Wuhan she was educated at a Roman Catholic school in Shanghai which exposed her to studies in Western music. At aged 18, Zhou began her professional musical training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and rose to fame in her native country shortly after the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. In 1946 Zhou was a featured soloist at the first Prague Spring International Music Festival; a performance which earned her the nickname the "Chinese nightingale". With the rise of the Cultural Revolution, Western music was no longer accepted by those in power and Zhou found herself out of favor. In 1970 Zhou returned to Shanghai and her post at the conservatory. In 1988, Zhou established the Zhou Xiaoyan Opera Center under the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. At the 50th anniversary of China's victory against Japan, Zhou was invited to sing at the Great Wall of China. Over her long career she performed at many established theatres across Europe in countries including England, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland (?) b. August 17th 1917.
2016: Joey Martin Feek (40)
American country singer and one half of the husband-and-wife singing duo Joey + Rory. Originally from Alexandria, Indiana, she made her stage debut at 6 years old, performing Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors". In 2000, two years after moving to Nashville, Joey Martin was signed to Sony Music as a recording artist, but her two LPs were shelved before being released. The second album, 'Strong Enough to Cry', was eventually issued in 2007, five years into her marriage to songwriter Rory Lee Feek. In 2008, the Feeks combined their talents to compete on the CMT series "Can You Duet". They came 3ird and secured a deal with Sugar Hill Records, releasing their debut LP, 'The Life of a Song', featuring the Top 30 hit "Cheater, Cheater". The follow-up, 'Album Number Two', was released in 2010, succeeded by A Farmhouse Christmas a year later. In 2010, Joey + Rory were named the ACM Top New Vocal Duo of the Year, receiving additional nods from the ACM and CMA from 2009 to 2011. They scored a Grammy nomination in 2015, in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their cover of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You". On April 3rd, they are up for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 51st ACM Awards. On Feb. 12, the couple released their 7th final album, "Hymns That Are Important To Us," which they recorded last summer in Nashville. (sadly Joey Martin died fighting cervical cancer) b.1975.
2016: Bankroll Fresh/Yung Fresh/Trentavious White (28)
American rapper born in Atlanta, Georgia. He appeared with Gucci Mane on multiple records. In 2014, he collaborated with Mike Will Made It on the song "Screen Door". He made a guest appearance on song "For the Love", which appeared on the 2014 Metro Boomin mixtape 19 & Boomin'. He had a minor hit of his own with the 2014 single "Hot Boy", and the same year, released the mixtape 'Life of a Hot Boy'. In 2015, he released Life of a Hot Boy 2, and followed it with a self-titled mixtape. In February 2016, he released a video for his song "Poppin' Shit" (tragically Bankroll was shot and killed late in the evening at Street Execs Studio, a recording studio in Atlanta. Investigators found over 50 shell casings at the scene. No one else was injured) b. August 2nd 1987.
2017: Edi Fitzroy/Fitzroy Edwards (62)
Jamaican reggae singer born in Chapelton, and attended Chapelton All-Age and Clarendon College. After studying accounting, he took a job as an accounts clerk with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation while also singing in his spare time. He released his debut album 'Youthman Penitentiary' in 1982 and 'Check For You Once' topped the Jamaican albums chart for four weeks later that year. He had a major Jamaican hit with "The Gun", and he contributed to the "Land of Africa" charity single in aid of the Ethiopia famine appeal. After the release of his 1993 album 'Deep in Mi Culture', Edi toured the United States with backing band Massawa. In the mid-1990s he started his own Confidence label to release his own material and became a regular performer at annual Peter Tosh memorial concerts in Jamaica (?) b. November 17th 1955.
2017: Valerie Carter (64)
American singer-songwriter perhaps best known as a back-up vocalist who has recorded and performed with a number of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Christopher Cross, Little Feat, Jackson Browne, The Outlaws and, most notably, James Taylor. She wrote songs for Judy Collins-"Cook with Honey", Jackson Browne- "Love Needs a Heart", The Brothers Johnson- "Deceiver", and Earth, Wind & Fire-"Turn It into Something Good" to mention some. As a solo artist she released four solo studio albums, a live album and a compilation album. Valerie also recorded 'Howdy Moon' with the band Howdy Moon in 1974. In 1996, she released with "The Way It Is", covering songs by Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and Warren Zevon, and a Japanese live album. (?) b. February 5th 1953.

March 5th.

1947: Alfredo Casella (63)
Italian composer born in Turin; he had his biggest success with the ballet La Giara, set to a scenario of Pirandello's; other notable works include Italia, the Concerto Romano, Partita and Scarlattiana for Piano and Orchestra, the Violin and Cello Concerti, Paganiniana, and the Concerto for Piano, Strings, Timpani and Percussion. Amongst his chamber works, both Cello Sonatas are played with some frequency, as is the very beautiful late Harp Sonata, and the music for Flute and Piano. He also made live-recording player piano music rolls for the Aeolian Duo-Art system, all of which survive today and can be heard. In 1923, together with Gabriele D'Annunzio and Gian Francesco Malipiero from Venice, he founded an association to promote the spread of modern Italian music, the "Corporation of the New Music" (?) b. July 25th 1883.
1953: Sergei Prokofiev (61)
Russian composer, born in Sontsovka; at the age of nine he was composing his first opera, The Giant, as well as an overture and miscellaneous pieces. His orchestral music alone is played more frequently in the United States than that of any other composer of the last hundred years, save Richard Strauss, while his operas, ballets, chamber works, and piano music appear regularly throughout the major concert halls world-wide. He also composed music for children, Three Songs for Children and Peter and the Wolf, among others. as well as the gigantic Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution, which was banned from performance and had to wait until May 1966 for a partial premiere (?) b. April 23th 1891.
1963: Patsy Cline/Virginia Patterson Hensley (30)
American country singer, who helped blaze a trail for female singers to assert themselves as an integral part of the Nashville-dominated country music industry. Posthumously, millions of her albums have been sold over the past 46 years and she has been given numerous awards, which has given her an iconic status. Only ten years after her death, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2002, she was voted by artists and members of the Country Music industry as No.1 on CMT's television special of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music of all time, and in '99 she was voted No.11 on VH1's special The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll of all time by members and artists of the rock industry. According to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, "Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity." Among those hits are "Walkin' After Midnight", "I Fall to Pieces", "She's Got You", "Crazy", and "Sweet Dreams" (Patsy died in a plane crash with Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins) b. September 8th 1932.
Hawkshaw Hawkins/Harold Franklin Hawkins (41) American country music singer born in Huntington, West Virginia. He was popular from the 50s into the early 60s known for his rich, smooth vocals, music drawn from blues, boogie and honky tonk. His first two recordings in the late 40s "Pan American" and "Dog House Boogie", were top ten country hits. He recorded his biggest hit, "Lonesome 7-7203" in 1962. At 6 ft 5 inches tall, he had an imposing stage presence, and his tasteful Western suits set him apart from the rhinestone gaudiness of other male country singers. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was married to country star Jean Shepard. (He died in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas) b. December 22nd 1921.
1963: Cowboy Copas/Lloyd Estel Copas (49) American country music singer born in Jefferson Township in Adams County, Ohio. He began performing locally at age 14, and appeared on WLW-AM and WKRC-AM in Cincinnati during the 1930s. In 1943, he achieved national fame when he became the vocalist in the Pee Wee King band and began performing on the Grand Ole Opry. His first solo single, "Filipino Baby," in 1946, hit number four on the Billboard country chart and sparked the most successful period of his career. Other hits in the late 40s and 50s included "Tennessee Waltz," "I'm Waltzing With Tears in My Eyes," "Signed, Sealed and Delivered," "Tennessee Moon," "Breeze," "Hangman's Boogie," "Candy Kisses," "The Strange Little Girl." and "'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered," (died in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins) b. July 15th 1913.
1973: Michael Jeffery (39) British music business manager of the 1960s who is best known for his management of British band The Animals and American guitarist-composer Jimi Hendrix, whom he co-managed for a time with former Animals bassist Chas Chandler. A former associate of noted British pop impresario Don Arden, he was and remains a controversial figure... Hendrix died in September 1970. His body was found in London at the flat of Monika Dannemann, who was Hendrix's girlfriend at the moment. In May 2009 the UK media reported claims that Michael Jeffery had murdered Jimi Hendrix. James "Tappy" Wright, who was a roadie for Hendrix and The Animals in the 1960s, claimed he met Michael Jeffery in 1971, one year after Hendrix's death, and Jeffery confessed to having murdered Hendrix by plying him with pills and a bottle of wine in order to kill him and claim on the guitarist's life insurance.
Jeffrey is quoted by Wright as telling him: "I was in London the night of Jimi's death and together with some old friends.. we went 'round to Monika's hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth...then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe." The manager was allegedly worried that Hendrix was about to sack him. He had reputedly taken out an insurance policy worth $2 million on Hendrix' life, with himself as beneficiary. At the time of Hendrix's death, a coroner recorded an open verdict, stating that the cause was "barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit". However Dr. John Bannister, the doctor who attempted to resuscitate Hendrix, later raised the possibility that Hendrix actually died from forced inhalation of copious amounts of red wine (Michael was killed in 1973 in a mid-air collision over Nantes, France, whilst aboard an Iberia Airlines DC-9) b. March 1933.
1981: Theodore Dudley "Red" Saunders (69) American jazz drummer and bandleader, he also played vibraphone and timpani. Early in his career, he played with Stomp King in Milwaukee and Chicago, and worked with Tiny Parham at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago. In 1937, the Club DeLisa gave Saunders control of the house band, where he remained until the club closed in 1958. Among his sidemen were Leon Washington, Porter Kilbert, Earl Washington, Sonny Cohn, Ike Perkins, Riley Hampton, and Mac Easton. Among the arrangers he employed were Johnny Pate and Sun Ra. He also played with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Woody Herman, and recorded with Big Joe Turner. He continued to lead a band at the Regal Theater in Chicago into the 1960s, and played with Little Brother Montgomery and Art Hodes at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in the 1970s (?) b. March 2nd 1912.
1981: Yip Harburg/Isidore Hochberg (84) American popular song lyricist, born on the Lower East Side of New York City. He who worked with many well-known composers and worked on 11 fims, 8 Broadway musicals, and 17 Broadway revues. He wrote the lyrics to the standards, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", which swept the nation, becoming an anthem of the Great Depression, "April in Paris", and "It's Only a Paper Moon", as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow" for which he won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song. He also recieved Oscars for "Cabin in the Sky", in 1943 and "Can't Help Singing" in 1944. True to his strongly leftist views, Yip supported the 1948 presidential campaign of Henry Wallace, and wrote the lyrics of the campaign song "Everyone Likes Wallace, Friendly Henry Wallace." From about 1951 to 1962, he was a victim of the Hollywood blacklist when movie studio bosses blacklisted industry people for suspected involvement or sympathy with the US Communist Party. No longer able to work in Hollywood, he nevertheless continued to write musicals for Broadway, among which was Jamaica, which featured Lena Horne. Yip was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. (tragically he died in a car accident on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood) b. April 8th 1896.
1982: John Belushi (33) American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Animal House and The Blues Brothers. The Blues Brothers were a Grammy Award-nominated American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians John and his friend Dan Aykroyd as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. John as lead vocalist "Joliet" Jake Blues and Dan as harpist/vocalist Elwood Blues, they fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The band made its debut as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live. The band then began to take on a life beyond the confines of the television screen, releasing an album, Briefcase Full of Blues, in 1978, and then having a Hollywood film, The Blues Brothers, created around its characters in 1980 (sadly John died of an overdose of cocaine & heroin) b. January 24th 1949.
1984: Pierre Cochereau (59)
French organist and composer born in Saint-Mandé, near Paris. After studying piano, he was introduced to the pipe organ and he continued his organ studies with André Fleury and Paul Delafosse, whom he succeeded as titular organist at St. Roch in Paris in 1942. In September 1948, he made his first recital tour to Hungary. In 1949, aged 26, Pierre was appointed director of the Le Mans Conservatory and in 1955, he succeeded Léonce de Saint-Martin as titular organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In 1956, his recording of Marcel Dupré's Symphonie-Passion opus 23 was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. That same year, he made his first of 25 recital tours to the United States. In 1961, became director of the Nice Conservatory, which he left in 1979, accepting the directorship of the Lyon Conservatory. As a composer, he left several organ works, chamber music and choir compositions (sadly Pierre suffered a cerebral hemorrhage) b. July 9th 1924.
1984: Tito Gobbi (70)
Italian international operatic baritone born in Bassano del Grappa and studied law at the University of Padua before he trained as a singer. In 1942, he debuted at La Scala in Milan, in the role of Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. He also appeared at the Rome Opera and other significant Italian venues.
Tito's international career blossomed after the Second World War, beginning with appearances in 1948 at the San Francisco opera. He performed for the first time at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1950 and sang with the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1954 until 1974. The year 1974 also saw the last of Tito's numerous appearances at Covent Garden. In retirement, he turned to writing. His autobiography, Tito Gobbi: My Life, was published in 1979. The book Tito Gobbi and His World of Italian Opera followed in 1984 (?) b. October 24th 1913.
1995: Vivian Stanshall (51)
English singer-songwriter, guitarist, trumpeter, percussionist, painter, author, and poet, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, for his surreal exploration of the British upper classes in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, and for narrating Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Viv was the original tenor in the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, which combined elements of music hall, trad jazz, psychedelic rock, and avant-garde art, the Bonzos came to the attention of a broader British public through a children's television programme, Do Not Adjust Your Set. Their biggest hit came in 1968 with "I'm the Urban Spaceman" with reached No.5 in the UK Singles Chart. (Viv tragically died in a house fire) b. March 21st 1943.
1996: Minnie Pearl/Sarah Ophelia Colley (83)
US comedienne, singer, she was a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast from 1940 until her death and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. Born in Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee, her first professional theatrical job was with the Wayne P. Sewell Production Company, a touring theater company based in Atlanta, for which she produced and directed plays and musicals for local organizations in small towns throughout the southeastern United States. Minnie was an important influence on younger female country music singers and rural humorists such as Jerry Clower, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Carl Hurley, David L Cook, Chonda Pierce, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy. In 2002 she was ranked as number 14 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music list (complications due to a stroke) b. October 25th 1912.
1999: Richard Paul Kiley (76)
American stage, television, and film actor born in Chicago. He is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series, and for having played Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha. Richard was the first to sing and record The Impossible Dream, the hit song from the show. In the 1953 hit musical Kismet, he played the Caliph, and introduced the song Stranger in Paradise (?) b. March 31st 1922
2000: Rena Dor/
Irini Giannatou (82 or 83) Greek actress, singer, Pan-Athenian award winner and wife of Kostas Hadjihristos. Born in Patras, she was orphaned at the age of 4 along with her 9 sisters. She first entered the musical theatre mainly as a dancer with Zozo Dalma in a periodical that performed in Egypt. Her first theatrical work was with Marika Krevata and Mimi Kokkini in 1954, the first of 15 theatre shows and 4 films; her last appearance was in 1978 at the Minoa theatre (?) b.1917.
2005: Robert Consoli (40) American actor and guitarist born in Bradford, Massachusetts; after graduating from Haverhill High School, he moved to California in the late-80’s to pursue live stage acting. His acting ability and charisma earned him roles in several plays. Rob studied with Estelle Harman and Ari Barak and has appeared in movies such as God's Army-2000, Girl Crazy-1997, and Falling Words-1997. He has also performed with Canadian singer Norman Iceberg both as an actor and musician (sadly died of leukemia)b. August 21st 1964.
2010: Philip Langridge CBE (70)
British tenor born in Hawkhurst, Kent, educated at Maidstone Grammar School and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His repertoire ranged from the operas of Claudio Monteverdi and Mozart to more modern works by Ravel, Stravinsky, Janácek and Schoenberg. Late in his life, he was adding some Wagner roles, including Loge from Das Rheingold. Philip was also a fine concert singer and regularly performed the sacred music of Bach and Handel. He won great acclaim for his assumption of the title role in Elgar's oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius. Other roles in which he excelled included Zivny in Osud, Laca in Jenufa and Gregor in The Makropulos Affair (all by Janacek), Mozart's Tito and Idomeneo, Shuisky in Boris Godunov and King Alonso in Adès's The Tempest and in 2001 the title role in Pfitzner's rarely performed opera Palestrina at Covent Garden, winning plaudits for his capturing of the tortured composer's world-weariness and nihilistic despair, and his final attainment of quiet rapture. Appointed CBE in 1994, he received many other awards, including the Olivier award for Osud, the Singer of the Year award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Santay award and the NFMS/Charles Groves prize of 2001 for his "outstanding contribution to British music". He marked his 70th birthday with a concert at the Wigmore Hall with Owen Norris and the Doric Quartet (?) b. December 16th 1939.
2011: Manolis Rasoulis/Emmanouil Rasoulis (65)
Greek composer, singer and lyricist born in Heraklion, Crete. He frequently collaborated with famous musicians such as Manos Loizos, Stavros Kougioumtzis, Nikos Xydakis, and Christos Nikolopoulos and singers such as Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Haris Alexiou, Sokratis Malamas, and Nikos Papazoglou (sadly died of a heart attack) b. September 28th 1945.
2012: Robert Bernard Sherman (86)
American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best known songs were incorporated into movies and animations like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose, Snoopy Come Home, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Magic of Lassie, The Sword in the Stone, and the theme park song of "It's a Small World (After All)". Robert and his brother Richard began writing songs together on a challenge from their father, Al Sherman, a successful popular songwriter in the "Tin Pan Alley" days. They began by writing rock’n’roll, country and hillbilly songs in the 1950s. In 1958, Robert founded the music publishing company, Music World Corporation, which later worked with Disney's BMI publishing arm, Wonderland Music >>> READ MORE <<< (died peacefully in London, UK) b. December 19th 1925.
2013: John LaChapelle (91)
American jazz guitarist, and teacher; he was known to many people in the Tri-Cities and beyond as the godfather of jazz guitar (sadly died of heart failure) b. 1921.
2013: Melvin Rhyne (76) American jazz organist
born in Indianapolis and took up playing the piano at a very young age. At 19 years old, he started performing on piano with the then unknown tenor saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk but he soon switched over to the Hammond B3 organ, and before long he was backing famous blues players like B.B. King and T-Bone Walker. In 1959 he joined Wes Montgomery's newly formed trio; Melvin played with Montgomery for the next five years and cut four records with The Wes Montgomery Trio: A Dynamic New Sound, Guitar on the Go, Boss Guitar, and Portrait of Wes. Melvin then moved to Wisconsin and kept to himself for two decades. Melvin returned to the jazz scene in full force in 1991, playing on Herb Ellis' album Roll Call, Brian Lynch's At the Main Event, and his own comeback album, The Legend. He continued to be prolific in the years to come, releasing eight more solo albums with his trio (?)b. October 12th 1936.
2014: SL/Selim Lemouchi (33) Dutch lead guitarist, lyricist-songwriter, born in Eindhoven, North Brabant; in 2006 he founded occult rock band The Devil's Blood who released thier
first full-length album, The Time of No Time Evermore, on September 11th 2009. In November 2011, the band released their second full-length album, The Thousandfold Epicentre, which was later released in the United States in January 2012. Following the US release of the album, the band embarked on The Decibel Magazine Tour 2012, which was headlined by the Polish blackened-death-metal band Behemoth and the tour included twenty-six tour stops across North America. They released therir final album III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars in February 2013 after which the band called it quits and disbanded Selim emerged with a new band, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, whose debut album, "Earth Air Spirit Water Fire", was released December 2013. (sadly, "suspected" suicide) b. June 29th 1980.
2014: Dave Sampson (73) English rock 'n' roll singer born in Uttoxeter and his first ever recording was a four tune EP demo with Steve Laine, later of the Liverpool Five. Both were singers on the EP with a backing band that was never named but included Don Groome on drums, John Milner on bass and Tony Haslett on guitar. Dave had a UK hit single in May 1960 with his backing band, The Hunters, with "Sweet Dreams", which peaked at No. 29 on the UK Singles Chart (?) b. January 9th 1941.
2015: Vladimir "Vlada" Divljan (56) Serbian singer, guitarist and songwriter born in Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia. He was known as the frontman for the Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band Idoli, one of the bands which initiated the Yugoslav new wave on the music and cultural scene of the former Yugoslavia in the 1980s, as well as for his solo works. The first serious band he formed after graduation,
in 1976 was called Merlin but soon renamed Zvuk Ulice/ Sound Of The Street, after which he formed the band Decaci/The Boys. In the 80s he launched a solo career before moving to Australia in 1991. Having started working on TV and movie soundtracks he was included into the Movie Composer's Society and in 1996 started studying at the University of Sydney, section Sound studies of the Movie Academy. During a short visit to Yugoslavia in late 1995 / early 1996, he formed the Old Stars Band. In 1999 he and his family moved to Vienna, where he settled for the rest of his days. He continued to work on radio, films and with different music and band projects. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. May 10th 1958.
Jim McCann (70) Irish guitarist and singer born in Dublin. He dropped out of University College Dublin where he was stuying medicine, when he became interested in folk music during a 1964 summer in Birmingham, UK. He began to perform in folk clubs in the area, and, upon his return to Dublin, he joined a group called the Ludlow Trio in 1965; they had an Irish No.1 hit 1966, with “The Sea Around Us”, but the band broke up
the following year. Jim began a solo career, releasing an album, McCann. In 1973 he performed alongside Luke Kelly in the original cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, in the role of Peter. In April 1974 Kelly asked him to join The Dubliners temporarily, to replace Ciarán Bourke during an illness. However, he became a permanent member soon afterwards, when Ronnie Drew left the group. He remained with The Dubliners until the end of 1979, during which he toured incessantly, also recorded several albums with the group. Jim continued his solo career, but he rejoined The Dubliners in 2002 for their 40th anniversary tour and again at Vicar Street in 2012 for their 50th. Jim released 7 solo albums including From Tara to Here which went gold. (sadly Jim died battling throat cancer) b. October 26th 1944.
2016: Nikolaus Harnoncourt-Unverzagt (86) Austrian conductor and cellist born in Berlin. He was a cellist with the Vienna Symphony from 1952 to 1969 and in 1953, he founded the period-instrument ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien with Alice Hoffelner, whom he married that year. In 1971, he started a joint project with conductor Gustav Leonhardt to record all of J. S. Bach's cantatas and in 1975 he made his guest-conducting debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. Between 1987 and 1991, he conducted four new productions of Mozart operas at the Vienna State Opera. In 1992, he debuted at the Salzburg Festival conducting a concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In the following years, he led several concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Concentus Musicus. Other recordings outside of the baroque and classical era repertoire includes his 2002 recording of Bruckner's Symphony No.9 with the Vienna Philharmonic. An accompanying second CD contained a lecture by himself about the symphony with musical examples, including the rarely heard fragments from the unfinished finale and in 2009, he recorded Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, With over 2 dozen awards Nikolaus was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Honorary Doctor of the University of Edinburgh and of the Order Pour le Mérite for Science and Art. (?) b. December 6th 1929.
2016: Chip Hooper (53) American musical agent born in Miami, FL, but grew up in Chicago, and attended college at Missouri State University. He broke into the music industry with the Minneapolis-based Good Music Agency before hiring into the Carmel, California-based Monterey Peninsula Artists as an agent in 1988. Chip was instrumental in promoting the Jam Band movement, through his agency with Phish Dave Matthews and other seminal acts. He became the head of music at Paradigm, after the company acquired Monterey Peninsula Artists from co-founders Dan Weiner and Fred Bohlander in 2004. He oversaw agents from four offices and more than 2,000 artists. Chips was also a world-class photographer, with his art published in books and hung in galleries around the world. (sadly died fighting cancer) b.1962.

2017: Kurt Moll (78) German operatic bass singer born in Buir. As a child, he played the cello and also sang in the school choir. He joined the Cologne Opera at age 20 and remained a member of the ensemble until 1961. He then sang for 3 years at the Mainz Opera and 5 years at the Wuppertal Opera. In 1969, he accepted an engagement with the Hamburg State Opera, and then performed in major opera houses of Europe. He made his US debut with the San Francisco Opera as Gurnemanz in Wagner's Parsifal in 1974, a role he reprised with the company in 2000. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on the opening night of the 1977/78 season, appearing as the Landgraf in Wagner's Tannhäuser. He was awarded several prestigious European record awards; he also won a 1990 Grammy Award for his participation in James Levine's 1988 recording of Wagner's Das Rheingold. Kurt retired from the stage in 2006, after singing the Nachtwächter at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (?) b. April 11th 1938.

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1932: John Philip Sousa (77)
American composer and conductor born in Washington, D.C. he was known particularly for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King". He wrote over 100 marches, including "Stars and Stripes Forever". John served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first from 1868 to 1875 as an apprentice musician, and then as the head of the Marine Band from 1880 to 1892; the year he left the US Marine Band, John organized his own band. The Sousa Band toured from 1892–1931, performing at 15,623 concerts. In 1900, his band represented the United States at the Paris Exposition before touring Europe. In Paris, the Sousa Band marched through the streets including the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe – one of only eight parades the band marched in over its forty years. Also the sousaphone was named after him, it was created in 1898 by C. G. Conn at John's request for a tuba that could sound upward and over the band whether it was seated or marching (heart failure) b. November 6th 1854
1951: Ivor Novello/David Ivor Davies (58)
Welsh composer, singer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the early 20th century. Born in Cardiff, Wales, Ivor first became known as a result of the song "Keep the Home Fires Burning". His 1917 show, Theodore & Co was a wartime hit, composed while he was in the Navy. Ivor wrote his musicals in the style of operetta and was one of the last major composers in this form. While he generally wrote his own librettos, Christopher Hassall wrote the lyrics for most of his shows. He also appeared in West End musicals of his own devising. His musicals in the 1930s were expensive, spectacular productions, with several scene changes and a large cast including many extras and dancers. The best known of these were Glamorous Night in 1935 and The Dancing Years in 1939 . Ivor later went to Hollywood and appeared in numerous successful films, but the stage always remained his first love. The Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting are awarded each year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and in 2005, the Strand Theatre in London, above which Novello lived for many years, was renamed the Novello Theatre. On 27 June 2009, a statue of Novello was unveiled outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. (sadly Ivor died from a coronary thrombosis) b. January 15th 1893.
1961: George Formby OBE/George Hoy Booth (57)
English singer, comedian, ukulele, banjo; a musical comedian among Britain's most popular stars during the first half of the 20th century, with a legacy encompassing over 200 records and more than 20 hit films. His best-known song, "Leaning on a Lamp Post" was written by Noel Gay. He recorded two more Noel Gay songs "The Left-Hand Side of Egypt" and "Who Are You A-Shoving Of?". Many of which were recorded, were written by Fred Cliff and Harry Gifford, either in collaboration or separately, and Formby was included in the credits of a number of them, including "When I'm Cleaning Windows". Some of his songs were considered too rude for broadcasting. His 1937 song, "With my little stick of Blackpool Rock" was banned by the BBC because of the lyrics. George appeared in the 1937 Royal Variety Performance, and entertained troops with Entertainments National Service Association in Europe and North Africa during World War II. He received an OBE in 1946. His most popular film is the espionage comedy Let George Do It (sadly George died of a heart attack) b. May 26th 1904.
1967: Nelson Eddy (65)
American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs. A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald. He was one of the first "crossover" stars, a superstar appealing both to shrieking bobby-soxers as well as opera purists, and in his heyday was the highest paid singer in the world.
During his 40-year career, he earned 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for film, recording, and radio, left his footprints in the wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, earned three Gold records, and was invited to sing at the third inauguration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He also introduced millions of young Americans to classical music and inspired many of them to pursue a musical career (Eddy was singing "Dardanella" at the Sans Souci Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, when he was stricken on stage with a cerebral hemorrhage, he died a few hours later) b. June 29th 1901.
1967: Zoltán Kodály (84)
Hungarian composer, one of the first people to undertake the serious study of folk tales, he became one of the most significant early figures in the field of ethnomusicology. In 1905 he visited remote villages to collect songs recording them on phonograph cylinders. During his early years of study he had composed throughout this time, producing two String quartets, Sonata for cello and piano and Sonata for cello solo and his Duo for violin and cello. Dances of Marosszék, the Dances of Galanta, the Peacock Variations and the Missa Brevis are a few of his better known works. He also was very interested in the problems of music education, and he wrote a large amount of material on music education methods as well as composing a large amount of music for children. He became the president of the Hungarian Arts Council, and in 1962 received the Order of the Hungarian People's Republic. His other posts included a presidency of the International Folk Music Council, and honorary presidency of the International Society for Music Education. He died in Budapest in 1967, one of the most respected and well known figures in the Hungarian arts
(?) b. December 16th 1882.
: Thurston Dart (49) English harpsichordist, keyboardist, musicologist, conductor and professor; born in Kingston, he was educated at Hampton Grammar School and was a chorister at the Chapel Royal in Hampton Court. He studied keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music in London from 1938 to 1939. In 1947 he was appointed assistant lecturer in music at the University of Cambridge, lecturer in 1952, and professor in 1962, with a reputation as a dynamic teacher and professor. In 1964 he was appointed King Edward Professor of Music in the University of London. He made numerous appearances on the harpsichord, and made many harpsichord, clavichord and organ recordings, especially for the L'Oiseau-Lyre label; he was also a conductor and he served as editor of the Galpin Society Journal from 1947 to 1954 and was secretary of Musica Britannica from 1950 to 1965. His book The Interpretation of Music in 1954 was highly influential, aas were his numerous seminal articles on aspects of musical sources, performance and interpretation. In the 1950s he participated in annual concerts featuring four harpsichordists, the three others being George Malcolm, Denis Vaughan and Eileen Joyce. In 1957 this group also recorded two of Vivaldi's Concertos for Four Harpsichords, one in a Bach arrangement, with the Pro Arte Orchestra under Boris Ord. They also recorded Malcolm's Variations on a Theme of Mozart (?) b September 3rd 1921.
1988: Bob Garber (84)
American pianist and band leader; very big around Washington DC, and a regular on the radio, apparently his band didn't use vocalists (?) b. April 23rd 1903.
2005: Tommy Vance
/Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston (63) British pop radio deejay and broadcaster, born in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. Along with Neal Kay he was one of the few broadcasters in the United Kingdom to champion hard rock and heavy metal in the early 1980s, providing the only national radio forum for both bands and fans. The Friday Rock Show that he hosted gave new bands airtime for their music and fans an opportunity to hear it. His radio show was a factor in the rise of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. He used a personal tag-line of TV on the radio (sadly died of a stroke) b. July 11th 1941.
2006: Dana Reeve née Morosini (44)
American actress, singer, activist for disability causes and wife of actor Christopher Reeve. She born in Teaneck, New Jersey, but grew up in the town of Greenburgh, New York, where she graduated from Edgemont High School in 1979. Her many singing and acting credits include appearances on television, where she had guest roles on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, soap operas All My Children as Eva Stroupe and Loving, among others. She performed at theatres on and off Broadway and at numerous regional theatres. She also did a long-running commercial for Tide laundry detergent that aired during the 90s. In 2005, she received the "Mother of the Year Award" from the American Cancer Society for her dedication and determination in raising her son after the loss of her husband. In her final public appearances, she appeared at Madison Square Garden on January 12th 2006 and sang the Carole King song "Now and Forever" in honor of New York Rangers hockey player Mark Messier (sadly, Dana, a non-smoker died while fighting lung cancer)
b. March 17th 1961.
2006: Tom Robb (57)
American bassist, born in Passaic NJ, where he endured many childhood hardships of homelessness, and a long list of foster homes and children homes. While at High School he was sent to live at Bonnie Brae Farm for Boys. It was here where he began playing the drums and later the bass guitar. After leaving the boys home he moved to Greenwich Village, playing bass with different local bands and doing sessions in the studios of New York. He wet on to be a highly respected and much sort after session bassist playing on hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including Alicia Bridges' worldwide hit "I Love The Night Life".
(sadly lost his fight against liver cancer) b. 1948 ... read more
2006: King Floyd (61)
American New Orleans soul singer-songwriter, he started
his singing career at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street. Following a stint in the army, he went to California, where he joined up with record producer Harold Battiste. His debut album, A Man In Love, failed to make an impact on the charts. He retuned to New Orleans in '69, where he recorded "Groove Me" B-side the to his, "What Our Love Needs." A New Orleans radio DJ's started playing "Groove Me" and it became a local hit. Atlantic Records picked up national distribution of "Groove Me," which topped the US R&B chart and reached No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over one million copies, and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. (complications of a stroke and diabetes) b. February 13th 1945.
2009: FrancisM/Master Rapper/The Mouth/The Man From Manila/Francis Magalona (44) Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer. He was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to cross over into the mainstream. He was credited for having pioneered the merging of rap with Pinoy rock, becoming a significant influence to artists in that genre as well. He was also a television host on MTV Asia and Channel V Philippines and on noontime variety television show Eat Bulaga! He was later awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit. The award's citation noted that it had been given “for his musical and artistic brilliance, his deep faith in the Filipino and his sense of national pride that continue to inspire us.” (sadly he died 7 months after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia)
b. October 4th 1964.
2009: David Williams (58) American guitarist born in Newport News, Virginia; he started his professional career with the Dells at age 18. After he finished his time in the Army he hooked up with the Temptations for live gigs and eventually settled in Los Angeles where became one of the most in-demand session guitarists recording with Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Allen, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Madonna, Julio Iglesias, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Michael McDonald, Melissa Manchester, The Temptations, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Shalamar, Go West, Genesis, Boz Scaggs, Karen Carpenter, Mariah Carey, Julian Lennon, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Johnny Mathis, Del Shannon, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Diana Ross, The Crusaders, Andraé Crouch, Eddie Murphy, Herbie Hancock, Peter Cetera, Whitney Houston, Monkey Business and more. Also in 1978 along with James Jamerson Jr. the son of the legendary bassist, James Jamerson, he co-formed the disco group Chanson. They were a one-hit wonder, reaching No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No.33
in the UK Singles Chart in 1979 with "Don't Hold Back". ( sadly David died of cardiac arrest at his home in Hampton, Virginia) b. November 21st 1950
2010: Mark Linkous (47) American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and multi-musician born in Arlington, Virginia; he graduated from high school in the early 1980s and moved to New York City, where he co-founded the band Dancing Hoods. They released a self-titled EP
in 1984, followed by their debut album "12 Jealous Roses" in 1985. In 1988 "Baby's Got Rockets", a single from their "Hallelujah Anyway" album, became a college radio hit. Mark and the band relocated to Los Angeles, but broke up shortly after their move. He moved back to Virginia, and formed the alternative rock band Sparklehorse, releasing their first album, (Mark took his own life while in Knoxville, Tennessee, tragically he shot himself) b. September 9th 1962. ... read more
2011: Herman "Roscoe" Ernest III (59) American drummer well none on the New Orleans R&B and funk scene; he anchored Dr. John's band for more than three decades and appeared on the singer-pianist's albums “The City That Care Forgot," “Mercenary," “Duke Elegant," “Creole Moon," “Anutha Zone" and “N'Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D'Udda".
He also recorded behind such local notables as Lee Dorsey on the Allen Toussaint -produced “Night People", the Neville Brothers on their breakthrough “Fiyo on the Bayou", Irma Thomas , Aaron Neville, Snooks Eaglin , Johnny Adams , Anders Osborne and Al “Carnival" Johnson. In 2006, Herman sat in with the band Cowboy Mouth on their post-Katrina set “Voodoo Shoppe". He also backed Solomon Burke during his stay at New Orleans' Black Top Records and appeared on LaBelle's 1974 album “Nightbirds," which spawned the Toussaint-produced hit “Lady Marmalade". Herman last performed at Tipitina's on Dec. 30th 2010 with Dr. John (Herman sadly died after a brave two year fight with cancer) b.August 12th 1951.
2012: Lucia Mannucci (91) Italian singer born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, but relocated to Milan at a young age. She attend the Art of Movement school directed by Carla Strauss. She successfully auditioned for EIAR, the Italian national radio broadcasting company, and worked as a singer for the various radio orchestras. She toured Italy for some years, working with the such entertainers as Gorni Kramer, Natalino Otto, and the Quartetto Cetra.
On August 19th 1944, she married Virgilio Savona, one of the singers of the Quartetto Cetra.[1] Three years later, she also joined the quartet, replacing Enrico De Angelis, making her the only female member of Quartetto Cetra, but she also had a successful career as a solo singer, musical actress, and TV show hostess. She and her husband also did research on folk music (?) b. May 18th 1920.
2013: Chorão
/Alexandre Magno Abrão (42) Brazilian lead singer and co-founder of the band Charlie Brown Jr. Their biggest influences were The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Suicidal Tendencies and Rage Against the Machine. Between 1997 and 2012 they released 9 studio albums, 3 live albums and 5 DVD albums. In 2007, Chorão ventured into cinema with the film "O Magnata", he was writer and screenwriter and he also acts in the movie, and Charlie Brown Jr. songs are featured in the soundtrack (cause of death is still unknown) b. April 9th 1970.
2013: Alvin Lee/Graham Alvin Barnes (68) English rock guitarist and singer, born in Nottingham and attended the Margaret Glen-Bott School in Wollaton. He began to play professionally in 1962, in a band named the Jaybirds, they began that year to perform in the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany. After a couple of name changes by 1966 they had finally decided on the name Ten Years After. The band secured a residency at the Marquee Club, and an invitation to the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in 1967 led to their first recording contract. The self-titled début album received airplay on San Francisco's underground music radio >>> READ MORE <<< (He
died unexpectedly following complications during routine surgery) b. December 19th 1944.
2013: Stompin' Tom Connors (77)
Canadian country folk singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Saint John, New Brunswick. He focused his career exclusively on his native Canada, and is credited with writing more than 300 songs and has released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies.
Three of his best-known songs — "Sudbury Saturday Night", "Bud the Spud" and "The Hockey Song" — play at every home game of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, also The Hockey Song is played at games throughout the National Hockey League. During the mid 70s, he wrote and recorded "The Consumer", an ode to bill-paying that became the theme song for the popular Canadian Broadcasting Corporation consumer affairs program, Marketplace. Other better-known songs include "Big Joe Mufferaw", "The Black Donnellys", "The Martin Hartwell Story", and "Reesor Crossing Tragedy" (died of natural causes at his home in Ballinafad, Ontario) b. February 9th 1936.
2014: Marion Stein CBE (87) Austrian-born British concert pianist, born in Vienna and came to the UK just before the Second World War. She was the joint founder in 1961, along with Fanny Waterman of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition. In 1973, she was a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs and was an occasional panellist on the BBC music quiz Face the Music (?) b. October
18th 1926.
2016: Kalabhavan Mani/Maulana Willem Lodewijk (45) Indian actor and singer; he started his career as a mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe. From 1995 he went on to become a top playback singer and actor starring in over 200 films, including Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films, and is renowned for his comedy, character, and villain roles. Honoured with many awards, he received a special jury award at National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award in 1999 for his performance as Ramu in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. (sadly died from liver cirrhosis and methyl alcohol poisoning) b. January 1st 1971.
2016: Ireng Maulana (71)
Indonesian jazz guitarist, born in Batavia , the Dutch East Indies. In his mid to late teens he joined the band Joes & His Band, and began participating in music festivals. Then he joined the music group Gelora Samudra Hotel Des Indes play in Jakarta after which he founded the band Eka Sapta. In 1978 founded the group Ireng Maulana All Stars over the years they played in at festivals worldwide. Ireng was also instrumental in the founding of the international jazz festival, Jakarta Jazz Festival (sadly Ireng died from a heart attack) b. June 15th 1944.
2016: Aaron Huffman (43)
American rock bassist, songwriter and art director; he was a member of rock band Harvey Danger which rose to prominence in 1998 with the single "Flagpole Sitta", which is also used as the theme tune to the British sitcom Peep Show. During a hiatus in 2001-03, Aaron formed the group Love Hotel. April 2004 saw both the 10th anniversary of Harvey Danger and their first show since 2001. With Nada Surf opening, the band played Seattle's Crocodile Cafe to a rapturous audience. In May 2009, the band announced, "After 15 years, three albums, hundreds of shows, and far more twists and turns than we ever imagined possible, we've decided to put Harvey Danger to rest. The decision is totally mutual and utterly amicable" before performing 8 final gigs. After the split Aaron worked for The Stranger, a weekly newspaper in Seattle, as arts director (Aaron sadly died with respiratory failure after a battle with cystic fibrosis) b. 1972.

2017: Alberto Zedda (89) Italian conductor and musicologist whose specialty was the 19th century Italian repertoire. He studied in his native Milan and made his debut there as conductor in 1956, with The Barber of Seville. He was quickly invited to conduct at most of the opera houses of Italy and began an international career, appearing in Bordeaux, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, New York, etc. He was for a time musical director of the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca and later of the Pesaro Festival. (?) b. January 2nd 1928.
2017: Dille/Lars Diedricson (55) Swedish singer-songwriter and founding member of the rock band Snowstorm. He along with Peter Nordholm, Torben Ferm and Micael Serenban formed the band in Gothenburg in 1976. They had several chart successes in Sweden during the 1970s and '80s, one of their most famous songs is "Sommarnatt" from 1980. In the 1990s Dille fronted the band Don Patrol who released two albums and opened for David Lee Roth in Europe in 1991 and they reunited in to record an album in 2015. Also he won the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 as the songwriter for 'Take Me to Your Heaven' performed by Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden. Other hit songs include "Thousand and One Nights", "Everything That I See", and "I Lie So Well". (?) b. August 12th 1961.
2017: Robbie Hoddinott (62) American guitarist
and co-founded of the rock band, Kingfish in 1973. Formed in Francisco Bay Area they signed their first record contract, after Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir, joined the band in 1974. Robbie performed on Kingfish's first two albums, 'Kingfish' and 'Live 'n' Kickin', before leaving the band in 1976. (?) b. March 7th 1954.

March 7th.

1943: Alma Templeton Moodie (44)
Australian violinist who established an excellent reputation in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. She was born near and grew up in Mount Morgan where she studied violin, being taught initially by her widowed mother from a very young age and from the age of 5 by Louis D’Hage in Rockhampton. She appeared in public recitals at age 6. In 1907, aged 9, she gained a scholarship to the Brussels Conservatory and in 1919 she made Germany her home. She was regarded as the foremost female violinist during the inter-war years and she premiered violin concertos by Kurt Atterberg, Hans Pfitzner and Ernst Krenek. She and Max Rostal were regarded as the greatest proponents of the Carl Flesch tradition. She performed in many concerts around Europe and appeared with many orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra as well as teaching in Frankfurt at the Hoch Conservatory. However, Alma made no recordings and she appears in very few reference sources and despite her former renown, her name became virtually unknown for many years. She appeared in earlier editions of Grove's and Baker's Dictionaries, but sadly does not appear in the more recent editions. After her death, in that same year, 1943, Karl Höller wrote his Violin Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 33 in memory of Alma Moodie and the Australian composer David Osborne wrote a violin concerto titled Pictures of Alma, which was premiered on May 30th 2010 at the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne, Australia. (sadly Alma died during an air raid on Frankfurt, although the bombs were not the cause of her death. A doctor reported that she died accidentally of a thrombosis brought on by the mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills she had taken, but a number of her close friends believed she commited suicide. b. September 12th 1898.
1966: Mike Millward (23)
UK rhythm guitarist, singer; in the late 50's he played with Bob Evans and the Five Shillings, which become "The Vegas Five", then "The Undertakers", after which he was an original member the Four Jays in 1961. In the summer of 1963, the group, now called The Fourmost - signed up with Brian Epstein. This led to their being auditioned by George Martin and signed to EMI's Parlophone record label. Their first two singles were written by John Lennon. "Hello Little Girl", one of the earliest Lennon songs dating from 1957. Their follow-up single, "I'm in Love" a Lennon/McCartney song, was released on 15 November 1963. Their biggest hit "A Little Loving", written by Russ Alquist, reached Number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in mid 1964. The band appeared in the 1965 film, Ferry Cross the Mersey and are on the soundtrack album of the same name. The group's only album, First and Fourmost, was released in September 1965 (taken ill with throat cancer in '64, he recovered from that only to be tragically struck down by leukaemia) b. May 9th 1942
1971: Harold McNair (39) Jamaican-born saxophonist and flautist, born in Kingston, where he started out at Alpha Boys School, renowned for both the discipline it instilled in its pupils and the outstanding musical tuition they received, while playing with Joe Harriott, Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair and Baba Motta's band. He spent the first decade of his musical career in The Bahamas, where he used the name "Little G" for recordings and live performances. In 1959 he toured Europe with Quincy Jones and worked on film and TV scores in Paris, before moving to London, UK. He quickly gained a reputation as a formidable player on flute, alto and tenor saxophone, leading to a regular gig at Ronnie Scott's nightclub. His playing drew the admiration of bass player Charles Mingus, who was in London to shoot the 1961 motion picture All Night Long. Harold was part of a quartet Mingus formed to rehearse with during his stay in Britain. However, the band never performed in front of a paying audience, due to a ban imposed by the Musicians' Union on US musicians in British nightclubs (the ban was lifted later in 1961). A recording of the band exists, playing the earliest recorded version of the now famous Mingus composition "Peggy's Blue Skylight", but it has never been released, despite featuring in the movie itself. He briefly returned to The Bahamas, where he cut his first all-jazz album, Up in the Air with Harold McNair, before settling back in London permanently. His unique phrasing on the flute in particular led to great demand for his services among non-jazz musicians, especially during the late 1960s. His flute was heavily featured on the soundtrack for Ken Loach's 1969 film Kes and his soundtrack contribution was his tenor saxophone on the original 1962 soundtrack theme from Dr. No.
His best-known sideman role came via his regular participationon Donovan's mid-to-late 1960s recording sessions and as a member of Donovan's touring band (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. November 5th 1931.
1974: Alberto Rabagliati (67)
Italian singer and actor born in Milan,
in 1927 he moved to Hollywood as the winner of a Rudolph Valentino look-alike contest. He remained four years in America, where he got the opportunity to get to know new musical genres such as jazz, swing, scat singing. Back in Europe he started his singing career, after a brief experience with Pippo Barzizza's orchestra, he joined the Lecuona Cuban Boys, a Cuban band. He performed with his face painted black and made a hit with the song "Maria la O". At this time he met Giovanni D'Anzi who gave him an audition with Italian state radio station EIAR; he soon became a radio star, and in 1941 had his own radio show, showing his most famous songs such as "Ma l'amore no", "Mattinata fiorentina", "Bambina innamorata", "Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina", "Silenzioso slow". He was so popular that his name was sung in the lyrics of La famiglia canterina, Quando canta Rabagliati, Quando la radio. At a time when anything foreign was banned, he was allowed to maintain his American-influenced style. His last public appearance was in 1974 as a guest in the TV show Milleluci hosted by Mina and Raffaella Carrà (sadly died of cerebral thrombosis) b. June 26th 1906.
1981: Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin (67)
Russian conductor, born in Moscow; in the 1st International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, he was the conductor for Van Cliburn, who won the first prize. After the competition he toured the United States with Cliburn, being the first Russian conductor to visit America since the Cold War began. He was also the artistic director of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from 1960-75. He left the Soviet Union in December 1978 while touring in the Netherlands and sought political asylum there, whereupon the Soviet regime immediately banned all his previous recordings. He took the post of Permanent Guest Conductor of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1978 and remained in that position until his death. He also established a brief but fruitful collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic. (He sadly died from a heart attack on the day after he conducted Mahler's First Symphony with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra) b. March 6th 1914.
1983: Igor Markevitch (70) Ukrainian-born composer and conductor born in Kiev, who later became both an Italian and a French citizen. He débuted as a conductor at 18 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. After presiding at the Dutch premiere of Rébus, he studied conducting with Pierre Monteux and Hermann Scherchen. As a conductor, he was well respected for his interpretations of the French, Russian and Austro-German repertory and of 20th century music in general. He settled in Italy and during World War II was active in the partisan movement. He married and settled in Switzerland in 1947, but pursued his conducting career worldwide. He became permanent conductor of the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris in the 1950s, conducted the Spanish RTVE Orchestra in 1965 and was also permanent conductor of the Monte Carlo orchestra. In 1970, after ignoring his own compositions for nearly 30 years, Markevitch began to conduct his own music frequently, triggering its slow revival
(tragically he died suddenly from a heart attack in the Antibes, after a concert tour in Japan) b. July 27th 1912.
1985: Gordon Huntley (54) British pioneer pedal steel guitarist, known as the Father of Britsh Pedal Steel guitaring, as heard in his wonderful work with the country rock band Southern Comfort formed in 1970. The group debuted with Frog City, in 1971, which was followed up by self-titled release and Stir Don't Shake in 1972. Gordon played on all Southern Comforts albums and singles. The beautiful velvet tones of his steel on their No.1 hit ‘Woodstock’ was probabley an introduction and inspiration to many guitarists and future pedal steel guitarists. He started his long career out on the road with Felix Mendelssohn & his Hawaiian Serenaders, and by the late 50's before pedals were standard in the UK, Gordon was playing a triple-neck Fender non-pedal guitar. In 1963, he joined ‘The Westernaires’, a band mainly made up of U.S. Servicemen, by this time he had built himself one pedal onto his steel! Soon after he got himself his first model, a six pedal. As well as all the bands he has been a member of he became a much in-demand session player in both the studio and out on the road, which he prefered, with the likes of The Pretty Things, Pilot,Marc Ellington, Bridget Saint Paul, Cliff Richard, Elton John, Clodagh Rogers, Rod Stewart, Pete Green, Demis Roussos, John Renbourn, Al Jones, Fairport Convention and many others, before he was taken too early from us (cancer) b.1930
1987: Karl Leichter (84)
Estonian musicologist, he graduated in 1929 in theory and composition and between 1929-1931 he worked in the Estonian Folklore Archives. Following World War II and the ensuing Soviet occupation of Estonia, he worked hard to re-establish functioning musical education and musicological research. For a short period, he was dean of Tallinn State Conservatory, but quickly lost his position due to political reasons. Only after Stalin's death could he slowly work his way back to a position as a teacher and eventually as the Chair of the Department of Composition and Musicology. He later worked in Stockholm and Helsinki. The Eduard Tubin Museum of Alatskivi Castle today contains exhibits related to him and his other peers who studied with him at the Tartu school. His large archive of correspondence with many important musicians throughout Estonia and abroad was donated by his widow to the Estonian Museum of Theatre and Music in the 1990s (?) b. October 13th 1902.
1988: Divine/Harris Glenn Milstead (42)
US female impersonator, actor, singer; he featured in many films including the 1974 movie "Female Trouble", where he played the dual roles of teenage crime queen Dawn Davenport and Earl Peterson, the man who gets her pregnant! He also sang the theme song to "Female Trouble". This flamboyant and talented actor also had a singing career, which started in 1979 when Divine as a disco diva released his first single ‘Born To Be Cheap/The Name Game’. But his best-known hits came in the early and mid-Eighties, with high-energy disco tracks like ‘Shoot Your Shot’ in 1983 and ‘Walk Like A Man’ in 1985. But it is the song ‘You Think You’re A Man’ that was hiss biggest hit, reaching number 16 in the UK charts in 1984. Divine performed this song on well-known UK music show Top Of The Pops on July 19 1984, resulting in a barrage of complaints to the BBC. He released eleven international hit dance singles, and toured the world with his solo cabaret act of disco and outrageous humor, performing over 900 times in more than 19 countries (The autopsy found he had died in his sleep of heart failure, or an enlarged heart brought on by sleep apnea. The night he died, he had leaned over his hotel balcony and sang "Arrivederci Roma" before retiring to bed) b. October 19th 1945.
1991: Al Klink (74) American swing jazz tenor saxophonist; played with Glenn Miller from 1939 to 1942, and is heard trading solos with Tex Beneke on "In the Mood". He next played with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, and did work as a session musician after World War II. From 1952 to 1953 he played with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. In 1955, he recorded his only session as a bandleader, doing six songs for a Bob Alexander album which won a Grammy award. After the 50s he disappeared from record until 1974, when he began playing with the World's Greatest Jazz Band. Later in the 70s he played with Glenn Zottola and George Masso, and continued playing until the mid-1980s, when he retired in Florida. He died there in 1991 (?) b. December 28th 1915.

2000: Pee Wee King/Julius Frank Kuczynski (85) American country singer-songwriter, best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz". Born in Milwaukee, he learned to play the fiddle from his father. In the 1930s, he toured and made cowboy movies with Gene Autry and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937. In 1946, while he was the bandleader of the Golden West Cowboys, Pee Wee, together with the band's vocalist, Redd Stewart, composed "The Tennessee Waltz", inspired by "The Kentucky Waltz" by bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. They first recorded it in 1948, and it went on to become a country music standard. Pee Wee's other songs included "Slow Poke" and "You Belong to Me", both co-authored with Chilton Price and Redd Stewart. His songs introduced waltzes, polkas, and cowboy songs to country music. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974 (sadly died of a heart attack) b. February 18th 1914.
2001: Frankie Carle (98) American pianist and bandleader, nicknamed "The Wizard of the Keyboard"
in the 1940s and 1950s. He started out with a number of mainstream dance bands. He received attention when he joined Horace Heidt's band, later becoming co-leader of the band. In 1944 Frankie left Heidt's band to form his own, with his daughter, Marjorie Hughes, as lead female singer. Carle had several major hits in the 1940s and early 1950s, including his theme song, "Sunrise Serenade" but was perhaps best known for the classic "Frankie And Johnnie". His band disbanded after 1955 and he performed mainly as a soloist thereafter (natural causes) b. March 25th 1903
2006: Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (93) American photographer, musician, composer, writer and film director, born in Fort Scott, Kansas and best best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. At 14 his mother died and he was sent to live with relatives, but sadly that ended with Gordon being turned out onto the street to fend for himself. He went on to have a hugely successful career in photography, film making, writing for which received more than twenty honorary doctorates in his lifetime. But he started out on a musical road, his first job was as a piano player in a brothel as teenager, he also performed as a jazz pianist. His song "No Love", composed in another brothel, was performed during a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early 1930s. He composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in 1953 at the encouragement of black American conductor, Dean Dixon, and his wife Vivian, a pianist and with the help of the composer Henry Brant. He completed Tree Symphony in 1967, Then in 1989, he composed and choreographed Martin, a ballet dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the subject of film and print profiles produced by others, notably, Half Past Autumn in 2000. A gallery exhibition of his photography-related, abstract oil paintings was held in 1981. (sadly Gordon died fighting cancer) b. November 30th 1912.
2006: Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré (66) Malian singer and guitarist; born in the village of Kanau, on the banks of the Niger, near Timbuktu, he was one of the African continent’s most internationally renowned musicians and he was ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His music is regarded as representing a point of intersection of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues. He sang in several African languages, mostly Songhay, Fulfulde, Tamasheq or Bambara as on his breakthrough 1988 album, Ali Farka Touré, which established his reputation in the world music community. Ali’s first North American concert was in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia and recorded his 1994’s album Talking Timbuktu, a collaboration with Ry Cooder. His 1999 release Niafunké, was a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. In 2002 Ali appeared with Black American blues and reggae performer Corey Harris, on an album called Mississippi to Mali. He and Harris appeared together in Martin Scorsese's 2003 documentary film Feel Like Going Home, which traced the roots of blues back to its genesis in West Africa. The film was narrated by Harris and features Ali’s performances on guitar and njarka. In 2004 Ali’s became mayor of Niafunké and spent his own money grading the roads, putting in sewer canals and fuelling a generator that provided the impoverished town with electricity. In September 2005, he released the album In the Heart of the Moon, a collaboration with Toumani Diabaté, for which he received a second Grammy award (sadly lost his long battle with bone cancer) b. October 31st 1939.
2007: Murray Grand (87) American songwriter, singer and pianist; born in Philadelphia, Murray played piano as a teenager. During WW II, he served as and infantryman in U.S. Army and played piano accompaniment for USO Tour stars including Gypsy Rose Lee and Betty Grable. After the war, he studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School and worked as a cabaret performer in New York City. In 1952, he wrote “Guess Who I Saw Today” (with lyrics by Elisse Boyd) for the Broadway musical revue New Faces of 1952. The song has been recorded by Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, and Eydie Gorme among others. Murray's other songs include “Hurry”, “April in Fairbanks”, “ Boozers and Losers" written with Cy Coleman, "Thursday's Child", "Too Old to Die Young", "I Always Say Hello to a Flower", "Everything You Want", “Come By Sunday”, "I'd Rather Cha-Cha than Eat", "Comment Allez-Vous" and “Not a Moment Too Soon”. His songs have been recorded by Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Paula West, Toni Tennille, Blossom Dearie, Eydie Gorme, and Michael Feinstein. Grand appeared in two Paul Mazursky films: The Tempest and Moscow on the Hudson. In his later years Grand lived for a time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he ran a pet food business and continued to perform (He died of emphysema in Santa Monica) b. August 27th 1919.
2012: Big Walter Price aka Thunderbird (97)
American singer-songwriter and a master of the barrelhouse style of piano, born in Gonzales, Texas. He moved to San Antonio where he released his first song called "Calling Margie" in 1955, after which he moved to Houston, where he lived until his death. In 1960s he singned with Peacock Records and released several singles. His song "Pack Fair and Square" was covered by the J. Geils Band on the J. Geils Band album (?) b. August 2nd 1914. (his birth certificate put him at three years younger, 1917, but he always maintained the disparity was a paperwork error)
2012: Lucia Mannucci (91)
Italian singer, born at Bologna and relocated to Milan at a young age. She attend the Art of Movement school directed by Carla Strauss. She successfully auditioned for EIAR, the Italian national radio broadcasting company, and worked as a singer for the various radio orchestras. In 1947 Lucia joined the Italian vocal jazz quartet, Quartetto Cetra. In 1948 Quartetto Cetra did the dubbing of the choruses for the Italian release of Disney's movie Dumbo. For their excellent job they received a congratulation note signed by Walt Disney himself. Afterwards they did the dubbing for other movies such as Make My Music, Melody Time and The Wizard of Oz. They had appeared on British TV in 1948 in Café Continental, and later went on to do a great number of other TV programs, such as their parodies of literature classics such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo were a huge success. Lucia also had a successful solo career, besides working with Quartetto Cetra, Lucia pursued a solo career as singer, musical actress, and TV show hostess. She and her husband, who was also a member of Quartetto Cetra, did research on folk music (?) b. May 18th 1920.
2013: Jeffrey Skitch (85) Australian-English opera singer and actor born in Millicent, South Australia, he moved with his mother to England when he was two years old. He served in the RAF during World War II and began acting by 1949. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for the 1952–53 season.He recorded several roles with D'Oyly Carte over the years and toured different parts of the world including America. While in Los Angeles, he met his future wife, American singer Stella Maria Hawley. He also participated in several radio broadcasts with the company. After his career with D'Oyly Carte, he turned to teaching and from 1981 to 1995 he was the Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School
(?) b. September 16th 1927
2013: Claude King (90) American country music singer and songwriter born in Keithville, Louisiana. He taught himself to play guitar at 12 and later he was offered a baseball scholarship to the University of Idaho at Moscow. On his return his returned he joined Louisiana Hayride, a TV and radio show produced in Shreveport and broadcast in the U.S. and the UK. He was frequently on the same shows with Elvis Presley, Tex Ritter, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells, Jimmie Davis, Slim Whitman, Faron Young, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones and Lefty Frizzell. He switched to Columbia records in 1961 and the same year had the top 10 country hits "Big River, Big Man" and "The Comancheros", followed in 1962 with his No.1 hit "Wolverton Mountain". Other of his many hits include "Sheepskin Valley," "Building a Bridge" "Hey Lucille!", "Sam Hill", "Tiger Woman", "Catch a Little Raindrop", "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)", and "All for the Love of a Girl". As well as a career recording and touring, he also performed as an actor in several movies and appeared in the 1982 television miniseries The Blue and the Gray. In 1981, Arkansas governor Frank D. White paid tribute to Claude and his big 1962 hit by declaring August 7th "Wolverton Mountain Day" (?) b. February 5th 1923.
2013: Kenny Ball (82) English jazz trumpeter, vocalist a nd bandleader, Kenny Ball was born in Ilford, Essex; he was a member of the local sea cadets, where he became a bugler which led to his love of the trumpet, and inspired by Harry James, he started to play jazz with friends. Kenny left school at 14 to begin work as a semi-pro musician whilst also working as a salesman and for an advertising agency. He turned full time professional in 1953 playing trumpet in bands led by Sid Phillips, Charlie Galbraith, Terry Lightfoot and Eric Delaney, before forming his own trad jazz band, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, in '58. He secured his band a regular spot on the BBC radio programme Easy Beat and became involved with television shows such as New Faces and Top of the Pops. His dixieland band was at the forefront UK's jazz revival, and from the late 50's through the
>>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Kenny died of pneumonia) b. May 22nd 1930.
2013: Peter Banks/ Peter Brockbanks (65) English guitarist and progressive rock pioneer, born in Barnet, North London; he learnt to play the guitar and banjo as a young lad and joined the band Syn shortly after it formed in 1965, where he met bassist Chris Squire. Syn bridged the gaps between beat and psychedelia, it was pivotal band of the era and opened the door for the emerging prog movement. When Syn split Peter played briefly with the bands Neat Change and Mabel Greer's Toy Shop, before joining up again with Chris Squire to form the progressive rock band, Yes. They recorded their debut self-titled album in 1969. Peter left Yes after the recording of their second album Time And a Word in 1970. He next played and recorded 3 sort after albums with the band Flash, and did stints with >>> READ MORE <<<
(sadly Peter died from heart failure) b. July 15th 1947.
2014: Adilia Castillo (80) Venesualian actress , singer and songwriter of folk music known as Joropo typical of Venezuelan llanos, born in the town of El Yagual. She began her career singing on local radio before moving to Caracas at the age of 14. She found it hard to find work singing so began training as a bullfighter and was known as "The Girl I roll". She went on to write over 80 songs, mostly boleros, passages, calypso and joroguara a mixture of Guaracha Joropo and released 6 albums. She toured and entertained audiences in Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Spain, Colombia, United States and Mexico (?) b. August 26th 1933.
2015: Jennifer Ward Clarke (79) English baroque cellist and pedagogue born in Yateley, Hampshire and studied at the Royal College of Music in London; in 1967 she was a founder member of the Pierrot Players, working closely with Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies. With this group and its successor, the Fires of London, she took part in many first performances, including Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King and Birtwistle’s Medusa. She went on to serve as a member of the London Sinfonietta, London Classical Players, Monteverdi Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, and the acclaimed Salomon Quartet. She also served long term teaching positions at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music and was widely respected as one of the most distinguished period cello performance experts in the world (?) b. June 20th 1935
2015: Brian Carman (69) American guitarist, founding member of surf rockers the Chantays and co-writer of the band's career-defining hit "Pipeline". Inspired by a local band called the Rhythm Rockers, Brian and four classmates at Santa Ana High School formed the Chantays in the early ’60s. He and his bandmate Bob Pickard wrote “Pipeline” after school one day. It peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1963; this was followed by and album of the same title. More recent albums include The Next Set, a live recording and Waiting for the Tide. On April 12th 1996 they were honored by Hollywood's Rock Walk (sadly Brian died while battling Crohn's disease) b. August 10th 1945.
2016: Bruce Geduldig (63) American experimental synth musician, film producer and a longtime member of the San Francisco experimental synth band Tuxedomoon. After a period of working with Winston Tong on his quirky theatrical shows in San Francisco, Bruce joined Tuxedomoon in 1979. The avant-garde music collective moved from San Francisco to Brussels in the 1980s, where Bruce also collaborated with Belgian partners on projects spanning the artistic spectrum from music to film to theatre. He had a chart hit with the gonzo Brussels electronic outfit The Weathermen and directed music videos for other artists, including his long-time friends and fellow expatriates Minimal Compact. He was constantly at work in front of and behind the camera on television and film productions in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (sadly Bruce died from liver desease) b. March 6th 1953.
2016: Koyo Bala (37?) South African singer and socialite who was part of pop gay trio 3Sum - a pop band which was formed in Johannesburg and used to comprised of himself‚ Amstel Maboa and the now deceased Jeff Moyo. They were known in the entertainment industry as activists for gay rights. (sadly died in Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, after bravely fighting cancer for three years)*1979?
2016: Joe Cabot/Joseph Claude Caputo (94) American jazz trumpeter and bandleader born in Cleveland, Ohio. His first performances took place locally while he was still a small boy, and by 1939 he was a sideman with Gene Krupa. Over the span of 6 decades, Cabot has backed vocalists including Peggy Lee, Ruth Brown, Chris Connor, Eartha Kitt, Anita O'Day, Fran Warren, Tony Bennett. He played with Bobby Darin on many recordings, most notably “Mack the Knife” and “Beyond the Sea”. Joe also worked alongside many luminaries of the jazz world, among them Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, and Harry James. In 1981 he conducted an eight-piece jazz band at NYC's famed Michael's Pub backing vocals by Fran Warren (?) b. July 12th 1921.

