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1952: Michael Marra (Scottish musician
1990: Laura Marling (UK singer-songwriter).
1983: Andrew VanWyngarden (US vocalist, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums;
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 drums; Weezer)
1969: Joshua Redman (US jazz saxophonist, composer).
1968: Lisa Marie Presley (US singer, daughter of Elvis Presley,
former wife of Michael Jackson)
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 reggae singer)*01.July.1999
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 Thunderbirds)
1951: Rich Williams (US guitarist, Kansas/freelance)
1950: Mike Campbell (US singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer;Tom
Petty's Heartbreakers/many projects)
1948: Rick James/James Ambrose Johnson Jr (US singer)*06.Aug.2004..
1947: Mike Brant/Moshe Brand (Israeli pop singer)*25.April.1975..
1947: Normie Rowe (Australian singer; The Playboys/solo)
1946: Chris Clark (US Motown soul singer)
1943: John Fisher/Edward John Fisher (UK lead guitarist; The Firebirds/The
1939: Claude Francois (French pop singer)*11.March.1978..
1939: Joe Sample (US keyboards; Modern Jazz Sextet/Jazz Crusaders)
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)
1934: Bob Shane/Robert Castle Schoen
(singer; Kingston Trio)
1933: Sadao Watanabe (Japanese
jazz musician and saxophonist).
Lionel Batiste (US
jazz-blues singer, bass drum,
1930: María Elena Walsh (Argentine pianist, poet, composer,
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,
1907: Camargo Guarnieri (Brazilian composer)*13.Jan.1993..
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)
1978: Eden Espinosa (American singer and stage actress).
1977: Heather Martin (American gospel singer; Virtue).
1977: Shakira/Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (Colombian singer,
1975: Billy Mohler (US bassist; Jay Hodgson Group,/Jimmy Chamberlin
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
1965: Jonny King (US jazz pianist; Christian McBride/Art Blakey/Kenny
1965: Ken White (US guitarist, vocals; New Tradition/Big Twang)
1964: Charlie Heather (UK drummer; Levellers)
1963: Eva Cassidy (US singer, guitar, producer)*02.Nov.1996..
1959: David Parmley
(US guitarist, vocals; Bluegrass Cardinals).
1957: Phil Barney/Philippe Baranés
1954: Hansi Hinterseer (Austrian
singer, actor, entertainer).
1953: Louis Sclavis (French tenor & soprano
1952: William King (US R&B trumpet player,
keyboardist; The Commodores)
1949: Michael 'Mick' McCann (UK bassist; The Swinging Blue Jeans).
1949: Ross Valory (US
bassist; Steve Miller Band, Journey)
1948: Alan McKay (US trumpeter; Earth Wind
1947: Peter Lucia (US drummer; Tommy James
1946: Whistling Jack Smith/Billy Moeller (UK singer, younger brother
of Tommy' Moeller).
1946: Howard Bellamy (US vocals; Bellamy
1945: Ronnie Goodson (US trumpet player;
1944: Andrew Davis CBE (UK conductor)
Graham Nash (US guitar/vocals, The Hollies, Crosby Stills Nash &
1942: Margo Quantrell (UK lead vocalist;
1941: Bob Allison aka Bob
Day/Bernard Colin Day (UK singer; Allisons)*25.Nov.2013.
1941: Peter Macbeth/Peter McGrath (UK bassist;
1941: Dave Williams
(UK guitarist, vocalist; Firecrests/The Del Rio/Jaywalker/others)
1940: Alan Caddy (UK guitarist; Tornados/Billy
Gene MacLellan (Canadian composer, singer)*19.Jan.1995..
1937: Tom Smothers 3rd (US comedian, composer,
musician; Smothers Brothers)
"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..
1927: Stan Getz/Stanley Gayetzky (US
jazz saxophone player)*06.June.1991..
(French jazz singer, pianist;
Les Double Six)*16.Nov.2010..
1926: David Whitfield
Edward "Sonny" Stitt (American
international jazz saxophonist)*22.July.1982..
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
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
1988: Kyuhyun/Cho Kyu-hyun (Korean singer; Super Junior)
1982: Jessica Harp (US singer; The Wreckers)
1981: Alisa Reyes (US actress, singer)
1980: Kim 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
1969: Matt Johnson (UK keyboardist; Jamiroquai).
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;
1959: Yasuharu Konishi (Japanese musician,composer, DJ; Pizzicato
1957: Tony Butler (UK rock bassist; Big Country).
1957: Steven Stapleton (UK singer; Nurse With Wound)
1956: Lee Renaldo (US guitar; Sonic Youth/Ciccone Youth)
1954: Scot Halpin (US drummer; temporary drummer for The Who)*09.Feb.2008.
1949: Terry 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;
1947: Melanie/Melanie Safka (US singer, songwriter)
1946: Stanley Frederick "Stan" Webb (UK guitar, vocals;
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)
1943: Dennis 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).
1930: 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
Russell Arms (American
"Snooky" Young (US jazz trumpeter, master of the plunger
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 (Indian
1982: Kimberly Wyatt (US singer, dancer; Pussycat Dolls).
1977: Gavin DeGraw (US singer, piano, guitar).
1976: Cam'ron/Cameron Giles (rap artist)
1975: Natalie Imbruglia (Australian actress,
1975: Rick Burch (US bassist; Jimmy Eat World)
1974: 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).
1962: Clint Black (US country singer, harmonica,
(US composer, playwrite)*25.Jan.1996.
1960: Tim Booth (UK vocals, James)
1960: Mark Dawson
(British-born US entertainment manager; Iron Maidens)
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)
1947: Mary Ann Ganser (US vocals; Shangri-Las)*14.May.1970.
1947: Marguerite "Marge" Ganser (US vocals; Shangri-Las)*28.July.1996.
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).
1941: 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
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 singer-songwriter)
1987: Darren Criss (US actor, singer)
1985: Lindsey Cardinale (US singer)
1982: Dionysis Makris (Greek singer)
1982: Wheesung/Choi Hwee-Sung (Korean R&B singer; A4/solo)
1975: Adam Carson (US drummer; AFI)
1973: Trijntje Oosterhuis (Dutch singer)
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
1964: Duff McKagan (US bass; Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver)
1964: Sally Still (UK bass; Furniture)
1964: Alexia Vassiliou (Cypriot singer)
1960: Paul Jones (Welsh bassist; Catatonia)
Lage Fosheim (Norwegian singer, promoter, manager; The Monroes)*19.Oct.2013.
1954: Cliff Martinez (US composer, drummer; Captain Beefheart/Weirdos/Red
Hot Chili Peppers/others)
1952: Daniel Balavoine
(French singer, songwriter)*14.Jan.1986.
