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Spike Jones/Lindley Armstrong Jones (53)
American comedian, actor, bandleader, drummer; a popular musician and bandleader
specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and
classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots,
whistles, cowbells and ridiculous vocals. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the
band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the
USA and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue.
He and his band featured in many films including "Thank Your Lucky Stars",
"Variety Girl" and "Fireman, Save My Child" They starred in
TV variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and their Four Star Revue in
1952, before Spike was given his own slot by CBS, The Spike Jones Show, which
aired from 1954 to 1961. His final group, Spike Jones's New Band, recorded 4 LPs
of brassy renditions of songs of the 1960s, including "Washington Square"
and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" (sadly taken
by emphysema) b.
December 14th 1911.
1978: Aram Khachaturian (74) Armenian composer
born in Tiflis, Georgia, Russian Empire; works were often influenced by folk music
of Armenia. In 1951, he became professor at the Gnessin State Musical and Pedagogical
Institute, Moscow and the Moscow Conservatory. He also held important posts at
the Composers' Union, becoming deputy chairman of the Moscow branch in 1937, then
appointed vice-chairman of the Organizing Committee of Soviet Composers in 1939.
In 1939 he composed his ballet Happiness, which was later reworked into the ballet
Gayane. The cinematic quality of his music for Spartacus was clearly seen when
the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia was used as the theme for a popular BBC drama
series, The Onedin Line, during the 1970s. Since then, it has become one of the
most popular of all classical pieces for UK audiences. Joel Coen's The Hudsucker
Proxy also prominently featured music from Spartacus and Gayane (the "Sabre
Dance" included). Gayane's adagio was used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001:
A Space Odyssey among other films. He was also the composer for the state anthem
of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, whose tune is one of the five current
choices to become the next state anthem of Armenia. The climax of Spartacus was
also used in Caligula (film) and Ice Age: The Meltdown (?)
b. June 6th 1903.
William Primrose CBE (76) Scottish
violist and teacher, born
in Glasgow and in 1919 he moved to study at the then Guildhall School of Music
in London. From there he moved to Belgium to study under Eugène Ysaÿe
who encouraged him to take up the viola instead. In 1930, he joined Warwick Evans,
John Pennington, and Thomas Petre as the violist in the London String Quartet.
In 1937, he began playing in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini.
His career as a soloist took off when he started touring with Richard Crooks.
He later signed with Arthur Judson, an influential concert manager. In 1946, he
was the soloist in the first recording of Berlioz's Harold in Italy. In 1953 he
was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II
also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard (sadly
died of cancer)b. August
Hugo Peretti (69) American songwriter
and record producer; he began his career as a teenager, playing the trumpet in
the Borscht Belt in upstate New York. He graduated to playing with orchestras,
then in the 1950s partnered with his cousin Luigi Creatore to form the Hugo &
Luigi songwriting team that evolved to producing records. In 1957, they bought
into Roulette Records where they wrote songs for various artists such as Valerie
Carr and produced major hits for Jimmie Rodgers including "Honeycomb",
"Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again"
and "Secretly". In 1960 Hugo & Luigi signed a contract with RCA
Records where they produced crooner Perry Como, Sam Cooke and Ray Peterson and
wrote English lyrics for the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (with the
original bulk of the song written by Solomon Linda), producing the hit for The
Tokens. They wrote the Presley hit single Wild in the Country and with George
David Weiss they co-wrote "Can't Help Falling in Love" for Elvis Presley.
They left RCA in 1964 to join George David Weiss in writing a musical about the
American Civil War. Titled Maggie Flynn, it ran on Broadway in 1968. In the 1970s,
Hugo & Luigi owned part of Avco Records and then established H&L Records
which they operated until retiring at the end of the decade. Among their successes
were recordings by The Stylistics and The Softones. They also won the 1977 Grammy
Award for Best Musical Show Album as producers for "Bubbling Brown Sugar."
(?) b. December 6th 1916.
1990: Sergio Franchi (64) Italian tenor,
born in Cremona, Italy, then the family moved to South Africa in 1952, where he
worked part-time as a draftsman, while continuing to study music. He later returned
to Italy to study with Rossi Masetti in Milan. He toured extensively in Europe,
and in 1962 he undertook an American tour where he relocated to; in 1972, he became
an American citizen. Sergio made his New York City Broadway mark playing the part
of Renato De Rossi opposite Elizabeth Allen as Leona Samish, in the Rodgers/Sondheim
musical Do I Hear a Waltz?. The title song has become popular in the repertoire.
A foundation has been
formed in his name to give out scholarships to talented singing students of limited
means (sadly died of brain cancer)
b. April 6th 1926
Sharon Redd (46) US singer, disco diva; in 1968, she recorded four
songs, "Half As Much", "Do You Want Me", "I've Got A
Feeling" and "Since I Lost You", before getting a major break starring
in an Australian production of Hair, which premiered in Sydney on June 6, 1969.
also appeared in her own television special and, in 1974, traveled to London performing
in an American production of The Wedding Of Iphigenia. She released her first
album in 1980, self-titled Sharon Redd, closely followed by two more "Redd
Hott" in 1982 and "Love How You Feel" in 1983 which sealed her
reputation as a true "disco diva". These recordings featured "You
Got My Love", "Never Give You Up", "In the Name of Love",
"Love How You Feel", "Beat The Street", and "Can You
Handle It" (pneumonia
complications) b. October
Johnny Paris/John Pocisk (65) American saxophone player; he led the
instrumental band Johnny and the Hurricanes, known for their rocking renditions
of traditional tunes having hits such as "Reveille Rock","Beatnik
Fly" and "Red River Rock". The band began as The Orbits in Toledo,
in 1957. Signing to Twirl Records and a name change, Johnny and the Hurricanes
recorded their debut disc "Crossfire" in a vacant cinema to provide
echo, it became a U.S. No.23 hit in the U.S. chart in the summer of 1959. The
band developed a following in Europe. In 1962, they played at the Star-Club in
Hamburg, where a little known British group, The Beatles, served as an opening
act. Johnny and the Hurricanes cut records until 1965. After the recording haydays
Johnny formed a record label, Atila Records, and his music publishing company,
Sirius 1 Music, which still operate today, and also also bred bull mastiffs under
the Lion Heart kennel with his 2nd wife for more than a decade. He continued with
the occational tour with the Hurricanes in Europe and United States until his
death (sepsis, pneumonia and pancytopenia treated splenectomy)
b. August 29th 1940.
Hawk/John Edward Hawkins (36)
American rapper and a founding member of the late DJ Screw's rap group the Screwed
Up Click. He was also the older brother of Fat Pat, who was killed in 1998. In
1994 Big Hawk, Fat Pat, DJ Screw and some of their friends, KK and Koldjack, formed
the group D.E.A. and Dead End Records. In late 1995 D.E.A. released an original
independent album entitled, Screwed For Life featuring Lil' Keke,
Big Pokey and the rest of the S.U.C. In 1999, after the deaths of Hawks
brother (Fat Pat) and DJ Screw and the incarceration of many others SUC members,
Big Hawk participated in a Southside Playaz compilation album titled You
Got Us Fuxxed Up, with Mike D, Claydoe and other members of the S.U.C. He
released his solo album, "Under Hawk's Wings" on Dead End Records in
2000 and had recorded with Lil' Flip, Lil' Keke, Big Moe, Z-Ro, he was also was
featured on the Lil' Troy hit "Wanna Be A Baller" and
featured on the popular single "Swang" by Trae that included a tribute
to Fat Pat in 2005 (gunned down) b. November 15th 1969.
"Jimmy" Henshaw (65)
Scottish lead guitar,
keyboardist and songwriter, born in Motherwell. He was a founding member of the
60's band, the VIP's, who later became prog rock band Spooky Tooth. As the VIP's,
they had a big following in Carlisle & Cumbria, and played alongside a then
newcomer to the music world Jimi Hendrix. The band are most remembered for their
singles "Wintertime", "Don't Keep Shouting At Me" and "I
Wanna Be Free". Jimmy went on to be a prolific songwriter, record arranger
and producer, and as a multi-musician sessionist he toured most of Europe
(sadly Jimmy died fighting cancer) b. October 20th
Jim Hager (66) American country musician, one half of The Hager Twins,
also known as the Hager Brothers,
with his identical twin Jon,
they first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw. The twins first sang in the church
choir. then as s teenagers, they sang on a Saturday morning WGN-TV series. Both
brothers served in the United States Army and performed at Officers' Clubs and
NCO Clubs in the United States and Europe. After leaving the military, the Hager
brothers moved to California and performed at the Ledbetter's Night Club in Los
Angeles with The Carpenters, The New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Steve Martin
and Kenny Rogers. They also worked at Disneyland, which is where Buck Owens saw
them perform and signed them to contracts. In addition to Owens, the brothers
served as opening acts for Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears and Lefty
Frizzell. (died in his sleep) b.
August 30th 1941.
2010: Rob McConnell (75) Canadian jazz valve
trombonist, composer, arranger, and
educator born in London,
Ontario. He took up the trombone in high school, and began his performing career
in the early 50s, performing and studying with Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and
later, with fellow Canadian Maynard Ferguson. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass,
a big band that would become his primary performing and recording unit through
the 1970s and 1980s and Rob & The Boss Brass became one of Canada's most popular
jazz ensembles, performing live and recording for Concord Jazz and a variety of
other labels. In 1997, McConnell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of
Fame, and in 1998 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Since that time
he has remained active, touring internationally both as a performer and educator,
running clinics around the world and performing as both a leader and a guest artist
(sadly died fighting cancer) b.
February 14th 1935
Daddy /Chris Kelly (34)
American rap artist and one half of the rap duo Kris Kross, formed in 1992 Chris
and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith and discovered in an Atlanta shopping mall
and the duo landed a spot on Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous World Tour, as well
as a cameo appearance on Jackson's "Jam" music video. They were best
known for their hit 1992 song "Jump", which was No.1 on the Billboard
Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified double platinum as a single. Kris Kross
was also noted for their fashion style, which consisted of wearing their clothing
backwards. The duo sang the "Rugrats Rap" for Nickelodeon which was
released as extras on some Nickelodeon VHS Tapes starting in 1994, and was finally
released on CD on The Best of Nicktoons in 1998 (sadly
a suspected drug overdose)
b. August 11th 1978.
Monkey Black/Leonardo Michael Flores Ozuna (27) Dominican
rapper; he began singing at aged 10, although his career properly kicked off in
2006. He chalked up several hits, including Tienen miedo, although his biggest
success was a remix of El sol y la playa with US rapper Pitbull. He had moved
to Spain in 2009 to further his career on the European music scene (Leonardo
was stabbed to death during a bar fight in the San Roque neighborhood in Sant
Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona, Spain) b. 1987 ?
2014: Hellmut Federhofer (102)
born in Graz, he studied music at the Vienna Conservatory, graduating in 1936.
In 1937, he became a librarian at the library of the Technische Hochschule Graz
and later the Universitätsbibliothek Graz. He became director of the BTH
in 1940. In
1959 he became professor of music theory. From 1962 until 1979 he was director
of the musicology Institute of Mainz University, where he became Emeritus Professor
(?) b. August 6th 1911.
Formell (71) Cuban
Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and best known as the director of Los Van
Van. He was a creator of popular danceable music and credited with bringing electronic
instrumentation into the Cuban musical form.
In 1999, he received the Latin/Best
Grammy Award for his work on the album "Llegó... Van Van - Van Van
Is Here" (?)
b. August 2nd 1942.
John Tout (??) British keyboardist and
songwriter known for his role in Renaissance between 1970 and 1980 and again from
2000 to 2002. When he joined the band, in 1970, Renaissance had undergone a complete
overhaul from its beginnings as project founded by Yardbirds members Keith Relf
and Jim McCarty, and by the end of 1970, no original members remained. John was
part of a 1998 reunion, and he remained one of the band's special guests onstage
and in the studio for many years. He even planned to work on a new project with
former Renaissance bassist Jon Camp, but a 2009 heart attack forced him to scale
back on his activities. He also was part of Renaissance drummer Terry Sullivan's
band Renaissant which released one album in 2005. Prior
to joining Renaissance he was briefly a member of Wishbone Ash. (sadly
died of lung failure) b. ????
2015: Alexander "Bobby" Kok (89)
South African-born, British cellist
born Brakpan, Transvaal.
He was head chorister at St Marys Cathedral,
9 years old a local carpenter gave him with his first cello. In 1938 he moved
to the UK to study and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He joined
Ensa, performing for British troops, and played with the Boyd Neel Orchestra.
1945 he was a founder member
of the Philharmonia Orchestra, then in
1957 he joined Dartington College of Arts, in Devon, lecturing in music history,
and the following year set up the Dartington String Quartet. Within three years
he was back in London, as principal cellist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but
by 1965, having found himself disagreeing with the BBCs music policy, he
had moved into the commercial world. He became a successful session musician working
with bands such as The Beatles, and worked in film, television and advertising.
February 14th 1926.
Doug Raney (59) American jazz guitarist
and the son of the late jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney. Born in New York City, Doug
started playing guitar at age 14 and began his career in his father's band, with
Al Haig, at the age of 18. He later played in a duo with his father and they toured
Europe at the age of twenty. He recorded as a leader for SteepleChase extensively
in the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1977 he decided to settle in Denmark. Over
his career he also worked with Kenny Barron, Joey DeFrancesco, Billy Hart, Duke
Jordan, Jesper Lundgaard, Horace Parlan, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen,
Tomas Franck, Bernt Rosengren, and Chet Baker among others. (?)
b. August 29th 1956.
Larry Clinton (75)
American big band composer, bandleader, trumpeter; known for his practise of rearranging
the works of famous composers like Debussy and Tchaikovsky and adding lyrics was
known as "swinging the classics." His version of Debussys "Reverie",
with vocalist Bea Wain, was particularly popular, which peaked at #1 on Billboard's
Record Buying Guide in 1938. His first stint as a bandleader was from 1937 to
1941, and he recorded a string of hits for Victor Recordsincluding "I Double
Dare You", "Summer Souvenirs", and "A Study in Brown".
In 1941 Larry and his band appeared in six short musical films, designed for then-popular
"movie jukeboxes". He quit the music business upon the outbreak of World
War II, and became as a flight instructor. He resumed his musical career and enjoyed
further success as a bandleader from 1948 to 1950. He remained active in the music
business until 1961. (He died in Tucson, Arizona) b. August
Bennie Benjamin (81)
American songwriter; hugely
successful songwriter often in partenership with the great composer George David
Weiss. At the age of twenty, Bennie moved to New York City, where he studied the
banjo and guitar with Hy Smith, after which he performed in vaudeville and with
various orchestras, until in 1941, when he started composing songs. In
1968, he became a music publisher, starting his own company. His many songs include
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Anyone (Could Fall In Love With
You)", "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire", "Can Anyone
Explain? (No! No! No!)", "I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore",
"Confess", "Cross Over the Bridge", "Echoes", "How
Important Can It Be?", "How Can I?", "Strictly Instrumental",
"I Am Blessed", "Of This I'm Sure", "Our Love (Will See
Us Through)", "Don't Take All Night", "Lonely Man". Bennie
was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. (??)
b. November 4th 1907.
1998: hide/Hideto Matsumoto (33)
Japanese guitarist; lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan from
1987 to 1997. He was also a successful solo artist and co-founder of the United
States based band Zilch. In 1980 entered Zushi Kaisei Senior High School in Zushi,
Kanagawa, where he joined the school's brass band, he soon
quit the band though, because he was assigned the
clarinet, while he wanted to play the trumpet. He then concentrated on playing
guitar and in 1981, formed the band Saver Tiger.
The following year they started playing shows at live houses in Yokosuka, such
as Rock City. He joined X Japan, then called X, in 1987 as the band's lead guitarist
and occasional songwriter, composing songs like "Celebration", "Joker"
and the single "Scars". In 1993 went solo, releasing 3 albums Hide Your
Face in 1994, Psyence in 1996, and Ja, Zoo in 1998) also starred in an art film
titled Seth et Holth, along with Tusk of Zi:Kill. In 1994, hide oversaw the production
of the first release on his own label Lemoned (After a night out drinking, he
was found hanged with a towel tied to a doorknob in his Tokyo apartment. Three
fans died in copycat suicides, of the 50,000 people who attended his funeral,
nearly 60 were hospitalized and about 200 received medical treatment) b.
December 13th 1964.
2008: Graham Thomas Bell
(60) English pop and rock singer, born in Blyth, Northumberland. Graham
made a solo single in 1966, and a solo album in 1972 with Tim Hinkley, Mel Collins
and Ian Wallace. He was a member of Skip Bifferty, later Heavy Jelly, and Every
Which Way. In 1971 he
joined his old mates from Skip Bifferty to form Bell & Arc. He then appeared
in Tommy, after which it was reported that Pete Townshend produced an album for
him but it never saw the light of day. Graham then moved to America where he toured
with Long John Baldry among others, before returning to his native North East
England in the mid 1980s. He also lived for a while in Cumbria before finally
heading for London again and cropping up in Snowy White's Blues Agency in 1989.
He also played on Carol Grimes' Warm Blood in 1974, with Tommy Eyre, Jess Roden,
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick and Henry Lowther (?)
b. April 17th 1948.
2009: Kiyoshiro Imawano (58) Japanese rock
musician, lyricist, musical
composer and actor from Tokyo, dubbed
"Japan's King of Rock". While in school, he formed a band named the
Clovers. This band changed its name to RC Succession in 1968, an influencial rock
band which debuted on the music scene in 1970. In 1982, he collaborated with Ryuichi
Sakamoto and released the single "Ikenai Rouge Magic" which became a
top hit on the Oricon chart. After
the break up of RC Succession , Kiyoshiro continued as a solo singer. In '92,
he released the album Memphis which was recorded with Booker T. & the M.G.'s.
in Memphis, where he received an honorary citizenship from the Mayor of Memphis.Over
his career he recorded on 27 albums and was known for pioneering adoption of linguistic
characteristics of the Japanese language into his songs (cancer)
b. April 2nd 1951.
Mogotsi Mothle (69) South African jazz double
bassist, electric bassist, vocalists and composer.
While at St. Marin's School
in Sophiatown, he played in the Father Huddleston Band, after which in 1959 he
the vocal group Dominoes
with Francis and Cornelius Kekana and Gabriel Tladi. He was then with the African
Jazz and Variety Show, Heshoo Beshoo Group, and The Jazz Prophet. In 1972
he went to Europe, where he worked from 1974 in Julian Bahulas band and played
and recorded with Mike Oldfield recorded, Jim Dvorak's Joy, Dudu Pukwanas band,
Trevor Watts Drum Orchestra and Moire Music, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.
From 1986 he performed in Germany regularly with the Jazz against apartheid project
to Makaya Ntshoko and John Tchicai . In 1989 he was with Winston Mankunku touring
Europe. In 1995 he went back to South Africa where he was a music teacher of the
Tshwane University of Technology. With his own group, he is also on the DVD Acoustic
Africa-2004. In 2007 he played with his quartet at the Cape Town International
Jazz Festival (sadly died from the effects of diabetes disease)
b. December 2nd 1941.
2012: Zvi Zeitlin (90)
Belorussian-born American classical violinist, he had
a distinguished international career as a soloist, and gave important early performances
of the Arnold Schoenberg Violin concerto. He was also the dedicatee of a concerto
by the American composer Gunther Schuller. He taught for 45 years
at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music
(sadly died from pneumonia) b. February 21th
Sid Selvidge (69) American guitarist, singer,
producer and record label owner, raised in Greenville,
Miss. While in high school he dee jayed jazz and rock 'n' roll records for WDDT
radio and would later spin for KWHAM in West Memphis and eventually he founded
the internationally broadcast radio program, Beale Street Caravan. Also after
moving to Memphis to attend Rhodes College he began to turn toward blues music
and later founded the rock band Mud Boy and the Neutrons, who influenced
the Memphis alternative rock scene in the 1970s through the 1990s (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b. July 21st 1943
2013: Jeff Hanneman (49) American
guitarist born in Oakland and grew up in Long Beach, California. In 1981 he approached
Kerry King, when King was auditioning for a band. After the try-out session, the
two guitarists started talking and playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs
and decided to form their own band, and Slayer was born (sadly
died from liver failure) b. January 31st 1964.
Mohammad-Reza Lotfi (67) Persian classical Tar & Setar player
born in Gorgan, Golestan. As a youngster he the first prize in Iran's Young Musicians
Festival in 1964, before starting his studies at the Persian National Music Conservatory
in Tehran. While studying he also worked at the Center for the Preservation and
Propagation of Traditional Persian Music, both as a soloist and a conductor. He
also worked for Radio and Television and co-founded the Shayda Ensemble. Between
1978 and 1980, he became the Head of the School of Music at Tehran University.
He served as the director of the Center for the Preservation and Propagation of
Traditional Persian Music and the "Chavosh" Center. In 1984 he was invited
by Fondazione Cini to participate in a seminar and perform concerts in Italy where
he resided for two years. He lived in the USA from 1986 until his death and performed
widely throughout Asia, Europe, and Nth America. He is among the major figures
who, have revolutionized the Persian traditional music (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. January 7th 1947.
Chino Montero (52) American
Hawaiian award-winning guitarist, falsetto vocalist; he had been best known in
recent years for his work backing other performers, most notably Amy Hanaialii
Gilliom, and as the member of two all-star groups, Palolo, and Manoa Madness.
He won a Hoku Award in 2011 as a member of a third all-star group, Amy Hanaialii
and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii, after having worked as a recording studio
sideman on several projects that had won Hoku Awards for the artists who had hired
him to back them (sadly died
of a heart attack)
Armistead (71) American bluegrass banjo player,
jug player, singer and a founding member of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
(sadly died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. October 25th 1942.
2014: Jessica Cleaves
(65) American singer and a founder member of
the vocal group The Friends of Distinction, best known for their late 1960s hits,
"Grazing in the Grass", "Love or Let Me Be Lonely", and "Going
in Circles" and often opening for Ray Charles. During the 1970s, she also
performed with Earth, Wind & Fire, and recorded with the group for two albums,
Last Days and Time and Head to the Sky. Jessica later r moved to Detroit and went
on to record with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
(?) b. December 10th 1948
Guy Carawan (87) American folk singer, musicologist,
and civil rights activist born in Los Angeles. He moved to New York City, where
he became involved with the American folk music revival in Greenwich Village in
the 1950s. He had first visited the Highlander Folk School in 1953,
with singers Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Frank Hamilton. At the recommendation of
Pete Seeger, he returned in 1959 as a volunteer, taking charge of the music program
pioneered by Zilphia Horton. Guy is famous for introducing the protest song "We
Shall Overcome" to the American Civil Rights Movement, by teaching it to
the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He
also traveled abroad, visiting England, attending a World Festival of Youth and
Students in the Soviet Union, and continuing on to the People's Republic of China.
Guy sang, played hammered dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, and frequently performed
and recorded with his wife, singer Candie Carawan. Occasionally he was accompanied
by their son Evan Carawan, who plays mandolin and hammered dulcimer
(?) b. July 27th 1927
1935: Cecil Irwin (32) American tenor saxophonist,
clarinet, big band arranger; mostly known for his membership in several of the
great Earl Hines bands of the 1920s and '30s. At this time he also played sideman
with Johnny Dodds, Jabbo Smith, King Oliver, and Joe Venuti. Earlier in his career
Cecil had played with Carroll Dickerson, Erskine Tate, and Junie Cobb (tragically
died in traffic accident that occurred outside of Des Moines, IA, while he was
on tour) b. December 7th 1902.
Les Harvey (27) Scottish guitarist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. In the
1960s he was asked to join The Animals by Alan Price, but chose to stay with his
brother Alex in the Alex Harvey Soul Band. He later joined Blues Council, recording
one record, 'Baby Don't Look Down'. Then in March 1965 their tour van crashed
killing vocalist Fraser Calder and bassist James Giffen, the rest of the band
went their separate ways.
Les joined Scottish band Cartoone to record some tracks for their 2nd album, and
accompanied Cartoone on their live tour of USA supporting Led Zeppelin. Les and
Cartoone were given a standing ovation in Chicago when they supported the US band
Spirit in 1969. In late 1969, Les joined Stone The Crows , the rock/blues band
formed in Glasgow, which had previously been known as 'Power'. He stayed with
Stone The Crows until his tragic untimely death (electrocuted
by a live microphone on stage at Swansea's Top Rank Suite)
b. September 13th 1945.
Mohammed Abdel Wahab (84) Egyptian singer, musician and composer, noted
for composing the "Ya Beladi", the National anthem of the Kingdom of
Libya 19511969. Despite the fact that Abdel composed many songs and musical
pieces in classic Arab music, he was always criticized for his orientation to
Western music. In fact, his introduced the Western rhythms to Arab songs in a
way appropriate to the known forms of Arab songs. For example, he introduced in
1941 in his song Al Gondol the Waltz rhythm, and in 1957, he introduced the rock
and roll rhythm in Abdel Halim Hafezs song Ya Albi Ya Khali (?)
b. March 7th 1907.
1996: Dimitri Fampas (74) Greek classical
guitarist, born in Milina of Lafkos, near Volos; as a child, he played traditional
music on lute and mandolin. In '39, he studied Advanced Musical Theory at the
Athens Conservatory and in 1953, he received a diploma in classical guitar performance
cum laude from the National Conservatory of Greece. In 1955 and '56, he received
a scholarship from the Italian government to study guitar with Andrés Segovia
and musicology with Emilio Pujol at the Academia Chigianna in Siena.
In 1959, he attended classes with Segovia once more, this time at the Academy
of Santiago, Spain, receiving a scholarship from Segovia himself. Dimitri's
career spanned almost four decades with hundreds of recitals worldwide. He toured
in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, Yugoslavia, Turkey, USA, Canada, USSR and the Vatican. Dimitri
also created two guitarist orchestras, one for young players and another for advanced
guitarists, with which he made numerous concert appearances
b. December 22nd 1921.
Rose Blevins (87)
country music singer-songwriter; she was the first female country performer to
have a million-selling single with "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart"
in 1935. Born
in Beaudry, Arkansas, she
went to California in
to study violin at the University of the West. Here she won a local talent contest
with her singing, yodelling, and playing the guitar and first prize was to play
on the Hollywood Breakfast Club radio program. She travelled to Chicago with her
2 brothers, to enter a large watermelon the Chicago World's Fair. While there,
she auditioned for a crooner's role, however, the producer fell in love with her
"giggle" and auditioned her instead at WLS-AM for a group called the
Prairie Ramblers. she and the Ramblers became regulars on WLS's National Barn
Dance program. The Prairie Ramblers also backed Patsy on most of her hits with
ARC Records, Decca Records, and RCA Records. Later she performed with her two
daughters Beverly and Judy as the Patsy Montana Trio. Patsy was inducted into
the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1987 and
in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1996
(died at her home in San Jacinto) b. October 30th
1997: Narciso Yepes (69) Spanish classical
guitarist; at 13, he was accepted to study at the Conservatorio de Valencia with
the pianist and composer Vicente Asencio. Here he followed courses in harmony,
composition, and performance. In 1950, after performing in Paris, he spent a year
studying interpretation under the violinist George Enescu, and the pianist Walter
Gieseking. He also studied informally with Nadia Boulanger. This was followed
by a long period in Italy where he worked with artists of every kind. Over is
career he was granted many honours including the Gold Medal for Distinction in
Arts, conferred by King Juan Carlos I; membership in the Academy of Alfonso
X el Sabio; an Honorary Doctorate from the Uni of Murcia, and the National
Music Prize of Spain (He died in Murcia) b.
November 14th 1927.
2001: Billy Higgins (64)
American drummer; beginning in 1958 he started to play on Ornette Coleman's
first records, before freelancing extensively with hard bop and other post-bop
players, including Bo Diddley, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Milt
Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan,
David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, and Cedar Walton. He played
on over 700 recordings, including recordings of rock and funk. In 1989, Billy
co-founded a cultural center,
in Los Angeles...
The World Stage, to encourage and promote younger jazz musicians.
(liver disease and liver failure brought on by hepatitis) b.
October 10th 1936.
2002: Yevgeny Fyodorovich
Svetlanov (73) Russian conductor, composer, and pianist,
born in Moscow; from 1955 he conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, being appointed
principal conductor there in '62. From 1965 he was principal conductor of the
USSR State Symphony Orchestra. In '79 he was appointed principal guest conductor
of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was particularly noted for his interpretations
of Russian works, covering the whole range of Russian music, from Mikhail Glinka
to the present day. He was also one of the few Russian conductors to conduct the
entire symphonic output of Gustav Mahler. His own compositions included a string
quartet in 1948, symphony in 1956, Russian Variations for harp and orchestra in
1975, and a piano concerto in 1976, among other works. Yevgeny
was also a fine pianist, two notable recordings being Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano
Trio No. 2 in D minor, and a disc of Nikolai Medtner's piano music (?)
b. September 6th 1928.
Pierre Moerlen (52) French
drummer and percussionist, best known for his work with Gong and Mike Oldfield.
January 1973, Pierre joined Daevid Allen's band, Gong, debuting on the Angel's
Egg album. In June 1973 he was asked by Virgin's boss Richard Branson to play
percussion with Mike Oldfield for the premiere of Tubular Bells. Between 1975
and 1987, beginning with Ommadawn, Pierre would be Mike Oldfield's percussionist
of choice for his albums and his tours. From 1978 Gong went under the name of
Pierre Moerlen's Gong releasing 'Downwind' in 1979, 'Time Is The Key' in 1979
followed by "Live" and "Leave It Open" both in 1980. Following
Mike Oldfield's 10th Anniversary tour in 1983, Pierre joined the Swedish progressive/symphonic
band "Tribute". PMG reformed for two albums and tours in the late 1980s.
After spending several years as orchestra pit musician for various musicals, he
returned to active service in 1997 when he joined the British jazz-rock outfit
Brand X for international touring in 1997. Later that year, he was asked to rejoin
Gong, and toured with the band until 1999. He then concentrated on putting together
a new PMG line-up and repertoire, which resulted in the live album Pentanine,
recorded in Moscow in 2002 (died unexpectedly of natural
causes) b. October
2010: Roy Carrier (63)
American Zydeco musician, singer, and accordionist, he formed his first band The
Night Rockers in 1961, at the age of 14, with himself on guitar, a brother on
drums, his uncle on the rubboard, and an accordion player named Chris Johnson.
In 1965, he re-formed the Night Rockers band, with himself fronting the group
on accordion and released 9 albums the last being Zydeco Soul in 2006 (?)
b. February 11th 1947.
2012: Willie French Lowery
(68) American singer/songwriter, guitarist, and
composer born in Lumbee. During a musical career of more than four decades, he
wrote more than 500 songs in genres ranging from gospel and blues to country and
children's music. His 1970 song "Streets of Gold" reached No.1 on the
pop charts in the Carolinas, Virginia, Philadelphia and New York. He had owned
and managed Willie French Lowery Publishing since 1977 and between 1994 and 2003,
he owned and operated Soundstation Recording Studio in Lumberton, where he produced
and recorded gospel, rock, folk, and traditional American Indian artists. His
1979 album "Proud to Be a Lumbee" inspired pride for thousands of Lumbee
Indians and helped them develop self esteem. He received numerous honors including
a lifetime achievement award given to him by the Lumbee tribe in 2006 for his
service (sadly Willie died after a 12-year battle
with Parkinson's Disease) b. 1944
aric (65) Croatian drummer and member of
the band The New Fossils, he was also the husband of the bands singer Sanja Dolezal.
Born in in Rijeka, he was with his first band, Morning Star, for four years before
he joined the legendary band 220. After the sudden death of a band member 1985,
Nenad joined The New Fossils (sadly died from a massive
stroke) b. October 10th 1947.
2012: Edith Bliss (52) Australian
pop singer and television presenter, born in Brisbane, Queensland; she moved to
Sydney in 1979 where she won a contract with ATV Northern Publishing. Under the
supervision of Chris Gilbey she began recording, releasing "If It's Love
You Want", "Heart of Stone" and "Two Single Beds", before
releasing the album Sheer Bliss, in 1980. Bliss opted for a career in television.
She was employed as a reporter on the children's series Simon Townsend's Wonder
World which began in 1979. In 1984 Edith and another reporter, Phillip Tanner,
reported from Rome for Wonder World and appeared on Where Are They Now on the
Seven Network, for a Wonder World reunion in 2006
(sadly died after a long illness) b. September 28th 1959.
Lloyd Brevett (80) Jamaican double bassist and
founder member of The Skatalites, who pioneered ska music and paved the way for
reggae. The founders of the Skatalites, Lloyd along with Tommy McCook-died 1998,
Rolando Alphonso-died 1998, Lloyd Knibb-died 2011, Don Drummond-died 1969, Jah
Jerry Haynes-died 2007, Jackie Mittoo-died 1990, Johnny Moore -2008, Jackie Opel-died
1970 and Lester Sterling, started to play together in 1955, and formed the now
legendary Skatalites in 1964. In spring 1964, they recorded their first LP Ska
Authentic at Studio One in Kingston and toured Jamaica as the creators of ska.
Later that year "Man in the Street", entered the Top 10 in the UK. The
Skatalites were together for >>>
MORE <<< (sadly Lloyd died from
a second stroke, 6 weeks after his 32 year old son, Okine, was murdered in March
by gunmen outside the family's home in Kingston. He was gunned down a few of hours
after accepting, on behalf of his father, a reggae industry award for Lloyd's
musical contributions) b. August 1st 1931.
Cedric "Im" Brooks (70) Jamaican saxophonist
and flautist known for his solo recordings and as a member of The Mystic Revelation
of Rastafari, The Light of Saba, and The Skatalites. He learned music theory and
clarinet at aged 11, while a pupil at the famous Alpha Boys School, after which
he took up tenor saxophone and flute. He was a member of groups such as The Vagabonds
and the Granville Williams Band in the early 1960s, but it would be the late 1960s
when he would find his first major commercial success, as part of a duo with trumpeter
David Madden, Im & David. In 1970 he teamed up with Rastafarian drummer Count
Ossie, as Im and Count Ossie they released tracks such as "Black is Black",
"So Long Rastafari Calling", and "Give Me Back My Language and
Culture". The pair later formed The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with Cedric
acting as musical director and leader of the horn section. He left in 1974 to
form a new band, the Divine Light, later called The Light of Saba. During the
1980s and 1990s, he released a few singles but largely worked as a session musician
and in 1998 he worked with Carlos Malcolm in California, as part of a 20-piece
ska and mento orchestra known as "Zimbobway's King Kingston Orchestra".
In 1999, after the sad death of saxophonist Rolando Alphonso, Cedric joined the
legendary Skatalites (sadly died of a cardiac arrest)
2014: Mary Ellen Tanner (67)
American singer and television
personality; born in Covington and graduated
High School in 1964 and sang with the Deke Moffett band. She went on to become
a regular on The Bob Braun Show and work with the likes of Bob Hope, Liberace,
George Burns, Paul Williams, The Les Brown Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra,
Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and worked with the
Cincinnati Opera's 90th anniversary celebration in 2010. She was also vocalist
for the Blue Wisp Big Band and had her own trio who she performed with in clubs
throughout Greater Cincinnati (sadly Mary Ellen died
multiple organ failure) b. 1946
Jadranka Stojakovic (65) Yugoslav singer-songwriter born in Sarajevo,
known for her unique voice. Her best known hits are "Sve smo mogli mi",
"to te nema" and "Bistre vode Bosnom teku". She resided
in Japan from 1988 until 2011. In 2009, Jadranka suffered an accident on stage,
tripping over a cable during a concert. She was diagnosed as having a Amyothropic
Lateral Sclerosis aka ALS, motor neuron disease. After receiving a small compensation
for her injury, she moved back to Bosnia and continued to battle the disability.
After her return from Japan, she performed several pre-scheduled concerts in 2011,
but eventually retreated to a nursing home in Banja Luka (sadly
died fighting ALS) b. July 24th 1950.
Noel Rosa (26) Brazilian composer, songwriter,
guitarist and banjo player; born in Rio de Janeiro he was one of the greatest
names in Brazilian popular music, giving a new twist to samba, combining its Afro-Brazilian
roots with a more urban, witty language and making it a vehicle for ironic social
commentary. He wrote around 250 successful compositions. "Com que roupa?",
"Fita amarela", "São coisas nossas", "Pela décima
bom parar", "O orvalho vem caindo",
"Coração" and "Gago apaixonado" (sadly
tuberculosis) b. December 11th 1910.
1955: George Enescu (73)
Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher; he created
his first musical composition at the age of five, at seven he entered the Vienna
Conservatory and graduated before his 13th birthday, earning the silver medal.
In his Viennese concerts young George played works by Brahms, Sarasate and Mendelssohn.
In 1923 he made his debut as a conductor in a concert given by the Philadelphia
Orchestra in New York City. He was also a noted violin teacher, Yehudi Menuhin,
Christian Ferras, Ivry Gitlis, Arthur Grumiaux, Ida Haendel and Joan Field were
among his pupils and
was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity
b. August 19th 1881.
1979: Leo Addeo (64) American saxophonist, clarinetist,
and arranger; born in New York City, he studied violin as a child, but switched
to clarinet and saxophone in his teens and had love for Hawaiian music. After
performing with several bands, he
went over to the arrangment side of the business working wiith the likes of Gene
Krupa, Larry Clinton, and Frankie Carle. Hugo
Winterhalter hired Leo as an orchestrator and brought him along when he moved
to RCA in the early 1950s. Leo went on to become one of RCA's key house arrangers
for most of the 1950s and 1960s, with Hawaiian music being his speciality (?)
b. October 14th 1914.
Paul Butterfield (44) American blues harmonica player
and singer, who founded the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60s and performed
at the original Woodstock Festival. Their original debut sessions were scrapped,
to appear in 1995 as The Original Lost Elektra Sessions. A second recording live
at the Cafe Au Go Go, were also rejected by producer Paul Rothchild. Some of the
discarded tracks appeared on the What's Shakin LP shared with the Lovin' Spoonful.
Later in 1967, The Butterfield Blues Band played the Monterey International Pop
Festival along with Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Otis Redding, and many
others. Following the releases of Live in 1970 and Sometimes I Just Feel Like
Smiling in 1971, Paul broke up the horn band and formed a new group including
Chris Parker on drums, guitarist Amos Garrett, Geoff Muldaur, pianist Ronnie Barron
and bassist Billy Rich, naming the ensemble "Better Days." The group
released Paul Butterfield's Better Days and It All Comes Back in 1972 and 1973,
1976, they performed at The Band's final concert, The Last Waltz. Together with
The Band, he performed the song "Mystery Train" and backed Muddy Waters
on "Mannish Boy". The late 1970s and early 1980s saw Paul as a solo
act and a session musician, he also toured as a duo with Rick Danko, formerly
of The Band, and he also toured with another member of The Band, Levon Helm, as
a member of Helm's "RCO All Stars" in 1977. In 1986 Butterfield released
his final studio album, The Legendary Paul Butterfield Rides Again
died from a drugs related heart failure) b.
December 17th 1942.
1990: Emily Remler (32) American jazz guitarist;
born in New York City, Emily began to play the guitar at the age of ten. She veared
from rock to jazz while studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
and began to listen to legendary jazz greats such
as Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Emily rose to prominence in the 1980s. She recorded seven albums of hard bop,
jazz standards and fusion guitar, releasing her debut album
1981. This was followed by Take Two, Transitions,
Catwalk, Together - with Larry Coryell, East to Wes and her final album, This
is Me in 1990. As well as her solo caree, Emily played in blues groups, on Broadway
and with artists as diverse as Larry Coryell to the singer Rosemary Clooney. She
played for the Los Angeles version of the show 'Sophisticated Ladies' from 1981
to 1982 and produced two popular guitar instruction videos. She also worked as
guitarist for Astrud Gilberto. In 1985 she won the Guitarist Of The Year
award in DownBeat Jazz Magazines international poll. (sadly
died of heart failure at the
home of musician Ed Gaston
at Connells Point, while on tour in Australia)
September 18th 1957.
2012: Adam Yauch aka MCA (47) American rapper,
bassist and film director born in Brooklyn, NYC. While at high school, he taught
himself to play the bass guitar and formed the Beastie Boys with John Berry, Michael
Diamond and Kate Schellenbach. They played their first show, then still a hardcore
punk band on his 17th birthday and at aged 22, he and the Beastie Boys, now performing
as a hip hop trio, toured with Madonna in 1985, and a year later released their
debut album Licensed to Ill, which has been followed by 7 other albums the last
being their 2011 album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Under the pseudonym "Nathanial
Hörnblowér", Adam directed many of the Beastie Boys' music videos
and in 2002, he built a recording studio in New York City called >>>
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cancer) b. August 5th 1964.
Milan Peroutka (49) Czech drummer; he joined the rock band Olympic
in 1986 as a replacement for Peter Hejduk and was an active member of the band
until his unexpected death (?)
b. January 1st 1964.
Portillo de la Luz (90) Cuban musician, lyricist and composer, born
in Havana, and is credited with founding the filin music genre. The Miami Herald
described him as "a fundamental author of Latin American music" and
"one of Cubas most celebrated composers" and he is also cited
as "the most distinguished lyricist of his generation.
He had his own show titled Feeling Season and received international prominence
after his 1946 song "Contigo en la distancia"/"With You in the
Distance" was performed by Andy Russell. His songs have been performed by
many well-established artists worldwide, including Nat King Cole, Christina Aguilera,
José José and Lucho Gatica. César was awarded the Premio
Latino a Toda Una Vida by the Spanish Academy of the Arts and Lyrics of Music
at a ceremony held in Madrid in 2004 (?)
b. October 31st 1922.
1959: Hal McIntyre (44)
American saxophone and clarinet player, bandleader and a founding member of
the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Born in Cromwell, Connecticut, he played extensively
as a teenager and led his own octet in 1935. He was offered a ten day slot as
an alto sax behind Benny Goodman, but Glenn Miller heard of his ability and drafted
him as a founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, where he played from 1937
to 1941. He co-wrote the song "Daisy Mae" with Billy May which was recorded
by Glenn Miller. In 1941 he formed another band touring all America and played
overseas for troops during WW II. He toured extensively with singer Sunny Gale
until the summer of '51 and backed
The Mills Brothers for their 1952 smash hit "Glow Worm"
died in a house fire at his home in LA)
b. November 29th 1914.
1972: Reverend Gary
Davis (76) American blues and gospel guitarist & singer, his unique
finger-picking style influenced many other artists such as the Grateful Dead,
Bob Dylan, Wizz Jones, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb Mo, Ollabelle and Resurrection Band.
Born in the south, he played around the Carolinas in his earlier days, but in
the 1940s, he relocated to New York City. By the 1960s, he had become known as
the "Harlem Street Singer" and had acquired a reputation as the person
to see if you wanted to learn to play guitar, his students in New York City included
Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Roy Book Binder, Woody Mann, Nick Katzman, Dave
Van Ronk, Tom Winslow, and Ernie Hawkins.. The folk revival of the 1960s re-invigorated
his career, culminating in a performance at the Newport Folk Festival and the
recording by Peter, Paul and Mary of "Samson and Delilah", also known
as "If I Had My Way", originally a Blind Willie Johnson recording that
Gary had popularized (sadly he died of a heart attack)
b. April 30th 1896.
Lanin (85) US
bandleader; recorded under names Lanin's Arcadians, Lanin's Jazz Band, Lanin's
Famous Players, Lanin's Southern Serenaders, Lanin's Red Heads, Sam Lanin's Dance
Ensemble, Lanin's Arkansaw Travelers. Also a session leader for an enormous number
of jazz recording sessions of the 1920s. Among the ensembles he directed and recorded
with were Ladd's Black Aces, The Broadway Bell-Hops, The Westerners, The Pillsbury
Orchestra and Bailey's Lucky Seven. He had a rotating cast of noted musicians
playing with him, including Phil Napoleon, Miff Mole, Jules Levy Jr. and Red Nichols,
Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Manny Klein, Jimmy McPartland, Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie
Lang, Bunny Berigan, Nick Lucas and Frankie Trumbauer (sadly
died and forgotten by many)
b. September 4th 1891.
vibraphonist and percussionist born in St. Louis, Missouri to touring Swedish
American vaudevillians. He was a latin jazz musician, though he also explored
various other jazz idioms. Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented
with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned
it, performing it until his death. Cal
primarily played the vibraphone, but he was also accomplished on the drums, bongos,
congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several
cultures. He is often linked to the development of Latin Rock and Acid Jazz. Although
fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized as "Latin Jazz" or,
earlier, "Afro-Cuban Jazz", his output swung freely between both styles.
He won a Grammy in 1980 for his album La Onda Va Bien, capping off a career that
spanned over forty years (Cal
was born on tour, he also died on tour. While on the road with his band in Manila,
he sadly collapsed from a heart attack) b.
July 16th 1925.
1986: Billy Mackel (75)
American jazz guitarist, he started out playing banjo early in his career
in his home town of Baltimore, but switched to guitar in the 1930s. He led his
own band early in the 1940s, then joined Lionel Hampton in 1944. Billy worked
with Hampton, with occasional intermissions, for around forty years, touring and
recording with him copiously. In the 1940s he also recorded with Milt Buckner,
Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and others, and worked with Billy Williams in the
b. December 28th 1910.
(1910 is the correct not 1912)
Billo Frómeta (72) Dominican orchestra
conductor, arranger and composer, born in Pimentel, Provincia Duarte. At the age
of 15, he founded and was the resident conductor of the Banda del Cuerpo de Bomberos
de Ciudad Trujillo/Ciudad Trujillo's Fire Brigade's Band. He also founded the
Orquesta Sinfónica de Santo Domingo during this time, they moved to Venezuela
in December 1937, where they changed thier name to "Billo's Caracas Boys".
Billo played in Venezuela until the fall of Marcos Pérez Jiménez
in 1958 when he moved to Cuba for 2 years after which he returned to Venezuela.
(April 1988, he suffered a stroke while rehearsing with
the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra for a concert-tribute in his honour that would
occur the very next day: just after he finished conducting the practice run for
"Un Cubano en Caracas", he collapsed on the ground as the orchestra
was applauding his performance. Frómeta died the following week)
November 15th 1915.
1992: Jean-Claude Pascal (64)
French singer born in Paris; while working for Christian Dior, on his work
for costumes for the theatre-play Don Juan he came into contact with acting and
made his first cinema-movie in 1949 with Quattro rose rosse, dozens more movies
followed including Le Rideau cramoisi, Le Grand jeu, La Encrucijada, and Le Rendez-vousand.
won the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg singing "Nous les amoureux"/We
the lovers. He later represented Luxembourg again in the 1981 contest and finished
11th of 20 singing "C'est peut-être pas l'Amérique"/ It
may not be America (?)
b. October 24th 1927.
Dodd/Clement Seymour Dodd (72)
Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of
ska and reggae in the 1950s, '60s and beyond. In 1962 he produced the Jazz record
'I Cover The Water Front' on the Port-O-Jam label, two of the musicians who played
on the album, Roland Alphonso and Don Drummond became founding members of the
Skatalites three years later. In 1963 he opened Studio One on Brentford Road,
Kingston. It was the first black-owned recording studio in Jamaica. He held regular
Sunday evening auditions in search of new talent, and it was here that he first
found Bob Marley, singing as a part of The Wailin' Wailers. He received his nickname
"Coxsone" at school: because of his teenage talent as a cricketer, his
friends compared him to Alec Coxon, a member of the 1940s Yorkshire County Cricket
Club team. Coxsone was posthumously awarded the Order of Distinction, in the rank
of Commander on October 15th 2007, for service to the Jamaica music industry
(sadly taken by a heart attack) b. January 26th 1932.
