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1952: Michael Marra (Scottish musician and songwriter)*23.Oct.2012.
1990: Laura Marling (UK singer-songwriter).
1983: Andrew VanWyngarden (US vocalist, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums; MGMT).
1979: Valentin Elizalde (popular Mexican singer)*25.Nov.2006..
1978: Tim Harding (Australian singer; Hi-5)
1975: Big Boi/Antwan André
Patton (US rap artist;Outkast)
1973: Yuri Landman (Dutch musical
instrument inventor, musicologist)
1972: Kami/Ukyo Kamimura (Japanese
drummer; Malice Mizer)*21.June.1999..
1971: Ron Welty (US drums; Offspring)
1969: Patrick Wilson (US
1969: Joshua Redman (US jazz saxophonist, composer).
1968: Lisa Marie Presley (US singer, daughter of Elvis Presley, former
wife of Michael Jackson)
1968: George Donaldson (Scottish
singer, musician; Celtic Thunder/solo)*12.March.2014.
1964: Mario Pelchat (Canadian singer)
1964: Jani Lane/John Kennedy Oswald
lead vocalist, lyricist, songwriter; Warrant)*11.Aug.2011..
1964: Dwayne Goettel (Canadian keyboardist; Skinny Puppy/Psyche/Doubting
1962: Tomoyasu Hotei (Japanese guitarist)
1957: Dennis Brown (Jamaican
1956: Exene Cervenka/Christine Cervenková
(US singer, writer, guitarist; punk rock band X).
1954: Chuck Dukowski/Gary
McDaniel (US bassist; Black Flag).
1954: Bill Mumy (US actor, multi-musician;
Rick Springfield/Seduction of the Innocent/solo).
1952: Jeno Jandó
(Hungarian classical pianist)
1951: Sonny Landreth (US guitarist,
slide guitar, songwriter).
1951: Fran Christina (US drummer; The Fabulous
1951: Rich Williams (US guitarist, Kansas/freelance)
1950: Mike Campbell (US singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer;Tom Petty's
1948: Rick James/James Ambrose Johnson Jr
1948: John Bilezikjian
oud player, milti-musician)*19.Jan.2015.
1947: Mike Brant/Moshe Brand (Israeli pop singer)*25.April.1975..
1947: Normie Rowe (Australian singer; The Playboys/solo)
Clark (US Motown soul singer)
1943: John Fisher/Edward John Fisher
(UK lead guitarist; The Firebirds/The Konchords/The IQ's).
Francois (French pop singer)*11.March.1978..
1939: Joe Sample (US keyboards;
Modern Jazz Sextet/Jazz Crusaders)*12.Sept.2014.
1938: Jimmy Carl Black/James Inkanish (US drums; Zappa/Farrell&Black
1937: Don Everly (guitar/vocals, Everly Brothers)
1937: Ray Sawyer
(vocals; Dr. Hook &the Medicine Show)
1937: Erik Amundsen
(Norwegian jazz upright-bassist)*22.Feb.2015.
Bob Shane/Robert Castle Schoen (singer; Kingston
1933: Sadao Watanabe (Japanese
jazz musician and saxophonist).
"Uncle" Lionel Batiste (US
jazz-blues singer, bass drum,
kazoo; Treme Brass
1930: María Elena Walsh (Argentine pianist, poet, composer, writer)*10.Jan.2011..
Dean/Reba Jeanette Smith
singer; 1st Motown white solo artist)*17.Feb.2001..
1922: Renata Tebaldi (Italian international soprano singer)*19.Dec.2004..
1909: George Beverly Shea (Canadian
award-winning centenarian, bass-baritone singer).
1907: Camargo Guarnieri
1906: Hildegarde Loretta Sell (US cabaret, vaudeville singer,
1894: James "Jimmy" Johnson
(American jazz pianist, pioneer, composer)*17.Nov.1955..
1877: Thomas Frederick Dunhill (Composer)*13.March.1946..
1992: Danielle White (US singer)
1983: Alex Westaway (UK
guitarist, vocalist; Fightstar).
1983: Will South (US vocalist, piano,
guitar; Thirteen Senses)
Zilli/Maria Chiara Fraschetta (Italian
1980: Gucci Mane/Radric Davis (US rapper)
Eden Espinosa (American singer and stage actress).
1977: Heather Martin
(American gospel singer; Virtue).
1977: Shakira/Shakira Isabel Mebarak
Ripoll (Colombian singer, songwriter)
1975: Billy Mohler (US bassist;
Jay Hodgson Group,/Jimmy Chamberlin Complex)
1972: Dana International/Yaron
'Sharon' Cohen (Israeli singer).
1972: Tego Calderón (Puerto
Rican reggaeton artist)
1971: Ben Mize (US drummer; Counting Crows)
1968: Simon Wickham-Smith (UK vocalist, experimental computer music)
1966: Robert DeLeo (US bass; Stone Temple Pilots/Talkshow/Army of Anyone).
1965: Jonny King (US jazz pianist; Christian McBride/Art Blakey/Kenny
1965: Ken White (US guitarist, vocals; New Tradition/Big
1964: Charlie Heather (UK drummer; Levellers)
Diane Charlemagne (UK singer; Urban Cookie Collective)*28.Oct.2015.
1963: Eva Cassidy (US singer, guitar, producer)*02.Nov.1996..
1959: David Parmley
(US guitarist, vocals; Bluegrass Cardinals).
Phil Barney/Philippe Baranés (French singer)
1954: Hansi Hinterseer (Austrian
singer, actor, entertainer).
Sclavis (French tenor & soprano sax/clarinet player)
William King (US R&B trumpet player, keyboardist; The Commodores)
John Garner (US
rock drummer, lead vocalist, founder; Sir Lord Baltimore)*05.Dec.2015.
1949: Michael 'Mick' McCann (UK
bassist; The Swinging Blue Jeans).
Ross Valory (US bassist; Steve Miller Band, Journey)
1948: Alan McKay (US trumpeter; Earth
Wind and Fire)
1947: Peter Lucia (US drummer;
Tommy James and Shondells)*02.Jan.1987..
1946: Whistling Jack Smith/Billy Moeller (UK singer, younger brother of
1946: Howard Bellamy (US
vocals; Bellamy Brothers)
1945: Ronnie Goodson
(US trumpet player; Playboy Band)
Davis CBE (UK conductor)
Graham Nash (US guitar/vocals, The Hollies, Crosby Stills Nash & Young)
1942: Margo Quantrell (UK lead vocalist; The Breakaways).
Cory Wells/Emil Lewandowski (US
singer; Three Dog Night)*20.Oct.2015.
1941: Bob Allison aka Bob Day/Bernard
Colin Day (UK singer; Allisons)*25.Nov.2013.
1941: Peter Macbeth/Peter McGrath (UK bassist; The
1941: Dave Williams
(UK guitarist, vocalist; Firecrests/The Del Rio/Jaywalker/others)
Alan Caddy (UK guitarist; Tornados/Billy Fury's Band)*16.Aug.2000..
Lane/Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter (US country singer, songwriter)*01.July.2015.
Gene MacLellan (Canadian composer, singer)*19.Jan.1995..
1937: Tom Smothers 3rd (US comedian, composer, musician;
"Cachaito" López (Cuban bassist;
Buena Vista Social Club/others)*09.Feb.2009..
Jodie Christian (American jazz pianist)*13.Feb.2012.
1932: Arthur Lyman (US jazz vibraphone, marimba
player; Own Combo)*24.Feb.2002..
1929: Waldemar Kmentt
(Austrian operatic tenor)*21.Jan.2015.
1927: Stan Getz/Stanley Gayetzky (US
jazz saxophone player)*06.June.1991..
Mimi Perrin (French
jazz singer, pianist;
Les Double Six)*16.Nov.2010..
1926: David Whitfield
Edward "Sonny" Stitt (American international
1924: Elfriede von Dassanowsky (Austrian-American
singer, pianist, film producer)*02.Oct.2007..
1922: Sverre Bruland
(Norwegian trumpet player and conductor)*24.Sept.2013.
1920: Bill Brunskill (UK trumpet player)*18.Nov.2002..
Lisa Della Casa (Swiss
Akiko Futaba/Yoshie Kato
(Japanese popular music singer)*16.Aug.2011..
Burton Lane (American composer and lyricist)*05.Jan.1997..
Jascha Heifetz (World renown Russian violin virtuoso)*10.Dec.1987..
1875: Fritz Kreisler
(Austrian-born violin virtuoso, composer)*29.Jan.1962..
1993: Mishon (US R&B singer)
1990: Sean Kingston/Kisean
Anderson (US Reggae, hip-hop artist).first
artist born within the '90s to top the Hot 100
Kyu-hyun (Korean singer; Super Junior)
1982: Jessica Harp (US singer;
1981: Alisa Reyes (US actress, singer)
E-Z/Kim Eiji (US Korean singer; Baby V.O.X.)
1978: Eliza Schneider
(US actress, singer)
1977: Daddy Yankee/Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez
(Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, rapper)
1972: Jesper Kyd (Danish
film and video game music composer)
1970: Richie Kotzen (US guitarist,
singer, songwriter; Poison/Mr Big/others/solo)
1969: Matt Johnson (UK
1969: John Spence (R&B singer; No Doubt)*21.Dec.1987
1965: Nick Hawkins (guitar, Big Audio Dynamite/Bad)*10.Oct.2005.
1961: Linda Eder (American singer)
1959: Laurence "Lol"
Tolhurst (UK keyboardist, drums; The Cure)
1959: Yasuharu Konishi
(Japanese musician,composer, DJ; Pizzicato Five)
1957: Tony Butler
(UK rock bassist; Big Country).
1957: Steven Stapleton (UK singer;
Nurse With Wound)
1956: Lee Renaldo (US guitar; Sonic Youth/Ciccone
1954: Scot Halpin (US drummer; temporary drummer for The Who)*09.Feb.2008.
Black (Canadian pop singer)*28.June.2009.
1949: Linda Hargrove (US country singer-songwriter,
1949: Arthur Kane (US bass; New York Dolls)*13.July.2004.
1947: Dave Davies (UK vocals, keyboards, harmonica, guitarist; The Kinks)
1947: Melanie/Melanie Safka (US singer, songwriter)
Frederick "Stan" Webb (UK guitar, vocals; Chicken Shack/solo)
1945: Johnny Cymbal (US singer, songwriter)*16.March.1993
1944: Trisha Noble (Australian singer, actress)
1943: Shawn Phillips
(US singer, guitarist, songwriter)
1943: Barry Beckett (US record producer,
session musician, keyboardist)*10.June.2009.
1943: Neil Bogart/Neil E. Bogatz (US record executive; Cameo-Parkways/Buddah
1943: Eric Haydock (UK bassist, The Hollies/own band)
Edwards (US singer; The Temptations)
1940: Angelo D'Aleo (US vocals
first tenor; Dion And The Belmonts)
1939: Johnny Bristol (US singer/songwriter)*21.March.2004
1937: Bobby Durham
(American jazz drummer; many of the greats)*06.July.2008.
1935: Johnny 'guitar' Watson (US virtuoso blues guitarist, singer)*17.May.1996.
1933: John Richard Handy III (American jazz alto saxophonist).
Abdullah Totong Mahmud (Indonesian composer, TV host)*06.July.2010.
1928: Frankie Vaughan/Frank Abelson (UK singer, actor)*17.Sep.1999
1927: Val Doonican (Irish
1923: Alys Robi/Alice
Robitaille (French Canadian singer)*28.May.2011.
Russell Arms (American
"Snooky" Young (US jazz trumpeter, master of the plunger mute)*11.May.2011.
1915: Bill Miller (US pianist, conductor, producter;
46 yrs with Frank Sinatra)*11.July.2006.
1912: Mary Carlisle
(US actress, singer)
1911: Jehan Alain (French
organist and composer)*20.June.1940
1904: Luigi Dallapiccola
1525: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Italian
1993: Tim McGrath (US rock singer, guitarist).
1984: Sandeep Acharya
1982: Kimberly Wyatt (US singer, dancer; Pussycat Dolls).
DeGraw (US singer, piano, guitar).
1976: Cam'ron/Cameron Giles
1975: Natalie Imbruglia (Australian
Burch (US bassist; Jimmy Eat World)
Eric Townsend (US musician, record producer)
1969: Duncan Coutts (Canadian
bassist; Our Lady Peace).
1968: Steve Queralt
(UK bassist; Ride).
Muk (Czech pop singer, composer; Ocean/Shalom/solo)*24.May.2010.
1963: Noodles/Kevin Samuel Wasserman (US
lead guitarist, backing vocalist; The Offspring).
Clint Black (US country singer, harmonica, guitar)
(US composer, playwrite)*25.Jan.1996.
1960: Tim Booth (UK vocals, James)
Mark Dawson (British-born US entertainment manager;
1957: Don Davis (US
1953: Kitaro/Masanori Takahashi (Japanese composer, keyboards,
1952: Jerry Shirley (UK
drums, Humble Pie/Fastway)
1951: Phil Ehart (US drummer; White Clover/Kansas)
1951: Dariush Eghbali (Iranian singer, musician)
1950: James Dunn
(US vocals; Stylistics)
Alice Cooper/Vincent Furnier (US goth rock singer, The King Of Goth)
Mary Ann Ganser (US vocals; Shangri-Las)*14.May.1970.
1947: Marguerite "Marge" Ganser (US vocals; Shangri-Las)*28.July.1996.
Usnija Redepova (Macedonian singer)*01.Oct.2015.
1944: Grant Serpell (UK drummer, percussion; Affinity/Sailor/others)
1944: Florence LaRue (vocals; Fifth Dimension/Jazz a' LaRue)
1943: Neil Christian/Christopher Tidmarsh (UK vocalist; Neil Christian
& the Crusaders)*04.Jan.2010.
Z. Bey/Jesse Davis (US jazz saxophonist, composer; Griot Galaxy/others)*01.June.2012.
1941: Mike Wayne/ Mike Long (UK singer; Johnny Mike and the Shades)
1941: Alan Sanderson (UK bassist, vocalist; The Gamblers).
John Steel (UK drummer; The Animals/sessionist/freelance)
Gabrielle Roth (US singer, author, dancer, dramatist;
Albert Lance/Lancelot Albert Ingram (Australian/French
Ann Southam (Canadian composer)*25.Nov.2010.
1935: Martti Talvela
1934: Wade Legge (US
jazz pianist, bassist)*15.Aug.1963.
Gil Bernal (US
saxophonist, singer; Lionel
Clarence Tate (US fiddler, bassist; Bill
Monroe's Blue Grass Boys/freelance)*17.Oct.2007.
1931: Marion Ryan (English
1922: Bhimsen Joshi
(Indian classical singer)*24.Jan.2011.
1915: Ray Evans
(US songwriter with Jay Livingston)*15.Feb.2007.
1912: Erich Leinsdorf
1900: Jacques Prévert (French
1994: Saki Nakajima (Japanese singer).
1988: Kevin J Maclean (Scottish
1987: Darren Criss (US actor, singer)
Lindsey Cardinale (US singer)
1982: Dionysis Makris (Greek singer)
1982: Wheesung/Choi Hwee-Sung (Korean R&B singer; A4/solo)
Adam Carson (US drummer; AFI)
1973: Trijntje Oosterhuis (Dutch
1971: Sara Evans (US singer)
1969: Bobby Brown (US
singer; New Edition/solo)
1968: Chris Barron (US vocalist; Spin Doctors)
1968: Nir Kabaretti (Israeli conductor)
1965: Keith Moseley
(US bassist; The String Cheese Incident/Grateful Grass)
1964: Duff McKagan
(US bass; Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver)
1964: Sally Still (UK bass;
1964: Alexia Vassiliou (Cypriot singer)
Jones (Welsh bassist; Catatonia)
1958: Lage Fosheim (Norwegian
singer, promoter, manager; The Monroes)*19.Oct.2013.
1957: Flora Martirosyan (Legendary Armenian singer)*20.Nov.2012.
1954: Cliff Martinez (US composer, drummer; Captain Beefheart/Weirdos/Red
Hot Chili Peppers/others)
Balavoine (French singer, songwriter)*14.Jan.1986.
1951: Elizabeth Swados (US
writer, composer, musician, theatre director)*05
1949: Nigel Olsson (UK drummer; Elton John/others).
1948: David Denny (US guitar; Abracadabra/Steve Miller Band)
Nigel Tufnell (UK lead guitar; Spinal Tap)
Reg King (UK lead vocalist; Eddie
Stewart+Movers/The Boys/Action/B B Blunder)*08.Oct.2010.
1944: Georgeanna Marie Tillman Gordon (US R&B/Pop singer; The Marvelettes)*06.Jan.1980.
1944: J.R. Cobb (US guitar; sessionist/Atlanta Rhythm Section)
Al Kooper/Alan Peter Kuperschmidt (US vocals, keyboards, guitar; Blues Project/Blood
1943: Chuck Winfield (US trumpet; Blood Sweat & Tears)
1942: Cory Wells (US singer; Three Dog Night)
1941: Barrett Strong
(US singer, songwriter; Motown artist)
1941: Rick Laird (Irish
bass player; The Mahavishnu Orchestra/others)
1941: Henson Cargill
(US country singer).
1939: Patric Standford English composer)*23.April.2014.
1938: Ronald ''Ronnie'' Mills (Scottish pianist; Colin Hicks and the Cabin
1935: Alex Harvey (Scottish vocals, guitar; Stone The Crows/Tear
Gas/Alex Harvey Band)*04.Feb.1982.
1930: Don Goldie (US
trumpet player; Jack Teagarden's band/others)*25.Nov.1995.
Ulf Söderblom (Finnish conductor)*04.Feb.2016.
1929: Luc Ferrari (French composer)*22.Aug.2005
Robert Allen (US pianist, songwriter)*01.Oct.2000.
"Sticks" Evans (US jazz / rhythm & blues drummer)*11.April.1994.
1923: Claude King (US country music singer, songwriter)*07.March.2013.
1921: John Pritchard (British conductor)*05.Dec.1989
Rozelle Claxton (US jazz pianist)*30.March.1995.
1911: Johan 'Jussi'
Björling (Swedish tenor)*09.Sept.1960
1909: Grazyna Bacewicz (Polish composer, violinist)*17.Jan.1969
1986: U-Know/Jung Yunho (Korean singer, actor; TVXQ).
Järvis (Estonian singer)
1982: Tank Lu (Mandopop singer)
1981: Jens Lekman (Swedish vocalist, guitar, ukulele)
Eun Jin (Korean singer; Baby V.O.X / solo)
1979: Dan Balan (Moldovan
1979: James Bradford/Easter Bradford/James Martin Blackford
(US singer-songwriter, actor).
1975: Tomoko Kawase (Japanese singer)
1969: Masaharu Fukuyama (Japanese singer)
1968: Akira Yamaoka (Japanese
1967: Anita Cochran/Anita Renee Cockerham (US country music
1967: Izumi Sakai/Sachiko Kamachi (Japanese singer-songwriter;
1966: Rick Astley (UK singer)
1964: Gordon Downie (Canadian singer,
guitarist; The Tragically Hip)
1963: Dave Rotheray (UK guitar, Beautiful
1962: Axl Rose/William Bruce Rose (US vocals; Guns N' Roses)
1962: Richie McDonald (US guitar, vocals, songwriter; Lonestar)
1957: Simon Phillips (UK drummer, sessionist; Toto/Who/Mick Jagger/Nik
1951: Margo O'Donnell (Irish singer)
Huw Lloyd-Langton/Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton (UK guitarist; Hawkwind/others)*06.Dec.2012.
1950: Punky Meadows/Edwin Lionel Meadows (US guitarist; Cherry People/Bux/Angel).
1950: Natalie Cole (US singer)*31.Dec.2015.
1949: Roye Albrighton (UK lead guitarist, lead vocalist; Outsiders/The
1949: Mike Batt (UK songwriter, musician,
producer, Deputy Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry)
William "Bunny Rugs Scott" Clarke (Jamaican
vocalist; Charlie Hackett/Inner Circle/others).
1947: Alan Jones (UK saxophone player; Amen Corner).
1947: Bill Staines (US singer, songwriter).
(US drummer; Little Feat/others/sessions)*12.Aug.2010.
McGarrigle (Canadian folk singer)*18.Jan.2010.
1945: Lenny Williams (US singer, trumpet player;
Tower Of Power)
Bob Marley (Jamacain singer/songwriter/guitarist; Wailers/ solo)*11
1944: Willie Tee/Wilson Turbinton (American singer,
songwriter;The Wild Magnolias)*11.Sept.2007.
1944: Pete Jackson (UK bassist; The Hillbilly Cats).
1943: Fabian/Fabiano Anthony Forte (US singer, actor, entertainer)
1942: John London/John Carl Kuehne (US session bass
Terry Teene/Terence Knutson (US musician,singer-songwriter,actor,clown)*09.March.2012.
1941: Dave Berry/David Holgate Grundy
(UK singer; The Cruisers/solo)
Jair Rodrigues (Brazilian
Donnie Brooks/John Dee
Abohosh (US singer)*23.Feb.2007.
(American jazz singer-guitarist)*02.Nov.2010.
1932: Heinz-Klaus Metzger (German music critic, theorist)*25.Oct.2009
Nancy Overton (US singer; The Chordettes)*05.April.2009.
1917: Arthur Gold (US
pianist; Gold & Fizdale)*03.Jan.1990.
Thurl Ravenscroft (US voice actor, singer; Tony
the Tiger/Walt Disney/The Mellomen)*22.May.2005.
1903: Claudio Arrau (Chilean born pianist)*02.June.1991
George Brunies (American jazz trombonist; New
Orleans Rhythm Kings)*19.Nov.1974
1996: Mai Hagiwara (Japanese singer)
Maimi Yajima (Japanese singer)
1990: Anna Abreu (Finnish singer)
1988: Ai Kago (Japanese singer)
1987: Kerli Kõiv (Estonian
Martin/Martin Freimanis (Latvian
1975: Wes Borland (US guitarist; Limp Bizkit/Black Light Burns/From First
1974: Danny Goffey (UK drummer; Supergrass)
Nujabes/Jun Seba (Japanese hip hop producer and DJ)*26.Feb.2010.
1974: J Dilla/James Dewitt Yancey (US record producer, DJ)*10.Feb.2006.
1972: Amon Tobin (Brazilian electronic musician, DJ)
Tsoy (Russian singer of Korean descent)
1968: Sully Erna (US singer;
1962: Garth Brooks (US country singer)
Bryan (US keyboards, Bon Jovi)
1960: Steve Bronski (UK keyboards;
1959: Brian Travers (UK saxophone; UB40)
Richard Cook (British jazz writer, critic)*25.Aug.2007.
1956: Mark St. John/Mark Leslie Norton (US guitarist; Kiss)*05.April.2007
1954: Dieter Bohlen (German composer)
1952: Vasco Rossi (Italian
1949: Joe English (US drummer; Wings/Sea Level/many others)
1949: Alan Lancaster (UK bassist; Status Quo/Party Boys and the Bombers)
1949: Stoney Browder (piano; Kid Creole And The Coconuts)
Jimmy Greenspoon aka Maestro (US organ, keyboards; Three Dog Night)*11.March.2015.
1947: John 'Pugwash' Weathers (Welsh drummer; Gentle Giant/Eyes Of Blue).
1947: Terry Gibson/Terence Frederick Clemson (UK guitarist; The Hoods/The
1947: Flemming Jørgensen (Danish singer,
actor; Bamses Venner/Teddy Bear's Friends)*01.Jan.2011.
1946: Sammy Johns (American
1946: Charles E. Givings (American drummer, singer, record producer)*15.April.2012.
1942: Bob Herbert (English talent manager; Spice Girls/others)*09.Aug.1999.
Tony/Antonio Ciacci (Italy-Sanmarino
singer, actor; Little Tony+His Bros)*27.May.2013.
Burnett (US folk guitarist, vocalist; The Highwaymen)*07.Dec.2011.
1936: Bobby Hendricks (Sth African sax player; own band. NOT the
1934: Earl King/Earl Silas Johnson (New Orleans blues
guitar virtuoso, songwriter)*17.Apr.2003
1934: King Curtis/Curtis Ousley (US saxophonist; sessionist/The
1927: Juliette Gréco (French
(US undertaker, organist
and gospel singer)*28.Dec.2014.
Lee Cooper nee Leary (US
country music singer, guitarist; Wilma
Lee & Stoney Cooper & the Clinch Mountain Clan/solo)*13.Sept.2011.
1921: Tito Burns/Nathan Bernstein (British accordionist, impresario)*23.Aug.2010.
1920: Oscar Brand (Canadian folk musicologist)
1898: Dock Boggs
(US singer, songwriter, banjo player)*07.Feb.1971.
1887: Eubie Blake (US composer,
lyricist, pianist; Musicals)*12.Feb.1983.
Jim Verraros (US singer)
1981: Myriam Montemayor Cruz (Mexican
1980: Cameron Muncey (Australian
1979: Josh Keaton (US actor, singer)
"Phoenix" Ferrel (US bassist, Linkin Park)
Akasi Holley (US rapper; Capone-N-Noreaga).
1974: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (member of the French house music duo
1971: Will Turpin (US bassist, percussion; Collective Soul)
1971: Mika Karppinen (Finnish drummer; HIM)
1969: Pauly Fuemana
(New Zealand singer; Otara Millionaires Club aka OMC)*31.Jan.2010.
1968: Tjinder Singh (UK guitar; Cornershop)
1968: Claudette Pace
1965: Dicky Cheung (Hong Kong actor, singer)
Robert Nebrenský (Czech actor, musician, comedian, songwriter, composer).
1962: Ken McCluskey (UK vocals, harmonica; Bluebells)
1961: Sam Llanas (US vocals, acoustic guitar; the BoDeans)
Vince Neil (US vocals, harmonica; Mötley Crüe/solo/freelance)
1956: Dave Meros (US
bassist; Spock's Beard)
1948: Dan Seals (US
singer, guitarist; England Dan & John Ford Coley)*25.March.2009.
1948: Ron Tyson (US singer; The Temptations)
1946: Louis Cordet
Adolfo 'Fito' De La Parra (Mexican drums, Canned Heat)
1946: Paul Wheatbread
(US drummer; Gary Puckett and the Union Gap)
Terry Melcher/Terry Day (US singer/songwriter/producer; Rip Chords/Doris Day)*19.Nov.2004
1943: Creed Bratton (US lead guitar, songwriter;
Almeida Prado (Brazilian composer and pianist)*21.Nov.2010.
Jagjit Singh (Indian ghazal singer, composer, music director, pianist)*10.Oct.2011.
Fotara (Greek singer, actress)*30.Sept.2010.
1941: Tom Rush (US guitar/singer)
Ben Palmer/Robin Palmer (UK pianist; Thunder
Odin+Big Secret/The Roosters/Cream's
Joe Raposo (US composer)*05.Feb.1989.
1933: Elly Ameling (Dutch soprano)
1932: John Williams (US composer,
1930: Lancelot Beresford Bryan Fairfax (Australian conductor)*09.Jan.2014.
Manuel Oltra (Spanish composer)*25.Sept.2015.
Hayes (US composer, orchestrator)*24.Aug.2011.
Floyd Dixon (American R&B pianist)*26.July.2006.
Greta Keller (Austrian international cabaret singer and actress)*11.Nov.1977
1989: Gia Farrell (American
1984: Han Kyung (Korean singer Super Junior)
Geng (Chinese pop artist)
1982: Ami Suzuki (Japanese singer)
Tholomew Plague/James Sullivan (US drummer; Avenged Sevenfold)*28.Dec.2009.
(some sources give The Rev's birthdate as 10th February)
1970: Chris Lancelot/Krister Linder (Swedish singer; Dive/solo)
Alejandra Guzmán (Latin Grammy Awardwinning
Mexican rock singer and actress).
Bolan (US bassist, Skid Row/Prunella Scales)
1963: Travis Tritt (US
1961: Jussi Lampi (Finnish drummer, actor; Pink Flamingos/others)
1960: Holly Johnson (UK vocalist, Frankie Goes To Hollywood/own record
1955: Jimmy Pursey (singer, lyricist; Sham 69)
1951: Dennis Thomas (saxophone; Kool & The Gang)
Ely (US country singer, guitarist/Linda Ronstadt's band)
Harris (US singer, guitar; Delfonics/solo)*09.Nov.2012.
1945: Gérard Lenorman (French singer)
1943: Nicholas 'Nick" Crouch
(UK guitarist, vocals; Hi-Cats/Ravens/Faron's Flamingos/The Mojos)
1943: Barbara Lewis (US singer, songwriter)
1942: Carole King (US
singer, songwriter, pianist)
1940: Brian Bennett OBE (UK drummer,
composer, pianist; Wildcats, Shadows, Cliff Richard, own orchestra)
Barry Mann/Barry Imberman (US singer, songwriter)
1937: Hildegard Behrens
(German operatic soprano)*18.Aug.2009.
1936: Stompin' Tom Connors (Canadian country-folk singer, guitarist, songwriter)*06.March.2013.
1927: Joe Maneri (US jazz composer,
Billy Williamson (US steel
guitarist; Bill Haley and His Saddlemen/His Comets)*22.March.1996.
Salah El Mahdi (Tunisian
musicologist, conductor, composer, flautist)*12.Sept.2014.
1922: Kathryn Grayson/Zelma Kathryn Hedrick (US film/stage actress,
1914: Ernest Dale Tubb/Texas Troubadour (US singer and songwriter)*06.Sept.1984.
1910: Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland (US trumpeter, singer,
1909: Harald Genzmer (German
Carmen Miranda GCIH (Portuguese-born Brazilian
samba singer, actress)*05.Aug.1955.
1990: Sooyoung (Korean singer)
Si Won (Korean singer; Super Junior)
1983: Bless/Ben Rinehart (Canadian
1981: Natasha St-Pier (Canadian singer)
Palumbo (US lead singer; Glassjaw/Head Automatica)
1978: Don Omar (Puerto
1977: Rosanna Tavarez (singer, reporter, TV prestenter;
1975: Kool Savas/Savas Yurderi
1974: Ivri Lider (Israeli
Culture/David Victor Emmanuel (British reggae singer)*15.March.2011.
1962: Piero Pelù (Italian singer, song-writer;
1962: Cliff Burton (US bassist;
1960: Steve Bailey (US
bassist; many sessions)
Robbie Nevil (singer/songwriter/guitarist; solo/sessionist/freelance)
1958: Michael Weiss (US pianist, composer; Johnny Griffin/Pepper Adams/Bill
1950: Ron Kelly (UK drummer; Smokie/The Yen/Elizabethans/Kindness/others).
1946: Clifford Thomas Ward (singer, songwriter)*18.Dec.2001.
Edwards (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Stone
1949: Nigel Olsson (drummer; Elton John band, sessionist,
1949: Jim Corcoran (Quebec singer, songwriter).
Maxime Le Forestier (French singer).
D "Butch" Morris (US jazz cornetist, composer;
Ethridge (US bassist, ISB/ Flying Burrito Brothers/many sessions)*23.April.2012.
1944: Nathaniel Mayer (American rhythm & blues singer)*01.Nov.2008.
1944: Peter Allen/Peter
Richard Woolnough (Australian singer-songwriter,
1944: Rufus Reid (US bassist; top studio musician)
Ral Donner (US singer; successful Elvis sound-alike)*06.Apr.1984.
1940: Kenny Rankin (American singer-songwriter)*07.June.2009.
1940: Jimmy Merchant (tenor singer; Frankie Lymon And Teenagers)
1939: Jenny Vanou/Eugenia Vrachnou
1937: Ed Polcer (US Cornet, Dixieland & Chicago
1937: Roberta Flack (US rhythm
& blues singer, songwriter)
Antoniou (Greek composer)
Payvar (Iranian composer, santur player)*09.Dec.2009.
1933: Don Wilson (US rhythm guitar, Ventures)
1932: Sir Roland Hanna (US jazz pianist)*13.Nov.2002
1929: Jerry Goldsmith
(US pianist, musical creator/director, composer;films & TV)*21.July.2004
1927: Leontyne Price (US soprano)
1927: Brian Priestman (British
Mountakis (Greek singer-songwriter)*31.Jan.1991.
Cesare Siepi (Italian opera singer)*05.July.2010.
1914: Larry Adler (US harmonica virtuoso)*07.Aug.2001.
1909: William Henry "Chick" Webb (drummer,
Chick Webb Band)*16.June.1939
1910: Joyce Grenfell, OBE (English
actress, comedienne, singer-songwriter)*30.Nov.1979.
1900: Lou Breese/Luigi G. Calabrese (US jazz trumpeter,
Jimmy Durante (US actor, singer, pianist)*29.Jan.1980.
1841: Sir Walter Parratt KCVO (English
1991: Never Shout Never/Christofer Ingle (US multi-musician,
Cruise/Asia Nalani Vernimo (US
1985: William Beckett (US singer)
Good (US singer, guitarist)
1984: Aubrey O'Day (US singer)
1981: Kelly Rowland (US singer, songwriter, dancer, actress; Destiny's Child)
1980: Ektor/Héctor Rivera
(Puerto Rican singer, actor, painter)
Brandy Norwood (US rhythm & blues singer)
1977: Michael Kenji "Mike"
Shinoda (US guitar, vocals, Linkin Park/Fort Minor)
Eugene Archer (US soul singer, pianist, songwriter)
1973: Ethan Iverson
(US pianist; The Bad Plus)
1973: Varg Vikernes (Norwegian guitarist,
1972: Pinhead/Spiky-Man/Craig Jones (US keyboardist;
1970: Fredrik Thordendal
(Swedish lead guitarist; Meshuggah).
1969: Andrew "Shovell" Lovell
(UK vocalist, percussion; M People)
1963: Brian Damage/Brian Keats
(US punk and rock drummer; Sessionist/freelance)*12.Jan.2010.
1962: Sheryl Crow (US singer, songwriter)
Momus/Nick Currie (Scottish songwriter/blogger/journalist)
1960: Russ Freeman (US guitarist, multi-musician; The Rippingtons)
1956: Didier Lockwood (French violinist)
1956: H.R/Paul D. Hudson
(US singer; Bad Brains)
1956: Didier Lockwood (French violinist)
1954: Noriyuki Asakura (Japanese composer)
1953: Alan Rubin/Mr Fabulous
(US trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo; Blues Brothers/Saturday Night Band)
1953: Neil Henderson (bassist, vocals; Middle Of The Road)
Rochelle Fleming (lead singer; First Choice)
1949: Guy Cloutier (French-Canadian
1948: Alfred Orlando "Al" Johnson (US R&B
singer, writer, arranger, producer)*26.Oct.2013.
1947: Joselito/José Jiménez Fernández (Spanish singer)
1947: Derek Shulman (Scottish multi-instrument; Gentle Giant/president
1947: Roy Carrier (US Zydeco singer, accordionist)*03.May.2010.
1946: Ray Lake (UK falsetto vocalist,
bass player; The Real Thing)*??.??.??.
1943: Alan Rubin aka Mr.
trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo player)*08.June.2011.
1943: Serge Lama (French singer)
Otis Clay (US R&B/soul singer; Voices
of Hope/Christian Travelers/solo)*08.Jan.2016.
Tony Colton/Anthony Chalk (UK vocalist;Crawdaddies/Heads,Hands
1941: Sergio Mendes (Brazilian composer/piano/singer)
1940: Bobby "Boris" Pickett
(US singer, songwriter, writer; the Crypt-Kickers)*25.April.2007
1939: Gerry Goffin (US lyricist, songwriter with Carol King/others)*19.June.2014.
1937: Phillip Walker (US blues guitarist)*22.July.2010.
1935: Gene Vincent/Vincent Eugene Craddock (US rock n roll singer)*12.Oct.1971
1935: Bent Lorentzen (Danish composer)
1932: Jerome Lowenthal
Leonard Kastle (US opera composer, filmmaker)*18.May.2011.
1926: Sir Alexander Gibson (British conductor)*14.Jan.1995.
John Wallowitch (US composer, songwriter,
1914: Matt Dennis (US singer, songwriter;Tommy Dorsey)*21.June.2002
1889: John Mills Sr. (US vocalists; Miller Brothers)*08.Dec.1967.
Hart (English-born Australian composer)*09.July.1949.
Morgan/Greta Morgan Salpeter (US
pianist, lead singer; Gold Motel/The Hush Sound)
1981: Lisa Hannigan
(Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist; Damien Rice/solo)
Fonzworth Bentley/Derrick Watkins (US hip-hop artist, singer, TV presenter,
1973: Jack Lukeman/Seán Loughman (Irish
1972: Sophie Zelmani (Swedish singer,
1970: Armando Gallop (US house-music
producer and DJ)*17.Dec.1996.
1970: Jim Creeggan (Cansdian bassist; Barenaked Ladies)
Pernilla Beckman (Swedish singer; Legacy of Sound/solo)
Phillips (US singer; Wilson Phillips)
Grégory Charles (French Canadian singer,
dancer, pianist, radio, television host)
1968: Kyle Vincent (US singer/songwriter)
1967: Chitravina N. Ravikiran
(Indian composer, chitravina player)
Gary "Gaz" Whelan (UK drums, Happy Mondays)
Ranks/Philip Thomas (Jamaican
1959: Omar Hakim (US drummer; Weather Report/world
1959: Neil Conti (UK drummer; Prefab Sprout/sessionist)
1958: Les "Fruitbat" Carter (UK guitarist;
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine)
Grant McLennan (Australian bass, vocals, songwriter, Go-Betweens/solo)*06.May.2006
1956: Brian Robertson (Scottish guitarist; Thin Lizzy/Motörhead/others).
1955: Bill Laswell (US
bassist, producer, record label owner; Greenpoint Studios, Axiom Records)
1954: Tzimis Panousis
(Greek singer, stand-up comedian).
Michael McDonald (US R&B/soul singer; Steely
1951: Vincent James (Jamaican singer; Sweet Sensation)
1950: Steve Hackett
(UK guitar, songwriter; Genesis/GTR/freelance/solo)
Dodo Hug (Swiss singer-songwriter, musician,
actress; Mad Dodo).
1949: Stanley "Goober"
Knight (US guitar; Black Oak Arkansas)
Joaquín Sabina (Spanish singer, songwriter)
Joe Schermie (US bassist; Three Dog Night/S.S.Fools)*26.March.2002
1946: Cliff DeYoung (US actor, singer; Clear Light).
1946: Ajda Pekkan (Turkish
Gunnarsson (Swedish bassist, arranger, producer;ABBA/many
Sobczyk (Polish singer; Czerwono-Czarni/Wiatraki)*28.July.2010.
1945: Trevor Brice (UK vocalist; Vanity Fare).
1944: Moe Bandy/Marion Franklin Bandy Jr (US
country music singer)
Dominguinhos/José Domingos de Morais (Brazilian
1939: Ray Manzarek (US
keyboards; The Doors/others)*20.May.2013.
1935: Gene McDaniels (US singer-songwriter)*29.July.2011.
1934: Antonín vorc (Czech
1942: Rick Frank (US drummer; J.L's Plastic Ono Elephants
Memory Band) NOT the jazz drummer born in '58
Voronets (Russian mezzo-soprano folk singer)*02.Aug.2014.
1923: Franco Zeffirelli (Italian film, opera director,
1915: Lorne Greene/Lyon Himan Green (Canadian singer, actor)*11.Sept.1987
1914: Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke (US saxophonist, singer, bandleader;
Glenn Miller Orch)*30.May.2000.
1912: Nikita Magaloff (Russian pianist, composer)*26.Dec.1992.
1911: Stephen Henry Sholes (US recording executive)*12.April.1968
1993: Sophie Evans (Welsh musician)
Aston Merrygold (UK singer, actor)
1978: Hamish Glencross (Scottish
guitarist; My Dying Bride)
1978: Philippe Jaroussky (French sopranist
1976: Dave Padden (Canadian vocalist, bass
guitar; Annihilator/Terror Syndrome)
1976: Leslie Feist/Feist (Canadian
singer-songwriter; solo/Broken Social Scene).
1976: Saint Thomas/Thomas
Hansen (Norwegian alt-country singer, guitarist)*05.Sept.2007
1975: Iván González (Puerto Rican DJ, singer; Sangresabia).
1974: Robbie Williams (UK vocalist; Take That/solo)
Rutstein (UK vocalist; Disappear Fear/solo)
1970: Karoline Krüger
1969: Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi (Bahraini singer)
1968: Niamh Kavanagh (Irish singer)
1968: Chynna Phillips (US
singer; Wilson Phillip Group/solo)
1966: Freedom Williams/Frederick Brandon
Williams (US rap artist; C&C Music Factory)
1966: Jeff Waters
(Canadian guitarist; Annihilator)
1964: Yamantaka Eye/Tetsuro Yamatsuka
(Japanese singer; Boredoms
1962: May Sweet/Swe Aye Myint (Burmese
1962: Rob Ellis (UK drummer, multi musician with PJ Harvey)
1961: Les Warner (UK drummer; The Cult/freelance/sessionist)
Henry Rollins/Henry Garfield (US singer, actor; Black Flag/Rollins Band)
1958: Mark Fox (UK percussionist, Haircut 100)
1957: Tony Butler
(UK bassist; Big Country)
1956: Peter Hook (UK bass, vocals, producer;
Joy Division/New Order)
1955: Scott Smith (Canadian bassist; Loverboy)*30.Nov.2000.
1953: Rico J. Puno (Filipino pop singer)
1952: Ed Gagliardi (US
1951: David Naughton (US actor, singer)
1950: Roger Christian
(UK multi-musician, vocals; The Christians).
1950: Peter Gabriel (UK
vocals, songwriter; Genesis & solo)
Curiel Defosse (Mexican songwriter, producer)*27.Dec.2014.
1949: Judy Dyble (UK singer-songwriter; Fairport Convention)
Rod Dees (UK bass; Showaddywaddy)
1946: Colin Matthews (British
1945: Roy Dyke (UK drummer; Ashton Gardner & Dyke/Badger)
1945: King Floyd (American singer)*06.March.2006
1944: Rebop Kwaku Baah (Nigerian-Swedish percussion; Traffic/Ginger Baker/Wings/freelance)*12.Jan.1983.
1942: Peter Tork (US vocals, bassist, guitar, banjo; Monkees/Peter Tork
Project/Shoe Suede Blues)
Oliver Reed (UK actor and sometime singer)*02.May.1999.
1928: Dorothy McGuire (US singer; The McGuire Sisters)*13.Feb.1928.
1927: Buck Hill (US saxophone,
jazz musian; guest/SteepleChase/Muse)
Gene Ames (US singer; Ames Brothers)*04.April.1997.
1923: Yfrah Neaman (Lebanese violinist)*04.Jan.2003
1921: Jeanne Demessieux (French organist, pianist, composer)*11.Nov.1968
1920: Eileen Farrell (American opera soprano)*23.March.2002
1920: Boudleaux Bryant (US international pop & country songwriter)*25.June.1987
1919: Tennessee Ernie Ford (US baritone singer, TV presenter)*17.Oct.1991
Wanda Crupe (US singer; solo/Border Riders)*18.Nov.2007.
1916: John Reed (UK
actor, singer of Gilbert & Sullivan)*13.Feb.2010.
de la Cruz (Leading Filipino singer)*10.Nov.2004.
1988: Quentin Mosimann (Swiss singer; winner of Star
Academy France 7)
1987: Julia Savicheva (Russian singer)
Miki Yeung (Hong Kong singer, actress)
1985: Heart Evangelista/Love
Marie Payawal Ongpauco (Filipina singer, TV and movie actress)
Rhydian Roberts (Welsh singer; second place in UK X Factor 2007).
Erin Torpey (US actress, singer)
1978: Dwele/Andwele Gardner (US
R&B, soul singer, record producer)
1977: Donna Cruz (Filipina actress,
1976: Liv Kristine (Norwegian singer; Leaves' Eyes)
1975: Scott Owen (Australian double bassist; The Living End)
Filippa Giordano (Italian singer)
1972: Robert Kelly "Rob"
Thomas (US lead vocals; Matchbox 20/solo)
Noriko Sakai (Japanese singer)
Milliner (US vocals; The Pasadenas).
1962: David Milliner (US
vocals; The Pasadenas).
1961: Latifa Bint
Alayah Al Arfaoui (Tunisian singer)
1960: Jocelyn Pook (UK
composer, pianist, viola player)
Fleming (US soprano)
1957: Soile Isokoski
1951: Kenny Hyslop (Scottish
drummer, tutor; Slik/Simple Mind)
Fisher (US bass, electric guitar; Heart/Alias/Clever
1948: Wally Tax (Dutch vocalist,
songwriter, composer; Outsiders/Tax Free/solo)*10.Apr.2005
1947: Tim Buckley (US singer, songwriter)*29.June.1975.
1946: Doug Simril (American
multi-musician; Steve Miller/Boz Scraggs/sessionist/freelance)
Vic Briggs (UK multi-musician, arranger; Animals/Dusty Springfield/The Echoes/many
Rossi/Reginaldo Rodrigues dos Santos (Brazilian singer-songwriter)*20.Dec.2013.
1943: Maceo Parker
(US saxophonist; solo/Prince/James Brown/Funkadelic)
Eric Andersen (US singer-songwriter)
Marcia Pendlebury/Marcia MacConnell (UK singer;
Climax Jazz Band/Keith Pendlebury Jazz Quartet).
1941: Big Jim Sullivan/James
Tomkins (UK guitarist; Wildcats/Tom Jones/top sessionist)*02.Oct.2012.
Blowfly/Clarence Henry Reid (US singer, songwriter, producer)*17.Jan.2016.
1938: Gene Walker
(US jazz and rock saxophonist)*21.July.2014.
1937: Magic Sam/Samuel Gene Maghett (US blues guitarist, singer)*01.Dec.1969
jazz valve trombonist, composer; The Boss Brass)*01.May.2010.
1934: Michel Corboz
(American multi-genre musician, piano and keyboards)*24.Oct.2008.
1931: Phyllis McGuire
(US singer; The McGuire Sisters)
Enzo Toppano (Australian accordionist)*05.Apr.2013
Wyn Morris (Welsh conductor)*23.Feb.2010.
Alexander "Bobby" Kok (South African-born, British cellist)*01.May.2015.
Carmélia Alves (Brazilian singer, the
"Queen of Baião)*03.Nov.2012.
1922: Murray the K Kaufman (New
York disc jockey)*21.Feb.1982.
Lovro von Matacic (Croatian conductor and composer)*04.Jan.1985.
1988: Hironori Kusano (Japanese singer)
Dorota Rabczewska (Polish singer; Virgin)
1983: Ashley Tesoro (US
1981: Matt Hoopes (US lead guitarist, vocals; Relient
1981: Olivia Longott (US singer)
1980: Conor Oberst (US
singer, songwriter; Bright Eyes)
1978: Kimberly Goss (US singer, keyboards;
1977: Brooks Wackerman (US drummer; Frank Zappa Band/Bad Religion/others)
1974: Tomi Putaansuu (Finnish singer; Lordi)
1976: Brandon Boyd (US
1976: Ronnie Vannucci (US drummer; The Killers).
1969: Bryan Williams (US record executive, rapper)
Red (Belgian singer, songwriter)
1967: Jane Child (Canadian dance-pop
singer, producer, musician)
1967: Lance Hahn (Hawaii-US
guitarist, frontman; Cringer/J Church)*21.Oct.2007.
1960: Mikey Craig (UK bass; Culture Club).
1960: Roman Kostrzewski
(Polish heavy metal vocalist, lyricist; Kat/Kat & Roman Kostrzewski)
1959: Ali Campbell (UK vocals, guitar; UB40).
1958: Matthew Ward
(US singer, songwriter, author; Second Chapter of Acts)
E. Lee/Jakey Lou Williams (US
guitarist, Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands/Wicked Alliance).
1951: Glen Taylor (UK drummer; Marmalade/The Fortunes
Watt-Roy (Indian-British bassist; Blockheads/Wilko Johnson Band).
Melissa Manchester (US singer, songwriter, keyboards; freelance).
Hans Graf (Austrian conductor)
1948: Keith Gemmell (UK nylon-strung
electric acoustic guitar, vocalist; Lloyd Alexander/Audience).
Dennink (Dutch guitarist, flute, banjo; The Tee Set)
1947: David Brown
(US bass player, song writer; Santana/Boz Scraggs)*09.April.2000.
1947: John Coolidge Adams (US composer)
1947: Glyn Havard (Welsh
vocalist, bassist; Unit Four Plus Two/Jade Warrior).
1945: John Helliwell
(UK sax player, keyboards; Supertramp).
1944: Mick Avory (UK drums;
1943: Denny Zager (US singer; Zager and Evans).
Brian Holland (US producer, songwriter; Holland-Dozier-Holland/Motown).
1942: Glyn Johns (UK recording engineer, record producer, guitar; The Presidents,
1939: Dean Rogers (UK lead vocalist; Dean Rogers and the
1937: Nathan Davis
(US hard bop jazz saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist).
(US country songwriter)*03.July.2013.
Joseph Willcox Jenkins (US composer, conductor,
1918: Hank Locklin (US country music singer, member of Grand Ole Opry)*08.March.2009.
(French composer, organist, improviser)*08.May.1991.
1905: Harold Arlen (US
composer of popular music; Over The Rainbow and others)*23.April.1986.
1899: Georges Auric
(French film music composer)*23.July.1983.
1893: Walter Donaldson (US popular songwriter)*15.July.1947.
Robert Fuchs (Austrian composer, music teacher)*19.Feb.1927.
1982: Lupe Fiasco (US hip hop artist)
Longineu W. Parsons (drummer; Yellowcard)
Eric Mun (Korean rapper; Shinhwa)
1977: Brad Walst (US
bassist; Three Days Grace)
Nishimura (Japanese singer; Dir en grey)
1975: Nanase Aikawa (Japanese
(US guitarist, composer; Pelt/solo)*05.Dec.2009.
1970: Serdar Ortac (Turkish
1970: Armand Van Helden
(US record producer, DJ, remixer)
Simpson (UK record producer, keyboards, DJ; A Guy Called Gerald/808 State).
1967: Damon Reece (UK drums; Spiritualized/Lupine
1965: Dave Lombardo
(Cuban-American drummer; Slayer/freelance).
John Balance (UK
vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics; Coil)*13.Nov.2004.
1961: Andy Taylor (UK guitar, Duran Duran/Power Station).
1961: LaGaylia Frazier (American-Swedish
1960: Pete Willis (UK
guitarist; Def Leppard)
Morrow (US rapper)
James Ingram (US singer, keyboards; Revelation Funk/solo)
(New Zealand country singer-songwriter;Think/many
1953: Acklee King (US conga player, vocals; Jr. Walker's
The Specials/The Special AKA)*28.Dec.2015.
1950: Kazuki Tomokawa (Japanese acid-folk singer)
1950: Lo Man/Roman Tam (Hong
Lynn Paul/Lynda Susan Belcher (UK singer; New Seekers)
Marvin Sease (US gospel, then blues singer;
Five Gospel Crowns/Gospel Crowns/solo)*08.Feb.2011.
1945: Pete Christlieb (US
jazz bebop, West Coast jazz, hard bop tenor saxophonist).
Clive Lea (UK singer; Clive Lea and the Phantoms/Rockin'
Czeslaw Niemen/Czeslaw Wydrzycki (Polish
rock singer, songwriter, multi-musician)*17.Jan.2004.
1938: John Corigliano
1937: Jack Jaffe (UK jazz
standards singer, comedian; Myelomans).
1935: Salvatore ''Sonny'' Bono
(US singer-songwriter, actor, politician; Sonny & Cher/solo)*05.Jan.1998
1934: Harold Kalin (US singer; Kalin Twins)*24.Aug.2005
1934: Herbert Kalin (US singer; Kalin Twins)*21.July.2006
Blackwell (American songwriter, singer, pianist)*06.May.2002.
1925: Carlos Paredes
1929: Porfi Jiménez
(Dominican-Venezuelan trumpet player, arranger, composer, bandleader)*08.June.2010.
1918: Patty Andrews
(American singer; youngest of the Andrew Sisters)*30.Jan.2013.
Fowlkes (American baritone saxophonist; Count
1916: Bill Doggett (US pianist; own band)*13.Nov.1996
1901: Wayne King
(US musician and orchestra leader)*16.July.1985.
Strauss III (Austrian
conductor, violinist; Strauss Orchestra)*09.Jan.1939.
Meaghan Jette Martin (US actress, singer)
1991: Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran
1983: Kevin Rudolf
1976: Meyhna'ch/William Roussel (French singer,
songwriter, guitar; Mütiilation)
Wish Bone/Charles Scruggs (American rapper; Bone
1975: Harisu/Lee Kyung-eun
(South Korean singer, model, actress)
1974: Bryan White (US country singer)
1974: Kaoru (Japanese guitarist; Dir en
1972: Taylor Hawkins
(US drummer, Foo Fighters)
1972: Billie Joe Armstrong/Wilhelm
Fink/Reverend Strychnine Twitch
(US guitarist, vocalist; Green Day)
1972: Yuki Isoya (Japanese singer;
Judy and Mary)
1972: Lars Göran 'LG' Petrov (Swedish singer; Entombed)
1971: Martyn Bennett (Scottish musician; bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, piano)*30.Jan.2005.
1970: Timothy Mahoney
1967: Chanté Moore (US rhythm & blues singer)
1966: Quorthon/Ace Börje Forsberg (Swedish bassist, songwriter;
1966: Melissa Brooke-Bellard (US singer; Voice Of The Beehive)
Michael Lepond (US bass guitarist; Symphony X)
McComb (Australian singer, guitarist, songwriter;
1957: Loreena McKennitt (Canadian folk singer, harpist, pianist)
Bruce Ruffin/Bernardo Constantine Valderama(singer, Dragonaires/Techniques/solo)
1949: Fred Frith (UK multi-instrumentalist, composer, improvisor; Henry
Cow/Art Bears/Keep the Dog).
Doyle Bramhall (US drummer,
1949: Fred Frith (UK keyboardist, violin, guitar, bass; freelance)
1948: José José/José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz (Mexican
1946: Dodie Stevens (US singer)
1944: Karl Jenkins
1940: Gene Pitney (US singer)*05.Apr.2006
1939: John Leyton (UK singer, actor; solo/Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show)
1933: Bobby Lewis (US rock 'n' roll - R&B singer)
Spike Heatley (UK
jazz bassist; John Dankworth/Ronnie Scott/Rod Stewart/many others)
Marta Romero (Puerto Rican actress, singer)
Lee Hoiby (US composer)*28.March.2011.
1925: Ron Goodwin (UK composer, conductor; film scores)*08.Jan.2003.
1924: Margaret Truman (US
singer and author)*29.Jan.2008.
1923: Boniface Ferdinand Leonard "Buddy" DeFranco (US
jazz clarinet player)*24.Dec.2014.
1922: Tommy Edwards (US vocalist, pianist, composer)*22.Oct.1969
1911: Orrin Tucker (US bandleader, composer)*09.April.2011.
1905: Orwill "Hoppy" Jones (US bass singer, cello player; Ink
1887: Leevi Antti Madetoja
1991: Malese Jow (US actress, singer)
Max/Shim Changmin (South Korean singer; TVXQ)
1986: Sam Applebaum
(US drummer; Veil of Maya)
1982: Juelz Santana (US rapper)
Buddy Nielsen (US singer; Senses Fail)
1980: Regina Spektor (Russian
born singer, songwriter)
1977: Sean Watkins (US guitarist, songwriter)
1975: Simon Kvamm (Danish singer, comedian)
1971: Merritt Gant
(US thrash metal guitarist; Overkill)
1970: Raine Maida (Canadian singer,
guitar; Our Lady Peace)
1970: Jez Williams (UK guitarist; Doves).
1970: Andy Williams (UK drummer, vocals; Dove).
Jason Sutter (US drummer; Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi)
Tommy Scott (UK guitarist, vocals, songwriter; Space)
Dr. Dre/Andre Young (US rap artist; NWA)
Paul Hanley (UK drummer; The Fall/Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
Hironobu Kageyama (Japanese singer).
1961: Jasper Stainthorpe (UK bassist; Then Jerico,
1958: Gary C. "Gar"
Samuelson (US drummer; Megadeth/Fatal Opera)*22.July.1999
1956: Ted Gärdestad (Swedish singer, songwriter)*22.June.1997
1955: Brian James/Brian Robertson (UK guitar; The
1954: John Travolta (US
actor, singer, director)
1953: Robin Bachman
(Canadian drummer, Bachman Turner Overdrive)
Derek Pellicci (drummer; Little River Band)
Randy Crawford (US female singer; Crusaders/solo)
Juice Newton/Judy Kay Newton (country singer, guitar)
Pance Pondaag (Indonesian pop singer and songwriter)*03.June.2010.
1948: Keith Knudsen (US drummer; Doobie Brothers)*08.Feb.2005.
1947: Dennis DeYoung (keyboards - STYX/solo)
1944: Gerry Levene/Michael Gibbs (UK
vocalist, guitarist; Virtures/Avengers/M & B Five)*20.Dec.2011.
1945: Jimmy Jewel (UK tenor saxophone; Gallagher
& Lyle, solo, top sessionist)
Zager (US singer, guitarist; Zager and Evans).
Mati Nuude (Estonian weightlifter, singer;
Blue (US folk singer)*02.Dec.1982.
1941: Irma Thomas (US
1941: Herman Santiago (Puerto
Rico singer, songwriter; Premiers/Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers)
Fabrizio de André (Italian singer-songwriter, guitarist)*11.Jan.1999.
1939: Marek Janowski (Polish-born
Petrovic (Croatian vibraphonist, music producer; Zagreb Jazz Quartet)*10.Jan.2011.
1934: Clyde "Skip" Battin (US bassist;
Skip & Flip/Flying Burrito Brothers/Byrds)*06.July.2003
1933: Yoko Ono (Japenese singer, poet, composer,
John Lennon's wife)
1929: André Mathieu
(Canadian pianist, composer)*02
1928: Harold Land (US
tenor bop saxophonist)*27.July.2001.
Rita Gorr/Marguerite Geirnaert (Belgian opera
Feltsman (Russian composer)*03.Feb.2013.
Wee King/Julius Frank Kuczynski (US country singer-songwriter)*07.March.2000.
Marjorie Lawrence (Australian international soprano)*13.Jan.1979.
1986: Maria Mena (Norwegian singer)
Judith Bingham (US singer, songwriter)
1985: Haylie Duff (American
1983: Mika Nakashima (Japanese singer, actress)
1981: Beth Ditto/Mary Beth Patterson (US singer; The Gossip)
Vitas/Vitalii Vladasovich Grachyov (Russian singer)
Maria Rahikainen (Finnish rapper)
1979: Mariana Ochoa (Mexican
1978: Immortal Technique/Felipe Coronel (American
1977: Ola Salo (Swedish singer; The Ark)
Adair (Canadian drummer; Nickelback)
1975: Katja Schuurman (Dutch
1971: Gil Shaham (Israeli-born American violinist)
1971: Keith Baxter (British drummer; Skyclad/3 Colours Red/Elevation)*04.Jan.2008.
1969: Burton C. Bell (US vocalist)
Watkins aka Bøddel (US bassist; Obituary/Gorgoroth)*18.Oct.2015.
1968: Stochelo Rosenberg (Dutch Sinti-Gypsy jazz guitarist; The
1965: Leroy Miller (US guitarist, singer; Smash Mouth)
1965: Jon Fishman (US drummer; Phish)
1965: Kate Radley (UK keyboardist;
1964: Doug Aldrich (US rock guitarist; Whitesnake/solo/many
1963: Seal/Sealhenry Samuel (UK solo singer)
Gee/Francisco Alejandro Gutierrez (Cuban-US singer; Captain Jack)*22.Oct.2005.
1958: William Galison (US jazz guitarist, harmonica player)
Falco/Johann Hölzl (Austrian pop-rock singer,
1956: Dave Wakeling (UK vocals, guitar; The Beat, General Public)
Andy Powell (UK guitar, vocals; Wishbone Ash)
"Juice" Leskinen (Finnish singer-songwriter)*24.Nov.2006.
1949: Eddie Hardin (US keyboards; Spencer Davis Group/others)
Tony Iommi (UK guitar; Black Sabbath)
1948: Mark Andes (US bassist;
Canned Heat/ Spirit/Firefall/Heart)
1946: Pierre van der Linden (Dutch
1946: Paul Dean (Canadian guitarist; Loverboy)
Bobby Emmons (US keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter)*23.Feb.2015.
1943: Lou Christie (US singer)
Francisco Feliciano (Filipino composer, conductor)*19.Sept.2014.
1940: Smokey Robinson/William Robinson (US singer, songwriter, producer;
1940: Bobby Rogers (American singer, songriter; Miracles)*03.March.2013.
1939: Bobby Hart (US songwriter best known for The Monkees songs; Boyce
(Indonesian jazz pianist)*16.Feb.2012.
1937: Robert "Bilbo"
Walker Jr (US blues guitarist)
1936: Sam Myers (US vocals, drums,
1924: Lee Marvin (US actor, singer)*29.Aug.1987.
1915: Frank Glazer (US pianist, composer, professor
Saul Chaplin (American composer and musical director)*15.Nov.1997.
Adelina Patti (Spanish
1988: Rihanna/Robyn Rihanna Fenty (Barbadian musician)
1985: Yulia Volkova (Russian singer; t.A.T.u.)
Chris Thile (American mandolinist)
1977: Amal Hijazi (Lebanese
1976: Ed Graham (UK drums;
1975: Brian Littrell (US singer;
1972: K-OS/Kheaven Brereton
(Canadian singer, piano, guitar; rapper)
Neil Primrose (Scottish drummer; Travis)
Kurt Cobain (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Nirvana)*05.Apr.1994
Jonny Dollar/Jonny Sharp (British music producer and helped in inventing trip-hop)*29.May.2009.
1963: Ian Brown (UK vocals, Stone Roses)
1960: Kee Marcello/Kjell Hilding Lövbom
(Swedish guitarist; Easy Action/Europe/K2/solo).
Robert Boustead (UK bassist; King Kurt)
Mark Reilly (UK vocalist; Matt Bianco)
Secioria (Indonesian jazz pianist, composer, arranger, teacher)*08.Jan.2011.
1954: Bryan Gregory (US founding member, guitarist;
1954: Jon Brant (US bassist, 12-string bassist;
1953: Hugo de la Torre (Argentine singer,
guitarist; Los Hermanos de la Torre)*06.Jan.2014.
1953: Roberto Ciotti
(Italian blues guitarist, singer, composer)*31.Dec.2013.
1953: Riccardo Chailly (Italian conductor)
1953: Poison Ivy/Kristy
Wallace (US singer, guitarist; The Cramps)
Randy California/Randy Craig Wolfe (guitar, singer, writer; Spirit)*03.Jan.1997
1950: Tony Howard Wilson (UK owner of Factory Records,
radio & TV presenter)*10.Aug.2007.
