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1988: Nami Tamaki (Japanese pop singer).
1981: Brandi Carlile (American singer and songwriter).
1974: Alanis Morissette (Canadian
1972: Dre/Krazy Drayz/Andre Weston (UShip-hop, rapper; Das
1971: Mario Cimarro (Cuban actor and singer).
1971: Roldán González (Cuban singer).
1969: René Liu (Taiwanese actress and singer).
Damon Minchella (English bassist; Ocean Colour Scene/supergroup
1968: Jason Donovan (Australian singer; actor).
Roger Sanchez/Funk Junkeez/S-Men (American DJ, producer).
1963: Mike Joyce (UK drummer,
1962: Jan De Haas (Belgian vibraphonist).
1961: Peter Machajdik (Slovakian composer)
1960: Simon Gallup (UK bassist,
1959: Alan Wilder (UK vocals,keyboards,
composer, arranger, record producer; Depeche
Barry Adamson (UK bassist; Visage, Magazine, The Bad Seeds,
1955: Ralph Morse (UK actor, singer and writer of historical
1953: Ronnie Dunn (US guitarist, country singer-songwriter;
Brooks & Dunn).
John Ellis (UK guitarist; Vibrators/The Stranglers).
1950: Graham Russell (UK
'Charlene' Marilynn D'Angelo (US singer).
1950: Tom Robinson (UK singer, songwriter, broadcaster; Cafe
1950: Wayne Nelson (American
singer, bassist; Little River Band).
1947: Ronnie Wood (UK
guitarist; Rolling Stones/Jeff Beck Group/The Creation/Faces).
1945: Frederica von Stade (American mezzo-soprano).
1945: Linda Scott (American singer).
1935: Hazel Dickens (US bluegrass
singer-songwriter, double bassist, guitarist;Hazel
1934: Pat Boone (US singer).
1925: Marie Knight/Marie Roach (US gospel singer)*30.Aug.2009.
1924: Hal McKusick (US jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist)*11.April.2012.
1921: Nelson Riddle (US trombone player, orchestra leader)*06.Oct.1985.
1987: Darin Zanyar (Swedish
Cristina (Cuban American singer,composer, actress).
1983: Brooke White (American singer).
1983: Leela James (American singer-songwriter).
Tucker Rountree (American
guitarist and composer).
Irish Grinstead (American
R&B singer; 702)
1980: Orish Grinstead (American
R&B singer; 702)*20.April.2008.
1980: Fabrizio Moreti (drummer;
1976: Tim Rice-Oxley (UK piano, bass,backing vocals; Keane).
1970: Louis Freese/B-Real (US rapper; Cypress Hill).
1970: Dominic Greensmith (drums; Reef/Kubb).
1966: Pedro Guerra (Spanish songwriter, singer).
1965: Jeremy Cunningham (UK bassist, Levellers).
1962: Ian Shaw (Welsh jazz singer, record producer, former
1962: Thor Eldon Jonsson (Icelandic guitar; The Sugarcubes).
1961: Dez Cadena (US singer, guitarist; Black Flag/Misfits/Osaka
1960: Tony Hadley (UK vocals, synthesizer; Spandau Ballet/solo/freelance).
1959: Lydia Lunch/Lydia Koch (American singer).
1959: Ferron Foisy (Canadian folk singer-songwriter, poet).
1955: Michael Steele/Susan Thomas (US bassist, vocals, songwriter;
1952: Pete Farndon (UK bass player, Pretenders)*14.April.1983.
1950: Joanna Gleason (Canadian actress, singer)
1947: Antone 'Chubby' Tavares (US lead singer; Tavares).
1947: Mark Elder (British opera and symphony conductor).
1946: Song Dae Kwan (Korean singer).
1945: Kim Brown (UK singer, guitar; The Renegades, Kim &
1944: Marvin Hamlisch (US pianist, composer)*06.Aug.2012.
1943: Ilaiyaraaja (Indian composer).
1941: Irène Schweizer (Swiss jazz pianist).
1941: Charlie Watts (UK drums, Rolling Stones).
1941: William Guest (US singer; Gladys Knight and the Pips).
1937: Pierre Favre (Swiss jazz percussionist, drummer).
1936: Otis Williams (US singer, NOT of the Temptations; Otis
Williams & His Charms).
1934: Johnny Carter (US doo-wop/R&B singer; The Flamingos/The
1932: Sammy Turner (American singer).
Jones (US singer-songwriter)*02.June.1930.
1924: Maurice Kinn (UK promoter, publisher; launched The
New Musical Express in 1952)*03.Aug.2000.
1921: Marty Napoleon (US jazz pianist;
Louis Armstrong's All Stars/sessionist).
1913: Walter Andreas Schwarz (German
1904: Valaida Snow (US
Rio (American organist;
Ann Vergara-Paras (US actress, singer, spokesperson).
1982: Dihan Slabbert (South African singer, composer; Hi-5 /
1978: Lyfe Jennings/Chester Jennings (US R&B singer,
1976: Yuri Ruley (US drummer; MxPx).
1974: Kelly Jones (Welsh vocalist, guitar; Stereophonics).
Tonmi Lillman aka Otus (Finnish
drummer, multi-musician; Lordi/others)*14.Feb.2012.
in the trio No Mercy).
(US vocalist in the trio No Mercy).
1970: Peter Tägtgren (Swedish singer, guitar, drums,
1970: Julie Masse (French Canadian singer).
Esther Hart (Dutch singer; Song
for Europe contestant).
Takako Minekawa (Japanese singer, multi-musician; Fancy Face
1969: Hiroyuki Takami (Japanese singer; AXS).
1968: Saffron/Samantha Sprackling (Nigerian singer; Republica)
1968: Jamie O'Neal/Jamie Murphy (American/Australian singer).
1965: Mike Gordon (US bass player, vocalist, multi-muso;
Phish/Grappa Boom/solo band).
1965: Jeff Blumenkrantz (US musical theatre composer-lyricist,
King (US thrash metal guitarist, songwriter; Slayer/freelance).
Cole (vocals, rapper, mixer, producer; C+C Music Factory)*24.Jan.1995.
1961: Ed Wynne (UK guitarist, keyboardist; Ozric Tentacles)
1956: Danny Wilde (singer, songwriter; The Rembrandts).
1954: Dan Hill (Canadian singer, songwriter, guitar).
Collier (UK singer;
1952: Billy Powell (US keyboardist;
1950: Deniece Williams
Quatro (US bassist, singer).
Pilkington-Miksa (UK drummer; Curved Air/Kiki
Bob Fish (UK
singer; Bronzelina Cottage/The Cadets/The Mickey Jupp Band/Darts)
1949: Floyd Lloyd (Jamaican reggae singer)
Clive Richard Shakespeare
(English-born Australian guitarist;
1948: Carlos Franzetti (Argentinian pianist).
Alexander (US bass player; Stooges)*10.Feb.1975.
1947: Mickey Finn (UK percussion; T Rex/Tyrannosaurus
1946: Eddie Holman (US singer).
1946: Michael Clarke/Michael
James Dick (US drummer;
1944: Jack Wilkins (US jazz guitarist).
1942: Curtis Mayfield (US
singer, songwriter; Impressions)*26.Dec.1999.
Ian Hunter/Ian Hunter Patterson (UK
vocals, guitar, keyboards; Apex
Group/Mott the Hoople/solo).
"Ted" Curson (US
jazz trumpeter; Charles
Vincenzo "Enzo" Jannacci (Italian
singer-songwriter, pianist, actor,
1934: Robert 'Bob' Wallis (UK jazz trumpeter, leader; own
1930: Dakota Staton/Aliyah Rabia (American jazz singer)*10.April.2007.
Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III
1924: Jimmy Rogers (US blues guitarist; Muddy Waters/Howlin'
1923: Phil Nimmons (Canadian arranger, bandleader, clarinetist,
operatic tenor and father of film director Larry Peerce)*15.Dec.1984.
(US blues singer, guitar
1888: Red Brown/Tom Brown (New Orleans dixieland jazz trombonist)*25.March.1958.
1992: Dino Jelusic (Croatian
Mollie King (UK
singer, actress; The Saturdays).
1986: Micky/Park Yoochun (South
Korean singer, dancer, songwriter; TVXQ).
Leon Botha aka DJ Solarize
African artist, musical DJ)*05.June.2011.
1985: Alicja Janosz (Polish
1984: Rainie Yang (Taiwanese
singer and actress).
1982: MC Jin/Jin Au-Yeung (Chinesse-American
1980: Alicja Janosz (Polish
1974: Stefan Lessard
(US bassist, Dave Matthews Band).
1971: Shoji Meguro (Japanese composer).
1970: Richie Hawtin (UK-Canadian electronic musician, international-touring
1970: David Pybus (UK bassist; Darkened/Dreambreed).
1968: Al B. Sure/Albert Joseph Brown III (US R&B singer).
1966: Cecilia Bartoli (Italian mezzo-soprano).
1964: Eva Fampas (Greek guitarist).
1964: Chris Kavanagh (UK drums; Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio
Harper (US drummer, Winard Harper Quintet, sessionist).
John P. Kee (US Gospel singer; NLCC).
1961: El DeBarge/Eldra Patrick DeBarge (US R&B, soul
falsetto singer; Debarge/solo).
1960: Fred Thelonious Baker (UK bassist; In Cahoots/Pip Pyle's
1958: Selwyn 'Bumbo' Brown (UK vocalist, keyboards; Steel
Steve Grimes (UK rhythm guitarist, The Farm).
1957: Robert Poulton (UK operatic baritone; Glyndebourne
Ryan (Irish disc jockey and radio-television presenter)*30.April.2010.
1954: Mikey Dread/Michael Campbell (Jamaican singer, producer,
(UK guitarist; Samson)*09.Aug.2002.
1953: Jimmy McCulloch (Scottish guitarist; Stone the
1950: Dagmar Krause (German
singer; solo/Slapp Happy/Henry Cow/Art Bears).
1948: Paquito D'River (Cuban Grammy-winning jazz & classical
1945: Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller (Scottish singer, songwriter,
guitar; Peter & Gordon/solo)*17.July.2007.
1945: Anthony Braxton (US composer, saxophonist, clarinettist,
1944: Roger Ball (US keyboardist, saxophone; Average White
Michelle Phillips (US singer; Mamas
& The Papas).
1940: Vince Eager/Roy Taylor (UK lead vocalist; Vagabond
Skiffle Group/Vince Taylor-Quiet Three).
1940: Cliff Bennett (UK singer; Cliff Bennett and the Rebel
1939: Johnny Cannon/John
singer; Johnny Mike and the Shades)
1937: Freddy Fender/Baldemar Huerta (US singer,guitar;Los
1935: Colette Boky
(Quebec operatic soprano)
1932: Oliver Nelson (US
jazz composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger)*28.Oct.1975.
Jolly/Peter Ceragioli Jr (US jazz keyboardist,
Morgana King/Maria Grazia Morgana Messina DeBerardinis (US jazz
1929: Andor Kovacs (Hungarian guitarist).
1920: Britt Woodman (US jazz trombonist; Duke Ellington/Charles
1917: Robert Merrill (American operatic
1894: Madame Bolduc/Mary Rose-Anna Travers (French Canadian
1995: Troye Sivan Mellet (South
African/Australian actor, singer)
1982: Ryan Dallas Cook (US
trombone player; Suburban Legends)*19.Oct.2005.
1981: Sebastien Lefebvre
(rhythm guitar, vocals; Simple Plan).
1979: Pete Wentz (US bassist, vocals, guitar, keyboards;
Fall Out Boy/Blackcards)
1979: David Bisbal Ferré (Spanish pop singer).
1977: Christian Martucci (US guitarist, bassist, vocalist;
Black President/Strychnine Babies/Chelsea Smiles).
1977: Nourhanne (Lebanese singer)
1976: Aesop Rock/Ian Matthias Bavitz (US hip-hop artist)
Charles Wills (bassist, violin, vocals; 311).
1973: Daniel Gildenlöw (Swedish multi-musician, songwriter;
Pain of Salvation/The Flower Kings).
Brian Chad (US lead guitarist, piano, backing vocals; Mansun/sessionist).
1971: Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark (singer, actor; New Kids
on the Block).
Norreen (Danish keyboards; Danish-Norwegian pop group Aqua).
McKnight (US singer).
1965: Sandrine Piau (French soprano)
1965: Stefan Schönfeldt (Swedish guitarist; Wannadies).
guitarist, vocalist, founding member; Nile).
1964: Maggie Dunne
bassist, keyboards; We've
Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It = Fuzzbox).
1963: Joe Rudán (Hungarian heavy metal singer; Pokolgép)
1961: Anthony Burger (US
pianist, singer; Kingsmen
(UK lead singer; The Nightingales)
1957: John Fumo (US flugelhornist, trumpeter; sessionist/freelance).
1956: Richard Butler (UK
vocals, Psychedelic Furs).
1956: Kenny G/Kenneth Gorelick (US soprano
saxophone, multi-reed player,
(Cuban singer and songwriter)*26.Nov.2002.
Erica Lindsay (US saxophone
1954: Pete Erskine (US drummer, percussion; Stan Kenton Orchestra/Weather
1952: Nicko McBrain/Michael
drummer; Iron Maiden/7x70).
1952: Carole Fredericks
Tommy Eyre (UK
1949: Jerry Gonzalez (US latino jazz percussionist, trumpeter).
Esler-Smith (UK keyboardist, Air Supply)*01.March.1991.
1947: Tom Evans (UK bassist, guitar, vocals; Badfinger)*19.Nov.1983.
1947: Laurie Anderson
(US singer, violin; solo/freelance).
1946: Freddie Stone/Frederick Stewart (US guitar,
vocals; Sly & The Family
Jacques Taddei (French classical
1944: Colm Wilkinson (Irish singer, actor)
Michael Davis (US bassist, artist; MC5 / TKD-MC5)*17.Feb.2012.
1941: Martha Argerich (Argentine pianist)
Butler (US vocalist; Fifth Dimension/Friends Of Distinction)*29.April.1990.
1935: Misha Mengelberg (Ukranian classical and jazz pianist;
ICP Orchestra/other projects).
Jolly/Peter Ceragioli Jr
(US jazz keyboards, accordionist, pianist)*11.Nov.2004.
1925: Bill Hayes (US actor, singer; solo/Broadway star).
1923: Daniel Pinkham
(US composer, organist, harpsichordist)*18.Dec.2006.
1922: Gordoan 'Specs' Powell (US jazz drummer,
Ed Sullivan Band/freelance)*15.Sept.2007.
1884: Ralph Benatzky (Czech composer)*16.Oct.1957.
1876: Tony Jackson (US ragtime jazz pianist)*20.Apr.1921.
1992: Hyuna/Kim Hyun Ah
(Korean dance-pop singer; 4minute)
1987: Kyle Falconer (Scottish singer;
Leslie Carter (US
singer, reality star)*31.Jan.2011.
1986: Kim Hyun Joong (Korean singer;
1986: Gin Wigmore (New Zealand
1980: Peter Mosely (US vocals,
bass, piano; Yellowcard).
1978: Carl Barât (UK singer,
guitarist; Dirty Pretty Things)
1978: Mariana Popova (Bulgarian
1978: Joy Enriquez (US singer)
rapper and producer)*25.May.2008.
1976: Z-Ro/Joseph Wayne McVey (US
1976: aKido/Kim Gaboury (Canadian
1976: Emilie-Claire Barlow (Canadian
1975: Cheer Chen (Taiwanese singer,
1974: Uncle Kracker/Matthew Shafer
(US rock, country, rap-rock singer).
1972: Cristina Scabbia (Italian
singer, Lacuna Coil)
1970: James Shaffer (US guitarist;
1966: Gary Newby
(UK guitarist, Railway Children).
1966: Sean Yseult/Shauna Reynolds (US bassist, multi-musician;
1965: David White (guitarist, vocalist; Brother Beyond).
1964: Jay Bentley (bassist; Bad Religion).
1961: Tom Araya (Chilian vocals, bass; Slayer).
1961: Dee C. Lee/Diane Catherine Sealey (singer, backing
singer; Wham!/Style Council).
1960: Steve Vai (guitarist; Frank Zappa/David Lee Roth/Whitesnake/solo/freelance).
Giscombe (UK-Jamaican singer).
1959: Robert Hodgens (guitar,
1959: Jimmy Jam (US record producer)
1956: Michael Wallace (Jamaican keyboardist; Third World/Chalice)*06.July.1966.
1955: Dennis Flemion (US keyboardist, percussionist;
Frogs/The Smashing Pumpkins)*07.July.2012.
baritone lead vocals; Eric
& the Vikings aka The Vikings aka Motown Vikings)
1951: Dwight Twilley (US pop/rock singer)
1952: Yukihiro Takahashi (Japanese drummer, singer; Yellow
1949: Paul Lovens (German drummer, percussionist;
Holly Near (American folk singer)
1948: Tony Levin (US bassist; King Crimson)
1948: Richard S. Sinclair (English bassist, guitarist, vocalist;
1944: Monty Alexander (Jamaican
1944: Peter Albin (bassist; Big Brother & the Holding
Froese (keyboards, guitar; Tangerine Dream).
1943: Joe Stampley (US truck-song
and country singer).
1942: Howie Kane/Howie Kirschenbaum [singer; Jay and the
1941: Ray Honeybull (UK bass guitar; Hedgehoppers Anonymous).
1939: Gary "U.S." Bonds (US rhythm n blues, rock
n roll singer).
1939: Louis Andriessen (Dutch composer)
1939: Richard "Popcorn" Wylie (US pianist, producer,
band director, songwriter)*09.Sept.2008.
1936: Levi Stubbs/Levi Stubbles (US lead vocals; Four Tops)*17.Oct.2008.
1936: Raful Neal (blues singer, guitar, harmonica, composer)*01.Sept.2004.
1930: S.P. Leary (Texan Blues drummer; Muddy Waters/Howling
"Lennie" Bush (English
Klaus Tennstedt (German conductor,
1915: Vincent Persichetti (American
1902: Jimmie Lunceford
Khachaturian (Armenian composer)*01.May.1978.
1892: Ted Lewis (American bandleader)*25.Aug.1971.
1993: Park Ji-yeon (South Korean singer, actress)
1985: Charlie Simpson (UK guitarist, vocals; Busted).
1978: Tony An (Korean singer; H.O.T)
1976: Necro/Ron Raphael Braunstein (US rapper)
1974: Cassius Khan (Canadian harmonium/Qawaali singer)
1974: T-Low/Terry Brown (US R&B artist; Next)
1969: Adam Buxton (British TV presenter, DJ)
1967: Dave Navarro (US guitarist; Camp Freddy/Panic Channel/Red
Hot Chili Peppers/Jane's Addiction).
1966: Eric Kretz (US drummer; Stone Temple Pilots/Talkshow/Spiralarms).
1965: Christine Roque (French singer)
1964: Ecstacy/John Fletcher (US member of the hip-hop group
1963: Roberto Alagna (French tenor)
Michael Cartellone (US drummer; Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1962: Thierry Hazard (French singer, songwriter)
1961: Dave Catching (US guitarist; Eagles of Death Metal/Queens
of the Stone Age/others)
Rogers Nelson (US singer,
1957: Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican singer-songwriter, producer).
1957: Paddy McAloon (UK guitar, vocals; Prefab Sprout).
Reale (US heavy metal guitarist; Riot)*25.Jan.2012.
1953: Johnny Clegg (South African singer,guitariat; Juluka/Savuka).
(US drummer; Little Hans/OHO)*18.Sept.1987.
Royce Campbell (US jazz guitarist, composer, record producer).
1947: Melanie Martin (US flautist, saxophonist).
1946: Phil Wainman (UK record producer, songwriter; Sweet/XTC/Dollar/Mud/Bay
singer, guitarist; Bystanders/Man/many projects)*10.March.2010.
1944: Miguel "Mike" Ríos (Spanish singer,
Clarence White/Clarence LeBlanc (US
vocalist, guitar; Byrds/Kentucky Colonels)*14.July.1973.
Hotep Idris Galeta/Cecil Barnard Galeta (South
African jazz pianist, educator)*03.Nov.2010.
1940: Tom Jones (Welsh singer).
Canadian conductor and cellist)*15.Jan.2013.
Juan Carlos Calderón (Spanish
award winning singer-songwriter)*25.Nov.2012.
1937: Neeme Järvi (Estonian conductor)
1932: Harold "Tina"
Floyd Brooks (US
samba composer, vocalist)*27.Feb.2010
1928: Charles Strouse (US composer).
1921: Tal Farlow (US jazz guitarist)*25.July.1998.
1917: Dean Martin (US actor, singer)*25.Dec.1995.
international operetic soprano)*10.Jan.2005.
Glen Gray Knoblauch (US jazz saxophone,
leader; Casa Loma Orchestra)*23.Aug.1963.
1897: George Szell
1985: Jamie Shaw
(UK vocals, One True Voice)?
1983: Lee Harding (Australian punk rock singer)
1981: Sara Watkins (US singer-songwriter, fiddler; Nickel
1981: Alex Band (US singer; The Calling/solo).
1980: Aron Elias (Welsh singer, guitarist, bass guitar; Pep
le Pew/Y Rei).
1979: Derek Trucks (US guitarist, songwriter; The Allman
1978: Eun Ji Won (South Korean rapper; Sechs Kies)
bass player, singer;Trial/3 Inches of Blood/Dirty Knockers)*27.Sept.2009.
Kayne West (US rapper, producer).
1971: Jef Streatfield (UK guitar; Wildhearts)?
1970: Seu Jorge/Jorge Mário da Silva (Brazilian singer,
1970: David King (US drummer, composer; The Bad Plus/Happy
1970: Nichole 'Nicci' Gilbert (US singer, Brownstone).
1966: Doris Pearson (singer, 5 Star).
1965: Robert 'Rob' Pilatus (Afro-German model, stripper,
singer; Milli Vanilli)*02.April.1998.
1965: Neil Mitchell (Scottish keyboards; Wet Wet Wet).
1962: Kristine W/ Kristine Weitz (US singer)
1962: Nick Rhodes (UK keyboards; Duran Duran).
1960: Mick Hucknall (UK singer, songwriter; Simply Red/solo).
1954: Greg Ginn (US guitarist; Black Flag)
1954: Marios Tokas (Greek-Cypriot composer)*27.April.2008.
Jeff Rich (UK drummer; Climax Blues Band/Status Quo).
Olav Stedje (Norwegian singer-songwriter)
1951: Bonnie Tyler (Welsh singer).
1951: Tony Rice (US acoustic guitarist)
1949: Emanuel Ax (Polish-born pianist)
1947: Mick Box (lead guitar; Uriah Heep/guest).
Joan La Barbara
(US vocalist, organ, composer)
1947: Annie Haslam (UK singer, songwriter; solo/Renaissance)
1945: Phil Packham (UK bass guitarist; The Sorrows)
1944: Boz Scaggs (US
singer, slide guitar, guitar).
1942: Chuck Negron (UK vocals; Three Dog Knight).
1941: Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins (US vocals, guitar;
Alf Robertson (Swedish
singer and composer)*24.Dec.2008.
1940: Nancy Sinatra (US singer, Frank's daughter).
Robertson (Scottish folk singer
1940: Sherman Garnes (US bassman; Frankie Lymon And Teenagers)*26.Feb.1977.
James Darren/James William Ercolani
(US actor, singer)
1934: Millicent Martin (English singer, actress)
1902: Harry Hopkinson aka Harry Torrani
(UK singer, yodeler; Yodeling Cowboy from Chesterfield)*04.March.1979.
1989: Chloë Agnew (Irish
singer; Celtic Woman)
1986: Kary Ng (Hong Kong
1984: Kaleth Morales (Colombian
vallenato singer, songwriter)*24.Aug.2005.
1982: Christina Stürmer (Austrian
Vic Zhou (Taiwanese
actor, singer, model)
1980: D'banj/Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Nigerian
singer, songwriter, harmonica player)
(UK guitar, vocals, keyboards; Muse).
Thormodsæter Haugen (Norwegian guitarist, drummer; Emperor,
1971: Jackie McKeown (Scottish vocalist, guitarist; The Yummy
1971: Rick Renstrom (US guitarist; Rob Rock/Wade Black/Richard
Christy/Mat Sinner/Atma Anur).
Ed Simons (UK vocals,
keyboards; Chemical Brothers).
1967: Dean Felber (US bassist; Hootie & The Blowfish).
1967: Dean Dinning (US bassist, Toad The Wet Sprocket)?
1964: Hiroko Yakushimaru (Japanese actress, singer)
Wayman Tisdale (US jazz
bass guitarist, professional
1963: Gilad Atzmon (Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist,
1963: Johnny Depp II (US actor, producer, multi-guitarist;
Yuval Banai (Israeli musician, singer; Mashina)
1962: Eddie Lundon (UK guitarist; China Crisis).
1954: Peter Byrne (UK-US singer, songwriter, guitar; Naked
1954: Paul Chapman (Welsh guitarist; UFO, Lone Star)
1953: Errol Kennedy (US drummer; Imagination)
1952: Uzi Hitman (Israeli
singer, songwriter, composer, TV personality)*17.Oct.2004.
1951: Terry Uttley (UK bassist, vocals; Smokie).
1950: Trevor Bolder (UK bass; Wishbone Ash/Spiders From Mars/
1949: George Bunnell (US bass, rhythm guitar, song writer;
Strawberry Alarm Clock)?
1949: Francis Monkman (UK keyboards, synthesizer; Curved
1946: Stuart Edwards (UK guitarist; Edison Lighthouse/sessionist)?
1941: Jon Lord (UK organist, piano, composer; Deep Purple/solo)*16.July.2012.
1941: Billy Hatton (UK bassist; Fourmost).
1939: Ileana Cotrubas (Romanian soprano)
Charles Wuorinen (American composer)
1934: Jackie Wilson (US soul singer)*21.Jan.1984.
1930: Barbara/Monique Andrée Serf (French
1929: Johnny Ace (American R&B singer, pianist)*25.Dec.1954.
1915: Les Paul/Lester
guitarist, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, other things)*13.Aug.2009.
1912: Ingolf Dahl (US composer)*06.Aug.1970.
1900: Fred Waring (US bandleader)*29.July.1984.
1891: Cole Porter (US singer, composer)*15.Oct.1964.
Josh Ramsay (Canadian
singer; Marianas Trench)
1981: Hoku/Hoku Christian Ho (US-Hawaiian singer, actress).
1977: Dan-e-o/Daniel Faraldo (Canadian rapper)
1977: Takako Matsu (Japanese singer, actress)
1977: Nergal/Adam Darski (Polish guitarist, singer; Behemoth)
1973: Faith Evans (US female singer).
1973: Flesh-N-Bone/Stanley Howse (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
1973: LeMisha Grinstead (US singer, female band 702)
1971: Erik Rutan (US singer, guitarist, record
producer; Morbid Angel/Hate
1971: Jo-Jo/Joel Henry
(US R&B/soul singer, songwriter, duo K-Ci & JoJo).
1970: Mike Doughty (US singer-songwriter; Soul Coughing)
1969: Dan Lavery (US bassist; Tonic)?
1968: The D.O.C./Tracy Lynn Curry (US rapper)
1967: DJ Doctor Nice/Human Beat Box/Darren Robinson (US Rapper;
1967: Emma Anderson (UK guitar; Lush/Sing-Sing).
1965: Joey Santiago (Filipino-American guitarist; Pixies)
1964: James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin (US drummer,
1963: Bodjie Dasig/Darius Delphin Dasig (Filipino singer-songwriter)*12.March.2012.
Ka-Kui (Hong Kong singer-songwriter, guitarist; Beyond)*30.June.1993.
Maxi Priest/Max Alfred Elliott (R&B,reggae singer)
1961: Gary Thomas (US jazz saxophonist, flautist)
1961: Mark Shaw/Mark Robert Tiplady (UK vocals, Then Jerico).
1961: Kim Deal (US bass guitar, vocals; Pixies)
1961: Kelley Deal (US guitarist; The Breeders)
Janis Grodums (Latvian bass guitarist, singer; Livi)*15.June.2010.
1944: Rick Price (UK bassist, vocals, songwriter; Rockin'Berries/Move/Wizzard/ELO/Price
1944: David Goloshchokin (Russian composer, multi-instrumentalist)
1941: Shirley Owens (US vocalist, The Shirelles)
1941: Mickey Jones (US drummer, actor; The First Edition)
1941: Harry "Cuby" Muskee (Dutch singer-songwriter;
Cuby+Blizzards/own blues band)*26.Sept.2011.
(UK drummer; Spontaneous Music Ensemble aka SME)*13.Sept.1994.
1938: Violetta Villas/Czeslawa
(Polish singer, actress, composer, songwriter)*05.Dec.2011.
Campbell (UK folk singer, guitarist; Ian Campbell Folk Group)*24.Nov.2012.
1931: João Gilberto (Brazilian singer, guitarist)
M. S. Gopalakrishnan aka MSG (Indian violinist)*03.Jan.2013.
1930: Guy Pedersen (French bass player)
1925: Nat Hentoff (US historian, novelist, jazz critic, columnist)
Nordmo Løvberg (Norwegian opera soprano)*25.Jan.2013.
1922: Judy Garland (US singer, actress)*22.June.1969.
Ragon (French singer)
1913: Tikhon Khrennikov (Russian composer)*14.Aug.2007.
(US musicologist, harpsichordist)*13.April.1984.
1910: Robert Still (English composer)*13.Jan.1971.
1910: Howlin Wolf/Chester Arthur Burnett (US blues singer,
1907: Dicky Wells
1905: William T. Lewis (US
jazz clarinetist, bandleader)*13.Jan.1971.
Loewe (Austrian-American composer;
My Fair Lady/Camelot/others)*14.Feb.1988.
1898: Andy Blakeney (US
Hattie McDaniel (US
Al Dubin (US lyricist)*11.Feb.1945.
1894: Punch Miller/Ernest Miller
(US dixieland trumpeter)*02.Dec.1971.
1886: Chink Martin/Chink Abraham (US
singer, Eurovision contestant)
1987: TiA/Chiaki Hamahime (Japanese
1985: Chris Trousdale (US
pop singer, dancer; Dream Street)
1970: Chris Rice (US
1969: Steven Drozd
(US multi-instrumentalist, drummer; The Flaming Lips).
1961: Rob B/Robert Birch (UK rap artist, singer; Stereo MC's).
1960: The Head/Nick Hallam (singer, rapper, DJ, producer;
Kevin Wilkinson (UK drummer;
League of Gentlemen/Waterboys/China Crisis/many others)*17.July.1999.
1957: Jamaaladeen Tacuma/Rudy McDaniel (US free jazz bassist;
1955: Linda Williams (Dutch singer; 1981 Eurovision Song
Contest) not French
1952: Donnie Van Zandt (US founder and front man of 38 Special).
1950: Graham Russell (UK guitarist, vocalist; Air Supply).
1950: Lynsey De Paul/Lynsey Rubin (UK singer, Ivor Novello
song-writing award winner).
Frank Beard (US drummer; ZZ Top).
(UK drums; Pretty Things/Sunshine).
1947: Richard Palmer -James (UK guitarist, lyricist, balalaika,
vocals; Supertramp/Tetrad/ King Crimson/own).
1947: Glenn Leonard (US tenor-secondary lead singer; Temptations/Temptations
1946: Thump Thomson/Iain
bass guitarist; The Darts)
1940: Joey Dee/Joseph DiNicola (US singer; Starlighters/Cymande).
1939: Bernard Purdie (US session drummer).
1936: Jud Strunk/Justin Strunk Jr (US singer, banjo player,
1934: Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (US tenor
and lead vocals; The Spaniels)*16.Jan.2007.
1931: Audrey Schuh (American soprano).
1929: Lennie Niehaus (US jazz sax player, arranger, composer).
1926: Carlisle Floyd (American composer).
1920: Shelly Manne (US jazz drummer)*26.Sept.1984.
1920: Hazel Scott (West Indian-born jazz and classical pianist,
1913: Risë Stevens (US
1910: Carmine Coppola (American multi-award winning composer,
director and songwriter)*26.April.1991.
1992: Allie DiMeco (US
singer, multi-musician, actress; The Naked Brothers Band)
1985: Chris Young (US
country singer, songwriter)
1982: Ben Blackwell (US
drummer, roadie, writer; White Stripes/The Dirtbombs).
1979: Robyn/ Robyn Carlsson
1977: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (US guitarist; American Blues
1972: Bounty Killer/Rodney Basil Price (Jamaican deejay)
1969: Bardi Martin (US bassist, Candlebox).
1969: Giorgio Occhipinti (Italian multi-instrumentalist)
1969: Zsolt Daczi (Hungarian guitarist; Omen/Bikini/others)*06.Aug.2007.
1969: Giorgio Occhipinti (Italian multi-instrumentalist).
1968: Bobby Sheehan (US bassist, Blues Traveler)*20.Aug.1999.
Collins (English keyboardist;
1965: Filip Topol (Czech singer, songwriter, pianist)
1962: DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter (US rapper;
Paul Clark (UK musician; The Bolshoi)
1961: Kira Roessler (US musician; Black Flag)
Juan Tarodo (Spanish drummer, songwriter,
1960: Michael Hausman (US percussionist, artist manager;
1959: John Linnell (US accordion, saxophone, clarinet, keyboards;
They Might Be Giants).
1958: Rebecca Holden (US actress, singer)
1957: Geri Allen (US jazz pianist).
1954: Jesper Lundgaard (Danish bass player)
1953: Johnny 'Rocky' Burnette (US singer).
Farndon (UK bassist; The Pretenders/Cold River Lady/The Bushwackers)*14.April.1983.
1951: Brad Delp (US guitar, keyboard, vocals, Boston/Beatlejuice)*09.March.2007.
1951: Bun E. Carlos/Brad Carlson (drums, Cheap Trick).
1949: John Wetton (UK bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, singer,
songwriter; Asia/Family/King Crimson/others)
1948: Barry Bailey (US guitarist; Atlanta Rhythm Section).
1944: Harold Cowart (US bassist, trumpet; Playboy Band, sessionist)*27.June.2010.
1942: Len Barry/Leonard Borisoff (US singer, songwriter;
1941: Reg Presley/Reginald Maurice Ball (UK singer songwriter;
1941: Roy Harper (UK folk singer, keyboards, guitar, bass,
1941: Chick Corea/Armando Corea (US jazz pianist, keyboardist,composer).
1939: Kent Carter (US cellist, composer).
1932: Mimi Coertse (South African soprano)
Charlie Feathers (US singer, guitarist, Rockabilly pioneer)*29.Aug.1998.
1928: Vic Damone (US singer).
1928: Richard M. Sherman (US songwriter)
1915: Eddie Williams (US bass player; Johnny Moore's Three
"Zeke" Zarchy (American
1913: Gene Hall (US music educator, saxophonist, arranger)*04.March.1993.
(US lead singer; Ink Spots)*25.March.1978.
1903: Emmett Hardy
(US jazz cornet player, banjo)*16.June.1925.
1899: Gene Kardos
1989: Lisa Gabrielle Tucker (US singer, musical theatre,
1988: Austin Thornton (US drummer; Woe, Is Me)
1985: Raz/Raz-B/De'Mario Monte Thornton (US multi-genre singer;
1980: Sarah Connor/Sarah Terenzi née Lewe (German
1978: Jason Michael Carroll (Country music singer-songwriter).
1976: Kym Ryder/Kym Marsh (UK vocals, TV actress; Hear'Say).
1976: Jason "J" Brown (UK vocalist; Five).
1974: Selma Björnsdóttir (Icelandic singer).
1973: Mattias Hellberg (Swedish musician; The Hellacopters)
1973: Ville Laihiala (Finnish musician; Sentenced, Poisonblack)
1973: Kasia Kowalska (Polish pop rock singer)
1972: Natalie MacMaster (Canadian fiddle player, singer).
1970: Rivers Cuomo/Peter Kitts (guitar, singer, songwriter;
1969: Soren Rasted (multi-musician; Aqua/Lazyboy).
1968: David Gray (UK singer, songwriter).
1968: Denise 'Deniece' Pearson (UK vocals; 5 Star).
1965: Lukas Ligeti (Austrian composer, drummer).
1964: Christian Wilhelm Berger (Romanian composer)
1963: Paul De Lisle (US bassist; Smash Mouth).
1958: Val Young aka Lady V (Urban/Dance-pop artist, singer)
1957: Rolf Brendel (German drummer, songwriter; Nena).
1955: Mike Ruggelo (US freelance drummer; Drifters/Martha
1951: Howard Leese (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer; Heart)?
1949: Dennis Locorriere (US lead singer, guitar; Dr. Hook).
1945: Phil Packham (UK bass guitarist; The Sorrows)
1944: Derek 'Chow' Boyes (UK organist, keyboardist; The Buzz/David
(US rhythm & blues -
1941: MarvTarplin (US guitarist, songwriter; The Miracles/Smokey
1941: Esther Ofarim (Israelian singer).
1940: Bobby Freeman (African-American soul singer).
drummer; Motown Funk Brothers)*24.March.2009.
1932: Bob McGrath (US singer and actor)
1929: Alan Civil (English French horn player)*19.March.1989.
1918: Wild Bill Moore (US R&B saxophone player/Motown/sessionist/freelance)*08.Aug.1983.
Doc Cheatham/Adolphus Cheatham
1905: Xian Xinghai (Chinese composer)*30.Oct.1945.
1899: Carlos Chávez (Mexican composer)*02.Aug.1978.
1988: Kevin Michael McHale (US
singer; NLT - Not Like Them).
1984: Siobhan Donaghy (UK vocalist;
1982: Lang Lang (Chinese pianist).
1975: Bob Nanna (US drummer, singer; Braid/Hey Mercedes/The
City on Film).
1974: Joshua Radin (US songwriter)
Ceca Raznatovic (Serbian singer).
1972: Shaun Keaveny (British radio DJ).
Billie Myers (UK female singer).
1969: MC Ren/Lorenzo Jerald Patterson (US rapper, hop-hop
1963: Chris DeGarmo (US lead, rhythm guitarist; Queensryche).
1961: Boy George/George Alan O'Dowd (UK singer; Culture Club/
1960: Gary Husband (UK jazz and rock drummer, pianist, composer;
1959: Marcus Miller (US jazz bassist, clarinetist, bandleader).
1958: Nick Van Eede (UK lead
singer; Cutting Crew).
1957: Maxi Jazz/Maxwell Fraser (British rapper; Faithless/solo).
1956: King Diamond/Kim Bendix Petersen (Danish singer; King
Diamond, Mercyful Fate).
1956: Gianna Nannini (Italian
1949: Jim Lea (UK bassist, piano, violin, guitar; Slade).
1949: Alan White (UK drummer; Plastic Ono Band/Yes/ not
the OASIS drummer).
1947: Darius Brubeck (US jazz keyboardist, educator, son
of Dave Brubeck).
1947: Barry Melton (US guitarist; Country Joe and the Fish).
1946: Janusz Stefanski (Polish drummer)
(Afghan singer, songwriter-composer)*14.June.1979.
1945: Rod Argent (US keyboards, vocals; The Zombies/Argent).
1945: Tiit Paulus (Estonian guitarist)
1943: Harold Wheeler (US composer).
1943: Spooner Oldham/Dewey
(US songwriter, organ, keyboards; session musician).
1942: Peter Lemer (UK keyboardist; freelance/sessionist/own
1937: Burton Greene (US free jazz pianist)
1936: Renaldo "Obie" Benson
(US vocals; The Four Tops)*01.July.2005.
1931: Junior Walker/Autry DeWalt Mixon
(US saxophonist, singer; Jr. Walker & the All Stars)*23.Nov.1995.
1929: Cy Coleman (US composer, songwriter,
"Cuban Pete" Aguilar (Puerto Rican dancer)*13.Jan.2009.
1918: John Simmons
(US bass player)*19.Sept.1979.
1910: Rudolf Kempe (German conductor)*12.May.1976.
mezzo-soprano opera singer)*14.Nov.2002.
1909: Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives
(US singer, actor, songwriter, musician)*14.April.1995.
1907: Sid Phillips/Isador Simon Philips
1905: Nappy Lamare/Joseph Hilton Lamare
(US banjoist, jazz guitarist)*08.May.1988.
1895: Cliff Edwards/Ukelele Ike (US
singer, voice actor, ukelele player)*July
Bathori/Jeanne-Marie Berthier (French mezzo-soprano)*25.Jan.1970.
1990: Miwa (Japanese singer-songwriter)
1982: Haley Scarnato (US singer)
1985: Nadine Coyle (Nth. Irish singer; Girls Aloud).
1983: Julia Fischer (German violinist)
1983: Laura Imbruglia (Australian singer, guitarist)
1982: Haley Scarnato (US singer)
1981: Billy Martin (US guitarist, keyboards; Good Charlotte).
1976: Gary Lightbody (Northern Irish rhythm guitarist, songwriter;
1976: Dryden Mitchell (US lead singer; Alien Ant Farm).
1972: Hank Von Helvete (Norwegian vocalist; Turbonegro)
1971: Bif Naked/Beth Torbert (Canadian singer, poetess, actress)
1970: Gaëlle Méchaly (French soprano)
1969: Ice Cube/O'Shea Jackson (US rapper, actor).
1966: Idalis DeLeon (US actress, singer)
1966: Michael Britt (US guitar; Lonestar).
1964: Gavin Greenaway (British composer)
1963: Scott Rockenfield (US drummer; Queensryche/Slave To
1962: Andrea Rost (Hungarian soprano)
1961: Kai Eckhardt (German bassist, composer; Garaj Mahal,
1961: Yoshimi Iwasaki (Japanese singer, actress)
1956: David Hinds (UK rhythm guitar, vocalist; Steel Pulse).
1951: Steve Walsh (US singer, song-writer; Streets/Kansas).
1950: John Lawry (Japanese-American keyboardist, composer-songwriterr,
1949: Russell Hitchcock (Australian lead vocalist; Air Supply).
1946: Demis Roussos (Greek singer).
1946: Noddy Holder/Neville John Holder (UK guitar, vocals;
1944: Malaysia Vasudevan (Indian playback singer and actor)*20.Feb.2011.
1943: Johnny Hallyday/Jean-Philippe Smet (French rock 'n'
1943: Muff Winwood (UK bassist, songwriter, producer; Spencer
1941: Harry Nilsson III (US singer; songwriter)*15.Jan.1994.
1937: Ray Coleman (British award winning music journalist,
1934: Mikel Laboa (Spanish Basque singer, songwriter )*01.Dec.2008.
1934: Barron Anthony/Anthony John Osmond (UK guitarist, vocalist;
1933: Joe Thomas (US flautist, tenor saxophonist)
1933: Waylon Jennings (US country singer)*13.Feb.2002.
1933: Sergio Endrigo (Popular
Fariduddin Dagar (Indian classical
1929: Nigel Pickering (rhythm guitar, vocals; Spanky And
1921: Erroll Garner (US jazz pianist and composer)*02.Jan.1977.
Michalis Genitsaris (Greek rebetiko singer and composer)*11.May.2005.
1910: David Rose
(British-born US songwriter, composer, arranger, orchestra leader)*23.Aug.1990.
1900: Otto Luening
(German-born American composer)*02.Sept.1996.
1900: Paul Mares (US
dixieland cornet, trumpet player; New Orleans Rhythm Kings)*18.Aug.1949.
1894: Robert Russell Bennett (US
1843: Edvard Grieg (Norwegian
composer and pianist)*04
Aarya Ambekar (Marathi
1994: Destinee Rae Monroe
(US singer; Clique Girlz)
1991: Joe McElderry (UK
singer; X Factor Winner '09)
Keshia Chante (Canadian
1987: Diana Nicole DeGarmo (US
singer, Broadway actress).
1984: Dominique Eade (UK
1982: Matt Costa (US
Ben Kweller (US
singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist; The Bens/solo).
1980: Joey Yung (Hong
1978: Jasmine Leong (Chinese
Cian Ciaran (Welsh
keyboard player, label manager; Super Furry Animals/SomBom'&'Strangetown
1972: Kiko Loureiro
(Brazilian guitarist; Angra/Silent Moon/Blezqi Zatzas/guest).
Amaru Shakur (American hip
hop artist, poet, actor)*13.Sept.1996.
Patrick Waite (UK-Jamacian bassist, vocals; Musical Youth)*18.Feb.1993.
Andy Lewis (Australian bassist; The Whitlams/The
1965: Javon Jackson/Anthony
(US jazz tenor saxophonist;Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers/others)
Streek (Canadian radio DJ;
CFNY-FM /Edge 102)*06.July.2009.
1962: Anthony Wong Yiu Ming (Hong Kong composer, producer)
1962: Olu-Femi Kuti (Nigerian Afrobeat & jazz saxophonist,
vocals, trumpet, keyboards)
Jóhannes Helgason (Icelandic guitarist; Þeyr aka
1954: Doane Ethredge
Perry (US drummer; Jethro Tull/Lou
1954: Gerry Roberts (Irish guitarist; Boomtown Rats).
1954: Sergey Anatol'yevich Kuryokhin (Russian pianist)*09.July.1996.
1953: Ian Mosley (UK drummer; Marillion/solo/guest).
1952: Jerry Hadley
(US operatic tenor)*18.July.2007.
1952: Gino Vanelli (Italian-Canadian singer/songwriter).
1951: Charlie Dominici (US singer, keyboards; Dominici/Dream
1950: James Smith (US vocals; Stylistics).
1949: Peppy Castro/Emil Thielhelm (vocals, guitar, Blues
1948: Fredy Studer (Swiss percussionist)
1947: Tom "Bones" Malone (US jazz tromboneist,
1946: Ian Matthews McDonald (UK guitar,
singer, songwriter, Matthews Southern Comfort).
1946: Tom Harrell (US post-bop jazz trumpeter, composer)
guitarist, singer, songwriter; New
Riders of the Purple Sage)*21.July.2009.
John Rostill (UK bass guitarist,
composer; Tom Jones band/Shadows)*26.Nov.1973.
1942: Eddie Levert (US vocals; The O'Jays).
1941: Lamont Dozier (US singer, producer, songwriter; Motown/Holland-Dozier-Holland).
1941: Dino Ciani (Italian pianist)*28.March.1974.
1939: Lou Gare (UK tenor saxophonist;
1939: Billy Crash Craddock
(US country singer)
1938: Al Dailey (US jazz pianist)*26.June.1984.
1926: Clarence Shaw (US
session trumpeter; Charles Mingus)*17.Aug.1973.
1924: Eli "Lucky" Thompson
(US tenor saxophonist)*30.July.2005.
Alfred Viola (US jazz guitarist; Frank Sinatra/others)*21.Feb.2007.
1909: Willi Boskovsky (Austrian violinist and conductor)*21.April.1991.
1903: Huldreich Georg Früh (Swiss composer)*25.April.1945.
1899: Helen Traubel (US soprano)*28.July.1972.
1983: Lee Ryan (singer, Blue/solo).
1983: Kazunari Ninomiya (Japanese singer, actor).
1980: Kimeru (Japanese singer).
1977: Roger Manganelli (US bassist, vocalist, guiyar, drums;
Less Than Jake/Rehasher/Greenhorn).
1973: Krayzie Bone/Anthony Henderson (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony/solo)
1971: Paulina Rubio Dosamantes (Mexican singer).
1970: Sasha Sokol (Mexican singer, actress).
1969: Kevin Thornton (vocalist, Color Me Badd).
1967: Eric Stefani (US keyboardist, songwriter, animator;
1967: Dorothea Röschmann (German operatic soprano)
1965: Richard Hynd (Scottish drummer; Texas/Slide).. Some
sources give May 17th
1962: Michael Monroe/Matti Fagerholm(Finnish singer;Hanoi
1958: Jello Biafra/Eric Reed Boucher (US spoken word, singer,
1957: Phil Chevron/Philip Ryan (Irish guitar; Pogues/The
1957: Martin Dillon (US musician, operatic tenor, professor
1956: Chi-chi Nwanoku (UK double bassist; Orchestra of the
Age of Enlightenment).
1949: Eric Campbell-Lewis/Eric McCreadle (US bassist, vocalist;
Middle Of The Road).
1949: Snakefinger/Philip Lithman (UK multi-musician, Chilli
Willi/The Residents/Vestal Virgins)*01.July.1987
Eddie Meduza (Swedish
composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist)*16.Jan.2002.
1947: George S. Clinton (US award winning composer, arranger,
1947: Paul Young (UK singer, Sad Cafe/ Mike & The Mechanics)*15.July.2000.
1947: Greg Rolie (US singer, keyboardist; Santana/Journey/Greg
1947: Rev. Timothy Wright
(US gospel singer; Timothy
Wright Concert Choir)*24.April.2009.
1944: Chris Spedding (UK guitarist;Greedy Bastards/Wombles/Nucleus/BatteredOrnaments/sessions).
1944: Ian Buisel (UK lead guitarist; Tony Jackson and the
1942: Norman Kuhlke (UK drummer; Swinging Blue Jeans).
1943: Barry Manilow/Barry Alan Pincus (US singer,
Ferras (French violinist)*14.Sept.1982.
1930: Cliff Gallup (US guitarist; Gene Vincent And The Blue
1927: Martin Böttcher (German conductor)
Alan Rich (American
1916: Terry Gilkyson (US singer, lyricist, composer)*15.Oct.1999
1915: David "Stringbean" Akeman (US bluegrass banjo
player, comedy musician)*10.Nov.1973.
Gillis (US composer,
1910: Red Foley/Clyde Julian Foley
singer, musician, radio/TV
1902: Sammy Fain/Samuel E. Feinberg
(US composer of popular music)*06.Dec.1989.
1882: Igor Stravinsky (Russian-born
composer, pianist, conductor)*06.April.1971.
