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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 EFX).
Mario Cimarro (Cuban actor and singer).
1971: Roldán González
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
1959: Alan Wilder (UK vocals,keyboards,
composer, arranger, record producer; Depeche
Barry Adamson (UK bassist; Visage, Magazine, The Bad Seeds, Pan Sonic).
Michael Landau (US multi-musician, engineer, record producer)
1955: Ralph Morse (UK actor, singer and writer of historical dramas).
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 Society/own band).
1950: Wayne Nelson (American
singer, bassist; Little River Band).
Michael Stephen "Mike" Levine (Canadian bassist, keyboardist; Triumph)
1947: Ronnie Wood (UK
guitarist; Rolling Stones/Jeff Beck Group/The Creation/Faces).
1945: Frederica von Stade (American mezzo-soprano).
Scott (American singer).
Alan Aldridge (English artist, graphic designer, illustrator; album covers)
1941: Wayne Kemp (US country music singer)*09.March.2015.
Jimmy Borges (American-Hawaiin
1935: Hazel Dickens (US bluegrass singer-songwriter,
double bassist, guitarist;Hazel & Alice)*22.April.2011.
1934: Pat Boone (US singer).
Gillian "Gilli" Mary Smyth aka Shakti Yoni (UK
1925: Marie Knight/Marie Roach (US gospel singer)*30.Aug.2009.
1924: Hal McKusick (US jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist)*11.April.2012.
Herb(ie) Lovelle (American drummer;many greats/manysessions)*08.April.2009.
1921: Nelson Riddle (US trombone player, orchestra leader)*06.Oct.1985.
1987: Darin Zanyar (Swedish
Strickland (US US country singer; Backroad Anthem)*27.Dec.2015.
1985: Ana Cristina (Cuban
American singer,composer, actress).
Brooke White (American singer).
1983: Leela James (American singer-songwriter).
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; The Strokes).
1979: Butterfly Giselle Grace Boucher (Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist).
1976: Tim Rice-Oxley (UK piano, bass,backing vocals; Keane).
Louis Freese/B-Real (US rapper; Cypress Hill).
1970: Dominic Greensmith
1966: Pedro Guerra (Spanish songwriter, singer).
1965: Jeremy Cunningham (UK bassist, Levellers).
1962: Ian Shaw
(Welsh jazz singer, record producer, former comedian).
1962: Thor Eldon
Jonsson (Icelandic guitar; The Sugarcubes).
1961: Dez Cadena (US
singer, guitarist; Black Flag/Misfits/Osaka Popstar/others).
Hadley (UK vocals, synthesizer; Spandau Ballet/solo/freelance).
Lydia Lunch/Lydia Koch (American singer).
1959: Ferron Foisy (Canadian
folk singer-songwriter, poet).
1955: Michael Steele/Susan Thomas (US
bassist, vocals, songwriter; Bangles).
1952: Pete Farndon (UK bass
1951: Steve Brookins (US drummer; .38 Special).
1950: Joanna Gleason
(Canadian actress, singer)
1947: Antone 'Chubby' Tavares (US lead singer;
1947: Mark Elder (British opera and symphony conductor).
1946: Song Dae Kwan (Korean singer).
1945: Kim Brown (UK
singer, guitar; The Renegades, Kim & The Cadillacs)*11.Oct.2011.
1944: Marvin Hamlisch (US pianist, composer)*06.Aug.2012.
1943: Ilaiyaraaja (Indian composer).
Schweizer (Swiss jazz pianist).
1941: Charlie Watts (UK drums,
1941: William Guest (US singer; Gladys Knight and
1939: Charles Miller (US saxophonist, flutist; War/many
1937: Pierre Favre (Swiss jazz percussionist, drummer).
Williams (US singer, NOT of the Temptations; Otis Williams & His Charms).
1934: Johnny Carter (US doo-wop/R&B singer; The Flamingos/The Dells)*21.Aug.2009.
1932: Sammy Turner (American singer).
Ronnie Bedford (US
Jones (US singer-songwriter)*02.June.1930.
Dan Iordachescu (Romanian
1928: Erzsi Kovács (Hungarian pop singer, performer)*06.April.2014.
1924: Maurice Kinn (UK promoter, publisher; launched The New Musical Express
1921: Marty Napoleon (US jazz pianist; Louis Armstrong's
1913: Walter Andreas Schwarz (German
1904: Valaida Snow (US
Rio (American organist; silent movies/theatres/radio/TV)*13.May.2010.
Ann Vergara-Paras (US actress, singer, spokesperson).
Slabbert (South African singer, composer; Hi-5 / solo).
Jennings/Chester Jennings (US R&B singer, song-writer, multi-musician).
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.
vocalist in the trio No Mercy).
(US vocalist in the trio No Mercy).
1970: Peter Tägtgren (Swedish singer, guitar, drums,
multi-muso, producer; Abyss/Hypocrisy/Pain).
1970: Julie Masse (French Canadian singer).
Esther Hart (Dutch singer; Song
for Europe contestant).
Andre Bush (US jazz guitarist)*08.Aug.2014.
1969: Takako Minekawa
(Japanese singer, multi-musician; Fancy Face Groovy Name/solo).
Takami (Japanese singer; AXS).
1968: Saffron/Samantha Sprackling (Nigerian singer; Republica)
Jamie O'Neal/Jamie Murphy (American/Australian singer).
Gordon (US bass player, vocalist, multi-muso; Phish/Grappa Boom/solo band).
1965: Jeff Blumenkrantz (US musical theatre composer-lyricist, actor).
1964: Kerry King (US
thrash metal guitarist, songwriter; Slayer/freelance).
1962: David Cole (vocals,
rapper, mixer, producer; C+C Music Factory)*24.Jan.1995.
1961: Ed Wynne (UK guitarist, keyboardist; Ozric Tentacles)
Danny Wilde (singer, songwriter; The Rembrandts).
1954: Dan Hill (Canadian
singer, songwriter, guitar).
Griff Fender/Ian Collier
(UK singer; The Darts)
1952: Billy Powell (US keyboardist;
1950: Deniece Williams
Suzi Quatro (US bassist, singer).
1950: Florian Pilkington-Miksa
(UK drummer; Curved Air/Kiki Dee's band).
Fish (UK singer; Bronzelina Cottage/The
Cadets/The Mickey Jupp Band/Darts)
1949: Floyd Lloyd (Jamaican reggae
Clive Richard Shakespeare
(English-born Australian guitarist;
Bruce Robert Jackson (Australian audio engineer)*29.Jan.2011.
1948: Carlos Franzetti (Argentinian pianist).
Dave 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;
Paul Goddard (US bass player; Atlanta Rhythm
Wilkins (US jazz guitarist).
1942: Curtis Mayfield (US
singer, songwriter; Impressions)*26.Dec.1999.
Janusz Muniak (Polish
1939: Ian Hunter/Ian
Hunter Patterson (UK
vocals, guitar, keyboards; Apex Group/Mott
David Stock (US composer, conductor)*02.Nov.2015.
Backer (US jazz record producer-executive)*10.April.2014.
Ismael Quintana (Puerto
Rican latin singer and composer)*16.April.2016.
1935: Theodore "Ted" Curson
(US jazz trumpeter; Charles
Vincenzo "Enzo" Jannacci (Italian singer-songwriter,
pianist, actor, cardiologist)*29.March.2013.
1934: Robert 'Bob' Wallis (UK jazz trumpeter, leader; own band/Storyville
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' Wolf/solo
1923: Phil Nimmons (Canadian arranger, bandleader, clarinetist, composer).
Henry Stone (US record company executive, record producer)*07.Aug.2014.
(US operatic tenor and father
of film director Larry Peerce)*15.Dec.1984.
Minnie/Lizzie Douglas (US
blues singer, guitar virtuoso)*06.Aug.1973.
1888: Red Brown/Tom Brown (New Orleans dixieland jazz trombonist)*25.March.1958.
1992: Dino Jelusic (Croatian
Mollie King (UK
singer, actress; The Saturdays).
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
Yang (Taiwanese singer and actress).
1982: MC Jin/Jin Au-Yeung
1980: Alicja Janosz (Polish
Stefan Lessard (US bassist, Dave Matthews
1971: Shoji Meguro (Japanese composer).
Richie Hawtin (UK-Canadian electronic musician, international-touring DJ).
1970: David Pybus (UK bassist; Darkened/Dreambreed).
1968: Al B.
Sure/Albert Joseph Brown III (US R&B singer).
1966: Cecilia Bartoli
1964: Eva Fampas (Greek guitarist).
1964: Chris Kavanagh (UK drums; Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite).
Harper (US drummer, Winard Harper Quintet, sessionist).
Ranney (US bassist; The Gomers/The
John P. Kee (US Gospel singer; NLCC).
1961: El DeBarge/Eldra Patrick DeBarge (US R&B, soul falsetto singer;
1960: Fred Thelonious Baker (UK bassist; In Cahoots/Pip
1958: Selwyn 'Bumbo' Brown (UK vocalist, keyboards; Steel
Steve Grimes (UK rhythm guitarist, The Farm).
1957: Robert Poulton
(UK operatic baritone; Glyndebourne Opera)*30.Oct.2012.
Ryan (Irish disc jockey and radio-television presenter)*30.April.2010.
1954: Mikey Dread/Michael Campbell (Jamaican singer, producer, broadcaster)*15.March.2008.
1954: Raphael Ravenscroft (UK
(UK guitarist; Samson)*09.Aug.2002.
1953: Jimmy McCulloch (Scottish guitarist; Stone the Crows/Wings/Thunderclap
1950: Dagmar Krause (German
singer; solo/Slapp Happy/Henry Cow/Art Bears).
1948: Paquito D'River (Cuban
Grammy-winning jazz & classical saxophonist, clarinetist).
Hare (UK guitarist, vocalist; Honeybus/solo)
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
Michelle Phillips (US singer; Mamas & The
1940: Vince Eager/Roy Taylor (UK lead vocalist; Vagabond Skiffle Group/Vince
1940: Cliff Bennett (UK singer; Cliff Bennett
and the Rebel Rousers).
1939: Johnny Cannon/John
singer; Johnny Mike and the Shades)
1937: Freddy Fender/Baldemar Huerta
(US singer,guitar;Los Super7/TexasTornados)*14.Oct.2006.
Alan Branscombe (English jazz pianist, vibraphonist,
1935: Colette Boky (Quebec
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 singer, actress).
1929: Andor Kovacs (Hungarian guitarist).
1920: Britt Woodman (US
jazz trombonist; Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus)*13.Oct.2000.
1917: Robert Merrill (American operatic baritone
1894: Madame Bolduc/Mary Rose-Anna Travers
(French Canadian singer)*20.Feb.1941
1995: Troye Sivan Mellet (South African/Australian
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
1977: Christian Martucci (US guitarist, bassist, vocalist;
Black President/Strychnine Babies/Chelsea Smiles).
1977: Nourhanne (Lebanese
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).
1972: Dominic Brian Chad
(US lead guitarist, piano, backing vocals; Mansun/sessionist).
1971: Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark (singer, actor; New Kids on the Block).
1970: Claus Norreen
(Danish keyboards; Danish-Norwegian pop group Aqua).
1969: Brian McKnight
1965: Sandrine Piau
1965: Stefan Schönfeldt (Swedish guitarist;
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 Quartet/solo/Gaither
Lloyd (UK lead singer; The Nightingales)
1957: John Fumo (US flugelhornist, trumpeter; sessionist/freelance).
1956: Richard Butler (UK
vocals, Psychedelic Furs).
Kenny G/Kenneth Gorelick (US soprano
saxophone, multi-reed player, Solo/Session/Guest).
1955: Polo Montañez
(Cuban singer and songwriter)*26.Nov.2002.
Erica Lindsay (US saxophone player, composer).
1954: Pete Erskine (US drummer, percussion; Stan Kenton Orchestra/Weather
1952: Nicko McBrain/Michael
drummer; Iron Maiden/7x70).
Carole Fredericks (US singer)*07.June.2001.
Barbara Gaskin (UK singer; Dave
Stewart & Barbara Gaskin)
Tommy Eyre (UK
1949: Jerry Gonzalez (US latino jazz percussionist, trumpeter).
Frank 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 Stone).
Jacques Taddei (French classical organist)*24.June.2012.
1944: Colm Wilkinson (Irish singer, actor)
Michael Davis (US bassist, artist; MC5 / TKD-MC5)*17.Feb.2012.
1941: Martha Argerich (Argentine
Butler (US vocalist; Fifth Dimension/Friends Of Distinction)*29.April.1990.
1935: Misha Mengelberg (Ukranian classical and jazz pianist; ICP Orchestra/other
Jolly/Peter Ceragioli Jr (US jazz keyboards,
Anna Reynolds (English mezzo-soprano and contralto opera singer)*24.Feb.2014.
1925: Bill Hayes (US actor,
singer; solo/Broadway star).
Daniel Pinkham (US composer, organist,
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.
Hyuna/Kim Hyun Ah (Korean dance-pop singer; 4minute)
1987: Kyle Falconer (Scottish singer; The View)
Leslie Carter (US
singer, reality star)*31.Jan.2011.
1986: Kim Hyun Joong (Korean singer; SS501)
1986: Gin Wigmore (New Zealand singer-songwriter)
1980: Peter Mosely (US vocals, bass, piano; Yellowcard).
1978: Carl Barât (UK singer, guitarist;
Dirty Pretty Things)
1978: Mariana Popova
1978: Joy Enriquez (US singer)
Camu Tao/Tero Smith
rapper and producer)*25.May.2008.
1976: Z-Ro/Joseph Wayne McVey (US rapper)
1976: aKido/Kim Gaboury (Canadian keyboardist)
1976: Emilie-Claire Barlow (Canadian singer)
1975: Cheer Chen (Taiwanese singer, musician)
1974: Uncle Kracker/Matthew Shafer (US rock,
country, rap-rock singer).
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; White Zombie)
1965: David White (guitarist, vocalist; Brother Beyond).
Guru Josh/Paul Walden (Jersey techno musician)*28.Dec.2015.
1964: Jay Bentley (bassist; Bad Religion).
1961: Tom Araya (Chilian vocals, bass; Slayer).
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
1956: Michael Wallace (Jamaican keyboardist; Third
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: Joe Sublett (US
jazz/rock/pop saxophonist; top sessionist).
1952: Yukihiro Takahashi
(Japanese drummer, singer; Yellow Magic Orchestra)
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; Wild Flower/Caravan/others)
Monty Alexander (Jamaican
Albin (bassist; Big Brother & the Holding Company).
Edgar Froese (Germam keyboards, guitar; Tangerine Dream)*20.Jan.2015.
1943: Joe Stampley (US truck-song
and country singer).
1942: Howie Kane/Howie
Kirschenbaum [singer; Jay and the Americans)?
1941: Ray Honeybull
(UK bass guitar; Hedgehoppers Anonymous).
(US radio disc jockey,
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.
P. Udayabhanu (Indian
radio announcer, playback singer; music director)*05.Jan.2014.
1930: S.P. Leary (Texan Blues drummer; Muddy Waters/Howling Wolf/many more)*26.Jan.1998.
Leonard Walter "Lennie"
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)
Kolokouri (Greek singer, multi-instrumentalist; Astarte)*10.Aug.2014.
1976: Necro/Ron Raphael Braunstein (US rapper)
1974: Cassius Khan
(Canadian harmonium/Qawaali singer)
1974: T-Low/Terry Brown (US R&B
1969: Adam Buxton (British TV presenter, DJ)
Dave Navarro (US guitarist; Camp Freddy/Panic Channel/Red Hot Chili Peppers/Jane's
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 Whodini)
1963: Roberto Alagna (French
Michael Cartellone (US drummer; Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1962: Thierry Hazard
(French singer, songwriter)
Dave Catching (US guitarist; Eagles of Death Metal/Queens of the Stone Age/others)
Rogers Nelson (US singer, guitarist,
1957: Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican singer-songwriter, producer).
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).
Jeff Graboski/Spink (US
drummer; Little Hans/OHO)*18.Sept.1987.
Campbell (US jazz guitarist, composer, record producer).
1947: Melanie Martin (US flautist, saxophonist).
1946: Phil Wainman
(UK record producer, drummer, songwriter; Sweet/XTC/Dollar/Mud/Bay City Rollers).
(UK singer, guitarist;
1945: Billy Butler (US soul singer-songwriter)*01.April.2015.
1944: Miguel "Mike" Ríos (Spanish singer, composer, actor).
1944: Clarence White/Clarence
LeBlanc (US vocalist, guitar; Byrds/Kentucky
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
1938: Idris Sardi (Indonesian violinist, award winning composer)*28.April.2014.
1937: Neeme Järvi (Estonian conductor)
1932: Harold "Tina"
Floyd Brooks (US tenor saxophonist)*13.Aug.1974.
1930: Walter Alfaiate (Brazilian
samba composer, vocalist)*27.Feb.2010
1928: Charles Strouse
1921: Tal Farlow (US jazz guitarist)*25.July.1998.
1917: Dean Martin (US
international operetic soprano)*10.Jan.2005.
Glen Gray Knoblauch (US jazz saxophone, leader;
Casa Loma Orchestra)*23.Aug.1963.
1897: George Szell (Hungarian
1985: Jamie Shaw
(UK vocals, One True Voice)?
1983: Lee Harding (Australian punk rock
1981: Sara Watkins (US singer-songwriter, fiddler; Nickel Creek).
1981: Alex Band (US singer; The Calling/solo).
1980: Aron Elias
(Welsh singer, guitarist, bass guitar; Pep le Pew/Y Rei).
Trucks (US guitarist, songwriter; The Allman Brothers)
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;
1970: Seu Jorge/Jorge Mário da Silva (Brazilian singer, actor)
1970: David King (US drummer, composer; The Bad Plus/Happy Apple).
1970: Nichole 'Nicci' Gilbert (US singer, Brownstone).
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).
Kristine W/ Kristine Weitz (US singer)
1962: Nick Rhodes (UK keyboards;
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
1949: Emanuel Ax (Polish-born pianist)
Box (lead guitar; Uriah Heep/guest).
Joan La Barbara
(US vocalist, organ, composer)
1947: Annie Haslam (UK singer, songwriter; solo/Renaissance)
Fromholz (US entertainer, singer-songwriter,
1945: Phil Packham (UK
bass guitarist; The Sorrows)
1944: Boz Scaggs (US
singer, slide guitar, guitar).
1942: Chuck Negron (UK vocals; Three
1941: Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins (US vocals,
Alf Robertson (Swedish singer and composer)*24.Dec.2008.
1940: Nancy Sinatra (US singer, Frank's daughter).
Robertson (Scottish folk singer and storyteller)*02.Aug.2009.
1940: Sherman Garnes (US bassman; Frankie Lymon And Teenagers)*26.Feb.1977.
James Darren/James William Ercolani (US actor,
1934: Millicent Martin (English singer, actress)
parang musician; The Lara Brothers)*09.May.2014.
Robert Allman AM OBE (Australian operatic baritone)*04.Dec.2013.
1902: Harry Hopkinson aka Harry Torrani
(UK singer, yodeler; Yodeling Cowboy from Chesterfield)*04.March.1979.
1989: Chloë Agnew (Irish singer;
1986: Kary Ng (Hong
Kong singer, actress)
Morales (Colombian vallenato singer,
1982: Christina Stürmer (Austrian
Vic Zhou (Taiwanese
actor, singer, model)
1980: D'banj/Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Nigerian
singer, songwriter, harmonica player)
1978: Matthew Bellamy
(UK guitar, vocals, keyboards; Muse).
1974: Samoth/Tomas Thormodsæter
Haugen (Norwegian guitarist, drummer; Emperor, Zyklon)
McKeown (Scottish vocalist, guitarist; The Yummy Fur, 1990s)
Rick Renstrom (US guitarist; Rob Rock/Wade Black/Richard Christy/Mat Sinner/Atma
Ed Simons (UK vocals, keyboards; Chemical
1967: Dean Felber
(US bassist; Hootie & The Blowfish).
1967: Dean Dinning (US
bassist, Toad The Wet Sprocket)?
1964: Hiroko Yakushimaru (Japanese
Wayman Tisdale (US jazz
bass guitarist, professional basketball player)*15.May.2009.
1963: Gilad Atzmon (Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, political activist)
1963: Johnny Depp II (US actor, producer, multi-guitarist; P/guest/sessions).
1962: Yuval Banai
(Israeli musician, singer; Mashina)
1962: Eddie Lundon (UK guitarist; China Crisis).
1954: Peter Byrne
(UK-US singer, songwriter, guitar; Naked Eyes/solo)
1954: Paul Chapman
(Welsh guitarist; UFO, Lone Star)
1953: Errol Kennedy (US drummer;
1952: Uzi Hitman (Israeli
singer, songwriter, composer, TV personality)*17.Oct.2004.
1951: Terry Uttley (UK bassist,
James Newton Howard (American composer, conductor, music producer, musician;
Trevor Bolder (UK bass; Wishbone Ash/Spiders From Mars/ Uriah Heep).
George Bunnell (US bass, rhythm guitar, song writer; Strawberry Alarm Clock)?
1949: Francis Monkman (UK keyboards, synthesizer; Curved Air/sessionist/solo).
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).
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
Polfus (US 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
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
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 Eternal)
1971: Jo-Jo/Joel Henry
Hailey (US R&B/soul
singer, songwriter, duo K-Ci & JoJo).
1970: Mike Doughty (US singer-songwriter;
Burno (US jazz bassist, composer)*28.Dec.2013.
1969: Dan Lavery (US bassist;
1968: The D.O.C./Tracy Lynn Curry (US rapper)
DJ Doctor Nice/Human Beat Box/Darren Robinson (US Rapper; Fat Boys)*10.Dec.1995.
1967: Emma Anderson (UK guitar; Lush/Sing-Sing).
1965: Joey Santiago
(Filipino-American guitarist; Pixies)
1964: James Joseph "Jimmy"
Chamberlin (US drummer, Smashing Pumpkins)
1963: Bodjie Dasig/Darius
Delphin Dasig (Filipino singer-songwriter)*12.March.2012.
1962: Wong 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.
Michael Timothy "Mickey" Curry (US drummer; Bryan Adams/others).
Raul Rekow (US percussionist; Carlos Santana Band/sessionist)*01.Nov.2015.
Bernard Joseph "Benny" Gallagher (Scottish
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
Cuby+Blizzards/own blues band)*26.Sept.2011.
(UK drummer; Spontaneous Music Ensemble aka SME)*13.Sept.1994.
1938: Violetta Villas/Czeslawa
Maria Cieslak (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
Bartoletti (Italian operatic conductor)*09.June.2013.
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.
Pegreffi (Italian violinist; Quartetto Italiano)*14.Jan.2016.
Ragon (French singer)
1913: Tikhon Khrennikov
1911: Ralph Kirkpatrick
(US musicologist, harpsichordist)*13.April.1984.
1910: Robert Still (English composer)*13.Jan.1971.
1910: Howlin Wolf/Chester Arthur Burnett (US blues singer, guitarist, harmonica)*10.Jan.1976.
1907: Dicky Wells (US
1905: William T. Lewis (US
jazz clarinetist, bandleader)*13.Jan.1971.
Loewe (Austrian-American composer; My
1898: Andy Blakeney (US
Hattie McDaniel (US
Al Dubin (US lyricist)*11.Feb.1945.