2004: Ritsuko Okazaki (44) Japanese singer-songwriter;
she made her debut in 1993 with Kanashii Jiyu / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku - Sad Freedom
/ Love has Disappeared. During the nineties, she continued singing and also wrote
songs for seiyus. From 2000 she became involved in earnest with anime and composed
several songs for Wedding Peach, Fruits Basket and Love Hina. She formed the duo
Melocure in 2002 with singer-songwriter Megumi Hinata. Ritsuko was diagnosed with
stomach cancer in 2003 but still continued with her work (tragically
she died suddenly from septic shock) b. December
Naushad Ali (86)
Indian music director; regarded as a pioneer
of Indian music, one of the foremost music directors and composers for Bollywood
films. Naushad worked with several lyricists, including Shakeel Badayuni, Majrooh
Sultanpuri, D. N. Madhok, Zia Sarhadi, and Khumar Barabankvi. Mother
India in 1957, for which he had composed music, was the first Indian film that
got nominated for Oscar. In 1981, Naushad was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award
for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. In 1988 he worked in a Malayalam
Film Dhwani starring Ever Green Hero Prem Nazir. In 1995 he gave music for Shahrukh
Khan starrer, Guddu of which a few songs became popular. In 2004, when a colorized
version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam was released, Naushad was a guest of honor
at the premiere. He composed the tunes of Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story in
2005 at the age of 86, becoming the world's oldest composer (old
age) b. December 25th 1919.
2008: Thomas Boggs (63) American drummer;
he played in local Memphis bands including Tommy Burk and the Counts and with
Flash and the Board of Directors, who opened for Paul Revere and the Raiders.
In '68 he joined the Box Tops, playing on thier hit "Sweet Cream Ladies".
After The Box Tops he went into the catering business and went on to found the
Huey's Restaurant Chain around Memphis, USA. (cancer related)
b. July 16th 1944.
2008: Jerry Wallace (79)
American country music singer born in Guilford, Missouri; his better-known songs
include "Primrose Lane", "Shutters And Boards", "In The
Misty Moonlight", "Otoko no Sekai" and "If You Leave Me Tonight
I'll Cry" which was featured in the 1972 Night Gallery episode "The
Tune in Dan's Cafe". Also in 1972, he gained nomination for the Country Music
Association Award as Male Vocalist of the Year, and his song "To Get To You"
gained nomination for Single of the Year (heart failure)
b. December 15th 1928.
2010: Lucho Barrios/Luis
Barrios Rojas (76) Peruvian bolero singer born in Callao (sadly
died due to a pulmonary embolism) b. April 22nd 1935.
2010: Giulietta Simionato (99) Italian mezzo-soprano
singer, born in Forli She studied in Rovigo and Padua, and made her operatic debut
at Montagnana in 1928 and by the end of her career was recognised as one of the
most respected singers of her generation. In 1936, she made her debut at La Scala
and appeared there regularly between 1936 and 1966. She made her debut at the
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1953, where she likewise appeared regularly
between 1963 and 1965. In
1959, Giulietta made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Azucena in Il Trovatore.
She also appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro
Nacional de São Carlos, the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 19541961,
the Vienna State Opera, and the Salzburg Festival. In 1957, she sang in Anna Bolena
with Maria Callas. Giulietta was a major recording artist and retired in 1966
(died in Rome a week before her 100th birthday) b.
2011: Nigel Pickering (81) American
guitarist with Spanky and Our Gang born in Pontiac, Mich,
the late 50s and early 60s, saw him playing with The Folksters, with Art Schill
and bassist Ken Hodges, who later became a member of Our Gang. The Folksters performed
on the Ed Sullivan Show and for Johnny Carson. Eventually, he, Hodges, and McFarlane
got together to play and sing as a fill-in band at "Mother Blues," a
Chicago nightclub, wearing costumes and incorporating comedy into the act. Soon
after the idea for Spanky and Our Gang was born. The group's songs made the charts
from 1967 to 1969, including "Sunday Will Never Be The Same","Making
Every Minute Count", "Lazy Day", "Sunday Mornin'" in
the spring, which reached #30, and "Like To Get To Know You",They cut
a few albums and performed on major TV shows, but broke up when their guiding
light, guitarist and trombonist Malcolm Hale, died of pneumonia
(sadly Nigel died battling liver cancer) b.
2013: Greg Quill (66)
Australian-born musician, singer, songwriter and journalist; he lived in Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada and was a long serving entertainment columnist at the Toronto
Star newspaper until his death. He began his music career in the 1960s, and released
an album, Fleetwood Plain in 1970. He formed Country Radio that same year which
signed to Infinity Records and
started co-writing with the bands Kerryn Tolhurst. Their second single,
1972 Gypsy Queen, spent 13 weeks on the Australian music charts, peaking
at No. 12. The song was in the soundtrack to 2007s "December Boys,"
starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the 2009 ABC series "East of Everything";
it was released in Canada in 1972 on Torontos MUCH Productions. After getting
an arts grant, he moved to Toronto in 1974 and became a journalist at The Star
in his sleep due to pneumonia and a recently diagnosed case of sleep apnea)
Craig Gruber (63) American rock bassist; he performed
on three Ritchie
Blackmore's band Elf albums before
joining Ritchie Blackmore's newly formed band Rainbow, playing on their first
album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. He played live with Gary Moore on his supporting
tour for his album Victims of the Future, and featured on Moore's 1984 live album
We Want Moore. In 1980 he formed Bible Black with former Elf and Rainbow drummer
Gary Driscoll. The band produced two albums before Driscoll's murder in 1987.
Early in 2010 Craig formed "ED3N", a metal band in the classic rock
genre. The band featured vocalist Jeff Fenholt and guitarist David Shankle, of
DSG and formerly Manowar. In 2013 he joined the band Raven Lord and later that
year also joined the newly formed band founded band Zvekan.
(sadly died fighting prostate cancer)
b. June 22nd 1951.
Japanese musician and composer; born in Tokyo he was regarded as one of the pioneers
of electronic music and space music, and as one of the most famous producers of
analog synthesizer arrangements. He spent his early childhood with his father
in China. Tomita graduated from Keio University, Tokyo, in 1955 and became a full-time
composer for television, film and theatre. He composed the theme music for the
Japanese Olympic gymnastics team for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1965, he composed the theme song and incidental music for Osamu Tezuka's television
animated series Jangaru Taitei (Jungle Emperor/Kimba the White Lion). By the late
1960s, he turned to electronic music with the impetus of Wendy Carlos and Robert
Moog's work with synthesizers. He went on to release 22 studio albums and appear
on 13 soundtracks and in 2015, in recognition of his long career and global influence
on electronic music, Tomita won the Japan Foundation Award (sadly
died from heart failure) b. April 22nd 1932.
Dickie Valentine/Richard Maxwell (41) English
pop singer born in London. On
14 Feb 1949, he was signed by Ted Heath to join his band, as a singer to work
alongside Lita Roza and Denis Lotis. He was voted the Top UK Male Vocalist in
1952 while singing with the Ted Heath Orchestra, the most successful of all British
big bands, and again after going solo in 1954. In
November 1954, he was invited to sing at the Royal Command Performance, and in
February 1955 he was top billed at the London Palladium. Not only did he sing,
he also did jokes and impersonated many people, including Johnnie Ray, Frankie
Laine, Mario Lanza, and Billy Daniels. He recorded two number one hits, "Christmas
Alphabet" and "Finger of Suspicion". In 1955 was by far his best
chart year, with two number ones and three other Top Ten hits. While his second
number one "Christmas Alphabet" marked the first time in the UK that
a song created for the Christmas market hit number one. In April 1955, he again
topped the bill at the London Palladium for two weeks, a month after winning the
male vocalist category in the NME poll. He went on to win this title consecutively
from 1953-57. In 1961, he had a TV series Calling Dickie Valentine. In 1966 he
partnered with Peter Sellers on the ATV sketch show The Dickie Valentine Show.
(Dickie was tragically killed outright in a car crash on
a single lane bridge at Glangrwyney, near Crickhowell, Wales, together with pianist
Sidney Boatman and drummer Dave Pearson)
b. November 4th 1929.
pianist with Dickie Valentine (see
above) b. ????
drummer with Dickie Valentine (see above)
1972: Sir Ernest Alexander Campbell MacMillan CC (79)
Canadian orchestral conductor and composer, and Canada's only "Musical Knight".
He is widely regarded as being Canada's pre-eminent musician, from the 1920s through
the 50s. His extraordinary contributions to the development of music in Canada,
as conductor, performer, composer, administrator, lecturer, adjudicator, writer,
humourist, and statesman, are unparalleled. From 1926 to 1942, he was principal
of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, later to become the Royal Conservatory of
Music. He notably was instrumental in establishing the Conservatory String Quartet
in 1929. He was a conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra between 1931 and
1956. Noted for choosing slow tempos when conducting earned him the affectionate
name "Lord Largo"! During the Centennial of the City of Toronto, in
1934, he was the chairman of the Music and Pagentry Committee. For many years,
he served as organist of the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. For his 'services
to music in Canada', he was knighted in 1935 by King George V. In 1969, he was
invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada. His Order of Canada investiture
by then Governor General of Canada, Roland Michener, in Toronto, marked the first
time the award had been made in a private ceremony, as his health did not allow
him to travel to Ottawa (?)
b. August 18th 1893.
Kai Chresten Winding (60)
Danish born American trombonist and jazz composer. He is well known for a successful
collaboration with fellow trombonist J. J. Johnson. Born in Aarhus, Denmark, he
to the US in 1934, graduating in 1940
from Stuyvesant High School in New York. His career as a professional trombonist
began in 1940 with Shorty Allen's band, then played with Sonny Dunham and Alvino
the war, he joined Benny Goodman's band, and later moved on to Stan Kenton's orchestra.
During the 60s, Kai had a long stint at Verve Records, his best known recording
from this period is "More", the theme from the movie Mondo Cane. In
the 70s and early 80s, Kai recorded for a number of independent record labels,
and he continued to give clinics, play jazz concerts and even reunited with Johnson
for a live concert in Japan
(Tragically died from a brain tumor)
b. May 18th 1922
1985: Julie Vega (16) Filipino
child actress and singer; as well as her acting career,
she became a successful singer in her own right and sing many of the theme songs
of the movies she appeared in like Dear Mama, Where Love Has Gone, Don't Cry for
Me Papa, and Iiyak Ka Rin. Her debut single Somewhere in My Past, was a major
hit which became a certified gold record.
had been diagnosed with a form of demyelinating disease, which was highly suspected
to be either Guillain-Barré syndrome or multiple sclerosis, but her cause
of death was officially listed as cardiac arrest secondary to bronchopneumonia)
b. May 21st 1968.
1992: Marlene Dietrich (90)
German-born American cabaret singer, chorus girl and film and stage actress, born
in Schöneberg, a district of Berlin, Germany. In 1920s Berlin, she acted
on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel,
directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and a contract
with Paramount Pictures in the US. Her many Hollywood films included Morocco,
Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The Scarlet Empress, and The Devil
is a Woman. Marlene became a US citizen in 1939; during World War II, she was
a high-profile frontline entertainer. Although she still made occasional films
in the post-war years, she spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world
as a successful show performer. Marlene
appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, with Bacharach as conductor, in 1964 and 1965
and made appearances on Broadway twice in 1967 and 1968, winning a special Tony
Award for her performance. In 1999 the American Film Institute named Marlene the
ninth greatest female star of all time (died
peacefully of natural causes in Paris, France) b.
December 27th 1901.
2002: Otis Blackwell (69)
American songwriter, singer and pianist born in Brooklyn, New York, one of
the greatest R&B songwriters of all time whose work significantly influenced
rock 'n' roll. His compositions include Little Willie John's "Fever",
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless", Elvis
Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up" and "Return
to Sender" with Winfield Scott, Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man"
and so many more. He first became known by
winning a local talent contest at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York in 1952,
which led to a recording contract with RCA and then with Jay-Dee. His first release
was his own composition "Daddy Rolling Stone" which became a favorite
in Jamaica where it was recorded by Derek Martin. The song later became part of
The Who's Mod repertoire. Otis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 1986 and in 1991 into the National Academy of Popular Music's Songwriters
Hall of Fame. His crowning moment came in the late 1980s when the Black Rock Coalition,
an organization of black rock musicians, led by Vernon Reid, the lead guitarist
of the band, Living Colour, held a tribute for him at the Prospect Park Bandshell
in his native Brooklyn (Otis sadly died from a heart attack)
[Otis Blackwell not be confused with songwriter and producer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell]
2004: Barney Kessel (80)
American jazz guitarist, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma; In
1944 he participated in the film Jammin' the Blues, which featured Lester Young,
and in 1947 he recorded with Charlie Parker's New Stars on the Relaxin' at Camarillo
session and others for Dial Records. He was rated the No.1 guitarist in Esquire,
Down Beat, and Playboy magazine polls between 1947 and 1960.
As a "first call" guitarist at Columbia Pictures, during the 1960s Kessel
became one of the most in-demand session guitarists in America, and was considered
a key member of the group of first-call session musicians now usually known as
The Wrecking Crew. During the 1970s, he presented his seminar 'The Effective Guitarist'
in various locations around the world (sadly Barney died
from a brain tumor) b.
October 17th 1923.
McLennan (48) Australian
singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Rockhampton, Queensland, then moved to
Cairns as a young child. In 1976 Grant began a Bachelor of Arts degree at the
University of Queensland. Then in 1977/78
along with singer-songwriter Robert Forster he
co-founded the alternative rock band The Go-Betweens,
releasing their first official album
'Send Me A Lullaby' in 1982, after which they
relocated to the UK. Their second LP 'Before Hollywood' in 1983 established them
as cult favourites in the UK. Grant's
composition "Cattle And Cane" was
a hit on the British independent charts and also named by the A.P.R.A as one of
the 10 greatest Australian songs of all time. After recording six albums, The
Go-Betweens disbanded in December 1989. Next, Grant collaborated on two albums
with the band Jack Frost, recorded four solo albums, and collaborated with Powderfinger's
Ian Haug in Far Out Corporation. In
2000 Grant and Robert reformed The Go-Betweens,
and recorded three more albums. Their last studio album, Oceans Apart, won the
band their first ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. Their That Striped
Sunlight Sound DVD was nominated for Best Music DVD at the 2006 awards (died
suddenly of a heart attack) b. February 12th 1958
2007: Ðorde Novkovic (63)
Croatian songwriter; he joined the musical school in Sarajevo at the age
of 6. After graduating conducting from Musical Academy in Sarajevo, he founded
a band Pro Arte in 1967. His first hit came in 1969 with the song "Vie
se nece vratiti" performed by Mio Kovac and sold in half a million
1973, Pro Arte merged with another Sarajevo pop group Indexi, but the experiment
lasted only several months. Pro Arte existed in continuity until 1980, then off-and-on
throughout the 1980s until Dorde moved to Rovinj, Croatia in 1989. This is where
Ðorde switched to writing songs, creating material for some of the hits of
the former Yugoslavia. He collaborated with performers such as Mio Kovac,
Neda Ukraden, Zdravko Colic, Duko Lokin, Ðani Maran, Tomislav
Ivcic, Tereza Kesovija, Ivica erfezi, Gabi Novak, Srebrna krila and others.
wrote the song "Don't Ever Cry" for Put, the first Croatian representative
in the Eurovision Song Contest and also co-owned and managed the Croatia Records
label (sadly died after a stroke) b.
September 2nd 1943.
Michael "Micky" Waller (66) British
drummer born in Hammersmith, London; he was much in demand as a session musician
and played with many of the biggest names on the UK rock and blues scene after
he became a professional musician in 1960 and eventually he became Rod Stewart's
drummer of choice. His first pro-band, The Flee-Rekkers, had a No.23 hit in the
UK Singles Chart in 1960, with their recording of "Green Jeans". He
left to join a well-known band of the day, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. In July
1963, he joined the Cyril Davies R&B All Stars. After Davies' death in 1964,
he joined Marty Wilde as one of the Wildecats. After a short stint with Georgie
Fame and the Blue Flames, who he rejoined several times, he joined Brian Auger
as part of The Trinity. In April 1965, the group evolved into The Steampacket.
He also worked with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Jeff Beck Group, John
Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and in 1968, was involved
in staging the rock musical Hair in London. He also played with the Walker Brothers,
Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, Rod
Stewart and played in the band of Tex- Mex accordion player Flaco Jimenez in the
mid-80s. But blues and R&B were his love, and after much studio work in the
70s and 80s he continued throughout his later years, to play live in bands such
as Deluxe Blues Band, Terry Smith Blues Band, and his own Micky Waller Band.
(sadly Micky died from liver failure) b. September 6th 1941. Most
sources give Micky Waller's death as April 29th 2008
2008: Franz Jackson (95)
American saxophonist and clarinetist of the Chicago jazz school. Born in
Rock Island, Illinois he was long noted as being one of the last surviving jazz
artists to have recorded pre-1940. His first professonal job came at age 16 with
Albert Ammons in 1929. He then worked with Cassino Simpson, 1931; Carroll Dickerson
in 1932 and 1934-6; Jimmie Noone in 1934; Roy Eldridge - 1937; and Fletcher Henderson
from 1937-38. He re-joined Eldridge in 1938 and went with him to New York. He
toured California with Earl Hines in 1940-41, then worked in New York City with
Fats Waller in 1941 and Cootie Williams in 1942. He next played in Boston with
Frankie Newton from 1942-3, toured again with Eldridge in 1944, and worked with
Wilbur De Paris in 1944-45. Franz visited the Pacific with Jesse Stone in 1946
in the first of a series of US tours he played in the late 1940's and early 1950's.
returning to Chicago in 1957, Franz formed his own band, the very successful Original
Jass All-Stars and
1996, he received the Jazz Master Award from Arts Midwest.
Franz was still active well into his 90s in various jazz clubs of Chicago, and
also played at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the world (?)
b. November 1st 1912.
2009: Randall "Poodie"
Locke (56) American stage manager; he had worked as a roadie for singer-songwriter
B.W. Stevenson before becoming Nelson's stage manager around the time Willie released
his 1975 album, Red Headed Stranger. He appeared in Nelson's 1980 film, Honeysuckle
Rose. He opened Poodie's Hilltop Bar and Grill in Spicewood, Texas, in 2002, the
bar became a favorite stop for musicians. (heart attack)
Wills/Viola Mae Wilkerson (69) American pop singer;
she was discovered by Barry White in 1965,
who signed her to Bronco Records and changed her name to Viola Wills. She started
her career at the L.A. Conservatory of Music and, over the following years, in
addition to working with Barry White, also performed with Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson
and many other established recording artists of the era. It was while working
in London as one of Cocker's backing vocalists, dubbed the "Sanctified Sisters"
that she worked on and released her solo debut album of self-penned originals
titled Soft Centers, backed by Cocker's session players. Her hits include including
"Gonna Get Along Without You Now", "Dare To Dream", "Both
Sides Now", "No News Is News", "A House Is Not a Home",
"If You Could Read My Mind", "Love Pains", "Let's Love
Now", "Take One Step Forward" (by Wills and Noel McCalla), and
"Always Something There to Remind Me" (cancer)
b. December 30th 1939.
Ean Evans (48) American bassist; he started out at 5 playing the trumpet,
before changing to guitar in his early teens and playing with local bands. Influenced
by the likes of John Paul Jones, Leon Wilkeson and Geddy Lee he
changed to bass, enjoying the aggressive approach
to playing. In
the 1980s he played bass for a rock band called "...Five Miles High!",
before forming his first original band "Cupid's Arrow", which was popular
in the Atlanta area. After composing and recording over 50 songs, Ean became a
full time studio musician. He went on to play with The Outlaws, recording and
world wide touring. He then formed his band "Noon" in which he was guitarist,
bass player as well as primary songwriter and vocalist. In August of 2001 he joined
Lynyrd Skynyrd replacing bassist Leon Wilkeson who had sadly passed away
(cancer) b. September 16th
2011: Mike Spoerndle (59)
American club owner ans promoter of East Haven, who founded the legendary
New Haven music club Toads Place in 1975. Mike helped bring some of the
biggest names in rock n roll to the Elm City, including the Rolling Stones
surprise performance on Aug. 12, 1989. Bob Dylan played for six hours on Jan.
12, 1990. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, U2, REM, and Bon Jovi all performed,
are just a few who have performed at Toad's Place (the exact
cause of death remains unknown, but Spoerndle had battled drug and alcohol dependency
in the past decade) b. 1952
Steve Martland (53) English
composer, born in Liverpool and studied composition at Liverpool University and
in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen. He worked mainly with artists outside
classical institutions, Dutch and US groups, freelance musicians and his own Steve
Martland Band which tours his music internationally. He also worked with the Kings
Singers and Evelyn Glennie for whom he wrote Street Songs. His Principia was adopted
as the theme music for the BBC radio programme The Music Machine. Dance Works
is also used as the title music for a Dutch TV programme. He also wrote and directed
A Temporary Arrangement with the Sea, a film about Louis Andriessen. In August
1998 he collaborated with the band Spiritualized on a project for the Flux Festival
in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Also, Steve was composer in residence at the ETNA Music Festival in Sicily in
2006 and 2007 (died
in his sleep) b. October 10th 1959.
2013: Francesco Sorianello (84) American
actor and opera singer; as well as portraying the role of Alessandro over 10 seasons
of the Ramona Pageant between 1967-81, he
performed a number of concerts, appeared in stage
productions, mostly musicals and appeared in The Unsinkable Molly Brown
with Debbie Reynolds in 1989. (sadly
Francesco has died of a
b. May 1st 1929.
Antony Hopkins/Ernest William Antony Reynolds (93)
British composer, conductor, pianist, writer and radio broadcaster,
born in London. His works include the operas
Lady Rohesia, The Man from Tuscany, and Three's Company; the ballet Café
des Sports; and Scena for soprano and strings, which was later arranged for three
solo voices and full orchestra. He also wrote
extensively for films, including, Here Come the Huggetts in 1948, The Pickwick
Papers in 1952, Cast a Dark Shadow in 1955 and Billy Budd in 1962. Antony was
appointed a CBE in 1976 for his services to music (?)
b. March 21st 1921.
2015: Jerome Cooper (68)
American free jazz multi-musician, and also known as
a multi-dimensional drummer, he played balafon, chirimia and electronic tonal
activator in addition to trap drums. In the early 60s, he studied at the American
Conservatory and Loop College. Then in 1968 he worked with Oscar Brown, Jr. and
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre in the U.S. before moving to Europe before the end
of the decade, where he played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Steve Lacy, Lou Bennett,
the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, and Noah Howard. After
returning to the U.S. in '71, he joined the Revolutionary Ensemble with Leroy
Jenkins and Sirone, where he remained for several years and played piano, flute,
bugle, in addition to drums. In the 1970s he also played with Sam Rivers, George
Adams, Karl Berger, Andrew Hill, and Anthony Braxton. In the 1980s he worked again
with McIntyre and with Cecil Taylor (sadly died while
fighting cancer) b. December 14th 1946.
2015: Errol Brown/Lester Errol Brown MBE (71)
British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, Errol Brown was born Lester Errol Brown
in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved, with his family, to the UK when he was twelve
years old. In the late 60s, Errol and his friend Tony Wilson formed a band which
was first called 'Hot Chocolate Band' but this was soon shortened to Hot Chocolate
by Mickie Most. Hot Chocolate started their recording career making a reggae version
of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance", but Errol was told he needed
permission. He was contacted by Apple Records, discovered that Lennon liked his
version, and the group was subsequently signed to Apple Records. The link was
short-lived as The Beatles were starting to break up, and the Apple connection
MORE <<< (sadly
Errol died fighting liver cancer) b.
Johannes "Hannes" Bauer (61) German
trombonist of improvised music and free jazz and was the brother of the trombonist
Conny Bauer. Born
in Halle, from 1979 onwards, he worked as a freelance musician in Berlin, working
with many artists and groups including:- the Manfred Schulze Wind Quintet, Doppelmoppel
(with Conny Bauer, Uwe Kropinski, Helmut "Joe" Sachse), Slawterhaus
(with Jon Rose, Peter Hollinger and Dietmar Diesner, Futch (with Thomas Lehn and
Jon Rose), Ken Vandermark Territory Band and the Peter Brötzmann Tentet.
(?) b. July 22nd 1954.
Paul Brown (82) American jazz bassist and founder of Hartford's Monday
Night Jazz series recognized by the Library of Congress as the oldest continuously
run jazz festival in the country. Paul started what is now called the Monday Night
Jazz in Bushnell Park Series in 1967. His free Monday night concerts originally
were held in the Garden Area Center and on North End streets before moving to
Bushnell Park downtown. This series launched the Greater Hartford Festival of
Jazz in 1992, which initially began to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Paul's
groundbreaking, free outdoor series. (?) b.
Rickey Smith (36) American singer and
talent show contestant: he appeared on Ruben Studdards season of American
Idol, Season 2 in 2003, finishing in eighth place after which he was honored
by the state of Oklahoma for his performance on the show. Prior to the show Rickey
was a school teacher (tragically Rickey died in a head-on
traffic collision on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City)
b. May 10th 1979.
2016: Candye Kane/Candace
Hogan (54) American blues and jazz singer-songwriter and pornographic
actress, born in Ventura, California and raised in Highland Park, an L.A. suburb.
She was accepted into the USC's music conservatory's junior opera program in 1976,
but she disliked opera and dropped out. She became part of the punk rock music
scene of the early 1980s and shared the stage with musicians as diverse as Black
Flag, Social Distortion, James Harman, The Circle Jerks, Los Lobos, The Blasters
and Lone Justice. When she turned 18, she turned to adult modeling and stripping
to make some cash, appearing in videos and over 150 magazines from 1983 to 1985.
Eventually she worked as a columnist for Gent magazine as well. In 1986, Candye
moved from LA to San Diego. >>> READ
MORE <<< (sadly died fighting
pancreatic cancer) b.
November 13th 1961.
Ron Wilson (44) American
drummer, best known as one of the original members of The Surfaris, an early surf
rock group formed in Glendora, California in 1962., introducing a vigorous cadence-laced
drumming style which made their music much more energetic than other surf bands.
His energetic drum solo made 'Wipe Out' the best-remembered instrumental of the
period. The band toured in various forms for many years and at times invited members
of the audience to attempt Ron's drum riff while the guitarists played the melody
(sadly Ron died of a brain aneurysm) b. June ?? 1945.
1995: Ray McKinley (84) American jazz
drummer, singer and bandleader; Dorsey Brothers, Will Bradley, Glenn Miller, and
became leader of the revived Glenn Miller band. He got his start working with
local bands in the DallasFort Worth area, before joining Smith Ballew in
1929, when he met Glenn Miller. The two formed a friendship which lasted from
1929 until Miller's death in 1944. They both joined the Dorsey Brothers in 1934.
Ray remained with Jimmy until 1939, when he joined Will Bradley, becoming co-leader.
His biggest hit with Bradley, as a singer, was "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the
Bar," which he recorded early in the year 1940. He joined Glenn Miller's
Army Air Force band, which he co-led with arranger Jerry Gray after Miller's disappearance
in December 1944. He formed his own band, then n 1956, capitalizing on the popularity
of the Glenn Miller Story movie Ray was chosen to be the leader of the revived
Glenn Miller band, which he led until 1966. He co-hosted a 13-week CBS-TV summer
series with the band on CBS-TV in 1961. Surviving kinescopes of the program, which
was broadcast live, show another side of McKinley's talent: On that "Glenn
Miller Time" series .. he was a more than adept song and dance man as well.
(?) b. June 18th 1910.
Eddie Rabbitt (56) American singer and songwriter; he grow up in New
Jersey, but moved to Nashville to start a career as a songwriter in the late 1960s,
springboarding to a recording career after penning such hits as "Kentucky
Rain" for Elvis Presley in 1970 and "Pure Love" for Ronnie Milsap
in 1974. Later in the 1970s, he helped to develop the crossover-influenced sound
of country music prevalent in the 1980s with hits "Suspicions" and "Every
Which Way but Loose". His duets "Friends and Lovers" and "You
and I", with Juice Newton and Crystal Gayle respectively, later served as
the themes for the soap operas Days of Our Lives and All My Children. In the 1970s
and 80s he penned 20 No.1 country hits including "Drivin' My Life Away"
and "I Love a Rainy Night," which also topped the Billboard Hot 100
and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (lung cancer) b. November
2004: Rudi Maugeri (73)
Canadian baritone singer and founding member of The Crew-Cuts, who named themselves
after the then popular crew cut haircut, one of the first connections made between
pop music and hairstyle. They all had been members of the St. Michael's Choir
School in Toronto. They were most famous for their recording of a cover version
of The Chords, hit record, "Sh-Boom" in 1954. Rudi also worked as a
disc jockey, radio show host and station programmer in both New York and L.A.
(sadly lost his brave battle with pancreatic cancer)
b. January 21st 1931.
2010: David Fisher (70)
American folk singer and guitarist; while still at high school in New Haven, Connecticut,
Dave sang with a doo-wop group called the Academics, he released three singles
while with them. A year later while at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut,
Dave started the Highwaymen, originally
calling themselves the Clansmen, with
Bob Burnett, Steve Trott, Chan Daniels and Steve Butts. They had a Billboard No.1
hit in 1961 with "Michael" which sold
over one million copies, and were awarded a gold disc.
It was followed by another top 20 hit in 1962 "Cottonfields". They
continued for another three years recording two albums and performed countless
concerts and television shows. Dave spent the next thirty years in LA where he
composed, arranged, edited and supervised music for TV and film for most of the
major studios and wrote over a thousand songs, before again performing with a
reformed Highwayman as lead tenor, lead guitarist and musical director (?)
Francisco Aguabella (84) Cuban-American jazz
in Matanzas, he first left Cuba in
the 1950s to perform with Katherine Dunham in the Shelley Winters film "Mambo"
filmed in Italy. After touring with Katherine Dunham he relocated to America and
performed and toured with Peggy Lee for the next seven years. He performed in
Europe, Australia, South America, and all over the United States, including the
White House. Francisco enjoyed an extensive music performing and recording career
many great jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria,
Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, Lalo Schifrin, Cal Tjader, Nancy Wilson,
Poncho Sanchez, Bebo Valdes and numerous others. He also taught Afro-Cuban drumming
to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles.
lost his life to a cancer-related illness) b.
August 28th 1925.
2011: John Walker/John Joseph
Maus (67) American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in New York
City, but moved to California in 1947. After singing at local venues, John went
on to form The Walker Brothers in 1964 along with bassist Scott Engel, and drummer
Al "Tiny" Schneider. Their song "Make It Easy On Yourself",
reached No.1 in the UK chart in September 1965. The following year they had their
second UK No.1, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", it was also their
biggest hit in the US, where it made No.13 on the Billboard Hot 100. In early
'68, The Walker Brothers split up and John began performing solo releasing a single,
"Annabella", and the album, 'If You Go Away'. In 1974,
he reformed The Walker Brothers and
in 1975, they released an album, No Regrets and recorded two further albums together,
Lines and Nite Flights. In 2000, he set up his own record label and released a
CD, You. He toured Britain again as part of a nostalgia package tour in 2004,
and released an album, Silver Sixties Tour 2004 (sadly
John died battling liver cancer) b. November 12th
2011: George Webley (53)
British musician, composer, bandleader, and broadcaster born in Clapham, London.
He left school at the age of 14 to go on the road with a showband. He became Herbie
Flowers', noted bassist of Blue Mink, T.Rex and Sky, apprentice in his late teens
and was himself a session bass player until the age of 30. George then became
a musical director for EMI producing dozens of chart records. In 1989, he became
bandleader on Jameson Tonight and composed or arranged the theme music for the
television programmes Have I Got News For You, The Office, Room 101, and Graham
also composed numerous other themes for the National Theatre, Arts Theatre, ballet,
and radio including Ian McMillans East Coast Girls, Emma Clarke's Share
and Share Alike, and Neil Mosseys Stockport So Good They Named It Once.
In 1999 Webley presented the BBC2 educational series Music File, which won the
Prix La Basle award for educational excellence. He also won the 2002 Sony Gold
for Music Broadcaster whilst on BBC Three Counties, where he launched "Cabbie
Chat - The Rank Opinion", which ran every morning on his Milton Keynes Breakfast
programme. In his last 5 years he worked mostly on BBC London radio and most recently
he formed a new band, The G Spot, featuring Happy Dave on drums and Jez on guitar.
They played their first gig on 28 Aug 2010 for Natalie Cassidy of Eastenders fame
at the National Theatre, South Bank, London. The performance was filmed for a
reality show to be shown later this year, 2011, on E4
(awaiting the coroners report)
b. May 29th
Eric Kitteringham (66) Irish
rock bassist born in Cork; together with Norman Damery, he played in the leading
1960s Cork band, The Axels but when the band split
up in 1966, he and Damery joined up with Rory Gallagher who had just left The
Impact and together they formed the band Taste. They played and toured together
for two years including performing at the Star Club in Hamburg and released a
single "Blister On The Moon" before Eric and Damery left the band in
died bravely battling cancer) b.
2013: Peter Rauhofer (48)
Austrian dj, remixer and producer who formerly went under the moniker Club 69
as well as Size Queen. From Vienna, he was famous for a variety of his remixes
including Cher's, "Believe", and a number of Madonna's songs including
"Nothing Really Matters", "American Life", "Nothing Fails",
"Nobody Knows Me", "Get Together", "Impressive Instant",
and "4 Minutes", as well as her collaboration with Britney Spears, "Me
Against The Music" and various collaborations with Janet Jackson, "Throb",
"Just A Little While" to name a few. He provided remixes for Whitney
Houston, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Pet
Shop Boys, Christina
Aguilera, Yoko Ono, Pink, Tori Amos and Mariah Carey. In
2000 he won the Grammy Award for Best
Remixer of the Year for his remix of Cher Believe song (sadly
died of brain cancer) b. April 29th 1965.
Sir George Christie (79) British opera manager,
he was the son of John Christie, the founder of the Glyndebourne Opera House and
the Glyndebourne Festival Opera at his home at Glyndebourne, Sussex in 1934. His
mother was singer Audrey Mildmay. George took over the festival in 1958 when he
was 23 and he created the Glyndebourne Tour. Sir George oversaw the demolition
of the old opera house and its replacement by a new one, all without a penny sought
in public subsidy. He was knighted in 1984 and appointed a Companion of Honour
in 2001. He was, for a while, a member of the Arts Council and the South Bank
Board. In 2013 he won a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the Opera Awards
in London (?) b. December 31st
John Stabb/John Dukes Schroeder (54) American punk vocalist, best known
as the founding member and frontman of the hardcore punk band Government Issue,
formed in Washington, D.C. in 1980. He was the only consistent member in an ever-fluctuating
lineup that at various times of the bands history. They debuted with their EP
"Legless Bull" in 1981, this was followed by 3 further EPs and 6 Studio
albums. After the bands brake up in 1989, John reverted back to his given name,
playing with several Washington, D.C. area bands in the 1990s before forming The
Factory Incident in 2000. he also played with the Washington, DC based band 'History
Repeated' before his death. (sadly died battling stomach
cancer) b. July 12th 1961.
LaVerne Sophia Andrews (55) American contralto singer and eldest of
The Andrews Sisters, who became the best-selling female vocal group in the history
of popular music setting records that remain unsurpassed to this day. Born in
Minnesota, LaVerne played piano accompaniment for the silent film showings in
exchange for free dancing lessons for herself and her sisters, Maxine and Patricia.
They started their career as imitators of an earlier successful singing group,
the Boswell Sisters. After singing with various dance bands and touring in vaudeville
with the likes of Ted Mack, Leon Belasco, and comic bandleader Larry Rich, they
first came to national attention with their recordings and radio broadcasts in
1937, most notably via their major record hit, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön/To Me,
You Are Beautiful. Once the sisters found fame and settled in California. During
World War II, they entertained the Allied forces extensively in America, Africa
and Italy, visiting Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard bases, war zones, hospitals,
and munitions factories (cancer)
b. July 6th 1911.
British keyboard player, one of the great catalytic figures of 60s rock in UK,
and has a claim to the title "Father of the British Blues". He gained
attention as a jazz saxophonist as a member of the Don Rendell Quintet. After
which, he was a member of Blues Incorporated, a group led by Alexis Korner, before
forming his Graham Bond Quartet. With a lineup of himself on vocals and organ,
Ginger Baker on drums, Jack Bruce on double bass, and, briefly, John McLaughlin
on guitar, who was replaced by Dick Heckstall-Smith on sax and the name changed
to the Graham Bond Organization. Graham was the main song writer, and also produced
their two studio albums, The Sound of '65 and There's a Bond Between Us. The GBO
is notable in popular music history for jump-starting the careers of two future
Cream members, bassist/singer Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. One song Bruce
and Baker originally recorded with Bond, "Train Time," later wound up
in the repertoire of Cream. Graham also formed Magus with UK folk-singer Carolanne
Pegg, the group disbanded around Christmas 1973 without recording. During that
same period, he discovered American singer-songwriter-guitarist Mick Lee, and
took him under his wing. They played together live, but never recorded. The new
band also had plans to include Chris Wood of Traffic, but never materialized due
to Bond's untimely death (suicide?? maybe?? He died under
the wheels of train at Finsbury Park station, London) b.
October 28th 1937.
1982: Neil Bogart/Neil
E. Bogatz (39) American record executive. He was a singer in the 1960s
before running Cameo-Parkway Records, after which he became an executive at Buddah
Records. He is credited with being a key player in the rise of bubblegum pop music
during his time working at Cameo-Parkway and Buddah. He founded Casablanca Records
in the 70's. The KISS album Creatures
of the Night was dedicated to the memory of Neil, Donna Summer's
self-titled album from 1982 is also dedicated to Neil's memory, and the liner
notes contain one of his s favorite sayings, "why head for the mountaintop
when you're reaching for the sky". In the 1980 film Can't Stop the Music,
actor Paul Sand plays a record executive loosely based on Bogart. (sadly
he lost his fight with cancer) b. February 3rd 1943.
1985: Carl Marx (87) German composer and conductor;
he composed orchestral works, concerti, chamber music, piano music, works for
organ, cantatas, numerous choral works and lieder set to words by German poets.
He studied musical composition with Orff, Siegmund von Hausegger and Anton Beer-Waldbrunn
among others. In 1928 he became choir director of the Munich Bach Society, and
in 1929 was appointed professor of compositional technique at the Akademie der
Tonkunst, Munich. From 1939 to 1945 he taught music theory at the Johann Joseph
Fux Conservatory in Graz, composed music for Nazi ceremonies and contributed to
songbooks for the Hitler Youth. From 1946 until given emeritus status he was professor
of composition at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (He died
in Stuttgart) b. November 12th 1897.
Joseph Hilton 'Nappy' Lamare (82) American jazz banjoist, electric
bassist, guitarist, and vocalist, born in New Orleans. He started his musical
career in New Orleans working with performers such as Monk Hazel, Johnny Wiggs
and Sharkey Bonano, to name a few. He perhaps best-known for his work from 1930-1935
with the Ben Pollack band, and from 1935-1943 with the Bob Crosby band (?)
b. June 14th 1905.
Nono (66) Italian pianist and avant-garde
composer of classical music, he remains one of the most prominent composers of
the 20th century. Born in Venice, Hermann Scherchen presented Luigi's first acknowledged
work, the Variazioni canoniche sulla serie dell'op. 41 di A. Schönberg in
1950, at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt. During
the 1960s, Luigi's musical activities became increasingly explicit and polemical
in their subject, whether that be the warning against nuclear catastrophe - Canti
di vita e d'amore: sul ponte di Hiroshima of 1962; the denunciation of capitalist
exploitation - La Fabbrica Illuminata in 1964; the condemnation of Nazi war criminals
in the wake of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials - Ricorda cosi ti hanno fatto in
Auschwitz, 1965; or of American imperialism in the war against Vietnam - A floresta
e jovem e cheia de vida of 1966. His
last masterpieces, such as Caminantes
Ayacucho 198687, inspired by
a region in southern Peru that experiences extreme poverty and social unrest,
La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura 198889, and "Hay que caminar"
soñando 1989, offer poignant comment on the composer's life-long quest
for political renewal and social justice.
b. January 29th 1924.
Rudolf Serkin (88) Bohemian-born
pianist born in Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Cheb, Czech Republic.a child
prodigy, he was sent to Vienna at the age of 9, where he studied piano with Richard
Robert and, later, composition with Joseph Marx making his public debut with the
Vienna Philharmonic at 12. Shortly after the outbreak of WW II in 1939, he emigrated
to the United States, where he taught several generations of pianists at the Curtis
Institute of Music in Philadelphia. From 1968 to 1976 he served as the Institute's
Director. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and in March
1972 celebrated his 100th appearance with the New York Philharmonic by playing
Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No.1. The orchestra and board of directors also
named him an honorary member of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society, a
distinction also conferred on Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, and Paul Hindemith.
In 1986, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a guest artist with the orchestra.
He is also regarded as one of the primary interpreters of the music of Beethoven
in the 20th century (sadly
died of cancer)
b. March 28th 1903.
1991: Jean Langlais (84)
French composer of modern classical music, organist,
and improviser, born in La Fontenelle a village near Mont St Michel. He became
blind due to glaucoma when he was only two years old, and was sent to study at
the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, where he began to study the
organ. From there, he progressed to the Paris Conservatoire, obtaining prizes
in organ. Jean was a prolific composer, composing 254 works with opus numbers,
the first of which was his Prelude and Fugue for organ in 1927, and the last his
Trio in 1990, another organ piece. Although best known as a composer of organ
music and sacred choral music, he also composed a number of instrumental, orchestral
and chamber works and some secular song settings. He
was also a much in demand as a concert organist, and toured widely across Europe
and the United States.
b. February 15th 1907.
Teresa Teng (42) Chinese pop singer from Taiwan, her voice and songs
are instantly recognized throughout east Asia. Her songs also enjoy huge popularity
among Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian listeners.
To date she currently holds the record of being the highest selling Asian artist
of all time with sales of over 100 million, slightly higher than that of Michiya
Mihashi. Teresa was known for her folk songs and romantic ballads, such as "When
Will You Return?" and "The Moon Represents My Heart". She recorded
songs not only in her native Mandarin but also in English,
Cantonese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indonesian (Tragically
died from a severe respiratory attack while on holiday in Thailand. Teresa was
a lifelong sufferer from asthma) b. January 29th
1996: Celedonio Romero (83) Cuban
guitarist, composer and poet, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He studied classical guitar
at the Conservatory of Málaga and at the Madrid Royal Conservatory and
made his concert debut at the age of 22. In 1957 he relocated to Southern California,
where with his three sons Angel, Celin and Pepe started a guitar quartet, the
Romeros. Celedonio made a large number of recordings, both solo and with the Romeros,
and he also wrote over 100 compositions for guitar, including a dozen concertos.
was inducted into the Orden de Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I.
He was also made a "Caballero del Santo Sepulcro" / "Knight of
the Holy Sepulchre" by Pope John Paul II. (?)
b. March 2nd 1913.
Nasrat Parsa (36) Afghani singer; one of the few Afghan singers who
had a formal training in classical music. It was these lessons that would prepare
him for performing the ghazal that he later became known for in Europe. Due to
Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the ensuing disruptive guerrilla fighting,
Nasrat and his family left Afghanistan in 1981 for Pakistan and subsequently to
New Delhi, India, where he attended the school of music under the apprenticeship
of classic Indian singer Daish Pandi. Nasrat and his family next immigrated to
Hamburg, Germany, where he met fellow countrymen and became more involved in the
music scene with the other exiled singers and musicians.There, he taught Waly
Hedjasi, better known as VALY, a highly acclaimed musician. In 2005 at the height
of his popularity, Nasrat was invited to perform at a concert in Vancouver, Canada,
for Mothers Day, opening a tour that was scheduled to include several cities
in North America (murdered while performing at the Mother's
Day concert in Canada) b. February 22nd 1968
Fortin (37) Canadian singer and guitarist,
born near the village of St-Thomas-Didyme, in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec,
he studied cinema at the Université de Montréal. In 1990 he formed
and fronted the band Les Colocs. The band marked the history of Quebec music with
their sound, infused with brass sounds, first very wild and festive, later more
mellow, as well as more inspired by swing, country, blues and african music. Their
debut self titled album was released in '93, which was followed by 1995's 'Atrocetomique'
and 'Dehors novembre' in '98 which won the Félix Award for the Rock Album
of the Year. Albums 'Les Années 1992-1995', 'Suite 2116' and 'Live 1993-1998'
were released after his death. A movie about his life, "Dédé
à travers les brumes" was released on March 13th 2009
committed Hara-kiri, a Japanese ritual suicide
by disembowelment, in his apartment in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal)
b. November 17th 1962.
Eddy Arnold (89) American country music star; with 145 songs on the
country charts including 28 number one hits. A member of the Grand Ole Opry from
1943 and the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1966, he ranked 22nd on Country
Music Television's 2003 list of "The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music"
and he is among one of the most popular country singers in U.S. history. His many
hits included "That's How Much I Love You", "What Is Life Without
Love", "It's a Sin", "I'll Hold You in My Heart", "To
My Sorrow", "Anytime", "Bouquet of Roses", "(Just
a Little Lovin') Will Go a Long Way", "A Heart Full of Love (For a Handful
of Kisses)", "One Kiss Too Many", "There's Been a Change in
Me", "Kentucky Waltz", "I Wanna Play House With You",
"Eddy's Song", "Make the World Go Away", "I Want to Go
with You" and "Turn the World Around" to mention just a few. In
2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, Arnold received a lifetime
achievement award from the Recording Academy, and later that year, released an
album with RCA Records called After All These Years. (Eddy
died of natural causes, just one week short of his 90th birthday) b.
May 15th 1918.
2011: Cornell Dupree (69)
American jazz and R&B guitarist, beginning his career playing in the Atlantic
Records studio band, recording on albums by Aretha Franklin, noted for playing
the opening guitar riff on Aretha's "Respect" and King Curtis as a member
of "The King Pins". He appeared on the 1969 Lena Horne and Gábor
Szabó recording, and on recordings with Archie Shepp, Grover Washington,
Jr., Snooky Young and Miles Davis. In the late 70s he was a founding member of
the band Stuff, which featured fellow guitarist Eric Gale, Richard Tee on keyboards,
Steve Gadd, Chris Parker on drums, and Gordon Edwards on bass. Also Dupree and
Cornell recorded together on many occasions. Other notable albums include Joe
Cocker's Stingray and Luxury You Can Afford, plus his solo albums Teasin', Saturday
Night Fever (instrumental), Shadow Dancing, Can't Get Through, Coast to Coast,
Uncle Funky, Child's Play, Bop 'n' Blues, and Unstuffed. He played on Brook Benton's
"Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love",
and is featured on two tracks of Peter Wolf's 1998 album, Fool's Parade (sadly
Cornell died of complications from emphysema)
b. December 19th 1942.
Roman Totenberg (101) Polish-born American violinist born in Lódz.
He made his debut at the age of 12 as soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
in 1923. He was also awarded the gold medal at the Chopin Conservatory/Warsaw
and continued his studies with Carl Flesch in Berlin, where he won the International
Mendelssohn Prize in 1931, and later with George Enescu and Pierre Monteux in
Paris. He made both his British debut in London and his American debut in New
York in 1935. In 1983 he was named Artist Teacher of the Year by the American
String Teachers Association and in April 2007 he was honored with the New England
String Ensemble's Muses & Mentors Award for his great artistry and significant
contributions to string education. In 1988 he was awarded the highest Medal of
Merit by the Polish Government for his life-long contributions to Polish society
(?) b. January 1st 1911.
2012: Kiyoko Otani (93) Japanese soprano singer
(died from respiratory failure)
Everett Lilly (87) American bluegrass mandolin player and along with
his brother Bea, performed as the Lilly Brothers. Born in Clear Creek, WV, they
made their radio debut on the Old Farm Hour show at WCHS in Charleston in 1938.