2017: Kamran Aziz (85) Turkish Cypriot pianist, composer, pionerr and pharmacist; she was the first female composer and the first female pharmacist in Turkish Cypriot society. She made significant contributions to Turkish Cypriot folk music to the extent that she started the genre in its modern sense. She was also one of the first female musicians to play in public and pioneered the playing and teaching of western music. Kâmran started her musical broadcasts on the British Military Radio in 1945, that same year she started translating classical pieces into Turkish, years before similar translations would start in Turkey. In 1950 she founded a musical ensemble called 'Kâmran Aziz ve Arkadaslari' / "Kâmran Aziz and her Friends", they played popular songs as well as translations of opera arias and Lieder of composers such as Schubert into Turkish. Her role in the Turkish Cypriot musical tradition led to the Cultural Committee of the Assembly of the Republic awarding her a Special Prize. Also Kâmran graduated in pharmacology in 1944 to become the first Turkish Cypriot female pharmacist and opened her pharmacy, the Aziz Pharmacy, in 1947. Throughout her career, she managed music and her pharmacy together. In 1959, she founded the Turkish Cypriot Union of Pharmacists with eleven other pharmacists (sadly Kâmran died with pulmonary complications) b. 1922.

March 8th.
1957: Othmar Schoeck (70)
Swiss composer and conductor born in Brunnen, he was known mainly for his considerable output of art songs and song cycles, though he also wrote a number of operas, mostly notably his one-act Penthesilea, premiered in Dresden, 1927, and revived at the Lucerne Festival, 1999, and instrumental compositions including two string quartets and concertos for violin, cello and horn.
He suffered a heart attack in March 1944, but continued to compose (?) b. September 1st 1886.
Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (81)
English conductor and impresario born in St. Helens, Lancs, in a house adjoining the Beecham's Pills factory founded by his grandfather. From the early twentieth century until his death, Sir Thomas was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to Neville Cardus, was the first British conductor to have a regular international career.
From a wealthy industrial family, he used the money at his disposal to transform the operatic scene in England from the 1910s until the start of World War II, staging seasons at Covent Garden, Drury Lane and His Majesty's Theatre with international stars, his own hand-picked orchestra and a wide range of repertoire. In the concert hall, London still has two orchestras founded by Sir Thomas: the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic. He also maintained close links with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras in his native county of Lancashire. His repertoire was eclectic, sometimes favouring lesser-known composers over famous ones. His specialities included composers whose works were rarely played in Britain before he became their advocate, such as Frederick Delius and Hector Berlioz. He toured the major halls in America and Europe over his long career, sixty-six years after his first visit to America, he made his last, beginning in late 1959, conducting in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Washington. During this tour, he also conducted in Canada. He also was known for his wit, and many "Beecham stories" are still told 50 plus years after his death (sadly he died of a coronary thrombosis at his London flat) b. April 29th 1879.
1965: Tadley Ewing "Tadd" Dameron (48)
American jazz composer, arranger and pianist, born in Cleveland. He was the most influential arranger of the bebop era, but also wrote for swing and hard bop players. The bands he arranged for included those of Artie Shaw, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Jimmie Lunceford. He and lyricist Carl Sigman wrote "If You Could See Me Now" for Sarah Vaughan and it became one of her first signature songs.
In the late 1940s, he wrote arrangements for the big band of Dizzy Gillespie, who gave the première of his large-scale orchestral piece Soulphony at Carnegie Hall in 1948. Also in 1948, he led his own group in New York, which included Fats Navarro; the following year he was at the Paris Jazz Fair with Miles Davis. From 1961 he scored for recordings by Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Blue Mitchell. He also arranged and played for rhythm and blues musician Bull Moose Jackson. Tadd composed several bop standards, including "Hot House", "Our Delight", "Good Bait" and "Lady Bird". His bands featured leading players such as Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Wardell Gray (sadly died fighting cancer) b. February 21st 1917.
1973: Ron
"Pigpen" Mckernan (27)
American multi-musician and founding member The Grateful Dead. His musical contributions included vocals, Hammond organ, harmonica, percussion, and occasionally guitar. He began spending time around coffeehouses and music stores, where he met Jerry Garcia. One night Garcia invited him onstage to play harmonica and sing the blues. Garcia was impressed and Ron became the blues singer in local jam sessions.
He was a participant in the preceeding groups leading to the formation of the Grateful Dead, beginning with the Zodiacs and Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, which evolved into The Warlocks. Around 1965 Ron urged the rest of the Warlocks to switch to electric instruments after which they became the Grateful Dead. In 1970, Ron began experiencing symptoms of congenital biliary cirrhosis; these were exacerbated by his alcohol abuse. He had a short relationship and longer friendship with Janis Joplin who joined him onstage at the Fillmore West in June 1969 with the Grateful Dead to sing his signature "Turn On Your Lovelight". The two repeated this duet July 16, 1970 at the Euphoria Ballroom in San Rafael. After an August 1971 hospitalization, doctors requested that he stop touring indefinitely, He carried on performing, but sadly after their Europe '72 tour, his health had degenerated to the point where he could no longer continue on the road. His final concert appearance was June 17th 1972 at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angelese (gastrointestinal hemorrhage) b. September 8th 1945.
1983: Sir William Turner Walton OM (80)
British composer and conductor, h
is style was influenced by the works of Stravinsky and Prokofiev as well as jazz music, and is characterized by rhythmic vitality, bittersweet harmony, sweeping Romantic melody and brilliant orchestration. His output includes orchestral and choral works, chamber music and ceremonial music, as well as notable film scores. His earliest works, especially Edith Sitwell's Façade brought him notoriety as a modernist, but it was with orchestral symphonic works and the oratorio Belshazzar's Feast that he gained international recognition. (?) b. March 29th 1902
1988: Henryk Szeryng (69) Polish violin virtuoso, born in Zelazowa Wola; he made his solo debut on in January 1933 playing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the Romanian George Georgescu. From 1933 to 1939 he studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, and during World War II he worked as an interpreter for the Polish government in exile, he was fluent in seven languages, and gave concerts for Allied troops all over the world. During one of these concerts in Mexico City he received an offer to take over the string department of the university there. In 1946, he became a naturalized citizen of Mexico. Henryk focused on teaching before resuming his concert career in 1954. His debut in New York City brought him great acclaim, and he toured widely for the rest of his life (?) b. September 22nd 1918.
1988: Amar Singh Chamkila/Dunni Ram (27) Punjabi folk singer, widely touted as the most influential Punjabi folk singer of all time. This is an incredible feat as he sang for less than a decade. He is also regarded as one of the greatest Punjabi folk live stage performers. In his heyday, he was known to do three stage performances in a single day. He partnered up with the female vocalist Surinder Sonia and recorded eight duets. The record was released in 1979 and was produced by Charanjit Ahuja. The cunningly worded lyrics, which he had written himself, became hits across Punjab and paved the way for the unique lyrical mastery his fans would come to expect. In 1980 Amarjot Kaur became his permenant female singing partner, providing the female vocals for his duets (having arrived to perform in the famous pind of Mehsampur, Punjab, both Chamkila and Amarjot, were gunned down by AK47'S along side Gill and other group members as they exited their vehicle, a gang of terrorists shot several rounds fatally wounding the couple and other members of the entourage) b. July 21st 1960.
1988: Kenneth Colyer (59) English jazz trumpeter and cornetist, born in Great Yarmouth, but grew up in Soho, London, he was devoted totally to New Orleans jazz. His band was also known for skiffle interludes. After a stint in the Merchant Navy he played with various bands and in 1949 joined the Crane River Jazz Band, the band played at the Royal Festival Hall on 14 July 1951 in the presence of HRH Princess Elizabeth. He rejoined the Merchant Navy and in New Orleans played with his idols in the George Lewis Band. He was offered the job of lead trumpeter on a tour, but was then put in prison and deported. He was invited to take the trumpet lead for the Chris Barber Band and so formed the first Ken Colyer's Jazzmen: Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Ron Bowden, Lonnie Donegan and Jim Bray. They made their first recordings on Storyville in 1953. The next, brief, band in the mid 1950s featured Acker Bilk on clarinet. Ken and his Jazzmen band made an appearance in Joe Meek's 1963 film "Live It Up". In 1971, after a bout with stomach cancer, he took his doctors' advice to stop leading a band, but continued with a solo career into the 1980s. He moved to the south of France in his last years (?) b. April 18th 1928.
1993: Billy Eckstine (79) US jazz singer and band leader; his smooth baritone and distinctive vibrato broke down barriers throughout the 1940s, first as leader of the original bop big-band, then as the first romantic black male in popular music. After working in many bands, he formed his own big band in 1944 and made it a fountain head for young musicians who would reshape jazz by the end of the decade, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, and Fats Navarro. The Billy Eckstine Orchestra was the first bop big-band, and hit the charts often during the mid-'40s, with Top Ten entries including "A Cottage for Sale" and "Prisoner of Love." On the group's frequent European and American tours, Eckstine, popularly known as Mr. B, also played trumpet, valve trombone and guitar. Billy made numerous appearances on television variety shows, including "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Nat King Cole Show", "The Tonight Show" with Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson, "The Merv Griffin Show", "The Art Linkletter Show," "The Joey Bishop Show," "The Dean Martin Show," "The Flip Wilson Show," and "Playboy After Dark." He also performed as an actor in the TV sitcom "Sanford and Son," and in such films as Skirts Ahoy, Let's Do It Again, and Jo Jo Dancer. He recorded his final album in 1984, "I Am A Singer", featuring beautiful ballads arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo (?) b. July 8th 1914.
1995: Ingo Schwichtenberg (29) German drummer and one of the founding members of German power metal band Helloween formed in 1984 in Hamburg. He was famous for his high-energy drumming, and between 1985-93 he recorded 6 albums with Helloween, their self titled debut album in 1985, followed by Walls of Jericho, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2, Pink Bubbles Go Ape, and Chameleon . He
was ejected from the band in 1993 during the tour of the album Chameleon. The dismissal was reportedly due to his dependence on alcohol and drugs. Sadly he also suffered from schizophrenia, and his refusal to take his medication would lead to bizarre episodes such as uncontrollable sobbing, which made it impossible for him to take the stage. Ingo was somewhat dissatisfied with the direction of the band as well, and especially did not care for the song Windmill from the Chameleon album (After his ejection from the band, he slid further and further into his schizophrenic episodes, culminating in his suicide in 1995, tragically by jumping in front of a subway train) b. May 18th 1965.
2003: Adam Faith/Terence Nelhams-Wright (62)
English singer, actor in TV, movies and theatre and financial journalist. He began his musical career in 1957, while working as a film cutter in London, singing with and managing a skiffle group, The Worried Men, and became the resident band at The 2i's Coffee Bar, where they appeared on the BBC Television live music programme Six-Five Special, which led to a solo recording contract with HMV under the name Adam Faith, but his first two singles failed to chart. In March 1959, John Barry invited him to audition for a BBC TV rock and roll show, Drumbeat, he was given a contract for three shows, extended to the full 22-week run. He recorded six-track EP released by the Fontana record label, again he failed to chart. After taking drama and elocution lessons, he got an acting job appearing as a pop singer in the film, Beat Girl. This led to his third recording contract, with Parlophone. His next record in 1959, "What Do You Want?", this became his first number one hit in the UK Singles Chart.
It was also the first number one hit for Parlophone, and Adam Faith the only pop act on the label. He went on to record 37 singles, 24 being chart hits, and nine albums, before going into full time acting. In the 1980s, he became a financial investments advisor. (heart attack) b. June 23rd 1940.
2009: Hank Locklin (91)
American country singer, member of Grand Ole Opry. His hits include "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On", "Geisha Girl", and "Please Help Me I'm Falling", which went to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart. Billboard Magazine's 100th Anniversary issue also listed it as the second most successful country single of the Rock and Roll era. He had/has a strong following in Europe, and Ireland, so much so in 1963 he recorded an album called Irish Songs Country Style, which includes the beautiful song Wild Irish Rose. Also he has a fanclub situated in Langeli, Norway.
In 2006, he appeared on the PBS special, Country Pop Legends in which he performed "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On", and "Please Help Me I'm Falling". Until his passing in 2009, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 91. He recently released his 65th album, By the Grace of God, a collection of gospel songs () b. February 15th 1918.
2011: Mike Starr (44)
American bassist born in Honolulu, Hawaii and best known as a founding member and bassist with the alternative rock band, Alice in Chains, formed in Seattle in 1987. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 25 million albums worldwide, and over 12 million in the US alone. The band achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums "Jar of Flies" and "Alice in Chains", 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and eight Grammy Award nominations. Mike is featured on albums We Die Young -1990; Facelift-1990; Sap-1992; Dirt-1992; Music Bank-1999; Nothing Safe: Best of the Box-1999; Live-2000; Greatest Hits-2001; and The Essential Alice in Chains released in 2006. Mike left Alice In Chains in 1993 while it was touring behind the album Dirt. However in 1992 he had also been a founding member of the heavy metal supergroup Sun Red Sun along with Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of Black Sabbath. The project was cut short by Gillen's death ...READ MORE... (sadly found dead on this date in a house in Salt Lake City - no details have emerged yet as to the cause of death) b. April 4th 1966.
2011: Bernard Lee aka St. Clair Lee (66) American singer, he was one of the original members of the
pop and soul trio formed at Santa Monica, California in 1969, Hues Corporation, along with Hubert Ann Kelley and Fleming Williams. The group's name was a pun on the (Howard) Hughes Corporation, with the 'hue' being the group's African-American heritage. They started out as an opening act for the likes of Flash Cadillac, Ike Turner, and Delaney Bramlett. In 1972 they were asked to appear in and also record three songs for the film 'Blacular' soundtrack; "There He Is Again", "What The World Knows" and "I'm Gonna Catch You". Shortly after, RCA signed them, their first single, "Freedom For The Stallion", from the album of the same name, reached No.63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
This was followed by their 1974 single, "Rock the Boat" which became a No.1 hit on the Billboard chart and the group's signature song. Other hits included "Rockin' Soul, "Love Corporation", and "I Caught Your Act" (details of Bernard's death have not yet been given) b. April 24th 1944.
2012: Jimmy Ellis (74) American lead singer with the
Philadelphia disco band, The Trammps. The band's first major success was with their 1972 cover version of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart". The first disco track they released was "Love Epidemic" in 1973. They are best known for their Grammy winning song, "Disco Inferno", immortalized in the film Saturday Night Fever, released in 1976 becoming a UK pop hit and US R&B hit, then re-released in 1978 becoming a US pop hit. Other major hits included "Hold Back the Night"-75 and "That's Where the Happy People Go"-76. In late 1977, they released "The Night the Lights Went Out" to commemorate the electrical blackout in New York on July 13th 1977 (sadly died from Alzheimer complications) b. November 15th 1937.
2012: Buddy "Bugs" Henderson (68) American blues guitarist; born in Palm Springs, Calif., but he grew up in Tyler, Texas. As a teenager he played guitar for the Tyler-based band Mouse and the Traps, before one-hit pop wonder Bruce Channel recruited him into a band.
He established is own band the Shuffle Kings, and spent his entire working life as musician performing in Fort worth clubs and all over the world, forging and establishing a large cult following. He released around 18 albums and his guitar style impressed musicians such as Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, and Ted Nugent
(sadly died while fighting cancer) b. October 20th 1943.
2014: James Van Buren Fowler (54) American rock and roll guitarist; he was lead guitarist for the southern rock band Drivin’ N Cryin’ from 1988-93 featuring on 3 of their albums Mystery Road, Fly Me Courageous,
Smoke and their EP, Live on Fire. They also opened for the bands REM, The Who and Neil Young. Their most successful release was 1991's ‘Fly Me Courageous’.
Buren also played guitar on two R.E.M. tours (?) b. June 29th 1959.
2015: George Tutko (61) American music engineer whose lengthy list of credits includes sessions for Blondie, Duran Duran, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Lita Ford and many others (sadly George died fighting cancer) b. 1953?
2015: Inezita Barroso (90) Brazilian sertanejo singer, guitarist, actress, TV presenter, librarian, folklorist and teacher born in São Paulo. By the 1950s she had had a few mainstream hits, but had a fondness for traditional folk and rural music, even though she herself has been a lifelong urbanite (?) b. March 4th 1925.
2015: Lew Soloff (71) American jazz trumpeter born in Brooklyn, NYC; he studied trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School
. In these early days worked with Machito, Gil Evans, Tony Scott, Tito Puente and Maynard Ferguson and before working with Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1968-1973. In the 1980s he was a member of a jazz ensemble Members Only. T
hroughout his career he made frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world with bands such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra. Lew recorded with the likes of George Benson, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Carla Bley, Marianne Faithfull, Hilton Ruiz, Frank Sinatra, Art Garfunkel, Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass, just to mention a few. Lew was also a long time member of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet and Mingus Big Band. (sadly died of heart attack) b. February 20th 1944.
2016: Andrew Loomis (54) American drummer and founding member of the seminal Oregon rock band Dead Moon, which formed in 1987. A backbone of the Portland rock scene for decades the group self-released its albums and even cut its own vinyl masters on the historic lathe used for the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"; its songs and independent spirit helped fuel Portland's '90s punk scene as well as Northwest heavyweights such as Pearl Jam, who have covered Dead Moon's "It's O.K.". Andrew's drum kit signature was a burning candle, placed to melt into an empty Jack Daniels bottle. Dead Moon's most recent album, and perhaps its final effort, was last year's Voodoo Doughnut Recordings release "Tales from the Grease Trap, Vol. 1: Dead Moon Live at Satyricon," a blistering live recording from 1993. Prior to his 28 years with Dead Moon, Andrew had been playing with Washington rock band the Shiny Things.(sadly died from the affects of a previous hard fight with cancer) b. 1961/62
2016: Ross "Hanna" Hannaford (65)
Australian rock guitarist was born in Newcastle, NSW, but moved with his family to Melbourne the following year, in 1951. In early 1965, he started a long collaboration with singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, which began as teenagers, with the R&B band The Pink Finks. This was followed by the two forming The Party Machine, and releasing a single "You've All Gotta Go". In 1970, inspired by Fank Zappa, they formed yet another band, the avant garde 'Sons of the Vegetal Mother' which eventually evolved into the band, Daddy Cool. After the release of their hugely successful debut single "Eagle Rock" which nailed down the No. 1 position on the sales chart for a then-record 10 weeks, and their debut LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, the band became one of the most popular and successful rock acts of the '70s, breaking all previous sales records for an Australian act. The band toured the U.S. six times and released a >>> Read More <<< (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. December 1st 1950.
2016: Sir George Martin (90) British Hall of Fame record producer, composer, arranger and engineer, six-time Grammy Award winner ...... UPDATING ...... () b. January 3rd 1926.

2017: Jonathan Strasser (70) American violinist and conductor raised in New York City. He attended the High School of Music & Art and then the Manhattan School of Music for violin studies. He was a faculty member for over 30 years at Music & Art and his high school's successor, LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He founded Inter-School Orchestras of New York to help students in New York City without a music program at their school. He was also on faculty for the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division, for which he would remain for over 30 years as teacher and conductor of the MSM Precollege Philharmonic (?) b. June 3th 1946.
2017: Dmitry Mezhevich (76) Russian actor, musician and singer-songwriter; born in Moscow he worked in the Moscow Taganka Theatre, appearing in such productions as 'The Good Person of Szechwan', 'Hamlet', 'Woe from Wit', and 'Tartuffe'. After serving the theatre for many years he retired in 2011. Dmitry also studied hoboe aka oboe and eventually took up the guitar. Soviet poet and musician, Bulat Okudjava dedicated a song to him. (?) b. December 19th 1940.

2017: David Joseph "Dave" Valentin (64) American latin jazz flautist born in the South Bronx, New York; he learned percussion at an early age, and by 10 was playing conga and timbales professionally. When he was 12, he began to teach himself the flute so he could get to know a girl in school who played the flute, Irene Cathcart, they remained friends for 53 years. In the 1970s, he combined Latin music with jazz in bands with Bill O'Connell, Lincoln Goines, Richie Morales, Robby Ameen, Sammy Figueroa, and Giovanni Hidalgo. He was the first musician signed to GRP Records, a label founded by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen that specialized in smooth jazz, jazz fusion, and jazz-pop. He recorded his debut album with Ricardo Marrero in 1977. Over time he recorded with many more artists such as Noel Pointer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Chris Connor, David Benoit, Eliane Elias, and Nnenna Freelon. Dave was chosen best jazz flautist by readers of Jazziz magazine for seven years in a row and in 1985, he received a Grammy Award nomination. In 2003, he won a Grammy for 'Caribbean Jazz Project', an album he did with Dave Samuels. Dave suffered a stroke in 2012 which left him unable to perform and another in 2015 (sadly died from complications of a stroke and Parkinson's disease) b. April 29th 1952.

March 9th.
1966: Henry Stuckley (68)
American blues guitarist and accidental founder of the Bentonia tradition of country blues. Born in 1897 in Bentonia, MS; he learned an open E minor guitar tuning from black Bahamian soldiers while serving in France during World War I, and upon returning home in 1919, incorporated the tuning into his playing, eventually, around 1924 he taught it to a young Skip James. Skip featured the tuning on several of the 18 sides he recorded for Paramount in 1931, recordings that became treasured by blues scholars, historians, and collectors for their distinctive plaintive and eerie sound (sadly died of cancer) b. April 11th 1897.
1985: R
obert Alexander "Bumps" Blackwell (62)
American songwriter, arranger, and record producer best known for his work overseeing the early hits of Little Richard. He produced and co-wrote hits for Little Richard including: "Long Tall Sally"; "Good Golly Miss Molly"; "Ready Teddy"; and "Rip It Up". He also produced Sam Cooke's hit "You Send Me". Earlier in his career in the 1940s he led a jazz group that included pianist Ray Charles and trumpeter Quincy Jones. He moved to Hollywood, California and took a job at Art Rupe's Specialty Records as an arranger and producer. He worked with Larry Williams, Lloyd Price and Guitar Slim before "discovering" Little Richard in 1955. In 1981 he produced some songs for Bob Dylan's album, Shot of Love, including the title track. Not be confused with another songwriter, Otis Blackwell (pneumonia) b. May 23rd 1922.
1993: Bob Crosby (79)
American dixieland bandleader and vocalist with a singing voice remarkably similar to his brother Bing, but without its range. He began singing with Anson Weeks in 1931, then Dorsey Brothers in 1934, before he led his first band in 1935. His most famous band, the Bob-Cats, was a Dixieland jazz group with members from the Bob Crosby Orchestra. Both the Bob Crosby Orchestra and the smaller Bob-Cats group specialized in Dixieland jazz, showcasing the traditional jazz revival of the 1940s. Over the years members
included Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Muggsy Spanier, Matty Matlock, Irving Fazola, Ward Silloway, Warren Smith, Eddie Miller, Joe Sullivan, Bob Zurke, Jess Stacy, Nappy Lamare, Bob Haggart, Walt Yoder, Jack Sperling, and Ray Bauduc. During World War II, he spent 18 months in the Marines, touring with bands in the Pacific. His radio variety series, The Bob Crosby Show, aired on NBC and CBS in different runs between the years 1943 to 1950, followed by Club Fifteen on CBS from 1947 through 1953 and a half-hour CBS daytime series, The Bob Crosby Show from 1953 to 1957. Also in 1952, Bob replaced Phil Harris as the bandleader on The Jack Benny Program, remaining until Benny retired the radio show in 1955 (complications from cancer) b. August 23rd 1913.
Maurice "Moe" Purtill (77)
American drummer who is best known today as Glenn Miller’s featured drummer from 1937 to 1942.
Born in Huntington, New York, he dropped out of high school and started out as a freelance drummer in New York Studios. After playing with Red Norvo his big break came when he played in Glenn Miller's first band in December 1937, but went to play with Tommy Dorsey until 1938, and rejoined Miller on April 6th 1939 where he remained until September 27th 1942 when Miller broke up his band to join the Army. Moe appeared on virtually all of Miller’s hit records and also while with Glen, he appeared in two films, Sun Valley Serenade-1941, and Orchestra Wives-1942. After the breakup of the band in 1942, he went on to play with Kay Kyser until 1944, he then joined the Navy and entered World War II. After his discharge, he played briefly, in 1946, with the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Tex Beneke. Moe went on to record in the studio on various projects and would sometimes participate in a few Miller retrospective projects (?) b. May 4th 1916.
1997: Notorious BIG/Biggie Smalls/Christopher Wallace (24) American gangsta-rapper, a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility at a time when hip hop was mostly dominated by West Coast artists. He began rapping when he was a teenager, entertaining people on the streets, as well as perform with local groups, the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. He had also lived a life of crime since he was 12 selling drugs and guns. After a prison sentence, Chris made a demo tape under the name Biggie Smalls which led his signing with Uptown who immediately gave him an appearance on Heavy D & the Boyz' "A Buncha Niggas". In mid 1992, he signed to Bad Boy Records. By 1996, he was headlining shows, enjoying MTV appearances, No.1 hit singles, and his debut album, Ready to Die, was selling remarkably well. He focused his energies on his second album, Life After Death, where, rather than relying on hardcore narratives and beats, he opted for midtempo and pop grooves, spawning hit singles such as "Hypnotise" and "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems". But when his former friend, Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas in September of 1996, and fingers were soon pointing at Chris and his East Coast associates, especially by the LA Times newspaper, which ran a campaign accusing the rapper of paying the Crips gang £1m to kill Shakur. Less than a year later, on a promotional tour in Los Angeles, Chris was dead, which many believed was in retaliation for Tupac's death. (After leaving a party in L.A. a black Chevy Impala pulled up alongside Chris's truck. The driver of the Impala, an African-American male neatly dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired numerous rounds into the GMC Suburban; four bullets hit Chris in the chest. He was rushed to Cedars -Sinai Medical Center by his entourage but was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.) b. May 21st 1972.
1999: Mike Anthony (68)
American guitarist with 5th Dimension (heart attack) b. ????
1999: Harry Stewart Somers CC (73)
English-Canadian composer, born in Toronto. In 1942, he came under the influence of John Weinzweig set up a program of traditional harmony study for the young composer as well as introducing him to 12-tone techniques. There followed a period of study in Paris. It was there that Somers heard and was influenced by the music of Boulez and Messiaen. Returning home to Toronto in 1950 Somers worked as a music copyist while he honed his compositional talents. By the 1960s he was able to support his family almost entirely by his composition. An important work from the 1950s was Five Songs for Dark Voice. In the 1960s his music include Five Concepts for Orchestra, Twelve Miniatures, "Picasso Suite", and Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports shows him clearly working within the choral mainstream. These five accessible arrangements of Newfoundland folk songs have become popular with choirs around the world. Also Louis Riel, an opera written for the 1967 Canadian centennial. He was a founding member of the Canadian League of Composers, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1971 (?) b. September 11th 1925.
Ivo Robic (77) Croatian singer-songwriter; born in Rijeka, Croatia, he was a pioneer of popular Yugoslav music from the early 1950s. Following the success of his first international hit, "Morgen" / "Tomorrow") in 1959, he was nicknamed "Mister Morgen". The optimistic song was the first collaboration between Ivo and Bert Kaempfert. Following its success in Germany, the German-language version became a No.13 hit on the pop chart in the US, selling over one million copies.
He performed and collaborated with Kaempfert, Freddy Quinn, and Dean Martin. His version of "Strangers in the Night", which he originally recorded for the music festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, was later sang in German, "Fremde in der Nacht", and in Croatian language "Stranci u Noci". Other international hits include "Muli-Song", "Mit 17 fängt das Leben erst an", "Ein ganzes Leben lang", "Rot ist der Wein", and "Ich zeig' dir den Sonnenschein". During his career in what was then Socialist Republic of Croatia within Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, he made more than one hundred records, mostly singles and schlagers.Vracam se Zagrebe tebi/Coming Back to You, My Zagreb, Ta tvoja ruka mala/That Little Hand of Yours, and Tiho plove moje cežnje/Silent Sail of My Yearnings (?) b. January 29th 1923.
2004: Tony Lee (69)
English jazz pianist born in Whitechapel, London, who played with the likes of Tommy Whittle, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Barney Kessel, Sonny Stitt, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Terry Smith, Tubby Hayes, Dick Morrissey and legendary UK drummer Phil Seamen. He had a long-lasting association of some 40 years with bassist Tony Archer in the Tony Lee Trio. Lee and Archer also played together in the sextet The Best of British Jazz formed in the early 1970s (?) b. July 23rd 1934
2004: Rust Epique/Charles Lopez (36)
American singer and guitarist, born in Stockton but raised in Modesto, Ca. He toured with many bands, including "Kinesthesia", "Xit", "The Limit", and "Cliff Morrison", until in 1989, he relocated to Hollywood. In 1999, he joined the L.A. rapcore band Crazy Town, their hit single, Butterfly, topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001. Despite his success with Crazy Town, Rust quit the band as a result of various disagreements with his band mates. He formed the band Rustandthesuperheroes and
in 2003, V2 Records signed him to work with a band called Pre)Thing. They released their debut album, 22nd Century Lifestyle, in 2004 to much radio success (sadly died of a heart attack) b. February 29th 1968.
2005: Chris LeDoux (56)
American singer, guitarist and rodeo performer. As well as being a solo artist he recorded and played with his pal Garth Brooks. He has recorded thirty-six albums and was awarded one gold album certification from the RIAA, and was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award. When his rodeo career ended, he continued to write and record his songs, and began playing concerts, which often featured a mechanical bull. He worked independenly until 1989, when he shot to national prominence when he was mentioned in the debut song of future superstar Garth Brooks, the Top-10 country hit "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)". In 1991 Chris signed with Capitol Records and released his first national album, Western Underground, and his follow-up album, Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy, was certified gold and reached the top ten. The title track, a duet with Brooks, became LeDoux's first and only Top Ten country single, reaching #7 in 1992. In 2000, Chris suffered an illness that required a liver transplant. Garth Brooks volunteered to donate part of his liver, but it was found to be incompatible. n donor was located, and LeDoux did receive a transplant. After his recovery he released two additional albums (complications from ongoing treatment for cancer of the bile duct and liver) b. October 2nd 1948.
2006: Laura Stoica (38) Romanian singer, composer and actress; she made her debut in 1990 at the "Mamaia" festival with Un actor grabit/"An Actor in a hurry", written by Bogdan Cristinoiu. The following year she was declared the best pop-rock singer and 'Un actor grabit' became the song of the year. Her debut album, entitled Focul/The Fire, was released in 1994. Since then, her songs have been included in many compilations. Her second album, Nici o stea/"Any Star"), was released in 1997.
She was also an actress, in 2000, she graduated from the Ecological University of Bucharest with a degree in drama (Laura and her fiancé tragically lost their lives in a car accident near Urziceni. She was pregnant at the time) b. October 10th 1967.
2006: Anna Moffo (73) American soprano born in Wayne, PA; after graduation, in 1954 she entered and won the Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artists Auditions. Awarded a Fulbright fellowship, she went to Rome to study voice, master the Italian language and train for opera and made her stage opera debut in 1955 as Norina in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" in Spoleto. Her big breakthrough came the next year, when she starred in a television production of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly". Anna she sang an average of 12 new roles a year for the first four years of her career, all star parts. Her Met debut in 1959 was as Violetta in "La Traviata" and became a favorite at the Met, and remained so well into the 1960's. She appeared some 200 times with the company. Although her career began splendidly, her voice had declined by her late 30's, but with her radiant appearance, she was drawn early on into television and film, playing host of her own variety show on Italian television for many years (Anna sadly died of a stroke after fighting with complications of breast cancer) b. June 27th
2007: Brad Delp (55) American multi-musician, lead singer, frontman of the rock band Boston, he is also known for his extremely high range, and often cited as a key influence in the rock music vocal scene. He began performing in Tom Scholz' band 'Mother's Milk' in 1969. Eventually they signed with Epic Records and renamed the band 'Boston'. Their debut album, Boston, released in August 1976, was an enormous success, selling over 17 million records and produced future rock standards such as "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind", it ranks as the best-selling debut album i
n United States history. Brad performed all lead and backing vocals, including all 'layered' vocal overdubs on the album. They went .. READ MORE .. (sadly committed suicide) b. June 12th 1951.
Jimmy Boyd (70)
US actor, singer on a small farm in McComb, Miss; at age 4 he started guitar and harmonica lessons, at 7, he was playing and singing at barn dances. Texas Jim Lewis, a country-western bandleader, heard Jimmy sing and signed him up for his Saturday night radio show. That led to a winning performance in a radio talent show in LA and the contract to sing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus“, this led to appearances on television shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, Doris Day, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, among others. At 15, he was cast by Universal Pictures as the kid brother in "The Second Greatest Sex," a musical set in the Old West. In 1957, he played the title role in The United States Steel Hour's telecast of a musical version of "Huckleberry Finn." For 25 episodes, from 1958 to 1962, he was in the sitcom "Bachelor Father." Among his film roles was "Inherit the Wind," the 1960 movie classic. Jimmy co-starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's play Star Spangled Girl with George Hamilton and Deana Martin (cancer) b. January 9th 1940.
2010: Wilfred "Wilfy" Rebimbus (67)
Indian musician, born in in Mangalore and became known as Konkan Kogul ("the nightingale of Konkani"). A highly talented composer and singer, he starting his career at 15, a career spanning over 50 years.
Mog Tuzo Kitlo Axelom, Maria Tuzo Moga Maka Maria, and Philomena, are just a few among the 3,000 of songs Wilfy has written. He has staged more than 500 shows, 248 'Wilfy Nights' and released 40 albums, 6 devotional albums and 1 Instrumental album. Wilfy had also brought out a book, "Kogul Gaaithaa’’, comprising 40 volumes in four editions. He has written three Konkani musical plays, Hazaar Umaalyamche Kazaar, Vechik Pooth and Mother Teresa. His compositions not only in Konkani, but Tulu too are cherished by millions worldwide (sadly lost his fight with lung cancer) b. April 2nd 1942.
2012: Terry Teene/Terence Blaine Knutson (70)
American musician, vocalist, songwriter and entertainer, most commonly known for the early 1960s novelty hit "Curse of the Hearse". According to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he has recorded over 300 distinct songs, "Curse of the Hearse" is perhaps his most famous, and played over 100 or more released recordings, performing as a "major artist" on 25 of them; he recorded under 70 names and appeared in over 500 nightclubs. Other songs include "Happiness Is Coming", as Blaine Bel Aire, "We're Going to Put Iowa on the Map", "Fun to Be With", "Pussy Galore", and "Perfect 36". As Terry Teene, he appeared in concert with Alice Cooper, Nazareth, Flo and Eddie, The Kinks, Sha Na Na, The Knack, Cheap Trick, and Bobby Vee. He also had a 2nd parallel career as a clown, under the names of "ToBo the Clown" and "Clownzo"; and he was the creator and originator, along with George Voorhees, of the costume, likeness, name and character of the famous clown Ronald McDonald. As an actor Terry appeared in films including Raging Bull; Die Laughing; Dempsey; On The Other Side of The Moon; The Trip; Psych-Out; In Living Color; 4th Network; Little Nicky; and I Love Basketball (tragically he died from injuries when a bicycle he was riding was struck by a tow truck in Tyler, Texas) b. February 6th 1942.
2015: Wayne Kemp (73)
American country music singer and songwriter born in Greenwood, Arkansas; he charted twenty-four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking "Honky Tonk Wine," peaked at No. 17 in 1973. The song is included on his second studio album, Kentucky Sunshine, which reached No. 25 on Top Country Albums. Wayne
also co-wrote songs for other artists, including "Love Bug" for George Jones and "One Piece at a Time" for Johnny Cash. Ricky Van Shelton also released a cover of Kemp's "I'll Leave This World Loving You" (sadly Wayne was suffering from multiple ailments and was on kidney dialysis when he died) b. June 1st 1941.
2015: Jerry Brightman (61) American pedal steel guitarist born in Akron; in October 1969, he was offered a position with the house band of the Jamboree U.S.A. radio show, at the Wheeling Jamboree in West Virginia, which led to an invitation to record with country star Buck Owens. At just 18, he was a full-time member of Owens' backing band, the Buckaroos, touring extensively, performing in Japan, Australia, the Grand Ole Opry, NY's Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Opening of Disney World! He went into semi-retirement in 1977. He went on with a management company for new artists along with concert productions and record producing (?) b. 1953.
2016: John Morthland (68) American pioneering rock journalist; he was among the first wave of rock critics who revolutionized the form, writing to capture the spirit of the music and audience. He worked at Rolling Stone and Creem in the late 1960s and '70s. He befriended Lester Bangs, and became Bangs' estate's literary executor after his death. John published his book The Best of Country Music, in 1984.
In the late '80s, after settling in at Texas Monthly, Morthland helped establish SXSW, working as a panel organizer and general advisor. (?)
b. 1947/48?.
2016: Jon English (66) English-born Australian musician and actor; he emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1961. He was an early vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Sebastian Hardie but left to take on the role of Judas Iscariot in the Australian version of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar from May 1972. As well as his acting career, he was also a noted solo singer; he released around 20 albims and his Australian top twenty hit singles include "Turn the Page", "Hollywood Seven", "Words are Not Enough", "Six Ribbons" and "Hot Town". (sadly Jon died with complications from surgery) b. March 26th 1949.
2016: Naná Vasconcelos (71) Brazilian jazz percussionist, vocalist, berimbau player and eight-time Grammy Award winner, born in Recife. Among his many collaborations, he contributed to four Jon Hassell albums from 1976 to 1980 including Possible Musics by Brian Eno and Hassell, and later to several Pat Metheny Group works and Jan Garbarek concerts from early 1980s to early 1990s. In 1984 he appeared on the Pierre Favre album Singing Drums along with Paul Motian. He also appears on Arild Andersen's album If You Look Far Enough with Ralph Towner. Nana also formed the group, Codona, with Don Cherry and Collin Walcott, which released three albums in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He was awarded the Best Percussionist Of The Year by the Down Beat Critics Poll for seven consecutive years, from 1984 to 1990 and was also honored with eight Grammy Awards. (Naná sadly died while fighting lung cancer) b. August 2nd 1944.

2016: Joe “The Colonel” Haney (88) American marching band director and musical arranger; born in Colorado City he played trombone while at Marlin High School and attended SMU, where he received his bachelor’s degree, then earned a master’s from Sam Houston. After serving in Korea, he directed high school bands at Hemphill, Calvert, and Mexia and founded the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. His arrangement of “The Spirit of Aggieland” has been performed by the Aggie Band at all football games since 1968. In 1972 he bacame Associate Director at Texas A&M and director the following year and organized a symphonic band, which he led it from 1973-1999. His marching bands made eight bowl performances, marched in the inaugural parade of President George H.W. Bush and performed at the inaugurations of several Texas Governors. Joe also served in the Texas State Guard for 16 years, retiring as a full colonel. (sadly died due to Alzheimer's disease) b. August 19th 1927.
2016: Ray Griff (75) Canadian country music singer-songwriter born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began songwriting in the early 1960s with Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, and others recording his songs. Ray moved to Nashville in 1964 to pursue his music career full-time. His first records as a singer were released in the late 1960s, having first hit, "Patches", a remake of the Clarence Carter soul hit in 1970 which peaked at No. 26 in Billboard. As a song writer he had over 700 songs recorded including the major hits "Canadian Pacific" for George Hamilton IV, "Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano" for Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Baby" for Wilma Burgess. Others who had major hit records with Ray's songs include Faron Young, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, and Johnny Duncan. He returned to Canada in the late 1970s where he remained active on the country music scene there as an artist, songwriter, and record producer.
(sadly died from pneumonia following surgery) b. April 22nd 1940.
2017: Barbara Helsingius (79) Finnish singer, poet and Olympic fencer born in Helsinki. As well as her sporting and teaching career she was interested in American art and folk music, she began to record. She released her first of 13 albums, "Barbara" in 1966, a collection of American folk songs, translated to Finnish. Her final album was 'Songs Finland Sings' released in 2002, adouble CD of Finnish poems and songs, classics and songs which she translated to English. It also featured 30 guest artists, including the Serena choir. (sadly Barbara died following a long illness) b. September 27th 1937.
2017: Tony Lorenzo (30) American guitarist and founding member of the death metal band Sons of Azrael. The band from Buffalo, New York, was formed in 2004 and released 3 demos and 2 albums 'The Conjuration of Vengeance' in 2007, and 'Scouting the Boneyard' in 2010.
In October 2011 Tony was shot while walking in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village and left paralysed from the waist down and the band has been inactive, since the passing of vocalist Joe Siracuse in 2012. (the cause of death has not been given) b. 1986/87.

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1910: Carl Reinecke (85)
German pianist, conductor and composer born in Altona, Hamburg; at 19, he undertook his first concert tour in 1843, through Denmark and Sweden. In 1846, Reinecke was appointed Court Pianist for Christian VIII in Copenhagen and in 1851, Carl became a professor at the Cologne Conservatory. In ensuing years he was appointed musical director at Barmen, and became the academic, musical director and conductor of the Singakademie at Breslau.
In 1860, he was appointed director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra concerts in Leipzig, and professor of composition and piano at the Conservatorium. He led the orchestra for more than three decades, until 1895. He conducted premieres such as the full seven-movement version of Brahms's German Requiem-1869. In 1865 the Gewandhaus-Quartett premiered Brahms' piano quintet, and in 1892 his D major string quartet. He is best known for his flute sonata "Undine", but he is also remembered as one of the most influential and versatile musicians of his time. At the age of 80, Carl recorded his playing on piano roll for the Welte-Mignon company, making him the earliest-born pianist to have his playing preserved in any format. (?) b. June 23rd 1824.
1967: Yiorgos Batis/Yiorgos Tsoros (82)
Greek bouzouki player and composer born in Methana, but moved to Piraeus when he was very young; he served in the Greek army from 1912 to 1918. In the mid-1920s, he opened a music school called "Carmen", then opened a café named "Georges Baté" in 1931 and formed one of the most important scenes of rebetiko music. In 1933, he made his first sound-recording in with bouzouki after which he dedicated himself solely to music. He collaborated closely with, among others, Markos Vamvakaris in the rebetiko band ("kompania") called I Tetras i Xakousti tou Peiraios -the Famous Quartet of Pireos (?) b. 1885
1977: E. Power Biggs (70)
English concert organist, born in Westcliff-on-Sea, but moved to the Isle of Wight while a baby. After training in London at the Royal Academy of Music, he emigrated to the United States in 1930. He did much to bring the classical pipe organ back to prominence, and was in the forefront of the mid-20th-century resurgence of interest in the organ music of pre-Romantic composers. On his first concert tour of Europe, in 1954, He performed and recorded works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sweelinck, Dieterich Buxtehude, and Pachelbel on historic organs associated with those composers. In addition to concertizing and recording, he taught at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at various times in his career and edited a large body of organ music.
For his contribution to the recording industry, Edward has a star on California's Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6522 Hollywood Blvd (?) b. March 29th 1906.
1988: Andy Gibb (30) UK-Australian solo singer, the youngest of the Gibb brothers but he was not a member of The Bee Gees. In 1977, he began his career as a solo singer, following his brothers' disco style. His first 3 singles "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water," and "Shadow Dancing" all reached the No.1 spot. Three more consecutive Top Ten hits followed, cementing his overnight sensation status. Despite the number four "Desire," Gibb's streak of Top Ten hits began to slip in 1980; the following year he had his last Top 40 hit, "Me (Without You)." After a stint as the host of Solid Gold, Andy turned to acting, but he did not replicate the enormous success of his recording career. Sadly he developed a massive cocaine addiction, which helped lead to his death (sadly died from the virus myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle) b. March 5th 1958
Doc Green Jr (54) American bass & baritone singer; he was a member of The Five Crowns when in 1958 manager George Treadwell, who owned the rights to the name "Drifters", but had sacked the whole band, approached Lover Patterson, the manager of The Five Crowns featuring lead singer Ben E. King, wanting his band to adopt the appellation of The Drifters. So the new line-up of The Drifters consisted of Doc as baritone, Ben E King (lead tenor), Charlie Thomas (tenor), and Elsbeary Hobbs (bass). The group went out on the road to tour for almost a year. Since this new group had no connection to the prior Drifters, they often played to hostile audiences. This new Drifter lineup, widely considered the "true" golden age of the group, released several singles with King on lead that became chart hits. "There Goes My Baby", the first commercial rock-and-roll recording to include a string orchestra, was a Top 10 hit, and number 193 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "Dance with Me" followed, and then "This Magic Moment" No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. "Save the Last Dance for Me" reached No.1 on the U.S. pop charts and No.2 in the UK. This was followed by "I Count The Tears." This version of The Drifters was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000 as Ben E. King and the Drifters (sadly died after his battle with cancer) b. November 8th 1934.
1992: Giorgos Zampetas (67)
Greek music composer, singer who became one of the greatest bouzouki artists; born in Metaksourgio of Athens, f
rom a very young age. He showed a great interest in music, as he was helping his father in his barber shop, he secretly played his first melodies on a bouzouki. Anything that was producing sound seemed exciting to him and helped him in his compositions. In 1932, as a 7 year old first grader, he won his first prize, playing his first song in a school competition (?) b. January 25th 1925.
1997: Lavern Baker aka Delores Williams (57)
American rhythm and blues singer
; one of the sexiest divas gracing the mid-'50s rock & roll circuit. In 1953 she signed for Atlantic Records as a solo artist, her first release being "Soul on Fire". Her first hit came in early 1955, with the Latin-tempo "Tweedlee Dee" reaching No.4 on the R&B chart and No.14 on the national US pop charts. This was followed by a string of hits on the R&B charts over the next couple of years with her backing group The Gliders, including "Bop-Ting-A-Ling", "Play It Fair", and "Still. At the end of 1956 she had another smash hit with "Jim Dandy" No.1 R&B and No.17 pop, it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Further hits followed for Atlantic, including the follow-up "Jim Dandy Got Married", "I Cried a Tear", "I Waited Too Long" written by Neil Sedaka, "Saved" and "See See Rider". In the late 1960s, she became seriously ill after a trip to Vietnam to entertain American soldiers. About that same time, a friend recommended that she stay on as the entertainment director at a Marine Corps night club at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, and she remained there for 22 years.Laverne received the 1990 Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and in 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her song "Jim Dandy" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked #343 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (coronary complications) b. November 11th 1929.
2001: Massimo Morsello (42)
Italian far-right political activist and singer-songwriter. He was the main figure of Italian far-right political music and, with Roberto Fiore, a co-founder of the Italian nationalist movement Forza Nuova. He began his career as a musician in the '70s, with his first performance being at the first Hobbit Camp.
During the so-called "Anni di Piombo" or Lead Years he became involved in various violent episodes and is thought to have possibly been a member of the neofascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari. After the Bologna Massacre of August 2, 1980, Massimo, Roberto Fiore, leader of Terza Posizione and seven other people were accused of subversive association. They escaped first to Germany, then, after a few months, to London. Italy called for their extradition but it was refused by England because the crimes they were accused of were only political (cancer)b. November 10th 1958.
2001: Mati Nuude (60)
Estonian weightlifter and singer born to a family of an Estonian officer, repressed by the Soviet Union. His coach in weightlifting was Alfred Neuland. During 1965-1975 he was 7 times champion of Estonia in weightlifting and at his peak he was the 8th strongest man in the world. During 1975-1989 he was a singer in the band Apelsin and later launched his solo career (?) b. February 18th 1941.
2002: Shirley Scott (67)
American hard bop and soul-jazz organist; she played played piano and trumpet before moving to the Hammond organ, her main instrument, though on occasion she still played piano. Shirley became known in the 1950s for her work with saxophone player Eddie Davis, particularly the song "In the Kitchen" and went on to play with many greats. Shirley recorde 23 albums as a leader and six albums with Stanley Turrentine (Shirley died of heart failure, hastened by the diet drug fen-phen) b. March 14th 1934.
2004: Dave Blood/David Schulthise (47) American bass guitarist for the punk band Dead Milkmen who enjoyed international success on the strength of 1988's "Punk Rock Girl", a single from their Beelzebubba album. He helped form the band in 1983 along with fellow pseudonymous musicians Joe Jack Talcum, Dean Clean, and Rodney Anonymous.
Allegedly, he tuned the strings of his bass guitar, in order from lowest to highest, D E A D, to match the name of the band. He stopped playing music in 1995 after the band broke up as the result of developing tendinitis in both hands (sadly David committed suicide by overdosing on pills) b. September 16th 1956.
2005: Jacqueline "Jazzy Jackie" Neal (37) American blues singer, b
orn in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her father Raful Neal, was also a blues musician, as were eight of her ten siblings. She was best known for her hit "Right Thang, Wrong Man". Jackie released 4 albums, ''Blues Won't Let You Go''; ''Lookin' for a Sweet Thang''; ''Money Can't Buy Me Love''; and lastly ''Down in Da Club''. (Tragically, she was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, James White, in Baton Rouge) b. July 7th 1967.
2005: Danny Joe Brown (53) American singer from Jacksonville, Florida; was a member of the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet, and singer and co-writer of the band's biggest hits from the late 1970s. He is best known for writing and singing such hit singles as "Flirtin' with Disaster", and "Satisfied Man". He left the band in 1980 to form The Danny Joe Brown Band. He later rejoined Molly Hatchet in 1982, but had to leave in 1995 after suffering a stroke. (Danny died less than an hour after returning to his home from a 4 week hospitalization. He had been fighting a long battle with diabetes and effects of a past stroke) b. August 24th 1951.
2006: Anna Moffo (73) American soprano born in Wayne, Pennsylvania; she was offered the challenging role of Cio-Cio-San in an Italian television (RAI) production of Madama Butterfly, the telecast aired on January 24th 1956, and made her an overnight sensation throughout Italy. She returned to America for her debut there, as Mimì in La Bohème next to Jussi Björling's Rodolfo, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on October 16, 1957. Her Metropolitan Opera of New York debut took place on November 14th 1959 as Violetta in La traviata and performed at The Metropolitan Opera for seventeen seasons in roles such as Lucia, Gilda, Adina, Mimi, Liù, Nedda, Pamina, Marguerite, Juliette, Manon, Mélisande, Périchole, the four heroines of Les contes d'Hoffmann. She
enjoying a successful international career singing at most major opera houses around the world, Stockholm, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, among others. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as Gilda, in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Rigoletto, in 1964. Such a heavy workload however led to physical exhaustion and a serious vocal-breakdown in 1974, from which she never fully recovered (sadly died of a stroke following a decade-long battle with breast cancer) b. June 27th 1932.
2008: Charles "Chuck" Day (65) American blues guitarist, singer and bassist born in Chicago and at age 15 in
1957, he recorded the single "Pony Tail Partner" under the name Bing Day at Federal Records. He recorded several singles over the next ten years as 'Bing Day' and, also, 'Ford Hopkins', before moving to L.A. in 1965. He worked with the likes of the Johnny River band on the tracks "Here We GoGo Again" and "Rivers Rocks the Folk", Chuck wrote the distinctive riff in "Secret Agent Man". He next joined the Mamas and Papas as their bass guitarist and was second guitarist on "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'" before forming his own band. Chuck also recorded with The Young Gyants, Shel Silverstein and more recently in 2006 with Steve Wolf (died in Healdsburg District Hospital after a long illness) b. August 5th 1942
2008: Dennis Irwin (56) American jazz double bassist, born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up in Atlanta and Knoxville. His older brothers were jazz fans, and with their encouragement Dennis began playing clarinet. In the mid-1960s the family relocated to Houston, where as a teenager he played alto sax in a series of local R&B bands and while studying classical clarinet at University he began playing upright bass in the school's Two O'Clock Big Band. In 1975, Dennis started working with trumpeter Ted Carson, emerging as the bassist of choice for vocalists including Mose Allison, Betty Carter, Annie Ross and Jackie Paris. He made his record debut the following year, supporting pianist Dom Salvador's album "My Family". In 1977, he signed on with Blakey's Jazz Messengers and went on to play with many other greats including John Scofield, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Horace Silver, Chet Baker and Mel Lewis (He sadly died from complications of cancer on the same day as a Jazz at Lincoln Center benefit concert was held in his honor which featured performances by Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Joe Lovano and Joe Scofield) b. November 18th 1951.
2009: Ralph Mercado (67) American promoter of Latin American music — Latin Jazz, Latin rock, merengue and salsa — he established a network of businesses that included promoting concerts, managing artists, a record label, film company, nightclubs and restaurants. He out started promoting "waistline parties", live music events in apartment building basements where women were charged in proportion to their waist size, with himself measuring at the door. Soon he was promoting Latin jazz at Manhattan clubs such as The Village Gate. These expanded into concerts at major venues with stars such as James Brown, who appeared with Latin acts such as Mongo Santamaría. He turned to managing performers, founding RMM Management in 1972, where his clients included Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, achieving acclaim as the biggest salsa manager in the United States by the 1970s. He developed new talent, such as La India Marc Anthony, presenting salsa concerts at major venues across the country, from Madison Square Garden to the Hollywood Bowl.
Ralf started RMM Records in 1987, which had in excess of 130 artists performing across the Latin music spectrum, representing merengue, salsa, Latin jazz and Latin rock. He rode the expanding size and economic power of the nation's Hispanic population and a general interest in salsa music. Mercado brought in international groups and influences from Africa, Brazil and even Japan. He achieved acclaim as the most successful promoter of salsa music, and in 1991, Billboard magazine described him as "the entrepreneur who took salsa from New York to the world" (cancer) b. September 29th 1941
2010: Evelyn Dall (92) American singer and actress, born in The Bronx, New York City.
In 1935 she was invited to become the female vocalist for Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra, in the UK, where she remained until 1946. Over her career she has worked in musical films such as Sing as You Swing, Kicking the Moon Around, He Found a Star, and King Arthur Was a Gentleman, and in supporting roles on Broadway and Londons's West End in.. Something for the Boys, Parade, Follow the Girls, and Present Arms. She was known there as England's "Original Blonde Bombshell"
(died after a long illness) b. January 8th 1918.
2010: Micky Jones (63) British singer and guitarist with the legendary Welsh pychedelic, progressive rock, blues and country-rock
band "Man", formed in 1968 as a reincarnation of Welsh rock harmony group ‘’The Bystanders’’ from Merthyr Tydfil. Micky has played in every incarnation of Man until his illness in 2002 and again in 2005. In 1960, whilst still at school, Micky formed his first band The Rebels, before he formed his first professional band The Bystanders in 1962. He adopted the stage name of Mike Martin and later Mike Steel. They released eight singles, including "98.6" in February '67, which featured in the '09 film, The Boat That Rocked and ... READ MORE ... In 2002 Micky was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to take time off for treatment. A trooper till the end in '04 he was back with Man but tragically the following year his health deteriorated due to the re-occurrence of his brain tumour and Micky sadly remained in hospital for the next 5 years. (passed away peacefully) b. June 7th 1946 John Burtenshaw is currently writing a book about the life of the amazing but sadly sometimes over-looked musician Micky Jones. Any information please email john.burtenshaw1@ntlworld.com
2011: Mario Clavell (88) Argentine singer, actor and composer; movies, radio, records and TV opened up new markets and made him internationally known. In Uruguay and Peru he was voted the Best Showman on television. He also performed in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, México, Puerto Rico and Spain. In '69 he was hired in Madrid to broadcast his personal radio-show for 6 months and his success made him stay there for 4 years, sharing his work with frequent appearances in the best shows in TV and performing in top night-clubs of Spain. He also produced and acted in a very successful "cafe-concert" show, with his own
music. He also wrote the score and songs for the musical"El Oso y el Madrileño".
More recently, Mario performed for numerous latin-american audiences in Miami, USA, where his "boleros" have always been very popular through the recordings of the most important singers and orchestras. In 1995 he was honoured a significant distinction: Miami´s Dade Major proclaimed the day July 5 as "El Día de Mario Clavell" - Mario Clavell´s Day (sadly died after a long ilness) b. October 9th 1922
2012: Domna Samiou (83) Greek singer and music researcher, born in Athens; during her childhood
she lived the harsh life of a refugee, but was also surrounded with the humane solidarity of the refugee communities. It was there she acquired her connection with popular culture and her love for folk music. Her first professional collaboration was with the National Radio Foundation, the state-run national radio station of Greece, when she was a member of the Simon Karas choir, before her solo career. For over fifty years, Domna performed all over the world, in places as distant as Australia and South America, appealing not only to the Greek diaspora, but also introducing non-Greek audiences to “Greek music with no Bouzouki”. In 1981, the Domna Samiou Greek Folk Music Association was founded to preserve and promote Greek traditional music and in 2005, the President of Greece, K. Stefanopoulos, awarded her a medal of honour (?) b. October 12th 1928.
2016: Ernestine Anderson (87) American jazz and blues singer born, in Houston, Texas; her family moved to Seattle, Washington in 1944, when she was sixteen and Anderson graduated from Garfield High School. When she was eighteen, she left Seattle, to tour for a year with the Johnny Otis band. In 1952, she went on tour with Lionel Hampton's orchestra. After a year she settled in New York, determined to make her way as a singer. Her appearance on Gigi Gryce's 1955 album Nica's Tempo led to a partnership with trumpeter Rolf Ericson for a three-month Scandinavian tour. In a career spanning more than six decades, she worked with many famous ochestras, recorded over 30 albums and nominated four times for a Grammy Award. She sang at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, six times over a 33-year span, as well as at jazz festivals all over the world. In the early 1990s she joined Qwest Records, the label of fellow Garfield High School grad Quincy Jones.(?) b. November 11st 1928.
2016: Gogi Grant/Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg (91) American pop singer born in Philadelphia, PA; at aged 12, she moved to Los Angeles, where she attended Venice High School, won a teenage singing contest and appeared on television talent shows. She worked as a car salesperson in the early 1950s before she began her recording career in 1952. She had her first top ten hit with "Suddenly There's a Valley" in 1955. The following year, she had her biggest hit, reaching No.1 on Billboard 's Top 100 with "The Wayward Wind" and holding it there for six weeks. Gogi carried on performing until she retired from singing in 1967 after a final US chart single, "The Sea". Occasionally Gogi did come out of retirement for special events like when she headlined with The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies in Palm Springs, CA in 2006, and she was still singing in 2013 at the age of 89. (?) b. September 20th 1924.