1949: Nigel Olsson (UK drummer; Elton John/others).
1948: David Denny (US guitar; Abracadabra/Steve Miller Band)
1948: Nigel Tufnell (UK lead guitar; Spinal Tap)
1945: 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
1944: J.R. Cobb (US guitar; sessionist/Atlanta Rhythm Section)
1944: Al Kooper/Alan Peter Kuperschmidt (US vocals, keyboards,
guitar; Blues Project/Blood Sweat Tears)
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).
1938: Ronald ''Ronnie'' Mills (Scottish pianist; Colin Hicks and
the Cabin Boys)
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.
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,
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,
1986: U-Know/Jung Yunho (Korean singer, actor; TVXQ).
1984: Piret Järvis (Estonian singer)
1982: Tank Lu (Mandopop singer)
1981: Jens Lekman (Swedish vocalist, guitar, ukulele)
1981: Shim Eun Jin (Korean singer; Baby V.O.X / solo)
1979: Dan Balan (Moldovan singer; O-Zone)
1979: James Bradford/Easter Bradford/James Martin Blackford (US singer-songwriter,
1975: Tomoko Kawase (Japanese singer)
1969: Masaharu Fukuyama (Japanese singer)
1968: Akira Yamaoka (Japanese composer)
1967: Anita Cochran/Anita Renee Cockerham (US country music singer)
1967: Izumi Sakai/Sachiko Kamachi (Japanese singer-songwriter; Zard)*27.May.2007.
1966: Rick Astley (UK singer)
1964: Gordon Downie (Canadian singer, guitarist; The Tragically
1963: Dave Rotheray (UK guitar, Beautiful South)
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)
1951: Huw Lloyd-Langton/Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton (UK guitarist;
1950: Punky Meadows/Edwin Lionel Meadows (US guitarist; Cherry
1950: Natalie Cole (US singer)
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
1944: Pete Jackson (UK bassist; The Hillbilly
1943: Fabian/Fabiano Anthony Forte (US singer, actor, entertainer)
1942: John London/John Carl Kuehne (US session
bass player; Monkees)*12.Feb.2000.
Terry Teene/Terence Knutson (US musician,singer-songwriter,actor,clown)*09.March.2012.
1941: Dave Berry/David Holgate Grundy
(UK singer; The Cruisers/solo)
Dee Abohosh (US singer)*23.Feb.2007.
(American jazz singer-guitarist)*02.Nov.2010.
1932: Heinz-Klaus Metzger (German music critic,
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
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)
1992: Maimi Yajima (Japanese singer)
1990: Anna Abreu (Finnish singer)
1988: Ai Kago (Japanese singer)
1987: Kerli Kõiv (Estonian singer)
Martin/Martin Freimanis (Latvian
1975: Wes Borland (US guitarist; Limp Bizkit/Black Light Burns/From
First to Last).
1974: Danny Goffey (UK drummer; Supergrass)
1974: 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)
1971: Anita Tsoy (Russian singer of Korean descent)
1968: Sully Erna (US singer; Godsmack)
1962: Garth Brooks (US country singer)
1962: David Bryan (US keyboards, Bon Jovi)
1960: Steve Bronski (UK keyboards; Bronski Beat)
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 singer)
1949: Joe English (US drummer; Wings/Sea Level/many others)
1949: Alan Lancaster (UK bassist; Status Quo/Party Boys and the
1949: Stoney Browder (piano; Kid Creole And The Coconuts)
1948: Jimmy Greenspoon (US organ, keyboards; Three Dog Night)
1947: John 'Pugwash' Weathers (Welsh drummer; Gentle Giant/Eyes
1947: Terry Gibson/Terence Frederick Clemson (UK guitarist; The
Hoods/The Downliners Sect).
1947: Flemming Jørgensen (Danish singer, actor; Bamses Venner/Teddy
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 Drifter's Bobby)
1934: Earl King/Earl Silas Johnson (New Orleans blues guitar virtuoso,
1934: King Curtis/Curtis Ousley (US saxophonist; sessionist/The
1927: Juliette Gréco (French
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.
1983: Jim Verraros (US singer)
1981: Myriam Montemayor Cruz (Mexican singer)
1980: Cameron Muncey (Australian guitarist; Jet)
1979: Josh Keaton (US actor, singer)
1977: Dave "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 Daft Punk)
1971: Will Turpin (US bassist, percussion; Collective Soul)
1971: Mika Karppinen (Finnish drummer; HIM)
1969: Pauly Fuemana (New Zealand singer; Otara Millionaires Club
1968: Tjinder Singh (UK guitar; Cornershop)
1968: Claudette Pace (Maltese singer)
1965: Dicky Cheung (Hong Kong actor, singer)
1964: Robert Nebrenský (Czech actor, musician, comedian,
1962: Ken McCluskey (UK vocals, harmonica; Bluebells)
1961: Sam Llanas (US vocals, acoustic guitar; the BoDeans)
1961: 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 (UK singer).
Adolfo 'Fito' De La Parra (Mexican drums, Canned Heat)
1946: Paul Wheatbread
(US drummer; Gary Puckett and the Union Gap)
1942: 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)
1937: Ben Palmer/Robin Palmer
(UK pianist; Thunder Odin+Big Secret/The Roosters/Cream's
1937: Joe Raposo
1933: Elly Ameling (Dutch soprano)
1932: John Williams (US composer, conductor)
1930: Lancelot Beresford Bryan Fairfax (Australian conductor)*09.Jan.2014.
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
1984: Han Kyung (Korean singer Super Junior)
1984: Han 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)
1968: Alejandra Guzmán (Latin
Grammy Awardwinning Mexican rock singer and actress).
1966: Rachel Bolan (US bassist, Skid Row/Prunella
1963: Travis Tritt (US guitar, singer)
1961: Jussi Lampi (Finnish drummer, actor; Pink Flamingos/others)
1960: Holly Johnson (UK vocalist, Frankie Goes To Hollywood/own
record label Pleasuredome)
1955: Jimmy Pursey (singer, lyricist; Sham 69)
1951: Dennis Thomas (saxophone; Kool & The Gang)
1947: Joe Ely (US country singer, guitarist/Linda Ronstadt's band)
1947: Major 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)
1939: 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,
1927: Joe Maneri (US jazz composer, musician, inventor)*24.Aug.2009.
Billy Williamson (US steel
guitarist; Bill Haley and His Saddlemen/His Comets)*22.March.1996.
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, band leader)*07.Feb.1979.
1909: Harald Genzmer (German
Carmen Miranda GCIH (Portuguese-born
Brazilian samba singer, actress)*05.Aug.1955.
