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1988: Nami Tamaki (Japanese pop singer).
1981: Brandi Carlile (American singer and songwriter).
1974: Alanis Morissette (Canadian
1972: Dre/Krazy Drayz/Andre Weston (UShip-hop, rapper; Das
1971: Mario Cimarro (Cuban actor and singer).
1971: Roldán González (Cuban singer).
1969: René Liu (Taiwanese actress and singer).
Damon Minchella (English bassist; Ocean Colour Scene/supergroup
1968: Jason Donovan (Australian singer; actor).
Roger Sanchez/Funk Junkeez/S-Men (American DJ, producer).
1963: Mike Joyce (UK drummer,
1962: Jan De Haas (Belgian vibraphonist).
1961: Peter Machajdik (Slovakian composer)
1960: Simon Gallup (UK bassist,
1959: Alan Wilder (UK vocals,keyboards,
composer, arranger, record producer; Depeche
Barry Adamson (UK bassist; Visage, Magazine, The Bad Seeds,
1955: Ralph Morse (UK actor, singer and writer of historical
1953: Ronnie Dunn (US guitarist, country singer-songwriter;
Brooks & Dunn).
John Ellis (UK guitarist; Vibrators/The Stranglers).
1950: Graham Russell (UK
'Charlene' Marilynn D'Angelo (US singer).
1950: Tom Robinson (UK singer, songwriter, broadcaster; Cafe
1950: Wayne Nelson (American
singer, bassist; Little River Band).
1947: Ronnie Wood (UK
guitarist; Rolling Stones/Jeff Beck Group/The Creation/Faces).
1945: Frederica von Stade (American mezzo-soprano).
1945: Linda Scott (American singer).
1941: Wayne Kemp (US country music singer)*09.March.2015.
1935: Hazel Dickens (US bluegrass
singer-songwriter, double bassist, guitarist;Hazel
1934: Pat Boone (US singer).
1925: Marie Knight/Marie Roach (US gospel singer)*30.Aug.2009.
1924: Hal McKusick (US jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist)*11.April.2012.
1921: Nelson Riddle (US trombone player, orchestra leader)*06.Oct.1985.
1987: Darin Zanyar (Swedish
Cristina (Cuban American singer,composer, actress).
1983: Brooke White (American singer).
1983: Leela James (American singer-songwriter).
Tucker Rountree (American
guitarist and composer).
Irish Grinstead (American
R&B singer; 702)
1980: Orish Grinstead (American
R&B singer; 702)*20.April.2008.
1980: Fabrizio Moreti (drummer;
1979: Butterfly Giselle Grace Boucher (Australian singer-songwriter,
1976: Tim Rice-Oxley (UK piano, bass,backing vocals; Keane).
1970: Louis Freese/B-Real (US rapper; Cypress Hill).
1970: Dominic Greensmith (drums; Reef/Kubb).
1966: Pedro Guerra (Spanish songwriter, singer).
1965: Jeremy Cunningham (UK bassist, Levellers).
1962: Ian Shaw (Welsh jazz singer, record producer, former
1962: Thor Eldon Jonsson (Icelandic guitar; The Sugarcubes).
1961: Dez Cadena (US singer, guitarist; Black Flag/Misfits/Osaka
1960: Tony Hadley (UK vocals, synthesizer; Spandau Ballet/solo/freelance).
1959: Lydia Lunch/Lydia Koch (American singer).
1959: Ferron Foisy (Canadian folk singer-songwriter, poet).
1955: Michael Steele/Susan Thomas (US bassist, vocals, songwriter;
1952: Pete Farndon (UK bass player, Pretenders)*14.April.1983.
1950: Joanna Gleason (Canadian actress, singer)
1947: Antone 'Chubby' Tavares (US lead singer; Tavares).
1947: Mark Elder (British opera and symphony conductor).
1946: Song Dae Kwan (Korean singer).
1945: Kim Brown (UK singer, guitar; The Renegades, Kim &
1944: Marvin Hamlisch (US pianist, composer)*06.Aug.2012.
1943: Ilaiyaraaja (Indian composer).
1941: Irène Schweizer (Swiss jazz pianist).
1941: Charlie Watts (UK drums, Rolling Stones).
1941: William Guest (US singer; Gladys Knight and the Pips).
1937: Pierre Favre (Swiss jazz percussionist, drummer).
1936: Otis Williams (US singer, NOT of the Temptations; Otis
Williams & His Charms).
1934: Johnny Carter (US doo-wop/R&B singer; The Flamingos/The
1932: Sammy Turner (American singer).
Ronnie Bedford (US
Jones (US singer-songwriter)*02.June.1930.
1928: Erzsi Kovács (Hungarian pop singer, performer)*06.April.2014.
1924: Maurice Kinn (UK promoter, publisher; launched The
New Musical Express in 1952)*03.Aug.2000.
1921: Marty Napoleon (US jazz pianist;
Louis Armstrong's All Stars/sessionist)*27.April.2015.
1913: Walter Andreas Schwarz (German
1904: Valaida Snow (US
Rio (American organist;
Ann Vergara-Paras (US actress, singer, spokesperson).
1982: Dihan Slabbert (South African singer, composer; Hi-5 /
1978: Lyfe Jennings/Chester Jennings (US R&B singer,
1976: Yuri Ruley (US drummer; MxPx).
1974: Kelly Jones (Welsh vocalist, guitar; Stereophonics).
Tonmi Lillman aka Otus (Finnish
drummer, multi-musician; Lordi/others)*14.Feb.2012.
in the trio No Mercy).
(US vocalist in the trio No Mercy).
1970: Peter Tägtgren (Swedish singer, guitar, drums,
1970: Julie Masse (French Canadian singer).
Esther Hart (Dutch singer; Song
for Europe contestant).
Andre Bush (US jazz guitarist)*08.Aug.2014.
Takako Minekawa (Japanese singer, multi-musician; Fancy Face
1969: Hiroyuki Takami (Japanese singer; AXS).
1968: Saffron/Samantha Sprackling (Nigerian singer; Republica)
1968: Jamie O'Neal/Jamie Murphy (American/Australian singer).
1965: Mike Gordon (US bass player, vocalist, multi-muso;
Phish/Grappa Boom/solo band).
1965: Jeff Blumenkrantz (US musical theatre composer-lyricist,
King (US thrash metal guitarist, songwriter; Slayer/freelance).
Cole (vocals, rapper, mixer, producer; C+C Music Factory)*24.Jan.1995.
1961: Ed Wynne (UK guitarist, keyboardist; Ozric Tentacles)
1956: Danny Wilde (singer, songwriter; The Rembrandts).
1954: Dan Hill (Canadian singer, songwriter, guitar).
Collier (UK singer;
1952: Billy Powell (US keyboardist;
1950: Deniece Williams
Quatro (US bassist, singer).
Pilkington-Miksa (UK drummer; Curved Air/Kiki
Bob Fish (UK
singer; Bronzelina Cottage/The Cadets/The Mickey Jupp Band/Darts)
1949: Floyd Lloyd (Jamaican reggae singer)
Clive Richard Shakespeare
(English-born Australian guitarist;
1948: Carlos Franzetti (Argentinian pianist).
Alexander (US bass player; Stooges)*10.Feb.1975.
1947: Mickey Finn (UK percussion; T Rex/Tyrannosaurus
1946: Eddie Holman (US singer).
1946: Michael Clarke/Michael
James Dick (US drummer;
Paul Goddard (US bass player; Atlanta
1944: Jack Wilkins (US jazz guitarist).
jazz drummer, teacher;
1942: Curtis Mayfield (US
singer, songwriter; Impressions)*26.Dec.1999.
Ian Hunter/Ian Hunter Patterson (UK
vocals, guitar, keyboards; Apex
Group/Mott the Hoople/solo).
Backer (US jazz record producer-executive)*10.April.2014.
1935: Theodore "Ted"
Curson (US jazz trumpeter;
Vincenzo "Enzo" Jannacci (Italian
singer-songwriter, pianist, actor,
1934: Robert 'Bob' Wallis (UK jazz trumpeter, leader; own
1930: Dakota Staton/Aliyah Rabia (American jazz singer)*10.April.2007.
Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III
1924: Jimmy Rogers (US blues guitarist; Muddy Waters/Howlin'
1923: Phil Nimmons (Canadian arranger, bandleader, clarinetist,
Henry Stone (US record company executive, record producer)*07.Aug.2014.
operatic tenor and father of film director Larry Peerce)*15.Dec.1984.
(US blues singer, guitar
1888: Red Brown/Tom Brown (New Orleans dixieland jazz trombonist)*25.March.1958.
1992: Dino Jelusic (Croatian
Mollie King (UK
singer, actress; The Saturdays).
1986: Micky/Park Yoochun (South
Korean singer, dancer, songwriter; TVXQ).
Leon Botha aka DJ Solarize
African artist, musical DJ)*05.June.2011.
1985: Alicja Janosz (Polish
1984: Rainie Yang (Taiwanese
singer and actress).
1982: MC Jin/Jin Au-Yeung (Chinesse-American
1980: Alicja Janosz (Polish
1974: Stefan Lessard
(US bassist, Dave Matthews Band).
1971: Shoji Meguro (Japanese composer).
1970: Richie Hawtin (UK-Canadian electronic musician, international-touring
1970: David Pybus (UK bassist; Darkened/Dreambreed).
1968: Al B. Sure/Albert Joseph Brown III (US R&B singer).
1966: Cecilia Bartoli (Italian mezzo-soprano).
1964: Eva Fampas (Greek guitarist).
1964: Chris Kavanagh (UK drums; Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio
Harper (US drummer, Winard Harper Quintet, sessionist).
John P. Kee (US Gospel singer; NLCC).
1961: El DeBarge/Eldra Patrick DeBarge (US R&B, soul
falsetto singer; Debarge/solo).
1960: Fred Thelonious Baker (UK bassist; In Cahoots/Pip Pyle's
1958: Selwyn 'Bumbo' Brown (UK vocalist, keyboards; Steel
Steve Grimes (UK rhythm guitarist, The Farm).
1957: Robert Poulton (UK operatic baritone; Glyndebourne
Ryan (Irish disc jockey and radio-television presenter)*30.April.2010.
1954: Mikey Dread/Michael Campbell (Jamaican singer, producer,
1954: Raphael Ravenscroft (UK
(UK guitarist; Samson)*09.Aug.2002.
1953: Jimmy McCulloch (Scottish guitarist; Stone the
1950: Dagmar Krause (German
singer; solo/Slapp Happy/Henry Cow/Art Bears).
1948: Paquito D'River (Cuban Grammy-winning jazz & classical
1946: Colin 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 White
Michelle Phillips (US singer; Mamas
& The Papas).
1940: Vince Eager/Roy Taylor (UK lead vocalist; Vagabond
Skiffle Group/Vince Taylor-Quiet Three).
1940: Cliff Bennett (UK singer; Cliff Bennett and the Rebel
1939: Johnny Cannon/John
singer; Johnny Mike and the Shades)
1937: Freddy Fender/Baldemar Huerta (US singer,guitar;Los
1935: Colette Boky
(Quebec operatic soprano)
1932: Oliver Nelson (US
jazz composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger)*28.Oct.1975.
Jolly/Peter Ceragioli Jr (US jazz keyboardist,
Morgana King/Maria Grazia Morgana Messina DeBerardinis (US jazz
1929: Andor Kovacs (Hungarian guitarist).
1920: Britt Woodman (US jazz trombonist; Duke Ellington/Charles
1917: Robert Merrill (American operatic
1894: Madame Bolduc/Mary Rose-Anna Travers (French Canadian
1995: Troye Sivan Mellet (South
African/Australian actor, singer)
1982: Ryan Dallas Cook (US
trombone player; Suburban Legends)*19.Oct.2005.
1981: Sebastien Lefebvre
(rhythm guitar, vocals; Simple Plan).
1979: Pete Wentz (US bassist, vocals, guitar, keyboards;
Fall Out Boy/Blackcards)
1979: David Bisbal Ferré (Spanish pop singer).
1977: Christian Martucci (US guitarist, bassist, vocalist;
Black President/Strychnine Babies/Chelsea Smiles).
1977: Nourhanne (Lebanese singer)
1976: Aesop Rock/Ian Matthias Bavitz (US hip-hop artist)
Charles Wills (bassist, violin, vocals; 311).
1973: Daniel Gildenlöw (Swedish multi-musician, songwriter;
Pain of Salvation/The Flower Kings).
Brian Chad (US lead guitarist, piano, backing vocals; Mansun/sessionist).
1971: Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark (singer, actor; New Kids
on the Block).
Norreen (Danish keyboards; Danish-Norwegian pop group Aqua).
McKnight (US singer).
1965: Sandrine Piau (French soprano)
1965: Stefan Schönfeldt (Swedish guitarist; Wannadies).
guitarist, vocalist, founding member; Nile).
1964: Maggie Dunne
bassist, keyboards; We've
Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It = Fuzzbox).
1963: Joe Rudán (Hungarian heavy metal singer; Pokolgép)
1961: Anthony Burger (US
pianist, singer; Kingsmen
(UK lead singer; The Nightingales)
1957: John Fumo (US flugelhornist, trumpeter; sessionist/freelance).
1956: Richard Butler (UK
vocals, Psychedelic Furs).
1956: Kenny G/Kenneth Gorelick (US soprano
saxophone, multi-reed player,
(Cuban singer and songwriter)*26.Nov.2002.
Erica Lindsay (US saxophone
1954: Pete Erskine (US drummer, percussion; Stan Kenton Orchestra/Weather
1952: Nicko McBrain/Michael
drummer; Iron Maiden/7x70).
1952: Carole Fredericks
Barbara Gaskin (UK singer;
Stewart & Barbara Gaskin)
Tommy Eyre (UK
1949: Jerry Gonzalez (US latino jazz percussionist, trumpeter).
Esler-Smith (UK keyboardist, Air Supply)*01.March.1991.
1947: Tom Evans (UK bassist, guitar, vocals; Badfinger)*19.Nov.1983.
1947: Laurie Anderson
(US singer, violin; solo/freelance).
1946: Freddie Stone/Frederick Stewart (US guitar,
vocals; Sly & The Family
Jacques Taddei (French classical
1944: Colm Wilkinson (Irish singer, actor)
Michael Davis (US bassist, artist; MC5 / TKD-MC5)*17.Feb.2012.
1941: Martha Argerich (Argentine pianist)
Butler (US vocalist; Fifth Dimension/Friends Of Distinction)*29.April.1990.
1935: Misha Mengelberg (Ukranian classical and jazz pianist;
ICP Orchestra/other projects).
Jolly/Peter Ceragioli Jr
(US jazz keyboards, accordionist, pianist)*11.Nov.2004.
Anna Reynolds (English mezzo-soprano and contralto opera singer)*24.Feb.2014.
1925: Bill Hayes (US actor, singer; solo/Broadway star).
1923: Daniel Pinkham
(US composer, organist, harpsichordist)*18.Dec.2006.
1922: Gordoan 'Specs' Powell (US jazz drummer,
Ed Sullivan Band/freelance)*15.Sept.2007.
1884: Ralph Benatzky (Czech composer)*16.Oct.1957.
1876: Tony Jackson (US ragtime jazz pianist)*20.Apr.1921.
1992: Hyuna/Kim Hyun Ah
(Korean dance-pop singer; 4minute)
1987: Kyle Falconer (Scottish singer;
Leslie Carter (US
singer, reality star)*31.Jan.2011.
1986: Kim Hyun Joong (Korean singer;
1986: Gin Wigmore (New Zealand
1980: Peter Mosely (US vocals,
bass, piano; Yellowcard).
1978: Carl Barât (UK singer,
guitarist; Dirty Pretty Things)
1978: Mariana Popova (Bulgarian
1978: Joy Enriquez (US singer)
rapper and producer)*25.May.2008.
1976: Z-Ro/Joseph Wayne McVey (US
1976: aKido/Kim Gaboury (Canadian
1976: Emilie-Claire Barlow (Canadian
1975: Cheer Chen (Taiwanese singer,
1974: Uncle Kracker/Matthew Shafer
(US rock, country, rap-rock singer).
1972: Cristina Scabbia (Italian
singer; Lacuna Coil)
1970: James Shaffer (US guitarist;
1966: Gary Newby
(UK guitarist, Railway Children).
1966: Sean Yseult/Shauna Reynolds (US bassist, multi-musician;
1965: David White (guitarist, vocalist; Brother Beyond).
1964: Jay Bentley (bassist; Bad Religion).
1961: Tom Araya (Chilian vocals, bass; Slayer).
1961: Dee C. Lee/Diane Catherine Sealey (singer, backing
singer; Wham!/Style Council).
1960: Steve Vai (guitarist; Frank Zappa/David Lee Roth/Whitesnake/solo/freelance).
Giscombe (UK-Jamaican singer).
1959: Robert Hodgens (guitar,
1959: Jimmy Jam (US record producer)
1956: Michael Wallace (Jamaican keyboardist; Third World/Chalice)*06.July.1966.
1955: Dennis Flemion (US keyboardist, percussionist;
Frogs/The Smashing Pumpkins)*07.July.2012.
baritone lead vocals; Eric
& the Vikings aka The Vikings aka Motown Vikings)
1951: Dwight Twilley (US pop/rock singer)
1952: Joe Sublett (US jazz/rock/pop saxophonist; top sessionist).
1952: Yukihiro Takahashi (Japanese drummer, singer; Yellow
1949: Paul Lovens (German drummer, percussionist;
Holly Near (American folk singer)
1948: Tony Levin (US bassist; King Crimson)
1948: Richard S. Sinclair (English bassist, guitarist, vocalist;
1944: Monty Alexander (Jamaican
1944: Peter Albin (bassist; Big Brother & the Holding
Froese (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
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
"Lennie" Bush (English
Klaus Tennstedt (German conductor,
1915: Vincent Persichetti (American
1902: Jimmie Lunceford
Khachaturian (Armenian composer)*01.May.1978.
1892: Ted Lewis (American bandleader)*25.Aug.1971.
1993: Park Ji-yeon (South Korean singer, actress)
1985: Charlie Simpson (UK guitarist, vocals; Busted).
1978: Tony An (Korean singer; H.O.T)
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 artist; Next)
1969: Adam Buxton (British TV presenter, DJ)
1967: Dave Navarro (US guitarist; Camp Freddy/Panic Channel/Red
Hot Chili Peppers/Jane's Addiction).
1966: Eric Kretz (US drummer; Stone Temple Pilots/Talkshow/Spiralarms).
1965: Christine Roque (French singer)
1964: Ecstacy/John Fletcher (US member of the hip-hop group
1963: Roberto Alagna (French tenor)
Michael Cartellone (US drummer; Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1962: Thierry Hazard (French singer, songwriter)
1961: Dave Catching (US guitarist; Eagles of Death Metal/Queens
of the Stone Age/others)
Rogers Nelson (US singer,
1957: Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican singer-songwriter, producer).
1957: Paddy McAloon (UK guitar, vocals; Prefab Sprout).
Reale (US heavy metal guitarist; Riot)*25.Jan.2012.
1953: Johnny Clegg (South African singer,guitariat; Juluka/Savuka).
(US drummer; Little Hans/OHO)*18.Sept.1987.
Royce Campbell (US jazz guitarist, composer, record producer).
1947: Melanie Martin (US flautist, saxophonist).
1946: Phil Wainman (UK record producer, drummer, songwriter;
Sweet/XTC/Dollar/Mud/Bay City Rollers).
singer, guitarist; Bystanders/Man/many projects)*10.March.2010.
1945: Billy Butler (US soul singer-songwriter)*01.April.2015.
1944: Miguel "Mike" Ríos (Spanish singer,
Clarence White/Clarence LeBlanc (US
vocalist, guitar; Byrds/Kentucky Colonels)*14.July.1973.
Hotep Idris Galeta/Cecil Barnard Galeta (South
African jazz pianist, educator)*03.Nov.2010.
1940: Tom Jones (Welsh singer).
Canadian conductor and cellist)*15.Jan.2013.
Juan Carlos Calderón (Spanish
award winning singer-songwriter)*25.Nov.2012.
1938: Idris Sardi (Indonesian violinist, award winning composer)*28.April.2014.
1937: Neeme Järvi (Estonian conductor)
1932: Harold "Tina"
Floyd Brooks (US
samba composer, vocalist)*27.Feb.2010
1928: Charles Strouse (US composer).
1921: Tal Farlow (US jazz guitarist)*25.July.1998.
1917: Dean Martin (US actor, singer)*25.Dec.1995.
international operetic soprano)*10.Jan.2005.
Glen Gray Knoblauch (US jazz saxophone,
leader; Casa Loma Orchestra)*23.Aug.1963.
1897: George Szell
1985: Jamie Shaw
(UK vocals, One True Voice)?
1983: Lee Harding (Australian punk rock singer)
1981: Sara Watkins (US singer-songwriter, fiddler; Nickel
1981: Alex Band (US singer; The Calling/solo).
1980: Aron Elias (Welsh singer, guitarist, bass guitar; Pep
le Pew/Y Rei).
1979: Derek Trucks (US guitarist, songwriter; The Allman
1978: Eun Ji Won (South Korean rapper; Sechs Kies)
bass player, singer;Trial/3 Inches of Blood/Dirty Knockers)*27.Sept.2009.
Kayne West (US rapper, producer).
1971: Jef Streatfield (UK guitar; Wildhearts)?
1970: Seu Jorge/Jorge Mário da Silva (Brazilian singer,
1970: David King (US drummer, composer; The Bad Plus/Happy
1970: Nichole 'Nicci' Gilbert (US singer, Brownstone).
1966: Doris Pearson (singer, 5 Star).
1965: Robert 'Rob' Pilatus (Afro-German model, stripper,
singer; Milli Vanilli)*02.April.1998.
1965: Neil Mitchell (Scottish keyboards; Wet Wet Wet).
1962: Kristine W/ Kristine Weitz (US singer)
1962: Nick Rhodes (UK keyboards; Duran Duran).
1960: Mick Hucknall (UK singer, songwriter; Simply Red/solo).
1954: Greg Ginn (US guitarist; Black Flag)
1954: Marios Tokas (Greek-Cypriot composer)*27.April.2008.
Jeff Rich (UK drummer; Climax Blues Band/Status Quo).
Olav Stedje (Norwegian singer-songwriter)
1951: Bonnie Tyler (Welsh singer).
1951: Tony Rice (US acoustic guitarist)
1949: Emanuel Ax (Polish-born pianist)
1947: Mick Box (lead guitar; Uriah Heep/guest).
Joan La Barbara
(US vocalist, organ, composer)
1947: Annie Haslam (UK singer, songwriter; solo/Renaissance)
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 Dog Knight).
1941: Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins (US vocals, guitar;
Alf Robertson (Swedish
singer and composer)*24.Dec.2008.
1940: Nancy Sinatra (US singer, Frank's daughter).
Robertson (Scottish folk singer
1940: Sherman Garnes (US bassman; Frankie Lymon And Teenagers)*26.Feb.1977.
James Darren/James William Ercolani
(US actor, singer)
1934: Millicent Martin (English singer, actress)
(Trinidadian parang musician; The Lara Brothers)*09.May.2014.
Robert Allman AM OBE (Australian operatic
1902: Harry Hopkinson aka Harry Torrani
(UK singer, yodeler; Yodeling Cowboy from Chesterfield)*04.March.1979.
1989: Chloë Agnew (Irish
singer; Celtic Woman)
1986: Kary Ng (Hong Kong
1984: Kaleth Morales (Colombian
vallenato singer, songwriter)*24.Aug.2005.
1982: Christina Stürmer (Austrian
Vic Zhou (Taiwanese
actor, singer, model)
1980: D'banj/Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Nigerian
singer, songwriter, harmonica player)
(UK guitar, vocals, keyboards; Muse).
Thormodsæter Haugen (Norwegian guitarist, drummer; Emperor,
1971: Jackie McKeown (Scottish vocalist, guitarist; The Yummy
1971: Rick Renstrom (US guitarist; Rob Rock/Wade Black/Richard
Christy/Mat Sinner/Atma Anur).
Ed Simons (UK vocals,
keyboards; Chemical Brothers).
1967: Dean Felber (US bassist; Hootie & The Blowfish).
1967: Dean Dinning (US bassist, Toad The Wet Sprocket)?
1964: Hiroko Yakushimaru (Japanese actress, singer)
Wayman Tisdale (US jazz
bass guitarist, professional
1963: Gilad Atzmon (Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist,
1963: Johnny Depp II (US actor, producer, multi-guitarist;
Yuval Banai (Israeli musician, singer; Mashina)
1962: Eddie Lundon (UK guitarist; China Crisis).
1954: Peter Byrne (UK-US singer, songwriter, guitar; Naked
1954: Paul Chapman (Welsh guitarist; UFO, Lone Star)
1953: Errol Kennedy (US drummer; Imagination)
1952: Uzi Hitman (Israeli
singer, songwriter, composer, TV personality)*17.Oct.2004.
1951: Terry Uttley (UK bassist, vocals; Smokie).
1950: Trevor Bolder (UK bass; Wishbone Ash/Spiders From Mars/
1949: George Bunnell (US bass, rhythm guitar, song writer;
Strawberry Alarm Clock)?
1949: Francis Monkman (UK keyboards, synthesizer; Curved
1946: Stuart Edwards (UK guitarist; Edison Lighthouse/sessionist)?
1941: Jon Lord (UK organist, piano, composer; Deep Purple/solo)*16.July.2012.
1941: Billy Hatton (UK bassist; Fourmost).
1939: Ileana Cotrubas (Romanian soprano)
Charles Wuorinen (American composer)
1934: Jackie Wilson (US soul singer)*21.Jan.1984.
1930: Barbara/Monique Andrée Serf (French
1929: Johnny Ace (American R&B singer, pianist)*25.Dec.1954.
1915: Les Paul/Lester
guitarist, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, other things)*13.Aug.2009.
1912: Ingolf Dahl (US composer)*06.Aug.1970.
1900: Fred Waring (US bandleader)*29.July.1984.
1891: Cole Porter (US singer, composer)*15.Oct.1964.
Josh Ramsay (Canadian
singer; Marianas Trench)
1981: Hoku/Hoku Christian Ho (US-Hawaiian singer, actress).
1977: Dan-e-o/Daniel Faraldo (Canadian rapper)
1977: Takako Matsu (Japanese singer, actress)
1977: Nergal/Adam Darski (Polish guitarist, singer; Behemoth)
1973: Faith Evans (US female singer).
1973: Flesh-N-Bone/Stanley Howse (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
1973: LeMisha Grinstead (US singer, female band 702)
1971: Erik Rutan (US singer, guitarist, record
producer; Morbid Angel/Hate
1971: Jo-Jo/Joel Henry
(US R&B/soul singer, songwriter, duo K-Ci & JoJo).
1970: Mike Doughty (US singer-songwriter; Soul Coughing)
Burno (US jazz bassist, composer)*28.Dec.2013.
1969: Dan Lavery (US bassist; Tonic)?
1968: The D.O.C./Tracy Lynn Curry (US rapper)
1967: DJ Doctor Nice/Human Beat Box/Darren Robinson (US Rapper;
1967: Emma Anderson (UK guitar; Lush/Sing-Sing).
1965: Joey Santiago (Filipino-American guitarist; Pixies)
1964: James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin (US drummer,
1963: Bodjie Dasig/Darius Delphin Dasig (Filipino singer-songwriter)*12.March.2012.
Ka-Kui (Hong Kong singer-songwriter, guitarist; Beyond)*30.June.1993.
Maxi Priest/Max Alfred Elliott (R&B,reggae singer)
1961: Gary Thomas (US jazz saxophonist, flautist)
1961: Mark Shaw/Mark Robert Tiplady (UK vocals, Then Jerico).
1961: Kim Deal (US bass guitar, vocals; Pixies)
1961: Kelley Deal (US guitarist; The Breeders)
Janis Grodums (Latvian bass guitarist, singer; Livi)*15.June.2010.
1944: Rick Price (UK bassist, vocals, songwriter; Rockin'Berries/Move/Wizzard/ELO/Price
1944: David Goloshchokin (Russian composer, multi-instrumentalist)
1941: Shirley Owens (US vocalist, The Shirelles)
1941: Mickey Jones (US drummer, actor; The First Edition)
1941: Harry "Cuby" Muskee (Dutch singer-songwriter;
Cuby+Blizzards/own blues band)*26.Sept.2011.
(UK drummer; Spontaneous Music Ensemble aka SME)*13.Sept.1994.
1938: Violetta Villas/Czeslawa
(Polish singer, actress, composer, songwriter)*05.Dec.2011.
Campbell (UK folk singer, guitarist; Ian Campbell Folk Group)*24.Nov.2012.
1931: João Gilberto (Brazilian singer, guitarist)
M. S. Gopalakrishnan aka MSG (Indian violinist)*03.Jan.2013.
1930: Guy Pedersen (French bass player)
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.
Ragon (French singer)
1913: Tikhon Khrennikov (Russian composer)*14.Aug.2007.
(US musicologist, harpsichordist)*13.April.1984.
1910: Robert Still (English composer)*13.Jan.1971.
1910: Howlin Wolf/Chester Arthur Burnett (US blues singer,
1907: Dicky Wells
1905: William T. Lewis (US
jazz clarinetist, bandleader)*13.Jan.1971.
Loewe (Austrian-American composer;
My Fair Lady/Camelot/others)*14.Feb.1988.
1898: Andy Blakeney (US
Hattie McDaniel (US
Al Dubin (US lyricist)*11.Feb.1945.
1894: Punch Miller/Ernest Miller
(US dixieland trumpeter)*02.Dec.1971.
1886: Chink Martin/Chink Abraham (US
singer, Eurovision contestant)
1987: TiA/Chiaki Hamahime (Japanese
1985: Chris Trousdale (US
pop singer, dancer; Dream Street)
1970: Chris Rice (US
1969: Steven Drozd
(US multi-instrumentalist, drummer; The Flaming Lips).
1961: Rob B/Robert Birch (UK rap artist, singer; Stereo MC's).
1960: The Head/Nick Hallam (singer, rapper, DJ, producer;
Kevin Wilkinson (UK drummer;
League of Gentlemen/Waterboys/China Crisis/many others)*17.July.1999.
1957: Jamaaladeen Tacuma/Rudy McDaniel (US free jazz bassist;
1955: Linda Williams (Dutch singer; 1981 Eurovision Song
Contest) not French
1952: Donnie Van Zandt (US founder and front man of 38 Special).