2016: Keith Noel Emerson (71) English keyboardist and composer born in Todmorden. He began his career as a member of the Keith Emerson Trio, John Brown's Bodies, Gary Farr and the T-Bones, The V.I.P.'s and P. P. Arnold's backing band The Nice. He found his first commercial success with The Nice in the late 1960s, before becoming a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer /ELP, one of the early supergroups, in 1970. Emerson, Lake & Palmer were critically and commercially successful through much of the 1970s, becoming one of the best-known progressive rock groups of the era. UPDATING (Keith sadly died in Santa Monica, California. He was found dead at home by his longtime partner Mari Kawaguchi. The cause of death was not announced immediately, but Santa Monica Police announced within a few hours that they were investigating the death as a possible suicide by gunshot) b. November 2nd 1944.

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1967: Geraldine Farrar (85)
American operatic soprano and actress, born in Melrose, Massachusetts, she is noted for her beauty, acting ability, and "the intimate timbre of her voice". At 5 she began studying music in Boston and by 14 was giving recitals. Later she studied voice with soprano Emma Thursby in New York, in Paris, and finally with the Italian baritone Francesco Graziani in Berlin. After performing at top opera houses around the world, she retired from opera in 1922 at the age of 40. Her final performance was as Leoncavallo's Zazà. By this stage, her voice was in premature decline due to overwork. According to the US music critic Henry Pleasants, she gave between 25 and 35 performances each season at the Met alone, which included 95 appearances as Madama Butterfly and 58 as Carmen in 16 seasons. The title role in Puccini's Tosca, which she had added to her repertoire in 1909, was another of her favourite Met parts.
Gerry continued to give recitals until 1931 and was briefly the commentator for the radio broadcasts from the Met during the 1934-35 season. She also starred in more than a dozen films from 1915 to 1920, one of her most notable screen roles was as Joan of Arc in the 1917 film Joan the Woman. In 1960 she was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the music and film categories. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. February 28th 1882.
1978: Sofia Vembo (67)
Greek singer, dubbed the "Singstress of Victory"; she began her career in Thessaloniki in the early 1930s, and in 1933 she was hired by the theatre operator Fotis Samartzis of the Kentrikon theatre for the revue "Parrot 1933". She then began to record romantic songs for the Columbia company, achieving fame because of her distinctly sonorous contralto voice.
Her reputation rocketed after the Italian attack on Greece on 28 October 1940, when her performance of patriotic and satirical songs became a major inspiration for the fighting soldiers. At the same time, she offered 2,000 gold pounds from her own fortune to the Hellenic Navy. Following the German invasion and occupation of the country in April 1941, she was transported to the Middle East, where she continued to perform for the Greek troops in exile. After the war, in 1949, she acquired her own theatre, the "Vembo Theatre", in the Metaxourgeio quarter of Athens. During the 60s, she began to perform less and less, before finally retiring in the early 70s (?) b. 1910
1978: Claude Francois (39)
rench pop singer and songwriter, born Ismaïlia, Egypt; he wrote "Comme d'habitude," the original version of "My Way." A young François worked as a bank clerk and at night earned extra money playing drums with an orchestra at the luxury hotels along the French Riviera. He was offered a chance to sing at a hotel in the fashionable Mediterranean resort town of Juan-les-Pins. His show was well received and eventually he began to perform at the glamorous night-clubs along the Côte d'Azur. After moving to Paris he had a major hit with "Belles Belles Belles" topping the French charts, selling close to 2 million copies, making him a star overnight. He had hit after hit recording UK and US hits in French. He worked non-stop, touring across Europe, USA, Africa and Canada. However, his workload caught up with him in 1971 when he collapsed on stage from exhaustion. After a brief period off, he returned to the recording studios, releasing several best-selling hits throughout the early 1970s. (Officially Claude electrocuted himself adjusting a light bulb while standing in his bathtub, but some suspect foul play) b. February 1st 1939.
1984: Kostas Roukounas (81)
Greek singer born on the Isle of Samos. His repertoire included "traditional" and "popular" songs. Most notable is his contribution to the subgenre of rebetiko. He began his artistic career in the mid-1920s as a singer at a taverna and shortly after he moved to Athens. There he sang professionally on various festive occasions until he was discovered by Panagiotis Tountas, a leading composer and recording industry executive. He collaborated with many composers throughout his long career, particularly Panagiotis Tountas, Spyros Peristeris, Kostas Skarvelis, and Grigoris Asikis (sadly died of a heart attack) b. 1903.
1986: Sonny Terry/Saunders Terrell (75)
America blues singer, harmonica born in Greensboro, GA. where his father taught him the harmonica at an early age. Sadly by the time he was 16, Sonny was blind, and he decided to be a blues singer. He began traveling to nearby Raleigh and Durham, NC, performing on street corners for tips. In 1934, he befriended the popular guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, who convinced Sonny to move to Durham, where the two immediately gained a strong local following. By 1937, they were offered an opportunity to go to New York and record for the Vocalion label. It is here where Sonny paired up with guitarist Brownie McGhee, the duo worked together as Brownie McGhee and his Jook House Rockers or Sonny Terry and his Buckshot Five until the mid 70's, playing concerts and festivals around the world. Sonny also became a much in demand session player working regularly on the records for the likes of Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger. In the late 70's and early 80's he was working with a different generation including Johnny Winters. Sonny was inducted into the Blues Foundations Hall of Fame in 1986. (?) b. October 24th 1911.
2007: Betty Hutton/Elizabeth June Thornburg (86) American stage, film, and TV actress, comedienne and singer. She made 19 films from 1942 to 1952 including a hugely popular The Perils of Pauline in 1947. She was billed over Fred Astaire in the 1950 musical Let's Dance. Her greatest screen triumph came in Annie Get Your Gun in 1950 for MGM. In 1944, she signed with Capitol Records, one of the earliest artists to do so, but became unhappy with its management and later signed with RCA Victor. Her hits include "The Jitterbug" on the Bluebird label in 1939, "It Had To Be You", "His Rocking Horse Ran Away", "A Bushel and a Peck" duetting with Perry Como, "Stuff Like That There", and "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" (died after a brave battle with colon cancer) b. February 26th 1921.
Leslie 'Les' Mighall (65) English drummer famed for being one of David Bowie's drummers in the 60s and the original drummer with Bowie's The Lower Third band (died of natural causes) b. March 10th 1943.
Paul Dunlap (90) American composer
born in Springfield, Ohio; he wrote the scores for more than 200 films and television programs including The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The Three Stooges in Orbit, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze and The Outlaws Is Coming. He also scored the last Abbott and Costello film Dance With Me, Henry (?) b. July 19th 1919.
2011: Rita Guerrero (47) Mexican actress and singer born in Guadalajara; while at university she pursued an acting career, the late 80s finds her in Mexico City and in 1989, along with bassist Alfonso "Poncho" Figueroa, guitarist Pablo Valero and keyboardist Jacobo Leiberman (Juan Sebastian Lach was keyboardist for a while), she formed Mexico's most original and experimental rock band Santa Sabina, the name of the group honors the memory of Maria Sabina, the Mazatec shaman who lived in the southern state of Oaxaca. Their albums include, Santa Sabina -1992, Símbolos -1994, Babel -1996, Mar adentro en la sangre-2001 and Espiral-2003. In 1997, they also recorded an album of their "unplugged" performance for MTV Latinoamerica called Santa Sabina Unplugged. In early 2006, the group released a double live album "XV Aniversario" which also included a DVD. Rita also performed as part of Ensamble Galileo, an acoustic chamber group specializing in Renaissance era music (Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2010. She underwent chemotherapy, and tried various treatments of allopathic medicine, but sadly all were unsuccessful) b. May 22nd 1964.
2011: Hugh Martin (96) American musical theatre and film composer, arranger, vocal coach, and playwright born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is maybe best known for his score for the classic 1944 MGM musical 'Meet Me In St. Louis', in which Judy Garland sang three of his songs, "The Boy Next Door", "The Trolley Song", and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The last of these has become a Christmas season standard. He wrote the music, and in some cases the lyrics, for 5 Broadway musicals: Best Foot Forward-1941; Look Ma, I'm Dancin'!-1948; Make a Wish-1951; High Spirits-1964 with Timothy Gray; and Meet Me In St. Louis-1989. Hugh's first Broadway credit was as an arranger for the 1937-1938 musical Hooray for What! and was a vocal or choral arranger for such later Broadway musicals as The Boys From Syracuse 1938–39, Too Many Girls 1939–40, DuBarry Was a Lady 1939–40, Cabin in the Sky 1940–41, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1949–51, Top Banana 1951–52, and Lorelei 1974. He was also one of the vocal arrangers for Sugar Babies 1979–82. Ralph Blane was Hugh's songwriting partner for most of his work, and the two recorded an album of their best songs entitled Martin and Blane Sing Martin and Blane with the Ralph Burns Orchestra in 1956. Martin and Blane were twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song, for "The Trolley Song" in 1944, and for "Pass the Peace Pipe" from Good News in 1947. Hugh has also received four Tony award nominations, three for High Spirits- Best Musical, Best Book Author of a Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist; and one for the 1990 Meet Me in St. Louis - Best Original Score. Other film work includes songs for the films Athena-1954, and The Girl Most Likely-1957 as well as the film version of his Broadway hit Best Foot Forward which starred Lucille Ball (Hugh died of natural causes) b. August 11th 1914.
2011: Jack Hardy (63) American folk singer and songwriter, he wrote hundreds of songs, protest songs, political talking songs and romantic ballads; beginning in the mid-seventies Jack hosted Monday Night Pasta Dinners at his apartment on Houston Street, to which all songwriters were generously welcome. He also began a small, informal songwriters' group at The English Pub in Greenwich Village, which later became a more formal songwriters' night at the Cornelia Street Cafe in December 1977. This group later evolve into the Songwriter's Exchange, releasing an album on Stash Records in 1980. Eventually, the group formed a cooperative, led by Jack, and in '81 took over the booking of the "Speak Easy", which became a thriving venue for songwriters. He was also the founder and first editor of Fast Folk Musical Magazine in '82. He also toured frequently on both sides of the Atlantic solo or with his long-time friend and fellow songwriter David Massengill as a duo called the Folk Brothers (sadly Jack died after a battle with lung cancer) b. November 23rd 1947.
2013: László Bódi (47) Hungarian rock singer-songwriter born in Uzhgorod and later moved to Budapest, where he and fellow musician Lászlo Attila Nagy played in the band Cipofuzo. In 1989, the two formed the rock band Republic and released their first album 'Indul a mandula!!!' in 1990. This was followed by 28 albums, the last being 'Bólints Tibi!' released in 2012 (sadly
László died of heart failure) b. May 3rd 1965
2013: Sripada Pinakapani (99) Indian classical singer, born in Srikakulam; he held the position of Professor of Medicine and later transferred to Kurnool Medical College. He
had a successful career performing at major festivals and concerts. His disciples include carnatic vocalists, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana Malladi Suri Babu, Malladi Brothers and many others (?) b. August 3rd 1913.
2014: Mohamed Saleban Tubec (69) Somali singer
born in Hargeisa, but following the Somali state failure in 1991, he fled to Britain in search of safety after deadly battles sparked largely in Mogadishu when armed clan militias and criminal gangs emerged. Over the past thirty years, plus years he has gained a huge support and thousands of fans for his songs and stage performances. Known as The Melody King, to many Somalis, his albums are the most spectacular in the history of Somali music.
(sadly passed away following complications with pneumonia at Barmherzige Bruder hospital in Germany) b. 1944.
2015: Billy Block (59) American roots guitarist and singer; for nearly 20 years, Billy's weekly showcases provided a Nashville stage for the left-of-center country music that would eventually be called Americana. Artists like Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams and Elizabeth Cook found a home on Block's show, while contemporary mainstream stars Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Florida Georgia Line are among the numerous acts he supported when they were still unknown. (sadly died after a long, brave battle with cancer) b. 1955 ?
2015: Carlo Ubaldo Rossi (56) Italian composer and music producer, born in Monaco of Bavaria, he later moved to Turin and then to Florence , where he began his collaboration with Litfiba and others of the music scene in Florence. In 1987 he returned to Turin where, along with other musicians, he founded the Transeuropa Recording Studio.
His many collaborations include 883, 99 Posse, Africa Unite, Baustelle, Jo Davidson, Vinicio Capossela, Irene Grandi, Jovanotti, Ligabue, Litfiba, Persian Jones, Mau Mau, Meg, Gianna Nannini, Serena Abrami, Neffa, Negrita, Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters, Arisa, Max Pezzali, Subsonica, Syria, Chiara Galiazzo, Paola Turci, and Nina Zilli (tragically Carlo died in a motorcycle accident in the hills of Moncalieri, near Turin) b. August 17th 1958.
2015: Jimmy Greenspoon aka Maestro (67) American keyboard player and composer born in LA, California and raised in Beverly Hills. He was taught the piano at aged 7 by his mother, the silent screen star, Mary O'Brien. While at senior school he formed a surf group The New Dimensions, in 1963, before attending the LA Conservatory of Music to studiy piano. Jimmy worked on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s with the groups Sound of the Seventh Son and The East Side Kids. His bands held residence at The Trip, Stratford on Sunset now The House Of Blues, Brave New World, Bidos Litos, Ciros, and The Whiskey.
In late 1966, Greenspoon he to Denver, Colorado, with the members of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and formed the group Superband. In 1968, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he met Danny Hutton, and subsequently formed Three Dog Night >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Jimmy died while bravely fighting metastatic melanoma) b. February 7th 1948.
2016: Louis Meyers (60) American festival organizer and co-founder of South by Southwest; he was part of the original team that birthed SXSW out of New York's New Music Seminar, along with Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro and Louis Black, in 1987. He was also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist but enjoyed playing banjo and has recorded, toured, producied or performed withwith many artists including Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Bob Schneider, Killbilly, The Killer Bees, Mojo Nixon, Fastball, Willis Alan Ramsey, Tommy Ramone, and Jello Biafra and from 2005 to 2013, he was executive director of Folk Alliance International (sadly Louis died from a suspected heart attack) b. 1955/56
2016: Joe Ascione (54) American jazz drummer, born in Brooklyn, New York; his parents bought him his first drum set at age 4, and he was playing professionally by the time he was 12. As a teenager, he was a roadie for Buddy Rich. Ascione has been on about 70 recordings to date. Ascione performed, recorded or toured with musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock and pop including Cab Calloway, Donald Fagen, Della Reese, David Grisman, George Coleman, Billy Mitchell, Flip Phillips, Al Hirt, Dr. John, Phoebe Snow, Jon Hendricks, Dick Hyman, Joey DeFrancesco and Herb Ellis
(?) b. March 14th 1961.
2016: Ras Munya/Munyaradzi Nyemba (55) Zimbabwean reggae bassist, with the band Transit Crew. Formed in 1988 makes Transit Crew the oldest reggae band in the country and are a pivotal part of the history of local reggae music in Zimbabwe. The group has visited South Africa, Japan, the United Kingdom and has been a supporting act for a number of international artistes such as Misty in Roots, Dennis Brown, Luciano and Mickey General in Jamaica, UK poet Zephaniah Benjamin, Jamaican dub poet Yasus Afari and the late Lucky Dube. (sadly Ras died from a heart attack) b.1960/1
2017: Ángel Parra/Luis Ángel Cereceda Parra (73) Chilean singer and songwriter, born in Valparaiso. At the age of ten he began to play the Chilean guitarrón and in 1958, at the age of 15, he published his first EP "4 Chilean carols" as a member of the group Los Norteños, which includes two folk carols, as well as two of his own songs. In 1 961, he traveled to Europe with his mother Violeta Parra and his sister Isabel Parra, and he formed the duet Isabel and Ángel Parra with his sister, and together they created the a famous Chilean folk rock 'Peña de los Parra'. In 1965 Ángel released his first solo album, 'Ángel Parra and his guitar'. Due to the coup d'etat in September of 1973 he relocated to Mexico, then France, where he continued with his music and made his home. In the 1990s he increased his musical production, including an album about the 500 years of the discovery of America; the 50th anniversary of the death of Gabriela Mistral; panties choras; tributes to Violeta Parra and others.vIn 2004 Ángel and his sister were honoured with the distinction "Fundamental figures of the Chilean music". (sadly Ángel died fighting lung cancer) b. June 27th 1943.
2017: Evan Johns (60) American guitarist born in McLean, Virginia; he began his musical career in the Washington, D.C. area, where he met and played with guitarist Danny Gatton, writing three songs, including the title track for Gatton’s 1978 album, Redneck Jazz. He then founded his own band, "the H-Bombs", after which in 1984 he relocated to Austin, Texas, to join The LeRoi Brothers. Evan performed on the 1985 compilation album, 'Trash, Twang and Thunder'; the album earned a Grammy Award nomination for rock-instrumental music. In 1985, he re-formed the H-Bombs in Austin they played together for several years, becoming known for their eclectic repertoire, of "cajun, rockabilly, punk, surf, blues, country – even spaghetti Western soundtrack music". In the mid 1990s, Evan began to suffer alcohol related and other health problems and stopped playing regularly in 1998, but continued to write and record music until his death
. (sadlly died from complications after surgery) b. July 12th 1956.
2017: Don Warden (87) American country musician and manager born in Mt. Grove, Missouri; he grew up singing in church and formed his own band during high school, The Rhythm Rangers, playing steel guitar and singing. He also had an afternoon radio show on KWPM-AM in West Plains, Missouri. () b. March 27th 1929. The band gained popularity, moving on to Kennett, Missouri's KBOA-AM and KHWN-AM in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and gigs in East Texas honky tonks; eventually leading to Louisiana Hayride, backing The Wilburn Brothers and Red Sovine. Don left the show in 1951 for a two-year stint with the US Army, after which he met Porter Wagoner at KWTO-AM in Springfield, Missouri. With Speedy Haworth, they formed the Porter Wagoner Trio and were regulars on ABC television's Ozark Jubilee broadcast from Springfield. In 1957, Don joined the Grand Ole Opry with Wagoner, and in 1960 began a 14 year television run of "The Porter Wagoner Show". In 1966, singer Dolly Parton joined the show and Don and Dolly, backed by the Wagonmasters, became one of country music's most popular duos. Parton left the show in 1974 to pursue a solo career, and Don joined her as her full-time manager, a job he held until his death. He
was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2008 (?) b. March 27th 1929.

March 12th.

1937: Jeno Hubay/Eugen Huber (78) Hungarian violinist and composer; Eugen Huber was born into a German family of musicians in Pest, Hungary. He adopted the Hungarian version of his name, Jeno Hubay, in his twenties, while living in the French-speaking world. He was trained in violin and music by his father. At aged thirteen, he began his studies in Berlin, where he remained for five years, receiving instruction from Joseph Joachim. In 1878, following the advice of Franz Liszt, he made his début in Paris, which was a great success. Sitting in the audience was Henri Vieuxtemps, with whom Jeno formed an intimate friendship and from whom he received instruction. In 1882 he was employed at the Brussels music institute as the head of the department of violin studies. Returning to Hungary in 1886, he succeeded his father as head of the Liszt Academy. That same year, he established the Budapest Quartet with fellow teacher, cellist David Popper. (?) b. September 15th 1858.
1937: Charles-Marie Widor (93)
French organist and composer born in Lyon and studied organ with Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens. He became one of the leading organ recitalists of his time and toured many different nations, including Russia, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. In addition he participated in the inaugural concerts of many of Cavaillé-Coll's greatest instruments, notably Notre-Dame de Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Près, the Trocadéro and Saint-Ouen de Rouen.(?) b. February 21st 1844
1955: Charlie Parker (34)
American saxophonist; considered one of the greatest and influential jazz musicians, ranked with such players as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. He began playing the saxophone at age 11 and at age 14 joined his school's band using a rented school instrument. He spent 3 to 4 years practicing up to 15 hours a day, playing many tunes in all 12 keys. In this wood-shedding period, he mastered improvisation and developed some of the ideas of be-bop. He became an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat generation, personifying the conception of the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual, rather than just a popular entertainer. His style – from a rhythmic, harmonic and soloing perspective – influenced countless peers on every instrument, he changed the sound of jazz music forever. His numerous awards, inductions and achievements include four recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame - 1945's "Billie's Bounce", 1946's "Ornithology", 1953's "Jazz at Massey Hall" and 1950's "Charlie Parker with Strings", a Grammy Award for Best Performance By A Soloist in 1974, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, in 1995 a 32 cents Commemorative stamp was issued in his honor and in 2002, the Library of Congress honored his recording "Koko" (1945) by adding it to the National Recording Registry (died in his friend Nica de Koenigswarter's Stanhope Hotel suite while watching Tommy Dorsey on TV. The official causes of death were lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer) b. August 29th 1920.
1985: Eugene Ormandy/Jeno Blau (85)Hungarian conductor and violinist born in Budapest; he gave his first concerts as a violinist at age seven and moved to America in 1921. He was first engaged by conductor Erno Rapee, as a violinist in the orchestra of the Capitol Theatre in New York City, a 77-player ensemble which accompanied silent movies. He became the concertmaster within five days of joining and soon became one of the conductors of this group. He also made 16 recordings as a violinist between 1923 and 1929. In 1936 he began his 44-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Over his career he gained many honors, for his vast influence on American music and the Philadelphia performing arts community, in 1972 he was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit; he was presented The Presidential Medal of Freedom by Richard M. Nixon in 1970; The Ditson Conductor's Award for championing American music in 1977; appointed by Queen Elizabeth II an honorary Knight of the British Empire in 1976; awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1982 and was a recipient of Yale University's Sanford Medal. After his death, his papers including complete arrangements, and his marked scores fill 501 boxes in the archives of the University of Pennsylvania Library (?) b. November 18th 1899.
1999: Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (82)
American born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the UK. He was born in New York City, but became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and of the United Kingdom in 1985. Yehudi began violin instruction at age four under violinist Sigmund Anker. He displayed extraordinary talents at an early age. His first solo violin performance was at the age of seven with the San Francisco Symphony in 1923. He went on to be considered twentieth century's greatest violin virtuosi. He used a number of famous violins including the Giovanni Bussetto 1680, the Giovanni Grancino 1695, the Guarneri filius Andrea 1703, the Soil Stradivarius, the Prince Khevenhüller 1733 Stradivari, the Guarneri del Gesù 1739, and the Lord Wilton 1742 Guarneri del Gesù. (He died in Berlin, Germany following a brief illness, from complications of bronchitis
) b. April 22nd 1916.
2005: Stavros Kouyioumtzis (72)
Greek composer, one of the most significant Greek music composers of the 20th century. He worked with some of the most important Greek singers, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Anna Vissi, Haris Alexiou, Yiannis Parios, and Giorgos Kalatzis and also collaborated in many songs with the poet-lyricist Manos Eleftheriou. His last appearance on television was in the music show of Spyros Papadopoulos on NET TV. During his last few years he left Athens and moved back to his birthplace, Thessaloniki, where he continued working on music and songs (?) b. 1932
2009: Kalman Bloch (95) American clarinetist; he was principal clarinetist of the LA Philharmonic for more than 40 years.
He studied with Simeon Bellison, a notable clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic. He left New York for LA during the Great Depression and wrote for over 100 job applications. Otto Klemperer, then music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was the only one to respond. Kalman also performed on several film soundtracks, including those of Sunset Boulevard and North by Northwest (?) b. May 30th 1913.
2010: Lesley Duncan (66) British singer-songwriter born in in Stockton-on-Tees, her songs were often about life and its problems, "Everything Changes" and "Sing Children Sing". Elton John duetted with her on his album Tumbleweed Connection, which was similar to her own version of "Love Song". She appeared onstage with Elton in a '74 concert at the Royal Festival Hall to once again perform the duet. She sang backing vocals to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album as well as singing lead on the song "If I Could Change Your Mind" on the Alan Parsons Project album, Eve. As well as writing and singing her own material, Lesley was a backing vocalist in the mid to late 1960s and the 1970s, most notably for Dusty Springfield (sadly Lesley died from a cerebrovascular disease) b. August
12th 1943.
2011: Adionilla "Nilla" Pizzi (91) Italian singer born in Sant'Agata Bolognese, she was particularly famous in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s. She won the Sanremo festival in 1951, singing "Grazie dei fiori", and again in 1952, singing "Vola colomba"
(?) b. 16 April 1919
2011: Joe Morello (82) American drummer
born in Springfield, Massachusetts he is maybe best known for his twelve and a half-year stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk". At six years old he began studying the violin, going on to feature three years later as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and again three years later. At 15 he switched to drumms and later moved to New York City, were he worked with numerous notable jazz musicians including Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Stan Kenton, Phil Woods, Sal Salvador, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Art Pepper, Howard McGhee, and others. After a period playing in McPartland's trio, Joe joined the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1955 and contributed to over 60 albums with Brubeck. He later became an in-demand clinician, teacher and bandleader whose former students include Danny Gottlieb, Max Weinberg, Gary Feldman, Patrick Wante, Jerry Granelli, Glenn Johnson and Rich Galichon (?) b. July 17th 1928.
2011: Italo Pizzolante (82) Venezuelan poet, composer, musician, professor and engineer. Author of famous songs like Motivos, Mi Puerto Cabello, among others. The song
Mi Puerto Cabello is dedicated to his native town. It was popularized in the 1960s by Felipe Pirela along with the Billos Caracas Boys. In August, 1998 the song was decreed the Official City Anthem. He gained recognition by winning the First Venezuelan Music Contest of the Central University of Venezuela with the song Provincianita. Italo represented Venezuela in 1992 at the Bolero Festival in Havana, Cuba, obtaining first prize and in 2001, he received an award at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, along with other Venezuelan musicians (?)
b. December 2nd 1928.
2012: Bodjie Dasig/Darius Delphin Dasig (48) Filipino singer-songwriter, who came into prominence for writing the song "Ale (nasa langit na ba ako?"/''Miss (am I in heaven?)'' and "Maaalala Mo Pa Rin"/''You will still remember for singer Richard Reynoso'', and "Ayoko na Sana"/''I wouldn't have wanted'' for Ariel Rivera. He also wrote and sang the hit song "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko"/"I wish I had two hearts" for his band Bodjie's Law of Gravity, which became the theme song of a movie with the same name (sadly Darius died Monday at 10:48 pm (PST) fighting cancer in a i Southern Californian hospital) b. June 10th 1963
2012: Michael Hossack (65) American drummer, born in Paterson, New Jersey; he started playing drums in the Little Falls Cadets, Our Lady of Lourdes Cadets and Fair Lawn Cadets. He always credits these experiences taught and prepared him for playing in a two-drummer group such as the Doobie Brothers. After graduating high school, he served for four years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge in 1969 he returned to New Jersey, where a close friend talked him into auditioning for a California-based band called Mourning Reign. They played heavily in upstate New York, before relocating to the San Francisco bay area and signing with a production company that had also signed the newly formed rock band, the Doobie Brothers >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Mike died while battling cancer) b. October 17th 1946.
2013: Clive Burr (56) British drummer born in London; previously a member of Samson, he joined Iron Maiden in '79. An acquaintance of then-Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, he played on their first 3 records: Iron Maiden, Killers and their breakthrough release The Number of the Beast, but left the band in 1982 due to Iron Maiden's tour schedule and his personal problems. Clive co-wrote one song on The Number of the Beast, "Gangland", and another song, "Total Eclipse", that was cut from the album and showed up as the b-side of the "Run to the Hills" single, and later on the Number Of The Beast remastered CD re-release. He also appeared on "The Number of the Beast" and "Run To The Hills" videos. After leaving Iron Maiden, he briefly played in the French group Trust, thus switching places with McBrain, and briefly with the American band Alcatrazz. He was featured in the short-lived NWOBHM supergroup Gogmagog which also included ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno and future Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. He also had a band known as Clive Burr's Escape. He then joined Dee Snider in his post-Twisted Sister outfit Desperado, and performed with British bands Elixir and Praying Mantis in the 1990s, but did not become a member of either (died in his sleep, with complications from multiple sclerosis) b. March 8th 1957.
2014: Reggy Tielman (80) Dutch Indorock guitarist and the last surviving member of The Tielman Brothers, His brothers Andy died in 2011, Ponthon in 2000 and Loulou in 1994. They were the first Dutch East Indies / Dutch-Indo band to successfully venture into the international music scene in the 1950s. They were one of the pioneers of rock and roll in The Netherlands, later becoming famous in Europe for playing a kind of rock and roll later called Indorock, a fusion of Indonesian and Western music with roots in Kroncong. They had chart hits in the 50s and 60s with songs like Rock Little Baby Of Mine and Little Bird (?) b.1933.
2014: Jean Vallée/Paul Goeders (72) Belgian songwriter and singer born in Verviers. In 1967 he represented Belgium in the Festival of Rio where he was a member of the jury. He represented Belgium for the Eurovision Song Contest 1970 with "Viens l'oublier" finishing eighth. He participated a second time in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978 with "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie", ending up second behind the Israeli entry. Jean was made Knight in the Order of the Crown by HM Albert II in 1999
(?) b. October 2nd 1941.
2014: Ray Still (94) American classical oboist born in Elwood, Indiana, and moved to Los Angeles as a teenager. He started studying the clarinet at 14, and volunteered as an usher at Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts, where he heard the Belgian oboist Henri de Busscher, whose “singing” style inspired him to switch to the oboe at 16. He was in the US Army from 1943–1946, after which he enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He played in several orchestras including the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Buffulo Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1953, where he stayed until 1993 and played principal oboe on almost all of the recordings in that time. His oboe teaching positions included Peabody Institute in Baltimore in the 40s, the Roosevelt University in Chicago in the 50s and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he was Professor of music from 1960 until his retirement in 2003. (?) b. March 12th 1920.
2014: Iola Brubeck (90)
American jazz lyricist who was married to Dave Brubeck from 1942 until his death in December 2012, is credited with making him a popular concert attraction on college campuses in the early 1950s, when his quartet was relatively unknown and she served as his manager, booker and publicist.She wrote to scores of colleges, which resulted in numerous bookings and to the release of the live albums “Jazz at Oberlin,” “Jazz at the College of the Pacific” and “Jazz Goes to College,” whose success helped to make Dave one of the music’s biggest stars. She later worked with him as a lyricist and librettist, providing words for tunes like “In Your Own Sweet Way”, “Strange Meadowlark” and as well as longer works like the oratorio “The Light in the Wilderness” and the cantatas “The Gates of Justice” and “Truth Is Fallen”. The duo's most ambitious collaboration was probably “The Real Ambassadors” the satirical story of an American jazz musician who visits Africa on a State Department tour. It is scheduled to receive its belated New York premiere on April 11th and 12th 2014 at the Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center. (sadly Iola died fighting cancer) b. August 14th 1923.
2014: Meredith Irwin "Med" Flory (87) American saxophonist, bandleader and actor born in Logansport, IA. He learnt clarinet as a child and joined his high school concert band when he was 12. During World War II he was an Army Air Force pilot, and after the war he took his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Indiana University. He played in the bands of Claude Thornhill and Woody Herman in the early 50s before forming his own ensemble in New York City. In 1955 he relocated to California and started a new group and played at the '58 Monterey Jazz Festival. In the late 1950s he played with Terry Gibbs, Art Pepper, and Herman again, playing tenor and baritone saxophone. In the 1960s, he worked more in television and film as an actor and screenwriter; his credits include Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Maverick, Route 66, Daniel Boone, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Lassie, and the film The Nutty Professor.
In the mid-1960s Flory worked with Art Pepper and Joe Maini on transcriptions and arrangements of Charlie Parker recordings, and in 1972, he co-founded Supersax, an ensemble devoted to Parker's work. Supersax's debut album, Supersax Plays Bird, won a Grammy award (sadly died with heart related problems) b. August 27th 1926.
2014: George Donaldson (46) Scottish singer also known as “Big George” born in Glasgow, has been a member of the “Celtic Thunder” a Scottish /Irish singing ensemble since 2008 and has enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic. Performing in over forty states of America and Canada, including three sold out shows in New York’s ‘Radio City Music Hall” and also having the prestigious honour of performing for President Obama and the first Lady at the White House for a St Patrick’s Day celebration.
He was the oldest member of the group and was a well-known balladeer, guitarist and flautist from Glasgow. At Scotland's Celtic Park, he played to 65,000 fans at the opening match of the 2000-2001 season. He released his new solo album "The World In My Mind" in the Spring of 2013 (sadly George died suddenly of a heart attack) b. February 1st 1968.
2015: Erol Büyükburç (79) Turkish composer and singer born in Adana; he briefly studied economy at university, but abandoned the higher education after choosing a music career. He began singing in various jazz bands and in 1961, he composed and wrote the lyrics to his best known hit "Little Lucy". Before the 1960s, Turkish pop music was mostly covers of West European melodies. " Little Lucy" is considered as one of the milestones in Turkish popular music, not only because it was one of the earliest popular music compositions, but also it was sung in English. Other self penned hits included 'Kiss me', 'Lovers Wish' and 'Memories' also English-lyrics compositions.
In September 1964 he won the best Singer title at Balkan Music Festival and this honor was repeated in 1965 at the Bosphorus Music Festival Award. After the 1980s, he began singing melodies of various genre like children's songs, football teams' songs etc. Throughout his career from 1964 to 2007, he has also appeared in 24 films, including Avare Asik, Sus Sus Kimseler Duymasin, Turist Ömer Boga Gürescisi, Bitmeyen Azap, Reklam Filmi:Shubuo Kral, and Söhret Okulu
(Erol sadly died from a heart attack) b. March 22nd 1936
2016: Tommy Brown (84) American R&B singer and drummer born in Lumpkin, Georgia. As a teenager he formed a small band with himself as the drummer in the 1940s, and worked in clubs around Atlanta. In 1949 he recorded "Atlanta Boogie", the track contained very early references to rock and roll. In 1951 he moved on to Dot where he was teamed with the Griffin Brothers, an R&B orchestra led by brothers Jimmy Griffin and Ernest "Buddy" Griffin from Norfolk, Virginia. They had toured widely with Amos Milburn, Paul Williams, and others, and recorded as the backing band for Margie Day on two R&B Top 10 hits, "Street Walkin' Daddy" and "Little Red Rooster". In August of that same year Tommy was featured singer on the R&B Top 10 hit "Tra-La-La", credited to the Griffin Brothers Orchestra, and later in the year they reached No.1 on the R&B chart with "Weepin' and Cryin'", credited to The Griffin Brothers Orchestra featuring Tommy Brown. After a stint in the military he moved to Chicago where played in Bill Doggett's band and recorded with Walter Horton. Over the next decade he recorded R&B for a number of smaller labels, before starting to perform and record as a comedian in the later 1960s and 1970s. In 1977, he returned to Atlanta to run the Landmark Personal Care Center. Tommy made a comeback in 2001, recording and performing around the world in blues festivals and in 2015 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis (?) b. May 27th 1931.
2016: Conor Walsh (?) Irish indie rock pianist and composer born in Swinford; the Mayo-born minimal pianist and electro composer released his debut EP 'The Front' last year and has performed at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Other Voices, as well as supporting Hozier on a sold-out Irish tour in 2013. His experimental music style has been compared to the likes of Philip Glass, Aphex Twin and Nils Frahm. Connor's music has been used on the soundtracks to short films, as well as on RTÉ's Prime Time, Radio One, TV3 and RnaG documentaries. (?) b.????

2017: Joey Alves (63) American guitarist backing vocals; he grew up in a small town just south of Oakland called San Lorenzo and started playing guitar after high school and he was only in one local band before joining the band Yesterday & Today in 1974, a hard rock/heavy metal band formed in Oakland, California, that same year. They later shortened their name to Y&T and released their first two studio albums, their self-titled debut and Struck Down, in 1976 and 1978 respectively. Y&T's sixth studio album, In Rock We Trust, released in 1984, became the band's highest charting and best selling album. "Summertime Girls" was the band's most widely recognized song, along with fan favorites such as "Mean Streak," "Contagious," "Rescue Me," "Forever" to name a few. Joey left the band in 1989, just before the band officially disbanded in 1991. Joey rejoined the band in 2004 tour and again as a guest in 2016 (sadly died with complications from ulcerative colitis) b. 1953/54

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1946: Thomas Frederick Dunhill (69)
English composer and writer on musical subjects, born in Hampstead, London, maybe best-known for his song-cycle 'The Wind among the Reeds'. In 1893
Thomas attended the Royal College of Music, London, and studied pianoforte under Franklin Taylor and composition under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. He won an open scholarship for composition in 1897 and became a music-master at Eton College for several years, before becoming a professor at the Royal College of Music in 1905. From 1907 to 1919 he gave concerts of chamber-music in London, the Thomas Dunhill Concerts, at which important chamber music by English composers was performed. He himself wrote chamber music and also songs and song-cycles. His song-cycle The wind among the reeds, for tenor voice and orchestra, was first performed by Gervase Elwes with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Queen's Hall in 1912. His setting of W.B. Yeats's 'The Cloths of Heaven' is deservedly famous. Elwes along with with Frederick B. Kiddle, recorded his song 'A Sea Dirge', a setting of Shakespeare's lyric Full fathom five (?) b. February 1st 1877.
1987: Gerald Moore CBE (87) English pianist best known for his career as one of the most in-demand accompanists of his day, accompanying many of the world's most famous musicians. Born in Watford but received most of his musical education in Toronto, Canada, to which country his family emigrated when he was a child, and where he was an organist at St Thomas' Church, Huron Street, in Toronto. He accompanied notable instrumentalists such as Pablo Casals and the child prodigy Josef Hassid, but is perhaps best remembered for his work with his notable partnerships including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, Elisabeth Schumann, Maggie Teyte and Kathleen Ferrier. He retired from public performances in 1967, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1954 (?) b. July 30th 1899.
1990: Karl Münchinger (74)
German conductor of European classical music born in Stuttgart, Münchinger. He helped to revive the now-ubiquitous Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, through recording it with his Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1960. Karl is also noted for restoring baroque traditions to the interpretation of Bach's oeuvre, his greatest musical love: moderate-sized forces, judicious ornamentation, and rhythmic sprightliness, though not period instruments. In 1977, his Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra became the first German ensemble to visit the People's Republic of China. Karl retired in 1988 (?) b. May 29th 1915.
1994: Danny Barker (85) American jazz banjoist, singer, guitarist, songwriter, ukelele player, author, and founder of the locally famous Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band from New Orleans. He was also a rhythm guitarist for some of the best bands of the day, including Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter throughout the 1930s. In 1945 he recorded with Ohio's native jazz pianist—Sir Charles Thompson—a date that included saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker. His work with the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band was pivotal in ensuring the longevity of jazz in New Orleans, producing generations of new talent. Brothers Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis both played in the band as youths as well as "The King of Treme" Shannon Powell, Lucien Barbarin, Dr. Michael White and countless others. One of Danny's earliest teachers in New Orleans was fellow banjoist Emanuel Sayles, whom he recorded with. Throughout his career, he played with Jelly Roll Morton, Baby Dodds, James P. Johnson, Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow, and Red Allen. He also toured and recorded with his wife, singer Blue Lu Barker (sadly lost to cancer) b. January 13th 1909.
1998: Judge Dread/Alex Hughes (52)
English reggae and ska artist; the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica, and has the most banned songs of all time. He worked as a bouncer, a bodyguard, professional wrestler, debt collector and radio DJ before he released his first record, "Big Six" which reached No.11 in the UK Singles Chart and spent six months on the chart, despite getting no radio airplay due to its lyrics. Further hit singles followed with "Big Seven" and "Big Eight", both following the pattern of rude versions of nursery rhymes over a reggae backing, as well as "Y Viva Suspenders" and "Up With The Cock". He was the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica with "Big Six", which lead him to travel to Jamaica to perform live, where many were surprised that he was white. He released 13 albums and he had 11 UK singles chart hits in the 1970s, which was more than any other reggae artist, including Bob Marley. The Guinness Book of World Records credits Judge Dread for having the highest number of banned songs of all time, 11! He helped organize a benefit concert for the famine in Ethiopia featuring The Wailers and Desmond Dekker, and released a benefit single "Molly". Despite this single not featuring Dread's trademark innuendos, it was still banned from radio airplay. He tried releasing singles under the pseudonyms JD Alex and Jason Sinclair, but the BBC still banned them (He was finishing a performance at Penny Theatre in Canterbury, he turned to the audience and said, "Let's hear it for the band." They were his final words, as he walked offstage, he suffered a fatal heart attack) b. May 2nd 1945.
1999: Balduína "Bidu" de Oliveira Sayão (96)
Brazilian-American soprano born in in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. At the age of only eighteen, she made her major opera debut in Rio de Janeiro. Her acclaimed performance led to an opportunity to study with the famous Elena Teodorini , first in Brazil and then in Romania; and then to study with the renowned Polish tenor and tutor, Jean de Reszke, in Nice. Bidu made her U.S. debut in a recital at Town Hall in New York City on December 30, 1935. Her U.S. operatic debut followed not long thereafter, on January 21, 1936, when she sang in the penultimate production of the Washington National Opera and a few months later with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. She sang her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera as Manon on February 13, 1937. After fifteen years with the Metropolitan Opera, she gave her last performance in 1952, choosing to retire from opera while still at the top of her form. For the next two years she was a guest performer throughout the U.S., but in 1957 she decided to retire completely from public performance; two years after that she made her final recording as the soprano soloist on Villa-Lobos's world premiere stereo recording of his cantata Forest of the Amazon with the composer conducting the Symphony of the Air (?) b. May 11th 1902.
2002: Marc Moreland (44)
American rock guitarist for new wave band Wall of Voodoo, punk band The Skulls, and rock bands Pretty and Twisted and Department of Crooks. He also released a solo album under the name Marc Moreland Mess. The Wall of Voodoo sound was noted for Marc's unique guitar style, a mixture of twangy spaghetti western-style melodies, angular postpunk riffs and well-placed guitar feedback. The band had a sizeable hit with the song "Mexican Radio" in 1982 (sadly died of liver failure) b. January 8th 1958.
2003: Ian "Sammy" Samwell/Ian Ralph Samwell (66)
English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as the writer of Cliff Richard's debut hit "Move It" written when he was a member Harry Webb's group soon to become Cliff Richard and the Drifters, as a guitarist, and his association with the rock band America with whom he had his biggest commercial success with their hit single "A Horse With No Name". He also worked with bands such as Small Faces, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, John Mayall and Hummingbird. He
wrote for many other UK artists, including Joe Brown, Elkie Brooks, Kenny Lynch, and Dusty Springfield. Several of his songs were recorded in Spanish for Mexican group, Los Teen Tops and were released in Latin America and the Spanish speaking territories of the world. He also worked as a record producer with Sounds Incorporated, Georgie Fame, John Mayall and the mod band The Small Faces, co-writing their 1965 hit single "Whatcha Gonna Do About It". Also back in the 60s, Sammy worked as a Disc Jockey at The Orchid Ballroom Purley (?) b. January 19th 1937.
1998: Bill Bolick (80) American country music singer, banjoist and along with his brother Earl, one half of the Blue Sky Boys. The brothers were born and raised in East Hickory, North Carolina and made their radio debut in 1935 at local radio station WWNC in Asheville, North Carolina as part of the "Crazy Hickory Nuts". Then together with Homer Sherrill of the "Crazy Hickory Nuts" they formed the "Good Coffee Boys" in the late 1935. Six months later, in June 1936, the Bolick brothers moved to Atlanta, Georgia to perform at radio station WGST. Because they were sponsored by the "Crazy Water Crystal", they had to perform using the name "(Crazy) Blue Ridge Hillbillies". They made their first recordings in Charlotte, North Carolina in June 1936. Their first record "Sunny Side of Life" coupled with "Where the Soul Never Dies" became an instant success. It sold so fast the brothers were dubbed "The New Hillbilly Kings. Between 1937 and 1941 the group recorded about 100 songs before their 5 year stint in the military. After their discharge they continued to record, but RCA asked them to play with electric guitars, they refused and stopped recording in 1949. Due to personal issues, the Blue Sky Boys retired in 1951. They re-united in 1962 until 1969 and again in the mid-70s (?) b. November 16th 1919.
2008: Martin Fierro (66) American tenor saxophonist also known as "the Meester" to his many loving fans; he played in the jazz, freeform rock, and avant-garde traditions and who played with musicians as diverse as the Sir Douglas Quintet, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, James Cotton, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Loudon Wainwright III, Queen Ida, Jazz Is Dead, The String Cheese Incident, David Grisman, Derek Trucks, Dark Star Orchestra, the Allman Brothers, Merl Saunders, The Grateful Dead, Zero, Steve Kimock & Friends, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more (died after his battle against cancer) b. January 18th 1942.
2009: Alan W. Livingston (91)
American music executive; he began his career leading his own college orchestra at the University of Pennsylvania. After the war he obtained his first position with Capitol Records, as a writer/producer. He wrote and produced many children's series of storytelling record-album including the debut of Bozo the Clown with the September 1946's "Bozo at the Circus"; many products for Walt Disney; Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker; Hopalong Cassidy including "Hopalong Cassidy and The Singing Bandit" in 1950; Bugs Bunny and all of the Warner Bros characters and he wrote the 1951 pop hit "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat". Alan moved on to the adult music and became Vice President. He signed Frank Sinatra, who agreed to work with Nelson Riddle, with an immediate impact, producing the classics "I've Got the World on a String." and "Young-at-Heart". Alan was also officially credited as the inspiration for the distinctive Capitol Records Tower, completed in April 1956, noted for being the first circular office building in the world. In the 60's he turned Capitol Records into a more rock-oriented company with such artists as The Beach Boys, Steve Miller, The Band, and others. He signed The Beatles, agreeing to release 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' in 1963 and bringing them to the United States in 1964, after rejecting their previous singles as unsuitable for the U.S. market despite Capitol being owned by The Beatles' U.K. record company, EMI.
Alan was the creative force responsible for Capitol Records' growth from net sales of $6 million per year to sales in excess of $100 million per year. He later sold his stock in Capitol Industries to form his own company, Mediarts Inc., for the production of motion pictures, records and music publishing. Aug '76, he joined 20th Century Fox as Senior Vice President and President, Entertainment Group. He left in 1980 to accept the presidency of Atalanta Investment Company, but resigned in 1987 to produce a one-hour film for television and to form Pacific Rim Productions, Inc (?) b. October 15th 1917.
2010: Jean Ferrat/Jean Tenenbaum (79)
French singer, songwriter and composer born in Vaucresson, Hauts-de-Seine and studied at the Jules Ferry College. In the early 1950s he started in Parisian cabaret. In 1956, he set "Les yeux d'Elsa" ("Elsa's eyes"), a Louis Aragon poem to music. Its rendition by popular artist André Claveau brought Jean some recognition as a songwriter. He released his debut album, Deux Enfants du Soleil in 1961, followed by Nuit et Brouillard in 1963, and was awarded the Académie Charles Cros's Grand Prix du Disque. Jean retired from performing on stage in 1973.
In 1990, he received an award from the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, (SACEM) the French association of songwriters, composers and music publishers (passed away after a long illness) b. December 26th 1930.
2011: Ritchie Pickett (56) New Zealand country singer and songwriter, born in Morrinsville, he began playing in rock 'n' roll bands such as Graffiti, which toured New Zealand with singer Tom Sharplin in the mid-1970s, before joining metal/prog rock band Think, with whom he recorded an album.
Think relocated to Sydney, Australia, where they broke up and Ritchie formed his own band Snuff. In the early 1980s back in New Zealand, he formed country music band Ritchie Pickett & the Inlaws which toured New Zealand relentlessly and released an acclaimed LP, but disbanded in 1985. He was also a regular performer on the high-rating primetime television show That's Country. He fronted several Waikato bands through the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the Jones Boys, the Fat Band, Stingray Martini's Excellent Duckbeast and the Disturbance, before working mainly under his own name, releasing his debut solo album in 1998. In 2004, Ritchie released a live album featuring his contributions from a New Zealand tour with fellow New Zealand songwriter Glen Moffatt and Australian roots songwriter Bill Chamber. Later in 2009 he was part of the band The Rattler, also featuring former members of Knightshade and the Furys, which released The Leaving. (?) b. February 16th 1955.
2012: Karl Roy (43)
Filipino rock singer noted for his song "Yugyugan Na"/"Time to shake". He gained prominence in the '80s as frontman for Advent Call. However
mainstream success came when he formed the funk rock band, POT, having had a major hit with a cover of the Advisors’ “Yugyugan Na”.
He continued making music with super band, Kapatid, which also included Nathan Azarcon and Ira Cruz of Hijo. Kapatid released two albums, the self-titled debut in 2003 and “Luha” in 2006. In 2007, Roy suffered a stroke that left half his body paralyzed for months which he used songwriting while recovering. Roy and the rest of POT reformed in October of 2011. (sadly died of a cardiac arrest, but he had also been diagnosed with Pulmonary Edema) b. May 25th 1968.
2014: Cherifa/Ouardia Bouchemlal (88)
Algerian singer-songwriter originally from Kabylia; she debuted on stage at the age of 16 years, interpreting traditional Kabyle songs and made her debut on Radio Kabyle in 1942 and became a pioneer of this medium that would change the habits and attitudes by introducing singing and music into the homes of Kabyle. She went on to compose over 800 songs in her 40 year career, but times could be fairly brutal for women and her personal répertoire was plundered and her songs covered without a penny paid over to her. Happily in the early 1990s, she made a comeback in France and in 2001 she performed in two concerts in the United States with Naïma Ababsa and Zakia Kara Terki (?) b. January 9th 1926.
2014: Al Harewood (90)
American jazz drummer and teacher, born in Brooklyn. As a drummer he worked with many jazz musicians including the J.J. Johnson/Kai Winding group, the Art Farmer/Gigi Grice band, David Amram and the Curtis Fuller-Benny Golson Sextet. He participated in many classic sessions for Blue Note recording artists in the 1950s and ’60s and played on many notable soul jazz recordings by Lou Donaldson, Horace Parlan, Ike Quebec, Dexter Gordon, Betty Grant and Grant Green among others and had a long association with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine from 1959 to the early 1960s. (?) b. June 3rd 1923.
2015: Daevid Allen aka Divided Alien/Christopher David Allen (77) Australian beat poet, guitarist, singer, composer and colourful performance artist, co-founder of psychedelic rock groups Soft Machine and the legendary Gong. Born in Melbourne, he worked in a book shop before moving to Paris, France, then in 1961 he travelled to Dover, England, where he formed he formed the free jazz outfit, the Daevid Allen Trio which included his landlord's son, 16-year-old Robert Wyatt. In 1966, together with Kevin Ayers and Mike Ratledge, they formed the band Soft Machine, the name having come from the Burroughs novel The Soft Machine. Ayers and Wyatt had previously played in Wilde Flowers. Following a tour of Europe, he was refused re-entry to the UK because he had overstayed his visa on a prior visit. He returned to Paris where he took part in the 1968 Paris protests which swept the city, after which he fleed to Deya, Majorca, where he met poet Robert Greaves. They recorded an album Magick Brother under the name Gong, in which they were joined by flautist Didier Malherbe, whom they claim to have found living in a cave on Robert >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Daevid died fighting cancer) b. January 13th 1938.
2016: Sidney Mear (97)
American trumpeter; early in his career he joined the Horace Heidt big band and was featured soloist on Heidt's 1937 recording of "Hot Lips" which reached No.5 on US Billboard. Sid was principal trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 to 1968 after joining the orchestra in 1940. He was principal trumpet of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mexico under Carlos Chavez from 1940 to 1942. He also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy on a North American transcontinental tour in 1946 following World War II. He was Professor of Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music, having taught from 1940 while still a student until 1980. He graduated from the Eastman School with a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Award in 1941 and a Master's Degree in 1949. During his orchestral career he performed under some of the world's most esteemed conductors/composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Howard Hanson, Erich Leinsdorf, Eugene Ormandy, Carlos Chavez, Jose Iturbi, Aaron Copland, Sir Thomas Beecham, Leonard Bernstein and Dmitri Mitropoulos (?) b. June 23rd 1918.
2017: Tommy LiPuma (80) American music producer born in Cleveland, Ohio. While playing in local big bands, he also attended barber school, intending to follow in his father's footsteps. However, a chance opportunity to go on tour with a band changed his plans. In 1961, he joined Liberty Records where he produced demo sessions for young songwriters such as Jackie DeShannon, Randy Newman and P.J. Proby. In late 1964, he produced his first recording for The O'Jays "Lipstick Traces". Then in 1965, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss hired him to be the first staff producer for their A&M label. Over the next four years, he produced hits for the Sandpipers, Chris Montez, and Claudine Longet and in 1968 he formed the Blue Thumb label with Bob Krasnow. Over his career he also worked with Columbia Records, A&M/Horizon, Warner Bros Records, and GRP/Verve Records. He received 33 Grammy nominations, 5 Grammy wins, and sold more than 75 million albums. He worked with so many musicians, including Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Dave Mason, the Yellowjackets, Michael Franks, Michael Bublé, Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Ben Sidran, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford and Dr. John. (?) b. July 5th 1936.
2017: John Lever (55) English drummer with the post-punk band The Chameleons aka The Chameleons UK in North America. They formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1981, originally consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarists Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding, and drummer Brian Schofield. But John, a member of the Politicians, soon replaced Brian on the drums. After performing several radio sessions for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, the band was signed to Epic Records and in 1982 released their debut single, "In Shreds". After their 3rd album 'Strange Times' and sudden death of their manager Tony Fletcher, the Chameleons disbanded. John and Burgess formed the Sun and the Moon, who released a self titled studio album in 1988. John later joined the band Bushart, releasing the album 'Yesterday Is History'. In 2000, the Chameleons reunited and released three more albums before disbanding again in 2003. In 2009, John and Burgess reformed as ChameleonsVox to play Chameleons past tracks, and released an EP, "M+D=1(8)", in 2013. In
2014, John reunited with Dave Fielding in the band Red-Sided Garter Snakes, and recorded the album 'Endless Sea'. (sadly John died after a short illness) b. 1961/62.
2017: Maxx Kidd/Carl Lomax Kidd (75)
American singer, producer and go-go music pioneer, who grew up in West Virginia. After a stint in the army, in 1960 he relocated to Washington, D.C. where he joined a local soul group The Enjoyables. His first major breakthrough was working as a producer for Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records, where he collaborated with such artists as Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler and Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers. Two R&B hits by Brown, “Blow Your Whistle” and “We Need Some Money” are among Kidd’s best-known productions. Four years later, he played a role in producing and supporting D.C.’s infamous go-go sound, working with Brown & the Soul Searchers as well as fellow funk groups Trouble Funk and E.U/Experience Unlimited. Maxx also served as an associate producer of the 1986 film "Good to Go" starring Art Garfunkel that used D.C.’s burgeoning go-go scene as its musical backdrop. He also co-produced the film’s go-go/dancehall-inspired soundtrack.
In addition to establishing his own record label, T.T.E.D. Records, he became an independent promoter and marketer, with a client list that included the O’Jays, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, Van McCoy, Johnnie Taylor and Shalamar. (sadly died after fighting several illness) b. August 18th 1941.