1990: Sooyoung (Korean singer)
1987: Choi Si Won (Korean singer; Super Junior)
1983: Bless/Ben Rinehart (Canadian rapper)
1981: Natasha St-Pier (Canadian singer)
1979: Daryl Palumbo (US lead singer; Glassjaw/Head Automatica)
1978: Don Omar (Puerto Rican singer)
1977: Rosanna Tavarez (singer, reporter, TV prestenter; Eden's Crush)
1975: Kool Savas/Savas Yurderi (German rapper)
1974: Ivri Lider (Israeli singer)
Culture/David Victor Emmanuel (British reggae singer)*15.March.2011.
1962: Piero Pelù (Italian singer,
1962: Cliff Burton (US bassist; Metallica)*27.Sept.1986.
1960: Steve Bailey
(US bassist; many sessions)
Robbie Nevil (singer/songwriter/guitarist;
1958: Michael Weiss (US pianist, composer; Johnny Griffin/Pepper
Adams/Bill Hardman/many others)
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;
1949: Nigel Olsson (drummer; Elton John band,
1949: Jim Corcoran (Quebec singer, songwriter).
1949: Maxime Le Forestier (French singer).
D "Butch" Morris (US jazz cornetist,
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
1944: Rufus Reid (US bassist; top studio musician)
1943: Ral Donner (US singer; successful Elvis
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 &
1937: Roberta Flack (US rhythm & blues
1935: Theodore Antoniou (Greek composer)
Payvar (Iranian composer, santur
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
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, banjo; clubs/theatre/radio/film)*??.Jan.1969
1841: Sir Walter Parratt KCVO (English
1991: Never Shout Never/Christofer Ingle (US
1985: William Beckett (US singer)
1984: Matt Good (US singer, guitarist)
1984: Aubrey O'Day (US singer)
1981: Kelly Rowland (US singer, songwriter, dancer, actress; Destiny's
Rivera (Puerto Rican singer, actor, painter)
1979: Brandy Norwood (US rhythm & blues singer)
1977: Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (US guitar, vocals,
Linkin Park/Fort Minor)
1974: D'Angelo/Michael Eugene Archer (US soul singer, pianist,
1973: Ethan Iverson (US pianist; The Bad Plus)
1973: Varg Vikernes (Norwegian guitarist, drums; Burzum/Mayhem)
1972: Pinhead/Spiky-Man/Craig Jones (US keyboardist; Slipknot)
1970: Fredrik Thordendal
(Swedish lead guitarist; Meshuggah).
1969: Andrew "Shovell" Lovell (UK vocalist, percussion;
1963: Brian Damage/Brian Keats (US punk and rock drummer; Sessionist/freelance)*12.Jan.2010.
1962: Sheryl Crow (US singer, songwriter)
1960: Momus/Nick Currie (Scottish
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)
1950: Rochelle Fleming (lead singer; First Choice)
1949: Guy Cloutier (French-Canadian music executive)
1947: Joselito/José Jiménez Fernández (Spanish
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)
1942: 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)
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 (American pianist)
Leonard Kastle (US opera composer, filmmaker)*18.May.2011.
1926: Sir Alexander Gibson (British conductor)*14.Jan.1995.
Wallowitch (US composer, songwriter, cabaret performer)*15.Aug.2007.
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;
1974: Fonzworth Bentley/Derrick Watkins (US hip-hop artist, singer,
TV presenter, fashion designer)
1973: Jack Lukeman/Seán Loughman (Irish
1972: Sophie Zelmani (Swedish singer, songwriter)
1970: Armando Gallop (US house-music producer and DJ)*17.Dec.1996.
1970: Jim Creeggan (Cansdian bassist; Barenaked Ladies)
1969: Meja/Anna Pernilla Beckman (Swedish singer; Legacy of Sound/solo)
1968: Chynna Phillips (US singer; Wilson Phillips)
1968: Grégory Charles
(French Canadian singer, dancer, pianist, radio, television host)
1968: Kyle Vincent (US singer/songwriter)
1967: Chitravina N. Ravikiran
(Indian composer, chitravina player)
1966: Gary "Gaz" Whelan (UK drums,
Ranks/Philip Thomas (Jamaican
1959: Omar Hakim (US drummer; Weather Report/world session drummer).
1959: Neil Conti (UK drummer; Prefab Sprout/sessionist)
1958: Les "Fruitbat" Carter (UK
guitarist; Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine)
1958: Grant McLennan (Australian bass, vocals,
1956: Brian Robertson (Scottish guitarist;
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 Dan/Doobie Brothers/solo).
1951: Vincent James (Jamaican singer; Sweet
1950: Steve Hackett
(UK guitar, songwriter; Genesis/GTR/freelance/solo)
1950: Dodo Hug (Swiss
singer-songwriter, musician, actress; Mad Dodo).
1949: Stanley "Goober" Knight (US
guitar; Black Oak Arkansas)
1949: Joaquín Sabina (Spanish singer,
1946: Joe Schermie (US
bassist; Three Dog Night/S.S.Fools)*26.March.2002
1946: Cliff DeYoung (US actor, singer; Clear
1946: Ajda Pekkan (Turkish
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
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
1923: Franco Zeffirelli (Italian film, opera
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
1988: Aston Merrygold (UK singer, actor)
1978: Hamish Glencross (Scottish guitarist; My Dying Bride)
1978: Philippe Jaroussky (French sopranist countertenor, violinist)
1976: Dave Padden (Canadian vocalist, bass guitar; Annihilator/Terror
1976: Leslie Feist/Feist (Canadian singer-songwriter; solo/Broken
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)
1971: Sonia/Sonia Rutstein (UK vocalist; Disappear Fear/solo)
1970: Karoline Krüger (Norwegian singer)
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 singer)
1962: Rob Ellis (UK drummer, multi musician with PJ Harvey)
1961: Les Warner (UK drummer; The Cult/freelance/sessionist)
1961: Henry Rollins/Henry Garfield (US singer, actor; Black Flag/Rollins
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 bassist; Foreigner/Spy/others)
1951: David Naughton (US actor, singer)
1950: Roger Christian (UK multi-musician, vocals; The Christians).
1950: Peter Gabriel (UK vocals, songwriter; Genesis & solo)
1949: Judy Dyble (UK singer-songwriter; Fairport Convention)
1948: Rod Dees (UK bass; Showaddywaddy)
1946: Colin Matthews (British composer)
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
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)
1985: Miki Yeung (Hong Kong singer, actress)
1985: Heart Evangelista/Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco (Filipina singer,
TV and movie actress)
1983: Rhydian Roberts (Welsh singer; second place in UK X Factor 2007).