(US singer, actress)
1988: Jack Barakat (US singer,
guitar player; All Time Low)
1985: GoldieLocks/Sarah Louise Akwisombe (UK
rapper, singer, producer)
Vadim Pruzhanov (UK
Ella Chen/Chen Chia-Hwa
(Taiwanese mandopop singer; S.H.E)
1980: Ivana Wong (Hong Kong singer,
1980: Colin Munroe (Canadian singer,
1976: Blake Shelton (US country
1975: Jemma Griffiths (Welsh singer-songwriter)
1973: Gary Stringer (UK lead vocalist;
1973: Ray Lamontagne (US singer-songwriter, musician)
1971: Alex Vanderpool/Nathan Morris (US vocals; Boyz II Men).
1969: Pål Pot Pamparius/Pål Bøttger Kjærnes
(Norwegian keyboards, percussion, guitar; Turbonegro)
1969: Sice/Simon Rowbottom (UK vocalist, guitarist, Boo Radleys).
1963: Dizzy Reed/Darren Arthur Reed (US keyboardist, percussion;
Guns N' Roses/Hookers & Blow).
1962: Jeff Mills (UK techno DJ, producer)
1961: Alison Moyet (UK singer; Yazoo or Yaz in US/solo).
1956: Oliver Schroer (Canadian
fiddler, composer, and music producer)*03.July.2008.
1956: Tom Bailey (UK vocalist, keyboards; Thompson Twins).
1953: Jerome Smith (US guitarist; KC and the Sunshine Band)*28.July.2000.
1952: Ricky Gazda (US trumpet; Johnny and the Asbury Jukes).
1950: Jackie Leven aka John St. Field/Sir Vincent Lone (Scottish
folk music singer, songwriter)*14.Nov.2011.
1949: Lincoln Thompson (Jamaican
1948: Éva Marton (Hungarian operatic soprano)
19??: Thomas Crimble (UK keyboardist, guitar, producer; Skin
1944: Sandy Posey (US popular music singer)
1943: Raffaella Carrà (Italian presenter, singer)
Carl Radle (US bassist; Derek and the Dominoes/Colours/others)*30.May.1980.
1942: Hans Vonk (Dutch
1942: Richard Perry (US producer, own label, Planet Records).
1942: Paul McCartney (UK bass,multi-musician,singer,writer,producer;
1942: Hans Vonk (Dutch conductor)*29.Aug.2004.
(US jazz saxophonist, composer, singer of Native American ancestry)*10.Feb.1992.
Don "Sugarcane" Harris
(US violinist, guitar; Don & Dewey/John Mayall/Zappa)*30.Nov
(US electric blues musician, harmonica player)*28.March.2012.
Johnny Pearson (UK
composer, orchestra leader, pianist;
Top of the Pops/own orch/others)*20.March.2011.
Mathews/Mathieu Schwartz (Dutch jazz accordionist)*12.Feb.2009.
1922: Claude Helffer (French
1913: Sammy Cahn (US award winning
lyricist, songwriter and musician)*15.Jan.1993.
McKinley (US jazz drummer, singer, bandleader; Dorsey Brothers/Glenn
Tubin (Estonian composer)*17.Nov.1982.
composer and conductor)*05.June.2003.
1903: Jeanette MacDonald
(American singer and actress)*14.Jan.1965.
1992: Mariah Stanley (US singer)
1980: David Gold (Canadian
guitarist, multi-musician, vocalist; Woods of Ypres)*21.Dec.2011.
1973: Yuko Nakazawa (Japanese singer)
1972: Dennis Lyxzén (Swedish lead singer; Refused)
1970: Antonis Remos (Greek singer)
1970: Brian "Head" Welch (US guitar; Korn).
1967: Darren Barrett (Canadian-Jamaican trumpet player)
Frank Bello (US bassist; Anthrax).
1964: Brian Vander Ark (US lead singer, guitar; The Verve
1963: Simon Wright (UK drummer; AC-DC/Rhino Bucket/freelance).
1962: Paula Abdul (US dancer, choreographer, singer, TV personality).
1960: Luke Morley (UK guitarist; Thunder/The Union).
1959: Dennis Fuller (Jamacian singer; London Boys)*21.Jan.1959.
1959: Mark DeBarge (US vocalist; DeBarge)
1956: Doug Stone/Douglas Jackson Brooks (US singer)
1953: Larry Dunn (US keyboardist, musical director; Earth,
Wind, & Fire)
1950: Ann Wilson (US lead singer, flute; Heart/solo).
1950: Paul Nieman (UK trombonist; international session musician)
1948: Nick Drake (UK singer, songwriter)*25.Nov.1974.
1947: Paula Koivuniemi (Finnish singer)
1945: Robert Franklin Palmer Jr (US music critic, reedist)*20.Nov.1997...not
to be confused with the singer
1944: Chico Buarque de Hollanda (Brazilian singer, guitarist,
composer, dramatist, writer, poet).
1944: Robin Box (UK lead guitarist; White Plains)
1942: Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (US vocalist; Spanky
And Our Gang).
1939: Al Wilson (US singer, drummer, guitar)*21.April.2008.
1937: Chuck Berghofer (US jazz bassist; Abnuceals Emuukha
Electric Symphony Orchestra/others)
1936: Tommy DeVito (US lead guitarist, vocals, Four Seasons).
1936: Marisa Galvany (US soprano)
1936: Shirley Goodman (US singer)*05.July.2005.
1928: Lloyd Morales (US jazz drummer)
1925: Charlie Drake (UK actor, writer, singer)*23.Dec.2006.
1917: David Lambert (US jazz singer, drums; Lambert, Hendricks
1914: Lester Flatt (US American musician)*11.May.1979.
1914: Moralito/Lorenzo Morales (Colombian vallenato singer,
1912: Virginia MacWatters (US soprano)*05.Nov.2005.
1909: Joe Thomas (US tenor saxophonist)*03.Aug.1986.
1907: Bruno Laako (American alto saxophonist)*????
1902: Guy Lombardo (Canadian-American bandleader)*05.Nov.1977.
1854: Alfredo Catalani (Italian operatic composer)*07.Aug.1893.
Masseling (Dutch DJ, hardcore techno
and Gabber musician)
1982: Example/Elliot John Gleave (British
1980: Tony Lovato (US singer, guitarist;
1979: Charlotte Hatherley (UK
guitar, vocals, songwriter; Ash/solo).
1976: Jerome Fontamillas
(US singer, guitarist; Mortal/Fold Zandura/Switchfoot)
1973: Chino Moreno (vocals, back-up guitar; Deftones/Team
1971: Twiggy Ramirez/Jeordie White (US bass; Marilyn Manson/9"
Korthe (US vocalist, drummer;
3rd Strike/Phantasm/Dimestore Hoods)*13.Jan.2010.
1967: Murphy Karges (US bassist; Sugar Ray).
1966: Stone Gossard (US rhythm guitarist, producer; Pearl
Jam/Brad/Temple of the Dog/freelance).
1963: Amir Derakh (US guitarist, synthesizer player; Orgy)
1960: John Taylor (UK bassist, Duran Duran/Power Station/Neurotic
1960: Chris Gibson (Martinique vocalist; Gibson Brothers)?
1958: Kelly Johnson (UK lead guitar, singer, songwriter;
1958: Simon Underwood (UK bassist; Pigbag)?
1954: Michael Anthony Sobolewski (US bassist, Van Halen/Sammy
1949: Alan Longmuir (Scottish bassist; Bay City Rollers).
1949: Lionel Richie (US vocals, keyboards, songwriter, Commodores/solo).
1947: Dolores Brooks (US singer; the Crystals)
1947: Paul Brett (UK guitarist; Strawbs/Overlanders/Crazy
World of Arthur Brown/many others)
1946: Andre Watts (US pianist)
1945: Anne Murray (Canadian singer, songwriter).
1942: Brian Wilson (US vocals, piano, producer, composer,
arranger; Beach Boys/solo).
1938: Mickie Most/Michael
Peter Hayes (English singer, record
1937: Jerry Keller (US singer).
Gus Williams (Australian
country music singer, Aboriginal
1936: Billy Guy/Frank William Phillips (US baritone singer;
Arne Nordheim (Norwegian
contemporary classical composer)*05.June.2010.
1928: Eric Dolphy (US jazz
alto saxophonist, flautist, bass clarinetist)*29.June.1964.
1924: Chester "Chet" Atkins (US guitarist, singer,
and record producer)*30
1920: Danny Cedrone
(US guitarist, Bill Haley & His Comets)*17.June.1954.
1913: Al Gallodoro (US
jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, Paul Whiteman/others)*04.Oct.2008.
Corbitt Morris (US folk songwriter,
Pelletier (French Canadian conductor, pianist, composer, educator)*09.April.1982.
1891: Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Italian
1997: Rebecca Black (US pop singer)
1987: Kim Ryeowook (Korean pop singer)
1986: Lana Del Rey/Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (US singer-songwriter).
1985: Kris Allen (US singer)
1981: Brandon Flowers (US vocals, keyboards, bass; The Killers).
1978: Jean-Pascal Lacoste (French singer, actor, TV host)
1978: Rim'K/Abdelkrim Brahmi-Benalla (French rapper)
1976: Mike Einziger (guitar; Incubus/Time Lapse Consortium).
1974: Neely Jenkins (US bassist, vocalist; Park Ave/Tilly
& the Wall)
1971: Anette Olzon (Swedish singer; Nightwish)
1970: Pete Rock/Peter Phillips (UK trip-hop musician, composer,
producer; Bomb the Bass)
1968: Sonique/Sonia Clarke (UK singer, DJ).
1967: Tim Simenon (record producer).
1962: Viktor Tsoi (Soviet guitarist, singer, songwriter;
1961: Kip Winger (US singer, guitarist; Winger)
1961: Manu Chao (French multi-instrumentalist; Mano Negra)
1961: Sascha Konietzko (German singer, synth player; KMFDM)
1959: Kathy Mattea (country music & bluegrass singer,
1959: Marcella Detroit (vocals, harmonica, guitar; Shakespear's
1957: Mark Brzezicki (drums; Ultravox/Procol Harum/Big Country).
1955: Jean-Pierre Mader (French singer, songwriter)
1954: Augustus Pablo/Horace Swaby (Jamaican reggae record
1952: Luis Días (Dominican
singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist; Transporte Urbano/others)*08.Dec.2009.
1951: Nils Lofgren (US guitar, multi-musician, vocals; E
1951: Alan Silson (UK lead guitar, vocals; Smokie/Mickey
Finn's T. Rex)?
1950: Joey Kramer (US drums, Aerosmith).
1950: Vasilis Papakonstantinou (Greek singer)
1950: John Paul Young (UK singer: Easybeats/Musicals/solo).
1949: Greg Munford (US lead vocals; solo/studio singer-multimusician/Strawberry
1946: Brenda Holloway (US singer, songwriter)
1947: Joey Molland (UK guitar, vocals; Masterminds/Fruit
1944: Jon Hiseman/Philip John Hiseman (UK drummer, recording
1944: Ray Davies (UK lead vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ravens/The
1944: Miguel Vicens (Spanish guitarist; Los Bravos)
Neri (Mexican composer)*03.Aug.2011.
1943: Salomé/Maria Rosa Marco (Spanish singer)
1938: Don Black/Donald Blackstone OBE (English lyricist).
1936: Dave Godin (US music critic, founder of labels Soul
City & Deep Soul)*15.Oct.2004.
1932: O.C. Smith/Ocie Lee Smith (US singer; Sy Oliver/Count
1932: Lalo Schifrin (Argentine pianist, composer, arranger,
Halim Hafez (Egyptian
singer, actor, multi-musician)*30.March.1977.
1929: Alexandre Lagoya (Greek-Italian classical guitarist)*24.Aug.1999.
Noble/Nicholas Valkan (US
pop and country singer)*24.March.2012.
1906: Harold Spina
1906: Grete Sultan (German musician)*26.June.2005.
1900: Dewey Jackson (US jazz musician, cornet, trumpet)*01.Jan.1994.
1893: Alois Hába (Czech composer)*18.Nov.1973.
1891: Hermann Scherchen (German
1993: Ingmar Lazar
(French classical pianist)
1990: Kei Inoo (Japanese actor,
1989: Jung Yong Hwa (Korean actor,
1985: Scott MacIntyre (US singer).
1981: Chris Urbanowicz (US guitarist;
1979: Leire Martínez (Basque singer and songwriter (La Oreja
de Van Gogh)
1978: Tim Driesen (Belgian actor,
1977: Mike Alexander (UK bassist;
1976: Gordon Moakes (UK multi-musician;
1970: Steven Page (Canadian guitar,
vocals, songwriter; Barenaked Ladies/The Vanity Project).
1966: Schooly D/Jesse B. Weaver Jr (American rapper).
1964: Tommy Cunningham (Scottish drummer; Wet Wet Wet/Sleeping
1964: Mike Edwards (UK vocals, keyboard, guitars; Jesus Jones).
1963: Anne-Marie Ruddock
(UK vocals, Amazulu/Amazulu II).
1962: Bobby Gillespie (Scottish drummer, vocals; Primal Scream/Jesus
and Mary Chain/others).
1962: Stephen Vaughan (UK bassist; PJ Harvey Trio/session
1961: Jimmy Somerville (Scottish singer; Bronski Beat/Communards/solo).
1959: Alan Anton/Alan Alizojvodic (Canadian bassist; Cowboy
1959: Nicola Sirkis (French singer, lyricist; Indochine).
1958: Ruby Turner (UK singer).
1957: Gary Beers (Australian bassist; INXS).
1956: Derek Forbes (Scottish bassist; Simple Minds).
1955: Green Gartside/Paul Julian Strohmeyer (Welsh singer,
songwriter; Scritti Politti/freelance).
Bobby Valentino/Robert Beckingham (UK vocals,violin,guitar;
Fabulous Poodles/Los Pistoleros/sessionist)
1953: Cyndi Lauper (US singer; actress).
1949: Alan Osmond (US singer; leader of The Osmonds).
1948: Todd Rundgren (US multi-musician, singer, producer;
1947: Howard Kaylan/Howard Kaplan (US singer; Turtles/Mothers
of Invention/Flo & Eddie).
1946: Eliades Ochoa (Cuban guitarist; Buena Vista Social
1944: John "Charlie" Whitney (UK rock guitarist;
Family, Streetwalkers, Axis Point).
1944: Peter Asher (UK guitarist, singer, record producer;
Peter & Gordon).
1943: Eumir Deodato de Almeida (Brazilian jazz musician, record
1939: Bobby Harrison (UK drummer, percussion, singer; Procol
1936: Hermeto Pascoal (Brazilian multi-musician, composer;
1936: Kris Kristofferson/Kris Carson (US singer, songwriter,
Nerlynn 'Lynn' Taitt (Jamaican reggae guitarist;
The jets/many bands/sessionist)*20.Jan.2010.
1933: Libor Peek (Czech conductor).
1910: Sir Peter Pears
partner ofBenjamin Britten)*03.April.1986.
1907: Ernest 'Doc' Paulin
(American jazz trumpet player; the Paulin Brass Band)*20.Nov.2007.
Francesco Manfredini (Italian Baroque
composer, violinist, church musician)*06.Oct.1762
1988: Isabella Leong Lok-Sze (Hong Kong singer, actress,
1984: Duffy/Aimée Ann Duffy (Welsh singer)
1981: Anthony Costa (UK singer; Blue).
1980: Jessica Taylor (UK singer, Liberty X).
1980: Andy Orr (Irish singer; Six)
1978: Memphis Bleek/Malik Thuston Cox (US rapper)
1978: Frédéric Leclercq (French bassist; DragonForce)
1977: Jason Mraz (US singer, songwriter)
1976: Joe Becker (US guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist).
1975: KT Tunstall/Kate Victoria Tunstall (Scottish singer,
1973: Carter Albrecht (US keyboardist, singer guitarist;
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians/others)*03.
1973: Marie N/Marija Naumova (Latvian singer)
1970: Martin Deschamps (Canadian singer)
1970: Yann Tiersen (French composer)
1970: Guillaume Yann Tiersen (French piano, accordion, violin,
1966: Chico DeBarge/Jonathan Arthur DeBarge (US singer; DeBarge)
1966: Richie Ren (Taiwanese singer)
1966: Mark Chadwick (UK guitar, vocals, songwriter; Levellers).
1966: James MacPherson (US drummer, percussionist; The Breeders/Amps/Guided
1965: Bonehead/Paul Arthurs (UK guitar; Oasis/freelance).
1963: Steve Shelley (drums, record producer; Crucifucks/Sonic
1962: Richard Coles (UK multi-musician, clarenet, Curate;
1962: Chuck Billy (US singer; Testament).
1960: Donald Harrison (US jazz saxophonist).
1957: Lee John/John Leslie McGregor, (songwriter, singer;
1956: Randall "Randy" Jackson
(US bassist, singer, record producer, A&R executive, TV personality).
1955: Glenn Danzig/Glenn Allen Anzalone (US
singer, multi-musician; The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig)
1948: Myles Goodwyn
(Canadian guitarist, vocalist; April Wine)
1948: Luther Kent (US
1947: Jimmy Castor
(US singer, saxophonist, percussionist; Jimmy Castor Bunch).
1943: James Levine (US conductor)
1941: Robert Hunter (US lyricist, poet; The Grateful Dead)
1940: Adam Faith/Terence Nelhams-Wright (UK singer and actor)*08.March.2003.
1940: Jimmy Castor (US pop and funk saxophonist)*16.Jan.2012.
1940: Stu Sutcliffe (Scottish original bassist with The Beatles)*10.April.1962.
1937: Derek Griffiths (UK lead guitarist; The Artwoods)
1937: Niki Sullivan (US guitarist,
songwriter; The Crickets)*06.April.2004.
1936: Fred Waring, Jr. (US jazz trombonist)
1929: June Carter (US country singer, multi-musician, wife
of Johnny Cash)*15.May.2003.
1927: Kenneth McKellar (Scottish tenor, solo artist)*09.April.2010.
Shihab/Edmond Gregory (American
George Russell (American jazz composer)*27.July.2009.
1913: Helen Humes (American jazz and blues singer)*09.Sept.1981.
Milton John "Milt" Hinton
jazz double bassist;
dean of jazz bass players)*19.Dec.2000.
Carl Reinecke (German pianist, conductor, composer)*10.March.1910.
1988: Nichkhun Horvejkul (Thai-American singer; 2PM)
1986: Solange Knowles (US singer)
1978: Emppu Vuorinen (Finnish guitarist; Nightwish)
1978: Ariel Pink/Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (US freak folk singer).
1970: Glenn Medeiros (born in Hawaii, singer, songwriter).
Sassetti Pais (Portuguese jazz
pianist, film composer)*10.May.2012.
1969: Sissel Kyrkjebø (Norwegian soprano)
1967: Richard Z. Kruspe (German guitarist; Rammstein)
1967: Jeff Cease (guitar; Black Crowes/Shake Your Money Maker).
1966: Hope Sandoval (US singer, songwriter; Mazzy Star/Hope
Sandoval & the Warm Inventions)
1961: Curt Smith (UK vocals, bass; Tears For Fears/Graduate).
(US lead guitarist; Social Distortion)*29.Feb.2000.
1960: Siedah Garrett (US singer)
1959: Andy McCluskey (UK lead singer, songwriter; O.M.D.)
Kathy Troccoli (US singer)
1957: Terence 'Astro' Wilson (toasting, rhyming, percusion,
1949: John Illsley (bass; Dire Straits).
1948: Patrick Moraz (Swiss keyboardist; Mainhorse/Moody Blues).
1947: Michael Fleetwood (UK drummer; Fleetwood Mac) ((date
from Rock n Roll H of F Inductee records))
1945: Colin Blunstone (UK singer, guitar; Zombies/solo).
1944: Tony Campbell (UK guitarist; Jigsaw/Mighty Avengers/others).
1944: John 'Charlie' Whitney (UK guitar; Family/Streetwalkers).
1944: Chris Wood (UK saxophonist, flute; Traffic/sessionist)*12.July.1983.
1944: Jeff Beck (UK guitarist; Upp/Yardbirds/Honeydrippers/Beck/Bogert
Arthur Brown (UK singer; The Crazy World of Arthur Brown).
Paul 'Oz' Bach (bass, vocals, Spanky And Our Gang/others)*21.Sept.1998.
1935: Terry Riley (US composer)
1934: Jean-Pierre Ferland (Canadian singer)
1922: Tata Giacobetti (Italian singer, lyricist; Quartetto
1909: Milton Katims (US violist, conductor)*27.Feb.2006.
Distler (German composer)*01.Nov.1942.
Pierre Fournier (French
1904: Phil 'Wonga' Harris (US singer, drums, jazz musician,
Marcel Mule (French saxophonist;
Garde Republicaine/Quatuor de Saxophones de Paris)*19
Captain John Handy (American jazz
1900: Gene Austin
(American singer, songwriter)*24.Jan.1972.
Lil' Wil/Wilbert Martin
1986: Aya Matsuura (Japanese singer).
1986: Betty Curse/Megan Burns (British
singer, dancer, model, actor, CEO and designer).
1975: Chenoa/María Laura Corradini Falomir (Spanish
1974: Jim LaMarca (US bass guitarist;
(US drummer; The Wallflowers/Ozomatli).
1970: Roope Latvala (Finnish guitarist; Children of Bodom/Sinergy/Stone/Dementia).
1969: Zim Zum/Timothy Michael Linton
(US guitarist; Marilyn Manson/solo/Pop Culture Suicides).
1968: Candyman/Candell Manson (Los Angeles rapper; Tone-Loc/solo).
radio disc jockey)*21.March.2011.
1963: George Michael/Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (UK singer,
1954: David Paich (US singer, songwriter, keyboardist; Toto/sessionist).
Ljubia "Louis" Stojanovic (Serbian
1952: Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn OBE(New Zealand
singer-songwriter, multi-musician; Finn Brs/Split Enz/others).
1946: Ian McDonald (UK sax player, multi-musician; King Crimson/Foreigner/sessionist).
1946: Allen Lanier (guitar, keyboards; Blue Oyster Cult).
1945: Carly Simon (US singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1944: Robert Charlebois (Canadian singer, composer, musician,
Manolo Otero (Spanish
1940: Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton Eccles (UK bassist; Moody
1939: Harold Melvin (US soul singer, pianist; Blue Notes)*24.March.1997.
1935: Eddie Floyd (US soul singer, songwriter).
1930: Mary Beth Peil (US opera singer, actress).
1928: Bill Russo (US jazz composer, arranger, musician)*11.Jan.2003.
Mohan (Iraqi Bollywood film music
Gustave Charpentier (French
1993: Ariana Grande (US actress,
Jennette McCurdy (US
1986: Casey Desmond (US award winning
vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist).
Damien Sargue (French
1980: Sinik/Thomas Idir (French
singer and rapper).
1979: Ryan Tedder (US singer,
guitarist, songwriter, record producer).
1978: Alexandra Canto (French singer;
KJ-52/Jonah Sorrentino (US
hip hop artist; Sons of Intellect/solo).
1974: Nicole Saba (Lebanese singer).
1974: Jeff Frankenstein (US keyboardist,
synth bass, backing vocals; Newsboys)
1973: Gretchen Wilson (US country
Jussi Sydänmaa (Finnish
guitarist, vocals; Lordi).
1972: Garou/Pierre Garand (Canadian singer)
1969: Colin Greenwood (UK bass guitar, keyboards, synthesisers;
1968: Randall Padilla (US speed guitarist; planning 25.5
notes per second record).
1967: Mark Decloedt (UK drummer; EMF).
1966: Jürgen Reil (US drummer; Kreator)
1963: Harriet Wheeler (UK singer; Sundays).
1961: Terri Nunn (US singer; actress; Berlin/solo).
Breaux (US jazz guitarist; Roy
1959: Stef Burns (US guitar, vocals; Huey Lewis and the News)?
1957: Patty Smyth (US vocalist and leader of the band Scandal/solo).
the Runaways/the Orchids)*25.Aug.2011.
1956: Chris Isaak (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor).
1955: Mick Jones (UK singer, guitarist;The
Clash/Big Audio Dynamite/Gorillaz)...not
Mick from Foreigner
1943: Georgie Fame/Clive Powell
(UK singer/songwriter/keyboard; Animals/solo/Rhythm Kings).
1942: Gilberto Gil Moreira (Brazilian singer, Minister of
1940: Billy Davis Jr. (US vocals, actor; Fifth Dimension).
1934: Dave Grusin (US jazz pianist)
1933: Claudio Abbado (Italian conductor)
1929: June Bronhill OBE/June Mary Gough
(Australian soprano opera singer)*24.Jan.2005.
1928: Don Lanphere (US
t.& s. saxophonist; Woody Herman/Charlie Parker/freelance)*09.Oct.2003
1928: Jacob Druckman
1926: Kenny Baker
(US fiddle player; Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys/others)*08.July.2011.
Roger Voisin (French born US trumpet player;
(Italian operatic baritone singer)*02.June.2010.
1914: Wolfgang Windgassen (German operatic
Williams/Andrew John Smik Jr (US
country singer, band leader)*31.Jan.2011.
Tom Parker/Andreas Cornelis
van Kuijk (Dutch entertainment
Alberto Rabagliati (Italian
popular singer, actor)*07.March.1974.
1902: Hugues Cuénod
1990: Aselin Debison (Canadian singer)
1986: Drake Bell (US actor, guitar, singer, composer).
1983: Alsou Ralifovna Abramova (Russian singer)
1983: Evan Taubenfeld (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Avril
1980: Jennifer Goodridge (US keyboard player; Seaspin/Your Enemies
1979: Benjamin Speed (Australian musician and film composer).
1979: John Warne (US bassist; Relient K/Ace Troubleshooter).
1978: Stefan Arason (Icelandic composer).
1978: Lolly/Anna Kumble (UK singer)
1977: Sabine Dünser (German lead singer; gothic metal
1976: Leigh Nash (US singer, composer; Sixpence None The Richer).
1974: Christian Kane (US actor, singer)
1973: Abbath Doom Occulta/Olve Eikemo (Norwegian guitarist,
multi-musician, songwriter; Immortal)
1972: Dawud Wharnsby (Canadian poet, singer-songwriter)
1972: Tony McCarroll (UK drummer; Oasis/Raika)
1971: DJ Screw/Robert Earl Davis Jr (US hip-hop musician,
music mixer; Screwed Up Click)*16.Nov.2000.
1970: Vitamin C/Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick (US singer).
1970: Laurence Colbert (UK drummer; Ride)?
1964: Otmaro Ruíz (Venezuelan pianist, keyboardist,
1962: Michael Ball (UK singer).
1961: Margo Timmins (Canadian vocalist; Cowboy Junkies).
1959: Loretta "Lorrie" Morgan (US country music
1958: Lisa Germano (US singer, songwriter, multi-musician).
1958: Brian Helicopter/Gareth Holder (UK bass guitarist;
The Shapes/HellsBelles/Rogue Male)
1958: Magnus Lindberg (Finnish composer)
1958: Jeffrey Lee Pierce (US singer, songwriter, guitarist;
The Gun Club)*31.March.1996.
1951: Gilson Lavis (UK drummer; Squeeze).
1948: Camile Baudoin (US guitarist; The Radiators)
1948: Geoff Nicholson (UK guitar, vocals: East Of Eden)
1942: Frank Mills (Canadian pianist, composer)
1942: Bruce Johnston/Benjamin Baldwin (US vocalist, bass,
The Beach Boys).
1939: Rahul Dev Burman (Indian composer, actor)*04.Jan.1994.
Lee (Jamaican musician and
1934: Ersel Hickey (rockabilly
singer; Bluebirds over the Mountain)*12.July.2004.
Anna Moffo (US soprano)*09.March.2006.
Doc Pomus/Jerome Solon Felder (US
blues singer, songwriter)*14.March.1991.
1924: Rosalie Allen (American singer and disc jockey)*24.Sept.2003.
1923: Jacques Berthier (French composer)*27.June.1994.
1885: Guilhermina Suggia (Portuguese cellist)*30.July.1950.
Joo-hyun (Korean singer, dancer)
1987: Bailey Tzuke (English singer-songwriter)
1986: Kellie Dawn Pickler (US country
Musician, singer, composer)
Spin-kick/Michael Crafter (Australian
1979: Felicia Day (US actress,
writer, director, violinist, singer)
1978: Ha Ji-won (South Korean actress,
singer, piano, guitar; Mor ve Ötesi)
1977: Mark Stoermer (US bass guitarist;
1975: Jon Nödtveidt (Swedish lead guitarist, singer;
Ntshebe (South African opera singer)*25.May.2010.
1971: Tichina Arnold (US actress, singer)
1971: Ray Slijngaard (Dutch vocalist; 2 Unlimited/VIP Allstars)
1968: Chayanne/Elmer Figueroa Arce (Puerto Rican singer)
1965: Saul Daveis (UK guitarist, violinist; James)?
1964: DJ Quicksilver/Orhan Terzi (Turkish disc jockey, music
1963: Charlie Clouser (US multi-musician; Nine Inch Nails/Burning
1963: Beverley Craven (UK singer, songwriter).
1963: Andy Cousin (UK bassist; All About Eve/The Mission/The
1959: Clint Boon (UK keyboardist, Farfisa organ; Inspiral
Carpets/The Clint Boon Experience).
1958: Félix Gray (French singer, songwriter)
1955: Thomas Hampson (US baritone)
David "Frankie" Toler
(US drummer; Allman Brothers/Marshall Tucker/others)*04.June.2011.
1950: David Lanz (US musical composer)
Raul Seixas (Brazilian
rock composer, singer, songwriter, pioneer, producer)*21.Aug.1989.
1945: David Knights (UK original bassist; Procol Harum/Ruby).
1942: David Miner (US guitarist, singer-songwriter, record
producer; The Great Society)
1940: Renato Pagliari (Italian-born British singer; Renee
1915: David "Honeyboy" Edwards (US blues guitarist,
1912: Sergiu Celibidache (Romanian conductor)*14.Aug.1996.
1903: Adrian Rollini (US multi musicain, California Ramblers/Goodman/own)*15.May.1956
1902: Richard Rodgers
(US award winning composer)*30.Dec.1979.
1988: Becky Jane Taylor (English singer)
1987: Ana Free (Portuguese singer, songwriter).
1984: Derek Lee Rock/Derek Lee Smith (US drummer; Mêlée/Suburban
1983: Aundrea Fimbres (US singer)
1981: Nino Ksipolitas (Swedish born, Greek singer)
1980: Katherine Jenkins (Welsh mezzo soprano)
1979: Richard "Abz" Breen (UK vocals, singer, songwriter,
5ive aka Five).
1979: Baris Akarsu (Turkish rock singer, actor)*04.July.2007.
1978: Nicole Scherzinger (US singer, Eden's Crush/Pussycat
1978: Sam Farrar (US bass guitar player; Phantom Planet).
1976: Bret McKenzie (New Zealand singer; guitarist, comedian,
actor; Flight of the Conchords )
1972: Nawal Al Zoghbi (Lebanese singer)
1971: Matthew Good (Canadian singer, guitarist; Matthew Good
1970: Emily Skinner (US actress, singer)
1968: Richard Battersby (UK drummer; The Wildhearts).
1967: Murray Foster (Canadian bassist; Moxy Früvous)
1967: Melora Hardin (US actress, singer)
1965: Tripp Eisen (US guitarist; Static-X/Dope/Murderdolls/Ace
1964: Stedman Pearson (UK singer; Five Star).
1963: Anne-Sophie Mutter (German violinist)
1961: Greg Hetson (US punk-rock guitarist; Redd Kross/Circle
1960: Evelyn "Champagne" King (US R&B and disco
singer)... most sources
have July 1st 1960.
James Freud/Colin Joseph McGlinchey
(Australian vocalist, bassist; Models/solo)*04.Nov.2010.
1957: María Conchita Alonso (Cuban-Venezuelan singer,
1957: Robert Forster (Australian singer, guitarist; The Go-Betweens/solo)
1953: Colin Hay (Scottish-Australian lead singer, guitar;
Men At Work).
1948: Ian Paice (UK drummer, Deep Purple/Whitesnake).
1943: Roger Spear (US saxophone, Jew's harp, musical toys;
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band).
1948: Derv Gordon (US lead vocals; The Equals).
1948: Lincoln Gordon (US guitar; The Equals).
record producer and songwriter)*10.June.2012.
1943: Bob Brunning (UK bassist; Fleetwood Mac/Savoy Brown)*18.Oct.2011.
1943: Little Eva/Eva Narcissus Boyd (US singer)*10.April.2003.
1940: Vyacheslav Artyomov (Russian composer)
1932: Mihalis Menidiatis (Greek singer)*21.Aug.2012.
1925: Hale Smith (US composer, editor)
1924: Ezra Laderman (US composer)
1924: Flo Sandons/Mammola Sandon (Italian singer)*17.Nov.2006.
1923: Chou Wen-chung (Chinese-American composer)
Osborne (86) British
musician, band leader, arranger, sessionist)*01.March.2009.
1914: Rafael Kubelík (Czech conductor)*11.Aug.1996.
film music composer)*24.Dec.1975.
1910: Frank Loesser (American composer)*28.July.1969.
Anderson (US composer)*18.May.1975.
singer and actor)*06.March.1967.
1893: Aarre Merikanto (Finnish composer)*29.Sept.1958.
1881: Curt Sachs (German musicologist)*05.Feb.1959.
1985: Rafal Blechacz
(Polish classical pianist)
1984: Fantasia Barrino (US singer;
American Idol winner).
1983: Anton Gordon (vocals, member of uk TV's created boy
band, One True Voice)?
1983: Cheryl Cole née Tweedy (UK vocals; Girls Aloud).
1983: Brendon James (British drummer; Thirteen Senses)
1983: Patrick Wolf/Patrick Denis Apps (UK singer-songwriter,
ukulele, piano, viola)
1982: Andy Knowles (UK drummer, keyboards; Skuta/Franz Ferdinand)
1981: Edward "DreadEd" Campbell (UK lead singer;
FatalFear-Fatal Fear Korea).
1979: Matisyahu/Matthew Paul Miller (US Hasidic Jewish reggae
1969: Tom Drummond (bassist; Better Than Ezra)?
1968: Philip Anselmo (US singer; Viking Crown/Down/Necrophagia/Pantera)
1967: Peter 'Cammy' Camell (guitar; La's)?
Yngwie Malmsteen/Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck (Swedish guitarist,
Julianne Regan (UK vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard; All About
1960: Murray Cook (Australian singer; The Wiggles)
Brendan Perry (UK singer, multi-musician; Dead Can Dance)
Esa-Pekka Salonen (Finnish conductor and composer
1958: Rick Frank (US jazz drummer)
1956: Philip Adrian Wright (visual effects, synthesizers;
1953: Hal Lindes (guitarist, composer; Dire Straits).
André Hazes (Dutch
1951: Stanley Clarke (jazz bass player).
1949: Andy Scott (UK guitarist, singer; Sweet)
Barrie Lee Hall Jr (US trumpeter,
music director, band leader; Duke Ellington Small Band)*24.Jan.2011.
1946: Billy Brown (vocals, The Moments)?
1944: Glenn Shorrock (Australian singer, harmonica, guitar;
Twilights/Axiom/Little River Band).
1943: Florence Ballard (US vocalist; Supremes/solo)*22.Feb.1976.
Mark Spoelstra (US folk singer)*25.Feb.2007.
Tony Hatch (UK composer, songwriter, pianist, music arranger,
Apostolos Nikolaidis (Greek singer)*22.April.1999.
1936: Dave Van Ronk (US singer, guitarist; nicknamed Mayor
of MacDougal Street)*10.Feb.2002
Andrew Hill (US
jazz pianist, composer)*20.April.2007.
Khorram (Iranian violinist, musician, composer)*17.Jan.2013.
1917: Lena Horne (US jazz singer)*09.May.2010.
Shields (American jazz clarinetist)*19.Jan.1971.
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THOUGHTS ARE WITH
1948: Sonny Boy Williamson I/ John Lee Williamson
US blues singer & harmonica player; easily the most important
harmonica player of the pre-war era, he almost single-handedly made
the humble mouth organ a worthy lead instrument for blues bands,
leading the way for the amazing innovations of Little Walter and
a platoon of others to follow. He recorded prolifically both as
a bandleader and a sideman over the entire course of his career,
mainly for the Bluebird record label, with many early sessions taking
place at the Leland Hotel in Aurora, Illinois; most later sessions
were recorded in Chicago. His final recording session took place
in December 1947, backing Big Joe Williams. (killed
in a mugging on Chicago's South Side, as he walked home from his
final performance at The Plantation Club at 31st St. and Giles Ave.,
a tavern just a block and a half away from his home at 3226 S. Giles)
b. March 31st 1914.
1966: Papa Jack/George Vital Laine (93)
American drummer, band leader; the most busy and perhaps the
most important band leader in New Orleans in the years from the
Spanish-American War to World War I and many of the New Orleans
musicians who first spread jazz around the USA in the 1910s and
1920s got their start in Papa Jack's bands, his musicians included
individuals from most of New Orleans' many ethnic groups... African
American, English, French, German, Italian, Jewish, Latin American,
Scottish etc. He started leading bands before the Jim Crow codes
went into effect in New Orleans. Even after segregation laws started
demanding "whites" and "coloured" be kept separate,
Papa Jack continued to hire light and medium light skinned African-American
musicians, claiming that they were "Cuban" or "Mexican"
if any segregationist tried to start trouble. Hence some musicians
who played with black bands like those of Buddy Bolden and Joe "King"
Oliver also played with Papa Jack. This made for a wide cross-fertilization
of musical ideas in his bands.(?) b.
September 21st 1873
1984: Nate Nelson (52) US tenor
and lead vocalist with the Flamingos from 1954 till 1960 having
many hits such as "I'll Be Home", thier first national
hit in 1955, reaching No.5 in the billboard chart and later covered
by Pat Boone, "Would
I Be Crying", "Mio
Amore", "Your Other Love", "Nobody Loves Me
Like You" and "I Was Such a Fool". He and Terry Johnson
split to form the Modern Flamingos in 1961, also went on to record
as The Starglows before joining The Platters
with the Buck Ram line-up in the mid 60s (heart
attack) b. April 10th 1932.
1991: David Ruffin (50) US
singer with The Temptations; at the age of 15, he went to Hot Springs,
Arkansas with the jazz musician Phineas Newborn, Sr. They played
at the Fifty Grand Ballroom and Casino. He continued to sing at
talent shows, worked with horses at a jockey club, and eventually
became a member of the The Dixie Nightingales. He also sang with
the Soul Stirrers briefly after the departure of Johnnie Taylor.
He met and came under the guardianship of Eddie Bush and Dorothy
Helen who took David to Detroit, Michigan and introduced him to
Gwen Gordy Fuqua, Berry Gordy's sister, and Billy Davis. At Motown
he started as a background singer, joining The Tempations in 1963.
In Nov '64, songwriter/ producer Smokey Robinson wrote a single
especially for him to sing lead on. That song, "My Girl",
became the group's first #1 single and its signature song, and elevated
David to the role of lead singer and front man. In the late 60's
tensions grew and he was sacked from the the group, but continued
with Motown as a solo artist. His first solo single "My Whole
World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" reached the US pop &
R&B Top Ten. His final Top Ten hit was 1975's "Walk Away
From Love". After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1989 with the other Temptations, David, Kendrick, and
Dennis Edwards began touring and recording as "Ruffin /Kendrick/
Edwards: Former Leads of The Temptations". Sadly he project
was cut short, when David Ruffin died. Known for his unique raspy
and anguished tenor vocals, David was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest
Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2008 (sadly
died from a drug overdose) b. January
Tito Puente Sr./Ernesto
Antonio Puente Jr. (67) American
musician; an influential Latin jazz and mambo musician, often credited
as "El Rey" of the timbales and "The King of Latin
Music". He is best known for
Latin jazz compositions and
dance-oriented mambo over his
50 year career. After serving
three years in
the Navy during World War II
he was discharged with a Presidential
Commendation for serving in nine battles. He next went Juilliard
School of Music, where he studied conducting, orchestration and
theory. In the '50s, he helped to bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean
sounds, like mambo, son, and cha-cha-cha, to mainstream audiences.
he included pop music, bossa nova and fusion of Afro-Cuban and Latin
jazz genres that became known as "salsa". He and his music
appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's
Calle 54. In 1979 Tito won the
first of five Grammy Awards for albums A Tribute to Benny Moré,
On Broadway, Mambo Diablo, and Goza Mi Timbal. In 1990, he was awarded
the "James Smithson Bicentennial Medal." and also awarded
a Grammy at the first Latin Grammy Awards, winning Best Traditional
Tropical Album for Mambo Birdland. He was posthumously awarded the
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. (Tito
sadly died due to heart problems) b.
April 20th 1923.
2006: Rocio Jurado (61) Spanish
actress, singer nicknamed "La más grande";debuted
on the big screen in 1962 with Los guerrilleros. She also played
a main role in 1966's Proceso a una Estrella and 1971's Una Chica
Casi Decente. While temporarily living in Argentina, she participated
in a successful musical called La Zapatera Prodigiosa. After teaming
with composer Manuel Alejandro, Rocío became a major and
beloved figure on the Latin music scene, acclaimed throughout South
America and Spain after releasing Muera el Amor and Señora
& other hits. (diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and
treated for liver failure 2 months before she sadly died from heart
Sept 18th 1944.
2007: Tony Ulysses Thompson (31) American
R&B/soul singer and vocalist; born in Waco, but raised in Oklahoma
City. He started singing solos in the local church choir at the
age of eight. He joined up with the R&B group Hi-Five in 1990.
The band's self-titled debut album went multi-platinum and created
several hits, including "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game),"
"I Can't Wait Another Minute," and "Just Another
Girlfriend". He went solo in 1995 debuting with Sexsational,
before forming his own record label, N'Depth and later reformed
Hi-Five in 2005.(drug over-dose; he died of a freon aka huffing
overdose, confirmed through autopsy results).b.
September 2nd 1975.
Otero (68) Spanish
singer born in Madrid, Spain; his first album "All the Time
in the World" propelled him to fame
in 1974, making him one
of the most popular romantic singers in the Latin countries between
the 70s and 80s with hits like "Más no más",
"Vuelvo a ti", "Bella mujer", "Champagne"
and "Qué hacer h and for olvidarte" (sadly
Manolo died fighting liver
b. June 25th 1942.
2012: Faruq Z. Bey/Jesse Davis (70) American
jazz saxophonist and composer from Detroit, Michigan. He is best
known for his work with Griot Galaxy, which played intense free
jazz with distinct compositions, often written by Faruq.
Griot Galaxy toured Europe in the mid-1980s and was at the height
of its international acclaim, he was in a serious motorcycle accident
that left him in a coma. Almost
a decade passed before he returned to performing. He re-emerged
with an all woodwind ensemble called The Conspiracy Winds Ensemble.
He began to play in Speaking in Tongues and Hakim Jami's Street
Band. He joined forces with The Northwoods Improvisers, who devoted
several releases to Bey's music. His frequent collaborators, saxophonists
Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton, joined him on most of the Northwoods
Improviser's recordings. He also played in Kindred, a quartet with
Kennith Green, Kevin Callaway and Joel Peterson, and in Odu Afrobeat
Orchestra. Among Bey's last ensembles was The Absolute Tonalist
Society with Carey, Peterson and drummer Kurt Prisbe
(sadly died of emphysema) b. February
organist, composer, born in Poitiers, Vienne; born nearly blind
due to congenital cataracts but at an early age was discovered to
have an unusual gift for music. He considered one of the greatest
musical improvisers of his generation. Most of his works were never
written down. His few improvisations that were preserved on early
phonograph recordings sound like finished compositions.
He took his successful music and concerts worldwide (suffered
a stroke while giving his 1750th organ recital at Notre-Dame de
Paris. He had thus fulfilled his often stated lifelong dream - to
die at the console of the great organ of Notre-Dame)
b. October 8th 1870.
1942: Bunny Berigan/Rowland Berigan (33)
American jazz trumpeter born in Hilbert, Wisconsin, he rose
to fame during the swing era. He composed the jazz instrumentals
"Chicken and Waffles" and "Blues" in 1935. His
1937 classic jazz recording "I Can't Get Started" was
inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1928 he played
in Hal Kemp's orchestra,
Bunny's first recorded trumpet solos came with the Kemp orchestra,
and he was with the unit when they toured England By 1931, he had
become a sought-after studio musician; Fred Rich, Freddy Martin
and Ben Selvin were just some who sought his services. He recorded
his first vocal, "At Your Command", with Rich that year.
From late 1932 through 1933, he was also employed by Paul Whiteman,
before playing with Abe Lyman's band in 1934. He continued freelancing
in the recording and radio studios, most notably with the Dorsey
Brothers and on Glenn Miller's earliest recording date as a leader
in 1935, playing on "Solo Hop". At the same time, Bunny
made the association that graduated him to fame in his own right:
he joined Benny Goodman's re-forming band (cirrhosis
of the liver)
b. November 2nd 1908.
Mathieu (39) Québécois pianist and
composer, born in Montréal, Canada;
at aged 6 he gave his first recital of his own composition at the
Ritz Carleton Hotel in Montréal, on Feb 25th 1935. In 1936
he performed his Concertino No.1 for Piano and Orchestra as a soloist
on the CBC network. He was later given a grant by the Québec
government that enabled him to go to Paris and study piano with
Yves Nat and Mme. Giraud-Latarse. In December 1936 Mathieu gave
a recital of his works at Salle Chopin-Pleyel, and again at Salle
Gaveau on March 26, 1939. His recitals were received very enthusiastically
by the Parisian critics. They unanimously agreed that André
was a "little Quebecer Mozart". Rachmaninov pronounced
him, "a genius, more so than I am". In 1943 he returned
to Montréal and gave many concerts performing Bach, Beethoven,
Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel, as well as his own works. Among
his works for piano and violin are Fantaisie brésilienne,
a sonata, a berceuse, and Complainte. His vocal works include Le
ciel est si bleu, Hymne du Bloc Populaire, Les Chères Mains,
and Quatre Mélodies (died
b. February 18th 1929.
Rogers (33) Canadian
folk musician and songwriter.
noted for his rich, baritone voice and his traditional-sounding
songs which were frequently inspired by Canadian history and the
daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing
villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the
Canadian prairies and Great Lakes. His influence on Canadian folk
music has been deep and lasting. His best known songs include "Northwest
Passage" , "Barrett's Privateers", "The Mary
Ellen Carter", "Make and Break Harbour", "The
Idiot", "The Field Behind the Plow", "White
Squall", "Lies", "Fogarty's Cove", and
"Forty-Five Years" (Stan
tragically died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the ground
at the Greater Cincinnati Airport)
b. November 29th 1949.
Georgios Kasassoglou (75)
Greek musician, music education pioneer;
he composed in many genres from hymns to ballet music. For years
he committed himself tirelessly, with much willpower, courage and
conviction, to the introduction of instrumental music in the liturgy
of the Greek Orthodox Church. He
dedicated himself to the propagation of music schools, which barely
existed at the time. He applied himself to the creation of the mixed
chorus in Nea Smyrni, a district of Athens where he had lived since
b. December 1st 1908.
classical guitarist, from Linares, Jaén, Andalucia and
is considered to be the father of the modern classical guitar movement
by most modern music scholars. He claimed that he "rescued
the guitar from the hands of flamenco gypsies," and built up
a classical repertoire to give the guitar a place in orchestrial
concert halls. His first public performance was in Spain at the
age of 15, and a few years later he held his first professional
concert in Madrid. After World War II, Segovia began to record more
frequently and perform regular tours of Europe and the U.S., a schedule
he would maintain for the next thirty years. Two films were made
of his life and workone when he was 75 and the other, 84.
They are available on DVD called "Andrés Segovia - in
Portrait". His final RCA LP record, "Reveries", was
recorded in Madrid in June 1977.
In 1954, Joaquín
Rodrigo dedicated Fantasía para un gentilhombre/Fantasy for
a Gentleman to him and Andrés
won the 1958 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Instrumentalist
for his recording Segovia Golden Jubilee. In recognition of his
contributions to music and the arts, Andrés was ennobled
on June 24th 1981 by King Juan Carlos I, who gave him the hereditary
title of Marquis of Salobreña. (sadly
Andres died of a heart attack) b.
Feb 21st 1893.
American reeds player, band leader of one of the so-called "Sweet"
bands, whose tag line "Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye"
became one of the most famous of the Big Band Era, backing the likes
of Nat King Cole and Perry Como. He made a large number of records
for Vocalion Records, RCA Victor, Columbia Records, and Decca label.
In the musical Bye, Bye, Birdie he is mentioned in the lyrics of
the song "Kids": "Why can't they dance like we did?/What's
wrong with Sammy Kaye?". Sammy was posthumously inducted into
the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992 and for his contribution
to the recording industry has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Sammy and his orchestra are featured in Iceland, a 1942 film about
the US Marines in Iceland during WW2. (?)
b. March 13th 1910.
Lorengar/Lorenza Pilar García
Seta (68) Spanish
soprano born in the El Gancho district of Zaragoza, she is best
known for her interpretations of opera and the Spanish genre Zarzuela,
and as a soprano she was known for her full register as well as
a distinctive vibrato. Pilar made her professional debut in 1950
in Oran, Algeria, playing the role of Maruxa. In 1951 she made her
Spanish debut in the principal role in the Zarzuela El canastillo
de fresas. Her international opera career started in 1955 at the
Festival international d'Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence, where she
played Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She went on to play
in London, Glyndebourne and Buenos Aires. In 1958 she signed a contract
with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a relationship that would last for
thirty years. In 1963 she was distinguished with the title of Kammersänger
from the Senate of Berlin. In 1994, she was awarded the "Order
of Merit" of the State of Berlin (sadly
died of cancer) b.
January 16th 1928.
1997: Doc Cheatham/Adolphus Cheatham (91)
American jazz trumpeter
born in Nashville, Tennessee played in Albert Wynn's band, occasionally
substituted for Armstrong at the Vendome Theater, and recorded on
sax with Ma Rainey before moving to Philadelphia in 1927, where
he worked with the bands of Bobby Lee and Wilber de Paris before
moving to New York City the following year. After a short stint
with Chick Webb he left to tour Europe with Sam Wooding's band.
returned to the United States in 1930, and played with Marion Handy
and McKinney's Cotton Pickers before landing a job with Cab Calloway.