1894: Punch Miller/Ernest Miller (US dixieland
1886: Chink Martin/Chink Abraham (US
Didrik Solli-Tangen (Norwegian
singer, Eurovision contestant)
1987: TiA/Chiaki Hamahime (Japanese
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).
The Head/Nick Hallam (singer, rapper, DJ, producer; Stereo MC's/Gee
Kevin Wilkinson (UK drummer;
League of Gentlemen/Waterboys/China Crisis/many others)*17.July.1999.
1957: Jamaaladeen Tacuma/Rudy McDaniel (US free jazz bassist; Ornette Coleman/leader/freelance).
1955: Linda Williams (Dutch singer; 1981 Eurovision Song Contest) not
1952: Donnie Van Zandt (US founder and front man of 38 Special).
Larry Smith (American record producer)*18.Dec.2014.
1950: Graham Russell
(UK guitarist, vocalist; Air Supply).
1950: Lynsey De Paul/Lynsey Rubin
(UK singer, Ivor Novello song-writing award winner)*01.Oct.2014.
Frank Beard (US drummer; ZZ Top).
Alan/Alan Skipper (UK drums; Pretty
1947: Richard Palmer -James (UK guitarist, lyricist,
balalaika, vocals; Supertramp/Tetrad/ King Crimson/own).
1947: Glenn Leonard
(US tenor-secondary lead singer; Temptations/Temptations Experience).
bass guitarist; The Darts)
1940: Joey Dee/Joseph DiNicola (US singer;
1939: Bernard Purdie (US session drummer).
1936: Jud Strunk/Justin Strunk Jr (US singer, banjo player, song-writer,
1934: Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (US tenor and lead vocals;
1931: Audrey Schuh (American soprano).
1929: Lennie Niehaus
(US jazz sax player, arranger, composer).
Josef Anton Riedl (German composer, electronics pioneer)*25.March.2016.
1926: Carlisle Floyd (American composer).
1920: Shelly Manne
(US jazz drummer)*26.Sept.1984.
1920: Hazel Scott (West Indian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer)*02.Oct.1981.
1913: Risë Stevens (US
1910: Carmine Coppola (American multi-award winning composer, director
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 (Swedish singer).
1977: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (US guitarist; American Blues musician).
1975: Tomcraft / Thomas Brückner (German DJ, producer).
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).
Bobby Sheehan (US bassist, Blues Traveler)*20.Aug.1999.
keyboardist; The Charlatans)
Filip Topol (Czech singer, songwriter, pianist; Psí vojáci)*19.June.2013.
1962: DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee"
Carter (US rapper; Whodini)
Paul Clark (UK musician; The Bolshoi)
1961: Kira Roessler (US musician; Black Flag)
Juan Tarodo (Spanish drummer, songwriter, producer;
1960: Michael Hausman (US percussionist, artist manager; 'Til Tuesday)
1959: John Linnell (US accordion, saxophone, clarinet, keyboards; They
Might Be Giants).
1958: Rebecca Holden (US actress, singer)
Geri Allen (US jazz pianist).
1954: Jesper Lundgaard (Danish bass
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;
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; The Dovells/solo)
1941: Reg Presley/Reginald Maurice Ball (UK singer songwriter; The Troggs)*04.Feb.2013.
1941: Roy Harper (UK folk singer, keyboards, guitar, bass, songwriter).
1941: Chick Corea/Armando Corea (US jazz pianist, keyboardist,composer).
1939: Kent Carter (US cellist, composer).
Lincoln "Chips" Moman (US producer, guitar and songwriter)*13.June.2016.
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 Blazers/own
"Zeke" Zarchy (American jazz trumpet
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
B/Glenn Thomas (US hip hop recording artist)*28.Dec.2013.
1989: Lisa Gabrielle Tucker (US singer, musical theatre, TV actress).
1988: Austin Thornton (US drummer; Woe, Is Me)
Monte Thornton (US multi-genre singer; B2K/solo).
1980: Sarah Connor/Sarah
Terenzi née Lewe (German singer).
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;
1974: Selma Björnsdóttir (Icelandic singer).
1973: Mattias Hellberg (Swedish musician; The Hellacopters)
Ville Laihiala (Finnish musician; Sentenced, Poisonblack)
Kowalska (Polish pop rock singer)
1972: Natalie MacMaster (Canadian
fiddle player, singer).
1970: Rivers Cuomo/Peter Kitts (guitar, singer,
songwriter; Avant Garde/Weezer/solo).
1969: Soren Rasted (multi-musician;
1968: David Gray (UK singer, songwriter).
Denise 'Deniece' Pearson (UK vocals; 5 Star).
1965: Lukas Ligeti
(Austrian composer, drummer).
1964: Christian Wilhelm Berger (Romanian
1963: Paul De Lisle (US bassist; Smash Mouth).
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 Reeves/Coasters/Chiffons/many more).
Kumar (Indian composer, multi-intrumentalist)*20.Feb.2014.
1951: Howard Leese (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer; Heart)?
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 Bowie/The Truth)*08.Jan.2011.
(US rhythm & blues - soul singer)*01.Jan.2001.
1941: MarvTarplin (US guitarist, songwriter; The Miracles/Smokey Robinson)*30.Sept.2011.
1941: Esther Ofarim (Israelian singer).
1940: Bobby Freeman (African-American
drummer; Motown Funk Brothers)*24.March.2009.
1932: Bob McGrath (US singer and actor)
1929: Alan Civil (English
French horn player)*19.March.1989.
Knut Wiggen (Norwegian composer, pioneer in electronic music)*10.Sept.2016.
Bill Moore (US R&B saxophone player/Motown/sessionist/freelance)*08.Aug.1983.
Doc Cheatham/Adolphus Cheatham
(US jazz trumpeter)*02.June.1997.
1905: Xian Xinghai (Chinese composer)*30.Oct.1945.
1899: Carlos Chávez (Mexican composer)*02.Aug.1978.
Kevin Michael McHale (US singer; NLT - Not Like
1984: Siobhan Donaghy
(UK vocalist; The Sugababes/solo).
1982: Lang Lang (Chinese pianist).
1975: Bob Nanna (US drummer, singer; Braid/Hey Mercedes/The City on
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 producer;
Trina Shoemaker (US mixer, record producer, sound engineer).
1963: Chris DeGarmo (US lead, rhythm guitarist; Queensryche).
Boy George/George Alan O'Dowd (UK singer; Culture Club/ solo).
1960: Gary Husband (UK jazz and rock drummer, pianist, composer; session musician).
1959: Marcus Miller (US jazz bassist, clarinetist, bandleader).
1958: Nick Van Eede (UK lead singer; Cutting
1957: Maxi Jazz/Maxwell Fraser (British rapper; Faithless/solo).
1956: King Diamond/Kim Bendix Petersen (Danish singer; King Diamond, Mercyful
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
Wemba/Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba (Congolese singer)*24.April.2016.
Stephen John Hunter/The Deacon (US guitarist; sessionist/Peter Gabriel/many
Darius Brubeck (US jazz keyboardist, educator, son of Dave Brubeck).
Barry Melton (US guitarist; Country Joe and the Fish).
Stefanski (Polish drummer)
Ahmad Zahir (Afghan
1945: Rod Argent (US keyboards, vocals; The Zombies/Argent).
Tiit Paulus (Estonian guitarist)
1943: Harold Wheeler (US composer).
1943: Spooner Oldham/Dewey
Oldham (US songwriter,
organ, keyboards; session musician).
1942: Peter Lemer (UK keyboardist;
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, jazz pianist)*18.Nov.2004.
"Cuban Pete" Aguilar (Puerto Rican dancer)*13.Jan.2009.
1918: John Simmons (US
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 (UK clarinetist)*23.May.1973.
1905: Nappy Lamare/Joseph Hilton Lamare (US banjoist,
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
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).
Gary Lightbody (Northern Irish rhythm guitarist, songwriter; Snow Patrol).
1976: Dryden Mitchell (US lead singer; Alien Ant Farm).
"Chakri" Gilla (Indian
film composer, playback singer)*15.Dec.2014.
1972: Hank Von Helvete (Norwegian vocalist; Turbonegro)
Naked/Beth Torbert (Canadian singer, poetess, actress)
Méchaly (French soprano)
1969: Ice Cube/O'Shea Jackson (US
1966: Idalis DeLeon (US actress, singer)
Michael Britt (US guitar; Lonestar).
1964: Gavin Greenaway (British
1963: Scott Rockenfield (US drummer; Queensryche/Slave To
1962: Andrea Rost (Hungarian soprano)
Eckhardt (German bassist, composer; Garaj Mahal, Vital Information)
Yoshimi Iwasaki (Japanese singer, actress)
1957: Bradly Frank "Brad"
Gillis (US rock guitarist; Night Ranger; sessions solo)
Hinds (UK rhythm guitar, vocalist; Steel Pulse).
1956: Hulon Crayton
(US jazz saxophonist, physician)*14.Feb.2016.
1951: Steve Walsh (US singer, song-writer; Streets/Kansas).
John Lawry (Japanese-American keyboardist, composer-songwriterr, producer;
1949: Russell Hitchcock (Australian lead vocalist; Air Supply).
Leah Kunkel (American singer, songwriter).
Maxwell aka Ted Lewis (Canadian drummer; Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers/Heart/many
1946: Demis Roussos/Artemios Ventouris Roussos (Greek singer)*25.Jan.2015.
1946: Noddy Holder/Neville John Holder (UK guitar, vocals; Slade).
1944: Malaysia Vasudevan (Indian playback singer and actor)*20.Feb.2011.
Ireng Maulana (Indonesian
jazz guitarist; Ireng
Maulana All Stars/others)*06.March.2016.
1943: Johnny Hallyday/Jean-Philippe Smet (French rock 'n' roll singer).
1943: Muff Winwood (UK bassist, songwriter, producer; Spencer Davis Group).
1941: Harry Nilsson III (US singer; songwriter)*15.Jan.1994.
1937: Ray Coleman (British award winning music journalist, editor, biographer)*10.Sept.1996.
1934: Mikel Laboa (Spanish Basque singer, songwriter )*01.Dec.2008.
1934: Barron Anthony/Anthony John Osmond (UK guitarist, vocalist; Barron
1933: Joe Thomas (US flautist, tenor saxophonist)
Waylon Jennings (US country singer)*13.Feb.2002.
1933: Sergio Endrigo (Popular
1932: Zia Fariduddin Dagar
(Indian classical vocalist)*08.May.2013.
1929: Nigel Pickering (rhythm guitar, vocals; Spanky And Our Gang).
1929: Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri (Iranian-born
opera director, manager)*30.Aug.2013.
1921: Erroll Garner (US jazz pianist and composer)*02.Jan.1977.
Michalis Genitsaris (Greek rebetiko singer and composer)*11.May.2005.
Horacio Salgán (Argentine tango musician)*19.Aug.2016.
David Rose (British-born US songwriter, composer, arranger,
1900: Otto Luening (German-born
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 Records).
1972: Kiko Loureiro
(Brazilian guitarist; Angra/Silent Moon/Blezqi Zatzas/guest).
Amaru Shakur (American hip hop artist,
Patrick Waite (UK-Jamacian bassist, vocals; Musical Youth)*18.Feb.1993.
Andy Lewis (Australian bassist; The Whitlams/The Gadflys)*12.Feb.2000.
1965: Javon Jackson/Anthony
(US jazz tenor saxophonist;Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers/others)
Streek (Canadian radio DJ; CFNY-FM /Edge
1962: Anthony Wong Yiu Ming (Hong Kong composer, producer)
Olu-Femi Kuti (Nigerian Afrobeat & jazz saxophonist, vocals, trumpet,
Muslimgauze/Bryn Jones (British ethnic electronica, experimental musician)*14.Jan.1999.
Jóhannes Helgason (Icelandic guitarist; Þeyr aka Theyr)
1954: Doane Ethredge Perry (US
drummer; Jethro Tull/Lou Reed/Todd Rundgren/others).
1954: Gerry Roberts
(Irish guitarist; Boomtown Rats).
1954: Sergey Anatol'yevich Kuryokhin
1953: Ian Mosley (UK drummer; Marillion/solo/guest).
Hadley (US operatic tenor)*18.July.2007.
1952: Gino Vanelli (Italian-Canadian singer/songwriter).
Dominici (US singer, keyboards; Dominici/Dream Theater)
Smith (US vocals; Stylistics).
1949: Peppy Castro/Emil Thielhelm
(vocals, guitar, Blues Magoos/Balance).
1948: Fredy Studer (Swiss percussionist)
1947: Tom "Bones" Malone (US jazz tromboneist, multi-reed player;
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
Morey (Spanish singer)*07.July.2015.
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; AMM)
1939: Billy Crash Craddock
(US country singer)
Edoarado Müller (Italian-born
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.
Simone Battle (US
1983: Lee Ryan (singer, Blue/solo).
1983: Kazunari Ninomiya
(Japanese singer, actor).
1980: Kimeru (Japanese singer).
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 (US vocalist, Color
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 Rocks/Demolition23/Damien Thorne).
1958: Jello Biafra/Eric
Reed Boucher (US spoken word, singer, Dead Kennedys/Lard/solo).
Phil Chevron/Philip Ryan (Irish guitarist, singer-songwriter; Pogues/The Radiators)*08.Oct.2013.
1957: Martin Dillon (US musician, operatic tenor, professor of music)*21.Aug.2005.
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, session musician).
1947: Paul Young (UK singer, Sad Cafe/ Mike & The Mechanics)*15.July.2000.
1947: Greg Rolie (US singer, keyboardist; Santana/Journey/Greg Rolie Band).
1947: Rev. Timothy Wright
(US gospel singer; Timothy Wright Concert
Brian John "B.J." Cole (English pedal steel guitarist)
1944: Chris Spedding (UK guitarist;Greedy Bastards/Wombles/Nucleus/BatteredOrnaments/sessions).
1944: Ian Buisel (UK lead guitarist; Tony Jackson and the Vibrations).
1942: Norman Kuhlke (UK drummer; Swinging Blue Jeans).
Barry Manilow/Barry Alan Pincus (US singer, songwriter, pianist).
Rainey/Charles Walter Rainey III
(US bass guitarist; top sessionist)
1936: Gérard Bourgeois
aka Robert Bourgeois (French
Ferras (French violinist)*14.Sept.1982.
1930: Cliff Gallup (US guitarist; Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps/solo)*09.Oct.1988.
Ferdinand Havlík (Czech clarinetist, arranger,
composer, bandleader, conductor)*28.Oct.2013.
El Ankis/Boudjemaa Mohamed Arezki (Algerian
performer of chaâbi music)*02.Sept.2015.
1927: Martin Böttcher (German conductor)
Alan Rich (American
(UK broadcaster, classical music
critic, music administrator)*01.Aug.2013.
1916: Terry Gilkyson (US singer, lyricist, composer)*15.Oct.1999
1915: David "Stringbean" Akeman (US bluegrass banjo player,
1912: Don Gillis (US
composer, conductor, teacher)*10.Jan.1978.
1910: Red Foley/Clyde Julian Foley
singer, musician, radio/TV personality)*19.Sept.1968.
Herbert Owen Reed (US
1902: Sammy Fain/Samuel E. Feinberg (US composer
of popular music)*06.Dec.1989.
1882: Igor Stravinsky (Russian-born composer, pianist,
(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, songwriter)
1980: Colin Munroe
(Canadian singer, songwriter)
1976: Blake Shelton (US country singer)
1975: Jemma Griffiths (Welsh singer-songwriter)
1973: Gary Stringer (UK lead vocalist; Reef).
1973: Ray Lamontagne (US singer-songwriter, musician)
Vanderpool/Nathan Morris (US vocals; Boyz II Men).
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
1956: Oliver Schroer (Canadian
fiddler, composer, and music producer)*03.July.2008.
1956: John Gavin Scott LVO (UK
1956: Tom Bailey (UK vocalist, keyboards; Thompson Twins).
Jerome Smith (US guitarist; KC and the Sunshine Band)*28.July.2000.
1952: Ricky Gazda (US trumpet; Johnny and the Asbury Jukes).
Rod de'Ath/Roderick Morris Buckenham de'Ath
(Welsh drummer; Rory Gallagher Band/others)*01.Aug.1950.
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
19??: Thomas Crimble (UK keyboardist, guitar, producer; Skin
1944: Sandy Posey (US popular music
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).
Paul McCartney (UK bass,multi-musician,singer,writer,producer; Beatles/Wings/solo).
(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
Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson (Jamaican
vocals, keyboards; top sessions/Gladdy's All Stars)*03.Dec.2015.
(US electric blues musician, harmonica player)*28.March.2012.
architect, songwriter, singer)*17.Aug.2013.
Johnny Pearson (UK composer, orchestra
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
McKinley (US jazz drummer, singer, bandleader; Dorsey Brothers/Glenn Miller)*07.May.1995
Tubin (Estonian composer)*17.Nov.1982.
Rosenthal (French composer
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)
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 Pipe).
1963: Simon Wright (UK drummer; AC-DC/Rhino Bucket/freelance).
Paula Abdul (US dancer, choreographer, singer, TV personality).
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)
Lou Pearlman (US record producer, music manager)*19.Aug.2016.
1953: Larry Dunn (US keyboardist, musical director; Earth, Wind, &
1950: Ann Wilson (US lead singer, flute; Heart/solo).
Paul Nieman (UK trombonist; international session musician)
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).
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
1936: Tommy DeVito (US lead guitarist, vocals, Four
1936: Marisa Galvany (US soprano)
1936: Shirley Goodman
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 & Ross)*03.Oct.1966.
1914: Lester Flatt (US American musician)*11.May.1979.
1914: Moralito/Lorenzo Morales (Colombian vallenato singer, composer)*26.Aug.2011.
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.
Pearl/Jemina Pearl Abegg (US
singer; Be Your Own Pet/solo).
Masseling (Dutch DJ, hardcore techno and Gabber
1982: Example/Elliot John Gleave
1980: Tony Lovato (US singer, guitarist; Mest)
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 Sleep).
1971: Twiggy Ramirez/Jeordie White
(US bass; Marilyn Manson/9" Nails/Goon Moon/guest).
Korthe (US vocalist, drummer; 3rd
1967: Murphy Karges (US bassist; Sugar Ray).
1966: Stone Gossard
(US rhythm guitarist, producer; Pearl Jam/Brad/Temple of the Dog/freelance).
1964: Patti Webster
entertainment publicist, author)*13.Sept.2013.
1963: Amir Derakh (US guitarist,
synthesizer player; Orgy)
1960: John Taylor (UK bassist, Duran Duran/Power
1960: Chris Gibson (Martinique vocalist;
1958: Kelly Johnson (UK lead guitar, singer, songwriter;
1958: Simon Underwood (UK bassist; Pigbag)?
1954: Michael Anthony
Sobolewski (US bassist, Van Halen/Sammy Hagar).
1949: Alan Longmuir
(Scottish bassist; Bay City Rollers).
1949: Lionel Richie (US vocals,
keyboards, songwriter, Commodores/solo).
1947: Dolores Brooks (US singer;
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).
Lewis Lymon (US singer; The Teenchords)*09.July.2013.
1942: Brian Wilson (US vocals, piano, producer, composer, arranger; Beach
1938: Mickie Most/Michael
Peter Hayes (English singer, record produce)*30.May.2003.
1937: Jerry Keller (US singer).
Gus Williams (Australian
country music singer, Aboriginal
1936: Billy Guy/Frank William Phillips (US baritone singer; Coasters)*05.Nov.2002.
1935: Jennifer Ward Clarke ( English baroque cellist)*01.March.2015.
Sokolov (UK singer, guitarist; Poison Girls)*19.Feb.2016.
Arne Nordheim (Norwegian
contemporary classical composer)*05.June.2010.
1928: Eric Dolphy (US jazz
alto saxophonist, flautist, bass clarinetist)*29.June.1964.
1926: Boyd Lee Dunlop (US jazz pianist)*26.Dec.2013.
1924: Chester "Chet"
Atkins (US guitarist, singer, and record producer)*30.June.2001.
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, singer,
Pelletier (French Canadian conductor, pianist, composer, educator)*09.April.1982.
1891: Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Italian soprano)*09.July.1951.
1997: Rebecca Black (US pop singer)
1988: JayAre/Cahron Childs
(US rapper; Cali Swag District)*06.June.2014.
1987: Kim Ryeowook (Korean pop singer)
1985: Kris Allen (US singer)
1985: Lana Del Rey/Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (US singer-songwriter.
1981: Brandon Flowers (US vocals, keyboards, bass; The Killers).
Jean-Pascal Lacoste (French singer, actor, TV host)
Brahmi-Benalla (French rapper)
1976: Mike Einziger (guitar; Incubus/Time
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).
Tim Simenon (record producer).
1962: Viktor Tsoi (Soviet guitarist,
singer, songwriter; Kino)*15.Aug.1990.
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, guitar).
1959: Marcella Detroit (vocals, harmonica,
guitar; Shakespear's Sister).
1957: Mark Brzezicki (drums; Ultravox/Procol
1955: Jean-Pierre Mader (French singer, songwriter)
1954: Augustus Pablo/Horace Swaby (Jamaican reggae record producer, keyboardist)*18.May1999.
1952: Luis Días (Dominican
singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist; Transporte Urbano/others)*08.Dec.2009.
1951: Nils Lofgren (US guitar, multi-musician, vocals; E Street Band/solo).
1951: Alan Silson (UK lead guitar, vocals; Smokie/Mickey Finn's T. Rex)?
1950: Joey Kramer (US drums, Aerosmith).
1950: Vasilis Papakonstantinou
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)
Joey Molland (UK guitar, vocals; Masterminds/Fruit Eating Bears/Merseybeats/Badfinger).
1944: Jon Hiseman/Philip John Hiseman (UK drummer, recording engineer-producer;
1944: Ray Davies (UK lead vocals, guitar, songwriter;
1944: Miguel Vicens (Spanish guitarist; Los
Neri (Mexican composer)*03.Aug.2011.
1943: Salomé/Maria Rosa Marco (Spanish singer)
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 Basie/solo)*23.Nov.2001.
1932: Lalo Schifrin (Argentine pianist, composer, arranger, film soundtracks).
1929: Abdel Halim
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
1990: Kei Inoo (Japanese
1989: Jung Yong Hwa (Korean
1985: Scott MacIntyre
1981: Chris Urbanowicz (US
1979: Leire Martínez
(Basque singer and songwriter; La Oreja de Van
1978: Tim Driesen (Belgian
1977: Amos Lee/
Ryan Anthony Massaro (US singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1977: Mike Alexander (UK bassist; Evile)*05.Oct.2009.
1976: Gordon Moakes (UK multi-musician; Bloc
1970: Steven Page
(Canadian guitar, vocals, songwriter; Barenaked Ladies/The Vanity Project).
1966: Schooly D/Jesse B. Weaver Jr (American rapper).
Cunningham (Scottish drummer; Wet Wet Wet/Sleeping Giants).
Edwards (UK vocals, keyboard, guitars; Jesus Jones).
Anne-Marie Ruddock (UK vocals, Amazulu/Amazulu
1962: Bobby Gillespie (Scottish drummer, vocals; Primal Scream/Jesus
and Mary Chain/others).
1962: Stephen Vaughan (UK bassist; PJ Harvey
guitar virtuoso; John Denver/many others/solo)*15.Jan.2016.