1981: Erin Torpey (US actress, singer)
1978: Dwele/Andwele Gardner (US R&B, soul singer, record producer)
1977: Donna Cruz (Filipina actress, singer)
1976: Liv Kristine (Norwegian singer; Leaves' Eyes)
1975: Scott Owen (Australian double bassist; The Living End)
1974: Filippa Giordano (Italian singer)
1972: Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas (US lead vocals; Matchbox
1971: Noriko Sakai (Japanese singer)
1962: Mike Milliner (US vocals; The Pasadenas).
1962: David Milliner (US vocals; The Pasadenas).
1961: Latifa Bint Alayah Al Arfaoui
1960: Jocelyn Pook
(UK composer, pianist, viola player)
1959: Renée Fleming
1957: Soile Isokoski (Finnish soprano)
1951: Kenny Hyslop (Scottish drummer, tutor;
1950: Roger Fisher
(US bass, electric guitar; Heart/Alias/Clever Bastard/solo)
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)
1945: Vic Briggs (UK multi-musician, arranger;
Animals/Dusty Springfield/The Echoes/many others)
Rossi/Reginaldo Rodrigues dos Santos (Brazilian singer-songwriter)*20.Dec.2013.
1943: Maceo Parker
(US saxophonist; solo/Prince/James Brown/Funkadelic)
1943: Eric Andersen (US singer-songwriter)
1942: Marcia Pendlebury/Marcia MacConnell (UK
singer; Climax Jazz Band/Keith Pendlebury Jazz Quartet).
1941: Big Jim Sullivan/James Tomkins (UK guitarist; Wildcats/Tom
1937: Magic Sam/Samuel Gene Maghett (US blues
jazz valve trombonist, composer; The Boss Brass)*01.May.2010.
1934: Michel Corboz
(American multi-genre musician, piano
1931: Phyllis McGuire
(US singer; The McGuire Sisters)
Enzo Toppano (Australian accordionist)*05.Apr.2013
Wyn Morris (Welsh conductor)*23.Feb.2010.
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)
1984: Dorota Rabczewska (Polish singer; Virgin)
1983: Ashley Tesoro (US actress, singer)
1981: Matt Hoopes (US lead guitarist, vocals; Relient K)
1981: Olivia Longott (US singer)
1980: Conor Oberst (US singer, songwriter; Bright Eyes)
1978: Kimberly Goss (US singer, keyboards; Sinergy)
1977: Brooks Wackerman (US drummer; Frank Zappa Band/Bad Religion/others)
1974: Tomi Putaansuu (Finnish singer; Lordi)
1976: Brandon Boyd (US vocalist; Incubus).
1976: Ronnie Vannucci (US drummer; The Killers).
1969: Bryan Williams (US record executive, rapper)
1968: Axelle 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
E. Lee/Jakey Lou Williams (US
guitarist, Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands/Wicked Alliance).
1951: Glen Taylor (UK drummer; Marmalade/The Fortunes
1951: Norman Watt-Roy (Indian-British bassist; Blockheads/Wilko
1951: Melissa Manchester (US singer, songwriter, keyboards; freelance).
1949: Hans Graf (Austrian conductor)
1948: Keith Gemmell (UK nylon-strung electric acoustic guitar,
vocalist; Lloyd Alexander/Audience).
1948: Dill 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
1945: John Helliwell (UK sax player, keyboards; Supertramp).
1944: Mick Avory (UK drums; The Kinks).
1943: Denny Zager (US singer; Zager and Evans).
1941: Brian Holland (US producer, songwriter; Holland-Dozier-Holland/Motown).
1942: Glyn Johns (UK recording engineer, record producer, guitar;
The Presidents, IBC Studio).
1939: Dean Rogers (UK lead vocalist; Dean Rogers and the Rebels)
1937: Nathan Davis
(US hard bop jazz saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist).
MacRae (US country songwriter)*03.July.2013.
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
1982: Lupe Fiasco (US hip hop artist)
1980: Longineu W. Parsons (drummer; Yellowcard)
1979: Eric Mun
(Korean rapper; Shinhwa)
1977: Brad Walst (US
bassist; Three Days Grace)
1976: Kyo/Tantric/Tooru 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)
1967: Gerald 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).
1962: John Balance (UK
vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics; Coil)*13.Nov.2004.
1961: Andy Taylor (UK guitar, Duran Duran/Power
1961: LaGaylia Frazier (American-Swedish
1960: Pete Willis (UK
guitarist; Def Leppard)
1958: Ice-T/Tracy Morrow
1956: James Ingram (US singer, keyboards;
(New Zealand country singer-songwriter;Think/many
1953: Acklee King (US conga player, vocals;
Jr. Walker's Allstars)
1950: Kazuki Tomokawa (Japanese acid-folk
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).
1942: Clive Lea (UK
singer; Clive Lea and the Phantoms/Rockin' Berries).
Czeslaw Niemen/Czeslaw Wydrzycki (Polish
rock singer, songwriter, multi-musician)*17.Jan.2004.
1938: John Corigliano
1937: Jack Jaffe (UK jazz standards singer,
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,
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;
1916: Bill Doggett (US pianist; own
1901: Wayne King
(US musician and orchestra leader)*16.July.1985.
Johann Strauss III
(Austrian conductor, violinist; Strauss
Meaghan Jette Martin (US actress, singer)
1991: Edward Christopher "Ed"
Sheeran (UK singer-songwriter).
1983: Kevin Rudolf (US singer-songwriter)
1976: Meyhna'ch/William Roussel (French
singer, songwriter, guitar; Mütiilation)
1975: Wish Bone/Charles Scruggs (American
rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
1975: Harisu/Lee Kyung-eun (South Korean
singer, model, actress)
1974: Bryan White (US country singer)
1974: Kaoru (Japanese guitarist; Dir
1972: Taylor Hawkins (US drummer, Foo
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,
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)
1966: Michael Lepond (US bass guitarist; Symphony X)
1962: David McComb (Australian
singer, guitarist, songwriter; The Triffids)*02.Feb.1999
1957: Loreena McKennitt (Canadian folk singer, harpist, pianist)
1952: Bruce Ruffin/Bernardo Constantine Valderama(singer, Dragonaires/Techniques/solo)
1949: Fred Frith (UK multi-instrumentalist, composer, improvisor;
Doyle Bramhall (US drummer,
1949: Fred Frith (UK keyboardist, violin, guitar, bass; freelance)
1948: José José/José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz
(Mexican singer, actor)
1946: Dodie Stevens (US singer)
1944: Karl Jenkins (Welsh composer)
1940: Gene Pitney (US singer)*05.Apr.2006
1939: John Leyton (UK singer, actor; solo/Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll
1933: Bobby Lewis (US rock 'n' roll - R&B singer)
Spike Heatley (UK
jazz bassist; John Dankworth/Ronnie Scott/Rod Stewart/many others)
1928: Marta Romero (Puerto Rican actress, singer)
Lee Hoiby (US composer)*28.March.2011.