In 1948, the brothers signed with the WWVA Jamboree as members of "Red Belcher's
Kentucky Ridge Runners", but quit two years later because of a financial
dispute and the brothers retired temporarily. In 1951, he joined Flatt & Scruggs
as mandolin player, then the next year, in 1952, Tex Logan, persuaded them to
reunite. The personnel of the Lilly Brothers: Everett, Bea, Don Stover and Tex
Logan, didn't change between 1952 and 1970 and is considered one of bluegrass
music's most stable lineups. The death of Everetts son, Giles, in a car
crash in 1970 brought a start of an end to the brothers. For the remainder of
the 1970s, the brothers did reunite on several occasions. In the 1980s, as Bea
retired, Everett and his son Mark played together in the group "Clear Creek
Crossin'" and he continued to play and perform with his sons in the band
Everett Lilly and the Lilly Mountaineers until his death. The Lilly Brothers
career was chronicled in a 1979 documentary "True Facts in a Country Song".
In 1986, the Lilly Brothers were inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music
Hall of Fame. In 2002, they were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music
Hall of Fame, and in 2008, inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame
(?) b. July 1st 1924.
2013: Zia Fariduddin Dagar (80)
Indian classical vocalist in the Dhrupad, the
oldest existing form of north Indian classical music (Hindustani classical music)
and part of the Dagar family of musicians. He taught at the Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal,
along with his elder brother, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar for 25 years. He
was awarded the 1994 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Hindustani music-Vocal by
Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. Padma
Shri- India's fourth highest civilian honor been conferred upon him in year 2012,
but he turned it down, saying the government did not care about his seniority
as he was chosen for it after much younger Dhrupad singers were conferred the
honour. Zia represented the 19th generation of the musical tradition of the Dagar
family that is believed to have preserved and nurtured Dhrupad for 20 generations
(sadly died after a short illness) b. June 15th 1932
2013: Bill Langstroth (82)
Canadian country music producer raised in Montreal;
his first gig was in Halifax as a producer at CBC. Working alongside Don Messer,
he quickly climbed the ladder, from coordinating producer in 1954 to a series
producer in 1955. He built the Don Messer show into a nationally broadcasted program
and in the years following hosted, "Singalong Jubilee." His extensive
efforts and great talent in the areas of television production allow him to be
recognized as one of the country's first and best industry leaders and in 2011,
he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of fame
(?) b. November 5th 1930. <- Canadian Country
Music Hall give this as Bill Langstroth's birthdate, which makes him 82, not 81
as reported on many sites.
Juan Tarodo (52) Spanish drummer, songwriter
and producer; born in Madrid, he was a founding member
of the techno pop Olé Olé,
one of the most successful bands in Spain and Latin America between 1983 and 1993,
with hits singles such as "No controls", "Conspiracy" and
"I'm a thousand". After the band split in 1993, Juan moved more to the
production side of the business. As a producer, he worked with the likes of Noelia,
Jose Luciano, Pedro Marin, Anibal Berraute,
Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma" and Juan Gabriel, among others
(sadly Juan died battling leukemia) b. June 12th
Rodrigues (75) Brazilian singer, born in Igarapava
and grew up in Nova Europa. At the start of the 1960s, he gained popularity in
the state capital as a singer on various television programs for new musical talent.
In 1965, he and Elis Regina successfully sang together on "O Fino da Bossa",
a television program on TV Record. In 1966 he sang at the "Record Festival"
with the song "Disparada" and came joint first. Jair released an album
a year and performed hits such as O Menino da Porteira, Boi da Cara Preta e Majestade
o Sabiá. He has toured Europe, the United States and Japan. (sadly
died of a heart attack) b. February 6th 1939.
Rutger Gunnarsson (69) Swedish bassist, arranger
and producer born in Ledberg. He began his career with Björn Ulvaeus in the
Hootenanny Singers, before working with ABBA, playing on all their albums and
was on their tours. He later worked on musicals and musical events, including:
Chess, Les Misérables, Rhapsody In Rock, 007, Mamma Mia!, Bananas in Pajamas
and Diggiloo. Rutger has also arranged strings and played bass for the likes of
Celine Dion, Westlife, Elton John, Adam Ant and Bobbysocks. He has also produced
and arranged music for artists such as Gwen Stefani, Elin Lanto, Joyride and Alla
Pugacheva. (?) b. February 12th 1946.
1919: James Reese Europe (38) American ragtime
and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. Born in Mobile, Alabama, into
a musical family, at about ten, his family moved to Washington, D.C., where he
studied violin with Enrico Hurlei, the assistant director of the Marine Corps
Band. At 22, he moved to New York and began playing piano in a cabaret and in
1905, he joined Joe Jordan to write for The Memphis Students. In 1907, he was
the musical director of Cole and Johnson's Shoo-Fly Re giment. James was the leading
figure on the African American music scene of New York City in the 1910s. George
Gershwin remembered sitting on the curb outside Baron Wilkin's nightclub in Harlem
for hours when he was seven years old, listening to James Europe play. In 1910,
he founded one of the most unusual African-American organizations of the time
The Clef Club playing many of the most elite functions in New York, London, Paris,
and on yachts traveling worldwide. During
World War I James obtained a Commission in the New York Army National Guard, where
he saw combat as a lieutenant with the 369th Infantry Regiment (the "Harlem
Hellfighters"). He went on to direct the regimental band to great acclaim
entertaining the troops. During this time, his group performed in a series of
concerts with some of the greatest marching bands of France, Britain, and Italy.
James and his band returned triumphantly to New York on February 12, 1919, and
soon began a tour of American cities. The final concert on the tour was at Mechanic's
Hall in Boston (During
the intermission of his concert at Bostons Mechanics Hall, James
was fatally stabbed in the neck
by his drummer Herbert Wright, severing
his jugular vein with a pen knife.
James was granted the first ever public funeral for an African American in New
York) b. February 22nd
1957: Ezio Pinza (64)
Italian bass opera singer born in Rome; he spent 22 seasons
at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50
operas. He opposite many celebrated singers at the Met during his heyday. They
included, among others, such international stars as Rosa Ponselle, Elisabeth Rethberg,
Giovanni Martinelli, Beniamino Gigli, Lawrence Tibbett and Giuseppe De Luca. He
also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden, London. After retiring from the Met in 1948, he enjoyed
a fresh career on Broadway in the musical theatre and also appeared in several
sadly died from a stroke) b.
May 18th 1892
American DJ and agent, born
to missionary parents in the Belgian Congo on the continent of Africa. After a
well traveled upbringing, back in America, in the late 1940s, he had his own country
music program on WMPS, "The Bob Neal Farm Hour". This gave him the change
to promote young artists and songwriters, and in 1954 Sam Phillips of Sun Records
introduced him to a young Elvis, Bob took over Elvis's early management signing
him in 1955. He also formed the talent agency, Stars Inc and by 1956, he was putting
together package shows, which took several artists on a tour, these included Johnny
Cash, Sonny James, Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings, Johnny Horton, Faron Young
and others. Over the years Bob has promoted and/or managed many other artists
such as Carl Belew, Tommy Cash, Stonewall Jackson, Sonny James, Warner Mack, Johnny
Paycheck, Pete Drake, Connie Hall and Jimmy Martin to mention a few (?)
b. October 6th 1917.
1989: Keith Whitley (34)
American country music singer, guitarist, born in Sandy Hook, KY; his brief career
in mainstream country music lasted from 1984 until 1989, but he continues to influence
an entire generation of singers and songwriters. He charted nineteen singles on
the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive No.1s: "Don't Close
Your Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", "I'm No Stranger
to the Rain", "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't
Nothin'", the last two posthumously (alcohol
poisoning) b. July 1st 1954.
Yanka Dyagileva (24) Russian poet and singer-songwriter, born
in Novosibirsk and was one of the brightest figures in Russia's underground punk
scene. She played solo and performed with others, including Egor Letov and Velikiye
Oktyabri of the Great Octobers rock band. She was greatly influenced by her friend
Alexander Bashlachev, and Letov, her lover and mentor. Her songs were a mixture
of desperate, punk-style nihilism and folk lamentations. (The
exact date of her sad death is unknown; on May 9th 1991, Yanka disappeared from
her countryside home, where she lived with her family. On May 17th she was found
dead in the Inya River, far away from the place where she had disappeared. It
is thought she probably committed suicide after a long bout with depression) b.
September 4th 1966.
Talat Mahmood (74) Indian playback singer and
film actor born in Lucknow, he sang about 800 songs in his long career; he studied
classical music at Morris Music College. His reputation as a ghazal singer soon
spread with his classical songs " Sapnon Ki Suhaani Duniyaa Ko " for
film Shikast and " Laage Tose Naina " for Chaandi Ki Deewar. In 1949
Talat moved to Bombay, to sing for the Bombay film industry. His name and fame
had already preceded him and soon he was flooded with offers. His big break came
with the song "Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho" composed
by music-composer Anil Biswas for the soundtrack of the movie "Arzoo".
Talat also acted in over a dozen films with top actresses of the time like Nutan,
Mala Sinha, Suraiya and others. Later he decided to give up acting to concentrate
on singing (?)
b. February 24th 1924.
James E. Myers (81) American songwriter,
actor, producer, and raconteur; maybe best known as the credited co-writer of
"Rock Around the Clock" for which he used the pseudonym "Jimmy
DeKnight". After his work with Billy Haley, he began providing songs to The
Jodimars, a group made up of former Comets. In later years, James turned to acting,
appearing in small roles in a number of films such as The China Syndrome; he also
directed at least two films under his Jimmy DeKnight nom de plume. He also wrote
an autobiography based upon his experiences in World War II entitled Hell in a
Foxhole, and opened a museum in his home dedicated to "Rock Around the Clock"
b. October 26th 1919.
2009: Stephen Bruton (60)
American songwriter and guitarist; born in Wilmington, Delaware and moved to Texas
at the age of two. After
graduating from Texas Christian University he mixed
with the Fort Worth music scene and was soon playing in Kris Kristofferson's band
just as Kris's career was about to take off. Stephen and Kris's collaboration
and friendship lasted more than 40 years. Throughout his long career he
has also worked with such artists and musicians as NRBQ, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie
Raitt, Sonny Landreth, Rita Coolidge, Christine McVie, Elvis Costello, Delbert
McClinton and Carly Simon and produced albums for Alejandro Escovedo, Marcia Ball,
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hal Ketchum, Storyville and Chris Smither (throat cancer)
b. November 7th 1948
Travis Edmonson (76) American folk
singer-songwriter and guitarist who performed both
as a soloist and in the group Bud and Travis. At the age of 5, he briefly played
the role of Curley on the TV show Our Gang. He began his singing career at age
seven as a member of the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church choir, where he sang with
his three older brothers. In the early 1950s, he served in the US Army, before
beginning his musical career in San Francisco. After singing solo, he joined a
quartet, the Gateway Singers with Louis Gottlieb. In 1958, he formed Bud and Travis
along with Bud Dashiell, they recorded eight albums in seven years and appeared
at many top nightclubs and on television, including a guest appearance on the
show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He was considered a folk music "pioneer"
and influencing groups such as the Kingston Trio and was inducted into the Hall
of Fame by the Tucson Area Music Awards in 1995
for his musical accomplishments (heart failure)
b. September 23rd 1932.
2009: Eugene Smith (88)
American gospel singer known
for his distinct baritone/tenor voice; he met Roberta
Martin at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church when he joined the junior chorus
led by Martin. That same year, 1933, he became one of the original Roberta Martin
Singers. Some of their most popular releases included "Old Ship of Zion",
Knows How Much You Can Bear", "Yield Not
To Temptation", "Only a Look" and "The Lord Will Make a Way".
In the early 1940s, Eugene composed the gospel blues song "I Know the Lord
Will Make a Way, Oh Yes He Will", which is still popular among congregations
today, and in 1949, he also became the business manager and booking agent for
the Roberta Martin Singers. After he group disbanded, in 1969 when Roberta Martin
died, Eugene still sang in and around the Chicago area, and participated in various
programs honoring The Roberta Martin Singers and other singers and musicians from
the "Golden Era" of gospel until his death (died in his sleep at his
apartment in Chicago, Illinois)
b. April 22nd 1921.
2010: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (92) American
jazz singer and actress born in Brooklyn, New York, Lena joined
the mike chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and in 1934 she landed
a small role in an all-black Broadway show Dance with Your Gods. In 1935 she became
the featured singer with the Noble Sissle Society Orchestra, which performed at
many first-rate hotel ballrooms and nightclubs. She left Sissle in 1936 to perform
as a solo singer in a variety of New York City clubs before moving to Hollywood,
where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the
films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Due to the Red Scare and her left-leaning
political views, she found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, she headlined clubs and hotels
throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. From the late 1950s through the 1960s,
Lena was a staple of TV variety shows, appearing multiple times on Perry Como's
Kraft Music Hall, The Ed Sullivan Show...>>> READ
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the New YorkPresbyterian Hospital in New York City)
b. June 30th 1917.
parang musician, who, along with siblings Tito, Toy and Victor, made up the legendary
Lara Brothers, whose indigenous music was popular especially during the Christmas
season. He was the last surviving member of the Lara Brothers, formed almost sixty
years ago. Willie received many honors in his life as an iconic parrandero and
was honoured nationally by winning the Hummingbird Silver Medal (sadly
died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, after minor medical tests)
b. June 8th 1929.
2014: Selim Sesler (57)
Turkish clarinet player, of Gypsy origin, born in Kesan, Edirne. At the age of
14, he began to play in village weddings and fairs. In the 1980s, he moved to
Istanbul, where he joined Romani music bands and performed in restaurants, music
halls, night clubs and weddings. He also took part at the musical theatre of Ferhan
Sensoy and recorded some small-budget albums. He gained international fame in
the 90s while touring Canada with Brenna MacCrimmon and went on to hold concerts
at Barbican Centre in London, New York City, Boston,and Chicago. His albums went
on sale in the United States, in Europe, in Canada, and even in Japan. He developed
a rich repertoire and a unique playing style and he featured in the Golden Bear-winning
movie Head-On in 2004. (sadly
Selim died while battling a coronary heart disease) b. 1957
Joe Wilder (92) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader
and composer born in Philadelphia and studied at the Mastbaum School of Music.
At 19, he joined his first touring big band, Les Hite's band, before serving in
the Marines during WWII. In the 40's and early 50's, he played in the orchestras
of Jimmie Lunceford, Herbie Fields, Sam Donahue, Lucky Millinder, Noble Sissle,
Dizzy Gillespie, and finally with the Count Basie Orchestra. From 1957 to 1974,
he did studio work for ABC-TV, New York, and in the pit orchestras for Broadway
also performed on several occasions with the New York Philharmonic under Andre
Kostelanetz and Pierre Boulez and played lead for the Symphony Of The New World
from 1965 to 1971. In
his long career he was a regular sideman with such musicians as NEA Jazz Masters
Hank Jones, Gil Evans, and Benny Goodman and
became a favorite with vocalists and played for Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Johnny
Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Eileen Farrell, Tony Bennett, and many others. He appeared
on The Cosby Show episode "Play It Again, Russell" in 1986 and played
the trumpet in the Malcolm X Orchestra in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" in
1992. Since 1991 he returned as a leader and recorded three albums for Evening
Star. Joe was awarded the Temple University Jazz Master's Hall of Fame
Award in 2006 and The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with its highest
honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award for 2008
(sadly died from congestive heart failure) b. February
Johnny Gimble (88) American
country music virtuoso fiddler and madolin player born in Tyler, Texas and grew
up in nearby Bascom. He began playing in a band with his brothers at age 12, and
continued playing with two of them, Jerry and George, as the Rose
City Swingsters. The trio played local radio gigs, but soon after Johnny moved
to Louisiana and began performing with Jimmie Davis Gubernatorial campaign. He
returned to Texas after finishing his service in the U.S. Army in WWII. He went
on to become a much in demand first call session musician and worked with the
likes of Vince Gill, Bob Wills, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Lefty
Price, Connie Smith, Chet Atkins, George Strait, and many others. From 1975 through
1990, he won five Best Instrumentalist awards from the Country Music Awards and
nine Best Fiddle Player awards from the Academy of Country Music. He was also
nominated for a Grammy award for his performance on the 1993 Mark O'Connor album
Heroes and was awarded two Grammys: 1994 for his arrangement of "Red Wing"
on the Bob Wills tribute album by Asleep At The Wheel; and 1995 for
Best Country Instrumental Performance for Hightower with Asleep At
The Wheel. In 1994, he was awarded the National heritage Fellowship as a Master
Folk Artist from the National Endowment for the arts.
(?) b. May 30th 1926.
Carl Martin (73) American multi-musician including
conga, percussion, guitar; he enjoyed a career that spanned over five decades
under several different monikers, including The Four Keys, the Tennessee Chocolate
Drops, the Wandering Troubadours and his own Carl Martin Trio (?)
b. April 1st 1906.
1989: Woody Herman Shaw II (44) US
jazz trumpet; he grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and began his study of music at
the age of 11, later attending Newark Arts High School. Early in his career he
was influenced by Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Fats Navarro, Booker Little, Dizzy
Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. He worked during the 1960s with greats such
as Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Art Blakey.
During this period he also recorded for Blue Note Records as a sideman with Andrew
Hill, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and others. Beginning in the mid-1970s
he worked primarily as a leader. In in 1978 was signed to Columbia Records and
recorded the albums Rosewood, Stepping Stones, Woody III, For Sure, and United.
Rosewood was nominated for 2 Grammies and was voted Best Jazz Album of 1978 in
the Down Beat Reader's Poll, which also voted Woody Best Jazz Trumpeter of the
Year and No.4 Jazz Musician of the Year. Woody is often credited with developing
an improvisational approach based on larger intervals, like fourths and fifths,
instead of the smaller intervals which are more easily playable on the trumpet
(kidney failure). b. December 24th 1944
Sylvia Syms/Sylvia Blagman (74) American jazz
singer; born in Brooklyn, New York, aahe received informal training from Billie
Holiday and in 1941 she made her debut at a club called Billy's Stable. In
1948, performing at the Cinderella Club in Greenwich Village, she was seen by
Mae West, who gave her a part in a show she was doing. She was signed to Decca
Records, her major success
was "I Could Have Danced All Night" in 1956. Frank Sinatra produced
her 1982 album Syms By Sinatra. In the late 80s and early 90s, Sylvia still performed
occasionally at intimate venues such as Eighty Eights, Michaels Pub,
and Freddys in New York, where sensitive audiences thrilled to her tasteful
selections, which included such delights as Skylark, You Are
Not My First Love, I Want To Be Yours, Fun To Be Fooled,
I Guess Ill Hang My Tears Out To Dry, It Amazes Me,
and Pink Taffeta. (died on stage of a heart attack).
b. December 2nd 1917
Allan "Shel" Silverstein
American poet, winning songwriter, musician, composer,
author of children's books, cartoonist
and screenwriter. As well as his vast book
and stage writings, cartoons, he
composed original music for several films, and displayed a musical versatility
in these projects, playing guitar, piano, saxophone, and trombone himself. By
the end of the 1950s, his had include music to his arts, and began writing
songs. He eventually collaborated with Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee,
Hank Snow, Buck Owens, and 70s pop icon, Dr. Hook. Shel was the creative
force behind Hooks Top 40 hit On the Cover of the Rolling Stone.
He also wrote the Johnny Cash hit, A Boy named Sue winning
a 1970 Grammy, and the Irish Rovers
His music was used in films, his song "I'm Checking Out" featured in
the "Postcards from the Edge" and was nominated for an academy award.
He was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002
(This amazing free spirit died from a heart
attack) b. September 25th 1930.
2002: Kaifi Azmi (83) Indian poet, multi-award
winning songwriter and composer; born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, he is considered
one the greatest Urdu poets of 20th century. He wrote his first lyrics for the
film Buzdil, directed by Shaheed Latif, in 1952. His greatest feat as a writer
was Chetan Anand's Heer Raanjha in 1970 wherein the entire dialogue of the film
was in verse, a tremendous achievement and one of the greatest feats of Hindi
film writing. As a lyricist and songwriter, though he wrote for numerous films,
he will always be remembered for Guru Dutt's Kaagaz Ke Phool-1959 and Chetan Anand's
Haqeeqat-1964, India's greatest war film. Some notables films for which he wrote
lyrics include Anupama-1966, Saat Hindustani-1969, Shola Aur Shabnam, Parwana-1971,
Bawarchi-1972, Hanste Zakhm-1973, Arth-1982 and Razia Sultan-1983. He also played
a memorable role of Naseem's grandfather in Naseem in 1995
January 19th 1919.
2005: David Wayne (47)
American singer for the heavy metal bands Metal Church, Wayne,
and Reverend. From 1982 to 1988, he appeared
as vocalist on four albums by Metal Church. When
he left the band in 1988, he formed Reverend, which remained active even after
his death. His legacy as a vocalist is captured in Metal Church's only live album,
Live, recorded in 1986 in Texas while on tour with Anthrax. He also started a
band called Wayne aka David Wayne's Metal Church, and joined ex-Cradle of Filth
guitarist Stuart Antsis in Bastardsun. (died
from complications following a car crash).
b. January 1st 1958.
2006: Soraya/Soraya Raquel
Lamilla Cuevas (38) Columbian-American singer/songwriter, guitarist,
arranger and record producer. A
successful Latin music star, she had two number-one songs on Billboard's Latin
Pop Airplay charts. She won a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for the self titled album
"Soraya" as "Best Album by Songwriter", which she produced,
and a 2005 Latin Grammy Awards nomination for "Female Pop Vocal Album"
for her album El Otro Lado de Mí (literally "The other side of me").
She was the opening act for the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Her career
spanned ten years, and she recorded five albums (sadly
lost her six year brave battle with breast cancer).
b. March 11th 1969
Josephus Hicks Jr (64) American jazz pianist, composer who had been
on the international jazz scene for over 40 years. John studied music at Lincoln
University in Missouri and Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to
New York in 1963. He
was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and occasionally in the 1970s worked
with Betty Carter and was in one of Woody Herman's groups. From the early 1980s
until his death he performed solo and led his own groups including The Keystone
Trio. He also played and recorded with jazz artists such as David Murray, Joe
Lovano, David "Fathead" Newman, George Mraz, Arthur Blythe, Kenny Barron
among many others. John recorded the seventh instalment of the "Live at Maybeck
Recital Hall" series of solo concerts, which were recorded for Concord Records.(died
of undisclosed causes).
b. December 21st 1941
Leyla Gencer/Ayse Leyla Çeyrekgil (78) Turkish operatic
soprano born in Istanbul, known as "La Diva Turca"/The Turkish Diva
and "La Regina"/The Queen in the operatic circles; she was a notable
bel canto soprano who spent most of her career in Italy, from the early 1950s
through the mid-1980s, and had a repertoire encompassing more than seventy roles
including works from composers such as; Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart to neo-classical
period; from Cherubini, Spontini, Johann Simon Mayr and the romantic period to
Puccini, Prokofiev, Britten, Poulenc, Menotti and Rocca; from a lyric soprano
varying to dramatic colorature. She made very few commercial recordings; however,
numerous bootleg recordings of her performances exist. In particular, Leyla was
associated with the heroines of Donizetti (?)
b. October 10th 1928.
actress, singer; born in Melbourne, Australia, Jessie began acting as a child,
known for her roles in children's TV series in Australia including The Saddle
Club, Fergus McPhail, and Holly's Heroes. She was in stage productions alongside
Lisa McCune and Bert Newton in The Sound of Music. In the months before her death,
she had taken a break from acting to focus on music and was planning to attend
the Victorian College of the Arts to study bass guitar and establish herself as
a musician. She also played the bass in a rock band called The Volten Sins. She
is featured on the The Saddle Club soundtrack and on "Friends Forever"
and "Princess Veronica Tour EP" with Janelle Corlass-Brown. In 2003
she and Corlass-Brown released a CD single for their song "Trouble"
under their characters names Ashley and Melanie (while
walking along the platform at Cheltenham station, she tripped and fell onto the
tracks and into the path of an oncoming train. Jessie died instantly from her
November 15th 1990.
2009: Clive Scott (64) British
keyboardist and songwriter; he started out with Scott and The Antarctics before
the pop/rock group, Jigsaw with
Des Dyer. He played keyboard as well as composing and/or co-writing most of the
group's recordings. Their merits include the million-selling 1975 hit single "Sky
High", reaching top placing on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Japan.
13 albums Jigsaw split in the 1981, and Clive worked as a songwriter and record
producer for other musicians, together with Ian Levine, including Who Do You Think
You Are? which was a hit for Opportunity Knocks winners Candlewick Green in 1974,
another song influenced by American soul music. His work has been recorded by
Nicki French, Bad Boys Inc, Boyzone, Jon Otis among many others. Most recently,
Clive and Ian had written and produced the albums Northern Soul 2007 and Disco
2008, both recorded in Clive's 'Racetrack' Studios in Ascot, Berkshire (He
had fallen from a ladder and had brain surgery, died from of a stroke two weeks
later) b. February
2011: Stanley Wright (62) American jazz
upright bass player, multi-musician and music teacher in a Brooklyn public school
and to the kids living on the block. He is also father to Hollywood "Blade"
actress N'Bushe Wright (Stanley was brutally murdered, stabbed
to death; his body was found stuffed in a storage trunk in the basement of his
Brooklyn home) b. 1949.
Zim Ngqawana (51) South African jazz flautist
and saxophonist, started playing flute at the age of 21. He
won entrance to a place at Rhodes University and later studied for a diploma in
Jazz Studies at the University of Natal. He was offered scholarships to the Max
Roach/Wynton Marsalis jazz workshop and later a scholarship to the University
of Massachusetts. At the University of Massachusetts he studied with jazz musicians
Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef. After
his return to South Africa in the 1990s he worked with South African jazz musicians
Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim. Zim features on Bjorn Ole Solburg and his
Norwegian San Ensemble's album San Song. He toured the United States with his
band 'Ingoma' in 1995 and made an appearance at Black History Week in Chicago.
Zim performed a duet with poet Lefifi Tladi in the documentary Giant Steps-2005
died of a stroke) b. December 25th 1959
Bernardo Sassetti Pais (41) Portuguese jazz pianist
and film composer, born in Lisbon; He initially played guitar, before studying
piano and music theory at age nine. By the late 1980s, he was backing visiting
musicians and teaching jazz piano in Lisbon. During the 1990s, he worked in London,
where he recorded three albums with Guy Barker's group. His 2006 album Unreal:
Sidewalk Cartoon received a top four-star rating in The Penguin Guide to Jazz
and was selected for The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000
Best Albums. In
addition to his jazz work, he has composed numerous film scores. He has also acted
in films, including appearing as a member of the Napoli Jazz Sextet in The Talented
Mr. Ripley (Tragically, he died after
falling off a cliff in Guincho, Cascais, Portugal, while shooting pictures for
a new book) b. .June 24th 1970.
Jadiel el Tsunami/Ramon
American Puerto Rican reggaeton singer; born in Ponce, he started writing
and making songs at the age of eight. During his adolescence he
continued making music and at 18, he decided to go for a career in the music industry.
He went on to work with big names such as Arcangel, Randy of Jowell & Randy
duo, Tito el Bambino and Don Omar. He released a dozen singles and only one album,
Lo Mejor de Mi,
which he released in 2008 (while staying with family in Gates, N.Y.
Ramon tragically died from injuries he sustained when he lost control of his motorcycle
and crossed the road and into the path of an oncoming car on Route 104) b.
December 22nd 1985.
Marlow Tackett (70) American country music singer-songwriter
and native of Dorton in Pike County, who was long known as the "Mountain
Santa Claus" for throwing an annual Christmas party for needy families in
the area. He began holding Christmas parties for poor families in the mid-70s
at his Pikeville nightclub, Marlow's Country Palace after receiving a letter from
a 12-year-old girl asking if he could help her and her 5 brothers and sisters
have a good Christmas. Marlow and his band went to the girl's home and found the
children living in tattered clothes and there was no electricity or running water,
or presents for Christmas. It is said by some that country music legend Ernest
Tubb gave Marlow the name "Mountain Santa" (?)
b. February 28th 1944.
Jack Body (70) New
Zealand composer, photographer and ethnomusicologist, born in Te
Aroha. From 1980 to 2009, he was a lecturer in the Department of Music at Victoria
University of Wellington, now the New Zealand School of Music. His best known
composition is the 1975 theme to Close to Home, a New Zealand soap opera, but
his music has been performed by Lontano, the Kronos Quartet, ARC, the New Zealand
String Quartet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
His opera Alley was featured in the 1998 New Zealand International Festival of
the Arts. (?) b. October 7th
Richard Esko "Riki" Sorsa (63) Finnish
popular singer; he started his career in 1974 as the lead singer in the band The
Zoo. They released just one album 'The Zoo Hits Back' before Riki left to begin
a solo career.. He represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981 with
the entry "Reggae OK", which came 16th. He released thirteen albums,
singing in Finnish, Swedish and English, his last being 'Kun tunnet rakkauden
Suomalainen laulukirja' in 2013 (sadly died
fighting cancer) b. December 26th 1952.
1970: Johnny Hodges (62) American
alto and soprano saxophonist and lead player of Duke Ellington's saxophone section.
He spent 38 years with Ellington, leaving to lead his own band from 1951 to 1955,
returning to the fold shortly before Ellington's triumphant return to prominence
via the orchestra's performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. His playing
became the identifying voice of the Ellington orchestra. He also played with Lloyd
Scott, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Roberts Chick Webb, many others (heart
attack). b. July
Benny Harris (56) American trumpeter,
composer; a self taught musician, he fixture on 52nd Street in the 40s & 50's
taking part in many early bop sessions and playing and recording with Benny Carter,
Dizzy Gillespie, John Kirby, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Charlie Parker, Thelonious
Monk, and many others. He was also the composer of "Ornithology," "Crazelogy,"
"Reets and I", and "Wahoo" (?)
b. April 23th 1919
Raymond Flatt (64) American bluegrass singer-guitarist, born in Duncan's
Chapel, Tennessee, best known for his membership duo The Foggy Mountain Boys,
also known as Flatt and Scruggs, along with banjo player Earl Scruggs. Lester's
career spanned multiple decades; besides his work with Scruggs, he released solo
and collaboration works. He also served as a member of Bill Monroe's band during
the 1940s. Flatt and Scruggs were ranked No.24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country
Music in 2003. They performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", which was
used as the theme for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. He was posthumously
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985 with Scruggs and Lester was
also posthumously made an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass
Music Hall of Honor in 1991 (?)
June 19th 1914.
Bob Marley (36) Jamacain singer, songwriter,
guitarist; Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, he was the 1st Jamaican
artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music
of his native island to the far-flung corners of the globe. His music gave voice
to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican people, vividly capturing not only
the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality,
their source of strength. Bob's best known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff",
"No Woman, No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up",
"Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, with
The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases
"Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation '84
album, Legend, released three years after his death, is reggae's best-selling
album, being 10 times Platinum in the U.S. and selling 20 million copies worldwide
(sadly died of lung and brain cancer). b.
February 6th 1945.
Stratos Dionysiou (54) Greek singer born in Nigrita, Serres;
success came to him late 1960s when he turned several Akis Panos songs into hits:What
don't I do, Why, my good neighbour?, The laughing stock of the World, I told you
so, At Munich Station, They were false and many others. Composer
Mimis Plessas gave him his mega hit "Fire is raining down my path",
a song whose lyrics were written by Lefteris Papadopoulos. Stratos toured the
United States with great success and was going from strength to strength when
his career was abruptly halted by his arrest on weapon- and drug-related charges.
He was sentenced to two years imprisonment, but still recorded in prison and continued
after his release in 1976 (?)
b. November 8th 1935.
Ernest Lawrence "Ernie" Fields (92)
trombonist, pianist, arranger and bandleader, born in born in Nacogdoches, Texas.
He first became known for leading the Royal Entertainers, which were based in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, and toured along a circuit stretching from Kansas City, Kansas,
to Dallas, Texas, playing swing standards such as "Tuxedo Junction"
and "Begin the Beguine" in a rocking R&B style. In 1939, he was
invited to New York by John Hammond to record for the Vocalion label, and began
to tour nationally. During World War II, he entertained troops both at home and
abroad. In the late 1950s he moved to Los Angeles, California, joining Rendezvous
Records, for whom he ran the house band. In 1959 this band had an international
hit with an R&B version of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood", credited
to the Ernie Fields Orchestra, which reached No.4 on the Billboard chart and No.13
in the UK Singles Chart (?)
1998: Oreste Kirkop (74) Maltese tenor
and actor; he made his operatic debut in 1945 as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana.
He continued singing opera with visiting Italian companies and appeared in concert
with Tito Gobbi and Maria Caniglia. In
1950 he moved to the United Kingdom and sang principal tenor roles with the Carl
Rosa Opera Company, later with Sadler's Wells-1952 singing Turiddu, Mario Cavaradossi,
and Rodolfo in Luisa Miller. He appeared on BBC TV as Canio in Pagliacci. In 1954
he made his Covent Garden debut as the Duke in Rigoletto and later as Rodolfo
in La bohème. A contract with Paramount Pictures led to the leading role
of François Villon in the 1956 film version of The Vagabond King. He sang
opera at Las Vegas and the Hollywood Bowl and appeared on NBC TV in pioneering
productions of Madame Butterfly, La traviata and Rigoletto. He sang the role of
the Duke of Mantua, in the first telecast ever of Verdi's "Rigoletto"
in 1958. Also In 1958 he returned to Covent Garden and retired in 1960. (?)
July 26th 1923
Henry Manners Katzman (89) American pianist, composer, painter
and one of the founders of Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), which was established
as an alternative to ASCAP, the leading music publisher of the day. BMI's creation
allowed for the expansion of American music, and helped pave the way for the eventual
rise of rock, soul, and country music. In March 1940, BMI issued their very first
contract for "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together", with music
composed by himself and lyrics by Robert Sour. He composed over 65 other popular
works, including "Delilah", "Starlight Sonata", famously covered
by a young Frank Sinatra, "Keep An Eye On Your Heart", and "Mabel
Mabel". He also composed soundtrack music, including "Thumper Song"
and "Twitterpated" for the original Bambi animated film. As
a pianist, he played with George Gershwin and accompanied Irene Bordony, Fred
Allen, and Jan Peerce. He also volunteered with the Veterans Bedside Network,
and was a long-time member of the Radio Pioneers (?)
Redding (57) British bass player born in Folkestone, England; at nine,
he played violin at school and then mandolin and guitar. His first public appearances
were at the Hythe Youth Club then at Harvey Grammar School where he was a student.
His first local band was The Strangers with John "Andy" Andrews. He
played in several other local bands, mainly as lead guitarist, before turning
professional at 17, and touring in Scotland and Germany, in the clubs with Neil
Landon and the Burnettes formed in late 1962 and The Loving Kind formed in November
was selected by Chas Chandler as the bassist for Jimi Hendrix's band in 1966,
and he left in 1969. He
was featured on three seminal albums with Hendrix, 'Are
You Experienced?', 'Axis: Bold as Love'
and 'Electric Ladyland' Although
he appeared in other bands after Hendrix's death, he never achieved a similar
level of success. While living in L.A., Noel joined
a heavy metal three-piece, Road, before relocating
to Clonakilty, Ireland in 1972, where he formed The Noel Redding Band with Eric
Bell from Thin Lizzy. Noel recorded and toured sporadically through the years,
occasionally doing session work on other artists' albums including recording for
Thin Lizzy and Traffic. He performed with the rock band Phish in 1993. He also
formed Shut Up Frank with Dave Clarke, Mick Avory of The Kinks and Dave Rowberry
of The Animals. They toured extensively and recorded several albums, which are
still available on Mouse Records (died at hid home from Shock haemorrhage due
to oesophageal varices in reaction to cirrhosis of the liver). b.
December 25th 1945
2004: John Whitehead (55)
American singer,songwriter, record producer; he was best known as one of
the key members of the Philadelphia International record label, and was one-half
of the successful team of McFadden & Whitehead with Gene McFadden. McFadden
and Whitehead wrote many hits for Philadelphia International artists such as The
O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and had their own hit with "Ain't
No Stopping Us Now" in 1979. Whitehead converted to Islam in 1996 and received
an LL.D. from Bates College (John
was brutally murdered by 2 gunmen while fixing his car outside his Philadelphia
home) b. July 10th 1949
2005: Michalis Genitsaris (87) Greek rebetiko
singer and composer, born in Piraeus, he composed songs such as Ego maggas fainomouna
b. June 15th 1917.
Yossi Banai (73) Israeli singer and
actor, born in Jerusalem, he was one of the
first members of the IDF's famous troupe of performers, the Nahal troupe. As a
singer, he was famous for his personal presentation, smoky voice and penchant
for performing French chansons. Some of his revues consisted of renditions of
the songs of Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens, which were often translated from
the French for him by Naomi Shemer. Shemer also wrote several of her own songs
for Yossi (sadly died of cancer)
November 5th 1932.
John Rutsey (55) Canadian drummer and
a founding member of Rush; he played drums in Rush from 1968 until July 1974.
It was during this time that he played on the "Not Fade Away"/"You
Can't Fight It" single and the band's eponymous debut LP. He left the band,
due to health concerns related to diabetes, which posed problems with extended
tours. (died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack)
b. May 14th 1953
2008: Dottie Rambo/Joyce Reba Luttrell (74)
American southern gospel singer, songwriter, and musician, born in Madisonville,
Kentucky, she was both a Grammy and Dove award winning artist. Her music is renowned
internationally for its simple melodies and articulate, evocative lyrical qualities,
often dealing with themes such as heaven, Christian sacrifice, and the born-again
Christian experience. Dottie reportedly wrote 2,500 songs.
However ASCAP has registered 205 titles in its online database to date and BMI
shows an additional 87 songs. Her hits included "We Shall Behold Him",
"Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome (In This Place)", "I Go To The Rock",
Sheltered In The Arms Of God, I Will Glory In The Cross,
He Looked Beyond My Fault, Tears Will Never Stain The Streets
Of That City, For What Earthly Reason, If That Isnt
Love, and many, many more. (tragically died as a result
of injuries sustained in a bus accident along Interstate 44 just outside of Mount
Vernon, Missouri). b. March 2nd 1934
Eugene "Snooky" Young (92) American
jazz trumpeter and master of the plunger mute; he was lead trumpeter of the Jimmie
Lunceford band from 1939-42,
did three stints totalling eight years with Count
Basie, played with Lionel Hampton and other bands. He was also an original member
of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band.
longest engagement was with NBC, where, as a studio trumpeter, he joined the Tonight
Show Band in 1967 and stayed with them until 1992, when the band was replaced
by a smaller group. His many recordings included playing horn with rock group
The Band on their live album Rock of Ages. Snooky received a NEA Jazz Masters
Award for 2009 on October 17, 2008 at Lincoln Center in New York City and until
2010 was still playing and recording with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
b. February 3rd 1919.
2013: Grayson Minney (28)
American rock musician, lead singer, guitarist
and founding member with the Connecticut rock band Columbia Fields. The band was
formed when all members went to RHAM High School in Hebron in 2002. They have
shared the national stage with The Backstreet Boys, The Fray and had the honor
of opening for Bon Jovi at the Mohegan Sun Arena after winning a 96.5TIC-FM contest
in 2010. Columbia Fields also won the Hartford Advocates Best Indie
Band award in 2008, 2009, and 2010 (tragically
Grayson died in a car accident, when he lost control of his car, struck a guardrail
and crashed into an embankment while driving on Route 85, just north of Route
94 in Hebron) b. 1984
Oliver "Ollie" Edward Mitchell (86)
American trumpeter and bandleader born in LA, California.
He went on to play in big bands for Harry James, Buddy Rich and Pérez Prado,
among others, as well as the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In the 1960s, Ollie joined
The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio and session musicians who played anonymously
on many records for popular singers of the time, as well as television theme songs,
film scores, advertising jingles. He was also an original member of Herb Alpert's
Tijuana Brass and had his own bandOllie Mitchell's Sunday Band. In 1995,
he and his wife Nancy moved from to Puako, Hawaii, where he founded the
the Olliephonic Horns. (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. April 8th 1927.
2014: Alan Wills (52)
British drummer, record executive and the founder of Deltasonic record label based
in Liverpool. Deltasonic, which he
named after two things close to his heart, the Delta blues and the band Sonic
Youth, signed many of up and coming merseyside bands.
worked first with The Coral, releasing thier first six of albums. Other bands
and acts included The Zutons, The Little Flames,
The Rascals, The
Longcut and The Suzukis, The Dead 60s, The Basement,
Candie Payne, The Sand Band, The Tigerpicks and The Dirty Rivers. He also had
big successes in publishing, working with Miles Kane and The Last Shadow Puppets
on the number one album, The Age Of The Understatement. Prior to Deltasonic, Alan
was the drummer in two celebrated Liverpool bands, Shack and The Top
Alan died in University Hospital Aintree, from head
injuries he sustained in a road accident when cycling along East Prescot Road)
b. ? 1962 ?
2014: Ed Gagliardi (62) American
guitarist and original bass player for the 1970s rock band Foreigner. He was a
member of Foreigner from the beginning in 1976 and he played his Rickenbacker
bass guitar left-handed even though he was a naturally right-handed. He claimed
he did that because of his devotion to Paul McCartney as bass playing inspiration.
Ed was on the albums Foreigner and Double Vision, but he was replaced by Rick
Wills in 1979. In
1981 he was part of the band Spys with former Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood.
(Ed has sadly died while fighting cancer) b. February
Stan Cornyn (81) American record label executive
born in Oxnard, California. He began working for Warner Bros Records in 1958 until
1990, in which time, he'd advanced to Executive VP of Warner Bros. Records; then
to Senior VP of the Warner Music Group; and finally Founder and CEO of Warner
New Media within Time-Warner. He was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes
in 1966 for Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night and again in 1967 for Sinatra
at the Sands. He was nominated again in 1968 and 1969 for his work on Sinatra
and Duke Ellington's Francis A. & Edward K. and Sinatra and Antonio Carlos
Jobim's Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim recordings, beaten both
times by Johnny Cash. His work gained one additional nomination in 1974 for Sinatra's
Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back (?)
b. July 8th 1933.
Peter Behrens (68) German drummer, born in Sanderbusch, Lower Saxony;
he was the illegitimate son of an American GI, and was put up for adoption by
his biological mother. He was adopted by the Behrens family, where he grew up
in northern Germany. After graduating from high school in Jaderberg, he toured
as a drummer in several bands, playing throughout northern Germany, and for half
a year throughout Africa. In 1971 he played in the Krautrock band Silberbart,
releasing an album of psychedelic hard rock. Nearing the end of the 1970s, he
attended the Milan circus school, and worked briefly as a clown and pantomime
artist, before joining the German band Trio in the early 80s. After Trio disbanded
in 1986, and after overcoming alcoholism and a drug problem, he dedicated himself
in Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven to his work as a social worker on the streets.
He did still do some solo work and played in a few movies
including 'Manta Der Film' and later performed with some of his ex-Trio
friends and they recorded the single "Drei zwei" in 2008. (sadly
Peter died from multiple organ failure)
b. September 4th 1947.
2016: Joe Temperley
(86) Scottish saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Lochgelly. He first
achieved prominence in the United Kingdom as a member of Humphrey Lyttelton's
band from 1958-1965. In 1965, he moved to New York City where he performed and/or
recorded with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, the Jazz
Composer's Orchestra, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and Clark Terry, among
many others. In October 1974, he toured and recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra
as a replacement for Harry Carney. Joe played in the Broadway show Sophisticated
Ladies in the 1980s, and his film soundtrack credits include Cotton Club, Biloxi
Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, When Harry Met Sally, and Tune In Tomorrow, composed
by Wynton Marsalis. (sadly Joe died fighting cancer) b.
September 20th 1929.
Martin Lamble (19) English
drummer with Fairport Convention; he joined the band after viewing the band's
first gig and convincing them that he could do a better job than their current
played on the band's first three albums, the self titled 'Fairport Convention',
'What We Did on Our Holidays' and 'Unhalfbricking'
(died in a van crash on the M1 motorway while returning from a gig in Birmingham)
b. August 28th 1949.
Rudolf Kempe (65) German conductor, born in Dresden,
from the age of 14 he studied at the Dresden State Opera School. He played oboe
in the opera orchestra at Dortmund and then in the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra,
from 1929. Rudolf directed the Dresden Opera and the Dresden Staatskapelle from
'49 to '52, making his first records, including Der Rosenkavalier, Die Meistersinger
and Der Freischütz. Later from
'65 to '72 he worked with Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, and from 1967 to his death
conducted the Munich Philharmonic, with whom he made international tours and recorded
the first quadraphonic set of the Beethoven symphonies. In
the final months of his life, Kempe was the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony
b. June 14th 1910.
Stanley Feldman (53) English
jazz pianist and percussionist, born in Edgware,
London. He started out playing drums at No.1 Rhythm Club with the
Feldman Trio and he featured in the films King Arthur Was a Gentleman in 1942
and Theatre Royal in 1943. Then in 1944 he was featured at a concert with Glenn
Miller's AAAF band, as "Kid Krupa". Before
leaving the U.K. in 1955 to work in the U.S., Victor recorded with Ronnie Scott's
orchestra and quintet from 1954 to 1955. In the US he worked with the Woody Herman
Herd and Buddy DeFranco. From 1957 he settled in Los Angeles permanently where
he had his own working band, which included the innovative bassist Scott LaFaro
and he recorded with many jazz artists, including Benny Goodman, George Shearing,
Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis. Victor also
specialized in lucrative session work for the US film and recording industry.
He also branched out to work with a variety of musicians outside of jazz, working
with artists such as Frank Zappa in 1967, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell in the
1970s and Tom Waits and Joe Walsh in the 1980s. In 2009, he was inducted in the
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN., (Victor
sadly died at his home, following a heart attack) b.
April 7th 1934.
Konstantin Sokolsky/Konstantin Kudryavtsev (86) Russian
born in Saint-Petersburg, but
for most of his life lived in Riga, Latvia where the family moved to after the
revolutionary turmoil of 1917 began in Saint-Petersburg. He started singing in
1928 and became friends with popular composer Oscar Strok, author of tango music,
became the first to sing all his new
songs. In the same time, he himself wrote lyrics and music for several songs.
In the 1930 and 40s, first with the Riga Bonzo theatre and later individually,
he went on tours of Romania, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, where he became very
popular among different audiences. In Russia, his songs also became popular, he
recorded with Bonophon and Bellaccord labels (?)
b. December 7th 1904.
1995: Mia Martini/ Domenica Bertè (47) Italian
singer and song-writer; She represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest twice,
in 1977 with "Libera" , and in 1992 with "Rapsodia" She recorded
her first records as Mimì Bertè, but she soon decided to change
her name to Mia Martini. She
recorded 17 solo albums, her biggest hit singles were "Piccolo Uomo",
which was recorded in several languages, "Almeno tu nell'universo",
which has been covered by several Italian singers including Mina and Elisa, and
"Minuetto". (found dead under mysterious circumstances in her apartment
at Cardano al Campo, near Milan)
b. Sept 20th 1947.
2001: Pierino Ronaldo "Perry" Como (88)
American singer and TV presenter; sold millions of records for RCA and also pioneered
a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre
and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. His combined
success on television and popular recordings was not matched by any other artist
of the time. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, he had shown early musical talent
in his teens as a trombone player in the town's brass band and as organist in
the local church. In 1933 he joined Freddy Carlone's band in Ohio, and 3 years
later moved up to Ted Weems' Orchestra and his first recording dates. Their first
recording was a novelty tune called "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes".
In 1942 Perry went to work for the NBC radio program Chesterfield Supper Club,
after which he became a very successful performer in theatre and nightclub engagements.
In 1945, he recorded the pop ballad "Till the End of Time" (based on
Chopin's "Heroic Polonaise"), which reached No. 1 in the US and marked
the beginning of a highly successful career. It was followed by 13 more U.S. Pop
Charts No.1 singles: "Prisoner of Love"; "Surrender"; "Chi-Baba,
Chi-Baba"; "A - You're Adorable"; "Some Enchanted Evening";
"Hoop-De-Doo"; "If"; "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your
Eyes"; "No Other Love"; "Wanted"; "Hot Diggity (Dog
Ziggity Boom)"; "Round And Round"; and "Catch A Falling Star".