1961: Jimmy Somerville (Scottish singer; Bronski Beat/Communards/solo).
1959: Alan Anton/Alan Alizojvodic (Canadian bassist; Cowboy Junkies).
1959: Nicola Sirkis (French singer, lyricist; Indochine).
Turner (UK singer).
1957: Gary Beers (Australian bassist; INXS).
1956: Derek Forbes (Scottish bassist; Simple Minds).
Green Gartside/Paul Julian Strohmeyer (Welsh singer, songwriter; Scritti Politti/freelance).
1954: Bobby Valentino/Robert
Beckingham (UK vocals,violin,guitar; Fabulous Poodles/Los Pistoleros/sessionist)
1953: Cyndi Lauper (US singer; actress).
Gruber (US bassist; Elf/Rainbow/Gary
Carr (US bluegrass musician; Joe
Carr & the Texas Lone Star Band)*14.Dec.2014.
1949: Alan Osmond (US singer; leader of The Osmonds).
Lawrence E. "Larry" Junstrom (US bassist; 38 Special/others)
1948: Todd Rundgren (US multi-musician, singer, producer; New Cars/Utopia/solo).
1947: Howard Kaylan/Howard Kaplan (US singer; Turtles/Mothers of Invention/Flo
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 producer).
Ralph Molina (US drummer; Neil Young's Crazy
1939: Bobby Harrison
(UK drummer, percussion, singer; Procol Harum/Freedom/Snafu).
McGann (Australian jazz saxophonist; Southern
1936: Hermeto Pascoal (Brazilian multi-musician, composer; many bands).
1936: Kris Kristofferson/Kris Carson (US singer, songwriter, actor).
Nerlynn 'Lynn' Taitt (Jamaican reggae guitarist;
The jets/many bands/sessionist)*20.Jan.2010.
1933: Libor Peek (Czech conductor).
(US jazz pianist)*02.Dec.2011.
Sir Peter Pears (UK
partner ofBenjamin Britten)*03.April.1986.
1907: Ernest 'Doc' Paulin
(American jazz trumpet player; the Paulin Brass Band)*20.Nov.2007.
1762: Francesco Manfredini
(Italian Baroque composer, violinist, church musician)*06.Oct.1762
1988: Isabella Leong Lok-Sze (Hong Kong singer, actress, model)
1984: Duffy/Aimée Ann Duffy (Welsh singer)
1981: Anthony Costa (UK
1980: Jessica Taylor (UK singer, Liberty X).
Andy Orr (Irish singer; Six)
1978: Memphis Bleek/Malik Thuston Cox
1978: Frédéric Leclercq (French bassist;
1977: Jason Mraz (US singer, songwriter)
Mizchif/Hechichamunorwa Mount Zion Kwenda (Zimbabwean
1976: Joe Becker (US guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist).
KT Tunstall/Kate Victoria Tunstall (Scottish singer, songwriter)
Carter Albrecht (US keyboardist, singer guitarist; Edie Brickell & New
1973: Marie N/Marija Naumova (Latvian singer)
1970: Martin Deschamps (Canadian singer)
1970: Yann Tiersen
1970: Guillaume Yann Tiersen (French piano, accordion,
1966: Chico DeBarge/Jonathan Arthur DeBarge
(US singer; DeBarge)
1966: Richie Ren (Taiwanese singer)
Mark Chadwick (UK guitar, vocals, songwriter; Levellers).
MacPherson (US drummer, percussionist; The Breeders/Amps/Guided by Voices).
1965: Bonehead/Paul Arthurs (UK guitar; Oasis/freelance).
Steve Shelley (drums, record producer; Crucifucks/Sonic Youth).
Richard Coles (UK multi-musician, clarenet, Curate; Bronski Beat/Communards).
1962: Chuck Billy (US singer; Testament).
1960: Donald Harrison
(US jazz saxophonist).
Brendan O'Brian (US record producer, mixer, engineer, musician; many modern
1957: Lee John/John Leslie McGregor, (songwriter,
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,
1948: Myles Goodwyn (Canadian guitarist, vocalist;
1948: Luther Kent (US blues singer)
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)
Niki Sullivan (US guitarist, songwriter; The
1936: Fred Waring, Jr. (US jazz trombonist)
1929: June Carter (US
country singer, multi-musician, wife of Johnny Cash)*15.May.2003.
1927: Dick LaPalm/Ricardo LaPalombara (US jazz-pop record promoter, music
1927: Kenneth McKellar (Scottish tenor, solo artist)*09.April.2010.
Shihab/Edmond Gregory (American
George Russell (American jazz composer)*27.July.2009.
Sidney Mear (American jazz trumpeter)*13.March.2016.
Peter Knight (UK musical arranger, conductor, composer)*23.June.1917.
1913: Helen Humes (American jazz and blues singer)*09.Sept.1981.
1910: Milton John "Milt" Hinton (US
jazz double bassist; the dean of jazz bass
1823: Carl Reinecke (German pianist, conductor, composer)*10.March.1910.
1988: Nichkhun Horvejkul (Thai-American singer; 2PM)
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
1969: Sissel Kyrkjebø (Norwegian soprano)
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)
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)
Terence 'Astro' Wilson (toasting, rhyming, percusion, trumpet; UB40).
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;
1944: John 'Charlie' Whitney (UK guitar;
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
(Swiss pianist, composer)*10.Jan.2013.
1922: Tata Giacobetti (Italian singer, lyricist; Quartetto Cetra)*02.Dec.1988.
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, bandleader)*11.Aug.1995.
Marcel Mule (French saxophonist; Garde Republicaine/Quatuor
de Saxophones de Paris)*19
Captain John Handy (American jazz alto saxophonist)*12.Jan.1971
1900: Gene Austin (American
Lil' Wil/Wilbert Martin
1986: Aya Matsuura (Japanese singer).
1986: Betty Curse/Megan Burns (British actress,
Ji-Hoon (Korean singer, dancer,
model, actor, CEO and designer).
Laura Corradini Falomir (Spanish singer).
1974: Jim LaMarca (US bass guitarist; Chimaira)
1974: Mario Calire
(US drummer; The Wallflowers/Ozomatli).
1972: Mike Kroeger (Canadian bassist;
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).
(Danish radio disc jockey)*21.March.2011.
1963: George Michael/Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (UK singer, songwriter;
1954: David Paich (US singer, songwriter, keyboardist;
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).
Allen Lanier (guitar, keyboards; Blue Oyster Cult)*14.Aug.2013.
1945: Carly Simon (US singer, guitarist, songwriter).
Christopher John "Chris" Huston (UK record engineer, guitarist)
1944: Robert Charlebois (Canadian singer, composer, musician, author, actor).
1944: Broery/Broery Marantika
1942: Manolo Otero (Spanish
1940: Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton Eccles (UK bassist; Moody Blues)*15.May.2004.
1939: Harold Melvin (US soul singer, pianist; Blue Notes)*24.March.1997.
Feuchtwanger (German-born UK pianist, composer,
1935: Eddie Floyd (US soul singer, songwriter).
1933: Claudio Abbado
(Italian conductor, music director)*20.Jan.2014.
1930: Mary Beth Peil (US opera singer, actress).
1928: Bill Russo
(US jazz composer, arranger, musician)*11.Jan.2003.
Madan Mohan (Iraqi Bollywood film music director)*14.July
Johnny Smith (US jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter)*11.June.2013.
1918: Sid Tepper (US songwriter; Elvis Presley/Cliff Richard/others)*24.April.2015.
1860: Gustave Charpentier (French composer)*18.Feb.1956.
1993: Ariana Grande (US actress, singer)
Jennette McCurdy (US
1986: Casey Desmond (US award winning vocalist,
songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist).
Damien Sargue (French
Idir (French singer and rapper).
1979: Ryan Tedder (US singer,
guitarist, songwriter, record producer).
1978: Alexandra Canto (French singer; L5's).
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)
Wilson (US country singer).
Jussi Sydänmaa (Finnish
guitarist, vocals; Lordi).
1972: Garou/Pierre Garand (Canadian singer)
1969: Colin Greenwood
(UK bass guitar, keyboards, synthesisers; Radiohead).
Padilla (US speed guitarist; planning 25.5 notes per second record).
Mark Decloedt (UK drummer; EMF).
1966: Jürgen Reil (US drummer;
1963: Harriet Wheeler (UK singer; Sundays).
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).
(US bassist; the Runaways/the
1956: Chris Isaak (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor).
Mick Jones (UK singer, guitarist;The
Clash/Big Audio Dynamite/Gorillaz)...not
Mick from Foreigner
Joala aka Kremlin's Nightingale
(Estonian Soviet singer;
Doyle (US jazz saxophonist, flutist, zanzithophonist, vocalist)*25.Jan.2014.
1943: Georgie Fame/Clive Powell
(UK singer/songwriter/keyboard; Animals/solo/Rhythm Kings).
Luis Armenteros (Spanish
singer, composer; Lightnings/Lumber)*11.June.2016.
1942: Gilberto Gil Moreira (Brazilian
singer, Minister of Culture)
1942: Larry Taylor (U.S. electric bassist,
double bassist, guitarist; Canned Heat/many sessions)
1940: Billy Davis
Jr. (US vocals, actor; Fifth Dimension).
1934: Dave Grusin (US
1933: Claudio Abbado (Italian conductor)
Kresimir Sipusch (Yugoslavian-born composer,
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.
Franz-Paul Decker (German-born Canadian conductor)*19.May.2014.
Roger Voisin (French born US trumpet player;
(Italian operatic baritone singer)*02.June.2010.
1914: Wolfgang Windgassen (German operatic tenor)*08.Sept.1974.
Williams/Andrew John Smik Jr (US
country singer, band leader)*31.Jan.2011.
Tom Parker/Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk
(Dutch entertainment impresario; Elvis)*21.Jan.1997.
Alberto Rabagliati (Italian
popular singer, actor)*07.March.1974.
1902: Hugues Cuénod
1893: Big Bill Broonzy/Big Bill Broomsley/Lee
(US blues singer-songwriter, guitarist)*14.Aug.1958.
1990: Aselin Debison (Canadian singer)
1986: Drake Bell (US
actor, guitar, singer, composer).
1983: Alsou Ralifovna Abramova (Russian
1983: Evan Taubenfeld (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Avril
1980: Jennifer Goodridge (US keyboard player; Seaspin/Your
1979: Benjamin Speed (Australian musician and film
1979: John Warne (US bassist; Relient K/Ace Troubleshooter).
1978: Stefan Arason (Icelandic composer).
Kumble (UK singer)
1977: Sabine Dünser (German lead singer;
gothic metal band Elis)*08.July.2006.
1976: Leigh Nash (US singer, composer; Sixpence None The Richer).
Christian Kane (US actor, singer)
1973: Abbath Doom Occulta/Olve Eikemo
(Norwegian guitarist, multi-musician, songwriter; Immortal)
Wharnsby (Canadian poet, singer-songwriter)
1972: Tony McCarroll (UK
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).
Colbert (UK drummer; Ride)?
1964: Otmaro Ruíz
(Venezuelan pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger).
Ball (UK singer).
Peter Sadlo (German percussionist)*29.July.2016.
1961: Margo Timmins (Canadian vocalist; Cowboy Junkies).
"Lorrie" Morgan (US country music singer).
1958: Lisa Germano
(US singer, songwriter, multi-musician).
1958: Brian Helicopter/Gareth
Holder (UK bass guitarist; The Shapes/HellsBelles/Rogue Male)
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)
Joey Covington/Joseph Michno
(US drummer, songwriter; Hot
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 record producer)*04.Nov.2008.
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,
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.
1991: Seohyun/Seo Joo-hyun (Korean
1987: Bailey Tzuke (English
1986: Kellie Dawn Pickler
(US country singer, songwriter).
Imran Khan (Pakistani-Dutch
Musician, singer, composer)
1983: Maui Taylor (Filipino
1981: Capt'n Spin-kick/Michael
Felicia Day (US actress, writer, director, violinist,
1978: Ha Ji-won (South
Korean actress, singer)
Harun Tekin (Turkish
singer, piano, guitar; Mor ve Ötesi)
1977: Mark Stoermer (US bass guitarist; Killers).
1975: Jon Nödtveidt (Swedish lead guitarist, singer; Dissection)*13.Aug.2006.
1974: Siphiwo 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;
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).
Andy Cousin (UK bassist; All About Eve/The Mission/The Lucy Nation)
Clint Boon (UK keyboardist, Farfisa organ; Inspiral Carpets/The Clint Boon
1958: Félix Gray (French singer, songwriter)
1955: Thomas Hampson (US baritone)
Alan Pasqua (UK jazz pianist, educator, composer)
1951: David "Frankie"
(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
1940: Renato Pagliari (Italian-born British singer;
Renee and Renato/solo)*29.July.2009.
1915: David "Honeyboy" Edwards
(US blues guitarist, singer)*29.Aug.2011.
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.
1990: Whitney Wolanin (US singer, songwriter)
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
1980: Selim Lemouchi (Dutch
guitarist, lyricist-songwriter; The Devil's Blood/&
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 Dolls).
1978: Sam Farrar (US bass guitar player; Phantom Planet).
Samantha Florence "Sam" Bailey (English
1976: Bret McKenzie (New Zealand singer; guitarist, comedian, actor; Flight
of the Conchords )
1972: Nawal Al Zoghbi (Lebanese singer)
Matthew Good (Canadian singer, guitarist; Matthew Good Band/solo)
Emily Skinner (US actress, singer)
1968: Richard Battersby (UK
drummer; The Wildhearts).
1967: Murray Foster (Canadian bassist; Moxy
1967: Melora Hardin (US actress, singer)
Tripp Eisen (US guitarist; Static-X/Dope/Murderdolls/Ace Frehley)
Stedman Pearson (UK singer; Five Star).
1963: Anne-Sophie Mutter
1961: Greg Hetson (US punk-rock guitarist; Redd
Kross/Circle Jerks/Bad Religion)
Kevin Shirley/The Caveman (South African music producer, mixer; many)
1960: Evelyn "Champagne" King (US R&B and disco singer)...
have July 1st 1960.
James Van Buren Fowler
(US rock n roll guitarist; Drivin N Cryin)*08.March.2014.
James Freud/Colin Joseph McGlinchey
(Australian vocalist, bassist; Models/solo)*04.Nov.2010.
1957: María Conchita Alonso (Cuban-Venezuelan singer, actress)
1957: Robert Forster (Australian singer, guitarist; The Go-Betweens/solo)
1953: Donald Maynard "Don" Dokken (US lead vocals, guitarist;
Dokken/Scorpions/Hear 'n Aid)
1953: Colin Hay (Scottish-Australian
lead singer, guitar; Men At Work).
1948: Ian Paice (UK drummer, Deep
1943: Roger Spear (US saxophone, Jew's harp, musical
toys; Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band).
1948: Derv Gordon (US lead vocals; The
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)
Menidiatis (Greek singer)*21.Aug.2012.
1925: Hale Smith (US composer, editor)
1924: Ezra Laderman (US
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.
Eddy (American singer and
1893: Aarre Merikanto (Finnish composer)*29.Sept.1958.
1881: Curt Sachs (German musicologist)*05.Feb.1959.
1985: Rafal Blechacz (Polish
1984: Fantasia Barrino
(US singer; American Idol winner).
Anton Gordon (vocals, member of uk TV's created boy band, One True Voice)?
1983: Cheryl Cole née Tweedy (UK vocals; Girls Aloud).
Brendon James (British drummer; Thirteen Senses)
1983: Patrick Wolf/Patrick
Denis Apps (UK singer-songwriter, ukulele, piano, viola)
Knowles (UK drummer, keyboards; Skuta/Franz Ferdinand)
"DreadEd" Campbell (UK lead singer; FatalFear-Fatal Fear Korea).
1979: Matisyahu/Matthew Paul Miller (US Hasidic Jewish reggae singer).
Ali/Kelli Dayton (UK
female vocalist; Sneaker Pimps).
1969: Tom Drummond (bassist; Better
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 Eve/Mice).
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; Human League)?
1953: Hal Lindes (guitarist,
composer; Dire Straits).
André Hazes (Dutch
1951: Stanley Clarke (US jazz bass player).
Leonard Whiting (English actor; lead vocals on Alan Parsons Project's "The
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.
Michael George Farr/Mike Leander (UK arranger,
songwriter, producer; Beatles/many)*18.April.1996.
Mark Spoelstra (US folk singer)*25.Feb.2007.
Tony Hatch (UK composer, songwriter, pianist, music arranger, producer).
Apostolos Nikolaidis (Greek singer)*22.April.1999.
Larry Henley (US singers-songwriter;
1936: Dave Van Ronk (US singer, guitarist; nicknamed Mayor of MacDougal
jazz pianist, composer)*20.April.2007.
Josef Lammerz (German composer and organist)*08.Jan.2014.
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 (34)
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
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
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
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 18th 1941.
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
Latin jazz compositions and
dance-oriented mambo over his 50 year career.
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. Later,
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
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 failure) b.
Sept 18th 1944.
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
cancer) b. June
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 4th 1942.
2013: Miel Cools (78)
Belgian singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Herk-de-Stad, Limburg and started
his cabaret career in 1954 as a writer of the students operetta The Misbakken
Student. From 1960 he was one of the pioneers of the cabaret genre in Flanders.
His most famous songs include "Boer Bavo", "The troubadours"
and "Love". He is also known for songs like "The soldier",
"Father", "Song of John", "The Seven Swans" and
"Do not be afraid". On July 11th 2012 Miel was honored with a Golden
Spur (?) b. April 15th 1935.
Richard Raines (48) American country guitarist
and a founder member of the country music band Perfect Stranger founded in 1986
in Carthage, Texas. They originally performed as Midnight Express before assuming
the name Perfect Stranger. In December 1994, they released their debut album,
It's Up to You, which featured the single "Ridin' the Rodeo", written
by Vince Gill and Kostas. Their second single "You Have the Right to Remain
Silent" reached No.4 on the US Country chart. Their last album Shake the
World was released in 2009. Most recently, he has performed with the group Shinebox
and Baby Alligators (sadly died after a long battle
with depression) b. April 29th 1965.
Paul Olefsky (87) American cellist born in Chicago
and widely known as a soloist from the late 1940s on. He
became the principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy
in the 1940s while appearing as a soloist on concert stages worldwide and
was a winner of the prestigious Naumberg Award in 1948. In
1953, as Petty Officer Olefsky, he won the Michaels Memorial Award competition,
a contest based in Chicago, after which he became the principal cellist of the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (?)
January 4th 1926.
Janine "Janie" Thompson
singer born in Malta, Idaho; after graduation she performed with celebrities like
Ike Carpenter and Tony Bennett. One of her first experiences was performing overseas
for the soldiers during World War II in Britain, France, Germany and the Soviet
Union. She went on to become the legendary figure behind internationally renowned
performance groups such as Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors and Living
gave up a flourishing singing career of her own to head BYU's entertainment program
bureau in the early 1950s. She remained with the university for more than 30 years,
retiring in the mid-80s. She maintained a studio at BYU for several years after
she officially retired, and continued writing music for various productions across
the nation, ultimately publishing more than 100 musical works (?)
b. August 21st 1921.
2014: Victor Agnello
(50) American drummer and a founder member
of the thrash metal band Lääz Rockit; born into a military family in
Grand Forks, he lived in many countries until his father, Col. Anthony Agnello,
retired and settled down in Fairfield, CA, where Victor graduated from Fairfield
High School in 1981. He then helped form the heavy metal band Laaz Rockit for
which he toured and recorded with over the next 7 years, including 4 world tours.
They recorded 5 albums and one full length DVD Fire in the Hole which
was shown on the MTV Headbangers Ball. In 1989 he decided to pursue a career
in medicine and studied at University California where he graduated with high
honors in 1993, after which he attended medical school at George Washington University
in Washington D.C. earning his medical degree in 1997. Dr. Agnello was accepted
into the military Internal Medicine Residency program studying at Walter Reed
Army Medical Center graduating in 1998. During his army career he rose to Major
and deployed as Battalion Surgeon for the 2/327th of the 101st Airborne Division
during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq. He was awarded the Meritorious
Service and 2 Army Commendation Medals. Victor retired from the army in 2006 and
moved his family to Lake Norman, North Carolina where he opened his private practice.
In 2009, Victor joined as Laaz Rockit reunited to open for Metallicas Reunion
Tour in Japan (sadly Victor died fighting leukemia) b.
March 31st 1964.
Vladimir Furduj (70) Serbian drummer born in
New York, USA, but the family moved back to Serbia at the end of World War II
in 1945 when he was a baby. After studying
at the Jazz Academy in Bern, Switzerland, Furda joined his first pro band Elipse
in 1963. During 1967, the band appeared in the movies The Naughty Ones, and The
Rats Woke Up. In 1968 he was a founding member of the rock band Korni Grupa, one
of the first Yugoslav rock bands to achieve major mainstream popularity and the
first Yugoslav supergroup. In the spring of 1974, they won first place at the
festival in Opatija with the song "Moja generacija" and represented
Yugoslavia at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton. When the group decided
to switch to electronic programmed backbeat, he left, and pursued a solo career,
bringing out just one album, "Furda", in 1985. He became a session musician
and worked with NASA's most famous singers such as Zdravko Colic, oliver, and
Djordje Balasevic. He was also involved in the music for over 30 films, alongside
some eminent composers, as well as producing a large number of commercial 'jingles'.
Furda had also been a member of the Serbian Association of Jazz Musicians for
50 years. (?) b. 1945.
Kirill Pokrovsky (53) Russian/Belgian composer and performer.
He wrote the soundtracks to the entire Divinity series as well as The LED Wars.
He also produced several solo, non-soundtrack albums. (?)
b. March 25th 1962.
Shone An/An Jun Can (31) Taiwanese singer and actor born in
Tainan; in 2002 he became a member of the Taiwanese vocal quartet boy band Comic
Boyz. They released 3 albums, but disbanded in 2005 after releasing their third
and last album Goodbye Comic Boyz. Shone left the industry, but made a comeback
as a host in a talk show in 2009. He also appeared in many movie, television and
theatre productions such as Case Sensitive in 2011 , Rhapsody of Marriage in 2012
and 2014's Turn Around (sadly Shone died from liver cancer)
b. September 20th 1983.
Jean Ritchie (92) American folk singer, songwriter, and Appalachian
dulcimer player, born in an unincorporated community
in Perry County in the Cumberland Mountains of south eastern Kentucky. During
World War II, she taught in elementary school. After graduating she got a job
as a social worker at the Henry Street Settlement, where she taught music to children.
She joined the New York folksong scene and met Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, and Oscar
Brand. In 1948 she shared the stage with The Weavers, Woody Guthrie, and Betty
Sanders at the Spring Fever Hootenanny and by 1949 was a regular guest on Oscar
Brand's Folksong Festival radio show on WNYC. In 1949 and 1950, she recorded several
hours of songs, stories, and oral history for Lomax in New York City. Elektra
records signed her and released three albums: Jean Ritchie Sings-1952, Songs of
Her Kentucky Mountain Family-1957 and A Time for Singing-1962.
She went on to become known as "The Mother of Folk" and perform at such
venues as Carnegie Hall and at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2002, Jean received a
National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the Nation's highest
honor in the folk and traditional arts. (?)
b. December 8th 1922.