Cheatham was Calloway's lead trumpeter from 1932 through 1939. He
performed with Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Fletcher Henderson, and
Claude Hopkins in the 1940s; after World War II he started working
regularly with Latin bands in New York City, including the bands
of Perez Prado, Marcelino Guerra, Ricardo Ray (he played exquisitely,
but uncredited, particularly on the track "Mr. Trumpet Man"),
Machito, and others. In addition to continuing Latin gigs, he played
again with Wilbur de Paris and Sammy Price. He led his own band
on Broadway for five years starting in 1960, after which he toured
with Benny Goodman (?)
b. June 13th 1905
1999: Franklin Delano Alexander "Junior"
Braithwaite (46) Jamaican
singer; one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The
Wailers, he was with the band for eight months and sung lead on
such songs as, "Habits," "Straight and Narrow Way,"
"Don't Ever Leave Me," and "It Hurts To Be Alone".
He left the band in 1964 and moved to the United States with hopes
of pursuing a medical career. (brutally shot, murdered in the home
of a fellow musician in Kingston, leaving only Bunny Wailer and
Beverley Kelso as surviving members of the original Wailers)
b. April 4th 1949
2004: Nicolai Ghiaurov (74) Bulgarian
opera singer and one of the most famous bass singers of the postwar
period. Born in the small mountain town of Velingrad in southern
Bulgaria, as a child, he learned to play the violin, piano and clarinet.
He began his musical studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory
in 1949 under Prof. Hristo Brambarov. From 1950 until 1955, he studied
at the Moscow Conservatory. He was admired for his powerful, sumptuous
voice, and was particularly associated with roles of Verdi. Ghiaurov
married the Italian soprano Mirella Freni in 1978. The two singers
frequently performed together. He made his US debut in Gounod's
Faust in 1963 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the course of
his career, he also performed at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, the Vienna
State Opera, Covent Garden, and Paris Opéra (heart
2006: Vince Welnick (55)
American keyboardist born in Phoenix, best known for playing with
the San Francisco based rock band The Tubes during the 1970s and
1980s and with the Grateful Dead in the 1990s. He also became involved
in solo efforts, formed and played in the band Missing Man Formatin,
and is a is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (possible
suicide, after suffering a long
time with depression)
b. February 21st 1951.
Haneda (58) Japanese
pianist, composer and arranger of popular anime and movies and video
game music. Born in Tokyo he was best known as composer of Wizardry
music which was ported to NES and SNES console by Ascii at early
1990, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross series, Barefoot Gen,
Ys Symphony, Symphony Sorcerian and Genso Suikoden Ongaku-shu. He
also taught as a professor at the Tokyo College of Music. (sadly
Haneken died of liver cancer) b. January
2008: Bo Diddley/Ellas Otha Bates (79) American
rock and roll and blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist; a key
figure in the transition from blues to rock 'n' roll, he introduced
more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound and
he was also known for his characteristic rectangular cigar box guitar.
Born in McComb, Mississippi, he moved to Chicargo in 1934, where
he became an active member of his local Ebenezer Baptist Church,
studying the trombone and the violin, becoming proficient enough
for the musical director to invite him to join the orchestra playing
violin, in which he performed until the age of 18. In his late teens,
inspired musically by John Lee Hooker, he
became interested in the guitar, playing on street corners with
friends, ... READ
b. December 30th 1928.
2009: Palghat R. Raghu (81) Burmese-born
Indian musician and percussionist; he was inducted into mridangam
lessons very early in his life. He has toured extensively in Europe,
USA, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition to his brilliance
in carnatic music, he has performed with such renowned artists such
as Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Flute Hariprasad Chaurasia,
Santoor Shivkumar Sharma alongside the Tabla Wizard Alla Rakha in
numerous concerts in India and abroad. He has also been involved
in East-West fusion music. He has been visiting professor of music
at Wesleyan University, CT, San Diego State University and University
of Berkeley. He regularly conducts advanced mridangam classes for
the benefit of his students and upcoming mridangam artists (cardiac
arrest) b. January 9th 1928.
2010: Giuseppe Taddei (93) Italian
operatic baritone born in Genoa; he began
his career at the age of 18 performing in a Wagner opera directed
by Italian composer Arturo Toscanini, and sang in opera houses throughout
the world past his 70s. His American debut took place at the San
Francisco Opera in 1957, followed by his appearance with Lyric Opera
of Chicago in 1959. Giuseppe
sang regularly at the Royal Opera House in London from 1960 to 1967.
His acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York came at
the age of 69. A Verdi and Mozart specialist, he played both Leporello
and Don Giovanni in Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' and Iago in Verdi's
'Otello' and also sang with opera legends Maria Callas and Luciano
Pavarotti (he sadly passed away in his own
house in Rome) b.
June 26th 1916
Ray Bryant (79)
jazz pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he began playing
the piano at the age of six, also performing on bass in junior High
School and tuenwd professional in his late teens. He accompanied
many other leading players such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Melba
Liston, and Coleman Hawkins, as well as singers Carmen McRae and
Aretha Franklin. From the late 1950s, he led a trio, performing
throughout the world, and also worked solo. In addition, he was
a noted Jazz composer, with well-known themes such as "Cubano
Chant," "The Madison Time," "Monkey Business,"
and "Little Susie" to his credit.
Ray also formed a trio along with his bass playing brother Tommy
and Oz Perkins as the back-up band for the off-Broadway run of the
comedy show Cambridge Circus, at Square East in 1964. The show starred
John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Jo Kendall,
Graham Chapman, Jonathan Lynn, and Jean Hart.
(Ray sadly died after long illness) b.
December 24th 1931.
Frazier Mohawk/Barry Friedman (71)
American record producer born in LA; in 1956
his godmother got him a position as assistant producer for the ABC
program "Chucko the Clown" which led to a job on the show
"Stars of Jazz" which started his love for music. In the
early 1960s, he lived in France working as a photographer. Back
in LA he found work as a publicist for disc jockey Bob Eubanks in
1962. He promoted The Beatles' appearance at The Hollywood Bowl
in 1964 and became close friends with Stephen Stills. Frazier was
a major factor in the formation of the group Buffalo Springfield,
whom he served as their manager. He also produced for Paul Butterfield
and psychedelic bands Kaleidoscope and the Holy Modal Rounders.
In 1968 he produced the album "The Marble Index", a project
with Nico and John Cale of the Velvet Underground. After marrying
singer-songwriter, Essra Mohawk aka Sandra Hurvitz, he produced
her records. He left the music industry in the mid 1970s and moved
to the Toronto area where he established a traveling circus, and
made Puck's Farm family attraction (sadly
died after a long illness) b. December 12th 1941.
Georges Bizet (36)
composer of piano and opera, famous for his
dramatic music and for the opera Carmen (The
reception of Carmen left him acutely depressed; he fell victim to
another attack of quinsy and soon after suffered two heart attacks
from which he died) b. Oct 25th 1838.
1899: Johann Strauss II /Jr (73)
greatest composer of light music, a
self-taught musician who established a musical dynasty in Vienna.
of the famous Waltz King, he became the leading composer
of late 19th-century Viennese operetta.
He wrote only one ballet score, Cinderella, which was discovered
after his death. (died from pneumonia in Vienna)
b. Oct 25th 1899.
1975: Ozzie Nelson (69)
40's & 50's radio and TV show presenter, entertainer and bandleader.
He also originated and starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
radio and television series with his wife and two sons. He graduated
from Rutgers University, where he played football despite his slight
build, was a member of Cap and Skull, and entered law school. In
college, he played saxophone in a small band and coached football
to earn money, but faced with the Depression, he turned to music
as a full-time career. He formed and led the Ozzie Nelson Band,
from 1930 through the 1940s Nelson's band recorded prolifically,
enjoying success with songs such as "Over Somebody Else's Shoulder"
"Wave the Stick Blues", "Subway", "Jersey
Jive", "Swingin' on the Golden Gate", and "Central
Avenue Shuffle" and his number one hit with "And Then
Some". He developed and produced his own radio series, The
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The show went on the air in 1944,
with the sons played by actors until 1949, and in 1952 it moved
to television. The show starred the whole family, and America watched
Ozzie and his wife Harriet, raise their 2 boys David and Ricky.
Among the films Ozzie was involved with was "Love
he wrote, produced, and directed; it starred Ricky Nelson and Ricky's
wife Kristin. In
1973, he published his autobiography, "Ozzie", and
has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to
the television industry, and an additional star with his wife for
their contribution to radio
(cancer). b. March 20th 1906.
1990: Richard Sohl (37) American
keyboard player, born in New York City; best known for his work
with the Patti Smith Group. He also played with Iggy Pop, Nina Hagen
and Elliott Murphy (sadly died of a heart
attack while vacationing on Fire Island, New York) b.
May 26th 1953.
1990: Stiv Bators (40)
American singer and guitarist, born in Youngstown,
Ohio. He played with a variety of bands beyond those for which he
was best known. These short-term bands included Hormones, Frankenstein,
The Wanderers and The Whores of Babylon and also recorded as a solo
artist with Bomp! Records.
it was as the lead singer and driving force of the Dead Boys, however,
that Stiv helped pioneer the punk rock sound, look and attitude.
The band quickly became a popular staple at CBGB's, the music club
in New York City's East Village. The Dead Boys were featured in
the punk rock film Punking Out-1978, Live at CBGB's-1977 and Crash
'n' Burn-1977. (Stiv
was struck by a taxi in Paris. He was taken to hospital but reportedly
left before seeing a doctor, after waiting several hours. Reports
indicate that he died in his sleep as the result of a concussion)
1996: Ferdinand Leitner (86)
German conductor; after studying composition and piano under Franz
Schreker, Julius Prüwer, Artur Schnabel Karl Muck and Robert
Kahn, through the help of Fritz Busch, he became a conductor in
the 1930s. Between 1943-47 he was conductor of the Nollendorfplatz
Theater in Berlin; in Hannover; and in Munchen; and starting in
1947 he became the General Music Director of the Württemberg
State Opera in Stuttgart. He
is famous as a conductor of opera, his favourite composers being
Wagner, Richard Strauss, Mozart, and 20th century composers Carl
Orff and Karl Amadeus Hartmann. He succeeded Erich Kleiber in 1956
as conductor for the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. From 1976
to 1980, he worked in The Hague as principal conductor of Het Residentie
Orkest. Among his more than 300 recordings is a celebrated recording
of Ferruccio Busoni's Doktor Faust
(?) b. March
1998: Poul Bundgaard (75)
Danish actor, singer; Poul is probably
best known for his role as the henpecked Kjeld in the Olsen Banden
addition to having appeared in a large number of Danish films, he
starred in a number of operettas in the late 1940s and 1950s, and
worked at the Royal Danish Theatre as a singer between '58-73; however,
he focused mostly on acting later on in his career (died
during the shooting of Olsen Bandens "sidste stik")
b. October 27th 1922.
Forsberg (38) Swedish singer-songwriter,
guitarist and multi-musician born in Hägersten, Stockholm.
He was the founder and songwriter of the pioneering Swedish black
metal band Bathory,
composing the music and wrote the lyrics on all of Bathory's albums
and he is also credited
with creating the Viking metal genre. At seventeen years old he
was joined by bassist Hanoi and drummer Vans in 1983 to form Bathory.
Their first recording deal came that same year, when Quorthon managed
to secure the consent of Tyfon Grammofon's boss to record two tracks
for the compilation Scandinavian Metal Attack. The tracks which
he recorded gained unexpected attention by fans. Soon afterward,
Tyfon Grammofon contacted Quorthon and asked him to record a full-length
album. Bathory's 1984 self-titled debut album, and the subsequent
releases The Return - 1985 and Under the Sign of the Black Mark
-1987 are now regarded as major influences on the Norwegian bands
which extended black metal's musical progression and popularity
in the beginning of the 1990s. Quorthon and Bathory recorded
12 albums between 1984 and 2003, the last being Nordland II.
(sadly he died of heart failure) b.
February 17th 1966.
US pianist and accordionist; original member of Bill Haley's backing
band, The Comets. He was involved in the classic 1954 recording
of "Rock Around the Clock". He also appeared with the
band in most of their motion picture appearances, including Rock
Around the Clock and Don't Knock the Rock. He left the group in
late 1962 or early 1963, following a tour of Germany. In 1987, he
reunited with other members of the 1954-55 Comets and continued
to tour the world and record until the spring of 2006 when ill health
forced him to retire (He died in his sleep in Clarksville, Tennessee
of cancer-related causes) b. January
2009: Sam Butera (81) American
saxophonist; born in New Orleans, he started his career in Ray McKinley's
orchestra directly after high school and was named one of America's
top upcoming jazzmen by Look magazine when he was only 18 years
old, by his early twenties, he had landed positions in the orchestras
of Tommy Dorsey, Joe Reichman, and Paul Gayten. In '56 he formed
his own band
The Witnesses remaining
their bandleader for the next twenty years. During that time, he
performed with Louis Prima and/or Keely Smith on such Prima-associated
classics as "Old Black Magic," "Dig That Crazy Chick,"
"Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody," "(Come on a)
My House," and "I Want to Be Like You" (from Disney's
The Jungle Book). He also played a part in the movie the Rat Race
starring Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. He played a scam artist
along with Joe Bushkin who fleeced Curtis out of his instruments.
The music can be heard on the LP and the CD released by Dot as a
soundtrack of The Rat Race (Alzheimer's disease)
b. August 17th 1927.
2009: Koko Taylor/Cora Walton (80)
blues singer, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues.".
She left her home in Memphis for Chicago in 1952 and began singing
in the blues clubs where she was spotted by Willie Dixon, this led
to her first recording contract. In 1965 "Wang Dang Doodle"
was a major hit reaching number four on the R&B charts. Heavy
touring in the late 1960s and early 1970s improved her fan base,
and she signed with Alligator Records in 1975. She recorded nine
albums for Alligator, 8 of which were Grammy-nominated, and dominated
the female blues singer ranks, winning twenty five W. C. Handy Awards.
The 1990s saw Koko in films such as Blues Brothers 2000. Over the
years she influenced musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland,
Janis Joplin, Shannon Curfman, and Susan Tedeschi. In the years
prior to her death, she performed over 70 concerts a year (complications
from gastrointestinal surgery) b. September
2010: Pance Pondaag (59) Indonesian
pop singer and songwriter, born in Makassar he was one of Indonesias
most famous pop musicians in the 1970s and 80s and also known for
his sentimental lyrics sung by beautiful singers such as Meriam
Bellina (complications from a stroke)
2011: Andrew Maurice Gold (59)
American musician, born in Burbank, CA. He
was a prolific multi-instrumentalist, film
composer, artist, producer, session
musician, actor, painter and singer. His works include the Top 10
single "Lonely Boy" in 1977, as well as "Thank You
for Being a Friend"-'78, and "Never Let Her Slip Away"-'78.
By the '70s he was working as a musician, songwriter and record
producer for many musicians. He was a member of the LA band Bryndle
with Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman and Karla Bonoff. He played a
major role as multi-instrumentalist and arranger for Ronstadt's
breakthrough album, 1974's Heart Like a Wheel, and her next four
albums. In 1975, he began recording as a solo artist, releasing
four studio albums in the 1970s and over twelve since then. His
hit "Lonely Boy" reached No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100
chart. Andrew's biggest UK hit song "Never Let Her Slip Away",
reached No.5 twice, by him and again at No.5 14 years later by Undercover.
Freddie Mercury, who was a friend of Andrew, assisted him with the
harmony background vocals of the song. Throughout the years, he
played on Stephen Bishop's hit, "On and On"; played and/or
sang on records and/or live performances with Paul McCartney, Ringo
Starr, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Don Henley, Cher's hit album,
Heart of Stone, wrote hits for Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, for
whom he co-wrote the No.1 single "I Saw The Light" with
Lisa Angelle. The theme from the television series Mad About
You, titled "Final Frontier," was used as the wake-up
call for the Mars Pathfinder space probe in 1996
died of a heart attack) b.
August 2nd 1951.
2011: Benny Spellman (79)
American R&B singer born in Pensacola,
Florida, best known for his 1962 hit "Lipstick Traces (On A
Cigarette)," and the original version of "Fortune Teller",
covered by The Rolling Stones among others."Lipstick Traces"
reached No. 28 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and No.80 on
the Hot 100. He worked with
Huey "Piano" Smith and sang backup on Ernie K-Doe's #1
hit, "Mother in Law". He recorded a single, "Word
Game", on Atlantic Records in 1965, then he semi-retired from
music to work in the beer industry. In 2009, Benny Spellman was
inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (sadly
Benny died of respiratory failure)
b. December 11th 1931
2012: Andy Hamilton (94)
Jamaican-born British jazz saxophonist and composer born in Port
Maria, Jamaica, and learnt to play saxophone on a bamboo instrument.
by American musicians such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie and
by the Kingston-based bands of Redver Cook and Roy Coburn,
he formed his first band in 1928 with friends who played oil drums
and Andy on his bamboo sax. He spent some time in the U.S., having
short jazz residencies in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York. After
returning to Jamaica, he worked as musical arranger for Errol Flynn
at his hotel The Titchfield, and on his yacht The Zaka.
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peacefully in his sleep) b. March 26th
Tommy Ladnier (39) American
jazz trumpeter. born in Louisiana
moved to New Orleans in his youth. He was influenced by early New
Orleans trumpet/cornet players Bunk Johnson and Joe "King"
Oliver. About 1919 he moved to Chicago, where he started making
records in 1924. In 1926 he moved to New York City to join the Fletcher
Henderson Orchestra. Two years later Tommy toured Europe with Sam
Wooding's band, then returned to the States to rejoin Fletcher Henderson,
and then played in Noble Sissle's Orchestra, with whom he again
toured Europe. In the 1930s he co-led a band with Sidney Bechet
called The New Orleans Feetwarmers, with whom Tommy made some of
his best recordings (Tommy died so young,
of a heart attack in New York City) b.
May 28th 1900
1951: Sergei Koussevitzky (76)
Russian-born Jewish conductor, composer and
double-bassist, known for his long tenure as music director of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949. In 1922, he commissioned
what has come to be known as one of the greatest and most popular
examples of orchestration in the repertoire, Maurice Ravel's arrangement
of Modest Mussorgsky's 1874 suite for piano, Pictures at an Exhibition.
It was premiered in Paris in 1923, and quickly became the most famous
and celebrated orchestration of the work. As an avid supporter of
new music, Sergei created the Koussevitzky Music Foundations in
1942. The basic aim of the foundations was to assist composers by
commissioning new compositions and underwriting the cost of their
performance (?) b. July 26th
1973: Murry Gage Wilson (55)
American record producer,
born in Hutchinson, Kansas. His family moved west to Los Angeles
when he was five. While unsuccessfully writing songs, his biggest
success was with a dance song, "Two-Step Side-Step", which
was featured by Lawrence Welk on his radio program in 1952 and covered
on record by RCA Victor Western Swing artist Johnnie Lee Wills,
as well as country music singer Bonnie Lou. He also wrote songs
recorded in the early 1950s by doo-wop group The Hollywood Flames.
Murry is best remembered as the father of The Beach
Boys members Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson, uncle
of bandmate Mike Love, and was also the original manager of the
band and served as their music publisher (sadly
died after suffering a heart attack) b. July 2nd 1917.
Harold 'Geezil' Minerve (70) Cuban freelance alto saxophonist
and flautist; he toured with Ray Charles and
was the musical director for Arthur Prysock. He raised in Florida
and began playing music at age 12, playing with Ida Cox early in
his career. He worked with Buddy Johnson from '49-57, with Mercer
Ellington in '60, Ray Charles 62-64, and then Arthur Prysock. In
1971 he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra, filling Johnny Hodges's
spot after Hodges's death. He remained with the Ellington Orchestra
until '74, then returned to play with Mercer Ellington. (?)
b. Jan 3rd 1922.
Derek 'Lek' Leckenby (51)
guitarist born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. , most famous for his work
with Herman's Hermits. He played on many of the band's early hits
and composed songs with band. He is credited with arranging the
band's first big hit, "I'm into Something Good". His skills
on guitar and dobro are heard on releases such as the LP A Whale
of a Tale and the later singles, such as "Ginny Go Softly"
and "Heart Get Ready for Love". He went on to be sort
after session player (sadly died frrom
b. May 14th 1994.
"Hammond" Smith (53)
organist, in Louisville, KY, and a
renowned player of the Hammond B-3 organ, thus earning "Hammond"
as a nickname. His career took off as he was serving as accompanist
to singer Nancy Wilson. One of his last accomplishments also included
Nancy Wilson. He wrote the song "Quiet Fire" for her "Nancy
Now" release in 1989. In 1959, he began recording as a leader
for Prestige, an association that would last through 1970 and produce
highlights like That Good Feelin', Talk That Talk, Black Coffee,
Open House, Ebb Tide, and Soul Talk, among others. His
bands featured singers such as Etta Jones and Houston Person.
As time passed, Smith's style got progressively funkier, and in
1971, he shortened his name to Johnny Hammond. In the late 70s Johnny
largely retired from jazz, settling in Southern California and investing
in real estate. He began recording sporadically again in the '90s.
(died after a battle with cancer)
b. December 16th 1933.
Lane (53) English
bassist and co-founder of Small Faces and Faces, born
in the East End of London. He quit school at 16 to a band
with Kenney Jones called
"The Outcasts". Ronnie played lead guitar, but it was
quickly decided that he should switch to bass guitar. He bought
his bass guitar from a shop were Steve Marriott who was working.
Steve introduced him to Motown and Stax. Ronnie and Steve set out
to put together a band, and recruited friends Kenny Jone and Jimmy
Winston, who switched from guitar to the organ, Steve was chosen
to be the vocalist and in 1965 Small Faces was born
(by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist).
With memorable hit songs such as "Itchycoo Park", "Lazy
Sunday", "All or Nothing", "Tin Soldier",
and their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, they later evolved
into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding
in 1969. After which Ronnie, Ian and Kenney were joined by Ronnie
Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff
Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. Ronnie left Faces
in 1973 to form his own band, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance. The same
year they recorded the hit singles "How Come" and "The
Poacher", then the album "Anymore For Anymore", showcasing
his own blend of UK rock, folk, and country music. In 1977 while
recording the album Rough Mix, a collaboration between himself and
The Who guitarist Pete Townsend Ronnie was diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis. Nonetheless, he toured, wrote, and recorded, with Eric
Clapton, and many others, and managed to release yet another album,
See Me, which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton.
Glen Johns organised concerts at
the Royal Albert Hall to help fund the Action for Research into
Multiple Sclerosis, a London-based organization. The concerts featured
Ronnie, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Charlie
Watts, Kenney Jones, Andy Fairweather-Low, and more. With the addition
of Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers, they all toured the U.S. It was
during this time that Rodgers and Page started the band, The Firm.
Ronnie and his Family moved to Texas in 1984, where the climate
was more beneficial to his health, and continued playing, writing,
and recording. He formed an American version of Slim Chance. For
close to a decade Ronnie enjoyed his rock status in the Austin area
and even toured Japan. His health continued to decline, and his
last performance was in 1992 at a Ronnie Wood gig. Also in the band
that night was Ian McLagan. (Ronnie sadly
died of pneumonia) b. April 1st 1946.
American folk singer, guitar, fiddle, and banjo player, songwriter
and double Emmy Award Winner; Born
in New York City but
brought up in in St. Louis, Missouri. By age 13, he was an accomplished
old-time fiddler and banjo player, and he soon learned to play guitar
and mandolin as well. He formed his first bluegrass band while still
in high school at John Burroughs School. In 1965, he moved to Nashville,
the center of the country music industry and in 1966, he signed
with RCA Victor, and produced his first album, Looks at Life, in
the same year. In 1967, Hartford's second album Earthwords &
Music spawned his first major hit, "Gentle On My Mind".
At the 1968 Grammies, the song netted four awards, two of which
went to John, and it became one of the most widely recorded country
songs of all time. He also had extensive
knowledge of Mississippi River lore, his love for the river influenced
his music throughtout his career. John's Grammy-winning Mark Twang
features him playing solo, reminiscent of his live solo performances
playing the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and amplified plywood for tapping
his feet. At the same time, he developed a stage show, which toured
in various forms from the mid 1970s until shortly before his death
(sadly taken by Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma)
b. December 30th 1937.
2004: Steve Lacy/Steven Norman Lackritz (59)
American jazzman, soprano saxophonist
born in New York City; he came to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive
Dixieland musician, and went on to a long and prolific career. He
worked extensively in experimental jazz and dabbled in free improvisation,
but his music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. He began
his career at sixteen playing Dixieland music with much older musicians
such as Henry "Red" Allen, Pee Wee Russell, George "Pops"
Foster and Zutty Singleton and then with Kansas City jazz players
like Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, and Jimmy Rushing. He then became
involved with the avant-garde, performing on Jazz Advance in 1956,
the debut album of Cecil Taylor, and appearing with Taylor's groundbreaking
quartet at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival; he also made a notable
appearance on an early Gil Evans album. His most enduring relationship,
however, was with the music of Thelonious Monk: he recorded the
first album to feature only Monk compositions, Reflections-1958
and briefly played in Monk's band in 1960 and later on Monk's Big
Band/Quartet album-1963. In 1992, he was the recipient of a MacArthur
Fellowship, nicknamed the "genius grant" (sadly
died of cancer) b.
July 23rd 1934.
2006: Peter Greenwell (76) English
composer and pianist known for his work with Noel Coward who later
developed a tribute show described by Alan Jay Lerner as "the
best Noel Coward since Noel Coward. Born in Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire,
Greenwell started his theatrical career in Ireland in the 1940s,
and came to prominence in the London theatre in 1955 with Hattie
Jacques's production at the Players' Theatre, beneath Charing Cross
station, of Twenty Minutes South, which moved to the St Martin's
Peter and Coward had met for the first time in 1962. They worked
together on concerts and recordings until Coward's death in 1973.
Collaborating for several years with the late Caryl Brahms and Ned
Sherrin, led to his first stage appearance in April 1984 in Noel,
a charity performance in honour of Coward at the Theatre Royal,
Drury Lane. In it he sang and played Coward songs. Three months
later his cabaret debut at the Pizza on the Park confirmed his ability
to evoke Coward himself, as a performer of Coward's songs, he was
unrivalled, as with his winks, nods and allusions on Coward's additions
to Cole Porter's Let's Do It. In 1995 Greenwell played at Chichester
in David Kernan's Let's Do It and the following year his one-man
show, A Talent to Amuse (Vaudeville), displayed his subtle wit and
timing. In 1999 he appeared at the Coward conference at Birmingham
University, after which he moved to Spain
(?) b. August 12th 1929.
Raul Indipwo (72) Portuguese
singer, in the late 1950's he was part of a famous duet called "Duo
Ouro Negro" with Milu Mac-Mahom Vitória Pereira. He
the diffusion of Angolan music abroad (sadly
lost to cancer) b. November 30th 1933.
2006: Richard Kapp (69)
American conductor; he founded the chamber orchestra Philharmonia
Virtuosi of New York
in 1968 and has been their Artistic
Director since then. The orchestra became a fixture on the New York-area
musical scene until it suspended concerts in 2004, when he became
ill (sadly died of cancer)
b. October 9th 1936.
Freddie Scott (74)
singer; began his career as a songwriter for Colpix Records, along
with Carole King and Gerry Goffin, famous for his chart-topping
hit "Hey, Girl". His 1968 "You Got What I Need"
was sampled for the 1989 Biz Markie hit, "Just a Friend".
It was also sampled for Ghostface Killah's "Save Me Dear"
in 2004. The song was also parodied by New York DJ Rob Gee. Scotts
"Baby I'm Sorry" was recorded by Ricky Nelson for his
1957 debut album Ricky. Freddie
later hit the oldies circuit, and released 2 albums in the 1990s,
one in 2001, and one in 2004. He also was a contributor to Van Morrison's
Vanthology album released in 2003 (sadly
of a heart attack)
b. April 24th 1933.
Bill Finegan (91) American jazz arranger and bandleader;
in Newark, New Jersey, he spent time studying at the Paris Conservatory
and led his own piano trio. In the mid-late 30s he was offered a
job as a staff arranger for Glenn Miller after Tommy Dorsey bought
a copy of Bill's "Lonesome Road". Bill remained with Miller
until '42, and arranged such hits as "Little Brown Jug",
"Sunrise Serenade", "Song of the Volga Boatmen",
and "Jingle Bells", arranged in collaboration with Glenn
Miller. Bill also arranged music for films in which the band appeared,
such as Sun Valley Serenade-1941 and Orchestra Wives-1942. He then
worked off and on for Tommy Dorsey from 1942 to 1952, including
on the 1947 film The Fabulous Dorseys. Bill lived in Europe from
1948-1950. After returning to the US, he and Eddie Sauter formed
a highly successful ensemble, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, which
remained active until 1957. His composition "Doodletown Fifers"
was one of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra's best-known originals.
Following this he found work writing music for commercials. In the
1970s he arranged for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Mel Lewis's
orchestra and taught jazz at the University of Bridgeport in the
(sadly pneumonia) b.
April 3rd 1917.
2009: Jean Sagadeev (42)
Russian rock singer, bassist, guitarist; a founder member and leader
of the russian monster of rock and heavy metal band E.S.T /Electro-convulsive
therapy. They made their debut at the Festival of Hope
Moscow Rock Laboratory in 1988 and won first place at many all-union
competitions, they quickly acquired the status of cult
group and have become the monsters of rock USSR. After
their second German tour E.S.T. released their first album - "Electro
Shock Therapy", recieving positive comments in U.K. and Europe.
Russia and abroad - Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland and USA,
performing along side world rockers including Sepultura, Faith no
In 1991, the band participated in the famous concert at Tushinskaya
airport in Moscow, with the monster bands AC/DC and Metallica. In
2007, Jean received from the Secretary-General of the charity movement
VI Maslov medal For the sake of life on Earth with the
wording For the noble thoughts and deeds (suspected,
but suspitious suicide by hanging, awaiting an autopsy)
b. July 8th 1967.
2011: Dimi Mint Abba/Loula Bint Siddaty Ould
Abba (52) Mauritanian
singer, her professional career began in 1976, when she sang on
the radio and then competed, the following year, in the Umm Kulthum
Contest in Tunis. Her winning song "Sawt Elfan"/"Art's
Plume" has the refrain "Art's Plume is a balsam, a weapon
and a guide enlightening the spirit of men", which can be interpreted
to mean that artists play a more important role than warriors in
first international release was on the World Circuit record label,
following a recommendation from Ali Farka Touré. On this
album, she was accompanied by her husband Khalifa Ould Eide and
her 2 daughters. She composed famous and popular Mauritanian songs
like "Hailala" and "Koumba bay bay" (sadly
Dimi died of a brain hemorrhage in Casablanca, Morocco following
a stage accident in Aioun ten days earlier when she was singing
for Sahrawi public) b.
December 25th 1958.
2011: David "Frankie" Toler (59)
American drummer for The Allman Brothers Band,
Gregg Allman Band, and Marshall Tucker Band among others. He came
to national attention as the drummer on Dickey Betts & Great
Southerns 1978 album Atlantas Burning Down
and toured extensively with the group.
was then asked to be the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band and
appeared on their 1981 album Brothers of the Road, which
featured the Top 40 hit single Straight from the Heart.
When Gregg Allman began planning his solo album at the time, he
only had one drummer in mind for his new band: Frankie. Frankie
recorded two albums with Allman, including the 1986 gold record
Im No Angel, and toured as the drummer with The
Gregg Allman Band. He was a big part of that era of the Brothers
Frankie died after a long illness following liver transplant) b.
June 28th 1951.
2011: Martin Rushent (63) English
record producer born
in Enfield, Middlesex. He got
employment at Advision Studios as a 35mm film projectionist. After
approximately 3 months, he began working in the audio department
as a tape operator alongside Tony Visconti. He worked on sessions
for Fleetwood Mac, T-Rex, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Petula
Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis and Osibisa. He went on to set up his own
studio, and produced the likes of The Human League, XTC, Generation
X, Altered Images, The Go-Go's, The Pipettes, Does It Offend You,
Yeah?, Killa Kela and Hazel O'Connor's. At the time of his death,
Martin was working on a 30th anniversary version of Dare remixed
like Love and Dancing but using musical instruments instead of synthesizers
(?) b. July 11th
2012: Alexander Curly/Harm Douwe Breemer (65)
Dutch singer, he played in the
sixties in the Maestro's before forming a band with the guitarist
of the duo Budhi. In 1972 he went solo and debuted with the No.1
"I'll Never Drink Again". In 1999 this number was used
in a campaign against alcohol abuse. In 1975 he was again topped
the charts with Guus. In 1976 he received the Silver Harp. With
the song Hollanders (1981) he scored his last hit in the top 40
and the National Hit Parade. Later that year the song was also a
football version. In the early 80s Curly retired from the music
and spent the last years on Ibiza (sadly
died while battling cancer)
b. August 14th
2012: Eduard Khil (77) Russian
singer, in 1955, he enrolled in the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating
in 1960. During his studies, he began performing various lead operatic
roles, including Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro. After graduating
he fell in love with pop music after attending a Klavdiya Shulzhenko
concert, and started to perform popular music. This led to him winning
several prizes in the next two decades. He won the "All Russian
Competition for Performers" in 1962 and second place in Sopot
International Song Festival in 1965. In 1974 he was honored with
Russia's most prestigious artist award, the People's Artist of Russia.
Since 1997, he has been involved with his son in a joint project
with the rock group Prepinaki. For
his 75th birthday, Eduard
was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 4th Class in
2009 by Russia and in 2010 performed in St. Petersburg's Victory
Day Parade (Eduard
suffered a stroke and was hospitalized with serious brain damage,
where he fell into a coma; sadly
he died a week later) b.
September 4th 1934.
2012: Nobuki "Johnny" Yoshinaga
(63) Japanese drummer in
1978 he formed power trio Johnny, Louis & Char with guitarist
Char and bassist Luis Kabe, renaming themselves Pink Cloud (sadly
died of pneumonia) b.
March 21st 1949.
2012: Herb Reed (83) American
bass singer born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Los Angeles
when he was fifteen years old with just $3 in his pocket and the
clothes he stood up in. He had several odd jobs until in 1953 he
Alex Hodge, Cornell Gunter, David Lynch, Joe Jefferson, Gaynel Hodge
a harmonizing street singers group.
Herb called his vocal group The Platters, after noticing that DJs
in the 1950s called their records, "platters". They managed
to get a contract with Federal Records, before signing to Mercury
Records. The group had a few line-up changes and Herb was the only
member of The Platters who sang on all of the near on 400 songs
recorded by the group, which included huge hits such as "Only
You (And You Alone)", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes",
"The Great Pretender", "(You've Got) The Magic Touch",
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Herb died from complications of several ailments, including heart
disease, at a hospice in Boston) b.
August 7th 1928.
1990: Jim Hodder (42)
American drummer, born in Boston; he
was the original drummer with Steely Dan in 1972, but left in 1974.
While part of Steely Dan, he worked on the ''Can't Buy a Thrill''
and "Countdown to Ecstasy" albums as well as part of "Pretzel
Logic". In 1972 he sang lead vocal on "Midnight Cruiser"
and on "Dallas" which appeared only on a 7" record
and was reissued on a 12" EP titled Plus Fours from 1978.
continued working as a session musician for musicians such as Sammy
Hagar and David Soul (tragically
drowned in his swimming pool) b.
December 17th 1947.
1993: Conway Twitty (59)
US country singer, guitarist; in
Friars Point, Mississippi and moved to Helena, Arkansas at 10 years
of age, where he put together his first singing group, the Phillips
County Ramblers. Two years later, he had his own local radio show
every Saturday morning. After his call up he had his first hit
in 1958 "It's Only
Make Believe" which was the first of nine Top 40 hits, reaching
No.1 and selling eight million copies, as well as being an international
hit. He is thought of as a country music singer, but he also enjoyed
success in early rock and roll, R&B, and pop music. Until 2006,
he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with
40 #1 Billboard country hits. (George Strait broke the record in
2006 with the single "Give It Away"). Over his long and
highly successful career Conway has been honoured with 6 awards
from the Academy of Country Music, 4 from the Country Music Association
and 2 Grammy awards, He has been inducted into the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum, the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame, the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame (died in Cox South Hospital from an abdominal
aortic aneurysm) b.
September 1st 1933.
1999: Mel Torme (73) American
jazz singer and songwriter born in Chicago, Illinois, a child prodigy,
he first sang professionally at age 4 with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra,
singing "You're Driving Me Crazy" at Chicago's Blackhawk
1933 and 1941, he acted in the network radio serials The Romance
of Helen Trent and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. He wrote
his first song at 13, and three years later, his first published
song, "Lament to Love," became a hit recording for Harry
James. He played drums in Chicago's Shakespeare Elementary School
drum and bugle corps in his early teens. While a teenager, he sang,
arranged, and played drums in a band led by Chico Marx of the Marx
Brothers, in 1943, he made his movie debut in Frank Sinatra's first
film, the musical Higher and Higher and graduated from Chicago's
Hyde Park High School in 1944. He went on to sing and act in many
films and television episodes throughout his career, and hosting
his own TV show in 195152. In 1944 he formed the vocal quintet
"Mel Tormé and His Mel-Tones, and went solo in 1947
and his versions of "Again" and "Blue Moon"
became signature tunes. In the 60s and 70s he was performing as
often as 200 times a year around the globe. In 1976, he won an Edison
Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy) for best male singer,
and a Down Beat award for best male jazz singer and in Feb '99 Mel
was honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. (1996,
a stroke abruptly ended his 65-year singing career; sadly another
stroke ended his life.)
b. September 13th 1925.
Ernie Wilkins (76) American
jazz arranger, writer and tenor saxophone
born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Maybe best known for his work with Count Basie, but he also wrote
for Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Dizzy Gillespie. In addition
to that he was musical director for albums by Cannonball Adderley,
Dinah Washington, Oscar Peterson, and Buddy Rich; while in Denmark
he formed the "Almost Big Band" so he could write for
a band of his own formation. The idea was partly inspired by his
wife Jenny, the band was made up of noted American ex-patriates
like Kenny Drew and Ed Thigpen (sadly Ernie
died of a stroke)
b. July 20th 1922.
2002: Dee Dee
Ramone/Douglas Colvin (50) German-American
songwriter and bass player, best known as founding member, bassist
and main songwriter of the punk rock band The Ramones. Born in Fort
Lee, Virginia, while an infant his family relocated to Berlin, Germany,
due to his father's military service. At 15, he, his mother and
sister Beverley, moved to the Forest Hills section of New York City.
He soon met John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi and together they formed
The Ramones. Dee Dee wrote or co-wrote most of the Ramones' repertoire,
such as "53rd and 3rd" (a song about male prostitution
at 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, allegedly based on personal
experience), "Glad to See You Go" (written about his then-girlfriend,
a stripper and fellow drug user with a volatile personality), "It's
a Long Way Back to Germany", "Chinese Rock" and "Wart
Hog" (a song Dee Dee wrote in rehab). After he quit the Ramones,
Dee Dee continued to write songs for them, contributing at least
three songs to each of their albums. He had many projects including
a brief hip hop career as rapper "Dee Dee King" with the
album Standing in the Spotlight and the band I.C.L.C, who in 1994
toured 22 countries over a 10-month period,
to promote the I Hate Freaks Like You album.
Dee struggled with drug addiction since his teens, sadly he died
from a heroin overdose)
b. September 18th 1951.
2003: Manuel Rosenthal (98) French
composer and conductor; Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
appointed him his assistant when the Orchestre National de France
was founded in 1934 and he
continued to compose, largely chansons for various shows. His breakthrough
as a conductor came in 1936, when the Radio PTT - the forerunner
of Radio France - set up its own orchestra and appointed him to
its head. In 1947 an invitation from Jack Hilton brought him and
his orchestra to join Sir Thomas Beecham and his, the Royal Philharmonic,
in a concert that filled the Harringay Arena with 13,500 listeners.
In 1948 he was appointed chief conductor of the Seattle Symphony
Orchestra. He was music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de
Liège from 1964-1967. Manuel also served as professor of
conducting at the Paris Conservatoire from 1962 to 1974. He conducted
the first performance of Pelléas et Mélisande in Russia
in Moscow in 1988, and later that year gave the premiere of the
same work in Caracas, Venezuela (?)
June 18th 1904.
Brown OBE (63)
violinist and conductor
born in Salisbury; from 1963-66, Iona was a member of the Philharmonia
Orchestra. In 1964, she joined the Academy of St. Martin in the
Fields, working her way up through the ranks to become a soloist
and director in 1974. She formally left the Academy in 1980, but
continued to work with them for the remainder of her life. In
1981, she was appointed artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber
Orchestra. She served as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra from 1987 to 1992. From 1985 to 1989, she was guest director
of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As her health declined
and she suffered from arthritis, she shifted her focus from the
violin to conducting, and ended her violin career in 1998. In the
last years until her death, she was chief conductor of the Sth Jutland
Symphony Orchestra Denmark. (sadly
died of cancer)
January 7th 1941.
2006: Elizabeth Fretwell OBE (85)
Australian prima donna opera
singer best known for her performances with the Sadler's Wells company.
Born in Murrumbeena, Melbourne, she came to the UK to study under
the tenor Joseph Hislop.
returning to Australia she quickly started to make a name for herself,
taking soprano roles in operas by Mozart and Puccini, amongst others.
After an extramaritol scandal, Betty returned to the UK, where her
first professional engagement was for Dublin's Grand Opera company.
Her performances there came to the attention of Sadler's Wells and
in 1955 they engaged her services as principal soprano. From the
early 1960s to 1970 she went back and forth between Australia and
the UK performing. In 1965 she gave her only performances at the
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Aida and Il tabarro. She also
performed with Scottish and Canadian companies and in North America.
She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire
in 1977 (a
ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm)
b. August 13th 1920.
2009: Boris Pokrovsky (97)
stage director of the Bolshoi Theatre between 1943 and 1982. After
which he founded the Moscow Chamber Opera Theatre. He
also served as the artistic director of the Bolshoi in 1952-1963
and 1973-1982 and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1961.
His production of Vano Muradeli's opera The Great Friendship was
the target of the second Zhdanov Ukase in1948, and it was he who
first staged Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace in 1946. Boris's many
awards include four Stalin Prizes in 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950; a Lenin
Prize in 1980; two Orders of Lenin in 1967, 1976; as well as two
State Prizes in 1995 and 2004
January 23rd 1912.
Jeff Hanson (31) American
singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist; from Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. He started learning guitar at 4 and by 13 he formed the
indie rock band M.I.J. In 2000, the band released the album "Radio
Goodnight" before Jeff started his solo carreer. With
his soft falsetto voice, he rose
to underground fame in 2003 when he was signed to Kill Rock Stars,
the label that launched Sleater-Kinney and Elliott Smith. He released
three records for the label, including last year's "Madam Owl"
and an eponymous 2005 album that earned a 7.8 rating out of 10 from
trendsetting music blog PitchforkMedia.com. He has toured overseas
including Japan and more recently toured the West Coast and Scandinavia
this spring... 2009, with fellow songwriter Chris Koza (found
dead in his St. Paul apartment that he had recently moved into.
The cause was a possible tragic fall or other household accident)
Danny Bank (87)
American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist
and in his day one of the most in-demand studio musicians;
he played with Charlie Barnet from 194244, and would return
to play with him repeatedly over the next few decades. He also played
with Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Paul
Whiteman in the 1940s. Following this he recorded with Charlie Parker,
Rex Stewart, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Johnny Hodges, Urbie
Green, Clifford Brown and Helen Merrill, Art Farmer, Wes Montgomery,
Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Chico OFarrill, Betty Carter, Ray
Charles, and Tony Fruscella. Maybe Danny is best known for his association
with Miles Davis in Gil Evans's orchestra; he appears on the albums
Sketches of Spain, Miles Ahead, and Porgy and Bess. He also played
with Miles on his 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. Later in the 1960s
he recorded with the big bands of Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins,
and Stanley Turrentine (?)
b. July 17th 1922.
2010: Arne Nordheim (78) Norwegian
contemporary classical composer, born in Larvik. He was educated
Music Conservatory and
he frequently received guidance in composition by the Danish composer
Vagn Holmboe. Arne also studied electronic music with Gaudeamus
in Bilthoven, Netherlands. His musical output is focused around
themes of 'solitude, death, love, and landscape' (Aksnes); these
themes are evident in his song cycle Aftonland (Evening Land, 1959),
a setting of poems by the Swedish poet Pär Lagerkvist, which
brought him national recognition. The 1961 Canzona per orchestra
was his international breakthrough. Inspired by Giovanni Gabrieli's
canzone, the work showcases Nordheim's historical leanings, as well
as his occupation with space as a parameter of music. His later
compositions include The Tempest; Klokkesong; Magma; the Violin
Concerto; and Fonos for trombone and orchestra. On August 18th
2006, Arne received the
honorary doctors degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music
(?) b. June 20th 1931.
2011: Leon Botha
aka DJ Solarize (26)
South African artist and musical DJ; born in Cape Town, he was diagnosed
with progeria around the age of 4 years. He had no formal training
in art beyond high school courses, but became a full-time painter
after gradu tion, doing commissioned works. In
2005, Botha successfully underwent heart bypass surgery to prevent
a heart attack due to progeria-related atherosclerosis. In January
2007, Botha had his first solo art exhibition, entitled "Liquid
Sword; I am HipHop", revolving around hip-hop culture as a
way of life. He was also engaged in deejaying and turntablism under
the name DJ Solarize. He was featured alongside Watkin Tudor Jones,
aka Ninja, in the music video "Enter the Ninja" from Die
died from progeria-related heart failure)
b. June 4th 1985.
2011: Azam Khan (61)
Bangladeshi pop singer and founded a band called Uchcharon in the
early 1970s. He is honored as Guru of Pop Music in Bangladesh. Azam
together with pop music contemporaries Fakir Alamgir, Pilu Momtaz,
Najma Zaman and Ferdous Wahid, is credited with pioneering and popularizing
Bangla pop music in the years immediately following the country's
was a Freedom fighter who fought against the Pakistani army in the
Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. After the war, he introduced
an energetic brand of music. His first concert in television was
broadcasted in 1972 in Bangladesh Television. His popular tunes
included Ore Saleka, Ore Maleka, Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re, Ami Jare
Chaire, Ashi Ashi Bole Tumi, Obhimani, Rail liner bostite, Hei Allah
Hei Allah Re and many others (sadly Azam died
b. February 28th 1950.
2011: Gordon Lorenz
(61) British songwriter
and record producer, born in Childwall; he made his fame by writing
the UK Christmas number one hit "There's No-one Quite Like
Grandma" for St Winifreds School Choir. Since the song's
release, he has become one of the most prolific record producers
in the music industry, producing over 800 albums (believed to be
a world record), selling eight million records, and earning seventeen
platinum, gold and silver discs. He has worked with dozens of arists
including Cliff Richard, John
Ruthie Henshall, Howard Keel, George Hamilton IV, Atomic
Longthorne, David Soul,
Ken Dodd, Richard Fleeshman,
Gloria Gaynor, Paul Jones, Lorna Luft, Humphrey Lyttleton, George
Melly, Anthony Newley, Roger Whittaker, Toyah Wilcox and many more
as well as several
different choirs and
2012: Dennis St. John (70) American
drummer and musical director; he graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Emory University. A gifted percussionist, He began his career in
music after forming a band in college, after which he relocated
to Los Angeles, where he went on to play on over fifty gold and
platinum albums with top artists of the sixties and seventies. Dennis
is best known as Neil Diamond's drummer and musical director from
1971-1981. He considered the recording of "Hot August Night"
in 1972 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles the highlight of his
career. (sadly Dennis has died while fighting esophageal cancer)
b. November 9th 1941.
1922: Lillian Russell/Helen Louise Leonard
actress and singer born in Iowa but raised in Chicago. She became
one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th century
and early 20th century. At
the age of 18, she moved to New York with her mother, where she
quickly began to perform professionally, singing for Tony Pastor
and playing roles in comic opera, including Gilbert and Sullivan
works. She married composer Edward Solomon in 1884 and created roles
in several of his operas in London, but in 1886 he was arrested
for bigamy. In 1885, Lillian returned to New York and continued
to star in operetta and musical theatre. For many years, she was
the foremost singer of operettas in America, performing continuously
through the end of the 19 century. In 1899, she joined the Weber
and Fields's Music Hall, where she starred for five years. After
1904, she began to have vocal difficulties and switched to acting
later returned to her singing but this time in vaudeville, finally
retiring from performing around 1919. In her later years, Lillian
wrote a newspaper column, advocated women's suffrage and was a popular
(She suffered which were thought to be minor
injuries on her return trip from an immigration fact finding mission
in Europe for President Warren Harding, but her injuries led to
complications, and she sadly died after ten days of illness. Her
findings were instrumental in a 1924 immigration reform law. Lillian
was buried with full military honors)
December 4th 1861.