He was the first artist to have ten records sell more than one million copies
and won the 1958 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance - male, for "Catch
a Falling Star." His final Top 40 hit was a cover of Don McLean's "And
I Love You So", in 1973. He
recorded many albums of songs for the RCA Victor label between 1952 and 1987,
and is credited with numerous gold records. Como had so many recordings achieve
gold-record status that he refused to have many of them certified.received the
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Hit Parade
Hall of Fame in 2007 (Perry died quietly in his sleep)
b. May 18th 1912
American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist
born in Philadelphia, he began studying clarinet at the age of nine and studied
methods at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia. In the early 1940s he joined the
Bob Chester Band, then later joined Woody Herman's First Herd as second alto.
Following this, John settled in New York and began to study with Lennie Tristano.
taught at the Parkway Music School, then at public schools on Long Island, followed
by Manhattan School of Music, and, ultimately, at Berklee College of Music in
of a stroke)
b. April 13th 1920.
Monica Zetterlund/Monica Nilsson (67) Swedish
singer and actress, born in Hagfors, Värmland. Her hit songs include "Sakta
vi gå genom stan"/"Walking My Baby Back Home"; "Visa
från Utanmyra", "Trubbel",
"Gröna små äpplen"/"Little
Green Apples", "Sista jäntan",
"Monicas vals" '/"Waltz for Debby", "Stick iväg,
Jack!"/"Hit the Road Jack", "Att angöra en brygga",
"Var blev ni av", "Måne över Stureplan"/"Moon
Over Bourbon Street" and "Under vinrankan!", and many others. She
worked with some of the greatest international jazz names including Louis Armstrong,
Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Steve Kuhn and Quincy Jones, and in the Scandinavian jazz
world with people like Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen, Arne Domnérus, Svend
Asmussen and Jan Johansson. Monica suffered from severe scoliosis, ending the
the last years of her life in a wheelchair, as a result she was forced to retire
from performing in 1999. (sadly Monica died following an accidental fire in her
home) b. September
Antonio Vega Tallés (51) Spanish pop singer-songwriter; born
in Madrid, he formed the band Nacha Pop
releasing their self titled debut album
in 1980. They went on to release eight albums before the band broke up in 1988
and Antonio began his solo career. He released his first of six solo albums "No
me iré mañana" in
1991. In 2001, the Nacha Pop song "Lucha
de Gigantes" was used in the film Amores Perros (sadly Antonio died of pneumonia)
December 16th 1957
Dame Heather Begg (76) New Zealand operatic soprano; she won the 1955
Sydney Sun Aria contest and went to London in 1957 to attend the UK's National
School of Opera on a musical scholarship, studying with Sister Mary Leo. She
became a professional singer and went on to be the principal resident mezzo-soprano
at Covent Garden, where she stayed for 10 years, singing with, among others Luciano
Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, as well as with fellow
New Zealander, Kiri Te Kanawa (leukemia)
b. December 1st
van Noppen (30) Dutch singer, member of the Dutch girl group WOW!,
and solo cabaret singer (tragically died in a plane crash
in Tripoli) b. January 20th
Lloyd Knibb (80) Jamaican legendary drummer who is primarily known
for his contribution to the development of the rhythm of the Ska era. He was long
time and original member of The
Skatalites playing with them from the 1960s
up to his death. He played his last show in Peru about a month ago. He
started out playing in jazz bands in the 1940s, starting with the Val Bennett
band and developing technical skills in the jazz band of Eric Dean, playing popular
dances of the day, rumba, cha cha, as well as Glen Miller songs.
Lloyd also drummed with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics and has recorded for
producers Lloyd Daley and Duke Reid featuring on recordings of Coxsone Dodd, Prince
Buster, Sonia Pottinger, Duke Reid and others (?)
b. March 8th 1931.
Theodore Malcolm "Ted" Nash (88)
American jazz musician, born in the Boston, Massachusetts. He was a noted
jazz and studio musician who played saxophone, flute and clarinet. His professional
career began when he went on the road with a succession of dance bands finally
landing the solo tenor chair with the Les Brown band in 1944 where he rapidly
made a name for himself. His distinctive tenor solos are the high points of many
of the old Les Brown records. He went on to be a first-call session musician in
the Hollywood recording studios for many years and was the featured alto sax soloist
on almost all of Henry Mancini's movie and TV soundtrack projects which began
in the late 1950s (?) b.
October 31st 1922.
2014: Ernie Chataway (62)
English heavy metal
guitarist and one of the original members of Judas Priest in 1969 to 1970 after
which he was part of an early, pre-Robert Plant version of the Honeydrippers until
he was replaced by Rob Halford
2014: Nash the Slash/Jeff
Plewman (66) Canadian rock multi-instrumentalist,
he was known primarily for playing electric violin and mandolin, as well as harmonica,
keyboards, glockenspiel, and other instruments and devices. He started out as
a solo artist in
founding the progressive rock band FM in 1976. Soon after releasing their debut
album, Black Noise, in 1977, he left the band to resume his solo career. He rejoined
FM from 1983 to 1996, concurrent with his solo work. Nash has performed with surgical
bandages covering his face since 1979. During a gig at The Edge in the late '70s
to raise awareness of the threat from the Three Mile Island disaster, he walked
on stage wearing bandages dipped in phosphorus paint and exclaimed: 'Look, this
is what happens to you'.
The bandages became his trademark (?)
b. March 26th 1948.
Mervyn Burtch (86) Welsh composer, born
in Ystrad Mynach; he attended Lewis School in Pengam, and studied at Cardiff
University, and subsequently became Head of Music at Bargoed Grammar Technical
School, and then Head of Music at Lewis Girls School in Ystrad Mynach. In
1979 he joined the staff of the Welsh College of Music and Drama and was Head
of the Performance course at the College until 1989. Since then he has devoted
himself to composition. His extensive output of instrumental and vocal works now
includes 14 strig quartets, 9 short operas and a one of a kind concerto for piano
and brass band. In 1991 he received the John Edwards Memorial Award, one of Wales'
most prestigious music honours, for the promotion of Welsh Music. To celebrate
his 80th birthday year in 2009, he composed a new Piano Trio that was premiered
on June 13 at the Gregynog Festival in mid-Wales. (?)
b. November 7th 1929.
Tony Gable (64) American percussionist
and graphic designer, born in San Antonio, Texas. He was an Air Force brat
whose family moved to Tacoma, where he graduated from Stadium High School, in
1970. While studying to become an art teacher at Western Washington University,
he started designing T-shirts and posters for a band called Funk Experience, which
he eventually joined, playing bongo drums and singing. He renamed the band Cold,
Bold and Together which included a young Kenny G, and in the 70s they opened
for Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang and other major stars and recorded
several singles, including (Stop) Losing Your Chances and Somebodys
Gonna Burn Ya. After Kenny G became famous in the early 80s, he hired
Tony to play in his band, which toured all over the world. In 1993, he formed
Tony Gable & 206, whose self-titled album became a smooth jazz-radio staple,
particularly the tune Camano Island. The band recorded a second album,
Summer Hills and an EP, Summer 01, and appeared
on TV on the The Arsenio Hall Show". (sadly died
fighting Alzheimer's disease) b. 1951.
Julius La Rosa (86) American pop singer
born in Brooklyn, New York; at age 17, he joined the United States Navy becoming
a radioman. He sang in a Navy choir, as well as at the officers club, and at bars
to pay for his drinks. Arthur Godfrey heard him sing, offering him a job when
he left the navy and sure enough a week after his discharge in November 1951,
Julius appeared on Godfrey's variety show. When Archie Bleyer, Godfrey's bandleader,
formed Cadence Records in 1952, the first performer signed was Julius. Cadence's
first single, which was also Julius's first recording, "Anywhere I Wander"
which reached the top 30 and was followed by "My Lady Loves To Dance".
In late October 1953 Ed Sullivan signed him for appearances on his CBS Toast of
the Town TV variety show, starting Nov 1st, and his third recording, "Eh,
Cumpari", hit No.1 on the Cash Box chart and No.2 on the Billboard chart,
and he won an award as the best new male vocalist of 1953. For 13 weeks during
the summer of 1955, he had a three-times-a-week television series on CBS, The
Julius La Rosa Show. The show aired in an hour-long format in the summers of 1956
and 1957 on NBC as a seasonal replacement for The Perry Como Show. In the 60s
70s and 80s Julius guested on many top TV shows and eventually in the 90s moved
on to a long-time disk jockey position at New York popular music station 1130
WNEW and continued to sing and occasionally record.(died
of natural causes at his home in Crivitz, Wisconsin)
b. January 2nd 1930.
1945: Alfred "Tubby" Hall (49) American
jazz drummer born in Sellers, Louisiana; his family moved to New Orleans in his
childhood, where he played in marching bands. In March 1917 Tubby moved to Chicago,
Illinois, where he played with Sugar Johnny Smith. After two years in the United
States Army, returned to playing in Chicago mostly with New Orleans bands, joining
Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra and later with the groups of King Oliver, Jimmie
Noone, Tiny Parham, Johnny Dodds. For some years he played with Louis Armstrong,
and is seen in Louis Armstrong's movies of the 1930s. (died in Chicago) b.
October 12th 1895
James 'Bob' Wills (70) American Western swing musician, songwriter,
and bandleader, born in Old Union, Texas, in Limestone county near Groesbeck,
Texas. He is considered by many music authorities one of the fathers of Western
swing and called by his fans the "King of Western Swing". His hits include
on the Water", "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima", "Roly
Poly", "Silver Dew on the Blue Grass
Tonight", "White Cross on Okinawa", "New Spanish Two Step",
"Sugar Moon" and so many more (heart
problems) b. March 6th 1905
Joan Weber (45) American singer, born in Paulsboro, New Jersey; Joan
is best known for her US No.1 hit "Let Me Go, Lover!" and reaching No.16
in the UK in 1955. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
(sadly died of heart failure at a mental institution in
Ancora, New Jersey) b. December 12th 1935
1988: Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr
jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player and singer, born
in Yale, Oklahoma, and was an specialized in relaxed, even melancholy music, who
rose to prominence as a leading name in cool jazz in the 1950s. He left school
at age 16 in 1946 to join the United States Army. He was posted to Berlin where
he joined the 298th Army band. Leaving the army in 1948, he studied theory and
harmony at El Camino College in Los Angeles. His earliest notable professional
gigs were with saxophonist Vido Musso's band; also with tenor saxophonist Stan
Getz; and in 1952 he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series
of West Coast engagements. Chet Baker his own quartets in thr mid 50s and won
the Downbeat Jazz Poll in 1954. Chet's many compositions included "Chetty's
Lullaby", "Early Morning Mood", "Two a Day", "So
Che Ti Perdero", "Il Mio Domani", "Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna",
"The Route", "Freeway", "Blue Gilles", "Dessert",
and "Anticipated Blues". In 1983, UK singer Elvis Costello, a longtime
fan of Baker, hired the trumpeter to play a solo on his song "Shipbuilding",
from the album Punch the Clock. The song was a top 40 hit in the UK, and exposed
Baker's music to a new audience. Later, Chet would often feature Costello's song
"Almost Blue", inspired by Chet's version of "The Thrill Is Gone"
in his live sets, and recorded it on Let's Get Lost. (Friday
3am: Chet's found dead on a street below his second-story room at the Prins Hendrik
Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with serious wounds to his head.
Cocaine and Heroin
were found in his hotel room, an autopsy also found
these drugs in his body. There was no evidence of a struggle, the death was ruled
an accident). b. December 23rd
Hino (53) Japanese international
jazz drummer; Motohiko began his musical career when he was 8 years old, tap-dancing
in his father's shows at United States military bases. That was when he first
heard jazz and fell in love with it. One of the first jazz
albums he appeared on was with the
Allan Praskin Quartet
in 1971, "Encounter", followed
by the album "Masahiko Meets Gary" with the trio Samadhi. As well as
playing with many international big jazz names, he also appeared on many recordings,
tours and concerts with his brother, international trumpeter Terumasa Hino. (?)
b. January 3rd 1946.
Barclay (84) French
music producer and
founded of Barclay Records, whose singers
included Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour. After WW2 he launched what he claimed
to be the first discothèque, Eddie's Club, based on the American clubs
that had opened to serve US military personnel, and started his own band in 1947.
The band included Harry Cooper on trumpet,
electric guitarist Jean-Pierre Sasson, Bobby
Guidott on bass, and singer Eve Williams. Eve, whose real name was Nicole, would
become his 2nd of 9 wives. The band accompied the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella
Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Sacha Distel, and Quincy Jones, who became the artistic
director of Barclay Records at the end of the 1950s. It was during the late 40s
that he met Charles Aznavour. In
1949, he established Blue Star, his first record label, selling 78 rpm discs.
In 1952 Alan Morrison, invited him to visit the US to see the new recording technology
that enabled the production of 45s and LPs. In 1955 Eddie agreed to manufacture
and distribute Mercury Records in Europe. As well as releasing US records by the
likes of Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Duke Ellington, Barclay
engaged Gerhard Lehner, a German sound engineer, to make original recordings in
rue Hoche, Paris. After selling 1.5 million copies of The Platters' Only You,
Barclay Records rose to become the top music production company in France. His
success led to his nickname as "roi du microsillon" (king of microgroove).
His discoveries included the singers Hugues Aufray, Michel Delpech, Dalida, Mireille
Mathieu, Claude Nougaro, and Eddy Mitchell. His artistes delighted in the artistic
freedom that he gave them, and in the trust that he placed in their judgement
April 29th 2005 Eddie was admitted to the Ambroise-Paré hospital in Paris
with urinary and pulmonary infections. Sadly he died there 13 days later)
b. January 26th 1921.
Johnnie Wilder Jr. (56) American singer, the co-founder and lead vocalist
of the international R&B/funk group Heatwave, popular during the late 1970s,
with hits such as "Boogie Nights", "Mind Blowing Decisions",
"Always and Forever" and "The Groove Line". In
February 1979, a dump truck struck Johnnie's car, paralyzing him from the neck
down and hospitalizing him for a year. During the 1980s and 1990s, he went on
to record other albums with the group and later began a gospel career, singing
a cappella on albums ''My Goal'' and ''One More Day'' (died
in his sleep at his home in Clayton, Ohio, cause unknown) b.
July 3rd 1949
2010: Rosa Rio (107) American organist;
she began as a silent film accompanist and became a leading organist on network
radio and continued to perform until age 107. She was one of the oldest performers
in the music industry, along with Swiss-born tenor Hugues Cuenod who was 107 and
106-year-old Johannes Heesters. She was nine when she first played the piano at
a silent movie theatre. As a theatre organist, she performed at theatres in Syracuse,
Loew's theatres in New York, Saenger's Southeastern theatre chain, Scranton Paramount,
Brooklyn Fox Theatre, RKO Albee and the Brooklyn Paramount. On radio, she provided
the background organ music for numerous programs, including Bob and Ray, Ethel
and Albert, Front Page Farrell, Lorenzo Jones, My True Story, The Shadow, and
When a Girl Marries. In TV, she played such shows as As the World Turns and The
Today Show. Rosa moved to Connecticut, where she opened a school of music, teaching
organ, piano, and voice. In
the 80s, she provided scores and Hammond accompaniment for more than 370 silent
films released on video by Video Yesteryear. In 1993, she moved to Florida where
for the rest of her life she provided accompaniment for silent films at the Tampa
b. June 2nd 1902.
2011: Bernard Greenhouse (95)
born born in Newark, New Jersey, he one of the founding
members of the Beaux Arts Trio. After finishing studies with Pablo Casals, he
went on to pursue a solo career for twelve years. During this period he encountered
violinist Daniel Guilet, who invited him to record some Mozart piano trios with
pianist Menahem Pressler. In 1955 they met in New York City, the first meeting
of what was to become the Beaux Arts Trio. In
1958, Bernard acquired the "Countess of Stanlein", also called the "Paganini
Strad", one of 63 Stradivarius celli, and he played it ever since. In 1987,
he left the trio, and concentrated on teaching. During his career, he taught at
the State University of New York, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory,
Rutgers University and the Juilliard School. A series of videos of his master
classes were produced in '93 by Ethan Winer. After retiring from institutional
teaching, he still gave masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, China,
Korea, Japan and Europe until his death (?)
b. January 3rd 1916.
2011: Piotr Zyzelewicz (46)
Polish drummer; he made his debut in a school
punk band SALT-10. After which he became a member of Army , Israel , Voo Voo and
2Tm2, 3. He has also drummed with the groups Toya Blues Band, Culture , Crisis
Brigade , and Moscow (sadly died after having a stroke)
b. March 31st
Jack Richardson (81) Canadian record producer;
born in Toronto, Ontario, he was a Juno Award-nominated record producer and Order
of Canada recipient. He is perhaps best known for producing the biggest hit records
from The Guess Who from 1969 to 1975. From 1984 to 86, Jack was the music producer
for the television show, "Party With The Rovers" for Global TV in association
with Ulster TV in Ireland. After which he became a Professor in at Fanshawe College
in London, Ontario in the Music Industry Arts program, as well as at the Harris
Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in the Producing and Engineering Program
(PEP). The Juno Award for "Producer of the Year" has been named in Jack's
honour since 2002 (?) b. July
2012: Donald "Duck" Dunn (70)
American legendaryaward winning bass guitarist, and record producer, born
in Memphis, Tennessee. While still at school he took up bass and along with his
friends guitarist Steve Cropper, Charlie Freeman, drummer Terry Johnson, formed
"The Royal Spades". This Messick High School group were joined by keyboardist
Jerry "Smoochy" Smith, singer Ronnie "Stoots" Angel and a
budding young horn section in baritone saxophone player Don Nix, tenor saxophone
player Charles "Packy" Axton, and trumpeter, the future co-founder of
The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson. Donald was totally self taught by playing along
with records, but he would fill in what he thought should be there, which made
his bass lines very unique. They were signed to Satellite (later
Stax) Records, and had national hit with "Last
Night" in 1961 under their new name "The Mar-Keys", but he left
the Mar-Keys in 1962 to join Ben Branch's big band. In 1964 he rejoined Steve
Cooper in the The Booker T and
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Donald died in his sleep after finishing a double show at the Blue Note night
club in Tokyo the evening before) b. November 24th
2014: Akihiro Yokoyama (49) Japanese
bassist, leader and manager of the thrash metal band,
United. He has appeared on nine full-length
of their albums, two EPs and two singles. The band have played numerous times
in the USA and have played with Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Slayer, Testament, Machine
Head among others on their Japanese tours. (?)
Randall (80) Australian
indigenous musician, author, and Yankunytjatjara elder; born at Middleton Pond
on Tempe Station in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory,
but at about the age of seven, he was taken away from his mother and family under
government policy which forcibly removed all half-caste/half-Aboriginal, children
from their families. He was one of thousands of Aboriginal children who were placed
in institutions throughout Australia and came to be known as the "Stolen
Generation". He grew up alone and never saw his mother again.
He was kept in government institutions until he was twenty when he, with new wife
and baby, was banished for questioning white authorities. He moved to Darwin and
later to Adelaide, South Australia, working, studying, establishing a career as
an Aboriginal Cultural educator, and looking for his family and area of belonging.
After many years of heart-wrenching searches, he found his roots and returned
to his mother's country where he later moved to at Mutitjulu Community beside
Uluru. In the early 1970s, Bob earned widespread recognition for his song, "My
Brown Skin Baby, They Take 'Im Away," which focused national and international
attention on the issues of the Stolen Generation. This song exposed the government's
policy of stealing Aboriginal children and opened the door for indigenous story
songwriters throughout Australia. It led to the filming of a documentary by the
same name that won the Bronze Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Bob's life long
efforts to retain Aboriginal culture and restore equal rights were recognised
in 1999 when he was named NAIDOC's "Person of the Year". In 2006, he
co-produced and narrated the award-winning documentary, Kanyini. Kanyini
was voted "best documentary" at the London Australian Film Festival
2007, winner of the Inside Film Independent Spirit Award, and winner
of the Discovery Channel "Best Documentary Award" in 2006. In 2013 he
appeared and performed in Mbantua Festival's outdoor performance, Bungalow Song.
In 2014 he appeared in John Pilger's film, Utopia, and released two documentary
films with Andrew Harvey of "Sacred Fire," "Songman" and "Living
George "Buster" Cooper (87) American
jazz trombonist, born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He played in a territory band
with Nat Towles in Texas in the late 1940s, and gigged with Lionel Hampton in
1953. He played in the house band at the Apollo Theater in New York City in the
mid-1950s, and following this spent time with Benny Goodman. Late in the 1950s
he and his brother Steve formed the Cooper Brothers Band and from 1962 to 1969,
he was a trombonist in Duke Ellington's Orchestra. In 1973, he moved to Los Angeles
and played in various jazz orchestras there over the next several decades; among
them were The Juggernaut and Bill Berry's L.A. band. Over
his career, Buster also recorded with the likes of Charlie Parker, Earl Hines,
Johnny Hodges, Arnett Cobb, Mundell Lowe and A. K. Salim
(sadly Buster died fighting prostate cancer)
b. April 4th 1929.
1959: Sidney Bechet (62) American jazz saxophonist,
clarinetist, and composer born in New Orleans. While
in London, he discovered the straight soprano saxophone, and quickly developed
a style quite unlike his warm, reedy clarinet tone. His saxophone sound could
be described as "emotional", "reckless", and "large".
He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, beating cornetist/trumpeter
Louis Armstrong to the recording studios by several months, and later playing
duets with Armstrong. He was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist of any
sort. Some of the highlights of his career include 1923 sides with Louis Armstrong
in "Clarence Williams Blue Five"; the 1932, 1940, 1941 "New Orleans
Feetwarmers" sides; a 1938 "Tommy Ladnier Orchestra" session "Weary
Blues", "Really the Blues"); a hit 1938 recording of "Summertime";
and various versions of his own composition, "Petite Fleur"
(died in Paris on his birthday) b.
May 14th 1897
George Treadwell (47) American jazz trumpeter; born in New Rochelle,
New York, George played in the house band at Monroe's in Harlem in 1941-42, and
went on to work with Benny Carter, Ace Harris, Tiny Bradshaw, Cootie Williams,
and J.C. Heard as a member of Heard's ensemble, he also accompanied Etta Jones
and Sarah Vaughan. He recorded with Dicky Wells and Ethel Waters; he managed The
Drifters and Ruth Brown, did A&R work in the 1950s as well as working as a
songwriter (?). b. December
Ann Ganser (22)
and founder member of the vocal group the Shangri-Las, which
consisted of two sets of sisters:
identical twins Marguerite "Marge" and Mary Ann Ganser, plus Mary
Weiss and Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss. The girls often appeared as a trio,
as Betty Weiss rarely appeared on stage until late 1965, preferring to avoid touring.
began playing school shows, talent shows, and teen hops, coming to the attention
of Artie Ripp, who arranged the group's first record deal with Kama Sutra. Their
first recording in December 1963 was "Simon Says", on which Betty sang
lead. They had their first hit in 1964 with "Leader of the Pack" reaching
No.1 in US and No.11 in the UK. They continued to chart with fairly successful
U.S. hit records, specializing in adolescent themes such as alienation, loneliness,
abandonment and death. Singles included "Give Him a Great Big Kiss",
"Out in the Streets", "Give Us Your Blessings", the top ten
hit "I Can Never Go Home Anymore", "Long Live Our Love", "He
Cried" and the spoken-word "Past, Present and Future", featuring
music from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Noteworthy B-sides included
"Heaven Only Knows", "The Train from Kansas City", "Dressed
in Black", and "Paradise" (Mary's
death has been variously reported as encephalitis, a seizure disorder, or barbiturates)
b. February 4th 1947
Keith Relf (33) English vocalist and musician Richmond, Surrey, known
as the lead singer and harmonica player of The Yardbirds. They drew their repertoire
from the Chicago blues of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson
II and Elmore James, including "Smokestack Lightning", "Good Morning
Little School Girl", "Boom Boom", "I Wish You Would",
"Rollin' and Tumblin'", and "I'm a Man". After the Yardbirds
broke up in 1968, Keith formed the acoustic duo, Together, with fellow Yardbird
Jim McCarty; followed by Renaissance which featured his sister, Jane Relf; then
a hard rock group Armageddon. Relf also produced tracks for bands such as the
acoustic, world music, group Amber, Saturnalia and Medicine Head, with whom he
played bass guitar. He was posthumously inducted into
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 with the
Yardbirds (Keith was fatally electrocuted
when playing his guitar while rehearsing new material for the formation of his
new band Illusion). b. March 22th 1943
1998: Frank Sinatra (82) American
singer and actor; arguably the most important popular music figure of the 20th
century, his only real rivals for the title being Bing Crosby & Elvis Presley.
He began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey,
he became a successful solo artist in the early to mid-40s, being the idol of
the "bobby soxers." His professional career had stalled by the 1950s,
but it was reborn in 1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor,
for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He
signed with Capitol Records and released several critically lauded albums, In
the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely
and Nice 'n' Easy. He left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records,
finding success with albums such as Ring-A-Ding-Ding, Sinatra at the Sands and
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, he toured internationally,
was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen.
At 50 in 1965, he recorded September of My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning
television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and scored hits with "Strangers
in the Night" and "My Way". Among his awards he was the recipient
of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award
and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won many other awards for his
film acting career. Over his long solo career he released 59 studio albums, 2
live albums, 8 compilation albums and 297 singles (heart
attack in Los Angeles, California, following a long battle with coronary heart
disease, kidney disease, bladder cancer, and dementia). b.
December 12th 1915.
2006: Lew Anderson (84)
American saxophone player,
and actor, most famous for being the
third and final actor to portray Clarabell the Clown on Howdy Doody between 1954
and 1960. Born in Kirkman, Iowa he served in the Navy in WWII, after which he
joined the Carlos Molinas Latin Orchestra, where he also wrote the American dance
arrangements. Late in the 1940's, he joined The Honey Dreamers, a singing group
that appeared on radio and early television shows like The Ed Sullivan Show. After
his six years as Clarabell the clown, he returned to music, and in his later years,
played and led the 16-piece Lew Anderson Big Band Friday nights in New York's
jazzclub, Birdland (sadly died after a fight with prostate
cancer). b. May 7th 1922
Belita Woods (63) American singer, lead singer of the 1970s R&B
group, Brainstorm. They had a disco hit in 1977 called "Lovin' Is Really
My Game". Their follow-up album, 1978's Journey To The Light, included "We're
On Our Way Home" and "If You Ever Need To Cry". In 1992 began touring
Parliament-Funkadelic All-Stars, the start
of a 2 decade association. In 2001 she sang on four songs "Scratched",
"When Jack Met Jill", "Relax", and "Tempovision".
Belita also recorded three solo songs released in 2005: "Don't Dance Too
Close", "More Than Words Can Say" and "Saddest Day"
died from heart failure)
b. October 23rd 1948.
2014: Douglas Cummings (67)
British cellist, he was soloist and principal
cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he performed for 24 years. He
was 22 when he joined the LSO as Principal Cello in 1969, the youngest Principal
the Orchestra had appointed to that date. He worked with some of the music world's
greatest names, premiering many new works and served on the Board of Directors
from 1979 to 1982. He left the Orchestra in 1993 to follow a teaching career.
He was also a founder member of the London Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble. Following
a brain haemorrhage in 1982, Douglas was the subject of one of a series of four
TV programmes, 'Life of an Orchestra', which was broadcast on BBC1. He is represented
on the 2004 album The British Cello Phenomenon. He also performed and recorded
with the Lindsay String Quarte (?) b.
2014: Morvin Simon (70)
New Zealand Maori composer, kapa haka leader, choirmaster
and historian, born at Kaiwhaiki marae on the Whanganui River. He succeeded his
father as choirmaster at Kaiwhaiki, recording the series of albums The Valley
of Voices, volume 2 of which was a finalist for best Polynesian album at the 1983
New Zealand Music Awards. Morvin was the leader
of the kapa haka groups Te Matapihi and Te Taikura o te Awa Tupua and he composed
hundreds of songs, including classics such as Te aroha in 1983, and Moe, moe mai
ra adapted from the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân. In 2012 Morvin was awarded an
honorary Bachelor of Arts in Maori Performing Arts by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi,
in recognition of his contribution to kapa haka and cultural stewardship. In the
2013 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order
of Merit for services to Maori (?) b. 1944.
King/Riley B. King (89) American blues singer, songwriter and
guitarist born on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi,
but after his parents split up he was raised by his grandparents. As
a child he sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael and
was 12 when he got his first guitar. He was a self taught guitarist, influenced
by Mississippi Delta blues artists played on "King Biscuit Time" radio
show he listened to while on breaks at the plantation. In 1943, he left Kilmichael
to work as a tractor driver and play guitar with the Famous St. John's Quartet
of Inverness, Mississippi, performing at area churches and on WGRM in Greenwood,
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b. September 16th 1925.
Lars Anders Fredrik "Lasse" Mårtenson (81) Finnish
singer born in Helsinki. He performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 with
the song "Laiskotellen"/"Idling", coming 7th with 9 points.
He is best known in his home country as the composer of "Maija from the Storm
Skerries", a lyrical tune arranged primarily for piano. His hits include
the Finnish version of the song "Jackson" in duet with Carola Standertskjöld,
which was included in the list of the songs played in the 2003 Men's World Ice
Hockey Championships during the breaks. (sadly died of a
brain haemorrhage) b. September 24th 1934.
Paul Alva Smoker (75) American jazz trumpeter born in Muncie, Indiana,
grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and moved to Chicago to play professionally. He worked
there in the 1960s, playing with Bobby Christian among others. He took his doctorate
at the University of Iowa in 1974, and taught at Coe College from 1976 to 1990,
as well as for shorter periods at the University of Iowa, the University of Northern
Iowa, and the University of WisconsinOshkosh. In the 1980s and 1990s, Paul
worked with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Gregg Bendian, Damon Short, Randy
McKean, and Phil Haynes. He was also a member of Joint Venture, recording with
them in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Outside of jazz, Paul was also involved
in the performance of contemporary classical music, in his university capacities
and with the SOMA ensemble. (?) b. May 8th 1941.
1956: Adrian Rollini (52) US saxophonist with
many bands and his own; the greatest bass saxophonist of all time, one of the
first jazz vibraphonists, and a talented multi-instrumentalist who could make
music on such novelty instruments as the "hot fountain pen" (a miniature
clarinet with a saxophone mouthpiece) and a "goofus." (There
are many rumours about his death; the actual location of his death was the James
Archer Smith Hospital in Homestead, Florida. He died after an 18 day stay in the
hospital following a severe trauma to his ankle suffered in the early morning
hours, apparently from a car related accident in the car park of The Green Turtle
Inn at Islamorada Key). b. June 28th 1903
1974: Paul Gonsalves (53) American tenor saxophonist;
his first instrument was the guitar, and as a child he was regularly asked to
play Portuguese folk songs for his family. He grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts
and played as a member of the Sabby Lewis Orchestra. His first professional engagement
in Boston was with the same group on tenor saxophone, in which he played before
and after his military service during World War II. Before joining Duke Ellington's
orchestra in 1950, he had also played with the big bands of Count Basie 194749
and Dizzy Gillespie 194950.
Paul played 24 years with The Duke; he
caused a near riot at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, with a stunningly outstanding,
mammoth 27 or 28 chorus solo, in the middle of Duke Ellington's performance when
combining "Diminuendo" and "Crescendo in Blue", the
publicity from which is credited with reviving Ellington's career. This performance
is captured on the album Ellington at Newport. Paul was a featured soloist in
numerous Ellingtonian settings and received the nickname "The Strolling Violins"
from Ellington for playing solos while walking through the crowds (Tragically
died of a drug overdose while in London, UK. Ellington died 9 days later and the
bodies of The Duke, Paul Gonsalves and Tyree Glenn, lay side by side in the same
New York funeral home). b. July 12th 1920.
1989: Johnny Green (80) American
songwriter, composer, musical arranger, trumpeter. pianist and conductor born
in New York City. He was given the nickname "Beulah" by colleague Conrad
Salinger. His most famous song was one of his earliest, "Body and Soul".
Others included "Out of Nowhere", co-authored with Edward Heyman -1931,
"Rain Rain Go Away"-1932, "I Cover the Waterfront", "You're
Mine You", and "I Wanna Be Loved" all in 1933, "Easy Come
Easy Go" and "Repeal The Blues" both in 1934. Johnny also composed
the theme for Max Fleischer's Betty Boop cartoons in 1932, with Edward Heyman
as lyricist. Nominated for an Oscar thirteen times, he won the award for "Easter
Parade", "An American in Paris", "West Side Story", and
"Oliver!", as well as a producer for "The Merry Wives of Windsor
Overture", which won in the Short Subjects category in 1954. Johnny was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (?)
b. October 10th 1908.
1992: Barbara Lee (44) US singer; founding member
of The Chiffons, a Motown all girl vocal group. The group was originally a trio
comprising Barbara, Judy Craig, and Patricia Bennett. They formed at James Monroe
High School in The Bronx in 1960. At the suggestion of songwriter Ronnie Mack,
Sylvia Peterson was added to the group in 1962. They hit the No.1 spot in the
US with their first single "He's So Fine".
This was followed by numerous hits including "One Fine Day", "Sweet
Talkin' Guy", "I Have A Boyfriend"
"A Love So Fine" and "My
Sweet Lord". Judy Craig left the Chiffons in
1968, but Barbara, Patrica and Sylvia
continued as a trio. Barabara performed and
toured until her untimely death (She died
from a heart attack just one day short
of her 45th birthday). b. May 16th 1947
1993: Marv Earl Johnson (54)
American R&B and soul singer born in Detroit, Michigan. He began his
career singing with a doo-wop group called the Serenaders in the mid 1950s. With
budding talents not only as a singer but as a songwriter and pianist, he was discovered
by Berry Gordy while he performed at a carnival. Gordy had already decided to
form his first record label, Tamla, and Marv's recording of "Come to Me"
became the label's first single in May 1959. The fledgling label did not have
national distribution and so the song was released by United Artists, and reached
No.30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Between 1959 and 1961, he released nine
Billboard Hot 100 singles including two Top 10s. The first of them was "You
Got What It Takes", which reached No.10 in the US and No.7 in the UK Singles
Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. "I Love
The Way You Love" reached No.9. He scored his final US Top 40 single in 1960
with "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains". It also sold a million copies,
giving him his second gold disc. He also had several hits in Australia too. After
issuing his final Motown single in 1968, Marv remained with Motown working on
sales and promotion throughout the 1970s. He also wrote songs for Tyrone Davis
and Johnnie Taylor and
continued singing into the 1990s (sadly
Marv died from a stroke) b. October 15th 1938.
1999: Rob Gretton
(46) English manager of the bands 'Joy Division'
and 'New Order', partner in Factory Records, proprietor of the Rob's Records label
and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester,
England. Rob was portrayed by Paddy Considine in the 2002 film "24 Hour Party
People", which documented the rise and fall of Factory Records (heart
attack). b. Jan 15th 1953
Geoff Goddard (62)
English songwriter, singer,
keyboard player born in Reading; he was originally
promoted by Joe Meek as a Liberace styled singer named Anton Hollywood. He started
songwriting in the 60s, he wrote songs for Heinz, Cliff Richard, Mike Berry
and the The Outlaws, Kenny Hollywood, Freddie
Starr, Screaming Lord Sutch, Gunilla Thorne, The Ramblers, John Leyton and many
others and played keyboards on various of his productions, most notably on The
Tornados' worldwilde hit Telstar in 1962. Other
of his many songs include Johnny Remember Me, Just Like Eddie, My Head Goes Round,
Wild Wind, Son This Is She, the BBC banned Tribute To Buddy
Holly, Voodoo Woman, Who Told You, Monster In Black Tights, and Hush-A-Bye
(?). b. November 19th 1937
June Carter Cash (73)
Grammy award winning country singer, played the guitar, banjo, and autoharp. Second
and long term wife of Johnny Cash. She is best known for singing and songwriting,
but she was also an author, actress, comedienne, philanthropist and humanitarian.
Director Elia Kazan saw her perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and encouraged
her to study acting. She studied with Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner at the
Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Her acting roles included Mrs. "Momma"
Dewey in Robert Duvall's 1998 movie The Apostle, Sister Ruth, wife to Johnny Cash's
character Kid Cole, on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (19931997), and Clarise
on Gunsmoke in 1957. June was also "Momma James" in The Last Days of
Frank and Jesse James. As
a singer, she had both a solo career and a career singing with first her family
and later her husband. As a solo artist, she became somewhat successful with upbeat
country tunes of the 1950s like "Jukebox Blues" (complications
following heart valve replacement surgery). b. June
2004: Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton
Eccles (63) British bass player; after
he played with Danny King & The Dukes, he helped form the early UK
rock band The
Moody Blues, and was the original bassist
in 1964. The Moody Blues released one
album with Clint on bass, "Go Now - The Moody Blues" which reached No.1
in the UK charts. The album yielded the hit song, "Go Now", which also
reached No.1 in the UK and the Top Ten in the U.S. Clint
left the band and his music career in 1966 to become a carpenter and spend time
with his family. He was replaced briefly by Rod Clark and then by John Lodge,
who is still with the band (He
died of liver problems related to years of alcoholism).
b. June 25th 1940
2008: Bob Florence (75) American pianist, arranger,
and bandleader; He began taking piano lessons at five and initially intended to
be a concert pianist, however he stared working as pianist and arranger with jazz
man Dave Pell and by the mid-1950s he had formed his own big band working with,
amongst others, Herb Geller, Bud Shank, Frank Capp and Bob Enevoldsen. Since that
time, Bob worked in various big band projects across the Los Angeles area, working
mainly with session musicians and as an accompanist to various singers. Throughout
his career Florence worked as an arranger for Harry James, Louie Bellson, Stan
Kenton, Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Doc Severinsen. At one time he had three variety
shows going... Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Red Skelton, and he had a close
musical relationship with singer Vikki Carr. In the thirty years he had known
her, he wrote six albums and countless arrangements for her in person performances.
was on the road for four years as Vikki's musical director. He also has worked
closely with Julie Andrews, doing one CD, writing her several charts and traveled
as her accompanist. In
2000 he won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, with his album
b. May 20th 1932.
2008: Alexander Mair Courage
Jr (89) American orchestrator, arranger, and composer of music,
primarily for television and motion pictures. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
he began as an orchestrator/arranger at MGM studios, which included work in such
films as Show Boat, The Band Wagon, 'Gigi' and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
frequently served as an orchestrator on films scored by Andre Previn.. My Fair
Lady; Adolph Deutsch.. Funny Face, Some Like It Hot; John Williams..The Poseidon
Adventure, Superman, Jurassic Park, and the Academy Award-nominated musical films
Fiddler on the Roof and Tom Sawyer; and Jerry Goldsmith.. Rudy, Mulan, The Mummy,
et al. Alexander succeeded Arthur Morton as primary orchestrator for Goldsmith
in the 1990s .His work for Television he is probably best known for writing the
theme music for Star Trek: The Original Series, and some other music for the series,
but he also worked as a composer on such TV shows as The Brothers Brannagan, Lost
in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Judd, for the Defense, and Daniel Boone.
In 1988, he won an Emmy Award for his music direction on the special Julie Andrews:
The Sound of Christmas. He also frequently collaborated with John Williams during
Williams' tenure with the Boston Pops Orchestra (Alex's
had been declining, he suffered a series of strokes
prior to his death) b. December
2009: Buddy Montgomery (79) American jazz
composer, arranger, pianist, vibraphonist; born in Indianapolis, he was the youngest
in a family of musical siblings, influenced by his brothers Thomas, Monk and Wes...
he first played professionally in 1948, then in 1949 he played with Big Joe Turner,
before joining up with Slide Hampton. After two years in the Army, where he had
his own quartet, he joined the Mastersounds as a vibraphonist with his brother
Monk. He led the Montgomery-Johnson Quintet with Ray Johnson from 1955 to 1957.
He played briefly with Miles Davis in 1960. In 1969 he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
where he taught jazz music locally. Early in the 1980s he moved to Oakland; there
he released more solo material and played with the Riverside Reunion Band, Charlie
Rouse, David Fathead Newman and Bobby Hutcherson (?)
January 30th 1930.
Wayman Tisdale (44) American
jazz bass guitarist and professional basketball
player in the National Basketball Association. Iinfluenced
greatly by funk bands of the 1970s, he launched his
musical career with "Power Forward" in 1995 on the Motown Label. Primarily
a bass player, he recorded eight albums, with the 2001 album "Face to Face"
climbing to No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. In 2002, he was awarded
the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. His most recent release,
Rebound, was written and released after he had been diagnosed with cancer (died
while fighting cancer) b. June
Bob Flanigan (84) American singer tenor vocalist, trombonist,
and founding member of the jazz group, The Four Freshmen. In 1952, they released
their first hit single "It's a Blue World". Further hits included "Mood
Indigo" in 1954, "Day by Day" in 1955, and "Graduation Day"
in 1956. They
won Best Vocal Group of the Year in Down Beat magazine's Readers' Polls in 1953,
1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 2000, and 2001. They were nominated in the Grammy Vocal
Group Performance category in 1958 for The Four Freshmen in Person, 1961 for Voices
in Fun, 1962 for The Swingers, 1964 for More Four Freshmen and Five Trombones,
and in 1986 for Fresh!. The Four Freshmen also made film and television appearances,
and performed in concert. After Bob retired in 1992 he managed the group till
his death (sadly
Bob died of congestive heart failure) b.
August 22nd 1926.
2011: M-Bone/ Montae Talbert (22)
American rapper and dancer with Cali Swag District, until 2009, Cali Swag District
was comprised of four anonymous Inglewood teenagers making R & B/ hip-hop
hybrids. Then it filmed the video for "Teach Me How to Dougie," setting
off the biggest dance craze since Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat" in 2007.
Me How to Dougie" reached No. 6 on the Billboard rap singles charts and sold
roughly 2 million legal downloads (Montae was brutally murdered,
shot twice in the head in drive-by shooting) b. ????
2013: Albert Lance/Lancelot Albert Ingram (87)
Australian tenor, also held French citizenship,
born in Menindee, Sth Australia. He studied voice at the Melbourne Music Conservatory.
After graduation, he sang in cafés and night clubs, and joined a touring
company and performed throughout Australia, singing popular songs, before auditioning
at the Melbourne Opera, where he was immediately offered a contract. He went on
to become Australia's principal tenor during the 1950s and later enjoyed a highly
successful career in France. He was also invited to perform at the opera houses
of Lyon, Bordeaux, and Marseille, as well as London, Vienna, Moscow, Leningrad,
America and Buenos Aires. He became a permanent member of the Opéra national
du Rhin in Strasbourg from 1973 until his retirement in 1977. After his retirement
from the stage, he turned to full-time teaching, first at the Music Conservatory
of Nice, and later Antibes (?) b. February
Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly (70)
American R&B and jazz singer who opened for Motown greats including
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and recorded in the 1960s for Detroit's
Mickay Records and Coral Records. (sadly died from heart
failure) b. October
Cauby Peixoto aka Ron Coby/Coby Dijon (85) Brazilian singer, born into
family of musicians in Niterói. his
career at the beginning 1950s performing in talent shows like "Time of commerce"
on Radio Tupi. He recorded the first album by Carnival label in 1951, with the
samba "White Skirt" Geraldo Medeiros and the march "Oh, that famine!"
Victor Simon and Liz Monteiro. In 1956 he appeared
in the film "Com Água na Boca" singing the song "Conceição",
after which he made trips to the United States, where he recorded several tracks
with the name Ron Coby, and recorded with Percy Faith. As Ron Coby/Coby Dijon
he sang with Bing Crosby singing "Bahia", in 1955 and in 1959 with Marlene
Dietrich. Over his 60 year career his hits include
"Ballerina Life," "Cinderella," "humble people",
"Backstage", "Babalu" and "Conception". In
May 2016 he was
subject of a 90 minute documentary "Cauby - I'd Start All Over Again)"
by Nelson Hoineff. Cauby speaks about his sexuality and other issues and interviews
with fans and artists such as Maria Bethânia, Emílio Santiago, Agnaldo
Timóteo and Agnaldo Rayol. The documentary was the most profitable and
most successful of the year 2015 in Brazil. (sadly
died from pneumonia) b. February 10th 1931.
Jane Little/Jane Findley (87) American classical double bass
player, born in Atlanta, Georgia; at age 16, she became a charter member of the
Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, making her debut on February 4th 1945. Two years
later, after opening its ranks to adult musicians, the ensemble became the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra/ASO and went on to serve as the ASO's Assistant Principal Bass,
performing with the orchestra for a total of more than 71 years. According to
Guinness World Records, Jane holds the world record for longest tenure with a
single orchestra. She set the record during a performance on February 1st 2016.
A true trooper although she was undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma she
performed till the end. (So sadly Jane collapsed on stage
as she and the orchestra played an arrangement of "There's No Business Like
Show Business"; she died later that day) b.
February 2nd 1929.
Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (43) Belgium
gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso; he grew up in
a Gypsy caravan, traveling around France. He was severely burned in a fire in
1928, leaving two fingers of his left hand useless, but adapted his guitar style
to the disability. Django began playing professionally at the age of 12. He
was a founding member of the Hot Club Quintet
along with jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli,
playing American jazz in French clubs. He
went on to be one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time, his unique
sound made him an international star, and he is credited with being among the
first to elevate the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a solo instrument. Virtually
every guitarist from all genre cite Django as an influence from Black Sabbath's
Tony Iommi to George Benson to Willie Nelson and Jimi Hendrix named his band the
Band of Gypsys in honor of Django's music. (died when walking
from the Avon train station after playing in a Paris club that he collapsed outside
his house from a brain hemorrhage). b. January 23rd
1954: Clemens Heinrich Krauss (61)
Austrian conductor and opera impresario, particularly associated with
the music of Richard Strauss. He mainly worked in European Opera Houses
but visited the United States in 1929, conducting in Philadelphia and with the
New York Philharmonic and didn't debut in Britain until he conducted at Covent
Garden in London in 1951. Clemens did not make many recordings; but his 1950 performance
of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, made in Vienna, and his 1953 live performance
of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle from Bayreuthis are still regarded by some as his
best (?) b. March 31st 1893.
Ernie Freeman (58) American session pianist;
born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ernie learnt play the piano
at very young age and played several different
string instruments including the guitar and violin. He started working in local
the nightclubs. In 1939 he and his sister Evelyn formed their own band and they
became "The Evelyn Freeman Ensemble". Next Ernie worked with Woody Herman
in the 40's before joining the Ernie Fields Orchestra, playing the piano. In 1951
he also began playing with the Billy Hadnott Sextet, but left in 1954 to form
his own combo with Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer and Irving Ashby. In 1955 they released
their first record, "No No Baby". Throughout the 1950s he played on
numerous early rock and R&B sessions in LA, California, particularly on the
Modern, Specialty and Aladdin labels, as well as for white artists such as Duane
Eddy and Bobby Vee. He played piano on The Platters' "The Great Pretender"
in 1955. Ernie released a number of instrumental records of his own, including
No.5 R&B chart hit "Jivin' Around" in 1956 and his cover version
of Bill Justis' "Raunchy", his biggest solo success, which reached No.4
on the pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart in 1957. In 1961, Ernie together
with Earl Palmer, Plas Johnson and René Hall, began recording as B. Bumble
and the Stingers. He continued a successful session career in the 1960s, appearing
on material such as Frank Sinatra's Grammy Award winning "Strangers in the
Night" in 1967; Connie Francis's "Jealous Heart", and "Addio,
mi' amore"; Petula Clark's "This is My Song" and "For Love"
and also worked with Dean Martin. From 1960 to 1964 he arranged virtually every
session for Snuff Garrett at Liberty Records including artists Bobby Vee, Johnny
Burnette and Gene McDaniels. In
1970 he contributed string arrangements to Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled
Water album, before his retirement (?).
b. Aug 16th 1922.