Alan Wise (63) English music mogul born in Manchester. He was a popular
figure in the Manchester music scene in the 1980s and 1990s, promoting and managing
a number of acts, including Nico. Alan was a key figure in the birth of The Haçienda
and Factory Records as well as being a big part in the birth of Joy Division,
New Order and the promoter of the Fall. (sadly died in his
sleep of natural causes) b. 1952/53?
1937: Louis Vierne (66)
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.
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.
André 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 1960 (?)
b. December 1st 1908.
Andres Segovia (94) Spanish
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
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.
Sammy Kaye (77) 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
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.
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
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
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
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 12th 1949
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, ...
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.
Giuseppe Taddei (93) Italian operatic baritone born in Genoa; he
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) American
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.
Walker (68) English comedian, singer, bassist and founding
member of UK's number one comedy band The Grumbleweeds born and bred in Leeds,
Yorkshire. In 1962 at the age of 17 he and his friend Robin Colvill formed The
Grumbleweeds and served their apprenticeship on the UK club and pub circuit and
also stints in Germany. The band's famous line-up came in 1967 with Graham, Robin
and three new members, Maurice Lee, Carl Sutcliffe and Albert Sutcliffe. The group
appeared on television talent shows Opportunity Knocks, and New Faces, which earnt
them a recording contract with Philips. They released a mixture of serious and
comedy singles and albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, although none of these
charted. Also in the 70s they appeared in the BBC TV series The Coal Hole Club,
and in The Wheeltappers And Shunters Social Club in 1975. It was on the radio
that the Grumbleweeds made their biggest breakthrough >>>
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2013: Mandawuy Yunupingu aka Gudjuk (56) Australian
singer and guitarist and went on to become the songwriter and the lead singer
of the Yothu Yindi band, which hail from the Yolngu (Aboriginal) homelands on
the north-east coast of Australia's Northern Territory, a country the Yolngu have
occupied and protected for perhaps 40,000 years or more. The Yolngu members of
the band celebrate their deep spiritual connections with the land, connections
that are kept alive through song and dance and ceremony, public aspects of which
are found within the band's recordings and live performances. On 26 January 1993
Mr Yunupingu was named Australian of the Year for 1992 by the National Australia
Day Council. In April 1998 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Queensland
University of Technology, "in recognition of his significant contribution
to the education of Aboriginal children, and to greater understanding between
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians". He along with Yothu Yindi were
inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in December 2012 (sadly
died from kidney disease) b. September 17th
Mario Bernardi (82) Canadian conductor and pianist
born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario; when he was 6 years old he and his family moved
to Italy, where Mario studied piano, organ, and composition at the Manzato Conservatory
at Treviso and took his examinations at Italy's Venice Conservatory.
graduating in 1945, his family returned to Canada where he finished his studies
at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Mario went on to
conduct 75 different operas and over 450 other works with the National Arts Centre
Orchestra. He then led the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984 until 1992.
From 1983 until 2006 he was the principal conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra.
He also made several dozen recordings for CBC Records
(?) b. August 20th 1930.
MickDeth/Mick Richard Morris (35) American
heavy metal guitarist and bassist born in Salt Lake City; at an early age he adopted
the "straight edge" lifestyle, having grown up in an environment where
drugs were very prominent in his life. He dropped out of high school to pursue
his music career, though he returned to get his diploma, and graduated when he
was 20, in 1998. He went on to become part of the bands Eighteen Visions, Clear,
Die Die My Darling
as well as filling in on bass with Bleeding Through. During his time in Eighteen
Visions, Mick toured the world and recorded five albums with them. He also toured
with Hatebreed as their guitar tech on Ozzfest in 2007
(sadly Mick died from a pre-existing heart condition)
b. March 9th 1978.
Rob Morsberger (53) American rock and roll singer-songwriter
and classically-trained composer;
born in Ohio, raised in Oxford, England and studied composition at the University
of Edinburgh. As a sideman/arranger, his credits include Patti Smith, the Grammy-winning
Boardwalk Empire soundtrack album, My Morning Jacket, Crash Test Dummies, Marshall
Crenshaw, Willie Nile, Jules Shear, Loudon Wainwright III, and more. Between 2006
and 2012, Rob released 6 solo albums the last being A Part of You in 2012. Also
in 2012 he released the album, Midnight Garden, a collaboration with his friend
Brad Roberts of the Crash Test Dummies. He had also been working on a documentary
about living with terminal brain cancer (sadly
died while bravely fighting cancer) b. 1960.
Keir (59) Scottish musician
from Edinburgh, Scotland, he mostly played the acoustic guitar and the penny whistle,
although he was proficient in many other instruments. He studied at Stirling University,
where he founded Finn mac Cuill, a folk/rock band which expanded into The Finn
mac Cuill Folkshow, a small touring theatre group, for which he wrote the scripts.
In the late 1970s he joined 7:84 Theatre Company Scotland as a writer and musician
and soon after joined The McCalmans Folk Group. He later played with Stephen Quigg
in a duo as well as solo. Other collaborations included work on The Complete Works
of Robert Tannahill and appearing regularly with the Holbaek Ensemble in Denmark
in a programme of Scots and Baroque Music.
(sadly died while battleing cancer)
b. March 15th 1953
Maciej Lukaszczyk (80) Polish pianist, in particular
as interpreter of Chopin; born in Warsaw, he studied at the Academy of Music,
which was followed by many concerts and competition successes. He also performed
many concerts dueting with his twin brother Jacek. In 1970 Maciej
founded the Chopin Society in the Federal
Republic of Germany eV, Darmstadt, of
which he was president until 2014 and in
1991 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st class and the 1999 Order of
Merit of the Republic of Poland (?)
b. March 11th 1934
2014: Weldon Myrick (76)
American steel guitar player, born in Texas, he was playing
the steel before he was ten years old. He moved to Nashville in 1963 and started
working with Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson. In 1964 he played on
Connie Smith's her first chart-topping Once
A Day, the first of many of her hits that his steel work can be heard. Weldon
played on records by iconic singers such
as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Willie
Nelson. His work was a vital part of classic hits such as Jerry Jeff Walkers
Mr. Bojangles, George Straits Lets Fall To Pieces
Together, and Alan Jacksons Chattahoochee (sadly
died from a stroke) b. April
Riley (28) American singer and contestant
in the most recent US The Voice series 8, from which he mysteriously and abruptly
left before the Knockout Rounds, which aired this past March, with no explanation
other than personal reasons. It was later revealed that hed
actually dropped out of The Voice to enter a two-week rehab program for substance
abuse. Before joining the show, Anthony was a popular street performer in his
native Philadelphia. (tragically commited suicide
by hanging) b. January 21st 1987.
Freddie Wadling (64) Swedish
singer-songwriter, actor and opera writer born in Gothenburg, whose over 30-year
musical career extended from punk to classical ballads.
He played bass in a number of bands during the 1970s and early 1980s. One notable
band was Liket Lever/The Corpse Lives. In the early 1980s, he joined the cult
band Cortex releasing the album 'Spinal Injuries' in 1981. He also played in Straitjacket
and Leather Nun, before becoming vocalist for Swedish alternative pop/rock duo
Blue for Two along with Henryk Lipp on synthesizers. By the end of the 90s Freddie
had established successful solo career and released 10 albums, the last 'Efter
Regnet' in 2016 readh No.7 in the Swedish charts (?)
b. August 2nd 1951.
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
greatest composer of light music, a
self-taught musician who established a musical dynasty in Vienna. The son
of the famous Waltz King, he became the leading composer of late 19th-century
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
he wrote, produced, and directed; it starred Ricky Nelson and Ricky's wife Kristin.
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.
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) b. October
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 4th 1912.
1998: Poul Bundgaard (75)
Danish actor, singer; Poul is probably best known
for his role as the henpecked Kjeld in the Olsen Banden films. In
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 14th 1930.
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) American
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) b. February
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 (sadly
died of a heart attack) b.
August 2nd 1951.
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
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. Influenced
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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in his sleep) b. March 26th 1918.
2013: Piano C. Red/Cecil Fain (79) American
Chicago blues piano player; he was brought up in Atlanta and began his professional
career there at the age of 16, before relocating to Chicago when he was 19. In
Chicago he performed with the likes of Muddy Waters, B.B King, Fats Domino and
Buddy Guy and
also released a his own CD "Cab Driving Man" in
1999, before being paralyzed in 2006.
Cecil was shot during a robbery
and sadly his health had been deteriorating ever since (?)
Levoir (31) Canadian singer-guitarist and member
of The Mark Inside, a four-piece rock band from Whitby, Ontario, that is currently
based out of Toronto. The Mark Inside was formed in early 2000 and has toured
extensively across Canada and England. The band has shared the stage with The
Hold Steady, C'mon, Velvet Revolver, Thrush Hermit, Elevator, Anagram, Magneta
Lane, and The Diableros (?)
Elodie Lauten (63) French-born American composer,
described as postminimalist or a microtonalist, born in Paris. Her father was
a jazz musician who played with Django Reinhardt, her mother was a classical pianist
and Elodie was classically trained as a pianist since the age of 7. She contributed
to the early punk-rock scéne in Paris in 1975 and 1976. After relocating
to New York City, she received a Master's in composition from New York University
where she studied Western composition and Indian classical music and became an
American citizen in 1984. Here works included chamber music, orchestral, dance,
operas and cycles. She was the 2014 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary
Arts' Robert Rauschenberg Award (?)
b. October 20th 1950.
Virginia Luque/Violeta Mabel Domínguez (86) Argentine
tango singer and actress;
born in Buenos Aires, she made nearly 20 appearances in tango films of Argentina
between 1943 and 1976. She began her career in film in 1943 in La guerra la gano
yo, later appearing in Arriba el Telón o el Patio de la Morocha in 1951.
She starred alongside Arturo de Córdova in La Balandra Isabel llegó
esta tarde, a 1949 Venezuelan/Argentine film directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen,
which entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. (Virginia
died from natural causes) b. October 4th 1927
2014: Svyatoslav Igorevich Belza (72) Soviet/Russian
born in Chelyabinsk, he has a literary
and musical scholar, critic and essayist and from the late 1980s onwards, a prominent
TV official, then author and presenter of programs and projects aimed at popularizing
classical music, theatre and ballet such as Masterpieces of the World Music Theatre,
The Romantics of Romance, The Big Opera, The Big Ballet. he has also been designated
the People's Artist of Russia, he was an honorable member of the Russian Academy
(?) b. April 26th 1942.
Ralph Pruitt (74) American
R&B singer and a founder member The Fantastic Four, a Detroit based soul group
formed in 1965. Their first single "The Whole World Is a Stage" peaked
at No.6 on the US Billboard R&B chart in 1967. Their next release, "You
Gave Me Something (And Everything's Alright)" reached No.12 that same year.
They had another Top 20 R&B hit with "I Love You Madly" in 1968.
They enjoyed renewed appeal during the disco era, with some singles on Westbound
that were moderately successful, among them "Alvin Stone (The Birth &
Death of a Gangster)", "I Got to Have Your Love" and "B.Y.O.F.
(Bring Your Own Funk)" in 1979. More recently Ralph performed as part of
The New Fantastic Four, playing sporadically nearly until
the time of his death. (Ralph
died from natural causes) b. May
James Alan Shelton (53) American bluegrass guitarist,
born in Kingsport, Tennessee and raised in Gate City, Virginia. When he was 12
years old he saw Ralph Stanley perform and was inspired to learn the guitar and
banjo and he went on to play with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
His guitar playing was unique, mixing aspects of George Shuffler's crosspicking
style, Doc Watson's flatpicking and a blues finger-style of picking. He later
played dobro and guitar with the Flint Hill band. (sadly he died while bravely
fighting cancer) b. November 3rd 1960.
David Cyril Eric Swarbrick aka Swarb (75) English folk violin player,
viola, mandolin, guitarist and singer-songwriter, described as 'the most influential
British fiddle player bar none' and his style has been copied or developed by
almost every British, and many world folk violin players who have followed him.
Born in London, he moved to North Yorkshire when only three months old, then to
Birmingham, where he attended Birmingham College of Art. At the age of six he
learnt the rudiments of the fiddle and went on to became a much sought-after session
musician, which has led him throughout his long career to work with many of the
major figures in folk and folk rock music >>>
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long brave struggle with emphysema)
b. April 5th 1941.
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)
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 non-Hodgkin lymphomas) b.
May 14th 1994.
Johnny "Hammond" Smith (53)
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
Ronnie Lane (53) English
singer, songwriter, 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.
John Hartford (63) American
folk singer, guitar, fiddle, and banjo player, songwriter and double Emmy Award
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 Theatre.
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
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 greatly
contributed to the diffusion
of Angolan music abroad (sadly lost to cancer) b.
November 30th 1933.
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
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; born
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 1980s.
(sadly pneumonia) b. April
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. E.S.T. toured
intensively in Russia and abroad
- Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland and USA, performing along side world rockers
including Sepultura, Faith no More, Nazareth,
Heep, Motorhead, among
others. 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.
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 society. Her
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 (sadly
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.
1997, he has been involved with his son in a joint project with the rock group
his 75th birthday, Eduard
was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 4th Class in 2009 by Russia
and in 2010 he 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
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
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 recruited
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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from complications of several ailments, including heart disease, at a hospice
in Boston) b. August 7th 1928.
2013: Joey Covington/Joseph Edward Michno (67)
American drummer, singer-songwriter and producer born in East Conemaugh, Pennsylvania.
A self-taught drummer since the age of 10, Joey helped form Blues-rock group Hot
Tuna in 1969, along with Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen,
while Grace Slick was undergoing and recovering from throat node surgery. Hot
Tuna played acoustic and electric versions of original and traditional blues songs.
Joey then joined Jack and Jorma at the Airplane in 1970 and featured on three
studio albums, the first being Volunteers. >>>
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killed when he crashed his car into a retaining wall at a curve in the road in
his hometown of Palm Springs, Calif; he was not wearing a seat belt)
b. June 27th 1945.
Neeson/Bernard Patrick Neeson OAM (67) Australian
rock singer and bassist born in Belfast but,
in 1960, when he was 13 years old he emergrated
to Adelaide, Australia with his family. After a stint in the Australian Army,
up in Papua New Guinea in
the late sixties, he studied film and drama
at Flinders University. In 1971 Bernard joined Rick and John Brewsters The
Moonshine Jug and String Band, and their EP Keep You On The Move makes the SA
top 5. In 1974 they changed their name to The Keystone Angels, before simplifying
it to just, The Angels. The
band had 37 chart hits including "Take a Long Line", "No Secrets",
"Into the Heat", "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "Am
I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" and "Dogs Are Talking", and were
inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 1998.
In 1999 Doc initiated The Tour of Duty: Concert
for the Troops held for the InterFET Troops in East Timor which took place in
December 1999, but a few weeks later on New Years Eve at their MGM Grand Darwin
Doc announced his hiatus from the band following a car accident that left him
with bad neck and spinal injuries.
In February 2001, Doc performed at the Tour of Duty Encore! concert at the Australian
War Memorial in Canberra. In the same year the ABC featured Doc Neeson and The
Angels in the music TV series Long Way To The Top which was an insight to 50 years
of Australian rock 'n' roll, after which he formed the band Doc Neeson's Angels
also performed a number of Angels songs and duets with John Farnham, Kylie Minogue
and The Living End. Then in 2008, Doc reunited
with the original Angels band to tour nationally and he
and his songwriting partners in The Angels, the Brewster Brothers, were inducted
into The Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. (Sadly
Doc died fighting a brain tumour) b. January 4th
Albert West/Albertus Petrus Enricus Gerardus Westelaken (65)
Dutch pop singer and record producer born in 's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant.
He was the lead singer of the The Shuffles from 1963 to 1973 after which he went
into record production (?) b. September 2nd 1949.
1990: Jim Hodder
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. Jim
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.
Conway Twitty (59) US country singer,
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 restaurant. Between
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
Dee struggled with drug addiction since his teens, sadly he died from a heroin
September 18th 1951.
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
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
Pokrovsky (97) Russian
operatic 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
January 23rd 1912.
2009: 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.
Arne Nordheim (78) Norwegian contemporary
classical composer, born in Larvik. He was educated at Oslo's
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.
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
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 Antwoord
died from progeria-related heart failure)
b. June 4th 1985.
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 independence.
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 of cancer)
b. February 28th 1950.
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 Dankworth,
Ruthie Henshall, Howard Keel, George Hamilton IV, Atomic
Kitten, Joe 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 orchestras (?)
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
2013: Franz Kelch
(97) German bass-baritone lied
and oratorio singer. His discography includes works of Johann Sebastian Bach,
Dieterich Buxtehude, George Frideric Handel and Claudio Monteverdi.In addition
to his extensive concert activities as a lieder and oratorio singer in Germany
and Western Europe, Franz taught from 1953-1978 at the Leopold-Mozart-Konservatorium
Augsburg, now the Leopold Mozart Center. Numerous well-known opera and concert
singer emerged from his 25 years of voice teaching (?)
b. November 1st 1915.
2013: Don Bowman (75)
American comedian, country singer-songwriter and radio host; He recorded for RCA
Victor between 1964-1970, charting in the Top 40 with "Chit Atkins, Make
Me a Star". His
song "Wildwood Weed" later became a hit for Jim Stafford, peaking at
No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August '74. In 1966, he won Favorite Country
Comedy Recording of the Year award from Billboard and in 1967 he was named Comedian
of the Year by the Country Music Association. Don worked at several radio stations,
including KRZK in Branson, Missouri. He
was also the original host of the radio show American Country Countdown. He hosted
the show from its inception, October 6th 1973 to April 1978. He released his last
of 11 albums, On the Road Too Long, in 1981
b. August 26th 1937.
Cornelius "Nini" Harp (73) American
lead singer of
the brilliant harmonizing doo-wop vocal group
the Marcels, formed
in 1959 at Oliver Allegheny
High School in Pittsburgh, unique in its day,
as three members Nini,
Ronald Mundy, Fred Johnson were
African-Americans and both
Gene Bricker and Richard Knauss
The group was named after a popular hair style of the day, the marcel wave, by
Fred's younger sister Priscilla Johnson. In 1961, they recorded an unforgettable
rendition of Blue Moon, which sold over a million copies and was awarded a gold
disc. It went to No.1 in the UK Singles Chart and U.S. Billboard Hot 100, as well
as charting in many other parts of the world and is featured in The Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Other hits included "Melancholy
Baby" and "Heartaches". Nini
left in 1962 and retuned in 1975 when he made recordings again with the group.
He also reunited with original members Mundy and Knauss for PBS original
Doo Wop 50 special in 1999. Nini along with The Marcels was inducted into the
Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002 (died of natural causes)
b. September 14th 1939.
sources give Cornelius
death on June 4th & some on June 6th)
2014: Bob Abrahamian (35) American
soul music DJ and record collector, born in Chicago. In addition to hosting a
long-running radio show, "Sitting in the Park" on WHPK, he built a personal
collection of tens of thousands of significant soul music records, with a focus
on the Chicago vocal style known as "sweet soul". He conducted recorded
interviews with dozens of musicians, many of whom had fallen into obscurity. He
contributed liner notes to archival soul reissues. His 2009 interview with Larry
Blasingaine resulted in the discovery of the Jackson 5's previously unknown first
recording session at Chicago's One-derful Records. (sadly Bob commited suicide)
b. September 25th 1978.
2015: Nick Marsh (53) British
singer, guitarist and founding member of
the rock band Flesh for Lulu
formed in Brixton, London, in 1982. In 1985, the band signed to Hybrid Records
and released a mini LP, Blue Sisters Swing. In 1987 the band signed to Beggars
Banquet Records, and their song "I Go Crazy" was featured in Some Kind
of Wonderful and led to aa US tour. Other hits included "Decline and Fall",
"Postcards from Paradise" and "Time and Space"; they disbanded
in 1992. In 1996 Nick and Rocco formed a new band they called Gigantic, and released
just one album 'Disenchanted' after which in 1998 Nick went solo and joined the
rock band The Urban Voodoo Machine. In 2013, Nick reformed Flesh for Lulu and
re-released the album
'Disenchanted' under the new
band's name (sadly died fighting cancer) b.
classical soprano, born in Clarksburg, W.Va., who stared in some of the world's
leading opera houses and taught her master classes at Tanglewood for 51 years
before debility forced her to retire in 2015. The classes attracted students from
around the world and graduated two new generations of opera and singers and recitalists.
Audiences knew the glamorous young singer best in such operatic roles as Verdi's
Violetta and Strauss' Salome, but she was proudest of her role as a pioneering
recitalist, championing American music, contemporary music and music to texts
in English at a time when such things were not the custom. In 1976, President
Gerald Ford invited her to sing for a White House dinner honoring West German
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Phyllis retired from the stage in 1984 after a four-decade
career as an internationally touring artist. By then, she had already begun a
two-decade second career in academic deanships, first at Yale and then at Boston
University, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center. (?)
sources give June 4th 2016 as the date of Phyllis
Robert Allen "Bobby" Curtola (73) Canadian
rock and roll singer and teen idol, born in Port Arthur, Ontario. He had several
songs on the Canadian music charts including "Hand In Hand With You",
backed by The Martels, "Indian Giver", "Hand in Hand with You"
and his biggest chart topper, "Fortune Teller" in 1962, which was also
successful internationally. In 1966 Bobby won a RPM Gold Leaf Award for becoming
the first Canadian to have an album go gold. In the early 1970s, he hosted a CTV
musical series entitled, Shake, Rock and Roll and went on to a successful singing
career at Las Vegas, Nevada and performed at various clubs there until his death.
1998, in recognition of his long service to the Canadian music industry as well
as his humanitarian work around the world, he was made a member of the Order of
Canada. His pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame and in 2011, Bobby received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in
(?) b. April 17th 1943.
Lillian Russell/Helen Louise Leonard (60) American
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.
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 lecturer
(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
American 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.
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
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
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
was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986
died of liver cancer) b. February 2nd 1927.
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. Robbin
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
overdose) b. 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 2nd 1946.
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.
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
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
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" >>>READ
died from complications with diabetes) b.
August 18th 1953.
2011: Nils-Bertil Dahlander
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.
Tillmann Uhrmacher (44) German singer,
DJ, music producer and radio host; his first musical success was as a member of
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
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.
2013: Bert Wilson (73)
American jazz saxophonist and sideman born in Evansville, IN; he was tragically
stricken with polio at the age of 4, and spent much of his life in a wheelchair.
Much of his childhood years were spent in a hospital school in Chicago. But that
was where he got turned on to jazz, hearing Charlie Parker, and by the age of
12 he was playing the clarinet and he learned the saxophone a year later. For
work he moved to New York in 1965, before moving to Berkeley, CA, in the early
1970s, then back to New York and by the end of the decade,
1979, he had moved to Olympia where he stayed
for the rest of his life (sadly died from a heart
attack) b. October 15th 1939.
Lee Hyla (61) American classical composer born in Niagara Falls,
New York and studied composition at the New England Conservatory and SUNY Stony
Brook. He composed for the Kronos Quartet and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well
as other ensembles, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center and Speculum Musicae. He received commissions from the
Koussevitzky, Fromm, Barlow and Naumberg foundations, the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable
Trust, Concert Artists Guild, Chamber Music America and the Meet the Composer/Readers
Digest Consortium. Lee received the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts
fellowships, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and
Letters, the St. Botolph Club Award, and the Rome Prize
(?) b. August 31st 1952.