1950: Walter Becker (US bass,
guitar, vocals; Steely Dan)
Cocciante (French-Italian singer, songwriter)
Sandy Duncan (US singer and actress)
1946: Jerome Geils (US guitar; The J. Geils Band)
1945: Alan Hull (UK guitarist, keyboards,
singer, songwriter; Lindisfarne)*17.Nov.1995
1944: Lew Soloff (US trumpeter; Blood, Sweat &
Carlos/Jean Chrysostome Dolto (French
chart hitting singer)*17.Jan.2008.
1943: Moshe Cotel (US
1942: Charlie Gillett (British
1941: Buffy Sainte-Marie/Beverly Sainte-Marie (Canadian
folk singer, songwriter)
Tai-hsiang (Taiwanese composer, folk songwriter)*02.Jan.2014.
1940: Barbara Ellis (US singer; The Fleetwoods)
1937: Nancy Wilson (US jazz and vocal singer)
Joop Stokkermans (Dutch composer)*25.Oct.2012.
Díaz/Leandro José Díaz Duarte (Colombian
1927: Ibrahim Ferrer (Cuban singer)*06.Aug.2005
1923: Bill Grundy (UK TV presenter & host)*09.Feb.1993
1898: Jimmy Yancey (US pianist)*17.Sept.1951.
Levko Revutsky (Ukrainian composer, teacher, activist)*30.March.1977.
Garden (Scottish soprano operatic singer)*03.Jan.1967.
1989: Corbin Bleu/Corbin Bleu Reivers (US
1986: Charlotte Church (Welsh singer-songwriter, actress,
1982: Chantal Claret (US lead singer, songwriter; Morningwood).
1980: Tiziano Ferro (Italian singer).
1979: Jennifer Love Hewitt (US actress, singer-songwriter,
1973: Justin Sane (US punk singer, guitarist; Anti-Flag)
1973: Heri Joensen (Faroese singer, guitarist; Týr)
Bowie Tsang (Taiwanese singer, TV host)
1973: Tad Kinchla (US bassist,
1972: Seo Taiji/Jeong Hyeon-cheol (Korean singer;
Sinawe/Seo Tai-ji & Boys)
1971: Randell "Randy" Blythe
(US singer; Lamb of God/Halo of Locusts).
1969: Corey Harris (US blues
and reggae singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1969: Eric Wilson (US bassist;
Sublime/Long Beach Dub Allstars)
1969: James Dean Bradfield (Welsh
guitarist, vocalist; Manic Street Preachers)
1967: Michael Ward (US
1962: Mark Arm/Mark McLaughlin (US vocals, guitar,
organ; Green River/Mudhoney)
Ranking Roger/Roger Charlery (UK vocals;
General Public/The English Beat)
1960: Steve Wynn (US singer)
José María Cano (Spanish singer, songwriter; Mecano)
Mary Chapin-Carpenter (US
1958: Jake Burns (Irish singer)
Hunt (US guitar, bass, keyboards; Climax Blues Band).
1954: Mike Pickering
(English disc jockey, saxophonist, singer)
1952: Jean-Jacques Burnel
(UK bassist, vocals; Stranglers)
1951: Vince Welnick (US keyboardist;
Tubes/Grateful Dead/Missing Man Formation)*02.June.2006
1949: Jerry Harrison (US keyboards, guitar; Talking Heads)
Johnny Echols (US singer/songwriter, guitarist; top sessionist)
D'Anna Fortunato (American mezzo-soprano)
1945: Paul Newton (UK
bassist; Uriah Heep)
1944: Zil-e-Huma (Pakistani
1943: David Geffen (US record label boss /Asylum Records)
James Wong Jim/Uncle Jim/Wong Jum-sum (Hong Kong lyricist, writer, TV host)*24.Nov.2004.
1939: Herbie Goins (US R&B singer;
Korner/Herbie Goins Soul Band)*27.Oct.2015.
1938: Bobby Charles/Robert Charles Guidry
(US singer, songwriter)*14.Jan.2010.
1937: Graham Collier (English jazz bassist, bandleader,
1934: Gerre Hancock (US organist, improviser, composer)*21.Jan.2012.
1933: Nina Simone/Eunice Kathleen Waymon (US singer, songwriter, pianist,
1927: Pierre Mercure (French-Canadian musician, composer)*29.Jan.1966.
1926: Ronnie Verrell (UK jazz drummer; Ted Heath Orch/Syd Lawrence Orch)*22.Feb.2002.
Jantje Koopmans/Johannes Petrus van Eersel (Dutch
1922: Zvi Zeitlin (Belorussian-born American classical violinist)*02.May.2012.
1917: Tadley Ewing "Tadd" Dameron (US jazz composer, arranger,
1893: Andres Segovia (Spanish classical guitarist)*02.June.1987.
1881: James Reese Europe
(US ragtime, early jazz bandleader, arranger, composer)*09.May.1919.
Charles-Marie Widor (French organist and composer)*12.March.1937.
1989: Anna Sundstrand (Swedish singer; Play)
1981: Jeanette Biedermann (German pop singer)
1980: Kang Sung Hoon (South
Korean singer; Sechs Kies)
1978: Jenny Frost (UK singer, presenter, model,
DJ; Atomic Kitten)
1974: Chris Moyles (UK DJ, comedy singer)
1974: James Blunt/James Hillier Blount (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter)
1973: Scott "Flip" Phillips (US drummer,
multi-musician;Alter Bridge, Creed).
Lea Salonga (Filipina actress, singer)
1968: Bradley Nowell (US lead singer, guitarist;
1968: Nasrat Parsa (Afghani singer)*08.May.2005.
1966: Scott Lerner (US bassist; freelace).
Lambert (UK saxophone; Roman Holliday/others)
Akira Takasaki (Japanese guitarist; Lazy/Loudness).
Sherman Halsey (US music video and television
director, producer, manager)*29.Oct.2013.
1955: Gordon Banks (US guitarist, writer, musical director; Marvin Gaye/Stevie
1953: Nigel Planer (UK actor, singer)
1953: Graham Lewis (UK bassist; Cupol/Wire)
1953: John B. "Sparko" Sparks (UK bassist;
1950: Lenny Kuhr (Dutch singer)
1950: Genesis P-Orridge/Neil
Andrew Megson (UK singer-songwriter, performer)
1947: Harvey Mason
(US jazz drummer; freelance/sessions)
1947: Maurizio De Angelis
(Italian singer. musician; The De Angelis Brothers)
Oliver/William Oliver Swofford (US pop singer)*12.Feb.2000.
1943: Louise Lopez (Virgin Island singer, songwriter;
1943: Mick Green (UK guitarist;
Shanghai/The Dakotas/The Pirates)*11.Jan.2010.
1938: Bobby Hendricks (US tenor vocalist; The Drifters)
1936: Ernie K-Doe/Ernest Kador Jr (New Orlean's R&B
"Whitey" Mitchell (American jazz musician and comedy writer)*16.Jan.2009.
1930: Marni Nixon (US
1928: Texas Johnny Brown
(US blues guitarist, songwriter, singer)*01.July.2013.
1923: Norman "Hurricane" Smith (UK singer,
record engineer, record producer)*03.March.2008.
Joe Wilder (US jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer)*09.May.2014.
Tate/George Holmes Tate (US jazz saxophone player)*10.Feb.2001.
1903: Robert Weede/Robert Wiedefeld (US operatic baritone)*09.July.1972.
1896: Nacio Herb Brown (US songwriter, movie scores,
1881: James Reese Europe (US arranger, bandleader, composer)*10.May.1919.
1986: Ola Svensson (Swedish pop singer)
Holly Brook (US multi-instrumental singer-songwriter)
Kamenashi (Japanese singersongwriter, actor, TV personality; KAT-TUN)
1979: D-Roc/Deongelo Holmes (US crunk hip-hop artist; Ying Yang Twins).
1978: Residente/René Pérez (Puerto Rican lead singer, writer;
1975: Robert Lopez (US award winning composer, lyricist)
1974: Leko/?? (American DJ, remixer, record producer)
Villarreal (Mexican guitarist, bassist, singer)
1973: Lars-Olof Johansson
(Swedish keyboardist; The Cardigans)
1972: Steve Holy (American country
1971: Jeff Beres (US bassist; Sister Hazel)
Vrenna (US multi-musician, producer, engineer; Nine Inch Nails/Tweaker/ Marilyn
Abrahamian (US lead guitarist; Starship)*02.Sept.2012.
1964: John Norum
(Norwegian guitarist; Europe)
1963: Robert "Rob" Collins
(UK keyboardist; Charlatans UK)*22.July.1996.
1962: Michael Wilton (US guitar; Queensrÿche)
1961: Kelly Hansen
(US drummer; Summer Lights)
1958: David Sylvian/David Alan Batt (UK
1957: Maria "Ria" Brieffies (Dutch
singer; Dolly Dots)*20.July.2009.
1955: Zeke Manyika (Zimbabwean drummer; Orange Juice)
Jones (UK singer, songwriter, keyboards, synthesizer, piano)
Kenny Bee (Hong Kong actor, musician, singer)
1953: Nils Stevenson
(UK manager of Siouxsie & the Banshees/Sex Pistols tour manager)*20.Sept.2002.
1952: Brad Whitford (US guitarist; Aerosmith)
1949: Terry "Tex"
Comer (UK bassist; Ace).
1948: Stephen Norman ''Steve'' Priest (UK bassist, keyboards, vocals; The
1948: Sugar Lee Hooper/Marja
van der Toorn (Dutch party singer)*04.April.2010.
1946: Rusty Young (US pedal steel, slide guitarist, guitarist; The Ides
1945: John Halsey aka The
(UK drummer, vocalist; Patto/The Rutles/others).
1945: Tommy Moeller (UK lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist; Unit Four/Unit
Four Plus Two/Bill & Buster).
1944: Johnny Winter (US power-blues
guitarist, slide guitar, vocals)*16.July.2014.
1944: Mike Maxfield (UK lead guitarist; Dakotas)
1941: Barry Martyn/Barry
Godfrey (UK drummer, band leader; Legends of Jazz/Camelia Jazz Orch)
Esteban Steve Jordan (US conjunto accordionist legend, pioneer)*13.Aug.2010.
Augusto Algueró (Spanish composer, conductor)*16.Jan.2011.
Crespin (French operatic soprano)*05.July.2007
Blow (US composer and organist of Westminster Abbey)*01.Oct.1708.
1994: Earl Sweatshirt (US rapper; OFWGKTA)
1989: Trace Cyrus (US
guitarist, songwriter, vocalist; Metro Station).
1987: Chieko Kawabe (Japanese
singer, model, actress)
1987: Kim Kyu Jong (Korean singer and dancer;
1983: Matt McGinley (US drummer; Gym Class Heroes)
Anton Maiden/Anton Gustafsson (Swedish
singer, rock music fan)*01.Nov.2003.
1978: Shinya/?? (Japanese drummer; Dir en grey) not
Shinya Yamada of Luna Sea
1978: John Nolan (US singer,
guitarist; Straylight Run/Taking Back Sunday)
1976: Matt Skiba (US
singer, guitaist, bassist; Alkaline Trio/Heavens/ F-Minus)
1976: Eric Griffin
(US rock guitarist; Murderdolls/Wednesday 13)
1975: Ashley MacIsaac
1974: Bonnie Somerville (US actress and singer)
1974: Charles "Chad" Hugo (Filipino-American saxophonist, pianist,
guitarist, writer; Neptunes/N*E*R*D)
1973: Chris Fehn (US percussionist;
1969: Alex González (US-born Cuban-Colombian; Maná)
1962: Michelle Shocked/Michelle Johnston (US singer/songwriter)
1959: Colin Farley (UK bassist; Cutting Crew).
1958: Sammy Kershaw (American country music singer)
1954: Plastic Bertrand/Roger François Jouret (Belgian singer, producer,
1952: Steven "Dobby"
Dawson (UK bassist; Saxon/Son of a Bitch).
1951: Tony Holiday/Rolf Peter Knigge (German singer-songwriter)*14.Feb.1990.
1950: Ed Roman (US guitar maker, singer, bassist)*14.Dec.2011.
1950: George Thorogood (US singer, guitarist).
Samaroo (Trinidadian Steelpan musician;
Lever Brothers Canboulay Steelband)*07.Jan.2016.
Manuel De Sica (Italian composer)*05.Dec.2014.
Blauvelt (US bassist; Lost
1948: Tim Staffell (UK singer; Smile, Humpy Bong, Morgan, aMIGO)
Dennis Waterman (UK actor, writer, singer)
Rupert Holmes/David Goldstein (UK-US composer, producer, singer, session musician)
1947: Lonnie Turner (bass; Steve Miller Band/freelance)
(US jazz drummer, percussionist, trumpeter; many
Clive Scott (UK organist, vocalist, songwriter;
1944: Nicky Hopkins (UK pianist, organist;
much in demand session player)*06.Sept.1994
1943: Pablo Milanés Arias
(Cuban singer-songwriter, guitar player)
George Harrison (UK guitarist, singer; Beatles/solo)
1942: Paul Jones/Paul Pond (UK singer, harmonica,
radio presenter; Manfred Mann)
1941: Joanie Sommers
(US singer, actress)
1941: Peter ''Pete'' Brookes (UK drummer; Zoot
Money's Big Roll Band).
1936: Jess Conrad OBE/Gerald
Arthur James (UK actor, singer)
1936: Luis Aguilé (Argentine singer and songwriter)*10.Oct.2009.
1934: Renata Scotto
David Newman (American jazz saxophonist)*20.Jan.2009.
1932: Michel Legrand (French pianist, arranger, conductor,
1924: Talat Mahmood
(Indian playback singer, film actor)*09.May.1998.
1923: David Soyer (US cellist; Guarneri Quartet)*25.Feb.2010.
Fred Steiner (US composer,
conductor, orchestrator, arranger; TV, radio, film)*23.June.2011.
Pnina Salzman (Israeli classical pianist)*16.Dec.2006.
Taylor (American jazz singer)*09.Dec.2011.
1914: Weldon Kees (US
jazz pianist, poet, novelist, painter)*18.July.1955.
1877: Rudolph Ganz (Swiss
pianist, conductor, composer)*02.Aug.1972.
1988: Jimmy Monaghan (Irish musician, songwriter;
Music for Dead Birds)
1987: Eva Avila (Canadian singer)
Danny Saucedo (Swedish singer)
1984: Lovefoxxx/Luísa Hanae Matsushita
(Brazilian singer; Cansei de Ser Sexy aka CSS)
1982: Bert McCracken (US
singer; The Used)
1977: Sarah Jezebel Deva/Sarah Jane Ferridge (UK
singer; Angtoria/Cradle of Filth/others)
1977: Horace Mui/Wai Hon Mui (Chinese
vocalist, event producer; ME2 Productions)
1976: Rashida Jones (US
actress, occasional singer).
1973: Julio Iglesias Jr (Spanish singer)
1973: Justin Jeffre (US vocals; 98 Degrees)
1971: Daniel Powter
(Canadian singer, songwriter)
1971: Dave Harris (US disc jockey, songwriter;
Retro Rewind syndicated radio)
1969: Petri Walli (Finnish rock guitarist,
songwriter; Kingston Wall)*28.June.1995.
1968: Evridiki Theokleous (Greek Cypriot singer)
1965: Brian Baker
(US guitarist; Minor Threat/Bad Religion/others)
1959: Mike Peters
(Welsh lead singer; The Alarm)
1958: Kevin Gray (US musical theatre
1957: Dennis Diken (US drums - The Smithereens)
John Wood (Scottish guitar; Bay City Rollers/producer of Celtic music)
1954: John Doe/John Nommensen Duchac (US singer-songwriter, bassist, actor;
1952: Tomas Ledin (Swedish rock vocalist, guitar,
keyboard; Eurovision Song Contest 1980)
1952: Jerry Chamberlain (US
singer, guitarist; Daniel Amos/The Swirling Eddies)
1950: Emitt Rhodes
1949: Ireen Sheer (UK Singer, The Family Dogg/solo).
1947: David Stensen
(US bass; Grass Roots)
1947: Doug Yule (US bass guitarist; Grass Menagerie/Velvet
(Norwegian singer, keyboards; Aunt Mary/Just 4 Fun/solo)*27.Aug.2014.
1945: Elkie Brooks (UK singer)
1945: Herbert Léonard (French
1945: Jindra táhlavský (Czech
country singer; The Strangers/Bluegrass Hoppers/Feáci)*05.Feb.2013.
1944: Brian Belshaw (UK bassist, vocalist; Grave
Diggers/Julie Driscol and Friends/B B Blunder/others).
1943: Duke D'Mond/Richard
singer; The Barron Knights)*09.April.2009.
*1943: George Harrison (UK guitarist, multi-musician;
Beatles) *preferred note
1942: Roy Michaels aka Loy Bones (US bassist; Cat Mother & the
All Night News Boys)*23.Sept.2008.
1941: Sandy Bull (US composer,
1936: Norman Scribner (US
choral conductor, composer, pianist, organist)*22.March.2015.
1932: Faron Young (US country singer, songwriter, actor)*10.Dec.1996.
1931: Lawrence Gushee
1929: Tommy Newsom (American bandleader)*28.April.2007
1927: Ralph Stanley (US blue grass singer, banjo player; Clinch Mountain
1925: Ron Goodwin (British composer,
1919: Fred Katz (US cellist, composer; Chico Hamilton's quintet/leader)*07.Sept.2013.
1918: Rena Kyriakou (Greek pianist)*Aug.1994.
1890: Dame Myra Hess (English pianist)*25.Nov.1965.
1877: Erich Moritz von Hornbostel (Austrian ethnomusicologist)*28.Nov.1935.
1873: Enrico Caruso (Italian opera singer/actor)*02.Aug.1921.
Douglas (UK singer; 2nd in 9th series of The X Factor)
Kay Williams (Japanese singer)
1986: Juliet Simms (US guitarist,
singer; Automatic Loveletter)
1985: Miki Fujimoto (Japanese singer;
1984: Natalia Lafourcade Silva (Mexican singer)
1980: Alex Fong Lik-sun (Hong Kong singer)
1979: Shalim Ortiz
Goyco (Puerto Rican singer/actor)
1979: Corinne Bailey Rae (English
singer-songwriter and guitarist).
1976: Chad Urmston (US guitarist,
multi-musician; Hermit Thrush/Dispatch/State Radio)
1972: Jonathan "Jonny"
Quinn (Northern Irish drummer; Snow Patrol).
1971: Erykah Badu/Erica
Wright (US female R&B singer)
1971: Max Martin (Swedish composer,
1971: Hélène Ségara (French singer)
1969: Hitoshi Sakimoto (Japanese composer)
1969: Timothy Brown
(UK bassist; Boo Radleys)
1968: Tim Commerford
(US bass player, vocalist; Rage Against the Machine)
Najwa Karam (Lebanese singer)
Yashiki (Japanese drummer; Mute Beat/Simply Red/Vitamin-Q/others/sessions).
1961: John Jon/John Foster (UK vocals;
1960: Jeremy "Jaz"
Coleman (UK singer, keyboards; Anne Dudley-Jaz
Coleman, Killing Joke)
1960: Steve Grant
(UK drummmer; Tight Fit)
1956: Keisuke Kuwata
1953: Michael Bolton (US
Jaan Arder (Estonian singer; Apelsin/ Hortus Musicus)*24.July.2014.
1950: Jonathan Cain (US keyboards, vocals; Journey/the
1949: Emma Kirkby
MacDonald/Malcolm MacDonald (Scottish music critic, author)*27.May.2014.
1947: Sandie Shaw (UK singer)
Bob "The Bear" Hite (US lead vocals, harmonica; Canned Heat)*05.Apr.1981
Mitch Ryder/William Levise Jr (UK singer; The Detroit Wheels)
1944: Nigel Ian Norman Snook (UK banjo player; Unit
4+2's single "The Green Fields")*05.Nov.2007.
1943: Paul Cotton (US guitarist; Poco)
1939: Trevor Watts (UK
sax, flute, composer; Spontaneous Music Ensemble/many others).
Hagood Hardy (Canadian composer, pianist, vibraphonist)*01.Jan.1997.
1932: Johnny Cash (US singer, guitar)*12.Sept.2003
1930: Lazar Berman (Russian pianist)*06.Feb.2005
1928: Antoine "Fats" Domino (US singer,
pianist, bandleader, songwriter)
Leyrac (French Canadian singer, actress)
1921: Betty Hutton (US
1916: Jackie Gleason
(US singer, actor, TV host)*24.June.1987.
Frank Bridge (UK composer,
viola player; English String Quartet)*10.Jan.1941.
1984: Antti Tuisku (Finnish singer)
Evi Goffin (Belgian singer)
1981: Josh Groban (US singer)
Wilson aka Bobby V (US singer)
not to be confused with Bobby Vee
Tabatabaee (Iranian rapper: Zebrahead)
1973: Peter Andre/Peter James
Andrea (Anglo-Greece Cypriot singer)
1972: Jeremy Dean (US keyboard;
1971: Chilli/Rozonda Thomas (US R&B singer; TLC).
1970: Patricia Petibon (French opera singer)
1969: Brad Vander Ark
(US bass player; The Verve Pipe)
1965: Frank Peter Zimmermann (German
1965: David Boulter (UK keyboards, percussion; Tindersticks).
1964: Derek McKenzie (Scottish musician; Shamen)
1964: Ewan Vernal
(Scottish bassist; Deacon Blue)
Cynthia Layne (American jazz singer)*18.Jan.2015.
1963: Nasty Suicide/Jan Stenfors (Finnish rhythm guitar; Hanoi Rocks)
1960: Paul David Humphreys (UK synthesisers; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the
1959: Johnny Van Zant (US singer; Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Akira Jimbo (Japanese drummer; Casiopea/solo/guest).
Takayoshi Matsunaga (Japanese bassist;
Mute Beat/sessionist/other bands)*12.July.2012.
1958: Nancy Spungen (American girlfriend of Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious)*12.Oct.1978.
1957: Adrian Smith (UK guitarist; Iron Maiden)
Christopherson (UK musician, video director; Throbbing Gristle/others)*25.Nov.2010.
1955: Garry Christian (UK
lead vocalist; The Christians)
1954: Neal Schon (US guitarist; Journey/Santana/Bad
1951: Steve Harley (UK singer, synthesizer; Cockney
1950: Robert Balderrama (US guitarist; Question Mark & The
1948: Eddie Gray (US guitarist; Tommy James & Shondells)
1947: Gidon Kremer (Latvian violinist)
1945: Lee Harper (US jazz trumpeter)*10.Nov.2010.
1945: Carl Anderson (US singer, actor)*23.Feb.2004
1943: Morten Lauridsen (US composer)
1940: John Bertram ''Jackie'' Lynton (UK
1938: Jake Thackray
(UK singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet, journalist)*24.Dec.2002
1937: David Ackles (American singer songwriter)*02.March.1999.
1935: Mirella Freni
Guy Mitchell/Albert George Cernik (US
1925: Hardrock Gunter/Sidney Gunter Jr
guitarist;Hoot Owl Ramblers)*15.Mar.2013.
1925: Marin Constantin (Romanian musician, conductor,
1923: Dexter "Long Tall Dexter" Gordon (US
1923: Chuck Wayne (US
jazz guitarist; many bands/sessions)*29.July.1997.
Braxton Schuffert (US guitarist,
radio DJ; Hank Williams' Driftin' Cowboys)*26.April.2013.
1909: Harrison Verrett
(US banjo, guitar, piano; New Orleans Jazzman/Fats Domino)*??.Oct.1965.
Bailey/Mildred Rinker (US jazz singer)*12.Dec.1951.
(US jazz cornetist)*15.July.1933.
1888: Lotte Lehmann (German soprano opera &
1988: Markéta Irglová (Czech songwriter
1985: Fefe Dobson (Canadian singer)
1984: Ben Fagan
(US musician, reality show contestant)
1978: Jeanne Cherhal (French
1977: Jason Aldean (US country music singer)
1972: Danny McCormack (UK bassist, singer: The Yo-Yos/Wildhearts/solo)
1971: Junya Nakano (Japanese composer)
Srinivas/Uppalapu Srinivas (Indian mandolin player, composer, child prodigy)*19.Sept.2014.
1969: Patrick "Pat" Monahan (US singer,
percussion, saxophone; Train)
Lillington (UK guitarist, keyboards; Breathe)
1964: Fernando del Valle
1961: René Simard (French Canadian singer,
1958: Jeanne Mas (French singer, actress)
B/Earlando Arrington Neil
(Jamaican reggae deejay).
Paul Delph (US singer, songwriter, producer,
engineer, studio musician)*21.May.1996.
1957: Cindy Wilson (US singer; The B-52's)
1957: Ian Stanley (UK keyboards, writer, producer;
Tears For Fears)
1957: Phil Gould (UK
drummer; Level 42)
1952: William Finn (US
1952: Eddie Manion (US
baritone sax; Sthside Johnny-Asbury Jukes/freelance/Seeger Sessions Band)
1951: Clifford L Moore
(US 1st tenor lead
& the Vikings aka The Vikings aka Motown Vikings)
The Frog Prince/Frankie Kao (Taiwanese singer)*17.Feb.2014.
Azam Khan (Bangladeshi pop singer; Uchcharon)*05.June.2011.
Arthur 'T-Boy' Ross (US songwriter with Motown; brother of Diana Ross)*30.May.1996.
1948: Bernadette Peters/Bernadette Lazzara (US actress,
Hirsch (Austrian singer/songwriter and actor)*24.Nov.2011.
1945: Ronnie Rosman (US keyboardist; Shondells)
Marlow Tackett (US country music singer-songwriter)*10.May.2015.
1943: Barbara Acklin (US soul singer)*27.Nov.1998.
1943: Charles Bernstein (US composer)
1942: Brian Jones (UK
guitar, multi-musician; founder/leader of the Rolling Stones)*03.July.1969
1941: Marty Sanders (US singer; Jay and the Americans/solo)
1940: Joe South/Joseph Souter (US singer, songwriter, guitar; freelance/solo)*05.Sept.2012.
1940: Johnny Rocco/Graham Hodgson
(UK drums, vocals; Johnny Rocco+Jets/Frank Knight+Barrons)
1939: Tommy Tune (International director, choreographer, dancer)
Cong Son (Vietnamese composer, musician, painter,
Gomelsky (Georgian-Swiss impresario, manager, songwriter, record producer)*13.Jan.2016.
1929: Joseph Rouleau (French Canadian bass opera
Don Helms (American steel guitarist; Hank Williams'
Drifting Cowboys group)*11.Aug.2008.
music critic, journalist)*19.Aug.2012.
Pellar (Czech actor, singer, teacher, translator)*04.Sept.2010.
Kynard (US jazz saxophone player, songwriter; Lionel Hampton)*05.July.2012.
1916: Svend Asmussen (Danish jazz violinist)
1882: Geraldine Farrar (US soprano)*11.March.1967.
1878: Artur Kapp (Estonian
(A person born on February 29th is called a "leapling")
1980: Chris Conley (US singer-songwriter,
guitarist; Two Tongues/Saves The Day)
1980: Justin Meacham (US bassist;
1976: Ja Rule/Jeffrey
Atkins (US rapper)
1972: Saul Williams (US rapper, poet, actor)
1972: Dave Williams
(US singer; Drowning Pool)*14.Aug.2002.
1968: Rust Epique/Charles Lopez (US guitarist, painter; Crazy
Town and pre-Thing)*09.March.2004.
1964: Martin France (UK jazz drummer; Loose Tubes/sessionist)
Mervyn Warren (US film & TV composer, pianist, singer))
McKenzie Anderson (UK DJ, producer, composer)
1960: Khaled Hadj Brahim
(Algerian raï singer, multi-musician)
1948: Richie Cole (US
alto saxophonist; The Alto Madness Orchestra)
1940: Gretchen Christopher
(US singer; The Fleetwoods)
1940: Paul Rutherford (UK avante-garde
jazz trombonist; Iskra 1912/freelance)*05.Aug.2007.
1932: Reri Grist (African-American coloratura soprano)
Storm/Annie Blanche Banks (US burlesque performer)
1920: Ivan Petrov/Ivan
(Russian operatic bass)*26.Dec.2003.
1916: Dinah Shore/Frances Rose Shore (US singer, actress)*24.Feb.1994.
1904: Jimmy Dorsey (US jazz reed player; band co-leader/big band leader)*12.June.1957
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John R. Shell (20) Anglo-American guitarist and
bass guitarist born in Arkansas; his mum, Mary, was a GI bride who returned to
Liverpool with John when he was just two years old.
In October of 1963, John together with his
Ozzie Yue and drummer John Donaldson formed the pop group The Hideaways.
Frankie Connor joined three months later, followed by Judd Lander on harmonica.
The band flourished in the mid-1960s as part of the Merseybeat era, and played
at The Cavern Club over 250 times, more frequently than The Beatles. Still holding
American citizenship, Johns conscience was stirred by the US conflict in
Vietnam and volunteered. (tragically
John was killed in action just one month after taking up his post as a private
with the American Ist Infantry Division) b. April
1971: Harry Roy/Harry Lipman (71)
British singer, swing clarinetist, bandleader;
best remembered for having led a popular swing band in England and throughout
portions of the British Empire during the 1930s. He and his brother Syd formed
a band which they called The Darnswells. When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
left the Hammersmith Palais, they were replaced by the Roy Brothers Original Lyrical
Five. They again changed name, becoming the Original Crichton Lyricals. At times,
the band recorded as "The Lyricals", "Sid Roy's Crichton Lyricals",
and "The Crichton Lyricals". Harry's band was very popular in London
where they played all the better spots including the Alhambra; the London Coliseum;
Rector's Club; Oddenino's; and the Cavour Restaurant. Harry and his band appeared
in the film Everything Is Rhythm and again in the 1936 film Rhythm Racketeer,
they also toured South America, the Middle East and other parts of the world.
January 12nd 1900
Geirr Tveitt (72) One of Norway's most
prolific composers and talented pianist, born in Bergen. He won acclaim in continental
Europe and elsewhere performing his own compositions.
Through the summers in Nordheimsund he got in touch with the rich folk music tradition
of the region, and this was to inspire most of his later music. Among his most
famous works is the ballet "Baldurs Draumar" /Balder's dreams from 1938.
The theme is from the saga about the god Balder. The score of this ballet was
unfortunately lost during the bombing of London during WW II. Other famous music
by Tveitt are the songs "Vi skal ikkje sova burt sumanatta" and "So
rodde dei fjorden" and the first piece of Opus 151 "Vekomne med ære"
(?) b. October 19th 1908
James/Reginald Leon Isaac Vapnick (65) English
singer, music publisher and founder of the DJM record label and recording studios.
He joined the Henry Hall band, and made first radio broadcast in 1940. After World
War II he continued to sing with top post-war bands, including Geraldo's, and
was a part time member of The Stargazers, a popular early 1950s vocal group. He
was the singer of the Robin Hood and The Buccaneers theme songs, "Robin Hood"
and "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" from 1950s British TV, and was a friend
and associate of renowned record producer George Martin. Dick entered the music
publishing business in early 1963, he was contacted by Brian Epstein who was looking
for a publisher for the second Beatles single Please Please Me. He originally
established Northern Songs Ltd., with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to publish
Lennon and McCartney's original songs. Dick
in 1969, without offering the
band an opportunity to buy control of the publishing company. He profited handsomely
from the sale of Northern Songs, but the Beatles never again had the rights to
their own songs.
the 1960s he also handled Billy J. Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemakers and
signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as untried unknowns in 1967.
In 1969 he formed DJM Records, all of John's early releases up to 1976, were issued
on the DJM record label. The label also carried Jasper Carrott, RAH Band and John
Inman (sadly died of a heart attack)
b. December 12th 1920.
Paul Robi/Paul Irvin Roby (57)
American vocalist, born in New Orleans; he went on to become the lead tenor of
the L.A group, The Platters in 1954. One of the most successful and romantic vocal
groups of the 1950s, Robi stayed with the Platters for the next eleven years,
and can be heard on all their many hits, including "Only You", "The
Great Pretender", "Twilight Time", "Smoke Gets In Your Eye's"
and "Harbour Lights". Along with the Platters, Robi was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. (sadly he died of
pancreatic cancer) b.
August 20th 1931.
2002: Hildegard Knef (76)
German actress, singer, writer, born in the city of Ulm; she enjoyed
much success as a singer of German chansons, which she often co-wrote. In America
she appeared on Broadway as Ninotchka in the Cole Porter musical,
Silk Stockings. Hildergard is fondly remembered for the song "Für mich
soll's rote Rosen regnen"/"It shall rain red roses for me", she
is also well known for her version of the song "Ich hab noch einen Koffer
in Berlin" /"I've got a suitcase left in Berlin"), of which she
sold more than three million records in total. (breast cancer)
b. December 28th 1925.
"Mongo" Santamaría () Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist
born in Havana, Cuba. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard
"Afro Blue," recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved
to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All
Stars, and others. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms
with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s.
His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted
into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 ()
b. April 7th 1917.
Alexandra Young Wilson (67) Scottish folk
born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, and best known for her
1957 hit song, "Freight Train". While attending art school
in Glasgow, she performed on the local folk club circuit where she met fellow
singer and guitarist Jimmie MacGregor who introduced her to blues and hillbilly
music. She took her stage name from a Scottish folk song, "Nancy Whisky".
She was signed to Topic Records and moved to London in 1955. Although reluctant
to surrender her reputation as a solo performer, she was persuaded to join the
Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group to record Elizabeth Cotten's song "Freight Train".
The record made the top five in the UK Singles Chart in 1957, and she also toured
the United States with McDevitts group. "Freight Train" sold over
one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. After a second, smaller hit,
"Greenback Dollar", Nancy left the group to resume a solo career and
marry musician Bob Kelly, who became a member of her backing group, the Teetotallers
b. 4 March 4th 1935.
Franco Mannino (80) Italian film composer,
pianist, opera director, playwright and novelist, born in Palermo and
made his debut as pianist at 16. He conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra
in Canada between 1982-86, among others. In all he wrote more than 440 compositions
including opera, symphonies, ballet, oratorios, chamber music and music for the
theatre. In addition wrote music for more than a 100 films by some of the best-known
directors of his day, including Luchino Visconti with whom he collaborated many
times, including such films as Death in Venice. His 1963 opera Il diavolo in giardino,
from a libretto by Visconti based on a Thomas Mann short story, was presented
at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in February. Another of his works, which Visconti
directed, was the ballet Mario e il Mago in 1956 (?)
April 25th 1924.
Gian Carlo Menotti (95) Italian-American composer
and librettist; he often referred to himself as an American composer, but kept
his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night
Visitors among about two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for two of them, The Consul in 1950 and The Saint of
Bleecker Street in 1955 . He founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi / Festival
of the Two Worlds in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA,
in 1977. In 1986 Gian commenced a Melbourne Spoleto Festival in Australia, which
has now become the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
In 1984 he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for achievement in the arts, and
in 1991 he was chosen Musical America's "Musician of the Year"
(He died in a hospital in Monte Carlo, where he had a home)
b. July 7th 1911
Whitney Lyon Balliett (80) American
jazz critic and book reviewer for the New Yorker and was with the journal from
1954 until 2001. Born in Manhattan and raised in Glen Cove, Long
Island, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where he learned to played drums
in a band he summed up as Baggy Dixieland; he played summer gigs at
a Center Island yacht club. He was drafted into the Army in 1946, interrupting
his freshman year at Cornell University, to which he returned to finish his degree
in 1951 and where he was a member of The Delta Phi Fraternity, before his job
at The New Yorker (sadly died of cancer)
b. April 17th 1926.
2009: Lukas Foss (86)
German-born American composer, conductor, pianist, and
professor born in Berlin.
He was a special student of composition with Paul Hindemith at Yale University
from 1939-40 and became an American citizen in 1942. Lukas was appointed professor
of music at UCLA in 1953, replacing Arnold Schoenberg. While there he founded
the Improvisation Chamber Ensemble, which made its Boston debut in 1962 for the
Peabody Mason Concert series. He founded the Center for Creative and Performing
Arts in 1963 while at the State University of New York at Buffalo. From
1963-70 he was Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1971-88
he was Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, from 1981-86, he was conductor
of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and was a Professor of Music, Theory, and
Composition at Boston University beginning in 1991 (sadly
Lucas died of a heart attack) b. August 15th 1922
2011: Sidney Cipriano (46)
Brazilian singer with the Sorocaba
vocal band Fat Family, as the name suggests, all members are overweight people
and are members of the same family. They have released three albums "Fat
Family", "Fat Festa" and "Pra Onde For, Me Leve"
(sadly died from a cardiac arrest) b. 1955
Anil Mohile (71) Bollywood Music Director and
Background Score artist for movies from Devdas, Sarkar to Singham. He arranged
music for over 85 films over his long career and composed music
for several popular Marathi films such as Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi and Jiwalaga. He
also conducted music for Lata Mangeshkars live concerts. (sadly
died after suffering a massive heart attack)
2012: David Peaston
(54) American award
winning R&B and gospel singer; born in
St Louis, Missouri, into a musical family, his mother Martha Bass was one of the
Clara Ward Singers and a great gospel performer, while his elder sister Fontella
Bass has equally distinguished gospel and soul credits. As a child, David attended
and sang at the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church along with his mother,
and his sister. After graduating he worked as a school teacher but, when he was
laid off in 1981, he moved to New York City and started working as a background
singer on recording sessions including Lester Bowie's 1982...>>>READ
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with diabetes) b. March
2013: Rudolf Daek (80)
Czech guitarist, he studied at the Prague Conservatory from
19621966. While there he formed a trio and became well known as a guest
soloist with Karel Velebnýs group SHQ. In 1964 he established a trio
which included George Mraz, and from 19671968 he played with Ladislav Déczis
quintet Jazz Cellula. He also joined Gustav Broms orchestra and the Prague
Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1968 to 1970 Daek was a member
of the house band at the Blue Note club in Berlin and played with Lou Bennetts
trio. During this period he accompanied Benny Bailey, Carmell Jones, Tony Scott,
Leo Wright, and many others. With Jirí Stivín he worked in the duo
Systém Tandem from19711975, re-formed 1985, which performed successfully
at European festivals. He toured repeatedly with Toto Blanke in an acoustic-guitar
duo and he also recorded with Blanke in 1999
August 27th 1933.
2013: Cecil Womack aka Zekuumba
Zekkariyas (65) American musician and singer-songwriter, born in Cleveland,
Ohio. He and his brothers Bobby, Harry, Friendly and Curtis, began as a gospel
group appearing on the gospel circuit in the mid 50s where they were seen by Sam
Cooke of the Soul Stirrers. As Cooke's protégés they changed their
name to The Valentinos and in 1961 began to sing and record for secular audiences,
producing hits such as "It's All Over Now" and "Lookin' for a Love".
Later in the 60s, Cecil concerntrated more on song writing and production. He
provided his then wife, Mary Wells, with several chart successes including "The
Doctor" released on Jubille Records. His later songwriting credits include
"Love TKO" a major hit for Teddy Pendergrass, "I Just Want To Satisfy
You" for The O'Jays, "Love Symphony" for Patti LaBelle, and "New
Day" for George Benson. After Cecil divorced Mary Wells in 1977, he went
on to marry Sam Cooke's daughter Linda and they formed Womack and Womack. >>>
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b. September 25th 1947.
2014: Murry/ Kasmuri
(64) Indonesian drummer born in Jember, Java; he joined the band Koes
Bersaudara in 1969, but previously all members had been part of the Koeswoyo family,
so they changed their name to Koes Plus. The band is widely known as a group that
radiates the spirit of nationalism through its lyrics. Murry was considered as
an important addition to the band for introducing more of a rock rhythm into the
previously ballad-laden Koes Bersaudara songs. Although viewed as pioneers of
pop and rock n roll music in Indonesia and often referred to as the
Indonesian Beatles, Koes Plus continued to grow even after the decline of the
rock n roll era. In 2007, Rolling Stone Indonesia magazine placed
6 of the band's studio albums on their "150 Greatest Indonesian Albums of
All Time" (?) b. June
2015: Anita Darian/Anita Margaret
Esgandarian (87) American singer, born in Detroit, of Armenian descent;
she studied opera at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard
School of Music in New York, but first came to popular attention as a featured
singer with the short-lived Sauter-Finegan jazz band of the mid-1950s, with whom
she recorded for RCA Victor. She settled in New York City and worked in everything
from opera and classical recitals to television jingles and cartoon voice-overs.
She appeared in several television productions of musicals and operas from the
1950s to the 1970s. She also sang the female soprano portion on The Tokens' 1961
No.1 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
As late as 2012, she was featured in concerts honoring
the Great American Songbook. (sadly
died from complications after intestinal surgery)
b. April 26th 1927
2015: Aldo Ciccolini (89)
Italian-born French pianist; born in Naples he entered Naples
Conservatory in 1934 at the age of 9, by special permission of the director, Francesco
Cilea. He began his performing career playing at the Teatro San Carlo at the age
of 16 and moved to France after WWll. He went on to become a celebrated interpreter
and advocate of the piano music of the French composers Camille Saint-Saëns,
Charles-Valentin Alkan, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Erik Satie as well as
that of less prominent composers such as Déodat de Séverac, Jules
Massenet and Alexis de Castillon. He had become a French citizen in 1969 and taught
at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1970 to 1988. On 9 December 1999 Ciccolini
celebrated a career in France spanning 50 years with a recital at the Théâtre
des Champs-Élysées in Paris (?)
b. August 15th 1925
Duan Velkaverh (72) Slovenian lyricist
born in Georgetown, British Guiana, as a child he lived New York City, then London
before moving to Yugoslavia. He is considered a legend of the Slovenian song festival
history since about thirty of his 600 lyrics became major hits in Slovenia. He
also wrote the lyrics of "Dan ljubezni", a Yugoslavian song performed
at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 by Slovenian vocal band "Pepel in kri".
Duan was a longtime chief of music production at RTV Slovenia for the RTV
Slovenia Big Band and RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and also in the early 1990s,
he was the executive director of Slovenian music label Corona. (?)
b. September 12th 1943.
2016: Jon Bunch (45)
American rock singer and songwriter born in Harbor City,
CA and came up in the L.A. hardcore punk rock scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles.
He was a founding member and singer in the hardcore punk band Reason to Believe
from 19861990, when the band evolved to into the post-hardcore band Sense
Field, a pioneer for the emo bands which Jon stayed with until 2013. He, along
with Sense Field, released five albums, six EPs and toured the world with such
bands as Jimmy Eat World, Far, Texas Is the Reason, Dashboard Confessional, Into
Another, Mineral, New Found Glory, The Juliana Theory, The Goo Goo Dolls and Nada
Surf. In 2004 Jon also joined the Florida-based post-hardcore band Further Seems
Forever and recorded one album with them entitled Hide Nothing. He sang with that
outfit until 2006. That same year, Bunch and his Further Seems Forever bandmate,
Derick Cordoba, toured Europe under the banner Fields Forever, playing acoustic
versions of Sense Field and Further Seems Forever songs. As well Jon formed yet
another band, War Generation, their album, Start Somewhere,
Never Surrender, was released September 3rd 2013 (?)
b. October 25th 1970.
1594: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (67) Italian
composer, organist; the most famous sixteenth-century representative of the Roman
School of musical composition. He had a vast influence on the development of Roman
Catholic church music, and his work can be seen as a summation of Renaissance
polyphony. (sadly died in Rome of pleurisy) b. February
1979: Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie
(21) English bassist with the legendary, influencial UK punk band the
Sex Pistols. In 2006 he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame as a member of the Sex Pistols. Born in London his musical career started
in 1976 as a member of The Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member
of The Clash, Keith Levene, Palmolive and Viv Albertine. He appeared with Siouxsie
and the Banshees, playing drums at their notorious first gig at the 100 Club Punk
Festival in London's Oxford Street. According to members of The Damned, Vicious,
along with Dave Vanian, was considered for the position of lead singer for The
Damned but failed to show up for the audition. The song "Belsen Was a Gas"
originates from this band, and was later performed live by the Sex Pistols, as
well as Sid Vicious' solo act. He played his first gig with
the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at the The Screen On The Green in London. His debut
was filmed by Don Letts and appears in Punk Rock Movie. In Nov 1977, Sid met American
groupie Nancy Spungen. Both the group and Sid visibly deteriorated during their
1978 American tour. The Pistols broke up in San Francisco after their concert
at the Winterland Ballroom on 14 January 1978. With Nancy acting as his "manager",
Sid embarked on a solo career during which he performed with musicians including
Mick Jones of The Clash, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies
of The Damned and the New York Dolls' Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, and Johnny Thunders.
He performed the majority of his performances at Max's Kansas City and drew large
crowds. His final performances as a solo musician took place at Max's. October
12th 1978, Sid claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Nancy dead
on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York.
She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and appeared to have bled
to death. On October 22 1978, ten days after Nancy's death, he attempted suicide
by slicing his wrist and subsequently became a patient at Bellevue Hospital.
(Sid died of a heroin overdose, most possibly suicide. He had been partying in
a New York flat to celebrate his release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending
his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October.
A few days after his cremation, his mother found a suicide note in the pocket
of his jacket: "We
had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next
to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye")
b. May 10th 1957.
Sam Chatmon (86) American Delta blues guitarist,
multi-musician and singer; born in Bolton, Mississippi. He started out as a member
of his family's string band when he was young. The Chatmon band
played rags, ballads, and popular dance tunes. Sam on his own played the banjo,
mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar, performing at parties and on
street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s he
recorded both with the Mississippi Sheiks, as well as with his brother Lonnie
as the Chatman Brothers. Sam moved to Hollandale, Mississippi in the early 1940s
and worked on plantations. He was re-discovered in 1960 and started a new chapter
of his career as folk-blues artist. In the same year he recorded for the Arhoolie
record label. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. He played many
of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Festival
of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1972, the Mariposa Fest in Toronto
in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1976. Sam stayed
an active performer and recording artist until his death (?)
b. January 10th 1897.
Thomas Hayward/Thomas Albert Tibbett (77)
US operatic tenor born in Kansas City, Thomas made his debut with the New
York City Opera in 1945, as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, opposite Dorothy Kirsten
in the title role. In 1945 and 1946, he was also seen there as Turiddu in Cavalleria
rusticana and in The Gypsy Baron. Soon after Thomas made his debut at the Metropolitan
Opera, as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette. His more notable roles at the Met
included the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the
name part in Faust, and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. His final opera at that
theatre was Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, in 1957. In 1959, he returned to the City
Opera, for Die Fledermaus, conducted by Julius Rudel. Through the first half of
the 1960s Thomas appeared with companies throughout the United States, and was
often heard on the radio and seen on television. He re-located to Dallas, where
he began a successful second career as a pedagogue at Southern Methodist University.
Among his students were Fernando del Valle, Clifton Forbis, Timothy Jenkins and
in Las Vegas)
b. December 1st 1917.
1996: Eugene Curran
"Gene" Kelly (83) American dancer,
actor, singer, choreographer, film director, and producer, born in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good
looks, and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Best known today
for his performances in films such as Singin' in the Rain (1952), An American
in Paris (1951), and Anchors Aweigh (1945), he was a dominant force in musical
films until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed
the Hollywood musical and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the
ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. Gene received an Academy
Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime
achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors in 1982, and from the Screen Actors
Guild and American Film Institute. In 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered
him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of All Time list.
(tragically a stroke in July 1994 resulted
in a 7 week hospital stay and another stroke in early 1995 left Kelly mostly bedridden
in his Beverly Hills home, where sadly he died in his sleep a year later)
b. August 23rd 1912.
David McComb (36) Australian rock musician
born in Perth, he was the singer-songwriter of a prominent Australian post-punk
band, The Triffids. He formed the band while still at high school in 1976, first
called Dalsy, later known as Blök Music then evolved into The Triffids. Their
best known songs are "Wide Open Road"-1986, and "Bury Me Deep in
Love"-1987; while their 1986 album, Born Sandy Devotional was featured by
SBS television in 2007 on the Great Australian Albums series. and in 2010 it ranked
5th in the book 'The 100 Best Australian Albums'. The Australian Recording Industry
Association/ARIA recognised The Triffids' importance on 1 July 2008 when they
were inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 1996, he underwent a successful heart
transplant, but continued his drinking and drug use (In
January 1999 David was driving a car which was involved in a collision. He was
hospitalised overnight and released with bruising. A few days later he suddenly
died at home, his death was due to heroin toxicity and mild acute rejection of
his 1996 heart transplant)
February 17th 1962.
Remo Paul Palmieri (78) American jazz guitarist born
in New York City; in the early 1940s he teamed up with Coleman Hawkins and in
1944 he recorded 'Blues In
Nat's Flat', 'These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)', 'A Hundred Years From
Today', and 'If I Had You' with The Nat Jaffe Trio. Next in 1945 he recorded with
Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker and Red Norvo. His talents as a jazz guitarist
and musician were in great demand and during this same period he recorded with
Teddy Wilson. Then for health reasons, he took up a staff position at CBS and
for more than 27 years he pursued a very successful career as a studio musician
working with 100s of musicians and singers including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald,
Louis Armstrong, Ken Burns, Buddie Rich, Freddy Slack, Pearl Bailey and so many
others. In 1977 Remo was invited to perform at the Concord Jazz Festival in Concord,
California. At that festival he and Herb Ellis teamed up for some duet playing
and later that year they made the recording Windflower (?)
b. March 29th 1923.
2002: Paul Baloff (41)
American singer most noted as frontman and founder member of the thrash metal
band Exodus fromed in 1981. After leaving Exodus in 1986, he sang in several other
such as Heathen, Hirax and Piranha. In 1997, when Exodus decided to reunite, Paul
once again sang with the band (sadly
Paul suffered a stroke which left him in a coma and he was taken off life support
b. April 25th 1960.
Lou Harrison (85) American composer born in Portland,
Oregon, but moved with his family to a number of locations around the San Francisco
Bay Area as a child. He is particularly noted for incorporating elements of the
music of non-Western cultures into his work, with a number of pieces written for
Javanese style gamelan instruments, including ensembles constructed and tuned
by himself and his partner William Colvig. The majority of his works are written
in just intonation rather than the more widespread equal temperament. Harrison
is one of the most prominent composers to have worked with microtones (He
sadly died in Lafayette, Indiana, from a heart attack while on his way to a festival
of his music at The Ohio State University)
b. May 14th 1917.
2007: Joe Hunter (79)
African-American 3 time Grammy winning pianist, born in Jackson, Tennessee
known for his recording session work as a pianist in Motown Records' in-house
studio band, the Funk Brothers. He served as band director for the band from 1959
until 1964, when he left Motown , ...READ
MORE... (sadly died at his Detroit apartment,
cause of death is thought to be related to longtime diabetes) b.
November 19th 1927.
2007: Billy Henderson
(67) American singer and an original member
and founder of The Spinners, a soul vocal group. The Spinners
were formed in 1954 by five friends in High School while growing up in
Royal Oak Township Mi. They had several hits, such as "I'll Be Around"
in 1972 and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "Then Came You"
with Dionne Warwick and "The Rubberband Man". The Spinners were nominated
for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,
the second star for a musical group consisting of African-Americans (complications
b. August 9th 1939.
Eric von Schmidt (75) American folk/blues singer-songwriter;
he was associated with the folk/blues revival of the 1960s and a key part of the
East Coast folk music scene that included Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. He was known
mostly for his associations with Bob Dylan during the latter's early career. When
Dylan travelled to Cambridge, where he met Joan Baez, he crashed with Eric, learned
songs from him, and played his first game of croquet stoned. Dylan repaid the
hospitality on his first album by crediting "Rick von Schmidt" in the
spoken introduction to Baby Let Me Follow You Down, although, in fact, Eric's
own version was adapted from Blind Boy Fuller's original. In 1997, he won a Grammy
Award for his work on a compilation album entitled Anthology of American Folk
Music, Vol. 1-3, and in 2000 he received a lifetime achievement award from the
society of music publishers, ASCAP, and was serenaded with his and Tom Rush's
What a Mighty Storm (Eric suffered a stroke in 2006, and
sadly died seven months later) b. May 28th 1931.
2009: Sunny Skylar/Selig Shaftel (95)
American composer, singer, lyricist, and music publisher; as a singer, he appeared
with a number of big bands, including those led by Ben Bernie, Paul Whiteman,
Abe Lyman, and Vincent Lopez. After the end of the big band era, he continued
to sing in nightclubs and theaters until 1952. As a composer and lyricist, Sunny
was the last of the great Tin Pan Alley authors, with over 300 songs to his credit,
songs he wrote the lyrics and/or music to include 'Amor', 'Besame Mucho', 'And
So to Sleep Again', 'Gotta Be This or That', 'Hair of Gold', 'Eyes of Blue', 'There's
Fire', 'Love Me with All Your Heart', 'Where There's Smoke', and 'You're Breaking
My Heart' just to mention a few (?) b. October 11th 1913.
2010: Nelli Shkolnikova (82) Ukrainian-born
Australian violinist and teacher; born in the Ukrainian village of Zolotonosha,
at the age of three, she moved with her family to Moscow, at five she entered
the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Lillia Kossodo and Yuri Yankelevich.
Nelli played her first concerto at age eight and won the 1953 Marguerite Long-Jacques
Thibaud Competition in Paris when she was 25. She then embarked on an international
performing career, as well as teaching. She appeared in concert in the then Soviet
Union, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA and became a faculty
member at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow. Between 1970 to 1982, she
was barred from leaving the Soviet Union. Nelli finally defected to the West in
Berlin on 26 November 1982, before settling in Melbourne, Australia, where she
continurd to play, record and taught at the Victorian College of the Arts (cancer)
Chin Yong (53) Malaysian opera singer;
he received much of his singing education in Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria.,
After a performance of Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi in Teatro la nuova
Fenice in Osimo, Italy in 1987, he was hailed by the newspaper Il Messaggero as
Italy's most outstanding young tenor. From 1990 to 1992, he was engaged by the
Dresden Staatsoper in Germany. Armando was invited to sing in the 1995 Taipei
Charity Concert by Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov and sang the encore Libiamo
ne' lieti calici/Drinking Song from Verdi's opera La traviata with Mirella Freni.
In 1996, he was the solo tenor in the Suntory-sponsored grand production of Beethoven's
9th Symphony with a choir of 10,000 voices performed in Osaka, Japan and was the
Steersman in the 1997 production of Wagner's Der fliegender Hollaender/The Flying
Dutchman in Taipei, Taiwan. He was also Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme in a 1997
Taipei production, a role he reprised in 1999. In January 2005, Armando sang in
a Chinese-language opera Lei Yu staged in Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall.
He was also the Vice-President of the Yin Qi Christian Choir in Kuala Lumpur (Tragically
he died unexpectedly, of a heart attack after collapsing while jogging in Kuala
Lumpur) b. 1958
Gerd Albrecht (78) German conductor, chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.
He was a first-prize winner at the International Besançon Competition for
Young Conductors at age 22. His first post was as a repetiteur at the Stuttgart
State Opera. Later, he became Senior Kapellmeister at the Mainz Municipal Theatre,
and Generalmusikdirektor in Lübeck. He has also held posts at the Deutsche
Oper Berlin, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and the Hamburg State Opera. (?)
b. July 19th 1935.
Bunny Rugs/Bunny Scott/William Clarke (65)
Jamaican reggae singer, born in Mandeville and raised in Kingston. In the
mid 60s he joined Charlie Hackett and the Souvenirs, the resident band at the
Kitty Club on Maxfield Avenue, before leading the early lineup of Inner Circle
in 1969. From 1971 he did a stint in New York where he was a member of the dance
band Hugh Hendricks and the Buccaneers and the Bluegrass Experience. He returned
to Jamaica in 1974 and recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry, initially
as a backing singer, then with Leslie Kong's nephew Ricky Grant as the duo Bunny
& Ricky. They released singles such as "Freedom Fighter" and "Bushweed
Corntrash" >>> Read
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died fighting cancer) b. February 2nd 1948.
2015: Alekos Kitsakis (81) Greek folk singer
known as "the nightingale of Epirus", born in Rizovouni of Preveza,
but sadly orphaned in childhood. When old enough he moved to Athens and went on
to record over 2,500 songs and worked with the biggest names in Greek song as
Katy Gray, Stelios Kazantzidis, Marinella, Rita Sakellariou, Jenny Vanou, Pericles
Perrakis, Vassilis Suka, Stathis crabs, and many other artists (?)
2015: Andriy "Kuzma"
Kuzmenko (46) Ukrainian
singer, writer, TV presenter, producer and actor, born in Sambir, Lviv Oblast
but later moved to Novoyavorivsk with his family. He was best known as founder
and the lead singer of the rock band Skryabin, founded in 1989. Over the years
the band went from electronic dark wave to alternative/pop rock. The group was
named "Best Pop Band" in 2006 at the "ShowBiz Awards. As
well as his band, in 2000 Kuzma became a presenter of his own hit parade "Hot
Seven", which existed until 2002 and from 2003 he worked as a presenter of
the program "Chance" and "Shikanemo" with singer Natalia Mogilevska.
In 2009 he created the group "Paiuschie trusy"/Singing Pants, and in
that same year he was a member of the jury of the literary award "Book of
the Year B-B-C". In October 2014 he launched his own Internet radio called
«S.R.A.K.A.», which, according to him, he played the same music he
listened to in the car. (tragically Kuzma died in
a traffic collision near Lozuvatka, when he was returning from Kryvyi Rih, where
his band Skryabin had been performing at a concert the day before)
b. August 17th 1968.
2015: The Jacka/Shaheed
Akbar/Dominic Newton (37) American rapper, born
in Pittsburg, California. he got his start with his group, Mob Figaz, whose first
album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, was released in 1999. He converted to Islam at a young
age and changed his name to Shaheed Akbar. In
2001 he released his first solo album Jacka of the Mob Figaz and after several
other albums he released his final album What Happened To The World in 2014 Prior
to his death, The Jacka owned his own label The Artist Records
(tragically he was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman
in Oakland on 94th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard)
b. August 1977
2015: Joseph Alfidi (65) American
pianist, composer conductor and
child prodigy born in Yonkers, New York. At the age of 6, he had professional
engagements to conduct the Miami Symphony Orchestra in Florida and members of
the New York Philharmonic on Long Island. On November 18th 1956, the 7
year old appeared in Carnegie Hall, conducting the Symphony of the Air; the program
included 2 overtures, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini's William Tell,
as well as Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony and Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
At the age of 8, on November 17th 1957, he was a guest on the American TV game-show
What's My Line?. He also appeared on I've Got a Secret, where he performed on
4 different instruments. Further appearances in New York with the Symphony of
the Air followed in 1957, 1958, and 1960, and Joey conducted in many other American
cities and toured Europe. He attended rehearsals and concerts led by Leopold Stokowski,
Guido Cantelli, Pierre Monteux, Sir Thomas Beecham, and Leonard Bernstein. Joey
was invited to the Vatican where he performed for Pope John XXIII, and in '72
accepted an invitation from Queen Elisabeth to study at the Brussels Conservatory.
In 1979, the French film maker François Reichenbach produced for Televisa-Mexico
a series of documentaries, including one entitled Arthur Rubinstein and the Young
- Joe Alfidi & Arthur Rubinstein. Throughout his career he won many prizes
and played venues worldwide. He later resided in Belgium where he taught piano
at the Royal Conservatory of Liège (?)
b. May 28th 1949.
Zane Musa (36) American
alto/soprano/tenor virtuoso saxophonist, much
indemand sessionist and talented vocalist, widely known for his extraordinary
note intense insanely riveting command of the saxophone. Born in Arleta, CA, he
began his musical career early, studying tap dancing from his brother Chance Taylor,
an innovator in the world of tap dancing and by junior high school Zane had began
playing the saxophone. He received his music degree from Cal Arts, in the Santa
Clarita Valley, where he received a full scholarship. His has been showcased by
the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, John Mayer, Lupe Fiasco
and Christina Aguilera, as well as the Nikhil Korula Band and Karina Corradini.
He also lent his sound to the house bands of several popular television shows
including The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Carson Daly Show. He was a regular
player in prominent clubs in Hollywood and has been invited to contribute to several
bands, including Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, fronted by the
well-known actor and accomplished pianist, Jeff Goldblum. Some of his final work
was touring and recording with the incomparable, Arturo Sandoval. Zane Musa is
featured on the recording "Be Bop" alongside Arturo Sandoval.
Zane died in Florida after playing at an annual jazz cruise. He had fallen from
a Fort Lauderdale airport parking structure immediately following the jazz cruise
on Sunday night. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he
was declared dead the following day) b. January 1st 1979.
1959: Buddy Holly/Charles
Hardin Holley (22) American singer, guitarist,
songwriter; born in Lubbock, Texas, into a musical family, he learned to play
piano, guitar and fiddle as a young boy. During the fall of 1949 he met Bob Montgomery
at Hutchinson Junior High School, they teamed up as "Buddy and Bob".
Initially influenced by bluegrass music, they sang harmony duets at local clubs
and high school talent shows. Buddy turned to rock music after seeing Elvis Presley
sing live in Lubbock in early 1955. Later that year, Buddy opened on >>>
(Along with The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, he died in a plane crash shortly
after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane a single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza
was hired after his tour bus developed heating problems while travelling to Fargo,
North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had
set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his
band, The Crickets, and waiting for money due him from ex-manager Norman Petty)
b. September 7th 1936
1959: The Big Bopper/Jiles
Perry (28) American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter whose big
voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. Born in
Sabine Pass, Texas, he worked part time at Beaumont, Texas radio station KTRM
now KZZB. He was hired by the station full-time in '49, so he quit college. Big
Bopper, who played guitar, began his musical career as a song writer, George Jones
later recorded his "White Lightning", in 1959 and he also wrote "Running
Bear" for his friend Johnny Preston, Big Bopper also sang background on "Running
Bear", but the recording wasn't released until September 1959, after his
death. Within several months it became No.1. He is maybe best known for his solo
recording and self penned "Chantilly Lace" (As
above... he died in a plane crash
while on tour with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens) b. October
1959: Ritchie Valens/Ricardo
Esteban Valenzuela Reyes (17) American
singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Pacoima, California. Of Mexican decent
he was brought up hearing traditional Mexican mariachi music, as well as flamenco
guitar, R&B and jump blues, he expressed an interest in making music of his
own by the age of 5. Ritchiebecame a rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of
the Chicano rock movement. Sadly his recording career lasted only eight months,
but during this time, he scored several hits, most notably his 1958 "La Bamba",
which was originally a Mexican folk song that he transformed with a rock rhythm
and beat, making him a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement.
He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana among
countless others at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and
pop music. He is considered the first Latino to ever successfully cross over into
Rock mainstream (As above... he died
in a plane crash while on tour with Buddy Holly and
The Big Bopper) b. May 13th 1941.
1959: Curt Sachs (77) German-born, American-domiciled
musicologist, one of the founders of modern organology, the study of musical instruments.