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1972: Linda Lane/Linda Jones (27)
American soul singer; born in Newark, New Jersey; she started singing in her family's gospel group the Jones Singers at the age of six. Her first recording was "Lonely Teardrops", in 1963. She signed with Warner Bros in 1967 and released the biggest of several hits, "Hypnotized" (Soon after her career took off, she was diagnosed with diabetes, she tragically died after collapsing between shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem) b. December 14th 1944.
1973: Rafael Godoy (65)
Colombian composer born in Natagaima, Tolima;
from a young age, he was linked to the trade-union movement in Barrancabermeja, Santander, from where he had to emigrate when his personal security was threatened. He fled to Venezuela, where he developed his musical career and composed what are often taken to be his best musical pieces. His most widely known, and possibly best song, is the bambuco "Soy colombiano" / I'm Colombian; he composed many other bambucos and andean music songs, such as "Arrunchaditos", "Pasito", "Mi cafetal", "Canto a Colombia", "Tierra caliente". Many versions of "Soy colombiano" have appeared since it was composed, even a vallenato version by Lisandro Meza, although the most popular version is the one from the Tolimense folk music duet Garzón y Collazos (?) b. 1907
1976: Busby Berkeley/William Berkeley Enos (80)
American film director, musical choreographer, famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns. His quintessential works used legions of showgirls and props as fantastic elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances. Films included A Connecticut Yankee (Broadway), Whoopee!, 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, Fashions of 1934, as well as In Caliente, Wonder Bar, Ziegfeld Girl, Babes on Broadway, Rose Marie and many others (passed away from natural causes) b. November 29th 1895.
Howard Ashman (40) American playwright, director and lyricist, he first studied at Boston University and Goddard College and then went on to achieve his master's degree from Indiana University in 1974. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several films, notably animated features for Disney, Howard writing the lyrics and Menken composing the music. His best known film works include 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater', 'Little Shop of Horrors'-1982 and 'Smile' as lyricist, librettist and director; Little Shop of Horrors-1986 as lyricist and screenwriter; Oliver & Company, lyricist for "Once Upon A Time In New York City"; The Little Mermaid as lyricist, co-producer, writer; Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue lyricist for "Wonderful Way To Say No"; Beauty and the Beast lyricist, executive producer; and Aladdin lyricist for "Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", and "Prince Ali". Howard was co-recipient of two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. His second Academy Award in 1992 was awarded posthumously for Academy Award for Best Original Song and was accepted by his partner, Bill Lauch.(he sadly died following complications from AIDS) b. May 17th 1950.
1991: Doc Pomus/Jerome Solon Felder (66)
American blues singer and songwriter, found success as one of the finest white blues singers of the 1940s before becoming one of the greatest songwriters in the history of American popular music; He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits, by 1957, he had given up performing in order to devote himself full-time to songwriting. He collaborated with pianist Mort Shuman, their songwriting efforts had Doc write the lyrics and Shuman the melody, although quite often they worked on both. They wrote the hit songs such as: "A Teenager in Love"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"; "Hushabye"; "This Magic Moment"; "Turn Me Loose"; "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Go Jimmy Go", "Can't Get Used to Losing You"; "Little Sister"; "Suspicion"; "Surrender"; "Viva Las Vegas"; "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame".
Also during the 1950s and early 1960s, Doc wrote several songs with Phil Spector: "Young Boy Blues"; "Ecstasy"; "Here Comes The Night"; "What Am I To Do?"; with Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber: "Young Blood" and "She's Not You", and other Brill Building-era writers. He also wrote "Lonely Avenue", which became a 1956 hit for Ray Charles. Doc was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category of non-performer in 1992. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Blues Hall of Fame (sadly died after battling cancer) b. June 27th 1925.
2000: C. Jérôme/Claude Dhotel (53)
French singer born in Paris, he had a successful singing career for over 3 decades and sold 26 million records. In 1995, Jerome C. became a radio announcer at Radio Monte Carlo where he presented a daily morning show entitled 'Years Tubes' with Claire Cardell. In 1996 he moved to TF1 for a daily oldies show La Chanson treasure. He also joined Michel Drucker in Deeply Sunday for presenting a section on oldies (sadly C. Jérôme died while fightng cancer) b. December 21st 1946.
2009: Alain Bashung (61) French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor, a multi-platinum artist, he received three awards during the ceremony at the Paris Zenith, including best male artist, best album for "Bleu Pétrole" and best live show. He spent his career singing a pop-chanson repertoire. With 11 trophies won since 1993, he was the most awarded artist in the history of the Victoires de la Musique.
On 1 January 2009, Alain was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur. On 28 February 2009, he received three prestigious Victoires de la Musique awards for his final album Bleu pétrole. The 2009 award ceremony was his last public appearance. He appeared frail, but still performed "Résidents de la République" (sadly died after battling lung cancer) b. December 1st 1947.
2011: Todd Cerney (57)
American songwriter of rock, country, and blues music, born in Detroit, he played guitar, mandolin, harmonica, keyboards and sang lead and backing vocals with various artist. He began his song-writing career after moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the earliest artists to record his songs include Brush Arbor- "Don't Play That Song Again", Steve Carlisle -"I'll Fall in Love Again", and Levon Helm - "Blue House of Broken Hearts". During his career he composed such top-selling hits as "Good Morning Beautiful", a 2002 five-week country No.1 hit for Steve Holy co-written with Zack Lyle; "I'll Still Be Loving You", a 1987 country No.1 hit for Restless Heart co-written with Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy, and Pat Bunch; and "The Blues Is My Business" co-written with Kevin Bowe, part of Etta James' 2003 Grammy Award winning album "Let's Roll". He and his co-writers were nominated for a Grammy Award for "I'll Still Be Loving You". (sadly Todd died of cancer) b. August 8th 1953.
2011: Big Jack Johnson (70)
American guitarist and blues singer born in Lambert, Mississippi; at the age of 13, he was playing guitar with his father's band. By 18, he followed B.B. King's electrified lead. His break came when he sat in with Frank Frost and Sam Carr at the Savoy Theatre in Clarksdale, Mississippi and they played together for the next 15 years, recording for Phillips International and Jewel Records with Frank as the bandleader.
In 1979, as the Jelly Roll Kings, he released Rockin' the Juke Joint Down, marking Big Jack's first recordings as a singer. His '87 album The Oil Man, included his recording of "Catfish Blues". He performed and wrote "Jack's Blues" and performed "Catfish Medley" with Samuel L. Jackson on the Black Snake Moan, film soundtrack (?) b. July 30th 1940.
2011: Ronnie Hammond (60)
American singer and multi-musician; he became lead singer for the southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, in 1972. They had hits during the 1970s, including “Doraville,” “Jukin,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” and a remake of the Classics IV hit “Spooky”. Ronnie
left the band in the early '80s, but returned in 1987, and 1989 ARS released thier first album in 8 years 'Truth in a Structured Form'. He continued to record and tour wit the band until 2001 when Ronnie decided to leave ARS and join the band Voices of Classic Rock, but left the touring business altogether soon afterward to focus on family and songwriting (sadly Ronnie died due to a heart attack) b. November 10th 1950.
2012: Eddie King/Edward Lewis Davis Milton (73)
American Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Talladega, Alabama and learned basic guitar riffs from watching from outside the window of local blues clubs. He grew up playing alongside Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Eddie C. Campbell, and Freddie King, before relocating to Chicago in 1954. He first recorded under the guidance of Willie Dixon and, in 1960, played on several tracks recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II.Also in 1960, he had a single released "Shakin' Inside" / "Love You Baby" as well as recording with Detroit Junior. For the next twenty years he was the guitarist backing Koko Taylor as well as forming his own band, Eddie King & the Kingsmen. Since the early 1990s, his backing ensemble were known as the Swamp Bees, and his output has incorporated Chicago blues, country blues, blues shouter, and soul. In 1997, Eddie recorded ''Another Cow's Dead'', for which he was honored with a Blues Music Award for 'Best Comeback Blues Album (?) b. April 21st 1938.
2013: Jack Greene aka Jolly Green Giant (83)
American country singer and multi musician born o in Maryville, Tenn. In the early 50s, he moved to Atlanta, where he formed his own band, The Peach Tree Boys as a lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist. In 1961 he started a stint in Ernest Tubb's band, The Texas Troubadors as a drummer, guitarist, vocalist and MC. He was soon opening shows for Ernest playing guitar and singing and in 1964, Jack released his first solo record with "The Last Letter". His first Top 40 hit came in early 1966 with "Ever Since My Baby Went Away", followed by his first No.1 hit "There Goes My Everything". In 1967 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and in 1969, he had two No.1 hits with "Until My Dreams Come True" and "Statue of a Fool". In 1970, Jack gained a duet and a touring partner in Jeannie Seely, and together they had a number 2 hit with the song "Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You". Jack continued to record and tour with Jeannie and as a solo artist. having several more hits in the 70's and 80s. He retired in 2011 and lived his final days with his dedicated manager serving as his caretaker. (sadly died of complications from Alzheimer's disease) b. January 7th 1930
2013: Gary Burger (72)
American singer and guitarist, born in Turtle River, Minnesota. He joined the U.S. Army straight after graduating from Bemidji High School and was stationed in Germany. Gary formed the Five Torquays in 1964 with four other American soldiers he met in Germany. A group of German students noticed the band and agreed to manage them if they changed their outfits. The band all wore black cassocks, nooses around their necks, and shaved the top of their heads. By 1965 the Five Torquays had become the Monks. They recorded one album, 1966's Black Monk Time. After touring Europe for three years, the Monks broke up and Gary moved back to the United States and enrolled at Bemidji State University on a GI Bill scholarship. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources later hired him to create films and advertisements. He also opened a small recording studio that serviced the northern Minnesota music scene. In 1997, he reunited with his former Monks bandmates to play a reunion show in New York City after learning copies of Black Monk Time had become collectors items. Gary was elected mayor of Turtle River, in 2006. (sadly died fighting pancreatic cancer) b. 1942
2016: Tim Cretsinger (61)
American festival organizer, founder of the Groovefest Music and Art Festival, a week long celebration of the roots of American Music that celebrated art in all its forms. From literature to fine art and music, the all-encompassing festival drew crowds from all over the country into Cedar City each year. Dubbed the “Father of the Groove,” he was also the owner of Cedar City’s Groovacious record store (sadly died after a brave two year battle with throat cancer) b. September 30th 1954.
2016: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (81)
English composer and conductor; as a student at both the University of Manchester and at the Royal Manchester College of Music, he formed a group dedicated to contemporary music, the New Music Manchester, with fellow students Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Elgar Howarth and John Ogdon. His compositions include eight works for the stage, from the monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, which shocked the audience in 1969, to Kommilitonen!, first performed in 2011. He wrote ten symphonies, the first from 1973–76, the tenth, "Alla ricerca di Borromini" in 2013. As a conductor, he was Artistic Director of the Dartington International Summer School from 1979 to 1984. From 1992 to 2002 he was associate conductor/composer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he also held with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen's Music, until retiring in 2014. (sadly died from leukaemia) b. September 8th 1936.
2017: Ileana Ciuculete (64) Romanian folklore singer, born in Gubaucea. Throughout her career she recorded 30 records, 3 of which went gold and one platinum in Romanian and in Serbia one went gold (sadly Ileana died from cirrhosis, after developing hepatitis C which was not treated on time) b. September 20th 1952.

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1959: Lester Young (49)
American saxophone, clarinet, he was also known to play the trumpet, violin, and drums; Billie Holiday gave him his nickname “Prez”, short for president, he was one of the three most important tenor saxophonists of all time. Born in Woodville, Mississippi, he came to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra which he joined in 1936 and was hailed as a new stylist on the instrument. His small-group recordings from the late 1930s with Basie and vocalist Billie Holiday are classics. Lester formed his own band in 1941, playing at the club Kelly's Stable in New York. He then co-led a band in California and New York with his brother Lee. He rejoined Basie in 1943 and was featured in an art film called Jammin' the Blues, which portrays him as a bohemian of the jazz age. In September 1944, while playing with drummer Jo Jones in a California club, he was served his army call up papers, where he spent a traumatic 15 months. His experiences with racism in the military were horrifying, he spent a year confined at Fort Leavenworth, Texas, where the only relief he had came from Gil Evans (who later joined Miles Davis), who was stationed there and did what he could to help him. His army experience had a devastating effect on his mental state of mind, the brutal humiliation, remained with him for the rest of his life.
In 1946, Lester joined Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) troupe, touring regularly with them over the next 12 years and he made many studio recordings under Granz's supervision for his Verve Records label, including more trio recordings with Nat King Cole. He also recorded extensively in the late 1940s for Aladdin Records in 1946-7, and for Savoy in 1944, '49 and '50, some sessions included Basie on piano. He gave some brilliant performances during the second half of the 40's and early 50s, particularly with JATP in 1946, 1949, and 1950 and his solo on "Lester Leaps In" at the 1949 JATP concert at Carnegie Hall is perhaps one of the greatest solos by any jazz musician ever. One of Lester's personal favorite pieces, was DB Blues, (Detention Barracks Blues), released 1946. Throughout the 40s and 50s Lester had sat in on many Count Basie Orchestra gigs, the best-known of these is their July 1957 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. By the end of the 50' he was eating less, drinking heavily, and suffering from liver disease and malnutrition. He made his final studio recordings and live performances in Paris in March 1959 with drummer Kenny Clarke at the end of a European tour during which he virtually drank himself to death. Lester is remembered as one of the finest, most influential players on his instrument, playing with a cool tone and sophisticated harmonies. He also became a jazz legend, inventing or popularizing much of the hipster ethos which came to be associated with the music (After becoming ill in Paris in March 1959 suffering with internal bleeding, he was flown back to New York and died in his hotel bedroom shortly after his return) b. August 27th 1909.
1988: Dannie Richmond (52)
American saxophonist and drummer; he started playing tenor saxophone at the age of thirteen and he went on to play R&B with the Paul Williams band in 1955. His career took off when he took up the drums, through the formation of what was to be a twenty-two year association with Charles Mingus recording on 24 of Mingus's albums between 1957-1979. After Mingus' death in 1979, Dannie became the first musical director of the group Mingus Dynasty in 1980. Dannie also worked with Joe Cocker, Chet Atkins, Elton John and Mark-Almond among others.(?) b. December 15th 1935.
1991: Lawrence "Bud" Freeman (84) American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, he is known mainly for playing the tenor saxophone, but also able at the clarinet. He was one of the most influential and important jazz tenor saxophonists of the Big Band era. His major recordings were "Tillie's Downtown Now", "The Eel", "Crazeology", "The Buzzard", and "After Awhile", composed with Benny Goodman. Bud was one of the original members of the Austin High School Gang which began in 1922, they began to formulate their own style, becoming part of the emerging Chicago Style of jazz.
In 1927, he moved to New York, where he worked as a session musician and band member with Red Nichols, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Ben Pollack, Joe Venuti, among others. After WW2, he worked with groups such as Buck Clayton, Ruby Braff, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones, and was a member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band between 1969 and 1970. In 1974, he moved to England for 6 years where he made numerous recordings and performances there and in Europe. Bud was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992 (?) b. April 13th 1906.
1993: Gene Leis (73)
American jazz guitarist, teacher, bandleader, composer, and entrepreneur, born into a musical family in Sedgwick, Kansas. Known primarily for his influential publications and recorded guitar courses in the 1960s, including The Complete Nexus Method Course, which included 10 records, a 132-page instruction book, a 36-page chord book and three Chord Maps. Gene was also a popular performer and a mentor to a large number of musicians through his teaching studios in Manhattan Beach, California (?) b. April 19th 1920
1998: Tim Maia/
Sebastião Rodrigues Maia (55)
Brazilian singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, known for his ironic, iconoclastic, outspoken, but always humorous musical style. He was also known for his habit of lightheartedly missing appointments and even important gigs. He
performed in a variety of musical genres, ranging from happy and energetic dance music to sentimental songs such as his hit "Me Dê Motivo". He performed soul music, funk, bossa nova in the 1990s, romantic songs, American pop, samba, baião, and Música Popular Brasileira. His many songs included "Meu País", "Sentimento", "These Are the Songs", "Azul da Cor do Mar", "Coroné Antônio Bento", "Réu Confesso", "Gostava Tanto de Você", "O Descobridor dos Sete Mares" and "Me Dê Motivo" (he became ill while performing at the Municipal Theater of Niterói, hospitalized, he died few days later) b. September 28th 1942.
Nigel Stranger (56) English tenor & soprano saxophonist, pianist and architect, born in Newcastle. He played with a host of name blues bands including John Mayall, Alexis Korner, Georgie Fame, The Animals. In later years, he backed the likes of The East Side Torpedoes, Jimmy Witherspoon and The Crosbys, as well as playing with his own different line-up bands. In the 1990s, Nigel and his friend, music manager, producer, ex-Animal bassist Chas Chandler, set up in business and together they established Park Arena Ltd, and they developed the 11,000- seater Newcastle Arena, the largest sports and entertainment venue in the north-east, which opened on Saturday November 18th 1995. It has since been renamed the Metro Radio Arena(sadly Nigel died while bavely battling cancer) b. January 16th 1943.
2004: Rust Epique/Charles Lopez (35) American guitarist and painter, who gained fame while performing with the alternative rock bands Crazy Town and pre)Thing. He was born in Stockton, C.A, but raised in Modesto, California. In his earlier days he toured with many bands, including "Kinesthesia", "Xit", "The Limit", and "Cliff Morrison". In 1999, he joined Crazy Town, a rapcore band from Los Angeles. The band earned significant recognition with their hit single, Butterfly, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001. Despite his success with Crazy Town, he quit the band as a result of various disagreements with his band mates. He formed the band Rustandthesuperheroes and began working on a four track demo CD to shop to the record labels. In 2003, V2 Records signed Rust to work with a band called Pre)Thing. They released their debut album, 22nd Century Lifestyle, in 2004 to much radio success (died of a heart attack) b. February 29th 1968.
2008: Mikey Dread/Michael Campbell (54)
Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster, his music attracted the attention of British punk rockers The Clash, who invited him over to England to produce some of their music. During the early 1980s he provided vocals with the reggae collective Singers And Players on Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound record label and
produced ten dub tracks for UB40 and toured Europe and Scandinavia as their support artist. In 1991, Mikey recorded Profile and African Anthem Revisited. He also toured in Europe and the USA with Freddie McGregor, Lloyd Parks, We The People Band, and the Roots Radics Band. In 1992, he collaborated with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin on a duet entitled "Can't Hear 'Em". He was nominated for a NAIRD award, for his work on his 1990 compilation album Mikey Dread's Best Sellers. In 1993, he was involved in several projects, including his tour supporting the album Obsession and working in TV with the Caribbean Satellite Network (CSN) where he was Program Director and On Air personality as well as Producer of various shows. In 1994 he presented The Culture Award of Honor in the Martin’s International Reggae Music Awards in Chicago. In 1995, he worked as a Radio DJ for WAVS 1170 AM and WAXY-AM 790 in Miami, Florida. In 1996 he participated in the Essential Music Festival as a performer in Brighton, UK. He did live appearances with The Clash, UB40, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Macka B, Channel One, and many other bands and artists. He also produced artists such as Sugar Minott, Junior Murvin, Earl Sixteen, Wally Bucker, Sunshine, Jah Grundy and Rod Taylor. He also worked closely with producer Trevor Elliot to launch musical career of singer Edi Fitzroy. Mikey Dread was the featured artist on "Lips Like Sugar" with Seal for the soundtrack of the 2004 film, 50 First Dates (brain tumor) b. June 4th 1954.
2008: Vytautas Kernagis (56) Lithuanian singer-songwriter, bard, actor, director, TV announcer and a pioneer of Lithuanian sung poetry. In 1973, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music & Theatre. He was a member of the pioneering Lithuanian big beat bands Aisciai from 1966-1968 and Rupus miltai from 1969-1972. He recorded his first album of sung poetry in 1978; took part in the first Lithuanian rock opera Velnio nuotaka; first Lithuanian musical Ugnies medžiokle su varovais in 1976, and first Lithuanian musical for a puppet theatre Šokantis ir dainuojantis mergaites vieverselis (sadly died after suffering from gastric cancer) b. May 19th 1951
2009: Edmund "Ted" Hockridge (89) Canadian singer and actor; he first visited the UK in 1941 with the Royal Canadian Air Force and helped set up the Allied Expeditionary Forces Network, which supplied entertainment and news for troops in Europe. He was loaned to the BBC, often working with the Glen Miller Band and the Canadian band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces led by Robert Farnon. He sang and produced more than 400 shows with the BBC Forces Network and as the war ended he sang with big bands such as Geraldo’s. After the war and back in Canada
he played leading roles in operas such as Don Giovanni, La bohème, Peter Grimes and Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, as well as having his own radio show in Toronto. In 1951 he returned to Britain to take the part of Billy Bigelow in Carousel at the Theatre Royal, London. He went on to play leading roles in a string of popular musicals including Guys and Dolls, Can Can and The Pajama Game and had recording hits with songs such as ''Young and Foolish'', ''No Other Love'', ''The Fountains of Rome'' and ''More than Ever''. A song from The Pajama Game, ''Hey There'', gave him his biggest hit and became his signature tune. He appeared in early editions of The Benny Hill Show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium and he starred in a 6 month, sell-out variety season at the Palladium. In 1953 he was in the Royal Variety Show and the same year he was Canada’s representative in the Westminster Abbey choir at the Coronation. Edmond headlined in cabaret on the QE2’s maiden voyage and he toured Europe in revivals of musicals. He also turned to British summer seasons and Sunday concerts, becoming one of Blackpool’s most popular stars. He topped the bill on Blackpool’s North Pier for seven years and appeared in several of Harold Fielding’s Opera House concerts in the 1960s. In the early 1980s he appeared in revivals of The Sound of Music and South Pacific but he made a spectacular comeback in 1986 when he played the part of the elderly Buffalo Bill in the big revival of Annie Get Your Gun. In the 90s he was back on the road with his show, The Edmund Hockridge Family, joined on stage by Jackie and their two sons, Murray and Stephen.
He never really retired and even in his eighties he was still making public appearances and giving talks about his long career (?) b. August 9th 1919.
2009: Jack Lawrence (96) American Academy Award-nominated songwriter; one of his first major songs after leaving the service was "Yes, My Darling Daughter", introduced by Dinah Shore on Eddie Cantor's radio program. His song, "If I Didn't Care", introduced the world to The Ink Spots. And, although Frank Sinatra was already a well-known big band singer, Jack's "All or Nothing at All" was Sinatra's first solo hit. also wrote the lyrics for "Tenderly", Rosemary Clooney's trademark song (in collaboration with composer Walter Gross, as well as the English language lyric to "Beyond the Sea" (based on Charles Trenet's French language song "La mer"), the trademark song for Bobby Darin. Another French song for which Lawrence wrote an English lyric was "La Goualante de Pauvre Jean", becoming "The Poor People of Paris".
Together with Richard Myers he wrote "Hold My Hand", which was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Song. It was featured in the film Susan Slept Here. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. (died of complications from a fall) b. April 7th 1912
2010: Sam Mtukudzi (21)
Zimbabwean acoustic guitarist, saxophone player, singer, multi-musician and also the son of legendary Zimbabwean singer, Oliver Mtukudzi. Born into a musical family in Kwekwe, Sam started playing with one of his Fathers guitars at four years, he gradually taught himself to play the guitarist. At aged 10 after seeing his son perform at an annual school concert for the first time, Sam's father was so impressed he bought Sam his first guitar. Sam entered Prince Edward High school at the age of 13 where he widened his musical interests and learnt to play alto saxophone, marimba, bass guitar, electric guitar, percussion including congas, hosho and drums, nyunga nyunga mbira, all of which he would soon play professionally, but the acoustic guitar always remained his first instrument. Sam has quoted
as well as his family, Youssou N'Dour as one of his big musical influences. After finishing High School, Sam has joined his father on several foreign tours playing the saxophone with along with the Black Spirits. He has perfomed in Zambia, Malawi, the UK, the USA, Mozambique, Kenya, Canada, Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria, and Ireland and played many of the major festivals in Africa including South Africa’s Cape town International jazz festival, Victoria Falls International jazz festival,Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival of the Arts, Winter jazz festival, and Jo’burg International jazz festival. Sam also formed his own band called Ay Band Sam with whom he recorded his debut album, Rume Rimwe in 2008. The week before his sudden tragic death he had returned from South Africa where he was overseeing the mixing of his second album. His last show was at the Sports Diner, Saturday night, March 13th 2010 (Sam was travelling as passenger with his sound engineer, Owen Chimhare, driving from Harare to Norton, when at 1.20am they were involved in a car accident, tragically both were killed instantly) b. April 1st 1988.
Dan Achen (51)
Canadian guitarist and founder member of the alternative rock band Junkhouse.
He formed the band in 1989 in Hamilton, Ontario, with himself on guitar, vocalist and guitarist Tom Wilson, bassist Russ Wilson and drummer Ray Farrugia. In September 1993 they released their official debut, Strays, and promoted the album by touring as an opening act for The Waltons and Soul Asylum. The album produced radio hits for the band with "Out of My Head", "Prayin' for the Rain" and "Big Brown Turtle". The band was also featured on the soundtrack to the television show Due South. Their cover of the song "Oh, What a Feeling" is on the first soundtrack from the Paul Haggis show. (tragically died of a heart attack while playing hockey) b. 1959
2011: Smiley Culture/David Victor Emmanuel (48) British reggae singer and DJ, born in South London, he helped popularized the 'fast chat' style of deejaying that had originated with Jamaican deejays such as Ranking Joe. His first single 1984's "Cockney Translation" was a Jamaican's guide to the East End dialect "Cockneys have names like Terry, Arfur and Del Boy/We have names like Winston, Lloyd and Leroy". This was followed by "Police Officer", in late 1984. This was supposedly an autobiographical tale of how Smiley was arrested for the possession of cannabis, but then let off when the police officer recognised him as a famous reggae artist. In 1986, Emmanuel enjoyed a brief flirtation with the cinema when he made a cameo appearance in the film, Absolute Beginners. After which he began investing in diamond mining, and by 2010 had gold and diamond mine concessions in several countries including Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, and Kenya. (Smiley apparently died from self-inflicted stab wounds at his home in Warlingham, Surrey, during a police drugs raid) b. February 10th 1963.
2011: Nate Dogg/Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (41) American hip hop and R&B artist, born in Long Beach, California; he began singing as a child in the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, and at Life Line Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where his father was a pastor. At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school in Long Beach, California and left home to join the United States Marine Corps, serving for three years. He was the friend and partner in the rap game with Snoop Dogg, Warren G, RBX, Daz Dillinger and he was the cousin of Butch Cassidy and Lil' ½ Dead. Nate, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, all belonged to the Rollin 20 Crips gang and formed a rap trio called 213, recording there first demo in the back of the famed V.I.P record store in Long Beach. Nate made his debut on hip hop artist Dr. Dre's The Chronic album ...READ MORE... (Nate died of congestive heart failure, along with complications related to his previous strokes) b. August 19th 1969.
2011: Yakov Kreizberg (51) Russian-born Austrian-American conductor; he was widely sought-after by the world's leading orchestras, and held posts with the Theatre Krefeld Mönchengladbach, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Komische Oper in Berlin and the Wiener Symphoniker. Yakov was appointed Artistic Director of L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo in January 2008, and subsequently Artistic Director and Music Director in September 2009. At the time of his death he was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestras. He led them on many highly successful tours and leaves behind a number of great recordings.His
final concert took place on February 14th 2011, conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The programme consisted of Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (sadly died after bravely fighting a long illness) b. October 24th 1959.
2011: Melvin Sparks (64)
American soul jazz, hard bop and jazz blues guitarist. He released a number of albums for the influential Prestige Records, including Sparks-1970, Akilah!-1971 and Sparkplug-1971, later recording for Savant Records such as, It is what it is-2004, This is it!-2005 and Groove on up-2005. He appeared on several recordings with musicians including Lou Donaldson, Charles Earland, Sonny Stitt, Leon Spencer and Johnny Hammond Smith.
He was seen on Northeastern television commercials as the voice of Price Chopper's "House of BBQ" advertising campaign (sadly died of complications from diabetes) b. March 22nd 1946.
2011: Musa Juma (35) Kenyan singer, rumba and Benga musician and led the Orchestra Limpopo International, born in Usonga, Siaya District.
Some of his most popular songs were "Hera Mudho", "Ufisadi", "Mercelina", and "Freddy". He released eight albums, the last of them being titled Lake Victoria. During his career he toured in various countries. Only weeks before his death, he and his band had a tour in the United States (died sadly from pneumonia) b. December 6th 1975.
2013: Terry Lightfoot (77) British jazz clarinetist born in Potters Bar, he started his musical career as a vocalist during school-life, singing popular songs with a small amateur variety group. In 1949, he came to jazz while at Enfield Grammar School in Enfield, London and he changed from playing the trumpet to clarinet to meet the needs of the traditional Dixieland jazz band of his friends. After leaving school, he formed his first jazz band, the 'Wood Green Stompers', when he was 17. Following national service in the RAF, he formed his ensemble, the 'Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen' in 1955, his drummer, Ginger Baker >>> Read More <<< (sadly died while fighting prostate cancer) b. 21 May 21st 1935
2013: Hardrock Gunter/Sidney Louie Gunter Jr (88) American singer-songwriter guitarist
and early rock n roll pioneer, born in Birmingham, Alabama. He formed his first group, the Hoot Owl Ramblers, in his teens and also performed a solo novelty act in talent shows. In 1939, he joined Happy Wilson's Golden River Boys and acquired his nickname when a van trunk lid fell on him before a show and he never flinched. After wartime service he returned to the group, his music at the turn of the 1950s prefigured rock and roll and rockabilly music. He recorded his self penned song "Birmingham Bounce" in early 1950, the Golden River Boys being renamed the Pebbles. He followed up with "Gonna Dance All Night", one of the first records to feature the actual words "rock'n'roll". In 1958 he was one of the first musicians to use both echo and overdub on his recording of "Boppin' to Grandfather's Clock", released under the name Sidney Jo Lewis. In the 1960s he left the music business, until 1995 when he began to perform again at festivals in England, Germany and the United States. His song "Birmingham Bounce" was covered by many artists, the most successful being by Red Foley, whose version reached No.1 on the Billboard country chart and No.14 on the pop chart (sadly Hardrock died from complications of pneumonia) b. February 27th 1925.
2014: Huseyn Darya (?) Azerbaijani rapper (tragically died in hospital of his injuries from
a traffic accident) b.?
Cees Veerman (70) Dutch singer, guitarist and composer; from Volendam, he played in the bands Electric Johnny & The Skyriders, Sputniks, Mystic Four and The Blue Cats, prior to becoming one of the founders The Cats. In the late 60s and 70s The Cats of which Cees was a main song writer too, saw a large number of successes, including Lea (1968), Why (1969), Marian (1970), Where Have I Been Wrong (1970) and Be My Day (1974). Their best-selling single was One Way Wind from 1972, which reached No.3 in the Top 40. The Cats are considered the founders of the Palingsound, a word that is used to indicate that only a classic, typical Dutch style in the pop music of Volendam is made. In 1976 Cees released a solo album called "Another Side Of Me", which spawned the single "Sailor, Sail On (Dreamer, Dream On)". The Cats disbanded in 1979. On March 23rd 2006, The Cats were made Members of the Order of Orange-Nassau,the same year they made a reunion to record a single for inclusion on a Best Of-album which went gold. Cees performed with the Cats Aglow Band as support act of Willy De Ville's Amsterdam Carré show on July 7th 2008. (?) b. October 6th 1943.
2014: Scott Asheton (64) American drummer born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family at 14. He co-formed the Stooges in 1967 along with his older brother Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander
and Iggy Pop. The original incarnation of the band released two LPs, 'The Stooges' and 'Fun House' before moving through several lineup changes, releasing a third LP 'Raw Power' in 1973 and disbanding the following year. The Stooges aka Iggy and the Stooges are widely regarded as instrumental in the rise of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music at large.They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them 78th on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. During the Stooges' separation he was among the few ex-members to play again with Iggy Pop, with the mini-reunion for a European tour in 1978. Scot also played drums with Scott Morgan in different bands, among which were the Scott Morgan Band, Scots Pirates and most notably Sonic's Rendezvous Band. He then went on to play drums touring in a late incarnation of Destroy All Monsters, under the name Dark Carnival. Other than Iggy Pop, Scott was the only consistent member of the Stooges after the death of his brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, in 2009. After the Hellfest Festival show of June 17th 2011, in France, he suffered a severe stroke, that caused his temporary retirement from live duty (sadly Scott died from a heart attack) b. August 16th 1949.
2016: Daryl Coley (60) American gospel singer, born in Berkeley, California. At 14, he was a member of the ensemble "Helen Stephens and the Voices of Christ". He began performing with Edwin Hawkins in the Edwin Hawkins Singers and then worked with James Cleveland, Tramaine Hawkins, Sylvester, Pete Escovedo and others. Albums of his include Just Daryl, He's Right On Time: Live From Los Angeles, When The Music Stops and others (sadly Daryl died in hospice care) b. October 30th 1955.
2017: Wojciech Mlynarski (75) Polish poet, singer and songwriter; born in Warsaw, he graduated from the Tomasz Zan High School in Pruszków and then in 1963, from the Faculty of Polish Language Studies at the Warsaw University. He became most famous for his ballads and what is known as sung poetry, as well as for his collaboration with numerous vocalists and cabarets. He wrote lyrics to more than 2,000 songs, a small fraction of which he sang himself. His songs received a total of 25 "Karolinkas", which are the main awards of the Polish Song Festival in Opole, the most important Polish song festival, occurring annually since 1963. In the 1970s, Wojciech authored numerous operas and musicals, including "Henryk VI na lowach", "Cien" and "Awantura w Recco". He also translated the librettos of the musicals Cabaret, Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar onto the Polish. He is considered an icon of Polish culture and in 2013, the first "Festival of Wojciech Mlynarski's Songs" was organized in the city of Sopot. (sadly died after a long illness) b. March 26th 1941.
2017: Philip Michael "Phil" Garland (75) New Zealand folk singer and guitarist, born and raised in Christchurch. He recorded 18 albums, and won the New Zealand Music Awards folk album of the year three times. Phil was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to folk music. (?) b. 1942

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1968: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (72)
Jewish-Italian composer, born in Florence; he was known as one of the foremost g uitar composers in the twentieth century with almost one hundred compositions for that instrument. In 1939 he migrated to the United States and became a film composer for some 200 Hollywood movies for the next fifteen years. In 1926, Castelnuovo-Tedesco premiered his opera, La Mandragora, based on a play by Niccolò Machiavelli. It was the first of his many works inspired by great literature, which included interpretations of works by Aeschylus, Virgil, John Keats, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Federico García Lorca, and especially William Shakespeare. Another major source of inspiration for him was his Jewish heritage, most notably the Bible and Jewish liturgy. His Violin Concerto No. 2 , written at the request of Jascha Heifetz, was also an expression of his pride in his Jewish origins, or as he described it, the "splendor of past days," in the face of rising anti-Semitism that was sweeping across much of Europe. In 1939, Toscanini sponsored Mario as an immigrant in the United States. He landed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in Hollywood as a film composer. Over the next fifteen years, he worked on scores for some 200 films there and at the other major film studios (
?) b. April 3rd 1895.
1970: Tammi Terrell/Thomasina Montgomery (24)
American singer, a member of The Sherrys, and Motown singer, born in Philadelphia, she entered the music business at the age of 13, regularly performing live. Tammi was a Grammy Award-nominated American soul singer, most notable for her association with Motown and her duets with Marvin Gaye. As a teenager she recorded for the Scepter/Wand, Try Me and Checker record labels. She signed with Motown in 1965 and enjoyed success as a solo singer. Once she was paired with Gaye in 1967, her stardom grew, but later that year she collapsed on stage into Marvin Gaye's arms during their duet of 'That's All You Need To Get By'. (Tammi was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which sadly she died) b. April 29th 1945.
1975: T- Bone Walker/Aaron Thibeaux Walker (64) American blues guitarist, pianist and singer songwriter born in Linden, Texas; In the early 1920s, as a teenager learned his craft amongst the street-strolling stringbands of Dallas. His songs included "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)", "T-Bone Shuffle" and "Let Your Hair Down, Baby, Let's Have a Natural Ball". He was the idiom's first true lead guitarist, and undeniably one of its very best. Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today. He was the childhood hero of Jimi Hendrix, and Hendrix imitated some of Walker's ways throughout his life including T-Bone's flamboyant playing style with the guitar behind his back and legs and with his teeth on stage. He won a Grammy Award in 1971 for "Good Feelin'" and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. (He died of bronchial pneumonia following a second stroke) b. May 28th 1910.
Reba Mcentire's BAND...
All seven members of country star Reba Mcentire's band and her road manager were tragically killed in a plane crash after a show in San Diego.
1993: Johnny Cymbal/John Hendry Blair (48) Scottish born American songwriter, singer, and record producer; from aged 15 until his death, Johnny made a meaningful impact on popular music worldwide as a singer-songwriter, performer and record producer. During those years, in addition to his rock and roll anthem, "Mr. Bass Man", he was responsible for hits including: "Teenage Heaven", "Cinnamon", "Mary In The Morning", "I'm Drinking Canada Dry" and "Rock Me Baby".
In 1963, with his hit "Mr. Bass Man" all over the top of the charts from the US to Asia, he was recognized as a teen star. While continuing to record, he toured the U.S., Europe and Japan performing as both a solo headlining act and in rock and roll package shows. Later, as a songwriter and record producer, he found success in New York, L.A., and Nashville (he died in his sleep of a heart attack) b. February 3rd 1945.
1996: Joseph Pope (62) American singer and the founder of The Tams which he formed in 1960, he took their long lasting name from the Tam o'shanter style of hat that the group choose to wear on stage. By 1962, they had a hit single "Untie Me", a Joe South composition, became a Top 20 US R&B success. In 1964, their single "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)", reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song spent three weeks at number one on the Cash Box R&B chart. "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" was also a hit the same year and rocketed to No.1 in the UK charts. The Tams next major US hit was in 1968 "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy", which also made the UK Top 40 in 1970 (?) b. November 5th 1933.
2004: Vilém Tauský (93) Czech conductor and composer, at age 19, he conducted Giacomo Puccini's Turandot in Brno on short notice in place of Chalabala, who had become ill. During WWII being of Jewish decent he moved to France and he volunteered for service with the Free Czech Army, where he was appointed the bandmaster of a military orchestra consisting of instruments obtained from the Paris Police. He eventually went Britain to escape the Nazi regeme. From 1945 to '49, he was musical director of the Carl Rosa Opera Company and music director of Welsh National Opera from 1951 to '56. He was principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra from 1956 to '66 where he held various BBC appointments, in Belfast, Glasgow and Manchester, where he worked with Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd, Elsie and Doris Waters, Morecambe and Wise, Tessie O’Shea, Jimmy Edwards and Gracie Fields. In addition, he conducted new British music. Between 1966 and '92, he was the director of opera and head of the conducting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His compositions include a Ballade for cello and piano, a Symfonietta for orchestra, the Fantasia da Burlesca for violin and orchestra, an oboe concerto, written for Evelyn Rothwell, a harmonia concerto written for Tommy Reilly, Coventry: A Meditation for Strings, and a Serenade for Strings. In 1979 he was honoured as a Freeman of the City of London and in 1981, appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire-CBE (?) b. July 20th 1910.
2005: Justin Hinds (62) Jamaican ska vocalist, with his backing singers the Dominoes, born in Steertown, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. He is best known for his work with Duke Reid's Treasure Isle Records, where his most notable song, "Carry Go Bring Come" recorded in late 1963, went to number one in Jamaica. He recorded seventy singles between 1964 and 1966, and was the most popular artist on the record label. His final studio album Know Jah Better was released in 1992, but he worked on Wingless Angels with other Jamaican musicians, which was produced by Keith Richards in the early 1990s. In 1997, he toured the US for the first time and he would release a couple of live albums in the early 2000s, including one recorded at the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, New York (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. May 7th 1942

2007: Frederick Tupper Saussy III (70) American keyboardist, composer and artist, born in Statesboro, grew up in Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, in 1958. While at Uni, he formed a jazz combo recording the album, Jazz at Sewanee, Tuppy co-founded an advertising agency, McDonald and Saussy, and kept his musical career alive with recording dates and club sessions. In 1965, he composed 'The Beast with Five Heads' for the Nashville Symphony,. For its 1968/69 season, they commissioned him to write a piano concerto for Bill Pursell. Tupper was perhaps best known as the songwriter and keyboardist for the psychedelic pop band The Neon Philharmonic, whose vocalist was Don Gant. The Neon Philharmonic's single "Morning Girl" rose to Top 20 status and was nominated for two Grammy awards in 1969. Their two albums, The Moth Confesses and The Neon Philharmonic were released in 1969, but the group disbanded in 1972. He has released several albums of his jazz compositions: "Discover Tupper Saussy," "Said I to Shostakovitch," and The Swingers' Guide to Mary Poppins. In the 70s, he continued to composed works for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Symphony. He also composed two pop songs for The Wayward Bus, "The Prophet: Predictions by David Hoy" and "Love Hum". He has also worked with Chet Atkins and Ray Stevens, and he wrote arrangements for Mickey Newbury's Harlequin Melodies, Boudleaux Bryant, Bobby Bare, and Roy Orbison. In April 2006, Tupper resumed his musical persona with the Nashville and started work on a new album "The Chocolate Orchid Piano Bar," which includes new and vintage songs, his first new musical release in 37 years, but sadly he died two days before it's release. (heart attack) b. July 3rd 1936
2008: Ola Brunkert (61)
Swedish session drummer; born in Örebro, Örebro län, Sweden; he began his musical career as a jazz drummer. His first professional job was with the Slim's Blues Gang, before joining the pop group Science Poption in the mid '60s. He then joined the jazz-pop group Opus III with his friend, guitarist Janne Schaffer. By the 70s Ola had become one of the most sort after session musicians in Sweden. His first session with Abba was on their first single, "People Need Love," in 1972. Over the next 10 years Ola recorded 62 singles and all 8 studio albums with Abba and accompanied them on all their tours (bled to death in a tragic accident at his home in Mallorca, when he fell into a glass door, cutting his throat) b. September 15th 1946..read more
2008: Daniel MacMaster (39) Canadianrock vocalist for Canadian/British hard rock band Bonham releasing two albums with them The Disregard of Timekeeping and Mad Hatter.
In 2005, Daniel released a solo album entitled Rock Bonham...And The Long Road Back which was re-issued by Suncity Records in 2006. In recent years, MacMaster started a new project with Connecticut-based singer/songwriter Jimmy D of the band Emerald Monkey, dubbed Monkey-MacMaster (sadly died from a staph infection) b. July 11th 1968.
2010: Herb Cohen (77) American
record company executive, manager, and music publisher born in New York; he artists, including Screamin' Jay Hawkins, George Duke, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Lenny Bruce, and Linda Ronstadt. He was best known as the manager of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention from 1965, arranging their first club dates and, after encouraging record producer Tom Wilson to see them perform, securing their first record deal. He and Zappa went on to set up and jointly own the Straight, Bizarre, and DiscReet Records labels. Herb also handled Montreux Jazz Festival tours of Japan and the US, and produced the US portion of the Nelson Mandela concert in Wembley Stadium upon Mandela's release (?) b. December 30th 1932
2010: Ksenija Pajcin (32) Serbian singer and dancer, sometimes referred to as Xenia,
Ksenija was known for her sometimes sexually appealing image on stage. She started her career as a go-go dancer and was offered the opportunity to join a pop group, The Duck. As a dancer, she was famous in Greece, where she performed in numerous night clubs. Ksenija later went on to have a solo music career, and while her vocals were not too impressive, she garnered attention for her dancing and outfits. She released four albums, Too Hot to Handle in 1997, Extreme in 2001, Magije in 2004 and a Best Of... in 2006. Ksenija also owned a dance studio in Belgrade and worked as a model. She frequently appeared in tabloids and was known for her outrageous statements. (She was found dead along with her boyfriend Filip Kapisoda, a 22-year old model, in her apartment in Belgrade, both had gunshot wounds to the head. Police suspect a murder-suicide, with Filip Kapisoda as the shooter. Police were called to the house several nights earlier as the couple were reported by neighbors because Filip had broken into Ksenija's apartment, by knocking down the door) b. December 3rd 1977
2012: Dieter Zechlin (85) German pianist born in Goslar; he was one of East Germany's most prominent pianists in 1950-60s. In 1959 he received the Art Prize of the GDR and in 1961 the National Prize of the GDR.
He was married to composer Ruth Zechlin, and later married pianist, Susanne Grützmann (?) b. March 16th 2012.
2013: Bobby Smith (76) American soul singer born in Detroit, Michigan; he had been the principal lead singer of the classic Motown group, The Spinners since its inception. The group, first called The Domingoes, was formed in 1954 at Ferndale High School, Bobby took over from James Edwards who lasted only 2 weeks. The Spinners also known as the Detroit Spinners or the Motown Spinners, had thier first hit, with Bobby singing lead, "That's What Girls Are Made For" in 1961. The group earned half a dozen Grammy award nominations and around a dozen gold records including "Truly Yours", "I'll Always Love You", "I'll Be Around", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "They Just Can't Stop It the (Games People Play)". In 1974 they scored their only No.1 hit with "Then Came You" (sadly died complications of influenza and pneumonia) b. April 10th 1936.
2013: Jason Molina (39) American singer-songwriter, originally from Lorain, Ohio. After performing in various local metal bands, he came to prominence in the mid 90s performing and recording as Songs: Ohia, both in solo projects and with a rotating cast of musicians, recording 10 albums under that name. Since 2003, he had recorded 3 albums under his own name and 5 albums with a stable line-up of band members as the Magnolia Electric Co. (sadly Jason died from multiple organ failure after a long battle with alcoholism) b. December 16th 1973.
2014: Mitch Leigh/Irwin Michnick (86) American Tony Award-winning musical theatre composer and theatrical producer; born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Yale in 1951 with a Bachelor of Music and in '52 received his Master of Music. He began his career, as a jazz musician and writing commercials for radio and television. In 1955 he wrote music for the LP 'Jean Shepherd Into the Unknown with Jazz Music', writing the music for the jazz interludes between radio broadcaster Jean Shepherd's improvisations. In 1965 he teamed up with Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman to write a musical based on Wasserman's 1959 television play, I, Don Quixote, the musical "Man of La Mancha" which opened on Broadway in 1965 and in its original engagement ran for 2,328 performances. Other shows included 'Chu Chem', 'Cry for Us All', 'Home Sweet Homer', 'Saravà', and 'Halloween'. He also composed the jingle: "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee". Mitch won a Tony Award for composing the music for Man Of La Mancha and he was also nominated for a Tony Award as the producter and director of the 1985 revival of The King and I. He received the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for "The Impossible Dream". Also a building in The School of Music at Yale University was named "Abby and Mitch Leigh Hall" in 2001. (Mitch sadly complications from pneumonia and a stroke) b. January 30th 1928.
2014: Lapiro de Mbanga/Lambo Sandjo Pierre Roger (56) Cameroonian singer, political and social activist, born in Mbanga, Littoral Cameroon and who is noted for his 1985 recording of “Pas argent no love” and for being imprisoned for 3 years in 2008 after criticizing Cameroon president Paul Biya in the song “Constitution constipée” / “Constipated Constitution”. For several years, he lived in self-imposed exile in Nigeria and Gabon and returned to Cameroon in 1985, where he proceeded to compose and record what Index on Censorship has described as “a long list of biting texts on the socio-economic realities in his beleaguered country”. Nicknamed the guitar man, Lapiro became “the idol of the downtrodden and forgotten workers, the people of the slums and bus stations of Cameroon” and “the spokesman for the youth of his country”. His hits of that period included “No Make Erreur,” “Pas argent no love,” “Kop Nie,” “Mimba We,” and “Na You.” He was regularly censored by the Cameroonian government. He returned to the stage on July 13th 2011, in Lille, France, for the first time since his release from prison. During the summer of 2011 he also played in Lausanne, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, and at various venues in the United States, Canada, and Britain. Then on September 2nd 2012, he, his wife Louisette Noukeu and five of their six children left Cameroon for the United States, where they had been granted asylum. They arrived in the U.S. on September 14th 2012 (sadly Lapiro died while fighting cancer) b. April 7th 1957.
2015: Nazmi Yükselen (89) Turkish folk singer-songwriter, composer and a state writer, born in the province of Milas in Mugla and did his stint in Istanbul for military service in 1948. After that, he started to work in Istanbul Radio and became an artist of "Halk Türküler".. He who produced his first self penned album in 1950, wrote and composed songs titled 'Bodrum Hakimi' and 'Karaova Wedding'. Nazmi Yükselen, who compiles the songs of which included the songs 'Forester', and 'A Rose I Am In Milas'. He then moved to Ankara radio and worked as a guest artist in the "Yurttan Sesler Korosu", directed by Muzaffer Sarisözen. There was also stage work. Between 1958 and 1962 he worked on the Izmir radio. In 1974 he returned to Milas. Over his career he recorded 42 records, and worked on three films with dubbing music. In 1982, Nazmi was selected as a state artist by the Ministry of Culture. (sadly died fighting liver cancer) b. 1926.
2015: Don Robertson (92)
American songwriter and pianist mostly in the country and popular music genres., born in Beijing, China. As a performer, he hit the US and UK Top 10 hit with "The Happy Whistler" in 1956, it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. As a songwriter, his songs were recorded by Elvis Presley, The Chordettes, Les Paul, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jean Shepard, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Frankie Laine, Hank Locklin, Al Martino, Dean Martin, Jim Reeves, and many others. Songs include "Anything That's Part of You", "Born to Be with You", "Hummingbird", "There's Always Me", "Please Help Me I'm Falling", "Ringo", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "I Really Don't Want to Know", "Starting Today" and the list goes on. Don was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. (?) b. December 5th 1922.

2015: Bruce Crump (57) American rock drummer born in Memphis, Tennessee. By the age of twenty in 1976 he was a member and performing with southern rock band Molly Hatchet, appearing on their most successful albums: 1978's 'Molly Hatchet', 1979's double-platinum 'Flirtin' With Disaster', 1980's 'Beatin' The Odds' and 1981's 'Take No Prisoners', and playing on hit singles such as "Flirtin' With Disaster", "The Rambler", "Power Play" and "Satisfied Man". With his departure Crump relocated to Canada and joined Streetheart, appearing on their 1983 live album 'Live After Dark'. However the drummer quickly returned to Molly Hatchet, playing on 1984's 'The Deed Is Done', 1985's 'Double Trouble Live' and 1989's 'Lightning Strikes Twice' before exiting for the last time. Crump memorably joined the current edition of Molly Hatchet, during a 2004 performance at Richmond, Va. Crump later started a new band, called Red Star Crush
. At the time of his death, Bruce was in the Jacksonville, Florida-based band White Rhino and the newly reformed China Sky (?) b. July 17th 1957.
2015: Andy Fraser (62) English bass guitarist, songwriter and a founding member of the rock band Free in 1968, at age 15. Born in Paddington, Central London, he started playing the piano at the age of five. and was trained classically until twelve, when he switched to guitar. By thirteen he was playing in East End, West Indian clubs and after being expelled from school in 1968 at age 15, enrolled at Hammersmith F.E. College where another student, Sappho Korner, introduced him to her father, pioneering blues musician and radio broadcaster Alexis Korner, who became a father-figure to him. Shortly thereafter, he was playing bass in John Mayall's outfit, at only 15, he was in a pro band and earning £50 a week. But later that year he joined Paul Roger to forn the now legendary rock band, Free. Andy produced and co-wrote the No. 1 hit "All Right Now" with Rodgers, recognised by ASCAP in 1990 for garnering over 1,000,000 radio plays in the United States by late 1989. He also co-wrote two other hit singles for Free, "My Brother Jake" and "The Stealer". Free initially split in 1971, and Andy formed a trio, Toby, he re-joined Free in December 1971, but left for the second time in June 1972. He then formed The Sharks before forming the Andy Fraser Band, a trio with Kim Turner on drums and Nick Judd on keyboards; they released two albums. Fraser re-located to California, to concentrate on songwriting. He crafted hits for Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart and Paul Young. Having been diagnosed with HIV, he was later diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma, a form of cancer that had been very rare until the onset of the AIDS epidemic. He played bass Paul Rodgers, at Woodstock '94, but otherwise kept a low profile until 2005, when a new release, Naked and Finally Free, appeared. In 2008, he wrote and sang the song "Obama (Yes We Can)", to support the campaign to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. In 2010, Andy took part in BBC2's documentary series titled Rock 'n' Roll, mid-2013, he played a supporting role as bassist in the band of protege Tobi Earnshaw for a series of UK dates. (A cause of death was not immediately announced, but sadly had been battling both cancer and AIDS)b. July 3rd 1952.
2016: Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan (77) Indian shehnai specialist born in Kolkata and he taught shehnai at Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta since 1974. He was regularly featured on All India Radio and Indian Television and composed the signature tune for Indian Television with Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ali traveled extensively in India and abroad; his concert tours have included countries like United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Russia, Tunisia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines, over a span of twenty years. Ali has numerours awards and on many occasions he has been invited/sponsored by governments and/or music festivals. He performed a duet with pianist Peter Michael Hamel at the Indo-German Festival and participated in Music Festival Raag-Mala in the U.S. and Canada in 1994. Many years ago his grandfather Wazir Ali Khan was the first to demonstrate Indian classical music on shehnai at Buckingham Palace. (sadly died from kidney disease) b. March 21st 1939.
2016: Grace Chinga (37) Malawian gospel singer and icon (died suddenly) b. 1978/79
2016: Lee Andrews (79) American doo-wop singer and leader of Lee Andrews & the Hearts which he formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1953. In 1957 and 1958 they had their three biggest hits, "Teardrops", "Long Lonely Nights" and "Try the Impossible". Lee and a shifting line-up of Hearts, continued to tour and record throughout the 1960s before disbanding. Lee is also the father of
Khalib Thompson aka Questlove, joint frontman and drummer with Grammy-winning act the Roots. (?) b. 1935/36
2016: Frank Sinatra Jr (72) American singer, songwriter, and conductor born in Jersey City, New Jersey. By his early teens, he was performing at local clubs and venues. At age 19, he became the vocalist for Sam Donahue's band and also spent considerable time with Duke Ellington. By 1968 he had performed in 47 states and 30 countries, had appeared as guest on several television shows, including two episodes of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with sister Nancy, hosted a 10-week summer replacement show for The Dean Martin Show, appeared in the Sammy Davis, Jr. drama A Man Called Adam and had sung with his own band in several Las Vegas casinos. In 1989, Frank Jr sang "Wedding Vows in Vegas" on the acclaimed Was (Not Was) album, What Up, Dog?, later performing the song with the band on Late Night with David Letterman. August 17th 2015, he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Yankee Stadium. (died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida) b. January 10th 1944.

2017: James Cotton (81) American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter; dubbed "Mr. Superharp", he was born in Tunica, Mississippi, but by the time he was nine both of his parents had passed away and he left home with his uncle and moved to West Helena, Arkansas, where Sonny Boy Williamson II mentored him in his early career. At the age of 15 he cut four songs for the fledging label Sun Records: “Straighten Up Baby,” “Hold Me In Your Arms,” “Oh, Baby,” and “Cotton Crop Blues” for the and at aged 17 KWEM, a radio station in West Memphis, Arkansas, as well as performing with the Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. In 1955 he was invited to join the Muddy Waters Band and stayed with the group for eleven years, until 1966. Jame's first recording session with Waters took place in June 1957 and he alternated with Little Walter on Waters's recording sessions until the end of the decade. In 1965 James formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet, with Otis Spann on piano, to perform with in-between the Waters's band gigs. In 1966, he toured and recorded with Janis Joplin while pursuing his solo career, before he formed the James Cotton Blues Band in 1967. In the 1970s, he recorded several albums and reunited with Waters when he played harmonica on Muddy's Grammy >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly James died at a medical centre in Austin, Texas from pneumonia) b. July 1st 1935.