Sammy Davis Jr (64) American dancer, singer, multi-instrumentalist,
playing vibraphone, trumpet, and drums; impressionist, comedian, convert to Judaism,
and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was a member of the 1960s Rat Pack,
which was led by his old friend Frank Sinatra, and included fellow performers
Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. As a child, he learned how to dance
from his father and his "uncle" Will Mastin, who led the dance troupe
his father worked for. Sammy joined the act as a young child and they became the
Will Mastin Trio. After his years in the army, he rejoined the dance act which
played at a wide variety of spots around Portland, Oregon, and began to achieve
success on his own as he was singled out for praise by critics and released 2
albums. In 1956 he
appear in the Broadway show Mr. Wonderful,
after which he was a headliner at The Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for
many years. During his early years in Las Vegas, he and other African-American
artists like Nat King Cole and Count Basie could entertain on the stage, but often
could not reside at the hotels at which they performed, and most definitely could
not gamble in the casinos or go to the hotel restaurants and bars. After he achieved
superstar success, Davis refused to work at venues which would practice racial
segregation. His demands eventually led to the integration of Miami Beach nightclubs
and Las Vegas casinos. Davis was particularly proud of this accomplishment.
He has appeared in 4 stage musicals, dozens of TV shows and 36
films. He was nominated 4 times for a grammy award, winning the lifetime acheivement
award in 2001 and in 2002 his song
"What Kind of Fool Am I?" was inducted
into Grammy Hall of Fame. Other awards include Emmys, Tony Award, Golden Globe,
NAACP awards and Kennedy Center Honors; he is on International Civil Rights Walk
of Fame, the Las Vegas Walk of Stars and The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sammy was
portrayed by Don Cheadle in the HBO movie The Rat Pack, a made-for-TV movie about
the pack of entertainers. Cheadle won a Golden Globe award for his performance.
Raynr also portrayed Sammy in the miniseries Sinatra, a TV movie about the life
of Frank Sinatra
cancer). b. December 8th 1925
1992: Chalino Sanchez (31) Mexican singer
and songwriter, born on a ranch in Sinaloa, he went on to record various corrido
tunes, such as "Armando Sánchez" (tribute song to his murdered
brother), "El Sapo," "Beto López," and "Los Sinaloenses".
His popularity began to grow in the Mexican American community. By
1989, Chalino was recognized throughout California. Many say that he is the "Rey
the los Corridos" he is one of the best singers ever to sing in Mexico (Chalino's
body was discovered on the side of a road with two gunshot wounds to the back
of the head. The next day, newspapers in Sinaloa read, "Chalino Sánchez,
Secuestrado, y Ejecutado" / Chalino Sánchez, Kidnapped and Executed)
Marv Johnson (54) American soul singer, songwriter,
pianist; he began his career singing with a doo-wop group, The Serenaders, in
the mid 1950s. Berry Gordy discovered him while he was performing at a carnival.
His recording of Gordy's song "Come To Me" became the label's first
single in May 1959, it reached No.30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Between
'59 and '61, he had 9 Billboard Hot 100 singles including two top tenners; "You
Got What It Takes", which reached No.10 and "I Love The Way You Love",
which reached No.9. He scored his final Top 40 single in 1960 with "(You've
Got To) Move Two Mountains". After issuing his final Motown singles in 1968,
he remained with Motown throughout the 1970s working on promotion and sales. He
also wrote songs for Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor. He continued singing into
the 1990s, releasing a solo album on the London based Motor City Records label
(died of a stroke in Columbia, South Carolina)
b. Oct 15th 1938.
Lola Flores/ María de los Dolores Flores Ruiz (72)
Spanish singer, dancer and actress of gipsy descent;
she became a famous dancer and singer of Andalusian gipsy folklore at a very young
age, featuring in films from 1939 to 1987. Her greatest success was in folklore
shows with Manolo Caracol, who was her artistic partner until 1951. In 2007, the
biography Lola la pelicula was made. The movie describes her early life, starting
in 1931 until 1958 (breast
b. January 21st 1923
Brian Pendleton (57) British rhythm guitarist, lead
guitar, vocals with both the bands Pretty Things and So What; he
was an incredibly talented and underrated guitarist, like too many musicians he
died virtually forgotten. (sadly died after his battle with
lung cancer). b. April 13th 1944
Ronnie James Dio/Ronald
James Padavona (67)
American heavy metal singer , songwriter and muli-musician. He performed with
Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical
projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. Ronnie was widely hailed
as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently
powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture
in metal culture. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he initially played the trumpet
and French horn and recorded several ... READ
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July 10th 1942.
2010: Hank Jones (91)
American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer and 5 times
Grammy Award nominee, also
in 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Hank with its highest honor
in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award. He was also honored in 2003 with the American
Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award.
In 2008, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. On April 13, 2009, the University
of Hartford presented Hank Jones with a Doctorate Degree for his musical accomplishments.
Hank recorded over sixty albums under his own name, and countless others as a
sideman including Milt Jackson - The Jazz Skyline; Curtis Fuller - New Trombone;
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else; John Coltrane - Bags & Trane; Wes Montgomery
- So Much Guitar!; Ella Fitzgerald - Rhythm Is My Business; Dexter Gordon - Ca'
Purange, Bob Stewart - Welcome to the Club and Joe Lovano - Joyous Encounter (?)
b. July 31st 1918.
Maria Biesu (76) Moldovan opera soprano, born
into a peasant family where everyone loved to sing. In 1965 she was sent to the
La Scala theatre in Milan, in '66 she became a prize-winner at the Third International
Tchaikovsky Competition, and in 1967 in Tokyo she won first prize and honorary
Gold Cup prize, and won the title Best Cio-Cio-San in the World
at the First International Competition in Memory of Miura Tomaki. She went on
to sing at the famous Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, and in opera houses all former
Soviet republics, and the "Metropolitan Opera" in New York. She undertook
long tours in Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Cuba,
Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan, Australia,
and Israel (sadly died of leukemia)
b. August 3rd 1935.
Taleb al-Qaraghulli (73) Iraqi musician, songwriter
and composer born in Dhi Qar province who went on to become one of the most notable
names in Iraqi music. His tunes, characterised by their remorse, ruefulness and
originality, were sung by the most accomplished Iraqi singers, such as Hussein
Nemeh and Yas Khodr, songs including
"Aazaz", "Taybeen" and "Banafsaj"
(sadly died after a long battle with diabetes)
Zil-e-Huma (70) Pakistani
singer and the youngest child of the Pakistani singer Noor Jehan and director
Shaukat Hussain Rizvi (sadly died
from renal disease and diabetes) b. February 21st
2014: Nicola Ghiuselev (77)
Bulgarian operatic bass, born in Pavlikeni. He made his
stage debut with the National Opera of Sofia, as Timur in Turandot, in 1960. In
1965, with the Sofia Opera, he toured Germany, the Netherlands, France and made
his debut at the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Important debuts followed at
the Berlin State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Monte Carlo
Opera, the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Liceo in Barcelona, the San Carlo in Naples,
the Royal Opera House in London, the Verona Arena, the Salzburg Festival, the
Holland Festival, he also appeared in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Prague, Budapest,
Warsaw, Marseille, Toulouse, Chicago, Houston, among others
(?) b. August
2015: Flora MacNeil (86) Scottish
Fredrik Norén (75) Swedish jazz
drummer. In the 1960s he was active in the jazz circle "Gyllene Cirkeln"
and played with the likes of Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. In the 1970s he was
involved in the bands of Lars Gullin. In 1978 hen formed his own band With his
own F.N. Band and championed a number of young jazz talent and released 11 albums,
starting with 'Jazz in Sweden' in 1980 to 'Innside Up' in 2002. The band members
varied, most recently including Lars Ekman on bass, Peter Fredman on alto saxophone
Calle Bagge/Jonas Östholm on piano and Nils Janson on trumpet. Over his long
career Fredrik also performed and recorded with Idrees Sulieman, Staffan Abeleen
Quintet, Putte Wickmans Orkester, Brew Moore and Lars Sjösten Trio, Björn
Alke's Quartet, Sister Maj's Blouse, Bo Hansson, and Lennart Åberg. In 2006
Fredrik was honored with both The Lars Gullin Award and Lars Färnlöf
Award (?) b. April 21st 1941.
Emilio Navaira (53) American
country and Tejano singer born in in San Antonio, Texas; after majoring in music
at Texas State University in 1983 at age 21, Emilio began his performing career
by singing lead vocals for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales. In 1989, he formed
his own band, Emilio y Grupo Rio, and signed with Columbia Records/CBS Records,
which resulted in Emilio recording more than fifteen studio albums, including
several with his Rio Band. Between 1989 and 1996, he had released 7 Spanish which
lead to mainstream commercial exposure, with companies such as Coca-Cola and Wrangler
Jeans using his songs in their advertisements in the 1990s. In the early 90s Emilio
signed with Capitol Records and released his first country music single called
"It's Not the End of the World" which reached the Top 30 on the country
charts in 1995. After a 2nd album Emilio came back to Tejano music and his 2002
album Acuérdate won the Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album and his 2007
album De Nuevo won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tejano
Album. (sadly died from
heart failure) b. August 23rd 1962.
Paul Dukas (69) French composer born in Paris;
he was a perfectionist and destroyed many of his pieces out of dissatisfaction
with them, only a few of his compositions remain. His first surviving works of
note are the three concert overtures Goetz de Berlichingen-1883, Le Roi Lear-1883
and Polyeucte-1891 and the energetic Symphony in C-1896. The
symphony was followed by another orchestral work, L'apprenti sorcier/The Sorcerer's
Apprentice-1897, which is based on Goethe's poem "Der Zauberlehrling".
The Sorcerer's Apprentice was used, in a slightly redacted version, in the Walt
Disney film Fantasia a total of perhaps one minute of the ten-and-a-half-minute
piece was omitted. His opera Ariane et Barbe-Bleue/Ariadne and Bluebeard, on which
he worked from 1899 to 1907, has often been compared to Debussy's Pelléas
et Mélisande, partly because of musical similarities and partly because
both operas are based on libretti by Maurice Maeterlinck (?)
b. October 1st 1865.
Gullin (48) Swedish
jazz baritone sax player, pianist and composer born in Sanda. A child prodigy
on the accordion, and at age 13 he played clarinet in a military band and learned
the alto saxophone, but after moving to Stockholm in 1947 became a professional
pianist, before playing baritone in Seymour Österwalls band in 1949
He worked as a member of Arne Domnéruss septet for two years from
1951; the group mainly performed at Nalen, a leading dance spot in Stockholm.
At the same time he began to work with visiting US musicians, recording with James
Moody, Zoot Sims and Clifford Brown, and he first performed with Lee Konitz in
1951. He formed his own group in 1953, in the following year, 1954, he won the
best newcomer award in the United States Down Beat magazine, after two March 1953
Swedish sessions were leased and issued by Contemporary Records as a 10
LP. Later his albums were leased to Atlantic Records in the United States. Lars
toured several European countries with Chet Baker in October 1955. During 1959
he was active in Italy, he played with Chet Baker again and with the jazz alto
saxophonist Flavio Ambrosetti, making radio broadcasts with him in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In the 1960s he continued to work occasionally with leading American players,
including Archie Shepp, with whom he recorded in 1963. One of his last major recording
was his Aeros aromatic atomica suite recorded in 1973.
Lars died of a heart attack)
b. May 4th 1928
1989: Johnny Green (50) American composer born
in New York City he was one of the most celebrated conductors in American popular
music, he composed one of the great standards Body
and Soul. Collaborating with lyricists such as Gus Kahn, Yip Harburg, Edward
Heyman, Paul Francis Webster, Mack David, Billy Rose and Johnny Mercier, Johns
discography includes a host of standards including Body and Soul,
Coquette, Im Yours, Oceans of Time,
Out of Nowhere, Weep No More My Baby, I Cover the
Waterfront, An Hour Ago This Minute, Rain, Rain, Go Away,
in the Wind, Easy Come, Easy Go,
Youre Mine, You, The Steam is on he Beam, Ive
Got a Heavy Date, I Wanna Be Loved, Hello, My Lover, Goodbye,
The Turntable Song and The Song of Raintree County. Nominated
for an Oscar thirteen times, he won the award for "Easter Parade", "An
American in Paris", "West Side Story", and "Oliver!",
as well as for the short subject "The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture".
He also conducted various orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
Denver Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 1972. All these are just a handful of his acheivements
(?) b. October
Wright (54) American
free jazz musician, electric bass, saxophonist; born in Grenada, Mississippi.
He was originally a bass player, working with B. B. King and Bobby "Blue"
Bland among others. His style is often compared to Albert Ayler, who was one of
his major influences. In addition to tenor saxophone, he also played the soprano
saxophone and bass clarinet. Known for his frenetic style of tenor saxophone,
under his own name he was "underground" his entire career, recording
11 albums on minor labels. But as a sideman he recorded with the greats such of
Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, Noah Howard, Hans Dulfer,
Sebastian Harrison Georges Arvanitas, Muhammad
Ali, Marvin Peterson, Saheb Sarbib, Peter Brotzmann,
A. R. Penck,and Alan Silva and Bobby Few (?)
b. July 9th 1935
1992: Lawrence Welk (89) American
musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, born in the German-speaking
community of Strasburg, North Dakota. Just after his 21st birthday, he left the
family farm to pursue a career in music. During the 1920s, he performed with the
Luke Witkowski, Lincoln Boulds, and George T. Kelly bands, before starting his
own orchestra. He led big bands in North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, including
the Hotsy Totsy Boys and later the Honolulu Fruit Gum Orchestra. His band was
also the station band for popular radio station WNAX, South Dakota. During the
1930s, he led a traveling big band, specializing in dance tunes and "sweet"
music. Initially, the band traveled around the country by car. They were too poor
to rent rooms, so they usually slept and changed clothes in their cars. In the
early 1940s, the band began a 10-year stint at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago,
regularly drawing crowds of nearly 7,000. He went on to host the popular Lawrence
Welk Show from 1955 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number of
radio, television, and live-performance fans as "champagne music"
(pneumonia). b. March 11th 1903
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson (61) American blues
guitarist whose long career influenced the development of blues, soul music, rhythm
& blues, funk, rock music, and hip-hop music. When Johnny was 11, his grandfather
offered to give him a guitar if, he didn't play any of the "devil's music"blues.
Johnny agreed, but "that was the first thing I did." A musical prodigy,
he played with Texas bluesmen Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. Johnny's ferocious
"Space Guitar" of 1954 pioneered guitar feedback and reverb, which later
influenced a subsequent generation of guitarists. He toured and recorded with
his friend Larry Williams, as well as Little Richard, Don & Dewey, The Olympics,
Johnny Otis and, in the mid 1970's with David Axelrod. He also played with Sam
Cooke, Herb Alpert and George Duke. But as the popularity of blues declined and
the era of soul music ascended in the 1960s, Watson, in his inimitable style,
transformed himself from the southern blues singer with pompadour into the urban
soul singer with pimp hat. (He died on stage of a heart
attack, while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he
collapsed mid guitar solo. His last words were "ain't that a bitch",
probably in reference to the song "Ain't that a Bitch").
b. February 3rd 1935
Kevin Gilbert (29) American multi
instrumentalist, songwriter, who played trumpet, keyboards, guitars, drums and
bass, as well as singing vocals. His talents also extended to producer. He toured
with Eddie Money before winning the 1988 Yamaha Soundcheck International Rock
Music Competition with his progressive rock group Giraffe. Later, he was part
of the songwriting collective "The Tuesday Music Club" that met at producer
Bill Bottrell's studio in Pasadena, California. He introduced his then-girlfriend
Sheryl Crow to Bottrell and his fellow Club musicians and the sessions allowed
Crow to workshop new material, leading to the recording of her breakthrough debut
album, Tuesday Night Music Club. he co-wrote many of the songs on that album,
including 1995 Grammy Record of the Year "All I Wanna Do". Kevin released
his first solo album Thud in 1995 as well as partially reforming Giraffe to perform
the Genesis piece The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway at Progfest '94. Several albums
of Kevin's music have been released posthumously beginning in 1999 with the live
album Kevin Gilbert & Thud - Live at the Troubadour
(sadly died of autoerotic self-asphyxiation). b.
November 20th 1966
1999: Bruce Fairbairn
(49) Canadian musician and international record producer from Vancouver,
British Columbia. He was active as a producer from 1976 to 1999 and is considered
one of the best of his era. His most successful productions are Slippery When
Wet by Bon Jovi and Permanent Vacation by Aerosmith. He was originally a trumpet
player and then started a career as a record producer for Canadian rock band Prism.
He won the Canadian music industry Producer of the Year Juno Award 3 times. He
produced albums for many famous international artists such as Loverboy, Blue Öyster
Cult, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions, Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries,
INXS, KISS and Yes. His style was notable for introducing dynamic horn arrangements
into rock music productions. (died of unknown causes at
home in Vancouver).
b. December 30th 1949
Sharon Sheeley (62) US songwriter; one of the
first and most successful female songwriters of the early rock & roll era,
whose work brought success to artists like Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee, Glen Campbell,
Leon Russell, David Gates, Hal Blaine Herb Alpert and her former fiancé,
Eddie Cochran. She wrote "Love Again" and "Cherished Memories"
for Cochran, and the 1959 hit "Somethin' Else" with Eddie's brother
Sharon was a surviver of the Eddie Cochran/Gene Vincent car crash 1960.
Her other songwriting credits included "Hurry Up", recorded by Ritchie
Valens. She collaborated with musician/songwriter, Jackie DeShannon on a string
of hits, including Brenda Lee's "Dum Dum" and "Heart In Hand,"
and Irma Thomas's "Breakaway". She also co-wrote songs with Chris Curtis
of The Searchers, including "Night Time" recorded by Paul and Barry
Ryan (cerebral hemorrhage). b.
April 4th 1940
2010:Yvonne Loriod (86)
French pianist, composer and teacher, born in Houilles, Yvelines, She studied
at the Paris Conservatoire. At the age of 25, she was appointed professor at the
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She went on to become
a nationally-acclaimed recording artist and concert pianist, and premiered most
of Olivier Messiaen's works for the piano, (Who she married in 1961) starting
in the 1940s, both she and her sister Jeanne often performed as the soloists in
his Turangalîla-Symphonie. Yvonne also orchestrated part of Messiaen's final
orchestral work, Concert à quatre (?) b.
2010: Bobbejaan Schoepen (85) Belgian singer-songwriter,
entrepreneur, and a pioneer in Belgian pop music, vaudeville, and European country
music. A 'total performer', he was also a guitarist, comedian, actor, and professional
whistler, as well as the founder and former director of the amusement park, Bobbejaanland.
in Boom, Antwerp, he worked his way up from a working-class environment to become
one of the 200 richest people in Belgium.
His musical career flourished from 1948 until the first half of the 1970s. He
sold more than five million copies from his repertoire of nearly 600 songs, which
extended from Twang, cabaret, instrumental film music, chansons, country, to folk
and vocal music. In July 2008 he was inducted as the first European into the Whistlers
Hall of Fame, by the US International Whistlers Convention (cardiac
arrest) b. May 16th
Carla Zilbersmith (47) Canadian
actress, singer, comedian and 14 years as artistic director and co-ordinator of
the drama department at College of Marin. Born in Vancouver, she graduated from
the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and attended graduate school at
New York University. In 2007 Carla was diagnosed with
Lou Gehrig's disease and she set up one-woman 90 minute stage show and inspired
others with how she faced death. John Zaritsky filmed a documentary of Carla's
traveling show, Academy Award winner Zaritsky said he describes "Leave Them
Laughing" as a " 'musical comedy about dying' because it includes numerous
jokes by Carla about dying and becoming disabled and also it has loads of songs
that she wrote and performs in the documentary". The films of her last brave
travels to Australia, Britain and Mexico demonstrate the ferocity of her intention
to suck the last molecules of pleasure from her life
(sadly died from amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis) b.
December 15th 1962.
2011: Sean Dunphy (73)
Irish singer born in Dublin; he started out in a singing quartet, The Keymen
before he moved to London working as a carpenter and served in the Army. On his
return to Ireland he became a lead singer of the Irish show band "HoeDowners,"
recording 14 Irish hit singles between 1966 and 1973 including two No.1 hits,
"Lonely Woods of Upton" and "When The Fields Were White With Daisies".
Also in 1967 he represented Ireland in the Euro-Vision contest coming in 2nd with
his performance of "If I Could Choose". When the show band scene faded,
Seans singing career remained strong and his Country & Western style
proved popular with audiences at home and abroad. He did a stint Canada for a
few years and at this time performed in USA and he became the first Irish born
singer to record in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was a visitor at his sessions.
On his return to Dublin, he continued to perform and record, his last performance
was at a charity event twenty-four hours before his death. Sean's music is still
frequently featured on "The Irish Hit Parade" and "Feast of Irish
Music" shows on WROL, 950 A.M. Radio (Sean died
peacefully in his sleep) b. November 30th 1937.
Donna Summer/LaDonna Adrian Gaines (63) American
singer-songwriter; born in in Boston, she began singing at a young age in the
church. In her teens, she formed several musical groups imitating Motown girl
groups such as The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas. In the late 1960s, influenced
by Janis Joplin she dropped out of school to join the psychedelic rock group the
Crow as lead singer. Donna moved to Germany for several years with the cast of
the musical "Hair" in the role of Sheila. Whilst in Munich she sang
as a member of the pop group FamilyTree and also sang as a studio session singer
and in theatres. In 1971, still using her birth name Donna Gaines, she released
her first single, a cover of "Sally Go 'Round the Roses". Donna found
international fame during the disco era of the 70s-80s with a string of >>>
MORE <<< (sadly Donna died while bravely
battling cancer) b. December 31st 1948.
2013: Monroe Hopper (86)
American bass singer and founding member of the North Carolina
gospel group The Hoppers, a family ensemble which began performing together in
1957. Their hits included "Here I Am" in 1990, followed by "Milk
and Honey", "Mention My Name", "Anchor to the Power of the
Cross", "Heavenly Sunrise", "That's Him",
and "Yes I Am".
They appeared at the inauguration ceremony for Ronald Reagan in 1981 and won awards
for Mixed Vocal Group at the Southern Gospel Music Awards in both 1982 and 1983.
Monroe along with The Hoppers was inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
In addition to co-forming the Hoppers, he was a US Navy Veteran and a pioneer
leader in establishing the Hopper Heritage Foundation, which assists young men
and women in pursuing their educational goals (?)
b. December 26th 1926.
2013: Alan O'Day
(72) American singer-songwriter, born in Hollywood,
CA, and is best known for writing and singing "Undercover Angel," a
US No.1 hit in 1977. He also wrote songs for several other notable performers,
such as 1974's Helen Reddy No.1 hit "Angie Baby" and the Righteous Brothers'
No.3 hit "Rock And Roll Heaven". In the 1980s he moved from pop music
to television, co-writing over 100 songs for the Saturday morning Muppet Babies
series, and in the 1990s he wrote and performed music on the National Geographic
series Really Wild Animals (sadly Alan died bravely
fighting brain cancer) b. October 3rd 1940.
2013: Harold Shapero (93) American
composer and pianist born in Lynn, Massachusetts; he learned to play the piano
as a child, and for some years was a pianist in dance orchestras. With a friend,
he founded the Hal Kenny Orchestra, a swing-era jazz band, but he was more interested
in classical music and won the Rome Prize in 1941 for the Nine-Minute Overture.
In 1946 he won the Joseph H. Bearns Prize of US$1200 for the Symphony for String
Orchestra and has also won two Guggenheim Fellowships in 1947 and 1948), two Fulbright
Fellowships in 1948 and in 1960, and a Naumburg Fellowship. In 1951, Brandeis
University hired him and he became chairman of the department and founder of its
electronic music studio with the day's most advanced synthesizers. He taught at
Brandeis for 37 years
(sadly died with complications of pneumonia)
b. April 29th 1920.
Eric Gentry (21) American musician and
lead singer for the rock band A Feast For Kings formed in September of 2010. The
band have since released a handful of singles and released their debut EP, Hell
On Earth, earlier this year. (Eric was performing
maintenance on a piece of machinery, when he slipped, which tragically lead to
his death) b. 1993 ?
Evan Plunkett/Hollywood Will (25) American up
and coming rapper and 2007 graduate of Basic High School in Henderson, Las Vegas.
He was pursuing his love of rap music after returning home to Las Vegas from a
stint as an aviation mechanic for the US Marines and was in the process of making
a music video (tragically
he was fatally shot in the chest when a fight had
erupted between himself and three other men during music video shoot and party
Sky Villa Suite, Palms Casino Resort's Fantasy Tower)
b. 1988 ?
Masuku (50) South African singer born in Durban;
he became a well-known face on the Johannesburg session scene and has worked with
a host of artists, but is maybe best known as the backing vocalist of Johnny Clegg's
band since 1992. One of their best-known songs is "Asimbonanga" /"we've
never seen him". In addition to his work with Johnny, he has toured with
I Muvrini on three European tours. (Tragically he
was fatally shot after four men demanded his cellphone and car keys at gunpoint
as he was parking his car in the Troyeville area. Bongani was shot several times)
b. 1964 ?
Tranquility Bass (47) American hip-hop musician
2015: Chinx (31) American rapper, (shot) b.
Deddy Dores (65) Indonesian singer-songwriter,
born in Surabaya; Deddy formed the band named Rhapsodia, which was renamed the
Freedom of Rhapsodia in 1969 until 1972. He then formed the rock band, Super Kid,
along Deddy Stanzah and Jelly Tobing. Additionally, he has appeared and joined
the band God Bless. Deddy became more widely known, since becoming a producer
and songwriter for singers, such as Nike Ardilla (sadly
died fighting heart disease) b. November 28th 1950.
2016: Huguette Dreyfus (87)
French harpsichordist; in 1946, she began working with renowned piano teacher
Lazare Lévy. In 1950, having learned that music historian Norbert Dufourcq
was to give special classes on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Conservatoire
de Paris, she entered into the class and remained there for four years. In 1958,
she won the Geneva international harpsichord competition, becoming
a prominent figure of ancient Renaissance and Baroque
music and of the revival of the harpsichord in France. (?)
b. November 30th 1928.
Marlene Marti aka Marlene Marder (61) Swiss punk rock guitarist
and co-founder member of the Swiss female post-punk band LiLiPUT. The group
formed in Zurich in 1978 under the name Kleenex, with a line-up of Marlene, Regula
Sing, Klaudia Schiff, and Lislot Ha. The band were signed by Rough Trade Records
and released their debut single "Ain't You" in November 1978. Their
second single "You" was their last under the Kleenex name as the threat
of legal action by Kimberly-Clark and prompted a change of name to LiLiPUT. The
bands initial four-song EP, released in Switzerland, made its way to the
English disc jockey John Peel, who championed the band on radio. The band released
two further singles, "When The Cat's Away Then The Mice Will Play" and
"Split" both of which were hits on the UK Indie Chart, before releasing
their first, self-titled album in 1982. The band split after their second album
'Off Course' in 1983. Marlene stayed in music and in 1985 she published The
Diary of the Guitarist Marlene Marder, Kleenex / Liliput. She ran a record
store, and from 1989 to 1992 performed on weekends with a hard-rock band, Danger
Mice. She also ran a booking agency and later worked for the
Worldwide Fund for Nature. Kurt Cobain from Nirvana named anything by Kleenex
on his Top 50 favorites albums. (?)
2016: Guy Charles Clark (74)
American Texas country and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Monahans,
Texas and eventually settled in Nashville, where he helped create the progressive
country and outlaw country genres. His songs "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados
Waiting for a Train" that helped launch his career were covered by numerous
performers. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded
by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky
Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. He won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best
Folk Album: 'My Favorite Picture of You'. (sadly Guy died
in Nashville following a lengthy illness) b. November
1911: Gustav Mahler (50)
late-Romantic composer and one of the leading
conductors of his generation. As a composer, he acted as a bridge between the
19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century.
While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question,
his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which
included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After
1945 his music was re-discovered and championed by a new generation of listeners;
Gustav then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers,
a position he has sustained into the 21st century (New York
in November 1910, he threw himself into a busy Philharmonic season of concerts
and tours. At Christmas 1910 he began suffering from a sore throat, which persisted.
On 21 February 1911, with a temperature of 104 °F, he insisted on fulfilling
an engagement at Carnegie Hall, sadly this was his last concert, he died not long
after of bacterial endocarditis) b. July
Anderson (66) American composer of short, light concert pieces, many
of which were introduced by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur
Fiedler. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts his pieces and his recordings during
the fifties conducting a studio orchestra were immense commercial successes. "Blue
Tango" was the first instrumental recording ever to sell one million copies.
His most famous pieces are probably "Sleigh Ride" and "The Syncopated
Clock". In 1950, WCBS-TV in New York City selected "Syncopated Clock"
as the theme song for The Late Show, the WCBS late-night movie. Mitchell Parish
added words to "Syncopated Clock", and later wrote lyrics for other
Anderson tunes, including "Sleigh Ride", which was not written as a
Christmas piece, but as a work that describes a winter event. Leroy started the
work during a heat wave in August 1946. The Boston Pops' recording of it was the
first pure orchestral piece to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Music chart. From
1952 to 1961, Anderson's composition "Plink, Plank, Plunk!" was used
as the theme for the CBS panel show I've Got A Secret. In
1958, he composed the music for the Broadway show Goldilocks with orchestrations
by Philip J. Lang which earned two Tony awards
(sadly died of cancer) b.
Ian Curtis (23) English vocalist and lyricist of the band Joy Division.
Critics and fans continue to write and discuss at length Ian's music, possible
motivations and inspirations. Born in Stretford in Lancashire, in 1976, he met
two young musicians, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, at a Sex Pistols gig. They
formed a band called Warsaw before changing its name to Joy Division in 1978.
Ian became known for his quiet and awkward demeanour, as well as a unique dancing
style reminiscent of the epileptic seizures he experienced, sometimes even on
stage. His last live performance was on 2 May 1980 at Chamberlain Hall of Birmingham
Uni, a show that included Joy Division's first and only performance of the song
"Ceremony" (He tragically hung himself reportedly
while listening to Iggy Pop's 'The Idiot') b. July
1984: John Hardee (75)
American jazz and blues tenor saxophonist, born
in Corsicana, Texas; he played with Tiny Grimes and then recorded as a bandleader
for Blue Note between 1946 and 1948, he later played with Clyde Bernhardt, Cousin
Joe, Russell Procope, Earl Bostic, Billy Kyle, Helen Humes, Billy Taylor, and
Lucky Millinder, before becoming a teacher in the 50s (?).
b. December 20th 1919
Augustus Pablo/Horace Swaby (44) Jamaican
roots reggae and dub record producer and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards.
Born in St. Andrew, he was perhaps the first person to use the melodica as a viable
musical instrument. Horace recorded early tracks including "Higgi Higgi",
"East of the River Nile", "Song of the East", and "The
Red Sea" between 1971 and 1973. In the later 1970s, Augustus produced a steady
stream of hits, including the hit "Black Star Liner" - Fred Locks. He
also worked with Dillinger, Norris Reid, I-Roy, Jacob Miller, Te -Track, The Immortals,
Paul Blackman, Earl Sixteen, Roman Stewart, Lacksley Castell, The Heptones, Bob
Marley, Ricky Grant, Delroy Wilson, Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay.
This period was eventually commemorated with critically acclaimed LPs including
King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown-76 and Hugh Mundell's classic Africa Must be Free
by 1983. This was followed by East of the River Nile-78, Original Rockers-1979
and Rockers Meets King Tubby in a Firehouse, another acclaimed hit album. Augustus
was also known for his devotion to the spiritual Rastafari movement (died
as a result of a collapsed lung) b. June 21st
M. Wolownik (53) American-Russian musician and arranger, a pioneer
in the Russian and Eastern European music community in America. He received a
bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded the University
of Pennsylvania Balalaika Orchestra in 1964. PennBO was unique in that, with the
exception of the Tamburitzans at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, it was the
only university-level music ensemble dedicated solely to Eastern European music.
later moved to LA, where he received a master's degree in ethnomusicology from
the University of California. While there, he founded another balalaika group,
the Odessa Balalaikas. Later, he founded balalaika groups in Houston and Atlanta.
After returning to Philadelphia he received a master's degree in library science
from Drexel University, and also co-founded two more balalaika ensembles, The
Balalaika Russe and The Gypsy Balalaikas, the members of both of which were from
the Philadelphia area. Steven continued directing the Penn Balalaika Orchestra
until its demise in 1996. He later moved to Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where he
was an assistant library director at the Mount Laurel Public Library until his
b. July 22nd 1946
Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton Eccles (63)
The original English bassist for rock band, The Moody Blues, releasing
one album with them, their debut No.1 hit album 'Go Now - The Moody Blues'. The
album yielded the hit song, "Go Now", which reached #1 in the UK and
the Top Ten in the U.S. (liver disease).
b. June 25th 1940
2004: Elvin Ray Jones
(76) American drummer, born in Pontiac, Michigan;
one of the most influential jazz drummers of the post-bop era. He was a member
of the John Coltrane quartet, appearing on such albums as A Love Supreme. He led
several small groups, some under the name The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. He recorded
with both of his brothers, jazz musicians Hank and Thad Jones. His later career
saw him working with many of the younger jazz artists of today, including Bill
Frisell (sadly died of heart failure) b.
September 9th 1927
Villame/Roman Tesorio Villame
(74) Filipino singer, composer, lyricist, and
comedian; after many jobs become a bus driver of the Meneses-Butalid Liner fleet,
where he had a bus numbered 13 that plied the Tagbilaran-Ubay-Talibon route. At
the bus company, with
some fellow drivers, he formed the MBs Combo,
a rondalla band where he sang and played the mandolin. He was soon invited to
parties and eventually as an entertainer in fiestas, baptism, weddings, funerals
and special events. The owner of the bus company took notice of Villames
efforts and set up a music studio named Kinampay Records, after a local dish,
just for him. Villame's first recording
"Magellan" in 1972 became the top-selling
record in the Visayas-Mindanao region. Yoyoy went on to make more than 25 albums
and won several sales awards, among them a double platinum for his album "Tirana
My Dear" and a platinum for "McArthur and Dagohoy" in 1991. He
also won Best Novelty for "Piyesta ng mga Isda" in the 1993 Awit Awards.
His long list of hits and his entertaining style of music earned him the title
of "King of Philippine Novelty Songs" (cardiac
arrest) b. November 18th 1932.
2009: Dolla/Roderick Anthony Burton II (21)
American rap artist; he was a member of Da Razkalz Cru, who signed to Elektra
Records in 2003 and released the single "So Fly". That same year, he
met Akon and P. Diddy, the latter of whom hired Dolla as a model for his Sean
John line of clothes; Dolla appeared on billboards for the clothing line and modeled
across the United States. Dolla
signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label in May 2007. He made his debut with the single
"Who The Fuck Is That", which was his biggest hit, reaching No. 82 on
the Billboard Hot 100. (shot outside the Beverly Center,
Los Angeles) b.
November 25th 1987.
2011: Frank L. Lacy (87) American blues and
jazz guitarist from Corrigan, Texas. He moved to Houston, in the mid 1940's, and
in the Texas-Louisana region with Johnny Fontenett, Arnett Cobb, Milt Larkin,
Eddie "Cleanhead Vinson and Don Wilkerson. A
prominent civil rights activist and community organizer from 1955-75, Frank taught
in the Houston Independent School Department for 50 years. In 1990 he recorded
with his son, Ku-umba Frank Lacy on the CD Tonal Weights and Blue Fire alongside
Michael Carvin and Fred Hopkins (?)
Kastle (82) American opera composer and filmmaker. His operas include
Deseret -1961, on a libretto by Anne Howard Bailey about Brigham Young, which
he directed for the NBC Opera Theatre. In
1956, he composed a thirteen-minute "made-to-measure" opera, titled
The Swing, for two singers, a speaking part, and piano accompaniment. It was commissioned
by and broadcast on the NBC television network. He also wrote The Pariahs, about
the sinking of the whaling ship Essex, a trilogy of operas about the Shakers known
under the collective title The Passion of Mother Ann: A Sacred Festival Play,
a children's opera called Professor Lookalike and the Children, a piano concerto,
sonatas for piano and violin, and three unproduced screenplays, Wedding at Cana,
Change of Heart, and Shakespeare's Dog. In a 2003 interview for the Criterion
Collection, he said that no producer wanted Wedding at Cana, just another Honeymoon
Killers - which he wrote and directed in 1970, which he did not want to do (?)
February 11th 1929.
2012: Peter Jones (49)
British drummer, born in Liverpool but moved to Australia; he started out
as a session drummer and 1994 replaced Paul Hester in Crowded House. After the
band split he played in Deadstar with Caroline Kennedy and Nick Seymour. He was
also a member of Harem Scarem and Stove Top, and recorded with rock band Lucy's
also played with Ross Hannaford, Rowland S. Howard, Lisa Miller, Kate Ceberano,
Tinpan Orange and Melbourne musician David Hosking (sadly
died fighting brain cancer) b. April 21st 1963.
2014: Anatoly Poperechny (79)
Russian poet and songwriter born in in Ukraine; he wrote the lyrics to the song
"Trava u doma"/"Grass By the Home", a major hit for the Russian
rock band Zemlyane in the early 80s. The
song tells about cosmonauts in the space longing for Earth, their homes and grass
near it and in 1983 the song was the finalist
of the of Pesnya goda/ "song of the year" festival. In 2009, the Russian
Federal Space Agency named "Trava u doma" the official anthem of Russian
cosmonauts (?) b. November
2014: Jerry Vale/Genaro Louis Vitaliano
(83) American singer, born in the Bronx, NYC.
He started singing in high school musicals and at local nightclubs. After
hearing Jerry, Paul Insetta, road manager for Guy Mitchell signed him to a management
contract, changed his name and got him a recording contract with Columbia. His
version of "The Star-Spangled Banner", recorded in 1963, was a fixture
at many sporting events for years. He sang the Late Night with David Letterman
anthem "It's a Late Night World" on the program's eighth anniversary
special in 1990 and also made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film Goodfellas
and the '95 film Casino, both directed by Martin Scorsese
died of natural causes in his sleep) b. July 8th
2015: Elbert West (47)
American country music singer-songwriter
Charles Ives (79) American modernist
composer born in Danbury, Connecticut. He is widely regarded as one of the first
American composers of international renown. His music was largely ignored during
his life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Over time, he
came to be regarded as an "American Original". He combined the American
popular and church-music traditions of his youth with European art music, and
was among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental
music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters,
aleatoric elements, and quarter tones, foreshadowing many musical innovations
of the 20th century. Sources
of Charless tonal imagery are hymn tunes and traditional songs, the town
band at holiday parade, the fiddlers at Saturday night dances, patriotic songs,
sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen Foster, such as "Holidays
Symphony" and arguably his best-known piece "Three Places in New England"
b. October 20th 1874
1969: Coleman Hawkins (64) US saxophonist, bandleader
born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, educated in Chicago; he was the first important
tenor saxophonist and he remains one of the greatest of all time, strongly associated
with the swing music and big band era, he began playing professionally in the
early 1920s joining the Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds in 1921, who he toured with
through 1923, when he settled in New York City, where he joined Fletcher Henderson's
Orchestra, staying until 1934, sometimes doubling on clarinet and bass sax. His
playing changed significantly during Louis Armstrong's tenure with the Henderson
Orchestra during 1924-25. In 1934, he accepted an invitation to play with Jack
Hylton's band in London, and toured Europe as a soloist until 1939, memorably
working with Django Reinhardt and Benny Carter in Paris in 1937. He
was important in the development of bebop in the 1940s and continued to be influenced
by the avant-garde jazz of the 1950s and '60s. In
the '40s he led a combo at Kelly's Stables on Manhattan's 52nd Street with Thelonious
Monk, Oscar Pettiford, Miles Davis, and Max Roach as sidemen. He was leader on
what is generally considered the first ever bebop recording session with Dizzy
Gillespie and Max Roach in 1944. Later he toured with Howard McGhee and recorded
with J. J. Johnson and Fats Navarro. He also toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic.
1948 Coleman recorded Picasso, an early piece for unaccompanied saxophone. After
which he divided his time between New York and Europe, making numerous freelance
recordings. The 1960s, saw him appearing regularly at the Village Vanguard in
b. November 21st 1904
Teddy Hill (68)
American bandleader born in Birmingham, Alabama ; he played a variety of instruments,
soprano and tenor saxophone, clarinet
and drums. Teddy formed his own band
in 1934, which soon found work over the NBC radio network. Over several years
it featured such major young musicians as Roy Eldridge, Bill Coleman, Frankie
Newton and Dizzy Gillespie. He was also well known for managing Minton's Playhouse
in Harlem, a nightclub where experimental jam sessions eventually led to the birth
of the lingua franca of jazz: bebop. (?)
b. December 7th 1909
Jimmy Lyons (54)
American alto saxophonist born in Jersey City,
New Jersey; he was best known for his long tenure in the Cecil Taylor Unit. During
the 70s he also had his own group with bassoonist Karen Borca and percussionist
Paul Murphy, taking performance opportunities at the loft jazz movement around
Studio Rivbea. His group and the Cecil T Unit continued a parallel development
through the 1970s and 1980s, often involving the same musicians, such as trumpeter
Raphe Malik and bassist William Parker (Jimmy sadly lost
his life to lung cancer) b. December 1st 1931.
1999: James Blades (97) English percussionist,
one of the most distinguished percussionists in Western music, with long and varied
career. His book Percussion Instruments and their History-1971 is a standard reference
work on the subject. Born
in Peterborough, he was a long-time associate of Benjamin Britten, with whom he
conceived many of the unusual percussion effects. In 1954, he was appointed Professor
of Percussion in the Royal Academy of Music. As a chamber musician he played with
the Melos Ensemble and with the English Chamber Orchestra. His pupils included
the rock drummers Carl Palmer, Richard James Burgess and Evelyn Glennie. His most
famous and widely heard performances were the sound of the African drum playing
"V-for-Victory" in Morse code- the introduction to the BBC broadcasts
made to the European Resistance during World War II, and providing the sound of
the gong seen at the start of Rank Organisation films, he played this sound on
a tam-tam, on screen his sound was mimed to by the "Gongman" (?)
September 9th 1901.
2001: Mike Sammes
(73) English musician and vocal session arranger.
From 1955 to the 1970s, he was responsible for much of the backing vocals on pop
music recorded in Britain. Also the founder of 'The Mike Sammes Singers' (?) b.
February 19th 1928.
Susannah McCorkle (55) American
jazz singer; she studied modern languages
at the University of California, in her home town of Berkeley and began singing
professionally after hearing recordings of Billie Holiday in the late 1960s. While
in the UK, she made two albums before moving back to the US, settling in New York.
With her linguistic skills, she translated lyrics of Brazilian, French, and Italian
songs, notably those for her Brazilian album 'Sabia'. She released 21 albums,
her two early
1990s albums "No More
Blues" and "Sábia", were enormously successful and made
her name known to the wider world. (surviving breast cancer,
suffered for many years from depression and took her own life by leaping off the
balcony of her 16th-floor apartment on West 86th Street in Manhattan)
b. January 1st 1946.
2003: Camoflauge/Jason Johnson (21) American
rapper, he started his rap career as he sold 20,000 copies of Crime Pay$, an album
he released with the hip-hop group Crime Affiliates. When "I Represent",
his solo album sold over 50,000 copies, Universal Music Group offered the rapper
a deal. However, when Camoflauge was arrested for possession of crack cocaine,
Universal did not pick up the option on his contract, even though the charges
were later dropped. He opened for heavyweight rap acts such as 8 Ball, MJG, Scarface,
Master P, Ice-T, Pastor Troy, Lil Boosie, Birdman, Trick Daddy, and Ludacris.
His last album, "Keepin It Real", was released in August 2002 (He
was gunned down outside of a recording studio) b.
December 9th 1981.
2003: Joe 'Guitar'
Hughes (65) American red hot blues guitarist, singer
from Houston, Texas. In the 1960s he worked for Little Richard's old group the
Upsetters, and next as a member of Bobby "Blue" Bland's band in the
1960s. From the early 1980s Joe toured Europe and recorded for Double Trouble
Records of Holland. They issued Texas Guitar Master in 1986, which included a
live "Battle of the Guitars" with fellow Texan bluesman Pete Mayes (heart
attack) b. Sept
2006: Freddie Garrity (65)
English lead singer with his band The Dreamers, known for his happy zany stage
acts and 'Do The Freddie' dance. His trademark was his habit of leaping up and
down during performances. This, combined with his almost skeletal appearance and
horn-rimmed glasses, made him an eccentric figure in the UK pop scene of the 1960s
(sadly died from heart problems) b.
Nov 14th 1936.
2009: John Nicholas Maw (73)
British composer born in Grantham, Lincolnshire; he attended the Royal Academy
of Music on Marylebone Road in London, then studied in Paris and for
the past 24 years he lived in Washington, DC. John is best known for the orchestral
pieces Odyssey-1987 and The World in the Evening -1988, the guitar work Music
of Memory -1989 and a violin concerto-1993 written for Joshua. From 1998 until
2008, he served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University,
where he taught music composition. He had previously served on the faculties of
Yale University, Bard College, Boston University, the Royal Academy of Music,
Cambridge University, and Exeter University. (sadly
died from heart failure with complications from diabetes)
b. November 5th 1935.
Kathy Kirby/Kathleen O'Rourke (72) British
singer born in Ilford, Essex, portrayed herself as a 'blonde bombshell', and was
often compared to Marilyn Monroe. In 1954, at 16, she went to watch the famous
bandleader Bert Ambrose at the Ilford Palais de Danse, and during the show
in an episode that went down in showbusiness legend she walked up to the
maestro and asked if she could sing with his band, Ambrose agreed. Her
renditions of two standards "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "All Of Me"
were greeted with wild applause. Ambrose, recognising a remarkable voice
and talent, immediately signed her up.
She remained with Ambrose's band for three years and he
became her lover and remained her manager
mentor until his death in 1971. She had 5
Top >>> Read
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illness) b. October 20th 1938.
Alda Noni (95) Italian soprano leggiero, one of the leading soubrette
of the immediate postwar period. Born
in Trieste, she She made her professional debut in Ljubljana in 1937, as Rosina,
later appearing in Zagreb and Belgrade. She sang at the Vienna State Opera from
1942-46, in Mozart, Rossini and lighter Donizetti roles, such as: Susanna, Zerlina,
Despina, Adina, Norina. She was chosen by Richard Strauss himself, to sing Zerbinetta
in 1944, to celebrate his 80th birthday. She sang widely in Italy, both on stage
and on radio broadcast, where she was admired in opera by Cimarosa, Paisiello,
and Fioravanti, often partnering Cesare Valletti and Sesto Bruscantini. She also
appeared in London, 1946, Glyndebourne, 1949, and made her Paris Opéra
debut in 1951, as Oscar, later singing Nanetta. She can be heard in many recordings
made for Cetra Records in the early 1950s, notably Le cantatrici villane, Le nozze
di Figaro, Il matrimonio segreto, L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale, I quatro rusteghi
(?) b. April 30th 1916.
2013: Gerald "Curley" Myers (93)
American guitarist, banjoist, singer and country music entertainer;
born in Boone County and grew up in Clinton County, he graduated from Frankfort
High School in 1938. He had started to sing at 8 and went on to play in bands,
country-comedy band Capn
Stubby & the Buccaneers and ran Shady Acres Ranch in Mulberry from 1949 to
in 1957 Channel 6 gave him his own show and in the
early 1960s, he played straight man to Fryars Harlow, Curley's signature
cowboy hat, song, calling all Buckaroo Buddies to the featured Westerns,
and antics with Hal Fryars character Harlow Hickenlooper made him an Indiana
TV legend for many (?) b.