JayAre/Cahron Childs (25) American
rapper and a founding member of
the hip hop group Cali Swag District which
was formed in Inglewood, California, in 2010. After signing with Capitol Records,
Cali Swag District began to record their debut album, The Kickback and released
their debut single, their first hit, "Teach Me How to Dougie". The songs
success led the "Dougie" to become one of the most popular dances of
2010. The song's follow-up, "Where You Are", which samples Michael Jackson's
1972 hit, "I Wanna Be Where You Are". Tragically in May 2011, fellow
22 year-old M-Bone, was shot to death in
a drive-by shooting (JayAre
was battleing sickle cell anemia and was admitted to hospital, sadly while there
he fell into cardiac arrest and died) b. June
Jorge Galemire (64) Uruguayan guitarist, arranger, composer
and vocalist and member of Welsh-Uruguayan band Trelew which present Celtic songs
fused with rhythms and sounds of the Rio de la Plata. In 1975 he participated
for a short time in the group Canciones para no dormir la siesta. and in 1977
he co-founded Los que iban cantando, one of the most important groups in Uruguayan
popular music during the military dictatorship.
Jorge is recognized as one of the earliest creators and exponents of candombe
beat and in 2008 he was honored with a Graffiti (Uruguayan equivalent of the Grammys)
for his lifetime's work. (?)
b. March 11th 1951.
Ronnie Gilbert/Ruth Alice Gilbert (88) American
folk singer, songwriter, actress and political activist, born in Brooklyn, New
York City and the family moved to Washington, DC during World War II. This is
where she met folklorist Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie and other folk singers.
She performed in the early 1940s with the Priority Ramblers before founding the
Weavers with Pete Seeger. They were briefly one of the most
popular groups in America, but were denied the opportunity to reap the benefits
of their fame when they were targeted by Senator Joseph McCarthys investigations
of suspected Communists and found themselves blacklisted. In the 60s she concentrated
on theatre, in 1968 appearing on Broadway in The Man in the Glass Booth. After
a one-off reunion with the Weavers at Carnegie Hall in 1980 Ronnie was coaxed
back to folk music in 1983 by the singer Holly Near, who took her on tour as a
duo and with Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie; they all released an album together
in 1985, HARP: A Time To Sing. Intermittent reunions of the Weavers culminated
in a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2006. She celebrated her 70th birthday
on tour with Holly Near; and was still touring well into her eighties. (?)
b. September 7th 1926.
Rolf Schweizer (80) German composer, choirmaster
and church music director, born in Mundingen and studied Protestant church music
at the Evangelische Kirchenmusikalischen Institut in Heidelburg. From 1956 to
1966 he was choirmaster of St John's in Mannheim and in 1966 he became district
choirmaster of Pforzheim, a position he retained until his retirement. In 1969
he was promoted to church music director and in 1975 he became state choirmaster
for Mittelbaden. He composed religious music for songs, brass bands and especially
for children's choirs as well as large choir, orchestra and organ pieces. He belonged
to the contemporary worship music movement and was heavily influenced by 1960s
pop music, especially jazz. (?)
b. March 14th 1936.
Meade "Lux" Lewis
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) b.
September 4th 1905.
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" tag, Bobby
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) b. January
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
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.
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
Carl Dengler (91) American bandleader,
percussionist, member of The Buster Brown Boys (?)
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 (leukaemia)
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. TV
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)
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
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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.
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. December
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. He
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
(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
Lil Phat/Melvin Vernell III (19) American rap
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
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 (shot
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".
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. July 31st 1945......(some
sources give, incorrectly I think, Aug 31st 1945)
Jetti Veera Raghavulu (82) Indian music director
and playback singer, born in Ramachandrapuram; he left home and made his way to
for long time he worked under Ghantasala
Venkateswara Rao. Jetti was there with him
from early morning to late at night learning the nuances of playback singing and
composing music. Ghantasala used to look after him as his son. He sang "Baito
Baito Pellikodaka" in the
1959 film Pelli Sandadi for Chalam.
Jetti became a music director after the sudden death of Ghantasala
and made his screen debut with Drohi in 1970, a film by
Over his long career, he scored music to about 175 films and he composed thousands
of songs which include Janani Janmabhoomischa, Veena Naadi Teega Needi Teegachatu
Raagamundi, Tarangini O Tarangini, Ee Jeevana Tarangalalo and many others
(sadly died after a short illness)
2014: Alan Douglas/Alan
Douglas Rubenstein (80)
American record producer, best known for his posthumous
releases of Jimi Hendrix recordings, who he befriended at the Woodstock festival
in 1969, shortly before Hendrix died. Born in Chelsea, MA, Alan attended the University
of Miami, serving his apprenticeship in the music industry with the mob-affiliated
Roulette Records in New York and then with Barclay Records in Paris. In 1962,
he took charge of United Artists Records' jazz division. Over his long career
he worked with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, Lenny Bruce, Bill
Evans, The Last Poets, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Oliver Nelson, Ken McIntyre,
King Pleasure, Herbie Mann, Betty Carter and so many others. (died
at his home in Paris, France) b. July 20th 1931
Amber Gurung (78) composer, singer and lyricist of Nepali music, born
in Darjeeling and studied at Turnbull School. He worked as the Music Chief of
Folk Entertainment Unit, Government of West Bengal, Darjeeling from 1962 to 1965,
but was barred from singing or recording songs outside the unit, so moved and
settled in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1969. Highly awarded over his career, Amber composed
and recorded more than 1000 songs but noted as the music composer of Nepal's national
anthem Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka. (?)
b. February 26th 1938.
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 his
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)
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.
Alton Delmore (55) American country music pioneer,
and with his brother Rabon, a founding member of The Delmore Brothers, who were
stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s. Born into poverty in Elkmont, Alabama,
he wrote his first song
"Bound for the Shore" at
16 years old. The Brothers did their first recording session for Columbia in 1931,
recording "I've Got the Kansas City Blues" and "Alabama Lullaby,"
which became their theme song. In the 30s they had become the most popular act
at the Grand Ole Oprey and in 1941, their song "When It's Time for the Whippoorwill
to Sing" made the Billboard "Hillbilly" top three. Their "Freight
Train Boogie" recorded in 1946 is regarded by some as the first rock and
roll record. Their best-known song, "Blues Stay Away From Me" was covered
by Gene Vincent and many others. Over the course of their careers, the Delmores
wrote more than one thousand songs. Some of the most popular were "Brown's
Ferry Blues," "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" and "Fifteen
Miles from Birmingham". They were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of
Fame in 1989 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Their pioneering contribution
to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. After Rabon's
death in 1952, Alton suffered a heart attack and sadly lost his daughter and his
then began to teach guitar, he wrote
a series of short stories and his autobiography, "Truth is Stranger than
Publicity" (?) b.
Brian "Tubby" Hayes (38)
jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophone playing; in 1951,
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 22nd 1900.
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 highly in-demand,
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 window)
Root Boy Slim/Foster MacKenzie 111 (48)
American singer-songwriter; he attended Yale University, where he formed a band
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
They released 6 albums the last being Root 6 in 1990 (died in his sleep at his
home in Orlando) b. July 9th 1945.
Abe Lincoln (93)
Jazz trombonist; in
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
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 Matlock (died
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 bandleader.
After 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.
Crispian St. Peters/Robin Peter Smith (71) British
pop singer, best known for his 1966 hit, "The Pied Piper". Born in Swanley,
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)
b. April 5th 1939.
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.
died fighting lung cancer)
b. February 11th 1943.
Chucho Perales (78)
Chicano rock guitarist and rock n roll pioneer, born in San Antonio, TX. He got
his first guitar, a Gene Autry, when he was 8 and by 10, he'd mastered complex
chords on his prized Regal 12-string guitar and was singing on the radio. By 14,
he was playing bajo sexto with conjunto legend Valerio Longoria. Chucho
was a founding member of one of the earliest Chicano rock 'n' roll bands, Mando
& the Chili Peppers, a band that mixed elements of rock 'n' roll, conjunto,
polkas and swamp pop and they shared stages with
Duane Eddy, the
Ritchie Valens, Johnny
many others. They were the first Chicano band to cross over to the English-language
market and also the first Chicano band to play American Bandstand.
The Chili Peppers toured the country, played Las Vegas and influenced the likes
of Kris Kristofferson, Freddy Fender, Joe Ely and Joe King Carrasco.
Thier album, On the Road with Rock N Roll, recorded in 1958, is now
a collectors item.
(?) b. December 25th 1935.
2014: Ivo Vinco (86)
Italian opera singer, born in Verona;
studied at the Liceo Musicale in Verona, then at the opera school of the Teatro
alla Scala in Milan. He was very soon singing all over Italy and his international
career took him to Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Moscow, Paris, Monte Carlo,
Barcelona, Lisbon, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Ivo made his debut at the Metropolitan
Opera in New York in 1969 (?) b. November 8th 1927.
Archie Alleyne (82) Canadian
jazz drummer, a self-taught Toronto-born musician who had exceptionally deep roots
as a jazzman, having played and recorded with such legends as Billie Holiday,
Ben Webster and Teddy Wilson. In recent years, Alleyne was known and respected
for nurturing younger musicians in his hard-bop group Kollage, and for advocating
for young black musicians. He also established a scholarship fund in his to support
young toronto musical talents.
(sadly died while fighting cancer) b.
January 7th 1933.
Vladislav Yankovsky (64) Russian
conductor and postgraduate Leningrad State Conservatory. He worked as a soloist,
concertmaster of clarinets Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic
Society. In addition to working in the orchestra he also taught at the Novosibirsk
State Conservatory. Since 1996 he was chief conductor of the Novosibirsk Youth
Symphony Orchestra Foundation "Young talents of Siberia". Vladislav
was awarded the title "Honored Artist of Russia". (?)
b. 1952 ??
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.
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 (?)
b. December 18th 1922.
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
May 9th 1914.
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
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
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
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,
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 of Threepenny.
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.
Bruno Bartoletti (86) Italian operatic conductor, particularly associated
with the Italian repertory and contemporary works. Born in Sesto Fiorentino, he
studied at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, and made his debut in that
city conducting Rigoletto in 1953. After conducting throughout Italy, he would
become in turn artistic director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino from 195764
and the Rome Opera from 196573. He was conductor at the Copenhagen Opera
from 195760 and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1956, becoming its artistic
director in 1964. He was invited to
the Glyndebourne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival,
also appearing at the Royal Opera House in London, the Paris Opera, the Teatro
Colón in Buenos Aires (?)
b. June 10th 1926.
2013: Murray McNabb (66)
New Zealand jazz keyboardist and composer, who has been at the forefront of jazz
for over 4 decades. He
is described as a "master of the cinematic soundscape" and scored for
television and film, including the music for the gritty movie Once Were Warriors
and he was a member of seminal jazz-fusion groups Dr. Tree, Space Case, Modern
Times and Band R, and member of Once Were Warriors since 1994
2013: Darondo/William Daron Pulliam (67) American
funk and soul singer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has received more attention
in recent years thanks to London DJ Gilles Peterson playing his 1973 single, "Didn't
I" on his BBC Radio 1 program. In
2007, "Didn't I" was covered by Jack Peñate on his Spit At Stars
EP and in 2008, featured on an episode (season 1, episode 4) of Breaking Bad.
"Didn't I" was also featured in the 2010 film Saint John of Las Vegas.
In 2009, his song "Legs" was featured in season 1, episode 8 of the
American version of Life on Mars. In 2010, "Didn't I" was featured in
the films Night Catches Us and Jack Goes Boating. It also appeared in the New
Element video, Future Nature
(sadly Darondo died from heart failure) b.
October 5th 1946
Gerd Zacher (84) German
composer, organist and author, born in Meppen. He specialized in contemporary
compositions, many of which feature extended techniques, and are written in graphic
or verbal scores. He interpreted the scores of numerous contemporary composers,
including John Cage, Juan Allende-Blin, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, Hans
Otte, and Isang Yun. He is also known for interpreting the works of Johann Sebastian
Bach (?) b.
July 6th 1929.
Rainer Riehn (73) German composer, conductor
and co-editor of music theory magazines. Born
in Danzig and studied music theory in Mainz, Zürich, and Berlin and composition
November 12th 1941.
2015: James Last/Hans Last (86)
German composer and big band leader born in Bremen. He learned
to play piano as child, and bass as a teenager. He joined Hans-Gunther Oesterreich's
Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra in 1946, when he was 17 years old. In 1948, he became
the leader of the Becker-Last Ensemble, which performed for seven years. During
that time, he was voted as the best bassist in Germany for 3 consecutive years,
from 1950-1952. After the disbandment of the Becker-Last Ensemble, he became the
in-house arranger for Polydor Records, as well as for a number of European radio
stations. For the next decade, he helped arrange hits for artists like Helmut
Zacharias and Caterina Valente.
In 1965 James released his first album, Non-Stop Dancing, which helped make him
a major European star. Over the next two decades, he released over 50 records,
including several more volumes of Non-Stop Dancing. Though his concerts and albums
were consistently successful especially in the UK, where he had 52 hit albums
between 1967-1986, which made him second to Elvis Presley in terms of number of
charting records, he only had one hit single with "The Seduction," the
theme from American Gigolo in 1980. James undertook his final tour months before
his death at age 86, upon discovering in September 2014 that an illness had worsened.
His final UK performance was his 90th at London's Royal Albert Hall, more than
any other performer except Eric Clapton (?)
April 17th 1929.
2015: Randy Howard (65) American
country singer; born in Macon, GA, he was part of the vanguard of the Outlaw Country
movement that spawned Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and more.
He made his name on Bobby Lord's television series, after which he had his own
TV show. His released his debut album, 'Now and Then', in 1976, and would go on
All American Redneck in
1983, and a self-titled album for Atlantic in 1988, as well as other recording
projects. His profanely humorous song All American Redneck was an
underground hit that became the song most associated with Randy, who shared the
stage with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr.
and many more during his long career. (Tragically
Randy was killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter at his home in Tennessee.
was facing charges possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a gun while
intoxicated and driving on a revoked license)
b. May 9th 1950.
Pumpkinhead/Robert Alan Diaz (39) American rapper
and hip hop artist. He grew up in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, New York and
began writing rap lyrics during his 6th grade language arts classes. He had started
off as a member of Brooklyn Academy and OBS/Original Blunted Soldiers and had
signed on with NYC based Makin Records.His breakthrough single was 1997's
"Dynamic", became a staple of mixtapes in the late 1990s. The World
Famous Beat Junkies featured the remixfeaturing guest appearances by Poka
Face, Meat Pie, Ocean, What? What?, CES, DCQ and The Bad Seedon their second
mix CD, The World Famous Beat Junkies, Vol. 2 in 1998. In 2001 he released the
solo album The Old Testament, which was followed by 4 more solo albums the last
being 18th Letter/Marked Out, which has yet to be released (reports
said he had been admitted to a New Jersey hospital earlier this week for minor
surgery, but a cause of death has as yet not been given) b.
September 17th 1975.
J. Reilly Lewis (71) American organist, choral
conductor and Baroque music specialist, born in Washington, D.C., and received
his bachelor's degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and his master's
and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. He had been the organist and choirmaster
at Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia since 1971, where
he led the adult choir, as well as choral and instrumental youth music programs.
His performing and conducting career included appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra,
the New York Philharmonic, the Handel Festival, Halle, the Bachfest Leipzig, the
Aspen Music Festival, the Cologne New Music Festival and the Mozart Festival in
New York and Washington. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Washingtonian
Award from the University Club of Washington, DC in honor of its centennial and
in 2010, he was inducted in Washington, D.C. as a National Patron of Delta Omicron,
an international, professional music fraternity.
(sadly died from a massive heart attack) b. 1944.
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.
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", and
he formed a jazz band named "Big Four". He went on to work closely
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 "Kaerokana"
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 of Quincy
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
Alan Blakley (54)
UK drummer, rhythm guitarist,
keyboardist and founding member of the Tremeloes
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
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 did "Even
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 ..
Graeme Kelling (47) Scottish
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
cancer) b. April
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 and died
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,
and 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 include John
Lennon, Rod 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
Swampers 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, Etta
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 singles such
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"
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. He
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,
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.
Habib Mohebian (63) Iranian singer, born in Tehran.
He entered a nationwide competition held by the Iranian Radio and Television Broadcasting
and was chosen as one of the 16 short listed candidates. After two years of training,
he was drafted and continued his music career in the Officers Clubs and nationwide
performances. Habib then settled in the provinces of Western and Eastern Azerbaijan
and eventually Tehran. Later he moved to the United States but returned home to
Iran in 2009. His many hit songs included Marde Tanhaye Shab, Shahla,
and Madar. (sadly Habib died from a heart attack)
b. September 26th 1952.
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. The
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.
Johnny Smith (90) American
jazz guitarist and songwriter, born in Birmingham, Alabama, before his family
moved to Portland, Maine. He taught himself to play guitar in pawnshops, which
let him play in exchange for keeping the guitars in tune. At thirteen years of
age he was teaching others to play the guitar. An extremely diverse musician,
he was equally at home playing in the famous Birdland jazz club or sight reading
scores in the orchestral pit of the New York Philharmonic. From Schoenberg to
Gershwin to originals, he was one of the most versatile guitarists of the 1950s.
His most famous musical composition is the tune "Walk Don't Run", written
for a 1954 recording session as counter-melody to the chord changes of "Softly,
As in the Morning Sunrise" (died from natural
causes) b. June 25th
Jim Ed Brown (81) American
country singer born in Sparkman, Arkansas. He achieved fame in the 1950s with
his two sisters as a member of The Browns. In 1959, they scored their biggest
hit when their folk-pop single "The Three Bells" reached No.1 on the
Billboard Hot 100 pop and country charts. He later had a successful solo career
from 1965 to 1974, followed by a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius
through 1981 including their No.1 hit, "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You".
Other hits for the duo included "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying
Goodbye", "Born Believer", "I'll Never Be Free", "If
the World Ran Out of Love Tonight", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers",
"Lying In Love With You", "Fools", "Morning Comes Too
Early" and "Don't Bother to Knock". Jim was also the host of the
Country Music Greats Radio Show, a syndicated country music program from Nashville.
(sadly Jim died of lung cancer) b.
April 1st 1934.
Ornette Coleman (85) American avant-garde and
free jazz saxophonist
and composer, but he also
played violin and trumpeter. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz
movement of the 1960s, a term he invented with the name of an album. Born in 1930
in Fort Worth, Texas, he attended I.M. Terrell High School, where he was a member
of the school band and formed his own band the Jam Jivers. In 1949 he started
working with Silas Green from New Orleans traveling show, then joined the band
of Pee Wee Crayton and travelled with them to Los Angeles, where in 1951 he got
together with Ed Blackwell and worked with the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Billy
Higgins, Walter Norris, Paul Bley, Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry.
His 1961 album Free Jazz with its famous, and symbolic, Jackson Pollock
painting on the cover was an unbroken collective improvisation for two
quartets playing simultaneously, and it was to be a formative influence on younger
free-improvisers all over the world in the 1960s and early 70s. Original
Ornette anthems, including
Lonely Woman, Peace, Focus on Sanity and Congeniality, have now become jazz standards,
reinterpreted all over the world. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1994
and his album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.
(Ornette sadly died of a cardiac
arrest) b. March 9th 1930.
Christina Grimmie (22)
American singer-songwriter born in Marlton, New Jersey,
where she attended Baptist Regional Elementary School and Cherokee High School..
In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me and in 2013 released a studio
album With Love. In 2014, she took part in season 6 of TV talent contest, The
Voice, and finished in third place. She released a second EP, 'Side A' in 2016.
Over her very short career, she was honored with 4 awards and had been nominated
for seven other awards (tragically Christina was
shot three times by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl while she signed autographs
following her performance with Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida.
Loibl then fatally shot himself after being tackled by Grimmie's brother Marcus)
b. March 12th 1994.
José Luis Armenteros (72) Spanish guitarist, and composer born
in Madrid. In 1965 he was a founder member and lead guitarist with the pop instrumental
group Los Relámpagos/The Lightnings and in 1968, along with Pablo Herrero
began producing and writing for other artists. His songs have been recorded by
Formula V, Nino Bravo, Francisco, Juan Bau, Basilio, Jose Luis Rodriguez El Puma,
Jarcha or Rocío Jurado, among others. As a producer he has worked with
bands like Doctor Pop and singers such as Juan Bau. Since
2010 he played in the group of "vintage" instrumental Lumber. (?)
b. June 26th 1943.
Alberto Remedios (81) British operatic tenor, born in Liverpool and
began working as a docker, but studied singing with Edwin Francis, and then at
the Royal College of Music. He sang a wide variety of roles with the Sadler's
Wells Opera, including Alfredo in La traviata, the title role in Gounod's Faust,
Samson in Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and
Max in Der Freischütz. He performed in many of the world's leading operatic
venues, and is especially remembered for his performances in Wagner, especially
as Siegfried in the Glen Byam Shaw production of The Ring, conducted by Reginald
Goodall and as Walther von Stolzing in the ground-breaking 1968 Sadler's Wells
Mastersingers, also conducted by Reginald Goodall. In 1981, he was appointed as
a CBE and had lived in retirement in Australia from 1999 until his death. (?)
b. February 27th 1935.
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 22nd 1853.
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 Caps". In
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.
August 13th 1879
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
June 21st 1891.
Bob Scobey (46)
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 (?)
b. May 9th 1924.
2006: György Sándor Ligeti (83) Hungarian
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.
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 and the
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
b. April 29th 1925
Fuat Mansurov (81) Soviet
and Russian conductor born in Alma-Ata,
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.
Carl Gardner (83) American
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 Café". He
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
b. April 29th 1928.
Adrian Fernando Otero (53) Argentinian
singer and composer born
in Cordoba, 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
2013: Fatai Rolling Dollar/Fatai Olagunju
(86) Nigerian influencial guitarist,
singer and songwriter
a career of over 64 yeas. He was influenced by Ghana's highlife scene, as well
as calypso from the Caribbean and was
was noted for his song his song, "They Cannot Match Us", which criticised
younger generation (Fatai had just finished a tour in the USA when he fell into
a coma, from which sadly he did not recover) b. 1927
Jonny Morelli (30) Italian drummer and founder member of the
pagen metal band, Draugr, formed in 2003. His time with the band ended after ten
years with the dissolution of the band in 2013. The bands final performance
took place at the Tipogragfia in Pescara, Italy, on December 22nd 2013. Over the
years, he has worked as a drummer both in the studio and on stage for many Italian
bands, both metal and non-metal. He was also a tattoo artist and writer. (tragically
killed in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Pescara)
b. April 23rd 1984
Khagen Mahanta (71) Indian folk
singer, born in Nagaon, Assam and at the age of fifteen he started performing
in concerts in Shillong. He was a member of the group "Harmony" and
promoted human values with his melodious voice and compositions. In 1961, his
first vinyl recorded song was broadcast from Guwahati All India radio center.
He also participated in the "World Peace" festival in Calcutta. He was
recognized as A grade artist in All India Radio and hecontributed in almost all
genres of Assamese music like Lokageet, Okoni Geet, musicals, and dramas. (sadly
died from a cardiac ailment) b. August 17th 1942.
Ernest Tomlinson aka Alan Perry (90) English
composer born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire and at the age of nine he became a chorister
at Manchester Cathedral, where he was eventually appointed as Head Boy in 1939.