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1958: Carl Perkins (27)
American jazz pianist, born in Indianapolis but worked mainly in Los Angeles. He is best known for his recordings and performances with the Curtis Counce Group, which also featured Harold Land, Jack Sheldon and drummer Frank Butler. He performed and recorded with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach group in 1954. His playing was influenced by his polio-affected left arm, which he held sideways over the keyboard. He composed the jazz standard "Grooveyard", which he recorded with Counce, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Art Pepper. As a leader Carl's recordings included Savoy in '49, Dootone in '56 and Pacific Jazz in '57 (drug related)b. August 16th 1928.
1978: Malvina Reynolds (77)
American folk-blues singer songwriter and political activist, born in San Francisco is maybe best known for her song writing, particularly the song, "Little Boxes". She had earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She played violin in a dance band in her twenties, then she began her songwriting career in her late 40s when she met Earl Robinson, Pete Seeger, and other folk singers and songwriters. She returned to school at UC Berkeley, where she studied music theory. She went on to write several popular songs, including "Little Boxes," "What Have They Done to the Rain," recorded by The Searchers and Joan Baez about nuclear fallout, the civil rights anthem "It Isn't Nice", "Turn Around", and "There's a Bottom Below". Malvina was also a noted composer of children's songs, including "Morningtown Ride" and "Magic Penny". In her later years, Malvina contributed songs and material to PBS's Sesame Street, on which she made occasional appearances as a character called "Kate" (?) b. August 23rd 1900.
1979: Zenon de Fleur Heirowski (28)
British guitarist with the rock and rhythm & blues band Count Bishops (tragically died of a heart attack following a traffic accident in London) b. ????
1982: Samuel George (39)
American singer, musician and founder member the R&B group formed in 1962 as "The Caps," later renamed The Capitals, with Sam as the lead vocalist and drummer. They were discovered by former Ann Arbor radio DJ, Ollie McLaughlin, after performing at a local dance. The group went on to release their first single in 1963, "Dog and Cat/The Kick". They recorded "Cool Jerk" in Detroit on March 14, 1966 with the legendary Motown house band The Funk Brothers, it reached No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.2 on the Billboard R&B charts. The Capitols released 2 albums in 1966 "Dance the Cool Jerk" and "We Got a Thing" both featuring mostly covers of popular Motown and soul songs (stabbed to death during a family argument) b. ????
1983: Gigi Gryce/Basheer Qusim/George General Grice Jr (58) American saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, composer, arranger and band bandleader born in Pensacola, Florida. Although primarily a jazz musician, Gigi studied classical composition with Alan Hovhaness and Daniel Pinkham at the Boston Conservatory following World War II and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree. Among the musicians with whom he performed were Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd, Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Howard McGhee, Lee Morgan, Max Roach, Oscar Pettiford, Teddy Charles, and Benny Golson. In 1955, Gigi formed the Jazz Lab Quintet, which included trumpeter Donald Byrd. In the mid-1950s he converted to Islam and adopted the name Basheer Qusim. By the early 1960s he stopped using the name Gigi Gryce (sadly died of an epileptic seizure) b. November 28th 1925.
1988: Nikolas Asimos (38)
Greek composer and singer, he was a very special case of a counter-culture artist, mostly because of his choice of lifestyle. In 1967 he enrolled in the Philosophical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was often involved with theater during his college years, while he was writing songs and he was singing in various boîtes of Thessaloniki. In 1973 he moves to Athens from Thessaloniki; he continued to be involved in theatre, write songs and he graduated from a private theatre school. (?) b. August 20th 1949.
1990: Ric Grech/Richard Roman Grechko (43) British bass player, born in Bordeaux, France. He originally gained notice in the UK as the bass guitar player for the progressive rock group Family. He joined the band when it was a largely blues-based live act in Leicester known as the Farinas; he became their bassist in 1965, replacing Tim Kirchin. Family released their first single, "Scene Through The Eye of a Lens," in September 1967. In 1969 he joined up with Eric Clapton toform the super group Blind Faith and recorded their only album with them. He went on to become a very successful session musician playing with the likes of Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, Rosetta Hightower, the Crickets and Gram Parsons. In January 1973, he performed in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert, and he reunited with Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney when the duo recorded an album in 1974 after Family's breakup. In 1974 he joined KGB, along with Michael Bloomfield, Carmine Appice, Barry Goldberg, and Ray Kennedy, the group released its homonymous debut that year. Rick retired from music in 1977 and moved back to Leicester. (brain haemorrhage) b. November 1st 1946.
1996: Terry LaVerne Stafford (54)
American singer and songwriter, born in Hollis, Oklahoma; grew up in Amarillo, Texas; graduated from Palo Duro High School, Amarillo in 1960, then moved to LA to pursue a career in music. In 1964 he released "Suspicion", which made No.3 in the US and reached and No. 31 in the UK Singles Chart. He followed this with "I’ll Touch a Star" made No.25. It was 1973 when he next charted with "Amarillo by Morning" (died in Amarillo of liver failure) b. November 22nd 1941.
1997: Jermaine Stewart (39)
American singer; born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Chicago with his parents. He started out as a backup singer and dancer for several artists and groups such as Howard Gallant The Chi-Lites, The Staple Singers and Shalamar and recording backup vocals for such artists as Culture Club, before launching his solo career. He had a string of hits including "The Word Is Out", "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off", "Frantic Romantic", and "Versatile". Also his singles "Get Lucky", "Don't Talk Dirty to Me" and "Is It Really Love" found European success, especially in Germany (liver cancer attributed to AIDS) b. September 7th 1957.
1998: Bernarr Rainbow (83)
English historian of music education, organist, and choir master born in Battersea, London, while still at school, he was appointed the organist and choirmaster at St James's, Merton, later holding similar posts at St. Mary's, East Molesey and St. Andrew's, Wimbledon. He went on to conducted the High Wycombe String Orchestra and was the soloist in his own Piano Concerto. In 1951 the High Wycombe Parish Church Choir was chosen to sing Evensong in the Festival Church on the new South Bank site. He turned the Royal Grammar School at High Wycombe into a singing school. Bemarr realised that the quality of music teaching in schools was paramount. His distinguished record was acknowledged when he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1994 and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College in the following year. He was President of the Campaign for the Defence of the Traditional Cathedral Choir and in 1996 he established the Bernarr Rainbow Award for School Music Teachers (?) b. October 2nd 1914.
1999: Ernest Gold
/Ernst Sigmund Goldner (77)
American composer. Born in Vienna, Austria; he wrote around 100 film and television scores between 1945 and 1992. Among his credits are Too Much, Too Soon, Exodus, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, On the Beach, A Child is Waiting, Fun with Dick and Jane, and Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff.
His contributions were honored with four Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. He won a Golden Globe in 1960 for Best Motion Picture Score for 1959's On the Beach, and won an Academy Award a year later for Best Music: Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, for Exodus. His work on On the Beach also won Gold a Grammy Award. The Hollywood Walk of Fame has also recognized Ernst with a star on famed Hollywood Boulevard. (died from complications from a stroke) b. July 13th 1921.
2004: Ernst Haefliger (84)
Swiss tenor,
born in Davos; he studied at the Zürich Conservatory and studied with Fernando Capri in Geneva and Julius Patzak in Vienna. He had a lengthy and extensive international career and recorded many oratorios and operas. Starting in 1971, he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. Ernst made his Boston debut in 1965 for the Peabody Mason Concert series (sadly Ernst died from acute heart failure) b. July 6th 1919.
2006: Bob Blue (57) American singer and songwriter born in Huntington, NY and a resident of Massachusetts; his most well-known song, The Ballad of Erica Levine was occasionally performed by Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary. Bob was a member of the band "The Nice Jewish Boys" and one of the founders of the Children's Music Network
(sadly died of multiple sclerosis) b. July 31st 1948
2006: Professor X/Lumumba Robert Carson (49) American rapper and was a founding member of the Hip hop group X-Clan featuring in nearly all songs on the albums To the East, Blackwards in 1990 and Xodus in 1992 prior to a temporary break-up of the group. The group were well known for their Afrocentrism and militant activism. Later he continued his activism with a series of solo projects (sadly died of spinal meningitis)b. August 4th 1956.
2007: Roger Bennett (48)
American Southern gospel pianist, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the award winning Gospel Quartet Legacy Five. He grew up in Strawberry, Arkansas and in November of 1979 he was invited to join the legendary Cathedral Quartet; he served 20 years with them as pianist until the groups retirement in 1999. After which Roger and fellow Cathedral's member Scott Fowler launched Legacy Five. In 2000, the group recorded their debute project “Strong in the Strength” which garnered a Favorite Album of the Year nomination. The group’s first single release from that album titled “I Stand Redeemed” was also nominated for Song of the Year and reached number two on the radio charts. In 2004, the readers of Singing News voted Legacy Five as their Favorite Traditional Male Quartet. Although an excellent singer, Roger is best remembered as pianist, and often a comedian, for both the Cathedrals and Legacy Five and he was honored with the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel Pianist 14 years in row from 1993-2006. He was also voted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007 (sadly died after a courageous 12 year struggle with cancer and leukemia) b.
March 10th 1959.
2010: Alex Chilton (59)
American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tennessee, best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. In 1966, while at Memphis' Central High School, Alex was invited to join a local band The Devilles as their lead singer, after learning of the popularity of his vocal performance at a talent show; this band was later renamed Box Tops. He was 16 years old when he and the Boxtops had their No.1 international hit "The Letter". In 1971 Alex along with Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel formed the rock band Big Star. They released two albums "No.1 Record" and "Radio City" before breaking up in 1974. He continued as a solo artist and in 1979 he co-founded, played guitar with, and produced some albums for Tav Falco's Panther Burns, which began as an offbeat rock-and-roll group deconstructing blues, country, and rockabilly music. From the late-1980s through the 1990s with bassist Ron Easley and eventually drummer Richard Dworkin, gaining a reputation for his eclectic taste in cover versions, guitar work, and laconic stage presence. After which he performed live yearly, with sporadic solo, Box Tops and Big Star shows in theatres and at festivals around the world (died sadly of a suspected heart attack) b. December 28th 1950.
2010: Charlie Gillett (68)
British radio presenter, musicologist and writer, mainly on rock and roll and other forms of popular music. Born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England, and was brought up in Stockton-on-Tees where he attended Grangefield Grammar School. He was particularly noted for his influential book 'The Sound of the City', for his promotion of many forms of "world music", and for discovering and promoting such acts as Dire Straits and Ian Dury. He began in journalism in 1968 with a weekly column in the Record Mirror and wrote for a variety of music magazines including Rolling Stone and New Musical Express and contributed to The Observer. He began a weekly radio programme, Honky Tonk, on Radio London in 1972, he brought Ian Dury to public attention, and was the first DJ to play demos by Graham Parker, Elvis Costello and Dire Straits ("Sultans of Swing"). In the latter case, significant numbers of London's A&R men had contacted Charlie's studio by the time he had finished playing the song - sending Dire Straits on their journey to global stardom. Over his long career, he worked also on Capital Radio, and many BBC stations. In 2006, Charlie was awarded The John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio by the Radio Academy. In July 2006, after eleven years of broadcasting his regular Saturday Night show of world music, Gillett had to end his weekend slot due to ill health, but until his death, he continued to present his half hour show, Charlie Gillet's World of Music. Every year from 2000 to 2008, he compiled a world music double album, World 2000, World 2001, World 2003 etc, (sadly died of series of health problems, including being diagnosed with Churg-Strauss syndrome in 2006) b. February 20th 1942.
2010: Johnnie High (80) American country music impresario, singer, musician; In 1974 converted an old movie theatre in Grapevine, a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, into the Grapevine Opry and created The Johnnie High's Country Music Revue, a weekly country music variety show. The revue has been a tremendous success for 34 years and introduces at least 20 or 25 new performers each month. Over the years, Johnnie High's Country Music Revue has opened the door for many successful singers including LeAnn Rimes, Steve Holy, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Morris, Linda Davis, Box Car Willie, John Anderson, Shoji Tabuchi and many others. Since 1995, Johnnie's revue has been held at a former Arlington movie theatr
e (passed away after bravely battling heart disease) b. ????
2011: Ferlin Husky aka Terry Preston/Simon Crum (85) American country music singer, born in Flat River, Missouri. In 1955, he had a hit with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)"/"Little Tom", and also developed "Simon Crum" as a comic alter ego. As Crum, he signed a separate contract with Capitol Records and began releasing records, the biggest of which was 1959's "Country Music Is Here To Stay".
In the late 1950s, Ferlin had a string of hits, including the No.1 "Gone". It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He then began an acting career, appearing on the Kraft Television Theatre program, and in the film Mr. Rock & Roll. "Wings of a Dove" became his biggest hit in 1960, topping the country charts for 10 weeks. He had more than two dozen hits between 1961 and 1972, and remained a popular concert draw, performing at the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere (sadly died from heart failure) b. December 3rd 1925.
2013: Jantje Koopmans/Johannes Petrus van Eersel (89) Dutch singer, noted for his 1984 hit Red Roses. His hits include
De eerste kus/The First Kiss, Die mooie ogen/Those Beautiful Eyes, Die oude melodietjes /Those Old Melodies, Het dorpscafeetje /The Village Pub, Ik wil een baan /I Want a Job, Liefde/Love, and Rode rozen, witte seringen / Red roses, white lilacs (?) b. February 21st 1924.
2013: Michael Rhodes (89) American baritone opera singer and highly sought-after vocal coach who trained stars including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. He began his professional singing career in 1947 at New York City Opera playing Jochanaan in Salome. In 1951 Michael moved to Europe and took guest roles at the Opera National in Paris and Milan's La Scala. In the same year he became the first American after World War II to sing at Berlin's Deutsche Oper (?) b. 1924
2014: Joseph Wilfred Kerman (89) American critic and musicologist born in London and educated at University College School there. He then attended New York University where he received his BA in 1943 and Princeton University where he received his PhD in 1950. He went on to become tne of the leading musicologists of his generation; he based his first book, 'Opera as Drama' in 1952, for which he is best known to general readers, on a series of essays written for The Hudson Review beginning in 1948. His 1985 book Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology was described by Philip Brett in The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "a defining moment in the field"
. Among his many writings, he also wrote several monographs and articles on Beethoven's works and with his wife, Vivian Kerman, wrote the widely used textbook, 'Listen', first published in 1972. He also received the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society for an outstanding work of musicological scholarship in 1970 and 1981 and ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music in 1981 and 1995. He was Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of California (?) b.
April 3rd 1924.
2014: Mercy Edirisinghe (68) Sri Lankan
singer, stage actress and comedienne, born in Ambepussa. She began her singing career in 1964 from the 'Nawaka Madala' song contest and became a stage actress in 1966. Her most famous play was a musical by Lushan Bulathsinhala, titled Tharavo Igilethi/Ducks fly. 'Made Lagina Tharawan' from the soundtrack of the play became her most successful single. She is also well-known for her role in numerous comedic television shows and radio dramas, the most famous of which is a radio program titled 'Vinoda Samaya', in which she acts alongside Annesly Dias, Berty Gunattileke and Samuel Rodrigo. In 1974, Mercy won the Best Actress Award at the State Drama Festival for her role in R.R. Samarakoon's stage drama 'Idama'. She won two other Best Actress awards in 1975 and 1976.[2] 2014 was to mark the 50th anniversary of her career and in recognition of her service to the arts, she was to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 State Drama Festival.
(?) b. 1945
2014: Paddy McGuigan (??) Irish
singer-songwriter, guitarist, fiddle player and founder member of the band, The Barleycorn, formed in Belfast in 1971 playing tradional and Irish rebel songs. Their first recording, penned by Paddy, "The Men Behind the Wire" and realeased in December 1971 reached the No.1 spot in the Irish Charts. It sold far more copies than any other single until then released in Ireland and the royalties from the recording were donated to families of the internees. He also wrote other rebel songs such as ‘The Boys of the Old Brigade’ and ‘Irish Soldier Laddie’. Paddy left the band in 1975 and released his only solo album that same year, "My Country, My Songs and Me". He along with Dermot O'Brien, also produced the album, "The Price Of Justice" featuring Kathleen Largey of the Flying Column Music Group. (sadly he died on St Patrick's Day after a short illness) b.????
2016: Tran Lap (41) Vietnamese rock singer, born in Nam Ðinh Province. He began his artistic career with vocal performances at the Department of Theater, Hanoi College of Art from 1993 to 1997. He graduated from the Department of Economics, Hanoi National University in 2001. In 1994, he and friends formed a rock band, The Wall. He was the leader of the group until it disbanded in 2006. The group developed a large number of fans in Vietnam and was selected as representative of the music Vietnam attended Contemporary Festival Faces Vietnam - face French language was held in the city of Cahors in the south of France from September 26 to October 7 years 2003. On the day of April 25th 2004, The Wall, became the first band to perform concerts in the program Music and the Friends of VTV3. He wrote more than 30 songs, notably the song "Road to Glory". He was one of the four judges of the program Giong Hat Viet, airing on VTV3. (sadly Tran died fighting colorectal cancer) b. December 12th 1974.
2016: Steve Young (73) American outlaw country music singer–songwriter; born in Newnan, Georgia, he grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, Georgia and Texas, moving from place to place as his family searched for work. By the time he had completed high school, Steve was playing and writing songs that incorporated influences of folk, blues, country and gospel that he absorbed while travelling throughout the South. In the late 60s he worked with Van Dyke Parks and was member of the psychedelic country band Stone Country. He wrote many songs, including "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" covered by Waylon Jennings and "Montgomery In the Rain" covered by Hank Williams, Jr. His best-known composition is "Seven Bridges Road", which became a hit for Eagles when they included a cover of it on their live album in 1980. Earlier covers of the song were done by Joan Baez, Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth, Iain Matthews and Rita Coolidge. Steve was also featured in the 1975 Outlaw Country documentary Heartworn Highways and was the subject of the song "The All Golden" by Van Dyke Parks. (?) b. July 12th 1942.
2016: David "Dave" Hubbard (75) American jazz saxophonist and flutist began his career at 13, when he first started playing with the Baltimore Municipal Band in his home state of Maryland and was soon playing in the Ray Charles Show. After receiving his B.A. in music from Morgan State University, and leaving the Ray Charles Big Band, Dave settled in New York City. Over his long career, he has performed and toured with the Ray Charles Show, Ethel Ennis, Patti LaBelle, Ruth Brown, Buck Clarke, Kenny Dorham, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Chambers, Roy Haynes, Charles Earland, Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes, George Benson and many others. He joined Joan Cartwright's Jazz Hotline in the late '90s and continues to play with them into the 2000s. (sadly died from heart attack while in hospital care for heart and diabetes related issues) b. October 15th 1940.

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1976: Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson/Lucius Johnson (41) American blues guitarist born in Davisboro, GA; he also worked and recorded under the names Georgia Boy, Little Luther and Luther King. Upon his military discharge, he picked guitar as a member of the Milwaukee Supreme Angels gospel group, working the local church circuit. But the blues bug hit and he soon had his own blues trio together, eventually settling in Chicago by the early '60s. He played for a while with Elmore James and was a regular fixture in the Muddy Waters band by the mid-'60s. He recorded as Little Luther for Chess in the mid-'60s including "The Twirl" and by 1970 was relocated to Boston, MA, working as a solo artist. The next five years found him working steadily on the college and blues festival circuit (sadly died of cancer) b. August 30th 1934
1983: Buddy Lucas/Alonzo W. Lucas (68)
American jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader, who is also famous for work on harmonica.
Born in Pritchard, Alabama, he made his first recordings in 1951 for Jerry Blaine's Jubilee label, where he also became leader of the house band. As a bandleader, he led bands such as Buddy Lucas & His Band of Tomorrow, the Gone All Stars and Buddy Lucas & His Shouters and he also went under the stage name of "Big" Buddy Lucas. He was much-in-demand session saxophonist on the East Coast and recorded with Little Willie John, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Count Basie, Jimi Hendix, Roy Buchanan, Horace Silver, Bernard Purdie, Titus Turner, The Rascals, Yusef Lateef and Aretha Franklin among others. In the late 1960s Buddy slowed down on studio work and concentrated on TV and radio commercials. Starting in 1972, he played in the band in the Broadway musical "Purlie" for almost two years, but his diabetes began to take its toll. He began to work with his old friend Herman Bradley in a trio at the Catch 22, a local club. In 1980 his right lung was removed after cancer was discovered, but he was still able to play a little sax and harmonica in Bradley's group. In December 1982 he finally gave up due to ill-health (?) b. August 16th 1914.
1984: Paul Francis Webster (76)
American Academy Award-winning lyricist; before going freelance,
Twentieth Century Fox signed him to a contract to write lyrics for Shirley Temple's films in in 1935. His first hit was a collaboration in 1941 with Duke Ellington on the song "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)". After 1950, he worked mostly for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won two Academy Awards in collaboration with Sammy Fain, "Secret Love" in 1953 and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" in 1955, and with Johnny Mandel "The Shadow of Your Smile" in 1965. Altogether, sixteen of his songs received Academy Award nominations including "Remember Me to Carolina" (1944), "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)"-1956, "A Certain Smile"-1958, "A Very Precious Love"-1958, "The Green Leaves of Summer"-1960, "Love Theme From El Cid (The Falcon and the Dove)"-1961, "Tender Is the Night"-1962, "Love Song From Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me)"-1962, "So Little Time"-1963, "A Time for Love"-1966, "Strange Are The Ways of Love"-1972, "A World that Never Was"-1976. Among lyricists, he is second only to Johnny Mercer, who was nominated eighteen times, in number of nominations. In addition, a large number of his songs became major hits on the popular music charts and
is the most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the U.K. charts. In 1967 he was asked to write the famed lyrics for the Spider-Man theme song of the television cartoon and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (?) b. December 20th 1907.
1984: Joseph Spence (73)
Bahamian fisherman-turned-guitarist, singer born in Andros; several modern folk, blues and jazz musicians, including Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Woody Mann and John Renbourn were influenced by and have recorded variations of his arrangements of gospel and Bahamian pop tunes. The earliest recordings of Joseph were made on his porch by folk musicologist Samuel Charters (?)
b. August 12th 1910.
1988: Billy Butterfield (71)
American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and cornetist; Early in his career he played in the band of Austin Wylie. He gained attention working with Bob Crosby from 1937-1940, and he later worked with Artie Shaw, Les Brown, and Benny Goodman. During his stay with Artie Shaw's orchestra, he performed what has been described as a "legendary trumpet solo" on the hit song "Stardust" and he recorded the jazz standard "Moonlight In Vermont", which featured a vocal by Margaret Whiting and a trumpet solo by Billy. He recorded two albums with Ray Conniff in the 1950s, "Conniff meets Butterfield" and "Just Kiddin' Around". Later in the 1960s he recorded two albums with his own orchestra for Columbia Records. Billy was a member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band led by Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart from the late 1960's until his death. Billy also freelanced as a guest star with many bands all over the world, and performed at many Jazz festivals, including the Manassas Jazz Festival and Dick Gibson's Bash in Colorado (?) b. January 14th 1917.
2001: John Phillips (65)
American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter of The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Born in Parris Island, South Carolina, he was known as Papa John, and was a founder member of the Journeymen and The Mamas and The Papas they had several Billboard Top Ten hits during the group's short lifetime, including "California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", "I Saw Her Again", "Creeque Alley", and "12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)". John Phillips also wrote "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", the 1967 Scott McKenzie hit that was to become the Summer of Love anthem. Phillips also wrote the oft-covered "Me and My Uncle", which was the song performed more times than any other over 30 years of Grateful Dead concerts. He released his first solo album 'John, the Wolf King of L.A' in 1970, which included the minor hit "Mississippi". He died just days after completing sessions for a new album "Phillips 66" was released posthumously in August 2001 (sadly died of a heart failure) b. August 30th 1935.
2002: Gösta Winbergh (58)
Swedish tenor born in Stockholm; he is often mentioned as among Sweden's and, indeed, the world's finest tenors, included with Jussi Björling and Nicolai Gedda. For the first two-thirds of his 30-year career, Gosta Winbergh was greatly admired as a singer of Mozart's operas. His Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni was applauded at the Metropolitan, New York, at the Salzburg Festival, in Houston and Chicago, Berlin and Barcelona. He sang Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Drottninghom Court Theatre and Tamino in The Magic Flute for his debut at La Scala, Milan. Other Mozart roles in his repertory were Idomeneo, Mitridate and Titus.
He also sang lyric roles such as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La traviata, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore and Lenski in Eugene Onegin. Then in 1991 at Zurich Gosta sang his first Lohengrin, and a whole new career opened out before him, with further exploration of Wagner, the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Don Jose in Carmen and Florestan in Fidelio. His last new role was Florestan in Fidelio, which he sang at the Vienna State Opera the night before he died. Winbergh was also nominated for several US Grammy awards during his career (sadly died after suffering a heart attack) b. December 30th 1943
2009: Eddie Bo/Edwin Joseph Bocage (79)
American singer and one of the last New Orleans junker-style pianists. He was known for his wild R&B, soul and funk recordings, compositions, productions and arrangements. After leaving school and a stint in the army he studied piano, music theory, sight reading and music arrangement at the Grundwald School of Music inNew Orleans. He was influenced by Russian classical pianist Horowitz and bebop pianists Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson.
Eddie began playing in the New Orleans jazz scene and went under the name of Spider Bocage, later forming the Spider Bocage Orchestra. In the '50s he and a group of New Orleans musicians toured the country supporting singers Big Joe Turner, Earl King, Guitar Slim, Johnny Adams, Lloyd Price, Ruth Brown, Smiley Lewis, and The Platters. He debuted on Ace Records in 1955 and released more single records than anyone else in New Orleans other than Fats Domino. His song "Hook & Sling" was featured on the breakbeat compilation "Ultimate Breaks and Beats". In the 70's he can be heard with the likes of Curly Moore & The Kool Ones and Roy Ward. Through the 1980s and 1990s he recorded with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, he played, toured and recorded with Willy DeVille, Victory Mixture and Big Easy Fantasy. He later joined up with Raful Neal and Rockin’ Tabby Thomas playing and recording under the names The Louisiana Legends, The District Court and The Hoodoo Kings. As well as his busy career as a recording and performing musician, he also produced and arranged records by such artists as Art Neville, Chris Kenner, Chuck Carbo, Irma Thomas, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Johnny Adams, Mary Jane Hooper, Robert Parker, The Vibrettes, and The Explosions. He was honoured on May 22, 1997 when it was declared "Eddie Bo Day" in New Orleans by mayor Marc Morial while Bo was playing in Karachi, Pakistan. He won many music awards including two Lifetime Achievement awards from the South Louisiana Music Association and Music / Offbeat Best of the Beat and was named New Orleans' music ambassador to Pakistan (Eddie sadly died of a heart attack) b. September 20th 1930.
2011: Jet Harris/Terence Harris (71)
British bass guitarist, born in Honeypot Lane, North London, he started off playing clarenet a young teenager before making his own double bass and forming a school band with friends Peter Newman, John Welsh, and Ray Edmunds. He played in several bands including The Vipers Skiffle Group and The Most Brothers and a stint with Wee Willee Harris & Tony Crombie's Rockets before in 1959 he joined Cliff Richard's backing group The Drifters, who later changed their name to The Shadows. In 1959, after the neck of his Framus bass was damaged, he was presented by the importers a Fender Precision Bass,with one of the first to come to Britain from the United States. Jet also contributed vocally, adding backup harmonies and had a trademark scream used in
>>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Jet died after a brave battle with throat cancer) b. July 6th 1939.
2012: Warren Luening (70)
American musiicain, a top sort after studio trumpeter and flugelhorn player, born in New Orleans. He played in a youth band, together with Roy Wiegand, Charlie May, and a rhythm section working 6 nights a week and performed in 'The Colgate Comedy Hour' on C.B.S.. He played trumpet with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra from 1958-60 during the Silver Champagne Era. In the late 1960s he performed with the Ronnie Dupont Quartet.
He became a first call soloist in the Hollywood studios, recording on soundtracks for “ King Kong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"-2005, "Return to Me", “The Rat Pack", “The Rainmaker", “That Thing You Do!", “The Glass Shield", “Bopha!" and “The River". Some noted solos include “Georgia" on Bergeron's CD, and “Double Barrel Blues" from the Magic Time LP from Bob Florence where he duets with himself, Rosemary Clooney's, “Dedicated To Nelson", and “A Foggy Day". He also played with the orchestra on the TV series “Dancing with the Stars", the EMMY and the Oscars Awards (sadly Warren died from complications of cancer) b. October 9th 1941.
2013: Sean Hannan (45)
American rock musician and songwriter (sadly died of cancer) b. 1968.
2013: Eivind Rølles (54) Norwegian guitarist and one half of the pop-ska duo, The Monroes. They were formed in 1982 by Eivind Rølles and singer Lage Fosheim, both former members of "Broadway News", a popular pop act in Oslo during the 70s. They released their debut album, Sunday People in '83, which was followed by, Face Another Day, in 1985, which sold over 250,000 copies, making them one of the best selling artists in Norwegian music history and one of the few to have a Top 10 song in the United States with their Norwegian No 1 hit "Cheerio". Following two more studio albums and a compilation, the duo disbanded in 1993, but they continued to work together sporadically with several one-off reunions (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. March 15th 1959
2014: Joe Lala (66)
American musician, actor and voice actor, born in Ybor City, Florida, notable for dubbing Kun Lan of the video game Killer7 and as a drummer and percussionist who worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, The Bee Gees, Whitney Houston, and many others. He started out playing the drums in several Florida bands, before forming the band Blues Image in 1966. He also occasionally sang lead vocals, most notably on the song "Leaving My Troubles Behind". He accumulated 32 gold records, and 28 platinum throughout his career. He played on the movie soundtracks of Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive, D.C. Cab, Streets of Fire, All the Right Moves, Breathless, Defiance, The Lonely Guy and Airplane!. As an actor his films included Active Stealth, Sugar Hill, On Deadly Ground, Deep Sleep, Havana, Out for Justice, Marked for Death, Eyewitness to Murder, and Born in East L.A., plus many more (sadly Joe died while fighting lung cancer) b. November 3rd 1947.
2015: Samuel Barclay Charters IV (85) American music historian, record producer and musician, born in Pittsburgh; in the 1940s and 1950s, though he was mostly immersed in studying and playing jazz, he also purchased numerous old recordings of American blues musicians, eventually amassing a huge and valuable collection. After graduating, in 1951, at the age of 21, he moved to New Orleans, where he absorbed the history and culture he had previously only read about; he lived there for most of the 1950s. He served for two years in the US Army in 1951–53 and began to study jazz clarinet. In 1953 he set out for Texas to discover what he could about Robert Johnson and another of his favorite musicians, Blind Willie Johnson. His jazz and blues research took him to many places from the USA to Europe to The Bahamas. His writings have been influential, bringing to light aspects of African-American music and culture that had previously been largely unknown to the general public, as well as publishing poetry and novels. From 1966 to 1970 he worked as a producer for the psychedelic, anti-war band Country Joe and the Fish. He was also affiliated with the European Sonet Records label and in 1970 produced Rock Around the Country, by Bill Haley & His Comets. During the Vietnam War he moved with his family to Sweden, establishing a new life there and produced the music of various Swedish musical groups. He was a Grammy Award winner, and his book The Country Blues was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1991 as one of the "Classics of Blues Literature". More recently in 2008, Samuel published, A Trumpet Around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz; in 2014, he published The Harry Bright Dances, a short work of fiction, which he described as "a fable"; "Things to Do Around Picadilly"; and "What Paths, What Journeys: New and Selected Poems". (sadly Samuel died of myelodysplastic syndrome)
b. August 1st 1929.
2016: Adnan Abu Hassan (57) Malaysian composer, and is considered to be among the top notch individuals developing the Malaysian music industry. He held a bachelor's degree from the Berklee College of Music US and started his career as a lecturer in University Technology Mara. After graduating, he became the A&R Director (CBS Records), Managing Director of Happy Records and Suria Records. Soon he became the Director of A&R BMG Music and Delima Records. And then, he was appointed as the Principal and Director of Jam Music Centre, Album Producer and Composer, and the Creative Director for Jam / Treeman Corporation. Malaysian popular singers such as Siti Nurhaliza, Fauziah Latiff, Liza Hanim, Dayang Nurfaizah and Misha Omar were once his apprentice before pursuing their career as professional singers. Adnan won the Best Song in the Juara Lagu with the song Jerat Percintaan by Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, in 1996, and the song Bunga-bunga Cinta by Misha Omar in 2003. (sadly died after suffering a stroke) b. January 6th 1959
2016: Reuben David Egan (61) American singer, songwriter, and pianist raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, based in Lafayette, who composed, recorded, and performed rock, Cajun-rock, soul, and blues. His tunes have been recorded by the likes of Joe Cocker, Marcia Ball, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, John Mayall, and Little Buster & the Soul Brothers, just to mention a few. David was also a member
the band band A Train, in the 80s and the Cajun-rock band Filé from the early 90s. (sadly David died fighting lung cancer) b. March 20th 1954.

2017: Chuck Berry/Charles Edward Anderson Berry (90) American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pioneer was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He had an interest in music from an early age and his first guitar was a second-hand Spanish acoustic, but by 1952, influenced by the 1940s guitarist Charlie Christian, he had gone electric. As a teenager he began playing concerts in his local high school but his education was curtailed after he was convicted of robbery and spent 3 years in a reformatory for young offenders. On his release he made a living hairdressing and working at an automobile assembly plant, but playing in a trio in the evenings with Ebby Harding on drums and Johnnie Johnson on piano. He was influenced by blues heroes such as Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker, as well as white country and western music, though his singing style owed much to the clarity of Nat King Cole. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Leonard Chess, of Chess Records, where he recorded "Maybellene" which sold over a million copies. He penned his own material, creating a songbook through the mid-1950s which included hits such as "Roll Over Beethoven", "Too Much Monkey Business", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Rock and Roll Music", "Little Queenie", "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Johnny B. Goode", "Back in the U.S.A.", "Memphis, Tennessee" and others. He also appeared in several rock films including Rock, Rock, Rock and Mr Rock and Roll, both from 1957; Go Johnny Go from 1959; and Jazz on a Summer's Day in 1960. By the end of the 50s Chuck was an established... >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. October 18th 1926.

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1900: Charles-Louis Hanon (80) French piano pedagogue and composer born in Renescure. He is best known for his work The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises, which has become the most widely used set of exercises in modern piano teaching. Piano students all over the world know of Hanon’s famous training exercises for pianists. Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Josef Lhévinne claimed him to be the secret of why the Russian piano school delivered an explosion of virtuosi in their time, for the Charles' exercises have been obligatory for a long time throughout Russian conservatories; there were special examinations at which one had to know all the exercises by heart, to be played in all tonalities at highly advanced speed (?) b. July 2nd 1819.
1913: John Thomas (87)
Welsh harpist and composer, highly honored throughout Europe with memberships in the Societa di S. Cecilia in Rome, Societa Filharmonica of Florence,the Philharmonic Society of London and he was appointed harpist to Queen Victoria 1872. He taught at the Royal College of Music, where he eventually became professor, and at the Guildhall School of Music.
He wrote many pieces for the harp that are very popular today and are used in the exam syllabus. He also wrote an opera, a symphony, two harp concertos, overtures, chamber music, and two cantatas, Llewellyn and The Bride of Neath Valley. He played one of his own harp concertos at a Philharmonic concert in 1852 (?) b. March 1st 1826.
1973: Lauritz Melchior (82)
Danish and later American opera singer born in Copenhagen, Denmark; he was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. He made his debut in 1913, as the baritone role of Silvio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at the Royal Theatre/Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen. In 1920, he visited England to sing in an experimental radio broadcast to the Scandinavian capital cities from the Marconi station in Chelmsford and became a frequent performer in London, appearing at Sir Henry Joseph Wood's Promenade Concerts in Queens Hall. Over his career he sang in many opera houses around the world and between '44-'53, he performed in 5 Hollywood musical films for MGM and Paramount Pictures, Thrill of a Romance-1945, Two Sisters from Boston-1946, This Time for Keeps-1947, Luxury Liner-1948, The Stars Are Singing-1953 and made numerous US television appearances. In 1947, he put his hand and footprints in cement in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. In the summer of 1972, Melchior conducted the San Francisco Opera Orchestra at Sigmund Stern Grove in the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss I as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the company; this was one of his last public appearances (?) b. March 20th 1890.
1976: Paul Kossoff (25)
UK rock guitarist; born in Hamstead, London, he started playing in the mid 1960s, his first professional band was Black Cat Bones with drummer Simon Kirke. The band did many supporting shows for Fleetwood Mac. Paul spent hours jamming with Peter Green and discussing blues music. Black Cat Bones also played with touring blues piano player Champion Jack Dupree. Both Paul and Simon played on Dupree's album When You Feel the Feeling. Paul and Simon next teamed up with
Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser to form Free in 1968 with a debut album Tons Of Sobs, followed by their self-titled album in 1969. Their third album, Fire and Water in 1970, produced the massive hit "All Right Now", with a tour of UK, Europe and Japan. The band split later that year after a 4th album.
Paul and Simon then teamed up with Texan keyboard player John "Rabbit" Bundrick and Japanese bass player Tetsu Yamauchi to release the 1971 album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit. Free reformed and released the album Free At Last in 1972. Fraser decided to quit, so Tetsu and Rabbit were drafted in for Free's 1973 album Heartbreaker after which the group disbanded. Paul then accompanied John Martyn on a 1975 tour before assembling a group called Back Street Crawler releasing two albums: The Band Plays On in 1975 and Second Street in 1976. Paul's guitar playing was also much in demand for session work and he contributed solos on several albums including: Jim Capaldi's Oh How We Danced (1972), Martha Veléz's Fiends and Angels (1969); Blondel's Mulgrave Street (1974); Uncle Dog's Old Hat (1972), Michael Gately's Gately's Cafe (1971) and Mike Vernon's 1971 album Bring It Back Home. He also played on four demos by Ken Hensley, which were eventually released on the 1994 album entitled From Time To Time and three tracks which appear on the CD-only issue of John Martyn's Live At Leeds album from 1975. An unreleased guitar solo also surfaced in 2006 on the title track to the album All One by David Elliot who recorded with Paul in the 70s. Paul was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (died from a drug-related heart attack while on a plane flight from Los Angeles to New York) b. September 14th 1950.
Tampa Red/Hudson Whittaker/Hudson Woodbridge (77)
American guitarist, singer-songwriter born in Smithville, Georgia, but when his parents died he moved to his aunts in Tampa, Florida. He is best known as an accomplished and influential blues guitarist who had a unique single-string slide style. His songwriting and his silky, polished "bottleneck" technique influenced other leading Chicago blues guitarists, such as Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Mose Allison and many others. In the 1920s, having already perfected his slide technique, he moved to Chicago, and began his career as a musician, adopting the name 'Tampa Red'. His big break was being hired to accompany Ma Rainey and he began recording in 1928 with "It's Tight Like That", in a bawdy and humorous style that became known as "hokum". In a career spanning over 30 years he recorded pop, R&B and hokum records. His best known recordings include 'Anna Lou Blues', 'Black Angel Blues', 'Crying Won't Help You', and 'Love Her with a Feeling'". By the 1940s he was playing electric guitar and in 1942 "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" was a No.4 hit on Billboard's new "Harlem Hit Parade", forerunner of the R&B chart, and his 1949 recording "When Things Go Wrong with You (It Hurts Me Too)", was another R&B hit (sadly he became an alcoholic after his wife's death in 1953. Tragically he died destitute in Chicago) b. January 8th 1904.
1982: Randall "Randy" Rhoads (25)
American rock guitarist; born in Santa Monica, California, he started playing guitar at age six on his grandfather's old Gibson "Army-Navy" classical acoustic guitar. At the age of 14, he and his older brother Kelle formed a cover band called Violet Fox, after which he taught his best friend Kelly Garni to play bass, and together they formed a band called The Whore. Together the pair went on to form Quiet Riot when Randy was 16. In 1979, Ozzy Osbourne was forming his new band, the Blizzard of Ozz, and invited him to play lead guitar. Randy enjoyed the freedom he was allowed which bought his guitar playing to a different level. Their self titled debut album was an instant hit. Randy is cited as an influence by many contemporary heavy metal guitarists. A devoted student of classical guitar, Randy often combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. (killed in a freak airplane accident, whilst buzzing the bands tour bus from a light aircraft, the plane's wing clipped the bus and crashed) b. December 6th 1956.
1989: Alan Civil (59) English French horn player; he was engaged by Thomas Beecham to play second horn to Dennis Brain in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, when Brain left for the Philharmonia, Alan took over leadership of the section. In 1955, he joined the Philharmonia himself, becoming principal horn player when Brain died in a car crash in 1957.
In the 1960s, Alan became the first non-German to be approached by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to become a member, but he stayed with the Philharmonia, who were reshaping themselves into the New Philharmonia. In 1966 he became principal hornist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, remaining there until his retirement in 1988. As a soloist, Civil recorded the horn concertos of Mozart, and his recording of Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Robert Tear is also quite well known. He also played chamber music in the Alan Civil Horn Trio. Alan He was awarded an OBE in 1985 (?) b.
1990: Andrew Wood (24) American singer born in Columbus, Mississippi, as a teenager he and his brother Kevin Wood formed the band Malfunkshun, their only released material during's the bands existence was on the compilation, Deep Six. After moving to Seattle, Washington, Andrew along with Jeff Ament, Bruce Fairweather, Stone Gossard and Greg Gilmore formed the band Mother Love Bone. As frontman Andrew's personality and compositions helped to catapult the group to the top of the Seattle music scene. Sadly he died just before the release of Mother Love Bone's debut album "Apple". Fellow band members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament formed a side project band Temple of the Dog, in remembrance of Andrew, dedicating their self titled album to him, they went on to form Pearl Jam. Also The Alice in Chains dedicated their song "Would? "to Andrew (tragically died of a heroin overdose coupled with a cerebral hemorrhage) b. January 8th 1966
2001: Elena Del Rubio/Elena Rolfe Boyd
(79) American singer-guitarist; middle triplet she and her sisters Edith, and Milly were born in the Panama Canal Zone. The girls grew up in Ancón and Washington D.C. and went on to become The Del Rubio triplets. Their stage name comes from the colour they dyed their hair; the word "rubio" means "blonde" in Spanish. Grammy 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, Elena and Milly never again performed but lived together for 5 years till Elena's death (sadly Elena died fighting cancer) b. August 23rd 1921.
2007: Luther Ingram (69) American R&B, soul singer, songwriter; best known for his hit, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right", which was placed number one on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, and peaked at No.3 on the Hot 100 chart in 1972. Other popular tracks include "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)" and "I'll Be Your Shelter". He was also responsible for the classic 1966 Northern Soul stormer "If It's All The Same To You" and it's instrumental "Exus Trek". He also co-authored the Staples Singers hit, "Respect Yourself". (heart failure) b. March 19th 2007.
2008: Mia Permanto (19)
Finnish singer, radio host and was placed sixth in the Idols finals of 2007. She can be heard on the single "Rising Sun" released by Heikki Liimatainen in October 2007. She can also be heard on The Prophecy album by Cristal Snow. She had started to record an album with Helsinki Music Works just before her death (cause of death not released) b. April 21st 1988.
2009: Ion Dolanescu (65) Romanian singer and politician; popular East European traditional folk music singer having recorded 9 hit singles, the last 3 of which feature Maria Ciobanu. Since 2000 he has also been a member of parliment as deputy of the Committee for Culture, Arts, and Mass Media (heart attack) b. January 25th 1944.
2011: Hugh Reskymer "Kym" Bonython (90) Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway rider and driver, music promoter born in Adelaide. At the age of 17, in 1937, he entered the media with an ABC radio jazz show.The show continued for 38 years, finishing in 1975. His involvement in the jazz scene also extended to making and selling music; in 1952 he became a member of a jazz band as drummer and he opened his first record store in 1954. His passion for music also led him to create his own concert promotion company, Aztec Services, in the 1950s, and as a promoter he brought to Adelaide some of the greats of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Later, at the urging of his children, he expanded his range to rock n roll, bringing the likes of Chuck Berry to Adelaide, and he was one of the key people negotiating the addition of Adelaide to The Beatles Australian tour 1964
. Kym gained a reputation as a daredevil partially through another of his interests: motor racing. He raced Speedcars at the Rowley Park Speedway at Bowden, which he also managed from 1954 to 1973 (?) b. September 15th 1920.
2013: Floyd "Buddy" McRae (85)
American tenor singer and the surviving member the 1950s doo wop group, The Chords. He formed his first group, the Keynotes, when he was a student at P.S. 99. After which he, along with Carl and Claude Feaster, Jimmy Keyes and William "Ricky" Edwards formed The Chords '51, but they were not discovered until three years later, when they were spotted singing in a subway station and landed them a recording contract with Atlantic Records' Cat Records label. Their only hit was "Sh-Boom" a song which they penned themselves. By the end of June 1954, "Sh-Boom" had climbed up the charts nationwide, charting on both the R&B at No.3 and pop chart at No.9. As well as being sound of the summer of 1954, "Sh-Boom" was used as a campaign song by NYC Mayor Robert Wagner. They later changed their name to the Chordcats. They regrouped several times over they years after splitting in 1959 but sadly despite all their efforts, remained archetypal one-hit wonder. He went on to operate a bar-club in NYC, as well as a martial arts studio (?) b. October 1st 1927.
2013: David Parland aka Blackmoon (42)
Swedish metal guitarist;
he was a founding member of death metal band Necrophobic in 1989, releasing thier first album The Nocturnal Silence in 1993. He quit the band in 1995 to concentrate on Dark Funeral, which he was one of the main founding members of in 1993. Before he left he had written most of the material for their next album Darkside it was released by Necrophobic in 1997, although David himself did not participate as a musician on the album. He left Dark Funeral in 1996, after recording an EP and the album The Secrets of the Black Arts. He next founded two more bands, War and black metal band Infernal. David
also ran the small underground cult record label Hellspawn Records from 1994 to 2002, releasing albums from bands such as Abruptum and his own Dark Funeral (the cause of death is not as yet known, but it has been suggested that it was suicide) b. September 26th 1970.
2015: Michael Brown/Michael David Lookofsky (65) American musician and songwriter; born in New York and the son of violinist Harry Lookofsky, he was best known as lead vocalist, keyboard player, harsichord player and the principal songwriter for the 1960s "baroque-pop" group the Left Banke with songwriter credit for their two biggest hits "Walk Away Renee" with Tony Sansone and Bob Calilli, and "Pretty Ballerina". Michael left the Left Banke in late 1967, but briefly reunited with them twice in the 70s and again at a New York performance in April 2012. He also co-wrote the mid-1968 hit "And Suddenly" for The Cherry People. In the 70s he become heavily involved in the band Montage. After which he formed rock-pop music band Stories along with bassist Ian Lloyd, guitarist Steve Love, and drummer Bryan Madey, and they had a No.1 hit with a cover of Hot Chocolate's "Brother Louie". He also wrote and performed with the rock band The Beckies. (sadly Michael died from heart failure) b. April 25th 1949.
2015: Peter Katin (84) British pianist born in London; he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12, four years younger than the official entry age and made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in December 1948 where the programme included works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Chopin. He went on to give concerts in England, Europe, Africa, the USA, and Japan.
In 1952, Peter debuted at The Proms and in 1953 was acclaimed for his performance there of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor. In 1958, he became the first British pianist to make a post-war solo tour of the Soviet Union and in 1961, the composer Bryan Kelly wrote "Tango2 especially for Peter. He lectured at the Royal Academy of Music 1956–1959, University of Western Ontario 1978–1984, and in 1992 was appointed to the Royal College of Music. He also lectured at Thames Valley University and wrote many articles on piano technique and interpretation. (?) b. November 14th 1930. .
2016: Scabs/David Hughes (41) American horror punk drummer and member the punk horror band Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 in 1996 and rejoined the band in 2001. He played on two of their albums, 'Viva Las Violence' and '6 Years, 6 Feet Under The Influence' (sadly died of a suspected aneurysm) b. 1974.

March 20th.

1963: Jimmy Donley (33)
American singer-songwriter
a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, he began his musical career playing in local bars. He served briefly in the Army before being discharged on psychological grounds, then revived his musical career. He wrote many songs, such as "Born To Be A Loser", that went on to be hits by other artists, including Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Some of his songs were credited to Rev. J. Charles Jessup, a preacher to whom Jimmy sold the rights to. (Jimmy was prone to heavy drinking bouts and depression, tragically he committed suicide, by asphyxiating himself with his car's exhaust fumes) b. August 17th 1929.
1978: Robert Gilbert/Robert David Winterfeld (78)
German composer of light music, a lyricist, singer, and actor born in Berlin (?) b. September 29th 1899
1970: Manolis Chiotis (50)
Greek singer, Rebetiko composer and a virtuoso on the guitarist and bouzouki. He first started playing on the violin, eventually moved on to the guitar and the bouzouki. Manolis began his stage and recording career in 1937, at age of 16, playing with Bayanderas. A year later, in 1938, he recorded his first song "De les to nai kai 'sy". As a result of the shut down of the record companies in Greece, because of the German Occupation, he was already one of the major musicians and played Bouzouki and Guitar in many recordings, besides his own. His career took-off after the German Occupation. He has composed many great songs that became timeless hits, including "O Pasatémpos" , "Apópse Fíla me", "Miázis san Thálassa", "Vouno me vouno" to mention a few. He also started to play and popularized the four-course bouzouki (type of bouzouki with 8 metal strings which are arranged in 4 pairs) after 1959. His second Mary Linda also sang many of his hits. Manolis is known as an incredible virtuoso on both the bouzouki and the guitar. (?) b. March 21st 1920.
1981: Sonny Red/Sylvester Kyner Jr (48)
American jazz alto saxophonist associated with the hard bop idiom among other styles. Born in Detroit he found success in the 1960s and 70s, when he played and recorded with the likes of Donald Byrd, who he recorded four albums 'The Creeper','Mustang!', 'Blackjack', and 'Slow Drag', as well as recording and working with Art Blakey, Curtis Fuller, Paul Quinichette, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Bobby Timmons, Yusef Lateef, Wynton Kelly, Billy Higgins, Bill Hardman, Pony Poindexter, Frank Wess and Cedar Walton. Between 1957 and 1971 he also released 7 albums as a leader. Sadly by the late 1970s, Sonny had fallen into obscurity. (?) b. December 17th 1932.
1987: Norman Harris (39)
an American guitarist, producer, arranger, songwriter, and orchestra conductor associated with Philly soul; born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he was a founding member of MFSB releasing thier debut album MFSB in 1973. He was also one-third of the production trio of Baker-Harris-Young. While at Philadelphia Soul, Norman produced the likes of First Choice, Loleatta Holloway, Eddie Holman, the Salsoul Orchestra, and Love Committee for Salsoul Records, as well as Carl Bean, The Trammps, Blue Magic, 21st Creation (died of cardiovascular disease) b. October 14th 1947.
1988: Gil Evans/
Ian Ernest Gilmore Green (75)
Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader, in Toronto, active in the United States. He played an important role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz and jazz fusion, and collaborated extensively with Miles Davis. From 1957 onwards Gil recorded over 2 dozen albums under his own name, debuting with the album Big Stuff aka Gil Evans & Ten in 1957. His 1986 album, Bud and Bird, won the Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band in 1989. In the 1970s, he worked in the free jazz and jazz-rock idioms, he had a particular interest in the work of rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. and in 1974, he released an album of his arrangements of music by Hendrix. In 1986, he produced and arranged the soundtrack to the film Absolute Beginners, thereby working with such contemporary artists as Sade Adu, Patsy Kensit's Eight Wonder, The Style Council, Jerry Dammers, Smiley Culture, Edward Tudor-Pole, and, notably, David Bowie. In 1986, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame and in 1987, Gil recorded a live CD with Sting, featuring big band arrangements of songs by and with The Police (he sadly died in the Mexican city, Cuernavaca) b. May 13th 1912.
1991: Billy Butler (65) American soul-jazz-blues guitarist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
he played with The Harlemaires, Tommy Flanagan, tenor saxophonist Floyd "Candy" Johnson, Jimmy Smith, Houston Person, organist Harry "Doc" Bagby, Benny Goodman, David "Fathead" Newman, Bill Doggett, King Curtis and others. He also co-wrote, the 1956 R&B hit "Honky Tonk" with Bill Doggett. Billy was with the Doggett band from 1954 to 1964 and they recorded many albums together (?) b. December 15th 1925.
1992: Georges Delerue (67)
French film composer born in Roubaix. He composed over 350 scores for cinema and TV winning many important awards including Rome Prize in 1949, Emmy Award in 1968 - Our World, Genie Award in 1986 - Sword Of Gideon, ACE Award in 1991 - The Josephine Baker Story and an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1979 for A Little Romance and 4 other Academy Nominations for Anne of the Thousand Days, The Day of the Dolphin, Julia and Agnes of God. Georges was the first and perhaps the only composer to win 3 consecutive Cesar Awards together and an Academy in the same year in 1979 with Get Out Your Handkerchiefs and A Little Romance; 1980-Love on the Run; and 1981-The Last Metro plus 5 other Cesar Nominations (sadly Georges died of a heart attack) b. March 12th 1925.
1998: George Howard (41) American jazz soprano saxophonist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; George originally trained on clarinet and bassoon before deciding on the soprano sax. He had been inspired by the likes of John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Grover Washinton Jr and Wayne Shorter and worked as session player for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Leon Huff, Dexter Wansel, First Choice and Blue Magic, before 1979 when the great Grover Washinton Jr invited him on a tour, a tour which helped establish his name. George concentrated on the soulful side of jazz, and released his first solo studio album, Asphalt Gardens in 1982, followed by Steppin' Out in 1984, both albums charted on the Billboard jazz album charts at No. 25 and No. 9. But his third album, Dancing in the Sun, had scaled the Billboard Jazz Album chart to No.1. by 1985. This fine acheivement was repeated by his next three albums, Love Will Follow-1986; A Nice Place to Be-1986; and Reflections-1988. George recorded seven more studio albums before "There's a Riot Goin' On", his final album, was released by Blue Note Records
on April 21st 1998, one month after his death. This tribute to Sly Stone was well ahead of it's time in the smooth jazz genre. (George sadly died of lymphoma) b. September 15th 1956.
2000: Gene "Eugene" Andrusco (38) Canadian born actor, record producer, composer, singer and guitarist, he was maybe best known as the leader of the funky christian rock band Adam Again; he was also a member of The Swirling Eddies credited as Prickly Disco and the following year, Gene, along with
Derri Daugherty, Terry Scott Taylor, and Michael Roe, formed the alt-country supergroup, the Lost Dogs. He produced for soul/R&B pioneer Jon Gibson on the album Love Education''. Gene had also been a child actor appearing in such programs as Bewitched, The Screaming Woman-TV Movie, Gidget Gets Married-TV Movie, Jake and the Fatman, The Bold Ones and Cannon. he was also a voice actor, lending his voice to several animated series, including Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, The Barkleys and The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (Gene tragically passed away in his sleep after suffering headaches the day before) b. April 6th 1961.
2009: Mel Brown (69) American blues guitarist; he started guitar in his early teens
while battling meningitis, studying the music of idols like B. B. King and T-Bone Walker. In 1960, he toured with The Olympics, followed by a two years with Etta James. By 1963 he had become a wanted session musician playing/ recording for artists from Bobby Darin to T-Bone Walker. In '71 he paired up with fellow guitarist Herb Ellis recording a series of LPs including ''Big Foot Country Gal'', ''The Wizard'', and ''I'd Rather Suck My Thumb'', they worked on various projects over 12 years. In the years to follow, he backed artists from Buddy Guy to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Clifton Chenier. In 1986, Brown accepted Albert Collins' offer to join his band the Icebreakers, recording Cold Snap before returning to Antone's. In 1989, he resumed his solo career with "If It's All Night, It's All Right". Then in early 1990, Mel relocated to Canada, where he formed a new band, the Homewreckers. He was nominated for a Juno Award in both 2001 and 2002 and on April 3 2008 Mel performed on stage with Buddy Guy in Kitchener Ontario mesmerizing the crowd. Buddy Guy left the stage for Mel to finish the show to a Standing Ovation (sadly died while fighting emphysema) b. October 7th 1939.
2011: Ralph Mooney (82) American steel guitarist, one of the architects of the 'Bakersfield sound' of country music, a louder, more rhythmically propulsive version of the music coming out of Nashville in the '50s. His steel guitar work can be heard on dozens of country music hits by artists including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart and Wanda Jackson before he joined Waylon Jennings' band for a 20-year stint. As a songwriter, Mooney co-wrote the country classic "Crazy Arms," which became a No. 1 hit for Ray Price in 1956, and has been recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and numerous others (sadly died of cancer) b. September 16th 1928.
2011: Johnny Pearson (85) British composer, orchestra leader and pianist born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He led the Top of the Pops orchestra for sixteen years, wrote a catalogue of library music, and had many of his pieces used as the theme music to television series. In 1964 Johnny as pianist along with
John Schroeder assembled Sounds Orchestral, a British studio-based easy listening group. The following year they had a No.5 hit with "Cast Your Fate to the Wind". Then in 1966 he took charge of the Top Of The Pops Orchestra. This would be a position he would fill for the next fifteen years, finally leaving the series in late 1981. As leader of the Johnny Pearson Orchestra, he reached No.8 in the UK chart in early 1972 with "Sleepy Shores", the theme from the television series Owen, M.D.1971-73. The Johnny Pearson Orchestra, which as a musical project was begun in 1972, ran side by side with his other projects. At the time, these projects included working on albums with John Schroeder for Sounds Orchestral and also providing library music to Britain's KPM Records. He was a successful composer of theme music for television series, including 3-2-1, All Creatures Great and Small, Captain Pugwash, Monday Night Football, Mary Mungo & Midge and ITN's News at Ten/"The Awakening". In 1984, he assembled another orchestra, the Johnny Pearson Studio Orchestra, and contributed to John Paul Jones' motion picture soundtrack, Scream For Help. Following this, during 1985, he worked on producing music for the BBC TV production drama Maelstrom. In 1996, he recorded a CD of library music, for the radio and tv industry, titled Simply Piano. This was followed in 2005 by another CD titled Simply Piano 2. (?) b. June 18th 1925.
2013: Liu Qiu Yi (55) Malaysian singer, born in Kluang, Johor, Qiu Yi entered the music industry after winning a singing competition. She released her debut album in 1979 and eventually became one of the top Chinese singers in Malaysia and Singapore. She was one of the first Malaysians to enter the music scene in China, selling a remarkable two millions albums. She recorded more than 40 albums in her career, and her Mandarin version of Ave Maria is still a favourite at Chinese wedding banquets
(Liu Qiu was diagnosed with third-stage cancer in April last year. She underwent surgery in May and started receiving chemotherapy treatment, but in January she slipped into a coma, and so sadly never woke up) b. 1958.
2013: Risë Stevens/Risë Steenberg (99) American operatic mezzo-soprano, born in New York City; she was engaged as a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble at the Teatro Colón in 1938 as Octavian and in 1938 made her début with the Metropolitan Opera in Philadelphia as Mignon. Three days later at the MET in NY City, she sang Octavian opposite Lotte Lehmann. The
Hollywood film industry produced a few films for her, including The Chocolate Soldier in 41, and Going My Way in 44 with Bing Crosby. For over two decades, until 1961, Risë was the Met's leading mezzo-soprano and the only mezzo to get top billing and commensurate fees normally awarded only to star sopranos and tenors. On October 22nd 1977, she was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit and was made a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1990 (-) b. June 11th 1913.
2013: Emílio Santiago (66) Brazilian singer he released the first single in 1973 with songs "Transa de amor" and "Saravá Nega", which caused major interests in radio and TV programs. In 1975 he began to record
forgotten songs of enshrined composers as Ivan Lins, João Donato, Jorge Benjor, Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, Marcos Valle and Paulo Sergio, among others. In 1985, he was chosen as the best performer in the "Festival of Festivals", TV Globo with the song "Elis, Elis". His biggest success came in 1988, when he released the LP Brazilian "Aquarela Brasileira" (Brazilian Watercolor) by Som Livre, a special project of seven volumes devoted exclusively to the repertoire of Brazilian music, the project sold over four million copies (Emílio suffered a stroke on March 7th 2013, at first he seemed to be responding to treatment, but his health worsened and sadly he died in Samaritan Hospital, Rio de Janeiro) b. December 6th 1946
2013: Eddie Bond (79) American rockabilly singer born in Memphis, TN;
in the mid 1950s, he recorded for Mercury Records and toured with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Warren Smith and others. He is infamous for having rejected the then 18-year-old Elvis Presley, who was auditioning for Eddie's band.
His contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Eddie was also a successful radio deejay and radio station owner (sadly he died of Alzheimer's disease) b. July 1st 1933.
2015: A. J. Pero/Anthony Jude Pero (55) American drummer born in Staten Island and attended St. Peter's Boys High School. He was initially a jazz drummer, later gravitating to heavier music akin to Rush and Led Zeppelin. He worked as a taxi driver for a time, and joined Cities, a local New York City band. He joined Twisted Sister in 1981, after seeing them play at a club and being told they were in need of a drummer. After Twisted Sister in 1986, he re-joined Cities. He participated in the Twisted Sisters' band's 1997 reunion and continued to perform with them until his death. He was also a member of Ozzy Osbourne cover band No More Tears, well known around Staten Island, New York. In 2007 A.J. formed Circle Of Thorns with former Cities guitarist Steve Mironovich AKA Steve Irons and in 2011 he played drums on a song titled "Elephant Man" on the Eric Carr CD Unfinished Business. Then in December 2013, he was announced as the new drummer of Adrenaline Mob. Adrenaline Mob's band members attempted, but failed to wake Pero on their tour bus. (sadly died from a heart attack) b. October 14th 1959.
2015: Shahir Krishnarao Sable (92) Indian Marathi folk singer-songwriter born in the village of Pasarni, he starting playing flute in the childhood. He moved to his maternal uncle where he studied till 7th. He went on to perform all over India in a renowned troupe formed by Shahir Sable showcasing all native dance forms of Mahrashtra. He was highly awarded over his career and gave re birth to some of the old traditionals of folk like Lavani, Balyanruttya, Kolinruttya, Gondhalinruttya, Manglagaur, Vaghyamurali, Vasudeo, Dhangar etc. (?) b. September 3rd 1923.
2015: Paul Jeffrey (81) American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and educator born in New York City. After graduating from Kingston High School in 1951, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in music education at Ithaca College in 1955. He spent the late 1950s touring with bands led by Illinois Jacquet, Elmo Hope, Big Maybelle, and Wynonie Harris. From 1960 to 1961, Jeffrey toured the US with B.B. King, after which he worked as a freelance musician in the New York City area and toured with bands led by Howard McGhee, Clark Terry, and Dizzy Gillespie. He is perhaps best known for performing with Thelonious Monk from 1970 to 1975. In 1983 Paul accepted a position as artist in residence and director of jazz studies at Duke University; a position he held until his retirement in 2003. In 2009, Jeffrey recorded a tribute to Thelonious Monk (?) b. April 8th 1933.
2017: Buck Hill/Roger Hill (90) American jazz saxophonist, born in Washington, D.C.; he began playing in 1943 but held a day job as a mailman for over 30 years. From 1957-59 he played with Charlie Byrd, recording 3 albums with him: 'Jazz At The Showboat', 'Byrd's Word!' and 'Byrd in the Wind'. He was only occasionally active during the 1960s, but in 1973, he recorded with trumpeter Allan Houser and has recorded extensively as a leader since the 1970s, debuting with the album 'This Is Buck Hill' in 1978; he released his final album 'Relax' in 2006. Buck also backed Shirley Horn on three of her albums 'Close Enough for Love', 'You Won't Forget Me' and 'The Main Ingredient', and recorded with Shirley Scott on her 1991 'Great Scott!' album. (?) b. February 13th 1927.
2017: Tony Terran (90) American trumpeter and session musician born Buffalo, New York. He started out working for radio shows as a high school student and toured with Horace Heidt, before becoming part of The Wrecking Crew, a group of session musicians in Los Anglese, CA, who earned wide acclaim in the 1960s. Regarded as one of the most versatile trumpet players in the music business, Tony influenced the LA music scene for more than four decades as a specialist of many musical styles. He performed and recorded with many artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Bonnie Raitt, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, The Baja Marimba Band, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Tijuana Brass, The Bee Gees, Nat King Cole, Madonna, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Benny Goodman, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Tom Waits, Barbra Streisand and many others.
Tony also played on many >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. May 30th 1926.