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).
(UK drums; Pretty Things/Sunshine).
1947: Richard Palmer -James (UK guitarist, lyricist, balalaika,
vocals; Supertramp/Tetrad/ King Crimson/own).
1947: Glenn Leonard (US tenor-secondary lead singer; Temptations/Temptations
1946: Thump Thomson/Iain
bass guitarist; The Darts)
1940: Joey Dee/Joseph DiNicola (US singer; Starlighters/Cymande).
1939: Bernard Purdie (US session drummer).
1936: Jud Strunk/Justin Strunk Jr (US singer, banjo player,
1934: Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (US tenor
and lead vocals; The Spaniels)*16.Jan.2007.
1931: Audrey Schuh (American soprano).
1929: Lennie Niehaus (US jazz sax player, arranger, composer).
1926: Carlisle Floyd (American composer).
1920: Shelly Manne (US jazz drummer)*26.Sept.1984.
1920: Hazel Scott (West Indian-born jazz and classical pianist,
1913: Risë Stevens (US
1910: Carmine Coppola (American multi-award winning composer,
director and songwriter)*26.April.1991.
1992: Allie DiMeco (US
singer, multi-musician, actress; The Naked Brothers Band)
1985: Chris Young (US
country singer, songwriter)
1982: Ben Blackwell (US
drummer, roadie, writer; White Stripes/The Dirtbombs).
1979: Robyn/ Robyn Carlsson
1977: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (US guitarist; American Blues
1975: Tomcraft / Thomas Brückner (German DJ, producer).
1972: Bounty Killer/Rodney Basil Price (Jamaican deejay)
1969: Bardi Martin (US bassist, Candlebox).
1969: Giorgio Occhipinti (Italian multi-instrumentalist)
1969: Zsolt Daczi (Hungarian guitarist; Omen/Bikini/others)*06.Aug.2007.
1969: Giorgio Occhipinti (Italian multi-instrumentalist).
1968: Bobby Sheehan (US bassist, Blues Traveler)*20.Aug.1999.
keyboardist; The Charlatans)
1965: Filip Topol (Czech singer, songwriter, pianist; Psí
1962: DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter (US rapper;
Paul Clark (UK musician; The Bolshoi)
1961: Kira Roessler (US musician; Black Flag)
Juan Tarodo (Spanish drummer, songwriter,
1960: Michael Hausman (US percussionist, artist manager;
1959: John Linnell (US accordion, saxophone, clarinet, keyboards;
They Might Be Giants).
1958: Rebecca Holden (US actress, singer)
1957: Geri Allen (US jazz pianist).
1954: Jesper Lundgaard (Danish bass player)
1953: Johnny 'Rocky' Burnette (US singer).
Farndon (UK bassist; The Pretenders/Cold River Lady/The Bushwackers)*14.April.1983.
1951: Brad Delp (US guitar, keyboard, vocals, Boston/Beatlejuice)*09.March.2007.
1951: Bun E. Carlos/Brad Carlson (drums, Cheap Trick).
1949: John Wetton (UK bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, singer,
songwriter; Asia/Family/King Crimson/others)
1948: Barry Bailey (US guitarist; Atlanta Rhythm Section).
1944: Harold Cowart (US bassist, trumpet; Playboy Band, sessionist)*27.June.2010.
1942: Len Barry/Leonard Borisoff (US singer, songwriter;
1941: Reg Presley/Reginald Maurice Ball (UK singer songwriter;
1941: Roy Harper (UK folk singer, keyboards, guitar, bass,
1941: Chick Corea/Armando Corea (US jazz pianist, keyboardist,composer).
1939: Kent Carter (US cellist, composer).
1932: Mimi Coertse (South African soprano)
Charlie Feathers (US singer, guitarist, Rockabilly pioneer)*29.Aug.1998.
1928: Vic Damone (US singer).
1928: Richard M. Sherman (US songwriter)
1915: Eddie Williams (US bass player; Johnny Moore's Three
"Zeke" Zarchy (American
1913: Gene Hall (US music educator, saxophonist, arranger)*04.March.1993.
(US lead singer; Ink Spots)*25.March.1978.
1903: Emmett Hardy
(US jazz cornet player, banjo)*16.June.1925.
1899: Gene Kardos
B/Glenn Thomas (US hip hop recording artist)*28.Dec.2013.
1989: Lisa Gabrielle Tucker (US singer, musical theatre, TV
1988: Austin Thornton (US drummer; Woe, Is Me)
1985: Raz/Raz-B/De'Mario Monte Thornton (US multi-genre singer;
1980: Sarah Connor/Sarah Terenzi née Lewe (German
1978: Jason Michael Carroll (Country music singer-songwriter).
1976: Kym Ryder/Kym Marsh (UK vocals, TV actress; Hear'Say).
1976: Jason "J" Brown (UK vocalist; Five).
1974: Selma Björnsdóttir (Icelandic singer).
1973: Mattias Hellberg (Swedish musician; The Hellacopters)
1973: Ville Laihiala (Finnish musician; Sentenced, Poisonblack)
1973: Kasia Kowalska (Polish pop rock singer)
1972: Natalie MacMaster (Canadian fiddle player, singer).
1970: Rivers Cuomo/Peter Kitts (guitar, singer, songwriter;
1969: Soren Rasted (multi-musician; Aqua/Lazyboy).
1968: David Gray (UK singer, songwriter).
1968: Denise 'Deniece' Pearson (UK vocals; 5 Star).
1965: Lukas Ligeti (Austrian composer, drummer).
1964: Christian Wilhelm Berger (Romanian composer)
1963: Paul De Lisle (US bassist; Smash Mouth).
1958: Val Young aka Lady V (Urban/Dance-pop artist, singer)
1957: Rolf Brendel (German drummer, songwriter; Nena).
1955: Mike Ruggelo (US freelance drummer; Drifters/Martha
Kumar (Indian composer, multi-intrumentalist)*20.Feb.2014.
1951: Howard Leese (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer; Heart)?
1949: Dennis Locorriere (US lead singer, guitar; Dr. Hook).
1945: Phil Packham (UK bass guitarist; The Sorrows)
1944: Derek 'Chow' Boyes (UK organist, keyboardist; The Buzz/David
(US rhythm & blues -
1941: MarvTarplin (US guitarist, songwriter; The Miracles/Smokey
1941: Esther Ofarim (Israelian singer).
1940: Bobby Freeman (African-American soul singer).
drummer; Motown Funk Brothers)*24.March.2009.
1932: Bob McGrath (US singer and actor)
1929: Alan Civil (English French horn player)*19.March.1989.
1918: Wild Bill Moore (US R&B saxophone player/Motown/sessionist/freelance)*08.Aug.1983.
Doc Cheatham/Adolphus Cheatham
1905: Xian Xinghai (Chinese composer)*30.Oct.1945.
1899: Carlos Chávez (Mexican composer)*02.Aug.1978.
1988: Kevin Michael McHale (US
singer; NLT - Not Like Them).
1984: Siobhan Donaghy (UK vocalist;
1982: Lang Lang (Chinese pianist).
1975: Bob Nanna (US drummer, singer; Braid/Hey Mercedes/The
City on Film).
1974: Joshua Radin (US songwriter)
Ceca Raznatovic (Serbian singer).
1972: Shaun Keaveny (British radio DJ).
Billie Myers (UK female singer).
1969: MC Ren/Lorenzo Jerald Patterson (US rapper, hop-hop
1963: Chris DeGarmo (US lead, rhythm guitarist; Queensryche).
1961: Boy George/George Alan O'Dowd (UK singer; Culture Club/
1960: Gary Husband (UK jazz and rock drummer, pianist, composer;
1959: Marcus Miller (US jazz bassist, clarinetist, bandleader).
1958: Nick Van Eede (UK lead
singer; Cutting Crew).
1957: Maxi Jazz/Maxwell Fraser (British rapper; Faithless/solo).
1956: King Diamond/Kim Bendix Petersen (Danish singer; King
Diamond, Mercyful Fate).
1956: Gianna Nannini (Italian
1949: Jim Lea (UK bassist, piano, violin, guitar; Slade).
1949: Alan White (UK drummer; Plastic Ono Band/Yes/ not
the OASIS drummer).
1947: Darius Brubeck (US jazz keyboardist, educator, son
of Dave Brubeck).
1947: Barry Melton (US guitarist; Country Joe and the Fish).
1946: Janusz Stefanski (Polish drummer)
(Afghan singer, songwriter-composer)*14.June.1979.
1945: Rod Argent (US keyboards, vocals; The Zombies/Argent).
1945: Tiit Paulus (Estonian guitarist)
1943: Harold Wheeler (US composer).
1943: Spooner Oldham/Dewey
(US songwriter, organ, keyboards; session musician).
1942: Peter Lemer (UK keyboardist; freelance/sessionist/own
1937: Burton Greene (US free jazz pianist)
1936: Renaldo "Obie" Benson
(US vocals; The Four Tops)*01.July.2005.
1931: Junior Walker/Autry DeWalt Mixon
(US saxophonist, singer; Jr. Walker & the All Stars)*23.Nov.1995.
1929: Cy Coleman (US composer, songwriter,
"Cuban Pete" Aguilar (Puerto Rican dancer)*13.Jan.2009.
1918: John Simmons
(US bass player)*19.Sept.1979.
1910: Rudolf Kempe (German conductor)*12.May.1976.
mezzo-soprano opera singer)*14.Nov.2002.
1909: Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives
(US singer, actor, songwriter, musician)*14.April.1995.
1907: Sid Phillips/Isador Simon Philips
1905: Nappy Lamare/Joseph Hilton Lamare
(US banjoist, jazz guitarist)*08.May.1988.
1895: Cliff Edwards/Ukelele Ike (US
singer, voice actor, ukelele player)*July
Bathori/Jeanne-Marie Berthier (French mezzo-soprano)*25.Jan.1970.
1990: Miwa (Japanese singer-songwriter)
1982: Haley Scarnato (US singer)
1985: Nadine Coyle (Nth. Irish singer; Girls Aloud).
1983: Julia Fischer (German violinist)
1983: Laura Imbruglia (Australian singer, guitarist)
1982: Haley Scarnato (US singer)
1981: Billy Martin (US guitarist, keyboards; Good Charlotte).
1976: Gary Lightbody (Northern Irish rhythm guitarist, songwriter;
1976: Dryden Mitchell (US lead singer; Alien Ant Farm).
1974: Chakradhar "Chakri" Gilla (Indian
film composer, playback singer)*15.Dec.2014.
1972: Hank Von Helvete (Norwegian vocalist; Turbonegro)
1971: Bif Naked/Beth Torbert (Canadian singer, poetess, actress)
1970: Gaëlle Méchaly (French soprano)
1969: Ice Cube/O'Shea Jackson (US rapper, actor).
1966: Idalis DeLeon (US actress, singer)
1966: Michael Britt (US guitar; Lonestar).
1964: Gavin Greenaway (British composer)
1963: Scott Rockenfield (US drummer; Queensryche/Slave To
1962: Andrea Rost (Hungarian soprano)
1961: Kai Eckhardt (German bassist, composer; Garaj Mahal,
1961: Yoshimi Iwasaki (Japanese singer, actress)
1956: David Hinds (UK rhythm guitar, vocalist; Steel Pulse).
1951: Steve Walsh (US singer, song-writer; Streets/Kansas).
1950: John Lawry (Japanese-American keyboardist, composer-songwriterr,
1949: Russell Hitchcock (Australian lead vocalist; Air Supply).
1946: Demis Roussos/Artemios Ventouris Roussos (Greek singer)*25.Jan.2015.
1946: Noddy Holder/Neville John Holder (UK guitar, vocals;
1944: Malaysia Vasudevan (Indian playback singer and actor)*20.Feb.2011.
1943: Johnny Hallyday/Jean-Philippe Smet (French rock 'n'
1943: Muff Winwood (UK bassist, songwriter, producer; Spencer
1941: Harry Nilsson III (US singer; songwriter)*15.Jan.1994.
1937: Ray Coleman (British award winning music journalist,
1934: Mikel Laboa (Spanish Basque singer, songwriter )*01.Dec.2008.
1934: Barron Anthony/Anthony John Osmond (UK guitarist, vocalist;
1933: Joe Thomas (US flautist, tenor saxophonist)
1933: Waylon Jennings (US country singer)*13.Feb.2002.
1933: Sergio Endrigo (Popular
Fariduddin Dagar (Indian classical
1929: Nigel Pickering (rhythm guitar, vocals; Spanky And
1929: Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri
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.
1910: David Rose
(British-born US songwriter, composer, arranger, orchestra leader)*23.Aug.1990.
1900: Otto Luening
(German-born American composer)*02.Sept.1996.
1900: Paul Mares (US
dixieland cornet, trumpet player; New Orleans Rhythm Kings)*18.Aug.1949.
1894: Robert Russell Bennett (US
1843: Edvard Grieg (Norwegian
composer and pianist)*04
Aarya Ambekar (Marathi
1994: Destinee Rae Monroe
(US singer; Clique Girlz)
1991: Joe McElderry (UK
singer; X Factor Winner '09)
Keshia Chante (Canadian
1987: Diana Nicole DeGarmo (US
singer, Broadway actress).
1984: Dominique Eade (UK
1982: Matt Costa (US
Ben Kweller (US
singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist; The Bens/solo).
1980: Joey Yung (Hong
1978: Jasmine Leong (Chinese
Cian Ciaran (Welsh
keyboard player, label manager; Super Furry Animals/SomBom'&'Strangetown
1972: Kiko Loureiro
(Brazilian guitarist; Angra/Silent Moon/Blezqi Zatzas/guest).
Amaru Shakur (American hip
hop artist, poet, actor)*13.Sept.1996.
Patrick Waite (UK-Jamacian bassist, vocals; Musical Youth)*18.Feb.1993.
Andy Lewis (Australian bassist; The Whitlams/The
1965: Javon Jackson/Anthony
(US jazz tenor saxophonist;Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers/others)
Streek (Canadian radio DJ;
CFNY-FM /Edge 102)*06.July.2009.
1962: Anthony Wong Yiu Ming (Hong Kong composer, producer)
1962: Olu-Femi Kuti (Nigerian Afrobeat & jazz saxophonist,
vocals, trumpet, keyboards)
Muslimgauze/Bryn Jones (British ethnic electronica, experimental
Jóhannes Helgason (Icelandic guitarist; Þeyr aka
1954: Doane Ethredge
Perry (US drummer; Jethro Tull/Lou
1954: Gerry Roberts (Irish guitarist; Boomtown Rats).
1954: Sergey Anatol'yevich Kuryokhin (Russian pianist)*09.July.1996.
1953: Ian Mosley (UK drummer; Marillion/solo/guest).
1952: Jerry Hadley
(US operatic tenor)*18.July.2007.
1952: Gino Vanelli (Italian-Canadian singer/songwriter).
1951: Charlie Dominici (US singer, keyboards; Dominici/Dream
1950: James Smith (US vocals; Stylistics).
1949: Peppy Castro/Emil Thielhelm (vocals, guitar, Blues
1948: Fredy Studer (Swiss percussionist)
1947: Tom "Bones" Malone (US jazz tromboneist,
multi-reed player; Blues Brothers/others)
1946: Ian Matthews McDonald (UK guitar,
singer, songwriter, Matthews Southern Comfort).
1946: Tom Harrell (US post-bop jazz trumpeter, composer)
guitarist, singer, songwriter; New
Riders of the Purple Sage)*21.July.2009.
John Rostill (UK bass guitarist,
composer; Tom Jones band/Shadows)*26.Nov.1973.
1942: Eddie Levert (US vocals; The O'Jays).
1941: Lamont Dozier (US singer, producer, songwriter; Motown/Holland-Dozier-Holland).
1941: Dino Ciani (Italian pianist)*28.March.1974.
1939: Lou Gare (UK tenor saxophonist;
1939: Billy Crash Craddock
(US country singer)
1938: Al Dailey (US jazz pianist)*26.June.1984.
1926: Clarence Shaw (US
session trumpeter; Charles Mingus)*17.Aug.1973.
1924: Eli "Lucky" Thompson
(US tenor saxophonist)*30.July.2005.
Alfred Viola (US jazz guitarist; Frank Sinatra/others)*21.Feb.2007.
1909: Willi Boskovsky (Austrian violinist and conductor)*21.April.1991.
1903: Huldreich Georg Früh (Swiss composer)*25.April.1945.
1899: Helen Traubel (US soprano)*28.July.1972.
Simone Battle (US
1983: Lee Ryan (singer, Blue/solo).
1983: Kazunari Ninomiya (Japanese singer, actor).
1980: Kimeru (Japanese singer).
1977: Roger Manganelli (US bassist, vocalist, guiyar, drums;
Less Than Jake/Rehasher/Greenhorn).
1973: Krayzie Bone/Anthony Henderson (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony/solo)
1971: Paulina Rubio Dosamantes (Mexican singer).
1970: Sasha Sokol (Mexican singer, actress).
1969: Kevin Thornton (US vocalist, Color Me Badd).
1967: Eric Stefani (US keyboardist, songwriter, animator;
1967: Dorothea Röschmann (German operatic soprano)
1965: Richard Hynd (Scottish drummer; Texas/Slide).. Some
sources give May 17th
1962: Michael Monroe/Matti Fagerholm(Finnish singer;Hanoi
1958: Jello Biafra/Eric Reed Boucher (US spoken word, singer,
1957: Phil Chevron/Philip Ryan (Irish guitarist, singer-songwriter;
1957: Martin Dillon (US musician, operatic tenor, professor
1956: Chi-chi Nwanoku (UK double bassist; Orchestra of the
Age of Enlightenment).
1949: Eric Campbell-Lewis/Eric McCreadle (US bassist, vocalist;
Middle Of The Road).
1949: Snakefinger/Philip Lithman (UK multi-musician, Chilli
Willi/The Residents/Vestal Virgins)*01.July.1987
Eddie Meduza (Swedish
composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist)*16.Jan.2002.
1947: George S. Clinton (US award winning composer, arranger,
1947: Paul Young (UK singer, Sad Cafe/ Mike & The Mechanics)*15.July.2000.
1947: Greg Rolie (US singer, keyboardist; Santana/Journey/Greg
1947: Rev. Timothy Wright
(US gospel singer; Timothy
Wright Concert Choir)*24.April.2009.
1944: Chris Spedding (UK guitarist;Greedy Bastards/Wombles/Nucleus/BatteredOrnaments/sessions).
1944: Ian Buisel (UK lead guitarist; Tony Jackson and the
1942: Norman Kuhlke (UK drummer; Swinging Blue Jeans).
1943: Barry Manilow/Barry Alan Pincus (US singer,
Ferras (French violinist)*14.Sept.1982.
1930: Cliff Gallup (US guitarist; Gene Vincent And The Blue
Ferdinand Havlík (Czech
clarinetist, arranger, composer, bandleader, conductor)*28.Oct.2013.
1927: Martin Böttcher (German conductor)
Alan Rich (American
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, comedy musician)*10.Nov.1973.
Gillis (US composer,
1910: Red Foley/Clyde Julian Foley
singer, musician, radio/TV
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, conductor)*06.April.1971.
(US singer, actress)
1988: Jack Barakat (US singer,
guitar player; All Time Low)
1985: GoldieLocks/Sarah Louise Akwisombe (UK
rapper, singer, producer)
Vadim Pruzhanov (UK
Ella Chen/Chen Chia-Hwa
(Taiwanese mandopop singer; S.H.E)
1980: Ivana Wong (Hong Kong singer,
1980: Colin Munroe (Canadian singer,
1976: Blake Shelton (US country
1975: Jemma Griffiths (Welsh singer-songwriter)
1973: Gary Stringer (UK lead vocalist;
1973: Ray Lamontagne (US singer-songwriter, musician)
1971: Alex Vanderpool/Nathan Morris (US vocals; Boyz II Men).
1969: Pål Pot Pamparius/Pål Bøttger Kjærnes
(Norwegian keyboards, percussion, guitar; Turbonegro)
1969: Sice/Simon Rowbottom (UK vocalist, guitarist, Boo Radleys).
1963: Dizzy Reed/Darren Arthur Reed (US keyboardist, percussion;
Guns N' Roses/Hookers & Blow).
1962: Jeff Mills (UK techno DJ, producer)
1961: Alison Moyet (UK singer; Yazoo or Yaz in US/solo).
1956: Oliver Schroer (Canadian
fiddler, composer, and music producer)*03.July.2008.
1956: Tom Bailey (UK vocalist, keyboards; Thompson Twins).
1953: Jerome Smith (US guitarist; KC and the Sunshine Band)*28.July.2000.
1952: Ricky Gazda (US trumpet; Johnny and the Asbury Jukes).
Rod de'Ath/Roderick Morris Buckenham de'Ath
(Welsh drummer; Rory
1950: Jackie Leven aka John St. Field/Sir Vincent Lone (Scottish
folk music singer, songwriter)*14.Nov.2011.
1949: Lincoln Thompson (Jamaican
1948: Éva Marton (Hungarian operatic soprano)
19??: Thomas Crimble (UK keyboardist, guitar, producer; Skin
1944: Sandy Posey (US popular music singer)
1943: Raffaella Carrà (Italian presenter, singer)
Carl Radle (US bassist; Derek and the Dominoes/Colours/others)*30.May.1980.
1942: Hans Vonk (Dutch
1942: Richard Perry (US producer, own label, Planet Records).
1942: Paul McCartney (UK bass,multi-musician,singer,writer,producer;
(US jazz saxophonist, composer, singer of Native American ancestry)*10.Feb.1992.
Don "Sugarcane" Harris
(US violinist, guitar; Don & Dewey/John Mayall/Zappa)*30.Nov
(US electric blues musician, harmonica player)*28.March.2012.
architect, songwriter, singer)*17.Aug.2013.
Johnny Pearson (UK
composer, orchestra leader, pianist;
Top of the Pops/own orch/others)*20.March.2011.
Mathews/Mathieu Schwartz (Dutch jazz accordionist)*12.Feb.2009.
1922: Claude Helffer (French
1913: Sammy Cahn (US award winning
lyricist, songwriter and musician)*15.Jan.1993.
McKinley (US jazz drummer, singer, bandleader; Dorsey Brothers/Glenn
Tubin (Estonian composer)*17.Nov.1982.
composer and conductor)*05.June.2003.
1903: Jeanette MacDonald
(American singer and actress)*14.Jan.1965.
1992: Mariah Stanley (US singer)
1980: David Gold (Canadian
guitarist, multi-musician, vocalist; Woods of Ypres)*21.Dec.2011.
1973: Yuko Nakazawa (Japanese singer)
1972: Dennis Lyxzén (Swedish lead singer; Refused)
1970: Antonis Remos (Greek singer)
1970: Brian "Head" Welch (US guitar; Korn).
1967: Darren Barrett (Canadian-Jamaican trumpet player)
Frank Bello (US bassist; Anthrax).
1964: Brian Vander Ark (US lead singer, guitar; The Verve
1963: Simon Wright (UK drummer; AC-DC/Rhino Bucket/freelance).
1962: Paula Abdul (US dancer, choreographer, singer, TV personality).
1960: Luke Morley (UK guitarist; Thunder/The Union).
1959: Dennis Fuller (Jamacian singer; London Boys)*21.Jan.1959.
1959: Mark DeBarge (US vocalist; DeBarge)
1956: Doug Stone/Douglas Jackson Brooks (US singer)
1953: Larry Dunn (US keyboardist, musical director; Earth,
Wind, & Fire)
1950: Ann Wilson (US lead singer, flute; Heart/solo).
1950: Paul Nieman (UK trombonist; international session musician)
1948: Nick Drake (UK singer, songwriter)*25.Nov.1974.
1947: Paula Koivuniemi (Finnish singer)
1945: Robert Franklin Palmer Jr (US music critic, reedist)*20.Nov.1997...not
to be confused with the singer
1944: Chico Buarque de Hollanda (Brazilian singer, guitarist,
composer, dramatist, writer, poet).
1944: Robin Box (UK lead guitarist; White Plains)
1942: Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (US vocalist; Spanky
And Our Gang).
1939: Al Wilson (US singer, drummer, guitar)*21.April.2008.
1937: Chuck Berghofer (US jazz bassist; Abnuceals Emuukha
Electric Symphony Orchestra/others)
1936: Tommy DeVito (US lead guitarist, vocals, Four Seasons).
1936: Marisa Galvany (US soprano)
1936: Shirley Goodman (US singer)*05.July.2005.
1928: Lloyd Morales (US jazz drummer)
1925: Charlie Drake (UK actor, writer, singer)*23.Dec.2006.
1917: David Lambert (US jazz singer, drums; Lambert, Hendricks
1914: Lester Flatt (US American musician)*11.May.1979.
1914: Moralito/Lorenzo Morales (Colombian vallenato singer,
1912: Virginia MacWatters (US soprano)*05.Nov.2005.
1909: Joe Thomas (US tenor saxophonist)*03.Aug.1986.
1907: Bruno Laako (American alto saxophonist)*????
1902: Guy Lombardo (Canadian-American bandleader)*05.Nov.1977.
1854: Alfredo Catalani (Italian operatic composer)*07.Aug.1893.
Abegg (US singer; Be Your Own Pet/solo).
1981: Angerfist/Danny Masseling (Dutch
DJ, hardcore techno and Gabber musician)
1982: Example/Elliot John Gleave (British
1980: Tony Lovato (US singer, guitarist;
1979: Charlotte Hatherley (UK
guitar, vocals, songwriter; Ash/solo).
1976: Jerome Fontamillas
(US singer, guitarist; Mortal/Fold Zandura/Switchfoot)
1973: Chino Moreno (vocals, back-up guitar; Deftones/Team
1971: Twiggy Ramirez/Jeordie White (US bass; Marilyn Manson/9"
Korthe (US vocalist, drummer;
3rd Strike/Phantasm/Dimestore Hoods)*13.Jan.2010.
1967: Murphy Karges (US bassist; Sugar Ray).
1966: Stone Gossard (US rhythm guitarist, producer; Pearl
Jam/Brad/Temple of the Dog/freelance).
entertainment publicist, author)*13.Sept.2013.
1963: Amir Derakh (US guitarist, synthesizer player; Orgy)
1960: John Taylor (UK bassist, Duran Duran/Power Station/Neurotic
1960: Chris Gibson (Martinique vocalist; Gibson Brothers)?
1958: Kelly Johnson (UK lead guitar, singer, songwriter;
1958: Simon Underwood (UK bassist; Pigbag)?
1954: Michael Anthony Sobolewski (US bassist, Van Halen/Sammy
1949: Alan Longmuir (Scottish bassist; Bay City Rollers).
1949: Lionel Richie (US vocals, keyboards, songwriter, Commodores/solo).
1947: Dolores Brooks (US singer; the Crystals)
1947: Paul Brett (UK guitarist; Strawbs/Overlanders/Crazy
World of Arthur Brown/many others)
1946: Andre Watts (US pianist)
1945: Anne Murray (Canadian singer, songwriter).
Lewis Lymon (US singer;
1942: Brian Wilson (US vocals, piano, producer, composer,
arranger; Beach Boys/solo).
1938: Mickie Most/Michael
Peter Hayes (English singer, record
1937: Jerry Keller (US singer).
Gus Williams (Australian
country music singer, Aboriginal
1936: Billy Guy/Frank William Phillips (US baritone singer;
1935: Jennifer Ward Clarke ( English baroque cellist)*01.March.2015.
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,
Pelletier (French Canadian conductor, pianist, composer, educator)*09.April.1982.
1891: Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Italian
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).
1978: Jean-Pascal Lacoste (French singer, actor, TV host)
1978: Rim'K/Abdelkrim Brahmi-Benalla (French rapper)
1976: Mike Einziger (guitar; Incubus/Time Lapse Consortium).
1974: Neely Jenkins (US bassist, vocalist; Park Ave/Tilly
& the Wall)
1971: Anette Olzon (Swedish singer; Nightwish)
1970: Pete Rock/Peter Phillips (UK trip-hop musician, composer,
producer; Bomb the Bass)
1968: Sonique/Sonia Clarke (UK singer, DJ).
1967: Tim Simenon (record producer).
1962: Viktor Tsoi (Soviet guitarist, singer, songwriter;
1961: Kip Winger (US singer, guitarist; Winger)
1961: Manu Chao (French multi-instrumentalist; Mano Negra)
1961: Sascha Konietzko (German singer, synth player; KMFDM)
1959: Kathy Mattea (country music & bluegrass singer,
1959: Marcella Detroit (vocals, harmonica, guitar; Shakespear's
1957: Mark Brzezicki (drums; Ultravox/Procol Harum/Big Country).
1955: Jean-Pierre Mader (French singer, songwriter)
1954: Augustus Pablo/Horace Swaby (Jamaican reggae record
1952: Luis Días (Dominican
singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist; Transporte Urbano/others)*08.Dec.2009.
1951: Nils Lofgren (US guitar, multi-musician, vocals; E
1951: Alan Silson (UK lead guitar, vocals; Smokie/Mickey
Finn's T. Rex)?
1950: Joey Kramer (US drums, Aerosmith).
1950: Vasilis Papakonstantinou (Greek singer)
1950: John Paul Young (UK singer: Easybeats/Musicals/solo).
1949: Greg Munford (US lead vocals; solo/studio singer-multimusician/Strawberry
1946: Brenda Holloway (US singer, songwriter)
1947: Joey Molland (UK guitar, vocals; Masterminds/Fruit
1944: Jon Hiseman/Philip John Hiseman (UK drummer, recording
1944: Ray Davies (UK lead vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ravens/The
1944: Miguel Vicens (Spanish guitarist; Los Bravos)
Neri (Mexican composer)*03.Aug.2011.
1943: Salomé/Maria Rosa Marco (Spanish singer)
1938: Don Black/Donald Blackstone OBE (English lyricist).
1936: Dave Godin (US music critic, founder of labels Soul
City & Deep Soul)*15.Oct.2004.
1932: O.C. Smith/Ocie Lee Smith (US singer; Sy Oliver/Count
1932: Lalo Schifrin (Argentine pianist, composer, arranger,
Halim Hafez (Egyptian
singer, actor, multi-musician)*30.March.1977.
1929: Alexandre Lagoya (Greek-Italian classical guitarist)*24.Aug.1999.
Noble/Nicholas Valkan (US
pop and country singer)*24.March.2012.