1966: Claudette Orbison/Claudette Frady (25) Roy
Orbison's first wife (killed when a truck pulled out of a side road
and collided with the motorbike that she and Roy were riding on)
b. Sept 1941
Jazz drummer; worked with the big bands of Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan,
Red Norvo, Paul Whiteman, and even Harpo Marx: but he was at his
best for his work in small 'hot' bands led by Eddie Condon, Muggsy
Spanier, and himself (?) b. November
1986: Dick Rowe (?) British
record producer for Decca; He was one of the most important producers
and record executives in the '50s and early '60s, the man who signed
The Rolling Stones, Them (Van Morrison), The Moody Blues, The Animals,
The Zombies, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Tornados, Tom Jones,
and The Small Faces, among others. But probably more famous for
being the man who would not sign the Beatles, thinking they had
no future. As a producer he had many chart hits including The Stargazer
-"Broken Wings", Lita Roza - "(How Much Is) That
Doggie in the Window?", Jimmy Young - "Unchained Melody",
Them - "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Gloria";
The Bachelors - "My Charmaine" and "Marta",
Dickie Valentine - "Christmas Alphabet", Billy Fury -
"Halfway to Paradise"and "Jealousy", Al Hibbler
- "Unchained Melody to mention just a few (diabetes)
Getz/Stanley Gayetzky (64)
American jazz saxophone player
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1941, he was accepted into
the All City High School Orchestra of New York City. In 1943 at
the age of 15, he was accepted into Jack Teagarden's band. Getz
also played along with Nat King Cole and Lionel Hampton. After playing
for Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman, Stan was a soloist
with Woody Herman from 1947 to 1949. In the mid to late 1950s working
from Scandinavia, Stan played cool jazz with Horace Silver, Johnny
Smith, Oscar Peterson, and many others. His first two quintets including
Charlie Parker's rhythm section of drummer Roy Haynes, pianist Al
Haig and bassist Tommy Potter. A 1953 line-up of the Dizzy Gillespie/Stan
Getz Sextet featured Gillespie, Getz, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis,
Ray Brown and Max Roach. He continued playing with many greats.
the mid-1980s he worked regularly in the San Francisco Bay area
and taught at Stanford University where he was artist-in-residence
at the Stanford Jazz Workshop until 1988 when he worked with Huey
Lewis and the News on their Small World album.
Towards the end of his life he played with a group including the
pianist Kenny Barron. Stan
was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986
died of liver cancer) b. February 2nd
1996: William Palmer
(84) American filmmaker, inventor,
and audio recording pioneer; working with Bing Crosby, ABC, and
Ampex just after World War II, he was the essential catalyst that
began the era of high-quality audio magnetic tape recording in America,
when William and his colleague, John T. Mullin, perfected an American
version of the German "Magnetophon" high-fidelity audio
tape recorder in 1946. Using the Mullin-Palmer tape machines in
1946, Merv Griffin in San Francisco was the first U.S. performer
to master a commercial disc on tape, "Songs by Merv Griffin",
with Lyle Bardo and his Orchestra. In the early 1950s, before the
successful introduction of the VTR, William invented a unique system
for recording the TV image on 16mm film, a modified "kinescope"
process, the Palmer Television Film Recorder, which eliminated the
"kine" shutter bar problem was used around the world even
after video tape. The 3-2 pull-down system used a "blending"
shutter device that eliminated the characteristic "shutter
bar" that plagued kine recordings. During the pre-videotape
era, Palmer also recorded television shows on film (kinescopes)
for San Francisco Bay Area TV stations, including the award-winning
series, "The Standard Hour", broadcast on ABC's KGO-TV
in 1951 (?) b 1911.
Douglas Gordon Lilburn (85) A prolific
and influential New Zealand composer, described as "the elder
statesman of New Zealand music" and the "grandfather of
New Zealand music". He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from
the University of Otago in 1969 and was presented with the Citation
for Services to New Zealand Music by the Composers' Association
of New Zealand in 1978. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of New
Zealand. His prizes and scholarships included: the Percy Grainger
Competition, 1936, for his tone poem Fores; the Cobbett Prize, Royal
College of Music, 1939 for Phantasy for String Quarte; the Foli
Scholarship and Hubert Parry Prize, Royal College of Music, 1939;
three out of four of the prizes in the New Zealand National Centennial
Music Celebrations Competitions, 1940; and the Philip Neill Memorial
Prize in 1944. He was founder of Waiteata Press Music Editions in
1967 and founder of the Lilburn Trust of the Alexander Turnbull
Library, Wellington, 1984.(died peacefully at his home)
b. November 2nd 1915.
guitarist, songwriter and producer, born in La Jolla, California.
joined the Glam metal band Ratt towards the end of 1981 and co-wrote
many of Ratt's songs including "Round and Round", "Wanted
Man" and "Lay it Down". Out of the Cellar went to
triple platinum based on Robbin's co-penned "Round and Round".
He aslo worked as a producer for metal band Lillian Axe. (heroin
August 4th 1959.
2003: Dave Rowberry (62) English
keyboardist, pianist and organ player; born in Mapperley, Notts,
he entered the Newcastle blues and jazz music scene in the early
1960s, while at University there. He joined The Mike Cotton Jazzmen
in 1962, before replacing Alan Price in the UK rock-blues band The
Animals. He played many of the group's big hits, including "We
Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life", "Don't
Bring Me Down", "Inside-Looking Out", and "See
See Rider". From the 90's he worked as free-lance musician
in the London jazz scene and was a member of Shut Up Frank, with
Noel Redding, Dave Clarke and Mick Avory of The Kinks. They toured
extensively and recorded several albums, which are still available
on Mouse Records (an ulcer haemorrhage)
b. July 4th 1940.
2006: Billy Preston (59)
American soul singer, keyboardist from Houston, Texas, but
raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his successful,
Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Billy collaborated with
some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the
Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Eric
Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton,
Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr.,
Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger,
Richie Sambora, Red Hot Chili Peppers
and many others. He played
the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Hammond organ on the Beatles'
Get Back sessions in 1969. He made his last public appearance in
late 2005 at the Los Angeles press junket for the re-release of
the Concert for Bangladesh movie. He was in good spirits and talked
to many in the press. Afterwards he played a three song set of "Give
Me Love", "My Sweet Lord" and "Isn't It a Pity",
featuring Dhani Harrison on guitar and Ringo Starr on drums for
the final song only (Although he received
a kidney transplant in 2002, his health continued to deteriorate.
He died of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted
in kidney failure and other complications. He had been in a coma
since November 21st 2005) b. September
2006: Hilton Ruiz (54)
Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban jazz mold,
but was also a talented bebop player. He began playing piano at
the age of eight, and gigged with Freddie Hubbard and Joe Newman
when he was young. Later, he was Roland Kirk's main pianist from
1974 to 1977 and was featured on such records as The Case of the
3 Sided Dream in Audio Color and The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man.
Ruiz also recorded several solo albums between the 1980s and 2000s.
(He tragically died from
days after a fall; he was found unconscious
on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Police concluded that he stumbled
and fell, not been attacked) b.
May 29th 1952.
2010: Dana Key (56) American
Christian rock guitarist, singer, producer and
grandson of the famous Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled
Banner. Dana was co-founder
of the Christian rock group DeGarmo & Key along with old
school friend and keyboardist
Eddie DeGarmo. They
toured the world, headlining and opening with other major Christian
Rock bands including Servant, Petra, Joe English, Amy Grant, Resurrection
Band, Jesse Dixon, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart, and dc Talk and
recorded over 16 albums. Dana also released two solo albums, "The
Journey: Walking with Jesus" and "Part of the Mystery",
Following his retirement, he served as the head of Ardent Records,
and hosted a TV show, featuring new, younger, Christian bands and
he had also been serving as the pastor of a small church in Cordova,
Tennessee, The Love of Christ Church (passed
away due to ruptured blood clot) b.
December 30th 1953.
2010: Marvin Isley (56) American
bassist, he grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and graduated from
Dwight Morrow High School in 1972. Marvin became the youngest member
of the soulful Isley Brothers R&B group. The
original group formed in 1954 with the three eldest brothers Isley,
O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald, which recorded several singles,
including "Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine"
and the Grammy winning "It's Your Thing". In the late-1960s,
Marvin formed a trio with older brother Ernie and brother-in-law
Chris Jasper. By 1973, Marvin's group had joined the older half
of the Isleys as its instrumentalists, when the Isley
officially expanded to six performers. The
fuller group enjoyed massive radio airplay with hits including "That
Lady," "The Heat is On," "Go For Your Guns"
died from complications with diabetes)
b. August 18th 1953.
2011: Nils-Bertil Dahlander aka
Bert Dale (83) Swedish
jazz drummer, he
played his first concerts as a drummer in Gothenburg in the age
of 13. He moved to New York in 1948, and joined the vibraphonist
Terry Gibbs band and went on to play with the legendary pianist
Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines , and later accompany such as Chet Baker.
During his many years in the United States he played with almost
all great musicians
b. May 13th 1928.
2011: Tillmann Uhrmacher (44)
German singer, DJ, music producer and radio host; his first
musical success was as a member of the band
Mysterious Art in 1988.
Their first single, The Omen was a No.1 hit in Germany and sold
over 400,000 copies. The song was a total of 29 weeks in the German
charts and was the second most successful single of the year. Their
second single was also in the top 10 and in 1990 they supported
Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour. Tillmann recorded his first
solo single Bassfly
in 1999. His 2001 single
On The Run reached number 16 in the UK singles charts. As well as
his singing career he worked on radio, the radio show MaxiMal, and
he hosted the live coverage of the Nature One on Sunshine-Live (?)
b. May 14th 1967.
Estela Raval (77) Argentine
Latin Grammy Award winning
singer; born in Ciudadela,
she went on to become one of the most well-known romantic singers
in Latin America and became famous along with her band, Los Cinco
Latinos, with which she toured until 2011. In
1970 Estela also began a solo career, always accompanied by her
husband, Ricardo Romero and in 1973 won the Martin Fierro Award
for their successful performances throughout Argentina, just one
of her many awards over her long career (sadly
died after a brave
10 year battle with breast cancer)
b. May 19th 1929.
Lewis (58) American
pianist and composer noted for his work in the Boogie Woogie style.
His best known work, "Honky Tonk Train Blues"
has been recorded in various contexts, often ii big band arrangements.
He became the leading boogie-woogie pianists of the day, his trio
performed extended engagements at Café Society, toured regularly,
and inspired the formation of Blue Note Records in 1939. Their success
led to a decade long boogie woogie craze with big band swing treatments
by Tommy Dorsey, Will Bradley and others, as well as influencing
numerous country boogie and early rock 'n' roll songs (Car accident)
1976: Bobby Hackett (60)
American jazz musician who played trumpet, cornet and guitar with
the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many others. He made his name as
a follower of the legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke. Benny
Goodman hired him to recreate Bix's famous "I'm Coming Virginia"
solo at his 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Although
he admired and played like Bix, he not like the "new Bix"
his dream come true in 1947 with his inclusion in Louis Armstrong's
Town Hall Jazz Concert. He was invited into Glenn Miller's band
as a guitarist in 1941, despite having some temporary lip problems
at that time, he still played the occasional, beautiful short solo
on the cornet and trumpet, he can be heard playing a famous one
with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on "A String of Pearls."
During the 1950s, he made a series of albums of ballads with a full
string orchestra, exhibiting a gorgeous, dreamy, vibrato-free sound
(Bobby sadly died of a heart attack)
1998: Wally Gold (70) US
songwriter, composer, saxophonist and producer, having
a successful partnership
with Aaron Schroeder. Born in Brooklyn he started as a saxophonist
in dance orchestras, and a member of the US Navy Band during World
War II, after which he sang in a quartet, the Four Esquires, before
becoming a songwriter.
1960 he and his partner, Aaron Schroeder, wrote many hits including
''It's Now or Never,'' which Elvis Presley took to No.1, "It's
Now or Never", "In Your Arms", "Lucky Devil",
"Twixt Twelve and Twenty", "Time and the River",
"Because They're Young", "Utopia", "Hither
and Thither and Yon", "She Can't Find Her Keys",
"Half Heaven - Half Heartache", "It's My Party",
and "Fools Hall of Fame", "Look Homeward Angel",
"Good Luck Charm", and "Sweet Bird of Youth".
Later Wally worked as a record produce in various companies. While
working in the 1970s as a producer and agent for Don Kirshner's
label, distributed by Columbia Records, he discovered and signed
the progressive rock band Kansas (Wally sadly
died from complications of crohn's disease)
b. May 15th 1928.
2001: Carole Denise Fredericks (49)
American singer most famous for
her recordings in France. Carole emerged from the shadow of her
brother, the legendary blues musicologist Taj Mahal, to achieve
fame and popularity in Europe and the French-speaking world. For
more than two decades Paris, France was her adopted home but she
never left her roots. Steeped in the fertile music traditions of
her parents, striving professionals from the Carolinas and the West
Indies, she emerged as a powerful singer who wove the passionate
threads of blues, jazz, gospel and R&B into a uniquely French
tapestry (sadly died of a heart attack)
June 5th 1952
2006: Carl Dengler (91)
American bandleader, percussionist, member of The Buster Brown Boys
2007: Dave "Biffo" Beech (61)
drummer and vocalist born in Rugby, where he was a founder member
of The Mighty Avengers in 1962. In
1964, they became the first local band to chart, with the single
So Much In Love. In 1966, Biffo was also a founding member of the
band Jigsaw. (?)
September 25th 1945.
2009: Hugh Hopper (64) British
progressive rock-jazz fusion bass guitarist born in Canterbury;
he started in 1963 as bassist with The Daevid Allen Trio, before
joining psychedelic rock band, The Soft Machine. He had already
composed for their first self titled album and played bass on one
of its tracks. His first solo album, 1984, was released
in 1973, the year he left Soft Machine. In later years he toured
and recorded with numerous fusion bands, including the
Carla Bley Band, Gong,
Isotope, and, more recently, a descendant of Soft Machine, PolySoft
b. April 29th 1945.
Rankin (69) American singer-songwriter;
raised in New York, he developed a large following during the 70s
with a steady flow of albums, debuting with Mind-Dusters in 1967,
three of his thirteen albums broke into the Billboard Album Chart.
host Johnny Carson was so impressed with
voice and music, he appeared
on The Tonight Show more than twenty times. His unique reworking
classic songs such as The Beatles' "Blackbird," which
he recorded for his Silver Morning album, so impressed Paul McCartney
that he asked Kenny to perform his interpretation of the song when
McCartney and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall
Of Fame. As a songwriter himself, Kenny's compositions have been
performed by artists such as Mel Tormé and Carmen McRae,
Stan Getz, Stephen Bishop
and Leon Russell (lung
February 10th 1940.
2010: Stuart Cable (40) Welsh
rock drummer and broadcaster; born in Cwmaman near Aberdare, he
is maybe best known as the original drummer for the band Stereophonics.
He along with childhood friends Kelly and Richard Jones began playing
in a series of outfits in their early teens, playing classic rock
and soul covers. They
began writing and performing music in working men's clubs together
in 1992 as a teenage covers band known as Tragic Love Company,
The band later changed their name to The Stereophonics
in 1996 >>> READ
was found dead at his home in Llwydcoed.
South Wales Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances surrounding
his death, however,
a post mortem is yet to be conducted to officially determine the
exact cause of death) b. May 19th 1970.
2011: Buddy Gask (64)
British rock and roll singer and founding member of the Showaddywaddy;
they specialised in revivals of hit songs from the 50s and early
60s, and dressed as Teddy Boys. The
8-piece group sold millions of records during the 1970s including
top five hits Under the Moon of Love, You Got What It Takes and
Three Steps To Heaven. As well as singing lead on the group's debut
hit "Hey Rock and Roll" in April 1974, he performed lead
vocals on hit singles including Rock 'n' Roll Lady, Heartbeat and
Good Timing, as well as a number of album tracks and B-sides. Buddy
left the band in 1987. He retired to Spain in 2006 (sadly
Buddy died after a long illness) b.
2011: Walid Gholmieh (73)
Lebanese composer, conductor and
musicologist, who went on to become the director of the Le Conservatoire
libanais national supérieur de musique or The Lebanese National
Higher Conservatory of Music and considered one of the most prominent
Middle-Eastern conductors and composers. Born in Marjeyoun, he initially
studied Mathematics at the American University of Beirut before
dedicating his education and life to music.
was the founder of both the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra
and the Lebanese National Arabic Oriental Orchestra. Established
in 2000, the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, was able to prove
itself both locally and regionally. In a period of 25 months, the
Orchestra presented more than 60 performances in different cities,
including a varied international repertoire by world-renowned classical
music composers. Walid composed 6 symphonies, and many compositions
for Cinema and Theatre
(sadly died after a long illness)
b. April 14th 1938.
2012: Dan Nedelcu aka DAX (33)
Romanian saxophonist and disc jockey, he was
a member of the band Divertis before joining up with Romanian Service
of Comedy (Dax sadly died while bravely
fighting cancer) d. 1979
2012: Lil Phat/Melvin Vernell III (19)
American rap artist;
in Waco, Texas, but moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana at an early
age. He began rapping as a teenager, and was signed to Trill entertainment
in 2008. The same year, he featured as a guest artist on fellow
rapper Webbie's single Independent which
peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's 100 and topped the rap chart.
In 2010, the two rappers once again collaborated on the album Trill
4 Life. In 2011, there was a shooting at one of his concerts, after
which one of his associates was arrested for second-degree murder
multiple times inside a parking lot by the Northside Hospital Women's
Center in Atlanta, Georgia) b.
July 25th 1992
2012: Bob Welch (66) American
vocalist, guitarist, bass guitarist, and percussionist born in Los
Angeles, California, into a show business family. As a youngster,
he learned clarinet, switching to guitar in his early teens and
developed an interest in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music.
After dropping out of university he joined the Los Angeles-based
interracial vocal group The Seven Souls as a guitarist in 1964.
When the band broke up in 1969 Bob
moved to Paris and started a trio and became friends with future
CBS correspondent Ed Bradley. In 1971 he was invited to join Fleetwood
Mac, along with fellow newcomer Christine McVie, Bob helped to steer
the band in a more melodic direction. He released his first Fleetwood
Mac 'Future Games' in September 71, on which he had written the
title song. He left Fleetwood Mac after his fifth with them 'Heroes
Are Hard to Find' in 1974. In 1975, he formed the short-lived hard
rock power trio, Paris, with ex Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick
and ex Todd Rundgren's Nazz drummer Thom Mooney. Paris released
two albums; 'Paris' and 'Big Towne, 2061'. He went on to release
12 solo albums and
several singles successes including "Hot Love, Cold World",
"Ebony Eyes", "Precious Love", and his signature
"Sentimental Lady". (after
having spinal surgery, and been told he would not get better, tragically,
Bob committed suicide in his Nashville home by a self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the chest) b. August
Frederick Converse (69) American
composer of classical music; born in Newton, Massachusetts, he was
educated at Harvard College, where he came under the influence of
the composer John K. Paine. He had already had instruction in piano
playing, and the study of musical theory was a most important part
of his college course. Upon his graduation in 1893, his violin sonata
(op. 1) was performed and won him highest honors in music. He then
spent two years at the Royal Academy of Music in Munich, and his
symphony in D-minor had its first performance on the occasion of
1899-1902, he taught harmony at the New England Conservatory of
Music in Boston. He then joined the faculty of Harvard University
as instructor in music, and was appointed assistant professor in
1905. Two years later he resigned, and afterwards devoted himself
exclusively to composition (?)
b. January 5th 1871.
Jimmy Rushing (70)
blues shouter and swing jazz singer from Oklahoma City, he started
out touring the Mid-West and California as an itinerant blues singer
in 1923-24 before moving to LA, where he sang with Jelly Roll Morton.
He sang with Billy King before moving on to Page's Blue Devils in
1927. He, along with other members of the Blue Devils, defected
to the Bennie Moten band in 1929. In 1935 Jimmy joined Count Basie
for the next 13 years, noted for his performances of "Sent
For You Yesterday" and "Boogie Woogie" with the Count
Basie Orchestra. After leaving Basie, his recording career soared,
as a solo artist and a singer with other bands.
He also made a guest appearance with Duke Ellington for the 1959
album Jazz Party
sadly died after fighting leukemia)
b. August 26th 1901.
Brian "Tubby" Hayes (38)
jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophone playing;
when he was sixteen, Tubby joined Kenny Baker's sextet, later playing
for big-band leaders such as Ambrose, Terry Brown, Tito Burns, Roy
Fox, Vic Lewis, and Jack Parnell. In 1955 he formed his own octet,
with which he toured the UK for eighteen months. From 1957 to 1959
he joined Ronnie Scott in co-leading a quintet, The Jazz Couriers,
perhaps the most fondly remembered of British Modern Jazz groups.
Subsequently, he reformed his quartet, and toured Germany with Kurt
Edelhagen. Then in 1961 he was invited to play at the Half Note
Club in New York; a new transatlantic Musicians' Union agreement
meant that, in exchange, Zoot Sims played at Ronnie Scott's. While
in America, Tubby recorded ''Tubbs in NY'' with Clark Terry, Eddie
Costa, and Horace Parlan, and in 1962 he returned for another visit,
this time recording Return Visit with James Moody, Roland Kirk,
Walter Bishop Jr, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. Back in London, he
formed his own big band, working in television, film, and radio,
and even having his own television series 196163. He also
appears on recordings by many UK jazz musicians, such as the Harry
South Big Band, the Ian Hamer Sextet. and appeared in a number of
films, including All Night Long-61 with Charles Mingus and Dave
Brubeck, and his group; A King in New York, by Charles Chaplin-57;
The Beauty Jungle-64 and Dr Terror's House of Horrors-1965. He also
played at a wide range of jazz festivals, including Reading, Windsor,
Antibes, Lugano, Vienna, and Berlin
(In the late 1960s Tubby underwent open-heart
surgery; he was able to start performing again in 1971, although
he had more heart surgery that same year, and in 1972 he toured
Norway and Sweden. But in 1973 Tubby tragically died during another
heart operation) b.
January 30th 1935.
1980: Ernst Busch (80) German
singer and actor born in Kiel; he
first rose to prominence as an interpreter of political songs, particularly
those of Kurt Tucholsky, in the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s.
He starred in the original 1928 production of Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny
Opera, as well as the subsequent 1931 film by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.
He also appeared in the movie Kuhle Wampe and made a haunting recording
of Peat Bog Soldiers
(?) b. January
1984: Gordon Jacob (88)
English composer, born in London; in WWI he was taken prisoner of
war in 1917, and was one of only 60 men in his battalion of 800
to survive. He he went on to teach at the Royal College of Music
from 1924 until his retirement in 1966. The height of his renown
was in the 1950s, during which his Music for a Festival was used
for the 1951 Festival of Britain, and his trumpet-heavy fanfare
arrangement of the National Anthem was used for the 1953 coronation
of Queen Elizabeth II. Gordon was prolific, publishing over 700
pieces of music in addition to his four books and numerous essays
on music (?)
b. July 5th 1895.
Yogi Horton (33) American
session drummer; a
colourful and energetic drummer
for hundreds of sessions with dozens of artists and bands, such
as Diana Ross, Odyssey, Grover Washington Jr., John Lennon, Aretha
Franklin, The B-52s, The Rolling Stones, as well as being the long
time touring and recording drummer for the late R&B singer Luther
Vandross and the singer songwriters Ashford & Simpson. Also,
he was a member of the Alessi Brothers band for three years in the
mid-80s, touring and recording with Barnaby Bye bandmates
and twins Billy & Bobby Alessi (jumped from a 17th floor hotel
Root Boy Slim/Foster MacKenzie 111 (48)
American singer-songwriter; he attended Yale University, where he
formed a band named
Prince La La and the Midnight Creepers with
classmate and fraternity brother Greenlee. Band members wore ermine
capes, silver lamay hot pants and boasted that they were never invited
for return engagements. One day he took a lot of LSD and went to
the White House and climbed the fence. He was apprehended by the
Secret Service as he ran up the lawn toward the White House. He
was the first intruder since the War of 1812 to get completely over
the fence.The large dose of LSD he had consumed caused a psychotic
break that led to schizophrenia, with the result that he would be
medicated for the rest of his life. Foster found further fame as
Root Boy Slim with his band the Sex Change Band when
music producer Gary Katz signed the band to Warner Bros. Records,
which resulted the band's eponymous debut album."Root Boy Slim
and the Sex Change Band with the Rootettes.".
They released 6 albums the last being Root 6 in 1990 (died in his
sleep at his home in Orlando) b. July
1921, a 14-year-old Abe performed for the public throughout southern
Pennsylvania with a newly formed six-piece jazz band led by his
big brother Bud Lincoln. When he was 16, with his father's permission,
he was hired by bandleader Ace Brigode and soon found himself working
in New York City. In 1925 he joined James B. Dimick's Million Dollar
Sunny Brook Orchestra, before joining the
California Ramblers (who never played on the west coast). He joined
Ozzie Nelson's orchestra in 1934, and traveled with them to Los
Angeles, where he spent many years in Hollywood studio ensembles
backing entertainers like Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy
Carmichael, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford,
and Ella Mae Morse. His trombone was also audible in several Woody
Woodpecker cartoon soundtracks. Abe was
one of three "president" jazzmen, along with trumpeter,
Thomas Jefferson and trombonist, George Washington, he performed
in many Dixieland settings during the late '40s and throughout the
1956 he helped put across some of the most authentic Dixieland recordings
ever released under the name of Pete Fountain. He
continued to freelanced throughout the '60s 70s and
'80s, playing with among others.. Wingy
Manone, Rampart Street Paraders, Red Nichols, Bob Scobey, Wild
Bill Davison, Pete Fountain and Matty
in Van Nuys, CA)
b. March 29th 1907.
2008: aban Bajramovic (72) Serbian
Romani musician, singer-songwriter and composer; at 19 he ran away
from the army out of love for a girl. As a deserter, he was sentenced
to 5 and a half years in prison on the island Goli otok, where he
joined the orchestra which played the jazz Louis Armstrong, Sinatra,
John Coltrane and Spanish and Mexican pieces. Once free again, he
made his first record in 1964. He went on to make
around 20 albums, some 50 singles and composed 650 pieces.
In 2008, it was revealed that Saban was living impoverished in Ni
with serious health complications and was no longer able to walk.
The government of Serbia intervened to provide him with some funds
(sadly died from a heart attack)
b. April 16th 1936.
2010: Porfi Jiménez (82)
Dominican-born Venezuelan trumpet player, arranger, composer and
moving to Caracas in 1954, he started to play with orchestras led
by Rafael Minaya, Pedro José Belisario and Chucho Sanoja,
as well as for the Billo's Caracas Boys. Porfi enjoyed huge success
in the mid 1980s with albums combining salsa, cumbia, and his native
Dominican merengue. Some of his most popular songs include La negra
Celina, Se hunde el barco, Dolores and Culu Cucú, which reached
No.1 on the Colombian, Dominican and Venezuelan charts. Beside this,
he conducted a 17-piece Jazz orchestra to promote the big band tradition
by featuring his own repertoire and selected works of Thad Jones,
Chico O'Farrill, among others. In
January 2007 Porfi was honored in New York City by the United Nations
Orchestra, created by Dizzy Gillespie (?)
b. February 16th 1928.
2010: Tony Cennamo (76) American
disc jockey born in Brooklyn, New York;
Tony was a jazz disc jockey on Boston University's WBUR for 25
years, he had a morning show in the 1970s and 1980s he began his
show with Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments. In 1986 he represented
the city of Boston in an exchange program with Melbourne, Australia
to lecture about jazz history and appear on radio programs. Tony
helped a lot of Boston Jazz musicians, always ready to offer them
support and airplay (sadly passed away a after
long illness) b. September 30th 1933.
St. Peters/Robin Peter Smith (71) British
pop singer, best known for his 1966 hit, "The Pied Piper".
Born in Swanley, Kent, Crispian
gave his first live performance in
a member of The Hard Travellers. Through the late 1950s and early
1960s, he was a member of The Country Gentlemen, Beat Formula Three,
and Peter & The Wolves. In 1964, it was as a member of Peter
& The Wolves, he made his first commercial recording. He signed
to Decca Records in 1965, recording "No No No" and "At
This Moment", and he appearanced in the TV shows Scene At 6.30
and Ready Steady Go!. In
1966, he finally yielded a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, with
"You Were On My Mind". He scored a major hit with "The
during the summer of 1966, when his single went to No.4 in the US
and No.5 in the UK (passed
away after a long illness)
2011: Alan Rubin aka Mr. Wonderful (68) American
trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet and a
graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. He was a member of the
Saturday Night Live Band, with whom he played at the Closing Ceremony
of the 1996 Olympic Games. As a member of The Blues Brothers, he
portrayed Mr. Fabulous in the 1980 film, the 1998 sequel and was
a member of the touring band. Over his long career Alan played with
an array of artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington,
Blood, Sweat and Tears, Eumir Deodato, Sting, Aerosmith, The Rolling
Stones, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Frankie Valli, Eric Clapton, Billy
Joel, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Yoko Ono, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin,
James Brown, Ray Charles and Dr. John. (sadly
died fighting lung cancer)
b. February 11th 1943.
Adolf Georg Wilhelm Busch (60)
violinist and composer
born in Siegen, Westphalia. He studied at the Cologne Conservatory
with Willy Hess and Bram Eldering, but he also learnt much from
his future father-in-law Hugo Grüters in Bonn. In 1912, Adolf
founded the Vienna Konzertverein Quartet, consisting of the principals
from the Konzertverein orchestra, which made its debut at the 1913
Salzburg Festival. After World War I, he founded the Busch Quartet,
which from the 192021 season included himself-violin, Gösta
Andreasson-violin, Karl Doktor-viola, and Paul Grümmer-cello.
The quartet was in existence with varying personnel until 1951.
he was also a great soloist, as well as a chamber musician, and
live recordings exist of him playing the Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák,
Busoni Concertos, and the Brahms Double Concerto.. As a composer,
he was influenced by Max Reger. He was among the first to compose
a Concerto for Orchestra, in 1929. A number of his compositions
have been recorded, including the Violin Concerto, String Sextet
and Quintet for Saxophone and String Quartet (?)
b. August 8th 1891.
1989: Rashid Behbudov (73) Azerbaijani
singer and actor; from 1938-1944, he worked at Yerevan State Philharmonia
and Opera House, and in 1945, upon the invitation of Tofig Guliyev,
he moved to Baku. In the same year, he was assigned the main role
of Asgar in the remake of Azerbaijani musical comedy film The Cloth
Peddler/"Arshyn Mal Alan", his role in this film combined
with his vocal skills brought him fame throughout Azerbaijan, and
became a prominent Azerbaijani pop singer. His combination of vocal
masterpieces ranged from classical performances to lyrical songs.
His rare vocal talent gave him opportunity to travel beyond the
"Iron Curtain" of the Soviet Union, and as a singer he
toured with concert performances in several countries of the world,
including Iran, Turkey, China, India, Japan, Argentina, and many
other countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1966, he created
the State Song Theater, which still carries his name, and he became
its soloist and artistic manager (sadly died
from kidney desease) b. December
Claudio Arrau León (88) Chilean
pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning
from the baroque to 20th century composers, especially Beethoven,
Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms and Debussy. He is widely
considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.
In his honor The Robert Schumann Society established the Arrau Medal
in 1991. (Claudio
died in Mürzzuschlag, Austria in the midst of a tight European
concert tour, he was working on a recording of the complete works
of Bach for keyboard, and had Haydn, Mendelssohn, Reger, Busoni
and Boulez's 3rd Sonata in preparation)
February 6th 1903.
1992: Clarence Horatio "Big" Miller (69)
big voiced singer
and occasional jazz trombonist;
one of the
last old time 'blues shouters', men with voices so powerful they
could sing over an entire big band without using a microphone. In
the days before the wide spread use of microphones and audio amplifiers,
only those performers who could be clearly heard by theatre-goers
sitting in the back row of seats had any chance of employment. He
recorded for Savoy Records early in his career, with The Five Pennies
as backing musicians. His jazz activities included work with Count
Basie and Duke Ellington. After performing with John Hendricks's
revue, The Evolution of the Blues, he signed with Columbia Records.
In the 1970s Clarence toured with Big Joe Turner, then moved to
Canada, settling in Edmonton, Alberta, where he lived for the rest
of his life. He played
a major role in the growth of the Edmonton Jazz Society and worked
with local musician Tommy Banks. He was the subject of a documentary
released by the National Film Board of Canada in 1987 (?)
1995: Frank Chacksfield (81)
English pianist, organist, composer and conductor of popular orchestral
easy listening music,
born in Battle, Sussex.
After WW2, he worked on BBC Radio as an arranger and conductor.
He also worked as musical director for both Henry Hall and Geraldo,
and began recording under his own name as "Frank Chacksfield's
Tunesmiths". In early 1953 he had his first top ten hit, "Little
Red Monkey". In 1953, he formed a 40-piece orchestra with a
large string section, the "Singing Strings". His first
record release for Decca, Charlie Chaplin's themes for his film
Limelight, won him a Gold Disc in the USA, and in Britain, where
it reached No.2 in the charts, won him the New Musical Express award
as Record of the Year. His next 78 single, "Ebb Tide",
became the first British instrumental recording to reach No.1 in
some American charts, providing a second Gold Disc, and he was voted
the most promising new orchestra of the year in the US. He became
one of Britain's most well known orchestra leaders internationally,
and is estimated to have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide
(sadly died of Parkinson's Disease)
Bernard Flood (92)
American jazz trumpeter, following
graduate of Atlanta's famed Tuskegee Institute in the '20s, Bernard
became associated with a series of bandleadersincluding Bob Neal,
Fess Williams, Teddy Hill, Luis Russell, Chick Webb and Charlie
Johnson. In 1939 he became part of Louis Armstrong's big-band project,
dropping out for the spring of 1941 with James Reynolds before rejoining
In 1946 he worked with both Luis Russell and Duke Ellington, as
well as starting up his own combo. He also collaborated with Happy
Caldwell in both the late '40s and early '50s. He retired from fulltime
music in the early 70s and sadly became a sufferer from diabetes
and lost both of his legs due to the effects of the disease (?)
b. December 16th 1907.
Delbert Lavern "Vern" Williams (76)
American bluegrass mandolin player and singer; born in Arkansas
he began playing music with his family at an early age. He moved
to California in 1952 with the Marine Corps, where he continued
to play music, first with his younger brother John Jr., then with
Ray Park beginning in 1959, and lastly beginning in 1974 with his
own Vern Williams Band who also backed up country-bluegrass
legend Rose Maddox.
Over his 40 year career he has inspired and influenced countless
top quality coast musicians and is
generally accepted as the father of bluegrass music on the West
Coast of the United States (?)
b. December 9th 1930.
2006: Drafi Deutscher
(60) German Schlager singer and
composer born in Berlin; his best known song was the 1965 Schlager
"Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht" / "Marble, Stone
and Iron Breaks" which sold over one million copies, and was
awarded a gold disc. It later featured in the 2006 film Beerfest,
during the Oktoberfest scene. Between 1964 and 1966 Drafi had a
lot of hits in Germany, including No.1 hit Shake Hands, Keep Smiling,,
Cinderella Baby, Heute male ich dein Bild, Cindy-Lou also a chart
topper. After his 1965 hit Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht, his career
in Germany was in full swing until shaken by a 1967 verdict for
public indecency after he had urinated from a balcony while drunk,
in plain view of a group of schoolchildren watching him from street
also composed several worldwide hits for Boney M, Nino de Angelo
and Tony Christie. In the 1980s he achieved success with his duo,
Mixed Emotions, together with Oliver Simon. Deutscher also worked
with Christopher Evans Ironside, collaborating with him in the band
named Masquerade, and on their co-written hit "Guardian Angel"
Drafi died from heart failure)
b. May 9th 1946.
2011: Claude Léveillée
(78) Canadian actor, sing-songwriter,
and pianist born in Montreal; in 1955,
he created his first song, Your Dreams and was offered the role
of Bozo in the TV series " Rudolph, the secret of the lost
river of the Father Ambroise Lafortune. Claude got involved in the
children's program Domino to Radio-Canada, where he played the role
of Tintinet, which later became Clo-Clo, and he composed several
hundred songs. In 1959 he met Edith Piaf, for whom he composed several
songs: The Old Piano, Hurricane, and Boulevard du crime. Following
his experience in France, Claude won the Grand Prix du Disque Canadian
Radio CKAC in 1962 and on April 23rd 1963, he co-founded the Theatre
During the 1960s, he produced several hits like the old piano, Fred,
The legend of White Horse, The appointment, Scene, Take me to the
end of the world and Winter evening. He wrote several musicals including
"She will turn the earth" in 1967 which was presented
at the Comédie-Canadienne in Montreal that same year. On
May 21st 1967, he performed the song "The appointment"
on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York and in 1968, accompanied by
Andre Gagnon, he went on a tour of 26 shows in USSR . In 1972, he
represented Canada at the Song Festival of Sopot in Poland and again
went on tour in the USSR. Throughout his long career he composed
songs for many artists, toured much of Europe and produce around
36 albums. In 2004 he suffered 2 strokes the
first April 27th while he was giving a show in Ville Émard
celebrating his 50 years in show business, the
second on October 20th left him severely disabled (sadly
Claude died of a heart
b. October 16th 1932
2012: Abram Wilson (38) American
jazz trumpeter, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, raised in New Orleans,
he began playing trumpet at the age of nine, going on to study at
the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts. After graduating he moved
to New York where he started his own band the Abram Wilson
Quintet as well as regularly performing with the Roy Hargrove
Big Band and with rhythm and blues legend Ruth Brown, appearing
on her Good Day for the Blues release in 1999. In October 2004,
Abram launched his career as a solo artist with the release of his
debut album Jazz Warrior. Another project called Roll Jordan Roll
in 2007, he collaborated with British gospel legend Nicky Brown
and noted gospel historian Viv Broughton and efore his death he
had been working on a composition and recording project based on
the life of American pianist Philippa Schuyler (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. August 30th 1973.
Earl Grant (39) American
pianist, organist and singer he was also skilled at playing trumpet
and drums. Born in Idabel, Oklahoma he signed with Decca Records
in 1957 and his first single "The End" reached No.7 on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ebb Tide-1961, was his debut album,
which also rose to No.7 on the Billboard 200. His instrumental album
Trade Winds, single-tracked on the Hammond organ and piano, featuring
the love theme from the film El Cid and Chaplin's "Eternally".
This album featured some realistic sounding 'tropical bird calls'
produced by his electric organ. "The House of Bamboo"
was another big selling single. In all, Earl recorded 30 albums
for Decca. He also made a few appearances in film and television,
including Tender Is the Night-1962, Juke Box Rhythm-1959, and The
Ed Sullivan Show-1961 (Earl
died instantly in a car accident in Lordsburg, New Mexico)
b. January 20th 1931.
1982: Addie "Micki"
Harris McPherson (42)
American singer and founder member of The Shirelles, which originally
formed in 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey by Shirley Owens Alston Reeves,
Doris Coley Kenner Jackson, Addie "Micki" Harris McPherson
and Beverly Lee. All students at Passaic High School, they ccalled
themselves 'The Poquellos'. Florence Greenberg, who ran a small
record label was impressed enough to become the group's manager,
and changed their name to The Shirelles by combining frequent lead
singer Shirley's first name with doo-woppers the Chantels. They
went on to have many hits including "Dedicated to the One I
Love", "Welcome Home Baby", "Baby It's You",
"Mama Said", "Foolish Little Girl", "Will
You Love Me Tomorrow", "Sha
La La" and "Soldier
Boy". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1996. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #76 on their
list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. "Will You Love
Me Tomorrow?" made No.125 and "Tonight's the Night"
No. 401 in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All
Time (heart attack, after show in Atlanta)
b. January 22th 1940.
1992: Hachidai Nakamura (61) China-born
Japanese songwriter, composer and jazz pianist born in Qingdao.
While in education he worked in several bands including "Yasuhiko
Taniguchi and Premier Swing", "The Red Hat Boys",
he formed a jazz band named "Big Four". He went on to
with lyricist Rokusuke Ei and many of his songs were popularized
by singer Kyu Sakamoto. He wrote the music of the popular Japanese
song "Ue o muite aruko," released in 1961 in Japan. The
song was released in the United States under the name "Sukiyaki"
in 1963, peaking at the number-one position on the Billboard Hot
100. He and Ei also worked on the productions of Johnnys' 1964 debut
single "Wakai Namida" and Saburo Kitajima's 1965 single
b. January 20th 1931.
Pierce (66) American
he led his own band which featured Charlie Mariano from 1949-1951,
before becoming pianist and arranger for the Woody Herman band from
1951-1955. He moved to New York City freelancing with the likes
Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Pee
Wee Russell, Emmett Berry and Ruby Braff, to name a few. Nat also
also arranged the music for The Sound of Jazz, a 1954 CBS television
special hosted by John Crosby (complications
from an abdominal infection)
b. July 16th 1925.
1996: Alan Blakley
drummer, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist and founding member of the
with fourteen UK and two U.S. Top 20 hit singles to their name.
The band first got together in 1958, when they were all in their
teens. In the original line-up
Alan on drums,
with Brian Poole as vocals and guitarist, Alan Howard playing saxophone
and Graham Scott on guitar. But Alan very soon took over on guitar
to leave Brian as front man - singer. By 1961, a few line-up changes
and Alan now on keyboards, they had turned professional. As Brian
Poole and the Tremeloes they first charted with a version of "Twist
and Shout" in 1963, quickly followed by their chart topping
"Do You Love Me" making
them the first south of England
group to top the chart in the beat boom era.
In 1964 they made tours of South Africa and Australia, followed
by a film A Touch of Blarney. When Brian Poole left the band for
a solo career in 1966, Alan took over the leadership and the hits
kept coming with among others "Even the Bad Times Are Good";
"(Call Me) Number One"; "Me And My Life"; "
Hello World "; "Suddenly You Love Me"; "Helule
Helule"; "My Little Lady"; "Silence is Golden"
and "Here Comes My Baby" the latter two also entered the
Top Twenty of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, in addition both tracks
sold a million copies globally, each earning gold disc status, as
the Bad Times Are Good".
Alan wrote or co-wrote many of the Tremeloes songs and after their
decline, he produced records for other acts, including The Rubettes,
Bilbo and Mungo Jerry. In 1983 the original quartet reformed and
made a cover version of the Europop hit "Words"
(sadly died after battling cancer)
b. April 1st 1942.
2004: Ray Charles/Ray Charles Robinson (73)
US jazz singer, pianist, composer;
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Ray number ten on their list
of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and also voted him number
two on their November 2008 list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All
Time (liver disease)
b. September 23rd 1930 .. read
2004: Graeme Kelling (47)
guitarist; he developed his guitar technique with
various other bands
including Tune Cookies and before successfully auditioning for Deacon
Blue, named after a Steely Dan song of the 1970s. The band was formed
in Glasgow in 1985 their
debut album Raintown was released 1987, their best-selling albums
included Raintown, Homesick, and When the World Knows Your Name,
which topped the charts in 1989. they had a succession of chart-topping
hits including "Dignity", "Fergus Sings the Blues"
and "Real Gone Kid". The band grew to be one of Scotland's
best-known acts of the 1980s, but split in 1994. Graeme went on
to write theme music for television, before Deacon Blue reformed
in 1999 (pancreatic
b. April 4th 1957.
2006: Ruddy Thomas (54) Jamaican
singer, songwriter, producer, studio engineer; he had his greatest
successes as a singer in the late 1970s and early 1980s with hits
including "Every Day Is a Holiday", "Let's Make a
Baby" and "Loving Pauper" which was the number one
song of the year on the 1978 RJR Top 100. In 1983, he recorded the
duet "(You Know How to Make Me) Feel So Good" with Susan
Cadogan, which topped the reggae charts and was followed in 1984
by another duet with Cadogan, "Only Heaven Can Wait".
Ruddy also recorded duets with J.C. Lodge - "Time For Love",
Marcia Aitken - "The Closer I Get To You", Pam Hall -
"You Can't Hide" and with Cynthia Schloss - "Don't
Want To Lose You", "How Can I Let You Get Away",
and "There Is A Fire". He
provided backing vocals on several albums, including Peter Tosh's
No Nuclear War. He was also part of the horn section on Cornell
Campbell's 1982 album What's Happening To Me. He
was recording engineer on many releases by the likes of Boris Gardiner,
Leroy Smart, Sugar Minott, The Wailing Souls, Beres Hammond, Dennis
Brown, Frankie Paul, and Dean Fraser (collapsed
of a heart attack while
performing on stage at the Popular Song Street Blocker in Port Antonio)
b. July 12th 1951.
2009: Barry Beckett (66) American
record producer, session musician, keyboardist; he started his career
as a session musician working with Atlantic Record artists such
as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin
Percy Sledge, and others artists at Rick Hall's FAME Studios until
1969 when Barry along with fellow session musicians, Roger Hawkins,
David Hood, Jimmy Johnson formed their own session backing band,
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers. They
opened their busy Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in the Alabama town
of Muscle Shoals. In the 1970s, Stax Records also began bringing
artists down to Alabama. Other artists who recorded with the Swampers
Stewart, Elkie Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Bob Seger,
Joe Cocker, Glenn Frey, Delbert McClinton, J.J. Cale, Alice in Chains,
Joe Tex, Bobby Blue Bland, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Little
Milton, Sawyer Brown, Tony Joe White, Oak Ridge Boys and many more.
In 1973 they toured backing Traffic and can be heard on Traffic's
live album On The Road. The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995 for a
"Lifework Award for Non-Performing Achievement" and into
the Musician's Hall Of Fame in 2008. In 1982 he left The
to work as a music director for Warner Brothers before working independently.
Barry has produced top albums for the
likes of Graham Brown, Bob
Dylan, Joan Baez, Dire Straits, Joe Cocker, John Prine, McGuinn-Hillman,
James, Eddy Raven, Delbert
Staple Singers, Phoebe Snow, Hank
Lorrie Morgan, Frankie Miller, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alabama Jr., Neal
McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Phish, Tammy Graham, Sonia Dada, Ilse
DeLange and so many others (died after long
illness) b. February 4th 1943.
Hawkes (?) English
DJ/Producer, a pioneering influence on the UK dance scene for two
decades. He grew up in Brighton, at 18 he left for Southern Europe,
where he spent endless nights developing his DJ skills playing at
some of Europe's most notorious after hours clubs. He returned home
in the early 90s, and moved to London to work and
ended up managing
the Pirate Radio Station
"Girls FM" that played Downbeat, Dub, Soul, Techno and
Garage, and was soon attracting up to a million listeners a month.
His natural grasp of quality dance music, "Girls FM" became
the most legendary underground dance music station that London had
ever heard. Kenny became one of the UK's hardest working DJ exports,
DJing abroad every weekend, travelling to Belgium, New York, Portugal,
Paris, Australia, Chicago and Spain to San Francisco, and Southern
Asia. In-between his travels, he also found time for production,
which enabled him to translate his DJing vibes onto vinyl. He released
a Space compilation album back in 1997, and since then has produced
Sex" and "Ashley's War", "Sleaze Walking"
and "Ashley's War Part 2" and more recently "Play
The Game" featuring "Louise Carver" and "Dance
With Me" featuring "Marcel" and "Kimra"
2011: Darryl Pandy (??) American
house vocalist and Chicago house pioneer whose incredible voice
helped the burgeoning genre cross over into mainstream success.
He sang the lead vocal on a track by Chicago DJ Farley Keith aka
Farley Jackmaster Funk, called "Love Can't Turn Around,"
which gained widespread attention and chart success, and exposed
many listeners to house music for the first time upon its release
in 1986. Re-released in 1996, the song again made the pop charts
(sadly died after a
serious illness) b.
2011: Sven-Olof Walldoff (82)
Swedish record producer, composer and orchestra conductor
who is best known for conducting the orchestra for ABBA's song "Waterloo"
for the Eurovision Song Contest 1974.
also collaborated on ABBA's first album Ring Ring (?)
b. May 2nd 1929.
2012: Suehiko Watanabe (103)
(sadly died of pneumonia) b. ????
Piero Bellugi (87)
conductor after studying in Europe and at Berkshire Music Center
at Tanglewood, from
1954 to 1956 he was conductor of the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra
/ the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa, the conductor
of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra 1955-1959 and the Oregon Symphony
/the Portland Symphony Orchestra 1959-1961. He declined to conduct
the next season with Portland due to having so many engagements
elsewhere. He went on to guest conduct for numerous orchestras and
opera companies including the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Festival
Canada in Ottawa, Rome Opera, Paris Opera, Santa Cecilia Orchestra,
Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera. He was also
a permanent conductor of the Italian Youth Orchestra (Orchestra
Giovanile Italiana) and the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma. Piero
was named as the artistic director of Palermo's opera house, Europe's
second largest, the Teatro Massimo, in January 2004.
(?) b. July 14th 1924.
2012: Will Hoebee (64) Dutch
record producer and songwriter born
in Hilversum; after graduating from High School, he found a job
at the mailing service of the AVRO (a public broadcasting organisation)
and later worked at NRU (now: NOS) record library, where he was
approached by Herman Stok and Hans Kemna to produce various radio
shows for public broadcaster NOS. In 1970, he entered the radio
promotion division of Ariola Records. Two years later, he was hired
by Phonogram Records where he stayed until the early 1980s, also
in 1977, he co-founded the "Born Free" label. He produced
acts such as Benny Neyman, Saskia & Serge, Gheorghe Zamfir,
David Soul, André van Duin, Bonnie St. Claire, Nana Mouskouri
and his wife José Hoebee (?)
b. June 29th 1947.
1924: Théodore Dubois (86)
French composer and teacher, born in Rosnay in Marne. He won the
Prix de Rome in 1861 and in 1868 became choirmaster at the Church
of the Madeleine, then in 1871 took over from César Franck
as choirmaster at the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde. In 1877, he returned
to the Church of the Madeleine, succeeding Camille Saint-Saëns
as organist there. From 1871 he taught at the Paris Conservatoire;
His fascination with Near-Eastern subjects lead to the composition
to his first staged work, La guzla de l'émir, and his first
four-act opera, Aben-Hamet, which broke no new ground. His other
large-scale opera, Xavière, has a wildly dramatic tale set
in the rural Auvergne. His music also includes ballets, oratorios
and three symphonies. His best known work is the oratorio Les sept
paroles du Christ/"The Seven Last Words of Christ" (?)
August 24th 1837.
1982: Al Rinker (74) American
pianist, vocalist, composer; he
began performing as a partner with Bing Crosby in 1925 and the two
singers formed the Rhythm Boys, later
Harry Barris joined them.
The three worked with Paul Whiteman's Big Band in L.A. until Bing
Crosby dissolved the group to go solo.