April 1st 1920.
2014: Franz-Paul Decker (90)
German-born Canadian conductor born in Cologne, Germany, where he studied
at the Hochschule für Musik. He made his conducting début at the age
of 22 at the Cologne Opera, then four years later was appointed to the Staatsoper
Wiesbaden and subsequently to the positions of conductor of the Wiesbaden Symphony
Orchestra and Generalmusikdirecktor in Bochum. He was famous for his mastery and
approach to the music of Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner, Max
Reger and Gustav Mahler. His performances of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven were praised for their balance and clarity.
From the 50s to 2004 he worked with the Municipal Orchestra of Bochum, Rotterdam
Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Winnipeg
Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra (?) b. June 26th 1923.
Mike Stewart (41) New Zealand jazz saxophonist, big-band leader and
jazz lecturer, born in Invercargill, but moved to Adlelaide, Australia in 1994
to begin jazz studies at the Elder Conservatorium where he graduated with honours
before joining its teaching faculty. Mike
also worked in a variety of bands in Adelaide including Goose, the Marmalade Circus
as well as freelancing and pit work with local and international shows. In 2001
he won the Barossa Wine Makers Jazz Scholarship and moved to the US to study with
jazz master George Coleman. In 2006 he returned to Adelaide to rejoin teaching
staff at the Elder School of Music and became a significant presence on the local
music scene, leading groups including the Mike Stewart Big Band, his quartet Airbenders
and the merrymaking Adelaide Sax Pack. Also since 2007, he also was the states
jazz co-ordinator and brought performers to South Australia such as Bob Mintzer
and George Garzone (tragically Mike died suddenly of a suspected
heart attack while out jogging) b. 1963 ? .
of Bengal/Saifullah "Sam" Zaman
(50) British DJ
and music producer of Bangladesh descent associated with the UK and Asian Underground
movement. Born in Karachi, Pakistan and lived in Ankara, Amman, and Dhaka before
moving in London, UK at the age of 8. Sam was a core member of the League Of Joi
Bangla Youth Organisation' and 'Joi Bangla', a collective set up in 1983 to promote
Bengali culture to children in their local East London area; they made a TV appearance
on the BBC. In 1987, he set up the State of Bengal project in London after a visit
to Noakhali, Bangladesh, where he interacted with traditional folk musicians and
dancers. As State of Bengal, Sam was the key music producer / DJ at the legendary
Anokha music nights, hosted at the Blue Note in London's East End during the mid-1990s.
His tracks "Flight IC408" and "Chittagong
Chill" were hailed as groundbreaking, and became the anthem to a generation
and movement. (sadly
died of a cardiac arrest)
b. April 16th 1965.
2015: Bruce Lundvall (79)
American record company executive, best known for his period as the President
and CEO of the Blue Note Label Group. He began his music career in marketing at
Columbia Records where he remained for 21 years, becoming President of the domestic
division of CBS Records in 1976. In the course of his tenure, he built Columbia's
jazz roster into the largest of any major label. In a career spanning half a century,
Bruce signed a wide array of artists, including Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock,
Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, James Taylor, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves,
Richard Marx, Natalie Cole, Cassandra Wilson, Anita Baker, and Norah Jones. He
headed the following labels: Blue Note Records (jazz), Angel Records (classical),
and Manhattan Records (adult pop). Bruce also served as chairman of the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA), Chairman of the Country Music Association
(CMA) and Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
He received three Grammy nominations and a NARM presidential award. He was
a member of the Jazz Foundation of America Board of Directors Advisory Committee.
() b. September 13th 1935.
James King (57) American bluegrass singer, born into a musical family
in Martinsville, Virginia and grew up in Carroll County. He established himself
as a Bluegrass singer in his early years in a band with T.J. and Bobby Lundy and
James also recorded music with Ralph Stanley in the 1980s, and in the 1990s Dudley
Connell helped him with an introduction to Ken Irwin at Rounder Records. In 1997
his James King Band was named Emerging Artist of the Year through
the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and he has continued touring
and making records ever since. His album, Three Chords and the Truth
received a nomination at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Best
Bluegrass Album. In September 2014 the Virginia Folk
Music Association in Chester, VA inducted James into the Virginia Country Music
Hall of Fame. (sadly James
died from liver disease) b. September 9th 1958.
Guo Song (85) Chinese famous folk singer born in Liaoning. He was exposed
to diverse folk music, particularly local Northeast Chinese folk music, since
his childhood. His music talents landed him a job with the Songjiangruyi Song
and Dance Ensemble as a solo singer in 1953. In 1956 he rose to fame with his
newly arranged Northeast folk song, "Loss of My Finger Ring," which
he sang at the 1st Chinese Music Week. A prolific songwriter, Guo Song has written
over 50 popular songs, like "A New Street Vendor," "The Boat Song
Of Wusuli River," "Visiting My Neighbors," and "Beautiful
Landscapes Make Us Drunk". Over his long and successful career he toured
many foreign countries. (?) b.
2016: John Berry (52)
American guitarist, vocalist and original member of hip-hop group the Beastie
Boys and is credited with coming up with the name Beastie Boys when they were
teenagers. He attended the Walden School in New York with Mike Diamond. The group
formed in July 1981 as The Young Aborigines, with John and Diamond joined by Adam
Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. Their first shows took place at Berry's old loft
at the corner of West 100th Street and Broadway in Manhattans Upper West
Side, where a small crowd gathered to hear the fledgling hardcore/punk band. Young
Aborigines played a few gigs before John changed their name to the Beastie Boys
and he played on the Beastie Boys' first seven-inch EP Polly Wog Stew, but he
left the group shortly after. John was a member of several other bands, including
Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe. (sadly
John died from frontal lobe dementia) b. 1964
1964: Rudy Lewis (28) American
singer with The Clara Ward Singers before becoming lead singer of The Drifters
from 1960 to 1964, he is featured on such songs as the hits "Some Kind of
Wonderful," "Please Stay," "On Broadway," and "Up
on the Roof," as well as B-sides and outtakes such as "She Never Talked
to Me That Way," "Stranger on the Shore," "Somebody New Dancing
with You," and "Mexican Divorce." (sadly
he was found dead in his bed on the morning they recorded 'Under The Boardwalk',
Johnny Moore, stepped into the breach. Some accounts say the cause was a drug
overdose, while others who knew him say that Ruby who was a binge eater, choked
to death in his sleep)
b. August 23th 1936.
1967: Manuel Fernandez
(23) Spanish electric organist and founder member of the Spanish
beat group Los Bravos. Their single "Black Is Black" reached No.2 in
the UK in July 1966, and No.4 in the US,
the first Spanish group to achieve this. The song sold over one million copies
world wide. Their follow-up single, "I
Don't Care", reached No.16 in the UK later that same year
(sadly Manuel committed suicide after the tragic death of his bride Lottie Rey
in an car accident) b. September 29th 1943.
1995: Ulysses Simpson Kay (78)
born in Tucson, Arizona, and went for graduate
work to the Eastman School of Music. After a stint as a musician in the Navy during
the World War II, Ulysses studied at Columbia University. He went on to work for
Broadcast Music, Inc., a performing arts organization, from 1953 to 1968. In 1968
he was appointed distinguished professor at Lehman College of the City University
of New York. After two decades teaching there, he retired. As
a composer, his music is mostly neoclassical in style, he was known primarily
for his symphonic and choral compositions. He also wrote five operas. His final
opera, Frederick Douglass, was mounted in April 1991 at the New Jersey State Opera
b. January 7th 1917.
2000: Jean-Pierre Rampal (78) French flute
virtuoso born in Marseille; one of history's greatest flute players, and among
the most recorded classical artists of all time. His first commercial recording,
made in 1946 for the Boite a Musique label in Montparnasse, Paris, was of Mozart's
Flute Quartet in D, with the Trio Pasquier. Among composers, Mozart was to remain
his principal love. He was devoted to chamber music, founding the French Wind
Quintet/Quintette à Vent Française in 1945 and the Ensemble Baroque
de Paris in 1953. (died in Paris of heart failure)
b. January 7th 1922.
2001: Renato Carosone
(81) Italian pianist, singer; among the greatest figures of Italian
music scene in the second half of the 20th century, regarded as the father of
Neapolitan singing, bringing elements of jazz and swing into traditional, Italian
songbook . His song "Torero" remained for 14 weeks at No.1 on the US
hit parade was translated into 12 languages and no fewer than thirty cover versions
were recorded in the USA alone. (complications from a long-term
respiratory illness) b. January 3rd 1920.
2004: Tony Stough (50)
American guitarist with Plush, The Edge and Wabash (Liver
Gesang Martohartono (92) renowned Indonesian
singer-songwriter from central Java, and he composed the song Bengawan Solo, a
tune which has become famous throughout Indonesia, Japan, and much of Asia. In
1991, a group of appreciative Japanese war veterans arranged for a life-sized
statue of Gesang to be erected in a Surakarta park, to mark their respects for
the composer of the tune that had managed to cross the cultural barriers of wartime.
Gesang is regarded as the leading exponent and senior figurehead of the Solonese
kroncong style of Javanese music (?)
b. October 1st
Carrie Smith (86) American
blues and jazz singer born in Fort Gaines and
in 1957 she
performed at the Newport Jazz Festival as a member
of a church choir. She became internationally known in 1974 when she played Bessie
Smith in Dick Hyman's Satchmo Remembered at Carnegie Hall. After which she launched
a solo career, performing with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Tyree Glenn-1973,
Yank Lawson-1987, Bross Townsend, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band in addition
to numerous solo albums (?)
2012: Robin Gibb (62) British
singer and songwriterand founder member of The Bee Gees; born in Douglas on the
Isle of Man, but his family moved to Manchester where at aged 8, Robin started
out performing alongside his brothers as a child act encouraged by their father
Hugh, a drummer and band leader. The family then moved to Australia in 1958, where
the brothers continued to perform and eventually took the name Bee Gees, an abbreviation
of brothers Gibb. In 1963 their first single, "The Battle of The Blue and
The Grey", made the charts in Sydney and led to an appearance on a local
TV station. In 1965 their single "The Spicks and Specks" gave them their
first Australian No.1. Dreaming of more than the Australian market, they returned
to the UK in 1966 where they were auditioned by impresario Robert Stigwood, who
got them a recording contract with Polydor, here they had their first major hit
with "To Love Somebody", co-written by Robin, followed by hits including
"I've Gotta Get a Message to You", "Massachusetts", "Words"
and "World". But the lead vocals were credited Barry, this eventually
led to tension and in 1969, Robin left the group... >>>
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pneumonia while bravely battling against cancer)
b. December 22nd 1949.
2012: Howard S. "Howie"
Richmond (94) American music publisher and music
industry executive, born in NYC. He established The Richmond Organization-TRO,
one of the largest independent music publishing organizations in the world, and
had a hand in commercialising and promoting many pop, folk and rock songs since
He began working in the music business in 1935, soon establishing his own press
office in New York City to publicise clients who included Glenn Miller, Frank
Sinatra, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, and Woody Herman. One key to his expansion
was his emphasis on promoting records through radio stations and their disc jockeys,
rather than on promoting songs through live performances. Throughout the 50s and
60s, many of the pop songs published by Richmond found success including "I
Believe", "Fly Me To The Moon", "As Long As He Needs Me",
"What Kind Of Fool Am I?", and "Those Were The Days", as well
as songs initiated by Ledbetter, Guthrie, Seeger and others such as "If I
Had a Hammer", "Rock Island Line", "We Shall Overcome"
and "Turn! Turn! Turn!". He developed the company's interests outside
America, working with English and French songwriters such as Lionel Bart, Anthony
Newley and Charles Aznavour. In the 1960s and 1970s, he developed links with writers
such as Shel Silverstein and, through the subsidiary company Essex Music, UK rock
musicians including Pink Floyd, The Who, David Bowie, The Moody Blues and Black
b. January 18th 1918.
Anders Eliasson (66) Swedish composer born in Borlänge; at aged
9 he began the trumpet and started up a small jazz orchestra, aged 10 he was writing
arrangements; then aged 14 he went on to learn harmony and counterpoint, followed
by 5 years intensive work on Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso and above all Johann
Sebastian Bach. In 1991 he was composer in residence at the Lapland Festival in
Arjeplog and visiting professor at Sibelius Academy Helsinki in the academic year
93/94. An amazing thirtyseven of his works
were performed at the 1996 International Composer´s
Festival Stockholm. Since 2005, Anders has been composer-in-residence of the New
York based Arcos Chamber Ensemble (?)
b. April 3rd 1947.
2013: Zachary David Sobiech (18)
American pop singer, guitarist and founding member of the
group A Firm Handshake. In May 2012 his doctors informed him that he had up to
a year to live. Stating that he was no good at writing letters, he would write
songs for people. He recorded the song "Clouds" and released it as a
YouTube video which then went viral surpassing 3 million views at the time of
his death (At the age of 13, tragically Zachary was
diagnosed with osteosarcoma. During his treatment he bravely under went 10 surgeries
and 20 rounds of chemotherapy) b. May 3rd 1995
Ray Manzarek (74) American rock musician, keyboardist,
singer, producer, film director and author, he
was raised on the South Side of Chicago and learnt to play the piano at an early
age. He played in shows as a teenager while attending High School and DePaul University
where he graduated with a degree in economics. From 1962-65, Ray studied in the
Department of Cinematography at the University of California, L.A., where he met
film student Jim Morrison. Jim told Ray he had written some songs, and upon hearing
Jim sing a rough version of "Moonlight Drive" Ray along with Jim, co-founded
the Doors at that very moment. Soon after Ray met drummer John Densmore and guitarist
Robby Krieger at a Transcendental Meditation lecture, liking them, he asked the
two musicians to join the band. The Doors lacked a bassist, so Ray usually played
the bass parts on a Fender Rhodes piano and his signature sound is that of the
Vox Continental combo >>> READ
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died while fighting bile duct cancer) b. February
Coven (54) American
rock bass guitarist, born in Great Neck; in 1965 at 5yrs old, his parents took
him for his first concert experience, The Beatles at Shea Stadium. When the movie
Woodstock came out he was at the preview in New York again with his parents and
that was it! He and his brother Les... played together, Randy on the drums, his
brother on the guitar. So here enters "The Bass", which he played in
several high school bands. In 1978 he attended the renowned Berklee School of
Music in Boston where he was surrounded by an impressive list of soon-to-be renowned
musicians Steve Vai, Steve Smith, Victor Bailey, Jeff Berlin, etc. He formed a
life friendship with fellow student Steve Vai. >>>
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(?) b. 1960.
James Robert "Bob" Belden (58) American
saxophonist, arranger, composer, bandleader, and producer, may be best-known for
his Grammy Award winning jazz orchestral recording, Black Dahlia. Born in Evanston,
Illinois, and raised in the Charleston, South Carolina. He attended the University
of North Texas before joining the Woody Herman band. In 2008, he arranged and
produced Miles Davis from India, a world fusion music recording based on the compositions
of Miles Davis for which he assembled a group made up of Davis alumni and musicians
from India. In addition to his work as arranger, composer, conductor and A &
R director, he contributed numerous liner notes for noted recordings, such as
"Lou's Blues" by Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra. Some
of his liner notes have received Grammy Awards. In early 2015 Bob became the first
American musician in 35 years to bring a band from the USA to perform in Iran.
Bob died from a heart attack)
b. October 31st 1956.
1957: Alexander Vertinsky (68)
Russian poet, singer, composer, cabaret artist and actor born in Kiev, Ukraine,
then part of the Russian Empire. In 1916, he started out as a scenic figure of
Pierrot, with powdered face, singing miniature novellas-in-song known as ariettas,
or "Pierrot's doleful ditties". In 1923 he performed in Poland and Germany,
then moved to Paris, where he would perform before the Russian émigré
clientele at Montmartre cabarets for nine years. In 1926 he made one of the earliest
recordings of the song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu"/"Endless Road" (which,
with English lyrics by was a major hit for Mary Hopkin in 1968 as Those Were the
several successful tours in the Middle East, Vertinsky followed the majority of
well-to-do Russians to the USA, where he debuted before the audience which included
Rachmaninoff, Chaliapin, and Marlene Dietrich. In 1943 the Soviet government allowed
Alexander to return to Russia. Despite lack of media coverage, he performed about
two thousand concerts in the USSR, touring from Sakhalin to Kaliningrad. In order
to feed his family, he also appeared in Soviet films, often playing prerevolutionary
aristocrats, as in the screen version of Chekhov's "Anna on the Neck"-1955.
His role of an anti-Communist cardinal in "The Doomed Conspiracy" won
him the Stalin Prize for 1951. (?)
b. March 21st 1889.
1973: Vaughn Monroe (61) American baritone singer, trumpet player and
big band leader, born in Akron, Ohio. He recorded extensively for RCA Victor until
the 1950s and his signature tune was "Racing with the Moon". He recorded
hit song "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" but turned down "Rudolph
The Red Nose Reindeer". He hosted The Vaughn Monroe Show on CBS television
from 195051 and from 195455, and also appeared on Bonanza and The
Mike Douglas Show, as well as The Ed Sullivan Show, Texaco Star Theatre, The Jackie
Gleason Show, The Tonight Show, and American Bandstand. Vaughn has been honoured
with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording and radio.(?) b.
October 7th 1911.
1976: Harold Blair AM (51)
Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, born on the Cherbourg Aboriginal
Reserve, near Murgon in Queensland. His mother entered domestic service, leaving
Harold, aged 2, at the mission. He left school at 16, gaining employment as a
farm labourer. He entered a radio amateur hour talent quest in early 1945, and
attracted a record tally of listeners' votes. A group of trade unionists, academics
and musicians formed a trust to sponsor his musical career. He entered the Melba
Conservatorium in Melbourne in 1945 and earned a Diploma of Music with honours
in 1949. In 1950, Harold was invited to study in the United States by the noted
African-American singer Todd Duncan, where he studied at the Juilliard School,
New York. While in New York he sang in a church in Harlem, and entered into the
community life. He was impressed how people of all races participated at all levels
of society. In 1951 the Australian Broadcasting Commission offered Blair a three-year
singing contract, commencing with an extensive tour. By the end of the tour he
had lost his voice. Breaking the contract, he was prohibited from professionally
singing for three years. He later became a teacher at the Conservatorium in Melbourne,
and served on the Aboriginal Arts Board. He was was appointed a Member of the
Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours of 1976 (?)
b. September 13th 1924.
Paul Delph (39) US singer, songwriter, producer, engineer and much
in demand studio musician born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he relocated to LA for his
musical career. Artists Paul worked with include Bryan Adams, Jon Anderson, Roy
Thomas Baker, Toni Basil, Bob Esty, Peter Banks, Peabo Bryson, Richard Burmer,
Mike Chapman, Ava Cherry, Alice Cooper, Michael Des Barres, Rhett Davies, Roberta
Flack, John Goodsall, Sam Harris, Phyllis Hyman, Alfonso Johnson, Johnny Mandel,
Martin Page, The Pointer Sisters, Suzi Quatro, Robbie Robertson, Jimmie Spheeris,
Donna Summer, Bernie Taupin, Chester Thomson, Gino Vannelli, The Weather Girls,
Gary Wright and Alee Willis. Paul's
final album, 'A God That Can Dance', released in 1995, chronicles his struggle
with HIV/AIDS (complications of HIV/AIDS) b. February
"Bugz" Pitts (21) American rapper and hip hop artist; was
a former member of the rap group D12. "Detroit, Detroit" and "These
Streets" were his street singles. (Shot to death when
he tried to help a friend in Detroit's Belle Isle Park)
b. Jan 5th 1978.
2006: Billy Walker (77)
American country singer, guitarist; best-known for his hit, "(I'd
Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes". Billy was an active member of the Grand
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died in a car accident in Fort Deposit, Alabama, on his way back to Nashville
after a performance in Foley. His wife Bettie, bassist, and guitarist, were also
killed in the crash. His grandson, Joshua Brooks, survived the crash)
b. Jan 14th 1929
Charles Lilly Jr (44) American bassist to Billy Walker (car
crash: as above) b. July 14th 1961
Daniel Patton (40) American guitarist to Billy Walker (car
crash: as above) b. Nov 15th 1945
Michelle Meldrum (39) American rock guitarist born in Detroit, her
family moved to L.A., when she was 13, and she started playing guitar at age 14.
Her first move into the music business was forming thrash metal band Wargod, then
moved on to become both co-founder and lead guitarist in Phantom Blue, an all-female
heavy metal band. They released their self-titled debut album in 1989 and toured
internationally with much success. Michelle
married Europe guitarist John Norum in 1995 and they moved to Sweden where she
went on to form Meldrum, a multi-national hard rock band. In 2005, Meldrum toured
for three months with Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, appearing in sold out
venues across the US and Europe. In the fall of 2005, Meldrum joined Motörhead
as special guests on their 30th anniversary tour throughout Europe. Meldrum has
also toured with Sepultura, Danzig and Nashville Pussy, among others. Also, Michelle
performed with her former Phantom Blue band mate Linda McDonald and The Iron Maidens
on a handful of gigs in late 2006 (Sadly
she died from cystic growth on the brain) b.
September 28th 1968.
2012: Eddie Blazonczyk
aka Eddy Bell (70) American polka guitarist and singer, born in Chicago.
His album, Another Polka Celebration won the 1986 Grammy in the Polka Category
and he was awarded a National End Ronnoment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship
in 1998. Before becoming a polka artist, and founding Chicago-based Bel-Aire Records
in 1963, he recorded under the name Eddy Bell for Mercury Records and Lucky Four
Records (died from natural causes) b.
July 12th 1941.
Trevor Bolder (62) English rock bassist,
musician, songwriter and record producer, born in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire.
is best known for his long association with Uriah Heep and his tenure with The
Spiders from Mars, the one-time backing band for David Bowie, although he also
played alongside a variety of musicians from the early 1970s. He
first came to prominence in The Rats, which also featured Mick Ronson on lead
guitar. His big break arrived in 1971, when he replaced Tony Visconti in David
Bowie's backing band, which would soon be known as the Spiders from Mars. His
bass and occasional trumpet work appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory, The
Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin
Ups, the Spiders' swan song with their leader >>>
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died fighting cancer) b. June 9th 1950.
Mack Emerman (89) American trumpet player and
music studio owner born in Erie, Penns; Emerman began his career in music while
attending Duke University, where he led his own big band. He
moved South Florida in 1950 where in 1959 he created
Criteria Studios in North Miami. It
was a modest single-room studio setup. But after forming a partnership with legendary
Miami-bred producer Tom Dowd, Criteria became the headquarters for Atlantic Records
South, becoming a massive operation that produced dozens of major international
hits by Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and so many others.
(sadly Mack died with complications from pneumonia)
2013: Phil Buerstatte (46) American
heavy metal rock drummer
and as a member of the Grammy-nominated New York City metal band White Zombie
from 1992 to 1994. Before
joining White Zombie, he was one of the founding members of the Madison hard rock
act Last Crack, which found success in the late 1980s and early 1990s (?)
b. April 7th 1967.
2014: Martin Lister (52) German keyboardist
for German synthpop group Alphaville. He joined Alphaville in 1995 when the group,
which didnt tour regularly during its 80s heyday, began to play regularly,
working as both keyboardist and musical director for the bands tours in
the 90s and 2000s. He is credited on Alphavilles Visions of Dreamscapes
and Crazyshow and was heavily involved in 2010 comeback record Catching Rays on
Giant, even singing lead vocals on Call Me Down (?)
2015: Mac Poole
(69) British drummer, (sadly died fighting throat
2015: Twinkle (66)
British singer-songwriter (sadly died while fighting cancer) b.
Martin Kitcher (53) British singer-songwriter.
Darius Minwalla (39) American drummer
Nicholas "Nick" Menza (51) German-born American drummer born
in Munich, West Germany and the son of jazz musician Don Menza. He learnt the
drums as a young boy but started his professional musical career at the age of
18 drumming in the band Rhoads featuring singer Kelle Rhoads, brother of the late
Randy Rhoads, Nick released his first record with Rhoads called "Into the
Future" in Europe. He moved on to session playing, his styles ranging from
R&B to gospel, funk and heavy metal, recording with the likes of John Fogerty,
and caught the attention of then Megadeth drummer Chuck Behler and became his
tech. He eventually joined the band first playing live with Megadeth in May 1988
in Bradford, England. He recorded drums on four of their albums: Rust in Peace
in 1990, Countdown to Extinction in 1992, Youthanasia in 1994 and Cryptic Writings
in 1997. In 1998 Nick had a tumor removed from his knee and was not asked back
into Megadeth. He went on to perform and/or record with Marty Fiedman, Menza,
Chodle's Trunk, Fear Assembly, after which he joined Memorain from 20052008,
Orphaned to Hatred from 20062010, Deltanaut from 20062016 and OHM
from 2015-2016. (sadly Nick died from
heart failure) b.
July 23rd 1964.
1965: Christopher Stone (82) British broadcaster,
the first disc jockey in the UK; In 1906 he published a book of Sea songs and
ballads and became the London editor of The Gramophone. He
approached the BBC himself with the idea for a record programme, which the corporation
initially dismissed, but he managed to convince them and on July 7th 1927 he started
playing records on air. His relaxed, conversational style was exceptional at a
time when most of the BBC's presentation was extremely formal, and his programmes
became highly popular as a result. He did wear a dinner jacket and tie when he
presented though. In 1934 Chris joined the commercial station Radio Luxembourg
and was barred at the time by the BBC. He went on to work for various radio stations
pioneering music space on radio (?)
b. Sept 19th 1882
1977: Hampton Hawes (48)
American bebop and hard-bop jazz pianist, born in LA, California and recognized
as one of the finest and most influential of the 1950s. Entirely self-taught,
by his teens he was playing with the leading jazz musicians on the West Coast,
including Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Teddy Edwards.
At 19, he was playing for eight months with the Howard McGhee Quintet at the Hi
De Ho Club, in a group that included Charlie Parker. After serving in the U.S.
army in Japan from 195254, Hampton formed his own trio, with the bassist
Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson. The three-record Trio sessions made by
this group in 1955 on Contemporary Records were considered some of the finest
records to come out of the West Coast at the time. The next year, he added guitarist
Jim Hall for the All Night Sessions - three records made during a non-stop recording
session at the Contemporary Studios in LA. In
1956, he won the 'New Star of the Year' award in Down Beat magazine, and 'Arrival
of the Year' in Metronome magazine. The following year, he recorded in New York
City with Charles Mingus on the album "Mingus Three". After 3 years
in prison for drugs, he resumed playing and recording. During a world tour in
1967-68, Hampton was surprised to discover that he had become a legend among jazz
listeners overseas and during a ten-month tour of Europe, Asia and the Middle
East, he recorded nine albums, played sold out shows and concert halls in ten
Hampton died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage)
Steven DeGroote (35) South African classical pianist born in Johannesburg;
he excelled in his career and after winning the Van Cliburn, his international
career took him global, playing with nearly all the major orchestras around the
world. In 1981, he joined the faculty of Arizona State University and divided
his time between performing and teaching. In 1987, he succeeded Lili Kraus as
artist-in-residence at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. (he
was hospitalized with tuberculosis and pneumonia. He died in Johannesburg from
multiple organ failure) b. 1953
2005: Thurl Ravenscroft (91) American voice
actor, singer and for 53 years, he was best-known as the voice of Tony the Tiger
in more than 500 television commercials for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, also the
uncredited vocalist of the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the
Christmas television special based on the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole
Christmas! His name was accidentally left out of the credits.He also sang bass
on Rosemary Clooney's This Ole House which went to No.1 in both the U.S. and UK
in 1954. He left Norfolk, Nebraska, for California in 1933. He achieved early
success as part of a singing group called The Mellomen. The Mellomen can be heard
on many popular recordings of the Big Band Era, including backup for Bing Crosby,
Jones, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford and Rosemary
Clooney. Among his vast credits are the voice of "Buff", the buffalo
head in the Country Bear Jamboree; lead vocalist on the theme song Grim Grinning
Ghosts in the Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor; both "Fritz", the German-accented
parrot, and one of the Polynesian god totems in the Enchanted Tiki Room; Narrator
on the Disneyland Railroad; the original voice of the First Mate on the Mark Twain
Riverboat; several singing pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction;
the singer of the theme song for "The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure",
the Hardy Boys serial from the Mickey Mouse Club TV show; the singing frogs in
Splash Mountain and one of the bass voices in the chorus of "it's a small
world". He is sometimes mistaken for Paul Frees, who provides the "Ghost
Host" narration for the Haunted Mansion attraction, because Ravenscroft was
the narrator on Disney's The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion vinyl record.
He also provided narration on the original Pirates of the Caribbean vinyl recording,
as well as singing several pirate-themed songs (Thurl
died while fighting prostate cancer)
February 6th 1914.
Jack Fallon (90) Canadian-UK jazz bassist born in London,
played violin before making double-bass his primary instrument at age 20. During
World War II he played in a dance band in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and settled
in Britain after his discharge. He joined the band of Ted Heath in 1946, and played
bebop in London clubs in his spare time. In 1947 he played with Ronnie Scott and
Tommy Whittle at the Melody Maker/Columbia Jazz Rally, and following this worked
with Jack Jackson, George Shearing and Django Reinhardt, Count Basie, Hoagy Carmichael,
Maxine Sullivan and Stéphane Grappelli. In the 1950s he worked as an accompanist
to Mary Lou Williams, Sarah Vaughan, and Lena Horne, and served as a sideman in
the ensembles of Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Baker, and Ralph Sharon, as well as
a house bassist at Lansdowne Studios. He worked with blues musicians such as Big
Bill Broonzy and Josh White, and played with Johnny Duncan's Blue Grass Boys.
Jack continued to play jazz locally in London and in the studios into the 1990s
and published a memoir entitled "From the Top" in 2005 (?)
b. October 13th 1915.
2009: Zé Rodrix/José Rodrigues Trindade
(61) Brazilian composer, instrumentalist and singer born in f Rio de
Janeiro. He was well known in his native country for performing and recording
with musical ensembles Sá, Rodrix e Guarabyra, Som Imaginário and
Momento Quatro. From 1973 he also persued a solo career releasing 10 albums the
last being 18 Anos Sem Sucesso - with Joelho de Porco in 1988 (?)
November 25th 1947
Joseph Brooks (73) American Grammy-winning songwriter, born in New
York City. In the 1960s, Joseph composed advertising jingles for clients including
Pepsi - "You've Got a Lot to Live" and Maxwell House - "Good to
the Last Drop Feeling". He received numerous Clio Awards for his work, as
well as a People's Choice Award.
He composed the song "You Light Up My
Life" for the film of the same name that he also wrote, directed, and produced.
In October '77 reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and held the position
for 10 consecutive weeks, then the longest No.1 run in the chart's history. With
sales of over four million copies in the U.S. alone, the song ultimately became
the biggest hit of the 1970s. The song also earned him a Grammy Award for Song
of the Year, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe
Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award. Joseph
composed music for the film The Lords of Flatbush and also directed other films
and Broadway shows, including In My Life (sadly Joseph was
found dead from an apparent suicide. His body was discovered with a note, in his
Upper East Side apartment) b. March 11th 1938.
2011: Pilu Momtaz (52)
Bangladeshi pop singer born in Dhaka; in the newly independent Bangladesh,
Pila, along with her peers- Azam Khan, Ferdous Wahid, Fakir Alamgir and Najma
Zaman, initiated 'Bangla Pop' that attained mass popularity. Her hits included
Ekdin Tho Choley Jabo, Chara Gaachh-e Phool Phuitachhey,
Majhi Nao Chhaira Dey, Rita Choley Jeo Na and more and
covers of familiar folk songs Orey Sampanwala and Nani Go Nani
amplified her fame. Her
last stage performance was a with Ferdous Wahid and Fakir Alamgir at last year's
'Citycell-Channel i Music Awards'. The trio dedicated their performance of the
classic Ek Second-er Nai Bhorosha to their late friend, singer Firoz
Shai (Pilu died of a heart attack) b.
2012: Janet Carroll (71)
American singer and actress in born in Chicago, a versatile performer whose
professional career spanned more than four decades and included major roles in
Broadway musicals such as Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!, Mame,
South Pacific and The Pajama Game, before moving to California, where she won
a Drama-Logue Award for her performance as Klytemnestra in Ezra Pounds Elektraand
Hollywood productions, Janet is perhaps most recognized for her portrayal of Joel's-Tom
Cruise's, mother in the 1983 film Risky Business (sadly
died from a brain tumor) b. December 24th 1940.
2013: Henri Dutilleux (97) French composer;
he studied harmony, counterpoint and piano with Victor Gallois at the Douai Conservatory
before leaving for Paris. In 1938 he won the Prix de Rome for his cantata L'anneau
du roi but did not complete the entire residency in Rome due to the outbreak of
World War II. Henri worked as Head of Music Production for French Radio from 1945
to 1963 and served as Professor of Composition at the École Normale de
Musique de Paris from 1961 to 1970. He was appointed to the staff of the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique in 1970 and was composer in residence at
Tanglewood in 1995 and 1998. Invited by Walter Fink, he was the 16th composer
featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau Musik Festival
in 2006 (?) b. January 22nd
1973: Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips (65) English
jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in London. He learned violin and piano as
a child, and played reeds in his teens in his brother's European band. He also
worked as a publisher and director for the Edison-Bell Gramophone Company. Sid's
first recordings under his own name were made in 1928, and he continued to record
as a leader into the 1970s. In
1930 he began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose, and joined Ambrose's ensemble
in 1933, remaining there until 1937. Late in the 1930s Sid played in the US on
radio and freelance in clubs. He served in the RAF during World War II, then put
together his own quartet in 1946 and wrote several pieces for the BBC Symphony
Orchestra. He led a Dixieland jazz band of his own formation from 1949, and his
sidemen included George Shearing, Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, and Kenny Ball.
One of Sid's popular songs, "Boogie Man", appears on the Galaxy News
Radio Station on the popular Role-Playing Shooter Game, Fallout 3 (?)
b. June 14th 1907.
Moms Mabley/Loretta Mary Aiken (81) American standup
comedian, singer and a pioneer of the "Chitlin' Circuit" of African-American
vaudeville. Moms became one of the most successful entertainers of the Chitlin'
circuit, earning US$10,000 a week at Harlem's Apollo Theater at the height of
her career. She made her New York City debut at Connie's Inn in Harlem. In the
1960s, she become known to a wider white audience, playing Carnegie Hall in 1962,
and making a number of mainstream TV appearances, particularly her multiple appearances
on the The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour when that CBS show was the number one
show on television in the late 1960s, which introduced her to a whole new Boomer
was billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World", and she tackled topics
too edgy for many other comics of the time, including racism. She added the occasional
satirical song to her jokes; her version of "Abraham, Martin and John"
reached No.35 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1969. At 75 years of age,
Moms became the oldest person ever to have a US Top 40 hit.
died of heart failure)
b. March 19th 1894.
Will Sin/William Sinnott (30) Scottish bass player and keyboardist
in alternative dance act - experimental electronic music band, The Shamen. He
wrote several agit-pop style songs for the albums 'In Gorbachev We Trust' and
'Phorward', before developing a more tribal influenced sound for the instrumental
pieces such as "Lightspan" and "Evil is Even" on the album
En-Tact (Will tragically drowned off the coast of La Gomera, in the Canary Island
while filming the group's videos). b. December 23rd 1960
Kempff (95) German
and composer, born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, but grew up in nearby Potsdam.
In 1917, he made his first major recital, consisting of major works, including
Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata and Brahms Variations on a theme of Paganini.
Wilhelm toured very widely in Europe and much of the rest of the world. Although
his repertory included Bach, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms, he was particularly
well-known for his interpretations of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz
Schubert, both of whose complete sonatas he recorded at least once.
He still performed at the age of 80 with his friend Leonard Bernstein in New York
City (?) b. November
1994: Joe Pass (65)
American jazz guitarist born in New Brunswick, New Jersey; his extensive
use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, and use of
a chord-melody style of play opened up new possibilities for jazz guitar and had
a profound influence on future guitarists. He was a sideman or recorded with Louis
Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis,
Benny Carter, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie,
Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and many others and worked on TV shows including
the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Steve
Allen Show, and others. (?) b.
Jan 13th 1929
Atahualpa Yupanqui/Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburu (84) Argentine
singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer, considered by many the most important
Argentine folk musician of the 20th century. Born in Pergamino in the Argentine
pampas, he moved with his family to Tucumán when he was ten. In his early
years, he travelled extensively through the northwest of Argentina and the Altiplano,
studying the indigenous culture. In 1931, he took part in the failed Kennedy brothers
uprising against the de facto government of José Félix Uriburu in
support of deposed president Hipólito Yrigoyen and was forced to seek refuge
in Uruguay, returning to Argentina in 1934. He went on to perform in many parts
of the world including France, Spain, Colombia, Japan, Morocco, Egypt, Israel,
and Italy and at Édith Piaf's invitation he traveled to Paris to perform
with her in 1950. In 1985, the Konex Foundation granted him the Diamond Konex
Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Argentina, as
the most important Popular Musician in the last decade in his country. (?)
January 31st 1908.
2001: Tommy Eyre (51) English keyboardist,
sessionist, producer and arranger born in Sheffield, Yorkshire; he appeared on
records with dozens of artists such as Joe Cocker, John Martyn, Alex Harvey, Greg
Lake, Gary Moore, B.B. King, John Mayall, Tracy Chapman and was keyboardist for
Wham!. He appeared on many chart-toppers including Joe Cocker's 'With A Little
Help From My Friends' and Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' ...
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(so sadly Tommy died while bravely battling cancer)
b. June 5th 1949.
2008: Bruce "Utah" Phillips (73) American
folk singer and political activist born in Cleveland, Ohio; a labor organizer,
folk singer, storyteller, poet and the "Golden Voice of the Great Southwest",
he became an elder statesman for the folk music community, and a keeper of stories
and songs that might otherwise have passed into obscurity including including
"Hallelujah, I'm a Bum",
"The Preacher and the Slave", and "Bread and Roses''. Bruce released
17 albums between 1992 and 2001 (sadly died of heart failure) b.
May 15th 1935.
2008: Earl Root (46) American
heavy metal guitarist with Aesma Daeva; a key contributor to the mid west Metal
Scene, he helped form the first Milwaukee Metal Fest, and for 27 years he ran
The Root of all Evil Radio show at KFAI, where he helped promote, interview and
break many new underground acts. (complications of non-Hodgkin
lymphoma) b. 1962
Jean Morrison (59) New Zealand singer;
was a long running member of the ground-breaking Blerta musical and theatrical
co-operative, and later of the similar troupe Red Mole. She appeared in New Zealand
films "Skin Deep" and "Should I Be Good", about the Mr Asia
drug syndicate, and performed the 1987-1990 theme song to the TVNZ soap opera
Gloss. Beaver spent much of her time as a session musician and backup vocalist
for many leading stars and also formed her own band, The Beaver Band. Her 1988
album "Live at Ronnie Scott's" was voted New Zealand's "Best Jazz
Album" that year. Over her career Beaver did a number of short stints with
the like of Hammond Gamble, Jimmy and the Jets, and was also
a member of Paul Walker's make-shift band,
the All-Stars when they played at the Windsor Castle
in 1984 (sadly Beverley died from a sarcoma cancer)
2012: Hal Jackson (96)
American disc jockey and radio personality, born in Charleston, South
Carolina, He began his broadcasting career as the first African-American radio
sports announcer, broadcasting Howards home baseball games and local Negro
league baseball games. In 1939, he became the first African American host at WINX/Washington
with The Bronze Review, a nightly interview program. He later hosted talk show,
a program of jazz and blues on WOOK-TV. Hal moved to New York in 1954 and became
the first radio personality to broadcast three daily shows on three different
New York stations. Four million listeners tuned in nightly to hear his mix of
music and conversations with jazz and show business celebrities. In 1971, Hal
and Percy Sutton, co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation-ICBC, which
acquired WLIB, becoming the first African-American owned and operated station
in New York. The following year, ICBC acquired WLIB-FM, changing its call letters
to WBLS, "the total BLack experience in Sound" (?) b.
November 3rd 1915.
2012: Kuldeep "Kuly"
Ral (35) British singer born in Bradford, and
a founding member of the band RDB, which he formed with his brothers Manjeet
and Surjeet. They blended western genres with traditional Punjabi beats and vocals
and released their debut self titled album in 2001.
(sadly died while receiving treatment at a specialised clinic
in Houston for a brain tumor) b. 1976.
Georges Moustaki/Giuseppe Mustacchi (79) Egyptian-born French singer-songwriter,
born in Alexandria, and he moved to Paris in 1951. He is best known for his poetic
rhythm, simplicity and composer of romantic songs. He has written songs for Édith
Piaf, including "Milord", Dalida, Françoise Hardy, Barbara, Brigitte
Fontaine, Herbert Pagani, France Gall, and Cindy Daniel, as well as for himself
b. May 3rd 1934.
Anand Modak (63) Indian film composer, born in Akola and graduated
from S.P. College in Pune. He started his music career in 1972, assisting Bhaskar
Chandavarkar and started composing independently in 1974, with Satish Alekar's
Marathi play Mahanirvan for Theatre Academy. Most notable mentions about music
he has given for award winning movies Chaukat Raja, Tu Tithe Mee and Harishchandrachi
Factory and plays like Kheliya, Mahapoor, Raigadala Jeva Jag Yete, Begum Barve,
Chaukatcha Raja, and Mukta. One of his last films was biopic Yashwantrao Chavan
- Bakhar Eka Vadalachi 2014. He won Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Music,
for Doghi, Mukta, Raosaheb, and Dhoosar. (sadly died from
a heart attack) b. May 13th 1951.
Liv Marit Wedvik (45) Norwegian country singer, (tragically
Elmore James/Elmore Brooks (45)
US blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader, born in the old Richland
community in Holmes County, Mississippi; known as The King of the Slide Guitar,
he had a unique guitar style, noted for the use of loud amplification and his
stirring voice. Elmore began playing music at 12, using a one-string instrument
'diddley bow'. In his teens he was playing at local dances under the names Cleanhead
and Joe Willie James, before playing with the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, and
the legendary Robert Johnson. His solo hits include "It Hurts Me Too",
"The Sky Is Crying", "My Bleeding Heart", "Stranger Blues",
"Look On Yonder Wall", "Done Somebody Wrong", and "Shake
Your Moneymaker". Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa are among many musicians who
cite Elmore as an influence, he is also mentioned in The Beatles' song "For
You Blue", and The Grateful Dead, John Primer, Billy Gibbons and Eric Clapton
are a few who have recorded Elmore James' covers. (died
in Chicago of his third heart attack)
b. January 27th 1918
Cliff Jackson (67) US jazz pianist; played
with Lionel Howard's Musical Aces in 1924 He led his own ensemble, the Krazy Kats,
for recordings and he played extensively as a solo pianist in nightclubs in New
York. During this time he also accompanied singers such as Viola McCoy, Lena Wilson,
Sarah Martin, and Clara Smith. He recorded with Bob Fuller, Elmer Snowden, Sidney
Bechet, Eddie Condon, Garvin Bushell, J.C. Higginbotham, Joe Thomas and others
(heart failure). b. July 19th 1902
The Duke/Duke Ellington/Edward Kennedy Ellington (75) American jazz
pianist, bandleader, songwriter, composer; the most important composer in the
history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together
continuously for almost 50 years. Born in Washington DC, The Duke called his music
"American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed
him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were
members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in
their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known
jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz. He often composed specifically for
the style and skills of these individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for
Johnny Hodges, "Concerto for Cootie" for Cootie Williams, which later
became "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" with Bob Russell's lyrics,
and "The Mooche" for Tricky Sam Nanton and Bubber Miley. He also recorded
songs written by his bandsmen, such as Juan Tizol's "Caravan" and "Perdido"
which brought the 'Spanish Tinge' to big-band jazz. Several members of the orchestra
remained there for several decades. After 1941, he frequently collaborated with
composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his "writing and
arranging companion." Ellington recorded for many American record companies,
and appeared in several films. He
led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974 and among his very many honors
and inductions he earned 13 Grammy awards from 1959 to 2000, nine while he was
alive. Also he is one of only five jazz musicians ever to have been featured on
the cover of Time, the other four being Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Wynton
Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck
(sadly we lost him to cancer). b. April 29th 1899
1991: Gene Clark (49) US singer,
songwriter, born in Tipton, Missouri,
influenced by Hank Williams tunes, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers
he began learning the guitar at 9 years old. Soon, he started writing his own
songs, and at 13, he cut his first record with a local rock & roll combo,
Joe Meyers and the Sharks. Next, inspired by
the Kingston Trio and playing with several folk groups he was soon working with
the New Christy Minstrels. Longing to perform his own songs and now turning to
a more rocky genre, he left and moved to LA, where he met up with Jim "Roger"
McGuinn. In 1964 they started assembling a band that would, in time, come to be
known as the Byrds. Gene became the Byrds' dominant songwriter, penning most of
their best-known originals, including "Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Here
Without You," and "Eight Miles High," and was one of the group's
strongest vocal presences. After leaving The Byrds he released 2 solo albums "Gene
Clark with the Gosdin Brothers" and "The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard
& Clark" before rejoining The Byrds just for a short time. He again went
solo releasing another 12 albums over his career, the last studio album being
'So Rebellious a Lover' 1987. In 1979 he formed a band with ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn
and Chris Hillman for a couple of years. Gene was inducted into the Rock &
Roll Hall of Fame in January 1991 along with the other original members (heart
attack) b. November 17th 1944
Jacob Druckman (67) American composer born in Philadelphia, and a graduate
of the Juilliard School. In 1949 and 1950 he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood
and later continued his studies at the École Normale de Musique in Paris
1954-1955. He worked extensively with electronic music, in addition to a number
of works for orchestra or for small ensembles. In 1972 he won the Pulitzer Prize
for his first large orchestral work ''Windows''. He was composer-in-residence
of the New York Philharmonic from 1982-1985. Jacob taught at Juilliard, The Aspen
Music Festival, Tanglewood, Brooklyn College, Bard College, and Yale University,
among other appointments (?)
b. June 26th 1928.
2008: Jimmy McGriff (72) American jazz and
blues organist; a hard bop and soul-jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who
developed a distinctive style of playing the Hammond B-3 organ. Born in Germantown,
PA, he started playing piano at the age of five and by his teens had also learned
to play vibes, alto sax, drums and upright bass. His first group was as bassist
in a piano trio, before in Korea with the US Army, a police officer in Philadelphia
for two years. He bought his first Hammond B-3 organ in 1956, spent six months
learning the instrument, then studied at New York's Juilliard School. After which
he formed his own trio. He recorded a series of popular albums between 1962 and
1965, ending with what still stands as one of his finest examples of blues-based
jazz, ''Blues for Mister Jimmy''. Jimmy "retired" from the music industry
in 1972 to start a horse farm in Connecticut. But Sonny Lester's new record company,
Groove Merchant, kept issuing him records at a rate of three or four a year. By
1973, he was touring relentlessly and actively recording again. His last of dozens
of albums, ''McGriff Avenue'', was released in 2001 (sadly
died from multiple sclerosis) b. April 3rd 1936.
2009: Jay Walter Bennett (45) American musician,
singer-songwriter, engineer, producer, best
known for his work with the band Wilco. Born in Urbana, Illinois, Jay was a multi-instrumentalist,
playing guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, banjo, bass, drums, synthesizer and harmonica.
He was a founding member of the band Titanic Love Affair, recording three albums
with them in the early 1990s: Titanic Love Affair, No Charisma and Their Titanic
Majesty's Request, before joining the alternative rock band Wilco in late 1994,
were he was a member for 7 years recording 3 albums with the band "Being
There", "Summerteeth" and "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". Due
to conflicts with front man Jeff Tweedy, Jay left Wilco in 2004 for a solo career.