1906: Harold Spina
1906: Grete Sultan (German musician)*26.June.2005.
1900: Dewey Jackson (US jazz musician, cornet, trumpet)*01.Jan.1994.
1893: Alois Hába (Czech composer)*18.Nov.1973.
1891: Hermann Scherchen (German
1993: Ingmar Lazar
(French classical pianist)
1990: Kei Inoo (Japanese actor,
1989: Jung Yong Hwa (Korean actor,
1985: Scott MacIntyre (US singer).
1981: Chris Urbanowicz (US guitarist;
1979: Leire Martínez (Basque
singer and songwriter; La Oreja de Van Gogh)
1978: Tim Driesen (Belgian actor,
1977: Amos Lee/ Ryan Anthony Massaro
(US singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1977: Mike Alexander (UK bassist;
1976: Gordon Moakes (UK multi-musician;
1970: Steven Page (Canadian guitar,
vocals, songwriter; Barenaked Ladies/The Vanity Project).
1966: Schooly D/Jesse B. Weaver Jr (American rapper).
1964: Tommy Cunningham (Scottish drummer; Wet Wet Wet/Sleeping
1964: Mike Edwards (UK vocals, keyboard, guitars; Jesus Jones).
1963: Anne-Marie Ruddock
(UK vocals, Amazulu/Amazulu II).
1962: Bobby Gillespie (Scottish drummer, vocals; Primal Scream/Jesus
and Mary Chain/others).
1962: Stephen Vaughan (UK bassist; PJ Harvey Trio/session
1961: Jimmy Somerville (Scottish singer; Bronski Beat/Communards/solo).
1959: Alan Anton/Alan Alizojvodic (Canadian bassist; Cowboy
1959: Nicola Sirkis (French singer, lyricist; Indochine).
1958: Ruby Turner (UK singer).
1957: Gary Beers (Australian bassist; INXS).
1956: Derek Forbes (Scottish bassist; Simple Minds).
1955: Green Gartside/Paul Julian Strohmeyer (Welsh singer,
songwriter; Scritti Politti/freelance).
Bobby Valentino/Robert Beckingham (UK vocals,violin,guitar;
Fabulous Poodles/Los Pistoleros/sessionist)
1953: Cyndi Lauper (US singer; actress).
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).
1948: Todd Rundgren (US multi-musician, singer, producer;
1947: Howard Kaylan/Howard Kaplan (US singer; Turtles/Mothers
of Invention/Flo & Eddie).
1946: Eliades Ochoa (Cuban guitarist; Buena Vista Social
1944: John "Charlie" Whitney (UK rock guitarist;
Family, Streetwalkers, Axis Point).
1944: Peter Asher (UK guitarist, singer, record producer;
Peter & Gordon).
1943: Eumir Deodato de Almeida (Brazilian jazz musician, record
1939: Bobby Harrison (UK drummer, percussion, singer; Procol
McGann (Australian jazz saxophonist; Southern
1936: Hermeto Pascoal (Brazilian multi-musician, composer;
1936: Kris Kristofferson/Kris Carson (US singer, songwriter,
Nerlynn 'Lynn' Taitt (Jamaican reggae guitarist;
The jets/many bands/sessionist)*20.Jan.2010.
1933: Libor Peek (Czech conductor).
1910: Sir Peter Pears
partner ofBenjamin Britten)*03.April.1986.
1907: Ernest 'Doc' Paulin
(American jazz trumpet player; the Paulin Brass Band)*20.Nov.2007.
Francesco Manfredini (Italian Baroque
composer, violinist, church musician)*06.Oct.1762
1988: Isabella Leong Lok-Sze (Hong Kong singer, actress,
1984: Duffy/Aimée Ann Duffy (Welsh singer)
1981: Anthony Costa (UK singer; Blue).
1980: Jessica Taylor (UK singer, Liberty X).
1980: Andy Orr (Irish singer; Six)
1978: Memphis Bleek/Malik Thuston Cox (US rapper)
1978: Frédéric Leclercq (French bassist; DragonForce)
1977: Jason Mraz (US singer, songwriter)
Mizchif/Hechichamunorwa Mount Zion Kwenda (Zimbabwean
1976: Joe Becker (US guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist).
1975: KT Tunstall/Kate Victoria Tunstall (Scottish singer,
1973: Carter Albrecht (US keyboardist, singer guitarist;
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians/others)*03.
1973: Marie N/Marija Naumova (Latvian singer)
1970: Martin Deschamps (Canadian singer)
1970: Yann Tiersen (French composer)
1970: Guillaume Yann Tiersen (French piano, accordion, violin,
1966: Chico DeBarge/Jonathan Arthur DeBarge (US singer; DeBarge)
1966: Richie Ren (Taiwanese singer)
1966: Mark Chadwick (UK guitar, vocals, songwriter; Levellers).
1966: James MacPherson (US drummer, percussionist; The Breeders/Amps/Guided
1965: Bonehead/Paul Arthurs (UK guitar; Oasis/freelance).
1963: Steve Shelley (drums, record producer; Crucifucks/Sonic
1962: Richard Coles (UK multi-musician, clarenet, Curate;
1962: Chuck Billy (US singer; Testament).
1960: Donald Harrison (US jazz saxophonist).
1957: Lee John/John Leslie McGregor, (songwriter, singer;
1956: Randall "Randy" Jackson (US bassist, singer,
record producer, A&R executive, TV personality).
1955: Glenn Danzig/Glenn Allen Anzalone (US singer, multi-musician;
The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig)
1948: Myles Goodwyn (Canadian guitarist, vocalist; April Wine)
1948: Luther Kent (US blues singer)
1947: Jimmy Castor (US singer, saxophonist, percussionist; Jimmy
1943: James Levine (US conductor)
1941: Robert Hunter (US lyricist, poet; The Grateful Dead)
1940: Adam Faith/Terence Nelhams-Wright (UK singer and actor)*08.March.2003.
1940: Jimmy Castor (US pop and funk saxophonist)*16.Jan.2012.
1940: Stu Sutcliffe (Scottish original bassist with The Beatles)*10.April.1962.
1937: Derek Griffiths (UK lead guitarist; The Artwoods)
1937: Niki Sullivan (US guitarist,
songwriter; The Crickets)*06.April.2004.
1936: Fred Waring, Jr. (US jazz trombonist)
1929: June Carter (US country singer, multi-musician, wife
of Johnny Cash)*15.May.2003.
1927: Dick LaPalm/Ricardo LaPalombara (US jazz-pop record
promoter, music producer)*07.Oct.2013
1927: Kenneth McKellar (Scottish tenor, solo artist)*09.April.2010.
Shihab/Edmond Gregory (American
George Russell (American jazz composer)*27.July.2009.
1913: Helen Humes (American jazz and blues singer)*09.Sept.1981.
1910: Milton John "Milt" Hinton
jazz double bassist; the dean of jazz bass players)*19.Dec.2000.
1823: Carl Reinecke (German pianist, conductor, composer)*10.March.1910.
1988: Nichkhun Horvejkul (Thai-American singer; 2PM)
1986: Solange Knowles (US singer)
1978: Emppu Vuorinen (Finnish guitarist; Nightwish)
1978: Ariel Pink/Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (US freak folk singer).
1970: Glenn Medeiros (born in Hawaii, singer, songwriter).
Sassetti Pais (Portuguese jazz
pianist, film composer)*10.May.2012.
1969: Sissel Kyrkjebø (Norwegian soprano)
1967: Richard Z. Kruspe (German guitarist; Rammstein)
1967: Jeff Cease (guitar; Black Crowes/Shake Your Money Maker).
1966: Hope Sandoval (US singer, songwriter; Mazzy Star/Hope
Sandoval & the Warm Inventions)
1961: Curt Smith (UK vocals, bass; Tears For Fears/Graduate).
(US lead guitarist; Social Distortion)*29.Feb.2000.
1960: Siedah Garrett (US singer)
1959: Andy McCluskey (UK lead singer, songwriter; O.M.D.)
Kathy Troccoli (US singer)
1957: Terence 'Astro' Wilson (toasting, rhyming, percusion,
1949: John Illsley (bass; Dire Straits).
1948: Patrick Moraz (Swiss keyboardist; Mainhorse/Moody Blues).
1947: Michael Fleetwood (UK drummer; Fleetwood Mac) ((date
from Rock n Roll H of F Inductee records))
1945: Colin Blunstone (UK singer, guitar; Zombies/solo).
1944: Tony Campbell (UK guitarist; Jigsaw/Mighty Avengers/others).
1944: John 'Charlie' Whitney (UK guitar; Family/Streetwalkers).
1944: Chris Wood (UK saxophonist, flute; Traffic/sessionist)*12.July.1983.
1944: Jeff Beck (UK guitarist; Upp/Yardbirds/Honeydrippers/Beck/Bogert
Arthur Brown (UK singer; The Crazy World of Arthur Brown).
Paul 'Oz' Bach (bass, vocals, Spanky And Our Gang/others)*21.Sept.1998.
1935: Terry Riley (US composer)
1934: Jean-Pierre Ferland (Canadian singer)
(Swiss pianist, composer)*10.Jan.2013.
1922: Tata Giacobetti (Italian singer, lyricist; Quartetto
1909: Milton Katims (US violist, conductor)*27.Feb.2006.
Distler (German composer)*01.Nov.1942.
Pierre Fournier (French
1904: Phil 'Wonga' Harris (US singer, drums, jazz musician,
Marcel Mule (French saxophonist;
Garde Republicaine/Quatuor de Saxophones de Paris)*19
Captain John Handy (American jazz
1900: Gene Austin
(American singer, songwriter)*24.Jan.1972.
Lil' Wil/Wilbert Martin
1986: Aya Matsuura (Japanese singer).
1986: Betty Curse/Megan Burns (British
singer, dancer, model, actor, CEO and designer).
1975: Chenoa/María Laura Corradini Falomir (Spanish
1974: Jim LaMarca (US bass guitarist;
1974: Mario Calire
(US drummer; The Wallflowers/Ozomatli).
1972: Mike Kroeger (Canadian
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,
1954: David Paich (US singer, songwriter, keyboardist; Toto/sessionist).
Ljubia "Louis" Stojanovic (Serbian
1952: Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn OBE(New Zealand
singer-songwriter, multi-musician; Finn Brs/Split Enz/others).
1946: Ian McDonald (UK sax player, multi-musician; King Crimson/Foreigner/sessionist).
1946: Allen Lanier (guitar, keyboards; Blue Oyster Cult)*14.Aug.2013.
1945: Carly Simon (US singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1944: Robert Charlebois (Canadian singer, composer, musician,
1944: Broery/Broery Marantika
1942: Manolo Otero (Spanish
1940: Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton Eccles (UK bassist; Moody
1939: Harold Melvin (US soul singer, pianist; Blue Notes)*24.March.1997.
1935: Eddie Floyd (US soul singer, songwriter).
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
Johnny Smith (US jazz guitarist,
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,
Jennette McCurdy (US
1986: Casey Desmond (US award winning
vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist).
Damien Sargue (French
1980: Sinik/Thomas Idir (French
singer and rapper).
1979: Ryan Tedder (US singer,
guitarist, songwriter, record producer).
1978: Alexandra Canto (French singer;
KJ-52/Jonah Sorrentino (US
hip hop artist; Sons of Intellect/solo).
1974: Nicole Saba (Lebanese singer).
1974: Jeff Frankenstein (US keyboardist,
synth bass, backing vocals; Newsboys)
1973: Gretchen Wilson (US country
Jussi Sydänmaa (Finnish
guitarist, vocals; Lordi).
1972: Garou/Pierre Garand (Canadian singer)
1969: Colin Greenwood (UK bass guitar, keyboards, synthesisers;
1968: Randall Padilla (US speed guitarist; planning 25.5
notes per second record).
1967: Mark Decloedt (UK drummer; EMF).
1966: Jürgen Reil (US drummer; Kreator)
1963: Harriet Wheeler (UK singer; Sundays).
1961: Terri Nunn (US singer; actress; Berlin/solo).
Breaux (US jazz guitarist; Roy
1959: Stef Burns (US guitar, vocals; Huey Lewis and the News)?
1957: Patty Smyth (US vocalist and leader of the band Scandal/solo).
the Runaways/the Orchids)*25.Aug.2011.
1956: Chris Isaak (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor).
1955: Mick Jones (UK singer, guitarist;The
Clash/Big Audio Dynamite/Gorillaz)...not
Mick from Foreigner
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).
1942: Gilberto Gil Moreira (Brazilian singer, Minister of
1940: Billy Davis Jr. (US vocals, actor; Fifth Dimension).
1934: Dave Grusin (US jazz pianist)
1933: Claudio Abbado (Italian conductor)
Kresimir Sipusch (Yugoslavian-born
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
Williams/Andrew John Smik Jr (US
country singer, band leader)*31.Jan.2011.
Tom Parker/Andreas Cornelis
van Kuijk (Dutch entertainment
Alberto Rabagliati (Italian
popular singer, actor)*07.March.1974.
1902: Hugues Cuénod
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 singer)
1983: Evan Taubenfeld (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Avril
1980: Jennifer Goodridge (US keyboard player; Seaspin/Your Enemies
1979: Benjamin Speed (Australian musician and film composer).
1979: John Warne (US bassist; Relient K/Ace Troubleshooter).
1978: Stefan Arason (Icelandic composer).
1978: Lolly/Anna Kumble (UK singer)
1977: Sabine Dünser (German lead singer; gothic metal
1976: Leigh Nash (US singer, composer; Sixpence None The Richer).
1974: Christian Kane (US actor, singer)
1973: Abbath Doom Occulta/Olve Eikemo (Norwegian guitarist,
multi-musician, songwriter; Immortal)
1972: Dawud Wharnsby (Canadian poet, singer-songwriter)
1972: Tony McCarroll (UK drummer; Oasis/Raika)
1971: DJ Screw/Robert Earl Davis Jr (US hip-hop musician,
music mixer; Screwed Up Click)*16.Nov.2000.
1970: Vitamin C/Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick (US singer).
1970: Laurence Colbert (UK drummer; Ride)?
1964: Otmaro Ruíz (Venezuelan pianist, keyboardist,
1962: Michael Ball (UK singer).
1961: Margo Timmins (Canadian vocalist; Cowboy Junkies).
1959: Loretta "Lorrie" Morgan (US country music
1958: Lisa Germano (US singer, songwriter, multi-musician).
1958: Brian Helicopter/Gareth Holder (UK bass guitarist;
The Shapes/HellsBelles/Rogue Male)
1958: Magnus Lindberg (Finnish composer)
1958: Jeffrey Lee Pierce (US singer, songwriter, guitarist;
The Gun Club)*31.March.1996.
1951: Gilson Lavis (UK drummer; Squeeze).
1948: Camile Baudoin (US guitarist; The Radiators)
1948: Geoff Nicholson (UK guitar, vocals: East Of Eden)
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
1934: Ersel Hickey (rockabilly
singer; Bluebirds over the Mountain)*12.July.2004.
Anna Moffo (US soprano)*09.March.2006.
Doc Pomus/Jerome Solon Felder (US
blues singer, songwriter)*14.March.1991.
1924: Rosalie Allen (American singer and disc jockey)*24.Sept.2003.
1923: Jacques Berthier (French composer)*27.June.1994.
1885: Guilhermina Suggia (Portuguese cellist)*30.July.1950.
Joo-hyun (Korean singer, dancer)
1987: Bailey Tzuke (English singer-songwriter)
1986: Kellie Dawn Pickler (US country
Musician, singer, composer)
Spin-kick/Michael Crafter (Australian
1979: Felicia Day (US actress,
writer, director, violinist, singer)
1978: Ha Ji-won (South Korean actress,
singer, piano, guitar; Mor ve Ötesi)
1977: Mark Stoermer (US bass guitarist;
1975: Jon Nödtveidt (Swedish lead guitarist, singer;
Ntshebe (South African opera singer)*25.May.2010.
1971: Tichina Arnold (US actress, singer)
1971: Ray Slijngaard (Dutch vocalist; 2 Unlimited/VIP Allstars)
1968: Chayanne/Elmer Figueroa Arce (Puerto Rican singer)
1965: Saul Daveis (UK guitarist, violinist; James)?
1964: DJ Quicksilver/Orhan Terzi (Turkish disc jockey, music
1963: Charlie Clouser (US multi-musician; Nine Inch Nails/Burning
1963: Beverley Craven (UK singer, songwriter).
1963: Andy Cousin (UK bassist; All About Eve/The Mission/The
1959: Clint Boon (UK keyboardist, Farfisa organ; Inspiral
Carpets/The Clint Boon Experience).
1958: Félix Gray (French singer, songwriter)
1955: Thomas Hampson (US baritone)
David "Frankie" Toler
(US drummer; Allman Brothers/Marshall Tucker/others)*04.June.2011.
1950: David Lanz (US musical composer)
Raul Seixas (Brazilian
rock composer, singer, songwriter, pioneer, producer)*21.Aug.1989.
1945: David Knights (UK original bassist; Procol Harum/Ruby).
1942: David Miner (US guitarist, singer-songwriter, record
producer; The Great Society)
1940: Renato Pagliari (Italian-born British singer; Renee
1915: David "Honeyboy" Edwards (US blues guitarist,
1912: Sergiu Celibidache (Romanian conductor)*14.Aug.1996.
1903: Adrian Rollini (US multi musicain, California Ramblers/Goodman/own)*15.May.1956
1902: Richard Rodgers
(US award winning composer)*30.Dec.1979.
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 soprano)
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
1978: Sam Farrar (US bass guitar player; Phantom Planet).
1976: Bret McKenzie (New Zealand singer; guitarist, comedian,
actor; Flight of the Conchords )
1972: Nawal Al Zoghbi (Lebanese singer)
1971: Matthew Good (Canadian singer, guitarist; Matthew Good
1970: Emily Skinner (US actress, singer)
1968: Richard Battersby (UK drummer; The Wildhearts).
1967: Murray Foster (Canadian bassist; Moxy Früvous)
1967: Melora Hardin (US actress, singer)
1965: Tripp Eisen (US guitarist; Static-X/Dope/Murderdolls/Ace
1964: Stedman Pearson (UK singer; Five Star).
1963: Anne-Sophie Mutter (German violinist)
1961: Greg Hetson (US punk-rock guitarist; Redd Kross/Circle
1960: Evelyn "Champagne" King (US R&B and disco
singer)... most sources
have July 1st 1960.
James Van Buren Fowler
(US rock n roll guitarist; Drivin
James Freud/Colin Joseph McGlinchey
(Australian vocalist, bassist; Models/solo)*04.Nov.2010.
1957: María Conchita Alonso (Cuban-Venezuelan singer,
1957: Robert Forster (Australian singer, guitarist; The Go-Betweens/solo)
1953: Colin Hay (Scottish-Australian lead singer, guitar;
Men At Work).
1948: Ian Paice (UK drummer, Deep Purple/Whitesnake).
1943: Roger Spear (US saxophone, Jew's harp, musical toys;
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band).
1948: Derv Gordon (US lead vocals; The Equals).
1948: Lincoln Gordon (US guitar; The Equals).
record producer and songwriter)*10.June.2012.
1943: Bob Brunning (UK bassist; Fleetwood Mac/Savoy Brown)*18.Oct.2011.
1943: Little Eva/Eva Narcissus Boyd (US singer)*10.April.2003.
1940: Vyacheslav Artyomov (Russian composer)
1932: Mihalis Menidiatis (Greek singer)*21.Aug.2012.
1925: Hale Smith (US composer, editor)
1924: Ezra Laderman (US composer)*28.Feb.2015.
1924: Flo Sandons/Mammola Sandon (Italian singer)*17.Nov.2006.
1923: Chou Wen-chung (Chinese-American composer)
Osborne (86) British
musician, band leader, arranger, sessionist)*01.March.2009.
1914: Rafael Kubelík (Czech conductor)*11.Aug.1996.
film music composer)*24.Dec.1975.
1910: Frank Loesser (American composer)*28.July.1969.
Anderson (US composer)*18.May.1975.
singer and actor)*06.March.1967.
1893: Aarre Merikanto (Finnish composer)*29.Sept.1958.
1881: Curt Sachs (German musicologist)*05.Feb.1959.
1985: Rafal Blechacz
(Polish classical pianist)
1984: Fantasia Barrino (US singer;
American Idol winner).
1983: Anton Gordon (vocals, member of uk TV's created boy
band, One True Voice)?
1983: Cheryl Cole née Tweedy (UK vocals; Girls Aloud).
1983: Brendon James (British drummer; Thirteen Senses)
1983: Patrick Wolf/Patrick Denis Apps (UK singer-songwriter,
ukulele, piano, viola)
1982: Andy Knowles (UK drummer, keyboards; Skuta/Franz Ferdinand)
1981: Edward "DreadEd" Campbell (UK lead singer;
FatalFear-Fatal Fear Korea).
1979: Matisyahu/Matthew Paul Miller (US Hasidic Jewish reggae
Ali/Kelli Dayton (UK
female vocalist; Sneaker Pimps).
1969: Tom Drummond (bassist; Better Than Ezra)?
1968: Philip Anselmo (US singer; Viking Crown/Down/Necrophagia/Pantera)
1967: Peter 'Cammy' Camell (guitar; La's)?
Yngwie Malmsteen/Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck (Swedish guitarist,
Julianne Regan (UK vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard; All About
1960: Murray Cook (Australian singer; The Wiggles)
Brendan Perry (UK singer, multi-musician; Dead Can Dance)
Esa-Pekka Salonen (Finnish conductor and composer
1958: Rick Frank (US jazz drummer)
1956: Philip Adrian Wright (visual effects, synthesizers;
1953: Hal Lindes (guitarist, composer; Dire Straits).
André Hazes (Dutch
1951: Stanley Clarke (US jazz bass player).
1949: Andy Scott (UK guitarist, singer; Sweet)
Barrie Lee Hall Jr (US trumpeter,
music director, band leader; Duke Ellington Small Band)*24.Jan.2011.
1946: Billy Brown (vocals, The Moments)?
1944: Glenn Shorrock (Australian singer, harmonica, guitar;
Twilights/Axiom/Little River Band).
1943: Florence Ballard (US vocalist; Supremes/solo)*22.Feb.1976.
Mark Spoelstra (US folk singer)*25.Feb.2007.
Tony Hatch (UK composer, songwriter, pianist, music arranger,
Apostolos Nikolaidis (Greek singer)*22.April.1999.
Larry Henley (US singers-songwriter;
1936: Dave Van Ronk (US singer, guitarist; nicknamed Mayor
of MacDougal Street)*10.Feb.2002
Andrew Hill (US
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
US blues singer & harmonica player; easily the most important
harmonica player of the pre-war era, he almost single-handedly made
the humble mouth organ a worthy lead instrument for blues bands, leading
the way for the amazing innovations of Little Walter and a platoon
of others to follow. He recorded prolifically both as a bandleader
and a sideman over the entire course of his career, mainly for the
Bluebird record label, with many early sessions taking place at the
Leland Hotel in Aurora, Illinois; most later sessions were recorded
in Chicago. His final recording session took place in December 1947,
backing Big Joe Williams. (killed in a mugging
on Chicago's South Side, as he walked home from his final performance
at The Plantation Club at 31st St. and Giles Ave., a tavern just a
block and a half away from his home at 3226 S. Giles) b.
March 31st 1914.
1966: Papa Jack/George Vital Laine (93)
American drummer, band leader; the most busy and perhaps the most
important band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish-American
War to World War I and many of the New Orleans musicians who first
spread jazz around the USA in the 1910s and 1920s got their start
in Papa Jack's bands, his musicians included individuals from most
of New Orleans' many ethnic groups... African American, English, French,
German, Italian, Jewish, Latin American, Scottish etc. He started
leading bands before the Jim Crow codes went into effect in New Orleans.
Even after segregation laws started demanding "whites" and
"coloured" be kept separate, Papa Jack continued to hire
light and medium light skinned African-American musicians, claiming
that they were "Cuban" or "Mexican" if any segregationist
tried to start trouble. Hence some musicians who played with black
bands like those of Buddy Bolden and Joe "King" Oliver also
played with Papa Jack. This made for a wide cross-fertilization of
musical ideas in his bands.(?) b.
September 21st 1873
1984: Nate Nelson (52) US tenor and
lead vocalist with the Flamingos from 1954 till 1960 having many hits
such as "I'll Be Home", thier first national hit in 1955,
reaching No.5 in the billboard chart and later covered by Pat Boone,
I Be Crying", "Mio
Amore", "Your Other Love", "Nobody Loves Me Like
You" and "I Was Such a Fool". He and Terry Johnson
split to form the Modern Flamingos in 1961, also went on to record
as The Starglows before joining The Platters
with the Buck Ram line-up in the mid 60s (heart
attack) b. April 10th 1932.
1991: David Ruffin (50) US
singer with The Temptations; at the age of 15, he went to Hot Springs,
Arkansas with the jazz musician Phineas Newborn, Sr. They played at
the Fifty Grand Ballroom and Casino. He continued to sing at talent
shows, worked with horses at a jockey club, and eventually became
a member of the The Dixie Nightingales. He also sang with the Soul
Stirrers briefly after the departure of Johnnie Taylor. He met and
came under the guardianship of Eddie Bush and Dorothy Helen who took
David to Detroit, Michigan and introduced him to Gwen Gordy Fuqua,
Berry Gordy's sister, and Billy Davis. At Motown he started as a background
singer, joining The Tempations in 1963. In Nov '64, songwriter/ producer
Smokey Robinson wrote a single especially for him to sing lead on.
That song, "My Girl", became the group's first #1 single
and its signature song, and elevated David to the role of lead singer
and front man. In the late 60's tensions grew and he was sacked from
the the group, but continued with Motown as a solo artist. His first
solo single "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)"
reached the US pop & R&B Top Ten. His final Top Ten hit was
1975's "Walk Away From Love". After being inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 with the other Temptations,
David, Kendrick, and Dennis Edwards began touring and recording as
"Ruffin /Kendrick/ Edwards: Former Leads of The Temptations".
Sadly he project was cut short, when David Ruffin died. Known for
his unique raspy and anguished tenor vocals, David was ranked as one
of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine
in November 2008 (sadly died from a drug overdose)
b. January 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 known for
Latin jazz compositions and
dance-oriented mambo over his
50 year career. After serving
three years in
the Navy during World War II he
was discharged with a Presidential Commendation for serving in nine
battles. He next went Juilliard School of Music, where he studied
conducting, orchestration and theory. In the '50s, he helped to bring
Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds, like mambo, son, and cha-cha-cha,
to mainstream audiences. 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 20th 1923.
2006: Rocio Jurado (61) Spanish
actress, singer nicknamed "La más grande";debuted
on the big screen in 1962 with Los guerrilleros. She also played a
main role in 1966's Proceso a una Estrella and 1971's Una Chica Casi
Decente. While temporarily living in Argentina, she participated in
a successful musical called La Zapatera Prodigiosa. After teaming
with composer Manuel Alejandro, Rocío became a major and beloved
figure on the Latin music scene, acclaimed throughout South America
and Spain after releasing Muera el Amor and Señora & other
hits. (diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and treated for liver
failure 2 months before she sadly died from heart failure)
b. Sept 18th 1944.
2007: Tony Ulysses Thompson (31) American
R&B/soul singer and vocalist; born in Waco, but raised in Oklahoma
City. He started singing solos in the local church choir at the age
of eight. He joined up with the R&B group Hi-Five in 1990. The
band's self-titled debut album went multi-platinum and created several
hits, including "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)," "I
Can't Wait Another Minute," and "Just Another Girlfriend".
He went solo in 1995 debuting with Sexsational, before forming his
own record label, N'Depth and later reformed Hi-Five in 2005.(drug
over-dose; he died of a freon aka huffing overdose, confirmed through
autopsy results).b. September 2nd 1975.
Otero (68) Spanish
singer born in Madrid, Spain; his first album "All the Time in
the World" propelled him to fame
in 1974, making him one
of the most popular romantic singers in the Latin countries between
the 70s and 80s with hits like "Más no más",
"Vuelvo a ti", "Bella mujer", "Champagne"
and "Qué hacer h and for olvidarte" (sadly
Manolo died fighting liver
b. June 25th 1942.
2012: Faruq Z. Bey/Jesse Davis (70) American
jazz saxophonist and composer from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known
for his work with Griot Galaxy, which played intense free jazz with
distinct compositions, often written by Faruq.
Griot Galaxy toured Europe in the mid-1980s and was at the height
of its international acclaim, he was in a serious motorcycle accident
that left him in a coma. Almost
a decade passed before he returned to performing. He re-emerged with
an all woodwind ensemble called The Conspiracy Winds Ensemble. He
began to play in Speaking in Tongues and Hakim Jami's Street Band.
He joined forces with The Northwoods Improvisers, who devoted several
releases to Bey's music. His frequent collaborators, saxophonists
Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton, joined him on most of the Northwoods
Improviser's recordings. He also played in Kindred, a quartet with
Kennith Green, Kevin Callaway and Joel Peterson, and in Odu Afrobeat
Orchestra. Among Bey's last ensembles was The Absolute Tonalist Society
with Carey, Peterson and drummer Kurt Prisbe
(sadly died of emphysema) b. February
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.
2013: 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.
2013: 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 Legends. She
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.
2015: Vladimir Furduj
(70) Serbian drummer born in New
York, USA, but the family moved back to Serbia at the end of World
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.
2015: 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.
2015: 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.
2015: 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
b. December 8th 1922.
1937: Louis Vierne
organist, composer, born in Poitiers, Vienne; born nearly blind due
to congenital cataracts but at an early age was discovered to have
an unusual gift for music. He considered one of the greatest musical
improvisers of his generation. Most of his works were never written
down. His few improvisations that were preserved on early phonograph
recordings sound like finished compositions.
He took his successful music and concerts worldwide (suffered
a stroke while giving his 1750th organ recital at Notre-Dame de Paris.
He had thus fulfilled his often stated lifelong dream - to die at
the console of the great organ of Notre-Dame)
b. October 8th 1870.