1925: Ron Goodwin (UK composer, conductor; film scores)*08.Jan.2003.
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;
1887: Leevi Antti Madetoja
1991: Malese Jow (US actress, singer)
1988: Max/Shim Changmin (South Korean singer; TVXQ)
1986: Sam Applebaum (US drummer; Veil of Maya)
1982: Juelz Santana (US rapper)
1981: 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).
1969: Jason Sutter (US drummer; Smash Mouth,
1968: Tommy Scott (UK guitarist, vocals,
1965: Dr. Dre/Andre Young (US rap artist;
1964: Paul Hanley (UK drummer; The Fall/Tom
Hingley and the Lovers)
1961: Hironobu Kageyama
1961: Jasper Stainthorpe (UK bassist; Then
1958: Gary C. "Gar" Samuelson (US
drummer; Megadeth/Fatal Opera)*22.July.1999
1956: Ted Gärdestad (Swedish singer,
1955: Brian James/Brian Robertson (UK guitar;
1954: John Travolta (US actor, singer, director)
1953: Robin Bachman (Canadian drummer, Bachman
1953: Derek Pellicci (drummer; Little River
1952: Randy Crawford (US female singer; Crusaders/solo)
1952: Juice Newton/Judy Kay Newton (country
1951: Pance Pondaag (Indonesian pop singer
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)
1943: Denny Zager (US
singer, guitarist; Zager and Evans).
Mati Nuude (Estonian weightlifter,
Blue (US folk singer)*02.Dec.1982.
1941: Irma Thomas
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
1928: Harold Land (US tenor bop saxophonist)*27.July.2001.
Rita Gorr/Marguerite Geirnaert (Belgian
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)
1986: Judith Bingham (US singer, songwriter)
1985: Haylie Duff (American singer, actress)
1983: Mika Nakashima (Japanese singer, actress)
1981: Beth Ditto/Mary Beth Patterson (US singer; The Gossip)
1981: Vitas/Vitalii Vladasovich Grachyov (Russian singer)
1979: Mariska/Anna Maria Rahikainen (Finnish rapper)
1979: Mariana Ochoa (Mexican singer, actress)
1978: Immortal Technique/Felipe Coronel (American rapper)
1977: Ola Salo (Swedish singer; The Ark)
1975: Daniel Adair (Canadian drummer; Nickelback)
1975: Katja Schuurman (Dutch actress, singer)
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)
1968: Stochelo Rosenberg (Dutch Sinti-Gypsy jazz guitarist; The Rosenburg
1965: Leroy Miller (US guitarist, singer; Smash Mouth)
1965: Jon Fishman (US drummer; Phish)
1965: Kate Radley (UK keyboardist; Spiritualized)
1964: Doug Aldrich (US rock guitarist; Whitesnake/solo/many bands)
1963: Seal/Sealhenry Samuel (UK solo singer)
1962: Franky Gee/Francisco Alejandro Gutierrez (Cuban-US singer;
1958: William Galison (US jazz guitarist, harmonica player)
1957: Falco/Johann Hölzl (Austrian
pop-rock singer, rapper, bassist)*06.Feb.1998.
1956: Dave Wakeling (UK vocals, guitar; The Beat, General Public)
1950: Andy Powell (UK guitar, vocals; Wishbone Ash)
"Juice" Leskinen (Finnish singer-songwriter)*24.Nov.2006.
1949: Eddie Hardin (US keyboards; Spencer Davis Group/others)
1948: Tony Iommi (UK guitar; Black Sabbath)
1948: Mark Andes (US bassist; Canned Heat/ Spirit/Firefall/Heart)
1946: Pierre van der Linden (Dutch drums; Focus)
1946: Paul Dean (Canadian guitarist; Loverboy)
1943: Lou Christie (US singer)
1940: Smokey Robinson/William Robinson (US singer, songwriter,
1940: Bobby Rogers (American singer, songriter; Miracles)*03.March.2013.
1939: Bobby Hart (US songwriter best known for The Monkees songs;
Boyce & Hart)
(Indonesian jazz pianist)*16.Feb.2012.
1937: Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr (US blues guitarist)
1936: Sam Myers (US vocals, drums, harmonica, songwriter)*17.July.2006
1924: Lee Marvin (US actor, singer)*29.Aug.1987.
Saul Chaplin (American composer and musical director)*15.Nov.1997.
Adelina Patti (Spanish
1988: Rihanna/Robyn Rihanna Fenty (Barbadian
1985: Yulia Volkova (Russian singer; t.A.T.u.)
1981: Chris Thile
1977: Amal Hijazi (Lebanese
1976: Ed Graham (UK drums; Darkness)
1975: Brian Littrell (US singer; Backstreet
1972: K-OS/Kheaven Brereton (Canadian singer,
piano, guitar; rapper)
1972: Neil Primrose (Scottish drummer; Travis)
1967: Kurt Cobain (US singer, songwriter,
Jonny Dollar/Jonny Sharp (British music producer and helped in inventing
1963: Ian Brown (UK vocals, Stone Roses)
1960: Kee Marcello/Kjell Hilding Lövbom
(Swedish guitarist; Easy Action/Europe/K2/solo).
1960: Robert Boustead (UK bassist; King Kurt)
1960: Mark Reilly (UK vocalist; Matt Bianco)
Secioria (Indonesian jazz pianist, composer, arranger, teacher)*08.Jan.2011.
1954: Bryan Gregory (US founding member,
guitarist; The Cramps)*10.Jan.2001.
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)
1951: 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;
1946: Richard Cocciante (French-Italian singer,
1946: Sandy Duncan
(US singer and actress)
1946: Jerome Geils (US guitar; The J. Geils
1945: Alan Hull (UK guitarist, keyboards,
singer, songwriter; Lindisfarne)*17.Nov.1995
1944: Lew Soloff (US trumpet; Blood, Sweat
Carlos/Jean Chrysostome Dolto
(French chart hitting singer)*17.Jan.2008.
1943: Moshe Cotel
(US composer, pianist)*24.Oct.2008.
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 &
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 actor, singer)
1986: Charlotte Church (Welsh singer-songwriter, actress, TV presenter)
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)
1973: Bowie Tsang (Taiwanese singer, TV host)
1973: Tad Kinchla (US bassist, Blues Traveler).