Born in Berlin, he studied piano, music theory and composition as at Berlin University,
where he became professor of musicology. When the Nazis came to power in 1933,
he was dismissed from his posts in Germany by the Nazi Party because he was a
Jew. As a result, he moved to Paris, and later to America, where he settled in
New York City. From 1937 to 1953 he taught at New York University, and also worked
at the New York Public Library. His numerous books include works on musical instruments,
rhythm, and dance with his ''The History of Musical Instruments'' in 1940, a comprehensive
survey of musical instruments worldwide throughout history, seen as one of the
most important. After his death The American Musical Instrument Society has a
"Curt Sachs Award", which it gives each year to individuals for their
contributions to organology (?)
b. June 29th 1881.
1960: Ferdinando "Fred"
Buscaglione (39) Italian singer and actor who became very popular in
the late 1950s. When he was 11, his parents enrolled him at the Giuseppe Verdi
Conservatory in Turin. During his teen years, he performed at night clubs in Turin
singing jazz and playing double bass and violin.After the war, he resumed working
as a musician for various bands. He then formed his own group, the Asternovas.
He was gradually creating his public character, inspired by Clark Gable and Mickey
Spillane's gangsters. He and his friend Leo Chiosso, wrote the hits that brought
nation-wide fame to Fred: Che bambola /Whatta babe!, Teresa non sparare /Theresa,
don't shoot!, Eri piccola così /You were this, this little, Guarda che
luna /Look, What A beautiful Moon, Love in Portofino, Porfirio Villarosa, Whisky
facile/Easy Whiskey. After perfectioning his routine in night clubs and theatres
he started recording his songs in 1955; the first single 'Che bambola' and 'Giacomino'
sold 1,000,000 copies. By the end of 1950s, Fred was one of Italy's most wanted
entertainers. He appeared on advertising campaigns, television and in movies (tragically
died in a car crash) b. 23 November 1921
1967: Joe Meek (37) English record producer
born in Newent, Gloucestershire; a pioneering record producer and songwriter acknowledged
as one of the world's first and most imaginative independent producers. He also
became infamous for his eccentric behaviour and experimentation with instruments.
His most famous work was The Tornados' hit "Telstar" in 1962, which
became the first record by a British group to hit No.1 in the US Hot 100. It also
spent five weeks at the top the UK singles chart, with Joe receiving an Ivor Novello
Award for this production as the "Best-Selling A-Side" of 1962. His
other notable hit productions include "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" and
"Cumberland Gap" by Lonnie Donegan, "Johnny Remember Me" by
John Leyton, "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz, "Angela Jones" by
Michael Cox, "Have I the Right?" by The Honeycombs, and "Tribute
to Buddy Holly" by Mike Berry. Joe's concept album I Hear a New World is
regarded as a watershed in modern music for its innovative use of electronic sounds.
He was also producing music for films, most notably Live It Up! (US title Sing
and Swing), a 1963 pop music film starring Heinz Burt, David Hemmings and Steve
Marriott, also featuring Gene Vincent, Jenny Moss, The Outlaws, Kim Roberts, Kenny
Ball, Patsy Ann Noble and others. Joe wrote most of the songs and incidental music,
much of which was recorded by The Saints and produced by himself. "Have I
the Right?" would be Joe's last big hit. Joe had gained a reputation as being
difficult to work with, he was very controlling and would often become angry and
violent if musicians didn't do as he told them to. Joe's fascination with the
unknown took a darker turn when he would experiment with the occult. He would
engage in séances and leave recording equipment in graveyards to try and
contact his hero Buddy Holly (he shot his landlady Violet
Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London) b.
April 5th 1929.
1973: Andy Razaf/Andriamanantena
Paul Razafinkarefo (77) African American composer, poet, and lyricist
born in Washington, D.C.. Some of his 800 songs include "Baltimo"',
composed at the age of 17, was sung by members of The Passing Show of 1913 at
Winter Garden, New York."Ain't Misbehavin'", "Black and Blue",
"Garvey! Hats Off to Garvey", "Honeysuckle Rose", "In
the Mood", "The Joint Is Jumpin"', "Keepin' Out of Mischief
Now", "Louisiana", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "That's
what I like about the South", and "U.N.I.A.". Some of the many
artists who recorded Razaf's songs include: Jerry Lee Lewis, Glenn Miller, Moon
Mullican, Fats Waller and Fats Domino. At seventy-six years of age, Andy Razaf,
the most prolific black lyricist of twentieth century popular music, was finally
recognized by his Tin Pan Alley peers in the songwriters Hall of Fame (sadly
heart problems) b. December 16th 1905.
1975: Umm Kulthum (70) Egyptian singer,
born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village in the Nile Delta, she is known as the Star of
the East. More than 3 decades after her death, she is still recognized as one
of Egypt's most famous and distinguished singers of the 20th century. Bob Dylan,
Maria Callas, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marie Laforêt, Salvador Dalí, Nico,
Bono, Farin Urlaub, and Led Zeppelin are known to be admirers of her music. One
of her best known songs, Enta Omri, has been the basis of many reinterpretations,
including one 2005 collaborative project involving Israeli and Egyptian artists.
(Her funeral was attended by over 4 million mourners, one
of the largest gatherings in history and descended into pandemonium when the crowd
seized control of her coffin and carried it to a mosque that they considered her
favorite, before later releasing it for burial)
b. December 31st 1904.
Lionel Newman (73) American conductor, pianist, and film and
television composer; he started formal training in New York, beforemoving to Hollywood,
where at the age of 16, he began conducting for impresario Earl Carroll. He continued
his studies in LA with Joseph Achron and Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco. In the 1930s,
Lionel conducted national tours and worked as the piano accompanist for Mae West.
After serving an apprenticeship conducting and orchestrating live shows, Newman
joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother,
Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted to Musical Director for Television
there. This opened the doors to feature films. He was soon made vice president
in charge of music for both television and features. This soon resulted in a promotion
to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote
several classic TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Adventures
in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. He joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist
under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman, and by 1959, he had been promoted
to Musical Director for Television there. This opened the doors to feature films.
He was soon made vice president in charge of music for television and features.
This resulted in a promotion to senior vice president of all music for Twentieth
Century Fox Films. He wrote several TV themes for Fox, including The Many Loves
of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise, and Daniel Boone. Lionel received 11
Academy Award nominations, and won an Oscar for Hello Dolly! in 1969. He conducted
the scores for Cleopatra, The Sand Pebbles, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Long
Hot Summer, The Young Lions, Alien, and The Omen. He was the musical supervisor
for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Monsignor, and The
Fury. Also as a songwriter, he received a certificate of merit from Broadcast
Music Incorporated (BMI) for over one million network performances of his 1948
hit, "Again", a pop standard that lived on long after its introduction
in the film Road House (cardiac arrest)
b. January 4th 1916.
1990: Felice Chiusano
guitarist and one of the singers of Quartetto Cetra, a popular Italian vocal quartet.
Born in Fondi, southern Lazio, his native village before his twentieth birthday
and moved to Rome. After work, he performed in local clubs as singer and guitarist.
He successfully auditioned for EIAR, the Italian national radio broadcasting company,
and worked as a singer for the various radio orchestras. In 1941 he replaced Enrico
Gentile in the line-up of Quartetto Ritmo, a vocal quartet that immediately renamed
to Quartetto Cetra. Felice was widely recognized as the "bald head"
of Quartetto Cetra, famous for his humour and funny jokes. During 70s and 80s,
as Quartetto Cetra gradually scaled back their public appearances, he also worked
in the organization of shows and cultural events (?)
b. March 28th 1922.
Junior Cook/Herman Cook (57) American tenor saxophonist, born in Pensacola,
Florida. After playing with Dizzy Gillespie in '58, he gained some fame for his
longtime membership in the Horace Silver Quintet '58-'64; when he played in Blue
Mitchell's quintet 1964-'69. Later associations included Freddie Hubbard, Elvin
Jones, George Coleman, Louis Hayes, Bill Hardman, and the McCoy Tyner big band.
In addition to many appearances as a sideman, Junior recorded as a leader for
Jazzland in 1961, Catalyst in 1977, Muse, and SteepleChase. He also taught at
Berklee School of Music for a year during the 1970s and in the early 1990s Junior
was playing with Clifford Jordan as well as leading his own group. (died
in his apartment in New York City) b. July
Pat/Patrick Lamont Hawkins (27) American rapper from Houston, Texas
and an original member of DJ Screw's Screwed Up Click. He was most prolific in
the mid-1990s alongside his late brother Big Hawk and longtime friend Lil' Keke.
Fat Pat was signed to Wreckshop Records and had hits with the singles "Wanna
Be a Baller" and "Tops Drop" (Tragically
Fat Pat was shot dead after collecting an appearance fee from a promoter's apartment)
b. December 4th 1970.
Ian Hunter-Randell (61) English jazz trumpet
player; early in his career he worked with Ken Barton, Monty Sunshine, Alexander's
Jazzmen and Aker Bilk. He came to national attention
after joining Terry Lightfoot in the early 70s, he stayed with Terry for around
20 years. After leaving he joined Pete Allen's band and after years of freelancing
with the likes of The Preston Scott Jazz Band, The Clyde Valley Stompers, and
The London City Stompers, he became a member of Laurie Chescoe's Goodtime Jazz
in 1996 until his death.
Ian was one of Britain's most inpired Dixieland trumpet players
(died unexpectedly of a heart attack)
b. January 3rd 1938.
Gwen Guthrie (48) American singer-songwriter
born in Okemah, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She became backing
vocalist for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Madonna among others. Gwen also wrote
songs made famous by Ben E. King - "Supernatural Thing", and "This
Time I'll Be Sweeter", and Roberta Flack's "God Don't Like Ugly".
She co-wrote seven tracks on the Sister Sledge's 1975 album Circle of Love: "Cross
My Heart", "Protect Our Love", "Love Don't You Go Through
No Changes on Me", "Don't You Miss Him Now", "Pain Reliever",
"You're Much Better Off Loving Me", and "Fireman" (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. July 9th 1950.
2002: James Blackwood (82)
gospel singer, born in Choctaw County, Mississippi; in 1926, he and his brother
Doyle developed an interest in gospel music, singing at church gatherings, camp
meetings, schools and any place they saw the opportunity, and sang on WTJS in
Jackson, Tennessee. He formed
The Blackwood Brothers,
a singing group, with his nephew R. W. and his brothers Roy and Doyle. They first
broadcast was on radio station WHEF, AM 1500, in Kosciusko, Mississippi in 1934.
The quartet soon began broadcasting on the larger WJDX in Jackson, later moving
to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1939, and Shenandoah, Iowa in 1940. After WWII the
quartet moved to Memphis and radio station WMPS in 1950. On June 12th 1954, they
won first place on the CBS radio and TV program Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
Show. James, Cecil Blackwood and J. D. Sumner founded the National Quartet Convention
in 1957, originally a 3-day event held at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
As well as many group awards,
James was honored with the GMA Dove Award Top Male Vocalist for 7 consecutive
(sadly died from a stroke)
2009: Joven Deala (21) Philippino
musician and the half-brother of Black Eyed Peas star Allan Pineda, aka, apl.de.ap.
He was born and grew up in Barangay Sapang Bato. He migrated to America where
he became a member of the Black Eyed Peas quartet. He returned several times to
Sapang Bato where he gave financial help to local poor families (Joven
was tragically gunned down inside his sports utility vehicle outside of his girlfriend's
apartment in the Philippines) b. 1987
2009: Tom Brumley (73) American steel guitarist
who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos
in the 60s before joining Rick Nelson. While with Buck, from '63-69, he traveled
the world and played on recordings such as Together Again, "I've
Got a Tiger by the Tail" and Act Naturally. Tom left The Buckaroos
in 1969, when Ricky Nelson invited him to play steel guitar with his band for
his "Live at the Troubadour" album, staying with Rick for 10 years.
He also performed or recorded with artists including Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard,
Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Ray Price and Rod
Stewart and he spent three years recording and touring with Chris Hillman and
the Desert Rose Band. From 1989 to 2003, he performed with his sons, Todd and
Tommy, in the Brumley Family Music Show. He has been inducted into both the Texas
Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame (died
at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, eight days after suffering a heart
b. December 11th 1935.
2011: Tatyana Shmyga (83) Russian operetta
singer and film actress (?)
b. December 31st 1928.
Tony Levin (71) British jazz drummer,
born in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. His first major position came when he joined
Tubby Hayes' Quartet 1965-9. As well as being a frequent guest at Ronnie Scotts
Jazz Club in the 1960s with artists including Joe Harriott, Al Cohn, Harry "Sweets"
Edison, Zoot Sims, and Toots Thielemanns, through his long career he has worked
with numerous groups and artists, including the Alan Skidmore quintet-1969, Humphrey
Lyttelton band-1969, John Taylor-1970s, Ian Carr's Nucleus-1970s, Stan Sulzmann
quartet, Gordon Beck's Gyroscope, duo with John Surman-1976, European Jazz Ensemble,
Third Eye-1979, Rob van den Broeck-1982, Philip Catherine's trio and quartet-1990s,
Sophia Domancich Trio-with Paul Rogers-double bassist from 1991-2000, Philippe
Aerts trio/quartet and often performed duets with Paul Dunmall and guest musicians
in the 2000s. He recently undertook a British tour to celebrate his 70th birthday
with a trio featuring pianist Aki Takase and bassist John Edwards and with his
old friends from the seminal quartet Muijcian, Paul Dunmall, Keith Tippett and
Paul Rogers (?)
b. January 30th 1940.
Don Butler (80) American gospel singer and founder of the Gospel
Music Association, in 1964, where he served as the GMAs board executive
director from 1976 to 1991. He began his singing career in the 1950s, performing
with groups including The Marksmen, The Revelaires, The Ambassadors, The Statesmen
and The Sons of Song with whom he was inducted into Gospel Music Hall Of Fame
in 1995 and he was voted Mr. Gospel Singer of America in 1958. He
produced albums, GMA awards shows and television series, and he presided over
the Sumar Talent Agency for five years in the 1970s. He also worked to spread
gospel musics overseas reach, traveling extensively to expand awareness
about the music (sadly
died after a long illness)
Feltsman (91) Russian composer, born in
Odessa. He had musical training from the age of five, learning the violin and
the piano and produced his first musical composition for the piano "Autumn"
at six years old. He graduated from the Pyotr Stolyarsky Music School in Odessa
in 1939, where he studied composition, after which, he was admitted to the Moscow
Conservatory. Aged 20, he evacuated to Novosibirsk, where he became the executive
secretary of Siberian Union of Composers, and he wrote music for the Jewish theatre
of Belarus & Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theatre and also wrote an operetta based
on Valentin Kataev's play "Blue Scarf". Oscar returned to Moscow in
1945. He went on to write many well loved songs such as "Manzherok",
"Lily of the Valley", and the famous "I Believe, My Friends",
in the spring of 1961, when Yuri Gagarin flew into space. His songs and music
were included in the repertoire of such renowned artists as Leonid Utesov, Vladimir
Troshin, Valentina Tolkunova, Mark Bernes, Edita Pyekha, Joseph Kobzon, Muslim
Magomayev, Eduard Khil, Yuri Gulyaev, Lev Leshchenko, and Oleg Anofriev. He has
been honored 3 times with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland: 4th class in
2001, 3rd class in 2006 and 2nd class in 2011 (?)
b. February 18th 1921.
Big Kap/Keith Carter (45) American hip hop DJ
and legendary member of its hip hip community of New York City and is possibly
best remembered for his 1999 album The Tunnel with Funkmaster Flex.
It featured posthumous contributions from Biggie Smalls and 2Pac as well verses
from Dr. Dre, Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z. The album was named for the legendary nightclub
The Tunnel, where Kap and Flex used to spin records on Sunday nights. (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. 1970
Alba Solís/Ángela Herminia Lambert (88)
Argentine singer and actress born in the Floresta area of
Buenos Aires and studied with Italian opera singer Maria Naftri. She sang at Radio
Mitre in 1945 before coming second in the contest "Finding Voice Tango"
organized by Radio Splendid, after which they gave her a four year contract. She
went on to star in several films and become a top singer, her style was characterized
by singing tangos in her dramatic manner. (?)
b. October 18th 1927
Saulius Sondeckis (87) Lithuanian violinist,
conductor, orchestra leader and professor. He founded the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
in 1960 and gave its first performance on April 30th 1960. He served as its artistic
director and principal conductor until 2004. Saulius led the St. Petersburg State
Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg in 1989 and 2005, and has also led the Lithuanian
Baltic Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras in many countries and is
an honorary member of the Lithuanian Musicians' Union. He is one of the most decorated
figures in contemporary classical music in Lithuania, including People's Artist
of the USSR, a Laureate of the USSR State Award and winner of the Lithuania National
Award. (?) b. October 11th 1928.
1894: Adolphe Sax (79) Belgium inventor
of the saxhorn, saxtrombas and the saxophone; the saxophones made his reputation,
and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire (?)
b. November 6th 1814.
1944: Yvette Guilbert
(79)French music-hall singer and actress, and was a favorite subject
of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who made many portraits and caricatures of
Yvette and dedicated his second album of sketches to her. She made successful
tours of England and Germany, and America and performed at Carnegie Hall in New
York City. Even in her fifties, her name still had drawing power and she appeared
in several silent films, including a star turn in Murnau's Faust. She also appeared
in talkies, including a role with friend, Sacha Guitry. Her recordings for Le
Voix de Son Maitre include the famous "Le Fiacre" as well as some of
her own compositions such as "Madame Arthur." She accompanied herself
on piano for some numbers. She once gave a performance for King Edward VII, the
Prince of Wales at a private party on the French Riviera. Hostesses vied to have
her at their parties. In 1932 she was awarded the Legion of Honor as the Ambassadress
of French Song. Yvette also wrote books, some about the Belle Époque and
in 1902 two of her novels were published. In the 1920's her instructional book
L'art de chanter une chanson (How to Sing a Song) was published. Yvette also conducted
schools for young girls in both New York and Paris (?)
b. January 20th 1865.
1975: Louis Jordan (66)
American pioneering jazz, blues and rhythm & blues musician, songwriter
and leader of his own band his Tympany Five, he enjoyed his greatest popularity
from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. In this period he scored eighteen No.1
singles and fifty-four Top Ten placings and he duetted with some of the biggest
solo singing stars of his day, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis
Armstrong. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", Louis was highly popular
with both black and white audiences in the later years of the swing era. In 2004,
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him No.59 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists
of All Time (?) b. July 8th
1982: Alex Harvey (46)
Scottish rock and roll singer, born in Glasgow. In 1959, he formed Alex
Harvey's Soul Band, and recorded blues and rock and roll material. In 1966, he
a member of the pit band in the London stage production of the musical Hair recording
the live LP 'Hair Rave Up'. In 1972, Alex formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band
with guitarist Zal Cleminson, bassist Chris Glen, and cousins Ted and Hugh McKenna
on drums and keyboards respectively, all previous members of progressive rock
act "Tear Gas". He built a strong reputation as a live performer during
the 1970s glam rock era. The band was renowned for its eclecticism and energetic
live performance, Alex for his charismatic persona and daredevil stage antics.
The band had hits with "Delilah" in 1975, and "The Boston Tea Party"
in 1976, Alex left the band later that year. (Died of a heart attack while waiting
for a ferry in Zeebrugen, Belgium, the day before his 47th birthday)
b. February 5th 1935.
1983: Karen Carpenter
(32) American singer and drummer; born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen
started on the drums in the school band while attending Downey High School. From
1965 to 1968, Karen, her brother Richard and his college friend Wes Jacobs, a
bassist and tuba player, formed The Richard Carpenter Trio. The band played jazz
at numerous nightclubs, and also appeared on a TV talent show called Your All
American College Show. In April 1969 A&M Records signed Karen and Richard
as the duo The Carpenters to a recording contract, with Karen as both the group's
drummer and lead singer. She was later persuaded to stand at the microphone to
sing the band's hits while another musician played the drums, although she still
did some drumming. They released their debut album "Offering", later
retitled Ticket to Ride, on October 9th 1969. Their 2nd album, 1970's Close to
You, featured two massive hit singles: "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
and "We've Only Just Begun". This has been followed by 14 more Carpenter
albums and one Karen Carpenter solo album. Other of their many hit songs include
"For All We Know (Theme from Lovers and Other Strangers), "Rainy Days
and Mondays", "Superstar", "Hurting Each Other", "It's
Going to Take Some Time", "Goodbye to Love", "Sing",
"Yesterday Once More", "Top of the World", "Please Mr.
Postman" and "Only Yesterday". Playboy's 1975 annual opinion poll,
readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year, on October 12th
1983, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1999 VH1
ranked Karen Carpenter at No.29 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock
and Roll and in 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Karen Carpenter No.94 on their
list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. The Carpenter's also won 3 awards
and acheived 15 nominations (cardiac arrest due to the effects
of anorexia nervosa) b. March 2nd 1950.
1984: Paul Gardiner (35) English bassist born
in Hayes, Middlesex; in early 1976 he was playing in a band called The Lasers
when Gary Numan, then Gary Webb, auditioned as lead guitarist. The pair formed
Tubeway Army, releasing the singles "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers"
in 1978, "Down in the Park" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
in 1979 and 3 albums. Paul also played on 6 Gary Newman solo albums, as well as
recording with both Marc Anthony Thompson and Robert Palmer (died
from a tragic heroin overdose) b. May 1st 1958.
1987: Liberace/Wladziu Valentino Liberace (67)
American pianist, singer, TV presenter; he appeared as a soloist with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes
with ornate pianos and candelabra, and though he occasionally performed with symphony
orchestras, he built his career playing primarily popular music. The TV 'The Liberace
Show', began on July 1st 1952, it was so popular he drew over thirty million viewers
at any one time. His show was also one of the first to be shown on British commercial
television in the 1950s, this exposure gave Liberace a dedicated following in
the UK. Liberace also made significant appearances on other shows like The Ed
Sullivan Show, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, Edward R. Murrow's
Person to Person and on the shows of Jack Benny and Red Skelton, on which he often
parodied his own persona. (sadly died from complications
related to AIDS) b. May 16th 1919.
Trevor Lucas (45) Australian guitarist, born in Melburne, he originally
learned to play the guitar in order to help with his dyslexia and released his
first two recordings in Australia before moving to England in 1965. In 1967 Trevor
joined the band Eclection as the bass player and continued playing with them until
their eventual breakup in 1969. At this time he was dating the lead singer of
Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, and appeared on Fairport's album Unhalfbricking.
Trevor and Sandy then formed the band Fotheringay with Trevor playing acoustic
guitar, Fotheringay released only one album and the band broke up the following
year. He joined Fairport Convention in 1973 when he was helping with their album
Rosie, but in April 1978, tragically Sandy had a fatal fall down a flight of stairs,
leaving Trevor to raise their newborn daughter, Georgia, by himself. Shortly after
Sandy's death he moved back to Australia with Georgia. In the 1980s, he was producing
more albums and later started working on scores from the film industry. In 1985
he returned to England to work on a tribute album to Sandy Denny. (died
of a heart attack in his sleep) b. December 25th
1995: David Alexander (56)
Welsh singer and entertainer, born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire; whilst
working at Pontins holiday camp, he was spotted by manager Byron Godfrey and in
1971 released his first single 'If I Could See The Rhondda One More Time'. It
sold thousands of copies. 'Come Home Rhondda Boy' was the follow-up record that
gave him an international presence in song festivals in Czechoslovakia, Malta
and Germany, amongst other countries. In 1989, he also toured Australia
(sadly taken by a heart attack) b.
2000: Doris Coley (58) American singer,
born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Doris was a founder member and occasional lead
singer of the Shirelles. She initially left the group in 1968, but returned in
1975. The girl group formed in New Jersey in 1958, and went on to release a string
of hits including "Baby It's You" , "Mama Said", "Foolish
Little Girl", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Soldier Boy"
and "Sha La La". Doris sang lead on "Dedicated to the One I Love",
"Welcome Home Baby", "Blue Holiday" and a number of 'b' sides
and album cuts. She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame along with
The Shirelles in 1996 (breast cancer) b. August 2nd 1941.
2000: Joachim-Ernst Berendt (77)
German journalist, music critic, music producer. After World War II he
helped founding the Südwestfunk (SWF) radio network in the then French occupation
zone of Germany. From 1950 till his retirement in 1987 he was in charge of the
Jazz department of the SWF. In 1952 the first German edition of his "Jazz
Book" was published. It became a definitive book on Jazz translated into
many languages and is still being updated and reprinted. For almost 40 years he
produced the Jazz program of the Baden-Baden station of the German public radio
and TV network ARD. His weekly TV show Jazztime Baden-Baden and his daily radio
shows were pioneer work in advancing and popularizing Jazz in post-war Germany.
He later focused on world music and was one of its early promoters. Joachim initiated
and organized many Jazz festivals including American Folk Blues Festival, Berliner
Jazztage, and World Expo Osaka. He was producer of many records, mainly for MPS
Records, and supported the Jazz & Lyrik project, combining Jazz performances
with readings of poetry (he tragically died after a traffic
accident which he was involved in as a pedestrian) b.
July 20th 1922.
2001: Iannis Xenakis (78)
Greek, naturalised French, composer, music theorist and architect, born
in Braila, Romania. By 1979, he had devised a computer system called UPIC, which
could translate graphical images into musical results. He is commonly recognized
as one of the most important post-war avant-garde composers. Iannis pioneered
the use of mathematical models such as applications of set theory, varied use
of stochastic processes, game theory, etc., in music, and was also an important
influence on the development of electronic music. Among his most important works
are Metastaseis, 19534 for orchestra, which introduced independent parts
for every musician of the orchestra; percussion works such as Psappha, 1975 and
Pléïades 1979; compositions that introduced spatialization by dispersing
musicians among the audience, such as Terretektorh, 1966; electronic works created
using Xenakis's UPIC system; and the massive multimedia performances Xenakis called
polytopes (?) b. May 29th 1922.
2001: J. J. Johnson/James Louis Johnson (77)
American trombonist, composer and arranger born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jay
Jay was maybe the finest jazz trombonist of all time, there is not a trombonist
alive who has not been influenced by the J. J. Johnson sound, he did for the trombone
what Charlie Parker did for the saxophone. In the 1940s he played and toured with
Clarence Love, Snookum Russell, Benny Carter's big band, Count Basie's Orchestra,
Charlie Parker, the Dizzy Gillespie big band, Illinois Jacquet (1947-1949), and
the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Nonet. His own recordings from the era included
such sidemen as Bud Powell and a young Sonny Rollins. Johnson, Oscar Pettiford
(1951) and Miles Davis (1952), .In August 1954, he formed a two-trombone quintet
with Kai Winding that became known as Jay and Kai. In the early 70s J.J. moved
from New York to California to compose for cinema and television, where he scored
movies such as Across 110th Street, Cleopatra Jones, Top of the Heap and Willie
Dynamite, as well as TV series such as Starsky & Hutch, Mike Hammer and The
Six Million Dollar Man. This amazing legendary musician remained at the top of
his field for nearly 6 decades playing, touring and recording with the best until
2000 when so sadly he fell ill with prostate cancer (tragically
JJ took his own life by shooting himself) b.
January 22nd 1924
2003: Charlie Biddle (76) Canadian jazz bassist
and promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in
Montreal, Quebec. After completing military duties in the US Armed Forces during
World War II, serving in China, India and Burma, he went on to study music at
Temple University in Philadelphia, where he started playing bass. In 1948, he
arrived in Montreal while touring with Vernon Isaac's Three Jacks and a Jill.
Charlie was fascinated by the fact that in Canada, you would see black jazz musicians
playing alongside white jazz musicians as the best of friends, so he relocated
to Montreal, Canada. As a promoter, he booked musicians Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane,
Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan and Thad Jones to perform
in Montreal. He performed off and on with guitarist Nelson Symonds between '59-78.
He frequently organized outdoor festivals of local jazz musicians, particularly
Jazz Chez Nous, a 3-day Jazz Festival in 1979 and another in 1983 which laid the
foundation for the Montreal International Jazz Festival, now the world's largest
jazz festival. Charlie received the Oscar Peterson Prize in 2000, was made a Member
of the Order of Canada in 2003, and was honored with the Prix Calixa-Lavallée
in 2003. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society stated that: "Without him, Québecers
might not have developed their love for jazz that has made Montreal a host of
one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world." (?)
b. July 28th 1926.
2007: Barbara McNair (72)
African-American singer and actress; winning on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts,
led to bookings at The Purple Onion and the Cocoanut Grove and she soon became
one of the country's most popular headliners and a guest on such television variety
shows as The Steve Allen Show, Hullabaloo, The Bell Telephone Hour, and The Hollywood
Palace, while recording for the Coral, Signature, and Motown labels. Among her
hits were You're Gonna Love My Baby and Bobby. As well as appearing in many films,
her Broadway credits include The Body Beautiful in 1958, No Strings in 1962, and
a revival of The Pajama Game in 1973 (sadly died after his
fight with throat cancer) b. March 4th 1934
2009: Steve Dullaghan (45) British
singer-songwriter, bassist and co-founder of the indie rock band The Primitives
in 1985. They recorded 4 albums ''Lovely'', ''Lazy'', ''Pure'', and ''Galore''
and 10 singles, having hits in UK and the US including "Crash", which
he co-wrote, "Way Behind Me", "Sick Of It", and "Secrets".
After leaving the Primitives he continued to write, perform and record music,
both solo and in collaboration with other local musicians, as well as rejoining
the Nocturnal Babies the band he played with before The Primatives (tragically
died of heart failure due to smoking too much cannibis which caused a toxic reaction)
b. December 18th 1966.
Lux Interior/Erick Purkhiser (62) American singer,
songwriter and musician; a founding member and lead singer of the legendary garage
punk band The Cramps from 1973 until his death. He took his name from an old car
advert and he is described as one of rock n rolls wildest and
most charismatic frontmen. The band moved from California to Ohio in 1973 and
then to New York in 1975 where they became part of the flourishing punk scene.
Their best known single was "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"/"Jackyard
Backoff" charted in both US and UK, and they recorded 15 studio albums, many
appearing in the British charts (a pre-existing heart
condition) b. October 21st 1946.
Dame Olga Lopes-Seale (92) Guyanese-born broadcaster
and singer; she worked as a broadcaster for Radio Demerara, where she acquired
the nickname "Auntie Olga" before migrating to Barbados with her Barbadian
husband, Dick Seale. In Barbados,
Olga worked for the Barbados Rediffusion Services Ltd, now Starcom Network and
was active in community work. In the 1940s and 1950s she was known as "the
Vera Lynn of the Caribbean". In 2005, Olga was honored and made a 2005 Dame
of St. Andrew. Sadly on December 9th 2010, she fell at her home and broke her
hip, suffering multiple fractures, leaving her unable to continue her charity
work for the Needy Children's Fund (died
at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados)
b. December 26th 1918.
János Sebestyén (80) Hungarian
highly honored organist, harpsichordist and
pianist, born in Budapest. His concert tours took him to Russia, India, the Philippines,
Taiwan, Japan, the United States and nearly every country in Europe, and honoured
with awards in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Brazil and Hungary. In
1970 he established the first harpsichord class at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of
Music. He was invited to serve on juries for organ and harpsichord competitions
in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland and Italy. Between 1969 and
1994 he was senior music producer and from 1962 until 2007 he hosted a regular
series of broadcasts documenting Hungarian musical life and history
(?) b. March 2nd
Reg Presley/Reginald Maurice Ball (71) British
singer and songwriter born and educated in Andover, Hampshire. He
first learned the guitar, inspired by skiffle, popularised in the UK by artists
like Lonnie Donegan. He was also influenced by the blues bands from America, including
Louisiana Red and Lightnin' Hopkins. In the early 60s while working as a bricky,
he along with Chris Britton, Ronnie Bond, and Dave Wright formed a band called
the Troglodytes, which soon became the proto-punk band, The Troggs and were signed
by Larry Page, manager of the Kinks. Their debut single "Lost Girl"
was a flop, but this was followed by their most famous hit the single "Wild
Thing" >>> READ
MORE <<< (died
bravely fighting lung cancer) b.
June 12th 1941.
Pat Halcox (82)
British jazz trumpeter born
in Chelsea, London, he became the trumpet player in the Chris Barber Jazz Band,
when the band took that name on 31 May 1954. Pat announced his retirement from
the Chris Barber Band 54 years later at the age of 78, in July of 2008. Although
primarily the trumpet player, Pat also had a fine singing voice, and led the band's
various renditions of "Ice Cream", one of their most popular standards.
He also played piano on the Lonnie Donegan recording of "Digging My Potatoes".
Pat had his own jazz band The Pat Halcox Allstars and they recorded
"Plant Life" album in 1980
(?) b. March 18th 1930.
Donald Byrd (80) American jazz and R&B trumpeter,
born in Detroit, Michigan and performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high
school. After playing in a military band during his term in the US Air Force,
he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's
degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School, he
joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and
Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956, he soon became one of
the most in-demand trumpeters on the New York scene, Donald performed with dozens
of leading jazz musicians, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach,
Cannonball Adderley, Gene
Harris, Thelonious Monk, Miles
Davis, Herbie Hancock
MORE <<< (?)
b. December 9th 1932.
Joe Dowell (76) American pop singer, born in
Bloomington, Indiana, but moved to Bloomington, Illinois, as a child. At his first
recording session, backed by organist Ray Stevens, he sang "Wooden Heart",
which became the first single released on Smash Records to shoot to No.1 on the
Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a
gold disc. He had two further hits, "The Bridge of Love" and "Little
Red Rented Rowboat". Joe continued to perform and to record but for Monument
Records and for his own Journey label, as well as recording radio jingles. He
also recorded a bicentennial EP for the Boy Scouts of America.
(sadly died from complications after suffering a heart attack) b. January
Ulf Söderblom (86) Finnish conductor born
in Turku, studied at the Åbo Akademi University from 1950 to 1952 and at
the Vienna Music Academy from 1954 to 1957. He began conducting for the Finnish
National Opera in 1957, initially as a choral conductor, and in 1973 became its
Chief Conductor and Music Director, a position he would hold for the next 20 years.
He was also instrumental in the revival of the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 1967
after 50 years of dormancy. The re-opening was celebrated with Ulf conducting
Beethoven's Fidelio in the Olavinlinna castle. As a music professor, he taught
conducting at the Sibelius Academy and conducted its orchestras from 1965 to 1968,
then at the Åbo Akademi University from 1991 and they awarded him an honorary
doctorate in 1998. (?)
b. February 5th 1930.
Maurice "Reece" White (74) American
singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader, born in
Memphis, Tennessee. As a teenager, he moved to Chicago and found work as a session
drummer for Chess Records. He played on the records of artists such as Etta James,
Ramsey Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, The Impressions, The Dells, Betty Everett,
Sugar Pie DeSanto, Buddy Guy, and played drums on Fontella Bass's "Rescue
Me" and Billy Stewart's "Summertime". In 1962, along with other
studio musicians at Chess, he was a member of the Jazzmen which later became The
Pharaohs. In 1969 Reese left the Trio and joined his two friends, Wade Flemons
and Don Whitehead, to form a songwriting team who wrote songs for commercials
in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol Records
and called themselves The Salty Peppers. They had a moderate hit >>>
(sadly Maurice died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his
home in L.A.) b. December
Luckeyeth Roberts (80) American jazz, ragtime, blues pianist and composer
born in Philadelphia; he started out playing piano and acting professionally with
traveling African American minstrel shows in his childhood. He settled in New
York City about 1910 and became one of the leading pianists in Harlem, and started
publishing some of his original rags. Luckey toured France and the UK with James
Reese Europe during World War I, then returned to New York where he wrote music
for various shows and recorded piano rolls. With James P. Johnson, he developed
the stride piano style of playing about 1919. Luckey's noted compositions include
Junk Man Rag, Moonlight Cocktail, Pork and Beans, and Railroad Blues (?)
1967: Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval (49) Chilean
folklorist and visual artist, born in San Carlos, province of Ñuble. She
was involved in the progressive movement and the Socialist Party of Chile and
revived the Peña, now known as La Peña de Los Parra, a community
centre for the arts and for political activism. Violeta set the basis for "New
Song," La Nueva Canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean
folk music which would absorb and extend its influence far beyond Chile. Her most
renowned song, Gracias a la Vida/Thanks to Life, was popularized throughout Latin
America by Mercedes Sosa and later in the US by Joan Baez. It remains one of the
most covered Latin American songs in history. (so sadly
Violeta committed suicide with a gunshot to her head, Allegedly, because of her
depression over the breakup of her relationship with Swiss-Bolivian
flautist Gilbert Favre) b. October 4th 1917.
1976: Rudy Pompilli (51)
American saxophone, clarenet player with Bill Haley & His Comets; born
in Chester, Pennsylvania, he worked with the Ralph Marterie Orchestra prior to
joining the Comets, scoring a hit with their version of "Crazy Man, Crazy".
Soon after a 1974 tour of Europe, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He bravely
continued to tour with Haley throughout 1975, including a tour of Brazil in October
'75, and that year also recorded his first and only solo album, ''Rudy's Rock:
The Sax That Changed the World'', which was recorded with session musicians and
members of The Comets. He also continued to perform at the Nite Cap, a club in
Chester; at one of his very last performances he performed with his former Comets
bandmate Franny Beecher as well as then-current Comets guitarist Bill Turner (sadly
lost to lung cancer) b. April 16th 1924
1980: Donald "Chubby" Anthony (43) American
fiddler; raised in Shelby, N.C., he began playing music at the age of seven, winning
the North Carolina fiddling championship at 12, and got his biggest break in the
early 1950s, when he became the fiddler for the legendary Stanley Brothers. He
played fiddle for the Stanleys until 1961. In the early 1970s, Donald played,
with Robert McDougal and Kiel Brown, in the popular Tall Timber Bluegrass. Later,
the band's name was changed to Big Timber, and along with guitarist, Bill Pruett
and Banjo picker, Jimmy Fee, it was the band with which he performed until illness
intervened (sadly taken by acute renal failure)
b. December 20th 1936.
1989: Joseph Raposo
Jr, OIH (51) Portuguese-American composer, songwriter, pianist, television
writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's television series
Sesame Street, for which he wrote the theme song, as well as classic songs such
as "Bein' Green" and "C is for Cookie". He also wrote music
for television shows such as The Electric Company, Shining Time Station and the
sitcoms Three's Company and The Ropers, including their theme songs. In addition
to these works, Joe also composed extensively for the Dr. Seuss productions Halloween
Is Grinch Night, Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? and The Grinch Grinches the Cat
in the Hat (sadly Joe died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
b. February 8th 1937.
Tim Kelly (35) American guitarist born in Trenton,
New Jersey; he played in a few bands during his career which included Hellion,
and Allegiance. After which he teamed up with Mark Slaughter to form a new group
with their own original music, thus, the group Slaughter was formed in Fall of
In their first album 'Stick It to Ya', he wrote and performed an instrumental
piece called "Thinking of June" which he dedicated to his sister who
died in 1982. In all, Tim released four studio albums with the band, and two live
albums; the last ''Eternal Live'', was released posthumously and includes a pictorial
and video tribute to Tim which was quickly put together by Blas Elias and Pat
died tragically in a fatal car accident while traveling on Highway 96 in Arizona,
his vehicle was hit head on when an 18 wheeler crossed the middle line)
b. January 13th 1963.
Mary Cleere Haran (58) American cabaret
singer; born in San Francisco, she began singing as a teenager and moved to New
York in the late '70s, where she made her Broadway debut playing a band singer
in The 1940s Radio Hour in 1979, made her official cabaret debut at the Ballroom
in New York in 1988, and
her recording debut in 1992 on Columbia with Theres a Small Hotel:
Live at the Algonquin. Later albums included This Funny World: Mary
Cleere Haran Sings Lyrics by Hart in 1995, This Heart of Mine: Classic
Movie Songs of the Forties-1994, Pennies From Heaven: Movie Songs
From the Depression Era-1998, The Memory of All That: Gershwin Broadway
and in Hollywood-1999, and Crazy Rhythm: Manhattan in the 20s
-2002. Her singing idol was Doris Day, whom she interviewed in a PBS documentary,
Doris Day: Sentimental Journey, which Mary also wrote and co-produced.
She also contributed to the PBS documentaries Remembering Bing, Irving
Berlins America, When We Were Young: The Lives of Child Movie
Stars and Satchmo (Mary
sadly died after a biking accident, when struck from the side by a car coming
out of a driveway, she was taken to a hospital in Deerfield Beach, Fla, but tragically
never regained consciousness) b. May 13th 1953.
Egil Hovland (88) Norwegian composer, and
one of the most noted church composers of Norway.Born
in Råde, he studied in Oslo, Copenhagen, Tanglewood and in Florence. He
composed two symphonies, a concerto for trumpet and strings, a Music for ten instruments,
a set of Variations for two pianos, a Lament for orchestra. His sacred works include
a Norwegian Te Deum, a Gloria, a Magnificat, and numerous works for organ. In
1992 Egil received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award.
He had also been the organist and choir leader in Fredrikstad since 1949 until
his death (?)
b. October 18th 1924.
Jindra táhlavský (67) Czech
country singer, after performing with The Strangers and then Bluegrass Hoppers,
he became a member of the legendary Czech country group Feáci with
which sang many hits, such as Spring, Go, Destiny, Girl from Rocky Moutain, Come,
Ohio, and Jane
Fawn. Unfortunately Jindra had to retire in 2008 when he became too ill to perform
(sadly died after a long illness)
b. February 24th 1945
2013: Paul Tanner (95)
American trombonist, last surviving member
of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with whom he gained fame with from 1938 until 1942,
notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade",
"Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String
of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo",
"American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", and "Little Brown
Jug". After the war he worked as a studio musician in Hollywood and was professor
at UCLA. He also wrote and/or co-wrote several academic and popular histories
related to jazz.
Paul developed and played the electrotheremin, on which he is featured playing
in several songs by The Beach Boys, most notably "Good Vibrations",
"Wild Honey", and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"
died of complications from pneumonia) b. October 15th 1917.
Jenny Vanou/Eugenia Vrachnou (74) Greek singer,
born in Athens, who excelled for several decades in the light and folk music genre.
She began her career in 1959 as a singer of light orchestra at the radio station
ERT and sang the first time before an audience in 1964, where the song Plessas
"Now" took the first prize in Light Music Festival of Thessaloniki.
She was a key performer and "muse" of many composers and nterpreted
songs by Mimis Plessas, of Mikis Theodorakis, the George Mouzakis of Costas Giannidi
of Jacques Iakovidi, the Attic of Alekos Chryssovergi of Taki Mousafiri to mention
a few. Jenny was awarded in Spain , Poland and the former Soviet Union for her
work to music (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. February 10th 1939.
Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (27) American
R&B singer, pianist and songwriter born in Texarkana, Texas, and moved with
his family to Los Angeles at the age of five. In 1950 he joined saxophonist Big
Jay McNeely's backing vocal quartet, Three Dots and a Dash, and featured prominently
on their record releases. Popular in the 1950s, as asolo artist, his biggest hit
"Goodnight My Love", which he co-wrote reached No.7 on the R&B chart.
The piano on the session was reportedly played by the 11 year old Barry White.
Other hits included "Blues in the Night", "In the Still of the
Night", and "Makin' Whoopee" (shortly
after finishing a performance in Little Rock on a bill with Sam Cooke, Jackie
Wilson, and Marv Johnson; tragically Jesse and his wife were killed in a head-on
collision at Hope, Arkansas. The concert was the first concert played before an
integrated audience in the history of Little Rock)
b. December 15th 1932.
1973: Nick Stabulas
(43) American jazz drummer born near Great Neck, New York; he first
worked in commercial music, then joined Phil Woods from 1954 to 1957. He did extensive
work as a sideman in the 1950s, with Jon Eardley 1955-56, Jimmy Raney 1955-57,
Eddie Costa 1956, Friedrich Gulda 1956, George Wallington 1956-57, Al Cohn 1956-57,
1960, Gil Evans 1957, Zoot Sims 1957, Mose Allison 1957-58, Carmen McRae 1958,
and Don Elliott 1958. In the 1960s he worked with Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Bill
Evans, and Lennie Tristano. He was active into the 1970s
(tragically killed in a car crash) b.
December 18th 1925.
1976: Vince Guaraldi (47)
American jazz pianist, composer, songwriter, bandleader, born in San Francisco,
California. He graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State
University, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War. His first recording
was made in Nov 1953 with Cal Tjader released in 1954, the early 10 inch LP was
called The Cal Tjader Trio, included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe",
and "Lullaby of the Leaves." By 1955, Vince had his own trio with Eddie
Duran and Dean Reilly. His 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, which
produced the single "Samba de Orpheus", but it was the flip side, his
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" which won him the grammy for Best Original
Jazz Composition. Vince went on to compose scores for sixteen Peanuts television
specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown as well as the unaired
television program of the same name (sadly died of a heart
attack in his room at the Red Cottage Inn, where he had been relaxing between
sets at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, CA, he had just finished recording
the soundtrack for "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" earlier that afternoon)
b. July 17th 1968.
Hugo Montenegro (55) American orchestra leader and composer of film
soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music
from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his 1968 rendition of The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly which reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.3 in the Canadian charts,
and topping the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. Born in New York and after serving
in the navy, he studied composition at Manhattan College while leading his own
band for school dances. By the middle 1950s, he was directing, conducting, and
arranging the orchestra for Eliot Glen and Irving Spice on their Dragon and Caprice
labels. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s where he began working for
RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks for motion pictures
and television themes, such as two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Following the success of his albums, he was contracted by Columbia Pictures where
he did such films as Hurry Sundown and two Matt Helm pictures. Hugo was also contracted
to Columbia's television production company Screen Gems where he is most famous
for his theme from the second season of the television series I Dream of Jeannie,
his theme song "Seattle" and music from Here Come the Brides and The
Outcasts (sadly died of emphysema) b.
September 2nd 1925.
1989: King Tubby/Osbourne
Ruddock (48) Jamaican Reggae producer,
electronics and sound engineer, known for his influence on the development of
dub in the 1960s and 1970s. His innovative studio work, which saw him elevate
the role of record producer to a creative height previously only reserved for
composers and musicians (shot and killed by unknown persons
outside his home in Duhaney Park, upon returning from a session at his Waterhouse
studio) b. January 28th 1941.
Carl Wilson (51) American singer and guitarist
with the Beach Boys; he took over as lead singer in 1965 and part running the
band in 1966, and then fully in 1970. He is widely regarded to have had one of
the finest voices in rock and his voice appears as a backing vocal on many recordings
by groups and solo singers including Chicago's hit "Baby, What a Big Surprise",
Chicago's Wishing You Were Here (with Al Jardine and his brother Dennis Wilson),
Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Bruce Johnston),
David Lee Roth's hit cover of "California Girls," Warren Zevon's "Desperados
Under the Eaves" and the Carnie & Wendy Wilson holiday track "Hey
Santa!". He released a solo album, Carl Wilson, followed by Youngblood, in
1983. (died after a brave fight with lung cancer)
b. December 21st 1946.
1998: Falco/ Johann
(Hans) Hölzel (40) Austrian rock
singer and bass guitarist, born in Vienna; he had several international hits:
"Der Kommissar", "Rock Me Amadeus", "Vienna Calling"",
Jeanny", "The Sound Of Musik", "Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2)"
and (after his death) "Out Of The Dark". With "Rock Me Amadeus"
he is the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to
score a number-one hit in the U.S. His estate claims he has sold 40 million albums
and 20 million singles to date, which makes him one of the best selling Austrian
singers ever (Falco died of severe head injuries received
following a collision with a bus in his Mitsubishi Pajero near the resort of Puerto
Plata, in the Dominican Republic) b. February 19th
2005: Sonny Day (80) American
accordion player; an original member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain, and was featured
on original recordings of Acuff's signature hit, "Wabash Cannonball,"
and starred with Acuff in the film "Night Train to Memphis". He was
frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and also performed & recorded with
Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, Tanya Tucker and Vince Gill. (sadly
taken by bone cancer) b. 1925
Lazar Berman (74)
Russian pianist, one of the last of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism;
born in Leningrad, he entered his first competition at the age of 3, and recorded
a Mozart fantasia and a mazurka that he had composed himself at the age of 7,
before he could even read music. In the '50s he began to make his mark both behind
the Iron Curtain and in the West. By the middle of the decade he was already much
admired, pianist Emil Gilels described him as the phenomenon of the musical
world. He toured Europe many times, eventually settling in Italy. His memoirs
"The Years of Peregrination: Reveries of a Pianist." have been published
in German and in Russian (?)
b. February 26th 1930
2005: Karl Haas (91) German-American classical
music radio host, whose distinctively sonorous voice and humanistic approach to
making music appreciation contagious made him well-received by many. He began
his radio program Adventures in Good Music on WJR in Detroit, Michigan in 1959.
Syndicated broadcasts of the show across the United States began in 1970 on WCLV,
a Cleveland, Ohio radio station. Eventually syndicated to commercial and public
radio stations around the world, the show became the world's most widely listened-to
classical music radio program. He also published a book, Inside Music. In addition
to being a musicologist, he was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. Karl
received the Charles Frankel Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities
in 1991. President George H. W. Bush personally presented the award to Haas at
the White House. Haas also twice won the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence
in broadcasting. In 1997 he became the first classical music broadcaster to be
named to the Radio Hall of Fame (?) b.
December 6th 1913.
2007: Frankie Laine/Francesco
Paolo LoVecchio (93) Frankie Laine Americam singer born in Francesco
Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago's "Little Italy" district, where his Sicilian
father worked at one time as the personal barber for gangster Al Capone. Frankie
was a member of the choir in the church of the Immaculate Conception's elementary
school. He realized he wanted to be a singer when he wagged high school to see
Al Jolson's talkie picture, "The Singing Fool." His early influences
included Enrico Caruso, Carlo Buti ...READ
died of heart failure after hip replacemnt surgery, at Scripps Mercy Hospital
in San Diego) b. March 30th 1913.
Sir John Dankworth (82) British jazz icon, composer, saxophonist, clarinetist
and musical arranger, born in Woodford, Essex, was better known as Johnny Dankworth
before he was knighted in 2006. He started his own jazz orchestra in the 1950s
and went on to work with the likes of Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
He was also a prolific composer, writing the theme tune for TV shows The Avengers
and Tomorrow's World, and films including Modesty Blaise, The Servant and Saturday
Night and Sunday Morning. After winning a place at the Royal Academy of Music
aged 17, and following a short stint in the Army, he was voted British Musician
of the Year in 1949 ...
died in King Edward VII Hospital, London after being ill for several months)
b. September 20th 1927
2011: Per Grundén (88)
Swedish actor and opera singer born in Eskilstuna; he made his debut
in 1945 as Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg. He
was engaged at Storan in Gothenburg in 1949, followed by roles in the Oscar Theatre,
Stockholm and the Royal Theatre. Per got her breakthrough in Tiggarstudenten at
the Stockholm Opera . Between 1953-1963, he was successful tenor at the Volksoper
in Vienna . 1958 he received the title Kammersänger and in Vienna he still
counts as one of the greatest operetta, the tenors ever. He has also devoted himself
to lighter genres such as vaudeville , floor show and musicals . In the summer
of 1967 he played for the first time the role of the happy wanderer Lustig-Per
Rune Lindström's local play Skinnar game in Malung . He came to participate
in skins game almost every summer until the mid- 1990s , the last few years, he
portrayed the role of leather,. He also had engagement at the Royal Dramatic Theatre
and National Theatre .A few years later had the popular role as the late Swiss
villain Volksvagner in Hasse and Tage comedy Apple War . He is perhaps best known
to many from the TV series Hede villagers and that Wall-Enberg in the films on
b. May 23rd 1922.
Gary Moore (58) Irish blues rock
guitar virtuoso, composer and singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland;
he collaborated with a broad range of artists including George Harrison, Trilok
Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Jimmy Nail, Albert Collins, Mo Foster,
Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, the Beach Boys,
Ozzy Osbourne and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He experimented with many musical genres,
including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal.
Gary started playing guitar on an old battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight.
At the age of 14, he got a better guitar and taught himself to play the right-handed
instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. After seeing Jimi Hendrix
and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was
developing into a blues-rock sound that would come to dominate his career. But
his greatest influence in the early days came from guitarist Peter Green, of Fleetwood
Mac fame, who was a mentor to Gary when performing in Dublin. Later he paid a
tribute to Pete on his '95 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely
of Green compositions. On this tribute album he played Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard
guitar which Green had lent him after leaving Fleetwood Mac, which he ultimately
purchased at Green's request. Now 16, Gary's first professional band was a Dublin
based blues-rock band 'Skid Row' in 1969, founded by bassist Brendan "Brush"
Shiels, with Phil Lynott on vocals. Soon the band became a power trio, with Gary,
Brendan now on vocals and bass, and drummer Noel Bridgeman. They recored 4 albums,
Skid-1970; 34 Hours-1971; Skid Row-1971, released 1990; and Live And On Song
BBC Live in Concert-69/71. Gary released his first solo album in 1973, 'Grinding
Stone', also in the 70s he did 3 short stints with the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy,
in 1974, 1977 and 1979...READ
died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning while on holiday in Spain)
b. April 4th 1952.
2012: Noel Kelehan (76)
Irish musician born in Dublin and studied at the Municipal School of
Music in Dublin, in both piano, and, music theory and harmony, and played in jazz
and dance bands. He made his debut on radio, aged just 19 in 1955. As well as
being an accomplished jazz pianist, he weny on to become conductor of the RTÉ
Concert Orchestra and musical director of Radio Telefís Éireann.
He was conductor of many Irish entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, beginning
in 1966 and ending in 1998. He conducted five winning Irish entries, in 1980,
'87, '92, '93, and '96. He also has several records to his credit, notably, he
wrote the string arrangements for U2's '84 album The Unforgettable Fire
(?) b. December 26th 1935.
Jiang Ying (92)
Chinese opera singer and music teacher. In 1936 she went to Europe
with her father and studied music in Berlin and graduated from Hochschule für
Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in 1941. When WWII broke out, she moved to neutral Switzerland
to study opera, graduating from Musikhochschule Luzern in 1944. Jiang went on
to become a professor of music and opera, and head of the department of Western
Vocal Music at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing (?)
b. August 11th 1919.
Mo-Do/Fabio Frittelli (46) Italian techno musician
born in Monfalcone, Italy; despite being Italian, Mo-Do's songs are in German.
He is probably best known from the single "Eins, Zwei, Polizei" which
reached #1 in the German, Austrian and Italian music charts
(sadly, apparent suicide)
b. 24 July 1966
2013: Jan Sochor (65) Czech
rock musician, keyboardist, singer and songwriter; he was a former member of the
rock group The Progress Organization and accompanied singers such as Fridli Bob
and led the backing band of Martha and Tenu (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b.
August 8th 1947.
2014: Vaçe Zela (74)
Albanian singer and guitarist, born in Lushnjë; she began her career at a
young age, at only ten years old she began to sing folk songs from the Myzeqe
region and in 1962 was the first to win the Albanian Song Festival / Festivali
i Këngës. An 11 time winner of the festival, she gained fame during
the communist era and was awarded the Merited Artist of Albania prize in 1973
and the People's Artist of Albania prize in 1977. Then on December 24th 2002 she
was awarded the Prize "Honor of the Nation" by the Albanian president
Alfred Moisiu. (?) b. April
Lina Cavalieri (69) Italian soprano; orphaned
at 15 she ran away with a touring theatrical group and
made her way to Paris, France, where her stunning good looks opened doors
and she obtained work as a singer at one of the city's café-concerts. From
there she performed at a variety of music halls and other such venues around Europe
while still working to develop her voice for the opera. She made her opera debut
in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1900, the same year she married her first of 4 husbands,
the Russian Prince Bariatinsky. In 1904 she sang at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo
then in 1905, at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris, Lina starred opposite Enrico
Caruso in the Umberto Giordano opera, Fedora. From there, she and Caruso took
the show to New York City, debuting with it at the Metropolitan Opera on 5 December
1906. The 19091910 season she sang with Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera
Company. As well as her busy operatic career, she starred in 7 silent movies between
1914 and 1919. In 1955, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida portrayed Lina in the
film "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" and in 2004, a book was published
authored by Paul Fryer and Olga Usova titled "Lina Cavalieri -The Life of
Operas Greatest Beauty, 18741944". (Tragically
she was killed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid that destroyed her home in
the outskirts of Florence) b. December 25th
1959: Guitar Slim/Eddie Jones (32) American
New Orleans blues guitarist, from the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling
song, "The Things That I Used to Do", which is listed in The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. He spent his free time
at the local juke joints and started sitting in as a singer or dancer; he was
good enough to be nicknamed "Limber Leg". After returning from World
War II military service, he started playing clubs around New Orleans, Louisiana,
bandleader Willie D. Warren introduced him to the guitar, and he was particularly
influenced by T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. About 1950
he adopted the stage name 'Guitar Slim' and started becoming known for his wild
stage act. He wore bright-colored suits and dyed his hair to match them, his sound
was just as unusual, he was playing with distorted guitar more than a decade before
rock guitarists did the same, and his gospel-influenced vocals were easily identifiable
(He sadly became an alcoholic, and died of pneumonia)
b. December 10th 1926.
Boggs (73) American
singer, songwriter, banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia; his style of banjo
playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian
folk music and African-American blues. Contemporary folk musicians and performers
consider him a seminal figure, at least in part because of the appearance of two
of his recordings from the 1920s, "Sugar Baby" and "Country Blues",
on Harry Smith's 1951 Anthology of American Folk Music collection. Dock's was
initially recorded in 1927 and again in 1929, although he worked primarily as
a coal miner for most of his life. He was "rediscovered" during the
folk music revival of the 1960s, and spent much of his later life playing at various
folk music festivals and recording for Folkways Records. In 1968, a musician and
protege of Dock named Jack Wright started the Dock Boggs Festival, which is still
held annually in Dock's hometown of Norton (?)
b. February 7th 1898.
Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland (68) American jazz trumpeter
best known for his contributions in swing jazz. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia
and learned to play trumpet at the Jenkins Orphanage. He played and recorded with
Alphonse Trent's band between 1928 and 1933, and played with Al Sears in 1932,
the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Willie Bryant, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lil Armstrong's
band from 1935-36. He also occasionally led his own band. In 1939, he moved to
New York City, playing in big bands led by Coleman Hawkins and Fletcher Henderson.
From 1941 to 1946, he played with Charlie Barnet. He and Don Redman toured Europe
in 1946, and during this tour Holland elected to remain there, living in Paris
and Sweden. He recorded there until 1960, releasing some 46 records for European
in Stockholm, Sweden)
b. February 9th 1910.
Matt Monro/Terence Parsons (55) English ballad singer born in Shoreditch,
London and attended Duncombe School in Islington. He got a break in 1956 when
he became a featured vocalist in the BBC Show Band. In 1959 he recorded a country
pastiche song, "Bound for Texas", for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length
compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack
themes. His second single, in 1960, "Portrait of My Love," reached No.3
in the UK Singles Chart. Matt achieved fame in the United States when "My
Kind of Girl" 1961 and "Walk Away" in 1964 hit the Top 40 and in
1961 he was named Top International Act by Billboard magazine. At the 1964 Eurovision
Song Contest, singing "I Love the Little Things," Matt finished second
behind Italy's 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti, despite an "excellent performance
of the only English language song of the night". Other hits included "Softly
as I Leave You"; and the song from the James Bond film "From Russia
with Love" (liver cancer) b.
December 1st 1930.
1990: Jimmy Van Heusen/Edward
Chester Babcock (77) American composer born in
Syracuse, New York; he wrote songs mainly for films and television , and won four
Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and an Emmy. Collaborating with lyricist
Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me",
and "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60
songs in 1940 alone. It was in 1940 that he teamed up with the lyricist Johnny
Burke. Burke and Jimmy moved to Hollywood writing for stage
musicals and films throughout the '40s and early '50s, winning an Academy Award
for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star" in 1944. Jimmy then
teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn. Their three Academy Awards for Best Song were
won for "All the Way" in 1957 from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes"
in 1959 from A Hole in the Head, and "Call Me Irresponsible" in 1963
from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were also featured in Rear Window,
Ocean's Eleven and Robin and the 7 Hoods. He also co-wrote "Love and Marriage",
"To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly with Me", "Only the
Lonely", and "Come Dance with Me". Jimmy wrote the music for at
least three Broadway musicals: Carnival in Flanders, Skyscraper, and Walking Happy.
He composed over 800 plus songs of which 50 songs became standards and his songs
are featured in over one hundred eighty films. He became an inductee of the Songwriters
Hall of Fame in 1971
(He was close friends throughout life with Frank Sinatra
and is buried in the Sinatra family burial plot in Desert Memorial Park, in Cathedral
City, California) b. January 26th 1913.
1992: Denny Wright (67) British
jazz and skiffle guitarist who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Billy Eckstine,
Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Ella Fitzgerald, Fapy Lafertin
and many other musicians, including young rising stars such as Bireli Lagrene
and Nigel Kennedy. He was a session musician for many years and frequently acted
as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was a prolific composer for
jazz and orchestra. He led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles
through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle,
Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands, including Kenny Graham's
Afro-Cubists. He greatly enjoyed contributing to some of the best swing bands
and orchestras of the period, playing frequently with the Carl Barriteau orchestra,
with Decca Records' own house-band under Phil Green, and even the Glenn Miller
band on occasions. Although he was best known as a guitarist, Denny's favourite
instrument was actually the piano (died after 9 year
battle with bladder cancer) b. May
Lutoslawski (81) Polish composer and pianist, he was one of the major
European composers of the 20th century, and one of the pre-eminent Polish musicians
during his last three decades. During his lifetime, he earned many international
awards and prizes, including the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour.
During his youth, he studied piano and composition in Warsaw. His early works
were influenced by Polish folk music. He began to develop his own characteristic
composition techniques in the 1950s. Although he was ill Witold continued his
busy schedule, travelling to the United States, England, Finland, Germany, Canada
and Japan till a few weeks before his death (sadly died
after fighting cancer) b. January
William Harry "Billy" Jones (45) American guitarist, keyboard
player and singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but he grew up in Tampa, FL. While
in high school he was offered placement in the Juliard School of Music but turned
it down electing to attend the University of South Florida as a math major. He
recorded one album with a band called H.Y. Sledge before joining the southern
rock band Outlaws in 1971. He performed, recorded and toured with the band until
1981. He was initially brought on board as a keyboardist but soon switched to
lead guitar helping crystallize the trademark Outlaws sound. (tragically
Billy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head)
b. Novemvber 20th 1949.