1942: Bunny Berigan/Rowland Berigan (33)
American jazz trumpeter born in Hilbert, Wisconsin, he rose to
fame during the swing era. He composed the jazz instrumentals "Chicken
and Waffles" and "Blues" in 1935. His 1937 classic
jazz recording "I Can't Get Started" was inducted into the
Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1928 he played in Hal Kemp's orchestra,
Bunny's first recorded trumpet solos came with the Kemp orchestra,
and he was with the unit when they toured England By 1931, he had
become a sought-after studio musician; Fred Rich, Freddy Martin and
Ben Selvin were just some who sought his services. He recorded his
first vocal, "At Your Command", with Rich that year. From
late 1932 through 1933, he was also employed by Paul Whiteman, before
playing with Abe Lyman's band in 1934. He continued freelancing in
the recording and radio studios, most notably with the Dorsey Brothers
and on Glenn Miller's earliest recording date as a leader in 1935,
playing on "Solo Hop". At the same time, Bunny made the
association that graduated him to fame in his own right: he joined
Benny Goodman's re-forming band (cirrhosis
of the liver)
b. November 2nd 1908.
Mathieu (39) Québécois pianist and
composer, born in Montréal, Canada;
at aged 6 he gave his first recital of his own composition at the
Ritz Carleton Hotel in Montréal, on Feb 25th 1935. In 1936
he performed his Concertino No.1 for Piano and Orchestra as a soloist
on the CBC network. He was later given a grant by the Québec
government that enabled him to go to Paris and study piano with Yves
Nat and Mme. Giraud-Latarse. In December 1936 Mathieu gave a recital
of his works at Salle Chopin-Pleyel, and again at Salle Gaveau on
March 26, 1939. His recitals were received very enthusiastically by
the Parisian critics. They unanimously agreed that André was
a "little Quebecer Mozart". Rachmaninov pronounced him,
"a genius, more so than I am". In 1943 he returned to Montréal
and gave many concerts performing Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt,
Debussy and Ravel, as well as his own works. Among his works for piano
and violin are Fantaisie brésilienne, a sonata, a berceuse,
and Complainte. His vocal works include Le ciel est si bleu, Hymne
du Bloc Populaire, Les Chères Mains, and Quatre Mélodies
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"
tragically died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the ground
at the Greater Cincinnati Airport) b.
November 29th 1949.
Georgios Kasassoglou (75)
Greek musician, music education pioneer;
he composed in many genres from hymns to ballet music. For years he
committed himself tirelessly, with much willpower, courage and conviction,
to the introduction of instrumental music in the liturgy of the Greek
Orthodox Church. He
dedicated himself to the propagation of music schools, which barely
existed at the time. He applied himself to the creation of the mixed
chorus in Nea Smyrni, a district of Athens where he had lived since
b. December 1st 1908.
guitarist, from Linares, Jaén, Andalucia and
is considered to be the father of the modern classical guitar movement
by most modern music scholars. He claimed that he "rescued the
guitar from the hands of flamenco gypsies," and built up a classical
repertoire to give the guitar a place in orchestrial concert halls.
His first public performance was in Spain at the age of 15, and a
few years later he held his first professional concert in Madrid.
After World War II, Segovia began to record more frequently and perform
regular tours of Europe and the U.S., a schedule he would maintain
for the next thirty years. Two films were made of his life and workone
when he was 75 and the other, 84. They are available on DVD called
"Andrés Segovia - in Portrait". His final RCA LP
record, "Reveries", was recorded in Madrid in June 1977.
In 1954, Joaquín
Rodrigo dedicated Fantasía para un gentilhombre/Fantasy for
a Gentleman to him and Andrés
won the 1958 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Instrumentalist
for his recording Segovia Golden Jubilee. In recognition of his contributions
to music and the arts, Andrés was ennobled on June 24th 1981
by King Juan Carlos I, who gave him the hereditary title of Marquis
of Salobreña. (sadly
Andres died of a heart attack) b.
Feb 21st 1893.
1987: Sammy Kaye
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
b. March 13th 1910.
Lorengar/Lorenza Pilar García
Seta (68) Spanish
soprano born in the El Gancho district of Zaragoza, she is best known
for her interpretations of opera and the Spanish genre Zarzuela, and
as a soprano she was known for her full register as well as a distinctive
vibrato. Pilar made her professional debut in 1950 in Oran, Algeria,
playing the role of Maruxa. In 1951 she made her Spanish debut in
the principal role in the Zarzuela El canastillo de fresas. Her international
opera career started in 1955 at the Festival international d'Art Lyrique
in Aix-en-Provence, where she played Cherubino in The Marriage of
Figaro. She went on to play in London, Glyndebourne and Buenos Aires.
In 1958 she signed a contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a relationship
that would last for thirty years. In 1963 she was distinguished with
the title of Kammersänger from the Senate of Berlin. In 1994,
she was awarded the "Order of Merit" of the State of Berlin
(sadly died of cancer) b.
January 16th 1928.
1997: Doc Cheatham/Adolphus Cheatham (91) American
jazz trumpeter born in Nashville, Tennessee played in Albert Wynn's
band, occasionally substituted for Armstrong at the Vendome Theater,
and recorded on sax with Ma Rainey before moving to Philadelphia in
1927, where he worked with the bands of Bobby Lee and Wilber de Paris
before moving to New York City the following year. After a short stint
with Chick Webb he left to tour Europe with Sam Wooding's band.
returned to the United States in 1930, and played with Marion Handy
and McKinney's Cotton Pickers before landing a job with Cab Calloway.
Cheatham was Calloway's lead trumpeter from 1932 through 1939. He
performed with Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Fletcher Henderson, and
Claude Hopkins in the 1940s; after World War II he started working
regularly with Latin bands in New York City, including the bands of
Perez Prado, Marcelino Guerra, Ricardo Ray (he played exquisitely,
but uncredited, particularly on the track "Mr. Trumpet Man"),
Machito, and others. In addition to continuing Latin gigs, he played
again with Wilbur de Paris and Sammy Price. He led his own band on
Broadway for five years starting in 1960, after which he toured with
Benny Goodman (?)
b. June 13th 1905
1999: Franklin Delano Alexander "Junior"
Braithwaite (46) Jamaican
singer; one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The Wailers,
he was with the band for eight months and sung lead on such songs
as, "Habits," "Straight and Narrow Way," "Don't
Ever Leave Me," and "It Hurts To Be Alone". He left
the band in 1964 and moved to the United States with hopes of pursuing
a medical career. (brutally shot, murdered in the home of a fellow
musician in Kingston, leaving only Bunny Wailer and Beverley Kelso
as surviving members of the original Wailers)
b. April 4th 1949
2004: Nicolai Ghiaurov (74) Bulgarian
opera singer and one of the most famous bass singers of the postwar
period. Born in the small mountain town of Velingrad in southern Bulgaria,
as a child, he learned to play the violin, piano and clarinet. He
began his musical studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in 1949
under Prof. Hristo Brambarov. From 1950 until 1955, he studied at
the Moscow Conservatory. He was admired for his powerful, sumptuous
voice, and was particularly associated with roles of Verdi. Ghiaurov
married the Italian soprano Mirella Freni in 1978. The two singers
frequently performed together. He made his US debut in Gounod's Faust
in 1963 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the course of his career,
he also performed at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, the Vienna State Opera,
Covent Garden, and Paris Opéra (heart
2006: Vince Welnick (55)
American keyboardist born in Phoenix, best known for playing with
the San Francisco based rock band The Tubes during the 1970s and 1980s
and with the Grateful Dead in the 1990s. He also became involved in
solo efforts, formed and played in the band Missing Man Formatin,
and is a is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (possible
suicide, after suffering a long
time with depression)
b. February 21st 1951.
Haneda (58) Japanese
pianist, composer and arranger of popular anime and movies and video
game music. Born in Tokyo he was best known as composer of Wizardry
music which was ported to NES and SNES console by Ascii at early 1990,
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross series, Barefoot Gen, Ys Symphony,
Symphony Sorcerian and Genso Suikoden Ongaku-shu. He also taught as
a professor at the Tokyo College of Music. (sadly
Haneken died of liver cancer) b. January
2008: Bo Diddley/Ellas Otha Bates (79) American
rock and roll and blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist; a key figure
in the transition from blues to rock 'n' roll, he introduced more
insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound and he was
also known for his characteristic rectangular cigar box guitar. Born
in McComb, Mississippi, he moved to Chicargo in 1934, where he became
an active member of his local Ebenezer Baptist Church, studying the
trombone and the violin, becoming proficient enough for the musical
director to invite him to join the orchestra playing violin, in which
he performed until the age of 18. In his late teens,
inspired musically by John Lee Hooker, he
became interested in the guitar, playing on street corners with friends,
b. December 30th 1928.
2009: Palghat R. Raghu (81) Burmese-born
Indian musician and percussionist; he was inducted into mridangam
lessons very early in his life. He has toured extensively in Europe,
USA, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition to his brilliance
in carnatic music, he has performed with such renowned artists such
as Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Flute Hariprasad Chaurasia,
Santoor Shivkumar Sharma alongside the Tabla Wizard Alla Rakha in
numerous concerts in India and abroad. He has also been involved in
East-West fusion music. He has been visiting professor of music at
Wesleyan University, CT, San Diego State University and University
of Berkeley. He regularly conducts advanced mridangam classes for
the benefit of his students and upcoming mridangam artists (cardiac
arrest) b. January 9th 1928.
2010: Giuseppe Taddei (93) Italian
operatic baritone born in Genoa; he began
his career at the age of 18 performing in a Wagner opera directed
by Italian composer Arturo Toscanini, and sang in opera houses throughout
the world past his 70s. His American debut took place at the San Francisco
Opera in 1957, followed by his appearance with Lyric Opera of Chicago
in 1959. Giuseppe
sang regularly at the Royal Opera House in London from 1960 to 1967.
His acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York came at
the age of 69. A Verdi and Mozart specialist, he played both Leporello
and Don Giovanni in Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' and Iago in Verdi's 'Otello'
and also sang with opera legends Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti
(he sadly passed away in his own house in Rome)
June 26th 1916
Ray Bryant (79)
jazz pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he began playing
the piano at the age of six, also performing on bass in junior High
School and tuenwd professional in his late teens. He accompanied many
other leading players such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Melba Liston,
and Coleman Hawkins, as well as singers Carmen McRae and Aretha Franklin.
From the late 1950s, he led a trio, performing throughout the world,
and also worked solo. In addition, he was a noted Jazz composer, with
well-known themes such as "Cubano Chant," "The Madison
Time," "Monkey Business," and "Little Susie"
to his credit.
Ray also formed a trio along with his bass playing brother Tommy and
Oz Perkins as the back-up band for the off-Broadway run of the comedy
show Cambridge Circus, at Square East in 1964. The show starred John
Cleese, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Graham
Chapman, Jonathan Lynn, and Jean Hart.
(Ray sadly died after long illness) b.
December 24th 1931.
Frazier Mohawk/Barry Friedman (71)
American record producer born in LA; in 1956
his godmother got him a position as assistant producer for the ABC
program "Chucko the Clown" which led to a job on the show
"Stars of Jazz" which started his love for music. In the
early 1960s, he lived in France working as a photographer. Back in
LA he found work as a publicist for disc jockey Bob Eubanks in 1962.
He promoted The Beatles' appearance at The Hollywood Bowl in 1964
and became close friends with Stephen Stills. Frazier was a major
factor in the formation of the group Buffalo Springfield, whom he
served as their manager. He also produced for Paul Butterfield and
psychedelic bands Kaleidoscope and the Holy Modal Rounders. In 1968
he produced the album "The Marble Index", a project with
Nico and John Cale of the Velvet Underground. After marrying singer-songwriter,
Essra Mohawk aka Sandra Hurvitz, he produced her records. He left
the music industry in the mid 1970s and moved to the Toronto area
where he established a traveling circus, and made Puck's Farm family
attraction (sadly died after a long illness)
b. December 12th 1941.
Graham 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
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
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.
2013: MickDeth/Mick Richard Morris (35)
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
(sadly Mick died from a pre-existing heart condition)
b. March 9th 1978.
2013: Rob Morsberger (53) American
rock and roll singer-songwriter
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
died while bravely fighting cancer) b.
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
2014: 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
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
died from a stroke) b. April
2015: Anthony 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.
Georges Bizet (36)
composer of piano and opera, famous for his
dramatic music and for the opera Carmen (The
reception of Carmen left him acutely depressed; he fell victim to
another attack of quinsy and soon after suffered two heart attacks
from which he died) b. Oct 25th 1838.
1899: Johann Strauss II /Jr (73)
greatest composer of light music, a
self-taught musician who established a musical dynasty in Vienna.
of the famous Waltz King, he became the leading composer
of late 19th-century Viennese operetta.
He wrote only one ballet score, Cinderella, which was discovered after
his death. (died from pneumonia in Vienna)
b. Oct 25th 1899.
1975: Ozzie Nelson (69)
40's & 50's radio and TV show presenter, entertainer and bandleader.
He also originated and starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
radio and television series with his wife and two sons. He graduated
from Rutgers University, where he played football despite his slight
build, was a member of Cap and Skull, and entered law school. In college,
he played saxophone in a small band and coached football to earn money,
but faced with the Depression, he turned to music as a full-time career.
He formed and led the Ozzie Nelson Band, from 1930 through the 1940s
Nelson's band recorded prolifically,
enjoying success with songs such as "Over Somebody Else's Shoulder"
"Wave the Stick Blues", "Subway", "Jersey
Jive", "Swingin' on the Golden Gate", and "Central
Avenue Shuffle" and his number one hit with "And Then Some".
He developed and produced his own radio series, The Adventures of
Ozzie and Harriet. The show went on the air in 1944, with the sons
played by actors until 1949, and in 1952 it moved to television. The
show starred the whole family, and America watched Ozzie and his wife
Harriet, raise their 2 boys David and Ricky. Among the films Ozzie
was involved with was "Love
he wrote, produced, and directed; it starred Ricky Nelson and Ricky's
wife Kristin. In
1973, he published his autobiography, "Ozzie", and
has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the
television industry, and an additional star with his wife for their
contribution to radio
(cancer). b. March 20th 1906.
1990: Richard Sohl (37) American
keyboard player, born in New York City; best known for his work with
the Patti Smith Group. He also played with Iggy Pop, Nina Hagen and
Elliott Murphy (sadly died of a heart attack
while vacationing on Fire Island, New York) b.
May 26th 1953.
1990: Stiv Bators (40)
American singer and guitarist, born in Youngstown,
Ohio. He played with a variety of bands beyond those for which he
was best known. These short-term bands included Hormones, Frankenstein,
The Wanderers and The Whores of Babylon and also recorded as a solo
artist with Bomp! Records.
it was as the lead singer and driving force of the Dead Boys, however,
that Stiv helped pioneer the punk rock sound, look and attitude. The
band quickly became a popular staple at CBGB's, the music club in
New York City's East Village. The Dead Boys were featured in the punk
rock film Punking Out-1978, Live at CBGB's-1977 and Crash 'n' Burn-1977.
was struck by a taxi in Paris. He was taken to hospital but reportedly
left before seeing a doctor, after waiting several hours. Reports
indicate that he died in his sleep as the result of a concussion)
1996: Ferdinand Leitner (86)
German conductor; after studying composition and piano under Franz
Schreker, Julius Prüwer, Artur Schnabel Karl Muck and Robert
Kahn, through the help of Fritz Busch, he became a conductor in the
1930s. Between 1943-47 he was conductor of the Nollendorfplatz Theater
in Berlin; in Hannover; and in Munchen; and starting in 1947 he became
the General Music Director of the Württemberg State Opera in
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
1998: Poul Bundgaard (75)
Danish actor, singer; Poul is probably
best known for his role as the henpecked Kjeld in the Olsen Banden
addition to having appeared in a large number of Danish films, he
starred in a number of operettas in the late 1940s and 1950s, and
worked at the Royal Danish Theatre as a singer between '58-73; however,
he focused mostly on acting later on in his career (died
during the shooting of Olsen Bandens "sidste stik")
b. October 27th 1922.
Forsberg (38) Swedish singer-songwriter,
guitarist and multi-musician born in Hägersten, Stockholm. He
was the founder and songwriter of the pioneering Swedish black metal
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.
2009: Sam Butera (81) American
saxophonist; born in New Orleans, he started his career in Ray McKinley's
orchestra directly after high school and was named one of America's
top upcoming jazzmen by Look magazine when he was only 18 years old,
by his early twenties, he had landed positions in the orchestras of
Tommy Dorsey, Joe Reichman, and Paul Gayten. In '56 he formed his
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.
2011: Andrew Maurice Gold (59)
American musician, born in Burbank, CA. He was
a prolific multi-instrumentalist, film
composer, artist, producer, session musician,
actor, painter and singer. His works include the Top 10 single "Lonely
Boy" in 1977, as well as "Thank You for Being a Friend"-'78,
and "Never Let Her Slip Away"-'78. By the '70s he was working
as a musician, songwriter and record producer for many musicians.
He was a member of the LA band Bryndle with Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman
and Karla Bonoff. He played a major role as multi-instrumentalist
and arranger for Ronstadt's breakthrough album, 1974's Heart Like
a Wheel, and her next four albums. In 1975, he began recording as
a solo artist, releasing four studio albums in the 1970s and over
twelve since then. His hit "Lonely Boy" reached No.7 on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Andrew's biggest UK hit song "Never
Let Her Slip Away", reached No.5 twice, by him and again at No.5
14 years later by Undercover. Freddie Mercury, who was a friend of
Andrew, assisted him with the harmony background vocals of the song.
Throughout the years, he played on Stephen Bishop's hit, "On
and On"; played and/or sang on records and/or live performances
with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Don Henley,
Cher's hit album, Heart of Stone, wrote hits for Trisha Yearwood,
Wynonna Judd, for whom he co-wrote the No.1 single "I Saw The
Light" with Lisa Angelle. The theme from the television
series Mad About You, titled "Final Frontier," was used
as the wake-up call for the Mars Pathfinder space probe in 1996
died of a heart attack) b.
August 2nd 1951.
2011: Benny Spellman (79)
American R&B singer born in Pensacola,
Florida, best known for his 1962 hit "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette),"
and the original version of "Fortune Teller", covered by
The Rolling Stones among others."Lipstick Traces" reached
No. 28 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and No.80 on the Hot 100.
He worked with Huey "Piano"
Smith and sang backup on Ernie K-Doe's #1 hit, "Mother in Law".
He recorded a single, "Word Game", on Atlantic Records in
1965, then he semi-retired from music to work in the beer industry.
In 2009, Benny Spellman was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall
of Fame (sadly Benny died of respiratory
failure) b. December 11th 1931
2012: Andy Hamilton (94)
Jamaican-born British jazz saxophonist and composer born in Port Maria,
Jamaica, and learnt to play saxophone on a bamboo instrument. 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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peacefully in his sleep) b. March 26th
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 (?)
2013: Chris 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 (?)
2014: 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.
2014: Virginia Luque (86) Argentine singer and actress
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 of Arts
(?) b. April 26th 1942.
2014: Ralph Pruitt (74) American
R&B singer (The Fantastic Four), (died from natural causes) b.
2014: 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.
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 1874.
1973: Murry Gage Wilson (55)
American record producer,
born in Hutchinson, Kansas. His family moved west to Los Angeles when
he was five. While unsuccessfully writing songs, his biggest success
was with a dance song, "Two-Step Side-Step", which was featured
by Lawrence Welk on his radio program in 1952 and covered on record
by RCA Victor Western Swing artist Johnnie Lee Wills, as well as country
music singer Bonnie Lou. He also wrote songs recorded in the early
1950s by doo-wop group The Hollywood Flames. Murry is best
remembered as the father of The Beach Boys members Brian Wilson, Dennis
Wilson, and Carl Wilson, uncle of bandmate Mike Love, and was also
the original manager of the band and served as their music publisher
(sadly died after suffering a heart attack)
b. July 2nd 1917.
Harold 'Geezil' Minerve (70) Cuban freelance alto saxophonist
and flautist; he toured with Ray Charles and
was the musical director for Arthur Prysock. He raised in Florida
and began playing music at age 12, playing with Ida Cox early in his
career. He worked with Buddy Johnson from '49-57, with Mercer Ellington
in '60, Ray Charles 62-64, and then Arthur Prysock. In 1971 he joined
the Duke Ellington Orchestra, filling Johnny Hodges's spot after Hodges's
death. He remained with the Ellington Orchestra until '74, then returned
to play with Mercer Ellington. (?)
b. Jan 3rd 1922.
Derek 'Lek' Leckenby (51)
guitarist born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. , most famous for his work
with Herman's Hermits. He played on many of the band's early hits
and composed songs with band. He is credited with arranging the band's
first big hit, "I'm into Something Good". His skills on
guitar and dobro are heard on releases such as the LP A Whale of a
Tale and the later singles, such as "Ginny Go Softly" and
"Heart Get Ready for Love". He went on to be sort after
session player (sadly died frrom non-Hodgkin
lymphomas) b. May 14th
"Hammond" Smith (53)
organist, in Louisville, KY, and a renowned
player of the Hammond B-3 organ, thus earning "Hammond"
as a nickname. His career took off as he was serving as accompanist
to singer Nancy Wilson. One of his last accomplishments also included
Nancy Wilson. He wrote the song "Quiet Fire" for her "Nancy
Now" release in 1989. In 1959, he began recording as a leader
for Prestige, an association that would last through 1970 and produce
highlights like That Good Feelin', Talk That Talk, Black Coffee, Open
House, Ebb Tide, and Soul Talk, among others. His
bands featured singers such as Etta Jones and Houston Person.
As time passed, Smith's style got progressively funkier, and in 1971,
he shortened his name to Johnny Hammond. In the late 70s Johnny largely
retired from jazz, settling in Southern California and investing in
real estate. He began recording sporadically again in the '90s.
(died after a battle with cancer)
b. December 16th 1933.
Lane (53) English
bassist and co-founder of Small Faces and Faces, born
in the East End of London. He quit school at 16 to a band
with Kenney Jones called
"The Outcasts". Ronnie played lead guitar, but it was quickly
decided that he should switch to bass guitar. He bought his bass guitar
from a shop were Steve Marriott who was working. Steve introduced
him to Motown and Stax. Ronnie and Steve set out to put together a
band, and recruited friends Kenny Jone and Jimmy Winston, who switched
from guitar to the organ, Steve was chosen to be the vocalist and
in 1965 Small Faces was born
(by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist).
With memorable hit songs such as "Itchycoo Park", "Lazy
Sunday", "All or Nothing", "Tin Soldier",
and their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, they later evolved
into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding
in 1969. After which Ronnie, Ian and Kenney were joined by Ronnie
Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck
Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. Ronnie left Faces in
1973 to form his own band, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance. The same year
they recorded the hit singles "How Come" and "The Poacher",
then the album "Anymore For Anymore", showcasing his own
blend of UK rock, folk, and country music. In 1977 while recording
the album Rough Mix, a collaboration between himself and The Who guitarist
Pete Townsend Ronnie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Nonetheless,
he toured, wrote, and recorded, with Eric Clapton, and many others,
and managed to release yet another album, See Me, which features several
songs written by Lane and Clapton. Glen Johns organised concerts at
the Royal Albert Hall to help fund the Action for Research into Multiple
Sclerosis, a London-based organization. The concerts featured Ronnie,
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Kenney
Jones, Andy Fairweather-Low, and more. With the addition of Joe Cocker
and Paul Rodgers, they all toured the U.S. It was during this time
that Rodgers and Page started the band, The Firm.
Ronnie and his Family moved to Texas in 1984, where the climate was
more beneficial to his health, and continued playing, writing, and
recording. He formed an American version of Slim Chance. For close
to a decade Ronnie enjoyed his rock status in the Austin area and
even toured Japan. His health continued to decline, and his last performance
was in 1992 at a Ronnie Wood gig. Also in the band that night was
Ian McLagan. (Ronnie sadly died of pneumonia)
b. April 1st 1946.
American folk singer, guitar, fiddle, and banjo player, songwriter
and double Emmy Award Winner; Born
in New York City but
brought up in in St. Louis, Missouri. By age 13, he was an accomplished
old-time fiddler and banjo player, and he soon learned to play guitar
and mandolin as well. He formed his first bluegrass band while still
in high school at John Burroughs School. In 1965, he moved to Nashville,
the center of the country music industry and in 1966, he signed with
RCA Victor, and produced his first album, Looks at Life, in the same
year. In 1967, Hartford's second album Earthwords & Music spawned
his first major hit, "Gentle On My Mind". At the 1968 Grammies,
the song netted four awards, two of which went to John, and it became
one of the most widely recorded country songs of all time. He
also had extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore, his love for
the river influenced his music throughtout his career. John's Grammy-winning
Mark Twang features him playing solo, reminiscent of his live solo
performances playing the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and amplified plywood
for tapping his feet. At the same time, he developed a stage show,
which toured in various forms from the mid 1970s until shortly before
his death (sadly taken by Non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma) b. December 30th 1937.
2004: Steve Lacy/Steven Norman Lackritz (59)
American jazzman, soprano saxophonist
born in New York City; he came to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive
Dixieland musician, and went on to a long and prolific career. He
worked extensively in experimental jazz and dabbled in free improvisation,
but his music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. He began
his career at sixteen playing Dixieland music with much older musicians
such as Henry "Red" Allen, Pee Wee Russell, George "Pops"
Foster and Zutty Singleton and then with Kansas City jazz players
like Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, and Jimmy Rushing. He then became
involved with the avant-garde, performing on Jazz Advance in 1956,
the debut album of Cecil Taylor, and appearing with Taylor's groundbreaking
quartet at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival; he also made a notable
appearance on an early Gil Evans album. His most enduring relationship,
however, was with the music of Thelonious Monk: he recorded the first
album to feature only Monk compositions, Reflections-1958 and briefly
played in Monk's band in 1960 and later on Monk's Big Band/Quartet
album-1963. In 1992, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship,
nicknamed the "genius grant" (sadly
died of cancer) b.
July 23rd 1934.
2006: Peter Greenwell (76) English
composer and pianist known for his work with Noel Coward who later
developed a tribute show described by Alan Jay Lerner as "the
best Noel Coward since Noel Coward. Born in Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire,
Greenwell started his theatrical career in Ireland in the 1940s, and
came to prominence in the London theatre in 1955 with Hattie Jacques's
production at the Players' Theatre, beneath Charing Cross station,
of Twenty Minutes South, which moved to the St Martin's 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 12th 1929.
Raul Indipwo (72) Portuguese
singer, in the late 1950's he was part of a famous duet called "Duo
Ouro Negro" with Milu Mac-Mahom Vitória Pereira. He greatly
contributed to the
diffusion of Angolan music abroad (sadly lost
to cancer) b. November 30th 1933.
2006: Richard Kapp (69)
American conductor; he founded the chamber orchestra Philharmonia
Virtuosi of New York
in 1968 and has been their Artistic Director
since then. The orchestra became a fixture on the New York-area musical
scene until it suspended concerts in 2004, when he became ill (sadly
died of cancer) b.
October 9th 1936.
Freddie Scott (74)
singer; began his career as a songwriter for Colpix Records, along
with Carole King and Gerry Goffin, famous for his chart-topping hit
"Hey, Girl". His 1968 "You Got What I Need" was
sampled for the 1989 Biz Markie hit, "Just a Friend". It
was also sampled for Ghostface Killah's "Save Me Dear" in
2004. The song was also parodied by New York DJ Rob Gee. Scotts "Baby
I'm Sorry" was recorded by Ricky Nelson for his 1957 debut album
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.
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 3rd 1917.
2009: Jean Sagadeev (42)
Russian rock singer, bassist, guitarist; a founder member and leader
of the russian monster of rock and heavy metal band E.S.T /Electro-convulsive
therapy. They made their debut at the Festival of Hope
Moscow Rock Laboratory in 1988 and won first place at many all-union
competitions, they quickly acquired the status of cult
group and have become the monsters of rock USSR. After
their second German tour E.S.T. released their first album - "Electro
Shock Therapy", recieving positive comments in U.K. and Europe.
intensively in Russia
and abroad - Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland and USA, performing
along side world rockers including Sepultura, Faith no More, Nazareth,
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.
2011: Dimi Mint Abba/Loula Bint Siddaty Ould
Abba (52) Mauritanian
singer, her professional career began in 1976, when she sang on the
radio and then competed, the following year, in the Umm Kulthum Contest
in Tunis. Her winning song "Sawt Elfan"/"Art's Plume"
has the refrain "Art's Plume is a balsam, a weapon and a guide
enlightening the spirit of men", which can be interpreted to
mean that artists play a more important role than warriors in society.
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)
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.
Since 1997, he has been involved with his son in a joint project with
the rock group Prepinaki. For
his 75th birthday, Eduard
was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 4th Class in 2009
by Russia and in 2010 he performed in St. Petersburg's Victory Day
suffered a stroke and was hospitalized with serious brain damage,
where he fell into a coma; sadly
he died a week later) b.
September 4th 1934.
2012: Nobuki "Johnny" Yoshinaga (63)
Japanese drummer in 1978 he
formed power trio Johnny, Louis & Char with guitarist Char and
bassist Luis Kabe, renaming themselves Pink Cloud (sadly
died of pneumonia) b.
March 21st 1949.
2012: Herb Reed (83) American
bass singer born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Los Angeles
when he was fifteen years old with just $3 in his pocket and the clothes
he stood up in. He had several odd jobs until in 1953 he 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", >>>
MORE <<< (sadly
Herb died from complications of several ailments, including heart
disease, at a hospice in Boston) b. August
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. >>>
MORE <<< (tragically
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.
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 Millennium Concert
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 and
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 his songwriting partners in The Angels, the Brewster Brothers,
were inducted into The Australian Songwriters Association Hall of
Doc died fighting a brain tumour) b.
January 4th 1947.
2015: 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 (42)
American drummer, born in Boston;
he was the original drummer with Steely Dan in 1972, but left in 1974.
While part of Steely Dan, he worked on the ''Can't Buy a Thrill''
and "Countdown to Ecstasy" albums as well as part of "Pretzel
Logic". In 1972 he sang lead vocal on "Midnight Cruiser"
and on "Dallas" which appeared only on a 7" record
and was reissued on a 12" EP titled Plus Fours from 1978.
continued working as a session musician for musicians such as Sammy
Hagar and David Soul (tragically
drowned in his swimming pool) b.
December 17th 1947.