At sixteen he won a scholarship to Manchester University and the Royal Manchester
College of Music. In 1943 he left to join the Royal Air Force, where he became
a Wireless Mechanic and saw service in France during 1944 and 1945. He had his
first piece broadcast by the BBC in 1949 and by 1955 he had formed his own orchestra,
the "Ernest Tomlinson Light Orchestra". From 1951 to 1953 he was musical
director of the Chingford Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society. In 1976 he took
over the directorship of the Rossendale Male Voice Choir and was a chief consultant
for the Marco Polo Records label. In 1984, after discovering that the BBC were
disposing of their light music archive, he founded The Library of Light Orchestral
Music, which is housed in a barn at his farmhouse near Longridge in Lancashire.
The library currently contains around 50,000 pieces, including many items that
would otherwise have been lost.Ernest won several prestigious awards; the Composers'
Guild Award in 1965 and two Ivor Novello Awards - one for services to light music
in 1970, the other for his full-length ballet Aladdin in 1975. For several years
he was on the Executive Committee of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, including
being its Chairman in 1964. In addition, he was from 1965 a composer-director
of the Performing Rights Society. He was also
appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in the 2012 Birthday
Honours, for services to music (?)
b. September 19th 1924
2015: José Messias da Cunha (86) Brazilian
composer, singer, writer, musician, radio broadcaster, host and producer of radio
and television, and journalist, music critic and music juror in television talent
programs (sadly died of multiple organ failure from
kidney disease) b. October 7th 1928
Fernando Brant (68) Brazilian
poet and composer born in Caldas, Minas Gerais. In 1969 he got a job as a journalist
in O Cruzeiro magazine affiliate in Belo Horizonte. That same year, he and friends
began articulating a project that would become Clube da Esquina, an influential
Brazilian music artists collective. His
partnership with Milton Nascimento resulted in over 200 songs recorded by the
most respected artists in Brazil. Among Milton-Brant most famous compositions
are "Travessia", "Maria Maria", "Canção
da América", "Encontros e Despedidas" and "Nos Bailes
da Vida". Fernando composed more than 300 songs with multiple partners. He
also wrote scripts and lyrics for ballets and plays, and soundtracks for Brazilian
films and telenovelas.
Fernando died with complications after a second liver transplantation)
b. October 9th 1946
2015: Monica Lewis/May Lewis
(93) American singer and actress born in Chicago,
Illinois; at aged 17, while studying at Hunter College, she started working as
a singer for the radio show 'Gloom Dodgers' in order to support her family and
won a part as a singing cigarette girl in the Broadway show "Johnny 2X4".
In 1943, jazz pianist Leonard Feather told Lewis that bandleader Benny Goodman
needed a singerand up against 100s she earned the part as a singer and began to
sing on Hotel Astor's roof with Goodman's orchestra. With the help of Goodman
she began to establish her career through nationally broadcast shows such as The
Revere Camera Show and Beat the Band and she was was dubbed "Americas
Singing Sweetheart". Some of her songs included "Put the Blame on Mame",
"I Wish You Love", and "Autumn Leaves". In 1947, she began
to provide the singing voice for "Miss Chiquita Banana", a cartoon television
commercial character and in 1948 she appeared in the first ever Ed Sullivan Show,
which was created and produced by her brother Marlo Lewis. In 1950, she was signed
to a contract with MGM; her films included The Strip, Everything I Have Is Yours,
and Affair with a Stranger, and she later appeared in some 1970s disaster films
such as Earthquake, Rollercoaster, and both Airport '77 ) and The Concorde ...
Airport '79. In her 2011 memoir 'Hollywood Through My Eyes', she revealed that
actor and future U.S. President, Ronald Reagan had proposed to her however, Monica
declined Reagan's marriage proposal.
(died of natural causes at her home in Woodland Hills, California)
b. May 5th 1922.
Adrian Posse (67) Argentine composer, producer and industry exec who
for years led the A&R departments at BMG and EMI Latin. He was instrumental
in developing the careers of artists like Belinda, Aleks Syntek, Patty Manterola
and Mijares. During his tenure at BMG, he also had key roles in Alexander Pires
crossover into Spanish and Christina Aguileras extremely successful Spanish-language
album. (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b.
2016: Chris Warren (49)
American singer and is known to many as the voice behind the DX entrance
music "Break It Down", after which the head
of WWE music Jim Johnston offered him further
vocal work. Over the course of the next several years, Chris recorded several
songs for the WWF(E). In 1998, he made his television debut at WrestleMania XIV,
performing a screeching version of "America The Beautiful" and The Star-Spangled
Banner, for which he was booed. In July 2007, he and his band Bro-Kin signed an
agreement with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which involved use of the
band's music on TNA's TV shows, such as TNA Impact!, PPVs and DVDs worldwide.
Their song "Low" was used as the theme for No Surrender 2007, "Separate"
for Genesis 2007 and "For The Vein" for Final Resolution 2008. Further
cuts of other songs appeared and continue to do so, on various TNA video packages.
(?) b. May 27th 1967.
1972: Clyde McPhatter (39) American
lead singer and founder of The Drifters
in 1953, who later went on to a solo
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, New Jersey)
b. November 15th 1932.
Stratos/Efstratios Demetriou (34) Italian
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 Porta (In
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
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.
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
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.
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 commercials. Its
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 inducted.
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.
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. 1936
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 the ARIA
/ 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 6th 1958.
Langa Kileo (?)
hip-hop icon; he was a member of the group Wakilisha, which also comprised
of Sarah Kaisi and Witness Mwaijaga, which won the Cocacola popstars competition
in 2004. Two hits and one year later, the group separated, and Langa launched
his solo career. His first single Matawi ya juu, was so explicit,
it became one of the first songs to be censored in Tanzania. Langa went down the
drug road, then after sorting himself out he used his own experiences and formed
a foundation called Second Chance for African Addicts and he also
released the song Kifo, to warn people of the dangers associated with
drug use (sadly he died from Malaria) b.
2013: Sam Most (82)
American jazz flautist and tenor saxophonist, based in Los Angeles.
Born in Atlantic City, he began his
career in music at the age of 18 with the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Shep Fields,
Boyd Raeburn and Don Redman. He also performed many times with his older brother,
clarinetist Abe Most. His
first recording was at age 23, a single called "Undercurrent Blues".
The next year he was awarded Down Beat magazine's "Critic's New Star Award".
Between 1953 and 1958 he led and recorded sessions for the Prestige, Debut, Vanguard
and Bethlehem labels, and did session work for Chris Connor, Paul Quinichette
and Teddy Wilson. He was a member of the Buddy Rich band from 1959 to 1961 and
by the late 1970s had recorded six albums on the Xanadu label and 4 more in the
80's. Sam was the guest of and played for the King of Thailand three times, and
was the subject of Edmond Goff's documentary film Sam Most, Jazz Flutist in 2001.
to jazz historian Leonard Feather, and many others Sam was "probably
the first great jazz flutist" (sadly
Sam died while bravely battling cancer) b. December 16th 1930.
Obareki Don Momoh (?) Nigerian
gospel singer, known to her fans as the "Branama Queen" and
her best known hits are Branama and Kokoroko (Kefee
died from lung failure; she became ill on a flight to the USA and fell into a
coma from which,
sadly she did not recover) b. ????.
Jim Keays (67) Australian rock singer-songwriter,
guitarist and harmonica-player born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved to Australia
with his adopted parents at the age of four. He joined The Mustangs as lead singer
in 1964, in late 1965, The Mustangs renamed themselves The Masters Apprentices.
They had hits including "Undecided", "Living in a Child's Dream",
"5:10 Man", "Think about Tomorrow Today", "Turn Up Your
Radio" and "Because I Love You". He also wrote for the teen newspaper,
Go-Set, as its Adelaide correspondent in 1970 and its London correspondent in
1973. The band broke up in 1972, but reformed periodically, in the 80s, 90s and
2000s. Jim, as a member of The Masters Apprentices, was inducted into the ARIA
Hall of Fame in 1998. From the 70s onwards, Jim also pursued a successful solo
career and from 2000, he had performed in Cotton Keays & Morris alongside
other former 1960s artists, Darryl Cotton and Russell Morris (sadly
died of pneumonia as a complication of multiple myeloma) b. September 9th
Ronald Wilford (87) American
orchestra manager and at one time the most powerful man in classical music. From
an office block opposite Carnegie Hall, New York, he choreographed the careers
of most of the worlds top conductors, deciding who worked with which orchestra,
when and on what terms. His hundreds of clients included Herbert von Karajan,
Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and Mikhail Pletnev. James Levine,
the music director at the Metropolitan Opera was another, while Peter Gelb, the
Mets general manager, worked for a time at Columbia Artists Management Inc,
where he was president for 30 years. (?)
MC Supreme/Dewayne Lawrence Coleman (47) American
rapper, best known for his hit song, Black In America
(MC Supreme was sitting in the driver's seat of his Honda
Civic, parked on the shoulder of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California,
when a man driving a GMC pickup struck the vehicle. The rapper was pronounced
dead at the scene, while his female passenger was taken to a hospital and treated
for "moderate injuries") b. 1968 ??
Big Time Sarah/Sarah Streeter (62) American
blues singer, born in Coldwater, Mississippi, then raised in Chicago, where she
sang in gospel choirs in South Chicago churches. When she was 14, Sarah began
singing blues at the Morgan's Lounge Club, and in the 1970s she played with musicians
such as Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, The Aces, Junior Wells, Johnny Bernard, and Erwin
Helfer. Her experience playing with blues pianist Sunnyland Slim led to her first
solo release. Teamed with Zora Young and Bonnie Lee in 'Blues with the Girls',
Sarah toured Europe in 1982 and recorded an album in Paris, France. From 1989,
she performed with her group called The BTS Express. (sadly
died from heart complications) b. January 31st 1953.
Buddy Boudreaux/John Landry Boudreaux (97) American
jazz saxophonist and band leader. born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and moved
to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his family
six months later.Since 1934, he directed and played in a number of bands that
have toured the southern United States and drawn nationally known performers to
Baton Rouge. The State-Times newspaper called him the citys sound
of big band. His bands backed such artists as Andy Williams, Bernadette
Peters, Doc Severinsen, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Burt Bacharach,
Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, Bob Hope, George Burns and Joan Rivers. He opened
shows for Tony Bennett, Tony Orlando, Louise Mandrell, The Beach Boys and Bill
Cosby. He was co-authorwith his barber, Michael T. Abadieof My
Baton Rouge, which in 1998 was declared the citys official song. (?)
b. December 27th 1917.
Drs. P/Heinz Hermann Polzer (95) Swiss born,
Dutch singer-songwriter, poet, and prose writer,
born in Dun, but moved to the Netherlands at the age of three. In 1942, during
the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, he wrote a children's story about Dolf
& Ben (Hitler & Mussolini) who were punished by Uncle Sam (the USA). He
was imprisoned in the Oranjehotel for four months, which were extended by two
months after he had drawn a card game featuring Hitler and Mussolini as jokers.
Upon his release, he fled to Switzerland, where he served in the military from
194244. In 1945, he went to Paris to serve the Red Cross. After the German
capitulation, he returned to the Netherlands. In 1954, Polzer went to Indonesia,
where he worked for an advertising company and started to write songs. During
his lifetime he wrote hundreds of songs, thousands of poems, and a lot of prose
under the pseudonym Drs. P. Heinz' other pseudonyms were Geo Staad, Coos Neetebeem
(a variant of the name of Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom) and drandus P. His better
known humorous songs include "Veerpont", "Dodenrit", and "De
Zusters Karamazov" rank among his better-known humorous songs.
b. August 24th 1919.
Ofelya Hambardzumyan (91) Armenian folk singer born in Yerevan; she
trained at Romanos Melikyan Musical College and in 1944, she became a solo-singer
for the Ensemble of Folk Instruments of the Radio of Armenia. Her repertoire includes
classical Armenian music, ashoughakan, and folk songs. She is especially recognized
for her interpretations of ashough Sayat-Nova's songs, including "Fahradn
Mirats", "Yis Kanchum em Lalanin", and others. She has also performed
the music of Fahrad, Jivani, Sheram. In addition, she performed the songs of her
contemporary ashughs, Shahen, Havasi, and Ashot; she was often the first performer
of these songs (?) b. January
2016: Oleg Karavaychuk (88)
Soviet and Russian composer; he graduated from the School of Music at the Leningrad
State Conservatory in 1945. In March 1943, he took part in a concert of young
musicians in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Conservatory in Tashkent.
From 1945-1951 he studied at the Leningrad State Conservatory piano class. Since
1953 he wrote music for films, although he claims that he began in movie industry
because it was the only work, which was not prohibited by
the KGB. He also collaborated with Sergei Parajanov, Vasily Shukshin,
Ilya Averbakh, Kira Muratova (Brief
Encounters, The Long Goodbye) and others including the avant-garde, Sergey
b. December 28th 1927.
2016: Lincoln Wayne
"Chips" Moman (79) American guitar and songwriter born in
LaGrange, Georgia. After moving to Memphis, as a teenager, he played in the road
band of Warren Smith, before moving to Los Angeles around 1957 with Johnny Burnette's
band and then touring with Gene Vincent. While in LA, he played guitar on sessions
recorded at the Gold Star Studios. Returning to Memphis, he began working with
Satellite Records which he later helped the formation of Stax Records. He then
he began operating his own Memphis recording studio, American Sound Studio. At
American Sound, he, along with guitarists Reggie Young and Bobby Womack, bassist
Tommy Cogbill, pianist and organist Bobby Emmons, and drummer Gene Chrisman, recorded
the Box Tops, Womack, Merrilee Rush, Mark Lindsay, Sandy Posey, Joe Tex, Wilson
Pickett, Herbie Mann, Roy Hamilton and Petula Clark. During this period Chips
MORE<<< (sadly Chips died fighting a
disease of the lungs)
b. June 12th 1937.
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 assassinated) b.
June 14th 1946.
Charles Miller (41) American
saxophonist and flutist born in Olathe, Kansas; he moved with his family to Los
Angeles two years later, and eventually settled in Long Beach, California. He
learnt to play several instruments at a very young age and performed on woodwinds,
piano, and guitar, in school bands and school orchestras, but settled on the saxophone
and flute as his as his main instruments. Charles recorded with various groups
such as Senor Soul on Senor Soul Plays Funky Favorites and Its
He participated in recording sessions with The Ray Charles Band, and toured with
the Debonaires, Brenton Wood, Senor Soul and Afro Blues Quintet + 1, before joining
the band Night Shift. In 1969 ex-singer of the UK band the Animals invited Charles
to join his new band War and it is his unforgettable, deep voice what we hear
on the classic War song, Low Rider" but Charles is also credited by
many sources as the dominant and initial songwriter of "Low Rider"
(Charles was tragically murdered in Los Angeles during a suedo street robbery.
To this day, no one has been arrested or prosecuted for his murder) b.
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 honors.
(sadly died fighting lung cancer)
b. August 31st 1918.
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
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.
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
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)
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
Paul Griffin (62) American session musician and
pianist who recorded with hundreds of artists from the late 1950s to the 1990s.
Born in Harlem, New York, he began as the touring pianist in the backing band
for King Curtis and eventually worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Steely Dan,
Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, and Dionne Warwick.
He may be best known for playing on the critically acclaimed albums Highway 61
Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, and Aja. His distinctive piano accompaniment to Don
McLean's "American Pie" is considered by many to be a defining element
of that megahit recording. In addition, he worked on several films. He was an
arranger for The Warriors (1979) and Four Friends (1981) and performed in On Location:
Robert Klein at Yale (1982) and on the soundtrack for Blue Sunshine (1976). (?)
b. August 6th 1937.
Paul Griffin (62)
American session musician and pianist who recorded
with hundreds of artists from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Born in Harlem, New
York, he began as the touring pianist in the backing band for King Curtis and
eventually worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the
Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, and Dionne Warwick. He may be best
known for playing on the critically acclaimed albums Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde
on Blonde, and Aja. His distinctive piano accompaniment to Don McLean's "American
Pie" is considered by many to be a defining element of that megahit recording.
In addition, he worked on several films. He was an arranger for The Warriors (1979)
and Four Friends (1981) and performed in On Location: Robert Klein at Yale (1982)
and on the soundtrack for Blue Sunshine (1976). Griffin died at age 62 at his
home in New York.
(?) b. August 6th 1937.
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.
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
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)
Bob Bogle (75) American guitarist and
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 (sadly
died battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
b. January 16
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,
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
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 6th 1930.
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.
2013: Hugh Maguire (86) Irish violinist, born
in Dublin; he started playing the violin at the age of 6, by the age of 12 he
had won every prize for violin-playing at all the principal music festivals in
Ireland. In 1944 he gained a four year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music
in London, where he won the Alfred Waley and Alfred Gibson Prizes for violin playing,
and the Cooper Prize and McEwan Prize for quartet playing. He went on to become
principal player of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
from 1962-1967, leader of the Melos Ensemble and the Allegri Quartet, a professor
at the Royal Academy of Music, violin tutor to the National Youth Orchestra of
Great Britain and artistic director of the Irish Youth Orchestra among other posts
(?) b. August 2nd 1926.
Boris Godjunov (74) Bulgarian singer born in Pazardjik, Bulgaria
and finished his education in Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and
Film Arts and appeared frequently in the Bulgarian
National Radio. He
also gained international fame by touring in the Soviet Union, Poland, Serbia,
Turkey, Germany, Italy, Cuba, Algeria and Japan. Boris was one of the few survivors
of a plane crash in December 1971, a fatal air disaster that killed fellow prominent
Bulgarian singer Pasha Hristova. For a long time after the accident, he disappeared
from the music scene. In the 1990s, Boris returned to the limelight in partnership
with Boyan Ivanov to form the trio "Bo Bo Bo". In 1998, he was awarded
the Golden Orpheus Award for overall creativity (?) b.
May 22nd 1941.
2015: Hugo Blanco (74) Venezuelan musician
and composer born in Caracas; he purchased his first musical instrument known
as a cuatro at the age of 15 and created a new Venezuelan music style, a fusion
of Cuban music and joropo called "the orquídea" in honor of the
Venezuelan national flower. He became best known for composing "Moliendo
Café" and other songs like "El Burrito de Belén"/"El
Burrito Sabanero", "Leche Condensada", "Mañanita
Zuliana", "Sierra Nevada", "Luces
de Caracas" and others. "Moliendo Café", written in 1958
when Hugo was only 18 years old, has become one of the most recognized Venezuelan
songs in all the world. It also became a popular chant adopted by football fans
globally; the chant is widely known as Dale Cavese and has the same tune as the
song. Also in the 1970s, he founded the Venezuelan group, Los Hijos De Ña
Carmen. (?) b. September 25th
Walter Weller (75) Austrian conductor and violinist born in
Vienna, where he studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik and first gained
renown as a prodigy on the violin. At age 17, he became a member of both the Vienna
Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestras. In 1961, at age 22, he became
joint concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic with Willi Boskovsky, staying for
11 years. While leading the orchestra, he also established and led his own string
quartet, the Weller Quartet, from 1958 to 1969. His s first engagements as a conductor
were in 1966, deputising at short notice for Karl Böhm. Over his career he
served and guested quite a number of orchestras in Europe and Great Britain. Walter
collected many prizes and awards, including the Grand Decoration of Honour in
Silver for services to the Republic of Austria, bestowed on him in 1998 and The
Bank of Scotland honoured Walter by printing his portrait on a special 50 pound
note. (?) b. November 30th
Anatol Dumitras (60) Moldovan singer,
born in Larga, Briceni District. From 2000 she bought out five albums, the last
being Roata vietii in 2008. (sadly died fighting cancer)
b. November 14th 1955.
Henry McCullough (72) Northern Irish guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
born in Portstewart, and first came to prominence in the early 1960s as the teenage
lead guitarist with The Skyrockets showband from Enniskillen and the band Gene
and The Gents. In 1967 he moved to Belfast and formed the psychedelic band The
People. Later that year the band moved to London and changed the groups
name to Éire Apparent. In 1969 Henry joined Joe Cocker's Grease Band, he
toured the U.S. and performed at the Woodstock Festival with Joe. He played on
The Grease Band's eponymous album after leaving Cocker and during his time with
the band he also appeared as lead guitarist on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's
rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and on the progressive Spooky Tooth album The
Last Puff in 1970.
MORE <<< (sadly
Henry had been battling heart problems since 2012)
b. July 21st 1943.
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
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.
1982: Art Pepper (56)
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.
His autobiography, 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.
1990: Jim Hodder (42)
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 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.
Jimmy Soul/James Louis McCleese (45)
singer born in Weldon, North Carolina.
At the age of 7 he became a preacher and performed gospel music as a teenager.
He acquired his name, "Soul," from his congregation. Jimmy had two chart
hits in the 60s with "Twistin' Matilda" and the Billboard Hot 100 No.1
hit "If You Wanna Be Happy" which also charted in the UK. By the late
60s he had given up his career as a singer and joined the United States Army.
Later he fell into a drug habit, and on January 9th 1986 was sentenced to 4 and
a half to 9 years in prison as a second felony offender, convicted of criminal
sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of
a controlled substance in the third degree (sadly died from
a heart attack) b. August
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
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. October
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
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. The
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
Busi Mhlongo (62) Sth African
virtuoso singer, dancer and composer,
born in Inanda,
Natal. Drawing 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 1947.
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)
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 1934.
Rune Gustafsson (78) Swedish jazz guitarist
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.
Zhanna Friske/Jeanna Friske (40) Russian
actress, singer, model, and socialite born in Moscow. She first became famous
when she joined the all-girl pop singing group Blestyashchie in 1996, She left
the group in 2003 to embarked on a solo career as a singer, actress, and occasional
model (Zhanna was diagnosed with cancer two months
prior to her childbirth in April 2013; it was suggested she start chemotherapy
during her pregnancy but she refused in order to save her baby, she had a baby
boy. Sadly she died bravely fighting brain cancer) b. July 8th 1974.
2015: Mighty Sam McClain (72)
American soul-blues singer and songwriter born in Monroe,
Louisiana and as a five year old, he began singing in his mother's Gospel Church.
He left home at 13 working with local R&B guitarist, Little Melvin Underwood
through the Chitlin' circuit, first as his valet and then as lead vocalist himself
at 15. While singing at the 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida he was introduced to
the record producer and DJ, Papa Don Schroeder and in 1966, Sam recorded a cover
version of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams". Over his long career he released
at least 17 albums, nominated for three Blues Music Awards and one Grammy. In
1996, he set up his own production company, MCClain Productions, and record label,
Mighty Music, and began managing himself. In 2008, Mighty Sam joined the 'Give
US Your Poor' project, benefiting the homeless. He also co-wrote with the saxophonist
Scott Shetler, "Show Me the Way". He continues to work with this project,
performing at both the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City,
and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and other venues (he
suffered a stroke in April 2015, but his cause of death is not yet known)
b. April 15th 1943.
Emmett 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
1939: William Henry "Chick" Webb (34)
American jazz 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
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 in Baltimore,
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"
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 Tubin.
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 11th 1902.
1994: Kristen Pfaff
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
John Wolters (52) American
drummer 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 28th 1945.
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. Despite
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.
suffered from bipolar disorder and ended up committing suicide by hanging himself)
b. November 10th 1940.
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
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. As
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
Parliament-Funkadelic 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 24th 1953.