1972: Seo Taiji/Jeong Hyeon-cheol (Korean singer; Sinawe/Seo Tai-ji
1971: Randell "Randy" Blythe (US singer; Lamb of God/Halo
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
1967: Michael Ward (US guitar; Wallflowers)
1962: Mark Arm/Mark McLaughlin (US vocals, guitar, organ; Green
1961: Ranking Roger/Roger Charlery
(UK vocals; General Public/The English Beat)
1960: Steve Wynn (US singer)
1959: José María Cano (Spanish singer, songwriter;
1958: Mary Chapin-Carpenter (US
1958: Jake Burns (Irish singer)
1956: Lester 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
1949: Jerry Harrison (US keyboards, guitar; Talking Heads)
1947: Johnny Echols (US singer/songwriter, guitarist; top sessionist)
1945: D'Anna Fortunato (American mezzo-soprano)
1945: Paul Newton (UK bassist; Uriah Heep)
1943: David Geffen (US record label boss /Asylum Records)
1940: James Wong Jim/Uncle Jim/Wong Jum-sum (Hong Kong lyricist,
writer, TV host)*24.Nov.2004.
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
Jantje Koopmans/Johannes Petrus van Eersel (Dutch
1922: Zvi Zeitlin (Belorussian-born American classical
1917: Tadley Ewing "Tadd" Dameron (US jazz composer,
1893: Andres Segovia (Spanish classical guitarist)*02.June.1987.
1881: James Reese Europe
(US ragtime, early jazz bandleader, arranger, composer)*09.May.1919.
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).
1971: Lea Salonga
(Filipina actress, singer)
1968: Bradley Nowell (US lead singer,
1968: Nasrat Parsa (Afghani
1966: Scott Lerner (US bassist; freelace).
Rob 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
1953: Nigel Planer (UK actor, singer)
1953: Graham Lewis (UK bassist; Cupol/Wire)
1953: John B. "Sparko" Sparks (UK
bassist; Dr Feelgood)
1950: Lenny Kuhr (Dutch singer)
1950: Genesis P-Orridge/Neil Andrew Megson (UK singer-songwriter,
1947: Harvey Mason (US jazz drummer; freelance/sessions)
1947: Maurizio De Angelis (Italian singer. musician; The De Angelis
1945: Oliver/William Oliver Swofford
(US pop singer)*12.Feb.2000.
1943: Louise Lopez (Virgin Island singer,
1943: Mick Green (UK guitarist; Shanghai/The
1938: Bobby Hendricks (US tenor vocalist;
1936: Ernie K-Doe/Ernest Kador Jr (New Orlean's
R&B singer, drummer)*05.July.2001
"Whitey" Mitchell (American jazz musician and comedy writer)*16.Jan.2009.
1930: Marni Nixon
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.
Tate/George Holmes Tate (US jazz saxophone
1903: Robert Weede/Robert Wiedefeld (US operatic baritone)*09.July.1972.
1896: Nacio Herb Brown (US songwriter, movie
scores, Broadway theatre)*28.Sept.1964.
1881: James Reese Europe (US arranger, bandleader, composer)*10.May.1919.
1986: Ola Svensson (Swedish pop singer)
1986: Holly Brook (US multi-instrumental singer-songwriter)
1986: Kazuya Kamenashi (Japanese singersongwriter, actor, TV
1979: D-Roc/Deongelo Holmes (US crunk hip-hop artist; Ying Yang Twins).
1978: Residente/René Pérez (Puerto Rican lead singer,
writer; Calle 13).
1975: Robert Lopez (US award winning composer, lyricist)
1974: Leko/?? (American DJ, remixer, record producer)
1974: Jaime Villarreal (Mexican guitarist, bassist, singer)
1973: Lars-Olof Johansson (Swedish keyboardist; The Cardigans)
1972: Steve Holy (American country singer).
1971: Jeff Beres (US bassist; Sister Hazel)
1967: Chris Vrenna (US multi-musician, producer, engineer; Nine
Inch Nails/Tweaker/ Marilyn Manson).
Abrahamian (US lead guitarist; Starship)*02.Sept.2012.
1964: John Norum (Norwegian guitarist; Europe)
1963: Robert "Rob" Collins (UK keyboardist; Charlatans
1962: Michael Wilton (US guitar; Queensrÿche)
1961: Kelly Hansen (US drummer; Summer Lights)
1958: David Sylvian/David Alan Batt (UK vocalist; solo/Japan)
1957: Maria "Ria" Brieffies (Dutch singer; Dolly Dots)*20.July.2009.
1955: Zeke Manyika (Zimbabwean drummer; Orange Juice)
1955: Howard Jones (UK singer, songwriter, keyboards, synthesizer,
1953: 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;
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 of March/Poco)
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 guitarist, slide guitar, vocals)
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,
Augusto Algueró (Spanish composer, conductor)*16.Jan.2011.
Crespin (French operatic soprano)*05.July.2007
John 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; SS501)
1983: Matt McGinley (US drummer; Gym Class Heroes)
1980: 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/
1976: Eric Griffin (US rock guitarist; Murderdolls/Wednesday 13)
1975: Ashley MacIsaac (Canadian fiddler)
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; Slipknot)
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
1954: Plastic Bertrand/Roger François Jouret (Belgian singer,
producer, TV presenter)
1951: Tony Holiday/Rolf Peter Knigge (German
1950: Ed Roman (US guitar maker, singer, bassist)*14.Dec.2011.
1950: George Thorogood (US singer, guitarist).
Howie Blauvelt (US bassist; Lost
1948: Tim Staffell (UK singer; Smile, Humpy Bong, Morgan, aMIGO)
1948: Dennis Waterman (UK actor, writer, singer)
1947: Rupert Holmes/David Goldstein (UK-US
composer, producer, singer, session musician)
1947: Lonnie Turner (bass; Steve Miller Band/freelance)
(US jazz drummer, percussionist, trumpeter;
1945: Clive Scott
(UK organist, vocalist, songwriter; The Antarctics/Jigsaw)*10.May.2009.
1944: Nicky Hopkins (UK pianist, organist;
much in demand session player)*06.Sept.1994
1943: Pablo Milanés Arias
(Cuban singer-songwriter, guitar player)
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
1934: Renata Scotto
David Newman (American jazz saxophonist)*20.Jan.2009.
1932: Michel Legrand (French pianist, arranger,
conductor, composer, films).
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)
1986: 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
1977: Horace Mui/Wai Hon Mui (Chinese vocalist, event producer; ME2
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
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)
Gray (US musical theatre actor)*11.Feb.2013.