1999: Robert "Bobby"
Troup (70) American jazz, swing blues
pianist, singer, composer and actor born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is best
known for writing the popular standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66",
and for his role as Dr. Joe Early, in the 1970s US TV series Emergency!, which
starred his wife Julie London. He made some excellent recordings for Liberty Records
and Capitol Records, many with musicians that included the best of the West Coast
school of jazz. His songwritings include "The Girl Can't Help It", "Daddy",
"Snootie Little Cutie", "The Meaning of the Blues", "Girl
Talk", "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", "Their Hearts Were
Full Of Spring", "I'd Like You For Christmas", "Please Belong
To Me", "The Feeling of Jazz"and "Let's Keep Dancing",
to mention a few (sadly died at UCLA Medical Center of a
massive heart attack) b. October 18th 1918.
2000: Big Punisher/Christopher Rios (28)
Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in
the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track "Off
the Books" in 1997, and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy in 1995,
on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo
artist. His full-length debut Capital Punishment in 1998, became the first album
by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard 200.
Capital Punishment was also nominated for a Grammy. Big
Punwas a huge man, his weight reportedly varying between 450 and 690 pounds.
He was at his highest weight at the time of his death, being 698 pounds (heart
attack) b. November 10th 1971.
Robin Scott (79) British BBC controller;
he read modern languages at Cambridge University before joining the intelligence
corps. He was discharged through illness in '42, and joined the BBC. As well as
all his other work in radio and television, Robin was appointed the Controller
of the Light Programme in March 1967, and devised a format for their new popular
music programme. His vision deliberately echoed the pirate radio broadcasters
that would be outlawed in August 1967. This pop station, BBC Radio 1, launched
on 30 September 1967, with a signature tune commissioned by Robin, Theme One,
recorded by George Martin. He was also Controller of BBC Radio 2, the successor
to the Light Programme. He was appointed CBE in 1976 (?)
b. October 24th 1920.
Dave Peverett (56) English guitarist and singer born in Dulwich, South
East London. After a brief tour with Swiss blues band, Les Questions, he joined
Savoy Brown as a rhythm guitarist, eventually also taking over as lead singer.
After five albums with Savoy Brown, he decided to pursue his own vision, taking
drummer Roger Earl and bassist Tony Stevens with him. He decided to call his new
band Foghat, a word he had made up as a child while playing Scrabble with his
brother. With the success of an early single, a cover version of Willie Dixon's
"I Just Want to Make Love to You", their debut release soon went gold.
In 1974, Foghat released two gold albums, Energized and Rock & Roll Outlaws.
Their first platinum album, Fool for the City, was released in 1975, producing
three hit singles: the title track, "My Babe", and "Slow Ride".
Followed by another gold album, Night Shift, before their 1977 Foghat Live album
which reached multi-platinum. 1978's Stone Blue was yet another gold. Dave was
the talented songwriter behind Foghats hits and tracks (pneumonia
and complications from kidney cancer) b. April 16th
2001: Dale Evans/Frances Octavia Smith
(88) American singer, songwriter, actress
and wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Born in Uvalde, Texas, she had a productive
career as a jazz, swing, and big band singer that led to a screen test and contract
with 20th Century Fox studios.She gained exposure on radio as the featured singer
for a time on the Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy show. She also got the part as
a cowgirl co-star to Roy Rogers at Republic Studios in the Roy Roger films. Dale
married Roy Rogers at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, on New Year's Eve
1947, a marraige which lasted 51 years. They were a team on- and off-screen from
1946 until Roy's' death in 1998. From 1951 to 1957, Dale and Roy starred in the
highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued
their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk.
Autunm 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers
and Dale Evans Show, which aired on ABC. Dale has a star on the Hollywood Walk
of Fame at 6638 Hollywood Blvd. She received a second star at 1737 Vine St. for
her contribution to the television industry. In 1976, she was inducted into the
Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage
Museum in Oklahoma City. She ranked No. 34 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country
Music in 2002. (died of congestive heart failure)
b. October 31st 1912.
Malcolm Roberts (58) English actor and singer born in Manchester;
he received his big break while appearing as Tony in West Side Story, composer
Lionel Bart spotted his potential and cast him in his West End production of Maggie
May at the Adelphi Theatre, in 1964. He released his first
single, "Time Alone Will Tell" re in May 1967, followed by his biggest
hit, "May I Have the Next Dream With You" in November 1968, his final
hit, in November 1969, was "Love is All". He appeared and sung
on The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Kenneth Williams Show on the UK's BBC Television
and the American The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1970. In 1985, he
joined a six-member group to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song, "Children, Kinder, Enfants" They got 37 points and finished
in 13th place (heart
b. March 31st 1944.
2009: Molly Bee/Molly
Munchy/Mollie Gene Beachboard (69) American country singer; she became
a popular teenage star on the 1950s TV show Hometown Jamboree. At only 13 she
had her first major recording success with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".
This was followed by at least three more hit singles, and a brief film acting
career. In the '50s and early '60s she was a TV staple on variety programs hosted
by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Steve Allen nationally, as well as making local station
appearances (complications from a stroke)
b. August 18th 1939.
Margrete Dearie (84) American jazz singer and pianist;classically
trained, but switched to jazz after joining a high school band. Moving to New
York City in the mid-1940s, she sang with the Blue Flames, a vocal group attached
to the Woody Herman band, and with Alvino Reys band before embarking on
her solo career. 1952 sees her in Paris where she joined the Blue Stars, a vocal
octet that recorded a hit version of Lullaby of Birdland. In '56 Verve
Records signed her to a 6-album contract Blossom Dearie, Give
Him the Ooh-La-La, Once Upon a Summertime, Sings Comden
and Green, My Gentleman Friend and Soubrette Sings Broadway
Hit Songs, all now regarded as cult classics. From '66 she traveled regularly
to London to play Ronnie Scotts, a popular nightclub, and while in England
recorded four albums for the Fontana label. Back in the States she established
her own label, Daffodil Records, in 1974. Her first album, Blossom Dearie
Sings, included Hey John, a tribute to John Lennon. Her last
recording was a single, Its All Right to Be Afraid, dedicated
to the victims and survivors of 9/11.(died in her sleep
of natural causes) b.April
2015: Joe B. Mauldin
double bassist, songwriter, and audio engineer, Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. was
born in Lubbock, Texas; he started his musical journey playing in a local band
called The Four Teens with a young Terry Noland in 1955, before joining Buddy
Holly's Crickets in '57. Their first hit record was "That'll Be the Day",
released in 1957. The single became No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in
Billboard magazine, which was followed by hits such as "Peggy Sue",
"Not Fade Away" "Rave On" and "That'll Be the Day"
.They helped set the template for subsequent rock bands such as the Beatles, with
their guitar-bass-drums arrangements and tendency to write their own material.
Joe and drummer J.I. Allison became one of the most influential rhythm sections
(sadly Joe died while fighting cancer)
b. July 8th 1940.
Vamvakaris (66) Greek rebetiko musician-songwriter;
while working in the Athens he learned bouzouki, becoming an innovative virtuoso
player. He also began to compose music and write songs. At first he played in
hashish establishments known as Tekes, later he and his band, which included Giorgos
Batis, Anestis Delias and Stratos Pagioumtzis played in more legitimate clubs.
They became extremely popular, and Markos recorded his
first rebetiko disc, Na 'Rchosouna Re Magka Mou in 1932. Among other songs in
that period, he wrote the classic love song "Frangkosyriani" He later
suffered badly with arthritis in his hands, but in the early 1960s, many of his
old songs were revived, sung by modern singers including Grigoris Bithikotsis,
and Stratos Dionysiou. (?)
b. May 10th 1905.
Max Yasgur (53) American music
lover, the owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, New York on which the Woodstock Festival
was held between August 15th and August 18th 1969. By the late 1960s, he was the
largest milk producer in Sullivan County, New York. His farm had 650 cows, mostly
Guernseys. Many of his neighbors turned against him after the festival, and he
was no longer welcome at the town general store, but he never regretted his decision
to allow the concert on his farm. On January 7th 1970, he was sued by his neighbors
for area property damage caused by the attendance of the "flower children".
However, the damage to his own property was far more extensive and, over a year
later, he received a $50,000 settlement to pay for the near-destruction of his
dairy farm and in 1971, Max sold the 600-acre farm (died
in Florida of a heart attack) b. December 15th 1919.
1977: Eivind Groven (75) Norwegian microtonal
composer fuddle player and music-theorist, born in Lårdal. He studied musical
theory and composition for a year, mostly Berlioz and Beethoven. Unlike many other
young Norwegian composers of the era, he refused to go abroad, but stayed at home,
composing, and developing his own distinct musical forms, based on a merging of
the sonata form with the special metamorphic principles unique to the dance music
from Telemark, closely related to the forms of late baroque. In in 1931, Groven
was appointed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, NRK, to be responsible for
half an hour of folk music every week. Thus, he got a lot of gifted rural musicians
to the radio, thereby preserving the folk music for posterity. After WWII, Eivind
participated in editing and publishing seven volumes of written and collected
tunes for hardanger fiddle, along with two fellow folk musicians in Norway (He
got Parkinson's disease in 1964, and had to put away the fiddle, medications available
at the time caused undue stress to his heart) b.
October 8th 1901.
1980: Nikos Xylouris (43) Greek composer and
singer born in Anogeia, Crete and was part of the movement that brought down the
Greek military Junta of 1967. His songs and music captured and described the Greek
psyche and demeanor, gaining himself the title the archangel of Crete. He first
performed outside Greece in 1966 and won the 1st prize in the San Remo folk music
festival. In 1967 he established the first Cretan Music Hall, Erotokritos, in
Heraklion. The recording of Anyfantou in 1969 was a big success. He soon started
performances in Athens, which became his new permanent residence, at the Konaki
folk music hall. In 1971, Nikos was awarded by the Academy Charles Cross of France
for his performance in the Cretan Rizitika songs album with G. Markopoulos (sadly
died of a brain tumor) b. July 7th 1936.
1990: Del Shannon/Charles Weedon Westover (55)
American singer and guitarist, one of the early greats in rock 'n' Roll and born
in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he learned ukulele and guitar. In 1954, he was
drafted into the Army, while in Germany he played guitar in a band called the
Cool Flames. In 1958, he took over a band as leader and singer, with the name
Charlie Johnson, and renaming his band the Big Little Show Band. He soon renamed
himself Del Shannon and on January 21st 1961, recorded "Runaway", which
reached No.1 in the Billboard chart in April. This
was followed with "Hats Off to Larry", which peaked at No.5 on the Billboard
and No.1 on Cashbox in 1961. Other hits included "So Long, Baby," and
"Little Town Flirt",. He continued his success in England, where he
had always been more popular. In 1963, he became the first American to record
a cover version of a Beatles song, "From Me to You" which charted in
the US before the Beatles. In 1988, Del sang on "The World We Know"
with The Smithereens on their album Green Thoughts. Shortly after, in 1990, he
recorded with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and there were rumors he
would join The Traveling Wilburys after Roy Orbison's death. Previously, in 1975,
he had recorded tracks with Lynne, along with In My Arms Again, a self-penned
country song (while
working on a comeback album with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, Shannon
fatally shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle. His wife thought his
death might have been related to his recent use of the prescription drug, Prozac)
b. December 30th 1934.
Justin Wright (67) English jazz and skiffle guitarist, pianist, club
owner, who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Lonnie Donegan, the bluegrass musician
Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Humphrey Lyttelton, Marie Bryant and many other
musicians. Throughout his career and many projects from 1940 until the 1980s,
Denny was a regular in the recording studios as one of Britain's best session
musicians and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny
was also a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. Denny led many bands in his
career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size
orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American
and Jamaican bands. Although he was best known as a guitarist, his favourite instrument
was actually the piano. After the war, in 1945, he set up London's first bebop
club, the Fullado in New Compton Street, where he played both piano and guitar.
In the late 1940s he toured Italy and the Middle East with the Francisco Cavez
orchestra before ending up playing in King Farouk's palace. He was part of Lonnie
Donegan's group who first took skiffle to the Soviet Union in 1957. In 1978, he
formed Velvet with Ike Isaacs, Len Skeat and Digby Fairweather and in 1981, Denny
was voted BBC Jazz Society Musician of the Year. Denny occasionally taught young
guitarists and guest lectured at the Royal College of Music on the life of a session
musician. His last gig, was at The Grapes in Shepherd Market, Mayfair in late
1991 (Sadly died after a brave nine year battle with bladder
cancer) b. May 6th
Scott/Harry Warnow (85) American composer, band leader,
pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY, assembled his first audio laboratory at 12, got his
first professional job as pianist and composed his first song "Portrait of
a Cow" at 15, and was a 1931 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where
he studied piano, theory and composition. He worked as a pianist for the CBS Radio
house band, before forming his own band, calling it the "Raymond Scott Quintette".
His first hit single came in 1934, "Christmas Night in Harlem", which
was later recorded by Louis Armstrong. In 1936 he signed a recording contract
with Irving Mills, Columbia Records and in 1937-38 he appeared and performed in
several Hollywood films with his Quintette. Ray believed strongly in composing
and playing by ear, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation
by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other
Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Ray's melodies
have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original
of Raymond's recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs,
The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Raymond actually composed purposely to
accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County
Fair Bread in 1962. He was also a pioneer and inventor of electronic music. In
1954 he met and began to collaborate with synthesizer inventor Bob Moog an association
which lasted 15 years. In 1956 he patented 'The Clavivox' (Keyboard Operated Electrical
Musical Instrument) In 1959 he build his 1st version 'The Electronium' a keyboard-less,
automatic composition and performance machine. A more perfected version of this
invention caught the eye of Berry Gordy, who in 1970, bought an Electronim and
hired Raymond as Motown's Director of Electronic Research and Development in his
L.A. studios, where he based himself for 9 years. Other of his many electronic
music inventions include 'The Fascination', 'The Participator', 'Pitch Sequencer',
'Rhythm Synthesizer', 'Bassline Generator', 'Synthesized Gong', 'Juxtaposition
Matrix', 'Melody Maker', 'Rhythm Guitar Simulator', and the drum machine 'Bandito
the Bongo Artist' just to mention a few. Still composing, recording and inventing
at the age of 81, in 1988 Raymond suffered from series of heart attacks &
strokes leaving him, so very sadly, unable to work, speak, or communicate. (?)
b. September 10th 1908.
Bob Wooler (76) English DJ and booker at Liverpool's Cavern Club and
was most notable for being instrumental in introducing The Beatles to their manager,
Brian Epstein, and as the DJ at The Cavern Club. He became involved in managing
a skiffle group called The Kingstrums before becoming compère/disc jockey
for promoters such as Wally Hill of Peak Promotions. His voice was captured on
a live EP by the Big Three at the Cavern, saying "We've got the hi-fi high
& the lights down low, so here we go, with the Big Three Show!" Wooler
became one of the major figures on the Mersey Scene and did much to help the various
groups, remaining at the Cavern until 1967 (?)
b. January 19th 1926.
2002: Nick Brignola
(65) American jazz saxophonist; at the
age of 11 he began playing the clarinet before he picked up the alto and tenor
saxophones as well as the flute. At the age of 20 he dropped his alto saxophone
off to get repaired and the only horn the shop had to lone him was the baritone
sax. After that instance, the baritone sax became his main instrument. Though
Nick was mostly known as a bandleader he performed and released albums with many
of the worlds most famous and well-established musicians. He was able to record
the album Baritone Madness with one of his idols, bebop heavyweight Pepper Adams.
The album was recorded with Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Pepper Adams, and Derek
Smith. Other musicians he played with through out his career include: Elvin Jones,
Cecil Payne, Bobby Shew, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery,
Phil Woods, Chet Baker, and Clark Terry (sadly taken after
a fight with cancer) b. July 17th 1936.
2005: Jimmy Smith (79) American jazz organist;
he ruled the Hammond organ in the '50s and '60s, revolutionizing the instrument,
showing it could be creatively used in a jazz context and popularized in the process.
As well as his solo recordings, during the 1950s and 1960s, he recorded with some
of the great jazz musicians of the day such as Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Grant
Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean,
Grady Tate and Donald Bailey. In the 1970s, Jimmy opened his own supper club in
Los Angeles, and played there regularly with guitarist Paul C. Saenz, Larry Paxton
on drums and Freddy Garcia on saxophone. He
had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and
Verve, and for Milestone and Elektra. He also recorded with other artists including
Quincy Jones/Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Joey DeFrancesco.
His last major album, Dot Com Blues on Blue Thumb in 2000, featured many special
guests such as Dr. John, B. B. King and Etta James. In
2005, he was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for
the Arts, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians
(?) b. December 8th 1925.
2005: Keith Knudsen (56) American drummer,
vocalist, and songwriter, born in Le Mars, Iowa. He began drumming while in high
school. After short stints playing in a club band and the Blind Joe Mendlebaum
Blues Band, he became the drummer for the organist-vocalist Lee Michaels. In 1974
he was invited to join The Doobie Brothers, joining the band during the recording
of the 1974 platinum album, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits', on which he
made his debut. After the Doobies disbanded in '82, he and fellow Doobie John
McFee, who he had also formed a writing partnership with, founded the country
rock band Southern Pacific. They disbanded in the early 1990s. Keith organized
a one-off Doobies reunion in 1987 to raise funds for the National Veterans Foundation.
and rejoined the Doobie Brothers on a full-time basis in 1993. In 2005 he also
played drums on Emmylou Harris 'Shores Of White Sand off the All I Intend To Be'
record. (pneumonia) b. February
2006: Elton Dean (60) UK
saxophone player with Long John Baldry's band Bluesology; the bands pianist Reg
Dwight, took Dean and Baldrey's first names for his stage name, Elton John. Elton
Dean next established his reputation as a member of the Keith Tippett Sextet from
1968 to 1970, and in the band Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972. Shortly before leaving
Soft Machine he started his own group, Just Us. From 1975 to 1978 he led a nine-piece
band called Ninesense. In 2002, Elton and three other former Soft Machine members;
Hugh Hopper, drummer John Marshall, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth toured and
recorded under the name Soft Works. His last musical collaborations also included
those with Soft Bounds, a quartet comprised of himself, Hugh Hopper, Sophia Domancich
and Simon Goubert; Alex Maguire's project Psychic Warrior; and Belgian rock-jazz
band The Wrong Object (heart and liver disease)
b. Oct 28th 1945.
2006: Akira Ifukube (91)
Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, born in Kushiro on the
island of Hokkaido, the third son of a Shinto priest. From 1946 to 1953, he taught
at the Nihon University College of Art, during which period he composed his first
film score for The End of the Silver Mountains, released in 1947. Over the next
fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the high point of which
was his 1954 music for Ishiro Honda's Toho movie, Godzilla. He also created Godzilla's
trademark roar produced by rubbing a resin-covered leather glove along
the loosened strings of a double bass and its footsteps, created by striking
an amplifier box (sadly died of multiple
organ dysfunction syndrome) b. May 31st
2011: Roza Baglanova
(89) Soviet - Kazakh
soprano opera and pop music singer; in 1949, she became a singer with the Kazakh
State Academic Opera and Ballet, then the Kazakh State Philharmonic Society in
1960 and was a leading master of the Kazakh state concert association "Kazakhconcert".
During her career, she performed in Poland, the German Democratic Republic, Belgium,
Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, the Peoples Republic of China, the Republic
of Korea, India, Burma, Canada, and other countries. One of her passions was singing
in the language of the country she was performing in, and so performed traditional
folk songs in Russian, Kazakh, Uzbek, Tatar, Mongolian, Korean, and others. Roza
was honored with many awards throughout her career, including the Peoples
Artist of the USSR in 1967, the Order of Lenin and was also deemed a National
Hero of Kazakhstan (sadly
passed away due to a heart attack)
b. January 1st 1922.
2011: Marvin Sease (64)
American blues singer, born in Blackville, South Carolina; as a ternager
he sang with the Five Gospel Crowns located in Charleston, before heading to
New York City at aged 20, where he joined the gospel
group called the Gospel Crowns. Marvin left the gospel circuit to form his own
R&B group, accompanied by his own three brothers as his backing band. Going
solo, in 1986 he recorded a self titled LP. featuring one of his more popular
songs, "Ghetto Man". While promoting the album in the South's circuit
of bars, blues festivals, and juke joints, he entered a record contract with Polygram
Records, who launched his music nationally with the re-release of his self titled
L.P. on Mercury Records in '87. It included the new ten minute track "Candy
Licker," which became an instant success. Over the next decade Marvin released
several more records for Mercury and Jive Records, which ranked on the Billboard
R&B chart and pop charts (?)
b. February 16th 1946.
Giangiacomo Guelfi (87) Italian opera
singer, particularly associated with Verdi and Puccini. Born in Rome, he made
his stage debut in Spoleto, as Rigoletto in 1950. He made his debut in 1952 at
the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, also appearing in Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome,
Naples, Palermo, Catania, and becoming a regular guest at the Arena di Verona.
Outside Italy he appeared in Berlin, Lisbon, London, Cairo. He made his American
debut in 1954 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at the Metropolitan Opera of
New York in 1970, he also appeared in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (?)
b. December 21st 1924.
Jimmy Sabater Sr (75) American Latin singer
and timbales player born in Harlem, New York City. In the mid 50s he joined the
Joe Panama Sextet, soon after
called The Joe Cuba Sextet, one of Spanish Harlems most popular music groups.
Their 1962 album Steppin Out became a monster hit, and Jimmy
became part of history, as on the album he sang "To Be With You", which
thrust him into almost immediate international recognition.
In 1977, he left
the Joe Cuba Sextet and from 1977 to 1981, he was the lead vocalist for Al Levy.
In 1980 he recorded Gusto and 1982, he co-led El Combo Gigante with
Charlie Palmieri until the latter's death in 1988. On November 12th 1997, Jimmy
became the recipient of an award from the City of New York for his contributions
to the quality of life in the city, and in appreciation of his work since 1956.
He was also awarded Outstanding Musician of the Year from the Comptroller
of the City of New York, Alan G. Hevesi. In
1998, he became the lead vocalist of the Latin Septet Son Boricua,
led by Maestro José Mangual Jr. Their first album, called Son Boricua,
was the winner of the ACE Award as best new Latin release of that year. A second,
and recently, a third ACE Award was awarded for the albums Homenaje a Cortijo
y Rivera, and Mo! (?) b. April
Alberto Spinetta (62) Argentine
pioneer rock guitarist and multi-musician born in Buenos Aires; nicknamed El Flaco
or Skinny, he was hailed one
of the greatest poets of Argentine music. In 1967, he formed a band called Almendra
with his own school mates. In 1969, Almendra, recorded their first album. They
started recording and playing intensevely and became successful almost overnight.
He later played with the bands Pescado Rabioso recording 3 albums and Invisible
from 1974-76 recording 6 albums. Luis then embarked on the projects Spinetta Jade
followed by Spinetta Y Los Socios Del Desierto. Since the early 70s he had also
had a very successful solo career releasing 23 albums, he recorded his last album
Spinetta y las Bandas Eternas in 2010 (sadly died while
fightling lung cancer) b. January 23rd 1950.
2012: Wando/Wanderley Alves dos
Reis (66) Brazilian singer, born
in Cajuri and moved to Juiz de Fora, where he majored in classical guitar and
performed in music ensembles and played at localdances. His career as singer began
in 1969 and he also composed for other singers such as Jair Rodrigues, who in
1974 recorded O Importante é Ser Fevereiro. "A Menina
e o Poeta" was recorded by Roberto Carlos in his 1976 and in 1985 "Chora
Coração" was part of the soundtrack of the brazilian soap opera
Roque Santeiro, and noteably the song "Fogo e Paixão", released
on the album "O Mundo Romântico de Wando" in 1988, was another
of his greatest hits. (sadly Wando died
from a heart attack) b. October 2nd
2013: James DePreist (76)
American conductor born in Philadelphia; he was one of the first African-American
conductors on the world stage. He was the Director Emeritus of Conducting and
Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School and Laureate Music Director of the
Oregon Symphony at the time of his death. He was awarded 15 honorary doctorates,
elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Swedish
Academy of Music; named the Laureate Music Director for the Oregon Symphony; a
recipient of the Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland; the
Medal of the City of Québec and an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit
of Monaco; received the Ditson Conductor's Award in 2000 for his commitment to
the performance of American music and in 2005, President George W. Bush presented
him with the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence
(sadly died from a heart attack)
b. November 21st 1936.
Senar (96) Turkish singer, pneumonia
Eddy Duchin (41) American pianist born in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, he first became a pharmacist before turning full-time to music
and beginning his new career with Leo Reisman's orchestra at the Central Park
Casino in New York, an elegant nightclub where he became hugely popular in his
own right and eventually became the Reisman orchestra's leader by 1932. He became
widely popular thanks to regular radio broadcasts that boosted his record sales,
and he was one of the earliest pianists to lead a commercially successful large
band (sadly died after a brave battle against leukemia)
b. April 10th 1910. (some
sourses give April 1st 1909)
1960: Erno Dohnányi (82)
Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, he made his debut in Berlin, 1897,
and was at once recognized as an artist of high attainments. Similar success in
Vienna followed, and thereafter he made the tour of Europe with the greatest success.
He made his London debut at a Richter concert in the Queen's Hall, where he gave
a memorable performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Using
his position as a conductor, Erno pioneered Bartók's more accessible music
to boost its popularity. During the following season, he visited the United States.
There, he established his reputation playing, again, the Beethoven Piano Concerto
No. 4 for his American debut with the St. Louis Symphony. He relocated to America
after WW2, His last public performance, on January 30th 1960, was at Florida State
University, conducting the university orchestra in a performance of the Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4 with his doctoral student, Edward R. Thaden, as soloist
(sadly died of pneumonia) b. July 27th 1877.
1964: Ary Barroso (60)Brazilian
composer, pianist, and talent-show host on radio and TV. He was one of Brazil's
most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century with composions
such as "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Brazil"), written in 1939,
and "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" ("Bahia"), from 1938. "Brazil"
was featured in the film Saludos Amigos-1942 and "Na Bahia" in The Three
Caballeros-1944, both Disney films. In 1945, "Rio de Janeiro", featured
in the 1944 film Brazil, and was one of the 5 finalists for the Academy Award
for Best Original Song (liver
November 7th 1903.
Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish (82) Czarist Russian singer, pianist, comedian;
one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first third of the
20th century. Her comic style is credited with influencing later female entertainers,
including Mae West, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, and most notably Bette Midler
who has included "Soph" as one of her many stage characters. She made
several popular recordings including "Some of These Days" and "My
Yiddish Momme", had her own radio program, Sophie Tucker and Her Show, in
1938-39, broadcasting for 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and she made
numerous film appearances, including Broadway Melody of 1938 as the mother of
Judy Garland's character (sadly died after her fight with
lung cancer) b. January 13th 1884.
1976: Percy Faith (67) Canadian
band-leader and conductor born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He was one of the
most popular easy listening recording artists of the '50s and '60s. He is often
credited with creating the "easy listening" or "mood music"
format which became staples of American popular music in the 1950s and continued
well into the 1960s. His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado"
in 1952, "The Song from Moulin Rouge" in 1953 and "Theme from A
Summer Place" in 1960, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year
in 1961. Percy remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the
year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the
rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"). The B-side of "Song from
the Moulin Rouge" was "Swedish Rhapsody" by Hugo Alfvén.
In the 70's he continued to release albums as diverse and contemporary as Jesus
Christ Superstar and "Black Magic Woman." He released one album of country
music and two albums of disco-oriented arrangements toward the end of his forty
year career. (Percy sadly died after battling cancer)
b. April 7th 1918.
Julio Jaramillo (42)
Ecuadorian singer; notable Ecuadorian "Pasillo" performer, he performed
throughout Latin America where he achieved fame performing and recording boleros,
valses, pasillos, tangos and rancheras. He recorded more than 4,000 songs in total.
He recorded his most famous song Nuestro juramento in 1956. He recorded
with Daniel Santos, Olimpo Cárdenas, and Alci Acosta, among others. His
level of popularity in Ecuador could be compared to Frank Sinatra's in the United
b. October 1st 1935.
1980: Charlie Fowlkes
(63) American baritone saxophonist, best
known for his time with Count Basie, which lasted for more than twenty-five years.
born in New York, and studied alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and violin before
settling on the baritone sax (he also played occasional flute). He spent most
of his early career in New York, playing with Tiny Bradshaw: 1938-1944, Lionel
Hampton: 1944-1948, and Arnett Cobb: 1948-1951, before joining Count Basie, who
he stayed with until his death (?) b.
February 16th 1916.
1981: Bill Haley (55) American singer,
Bill Haley and his Comets; he was there before Presley, Holly and Berry, playing
rock & roll before it even had a name, and is credited by many for being the
first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley
& His Comets and their hit song "Rock Around the Clock". He was
born Highland Park, Michigan, because of the Great Depression on the Detroit area,
his father moved the family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. For six years Bill was
a musical director of Radio Station WPWA in Chester, Pennsylvania, leading his
own band The Saddlemen all through this period and in 1951 they made their first
recordings. They renamed themselves Bill Haley with Haley's Comets on Labour Day
1952. After his massive world hits of the 50s he continued recording and touring.
He performed for Queen Elizabeth II at a command performance in 1979, and Bill
made his final performances in South Africa in May and June 1980. Prior to the
South African tour, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a planned tour of
Germany in the fall of 1980 was canceled. Bill was posthumously inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. (sadly died from a heart attack) b.
July 6th 1925.
1991: James Cleveland
(59) American gospel singer, arranger,
composer and most significantly, the driving force behind the creation of the
modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and
pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. He became known as the King
of Gospel music. In 1950, Cleveland joined the Gospelaires and in 1960, he formed
the Cleveland Singers, featuring organist and accompanist Billy Preston. In 1968,
he formed the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Today GMWA has nearly 30,000 members
in 150 chapters across America. Rev James was awarded a Star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame for Recording at 6742 Hollywood Boulevard (died
of a heart attack)b. December 5th 1931.
1993: Bill Grundy (69)
English TV broadcaster, he presented the famous Sex Pistols 'filth &
fury' interview on live UK TV. He became notorious in a matter of two minutes
owing to an incident that occurred when the punk band Sex Pistols and their entourage
appeared at short notice on the Today show of December 1st 1976. They were a last
minute stand-in for Queen, who were forced to cancel. The Today show was broadcast
live and uncensored during daytime hours at a time when obscenities were forbidden
(heart attack) b. May 18th
1997: Jack Owens/L.F. Nelson (92)
Delta blues singer and guitarist from Bentonia, Mississippi, he
was never a professional recording artist, but he farmed, bootlegged and ran a
weekend juke joint in Bentonia for most of his life. He was not recorded until
the blues revival of the 1960s, when he was rediscovered by David Evans in 1966.
David recorded Jack's first album Goin' Up the Country that same year and It Must
Have Been the Devil, with Bud Spires in 1970. He made other recordings, some by
Alan Lomax, in the 1960s and 1970s, and performed at several music festivals in
the United States and Europe until his death (?)
b. November 17th 1904.
Brian Connolly (51) Scottish singer, frontman; Sweet, New Sweet, solo.
Born in Govanhill, Glasgow, The face of glam rock, Brian was one of rocks
great performers and despite numerous health problems, including fourteen heart
attacks in one day, he continued to play right up to his death. At the age of
twelve Brian's family moved to Harefield, Middlesex, where he played in a number
of local bands before eventually replacing singer Ian Gillan in a band called
Wainwright's Gentlemen, which included drummer Mick Tucker. In 1968 Brian and
Mick formed a band called Sweetshop, soon Andy Scott and Steve Priest had joined
them and Sweet was born. They had a string of hits "Block Buster" topping
the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser",
"The Ballroom Blitz" and "Teenage Rampage". Their first self-written
and produced single "Fox on the Run" also reached No.2 on the UK charts.
But after 10 successful years, in late 1978, due to his drinking problems he left
the band. Over the next three years he released a few solo singles "Take
Away The Music", "Don't You Know A Lady", and Hypnotized
before forming In 1981, Brian was admitted to hospital with illness and bloating.
Whilst in hospital, he had multiple heart attacks. He survived but his health
was permanently affected with paralysis on his left side. With his Polydor contract
now expired, he had more freedom and from early 1984 onwards, despite much reoccurring
ill health, Brian would tour the UK, Europe and Australia with his band, now under
the name of The New Sweet till his death. He also had a few reunions with original
Sweet, in the UK and the USA, but they never reunited (Sadly
Brian died from kidney-liver failure and repeated heart attacks)
b. October 5th 1945.
2000: Thomas M. Sheridan (82)
American boogie-woogie pianist born on in Clinton, Iowa, and started piano studies
at Catholic elementary school at age 10. Later, he studied classical music and
as a high school 2nd year, he formed his own orchestra. He was soon playing nearly
every night of the week, in combos at nightclubs in Clinton. In the 30s, he was
invited to join Lawrence Welk's traveling big band that specialized in dance and
"sweet" music, at that time the band traveled around the country by
car. After about 3 1/2 years on the road with Welk, he decided, for family reasons
quit the road. He formed his own band playing boogie woogie hot jazz and during
the 1950s and '60s appeared five or six times a week on WTMJ-TV. He became a household
name in the Milwaukee area and continued playing the music of contemporary composers
from motion pictures, jazz, television, Broadway shows, standards and personal
compositions until his death
b. July 13th 1917.
Sardinero (65) Spanish operatic baritone born in Barcelona, he made
his debut at the Gran Theatre del Liceu in his native city in the 1964-65 season,
as Escamillo in Carmen. He first appearance at the Teatro alla Scala was in 1967,
as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also sang at London's Covent Garden as Marcello
in La bohème in 1976 and was often heard in zarzuela. Vicente appeared
in many others around the world including in 1968, at the New York City Opera,
in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Pagliacci and in 1977, at the Metropolitan Opera,
as Marcello in La bohème (?) b.
January 12th 1937.
2003: Reuben "Ruby"
Braff (75) American jazz trumpeter and cornetist born in Boston. He
was renowned for working in an idiom derived from the playing of Louis Armstrong
and Bix Beiderbecke. He began playing in local clubs in the 1940s. In 1949, he
was hired to play with the Edmond Hall Orchestra at the Savoy Cafe of Boston.
He relocated to New York in 1953 where he was much in demand for band dates and
studio sessions. Reuben recorded with the likes of Pee Wee Russell, Ralph Sutton,
Dick Hyman, George Wein, Ellis Larkins, Scott Hamilton and Dave McKenna as well
as recording around a dozen albums as a leader (?)
2005: Tyrone Davis (66) American soul singer
born near Greenville, Mississippi; while he was working as a valet and chaffeur
for blues singer Freddie King, Tyrone started singing in local clubs where he
was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. He went to be one
of the great fathers of "Chicago Soul", with a career spanning more
than four decades, selling over 25 million records. His major hits included "Give
It Up", "This I Swear", "In The Mood" "Are You Serious"
and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (Tyrone suffered
a stroke in Sept 2004, which left him in a coma from which tragically he did not
recover) b. May 4th 1928.
Scot Halpin (54) American musician, noted for sitting in for The Who's
Keith Moon during a rock concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, when Keith
passed out over his drum kit three quarters of the way through the show. In 1973
Scot was awarded Rolling Stone magazine's "Pick-Up Player of the Year Award"
for his historic performance during this show (?)
b. February 3rd 1954.
Orlando "Cachaito" López (76) Cuban bassist; legend
has it that there are over 30 bassists in the Lopez lineage, so Orlando learnt
double bass at first on a cello and by the age of eleven he was involved with
an orchestra with his aunt. By the time he was 17 he replaced his uncle as the
bassist with Arcana y sus Maravillas. In the 1950s, he helped create the descarga
style of music, a mix between jazz-styled improvisation with Afro-Cuban rhythms,
and by '57 he was playing with the hugely popular Havana dance band, Orquesta
Riverside. In the 1960s, he became a bassist with the National Symphony, and was
also a key member of Irakere, an experimental band that combined pop, classical,
Cuban folk, African and jazz influences. He was also a member of the Buena Vista
Social Club and was the only member to appear in all of the band's recordings
from prostate surgery)
b. February 2nd 1933.
Vic Lewis (89) British jazz guitarist and bandleader; as a teenager
he played in George Shearing's band, and first toured America in 1938, where he
did recording sessions with a band that had Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, and Pee
Wee Russell among its members. Between 1941-44 he served in the Royal Air Force
at this time he recorded with Buddy Featherstonhaugh. He worked with Stephane
Grappelli during 1944-45 and with Ted Heath. Highly influenced by Stan Kenton
and other West Coast jazz artists he formed one of Britain's most admired American-sounding
jazz orchestras from 1946 and through 1950s. They recorded extensively for Parlophone,
Esquire, Decca, and Philips. By 1960 Vic was semi-retired, he occasionally recorded,
but he continued to write about jazz and went into artist management, and oversaw
the careers of photographer Robert Whitaker and the UK singer Cilla Black among
many others (?) b. July 29th
2010: Pena Branca (70) Brazilian
folk singer; Pena and his brother Xavantinho were one of the most artistic and
original duos of the contemporary "caipira". They were also innovative
by including in their repertory pieces by urban composers like Djavan, Caetano
Veloso, and Milton Nascimento. The two brothers started to sing together in 1961
on Rádio Educadora (Uberlândia, Minas Gerais). Six years later, they
moved to São Paulo. In 1980, they were heard by Renato Teixeira, who arranged
for them to record their first LP, Velha Morada, that same year. Still in 1980,
they qualified Xavantinho's "Que Terreiro É Esse?" on TV Globo's
MPB Shell Festival. Their original interpretation of Milton Nascimento/ Chico
Buarque's "O Cio da Terra" made national success in 1981 on Rolando
Boldrin's TV show Som Brasil. In 1987, their LP O Cio da Terra had the participation
of Nascimento, Tavinho Moura, and Marcus Viana, selling 300,000 copies. In 1991,
they were awarded with three Prêmios Sharp - Best Duo - Best Song for "Casa
de Barro" by Xavantinho/Moniz - Best Album for Cantadô de Mundo Afora.
The next year, Renato Teixeira & Pena Branca e Xavantinho were awarded with
a Prêmio Sharp and by the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo
(APCA) in 1999 reaching the cipher of 100,000 copies sold. . In 1993, their success
took them to international performances in the U.S. In 1999 Pena pursued a solo
career after his brother retired. (heart attack) b.
2015: Marvin David Levy (82) American
1961: Andy Gibson
(47) American jazz trumpeter, arranger,
and composer, born in Zanesville, Ohio. His associations in the 1930s include
Lew Redman, Zack Whyte, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant,
and Lucky Millinder. He quit playing in 1937 to arrange and compose full-time,
working with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet and Harry
James. He led a big band while serving in the Army from 1942-45. Following his
discharge he continued working with Charlie Barnet, but focused primarily on R&B
music. He was musical director for King Records from 195560 and recorded
four songs as a leader in 1959, which were released on a multi-artist LP on Camden
Records. As a composer, he composed "I Left My Baby", popularized by
Count Basie, "The Great Lie", and "The Hucklebuck" based on
the Charlie Parker tune "Now's the Time". (sadly
died from a heart attack)
b. November 6th 1913.
1961: Velma Middleton
(43) American jazz vocalist born
in Holdenville, Oklahoma, best-known for having sung with Louis Armstrong big
bands and small groups. She was with Louis Armstrong for most of her career, from
1942-1961. Prior to Louis she sang with Connie McLean's Orchestra, touring Sth.
Africa in 1938 and worked solo (Velma had a stroke in Africa
while on tour with Louis Armstrong and died one month later in the Hill Station
Hospital in Sierra Leone) b.
September 1st 1917.
1966: Billy Rose/William
Samuel Rosenberg (66) American
impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist, born in New York City. He is credited
with many famous songs, notably "Me and My Shadow"-1927, "It Happened
in Monterey"-1930 and "It's Only a Paper Moon"-1933. Billy was
a major force in entertainment, with shows, such as Jumbo in 1935, Billy Rose's
Aquacade, and Carmen Jones in 1943, his Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, and the Ziegfeld
Theatre from 1949 until 1955 influencing the careers of many stars. From 1959
until his death in 1966, he was also the owner-operator of the Billy Rose Theater.
During that time the theatre housed four plays, one musical, one revue, three
ballets, and twenty-nine concert performances. Billy was inducted as a member
of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (?)
b. September 6th 1899.
1975: Dave Alexander
(27) American bass player, a founder member of Iggy Pop & The Stooges.
Although he was a total novice on his instrument, he was a quick learner and also
had a hand in arranging, composing and performing all of the songs that appeared
on the band's first two albums, The Stooges and Fun House. He is often credited
by vocalist Iggy Pop and guitarist Ron Asheton in interviews with being the primary
composer of the music for the Stooges songs "We Will Fall", "Little
Doll", both on The Stooges, "1970" and "Dirt" on Fun
House (died of pulmonary edema after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis)
b. June 3rd 1947.
Arthur Edward "Uncle Art" Satherley
(96) English-American A&R
legend, producer and talent scout born in Bristol, UK. He was a pioneer of Country
music record production, "Uncle" Art was one of the most important people
in the history of Country music, he is listed in the Country Music Hall of Fame
Nashville, inducted in 1972 as "Country Music's Founding Father". Art
had emigrated to the America at the age of 24. His first real job in the record
industry was promoting 78 rpm records of Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson on
the Paramount label. By 1930, he began working for Columbia Records and soon became
one of the leading A&R men in country music. Between 1938 to 1952, Art recorded
numerous artists, including Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell,
Carl Smith, Marty Robbins, and Roy Acuff (died of natural
causes) b. October 17th 1889.
1988: Don Patterson
(51) American jazz organist, born in Columbus, Ohio; he played
piano from childhood, heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956,
he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith. In the early 1960s, he began playing
regularly with Sonny Stitt, and he began releasing material as a leader on Prestige
Records, and from 1964 with Pat Martino and Billy James as sidemen. His most commercially
successful album was 1964's Holiday Soul in 1967 (sadly
died of liver failure) b. July 22nd 1936.
1992: Jim Pepper (50) American jazz saxophonist,
composer, singer of Native American ancestry and is well remembered for his popular
recording of "Witchi-Tai-To," a peyote chant put to music. He grew up
in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s. He was a major part of one
of the first fusion groups, The Free Spirits, which recorded one album Out of
Sight and Sound in 1966. He played in the "Everything Is Everything"
band in the late '60s, and was encouraged by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to
put more of his heritage into his music. Jim worked with Cherry, Dewey Redman,
Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. He recorded with Paul Motian and Bob
Moses, and led a session apiece for Europa-1984 and Enja-1987. In his own projects,
Jim recorded with Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, Collin Walcott, Kenny Werner,
John Scofield, Hamid Drake, Ed Schuller, many others and his own band. His CD
Comin' and Goin' in '83 is the definitive statement of his unique "American
Indian jazz" with 9 songs played by four different line-ups. He also worked
with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian' s quintet, Bob Moses, Marty
Cook, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, and Amina Claudine Myers, and toured Europe
intensively throughout his career (sadly passed away from
b. June 18th 1941.
1995: Kendall Hayes (59)
American singer-song writer composer from Danville, Kentucky, who wrote
"Walk On By" made famous by Leeroy Van Dyke. Another big hit was "Don't
Give Up the Ship," recorded by Johnny Wright, and performed in Grand Ole
Opry roadshows in the 1960's. He also recorded some of his own songs in the early
60s including ''Come On Son'', ''Roaming Through The Countryside'', ''Jungle Of
Love'' and ''Thisaway Or Thataway'' (sadly
lost to liver cancer) b. 1936.
2001: George Holmes "Buddy" Tate (87)
US jazz saxophonist; player with Terence "T" Holder,
Andy Kirk, and Nat Towles, before joining Count Basie Orchestra in 1939, after
which played with Lucky Millinder; Milt Buckner Hot Lips Page; ex-Basie singer
Jimmy Rushing; led a group with Bobby Rosengarden at the Rainbow Room; co-led
a band with saxophonist Paul Quinichette at New Yorks West End Cafe; was
house bandleader at Celebrity Club, New York City, as well as having his own quintet
(cancer) b. Feb
2002: Dave Van Ronk (65) American folk singer
nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street",
best known as an important figure in New York City during the acoustic folk revival
of the 1960s, but his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht,
rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He is often associated with blues but he pointed
out at concerts that he actually had only a limited number in his repertoire.
He became known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, and he was an
early friend and supporter of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs and
Joni Mitchell, among many others. Sadly Dave died before completing work on his
memoirs, which were finished by Elijah Wald, his collaborator, and published in
2005 as The Mayor Of MacDougal Street. In 2004 a section of Sheridan Square, where
Barrow Street meets Washington Place, was renamed Dave Van Ronk Street in his
memory (died of cardio-pulmonary failure while undergoing post-operative treatment
for colon cancer) b. June 30th 1936
J Dilla/James Dewitt Yancey (32)
American Grammy Nominated record producer who emerged from the mid 1990s underground
hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. His career began slowly, but he has
now become highly regarded, most notably for the production of critically acclaimed
albums by Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. He was
a member of Slum Village for their acclaimed debut album Fantastic, Vol. 2. In
the early 2000s, his career as a solo artist began to improve; A solo album Welcome
2 Detroit was followed by a collaborative album with California producer Madlib,
Champion Sound, which catalyzed the careers of both artists. (sadly
died of the blood disease TTP) b. February 7th 1974
2011: Blanche Honegger Moyse (101)
American violinist and conductor, born in Geneva, Switzerland, where she
began the study of violin at 8 years and made her debut at the age of 16, when
she played the Beethoven violin concerto with l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
She married the pianist-flutist Louis Moyse and with his father, flutist Marcel
Moyse, formed the award-winning Moyse Trio. In 1949, she moved to Marlboro, Vermont
and helped found the Marlboro Music Festival. She also chaired the music department
at Marlboro College for the next 25 years, and founded the Brattleboro Music Center
in 1952. Her violin career ended in 1966 with an injury to her bow arm, but she
went on to become a much admired conductor of the choral works of Bach. She made
her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 78, conducting the Blanche Moyse Chorale
and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a production of Bach's Christmas Oratorio,
and she continued to conduct Bach's major choral works at annual concerts of the
New England Bach Festival well into her 90's. In 2000 Blanche was awarded the
Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award by Choral Arts New England (?)
b. September 23rd 1909.
2014: Toma Pengov
(64) Slovenian singer-songwriter, guitarist,
lutist and poet, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, then part of the Socialist Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia. He recorded his first album, Odpotovanja, in 1973. This
album is considered to be the first singer-songwriter album in former Yugoslavia,
it was reissued in 1981 in stereo; the original mono edition is very rare now
(?) b. 1949
Anne Naysmith (77) British concert pianist;
Anne studied with Harold Craxton and Liza Fuchsova at the Royal Academy of Music,
and gave a well received recital at Wigmore Hall in 1967. But she experienced
personal difficulties in the late 60s and was evicted from her house in Prebend
Gardens, Chiswick. Following her eviction Anne slept in her car for until 2002
when it was towed away following campaigning from neighbours to have it removed.
Sadly, Anne then lived into a handmade shelter next to Stamford Brook Underground
station. The Guardian newspaper noted parallels with Mary Shepherd, the subject
of Alan Bennett's 1999 play The Lady in the Van, who had also been a classical
Anne died after being hit by a truck) b. 1937
1939: Franz Schmidt (64) Austrian
composer, cellist and pianist of Hungarian descent and origin. He beat 13 other
applicants and obtained a post as cellist with the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra,
where he played until 1914. That same year he took up a professorship in piano
at the Vienna Conservatory, which had been recently renamed Imperial Academy of
Music and the Performing Arts. In 1925 he became Director of the Academy, and
from 1927 to 1931 its Rector. Franz worked mainly in large forms,
including four symphonies in 1899, 1913, 1928 and 1933 and two operas: Notre Dame
and Fredigundis. A CD recording of Notre Dame has been available for many years,
starring Dame Gwyneth Jones and James King(died
after a long illness)
b. December 22nd 1874.
1945: Al Dubin (53)
Jewish-American-Swiss lyricist born in Zurich, Switzerland
he was responsible for lyrics to several Broadway shows, perhaps
most famous for the 1933 musical film 42nd Street to the music of Harry Warren.
Other famous movies included Footlight Parade and all five Gold Diggers films.
Together, Al and Warren wrote 60 hit songs for Warner Brothers. In 1980 producer
David Merrick and director Gower Champion adapted 42nd Street into a Broadway
musical that won The Tony Award for Best Musical for 1981. In 1970 Al was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
(?) b. June 10th 1891.
1962: Leo Parker (36) American jazz saxophonist, born
in Washington, D.C;
he studied alto saxophone in high
school, and played on a recording with Coleman Hawkins in 1944. He switched to
baritone sax later that year when he joined Billy Eckstine's bebop band, playing
there until 1946. In 1945 he was a member of the "Unholy Four" of saxophonists,
with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. He played on 52nd Street in New
York with Dizzy Gillespie in 1946 and Illinois Jacquet in 1947-48, and
later recorded with Fats Navarro, Teddy Edwards, J.J. Johnson, Wardell Gray and
Sir Charles Thompson. He and Thompson had a hit with "Mad Lad". In the
1950s Leo had problems with drug abuse, which interfered with his recording career.
He made 2 comeback records for Blue Note in 1961 (Leo
sadly died of a heart attack) b. April 18th
1985: Heinz Eric Roemheld (83) American
composer, a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of 4. He graduated
from the Milwaukee College of Music at 19, and performed in theatres to earn money
to study piano in Europe. In 1920, he went to Berlin, to study and appeared in
concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Back in America, Heinz became
a prominent film composer. He scored some scenes in Gone with the Wind, including
the burning of Atlanta, although he was not credited on-screen. In 1942 he won
the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for Yankee Doodle Dandy. Among
the more than 400 other films for which he composed music were Gentleman Jim,
The Lady From Shanghai, The Invisible Man, and Shine On, Harvest Moon. He continued
writing for film for several of the major studios until the late 1950s. After
briefly working in television, he retired in 1964 to concentrate on his classical
May 1st 1901.
2003: Moses George Hogan (45)
African-American composer and arranger of choral music,
born in New Orleans. He first enrolled in Xavier University Junior School of Music.
In his second year of high school, he was accepted to New Orleans Center for Creative
Arts High School and was in its first graduating class of 1975. He was founder
and conductor of The Moses Hogan Chorale and The Moses Hogan Singers and best
known for his settings of spirituals. Hogan was a pianist, conductor and arranger
of international renown and was placed 1st in the 28th annual "Kosciuszko
Foundation Chopin Competition" in New York. His works are celebrated and
performed by high school, college, church, community, and professional choirs
and his most famous work today is The Oxford Book of Spirituals created in 2002.
died from a brain tumor) b.
March 13th 1957 .
Esmond Bernard Sayers (62) English country music 5-string
banjoist, 6 & 12-string guitarist, dobro, autoharp, mandolin & ukeleke
player, vocalist, born in Bath.
He played with the likes of Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys, The British
Blue Grass Band and for his last 30 years, he was
a member of the bluegrass group the Radio Cowboys, based in the Cambridge. Peter
was one of the first British solo artists to play the Grand Ole Opray in Nashville,
USA. He also hosted a US breakfast TV programme and worked on tour with Kitty
Wells and the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs. On his return to the UK in 1972,
Peter began Grand Ole Opry (England), which staged country shows in the Kingsway
Cinema in Newmarket. It became very popular and was on the touring schedule for
visiting Americans including Bill Monroe and Marvin Rainwater He
made several albums, of which the best known are Watermelon Summer-1976 and Bogalusa
Gumbo-1979, which was produced by the Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk
November 6th 1942.
2006: Jockey Shabalala (62) Sth
African singer born in the town of Ladysmith/eMnambithi; after moving to Durban
in 1957 to find work, Jockey's brother Joseph, founded the first incarnation of
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 with his brothers Headman and Enoch and various
other relatives. In 1974, after the success of Mambazo's first album, Joseph managed
to persuade Jockey to join the group, where he became a full-time member by the
late 1970s. In October 2004, Jockey decided to retire from international
touring to spend more time with his family, though still continued recording and
performing with the group in South Africa. It was in mid-2005 when Jockey became
so ill, when he fully retired from the group
b. November 04th 1943.
2009: Estelle Bennett
(67) US singer and member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with
her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley. The Ronettes first began performing
as the Darling Sisters and later worked as dancers at New York's Peppermint Lounge,
the epicentre of the 60s dance craze, the Twist. They first signed with Colpix,
before being signed by Phil Spector. Their recording of "Be My Baby"
reached hit No. 2 on Billboard in 1963 and was followed by a string of hits including
"Walkin' in the Rain" and "Baby I Love You". Their rendition
of "Sleigh Ride" that appeared on Spector's "A Christmas Gift for
You" album. Their last Philles single was "I Can Hear Music" in
the Ronettes break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year
2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and has rarely been
seen since. In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, she refused to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during
her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for
giving us this award. I'm Estelle of the Ronettes, thank you." (She died
in New Jersey) b. July 22nd 1941.
Irina Arkhipova (85) Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera
singer. She sang leading roles first in Russia at the Sverdlovsk Opera and the
Bolshoi Theater, and then throughout Europe and in the United States. At the height
of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time she was an international
star, interpreting both Russian and Italian repertoire. Her technique was irreproachable,
and she had great expressive power. She has been compared with Christa Ludwig.
One of her most celebrated roles is as Marfa in Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky,
as recorded with Boris Khaikin in 1972 (?)
b. January 2nd 1925.
2011: Bad News Brown/Paul
Frappier (33) Canadian
Montreal-based entertainer, musician, and
hip hop MC born in Haiti. He was well-known for pairing the sound of his harmonica,
with hip-hop beats and rhymes. He started busking in Montreal taking his signature
sound as a teenager to the
streets and subway station.
He later toured and opened for many well-known hip hop acts or as background musician.
BNB also appeared as an impromptu host in Music for a Blue Train, the 2003 documentary
about busker musicians in the Montreal Metro subway train system. In 2009, he
established his own record label Trilateral Entertainment Inc and released his
debut studio album Born 2 Sin.
The long feature film BurnRush featuring him in a leading role is premiering on
1 April 2011 (BNB
was murdered, horrifically,
he was beaten and shot to death in
Montreal) b. May 8th 1977.
2012: Whitney Houston (48) American
singer, actress and model born in Newark,
New Jersey. Inspired by prominent gospel and soul singers in her family, including
her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick and her godmother
Aretha Franklin, she began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir
at age 11. She spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs with her mother
Ciss, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with Cissy. In 1977,
aged 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's
a Party". Then in 1978, at age 15, she sang background vocals on Chaka Khan's
hit single "I'm Every Woman", a song she would later turn into a larger
hit for herself on The Bodyguard soundtrack album. She also sang back-up on albums
by Lou Rawls and >>> READ
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was found dead in her bath at the Beverly Hills Hilton in LA. Paramedics were
called, but found her unresponsive and performed CPR for about 20 minutes before
declaring her dead, cause is as yet unknown)
b. August 9th 1963.
Yoon Taek (32)
Korean singer and leader of the K-pop
boy band Ulala
Session that gained notoriety after they
won the 2011 talent show competition Superstar K3 (sadly
died after a brave battle with gastric cancer) b.
2013: Kevin Gray (54) American musical theatre
actor, he was a graduate of Duke University, and later a professor at Rollins
College until 2011 where he taught Meisner Technique Acting for Musical Theatre.
He was the youngest actor to play the title role in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
and in the U.S. national tour. Kevin also played the King of Siam, Broadway revival
of The King and I, and in the UK touring production. He played Pontius Pilate
in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat. His
TV roles include the daytime dramas Ryan's Hope and Guiding Light and the prime-time
series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent,
Miami Vice and The Equalizer. He also co-starred in the film White Hot
(sadly Kevin died of a heart attack)
b. February 25th 1958.
2013: Trevor Grills
(54) British singer and member of 10-strong male
singing group, Fisherman's Friends. The group was formed in Port Isaac, Cornwall,
and sings sea shanties. Three are fishermen, and the others are linked to the
sea through service as coastguards or lifeboatmen. They
have been performing locally since 1995, and signed a record deal with Universal
Music in March 2010. At the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Fisherman's Friends received
The Good Tradition Award for keeping folk music alive and bringing it to new audiences
9th 2013 a heavy steel
door fell while the G Live venue in Guildford was being set up for a Fisherman's
Friends show, tragically killing their tour manager Paul McMullen. Trevor suffered
serious head injuries and died in hospital two days later)
2013: Irina Maslennikova (94)
Russian opera soprano and she was also the 5th wife of Lemeshev
the tenor; she studied
1938-41 in Kiev Conservatoire in the class of Palyaev and Donets-Tesseir. From
1941 she performed at the Kiev opera making her debut as Susanna in 'Figaro',
and also sang Zerlina in 'Fra Diavolo' from 1943-60 at the Bolshoi Theatre in
Moscow making her debut as Gilda. Among her 22 roles at the Bolshoi are -
Lakme, Volkova, Snegourochka,
Antonida, Violetta, Musetta, Susanna, Juliette, Mimi. She was honored in 1957
when she was made a People's Artist of Russia (?)
Rick Huxley (72) English bassist, born in Dartford;
he joined the Dave Clark Five in 1958 and played on all of the band's hits including
"Glad All Over" and "Bits and Pieces". After the group disbanded
in 1970, he had a career in property as well as continuing to be involved in the
music business. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008
as part of the Dave
Clark Five, also in attendance
were Lenny Davidson and Dave Clark (sadly
Rick died after
suffering some time from emphysema)
b. August 5th 1940.
2014: Alice Babs/Hildur
Alice Nilson (90) Swedish singer and actress
from Kalmar, Sweden. While she worked in a wide number of genres, Swedish folklore,
Elizabethan songs and opera, but best known internationally as a jazz singer.
She was also a participant in Eurovision Song Contest 1958 and Sweden's first
entrant in the annual competition finishing in 4th place with the song "Lilla
stjärna"/"Little Star". The same year, she formed Swe-Danes
with guitarist Ulrik Neumann and violinist Svend Asmussen. The group would later
tour the USA together, before dissolving in 1965. A long and productive period
of collaboration with Duke Ellington began in 1963. Among other works, Alice participated
in performances of Ellington's second and third Sacred Concerts which the he had
originally written for her (sadly died from Alzheimer's
disease) b. January 26th 1924.
Seán Potts (83) Irish musician,
born into a very musicaL family in Drimnagh, Dublin, he was best known for his
tin whistle playing and his long history with The Chieftains from 1962 to 1979.
In November 1962, helped form The Chieftains, but briefly left the group in 1968
for a contract with Gael-Linn Records but returned to play for the band soon after.
He was primarily a whistle player, although he also played the bodhrán
and bones. After The Chieftains, he did a lot of radio work for RTE and founded
Bakerswell, with whom he undertook several fund-raising tours for NPU in the United
States. Prior to The Chieftains, he was an original member of Seán Ó
Riada's group "Ceoltoirí Chualann" (?)
1970: Ishman Bracey (69) American
blues singer and guitarist from Mississippi, considered one of the most important
early delta blues performers. With Tommy Johnson, he was the center of a small
Jackson, Mississippi group of blues musicians in the 1920s. His name is incorrectly
spelled "Ishmon" in some sources and on some records. He was an associate
of Tommy Johnson, and the pair performed together in medicine shows in the 1930s.
By the time he was "rediscovered" in the late 1950s, he had become a
preacher and a performer of religious songs (?)
b. January 9th 1901.
1976: Sal Mineo (37) American actor and singer born in the Bronx, New
York; he first became a teenage idol as a film star, best known for his performance
opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause. Among his many film rolls
he also played a Mexican boy in Giant in 1956. In 1957, Sal made a brief break
into music recording a few songs including "Start Movin' (In My Direction)",
"Lasting Love." "You Shouldn't Do That," "Little Pigeon,"
"Love Affair," and "Party Time." He also starred as drummer
Gene Krupa in the movie The Gene Krupa Story, co-starring Susan Kohner. After
which he continued with his film and TV acting career. (Tragically
he was brutally stabbed to death on the streets of West Hollywood) b.
January 10th 1939.
1983: Eubie Blake (96)
American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular
music. In 1921, he and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote the Broadway
musical Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed
by African Americans. His compositions included such hits as, "Love Will
Find A Way", "Bandana Days", "Charleston Rag", "Memories
of You", and "I'm Just Wild About Harry". He was a frequent guest
of Johnny Carson Show and Merv Griffin and continued to play and record into late
life, until his death. The musical Eubie! featured his works and opened on Broadway
in 1978 (?)
b. February 7th 1887.
Roger Patterson (22) American death metal bass player, well known for
his work in the Florida death metal band Atheist. His playing style is characterized
by its speed and complexity. Alex Webster, bassist with Cannibal Corpse, has acknowledged
Patterson as "a big influence", describing his playing on the album
Piece of Time as "phenomenal". He
joined Atheist, then known as R.A.V.A.G.E., in 1985. The band recorded their first
full-length album, Piece of Time, in 1988, which was released in 1989 in Europe,
but not in the United States until 1990. As a result, Atheist began preparing
for their next album, to which Roger contributed greatly (the band was in a tragic
car crash, sadly Roger was killed) b. 1968
1992: Andy Blakeney (94) American jazz trumpeter,
born in Quitman, Mississippi and was a fixture of the Dixieland jazz scene for
decades. He played briefly for King Oliver and Doc Cook in Chicago in 1925, before
moving to California in 1926, where he played with Sonny Clay and Reb Spikes,
including on record. He worked in Los Angeles in the 1930s with Les Hite and Lionel
Hampton, then played in Monk McFay's band in Hawaii in 1935-39 and led his own
band for a time thereafter. In 1941 he returned to the US, playing with Ceele
Burke in 1942-46, Horace Henderson in1946 and Kid Ory in 1947. Andy led his own
Dixieland outfits in California through the 1950s, but didn't record with any
of them. In the 1960s he played with the Young Men of New Orleans, in the 1970s
with the Legends of Jazz, and in the 1980s with the Eagle Brass Band. He was still
active almost up until the time of his death (?)
b. June 10th 1898.
Philip Taylor Kramer (42)
American bass guitarist for Iron Butterfly during the 70s. After which he got
a night school degree in aerospace engineering, he worked on the MX missile guidance
system for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer
industry on fractal compression, facial recognition systems, and advanced communications.
In 1990 he co-founded Total Multimedia Inc. with Randy Jackson, brother of Michael
Jackson, to develop data compression techniques for CD-ROMs. His disappearance
caused a mystery lasting four years. On February 12th 1995 he drove to LA International
Airport to pick up an investor. He spent forty-five minutes at the airport but
failed to meet the investor. Phil did make a flurry of cell phone calls, including
one to the police during which Phil said, "Im going to kill myself.
And I want everyone to know O.J. Simpson is innocent. They did it." He was
never heard from again. (On May 29th 1999, Phil's Ford Aerostar
minivan and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks
at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence
and his emergency call to the police his death was ruled as a probable suicide
committed on the day on which he was last heard) b.
July 12th 1952
2000: Andy Lewis (33) Australian
bassist with the Sydney based rock band The Whitlams. He left The Whitlams in
the late 1995, and went to Melbourne, Australia to form another band, The Gadflys.