He released five solo albums, "The Palace at 4am", 2004's "Bigger
Than Blue, "The Beloved Enemy", "The Magnificent Defeat" and
he also released "Whatever Happened I Apologize" in 2008 on rockproper.com.
Jay was also a sought-after studio musician, having played on albums with the
likes of Sheryl Crow, Allison Moorer, and Billy Joe Shaver, and produced Blues
Traveler's release,¡Bastardos! (died unexpectedly
in his sleep) b. November
Muk (45) Czech pop singer and composer, famous in the Czech Republic
and Slovakia. Petr
was a member of the bands, Oceán from 1985 to 1993 and Shalom from 1992
before embarking on his solo career. In
addition to his albums of original songs, the last being "V bluditi
dnu" released earlier this year, 2010, he also released a tribute EP to the
English band Erasure in 2004. (Petr
was found dead by his wife in his home in Prague. The circumstances surrounding
his death have not yet been disclosed)
b. February 4th 1965.
English guitarist & singer, known for his work with British punk rock and
New Wave bands in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was once known as Steve New,
during the time he was guitarist of punk band Rich Kids. Stella started playing
with the London Jazz Orchestra at the age of 14. He came to attention with his
connections with the city's punk scene at the age of 15 after being asked to audition
for the Sex Pistols as a second guitarist alongside Steve Jones. When Pistols'
bass player Glen Matlock was ousted from the band, he invited Atella to join his
new group Rich Kids alongside Rusty Egan and former Slik singer Midge Ure.
later played with Sid Vicious, Public Image Ltd, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Kim
Fowley, and a solo Glen Matlock. Stella was also the composer, musician, and producer
in Beastellabeast (sadly
lost his fight with cancer) b. May 16th
Paul Dedrick Gray aka The Pig (38) American lefty musician, best known
as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal
Born in Los Angeles, but his family relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, as a his youth,
he performed in bands such as Anal Blast, Vexx, Body Pit, The Have Nots and Inveigh
Catharsis. Besides Slipknot, Paul filled in as bassist for Unida during their
2003 tour, appeared on Drop Dead, Gorgeous' Worse Than a Fairy Tale, toured briefly
with Reggie and the Full Effect and appeared on the Roadrunner United project,
performing bass on "The Enemy" and "Baptized in the Redemption"
from the project's album The All-Star Sessions. An
award was named after Paul titled "Paul Gray: Best Bassist of the Year",
as a tribute to Paul. Slipknot presented the award to Nikki Sixx, of Sixx A.M.
and Mötley Crüe. (he
was found dead in room 431 at the TownePlace Suites Hotel in Johnston, Iowa; tragically
had died of an overdose of morphine, and an autopsy
had also shown signs of "significant heart disease". In September 2012,
his physician Daniel Baldi was charged with involuntary manslaughter relating
to his death, as well as the deaths of at least seven others. He was accused of
continually writing high-dose prescription narcotics to Paul, despite his being
a known drug addict from December 27th 2005 until his death)
b. April 8th 1972b.
April 4th 1972.
2010: Anneliese Rothenberger (83) German
opera singer, born in Mannheim, Germany. In 1947 Günther Rennert offered
her a job at the Hamburg Opera House, where she sang in Rennert's now famous production
of Alban Berg's Lulu twenty years later, a role she would also perform at the
Munich Opera Festival, under the direction of Christoph von Dohnányi. 1954
saw her make her debut at the Salzburg Festival, and she appeared in Rolf Liebermann's
Schule der Frauen, three years later. From 1954 she became a guest singer at the
Vienna State Opera. She debuted in New York in 1960, when she sang there in Der
Rosenkavalier. Her performance prompted Lotte Lehmann to call her 'the best Sophie
in the world'. She appeared alongside Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Sena Jurinac for
the filmed performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival. Anneliese
appeared in many contemporary operas by Henze, Britten, Hindemith, Carl Orff,
Pfitzner, and Menotti and in
2003, she received the ECHO Award for lifetime achievement (?)
b. June 19th 1926.
Mark "Bam Bam" McConnell (?) American drummer, he
started his career with local bands in Florida, including the Luca-Gordon Band
in 1987, and Madam X. In 1989 he joined Carrera,
and then Warp Drive, who released an album, Gimme Gimme the same year.
From 1997 to 2005 he teamed up with Sebastian
Bachs band releasing, Bring 'Em Bach Alive! in 2001, and the live DVD, Forever
Wild in 2004. after which Mark drummed with Blackfoot and Southern Rock Allstars.
(sadly Mark died of liver and kidney failure)*August 27th
2013: Edwin Thomas "Ed" Shaughnessy
swing music and bebop drummer born
in Jersey City, New Jersey, but grew up in the New York City. He is best
known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band on
Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show.
In the 40s he worked with George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, and Charlie Ventura.
In the 1950s he worked in the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey bands. In the 1960s
he played for Count Basie prior to joining The Tonight Show Band. He was the drummer
on Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith in 1962 which featured big band arrangements
by Oliver Nelson, including the pop hit "Walk on the Wild Side" which
peaked at No.21 on the Billboard chart. He recorded extensively throughout his
career he also performed small group work with Gene Ammons, Roy Eldridge, Billie
Holiday, Mundell Lowe, Teo Macero, Charles Mingus, Shirley Scott, Jack Sheldon,
Horace Silver, and many others,and was known for his drum competition with Buddy
died from a heart attack) b. January 29th 1929.
2013: Helmut Braunlich (84) German-American
violinist, composer, and musicologist, born
in Brünn, Moravia, but moved to the United States in 1951. He played with
various professional symphony orchestras and became a member of the U.S Air Force
Symphony Orchestra. He studied composition at the Catholic University of America
in Washington, D.C. until he became Professor
Emeritus in 1999. His compositions include works for orchestra, chamber music,
works for various solo instruments, and songs. Several chamber music works have
been published by McGinnis & Marx and by Tap Music Sales. His recordings are
available on Educo Records, Opus One Records, and Centaur Compact Disc (?)
May 19th 1929.
2014: Uña Ramos/Mariano
Ramos Claw (80) Argentine musician, born in the region of Humahuaca,
Jujuy. He was a renowned Andean
composer and a virtuoso of the Quena/Kena,
the end blown bamboo flute of the Andean Altiplano. Among his works are A flute
at night; Eve, wooden bridge (Academy Award Charles Cros); Don Pablo; and The
Princess of the sea. He had lived in Europe for the last 40 years (?) b.
May 27th 1933.
2015: Marcus Belgrave (78)
American jazz trumpeter, (sadly died from heart failure) b.
Anne-Marie Nzié (84) Cameroonian singer; in the 1940s, she began
performing bikutsi, the music native to her home in central Cameroon. She signed
with Pathé Marcom Records. Anne-Marie remained active over the next five
decades and helped to popularise bikutsi throughout Cameroon. Her long career
earned her the epithets "Queen of Cameroonian Music",
"Queen Mother of Cameroonian Music", and "Queen Mother of
Bikutsi" (?) b. 1932.
1942: Emanuel Feuermann (39) Austrian-American
cellist born in the Kolomyia, Galitzia, Austro-Hungarian Empire; he became principal
cellist of the Gürzenich Orchestra, and also, as part of the position, became
cellist of the Bram Elderling Quartet. At this time, he also joined a short-lived
piano trio with his brother and Bruno Walter, the latter on piano. In
1929, he became professor at the Musikhochschule in Berlin where he taught for
the next four years. His musical collaborations during this time included violinists
Carl Flesch, Szymon Goldberg, Joseph Wolfsthal and Paul Hindemith, who played
the viola in a string trio with him and Wolfsthal. With the rise of Nazism he
moved to London, along with Goldberg and Hindemith. He toured Japan and the United
States. He moved for some time to Zürich, but happened to be in Vienna at
the time of the Anschluss. Bronislaw Huberman helped Emanuel and his family escape
to British Palestine. From there they moved to the United States in 1937. He taught
privately and at the Curtis Institute of Music until his death.
died due to complications in a surgical operation for haemorrhoids)
1965: Sonny Boy Williamson ll /Aleck "Rice" Miller/Aleck Ford (65)
American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born on the Sara Jones
Plantation near Glendora, Mississippi in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.; much
of his best work exhibits a solidly swinging beat and a rich dialogue between
blues harp, guitar, piano, and percussion. His use of space, his timing, and his
tone place him among the greatest of the blues-harp players. His
hits include "Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes", "Don't Start Me To Talkin'",
"Keep It To Yourself", "Your Funeral and My Trial", "Bye
Bye Bird", "Nine Below Zero", "Help Me", and the infamous
"Little Village", with dialogue 'unsuitable for airplay' with Leonard
Chess. His song "Eyesight to the Blind" was performed by The Who as
a key song in their rock opera Tommy (died
in his sleep). birthdate ...
Sonny Boy claimed to have been born on December 5th 1899, but one researcher,
David Evans, claims to have found census record evidence that he was born around
1912. His gravestone has his birthdate as March 11th
1981: Rosa Ponselle (84)
American operatic sopranoin born in Meriden, Connecticut; by 1914, her reputation
as a singer led to a long-term engagement at the San Carlino theater, one of the
largest movie houses in New Haven, near the Yale campus. Rosa was already an established
singer in vaudeville after her debut in The Girl from Brighton, a 1912 Broadway
musical. She sang mainly at the New York Metropolitan Opera and is generally considered
by music critics to have been one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years
(after a long battle with bone marrow cancer)
Roy Brown (56)
American jump blues singer and songwriter born New Orleans, Louisiana, who brought
a soul singing style, from gospel music, to the emerging genre of rock and roll.
and his band "The Mighty Men" were spectacular and exciting performers,
which opened the doors for the likes of Little Richard some 10 years later. From
the mid 1940s and through the 50s he had a
string of hits including "Good Rocking Tonight", "Hard Luck Blues",
"Rockin' at Midnight," "Miss
Fanny Brown," "Boogie at Midnight," "Cadillac Baby,"
"Hurry Hurry Baby," "Ain't
No Rockin' No More," "Black Diamond," and "Gal From Kokomo".
After a long dry spell, he performed as part of Johnny Otis' troupe at the 1970
Monterey Jazz Festival and a 1973 LP began to rebuild his long-lost momentum.
His role as a crucial link between postwar R&B and rock's initial rise is
still underappreciated by many
(sadly died of a heart attack)
b. September 10th 1925.
Gary Usher (51)
US surf rock songwriter, producer, singer; he gained notice in the early '60s,
writing and producing a number of hits for various surf rock artists. He was the
earliest outside collaborator of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, co-writing more
than ten songs with Brian, he also worked with the likes of The Byrds, Dick Dale,
Gram Parsons, The Ship and was the force behind a number of "studio created"
bands, including The Hondells and Sagittarius. (?)
b. December 14th 1938
Sonny Sharrock/Warren Harding Sharrock (53) US
free playing jazz guitarist, one of the earliest guitarists ever to attempt free
playing, known for his incisive, heavily chorded attack, his bursts of wild feedback,
and for his use of saxophone-like lines played loudly on guitar.During the late
1980s, he recorded and performed extensively with the New York-based improvising
band Machine Gun, as well as leading his own bands. He is well known for the soundtrack
to the Cartoon Network program Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, one of the last projects
he completed in the studio before his death. (heart attack)
b. August 27th 1940.
Eric J. Gale (55)
American jazz and session guitarist; born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing
guitar at the age of 12 and majored in chemistry at Niagara University. Eric began
playing for stars such as Maxine Brown, the Drifters, and Jesse Belvin, but soon
began to attract the attention of King Curtis and Jimmy Smith, who recommended
him for studio work. He became known first as a session musician in the 1960s,
eventually appearing on an estimated 500 albums. Among the many artists he recorded
with were Aretha Franklin, Bob James, Paul Simon (Eric played a supporting role
in the 1980 film One-Trick Pony, written by and starring Simon), Lena Horne, Quincy
Jones, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Peter Tosh, Grover Washington, Jr., Herbie Mann,
Esther Phillips, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Al Jarreau, Dave Grusin
and Billy Joel. He also had played in Aretha
Franklin's stage band. (sadly
died fighting lung cancer) b. September 20th 1938.
1996: Bradley James Nowell (28)
American lead singer and guitarist of the Californian
band Sublime. In 1982, Bradley joined a band called Second Sight as a guitarist
while in the 9th grade at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California,
after which he played in the punk band Hogan's Heroes they later changed their
name to Sloppy Seconds. In 1988, Bradley met Bud Gaugh, and together with their
mutual frind Eric Wilson founded the Sublime. (He
of a heroin overdose while on a short tour just before
the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut album)
b. February 22nd 1968.
2005: Ruth Laredo (67) American
classical pianist referred to as "America's First Lady of the Piano"
and was able to play God Bless America on her mother's piano at age two. She attended
Detroit's Mumford High School and graduated from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute
of Music in 1960. She won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in
was known for landmark recordings of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. She was the first
pianist to record all of Rachmaninoff's solo piano works
b. November 20th 1937.
2006: Desmond Dekker/Desmond
Adolphus Dacres (65) Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter.
Together with his backing group, The Aces, consisting of Wilson James and Easton
Barrington Howard,, he had one of the first international Jamaican hits with "Israelites".
Other hits include "007 (Shanty Town)" in 1967 and "It Mek"
in 1969. Before the ascent of Bob Marley, Desmond was one of the most popular
musicians within Jamaica, and one of the best-known musicians outside it. In the
1970s he spent most of his time touring and moved to the UK, In the early 1980s,
as the 2 Tone movement died out, he saw his fortunes dwindle and he was declared
bankrupt in 1984. Only a single live album was released in the late 80s, but a
new version of "Israelites" reawakened public interest in 1990, following
its use in a Maxell advertisement. He re-recorded some old singles, and worked
with The Specials for 1992's King of Kings', which used hits from his s musical
heroes, including Derrick Morgan. He also collaborated on a remix version of "Israelites"
with reggae artist Apache Indian (died of a heart attack
at his home in Kent, UK) b. July 16th 1941.
Kirby Wolland (64)
English born vocalist for The Cherokees formed
in Melbourne Australia in 1961; they began playing Shadows-styled music around
Melbourne, Australia and
released two singles and the rare Here Come the Cherokees album in 1965. By 1967,
the Cherokees were playing swing-styled music and several more singles again made
the Melbourne Top 40. Despite releasing one more single and supporting the Monkees
during their tour of Australia in October 1968, the Cherokees broke up at the
end of the year. John then joined the Sydney based band, New York Public Library.
For over 30 years they played their unique mix of hard driving bluegrass rhythms,
closely blended three-part harmony and spontaneous madcap humour, switching happily
from to folk, to contemporary country to the inspired lunacy of a Samba (?)
b. September 29th 1942.
2008: Camu Tao/Tero Smith (30) American rapper
and producer who was signed to the Definitive Jux label. He was a part of the
duo S.A. Smash with fellow rapper Metro, a part of the rap group Weathermen, and
the Central Services production team with El-P. He was also a member of the music
collective Cardboard City, and
part of Columbus, Ohio's MHz crew with Copywrite, RJD2, Jakki Tha MotaMouth &
Tage Proto, and with Cage, half of the Nighthawks, who made one album during a
single three-day session (lung
cancer) b. June 6th 1977.
Gahr (85) American
photographer; born in Milwaukee he studied economics at the University of Wisconsin
and he served in the infantry in Europe in World War II. He was one of "the
pre-eminent photographers of American folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians of
the 1960s and beyond. His photographic output includes more than five decades
of musicians like Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Van
Morrison, Janis Joplin, Sonny Terry, John Lennon and Pete Seeger, among others.
His book, "The Face of Folk Music" with writer Robert Shelton captured
the exploding American Folk music scene, with hundreds of images including Dylan,
Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Odetta, Buddy Guy
and Junior Wells, Mary Travers and Johnny Cash, among others. (?)
b. September 18th 1922.
Robert Muczynski (81) American composer born in Chicago, Illinois,
who worked in traditional and American styles, with rhythmic influences from jazz.
He studied composition at DePaul University receiving a Bachelor of Music degree
and the Master of Music degree. He would later teach at DePaul University, Chicago;
Loras College; Dubuque, Iowa; and Roosevelt University, Chicago, before settling
in Tucson in the 1960s where he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona
as composer-in-residence and chairman of the composition department; he held both
a positions until his retirement in 1988. At age 29 he made his Carnegie Hall
debut, performing a program of his own compositions for piano.
Among the more than fifty published compositions, his Sonata for Flute and Piano,
his Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and Time Pieces for clarinet and piano
have entered the repertoire and remain frequently performed in recitals, as has
much of his solo piano music and his works appear on programs in the US, Europe,
the Far East, Australia and Mexico (?)
b. March 19th 1929.
Siphiwo Ntshebe (35) South African opera singer,
born in the seaside city of Port Elizabeth. At 13 he joined the township men's
choir and at 16 he performed with an orchestra in Port Elizabeth. After
matriculating at Khwezilomso High School in the adjacent Zwide township, he studied
music at the then University of Port Elizabeth. He won another music scholarship
to study at Brisbane University in Australia and in 2004 was awarded a scholarship
to study at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2006 he performed in Berlin
for the handover of the Fifa World Cup for South Africa 2010. Thereafter, he performed
for the Duke of Edinburgh, for Nelson Mandela and Prince Albert in Monte Carlo,
at the South African High Commission in London, with the choir of Christ's College,
Cambridge at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at the Royal Festival Hall
in London and >>>READ
passed away after contracting meningitis just days before he was due to perform
at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg) b.
2011: Larry Kinley
(68) American actor and jazz singer Born and raised in Evanston, Mr.
Kinley started singing professionally after he graduated from Purcell High School.
and his family spent most of the 1970s living and working in Los Angeles, where
he earned a spot on the "Merv Griffin Show". He sang for several years
on the "Uncle Al Show" on WCPO-TV and sang live for years at locations
around Greater Cincinnati, including the Netherland Hotel, downtown, the Celestial
Incline Lounge in Mount Adams and Dee Felice Café in Covington. He performed
with stars, including Henry Mancini and Tony Bennett (?)
2012: Walter Malli (71) Austrian jazz soprano
saxophonist and drummer born in Graz.
In 1958 he was co-founder of the legendary
Masters of Unorthodox jazz,
the first Austrian free jazz ensembles. Walter
played with important musicians of the international jazz scene and has participated
in LP recordings and international tours. In 2001 he released his last CD production
Go Slowly Through The Old Gass'n on which he improvises with top jazz musicians
Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald and Sunny Murray (?)
b. July 13th 1940.
2013: Clarence Burke,
Jr. (62) American singer, songwriter, guitarist and
member of the Chicago soul group made up of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s
six children: Clarence
Jr., Alohe Jean, James, Dennis, Kenneth "Keni",
and briefly, Cubie. They are best known for the 1970 song "O-o-h Child".
In 1979, Clarence
Jr founded a new band The Invisible Man's Band with
his brothers Keni,
James and Dennis (?)
b. May 24th 1951
T. M. Soundararajan aka
playback singer in the Tamil film industry for over 6 decades. He gave his voice
to dozens of actors and thespians in the South Indian film industry such as N.
T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran,
Sivaji Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar, Rajkumar, A. Nageswara Rao, Kantha
Rao, RaviChandar, Nagesh, Ranjan, T S Balayya,
Jagayya, Rajanikanth, Kamal Hasan and a generation of actors from 1946 till 2007.
In 2010, he also rendered his voice for the Tamil Semmozhi Meet Anthem which was
composed by A. R. Rahman. He has sung over 10,000 film songs from 1946-2013 and
3000 devotional songs. He had also given Carnatic classical concerts since 1945
(?) b. March 24th 1922.
2013: Marshall Lytle (79)
American rock 'n' roll double bassist born in Old Fort, North Carolina. He was
a guitar player before joining Bill Haley's country music group, The Saddlemen,
in 1951, but was hired to play double bass for the group, so Haley taught Marshall
the basics of slap bass playing. In September 1952, they changed their name to
Bill Haley & His Comets. Soon after, he co-wrote with Haley the band's first
national hit, "Crazy Man, Crazy" although he did not receive co-authorship
credit for it until 2002. He played on all of Haley's recordings between 1951
and the summer of 1955, including "Rock Around the Clock". In September
1955, he, along with drummer Dick Richards and Joey Ambrose, quit The Comets in
a salary dispute and formed their own musical group, The Jodimars. They became
one of the first rock 'n' roll groups to take up residence in Las Vegas. In October
'87, 6 years after the death of Bill Haley, Marshall was invited to take part
in a reunion of the original 1954-55 Comets that was held in Philadelphia as part
of a tribute concert in honor of Dick Clark. He continued working and touring
with the Comets until his retirement in 2009. In the late 1990s he and his friend
Warren Farren wrote a topical tune called "Viagra Rock" that The Comets
recorded; the song proved to be popular on radio stations in Florida. In 2012
he was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
as a member of Bill Haley & His Comets (sadly Marshall
died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. September 1st 1933.
Herb Jeffries/Umberto Alexander Valentino (100)
American jazz and traditional pop singer and actor, born in Detroit. He
began his career working with Erskine Tate when he moved to Chicago at
the urging of Louis Armstrong. His break came during the 1933 Chicago World's
Fair, Century of Progress Exposition singing with the Earl Hines Orchestra on
Hines national broadcasts live from the Grand Terrace Cafe. His first recordings
were with Hines in 1934, including "Just to be in Carolina". He then
recorded with Duke Ellington from 1940 to 1942. His recording of "Flamingo"
in 1940 with Ellington was a best seller in its day. Herb also starred as a singing
cowboy in several all-black Western films, Harlem on the Prairie, The Bronze Buckaroo,
Harlem Rides the Range and Two-Gun Man from Harlem
in which he sang his own western compositions.
He went on to make other films, starring with Angie Dickinson in Calypso Joe in
1957 (sadly died of heart failure) b.
September 24th 1913.
1933: Jimmie Rodgers/Yodeling Cowboy (35)
US singer, guitar, banjo, songwriter; known as "The Singing Brakeman"
and "America's Blue Yodeler", he was the first country music superstar,
a status that resulted in another commonly used nickname, "The Father of
Country Music". When the Country Music Hall of Fame was established in 1961,
Rodgers was one of the first three (with Fred Rose and Hank Williams) to be inducted.
He was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and, as an early influence,
to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. "Blue Yodel No. 9" was
selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock
and Roll. (lung hemorrhage due to tuberculosis)
b. September 8th 1897.
1943: Alice Charlotta
Tegnér (79) Swedish music teacher, poet and composer, born in
Karlshamn, recognized as a foremost composer of Swedish children songs during
first half of the 1900s,
most notably Mors lilla Olle. In addition to children's songs, she wrote many
other types of music in classical genres such as chamber and sacred music together
with choral music, cantatas, cello and violin sonatas. Her songs and compositions
were inspired by both folk and art music. Her well-known hymnbook Nu ska vi sjunga,
with illustrations by Elsa Beskow, was published in 1943
(?) b. 12 March 1864.
1968: Little Willie John (30) US
singer/songwriter; he had a string of R&B hits, debuting with the soulful
"All around the World" in 1955. Other hits included "I'm Shakin'",
"Suffering With The Blues", "Talk To Me", "Need Your
Love So Bad", "Sleep". His biggest hit "Fever" was more
famously covered by Peggy Lee in 1958. A cover version of his self penned hit
"I Need Your Love So Bad" by the original early Fleetwood Mac group
was also a big hit in Europe. In all, Willie made the Billboard Top 100 a total
of 14 times. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1996. While appealing against his manslaughter conviction he recorded what
was intended to be his comeback album "Nineteen Sixty Six", but due
to contractual wrangles, and the failure of his appeal, it was not released until
2008 (died in prison; the official cause of death is listed
as a heart attack, though some report he died of pneumonia or asphyxiation)
b. November 15th 1937.
1977: William Powell
(35) US singer,
original member and singer of the Ohio-based soul/R&B group, The O'Jays. William
and his friends Walter Williams, Bill Isles, Bobby Massey and Eddie Levert formed
the group in Canton, Ohio in 1958 while attending Canton McKinley High School.
Originally known as The Triumphs, and then The Mascots, the friends debuted with
"Miracles" in 1961, which was a moderate hit in the Cleveland area.
In 1963 they took the name "The O'Jays", in tribute to radio disc jockey
Eddie O'Jay, and released "Lonely Drifter", which charted nationally.
They went on to record 10 albums and having 9 chart hits. William along with the
group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. (cancer)
b. January 20th 1942.
Newborn, Jr. (57) American jazz pianist; hailing
from Whiteville, Tennessee he was one of the most technically skilled pianists
in jazz during his prime. He worked with Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, and many
others as well as leading his own band. His later career was intermittent due
to his ongoing health problems, leading to financial problems and he faded from
view. His plight and death spurred the founding of the Jazz Foundation of America,
a group dedicated to helping with the medical bills and other financial needs
of retired jazz greats. (died from a growth on his lungs
and was buried in Memphis National Cemetery in a pauper's grave)
b. December 14th 1931.
Chris McGregor (53) South African bandleader
and pianist; he grew up in the then Transkei, now part of the Eastern Cape Province,
where he was exposed to the music of the local amaXhosa people. He attended the
the South African College of Music and became active in vibrant Cape jazz scene
of the the mid 1950s. As well as his solo career, he is well known for his foundation
and leadership of the now-legendary Blue Notes, a South African sextet which included
collaborators Dudu Pukwana, Nick Moyake, Louis Moholo, Johnny Dyani and Mongezi
Feza. Equally as notable was Chris's creation of the Brotherhood of Breath in
1969, which branched out from his work as The Blue Notes. (?)
b. December 24th 1936
Ron Weatherburn (61)
English jazz pianist and composer born in
Dagenham and began playing piano at 6 years old. He worked several years with
The Eric Silk Band, before joining Cy Laurie in early 1958. He worked with Egg
Ley and his Ron Weatherburn-Mac White Band
in Germany, after which he joined Kenny Ball
in 1960. He stayed with Kenny for 10 years. In the 70s Ron played solo and with
Sunshine. From the 80s onwards he worked with
The Original Eastside Stompers, Brian White's Magna Band and with Ken Sims' Dixie
Kings until his unexplected death (Ron and Ken Sims were
invited to play at the Toronto Classic Jazz Society Festival, but sadly Ron died
in his sleep on the night of his arrival in Canada) b.
January 31st 1934.
1898: Waldo Semon (99)
the American chemist, who, in 1926 discovered plasticized PVC, vinyl
for all our LP's and 45 records. In all, he held 116 patents, and was inducted
into the Invention Hall of Fame in 1995 at age 97 (?)
b. September 10th 1898.
1999: Paul Sacher
(93) Swiss conductor, patron and impresario, in
1926 he founded the Basel Chamber Orchestra to play works written before the classical
period and modern works. Immensely wealthy, he commissioned works from many well
known composers, including Igor Stravinsky , Béla Bartók, Bohuslav
Martinu, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Paul Hindemith, Hans Werner Henze, Richard
Strauss, Elliott Carter, Witold Lutoslawski, Henri Dutilleux and Harrison Birtwistle.
Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse was one of a number of pieces written in order
to celebrate Paul's seventieth birthday and which includes the Sacher hexachord.
Boulez's Grawemeyer Award winning work Sur Incises was written for Paul's 90th
Birthday. Also, Boulez's entire catalogue, including drafts, was bequeathed to
the Paul Sacher Foundation. Henze dedicated his Tenth Symphony as an in memoriam
to him, who had commissioned it but died before it was completed. In 1997 he received
an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Music in Kraków and at the time
of his death he was reputed in various publications to be the richest man in Europe
(?) b. April 28th 1906.
2006: Dino Sete Cordas (Seven-String Dino)/Horondino Jose
da Silva (88) Brazilian guitar player
renowned as the greatest influence and pioneer of the seven-string guitar, a musical
instrument in which he developed his own language and techniques, and one of the
greatest choro instrumentalists ever (sadly Dino died of
pneumonia) b. May 5th 1918.
Howlin' Dave/Dante David (52) Filipino radio disc jockey and proponent
of Pinoy rock; credited with introducing Filipino radio listeners to Filipino
rock music in the early 1970s, and to new wave and punk rock in the 1980s (stroke)
b. July 16th 1955.
2010: Judy Lynn Kelly (74)
American country music singer and beauty queen
who was crowned Miss Idaho in 1955. Born
in Boise, Idaho, as a teenager she joined a nationwide tour of Grand Ole Opry
performers. She was hired to fill in for Jean Shepard, who had become ill during
the tour. Lynn retired from the music business in 1980 to become a Christian minister
(She died of heart failure at her home in Jeffersonville) b.
April 16th 1936.
2012: Roy Wilson (72)
Jamaican pioneer singer and one half of the Jamaican singing
duo Higgs and Wilson, consisting of the late Joe Higgs and Roy Wilson. They
were one of Jamaica's first indigenous recording artists, and became household
names as outstanding harmonisers and Roy for his amazing tenor vocals. Their single,
"Oh Manny Oh", produced by future Prime Minister Edward Seaga, sold
over 50,000 copies in Jamaica in 1960. In the early 1960s they worked with the
producer Coxsone Dodd, and had several further hits, including "How Can I
Be Sure" and "There's A Reward". He left Jamaica around 1970 to
live in the USA. Roy was born in Spanish Town and moved to Kingston when still
very young, where he attended Whitefield Elementary School. He entered singing
contests at school before moving on to the famous Vere Johns Opportunity Hour,
where he won some and lost some. Roy is one of the pioneer Jamaican artistes featured
in American producer Brad Klein's soon-to-be-released documentary, Legends of
Ska (?) b. 1939
2012: John H Harrison (69) British bassist
and founding members for the British hard rock band Hawkwind, although only in
Hawkwind for a short time, he showcased his talents on the bands legendary
self-titled LP, which was released in 1970. The album is renowned as being the
very first space rock release. The album paved the way for bands such
as Kyuss, Muse, the Flaming Lips and many more. (John
sadly died after a seven year long battle with Huntingtons disease)
b. 28 May 1942.
2013: Mbuya Dyoko (68) Zimbabwean singer,
born in Zvimba, best known for the song "Makuwerere"; she was the first
female mbira musician to record her music commercially in the sixties (sadly
she turned to alcohol and died from cirrhosis of the liver)
b. November 23rd 1944.
2014: DJ Father Shaheed
(?) American rap artist, dee jay and producer with Poor Righteous Teachers,
a hip hop group from Trenton, New Jersey, founded in 1989 and came to fame with
their hit record Rock Dis Funky Joint. Often referred to as PRT by
its fans, they are known as a pro-Black conscious hip hop group, with musical
content inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths. (tragically
DJ Father Shaheed died suddenly in a motorcycle accident)
2015: Rocky Frisco (77) American
pianist - JJ Cale Band () b.
2015: Art Thieme (73)
American folk musician
2016: Joel Hastings (46)
Canadian pianist and faculty member at the Florida State University, College of
Music. He performed solo recitals across Canada and the United States, while his
orchestral engagements included the Toronto Philharmonic, the Huntsville Festival
Orchestra, and the Ann Arbor Concert Band. As a collaborative artist he toured
internationally with vocal ensembles, performing in such venues as the Vatican
and St. Paul's Cathedral. His recorded CDs include Sessions (2002), Liszt Transcending
(2005), Chopin 24 Etudes (2005), and Songs and Dances (2008). Joel was the winner
of the 8th International Web Concert Hall Competition in 2006 and the 1993 International
Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C (sadly
died unexpectedly from a heart attack) b. July 22nd
Paganini (57) Italian violinist, violist, guitarist,
and composer; he started learning the mandolin from his father, and moved to the
violin by the age of seven. His musical talents were quickly recognized, earning
him numerous scholarships for violin lessons. By age 18, Paganini was appointed
first violin of the Republic of Lucca, but a substantial portion of his income
came from freelancing. He went on to become
one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one
of the pillars of modern violin technique. His astounding technical prowess amazed
audiences, many fanciful legends arose to explain his remarkable abilities, one
of the more popular held that he was in league with demonic powers. His fame as
a violinist was matched only by his reputation as a gambler and womanizer.
In performance Paganini enjoyed playing tricks, like tuning one of his strings
a semitone high (scordatura), or playing the majority of a piece on one string
after breaking the other three. His techniques included harmonics, double stops,
pizzicato with the left and the right hand, and near-impossible fingerings and
bowings (cancer of the larynx) b.
October 27th 1782
1973: P.Ramlee (44) Malaysian
actor, singer and songwriter; in 1947, he won first place in a song competition
organized by Penang Radio. 7 years after his acting career started, he directed
his first film Penarek Becha. In 1957, he appeared in the first of his Bujang
Lapok comedic films, in which he acted along with Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsudin.
During his career he directed and acted in sixty-six films, and had more than
360 songs to his credit. He
returned permanently to Kuala Lumpur after years with Shaw Brothers in Singapore.
His final film was Laksemana Do Re Mi in 1972 and his last song and lyrics before
his death were Air Mata di Kuala Lumpur/Tears in Kuala Lumpur. In his last song,
the lyrics depict his crushed feelings and series of disappointments and setbacks
upon returning to Malaysia after years in Singapore. Due
to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary work, he
is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia, Singapore, and
Sumatra (sadly died of a heart attack) b.
March 22nd 1929
Leopold Nowak (86) Austrian
musicologist, born in Vienna, noted for editing and reconstruction of the works
by Anton Bruckner for the International Bruckner Society. He
studied piano and organ at the Imperial Academy of Music in Vienna and studied
musicology with Guido Adler and Robert Lach at the Vienna University, where he
later taught from 1932 to 1973. He succeeded Robert Haas as music director of
the music collection of the Austrian National Library in 1946, and is credited
with helping preserve documents about Bruckner. He also worked on a new edition
of Mozart's famously uncompleted Requiem, and was able through detailed scrutiny
to distinguish Mozart's own handwriting from that of Süßmayr and Eybler
to an extent no one had been able to do before. In recognition, Leopold was awarded
the Goldene Mozart Medaille in 1985 (?)
b. August 17th 1904.
1992: Uncle Charlie Osborne (101) American fiddle
player who had a unique style of playing the fiddle with his left hand, on a right-handed
fiddle; played numerous shows at the Carter Family Fold in Scott County, one occasion
Johnny Cash was Uncle Charlie's "opening act". He occasionally gave
advice to Tennessee Ernie Ford on his music and could be heard regularly on WOPI
radio station in Bristol, Tennessee. In the 1980s, Governor Chuck Robb came to
his home and presented him with an award recognizing his contributions to Virginia
life and culture. Also, in the mid eighties, he and his brother Emmett began playing
heavily with their half-brother, George Osborne, a former country & western
singer. Their weekly or semi-weekly jam sessions became the stuff of legends (died
after a short illness). b. December 26th 1890.
1995: C W "Stubb"
Stubblefield (64) US music promoter, barbecue
restaurateur; In the 70s and 80s, the Sunday Night jams held in his
small restaurant hosted such musicians as Jessie "Guitar" Taylor, Stevie
Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willie Nelson, Johnny
Cash, Muddy Waters, Tom T. Hall, B. B. King and George Thorogood. He was inducted
into the "The Buddy Holly Walk of Fame"/ "The West Texas Walk of
Fame" situated at Lubbock, Texas in 1996 (?) b.
March 7th 1931.
1996: Albert "Pud" Brown (79)
US jazz clarinetist and saxophonist; born in Delaware, raised him in Shreveport,
Louisiana, fluent on saxophone by age five and touring throughout North America
by the age of seven. He went on to play with Phil Lavant, Lawrence Welk, Les Brown,
Coleman Hawkins, Doc Cheatham, Danny Barker, Kid Ory, Percy Humphrey, Louis Armstrong
and many others. As well as being active as an educator in local schools, he was
a member of Clive Wilson's Original Camelia Brass Band in the 1980s, and a regular
at the French Quarter's Palm Court Jazz Cafe until his death (?)
b. January 22nd 1917
Ivan Sutton (82) British concert promoter; he started as a tea taster,
an occupation interrupted by tuberculosis that led to a year in hospital and sanatorium.
During this period of enforced rest he discovered classical music, while listening
to a wind-up gramophone. In 1943 he started the City Music Society, engaging distinguished
performers from the very beginning. Three years later he persuaded the Goldsmiths'
Company to allow their fine hall to be used for a series of evening concerts.
The first featured the Philharmonia String Quartet, Denis Matthews and the Zorian
Quartet. By 1947 lunchtime recitals had a permanent home at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Over half a century on, the society still presents series in these two splendid
halls, Ivan Sutton in that time having organised 1,745 concerts.(?)
b. Dec 27 1914.
1997: Willie Woods (60)
American singer and guitarist with the legendary Jr Walker's All Stars; he was
an original member along with sax player Junior Walker, drummer Tony Washington,
and keyboardist Vic Thomas. They started out as the 'Rhythm Rockers before changing
to The All Stars.
The group was spotted by Johnny Bristol, and he recommended them to Harvey Fuqua,
in 1961, who had his own record labels. Once the group started recording on the
Harvey label, their name was changed to Junior Walker & the All Stars. When
Fuqua's labels were taken over by Berry Gordy, Jr. Walker & The All Stars
became members of the Motown Records family, recording for Motown's Soul imprint.
went on to release 17 albums and produced 25 hit singles
(sadly Willie died after a battle with lung cancer)
b. September 5th
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (77) Italian
composer; noted for his experimental work, in particular his 1968 composition
Sinfonia for voices and orchestra and his series of numbered solo pieces titled
Sequenza and also for his pioneering work in electronic music. In 1988 he was
made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London (he
died in a hospital in Rome) b.
October 24th 1925.
Ronald Bertram Smith (82) English
classical pianist, composer and teacher, born in London. He entered the Royal
Academy of Music at the age of 16, after leaving the academy he studied privately
in Paris with Marguerite Long. Ronald was a champion of piano works from the romantic
period; most notably those of Charles-Valentin Alkan, of whom he also wrote a
biography. He also taught the piano for many years at The King's School, Canterbury
b. 3 January 3rd 1922
Izumi Sakai/Sachiko Kamachi (40)
Japanese singer-songwriter; born in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan, and grew up in Hadano,
Kanagawa. In 1991, she joined the five-member pop group Zard as lead vocalist
and wrote the lyrics to all of Zard's songs except Onna de Itai and Koionna no
Yuuutsu. Sakai produced 42 singles as well as 11 albums and 5 compilations in
her lifetime. In addition to "Makenaide," she produced two other singles
that sold over a million copies. Six of her albums as well as her first three
compilations also surpassed the one-million mark, an unprecedented record. In
record sales, Izumi is considered one of the most successful Japanese singers.
In total CDs sold currently exceeds 30 million making Zard the eighth best-selling
act in Japan (died
after a long battle with cancer) b. February 6th
Tega/Ortega Henderson (25) American
rap artist and member of rapper Nelly's St. Lunatics crew. (gunshot
wounds.. the aspiring Mc, died 11 days after he was rushed to intensive care at
a Missouri hospital following the shooting tragedy) b.??
Jackson Kaujeua (56) Namibian musician, composer,
gospel singer, and a veteran of the Namibian struggle for independence. He sang
in various Namibian languages and English. Jackson
was a member of the Herero ethnic group in !Huns, a village near Keetmanshoop.
Later, he broke off an education as a priest at the mission school of Otjimbingwe
after he came in touch with the songs of gospels singers like Mahalia Jackson,
whose human rights-related lyrics inspired him. In 1973 he started studying music
at the Dorkay Art & Music College for talented Non-Whites in South Africa.
However, he was soon expelled from the country for anti-apartheid activism, and
went into exile in 1974. After a short time in Botswana, the SWAPO-resistance
movement, with which he was associated with until his death, helped him to move
to the UK, where he soon became the lead singer of the group Black Diamond. International
success followed with songs such as "Winds of Change". Having lived
as a teacher in an Angolan refugee camp for a short time in 1979, he returned
to Namibia only after independence in 1990, where he celebrated great successes
with his music, especially with !Gnubu !Nubus. (sadly
died from kidney disease)
b. July 3rd
David Sanger (63) British classical organist,
educated at Eltham College and the Royal Academy of Music. His
career was launched when he won first prize in two international competitions:
St Albans, England in 1969 and Kiel, Germany in 1972. Since then, he toured as
a solo recitalist. His discography spans the music of several centuries, and includes
the complete organ works of Franck, the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne,
and works by Liszt and Lefébure-Wély. He also recorded the complete
organ music of Bach for Meridian Records. His debut on the organ was with Polydor
with Bach and Franck recorded in Munich. He toured many countries as recitalist,
Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Italy, France,
Russia, Iceland, the United States, Mexico and South Korea, as well as giving
many recitals in the British Isles, notably at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert
Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, the City of London Festival, the Bath Festival,
the Chester Festival, the West-Riding Cathedrals' Festival, and many similar occasions.
He gave Master Classes in many places including Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo,
and was 'Headmaster' of the Church Music Seminar in Bergen for fourteen years.
David was frequently partnered by Hans Fagius from Sweden for Organ Duet Concerts
suicide, he was found dead at a house in Embleton, near Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death. He was on
bail, charged with eight counts of gross indecency against boys aged under 16,
committed in the late 1970s) b. April 17th 1947
2011: Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (62)
American poet, musician, and author known primarily
for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s, and for his collaborative
soul works with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson
featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content
concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping
and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably
Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped
engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Gilbert's
recording work has received much critical acclaim, especially for one of his most
well-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". His
poetic style has been influential upon every generation of hip hop since his popularity
began. In addition to being widely considered an influence in today's music, he
remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16
years, entitled "I'm New Here" (Sadly Gil
died in St.Lukes after becoming ill upon returning from a European trip. He had
been HIV-positive for several years, and that he had been previously hospitalized
for pneumonia) b. April
Hideki Yoshimura (46) Japanese singer and guitarist;
he was a founder, frontman and guitarist with the
long-running indie rock and punk rock band Bloodthirsty
Butchers formed in Sapporo, Hokkaido, in the late 80s. They released 14 albums
between 1990 and 2010. Hideki also played guitar for other indie acts such as
Copass Grinderz and Discharming Man (sadly
of acute heart failure)
2013: Little Tony/Antonio Ciacci (72)
Italian-born Sanmarinese pop singer and actor, born in Tivoli,
but was a citizen of San Marino. He achieved success in Britain in the late 1950s
and early 1960s, as the lead singer of Little Tony & His Brothers. In
September 1959, they made the first of many appearances on the British TV show
'Boy Meets Girls' and released their first UK single "I Can't Help It".
Thier 3rd single "Too Good" reached No.19 in the UK charts in 1960.
The group continued to appear regularly on TV shows in Britain until 1962. They
revisited Italy in 1961 to appear at the Sanremo Festival, where they performed
the song "24.000 baci" and were ranked second. He returned more permanently
the following year and began his solo career, having his first No.1 in Italy with
"Il ragazzo col ciuffo" in 1962. He continued to sing and record successfully
in Italy throughout his life, despite suffering a heart attack in 2006. But also
Tony went on to work as a movie actor, appearing in over 20 movies in Italy
Tony died while bravely fighting lung cancer) b.
February 7th 1941.
MacDonald/Malcolm MacDonald (66) Scottish music critic and author,
in Nairn but lived in England from 1971 until his
He wrote many musical books, notably volumes on Brahms, Schoenberg, John Foulds,
Edgard Varèse, Ronald Stevenson and a three-volume study of the 32 symphonies
of Havergal Brian. Other musical books include a multi-volume edition of the musical
journalism of Havergal Brian. He contributed chapters to symposia on Alan Bush,
Brahms, Bernard Stevens, Erik Bergman, Shostakovich,
an essay on Czeslaw Marek to a symposium on Swiss Composers and another on Scottish
composers to a symposium on Musical Nationalism in Great Britain and Finland.
He also compiled catalogues of the works of Shostakovich, John Foulds, Luigi Dallapiccola
and Antal Doráti and contributed articles to many musical encyclopedias
such as the New Grove. He was editor of the modern-music journal Tempo, which
he joined in 1972 and he also composed works, mainly piano pieces and songs. In
1996 he edited for performance and orchestrated the final portions of, the ballet
Soirées de Barcelone by Roberto Gerhard, which was broadcast that year,
performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
(?) b. February 26th 1948.
2014: Ruth Flowers/Mamy Rock (74)
British DJ born in Bristol; after marrying and the birth of a son, she and her
husband moved to Portugal where they spent 10 years. After the death of her husband,
she moved to Germany.
She always thought that age was no excuse to give up on things and at 57 she completed
the Berlin Marathon. At her grandson, Javier's birthday at a club, she was seduced
by the lively and energetic atmosphere and joked with her grandson that she too
could become a DJ. She was then introduced to a young French producer, Aurélien
Simon, whose musical project caught her enthusiasm. He introduced her to electro,
trained her in DJing techniques and helped her build her image. She progressively
began to develop her own mixing style, with influences from some of her favorite
artists, including Freddie Mercury, The Black Eyed Peas and several other top
names in the music business. Her first gig was in front of a crowd of celebrities
such as Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey, during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival,
at the Villa Murano. She then played at the Queen Club in Paris, January 28th
2010. Ruth's first single, "Still Rocking", came out on July 5th 2010
and her last single "Kissy Kissy" was released on 7 April 2014
(?) b. March 29th 1940.
Dennis Sheehan (68) Irish music tour manager, U2 (sadly died from a
heart attack) b.
2015: Christer Jansson (51)
Swedish drummer - Roxette (sadly died fighting cancer) b.
Marshall "Rock" Jones (75) American bassist and vocals; born
in Dayton he was a founding member of the Ohio Players in 1959 when it started
out as the Ohio Untouchables. As the Ohio Untouchables, they were best known at
the time as a backing group for The Falcons. They changed the band name to the
Ohio Players in 1965 and their first big hit single was "Funky Worm",
which topped the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard
Hot 100 in early 1973. The band had seven Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976, including
gold records "Funky Worm", "Skin Tight", "Fire",
and "Love Rollercoaster"; plus to their albums Skin Tight, Fire, and
Honey also went gold. Marshall and The Ohio Players were inducted into the inaugural
class of the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame that took place at Cleveland
State University in Cleveland, Ohio. (sadly Marshall died
fighting cancer and had recently suffered a stroke; he had been the last surviving
member from the Ohio Untouchables line-up) b. January
Lou Williams/Mary Elfrieda Scruggs (71) American jazz pianist, composer,
and arranger, born in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in East Liberty, Pittsburgh.
In 1924, aged 14 she was taken on the Orpheum Circuit. The following year she
played with Duke Ellington in his early band, the Washingtonians. One morning
at 3am, while jamming with McKinney's Cotton Pickers at Harlem's Rhythm Club,
the great Louis Armstrong entered the room and paused to listen to her. Mary went
on to write 100's of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one
hundred records. She wrote and arranged for such famed bandleaders as Duke Ellington
and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk,
Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie (sadly died of bladder
cancer) b. May
1985: Roy Plomley (71)
English radio broadcaster, producer, playwright and novelist. In 1942, he devised
the BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs. Each show consisted of an interview
with a celebrity, interpersed by the guest's choice of music. He presented 1,791
editions of the programme stretching over 43 years. He was voted BBC Radio Personality
of the Year in 1979. He came to notice as an announcer, and later producer, for
the International Broadcasting Company (IBC), starting on Radio Normandy in April
1936 and moving on at the end of that year to the IBC's Paris-based station, Poste
Parisien. This came to an end when commercial broadcasting from the continent
was brought to a halt by World War II. Roy and his new wife stayed on in Paris,
only narrowly escaping back to the UK via a circuitous route through the chaos
and panic of the Fall of France, losing all their possessions in the process,
as German occupying forces approached the French capital in the June of 1940 (pleurisy)
b. January 20th 1914.