1993: Conway Twitty (59)
US country singer, guitarist; in
Friars Point, Mississippi and moved to Helena, Arkansas at 10 years
of age, where he put together his first singing group, the Phillips
County Ramblers. Two years later, he had his own local radio show
every Saturday morning. After his call up he had his first hit
in 1958 "It's Only Make
Believe" which was the first of nine Top 40 hits, reaching No.1
and selling eight million copies, as well as being an international
hit. He is thought of as a country music singer, but he also enjoyed
success in early rock and roll, R&B, and pop music. Until 2006,
he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with
40 #1 Billboard country hits. (George Strait broke the record in 2006
with the single "Give It Away"). Over his long and highly
successful career Conway has been honoured with 6 awards from the
Academy of Country Music, 4 from the Country Music Association and
2 Grammy awards, He has been inducted into the Country Music Hall
of Fame and Museum, the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame (died in Cox South Hospital from an abdominal aortic
September 1st 1933.
1999: Mel Torme (73) American
jazz singer and songwriter born in Chicago, Illinois, a child prodigy,
he first sang professionally at age 4 with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra,
singing "You're Driving Me Crazy" at Chicago's Blackhawk
1933 and 1941, he acted in the network radio serials The Romance of
Helen Trent and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. He wrote his
first song at 13, and three years later, his first published song,
"Lament to Love," became a hit recording for Harry James.
He played drums in Chicago's Shakespeare Elementary School drum and
bugle corps in his early teens. While a teenager, he sang, arranged,
and played drums in a band led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers,
in 1943, he made his movie debut in Frank Sinatra's first film, the
musical Higher and Higher and graduated from Chicago's Hyde Park High
School in 1944. He went on to sing and act in many films and television
episodes throughout his career, and hosting his own TV show in 195152.
In 1944 he formed the vocal quintet "Mel Tormé and His
Mel-Tones, and went solo in 1947 and his versions of "Again"
and "Blue Moon" became signature tunes. In the 60s and 70s
he was performing as often as 200 times a year around the globe. In
1976, he won an Edison Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy)
for best male singer, and a Down Beat award for best male jazz singer
and in Feb '99 Mel was honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement
Award. (1996, a stroke abruptly ended his 65-year singing career;
sadly another stroke ended his life.)
b. September 13th 1925.
Ernie Wilkins (76) American
jazz arranger, writer and tenor saxophone
born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Maybe best known for his work with Count Basie, but he also wrote
for Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Dizzy Gillespie. In addition to
that he was musical director for albums by Cannonball Adderley, Dinah
Washington, Oscar Peterson, and Buddy Rich; while in Denmark he formed
the "Almost Big Band" so he could write for a band of his
own formation. The idea was partly inspired by his wife Jenny, the
band was made up of noted American ex-patriates like Kenny Drew and
Ed Thigpen (sadly Ernie died of a stroke)
b. July 20th 1922.
2002: Dee Dee Ramone/Douglas
Colvin (50) German-American
songwriter and bass player, best known as founding member, bassist
and main songwriter of the punk rock band The Ramones. Born in Fort
Lee, Virginia, while an infant his family relocated to Berlin, Germany,
due to his father's military service. At 15, he, his mother and sister
Beverley, moved to the Forest Hills section of New York City. He soon
met John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi and together they formed The
Ramones. Dee Dee wrote or co-wrote most of the Ramones' repertoire,
such as "53rd and 3rd" (a song about male prostitution at
53rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, allegedly based on personal
experience), "Glad to See You Go" (written about his then-girlfriend,
a stripper and fellow drug user with a volatile personality), "It's
a Long Way Back to Germany", "Chinese Rock" and "Wart
Hog" (a song Dee Dee wrote in rehab). After he quit the Ramones,
Dee Dee continued to write songs for them, contributing at least three
songs to each of their albums. He had many projects including a brief
hip hop career as rapper "Dee Dee King" with the album Standing
in the Spotlight and the band I.C.L.C, who in 1994
toured 22 countries over a 10-month period,
to promote the I Hate Freaks Like You album.
Dee struggled with drug addiction since his teens, sadly he died from
a heroin overdose)
b. September 18th 1951.
2003: Manuel Rosenthal (98) French
composer and conductor; Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht appointed
him his assistant when the Orchestre National de France was founded
in 1934 and he
continued to compose, largely chansons for various shows. His breakthrough
as a conductor came in 1936, when the Radio PTT - the forerunner of
Radio France - set up its own orchestra and appointed him to its head.
In 1947 an invitation from Jack Hilton brought him and his orchestra
to join Sir Thomas Beecham and his, the Royal Philharmonic, in a concert
that filled the Harringay Arena with 13,500 listeners. In 1948 he
was appointed chief conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He
was music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Liège from
1964-1967. Manuel also served as professor of conducting at the Paris
Conservatoire from 1962 to 1974. He conducted the first performance
of Pelléas et Mélisande in Russia in Moscow in 1988,
and later that year gave the premiere of the same work in Caracas,
June 18th 1904.
Brown OBE (63)
violinist and conductor
born in Salisbury; from 1963-66, Iona was a member of the Philharmonia
Orchestra. In 1964, she joined the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,
working her way up through the ranks to become a soloist and director
in 1974. She formally left the Academy in 1980, but continued to work
with them for the remainder of her life. In
1981, she was appointed artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber
Orchestra. She served as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra from 1987 to 1992. From 1985 to 1989, she was guest director
of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As her health declined
and she suffered from arthritis, she shifted her focus from the violin
to conducting, and ended her violin career in 1998. In the last years
until her death, she was chief conductor of the Sth Jutland Symphony
Orchestra Denmark. (sadly
died of cancer)
January 7th 1941.
2006: Elizabeth Fretwell OBE (85)
Australian prima donna opera
singer best known for her performances with the Sadler's Wells company.
Born in Murrumbeena, Melbourne, she came to the UK to study under
the tenor Joseph Hislop.
returning to Australia she quickly started to make a name for herself,
taking soprano roles in operas by Mozart and Puccini, amongst others.
After an extramaritol scandal, Betty returned to the UK, where her
first professional engagement was for Dublin's Grand Opera company.
Her performances there came to the attention of Sadler's Wells and
in 1955 they engaged her services as principal soprano. From the early
1960s to 1970 she went back and forth between Australia and the UK
performing. In 1965 she gave her only performances at the Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden, in Aida and Il tabarro. She also performed with
Scottish and Canadian companies and in North America. She was appointed
an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 (a
ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm) b.
August 13th 1920.
2009: Boris Pokrovsky (97)
stage director of the Bolshoi Theatre between 1943 and 1982. After
which he founded the Moscow Chamber Opera Theatre. He
also served as the artistic director of the Bolshoi in 1952-1963 and
1973-1982 and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1961. His
production of Vano Muradeli's opera The Great Friendship was the target
of the second Zhdanov Ukase in1948, and it was he who first staged
Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace in 1946. Boris's many awards include
four Stalin Prizes in 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950; a Lenin Prize in 1980;
two Orders of Lenin in 1967, 1976; as well as two State Prizes in
1995 and 2004
January 23rd 1912.
Hanson (31) American singer-songwriter,
guitarist and multi-instrumentalist; from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He
started learning guitar at 4 and by 13 he formed the indie rock band
M.I.J. In 2000, the band released the album "Radio Goodnight"
before Jeff started his solo carreer. With
his soft falsetto voice, he rose
to underground fame in 2003 when he was signed to Kill Rock Stars,
the label that launched Sleater-Kinney and Elliott Smith. He released
three records for the label, including last year's "Madam Owl"
and an eponymous 2005 album that earned a 7.8 rating out of 10 from
trendsetting music blog PitchforkMedia.com. He has toured overseas
including Japan and more recently toured the West Coast and Scandinavia
this spring... 2009, with fellow songwriter Chris Koza (found
dead in his St. Paul apartment that he had recently moved into. The
cause was a possible tragic fall or other household accident)
Danny Bank (87)
American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist
and in his day one of the most in-demand studio musicians;
he played with Charlie Barnet from 194244, and would return
to play with him repeatedly over the next few decades. He also played
with Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Paul Whiteman
in the 1940s. Following this he recorded with Charlie Parker, Rex
Stewart, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Johnny Hodges, Urbie Green,
Clifford Brown and Helen Merrill, Art Farmer, Wes Montgomery, Quincy
Jones, Jimmy Smith, Chico OFarrill, Betty Carter, Ray Charles,
and Tony Fruscella. Maybe Danny is best known for his association
with Miles Davis in Gil Evans's orchestra; he appears on the albums
Sketches of Spain, Miles Ahead, and Porgy and Bess. He also played
with Miles on his 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. Later in the 1960s he
recorded with the big bands of Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and
Stanley Turrentine (?)
b. July 17th 1922.
2010: Arne Nordheim (78) Norwegian
contemporary classical composer, born in Larvik. He was educated at
Conservatory and he frequently received guidance in composition by
the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe. Arne also studied electronic music
with Gaudeamus in Bilthoven, Netherlands. His musical output is focused
around themes of 'solitude, death, love, and landscape' (Aksnes);
these themes are evident in his song cycle Aftonland (Evening Land,
1959), a setting of poems by the Swedish poet Pär Lagerkvist,
which brought him national recognition. The 1961 Canzona per orchestra
was his international breakthrough. Inspired by Giovanni Gabrieli's
canzone, the work showcases Nordheim's historical leanings, as well
as his occupation with space as a parameter of music. His later compositions
include The Tempest; Klokkesong; Magma; the Violin Concerto; and Fonos
for trombone and orchestra. On August 18th
2006, Arne received the honorary
doctors degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music
(?) b. June 20th 1931.
2011: Leon Botha aka
DJ Solarize (26)
South African artist and musical DJ; born in Cape Town, he was diagnosed
with progeria around the age of 4 years. He had no formal training
in art beyond high school courses, but became a full-time painter
after gradu tion, doing commissioned works. In
2005, Botha successfully underwent heart bypass surgery to prevent
a heart attack due to progeria-related atherosclerosis. In January
2007, Botha had his first solo art exhibition, entitled "Liquid
Sword; I am HipHop", revolving around hip-hop culture as a way
of life. He was also engaged in deejaying and turntablism under the
name DJ Solarize. He was featured alongside Watkin Tudor Jones, aka
Ninja, in the music video "Enter the Ninja" from Die Antwoord
died from progeria-related heart failure)
b. June 4th 1985.
2011: Azam Khan (61)
Bangladeshi pop singer and founded a band called Uchcharon in the
early 1970s. He is honored as Guru of Pop Music in Bangladesh. Azam
together with pop music contemporaries Fakir Alamgir, Pilu Momtaz,
Najma Zaman and Ferdous Wahid, is credited with pioneering and popularizing
Bangla pop music in the years immediately following the country's
was a Freedom fighter who fought against the Pakistani army in the
Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. After the war, he introduced
an energetic brand of music. His first concert in television was broadcasted
in 1972 in Bangladesh Television. His popular tunes included Ore Saleka,
Ore Maleka, Jibone Kichhu Pabona Re, Ami Jare Chaire, Ashi Ashi Bole
Tumi, Obhimani, Rail liner bostite, Hei Allah Hei Allah Re and many
others (sadly Azam died of cancer)
b. February 28th 1950.
2011: Gordon Lorenz
(61) British songwriter
and record producer, born in Childwall; he made his fame by writing
the UK Christmas number one hit "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma"
for St Winifreds School Choir. Since the song's release, he
has become one of the most prolific record producers in the music
industry, producing over 800 albums (believed to be a world record),
selling eight million records, and earning seventeen platinum, gold
and silver discs. He has worked with dozens of arists
including Cliff Richard, John
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
(?) b. 1949.
2012: Dennis St. John (70) American
drummer and musical director; he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory
University. A gifted percussionist, He began his career in music after
forming a band in college, after which he relocated to Los Angeles,
where he went on to play on over fifty gold and platinum albums with
top artists of the sixties and seventies. Dennis is best known as
Neil Diamond's drummer and musical director from 1971-1981. He considered
the recording of "Hot August Night" in 1972 at the Greek
Theatre in Los Angeles the highlight of his career. (sadly Dennis
has died while fighting esophageal cancer) b.
November 9th 1941.
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".
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
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
the new band's name (sadly died fighting cancer)
1922: Lillian Russell/Helen Louise Leonard (60)
actress and singer born in Iowa but raised in Chicago. She became
one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th century
and early 20th century. At
the age of 18, she moved to New York with her mother, where she quickly
began to perform professionally, singing for Tony Pastor and playing
roles in comic opera, including Gilbert and Sullivan works. She married
composer Edward Solomon in 1884 and created roles in several of his
operas in London, but in 1886 he was arrested for bigamy. In 1885,
Lillian returned to New York and continued to star in operetta and
musical theatre. For many years, she was the foremost singer of operettas
in America, performing continuously through the end of the 19 century.
In 1899, she joined the Weber and Fields's Music Hall, where she starred
for five years. After 1904, she began to have vocal difficulties and
switched to acting roles. She
later returned to her singing but this time in vaudeville, finally
retiring from performing around 1919. In her later years, Lillian
wrote a newspaper column, advocated women's suffrage and was a popular
(She suffered which were thought to be minor
injuries on her return trip from an immigration fact finding mission
in Europe for President Warren Harding, but her injuries led to complications,
and she sadly died after ten days of illness. Her findings were instrumental
in a 1924 immigration reform law. Lillian was buried with full military
December 4th 1861.
1966: Claudette Orbison/Claudette Frady (25) Roy
Orbison's first wife (killed when a truck pulled out of a side road
and collided with the motorbike that she and Roy were riding on)
b. Sept 1941
Jazz drummer; worked with the big bands of Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan,
Red Norvo, Paul Whiteman, and even Harpo Marx: but he was at his best
for his work in small 'hot' bands led by Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier,
and himself (?) b. November
1986: Dick Rowe (?) British
record producer for Decca; He was one of the most important producers
and record executives in the '50s and early '60s, the man who signed
The Rolling Stones, Them (Van Morrison), The Moody Blues, The Animals,
The Zombies, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Tornados, Tom Jones,
and The Small Faces, among others. But probably more famous for being
the man who would not sign the Beatles, thinking they had no future.
As a producer he had many chart hits including The Stargazer -"Broken
Wings", Lita Roza - "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?",
Jimmy Young - "Unchained Melody", Them - "Baby Please
Don't Go" and "Gloria"; The Bachelors - "My Charmaine"
and "Marta", Dickie Valentine - "Christmas Alphabet",
Billy Fury - "Halfway to Paradise"and "Jealousy",
Al Hibbler - "Unchained Melody to mention just a few (diabetes)
Getz/Stanley Gayetzky (64)
American jazz saxophone player
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1941, he was accepted into
the All City High School Orchestra of New York City. In 1943 at the
age of 15, he was accepted into Jack Teagarden's band. Getz also played
along with Nat King Cole and Lionel Hampton. After playing for Stan
Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman, Stan was a soloist with Woody
Herman from 1947 to 1949. In the mid to late 1950s working from Scandinavia,
Stan played cool jazz with Horace Silver, Johnny Smith, Oscar Peterson,
and many others. His first two quintets including Charlie Parker's
rhythm section of drummer Roy Haynes, pianist Al Haig and bassist
Tommy Potter. A 1953 line-up of the Dizzy Gillespie/Stan Getz Sextet
featured Gillespie, Getz, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and
Max Roach. He continued playing with many greats. In
the mid-1980s he worked regularly in the San Francisco Bay area and
taught at Stanford University where he was artist-in-residence at
the Stanford Jazz Workshop until 1988 when he worked with Huey Lewis
and the News on their Small World album.
Towards the end of his life he played with a group including the pianist
Kenny Barron. Stan
was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986
died of liver cancer) b. February 2nd
1996: William Palmer
(84) American filmmaker, inventor,
and audio recording pioneer; working with Bing Crosby, ABC, and Ampex
just after World War II, he was the essential catalyst that began
the era of high-quality audio magnetic tape recording in America,
when William and his colleague, John T. Mullin, perfected an American
version of the German "Magnetophon" high-fidelity audio
tape recorder in 1946. Using the Mullin-Palmer tape machines in 1946,
Merv Griffin in San Francisco was the first U.S. performer to master
a commercial disc on tape, "Songs by Merv Griffin", with
Lyle Bardo and his Orchestra. In the early 1950s, before the successful
introduction of the VTR, William invented a unique system for recording
the TV image on 16mm film, a modified "kinescope" process,
the Palmer Television Film Recorder, which eliminated the "kine"
shutter bar problem was used around the world even after video tape.
The 3-2 pull-down system used a "blending" shutter device
that eliminated the characteristic "shutter bar" that plagued
kine recordings. During the pre-videotape era, Palmer also recorded
television shows on film (kinescopes) for San Francisco Bay Area TV
stations, including the award-winning series, "The Standard Hour",
broadcast on ABC's KGO-TV in 1951 (?) b 1911.
Douglas Gordon Lilburn (85) A prolific
and influential New Zealand composer, described as "the elder
statesman of New Zealand music" and the "grandfather of
New Zealand music". He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from
the University of Otago in 1969 and was presented with the Citation
for Services to New Zealand Music by the Composers' Association of
New Zealand in 1978. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of New Zealand.
His prizes and scholarships included: the Percy Grainger Competition,
1936, for his tone poem Fores; the Cobbett Prize, Royal College of
Music, 1939 for Phantasy for String Quarte; the Foli Scholarship and
Hubert Parry Prize, Royal College of Music, 1939; three out of four
of the prizes in the New Zealand National Centennial Music Celebrations
Competitions, 1940; and the Philip Neill Memorial Prize in 1944. He
was founder of Waiteata Press Music Editions in 1967 and founder of
the Lilburn Trust of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, 1984.(died
peacefully at his home) b.
November 2nd 1915.
guitarist, songwriter and producer, born in La Jolla, California.
joined the Glam metal band Ratt towards the end of 1981 and co-wrote
many of Ratt's songs including "Round and Round", "Wanted
Man" and "Lay it Down". Out of the Cellar went to triple
platinum based on Robbin's co-penned "Round and Round".
He aslo worked as a producer for metal band Lillian Axe. (heroin
overdose) b. August
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
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.
2010: Dana Key (56) American Christian
rock guitarist, singer, producer and
grandson of the famous Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled
Banner. Dana was co-founder
of the Christian rock group DeGarmo & Key along with old
school friend and keyboardist
Eddie DeGarmo. They
toured the world, headlining and opening with other major Christian
Rock bands including Servant, Petra, Joe English, Amy Grant, Resurrection
Band, Jesse Dixon, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart, and dc Talk and
recorded over 16 albums. Dana also released two solo albums, "The
Journey: Walking with Jesus" and "Part of the Mystery",
Following his retirement, he served as the head of Ardent Records,
and hosted a TV show, featuring new, younger, Christian bands and
he had also been serving as the pastor of a small church in Cordova,
Tennessee, The Love of Christ Church (passed
away due to ruptured blood clot) b. December
2010: Marvin Isley (56) American
bassist, he grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Dwight
Morrow High School in 1972. Marvin became the youngest member of the
soulful Isley Brothers R&B group. The
original group formed in 1954 with the three eldest brothers Isley,
O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald, which recorded several singles, including
"Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine" and the Grammy
winning "It's Your Thing". In the late-1960s, Marvin formed
a trio with older brother Ernie and brother-in-law Chris Jasper. By
1973, Marvin's group had joined the older half of the Isleys as its
instrumentalists, when the Isley
officially expanded to six performers. The
fuller group enjoyed massive radio airplay with hits including "That
Lady," "The Heat is On," "Go For Your Guns"
died from complications with diabetes)
b. August 18th 1953.
2011: Nils-Bertil Dahlander aka
Bert Dale (83) Swedish
jazz drummer, he
played his first concerts as a drummer in Gothenburg in the age of
13. He moved to New York in 1948, and joined the vibraphonist Terry
Gibbs band and went on to play with the legendary pianist Teddy Wilson
and Earl Hines , and later accompany such as Chet Baker. During his
many years in the United States he played with almost all great musicians
b. May 13th 1928.
2011: Tillmann Uhrmacher (44)
German singer, DJ, music producer and radio host; his first
musical success was as a member of the band
Mysterious Art in 1988.
Their first single, The Omen was a No.1 hit in Germany and sold over
400,000 copies. The song was a total of 29 weeks in the German charts
and was the second most successful single of the year. Their second
single was also in the top 10 and in 1990 they supported Madonna's
Blond Ambition World Tour. Tillmann recorded his first solo single
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
2014: 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
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 21st 1988.
2015: 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
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
2015: 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.
Lewis (58) American
pianist and composer noted for his work in the Boogie Woogie style.
His best known work, "Honky Tonk Train Blues"
has been recorded in various contexts, often ii big band arrangements.
He became the leading boogie-woogie pianists of the day, his trio
performed extended engagements at Café Society, toured regularly,
and inspired the formation of Blue Note Records in 1939. Their success
led to a decade long boogie woogie craze with big band swing treatments
by Tommy Dorsey, Will Bradley and others, as well as influencing numerous
country boogie and early rock 'n' roll songs (Car accident) 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"
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
1998: Wally Gold (70) US
songwriter, composer, saxophonist and producer, having
a successful partnership
with Aaron Schroeder. Born in Brooklyn he started as a saxophonist
in dance orchestras, and a member of the US Navy Band during World
War II, after which he sang in a quartet, the Four Esquires, before
becoming a songwriter.
1960 he and his partner, Aaron Schroeder, wrote many hits including
''It's Now or Never,'' which Elvis Presley took to No.1, "It's
Now or Never", "In Your Arms", "Lucky Devil",
"Twixt Twelve and Twenty", "Time and the River",
"Because They're Young", "Utopia", "Hither
and Thither and Yon", "She Can't Find Her Keys", "Half
Heaven - Half Heartache", "It's My Party", and "Fools
Hall of Fame", "Look Homeward Angel", "Good Luck
Charm", and "Sweet Bird of Youth". Later Wally worked
as a record produce in various companies. While
working in the 1970s as a producer and agent for Don Kirshner's label,
distributed by Columbia Records, he discovered and signed the progressive
rock band Kansas (Wally sadly died from complications
of crohn's disease) b. May 15th 1928.
2001: Carole Denise Fredericks (49) American
singer most famous for her recordings in France. Carole emerged from
the shadow of her brother, the legendary blues musicologist Taj Mahal,
to achieve fame and popularity in Europe and the French-speaking world.
For more than two decades Paris, France was her adopted home but she
never left her roots. Steeped in the fertile music traditions of her
parents, striving professionals from the Carolinas and the West Indies,
she emerged as a powerful singer who wove the passionate threads of
blues, jazz, gospel and R&B into a uniquely French tapestry
(sadly died of a heart attack)
June 5th 1952
2006: Carl Dengler (91)
American bandleader, percussionist, member of The Buster Brown Boys
2007: Dave "Biffo" Beech (61)
drummer and vocalist born in Rugby, where he was a founder member
of The Mighty Avengers in 1962. In
1964, they became the first local band to chart, with the single So
Much In Love. In 1966, Biffo was also a founding member of the band
Jigsaw. (?) b.
September 25th 1945.
2009: Hugh Hopper (64) British
progressive rock-jazz fusion bass guitarist born in Canterbury; he
started in 1963 as bassist with The Daevid Allen Trio, before joining
psychedelic rock band, The Soft Machine. He had already composed for
their first self titled album and played bass on one of its tracks.
His first solo album, 1984, was released in 1973, the
year he left Soft Machine. In later years he toured and recorded with
numerous fusion bands, including the
Carla Bley Band, Gong,
Isotope, and, more recently, a descendant of Soft Machine, PolySoft
b. April 29th 1945.
Rankin (69) American singer-songwriter;
raised in New York, he developed a large following during the 70s
with a steady flow of albums, debuting with Mind-Dusters in 1967,
three of his thirteen albums broke into the Billboard Album Chart.
host Johnny Carson was so impressed with
voice and music, he appeared
on The Tonight Show more than twenty times. His unique reworking classic
songs such as The Beatles' "Blackbird," which he recorded
for his Silver Morning album, so impressed Paul McCartney that he
asked Kenny to perform his interpretation of the song when McCartney
and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. As
a songwriter himself, Kenny's compositions have been performed by
artists such as Mel Tormé and Carmen McRae, Stan Getz, Stephen
and Leon Russell (lung
February 10th 1940.
2010: Stuart Cable (40) Welsh
rock drummer and broadcaster; born in Cwmaman near Aberdare, he is
maybe best known as the original drummer for the band Stereophonics.
He along with childhood friends Kelly and Richard Jones began playing
in a series of outfits in their early teens, playing classic rock
and soul covers. They
began writing and performing music in working men's clubs together
in 1992 as a teenage covers band known as Tragic Love Company,
The band later changed their name to The Stereophonics
in 1996 >>> READ
was found dead at his home in Llwydcoed.
South Wales Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances surrounding
his death, however,
a post mortem is yet to be conducted to officially determine the exact
cause of death) b. May 19th 1970.
2011: Buddy Gask (64)
British rock and roll singer and founding member of the Showaddywaddy;
they specialised in revivals of hit songs from the 50s and early 60s,
and dressed as Teddy Boys. The
8-piece group sold millions of records during the 1970s including
top five hits Under the Moon of Love, You Got What It Takes and Three
Steps To Heaven. As well as singing lead on the group's debut hit
"Hey Rock and Roll" in April 1974, he performed lead vocals
on hit singles including Rock 'n' Roll Lady, Heartbeat and Good Timing,
as well as a number of album tracks and B-sides. Buddy left the band
in 1987. He retired to Spain in 2006 (sadly
Buddy died after a long illness) b. December
2011: Walid Gholmieh (73)
Lebanese composer, conductor and
musicologist, who went on to become the director of the Le Conservatoire
libanais national supérieur de musique or The Lebanese National
Higher Conservatory of Music and considered one of the most prominent
Middle-Eastern conductors and composers. Born in Marjeyoun, he initially
studied Mathematics at the American University of Beirut before dedicating
his education and life to music.
was the founder of both the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra and
the Lebanese National Arabic Oriental Orchestra. Established in 2000,
the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, was able to prove itself
both locally and regionally. In a period of 25 months, the Orchestra
presented more than 60 performances in different cities, including
a varied international repertoire by world-renowned classical music
composers. Walid composed 6 symphonies, and many compositions for
Cinema and Theatre
(sadly died after a long illness)
b. April 14th 1938.
2012: Dan Nedelcu aka DAX (33)
Romanian saxophonist and disc jockey, he was
a member of the band Divertis before joining up with Romanian Service
of Comedy (Dax sadly died while bravely
fighting cancer) d. 1979
2012: Lil Phat/Melvin Vernell III (19)
American rap artist;
in Waco, Texas, but moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana at an early age.
He began rapping as a teenager, and was signed to Trill entertainment
in 2008. The same year, he featured as a guest artist on fellow rapper
Webbie's single Independent which
peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's 100 and topped the rap chart.
In 2010, the two rappers once again collaborated on the album Trill
4 Life. In 2011, there was a shooting at one of his concerts, after
which one of his associates was arrested for second-degree murder
multiple times inside a parking lot by the Northside Hospital Women's
Center in Atlanta, Georgia) b.
July 25th 1992
2012: Bob Welch (66) American
vocalist, guitarist, bass guitarist, and percussionist born in Los
Angeles, California, into a show business family. As a youngster,
he learned clarinet, switching to guitar in his early teens and developed
an interest in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music. After dropping
out of university he joined the Los Angeles-based interracial vocal
group The Seven Souls as a guitarist in 1964. When the band broke
up in 1969 Bob
moved to Paris and started a trio and became friends with future CBS
correspondent Ed Bradley. In 1971 he was invited to join Fleetwood
Mac, along with fellow newcomer Christine McVie, Bob helped to steer
the band in a more melodic direction. He released his first Fleetwood
Mac 'Future Games' in September 71, on which he had written the title
song. He left Fleetwood Mac after his fifth with them 'Heroes Are
Hard to Find' in 1974. In 1975, he formed the short-lived hard rock
power trio, Paris, with ex Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick and ex
Todd Rundgren's Nazz drummer Thom Mooney. Paris released two albums;
'Paris' and 'Big Towne, 2061'. He went on to release 12 solo albums
several singles successes including "Hot Love, Cold World",
"Ebony Eyes", "Precious Love", and his signature
"Sentimental Lady". (after
having spinal surgery, and been told he would not get better, tragically,
Bob committed suicide in his Nashville home by a self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the chest) b. July 31st 1945......(some
sources give, incorrectly I think, Aug 31st 1945)
2013: Jetti Veera Raghavulu (82)
Indian music director and playback singer, born
in Ramachandrapuram; he left home and made his way to Madras, where,
for long time he worked under
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 Suresh Productions.
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
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)
blues shouter and swing jazz singer from Oklahoma City, he started
out touring the Mid-West and California as an itinerant blues singer
in 1923-24 before moving to LA, where he sang with Jelly Roll Morton.
He sang with Billy King before moving on to Page's Blue Devils in
1927. He, along with other members of the Blue Devils, defected to
the Bennie Moten band in 1929. In 1935 Jimmy joined Count Basie for
the next 13 years, noted for his performances of "Sent For You
Yesterday" and "Boogie Woogie" with the Count Basie
Orchestra. After leaving Basie, his recording career soared, as a
solo artist and a singer with other bands.
He also made a guest appearance with Duke Ellington for the 1959 album
sadly died after fighting leukemia)
b. August 26th 1901.
1964: 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 father. He
then began to teach guitar, he wrote
a series of short stories and his autobiography, "Truth is Stranger
than Publicity" (?)
Brian "Tubby" Hayes (38)
jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophone playing;
when he was sixteen, Tubby joined Kenny Baker's sextet, later playing
for big-band leaders such as Ambrose, Terry Brown, Tito Burns, Roy
Fox, Vic Lewis, and Jack Parnell. In 1955 he formed his own octet,
with which he toured the UK for eighteen months. From 1957 to 1959
he joined Ronnie Scott in co-leading a quintet, The Jazz Couriers,
perhaps the most fondly remembered of British Modern Jazz groups.