(Andy was battling
a gambling addiction, when he sadly committed suicide)
b. June 16th 1966.
London/John Carl Kuehne (58) American bass player and sessionist; childhood
friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas, who had played with him in several working
bands, he accompanied Nesmith and then-wife Phyllis Barbour to California, to
try their luck in the Los Angeles-area music scene. When Nesmith was cast in The
Monkees, John was his stand-in on the set, and in the studios when the originally-fictitious
band began playing on their own recordings, it is John's bass lines we hear. In
late 1969, he and Nesmith, left the Monkees, to form a new group with pedal steel
guitar ace Red Rhodes and drummer John Ware. Calling themselves the First National
Band, the group signed with RCA Records. Years after the Monkees and the First
National Band, John served as key grip on several different productions, including
48 Hrs., Who Will Love My Children?, The Karate Kid, Long Time Gone, and Hudson
died in Rockport, Texas)
b. February 6th 1942
Screamin Jay Hawkins (70) American rock-blues
singer, boxing champion at 16, married nine times, spent 2 years in jail, was
temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976, and he fathered
over 75 children. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jay is famed chiefly for his powerful,
operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I
Put a Spell on You", "Feast of the Mau Mau" and "Constipation
Blues". He sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him the one of the
original shock rockers. He opened for Fats Domino, Tiny Grimes and the Rolling
Stones. This exposure in turn influenced rock groups such as Screaming Lord Sutch,
Black Sabbath, Arthur Brown, Dread Zeppelin, The Horrors, Marilyn Manson and Alice
Cooper.(He died following surgery to treat an aneurysm while in Paris, France)
b. July 18th 1929.
2000: Oliver/William Oliver
Swofford (54) American singer; his soaring
baritone was the perfect vehicle for his hit "Good Morning Starshine",
from the pop-rock musical Hair and his No.2 hit "Jean", the theme from
the Oscar-winning film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (sadly
died after battling cancer) b. Feb 22nd 1945
2005: Jewel "Sammi" Smith (61) American
country music singer and songwriter, born in Orange County, California. She is
best known for her 1971 country/pop crossover hit, "Help Me Make It Through
the Night", which was written by Kris Kristofferson. In 1972, she won a Grammy
Award for the song. She also won the title Best Female Country Vocal Performance
that year. Sammi became one of the few women in the outlaw country movement during
the 1970s. (died at home in Oklahoma City after a long illness) b.
August 5th 1943.
Campbell (63) English singer and songwriter; born in Liverpool he started
in a school band he named The Panthers supporting The Beatles in January 1962
and performed at The Cavern on numerous occasions, and one show, broadcast on
Radio Luxembourg, saw them introduced as The Kirkbys, the presenter confused their
name with their home town. The name stuck, and the group released a single, "It's
A Crime", in 1966. He next formed the psychedelic band The 23rd Turnoff,
before forming the band 'With Rockin' Horse' and launching a solo career, recording
3 albums between 1969 to 1971. Jimmy also wrote a number of songs recorded by
other artists. Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Rolf Harris
all covered songs of Campbell's (?) b.
January 5th 1944.
2007: Peggy Gilbert/Margaret
F. Knechtges (102) American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born in
Sioux City, Iowa; when she was only 7 years old, she played piano and violin with
her father's music band, she later discovered jazz music, and started to play
the saxophone. In 1933 she founded her own all-female jazz band (whose name changed
often: from "Peggy Gilbert and Her Metro Goldwyn Orchestra" to "Peggy
Gilbert and her Symphonics", etc.), in which she also performed on saxophone,
vibes, piano, and vocals. In the 1930s and 1940s Peggy and her band performed
in the most famous nightclubs in Hollywood, from the "Cotton Club" to
the "Cocoanut Grove". During this period, she also appeared in films,
toured Alaska with a USO troupe, and began to be an advocate for women musicians.
After a difficult period following World War II, in the 1950s she had success
on radio and television programs. In 1974, at 69 years old, she created her last
great all-girl band, "The Dixie Belles," with other accomplished musicians
from vaudeville and the Big Band era. The group performed with great acclaim on
TV and at jazz festivals, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"
and in the 1980 Rose Bowl Parade, among many other engagements. In 1985 the band
recorded the album "Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles", which is
available on CD from Cambria Master Recordings (?)
b. January 17th 1905.
Coleman Mellett (34) American jazz guitarist with Chuck Mangione's
Grammy award winning jazz band, he joined the band in 1999. In 2007 he released
his first solo album "Natural High" (He had been
scheduled to play with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on February
13th but was killed the night before in the crash of Continental Connection Flight
3407 with fellow band member, Gerry Niewood) b. May
2009: Gerry Niewood (65)
American jazz saxophonist; he first joined Chuck Mangione's band in 1968. He was
with Chuck through to 1976 and appeared on most of his famous records, adding
a strong jazz flavor to the music. He had a post-bop quartet with Dave Samuels
from 1976-77, led the Sunday Morning Jazz Band in the early '80s and played with
Joe Beck a few years later. He also played with Simon and Garfunkel in their 1981
Concert in Central Park. But he mostly worked in the studios and freelanced until
rejoining Chuck in the mid-1990s (He had
been scheduled to play with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on
February, Friday 13th but was killed the night before in the crash of Continental
Connection Flight 3407 together with fellow band member, Coleman Mellet)
b. April 6th 1943.
2009: Mat Mathews/Mathieu
Schwartz (84) Dutch jazz accordionist; learned to play music during
the Nazi occupation, he was inspired to play jazz when he heard a radio broadcast
of Joe Mooney and played with The Millers in Holland from 1947 before moving to
New York City in 1952 where formed a quartet which included Herbie Mann. He also
played with Art Farmer, Julius Watkins, Joe Puma, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce,
Dick Katz, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke. He also played with Carmen McRae in
1954-55. In 1956 he played in the group The 4 Most with Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Hank
Jones and Mundell Lowe as well as making appearances on television variety shows
such as Garry Moore's, Jack Paar's, and Arthur Godfrey's. In
the very late 50s and into the 1960s he worked mainly as a studio musician, until
1964 when he moved back to the Netherlands. There he continued his work in studios
as an arranger and producer, and recorded less as a player (?)
b. June 18th 1924.
2012: Adrian Foley, 8th Baron
Foley (88) British peer, composer and pianist.
He succeeded to his title at the age of three. He composed music for the films
Piccadilly Incident-1946 and Bond Street-1947. He also appeared on an episode
of the American game show, To Tell the Truth in 1957 (?)
b. August 9th 1923.
2013: Kurt Redel (94) German
flutest and conductor, born in Breslau, Silesia, later moved to Wroclaw, Poland.
He studied flute, violin, conducting, and composition, also music history and
piano at the Breslau Conservatory. He worked as a solo flutist for the Meininger
Landeskapelle 1938-39, Salzburg Mozarteum 1939-41, where he was also awarded a
professorship, and Bavarian State Orchestra/Opera 1941-45. Between 1946 and 1953-56
he taught at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold. In 1953 he founded
the (Munich) Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra with
which he made numerous recordings of works of Baroque, Classical and later periods.
He founded also the Lourdes Festival and was its director for 20 years
(?) b. 8 October 1918.
2014: Santiago Feliú/Santiago
Vicente Feliú Sierra (51) Cuban songwriter
and singer; born in Havana, he became part of the musical movement known as nueva
trova, which was the Cuban manifestation of the nueva canción movement
and included such singers as Frank Delgado and Carlos Varela. Santiago wrote the
songs including "For Barbara" and "Without Julieta" and recorded
11 albums. He released his last album, Oh Life, in 2010.
(sadly Santigago died from a heart attack) b. March 29th 1962.
John-Edward Kelly (56) American conductor and saxophonist
Dondeyne (93) French composer
2015: Sam Andrew
lll (73) American guitarist born in Taft, CA,
but having a military father he moved a great deal as a child. His early influences
were Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard and by the time he was seventeen
living in Okinawa, he already had his own band, called the "Cool Notes",
and his own weekly TV show, an Okinawan version of American Bandstand. He attended
the University of San Francisco, and became involved with the San Francisco folk
music scene of the early 1960s. However it was not until he returned from over
a year in Paris and almost a year in Germany, that he met Peter Albin at 1090
Page Street. After playing together at Albin's home, Sam suggested they form a
band. They found guitarist James Gurley and drummer Chuck Jones, and Big Brother
and the Holding Company
was formed >>>
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Sam died from complications after open heart surgery due to a earlier heart attack)
b. December 18th 2015.
2015: Mosie Lister (93)
American gospel music singer-songwriter,
born in Cochran, Georgia; hejoined the Navy in World War II, after which he enrolled
in Middle Georgia College where he studied harmony, arranging, piano and organ.
He was best known for writing the Gospel songs Where No One Stands Alone,
Long Has It Been?, Then I Met the Master and
Till the Storm Passes By. By 2014, his songs catalog was over 700
in numbers, and 1000s more in arrangements. As a singer, he was an original member
in The Statesmen Quartet, the Sunny South Quartet, and the Melody Makers. In 1976
Mosie was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Southern Gospel
Music Association in 1997. His songs have been recorded by nearly every Southern
Gospel artist (?) b.
September 8th 1921.
2015: Steve Strange/Steven
singer, born in New Bridge, Caerphilly where he went to Newbridge Grammar School.
After going to a Sex Pistols concert at the Castle Cinema in Caerphilly in 1976,
he befriended the bass player Glen Matlock. He then began to arrange gigs for
punk bands in his home town and befriended Jean Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers
before leaving for London where he worked for Malcolm McLaren and co-founded the
Blitz Club in Soho, central London, which would become a focal point for the New
Romantic movement. Steve also formed a punk band called The Moors Murderers with
Soo Catwoman. They recorded a song called "Free Hindley" but split early
1978, when he
briefly joined the punk/new wave band The Photons, before forming Visage later
(sadly Steve died from a heart attack while on holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt)
b. May 28th 1959.
1974: Ustad Amir Khan (61)
Indian classical singer born in Indore, he is considered one of the
most influential figures in Hindustani classical music, and the founder of the
Indore Gharana. His unique style, known as the Indore Gharana, blends the spiritual
flavor and grandeur of dhrupad with the ornate vividness of khayal. He also helped
popularize the tarana. Besides singing in concerts, Amir Khan also sang film songs
in ragas, most notably for the films Baiju Bawra, Kshudhita Pashan, Shabaab, and
Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje. He also sang a ghazal Rahiye Ab Aisi Jagah for a documentary
on Ghalib. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1967 and the Padma
Bhushan in 1971 (tragically Ustad died in a car accident
in Calcutta) b. August 16th 1912.
1976: Lily Pons (77) French-born soprano born in Draguignan near Cannes,
later moving to America. She was a principal soprano at the Met for 30 years,
appearing 300 times in ten roles from 1931-1960. Her most frequent performances
were as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville-33 performances, Lucia-93 performances,
Lakmé-50 performances, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto-49 performances, and.
In 1944 during WW II, she canceled her work in New York and instead toured with
the USO, entertaining troops with her singing. Her husband Andre Kostelanetz directed
a band composed of American soldiers as accompaniment to her voice. The pair performed
at military bases in North Africa, Italy, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, India
and Burma in 1944. In 1945, the tour continued through China, Belgium, France
and Germanya performance near the front lines. Returning home, she toured
the U.S., breaking attendance records in cities such as Milwaukee at which 30,000
attended her performance on July 20, 1945. (sadly
died of pancreatic cancer) b. April 12th 1898.
Spiegelman (56) American
singer, born in Seneca Falls, New York; he was a founding member of The Hilltoppers,
a trio formed at Western Kentucky State College, now Western Kentucky University,
by himself and his friends Donald McGuire and Jimmy
Sacca. They later added a pianist, Billy Vaughn. In 1952 they released
"Trying," which reached No.7 in the charts. This was followed by hits
including "P.S. I Love You," which sold over one million copies, and
was awarded a gold disc. (?) b.
October 1st 1930.
1993: Patrick Waite (23) British bassist, singer and a founder member
of Musical Youth. During the autumn of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling
singles of the year in "Pass the Dutchie". The record went to No. 1
in the UK Singles Chart in October 1982. It went on to sell over four million
copies, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. A U.S. Top 10 placing also followed
in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The accompanying video made them the first black
artists to be played on MTV. Other hits include "Youth Of Today", "Never
Gonna Give You Up", "Heartbreaker" and "Tell Me Why".
They received another Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy
Awards of 1984 (sadly Patrick died of a hereditary heart
condition) b. May 16th 1968.
1997: Michael Menson (30)
Ghanaian MC; he had five hit singles during the 1980s including "Street
Tuff", and "Just Keep Rockin'", with his group Double Trouble (died
horrifically from complications and two heart attacks caused by 30% burns sustained
in a racist attack, when three men set him on fire)
1998: Thomas Chapin
(40) American composer and saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist; born
in 1957 in Manchester, Connecticut, he studied with Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffrey
at Rutgers University. Thomas was primarily an alto saxophonist, but he also played
sopranino saxophone and various flutes. From 1981 to 1986 he toured with the jazz
great Lionel Hampton as lead saxophonist and musical director of the band. He
also performed with Chico Hamiltons band from 1988 to 1989. Most of his
recordings as a leader, featured his trio with drummer Michael Sarin and bassist
Mario Pavone, and sometimes featuring guests, recording 15 albums in all, including
Sky Piece and Night Bird Song, the last releases with his trio. He also played
and recorded with the likes of Michael Blake, Anthony Braxton, Mario Pavone, Tom
Varner, Misako Kano, John McCracken, Medeski Martin, Ned Rothenberg, and Machine
Gun (Thomas sadly died of leukemia)
b. March 9th 1957.
Waylon Jennings (64) American country
music singer, songwriter, and musician. He rose to prominence as a bassist for
Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. He escaped death in the February
3, 1959, plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P.
"The Big Bopper" Richardson, when he gave up his seat to Richardson
who had been sick with the flu. By the 1970s, he had become associated with so-called
"outlaws," an informal group of musicians who worked outside of the
Nashville corporate scene. A series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late
'70s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies
Grow Up to Be Cowboys." In 1979, he recorded the theme song for the hit television
show The Dukes of Hazzard, and also served as the narrator, "The Balladeer",
for all seven seasons of the show. He continued to be active in the recording
industry, forming the group The Highwaymen with Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris
Kristofferson. Waylon released his last solo studio album in 1998. In 2001, he
was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (sadly
died in his sleep from diabetic complications)
b. June 15th 1937.
Roger Voisin (89) French born trumpet player; he moved to America
as a child when his father, René Voisin was brought to the Boston Symphony
as 4th trumpet in 1928. Roger studied with the Boston Symphony's second trumpet
Marcel LaFosse and principal trumpet Georges Mager. He also studied solfege with
Boston Symphony contrabassist Gaston Dufresne. He is credited with premiere performances
of many major works for trumpet including Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trumpet
and Piano, and Alan Hovhannes' Prayer of St. Gregory. He is also credited with
the US premiere of Alexander Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto, performing with the
Boston Pops Orchestra in 1966. Leroy Anderson's A Trumpeter's Lullaby was written
especially for Roger in 1949, and first recorded with Arthur Fiedler conducting
Roger and the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1950. He has also been involved with many
early recordings and performances of both solo and orchestral works including
J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2, Béla Bartók's Concerto for
Orchestra, Aaron Copland's Quiet City, Joseph Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet in
Eb, Alexander Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy, Georg Philipp Telemann's Concerto
for Trumpet in D, and Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets in C. He became
chair of the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) brass and percussion department
in 1950 and was the primary trumpet teacher at NEC for nearly 30 years. In 1975
he became a full professor at Boston University, teaching trumpet and chairing
the wind, percussion and harp department until his retirement in 1999(?)
b. June 26th 1918.
2008: Henri Salvador (90) French singer andguitar
player, born in Cayenne, French Guiana. He taught himself the guitar by imitating
Django Reinhardt's recordings, and was to work alongside him in the 1940s. He
recorded several songs written by Boris Vian with Quincy Jones as arranger. He
played many years with Ray Ventura et Ses Collégiens where he used to sing,
dance and even play comedy on stage. He also appearances in movies such as "Nous
irons à Monte-Carlo", "Nous irons à Paris" and "Mademoiselle
s'amuse". In 2005, Henri was awarded the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit.
was also a commander of the French Légion d'honneur and of the National
Order of Merit. In 2007 he released "Reverence" on V2 Records which
features Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. He then went on to perform the track
La Vie C'est La Vie from the album Reverence on the BBC program Later
Jools Holland, which aired on May 4th 2007 (?)
b. July 18th 1917.
John Lamb Reed OBE (94) English actor, dancer
and singer, known for his nimble performances in the principal comic roles of
the Savoy Operas, and has been called "the last great exponent" of the
Gilbert and Sullivan comedy roles. John performed as a baritone with the D'Oyly
Carte Opera Company between 1951 and 1979. His featured roles with the company
were: Cox in "Cox And Box" The Associate in "Trial by Jury"
The Judge in "Trial by Jury" Mr Wells in "The Sorcerer" Sir
Joseph in "H.M.S. Pinafore" Major-General in "The Pirates of Penzance"
Major Murgatroyd in "Patience" Bunthorne in "Patience" Lord
Chancellor in "Iolanthe" Gama in "Princess Ida" Ko-Ko in "The
Mikado" Robin Oakapple in "Ruddigore" 2nd Citizen in "The
Yeomen of the Guard" Jack Point in "The Yeomen of the Guard" Antonio
and Annibale in "The Gondoliers" The Duke of Plaza Toro in "The
Gondoliers" Scaphio in "Utopia, Ltd." Rudolph in "The Grand
Duke". John also recorded for Decca the following of his roles: Judge; Wells;
Sir Joseph (twice); Major-General; Bunthorne; Lord Chancellor (twice); Gama; Ko-Ko;
Robin; Jack Point; Duke; Scaphio; Rudolph. John toured the UK, America, Australia
and New Zealand with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and was awarded the O.B.E.
in 1977. He returned to the D'Oyly Carte in 1981/2 as a guest artiste (sadly
died from a stroke) b. 13 February 1916.
2011: Manuel Esperón González (99)
Mexican composer and songwriter born in Mexico City.
He wrote many songs for Mexican films, including "Cocula" and "Ay
Jalisco No Te Rajes" for the film 'De tal palo tal astilla', and "Amor
con Amor Se Paga" for 'Hay un niño en su futuro'. Other of his songs
have become Latin standards such as ''Yo Soy Mexicano'', ''Noche Plateada'' and
''No Volveré'' which was used in the first episode of the 2001 soap opera
El juego de la vida. Among other performers, Chavela Vargas, Pedro Infante, Los
Panchos, and Jorge Negrete have made his songs well-known. Manual's fame in the
USA derives from when his song The Three Caballeros was used in the Disney film
The Three Caballeros in 1944. In 1989 he was
awarded the Premier National Prize of Mexico for Art and Traditional Culture and
in 2001, he was given a tribute at the Palace of Fine Arts in the historical center
of Mexico City. He was the honorary president for life of the Society of Authors
and Composers of Mexico (sadly
Manuel died from respiratory arrest) b. August 3rd
2012: Russell Arms (92)
American singer, born in Berkeley, CA; he began his career
on radio, moving up to minor screen roles during World War II as a contract player
with Warner Brothers and later he appeared in supporting roles in both feature
films and television. From 1952-57, he was
a vocalist on Your Hit Parade, an NBC TV series that reviewed the popular songs
of the day and a regular cast of vocalists performed the top 7 songs of the week.
He was well-known for his 1957 hit single, "Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)",
which stayed in the charts for 15 weeks, peaking at No.22 and released an album,
"Where Can A Wanderer Go", in 1957. Russell authored an autobiography
in 2005, My Hit Parade ... and a Few Misses (?)
b. February 3rd 1920.
2012: Jodie Christian (80)
American jazz pianist, noted for bebop and free jazz, born in Chicago, Illinois.
He was one of the co-founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative
Musicians (AACM) along with pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, drummer Steve
McCall, and composer Phil Cohran. He and Abrams were also part of the Experimental
Band. He worked at Chicago's Jazz Showcase club, and performed with Eddie Harris,
Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Roscoe Mitchell, and Buddy Montgomery.
Jodie recorded both as a sideman from 1958-95 and leader 1991-2000
(?) b. February 2nd 1932.
Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz (74) Indian
Sufi musician, the last known master of Kashmiri Sufiyana Music in the world and
was able to play all five instruments - santoor, sitar, tabla, saz-e-Kashmir and
madham - used in Sufiyana orchestra known as 'Panjhatheyar'. He opened a school
to teach his genre of music, although it did not attract many students from Kashmir
because of religious and social prejudice. His contribution to music was acknowledged
at the highest level through the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the J&K State
Award among others and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013. (?) b.
2014: King Kester
Emeneya/Jean Emeneya Mubiala Kwamambu (57) Congolese singer,
born in Kikwit; as a student of political science at the University of Lubumbashi
in 1977, King Kester joined the band Viva La Musica. After achieving success with
several popular songs, he became the most popular African singer in the 1980s
and created his own band, Victoria Eleyson on December 24th 1982. He was the first
central African musician to incorporate electronic instruments, synthesizers,
in his album entitled Nzinzi which sold over 1 million copies. In 1997, after
a seven-year absence, King Kester returned to Congo. Nearly 80,000 people attended
the first concert after his return, which was a record-setting feat according
to the Congolese media. He has more than 1000 songs to his credit and has performed
on five continents (King Lester died in France where he
had made his home in 1997) b. November 23rd 1956.
2014: Marty Thau (75)
American rock and roll entrepreneur and music producer, he was raised in
New York City and attended New York University, 1956-1960. He was best known as
the founder of Red Star Records in 1977, arguably America's first full-fledged
post '60s indie punk punk / new wave label and for being the manager of the New
York Dolls and co-producer of Suicide's classic self-titled debut album. In addition
to the Dolls, he worked with prominent punk and new wave artists such as The Ramones,
Blondie, Brian Setzer, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Real Kids, The Fleshtones,
Martin Rev and Walter Steding for his Red Star label. (sadly
Marty died due to complications from from renal failure) b.
December 7th 1938
John McCabe (75) British composer and pianist;
born in Liverpool,
a prolific composer from an early age, he had written thirteen symphonies by the
time he was eleven. His adult works include seven
symphonies, a number of ballets, string quartets and solo instrumental music (particularly
for the piano). He has also written numerous concerti, including four for his
own instrument, the piano (196676), three for one or two violins (1959,
1980, 2003) as well as concerti for viola (1962), harpsichord (1968), oboe d'amore
(1972), clarinet (1977), orchestra (1982), trumpet (1987) and flute (1990), and
double concertos for viola and cello (1965) and clarinet and oboe (1988). He served
as principal of the London College of Music from 1983 to 1990, and had a long-lasting
association with the Presteigne Festival.
He also wrote guides to the music of Haydn, Bartók
and Rachmaninov, and a book on contemporary English composer Alan Rawsthorne
(?) b. April
1943: Dora Gerson
(43) Jewish German cabaret singer and motion picture
actress of the silent film era. Born in Berlin she began her career as a touring
singer and actress in the Holtorf Tournee Truppe alongside actor Mathias Wieman
in Germany. In 1920, Dora was cast to appear in the successful film adaptation
of the Karl May penned novel Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses/On the Brink
of Paradise and later followed that same year in another May adaptation entitled
Die Todeskarawane/Caravan of Death. In 1933 when the Nazi Party came to power
in Germany, she was stripped of rights and blacklisted from performing in "Aryan"
films. Dora began recording music for a small Jewish record company and also began
recording in the Yiddish language during this time, and the 1936 song "Der
Rebe Hot Geheysn Freylekh Zayn" became highly regarded by the Jews of Europe
in the 1930s. Her best remembered recordings from this era were the songs "Backbord
und Steuerbord" and "Vorbei" /Beyond Recall, which was an emotional
ballad, subtlely memorializing a Germany before the rise of the Nazi Party. In
1936, Dora relocated with relatives to the Netherlands, fleeing Nazi persecution.
Germany invaded the Netherlands, Dora and her family were seized trying to flee
to Switzerland, a neutral nation in World War II Europe (Cruelly
killed with her family at Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland)
b. March 23rd 1899
(60) American jazz drummer born in New Orleans, Louisiana
gained his reputation as a top young drummer in New Orleans, then worked on Mississippi
River steamship bands with a young Louis Armstrong. True or not, it is said that
Baby Dodds revolutionized the drum kit by inventing the floor bass or "kick
drum". He moved to California in 1921 to work with Joe "King" Oliver
there, and followed Oliver to Chicago, which became his base of operations. He
recorded with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Hodes, and his brother Johnny
Dodds. In the late 1940s he worked at Jimmy Ryan's in New York City. On some of
his trips back to New Orleans, he recorded with Bunk Johnson (?) b.
December 24th 1898.
1986: Edmund Rubbra (85)
English Composer born in Northampton, he composed both instrumental
and vocal works for soloists, chamber groups and full choruses and orchestras.
It is a measure of the high esteem in which he was held in the 1940s, that his
Sinfonia Concertante and his song Morning Watch were played alongside such works
as Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Kodály's Missa Brevis and Vaughan Williams's
Job, at the 1948 Three Choirs Festival (?)
b. May 23rd
1988: Frederick Loewe
(86) Austrian-American composer, born in Berlin; an early age he learned
to play piano by ear and and he began composing songs at age seven. He eventually
attended a music conservatory in Berlin. He began to visit the Lambs Club, a hangout
for theater performers, producers, managers, and directors. There, he met Alan
J. Lerner in 1942. Their first collaboration of many, was a musical adaptation
of Barry Connor's farce The Patsy, called Life of the Party, for a Detroit stock
company. It enjoyed a nine-week run and encouraged the duo to join forces with
Arthur Pierson for What's Up?, which opened on Broadway in 1943. It ran for 63
performances and was followed two years later by The Day Before Spring. Lerner
and Loewe's My Fair Lady first appeared in 1956. The partnership won the Tony
Award for Best Musical. MGM took notice and commissioned them to write the film
musical Gigi in 1958, which won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Freerick
was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (?)
b. June 10th 1901
1989: Vincent Crane/Vincent
Rodney Cheesman (45) English keyboardist born in Reading, Berkshire,
influenced by Graham Bond, in 1967 he teamed up with Arthur Brown in The Crazy
World Of Arthur Brown. Their self-titled album in 1968 contained the song "Fire",
a chart-topping hit single in the UK, Canada, and the US, with Vincent's organ
on the leads. The
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown practically dissolved on tour in the U.S.A., when
Crane and drummer Carl Palmer left to form Atomic Rooster in late 1969. They enjoyed
success in 1971 with two hit singles, "Tomorrow Night", and "Devil's
Answer". He collaborated with other musicians on a number of albums, including
Rory Gallagher in 1971, Arthur Brown's Faster Than The Speed Of Lightin in 1979,
Peter Green, Richard Wahnfried and Dexys Midnight Runners in 1985. In 1983 he
was part of the one-off blues outfit, Katmandu, with Ray Dorset and Green, who
recorded the album A Case For The Blues (died
of an overdose of painkillers after a brave fight against manic-depression)
b. May 21st 1943.
Peter Knigge (39) German singer-songwriter
born in Hamburg, he had his first chart hit in '77 with "Tanze Samba mit
Mir"/"Dance the Samba With Me", which became a hit in Germany and
Austria, peaking at No.4 in the German charts. In 1979 he participated with the
title "Zuviel Tequila, zuviel schöne Mädchen"/"Too Much
Tequila, Too Many Beautiful Girls"/ in the German finals for the Eurovision
Song Contest and the song finished in 9th place. Between 1975 and 1984, he performed
11 times on the popular German music TV program ZDF-Hitparade. In 2000, his single
"Tanze Samba mit Mir" was prominently featured in the Teddy Award-winning
François Ozon directed film Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (AIDS)
b. February 24th 1951.
Taiguara/Taiguara Chalar da Silva (50)
Brazilian singer, guitarist and pianist, born in
Montevideo, Uruguay when his father toured the country as a musician. In 1964,
he joined the Sambalanço Trio and later in 1965, he recorded his first
of several albums, and in the following years won many awards. Due to his political
views in the 70s, he left Brazil settling in London UK, then Tanzania and other
countries in Africa before returning to his home country in the 80s. Taiguara
was one of the most censored Brazilian artists to date, having close to 100 songs
vetoed throughout his career. Some of his biggest hits were "Universo No
Teu Corpo", "Teu Sonho Não Acabou", "Viagem",
"Berço de Marcela", "Que as Crianças Cantem Livres",
"Hoje", "Amanda", "Carne e Osso", "Geração
70" and "Mudou" (bladder cancer)
b. February 14th 1945
1999: Buddy Knox (65) American singer, guitarist;
the first artist of the rock & roll era to write and record his own number
one hit, 1957's million-selling classic "Party Doll", a pioneer of the
Lone Star State rockabilly sound that would later earn the name "Tex-Mex".
"Gypsy Man" hit the Nashville charts in 1968, it proved his final chart
hit. Buddy ultimately relocalated to Vancouver, opening a nightclub called the
Purple Steer and toured extensively throughout the 1970s and 1980s (lung
cancer) b. July 20th
2002: Mick Tucker (54) English
drummer, born in Harlseden, London; In 1965, Mick and vocalist Ian Gillan formed
a soul band Wainwright's Gentlemen; Brian Connolly replaced Ian. Mick and Brian
left Wainwright's Gentlemen in 1968 to form another band, calling themselves The
Sweetshop before changing the name to Sweet, which became one of the main glam
rock acts in the 1970s. During the early years of 1971 and 1972, Sweet's musical
style followed a marked progression from the bubblegum style of the first hit,
"Funny Funny", to a Who influenced heavy rock style supplemented by
a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals. The band achieved notable success
in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block
Buster" in 1973 topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two
hits in "Hell Raiser" and "The Ballroom Blitz" both in 1973
and "Teenage Rampage" in 1974. Their first self-written and produced
single "Fox on the Run" in 1975 also reached number two on the UK charts.
Sweet extensively toured the US and had a strong following in America (passed
away after a long and brave battle with leukaemia) b.
July 17th 1947.
2002: Günter Wand (90)
German orchestra conductor and composer
born in Elberfeld and studied in Wuppertal, Allenstein
and Detmold. At the Cologne conservatory, he was a composition student with Philipp
Jarnach and a piano student with Paul Baumgartner. He was a conducting pupil of
Franz von Hoesslin in Munich, but was otherwise largely self-taught as a conductor.
During his 65 years long career as a conductor, he was honoured with many significant
awards, including the German Record Award and the internationally important Diapason
also composed music, mostly songs with orchestral accompaniment and music for
ballet. One composition was his concertino "Odi et amo", for soprano
and chamber orchestra, which Wand wrote for his wife, the soprano Anita Westhoff
(?) b. January 7th 1912.
2006: Shoshana Damari (87) Israeli singer
and actress; in 1945, she joined Li-La-Lo, a revue theatre founded by impresario
Moshe Wallin. She became known for her distinctive husky voice and Yemenite pronunciation.
Her first record was released in 1948 and her best known song was Kalaniyot (Anemones).
Shoshana was especially popular among Israeli soldiers, for whom she frequently
the mid-1980s, she teamed up with Boaz Sharabi for a duet that brought her back
into the limelight. She was awarded the Israel Prize in 1988 for Hebrew song and
a Life Achievement Award by the Israeli Composers and Publishers Association in
1995. In 2005, aged 82, she recorded two tracks for the Mimaamakim album by Idan
Raichel's Project and participated in some of their live performances (sadly
died after a brief bout of pneumonia) b.
2006: Lynden David Hall (31) British
singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer; in 1999, he was the first UK performer
ever voted "Best Male Artist" by the readers of Britain's Blues &
Soul magazine. His debut album, Medicine 4 My Pain, as well as the singles "Do
I Qualify" and "Sexy Cinderella", had an instant appeal to soul
fans in the UK and elsewhere, but it was not until his work got the remix treatment
that he got his big breakthrough. Lynden appeared in the film Love Actually in
2003, where he sang at the wedding of the characters played by Keira Knightley
and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Two years later, he released his third studio album In Between
died of Hodgkin's lymphoma)
b. May 7th 1974.
Morris (86) British flautist
born in Clevedon, Somerset, began to play the flute when he was 12, and studied
privately with Robert Murchie. At 18 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy
of Music. During World War II he joined the Royal Air Force and was principal
flute in the RAF Symphony Orchestra. Gareth was the principal flautist of a number
of London orchestras including the Boyd Neel Orchestra before joining the Philharmonia
Orchestra, where he was the principal flautist for 24 years and Professor of the
Flute at the Royal Academy of Music from 1945 to 1985. He was known for using
wooden flutes, at a time when most other players had switched to using metal flutes
b. May 13th 1920.
Bellson/Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni (84) Italian-American
jazz drummer; at the age of 15, he pioneered the double-bass drum set-up, at 17,
he triumphed over 40,000 drummers to win the Slingerland National Gene Krupa contest.
He performed and/or recorded around 200 albums as a leader, co-leader or sideman
with such renowned musicians and leaders such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Norman Granz' J.A.T.P.,
Benny Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Dizzy
Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Milt
Jackson, Clark Terry, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Eddie "Lockjaw"
Davis, Shelly Manne, Billy Cobham, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett,
Pearl Bailey, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and film composer
John Williams. In 1952 he married actress-singer Pearl Bailey, a marriage of 40
years, he was also Pearl's musical director. Louie has performed in virtually
every capital city around the world, and among his numerous accolades, he had
been voted into the Halls of Fame for both Modern Drummer magazine and the Percussive
Arts Society, Yale University named him a Duke Ellington Fellow in 1977, he received
an honorary Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1985 and in January
1994, he received the prestigious American Jazz Masters Award from the National
Endowment for the Arts, a U.S. federal agency. (died unexpectedly
while convalescing after breaking
a hip) b. July 6th 1924.
2010: Doug Fieger (57) American singer-songwriter
and guitarist Doug Fieger were born and raised in Oak Park, Michigan, a northern
suburb of Detroit, and attended Oak Park High School. While still at school he
sang lead and played bass in the group Sky, eventually recording two albums in
1970 and 1971. Doug also played bass guitar in the German progressive rock band
Triumvirat for a short period in 1974. After which he founded the New Wave rock
quartet The Knack based in Los Angeles that rose to fame with their first single,
"My Sharona", an international No.1 hit. "My Sharona" spent
six consecutive weeks at No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1979 and was the biggest
hit of the year. The follow-up hit was "Good Girls Don't" which stopped
one notch short of the Top 10 peaking at No.11, and Get The Knack spent
five straight weeks at No.1 and eventually sold 3 million copies in the United
States - 6 million globally. In addition to performing, Doug also produced the
Rubber City Rebels debut album for Capitol Records and another album for the Los
Angeles-based band, Mystery Pop (Doug sadly
died after a fight with cancer) b.
August 20th 1952.
2011: Sir George Shearing
(91) British-American jazz pianist, born
in Battersea, London, UK,
influenced by Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller he started
out performing at a local pub, the Mason's Arms in Lambeth, playing piano and
accordion and also joined an all-blind band during that time. He made his first
BBC radio appearance during this time after befriending Leonard Feather, with
whom he started recording in 1937. In 1940, he joined Harry Parry's popular band
and contributed to the comeback of Stéphane Grappelli. George won 7 consecutive
Melody Maker polls during this time. In 1947 he emigrated to America and for many
years led a popular jazz Quintet which recorded for MGM Records and Capitol Records.
The composer of over 300 titles, George has had multiple albums on the Billboard
charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s including Souvenirs,
Touch of Genius, Black Satin, Beauty and the Beat!,
On the Sunny Side of the Strip, Jazz Moments, The Many Facets of George Shearing,
A Vintage Year-Concord Jazz, Breakin' Out,
Two for the Road and so many more. He
has collaborated with singers including Carman McRae, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson,
Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, John
Pizzarelli, Ernestine Anderson,
Dakota Staton, Michael Feinstein
and most notably Mel Tormé.
He became known for a piano technique known as Shearing's voicing, a type of double
melody block chord, with an additional fifth part that doubles the melody an octave
lower. He credited the Glenn Miller Orchestra's reed section of the late 1930s
and early 1940s as an important influence. His
interest in classical music resulted in some performances with concert orchestras
in the '50s and '60s, and his solos often drew upon music of Debussy and, particularly,
Erik Satie and Frederick Delius for inspiration. George has performed at the Royal
Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and for U.S. Presidents:
Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. In 1978, he received the Horatio
Alger Award for Distinguished Americans and honoured with 2 Grammys: An Evening
with George Shearing & Mel Tormé-1983 and Top Drawer-1984. In 1993,
received the Ivor Novello Awards for Lifetime Achievement; in 1996, was included
in the Queens Birthday Honours List and was invested by Queen Elizabeth II at
Buckingham Palace as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his "service
to music and Anglo-US relations"; in 1998, received the first American Music
Award by the National Arts Club, New York City; in 2003, he received the "Lifetime
Achievement Award" from BBC Jazz Awards and in 2007, was knighted for services
to music (sadly
George died of heart failure) b. August
Lillman aka Otus (38) Finnish multi-musician,
born in Helsinki, best known as the drummer of the band Lordi. He started playing
the drums aged nine and started performing live at age 14. Apart from drums and
bass guitar, his primary instruments, he also played the keyboards and guitar.
Prior to his death, he was also involved in the bands Kylähullut, Vanguard
and 3rror. Tonmi has appeared on several albums, as a studio musician for bands
such as Reflexion, Twilight Ophera, and provided the drum work for the Guitar
Heroes -album. Recently Tonmi has distinguished himself as a studio engineer,
mixing and recording such bands as Beherit, Bloodride, Chainhill, D-Creation,
Exsecratus, Fierce, Fear Of Domination, Heorot, In Silentio Noctis, Laava, Lie
in Ruins, MyGRAIN, Rage My Bitch, Raivopäät, Roo, Rujo, Rytmihäiriö,
Saattue, Serene Decay, Trauma, Vapaat Kädet and V-For Violence (cause
of death is still unknown) b. June
Previn/Dorothy Veronica Langan (86) American singer-songwriter
and lyricist born in Rahway, New Jersey. She worked as an actress and a
dancer until she began writing songs and landed a job at film studio MGM, where
she was assigned to work with Andre Previn. She married Andre in 1959 and they
were nominated for their first Oscar two years later, for the song Faraway Part
of Town. The pair were nominated again two years later, this time for Second Chance
from the Robert Mitchum film Two for the Seesaw and
they worked together on the theme to 1967's Valley of the Dolls.
pair also wrote independently for the likes of Doris Day and Jack Jones, while
Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra recorded some of their soundtrack work. Following
her divorce, in 1970, Dory
recorded such albums as Mythical
Kings and Iguanas and Reflections in a Mud Puddle/Taps Tremors and
Time Steps in 1971, and Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign
in 1972 and she received a third Oscar nomination for Come Saturday Morning, a
song she co-wrote for Alan J Pakula's debut feature Pookie. Award success came
at last in 1983, when she received an Emmy for co-writing the theme song to TV
show Two Of A Kind. Dory continued to write music for films, including the theme
song to Last Tango in Paris. Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker, mentioned
her in his 2011 book Mother, Brother, Lover and chose her song Lady With the Braid
as one of his Desert Island Discs in 2005 (?) b.
October 22nd 1925.
2013: Kevin Peek (66) Australian
guitarist, born in Adelade. He initially played classical percussion in the Adelaide
Conservatorium of Music, before teaching himself the guitar. In 1967 he formed
a psychedelic pop, progressive rock group, James Taylor Move, before moving to
London. There, he played in various jazz groups around Soho and did session work
for Lulu, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey, amongst others, before becoming part of
Cliff Richard's backing band in the 1970s. He wrote the theme music for the internationally-broadcast
"Singapore Girl" television advertisements for Singapore Airlines. In
1979, he joined Sky and played on seven studio albums with the band, before departing
in 1985 (sadly died of cancer)
b. December 21st
2013: Goldie Harvey/Susan
Oluwabimpe Filani (29) Nigerian
R&B, pop singer and TV personality.
In 2012 she appeared on Big Brother Africa and has
won several African music awards including the Top Naija Award. (After
returning to Nigeria from the 2013 Grammy Awards in L.A., California, she complained
of a headache and was rushed to hospital where tragically, she was later pronounced
dead) b. October 23rd 1983.
2013: Mark Kamins (57)
American record producer and disc jockey famous for his role on the New York club
is best known for helping launch the career of one-time girlfriend Madonna by
presenting a demo to Seymour Stein of Sire Records. When Stein heard the demo
of "Everybody", he had Madonna brought to the hospital where he was
admitted to sign her. Mark produced Madonna's first single Everybody in 1982.
Mark died from heart failure)
b. April 13th 1955.
2013: Shadow Morton/George
Francis Morton (72) American record producer
and songwriter born in Richmond, Virginia, best known for his influential work
in the 1960s. In particular, he was noted for writing and producing "Remember
(Walking in the Sand)", "Leader of the Pack", and other hits for
girl group The Shangri-Las. In 1970 he produced
the psychedelic heavy rock band, Haystacks Balboa, later in the 70s he worked
with Iron Butterfly. He also produced Vanilla Fudge, Janis Ian, all-girl group
Isis, and worked with The New York Dolls, producing their second album Too Much
Too Soon. Shadow was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on
October 15th 2006 and in 2009, he appeared in the documentary, Rockin' the Wall,
about music's part in bringing down the Iron Curtain (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. September 3rd 1940.
2013: Tim Dog/Timothy Blair (46) American
rapper from the Bronx, New York, who rose to prominence during the early 1990s
with his debut LP 'Penicillin on Wax' and the celebrated diss record "Fuck
Compton". Tim had already appeared on songs with the Ultramagnetic MCs and
went on to form a duo, Ultra, with member Kool Keith. "Fuck Compton"
appeared in XXL Magazine's "Top 25 Diss Tracks of All Time" and earned
him critical acclaim from progressive hip-hop producer Blockhead.
Tim Dog moved to the UK in 1995 and worked with U.K. artist Apache Indian, producing
the hit single "Make Way for the Indian". He then toured with Kool Keith
and recorded several other tracks, including his August 2005 collaboration with
Percee P, "NY to the UK". He had been the head of "Rap Legends
Recordings" and previously co-founded Our Turn Records in LA with Eddie Pugh
and was the CEO President of Big Xity Entertainment based in New York and BMC
Management based in Atlanta (Tim
Dog died from complications of diabetes)
b. January 1st 1967.
2015: Ammouri Mbarek
(63) Moroccan world music, berber folk singer, born in Irguiten, a
small village located at the bottom of the High Atlas near Taroudant Town. Since
1976 he has recorded 12 albums and appeared in numerous festivals including Festival
in la cote d'Agadir, Awtar Festival, Amazigh-Berber Festival in Las Palmas, Canary
Islands and the Iklan Festival in Ouarzazate (sadly died
fighting cancer) b. 1951.
Hulon Crayton (58) American jazz saxophonist and physician
1946: Louis "Putney" Dandridge
(44) American bandleader, jazz pianist, vocalist born
in Richmond, Virginia. He began his career in 1918 performing as a pianist in
the revue The Drake and Walker Show. From 1935 to 1936, he recorded numerous tracks
under his own name, many of which highlighted some major jazz talents of the period,
including Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Henry "Red" Allen, Buster Bailey,
John Kirby, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole and more. He seemed to vanish from the music
scene in the late thirties, it is speculated that he may have retired due to ill
health (?) b. January 13th
1965: Nat King Cole (45)
American singer born in Montgomery, Alabama; his rich, husky voice, careful enunciation
and the warmth, intimacy, and good humor of his approach to singing, allowed him
to succeed with both ballads and novelties such that he scored over 100 pop chart
singles and more than two dozen chart albums over a period of 20 years, enough
to rank him behind only Sinatra as the most successful pop singer of his generation.
His hits included "Nature Boy", "Mona Lisa", "Too Young",
"Some Enchanted Evening", "Ramblin' Rose" and his signature
tune "Unforgettable". He first came to prominence as a leading jazz
pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical
fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz
genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show,
and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death; he is widely considered
one of the most important musical personalities in United States history. An official
United States postage stamp featuring Nat's likeness was issued in 1994 and in
2000 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the major influences
for early Rock and Roll (sadly
lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. March 17th 1919.
Walter/ Marion Walter Jacobs (37) US blues singer & harmonica player;
said to be the first harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted
echoing sound. His revolutionary harmonica technique has earned comparisons to
Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix in its impact, his virtuosity and musical innovations
reached heights of expression never previously imagined on blues harmonica. He
was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th 2008, making him
the only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.
In 1952 his debut session "Juke", spent eight weeks at No.1 on the Billboard
magazine R&B charts, it was the only harmonica instrumental ever to become
a No.1 hit on the R&B charts. He had three more harmonica instrumentals which
reached the Billboard R&B top 10: "Off the Wall", "Roller Coaster",
and "Sad Hours" (died from injuries incurred in a street fight)
b. May 1st 1930.
Wee Russell/Charles Ellsworth Russell (62) American
jazz clarinet and saxophones born in Maplewood, Missouri and grew up in Muskogee,
Oklahoma. As a young boy he first studied violin, then piano, and for a while
settled on drums, including all the associated special effects. When he saw New
Orleans jazz clarinetist Alcide "Yellow" Nunez. Russell was so amazed
he took up () b. March 27th 1906.
1974: Kurt Atterberg
(86) Swedish composer born in Gothenburg; he is best known for his
symphonies, operas and ballets. Brahms and Reger were his ideals and his music
combines their influences with Swedish folk tunes. For the Schubert centenary
in 1928, the Columbia Gramophone Company sponsored a competition for a symphony
completing or inspired by Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, and Kurt
won the first prize of $10,000 with his Symphony No. 6. The symphony was recorded
by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1928 and Arturo Toscanini on November 21, 1943 and he
himself also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a recording of the
symphony, which was released on 78-rpm discs (?)
b. December 12th 1887.
Mike Bloomfield (37) American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago,
he joined the Paul Butterfield's band in 1964, Paul and Michael inspired and challenged
each other as they alteratively traded exciting riffs. Their exuberant, electric
Chicago blues inspired a generation of white bluesmen, with Bloomfield's work
on the the band's self-titled debut, and the subsequent record East-West, bringing
wide acclaim to him. Mike was also a session musician, gaining wide recognition
for his work with Bob Dylan during his first explorations into electric music,
and his sound was a major part of Dylan's change of style, especially on Highway
61 Revisited. He relocated to San Francisco and formed The Electric Flag band
which debuted at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and issued an album, A Long Time
Comin'. After which Mike worked with Al Kooper before going solo. He continued
with solo, session and back-up work from 1969 to 1980, releasing his first solo
work "It's Not Killing Me" in 1969. He was ranked at number 22 on Rolling
Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003.
(Mike was found dead in a car, he had died of an accidental
drug overdose; allegidly he taken the drugs at a
San Francisco party, from where he was driven to another location in the city
and left, by two men who were present at the party)
b. July 28th 1943.
1981: Karl Richter (55)
German conductor, organist, and harpsichordist, born in Plauen and studied first
in Dresden, and later in Leipzig, where he received his degree in 1949. In the
same year, he became organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. In 1951, he moved
to Munich, where he taught at the conservatory and was cantor and organist at
St. Mark's Church. He also conducted the Münchener Bach-Chor starting in
1954 and the Münchener Bach-Orchester. In the 1960s and 1970s, he did a great
deal of recording and undertook tours to Japan, America, Canada, Latin-America,
and Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union (sadly
died from a heart attack while staying in a hotel in Munich)
b. October 15th 1926.
1984: Ethel Merman/Ethel
Agnes Zimmermann (76) American actress and singer; born in Queens,
New York City, she was known primarily for her powerful voice and roles in musical
theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy
stage". Among the many standards introduced by Ethel in Broadway musicals
are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "I
Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely", "Friendship",
"You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "There's No Business
Like Show Business", which later became her theme song.
She stared as Annie Oakley in the musical Annie Get Your Gun, which opened on
May 16, 1946 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for nearly three years and
1,147 performances. During that time, Ethel took only two vacations and missed
only two performances due to illness. She and Irvin Berlin reunited for Call Me
Madam in 1950, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading
Actress in a Musical, and she went on to star in the 1953 screen adaptation as
well, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture Musical
or Comedy for her performance. The following year she appeared as the matriarch
of the singing and dancing Donahue family in There's No Business Like Show Business,
a film with a Berlin score (On
April 7th 1983, she was preparing to leave for LA to appear on the 55th Academy
Awards telecast when she collapsed. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma and underwent
brain surgery to have the malignant tumor removed. Sadly she died 10 months later
in her sleep)
b. January 16th 1908.
Al Cohn (62) American jazz tenor sax player; In the '40s he worked
with Joe Marsala, Georgie Auld, Boyd Raeburn, Alvino Rey, and Buddy Rich before
becoming one of the "Four Brothers" in Woody Herman's Second Herd where
he gained his a reputation as a lyrical flowing soloist. Al went on to play with
many other musicians but his best-known association was his partnership with tenor
player Zoot Sims, beginning in 1956. They continued to play together sporadically
until the death of Zoot in March of 1985. In addition to his work as a jazz saxophonist
he was a noted arranger, his work included the Broadway productions of "Raisin"
and "Sophisticated Ladies" (?) b. November 24th
1992:William Schuman (81)
American composer and administrator, born in New York, NY. He wrote songs in high
school with his friend Frank Loesser. In 1930 he began studying composition with
Roy Harris. He achieved success with his American Festival Overture (1939), and
his Secular Cantata No. 2: A Free Song won the first Pulitzer Prize for music
(1943). His other works include ballets for Martha Graham, the popular New England
Triptych (1956), and 10 symphonies. As president of the Juilliard School (1945
62), he modernized its curriculum. As the first president of Lincoln Center
(1962 68), he brought together several music organizations and established
its Chamber Music Society and Mostly Mozart program (?)
b. August 4th 1910.
Bob Stinson (36) American lead guitarist; he
formed The Replacements, formerly Dog's Breath, in Minneapolis, in 1979 with his
younger 12 year old half-brother Tommy and drummer Chris Mars; a year later, Bob
brought in Paul Westerberg on second guitar and vocals. Bob was forced out of
the band in late 1986. After which he formed the band Model Prisoner, before founding
Static Taxi in 1988 recording two albums Stinson Boulevard not released until
2000 and Closer 2 Normal released in 2003, before folding in the summer of 1991.
His last band was The Bleeding Hearts, which he formed with his roommate Mike
Leonard. One of their most high-profile performances was opening for his brother
Tommy's band Bash & Pop in 1993. His last public performance was playing with
Minneapolis Countryswing band Trailer Trash at Lee's Liquor Bar in late 1994
(he did not die of a drug overdose, as is frequently reported,
but rather his body simply wore out after years of alcohol and drug abuse)
b. December 17th 1959.
1996: Lucio Agostini
(82) Italian-born composer and conductor who established his career
in Canada. At 16, he was playing with the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra as a
cellist and was a part-time band player in a nightclub band playing saxophone
and clarinet. It is at 18 years of age that he began his professional music career
working first with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and later with television.
Lucio began a long career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto
from 1943, beginning with radio work, and subsequently the broadcaster's US-based
television programs through the 1950s. He took part in the production of Front
Page Challenge, The Tommy Ambrose Show and World of Music. He
won the John Drainie Award from ACTRA in 1983 in recognition of his contributions
to broadcasting in Canada (?)
b. December 30th 1913.
L/Lamont Coleman (24) American rapper who made significant
contributions to the New York City music scene in the 1990s as a member of the
hip hop collective D.I.T.C. In 1993 Big L was signed to Columbia Records and released
his first single "Devil's Son". His debut solo album, Lifestylez ov
da Poor & Dangerous, was released in March 1995. The album featured guest
appearances from a number of artists, notably Kid Capri, Lord Finesse, and then-unknown
Cam'ron and Jay-Z. Two singles, "M.V.P" and "Put It On", were
released from the album, both of which reached the top twenty-five of Billboard's
Hot Rap Tracks. (sadly possibility in retaliation for something
his brother did, Big L was tragically
shot and killed just before releasing his second album The Big Picture) b.
May 30th 1974.
Keith D. Pendlebury (68)
born, Welsh based jazz pianist and singer, regarded as a brilliant jazz pianist
whose two-handed style covered the entire spectrum of piano jazz. Born in Manchester
he was best known as one half of Keith and Marcia. He met his future wife, Marcia
Macconnell in the early 60s, although in the fashion industry, she had a remarkable
jazz singing voice and they musically teamed up and soon married in 1964. They
worked together till the night he died. Keith had played in many line-ups including:-
Eric Batty's Jazz Aces, Alan Pendlebury's All Stars, Keith Pendlebury's Jazzmen,
The Zenith Six, Keith Pendlebury's Jazz Band, Keith Pendlebury's Jazz Trio, and
Keith Pendlebury's Jazz Quartet (tragically
Keith died from heart failure, after being taken ill as he played "Please
don't talk about me when I've gone", while on a working holiday
in Madeira to celebrate Marcia's birthday)
b. January 22nd 1934.
2005: Pierre Bachelet (60) French singer-songwriter;
spent part of his childhood in Calais, which inspired his signature tune "Les
corons" in 1982, it is also used as the supporter's anthem for the Lens football
club. His other hit songs include "Elle est d'ailleurs", "Écris-moi"
and "Marionnettiste" in 1985. He also composed music for movies, including
Emmanuelle, Les Bronzés font du ski and the British-made Sex with the Stars.
His songs from the film Emmanuelle called Emmanuelle In The Mirror and Theme From
Emmanuelle, which sold over 4,000,000 copies, have been sampled in the Lily Allen
single Littlest Things, released in December of 2006 (sadly
died of lung cancer) b. 25 May 1944.
Peggy Gilbert/Margaret F. Knechtges (102) American jazz saxophonist
and bandleader, born in Sioux City, Iowa; with a career that lasted more than
80 years, she was only 7 years old, when she played piano and violin with her
father's band; she later discovered jazz music, and started to play the saxophone.
In 1928 she moved to Hollywood, where she appeared in early movies and toured
with Fanchon and Marco vaudeville shows. In 1933 she founded her own all-female
jazz band, whose name changed often: from "Peggy Gilbert and Her Metro Goldwyn
Orchestra" to "Peggy Gilbert and her Symphonics", among other names,
in which she performed on saxophone, vibes, piano, and vocals. In the 1930s and
1940s Peggy and her band performed in the most famous nightclubs in Hollywood,
from the "Cotton Club" to the "Cocoanut Grove". In the 1950s
and 60s Peggy had success on radio and television. In 1974, at 69 years old, she
created her last great all-girl band, "The Dixie Belles," with other
accomplished musicians from vaudeville and the Big Band era. The group performed
with great acclaim on TV and at jazz festivals, appearing on "The Tonight
Show with Johnny Carson" and in the 1980 Rose Bowl Parade, among many other
engagements. In 1985 the band recorded the album "Peggy Gilbert & The
Dixie Belles" (?) b. January
2007: Raymond Bernard Evans (92)
American songwriter and an inductee in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. He
was a partner in a composing and songwriting duo with Jay Livingston, known for
the songs they composed for films. Ray wrote the lyrics and Livingston the music
for the songs. The duo, both members of ASCAP, won three Academy Awards, in 1948
for the song "Buttons and Bows", written for the movie The Paleface;
in 1950 for the song "Mona Lisa", written for the movie Captain Carey,
U.S.A.; and in 1956 for the song "Que Sera Sera", featured in the Alfred
Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much and sung by Doris Day. Another popular
song that he and Livingston wrote for a film was the song "Tammy", written
for the 1957 movie Tammy and the Bachelor. The song was nominated for an Academy
Award for Best Song. They also wrote popular TV themes for shows including Bonanza
and Mr. Ed. Their Christmas song Silver Bells intended for the 1951 Bob Hope film
The Lemon Drop Kid, has become a Christmas standard. In 1958, the songwriting
team was nominated for a Tony Award for the musical Oh, Captain!. He also collaborated
separately with Henry Mancini, Max Steiner, and Victor Young. The song "Dear
Heart" from the 1964 film of the same name was written by Livingston and
Evans with Henry Mancini; it was nominated for an Oscar and for the Song of the
Year Grammy Award, and was recorded multiple times, charting for Andy Williams,
Jack Jones, and Henry Mancini (?)
b. February 4th 1915.
Joe Cuba (78) Puerto Rican musician who was considered to be the "Father
of Latin Boogaloo"; learnt to play conga as a child. He formed his own band.
In 1954, he change the band's name from the Jose Calderon Sextet to the Joe Cuba
Sextet, making their debut at the Stardust Ballroom. The band became popular in
the New York Latin community. The lyrics to his music used a mixture of Spanish
and English, becoming an important part of the Nuyorican Movement. In
1965, the Sextet got their first crossover hit with the Latin and soul fusion
of "El Pito (I Never Go Back To Georgia)". April 1999, Joe Cuba was
inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame, 2004, he was named Grand
Marshall of the Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrated in Yonkers, New Yor and he
was also the director of the Museum of La Salsa, located in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan,
(died in New York, after being removed from life support.
He had been hospitalized for a bacterial infection)
2010: Art Van Damme (89) American
jazz singer and accordionist, in Norway, Michigan he bagan playing the accordion
at age nine and started classical study when his family moved to Chicago in 1934.
In 1941 he joined Ben Bernie's band as an accordionist. He adapted Benny Goodman's
music to the accordion. From 1945 to 1960 he worked for NBC, performing on The
Dinah Shore Show, Tonight, The Dave Garroway Show and other radio and TV shows
with Garroway. He recorded 130 episodes of the 15-minute The Art Van Damme Show
for NBC Radio. Art toured Europe and
was also popular with jazz listeners in Japan and regularly won the domestic Downbeat
reader's poll for his instrument in the same period.(sadly
died from pneumonia) b. April 9th 1920.
Sidney Harth (85) American violinist and conductor,
born in Cleveland, Ohio. He became the first American to receive the Laureate
Prize in the Wieniawski Violin Competition held in Poland. He had made his European
debut previously, touring France with pianist Theodore Lettvin in 1951-1952 in
a series of concerts. He performed with major orchestras across the world, and
made numerous recordings with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Radio
and TV Orchestra. He was Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Principal Concertmaster and Associate Conductor
of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor
of the Louisville Orchestra. He was also Principal
Conductor of the Natal Symphony Orchestra in South Africa, and Musical Director
of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle and
the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. (sadly
died from respiratory complications) b. October 5th 1925.
Yiannis Karabesinis (80) Greek singer-songwriter
and bouzouki player (?) b. November 29th 1931
2011: Karin Stanek (67) Polish
singer, born in Bytom; in the 60s she was one of the most popular singers in Poland,
releasing her debut song "Jimmy Joe" in March of 1962. That same year
Karen became lead singer with the rhythm and blues band, Red-Black. Karin,
with the band, received honors in 1963, 1964, 1965
and 1966 at Oppeln
also at The Sopot Festival 1962 and 1964. After retiring
from the Red-Black she continued her solo career as well as performing in several
other bands including The Samuels, Aryston, Inni and Schemat (Karin
sadly died of pneumonia) b. August 18th 1943.
Ken Winters (81) Canadian music critic and broadcaster;
most recently as a critic with the Globe and Mail in Toronto, he had written more
than 400 reviews for the national newspaper since 1999. His final review, of a
performance of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra ran in Tuesday's edition. He
also was co-editor of the The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, a meticulously
researched source of information about music in Canada. Along with Helmut Kallmann
and Gilles Potvin, Ken served as one of the editors of the original edition of
the encyclopedia, which was started in the 1970s and first published in 1981.
He worked with CBC Radio for more than 40 years and was a contributor and occasional
host for the CBC radio show Mostly Music from 1981 to 1989. He officially stepped
into the host's chair from 1989 to 1996. During the 1980s, he also hosted programs
such as Personalities in Music, Ken Winters on Music and Celebration of Genius,
and served as a contributor to Arts National and The Arts Tonight. Additionally,
he created specials about the music of J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel for
CBC. Ken closely followed Canada's development as an innovator in classical music
during the 20th century and both his radio documentaries and his criticism reflected
his knowledge of the field.
died from a heart attack)
2012: Charles Anthony/Calogero Antonio Caruso
(82) American-Sicilian tenor, born in New Orleans,
LA; he studied music at Loyola University New Orleans and sang the role of the
Messenger in Il trovatore, at the New Orleans Opera Association, in 1947. At the
age of twenty-two, he successfully auditioned for New York City Metropolitan Opera's
Auditions of the Air and made his debut there on March 6th 1954, playing the role
of the Simpleton in Boris Godunov. He went on to have the distinction of appearing
in more performances at the Met than any other performer. He celebrated his fiftieth
anniversary with the company in 2004, and gave his farewell in the role of the
aged Emperor Altoum in Turandot, on January 28, 2010. Charles was included in
many of the Met's telecasts between 1979 and 2010 and became noted for his portrayal
of comprimario characters in opera (sadly Charles
died from kidney failure) b. July 15th 1929.
Clive Richard Shakespeare (62) English-born Australian
guitarist and producer, born in Southampton, Hampshire before his family emmigrated
to Australia. As lead guitarist, he joined various bands including The Road Agents
in 1968 in Sydney with Terry Hyland on vocals, then he formed a covers band Down
Town Roll along with Adrian
Cuff on the organ, vocalists Frank Ma
and Pam Slater, bass
guitarist Doug Rea, and Danny Taylor
on drums. Clive,
Shakespeare and Taylor went on to found pop/rock band, Sherbet later that year
with vocalist Dennis Laughlin and Sammy See on organ, guitar, and vocals. They
had two No.1 singles, "Summer Love" in '75, co-written by Clive with
Garth Porter and "Howzat" in '76. He also worked in production, including
Paul Kelly's debut solo album, Post (sadly Clive died fighting
prostate cancer) b. June 3rd 1949.
Dennis Palmer (55) American
synthesizer player and visual artist and co-founded Shaking Ray Levis in 1986.
They had hits with "Angels In The Grass" and "Misery And Torment"
and were the first US band to record an album for the legendary British label
Incus Records. Dennis has performed internationally with collaborators including
Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Reverend Howard Finster, David Greenberger, Col
Bruce Hampton, John
Zorn, Shelley Hirsch, Frank Pahl,
Eugene Chadbourne, Roger Turner, David
Greenberger, Borbetomagus, Fred Frith and Davey Williams.