Rhythm Boys were filmed for the Paul Whiteman movie The King of
Jazz in 1930, singing Mississippi Mud; So the Bluebirds and the
Blackbirds Got Together; I'm a Fisherman; Bench in the Park and
Happy Feet. After the breakup, they reunited only once, to appear
together on the "Paul Whiteman Presents" radio broadcast
on July 4, 1943. In 1952, a song for which Al wrote the lyrics,
You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right, appeared in the film Push-Button
Kitty and in the television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
He also wrote the song Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat, for the Disney
cartoon children's movie The AristoCats in 1970
(?) b. December
1991: Cromwell Everson (65) South
African composer born in Beaufort West. He
wrote the first Afrikaans opera, and most of his other vocal works
were in Afrikaans. His works consist of five sonatas, a trio, an
opera, a set of inventions, four song-cycles, a piano suite, miscellaneous
movements for the piano and guitar and an incomplete symphony and
string quartet. During his career in Worcester, Western Cape he
also gave music lessons to the famous musician David Kramer. In
2007 Cromwell received a posthumous acknowledgement from the Afrikaans
Language and Cultural society aka ATKV for his Afrikaans opera (?)
b. September 28th 1925.
2001: Amalia Mendoza (77)
Mexican singer born in in Huetamo, Michoacán; she
was one of Mexico's most famous ranchera singers whose career lasted
over 40 years. She was nicknamed La Tariácuri after her brothers'
group the "Trio Tariácuri". Amalia also acted in
six films from 1957 to 1961. She received a starring role in the
Mexiscope ranchera Yo... el aventurero, co-starring Antonio Aguilar
and Rosa de Castilla (?)
b. July 23rd 1923.
2011: Seth Putnam (43) American
vocalist born in Boston, Massachusetts, and the founder of grindcore
band Anal Cunt also known as AxCx and A.C. in 1988. He was known
for his brutal screaming and lyrics that either shock, offend, or
invoke morbid humor. Their fairly obsene debut album Morbid Florist
was released in 1993 followed by 10 more albums, the last being
Wearing Out Our Welcome in 2011. Throughout his career, he had been
involved in many side projects, including backing vocals on Pantera's
The Great Southern Trendkill and working with bands such as Angry
Hate, Satan's Warriors, Adolf Satan, Post Mortem, Insult, Person
Killer, Siege, Upsidedown Cross, Shit Scum, Full Blown A.I.D.S.,
and Death's Head Quartet to mention a few (Seth
died sadly of a heart attack)
b. May 15th 1968.
Venezuelan conductor, pianist and composer; in
1862 her family emigrated to New York City, and at the age of 8
she made her debut at Irving Hall that same year. In 1863 she performed
for Abraham Lincoln at the White House. In 1866 she moved to Europe,
and began touring, making her debut as an opera-singer in 1876.
It wasn't until 1885 that she returned to Venezuela, and then only
for a short period. In 1889 she returned to Europe for more touring,
settling in Berlin as her home base. Teresa was also a composer;
she composed at least 40 works for piano, 2 for voice and piano,
2 for choir and orchestra, and 2 as chamber music. She did two gruelling
world tours in the twentieth century, before retiring to New York
City (?) b. December
1957: Jimmy Dorsey (53) American
reed player, born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, specializing in alto
saxophone and clarinet, and one of the top bandleaders of the swing
era. In the early and late periods of his career, he co-led bands
with his younger brother Tommy. Jimmy had 11 No.1 hits with his
orchestra in the 1930s and the 1940s: "Is It True What They
Say About Dixie?", "Change Partners", "The Breeze
and I", "Amapola", "My Sister and I", "Maria
Elena", "Green Eyes", "Blue Champagne",
"Tangerine", "Besame Mucho", and "Pennies
from Heaven" with Bing Crosby. In 1935, he had two more number
ones as part of the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: "Lullaby of
Broadway" and "Chasing Shadows". His biggest hit
was "Amapola", which was number one for ten weeks in 1941
on the Billboard pop singles chart. On August 17, 1936, Bing Crosby
recorded "Pennies from Heaven" with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra,
a recording that went number one for ten weeks and became one of
the top records of 1936. Jimmy
appeared in a number of Hollywood motion pictures, including That
Girl From Paris, Shall We Dance, The Fleet's In, Lost in a Harem
with Abbot and Costello , I Dood It, and the bio-pic with his brother
Tommy, The Fabulous Dorseys in 1947. In
1938, Jimmy and His Orchestra also appeared in a movie short performing
many of his hits including "It's the Dreamer in Me", "I
Love You in Technicolor", and "Parade of the Milk Bottle
1996, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey commemorative
postage stamp and in
2008, the Recording Academy added the recording of "Brazil
(Aquarela Do Brasil)", Decca 18460B, by Jimmy Dorsey &
His Orchestra from 1942 to the Grammy Hall of Fame (sadly
throat cancer) b. February 29th 1904.
1962: John Nicholson Ireland (82)
English composer, born in Bowdon, near Altrincham. He
studied piano, organ and
composition at the Royal
College of Music; he subsequently became a teacher at the College
himself. He began to make his name in the early 1900s as a composer
of songs and chamber music. His Violin Sonata no. 1 of 1909 won
first prize in an international competition organised by the well-known
patron of chamber music W.W. Cobbett. Even more successful was the
premiere of his Violin Sonata no. 2, which drew crowds to the Wigmore
Hall in London and attracted the interest of a number of publishers
(John died of heart failure) b.
1966: Hermann Scherchen (74) German
conductor and violinist, born in Berlin;
from 1914-16 he conducted
in Riga and in Königsberg from 1928 to 1933, after which he
left Germany in protest at the Nazi regime and worked in Switzerland.
From 1922 to 1950 he was the principal conductor of the city orchestra
Winterthur, today known as Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur.
Making his debut with Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, he was a champion
of 20th century composers such as Richard Strauss, Webern, Berg
and Varèse. He is probably best known for his orchestral
arrangement and recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of
Fugue and his 1958 recording of Beethoven's Eroica symphony, containing
what is still, as of 2009, the fastest first movement ever recorded
and the closest to Beethoven's own, problematic, metronome mark.
His 1953 "Lehrbuch des Dirigierens" is a standard textbook.
His recorded repertoire was extremely wide, ranging from Vivaldi
to Reinhold Glière (?) b.
June 21st 1891.
Bob Scobey (46)
dixieland trumpeter, bandleader; he began his career playing in
dance orchestras and nightclubs in the 1930s. In 1938 he worked
as second trumpeter for Lu Watters in the Yerba Buena Jazz Band.
By 1949 he wanted to create his own sound, setting up the Bob Scobey's
Frisco Band. They were broadcast in 1952 on Rusty Draper's television
show and in 1953 Louis Armstrong sang with them at the Pasadena
Civic Auditorium. In 1959 Bob opened the Club Bourbon Street in
Chicago (sadly taken by cancer)
b. December 9th 1916.
1989: Lou Monte/Louis Scaglione (72) Italian-American
singer best known for a number of best-selling, Italian-themed novelty
records, born in in Manhattan, New York.
Before WW2, he played
the guitar and started singing as a child, and began his professional
career as a singer, comedian, and musician playing clubs in and
around the New Jersey. After the war and his time in the army Lou
caught the attention of Radio Station WAAT in Newark, New Jersey
where he was given his own radio show and soon the radio station
rewarded him by convincing their TV outlet to give him a try as
well. Lou's first big hit came in 1954, with the release of his
version of "Darktown Strutters' Ball". In 1962, he released
his first million-seller, "Pepino the Italian Mouse",
which was awarded a gold disc. Other of his many songs included
"Shaddap You Face", "The
Sheik of Napoli",
Pepino U Soriciello (The Italian Mouse), "Babalucci",
Dominick The Donkey,Italian Cowboy Song,
Italian Jingle Bells,
and Lazy Mary (?)
1995: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (75)
Italian classical pianist; born in Brescia, Italy, he began music
lessons at the age of three, initially with the violin, but quickly
switched to the piano. At ten he entered the Milan Conservatory
and in 1938, at age eighteen, he began his international career
by entering the Ysaÿe International Festival in Brussels, Belgium.
A year later he earned first prize in the Geneva International Competition
where he was acclaimed as "a new Liszt". His recording
highlights include the live performances in London of Ravel's Gaspard
de la nuit, Chopin's Sonata No. 2 and Schumann's Carnaval, Op. 9
and Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26. As well as his playing of
Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, Gaspard de la nuit, set standards for
those works and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.4. As a composer,
Arturo wrote 19 Folksongs a cappella for the SAT men's chorus from
Trent, Italy. As a teacher, his pupils included such world-class
artists as Martha Argerich, Maurizio
Pollini and Ivan Moravec
(He died in Lugano, Switzerland after a long
1997: Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava (73) Russian
poet, writer, and singer-songwriter born in Moscow; he was one of
the founders of the Russian genre called "author's song".
He was the author of about 200 songs, set to his own poetry. His
songs are a mixture of Russian poetic and folksong traditions and
the French chansonnier style represented by such contemporaries
of his as Georges Brassens. Though his songs were never overtly
political, the freshness and independence of his artistic voice
presented a subtle challenge to Soviet cultural authorities, who
were thus hesitant for many years to give official sanction to Buat
as a singer-songwriter (?)
May 9th 1924.
2006: György Sándor Ligeti
composer, born in Transylvania,
Romania. He briefly lived in Hungary before later becoming an Austrian
citizen. Many of his works are well known in classical music circles,
but to the general public, he is best-known for the various pieces
featured in the Stanley Kubrick films 2001: A Space Odyssey, The
Shining and Eyes Wide Shut (sadly died after
a long illness) b.
May 28th 1923.
2008: Danny Davis/George Nowlan (83)
American country musician; band leader, vocalist producer
and founder and leader of the Nashville Brass. By the age of 14
he was trumpet soloist with the Massachusetts All-State Symphony
Orchestra and was granted admittance to the New England Conservatory
of Music. He left the conservatory after only six weeks when he
was offered a job as a trumpeter with the band of legendary drummer,
Gene Krupa in 1940. In the 1940s and into the 1950s he worked in
several big bands including the band's of Bobby Byrne, Sammy Kaye,
Freddy Martin, Vincent Lopez and
Art Mooney, he was First Trumpet on Art Mooney's "I'm Looking
Over a Four Leaf Clover". In the late 50's Danny worked
York City for the MGM label, producing records for artists such
as Connie Francis, Hermans Hermits, Nina Simone, Frank Yankovic
and many more. At this time he also
put together a session group called "Danny Davis & the
Titans" releasing an instrumental album "Today's Teen
Beat", followed by the album, "Let's Do the Twist for
Adults". In the mid-sixties Davis moved to the RCA label, and
transfered to the Nashville office where he was assigned to produce
sessions for Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, Floyd Cramer, Hank Locklin
It was here where he formed Nashville Brass In October of 1968 the
first album "The Nashville Brass Play The Nashville Sound"
was released, followed by "The Nashville Brass featuring Danny
Davis Play More Nashville Sounds" in 1969. Beginning in 1969
and continuing for the next five years Danny Davis and the Nashville
Brass dominated the Country Music Association Awards Best Instrumental
Group category. Over the years The group garnered eleven more Grammy
nominations and received many other awards from recording industry
publications and associations. Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass
gave their final public performance on July 23, 2005 at the Colonnade
in Ringgold, GA. Danny was eighty years old at the time. The group
performed two shows and received standing ovations for each (cardiac
Fuat Mansurov (81)
Soviet and Russian conductor born
where he studied in a Kazakh school and later graduated from Kazakh
University in Alma-Ata. Fuat
worked 37 years in Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and had many operatic
and ballet premiers. He had a total of 40 performances in his wide-ranging
repertoire as a conductor, including classics of the 20th century
- Sergei Prokofiev's "Semyon Kotko", Rodion Shedrin's
"Dead Souls", Aram Khachaturian's "Spartak",
Valeri Gavrilin's "Anuta" and Boris Asafiev's "The
Fountain of Bakhchisarai", as well as 19-century foreign masterpieces,
like Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", Gounod's "Faust",
Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" and Rimsky-Korsakov's
"The Tsar's Bride". In 1991 he conducted
the Bolshoi at the New York Met for performances of Mlada and Eugene
Onegin.(?) b. January 1st 1928.
2011: Carl Gardner
first major career success came with The Robins, a rhythm and blues
group which had a big hit in the early 1950s, "Smokey Joe's
left the group in 1955, to form The Coasters with Bobby Nunn, at
the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and
Mike Stoller. The Coasters went on to produce several enduring classics
of 1950s rock and roll music including "Yakety Yak", "Charlie
Brown", and "Poison Ivy". Together with the other
members of The Coasters Cornell Gunter, Billy Guy and Will
"Dub" Jones Carl was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 (Sadly Carl died
from congestive heart failure)
b. April 29th 1928.
2012: Adrian Fernando Otero (53)
Argentinian singer and composer born
and former leader of the Blusera Memphis.
After studing psychology, he toured part of America, Europe and
Africa as a sports writer, craftsman, and cook among other jobs.
He joined Blusera Memphis in 1980 as lead singer and also wrote
many of their songs. They released 13 albums, making their debut
with Soul in the Rain in 1982. In 2008 Adrian launched his solo
career with the release of his solo album "Magnet",
which he followed with Rider Blues in 2012
(tragically Adrian lost his life in a car
accident when he lost control of his Honda Accord)
b. July 31st 1958.
1972: Clyde McPhatter (39) American
lead singer and founder of The Drifters
in 1953, who later went
on to a solo career.
Born in the tobacco town of Durham, North Carolina, he
formed a gospel group in 1945 after his family moved from Durham,
North Carolina USA to New Jersey. They soon relocated to New York
City, where Clyde joined the gospel group Mount Lebanon Singers.
In 1950, he joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes, and was present
for the recording of "Sixty Minute Man". After recording
several more songs, including "Have Mercy Baby", he left
the group in 1953. He formed the Difters and
signed to Atlantic Records
releasing "Money Honey", "Such a Night", "Honey
Love", "White Christmas" and "Whatcha Gonna
Do". He went on to a solo career releasing hits including "Lover
Please", "Treasure of Love" his first solo #1 on
the R&B charts, "I
Told Myself a Lie", "Think Me a Kiss", "Ta Ta".
"I Never Knew" and "Lover Please". In the late
1960s, Clyde spent some time living in England where he was backed
by UK band "ICE" (died
of complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease in Teaneck,
b. November 15th 1932.
lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, music researcher, and co-founder,
frontman and lead singer of the Italian progressive rock, jazz fusion
band AreA International POPular Group. Born
and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek parents, he studied piano
and accordion at the "National Conservatoire". In 1957
he was sent to Nicosia, Cyprus, and, at 17, moved to Milan, Italy,
to attend the Politecnico di Milano University at the Architecture
Faculty, where he formed his first musical group. In 1967, Demetrio
joined the Italian beat band I Ribelli, and in 1972, founded Area.
Demetrio recorded many records, and toured festivals in Italy, France,
Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Cuba, U.S. with Area, as well
as a solo artist and in collaboration with other artists. He worked
together with musicians, singers, writers, poets, directors, men
of learning such as Mogol, Lucio Battisti, Gianni Sassi, Gianni
Emilio Simonetti, Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, John Cage, Tran
Quang Hai, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Grete Sultan,
Paul Zukofsky, Nanni Balestrini, Claude Royet-Journoud, and Antonio
April '79 Demetrio
was diagnosed with a severe
case of aplastic anemia. He sadly died in New York City
Memorial Hospital two
months later, while waiting for a bone marrow transplant)
b. April 22nd 1945.
Goodman (77) American
clarinetist, conductor, bandleader born in Chicago; he was the first
celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of
Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the
era. He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing
gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he
led simultaneously. At 16, he joined one of Chicago's top bands,
the Ben Pollack Orchestra, with which he made his first recordings
in 1926. He became a successful session musician during the late
1920s and early 1930s. A notable March 21st 1928 session found Benny
alongside Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Joe Venuti in the All-Star
Orchestra, directed by Nat Shilkret. Also in 1928, Benny and Glenn
Miller wrote the instrumental "Room 1411", which was released
as a Brunswick 78. He also recorded musical soundtracks for movie
shorts. Benny and his band's future was boosted and totally secured
after their concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the evening
of January 16th 1938. Benny Goodman's band appeared as a specialty
act in major musical features, including The Big Broadcast of '37,
Hollywood Hotel, '38; Syncopation, '42; The Powers Girl, '42; Stage
Door Canteen, '43; The Gang's All Here, 1943; Sweet and Lowdown,
'44 and A Song Is Born in '48. Benny was also responsible for a
significant step in racial integration in America, he broke with
tradition by hiring Teddy Wilson to play with him and drummer Gene
Krupa in the Benny Goodman Trio. In 1936, he added Lionel Hampton
on vibes to form the Benny Goodman Quartet; in 1939 he added pioneering
jazz guitarist Charlie Christian to his band and small ensembles,
who played with him until his death from TB less than three years
later. This integration in music happened ten years before Jackie
Robinson became the first black American to enter Major League Baseball.
After winning many polls over the years, Benny was inducted into
the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1957. He's a member of the National
Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division and
was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.
Despite increasing health problems, he continued to play until his
death (heart attack) b.
May 30th 1909.
2001: Makanda Ken McIntyre/Kenneth
US jazz saxophonist, multi-musician and composer,
born in Boston, Massachusetts; in addition to his primary instrument,
alto saxophone, he also played flute, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon,
and many other woodwind instruments, as well as double bass, drum
set, and piano. Over
the course of his career, Ken performed or recorded with: Nat Adderley,
Jaki Byard, Ron Carter, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, Daoud A. Haroon,
Richard Harper, David Murray, Cecil Taylor and Reggie Workman, among
others, and was a member of the innovative group Beaver Harris and
the 360 Degree Ensemble. He
recorded thirteen albums, one of which was released posthumously,
composed well over 400
compositions, and wrote about 200 arrangements, reflecting different
aspects of his Caribbean and African American roots, including blues,
straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde, and calypso
(sadly died of a heart attack) b.
September 7th 1931.
David Diamond (89) American
of classical music born in Rochester, New York and studied at the
Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His
most popular piece is Rounds in 1944 for string orchestra and among
his other works are eleven symphonies, the last in 1993, concertos
including three for violin, eleven string quartets, music for wind
ensemble, other chamber music, piano pieces and vocal music. He
also composed the musical theme heard on the CBS Radio Network broadcast
"Hear It Now" 195051 and its TV successor, "See
It Now" 195158. He was a long time member of the Juilliard
School faculty, his notable students includie Robert Black, Kenneth
Fuchs, Daron Hagen, Adolphus Hailstork, Anthony Iannaccone, Philip
Lasser, Lowell Liebermann, Alasdair MacLean, Charles Strouse, Francis
Thorne, and Eric Whitacre. (sadly
died from heart failure)
b. July 9th 1915.
2006: Freddie Gorman (67)
American musician and record producer born in Detroit, while
still in high school he made his record debut on the Qualitones'
1955 single "Tears of Love". Two years later he and longtime
best friends Brian Holland and Sonny Sanders formed the Fideletones.
After issuing "Pretty Girl" on Aladdin Records in 1959,
the group splintered and Freddie resumed his day job as a mail carrier.
Soon after he became famous as a singer, songwriter for the Motown
label in the late 1960s and early 1970s and noted for his stint
with Motown quartet The Originals, they often worked as background
singers for recordings by artists such as Jimmy Ruffin "What
Becomes of the Broken hearted", Stevie Wonder "For Once
In My Life" and "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday",
David Ruffin "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)",
Marvin Gaye-"Chained" and "Just to Keep You Satisfied",
Edwin Starr-"War" and "25 Miles", and many more.
The Originals found their biggest success under the guidance of
Marvin Gaye, who co-wrote and produced two of the group's biggest
singles, "Baby, I'm for Real", and "The Bells".
Freddie also , co-wrote Motown's first No.1 pop hit "Please
Mr. Postman", by Marvelettes and in 1964, the Beatles released
their version of the song; then in 1975, the Carpenters took it
back to No.1. This was the first time in pop history that a song
went No.1 twice. In 2006, "Please Mr. Postman" was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (?)
b. April 11th 1939.
2010: Jimmy Dean (81) American
country singer, actor, TV host and businessman; born in Plainview,
Texas, he was the host of the popular Washington D.C. radio program
Town and Country Time on WARL, and with his Texas Wildcats became
popular in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jimmy became a national television
personality in the 1960s, rising to fame from his 1961 country crossover
hit "Big Bad John" which won him the 1962 Grammy Award
for Best C & W Recording. His mid-60s ABC-TV's The Jimmy Dean
Show, was one of the few to regularly present country music entertainers
to a mainstream audience, including Roger Miller, George Jones,
Charlie Rich, Buck Owens and some, like Joe Maphis, who seldom received
network exposure. His acting career included a supporting role in
the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever. In 1969, he founded
the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company with his brother Don. The company
did well, in part because of Dean's own extemporized, humor-themed
success led to its acquisition in 1984 by Consolidated Foods, later
renamed the Sara Lee Corporation. Jimmy was nominated for the Country
Music Hall of Fame in 2010, but sadly, he died before being formally
of natural causes) b. August 10th 1928.
2011: Germano Meneghel (49) Brazilian
singer and songwriter with the cultural band Olodum from Salvador,
and the author of some of their most popular songs like "Alegria
Geral" and "Avisa Lá" (Tragically
his lifeless body was found at his home in the historic district
of Pero Vaz. The cause of dead is as yet unknown, but Germano suffered
from high blood pressure, and on Sunday had complained to friends
of chest pains) b. ????
Mehdi Hassan (84) Pakistani ghazal
singer and a former playback singer for Lollywood born in a village
called Luna in Rajasthan, India. He is famously known as the "King
of ghazal", and was highly regarded in the Pakistan film industry.
He was honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz
by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government
of Nepal. He remained a leading singer of film industry along with
Ahmed Rushdi (sadly died from a lung
disease) b. July 18th 1927.
2012: Joe Humer (76) Slovenian
composer born in Maribor, he established the Ljubljana Madrigalists
Chamber Choir and led the Tone Tomic Academic Choir and the
Gallus Octet in Ljubljana. He was president of the Ljubljana Musical
Youth, the renovator of the Ljubljana Musical Society, and president
of the Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia. He wrote
and translated hundreds of librettos and other lyrics for children,
choirs, and soloists. In 1999, he received the Golden Medal of the
Slovenian Public Fund of Cultural Activities and n March 2012, he
was decorated by Slovenian President Danilo Türk with the Order
for Merits of Slovenia (?) b.
2012: Graeme Bell (97) Australian
Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader,
born in Richmond, Victoria. Aside from playing, he was one of the
leading promoters of jazz in Australia, bringing American performers
such as Rex Stewart to Australia. He was the first Australian jazz
band leader who was still playing at 90 years of age, and the first
Westerner to lead a jazz band to China. Graeme was inducted into
/ Australian Recording Industry
Association Hall of Fame in 1997 alongside The Bee Gees and Paul
Kelly. By 1999, he had made over 1,500 recordings and performed
in thousands of gigs in Australia and internationally.The Australian
Jazz Awards, or "The Bells", which commenced in 2003,
are named in his honour
(sadly Graeme died from a stroke) b. September 7th 1914.
Tim Mooney (53) American drummed
who worked with Sun Kil Moon and American Music Club. In
the 1970s and 1980s, he drummed for the Sleepers, Toiling Midgets,
Negative Trend, and others, before joining American Music Club in
1994.His last album with the band was Love Songs for Patriots, which
he also produced and engineered. He also played drums for Mark Kozelek's
first solo album Rock 'n' Roll Slinger in 2000 and Sun Kil Moon's
2003 album Ghosts of the Great Highway (sadly
Tim died from a blood clot) b. October
1969: Wynonie Harris (53) American
blues shouter and rhythm and blues singer of upbeat songs featuring
humorous, often ribald lyrics. In 1931 at age 16, he dropped out
of high school in North Omaha, and began traveling frequently to
Kansas City, Kansas where he paid close attention to the blues shouters
including Jimmy Rushing and Big Joe Turner. He became a local celebrity
in Omaha during the depths of the Great Depression in 1935. His
break in Los Angeles was at a nightclub owned by Curtis Mosby, it
was here that he became known as "Mr. Blues". Wynonie
went on to have fifteen Top 10 hits between 1946 - 1952, he is generally
considered one of rock and roll's forerunners, influencing Elvis
Presley among others. His hits include "Who Threw the Whiskey
in the Well", "Bloodshot Eyes", "Good Rocking
Tonight", "Good Morning Judge" and "All She
Wants to Do Is Rock". Wynonie was the subject of a 1994 biography
by Tony Collins (Wynonie sadly died of esophageal
cancer at the USC Medical Center Hospital in Los Angeles)
b. August 24th 1915.
Ahmad Zahir (33)
Afghan singer, songwriter-composer, known
for his unique touch and soulful interpretations, he is considered
an icon of music in Afghanistan and is sometimes called the "King
of Afghan music". Almost all of his songs are in Persian; many
are based on well-recognized Persian poems. He recorded over 22
albums, his first recorded song, "Gar Kuni Yak Nizara",
was his own composition, sung in the pilo raga. He continued writing
and recording songs such as "Azeezam Ba Yaadat", "Ahista-ahista",
"Akhir Ay Darya", "Hama Yaranam", "Agar
Sabza Boodam", "Guftam Ke Mekhwaham Tura", "Shabe
Ze Shabha" and "Parween-e Man" (allegedly
June 14th 1946.
1989: Pete De Freitas (27) West
Indian drummer with Echo & The Bunnymen; born in Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago and educated by the Benedictines at Downside
School. He joined the
Echo & The Bunnymen
in 1979 (he died tragically in a motorcycle
accident, on his way to Liverpool from London)
b. August 2nd 1961
1986: Alan Jay Lerner (67) American
lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe and
others, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring
works of musical theatre, including songs for Brigadoon, Paint Your
Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,
Lolita, My Love, Gigi, and Dance a Little Closer among many others
and films including Royal Wedding, An American in Paris, Brigadoon,
Gigi, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, My Fair Lady, Camelot,
Paint Your Wagon, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and more.
Alan won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other
cancer) b. August 31st 1918
1990: Erna Berger (89) German
soprano born in Dresden, Germany, but spent some years as a child
in India and South America. At the age of 26, she secured a position
as a soubrette soprano at the Semper Opera in Dresden, and later
held leading positions at the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State
Opera, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also gave concerts in Japan,
America, and Australia. Erna retired from the stage at 60 and taught
as a professor in Hamburg and Essen. Her recordings include Die
Zauberflöte, as the Queen of Night, conducted by Sir Thomas
Beecham, 193738, and Rigoletto, with Jan Peerce and Leonard
Warren, conducted by Renato Cellini, 1950 (?)
b. October 19th 1900.
1994: Henry Mancini (70)
American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his
film and television scores. He won a record twenty Grammy Awards,
including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1995.
His best-known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther
film series-"The Pink Panther Theme", the Peter Gunn Theme
from the television series, and back-to-back Academy Awards for
the songs "Moon River" from the Blake Edwards film Breakfast
at Tiffany's and "Days of Wine and Roses" from the 1962
film Days of Wine and Roses. He was not the first composer to introduce
jazz elements into film and television scoring, but he was the first
to become wildly successful with the public (sadly
died after a fight with cancer) b.
April 16th 1924.
1994: Marcel Mouloudji (71) French
singer and actor, born and raised in Paris, he sang Jacques
and Boris Vian. Marcel
was also the father to the French singer Annabelle. (sadly died
in Paris, France) b.
September 16th 1922
1995: Rory Gallagher (48) Irish
rock/blues guitar virtuoso, singer, born in Ballyshannon, County
Donegal, and raised in the city of Cork. Rory also played the mandolin,
the accordion, the harmonica, the resonator guitar, piano and saxophone.
He recorded solo albums throughout the 1970's and 1980's, after
being part of the band Taste during the late 1960s. Rory's albums
have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Many modern
day musicians, including The Edge, Slash, Johnny Marr, Davy Knowles,
Glenn Tipton, Vivian Campbell, Joe Bonamassa, and Brian May of Queen,
cite Gallagher as an inspiration in their formative musical years
(sadly died in London from chest infection
following a liver transplant)
b. March 2nd 1948
Volker Kriegel (59)
jazz guitarist, born
in Darmstadt, Germany; Volker taught himself the guitar and by his
late teens had formed
a trio that won an award at a 1963 amateur jazz festival. In 1973
he founded Spectrum, a quartet that included Eberhard Weber, among
others. In 1975 Kriegel spent a month teaching for the Goethe Institute,
an organization which he has worked for at various times throughout
his career and was
a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble.
In 1976 Spectrum broke up, and Kriegel started another band called
the Mild Maniac Orchestra which stayed together in to the 1980s.
He is perhaps most noteworthy for his many collaborations with the
American vibraphonist Dave Pike. (?)
b. December 24th 1943.
2004: Eamonn McGirr (63) Irish-born
singer and entertainer, an Irish immigrant to America born in Derry;
he first came to prominence in 1966 with a group of fellow Belfast
teachers: Gerry Burns, Finbar Carolan, and John Sullivan, known
as The Go Lucky Four, soared to the top of the Irish music charts
with "Up Went Nelson", maintaining the No.1 spot for eight
consecutive weeks. In
America, Eamonn was known for his relentless fundraising for local
charities such as the Centre For The Disabled' in Albany. In all,
he helped raise over $1,000,000 for the Center For The Disabled
and families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the
World Trade Center in New York City. Most notably, he set a Guinness
World Record for endurance singing in 1996 in an effort to raise
awareness and money for cerebral palsy, which his daughter Mareena
suffers from. He owned a pub, Eamonn's, just outside of Albany,
New York, which was a favorite spot for local Irish-Americans, especially
for its weekly open Irish music sessions. It was severely damaged
in a fire on June 20, 2005. Sadly Eamann was paralyzed after a serious
fall in his pub in November 1996 (?)
2005: Carlo Maria Giulini (91)
Italian conductor born in Barletta;
at the age of 18 he auditioned for the viola section of the Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's orchestra, at the time Italy's foremost
orchestra. Among the guest conductors he played under were Bruno
Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Victor de Sabata,
Fritz Reiner, Pierre Monteux, Igor Stravinsky, and Otto Klemperer.
His first public performance was the First Symphony of Brahms under
Bruno Walter. After the Allies liberated Rome on June 4, 1944, Carlo
who was among the few conductors not tainted by associations with
Fascism, was chosen to lead the Accademia's first post-Fascist concert,
held on July 16, 1944. On the program was the Brahms Symphony No.
4, which he had studied while in hiding. It became the work he conducted
most frequently over the course of his career, with a total of 180
performances. His most notable opera recordings include the 1959
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus versions of Mozart's operas The
Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni for EMI, as well as his 1955
recording of Verdi's La traviata with Maria Callas. He also made
recordings of Verdi's Requiem and the Four Sacred Pieces, which
were highly praised (?)
b. May 9th 1914.
Jamelão/José Bispo Clementino dos Santos (95)
Brazilian samba singer, born Rio's
São Cristóvão district; began as a tamborine
player, later became a crooner in the samba-canção
style, also was the official singer at samba school Mangueira's
carnaval parades and has toured Europe as a solo performer. Jamelão's
recording career spanned nearly two-dozen LPs and close to 70 years,
during which time he scored a series of samba classics including
"Mora No Assunto," "Matriz ou Filial," "Exaltação
à Mangueira," "Seu Deputado," and "Fechei
a Porta." Critics frequently cite his recordings with Severino
Araújo's Orquestra Tabajara as the apex of his studio career
as well as a pivotal turning point in the maturation of the modern
samba sound. (multiple organ failure)
b. May 12th 1913.
2008: Esbjörn Svensson
(44) Swedish jazz pianist and founder
of the jazz band Esbjörn Svensson Trio, born in Skultuna, Sweden.
His band E.S.T.
was the first European jazz combo to make
the front page of the American jazz magazine Down Beat in May of
2006. They got their international breakthrough with their 1999
album From Gagarins Point Of View, their first album to be
released outside Scandinavia. With the release of their albums Good
Morning Susie Soho in 2000 and Strange Place For Snow in 2002, the
trio drew the attention of US audiences. In 2002, they went on a
9-month tour through Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Their subsequent
albums, Seven Days Of Falling , Viaticum , and Tuesday Wonderland,
were equally well received by critics and fans and resulted in several
music industry award nominations as well as making the jazz and
pop charts (died in a tragic scuba diving
accident) b. April 16th 1964
2009: Ivan Della Mea (68)
Italian singersongwriter, composer and author; born in Lucca,
then moved to Milan, he was one of the most active authors in the
field of the new social and civil song, taking inspiration from
the daily arguments.
He began to write songs
in 1959, and between 1962 and 1963 he participated with Gianni Bosio
to form the New Italian Canzoniere. In 1985 he became president
of the Milan Circle Arcs and in the 1996 director of the Institute
De Martino, in Tuscany. He then went back to recording more albums
(died after a long illness) b. October
2009: Bob Bogle (75) American
founding member of the instrumental
rock band, The Ventures.
Born near Wagoner, Oklahoma, he
was a self-taught guitar player, his
use of the tremolo arm was particularly notable and his
playing in their 1960 cover of "Walk, Don't Run" influenced
a generation of guitarists including John Fogerty, Steve Miller,
Joe Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
After leaving school at 15 he worked as a bricklayer in California.
In 1958, while
working on different construction sites he
met up with fellow mason worker Don Wilson in Seattle, the two formed
a band called The Versatones. The duo played small clubs, beer bars,
and private parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. They recruited
Nokie Edwards as bass player,
Skip Moore on drums and
changed their name to the Ventures. The band enjoyed their greatest
popularity and success in the US and Japan in the 1960s, but they
have continued to perform and record up to the present recording
in all 38 albums. With over 110 million albums sold worldwide, the
group remains the best selling instrumental rock group of all time.
Bob with The Ventures was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame on March 10th 2008
died battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
b. January 16
2011: Asad Ali Khan (74) Indian
rudra veena player; born in Alwar he is the seventh generation of
rudra veena players in his family. His ancestors were royal musicians
in the courts of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur, Rajasthan in
the 18th century. He he has performed in many countries, including
Australia, the United States, Afghanistan, Italy and several other
European countries, and conducted music courses in the United States.
Asad worked at All India Radio, taught the sitar in the Faculty
of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi for 17 years,
and continued to train students privately after his retirement.
He was involved in preserving the playing of the rudra
veena, and performed
for SPIC MACAY, promoting Indian classical music to young Indians.
He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1977 and the Indian
civilian honor Padma Bhushan in 2008 (?)
2011: Wiley "Mack" Self (81)
American rockabilly singer-songwriter and
guitarist born in Calico Bottoms, Arkansas; after playing on radio
station KXJK in Forrest City, Arkansas
in 1955, he make a recording
of his song "Easy to Love". The demo recording then found
its way to Sam Phillips of Sun Records, who invited him to audition.
Sam encouraged him to write more songs.
In 1959, he re-recorded "Easy
to Love" along with several new songs on which he was backed
by guitarist Therlow Brown and bass player Jimmy Evans, and released
a second single, "Mad At You" / "Willie Brown".
In the early 1960s Mack recorded several country singles for the
Zone label in Memphis and continued to write songs, setting up his
own publishing company. Mack gave up the music business in 1963,
and established a heating, air and sheet metal business in Helena,
Arkansas. He returned to undertake occasional performances after
1992, with his Silver Dollar Band, and was inducted into the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame in 1993 (?) b.
May 22nd 1930.
2012: Hassan Kassai (83)
Iranian master player of Ney,the
traditional reed flute of Iran (?)
b. September 25th 1928
Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (82) German
pianist and teacher born
in Dessau; besides teaching as a professor at the Mozarteum and
in Hannover, he had been a guest professor at the university of
music in Zagreb since 2004 and a teacher of master classes in Europe,
United States and Asia. His students have included Thomas
Duis, Valentina Babor,
Severin von Eckardstein, Henriette Gaertner, Philippe Giusiano,
Márton Illés, Yu Kosuge, Matthew Odell, Alice Sara
Ott, Ragna Schirmer and Lars Vogt. He received the prize Niedersächsischer
Staatspreis of Lower Saxony in 1985. Since 1999 he was an Officer
of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2000
he was awarded the Great Decoration of Honour for Services to the
Republic of Austria. He was an honorary member of Deutscher Musikrat,
the German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council
(?) b. May
2012: Marjorie "Margie" Hyams (91)
American jazz vibraphonist, pianist,
and arranger; she began her career as a vibraphonist in the 1940s,
playing with Woody Herman from 1944 to 1945, the Hip Chicks in 1945,
Mary Lou Williams in 1946, Charlie Ventura also in 1946, George
Shearing from 1949 to 1950, and led her own groups, including a
trio, which stayed together from 1945 to 1948, performing on 52nd
Street in Manhattan. From 1951 to 1970, she played, taught and arranged
in Chicago (sadly died of renal failure)
b. August 9th 1920.
Wes Montgomery (45) American jazz guitarist,
considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such
seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing
countless others. He started to teach himself guitar in 1943, using
his thumb rather than a pick and toured with Lionel Hampton during
1948-50. His most spontaneous jazz outings, small-group sessions,
with such sidemen as Tommy Flanagan, James Clay, Victor Feldman,
Hank Jones, Johnny Griffin and Mel Rhyne. In 1967 Wes signed with
Creed Taylor at A&M and during 1967-68 he recorded three best-selling
albums. Wes received many awards and accolades: Nominated for two
Grammy Awards for Bumpin', 1965; received Grammy Award for Goin'
Out of My Head as Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by Large Group
or Soloist with Large Group, 1966; nominated for Grammy Awards for
"Eleanor Rigby" and "Down Here on the Ground",
1968; nominated for Grammy Award for Willow, Weep for Me, 1969.
Wes' second album, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery,
earned him Down Beat magazine's "New Star" award in 1960.
In addition, he won the Down Beat Critic's Poll award for best Jazz
guitarist in 1960, '61, '62,'63, '66, and 1967.
(he woke one morning, remarked to his wife
that he "Didn't feel very well," and minutes later collapsed,
dying of a heart attack within minutes)
b. March 6th 1923.
Pepper (56) American
alto saxophonist; born in Gardena, California, he began
his career with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton between 1946 and 1952.
By the '50s Art was recognized as one of the leading alto saxophonists
in jazz, finishing second only to Charlie Parker as Best Alto Sax
Player in the Down Beat magazine Readers Poll of 1952. He
is associated with the musical movement known as West Coast jazz,
as contrasted with the East Coast hot jazz associated with Charlie
Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Art was a member of Buddy Rich's Big
Band from 1968 to 1969, and in 1977 and 1978 made two well received
tours of Japan. He
had become a heroin addict in the 1940s, and his career was interrupted
by drug-related prison sentences in 195456, 1960-61, 1961-64
and 1964-65. Luckily,
his drug abuse did not affect the quality of his recordings, which
maintained a high level of musicianship throughout his career until
his death. Art's most famous albums are Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm
Section, Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics, Gettin' Together,
and Smack Up. The Aladdin Recordings (three volumes), The Early
Show, The Late Show, The Complete Surf Ride, and The Way It Was!,
which features a session recorded with Warne Marsh.
Straight Life, transcribed by his third wife Laurie Pepper, is a
unique exploration into the jazz music world, as well as drug and
criminal subcultures of mid-20th century California. The documentary
film Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor, available on DVD, devotes
much space to music from one of his late groups featuring pianist
Milcho Leviev (tragically
he died from a brain hemorrhage)
b. September 1st 1925.
1984: Meredith Willson (82) American
composer, songwriter, conductor and playwright, born in Mason City,
Iowa. He is best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for
the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. He wrote three other Broadway
musicals, composed symphonies, his
Symphony No. 1 in F minor: A Symphony of San Francisco and Symphony
No. 2 In E Minor: Missions of California were recorded in 1999.
He also wrote popular songs, and his
film scores which were twice nominated for Academy Awards. The cast
recording of The Music Man won the first Grammy Award for Best Original
Cast Album (Broadway or TV) ever issued.
second musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, ran on Broadway for
532 performances from 1960 to 1962. His third musical to be produced
on Broadway was an adaptation of the film Miracle On 34th Street,
called Here's Love-1963. His fourth, last, and musical was 1491.
He penned a number of very well-known songs, such as "You and
I", which was a No. 1 for Glenn Miller, "It's Beginning
to Look a Lot Like Christmas", and "May the Good Lord
Bless and Keep You" (sadly died of heart
failure) b. May 18th 1902.
American drummer; born
in Boston, US, he joined Steely Dan in 1972 when he worked on their
debut album "Can't Buy a Thrill" and follow up album "Countdown
to Ecstasy" in 1773.
In 1972 Jim also sang the lead vocal on the song "Midnight
Cruiser" and the vocals on the song "Dallas" which
appeared only on a 7" record. These first few years were their
very heavy touring days. Jim worked on part of Steely Dan's 3rd
Logic" before leaving the band in 1974. He
went on to be an in-demand session player for musicians such as
Sammy Hagar and David Soul. (he
drowned in his swimming pool)
September 17th 1947.
1994: Manos Hadjidakis (68) Academy
Award-winning Greek composer; born in Xanthi, Greece; he received
an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song 'Never on Sunday'
from the film of the same name
in 1960. His very first
work was the tune for the song Paper Moon from Tennessee Williams'
'A Streetcar Named Desire' staged by Karolos Koun's Art Theatre
of Athens. His first piano piece, "For a Small White Seashell"
came out in 1947 and in 1948 he shook the musical establishment
by delivering his legendary lecture on rembetika, the urban folk
songs that flourished in Greek cities, mainly Piraeus, after the
Asia Minor refugee influx in 1922 and until then had heavy underworld
and cannabis use connections and were consequently looked down upon.
In 1949 he co-founded the Greek Dance Theatre Company with the choreographer
Rallou Manou after which he started his career writing immensely
popular "pop" songs and movie soundtracks alongside more
serious works. He is also credited with the introduction of bouzouki
music into mainstream culture (heart
disease and diabetes) b.
1996: Ella Fitzgerald (78)
jazz singer, known as "The First Lady of Song", blessed
with a beautiful voice and a wide range, could outswing anyone and
had near-perfect elocution; she learned to sing by imitating the
vocal stylings she heard on the radio and records, especially those
of Louis Armstrong and Connee Boswell of the Boswell Sisters. She
dropped out of school, became involved with the numbers racket,
and worked as a lookout at a brothel. Caught by the authorities,
she was put into the Riverdale Children's Association, an orphanage
and school, from which she ran away in 1934, determined to make
a career in show business. She won an amateur contest at the Apollo
Theater in Harlem,
in Dec of 1934 singing
"Judy" and "The Object of My Affection".
She later came to the attention of Charles Linton, lead singer for
Chick Webb's band. Linton took her to Webb, who hired her in 1935.
She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket A Tasket," with
Webb's band in 1939. Under Webb's musical guidance, Ella learnt
professional skills, developed confidence, and began recording.
In 1942 she embarked on her long influencial career as a soloist.
In 1947 she married famed jazz bassist Ray Brown and 1948 to 1952
she sang his jazz group. The couple adopted an infant named Raymond
Brown, Jr., but in 1953 the marriage ended and she never remarried.
During her lifetime Fitzgerald worked with all the great jazz performers
and won countless awards for her work, among them popularity awards
from jazz magazines; honorary doctorates; the American Music Award-1978;
the Kennedy Center Award-1979 for her lifetime achievement in the
performing arts; the National Medal of the Arts-1987, presented
at the White House; and thirteen Grammy Awards, including one in
1967 for her lifetime achievement. In 1989 she became the first
recipient of the Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award,
named "Ella" in her honor. Beginning in the early 1970s,
Fitzgerald had eyesight problems complicated by diabetes and also
suffered from circulatory system complications. In 1986 she had
heart surgery, but she returned to the concert stage the next year.
Despite these illnesses, she continued to perform at least once
a month into the early 1990s (In 1993 Ella
had to have both
her legs amputated
below the knees. She sadly died at her Beverly Hills home with
complications from diabetes)
b. April 25th 1917.
1999: Fausto Papetti (76)
alto saxophone player,
born at Viggiù in Lombardy. He began his career in 1957 playing
in jazz orchestras, before playing with the group I Campioni
/The Champions, which at the time was backing the singer Tony Dallara
on disk and in concert. He left the group in 1959 signing with Durium
as a session musician, where he recorded with many and varied artists
at the recording house. His arrangement of "Estate violenta"
was released in 1960 under the name "Fausto Papetti Sax and
rhythms", it's success exceeded the original soundtrack of
the film. This led to his debut album, simply titled "Raccolta"/Collection
the same year. Throughout the '60s and the '70s, all his albums
reaches the top of the sales charts, and were also released on the
Latin American market. Fausto recorded two "Raccolta"
a year, the best-selling being the 20th one in 1975. The albums
are also characterized and famous for their covers, especially in
the '70s, with girls in undressed winking poses. He became a founder
of a genre, and in the 70s had many imitators, like Johnny Sax and
Piergiorgio Farina. As well as his famed Collections, he recorded
many other albums including "Old America", "Evergreen",
"Bonjour France", "Made in Italy", "Rhythms
of Latin America", "Cinema anni '60","Cinema
anni '70". Fausto continued working until his death
(?) b. January 28th 1923.
2004: Leonard Walter "Lennie"
Bush (77) English
jazz double-bassist, he started on the violin before changing to
bass at 16, and by 17 he was playing professionally in a variety
show called The Rolling Stones and Dawn. He
played with Nat Gonella in the middle of the 1940s, but turned to
bebop in the later 40s. Lennie was one of the founding members of
London's Club Eleven, and played there in a band with Ronnie Scott,
Hank Shaw, Tommy Pollard, and Tony Crombie. He later studied with
James Merrett at the Guildhall School of Music, and he was much
sought after by overseas musicians, joining many European tours
of Zoot Sims, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Roy Eldridge.
He became a member of Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra in 1957, and
also recorded with Anita O'Day, Stephane Grappelli, and Eddie Vinson.
He went into semi-retirement in the 1990s, but still played up until
his death (?)
June 6th 1927.
2006: Betty Curtis/Roberta Corti (70)
Italian singer, born in
Milan; she was active from 1957 to 1969.
song "Al di là" performed by her with Luciano Tajoli
won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1961. She also represented Italy
in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 coming shared fifth in Cannes
March 21st 1936.
2007: Richard Bell (61) Canadian
musician pianist and keyboard player born in Toronto. Richard was
well known as the pianist for Janis Joplin and her Full Tilt Boogie
Band. In the late 1960s, while touring with Ronnie Hawkins, he was
approached by Joplin's manager Albert Grossman and invited to join
her new ensemble. His playing can be heard on her posthumously-released
album Pearl and many bootleg recordings from her 1970 tour, including
performances from the Festival Express "train tour" of
Canada. After which he moved to Woodstock, New York, where he worked
as a session musician. Among those he worked with were
Judy Collins, John Sebastian.,
Paul Butterfield, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn, Cowboy
Junkies, Bob Dylan, Michael Kaeshammer, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Walsh.
In 1991, Richard joined the reconstituted line-up of The Band as
a keyboardist and in later years before his passing performed as
keyboard player with Canadian roots-rock performers such as Colin
Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Kathleen Edwards (died
after a long brave battle with multiple myeloma)
b. March 5th 1946
2010: Busi Mhlongo (62)
virtuoso singer, dancer and composer,
born in Inanda,
on various South African styles such as mbaqanga, maskanda, marabi
and traditional Zulu, fused with contemporary elements from jazz,
funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African music she
produced a fresh and exciting sound. In 2000, Busi scooped three
awards at the FNB South African Music Awards for best female artist,
best adult contemporary album (Africa), and best African pop album.
Busi has since also scored a Kora award and Melt has released a
compilation called Indiza. (Sadly lost her
battle with cancer) b. October 28th
2010: Janis Grodums (52) Latvian
bass guitarist, singer, songwriter; Janas was a founder member of
the rock band Livi, formed in 1976 by himself, Kigelis, Pavitols,
Ingrida and drummer Andris Krumin. Their early years were
spent in small-time gigs, playing sad songs written by Pavitols
and sung by his wife, Ingrida. In 1980 the line up changed, 17-year
old singer Rodrigo Fomins and drummer Vilnis Krievin joined
up, Kigelis immediately started writing new songs, and Livi suddenly
became popular, appearing in many music festivals and slowly starting
to record their first album, the self-titled Livi, which was released
in 1983. Going from strength to strength, under different line up
changes, Janis, with Livi recorded their best-selling album Bailes
par zingem (Fear about Songs)
in 1997. The album
remained in fans memories for Piedod man a hard-rockers
confession written by Janis. They
carried on recording until 2005. (?)
b. June 10th 1958.
2011: Mae Wheeler (77) American
singer and event producer, born in Memphis, but moved to St. Louis
when she was 5 and went on to be known to generations of St. Louis
music fans as Lady Jazz". She eventually broke in to
the music business at the tail end of St. Louis' Gaslight Square
era, crediting fellow singer Jeanne Trevor for helping her to get
her first gigs at places such as Vanity Fair, the Black Horse, the
Dark Side and the Red Carpet.
In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Mae was a regular performer at
Hannegan's on Laclede's Landing and also worked at other spots such
the Moose Lounge in north St. Louis and an early incarnation of
Kennedy's, also on the Landing. In later years, she performed frequently
at the now-defunct Brandt's in University City, as well as at other
restaurants, lounges and clubs around town. She worked with hundreds
of St. Louis musicians and singers, and appeared with nationally
known entertainers including Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Sonny Stitt,
Mitch Miller and Arthur Prysock. As best as can be determined, she
released two recordings, Live in 2000, and Just Friends in 200 (sadly
died after a long illness) b. May 15th
Rune Gustafsson (78) Swedish
jazz guitarist and composer
born in Gothenburg
and moved to Stockholm in the 1950s to work with Putte Wickman and
Arne Domnérus Radio band and Radio Jazz Group. His first
published works were Young Guitar in 1961 with Arne Domnérus,
Jan Johansson, Jimmy Woode, Bjarne Nerem, Börje Fredriksson
and Jan Allan. He went on to work with the likes of Jon Christensen,
Arne Domnérus, Cornelis
Johansson, and Georg Riedel. He is noted in particular for the soundtrack
of Swedish films The Man Who Quit Smoking -1972, Release the Prisoners
to Spring -1975, and Sunday's Children -1992. Rune received the
Albin Hagstrom Memorial Price in 1997, The Thore Ehrling scholarship
in 2001, and Guitar People's Prize in 2004. In 2009 he was awarded
the Lars Gullin Award, for having been "the trend for young
guitarists in Sweden and abroad". In 2010 he was awarded the
Monica Zetterlund memorial fund scolarship
(sadly Rune died after a short illness)
b. August 25th 1933.