Subsequently, he reformed his quartet, and toured Germany with Kurt
Edelhagen. Then in 1961 he was invited to play at the Half Note Club
in New York; a new transatlantic Musicians' Union agreement meant
that, in exchange, Zoot Sims played at Ronnie Scott's. While in America,
Tubby recorded ''Tubbs in NY'' with Clark Terry, Eddie Costa, and
Horace Parlan, and in 1962 he returned for another visit, this time
recording Return Visit with James Moody, Roland Kirk, Walter Bishop
Jr, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. Back in London, he formed his own
big band, working in television, film, and radio, and even having
his own television series 196163. He also appears on recordings
by many UK jazz musicians, such as the Harry South Big Band, the Ian
Hamer Sextet. and appeared in a number of films, including All Night
Long-61 with Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck, and his group; A King
in New York, by Charles Chaplin-57; The Beauty Jungle-64 and Dr Terror's
House of Horrors-1965. He also played at a wide range of jazz festivals,
including Reading, Windsor, Antibes, Lugano, Vienna, and Berlin
(In the late 1960s Tubby underwent open-heart
surgery; he was able to start performing again in 1971, although he
had more heart surgery that same year, and in 1972 he toured Norway
and Sweden. But in 1973 Tubby tragically died during another heart
January 30th 1935.
1980: Ernst Busch (80) German
singer and actor born in Kiel; he
first rose to prominence as an interpreter of political songs, particularly
those of Kurt Tucholsky, in the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s.
He starred in the original 1928 production of Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny
Opera, as well as the subsequent 1931 film by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.
He also appeared in the movie Kuhle Wampe and made a haunting recording
of Peat Bog Soldiers
(?) b. January
1984: Gordon Jacob (88)
English composer, born in London; in WWI he was taken prisoner of
war in 1917, and was one of only 60 men in his battalion of 800 to
survive. He he went on to teach at the Royal College of Music from
1924 until his retirement in 1966. The height of his renown was in
the 1950s, during which his Music for a Festival was used for the
1951 Festival of Britain, and his trumpet-heavy fanfare arrangement
of the National Anthem was used for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II. Gordon was prolific, publishing over 700 pieces of music in addition
to his four books and numerous essays on music (?)
b. July 5th 1895.
Yogi Horton (33) American
session drummer; a
colourful and energetic drummer
for hundreds of sessions with dozens of artists and bands, such as
Diana Ross, Odyssey, Grover Washington Jr., John Lennon, Aretha Franklin,
The B-52s, The Rolling Stones, as well as being the long time touring
and recording drummer for the late R&B singer Luther Vandross
and the singer songwriters Ashford & Simpson. Also, he was a member
of the Alessi Brothers band for three years in the mid-80s,
touring and recording with Barnaby Bye bandmates and twins Billy &
Bobby Alessi (jumped from a 17th floor hotel window)
Root Boy Slim/Foster MacKenzie 111 (48)
American singer-songwriter; he attended Yale University, where he
formed a band named
Prince La La and the Midnight Creepers with
classmate and fraternity brother Greenlee. Band members wore ermine
capes, silver lamay hot pants and boasted that they were never invited
for return engagements. One day he took a lot of LSD and went to the
White House and climbed the fence. He was apprehended by the Secret
Service as he ran up the lawn toward the White House. He was the first
intruder since the War of 1812 to get completely over the fence.The
large dose of LSD he had consumed caused a psychotic break that led
to schizophrenia, with the result that he would be medicated for the
rest of his life. Foster found further fame as Root Boy Slim with
his band the Sex Change Band when
music producer Gary Katz signed the band to Warner Bros. Records,
which resulted the band's eponymous debut album."Root Boy Slim
and the Sex Change Band with the Rootettes.".
They released 6 albums the last being Root 6 in 1990 (died in his
sleep at his home in Orlando) b. July
1921, a 14-year-old Abe performed for the public throughout southern
Pennsylvania with a newly formed six-piece jazz band led by his big
brother Bud Lincoln. When he was 16, with his father's permission,
he was hired by bandleader Ace Brigode and soon found himself working
in New York City. In 1925 he joined James B. Dimick's Million Dollar
Sunny Brook Orchestra, before joining the
California Ramblers (who never played on the west coast). He joined
Ozzie Nelson's orchestra in 1934, and traveled with them to Los Angeles,
where he spent many years in Hollywood studio ensembles backing entertainers
like Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy
Carmichael, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford,
and Ella Mae Morse. His trombone was also audible in several Woody
Woodpecker cartoon soundtracks. Abe was
one of three "president" jazzmen, along with trumpeter,
Thomas Jefferson and trombonist, George Washington, he performed in
many Dixieland settings during the late '40s and throughout the '50s.
1956 he helped put across some of the most authentic Dixieland recordings
ever released under the name of Pete Fountain. He
continued to freelanced throughout the '60s 70s and
'80s, playing with among others.. Wingy
Manone, Rampart Street Paraders, Red Nichols, Bob Scobey, Wild
Bill Davison, Pete Fountain and Matty
in Van Nuys, CA)
b. March 29th 1907.
2008: aban Bajramovic (72) Serbian
Romani musician, singer-songwriter and composer; at 19 he ran away
from the army out of love for a girl. As a deserter, he was sentenced
to 5 and a half years in prison on the island Goli otok, where he
joined the orchestra which played the jazz Louis Armstrong, Sinatra,
John Coltrane and Spanish and Mexican pieces. Once free again, he
made his first record in 1964. He went on to make
around 20 albums, some 50 singles and composed 650 pieces.
In 2008, it was revealed that Saban was living impoverished in Ni
with serious health complications and was no longer able to walk.
The government of Serbia intervened to provide him with some funds
(sadly died from a heart attack)
b. April 16th 1936.
2010: Porfi Jiménez (82)
Dominican-born Venezuelan trumpet player, arranger, composer and 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.
St. Peters/Robin Peter Smith (71) British
pop singer, best known for his 1966 hit, "The Pied Piper".
Born in Swanley, Kent, Crispian
gave his first live performance in
a member of The Hard Travellers. Through the late 1950s and early
1960s, he was a member of The Country Gentlemen, Beat Formula Three,
and Peter & The Wolves. In 1964, it was as a member of Peter &
The Wolves, he made his first commercial recording. He signed to Decca
Records in 1965, recording "No No No" and "At This
Moment", and he appearanced in the TV shows Scene At 6.30 and
Ready Steady Go!. In
1966, he finally yielded a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, with
"You Were On My Mind". He scored a major hit with "The
during the summer of 1966, when his single went to No.4 in the US
and No.5 in the UK (passed
away after a long illness)
2011: Alan Rubin aka Mr. Wonderful (68) American
trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet and a
graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. He was a member of the
Saturday Night Live Band, with whom he played at the Closing Ceremony
of the 1996 Olympic Games. As a member of The Blues Brothers, he portrayed
Mr. Fabulous in the 1980 film, the 1998 sequel and was a member of
the touring band. Over his long career Alan played with an array of
artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Blood,
Sweat and Tears, Eumir Deodato, Sting, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones,
Paul Simon, James Taylor, Frankie Valli, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel,
B.B. King, Miles Davis, Yoko Ono, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, James
Brown, Ray Charles and Dr. John. (sadly
died fighting lung cancer)
b. February 11th 1943.
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
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
(?) 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
(sadly died while fighting cancer) b.
January 7th 1933.
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)
Claudio Arrau León (88) Chilean
pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning
from the baroque to 20th century composers, especially Beethoven,
Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms and Debussy. He is widely
considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.
In his honor The Robert Schumann Society established the Arrau Medal
in 1991. (Claudio
died in Mürzzuschlag, Austria in the midst of a tight European
concert tour, he was working on a recording of the complete works
of Bach for keyboard, and had Haydn, Mendelssohn, Reger, Busoni and
Boulez's 3rd Sonata in preparation)
February 6th 1903.
1992: Clarence Horatio "Big" Miller (69)
big voiced singer
and occasional jazz trombonist;
one of the last
old time 'blues shouters', men with voices so powerful they could
sing over an entire big band without using a microphone. In the days
before the wide spread use of microphones and audio amplifiers, only
those performers who could be clearly heard by theatre-goers sitting
in the back row of seats had any chance of employment. He recorded
for Savoy Records early in his career, with The Five Pennies as backing
musicians. His jazz activities included work with Count Basie and
Duke Ellington. After performing with John Hendricks's revue, The
Evolution of the Blues, he signed with Columbia Records.
In the 1970s Clarence toured with Big Joe Turner, then moved to Canada,
settling in Edmonton, Alberta, where he lived for the rest of his
life. He played
a major role in the growth of the Edmonton Jazz Society and worked
with local musician Tommy Banks. He was the subject of a documentary
released by the National Film Board of Canada in 1987 (?)
1995: Frank Chacksfield (81) English
pianist, organist, composer and conductor of popular orchestral easy
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
Bernard Flood (92)
American jazz trumpeter, following
graduate of Atlanta's famed Tuskegee Institute in the '20s, Bernard
became associated with a series of bandleadersincluding Bob Neal,
Fess Williams, Teddy Hill, Luis Russell, Chick Webb and Charlie Johnson.
In 1939 he became part of Louis Armstrong's big-band project, dropping
out for the spring of 1941 with James Reynolds before rejoining Louis
In 1946 he worked with both Luis Russell and Duke Ellington, as well
as starting up his own combo. He also collaborated with Happy Caldwell
in both the late '40s and early '50s. He retired from fulltime music
in the early 70s and sadly became a sufferer from diabetes and lost
both of his legs due to the effects of the disease (?)
b. December 16th 1907.
Delbert Lavern "Vern" Williams (76)
American bluegrass mandolin player and singer; born in Arkansas he
began playing music with his family at an early age. He moved to California
in 1952 with the Marine Corps, where he continued to play music, first
with his younger brother John Jr., then with Ray Park beginning in
1959, and lastly beginning in 1974 with his own Vern Williams
Band who also backed up country-bluegrass legend Rose Maddox.
Over his 40 year career he has inspired and influenced countless top
quality coast musicians and is
generally accepted as the father of bluegrass music on the West Coast
of the United States (?)
b. December 9th 1930.
2006: Drafi Deutscher
(60) German Schlager singer and composer
born in Berlin; his best known song was the 1965 Schlager "Marmor,
Stein und Eisen bricht" / "Marble, Stone and Iron Breaks"
which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. It
later featured in the 2006 film Beerfest, during the Oktoberfest scene.
Between 1964 and 1966 Drafi had a lot of hits in Germany, including
No.1 hit Shake Hands, Keep Smiling,, Cinderella Baby, Heute male ich
dein Bild, Cindy-Lou also a chart topper. After his 1965 hit Marmor,
Stein und Eisen bricht, his career in Germany was in full swing until
shaken by a 1967 verdict for public indecency after he had urinated
from a balcony while drunk, in plain view of a group of schoolchildren
watching him from street level. He
also composed several worldwide hits for Boney M, Nino de Angelo and
Tony Christie. In the 1980s he achieved success with his duo, Mixed
Emotions, together with Oliver Simon. Deutscher also worked with Christopher
Evans Ironside, collaborating with him in the band named Masquerade,
and on their co-written hit "Guardian Angel"
Drafi died from heart failure)
b. May 9th 1946.
2011: Claude Léveillée
(78) Canadian actor, sing-songwriter,
and pianist born in Montreal; in 1955,
he created his first song, Your Dreams and was offered the role of
Bozo in the TV series " Rudolph, the secret of the lost river
of the Father Ambroise Lafortune. Claude got involved in the children's
program Domino to Radio-Canada, where he played the role of Tintinet,
which later became Clo-Clo, and he composed several hundred songs.
In 1959 he met Edith Piaf, for whom he composed several songs: The
Old Piano, Hurricane, and Boulevard du crime. Following his experience
in France, Claude won the Grand Prix du Disque Canadian Radio CKAC
in 1962 and on April 23rd 1963, he co-founded the Theatre 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.
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
July 6th 1929.
Rainer Riehn (73) German composer,
conductor and co-editor of music theory magazines.
in Danzig and studied music theory in Mainz, Zürich, and Berlin
and composition in Utrecht.
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
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 to record
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
Randy was killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter at his home in
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.
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,
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",
La La" and "Soldier
Boy". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1996. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #76 on their
list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. "Will You Love
Me Tomorrow?" made No.125 and "Tonight's the Night"
No. 401 in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
(heart attack, after show in Atlanta)
b. January 22th 1940.
1992: Hachidai Nakamura (61) China-born
Japanese songwriter, composer and jazz pianist born in Qingdao. While
in education he worked in several bands including "Yasuhiko Taniguchi
and Premier Swing", "The Red Hat Boys", and
he formed a jazz band named "Big Four". He went on to work
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
Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Pee
Wee Russell, Emmett Berry and Ruby Braff, to name a few. Nat also
also arranged the music for The Sound of Jazz, a 1954 CBS television
special hosted by John Crosby (complications
from an abdominal infection)
b. July 16th 1925.
1996: Alan Blakley
drummer, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist and founding member of the
with fourteen UK and two U.S. Top 20 hit singles to their name.
The band first got together in 1958, when they were all in their teens.
In the original line-up
Alan on drums,
with Brian Poole as vocals and guitarist, Alan Howard playing saxophone
and Graham Scott on guitar. But Alan very soon took over on guitar
to leave Brian as front man - singer. By 1961, a few line-up changes
and Alan now on keyboards, they had turned professional. As Brian
Poole and the Tremeloes they first charted with a version of "Twist
and Shout" in 1963, quickly followed by their chart topping "Do
You Love Me" making
them the first south of England
group to top the chart in the beat boom era.
In 1964 they made tours of South Africa and Australia, followed by
a film A Touch of Blarney. When Brian Poole left the band for a solo
career in 1966, Alan took over the leadership and the hits kept coming
with among others "Even the Bad Times Are Good"; "(Call
Me) Number One"; "Me And My Life"; " Hello World
"; "Suddenly You Love Me"; "Helule Helule";
"My Little Lady"; "Silence is Golden" and "Here
Comes My Baby" the latter two also entered the Top Twenty of
the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, in addition both tracks sold a million
copies globally, each earning gold disc status, as 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 .. read
2004: Graeme Kelling (47)
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
b. April 4th 1957.
2006: Ruddy Thomas (54) Jamaican
singer, songwriter, producer, studio engineer; he had his greatest
successes as a singer in the late 1970s and early 1980s with hits
including "Every Day Is a Holiday", "Let's Make a Baby"
and "Loving Pauper" which was the number one song of the
year on the 1978 RJR Top 100. In 1983, he recorded the duet "(You
Know How to Make Me) Feel So Good" with Susan Cadogan, which
topped the reggae charts and was followed in 1984 by another duet
with Cadogan, "Only Heaven Can Wait". Ruddy also recorded
duets with J.C. Lodge - "Time For Love", Marcia Aitken -
"The Closer I Get To You", Pam Hall - "You Can't Hide"
and with Cynthia Schloss - "Don't Want To Lose You", "How
Can I Let You Get Away", and "There Is A Fire". He
provided backing vocals on several albums, including Peter Tosh's
No Nuclear War. He was also part of the horn section on Cornell Campbell's
1982 album What's Happening To Me. He
was recording engineer on many releases by the likes of Boris Gardiner,
Leroy Smart, Sugar Minott, The Wailing Souls, Beres Hammond, Dennis
Brown, Frankie Paul, and Dean Fraser (collapsed
of a heart attack while
performing on stage at the Popular Song Street Blocker in Port Antonio)
b. July 12th 1951.
2009: Barry Beckett (66) American
record producer, session musician, keyboardist; he started his career
as a session musician working with Atlantic Record artists such as
Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin
Percy Sledge, and others artists at Rick Hall's FAME Studios until
1969 when Barry along with fellow session musicians, Roger Hawkins,
David Hood, Jimmy Johnson formed their own session backing band, The
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers. They opened
their busy Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in the Alabama town of Muscle
Shoals. In the 1970s, Stax Records also began bringing artists down
to Alabama. Other artists who recorded with the Swampers include John
Stewart, Elkie Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Bob Seger,
Joe Cocker, Glenn Frey, Delbert McClinton, J.J. Cale, Alice in Chains,
Joe Tex, Bobby Blue Bland, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Little Milton,
Sawyer Brown, Tony Joe White, Oak Ridge Boys and many more.
In 1973 they toured backing Traffic and can be heard on Traffic's
live album On The Road. The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995 for a "Lifework
Award for Non-Performing Achievement" and into the Musician's
Hall Of Fame in 2008. In 1982 he left The
to work as a music director for Warner Brothers before working independently.
Barry has produced top albums for the
likes of Graham Brown, Bob
Dylan, Joan Baez, Dire Straits, Joe Cocker, John Prine, McGuinn-Hillman,
James, Eddy Raven, Delbert
Staple Singers, Phoebe Snow, Hank
Lorrie Morgan, Frankie Miller, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alabama Jr., Neal
McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Phish, Tammy Graham, Sonia Dada, Ilse
DeLange and so many others (died after long
illness) b. February 4th 1943.
Hawkes (?) English
DJ/Producer, a pioneering influence on the UK dance scene for two
decades. He grew up in Brighton, at 18 he left for Southern Europe,
where he spent endless nights developing his DJ skills playing at
some of Europe's most notorious after hours clubs. He returned home
in the early 90s, and moved to London to work and
ended up managing
the Pirate Radio Station
"Girls FM" that played Downbeat, Dub, Soul, Techno and Garage,
and was soon attracting up to a million listeners a month. His natural
grasp of quality dance music, "Girls FM" became the most
legendary underground dance music station that London had ever heard.
Kenny became one of the UK's hardest working DJ exports, DJing abroad
every weekend, travelling to Belgium, New York, Portugal, Paris, Australia,
Chicago and Spain to San Francisco, and Southern Asia. In-between
his travels, he also found time for production, which enabled him
to translate his DJing vibes onto vinyl. He released a Space compilation
album back in 1997, and since then has produced 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" (?)
2011: Darryl Pandy (??) American
house vocalist and Chicago house pioneer whose incredible voice helped
the burgeoning genre cross over into mainstream success. He sang the
lead vocal on a track by Chicago DJ Farley Keith aka Farley Jackmaster
Funk, called "Love Can't Turn Around," which gained widespread
attention and chart success, and exposed many listeners to house music
for the first time upon its release in 1986. Re-released in 1996,
the song again made the pop charts (sadly
died after a serious illness)
2011: Sven-Olof Walldoff (82)
Swedish record producer, composer and orchestra conductor who
is best known for conducting the orchestra for ABBA's song "Waterloo"
for the Eurovision Song Contest 1974.
also collaborated on ABBA's first album Ring Ring (?)
b. May 2nd 1929.
2012: Suehiko Watanabe (103)
(sadly died of pneumonia) b. ????
Piero Bellugi (87)
conductor after studying in Europe and at Berkshire Music Center at
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
1924: Théodore Dubois (86)
French composer and teacher, born in Rosnay in Marne. He won the Prix
de Rome in 1861 and in 1868 became choirmaster at the Church of the
Madeleine, then in 1871 took over from César Franck as choirmaster
at the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde. In 1877, he returned to the Church
of the Madeleine, succeeding Camille Saint-Saëns as organist
there. From 1871 he taught at the Paris Conservatoire; His fascination
with Near-Eastern subjects lead to the composition to his first staged
work, La guzla de l'émir, and his first four-act opera, Aben-Hamet,
which broke no new ground. His other large-scale opera, Xavière,
has a wildly dramatic tale set in the rural Auvergne. His music also
includes ballets, oratorios and three symphonies. His best known work
is the oratorio Les sept paroles du Christ/"The Seven Last Words
of Christ" (?)
August 24th 1837.
1982: Al Rinker (74) American
pianist, vocalist, composer; he
began performing as a partner with Bing Crosby in 1925 and the two
singers formed the Rhythm Boys, later
Harry Barris joined them.
The three worked with Paul Whiteman's Big Band in L.A. until Bing
Crosby dissolved the group to go solo.
Rhythm Boys were filmed for the Paul Whiteman movie The King of Jazz
in 1930, singing Mississippi Mud; So the Bluebirds and the Blackbirds
Got Together; I'm a Fisherman; Bench in the Park and Happy Feet. After
the breakup, they reunited only once, to appear together on the "Paul
Whiteman Presents" radio broadcast on July 4, 1943. In 1952,
a song for which Al wrote the lyrics, You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right,
appeared in the film Push-Button Kitty and in the television series
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He also wrote the song Ev'rybody Wants
to Be a Cat, for the Disney cartoon children's movie The AristoCats
in 1970 (?) b.
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 1922.
2015: Jim Ed Brown (81) American
country singer (The Browns), lung cancer
2015: Ornette Coleman (85) American
saxophonist and free jazz pioneer
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
1996, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey commemorative
postage stamp and in
2008, the Recording Academy added the recording of "Brazil (Aquarela
Do Brasil)", Decca 18460B, by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
from 1942 to the Grammy Hall of Fame (sadly
throat cancer) b. February 29th 1904.
1962: John Nicholson Ireland (82)
English composer, born in Bowdon, near Altrincham. He
studied piano, organ and
composition at the Royal
College of Music; he subsequently became a teacher at the College
himself. He began to make his name in the early 1900s as a composer
of songs and chamber music. His Violin Sonata no. 1 of 1909 won first
prize in an international competition organised by the well-known
patron of chamber music W.W. Cobbett. Even more successful was the
premiere of his Violin Sonata no. 2, which drew crowds to the Wigmore
Hall in London and attracted the interest of a number of publishers
(John died of heart failure) b.
1966: Hermann Scherchen (74) German
conductor and violinist, born in Berlin;
from 1914-16 he conducted
in Riga and in Königsberg from 1928 to 1933, after which he left
Germany in protest at the Nazi regime and worked in Switzerland. From
1922 to 1950 he was the principal conductor of the city orchestra
Winterthur, today known as Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur. Making
his debut with Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, he was a champion of
20th century composers such as Richard Strauss, Webern, Berg and Varèse.
He is probably best known for his orchestral arrangement and recording
of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue and his 1958 recording
of Beethoven's Eroica symphony, containing what is still, as of 2009,
the fastest first movement ever recorded and the closest to Beethoven's
own, problematic, metronome mark. His 1953 "Lehrbuch des Dirigierens"
is a standard textbook. His recorded repertoire was extremely wide,
ranging from Vivaldi to Reinhold Glière (?)
June 21st 1891.
Bob Scobey (46)
dixieland trumpeter, bandleader; he began his career playing in dance
orchestras and nightclubs in the 1930s. In 1938 he worked as second
trumpeter for Lu Watters in the Yerba Buena Jazz Band. By 1949 he
wanted to create his own sound, setting up the Bob Scobey's Frisco
Band. They were broadcast in 1952 on Rusty Draper's television show
and in 1953 Louis Armstrong sang with them at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
In 1959 Bob opened the Club Bourbon Street in Chicago (sadly
taken by cancer) b. December 9th 1916.
1989: Lou Monte/Louis Scaglione (72) Italian-American
singer best known for a number of best-selling, Italian-themed novelty
records, born in in Manhattan, New York.
Before WW2, he played the
guitar and started singing as a child, and began his professional
career as a singer, comedian, and musician playing clubs in and around
the New Jersey. After the war and his time in the army Lou caught
the attention of Radio Station WAAT in Newark, New Jersey where he
was given his own radio show and soon the radio station rewarded him
by convincing their TV outlet to give him a try as well. Lou's first
big hit came in 1954, with the release of his version of "Darktown
Strutters' Ball". In 1962, he released his first million-seller,
"Pepino the Italian Mouse", which was awarded a gold disc.
Other of his many songs included "Shaddap You Face", "The
Sheik of Napoli",
Pepino U Soriciello (The Italian Mouse), "Babalucci",
Dominick The Donkey,Italian Cowboy Song,
Italian Jingle Bells,
and Lazy Mary (?)
1995: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (75)
Italian classical pianist; born in Brescia, Italy, he began music
lessons at the age of three, initially with the violin, but quickly
switched to the piano. At ten he entered the Milan Conservatory and
in 1938, at age eighteen, he began his international career by entering
the Ysaÿe International Festival in Brussels, Belgium. A year
later he earned first prize in the Geneva International Competition
where he was acclaimed as "a new Liszt". His recording highlights
include the live performances in London of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit,
Chopin's Sonata No. 2 and Schumann's Carnaval, Op. 9 and Faschingsschwank
aus Wien, Op. 26. As well as his playing of Ravel's Piano Concerto
in G, Gaspard de la nuit, set standards for those works and Rachmaninoff's
Piano Concerto No.4. As a composer, Arturo wrote 19 Folksongs a cappella
for the SAT men's chorus from Trent, Italy. As a teacher, his pupils
included such world-class artists as Martha Argerich, Maurizio
Pollini and Ivan Moravec
(He died in Lugano, Switzerland after a long
1997: Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava (73) Russian
poet, writer, and singer-songwriter born in Moscow; he was one of
the founders of the Russian genre called "author's song".
He was the author of about 200 songs, set to his own poetry. His songs
are a mixture of Russian poetic and folksong traditions and the French
chansonnier style represented by such contemporaries of his as Georges
Brassens. Though his songs were never overtly political, the freshness
and independence of his artistic voice presented a subtle challenge
to Soviet cultural authorities, who were thus hesitant for many years
to give official sanction to Buat as a singer-songwriter (?)
May 9th 1924.
2006: György Sándor Ligeti (83)
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
May 28th 1923.
2008: Danny Davis/George Nowlan (83)
American country musician; band leader, vocalist producer and
founder and leader of the Nashville Brass. By the age of 14 he was
trumpet soloist with the Massachusetts All-State Symphony Orchestra
and was granted admittance to the New England Conservatory of Music.
He left the conservatory after only six weeks when he was offered
a job as a trumpeter with the band of legendary drummer, Gene Krupa
in 1940. In the 1940s and into the 1950s he worked in several big
bands including the band's of Bobby Byrne, Sammy Kaye,
Freddy Martin, Vincent Lopez and
Art Mooney, he was First Trumpet on Art Mooney's "I'm Looking
Over a Four Leaf Clover". In the late 50's Danny worked
York City for the MGM label, producing records for artists such as
Connie Francis, Hermans Hermits, Nina Simone, Frank Yankovic and many
more. At this time he also
put together a session group called "Danny Davis & the Titans"
releasing an instrumental album "Today's Teen Beat", followed
by the album, "Let's Do the Twist for Adults". In the mid-sixties
Davis moved to the RCA label, and transfered to the Nashville office
where he was assigned to produce sessions for Waylon Jennings, Dottie
West, Floyd Cramer, Hank Locklin 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
Fuat Mansurov (81)
Soviet and Russian conductor born
where he studied in a Kazakh school and later graduated from Kazakh
University in Alma-Ata. Fuat
worked 37 years in Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and had many operatic and
ballet premiers. He had a total of 40 performances in his wide-ranging
repertoire as a conductor, including classics of the 20th century
- Sergei Prokofiev's "Semyon Kotko", Rodion Shedrin's "Dead
Souls", Aram Khachaturian's "Spartak", Valeri Gavrilin's
"Anuta" and Boris Asafiev's "The Fountain of Bakhchisarai",
as well as 19-century foreign masterpieces, like Rossini's "The
Barber of Seville", Gounod's "Faust", Tchaikovsky's
"The Queen of Spades" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tsar's
Bride". In 1991 he conducted the Bolshoi
at the New York Met for performances of Mlada and Eugene Onegin.(?)
b. January 1st 1928.
2011: Carl Gardner
first major career success came with The Robins, a rhythm and blues
group which had a big hit in the early 1950s, "Smokey Joe's Café".
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.
2012: Adrian Fernando Otero (53)
Argentinian singer and composer born
and former leader of the Blusera Memphis.
After studing psychology, he toured part of America, Europe and Africa
as a sports writer, craftsman, and cook among other jobs. He joined
Blusera Memphis in 1980 as lead singer and also wrote many of their
songs. They released 13 albums, making their debut with Soul in the
Rain in 1982. In 2008 Adrian launched his solo career with the release
of his solo album "Magnet",
which he followed with Rider Blues in 2012
(tragically Adrian lost his life in a car accident
when he lost control of his Honda Accord)
b. July 31st 1958.
2013: Fatai Rolling Dollar/Fatai Olagunju
(86) Nigerian influencial guitarist,
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)
2014: Jonny Morelli (30) Italian
metal drummer (tragically died in a traffic collision) b.
2014: Khagen Mahanta (71) Indian
folk singer, (sadly died from a cardiac ailment) b.
2015: Ernest Tomlinson (90) British
2015: José Messias (86)
Brazilian musician and television personality, multiple organ failure
from kidney disease
2015: Fernando Brant (68) Brazilian
poet and composer, complications of liver transplantation.
2015: Monica Lewis (93) American
singer and actress (Earthquake), voice of Chiquita Banana (since 1947)
1972: Clyde McPhatter (39) American
lead singer and founder of The Drifters
in 1953, who later went
on to a solo career.
Born in the tobacco town of Durham, North Carolina, he
formed a gospel group in 1945 after his family moved from Durham,
North Carolina USA to New Jersey. They soon relocated to New York
City, where Clyde joined the gospel group Mount Lebanon Singers. In
1950, he joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes, and was present for
the recording of "Sixty Minute Man". After recording several
more songs, including "Have Mercy Baby", he left the group
in 1953. He formed the Difters and
signed to Atlantic Records
releasing "Money Honey", "Such a Night", "Honey
Love", "White Christmas" and "Whatcha Gonna
Do". He went on to a solo career releasing hits including "Lover
Please", "Treasure of Love" his first solo #1 on the
R&B charts, "I
Told Myself a Lie", "Think Me a Kiss", "Ta Ta".
"I Never Knew" and "Lover Please". In the late
1960s, Clyde spent some time living in England where he was backed
by UK band "ICE" (died
of complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease in Teaneck, New
b. November 15th 1932.
lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, music researcher, and co-founder,
frontman and lead singer of the Italian progressive rock, jazz fusion
band AreA International POPular Group. Born
and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek parents, he studied piano
and accordion at the "National Conservatoire". In 1957 he
was sent to Nicosia, Cyprus, and, at 17, moved to Milan, Italy, to
attend the Politecnico di Milano University at the Architecture Faculty,
where he formed his first musical group. In 1967, Demetrio joined
the Italian beat band I Ribelli, and in 1972, founded Area. Demetrio
recorded many records, and toured festivals in Italy, France, Portugal,
Switzerland, Netherlands, Cuba, U.S. with Area, as well as a solo
artist and in collaboration with other artists. He worked together
with musicians, singers, writers, poets, directors, men of learning
such as Mogol, Lucio Battisti, Gianni Sassi, Gianni Emilio Simonetti,
Juan Hidalgo, Walter Marchetti, John Cage, Tran Quang Hai, Merce Cunningham,
Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Grete Sultan, Paul Zukofsky, Nanni Balestrini,
Claude Royet-Journoud, and Antonio 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 22nd 1945.