As a visual artist, Dennis has exhibited his paintings, silk-screened prints,
and other unconventional artwork both locally and internationally in cities including
London and Los Angeles, and he has designed many CD and record covers (?)
b. October 13th 1957
2013: Francisco Fellove (89)
Cuban soul singer and songwriter, born in the Barrio
Colón, Havana is dubbed the founder of the filin Cuban jazz genre. A longtime
resident of Mexico City, he is famous for his tropical music songs like El Jamaiquino
and Mango Mangue, which he composed when he was 16 and was recorded by Celia Cruz
and Johnny Pacheco, among others (?) b. October
2014: Dénes Zsigmondy/Dénes
Liedemann (91) Hungarian classical violinist,
born in Budapest. After World War II, he joined the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
and went on to perform as a soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker and the Vienna
Symphony; the philharmonic orchestras of Tokyo, Budapest and Munich; the radio
orchestras of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney, Melbourne and
Munich; the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg. From 1971,
he was a professor, later emeritus professor, of music at the University of Washington
at Seattle, a visiting professor at Boston University and conducted masterclasses
at the New England Conservatory and other institutions around the world
(?) b. April 9th 1922
2015: Sergio Blanco (66) Spanish singer (Sergio
1928: Eddie Foy Sr/Edwin Fitzgerald (71)
actor, comedian and
born in Greenwich Village, New York City. Between 1910 and 1913, he formed a family
vaudeville act, and "Eddie Foy and The Seven Little Foys" quickly turned
into a national institution. While Eddie was a stern disciplinarian backstage
he portrayed an indulgent papa onstage, and the Foys toured successfully for over
a decade and appeared in one motion picture. The familys story was filmed
in 1955 as The Seven Little Foys, with Bob Hope as Eddie Sr (died
of a heart attack while headlining on the Orpheum circuit in Kansas City)
b. March 9th 1856.
1957: Josef Hofmann (81) Polish-American
virtuoso pianist, composer, born in Podgórze,
near Cracow, Austria-Hungary, now Poland; he was especially popular in Russia
where he gave 21 consecutive concerts in St. Petersburg, not repeating a single
piece. In all, he played 255 different works during that marathon. He made some
of the earliest recordings in history of classical music for Thomas Edison. These
have been lost, but some cylinders he made in Russia a few years later have recently
been discovered. Off the subject but his invention of pneumatic shock absorbers
for cars and planes earned him a fortune in the early twentieth century
(sadly died of died of pneumonia) b. January 20th
1967: Smiley Burnette/Lester
Alvin Burnett (55) American country music performer and a comedic actor
in Western films, playing sidekick to Gene Autry and other B-movie cowboys, and
on radio and TV. He was also a prolific singer-songwriter who could play as many
as 100 musical instruments, some simultaneously. His career beginning in 1934
spanned four decades, including a regular role on CBS-TV's Petticoat Junction
in the 1960s. Smiley wrote more than 400 songs and sang a significant number of
them on screen. His Western classic, "Ridin Down the Canyon (To Watch
the Sun Go Down)", was later recorded by Willie Nelson, Riders in the Sky
and Johnnie Lee Wills. Others included "On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar"
(Jimmy Wakely's theme song in the 1940s), "Fetch Me Down My Trusty .45",
"Ridin' All Day", "It's Indian Summer", as well as "The
Wind Sings a Cowboy Song", "The Old Covered Wagon" and "Western
Lullaby". He also composed musical scores for such films as The Painted Stallion
and Waterfront Lady. His songs were recorded by a diverse range of singers, including
Bing Crosby, Ferlin Husky and Leon Russell. His performance of "Steamboat
Bill" appeared on Billboard's country chart in 1939.
(sadly passed away from leukemia) b. March 18th 1911
1975: Norman Treigle/Adanelle
Wilfred Treigle (47) American
bass-baritone born in New Orleans, between 1949 and 1951, he attended Loyola University
of the South's College of Music, while performing various roles with the local
opera company. In 1953, Treigle made his New York City Opera debut, as
Colline in La bohème. Three years later, the bass-baritone scored his first
significant success, as the tormented Reverend Olin Blitch, in the New York premiere
of Floyd's Susannah. He made his European debut in this same opera, at the Brussels
World's Fair, in 1958. He became one of the top bass-baritones in North America,
and was acclaimed as one of the world's foremost singing-actors, specializing
in roles that evoked villainy and terror. He sang in many experimental productions
and participated in several important premieres, in operas by Einem, Copland,
Moore, Floyd, Orff, Dallapiccola and Ward (The Crucible). Perhaps his greatest
roles were in Faust (as Méphistophélès), Carmen (as Escamillo),
Susannah, Il prigioniero, Les contes d'Hoffmann (the four Villains), Boris Godunov
and, especially, Mefistofele (?)
b. March 6th 1927.
Jean Carignan (71) French Canadian fiddler
born in Lévis; he was a well-known fiddler from Quebec. Joseph
Allard, Michael Coleman, and J. Scott Skinner are all brilliant traditional fiddlers
whose music Jean studied. He was a friend of famous violinist and conductor Yehudi
Menuhin. In 1974, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada as "the greatest
fiddler in North America" (He
died in Montreal) b. December
1996: Walter "Brownie"
McGhee (80) American blues singer and guitarist born in Knoxville,
Tennessee and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, he is maybe best known for his
collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. As a young boy he had polio,
in his teens he had an operation which enabled him to walk again. After singing
with local harmony group the Golden Voices Gospel Quartet and teaching himself
to play guitar, at 22, Brownie became a traveling musician, working in the Rabbit
Foot Minstrels and recorded with Blind Boy Fuller, whose guitar playing influenced
him greatly. In 1942, when he teamed up with Sonny Terry, they was an overnight
success; as well as recording, they toured together until the 1980s. As a duo,
they did most of their work from 1958 until 1980, spending eleven months of each
year touring, and recording dozens of albums. During the blues revival of the
1960s, Terry and McGhee were very popular on the concert and music festival circuits.
In 1987, he gave a small but memorable performance as ill-fated blues singer Toots
Sweet in the supernatural thriller movie, Angel Heart. Brownies' final concert
appearances was at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival. One of Brownie's final concert
appearances was at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival (sadly
lost to stomach cancer) b. November 30th 1915.
1999: Björn Svante Afzelius (52)
Swedish singer, song writer and guitar player born in Huskvarna, Jönköping
County; in 1970, he formed the progg group Hoola Bandoola Band together with Mikael
Wiehe. He released his first solo album in 1974, his last one in 1999. He wrote
about 150 songs and sold over two and a half million albums. Some of his most
popular songs are "Tusen bitar"/Thousand pieces, "Ikaros",
"Sång till friheten"/Song for Freedom, "Kungens man"/The
king's man, "Tankar i Havanna"/Thoughts in Havanna and "Till min
kära"/For my dear(sadly
lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. January 27th 1947.
Benjamin Rush "Rusty" Magee (47) American composer and lyricist
for theatre, television, and film and commercials, born in Washington, D.C. He
received his bachelor's degree in music at Brown University in 1978 and was awarded
an honorary Masters of Fine Arts. from the Yale School of Drama after working
there for three years as Musical Consultant for the Yale Repertory Theatre and
the Yale School of Drama. Among his many projects, he arranged and performed the
music for the Tony Award-winning production of The House of Blue Leaves at Lincoln
Center and on Broadway and PBS. He co-produced and wrote music for hundreds of
one-act plays as Musical Director and co-founder with Lewis Black and Rand Foerster
of Steve Olsen's West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City. He wrote
the music for Moonwork's production of What You Will, an adaptation of Twelfth
Night, and for Moonwork's acclaimed version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He wrote
the theme music for the CBS-Television pilot "Family Brood". His song,
"Road To Victory" (co-written with longtime collaborator Bob Golden),
was featured in the documentary film New School Order. He was a huge Detroit Tigers
fan, which inspired his musical '1919: A Baseball Opera'. His last musical 19th
Street Shuffle was co- written with Billy Aronson (Sadly
lost his battle with colon cancer) b. August
2004: Doris Troy/ Doris Higginsen
(67) US soul, R&B singer, solo, backup, songwriter, musicals; born
in The Bronx, she was working as an usherette at the Apollo where she was discovered
by James Brown the 'Godfather of Soul'. She worked with Solomon Burke, The Drifters,
Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick before she co-wrote and recorded "Just
One Look", which hit No.10 in 1963. Doris worked in the UK throughout the
1970s, appearing frequently at Ronnie Scott's Club. "Mama, I Want To Sing"
is a stage musical based on her life, co-written with her sister, Vy. It ran for
1,500 performances at the Heckscher Theatre in Harlem, Troy played her own mother.
As well as her solo career she also sang back up for many bands over the years
including the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd (on their seminal
album The Dark Side of the Moon), George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake,
Junior Campbell and Carly Simon (emphysema)
b. January 6th 1937.
Bubi Chen (74) Indonesian jazz pianist born in
Surabaya, East Java; by the age of 17, Bubi was teaching music while taking a
two-year correspondence course with the Wesco School of Music in New York, one
of his instructors was Teddy Wilson, a student of jazz legend Benny Goodman. Bubi
founded the Chen Trio in the 1950s with his brothers Jopie and Teddy. He also
joined the Jack Lesmana Quartet which then became the Jack Lesmana Quintet. By
the 1960s, Bubi was already widely known in Australia, Europe and the United States.
Bubi and Jack were credited with adding an Indonesian flavor to jazz music especially
at a time when then president Sukarno despised western music. Also
the pair, together with the Indonesian All Stars, recorded the phenomenal album
Djanger Bali, which mixed jazz with Indonesian traditional music, after attending
the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1967. Bubi, nicknamed the Pearl of the East,
was named as one of the top 10 jazz pianists at the 1997 Berlin Jazz Festival
when he played a kecapi, a traditional Indonesian instrument, along with the piano.
(sadly Bubi died from a cardiac arrest) b.
February 19th 1938.
Jon McIntire (70) American manager, who managed
the Grateful Dead in the 1970s, he is credited with sparking the band's community
of "Deadhead" fans, when in 1971,
he slipped a notice into copies of the "Grateful Dead" (Skull and Roses)
album that became what historians have called "the liner note heard 'round
the world". It said, "Dead Freaks Unite! Who are you? Where are you?
How are you? Send us your name and address and we'll keep you informed" and
later referring to "Dead Heads". With that, he inspired the ''Deadhead''
phenomenon, believed to be the most intense bond between a band and its fan base
in rock history. He
managed the Dead from 1970-1974, during which time the band released some of its
most significant albums, including Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. After
handling Bob Weir's solo career for a decade, he returned to manage the Dead again,
from 1984-1990. Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote the song "Uncle John's
Band" for Jon.
(He sadly died from complications of lung cancer)
Esmond Sheridan McGinnity (72) English
rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich. He was best known
as an early collaborator of The Beatles, though the record was labelled as being
with "The Beat Brothers", one of two non-Beatles, to receive label performance
credit on a record with the group (the other
being Billy Preston) and the only non-Beatle
to appear as lead singer on a Beatles recording which charted as a single. In
1956, he formed his first band, and was soon playing in London's "Two I's"
club for six months straight. In 1958, at 18, he began appearing on ITV's Oh Boy,
playing guitar on such early Rock classics as "Blue Suede Shoes", "Glad
All Over", "Mighty Mighty Man" and "Oh Boy!". His band
was offered a job in the "Kaiserkeller" club in Hamburg, Tony decided
to stay in Germany. This is where he met and recorded with The Beatles, including
"My Bonnie" and "Ain't She Sweet". In the early 1970s, he
managed a West German radio programme of blues music, which was well received.
In 1978, the Star Club was reopened, and he performed there along with Elvis Presley's
TCB Band (?)
b. May 21st 1940.
2013: Lanier Greig (64)
American rock keyboardist, bass player and one of
the original members of legendary rock band ZZ Top and can be heard on ZZ Tops
first-ever single, Salt Lick, and on its B-side song, Millers
After ZZ Top, Lanier left Houston and went on to become a very wanted Los Angeles
session keyboardist and also worked with jazz groups
died in his sleep) b. August 8th 1948
Marifé de Triana/Maria Felisa Martinez Lopez (76) Spanish
copla singer and actress, born in the village of Seville Burguillos and later
studied voice in Madrid. She began her career at age 11, touring for the first
time as a professional in the northwestern province of Galicia at age 12. Her
debut album in 1956 contained the hit tune "Torre de arena"/Tower of
Sand, which remains to this day a classic of the copla genre. A
series of hits followed, including "Vendo la sombra", "La loba",
and "Maria de la O". Her concert tours took her to Latin America, where
she returned in the final years of her career and was one of the best-known Spanish
singers. She also appeared in two films: "Canto para ti", which was
shot in 1958 and tells of the rise to fame of a young copla singer; and "Bajo
el cielo Andaluz"
b. September 13th 1936.
2013: Eric Ericson
(94) Swedish choral conductor and teacher renowned
for his innovative teaching methods and the wide-ranging nature of his repertoire.
He was the principal conductor of the Orphei Drängar choir at Uppsala University
from 1951 until 1991, and choirmaster until 1982 of the Swedish Radio Choir which
was established on his initiative in 1951. Also in 1951, he began his teaching
career at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he became a legendary
and inspirational figure, and he was appointed to the chair of choral conducting
there in 1968. He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1995, and
in 1997 he shared the Polar Music Prize with Bruce Springsteen for "pioneering
achievements as a conductor, teacher, artistic originator and inspirer in Swedish
and international choral music". He founded the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,
and worked as a guest conductor for many ensembles and choirs including Drottningholm
Baroque Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Chur de chambre Accentus (?)
b. October 26th 1918.
Krawinkel aka Kralle (66) German
singer and guitarist, born in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. He started his music
career in the mid-1960s band "The Vampyr", before teaming up with vocalist
Stephan Remmler in a Rolling Stones-influenced band MacBeats, later renamed Just
Us. In 1969, Gert started a new folk
and prog rock band called Cravinkel and released
of two studio albums. In 1979, he teamed with his former bandmate Stephan Remmler
and they formed the band Trio. The band is most noted for the song "Da da
da, ich lieb dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, aha aha aha" and released
4 studio albums. Gert later operated a music studio in his home near Seville;
he also maintained a home in Berlin. In 1998 he got an entry in the Guinness Book
of Records by riding the longest distance from Seville to Hamburg by horse
(?) b. April 21st 1947.
2014: Raymond "Ray" Louis Kennedy (67)
American singer-songwriter, musician and producer His
works span multiple genres including R&B, pop, rock, jazz, fusion, acid rock,
country and many others. Born in Philadelphia, he began playing saxophone at age
nine; he sang in a cappella groups in New Jersey and Philadelphia before becoming
a dancing regular on American Bandstand in 1960. Dick Clark offered to pay him
to pantomime playing saxophone with groups such as The Platters, The Drifters,
Chubby Checker, Little Richard, and many more. In 1965 he recorded his first single
as vocalist, "Number 5 Gemini", also that year he received a gig playing
tenor sax with Gerry Mulligan, which led to him playing various jazz clubs and
making his way south. Over his long career Ray has toured or/and played gigs Dizzy
Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Buddy Rich, Brenda Lee, Little Richard, Fats Domino,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Wilson Pickett, the Gene Krupa Jazz Group, Sly and the Family
Beck, Brian Wilson, Dave Mason, Barry Goldberg, Maurice
White, Aerosmith, Michael Schenker, Engelbert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton, Tanya
Tucker, Bill Champlin, Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood and
many others. He co-wrote "Sail On, Sailor",
one of The Beach Boys' mid-career hits, as well as two hits for The Babys: "Everytime
I Think of You" and "Isn't It Time".
(?) b. November 26th 1946.
2015: Lesley Gore (68) American singer ("It's
My Party", "Judy's Turn to Cry", "You Don't Own Me"),
1939: Willy Hess (79) German
violinist, viola and was also known to play a Guadagnini.
Born in Mannheim, from 1904 to 1910 he was the concertmaster of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra and taught violin at Harvard University. He also spent time
as the leader of the Hallé Orchestra, and as concertmaster in Frankfurt
and Rotterdam. He then relocated to Berlin in 1910 to take the position of premier
violin instructor at the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin, Germany. Composer Max
Bruch, a friend of Hess, helped arrange Hess appointment as professor. During
the time of the Weimar Republic the Hochschule was the hub of the international
music scene, and he was associated with many of the musical luminaries of his
day and taught students who came to Berlin from all over the world. He had no
difficulty alternating between the violin and viola and performed the viola part
of the first performance of Max Bruchs Double Concerto for clarinet, viola
and orchestra, op. 88. It was also in 1910 that Bruch composed the Concert Piece
for violin and orchestra, op. 84, for Willy. Among works by other composers written
for him was Arthur W. Footes Op. 69, Ballade. He also played in a piano
trio with cellist Hugo Becker and pianist Daniel Quast
b. July 14th 1859.
1943: Armand J. Piron (54) American jazz violinist,
composer and bandleader. In 1915, Armand and friend Mr Williams
together started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company, and in their first
year of business published Piron's composition, I Wish That I Could Shimmy
Like My Sister Kate, which became his biggest hit. After touring briefly
with W.C. Handy in 1917, he started an orchestra under his own name, which soon
included such notables as Lorenzo Tio and Steve Lewis. His New Orleans Orchestra
quickly became one of the best paid African American band in New Orleans, for
Armand landed regular jobs at both the Spanish Fort amusement park and the exclusive
white New Orleans Country Club (?) b.
August 16th 1888.
1962: Bruno Walter/Bruno Schlesinger (85) German
conductor, he made his debut at La Scala in 1926. In London, he was chief conductor
of the German seasons at Covent Garden from 1924 to 1931 and emigrated to America
in 1939, were he worked with many famous
American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, where he
was musical adviser from '47 to '49, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1946
onwards, he made numerous trips back to Europe, becoming an important musical
figure in the early years of the Edinburgh Festival and in Salzburg, Vienna and
Munich. His late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony
Orchestra. He made his last live concert appearance on December 4th 1960 with
the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Van Cliburn. His last recording was a
series of Mozart overtures with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra at the end of
March in 1961 (heart attack) b.
September 15th 1876.
1970: Alfred Newman (68)
American film composer born in New Haven, Connecticut,
a musical prodigy, he began studying piano at the age of five with Sigismund Stojowski,
and walked a 10 mile round trip every day to practice on a neighbour's piano.
By the age of twenty he was in New York, beginning a ten-year career on Broadway
as the conductor of musicals by composers such as George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers,
and Jerome Kern. Then, in 1930, he accompanied Irving Berlin to Hollywood. Between
1930 and 1970, Alfred wrote music for over 200 films of every imaginable type,
including a score for the newsreel made from the World War II footage of the Battle
of Midway. All About Eve, Panic in the Streets, The Big Lift, The Prisoner of
Zenda, The Robe, The Seven Year Itch, Anastasia, Carousel (adaptation), The King
and I (adaptation), April Love, - How the West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever
Told, Camelot (adaptation), Firecreek, and many others. His final
score was for the 1970 film Airport, produced by Universal Pictures. Alfred was
nominated for a total of 45 Academy Awards, making him the most nominated composer
in Oscar history. This record stood for thirty six years, until 2006 when John
Williams matched the record (complications of emphysema)
b. March 17th 1901.
1982: Thelonious Monk (64) American
jazz pianist born in Rocky Mount, Nth Carolina; he is considered one of the most
important & eccentric jazz composers of the century. One of the giants of
American music and an early practitioners of bebop during the '40s and '50s, his
complex compositions featured irregular rhythms, dissonant sounds and a quirky
sense of humor. He also made many contributions to the standard jazz repertoire,
including "Epistrophy", "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk",
"Well, You Needn't" and "Straight, No Chaser". Thelonious
is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is remarkable
as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70. He is one of
only five jazz musicians ever to be featured on the cover of Time, the other four
being Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck. (sadly
died from a stroke) b. October 10th 1917.
1998: Bob Merrill (77) American songwriter, theatrical
composer, lyricist, and screenwriter. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, raised
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and following a stint with the Army during WW II,
he moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a dialogue director for Columbia Pictures.
He began his songwriting career writing tunes for Dorothy Shay. One of his first
major hits was the 1950 novelty song "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked
a Cake". He also wrote/co-wrote the 1950 Moon Mullican country song "You
don't have to be baby to cry", "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?"-Patti
Page, "Mambo Italiano"- Rosemary Clooney, and "The Kid's Last Fight"-Frankie
Laine. He made his Broadway debut in 1957 with 'New Girl in Town', and his greatest
theatrical success was the Barbra Streisand vehicle 'Funny Girl'. Other Broadway
credits include Take Me Along; Carnival!; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Henry, Sweet
Henry;The Red Shoes; and Sugar (reworked as Some Like It Hot for a 1992 production
in London's West End starring Tommy Steele and a 2002-03 United States national
tour starring Tony Curtis as Osgood Fielding, Jr. He was nominated for the Tony
Award eight times, but never won. His screenwriting credits include Mahogany,
W.C. Fields and Me, and the television movies Portrait of a Showgirl and The Animated
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (tragically Bob became progressively
ill in the mid-1990s and took his own life) b. May
Debbie Dean/Reba Jeanette Smith (73) American
singer; born in Corbin, Kentucky she recorded as Penny Smith and Debbie Stevens
at various labels before arriving at Motown in the early 1960s, and was Motown's
first white female solo recording artist, signed by Berry Gordy. Unlike most of
the early Motown recording artists, she was neither an R&B or blues singer.
Her first single at Motown was "Don't Let Him Shop Around," in 1961,
an answer record to the Miracles No.1 R&B and No.2 pop hit, "Shop Around".
At the age of 34, she was dropped from the label. A few years later, after a meeting
with Motown producer/writer Deke Richards, Debbie rejoined the Motown roster as
a writer/singer, and collaorated with Richards aka Lussier on songs for the Supremes,
Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr, and other
Motown artists. She later co-wrote and recorded "Why Am I Lovin' You"
on Motown's V.I.P. label (?) b.
February 1st 1928.
2006: William "Bill"
Cowsill Jr. (58) American singer best known as lead singer and guitarist
of The Cowsills who had three top 10 singles, "The Rain, the Park and Other
Things", "Indian Lake" and "Hair". Born in Rhode Island,
Bill began singing at a young age with his brother, Bob, and they formed The Cowsills
in 1965 with their brothers: Barry on bass; Bob on guitar and organ; and John
on drums. Another brother, Paul, their sister Susan and mother Barbara joined
the band later. The band made regular television appearances, which led to Columbia
Pictures considering a television program based on their story and starring most
of the members of the band. This would later become The Partridge Family, with
David Cassidy playing the lead singer. Bill's involvement with The Cowsills came
to an abrupt end in 1969 when his father, caught him smoking marijuana. Bill moved
to Vancouver, British Columbia where he fronted The Blue Shadows, who were known
for their Everly Brothers-like harmonies. In 1990 Bill produced the second album
for rockabilly act, The Rattled Roosters. In 1993, The Blue Shadows landed a deal
with Sony and released its debut album, On the Floor of Heaven. In
1998, now in Calgary, Billy formed a new band The Co-Dependents, a country-rock
quartet and went on to produce and arrange the vocals for Optimal Impact's debut
album "Sun Sittin'" in 2000(emphysema)
b. January 9th 1948.
Ray Barretto (76) US percussion & conga session player and member
of the Fania All-Stars. Born in New York City of Puerto Rican descent in 1960,
he was a house musician for the Prestige, Blue Note, and Riverside labels. He
recorded his first hit, "El Watusi", the first Latin song to enter the
Billboard charts in April 1963. He has played with a host of musicians including
the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees. In 1990 he was honored with a Grammy for
the album "Ritmo en el Corazon" and 1999, he was inducted into the International
Latin Music Hall of Fame (heart failure
and multiple health complications) b. April
2007: Dermot O'Reilly
(64) Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter born in
Dublin, Ireland. In
March 1968, he emigrated to Toronto where he met future bandmates Fergus O'Byrne
and Denis Ryan. He was one of the founding members of The Sons of Erin and helped
form the band Sullivan's Gypsies in 1970. In 1971, he, O'Byrne and Ryan moved
to St. John's and began performing as Ryan's Fancy. Ryan's Fancy became a popular
Irish group that released 12 albums and hosted a successful television program
for several seasons. Dermot wrote and produced many Irish songs as a member of
Ryan's Fancy, as a solo artist and later as a member of the group Brishney. In
2004, Ryan's Fancy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the East Cost
Music Association. After Ryan's Fancy disbanded, He founded Piperstock Productions,
a video production and marketing company based in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador
(heart attack) b. 1942.
2010: Kathryn Grayson (88) American actress
and operatic soprano singer born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she trained
as an opera singer from the age of 12. By the early '40s she was under contract
to MGM , soon establishing a career principally through her work in musicals.
After several supporting roles, she was a lead performer in such films as Anchors
Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Show Boat in 1951, Kiss Me Kate in 1953
with Howard Keel, and appeared in 2 films with Mario Lanza, That Midnight Kiss
in '49 and The Toast of New Orleans in '50. When film musical production declined,
she worked in theatre, appearing in Camelot from 1962-1964. Later, she performed
in several operas, including La bohème, Orpheus in the Underworld, Madama
Butterfly, and La Traviata (Kathryn
in her sleep at her home in L.A)
b. February 9th 1922.
2010: Ruby Hunter (55) Australian folk-blues-roots
singer, songwriter and guitarist, Ruby was of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal nationality.
She often performed with her partner, Archie Roach, whom she met at the age of
16, while both were homeless teenagers. She recieved two ARIA Award nominations
for Best Indigenous Release for 'Thoughts Within' in 1995 and Best Blues &
Roots Album for 'Feeling Good' in 2000. Ruby also won Deadlys in 2000 for Female
Artist of the Year, 2003 for Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Music and in 2004 for Excellence in Film & Theatrical Score.
She made her acting debut in One Night the Moon. With Archie Roach and Paul Grabowsky
she wrote and performed the concert Ruby's Story which tells the story of her
life through song and spoken word. (heart attack)
2011: Sergio Embrioni
(50) Argentine guitarist and singer with bands
Alcohol etílico and in 1984, joined up with
the successful rock trio Enanitos Verdes / Little Green Men,
which formed in 1979 in the city of Mendoza. From 1984 they released 17 albums
and toured extensively.
They were part of the Watcha Tour 2000, which included 17 shows along with Molotov,
Aterciopelados, Café Tacuba and A.N.I.M.A.L.
Throughout their career they gained important positions on Latin American charts.
by hanging) b. 1960.
2012: Enrique Sierra (54)
Spanish rock guitarist born in Madrid; in 1977 he co-founder of the punk band
Kaka de Luxe producing an album Damn Sounds released in 1983, after the band split.
In 1978, after dissolving Kaka de Luxe, Enrique founded Sierra Radio Futura along
with brothers James and Luis Auserón, Herminio Molero and Javier Perez.
Radio Futura became one of the most popular and influential bands
in Spain from the eighties and early
nineties. Enrique brought the aesthetics punk characteristic of his early group,
throughout its development until 1992, when they merged their sound with the Latin
rock. In 1989 they were voted the best Spanish
act of the 80s. After the bands demise, Enrique recorded his first solo album
1995, Lies , recorded in London with British
musicians like Danny Cummings, percussionist of Dire Straits. Along with Roman
Pilar and Luis Auserón, he then founded in 1997 Klub, mixing rock and electronic
music. He won two Latin Grammy Awards as a sound engineer, both for work on albums
by Rosario Flores : the first in 2002, the album Many flowers, and the second
in 2004 by Mil Colores
(sadly Enrique died from kidney disease)
b. July 29th 1957.
2012: Michael Davis (68)
American bassist; he became the bassist for Detroit's radical proto-punk band
the MC5 in 1964. Their first album Kick Out the Jams was released
in 1969. After leaving the MC5 in 1972, he worked with Destroy All Monsters for
several years before moving to Arizona, where he played in Blood Orange. Later
he co-founded the group DKT-MC5 with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer on guitar
and Dennis Thompson on drums, hence their band name. In the mid 2000s he co-founded
the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education
programs in public schools. Also since the mid 70s Michael spent more time with
his love of painting. In 2011, one of his paintings titled Black To Comm
Sk8r Boys appeared as the cover art for the Easy Action Records multi-media
audio/DVD release from the 2009 sold- out performance by British rock superstars
Primal Scream and the reunited surviving members of the MC5 at the Royal Festival
Hall. (sadly Michael died from liver failure) b.
June 5th 1943.
Mindy McCready/Malinda Gayle McCready (37) American country
music singer, born in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Active from 1995 till her death
she recorded five studio albums; her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels was certified
2× Platinum. Four of her studio albums produced 12 singles on the Billboard
country singles charts including "You'll Never Know", "Ten Thousand
Angels", "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", "A Girl's Gotta Do
(What a Girl's Gotta Do)" and the No.1 hit "Guys Do It All the Time".
Her last album, I'm Still Here, was released in 2010. Sadly the last eight years
of her life were marred with drugs, drink and violence (suicide
by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was found dead on her front porch, the
same place where her former boyfriend, the father of her younger son, had killed
himself one month earlier)
b. November 30th 1975
Mike Westhues (64) American-born Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist
born in Moberly, Missouri. In 1971, he traveled to Finland, where he was extremely
active in the Finnish music scene, working with such groups as the Finnish progressive
rock band Wigwam, its lead vocalist Jim Pembroke and Finnish blues artist Dave
Lindholm. He also released his first L.P., "New Morning Train", playing
solo shows and band shows all over Finland. A couple of years later, he moved
to Sweden, then on to London and then back to Finland. At the end of the 70s,
he moved back to the USA, to Indianapolis, with his Finnish wife and son. In 2004,
they decided to move back to Finland, where he lived until his death. Over the
years, Mike has worked with or opened for such artists as J.J.Cale, Michael Chapman,
Kevin Coyne, Wigwam, Dave Lindholm, Mickey Baker, Jessie Curtis, Eddie Boyd, Jim
Pembroke, Hank Jr., Rod Stewart, Lynard Skynard, Guy Clark, Fairport Convention,
and others. He has released around 13 albums the last being 'Alder Hill', in 2013
(?) b. January 22nd 1949.
2013: Shmulik Kraus (77)
Israeli actor and pop rock singer born in Jerusalem; he began to sing in
the late 50s after serving in the Israeli Navy and as a merchant seaman. He married
singer Josie Katz, who he managed and at times performed with. Shmulik appeared
in several films, including Rocking Horse and Hole in the Moon and he composed
songs for other performers, such as Shalom Hanoch. He was also known for his music
for children based on the lyrics of Miriam Yalan-Shteklis (sadly
he died swine influenza) b. July 1st 1935.
2013: Richard Lewis Wayne Parker (81)
American musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, music producer. He graduated
from Hamilton High School, LA, got a bachelors degree in art design and
served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Afterward, he did freelance work as
a stand up bass player and singer with several musical groups and did session
work including Jimmie Rodgers' national hit, "Honey Comb". He started
composing and publishing his own works. He produced two of his songs, "Boys
in the Bunkhouse" and "Oklahoma Twilight", with Mike Curb. Country
singer Eddie Raven covered his song, "Good News, Bad News", which went
to No.27 on the country charts in 1975. He also appeared in two Clint Eastwood
movies, "Every Which Way But Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can",
in which he played guitar and sang in the bar scenes. (sadly, Richard died after
a three month battle with lymphoma) b. 1931 or 1932.
The Frog Prince/Frankie Kao (63) Taiwanese singer, born in Kaoshiung,
He was best known for the song "Flaming Phoenix". During the height
of his career, Frankie commanded an appearance fee of NT$240,000 cash per night
(sadly, he died while fighting leukemia) b. February
2014: Robert Edward "Bob"
Casale Jr. aka Bob 2 (61) American guitarist,
keyboardist and sound engineer, born in Kent, Ohio. He originally trained as a
medical radiation technologist, but was recruited by his brother Gerald Casale
to join his band, the new wave band Devo. In Devo concerts, Bob played lead-rhythm
guitar and keyboards while working with MIDI sampling. He also sang backup vocals
both on album and at live shows. From 1984, he was the sound engineer for all
of Devo's albums, including Something for Everybody, Shout, Total Devo and Smooth
Noodle Maps. In 1986, he engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist
Andy Summers and co-founded the musical production group Mutato Muzika. As music
engineering and production opportunities expanded he began working for TV and
movies, including Four Rooms, Happy Gilmore, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and
Rugrats Go Wild. (sadly Bob died from heart failure)
b. July 14th 1952.
2014: R. K. Srikantan/Rudrapatna
Krishnashastri Srikantan (94) Indian Carnatic singer born in Rudrapatna,
and vocalist of the Karnataka Sangeeta tradition of South Indian music. He was
honored with 19 awards and titles over his eight+ decade career which took him
around the globe. He celebrated his 93th birthday by giving 6 concerts at Chennai,
as well as performing at the 18th Annual Sankranti Music Festival which coincided
with the birthday celebrations, before a busy 2013 schedule (died
after a short illness) b. January 14th 1920.
2014: Wayne Smith (48) Jamaican reggae singer
and musician best known for his 1985 hit "Under Mi Sleng Teng", which
is regarded as the track which initiated the digital era of reggae. Born in Kingston,
he began recording at the age of 14, working with producer Prince Jammy, who produced
his debut album Youthman Skanking in 1982 and the 1985 follow-up Smoker Super.
He had further hits with "Ain't No Meaning in Saying Goodbye" and "Come
Along". In 1989 he left Jamaica for New York and established his own record
label, Sleng Teng Records, were he also worked with several record producers from
New York, Jamaica and Europe. He returned to Jamaica in 2013, settling in Mandeville
(Wayne was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital with severe stomach pains, he
suffered a heart attack, from which he tragically died)
b. December 5th 1965.
2015: Andrzej Koszewski
(92) Polish composer
1956: Gustave Charpentier
(95) French composer, born in Dieuze, best known for his opera Louise.
He studied violin at the conservatoire in Lille before entering the Paris Conservatoire
in 1881. In 1902, Gustave founded the Conservatoire Populaire Mimi Pinson, intended
to provide a free artistic education to Paris's working girls. But, he became
unproductive as a composer and worked on a sequel to Louise, ''Julien, ou la vie
d'un poète'', but it was not as great a success as Louise on its 1913 premiere.
During World War I, he started the uvre de Mimi Pinson and Cocarde de Mimi
Pinson to aid wounded soldiers. He was awarded the Légion d'honneur in
1900, became a Commandeur in 1930, and a Grand Officier in 1950. In 1934, he conducted
a recording of his Impressions d'Italie with a Paris symphony orchestra (?)
b. June 25th 1860.
1993: Patrick Waite (24) Jamaican-English
reggae artist, bassist and singer in Musical Youth. The group originally formed
in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School in Birmingham, England. They are best remembered
for their successful 1982 Grammy-nominated single, "Pass the Dutchie".
The group featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior
and Patrick Waite, who's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican
group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career.
They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards
of 1984. Their follow-up to "Pass the Dutchie", "Youth Of Today",
reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, and early in 1983, "Never Gonna
Give You Up", climbed to UK number 6. Minor successes with "Heartbreaker"
and "Tell Me Why", were succeeded by a collaboration with Donna Summer
on the UK Top 20 hit, "Unconditional Love". Eventually in 1985 the band
split. In 1993 the band had planned a reunion but due to Patrick's untimely death
this didn't happen. (sadly died of a hereditary heart condition)
b. June 16th 1968.
1987: Dmitri Borisovich
Kabalevsky (82) Russian Soviet composer, born in Saint Petersburg,
he is regarded as one of the great modern composers of children's music. He helped
to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and remained one of its leading
figures. He was also a prolific composer of piano music and chamber music, many
of his piano works have been performed by the likes of Vladimir Horowitz, and
are regarded as highly innovative, suffusing influences from jazz structure like
that of the latter Nikolai Kapustin and symbolic minimalism along the lines of
Alemdar Karamanov's concerto n.3 per pianoforte e orchestra. Kabalevsky's Piano
Sonata n°1 op.6 is a prime example of his style. He was awarded a number of
state honors for his musical works, including at least two Stalin Prizes. He was
elected the head of the Commission of Musical Esthetic Education of Children in
1962 as well as being elected president of the Scientific Council of Educational
Esthetics in the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR in 1969 (?)
b. December 30th 1904.
Bob Stinson (35) American lead guitarist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
he formed The Replacements, formerly Dog's Breath in 1979 with drummer Chris Mars
and Bob's younger half-brother Tommy, then just 12 years old; a year later, he
brought in Paul Westerberg on second guitar and vocals. Bob recorded the first
4 albums the band ''Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash'', ''Hootenanny'',
''Let It Be'', and ''Tim'', after which he left in 1985. His first band after
leaving The Replacements was Model Prisoner, which broke up in 1988, later the
same year he formed Static Taxi. They recorded two albums Stinson Boulevard and
Closer 2 Normal. Bob put a few other projects together and his last band was The
Bleeding Hearts, which he formed with his roommate Mike Leonard
(Bob's body just gave out after years of drink and drugs)
b. December 17th 1959.
Eddie Williams (79) American bass player for for the ground breaking
group Johnny Moore's Three Blazers during the mid and late forties. He was part
of the trio when vocalist Charles Brown recorded "Drifting Blues". He
left in 1949 and formed his own group which he called Eddie Williams & His
Brown Buddies. He had many hits such as "Blues
In Cuba" , "Houston Jump", "Cuba", "Red Head 'n
Cadillac", "Broken Hearted", "Mississippi", "Saturday
Night Fish Fry", "Prairie Dog Hole", "You Need Me Now",
"I Saw Stars", "Worries", "The Umbrella Song" and
"Johnny Katherine". In 1951, Eddie broke up his small group and joined
Floyd Dixon as part of Dixon's combo. Eddie was an important artist of the post
war years inventing and formulating the music we now call rock & roll (?)
b. June 12th 1915.
2009: Snooks Eaglin/Fird
Eaglin Jr (73) US blind blues guitarist and singer; at aged 11, he
won a talent contest organized by radio station WNOE by playing "Twelfth
Street Rag". Three years later, he dropped out of school to become a professional
musician. In 1952, he joined a local 7-piece band the Flamingoes. The Flamingoes
didn't have a bass player, and according to Snooks, he played both the guitar
and the bass parts at the same time on his guitar. He stayed with The Flamingoes
until their dissolution in the mid-50s. As a solo artist, his recording and touring
were inconsistent, his first recording was in 1953, playing guitar at a recording
session for James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. Snooks claimed in interviews
that his musical repertoire included some 2,500 songs, at live shows he did not
usually prepare set lists, he played songs that came to his head, and he also
took requests from the audience. He joined Black Top Records in the 1980s, these
years had been the most consistent years of his recording career. Between 1987
and 1999, he recorded 4 studio albums and a live album, and appeared as a guest
on a number of recordings by other Black Top artists, including Henry Butler,
Earl King, and Tommy Ridgley. (In 2008 he was diagnosed
with prostate cancer, he died of a heart attack in Ochsner Medical Centre, New
Orleans while undergoing treatment) b. January 21st
2010: Ines Paulke (51) German
rock 'n' roll singer and songwriter, born in Gräfenthal. Ines took classical
vocal studies at the music school in Gera and in 1983 was awarded a grant from
the Committee for Entertainment Arts. Until 1986, she played in the band Datzu,
but left to start her solo career. She received awards at Workers' Festivals and
other competitions. Along with Anke Schenker and Angelika Weiz, she performed
as the Swing Sisters, and founded the United Voices Gospel Project. In 2003 she
wrote and sang with US artist Brady Swenson the song for the City of Leipzig's
Olympic bid (Sadly Ines commited suicide)
b. September 20th 1958
2010: Richard Proulx (72)
American choral conductor, composer and editor of church
music born in St. Paul, Minnesota and began piano studies at 6 years. He was a
widely published composer of more than 300 works, including anthems, service music,
hymn concertatos, organ music and music for a handbell choir, currently based
in Chicago. He served as a consultant on several important hymnals,
including The Hymnal 1982 and the United Methodist Hymnal. He had a long association
with Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, and has made several recordings with The Cathedral
Singers, a professional chorus which he founded in 1991 (?)
b. April ?th 1937.
Ramírez (88) Argentine composer and pianist, born in Santa Fe,
Argentina, Ariel is considered "a chief exponent of Argentine folk music"
and noted for his iconic musical compositions. He initially followed tango before
switching to Argentine folklore. He began his piano studies and soon became fascinated
with the music of the gauchos and creoles. Misa Criolla in 1964, marked the beginning
of his international career, it allowed him to travel around Europe and Latin
America to build his reputation. He had more than 300 compositions during his
career and sold millions of albums and his work was globally renowned. His works
included Navidad Nuestra; La Peregrinación; Los caudillos; Mujeres Argentinas;
and Alfonsina y el Mar. Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Mercedes
Sosa are some of the artists to have recorded his work. He was also associated
with Miguel Brascó and Felix Luna (pneumonia)
b. September 4th 1921.
2011: Lucas Maree (58)
South African songwriter and musician,
born in Johannesburg. His famaous songs included ''Ek sou kon doen met n
miljoen''/ "I Can Do With a Million" the song used for the TV series
'Make a Million", ''Droomvrou'' and ''Victoriabaai''. In
the early 2000s he regularly toured England, Holland, New
Zealand, Canada and Australia. He is also one of the few African artists to stage
a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London (sadly
died after a two year battle with prostate cancer)
b. July 22nd 1958.
2012: Elizabeth Connell (65)
African born, but London based for most of her career,
soprano singer and a leading soprano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardens,
from the mid 70s onwards. Following her debut at Wexford Opera Festival in 1972,
she sang at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in Prokofievs War and
Peace in 1973, and continued to have a special relationship with Opera Australia.
Elizabeth has appeared at the opera houses of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Munich,
Hamburg, New York, San Francisco, Milan, Naples and Geneva in a wide repertoire
and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange, Verona and Glyndebourne Festivals. She
has had successful collaborations with conductors such as Abbado, Muti, Sir
Colin Davis, Sinopoli, Giulini, Sawallisch, Levine,
Downes, Mackerras, Maazel, Ozawa and Elder. She gave
her last performance less than 3 months ago, a recital on Nov 27th 2011 in Hastings,
UK (sadly died of cancer)
b. October 22nd 1946.
2013: Damon Harris/Otis Robert
Harris Jr (62) American soul/R&B singer born
As a teenager he formed a Temptations tribute band The Young Tempts aka The Young
Vandals. In 1971 at 20 years old he
became a member of The Temptations,
he was the youngest member of The Temptations during
his tenure and he also changed his name to Damon Harris, because in his own words,
"the group already had an Otis". He can be heard on hits such as "Superstar
(Remember How You Got Where You Are)",
"Take a Look Around", the No.1 hit and
3-time Grammy Award winner "Papa Was a Rollin'
Stone", "Masterpiece", "Plastic Man"; also he leads on
"Love Woke Me Up This Morning" on the All Directions album. After leaving
in 1975 he reformed The Young Vandals renaming
the group Impact, and recorded soul and disco hits, including "Happy Man"
and the No.5 disco hit "Give a Broken Heart a Break". Damon later founded
The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation dedicated to promoting diagnosis,
awareness and treatment of prostate cancer (Damon's
cause of death has not yet been revealed, but he had been suffering from prostate
b. July 17th 1950.
2013: Kathleen McCormack (83)
Australian singer and actress born in Taree, New South Wales,
and has been a resident of London since the 1970s. She has a recording career
spanning over four decades across genres including country music, Scottish and
Irish ballads, and 1920s waltz. She also appeared on television and entertained
troops during the Vietnam war. She released 29 LPs and sold more than a million
albums between the 1950s and 1970s. Kathleen was forced to stop performing as
she battled a rare neurodegenerative condition. (?)
2013: Kevin Ayers (68) English
psychedelic rock songwriter, guitarist and
bassist, born in Herne Bay, Kent but spent much of
his early childhood in Malaysia. In his college years he took up with the musicians'
scene in the Canterbury area and was quickly drafted into the Wilde Flowers, a
band that featured Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper. The Wilde Flowers morphed into
Soft Machine with the addition of keyboardist Mike Ratledge & guitarist Daevid
Allen; Kevin switched to bass.The band often shared stages with Syd Barrett's
Pink Floyd. They released their debut single 'Love Makes Sweet Music' / 'Feelin'
Reelin', Squeelin' in February 1967, making it one of the first recordings from
the new British psychedelic movement... >>>
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died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the village of Montolieu, France)
b. August 16th 1944.
2014: Bernd "Nossi"
Noske (67) German singer and drummer noted for
his lifes work with prog rock band Birth Control. He joined the band in 1968 and
remained with the band throughout his life. The band split in 1983, after the
death of their guitarist Bruno Frenzel; Nossi reunited the band in 1993. They
released 34 albums between 1970-2009 and Nossi also released a solo album in 1999,
Come Out at Night (?) b. August 17th 1946.
2015: Dave Cloud (58) American musician
2015: Mats Olausson
(54) Swedish keyboard player (Yngwie Malmsteen)
1927: Robert Fuchs (80) Austrian composer
and teacher nicknamed "Serenaden-Fuchs"/"Serenading Fox".
Born in Frauental an der Laßnitz in Styria. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory
with Felix Otto Dessoff and Joseph Hellmesberger among others. He eventually secured
a teaching position there and was appointed Professor of music theory in 1875.
He retained the position until 1912. Robert taught many notable composers, including
George Enescu, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Jean Sibelius, Alexander von Zemlinsky,
Erich Korngold, Franz Schmidt, Franz Schreker, Richard Heuberger, Leo Fall, Petar
Krstic, Erkki Melartin, and Leo Ascher. In his lifetime, his best known works
were his five serenades (?)b.
February 15th 1847.
Lee Morgan (33) American hard bop trumpeter
born in Philadelphia; he recorded prolifically from 1956 until a day before his
death. His primary stylistic influence was Clifford Brown, who gave the teenager
a few lessons before he joined the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band at 18, and remained
a member for a year and a half, until Dizzy to disbanded in 1958. He began recording
for Blue Note Records in 1956, eventually recording 25 albums as a leader for
the company, with more than 250 musicians. He also recorded on the Vee-Jay label.
Joining Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1958 further developed his talent as a
soloist and composer. As the 60's progressed, he recorded some twenty additional
albums as a leader, and continued to record as a sideman on the albums of other
artistsfeatured sideman on several early Hank Mobley records, as well as on John
Coltrane's Blue Train-1957-, on which he played a trumpet with an angled bell
(tragically shot to death by Helen Moore following an argument
between sets at Slug's, a popular New York City jazz club) b.
July 10th 1938.
1973: Joseph Szigeti (80)
Hungarian violinist born in a small town in Transylvania,
but in 1939, to escape the war and Nazi persecution of the Jews, he emigrated
with his wife to the United States, where they settled in California. From the
1920s until 1960, Joseph performed regularly around the world and recorded extensively.
He also distinguished himself as a strong advocate of new music, and was the dedicatee
of many new works by contemporary composers. Among the more notable pieces written
for him are Ernest Bloch's Violin Concerto, Bartók's Rhapsody No. 1, and
Eugène Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata No. 1. After retiring from the concert
stage in 1960, he worked at teaching and writing until his death (sadly
died after a long illness) b. September 5th 1892.
Luigi Dallapiccola (71) Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone
compositions, his final opera Ulisse in 1968, with his own libretto after The
Odyssey, was the culmination of his life's work. It was composed over 8 years.
He took his piano degree at the Florence Conservatory in the 1920s and became
professor there in 1931; until his 1967 retirement he spent his career there teaching
lessons in piano as a secondary instrument. He also studied composition with Vito
Frazzi at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini. His students include Abraham Zalman
Walker, Luciano Berio, Bernard Rands, Donald Martino, Halim El-Dabh, Ernesto Rubin
de Cervin, Arlene Zallman, Noel Da Costa, and Raymond Wilding-White. He made frequent
travels to America, including appearances at Tanglewood in the summers of 1951
and 1952 and several semesters of teaching courses in composition at Queens College,
New York beginning in 1956. He was a sought-after lecturer throughout Western
Europe and the Americas(?)
b. February 3rd 1904.
Bon Scott (33) Scottish-born Australian
rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian
hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Kirriemuir,
Scotland, and moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family in 1952 at the age
of six. He started his career as drummer and occasional lead singer with an Australian
band, The Spektors. Two years later they merged with another local band, The Winstons,
and formed The Valentines, in which Scott was co-lead singer with Vince Lovegrove.
The Valentines recorded several songs written by George Young of The Easybeats
including "Every Day I Have to Cry". In 1970, after a National Top 30
with their single "Juliette", they disbanded. Bon moved to Adelaide
in '70 and joined the progressive rock band Fraternity releasing the LPs "Livestock"
and "Flaming Galah" before touring the UK in 1971, where they changed
their name to "Fang". During this time they played support slots for
Status Quo and Geordie. Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in
September 1974, he performed on AC/DC's first 7 albums from High Voltage in 1975
to Highway to Hell released in 1979 (tragically
found dead in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car. Although there are
many conspiracy theories surrounding his death, the coroner's report stated that
he had "Drunk himself to death", suffocating on his own vomit. The official
cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure")
b. July 9th 1946.
1998: Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones (74) American country
& gospel singer and banjo player, born in the farming community of Niagara
in Henderson County, Kentucky, and spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio, where
he began singing country music tunes on a local radio show. Some of his favourite
songs uncluded "T For Texas", "Night Train To Memphis" and
"Mountain Dew". He also wrote the song "Eight More Miles To Louisville".
Moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and became
a regular cast member on the popular TV show, Hee Haw. In 1978, he was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame and his autobiography, Everybody's Grandpa:
Fifty Years Behind The Mike was published in 1984 (he suffered
a stroke after his second show performance at the Grand Ole Opry, sadly died a
few weeks after) b. October 20th 1913.
2001: Charles Trenet (87) French singer
born in Narbonne, France, from 1933 to 1936, he worked with Swiss pianist Johnny
Hess as a duo known as "Charles and Johnny", recording 18 records. After
the war he moved to America where he quickly became a success. After a few triumphant
concerts at the Bagdad in New York, he became a big hit and was approached by
Hollywood, where he met the likes of Louis Armstrong and began a long-lasting
friendship with Charlie Chaplin. On
14 September 1951, Charles returned to Paris and made a comeback at the "Théâtre
de l'Étoile". From of a huge catalogue of around 1000 songs, his best
known include "La Mer", "Boum !", "Y'a d'la joie",
"Que reste-t-il de nos amours ?", "Ménilmontant" and
"Douce France". His song "La Mer", which according to legend
he composed with Léo Chauliac on a train in 1943, was recorded in 1946
and is maybe his best known work outside the French-speaking world, with over
400 recorded versions. The song was given unrelated English words and under the
title "Beyond the Sea", was a hit for Bobby Darin in the early 1960s,
and George Benson in the mid-1980s (sadly
died from heart problems) b. May 18th
2003: Johnny Paycheck/Donny Young/Donald
Lytle (64) American country singer, guitarist and Grand Ole Opry member.
Born in Greenfield, Ohio, he was playing in talent contests by the age of 9. He
went on to be most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This
Job and Shove It". He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a major
force in country music's "Outlaw Movement" popularized by artists such
as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard. Other hits
included "The Lovin' Machine", "She's All I Got", "Someone
to Give My Love To", "Love Is a Good Thing", "Somebody Loves
Me", "Something About You I Love", "Mr. Lovemaker", and
"Song and Dance Man". In the 1980s, his music career suffered from his
problems with drugs, alcohol, and legal difficulties. He served a prison sentence
in the early 1990s but his declining health effectively ended his career in early
2000 (sadly died from emphysema) b.
May 31st 1938.
Blair/Martha Jane Lafferty (85)
American film and TV actress and singer; after appearing in several films including
My Sister Eileen in 1942, and Rita Hayworth's best friend in Tonight and Every
Night in 1945, she took on the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of
the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three
years. She appeared on various TV variety shows and was also a summer replacement
for Dinah Shore. Janet also recorded an album entitled 'Flame Out', a collection
of ballads like "Don't Explain" and "Then You've Never Been Blue".
In the 1962 she
made a rare dramatic appearance in the British horror film Night of the Eagle.
Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote,
starring Angela Lansbury (sadly
died of complications from pneumonia) b.
April 23rd 1921.
2008: Yegor Letov (64)
Russian singer, guitarist and
songwriter born in Omsk; he was the founderof the Russian punk, and psychedelic
rock in a later period, band Grazhdanskaya Oborona/Civil Defense. He also formed
the band "Communism", and played with punk legend Yanka Dyagileva. Yegor
was also cofounder of National Bolshevik Party (Yegor
died in his sleep) b. September 10th 1964.
2009: Miika Tenkula (34) Finnish lead
guitarist and the main songwriter for the band Sentenced until it disbanded in
2005. He was recognised as one of the greatest metal guitarist to come out of
Finland. He was a founder member of Sentenced in 1989, which started of as a fast,
melodic death metal band. He was also the band's original vocalist from 1989 to
late 1992. The band released one double cd live album "Buried Alive"
and 6 studio albums, their last-ever studio CD, was entitled "The Funeral
Album", which entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 1 in June
2005 (Found dead in his home, his cause of death has not yet been revealed, but
he had a serious drinking problem which had escalated after Sentenced disbanded)
b. March 6th
Kelly Groucutt/Michael William Groucutt (63) British
bass guitar player; best known for being the bass player for the band Electric
Light Orchestra /ELO.was a member of a band called "Sight and Sound"
before being recruited in 1974 for ELO's Eldorado tour. He became a fan favourite
and took over lead vocals on a few songs as well as gaining a great rapport with
live audiences. His distinctive voice can also be best heard on later ELO songs
such as "Nightrider", "Poker", "Above the Clouds",
"Sweet Is the Night", and "The Diary of Horace Wimp". ELO
accumulated 26 UK Top 40 hit singles and 20 US Top 40 hit singles. The group also
scored 20 Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as 15 Top 20 hits in theUS Billboard
charts; they collected 21 RIAA awards, 38 BPI awards and sold over 100 million
albums worldwide, 50 million of those being sold between 1971 and 1982. Kelly
left ELO in 1983. Since then he has taken part in some of the many ELO spin-off
groups: Orkestra, ELO Part 2, and The Orchestra. He toured worldwide with The
Orchestra till his death and also tokk part in tours as part of a local, little
known band called Session 60 (heart attack) b. September
2009: Harrison Ridley Jr (70) American jazz
presenter; host of a Sunday night 4 hour radio show on WRTI (90.1FM) entitled,
"The Historical Approach to the Positive Music." when he would focus
in on one artist through his entire program to give the listener a sense of that
artist's contribution to the tradition. He did not use the term "jazz,"
he used phrases such as "this music referred to as jazz," or "the
positive music." was also a record collector and archivist, and nicknamed
"the walking encyclopedia of jazz," having collected over 8,500 LPs;
3,000 78s; 200 45s; 300 CDs, and 6,000 books on African American history and music.
He received more than 80 awards throughout his long career
some weeks after a major stroke) b.
Díaz/Simón Narciso Díaz Márquez (85) Venezuelan
singer and Grammy Award winning composer born in Barbacoas. He endeavored to recover
the folklore and musical traditions of the llanos, the Venezuelan plains. This
style of music has since been performed by artists such as Argentina's Mercedes
Sosa, Brazil's Caetano Veloso, Spain's Joan Manuel Serrat, Peru's Susana Baca,
Puerto Rico's Danny Rivera and Venezuelans Franco De Vita, Soledad Bravo, Juan
Carlos Salazar and José Luis Rodríguez, among others. He has also
performed in theatre, motion pictures and television. He penned "Caballo
Viejo" and "Bamboléo" which were recorded by the Gipsy Kings.
His compositions have been performed by artists such as Plácido Domingo,
Celia Cruz, Ray Conniff, Julio Iglesias, Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa,
Gipsy Kings, Ivan Lins, Joyce, Juan Gabriel, Cheo Feliciano, María Dolores
Pradera, Martirio, Tania Libertad, Ry Cooder and Devendra Banhart (sadly
he died after battling Alzheimer's disease for many years) b.
August 8th 1928
2015: Warren Thomson (79)
Bolduc/Mary Rose-Anna Travers (46) French
Canadian singer; during the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was
known as the Queen of Canadian Folk singers. As a child in Quebec, her father
taught her how to play the instruments that were traditional in Quebec culture
of the era: the fiddle, accordion, harmonica, spoons and Jew's harp. When Conrad
Gauthier's troupe was missing a folk violinist for a performance, Mary filled
in and soon she became a regular player with Gauthier's troupe by 1928, playing
the violin or Jew's harp. She was recommended by folk singer Ovila Légaré
to musical producer Roméo Beaudry of the Compo Company who signed her to
a recording contract to make four 78 rpm records, paying her $25 per side. She
made her first recording in April 1929, the French folk song Y'a longtemps que
je couche par terre on side A, and an instrumental reel on side B. By the end
of 1930, she had recorded more than 30 songs. During this time, she collaborated
on not less than fifty-six recordings of other artists. Most of these recordings
did not credit her. She would sing accompaniments or play instruments for recordings
by Juliette Béliveau, Eugène Daignault, Ovila Légaré,
Alfred Montmarquette, Adélard St. Jean and others. Mary formed her own
touring troupe in 1932, named La Troupe du bon vieux temps, the performances contained
elements of both vaudeville and traditional folk music. She was seriously injured
in June of 1937 in Rivière-du-Loup when her tour company's car was in a
head-on collision. She suffered a broken leg, a broken nose and a concussion,
but sadly they discovered too, that she had cancer. Mary began limited touring
again in the summer of 1938, made a radio broadcast in January 1939, and made
two recordings in February 1939. On August 12, 1994, a stamp was released that
honoured her with her portrait on a Canadian postage stamp. The same year, a park
was created in her hometown of Newport named Mary Travers Park, and in 2002, Mary
Bolduc was made a MasterWorks honouree by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust
of Canada (died battling cancer)
b. June 4th 1894.
1961: Percy Grainger (78)
Australian born composer born in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne. His mother took
him to Europe in 1895 to study at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt. There
he displayed talents as a musical experimenter, using irregular and unusual meters.
In 1906, Grainger hiked around Britain recordings songs on Edison wax cylinders,
the first such recordings in Britain. His 1916 piano composition In a Nutshell
is the first by a classical music professional in the Western tradition to require
direct, non-keyed sounding of the strings in this case, with a mallet
which came to be known as a "string piano" technique. When the USA entered
the war in 1917, he enlisted into a United States Army band, playing oboe and
soprano saxophone, and spent the war giving dozens of concerts in aid of War Bonds
and Liberty Loans, as well the American Red Cross. In 1917 he was elected an honorary
member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. In 1918, he became a naturalized
citizen of America. His piano solo Country Gardens became a hit, securing
his reputation as a composer (sadly
died after a long and brave battle with cancer) b. July 8th 1882.
Jacob Gade (83) Danish composer mostly of orchestral
popular music. He is notable for his tune, the familiar Tango Tzigane
Jalousie, also known as Tango Jalousie or simply Jalousie, premiered September
14th 1925. The tango, written to accompany a silent film when Gade was leader
of the orchestra of the Palads Cinema, was an instant international hit. When
talkies were introduced it was featured in over 100 films. The royalties allowed
Gade to devote himself to composition fulltime for the rest of his life. Arthur
Fiedler made the first recording of the piece with the Boston Pops, further increasing
Gade's income. The royalties now fund a foundation for young musicians
b. November 29th 1879.
1963: Ferenc Fricsay
(48) Hungarian conductor, born in Budapest, he made his first appearance
as a conductor at 15. He went on to become music director of the then newly formed
RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Germany in 1949. He was musical director of the Houston
Symphony in 1954. Ferenc spent much of his time from the 1950s onward in Germany
as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, 19561958 and as conductor
of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic.
His 1958 recording of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 is featured in the movie A Clockwork
Orange. From 1960 until his death, he was an Austrian citizen (?)
August 9th 1914
Russian-Ukrainian bandleader, pianist and jazz pioneer, born in Alexandrovsk,
now Zaporojye. In 1927 Aleksandr's orchestra was invited to play jazz music at
the radio studio. That was the first jazz broadcast in the USSR. Some time later
he made a number of records, that are among the pioneer Soviet jazz documents.
The overwhelming majority of his works were first destined for solo piano performance,
and then arranged for a jazz orchestra, mainly dances, songs, phantasies and popular
melodies variations. Aleksandr had also created a number of large-scale works,
the ballet suite "Rot-Front" for orchestra in 1931, the concert for
piano and jazz orchestra in 1941, and the concert for piano and symphonical orchestra
in 1956 are among them. He also composed music for theatre performances and cinema
films (?) b. December
1974: David Monrad Johansen (85)
Norwegian composer born in Vefsn, Nordland, but grew up
by Mosjøen, his most famous piece is Voluspaa op.15, it was composed for
soloists, choir and orchestra, and its based on the poem Voluspaa, from
the Edda. This piece and the Nordlands Trompet op.13, are the most pure nationalistic
of Davids works, and often called a Norwegian impressionism. In 1933 and
1935, he turned more into a neo-classical direction, more polyphonic, more clear
tonality, classical forms (?) b. November
Toru Takemitsu (65)
Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught,
he possessed consummate skill in the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral
timbre. He drew from a wide range of influences, including jazz, popular music,
avant-garde procedures and traditional Japanese music, in a harmonic idiom largely
derived from the music of Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen. He was the recipient
of numerous awards, commissions and honours; he composed over 100 film scores
and about 130 concert works for ensembles of various sizes and combinations. He
also found time to write a detective novel and appeared frequently on Japanese
television as a celebrity chef (sadly he died of pneumonia
while undergoing treatment for bladder cancer) b.
October 8th 1930.
1997: Zachary Breaux (36)
American jazz guitarist, born in Port Arthur, Texas; he studied music composition
at North Texas State University. In 1984, he moved to New York, where he spent
6 years in the band of vibist Roy Ayers. Zachary was signed to Zebra Records in
1996. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including
Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater
and Donald Byrd (died while on holiday in Miami Beach, when he bravely tried to
save the life of another swimmer, Eugenia Poleyeff, 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., who
was caught by a riptide) b. June 26th 1960.
Ronnie Hilton/Adrian Hill (75) English singer and radio presenter born
in Kingston upon Hull. He became one of Britain's most popular singers of the
1950s, with nine Top 20 hits between 1954 and 1957, "I Still Believe",
"Veni Vidi Vici", "Stars Shine In Your Eyes", "A Blossom
Fell", "No Other Love", "Who Are We", "Two Different
Worlds", and "Around The World". His last last chart entry in 1965
"Windmill in Old Amsterdam" became a fixture across decades of Children's
Favourites. Ronnie suffered a stroke in 1976, which hindered his progress for
a time. Following his recovery, he presented 'Sounds of the Fifties' a nostalgic
radio series for BBC Radio 2. The British Academy of Song Composers and Authors
honoured him with its gold medal for services to popular music in 1989 (sadly
died from a stroke) b. January 26th
2003: Ty Longley (32)
American guitarist and vocalist; born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, he graduated
from Brookfield High School in Ohio. He was lead guitarist with 'Samantha 7' playing
at Woodstock '99 and releasing a self titled album in 2000, after which he joined
the band Great White. Ty also worked with drummer Nick Menza on "Menza: Life
After Deth". The album was due to have a 2002 release date and tour to follow,
but before hand, Ty hit the road on his fatal last tour with his other band, Jack
Russell's Great White. The "Life After Deth" album was never released
and a tour was never announced (Ty was tragically
killed in The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island. He was the only member of
Great White to die in The Station nightclub fire, which claimed 99 other lives)
b. September 4th 1971.