Louis Hardy (22)
American jazz cornet player and one of the best regarded New Orleans
musicians of his generation. Emmett
was born in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, he was
a child prodigy, described as already playing marvelously in his
early teens. Some New Orleans musicians remembered as a musical
highlight of their lives a 1919 cutting contest where after long
and intense struggle Hardy succeeded in outplaying Louis Armstrong.
He was in the original incarnation of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings
aka NORK under the direction of Bee Palmer. Sadly Emmett did not
appear on any of the Rhythm Kings recording sessions, never making
any commercial recordings before his very early death, but he and
some of his musician friends made some home recordings on wax phonograph
cylinders for their own amusement. As Hardy's tuberculosis worsened
and his death seemed inevitable, the friends decided to preserve
the cylinders as a memento of Emmett's playing. When advancing tuberculosis
started to make his breathing difficult, he taught himself banjo
so he could continue playing music (tuberculosis)
b. June 12th 1903.
1939: William Henry "Chick" Webb (34)
and swing drummer and band leader of the Chick Webb Band; he used
custom-made pedals, goose-neck cymbal holders, a 28-inch bass drum
and a wide variety of other percussion instruments and
perched high upon a platform he
created thundering solos of a complexity and energy that paved the
way for the likes of Buddy Rich, who studied Chick intensely. Born
he suffered from tuberculosis of the spine
from childhood. At the age of 17 he moved to New York City and by
1926, he was leading his own band in Harlem.
alternated between band tours and residencies at New York City clubs
through the late 1920s. In 1931, his band became the house band
at the Savoy Ballroom, and became one of the best-regarded bandleaders
and drummers of the new "Swing" style. (sadly
died after a major operation in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore)
b. February 10th 1905.
Heino Eller (83) Estonian composer
and composition teacher, born in Tartu, and in 1907 he entered the
Saint Petersburg Conservatory to study violin. From 1920 to 1940,
he was a professor of music theory and composition at the Tartu
Higher School for Music. During this time he formed the Tartu school
of composition, which gave rise to many composers, including Eduard
1940 he became a professor of composition at the Tallinn Conservatory
and taught there until his death in 1970. He was named a People's
Artist of the USSR in 1967. His works include - Dawn; Twilight;
Moderato sostenuto in D minor for voice, viola and piano; Elegia
for harp and string orchestra; Concerto in B minor for violin and
orchestra; and Five Pieces for string orchestra
b. March 7th 1887.
1982: James Honeyman-Scott (25)
Guitarist, he was a founding member
of the English-American
rock band formed in Hereford, The
Pretenders, formed in 1978. The band's first single, a cover of
The Kinks song "Stop Your Sobbing", produced by Nick Lowe,
was released in January 1979 and gained critical attention. It was
followed in June with "Kid" and then in November the band
got to No.1 in the UK with "Brass in Pocket" which was
also successful in the US reaching No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Prior to joining the Pretenders, he played in several bands, The
Enid, The Hawks, The Hot Band, and Cheeks. (died
of heart failure as a result of intolerance for cocaine)
b. November 4th 1956.
1986: Maurice Duruflé (84) French
composer, organist, and pedagogue
born in Louviers; in
1912, he became chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School, where
he studied piano and organ with Jules Haelling. At age 17, moving
to Paris, he took private organ lessons with Charles Tournemire,
whom he assisted at Basilique Ste-Clotilde, Paris until 1927. In
1920 he entered the Conservatoire de Paris, eventually graduating
with first prizes in organ, harmony, piano accompaniment, and composition.
In 1927, Louis Vierne nominated him as his assistant at Notre-Dame.
Maurice became titular organist of St-Étienne-du-Mont in
Paris in 1929, a position he held for the rest of his life. In 1936,
he won the Prix Blumenthal. He was highly critical of his own composition.
He only published a handful of works and often continued to edit
and change pieces after publication. For instance, the Toccata from
Suite, op. 5 has a completely different ending in the first edition
than in the more recent version, and the score to the Fugue sur
le nom d'Alain originally indicated accelerando throughout. The
result of this perfectionism is that his music, especially his organ
music, holds a very high position in the repertoire. Maurice suffered
severe injuries in a car accident on 29 May 1975, as a result he
gave up performing; indeed he was largely confined to his apartment
(?) b. January
Kristen Pfaff (26) American
bassist, born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She spent a short
time in Europe and briefly attended Boston College before finishing
at the University of Minnesota. She studied classical piano and
cello. While living in Minneapolis, she taught herself to play bass
guitar. She, guitarist/vocalist Joachim Breuer and drummer Matt
Entsminger formed the band Janitor Joe. While Janitor Joe were on
tour in California Kristen was scouted by Eric Erlandson and Courtney
Love of Hole, who were at the time looking for a new bassist. In
1993, she moved to Seattle, Washington, to work with the other members
of Hole on Live Through This, the major-label follow-up to Pretty
On The Inside. October 20th 1994, Janet Pfaff, Kristen's mother,
accepted induction on her daughter's behalf into the Buffalo Music
Hall of Fame.(Tragically Kristaen was found
dead in her bathtub due to a heroin overdose)
b. May 26th 1967
born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, he was part of country rock band
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show from 1973, when Jay David left
the band, until 1985, when the band split up. While he was with
them, among their many hits, they had a UK No.1/US No.6 hit with
"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" and a UK
No.4/US No.5 hit with "Sexy Eyes". (sadly died of liver
cancer in San Francisco, California) b. April
1999: Screaming Lord Sutch/ David Sutch (58)
British singer, politician; UK's
first long-haired pop star, boasting hair over 18 inches long and
the self-styled lord was Britain's longest-serving political leader,
standing in nearly 40 elections. His most famous party was the Official
Monster Raving Loony Party. During the 60s, he was known for his
horror-themed stage show, dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating
the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper. Accompanied by his band,
The Savages, he started by coming out of a black coffin. Other props
included knives and daggers, skulls and "bodies". He booked
themed tours, such as 'Sutch and the Roman Empire', where he and
the band members would be dressed up as Roman soldiers.
self-confessed lack of vocal talent, he released horror-themed singles
during the early to mid-'60s, the most popular "Jack the Ripper",
covered live and on record by garage rock bands including the White
Stripes, The Black Lips and The Horrors. His album Lord Sutch and
Heavy Friends was named in a 1998 BBC poll as the worst album of
all time, a status it also held in Colin Larkin's book The Top 1000
Albums of All Time, despite the fact that Jimmy Page, John Bonham,
Jeff Beck, Noel Redding and Nicky Hopkins performed on it and helped
write it. (David
suffered from bipolar disorder and ended up committing suicide by
b. November 10th 1940.
2007: Donna King Conkling (88)
American singer; member of The
King Sisters; born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the all King
children originally were part of the "Drigg's Family of Entertainers".
In the early 1930s sisters Louise, Maxine and Alyce formed a vocal
trio and went to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO.
While the three oldest King Sisters were performing in San Francisco,
two of their younger sisters, Yvonne and Donna, aged 14 and 15,
formed their own vocal trio with a friend. The 2 trios joined together,
but by the mid 30s there were four King Sisters Donna,
Yvonne, Alyce and Luise.
They worked with bandleaders Horace Heidt, Artie Shaw and Charlie
Barnet and at the peak of their success, they also appeared in a
number of Hollywood features in the 1940s. During World War II,
they appeared regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they
began hosting their own ABC television network show, The King Family
Show, which featured family members such as Alyce's husband, actor
Robert Clarke, and her sons, Ric de Azevedo, Lex de Azevedo, and
Cam Clarke as well as other talent. The show ran until 1969 (?)
b. September 3rd 1918.
2008: Margaret Kitchin (94) British
pianist, born in Switzerland she was strongly associated with contemporary
music, she gave many premieres of works by composers such as Michael
Tippett, Thea Musgrave and Peter Racine Fricker. Her first commercial
recording came when, in 1958, responding to an invitation from a
then unknown promoter, Richard Itter, she recorded Tippett's Fantasy
Sonata (his first) coupled with Iain Hamilton's Sonata Op 13. It
was issued in 1960. Her concert career developed, focusing on the
serial and avant-garde repertoire, and she became the pianist the
BBC often asked to do difficult modern works, usually learned for
just one performance. Margaret forged many important musical partnerships.
She toured extensively with the horn player Barry Tuckwell, they
premièred at the Zagreb Festival of Contemporary Music and
also worked extensively with the violinist Maria Lidka
(?) b. March 23rd 1914.
Charlie Mariano (85) American
jazz alto saxophonist; born in Massachusetts and later relocated
to Germany. Over his long career he has led many of his own bands
as well as playing in other bands including the bands of
Charles Mingus, Stan
Kenton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eberhard Weber, the United Jazz and Rock
Ensemble, Embryo and played with numerous others. He also played
the nadaswaram, a traditional oboe from South India (cancer)
b. November 12th 1923.
2010: Bill Dixon (84)
trumpet player, flugelhorn, and pianist, often using electronic
delay and reverberation as part of his trumpet playing. Born in
Nantucket, Massachusetts, Bill started playing trumpet in high school
and after his military service he studied at the Hartnette Conservatory
in New York City before gigging in New York. From 1961-3 he played
with saxophonist Archie Shepp leading small groups and later arranged
for the New York Contemporary Five in 1963 and the following year
presented a series of concerts, the October Revolution In Jazz.
an educator Bill taught at Bennington College from '68, founding
the Black Music Division there in 1973 and in the published '80s
a book titled LOpéra:a Collection of Letters, Writings,
Musical Scores, Drawings, and Photographs (1967-1986), vol. I. As
a sideman he appears on Cecil Taylors Conquistador and his
own albums including Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet- '62, Intents
and Purposes- '66-7 and Song of Sisyphus - 1988 and more recently
the album Bill Dixon With The Exploding Star Orchestra on the Thrill
Jockey label two years ago (sadly, died at
his home, after battling a two-year illness)
b. October 5th 1925.
2010: Garry Shider (56)
American singer and guitarist
whose work with the funk groups Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's
Rubber Band earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1997. Born in Plainfield, N.J, he began his musical career as
a gospel singer and guitarist. He met George Clinton in the late
1960s at a Plainfield barbershop where the Parliaments, then primarily
a soul vocal group, practiced harmonies. At the age of 17 Garry
moved to Toronto, Canada, where he formed a funk band, United Soul,
and also produced a single by the band under the name U.S. Soul
in 1971. Back in America, Garry joined the band
in 1972, contributing to albums such as "America Eats Its Young"
in 1972, "Cosmic Slop" in 1973 and "One Nation Under
a Groove" 1978. He was known for appearing in a diaper, making
him instantly recognizable on stage and earning him the nickname
"Diaper Man". He performed during a final
tour in April after having been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer
in March (sadly Garry died of complications
from brain and lung cancer) b. July
2011: Larry "Wild Man" Fischer
(66) American street musician,
born in LA, California, he was institutionalized at age 16 for attacking
his mother with a knife and later diagnosed with severe paranoid
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Following his release from the
hospital, he wandered LA singing his unique brand of songs for 10¢
to passers-by. Discovered by Frank Zappa, with whom he recorded
his first album, Larry became an underground concert favorite, earning
him the title "godfather of outsider music". Zappa was
responsible for Larry's initial foray into the business of music,
an album called An Evening with Wild Man Fischer, contains 36 tracks
of "something not exactly musical". Zappa and Larry remained
close, until he threw a jar at Zappa's daughter Moon Unit Zappa,
barely missing her. Due to this falling out, Zappa's widow Gail
still has not yet released An Evening with Wild Man Fischer on CD.
The Wild Man was re-decovered in 1999, Rhino released
The Fischer King, a two-CD package comprising 100 tracks and a 20-page
booklet, which sold out within weeks. In October 2004, he appeared
on ABC-TV's late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He sang "Monkeys
vs. Donkeys" while tapping on a backwards acoustic guitar.
In 2005, Josh Rubin and Jeremy Lubin, premiered their documentary
about Wild Man Fischer, entitled Derailroaded: Inside The Mind Of
Wild Man Fischer, at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. (sadly
died of heart failure) b. November 6th 1944.
2012: Scott Johnson (33)
British top drum technician born in Doncaster,
Yorkshire; he toured the world working with bands such as Radiohead,
Keane, Portishead, White Lies and so many others (Scott died in
a tragic crush accident in Toronto, Canada, while on a world tour
with Radiohead when the top portion of the stage fell in on him
as he was setting up for the show
(?) b. 1979
1941: Johan Wagenaar (78) Dutch composer
and organist born in the city of Utrecht; at the age of 13 he recieived
instruction in piano, organ, violin, theory, and composition under
the tutelage of the composer Richard Hol and the organist Samuel
de Lange, Jr. In 1892, he studied with Brahms' friend Heinrich von
Herzogenberg in Berlin. Between 1919 and 1937, he was director of
the Royal Conservatory at the Hague. His pupils included Peter van
van Goudoever, Emile
Enthoven, Alexander Voormolen, Leon Orthel, Allard de Ridder,
Bernard Wagenaar and Willem
Pijper. His compositions include operas, cantatas, organ music,
and orchestral works. In
his later years, Johan received an honorary Doctorate of Music from
Utrecht University (?)
1954: Danny Cedrone (33) American guitarist
and bandleader, best known for his work with Bill Haley & His
Comets on their epochal "Rock Around the Clock" in 1954.
Born in Jamesville, New York, he began his musical career in the
1940s, but he came into his own in the early 1950s, first as a session
guitarist hired by what was then a country and western musical group
based out of Chester, Pennsylvania called Bill Haley and His Saddlemen.
In 1951, Danny played lead on their recording of "Rocket 88"
which is considered one of the first acknowledged rock and roll
recordings. At this time he also formed his own group, The Esquire
Boys recording hits such as "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie", and
he never joined Haley's group as a full-time member. In 1952, he
played lead guitar on Haley's version of "Rock the Joint",
and his swift guitar solo, which combined a jazz-influenced first
half followed by a lightning-fast down-scale run, was a highlight
of the recording. He worked with Haley's group in 1954, by which
time it had been renamed The Comets. He played a key role in the
band's first recording session for Decca Records on April 12th 1954
when they recorded "Rock Around the Clock" in New York
City. Danny was paid only $21 for his work on the session, as at
that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his
group. He also played on the June 7th 1954 recording session for
Haley's version of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" although he
was not allotted the chance for another notable guitar solo
tragically died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase)
b. June 20th 1920.
1983: Peter Mennin}i (60) American
composer and teacher born in Erie, Pennsylvania; he began composing
at an early age, and wrote 9 symphonies, several concertos, and
numerous works for wind band, chorus, and other ensembles. His style
became more chromatic and astringent with time, but was always essentially
tonal, relying heavily on polyphony. His fifth symphony of 1950,
which is tonal, energetic and suspenseful, was recorded by Howard
Hanson and the Eastman Rochester Orchestra in the Mercury series
of American classical works. Peter's notable students include Jacob
Druckman, Richard Danielpour, Karl Korte, Charles L. Bestor, Jack
Behrens, and Claire Polin. (?)
May 17th 1923.
Klavdiya Shulzhenko (78) Soviet
jazz & pop singer; the most popular female singer of the Soviet
Union before the rise of Alla Pugachova's star in the 1970s &
became the first female pop singer to be named People's Artist of
the USSR in 1971. She started singing with jazz and pop bands in
the late 1920s and rose to fame in the late 1930s with her version
of Sebastian Yradier's ''La Paloma''. In 1939, she was awarded at
the first all-Soviet competition of pop singers. During World War
II, she performed about a thousand concerts for Soviet soldiers
in besieged Leningrad and elsewhere, with songs such as "The
Blue Headscarf" and "Lets Smoke". On April 10th 1976,
performed to enraptured audience in the Column Hall of the House
of Unions in what would become her most famous concert. In 1999
Russia issued a postage stamp in her honor
March 24th 1906.
Kate Smith (79)
American singerborn in Greenville, Virginia, Kate best known for
her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
She had a radio, TV and recording career spanning 5 decades, reaching
its height in the 1940s. Kate began making records in 1926; among
her biggest hits were "River, Stay 'Way From My Door",
"Woodpecker Song", "White Cliffs of Dover",
"Rose O'Day", "I Don't Want to Walk Without You",
"There Goes That Song Again", "Seems Like Old Times",
and "Now Is the Hour". Her theme song "When the Moon
Comes Over the Mountain", the lyrics of which she helped write.
She started on radio in 1931 and also appeared in films, starring
in The Big Broadcast of 1932 and This Is the Army in 1943; from
1951 to 1954, she also hosted an afternoon television programme.
In 1982, Kate was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President
Ronald Reagan and was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall
of Fame in 1999 (diabetes)
b. May 1st 1907.
2005: Karl Mueller (42) American
bassist and founding member of the rock-grunge band Soul Asylum;
The band formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules, with the
original line-up consisting of
Murphy, Dave Pirner and Pat Morley, Pat was replaced by Grant Young
in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and
two with A&M Records to little commercial success. However,
in 1992, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union,
featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train".
The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration early the next year.
They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light
Shine three years later in 1995, but it was the last hit album of
the band's career. Sadly Karl was diagnosed with cancer in 2004
(sadly died fighting throat cancer) b.
July 27th 1963.
2009: José Calvário (58)
Portuguese maestro and orchestrator who conducted many festivals
and concerts in Portugal. In
the Eurovision Song Contest he was the composer, lyricist and conductor
of five Portuguese entries: "A festa da vida"-1972, "E
depois do adeus"-1974, "Portugal no coração"-1977,
"Penso em ti, eu sei"-1985, "Voltarei" in 1988.
his long career he made a great contribution to Portuguese Music
(complications from heart attack) b.??
2009: Eon/Ian Loveday (55) British
rave pioneer, with his music links being the early Detroit techno
and modern dance sound, is maybe known to most for his 1990 acid
techno song "Spice" and his Fear the Mind Killer.
He began his recording career in 1987 while dj'ing as Ian B, when
he started to produce his own music. His songs came to us first,
thanks to the London pirate radio stations in the late '80s when
Colin Faver played his first track 'Cuban Jakkin' by Rio Rhythm
Band on the then pirate radio station Kiss FM. His debut as Eon
was in 1988 with 'Light, Color, Sound', his first release on Vinyl
Solution. Later he recorded on labels such as BAAD, XL Recordings
and Kitsuni Records. His 1992 album Void Dweller, was highly influential
on the progressing techno rave scene. The album contains 11 tracks
with samples from David Lynch's Dune and themes from the horror
movie Basket Case. Over his career, he has released 3 other albums...
Sum of Parts in 2002, Device in 2006 and his last album Brain Filter
was releasd in 2007. In '93 he teamed up with fellow british acid
pioneer Peter 'Baby' Ford producing many classic tracks including
'Dead Eye', which was featured on Richie Hawtin's 'Decks. Eon, has
also worked with producers like J Knight Marcus and Mark Moore,
performed live at Fabric and on Radio One and most recently, he
had been working on some new projects with old friend Baby Ford
(complications from pneumonia)
b. September 22nd 1954.
Arthur Pryor (71) American trombonist
and bandleader, born on the second floor of the Lyceum Theatre in
Saint Joseph, Missouri. He took up music at a very young age and
was playing the valve trombone by age 11. By age 15 he had mastered
the slide trombone and was awarded a spot in his father's band and
hailed as a prodigy. He went on to direct the Stanley Opera Company
in Denver, Colorado until joining the John Philip Sousa Band in
1892. He played his first solo with the Sousa Band at age 22 during
the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. During his
12 years with the Sousa Band, Arthur estimated that he played 10,000
solos. From 1895 to 1903 he was assistant conductor of the Sousa
Band. After leaving the Sousa Band, he formed his own band, which
made its debut at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on November
15, 1903. The Pryor Band toured until 1909, when he decided to settle
down and make Asbury Park, New Jersey the home of the band. Also
at this time he became a staff conductor and arranger for the Victor
Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey. He retired from full-time
conducting in 1933. He wrote some of the today's most famous trombone
literature, including "Bluebells of Scotland"
September 22nd 1870.
Heinrich Schlusnus (63)
German baritone, Germany's foremost lyric baritone of the period
between World War I and World War II, singing opera and lieder with
equal distinction. Born in Braubach, he made his debut at Hamburg's
opera house in 1915. He sang at Nuremberg from 1915 to 1917 and
at the prestigious Berlin State Opera from 1917 until 1951. He was
engaged by the Chicago Opera for its 1927-28 season and appeared
at the Bayreuth Festival in 1933. He recorded during the 1920s,
'30s and '40s an impressive array of lieder and a panoply of standard
German and Italian operatic arias and duets (?)
b. August 6th 1888.
1992: Peter Allen/Peter Richard Woolnough (48) Australian
singer-songwriter and entertainer born in Tenterfield, New South
Wales. His songs such as "You and Me, We Wanted It All",
"Don't Cry Out Loud", "I'd Rather Leave While I'm
In Love", "Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage",
"I Go to Rio", "Someone's Waiting for You","I
Don't Go Shopping", "I Honestly Love You" were made
popular by many recording artists, including Frank Sinatra, Dusty
Springfield, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Manchester, Olivia Newton-John,
Elkie Brooks, and one, "Arthur's Theme", won the Academy
Award. As well as recording around 10 albums of his own, he enjoyed
a cabaret and concert career, including appearing at Radio City
Music Hall riding a camel. Peter began his performing career with
Chris Bell as one of the "Allen Brothers", who were a
popular cabaret and television act in the early 1960s in Australia.
He gave his last performance in Sydney on 26 January 1992
(AIDS-related throat cancer) b. February
2006: Gica Petrescu (91) Romanian singer; after
graduating from the "Gheorghe Sincai" high school in Buchares
at the age of 18, the
made his debut in a student band. His professional debut came in
1937 performing on the radio. Between 1937-1939 he carried on singing
with the "Radu Ghinda" and "Dinu Serbanescu"
orchestras at the Sinaia Casino, before he started to tour and make
major records. Allegidly
he holds a record for the number of composed and performed songs
of over 1,500, in a varied discography, many of which became national
hits and were covered again and again by other Romanian artists,
with songs such as "Bucuresti, mai Bucuresti ", "Lalele,
lalele" and "Uite-asa as vrea sa mor " On 5 May 2003,
Ion Iliescu, then-president of Romania, awarded Gica the Knight's
Order of the Star of Romania as he celebrated his 88th anniversary
(he was due to receive the national award
"Premiile muzicale Radio România Actualitati". The
award was ceremony was canceled, as he died that very morning)
b. April 2nd 1915
Barber (87) US jazz tuba
player; born in Hornell, New York near Rochester, he started playing
tuba in high school and studied at the Juilliard School of Music.
After graduating, he travelled to Kansas City, Missouri where he
played with the Kansas City Philharmonic and various ballet and
theatre orchestras, before he joined the US Army in 1942, where
he played in the army band for three years. He then started playing
jazz, joining Claude Thornhill's big band in 1947, making him one
of the first tuba players to play in a modern jazz style, playing
solos and participating in intricate ensemble pieces. After which
became a founding member of Miles Davis' nonet in 1949 in what became
known as the Birth of the Cool recording sessions. He then worked
in theatre pit orchestras before joining up with Davis and Gil Evans
in 1957 to record albums such as Sketches of Spain, Miles Ahead
and Porgy and Bess.Bill also played on John Coltrane's only big
band album Africa/Brass. In
1992, he recorded and toured with a nonet led by Gerry Mulligan
reworking material from Birth of the Cool. From 1998-2004 he was
part of the The Seatbelts New York Musicians that played the music
of the Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop (heart
failure) b. May 21st 1920.
2007: Hank Medress (68) American
singer and record producer; after leaving Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln
High School, in 1955 he joined the doo-wop group the Linc-Tones,
which also included Neil Sedaka. After Sedaka left, the group reformed
with additional singers calling themselves The Tokens. The Tokens
achieved a No. 1 chart hit in 1961 with their arrangement of "The
Lion Sleeps Tonight", other hits included "Tonight I Fell
In Love", "Portrait of My Love" and they released
15 albums. Hank and the Tokens also were producers on hits for the
Chiffons, such as He's So Fine, many of the hits for The Happenings,
Randy & The Rainbows, plus hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn
including "Knock Three Times" and "Tie A Yellow Ribbon".
In 1998, The Tokens made it into the Guinness Book of World Records
for performing The Star-Spangled Banner at all 30 Major League Baseball
stadiums in the United States and Canada. Hank has also worked with
David Johansen, Rick Springfield, Dan Hill, and Richard Simmons.
He was president of EMI Music Publishing Canada, from 1990 to 1992.
After which he returned to New York, and became a partner in Bottom
Line Records. In more recent years, Hank had worked as a consultant
for SoundExchange, an agency that collects royalties from digital
broadcasters, like satellite and Internet radio. With The Tokens,
Hank was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 (lung
b. November 19th 1938.
Noire/George Thurston (55) Canadian
singer, author, composer and radio show host; born in Bedford, Quebec
and later moved to Saint-Jerome, where in 1965 he formed his first
band Les Zinconnus. In 1969, he joined the 25th Regiment band until
the early 1970s. Around this time he worked with several other Quebec
artists including Robert Charlebois, Claude Dubois, Tony Roman,
Nanette Workman and Michel Pagliaro. He played the piano, bass and
guitar and would later be a composer for the group Toulouse. 1976
sees George as a solo artist which he remained for the next 30 years
and his 1978 album Aimer d'Amour was certified triple platinum,
the title song would later gain success in the early 1990s when
800,000 copies were sold in Europe. He became a radio show host
for Montreal's Rythme FM radio station in 2000 (George died of colorectal
cancer in Montreal. He learned of his cancer in early 2006. He bravely
finished recording his last album "Last Call" after extensive
chemotherapy operations) b. December 29th
2010: Kalmen Opperman (90) American
clarinetist, He was a noted performer, teacher, conductor, composer,
and writer of numerous clarinet studies. He was also a mouthpiece
and barrel maker which he made only for his students, they are now
highly sought after items for their quality workmanship and sound.
many years he was a performer in Broadway shows during what many
call Broadway's "Golden Age". Kalmen wrote over 10 highly
acclaimed study books for the clarinet including his multi-volume
Daily Studies and Velocity Studies. As well as leading the Kalmen
Opperman Clarinet Choir, he was a private clarinet teacher in his
New York studio, and has also taught at such schools as Boston University,
Hartt School of Music, and Indiana University
failure) b. December
2011: Clarence "The Big Man"
Clemons (69) American saxophonist born in Norfolk, Virginia,
at aged nine, his father gave him an alto saxophone as a Christmas
present and paid for music lessons. He later switched to baritone
saxophone and played in a high school jazz band. At age 18, Clarence
had one of his earliest studio experiences, recording sessions with
Tyrone Ashley's Funky Music Machine, a band from Plainfield, New
Jersey that included Ray Davis, Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson,
all of whom later played with Parliament-Funkadelic. He also performed
with Daniel Petraitis, a New Jersey and Nashville legend. These
sessions were eventually released in 2007 by Truth and Soul Records
as Let Me Be Your Man. While at Maryland State College he also joined
his first band, The Vibratones, which played James Brown covers
and stayed together for about four years, before playing with The
Joyful Noyze. In July 1972, Bruce Springsteen began recording his
debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and during breaks from
recording, he jammed with Clarence & The Joyful Noyze >>>
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complications following a stroke) b.
January 11th 1942.
Gustaf Kjellvander (31) Swedish
singer-songwriter, before starting the Swedish outfit The Fine Arts
Showcase he had two bands, Sideshow Bob and Songs of Soil, which
also featured Gustaf's eldest brother Christian and future The Fine
Arts Showcase Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist Dan Englund. He
was born in Sweden but grew up outside of Seattle. After 10 years
in the states his family returned to Sweden where Gustaf started
writing music. He started his recording career fronting the cult
band Sideshow Bob from 19961998 before moving onto Songs of
Soil and finally The Fine Arts Showcase in 2003. They produced four
albums the last being Dolophine Smile in 2009. He also made guest
appearances on Scandinavian records by The Radio Dept., David &
the Citizens, and Ossler. Gustaf spent 20052008 residing in
east London before moving back to Malmö Sweden where he lived
until his death (?)
b. April 25th 1980.
Ghazala Javed (22) Pakistani Pukhtu singer, born in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa; she started dancing at the age of sixteen, soon after
she became famed for her singing. She was nominated for a Filmfare
Award in 2010 and received a Khyber Award in 2011. Ghazala was the
leader of a resurgence of female Pashto language singers in the
province after a period of Taliban intimidation (tragically
she was shot dead along with her father in a drive-by shooting by
gunmen on a motorcycle. Police confirmed that the singer's ex-husband
is a suspect in the case) b.
January 1st 1990.
2012: Brian Hibbard (65) Welsh
actor and singer, born in Ebbw Vale,
Wales; best known to many as lead vocalist with the cappella vocal
group, the Flying Pickets. The band of six was founded by Brian
in 1982 from a group of actors who had been active with him in John
McGrath's '7:84 Theatre Group', who had sung a cappella in their
production of the 1981 play One Big Blow. They had a Christmas number
one hit in 1983 in the UK Singles Chart with their debut single,
a cover of Yazoo's track "Only You" which stayed five
weeks at the top. In 1986 Brian and Red Stripe left the band and
formed their own act called Brian and Stripe recording one single
Mr Blue, before Brian returned to his acting career. He has appeared
in TV productions including Welsh-language soap Pobol y Cwm and
the youth drama Pam Fi, Duw?, Doctor Who, EastEnders, Coronation
Street, and also appeared the 1997 film Twin Town (sadly
Brian died after a brave 12 year long battle with prostate cancer)
b. November 26th 1946
Bobby Helms (63)
pop and country singer;
born in Bloomington, Indiana, he began performing as a duo with
his brother, Freddie. In 1956, Bobby made his way to Nashville,
Tennessee, where he signed with Decca Records. His first single
in 1957 titled "Fräulein" went to number one on the
country music chart and made it into the Top 40 on the Billboard
Hot 100 chart. His recording of "My Special Angel," also
reached No.1 on the country charts and entered the Top 10 on Billboard's
pop music chart, peaking at No.7. His
1957 "Jingle Bell Rock" was a big hit. it re-emerged in
the charts four out of the next five years and became a Christmas
classic still played to this day. He
continued touring and recording for the next three decades. His
pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame (sadly died from emphysema
b. August 15th 1933
2001: Lindsay L. Cooper (61)
Scottish double-bass and cello player born in
Glasgow, and moved to London in 1965 where he became a professional
musician. From 1965 to 1967 and again in 1970, he worked as a ship's
musician on the Queen Mary and P&O passenger liner ships. In
1978 he moved to Zürich, but returned to Scotland in 1990 where
he ran a free improvisation workshop in Edinburgh. Lindsay has performed
and recorded with many musicians over his career including Michael
Jackson, Boy George, Derek Bailey, Evan
Parker, Keith Tippett, Kenny Wheeler, Ken Colyer, Bobby Bradford
and Lol Coxhill. He also recorded with Strawbs, the Bill Wells Octet
and a number of other jazz, rock and folk groups. His musical influences
included Thelonious Monk, King Oliver and Derek Bailey
(?) b. January 18th 1940.
Duane Roland (53)
was a founding member of
the rock band Molly Hatchet,
formed in Florida in 1971.
They took thier name from a prostitute who allegedly mutilated and
decapitated her clients.
They recorded and released their first album, "Molly Hatchet"
in 1978, followed by "Flirtin' with Disaster" in 1979.
They toured behind the record building a larger fan base. He recorded
seven albums with the band and is is credited with co-writing some
of the band's biggest hits, including "Bloody Reunion"
and "Boogie No More".
After leaving the band in 1990, he played with the Southern Rock
Allstars and finally Gator Country for the last year of his life.
included many of the founding members of Molly Hatchet
(natural causes) b. December 3rd 1953.
2007: Antonio Aguilar Barraza (88)
film actor, singer, producer and screenwriter
also called "El Charro de México", born in Villanueva
in the state of Zacatecas. During his career, he made over 150 albums,
which sold 25 million copies, and made 167 movies. He was known
for his corridos with some of his best known songs including "Gabino
Barrera", "Caballo Prieto Azabache", "Albur
de Amor", and "Un Puño De Tierra". Antonio
was also largely responsible for the renewed popularity of the tambora
music in the mid 1980s, when he single-handedly resuscitated the
genre with the hit "Triste Recuerdo". To this day he has
been the only Hispanic artist to sell out the Madison Square Garden
of New York City for six consecutive nights on 1997 (sadly
died of from pneumonia) b.
May 17th 1919.
El Fary/José Luis Cantero Rada (69)
singer, actor; as a boy he would play truant from school, preferring
to spend time partying with Gypsies imitating his idol, the traditional
"copla" singer Rafael Farina. It was from Farina that
adopted his stage name of "El Fary". He was in his early
30's when he got his big break... he was called to stand in for
Pepe Blanco at a show in Pozoblanco, Córdoba, Andalusia and
soon after legendary Antonio Molina hired him for a two-month tour.
By the end of the '70s he was recording poppier songs such as Gypsy
rumbas that found a home in the Spanish hit parade. In 1980, he
first appeared on television, in José María Iñigo's
show Fiesta, from then on, he was known across Spain. It was in
the 1980s that El Fary released what would generally be considered
his most famous song, "El Toro Guapo". The 90s see El
Fary get his break in the acting world,
he starred in the show "Menudo es mi padre" as a taxi
driver and later in the '90s with
the releas of the filmTorrente - The Dumb Arm of the Law, which
featured a new song recorded especially by El Fary himself called
Apatrullando la ciudad ("Patrolling The City"). Both the
song and the film were hits, and spawned two sequels.
With the release of the third Torrente film in 2005 - Torrente 3
- The Protector, a unique piece of El Fary-related spin-off merchandising
was produced: the Carrofary - a small rubber replica of the singer
designed to be hung from a car's rear view mirror (sadly
died after a brave fight against lung cancer) b.
August 20th 1937.
2012: Gerry Bron
(79) British record producer and manager born
in Hendon, Middlesex; his career in music covered about every aspect
of the industry. He was at varioius times, a clarinetist, a sheet
music printer, an artist manager handling acts including Gene Pitney,
Marianne Faithfull, Manfred Mann, Colosseum and Uriah Heep, a record
producer working with the Bonzo Dog Band, Osibisa and Juicy Lucy
plus all the acts he managed with the exception of Faithfull, a
booking agent, record label owner and a studio owner and manager
at Roundhouse Studios. He was brought up in a family steeped in
the music industry. His father's company, Bron's Orchestral Service,
was claimed to be the largest supplier of sheet music in the UK.
Gerry joined the company at 16 to assist his father when Bron senior's
health started to fail. The company moved into music publishing
and one of the first acts that Gerry was responsible for was Gene
Pitney. In 1971 he set up Bronze Records based in Chalk Farm, London.
had been producing Uriah Heep for Vertigo Records, and he set up
this new label for future Uriah Heep releases, along with Juicy
Lucy, Richard Barnes and Colosseum. Others subsequent acts included
Osibisa, Paladin, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Real Kids, Sally
Oldfield, Motörhead, The Damned, Girlschool, Bronz and Hawkwind
(?) b. March
Ariste Alain (29)
French organist and composer born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
Paris. Between 1927 and 1939, he attended the Paris Conservatoire
Suite pour orgue was awarded a first prize in composition in the
competition of Les Amis de l'Orgue in 1936. In that same year, he
was appointed titular organist of Saint-Nicolas in Maisons-Laffite.
his short life he never ceased to compose for the piano, the organ,
chamber music, orchestral music and voices for soloists and choirs,
his catalog comprises more than 140 works. His Litanies are in organists'
repertory the world over. (he died in action in the defence of Saumur)
Ira Louvin/Ira Lonnie Loudermilk
(41) American country singer, songwriter,
and mandolinist born in Section, Alabama. He played with his brother
Charlie Louvin, as the Louvin Brothers. They were heavily influenced
by the Delmore Brothers and Monroe Brothers. Ira played mandolin
with Charlie Monroe, guitar player of the Monroe Brothers in the
early 1940s. The Louvin Brothers' songs were heavily influenced
by their Baptist faith and warned against sin, although Ira was
notorious for his drinking and short temper. The
brothers helped popularize close harmony, a genre of country music
with hits such as "The Get Acquainted Waltz", "Cash
on the Barrelhead" and "When I Stop Dreaming". They
joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and stayed there until breaking
up in 1963. and in 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ira is also remembered for the cover
he designed for their 1960 album, Satan Is Real, featuring the brothers
standing in a rock quarry in front of a 12-foot tall rendition of
the Devil as several hidden tires soaked in kerosene burn behind
them as fire and brimstone. (Tragically,
he died when a drunken driver struck his car in Williamsburg, Missouri)
b. April 21st 1924.
Bruce Tate (36) American
vocalist, baritone singer with The Penguins. Brought up in Los Angeles,
he attended Jefferson High. Bruce, along with his
school friend Curtis Williams, plus
Tisby and Cleveland Duncan,
they formed the doo-wop vocal group in late
having a midtempo performance style, a cross between rhythm and
blues and rock and roll. In May of 1954, they released their debut
single "No There Ain't No News Today". Later
they recorded a track
"I Ain't Gonna Cry" which was featured on the album "The
Best Vocal Groups In Rock & Roll". Dootone Records released
The Penguins' single "Hey Senorita" in late 1954 as the
intended A-side, but a radio DJ flipped the record over to the B-side:
"Earth Angel" worked its way up to No.1 on the Billboard
charts. They moved to Mercury Records recording tracks such as "Don't
Do It", "It Only Happens With You", "Walkin'
Down Broadway" and "Be Mine Or Be A Fool". After
which, not liking the new found fame, and cracking up under the
pressures, Bruce left the group. The Penguins were inducted into
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 (?) b.
January 27th 1937
Hakim/Argonne Thornton (64)
jazz pianist, composer, sessionist, born in Duluth, Minnesota and
was taught piano by his grandfather. In 1944 he moved to New York
City and was hired by Ben Webster and also he was on part of Charlie
Parker's famous "Ko Ko" session, as well as gigging regularly
with Lester Young. Sadik worked with Louis Metcalf's International
Band in Canada, before working with James Moody and George Holmes
Tate in New York through the 50s. He returned to Montreal from 1966
to 1976, leading bands and recording with Charlie Biddle. He led
recording dates from 19761980 and cut an album with Sonny
Stitt in 1978. Sadik
played "'Round Midnight" at Thelonious Monk's funeral
in 1982 (?) b.
July 15th 1919.
1991: Malcolm Frager (57) American
born in St. Louis, Missouri,
known mainly for his deep interest in Beethoven and Mozart and as
a champion of the two Weber Piano Concertos. At the age of 14, he
persuaded his family to send him to New York City, where he studied
with the pianist and teacher Carl Friedberg. His career was set
firmly in motion by two competition victories in successive years:
the Leventritt in New York in 1959 and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels
in 1960. In 1969 he relocated to Lenox, Mass., near to the Tanglewood
Festival. He remained a busy member of the world concert circuit,
often spending as much as nine months of the year on the road. In
1987 Malcolm received the Golden Mozart Pin from the International
Mozart Foundation in Salzburg. (He died in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts after a lengthy illness) b.
January 15th 1935.
1992: Sir Charles Barnard Groves CBE (77)
English conductor. After
accompanying positions and conducting various orchestras and studio
work for the BBC, Charles spent a decade as conductor of the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra. His best-known musical directorship was of the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning in 1963, with
which he made most of his recordings. From 1967 until his death,
he was associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
and in the 1970s he was one of the regular conductors of the Last
Night of the Proms. He also served as president of the National
Youth Orchestra from 1977, and, during the last decade of his life,
as guest conductor for orchestras around the world. (heart
problems) b. March 20th 1915
1996: James 'Jim' Ellison (32)
America frontman and guitarist;
as a teenager Jim was inspired enough by the likes of David Bowie,
the Who, and Sweet to seriously take up the guitar. Then while attending
Chicago's Columbia Art College he formed the powerpop band Material
Issue. He tirelessly promoted his band, booked tours, and secured
a major-label deal in 1990. In early
1991, Material Issue broke onto the national scene with their debut
album International Pop Overthrow (IPO) which sold over 300,000
copies, producing hit singles "Diane" and "Valerie
Loves Me", which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Modern Rock
Tracks chart. 1992 saw the follow-up to IPO with Destination Universe
which included the searing power pop gem "What Girls Want"
in addition to the richly emotional ballads "Next Big Thing"
and "Everything". Material Issue continued to tour heavily
across the country in support of both albums. 1994 saw the release
of Freak City Soundtrack which featured the hit "Kim The Waitress"
(He committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning)
b. April 18th 1964.
Lawrence Payton (59) American
songwriter, tenor vocalist and record producer for the popular Motown
quartet, The Four Tops. The Four Tops was founded in Detroit, Michigan
as The Four Aims, by Lawrence, Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke"
Fakir, and Renaldo "Obie" Benson, they remained together
for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without
a single change in personnel and they helped define the Motown Sound
of the 1960s. Lawrence created the smooth, sharp jazz - pop hamonies
for the group on their many hits such as "I Can't Help Myself
(Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There"
(sadly died of liver cancer) b.
March 2nd 1938.
"Charles" Smith (57) American
guitarist, vocalist; born
in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was introduced to jazz guitar by
his father. In the early 1960s he got together with some New Jersey
jazz musicians, including Ronald Bell aka Khalis Bayyan, Robert
"Kool" Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert "Spike"
Mickens, and they soon became known as Kool & the Gang. Other
members would include lead singer James "JT" Taylor.
They were one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk,
R&B, and pop and enjoyed a return to stardom during the 1980s.
Charles wrote the hits "Joanna" and "Take My Heart,"
and was a co-writer of others, including "Celebration,"
"Hollywood Swinging," and "Jungle Boogie." (Illness
forced him to stop touring with the group in January 2006. He passed
away due to an unknown prolonged illness)
2010: El Pery (21) Honduran
reggaeton musician (tragically shot) b.????.
2010: Bobby Meide (59) American
long landing drummer with the Flamin' Oh's; their most recent album,
Long Live the King, was released in 2005 and was awarded as "Best
Local CD" by the Minnesota Music Academy. In 2007, the band
was inducted into the Minnesota Country Rock Hall of Fame. He
had been a fixture of the Twin Cities rock scene for over four decades
and had also played
with The Apostles, Prodigy and many more. (tragically
died unexpectingly of
his medical condition had only been diagnosed
in the past few weeks)
b. August 1st 1950.
2011: Simon Brint
composer and one half of comedy musical duo Raw Sex with Rowland
Rivron. Their spoof act
went on to become the house band for French and Saunders on their
TV show. During the comedy series, French and Saunders and the duo
performed skits as Abba and the Pet Shop Boys. But they were best
known for being amateurish and shambolic with Ken (Simon) on keyboards
and slobby, often drunken Duane (Rivron) on bongos. But Simon was
also a composer, he wrote music for small screen shows including
The Monarch of the Glen, Coupling, Stella Street, The Mary Whitehouse
Experience and The Lenny Henry Show. He also wrote the theme tune
and incidental music for long-running LWT drama London's Burning
and arranged several versions of the Blue Peter theme tune. Simon
was also a member of a band alongside Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus
and Neil Innes (?)
2012: Donna Hilley
(65) American music executive; she spent
31 years at Sony/ATV Nashville becoming company president and CEO
and was one of the most prominent female publishing executives in
country music. Donna made a name for herself at Nashville radio
station WKDA, where she spent eight years, before joining former
program director Jack Stapp at Tree International music publishing
company, rising to EVP/COO. After Sony purchased Tree International
in 1989, a deal which she brokered, she became president and CEO
of Sony/ATV Nashville in 1994, retiring in 2005. Her awards and
accolades were extensive, including being ranked No.4 in Entertainment
Weekly's "Ten Most Powerful People in Country Music" in
1992, grabbing the "Woman of the Year" title from the
Business and Professional Women's Club in 1978, and being inducted
into her home state's Alabama Music Hall of Fame, among others.
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Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (64) Russian
composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five
aka The Mighty Handful, a circle of composers who met in Saint Petersburg,
Russia, in the years 18561870: Mily Balakirev, César
Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander
and Nikolai. The group had the aim of producing a specifically Russian
kind of art music, rather than one that imitated older European
music or relied on European-style conservatory training. Nikolia
was a master of orchestration, his best-known orchestral compositions
- Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and
the symphonic suite Scheherazadeare considered staples of
the classical music repertoire, along with suites and excerpts from
some of his 15 operas. Scheherazade is an example of his frequent
use of fairy tale and folk subjects. In later years in 1892, due
to many family illnesses and deaths and himself diagnosis of neurasthenia,
he retired resigned
from the Russian Symphony Concerts and the Court Chapel. After making
third versions of the musical tableau Sadko and the opera The Maid
of Pskov, he closed his musical account with the past; he had left
none of his major works before May Night in their original form.
death brought about a creative renewal. The passing of Tchaikovsky
presented a twofold opportunityto write for the Imperial Theaters
and to compose an opera based on Nikolai Gogol's short story Christmas
Eve, a work on which Tchaikovsky had based his opera Vakula the
Smith. The success of his Christmas Eve encouraged him to complete
an opera approximately every 18 months between 1893 and 1908a
total of 11 during this period (sadly
he died from the results of accelerated neurasthenia
March 18th 1844.
1945: Mike Jackson (56)
acid jazz/jazz-funk composer, pianist
(?) b. December
1966: Reg Calvert (38) British
manager of The Fortunes pop group and singer Screaming Lord Sutch,
and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City. (In
June, 1966 Radio Caroline embarked on a joint venture with rival
pirate Radio City, which broadcast from a Second World War marine
fort off the Kent coast, seven miles from Margate. One of the directors
of Caroline, Major Oliver Smedley, agreed to pay for a new transmitter
to relay Caroline's programmes from the fort, while Mike, the owner
of Radio City, would continue to run the operation but this time
on behalf of Radio Caroline. However, Radio Caroline then withdrew
from the deal when it was heard that the government intended to
prosecute those occupying the forts, which were still Crown property.
As Smedley, however, had received no payment from Reg for the transmitter,
so a raid
on the Radio City fort was launched by Smedley on June 20, and the
station's transmitter was put out of action. On June 21, Reg visited
Smedley's home to demand the departure of the raiders and the return
of vital transmitter crystals. A violent struggle developed during
which Smedley shot Reg dead. During the subsequent trial, Smedley
was acquitted on grounds of self-defence)
1979: Angus MacLise (34)
American percussionist, composer, poet, occultist and calligrapher
but best known as the first drummer for the Velvet Underground.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut,
was a member of La Monte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music, with
John Cale, Tony Conrad, Marian Zazeela and sometimes Terry Riley.
As an early member of The Velvet Underground, having been brought
into the group by flatmate John Cale, Angus
played bongos and hand drums during 1965 with the first incarnation
of the band. Although the Velvets regularly extemporised soundtracks
to underground films, Angus never officially recorded with them,
and is often considered something of a shadowy, legendary figure
in their history. When the opportunity of the band's first paying
gig in November 1965 arose, he promptly quit, suggesting the group
had sold out. He then travelled around between North Africa, India,
Greece, the Middle East and finally found his place in Nepal. Angus
recorded a vast amount of music, these recordings, produced between
the mid-'60s and the late-'70s, consist of tribal trance workouts,
spoken word, poetry, Brion Gysin-like tape cut-ups and minimalist
droning and electronics (Died
of tuberculosis in Kathmandu) b.
March 4th 1938.
1980: Bert Kaempfert/Berthold Kämpfert
producer, arranger, composer, bandleader born in Hamburg, Germany.
He was hired by Hans Busch to play with his orchestra before serving
as a bandsman in the German Navy during World War II. He later formed
his own touring big band, his first hit with his orchestra was in
1960, with "Wonderland by Night". He made easy listening
and jazz-oriented records, and wrote the music for a number of well-known
songs, including "Strangers in the Night", "Moon
Over Naples", "Tenderly", "Three O'Clock in
the Morning", "Red Roses for a Blue Lady", "Wooden
Heart", "Spanish Eyes" and many others (sadly
died of a heart seizure while at his home in Mallorca, resting up
after a triumphant British tour)*October
1986: Assi Rahbani (63) Lebanese
composer, singer, musician and producer. He formed one half of the
Rahbani Brothers with his brother Mansour Rahbani. He started his
musical career at the Near East Radio channel. In 1951, Assi composed
Haddad (later known as Fairuz and Assi's future wife), very first
song, "Itab" ("Blame"), when she was one
of the singers in the radio station's chorus.
By the 1960s, the Rahbani Brothers
had become one of the most famous musical figures in the Arab World,
and were sought after by many Arab singers. In addition to productions
that featured Fairuz, they also wrote and directed hundreds of theatrical
and TV productions. In the 1970s, Assi and Fairuz, became an international
success, specifically after four months of extensively touring North
America. Assi and his brother continued writing musicals and touring
Europe and the Persian Gulf nations with Fairuz (he
sadly died a few weeks after falling into a coma. Beirut's warring
Muslims and Christians declared a cease fire and opened the city's
checkpoints for his funeral. Assi had suffered in the 70s from a
brain hemorrhage which resulted in 3 operations)
b. May 4th 1923.
1987: Abram Chasins (83) American
composer, pianist, piano teacher, lecturer, musicologist, music
broadcaster, radio executive and author, born
in Manhattan, New York. His career as a pianist lasted from 1927
until 1947. He gave many solo recitals and performed with major
orchestras in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
was associated with the radio station WQXR from 1941 to 1965, becoming
the music director in 1946. His own radio series, "Piano Pointers",
ran from 1932 to 1939 and he used his E flat minor Prelude as the
program's theme. He
wrote over 100 compositions, mostly for the piano. His Three Chinese
Pieces in the 1920s were performed by celebrated pianists including
Josef Lhévinne, Józef Hofmann, William Kapell and
Shura Cherkassky, and in its orchestrated version was the first
American work to be performed by Toscanini with the New York Philharmonic.