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.
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
Richard Marlow (74) English organist and choral
director, born in Banstead, he was Organ Scholar and later Research Fellow of
Selwyn College, Cambridge. In addition to his choral work and his teaching, he
also conducted, lectured and gave harpsichord and organ recitals in many European
countries as well as in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa,
Taiwan and the USA. As organ soloist and choir director, he recorded frequently,
most recently Handel Organ Concerto No. 14 with the Academy of Ancient Music.
He retired from his post as Director of Music at Trinity College, Cambridge in
September 2006 (sadly died of cancer) b. July
Pierre D'Archambeau (87) American violinist,
born in Yverdon, Switzerland, to musical Belgian parents. He started piano lessons
when he was four years old and three years later, he started violin. When he was
only nine years old, he gave his first violin recital in the USA. He won many
prizes, amount them the International Competition of Geneva, the Queen Elisabeth
of Belgium Competition and the Medal of the Eugene Ysaÿe Foundation. He worked
with many noted musicians, including Arturo Toscanini, Pablo Casals, Jacques Thibaud,
Nadia Boulanger and Fritz Kreisler, who bequeathed him the famous Daniel Parker
"the Kreisler", London, c. 1715, violin. This violin, which he played
regularly, was one of the best specimens of the work of this famous English violin
maker. From 1985 through 2012, he was artist-in-residence at "Four Seasons
Arts Yachats Music Festival" on the Oregon coast. Pierre's
solo recitals have included the six Ysaÿe Sonatas, the twenty-four Caprices
of Paganini and the six Sonatas & Partitas of Bach. His repertoire was huge,
embracing more than fifty concerti. (?)
b. April 3rd 1927
Charles Thompson (98) American swing-bebop pianist, organist, composer
and arranger, born in Springfield, Ohio, but moved with his family to Parsons,
Kansas. He first studied violin and briefly played tenor saxophone, then took
up piano. By the age of 12, he was playing private parties with Bennie Moten and
his band in Colorado Springs. During this time Count Basie played off and on with
Moten's band, and during a showing Basie called the young Charles up to play,
and he was dubbed Sir Charles Thompson by Lester Young. Throughout the 1940s he
played and recorded with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis and J.C. Heard,
Lucky Millinder, Illinois Jacquet among others. For much of the 1950s he worked
freelance, principally on organ and in the early 1960s he toured Europe and Canada
with Buck Clayton. Charles was in Europe again in 1964, with Jazz at the Philharmonic,
and in 1967 for the show Jazz from a Swinging Era. He continued to lead small
groups through the 1970s and 1980s and worked the West Coast and in Toronto, Paris,
and Zurich. Charles also composed the jazz standard "Robbins' Nest"
(sadly Charles died in Tokyo, Japan, where he lived with
his wife Makiko) b. March 21st 1918.
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 Anrooy, Henri
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
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 (Danny
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. (?) b.
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, Klavdiya
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 (?)
b. March 24th 1906.
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.
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. Over
his long career he made a great contribution to Portuguese Music (complications
from heart attack) b.??
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.
Johnnie Gray (94) British jazz saxophonist in Coventry; he played
in several local jazz bands, with Arthur Howe in 1941, Billy Monk in 1942, Harry
Parry in 1943, Johnny Claes and from 1943 to early 1945, then moved to a quartet
of George Shearing. Later in 1945 he joined up with bandleader Ted Heath when
he looking for a saxophonist for his new big band and stayed with him for four
years, before joining Sydney Lipton and his orchestra in their residency at the
Grosvenor House hotel in London. By 1952 Johnnie had created his own 10-piece
outfit, which recorded,
broadcast, and toured all over Europe. In
1955, the American Federation of Musicians agreed to allow a British band to tour
the US in exchange for one of their bands visiting the UK. Britain got Count Basie
and in return America got a band they had never heard of Johnnie Gray and
his Band of the Day, but before the decade was out, Johnnie
and his band had eight return invitations.
Johnnie regularly entertained on board the Cunard liner Queen Mary, but by the
1960s the big-band era was waning. Johnnie then opened an instrument repair shop
and a booking agency, and became a sought-after session musician, recording with
the Beatles on Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and with Nat King Cole, Matt
Monro, Dusty Springfield and, on stage, with Dorothy Squires. In the early 60s
his was the resident backing band on ITV's Spot the Tune, the forerunner of Name
That Tune. (?) b. May 15th
Tenor Fly/Jonathan Sutter (?) English
rapper and ragga vocalist born in Brixton, London and had been a member of the
electronic music group, Freestylers as well as working solo. Fly had been active
in the music business since 1988, and was best known for his work with other artists,
such as Rebel MC, Top Cat, Barrington Levy and Sir Coxson Sound. (?)
2016: Prince Be/Attrell Cordes (46)
American R&B singer born in Jersey City; he began DJing parties and composing
songs in ninth grade. Within a few years, he had determined to make a demo tape
of some of those pieces with the $600 he had set aside from his after school job
as a security guard at a homeless shelter. By then, he and his brother were putting
in studio time as P.M. Dawn and released their debut album "Of the Heart,
of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience" in 1991. This was followed
by 4 more albums, the last being 'Fucked Music' in 2001. Prince Be suffered a
massive stroke in early 2005 that left him paralyzed on the left side of his body.
Undeterred, P.M. Dawn appeared on NBC's Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, performing
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss", and covered Puddle of Mudd's "Blurry".
Despite the fact that Prince Be was still suffering the effects of this stroke,
they beat Animotion, Missing Persons, Juice Newton and Shannon to claim the $20,000
charitable prize, which they contributed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
(sadly died fighting renal disease) b.
May 15th 1970.
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"
(?) b. September
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
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 10th 1944.
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
2007: Bill 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 he
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.
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 cancer)
b. November 19th 1938.
Boule 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 1951.
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. For
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
"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 >>> READ
MORE <<< (sadly died of complications
following a stroke) b. January 11th 1942.
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
Horace Silver/Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva (85)
American jazz pianist and composer; born in Norwalk, Connecticut, he
began his career as a tenor saxophonist but later switched to piano. His saxophone
playing was highly influenced by Lester Young, and his piano style by Bud Powell.
After going on the road with saxophonist Stan Getz he moved to New York City in
1951, where he signed with Blue
Note Records, remaining there until 1980.
He co-founded the Jazz Messengers, a cooperatively-run group with Art Blakey.
In that time he and his band, Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers, recorded
25 albums including Song for My Father, Blowin' the Blues Away.Four of his alums
were included on the label's "100 essential jazz albums" list issued
in 2014 as part of its 75th anniversary celebration.
Horace introduced many jazz musicians who would go on to become leading figures,
including trunpeters Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw and Randy Brecker, saxophonists Joe
Henderson, Michael Brecker and Benny Golson and the singer Andy Bey. As a guest
or sideman, Horace has recorded with many jazz greats including Art Blakey, Kenny
Burrell, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke, Al Cohn, Miles Davis, Kenny
Dorham, Lou Donaldson, Art Farmer, Leonard Feather, Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs, Sonny
Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Phil Urso, Lester Young and many others.In
2005, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave him its President's
Merit Award and he SFJAZZ Collective focused on Silver's music for their 2010
season. (Horace died from natural
causes) b. September 2nd 1928.
2014: Johnny Mann (85) American arranger,
composer, conductor, entertainer, and recording artist.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he and his vocal group The Johnny Mann Singers were
involved in several classic rock 'n' roll and rockabilly recording sessions for
Johnny Burnette, including "God, Country and My Baby", The Crickets
and several 1957-1958 sessions with Eddie Cochran. As bandleader with the Johnny
Mann Singers, he recorded approximately three dozen albums, hosted the TV series
titled Stand Up and Cheer (19711974), and was the musical director for The
Joey Bishop Show. He was also musical director of The Alvin Show, and was the
voice of Theodore. He was also choral director for the NBC Comedy Hour. He wrote
a number of radio jingles, the most famous being Los Angeles station 93 KHJ as
well as the "Sound of the City" jingle for KSFO in San Francisco, California.
In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was
dedicated to him (?) b. August
2014: Don Light (77) American
musician, record executive and race car driver; a man of many talents, he played
drums on the "Grand Ole Opry", produced hundreds of records, co-founded
the Gospel Music Association in 1965, and the same year he opened Don Light Talent,
the first professional outfit for booking gospel music. He secured Jimmy Buffett
a recording contract, who became one of the industry's most remarkable successes.
Don was also instrumental in securing Nashville music business entry for The Oak
Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner, Dailey & Vincent, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mark Collie
and Keith Whitley, and he worked with many other respected artists including Lester
Flatt, Delbert McClinton, John Hartford, John D. Loudermilk and David Olney. In
the 1970s, he also began racing stock cars at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Don went
on to become a president of the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences, he became a board member of the International Bluegrass Music
Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame (?)
b. April 22nd 1937.
Peter Feuchtwanger (76) German-born
British pianist, composer and piano teacher. A Hitler refugee whose parents took
him as a newborn baby to Palestine, he was profoundly influenced by Clara Haskil
and taught the principles that she espoused. He also studied with Edwin Fischer
and Walter Gieseking, always opting to teach rather than to be a performer. Above
all, he was in high demand for his exceptional masterclasses and made his home
mostly in London. He taught in Karlsruhe and Basle,
and held guest professorships in Salzburg and at the school founded by his friend,
Yehudi Menuhin. He composed a work for violin, sitar, tabla and tamboura which
Menuhin and Ravi Shankar played and recorded. (?)
b. June 25th 1939.
Norwegian singer, bassist, composer, and lyricist born in
He was a founding member of the
rock band The
Pussycats formed in 1963. After a few months in Norway, they went to Stockholm
and were discovered by Sten Ekroth and the following year later they recorded
their first album, !!Psst !!Psst!!. In 1965 they recorded their second and final
album !!Mrrr !Mrrr!. In 1980 he and Mattis Hætta represented Norway in the
Song Contest with the entry Sámiid Ædnan, which was composed by Kjelsberg
and Ragnar Olsen.
(He had been ill with cancer, but was declared cancer-free in 2015) b.
October 18th 1946.
Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes (45) American-Mexican
singer and music instructor, who earned a major following after participating
in the 2011 Mexican version of "The Voice", after which, he opened a
performing arts studio in Brighton Park, Chicago, USA, called Tras Bambalinas,
Spanish for Backstage, which taught young people singing, dancing, acting and
modeling. He was shot on the same block as the studio, which also served as his
home, according to records. Since
opening Tras Bambalinas, Jano has been a regular at Mexican-American cultural
events, staging elaborate costumed musicals as he taught youngsters the fundamentals
of performing arts and entertaining. (Jano was in a car
parked outside 'Tras Bambalinas' when someone approached with a handgun and ordered
him to exit the vehicle; when he refused, the gunman opened fire, shooting the
singer three times in the head. The killer fled and has not yet been found) b.
June 18th 1971
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
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 and asthma)
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
Duane Roland (53) US
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
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. Gator
included many of the founding members of Molly Hatchet
(natural causes) b. December 3rd 1953.
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)
May 17th 1919.
2007: El Fary/José
Luis Cantero Rada (69)
Spanish 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 José
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.
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. He
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 1st 1933.
2013: Filip Topol (48)
Czech singer, songwriter, pianist
best known as leader of the rock band Psí
Vojáci /Dog Soldiers. He had been a member of the band since its beginnings
in 1979, and released 16 albums between 1991 and 2003. His
with Psí vojáci, "iletky"
/ "Razorblades" inspired a 1994 Czech film of the same name.
Filip also pursued a solo career recording 3 albums (?)
b. June 12th 1965.
Dewey Whitman Jr
(89) American country singer-guitarist born in
Tampa, Florida; as a boy he learned to yodel by listening to records by Montana
Slim and Jimmie Rodgers and while working at a meat packing plant he lost two
fingers of his left hand in an accident, even so, this did not deter him from
learning to play the guitar when he served in the US Navy during the Second World
War. After the war, he pursued a singing career at several Tampa radio stations,
accompanied by his band, the Variety Rhythm Boys. He signed to RCA in 1948 and
after he changed his first name to Slim, he released his first single,
"Im Casting My Lasso Towards the Sky", which eventually became
his theme song. Slims signature device was the yodel, which he successfully
applied on his break through recording
(sadly died of heart failure)
b. January 20th 1924.
2014: Gerald "Gerry"
Goffin (75) American lyricist, born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew
up in Queens. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve after graduating from Brooklyn
Technical High School. After spending a year at the U.S. Naval Academy, he resigned
from the Navy to study chemistry at Queens College. At college he met Carol Klein,
who had started writing songs under the name Carole King. They began collaborating
on songwriting, with Carol writing the music and Gerry the lyrics, and began a
relationship. When King became pregnant, they married in August 1959, he was 20
and she was 17. Writing with his wife, he co-wrote many international pop hits
of the early and mid-1960s, including the US No.1 hits "Will You Love Me
Tomorrow", "Take Good Care of My Baby", "The Loco-Motion",
and "Go Away Little Girl". He also worked successfully >>>
Bob Williamson (67) English singer-songwriter, guitarist and comedian
from Bolton; he rose to fame in the 70s as part of the folk/comedy boom, which
included names such as Jasper Carrott and Billy Connolly. He released three albums
'Superturn (Sweet Folk All)', 'Greatest Hits Volume 6' and 'Still Hazy After All
These Beers', and his most well-known songs include "Lanky Spoken Here",
"Kippers for Tea" and "Hollands Meat Pie". His TV appearances
include The Wheeltappers & Shunters Social Club, Coronation Street, Granada
News, and Phoenix Nights and his live performances included such diverse venues
as London Palladium, Hilton Hotel Dubai, Hammersmith Odeon, and the Hong Kong
Folk Festival (?) b. July
Ariste Alain (29)
French organist and composer born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
Paris. Between 1927 and 1939, he attended the Paris Conservatoire and his
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. Throughout
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) b. February
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
1953, 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".
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
Sadik 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
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
forced him to stop touring with the group in January 2006. He passed away due
to an unknown prolonged illness) b.
September 6th 1948.
El Pery (21) Honduran reggaeton musician (tragically
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
Korsakoff's syndrome, 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
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 (?)
2011: Ottilie Patterson (79)
Northern Irish blues singer, born in Comber, County Down and took classical
piano lessons from the age of nine and she won a Carroll Levis talent contest
in Belfast when she was 12. She went on to study art at Belfast College of Technology,
where she was introduced to the music of Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton and Meade
Lux Lewis. In 1951, she began singing with Jimmy Compton's Jazz Band, then in
August 1952 she formed the Muskrat Ramblers with Al Watt and Derek Martin.
late December, 1954, Ottilie joined the Barber band and her first public appearance
with the band was at the Royal Festival Hall on January 9th 1955. Between 1955
and 1962 she toured extensively with the Chris Barber Jazz Band and appeared on
numerous Chris Barber records as well as featuring on every track of the EPs "Blues"
in 1955, "That Patterson Girl" also in 1955, "That Patterson Girl
Volume 2" in 1956, "Ottilie" in 1959 and the LP "Chris Barber's
Blues Book" in 1961. In 1969 she issued a solo LP 3000 years with Ottilie
and due to throat problems she officially
retired from the Chris Barber band in 1973. Ottilie did reappear again in early
1983 with Chris Barber and gave a series of concerts around London, which were
recorded for the LP Madame Blues and Doctor Jazz in 1984. She retired to St Albans
before relocating to Ayr in Scotland (?)
b. January 31st 1932.
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. ()
Chayito Valdez/María del Rosario Valdez Campos (71) Mexican-born
American folk singer and actress, born in Guasave, Sinaloa. During her 30-year
career, she contributed over 300 hits and 1500 recorded songs to the Mexican musical
heritage. She moved to Los Angeles, California and became a US citizen. Her musical
legacy includes Corridos de Caballos such as: "El Moro de Cumpas", "Caballo
Prieto Azabache", "El Cantador", "Los Dos Alazanes" and
"Caballo Tequila". Traditional songs of hers includes: "San Juan
del Río", "Mi Soldadita", "La Gallera", and "Lindo
Michoacán" to mention a few. (sadly died with
complications from a cerebral hemorrhage) b. May
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. Another
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 23rd 1988.
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)
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.
Bert Kaempfert/Berthold Kämpfert (56)
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 Nouhad
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.
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. He
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 1903.
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 1928.
1997: Arthur Prysock (73) American
jazz, soul and disco singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina As
a teenager, he moved to Hartford, CT, where he worked in the aviation industry
and sang with several small bands by night. He was discovered in 1944 by jump
blues bandleader Buddy Johnson, who signed him as lead male vocalist and brought
him to Harlem. He started his solo career
and became best known for his live shows and his baritone voice influenced by
he had hits with Decca, such as "I Didnt Sleep a Wink Last Night",
"Good Rocking Tonight", "The Very Thought of You", "Its
Too Late Baby, Its Too Late". and for Verve Records he recorded Arthur
Prysock and Count Basie and A Working Man's Prayer. He read verses from Walter
Benton's book of poems against a jazz instrumental backdrop on his 1968 album,
This is My Beloved. In 1978 he had a disco hit with "When Love Is New".
Arthur was honored with a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation
in 1995. (?)
b. January 2nd 1924.
minority of sources give Arthur Prysock's birthdate
as January 1st 1924
1999: Kami/Ukyo Kamimura
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
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.
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 1946.
2010: Frank 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 (lung
cancer) 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.
2010: Larry 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 (stroke)
b. October 7th 1940.
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.
Mary Love Comer/Mary Ann Varney (69) American
soul and gospel singer born in Sacramento; she began singing on sessions in LA
before recording You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet in 1965 and her recording
of "Move a Little Closer" made the R&B chart in 1966. She became
very popular on the English Northern soul scene and made the R&B chart again
in 1968 with "The Hurt Is Just Beginning".
In the 1980s as Mary Love Comer, she sang gospel-flavoured soul with a Christian
message with husband Brad Comer and released the single "Come Out Of The
Sandbox" in 1987. Mary and her husband also ran their own church in Tennessee
(?) b. July 27th 1943.
Jimmy C. Newman (86)
music singer and a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry, born near Big Mamou,
Louisiana. As a teenager, he joined Chuck Guillorys Rhythm Boys and in 1953,
he was signed to Dot Records and recorded "Cry, Cry Darling", which
reached No.4 on the country chart in 1954. His next four records all reached Top
10 status, and in 1956 he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The following year he released his biggest hit, "A Fallen Star", which
spent two weeks at No. 2 and also entered the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100
pop chart. In 2000, he was inducted into the North American Country Music Associations
International Hall of Fame and into the Cajun Hall of Fame in 2004. He is also
honored in the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in Lafayette and in 2009 inducted into
The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He continued to tour and appear regularly at
the Grand Ole Opry, making his last appearance on the show on June 6th 2014
(sadly Jimmy died while fighting cancer) b. August
Freddy Powers (84) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist and
producer born in Oklahoma and Texas-raised. He worked with Merle Haggard for decades,
the two of them penning chart-topping hits such as "I Always Get Lucky With
You," "A Friends in California," "Let's Chase Each Other Around
the Room Tonight" and others. Freddy also produced Willie Nelson's Grammy-winning
album Somewhere Over the Rainbow from 1981, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard
Top Country Albums chart. Late in life he began work on a memoir with his wife,
Catherine, and music biographer Jake Brown called "The Spree of 83'"
due outin 2017 (sadly died from Parkinson's
disease) b. 1931.
Guda Anjaiah (60) Indian poet, singer and lyricist,
born in the Lingapuram village of the Dandepalli Mandal, Adilabad district. During
his schooling he wrote the first song Ooru idichi ney poduna, Uri eska sathunna
which remarks the society and drought in Telangana Region. At the
age of 16 he wrote "Ooru Manadira" which was first sang at Nalgonda
in a meeting organised by Arunodaya Organisation, which became a massive hit and
later was translated into 16 other languages. Guda played a significant role in
the Telangana agitation. Starting from 1969 Agitation, he was part of the movement.
But in the later period of the agitation, he took the lead and toured all Telangana
singing his powerful songs which motivated and energised the activists. His songs
Rajigo Ore Rajigo , Na Telangana, Na Telanagana .. Niluvella Gayala Veena,Ayyoniva
Nuvvu Avvoniva Telanganoniki Thoti Paloniva and others dominated Stage of Dhoom
Dham. (?) b.
November 1st 1955.
Pierre Lalonde (75) Canadian singer and television
host born in Montreal, Quebec. He attended
high school in the United States but returned to Canada in 1960, where he worked
at radio station CKJL in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. Shortly after, he
worked in Montreal at CJMS. In 1961, he moved to television station CFTM-TV to
host a variety of programs, including the popular show Jeunesse d'aujourd'hui/Today's
Youth. The following year, 1962, he released his first single "Chip chip
Mam'zelle Marie-Anne" and recorded his first of 21 LPs 'En d'autres
mots'. Pierre mainly recorded in French, but he released a number of singles in
English. In 1967 he had his own program in New York, The Peter Martin Show on
WPIX. Other shows he hosted included Music Hop, The Mad Dash, Circus and The Pierre
Lalonde Show, and in 1983 and 1984 he hosted the Miss Teen Canada Pageant.
(?) b. January 20th 1941.
Wayne Jackson (74) American
soul and R&B trumpet player, born in West Memphis. He was a key member of
the Mar-Keys, the house band at Stax Records and together
with Andrew Love, he created the signature horn sound at Stax on hit records by
Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others. After the years recording at Stax, they
incorporated themselves into The Memphis Horns "arguably the greatest soul
horn section ever" and began freelancing, recording on sessions for such
artists as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Al Green, and Dusty
Springfield. The duo also toured with The Doobie Brothers,
Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray, and numerous other performers. In 2012, the
Memphis Horns received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
for outstanding artistic significance in music.
(sadly died of heart failure) b. November 24th 1941.
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 Gumm (47)
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 tablets)
b. 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
other composers were Georges
Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre.
was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His compositions are
influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality. On
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 (?) b.
September 4th 1892.
Peter Laughner (24) American guitarist,
& 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
Jones (60) Welsh jazz stride pianist,
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.
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. In
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) b.
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 1915.
Leonid Petrovich Derbenyov (64) Russian
poet 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,
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
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
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.
(78) English cellist,
known primarily from his work with the Aeolian Quartet; born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
he started playing the cello at 10 years old, and at 19 he moved to London to
study at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1952 he won the Suggia Prize, which gave
him the chance to study in Paris for a year, with the famous cellist Pierre Fournier.
On his return to England, he soon got work both for the Brighton Philharmonic,
the London Chamber Orchestra, and as a solo performer. In 1956 he join the very
prestigious Aeolian String Quartet and remained with the quartet until it disbanded
in 1981. Derek can also be heard on The Beatles' singles "Strawberry
and "Eleanor Rigby" and he taught at the Royal Academy of Music
(sadly died of liver failure)
b. March 29th 1928.
2011: Mike Waterson (70) British
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
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
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.
Gary Pickford-Hopkins (65) Welsh singer born in Neath, near Swansea;
at 16 he became a member of a local band Smokestacks, before joining Eyes Of Blue,
a favourite band of Melody Maker, winning the magazine's Battle of the Bands in
1966. In the 70s Gary was lead singer and songwriter with Wild Turkey who recorded
a two rock albums Battle Hymn and Turkey. In 1974 Gary
joined Rick Wakeman and was involved in two of Ricks highest profile and
commercially successful albums Journey To The Centre Of The Earth,
and The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table
(sadly died fighting cancer)
Díaz/Leandro José Díaz Duarte (85) Colombian music
composer born in the municipality of Barrancas; he is mostly known for his ability
to compose very descriptive and narrative vallenato songs despite his blindness.