Goodman (77) American
clarinetist, conductor, bandleader born in Chicago; he was the first
celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing,"
his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era. He was an
accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity
both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously.
At 16, he joined one of Chicago's top bands, the Ben Pollack Orchestra,
with which he made his first recordings in 1926. He became a successful
session musician during the late 1920s and early 1930s. A notable
March 21st 1928 session found Benny alongside Glenn Miller, Tommy
Dorsey, and Joe Venuti in the All-Star Orchestra, directed by Nat
Shilkret. Also in 1928, Benny and Glenn Miller wrote the instrumental
"Room 1411", which was released as a Brunswick 78. He also
recorded musical soundtracks for movie shorts. Benny and his band's
future was boosted and totally secured after their concert at Carnegie
Hall in New York City on the evening of January 16th 1938. Benny Goodman's
band appeared as a specialty act in major musical features, including
The Big Broadcast of '37, Hollywood Hotel, '38; Syncopation, '42;
The Powers Girl, '42; Stage Door Canteen, '43; The Gang's All Here,
1943; Sweet and Lowdown, '44 and A Song Is Born in '48. Benny was
also responsible for a significant step in racial integration in America,
he broke with tradition by hiring Teddy Wilson to play with him and
drummer Gene Krupa in the Benny Goodman Trio. In 1936, he added Lionel
Hampton on vibes to form the Benny Goodman Quartet; in 1939 he added
pioneering jazz guitarist Charlie Christian to his band and small
ensembles, who played with him until his death from TB less than three
years later. This integration in music happened ten years before Jackie
Robinson became the first black American to enter Major League Baseball.
After winning many polls over the years, Benny was inducted into the
Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1957. He's a member of the National
Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division and
was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. Despite
increasing health problems, he continued to play until his death (heart
attack) b. May 30th 1909.
2001: Makanda Ken McIntyre/Kenneth
US jazz saxophonist, multi-musician and composer,
born in Boston, Massachusetts; in addition to his primary instrument,
alto saxophone, he also played flute, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon,
and many other woodwind instruments, as well as double bass, drum
set, and piano. Over the
course of his career, Ken performed or recorded with: Nat Adderley,
Jaki Byard, Ron Carter, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, Daoud A. Haroon,
Richard Harper, David Murray, Cecil Taylor and Reggie Workman, among
others, and was a member of the innovative group Beaver Harris and
the 360 Degree Ensemble. He
recorded thirteen albums, one of which was released posthumously,
composed well over 400
compositions, and wrote about 200 arrangements, reflecting different
aspects of his Caribbean and African American roots, including blues,
straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde, and calypso
(sadly died of a heart attack) b.
September 7th 1931.
David Diamond (89) American
of classical music born in Rochester, New York and studied at the
Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His
most popular piece is Rounds in 1944 for string orchestra and among
his other works are eleven symphonies, the last in 1993, concertos
including three for violin, eleven string quartets, music for wind
ensemble, other chamber music, piano pieces and vocal music. He
also composed the musical theme heard on the CBS Radio Network broadcast
"Hear It Now" 195051 and its TV successor, "See
It Now" 195158. He was a long time member of the Juilliard
School faculty, his notable students includie Robert Black, Kenneth
Fuchs, Daron Hagen, Adolphus Hailstork, Anthony Iannaccone, Philip
Lasser, Lowell Liebermann, Alasdair MacLean, Charles Strouse, Francis
Thorne, and Eric Whitacre. (sadly
died from heart failure)
b. July 9th 1915.
2006: Freddie Gorman (67)
American musician and record producer born in Detroit, while
still in high school he made his record debut on the Qualitones' 1955
single "Tears of Love". Two years later he and longtime
best friends Brian Holland and Sonny Sanders formed the Fideletones.
After issuing "Pretty Girl" on Aladdin Records in 1959,
the group splintered and Freddie resumed his day job as a mail carrier.
Soon after he became famous as a singer, songwriter for the Motown
label in the late 1960s and early 1970s and noted for his stint with
Motown quartet The Originals, they often worked as background singers
for recordings by artists such as Jimmy Ruffin "What Becomes
of the Broken hearted", Stevie Wonder "For Once In My Life"
and "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday", David Ruffin "My
Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)", Marvin Gaye-"Chained"
and "Just to Keep You Satisfied", Edwin Starr-"War"
and "25 Miles", and many more. The Originals found their
biggest success under the guidance of Marvin Gaye, who co-wrote and
produced two of the group's biggest singles, "Baby, I'm for Real",
and "The Bells". Freddie also , co-wrote Motown's first
No.1 pop hit "Please Mr. Postman", by Marvelettes and in
1964, the Beatles released their version of the song; then in 1975,
the Carpenters took it back to No.1. This was the first time in pop
history that a song went No.1 twice. In 2006, "Please Mr. Postman"
was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
b. April 11th 1939.
2010: Jimmy Dean (81) American country
singer, actor, TV host and businessman; born in Plainview, Texas,
he was the host of the popular Washington D.C. radio program Town
and Country Time on WARL, and with his Texas Wildcats became popular
in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jimmy became a national television personality
in the 1960s, rising to fame from his 1961 country crossover hit "Big
Bad John" which won him the 1962 Grammy Award for Best C &
W Recording. His mid-60s ABC-TV's The Jimmy Dean Show, was one of
the few to regularly present country music entertainers to a mainstream
audience, including Roger Miller, George Jones, Charlie Rich, Buck
Owens and some, like Joe Maphis, who seldom received network exposure.
His acting career included a supporting role in the 1971 James Bond
movie, Diamonds Are Forever. In 1969, he founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage
Company with his brother Don. The company did well, in part because
of Dean's own extemporized, humor-themed 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
of natural causes) b. August 10th 1928.
2011: Germano Meneghel (49) Brazilian
singer and songwriter with the cultural band Olodum from Salvador,
and the author of some of their most popular songs like "Alegria
Geral" and "Avisa Lá" (Tragically
his lifeless body was found at his home in the historic district of
Pero Vaz. The cause of dead is as yet unknown, but Germano suffered
from high blood pressure, and on Sunday had complained to friends
of chest pains) b. ????
Mehdi Hassan (84) Pakistani ghazal
singer and a former playback singer for Lollywood born in a village
called Luna in Rajasthan, India. He is famously known as the "King
of ghazal", and was highly regarded in the Pakistan film industry.
He was honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz
by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government
of Nepal. He remained a leading singer of film industry along with
Ahmed Rushdi (sadly died from a lung
disease) b. July 18th 1927.
2012: Joe Humer (76) Slovenian
composer born in Maribor, he established the Ljubljana Madrigalists
Chamber Choir and led the Tone Tomic Academic Choir and the
Gallus Octet in Ljubljana. He was president of the Ljubljana Musical
Youth, the renovator of the Ljubljana Musical Society, and president
of the Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia. He wrote
and translated hundreds of librettos and other lyrics for children,
choirs, and soloists. In 1999, he received the Golden Medal of the
Slovenian Public Fund of Cultural Activities and n March 2012, he
was decorated by Slovenian President Danilo Türk with the Order
for Merits of Slovenia (?) b.
2012: Graeme Bell (97) Australian
Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader, born
in Richmond, Victoria. Aside from playing, he was one of the leading
promoters of jazz in Australia, bringing American performers such
as Rex Stewart to Australia. He was the first Australian jazz band
leader who was still playing at 90 years of age, and the first Westerner
to lead a jazz band to China. Graeme was inducted into 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
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. 19??.
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. According
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"
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. ????.
2014: 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 1946.
2015: Ronald Wilford, 87, American
orchestra manager (Columbia Artists Management)
2015: MC Supreme, 47, American rapper,
2015: Big Time Sarah (62) American
2015: Buddy Boudreaux (97) American jazz saxophonist and band
2015: Drs. P (95) Swiss-born Dutch writer, composer and singer
1969: Wynonie Harris (53) American
blues shouter and rhythm and blues singer of upbeat songs featuring
humorous, often ribald lyrics. In 1931 at age 16, he dropped out of
high school in North Omaha, and began traveling frequently to Kansas
City, Kansas where he paid close attention to the blues shouters including
Jimmy Rushing and Big Joe Turner. He became a local celebrity in Omaha
during the depths of the Great Depression in 1935. His break in Los
Angeles was at a nightclub owned by Curtis Mosby, it was here that
he became known as "Mr. Blues". Wynonie
went on to have fifteen Top 10 hits between 1946 - 1952, he is generally
considered one of rock and roll's forerunners, influencing Elvis Presley
among others. His hits include "Who Threw the Whiskey in the
Well", "Bloodshot Eyes", "Good Rocking Tonight",
"Good Morning Judge" and "All She Wants to Do Is Rock".
Wynonie was the subject of a 1994 biography by Tony Collins (Wynonie
sadly died of esophageal cancer at the USC Medical Center Hospital
in Los Angeles) b. August 24th 1915.
Ahmad Zahir (33)
Afghan singer, songwriter-composer, known for
his unique touch and soulful interpretations, he is considered an
icon of music in Afghanistan and is sometimes called the "King
of Afghan music". Almost all of his songs are in Persian; many
are based on well-recognized Persian poems. He recorded over 22 albums,
his first recorded song, "Gar Kuni Yak Nizara", was his
own composition, sung in the pilo raga. He continued writing and recording
songs such as "Azeezam Ba Yaadat", "Ahista-ahista",
"Akhir Ay Darya", "Hama Yaranam", "Agar Sabza
Boodam", "Guftam Ke Mekhwaham Tura", "Shabe Ze
Shabha" and "Parween-e Man" (allegedly
June 14th 1946.
1989: Pete De Freitas (27) West
Indian drummer with Echo & The Bunnymen; born in Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago and educated by the Benedictines at Downside School.
He joined the
Echo & The Bunnymen
in 1979 (he died tragically in a motorcycle
accident, on his way to Liverpool from London)
b. August 2nd 1961
1986: Alan Jay Lerner (67) American
lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe and
others, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works
of musical theatre, including songs for Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon,
My Fair Lady, Camelot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Lolita,
My Love, Gigi, and Dance a Little Closer among many others and films
including Royal Wedding, An American in Paris, Brigadoon, Gigi, The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Paint Your
Wagon, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and more. Alan won three
Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors.
cancer) b. August 31st 1918
1990: Erna Berger (89) German
soprano born in Dresden, Germany, but spent some years as a child
in India and South America. At the age of 26, she secured a position
as a soubrette soprano at the Semper Opera in Dresden, and later held
leading positions at the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera,
and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also gave concerts in Japan, America,
and Australia. Erna retired from the stage at 60 and taught as a professor
in Hamburg and Essen. Her recordings include Die Zauberflöte,
as the Queen of Night, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, 193738,
and Rigoletto, with Jan Peerce and Leonard Warren, conducted by Renato
Cellini, 1950 (?)
b. October 19th 1900.
1994: Henry Mancini (70)
American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his
film and television scores. He won a record twenty Grammy Awards,
including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1995.
His best-known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther
film series-"The Pink Panther Theme", the Peter Gunn Theme
from the television series, and back-to-back Academy Awards for the
songs "Moon River" from the Blake Edwards film Breakfast
at Tiffany's and "Days of Wine and Roses" from the 1962
film Days of Wine and Roses. He was not the first composer to introduce
jazz elements into film and television scoring, but he was the first
to become wildly successful with the public (sadly
died after a fight with cancer) b. April
1994: Marcel Mouloudji (71) French
singer and actor, born and raised in Paris, he sang Jacques
and Boris Vian. Marcel
was also the father to the French singer Annabelle. (sadly died in
Paris, France) b.
September 16th 1922
1995: Rory Gallagher (48) Irish
rock/blues guitar virtuoso, singer, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal,
and raised in the city of Cork. Rory also played the mandolin, the
accordion, the harmonica, the resonator guitar, piano and saxophone.
He recorded solo albums throughout the 1970's and 1980's, after being
part of the band Taste during the late 1960s. Rory's albums have sold
in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Many modern day musicians,
including The Edge, Slash, Johnny Marr, Davy Knowles, Glenn Tipton,
Vivian Campbell, Joe Bonamassa, and Brian May of Queen, cite Gallagher
as an inspiration in their formative musical years (sadly
died in London from chest infection following a liver transplant)
b. March 2nd 1948
Volker Kriegel (59)
jazz guitarist, born
in Darmstadt, Germany; Volker taught himself the guitar and by his
late teens had formed a
trio that won an award at a 1963 amateur jazz festival. In 1973 he
founded Spectrum, a quartet that included Eberhard Weber, among others.
In 1975 Kriegel spent a month teaching for the Goethe Institute, an
organization which he has worked for at various times throughout his
career and was
a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble.
In 1976 Spectrum broke up, and Kriegel started another band called
the Mild Maniac Orchestra which stayed together in to the 1980s. He
is perhaps most noteworthy for his many collaborations with the American
vibraphonist Dave Pike. (?) b.
December 24th 1943.
2004: Eamonn McGirr (63) Irish-born
singer and entertainer, an Irish immigrant to America born in Derry;
he first came to prominence in 1966 with a group of fellow Belfast
teachers: Gerry Burns, Finbar Carolan, and John Sullivan, known as
The Go Lucky Four, soared to the top of the Irish music charts with
"Up Went Nelson", maintaining the No.1 spot for eight consecutive
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
was the first European jazz combo to make the
front page of the American jazz magazine Down Beat in May of 2006.
They got their international breakthrough with their 1999 album From
Gagarins Point Of View, their first album to be released outside
Scandinavia. With the release of their albums Good Morning Susie Soho
in 2000 and Strange Place For Snow in 2002, the trio drew the attention
of US audiences. In 2002, they went on a 9-month tour through Europe,
the U.S. and Japan. Their subsequent albums, Seven Days Of Falling
, Viaticum , and Tuesday Wonderland, were equally well received by
critics and fans and resulted in several music industry award nominations
as well as making the jazz and pop charts (died
in a tragic scuba diving accident) b.
April 16th 1964
2009: Ivan Della Mea (68)
Italian singersongwriter, composer and author; born in Lucca,
then moved to Milan, he was one of the most active authors in the
field of the new social and civil song, taking inspiration from the
He began to write songs
in 1959, and between 1962 and 1963 he participated with Gianni Bosio
to form the New Italian Canzoniere. In 1985 he became president of
the Milan Circle Arcs and in the 1996 director of the Institute De
Martino, in Tuscany. He then went back to recording more albums
(died after a long illness) b. October
2009: Bob Bogle (75) American
founding member of the instrumental
rock band, The Ventures.
Born near Wagoner, Oklahoma, he
was a self-taught guitar player, his
use of the tremolo arm was particularly notable and his
playing in their 1960 cover of "Walk, Don't Run" influenced
a generation of guitarists including John Fogerty, Steve Miller, Joe
Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
After leaving school at 15 he worked as a bricklayer in California.
In 1958, while
working on different construction sites he
met up with fellow mason worker Don Wilson in Seattle, the two formed
a band called The Versatones. The duo played small clubs, beer bars,
and private parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. They recruited
Nokie Edwards as bass player,
Skip Moore on drums and
changed their name to the Ventures. The band enjoyed their greatest
popularity and success in the US and Japan in the 1960s, but they
have continued to perform and record up to the present recording in
all 38 albums. With over 110 million albums sold worldwide, the group
remains the best selling instrumental rock group of all time.
Bob with The Ventures was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame on March 10th 2008
died battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
b. January 16
2011: Asad Ali Khan (74) Indian
rudra veena player; born in Alwar he is the seventh generation of
rudra veena players in his family. His ancestors were royal musicians
in the courts of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur, Rajasthan in the
18th century. He he has performed in many countries, including Australia,
the United States, Afghanistan, Italy and several other European countries,
and conducted music courses in the United States. Asad worked at All
India Radio, taught the sitar in the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts
at the University of Delhi for 17 years, and continued to train students
privately after his retirement. He was involved in preserving the
playing of the rudra
veena, and performed for
SPIC MACAY, promoting Indian classical music to young Indians. He
was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1977 and the Indian
civilian honor Padma Bhushan in 2008 (?)
2011: Wiley "Mack" Self (81)
American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist
born in Calico Bottoms, Arkansas; after playing on radio station KXJK
in Forrest City, Arkansas
in 1955, he make a recording of
his song "Easy to Love". The demo recording then found its
way to Sam Phillips of Sun Records, who invited him to audition. Sam
encouraged him to write more songs.
In 1959, he re-recorded "Easy
to Love" along with several new songs on which he was backed
by guitarist Therlow Brown and bass player Jimmy Evans, and released
a second single, "Mad At You" / "Willie Brown".
In the early 1960s Mack recorded several country singles for the Zone
label in Memphis and continued to write songs, setting up his own
publishing company. Mack gave up the music business in 1963, and established
a heating, air and sheet metal business in Helena, Arkansas. He returned
to undertake occasional performances after 1992, with his Silver Dollar
Band, and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1993
(?) b. May 22nd 1930.
2012: Hassan Kassai (83)
Iranian master player of Ney,the
traditional reed flute of Iran (?)
b. September 25th 1928
Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (82) German
pianist and teacher born
in Dessau; besides teaching as a professor at the Mozarteum and in
Hannover, he had been a guest professor at the university of music
in Zagreb since 2004 and a teacher of master classes in Europe, United
States and Asia. His students have included Thomas
Duis, Valentina Babor,
Severin von Eckardstein, Henriette Gaertner, Philippe Giusiano, Márton
Illés, Yu Kosuge, Matthew Odell, Alice Sara Ott, Ragna Schirmer
and Lars Vogt. He received the prize Niedersächsischer Staatspreis
of Lower Saxony in 1985. Since 1999 he was an Officer of the Order
of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2000 he was awarded
the Great Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
He was an honorary member of Deutscher Musikrat, the German Music
Council, a member of the International Music Council (?)
b. May 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
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
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 1940.
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
Wes Montgomery (45) American jazz guitarist,
considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal
figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing
countless others. He started to teach himself guitar in 1943, using
his thumb rather than a pick and toured with Lionel Hampton during
1948-50. His most spontaneous jazz outings, small-group sessions,
with such sidemen as Tommy Flanagan, James Clay, Victor Feldman, Hank
Jones, Johnny Griffin and Mel Rhyne. In 1967 Wes signed with Creed
Taylor at A&M and during 1967-68 he recorded three best-selling
albums. Wes received many awards and accolades: Nominated for two
Grammy Awards for Bumpin', 1965; received Grammy Award for Goin' Out
of My Head as Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by Large Group or
Soloist with Large Group, 1966; nominated for Grammy Awards for "Eleanor
Rigby" and "Down Here on the Ground", 1968; nominated
for Grammy Award for Willow, Weep for Me, 1969. Wes' second album,
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, earned him Down Beat
magazine's "New Star" award in 1960. In addition, he won
the Down Beat Critic's Poll award for best Jazz guitarist in 1960,
'61, '62,'63, '66, and 1967.
(he woke one morning, remarked to his wife that
he "Didn't feel very well," and minutes later collapsed,
dying of a heart attack within minutes)
b. March 6th 1923.
Pepper (56) American
alto saxophonist; born in Gardena, California, he began
his career with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton between 1946 and 1952.
By the '50s Art was recognized as one of the leading alto saxophonists
in jazz, finishing second only to Charlie Parker as Best Alto Sax
Player in the Down Beat magazine Readers Poll of 1952. He
is associated with the musical movement known as West Coast jazz,
as contrasted with the East Coast hot jazz associated with Charlie
Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Art was a member of Buddy Rich's Big Band
from 1968 to 1969, and in 1977 and 1978 made two well received tours
of Japan. He
had become a heroin addict in the 1940s, and his career was interrupted
by drug-related prison sentences in 195456, 1960-61, 1961-64
and 1964-65. Luckily,
his drug abuse did not affect the quality of his recordings, which
maintained a high level of musicianship throughout his career until
his death. Art's most famous albums are Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm
Section, Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics, Gettin' Together,
and Smack Up. The Aladdin Recordings (three volumes), The Early Show,
The Late Show, The Complete Surf Ride, and The Way It Was!, which
features a session recorded with Warne Marsh.
Straight Life, transcribed by his third wife Laurie Pepper, is a unique
exploration into the jazz music world, as well as drug and criminal
subcultures of mid-20th century California. The documentary film Art
Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor, available on DVD, devotes much
space to music from one of his late groups featuring pianist Milcho
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
American drummer; born
in Boston, US, he joined Steely Dan in 1972 when he worked on their
debut album "Can't Buy a Thrill" and follow up album "Countdown
to Ecstasy" in 1773.
In 1972 Jim also sang the lead vocal on the song "Midnight Cruiser"
and the vocals on the song "Dallas" which appeared only
on a 7" record. These first few years were their very heavy touring
days. Jim worked on part of Steely Dan's 3rd
Logic" before leaving the band in 1974. He
went on to be an in-demand session player for musicians such as Sammy
Hagar and David Soul. (he
drowned in his swimming pool)
September 17th 1947.
1994: Manos Hadjidakis (68) Academy
Award-winning Greek composer; born in Xanthi, Greece; he received
an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song 'Never on Sunday'
from the film of the same name
in 1960. His very first
work was the tune for the song Paper Moon from Tennessee Williams'
'A Streetcar Named Desire' staged by Karolos Koun's Art Theatre of
Athens. His first piano piece, "For a Small White Seashell"
came out in 1947 and in 1948 he shook the musical establishment by
delivering his legendary lecture on rembetika, the urban folk songs
that flourished in Greek cities, mainly Piraeus, after the Asia Minor
refugee influx in 1922 and until then had heavy underworld and cannabis
use connections and were consequently looked down upon. In 1949 he
co-founded the Greek Dance Theatre Company with the choreographer
Rallou Manou after which he started his career writing immensely popular
"pop" songs and movie soundtracks alongside more serious
works. He is also credited with the introduction of bouzouki music
into mainstream culture (heart
disease and diabetes) b.
1996: Ella Fitzgerald (78)
jazz singer, known as "The First Lady of Song", blessed
with a beautiful voice and a wide range, could outswing anyone and
had near-perfect elocution; she learned to sing by imitating the vocal
stylings she heard on the radio and records, especially those of Louis
Armstrong and Connee Boswell of the Boswell Sisters. She dropped out
of school, became involved with the numbers racket, and worked as
a lookout at a brothel. Caught by the authorities, she was put into
the Riverdale Children's Association, an orphanage and school, from
which she ran away in 1934, determined to make a career in show business.
She won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem,
in Dec of 1934 singing
"Judy" and "The Object of My Affection".
She later came to the attention of Charles Linton, lead singer for
Chick Webb's band. Linton took her to Webb, who hired her in 1935.
She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket A Tasket," with Webb's
band in 1939. Under Webb's musical guidance, Ella learnt professional
skills, developed confidence, and began recording. In 1942 she embarked
on her long influencial career as a soloist. In 1947 she married famed
jazz bassist Ray Brown and 1948 to 1952 she sang his jazz group. The
couple adopted an infant named Raymond Brown, Jr., but in 1953 the
marriage ended and she never remarried. During her lifetime Fitzgerald
worked with all the great jazz performers and won countless awards
for her work, among them popularity awards from jazz magazines; honorary
doctorates; the American Music Award-1978; the Kennedy Center Award-1979
for her lifetime achievement in the performing arts; the National
Medal of the Arts-1987, presented at the White House; and thirteen
Grammy Awards, including one in 1967 for her lifetime achievement.
In 1989 she became the first recipient of the Society of Singers Lifetime
Achievement Award, named "Ella" in her honor. Beginning
in the early 1970s, Fitzgerald had eyesight problems complicated by
diabetes and also suffered from circulatory system complications.
In 1986 she had heart surgery, but she returned to the concert stage
the next year. Despite these illnesses, she continued to perform at
least once a month into the early 1990s (In
1993 Ella had to have both
her legs amputated
below the knees. She sadly died at her Beverly Hills home with
complications from diabetes)
b. April 25th 1917.
1999: Fausto Papetti (76)
alto saxophone player,
born at Viggiù in Lombardy. He began his career in 1957 playing
in jazz orchestras, before playing with the group I Campioni
/The Champions, which at the time was backing the singer Tony Dallara
on disk and in concert. He left the group in 1959 signing with Durium
as a session musician, where he recorded with many and varied artists
at the recording house. His arrangement of "Estate violenta"
was released in 1960 under the name "Fausto Papetti Sax and rhythms",
it's success exceeded the original soundtrack of the film. This led
to his debut album, simply titled "Raccolta"/Collection
the same year. Throughout the '60s and the '70s, all his albums reaches
the top of the sales charts, and were also released on the Latin American
market. Fausto recorded two "Raccolta" a year, the best-selling
being the 20th one in 1975. The albums are also characterized and
famous for their covers, especially in the '70s, with girls in undressed
winking poses. He became a founder of a genre, and in the 70s had
many imitators, like Johnny Sax and Piergiorgio Farina. As well as
his famed Collections, he recorded many other albums including "Old
America", "Evergreen", "Bonjour France",
"Made in Italy", "Rhythms of Latin America", "Cinema
anni '60","Cinema anni '70". Fausto continued
working until his death (?)
b. January 28th 1923.
2004: Leonard Walter "Lennie"
Bush (77) English
jazz double-bassist, he started on the violin before changing to bass
at 16, and by 17 he was playing professionally in a variety show called
The Rolling Stones and Dawn. He
played with Nat Gonella in the middle of the 1940s, but turned to
bebop in the later 40s. Lennie was one of the founding members of
London's Club Eleven, and played there in a band with Ronnie Scott,
Hank Shaw, Tommy Pollard, and Tony Crombie. He later studied with
James Merrett at the Guildhall School of Music, and he was much sought
after by overseas musicians, joining many European tours of Zoot Sims,
Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and Roy Eldridge. He became a member
of Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra in 1957, and also recorded with Anita
O'Day, Stephane Grappelli, and Eddie Vinson. He went into semi-retirement
in the 1990s, but still played up until his death (?)
June 6th 1927.
2006: Betty Curtis/Roberta Corti (70)
Italian singer, born in Milan;
she was active from 1957 to 1969.
song "Al di là" performed by her with Luciano Tajoli
won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1961. She also represented Italy
in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 coming shared fifth in Cannes
March 21st 1936.
2007: Richard Bell (61) Canadian
musician pianist and keyboard player born in Toronto. Richard was
well known as the pianist for Janis Joplin and her Full Tilt Boogie
Band. In the late 1960s, while touring with Ronnie Hawkins, he was
approached by Joplin's manager Albert Grossman and invited to join
her new ensemble. His playing can be heard on her posthumously-released
album Pearl and many bootleg recordings from her 1970 tour, including
performances from the Festival Express "train tour" of Canada.
After which he moved to Woodstock, New York, where he worked as a
session musician. Among those he worked with were
Judy Collins, John Sebastian.,
Paul Butterfield, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn, Cowboy
Junkies, Bob Dylan, Michael Kaeshammer, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Walsh.
In 1991, Richard joined the reconstituted line-up of The Band as a
keyboardist and in later years before his passing performed as keyboard
player with Canadian roots-rock performers such as Colin Linden, Blackie
and the Rodeo Kings and Kathleen Edwards (died
after a long brave battle with multiple myeloma)
b. March 5th 1946
2010: Busi Mhlongo (62)
virtuoso singer, dancer and composer,
born in Inanda,
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
in 1997. The album
remained in fans memories for Piedod man a hard-rockers
confession written by Janis. They
carried on recording until 2005. (?)
b. June 10th 1958.
2011: Mae Wheeler (77) American
singer and event producer, born in Memphis, but moved to St. Louis
when she was 5 and went on to be known to generations of St. Louis
music fans as Lady Jazz". She eventually broke in to the
music business at the tail end of St. Louis' Gaslight Square era,
crediting fellow singer Jeanne Trevor for helping her to get her first
gigs at places such as Vanity Fair, the Black Horse, the Dark Side
and the Red Carpet.
In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Mae was a regular performer at Hannegan's
on Laclede's Landing and also worked at other spots such the Moose
Lounge in north St. Louis and an early incarnation of Kennedy's, also
on the Landing. In later years, she performed frequently at the now-defunct
Brandt's in University City, as well as at other restaurants, lounges
and clubs around town. She worked with hundreds of St. Louis musicians
and singers, and appeared with nationally known entertainers including
Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Sonny Stitt, Mitch Miller and Arthur Prysock.
As best as can be determined, she released two recordings, Live in
2000, and Just Friends in 200 (sadly
died after a long illness) b. May 15th
Rune Gustafsson (78) Swedish
jazz guitarist and composer
born in Gothenburg
and moved to Stockholm in the 1950s to work with Putte Wickman and
Arne Domnérus Radio band and Radio Jazz Group. His first published
works were Young Guitar in 1961 with Arne Domnérus, Jan Johansson,
Jimmy Woode, Bjarne Nerem, Börje Fredriksson and Jan Allan. He
went on to work with the likes of Jon Christensen, Arne Domnérus,
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.
2015: Jeanna Friske (40)
Russian singer (Blestyaschie), (sadly died while bravely fighting
brain cancer) b.
2015: Mighty Sam McClain (72)
American blues singer
Louis Hardy (22)
American jazz cornet player and one of the best regarded New Orleans
musicians of his generation. Emmett
was born in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, he was a
child prodigy, described as already playing marvelously in his early
teens. Some New Orleans musicians remembered as a musical highlight
of their lives a 1919 cutting contest where after long and intense
struggle Hardy succeeded in outplaying Louis Armstrong. He was in
the original incarnation of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings aka NORK
under the direction of Bee Palmer. Sadly Emmett did not appear on
any of the Rhythm Kings recording sessions, never making any commercial
recordings before his very early death, but he and some of his musician
friends made some home recordings on wax phonograph cylinders for
their own amusement. As Hardy's tuberculosis worsened and his death
seemed inevitable, the friends decided to preserve the cylinders as
a memento of Emmett's playing. When advancing tuberculosis started
to make his breathing difficult, he taught himself banjo so he could
continue playing music (tuberculosis) b.
June 12th 1903.