The "Concert Paraphrase on Strauss's 'Artist's Life'"
is among his best works for two pianos, four hands, and his 24 Preludes
for Piano in 1928 continue to be used as teaching pieces.
In 1972 he joined the University
of Southern California as musician-in-residence, and reorganized
the student-run radio station KUSC into a channel for classical
and modern music. He retired in 1977 (sadly
died of cancer) b. August 17th
Parly/Frederick Christiansen (64)
Heldentenor, born in Copenhagen, who sang leading roles in most
of the major opera houses of Europe as well as the United States,
including the Metropolitan Opera, where he debuted in 1966 as Tristan
opposite Birgit Nilsson in Tristan und Isolde. As
late as 1988, he appeared in Denmark in the eponymous role of Otello.
In his later years, Ticho Parly taught voice in Seattle
(?) b. July 16th
Kami/Ukyo Kamimura (26)
Japanese drummer; his early influences
included many of the British New Wave bands and bands such as Culture
Club and Duran Duran. He played in bands while still at school after
which Kami decided to go to Tokyo, where he spent a brief stint
with a punk band before taking a liking to the visual kei style.
As a result, he joined an up and coming musical group called Kneuklid
Romance. Performing mainly live shows, Kami soon attracted the attention
of Yu~ki, a bassist from a fellow visual kei band, Malice Mizer.
Not long after Kami was a full member and playing drums for Malice
Mizer. They released their debut album, Memoire, his first inclusion
in a publicly released album. In the months before his death, Kami
had taken to composing music, writing two complete songs, "Unmei
no Deai" and "Mori no naka no tenshi". These would
later be released on the memorial album Shinwa. (died
in his sleep of a subarachnoid hemorrhage.)
b. February 1st 1972.
2000: Alan Hovhaness (89) American
composer of Armenian and Scottish ancestry. His
music often evokes a mood of mystery or contemplation. The Boston
Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: "Although he has been
stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer, his output
assimilates the music of many cultures. What may be most American
about all of it is the way it turns its materials into a kind of
exoticism. The atmosphere is hushed, reverential, mystical, nostalgi".
He was among the most prolific of 20th century composers, his official
catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts
indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers. However, the true tally
is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise
two or more distinct works () b.
March 8th 1911
2001: John Lee Hooker (83) American
blues guitarist, singer, songwriter born in Coahoma County, Mississippi.
In the 1930s, he lived in Memphis, Tennessee where he worked on
Beale Street at The New Daisy Theatre and occasionally performed
at house parties and his recording career began in 1948. He performed
in a half-spoken style that became his trademark. His guitar playing
is closely aligned with piano Boogie Woogie. He would play the walking
bass pattern with his thumb, stopping to emphasize the end of a
line with a series of trills, done by rapid hammer-ons and pull-offs.
His best known songs include "Boogie Chillen" in 1948
and "Boom Boom" in 1962 (died in
his sleep) b. August 22nd 1917.
2002: Matt Dennis (88)
American singer, pianist, bandleader,
arranger, and writer of music for popular music songs born in Seattle,
Washington. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt's orchestra as a vocalist
and pianist, before forming his own band with Dick Haymes as vocalist.
He became vocal coach, arranger, and accompanist for Martha Tilton,
and worked with a new vocal group, the Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford,
one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded
Dorsey to hire Matt as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically,
with fourteen of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year
alone, including "Everything Happens to Me," an early
hit for Frank Sinatra. (sadly died of pneumonia)
b. February 11th 1914.
2007: Georg Danzer (60)
Austrian singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Vienna; although
he is credited as one of the pioneers of Austropop, with his most
famous hits are his comic songs "Jö schau", about
a streaker at the Café Hawelka and "Hupf' in Gatsch",
he always refused to be part of this genre. Georg
was successful as a solo artist, but was also in the group Austria3,
along with Wolfgang Ambros and Rainhard Fendrich. The group was
initionally put together by Fendrich in order to give one single
charity concert in favour of homeless in 1997, which collected more
than ATS 2 million, almost USD 200,000. Their success as a group
was overwhelming, so they formed Austria3 from that day on, until
they decided to stop the project, their last concert was given at
Altusried, Germany, on 26 July 2006. However, a month before Georg's
death, at a concert in Vienna on 16 April 2007, the three met again
for just three songs. (sadly
died of lung cancer) b. October 7th
Sidebottom/Chris Sievey (54) British
comedian and musician; after leaving the punk band The Freshies,
Chris created the role for which he is be best remembered, Frank
Sidebottom. With his over-sized, papier-mache head, as Frank Sidebottom,
he styled himself as an aspiring singer-songwriter from Timperley,
south Manchester and found fame through a series of TV appearances
in the 1980s and remained a popular cult comedy figure. In late
2009 and early 2010 he supported John Cooper Clarke on a UK tour
b. August 25th
White (67) Scottish
singer, guitarist and actor; primarily
known as a blues vocalist with a trademark gravel-voiced sound.
In the 1960s he recorded with beat groups The Boston Dexters and
then The Buzz. In the 1970s Tam was the first artist to sing live
on Top Of The Pops, and he provided the vocals for Robbie Coltrane
to mime to as Big Jazza McGlone in John Byrne's award-winning television
series Tutti Frutti in 1987. As Tam White & The Dexters, his
band built up a solid and loyal following for their live appearances,
becoming "a fixture" at the Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival,
and supporting blues artists including BB King, Al Green and Van
Morrison. Tam began acting in films and TV in 1990 having roles
in Paper Mask, Braveheart, The Negotiator, Cutthroat Island, Orphans,
Taggart, Eastenders and River City (He died
unexpectedly of a heart attack after a gym session in Edinburgh)
b. July 12th 1942.
Jon Wilson (69) American country
singer, self taught guitarist and songwriter, with singles such
as "Through the Eyes of Little Children" and "I Betcha
Heaven's on a Dirt Road". Born in Swainsboro, Georgia, he released
his debut album New Beginnings in 1975. Three more albums followed,
Let Me Sing My Song to You, Loose Change, and The Sojourner. In
the late 1980s he attended the Frank Brown International Songwriter's
Festival in Perdido Key, Florida and began touring again in 1989,
and by 2003 was still accepting occasional engagements. In 2008,
he released a new album, after a thirty year hiatus from recording
2012: Richard Adler (90)
American Tony Award-winning producer,
lyricist and composer, born in New York City;
after his Navy service he began his career as a lyricist, teaming
up with Jerry Ross in 1950. As a duo they worked in tandem, both
taking credit for lyrics and music. Their first notable composition
was the song Rags to Riches, a No.1
Tony Bennett in late 1953. At
that same time they began their career in the Broadway Theatre with
John Murray Anderson's Almanac, for which they provided most of
the songs. This was followed by The Pajama Game, in May 1954, winning
Tony Awards as well as the Donaldson Award and the Variety Drama
Critics Award. Three songs from the show made the US charts: Patti
Page's version of "Steam Heat" reached No.9; Archie Bleyer
took "Hernando's Hideaway" to No.2; and Rosemary Clooney's
recording of "Hey There" made it to No.1. Their next musical,
Damn Yankees replicated the awards and success of the earlier show.
Cross-over hits from the show were "Heart", recorded by
Eddie Fisher and "Whatever Lola Wants" by Sarah Vaughan.
Sadly their partnership was cut short when Jerry died of a lung
ailment in November 1955, aged 29. Richard continued working alone
and with partners. He wrote the musical Olympus 7-0000 for the show
ABC Stage 67. The 1973 revival of The Pajama Game included one new
Adler song, which was retained for the 2006 revival. His last original
Broadway musical was 1976's Music Is which was based on Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night. He
staged and produced several shows for U.S. presidents; the most
notable of these was a 1962 Madison Square Garden birthday celebration
for John F. Kennedy that included Marilyn Monroe singing a version
of Happy Birthday to the president in her trademark breathy voice
(?) b. August 3rd 1921.
1963: Mary Atanasiu/Maria Tanase (49) Romanian
singer of traditional folkloric and popular music born in Bucharest;
in 1934, she joined the Carabus Theatre of Constantin Tanase. Her
debut took place on June 2nd 1937 under the stage name of Mary Atanasiu
in the musical hall theatres, Alhambra and Gioconda. She represented
Romania at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, as well
as at the 1939 New York World's Fair. During World War II, together
with George Enescu, George Vraca and Constantin Tanase, she performed
in a series of shows for soldiers injured on the battlefield. After
World War II, she performed in the Review Ensemble and the Satirical
and Musical Theatre Constantin Tanase. She had parts in the plays
"The Living Corpse" by Leo Tolstoy in 1945, and "Horia"
by Mihai Davidoglu in 1956. In 1955, she received the State Prize
and in 1957 she was honored with the medals "Ordinul Muncii"/The
Order for Activity, "Premiul de Stat"/The State Award,
and the title "Artista Emerita"/Honoured Artist of the
Republic for her contributions to the arts. Maria toured many times
in the last 15 years of her life, including over forty trips to
New York City, America
(sadly Maria died of cancer) b.
September 25th 1913.
1969: Judy Garland/Frances Ethel
American singer and actress, born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Through
a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, Judy attained international
stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, and as a recording
artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility,
she received a Juvenile Academy Award, won a Golden Globe Award,
received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her work in films, as well
as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award. She had a contralto singing
range. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, she won a special
Oscar and it gave her a theme song for the rest of her life: "Somewhere
Over the Rainbow" (overdose of sleeping
June 10th 1922.
1974: Darius Milhaud (81) French
composer and teacher; born in Marseilles he was a member of Les
Six / The Group of Six, a group of six composers working in Montparnasse
whose music is often seen as a reaction against the musical style
of Richard Wagner and impressionist music; the
other composers were Georges
Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine
was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His
compositions are influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality.
a trip to the US in 1922, he heard "authentic" jazz for
the first time, on the streets of Harlem, which left a great impact
on his musical outlook. The following year, he completed his composition
"La création du monde"/"The Creation of the
World", using ideas and idioms from jazz, cast as a ballet
in six continuous dance scenes. After emigrating to America in 1940,
he secured a teaching post at Mills College in Oakland, California,
where he collaborated with Henri Temianka and the Paganini Quartet.
In an extraordinary concert there in 1949, the Budapest Quartet
performed the composer's 14th String Quartet, followed by the Paganini's
performance of his 15th; and then both ensembles played the two
pieces together as an octet. From 1947 to 1971 he taught alternate
years at Mills and the Paris Conservatoire, until poor health, which
caused him to use a wheelchair during his later years (?)
September 4th 1892.
1977: Peter Laughner (24) American
& The Wolves, The Blue Drivers and Friction. He maybe better
known for his work with Rocket From The Tombs and the early work
of Pere Ubu, also for his writings in Creem magazine. Peter was
considered as a replacement for Richard Lloyd when he departed Television,
a band whom he championed from their earliest days(sadly
died from acute pancreatitis) b.
August 22nd 1952.
1984: Dillwyn Owen Paton "Dill"
Jones (60) Welsh jazz stride
born in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, he was turned onto jazz
as a 10-year-old by hearing records by Fats Waller and Bix Beiderbecke
on the radio. After the war he enrolled at Trinity College of Music
in London but did not complete the course, preferring the informality
of late night jazz sessions. Dill
joined the Harry Parry Sextet and Vic Lewis' Orchestra before plying
his trade as ship's pianist on the luxury liner, the Queen Mary,
sailing between New York and Southampton. This gave him the chance
to visit New York's jazz clubs and see the likes of Coleman Hawkins
and Lennie Tristano. He emigrated to the United States in 1961.
Jones was soon in demand, and earned his reputation playing with
the likes of Gene Krupa, Jimmy McPartland and Yank Lawson (sadly
lost his battle with throat cancer)
b. August 19th
1987: Fred Astaire/Frederick Austerlitz (88)
American dancer and singer of stage and movies
born in Omaha, Nebraska;
he was the most celebrated dancer in the history of film, his stage
and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which
he made 31 musical films
between 1933 and 1968.
He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the US
Film Institute. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers,
with whom he made ten films. Modest about his singing abilities
he introduced some of the most celebrated songs from the Great American
Songbook, in particular, Cole Porter's: "Night and Day"
in Gay Divorce; Irving Berlin's "Isn't This a Lovely Day?",
"Cheek to Cheek" and "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"
in Top Hat; "Let's Face the Music and Dance" in Follow
the Fleet; and "Change Partners" in Carefree. He first
presented Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" in
Swing Time; the Gershwins' "They Can't Take That Away From
Me" in Shall We Dance; "A Foggy Day" and "Nice
Work if You Can Get it" in A Damsel in Distress; Johnny Mercer's
"One for My Baby" from The Sky's the Limit; "Something's
Gotta Give" from Daddy Long Legs; "I'll Build a Stairway
to Paradise" from Stop Flirting; "Fascinating Rhythm"
in Lady, Be Good; "Funny Face" in Funny Face; Harry Warren
and Arthur Freed's "This Heart of Mine" from Ziegfeld
Follies among many others. Also a songwriter of note himself, with
"I'm Building Up to an Awful Letdown" written with lyricist
Johnny Mercer, reaching number four in the Hit Parade of 1936 and
he recorded his own "It's Just Like Taking Candy from a Baby".
During 1952 Fred recorded The Astaire Story, a four-volume album
with a quintet led by Oscar Peterson. The album provided a musical
overview of his career, and was produced by Norman Granz. The Astaire
Story later won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, a special
Grammy award to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years
old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance"
(sadly Fred died of pneumonia)
b. May 10th 1899.
1988: Jesse Ed Davis (43) Native
American session guitarist, one of the most sort after session guitarists
of the late 60's and 70's. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, his father,
Jesse Ed Davis II, was Muscogee Creek and Seminole while his mother's
side was Kiowa and he graduated from Northeast High School in 1962.
He quit the University of Oklahoma and went touring with Conway
Twitty, after which he became a session musician before joining
Taj Mahal and playing guitar and piano on his first three albums.
Jesse played slide, lead and rhythm, country to jazz during his
three-year stint, making an appearance with the band as a musical
guest in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.
He released his first solo album the self-titled album Jesse Davis
in 1971. After Taj Mahal's
1969 album Giant Step, went
on to work closely with ex-Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison,
playing guitar on several of their solo albums. He also performed
session work for David Cassidy, Albert King, Willie Nelson, Ringo
Starr, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Jackson Browne,
Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson, Van Dyke Parks, and others. He spending
much of the 1980s dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, he then
played in The Graffiti Band, which coupled his music with the poetry
of American Indian activist John Trudell.
the Spring of '87, The Graffiti Band performed with Taj Mahal at
the Palomino Club, and George Harrison, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty
rose from the audience to join Jesse and Taj Mahal in an unrehearsed
set which included Fogerty's "Proud Mary" and Dylan's
"Watching the River Flow" and "Blue Suede Shoes",
"Peggy Sue", "Honey Don't", "Matchbox",
and "Gone, Gone, Gone"
died of a suspected drug overdose)
1988: Dennis Day/Owen
Patrick Eugene McNulty (72)
Irish-American singer and radio, television and film personality.
He appeared for the first time on Jack Benny's radio show on October
8th 1939, taking the place of another famed tenor, Kenny Baker.
He remained associated with Benny's radio and television programs
until Benny's death in 1974. Besides singing, Dennis was an excellent
mimic. He did many imitations on the Benny program of various noted
celebrities of the era, such as Ronald Colman, Jimmy Durante, and
James Stewart. He also had his own TV series, The Dennis Day Show.
His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6646 Hollywood Boulevard.
(died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-Lou
May 21st 1916.
Emmett Berry (77)
American trumpet player born in Macon, Georgia. He began with study
of classical trumpet in Georgia, but by 18 had switched to jazz
and moved to New York City. He became a member of Fletcher Henderson's
band and later replaced Roy Eldridge as soloist. In the 1940s he
worked in Eldridge's Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble and also played
in Count Basie's band. He is noted as an accompaniment for Billie
Holiday, and was in the picture A Great Day in Harlem, and the special
The Sound of Jazz.
(?) b. July 23rd
1995: Leonid Petrovich Derbenyov (64)
and lyricist regarded as one of the stalwarts of 20th century Soviet
and Russian pop music. Born in Moscow he created more than 2000
poems, 100s of which have become song lyrics. Among the composers
he worked with were Aleksandr Zatsepin, Arno Babajanian,
Flyarkovsky, Maksim Dunayevsky. His
songs have been performed by many Russian pop stars, among them
Muslim Magomayev-"The Best City on Earth"; Alla Pugacheva-"The
Kings Can Do Whatever They Will", "You have to light";
Mikhail Boyarsky-"Everything will be", "Urban flowers",
"Fast train"; Lev Leshchenko-"Goodbye", "Native
Land"; and Masha Rasputina-"Live, the Country", "Let
Me In the Himalayas", "I'll Come Back". He won the
annual "Song of the Year" competition in the years of
1963, 1964, 1965 and 1973 (sadly died in Moscow
after a serious illness) b. April 12th
Ted Gärdestad (41)
Swedish singer and songwriter born in Sollentuna; he started
to compose music at the age of six. At the age of eight he played
his own compositions on national television, and at ten he was the
star of a national TV series. He effectively
filled the gap between the progressive movement's experiments and
ABBA's disco-pop. Managing the difficult transition from child star
to teen idol he later failed to make much impact on a more mature
audience and went quiet in the '80s. After a troubled decade he
tried to make a comeback in the early '90s, when
he was briefly coaxed
out of retirement by his friend Swedish pop star Harpo. He joined
Harpo on a concert tour and made a few guest appearances and in
1992 they released the duet "Lycka"
("Happiness") as a single, but
he soon disappeared again until his death.
(Ted's death is generally considered suicide, by running in front
of a train, but could have been something to do with his schizophrenia)
b. February 18th
Benny Green (70)
British sax player, radio presenter, and DJ born in Leeds, Yorkshire;
in 1958, he appeared in the UK pop charts as a member of Lord Rockingham's
XI, who were the hou se band on ITV's rock 'n' roll show 'Oh Boy!'
The novelty jazz/rock opus 'Hoots Mon', complete with spoken interjections
in a broad mock-Scots accent, made No 1 for three weeks in November
and December. His BBC Radio 2 Sunday afternoon record show ran for
many years until his death. He had a huge range of knowledge about
the kind of music he liked, by classic "Great American Songbook"
composers like Kern and Cole Porter and jazz, and would introduce
most records with details about the artist and often moaned about
the latest issues in music he disagreed with. He also chaired a
radio comedy panel game broadcast regularly on Radio 2 and the BBC
World Service for 20 years, Jazz Score, with many jazz artists appearing
on this show (cancer) b. December 9th 1927.
2007: Billie Beatty (73) American
gifted and flamboyant lead guitarist; an icon in Washington gospel
quartet circles for decades (sadly Billie died
of a heart attack) b.
2011: Mike Waterson
folk singer-songwriter born in Hull, Yorkshire. He is best known
as a member of The Watersons, with his sisters Lal and Norma and
his brother-in-law Martin Carthy. In the 1968-1972 interval between
the two incarnations of The Watersons, he and his sister Lal recorded
the album Bright Phoebus. Mike
was also a member of English folk "supergroup", consisting
at various times of various members of Swan Arcade, Coope Boyes
& Simpson, and The Watersons, Blue Murder. Mike appeared in
the original recording of Peter Bellamy's The Transports. In 2008,
Mike made a guest appearance alongside Norma Waterson on Scottish
musician James Yorkston's album When the Haar Rolls In, singing
his sister Lal's song Midnight Feast
died fighting cancer)
2011: Jared Southwick
(34) American rock guitarist with the hardcore
punk band The Dream Is Dead. The band was founded in 2001 after
releasing a few EPs and a tour of the west coast in March 2005,
they recorded their full-length debut, Hail The New Pawn (sadly
died from a liver and kidney condition) b.????
2011: Cyril Ornadel (87) British
conductor and composer; born in London he studied at the Royal College
of Music. As well as being musical director for a number of major
West End shows, including the first London production of My Fair
Lady, he composed several musicals of his own, including Pickwick,
1963, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Great Expectations in 1975 starring
John Mills, and Treasure Island in 1973. Great Expectations and
Treasure Island both with lyrics by Hal Shaper were designated Best
British Musical at the Ivor Novello Awards. He also penned the song
Portrait of My Love , a hit for Matt Monro in 1960. At My Time of
Life from Great Expectations was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1976.
His contribution to music for television includes scores for Edward
the Seventh (1975), starring Timothy West as Edward VII and the
opening and closing titles of the British television science-fiction
series Sapphire & Steel (1979). He also conducted music for
The Strauss Family, by the eponymous composers. Cyril Ornadel's
autobiography "Reach for the Moon" was published by The
Book Guild in 2007 (?) b.
December 2nd 1924.
Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (81)
born in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. He was noted
for his works incorporating elements of the folk music of Russia,
Ukraine, and surrounding republics. In 1900 he graduated from the
Moscow Conservatory, where he studied violin, composition, and music
theory. After teaching for a while in Moscow, he studied conducting
in Berlin from 1905-07, first appearing in Russia as a conductor
in 1908, the same year his tone poem The Sirens was well received.
He taught at the Kiev Conservatory and made director in 1914. He
returned to Moscow in 1920, taught at the conservatory there, and
became involved in studying Russian folk music, traveling widely
to collect material.
achieved a high status in the Soviet musical world after the Russian
Revolution, largely because of his interest in national styles.
He organized workers concerts and directed committees of the
Moscow Union of Composers and Union of Soviet Composers. His ballet
The Red Poppy-1927 won international popularity for a time. Also
well regarded were the ballet The Bronze Horseman and his Symphony
No. 3. (?) b.
January 11th 1875.
1959: Boris Vian (39) French
writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor
and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels. As well
as his books published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan, Boris
was also an important influence on the French jazz scene. He served
as liaison for Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis
in Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris
Jazz) and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in
the United States and in France. His own music and songs enjoyed
popularity during his lifetime, particularly the anti-war song "Le
died of an unexpected cardiac arrest)
b. March 23rd 1920
Zarah Leander (74)
actress and singer;
in 1929 she hired as an amateur, in a touring cabaret by the entertainer
and producer Ernst Rolf and for the first time sang "Vill ni
se en stjärna,"/'Do you want to see a star?' which soon
became her signature tune.
1930, she participated in 4 cabarets in Stockholm, made her first
records, including a cover of Marlene Dietrich's "Falling in
Love Again", and played a part in a film. However, it was as
"Hanna Glavari" in Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry
Widow that she had her definitive break-through. In the following
years, she became an actress on stage and in film in Scandinavia
and Germany (passed
away after a stroke) b. March 15th
2000: Jerome Richardson (79) American
jazz musician, tenor saxophonist, and flute player, who also played
alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo. Born in Oakland, CA,
he settled in New York in 1954, where he began a very active session
career. He worked with bands led by Lucky Millinder and Cootie Williams,
and led his own quartet at the famous Mintons Playhouse in
Harlem in 1955. He worked regularly with Quincy Jones, including
a European tour with Harold Arlens blues opera Free and Easy
in 1959, and was also involved in many of Joness more pop-oriented
was a founder member of the great Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra,
where his soprano saxophone played a leading role in creating the
bands distinctive sound. He played with a number of other
notable big bands during his long career, including bands led by
Jimmy Lunceford, Gerald Wilson, Gil Evans and Charles Mingus. His
standing as a superbly accomplished soloist on a range of reed and
wind instruments was complemented by an equally strong reputation
as an accompanist of singers, including the likes of Ella Fitzgerald,
Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson,
Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne, and most recently the late Teri Thornton.
Richardson was a good singer in his own right, especially of ballads.
He moved to Los Angeles for a time in the mid-1970s, working mainly
in the studios, but returned to New York in the late 1980s, where
he worked on Broadway musicals, and performed with artists like
trumpeter Art Farmer, saxophonist Clifford Jordan and trombonist
Slide Hampton, as well as leading his own group, in which he played
mainly alto saxophone, his instrument of choice in recent years.
Jerome performed with practically every significant post-war jazz
artist, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington,
Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Lionel Hampton,
Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Oliver Nelson, Horace Silver, Gerry
Mulligan, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, and Antonio Carlos
Jobim, as well as a whole range of blues, soul and pop artists,
from B.B. King to The Bee Gees
in Englewood, New Jersey) b.
2010: Pete Quaife (66) English
bassist and founding member of the British rock band The Kinks;
he founded a group known as The Ravens in 1963 with brothers Ray
and Dave Davies. Around late 1963, they changed their name to The
Kinks, and hired Mick Avory as a drummer. The group scored several
major international hits throughout the 1960s such as "Sunny
Afternoon" and "Waterloo Sunset". Their early singles,
including "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All
of the Night", have been cited as an early influence on the
hard rock and heavy metal genres. After leaving The Kinks, Pete
founded a new band, the country/rock outfit, Mapleoak, the group
gigged heavily in Denmark and in the UK during most of 1969 and
early 1970, after which in 1980, Pete retired from the music world
and relocated to Belleville, Ontario, Canada to work as a graphic
2005, Pete was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame with Kinks,
marking the final reunion of the four original band members (sadly
Pete died of kidney failure)
December 31st 1943.
2011: Fred Steiner (88) American
composer, conductor, orchestrator and arranger for TV, radio and
born in New York City.
He received a degree in music composition from the Oberlin Conservatory
of Music in 1943. As a composer for radio, his credits include the
dramatic anthology series On Stage, CBS Radio Workshop, Suspense
and This is Your FBI. For TV his credits include the music for many
episodes of the original series of Star Trek, "Park Avenue
Beat", the theme song to Perry Mason, the main theme to The
Bullwinkle Show and Follow That Man and contributed music to episodes
of Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories. He also composed
the music for the television series "Dynasty " from 1982-1983
and "Hotel" in 1983. His feature film work includes original
music Run for the Sun, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and orchestration/adaptation,
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Academy Award nomination for "Best Music, Original Score"
is for The Color Purple in 1985 was a shared nomination with Quincy
Jones, Jeremy Lubbock, Rod Temperton, Caiphus Semenya, Andraé
Crouch, Chris Boardman, Jorge Calandrelli, Joel Rosenbaum, Jack
Hayes, Jerry Hey, and Randy Kerber (sadly
died after suffering a stroke) b. February
2011: Gaye Delorme (64) Canadian
songwriter, composer and virtuoso guitar player. Born in Thunder
Bay, Ontario, he was entirely self-taught, having picked up the
guitar at age fifteen during a stint in juvenile detention. He played
many styles of guitar music: flamenco, classical, jazz, in the styles
of Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery, country, blues, rock and
heavy metal. His wide-ranging skill as a guitarist included the
ability to emulate other instruments such as the sitar and the koto,
Stevie Ray Vaughan described Gaye as "one of the best".
He played with many musicians and groups including Jann Arden, the
Powder Blues Band, Lenny Breau, David Foster, Airto Moreira, Billy
Cobham and Stanley Clarke. In 2006 he was accompanied by the Edmonton
Symphony Orchestra for his performance of Joaquín Rodrigo's
Concerto de Aranjuez. 1986 saw Delorme record a one-hour special
for CBC television entitled "Gaye Delorme in Concert".
As well as composing and playing guitar, he produced k.d. Lang's
first album A Truly Western Experience (sadly
Gaye died after suffering a heart attack)
b. March 20th 1947.
2012: Brigitte Engerer
(59) French classical
pianist born in Tunis; she studied at the Paris Conservatoire and
in 1968 aged only 15, obtained a first prize in piano. In 1969,
she won the Concours International Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud,
following which she was invited to undertake further training at
the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she joined the class of
Stanislav Neuhaus: she studied there for nine years. In 1980 her
career took a decisive turn when Herbert von Karajan invited her
to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. Her subsequent career was
divided between giving recitals and teaching at the Paris Conservatoire.
Her images appear repeatedly in Sophie Laloy's film Je te mangerais,
in which she is admired by Mary, the main character. She is also
the interpreter of classical pieces for piano used in the film.
(sadly Brigitte died while fighting cancer)
b. October 27th 1952.
2012: Franz Crass (84)
German bass singer born in Wipperfürth, and studied
at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln. He won numerous competitions
throughout Germany in the 1950s. In 1954 he made his debut at the
municipal theater in Krefeld; from 1956 he sang at the Landestheater
Hannover. He had a reputation as a Wagnerian early in his career,
appearing at the Bayreuth Festival in 1959 and 1960. He made guest
appearances throughout Germany, and was a regular member of the
Köln Opera from 1962 until 1964. In addition to his work as
a concert and oratorio singer, he became known for singing works
of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (?)
b. March 9th 1928
Carlos Gardel (44 or 47)
Uruguay/Argentinian tango singer, composer and actor;
tango's first superstar and still one of its most enduring performers,
revered as an icon in the Latin world of music. He began his singing
career in bars and parties, he sang with Francisco Martino and later
in a trio with Martino and José Razzano. Carlos
created the tango-canción
in 1917 with his rendition of Pascual Contursi and Samuel Castriota's
Mi Noche Triste. The recording sold 10,000 copies and was a hit
throughout Latin America. He went on tour through Argentina, Uruguay,
Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, and also made appearances
in Paris, New York, Barcelona and Madrid. He sold 70,000 records
in the first three months of a 1928 visit to Paris. As his popularity
grew, he made a number of films for Paramount in France and the
died an airplane
crash in Medellín, Colombia)
b. Dec 11th
1887 or 1890.
Jackie Gleason (71) American
singer, actor, popular TV host; he was known for his brash visual
and verbal comedy style, especially by his character Ralph Kramden
on The Honeymooners, a situation-comedy television series. His most
noted film roles were as Minnesota Fats in the drama film The Hustler-1961
and as Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit movie series.
But also throughout the 50s and 60s, he enjoyed a secondary music
career, lending his name to a series of best-selling "mood
music" albums with jazz overtones for Capitol Records. He felt
there was a ready market for romantic instrumentals. His first three
albums of more than 50, 'Music for Lovers Only', 'Lover's Rhapsody'
and 'Music to Make You
Misty' all reached No.1 on the Billboard 200. Jackie also took the
role of a lead performer in the musical Take Me Along, which ran
from 1959 to 1960; he won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a
Leading Actor in a Musical (sadly died after his fight with cancer)
b. February 26th 1916.
Misora (52) Japanese award
winning enka singer,
actress and the 1st woman in , to receive the People's Honour Award,
which was awarded posthumously for her notable contributions to
the music industry. Hibari
recorded around 1,200
songs, and sold 68 million records. After she died, consumer demand
for her recordings grew significantly, and by 2001 she had sold
more than 80 million records. Her swan-song "Kawa no nagare
no yo ni" is often performed by numerous artists and orchestras
as a tribute to her, including notable renditions by The Three Tenors,
Teresa Teng, and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.
April of 1987, on the way to a performance in Fukuoka, Misora suddenly
collapsed. Rushed to hospital, she was diagnosed with avascular
necrosis brought on by chronic hepatitis. She was confined to a
hospital in Fukuoka, and eventually showed signs of recovery in
August. She commenced recording a new song in October, and in April
of 1988 performed at a concert at the Tokyo Dome. Despite overwhelming
pain in her legs, she performed a total of 39 songs (Hibari
sadly died from pneumonia, a bronze statue in her honor was built
as a memorial in Yokohama in 2002, and attracts around 300,000 visitors
each year) b. May 29th 1937.
2004: Ifigeneia Giannopoulou (29) Greek
songwriter, she worked with great names of Greek music and
also wrote books for children (Ifigeneia died
suddenly of suspected allergic reaction)
2004: Tau Moe (95) Samoan influential
pioneer of the Hawaiian steel guitarist; he and his wife Rose formed
the core of the Tau Moe Family musical group. They performed for
international figures including Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler,
Aristotle Onassis, Mohandas Gandhi and King Farouk. Tau traveled
the world from 1928 to 1970, performing throughout Europe and Asia,
meeting heads of state and working with legendary musicians including
Josephine Baker, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong. He also
helped at least 150 of his Jewish musicians escape Germany and Austria
just before the height of Adolf Hitler's reign by having them impersonate
groupies, relatives and stagehands (?)
b. August 13th 1908.
T/Natasja Saad (32) Danish
rapper-reggae singer born in Copenhagen, she started singing and
DJ'ing at the age of 13 in Copenhagen, where she performed live
with Miss Mukupa and McEmzee in the band 'No Name Requested'. She
also performed with Queen Latifah and gained popularity in Jamaica.
Her vocals on a popular reggae fusion remix of "Calabria"
gained her worldwide fame and a number one spot on Billboard's Hot
Dance Airplay chart six months after her death (died
in a tragic
car accident in
Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica)
b. October 31st 1974.
2008: Dave Carpenter (48) American
jazz bassist; appeared on over two hundred recordings and had dozens
of television, film theme and soundtracks to his recording credit.
He worked with artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Peter Erskine,
Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Alan Pasqua, Joel Taylor, Mike Stern,
Scott Henderson, Mitchel Forman, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Golub, Dave
Liebman, Lee Ritenour, Ilona Knopfler, Dianne Reeves, Tom Scott,
Sadao Watanabe, Masanori Sasaji, Joe Mazzone, Rita Coolidge, Russ
Freeman, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, Barbara Streisand, David Benoit,
Boz Scaggs, Skakira and many more. (heart
attack) b. November
2008: Ira Tucker (83) American
with The Dixie Hummingbirds for 70
years, from 1938 when he became a member of the gospel music group
at aged 13, staying with them until his death. Ira introduced the
energetic showmanship - running through the aisles, jumping off
stage, falling to his knees in prayer - copied by many quartets
that followed. He also took the lead in the stylistic innovations
adopted by the group, combining gospel shouting and subtle melismas
with the syncopated delivery made popular by The Golden Gate Quartet,
as well as adventuresome harmonies, which the group called "trickeration",
in which Paul Owens or another member of the group would pick up
a note just as Tucker left off. The Hummingbirds absorbed much from
other artists as well, performing with Lester Young in the 1940s
and sharing Django Reinhardt records with B.B. King in the 1950s.
Ira and the Hummingbirds inspired a number of imitators, such as
Jackie Wilson and James Brown, who adapted the shouting style and
enthusiastic showmanship of hard gospel to secular themes to help
create soul music in the 1960s. In '73 The group sang the backup
vocals on Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like a Rock", and "Tenderness",
from his album "There Goes Rhymin' Simon".
2003, the Hummingbirds were the subject of an award-winning book
about their 75-year career span, Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds:
Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music by Jerry Zolten and in
Feb 2008, the first feature-length documentary/concert film featuring
the life and history of the Dixie Hummingbirds was released in commemoration
of their extraordinary eighty years as performers. The Dixie Hummingbirds:
Eighty Years Young has been shown on the Gospel Music Channel and
has played at numerous film festivals.
died of heart failure)
b. May 17th 1925.
2010: Fred Anderson (81) American
jazz tenor saxophonist; born in Monroe, Louisiana, he taught himself
to play sax, before studying music at the Roy Knapp Conservatory
in Chicago. He was one of the founders of the Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians and an important member of the
musical collective. His partner for many years was the Chicago jazz
trumpeter Billy Brimfield. In 1983, Fred took over ownership of
the Velvet Lounge in Chicago, which quickly became a centre for
the city's jazz and experimental music scenes. The club expanded
and relocated in the summer of 2006. He acted as mentor to young
musicians who have gone on to prominent careers in music, either
by featuring them in his groups or as performers at the Velvet Lounge,
Getsug, Karl E.
H. Seigfried, Harrison
Bankhead, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Justin Dillard, Josh Abrams,
Fred Jackson, George Lewis, Isaiah Sharkey, and Isaiah Spencer (?)
March 22nd 1929.
2010: JoJo Billingsley (58) American
singer, songwriter and recording artist. In December 1975, she was
hired, along with Cassie Gaines and Leslie Hawkins, to be a backup
singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ronnie Van Zant dubbed them "The
Honkettes". As one of Lynyrd Skynyrds Honkettes, she
toured with the band from Japan to England. In
2005, she performed several times as "The Honkettes" in
an alternative version of Lynyrd Skynyrd called "The Saturday
Night Special Band" that also included Ed King, Artimus Pyle
and Leslie Hawkins that helped to raise money for Hurricane Katrina
2006, she performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd for only the third time
since the 1977 plane crash. The first was at Charlie Daniels' 1979
Volunteer Jam film of which appears in the VH-1 Behind The Music
profile of the band, the second at the opening of Freebird The Movie
at Atlanta's Fox Theatre in 1995, and singing "Sweet Home Alabama"
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at which Lynyrd
Skynyrd was honored. (sadly
lost her battle with cancer)
Alan Krueck (70) American
musicologist; he wrote
his doctoral dissertation, The symphonies of Felix Draeseke: a study
in consideration of developments in symphonic form in the second
half of the nineteenth century for the University of Zurich in 1967.
This was the first English-language study of Draeseke's music. In
1993, Alan founded the North American adjunct of the International
Draeseke Society, and produced a number of CDs on the society's
label. He edited, among other works, the previously unpublished
2nd of Draeseke's sonatas for viola alta and his opera Bertran de
also was professor emeritus at California University of Pennsylvania
November 15th 1939.
2012: Jacques Taddei (66)
French organist, born in Nice, he was the organist at Basilica
of St. Clotilde between 1993 and 2012, also a member of the Academy
of Fine Arts, Music Composition section, since 2001. He was director
of the Conservatoire National de Region de Paris of 1987 to 2004
, then Director of Music of Radio France in January 2005 to January
2006 and was appointed Inspector General of Education
on Jan 16th 2006 (?) b. June 5th 1946.
2012: Jean Cox (90) American
tenor opera singer, born in Gadsden, Alabama; he made his Bayreuth
debut as a Steersman in The Flying Dutchman in 1956 (?)
b. January 16th 1922.
Georg Philipp Telemann (86)
German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist.
Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against
his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and
Hildesheim, he entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but
eventually settled on a career in music. His music incorporates
several national styles: French, Italian, and Polish. He remained
at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is
an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.
Georg was the most prolific composer of his time, his oeuvre comprises
more than 3000 pieces. Equally important for the history of music
were his publishing activities. By pursuing exclusive publication
rights for his own works, he set one of the most important early
precedents for regarding music as the intellectual property of the
composer. He continued
to write until his death (sadly died of a chest ailment)
b. March 14th 1681.
1944: Lucha Reyes/Maria de luz Flores (38)
Mexican singer; she started singing "rancheras",
one of her first songs in this genre, "Guadalajara", became
a classic that is nowadays considered by many to be Mexico's second
national anthem. When
she decided to sing with mariachis, she caused a culture shock,
as Mexicans were not used to seeing women lead mariachi bands. Despite
her success, she also garnered much criticism, especially when talking
about alcoholism in public: she would declare after certain songs
that she wanted to go and get drunk, or such things like that. Between
1937 and 1943, she also made six movies, acting with Pedro Armendariz,
Dolores del Río, Jorge Negrete, Flor Silvestre and Consuelo
del Alba, among others (Lucha
was found dead after taking tequila and some pills, tragically she
committed suicide, this was due to her failing health)
May 23rd 1906.
1976: John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer
singer and award winning songwriter born
in Savannah, Georgia, and moved to New York in 1928, when he was
19. As a songwriter, he is best known as a lyricist, but he did
also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his
own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s
through the mid-1950s, many of the songs he wrote and performed
were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics
to more than a 1000 songs, including compositions for movies and
Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations.
His songs included "Goody Goody", "You Must Have
Been a Beautiful Baby", "Jeepers, Creepers!", "Fools
Rush In", "That Old Black Magic", "PS I Love
You", "I Remember You", "Tangerine", "This
Time the Dream's on Me" and "Hit The Road To Dreamland".
Johnny won four Academy Awards for Best Song: "On
the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" for The Harvey Girls;
"In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening" for Here Comes
The Groom; "Moon River" 1961-music by Henry Mancini for
Breakfast at Tiffany's and "Days of Wine and Roses" for
Days of Wine and Roses.
Johnny was also a founder of Capitol Records in 1942, with the financial
help of fellow songwriter and movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the
business acumen of Glenn Wallichs. On April 6th 1942, Johnny supervised
Capitol's first recording session, recording Martha Tilton singing
'Moon Dreams". On May 5, Bobby Sherwood and his orchestra recorded
two tracks. On May 21, Freddie Slack and his orchestra recorded
three tracks, one with just the orchestra, one with Ella Mae Morse
"Cow Cow Boogie', and one with Johnny "AirMinded
June 4, Capitol Records opened its first office in a second-floor
room south of Sunset Boulevard. On the same day, Wallichs presented
the first free record to a Los Angeles disc jockey named Peter Potter.
Potter was so pleased Wallichs decided to give free records to other
DJs, becoming the first in the business to do so (?)
b. November 18th 1909.
1983: Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (67)
of classical music, born in Buenos Aires. He is considered one of
the most important Latin American classical composers.
studied at the conservatory
in Buenos Aires, graduating in 1938. After a visit to the United
States in 194547, where he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood,
he returned to Buenos Aires and co-founded the League of Composers.
He held a number of teaching posts. He moved back to the United
States in 1968 and from 1970 lived in Europe (He
passed away in Geneva)
b. April 11th 1916.
1985: Connie Curtis "Pee Wee" Crayton
blues guitarist, vocalist born in Rockdale, Texas; it is thought
he was the first blues guitarist to use a Fender Stratocaster, given
to him by Leo Fender. He took to playing guitar seriously after
moving to California in 1935, and settling in San Francisco. While
there he absorbed the music of T-Bone Walker, but developed his
own unique approach. His aggressive playing contrasted with his
smooth vocal style, and was copied by many later blues guitarists.
One of his first recordings was the instrumental, "Blues After
Hours", which reached No.1 in the Billboard R&B chart late
that year. Its flip side, the sleek pop ballad "I'm Still in
Love With You" (heart
December 18th 1914.
1987: Boudleaux Bryant (67)
American songwriter, born in Shellman, Georgia, he
was trained as a classical violinist and during the 193738
season he performed with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra. He
went on to become one of the greatest songwriters in country music
history along with his wife Felice Bryant. The husband-and-wife
country music and pop songwriting team are best known for songs
such as "Raining In My Heart", "Wake up little Susie",
"Rocky Top," "Love Hurts" and numerous Everly
Brothers hits, including "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and
"Bye Bye Love". Beginning in 1957 they came to national
prominence in both country music and pop music when they wrote a
string of hugely successful songs for the Everly Brothers and hits
for others such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. Their compositions
were recorded by many artists from a variety of musical genres,
including Tony Bennett, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley
Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah
Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin,
Ray Charles, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and others.
By the late '80s, it
was estimated that Boudleaux and Felice's warehouse of 3,000 songs
had sold over 300 million copies worldwide.
1972 they were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,
in 1986 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; and in 1991 the Country
Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (?)
b. February 13th 1920.
Hillel Slovak (26) Israeli-American
lead guitarist born in Haifa, Israel, his family emigrated to America
when Hillel was four settling in Queens, New York, then in 1967
relocated to Southern California. While at
Fairfax High School he
met future bandmates Jack Irons and Michael "Flea" Balzary.
They formed a band called Chain Reaction, then changed the name
to Anthym. They next dubbed themselves "Tony Flow and the Miraculously
Majestic Masters of Mayhem", before changing to the Red Hot
Chili Peppers. Hillel's work was one of the major contributing factors
to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' early sound. He was also a huge influence
on a young John Frusciante, who would later replace him as guitarist
in the band. (Hillel died of a heroin overdose
shortly after the band returned from a European tour)
b. April 13th 1962.
1998: Lounès Matoub (42)
Berber Kabyle singer and mondol player, born in the village of Taourirt
Moussa in Kabylie. At 9 years old he built his first guitar from
an empty car oil can and composed his first songs as a teenager.
He began his singing career under the patronage of the established
Kabyle singer Idir. He recorded his first album Ay Izem/The Lion
in 1978; it was a huge success. He went on to record 36 albums,
as well as writing songs for other artists. He gave his first major
concert in April 1980, at the time of the "Berber Spring"
protest movement in Kabylie. Lounes was a prominent advocate of
the Berber cause and secularism in Algeria throughout his life.
is revered as a hero and martyr in Kabylie and the Berber World
but reviled by most of the Arab population in Algeria for his irreligion
and blasphemous songs such as "Allahu Akbar" and his militant
advocacy of Berber rights, therefore unpopular among both warring
parties during Algerian Civil War. (Lounès'
car was stopped at a roadblock while he was driving along a mountainous
road in eastern Algeria. The car was fired upon by masked gunmen,
and wounding his three female passengers. Tens of thousands people
attended his funeral and a week of violent riots followed)
b. January 24th 1956
Bill Moss (76) American gospel singer born in Selma,
Alabama and sang in a choir led by his sister the late Dr. Mattie
Moss Clark. He served in the Korean War and then moved to Boston,
Massachusetts where he was an active singer.
moved to Detroit, Michigan and formed The Celestials with his wife
Essie Moss. Bill Moss & the Celestials would perform with acts
such as The Staple Singers and Mighty Clouds of Joy at venues such
as the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The Celestials were one of the
first gospel groups to use electric instruments. Their best known
songs include "Turn It Over to Jesus", "Everything
is Going to be Alright" and "The Way We Use to Have Church".
Bill was inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame
in 2004 (sadly
died of emphysema) b.
Persian singer who was recognized as the "Persian Diva"
and "Banooye Golhaa va Delha." She was the younger sister
of another popular Iranian female singer, Hayedeh. Mahasti worked
with some of the most famous Iranian composers, including Parviz
Yahaghi, Habibollah Badiei, Homayoon Khorram, Asadollah Malek, Anooshiravan
Rohani, Jahanbakhsh Pazooki, Hasan Shamaeizadeh, Mohammad Heidari,
Jamshid Sheibani, Sadegh Nojooki, and Manoochehr Cheshmazar She
emigrated to the UK in 1978, and then relocated to the US where
she lived till her death (colon cancer)
b. November 16th 1946.
2009: Sky "Sunlight" Saxon/Richard
Elvern Marsh (71) American rock and roll singer-songwriter
and guitarist who was best known as the leader and singer of the
1960s Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock band The Seeds. He began
his career performing doo-wop pop tunes in the early 1960s under
the name Little Richie Marsh.After changing his name to Sky Saxon,
he formed the Electra-Fires in 1962 and then Sky Saxon & the
Soul Rockers. In 1965, he founded the psychedelic flower power band
The Seeds their hits included "Can't Seem to Make You Mine",
"Mr. Farmer" and "Pushin' Too Hard," which became
a top 40 song and enduring rock anthem in 1967. In 1973, he became
a member of the Source Family religious group, a Hollywood Hills
commune led by YaHoWha who gave him the names Sunlight and Arlick.
In the following years he released a number of albums under various
band names including The Starry Seeds Band, Sky Saxon & Firewall,
King Arthur's Court, and Shapes Have Fangs, as well as reforming
several times The Seeds with different musician line-ups. In
2008, Saxon and the Seeds collaborated on some new songs and recordings
with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Even
though "Pushing Too Hard" was named one of The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, The Seeds
have still not been recognized by that institution (sadly
unexpectedly after being hospitalized in Austin, Texas with an infection
of the internal organs)
b. August 20th 1937. Different
sources suggest a birth year of 1937, 1945 or 1946
2009: Michael Joseph Jackson (50)
American recording artist, entertainer and
Born in Gary,
he was the seventh of nine children. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie,
Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. His father
who allegedy physically and emotionally abused Michael as a child,
often performed in an R&B band called The Falcons. He was raised
as a Jehovah's Witness by his mother. In 1964, he and his brother
Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers, a band formed by brothers Jackie,
Tito and Jermaine, as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine,
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died of a cardiac arrest)
2009: Yasmine/Hilde Rens (37)
Belgian singer, presenter and television personality born in Antwerp;
she became known as a singer during the 1980s. At the age of 17,
Yasmine made her television debut in 1989 as a contestant on a Flemish
television talent show, performing a reindition of Don't Cry for
Me Argentina as Julie Covington.
years later, she earned a record deal, releasing her first single,
"Wie Denk Jij Wel Dat Je Bent" and her first album, Mooi
zo in the same year. She went onto record another five mainstream
pop albums before releasing Vandaag (Het morgen van gisteren) in
2004, a critically lauded CD of Leonard Cohen songs translated into
Dutch. Her last album, Licht Ontvlambaar, was released in 2006.
until her death, Yasmine was a regular on the VRT's main television
station, één, where she was an in-vision continuity
announcer and a presenter for various entertainment shows including
De Rode Loper, Memento and Zo is er maar één (tragically
she had hung herself from a tree - her suicide reportedly followed
a severe depression allegedly inflicted by the split with
Marianne Dupon) b.
March 3rd 1972.
2011: Godfrey "Goff"
brass band arranger, composer, and musical director of the Chetham's
Big Band for many years. In 1976, he was made a Bard of the Cornish
Gorsedd. He received a Doctorate from Salford Uni in 1990, after
a career that had seen him lead the University Jazz Orchestra to
the BBC Big Band of the Year title in 1989. He
was well known for his original brass compositions such as "Trailblaze",
"Doyen", "Exploding Brass!" and the marches
"The Jaguar" and "Barnard Castle", and won a
European Broadcasting Union Award in 1984 for his "Continental
Caprice". He was also a prolific arranger for brass bands,
and his works included "Hymns of Praise", "Shepherd's
Song", "Over the Rainbow", "Mack the Knife",
"New York, New York", "Chanson d'Amour", "I'll
Walk with God", and "That's a Plenty". He also arranged
and composed light orchestral and choral works, and his works have
been performed by the King's Singers, Huddersfield Choral Society,
London Brass, Evelyn Glennie and various BBC orchestras (?)
b. August 18th 1944.