March 21st.
1934: Franz Schreker (55)
Austrian composer, conductor, teacher and administrator. Primarily a composer of operas, his style is characterized by aesthetic plurality- a mixture of romanticism, naturalism, symbolism, impressionism, expressionism and neue sachlichkeit; timbral experimentation, strategies of extended tonality and conception of total music theatre into the narrative of 20th-century music. His fame and influence were at their peak during the early years of the Weimar Republic when he was the most performed living opera composer after Richard Strauss. The decline of his artistic fortunes began with the mixed reception given to Irrelohe under Otto Klemperer in 1924 and the failure of Der singende Teufel in Berlin, 1928 under Erich Kleiber. After decades in obscurity, he has begun to enjoy a considerable revival in reputation in the German-speaking world and in the United States. (died after suffering from a stroke) b. March 23rd 1878.
1936: Alexander Glazunov (70)
Russian composer of the late Russian Romantic period, music teacher and conductor. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between 1905 and 1928 and was also instrumental in the reorganization of the institute into the Petrograd Conservatory, then the Leningrad Conservatory, following the Bolshevik Revolution. He continued heading the Conservatory until 1930, though he had left the Soviet Union in 1928 and did not return. The best known student under his tenure during the early Soviet years was Dmitri Shostakovich (?) b. August 10th 1865.
1951: Willem Mengelberg (79)
Dutch conductor, in addition to his acclaimed recordings of Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, Mengelberg left valuable discs of symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms, not to mention a wildly controversial but gripping reading of Bach's St Matthew Passion.
His most characteristic performances are marked by a tremendous expressiveness and freedom of tempo, perhaps most remarkable in his recording of Mahler's Fourth Symphony but certainly present in the aforementioned St Matthew Passion and other performances as well. These qualities, shared (perhaps to a lesser extent) by only a handful of other conductors of the era of sound recording, such as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Leonard Bernstein, make much of his work unusually controversial among classical music listeners; recordings that more mainstream listeners consider unlistenable will be hailed by others as among the greatest recordings ever made (?) b. March 28th 1871
1981: King Pleasure
/Clarence Beeks (58)
American jazz vocalist and an early master of vocalese, where a singer sings words to a famous instrumental solo. Born as in Oakdale, Tennessee, he moved to New York City in the mid-1940s where he first achieved popularity by singing the Eddie Jefferson vocalese classic "Moody's Mood for Love," based on a James Moody saxophone solo to "I'm in the Mood for Love". His recording in 1952 is considered a jazz classic. He cites Jefferson as an influence and predecessor. He and Betty Carter also recorded a famous vocalese version of "Red Top," a jazz classic penned by Kansas Citian Ben Kynard and recorded by Gene Ammons and others. He recorded King Pleasure 'Sings/Annie Ross Sings', 'Moody's Mood for Love' and 'Golden Days' King was cited as a significant influence by Van Morrison, especially on his album Astral Weeks (?) b. March 24th 1922
1987: Dean Paul Martin Jr (35)
American singer, tennis player, actor, a military pilot, and son of the legendary Dean Martin; born in Santa Monica; at the age of thirteen he joined Desi Arnaz Jr. and Billy Hinsche in the pop group Dino, Desi, & Billy, which had a few minor nationwide hits between 1965 and 1968, landing in the Top 30 twice.
After which in his late teens he began to go by his given name of Dean Paul instead of the nickname "Dino". He became a successful tennis player, competing in a junior competition at Wimbledon; and an actor. He co-starred with Ali MacGraw in the 1979 film Players, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best New Star of the Year-Male and later starred in the TV series Misfits of Science (He had obtained his pilot's license at age 16 and became an officer in the California Air National Guard in 1981. He died when his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm, killing him and his Weapons Systems Officer, Ramon Ortiz.) b. November 17th 1951.
1991: Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (81)
Greek-American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, now known as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and later founded MusicMan and G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars). His guitar, bass, and amplifier designs from the 1950s continue to dominate popular music more than half a century later. "The Strat" he asked his customers what new features they would want on the Telecaster. The large number of replies, along with the continued popularity of the Telecaster, caused him to leave the Telecaster as it was and to design a new, upscale solid body guitar to be sold alongside the basic Telecaster instead. Western swing guitarist Bill Carson was one of the chief critics of the Telecaster, stating that the new design should have individually adjustable bridge saddles, four or five pickups, a vibrato unit that could be used in either direction and return to proper tuning, and a contoured body for enhanced comfort over the slab-body Telecaster's harsh edges. Leo and draughtsman Freddie Tavares began designing the new guitar in late 1953, which would address most of Carson's ideas and would also include a rounder, less "club-like" neck and a double cutaway for easier reach to the upper registers. Released in 1954, the Stratocaster has been in continuous production ever since. The Electric Bass: Leo also conceived an instrument that would prove to be essential to the evolution of popular music with the Precision Bass (or "P-Bass"), released in 1951. Up until this time, bassists had been left to playing acoustically resonating double basses/upright basses. Unlike double basses, the Telecaster-based Precision Bass was small and portable, and its solid body construction and four magnet, single coil electronic pickup allowed it to be amplified at higher volumes without the feedback issues normally associated with acoustic instruments. Along with the Precision Bass, so named because its fretted neck allowed bassists to play with 'precision'. The P-Bass and its accompanying amplifier were the first widely-produced of their kind, and it was the first bass to be fretted like a guitar; arguably, it remains one of the most popular basses in music today.
1960 saw the release of the Jazz Bass, a sleeker, updated bass with a slimmer neck, and offset waist body and two single coil pickups, as opposed to the Precision Bass and its split-humbucking pickup that had been introduced in 1957. Like its predecessor, the Jazz Bass/"J-Bass" was an instant hit and has remained popular to this day, and early models are highly sought after by collectors (sadly died with complications of Parkinson's disease) b. August 10th 1909.
1992: Natalie Allyn Sleeth (61) American composer, born in Evanston, Illinois. She began to study the piano at the early age of four. Later in her life, she received an Academic major in music and a BA in music theory at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
One of her best-known anthems for choir is entitled "Joy in the Morning" and was written for the West Virginia Wesleyan College concert chorale on the occasion of her husband's inauguration as the president of West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1977. Another favorite, sung widely in the United Church of Canada is "In the Bulb There is a Flower" (?) b. October 29th 1930
2002: John "Speedy" Keen (57) UK vocalist, songwriter, drummer for Thunderclap Newman, a band The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend created in 1969, to play and record songs written by 'Speedy' who had been The Who's roadie and chauffeur for Peter. Originally Peter Townsend played bass for the band under the pseudonym Bijou Drains. Speedy wrote The Who's "Armenia City in the Sky", the only song The Who ever performed that was specifically written for the group by a non-member. Speedy's mega hit song "Something In The Air" appeared on the soundtracks of the films The Magic Christian (1969),The Strawberry Statement (1970) Kingpin (1996), Almost Famous (2000), The Dish (2000) and The Girl Next Door (2004). Speedy went on to be record producer for The Heartbreakers and Motörhead.(died suddenly of heart failure) b. March 29th 1945.
2004: Johnny Bristol (65) US singer, songwriter and record producer for the Motown label, later signing with MGM. He started out recording locally, with the Detroit label Anna in 1959, owned by Gwen Gordy and Billy Davis and also for Gwen Gordy and Harvey Fuqua's Tri-Phi label. The 2 labels were absorbed by Berry Gordy's Motow, here Johnny had many hits both as a producer and songwriter including Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", Edwin Starr's "Twenty-Five Miles", Gladys Knight & the Pips' "I Don't Want To Do Wrong" and David Ruffin's "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)". After leaving Motown in 1973 he joined CBS as a producer, before signing a recording contract with MGM. Later he had much success in Europe especially with the release of "Man Up in the Sky", and a cover of the his penned "What Does it Take to Win Your Love", originally a hit for Jr. Walker & the All Stars. Johnny 's last releases were a 12" single in 1991 for Whichway Records, "Come to Me", and an album Life & Love released for the Japanese market in 1993 (he died of natural causes) b. February 3rd 1939.
Robert Waltrip "Bobby" Short (80)
American cabaret singer and pianist known for his interpretation of songs by 20th century composers such as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke and George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.
He also championed African-American composers of the same period such as Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. In 1972 he sung the theme song in James Ivory's film "Savages" and in 1986 he appeared in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters", then Woody Allen used his recording "I Happen To Like New York" for opening title of '''Manhattan Murder Mystery'' in 1993. (sadly died of leukemia) b. September 15th 1924
2008: Shusha 'Shamsi' Guppy (72) Persian
writer, editor and a singer of Persian and Western folk-songs. At the age of 17 she studied Oriental languages and philosophy in Paris and also trained as an opera singer. In Paris she encountered artists, writers and poets such as Louis Aragon, Jose Bergamin, Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus and encouraged by Jacques Prévert to record albums of Persian folk songs, and subsequently chansons and old French songs. Her first British release, in 1971, was an album of traditional Persian music, previously released in France. In 1976 Shamsi relocated to London, and was very influenced by the Folk Revival, she wrote and sung some of her own songs, as well as covering the works of many contemporary singer/song-writers. She recorded 9 albums and gave successful concerts in Britain, America and Europe (?) b. December 24th 1935.
2008: John Fowler (42) American drummer; he was a member of the band Rage of Angels, before becoming a founding member of Steelheart playing on the bands first two albums ''Steelheart'' & ''Tangled In Reins''. He left the band to play with ''Voodoo Jets'' and ''Smoke and Hipnotic'' with whom he was playing with when sadly, he fell into a fatel coma (brain aneurysm) b. 1965

Klaus Dinger (61)
German drummer, multi-musician and songwriter born in Scherfede, brought up in Düsseldorf. Influenced by UK rock acts such as The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, in 1966 he formed a band The No, with friends Norbert Körfer, Lutz Bellman and Jo Maassen. In 1969 The No split up and he joined cover band The Smash and began touring southern Germany. In 1970 he joined Kraftwerk as their drummer. After which he began the recording sessions with the band which would become Neu!. He made 3 albums with Neu!. Klaus's most famous, successful, and acclaimed post-Neu! act would be La Düsseldorf. They released a string of successful albums, with sales totaling over a million, in the late 70's and early 80's: La Düsseldorf, Viva, and Individuellos. Klaus then released two solo albums "Neondian" and "Blue". In the 90s he launched the band La! Neu?, releasing 7 albums on Captain Trip Records (Sadly he died from heart failure 3 days before his birthday) b. March 24th 1946.
2010: Wolfgang Wagner (90)
German opera director, best known as the Festspielleiter/director of the Bayreuth Festival, a position he initially assumed alongside his brother Wieland in '51 until the latter's death in '66. From then on, he assumed total control until he retired in 2008, although many of the productions which he commissioned were severely criticized in their day. He helped make the Bayreuth one of the most popular destinations in the world of opera. There was a ten-year waiting list for tickets. He had been plagued by family conflicts and criticism for many years. He was the son of Siegfried Wagner, the grandson of Richard Wagner, and the great-grandson of Franz Liszt (?) b. August 30th 1919.
2011: Pinetop Perkins/Joseph William Perkins (97)
American blues musician born in Belzoni, Mississippi, he began his career as a guitarist, but then injured the tendons in his left arm and switched to the piano, and also switched from Robert Nighthawk's KFFA radio program to Sonny Boy Williamson's King Biscuit Time. In the 1950s, he joined Earl Hooker and began touring, before relocating to Illinois and left music until Hooker convinced him to record again in 1968. In 1969 he joined the Muddy Waters band for 10 years, leaving to form The Legendary Blues Band with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, recording through the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Pinetop played a brief musical cameo on the street outside Aretha's Soul Food Cafe in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, having an argument with John Lee Hooker over who wrote "Boom Boom". He also appeared in the 1987 movie Angel Heart as a member of guitarist Toots Sweet's band.
In 2008, he received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas together with David Honeyboy Edwards, Henry James Townsend, and Robert Lockwood, Jr. He was also nominated in the same category for his solo album, Pinetop Perkins on the 88's: Live in Chicago. Then at aged 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. At the time of his death, Pinetop had more than 20 performances booked for 2011. (?) b. July 7th 1913.
2011: Loleatta Holloway (64) American soul and disco singer, mainly known for disco songs such as "Hit and Run" and "Love Sensation", both of which have been sampled extensively. In the 1974 her first single from the second album, the ballad "Cry to Me" rose to No.10 Billboard R&B and No.68 on the Hot 100, and "Only You" reached No.11 in 1978. She continued to enjoy success in the 1980s, with "Love Sensation" No.1 US Dance, and No.5 on the UK charts in 1980. Her vocals were used on "Ride on Time" by Black Box, No.1 on the UK charts and Britain's best selling single of 1989, but her contribution went uncredited and she later successfully sued the band.
Another number one single came when Mark Wahlberg's group, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, featured her voice on 1991's "Good Vibrations"
(sadly lost to heart failure, after a brief illness) b. November 5th 1946.
2011: Kjeld Tolstrup (45) Danish radio disc jockey; he became one of the biggest names in Danish DJ circle in the 1980s performing at Ministry of Sound in London, Sensation event in Copenhagen, and a big number of clubs. He also remixed for many artists including C.V. Jørgensen, Love Shop, Cut 'N' Move and Infernal (sadly died after a long illness and suffering a congenital heart defect) b. June 25th 1965.

2015: Jørgen Ingmann (89) Danish jazz and pop guitarist born in Copenhagen; he first performed as a guitarist with Svend Asmussen, during the 1940s and early 1950s, in a group known as the Swe-Danes. In the mid-1950s he set up his own studio where he developed techniques of multi-tracking and distortion, using his own accompaniment on bass and drums, and began recording under the name Jørgen Ingmann & His Guitar. His version of The Shadow's "Apache", in 1961 became a huge international hit. Other hits include "Pepe", "Anna", "Violetta", "Drina Marsch", "Zorba le Grec" and "Marchen Til Drina". He also worked as a member of the duet, Grethe og Jørgen Ingmann, together with his wife Grethe Ingmann. After winning the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix competition in 1963, they went on to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 where they won with the song "Dansevise" (?) b. April 26th 1925.
2015: Jackie Trent/Yvonne Burgess (74) English singer-songwriter and actress born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Her first stage appearance was as a ten-year-old ingenue in the pantomime Babes in the Wood, At the age of 11 she won the "Carrol Levis and His Discoveries" talent show. She soon began to sang to packed audiences in local British Legion and working men's clubs, also with all the local big bands and became known as "the Vera Lynn of the Potteries". She released her first single, "Pick Up the Pieces", in 1962 and three years later that she scored her first hit with "Where Are You Now", featured in the popular TV series It's Dark Outside, which was written by herself and Tony Hatch. A year later, the couple were >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Jackie died after a long illness) b. September 6th 1940.
2016: Nomoreloss/Muyiwa Adeyemi Oshinuga (39) Nigerian singer-songwriter; born in Lagos, Nigeria, he attended A.D.R.A.O International school in Victoria island and studied the rudiments of music from one of Nigeria’s greatest jazz saxophonist Kunle Ajayi. He started out in the world of music as a rapper while in high school and later switched to master of ceremony at various events. He went on to be an renowned stand-up comic, mc, and television host. He was also a producer of both music and television programs, as well as director of musical videos for such artists such as Lexy Doo, Jagunlabi, Jah Borne, C-Mion, the gospel sensation Folake Umosen and was project coordinator - producer for the video CD for the rapper Rugged Man’s “Thy Kingdom Come” album. (sadly Nomoreloss died from pneumonia) b. 1976/77.

2016: Larry Payton (?) American R&B drummer for the ultra-funky Brooklyn group Brass Construction; born in Brooklyn, he met eventual Brass Construction founder Randy Muller while they were both at George Gershwin Junior High School. The duo's first band was called Dynamic Soul – a trio where they were joined by Wade Williamston. Then, joined by Maurice Price, Mickey Grudge, Sandy Billups and Jesse Ward they morphed into Brass Construction in 1968 scoring massive hits with tunes like 'Movin'' and Changin''. The band went on to release eight long players before disbanding in 1985. Brass Construction reunited for a concert on November 28th 2005 at the Bataclan Arena in Paris, France. (?) b.????
Some sources give date of death for LARRY PAYTON as MARCH 30th

2017: Chuck Barris/Charles Hirsch Barris (87) American game show creator, producer, host, and songwriter. He was best known for hosting The Gong Show, and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He was also a songwriter, who wrote the hit "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon and the author of the autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was made into the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind directed by George Clooney (died of natural causes at his home in New York) b. June 3rd 1929.
2017: Inao Jiro (48) Indonesian music manager and authoritative figure for the Indonesia idol group JKT48. Born in Minato, Kyoto, Japan. (tragically he committed suicide by hanging. Jiro-san was found hanging in the bathroom at his home in Pondok Aren, Tangerang, Banten. Allegedly the cause of Inao's suicide was because the pressure of work was too heavy) b. 1968
2017: Roy Fisher (86) English poet and jazz pianist born in Birmingham. School. As a teenager influenced by Chicago musicians such as Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell, and Joe Sullivan, Roy taught himself to play the piano and by his late teens he was playing in public with local bands. After University he taught from 1953 at the grammar school in Newton Abbott, Devon. Returning to Birmingham in 1957, he again worked as a jazz musician. In 1971 Roy moved to Keele University where he taught in the Department of American Studies until 1982, after which Keele he to work as a writer/poet and jazz musician, his second career which he had sustained since the late 1950s. (?) b. June 11th 1930.

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1952: Uncle Dave Macon (81)
American banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedian. Known for his plug hat, gold teeth, chin whiskers, and gates-ajar collar, he gained regional fame as a vaudeville performer in the early 1920s before going on to become the first star of the Grand Ole Opry in the latter half of the decade. Born in Smartt Station, Tennessee and sometimes known as The Dixie Dewdrop, his big break came in 1923, during a performance for the shriners in Nashville, he was spotted by Marcus Loew of Loews Theatres who offered him fifteen dollars if he was to perform at a theatre in Alabama. This led to many offers from other theatres in the Loew's Vaudeville circuit. In 1923 he began a tour in the south-eastern States together with fiddler Sid Harkreader and five other acts and recorded 18 tracks with Sid, before joining up with guitarist Sam McGee who was to become Macon's regular recording and performance partner, and between 1924 and 1938 he recorded over 170 songs. On November 6th 1925, they performed at the Ryman Auditorium, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry, for the benefit of the Nashville police force. The successful show took place only three weeks before WSM Grand Ole Opry was founded. Between 1930 and 1952, he was often accompanied by his son Dorris who played the guitar. In 1940 Dave, together with Opry founder George D. Hay, rising Opry star Roy Acuff, and Dorris Macon, received an invitation from Hollywood to take part in the Republic Pictures movie Grand Ole Opry. He continued to perform until March 1st 1952, 3 weeks before his death and he was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966 (Dave sadly died at Rutherford County Hospital, his funeral was attended by more than 5000 people and his pallbearers were George D. Hay, Kirk McGee, Roy Acuff, and Bill Monroe) b. October 7th 1870.
1986: Mark Dinning (52)
American teen idol, and pop music singer born in Grant, Oklahoma, but grew up on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1960, he recorded "Teen Angel" that was written by his sister Jean and her husband Red Surrey. The lyrics told of the death of a teenage love that radio stations in the United Kingdom deemed too morbid to be aired, but it went to No.1 on the Billboard Charts in the U.S. Despite lack of airplay in the UK, the song reached No.37 on the UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc (sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 17th 1933.
1991: Dave Guard (56)
American folk singer, songwriter, arranger and recording artist. Along with Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane, he was one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio. While an undergraduate at Stanford, Dave started a pickup group with Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane. He called his group Dave Guard and the Calypsonians. He kept the group together after Reynolds and Shane left, changing the name to The Kingston Quartet. Then in 1957, when Reynolds and Shane agreed to team up with him again, the group changed its name to The Kingston Trio. Under contract with Capitol Records, the Trio became a huge commercial and influential success with hits such as songs include "Tom Dooley," "A Worried Man," "Hard Travelin'," "Tijuana Jail," "Greenback Dollar," "Reverend Mr. Black," "Sloop John B.," "Scotch And Soda," "Merry Minuet," "M.T.A.", "Zombie Jamboree", "Hard, Ain't It Hard," "Three Jolly Coachmen," and "Raspberries, Strawberries". In 1961, shortly after leaving the Trio, Dave formed a new group, The Whiskeyhill Singers, They toured and released an album and were asked to perform several folk songs on the Academy Award winning soundtrack of How the West Was Won. Their voices can be heard on "The Erie Canal", "900 miles", "The Ox Driver", "Raise A Ruckus Tonight". Dave performed solo on the tracks "Wanderin'" and "Poor Wayfarin' Stranger". In late 1962 he moved to Sydney, Australia. There he hosted a national TV variety show called Dave's Place. Until his return to the United States in 1968. Through the '80's he continued to make solo performances, along with several "reunions" of the old Kingston Trio. In 2000 The Kingston Trio was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (lymphatic cancer) b. October 19th 1934.
1994: Dan Hartman (43)
American singer, songwriter and record producer; he joined his first band, The Legends, at the age of 13, as keyboardist and wrote much of the band's music, releasing several records. He next joined the Edgar Winter Group and played guitar on three of their albums; he wrote the band's second biggest pop hit "Free Ride" in 1972. A re-recorded version of "Free Ride" was used in the movie, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, in 1995 and Charizard the Dragon in 1998. He launched his solo career in 1976 and in 1978 he reached No.1 on the Dance Charts with the single, "Instant Replay". This was followed by his second chart topper, "Relight My Fire", which later became the theme for the NBC talk show Tomorrow. In 1984, Dave also performed "Heart of the Beat" under the band name 3V with Charlie Midnight for the soundtrack of Breakin' directed by Joel Silberg.
In 1985, he scored a third No.1 single on the Dance Music charts, with "We Are The Young." (sadly died of a brain tumor caused by AIDS) b. December 8th 1950.
1996: Don Murray (50) American drummer, best known for his work with The Turtles.
He grew up in Inglewood, CA and started playing drums at the age of 15 and became popular playing high school dances with the band The Crossfires. A year later the Crossfires became the Turtles, but the band had troubles playing at most Southern California venues like the Whiskey A Go Go, Troubadores, etc., because all members of the band were under 21. The band opened for larger "British Invasion" bands at first, like Herman's Hermits, Peter & Gordon, etc., before finally getting into "around the country" touring that summer. While in New York City, the band starred at the Phone Booth and met Bob Dylan, whose song "It Ain't Me, Babe" was their first big hit. The group scored its biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together" (Don was admitted to a hospital in January 1996 for ulcer surgery, and died two months later from post-operative complications) b. November 8th 1945.
1996: Billy Williamson (71) American steel guitar player for Bill Haley and His Saddlemen and its successor group Bill Haley & His Comets from 1949 to 1963. A founding member of both he often acted as the band's emcee and comic relief during live concerts; he also played lead guitar on occasion. Billy had the distinction of being the only Comet allowed to record lead vocal tracks during Haley's tenure at Decca Records, such as the song "Hide and Seek" on their 1956 album. In 1958, he co-wrote the hit "Week End" with Franny Beecher and Rudy Pompilli, which reached No.35 on the Billboard pop chart when released as a single on East West Records by The Kingsmen, a group made up of The Comets. He co-wrote the follow up single as well, "The Catwalk", with Franny Beecher. His other compositions included "Shaky", "Two Shadows", "Birth of the Boogie", "Pat-a-Cake", "A Rockin' Little Tune", "The Beak Speaks", "Whistlin' and Walkin' Twist", "Hot to Trot", and "Caroline's Pony".
He appeared in the movies Rock Around the Clock and Don't Knock the Rock in 1956, "Hier bin ich - hier bleib' ich" (Here I Am, Here I Stay) in 1959, and Jóvenes y rebeldes and Besito a Papa in 1961 (?) b. February 9th 1925.
2005: Rod Price (58) British guitarist; at 21, he joined the British blues band Black Cat Bones, replacing Paul Kossoff, recording one album, 'Barbed Wire Sandwich'. Rod is best known for his years with the band Foghat, he joined Foghat when the group was first formed in London in 1971. He played on the band's first ten albums, released from 1972 through to 1980. Rod began a solo career at the beginning of the 21st century, and returned to his blues roots. He released two CD's, Open in 2002 and West Four in 2003. He toured and performed in blues clubs across the United States, and was featured at guitar seminars and workshops as well during this period. Known as the "Magician of slide" he worked with many other musicians over his career, such as Champion Jack Dupree, John Lee Hooker, Duster Bennett, Eddie Kirkland, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Honey Boy Edwards (died after falling down a flight of stairs and suffering a massive coronary) b. November 22nd 1947.
Pío Leyva/Wilfredo Pascual (88) Cuban singer; he is the author of the well-known guaracha El Mentiroso ("The Liar") and composed some of Cuba’s best known standards. At the age of six he won a bongo contest and made his singing debut in 1932. He recorded over 25 albums since he signed his first contract with RCA Victor in 1950. He also sang with other Cuban artists such as Benny Moré, Bebo Valdés and Noro Morales and was a member of Estrellas de Areito and "Compay Segundo y Sus Muchachos". Pío was part of the Buena Vista Social Club, and took part in the 2004 film Música Cubana, which was marketed as a sequel to Buena Vista Social Club
(sadly died of a heart attack) b. May 5th 1917
2008: Israel "Cachao" López (89)
Cuban mambo musician, bassist and composer, who has helped bring mambo music to popularity in the United States of America in the early 1950s. From an eight year old bongo player to one of the 2 most sort after bass player in New York, Cachao has played with artists such as Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdes, Tito Puente, Willy Chirino, Paquito D'Rivera, Willie Colon, and his music has been featured on movies such as The Birdcage, and on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack. Andy García produced two documentaries about this music, Cachao ... Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos ("With A Rhythm Like No Other") in 1993 and Cachao: Uno Más, which premiered in April 2008 at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has been described as "the inventor of the mambo" winning several Grammy Awards for both his own work and his contributions on albums by Latin music stars, including Gloria Estefan. In 1994 he won a Grammy for Master Sessions Volume 1. In 2003 he won a Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album together with Bebo and Patato Valdés for El Arte Del Sabor
and he won a further Grammy in 2005, again for his own work (sadly died from renal failure) b. September 14th 1918.
2008: Jason Rae (31)
Scottish saxophonist, who played with his band Haggis Horns for the late 8 years of his life. The group have played backing band and toured with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Mark Ronson, Nightmares On Wax and Corinne Bailey Rae, who was also Jason's wife. His band had recently released a debut album, "Hot Damn!", at the time of his death. (found dead in his flat in Leeds, UK; a toxicology test has proved inconclusive but West Yorkshire Police suspect he died of a drugs overdose). b. October 19th 1976.
2010: Valentina Tolkunova (63) Russian singer born in Armavir; at the age of 18 she entered Moscow State University and in 1966 became a member of Yury Saulsky's jazz band VIO-66 as a soloist and jazz singer. A performance in 1972 at Moscow's Kolonny Concert Hall, where she sang several songs by Soviet composer Vladimir Shainsky is considered the performance that catapulted her career. Over the next 3 decades or more, Valentina released at least thirteen albums. She also won many awards in Soviet republics and was a 23-time winner of the "Song of the Year" competition on television.
She was also bestowed the title of Honored Artist of RSFSR in 1979 and People's Artist of RSFSR in 1987. (On February 16th 2010, Valentina became ill during a concert in Mogilev, Belarus, and went to a local hospital before being transferred to the Botkin Clinic in Moscow. On 22 March, she went into a coma and sadly died two hours later of a brain tumor) b. July 12th 1946.
2011: Frankie Sparcello (?) American metal bassist; he joined the legendary New Orleans' thrash/groove band Exhorder in 1991 just in time to record the basslines for the following year's album The Law. The group broke up a short time later and reformed with its original lineup a few years later. Frankie rejoined Exhorder in 2009 and he was scheduled to perform with the band at this year's Maryland Deathfest IX (?) b. ????
2011: Zoogz Rift (57) American singer, painter and professional wrestler, his musical career was influenced by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart as well as Salvador Dalí and Ayn Rand. He began his recording career with the album Idiots on the Miniature Golf Course, released by Snout Records in 1979. His long-time collaborators include Richie Häss and John Trubee (the latter being famous for the songshark tune, "A Blind Man's Penis"). He released several albums through SST Records during the 1980s. Keyboard Magazine, in a special "Experimental Music" issue, described Rift's album The Island of Living Puke as "moments of outstanding free-form rock, sandwiched between scrupulously obscene interruptions" (Sadly died after a long battle with diabetes) b. July 10th 1953.
2011: Victor Bouchard (84) Canadian pianist; from 1952 he performed with his wife
Renée Morisset, as a piano duo touring Canada, Belgium, Holland and Italy. After debuting at Carnegie Hall, they made many appearances in the United States between 1965 and 1970. Several composers wrote pieces for the duo, including Clermont Pépin's Nombres for two pianos and orchestra - 1963, Roger Matton's Concerto - 1964 and a sonata by Jacques Hétu. For a recording of Matton's concerto, they were awarded the Prix Pierre-Mercure. He was President of the Jeunesses musicales du Canada from 1957 to 1959 and in 1961 became vice president of the Académie de musique du Québec. From 1967 to 1971 he worked for the Ministry of Education of Quebec, and from 1978 to 1980 as the General Director of the Quebec Conservatory. Besides chamber works he composed more than 100 French-Canadian folk songs (Victor sadly died from respiratory disease) b. April 11th 1926.
2012: Johnny McCauley (86) Irish singer-songwriter, born in Fahan, County Donegal, and moved to London as a young adult.
In 1953 he began singing with his band, the Westernaires at the Galtymore Club, Cricklewood. He wrote more than 80 songs, including Destination Donegal, Among The Wicklow Hills, Pretty Little Girl From Omagh and Four Country Roads, others include John Wayne and Barry McGuigan tribute songs (?) b. April 23rd 1925.
2013: Bebo Valdés/Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro (94) Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, born in born in Quivicán, and started his career as a pianist in the night clubs of Havana during the 1940s.. He was a central figure in the golden age of Cuban music, led two famous big bands, was one of the "house" arrangers for the Tropicana Club and won seven Grammy Awards.
His last musical production was recorded with his artist son: 2008’s Bebo y Chucho Valdés: Juntos para Siempre (Together Forever), winner of the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010; they also won the Latin Grammy Award on the same field. (sadly he died with complications from Alzheimer's disease) b. October 9th 1918
2013: Derek Watkins (68) British trumpet player and much in demand session player, Derek Watkins whose horn is heard on the Beatles’ classics ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’, and who Dizzy Gillespie, called "Mr Lead" was born in Reading, Berkshire. He came from a musical background, his grandfather led a brass band and his father played in brass bands and ran a palais band. Derek started to play the cornet at the age of 4, and worked in his father's band at Reading's Majestic Ballroom as a teenager. Over his long career Derek worked with artists and bands of many genre including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, >>> Read More <<< (sadly died after a brave two year battle with cancer) b. March 2nd 1945.
2015: Norman Scribner (79) American choral conductor, composer, pianist, and organist, born in Washington, D.C and graduated with honors from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, in 1961. He received significant public attention while serving as assistant organist at the Washington National Cathedra. By 1970, Norman was seen as "the backbone of choral music in Washington", and in 1971, he assembled the "Norman Scribner Choir", for the Leonard Bernstein's MASS, commissioned for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He served for a season as chorus master of the Washington Opera, and was a member of the Choral Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1974-1976. Also in 1974, he accompanied the violinist Eugene Fodor at the White House for a recital at a state dinner given by President Ford for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In 1965 Norman had also founded The Choral Arts Society of Washington. He led the chorus on seven international tours, visiting Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Italy, and Russia. The Choral Arts Society also produced or performed on at least sixteen commercially-released albums during Normans 47 years tenure. When he retired as artistic director of the Choral Arts Society in August of 2012, he was succeeded by Scott Tucker (?) b. February 25th 1936.
2016: Phife Dawg/Malik Izaak Taylor (45) American rapper born in Queens, New York; in 1985 he formed A Tribe Called Quest, then simply named Quest, along with his high school classmate Q-Tip, with the addition of Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. They release their début People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm in 1990. He often refered himself as "the Five Foot Assassin/ Footer/ or Freak. The group released three further albums throughout the decade before they split. The band's troubles, especially the tense relationship between Phife and Q-Tip, was featured in the 2011 documentary 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest'. In addition to being a member of the pioneering hip hop group, Phife performed in songs with other artists, including Diamond D, and the group Fu-Schnickens and in 2000, he released his debut solo album, Ventilation: Da LP. (sadly Phife died due to complications from diabetes) b. November 20th 1970.
2017: Sven-Erik Magnusson/Knut Sven-Erik Magnusson (74) Swedish singer, guitarist and clarinetist best known for being the lead singer of the danceband Sven-Ingvars. The group had hits such as "Te' dans me' Karlstatösera", "Ett litet rött paket", "Fröken Fräken", "Börja om från början", "Säj inte nej, säj kanske, kanske, kanske", "Vid din sida", Önskebrunnen and many others. In 1963, they were the opening act for The Beatles. The band had its last tour during the summer of 2016 with their last show on 21 August that year in Blekinge. (sadly Sven-Erik died fighting prostate cancer) b. October 13th 1942.
2017: Sib Hashian/John Thomas Hashian (67) American drummer from Lynnfield, MA. He joined the rock band Boston in 1975 replacing Jim Masdea. Sib is heard on Boston's self-titled debut album, which includes their massive hit, "More Than a Feeling", as well as on the follow-up album 'Don't Look Back', and was involved in the early sessions for Boston's 'Third Stage' album, but was later replaced when Masdea returned. Sib was also the drummer for fellow Boston member Barry Goudreau's self-titled solo album which was released in 1980. After which he went on to own a chain of tanning salons in Boston, as well as a small record shop. He occasionally played gigs in the Boston area with former bandmates, including Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, and Brad Delp. In 2001 he made his first stage appearance as an actor at the Cape Cod Repertory Theatre in the world premiere of the play "9-Ball" which was written by his friend Art Devine, and i
n 2003 he appeared on Sammy Hagar's Live: Hallelujah as an unofficial member of The Waboritas. In 2006 he recorded with Ernie and the Automatics, a band that featured Goudreau on guitar. More recently in 2012 he began co-hosting Scorch's PFG-TV, a local TV show in New England. (tragically Sib died after collapsing in mid-set onstage while performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise Liner) b. August 17th 1949.

March 23rd.

1980: Jacob Miller (23)
Jamaican reggae artist well known for his work with Inner Circle; he featured in the film Rockers, alongside many other musicians including Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth and Burning Spear. In the movie, he plays the singer of a hotel house band, in reality Inner Circle, who are joined on drums by the films hero, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace and play an awesome live version of Inner Circle hit "Tenement Yard". One of his biggest Jamaican hits "Tired Fe Lick Weed" showed his political leanings as can be seen in his performance of the song in the film "Heartland Reggae", where his open enjoyment of a 'ganja spliff' on stage was intended to be seen as a militant statement. He was due to perform along with Bob Marley and Inner Circle in Brazil and then to tour with them; this tour was canceled after Miller's untimely death (car crash) b. May 4th 1952.
1982: Sonny Greer (86)
American jazz drummer; he started his career with Elmer Snowden's band and the Howard Theatre's orchestra in Washington, D.C. He met Duke Ellington in 1919 and became the Duke's first drummer, playing in his quintet, the Washingtonians. He moved with Ellington into the Cotton Club, and because of his then second job as a designer with the Leedy Drum Company, he built up a huge drum kit worth over $3,000, as well as chimes, a gong, timpani, and vibes. He stayed with the Duke for over 30 years. In 1950 the two musicians fell out to due to Sonny's heavy drinking and unreliability and they went their separate ways. Sonny worked as a freelance drummer playing with the likes of Johnny Hodges, Red Allen, J. C. Higginbotham, Tyree Glenn, and Brooks Kerr, as well as appearing in films, and briefly leading his own band. He was part of a tribute to The Duke in 1974, which achieved great success throughout the United States (?) b. December 13th 1895.
1985: Zoot Sims
/John Haley Sims (59) American jazz saxophonist born in Inglewood, the son of vaudeville performers he learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands, including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich. He replaced his idol Ben Webster in Sid Catlett's Quartet in 1944 and was also one of Woody Herman's "Four Brothers". In the 1950s and '60s, Sims had a long, successful partnership as co-leader of a quintet with Al Cohn, which recorded under the name "Al and Zoot". He frequently led his own combos and sometimes toured with his friend Gerry Mulligan's sextet, and later with Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. He got the nickname "Zoot" early, while he was in the Kenny Baker band; the name was later appropriated for a sax-playing Muppet (?) b. October 29th 1925.
1994: Donald Swann (70)Welsh composer, musician and entertainer; born in Llanelli, he and Michael Flanders started their working partnership in 1948, writing songs and light opera, Don writing the music and Flanders writing the words. Their songs were performed by artists such as Ian Wallace and Joyce Grenfell. They wrote two two-man revues, At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat, which they performed all over the world until their partnership ended in 1967.
At the same time, Don was maintaining a prolific musical output, writing the music for several operas and operettas, including a full-length version of C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, and a setting of J.R.R. Tolkien's poems from The Lord of the Rings to music in The Road Goes Ever On collection. A life-long friendship with Sydney Carter resulted in scores of songs, the best known being "The Youth of the Heart" which reappeared in At the Drop of A Hat, and a musical Lucy & the Hunter. Throughout the '80s and early 90s he continued performing in various combinations with singers and colleagues and as a solo artist and 'discovered' Victorian poetry and he composed some of his most profound and moving music to the words of William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Oscar Wilde and others. He wrote a number of hymn tunes which appear in modern standard hymn books. It is estimated that Don wrote or set to music nearly 2,000 songs during his career (?) b. September 30th 1923.
1995: Alan Barton (41)
English lead singer of hit-making duo Black Lace, alongside Colin Routh, with hits including "Agadoo", "The Music Man" and "Superman". They also represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in Jerusalem, with the song "Mary Ann", which finished seventh. In 1986, Alan replaced Chris Norman in Smokie recording six albums with them, and touring extensively as their lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. He was also the lead singer on Smokie's revival of their hit, "Living Next Door To Alice", recorded with British comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown, as "Who The Fuck is Alice". In 1991 he released his only solo album, "Precious" and two singles: "July 69" and "Carry Your Heart" ft Kristine Pettersen (on his way to Dusseldorf airport the band tour bus careered off the road in a freak hailstorm. Alan died 5 days later while in intesive care) b. September 16th 1953.
2002: Eileen Farrell (82)
American opera and concert soprano singer, she preferred the concert hall and radio to the theatre. Born in Willimantic, Connecticut, but raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1942 she made her concert debut on CBS radio where she soon presented her own radio program. During 1947–1948, she toured the US as a concert singer, and in 1949 she toured South America.
Her song recital in New York in October 1950 was enthusiastically acclaimed and secured for her immediate recognition. That year, she also appeared in a concert performance of Berg's Wozzeck as Marie. In 1952, she was engaged by Toscanini for his first and only studio recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In the 1955 film Interrupted Melody, which starred Eleanor Parker as Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence, Eileen supplied the singing voice for Ms. Parker. Throughout the 1960s she was a frequent soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. From 1971 to 1980, Eileen was professor of music at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. In the 1980's she recorded some pop albums and also made several recordings of blues music as well as the duet with Frank Sinatra on his "Trilogy" album, in which they sang a version of the country music hit "For the Good Times" (?) b. February 13th 1920.
2006: Cindy Walker (87)
American singer, songwriter, dancer. The list of artists who have recorded Cindy's work reads like a "who's who" of American giants: from frequent collaborator Bob Wills to Roy Rogers, Webb Pierce, Eddy Arnold and Elvis, her co-writers and musical partners turned to her often for her signature hooks and poignant story-telling.
Cindy's renowned pieces include "Take Me in Your Arms (and Hold Me)," "Cherokee Maiden," "You Don't Know Me,""In the Misty Moonlight," "Dream Baby", "Sugar Moon," "Distant Drums" and "I Don't Care." She wrote over 50 songs for Wills, the bandleader for the Texas Playboys, and garnered a new wave of media attention in recently (2006)because of Willie Nelson's newest album, Songs of Cindy Walker. Many are calling the project Nelson's best work in decade. Cindy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 (?) b. 20 July 1918.
Pio Leyva/Wilfredo Pascual (88) Cuban singer, born in Morón, Cuba; he was part of the Buena Vista Social Club, and author of the well-known guaracha El Mentiroso ("The Liar"). He won a bongo contest at the age of six and made his singing debut in 1932. Pio recorded over 25 albums since he signed his first contract with RCA Victor in 1950. He sang with other Cuban artists including Benny Moré, Bebo Valdés, Noro Morales and was a member of Estrellas de Areito and "Compay Segundo y Sus Muchachos". He also took part in the 2004 film Música Cubana, which was marketed as a sequel to Buena Vista Social Club (heart attack) b. May 5th 1917.
2010: Blanche Thebom (91)
American mezzo-soprano born in Monessen, Pennsylvania. Blanche sang with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for almost twenty years and is well known for her performance of the role of Brangane in Tristan und Isolde in a recording with Kirsten Flagstad and Ludwig Suthaus, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler . After her retirement from the Metropolitan 1960, she taught and directed opera performance in Atlanta and Little Rock until around 1980. She also appeared in summer theatre revivals of Broadway musicals such as The Sound of Music, as the Mother Abbess in Atlanta (?) b. September 19th 1918.
2010: Marva Wright (62)
American blues singer, Marva sang all her life, starting as a child at home and in church, but she didn’t start her professional career as a blues singer until 1987, when she began singing on Bourbon Street and became the powerhouse of New Orleans' blues and gospel scene. She made her first recording, "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean" in 1989 and made her debut on national television in 1991. Also that year her debut album "Heartbreakin' Woman", was honored by the Louisiana Music Critics Association as Blues Album of the Year. Marva went on to gig across the world, in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Brazil. Her appearances in the U.S. include Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, Texas, California, Vermont, Colorado, and Florida. She has worked with many artists including Joe Cocker, Glen Campbell, Allen Toussaint, Harry Connick Jr., Bobby McFerrin, Aaron Neville, Fats Domino, Lou Rawls, and Marcia Ball. Marva released 9 albums over her career, the last being "After the Levees Broke" in 2007, one of the first albums by a New Orleans artist to fully address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (Marva sadly died from complications after suffering two strokes last summer) b. March 20th 1948.
2012: Eric Lowen (60)
American singer and songwriter, one half of the song writing duo, Lowen & Navarro. They wrote the song "We Belong," which became a major hit for Pat Benatar in 1984. They became active as a performing group in 1987. In 1990, they began to release a number of records of their own, including "Learning To Fall" and "Purpose" (sadly Eric died from complications of ALS) b. October 23rd 1951.ay
2014: Oderus Urungus/Dave Brockie (50)
Canadian heavy metal rock singer, guitariist and songwriter born in Ottawa, Ontario. Dave was the vocalist and bassist for a punk band named Death Piggy that staged mini-plays and used crude props to punctuate their music. He met Hunter Jackson and Chuck Varga, both attendees of Virginia Commonwealth University who would create props for Death Piggy to use on stage. Dave had an idea to use the bizzare costumes made by Hunter and Chuck for "Scumdogs of the Universe" and create a joke band called "Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh" a barbaric band from Antarctica and open for themselves as Death Piggy. But Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh was more popular Death Piggy, so after several refinements, including shortening the band's name, Death Piggy was phased out in favor of the band now named Gwar. Dave's Oderus Urungus is the only character to have existed in every incarnation of Gwar, having started as a guitar player, then moving to bass, and finally the vocals. According to Gwar mythos, Oderus Urungus is 43 billion years old and was assembled on a planet called Scumdogia in "Syntho Womb 5" after pieces of his moldy war frame were found scattered throughout the galaxy. The band released their debut album Hell-O in 1988, which have been followed by 12 more albums, the last being their 13th studio album Battle Maximus, released in September 2013. (sadly Dave was found dead by a room mate in his apartment; Richmond police said that they do not suspect foul play, however will await a medical examiner's report to confirm cause of death) b. August 30th 1963.
2015: Roy Douglas/Richard Roy Douglas (107) British composer and self taught musician born in Royal Tunbridge Wells. He worked as musical assistant on dozens of film scores with Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, and Richard Addinsell, made well-known orchestrations of works such as Les Sylphides and Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, and wrote a quantity of original music. (?) b. December 12th 1907.
15: Lil' Chris/Christopher James Hardman (24) English singer-songwriter, actor and television personality born in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He came to prominence in 2006 after appearing on the Channel 4 series Rock School, which saw KISS vocalist and bassist Gene Simmons make a rock band at Lil' Chris' school. In the final episode the band, now named "Hoax UK" after the slogan on Lil' Chris's cap, opened for Judas Priest, Rob Zombie and Anthrax at a concert in Long Beach, California. Later that year he released the single "Checkin' It Out", which charted at No.3 in the UK Singles Chart, and a self-titled album. In 2008 he hosted his own series, Everybody Loves Lil' Chris. In 2006 he appeared in the Big Gig at Wembley Arena before 20,000 Girl Guides, and continued to promote and release singles from his album throughout 2007, as well as performing as a supporting act for McFly on their 24 date Up Close and Personal tour throughout the UK. 2008, saw him in shows such as on The Weakest Link, Hider in the House, Dani's House, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the T4 on the Beach, as well as supporting Alphabeat on their Wolfbaggin' tour. Throughout 2009, he made celebrity appearances as a DJ, visiting various venues around the UK. In 2012, Chris starred in Loserville: The Musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in the role of Francis Weir and in 2014 he launched MAML, his own alternative clothing label incorporating his own designs. (tragically Chris died from suicide by hanging after having suffered from depression as his career stalled in the years leading up to his death) b. August 26th 1990.
2016: Gegham Grigoryan (65) Armenian opera singer born in Yerevan and graduated from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. He made his first appearance on the big stage in 1971 at age 20, and in 1972 he went to West Berlin to appear in solo concerts. In 1975 he made his debut at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Armenia in the role of Edgardo in the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor". After travel restrictions were lifted, Gegham sang in New York, Washington, Tokyo, Paris, Vienne, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Florence, etc. (?) b. January 29th 1951.
2016: Martin James Norman "Jimmy" Riley (61) Jamaican reggae singer, born in Kingston, and attended Kingston Senior School along with Slim Smith. In the early 60s he co-formed The Sensations, and the group had mid-1960s success with "Everyday is Just a Holiday" and "Those Guys". On leaving the group in 1967, he joined Slim Smith and Lloyd Charmers in the re-formed Uniques, having huge success with songs such as "Watch This Sound" and "My Conversation". After they split, Jimmy began producing his own recordings and others by artists. He had several hits in the 1970s, including "Tell The Youths The Truth", "Nyah Bingi", and "Clean up the Streets". In 1983, he topped the UK reggae chart with his version of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing". He went on to produce and perform with his son Tarrus. In September 2013 he released his final album Contradiction, that featured guest appearances from his son Tarrus, Sizzla, and Fantan Mojah (sadly Jimmy died while fighting cancer) b. May 22nd 1954.

2016: James Jamerson Jr (58) American bassist born in Detroit City, he was the son of the legenary Funk Brother / Motown bassist James Jamerson. Following in his fathers footsteps he himself became a chameleon on the bass. As a youngster he saw the up and coming musicians in the bars, mostly he hung around the Motown Studios with all its incredible artists, listening to the amazing sounds & following the great changes which were happening to music. I suppose it isn't any wonder surrounded by these colourful & powerful influences that James Jr. would pave his way in his father's "now" immortalized footsteps. In the 60s James started work in the Gordy Road Shows , touring mainly with the Temptations in their backing band but he was also a session bassist.... READ MORE ...(A cause of death has not been announced, though he had been ill for many years battling the s pinal condition ankylosing spondylitis) b. 1957

March 24th.
1962: John Jean Goldkette (69)
Greece jazz pianist and bandleader born in Patras, he spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, and emigrated to America in 1911. He led many jazz and dance bands, of which the best known was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924 – 1929, which included, at various times, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Chauncey Morehouse, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Bill Rank, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Pee Wee Russell, Steve Brown, Joe Venuti, and arranger Robert Ginzler among others.
He led many jazz and dance bands, of which the best known was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924 – 1929. John later helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Glen Gray's Orange Blossoms, which became famous as the Casa Loma Orchestra. In the 1930s he left jazz to work as a booking agent and classical pianist. In 1939, he organized the American Symphony Orchestra which debuted at Carnegie Hall (sadly died of a heart attack) b. March 18th 1893.
1972: Linda Jones (26)
American soul singer; she started in her family's gospel group the Jones Singers at the age of six. Her first recording was "Lonely Teardrops" under the name Linda Lane, on Cub Records in 1963, and she had unsuccessful singles on Atco Records in 1964 and Blue Cat Records the following year. She signed with Warner Bros. Records subsidiary Loma Records in 1967 at age 27 and released the biggest of several hits, "Hypnotized". Soon after her career took off, however, she was diagnosed with diabetes (slipped into a diabetic coma while at home resting between shows, she was rushed to hospital, but sadly passed away) b. December 14th 1944.
1993: Albert Arlen AM (88)
Australian pianist, composer, actor and playwright born in Sydney. He is best known for his musical ''The Sentimental Bloke'', to the poetry of C.J. Dennis; the "Alamein Concerto"; and his setting of Banjo Paterson’s ''Clancy of the Overflow''
(?) b. January 10th 1905.
1997: Harold Melvin (57)
American soul singer; he was one of the driving forces behind Philadelphia soul, leading his group the Blue Notes. The group formerly known as The Charlemagnes took on the name "The Blue Notes" in 1954, with a lineup consisting of Harold as lead singer, Bernard Wilson, Roosevelt Brodie, Jesse Gillis, Jr., and Franklin Peaker. The 1960 single "My Hero" was a minor hit and 1965's "Get Out (and Let Me Cry)" was an R&B hit. In 1970, Harold recruited Teddy Pendergrass as the drummer for their backing band. That same year Teddy took over as lead singer from John Atkins. The group had a string of hits "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "I Miss You", "The Love I Lost", and "Don't Leave Me This Way", and socially conscious songs such as "Wake Up Everybody" and "Bad Luck" which holds the record for longest-running number-one hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart eleven weeks (he suffered a stroke and never fully recovered) b. June 25th 1939.
2008: Neil Aspinall (66)
English school friend of George Harrison and Paul McCartney; he started out running them to local gigs in his old Commer van. He soon became road manager, then personal assistant, later he became a record producer and the chief executive of their company, Apple Corps. Although not a musician, he made minor contributions to a handful of The Beatles' recordings. He played a tamboura on "Within You Without You", harmonica on "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", some percussion on "Magical Mystery Tour", and was among the many, singing on the chorus of "Yellow Submarine". As well as his work for Apple Corps, Neil and his wife were the sole directors of their own Standby Films Ltd. company, run from their home in Twickenham, London. In 1999, Standby Films released a film about Jimi Hendrix, called Hendrix: Band of Gypsys. (sadly died of lung cancer while in New York City) b. March 24th 2008.
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford (53) American jazz guitarist and three time Grammy award winner. He had a illustrious career as a gospel quartet guitar player in the 1960s, 70's, and 80's with groups such as the Mighty Clouds of Joy among others. Later in life he found a new career in the neo-soul movement of the 90's and 2000's, most notably contributing to the sounds of D'Angelo and Tony Toni Toné. Spanky played guitar as part of The Soultronics, (D'angelo's highly regarded band for his 2000 "Voodoo" tour), alongside Questlove, James Poyser, Pino Palladino and Anthony Hamilton among many others. He was an amazing teacher and is credited with teaching Raphael Saadiq among many others to play guitar. He played on several albums with artists such as Joss Stone, John Mayer, Mary J Blige, Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo and Roy Hargrove (sadly died of diabetes) b. May 22nd 1955.
2009: Uriel Jones (74) African-American drummer with the Funk Brothers, the studio musicians at Motown Records who played without credit on virtually every hit during that label’s heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Born in Detroit, he started out as a boxer and trombonist before taking to the drums. He joined the Funk Brothers around 1963 after touring with Marvin Gaye and he moved up the line as recordings increased and drummer Benny Benjamin's health deteriorated. He had a hard-hitting, funky sound, best heard on the tracks for the hits "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - both versions, by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell in 1967 and the 1970 remake by Diana Ross, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, "Cloud Nine" by the Temptations, Jr. Walker's "Home Cookin'," "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder, and many more. He remained in Detroit after Motown left in 1972, and continued to play in local clubs with other Funk Brothers alumni, including keyboardist Earl Van Dyke, who died in 1992. Uriel became better known to worldwide music fans through his memorable appearance in the 2002 feature documentary film, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown. After “Standing in the Shadows” he toured widely with other surviving Funk Brothers. (Uriel sadly died of complications after suffering a heart attack) b. June 13th 1934.
2010: Johnny Maestro/John Mastrangelo (70) American singer
born in New York; he began his career in 1957 as the original lead singer of The Crests, one of the first interracial groups of the recording industry. After a regional hit with "My Juanita"/"Sweetest One", and two years of chart success with "16 Candles", "Step by Step", "The Angels Listened In", and "Trouble in Paradise", Johnny left the Crests for a solo career, with Top 40 hits "What A Surprise" and "Model Girl" in 1961 and 1962. He next joined and toured with another New York group, the Del-Satinsas as lead singer. In 1967 they joined forces with the 7 piece brass group The Rhythm Method, calling themselves the Brooklyn Bridge. Their first release, "The Worst That Could Happen" reached No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart. The follow up, "Welcome Me Love", and its flip side, Blessed is the Rain, both charted. A dramatic version of "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the controversial "Your Husband, My Wife" also reached the middle ranges of the charts. The group sold over 10 million records by 1972, including LP sales. Appearances on Ed Sullivan, The Della Reese Show and other programs helped to bring the group to the national stage. Johnny with the Brooklyn Bridge continued to perform and tour until his passing. More recently, Johnny and the Brooklyn Bridge were featured in one of PBS's biggest fundraising events ever, "Doo Wop 50", performing both "The Worst That Could Happen" and "Sixteen Candles", the entire program was released on VHS and DVD. In 2004 they released a CD titled "Today", featuring more re-recordings of their hits and versions of other groups' songs of the 1950s and 60's and in 2005, the Brooklyn Bridge released a full concert-length DVD as part of the "Pops Legends Live" series. Johnny recorded his last album with the Brooklyn Bridge in 2009, Today Volume 2.
His final performance was January 17th 2010, when The Brooklyn Bridge was among groups appearing at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, billed as "The Ultimate Doo-Wop Party". They were honoured in 2005 being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame, and again in 2006 when they were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15th (Sadly died while battling cancer) b. May 7th 1939.
2012: Vince Lovegrove (64)
Australian journalist, music manager, television producer, AIDS awareness pioneer and pop singer, born in Fremantle, Western Australia. He worked with Perth pop groups, The Dymensions and The Winstons, before forming the rock 'n' roll band The Valentines, sharing vocals with Bon Scott whom he later introduced to rock group AC/DC. As a journalist, he wrote for the teen music newspaper Go-Set from 1971, and was based in London for Immedia! from '94 for over 8 years. As a manager, his clients included rock singer Jimmy Barnes and rock group Divinyls formed in Sydney in 1980. Both his second wife, Suzi Sidewinder, and their son, Troy Lovegrove, died of HIV/AIDS, which they contracted from a blood transfusion when Troy was a baby; each was the subject of documentaries produced by Vince, Suzi's Story in 1987 and A Kid Called Troy, a moving journal he wrote of a little boy's battle for lifei n 1993; both were shown on Australian TV and internationally. Vince also wrote an unauthorized biography of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in 1999 (tragically Vince died when his Volkswagen Kombi crashed on the Binna Burra Rd, near Byron Bay) b. 1948.
2012: Nick Noble/Nicholas Valkan (85) American pop and country singer born in Chicago, popular in the mid-1950s, and he scored four hits on the newly-created Billboard pop charts between 1955 and 1957, "The Bible Tells Me So", "To You My Love", "The Tip of My Fingers", and "Moonlight Swim" (?) b. June 21st 1926.
2012: Iqbal Bahu (67) Pakistani sufi singer born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India, but his family migrated to Pakistan after partition, and settled in Lahore.
He sang mainly for Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television but later gave performances around the globe in his later life. He also concerted at BBC Bush House, London in 1992. [1] He was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in 2008 (sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. 1944

2014: Paulo Schroeber (40)
Brazilian guitarist, born in Caxias do Sul; when he turned 18, he abandoned his academic studies to focus on music. With his first band, the melodic death metal 'Fear Ritual' he released a Split CD, achieving good reception in the US. Paulo also played stints in bands like Burning Hell, Predator and Fall Up, recording tracks with them, as well as writing a number of compositions. Moreover, with the band Fall Up, he performed more than two hundred concerts in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and worked as a side man for various artists in the region. He is best known for his work with Almah and Astafix and he was also a member Hammer 67 (sadly Paulo died of heart failure) b. August 18th 1973.
2015: Oleg Bryjak (54)
Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer; born in Jezkazgan, Kazakh SSR, i he moved to Germany in 1991 to join the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. From 1996 until his death, he was a soloist with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. His last performance was Richard Wagner's Siegfried at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. (tragically killed along with his colleague Maria Radner in the shocking crash of Germanwings Flight 9525) b. October 27th 1960.
2015: Maria Radner (33)
German pera singer, born in Düsseldorf; she frequently appeared as Erda in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Leipzig Opera, Schwertleite in Die Walküre at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Zubin Mehta, and in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection) in Rome and Milan. Her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2012 in Götterdämmerung was part of that company's documentary Wagner's Dream. Her last performance was Richard Wagner's Siegfried at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. (tragically killed along with her colleague Oleg Bryjak in the shocking crash of Germanwings Flight 9525) b. May 7th 1981
2016: Roger Cicero (45) German jazz singer; born in Berlin, he was the son of the Romanian pianist Eugen Cicero. He made his first appearance at the age of eleven supporting Swiss singer Helen Vita and appeared on television for the first time aged 16, alongside the RIAS-Tanzorchester. Between 1989-1992, he appeared in the Horst Jankowski Trio, the Eugen Cicero Trio as well as with the Bundesjugend jazzorchester /German Youth Jazz Orchestra. From 1991- 1996 he studied jazz singing at the Amsterdam Academy of Arts. Since then, he has been a guest singer with the groups Jazzkantine and Soulounge with whom he took part in the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2003, he founded the Roger Cicero Quartet, as well as continuing to perform with his 11-piece big band. His style is mainly that of 1940s and 50s swing music, combined with German lyrics. (sadly died from a stroke) b. July 6th 1970.
2017: Avo Uvezian (91)
Lebanese-born Armenian-American jazz pianist and cigar manufacturer born in Beirut into a family of musicians. As a young man he joined a jazz trio called the Lebanon Boys. They received a contract to perform at a hotel in Baghdad for one year, after which, they signed a contract to perform at a hotel in Iran. While there, Avo received an invitation from Shah Reza Pahlavi to perform at his palace. The Shah arranged for Avo to travel to the USA in 1947. While living in New York, he played for multiple bands while studying classical piano and composition at the Juilliard School. He was drafted during the Korean War where he played in the USA military band. After his discharged, he worked with his father-in-law designing jewelry, before founding AVO cigars in the Dominican Republic (?) b. March 22nd 1926
2017: Peter Shotton (75)
English businessman and former percussion, especifically the washboard. Born in Liverpool he is known for his long friendship with John Lennon of The Beatles. He was a member of The Quarrymen, the precursor of the Beatles, and remained close to the group during their career. He went on to built an independent career as a restaurant manager, eventually founding the Fatty Arbuckle's chain of restaurants. Peter is the co-author of 'John Lennon: In My Life', which told the story of their friendship, from the age of six until Lennon's death. He also had a minor, but uncredited, role in the Beatles' songs: he occasionally invited them recording at Abbey Road Studios, and played maracas, and tambourine on a few records. It is believed his wife Beth is the "pretty nurse" selling poppies mentioned in the lyrics of "Penny Lane" (sadly died from suspected heart attack) b. August 4th 1941.
2017: Vincent Falcone (79)
American conductor and pianist; born in Syracuse, New York, he began studying classical piano at the age of three. During high school, then was introduced to jazz and even though he was engaged in classical training at Syracuse University, he decided to pursue jazz and pop music as a career. After extensive traveling throughout Europe with various jazz groups, he returned to the United States in 1964. In 1970 he relocated to Las Vegas, where he became house pianist at Caesar’s Palace. He was heard by Frank Sinatra who eventually employed him as his musical director and pianist. This association lasted from 1976 until 1982 with a reprise in 1985-1986. At one time or another, Vincent has been pianist/conductor for many top singers including Robert Goulet, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Diahann Carroll, Sylvia Syms, The McGuire Sisters, Frankie Randall, Joe Piscopo, the great French singer-composer Charles Aznavour, Jack Jones, Al Martino, Eddie Fisher, James Darren, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Jerry Lewis, Julius LaRosa, and Tony Bennett. He has appeared with such jazz artists as Steve Gadd, Joe LaBarbara, Bobby Shew, The Condoli Brothers, Scott Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Sonny Stitt, Jack Sheldon, Carl Fontana, Mark Murphy and many others. He has extensive experience as conductor of all size orchestras, including symphony orchestras, and has been musical director for the stage musical "Too Short To Be A Rockette”. He can be heard on several recordings with Frank Sinatra, Pia Zadora, Sylvia Syms, and others as well as his own jazz trio, "The Jazz Organization". (?) b. 1937/38