German singer-songwriter born in Prüm; he spent his youth in Berlin-Wedding,
visiting the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin together with Reinhard Mey, and
learning to play the piano and the guitar. His greatest
successes came in the '70s. His songs describe the little quirks hidden in everyone's
everyday life, mixing laconic humour with linguistic skill. He produced more than
20 LP's/CDs since 1970, and some of his songs from this time made the German TopTen,
allowing him to perform at the Berliner Philharmonie. He almost exclusively performed
2002, he published his autobiography, In vollen Zügen (?)
b. March 4th 1944.
2005: John Emmett Raitt
(88) American actor and singer best known for his stage roles in the
musicals Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Carnival in Flanders, Three Wishes
for Jamie, and A Joyful Noise, in which he set the standard for virile, handsome,
strong-voiced leading men during the golden age of the Broadway musical. His only
leading film role was in the 1957 movie version of The Pajama Game opposite Doris
Day. On television, he was seen many times on the Bell Telephone Hour. A clip
of a television performance of Raitt singing the final section of the song "Soliloquy"
from Carousel is included in the documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age, by
the Legends Who Were There (died
of pneumonia) b. January 19th 1917.
2005: Pam Bricker (50) American jazz singer,
and a professor of music at George Washington University. She was a frequent collaborator
and guest vocalist with the group Thievery Corporation, and the voice on their
track Lebanese Blonde, which was popularised by its inclusion on Zach Braff's
Garden State soundtrack. Pam was also a member of Mad Romance vocal quartet from
was frequently nominated for Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) honors and
won five times: as best contemporary jazz vocalist in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and
best contemporary jazz album in 2001, for her release U-topia (tragically Pam
hung herself after struggling with clinical depression) b.
July 7th 1954.
2008: Bobby Lee Trammell (74)
American rockabilly singer, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. After a brief contract at
Sun Records he moved to California. He was seen by Lefty Frizzell, who invited
him to try out for a performing venue called the Jubilee Ballroom in Baldwin Park,
where he won the opening spot on a bill that included Frizzell, Freddie Hart,
and Johnny Cash. Bobby wrote and recorded the song Shirley Lee, later covered
by Ricky Nelson. On stage Bobby liked to build up the crowd reaction, tearing
off his clothes, jumping on top of the piano, and generally inciting the crowds,
all of this at a time when promoters and authorities were trying to quiet rock
& roll down. By the 70s he had moved into country music and spent most of
that decade playing and recording in that vein (?)
b.January 31st 1934.
Sadi Lallemand (81) Belgian jazz multi-musician, playing piano, clarinet,
marimba and percussion, he was also a composer, arranger and singer, but the vibraphone,
together with the bongos was his main instrument throughout his professional life.
He was the first European jazz artist to play the vibes as his main instrument.
His career started with Sadis Hot Five, a combo playing mainly for the American
troops during the occupation. After World War II, he performed with Jacques Pelzer
in The Bob Shots. In 1952 he moved to Paris, were he played with Django Reinhardt,
Kenny Clarke, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, was co-leader of a quartet
with pianist Martial Solal and a member of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big
Band. On his return to Belgium in 1961, he worked for RTBF, the Belgian national
TV channel having his own programmes, he world toured with artists such as Caterina
Valente, and recorded solo and as a sideman with jazz legends like Sahib Shihab.
Sadly in January of 1995 he became seriously ill after which he rarely appeared
on stage (he passed away from the consequences of a virus)
b. October 23rd 1927.
Malaysia Vasudevan (66) Indian playback singer and actor in
the Tamil film industry. He was known for singing songs for Indian actor Rajnikanth
and many more. As well as acting in nearly 85 films he has worked with many music
directors such as Vidyasagar, M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraja, Shankar-Ganesh, Deva,
A. R. Rahman, and . After T. M. Soundararajan, he was called as ghost voice for
Sivaji Ganesan. His first song was for the film Delhi to Madras. He has sang over
8,000 in Tamil and over 4,000 songs in various other South Indian languages and
has been awarded Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Government (?)
June 15th 1944.
2011: Terry Clements (63) American long time
guitarist with Gordon Lightfoot; a native of Detroit City, he began playing guitar
when he was only five years old. After graduating from high school, Clements spent
two years in the Navy before joining a '60s outfit called Golden Sunflower, managed
by Lou Adler, who also steered the careers of the Mamas & the Papas and Carole
King. In the early '70s, Tony Lightfoot met Terry while working on an early Burt
Reynolds movie and soon brought the guitarist up to Toronto to audition to join
his band. A 40-plus-year collaboration was then born. Terry contributed to nearly
all of Lightfoot's most memorable tunes, including "Carefree Highway,"
"Sundown" and, of course, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,"
which features a haunting solo from Terry and his guitar (sadly
Terry passed away from a stroke) b. July 22nd 1947.
Thom Enright (59) American blues guitarist
and founding member the
rock quintet The
Young Adults formed in the early 1970s and based in Rhode Island. Their songs
included "Complex World", "Beer", "A Power Tool Is Not
A Toy", "Do The Heimlich", "Drunken Celebrities" and
"Christmas In Japan In July", were often satirical. By the early '90s,
he was legendary on the Rhode Island music scene, equally skilled on guitar and
bass, he was one of the first local musicians of his generation to enjoy a nationally
released album, as bass player for the Boston band, Shakey Legs; he'd recorded
for Columbia Records and toured the country with Rhode Island's own Ken Lyon &
Tombstone on guitar; he also recorded three albums for Rounder as bassist with
for Duke Robillard's first post-Roomful Of Blues project, The Pleasure Kings
(sadly Thom died after a long and brave battle with brain cancer) b.
September 26th 1952.
2013: Lil Ced /Cedric Morgan (24) American
rapper most famous for "D.E.C." and "Yellow Diamond Shawty"
(tragically shot dead in front of his East Cleveland home)
2014: Reghu Kumar (60) Indian
music composer and multi-intrumentalist born in Kerala; at 15, Reghu Kumar debuted
on stage as an accompanying artist for eminent musicians on Indian classical and
Western percussion all over India. At the age of 16 he was a graded percussionist
for All India Radio. He then graduated to grade 'A' music composer for All India
Radio. Reghu has worked on over 30 films and released 6 albums. His famous hits
include Thalavattam, Shyama and Boeing Boeing (sadly died
from kidney failure) b. June 13th 1953.
2015: Gérard Calvi/Grégoire
Krettly (92) French film score composer born in Paris. His first
composing work was for the French production The Patron in 1949. He went on to
provided music for various French films, most notably Gangster Boss, for which
he was nominated for the Broadway's 1959 Tony Award for his music. He is probably
most famous for his work on three Asterix films: Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and
Cleopatra and The Twelve Tasks of Asterix. He also composed the memorable Asterix
theme for the first film, which was dispensed with by the time the music for The
Twelve Tasks of Asterix was composed in 1976. His most recent work was for the
feature film The Crab Revolution in 2004 (?)
b. July 26th 1922.
1980: Janet Vogel (37)
American singer and co-founder of the 50's vocal group the Skyliners; The Skyliners
created a new style of music by combining the streetwise harmonies of rhythm and
blues with the modern sophisticated harmony style. They had 4 chart hits "Cashbox",
"This I Swear", "Pennies from Heaven", and their popular and
frequently covered 1960 hit song "Since I Don't Have You". Guns 'N'
Roses 80's rendition of this song bought them back into the media attention. In
2002 The Skyliners were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. (suicide
by carbon monoxide poisoning) b. October
1981: Ronald Erle
Ron Grainer (58) Australian-born composer from Atherton,
Queensland, but worked for most of his professional career in the UK. Moving to
Britain in the 50s, he collaborated with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on a number
of television series themes, including Giants of Steam and in 1963 the science
fiction series Doctor Who, which remained the standard version of the Doctor Who
theme for 18 years. Ron composed music for several TV productions, such as Danger
Man, The Prisoner, Shelley, That Was The Week That Was, Steptoe and Son, Maigret,
Man in a Suitcase, and Tales of the Unexpected. From 1962 to 1976 he worked on
3 stage productions and 11 films including... To Sir, with Love; Night Must Fall;
Only When I Larf; and The Omega Man.
In 1994, the A To Z Of British TV Themes -The
Ron Grainer Years, was released,
a CD comprising 30 TV and film themes composed by Ron (?)
August 11th 1922.
1982: Murray "the K" Kaufman (60)
American DJ, said to be the first DJ to play a Beatles record on US radio. Professionally
known as Murray the K, was a famous and influential rock and roll impresario and
disc jockey of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. During the early days of Beatlemania,
he frequently referred to himself as "the Fifth Beatle". (Murray
died after a brave battle with cancer) b.
February 14th 1922
Gould (82) American composer born in Richmond Hill, New York, Morton
was a child prodigy with abilities in improvisation and composition, his first
composition was published at age six. During the Depression, as a teenager, he
worked in New York playing piano in movie theatres, and with vaudeville acts.
By 1935, he was conducting and arranging orchestral programs for New York's WOR
radio station; in the 1940s, he appeared on the Cresta Blanca Carnival program
as well as The Chrysler Hour on CBS reaching an audience of millions. Morton went
on to compose Broadway scores such as Billion Dollar Baby and Arms and the Girl;
film music such as Delightfully Dangerous, Cinerama Holiday, and Windjammer; music
for television series such as World War One; and ballet scores including Interplay,
Fall River Legend, and I'm Old Fashioned. Morton's music, commissioned by symphony
orchestras all over the United States, was also commissioned by the Library of
Congress, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre,
and the New York City Ballet and Gould received three commissions for the United
States Bicentennial. As a conductor, Gould led all of the major American orchestras
as well as those of Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He won a Grammy
Award in 1966 for his recording of Charles Ives' first symphony, with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. In 1983, he received the American Symphony Orchestra League's
Gold Baton Award and in 1986, he was president of ASCAP, also in 1986 he was elected
to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters In 2005, he was honored
with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. (?)
b. December 10th 1913.
2003: Tom Glazer (88) American folk
singer-songwriter known primarily as a composer of ballads, including: "Because
All Men Are Brothers", recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, "Talking Inflation
Blues", recorded by Bob Dylan. He wrote the lyrics to the songs "Melody
of Love" 1954, and "Skokian" in 1954. He also wrote the musical
score to the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd and wrote and sang the eco-conscious
title song in the 1966 movie Namu the Killer Whale. Along with Dottie Evans, Tom
recorded three children's records in 1959 and 1960 that were part of a six-album
set known as the Singing Science Records. His greatest commercial success came
with his original recording of the song "On Top of Spaghetti" (?)
b. September 2nd 1914.
Les Gray (57) English singer and musician
born in Carshalton, Surrey; he was a self-taught musician, and during his school
years, he played trumpet with a jazz band, and then, with a younger brother, went
on to form the skiffle unit, The Mourners. With a few line-up changes, The Mourners
evolved into Mud in 1967, with Les on vocals, Dave Mount on drums, Rob Davis on
guitar, and Ray Stiles on bass, and won the Search for Sound song contest the
same year. After several unsuccessful singles including "Flower Power",
they were signed to Mickie Most's RAK record label, and toured in support of Tom
Jones in 1973. Mud had a string of hits including two which topped the UK Singles
Chart in 1974, "Lonely This Christmas", and "Tiger Feet",
and a chart topping cover of "Oh, Boy!" They disbanded in 1980. Les
had a Top 40 solo hit in 1977 with his cover version of "A Groovy Kind of
Love". He later went out with backing musicians under the name 'Les Gray's
Mud' (sadly died after a brave battle with throat cancer)
b. April 9th 1946.
2005: Ara Berberian (74)
American opera bass singer born in Detroit, Michigan, he made his debut in 1958
with the Turnau Opera in Woodstock, New York, as Don Magnifico in Rossini's La
Cenerentola and his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1979 as Zacharie in Giacomo Meyerbeer's
Le prophète. He also sang with the New York City Opera, the San Francisco
Opera, and the Michigan Opera Theatre. In all, he sang over 100 roles during his
career, perhaps most notably in the roll of Osmin in Mozart's Abduction from the
Seraglio and the roll of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto. In addition to his
operatic repertoire, also sang and recorded music by Armenian and Armenian-American
composers such as Komitas and Alan Hovhaness; he recorded three LP albums of the
latter composer's songs. Ara was also an active environmentalist and had a keen
interest in preserving forest land and old barns (?)
b. May 14th 1930.
2007: Alfred Viola (87)
American jazz guitarist who worked with Frank Sinatra for 25 years
and also played the mandolin on the soundtrack of the film The Godfather. Born
in Brooklyn, he enlisted in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945 and
played in an Army jazz band. In 1946, Alfred and Page Cavanaugh, joined bassist
Lloyd Pratt, formed a trio. The ensemble appeared in several films, including
the Doris Day's Romance On The High Seas and A Song Is Born, and played a few
dates in 1946 and 1947 with Frank Sinatra. Alfred continued to work with Sinatra
regularly, accompanying him on several hundred studio recordings and concert dates
between 1956 and 1980. He continued playing jazz , with Bobby Troup, Ray Anthony,
Harry James, Buddy Collette, Stan Kenton, Gerald Wilson and Terry Gibbs. He also
worked as a session musician on over 500 albums, including releases by Jimmy Witherspoon,
Helen Humes, June Christy, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin
Gaye, Steve Lawrence, Julie London, Anita O'Day, and Linda Ronstadt Joe Williams.
(Sadly Alfred lost his brave battle with cancer)
b. June 16th 1919.
2011: Antonín vorc
(77) Czech operatic bass-baritone. He studied with J. Berlíka
at the Prague Conservatory before making his professional opera debut at the Liberec
Theatre in 1955 where he was committed for one year. He joined the roster of principal
artists at the National Theatre in Prague in 1956 and performed there until 1962
when he joined the Prague State Opera where he performed for the next several
decades. In 1985 he was named a People's Artist of Czechoslovakia and in 2003
he was honored with a Thalia Award. Retired from the stage, he taught on the voice
faculty at the Prague Conservatory (?) b. February 12th
2012: Christopher Reimer (26) Canadian rock
guitarist for the Calgary band Women formed in 2007. They released two albums
2008's Women and 2010's Public Strain. Women's
track "Black Rice" ranked No. 18 in the Pitchfork Media Top Tracks of
2008, and their 2010 album was one of their Top 50 Albums of 2010. The band performed
at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2009 and toured with the likes of Mogwai and
The band went on hiatus in 2010, and Christopher
joined the Dodos as a touring member in 2011.
A few weeks before his death, on February 8th, he did a solo performance in Calgary,
this set was recorded (?) b.
January 19th 1986.
2013: Cleotha Staples (78) American
gospel singer and member of The Staple Singers which was made up of Roebuck "Pops"
Staples, the patriarch of the family, with his children Cleotha, Pervis, Yvonne
and Mavis. The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, and signed
their first professional contract in 1952. During their early career they recorded
in an acoustic gospel-folk style with songs like "Uncloudy Day" and
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken". But they are best known for their 1970s
hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There", "If You're
Ready (Come Go with Me)", and "Let's Do It Again". Cleotha was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the group
in 1999 (sadly died from alzheimer's
disease) b. 11th April 1934.
Kenny Clutch/Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr (27) American
rapper, he had worked with
TeeJ and recorded "Stay Schemin" and "Free".
He moved to Las Vagas a couple of years ago.
while driving his Maserati car, which then crashed into a taxi cab which exploded
into flames killing the cabbie and his passenger)
Magic Slim/Morris Holt (75) American blues
singer and guitarist Grenada, Mississippi, where he lost his little finger in
a cotton gin mishap, which forced him to give up the piano and move onto guitar.
In 1955 he moved to Chicago with his friend and mentor Magic Sam. The elder, Magic
Sam/Samuel Maghett let Morris play bass in his band, and gave him his nickname
Magic Slim. He returned to Mississippi to work and got his younger brother Nick
interested in playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and in 1970 Nick joined
him in his group, the Teardrops. Slim's recording career began in 1966, with the
song "Scufflin'", followed by a number of singles into the mid 1970s.
He recorded his first album in 1977, Born Under A Bad Sign, this was the first
of 36 albums and during the 1980s he won his first W.C. Handy Award. In 1994 Slim
moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Zoo Bar had been booking him for years.
He was frequently accompanied by his son Shawn "Lil' Slim" Holt, an
accomplished guitarist and singer. In 2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the
W.C. Handy Award as 'Blues Band Of The Year' for the sixth time (Slim
was on tour with his band the Teardrops in late January when he became ill with
breathing problems and was hospitalized in Phoenixville, but transferred later
to Philadelphia, where sadly he has died)
b. August 7th 1937
Sakis Boulas (59) Greek singer-songwriter, comedian and
actor, born in Kilkis and raised in Piraeus. At the start of his career he collaborated
with important Greek composers such as Thanos Mikroutsikos, Dionysis Savvopoulos
and Mimis Plessas. However, he became widely known thanks to his participation
in popular Greek TV series, shows and movies. Also he made a successful career
as a songwriter and wrote many songs for his good friends Yannis Zouganelis, Vasilis
Papakonstantinou, Lavrentis Machairitsas and many other
musicians. (sadly Sakis
died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. March 11th 1954.
Francesco Di Giacomo (66) Italian
born in Siniscola, Sardinia and most famous
for being the lead singer of the
historic Italian progressive band, Banco del
Mutuo Soccorso. He has been called "the great voice of the Italian progressive,
the symbol of a golden age of Italian rock". He joined Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
in 1971 and the following year they released their debut self titled album Banco
del Mutuo Soccorso, the first of 19 studio albums and 4 live albums. In 1989 he
released his debut solo album "Do Not Put Your Fingers in the Nose",
in collaboration with other musicians of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Sam
Moore (tragically he died on his way to hospital
after being involved in a traffic collision)
b. August 22nd 1947.
2015: Clark Terry (94)
American jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist
1961: Nick LaRocca (71) American
early jazz cornetist and trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass
Band. Born in New Orleans he called himself "The Creator of Jazz", and
"The Christopher Columbus of Music". From around 1910 through 1916 he
was a regular member of Papa Jack Laine's bands. In 1916 he joined Johnny Stein's
band to play a job up in Chicago, Illinois. This band became the famous Original
Dixieland Jass Band, making the first commercially issued jazz recordings in New
York City in 1917. These recordings were hits and made the band into celebrities.
His 1917 composition "Tiger Rag" is one of the most important and influential
jazz standards of the twentieth century. There were 136 cover versions of Nick's
copyrighted composition "Tiger Rag" by 1942 alone. He led the band on
tours of England and America into the early 1920s, when he suffered a nervous
breakdown. He returned to New Orleans and retired from music. Then in 1936 Nick
reunited the O.D.J.B. for a successful tour and more recordings and proclaimed
that he and his band were the inventors of the now nationally popular swing music
b. April 11th 1889.
Florence Ballard (32) American singer, one of the co-founders of the
Hall of Fame Motown group The Supremes. During their early years, they were originally
called The Primette, enjoying a generally democratic distribution of leads on
songs. However, by 1966, Florence and Mary Wilson had begun to feel ignored in
the group as Motown President Berry Gordy, Jr. spotlighted Diana Ross's individual
career. Discontent led her to depression and alcoholism, factors that weighed
heavily in Gordy's decision to permanently dismiss her from The Supremes. Her
final performance with the Supremes was their first appearance at the Flamingo
Hotel in Las Vegas. Flo went solo releasing the singles "It Doesn't Matter
How I Say It (It's What I Say That Matters)" and "Love Ain't Love"
on ABC Records, but they failed to chart. In 1974 former Supreme Mary Wilson flew
her to Los Angeles for a comback career, but she continued to drown her sorrows
with pills and alcholic beverages and Flo was living on welfare when she died
at such a young age (sadly died of a cardiac arrest)
b. June 30th 1943.
Sir Adrian Boult (93) English conductor born
in Chester in north west England, he was known for his championing of British
music. With early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei
Diaghilev's ballet company. His first prominent post was conductor of the City
of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the BBC appointed him director of music
in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor.
The orchestra set standards of excellence that were rivalled in Britain only by
the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), founded two years later. Forced
to leave the BBC in 1950 on reaching retirement age, he took on the chief conductorship
of the LPO. The orchestra had declined from its peak of the 1930s, but under his
guidance its fortunes were revived. He retired as its chief conductor in 1957,
and later accepted the post of president. Although in the latter part of his career
he worked with other orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the
Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and his former orchestra,
the BBC Symphony, it was the LPO with which he was primarily associated, conducting
it in concerts and recordings until 1978, in what was widely called his "Indian
b. April 8th 1889.
Efrem Zimbalist (94) Russian violinist born in
Rostov-na-Don; by the age of nine, he was first violin in his fathers orchestra.
At 12 he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, he graduated in 1907 after
winning a gold medal and the Rubinstein Prize, and by age 21 was considered one
of the world's greatest violinists.he debuted in Berlin, playing the Brahms concerto,
and London in 1907 and in the U.S. in 1911, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He then settled in the U.S. In 1917, he was elected as an honorary member of Phi
Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music, by the fraternity's
Alpha Chapter at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1928, he
began teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He was director
of the school from 1941 to 1968. His pupils included such distinguished musicians
as Aaron Rosand, Harold Wippler, Oscar Shumsky, Felix Slatkin, Shmuel Ashkenasi,
and Hidetaro Suzuki. He retired as
a violinist in 1949, but returned in 1952 to give the first performance of the
Violin Concerto by Gian Carlo Menotti, which is dedicated to him. He retired again
in 1955. He served as a juror of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in
1962 and 1966. His own compositions include a violin concerto, the American Rhapsody,
a tone poem called Daphnis and Chloe, a Fantasy on themes from The Golden Cockerel
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a piece called Sarasateana, and an opera Landara,
which premiered in Philadelphia in 1956 (?)
b. April 9th 1890.
1987: Andy Warhol/Warhola (58) American painter, printmaker, filmmaker
and manager of The Velvet Underground. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he was
a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful
career as a commercial illustrator, Andy became famous worldwide for his work
as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and member of highly
diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals,
Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons. He has been the subject of numerous
retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined
the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame." In his hometown of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of his life
and artwork. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million
for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. The private transaction was reported in
a 2009 article in The Economist, which described Warhol as the "bellwether
of the art market." $100 million is a benchmark price that only Jackson Pollock,
Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-August Renoir, Gustav Klimt and Willem
de Kooning have achieved (tragically died from complications
after a routine gallbladder operation) b. August
1994: Papa John Creach (76)
American violinist and fiddler born in Beaver
Falls, Pennsylvania; he began playing violin in Chicago bars when the family moved
there in 1935, and eventually joined a local cabaret band, the Chocolate Music
Bars. Moving to L.A. in 1945, he played in the Chi Chi Club, spent time working
on an ocean liner, appeared in "a couple of pictures", and performed
as a duo with Nina Russell. He went on to be the fiddler for Jefferson Airplane
19701975, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Starship - The Next Generation,
the San Francisco All-Stars 19791984, The Dinosaurs 19821989, and
Steve Taylor (Papa John ssadly suffered a heart attack during
the '94 Northridge earthquake on January 17th 1994. This led to him contracting
pneumonia, from which he died from a month later)
b. May 28th 1917.
Ronnie Verrell (77) English jazz drummer. He played in two of the United
Kingdom's "most famous" big bands, The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd
Lawrence Orchestra. He also worked extensively in television, including as a drummer
in Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra and Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He also
provided the drumming for The Muppet Show's "Animal", and was a "Skinnerett"
on The Frank Skinner Show. The Scotsman called him a "driving band drummer"
and an "exciting soloist". The Daily Telegraph said Verrel had a "rare
combination of craftsmanship and bravura showmanship" and called him "Britain's
best-known big band drummer for half a century" (?)
b. February 22nd 1926.
2006: Anthony Burger (44)
American pianist, singer
and keyboards born in Tennessee; his first recording, ''Anthony Burger
At The Lowry Organ'', was released in 1975 when he was 14 years old. He joined
the Kingsmen Quartet while still a teen and remained with them until 1992, when
left to pursue a career as a solo pianist. He joined the Gaither Homecoming Tour
the following year and was featured on more than 65 Homecoming videos. He continued
to release piano solo recordings and headline concerts, but his solo schedule
was balanced by about 80 Gaither Homecoming dates per year. During the course
of his career, Anthony teamed up with gospel Sax-Man Dan Traxler with over 100
tracks to their credit (died tragically
of a massive heart attack while performing aboard the MS Zuiderdam, a cruise ship
chartered for a Gaither Gospel Cruise) b. June 5th 1961.
Koji Kita (63) Japanese singer and member of
the boy band Four
Leaves, which was formed by the talent agency Johnny
& Associates. Four Leaves was one of the earliest acts produced by the agency
and they released their debut single "Olivia no Shirabe" in 1968. They
disbanded in 1978, and reunited in 2002. (sadly
Koji died while battling liver cancer) b. January 20th 1949
Billy Strange (81) American singer, songwriter,
guitarist and music arranger Billy Strange was born in Long Beach, California.
At just 5 years old he performed on a local radio station winning a yodel contest
and at 16 after a stint with the trumpet, he and his guitar he were on the road,
travelling across Texas with a few other musicians playing shows and dances and
Honky Tonks. Back in Southern California, in his early 20s, he became a regular
on live television shows employed as a guitar player and singer, working with
the likes of The Sons Of The Pioneers and Roy Rogers, and Spade Cooley and Smokey
Rogers and others, which led to working not only with all the country musicians
of the 50's but also the pop and jazz players, including Count Basie. Later in
the 50s he teamed up with Mac Davis to write several hit songs for Elvis Presley
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b. September 29th 1930
Dmitri Nabokov (77) American
opera singer and translator, born in Berlin,
but the Nabokovs fled to Paris in 1937, and immigrated to New York City in 1940.
In 1955, he studied singing, bass, for two years at the Longy School of Music.
He then joined the U.S. Army as an instructor in military Russian and as an assistant
to a chaplain. In 1961 he made his operatic début by winning the Reggio
Emilia International Opera Competition, basso division, singing the role of Colline
in La bohème, which was also the début of his fellow cast member
Luciano Pavarotti as Rodolfo, who won the tenor section. Dmitri also translated
many of his father's works, including novels, plays, poems, lectures, and letters,
into several languages (?)
b. May 10th 1934.
Lorin Levee (61) American clarinetist, he studied
clarinet at De Paul University, after which he played clarinet in the Grant Park
Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and
the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. He was on the faculty of De Paul University
for 3 years. Lorin
was also principal clarinetist for the Colorado Music Festival and the Teton Festival
and he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1976 on bass clarinet, becoming
principal clarinetist in 1981 (?)
b. July 8th 1950.
Mike Melvoin (74) American jazz pianist and composer;
he studied English at Dartmouth College, in the UK, but decided to pursue a career
in music, having played the piano since the age of 3. After moving to Los Angeles
in 1961, he played with Paul
Horn, Frank Rosolino, Leroy Vinnegar, Gerald
Wilson, Terry Gibbs, Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, Tom Waits and others. He worked
extensively as a studio musician, in addition to playing in clubs in LA and accompanying
singer Bill Henderson and playing with Herb Ellis and Plas Johnson on Concord
Jazz releases. (sadly Mike
passed away while fighting cancer) b. May 10th 1937.
2013: Norma Zenteno (60)
American singer, she began singing and writing songs
when she was a young girl after her father gave her an electric guitar. Her father,
Roberto Zenteno, led big bands in Houston for more than 50 years before his death
in 2004. The Norma Zenteno Band, which includes her brothers Javier, Bobby and
Ernie, had been a regular on the music scene for decades with their
mix of jazz, Latin and rock which drew eclectic crowds in downtown Houston
(died bravely battling breast cancer)
2013: Diane Lampert (88)
American songwriter of the 50s and 60s born in the Bronx,
New York; she wrote
songs performed by Brenda Lee, Steve Lawrence, Red Foley, The Lettermen, Harry
Nilsson, George Jones, the Seekers and others. She also co-wrote with Eddie Fontaine,
Cirino Colacrai and John Gluck, a Beatles song, "Nothin Shakin' (But The
Leaves On The Trees)" that wasn't released until 1994 on "Live At The
BBC". She also wrote lyrics
to title songs for more than 20 movies which
include the title songs for the films The Snow Queen, I'll Take Sweden, Billie,
and Silent Running, as well as songs for The Wild and the Innocent, and Trees
Diane died from heart failure) b. September 25th
Dishon Taylor (31) American Rapper born in in Baltimore, most noted
for his "A Bit Too Much For Me" (sadly
died of congestive heart failure)
2013: Claude Monteux (92) American
flautist and conductor; as a flutist played under the batons of Arturo Toscanini,
Bruno Walter, Thomas Beecham, Leopold Stokowski, Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinsky,
and his father Pierre Monteux. On the podium he served as Music Director of the
Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 195356, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic
195975. He appeared in concert and
in recordings with orchestras throughout the world, including the London Symphony
Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic,
the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh
Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and has guest-conducted in Berlin,
Paris, Brussels, Norway and Holland. He has recorded extensively on London, including
concerts of music by Mozart and Bach with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
b. October 15th 1920.
2014: Trebor Jay Tichenor
(74) American pianist,
composer) born in St. Louis, Missouri he
was a recognized authority on Scott Joplin and the ragtime era. He collected and
published others' ragtime piano compositions and composed his own. He authored
books about ragtime, and both on his own and as a member of The St. Louis Ragtimers,
became a widely known ragtime pianist. In 1961 Trebor formed the ragtime group
known as the St. Louis Ragtimers, which he performed with until his health gave
in. (sadly Trebor suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage
that left him debilitated and hospitalized. While in the process of recovery he
died at LaClede Groves Rehabilitation Center) b.
January 28th 1940.
Erik Amundsen (78) Norwegian jazz upright
bassist born in Oslo; he debuted in 1954 with Atle Hammer Sextet, also in the
50s he played within Karl Otto Hoff Trio, Eilif Holm Quartet and released an album
with Mikkel Flagstad in 1956. In the 60's he was involved in European All Stars
in Berlin in 1961 and was awarded the Buddyprisen in 1962. He played regularly
at the Metropol Jazz Centre in Oslo, with international greats such as Bud Powell
and also played with Al Cohn and Bengt Hallberg, within bands led by Per Borthen
and Totti Bergh, and the groups VSOBOP, Street Swingers, Storeslem and Jazz A
Pell Oktett. He
formed his own Erik Amundsen Sextet in 2000, but after a stroke in 2002, he has
not been able to play. In 2006 he was honored by a concert at the club Cosmopolite
in Oslo. Forty tunes from his work can be heard on the album Portrait of a norwegian
jazz artist released in 2005
b. February 1st 1937.
Chris Rainbow/Christopher James Harley (68) Scottish rock singer, songwriter
and record producter born in Glasgow;he started out in a band called Hopestreet,
1972-3. Following this
he adopted the stage name "Rainbow" to avoid confusion with Steve Harley
and recorded as Christopher Rainbow, then
Chris Rainbow and released three solo albums Home of the Brave in 1975, Looking
Over My Shoulder in 1977 and White Trails in 1979 which produced hits including
"Give Me What I Cry For" and "Solid State Brain". Apart
from his solo career, he made frequent vocal contributions to The Alan Parsons
Project, starting on their 1979 Eve album through to their 1987 album Gaudi, and
Eric Woolfson's Freudiana in 1990, an APP album in all but name. Chris recorded
and toured with Camel, including singing some lead vocals on studio albums The
Single Factor in 1982 and Stationary Traveller in 1984. He worked with Camel keyboardist
Ton Scherpenzeel on his 1984 album Heart of the Universe in a duo format, performing
five lead vocals. He sang backing vocals on the album "Song Of Seven"
by former Yes frontman Jon Anderson, and toured with Anderson's New Life Band.
Chris also wrote, produced and recorded jingles for Capital Radio 95.8FM 1973
to 1984 for Kenny Everett, Mike Aspel, Tommy Vance, David Symonds and others.
More recently, he produced several albums for the Scottish Gaelic rock group Runrig
(sadly Chris died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease)
b. November 18th 1946.
1897: Woldemar Bargiel (69) German composer and
pianist born in Berlin; at 16 he went to study at the famous Leipzig Conservatory
with some of the leading men of music: Ignaz Moscheles for piano, Niels Gade for
composition, and also Julius Rietz. Besides teaching at the prestigious Hochschule
fur Musik in Berlin for much of his life and his composing acheivements, Woldemar
also served with Brahms as co-editor of the complete editions of Schumanns
and Chopins works (?) b.
October 3rd 1828.
1957: Marika Ninou/Evangelia
Atamian (34) Armenian-Greek rebetiko singer, born on
the ship Evangelistria; in a performance of the Ninos, the artist Petros Kyriakos
heard her singing and recommended her to Manolis Chiotis, who recorded two songs
with her in 1948. In October, 1948, Stelakis Perpiniadis brought her under his
wing as a singer at the Florida club. By
1949, Marika had begun working with Vassilis Tsitsanis at Fat Jimmy's, a place
that would come to play a decisive role in both their lives, with the Tsitsanis-Ninou
pairing coming to possess a very special place in the history of the music of
Greece. She recorded a total of 174 songs, of which 119 as first voice (sadly
died after a brave battle with cancer)
1966: Billy Kyle (51) American
pianist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began playing the piano in school
and by the early 1930s worked with Lucky Millinder, and later the Mills Blue Rhythm
Band. In 1938, he joined John Kirby's band, but was drafted in 1942. After the
war, he worked with Kirby's band briefly and also worked with Sy Oliver. He then
spent thirteen years as a member of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, and performed
in the 1956 musical High Society (?)b.
July 14th 1914.
1995: Melvin Franklin/David
Melvin English (53) American bass singer with the Temptations from
1961 till he fell ill in 1994. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, the son of a preacher,
moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of nine. A young Otis Williams befriended
16 year old Melvin, and invited him to become the bass singer in his group called
The Distants. Melvin remained with Otis and Elbridge Bryant when they, Paul Williams
and Eddie Kendricks formed The Elgins in late 1960. In March 1961, the Elgins
signed with Motown records under a new name,The Temptations. He had a fondness
for the color blue, and so he was nicknamed "Blue" by his friends and
fellow singers. Best friends for over thirty years, Melvin and Otis were the only
two Temptations to never leave the group. He was one of the most famous bass singers
in black music, over his long career, his deep vocals became one of the group's
signature trademarks. Melvin sang some featured leads with the group as well,
including the songs "I Truly, Truly Believe", "The Prophet"
and Paul Robeson's "Ol' Man River" (Melvin lapsed
into a diabeteic coma and died 6 days later from a brain seizure) b.
October 12th 1942
Dawson (67) American jazz drummer and widely influential percussion
teacher based at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was born in Marietta,
Pennsylvania and raised in Roxbury, MA. Serving in the Army for Korean War duty,
he played with the Army Dance Band while stationed at Fort Dix from 1951-1953.
During his tenure, Alan explored the post-bop era by performing with pianist Sabby
Lewis. After being released from the Army, Alan toured Europe with Lionel Hampton.
Throughout the 1960s he recorded almost exclusively with saxophonist Booker Ervin
on Prestige Records. In 1968 Dawson replaced Joe Morello in the Dave Brubeck Quartet
and continued until 1975. His performance credits also included stints with Bill
Evans, Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Quincy
Jones, Charles Mingus, Tal Farlow and many other top jazz artists (sadly
died after his struggle with leukemia) b. July 14th
1997: Tony Williams (51)
American jazz drummer, born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, regarded
as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers to come to prominence
in the 1960s, he first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis, and was
a pioneer of jazz fusion. Tony began studies with drummer Alan Dawson and began
playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers and Jackie
McLean hired him at 16.
At 17, he found considerable fame with Miles Davis, joining a group that was later
dubbed Davis's "Second Great Quintet". In 1969, he formed a trio, a
pioneering band of the fusion movement, "The Tony Williams Lifetime,"
with John McLaughlin on guitar, and Larry Young on organ. Jack Bruce on bass was
added later. Over the years he played on many projects and sessions including
playing the drums for the band Public Image Limited fronted by former Sex Pistols
singer John Lydon on their 1986
(a heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery)
b. December 12th 1945.
Haza (42) Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist,
born in Hatikvah, a poor area of Tel Aviv, she became was one of the most popular
female singers in Israel. At the age of 13 she joined a local theatre troupe,
where manager Bezalel Aloni spotted her exceptional singing talent and by the
age of 19, she was Israel's first pop princess. When she had completed her military
service in 1979, and released her first solo album Al Ahavot Shelanu/Our Love
in 1980. This produced a string of hits including "Hageshem"/The Rain,
"Shir Ahava La'chayal"/Love Song For The Soldier, "Kmo Tzipor"
/Like A Bird and what ultimately became her signature song in her homeland, "Shir
Ha'frecha"/The Bimbo Song. This was followed by 23 albums prior to her death.
Ofra performed worldwide, represented her country in the Eurovision song Contest
and shared duets and concert performances with Glykeria, Yehudit Ravitz, Paul
Anka, Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop, Hoite, Prachim Yerushalaim, Buddha
Bar, Ishtar, Gidi Gov, Stefan Waggershausen, Whitney Houston, Tzvika Pick, Khaled,
The Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Eric B and Rakim, Gila Miniha, Hans Zimmer,
Hagashash Hachiver, Yaffa Yarkoni, Shoshana Damari (Ofra
sadly died of AIDS-related multiple organ failure)
b. November 19th 1957.
Howie Epstein (47) American highly noted rock bass player, born in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, well known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he played in a number of both rock and roll
and country Milwaukee bands that were regionally popular, like MHG Experience,
Egz, Winks, Forearm Smash, and The Craze, after which he moved to the west coast.
He played in bands with John Hiatt and backed Del Shannon,
before joining Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Howie also played bass
on recordings by Eric Andersen, Bob Dylan, Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash, John Hiatt,
Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Del Shannon,
The Textones, The Village People, and Warren Zevon. He earned acclaim as a songwriter
and a producer. He produced two albums for John Prine, including 1991s The
Missing Years, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, and Eric
Andersens Memory Of The Future in 1998(suffering
from serious depression, he sadly overdosed on heroin while in New Mexico)
b. July 21st 1955.
2004: Carl Anderson (58)
American singer, film and theatre actor born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He moved
to Washington D.C. in 1969, where he and friends formed the group "The Second
Eagle", with himself as lead singer. They covered jazz/rock tunes, some from
the album Jesus Christ Superstar. This led him getting the role of understudy
for Ben Vereen as Judas in the pre-Broadway touring company's production of Jesus
Christ Superstar. When Ben fell ill, Carl took over the role, this catupulted
his career, while performing the show in LA, Carl was flown to London for a screen
test for the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Two weeks later, he was filming
in Israel. The film, released in 1973 gave Carl 2 Golden Globe nominations as
"Most Promising Newcomer" and "Best Musical Actor". As a recording
artist, he signed with Motown Records in 1972, he worked with Stevie Wonder on
his 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life; he released four albums on the
Epic label beginning in 1983. In total, Carl released nine jazz and soul albums
as a solo artist, including hits "How Deep Does It Go," "Pieces
Of A Heart," "Hot Coffee," and the mega-hit from his self-titled
1986 album, "Friends and Lovers" (a duet with Gloria Loring) which reached
No.2 in the charts. Among many other hi-lights in his career, in 1997,
Carl performed on Broadway playing The Duke in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night called Play On! featuring the music of Duke Ellington, and in 2002,
he again took the part of Judas in a national tour of Superstar with ex-Skid Row
singer Sebastian Bach playing Jesus. The Leonard Cohen / Anjani song "Nightingale"
from 2004 was made in his memory (sadly
he lost his life to leukemia) b. February 27th 1945
2004: Neil Ardley (66)
English jazz pianist and composer, and was also the author of more than
100 popular books on science and technology, and on music. Having moved to London,
he studied arranging and composition with Ray Premru from '60 to '61. He joined
the John Williams Big Band as pianist, writing both arrangements and compositions,
and from '64 to '70 was the director of the newly-formed New Jazz Orchestra, which
employed some of the best young musicians in London, including Ian Carr, Jon Hiseman,
Barbara Thompson, Dave Gelly, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, and Trevor Tomkins. He
continued to play and compose, especially with Zyklus, the electronic jazz group
he formed with composer John L. Walters, Derbyshire musician Warren Greveson and
Ian Carr. Singing
in local choirs in the later 1990s led him to start composing choral music, and
this occupied most of his musical attention until his death. At the time of his
death, Neil had begun to gig and record again with a slimmed down Zyklus consisting
of himself, Warren Greaveson, and Nick Robinson (?)
b. May 26th 1937.
2004: Don Cornell/Luigi
Varlaro (84) American singer of the 1940s and 1950s;
in The Bronx, New York, he started out with trumpeter Red Nichols and bandleader
Sammy Kaye before going solo. His hits included "It Isn't Fair," "I'm
Yours," "I'll Walk Alone," and "Hold My Hand." His version
of "Hold My Hand" sold over one million copies, and topped the UK Singles
Chart in 1954. he appeared many times on the highy-popular Ruth Lyons noon television
program and became a favorite with viewers. In 1993, he was inducted into the
Big Band Hall of Fame. He was also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon International
away from emphysema and diabetes) April
2007: Donnie Brooks/John Dee Abohosh
(71) American singer, born in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Ventura, California
in his teens. He recorded a few minor hits under the stage names Johnny Jordan,
Dick Bush, and Johnny Faire, the latter gaining some sales with "Bertha Lou"
in early 1959. In late 1959, he made his first recording using the name Donnie
Brooks, "Li'l Sweetheart," followed by his March 1960 hit single, "Mission
Bell" which peaked at No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His
follow-up, "Doll House"/"Round Robin" peaked at No.31 in December
1960. He continued to record through the 1970s. In 1971, Donnie played the role
of Christ in the rock opera "Truth of Truths" for Oak Records. Later
he toured with other performers from the early rock and roll era in oldies revival
died of a heart attack following a long illness)
b. February 6th 1936.
Wyn Morris (81) Welsh conductor born in Trellech, Monmouthshire; he
was especially known for his interpretations of Gustav Mahler's works, which he
recorded almost complete during the '60s and '70s. He was the first to record
Deryck Cooke's 2nd performing version of Mahler's Symphony No.10 in 1972, only
the third time a recording of the work had been made. He also conducted the first
recording of Barry Cooper's realisation of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No.
10 in 1988. Wyn was music director of the Royal National Eisteddfod from '60-'62,
and the Huddersfield Choral Society from '69-'74 (?) b.
2010: Chilly B/Robert Crafton (47) American
electro rapper from in Brooklyn, New York; Chilly sang, rapped, played keyboards
and bass, and was a founder member of the influential 80's electro and old school
hip hop group Newcleus, best-known for the massive 1984 vocoder opus "Jam
on It", as well as similarly spacey joints "Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki
Song)" and "Computer Age" (tragically Chilly
suffered a massive stroke that has left him brain dead and in a coma. The decision
was made to remove him from life support and he passed on not long after)
Santo J. "Sonny" Russo (83) American
jazz trombonist and multi-musician;
he first played piano and violin, and played with his father's group at age 15.
As a professional trombonist he started out with Buddy Morrow in 1947, and then
played with Lee Castle-1948, Sam Donahue-1949, Artie Shaw 194950, Art Mooney-1950,
Tito Puente, Jerry Wald, Tommy Tucker, Buddy Rich, Ralph Flanagan 195152,
the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra 195355, Neal Hefti 195455, Jimmy Dorsey
and Tommy Dorsey 195556, and Maynard Ferguson-1956. Starting in the mid-50s
he found work in the bands of various Broadway shows. In the late 1950s and 1960s
he worked with Louie Bellson-1957, Machito, Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, and
Doc Severinsen in 1967. From 1967 to 1973 he was a member of The Tonight Show
orchestra, and he worked with Frank Sinatra between 1967 and 1988. He also played
in Urbie Green's 21 Trombones in 1968 and in the World's Greatest Jazz Band in
the 1970s. While touring with The World's Greatest Jazz Band Russo was invited
to the White House to play for President and Mrs.Ford. Sonny also recorded extensively
with singers; in addition to Sinatra, he played behind Lena Horne, Paul Anka,
Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Jimmy Rushing, Dinah Washington, Liza Minnelli, Elvis
Presley, Ray Charles, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme. Sonny also performs on
the soundtracks to the films The Godfather, The Godfather II, Goodfellas, and
Sophie's Choice. He has also done many Jazz gigs with the likes of Al Cohn, Zoot
Simms, Mousey Alexander, and Milt Hinton (?)
b. March 20th 1929.
Bobby Emmons (72) American keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter;
a Mississippi native he was a self-taught organ player and keyboardist who got
his start with the Bill Black Combo from 1960-1963, and became a staple of the
Memphis, Tenn., music scene. He played on about 120 of chart hits between 1962
and 1972 as a member of the house bands at Hi Records and American Studios. Known
as the 827 Thomas Street Band, the American Group, and, eventually, the Memphis
Boys, his band's hit records included Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher
Man", Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds", Neil Diamond's "Sweet
Caroline, Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning", B.J. Thomas' "Hooked
on a Feeling", Joe Tex's "I Gotcha", Bobby Womack's "Fly Me
To The Moon," and so many more. As a songwriter, his successful tunes include
Waylon Jennings "Luckenbach, Texas", "Women Do Know How to Carry
On" and "Wurlitzer Prize"; George Strait's "So Much Like My
Dad"; Tanya Tucker's "Love Me Like You Used To", and B.J. Thomas's
"Help Me Make It to My Rockin' Chair". Most recently, he had been playing
with Memphis soul singer-songwriter Dan Penn (?)
b. February 19th 1943.
Franz Waxman/Franz Wachsmann (60) German composer known for his bravura
Carmen Fantasie for violin and orchestra, based on musical themes from the Bizet
opera Carmen, and for his musical scores for films. He orchestrated Frederick
Hollander's score for the 1930 film Blue Angel before leaving Nazi Germany for
France then America in 1935. He went on to receive 12 Academy Award nominations,
winning in consecutive years for Sunset Boulevard and A Place in the Sun. The
many films he worked on included four Alfred Hitchcock films, Rebecca-1940, Suspicion-1941,
The Paradine Case-1947, and Rear Window-1954. Franz recieved two Oscar Nominations
for his scores with Alfred Hitchcock for Rebecca and Suspicion
died while battling cancer)
b. December 24th 1906.
1977: Tom Shaw (68)
American blues singer and guitarist, born
in Brenham, Texas, as a young man he worked with Blind Lemon Jefferson, J. T.
Smith and Ramblin' Thomas. In the 1960s and 1970s he recorded for the Advent,
Blue Goose and Blues Beacon labels and is noted for hits songs "Hey Mr. Nixon"
and "Martin Luther King". (Tom
sadly died during open heart surgery)
b. March 4th 1908.
1982: Virginia Bruce/Helen Virginia Briggs (71) American
actress and singer born in Minneapolis, but moved with her family to Los Angeles
where she became a member of the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1930 she appeared on Broadway
in the musical Smiles, followed by America's Sweetheart in 1931. She also
introduced the Cole Porter standard "I've Got You Under My Skin" in
the film Born to Dance and co-starred in the MGM musical The Great Ziegfeld. One
of her later film appearances was in the 1960s Strangers When We Meet. Her final
film appearance was in Madame Wang's in 1981 (sadly died
after battling cancer) b. September 29th 1910.
1990: Johnnie Ray (63) American singer
born in Hopewell, Origan; considered by many people to be the forerunner of what
would become rock 'n' roll and has been cited as the historical link between Frank
Sinatra and Elvis Presley in the development of popular music. He became deaf
in his right ear at age 13 after an accident during a Boy Scout event. After moving
to Detroit he was spotted Bernie Lang, a song plugger, who was taken to the Flame
Showbar nightclub. His first record, the self-penned R&B number "Whiskey
and Gin", was a minor hit in 1951. The follow up was the double-sided hit
single of "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried", selling
over two million copies of the 45 single, and he quickly became a teen idol. More
hits followed, including "Please Mr. Sun", "Such a Night",
"Walkin' My Baby Back Home", "A Sinner Am I", and "Yes
Tonight Josephine", "Just Walkin' in the Rain" and "You Don't
Owe Me a Thing". He was popular in the UK, and performed at the London Palladium.
In the early 1970s, he appearanced on The Andy Williams Show and The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson three times during 1972 and 1973. In later years, he retained
a loyal fan base overseas, in the UK, and particularly in Australia (liver
failure) b. January 10th 1927.
Webb Michael Pierce (69) American honky tonk vocalist of the 1950s,
born in West Monroe, Louisiana. He began to play guitar before he was a teenager
and at 15 was given his own weekly 15-minute show, Songs by Webb Pierce, on KMLB-AM
in Monroe. He founded a band of local Shreveport musicians, including pianist
Floyd Cramer, guitarist-vocalist Faron Young, bassist Tillman Franks and vocalists
Teddy and Doyle Wilburn and also founded a record label, Pacemaker; and Ark-La-Tex
Music, a publishing company, with Horace Logan. On Pacemaker, he made several
records between 1950 and 1951, after which he was signed by Decca. His break through
came with his second decca single, "Wondering", climbing to No. 1 early
in 1952, and his biggest hit was "There Stands the Glass" in 1953. Other
of his vast amount of hits include "That Heart Belongs to Me", "Back
Street Affair", "Slowly", "More and More", and "In
the Jailhouse Now". His singles spent 113 weeks at No.1 during the 1950s,
when he charted 48 singles. 29 reached the top ten, 26 reached the top four and
13 hit No. 1. charting 10 No.1 hits. He charted more number one hits than any
other country artist during the decade and continued charting until 1982 with
a total of 96 hits. For many, Webb, with his flamboyant Nudie suits and twin silver
dollar-lined convertibles, became the most recognizable face of country music
of the era and its excesses. Webb was a one-time member of the Grand Ole Opry
and was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October of
2001 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2008 (sadly
lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer) b. August
1994: Jean Sablon (87) French singer and actor,
born in Nogent-sur-Marne, he studied piano at the Lyceé Charlemagne in
Paris, left to concentrate on a vocal career. He started in the cabarets of Paris
at the age of 17and later, he partnered the popular Mistinguett at the Casino
de Paris which boosted his career considerably. He was the first cabaret singer
to use a microphone in his stage act. In the 1920s he spent time in Brazil where
his recordings remain extremely popular today. In 1937 he won the Grand Prix du
Disque for the song "Vous qui passez sans me voir". That same year,
he went to America, where he sang on live radio broadcasts for CBS and made several
records in the English language. On Broadway, he worked with luminaries such as
Cole Porter and George Gershwin. He returned to Paris but with the German occupation
of France in World War II, he went back to America for the duration. During his
career, Jean's records sold in the millions around the world amd he recorded with
some of the world's top musicians, including Django Reinhardt and Stéphane
Grappelli. Jean is credited with arranging Reinhardt's debut in a fashionable
cabaret in 1933. He also appeared in a number of motion pictures and TV films
performing as a vocalist or pianist, his last was in 1984 when he sang "April
in Paris" in Mistral's Daughter, the popular American TV miniseries filmed
in France. (Jean passed away in Cannes-La-Bocca, and was
interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris) b.
March 25th 1906
1994: Dinah Shore/Frances
Rose Shore (77) American singer, actress, and television personality.
She was most popular during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s. After failing
singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his
brother Tommy Dorsey, she struck out on her own to become the first singer of
her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits,
lasting from 1940 into the late '50s, including "Yes, My Darling Daughter",
"Blues In The Night", "Jim", "You'd Be So Nice to Come
Home To", "Buttons and Bows", "Sweet Violets", "My
Heart Cries For You" and "Fascination". She also appeared in a
handful of films such as 'Thank Your Lucky Stars', 'Up in Arms', 'Follow the Boys',
before going on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her
own music and variety shows in the '50s and '60s and hosting two talk shows in
the '70s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at No.16 on their list of the top fifty
television stars of all time (sadly died after battling
cancer) b. February
2001: Theodore Marier KCSG (88)
American renowned scholar, composer, teacher of Gregorian Chant, and founder of
the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (?)
b. October 17th 1912.
2002: Arthur Lyman (70)
American jazz vibraphone and marimba player born on the island of Kauai
in the U.S. territory of Hawaii; his group popularized a style of faux-Polynesian
music during the 1950s and 1960s which later became known as exotica. His albums
became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the
stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and
3-dimensional recording soundstage. Lyman was known as "the King of Lounge
music". His combo continued to play to tourists nearly every Friday and Saturday
night at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu throughout the 1970s, 1980s
and 1990s. He also performed for years at Don the Beachcomber's Polynesian Village,
The Shell Bar, the Waialae Country Club and the Canoe House at the Ilikai Hotel
at Waikiki, the Bali Hai in Southern California and at the Edgewater Beach Hotel
in Chicago. During the peak of his popularity Lyman recorded more than 30 albums
and almost 400 singles, earning three gold albums. Taboo peaked at No.6 on Billboard's
album chart and stayed on the chart for over a year, eventually selling more than
two million copies (sadly died after a brave battle with
thoracic cancer) b. February 2nd 1932.
2002: Leo Ornstein (108!) Russian-born American
experimental composer and pianist of the early 20th century, he was the first
important composer to make extensive use of the tone cluster. His performances
of works by avant-garde composers and his own innovative and even shocking pieces
made him a cause célèbre on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early
1930s, Leo gave his last public performance. A few years later, he and his wife,
Pauline Mallet-Prèvost, also a pianist, founded the Ornstein School of
Music in Philadelphia. Among the students, John Coltrane and Jimmy Smith went
on to major careers in jazz (?)
b. December 2nd 1893.
2003: Walter Scharf
(92) American film composer, born in New York; while in his 20s, he
was one of the orchestrators for George Gershwin's Broadway musical Girl Crazy,
became singer Helen Morgan's accompanist, and later worked as pianist and arranger
for singer Rudy Vallee. He began working in Hollywood in '33, arranging for Al
Jolson at Warner Bros, Alice Faye at 20th Century-Fox and Bing Crosby at Paramount.
He orchestrated the original version of Irving Berlin's White Christmas for the
film Holiday Inn in 1942, and from 1942 to 1946 he served as head of music for
Republic Pictures. From 1948 to 1954, Walter was arranger-conductor for the Phil
Harris-Alice Faye radio show. A ten-time Oscar nominee, Walter worked on more
than 100 films, receiving nominations for his musical direction on such pictures
as Danny Kaye's Hans Christian Andersen, Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl, Willy
Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, also Jerry Lewis' Jekyll and Hyde-working on
more than a dozen Lewis comedies overall. He worked on 3 Elvis Presley pictures
including Loving You, and King Creole, and with lyricist Don Black, he wrote the
hit Michael Jackson single from the film Ben, which won him a Golden Globe. In
1973 he and Don Black wrote the music and lyrics for the London musical Maybe
That's Your Problem. Walter composed music for dozens of 1960s television dramas
including Ben Casey, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible, the National
Geographic and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries, which he
scored between 1965 and 1975. He received two Emmys for the Cousteau series, in
1970 and 1974, and composed an original symphonic work, The Legend of the Living
Sea, for a Cousteau museum exhibit aboard the RMS Queen Mary in 1971 (?)
b. August 1st 1910
2004: Estelle Axton (85)
Creator of the legendary US soul music label Stax with her brother Jim Stewart.
In 1958, her brother Jim asked for help to develop Satellite Records, which he
had set up to issue recordings of local country and rockabilly artists. She convinced
her husband that they should remortgage their house and, in 1959, joined Satellite
as an equal partner. The following year, Axton and Stewart turned the Capitol
Theatre, in a black Memphis neighbourhood, into a recording studio and record
shop, and began making hit records with predominantly black artists. It changed
its name to Stax, taking its name from Estelle and Jim's surnames Axton and Stewart.
Estelle was actively involved with selecting and developing the artists on the
label, who included Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac
Hayes, the Staple Singers and Johnnie Taylor. Estelle was also the founder of
the Memphis Songwriters Association in 1973 and went on with friend and founder
of Moon Records, Cordell Jackson to work with the Music Industries of Memphis,
later named the Memphis Music Association to assist in the development of local
Memphis music as a global force once again. In December, 2006, The Recording Academy
announced that Estelle will be honored with a Trustee's Award as part of the upcoming
Grammys (?) b. September 11th
2007: Leroy Jenkins (74)
American composer and free jazz violinist-violist. He was involved in the Association
for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) while a school teacher in Chicago.
He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others.
He also led the Revolutionary Ensemble and formed a trio with Anthony Davis and
Andrew Cyrille. During 1987 he toured Europe as part of Cecil Taylor's group.
He gained recognition for music-theatre works such as The Mother of Three Sons,
Fresh Faust and The Negros Burial Ground, and "The Three Willies" in
collaboration with Homer Jackson (?)
b. March 11th 1932.
2008: Larry David Norman
(60) American musician, singer, songwriter and producer, his recordings
are noted for their Christian and social subject matter, and he is often described
as the "father of Christian rock music", the "Godfather of gospel
rock", "Christianity's first rock star", the "bad boy of Christian
music", and "the poet laureate of the Jesus revolution". By 1970,
Larry had the most recognized name and face in the Jesus Movement and the Christian
music scene", with Time magazine soon describing him as "probably the
top solo artist in the field". (died after a long battle
with heart disease) b. April 8th 1947.
2011: Eduardo "Eddie"
Serrato (65) American drummer born in Encinal, Texas, and was a founder
member of Question Mark and the Mysterians first formed in Bay City in 1962. The
band received a gold record for the song "96 Tears" and appeared on
"The Dick Clark Show". Later in life he was involved in producing Tejano
music at Joey Records in San Antonio, Texas. Eddie along with ? and the Mysterians
was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (sadly died
of a heart attack after undergoing surgery a few days before) b.
December 5th 1945.
Pery Ribeiro/Peri Oliveira Martins (74) Brazilian singer of
Bossa Nova, MPB and Jazz; he began his career as a child, dubbing the voice of
the dwarf Bashful in Walt Disney's movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while
his mother dubbed the voice of Snow White. In 1944, he appeared as an actor in
the musical comedy film "Berlim na batucada". His career as a singer
did not begin until 1959 which continued until 2012. He was one of the first singers
to record the classic bossa nova song "Garota de Ipanema"/Girl from
Ipanema, in January 1963. Throughout his career, he performed frequently in Mexico
and the US. In 1998, he moved to Miami, where he lived until 2011. Shortly before
his death, Pery completed work on an album of duets with 22 other artists in homage
of Wilson Simonal (sadly died from a heart attack)
b. October 27th 1937.
Anhalt (92) Hungarian-born Canadian composer; born in Budapest, he
studied with Zoltán Kodály before being drafted into the forced
labour service of the Hungarian Army during World War II. In the late 1940s he
studied under Nadia Boulanger and Soulima Stravinsky before emigrating to Canada
in 1949. He served as a professor of music at McGill University and as head of
music at Queen's University. His works earned him the reputation of one of the
founding fathers of electroacoustic music in Canada. In 2003, he was made an Officer
of the Order of Canada and in 2007, made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
(?) b. April 12th 1919.
2013: Virgil Lewis Johnson (77)
African American singer and DJ at radio station KDAV; born in Cameron,
TX, before his family relocated to Lubbock, where he graduated from the historically
black Dunbar High School. He was teaching 8th grade English at Blackshear Junior
High School in Odessa, in 1959, when he recruited four of his students to form
a singing group, in which Virgil was lead vocalist. An impressed Roy Orbison recommended
them to the owner of Monument Records, Fred Foster, who signed them and named
them The Velvets. They are best remembered for their hits "Tonight (Could
Be the Night)"/Spring Fever and "That Lucky Old Sun"/Time and Time
Again", the B-sides were written by Roy Orbison. Both records also charted
in the UK. The Velvets were a special type of doo-wop group, their sound was highly
polished, and the backing usually included stringed instruments. When the band
folded Virgil continued his teaching career as principal of Dunbar-Struggs Middle
School 196884, and principal of Lubbock's historically black Dunbar High
School 198593. In 1994, he was inducted into the Buddy Holly West Texas
Walk of Fame. After his retirement, that same year, he started working as a deejay
on Radio KSEL, before switching to radio station KDAV aka the Buddy Holly Station,
where he was known as "V.J. the D.J." (?)
b. December 29th 1935.
2014: Francis "Franny"
Beecher (92) American Hall of Fame guitarist born in Norristown, Pennsylvania;
He was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962 and
is best remembered for his innovative guitar solos combining elements of country
music and jazz. He composed the classics "Blue Comet Blues", "Week
End", "Goofin' Around" and "Shaky" when he was the lead
guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets. He continued to perform with surviving
members of the Comets into 2006. In 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted
him as a member of the Comets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the
previous mistake of not inducting the Comets with Bill Haley. He already had had
a lengthy career as a guitarist, having performed and recorded with the Benny
Goodman Orchestra, which he joined in 1948, at a time Goodman was experimenting
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peacefully in his sleep)
b. September 29th 1921.
2014: Anna Reynolds (83) English mezzo-soprano
and contralto opera singer, born in Canterbury. She studied piano and voice at
the Royal Academy of Music and continued her voice studies in Rome, where she
adopted Anna as her stage name. Her first appearance at Covent Garden in London
was in 1967, Adelaide in Richard Strauss's Arabella and returned in 1975 for Andromache
in Michael Tippett's King Priam. Anna first sang at the Metropolitan Opera in
196869, as Flosshilde in Wagner's Das Rheingold, and she returned in the
1975 Ring cycle as Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, and Waltraute
and the Second Norn in Götterdämmerung. At the Bayreuth Festival, she
first appeared in 1970 as Fricka in Die Walküre and sang regularly through
1976. Also in 1970 she first performed at the Salzburg Festival in the cycle Der
Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Herbert von Karajan (sadly
died in Peesten, Germany) b. June 5th 1930.
2014: Kelly Holland (52)
American rock singer best known for his stint as the frontman for early
90s Southern rock band Cry of Love. Their debut album Brother,
released in 1993, produced several singles including Peace Pipe which
topped the Billboards Mainstream Rock chart and Bad Thing, was
also a bonafide hit, reaching the No.2 spot on the Mainstream Rock chart. Following
Brother, Cry of Love seemed poised to build on the momentum theyd
established, but Kelly the band in 1994. He went on to performed with a number
of bands after leaving Cry of Love. Being an accomplished drummer as well as a
distinctive singer, he acted as a double weapon for the local cover act Crush.
(sadly died from an abdominal infection)
b. 1961 or 1962
Tyzen Hsiao (77) Taiwanese neo-Romantic composer,
born in southern port city of Kaohsiung. As a teen at the Chang Jung Senior High
School he studied with Ms Kao Ya-Mei, a singer, and Ms Kao Chin-Hwa, a pianist
trained in Japan. In 1977 he relocated to America for 18 years. From 1985 to 1987
he earned a master's in composition at the California State University, Los Angeles.