2012: John Koko (51)
American upright acoustic bassist and was member of
the Hawaiian group
The Makaha Sons of Niihau for the last 30 years. They have
released 21 CDs, and produced a DVD on their own record label. They
have won Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards. They produce
their own signature concert, "Take a Walk in the Country,"
in Hawaii each year. The Makaha Sons have recently formed the Makaha
Sons Foundation, which supports variety of organizations, funding
some of Hawaiis police officers, funding families afflicted
with illnesses, and providing scholarships each year to a selected
high school senior (sadly died of heart
Clifford Brown (25) American jazz trumpeter,
born in Wilmington, Delaware; he performed with Chris Powell, Tadd
Dameron, Lionel Hampton, and Art Blakey before forming his own group
with Max Roach. The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet's pianist,
Richie Powell, younger brother of Bud, contributed original compositions,
as did Brown himself. The partnership of Brown's trumpet with Harold
Land's tenor saxophone made for a very strong front line. Teddy
Edwards briefly replaced Land before Sonny Rollins took over for
the remainder of the group's existence. He
died leaving behind only four years' worth of recordings, nonetheless,
he had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including
Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Valery
Ponomarev, and Wynton Marsalis. Clifford
won the Down Beat critics' poll for
the 'New Star of the Year' in 1954 and he was inducted into the
Down Beat 'Jazz Hall of Fame' in 1972 in the critics' poll.
in a tragic car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, west of Bedford
while en route to a performance. Richie Powell and wife Nancy who
was driving were also killed)
b. October 30th 1930.
bebop jazz pianist, born in New York City; he was the younger brother
of Bud Powell, also a pianist and a member of the group co-led by
Clifford Brown and Max Roach (Richie
and Clifford were being driven overnight by his wife Nancy to an
engagement in Chicago. Nancy lost control of the vehicle on the
Pennsylvania Turnpike during a dark rainy night, all three occupants
were killed in this tragic accident)
b. September 5th 1931.
1984: Albert Dailey (45) American
jazz pianist born in Baltimore, where his
first professional appearances were with the house band of the Baltimore
Royal Theatre, before studying at Morgan State University and the
Peabody Conservatory. He backed Damita Jo DuBlanc on tour from 1960
to 1963, and following this briefly put together his own trio in
Washington, D.C., playing at the Bohemia Caverns. In 1964 he moved
to New York City, where he played with Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes,
Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1967 he played
with Woody Herman at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and played intermittently
with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers around this time. In the 1970s
he played with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, and Archie
Shepp. In the 1980s he did concerts at Carnegie Hall and was a member
of the Upper Manhattan Jazz Society with Charlie Rouse, Benny Bailey,
and Buster Williams. (Sadly died of pneumonia)
June 16th 1939.
1987: Henk Badings (80)
in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies, he worked as a mining engineer
and palaeontologist at Delft until 1937, after which he dedicated
his life entirely to music and was largely self-taught. He had his
first major success in 1930 when his first cello concerto was performed
at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Champions of his work included
such eminent conductors as Eduard van Beinum and Willem Mengelberg.
He held numerous teaching positions including the Musikhochschule
Stuttgart and the University of Utrecht. His works include fourteen
symphonies, two string quartets, several concertos, chamber music,
and incidental music. A Badings Festival was held in Rotterdam in
b. January 17th 1907.
1997: Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole
singer songwriter, ukulele player who
famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released
in 1993 with his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What
a Wonderful World", which was subsequently featured in several
films, television programs, and commercials. In his early teens,
he studied at Upward Bound of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and
his family moved to Makaha, Hawaii. There, he met Louis "Moon"
Kauakahi, Sam Gray, and Jerome Koko. Together with his brother Skippy
they formed the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. From 1976 throughout the
1980s, they gained in popularity as they toured Hawaii and the continental
United States, they released fifteen successful albums. In 1990,
Iz released his first solo album Ka'ano'i, which won awards for
Contemporary Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year from
the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Facing Future was released
in 1993 by The Mountain Apple Company, which featured his most popular
song, the medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful
World". In 1994, Iz was voted favorite entertainer of the year
by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Through his ukulele playing
and incorporation of other genres, such as jazz and reggae, Iz remains
one of the major influences in Hawai'ian music over the last 15
years (died of weight-related respiratory
b. May 20th 1959
Naomi Shemer (73) Israeli singer and song-writer born
on Kvutzat Kinneret and later hailed as the "first lady of
Israeli song and poetry". In the 1950s she served in the Israeli
Defense Force's Nahal entertainment troupe, and studied music at
the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. She did her own songwriting and
composing, set famous poems to music, such as those of the Israeli
poet, Rachel, and adapted well-known songs into Hebrew, such as
the Beatles songs "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be".
She composed in 1963 Hurshat Ha'Eucalyptus/The Eucalyptus Grove,
a song that evokes Kvutzat Kinneret where she was born, and sung
in a recent version by Ishtar. In 1983, Naomi received the Israel
Prize for Hebrew song, words and melody (?)
b. July 13th 1930.
Grete Sultan (99) German-American
pianist, born in Berlin she studied piano from an early age with
American pianist Richard Buhlig, and later with Leonid Kreutzer
and Edwin Fischer. In 1933, after the National Socialists came to
power, she was, as all Jews were, banned from playing in public
and could only appear in concerts of the "Juedischer Kulturbund".
With Buhlig's help, she fled Germany in 1941 via Lisbon, from where
she emigrated to America by ship, settleing in New York City. Greta
made the premiere recording of John Cage's Etudes Australes and
played it in concerts worldwide. She also performed the music of
Alan Hovhaness and Tui St. George Tucker, but contemporary composers
were not the only ones that interested her: in the 1940s she helped
popularize Bach's Goldberg Variations, and her concert programs
included music from Schubert and Stravinsky to Earle Brown and Morton
Feldman. She gave her last recital in 1996, aged 90, at New York's
Merkin Concert Hall, performing the Goldberg Variations. (Greta
sadly died in a Manhattan hospital five days after her 99th birthday,
of pneumonia complications) b. June
Johnny Jenkins (67) American left-handed blues guitarist
who helped to propel the singing career of Otis Redding and inspired
Jimi Hendrix with his guitar
playing and stage acrobatics. In the 1960s Johnny led a band called
the Pinetoppers, and employed a young Otis Redding as a singer for
the Pinetoppers. As Johnny did not have a driver's license, the
young Otis also served as his personal driver. During a recording
session in 1962 they had 40 minutes of studio time unused. Otis
used this time to record a ballad entitled 'These Arms of Mine'
with Johnny playing guitar, Otis was born.
In 1970 Johnny released the album Ton-Ton Macoute!, in later years
this album became a collectors item as the opening track, a cover
of Dr. John's 'I Walk on Gilded Splinters', has been sampled by
numerous artists from Beck to Oasis. Johnny became disillusioned
with the music industry and did nothing of note until 1996 when
he was persuaded him to make a comeback, he released the album 'Blessed
Blues' recorded with Chuck Leavell. Two further albums followed;
'Handle With Care' and 'All in Good Time' (sadly
he died from a stroke) b.
March 5th 1939.
Arif Mardin (74)
Turkish-American music producer, who
worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of
music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco, and country. He worked
at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, as both an assistant, producer,
arranger, studio manager, and vice president, before moving to EMI
and serving as vice president and general manager of Manhattan Records.
His collaborations include working with including Margie Joseph,
The Rascals, Carly Simon, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand,
the Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Queen, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin,
Lulu, Anita Baker, Judy Collins, Phil Collins, Scritti Politti,
Culture Club, Roberta Flack, Average White Band, Hall & Oates,
Donny Hathaway, Norah Jones, Daniel Rodriguez, Chaka Khan, George
Benson, Melissa Manchester, Side Show, The Manhattan Transfer, Modern
Jazz Quartet, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Dusty Springfield, David
Bowie, Jewel and Ringo Starr. In his career of more than 40 years,
he collected over 40 gold and platinum albums, and has been honoured
with 12 Grammy Awards and 15 nominations (?)
b. March 15th 1932.
2007: Dame Thea King DBE (81) British
classical clarinetist; made a special study of lesser known works
of the 18th and 19th centuries, especially those of Crusell. A principal
clarinetist of the Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, the Melos Ensemble
and the Allegri String Quartet. She was a founder member in 1953
of the Portia Wind Ensemble, an all female group and a member of
the Vesuvius and Robles Ensembles.()
b. December 26th 1925.
2009: Yosef "Jo" Amar (79)
Moroccan-born Israeli singer; a pioneer in the introduction of Moroccan
Jewish liturgical music to Israel. In 1956, he emigrated to Israel
where he lived on moshav Yad Rambam. He became associated with mizrahi
music, mixing the melodies of traditional Sephardic Jewish music
with Arabic music and Western music. Yosef
moved to New York City in 1970, where he performed music and worked
as a cantor. He published an anthology of liturgical music from
Morocco and recorded more than 20 albums, including one with the
Israeli Andalusian Orchestra (died in Miami,
Florida, from undisclosed causes) b.
2010: Shoista Mullojonova (84)
Bukharian Jewish Shashmakom singer. She won
many awards and titles in her career including the prestigious "People's
Artist of the Republic of Tajikistan" and "Merited Artist
of the USSR". She had a seven decade career in music, from
1941 until her death. To this day, she is regarded as one of the
greatest singers of the USSR and of Tajikistan and her recordings
are preserved in the archives of Tajikistan. she was often referred
to as the "Queen of Shashmakom Music" and as the "Daughter
of Tajikistan" (sadly died of
a heart attack) b. September 3rd 1925.
2010: Sergio Vega (40) Mexican
banda singer born in Hornos; in 1989, while living in Phoenix, Arizona,
he and his brothers formed a group called Los Hermanos Vega, which
signed with Joey Records and had several hits such as "Corazón
de Oropel" and "El Rayo de Sinaloa". In
1994, after five years with the group he decided to leave, forming
another group called Los Reyos del Norte, and signing with Digital
Universal. This group had hits such as "Las Parcelas de Mendoza",
"El Dólar Doblado", "El Ayudante", "Olor
a Hierba", "Eres mi Estrella", and "Ayúdame
a Vivir". He later changed his group's name to Sergio Vega
y Sus Shakas Del Norte (Murdered
while on his way to perform at a village festival concert in the
Mexican state of Sinaloa. Gunmen travelling in a truck drove alongside
his red Cadillac and opened fire on the vehicle) b. September
2010: Benny Powell (80) American
jazz trombonist; he played both tenor and bass trombone, and
played professionally at age 14, and by 18 he was playing with Lionel
Hampton. In 1951 began playing with Count Basie, in whose orchestra
he would remain until 1963. Hear Benny's trombone solo in "April
in Paris" After leaving Basie, he freelanced in New York City,
playing on the Merv Griffin Show among other places. He then moved
to California and did extensive work as a session musician, working
with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Carter, and
Randy Weston. Later, he worked as an educator, including as part
of the Jazzmobile project
1974: Cliff Friend (80) American
songwriter and pianist born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working on
the road with vaudeville shows, he befriended Al Jolson in LA, who
encouraged Cliff to relocate to New York City to better his career
as a songwriter. He soon became a member of the New York City-centered
music publishers Tin Pan Alley. His first hit was in 1923, called
"You Tell Her - I Stutter" and co-written with Billy Rose,
it was recorded by The Happiness Boys. Over the next 15 years, Cliff
co-wrote many other songs including "Lovesick Blues",
"June Night", "Then I'll Be Happy", "(Oh)
If I Only Had You", "A Night in June (Beneath the Moon)",
"My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now", "It Goes Like
This", "You're a Real Sweetheart", "Bashful
Baby", "I Want to Sing About You", "It's Great
to Be In Love", "Let's Have a Party", "The Sweetest
Music This Side of Heaven", "When My Dream Boat Comes
Home", "You've Got Me In the Palm of Your Hand",
"Out Where the Blue Begins" and "The Merry-Go-Round
Broke Down", which was used as the theme song in the Warner
Bros Looney Tunes cartoon series (died
in Las Vegas, Nevada)
b. October 1st 1893.
1992: Allan Jones (84) American
actor, singer and
father of singer Jack Jones,
born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania; he starred in many musical films
and broadway productions during the 1930s and 1940s. The best-known
of these were Show Boat-1936, and The Firefly-1937, in which he
sang the popular "Donkey Serenade". However, maybe he
is now best remembered as the romantic straight man to the Marx
Brothers in their first two MGM productions, A Night at the Opera,
and A Day at the Races. Other films include Everybody Sing with
Judy Garland and Fanny Brice; One Night in the Tropics, the film
debut of Abbott and Costello; The Boys from Syracuse; and There's
Magic in Music (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. October 14th 1907.
1992: Charles Tyler (50)
American clarinetist, baritone
and alto sax player, born in Cadiz, Kentucky and spent his childhood
years in Indiana, New York City and Cleveland, Ohio; as a very busy
session player, he spent a four-year period teaching and playing
with adventurous musicians in Los Angeles, including Arthur Blythe,
Bobby Bradford, and David Murray. He moved back to New York in 1973,
where he freelanced, doing stints with Cecil Taylor, Dewey Redman,
and Billy Bang (sadly Charles died while in Toulon, France) b.
1994: Jacques Berthier (71) French
composer of liturgical music, noted for writing much of the music
used at Taizé. He trained in music at the César Franck
School in Paris. In 1955 he was first asked to compose music for
the Taizé Community, which was then just a monastic community
of twenty brothers. Six years later he became organist at the Church
of the Jesuits in Paris, Saint-Ignace, where he worked until his
death. In 1975, he was again asked to compose for Taizé,
this time for chants to be sung by the increasing numbers of young
people coming to worship there. Over nearly 20 years, he built up
a body of church music that has been utilized around the world (?)
b. June 27th
1999: Brian O'Hara (56) English
singer and guitarist with the Merseybeat band, Fourmost,
that recorded in the
1960s. Their biggest UK hit single "A Little Loving" in
1964. Brian and best friend guitarist/vocalist Joey Bower, formed
The Two Jays in 1957 and did a six week tour of the Isle of Man.
The group changed its name to the Four Jays in September 1959 and
made their debut at the Cavern Club on 1 March 1961, nearly three
weeks before The Beatles. Rhythm guitarist/singer Mike Millward
joined the Four Jays in November 1961, followed by the drummer Dave
Lovelady in September 1962. The band had changed their name to The
Fourmost in June 1962. On 30 June 1963, the group signed a management
contract with Brian Epstein. This led to their being auditioned
by George Martin and signed to EMI's Parlophone record label. Other
hits include "Hello Little Girl", "I'm in Love",
"Girls Girls Girls" / "Why Do Fools Fall in Love",
"Here, There and Everywhere" (tragically
Brian hung himself) b. March
2002: John Entwistle (57) English
bassist, vocals and multi-musician,
he was the most influential British bassist in rock music, influencing
the likes of Phil
Butler, Geddy Lee, Cliff
Burton, Billy Sheehan, Lemmy Kilmister, Krist Novoselic and so many
As a young school boy he joined the Middlesex Youth Orchestra, his
initial music training was on trumpet, french horn, and piano, all
of which would figure into his later rock playing. In the early
1960s, he played in several traditional jazz and dixieland outfits,
before forming a duo called the Confederates with schoolmate Pete
Townshend, and later joined Roger Daltrey's band the Detours. This
band who later later become The Who. John
was one of the first to make use of Marshall stacks, (Pete Townshend
has said that John started using Marshalls in order to hear himself
over Keith Moon's drums!)
full treble, full volume" approach to bass sound was originally
supposed to be captured in the bass solo to "My Generation",
this solo bass break is important as it is one of the earliest bass
solos captured on a rock record. After the hectic years with The
Who had slowed down, he had time in the 90s to form "The John
Entwistle Band" with longtime friend, drummer Steve Luongo
and Godfrey Townsend on lead guitar. By
the time of his death, John
had a collection of over 200 instruments reflecting the different
brands he used over his career (John died
in a hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas one
day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour. His
death was due to a heart attack induced by his cocaine habit which
a pre-existing heart condition)
b. October 9th 1944.
2005: Frank Harte (72)
singer and song collector
born in Chapelizod, County Dublin; he emigrated to the United States
for a short period, but later returned to Ireland where he worked
as an architect, lecturer at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology)
in Rathmines, Dublin and in later life fully engaged in songs in
many ways. Frank began collecting early in life and he remembered
buying ballads from a man who sold them by the sheet at the side
of the Adelphi Cinema and by the end of his life had assembled a
database of over 15,500 recordings. He recorded several albums and
made numerous television and radio appearances, most nobably the
Singing Voices series he wrote and presented for RTÉ Radio
(sadly died from a heart attack)
b. May 14th 1933.
2008: Daihachi Oguchi (84)
Japanese master of taiko
drumming, helped found top taiko groups all over the world, including
San Francisco Taiko Dojo. The former jazz musician, was one of the
first to elevate the traditional Japanese folk sounds of taiko to
modern music playing in concert halls, festivals and shrines. He
led and starred in the performance of drumming and dance at the
closing ceremony of the 1998 Nagano Olympics. (tragically died
in hospital the day after being hit by a car)
2009: Fayette Regina Pinkney (61)
American singer, born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, she was one of three young teenagers brought together
by manager Richard Barrett to form The Three Degrees in 1963. She
was a part of the group until 1976, and was with them through their
great years and sang on many of their greatest hits, such as "When
Will I See You Again" and "Take Good Care of Yourself".
She traveled to London in January, 1979 to record her only solo
album, One Degree, which she did in just two weeks, to great acclaim
from both her peers and fans (Fayette
of acute respiratory failure after a short and sudden illness)
Storm/Josephine Owaissa Cottle (87) American
actress and singer born in Bloomington, Victoria County, Texas.
As well as her acting and TV career, including My
Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show,
for a couple years in the early 50s she was a recording artist.
Her first record was "I Hear You Knockin'", the followup
was a two-sided hit, with "Memories Are Made of This"
backed with "A Teenage Prayer." That was followed by a
hit cover of Frankie Lymon's "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."
and "Dark Moon" that went to No.4 on the Billboard Hot
100. She had several other hits and headlined in Las Vegas, but
then gave up recording because of her husband's concerns with the
time she had to devote to that career
away in a convalescent home, near San Francisco in Danville, California)
b. April 5th 1922
2010: Rammellzee (49)
American pioneer hip hop musician and graffiti artist; before his
hip-hop career, he was
an established graffiti artist, peppering the A train in Queensbridge,
NY in the late 70s with his trademark spiky letters. He was known
for his eccentric ways and renaissance ideals and in 1983, NY artist
Jean-Michel Basquiat produced and provided artwork for what was
to become the only record released on independent label Tartown,
"Beat Bop", a collaboration between Rammellzee and K-Rob
which was limited to 500 copies and went on to become a holy grail
for collectors and influenced the likes of Beastie Boys and Cypress
Hill. He was featured in the two landmarks of hip-hop cinema, Henry
Chalfant's graffiti doc, Style Wars and Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style,
toting a shotgun as he rapped on stage in the latter (Sadly died
long illness) b. 1960.
American bassist and occasional trumpet player
born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began his career in
his teens, playing with Lenny Capello and the Dots, before becoming
a member of the band John Fred and His Playboys, where created one
of the most memorable bass lines in The Beatle penned "Judy
In Disguise (With Glasses)", which topped the US pop charts
for two weeks in 1968. During the 1970s he established himself a
much sought-after studio musician, recording and playing with the
Bee Gees as well as contributing instrumentally to many hits and
albums such as Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia",
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Partons "Islands in the Stream",
Frankie Valli's "Grease", Andy Gibbs' album "Shadow
Dancing", Jay Fergusons "Thunder Island"and
the Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb duet "Guilty". In
1987 he opened his own recording studio named Bluff Roads Studio
where he produced
a wide range of artists including Louisiana Boys, New Orleans trumpeter
Al Hirt, and Bleed (?) b. June
2011: Ian Wheeler (80) British
multi-musicain, one of the most creative and original reeds players
in UK traditional jazz, born in Greenwich. At 17 he joined the RAF
but was discharged on medical grounds so he went into the merchant
navy in 1949 and travelled around the world. He formed the River
City Jazz Band in 1952, with himself on clarinet, before moving
to a band led by Mike Daniels, He left for another spell in hospital,
but rejoined on soprano sax. He next replaced Acker Bilk in Ken
Colyer's Jazzmen, from 1954-60. He formed the Sims-Wheeler Vintage
Band with Acker Bilk's trumpeter, Ken Sims. At Christmas in 1960
he replaced clarinettist Monty Sunshine in the Chris Barber Band,
and stayed until 1968 playing clarinet, alto and soprano saxophone
and harmonica . In 1961, the EP 'Introducing Ian' featured four
of his solos. Ian had his own band from 1970-73 and was in a band
with Rod Mason, then with Keith Smith's Hefty Jazz, before rejoining
Chris Barber in 1979-1998 recording many albums together. His "Ian
Wheeler At Farnhams Maltings" was voted the best new jazz recording
of 1993 by the Music Retailers Association (?)
b. January 13th 1931.
2011: Maciej Zembaty (67) Polish
writer and singer; his stage debut was an appearance at the Opole
Song Festival in 1965, where he was awarded with a prize for the
best featuring song author. In 1972, together with Jacek Janczarski,
he created the story of Poszepszynski Family, one of the best-known
and longest-running comic series ever aired in the Polish Radio.
Later that year he also received a number of records of Leonard
Cohen, whose songs he started to translate. In several months he
created a dozen or so translations, most of which became hits in
Poland even before the original songs by Cohen became available
and known to wider audience. He became known primarily as the translator
of Leonard Cohen's work into Polish. He holds the record for Leonard
Cohen covers, having translated and recorded at least 60 songs over
10 albums. One of the albums (1985 Alleluja) was sold in over 400,000
copies in Poland and became a golden record. In addition, he published
a number of books with translations of Cohen's poetry, some of them
in official printing houses, while other unofficially in the samizdat.
Maciej's translation of The Partisan
became one of the informal anthems of Solidarity during the Martial
Law in Poland (?)
b. May 16th 1944.
August Wilhelm Ambros (59)
Austrian composer and music historian
born at Mýto, Rokycany District, Bohemia.
From 1850 onwards he became well known as a critic and essay-writer,
and in 1860 he began working on his magnum opus, his History of
Music, which was published at intervals from 1862[ in five volumes,
the last two (1878, 1882) being edited and completed by Otto Kade
and Wilhelm Langhans. He
was professor of the history of music at Prague from 1869 to 1871.
Also in Prague, he seated on the board of governors in the Prague
Royal Conservatory. By 1872, he was living in Vienna and was employed
by the Department of Justice as an officer and by Prince Rudolf's
family as his tutor. He also traveled the world to collect musical
information for his History of Music book (?)
b. November 17th 1816
1965: Red Nichols/Ernest Loring Nichols (60) American
jazz musician, playing the trumpet and horn with Benny Goodman,
Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, and the mellophone
specialist Dudley Fosdick among many others, and his own band Five
Pennies. Born in Ogden, Utah, it is rumored that he appeared on
over 4,000 recordings during the 1920s alone. Red's compositions
include "Hurricane" with Paul Madeira Mertz, "Five
No Bargain", "Get With It", "Overnight
with Miff Mole, "The King Kong", "Trumpet Sobs",
"The Parade of the Pennies", "Sugar", "Lowland
Blues", and "Meet Miss 8 Beat". The 1959 Hollywood
film The Five Pennies, a biography of Red Nichols, starring Danny
Kaye as Red Nichols, was loosely based on Red's career. He was inducted
into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame
in 1986 (Red
tragically died of sudden heart attack while in Las Vegas with his
band The Five Pennies) b. May 8th 1905.
Brian Pilling (29) British-Canadian guitarist; born in
Birmingham, England but moved to Toronto, Canada as a young child
with his family. As a young teenager, he, his elder brother Ed and
friends played in high school bands. Shortly after, Brian and Ed,
who had done a stint in the UK, along
with their old school pal, bassist Greg Godovitz,
formed the 'beat group', The Pretty Ones. It wasn''t long before
Brian and Ed were writing original songs. After
the bands break up, the brothers, and Greg
formed anpther band, Fludd. Their songs included "Cousin Mary",
"Help Me Back" and "With You", "Turned
21", "I Held Out", "Brother and Me" and
Canadian top 10 hit, "What An Animal", among others.
(so sadly Brian died prematurely,
bravely battling leukemia)
b. December 26th 1949.
Spanish conductor, pianist; he appeared in several Hollywood films
of the 1940s, notably playing himself in the 1943 musical, Thousands
Cheer and in the 1945 film, Anchors Aweigh. His worldwide
concert tours, beginning around 1912, were brilliantly successful.
He excelled as an interpreter of French as well as Spanish music.
He made his American debut in New York City in 1929 and made his
first appearance as a conductor in Mexico City in 1933 when presented
by donon Ernesto de Quesada from Conciertos Daniel. He was also
conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in upstate New
York from 1936 to 1944. He also led the Valencia Symphony Orchestra
for many years. He often appeared in concert with his sister, Amparo
Iturbi, who was also a renowned pianist.
was a noted harpsichordist, and made several short length instructional
films utilizing the re-emergent early 20th C. French Pleyel et Cie
pedal, metal-framed harpsichord made famous by Wanda Landowska.
November 28th 1895.
Roberts (62) American jazz
guitarist, educator and session musician born in Phoenix, Arizona.
He began playing guitar at 8 and by 15 he was playing professionally
1950 he moved to LA where he began playing with musicians including
Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton and Barney Kessel. He played rhythm
guitar, lead guitar, bass and mandolin, both in the studio and for
television and movie projects, including the theme from The Twilight
Zone, the theme from The Munsters and the theme from I Dream of
Jeannie. In the studios he backed the likes of Georgie Auld, Peggy
Lee, Eddie Cochran, Bobby Day, Jody Reynolds, Shelley Fabares, Dean
Martin, The Monkees, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, and The Electric Prunes.
In the early 1960s, Howard recorded 'Color Him Funky' and 'H.R.
Is A Dirty Guitar Player', his first two albums after signing with
Capitol. From the late 60s, he began to focus on teaching rather
than recording. He traveled around the country giving guitar seminars,
and wrote several instructional books. For some years he also wrote
an acclaimed column Jazz Improvisation for Guitar Player magazine.
To support his teaching activities, he founded the Guitar Institute
of Technology, and Playback Publishing (prostate
cancer) b. October
Christ Allin (36) American
punk rock singer and bandleader for a number of groups. With over
50 arrests for his violent, scatological stage acts, such as defecating
and urinating onstage, rolling in feces and often consuming excrement,
performing naked, committing self-injury, and attacking audience
members, he was the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll
history, leaving behind the most disgusting legacy in rock history.
He performed as frontman for The Jabbers from September 1977 to
April 1984, in which Allin played drums and performed vocals. His
1980 debut album was Always Was, Is and Always Shall Be. He fronted
many acts during the early to mid 1980s, this includes albums from
The Cedar Street Sluts, The Scumfucs in 1982 and The Texas Nazis
in 1985. Allin remained in the underground hardcore scene yet was
not part of the east coast hardcore scene. His performances in Manchester,
New Hampshire, with the Cedar Street Sluts earned him the nickname
of "the madman of Manchester" (died
of an alcohol and heroin overdose in a friends apartment, after
being chased naked by New York police and loosing them, after violent
riots at one of his outragous gigs)
b. August 29th 1956.
1995: Petri Walli (26) Finnish
rock guitarist, the founder, vocalist, guitar-player, songwriter
and producer of the Finnish psychedelic rock-band Kingston Wall
in 1987. They released three albums in 1992, 1993 and 1994, before
breaking up. After the break-up Petri travelled to Goa, India, where
he had been many times before with his friend Ior Bock. (He
died tragically by jumping off the balcony of the Töölö
Church in Töölö, Helsinki)
b. February 25th 1969.
2008: Ronnie Mathews (72)
American jazz pianist born in New York; being such an in demand
session musician, he is primarily known for his work with other
musicians, including Max Roach, Art Blakey, Johnny Griffin, Freddie
Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Jordan and many others. In his
twenties, he toured internationally and recorded with Max Roach,
Freddie Hubbard and Roy Haynes. He was also a member of Art Blakey's
Jazz Messengers in the late 1950s through the 60's. In the 70s he
toured and recorded on two Louis Hayes projects and played with
Dexter Gordon and Clark Terry, as
well as teaching jazz piano and leading workshops, clinics and master
classes at Long Island University in New York City. In the 80's,
Ronnie performed as a leader in duo, trio and quartet configurations
tourig the world and appearing at many international festivals.
He also toured with Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie's United
Nations Band. After
touring and recording with Clifford Jordan's Big Band in the early
90's, he joined T.S. Monk for eight years of touring and recording.
His most recent
work was in 2003
(pancreatic cancer) b. Dec 2nd 1935.
2009: Terry Black (60)
singer, born in Vancouver; his
debut single, "Unless You Care", was released in 1964,
featuring backing from Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, as studio
musicians. The song was a hit in Canada and also entered the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100, and he was awarded the "Male Vocalist of
the Year" award at the Maple Music Awards in 1965. This was
followed with hits such as "Kisses for My Baby", "Only
Sixteen", "Say It Again", and "Baby's Gone",
and released his debut album, Only Sixteen in 1965. In 1969, Terry
joined the cast for the Toronto production of Hair!. He married
a member of the cast, Laurel Ward, in 1970, and from 1972 the pair
released several singles together as Black and Ward and performed,
alongside Laurel, with Dr. Music. In the 2000s, Terry hosted an
oldies radio show in British Columbia (sadly died from multiple
sclerosis) b. February 3rd 1949.
2010: Bill Aucoin (66) American
band manager of rock band Kiss. Bill originally produced a television
show called "Supermarket Sweep", before in 1973 he saw
the band Kiss at a showcase gig at New York's Diplomat Hotel. He
arranged a meet with record company executive Neil Bogart, who signed
the band as the first act on his Casablanca Records label. With
Bill's help, Kiss became as famous for the vast array of products
bearing their likeness , as they were for their music. By
1978, Kiss was voted the No. 1 band in America in a Gallup poll.
After parting with Kiss in the early 1980s, Aucoin managed Billy
Squier and Billy Idol (complications
from prostate cancer) b. December 29th
1964: Eric Dolphy (36)
American jazz alto
saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. He was one of several
multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the 1960s. He was also
the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the
earliest significant flute soloists. His musical presence was hugely
influential to a who's who of young jazz musicians who would become
legends in their own right. Eric worked intermittently with Ron
Carter and Freddie Hubbard throughout his career, and in later years
he hired Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson and Woody Shaw to work
in his live and studio bands. Out to Lunch! featured yet another
young lion who had just begun working with Dolphy in drummer Tony
Williams, just as his participation on the Point of Departure session
brought his influence into contact with up and coming tenor man
Joe Henderson (diabetic
June 20th 1928.
1969: Frederick Earl "Shorty" Long (29)
American soul singer, songwriter, record producer for Motown's Soul
Records, his biggest hit was "Here Comes The Judge" in
1968. He played many instruments, including piano, organ, drums,
harmonica, trumpet, and he acted as an MC for the Motortown Revue
shows and tours. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Shorty went to Motown
in 1963 from the Tri-Phi/Harvey label, owned by Berry Gordy's sister,
Gwen, and her husband, Harvey Fuqua. His first release, "Devil
With the Blue Dress On"- 1964, was the first recording issued
on Motown's Soul label, a subsidiary designed for more blues-based
artists such as Shorty. His 1966 single "Function At the Junction"
was his first popular hit, reaching No.42 on the national R&B
charts. Other single releases included "It's a Crying Shame"-1964,
"Chantilly Lace"-1967, and "Night Fo' Last"-1968.
1969 singles included "I Had a Dream" and "A Whiter
Shade of Pale" (tragically
died in a boating accident on Detroit River in Michigan)
b. May 20th 1940.
"Cub" Teagarden (53)
American jazz drummer; like his sister, pianist Norma Teagarden,
Clois worked frequently with his brother, classic jazz trombonist
and vocalist Jack Teagarden.
His drums and some vocals can be heard on various early Jack Teagarden
LPs, such as "Big T" and "Stars Fell on Alabama".
also played with musicians, such as Charles McCamish, Casper Reardon,
Clint and Carl Garvin, Hub Lytle, Mark Bennett, Herb Quigley, Art
Saint John, Terry Shand, John VanEps, Art Miller, Allan Reuss, Jose
Gutierrez, Frankie Trumbauer, Charlie Spivak, Ernie Caceres, and
Benny Goodman. He retired from music business in 1948 and went to
work for the telephone company in Long Beach, California (?)
b. December 16th 1915.
Valdés (57) Mexican actor,
singer and comedian who was born in Mexico City but was raised and
began his career in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. He often displayed
the pachuco dress and employed pachuco slang in many of his movies,
some with his brothers Manuel "El Loco" Valdés
and Ramón Valdés. He made the language of the Mexican
American pachucos famous in Mexico. A "caló" based
in Spanglish, it was a mixture of Spanish and English in speech
based on that of Mexican immigrants.
was also one of several people who were originally intended to be
on the front cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club
Band but were ultimately excluded. He requested that Ringo swap
him for a Mexican Tree, and he did (?)
b. September 19th 1915.
1975: Tim Buckley (28) American
experimental vocalist, musician and songwriter born in Washington
DC, a singer-songwriter who incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk,
soul, and avant-garde rock in a career spanning the late 1960s and
early 1970s. By
the time he had graduated high school he had already written over
twenty songs with lyricist Larry Beckett; and many of these made
up a large portion of his debut album. "Buzzin' Fly",
also written during this period, were later featured his 1969 LP
Happy Sad. He often regarded
his voice as an instrument, a talent principally showcased on his
albums Goodbye and Hello, Lorca, and Starsailor. Tim is also the
father of Jeff Buckley who
become a well-known musician in his own right (drug overdose)
b. February 14th 1947.
1979: Lowell George (34)
US singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer,
born in Hollywood, aged 6 he appeared on the Ted Mack's Original
Amateur Hour, playing his harmonica, performing a duet with his
older brother, Hampton. At Hollywood High School he took up the
flute in the school marching band and orchestra. He started to play
guitar at age 11, continued with the harmonica, and later learned
to play the saxophone and sitar.
also played guitar with fellow schoolmate, and future bandmate,
Paul Barrere. He formed his first band , The Factory, in 1965,
before joining The Standells, after which in late 1968 to early
1969 he was a member of Frank Zappa's band, the Mothers of Invention
and can be heard on both the album Weasels Ripped My Flesh, and
playing guitar and singing on several tracks on the first disc of
Zappa's "You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 5,".
Lowell also joined Peter Tork in his first post-Monkee band "Release".
more fame as frontman in the rock band Little Feat, where he specialized
as a slide guitarist. Jackson Browne memorialized him in his 1980
song "Of Missing Persons". (died
while on tour of a heart attack in a Motel at Arlington, US)
b. April 13th 1945.
"Libba" Cotten (92)
American musician, singer and
songwriter, born in Carrboro, North Carolina, began writing music
while toying around with her older brother's banjo at the age of
seven. She was left-handed so she played the banjo "backwards".
Later, when she transferred her songs to the guitar, a unique style
was formed, since on the Banjo the uppermost string is not a bass
string, as on the guitar, but a short high pitched string, called
a drone string. This required her to adopt a unique style for the
guitar, which she first played with all finger down strokes like
a banjo. Later this evolved into a unique style of finger picking,
and her signature, alternating bass style is known as "Cotten
her unmistakably original chords, melodies and finger picking techniques
would go on to influence many other musicians.
Charles Seeger discovered her in the early 50s when she worked for
him as a housekeeper, when Libba was nearing 60. She toured extensively
and performed at the Newport Folk Festival on many occasions throughout
the 1950's, 60's, and 70's, and performed at Carnegie Hall in 1978
and on the television show, "Austin City Limits," in 1979.
Her album, "Elizabeth Cotten Live!" won her a Grammy Award
in 1984. Her songs, especially her signature track, "Freight
Train", written when she was 11, have been covered by Peter,
Paul, and Mary, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Devendra Banhart, Matt
Valentine, Laura Veirs, His Name Is Alive and Taj Mahal, to mention
just some (Libba
died at Crouse-Irving Hospital in Syracuse, New York) b.
January 5th 1895.
1993: Héctor Lavoe (46)
Rican salsa singer, born in the Machuelito sector of Ponce. He attended
a local music school and developed an interest inspired by Jesús
Sánchez Erazo. He moved to New York City when he was 17 years
old. On his first week living in the city, he worked as the vocalist
of a sextet formed by Roberto García. During this period,
he performed with several other groups, including Orquesta New York,
Kako All-Stars, and the Johnny Pacheco band. In
1967, Lavoe joined Willie Colón's band and performed as the
band vocalist. With the Willie Colón band, Lavoe recorded
several hit songs, including "El malo" and "Canto
a Borinquen". As a soloist he recorded several hits including
"El cantante", "Bandolera" and "El periódico
de ayer". Also he was frequently featured as an invited vocalist
in the Fania All Stars, and recorded numerous tracks with the band
b. September 30th 1946.
1994: Kurt Eichhorn (85) German
conductor born in Munich, he studied music at the conservatory in
Würzburg with Hermann Zilcher. His conducting debut was in
1932 as a conductor and choral conductor in Bielefeld. He also worked
as a conductor in Teplitz-Schönau and Karlsbad. From
1945, he directed the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian
People's Opera, and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, and taught
conducting at the Munich Academy of Music. From 1956 to 1967, he
was chief conductor of the State Theatre at the Gärtnerplatz
in Munich. He was chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra
from 1967 to 1975. He was appointed honorary conductor of the Bruckner
Orchestra in Linz, with which he began a recording cycle of the
symphonies of Anton Bruckner, but this project remained unfinished
when he died at Murnau. He was noted for his recordings of the music
of Carl Orff. In 1991, the Bruckner Association of Upper Austria
awarded him the Gold Plaque
(?) b. August
1998: Horst Jankowski (62) German
jazz pianist and band leader and he studied at the Berlin Music
Conservatory; He played jazz in Germany in the 1950s, serving as
bandleader for singer Caterina Valente. His fame as a composer of
easy listening pop peaked in 1965 with his world hit "A
Walk in the Black Forest" / Eine
Schwarzwaldenfahrt. He went on to score a string of successful albums,
but in the 1970s he concentrated more on jazz
again, and covers of pop and
rock hits. Between 1989 and 1994 Horst composed and performed easy
listening music for Sonoton, Germany (sadly
died after battling cancer)
b. January 30th 1936.
2002: Rosemary Clooney (74) American
singer and actress born in Maysville, Kentucky. She came to prominence
in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House"
written by William Saroyan and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian/ David
Seville, which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me",
"Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as
Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House",
though she would go on to success as a jazz vocalist.
Her career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related
to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1974, when her
White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him
at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business. She continued
recording until her death (sadly
died of lung
b. May 23rd 1928.
2007: George McCorkle (60)
American guitarist; founding member and guitarist for the Marshall
Tucker Band. He wrote "Fire on the Mountain" which was
the band's first top 40 hit in 1975. He quit the band in 1984 and
later worked as a songwriter, as well as issuing a solo album American
Street in 1999 (sadly died of cancer)
b. August 23rd 1947
2010: Alf Carretta (93)
oldest pop star; he
was lead singer of Islington based pensioner's band The Zimmers,
in 2007 he led his group to number 26 in the charts with their cover
of The Who's My Generation after it grew out of a campaign to save
the Essex Road Bingo Hall from closure in the late 90s.
Jane/Jane Nyambura (45)
Kenyan benga singer performing in Kikuyu language; from Murang'a
District, she started her musical career in 1984 as back up vocalist
for Mbiri Young Stars under the band leader Musaimo.. She formed
her own band Queenja Les Les and released her debut album Ndorogonye
in 1991. Her other hits include Ndutige Kwiyaba, Muici Wa Itura,
Muthuri Teenager and Arume Ni Nyamu. (sadly taken by meningitis)
2011: Perry Jordan
(62) American guitarist anf founder member of
the rock group Heartsfield. They toured throughout America during
the 1970s and early 1980s, touring with such top acts as Eric Clapton,
Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers, the Charlie
Daniels Band, Waylon Jennings, Molly Hatchet, the Marshall Tucker
Band, Kiss and .38 Special. Their best known single was in 1974
with Music Eyes. They reunited in 1999, and have released
ten albums, with their latest album released in "Here I Am"
in 2010 (?) b.????.
"Dudu" Pukwana (51) South
African saxophone player, pianist and composer; In 1962, he won
first prize at the Johannesburg Jazz Festival with Moyake's Jazz
Giants. Became a member of the Blue Notes, as mixed-race groups
were illegal under apartheid, he and the Blue Notes emigrated to
Europe in 1964. (liver failure)
b. July 18th 1938.
1993: Wong Ka Kui (31) Hong
Kong lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founder of the Hong Kong
rock band Beyond formed in 1983. The band became prominent in Hong
Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and mainland China. In
1987, Beyond produced several albums. The album "The Arabian
Dancing Girl" was one of the band's first commercial hits.
In 1989, they became the first Hong Kong band to perform in Beijing
at the Capital Indoor Stadium. In 1990, they released one of the
band's signature songs called "Glorious years". In the
same year, they made their first appearance on Japan's NHK station
and immediately signed with record company Amuse. Beyond started
to become a more international band, and began to focus more time
in Japan and Taiwan. The album Continue the Revolution achieved
commercial and critical success. In May 1993, Beyond released the
album Rock and Roll which included the song "Boundless Oceans
Vast Skies" which sadly would become Wong Ka-kui's last song
with the band (Tragically died as a result
of a fall while filming a gameshow for Fuji Television in Japan)
1995: Phy llis Hyman (45)
American singer, born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; known as being a smokey, silky-voiced singer who incorporated
many genres into her work, including traditional and contemporary
jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, disco, House, big band, urban contemporary,
hip hop and torch song ballads. Her first solo Top Ten hit came
in 1981 with "Can't We Fall In Love Again", which was
a duet with Michael Henderson. Other hits include "Don't Wanna
Change the World, "Remember Who You Are", "Living
in Confusion" and "When You Get Right Down to It".
Her last album, I Refuse to Be Lonely, was a journey into her personal
life. Both the title track and the single "I'm Truly Yours"
became R&B hits. (suicide)
b. July 6th 1949.
1990: Dudu Pukwana (51) South
African saxophonist, composer and pianist, born in
Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He grew up studying
piano in his family, but in 1956 he switched to alto sax after meeting
tenor sax player Nick Moyake. In 1962, he won first prize at the
Johannesburg Jazz Festival with Moyake's Jazz Giants. Chris McGregor
then invited him to join the pioneering Blue Notes sextet where
he played along with Mongezi Feza, Nikele Moyake, Johnny Dyani and
Louis Moholo. As mixed-race groups were illegal under apartheid,
the band and Dudu emigrated to Europe in 1964, playing in France
and Zurich, and eventually settling in London. After The Blue Notes
split in the late 1960s, he joined McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath
big band, which again featured his soloing heavily. He also went
on to form two groups with Feza and Moholo, Assagai an afro-rock
band who recorded for the Vertigo label. The second was Spear, with
whom he recorded the seminal afro-jazz album In The Townships. Both
Assagai and Spear, blended kwela rhythms, rocking guitars, and jazz
solos. In 1978, Dudu founded Jika Records and formed his own band,
Zila, recording 'Zila Sounds', 'Live in Bracknell and Willisau',
partly recorded at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, and 'Zila''. In
duo with John Stevens, he recorded the free session 'They Shoot
to Kill' (liver failure)
b. July 18th
Atkins/Chester Burton Atkins (77)
American country music guitarist, singer,
producer, legendary for his finger-picking style guitaring, inspired
by Merle Travis, Django Reinhardt, George Barnes and Les Paul, he
along with Owen Bradley, the smoother country music style known
as the Nashville sound, which expanded country's appeal to adult
pop music fans as well.. Without
him country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts
in the '50s and '60s. He
also produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold,
Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith,
Waylon Jennings, and many others.
his many honors, Chet received 14 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award, nine Country Music Association Instrumentalist
of the Year awards, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall
of Fame and Museum and the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
(lost his fight with cancer)
b. June 20th 1924.
2001: Joe Henderson (64) American
jazz tenor saxophonist born in Lima, Ohio. After a two year spell
in the U.S. Army he moved to New York. From 1963 to 1968 Joe appeared
on nearly thirty albums for Blue Note, including five released under
his name. The recordings ranged from relatively conservative hard-bop
sessions, Page One, 1963, to more explorative sessions like Inner
Urge and Mode for Joe in 1966. He played a prominent role in many
landmark albums under other leaders for the label most of Horace
Silver's swinging and soulful Song For My Father, Herbie Hancock's
dark and densely orchestrated The Prisoner, Lee Morgan's hit album
The Sidewinder and 'out' albums with pianist Andrew Hill's Black
Fire 1963 and Point of Departure, and Pete La Roca's Basra in 1965.
1967, there was a notable, but brief, association with Miles Davis's
quintet featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and
Tony Williams. He recorded with Milestone from 1967 to 1975, Verve
from 1968 to 1997 as well as other labels. In a career spanning
more than forty years Joe played with many, many of the leading
players and artists of his day
(sadly died from heart failure after a long
battle with emphysema) b.
April 24th 1937.
Clancy Eccles (64) Jamaican reggae
singer-songwriter arranger, promoter, record producer and talent
scout. Known mostly for his early reggae works. He has also been
credited with deriving the name "reggae" from "streggae",
Kingston street slang for a kind of good-time girl. Born
in Dean Pen, St. Mary, he moved to Kingston in 1959, where he started
his recording career, having his first
hit in 1961 with the early ska song "Freedom". In 1963,
he recorded "Judgement" and "Baby Please", prior
to cutting "I Am The Greatest (aka Cassius Clay)" and
"I Need Your Love" for Mike Shadeed. In 1967 he set up
his own production house and supervised the production of two of
his own recordings, "Darling Don't Do That" and "Guns
Town" at Coxsone Dodd's studio. Clancy gained his biggest success
during the transition from rocksteady to reggae. "Fatty Fatty"
was a big hit in the U.K., and his first real reggae hit was "Feel
The Rhythm". Aside from his own sides as a singer, he also
produced sessions for many leading Jamaican artists, including Busty
Brown, Larry Marshall and Joe Higgs. The finest musicians available
were used, with the core of his regular session crew, The Dynamites,
featuring the talents of Hux Brown, Clifton "Jackie" Jackson,
Gladstone Anderson, Winston Wright and Paul Douglas. (sadly
died five days after suffering a stroke)
December 9th 1940.
2007: Will Schaefer (78)
American composer nominated for both Emmy Awards and a Pulitzer
Prizes for his work. He served during the Korean War with the United
States Fifth Army Band as an arranger and assistant conductor writing
music for Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America. He went on
to write background music for many of popular television shows including
The Phil Silvers Show, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flintstones, Flying
Nun, Hogan's Heroes, The Jetsons, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
Carson and he composed for well over 700 commercials. Will's last
credited work was the track "Now That We're Men" on the
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack of 2004 (sadly
lost his fight with cancer) b. November
Mexican composer, actor and violinist
born in the town of Corral Falso.
He was considered a great composer of son calentano, traditional
music genre of Tierra Caliente, a region within the state of Guerrero,
along with other composers such as Juan Reynoso Portillo, Cástulo
Benítez, José Natividad Leandro, Zacarías Salmerón
and Pedro Ignacio Pablo. He was six years
old, when he began to play four instruments by ear: saxophone, bass,
guitar and violin, and later he went to take courses in classical,
semi-classical and romantic music.
was awarded the Best Actor Award on
the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section for
his role in the movie ''El violín''.(sadly
died from kidney complications) b. July 3rd 1924
2010: Park Yong-ha (32) Korean
actor and singer, As well as appearing on stage, TV and films, as
a singer, he was the "mysterious" voice behind Just For
Yesterday, the hit theme song of SBS drama All In, which starred
Lee Byung Hun and Song Hye Kyo. He
released eight Japanese albums in Japan and held successful concerts
both in Japan and Korea. Park sang the theme songs of SBS drama
On Air in 2008. The Japanese version of the theme songs was his
6th single album Behind Love released on July 23, 2008, and ranked
as the third top single album on Oricon, Japan's premier daily album
Park committed suicide) b.
2011: Ron Foster (61) American
rock drummer and singer for the rock band Iron City Houserockers,
formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1976 (sadly
died while fighting liver cancer) b. 1950
2011: Jimmy Roselli (85) American
singer, he got his first break in 1946 when he worked the same bill
as Jimmy Durante in Boston. Durante was so impressed with Roselli's
singing talent that he invited him to share his suite for the duration
of the engagement. Durante also convinced the management to double
the $300 salary that Jimmy was getting. After that, his career was
strictly on the upswing and Jimmy was in demand everywhere. His
biggest pop hit was a remake of "There Must Be A Way",
recorded in 1964. The following year he had another hit with "Mala
Femmena". his version of "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was
New" twice appeared in the UK Singles Chart in 1983, and again
in 1987 (sadly
died from complications
of the heart)
b. December 26th 1925.
2012: Ivan Sekyra (59) Czech
rock guitarist and vocalist born in Prague.
As a child he learned to play the violin. In 1976 he co-founded
the band Abraxas noted for their debut album Box released in 1982.
Later Ivan masterminded the cult
underground Czech metal band Drakar
their debute double album Let Draka / Flight of the Dragon
in 1990. The album featured Czech vocals one disc and the English
versions on the other disc. In 2005
he founded the group Silent Garden (sadly
died fighting a long illness) b. October 1st 1952
2012: Yomo Toro (78) Puerto
Rican guitarist and one of Puerto Rico's most famous cuatro players,
born in Ensenada.
internationally as "The King of the Cuatro," Yomo recorded
over 150 albums throughout a 60-year career and worked extensively
with Cuban legends Arsenio Rodríguez and Alfonso "El
Panameño" Joseph; salsa artists Willie Colón,
Héctor Lavoe and Ruben Blades; and artists from other music
genres including Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Linda Rondstadt and
(sadly Yomo died of kidney failure) b. July 26th 1933.
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