1957: Dennis Diken (US drums - The Smithereens)
1957: Woody/Stuart John Wood (Scottish guitar; Bay City Rollers/producer
of Celtic music)
1954: John Doe/John Nommensen Duchac (US singer-songwriter, bassist,
actor; X/The Knitters/others)
1952: Jerry Chamberlain (US singer, guitarist; Daniel Amos/The Swirling
1950: Emitt Rhodes (US singer-songwriter).
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 Underground)
1945: Elkie Brooks (UK singer)
1945: Herbert Léonard (French singer)
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 Palmer
(British singer; The Barron
*1943: George Harrison (UK guitarist,
multi-musician; Beatles) *preferred
1942: Roy Michaels aka Loy Bones (US bassist; Cat Mother & the
All Night News Boys)*23.Sept.2008.
1932: Faron Young (US country singer, songwriter, actor)*10.Dec.1996.
1929: Tommy Newsom (American bandleader)*28.April.2007
1927: Ralph Stanley (US blue grass singer, banjo player)
1925: Ron Goodwin (British composer,
1919: Fred Katz (US
cellist, composer; Chico Hamilton's
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.
1991: Jahméne Douglas
(UK singer; 2nd in 9th series of The X Factor)
1986: Crystal Kay Williams (Japanese singer)
1986: Juliet Simms (US guitarist, singer; Automatic Loveletter)
1985: Miki Fujimoto (Japanese singer; Morning Musume/solo)
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
1972: Jonathan "Jonny" Quinn (Northern Irish drummer; Snow
1971: Erykah Badu/Erica Wright (US female R&B singer)
1971: Max Martin (Swedish composer, producer)
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)
1966: Najwa Karam (Lebanese
1962: Gota Yashiki (Japanese drummer; Mute Beat/Simply Red/Vitamin-Q/others/sessions).
1961: John Jon/John Foster (UK vocals; Bronski
1960: Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman (UK
singer, keyboards; Anne Dudley-Jaz Coleman, Killing Joke)
1960: Steve Grant (UK drummmer; Tight Fit)
1956: Keisuke Kuwata (Japanese singer)
1953: Michael Bolton (US singer)
1950: Jonathan Cain (US keyboards, vocals;
Journey/the Babys/Bad English/solo)
1949: Emma Kirkby
1947: Sandie Shaw (UK singer)
1945: 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).
1937: Hagood Hardy (Canadian composer, pianist,
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)
1928: Monique Leyrac
(French Canadian singer, actress)
1921: Betty Hutton
(US actress, singer)*11.March.2007.
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)
1981: Evi Goffin (Belgian singer)
1981: Josh Groban (US singer)
Wilson aka Bobby V (US
singer) not to be confused with Bobby Vee
1973: Ali Tabatabaee (Iranian rapper: Zebrahead)
1973: Peter Andre/Peter James Andrea (Anglo-Greece Cypriot singer)
1972: Jeremy Dean (US keyboard; Nine Days)
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 violinist)
1965: David Boulter (UK keyboards, percussion; Tindersticks).
1964: Derek McKenzie (Scottish musician; Shamen)
1964: Ewan Vernal (Scottish bassist; Deacon Blue)
1963: Nasty Suicide/Jan Stenfors (Finnish rhythm guitar; Hanoi
1960: Paul David Humphreys (UK synthesisers; Orchestral Manoeuvres
in the Dark)
1959: Johnny Van Zant (US singer; Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1959: 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)
1955: Sleazy/Peter Christopherson (UK musician, video director;
1955: Garry Christian (UK
lead vocalist; The Christians)
1954: Neal Schon (US guitarist; Journey/Santana/Bad English/freelance)
1951: Steve Harley (UK singer, synthesizer; Cockney Rebel)
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
1938: Jake Thackray (UK singer-songwriter,
guitarist, poet, journalist)*24.Dec.2002
1937: David Ackles (American singer songwriter)*02.March.1999.
1935: Mirella Freni (Italian soprano)
Guy Mitchell/Albert George Cernik (US pop singer)*01.July.1999.
1925: Marin Constantin (Romanian musician,
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
Bailey/Mildred Rinker (US jazz singer)*12.Dec.1951.
(US jazz cornetist)*15.July.1933.
1888: Lotte Lehmann (German soprano opera
& actress singer)*26.Aug.1976
1988: Markéta Irglová (Czech
songwriter and actress)
1985: Fefe Dobson (Canadian singer)
1984: Ben Fagan (US musician, reality show contestant)
1978: Jeanne Cherhal (French singer-songwriter)
1977: Jason Aldean (US country music singer)
1972: Danny McCormack (UK bassist, singer: The Yo-Yos/Wildhearts/solo)
1971: Junya Nakano (Japanese composer)
1969: Patrick "Pat" Monahan (US
singer, percussion, saxophone; Train)
1967: Marcus Lillington (UK guitarist, keyboards;
1964: Fernando del Valle (American tenor)
1961: René Simard (French Canadian singer, TV host)
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 composer)
1952: Eddie Manion (US
baritone sax; Sthside Johnny-Asbury Jukes/freelance/Seeger Sessions Band)
1951: Clifford L Moore
(US 1st tenor
lead vocals; Eric
& 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, singer, author)
Hirsch (Austrian singer/songwriter and actor)*24.Nov.2011.
1945: Ronnie Rosman (US keyboardist; Shondells)
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
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,
Cong Son (Vietnamese composer, musician,
1934: Giorgio Gomelsky
(Georgian born manager, producer; The Rolling Stones/The Yardbirds/others).
1929: Joseph Rouleau (French Canadian bass
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
(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; Avenged Sevenfold)
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
1964: Martin France (UK jazz drummer; Loose Tubes/sessionist)
1964: Mervyn Warren (US film & TV composer, pianist, singer))
1960: Ian 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)
1928: Tempest 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
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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 friends guitarist-singer
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 9th 1947.
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. (?)
b. January 12nd
1981: 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.
1989: 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.
2003: Ramón "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.
2003: Nancy Whiskey/Anne
Alexandra Young Wilson (67) Scottish
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.
2005: 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
died in a hospital in Monte Carlo, where he had a home) b. July
2007: 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
2012: 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) b. 1941
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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brave battle with diabetes)
b. March 13th 1957.
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. >>> READ
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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 19th 1949.
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 3rd 1525.
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.
1983: 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.
1995: 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 Gary Lakes.(died
in Las Vegas)
b. December 1st 1917.
1999: 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.
2002: 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 by doctors)
b. April 25th 1960.
2003: 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.
2007: 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
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) b. 1927.
2011: Armando 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
2014: 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.
2014: 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" >>>
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died fighting cancer) b. February 2nd 1948.
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 24th 1930.
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.
1989: 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 (67) Italian
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.