His songs have been recorded
by many Colombian musicians including Carlos Vives, Diomedes Diaz, Jorge Oñate,
Ivan Villazon, among others. During
the 38th version of the Vallenato Legend Festival, he was proclaimed "King
for Life of the Vallenato Legend Festival" (sadly
Leandro died from an acute kidney infection)
b. February 20th 1928.
2013: Wendy Saddington
(64) Australian jazz and blues singer born in Melbourne; she started
her musical career in 1967 in the Melbourne-based soul band Revolution and then
Adelaide psychedelic rock band James Taylor Move. She was also in the bands Chain,
Copperwine and from the 80s onward with her Wendy Saddington Band. She also wrote
for teen pop newspaper Go-Set from Sept 1969Sept 1970 as an agony aunt and
as a feature writer. Wendy had Top 30 chart success with her 1972 solo single
"Looking Through a Window" (sadly died fighting
cancer) b. 1949.
John Mast (81) American classical and jazz pianist
and composer, born in Toledo; at 14, he was invited to give a solo recital at
the Toledo Museum of Art, after which he was flown to New York City to performance
on NBC. At 18, while studying piano performance at Indiana University, he performed
the first movement of Tchaikovskys Concerto in B-flat minor with the Toledo
Symphony Orchestra. However that month he was involved in an automobile accident,
he suffered mild brain damage and his doctor told him he would never play again.
He fought back, took up jazz and for the next 18 years, he was a traveling accompanist,
soloist, and ensemble player, working all over the country. In 1994, he, along
with several collaborators, played a series of his arrangements memorializing
his friends Harold Lindsey and Harold Jaffe at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes
College. Later, back in his home town Toledo,
John became a fixture at Fifis Restaurant and Rustys Jazz Cafe.
(sadly John died from a heart attack) b.
January 6th 1933.
Teenie Hodges/Mabon Lewis Hodges (68) American R & B guitarist
and songwriter born in Germantown,
TE; he began playing guitar at the age of 12 in his father's band, the Germantown
Blue Dots, before joining his two brothers Leroy and Charles in their group, the
Impalas. He was encouraged by Memphis band leader and record producer Willie Mitchell
and Teenie became a central component of the Hi Rhythm Section. He recorded and
toured as guitarist in the Hi Rhythm Section, often with major soul acts such
as Syl Johnson and O.V. Wright. The three Hodges brothers, along with Howard Grimes,
recorded the 1976 LP On the Loose, as Hi Rhythm, and then in 1994 issued Perfect
Gentlemen. They also recorded comeback albums with both Syl Johnson and Al Green.
In 2005 Teenie recorded with Cat Power on her successful album The Greatest. As
a songwriter he co-wrote several hits including "Take Me to the River",
"Love and Happiness", "I Take What I Want",
"Oh Me, Oh My",
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)", "L-O-V-E (Love)" and "Full
of Fire". (sadly Teenie died with complications from
emphysema) b. November 16th 1946.
Amjad Sabri (39) Pakistani qawwali singer and son of Ghulam Farid Sabri
of the Sabri Brothers; he began learning qawwali music from his father at age
nine and joined his father on stage to perform in 1988 at age 12. From then on
he remained one of the most acclaimed qawwals on the Indian subcontinent and performed
around the world. (tragically Amjad was assassinated by
two armed motorcyclists in Liaquatabad Town, Karachi. The motorcyclists opened
fire at his car, critically injuring Sabri, an associate and his driver. Sabri
was shot twice in the head and once on the ear. The killings
were claimed by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban who accused Sabri of
blasphemy) b. December 23rd
2016: Jim Boyd (60) American
singer-songwriter, actor and member of The Jim Boyd Band on the Colville Indian
Reservation in Washington, as well as performing in several groups, including
XIT, Greywolf, and Winterhawk. He sang four songs on the soundtrack for the 1998
movie "Smoke Signals!, and also appeared in the film "The Business of
Fancydancing". Jim was a multiple-time nominee and five-time winner of the
Native American Music Award; he won "Songwriter of the Year" in 2006
for his song "Them Old Guitars" and "Record of the Year" for
his album AlterNATIVES and also received three other nominations for the album
'Them Old Guitars' in 2006, three nominations for the album 'Going to the Stick
Games' in 2004, and a nomination for "Best Pop/Rock" act in 2003 for
2004, Jim produced and performed on sessions with singer-songwriter Robert Richmond.
Billy Mack "Bill" Ham (79) American music impresario, best
as the manager, producer of and image-maker for the blues-rock band ZZ Top. He
also gained prominence in the country music world by discovering and managing
multi-platinum singer-songwriter Clint Black and founding some of the most successful
country music publishing companies. For several years in the 1990s, his companies
published a majority of the top-10 country music singles. His Lone Wolf Productions
also produced such artists as Clint Black, Eric Johnson, Jay Aaron, and Point
Blank. (?) b.
February 4th, 1937.
2016: Harry Rabinowitz
(100) British conductor and composer of
film and television music. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was educated
at the University of the Witwatersrand and at London's Guildhall School of Music
and Drama. His first job conducting an orchestra was for a show called "Strike
a New Note" in 1945, using a rolled-up newspaper as a baton. He was conductor
of the BBC Revue Orchestra (195360), music director for BBC Television Light
Entertainment (196068), and head of music for London Weekend Television
(196877). He conducted at the Hollywood Bowl (1983-84) and the Boston Pops
Orchestra (1985-92) and with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra. He was the conductor at the Orchestra of St. Luke's Ismail Merchant
and James Ivory 35th anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall on 17 September
1996. He also conducted the film scores for numerous films and continued to play
the piano every day until his death (sadly
died at his home in France) b. March 26th 1916.
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. He
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
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 Déserteur."
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 1907.
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 projects.
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
in Englewood, New Jersey) b. November
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 artist. In
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)
Fred Steiner (88) American
composer, conductor, orchestrator and arranger for TV, radio and film,
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. His
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.
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
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
2013: Jeanne Arland Peterson
(91) American jazz pianist from Twin City,
Minnesota; she began playing the piano at aged 3 and by 15 she had played her
first professional gig with a band led by her older brother, saxophonist Donald
Pouliot. While she was still in high school, WCCO Radio hired her to sing and
play piano, a job she held for 22 years. She married Willard Peterson in 1942,
they performed together in clubs and on the radio. During her long career, she
performed with the likes of Bob Hope, Perry Como, Dianne Carroll and many others
and was the second woman inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, after
Judy Garland. Two Minnesota governors, Rudy Perpich and Arne Carlson, named days
in her honor. Jeanne released six albums, the latest, 88 Grand was
released in 2009; she has also made some final recordings with her family that
are yet to be released (?) b.September 1921.
2013: Bobby Bland/Robert Calvin
Brooks (83) American blues-soul singer and harmonica player
born in Rosemark, Tennessee; sometimes called "Lion of the Blues" and
"Sinatra of the Blues", he developed a sound that mixed gospel , blues
and R&B, he created strong arias of love, betrayal and resignation, set against
dramatic orchestrations. His first chart success came in 1957 with the R&B
chart No.1 hit "Farther Up the Road", followed by a series of hits on
the R&B chart including "Little Boy Blue". His talent was clearly
heard on a series of early 1960s releases including "Cry Cry Cry", "I
Pity The Fool", "Turn On Your Love Light" and "That's The
Way Love Is" and he also recorded a hit version of T-Bone Walker's "Call
It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)", which was wrongly given the
title of a different song, "Stormy Monday Blues". Bobby was inducted
into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and
received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame described him as "second in stature only to B.B. King as a product
of Memphis's Beale Street blues scene" (?)
Shelley Moore (84) English-born American
jazz singer; in the 1950s she performed in nightclubs, for American troops in
England; appeared on British television and radio, and released several singles,
including two EPs, "Portrait of Shelley" and "Kool Kanary".
After touring the US with bandleader Vic Lewis, she began singing with the Ray
McKinley band, and moved to America in 1961. Shelly retired from the music industry
in 1963 to raise a family. She returned to performing in the late 1970s, in clubs
in the Orange County area. In 1992 she released the album You Can Count on Me,
which contained both standards and original songs (?)
b. March 10th 1932.
2016: Ralph Stanley (89)
American bluegrass banjo player and singer, born in McClure
in rural Southwest Virginia. He graduated from high school in 1945 and inducted
into the Army two weeks later, serving just over a year and he immediately began
performing when he got home. He and his brother Carter formed The Stanley Brothers
and the Clinch Mountain Boys. After Carter died of complications of cirrhosis
in 1966, Ralph went solo, eventually reviving The Clinch Mountain Boys. He was
inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992 and in 2000,
and became the first person to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the third
millennium. On November 10th 2007, he and the Clinch Mountain Boys performed at
a rally for presidential candidate John Edwards in Des Moines, Iowa, just before
the Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. He maintained an active
touring schedule; appearances in recent years have included the 2012 Muddy Roots
Music Festival in Cookeville, TN, and the 2013 FreshGrass Festival in North Adams,
MA. In June 2013, he announced a farewell tour, scheduled to begin in Rocky Mount,
NC, on October 18 and extending to December 2014. However, upon notification of
being elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences he decided
not to retire (sadly died fighting skin cancer)
b. February 25th 1927.
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
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 U.S. (tragically
died an airplane crash in Medellín,
Colombia) b. Dec 11th
1887 or 1890.
1987: 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',
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
Tucker (83) American lead singer
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, including Aaron
Getsug, Karl E. H. Seigfried,
Harrison Bankhead, David Boykin,
Nicole Mitchell, Justin Dillard, Josh Abrams, Fred Jackson, George Lewis, Isaiah
Sharkey, and Isaiah Spencer (?) b.
March 22nd 1929.
JoJo/Deborah Jo Billingsley (58)
singer, songwriter, soloi and backing artist, born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 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". She
toured with the band all over the world, 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 included former
Skynyrd members Ed King, Artimus Pyle and Leslie Hawkins, which helped raise money
for Hurricane Katrina victims. In 2006, she reunited with the then-current members
of Lynyrd Skynyrd at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She
also performed with members of the group at occasional charity or memorial events.
JoJo died while bravely battling cancer) b. May 28th 1952.
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 Born. Alan
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.
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.
2013: Puff Johnson/Ewanya
Johnson (40) American pop singer and songwriter, born in Detroit, she
came on the music scene with the singles "Forever More" and "Over
& Over" which appeared on the soundtrack of the film The First Wives
Club, and was a hit in Europe and Australia reaching the Top 20 in both continents.
In 1997, she toured Europe as an opening act for Michael Jackson and 3T
(sadly died fighting cervical cancer) b. December
2013: Alan Myers (58) American
New Wave drummer; he joined the band Devo in 1976, replacing Jim Mothersbaugh.
His distinctive style ultimately made him one of the most influential drummers
of his generation and his angular playing proved so precise on Devo's most beloved
classics, his beats were frequently mistaken for a drum machine. He left between
1986 and 1987 after their 6th album Shout. After Devo he recorded a demo with
a band Babooshka. He remained active in the L.A. music scene and as of 2005, he
played drums with the Asian-themed Pop band Jean Paul Yamamoto and also since
its founding in 2005, his own band Skyline Electric played monthly shows in art
galleries and clubs in Los Angeles (sadly died fighting
cancer) b. 1954 or 1955.
Lee McBee (63) American blues singer and harmonica player, born in
Kansas City. In '69 he moved to Lawrence, where he worked in many blues and blues
rock bands, including Bob Wire and the Worm Ranch Wranglers, Used
Parts, Screaming Lee and the Rocktones, and the Lynch-McBee
Band. In 1982 he moved to Chicago, Dallas, then Los Angeles and recorded and performed
with Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Rogers, Doug Sahm and Johnny Winter. By the mid 1980s,
he settled in Dallas and met guitarist Mike Morgan in 1985. They formed the blues
band Crawl and played together for the next twelve years. In 1994, Lee began his
side project, The Passions, which soon evolved into Lee McBee and the Confessors.
He toured the United States, Canada, Europe and recorded on major blues labels
with both Mike
Morgan and the Crawl and the Confessors and
he was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame
in 2009 (tragically, Lee died suddenly while out swimming with his family)
b. March 23rd 1951.
2015: Cristiano Melo
Araújo (29) Brazilian singer and songwriter, born in Goiânia.
By the age of 9, he was making public performances, and by 10, he was composing
songs. At 13 years old he recorded an album of 5 songs and performed them at Festival
do Faustão. His album peaked at No.6 in local "região centro
oeste" charts. At 17, formed a singing duo with his twin sister Ana Cristina.
During the following six years, the duo recorded many songs and performed together,
after which he continued his solo career. He released his EP Efeitos in 2011 and
live album and DVD Ao Vivo em Goiânia in 2012, and his solo studio album
Continua in 2013. His
hit singles include "Mente pra mim", "Você mudou", "Caso
indefinido" and "Maus bocados". (Cristiano
tragically died in a car accident between when his Range Rover went off the road
and overturned; he was returning home from a show in Itumbiara)
b. January 24th 1986.
2016: Charles Chaynes
(90) French composer, born in Toulouse in 1925 and studied at the Conservatoire
de Paris. In 1951 he won the Prix de Rome with the cantata Et l'homme se vit les
portes rouvrir. During his stay at the Villa Medici in Rome he wrote the First
Concerto for String Orchestra and the Ode for a Tragic Death. In
1956 he became a producer at the Radiodiffusion Télévision Française.
In 1964 he succeeded Marius Constant as head of the channel France Musique. From
1975 to 1990 he headed the service de la création musicale at Radio France.
In addition to several operas, one symphony and chamber works Charles composed
numerous concertos, for trumpet, violin, piano and organ, and two orchestral concerts.
In 1966 he composed a concerto for organ, string orchestra, timpani and percussio
for the organist Marie-Claire Alain. His Piano Concerto was premiered in 1967
by Yvonne Loriod. He was awarded officer of the Legion of Honour, the Ordre national
du Mérite and Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2005
he became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
(?) b. July 11 1925.
George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell Jr. aka Wizard of Woo (72) American
classically trained pianist, organist, keyboard player and composer born in Long
Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Plainfield. He began piano lessons by age three
and wrote a concerto at aged eight and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra
in Washington, D.C., at 10.. He went on to study at the Juilliard School and received
a degree in 1967. As a college student, he played with Chubby & The Turnpikes
which eventually evolved into Tavares. In 1968 he was a founding member of the
funk, soul and rock music collective Parliament-Funkadelic. When the band took
a hiatus from touring in the early 1980s, Bernie was recruited to perform and
record with Talking Heads during their most inventive period and helped reshape
their sound. He was a de facto member of the group for most of the '80s and was
invited to perform with Talking Heads at their one-off reunion as part of their
2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the late 1980s through
the 2010s, Bernie recorded extensively >>> Read
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died fighting lung cancer)
b. April 19th 1944.
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 Executive". On
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) Argentine
composer 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 (70)
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.
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. In
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. He
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, killing Lounès
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
died of emphysema) b.
Dadehbala (60) 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.
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
Sky died 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
businessman. Born in Gary,
Chicago, Indiana he was the
seventh of nine children. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La
Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. His father
Joseph Jackson, 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)
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.
Godfrey "Goff" Richards (66)
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
2014: Patrik Karlsson (53)
Swedish bassist, best known perhaps as a bassist in the dance band Sven-Ingvar,
who he played with from 1988 to 2009. (sadly died of a brain
hemorrhage) b. 1961??
Edoarado Müller (78) Italian-born American conductor born in Trieste,
Sicily. He made his way as assistant to Serafin, Gui, Votto, Böhm, Molinari-Pradelli,
Abbado, Kleiber and Muti, getting his breakthrough stepping in for Georges Pretre
in Rossinis Mosè at the 1973 inauguration of the Maggio Musicale
He made his San Diego Opera debut in 1980, and over the years he conducted over
30 San Diego Opera productions until ill-health forced his retirement in 2011.
He has also conducted at La Scala, Paris, Munich, Barcelona, Tokyo, Buenos Aires,
Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Montreal and most Italian opera houses. In
the US he worked at the Met, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Washington,
Dallas, Detroit and more. He was a frequent recital partner with Renata Tebaldi,
Carreras, Obraszova, Bruson, Bergonzi and Caballé.
(sadly he had been ill for some time, and was in a coma
in his final days) b. June 16th
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.
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
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)
Dutch composer born
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 October 2007.
b. January 17th 1907.
1997: Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole (38)
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 illness)
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 21st 1906.
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.
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. 1930
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.
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 12th 1969
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
Julius Rudel (93) Austrian-born American Grammy
Award-winning maestro, director and conductor, born in Vienna and was a student
at the city's Academy of Music, but emigrated to the United States at the age
of 17 in 1938 after the country was annexed by Germany. In 1944 he began a 35-year
career with the
New York City Opera; after rising to Principal Conductor
and General Director in 1957, he brought the company international acclaim with
his innovative programming and formed a partnership with Beverly Sills, who became
the leading soprano of the NYCO. In 1979, he accepted the position of Music Director
of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, led that orchestra through the 1985 season.
Also Between 1958 and 1963 he conducted frequently for the Philadelphia Lyric
Opera Company, as well as serving as the company's Artistic Director for part
of that time. He was
the first Music Director of both Washington's Kennedy Center and the Wolf Trap
Opera Company, and from 1962 to 1976 he was Music Director of the Caramoor Festival.
In 1978, he first conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, making his debut with Werther.
He has won a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations, and his many opera recordings
include Massenets Manon and Cendrillon, Boitos Mefistofele, Verdis
Rigoletto, Bellinis I puritani, Weills Silverlake and Last in the
Star, Bomarzo, and Handels Giulio Cesare, which won the Schwann Award for
Best Opera Recording (?)
b. March 6th 1921.
2014: Mary Rodgers (83)
American composer and author born in New York City.
Her first full-length musical Once Upon a Mattress, which was also her first collaboration
with lyricist Marshall Barer with whom she continued to write songs for nearly
a decade, opened on Off Broadway in May 1959 and moved to Broadway later in the
year. Another significant compositional project for her was The Mad Show in 1966,
a musical revue based on Mad Magazine. She also wrote music for musicals and revues
including From A to Z-1960, Hot Spot-1963, Working-1978, and Phyllis Newman's
one-woman show The Madwoman of Central Park West in 1979, to mention a few. Mary
was a director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization and a board member
of ASCAP. She also served for several years as chairman of the Juilliard School
(sadly died of a of a heart ailment)
b. January 11th 1931.
Sergei Cortez (81) Chilean-born
Belarusian composer; he lived for most of his early life in Argentina, and emigrated
with his parents to Minsk in the Byelorussian SSR in 1955 at the age of 20. His
works include the one-act operas "Jubilee" and "The Bear"
after stories by Anton Chekhov. "The Bear" was premiered by Alexander
Anisimov and the Belarusian Philharmonic. "Jubilee" was premiered at
the Moscow State Academic Chamber Musical Theatre (?)
b. February 18th 1935.
2016: Mike Pedicin (98)
American jazz bandleader,
who in the 1950s and 1960s, during the summer, Mike's band played at various night
spots in Somers Point, NJ. Tony Marts & Bay Shores, the two most popular spots
of the time. His best-known record was "Shake a Hand" (?)
b. October 24th 1917.
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
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 12th
2002: John Entwistle (57) English
bassist, vocals and multi-musician,
he was the most influential British bassist in rock music, influencing the likes
Lesh, Geezer Butler,
Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton, Billy Sheehan,
Lemmy Kilmister, Krist Novoselic and so many others.
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
a pre-existing heart condition)
b. October 9th 1944.
Frank Harte (72) Irish
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.
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)
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
Rammellzee (49) American pioneer hip hop musician
and graffiti artist; before his hip-hop career, he
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 after
long illness) b. 1960.
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 12th 1944.
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.
2013: Henrik Otto Donner
(73) Finnish composer, music industry executive and his personal instrument
was trumpet. His musical styles varied from pop and rock music to jazz, electronic
music and contemporary classical music and he collaborated with many musicians
and artists such as Erkki Kurenniemi, Juhani Aaltonen, A. W. Yrjänä,
Hasse Walli and Dave Lindholm. He was a film score composer for over 50 movies
and TV-series (Henrik was found dead at the marina of Jakobstad.
It is as yet, uncertain whether he was drowned or died of a heart attack)
b. November 16th 1939.
2014: Robert Dwayne
"Bobby" Womack (70) American
singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, born and raised in Cleveland to Naomi
Womack and Friendly Womack, he was the third of five musical brothers. Both his
parents were musicians and when Bobby was still in single figures his father formed
The Womack Brothers. The group toured the gospel circuit with their parents accompanying
them with Bobby on guitar. In 1954, when Bobby was only ten years old, the group,
under the name of Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers issued a single, "Buffalo
Bill". Even though Curtis often sang lead, Bobby was allowed to sing alongside
him showcasing his gruff baritone vocals in contrast to his older brother's smoother
tenor. Sam Cooke discovered the group performing while he was still in the Soul
Stirrers in 1956 and began mentoring the boys and within four years, Sam had formed
SAR Records and signed the quintet to the label. Changing their name to the Valentinos,
he produced and arranged the group's first hit single, "Looking for a Love",
which was a pop version of a gospel song they had released titled "Couldn't
Hear Nobody Pray" >>> READ
MORE <<< (sadly Bobby had a number
of health issues including diabetes, heart trouble, he had been bravely battling
several cancers and was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease 2 years ago) b.
March 4th 1944.
2016: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
(83) Danish composer born in Copenhagen and studied at the Royal Danish
Academy of Music. Amongst other works, he composed fourteen string quartets and
a Concerto Grosso for string quartet and orchestra, written for the Kronos Quartet,
which he referred to as "Vivaldi on Safari". Pelle won the Nordic Council
Music Prize in 1980 for his Symfoni/Antifoni. (sadly died
of cancer) b. November 21st 1932.
Bonny "Mack" Rice (82) American songwriter born in Clarksdale,
Mississippi. He began his work in the R&B field in the 1950s based in Detroit,
performing with the Five Scalders in 1956 and with the Falcons, a group whose
members included Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett and Joe Stubbs, from 1957 to 1963.
He performed as a solo vocalist in the years to follow, but his biggest successes
were as songwriter for other artists on labels such as Stax. Besides writing and
recording "Mustang Sally", which also became a major hit for Wilson
Pickett in 1966, and "Respect Yourself", a hit for the Staple Singers,
his other songs he wrote include "Betcha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time)",
"Cheaper to Keep Her", "Cadillac Assembly Line", "Money
Talks", "Cold Women With Warm Hearts", "Do the Funky Penguin,
Pt. 1", "It Sho Ain't Me", and "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'".
In 1992, backed by the soul band The Dynatones, Mack released his first solo album,
'Right Now' (sadly died from complications of Alzheimer's
disease) b. November 10th 1933.
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 Pennies", "Nervous
Charlie", "That's No Bargain",
"Get With It", "Overnight
Hop", "Hangover" 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.
Jose Iturbi (84)
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. (heart
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 locally.
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
b. October 2nd 1929.
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 defeca