Melvin "Sy" Oliver (77) American arranger, bandleader, trombonist
with Zack White and his Chocolate Beau Brummels, Alphonse Trent, Tommy Dorsey
before forming his own band. He joined Jimmie Lunceford's band in 1933 and contributed
many hit arrangements to the band, including "My Blue Heaven" and "Ain't
She Sweet". In 1939, he became one of the first African Americans with a
prominent role in a white band when he joined Tommy Dorsey as an arranger. He
led the transition of the Dorsey band from Dixieland to modern big band. He become
known for his "growling" horn playing. (?) b.
Dec 17th 1910.
1993: Isaiah "Doc"
Ross (67) American blues and boogie man, a true one-man band, he played
harmonica, acoustic guitar, bass drum and high-hat simultaneously. Once best known
for the recordings he made for Sun Records in the 1950s, notably "The Boogie
Disease" and "Chicago Breakdown", until he won a Grammy for his
1981 LP Rare Blues, and subsequently enjoyed a resurgence and much critical acclaim
towards the end of his career (?) b.
Oct. 21st 1925.
1993: Duncan Browne (46)
British singer, songwriter, his biggest hit in the UK was the song "Journey",
as televised on Top of the Pops in 1972 and was included on his second album Duncan
Browne in 1973. By the mid 1970s, he moved into electric rock mode in collaboration
with Peter Godwin, forming the power pop band Metro, whose recordings were issued
on Sire in America and in addition to his work with Metro he released a couple
more solo albums, The Wild Places and Streets of Fire. From the same period, Duncan's
co-composed song "Criminal World" was recorded by David Bowie on his
1983 Let's Dance album. In
1984-85, he composed and performed the music for the British television series
Travelling Man, in collaboration with the programme's producer Sebastian Graham-Jones.
The soundtrack was released on vinyl and CD. Duncan also composed "Salva
Me", the theme tune of the BBC series "Shadow of the Noose"
lost to cancer) b. March 25th
2001: Francis Bebey (71)
Cameroonian-born French artist, musician, and writer born in Douala,
attended the Sorbonne, and was further educated in America. In 1957, he moved
to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, and took a job as a broadcaster.
In the early 1960s, he moved to France and started work in the arts, establishing
himself as a musician, sculptor, and writer. His most popular novel was Agatha
Moudio's Son. He also worked as a consultant for UNESCO. Francis released his
first album in 1969. His music was primarily guitar-based, although he integrated
traditional African instruments as well. His style was groundbreaking, merging
Cameroonian makossa with classical guitar, jazz, and pop. He sang in Duala, English,
and French and released more than 20 albums over his career
(?) b. July 15th 1929.
Tony Ashton (55)
English rock pianist, keyboardist, singer, composer,
producer and artist born in Blackburn, Lancashire. Tony was invited to join the
Liverpool group the Remo Four as organist/vocalist. The group spent some time
being the resident band at Hamburg's legendary Star club in Germany, followed
by a US tour accompanying the Beatles. They recorded some singles but their best
work came in 1966 when they released their album Smile. Before their break-up
in 1968, they backed George Harrison on his album Wonderwall. Tony formed a new
group with Remo drummer Roy Dyke and bass player Kim Gardner. They called themselves
Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. The trio recorded three albums, but gained recognition
in the UK in 1971, when the single "Resurrection Shuffle" reached No.3
on the UK Singles Chart. In August 1976, when Purple split, Jon Lord and Ian Paice
and Tony formed of Paice, Ashton, Lord (P.A.L.), a band rooted in funk, jazz and
rock. The line-up was completed by future Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden
and bass player Paul Martinez. They recorded Malice In Wonderland in Munich. During
the 80s Tony co-hosted a TV show with Rick Wakeman called "GasTank".
Every week, there were guests ranging from Phil Lynott to Ian Paice who sat in
with the show's in-house band led by Ashton and Wakeman. The 90's sees Tony as
an artist and playing the big festivals with
Bernie Marsden, before
becoming seriously ill in 1999. (cancer)
b. March 1st 1946.
2002: Jean Berger (92)
German pianist, educator and composer born in Hamm, from 1933-39, he lived
in Paris and toured widely as a pianist and accompanist. From 1939-41, he was
assistant conductor at the Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro and on the faculty
of the Brazilian Conservatory. He also toured widely throughout South America.
In 1941, he moved to America and was drafted the following year. In 1943, he became
a US citizen. He worked in the Office of War Information producing foreign-language
broadcasts and USO shows until 1946. From 1946-48, he worked as an arranger for
CBS and NBC and toured as a concert accompanist. Also from 1961-66, Jean taught
at the University of Colorado at Boulder and then the Colorado Women's College,
Denver, Colorado from 1968-71 (?)
b. September 27th 1909.
2004: Derek Frigo (36)
American guitarist with Enuff Z' Nuff before moving
to Los Angeles to work on new material and learn how to produce and engineer music
(drug overdose) b. ??
2007: Norman James Kaye (80) Australian award
winning actor and organist, but maybe best known for his roles in the films of
director Paul Cox. Born
in Melbourne and educated at Geelong Grammar School. Before his acting career,
he was an exemplary musician and he travelled to France to study the organ with
Pierre Cochereau at Notre Dame de Paris, and he won a Premier Prix for conducting
at the Nice Conservatoire. As an adult he was the choirmaster and music teacher
at Caulfield Grammar School from 1958 to 1977. It was the security of a teacher's
salary that allowed Norman to explore the acting world. (sadly
died from Alzheimer's disease) b.
January 17th 1927.
2010: Slim Bryant (101) American country singer,
songwriter and guitarist born in Atlanta, Georgia. After spending nearly 18 years
working with Georgia fiddler Clayton McMichen as part of his band the Georgia
Wildcats, Slim and most of the band separated from McMichen and moved to Pittsburgh
in 1940. He is considered by many to be the father of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
country music scene, having performed on the first television program to air in
that city, a musical variety show broadcast live on WDTV from Syria Mosque in
Oakland, PA, in 1949. He was the last surviving musician to have recorded with
the legendary country singer Jimmie Rodgers, who died in 1933. In
1932, Rodgers recorded Slim's song Mother, the Queen of My Heart, with Slim accompanying
him on guitar. Rodgers not only gave him writing credit, but had them list his
name first, which is something many big stars refuse to do. He also recorded nine
other songs with Jimmie. He gained legendary status on KDKA-TV in the 1950's.With
his back-up group, the Wildcats, he wrote and recorded such novelty songs as Eeny
Meeny Dixie Deeny, the closest he ever came to having a "hit" on the
Billboard charts, and the Iron City Beer jingle that became a fixture in the 50's
(?) b. December 7th 1908
Alys Robi/Alice Robitaille (88) Canadian singer
of Latin American songs; born in the Quebec City, at 13 she moved to the Théâtre
National, on Montreal's Saint Catherine Street. Under the direction of Rose Ouellette,
she learned acting and singing during a 75-week engagement. She continued her
career in the Montreal cabarets, making radio appearances. For a time during the
war, she also hosted a French radio show named Tambour battant and touring Canadian
military bases propelled her career across Canada. During the 1940s, she started
producing 78s and she became renowned way beyond Canada. She captured popular
imagination with Latin rhythms like Besame Mucho and Tico tico, after translating
herself the Spanish or Brasilian songs into French. She sang in chic New York
cabarets by the mid forties and in 1947, she travelled to England where she made
an appearance on the first regular BBC program. In the early 1990s, Alys returned
into the public eye after the massive success she had with a song "Laissez-moi
encore chanter" (?) b.
February 3rd 1923.
2013: Fotis Polymeris (93) Greek singer born
in Patras; as a little boy he stood out in singing competitions and went on to
work with many great composers and singers, as well as with Greek rebetiko artists
such as Tsitsanis, Mitsakis, Papaioannou, Vamvakaris and others. He released his
first album before the war, there after recorded more than 200 songs. Some of
his songs were heard in Greek cinema films such as, Enas xaroumenos alitis /A
happy bum, film: Come to Uncle; Asta ta mallakia sou / Let your tender hair fall,
film: Those who do not have to love; and Tha gurisei ki o trochos / The wheel
will turn (?) b. 1920.
2014: Gustavo Lezcano (59)
Cuban-born American multi-musician, and one time member of the Miami Sound
Machine. He left Cuba aged 7 for Brooklyn and, soon after, South Florida. He joined
the Miami Sound Machine in the early 1980s after he graduated from Florida Atlantic
Uni with a degree in music education in 1976. Lezcano was originally tapped for
his skills on guitar and keyboards, but, the harmonica was his passion. He wrote
the title track for Eyes of Innocence, the Sound Machines first English-language
crossover attempt in 1984. The albums single, Dr. Beat, a Top 20 hit on
Billboards Dance Club Play chart, sports one of Gustavos distinctive
harmonica fills. He was also a session musician and contributed the harmonica
lead that carried the melodic hook on the Bee Gees acoustic ballad, Blue
Island, from the 1993 album Size Isnt Everything. As well as his commercial
work, he spent 32 years as a music teacher at Gratigny Elementary School (?)
b. ?? 1959
Waiters (58) American soul singer (sadly died fighting
2015: Steven Gerber (66) American composer.
2015: Johnny Keating (87) British musician
Fanny Brice (59) A popular and influential American
comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress and entertainer, remembered best
for her many stage, radio and film appearances and her recordings. She was the
creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. After
her death she was depicted on stage and film by Barbra Streisand as Funny Girl
(she sadly died of a cerebral hemorrhage and
is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles)
b. October 29th 1891.
1989: John Cipollina
(64) American guitarist and Hawaiian steel guitarist born in
Berkeley, CA. were he attended Tamalpais High School, in Mill Valley, CA. He played
classical piano in his youth, but soon switched to the guitar and best known for
his role as a founder and the lead guitarist of the prominent San Francisco rock
band Quicksilver Messenger Service, formed in 1965. He recorded 8 albums with
the band, the last being 'Solid Silver' in 1975. After leaving Quicksilver he
formed the band Copperhead with early Quicksilver member Jim Murray. They recorded
albums Copperhead and Copperhead II. John has also recorded with bands such as
Man, Dinosaur, Ravens, Freelight and others (chronic emphysema)
b. August 24th 1943.
opera conductor born in Naples, where he made his debut in 1951. He was principal
conductor at the Linz opera from '61'62 and on the roster of the Deutsche
Opera in West Berlin from '62 to '68. His first appearance at La Scala in Milan
came in 1969, and he also conducted at the opera houses of San Francisco, London
and New York City and chief conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from
'85 until '89 (Giuseppe collapsed from a heart attack while
conducting a performance of 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' at the Bavarian State Opera
in Munich, he sadly
died later in hospital)
b. January 1st 1932.
1992: Ollie Halsall/Peter
John Halsall (43) English guitar virtuoso
in the bands Patto, Boxer and also worked with Kevin Ayers. He is notable as one
of the few players of the vibraphone in rock music. His best known recordings
are his works on the album The Rutles, where he plays many of the instruments
and provides backing and lead vocals of Dirk McQuickly. His role in the accompanying
film however, went to Eric Idle and Ollie only featured in the cameo role as Leppo,
the 5th Rutle who became lost in Hamburg. It is amazing that so few people seem
to know about him. His guitar work was so unusual, fast, and fluid that it would
leave you speechless. He could also make his guitar sing or cry given a gentle
tune. If the world made any sense, he would be way up there on the guitar hero
list with Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, etc. He was blessed with an incredible gift
(sadly Ollie died of a heart attack)
March 14th 1949 ... READ
Jeff Buckley (30) US singer-songwriter, guitarist, son of Tim Buckley;
before world tours and fame, he gained popularity in the early 90s playing covers
at venues in Manhattan's East Village, such as Sin-é, and he gradually
focused more on his own material. Known for his guitaring and vocal range of 4
octaves, he was considered by critics to be one of the most promising artists
of his generation Born in Anaheim, California, he began playing while in high
school, before moving to L.A. to study music; while he was there, he performed
with several jazz and funk bands, as well as playing with Shinehead, a leader
in the dancehall reggae movement. A few years later, he moved to New York, forming
Gods & Monsters with the experimental guitarist Gary Lucas. He began a solo
career and was soon sined Columbia Records, releasing the Live at Sin-e EP in
November of 1993; his album debut, 1994's Grace, received huge rave reviews. The
following 2 years were filled wil extensive world touring, after
which he moved to Memphis, were he began working on his 2nd album My
Sweetheart the Drunk.
Since Jeff's death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material,
including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his unfinished
second album My Sweetheart the Drunk (After
a recording session, he tragically drowned while swimming in Wolf River, a slackwater
channel of the Mississippi Rive. He had waded in wearing boots, all of his clothing,
and singing the chorus of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" when he
was caught by the wake of a passing tugboat, not drug related)
b. November 17th 1966.
2005: George Rochberg (86) American
composer of contemporary classical music; born in Paterson, New Jersey. he attended
the Mannes College of Music, and served in the United States Army in the infantry
during WWII. He
was the chairman of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania until
'68, and continued to teach there until 1983. Most of his works are held in the
archive of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Some can also be
found in the Music Division of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress
in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City,
New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia,
and the City University of New York Of
the works composed early in his career, the Symphony No. 2 ('5556) stands
out as an accomplished serial composition, but he is perhaps best known for his
String Quartets Nos. 3-6 (?)
b. July 5th 1918.
2009: Jonny Dollar/Jonny Sharp (45) British
music producer and helped in inventing trip-hop, one of the most influential musical
genres of the 1990s; he produced Massive Attack's Blue Lines in 1991, which included
the poll-topping single 'Unfinished Sympathy. He
also worked with Neneh Cherry and on Gabrielle's number one album Rise
credited with helping to shape the "Bristol sound," in which hip hop-influenced
downtempo electronic music is punctuated by breakbeats and samples (sadly
Jonny died fighting cancer) b. February 20th
Mark Minkov (67) Russian composer, born in Moscow,
where he attended the Merzlyakovki Conservatory School studying composition under
Nikolay Sidelnikov, before studying under Aram Khachaturian at the Moscow Conservatory
in 1964. In 1999 he
was awarded the Golden Pushkin Medal for "his contribution to the development,
preservation and multiplication of the national cultural traditions, help and
support of the creative intelligentsia, and development and forming of newer styles
and directions in culture" and in 2003, Mark became an Honoured Artist of
b. November 25th 1944.
Doc Watson/Arthel Lane Watson (89) American folk
and bluegrass singe-songwriter, guitarist, banjo, harmonica player born in Deep
Gap, North Carolina. In 1953, joined the Johnson City based Jack Williams' C&W
swing band on electric guitar. The band was often asked to play at square dances,
so, he taught himself to play fiddle tunes on his Les Paul electric guitar. He
later transferred the technique to acoustic guitar, and playing fiddle tunes became
part of his signature sound. His
flatpicking skills, fingerpicking style and knowledge of traditional American
music are highly regarded; From 1970 he performed with his son Merle for over
15 years until Merle's death in 1985, in an accident on the family farm.
In 1986, Doc received the North Carolina Award and in 1994 he received a North
Carolina Folk Heritage Award. Also in 1994, Watson teamed up with musicians Randy
Scruggs and Earl Scruggs to contribute the classic song "Keep on the Sunny
Side" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country. Among his many awards
and honors, Doc won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement
In 1997, he received the National Medal of Arts from U.S. president Bill Clinton.
In 2000, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor
in Owensboro, Kentucky and in 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctor of music
degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. (tragically
died from complications following surgery) b.
March 3rd 1923.
2013: Marvin Junior (77)
American lead singer and founding member of the R&B
group, The Dells. The group was formed in Thornton Township High School, Chicago,
Illinois in 1952 by Marvin and his friends Verne Allison, Johnny Funches, Chuck
Barksdale, Mickey and Lucius McGill, under the name the El-Rays. They released
their first single in 1954, "Darling I Know", which flopped and after
which Lucius dropped out of the group. Two years later and after a change of name
to The Dells, they had their first R&B hit with "Oh What a Night",
which peaked at No.5 on the R&B singles chart. It sold over one million copies,
and was awarded a gold disc. The song is ranked >>>
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Marvin died from kidney failure) b. January 31st
2013: Svatopluk Kovanec (76)
Czech jazz trombonist and one of the most important figures
of the Czech jazz scene. From 1959 he was head of a Jazz Combo in Ústí
nad Labem. He was a member of Jazz Celula from 197081, then with the Jazz
Orchestra of the Czechoslovak Radio. Over his career he also performed with Emil
Viklický Sextet, Jazz Combo Ústí N. L., Konstelace Josefa
Vobruby, Praské Dezové Kvarteto, Skupina Karla Ruicky
among others and when
performing abroad has gained a reputation as one of Europe's best trombonist.
Later he was a member of the Gustav Brom Big Band
(sadly died fighting cancer)
b. January 2nd 1936.
2013: Mulgrew Miller
(57) American jazz pianist born in Greenwood,
Mississippi; he began his career performing and recording with Betty Carter in
1980, Woody Shaw 1981-83, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers 1983-86. Over his career
he also recorded with Stefon Harris, Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Kenny Garrett,
Antonio Hart, Freddie Hubbard, Wallace Roney, Cassandra Wilson and many others
including 7 albums with Tony Williams between 1986-1998. Mulgrew
released 16 recorded albums as a leader including 4 albums with Derrick Hodge
on bass and Karriem Riggins on drums: Live At Yoshi's Vol. 1 in 2004, Live At
Yoshi's Vol. 2 in 2005, Live At The Kennedy Center Vol. 1 in 2006, and Live At
The Kennedy Center Vol. 2 in 2007. On May 20th 2006, he was awarded the honorary
degree of Doctor of Performing Arts at Lafayette College's 171st Commencement
Exercises. He was the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University
and the Artist in Residence at Lafayette College for 2008-2009. His last working
trio consisted of Ivan Taylor on bass and Darrell Green on drums.
Mulgrew died from a stroke) b. August 13th 1955.
2014: Miljenko Prohaska (88) Croatian
composer, music arranger and orchestra conductor born in Zagreb. From mid-1950s
to the late 1980s he was a contrabass player with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Radio Zagreb Symphony Orchestra, the Yugoslav Radio Orchestra, the Zagreb
Jazz Quartet and many other musical ensembles. In 1989 he retired from playing
and became the conductor of Radio Zagreb's Dance Orch. Between 1996 and 1998 he
was conductor of the Croatian Army Big Band. He also conducted orchestras at five
Eurovision Song Contests, twice in London, twice in Dublin and once in Madrid
and often performed around the world. He also made a number of compositions for
symphony orchestras, as well as music arrangements for popular Croatian singers
such as Josipa Lisac, Gabi Novak and Arsen Dedic. He also worked as a score composer
for a number of television and theatre plays, animated and films, ballets and
choirs, and scored fifteen Croatian feature films. More recently, he has occasionally
worked with the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, the Zagreb Soloists, the Croatian Radiotelevision's
Symphony Orchestra and their Big Band, and many others. Miljenko
was a longtime member of the Croatian Composers' Society and had served as its
president twice. He also won many awards for his work, including the Golden Arena
for Best Film Music in 1968), the Vladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement in
1988 and the Porin Award for Life Achievement in 1995
(?) b. September 17th 1925.
2014: Tito Torbellino/Tito Whirlwind /Tomas Tovar Rascon
(33) American banda singer and musician, born
in Phoenix, Arizona. He played the accordion and began to compose their own melodies
at the age of 14 and left school to form his band 'Tito and his Whirlwind'. The
music in his songs sound similar to polka and includes guitars,
and drums. His songs were mainly focused
on unrequited love, but others talk about the life, crimes and death of drug kingpins.
He and his band went on to record 13 albums, "Te La Pasas" with Espinoza
Paz was the last song Tito recorded. He had also been working on his first movie
El Filly as a producer, director and actor, a film about a man born in the USA,
but with Mexican roots. (tragically Tito was shot in the
head and chest in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, where he was due make
an appearance at the Obregón Expo 2014. He was attacked and brutally murdered
by six assailants that barged into the Red, a Chinese restaurant in Obregón
City where Tito was enjoying a meal with friends) b.
? May 23rd 1981 [he celebrated his 33rd birthday just before
2014: Antonín Viktora
(71) Czech jazz guitarist born in Hodonin and
moved to Pragueat
an early age, where he soon became part of the local club scene. Later from 1973-1974
he was part of the trio with Jiri Suchy and C & K Vocal. An important stage
in his musical career was working in Jazz Sanatorium Ludek Hulan from 1977 to
1979, after with he formed his own groups. Also over his long musical career,
he played in a variety of other configurations including Orchestra Karel Gott
(sadly died after a long illness)
b. May 29th 1943.
2015: Natalya Lagoda (42)
Ukrainian-born Russian singer and model (bilateral pneumonia)
1953: Arthur "Dooley" Wilson (67) African
American actor and singer; appeared in over twenty motion pictures, maybe he is
best remembered as piano-player "Sam" who sings "As Time Goes By"
at the request of Ilsa Lund / Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film Casablanca. In the
1920s he played as a drummer in a band which toured Europe. From the 1930s to
the 1950s he worked in motion pictures and Broadway musicals, and played Bill
Jackson on the television situation comedy Beulah during its final 19521953
season. (?) b. April 3th 1886
1956: Valaida Snow (51)
American trumpeter, vocalist; she learned to play
cello, bass, banjo, violin, mandolin, harp, accordion, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone,
sing and dance at professional levels by the time she was 15. She was named "Little
Louis" after Louis Armstrong, who used to call her the world's second best
jazz trumpet player besides himself. While touring Denmark in 1941, she was arrested
and sent to a Nazis Concentration camp where she was held until May of 1942 before
being released on a prisoner exchange. She never emotionally recovered from the
experience (brain hemorrhage)
b. June 2nd 1904.
1971: Marcel Dupré (85) French
organist and composer, a child prodigy, he was born in Rouen, he entered the Paris
Conservatoire in 1904. In 1914, he won the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata,
Psyché. In 1926, he was appointed professor of organ performance and improvisation
at the Paris Conservatoire, a position he held until 1954. Marcel became famous
for performing more than 2000 organ recitals throughout Australia, the United
States, Canada and Europe, which included a recital series of 10 concerts of the
complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach in 1920-Paris Conservatoire and 1921-Palais
du Trocadéro, both performed entirely from memory. The sponsorship of an
American transcontinental tour by the John Wanamaker department store interests
rocketed his name into international prominence. In 1934, he succeeded Charles-Marie
Widor as titular organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, a post he held until his death
in 1971 (?)
b. May 3rd 1886
Melvin 'Lil Son' Jackson (58) US electric
blues artist, singer, guitarist; played early on in a gospel group called the
Blue Eagle Four. He released "Freedom Train Blues" in 1948, which became
a nationwide hit in the U.S. and recorded for Imperial Records between 1950 and
1954, both as a solo artist and with a backing band. His 1950 tune "Rockin'
and Rollin" was recast by later musicians as "Rock Me Baby". He
was hurt in a car crash in the middle of the 1950s and gave up his music career.
B. B. King covered Melvins "I Got to Leave This Woman", on his 2000
album, Makin' Love Is Good for You (cancer) b.
August 16th 1915.
Paul Desmond/Paul Emil Breitenfeld (52) US
jazz alto saxophonist born in San Francisco; known for the work he did in the
Dave Brubeck Quartet and for penning that group's greatest hit, "Take Five".
In addition to his work with Brubeck he led several of his own groups and did
significant collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall and Chet
Baker. He was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1977.
Paul succumbed to lung cancer following one last tour with Dave Brubeck)
b. November 25th 1924.
1980: Carl Radle (37)
bass player born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and maybe best known for his association
with Eric Clapton, starting in 1969 with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, then
Derek and the Dominos, and he took part in Joe Cocker's famous Mad Dogs and Englishmen
tour. He worked on all of Eric's solo projects and was a member of Clapton's touring
band from 1970 until 1979. Carl also can be seen in the famous concert film, The
Concert for Bangladesh. By the time The Concert for Bangladesh album was released
in 1972, Carl had recorded albums with Dave Mason, J. J. Cale, George Harrison,
The Colours, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and Buddy Guy among others. He can also
be seen in Martin Scorsese's , The Last Waltz, a final concert performance of
The Band, in 1978 (sadly
died from a kidney infection, the effects of alcohol and narcotics).
b. June 18th 1942
Hank Mobley (55) American
hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer; born in Eastman, Georgia,
but was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Early in his career, he worked with Dizzy
Gillespie and Max Roach. He took part in one of the landmark hard bop sessions,
alongside Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins and trumpeter Kenny Dorham.
The results of these sessions were released as Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers.
During the 1960s, he worked chiefly as a leader, recording over 20 albums for
Blue Note Records between
1955 and 1970., including Soul Station and
Roll Call , He performed with many of the most important hard bop players, such
as Grant Green, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Clark, Wynton Kelly and Philly Joe Jones,
and formed a particularly productive partnership with trumpeter Lee Morgan (pneumonia)
July 7th 1930.
1987: Melvin Edward Alton "Turk" Murphy (71)
American jazz trombonist born in Palermo, CA;
he was most renowned for playing traditional and dixieland jazz in San Francisco.
In 1952, he headed his own band, "Turk Murphy's Jazz Band," which included
pianist Wally Rose, clarinetist Bob Helm, banjo player Dick Lammi, and tubaist
Bob Short. They played at the Italian Village at Columbus and Lombard, San Franciscos
North Beach. As well as releasing dozens of albums the band appeared on The Ed
Sullivan Show twice in 1959 and 1965. Among other venues, Melvin's band played
his nightclub "Earthquake McGoons," which opened in 1960 and moved twice
before closing in 1984 and in January of 1987, Melvin played Carnegie Hall
(?) b. December 16th 1915
Robert O'Reilly (47) Australian singer (?)
1989: Zinka Milanov (83) Croatian-born operatic spinto
soprano who had a major career centred on the New York Metropolitan Opera.
She made her operatic debut as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore in Ljubljana,
Slovenia, at the young age of 21. Her debut in her native Croatia, at the National
Theatre in Zagreb, took place five weeks later as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's
Faust. In 1937, the soprano made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Leonora.
At that time she adopted the name Milanov, which was the stage name of her second
husband. She gave her final performance in 1966 at the closing night of the old
Metropolitan Opera House. Having worked as a voice teacher while still performing,
Zinka devoted herself to teaching after her retirement. She recorded prolifically
from the 1940s through to the 1960s. Her voice was well-suited to Italian operas
such as those of Verdi, Ponchielli, Puccini and the verismo composers (?)
b. May 17th 1906.
Ra/Herman Blount (79)
An innovative US jazz composer, bandleader, piano,
poet, synthesizer playe rand philosopher known
for his "cosmic philosophy", musical compositions and performances.
His music touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing
music, from bebop to free jazz; he was also a pioneer of electronic music, space
music and free improvisation, and was one of the first musicians, regardless of
genre, to make extensive use of electronic keyboards (sadly
died of a stroke) b. May 22nd 1914.
Antonio Flores (33)
Spanish singer and songwriter born in Madrid; his
first album, "Antonio", was released on 1980 and included the hit No
dudaría and a cover from Joaquín Sabina's Pongamos que hablo de
Madrid. He released 3 more albums Al caer el sol-1984, Gran Vía-1988 and
Cosas mías-1995. 4 albums were released posthumous (drug
overdose only two weeks after the death of his mother)
November 14th 1961.
Ross (46) American
songwriter, brother of Diana Ross; he and Leon Ware wrote hits for acts such as
Michael Jackson, The Miracles and Marvin Gaye. (T-Boy and
his wife Patricia, were found murdered in a basement of a house in Detroit's Oak
Park area, the double murder is still unsolved)
Lee "Tex" Beneke (86) American saxophonist, singer and bandleader
born in Fort Worth, Texas. Gordon started playing saxophone when he was nine,
going from soprano to alto to tenor saxophones and staying with the latter. His
first professional work was with bandleader Ben Young in 1935. He is probably
remembered best for his association and best-selling hit records with Glenn Miller's
popular big band from 1938 to 1942. One of his famous solos can be heard on "In
The Mood" and Gordon sings on another popular Glenn Miller recording, "Chattanooga
Choo Choo". He took over leadership of the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the
death of Glenn in World War II (respiratory failure).
b. February 12th 1914
2002: Kenny Craddock
(52) English organist, keyboard player, composer and producer, born
in Wrekenton, Gateshead. Throughout his career he worked with artists including
Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Billy Bragg, Gerry Rafferty and Alan White. He collaborated
with Alan Hull and Lindisfarne, joining the band in 1973 and remaining with them
until their temporary split in 1975, and acted as musical director for Van Morrison
and Mary Black. Kenny
began touring with Van Morrison in the early 1980s, playing keyboards until around
1985. In the nineties, he provided, with Colin Gibson, the incidental music to
Steven Moffat's sitcom Joking Apart. He performed the show's theme song, a cover
version of Chris Rea's "Fool (If You Think It's Over)". Around this
time, he also toured with Paul Brady. Kenny moved to Portugal in 2001, and completed
his first solo album in 2002, Mad as the Mist and Snow (tragically
died in a car crash) b. April 18th 1950.
2003: Mickie Most/Michael Peter Hayes (64)
English singer and record producer, with a string of No.1 singles with his own
RAK Records, and with acts such as The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, and
Suzi Quatro (sadly lost to mesothelioma). b.
June 20th 1938
2009: Waldemar Matuka
(76) Czech singer; brought up in in Prague,
he played various musical instruments with many different bands. In 1960 he recorded
his first song Suvenýr (Souvenir). Later he became an actor in the theatre
Semafor and also won the Zlatý Slavík (Golden Nightingale) music
poll twice, in 1962 and 1967, and placed second several times. He also sang with
Helena Vondrácková, Marta Kubiová, Jitka Zelenková,
Hana Hegerová, Karel Gott and others.
As his popularity grew he started acting in movies and writing songs for movies.
He relocated to America in
1986. In Czechoslovakia, the Communist party banned all his songs, destroyed recordings
of Jsem svým pánem ('I'm My Own Master'), deleted his opening song
in the television series Chalupári (just the melody remained) and changed
the title of the series Rozpaky kuchare Svatopluka. After the 1989 Velvet revolution
in Czechoslovakia, his songs were returned to their proper place in the television
continued to perform in America, mostly for emigrants from Czechoslovakia. (pneumonia
and heart failure, asthma may have contributed to his death)
b. July 2nd 1932.
Ali-Ollie Woodson/Ollie Creggett (58) American R&B singer, songwriter,
keyboardist and occasional actor, born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in
Town Creek, Alabama. Legendary, Bill Pinkney started Ali on the road at the age
of 19, giving him a job as a keyboardist and then a vocalist for The Bill Pinkney's
Original Drifters in the early 1970s. Ali became the lead singer of Motown's Temptations
from 1984 to 1986, and again from 1988 to 1996. While in the group, he co-wrote,
co-produced, and sang lead and played keyboards on the 1984 Temptations single
"Treat Her Like a Lady," which was a No.2 hit on the U.S. R&B charts.
His last Temptations album was 1995's "For Lovers Only", after which
he began his solo career ... READ
MORE ... (Ali sadly passed away after battling leukemia
for eighteen months) b. September 12th 1951.
2011: Giorgio Tozzi (88) American operatic
bass born in Chicago; he was a mainstay for many years with the Metropolitan Opera,
and sang principal bass roles in most major opera house worldwide. Also after
dubbing the singing parts for the character of Emile de Becque, acted by Rossano
Brazzi, in the 1958 film of South Pacific, he spent many years playing the role
of de Becque himself in various revivals and road tours of the show. Giorgio was
the recipient of three Grammy Awards: in 1960 the Grammy Award for Best Classical
Performance, Operatic or Choral for The Marriage of Figaro with Erich Leinsdorf;
in 1961 the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for Puccini's Turandot, with
Erich Leinsdorf; and in 1963 the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for Georg
Solti's recording of Verdi's Aida. He also sang the bass part in the recording
of Sir Thomas Beecham's version of Handel's Messiah for RCA Victor in 1959
(sadly died from a heart attack) b. January 8th 1923.
2012: Pete Cosey (68)
American guitarist from Chicago; he was a key session musician at Chess Records
in the 60s, appearing on recordings by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Rotary
Connection, and Etta James, and he worked with the great Phil Cohran in the Artistic
Heritage Ensemble. Pete was also an early member of The Pharaohs and a group with
drummer Maurice White and bassist Louis Satterfield that eventually evolved into
Earth, Wind & Fire. He is probably most remembered for his genius work with
Miles Davis in the early to mid 70s when Davis
broke up the band in 1975. Pete played on the trumpeter's
heaviest, most electric albums, including Agharta, Pangaea, and Get Up With It.
After Pete continued to appear on records, including Herbie Hancock's Future Shock
and an album with Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata. In 2003, he scored a short
film, directed by Eli Mavros, Alone Together and in 2004, he appeared in the Godfathers
and Sons episode of Martin Scorsese's documentary series The Blues. In 2007-08,
Pete contributed to 5 tracks on the CD Miles from India, which celebrates the
music of Miles Davis: "Ife (Fast)", "It's About That Time",
"Miles Runs the Voodoo Down", "Great Expectations", and "Ife
(Slow)" (?) b.
October 9th 1943.
2014: Coleman Lewis (41)
American rock guitarist from Atlanta, Georgia; he was a member of the punk-blues
band Smoke and worked with Cat Power
in the 90s, and more recently has been a member of
the band Ignitor Fool aka Welfare. Over his career he has also done stints with
other bands including Hustler White, Lip Lock Alarm Clock, Ed Splatt, and Red
Eye Gravy (tragically Coleman
died of a heroin overdose) b. 1973
Christine Charbonneau (70) Canadian singer-songwriter,
guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec; she wrote her first song at the age of twelve
and began singing professionally at La Butte à Mathieu in Val-David, Québec
in 1959 and became one of the Icons of Québec Songs. Around 1967, as the
"Boites à chansons" were facing decline, she continued her career
at CBC Radio and CBC Television. The 1970s are the most intensive years of her
songwriter career, as it was marked by the recording of many of her songs with
different artists. Du fil des aiguilles et du coton, Je le vois dans ma soupe,
Ça m'fait du bien recorded by France Castel on Profil Records and Trans-World
Records, reached the Top Twenty Charts in Quebec and her 1973, 1974, 1975 albums
are mostly Christine's songs; Tout va trop vite/Thank you come again, Un jour
comme les autres, Le lit qui craque, made the charts and gave a start to Gallant
French career in Quebec. Her biggest hit as a singer was her disco song of 1975,
2008, her song Les femmes sang by Sheila was one of the chosen songs for the film
(sadly died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. October 18th 1943
2015: Jim Bailey (77)
American singer, actor and impressionist () b.
Corry Brokken (83) Dutch
singer and in 1957 became the first Dutch winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
with the song "Net als toen"/"Like it used to be". She was
one of the most popular women singers of the 1950s and 1960s, performing in the
Sleeswijk Revue alongside Snip en Snap and scoring hits, some of which with translated
chansons by Charles Aznavour. In 1973, however, she happened upon a book discussing
Roman law, and began to get interested in the legal profession. In 1976, Corry
served as the presenter of Eurovision Song Contest, and in 1997 she announced
the results of the Dutch vote for that year's contest. By that time she
was no longer active as a singer; she ended her musical
career in 1976 to study law. (?)
b. December 3rd 1932.
2016: Jimmy Borges (80)
Hawaiin jazz singer; from age 12, he spent most of his years on the mainland,
and went on to earn a football scholarship at San Francisco State College. At
the age of 20, he began to sing in Bay Area nightclubs, and he never looked back.
He sang at the Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco before being
recruited to Las Vegas in 1959, where he replaced the star of a show called Holiday
in Japan. For six decades, he brought joy to audiences with his unique voice,
distinctive vocal jazz interpretations. In 2016 at 39th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano
Awards ceremony, he was honored as 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year
and Favorite Entertainer of the Year. He also earned awards for Jazz
Album of the Year and Album of the Year for his self entitled
album produce by Jon de Mello with Mountain Apple during the Saturday evening
died fighting cancer)
b. June 1st 1935.
Thomas Fekete (27) American guitarist
and founding member of the indie rock band, 'Surfer Blood', from West Palm Beach,
Florida. The band's 2009 debut single "Swim" gained much critical acclaim
and was named as the 37th best track on Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2009. They
released their debut album Astro Coast in January 2010. In May 2010, the band
played at the ATP music festival curated by Pavement along with other groups such
as Broken Social Scene, The Walkmen, and Atlas Sound. Later that month, Surfer
Blood headed over to Spain to join the lineup at the San Miguel Primavera Sound
Festival. In August of that year, Surfer Blood finished out the summer playing
two more festivals; Splendour in the Grass in Australia and Summer Sonic in Tokyo.
The band was chosen by Les Savy Fav to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England. Thomas left
the band in 2015 shortly after the announcement of their third album, "1000
Palms", due to a medical diagnosis for a rare form of cancer, Sarcoma, that
had spread to his lungs and spine. (tragically
died, too young, fighting cancer) b.
July 1st 1988
Franz Joseph Haydn (77) Austrian
composer; master of keyboard, vocals, chamber, concerto, opera, choral, symphonic,
orchestral and called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father
of the String Quartet". Intended for the priesthood, he was recruited at
age eight to the choir at St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, where he learned violin
and keyboard. Joseph was hired by Prince Paul Anton in 1761, and worked for most
of his years of service, 1762'90, as the Esterházy family
Kapellmeister (Joseph died after a long illness)
b. March 31st 1732.
Billy Strayhorn (51) American composer,
pianist, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader Duke Ellington.
An extravagantly gifted composer, arranger and pianist, some considered him a
genius; he toiled throughout most of his maturity in the gaudy shadow of his employer,
collaborator and friend, Duke Ellington. He began his musical career, studying
classical music for a time at the Pittsburgh Music Institute, writing a high school
musical, forming a musical trio that played daily on a local radio station, and,
while still in his teens, composing (with lyrics) the songs "Life Is Lonely",
later renamed "Lush Life", "My Little Brown Book", and "Something
to Live For". He was then introduced to the music of pianists like Art Tatum
and Teddy Wilson at age 19. These musicians guided him into the realm of jazz
where he remained for the rest of his life. His first jazz exposure was in a combo
called the Mad Hatters who played around Pittsburgh. He
met Duke Ellington in December 1938, after an Ellington performance in Pittsburgh,
Billy told, and then showed the Duke how he would have arranged one of Duke's
own pieces, after which Billy worked for Ellington for the next quarter century
as an arranger, composer, occasional pianist and collaborator until his early
of the esophagus) b. November
born in born in Florence;
made her debut in 1937 with the Salmaggi Opera in New York City. In 1947, she
sang in a concert version of "Otello" with Arturo Toscanini and the
NBC Symphony. Over the next seven years she sang with the orchestra in several
Verdi operas and went to Italy with Toscanini for the postwar reopening of La
Scala opera house. Herva
made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1953 in "Aida" and sang many leading
roles there. Her final performance was in 1962, in "Norma" at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music. After which she concerntrated on a catering career gaining a
particular reputation as a chef. (died
after his battle with leukemia)
January 9th 1909.
Eddie Jones (67) American
jazz double bassist, born
in Greenwood, Mississippi and grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey, he played in the
early 1950s with Sarah Vaughan and Lester Young. He taught music in South Carolina
from 1951 to 1952, and became a member of Count Basie's orchestra in 1953, remaining
there until 1962. He recorded frequently with this ensemble, and also played with
Basie in smaller ensembles; these featured both Basie sidemen Joe Newman, Frank
Foster, Frank Wess, Thad Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Milt Jackson, Coleman Hawkins,
and Putte Wickman. He quit music in 1962 and took a job with IBM; he later became
vice president of an insurance company. In the 1980s he returned to jazz and played
on and off in swing jazz ensembles (?)
2000: Johnnie Taylor (63) US
gospel, blues and soul to pop, doo-wop and disco singer with the Five Echoes,
the Soul Stirrers and the Highway QCs.
Born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. His singing was strikingly close to that of
Sam Cooke, and he was hired to take Sam's place in Cooke's gospel group, the Soul
Stirrers, in 1957. In 1966, he signed to Stax
Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was dubbed "The Philosopher of Soul".
Whilst there he recorded with the label's house band, Booker T. & the MGs.
His hits included "I Had a Dream", "I've Got to Love Somebody's
Baby" (both written by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter) and "Who's
Making Love?", which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No.
1 on the R&B chart in 1968. In 1976 his number one hit "Disco Lady,"
sold over two million copies. Signing with Malaco Records in the 1984 he recorded
a total of 12 albums for the label over the next 15 years, ranking as one of their
best-selling artists. Johnnie was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues
Foundation in 1999 and continued touring and recording up until his death (heart
attack). b. May
2000: Joe Puma
(72) American jazz guitarist; played with
such bands as Louie Bellson, Artie Shaw, Eddie Bert, Herbie Mann, Mat Mathews,
Chris Connor, and Paul Quinichette; he also recorded extensively as a leader.
In the 1960s he worked with Morgana King, Bobby Hackett, Gary Burton, and Carmen
McRae, and between '72-'77 he and Chuck Wayne led an ensemble. He performed and
taught into the late 1990s (cancer).
b. August 13th 2000
Robert Quine (61) US guitarist; on leaving
Berklee School of Music, Richard Hell invited him to join his new band The Voidoids.
Their two albums Blank Generation and Destiny Street feature Quine's distinctive
guitar work. After which recorded with Lydia Lunch, Jody Harris and Material.
In the early 1980s, former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed asked Robert to
join his group. He appeared on Reed's The Blue Mask, acclaimed as one of Reed's
best albums, also did a world tour, which is documented on the video A Night with
Lou Reed -1983 and the album Live in Italy released 1984. He went on to play,
record and/or tour with many musicians including Tom Waits, John Zorn, Ikue
Mori, Marc Ribot, Marianne Faithfull, Brian
Eno, Scritti Politti, Lloyd Cole, Odds,
Jody Harris, Matthew
Sweet and Lester
after the death of his wife Alice in August 2003, he committed suicide by a heroin
overdose) b. December 30th 1942
2004: Étienne Roda-Gil (62)
French songwriter and screenwriter; after university studies in 1968, he met singer
Julien Clerc and began a successful collaboration which lasted until 1980. They
did, however, collaborate on the album Utile in 1992, which won the Prix Vincent
Scotto. In 1979, he collaborated with Gérard Lenorman on the album Boulevard
de l'océan. Others he worked with included Johnny Hallyday, Claude François,
Juliette Gréco, Barbara and Louis Bertignac. In 1989 he received the grand
prix of songwriting from Sacem... La Société des auteurs, compositeurs
et éditeurs de musique (died in Paris) b. Aug 1st 1941.
Lula Mae Hardaway (76) American songwriter, mother
of singer Stevie Wonder, Lula co-wrote many of her son's songs during his teenage
years including the hit singles "I Was Made to Love Her" and "Signed,
Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". For co-writing the latter song, she was nominated
for the 1970 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and was also the subject of a
2002 biography entitled, "Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway,
Stevie Wonder's Mother" (?) b.
January 11th 1930.
Danny La Rue OBE/Daniel Pa trick Carroll (81) Irish-born
British female impersonator and singer; His family moved to England when he was
six and he was brought up at Earnshaw Street in Soho, central London, but moved
to County Devon during the London Blitz. After serving in the British Royal Navy,
he became known for his skill as a 'comic in a frock' as he preferred to be called,
in UK and was featured in theatre productions, in film, TV, and records. Among
his celebrity impersonations were Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Marlene Dietrich,
and Margaret Thatcher. At one point he had his own nightclub in Hanover Square,
and also performed on London's West End. In the 1960s he was among Britain's highest-paid
entertainers. In 1968 his version of "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" reached
number 33 in the UK singles chart.
In the 1970s he owned the Swan
at Streatley hotel. In 1982 he played Dolly Levi in the musical Hello, Dolly!,
and he was until his death still a regular performer in traditional Christmas
pantomime shows in Britain. Danny was made an OBE in the 2002 Queen's Birthday
Honours List. Other highlites and honors included Royal Variety Performance appearances
in 1969, 1972 and 1978, Variety Club of Great Britain Showbiz Personality of the
Year in 1969, Theatre Personality of the Year in 1970, Entertainer of the Decade
in 1979 and the Brinsworth Award from the EABF for his outstanding contribution
to the entertainment profession and the community (prostate
cancer) b. July 26th 1927.
Juárez (62) Argentine singer-songwriter
and bandoneónist, born in Ballesteros, and raised in Avellaneda. His corresponding
studies of the guitar during his youth led him to integrate various rock bands
into his repetoire. Years later he met the guitarist Héctor Arbello around
the time that they both played together with Julio Sosa. They formed a band and
toured around the country. When the bandoneonist Aníbal Troilo went to
watch him the first time, Rubén asked him to be his artistic godfather.
On 2 June 1969 he recorded his first song with the label Odeón Para vos,
canilla, and that was an immediate success. After a year, he was recruited by
Nicolás Mancera to sing on his TV program Sábados Circulares. Since
that time, he had acted in Argentina and abroad, and recorded songs with artists
like Armando Pontier, Charly García, Pedro Aznar, Leopoldo Federico, Raúl
Garello, Litto Nebbia, the guitarist Roberto Grela and José Colángelo.
In later years he worked with the master Raúl Luzzi
(sadly lost his battle with prostate cancer) b. November 5th 1947.
Lees/Benjamin Lisniansky (86)
American composer of classical music, born
in Harbin, China, and raised in San Francisco. In 1972, he was commissioned by
the Philadelphia Orchestra to write the music to the text of E.B. Whites
The Trumpet of the Swans. In 1985, he was commissioned by the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra to write a piece that would commemorate the 40th anni of the
end of the Holocaust, Symphony No. 4 Memorial Candles. Symphony No.
5, commemorating the arrival of Swedish immigrants to Delaware in the 17th century,
was recorded, along with his Symphony No.2 and Symphony No.3, and earned him a
2004 Grammy nomination. A recording of his Violin Concerto by Elmar Oliveira was
also nominated for a Grammy in 2009. His music has been performed around the world
over the years at venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center
in Washington D.C., and in Monaco at a performance celebrating the 500th anniversary
of the kingdom. In 2009 Naxos Records released a new recording of his String Quartets
Nos. 1, 5 and 6, performed by the Cypress String Quartet (sadly
died of heart failure) b.
January 8th 1924.
2011: Sølvi Wang (81)
Norwegian singer and actress, born in Bærum, she started at an early age
singing in her father's, jazz musician Yngvar Wang, orchestra. In 1948 she joined
the vocal group The Monn Keys and debuted as a recording artist in 1950, in a
duet with Arve Opsahl. Later she recorded solo albums, and was responsible for
18 releases in the years up until 1955. She combined her solo career with performances
with The Monn Keys. In 1954 the group performed their first variety show, Over
alle grenser, at Chat Noir in Oslo. She worked at Chat Noir in the years 1959
to 1963, then at Edderkoppen from 1963 to 1964, before moving to Det Norske Teatret.
Among her many shows for television, That's Entertainment from 1966 gained her
a measure of international fame when it won an award at the Montreux Comedy Festival.
The award earned her a chance to perform at The Ed Sullivan Show, and to sing
with Jack Parnell's orchestra at the London Palladium. Solvihad the lead role
in movies such as the 1964 comedy Pappa tar gull and the 1978 drama Hvem har bestemt?
acted in a production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1987
(?) b. August 28th 1929
2012: Kiyohiko Ozaki aka Yokey (69) Japanese
pop singer, whose father is British & his mother Japanese, began his 45 year
career in 1967. He released his first solo single "Yoake no Wakara"
in August, 1970, and released his debut album on April 25th 1971, which reached
No.2 in the Oricon, just like his follow up album which was released in July of
that year same year. His most famous single to many is "Mata Au Himade"
/ Until The Day When Well Meet Again (sadly Kiyohika
died fighting liver cancer) b. January 1st 1943.
2015: Will Holt (86) American songwriter and
playwright (sadly died from Alzheimer's disease) b.
Slim Richey (77) American guitarist, (sadly died fighting lymphoma)
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