1992: 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
Fat 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.
1999: Ian Hunter-Randell (61) English
jazz trumpet player; early in his career he worked with Ken Barton, Monty
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.
1999: 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
2002: James Blackwood
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 years
(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 attack)
b. December 11th 1935.
2011: Tatyana Shmyga (83) Russian
operetta singer and film actress (?)
b. December 31st 1928.
2011: 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.
2011: 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)
2013: Oscar 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.
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
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
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.
1989: 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 1943.
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.
2009: 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.
2011: 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.
2012: 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.
2013: 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
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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
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b. December 9th 1932.
1968: 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 (?) b.
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
February 8th 1937.
1998: 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 1988.
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 Lucero.
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.
2011: 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.
2013: Egil Hovland (88) Norwegian
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.
2013: 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.
2014: 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.
1960: 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)
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.
1981: 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.
1998: 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 1957.
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.
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
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.
2010: 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 Jönssonligan (?)
b. May 23rd 1922.
2011: 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
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.
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.
2013: 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 7th 1939.
1944: 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,
she was killed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid that destroyed her
home in the outskirts of Florence) b.
December 25th 1874.
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.
1971: Dock Boggs (73)
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.
1979: 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 labels (died
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 6th 1924.
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
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
2000: 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.
2000: 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 1943.
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
2003: 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, 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 a 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 are today regarded as cult classics. From 1966 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 United 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
1972: Markos 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.
1973: 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
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
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 1924.
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.
2002: 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
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 18th 1948.
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
- 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.
2012: 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.
2012: 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
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 11th 1936.
2012: Luis 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 1945
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.
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.
1966: 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
1978: 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 States (?)
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 1923.
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.
1997: 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 (?) b.
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.
2008: 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.
2009: 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 (complications
from prostate surgery)
b. February 2nd 1933.
2009: 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
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)
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.
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
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 lymphoma)
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''
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
Feb 22nd 1913.
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
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
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
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
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
of a heart attack) b. April 18th 1925.
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.
2005: Peter 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 (?)
b. 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 1966. After
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.
2010: 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)
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 >>>
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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)
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)
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) b. 1958.
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 -
Antonida, Violetta, Musetta, Susanna, Juliette, Mimi. She was honored
in 1957 when she was made a People's Artist of Russia (?)
2013: 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
2014: 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"
(?) b. 1930.
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
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.
1991: 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.
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.
2000: John 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 Hawk. (He
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
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.
2009: 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
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.
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.
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
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.
2002: 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
2008: 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
With Jools Holland, which aired on May
4th 2007 (?) b. July
2010: 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
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.
2014: 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. 1939.
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
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
1959: Baby Dodds/Warren
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
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.
Holiday/Rolf 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 1933.
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
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 d'Or.
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 performed. In
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 Jobs (sadly
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.
2009: Louie 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
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
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 13th 1919.
2012: Tonmi 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 3rd 1973.
2012: Dory 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 scene. He
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. (sadly
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.
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 1902.
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.
1968: Little 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.
1981: 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.
1988: 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 1925.
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.
1995: 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
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
b. January 22nd 1934.
2005: Pierre Bachelet (60) French
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.
2007: 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 17th 1905.
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.
2009: 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) b. 1931.
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.
2011: 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.
2011: 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.
2011: 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.
2012: 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
2013: 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
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 7th 1923.
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
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
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
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.
2003: 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 6th 1955
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.
2012: 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
2012: 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) b. 1942.
2013: Tony Sheridan/Anthony
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 Farm.
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 Stone, Jeff
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
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 17th 1921.
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
b. January 9th 1948.
2006: 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 29th 1929.
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)
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) b. 1955
2011: Sergio Embrioni (50) Argentine
guitarist and singer with bands Alcohol etílico and in 1984, joined
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
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 in
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.
2013: 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
2013: 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
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.
2014: 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 28th
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.
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.
1995: 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 1936.
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.
2010: Ariel 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) South
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,
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 in Baltimore.
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
"Take a Look Around", the No.1
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 the group,
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 cancer)
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
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died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the village of Montolieu,
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.
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
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.
1975: 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.
1980: 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
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 1913.
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
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 1974
2009: 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 8th 1945.
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.
2014: Simón 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
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.
1963: 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
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 8th
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 alone. In
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
of pneumonia) b. January 19th
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 1983-1989. She
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.
2009: "Fats" 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.
2011: 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) b. 1988.
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.
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 6th
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
1996: Morton 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.
2004: 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 1934.
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 Wire.
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
2013: 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
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.
died while bravely fighting
cancer) b. March 11th
2014: Francesco Di Giacomo (66)
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.
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.
1976: 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.
1983: 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 Summer"
b. April 8th 1889.
1985: 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 6th 1928.
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.
2002: 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.
2012: 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
2012: 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 including "A Little Less Conversation"
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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 Lounge. (sadly
Diane died from heart failure) b. September
Dishon Taylor (31) American Rapper born in in Baltimore, most
noted for his "A Bit Too Much For Me"
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.
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 1929.
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
(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
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
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
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 Fraternity (passed
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 shows (sadly
died of a heart attack following a long illness)
b. February 6th 1936.
2010: 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) b.????
2013: 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.
1967: 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 (sadly
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
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.
1991: 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 8th 1921.
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
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 1918.
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
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
2012: 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.
2012: István 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
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 with music in the bebop idiom. >>>
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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
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
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 18th 1895.
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.
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.
2006: 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
2007: 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)
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.
2010: 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 (?)
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. 1975
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.
2012: 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 21st 1933.
2012: Dee 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) b. 1966
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. 1948.
2013: 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
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
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.
2014: 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 1943.
2014: Paco de Lucía (66) Spanish
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.
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.
1981: 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 Hungarian music.
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
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.
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) b. ????
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
2010: 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.
2011: 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
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
b. November 21st 1948.
2013: Bob Frídl/Josef
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
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.
2014: 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 Record. In
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.
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
1997: 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 13th 1923.
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
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
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 Summit (died
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
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. (sadly
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
2011: 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: Chuck Goff Jr (54) American
bass musician (Toby Keith), traffic collision
2013: Van Cliburn (78) American pianist, bone cancer
2013: Richard Street (70) American singer (The Temptations), pulmonary
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" Lymon
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
b. September 30th 1942.
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.
2002: 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
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
2007: 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.
2008: 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 6th 1943
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.
2012: 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 name. (sadly
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
Karl died from a heart attack)
b. May 20th 1940.
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
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 24th 1961
David "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 >>>
(sadly Davy died from a massive heart attack just
months after he, Tork and Dolenz had completed a tour marking The Monkees
b. December 30th 1945
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