March 25th.
1918: Achille-Claude Debussy (55)
Claude-Achille Debussy Russian composer; along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. Achille is among the most important of all French composers, and a central figure in European music of the turn of the 20th century. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1903 (sadly lost to rectal cancer) b. March 25th 1918
1951: Sidney Catlett (40) American swinging jazz drummer born in Evansville, Indiana, his career began in Chicago in 1928 with Darnell Howard. In adulthood he moved to New York City and worked with Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Elmer Snowden, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, and others. In 1941 he joined Benny Goodman's band and after that joined Teddy Wilson's Sextet. In 1944 he did an album with pianist Harry Gibson. He also had his own band and played for Louis Armstrong's All Stars from 1947 to 1949 and became his drummer of choice. He played bop, dixieland, and other styles (sadly died from a stroke) b. January 17th 1910.
Red Brown/Tom Brown (69)
American dixieland jazz trombonist; born in New Orleans, he started out on trombone with the bands of Papa Jack Laine and Frank Christian. By 1910 Tom was leading bands under his own name, playing in a style then locally known as "hot ragtime" or "ratty music". In early 1915 his band was heard by Vaudeville dancer Joe Frisco, who arranged a job for his band in Chicago. On May 15, 1915, Tom Brown's Band from Dixieland opened up at Lamb's Cafe at Clark & Randolph Streets in Chicago, with Ray Lopez, cornet and manager; Tom Brown, trombone and leader; Gussie Mueller clarinet, Arnold Loyacano piano and string bass; and Billy Lambert on drums. In Chicago Gussie Mueller was hired by bandleader Bert Kelly, and his place was taken by young New Orleans clarinetist Larry Shields. This band seems to be the first to be popularly referred to as playing "Jazz", or, as it was spelled early on, "Jass". His band was soon to be callled "Brown's Jass Band". He spent the next decade between New York, Chicago and New Orleans. In the mid 1920s he returned home to New Orleans where he played with Johnny Bayersdorffer and Norman Brownlee's bands, making a few excellent recordings.
During the Great Depression he supplemented his income from music by repairing radios and openedup a music shop and a junk shop on Magazine Street. He played string bass in local swing and dance bands. With the revival of interest in traditional jazz he played in various Dixieland bands in the 1950s, notably that of Johnny Wiggs. A local television station thought it would be a good idea to invite Tom and Nick LaRocca to talk about how jazz first spread north from New Orleans, but the show had scaresly started before the two old men got into an argument that turned into a fist-fight. Tom made his last recording just weeks before his death, his trombone playing apparently not suffering from the fact that he had neither teeth nor dentures at the time (?) b. June 3rd 1888.
1959: Billy Joseph Mayerl (56)
English pianist and composer who built a career in music hall and musical theatre. He recorded approximately 37 piano rolls for the "Echo" label in London of various popular tunes of the early 20s. and joined the Savoy Havana Band in London. Billy went on to become an acknowledged master of light music. Best known for his syncopated novelty piano solos, he wrote over 300 piano pieces, many of which were named after flowers and trees, including his best known composition, Marigold in 1927.
He also composed works for piano and orchestra, often in suites with evocative names such as the 'Aquarium Suite' (1937), comprising "Willow Moss", "Moorish Idol", "Fantail", and "Whirligig" (sadly died from a heart attack) b. May 31st 1902.
1969: Billy Cotton (69)
British band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestras survived the dance band era. Today, he is mainly remembered as a 1950s and 1960s radio and television personality, although his musical talent emerged as early as the 1920s. Born in Smith Square, London, he was a choirboy and then started his musical career as a drummer, an occupation he also pursued in the army during the First World War.() b. May 6th 1899. He formed his own orchestra, the London Savannah Band, in 1924. At first a straight dance band, over the years the band moved more and more towards music hall/vaudeville entertainment, introducing all sorts of visual and verbal humour in between songs. Famous musicians that played in Billy Cotton's band during the 1920s and 1930s included Arthur Rosebery, Syd Lipton and Nat Gonella. The band was also noted for their African American trombonist and tap dancer, Ellis Jackson. Their signature tune was "Somebody Stole My Gal", and they made numerous recordsfor Decca.
During WWII he and his band toured France with the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). After the war, he started his successful Sunday lunchtime radio show on BBC, the Billy Cotton Band Show, which ran from 1949 to 1968. In the 1950s composer Lionel Bart contributed comedy songs to the show. It regularly opened with the band's signature tune and Cotton's call of "Wakey Wakey". From 1957, it was also broadcast on BBC television (sadly died from a stroke) b. May 6th 1899.
1978: Bill Kenny (63) American lead singer with he Ink Spots; he joined the Inkspots in 1936 replacing Jerry Daniels.Their popularity grew through radio programs and tours, having their hit with "If I Didn't Care", in 1939, followed by songs such as "My Prayer" "Address Unknown" "I Can't Stand Losing You" "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" "Whispering Grass" and more. Many of their records made No.1 on early versions of the US pop charts, "The Gypsy" being their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 in 1946. In 1954 Billy sang solo with a live backing band, consisting of Harry Prather, Everett Barksdale, and Andrew Maze, touring as "Bill Kenny and his Ink Spots". This group appeared on Ed Sullivan. He also performed with Joe Boatner's Ink Spots in the summer of 1962. The Ink Spots were the subject of a 1998 book by Marv Goldberg: "More Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots And Their Music". (?) b. 12 June 1914.
Anton Heiller (55)
Austrian organist; he combined work as répétiteur and choirmaster at the Vienna Volksoper, with further study of piano, organ, harpsichord, music theory and composition at the Vienna Music Academy. He carried out his military service, mostly as a medical aide, graduating from the Academy in 1945, the same year he became an organ teacher at that institution. By 1957 he held the title of professor. After World War II he had an uninterrupted list of concerts, lectures, records, jury service at contests, and professional honors. In 1952 he won the International Organ Competition in Haarlem, and he toured the United States and Europe, he was awarded the Vienna Culture Prize in 1963, the Vienna Cross of Honor for Arts and Science in 1968 , and the Grand Austrian State Prize in 1969. He was probably the 20th-century's finest Bach organist. (he collapsed, probably of a cardiac arrest, after choking on food) b. September 15th 1923.
1980: Jan "Walter" Susskind (66) Czech-born British conductor, born in Prague, he fled to Britian before the German invasion. In 1942 Walter joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company as a conductor, working with singers such as Heddle Nash and Joan Hammond. In 1944 he made his first recording for Walter Legge of EMI conducting Liu’s arias from Turandot with Hammond.
After the war, he became a naturalised British citizen. His first appointment as a musical director was to the Scottish Orchestra from '46 to '52. From '53 to '55 he was the conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After free-lancing in Israel and Sth America he was appointed to head the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from '56 to '65. While with the TSO he taught conducting at The Royal Conservatory of Music where among his pupils were Milton Barnes and Rudy Toth. From 1968 to 1975 he was conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. In 1971 he opened the New York City Opera’s season with The Makropulos Affair (Walter died in Berkeley, California ) b. May 1st 1913.
1991: Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant (61) American jazz tenor and alto saxophonist; born Royal G. Bryant in Huntington, West Virginia but grew up in Columbus, OH. Inspired by the likes of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, he took up the saxophone and soon became an important part of the local jazz scene. In the 40s he worked as sideman to both Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes and Stomp Gordon until 1952 when he formed his own band. A few years later he had a major R&B hit with "All Night Long" after which he settled back to his home town, playing locally for the next 10 years. Emerging again in 1968 and releasing his hit song "That Healin' Feelin'" and his 1970 release of "Soul Liberation" charted on both U.S. Black Albums chart and the Top Jazz Albums chart. Rusty recorded extensively for Prestige Records from 1969 until 1974, being a sideman with Boogaloo Joe Jones, Johnny Hammond Smith, Sonny Phillips and recording 8 of his own albums. He continued to record into the early 1980s, recording his final album, "With the Boss 4" in 1981, after which Rusty again returned to Columbus to play locally (?) b. November 25th 1929.
2006: Rocío Dúrcal (60) Spanish singer and actress; in 1959 at the age of 15 years old she to part in a television program and sang a traditional song “La Sombra Vendo”, Luis Sanz, a “talent seeker” of Madrid was impressed by her talent and personality. He placed her in the care of private tutors to complete her secondary education and begin singing, dancing and acting lessons and her singing career was launched. At the age of 17 she was offered a role in Canción de Juventud. After acting in several films she married Filipino singer Antonio Morales, a member of the Pop group Los Brincos. In 1975, after having two of her three children, she retired from the film industry and in 1977 re-launched her singing career. Rocio has sold more than 53 million records worldwide and her style has influenced many female mariachi and ranchera singers from Mexico as well as the Hispanic community of the United States (sadly Rocío died while fighting cancer) b. October 4th 1944.
2006: Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens Jr (76)
American singer and guitarist; in 1945, Buck co-hosted a radio show called Buck and Britt. He relocated to Bakersfield, California,frequently traveling to Hollywood for session recording jobs at Capitol Records, playing backup for Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Del Reeves, Tommy Sands, Tommy Collins, Faron Young and Gene Vincent, and many others. In the late 50's he recorded a rockabilly record called "Hot Dog" for the Pep label, using the pseudonym Corky Jones. He used the pseudonym because he did not want the fact he recorded a rock n' roll tune to hurt his country music career. In the early 60's he formed his legendary band, the Buckaroos, producing 21 No.1 hits on the Billboard country music charts. Buck and the Buckaroos pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound, a reference to Bakersfield. He originally used fiddle and retained pedal steel guitar into the 1970s, he can be heard harmonising with his longtime friend and guitarist Don Rich until he died in a motor cycle accident in 1974. Devastated, Buck didn't perform again until 1988 when he teamed up with Dwight Yoakam for a duet of "Streets of Bakersfield", his first No.11 single in 16 years. This led to lots of re-issues, gigs and tours. Buck was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. He was ranked No.12 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003 and
named the Buckaroos as 2nd greatest country music band in history (heart attack) b. August 12th 1929.
2008: Gene Puerling (78)
American jazz musician, singer, musical arranger born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. he formed and led the vocal groups The Hi-Lo's and The Singers Unlimited and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices in 1982 for his arrangement of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" as performed by The Manhattan Transfer. A Latin song he arranged for Singers Unlimited, "One More Time Chuck Corea," has been adapted and used by high school and college marching bands and jazz ensembles. In addition to the Hi-Lo's and The Singers Unlimited he contributed to Rosemary Clooney's TV Show and mentored many other singers and groups, including Take 6. His vocal arranging ability and his ability to arrange musical backing by Frank Comstock's Band and several others was masterful (?) b. March 31st 1929.
2009: English Dan/ Danny Wayland Seals (61) American vocalist, guitarist,
saxophonist, bassist and the younger brother of Jim Seals from the duo Seals & Crofts. Dan joined with fellow W.W. Samuell High School classmate and longtime friend John Ford Coley to perform first as part of Dallas pop/psych group Southwest "Freight on Board"/" F.O.B", before going under the name of England Dan, and forming the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley in 1970. They were best known for their hit single "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight".
He began a solo career in country music. releasing 16 studio albums and charted more than twenty singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached No.1: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop" (also a #42 pop hit), "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", "One Friend", "Addicted", "Big Wheels in the Moonlight", "Love on Arrival", and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Good Times". Five more of Dan's singles also reached Top Ten on the country charts (died following treatment for mantle cell lymphoma) b. February 8th 1948... READ MORE
2009: Manny Oquendo (78) American percussionist, his main instrument was the timbales, and was influenced by Cuban drumming. He
grew up in New York, and began studying percussion in 1945. He worked in the bands of tropical and Latin music ensembles such as Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan "El Boy" Torres, Chano Pozo, Jose Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, Jose Curbelo, and Pupi Campo. In 1950, he became the bongo player for Tito Puente. Following this he played with Tito Rodriquez in 1954 and Vincentico Valdes in 1955. He worked freelance in New York before joining Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta orchestra in 1962. He worked with his own group, Conjunto Libre/ Libre, from 1974, and had a worldwide hit with "Little Sunflower" in 1983 (?) b. January 1st 1931.
2010: Richard Engquist (76) American lyricist, born in Scandia, Minnesota, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education and speech from Hamline University in St. Paul in 1954. Richard joined the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in the early 1970s and he composed topical songs for the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolish. He went on to write the lyrics for “Elizabeth and Essex,” a musical version of Maxwell Anderson’s blank-verse drama, “Elizabeth the Queen.” which opened at the South Street Theatre in 1980. He later collaborated with the composer Raphael Crystal on several musicals at the Jewish Repertory Theatre including “My Heart Is in the East” in 1983, “Half a World Away” in 1987 and the highly popular “Kuni-Leml” in 1984. More recently Richard collaborated with Judd Woldin on the musical Little Ham (lung cancer) b. April 26th 1933.
2012: Tom Lodge (75) English radio DJ, born in Forest Green, Surrey; he took up the violin, the clarinet and taught himself the guitar and mouth organ. He played the stand up bass in a four piece skiffle band, called the "Top Flat Ramblers". At 18 he travelled to Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada, and in the late 50s he moved to Yellowknife, where he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an announcer on CFYK. In 1960 he became the CBC manager for CBXH radio station in Fort Smith, until he returned to UK as a CBC correspondent. In 1964 Tom joined England's first offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline, as disc jockey and programme director. His book The Ship that Rocked the World describes his time there. After the outlawing of the pirate radio ships in 1967 by the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, he worked as a disc jockey for the BBC's newly created Radio 1.
In 1968 he became a disc jockey on CHLO, St Thomas, Ontario, Canada, which is now CKDK-FM. In 1970 he founded a creative program at Fanshawe College London, Ontario, Canada, called "Creative Electronics", which after two years he made into Music Industry Arts, a training program for recording engineers and record producers, and is still operating at Fanshawe College. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. April 16th 1936.
2013: Eddy Doorenbos (91) Dutch jazz singer and composer, he gained fame as a vocalist with the legendary Miller Sextet of Ab Miller, between 1947-1961. He made many radio performances and had long-term commitments in renowned establishments in the Netherlands, as well as extensive foreign tours of U.S. Forces in Belgium, France and Germany, Indonesia, Sweden and Denmark. In 1956 and in 1957 Eddy was elected favorite singer in the poll of the magazine "Rhythm". In 1965 he settled in on the Costa del Sol, where be became a successful artist and sold his paintings to the likes of Gina Lollobrigida, Anita Ekberg and Sean Connery. In 1984 he returned to his homeland, and since the 90s he performed with his own quartet The Swing Mill, and sang with many bands and ensembles, including Dutch radio - orchestra The Skymasters (Eddy died in his sleep) b. December 28th 1921.
2014: Pepe Vásquez (52) Peruvian criollo singer (sadly died from complications with diabetes) b. 1961
2014: Eddie Lawrence/Lawrence Eisler (95) American monologist, actor, singer, lyricist, playwright, director and television personality born in Brooklyn, New York. His unique comic creation, the eternally optimistic Old Philosopher, gained him a devoted cult following for over five decades. He began performing at the end of the Depression 1930s. Barely out of his teens, he gained a minor reputation as an original comic/raconteur who performed bizarre elocution of whimsical free verse in little clubs in the New York area as well as on the "borscht belt" circuit in the Catskills. His first confirmed radio appearance was on Major Bowes Amateur Hour in 1943, where he did World War II-themed comic impressions of Charles Boyer, Ronald Colman, Roland Young and Clem McCarthy. In September 1956, his single entitled "The Old Philosopher" rose to the Billboard Top 40 chart, a rare distinction for a comedy record by a little-known performer. It turned out to be a one-hit wonder for Eddie, but nonetheless paved the way for his long comedy career. (?) b. March 2nd 1919.
2014: Bill Merritt (66) Canadian rock bassist and festival director, director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, co-founder of the Winnipeg International Children's Festival. He was best known in the 1960s and 1970s as the bass player for several popular bands such as Mood Jga Jga, Fabulous George and the Zodiacs, Be Bop Beluga, Rocky Rolletti and Prairie Dog, among others. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. 1947
2016: Josef Anton Riedl (86) German composer and electronics pioneer born in Munich; he began creating his leading-edge orchestrations in the '50s. For a time, he collaborated with musique concrète trailblazer Pierre Schaeffer and his Groupe de Recherches Musicales. Until the late '60s, he worked at various music studios, including Northwest German Broadcasting and Siemens Studio for Electronic Music He was the composer for several other German documentaries, short films and television programs in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. He assisted in founding Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, the German arm of Jeunesses Musicales International, a worldwide non-profit organization for youth music education. (?) b. June 11th 1929.

March 26th.
1827: Ludwig van Beethoven (56)
German composer and pianist born in Bonn. He is considered to have been the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time. His works for symphony orchestra include nine symphonies (the Ninth Symphony includes a chorus), and about a dozen pieces of "occasional" music. He wrote seven concerti for one or more soloists and orchestra, as well as four shorter works that include soloists accompanied by orchestra. His only opera is Fidelio; other vocal works with orchestral accompaniment include two masses and a number of shorter works.
His large body of compositions for piano includes 32 piano sonatas and numerous shorter pieces, including arrangements of some of his other works. Works with piano accompaniment include 10 violin sonatas, 5 cello sonatas, and a sonata for French horn, as well as numerous lieder. Beethoven also wrote a significant quantity of chamber music. In addition to 16 string quartets, he wrote five works for string quintet, seven for piano trio, five for string trio, and more than a dozen works for a variety of combinations of wind instruments. (he was accidentally poisoned to death by high doses of lead-based treatments administered under instruction from his doctor. Over 20,000 Viennese citizens lined the streets for his funeral) b. December 16th 1770.
Eddie Lang (30)
American jazz guitarist; although he died so young, he is still regarded as the most important Chicago jazz guitarist and the Father of the Jazz Guitar, playing a Gibson L-4 and L-5 guitar, he was a huge influence for many guitarists, including Django Reinhardt. He played with the bands of Venuti, Adrian Rollini, Roger Wolfe Kahn and Jean Goldkette in addition to doing a large amount of freelance radio and recording work. 1927 saw Eddie featured in the recording of "Singin' the Blues" by Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra trading guitar licks while Bix Beiderbecke solos on cornet in a memorable landmark jazz recording of the 1920s.
In 1929 he joined Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, and can be seen and heard in the movie The King of Jazz. In 1930, he played guitar on the original recording of the jazz and pop standard "Georgia On My Mind", with Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra. When Bing Crosby left Paul Whiteman, Eddie went with Bing as his accompanist and can be seen with him in the 1932 movie Big Broadcast. He also played under the pseudonym Blind Willie Dunn on a number of blues records with Lonnie Johnson. (Sadly died from a hemorrhage following a tonsillectomy) b. October 25th 1902.
1969: Dickie Pride/Richard Charles Kneller (27)
English rock and roll singer born in Thornton Heath, Surrey and attended John Newnham Secondary School before he visited the School of Church Music in Croydon, where a career as an opera singer was suggested. Later he became a member of a skiffle group, the Semi-Tone, before signing with manager Larry Parnes. This was followed by tours, television and, in March 1959, his first single "Slippin' and Slidin'". He was very successful during live performances but had difficulty transferring this success to his recordings. In 1961 he made an album of 'Tin Pan Alley' standards with the Ted Heath Orchestra, called Pride Without Prejudice. He later formed several other groups including the Guvnors and the Sidewinders. In 1967, dogged with mental illness and drug problems he was submitted a psychiatric clinic. (sadly Dickie was found dead in his bed, due to an overdose of sleeping pills) b. October 21st 1941.
1973: Don Messer (63)
Canadian fiddler born in Tweedside, New Brunswick, he was defining icon of folk music during the 1960s. During the 1920s, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts for three years where he received his only formal instruction in music. Upon his return to the Maritimes, he began his radio career on CFBO in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1929 when he joined the station staff. He went on to have his own TV show, CBC began a summer series The Don Messer Show on August 7 1959, which continued into the fall as Don Messer's Jubilee, continuing as Don Messer's Jubilee throughout the 1960s, the show won a wide audience and reportedly became the second-most watched television show in Canada television show. The show became the subject of the National Film Board feature Don Messer: His Land and His Music in 1971 and CBC produced a commemorative video of the show in 1985. Don was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Country Music Association Hall of Honour in 1985 and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 (?) b. May 9th 1909.
Sir Noël Coward (73)
English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, Born in London, he was known for his wit and flamboyance.
As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. He achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works, including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works. He won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party". His plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture. The former Albery Theatre (originally the New Theatre) in London was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in his honour in 2006. (died in Jamaica of natural causes) b. December 16th 1899.
Duster Bennett/Anthony Bennett
(29) Welsh blues singer and multi-musician, born in Welshpool, Powys, Mid Wales. Moving to London, he became a session musician in the early 60s. His first solo album (one of five before his death) "Smiling Like I'm Happy" saw him playing as a one-man blues band whose virtuosity and co-ordination on drums, his Les Paul Goldtop guitar and harmonica was as riveting as it was unique and he was backed by girlfriend Stella Sutton, the original Fleetwood Mac singer, on three tracks. Between 1968 and 1970 he was heard very regularly on John Peel's Top Gear. His haunting track Jumping at Shadows, was covered by Fleetwood Mac and revived in 1992 by Gary Moore, who covered it in his "After Hours" album. (After performing with Memphis Slim, he died in a fatal road accident; tired at the wheel, his van collided with a truck) b. September 23rd 1946.
1980: John Poulos (32)
American drummmer born in Chicago; in the early 60s he was a member of The Pulsations along with vocalists George LeGros and Dennis Tufano. After winning a local battle of the bands competition, The Pulsations secured a job as the house band on WGN-TV's variety show called All-Time Hits in 1966. The show's producers suggested they adopt a name reflective of the British invasion, which was popular at the time, and the band adopted the name The Buckinghams, which was suggested by a security guard at the station. Their hits included "Kind of Drag", "Don't You Care", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)" and "Susan". In the 70s he became a manager of several rock bands, including The Boyzz from Illinoizz. (John died of drug-related heart failure) b. March 31st 1947.
1987: Eugen Jochum (84)
German organist and conductor, b
orn in Babenhausen, near Augsburg, studied the piano and organ in Augsburg until 1922. His first post was as a rehearsal pianist at Mönchen-Gladbach, and then in Kiel. He made his conducting debut with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in 1926 in a program which included Bruckner's Seventh Symphony. He went on to perform with many major orchestras on both sides of the ocean. Eugen conducted frequently in London, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra and is best known for his interpretations of Anton Bruckner. His performances of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Wagner and Carl Orff are also notable (?) b. November 1st 1902.
1995: Eazy-E/Eric Wright (31)
US rapper, a member of N.W.A. the unapologetically violent and sexist pioneers of gangsta rap. He dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and supported himself by selling drugs, later receiving a high school equivalency diploma. He used the profits from his drug sales to establish Ruthless Records. In this period, Ruthless Records released the compilation N.W.A and the Posse (1987), N.W.A's proper debut Straight Outta Compton (1988), and one month later, Eazy-E's solo album, Eazy-Duz-It. The album sold two million copies, certifying it as a double platinum album, and spawned the hit singles "We Want Eazy" and "Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn" (a remix of "Boyz-n-the-Hood" was also included). The album was produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella and largely written by Ice Cube, with contributions from MC Ren and The D.O.C..
On the final N.W.A album, Niggaz4Life (1991), some of the lyrics provoked outrage. Eazy-E included pistols and shotguns in videos for both "Alwayz into Somethin'" and "Appetite for Destruction". He also hosted a hip-hop radio show on L A-based radio station KKBT (AIDS) b. March 26th 1995.
Denis Charles (64)
Jazz drummer born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, he began playing bongos at age seven with local ensembles in the Virgin Islands. In 1945 he moved to New York, and gigged frequently around town. In 1954 he began working with Cecil Taylor, and the pair collaborated through 1958. Following this he played with Steve Lacy, Gil Evans, and Jimmy Giuffre.
He recorded with Sonny Rollins on a calypso-tinged set, before returning to Steve Lacy until 1964. He worked with Archie Shepp and Don Cherry in 1967. In the 1970s and 1980s Denis played regularly on the New York jazz scene with Frank Lowe, David Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Bang, and others, and also played funk, rock, and traditional Caribbean music. He released three discs as a leader between 1989-1992, and in 1998. (died in New York City) b. December 4th 1933.
2002: Randy Castillo (51) American drummer born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, After playing in bands such as The Tabbs, The Mudd, The Wumblies and The Offenders he relocated to LA and joined The Motels and embarked on his first major arena tour with them in support of The Cars. In 1984, Randy was hired to play drums for Lita Ford and was featured on her Dancin' On The Edge album. Soon after he was hired by Ozzy Osbourne and ended up staying with the Ozzy Osbourne band for ten years, recording five albums with Ozzy during that time, The Ultimate Sin 1986, No Rest for the Wicked 1988, an EP entitled Just Say Ozzy 1990, No More Tears 1991, and a double-disc live album, Live and Loud in 1993. in 1993, he joined Red Square Black. He drummed on several tribute albums during this time. He played with Ronnie James Dio on a cover of Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" on the Alice Cooper tribute album Humanary Stew and performed all drumming duties on a star-studded Def Leppard tribute album titled Leppardmania. In 1999, he took over from Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe, Randy had already worked with Vince Neil as a touring drummer for the Vince Neil Band. Sadly his only recording with the band, 2000's New Tattoo, just before supporting tour Randy became ill while performing with his mariachi side project Azul (died after a brave battle with cancer) b. December 18th 1950.
2002: Joe Schermie (57)
American bassist born in Madison, Wisconsin; Joe was the original bass player for Three Dog Night and played on most of the group's 21 hits. Disillusioned with his role in the group, he left the band in '73 and formed a group 'S.S.Fools' that included former members of Three Dog Night and Toto vocalist Bobby Kimball. He later played some shows with former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron's band. He also worked with Stephen Stills, Yvonne Elliman and others. Joe appeared on the cooking show Food Rules in 2000 with original Three Dog Night drummer Floyd Sneed. (heart attack) b. February 12th 1946.
2004: Jan Berry
(62) American singer-songwriter and along with Dean Ormsby Torrence was one half of Jan and Dean the rock and roll duo, popular from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s, who became associated with the vocal "surf music" craze that was later popularised by The Beach Boys. They had a No.10 hit with "Baby Talk" in 1959, followed by fifteen more Top 40 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box magazine charts, with a total of twenty-six chart hits over an eight-year period. Jan and Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, a historic concert film directed by Steve Binder. The film also featured such acts as The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Gerry & the Pacemakers, James Brown, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Lesley Gore, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and The Beach Boys (sadly died of a seizure) b. April 3rd 1941.
2005: Paul Hester (46)
Australian musician and television personality born in Melbourne; his mother a jazz drummer, encouraged him at an early age to learn the drums. After playing in local bands as a teenager, he formed the band Cheks and in 1982 they moved to Sydney renaming themselves Deckchairs Overboard. He did a brief spell with Split Enz, before he along with Neil Finn formed a new band with guitarist Nick Seymour. They were signed by the US label Capitol and moved to LA. At first, they called themselves the Mullanes (Finn's middle name), but after record company pressure the name Crowded House. Thier first album in 1986 which included the US top-10 hit Don't Dream It Over, catapulted them into major attraction on the international touring circuit >>> Read More <<< (he committed suicide, died by strangulation, found hanged in a park in Melbourne, Australia) b. January 8th 1959...
2006: Nikki Sudden/Adrian Nicholas Godfrey (49)
English singer, guitar; he
co-founded the post-punk band Swell Maps with his brother Epic Soundtracks/Kevin Paul Godfrey, while attending Solihull School. The band went on to record six albums before splitting in 1980. Around this time Nikki met up with Dave Kusworth, they formed the Six Hip Princes, but it wasn't until 1984, after Nikki had already issued two solo releases, that the duo adopted the name Jacobites. At the time of hid death, he was writing his autobiography, as well a history of The Wick, an estate in Richmond once owned by Ronnie Wood, currently owned by Pete Townshend. (died hours after a show at New York's Knitting Factory, causes unknown) b. July 19th 1956.
2006: Pete Wells (58)
Australian founder and slide guitarist in Australian hard rock band Rose Tattoo formed in 1976. He was previously bassist with the pioneering Sydney based heavy metal outfit Buffalo in the first half of the 1970's releasing 5 albums with the band. After which he formed Rose Tattoo along with vocalist Angry Anderson, guitarist Mick Cocks, bassist Ian Rilen and drummer Dallas Royal. They supported Aerosmith and ZZ Top on US tours. Pete released 5 albums with the band. After Rose Tattoo, Pete fronted The Pete Wells Band and also worked on side projects such as the Lucy DeSoto Band, Rocks Push, and Hillbilly Moon. Rose Tattoo reformed briefly in 1993 to support Guns N' Roses on an Australian tour (died after a long, brave battle with cancer)
b. 1946.
2009: Arne Joachim Bendiksen (82)
Norwegian singer, composer and producer, described as "the father of pop music" in Norway. Born in Bergen, he was a major figure in Norwegian popular music i
n the 50s, 60s and 70s, first, as a member of the group The Monn Keys, later as soloist and composer for other artists. He also translated many foreign hits into Norwegian, making them Norwegian hits. Arne took part in the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest selections several times, both as an artist and as a songwriter. In 1964 with Spiral as soloist, in 1973 with Å, for et spill and in 1974 with Hvor er du?. He also took part 4 times as composer, most memorable as songwriter for Åse Kleveland's Intet er nytt under solenin 1966, finishing third. In the 70s. In the 80s, he began a popular children's cassette industry and released his major children's work Barnefest i Andeby - Children's party in Duckburg - a cassette filled with catchy songs about the various Disney characters inhabiting the fictional city of Duckburg. (Sadly died from heart failure) b. October 19th 1926.
2009: John Mayhew (61) English drummer and vocalist born in Ipswich and played with bands in the Ipswich area, before moving to the London scene in the late sixties. In August 1969, he replaced drummer John Silver in the progressive rock band Genesis. He appears on the Trespass album and the Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set. John was replaced in August 1970 by Phil Collins. In 1982 he moved to Australia, where he worked as a carpenter and became an Australian citizen. In 2006, he attended the Genesis Convention in London, along with Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett, and played drums for a tribute band's performance of "The Knife" from Trespass
(sadly John died from a heart related condition) b. March 26th 2009.
2011: Aleksandr Barykin (59) Russian singer, songwriter, composer and voice actor born in Beryozovo, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yugra. His hits include "The Island," "Bouquet," "Airport", "Schedule for tomorrow" and "savior." He has worked with Alla Pugacheva, Vladimir Kuzmin, Igor Nikolaev, and collaborated with composer David Tukhmanov. (sadly died of a massive heart attack) b. February 18th 1952.
2011: Lula Côrtes (61) Brazilian singer, songwriter, artist and writer was one of the pioneers of Northeastern rhythms to rock. In 1975, he partnered up with the legendary Zé Ramalho for the album Paêbirú, considered a masterpiece of Brazilian music. He released several other albums, including Satwa in 1973 and Rosa de Sangue in 1980. He worked with Ramalho on other albums including his 1978 debut, Zé Ramalho, De Gosto de Água e de Amigos in 1985 and Cidades e Lendas in 1996 (
sadly died after a brave battle with throat cancer) b. 1950.
2011: Carl Bunch (71) American drummer, by aged seventeen, he was recording with Ronnie Smith and the Poor Boys, in Clovis, New Mexico. Buddy Holly was also recording in Clovis at the same time and was impressed with the young drummer. Carl was invited to join Holly on the "Winter Dance Party" tour in 1959, along with Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings. The tour bus heater failed, and he suffered from frostbite and was hospitalized. After his discharge from the Army, he spent some time playing for the Bob Osburn band, before moving to Nashville to play for Hank Williams, Jr. and Roy Orbison
(sadly died from diabetes) b. November 24th 1939.
2012: David Craighead (88) American organist. He studied with Alexander McCurdy at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1946. From 1955 until his retirement in the summer of 1992 he was both Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Division of the Keyboard Department at the Eastman School of Music. At this same time he was appointed organist of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester, New York, where he continues to serve. In June 1968, he received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. He recorded works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Pierre du Mage, César Franck, Felix Mendelssohn, Olivier Messiaen, Samuel Adler, Paul Cooper, Lou Harrison, William Albright, Vincent Persichetti, Max Reger, and Louis Vierne (?) b. January 24th 1924.
2012: Tom Wells (70) Bermudian-born American television composer; he finished Vanderbilt in 1963, majoring in philosophy and as a guitarist he played in a band The Wild Hots. He served one year in basic and five years in the Army Reserves. In 1964 he wrote his first famous jingle "Meyer and Berkley Diamond Ring" and in 1967 he founded Doppler Studios. He moved to Los Angeles in 1974 where hewrote the theme to "WKRP in Cincinnati," a piece of pop legend. He scored shows such as "Buffalo Bill," "We Got it Made," "Open All Night," plus commercial jingles and contributions to film. He continued to play with Tommy George and the Fabulous 50's as well as performing in Nashville for reunions with The Wild Hots (?) b. October 23rd 1941.
2015: John Renbourn (70) English guitarist and songwriter born in Marylebone, London. He studied classical guitar at school, but in the 1950s, along with many others, he was greatly influenced by the musical craze of "Skiffle", then in Rhythm and Blues and in 1961 he toured the South West with Mac MacLeod and repeated the tour in 1963. But he is best remembered for his collaboration with guitarist Bert Jansch together they developed an intricate duet style that became known as "folk baroque". Their album Bert and John is a fine example of their playing; and for his work with the folk group Pentangle, who received a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007. While most commonly labelled a folk musician, his musical tastes and interests took in: early music, classical music, jazz, blues and world music. Throughout his musical journey John has also maintained a successful solo career, one of his most influential album, Sir John Alot in 1968, featured his take on tunes from the Medieval era. More recently in 2005 he toured Japan, his fifth tour of that country, with Tokio Uchida and Woody Mann. In 2006 he played at number of venues in England, including the Green Man Festival in Wales and appearances with Robin Williamson and with Jacqui McShee and since 2012 John toured with Wizz Jones, playing a mixture of solo and duo material. (sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 8th 1944.
2016: Marinko Madžgalj aka Valentino (37) Serbian actor, singer and television presenter born in Begrade, Yugoslavia but was raised in Kotor, Montenegro. He is one half of the Flamingosi duo with fellow TV presenter, Ognjen Amidžic. His stage name in the duo is Valentino. The group was founded in the summer of 2005. Their style was a mix of typical Serbian Folk, rock and jazz. They became a big hit that year, in turn gaining mass popularity. Together with the folk-jazz singer Louis they were the favourites to win the national pre-selection for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, with their song Ludi letnji ples/Crazy Summer Dance, however tey came second. Also the duo hosted a Serbian game show called Ciao Darwin (sadly he died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer) b. August 21st 1978.
2016: David Nathaniel Baker Jr. (84) American symphonic jazz composer born in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended Crispus Attucks High School and the Indiana University. He thrived in the Indianapolis jazz scene of the time, serving as a mentor of sorts to Indianapolis-born trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Originally a talented trombonist, with more than 65 recordings to his credit, but David was forced to abandon that instrument after a jaw injury left him unable to play, so he learned to play cello, a rare instrument in the jazz world. It marked a period of increased interest in composition and pedagogy and over his career he was commissioned by more than 500 individuals and ensembles, and his compositions, tallying over 2,000 in number, range from jazz and sonatas to film scores. He also has 70 books, and 400 articles to his credit. (?) b. December 21st 1931.
2016: Joe 'Bass' Skyward/Joseph Howard (57) American bassist and singer born in Cleveland. In the 1990s, he was a member of Sky Cries Mary, then joined the Posies for two albums: Amazing Disgrace and Success. After leaving the Posies, he became a touring member of Sunny Day Real Estate and performed on their 1999 album 'Live'. In the 2000s, he played with the Walkabouts, the Long Winters, and Sunny Day Real Estate's Jeremy Enigk. He also released some solo recordings under the name Skyward and had recently rejoined the Posies
touring with them until he was diagnosed with cancer. (sadly died while fighting prostate cancer) b. 1958.
2016: Ross Shapiro (52) American singer and guitarist, born in was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but later moved Athens. He was a founding member of the indie band The Glands whose first CD "Double Thriller" was released in 1998 and their last, a self titled album was re-released in August 2001. The Glands main hits were "Work it out", "Swim", "Straight down" and "Lovetown". The band reunited for a brief east coast tour in late 2011, playing several dates with Yo La Tengo. (?) b. September 29th 1963.
2017: Vera Špinarová, 65) Czech singer
2017: Alessandro Alessandroni (92)
Italian composer and musician
2017: Jimmy Dotson (83) American blues musician

March 27th
1924: Walter Parratt (83)
English composer, born in Huddersfield, he began to play the pipe organ from an early age, and held posts as an organist while still a child. He was child prodigy: on one occasion he played Bach's complete The Well-Tempered Clavier by heart, without notice, at the age of only ten.
From 1882 he the post of organist of His Majesty's Chapel Royal, Windsor. He was knighted in 1892. In 1893 he was appointed Master of the Queen's Musick to Queen Victoria, and afterward held the same office under Kings Edward VII and George V. Walter became Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University in 1908, taking over from Hubert Parry. He had previously been Organist and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He became one of the foremost organ teachers of his day, with many important posts in Britain being filled by his students (?) b. February 10th 1841.
: Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano (68)
American jazz trumpeter, band leader, and vocalist; a well regarded player by his mid teens, in his youth mostly playing in New Orleans other than a period with Eddie Edwards' band in New York City in 1920. He then started traveling widely, seldom staying in one place or with one band for more than a few months. He briefly replaced Bix Beiderbecke in the Wolverines Orchestra, and Nick LaRocca in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. He first recorded in New Orleans with Norman Brownlee's band in 1925, and soon after had a band under his own name. He returned to New York for work in Jimmie Durante's band, then with the Jean Goldkette Orchestra in 1927, returned to his home town to play with Leon Prima, to Los Angeles, California to work with Larry Shields, then back in New Orleans to play with the Ben Pollack Orchestra in 1936. After leaving Pollack's band he led his own band on 52nd Street in New York for three years. After World War II he toured Europe, Asia, and South America, played residencies in Chicago and New York and he was a regular on Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter until he retired through ill health in the 1960's (died in New Orleans) b. April 9th 1904.
Gertrude Niessen (63)
American vocalist, actress and Broadway star; she was in the 1936 edition of Ziegfeld Follies. She appeared in films and stage musicals including the Broadway musical "Follow The Girls", where she sang what became one of her biggest hits "I Want To Get Married". Among her hit recordings were "Where Are You", and "Legalize My Name", In 1946, she appeared on the Philco Radio program starring Bing Crosby. She also appeared on other radio shows including 'Duffy's Tavern'. (?) b. July 8th 1911.
1977: Benny Moten (60)
American swing-style bass player, a solid and supportive sideman bassist for decades. He began seriously playing professionally in 1941 and his many musical associations included Hot Lips Page, Jerry Jerome, Henry "Red" Allen, Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Arnett Cobb, Ella Fitzgerald, Wilbur DeParis' New New Orleans Band which including a tour of Africa in the mid-50s, Buster Bailey, Roy Eldridge and Dakota Staton, among many others. Benny recorded with most of the above players and was active musically until virtually the end of his life (?) b. November 30th 1916. NOTE: Benny is no relation to Kansas City pianist-bandleader Bennie Moten,
1993: Clifford Jordan (61)
American jazz saxophone player and leader; he played gigged around Chicago with Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, and a few R&B groups before moving to New York in 1957; where he made a strong impression, leading three albums for Blue Note. Between 1957 and 1964 he toured and recorded with Horace Silver, followed by J.J. Johnson, before Kenny Dorham and then Max Roach.
After performing in Europe with Eric Dolphy in the '64 Charles Mingus Sextet, he worked mostly as a leader, but tended to be overlooked since he was not overly influential or a pacesetter in the avant-garde. A reliable player, Jordan toured Europe several times, in a quartet headed by Cedar Walton in '74-75, and during his last years, he led his own big band (?) b. September 2nd 1931.
1996: Howard Pyle Wyeth (51)
American drummer and pianist born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He learned drums by age 4 and soon on a piano could repeat songs he had heard and he attended the Wilmington Friends School. Fats Waller was Howard's greatest influence, leading him to learn stride piano and music theory. He studied percussion with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and received a bachelor's in music at Syracuse University in 1966.
He played at various times in the bands after moving to New York City in 1969. In 1972 on a solo album by John Herald co-produced by Bob Neuwirth for Paramount, he played with Amos Garret, Steven Soles, Ned Albright and Rob Stoner. Howard was a very respected an much in demand session musician and is remembered for his work with the saxophonist James Moody, the rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, the electric guitarist Link Wray, the rhythm and blues singer Don Covay, and the folk singer Christine Lavin. He has worked with so many other great artists, but maybe best known as drummer for Bob Dylan. (died of cardiac arrest) b. April 22nd 1944
Jimmy Campbell (69)
American session drummer; he ran away from home at age 16, joined the merchant marine and traveled the world.
After a couple of years sailing the seas, he enlisted in the Army and wound up playing drums for a military band and playing frequently at base parties and officer's clubs. By the time he was discharged in 1948, he was a seasoned drummer and at that time, New York's jazz scene was exploding with the new be bop rage. He became an indamand session drummer, supporting dozens of the greats and touring the world with the likes of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. During his prolific career he was consistently named among the best jazz drummers in Down Beat's annual Critic's Choice Awards and his drumming can be heard on scores of hit records. Renowned for his versatility, he was equally stellar when simply suggesting time with silky smooth brushwork or popping an in-the-pocket beat that pushed even the hardest be-bop band to the limit (sadly emphysema stole his breath) b. December 24th 1928.
2000: Ian Dury (57) English singer, songwriter, poet, and actor, born in London, at the age of seven, he contracted polio during the 1949 polio epidemic. In 1964 he studied art at the Royal College of Art under British artist Peter Blake, and from 1967 he taught art at various colleges in the south of UK. Ian formed the band Kilburn & the High Roads in November 1970, he was vocalist and lyricist, co-writing with pianist Russell Hardy. But Ian rose to fame later in the 1970s, during the punk and New Wave era of rock music, as founder, frontman, and lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, who were amongst the most important groups of the New Wave era in the UK. As a lyricist, his authorship of popular songs of the time, in particular the single, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", was underplayed at the time by critics, though it has been performed and quoted by countless musicians since it was written. Other hits included "What a Waste", "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick", "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3". In 1999, Ian collaborated with Madness on their first original album in fourteen years on the track "Drip Fed Fred". Suggs and the band cite him as a great influence. Ian Dury & The Blockheads' last performance was a charity concert in aid of Cancer BACUP on Feb 6th 2000 at The London Palladium, supported by Kirsty MacColl and Phill Jupitus. Ian was noticeably ill and had to be helped on and off stage (Sadly died after a brave battle with cancer) b. May 12th 1942.
2002: Dudley Moore (66)
English actor, musician, comedian, composer he
first came to prominence as one of the four writer-performers in Beyond the Fringe in the early 1960s and became famous as half of the popular television double-act he formed with Peter Cook. Dudley was bullied from an early age, and had an unhappy family life; seeking refuge from his problems he became a choirboy at the age of six and took up piano and violin. He rapidly developed into a talented pianist and organist and was playing the pipe organ at church weddings by the age of 14. He attended Dagenham County High School where he received musical tuition from a dedicated teacher, Peter Cork, who became a friend and confidant. His musical talent won him an organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. He soon became an accomplished jazz pianist and composer. He began working with such leading musicians as John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. In 1960, he left Dankworth's band to work on Beyond the Fringe. During the 1960s he also formed the "Dudley Moore Trio". His early recordings included "My Blue Heaven", "Lysie Does It", "Poova Nova", "Take Your Time", "Indiana", "Sooz Blooz", "Bauble, Bangles and Beads", "Sad One for George" and "Autumn Leaves". The trio performed regularly on British television, and had a long-running residency at Peter Cook's London nightclub, The Establishment. In 1965. Pete was offered his own series on the BBC. Not Only... But Also, when he invited Peter Cook on as a guest, their comedy partnership was so notable that it became a fixture of the series. His fame as a comedic actor was later heightened by his success in Hollywood movies such as 10 with Bo Derek and Arthur in the late 1970s and early 1980s, respectively. He was often known as "Cuddly Dudley" or "The Sex Thimble", a reference to his short stature and popularity with women. Pete also composed the soundtracks for films including Bedazzled, Inadmissible Evidence, Staircase and Six Weeks among others. (He sadly passed away from f pneumonia due to complications from progressive supranuclear palsy) b. April 19th 1935.
2004: Adán Santos Sánchez Vallejo (19) Mexican-American singer; recorded his first full-length album in 1994, entitled Soy el Hijo de Chalino (I'm the Son of Chalino) at 10 years old, notable for it's rousing title track, which evokes the classic style of celebrated ranchera singers from Mexico's Golden Age. As he grew into his teens, the majority of Adán's album titles began to revolve around the loss of his father - such as La Corona de Mi Padre (The Crown of My Father), and Homenaje a Mi Padre (Homage to My Father). These references gave Adán credibility in the Banda music scene, where the macho image and untimely death of his father had stirred a resurgence of popularity among young Mexican-American men. But Adán was also able to widen the genre's popularity even further to teenage girls, thanks to his teen idol persona and focus on contemporary romantic ballads instead of the edgier themes of crime and drugs covered by his father. Adán made history on March 20, 2004 when he became the youngest headliner and first Regional-Mexican recording artist to practically sell out the world-famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood (died in a car crash when the 1989 Lincoln Town Car on 22 inch rims that he was traveling in blew a tire. According to police, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled) b. April 14th 1984.
2005: Grant Johannesen (83) American concert pianist
born in Salt Lake City and was discovered at the age of only five by an irate piano teacher who lived across the street, when he used to imitated whatever he heard her play. He made his Manhattan recital debut when he was 23, and won the Concours International when he was 28. He toured extensively, both with the New York Philharmonic under Dmitri Mitropoulos, and as a solo performer. His performances in Moscow were especially well received. He was once encored 16 times. He was known as an interpreter of French piano music and recorded the complete piano works of Gabriel Fauré. Grant also served as director of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1974 to 1985, and was a frequent soloist with both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Utah Symphony (He died in Germany, where he had been visiting friends) b. July 30th 1921.
2010: Linda William (45) French model and pop singer. Linda released her debut single Traces in 1989, which reached N°.21 in the French Top 50. The same year, she released her album, also named Traces & including 3 other singles, "L'Autre Soleil", "Rebelle" & "Boulevard Des Rêves". She continued releasing singles until "Un Coeur Qui Bat" in 1993. More recently Linda had been a backing vocalist for Demis Roussos & Alessandro Safina (sadly commited suicide, Orvieto Italy) b. November 20th 1964.
2011: DJ Megatron/Corey McGriff (32) American disc jockey, broadcaster of hip hop, R&B and urban music through various radio stations in a number of cities in the United States including initially as an intern at New York's WRKS-FM aka Kiss FM as an on-air sidekick of popular personality Fatman Scoop, then for 2 years at Boston's WBOT-FM aka Hot 97.7 and for 2-and-a-half years at Philadelphia's WPHI-FM aka The Beat.
He was also part of the Black Entertainment Television, television station's "106 & Park" countdown show with his popular segment entitled "What's Good". He was also the host of BET's "On Blast" Internet show. Corey was also a promoter of local artists from Staten Island. He also appeared in a number of films including most notably State Property 2, Blood of a Champion and Killa Season (tragically murdered, shot in the chest)*1979.
2012: Gian Franco Pagliaro (70) Italian singer and poet born in Naples, but lived in Argentina since the age of 15. During his career he also starred in films such as "Dream, dream," with Carlos Monzon. In 1967 he recorded his first hit, Bye bye love; other hits include 'Do not go then', 'The Stranger', 'This love messy bunch of violets' and 'The Ballad of the idiot'. With the song "Things that keep me from you" got the IV in 1970 Buenos Aires Festival of Song and a year later at the same event premiered his song "I name you freedom" during the dictatorship, which was disqualified and became an emblem of the time. (sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. July 26th 1941.
2013: Gordon Stoker (88) American singer and pianist born in Gleason, Tennessee; he was already a popular pianist with the WSM gospel ensemble the John Daniel Quartet, when he replaced Bob Money as a member of Foggy River Boys in 1949, by which time the group had moved to Nashville to back Grand Ole Opry headliner Red Foley. Before long Gordon began singing lead and tenor, and after the Matthews brothers returned to Missouri in the early 1950s, the remaining group reorganized. They formed a new group the Melodizing Matthews, but soon changed the name to The Jordanaires, after Jordan Creek in Missouri. They are best known for providing vocal background for Elvis Presley, in live appearances and recordings from 1956 to 1972. They performed on 361 Elvis records >>> Read More <<< (sadly passed away after a long illness) b. August 3rd 1924.
2013: Paul Williams (64)
American music journalist and publisher, born in Boston, MA; in January '66 he created the first national US magazine of rock music criticism called Crawdaddy! The first 10 paged issue was written entirely by himself. He left the magazine in 1968 and reclaimed the title in 1993, but had to end it in 2003 due to financial difficulties. Paul also wrote more than 25 books, of which the best-known include Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, the acclaimed three-part series. He was a leading authority on the works of Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young (sadly Paul died from complications related to a 1995 bicycle accident, when he suffered a traumatic brain injury which led to an early onset of dementia) b. May 19th 1948.
2015: Johnny Helms (80) American jazz trumpet player and bandleader from Columbia, South Carolina. He performed with Chris Potter, Tommy Newsom, Bill Watrous, Red Rodney, Woody Herman, Sam Most, and the Clark Terry Big Band among others. In 1989, he was featured along with Terry and Oscar Peterson as part of Clark Terry and Friends at Town Hall during the JVC Jazz Festival. Johnny was also a co-founding organizer with Veron Melonas in 1986, and musical director of the Main Street Jazz Festival in Columbia. (?) b. February 10th 1935. .
2015: B.J. Crosby/Lady BJ/Joanne Crayton (63) American singer and actress, in New Orleans, Louisiana and began her career by singing in church choirs and local theatres during the 1970s and 1980s. Also in the late 70s she was the lead singer of the R&B/jazz band Spectrum. In 1995, she relocated to New York City, where she appeared on Broadway, including Smokey Joe's Cafe, for which she received a nomination for a Tony Award for 'Best Featured Actress in a Musical'. She appeared on Smokey Joe's Cafe's official Broadway album, which won a Grammy Award. B.J. also starred as Matron "Mama" Morton in the 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago and played Ma Reed in the 2002 Broadway debut of "One Mo' Time", as well as touring with "Dreamgirls" as Effie. She released her first solo album, "Best of Your Heart," in 2007, after which B.J. suffered a stroke and never fully regained the use of her singing voice (After being hospitalized for three days sadly B.J. died from complications of diabetes and a stroke) b. November 23rd 1952.
2017: Rainer Kussmaul (70)
German violinist, conductor and concertmaster, born in Schriesheim; he studied with Ricardo Odnoposoff in Stuttgart, and in 1968 co-founded the Stuttgart Piano Trio. In 1977 he joined the violin faculty at the Freiburg Musikhochschule, where he specialised in Baroque violin and gave masterclasses all over the world; several of his students went on to found the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He took a break in 1993 when he spent five years as first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, during which time he helped found the Berlin Baroque Soloists with other members of the orchestra, to perform chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble received a Grammy award in 2005 for a recording of Bach cantatas, and two Echo Classic prizes for its recordings of concertos by Telemann (?) b. 1946
2017: Peter Bastian (73) Danish bassoonist, clarenet player, multi-musician; he was educated in theoretical physics and classical bassoon, Over his career he member of the Balkan Trio, The Danish Wind Quintet and the Danish band Bazaar. He played many genres including Turkish gypsy music, Latin, funk, Africa and World music and was one of the first musicians to play the electric bassoon. In 1998 Peter was knighted in the Order of the Dannebrog. He has also written two books, "Ind i Musikken" in 1987 and "Mesterlære – en livsfortælling" in 2011 (?) b. August 25th 1943.
2017: Edward Grimes (43) American post-rock drummer; a Louisville, Kentucky-based musician known for his work with classical-influenced post-rock outfit 'Rachel’s'. He
joined Rachel’s for their third LP, 1996’s The Sea and the Bells and remained a member of the band until 2003’s Systems/Layers. He s also played in both Per Mission and post-hardcore band Shipping News, alongside his Rachel’s bandmate Jason Noble, who died of cancer in 2012. In 2002, Edward formed the band 'Seluah' and released a debut EP in 2002, followed by two albums in 2012 and 2015. (?) b. 1974?
2017: Arthur Blythe (76) American jazz alto saxophonist and composer; born in LA, then lived in San Diego, returning to Los Angeles when he was 19 years old. He took up the alto saxophone at the age of nine, playing R&B until his mid-teens when he discovered jazz. In the mid-1960s, he was part of The Underground Musicians and Artists Association, with who he made his recording debut in 1969 in "The Giant Is Awakened".
After moving to New York in the mid-70s, he became sideman for Chico Hamilton from 75–77, then played with Gil Evans' Orchestra, Lester Bowie, Jack DeJohnette and McCoy Tyner as well as performing and recording with his own band. Blythe played on many pivotal albums of the 1980s, among them Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition on ECM and was a member of the all-star jazz group The Leaders and, after the departure of Julius Hemphill, he joined the World Saxophone Quartet. In the 2000s he released a further 4 albums as a leader. (sadly Arthur died from complications of Parkinson's disease) b. July 5th 1940

2017: Clem Curtis (76)
Trinidadian-born British singer; he arrived in England at the age of 15 and was later employed as an interior decorator and he entered boxing, winning most of his fights as a professional boxer. In 1966 he joined the R&B, soul and ska band The Ramong Sound, which after a few name changes became The Foundations in January 1967 with Clem as their lead singer. The Foundations would go on to have worldwide hits with "Baby Now That I've Found You" and "Build Me Up Buttercup". Curtis is the lead voice on their hits "Baby Now That I've Found You", "Back on My Feet Again", and "Any Old Time (You're Lonely and Sad)". He left the band in 1969 for a stint in the USA returning to London in the early 1970s. He did some work with Donnie Elbert and Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon and later reformed a version of The Foundations. In the late 1980s, Clem joined the line-up of "The Corporation", aka "the Traveling Wrinklies", along with Mike Pender, Brian Poole, Tony Crane, and Reg Presley; they released a single "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" in 1988. He appeared on stage as the Lion in 'The Wiz' at the Lyric Hammersmith, and gave a stage performance in Amen Corner at The Lyric in Shaftesbury Avenue. He toured and recorded until near the end of his life; he was regularly seen as part of the "soul explosion" night with former Flirtations singer Earnestine Pearce and Jimmy James at Butlins, Warner Leisure Hotels and also appeared on cruises liners, such as the "Azura" (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. November 28th 1940

March 28th.