Many of his vocal works, set poems written in Taiwanese, the mother tongue of
the majority of the island's residents. His compositions stand as a musical manifestation
of the Taiwanese literature movement that revitalized the island's literary and
performing arts in the 1970s and 1980s. Hsiao's career in music included additional
success as a pianist and conductor. Tyzen was awarded Taiwan's National Art Prize
in 2004, the Wu Sam-lien Musical Contribution Award- 2005, the Kaohsiung City
Prize for the Arts -2006 and the National Cultural Award -2009 (?)
b. January 1st 1938
1682: Alessandro Stradella (42) Italian
composer of the middle Baroque; he was an extremely influential composer, and
a ladies man. He wrote at least six operas including a full-length comic opera
Il Trespolo tutore. He also wrote numerous cantatas and oratorios. and composed
27 separate instrumental pieces, most for strings and basso continuo, and typically
in the sonata da chiesa format. His
colorful life and bloody death clearly made a good story for an opera, and three
separate composers based operas on his life. The best-known of these is Alessandro
Stradella, by Friedrich von Flotow (He was involved in an
affair and a hired killer caught up with him at the Piazza Bianchi, Genoa, and
stabbed him to death) b. April 3rd 1639.
1936: Sam Morgan (40) American New Orleans
jazz trumpet player and bandleader. The recordings by Sam Morgan's Jazz Band for
Columbia Records in 1927 are some of the best regarded New Orleans classic jazz
recordings of the decade, and continue to be influential. The "Young Morgan
Band" as it was commonly called by fans of the day, was one of the most popular
territory bands touring the gulf coast circuit, Galveston, Texas to Pensacola,
and Florida (?) b. December
1993: Eddie Constantine/Edward
Constantinowsky (75) American-born French actor and singer who spent
his career working in Europe. He went to Vienna for voice training, but when he
returned to America his singing career did not take off and he started taking
work as a film extra. He returned to Europe in the 1950s and started singing and
performing in Parisian cabaret. There he was noticed by Edith Piaf, who cast him
in the musical La p'tite Lili. Eddie also helped Piaf with translations for her
1956 album, La Vie En Rose / Édith Piaf Sings In English, so that he has
song-writing credits on the English versions of some of her most famous songs
like "Hymne à l'amour"/"Hymn to Love". He eventually
became a French citizen and enjoyed great popularity in several European countries.
Eddie also became cult figure in 1950s France due to his role as the hard-boiled
detective/secret agent Lemmy Caution, from Peter Cheyney's novels, in a series
of French B-pictures, including La môme vert-de-gris, Cet homme est dangereux,
Lemmy pour les dames, and À toi de faire ... mignonne. He continued reprising
the role of Lemmy Caution well into his 70s; his final appearance as the character
was in Jean-Luc Godard's Allemagne année 90 neuf zéro on 1991
(sadly did of a heart attack) b.
October 29th 1917.
Toy Caldwell (45) American guitar player born in Spartanburg,
SC and was the brother of former Marshall Tucker bass guitarist Tommy Caldwell.
He was veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served in Vietnam and injured
in 1967, Toy was a founding member and lead guitarist of the 1970s Southern Rock
group The Marshall Tucker Band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was a member
of the band from 1973 to 1983 and wrote almost all of their songs. He later formed
the Toy Caldwell Band and released an eponymous CD in 1992; the record was later
renamed "Son of the South" by Southern rock luminary, Toy's personal
friend, Charlie Daniels. (died of heart disease)
b. November 13th 1947.
Edward Patten (65) US R&B/soul
vocalist; born in Atlanta, Georgia, he was best known as a member of Gladys Knight
& the Pips. He was lead singer Gladys Knight's cousin. The Pips scored their
first hit in 1961 with "Every Beat of My Heart" followed by a second
hit "Letter Full of Tears" in 1962. They signed to Motown in 1964 where
they had success with hits such as "Everybody Needs Love", "I Heard
It Through the Grapevine" and "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First
to Say Goodbye)", which won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance
By A Duo, Group Or Chorus. But it was recording for Buddah in the 1970s, the group
hit its highest peak with No.1 R&B hits such as "I've Got to Use My Imagination",
and "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" and most notable hit of their
career was the No.1 hit, "Midnight Train to Georgia", which won the
Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals of 1973 (stroke)
b. August 2nd 1939.
Thomas Koppel (61) Danish classical music and avant-garde popular composer
and pianist. He wrote string quartets, a piano concerto, operas, cantatas, a ballet,
symphonies and other orchestral works. At age 18 he completed his first opera
The Story of a Mother, based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. he composed
the score in '71 for the ballet Dødens Triumf which was danced naked at
the Royal Danish Theatre. He founded the experimental rock group Savage Rose with
his brother Anders and sister Lone. In 1968 they added four more members including
the singer Annisette. Aside from rock, the group fused elements from classical
music, jazz and rhythm and blues (died unexpectedly on vacation
in Puerto Rico) b. April 27th 1944.
Mark Warren Spoelstra () American singer-songwriter and folk and blues
guitarist, born and raised in Kansas City. He began his musical career in LA in
his teens and migrated around to wind up in New York City in time to take part
in the folk music revival of the early 1960s. He is best remembered for his activity
in the Greenwich Village area. He performed with Bob Dylan soon after Dylan's
arrival in New York City, was a contributor to Broadside Magazine and recorded
a number of albums for Folkways Records and other labels (sadly
died from complications of pancreatic cancer) b.
June 30th 1940
2008: Static Major/Stephen
Ellis Garrett (33) US R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, record
producer and was also a member of the R&B trio Playa. He gained posthumous
fame for appearing in Lil Wayne's 2008 hit "Lollipop" (cause
of death was originally stated as being due to complications from a medical procedure
performed at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky)
b. November 11th 2008.
2009: Randall "Randy"
Bewley (53) American innovative guitarist and founder member of the
rock band Pylon from Athens, Georgia, USA. Their most important work done between
1979 and 1983 was highly influential among new wave bands. The band R.E.M. is
an especially notable example of a group influenced by Pylon, and covered the
song "Crazy" as the b-side of their single, "Wendell Gee".
Pylon recorded three albums, three singles and one EP and opened for U2, R.E.M.,
the B-52's, the Talking Heads and Gang of Four. They broke up twice, but reunited
and has been playing occasional shows. Randy also taught art and played with two
other Athens projects: Sound Houses, formerly The New Sound of Numbers and Supercluster
(In the evening of Feb 23 '09, he suffered a heart attack while driving his van
on Barber Street in Athens, his van drifted off the road, tipping over. He was
admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center and lapsed into a coma; he died two
days later when he was removed from life support) b.
July 25th 1955
2009: Ian Carr (75)
Scottish musician, composer and writer; a self taught trumpet player, he joined
his elder brother in the Newcastle band, the EmCee Five in 1960 before moving
to London in 1962, where he became co-leader of the RendellCarr quintet.
Over 6 years, the group made 5 albums for EMI and performed internationally. After
leaving the quintet, in '69, he went on to form the pioneering and ground-breaking
jazz-rock band Nucleus. This led to the release of twelve albums, some under the
band's name, some under Ian's, and a successful international career. In their
first year they won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival, released their
first album "Elastic Rock", and performed at both the Newport Jazz Festival
and the Village Gate jazz club. He also played with the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble
since 1975, as well as working a session musician in non-jazz contexts, with Nico,
No-Man, Faultline, and others. He also doubled up on flugelhorn. As a writer,
he had a regular column for the BBC Music Magazine, he wrote biographies of the
jazz musicians Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis, and was also the co-author of the
reference work "The Rough Guide to Jazz". Ian was also a broadcaster
and amongst other projects he narrated a six-part series for BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz
File' on the life of Miles Davis, broadcast to celebrate the 80th anniversary
of Miles' birth in 2006 (Alzheimers Disease)
b. April 21st 1933.
David Soyer (87) American cellist born in Philadelphia, he began playing
the piano at 9, and at 11, he started the cello. He debuted with the Philadelphia
Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy in 1942, playing Ernest Bloch's Schelomo. David
along with violinists Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley and the violist Michael
Tree formed a quartet at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont in 1964. For the
next 37 years they played together as the Guarneri Quartet, a remarkable record
of longevity for a string quartet, the Guarneri became one of the worlds
best-known quartets, setting a standard in quartetistry with seamless, warm and
impassioned playing and a unanimity that did not efface individual personalities.
They collaborated with many of the world's most famous classical musicians, including
Leonard Rose, the Budapest String Quartet, Pinchas Zukerman, and Arthur Rubinstein
(?) b. February
2011: Clare Amory (35) American musician
and drummer with 'Excepter', an experimental noise-improv musical group from Brooklyn,
founded in 2002. Clare contributed to the band's free-form musical explorations
and noisy, improvisational live shows, as well as their prolific release of live
recordings. She was also a participant in the Boredoms' 77 BOADRUM event in 2007
(Clare sadly died of cancer) b.
2011: Valery Bezruchenko (70)
Russian clarinetist and music teacher (?)
2011: Rick Coonce/Erik
Michael Coonce (64) American drummer born in Los Angeles, California,
he was drummer for the successful rock group The Grass Roots, that received heavy
airplay on the radio from 1967 to 1972. Due to renewed interest in classic bands,
The Grass Roots and Rick's driving drum beats were popular well into the new millennium.
At 16 years old Rick taught drums at the Adler Music Store. In 1966, one of his
early bands The Beethovens came second at a Battle Of The Bands in Hollywood.
After the show he was invited by Creed Bratton and Warren Entner to join The 13th
Floor. In 1967, the group changed their name to The Grass Roots. They played at
the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Sunday June 11th 1967 in
the "summer of love" as their top ten hit "Let's Live For Today"
was hitting the airwaves. They went on to play at the San Francisco Pop Festival,
the Los Angeles Pop Festival, Miami Pop Festival, and the Newport Pop Festival.
In Canada, they played at the Vancouver Pop Festival in August 1969. Their other
hits included "Midnight Confessions", "Wait A Million Years"
and "Sooner Or Later". In 1972 Rick left the band and moved to Vancouver
Island, Canada, where he played in many local groups. He was approached by a friend
about working as a child protection social worker, he did that important work
in Canada for 27 years until his retirement. He continued to write songs and record
in his studio. In 2000, he released a solo album "Lackadaisical Day",
which featured many songs written by himself (sadly Rick died from heart failure)
b. August 1st 1946.
2011: Eneas Perdomo (80)
Venezuelan folk singer, born in El Yagual, a town in the state of Apure,
he was one of the most recognized singer/songwriters of the Venezuelan Joropo
genre. He got his start in radio in the state of Guárico. His first recording,
made in the late 1950s, was a poem by Cesar Sánchez Olivo entitled Soga,
Despecho y Alero. He went on to record more than 40 LPs and wrote many songs which
have become Joropo standards. His best known song is Fiesta en Elorza a celebration
of the festivities of the town of Elorza in the state of Apure. Eneas received
more than 200 honors, among them the Orden al Libertador, Orden Ricardo Montilla,
Orden Emilio Sojo, Orden Sol Del Perú. He had a plaza dedicated to him,
and a street named after him by the town of Elorza, who named him Illustrious
Son (died after fighting a long illness)
b. July 11th 1930.
2012: James "Red" Holloway (84)
American jazz saxophonist born in Helena, Arkansas; in the 50s he played in the
Chicago area with Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Jimmy
Rushing, Wardell Gray, Arthur Prysock, Dakota Staton, Eddie Vinson, Sonny Rollins,
Red Rodney, Lester Young, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and
Aretha Franklin. During this period, he also toured with Sonny Stitt, Memphis
Slim and Lionel Hampton. He became a member of the house band for Chance Records,
led by Al Smith, in 1952. From 1963 to 1966, he was in "Brother" Jack
McDuff's band, which also featured a young guitarist, George Benson. In 1974,
Red recorded The Latest Edition with John Mayall and toured Europe, Japan, Australia
and New Zealand. From 1977 to 1982, he worked with Sonny Stitt, recording two
albums together, and following Stitt's death, he played and recorded with Clark
Terry (sadly died from a stroke
and kidney failure) b.
May 31st 1927.
2012: Louisiana Red/Iverson
Minter (79) American blues guitarist and
harmonica player, born in Bessemer, AL; his mother died of pneumonia shortly after
his birth, his father was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan when he was only 5 and a
series of relatives brought him up in various towns and cities. He recorded for
Chess in '49, before joining the Army, after which he spent 2 years playing with
John Lee Hooker. He recorded for Checker Records in '52, billed as Rocky Fuller.
His first album, Lowdown Back Porch Blues, recorded in New York with Tommy Tucker,
was released in '63, with 2nd album Seventh Son released the same year. Louisiana
Red released the single "I'm Too Poor To Die" in 1964 and maintained
a busy recording and performing schedule through the 1960s and 1970s. In 1983
he won a W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist. In 1994, Louisiana
Red fused the blues with the urban Greek music of the bouzouki player, Stelios
Vamvakaris, on the album, Blues Meets Rembetika. He has also made film appearances
in Rockpalast-1976, Comeback-1982, Ballhaus Barmbek-1988, Red and Blues-2005 and
Family Meeting-2008. He had made his home in Hanover, Germany since 1981 until
his death with regular returns to America (sadly he died
from a stroke) b. March 23rd 1932.
Raúl Abzueta (49) Venezuelan singer, guitarist and a
founder columnist for The World Economy and Business, writing about album releases,
music events and promoting popular culture. In the early 1990's, Raúl entered
the music world as soloist and in 1996 he recorded his debut album "Unfriendly".
That same year he joined the group Caracas Synchronous recording three albums:
The Bittersweet -1998, Zafarafa -2002 and Tabara-2010. In 2003 he joined with
Jazz pianist Victor Morales and formed Mixture where they merged the Venezuelan
music with jazz. He also recordied with the group Animal Naniobo.
With his guitar he toured Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, United States, Finland,
France, England, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Turkey (Raúl has sadly
died of a stroke) b. September 30th 1963.
2012: Maurice André (78)
French classical trumpeter; he won the Geneva International Music Competition
in 1955 and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1963. He was
made an honorary member of the Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Ithaca
College in New York in 1970. Maurice rose to international prominence in the 1960s
and 1970s with a large series of recordings of Baroque works on piccolo trumpet
for Erato and other labels. Not content to limit himself to the Baroque trumpet
repertoire, he also performed many transcriptions of works for oboe, flute, and
even voice and string instruments. These recordings were a strong component of
the rebirth of interest in Baroque music in the 1960s. He had over 300 recordings
to his name, from the mid 1950s to his death (?) b. May
Cernile (46) Canadian guitarist
and founder member of the hard rock/glam metal band Sven Gali, formed in 1987
in Hamilton, Ontario. They earned a reputation for their live shows. On the strength
of their original songs and live shows, they were signed to BMG Canada. They released
thier debut self titled album in 1992 which went gold, and the 1993 Juno Awards
recognized Sven Gali nominating them for two awards, Most Promising Group,
and Hard Rock Album Of The Year. The band toured behind their second
album, Inwire until 1996, when the group disbanded. Dee relocated to Los Angeles
in 2005, but on August 11th 2007, Sven Gali reunited and played live for the first
time in over 11 years at The Moose N Goose in Thorold, Ontario. (sadly
Dee died while bravely fighting a long battle lung cancer)
2013: Dan Toler (64)
aka "Dangerous Dan Toler" was born in
of Indiana; he became popular in the late 1970s as a member of Dickey Betts &
Great Southern. He was featured on 2 of their albums Dickey Betts & Great
Southern and Atlanta's Burning Down. He next became a member of The Allman Brothers
Band from 1979-1982 appearing on Enlightened Rogues in 1979, Reach for the Sky
in 1980 and 1981's
Brothers of the Road. He was a member of the Gregg
Allman Band in the 1980s, featuring on hit album I'm No Angel-1987 and Just Before
The Bullets Fly-1988 as well as a reformed version of Great Southern in the 2000s.
In the 90s he created the Townsend Toler Band and later joined The Renegades of
Southern Rock. In 2009 Dan teamed up again with John Townsend to form the Toler/Townsend
Band; their self-titled album was released in 2009 (sadly
Dan had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrigs
disease) b. September 23rd 1948.
Stewart "Dirk" Fischer (88)
American composer, arranger, jazz educator, saxophonist, trumpeter and valve trombonist,
born in Durand, MI. He picked up the trumpet
and saxophone at age 13, about the same time he picked up the nickname Dirk
from his piano-playing mother, his father played banjo. During World War II, he
was drafted and served three years in the U.S. Army where he worked his way up
to the Army Service Forces Bands.
Before moving to California in 1959, he spent his young adulthood in the Northern
Plains, performing with and writing for territory bands booked out of Omaha, Nebraska
including the Teddy Philips, Little John Beecher Orchestra, Joe Vera Latin Ensemble,
Walter Martie, John Paul Jones, and Lee Williams. In the 1970s, many major academic
institutions and music conservatories had yet to incorporate jazz studies into
traditional music pedagogy and in 1977, Dirk became the first Instructor of Jazz
Studies at College of the Canyons. There, he quickly established a formidable
program and built it over twenty-eight years, retiring February 12th 2005. Of
the many legacies he built, he spearheaded the first RK Downs Jazz Festival, held
Annually at COC, which he helped build it over the years. Many of his compositions
and arrangements are performed by jazz ensembles in high schools, colleges, and
professional orchestras throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Nova Scotia,
and Japan (sadly died while fighting colon cancer)
b. September 1st 1924.
2014: Philip Smart
(53) Jamaican record producer, born in Kingston, later based himself
in New York City. His career spanned over 5 decades and while in high school,
he produced his first record with reggae instrumentalist Augustus Pablo and vocalist
Lee "Scratch" Perry. He was taught how to record to sixteen-track tape
machines and how to make rough mixes to two-track tapes. This was followed by
working with King Tubby and then for producer Bunny Lee, who gave him the nickname
Prince Philip. His HC&F Recording Studio in Long Island opened in 1982. The
first recording project was with the group Monyaka, titled "Go Deh Yaka",
which was an instant hit. Since that time, the studio had several very successful
projects such as Jah Life Productions, which featured such artists as Sister Carol,
Scion Success, Barrington Levy and Carlton Livingston. Philip is also known for
work he did with artists under labels other than his own, such as Island In the
Sun Productions artist Horace Andy; Narrows Records artist Mr Easy; Donovan Germain
Productions artists Audrey Hall, Owen Gray, Tanto Irie, and Johnny Osbourne; and
Witty's Music Master Productions artists Shelly Thunder, Junior Wilson and Barrington
Levy (sadly died fighting pancreatic cancer) b.
April 9th 2014.
2014: Quentin Elias (39) French
singer, actor and model; of Algerian heritage, he was the original lead singer
of the French boy band Alliage with Steven Gunnell, Roman Lata Ares and Brian
Torres from 1996 to 1999. He relocated to New York in 2002 to developed a solo
singing career singing in English and French, releasing a number of albums, EPs
and singles through his company Quentin Elias Music including
his single "Always the Last to Say Goodbye".
He also worked as a model, acted in feature films, television series, on stage
and was featured in a number of advertisements;
he also performed at local gay venues and events such as Splash Bar and Tom of
Finland events (sadly Quentin died
from a massive heart attack) b.
May 10th 1974.
Angèle Arsenault (70) Canadian-Acadian singer, songwriter
and media host, born in Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island. By the age of 14,
she was playing the piano and the guitar and won a televised singing contest in
Charlottetown. After 1966 she appeared on television and in radio and toured parts
of Canada. It was not until 1973 that she began to write and sing her own songs,
in English and in French and her 1977 album Libre went triple platinum. She also
appeared in several films for the National Film Board of Canada including Le temps
de l'avant. In 1999, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of
Prince Edward Island; in 2000, she received the title of Woman of the Year from
Zonta International and On February 23rd 2003, Angèle
received the Order of Canada.
(sadly died while fighting cancer) b. October 1st
2014: Paco de Lucía (66)
musician, innovator, musical revolutionary and the world's most celebrated flamenco
guitarist; born Francisco Sánchez Gomes in Algeciras, in the province of
Cádiz, he was the son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez, of Gypsy origin
and he took his stage name in honour of his mother, Lucia Gomes. In 1958, at age
11, Paco made his first public appearance on Radio Algeciras. That year, he met
the Romani guitar virtuoso, Sabicas for the first time in Malaga. A year later,
he was awarded a special prize at the Festival Concurso International Flamenco
de Jerez de la Frontera flamenco competition. At the age of 14, he made his first
record with his brother Pepe, "Los Chiquitos de Algeciras"/Kids of Algeciras
and in the early 1960s, he toured with the flamenco troupe of dancer José
Greco. Then in New York City in 1963, at the age of 15, he had his second encounter
with Sabicas and his first encounter with Mario Escudero, both of whom became
his mentors and later close friends.
MORE <<< (Tragically,
he died of a heart attack while playing with his children on the beach, while
on holiday in the Mexican resort of Cancun)
b. December 21st 1947.
Gerardo Reyes (79) Mexican singer, songwriter, actor and producer,
born in Balsas, Guerrero who went on to become one of Mexico's greatest exponents
of the ranchera. He also participated in 80 rancheras
films many of which he wrote and produced himself.
His films include 'The penniless', 'Open book', 'Loading with my cross', 'Jacinto
the cripple', 'The murderer', 'The king of the road', 'Poor Bohemian' 'I leave
it to God' and 'The prisoner number nine', among others. (sadly
died fighting liver cancer) b. March 25th 1935.
2015: Giacomo Rondinella (91)
Italian singer and actor born in Messina. He started his career as a singer after
WWII, following failed attempts to pursue a military career and a career as a
boxer. He first emerged as the winner of a contest for "New Voices"
organized by Radio Napoli, and in a short time he became one of the stars of Canzone
Napoletana. (?) b. August 30th
2015: Ariel Camacho (22) Mexican
singer-songwriter, who performed in the Regional Mexican genre. He was the leader
of the band Los Plebes del Rancho and was signed on to DEL Records. Following
his death, his group's song "El Karma" reached number one on the Billboard
Hot Latin Songs chart (tragically Ariel and two other people
died in a car accident on the road from Angostura, Sinaloa)
b. August 7th 1992.
1913: Felix Draeseke (77) German
composer of the "New German School". He wrote compositions in
most forms including eight operas and stage works, four symphonies, and much vocal
and chamber music. (He died from a stroke) b.
October 7th 1835.
1977: Sherman Garnes (36)
US bassman with Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers; an American integrated doo wop
group, most noted for being one of rock music's earliest successes, presented
to international audiences by DJ Alan Freed. The group, is also noted for being
rock's first all-teenaged act.They had their origins in The Earth Angels, a group
founded at Edward W. Stitt Junior High School in the Washington Heights section
by second tenor Jimmy Merchant and bassman Ian Sherman. Eventually, they added
lead singer Herman Santiago and baritone Joe Negroni and evolved into The Coupe
De Villes. In 1955, twelve-year-old Frankie Lymon joined the Coupe De Villes,
who changed their name to first the Ermines and later The Premiers, before finally
becoming The Teenagers. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" was The Teenagers
first and biggest hit. followed by hits "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent"
and "The ABCs of Love" (died during open-heart
surgery) b. June 8th 1940.
Howard Harold Hanson (84) American composer, conductor, educator, music
theorist, and was one of the first composers to reach international recognition
with education solely in America. Director for 40 years of the Eastman School
of Music, he built a top quality school and provided unparalleled opportunities
for commissioning and performing American music. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944,
for Symphony No.4, subtitled Requiem; in 1945, he became the first recipient of
the Ditson Conductor's Award for his commitment to American music; in 1946, Hanson
was awarded the George Foster Peabody Award "for outstanding entertainment
programming" for a series he presented on the Rochester, New York radio station
WHAM in 1945 and in 1953, Howard helped to establish the Edward B. Benjamin Prize
"for calming and uplifting music" written by Eastman students. Excerpts
from his Symphony No.2 were used to accompany several exterior sequences and the
end credits in the original 1979 release of the movie Alien.
(?) b. October 28th 1896.
1982: Gábor Szabó (44) Hungarian
jazz guitarist, born in Budapest famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock and his native
He began playing guitar at the age of 14, inspired by jazz music on the Voice
of America broadcasts. He escaped Hungary and moved to the United States in 1956
and attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston and in 1958, he was invited
to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. Gabor then performed with the Chico Hamilton
quintet from 1961-1965. He recorded with Lena Horne in October and November of
1969 and was part of Lena's backup band when she performed at The Nugget in Nevada
in November 1966 and when she performed with Harry Belafonte at Caesar's Palace
in Las Vegas in September 1969. His playing incorporated elements of folk music
from his native Hungary and rock music's use of feedback. His composition "Gypsy
Queen" became a hit for Santana in 1970 (Black Magic Woman). During his solo
career, he performed with artists such as Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Lena Horne
and Bobby Womack. (Gábor
passed away from liver and kidney disease while on a visit to his homeland)
b. March 8th 1936
Jones (78) American swing-style trumpeter who in the '30s and '40s
worked with musicians such as Charlie Johnson, the Savoy Bearcats, Fess Williams,
Chick Webb, Sam Wooding, Claude Hopkins, Willie Bryant, Teddy Hill, Sy Oliver,
Don Redman, Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder.
From 1952 till 1957 he played lead trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra, and
featured as a member of the Quincy Jones group, "The Jones Boys" 1956
till 1958. From the '40s he did extensive work as a studio musician. He toured
with Woody Herman, George Shearing's big band and with an orchestra accompanying
Nat King Cole (?)
b. December 22nd 1910.
1989: Roy David Eldridge
(78) American jazz trumpet player nicknamed "Little Jazz",
Roy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and originally played drums, trumpet
and tuba. He led bands from his early years, moving to St. Louis, and then to
New York. He became one of the most exciting musicians of the swing era and a
precursor of bebop. In 1941 he joined Gene Krupa's
Orchestra, and was featured with rookie singer Anita O'Day on a series of recordings
including the novelty hit "Let Me Off Uptown". He became part of the
group which toured under the Jazz at the Philharmonic banner and became one of
the stalwarts of the group. Roy moved to Paris for a time, before returning to
New York, where he worked with Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald and Earl Hines
among others. In 1971, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. After
a stroke in 1980, he continued performing on other instruments for the remainder
of his life (?) b. January
1990: Cornell Gunter
(53) American singer born in Coffeyville, Kansas, he was an original
member of the Platters in 1953. He also was a member of The Flairs and The Coasters.
The title song from the 1957 Susan Oliver movie, The Green Eyed Blonde, was sung
by Cornell. After he left the Coasters, he toured with Dinah Washington. In 1963,
he formed his own Coasters group; they were usually billed as "The Fabulous
Coasters". He also made over a dozen solo singles in the late 1950s and early
1960s, including a cover version of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me", "True
Love", and "If We Should Meet Again". Cornell
was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame along with the rest of The Coasters
in 1987. (died
in Las Vegas, Nevada, after being brutally shot to death in his car)
b. November 14th 1936.
Bulee "Slim" Gaillard/McVouty
(75) American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist,
pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language
he called "Vout", he wrote a dictionary for his own constructed language.
Born in Alabama, he grew up in Detroit and moved to New York City in the 1930s.
He first rose to prominence in the late 1930s as part of Slim & Slam, a jazz
novelty act he formed with bassist Slam Stewart. Their hits included "Flat
Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)", "Cement Mixer (Putti Putti)"
and the hipster anthem, "The Groove Juice Special (Opera in Vout)".
The duo also performed in the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin'. In the late 1940s and
early 1950s, he frequently opened at Birdland for such greats as Charlie Parker,
Flip Phillips, and Coleman Hawkins. His December 1945 session with Parker and
Dizzy Gillespie is notable, both musically and for its relaxed convivial air.
In the 60s and 70s he appeared in several TV show, such as Charlie's Angels and
Mission Impossible. By the early 1980s Gaillard was touring the European jazz
festival circuit, playing with such musicians as Arnett Cobb. He also played with
George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers, occasionally deputising for Melly
when he was unwell. He also appeared in the musical film Absolute Beginners in
1986, singing "Selling Out" (?) b.
1995: Willie Johnson (71) American influential
pioneering blues guitarist
born in Senatobia, Mississippi. He is best known as the
principal guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band from 1948-53. His raucous, distorted
guitar playing features on Howlin' Wolf's Memphis recordings of 1951-3, including
the 1951 hit "How Many More Years".
He playing on a number of sessions for Sun Records, including a 1955 collaboration
with vocalist released under the name Sammy Lewis with Willie Johnson. Willie
performed and recorded with other blues artists in the Memphis area, including
pianist Willie Love, Willie Nix, Junior Parker, Roscoe Gordon, Bobby "Blue"
Bland, and others. When he relocated to Chicago he occasionally performed and
recorded with Howlin' Wolf again and also played briefly in the band of Muddy
Waters, as well as a number of other local Chicago blues musicians, including
J. T. Brown, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He made his living mainly outside
of music for the rest of his life, only occasionally sitting in with the bands
of his old friends around Chicago. His final recordings were made for Earwig Records
in Chicago in the early 1990s (?) b.
March 4th 1923.
1997: Ben Raleigh (86) US lyricist; he helped
create many popular songs, notably the Ray Peterson hit "Tell Laura I Love
Her" and the Johnny Mathis hit "Wonderful, Wonderful." Ben's "Love
Is a Hurtin' Thing" won a Grammy for Lou Rawls. He also co-wrote 'Scooby
Doo Where Are You.' (died at his LA home in a kitchen fire
after setting light to his bath robe while cooking)
Buddy Miles/George Miles (60) American
rock and funk drummer, most known as a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys
from 1969 until Hendrix's death in 1970. As a teenager blues-rock drummer George
aka Buddy Miles played in his father's band The Bebops, Ruby & the Romantics,
the Ink Spots, the Delfonics and others. At this time he met and struck up a friendship
with Jimi Hendrix when they were both sidemen. In 1967 Buddy formed Electric Flag
with Mike Bloomfield, they ...
b. September 5th 1947
Nujabes/Jun Seba (36) Japanese Hip Hop
producer and DJ, born in Tokyo. In addition to Japanese artists like Uyama Hiroto,
Shing02 and Minmi, Nujabes collaborated with underground American hip-hop acts
Five Deez, CYNE, Cise Starr, Apani B, Substantial, CL Smooth, Terry Callier, as
well as British rapper Funky DL. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest,
an experimental collaboration with Nao T (tragically
died in a traffic accident exiting the Shuto Expressway)
b. February 7th 1974.
Eugene Fodor Jr (60) American violinist,
born in Denver, Colorado he was the first American violinist to win the Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow. He made his solo debut with the Denver Symphony at the
age of ten, playing Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and began touring as a soloist
while still a young teenager. He
won numerous national contests before the age of seventeen, including First Prize
in both the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C. and the Young Musicians
Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, California. He went on to win first prize
in the International Paganini Competition in Italy in 1972, at the age of 22.
It was his win at the Paganini competition that gained him widespread public attention.
He achieved the highest prize awarded (second prize, shared with two other violinists)
in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974 in Moscow, Russia. This award
raised his profile further, as an American winning the top Soviet prize during
the height of the Cold War. Eugene was also awarded the European Soloist award
"Prix Europeen du Soliste" in January 1999. He appeared on the television
show SCTV in November 1981 in a parody of the Joan Crawford movie Humoresque called
New York Rhapsody (sadly
lost to cirrhosis liver) b. March 5th 1950.
2011: Mark Tulin (62) American
bass player and founding member of the San Fernando Valley rock band, The Electric
Prunes in 1965. They had hit singles with "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night"
and "Get Me To The World on Time". In particular, "I Had Too Much
To Dream Last Night" is regarded by many critics as a defining song of the
psychedelic and garage rock music, appearing on the famous Nuggets: Original Artyfacts
from the First Psychedelic Era, 19651968 compilation in 1972. It was also
featured prominently in the 1969 film Easy Rider. In the late 1990s, renewed interest
in The Electric Prunes led to a reunion of the original lineup. In June 2009,
Mark took part in Billy Corgan's tribute band 'Spirits in the Sky' which played
a show on July 24, 2009. Following the success of the show, Billy Corgan had the
band play a small tour of extremely small venues in California in August 2009.
In March 2010, following the departure of Smashing Pumpkins touring bassist Ginger,
Mark was temporary live bassist until a permanent replacement could be found.
During this time, he played his only full length show with The Smashing Pumpkins
on April 17, 2010 in celebration of Record Store Day. A few days later, he played
"Widow Wake My Mind" with the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
(Mark collapsed while helping out at the Avalon Underwater
Clean-Up in California. Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Fire Department medics responded
immediately, but tragically could not revive him)
b. November 21st 1948.
singer-songwriter, guitarist born in Prague and often
called the "Czech Bob Dylan".
Following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan he played the guitar and harmonica and
also changed his first name to Bob. His music career
began in 1967 with a group of Green Spaedars, and he worked for several years
with the singing duo of Greek origin Martha & Tena Elefteriadu. In 1971 he
began to appear regularly as a solo act and his popularity soared. At the height
of his artistic career he played and sang with accompanying musical group Jan
Sochor (died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. November 13th 1947
2014: Rabi Mustapha
(?) Nigerian actress and singer, remembered in Kannywood for her singing,
especially in the movies Mujadala, Muradi and Ukuba. She was one of the first
singers in the industry, performing alongside Yakubu Mohammed (sadly
Rabi died after a shot ilness) b. ????.
2014: Georges Hamel (66)
Canadian country music singer-songwriter from Quebec. Over the course of
his 40 year career, he recorded 44 albums, the last of which, A Flower For You,
released just before his death, topped the sales charts
immediately. Sadly he has not been able to enjoy
his success. Along his journey he has also been honoured with four Félix
Awards from ADISQ and has sold over 2 million records (Georges
died from cancer of the bone marrow, which he had been bravely fighting for five
years) b. January 20th 1948.
Frank Reed (59) American soul singer; born in Omaha, Nebraska,
he joined The Chi-Lites in 1988, as the successor to former lead singer Eugene
1998, when he recorded the studio album, Help Wanted
(Heroes Are In Short Supply), despite singing lead on 5 of the 12 tracks and his
likeness appearing on the album cover, Frank is not credited as a vocalist and
his name is not mentioned on the album, this bad oversight maybe due to his departure
following the injuries he got in the car crash that claimed the life of Marshall's
wife during the recording of the album. Prior to the Chi-Lites he was one of the
lead vocalists of Michigan Avenue, a local band in Chicago created by former Chi-Lites
member, Clarence Johnson. When Michigan Avenue disbanded, Reed was told by Johnson
that Record was departing from the Chi-Lites and that they were looking for a
new lead singer and he auditioned for Marshall Thompson and his wife Constance
(?) b. September 16th 1954.
2014: Timothy Collins "Tim" Wilson
(52) American comedian and country artist,
whose act combined stand-up comedy and original songs. Born in Columbus, GA, he
released more than a dozen comedy albums and made frequent appearances on the
John Boy and Billy, Big D and Bubba and Bob and Tom Show. He also appeared on
numerous television programs, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American
Revolution Country Comedy on CMT. In 2011, he appeared on CMT's Ron White's Comedy
Salute to the Troops along with White, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, Vic Henley,
Alex Reymundo and Robert Hawkins. In 2012, he appeared on the Showtime Comedy
Special Billy Gardell's: Road Dogs, with Gardell hosting along with comedians
Ben Creed and Kenny Rogerson and produced the show's musical theme, "Back
Home To You" by guitarist Scotty Bratcher. (sadly died
from a heart attack) b. August 5th 1961.
1833: Alexander Borodin (54) Russian composer,
vocalist, composer of opera, chamber and symphonic. He was also a member of the
group of composers called The Five aka "The Mighty Handful", who were
dedicated to producing a specifically Russian kind of art music. He is best known
for his symphonies, his two string quartets, and his opera Prince Igor. Music
from Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the musical Kismet.
(He died while attending a ball in St. Petersburg) b.
November 12th 1833.
Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov (65) Russian composer born in Saint Petersburg
perhaps best known for his Symphony No.2. After graduating, he worked as a composer
until the onset of World War II, when he enlisted in the Army. After the war,
he set poems by Blok and Yesenin relating to the war. Later on in his life, he
set poems by García Lorca and Pablo Neruda, as well as Soviet poets. He
wrote his Symphony No. 1 in D minor, in 1952. (?)
b. November 4th 1912.
Ike Isaacs (57) American
jazz bassist; he
started out on trumpet and tuba as a child before settling on bass. He served
in the Army during World War II, where he took lessons from Wendell Marshall.
Following this he played with Tiny Grimes, Earl Bostic, Paul Quinichette, and
Benny Green. He led a band locally in Ohio in 1956, then played for two years
in the trio of Carmen McRae. He also worked with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross,
after which he worked with Count Basie, Gloria Lynne, and Erroll Garner, as well
as with his own small groups, but recorded only once as a leader, in 1967. On
this recording he plays in a trio with Jack Wilson on piano and Jimmie Smith on
drums. He was no relation to the British guitarist of the same name (?)
b. March 28th 1923.
1985: Ray Ellington/Harry Pitts Brown (68) English
singer, drummer and bandleader born in London. He is best known for his appearances
on The Goon Show from 1951 to 1960. The Ray Ellington Quartet had a regular musical
segment on the show, and he also had a small speaking role in many episodes, often
as a parodic African, Native American or Arab chieftain. His band was one of the
first groups in Britain to prominently feature the electric guitar. They were
also reputedly the very first jazz band in the UK to use an amplified guitar,
which was produced and introduced by their guitar player, Lauderic Rex Caton (?)
b. March 17th 1916
Daniil Shafran (74) Russian cellist born in Petrograd/Leningrad, now
Saint Petersburg; one of Russia's finest celloists, his first public performance
was at the age of 10, at one of the Conservatory Special Music School for Children
concerts, where he played two technically demanding works by David Popper: 'Spinning
Song' and 'Elfentanz'. His orchestral debut was a year later, when 11, when he
played Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
under the visiting British conductor, Albert Coates. He pursued a career as soloist
and recorded very widely. His repertoire included the major concertos, music for
cello and piano, and the solo cello repertoire. His astonishing technique in the
higher register enabled him to perform a wide range of violin works at original
pitch. He also sought to enrich the cello repertoire, and made and performed transcriptions
of works for other instruments. Daniil's American debut was in 1960 in Carnegie
Hall, his British premiere was not till 1964, with concerts in Wigmore Hall and
the Royal Festival Hall. He visited Japan several times, and toured Australia.
(died in Moscow) b. January
2003: John Lanchbery (79)
British composer and conductor, famous for his ballet arrangements. After
WW11 he got the post of conductor with the Metropolitan Ballet, making his debut
with them at Edinburgh in 1948. After 2 years he joined the Sadler's Wells company.
In 1970 he arranged the score for the ballet film The Tales of Beatrix Potter.
His sources were many and varied, including the operas of Michael Balfe and Arthur
Sullivan. He also arranged the music and conducted the orchestra for Nijinsky
in 1980. His score for Evil Under the Sun in 1982 is based on songs by Cole Porter
and includes a memorable rendition of "You're The Top" by Diana Rigg.
He received honours from Russia and Sweden and was appointed an Officer of the
Order of the British Empire in 1991. He became an Australian citizen in 2002,
making his home in Melbourne (?)
b. May 15th 1923.
Milton Katims (96) American violist and
conductor; he joined the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1943, replacing the well-known
William Primrose on the first-desk of the section. During his decade with the
orchestra, he developed a close relationship with conductor Arturo Toscanini and
became his assistant. He also used a baton that
had belonged to Toscanini. He
also conducted orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra,
Boston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Montreal Symphony.
In 1966, Milton was named Seattle Man of the Year, with his portrait on the cover
of the telephone book. One
of Milton's major accomplishments in Seattle was the conversion of the Civic Auditorium
into the Opera House. From 1976 to 1985 Katims served as Artistic Director of
the University of Houston School of Music. His influence enabled the school to
attract and hire several notable musicians, such as Carlisle Floyd, Elena Nikolaidi,
and Abbey Simon, to the faculty (?)
b. June 24th 1909.
2007: Bobby Rosengarden (82) American jazz
drummer born in Elgin, Illinois; he began playing drums when he was 12, later
studing at the Uni of Michigan. After playing drums in Army bands in WW II, he
moved to New York City, working in several groups between 1945-1948 before becoming
a busy studio musician. He played at NBC-TV from 19491968 and ABC from 1969-1974
on The Steve Allen Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Sing Along With Mitch, Johnny
Carson's Tonight Show Band, and led the band for The Dick Cavett Show. Through
the years, Bobby became a busy studio musician, recording with Duke Ellington,
Billie Holliday, Skitch Henderson, Quincy Jones, Peter Nero, Gil Evans/Miles Davis,
Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Dick Hyman, Arlo Guthrie, Carmen McRae, Ben E.
King, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix and Tony Bennett, between
other significant artists. In later years, he was most often heard as the drummer
with a variety of all-star, swing-oriented mainstream groups, including Soprano
from cruel Alzheimer's disease)
b. April 23rd 1924.
2008: Ivan Rebroff/Hans-Rolf Rippert (76)
German singer born in Berlin, famous for singing Russian folk songs, but also
performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries; he had
an extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves, ranging from the soprano
to impressive bass registers. He performed over 6,000 concerts in his career,
including a two-year run, beginning in 1968, singing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof
at Paris' Théâtre Marigny. Being well into his seventies in a recent
Australian tour, he still performed 12 shows in 14 days. (died
after a long illness) b. July 31st 1931.
2010: Walter Alfaiate (79) Brazilian samba
composer and vocalist born in Rio de Janeiro; from an early age he wrote sambas
for the local small groups such as Foliões de Botafogo and São Clemente.
In the '60s, he participated in samba get-togethers at the Opinião theatre
and in the groups Reais do Samba and Os Autênticos. He went on to become
a major figure in the samba milieu, and wrote more than 200 sambas in his 50-year
career, but didn't actually record his own debut solo album, Olha Aí until
1998, when he was 68. In 2000, he promoted the tribute show Roda de Bamba at the
Image and Sound Museum of Rio de Janeiro to Paulinho da Viola, Manacéia,
and Duarte. In the same year, he commemorated his 70th birthday at the Niterói
municipal theatre with Aldir Blanc and other important samba artists (?)
June 7th 1930
2010: Larry Cassidy (56) British
bass guitarist, lead singer and founder member of the band Section 25. They released
their debut single, "Girls Don't Count" in 1980. The band went on to
release four LPs through the 80s, changing their musical direction from post-punk
to proto-techno for their third album, 1984's 'From The Hip', produced by New
Order's Bernard Sumner, which produced the underground hit "Looking From
a Hilltop". Before his death, Larry was working on an album of Section 25
remixes called 'Retrofit', which was due to be released in summer 2010.
passed away at his home in Blackpool, a cause of death is not yet confirmed, at
present there appear to be no suspicious circumstances)
b. April ?th 1953
Eddie Kirkland (88) American blues guitarist,
harmonicist, singer, and songwriter, known as the "Gypsy of the Blues"
for his rigorous touring schedules, played and toured with John Lee Hooker from
1949 to 1962. After his period of working in tandem with Hooker he pursued a successful
solo career, recording for RPM Records, Fortune Records, Volt Records, and King
Records, sometimes under the stage name Eddie Kirk. He continued to tour, write
and record albums until his death. Well into his eighties Eddie continued to drive
himself to gigs along the coast and in Europe, frequently playing with the Wentus
Blues Band from Finland (tragically died in an automobile
accident in Crystal River, Florida, after a greyhound bus hit Eddie's 1998 Ford
Taurus wagon, while he was attempting a U-turn) b.
August 16th 1923.
2011: A. Frank Willis (60)
Canadian folk singer, a virtual legend on the east coast music scene.
Originally from Dover, Newfoundland, A.Frank got a very early start to his musical
career in a band with his four brothers, known as "Franky and The Twisters",
and later The Willis Brothers. In 1975, after years of playing bass and singing
lead vocals, became a one-man band. His debut album, Any Kind Of Music was launched
in 1976 and nested him a definite spot in the hearts of east coast music lovers.
By 1978, he had secured a spot as an accomplished musician. Frank has been called
"one of Newfoundland's greatest exports to the mainland", and to this
day (2011) still has the longest running No.1 song on Newfoundland radio with
"Take Me As I Am". In 1981, he won the Peoples Choice Award for Best
Country Solo Artist. In 1999, his album entitled "Soiree" included a
song "Savage cop in savage cove" which was based on a true story.&
went on to become a big hit. Included also on that CD was his own very special
version of "House of the Rising Sun". This early 60's classic received
considerable airplay and rave reviews from Radios Chretiennes En France, just
west of Paris, as well as Belgium, Holland & Germany. (sadly
died after a brave battle with cancer)
2013: Carl "Chuck"
Goff Jr (54) American bass player; born
in Miami, Florida, but moved with his family to Norman, Oklahoma at the age of
15, where he graduated from Norman High School and attended college at the University
of Oklahoma. Chuck was band leader, bass player and close friend with Toby Keith
and the Easy Money Band for over twenty-five years. He also wrote two number one
hit songs, "You Ain't Much Fun Since I Quit Drinkin'" and, in collaboration
with Toby Keith, "Upstairs Downtown" (tragically
killed at around 7:45pm in a two-car collision near Slaughterville, Oklahoma)
b. April 8th 1958.
Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr (78)
American pianist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
At aged 12, he won a statewide piano competition, which enabled him to debut with
the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He entered the Juilliard School in New York City
at the age of seventeen and studied under Rosina Lhévinne, who trained
him in the tradition of the great Russian romantics. At age twenty, he won the
Leventritt Award and made his Carnegie Hall debut. But he achieved worldwide recognition
in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky
Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. toured domestically
and overseas. He went on to play for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. president
from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom in 2003 by then President George W. Bush, and, in October 2004, the Russian
Order of Friendship, the highest civilian awards of the two countries. He was
also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award the same year (sadly
Van died while bravely fighting bone cancer) b. July
2013: Richard Street (70)
American soul singer, most notable as a member of Motown
group The Temptations from 1971 to 1993. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan,
he was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city
which served as Motown's namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were
born and at least partially raised in the southern United States. Prior to The
Temptations during the mid-1960s, he performed with a Motown act called The Monitors,
who had hits with
"Say You" and "Greetings (This is
Uncle Sam)". He joined the Temptations in 1971 and sings lead vocals, on
hits including "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)", "Papa
Was a Rollin' Stone", "Masterpiece", and was featured solo on "Hey
Girl (I Like Your Style)" as well as the album cuts "The First Time
I Saw Your Face" and "Firefly" from the All Directions and A Song
for You albums (sadly Richard
died of a pulmonary embolism) b.
October 5th 1942.
2015: Tod Do and ckstader
(82) American sound artist and electronic music composer, particularly
musique concrète. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he studied painting and
film while at the University of Minnesota, before moving to Hollywood in 1955,
to become an apprentice film editor. He moved into work as a sound engineer in
1958, and apprenticed at Gotham Recording Studios, where he first started composing.
Around this same time he also worked for Terrytoons along side Gene Deitch creating
sound effects and writing stories for Tom and Jerry and other cartoons. His first
record, Eight Electronic Pieces, was released in 1960, and was later used as the
soundtrack to Federico Fellini's Satyricon in 1969. He continued to create music
throughout the first half of that decade, working principally with tape manipulation
effects. In 1966 Owl Records released four albums of his work from this period
including what many consider to be Tod's masterpiece, Quatermass. In the late
1960s he formed the audio-visual service Westport Communications Group along with
business partner, and former Gotham executive, Fred Hertz. He was also a prolific
writer, with several articles published by Electronic Music Review and The Musical
Quarterly (?) b. March 20th
1935: Chiquinha Gonzaga (87) Brazilian
composer born in Rio de Janeiro and is most known for her works for the Carnival
in Brazil, such as Ó Abre Alas, and theatrical works, as for example, the
operetta Forrobodó. She was also an active citizen, involved in all kinds
of social movements that took place during her age in Brazil, such as the Abolition
of Slavery and even the Republican movement. It is also said Chiquinha became
the first woman in Brazil to obtain a legal divorce (?)
b. October 17th 1847.
1968: Franklin "Frankie"
America singer and frontman of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. While at Junior
High School he helped to form a singing group called The Premiers. A talent scout
for Gee records, heard them singing on the stairs of a tenement on 165th Street
in Manhattan and brought them to George Goldner at Gee. They were renamed The
Teenagers and in 1955 they recorded "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" it
was released as a record by The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon. It made the
top ten in the USA and it reached No.1 in the UK. The group appeared in the movies
"Rock, Rock, Rock" and "Mister Rock and Roll", and had 2 more
hits with "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" and "The ABCs of Love".
But by 1957, the group was being billed as "Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers".
This caused in-fighting, and by September, Goldner had pulled Frankie out of the
group to record solo. He released some songs of his own including the top twenty
song Goody, Goody and eventually he signed with Roulette Records. By the 60's
he had a serious drug problem. In 1961 he was forced into a drug rehabilitation
program at Manhattan General Hospital. He attempted a comeback, but sadly could
not kick his addiction and was convicted on a narcotics charge in 1964. The group
was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and a film based on the
life of Frankie Lymon titled Why Do Fools Fall In Love? was released in 1998.
(found dead from a drug overdose on the bathroom floor of his grandmother's apartment)
b. September 30th 1942.
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (72) American old time fiddler and a big influence
on the old time and bluegrass music genres. Born and raised on a farm near Bold
Springs, Tennessee, he learned to play the fiddle at an early age, his first influence
being the fiddlers Grady Stringer and Walter Warden. He married at the age of
sixteen and began performing at local dances and fiddlers' conventions, with his
wife Nettie, his cousin Homer Smith and fiddler Floyd Ethredge. Arthur made his
solo debut as a fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry in December 1927. In the 1930s,
he formed "The Dixieliners" together with the McGee Brothers and his
daughter Lavonne who played the piano. They became a regular act on the Opry from
May 1932 performing popular songs such as Walking In My Sleep, Pig In the Pen
and Blackberry Blossom. In the early 1940s, he joined the "Bailes Brothers,"
and published two songbooks, Songs From the Hills of Tennessee and Arthur Smith's
Original Song Folio No.1. In the following years, he performed with artists like
Rex Griffin and Jimmy Wakely. This led to an invitation from Hollywood in 1944
to appear in some low budget westerns. In 1957, Mike Seeger arranged a recording
session with Arthur and the McGee Brothers, but they were not released until eight
years later. In 1965, Fiddlin' Artur and the McGee Brothers appeared at the Newport
Folk Festival. He made his last appearance in 1969 with Sleepy Marlin and Tommy
Riggs. (?) b. April 10th 1898.
1974: Bobby Bloom (28) American
singer songwriter; he is known best for being a one-hit wonder with the 1970 song
"Montego Bay," which was co-written and produced by Jeff Barry, who
was surprised to find out after Bobby's death that he was the sole beneficiary
of his life insurance policy. In the early '60s, he had been a member of the doo
wop group the Imaginations, and sang lead on "Wait A Little Longer, Son."
and in 1969 when he was awarded a contract to write and record a jingle for Pepsi,
paving the way for his success with "Montego Bay", which reached the
US Top 10 and UK Top 3 (he
was accidentally shot in a scuffle with a man who was never identified)
1985: David Byron/David Garrick
(38) English singer gifted with a phenomenal
vocal range, paired with an unparalleled sense of dynamics & charismatic stage
presence. He was the original lead vocalist for Spice from 1967 through 1969,
but is more famous for singing in the legendary English rock band Uriah Heep between
1969 to1976, recording 10 albums with the band. He was asked to leave the band
because of his increasingly erratic behaviour due to alcohol abuse. He unsuccessfully
attempted to revive his career with Rough Diamond, a band featuring former members
of Humble Pie and Wings, releasing a self titled album; a solo album "Baby
Faced Killer" and in the early 80's with The Byron Band recording 3 albums,
2 of which were not released till the 2000s, " Lost And Found" released
2003 and "One Minute More" released 2008. In 1980 Uriah Heep invited
him back in the band, but he refused. (alcohol-related complications)
b. January 29th 1947.
Jacquet (72) American big band trumpeter,
in Saint Martinville, Louisiana. He was the elder brother of well-known tenor
saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, who he worked with through the years. He had stints
with Floyd Ray and Milt Larkin before he began studying music at Wiley College
and Texas Southern University. He moved west and played with his brother's band
for a time, later forming his own group which became the house band at the Cotton
Club from 1945 to 1949. He then rejoined his brother's group. He later played
with several small groups in Oakland, California, and in Houston with Arnett Cobb,
and on a few dates in New York with his brother (?)
b. December 4th 1917.
Spike Milligan/Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan (83) English
comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright and actor. Born in India to an english
mother and an Irish father who was serving in the British Army. During his teens
and early twenties Spike performed as a Jazz musician, as well as a jazz vocalist,
he played drums, guitar and trumpet, in which he was entirely self taught and
was already starting to write comedy sketches. He was wounded while serving in
the Royal Artilery during the Word War II in Italy, but continued his love of
jazz and comedy by entertaining the troops with concert parties. In the late 1940's
he appearanced in several musical comedy acts, and had his big break into the
world of radio both writing scripts for and performing in the now famous 'Goon
Show' with Peter Sellers and Harry Seacombe. The Goon Show ran from 1951 with
the last one in 1972. He went on to appear in numerous TV shows including 'A show
called Fred', 'The World of Beachcomber' and 'The Q Series' and appeared in 29
films between 1951 and 1999. Spike was also noted for writing of nonsense poems,
books and songs, one of his most memorable musical creations was the Ying Tong
Song (sadly Spike died from liver disease) b.
April 16th 1918.
2002: Helmut Zacharias (82)
German violinist. He started having lessons at the age of 4. At 6 he played at
the cabaret Faun in Berlin and had his first radio broadcast five years later.
In the 1950s he was considered to be one of the best jazz violinists of Europe.
He played together with many other famous artists, including Yehudi Menuhin and
had his own TV show from 1968 to 1973. (He died in Tessin,
Switzerland) b. January 27th 1920.
2005: Chris Curtis (63)
British drummer and singer with the 1960s pop band,
The Searchers. He also originated the concept behind Deep Purple forming the band
in its original incarnation of 'Roundabout'. For six years from 1960, he an essential
part of the Searchers sound, he contributed to the band's characteristic
vocal harmonies with his distinctive high voice and as well as playing drums he
introduced all manner of percussion including tom-toms, castanets, cowbells, bongos
and Spanish bells. After leaving the Searchers he recorded his only solo single,
the top 20 hit, "Aggravation" in 1966, he was backed by
Jimmy Page, Joe Moretti, John Paul Jones and Vic Flick. In 1968 Chris was planning
to assemble his new band. At a party speaking to his new friend Ian Lord of his
plans, his concept was a band with a core of three members: Curtis, Lord and Robbie
Hewlett. The other musicians would be engaged whenever the core felt like it.
Ian Lord was eager for this .. "They would jump on and off the roundabout.
But I left that party in a new band, Roundabout." said Lord. Chris arranged
for Ritchie Blackmore to come over from Germany to play lead guitar for Roundabout.
The band went ahead, unfortunately without Chris, due to his LSD drug addiction,
Roundabout changed it's name to Deep Purple and their first single was Joe Souths
"Hush", which Chris had been playing in Ian Lords flat for months.In
1998 he gave his first interview in thirty years; to Spencer Leigh for BBC Radio
Merseyside. In the early 2000's he started appearing weekly with live musicians
for the Merseycats charity at the Marconi club in Huyton, but he never revisited
the old Searchers songs (died at his home)
b. August 26th 1941
Billy Thorpe (60) English-born Australian
lead singer, guitarist of Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs; As a teenager he performed
under the name of 'Little Rock Allen'. After he was heard singing and playing
guitar by a television producer, he made regular musical appearances on Queensland
TV, by the time he was 17 was an experienced singer and musician. He moved to
Sydney in 1963 where he joined The Aztecs, it was their second single Leiber and
Stoller's "Poison Ivy" which gave them their brake. In November 1973
the Aztecs became the first rock band to play the Sydney Opera House. They had
huge hits such as "Love Letters", "I Told The Brook", "Twilight
Time" and were a massive influence on AC/DC and many other rock bands. After
many line up changes the band split in 1976, and Billy moved to LA in America
where in 1979, he released a solo album titled 'Children of the Sun'. He released
3 more albums, all of which had some chart success. By 1986, he owned a recording
and production studio in Los Angeles, where he worked on musical scoring for television
series, including: War of the Worlds, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Columbo,
Eight Is Enough and Hard Time on Planet Earth. He also collaborated with Mick
Fleetwood and Bekka Bramlett in Fleetwood's side project, a band called The Zoo.
Returning to Australia in 1996 he wrote two autobiographies: "Sex and Thugs
and Rock 'n' Roll" and "Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)".
He was posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2007
for his contribution to music as a musician, songwriter and producer (heart
attack) b. March 29th 1946.
Mike Smith (64) British singer and keyboardist
with The Dave Clark Five; he and Dave were both members on the same football team
for the St. George Boys Club. At age 17, Dave asked him to join his band, his
debut recording with the band was "I Knew It All the Time"/"That's
What I Said" in 1963. The band had 19 UK Top 40 hits, including 'Bits and
Pieces' and the No.1 single 'Glad All Over'. They had US hits with 'Because',
'I Like it Like That' and 'Glad All Over', and set a record among British acts
after appearing on the Ed Sullivan show 13 times. He co-wrote the majority of
their material with Dave, sold more than 100 million records, played to sold out
5 consecutive world tours and 6 in the U.S. including 12 consecutive shows at
Carnegie Hall, and were immortalised in the 1965 feature film "Catch Us If
You Can". They disbanded in 1970, Mike continued a while with Dave. In 1976
he recorded with former Manfred Mann's Michael d'Abo, after which he was record
producer for such artists as Shirley Bassey and Michael Ball, for whom he recorded
4 gold albums. He also worked as a writer and singer of advertising jingles; his
clients ranged from British Airways to McDonald's to Volvo and sang on the original
recording of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita. In the late 90's
he moved to Spain and did many charity gigs until an accident in September 2003,
leaving him permanently paralysed from the waist down and in his right arm, with
very little movement in his left arm. The man with the magnificent growl,
tragically died , just 11 days before he was to be inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Dave Clark Five (died
from complicationf of the accident in 2003) b. December
2011: Emmy/Elsina Hidersha (21)
Albanian singer, born in Skrapar; her most notable hits were "Pse të
dua ty", "A ma jep", "Rastësisht u pamë", and
"Let It Play" (vehicular homicide; Emmy was hit
by a car, allegedly driven by her ex-boyfriend, 47-year-old Kosovar businessman
Haziz Kelmendi. Tragically,
she died 2 days later in hospital of her injuries)
b. March 15th 1989.
Shoko Aoba (93) Japanese singer (sadly she has
died of pneumonia) b. March 21st 1918.
2013: William Bennett (56) American oboist
born in New Haven, Connecticut. He joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1979,
and promoted to principal oboist in 1987. (died of a cerebral
hemorrhage after collapsing on stage during a performance of the Oboe Concerto
by Richard Strauss) b. May 31st 1956.
2013: Daniel Darc/Daniel Rozoum (53) French
singer born in Paris; in 1978 he along with founded the New Wave band Taxi Girl,
producing 5 mini-albums, and one full-length album, Seppuku. Their early success
is attributed to two singles, "Mannequin" in 1979 and "Cherchez
le garçon" in 1980.
When they disbanded in 1986 Daniel released several solo albums under his own
died of a drug overdose)
b. May 20th 1959
Karl Anton Rickenbacher (73) Swiss conductor,
born in Basel; he studied at the Berlin Conservatory with Herbert von Karajan
and took part in master classes with Pierre Boulez. He was an assistant conductor
at the Zürich Opera from 1966 to 1969, before serving as first Kapellmeister
of the Stadt Buhnen Freiburg from 1969 to 1975. He was music director of the Westphalian
Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 1985 and was also chief conductor of the BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1980. Karl was appointed principal guest conductor
of the Belgian BRT Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987. His
commercial recordings include those of the student symphonies of Richard Strauss,
as part of his set of recordings called "The Unknown Richard Strauss"
Karl died from a heart attack)
b. May 20th 1940.
2015: Ezra Laderman (90)
American composer born in Brooklyn. He served as a radio operator with the 69th
Infantry Division during World War II, seeing the full horrors when freeing Leipzig.
During the weeks after the war was over, he composed his Leipzig Symphony. Over
his long career had been commissioned three times by the Philadelphia Orchestra,
twice by the National, Louisville and Chicago Symphonies as well as from the New
York Philharmonic, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas, Houston,
Fort Worth, Denver,
Syracuse, Columbus, Albany, and New Haven Symphony
Orchestras. In addition he has written for such distinguished artists as Jean-Pierre
Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Sherrill Milnes, Aldo Parisot, Samuel Baron, David
Shifrin, Ransom Wilson, Judith Raskin, Elmar Oliveira, Erica Morini, Nathaniel
Rosen, Stephen Kates, Toby Appel, and Leonard Arner, among many others
(?) b. June 29th 2015.
1996: Wes Farrell (56) American musician, songwriter
and record producer, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s. He was responsible
for over 300 million record sales, including 70 million sales with The Partridge
Family, during his career. He was also the owner of Bell Records, which was a
merger of three earlier labels - Amy, Mala, and Bell Records. The company was
later bought out by Screen Gems, and eventually became Arista Records, while Wes
went on to found Chelsea Records.
(sadly died after
a battle with cancer) b. December 21st 1939.
2000: Dennis Danell (38) American
guitarist and founding member of the California punk rock band, Social Distortion.
formed the band in 1979 with frontman Mike Ness while attending high
school together. Originally the group's bassist, Dennis soon switched to guitar
and helped define the group's signature jangle on such albums as Mommy's Little
Monster-1983, Prison Bound-1988, Social Distortion-1990 and White Light, White
Heat, White Trash in 1996. He remained the guitarist for the band until his death
was reported that he had died at his home in Costa Mesa, California of a brain
aneurysm, but Mike Ness stated on the DVD commentary of Another State of Mind
that Dennis died from a heart condition) b. June
"Davy" Jones (66)
singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees. He was born
in Manchester, and at aged 11 began his acting career, appearing on the soap opera
'Coronation Street', produced by Granada Television in Manchester, where in 1961
he played Colin Lomax, the grandson of Ena Sharples. However, after the death
of his mother when he was 14 years old, Davy made a career change and became a
jockey, training with Basil Foster. He was soon back in the public eye, this time
on stage in London's West End and then on Broadway, playing the Artful Dodger,
in the show Oliver!, which was nominated for a Tony Award. On February 9th 1964,
Davy appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show, the same
episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. From 1965 to 1971, he
was a member of The Monkees >>> READ
(sadly Davy died from a massive heart attack just months
after he, Tork and Dolenz had completed a tour marking The Monkees 45th
b. December 30th 1945
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