1881: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (42)
Russian composer; Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.
Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. (Sadly he died of heart failure) b. March 21st 1839
1937: Karol Szymanowski (55)
Polish composer and pianist, born in Tymoszówka, then in the Russian Empire, now in Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine. He studied music with his father, a wealthy Polish land owner, before going to Gustav Neuhaus' Elizavetgrad School of Music. From 1901 he attended the State Conservatory in Warsaw, where he was later director from 1926 until retiring in 1930. Musical opportunities in Russian-occupied Poland being quite limited at the time, he travelled widely throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the USA, travels, especially those to the Mediterranean area, whch provided much inspiration to the composer and esthete (sadly Karol died in a sanatorium in Lausanne, Switzerland from tuberculosis) b. October 3rd 1882.
1958: William Christopher Handy (84)
American blues singer, composer, pianist, cornet and trumpet player born in Florence, Alabama, he was widely known as the "Father of the Blues",
and remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form. While Handy was not the first to publish music in the blues form, he took the blues from a not very well-known regional music style to one of the dominant forces in American music. As a young man, he played cornet in the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, and in 1902 he traveled throughout Mississippi listening to various musical styles played by ordinary Negroes. The 1912 publication of his "Memphis Blues" sheet music introduced his style of 12-bar blues to many households and was credited as the inspiration for the invention of the foxtrot dance step by Vernon and Irene Castle, a New York–based dance team. Also that year his songs "Beale Street Blues", and "St. Louis Blues", had been published. On April 27, 1928, he performed a program of jazz, blues, plantation songs, work songs, piano solos, spirituals and a Negro rhapsody in Carnegie Hall. In 1938 he performed at the National Folk Festival in Washington, DC, his 1st national performance on a desegregated stage. He performed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and 1934 and the New York World's Fair in 1939 and 1940. In 1958, a movie about his life - appropriately entitled St. Louis Blues - was released starring legendary African-American musicians Nat "King" Cole, in the main role, Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Eartha Kitt and The W. C. Handy Music Festival is held annually in the Muscle Shoals area of Florence, Alabama (sadly died of died of bronchial pneumonia) b. November 16th 1873.
1974: Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup (69)
American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist; Elvis Presley's favourite blues artist and is maybe to some best known outside blues circles for writing songs later covered by Elvis and dozens of other artists, such as "That's All Right", "Mean Old 'Frisco Blues", "Who's Been Foolin' You", "My Baby Left Me" and "So Glad You're Mine". Born in Forest, Mississippi, he first sang gospel, then began his career as a blues singer around Clarksdale, Mississippi. As a member of the Harmonizing Four he visited Chicago in 1939. In the late 40s he toured throughout the country, with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James. He also recorded under the names Elmer James and Percy Lee Crudup. (stroke) b. August 24th 1905.
1974: Dorothy Fields (68)
American librettist and lyricist from New Jersey and grew up in New York.
She wrote over 400 songs for musicals and films. Along with Ann Ronell, Dana Suesse, Bernice Petkere, and Kay Swift, she was one of the first successful Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood female songwriters. Songs include "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby", "Exactly Like You", and "On the Sunny Side of the Street". She teamed up with her brother Herbert Fields, with whom she wrote the books for three Cole Porter shows, Let's Face It!, Something for the Boys, and Mexican Hayride. Together, they wrote the book for Annie Get Your Gun, a musical inspired by the life of Annie Oakley. In the 1950s, her biggest success was the show Redhead in '59, which won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When she started collaborating with Cy Coleman in the 1960s, her career took a new turn. Their first work together was Sweet Charity. Her last hit was from their second collaboration in 1973, Seesaw. Its title song was "It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish" (sadly died of a stroke) b. July 15th 1905.
1977: Waldo de los Ríos/Osvaldo Nicholas Ferrara (42) Argentine composer, conductor and arranger born in Buenos Aires into a musical family; his father was a musician and his mother a well known folk singer; he studied composition and arranging at the National Conservatory of Music under Alberto Ginastera and Teodoro Fuchs. He was inspired by an eclectic range of music and formed a musical group called "The Waldos" which crossed folk music with electronic sounds. De los Rios turned to work in cinema and film sound tracks where his compositions were heard in the 1967 film Pampa Salvaje, for which he received a prestigious award from the Argentine Cinemagraphic Association. He relocated to the USA in 1958 and then to Spain in 1962 (a victim of an acute depression while working on "Don Juan Tenorio", tragically Waldo committed suicide) b. September 7th 1934
1978: Dino Ciani (32) Italian pianist born in Fiume, now Rijeka in Croatia, and studied piano with Marta del Vecchio in Genoa. He obtained his diploma at the Conservatory in Rome at the age of 14 and in 1958-1962 attended the advanced courses of Alfred Cortot, whom he most revered, in Paris, Lausanne and Siena. His career begun when he won second prize at the Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest in 1961. The venues in which he performed included Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall and Chicago Philharmonic, Kennedy Center. He made his debut at Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Claudio Abbado with Beethoven's fourth piano concerto in 1968. With Abbado he also performed Prokofiev's fifth piano concerto in 1969 and at Teatro alla Scala. His repertoire encompassed the complete sonatas of Beethoven, works by Weber, Dino was the first to record the complete sonatas, in 1967, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, and Bela Bartok. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon of the complete Debussy Preludes-1972, Schumann's Noveletten-1968 and Weber's second and third piano sonatas-1970 are particularly renowned
(tragically he died in a road accident in Rome) b. June 16th 1941.
1980: Richard "Dick" Haymes (63) Argentine actor and one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. Born in Buenos Aires to British parents, brought up in Paris by his mother, who related to America. Dick sang with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey before signing to Decca in 1943. He went on to have hits such as "It Can't Be Wrong", "You'll Never Know", "The Devil Sat Down and Cried", Look at Me Now!, "A Sinner Kissed an Angel", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "I Wish I Didn't Love You So". He also appeared in many films including Four Jills in a Jeep, Irish Eyes Are Smiling, State Fair, Diamond Horseshoe, Do You Love Me, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim. He never became a US citizen, he kept his status as a citizen of Argentina (sadly Dick died fighting lung cancer) September 13th 1918.
1984: Carmen Dragon (69) American conductor, composer, and arranger who in addition to live performances and recording, worked in radio, film, and television. B
orn in Antioch, California, he was very active in pops music conducting and composed scores for several films, including At Gunpoint-1955, Night into Tomorrow-1951, Kiss Tomorrow Good-bye-1950 and Invasion of the Body Snatchers -1956. He made a series of popular light classical albums during the 1950s with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (?) b. July 28th 1914.
Maria Augusta von Trapp nee Kutschera (82) Austian stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her story, alleging that she and her family "escaped" from the Nazis after the Anschluss, served as inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music.In 1957, the Trapp Family Singers disbanded and went their separate ways. Maria and three of her children became missionaries in the South Pacific.
In the mid-1960s Maria moved back to Vermont to manage the Trapp Family Lodge. (sadly died of heart failure in Morrisville, Vermont, three days after surgery) b. 26 January 26th 1905.
: Moe Koffman (71)
Canadian saxophone, clarinet, composer; born in Toronto he attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music, but dropped out of school to perform in dance bands. In 1950, he moved to the US, where he played with big bands including those of Sonny Dunham and Jimmy Dorsey. In 1955, he returned to Toronto where he formed a quartet and later a quintet. He recorded Swinging Shepherd Blues in 1958 which helped establish his reputation as a flutist and ranked him alongside Herbie Mann and Yusef Lateef and later Jeremy Steig as great influential jazz flute players. During the 1970s, Moe recorded several popular albums with arrangements of works by composers including Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi. He also was a guest performer with a number of symphony orchestras across Canada. He performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Peter Appleyard during the 1980s.
He often performed with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass. From 1956 to 1990, Moe booked performers for George's Spaghetti House in Toronto, where he performed weekly (sadly cancer) b. December 28th 1928.
2003: Farrell "Rusty" Draper (80)
American country and pop singer who achieved his greatest success in the 1950s.
Born in Kirksville, Missouri he began performing on his uncle's radio show in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the mid 1930s. He moved on to work at radio stations in Des Moines, Iowa before settling in California. There he began to sing in local clubs, becoming resident singer at the Rumpus Room in San Francisco. By the early 1950s he had begun appearing on national TV shows including The Ed Sullivan Show and Ozark Jubilee. In 1952, Mercury Records released his debut single, "How Could You (Blue Eyes)". The following year, after a national club tour, his cover version of Jim Lowe's "Gambler's Guitar” made No.6 on both the country and pop charts, and sold a million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Other hits included "Seventeen", "The Shifting, Whispering Sands", "Are You Satisfied?", "In The Middle Of The House", and the skiffle hit "Freight Train". He also reached the UK Singles Chart with a rendition of "Muleskinner Blues". He remained a steady concert draw in years to follow, and also appeared in stage musicals and on television (?) b. January 25th 1923.
2005: Dame Moura Lympany DBE/Mary Gertrude Johnstone (88) English concert pianist, born in Saltash, Cornwall. She was sent to a convent school in Belgium, where her musical talent was encouraged, and she went on to study at Liège, later winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. She made her concert debut at Harrogate in 1929, aged 12, playing the G minor Concerto of Felix Mendelssohn, the only concerto she had memorised up to that point. After the war she became more widely known, performing throughout Europe and in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. When living in New York, Moura continued her concert and recording career. In 1979, fifty years after making her debut, she performed at the Royal Festival Hall for Charles, Prince of Wales and the following year she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1992 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order (DBE). Dame Moura also received honours from the Belgian, French, and Portuguese governments. (?) b. August 18th 1916.
2006: Proinsias Ó Maonaigh (83)
Irish a fiddler from Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, famous for his distinguished fiddle playing and his unique and vast contribution to Irish music and culture. He is credited for such works as "Francie Mooney's German", "Francie Mooney's Mazourka" and "Francie Mooney's Highland".
His most famous song he wrote about his hometown called "Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair". He also wrote pantomimes for the local theater, and translated many songs from English into Irish. In 2003 he was honoured by the Oireachtas when he was the president of the Letterkenny event. (Sadly died after a brief illness) b. 1922
2009: Maurice-Alexis Jarre (84)
French composer and conductor, born
in Lyon, he composed several concert works, but is maybe he is best known for his film scores, and is particularly known for his collaborations with legendary film director David Lean. He composed the scores to all of Lean's films since Lawrence of Arabia-1962. Other notable scores include The Message-1976, Witness-1985 and Ghost-1990. His UK chart hits include 'Somewhere My Love' (to his tune Lara's Theme) by the Michael Sammes Singers in 1966, it spent 38 weeks on the chart. Maurice was a three time Academy Award winner, for Lawrence of Arabia-1962, Doctor Zhivago in 1965 and A Passage to India-1984, and was Oscar nominated a total of eight times. He also won three Golden Globes and was nominated for ten. His television work includes the score for the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth-1977, Shogun-1980, and the theme for PBS's Great Performances. Maurice scored his last film in 2001, a TV movie about the Holocaust entitled Uprising (?) b. September 13th 1924.
2010: Herb Ellis (88) American jazz guitarist, born in Farmersville, Texas. Hearing George Barnes on the radio inspired Herb to take up guitar, and he majored in music at North Texas State. University. After gaining recognition with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra he joined the Jimmy Dorsey band where he played some of his first recorded solos. He remained with Dorsey until 1947, traveling and recording extensively. Then Herb, with pianist Lou Carter and jazz violinist/bassist John Frigo, formed The Soft Winds group, staying together until 1952. Herb became prominent after performing with the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1953 to 1958 along with Peterson and bassist Ray Brown. He was a somewhat controversial member of the trio, because he was the only white person in the group in a time when racism was still very much widespread. They also served as the "house rhythm section" for Norman Granz's Verve Records, supporting the likes of tenormen Ben Webster and Stan Getz, as well as trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, and Sweets Edison and other jazz stalwarts. With drummer Buddy Rich, they were also the backing band for popular "comeback" duo albums Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Also along with fellow jazz guitarists Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, and Charlie Byrd, he created another ensemble, the Great Guitars. (Alzheimer's disease) b. August 4th 1921.
2011: Lee Hoiby (85) American composer, born in Madison, Wisconsin, he began playing the piano at the age of 5 and studied at the University of Wisconsin and at Mills College. He
became influenced by a variety of composers, particularly personalities in the twentieth century avant garde, including the Pro Arte String Quartet led by Rudolf Kolisch. During his youth, he played with Harry Partch's Dadaist ensembles. He was introduced Hoiby to opera, and became involved in the Broadway productions of The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street. His first opera, The Scarf, was produced by Menotti and premiered in 1957, and was recognized by TIME and the Italian press as the hit of the first Spoleto Festival. His most recent opera is a setting of Romeo and Juliet awaits its world premiere. (Lee sadly lost to metastatic melanoma) b. February 17th 1926.
2011: Bill Scarlett (82) American jazz saxophonist, clarinatist and teacher; born in Little Rock, Ark., he earned a master’s degree in music performance from Louisiana State University. He moved to Knoxville to teach clarinet at the University of Tennessee, and a few years later formed the UT Jazz Giants, made up of students, faculty, and local professional players. The group, made up of students and faculty, still exists today as the UT Jazz Ensemble. He was one of a trio of local octogenarian sax players whose contributions to the local jazz community were honored last year on the Tenors and Satin album produced by internationally renowned pianist/composer Donald Brown (sadly died after a year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer) b.????
2012: Jerry "Boogie" McCain (81) American electric blues musician, best known as a harmonica player, born in Gadsden, Alabama. He made his recording debut in 1953 under the name "Boogie McCain", the two tracks were "East of the Sun" and "Wine-O-Wine". During 1955–57 he developed his amplified harmonica style, and unusual blues lyrics and released noted songs as
such "My Next Door Neighbor" and "The Jig's Up". His recordings "She's Tough"/"Steady" was an inspiration to Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Kim Wilson duplicated his harp work on their version. The City of Gadsden honored Jerry by including his own day at their annual Riverfest Event; a four day music event and in 1996, he was selected by the Etowah Youth Orchestras as the most well-known musician from Gadsden. The EYO commissioned Julius Williams to write a work for solo harmonica and orchestra, to be performed by Jerry and the EYSO, as a part of the City of Gadsden's Sesquicentennial Celebration. "Concerto for Blues Harmonica and Orchestra" was premiered in November 1996. In 2000, he released an all-star album This Stuff Just Kills Me featuring Johnnie Johnson, John Primer, Anson Funderburgh, Jimmie Vaughan, along with the Double Trouble rhythm section of Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (?) b. June 18th 1930.
2012: Alexander Arutiunian (91) Armenian composer, pianist, and Prof of Yerevan State Conservatory, widely-known for his Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major in 1950. He was awarded by the Stalin Prize in 1949; State Prize of Armenia in 1970; People's Artist of the USSR in 1970; Armenian SSR-1964 honorary titles, Aram Khachaturian Prize in 1986, "St Mesrop Mashtots" and "Khorenatsi" Armenian medals, "Alexandrov" Gold medal 1976, "Orpheus Award" and "St Sahak and St Mesrop" Order by Holy Etchmiadzin in 2004 (?) b. September 23rd 1920.
2012: Earl Scruggs (88) American bluegrass musician born in Shelby, North Carolina; he is noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style, now called Scruggs style, that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, the Blue Grass Boys in late 1945. In 1948 he and guitarist Lester Flatt left Monroe's band and formed the Foggy Mountain Boys, also later known simply as Flatt and Scruggs. In 1969, they broke up, and he started a new band, the Earl Scruggs Revue, featuring several of his sons. Flatt and Scruggs won a Grammy Award in 1969 for Earl's instrumental "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." They were inducted together into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1989, he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship. He was an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. In 1992, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 1994, Earl teamed up with Randy Scruggs and Doc Watson for the song "Keep on the Sunny Side" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country. In 2002 Earl won a second Grammy award for the 2001 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". On February 13th 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, he and Flatt were ranked No. 24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.
On Sept 13th 2006, Earl was honored at Turner Field in Atlanta as part of the pre-game show for an Atlanta Braves home game (Earl died from natural causes) b. January 6th 1924.
2013: Robert Zildjian (89) American musical instrument manufacturer born in Boston, MA; he belonged to the Zildjian family, which brought the technology of cymbal making from Istanbul, Turkey to the USA by Armenian Avedis Zildjian, who passed it on to future generations of family members. In 1981, after a family dispute, Robert left the 400 year old family business and founded the rival Sabian Cymbals company in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada.
He formed the word Sabian from the two first letters of the names of his three children Sally, Bill and Andy. Sabian Cymbals is the second largest manufacturer of cymbals in the world and have been used by many famous drummers including Neil Peart of Rush and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith (sadly Robert has died while fighting his long battle with cancer) b. July 14th 1923
2013: Hugh McCracken aka Mack Pierce (70)
American guitarist, harmonica player, producer and arranger born in Glen Ridge, N.J., and grew up in nearby Hackensack. He taught himself guitar in his early teens when his mother bought him a guitar and he dropped out of school at 16 to form a band, to help pay the family bills. At this time his mother was a hat checker in a club where the sax player King Curtis was playing, she persuaded King to listen to Hugh play, after which he hired Hugh to perform on his '61 album “Trouble in Mind”. In the mid 60s, he played in a North Jersey night club cover band called The Funatics under the stage name of Mack Pierce. The band became Mario & The Funatics for a short time when it merged with saxophonist Mario Madison. He was a member of Mike Mainieri's White Elephant Orchestra 1969–1972, a 20-piece experimental jazz-rock band based in NYC. The band was made up of Steve Gadd >>> Read More <<< (sadly died of leukemia) b. March 31st 1942.
2014: Joe Frazier (77) American singer and member of North American vocal group The Chad Mitchell Trio also known as the Mitchell Trio, who became known during the 1960s. They performed traditional folk songs and some of their own compositions. They were particularly notable for performing satirical songs that criticized current events during the time of the cold war, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, in a less subtle way than the typical folk music and singer-songwriter musicians of their time. In 1961 the trio unleashed the then-daring satire "The John Birch Society", (Fighting for the right to fight/The right fight for the Right!), which established their ability to perform more controversial material. Their departure from Belafonte Enterprises in 1962, followed by their move to Mercury Records in 1963, gave them more freedom to add aggressively political songs to their body of folk, love, and world-music songs. They appeared on the American TV show Hootenanny. In 1965 the young and yet unknown singer/songwriter John Denver joined the group, with Denver writing some of the group's songs. Joe left the group in 1967 to become an Episcopalian priest. Joe, Mitchell, Kobluk reunited twice over the years, in 1987 for a few shows, including a PBS special and again in 2005 as a semi-permanent unit that played occasional concerts (died unexpectedly of an age related illness) b.????

March 29th.

1924: Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (71)
Irish-born composer born in Dublin, but, resident in England for much of his life. He first became known as a composer with his incidental music to Tennyson's Queen Mary in 1876; and in 1881 his first opera, The Veiled Prophet, was given at Hanover and revived at Covent Garden in 1893); He was appointed professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in 1883; was conductor of The Bach Choir from 1886 to 1902; was professor of music at Cambridge from 1887; conductor of the Leeds Philharmonic Society from 1897 to 1909, and of the Leeds Festival from 1901 to 1910 and was knighted in 1902. He also wrote lighter peices of music under the pseudonym of Karel Drofnatski (?) b. September 30th 1852.
1965: Zlatko Balokovic (70)
Croatian violinist, in 1913, already excellent and renowned, the invitation came to play with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. That year he won the annual Austrian "Staatspreis" and soon made artistic tours to Berlin, Vienna, and Genova. He stayed in Trieste during World War I. After living in Britain from 1920 to 1923, he accepted an offer for an American tour, so on January 1, 1924, he left for New York. In 1946 he and his wife returned to Yugoslavia as officials of the American Committee for Yugoslav Relief and were showered with that nation's gratitude. He gave 36 concerts and hundreds of speeches, travelling the entire country and personally came to know many high-ranking figures in the Yugoslav government, including Marshal Josip Broz Tito, Georgi Dimitrov of Bulgaria, and Enver Hoxha of Albania.
Upon his return to the U.S. in 1947, he made a coast-to-coast tour to advocate for the people he had met. In 1954, he made a second "jubilee" tour. Tito presented him with the Grand Cross of the Yugoslav Flag in recognition of his artistic and humanitarian achievements benefitting nations (sadly died in Venice, Italy) b. March 21st 1895.
Mantovani/Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (74)
Italian orchestra leader, a popular conductor and light orchestra-style entertainer, cascading strings technique developed by Binge became Mantovani's hallmark and is mostly associated with the light orchestra genre. His family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music, London. After graduation, he formed his own orchestra, which played in and around Birmingham. By the time World War II broke out, his orchestra was one of the most popular in England, both on the BBC and in live performances. He recorded for Decca until the mid-1950s, and then London Records. He recorded over 50 albums on that label, many of which were top-40 hits. These included Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, which reached No. 1 in Britain in 1953 and 1954, respectively.
In the United States, between 1955 and 1972, he released over 40 albums with 27 reaching the Top 40 and 11 the Top Ten. His biggest success was with the album Film Encores, which made it to No. 1 in 1957. Similarly, Mantovani Plays Music From 'Exodus' and Other Great Themes made it to No. 2 in 1961 and sold over one million albums. He made his last recordings in 1975 (died while at a care home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent) b. November 15th 1905.
1982: Carl Orff (86)
German composer, born in Munich and most known for Carmina Burana-1937, a "scenic cantata". It is the first of a trilogy that also includes Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. Carmina Burana reflected his interest in medieval German poetry. Together the trilogy is called Trionfi, or "Triumphs". The composer described it as the celebration of the triumph of the human spirit through sexual and holistic balance. The work was based on thirteenth-century poetry found in a manuscript dubbed the Codex latinus monacensis found in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern in 1803 and written by the Goliards. While "modern" in some of his compositional techniques, he was able to capture the spirit of the medieval period in this trilogy, with infectious rhythms and easy tonalities. The medieval poems, written in Latin and an early form of German, are often racy, but without descending into smut (?) b. July 10th 1895.
1985: Jeanine Deckers
/The Singing Nun (51)
Belgian nun, and a member, as Sister Luc Gabriel, of the Dominican Fichermont Convent in Belgium. She became internationally famous in 1963 as Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile) when she scored a hit with the song "Dominique". In the English speaking world, she is mostly referred to as "The Singing Nun". She gave concerts and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. To date, "Dominique" is the only Belgian number one hit single in the United States.In 1966, a movie called The Singing Nun was made about her, starring Debbie Reynolds in the title role. Deckers rejected the film as "fiction". Sally Field spoofed the role starting the following year as the title character in the television series The Flying Nun.
In 1967, she left her monastery to continue her musical career under the name Luc Dominique and released an album called "I Am Not a Star in Heaven". Her repertoire consisted of religious songs and songs for children. Most of her earnings went to the convent. Her musical career over, she opened a school for autistic children in Belgium. In the late 1970s the Belgian government claimed that she owed around US$63,000 in back taxes.Jeanine countered that the money was given to the convent and therefore exempt from taxes. Lacking any receipts to prove her donations to the convent and her religious order, she ran into heavy financial problems. (Citing their financial difficulties in a note, she and her companion of ten years, Anna Pécher, both committed suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol. In a great irony, the very day of her suicide and unknown to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters (SABAM) awarded her approximately $300,000 /571,658 Belgian francs, more than enough to pay off her $65,000 debt/99,000 Belgian francs and provide for her) b. October 17th 1933
1995: Jimmy McShane (37) Irish singer, dancer and front man for the Italian New Wave dance outfit Baltimora, although it is alleged that Maurizio Bassi was actually the vocalist. They released 2 albums and 9 singles including "Tarzan Boy", released in the summer of 1985. It was a huge success, debuting in the top 5 of the Italian charts and performed well in many other European countries, including Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands, reaching No.3 in the UK and No.13 in the USA. Baltimora performed on the American TV show Solid Gold, which helped further their success in America (complications from Aids) b. May 23rd 1957.
1999: Joe Williams (80)
American jazz vocalist, an elegant and sophisticated baritone, singing blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards. By his early teens, he had taught himself to play piano and formed his own gospel vocal quartet, "The Jubilee Boys". He got his first big break in 1938 when clarinet/saxophone player Jimmie Noone asked him to sing with his band. In less than a year, he was earning a reputation at Chicago dance halls and on a national radio station that broadcast his voice from Massachusetts to California. He toured the Midwest in 1939 and 1940 with the Les Hite band. The following year, he went on tour with saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. He went onto play with all the greats, performing regularly at jazz festivals, both in the U.S. and aboard, as well as on the nightclub circuit. He has performed at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival 12 times, spanning from 1959 t0 1993, sharing the stage with jazz greats such as Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Dianne Reeves, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Carmen McRae, Herbie Hancock, Nat Adderley, and Dizzy Gillespie. During the 1980s he appeared at Chicago's, Playboy Jazz Festival ten times.
He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983, next to Basie's. When Basie died in 1984, Williams sang a rendition of Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" at his funeral. In 1985, Williams received a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocalist for the album I Just Want to Sing. In 1991 Williams attended his own gala tribute, "For the Love of Joe", which celebrated the contribution that he had made and was still making to music. In 1992, he won his second Grammy Award, for the release Ballad and Blues Master "I Just Want to Sing." In 1997, Joe sang a duet with Nancy Wilson during the opening show of the San Francisco Jazz Festival, singing the song "You're Too Good to Be True" (?) b. December 12th 1918.
2001: John Lewis (80) American jazz pianist; in 1945 after moving to New York, he joined Dizzy Gillespie's bop-style big band as their drummer. He developed his skill further by composing and arranging for the band as well as attending the Manhattan School of Music. In January 1948, the band made a tour of Europe, he stayed in Europe after the tour, writing and studying piano. On his return from 1948 to 1951 he played with Charlie Parker, Illinois Jacquet, Lester Young after which he, Milt Jackson, Clarke, and Ray Brown formed the Milt Jackson Quartet. In 1952 Percy Heath replaced Brown on bass and the Modern Jazz Quartet was born, in which John served as its music director and pianist. From 1958 to 1982 he also served as music director of the annual Monterey Jazz Festival, and in 1962 he formed the cooperative big band Orchestra U.S.A., By the early 1980s he was performing with the reunited MJQ and with his sextet, the John Lewis Group, and, in 1985, with Gary Giddins and Roberta Swann, he founded the American Jazz Orchestra. In the 1990s he continued to
compose, teach, and perform, both with the MJQ and independently. He participated in the "Re-birth of the Cool" sessions with Gerry Mulligan in 1992. He was also involved in various third stream music projects with Gunther Schuller and others, as well as being an early and somewhat surprising advocate of the music of Ornette Coleman. (died after a long brave battle with prostate cancer) b. May 3rd 1920.
2009: Maurice Jarre (84) French composer and conductor,
although he composed several concert works, he is best known for his film scores, particularly known for his collaborations with film director David Lean. He composed the scores to all of Lean's films since Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Other notable scores include The Message-1976, Witness-1985 and Ghost-1990. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Three of his compositions spent a total of forty-two weeks on the U.K. singles chart chart; the biggest hit was 'Somewhere My Love' to his tune Lara's Theme, with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster by the Michael Sammes Singers, which reached No.14 in 1966 and spent 38 weeks on the chart. Maurice was a three time Academy Award winner, for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India, all of which were directed by David Lean. He was Oscar nominated a total of eight times. His television work includes the score for the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth-1977 directed by Franco Zeffirelli; Shogun-1980; and the theme for PBS's Great Performances. He scored his last film in 2001, a TV movie about the Holocaust entitled Uprising (?) b. September 13th 1924.
2009: Andy Hallett (33) American actor and singer best known for playing the part of Lorne, The Host in the TV series Angel. He used his singing talents often on the show, and performed two songs on the series' 2005 soundtrack album, Angel: Live Fast, Die Never
(sadly died from congestive heart failure) b. August 4th 1975
2011: Robert Tear CBE (72) British opera singer born in Barry, Glamorgan, Wales, UK; he made his operatic début in 1966 as Peter Quint in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw on the English Opera Group's tour of England and Russia. In 1970, he made his début at Covent Garden as Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and made his début as a conductor in 1985 in Minneapolis. Robert made over 250 records for many major recording companies. Roles he sang range from Uriel in Haydn's "Creation" to the painter in Alban Berg's Lulu, and from Pitichinaccio in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann to Sir Harvey in Donizetti's Anna Bolena. His many classical recordings include performances of Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Stravinsky, Janácek and Messiaen. In the English canon, he also recorded songs by Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Arthur Butterworth
(Robert sadly died of cancer) b. March 8th 1939.
2013: Vincenzo "Enzo" Jannacci (77) Italian singer-songwriter, pianist, actor and stand-up comedian born in Milan and he began his musical career in 1956, becoming the keyboardist of the group "Rocky Mountains". In 1958, as well as performing with Rock Boys, he formed the musical duo "I due corsari" with Giorgio Gaber, with whom he made his first recordings. As a jazz pianist, he also accompanied several great artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Bud Powell and Franco Cerri, with whom he recorded several albums. Between 1968-72 while studying medicine and cardiac surgery, he appeared as leading actor in two films, Mario Monicelli's Le coppie and Marco Ferreri's L'udienza. In 1973 he wrote the comedy play Il poeta e il contadino, that was later turned in a TV-series, and in 1974 he wrote, together with Beppe Viola, the book L'incompiuter. In 1977 Mina covered ten songs of Jannacci in the album Mina quasi Jannacci. Over his long and varied career, he penned around thirty albums, and will be remembered as one of the pioneers of Italian rock and roll (sadly died of cancer) b. June 3rd 1935.
2013: Clive Graeme Miles (77) British folk songwriter, born in Middlesbrough; he was a keen member of the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, helped to establish the Stockton Folk Club which continues to this day. His first of 100s of songs, Sea Coal, about Hartlepool, was written as a poem when he was 14, and is one of his most highly acclaimed works. More recently he was a member of The Ironopolis Singers, formed specifically to perform his songs. He also wrote two shows for the group Songs of Ironopolis and Purple Acres. To enable him to chronicle life in song, poetry and drawing, he held a number of jobs, including being a stonebreaker,
a warden at Westerdale Youth Hostel and archivist at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum (sadly died fighting myeloma) b. 1935.
2014: Dave Gregg (??) Canadian punk guitarist and pioneer of the the Vancouver punk scene.
He was an integral part of punk band D.O.A.’s most fabled lineup, which included himself, singer-guitarist Joe "Shithead" Keithley, bassist Randy Rampage and drummer Chuck Biscuits and he played on D.O.A.'s iconic 'Something Better Change', 'Hardcore 81', and 'War on 45' albums. He also played in the Judas Goat, and Groovaholics (sadly Dave died of a heart attack) b. ????
2016: Andy Newman (73) British pianist and founding member of Thunderclap Newman; born in Isleworth, Middlesex, he was primarily a keyboard player with an idiosyncratic approach – schoolfriends nicknamed him Thunderclap in honour of his playing technique – he also played the saxophone, clarinet and penny whistle. The band was formed in late 1968 at the instigation of the Who’s Pete Townshend, who envisaged the new group as a vehicle for John “Speedy” Keen’s songwriting. "Something in the Air" was released as a single in May 1969 and has enjoyed immortality thanks to its repeated use in movies that include The Magic Christian-1969, The Strawberry Statement-1970, Kingpin-1996, Almost Famous -2000) and The Girl Next Door-2004, and in commercials for TalkTalk, Coca-Cola and British Airways. The band supported Deep Purple on a 1969 British tour and again in 1971 on British and Scandinavian tours, but broke up in April that year. The group’s sole album, Hollywood Dream, was released in October 1970. A new version of Thunderclap Newman in 2010 featuring Townshend’s nephew Josh and Big Country’s drummer Mark Brzezicki. They recorded the album Beyond Hollywood and played live shows, including an appearance at the 2012 Isle of Wight festival. (?) b. November 21st 1942.
2017: Aldo Guibovich (64) Peruvian singer and a founder member of the latin-pop group, Los Pasteles Verdes, which was formed in 1973 in Chimbote. Their first hit "Black Angelitos", made a significant impact on the Mexican and Mexican-American musical markets. Then in 1976 Aldo moved to Mexico where he formed the group "Aldo and Los Pasteles Verdes" and he decided to make Mexico his permanent home. Other hits include "Hipocresia", "Esclavo y Amo", "El Reloj", "Memories of a Night", "El Conviario" and many others. In 2007 Aldo toured Japan. (sadly died fighting a brain tumor) b. 1952?

March 30th.

1764: Pietro Locatelli (68) Italian composer, violinist; born in Bergamo, Italy, a child prodigy on the violin, he was sent to study in Rome under the direction of Arcangelo Corelli. His works are mainly for the violin, an instrument on which he was a virtuoso. L'Arte del Violino, printed in Amsterdam in 1733, was one of the most influential musical publications of the early eighteenth century. It is a collection of twelve concertos for solo violin, strings and basso continuo, with a 'capriccio' for unaccompanied violin inserted into the first and last movements of each concerto as a sort of cadenza. (died in Amsterdam) b. September 3rd 1695.
1936: Conchita Supervía (40)
Spanish opera singer born in Barcelona; she made her stage debut in 1910 at the age of 15 at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina in Stiattesi's Bianca de Beulieu.
In 1911 she sang the role of Octavian in the first Italian language production of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the Teatro Constanzi in Rome. In 1912 she appeared as Carmen at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in her native city, a role with which she would be associated for the rest of her career. Conchita made her US debut in 1915 as Charlotte in Massenet's Werther at the Chicago Opera. Back in Europe by the end of WWI she was invited to Rome, where she started the Rossini revival that made her world-famous, as Angelina in La Cenerentola, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, in the original keys. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1934 in La Cenerentola and in 1935 (Conchita tragically died after giving birth to a stillborn baby daughter) b. December 8th or 9th 1895.
1963: Aleksandr Gauk (69)
Russian conductor and composer born in Odessa; his first conducting experience was in 1912 with a student orchestra, and professionally on 1 October 1917 for a production of Tchaikovsky's Cherevichki at the Petrograd Musical Drama Theatre. He spent much of the 1920s as conductor for the Mariinsky Ballet.
From 1930 to 1934, he was chief conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1932 he worked in Moscow and became chief conductor of a new radio orchestra in 1936, which evolved into the USSR State Symphony Orchestra. During the WWII, after escaping from Riga, he taught in Moscow, before spending two years at the Tbilisi Conservatory and reviving the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra. Aleksandr restored Rachmaninoff's discarded First Symphony from the orchestral parts found in the archives of the Moscow Conservatory after the composer's death in 1943 and in 1946 conducted the world premiere of Khachaturian's Cello Concerto in Moscow. His own compositions include a symphony, chamber works for strings and works for piano. He left an unfinished autobiography (?) b. August 15th 1893.
1967: Paul Clayton (34)
folk singer, dulcimer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts; he had a lifelong interest in the folk song tradition, particularly sea shanties and whaling songs, and was an avid collector of folk tunes. He was instrumental in the first recordings of such traditional folk artists as Etta Baker and Hobart Smith. His song "Gotta Travel On" was a folk staple, covered and charted in 1959 by country singer Billy Grammer. Blue Ridge Mountains ballad singer Marybird McAllister was Clayton's source for "Gotta Travel On" as well as "Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons", the song eventually recorded as "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" by Bob Dylan. Paul was also part of a bluegrass group called the Dixie Mountain Boys with banjoist Johnny Clark and folksingers Bill Clifton and Dave Sadler (sadly died from a
deliberate overdose of medication) b. March 3rd 1931.
1977: Abdel Halim Hafez (47)
Egyptian singer, actor and he also played many different instruments including the aboe, drums, piano, oud, clarinet, guitar and much more. He is among the most popular and celebrated singers ever in Egypt and the Arab world. Abdel was also an actor, conductor, music teacher and movie producer. He is widely considered one of the Great 4 of Arabic music along with Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, and Farid Al Attrach. His name is sometimes written as 'Abd el-Halim Hafez, and is also known for his deep passion when singing, and his highly unique, powerful and rare voice widely known as el-Andaleeb el-Asmar/The Great Dark Skinned Nightingale. His most famous songs include Ahwak/"I love you", Khosara/"What a loss", Gana El Hawa/ "Love came to us", Sawah/"Wanderer", Zay el Hawa/"It feels like love", Mawood/"Promised" and El Massih/"The Christ", among the over 300 songs that he recorded (he tragically died while undergoing treatment for Bilharzia in King's College Hospital, London. His funeral, in Cairo, was attended by millions of people – more than any funeral in middle east history other than that of President Gamal Abdel Nasser) b. June 21st 1929.
1977: Levko Revutsky (88)
Ukrainian composer, teacher, and activist born in Irzhavets, Pryluky County of the Poltava Governorate. His works belong to the treasury of Ukrainian classics (The second symphony and piano concert are the first considerable works of these genres in Ukrainian music). He made a considerable contribution to the development of genre folk songs arrangements. There are about 120 original such arrangements in his creative inheritance. In 1950 he undertook the enormous task of editing and preparing Mykola Lysenko's works for publication. In February, 1969 in connection with his 80th birthday and for creative merit Levko Revutsky was awarded the rank of Hero of Socialist Labor. (?) b. February 20th 1889.
1979: Ray Ventura (70)
French jazz bandleader born in Paris; he played a significant role in popularizing jazz in France in the 1930s. He played piano in a group which recorded under the name Ray Ventura and His Collegians. He led the group from 1929 and recorded through the 1930s, becoming a popular dance ensemble in France in that decade. His sidemen included Philippe Brun, Alix Combelle, and Guy Paquinet. He led a big band in South America from 1942 to 1944 before returning to lead a group in France from 1945 to 1949. During his tour in Brazil during the Second World War he was joined by the French singer Henri Salvador. Two years later in Argentina the French trumpet player Georges Henry joined the group (?) b. April 16th 1908.
1983: Pál Kadosa (79)
Hungarian composer born in Léva, Austria-Hungary, now Levice, Slovakia and studied at the national Hungarian Royal Academy of Music. His early style was influenced by Hungarian folklore while his later works were more toward Hindemith and expressively forceful idioms. He was also head of the piano department of the Franz Liszt Academy for many years (?) b. September 6th 1903.
1994: Sid Weiss (79)
American jazz double-bassist; he learned clarinet, violin, and tuba when young, switching to bass in his teens. He moved to New York City around 1931 and worked in the following decade with Louis Prima, Bunny Berigan, Wingy Manone, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, and Adrian Rollini. He was with Benny Goodman from 1941-45, then played in the second half of the 1940s and the early 1950s with Muggsy Spanier, Pee Wee Russell, Cozy Cole, Bud Freeman, Duke Ellington, and Eddie Condon. He quit full-time performing in the mid-1950s (?) b. April 30th 1914.
1995: Rozelle Claxton (82)
American jazz pianist born in Bartlett, Tennessee; he learned piano at age 11 and was playing professionally with Clarence Davis by age 17, whose band was working with W.C. Handy. He played and arranged for Harlan Leonard and played solo in Chicago in the 1930s. Following this he played with Ernie Fields, Eddie South, and Count Basie's orchestra. Later in the 1940s he played with Walter Fuller, George Dixon, Earl Hines, Red Norvo, Jimmie Lunceford, and Andy Kirk. In the 50s he did work accompanying many vocalists, including Pearl Bailey. He worked with Franz Jackson from 1959 well into the 1960s, in addition to continuing solo appearances in Chicago as an organist and pianist (?) b. February 5th 1913.
1995: Paul A. Rothchild (59)
American music producer, born in Brooklyn, New York; he began his career on the Boston folk scene, recording and releasing recordings by local folk artists. He is widely known for his historic work with The Doors and early production of The Paul Butterfield Blues Bandthe in the late 1960s and 70s. He produced the first five albums by The Doors. He also produced LPs and singles for John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Paxton, Fred Neil, Tom Rush, The Lovin' Spoonful, Tim Buckley, Love, Clear Light, Rhinoceros and Janis Joplin, including her final LP Pearl and her No.1 single (written by her then-lover Kris Kristofferson) "Me and Bobby McGee".
In the 1970s, he produced The Outlaws' debut album, as well as producing Bonnie Raitt, Elliott Murphy and the soundtrack album for the Bette Midler film The Rose, which was loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin. He also produced the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's film The Doors, about the group and appeared in a small role in the film (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. April 18th 1935
2002: Anand Bakshi (72)
Indian lyricist, after his years in the Indian Army, in 1956he arrived in Bombay, to try and find work in films, for the 2nd time, armed with about 60 songs, but did not find work, but continue write his dreams- songs.
His first published poem appeared in an Army publication, “Sainik Samachar”, and this boosted his morale and gave him confidence to try in Hindi films. Later on, in the late 90’s, he even wrote a special song for the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dhun. He even wrote a song for the Corps of Signals, on their invitation. He wrote the first recorded songs of singers like Shailendra Singh, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy, etc., and he established himself as a versatile lyricist with the song Dum Maro Dum in the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna-1972. After this, he wrote memorable lyrics in many movies including Bobby and Amar Prem-1971, Jeena Ki Raah Jitender, Meera Gao Mera Desh Dharmendra, Aye Din Bahar Ke, Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Seeta Aur Geeta Hema Malini, Sholay-1975, Dharam Veer, Kalicharan, Vishvanath, , Nagina, Mr. India, Hum-1991, Mohra-1994, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge-1995, Heer-Ranjha, Taal-1998, Mohabbatein-2000, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha-2001 and Yaadein-2001 (died of heart and lung disease related illnesses) b. July 21st 1930.
2004: Timi Yuro/Rosemary Timothy Yuro (63)
American singer born in Chicago, Illinois; by the late 1960s, she had performed in venues from London to Las Vegas, opened for Frank Sinatra on his 1961 tour of Australia, made TV appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Where the Action Is, and The Lloyd Thaxton Show. Signed to Liberty, she had a U.S. Billboard No.4 single in 1961 with "Hurt", an R&B ballad that had been an early success for Roy Hamilton. On "Hurt" and followed-up in 1962, with "What's a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You?)". Many listeners in the early 1960s thought Timi was black, she is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul stylists of the rock era. (sadly lost her long and very brave battle with cancer)b. August 4th 1940.
2005: Emil Dimitrov (64) Bulgarian singer, born in Pleven; he made his debut in 1960 and recorded about 30 albums altogether. In the 60s Lili Ivanova and Emil Dimitrov were the most popular singers of modern songs in Bularia. During the last years of his life he exhibited a talent for drawing as well (?)
b. December 23rd 1940.
2005: Chrysanthos Theodoridis (70) Greek singer and songwriter in Oinoi of Kozani but lived much of his life in Pontus. He wrote several songs from and for Pontus and became a symbol for the people from Pontus worldwide. His voice was a true castrato voice but not the result of actual castration, but as a result of hypogonadism that was untreated. As such he was able to resurrect ancient singing modalities that were used by castrati in the Middle Ages (sadly died of a cardiac arrest)
b. 1934
Derrick William Plourde (33) American drummer, born in Goleta, California, and was active between 1989 and his unexpected death. He was a former member of Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, Jaws, The Ataris, Rich Kids on LSD and others.
His former band, Lagwagon, produced a tribute album titled Resolve in his honor. He is also mentioned in the NOFX song "Doornails", on their Wolves in Wolves' Clothing album (Diagnosed as bipolar early in life and battling drug addiction, Derrick sadly committed suicide by gunshot) b. October 17th 1971.
2008: Anders Göthberg (32)
Swedish guitarist with Honey Is Cool formed in 1994, but soon left to join the newly formed alternative rock band Broder Daniel and can be heard on all their albums Saturday Night Engine, Broder Daniel, Broder Daniel Forever, Singles, Cruel Town, No Time For Us, and The Demos (sadly he committed suicide by jumping from the Västerbron bridge in Stockholm) b. October 9th 1975.
Sean LeVert (39)
US singer with the LeVert Trio, son of legendary soul/funk singer Eddie Levert of The O'Jays. He formed the trio LeVert with older brother Gerald Levert and childhood friend Marc Gordon; together they scored several smash hits on the U.S. R&B charts in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995, Sean launched a solo career with the album ''The Other Side''', which peaked at No.22 on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No.146 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album yielded the charting singles "Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is" and "Same One" that same year.(He was being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail after reportedly failing to pay child support, where he collasped and died; cause unknown at the present time) b. September 28th 1968.
2013: Franco Califano (74)
Italian lyricist, musician, singer and actor, born in an airplane above Tripoli, he lived most of his life in Rome and Milan. He began his career in music in the 60s as a lyricist and record producer; among his first successes as author were "La musica è finita", "E la chiamano estate", and "Una ragione di più". In 1976 he got his first and main success as a singer with the song "Tutto il resto è noia". During these years he continued his activity as lyricist signing, among others, the Sanremo Music Festival 1973 winner "Un grande amore e niente più" performed by Peppino di Capri and the Mia Martini's classic "Minuetto"; he also composed a whole album for Mina, Amanti di valore and in 1978 he released his best-selled album, Tac. In '88 he entered the Sanremo Music Festival with the autobiographical song "Io per le strade di quartiere"; he came back to Sanremo two more times, in 1994 with "Napoli" and in 2005 with "Non escludo il ritorno" (sadly died of a bone tumor) b. September 14th 1938.
2013: Philip "Phil" Ramone (79)
South African-born American recording engineer, record producer, violinist and composer, who in 1958 co-founded A & R Recording, Inc. a recording studio with business partner Jack Arnold. He was born in South Africa, but grew up in Brooklyn, New York, USA, and as a child in South Africa, he was a musical prodigy, beginning to play the violin at age three and performing for Princess Elizabeth at age ten. In the late 1940s he trained as a classical violinist at the Juilliard School, and opened his own recording studio before he was 20. He became a naturalized citizen of the USA on December 14th 1953. At his A & R studio he quickly gained a reputation as a good sound engineer and music producer, in particular for his use of innovative technology. Among the performers whose music he produced are Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, The Band, Bono, Laura Branigan, Ray Charles, Karen Carpenter, Chicago, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Sheena Easton, Melissa Errico, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Patricia Kaas, B.B. King, Julian Lennon, Shelby Lynne, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sinéad O'Connor, Fito Páez, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter, Paul and Mary, June Pointer, André Previn, Diane Schuur, Michael Sembello, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, The Guess Who, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Nikki Yanofsky. He is also credited with having recorded Marilyn Monroe's intoxicated version of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy. (Phil was hospitalized in late February 2013, he died of complications from surgery related to a aortic aneurysm) b. January 5th 1934.
2015: Aniceto Molina/Aniceto Molina Aguirre (75) Colombian cumbia singer and accordionist; born in El Campano, Córdoba, then lived in Mexico City from 1973 to 1984, after which, he moved to San Antonio, Texas. He began playing the accordion i at the age of 12, which led to a career that lasted for more than four decades. He formed his group, "Los Sabaneros", in 1979 and they were very popular in Latin American countries, especially El Salvador. Some of his most successful songs include "La Cumbia Sampuesana", "El Campañero", "La Gorra" and "La Burrita". (sadly died due to a bacterial lung infection) b. 17 April 1939.
2015: Preston James Ritter (65)
American drummer; he joined the Los Angeles, psychedelic rock band The Electric Prunes in 1966, and played on their debut studio album, The Electric Prunes, and two hit singles, before leaving in 1967. He was also involved with Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, and Dobie Gray. He later worked as a DJ and as a police officer and private investigator before becoming a Christian missionary in Korea, where he taught theology. In later years he returned to Los Angeles, and taught and wrote books on drumming. (sadly Preston died after several years battling for kidney problems) b.
April 24th 1949.
2015: Jeremy Brown (34) American guitarist from Venice, California; he had worked with singer
Scott Weiland for seven years on his solo projects; at Softdrive Records; and also became a fully fledged member Weiland's backing band, The Wildabouts. He first worked with Scott in 2008 when the singer recorded his solo album, "Happy" in Galoshes. Jeremy, along with Wildabouts' bassist Tommy Black and drummer Danny Thompson, also accompanied Weiland on the road for the 'Purple to the Core' tour. (sadly he died from accidental drug intoxication, the day before Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts released their debut album 'Blaster' in which Jeremy came up with a majority of the riffs) b.
November 18th 1980.
2016: Howard Cable (95)
Canadian conductor, composer, arranger and radio-television producer, born in Toronto, Ontario, where he also studied conducting and bandmastership at The Royal Conservatory of Music. He also studied piano, clarinet, and oboe, and played in the Parkdale Collegiate Institute orchestra under Leslie Bell. While studying he led a dance band, the Cavaliers, 1935-41 in Toronto and at southern Ontario summer resorts. He composed and arranged the original theme for the Hockey Night in Canada television broadcast, The Saturday Game which opened the broadcast from 1952 until 1968. He was the conductor for the early CBC TV variety programs General Electric Showtime and Mr. Show Business. In addition he conducted and arranged music for various CBC radio and TV programs in the 1960s. From 1971 to 1985 he was host of the program Howard Cable Presents heard on St. Catharines radio station "CHRE-fm", and for most of the years it was the station's highest rated program. As of 2013, he remained active as a guest conductor of symphony orchestras across Canada; his concerts usually featuring a refreshing mix of light classical, pop, big band swing and show tunes. (?) b. December 15th 1920.
2016: Gianmaria Testa (57)
Italian singer-songwriter born in Cavallermaggiore. In the early 1990s, he won two consecutive top prizes at the Recanati Festival. (?) b. October 17th 1958.
2016: Frankie Michaels/Francis Michael Chernesky (60)
American actor and singer, born in Bridgeport, CT. He holds the record for being the youngest person to win a Tony Award at age ten for his performance as young Patrick Dennis in the Broadway musical Mame in 1966. His other stage credits include A for Adult and Happily Ever After. In 1965, at age 10, he recorded Gladys Shelley's theme song for the Little Miss America pageant at Palisades Amusement Park, for Spiral Records. He also appeared in the TV series As the World Turns from 1964–66, Our Private World in 1965, and The Joey Bishop Show in 1967 and made guest appearances on The Mike Douglas Show and The Merv Griffin Show in 1966. In 2010, he sang "My Best Girl" during a tribute to Angela Lansbury at the Drama League Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. As of 2013, Frankie worked for United Radio Service in East Syracuse, New York, and sang in a lounge at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York (?) May 5th 1955.
2017: Thomas Brandis (81)
German violinist and concertmaster; born in Hamburg, he trained as a violinist in Hamburg and later in London. After winning the first of the International ARD Competition he was concertmaster in Hamburg, moving later to Berlin to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. He became concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic at age of onlyn 26, and served in the position until 1983. In 1976 he also founded the Brandis-Quartet, which has performed virtually in all major festivals in Europe, Japan and the Americas. He was a professor of violin at the Berlin University of the Arts until 2002, and was a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. Over his career Thomas has recorded for EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Orfeo and Harmonia Mundi. (?) b. June 23rd 1935.
2017: Elyse Steinman (??) American guitarist and founding member of the hard rock band Raging Slab. The group was formed in 1983 when she and Greg Strzempka, both guitarists, met in New York City and had a shared interest in the heavy rock sounds of 1970's style "boogie" rock and contemporary punk rock. By 1986 the group had built a steady and loyal following around the New York City and New Jersey area, and in 1987 they recorded their first album, 'Assmaster' and they have issued eight further studio albums since – their last being 2002’s "Pronounced: Eat Shit". A Guitar World review of Raging Slab described the groups sound as "Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Metallica". In 1994 they embarked on a European tour in support of Texas and also played with Lenny Kravitz and Monster Magnet. (sadly Elyse died after a brave three year battle with cancer) b. ????

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1880: Henryk Wieniawski (44)
Polish violinist and composer, born in Lublin, Congress Poland, Russian Empire. He was considered a violinist of genius and wrote some of the most important works in the violin repertoire, including two extremely difficult violin concertos, the second of which, in D minor-1862, is more often performed than the first, in F minor-1853. His "L'Ecole Moderne, 10 Etudes-Caprices" is a very well-known and required work for aspiring violinists. His Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op. 16 and Légende, Op. 17 are also frequently performed works. He also wrote two popular mazurkas for solo violin and piano accompaniment, the second one, Obertas, in G Major, using techniques such as left-hand pizzicato, harmonics, large leaps, and many double stops. Henryk has been given a number of posthumous honors. His portrait appeared on a postage stamp of Poland in 1952 and again in 1957. A 100 Zloty coin was issued in 1979 bearing his image (?) b. July 10th 1835.
1885: Franz Wilhelm Abt (65)
German composer and choral conductor. He composed roughly 3,000 individual works mostly in the area of vocal music. Several of his songs were at one time universally sung, and have obtained a more or less permanent place in the popular repertory. During his lifetime, Abt was a renowned choral conductor and he spent much of the last three decades of his life working as a guest conductor with choirs throughout Europe and in the United States
(?) b. December 22nd 1819.
1986: O'Kelly Isley Jr (48)
American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and one of the founding members of the legendary family group; He performed with his influential family group for close to four decades, a period spanning not only two generations of siblings but also massive cultural shifts that heralded their music's transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk.
He sometimes sang lead vocals on some of the Isley Brothers songs including "Black Berries" and "Let Me Down Easy" showcasing a similar vocal to that of his younger brother Ronnie. He remained a dedicated member of the group from its 1954 inception until he sudden death (heart attack) b. December 25th 1937
1991: John Wallace Carter (61)
American jazz clarinetist, saxophone, and flute player;
he played with Ornette Coleman and Charles Moffett in the 1940s. From 1961, he worked on the West Coast where he met Bobby Bradford, in 1965 they worked on a number of projects. He also played with Hampton Hawes and Harold Land. In the '70s he became well known on the basis of his extraordinary solo concerts. At New Jazz Festival Moers 1979 he and the German clarinet player Theo Jörgensmann performanced on three days. Afterwards he received rave reviews and wide recognition from around the world. He and Jörgensmann met and played together again in 1984 at the Berlin Jazzfes.
Between 1982 and 1990 Carter composed and recorded "Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music," in five albums focused on African-Americans and their history. The complete set was acclaimed by jazz critics as containing some of the best releases of the 1980s. A clarinet quartet with Perry Robinson, Jörgensmann and Eckard Koltermann was planned for 1991, but John Carter did not recover from a nonmalignant tumor. Later that year he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (complications from a tumor) b. September 24th 1928.
1993: Nicanor Zabaleta (86)
Spanish virtuoso and populariser of the harp,
born in San Sebastián. In 1926, he made his own official concert debutin Paris. Then he travelled to the U.S. where on July 5, 1934 he made his US debut in New York City. During the years of 1959–62 he led a harp class on Accademia Musicale Chigiana courses in Siena. He performed mainly music of the 18th century, and also ancient and modern music. He was awarded the Premio Nacional de Música of Spain in 1982 and six years later, in 1988, he was elected to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Nicanor's final concert on June 16th 1992 in Madrid (?) b. January 7th 1907.
1993: Mitchell Parish/Michael Hyman Pashelinsky (92)
American lyricist born in Lithuania, but emergrated to America as a baby in 1901. By the late 1920s he was a well regarded Tin Pan Alley lyricist in New York City.
His best known works include the lyrics to songs such as "Star Dust", "Sweet Lorraine", "Deep Purple", "Stars Fell on Alabama", "Sophisticated Lady", "Volare" (English lyrics), "Moonlight Serenade", "Sleigh Ride", "One Morning in May", and "Louisiana Fairy Tale", which was the first theme song used in the PBS Production of This Old House. Besides providing the lyrics to Hoagy Carmichael's "Star Dust", the two collaborated on standards such as "Riverboat Shuffle" and "One Morning in May". In 1949, he added lyrics to bandleader Al Goodman's tune, "The Allen Stroll", used as the theme song of The Fred Allen Show. His great nephew was the Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish, who described Mitchell's meeting with Jerry Garcia in his autobiography, "Home Before Day Light" (?) b. July 10th 1900.
1995: Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
(23) American singer who has been called "The Queen of Tejano music", the youngest child of a Mexican couple. She began singing at the age of 6; when she was 9 her father founded the singing group Selena y Los Dinos, which she fronted and she released her first album "Mis Primeras Grabaciones," at the age of twelve. In 1987 Selina won Female Vocalist of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards and dominated the award for the next seven years. She landed a recording contract with EMI a few years later. Her breakthrough hit was "Buenos Amigos," a 1991 duet with Alvaro Torres, the ballad went to No. 1 on the Billboard Latin tracks chart.
Her fame grew throughout the early 1990s, and in 1993, she won a Grammy Award for best Mexican-American album, with "Selena Live. 1995 sees her with a Grammy nomination for "Amor Prohibido"/Forbidden Love. Also in '95 she dominated the Tejano Music Awards for song of the year -"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", best female entertainer, best female vocalist, album of the year - "Amor Prohibido", Tejano crossover song, and record of the year. "Dreaming of You" was the last studio album recorded by Selena. It was first released in July 1995 after her death, debuting at No.1 on the Billboard's 200 chart. On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared her birthday "Selena Day" in Texas. Warner Brothers made a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997. As of June 2006, Selena was commemorated with a museum and a bronze life-sized statue (murdered, brutally shot in the back by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club) b. April 16th 1971.
1996: Jeffrey Lee Pierce (37) American guitarist with Gun Club born in El Monte, LA; he discovered punk rock during his teenage years, while working at Bomp Records, writing for such L.A. based punk magazines as Slash, and serving as the head of Blondie's fan club. By 1979, he was fronting his own band Creeping Ritual, later changing their name to the Gun Club. Merging the energy of hardcore punk, rockabilly, and country, they soon became one of the frontrunners of the 'pyschobilly' music style. They releases several albums including their classic 1981 debut, "Fire of Love", 1982's "Miami", 1983's "Death Party", 1992's "In Exile" and 1994's "Lucky Jim". He also released a pair of solo albums 1985's "Wildweed" and 1992's "Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee" (blood clot on his brain) b. June 27th 1958.
2003: Tommy Seebach Mortensen (53) Danish musician, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, he was a popular singer, composer, organist, pianist and producer. At the age of 14 he formed his first band, Colours, in which he played the organ, after which he played in many
orchestras, pop and beat groups, sometimes going under the name of "Boogie-Woogie-Tommy". In 1965, he became a member of the band Sir Henry And His Butlers, writing many of their most popular hits. He also worked as a recording engineer at Rosenberg Studio in Copenhagen where he recorded the legendary Icecross album among others. His debut solo album "Tommygun" was a hit in 1977, he was at this time also an in demand producer at EMI. In 1979 he won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix with the song "Disco Tango" which he coauthored with Keld Heick. It became a major hit both in Denmark and other European countries and represented Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 1979, finishing 6th. He participated in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix again in 1980 with "Bye-Bye".
In 1981 he won the competition again, singing "Krøller eller ej", it finished 11th at Eurovision Song Contest 1981. This song was also coauthored with Keld Heick. Tommy competed eight times in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix. He and the musical group Hot Eyes were the only two acts ever to win the competition three times. (sadly taken by a heart attack) b. September 14th 1949.
2006: John Lenwood "Jackie" McLean (74) American jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator; He recorded with Miles Davis, on Davis' Dig album, when he was 19 years old. As a young man he also recorded with Gene Ammons, Charles Mingus, and George Wallington, and played as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. While under contract with Blue Note Records from '59-67, he recorded as a leader with a wide range of musicians, including Donald Byrd, Sonny Clark, Ornette Coleman, Dexter Gordon, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur III, Mal Waldron
and Bobby Hutcherson, among many others. In 1970, he and his wife, Dollie McLean, founded the Artists Collective, Inc. of Hartford, an organization dedicated to preserving the art and culture of the African Diaspora. It provides educational programs and instruction in dance, theatre, music and visual arts. He received an American Jazz Masters fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2001 and many other national and international awards, and was the only American jazz musician to found a department of studies at a University and a community based organization almost simultaneously (died after a long illness) b. May 17th 1931.
Phil Cordell (59) English multi-musician, composer, songwriter; came to fame under the name of Springwater and as Dan The Banjo Man. After playing in bands
"The Prophets" and "Tuesdays Children" in 1967 he went solo, and in 1969 recorded 'Red Lady', with all the veiled drug references and psychedelic mysticism of the era. Being a multi-instrumentalist, he played all the instruments himself from slide guitar to harp. 1971 sees Phil with the pseudonym of "Springwater", under this name he had a huge hit with the instrumental "I Will Return". Again playing all the instrumentals himself. Leaving Springwater behind, in 1974, he took another pseudonym, "Dan The Banjo Man", recording a self titled album. The single “Dan The Banjo Man” was a mega hit, reaching Number 1 in the German charts twice! It was used originally for an orange juice advert on German Television. After these successes, Phil reverted back to his own name recording tracks such as: Back In Your Arms, One Man Show, Doin' The Best I Can, Cheatin' In The Dark, Roadie For The Band, Twistin And Jivin, Cool Clear Water and many others. In 2005 "Dan the Banjo Man." was reissue on CD, with eight bonus tracks, most of them written by Phil and his son Charlie (sadly died after his battle against cancer) b. July 17th 1947.
2011: Ishbel MacAskill née MacIver (70) Scottish Gaelic singer and teacher, often referred to as the "Gaelic diva". She was born in Broker on the Isle of Lewis. When she was 12, she moved with her family to Stornaway, before moving to Glasgow. She was 38 when she first sang in public, at the 1979 National Mod, where Noel Eadie heard her perform, which lead to the first of her several albums. Before long she was appearing in concerts and festivals worldwide, and became a regular at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow and the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton (sadly died after a fall in the kitchen of her home) b.
March 14th 1941.
2011: Mel McDaniel (68) American country music singer, born in Checotah, Oklahoma; after several moves, in the early 70s he re-located to Nashville and landed a job as a demo singer and songwriter with Combine Music. With the help of music publisher Bob Beckham, Mel signed to Capitol Records in 1976 and released his first single, “Have a Dream on Me”
. His chartmaking years were the 1980s and his hits from that era include "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Stand Up," "Anger and Tears," the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand On It" and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)" (sadly Mel died of cancer) b. September 6th 1942.
2011: Ndeye Marie Ndiaye Gawlo (49) Senegalese singer (?) b.????
2012: Zoran Romic (47) Australian guitarist with the rock band Chocolate Starfish, born in Croatia and raised in Avondale Heights, Australia. As a member of Chocolate Starfish from 1993, he recorded on all their albums including their
hits ‘Chocolate Starfish’-1994 and ‘Box’-1995 and hit singles ‘You’re So Vain’, ‘Mountain’, ‘All Over Me’, ‘4 Letter Word’ and ‘Accidentally Cool’.
In 2003, he and Chocolate Starfish drummer Darren Danielson founded the Fur Group of companies, an independent record label, artist management company, artist consultancy company and touring company based in Melbourne. Together they managed the careers of Pseudo Echo, Boom Crash Opera, Sean Kelly (Models), Skybombers and Courtney Conway as well as producer Charles Fisher.(sadly died after brave battle with cancer) b. ????
2013: Josef Bažík Pavelka (68) Czech jazz trombonist born in Zlín, former Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, presently Czechia. He was a member of the jazz combo SHQ 1968–1971, pop and jazz group Strýci 1971–1974, Orchestra Ladislav Štaidl 1975–1982, and Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra/Czechoslovak Radio Dance Orchestra from 1977 and through till the late 90s. (?) b. November 5th 1944.
2013: Sanat Sinha (86) Indian singer of rhymes and light music; he was a celebrated singer of Akashvani and Doordarshan and had a large fan following during his hey days.he has sung over 1000 songs and has a large number of published songs to his credit and is best remembered by many for his Bengali children's rhymes such as Ek Ekke Ek, Baburam Sapure and Thik Dupur Bela.
He had been awarded the Rajya Sangeet Academy award and nominated by the state government for the forthcoming Sangeet Maha Samman to be conferred to music greats next month, his son will receive the award posthumously (sadly died from age related problems) b. 1926.
2014: Frankie Knuckles Jr (59) American disc jockey and record producer born in the Bronx borough of New York City and later moved to Chicago. He played an important role in developing and popularizing house music in Chicago during the 1980s when the genre was being created. He continued to work as a remixer through the 1990s and into the next decade, reworking tracks from Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Eternal, Pet Shop Boys, Toni Braxton and many others. He released several new singles, including "Keep on Movin'" and a re-issue of an earlier hit "Bac N Da Day" with Definity Records. In 1995, he released his second album titled Welcome to the Real World. In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, he is often known as "The Godfather of House Music" (sadly Frankie died from complications related to diabetes) b. January 18th 1955.
2015: Ralph Sharon (91) Anglo-American jazz pianist and arranger; born in London, he emigrated to the United States in early 1954, and became a naturalized citizen five years later. By 1958, he was recording with Tony Bennett, the start of a more than 50 year working relationship as Bennett's man behind the music on many Grammy winning studio recordings, and touring with Bennett for many years. He found "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for Bennett, a year after placing it in a bureau and forgetting about it. Ralph discovered the manuscript while packing for a tour that included San Francisco. While they both liked the song, they were convinced it would only be a local hit. The song became Bennett's signature tune. A great jazz pianist in his own right, recording around twenty of his own solo albums, Sharon was best known as one of the greatest pianists who backed up singers, including Bennett, Robert Goulet, Chris Connor and many others. He retired from touring when he was 80, but continued to play in the Denver metropolitan area until shortly before his death. (?) b. September 17th 1923.

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