1939: William Henry "Chick" Webb (34)
and swing drummer and band leader of the Chick Webb Band; he used
custom-made pedals, goose-neck cymbal holders, a 28-inch bass drum
and a wide variety of other percussion instruments and
perched high upon a platform he
created thundering solos of a complexity and energy that paved the
way for the likes of Buddy Rich, who studied Chick intensely. Born
he suffered from tuberculosis of the spine
from childhood. At the age of 17 he moved to New York City and by
1926, he was leading his own band in Harlem.
alternated between band tours and residencies at New York City clubs
through the late 1920s. In 1931, his band became the house band at
the Savoy Ballroom, and became one of the best-regarded bandleaders
and drummers of the new "Swing" style. (sadly
died after a major operation in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore)
b. February 10th 1905.
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
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
Pfaff (26) American
bassist, born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She spent a short time
in Europe and briefly attended Boston College before finishing at
the University of Minnesota. She studied classical piano and cello.
While living in Minneapolis, she taught herself to play bass guitar.
She, guitarist/vocalist Joachim Breuer and drummer Matt Entsminger
formed the band Janitor Joe. While Janitor Joe were on tour in California
Kristen was scouted by Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love of Hole, who
were at the time looking for a new bassist. In 1993, she moved to
Seattle, Washington, to work with the other members of Hole on Live
Through This, the major-label follow-up to Pretty On The Inside. October
20th 1994, Janet Pfaff, Kristen's mother, accepted induction on her
daughter's behalf into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.(Tragically
Kristaen was found dead in her bathtub due to a heroin overdose)
b. May 26th 1967
born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, he was part of country rock band
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show from 1973, when Jay David left the
band, until 1985, when the band split up. While he was with them,
among their many hits, they had a UK No.1/US No.6 hit with "When
You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" and a UK No.4/US No.5
hit with "Sexy Eyes". (sadly died of liver cancer in San
Francisco, California) b. April 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.
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
b. November 10th 1940.
2007: Donna King Conkling (88)
American singer; member of The King
Sisters; born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the all King children
originally were part of the "Drigg's Family of Entertainers".
In the early 1930s sisters Louise, Maxine and Alyce formed a vocal
trio and went to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO.
While the three oldest King Sisters were performing in San Francisco,
two of their younger sisters, Yvonne and Donna, aged 14 and 15, formed
their own vocal trio with a friend. The 2 trios joined together, but
by the mid 30s there were four King Sisters Donna,
Yvonne, Alyce and Luise.
They worked with bandleaders Horace Heidt, Artie Shaw and Charlie
Barnet and at the peak of their success, they also appeared in a number
of Hollywood features in the 1940s. During World War II, they appeared
regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they began hosting
their own ABC television network show, The King Family Show, which
featured family members such as Alyce's husband, actor Robert Clarke,
and her sons, Ric de Azevedo, Lex de Azevedo, and Cam Clarke as well
as other talent. The show ran until 1969 (?)
b. September 3rd 1918.
2008: Margaret Kitchin (94) British
pianist, born in Switzerland she was strongly associated with contemporary
music, she gave many premieres of works by composers such as Michael
Tippett, Thea Musgrave and Peter Racine Fricker. Her first commercial
recording came when, in 1958, responding to an invitation from a then
unknown promoter, Richard Itter, she recorded Tippett's Fantasy Sonata
(his first) coupled with Iain Hamilton's Sonata Op 13. It was issued
in 1960. Her concert career developed, focusing on the serial and
avant-garde repertoire, and she became the pianist the BBC often asked
to do difficult modern works, usually learned for just one performance.
Margaret forged many important musical partnerships. She toured extensively
with the horn player Barry Tuckwell, they premièred at the
Zagreb Festival of Contemporary Music and also worked extensively
with the violinist Maria Lidka (?)
b. March 23rd 1914.
Charlie Mariano (85) American
jazz alto saxophonist; born in Massachusetts and later relocated to
Germany. Over his long career he has led many of his own bands as
well as playing in other bands including the bands of
Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton,
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eberhard Weber, the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble,
Embryo and played with numerous others. He also played the nadaswaram,
a traditional oboe from South India (cancer)
b. November 12th 1923.
2010: Bill Dixon (84)
trumpet player, flugelhorn, and pianist, often using electronic delay
and reverberation as part of his trumpet playing. Born in
Nantucket, Massachusetts, Bill started playing trumpet in high school
and after his military service he studied at the Hartnette Conservatory
in New York City before gigging in New York. From 1961-3 he played
with saxophonist Archie Shepp leading small groups and later arranged
for the New York Contemporary Five in 1963 and the following year
presented a series of concerts, the October Revolution In Jazz.
an educator Bill taught at Bennington College from '68, founding the
Black Music Division there in 1973 and in the published '80s a book
titled LOpéra:a Collection of Letters, Writings, Musical
Scores, Drawings, and Photographs (1967-1986), vol. I. As a sideman
he appears on Cecil Taylors Conquistador and his own albums
including Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet- '62, Intents and Purposes-
'66-7 and Song of Sisyphus - 1988 and more recently the album Bill
Dixon With The Exploding Star Orchestra on the Thrill Jockey label
two years ago (sadly, died at his home, after
battling a two-year illness) b. October
2010: Garry Shider (56)
American singer and guitarist
whose work with the funk groups Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's
Rubber Band earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
1997. Born in Plainfield, N.J, he began his musical career as a gospel
singer and guitarist. He met George Clinton in the late 1960s at a
Plainfield barbershop where the Parliaments, then primarily a soul
vocal group, practiced harmonies. At the age of 17 Garry moved to
Toronto, Canada, where he formed a funk band, United Soul, and also
produced a single by the band under the name U.S. Soul in 1971. Back
in America, Garry joined the band
in 1972, contributing to albums such as "America Eats Its Young"
in 1972, "Cosmic Slop" in 1973 and "One Nation Under
a Groove" 1978. He was known for appearing in a diaper, making
him instantly recognizable on stage and earning him the nickname "Diaper
Man". He performed during a final tour in April
after having been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in March (sadly
Garry died of complications from brain and lung cancer)
b. July 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.
2012: Scott Johnson (33)
British top drum technician born in Doncaster,
Yorkshire; he toured the world working with bands such as Radiohead,
Keane, Portishead, White Lies and so many others (Scott died in a
tragic crush accident in Toronto, Canada, while on a world tour with
Radiohead when the top portion of the stage fell in on him as he was
setting up for the show (?)
2013: 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 26th 1939
2014: Pierre D'Archambeau (87)
American violinist, born in Yverdon, Switzerland, to musical Belgian
parents () b. April 3rd 1927
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 works. In
his later years, Johan received an honorary Doctorate of Music from
Utrecht University (?)
1954: Danny Cedrone (33) American guitarist
and bandleader, best known for his work with Bill Haley & His
Comets on their epochal "Rock Around the Clock" in 1954.
Born in Jamesville, New York, he began his musical career in the 1940s,
but he came into his own in the early 1950s, first as a session guitarist
hired by what was then a country and western musical group based out
of Chester, Pennsylvania called Bill Haley and His Saddlemen. In 1951,
Danny played lead on their recording of "Rocket 88" which
is considered one of the first acknowledged rock and roll recordings.
At this time he also formed his own group, The Esquire Boys recording
hits such as "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie", and he never joined
Haley's group as a full-time member. In 1952, he played lead guitar
on Haley's version of "Rock the Joint", and his swift guitar
solo, which combined a jazz-influenced first half followed by a lightning-fast
down-scale run, was a highlight of the recording. He worked with Haley's
group in 1954, by which time it had been renamed The Comets. He played
a key role in the band's first recording session for Decca Records
on April 12th 1954 when they recorded "Rock Around the Clock"
in New York City. Danny was paid only $21 for his work on the session,
as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for
his group. He also played on the June 7th 1954 recording session for
Haley's version of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" although he
was not allotted the chance for another notable guitar solo
tragically died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase)
b. June 20th 1920.
1983: Peter Mennin}i (60) American composer
and teacher born in Erie, Pennsylvania; he began composing at an early
age, and wrote 9 symphonies, several concertos, and numerous works
for wind band, chorus, and other ensembles. His style became more
chromatic and astringent with time, but was always essentially tonal,
relying heavily on polyphony. His fifth symphony of 1950, which is
tonal, energetic and suspenseful, was recorded by Howard Hanson and
the Eastman Rochester Orchestra in the Mercury series of American
classical works. Peter's notable students include Jacob Druckman,
Richard Danielpour, Karl Korte, Charles L. Bestor, Jack Behrens, and
Claire Polin. (?) 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.
Kate Smith (79)
American singerborn in Greenville, Virginia, Kate best known for her
rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". She had
a radio, TV and recording career spanning 5 decades, reaching its
height in the 1940s. Kate began making records in 1926; among her
biggest hits were "River, Stay 'Way From My Door", "Woodpecker
Song", "White Cliffs of Dover", "Rose O'Day",
"I Don't Want to Walk Without You", "There Goes That
Song Again", "Seems Like Old Times", and "Now
Is the Hour". Her theme song "When the Moon Comes Over the
Mountain", the lyrics of which she helped write. She started
on radio in 1931 and also appeared in films, starring in The Big Broadcast
of 1932 and This Is the Army in 1943; from 1951 to 1954, she also
hosted an afternoon television programme. In 1982, Kate was awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan and was
posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999 (diabetes)
b. May 1st 1907.
2005: Karl Mueller (42) American
bassist and founding member of the rock-grunge band Soul Asylum; The
band formed in 1981 under the name Loud Fast Rules, with the original
line-up consisting of
Murphy, Dave Pirner and Pat Morley, Pat was replaced by Grant Young
in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and
two with A&M Records to little commercial success. However, in
1992, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union,
featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train".
The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration early the next year.
They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light
Shine three years later in 1995, but it was the last hit album of
the band's career. Sadly Karl was diagnosed with cancer in 2004
(sadly died fighting throat cancer) b.
July 27th 1963.
2009: José Calvário (58)
Portuguese maestro and orchestrator who conducted many festivals and
concerts in Portugal. In
the Eurovision Song Contest he was the composer, lyricist and conductor
of five Portuguese entries: "A festa da vida"-1972, "E
depois do adeus"-1974, "Portugal no coração"-1977,
"Penso em ti, eu sei"-1985, "Voltarei" in 1988.
his long career he made a great contribution to Portuguese Music (complications
from heart attack) b.??
2009: Eon/Ian Loveday (55) British
rave pioneer, with his music links being the early Detroit techno
and modern dance sound, is maybe known to most for his 1990 acid techno
song "Spice" and his Fear the Mind Killer. He
began his recording career in 1987 while dj'ing as Ian B, when he
started to produce his own music. His songs came to us first, thanks
to the London pirate radio stations in the late '80s when Colin Faver
played his first track 'Cuban Jakkin' by Rio Rhythm Band on the then
pirate radio station Kiss FM. His debut as Eon was in 1988 with 'Light,
Color, Sound', his first release on Vinyl Solution. Later he recorded
on labels such as BAAD, XL Recordings and Kitsuni Records. His 1992
album Void Dweller, was highly influential on the progressing techno
rave scene. The album contains 11 tracks with samples from David Lynch's
Dune and themes from the horror movie Basket Case. Over his career,
he has released 3 other albums... Sum of Parts in 2002, Device in
2006 and his last album Brain Filter was releasd in 2007. In '93 he
teamed up with fellow british acid pioneer Peter 'Baby' Ford producing
many classic tracks including 'Dead Eye', which was featured on Richie
Hawtin's 'Decks. Eon, has also worked with producers like J Knight
Marcus and Mark Moore, performed live at Fabric and on Radio One and
most recently, he had been working on some new projects with old friend
Baby Ford (complications from pneumonia)
b. September 22nd 1954.
2014: Johnnie Gray (94) British
jazz musician () b.
2014: Teddy Rakel (88) American
pianist () b.
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
September 22nd 1870.
Heinrich Schlusnus (63)
German baritone, Germany's foremost lyric baritone of the period between
World War I and World War II, singing opera and lieder with equal
distinction. Born in Braubach, he made his debut at Hamburg's opera
house in 1915. He sang at Nuremberg from 1915 to 1917 and at the prestigious
Berlin State Opera from 1917 until 1951. He was engaged by the Chicago
Opera for its 1927-28 season and appeared at the Bayreuth Festival
in 1933. He recorded during the 1920s, '30s and '40s an impressive
array of lieder and a panoply of standard German and Italian operatic
arias and duets (?)
b. August 6th 1888.
1992: Peter Allen/Peter Richard Woolnough (48) Australian
singer-songwriter and entertainer born in Tenterfield, New South Wales.
His songs such as "You and Me, We Wanted It All", "Don't
Cry Out Loud", "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love",
"Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage", "I Go to Rio",
"Someone's Waiting for You","I Don't Go Shopping",
"I Honestly Love You" were made popular by many recording
artists, including Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Patti LaBelle,
Melissa Manchester, Olivia Newton-John, Elkie Brooks, and one, "Arthur's
Theme", won the Academy Award. As well as recording around 10
albums of his own, he enjoyed a cabaret and concert career, including
appearing at Radio City Music Hall riding a camel. Peter began his
performing career with Chris Bell as one of the "Allen Brothers",
who were a popular cabaret and television act in the early 1960s in
Australia. He gave his last performance in Sydney on 26 January 1992
(AIDS-related throat cancer) b. February
2006: Gica Petrescu (91) Romanian singer; after
graduating from the "Gheorghe Sincai" high school in Buchares
at the age of 18, the
made his debut in a student band. His professional debut came in 1937
performing on the radio. Between 1937-1939 he carried on singing with
the "Radu Ghinda" and "Dinu Serbanescu" orchestras
at the Sinaia Casino, before he started to tour and make major records.
he holds a record for the number of composed and performed songs of
over 1,500, in a varied discography, many of which became national
hits and were covered again and again by other Romanian artists, with
songs such as "Bucuresti, mai Bucuresti ", "Lalele,
lalele" and "Uite-asa as vrea sa mor " On 5 May 2003,
Ion Iliescu, then-president of Romania, awarded Gica the Knight's
Order of the Star of Romania as he celebrated his 88th anniversary
(he was due to receive the national award "Premiile
muzicale Radio România Actualitati". The award was ceremony
was canceled, as he died that very morning)
b. April 2nd 1915
Barber (87) US jazz tuba player;
born in Hornell, New York near Rochester, he started playing tuba
in high school and studied at the Juilliard School of Music. After
graduating, he travelled to Kansas City, Missouri where he played
with the Kansas City Philharmonic and various ballet and theatre orchestras,
before he joined the US Army in 1942, where he played in the army
band for three years. He then started playing jazz, joining Claude
Thornhill's big band in 1947, making him one of the first tuba players
to play in a modern jazz style, playing solos and participating in
intricate ensemble pieces. After which 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
1992, he recorded and toured with a nonet led by Gerry Mulligan reworking
material from Birth of the Cool. From 1998-2004 he was part of the
The Seatbelts New York Musicians that played the music of the Japanese
anime Cowboy Bebop (heart failure) b.
May 21st 1920.
2007: Hank Medress (68) American
singer and record producer; after leaving Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln
High School, in 1955 he joined the doo-wop group the Linc-Tones, which
also included Neil Sedaka. After Sedaka left, the group reformed with
additional singers calling themselves The Tokens. The Tokens achieved
a No. 1 chart hit in 1961 with their arrangement of "The Lion
Sleeps Tonight", other hits included "Tonight I Fell In
Love", "Portrait of My Love" and they released 15 albums.
Hank and the Tokens also were producers on hits for the Chiffons,
such as He's So Fine, many of the hits for The Happenings, Randy &
The Rainbows, plus hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn including "Knock
Three Times" and "Tie A Yellow Ribbon".
In 1998, The Tokens made it into the Guinness Book of World Records
for performing The Star-Spangled Banner at all 30 Major League Baseball
stadiums in the United States and Canada. Hank has also worked with
David Johansen, Rick Springfield, Dan Hill, and Richard Simmons. He
was president of EMI Music Publishing Canada, from 1990 to 1992. After
which he returned to New York, and became a partner in Bottom Line
Records. In more recent years, Hank had worked as a consultant for
SoundExchange, an agency that collects royalties from digital broadcasters,
like satellite and Internet radio. With The Tokens, Hank was inducted
into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 (lung
b. November 19th 1938.
Noire/George Thurston (55) Canadian
singer, author, composer and radio show host; born in Bedford, Quebec
and later moved to Saint-Jerome, where in 1965 he formed his first
band Les Zinconnus. In 1969, he joined the 25th Regiment band until
the early 1970s. Around this time he worked with several other Quebec
artists including Robert Charlebois, Claude Dubois, Tony Roman, Nanette
Workman and Michel Pagliaro. He played the piano, bass and guitar
and would later be a composer for the group Toulouse. 1976 sees George
as a solo artist which he remained for the next 30 years and his 1978
album Aimer d'Amour was certified triple platinum, the title song
would later gain success in the early 1990s when 800,000 copies were
sold in Europe. He became a radio show host for Montreal's Rythme
FM radio station in 2000 (George died of colorectal cancer in Montreal.
He learned of his cancer in early 2006. He bravely finished recording
his last album "Last Call" after extensive chemotherapy
operations) b. December 29th 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.
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 (heart
failure) b. December
2011: Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons
(69) American saxophonist born in Norfolk, Virginia, at
aged nine, his father gave him an alto saxophone as a Christmas present
and paid for music lessons. He later switched to baritone saxophone
and played in a high school jazz band. At age 18, Clarence had one
of his earliest studio experiences, recording sessions with Tyrone
Ashley's Funky Music Machine, a band from Plainfield, New Jersey that
included Ray Davis, Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson, all of whom
later played with Parliament-Funkadelic. He also performed with Daniel
Petraitis, a New Jersey and Nashville legend. These sessions were
eventually released in 2007 by Truth and Soul Records as Let Me Be
Your Man. While at Maryland State College he also joined his first
band, The Vibratones, which played James Brown covers and stayed together
for about four years, before playing with The Joyful Noyze. In July
1972, Bruce Springsteen began recording his debut album Greetings
from Asbury Park, N.J. and during breaks from recording, he jammed
with Clarence & The Joyful Noyze >>>
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complications following a stroke) b.
January 11th 1942.
Gustaf Kjellvander (31) Swedish singer-songwriter,
before starting the Swedish outfit The Fine Arts Showcase he had two
bands, Sideshow Bob and Songs of Soil, which also featured Gustaf's
eldest brother Christian and future The Fine Arts Showcase Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist
Dan Englund. He
was born in Sweden but grew up outside of Seattle. After 10 years
in the states his family returned to Sweden where Gustaf started writing
music. He started his recording career fronting the cult band Sideshow
Bob from 19961998 before moving onto Songs of Soil and finally
The Fine Arts Showcase in 2003. They produced four albums the last
being Dolophine Smile in 2009. He also made guest appearances on Scandinavian
records by The Radio Dept., David & the Citizens, and Ossler.
Gustaf spent 20052008 residing in east London before moving
back to Malmö Sweden where he lived until his death (?)
b. April 25th 1980.
Ghazala Javed (22) Pakistani Pukhtu singer, born in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa; she started dancing at the age of sixteen, soon after
she became famed for her singing. She was nominated for a Filmfare
Award in 2010 and received a Khyber Award in 2011. Ghazala was the
leader of a resurgence of female Pashto language singers in the province
after a period of Taliban intimidation (tragically
she was shot dead along with her father in a drive-by shooting by
gunmen on a motorcycle. Police confirmed that the singer's ex-husband
is a suspect in the case) b.
January 1st 1990.
2012: Brian Hibbard (65) Welsh
actor and singer, born in Ebbw Vale,
Wales; best known to many as lead vocalist with the cappella vocal
group, the Flying Pickets. The band of six was founded by Brian in
1982 from a group of actors who had been active with him in John McGrath's
'7:84 Theatre Group', who had sung a cappella in their production
of the 1981 play One Big Blow. They had a Christmas number one hit
in 1983 in the UK Singles Chart with their debut single, a cover of
Yazoo's track "Only You" which stayed five weeks at the
top. In 1986 Brian and Red Stripe left the band and formed their own
act called Brian and Stripe recording one single Mr Blue, before Brian
returned to his acting career. He has appeared in TV productions including
Welsh-language soap Pobol y Cwm and the youth drama Pam Fi, Duw?,
Doctor Who, EastEnders, Coronation Street, and also appeared the 1997
film Twin Town (sadly Brian died after a brave
12 year long battle with prostate cancer) b.
November 26th 1946
2014: 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 30th 1928.
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.
Bobby Helms (63)
pop and country singer;
born in Bloomington, Indiana, he began performing as a duo with his
brother, Freddie. In 1956, Bobby made his way to Nashville, Tennessee,
where he signed with Decca Records. His first single in 1957 titled
"Fräulein" went to number one on the country music
chart and made it into the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
His recording of "My Special Angel," also reached No.1 on
the country charts and entered the Top 10 on Billboard's pop music
chart, peaking at No.7. His
1957 "Jingle Bell Rock" was a big hit. it re-emerged in
the charts four out of the next five years and became a Christmas
classic still played to this day. He
continued touring and recording for the next three decades. His pioneering
contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall
of Fame (sadly died from emphysema 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 18th 1940.
Duane Roland (53)
was a founding member of
the rock band Molly Hatchet,
formed in Florida in 1971.
They took thier name from a prostitute who allegedly mutilated and
decapitated her clients.
They recorded and released their first album, "Molly Hatchet"
in 1978, followed by "Flirtin' with Disaster" in 1979. They
toured behind the record building a larger fan base. He recorded seven
albums with the band and is is credited with co-writing some of the
band's biggest hits, including "Bloody Reunion" and "Boogie
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.
2007: Antonio Aguilar Barraza (88)
film actor, singer, producer and screenwriter
also called "El Charro de México", born in Villanueva
in the state of Zacatecas. During his career, he made over 150 albums,
which sold 25 million copies, and made 167 movies. He was known for
his corridos with some of his best known songs including "Gabino
Barrera", "Caballo Prieto Azabache", "Albur de
Amor", and "Un Puño De Tierra". Antonio was
also largely responsible for the renewed popularity of the tambora
music in the mid 1980s, when he single-handedly resuscitated the genre
with the hit "Triste Recuerdo". To this day he has been
the only Hispanic artist to sell out the Madison Square Garden of
New York City for six consecutive nights on 1997 (sadly
died of from pneumonia) b.
May 17th 1919.
El Fary/José Luis Cantero Rada (69)
singer, actor; as a boy he would play truant from school, preferring
to spend time partying with Gypsies imitating his idol, the traditional
"copla" singer Rafael Farina. It was from Farina that 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.
2012: Gerry Bron (79)
British record producer and manager born in Hendon, Middlesex; his
career in music covered about every aspect of the industry. He was
at varioius times, a clarinetist, a sheet music printer, an artist
manager handling acts including Gene Pitney, Marianne Faithfull, Manfred
Mann, Colosseum and Uriah Heep, a record producer working with the
Bonzo Dog Band, Osibisa and Juicy Lucy plus all the acts he managed
with the exception of Faithfull, a booking agent, record label owner
and a studio owner and manager at Roundhouse Studios. He was brought
up in a family steeped in the music industry. His father's company,
Bron's Orchestral Service, was claimed to be the largest supplier
of sheet music in the UK. Gerry joined the company at 16 to assist
his father when Bron senior's health started to fail. The company
moved into music publishing and one of the first acts that Gerry was
responsible for was Gene Pitney. In 1971 he set up Bronze Records
based in Chalk Farm, London. 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.
2013: Slim Whitman/Ottis
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
(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 >>>
Ariste Alain (29)
French organist and composer born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
Paris. Between 1927 and 1939, he attended the Paris Conservatoire
Suite pour orgue was awarded a first prize in composition in the competition
of Les Amis de l'Orgue in 1936. In that same year, he was appointed
titular organist of Saint-Nicolas in Maisons-Laffite. 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)
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
a midtempo performance style, a cross between rhythm and blues and
rock and roll. In May of 1954, they released their debut single "No
There Ain't No News Today". Later
they recorded a track "I
Ain't Gonna Cry" which was featured on the album "The Best
Vocal Groups In Rock & Roll". Dootone Records released The
Penguins' single "Hey Senorita" in late 1954 as the intended
A-side, but a radio DJ flipped the record over to the B-side: "Earth
Angel" worked its way up to No.1 on the Billboard charts. They
moved to Mercury Records recording tracks such as "Don't Do It",
"It Only Happens With You", "Walkin' Down Broadway"
and "Be Mine Or Be A Fool". After which, not liking the
new found fame, and cracking up under the pressures, Bruce left the
group. The Penguins were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame
in 2004 (?) b.
January 27th 1937
Hakim/Argonne Thornton (64)
jazz pianist, composer, sessionist, born in Duluth, Minnesota and
was taught piano by his grandfather. In 1944 he moved to New York
City and was hired by Ben Webster and also he was on part of Charlie
Parker's famous "Ko Ko" session, as well as gigging regularly
with Lester Young. Sadik worked with Louis Metcalf's International
Band in Canada, before working with James Moody and George Holmes
Tate in New York through the 50s. He returned to Montreal from 1966
to 1976, leading bands and recording with Charlie Biddle. He led recording
dates from 19761980 and cut an album with Sonny Stitt in 1978.
played "'Round Midnight" at Thelonious Monk's funeral in
1982 (?) b. July
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
1992: Sir Charles Barnard Groves CBE (77)
English conductor. After
accompanying positions and conducting various orchestras and studio
work for the BBC, Charles spent a decade as conductor of the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra. His best-known musical directorship was of the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning in 1963, with which
he made most of his recordings. From 1967 until his death, he was
associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in the
1970s he was one of the regular conductors of the Last Night of the
Proms. He also served as president of the National Youth Orchestra
from 1977, and, during the last decade of his life, as guest conductor
for orchestras around the world. (heart problems)
b. March 20th 1915
1996: James 'Jim' Ellison (32)
America frontman and guitarist;
as a teenager Jim was inspired enough by the likes of David Bowie,
the Who, and Sweet to seriously take up the guitar. Then while attending
Chicago's Columbia Art College he formed the powerpop band Material
Issue. He tirelessly promoted his band, booked tours, and secured
a major-label deal in 1990. In early
1991, Material Issue broke onto the national scene with their debut
album International Pop Overthrow (IPO) which sold over 300,000 copies,
producing hit singles "Diane" and "Valerie Loves Me",
which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. 1992
saw the follow-up to IPO with Destination Universe which included
the searing power pop gem "What Girls Want" in addition
to the richly emotional ballads "Next Big Thing" and "Everything".
Material Issue continued to tour heavily across the country in support
of both albums. 1994 saw the release of Freak City Soundtrack which
featured the hit "Kim The Waitress"
(He committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning)
b. April 18th 1964.
Lawrence Payton (59) American
songwriter, tenor vocalist and record producer for the popular Motown
quartet, The Four Tops. The Four Tops was founded in Detroit, Michigan
as The Four Aims, by Lawrence, Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke"
Fakir, and Renaldo "Obie" Benson, they remained together
for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a
single change in personnel and they helped define the Motown Sound
of the 1960s. Lawrence created the smooth, sharp jazz - pop hamonies
for the group on their many hits such as "I Can't Help Myself
(Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There"
(sadly died of liver cancer) b.
March 2nd 1938.
"Charles" Smith (57) American
guitarist, vocalist; born
in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was introduced to jazz guitar by his
father. In the early 1960s he got together with some New Jersey jazz
musicians, including Ronald Bell aka Khalis Bayyan, Robert "Kool"
Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert "Spike" Mickens,
and they soon became known as Kool & the Gang. Other members would
include lead singer James "JT" Taylor.
They were one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk,
R&B, and pop and enjoyed a return to stardom during the 1980s.
Charles wrote the hits "Joanna" and "Take My Heart,"
and was a co-writer of others, including "Celebration,"
"Hollywood Swinging," and "Jungle Boogie." (Illness
forced him to stop touring with the group in January 2006. He passed
away due to an unknown prolonged illness)
2010: El Pery (21) Honduran
reggaeton musician (tragically shot) b.????.
2010: Bobby Meide (59) American
long landing drummer with the Flamin' Oh's; their most recent album,
Long Live the King, was released in 2005 and was awarded as "Best
Local CD" by the Minnesota Music Academy. In 2007, the band was
inducted into the Minnesota Country Rock Hall of Fame. He
had been a fixture of the Twin Cities rock scene for over four decades
and had also played with
The Apostles, Prodigy and many more. (tragically
died unexpectingly of
his medical condition had only been diagnosed
in the past few weeks)
b. August 1st 1950.
2011: Simon Brint
composer and one half of comedy musical duo Raw Sex with Rowland Rivron.
Their spoof act
went on to become the house band for French and Saunders on their
TV show. During the comedy series, French and Saunders and the duo
performed skits as Abba and the Pet Shop Boys. But they were best
known for being amateurish and shambolic with Ken (Simon) on keyboards
and slobby, often drunken Duane (Rivron) on bongos. But Simon was
also a composer, he wrote music for small screen shows including The
Monarch of the Glen, Coupling, Stella Street, The Mary Whitehouse
Experience and The Lenny Henry Show. He also wrote the theme tune
and incidental music for long-running LWT drama London's Burning and
arranged several versions of the Blue Peter theme tune. Simon was
also a member of a band alongside Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus
and Neil Innes (?)
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. In
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
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. () b. 1947
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
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
on the Radio City fort was launched by Smedley on June 20, and the
station's transmitter was put out of action. On June 21, Reg visited
Smedley's home to demand the departure of the raiders and the return
of vital transmitter crystals. A violent struggle developed during
which Smedley shot Reg dead. During the subsequent trial, Smedley
was acquitted on grounds of self-defence)
1979: Angus MacLise (34)
American percussionist, composer, poet, occultist and calligrapher
but best known as the first drummer for the Velvet Underground.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut,
was a member of La Monte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music, with John
Cale, Tony Conrad, Marian Zazeela and sometimes Terry Riley. As an
early member of The Velvet Underground, having been brought into the
group by flatmate John Cale, Angus
played bongos and hand drums during 1965 with the first incarnation
of the band. Although the Velvets regularly extemporised soundtracks
to underground films, Angus never officially recorded with them, and
is often considered something of a shadowy, legendary figure in their
history. When the opportunity of the band's first paying gig in November
1965 arose, he promptly quit, suggesting the group had sold out. He
then travelled around between North Africa, India, Greece, the Middle
East and finally found his place in Nepal. Angus recorded a vast amount
of music, these recordings, produced between the mid-'60s and the
late-'70s, consist of tribal trance workouts, spoken word, poetry,
Brion Gysin-like tape cut-ups and minimalist droning and electronics
of tuberculosis in Kathmandu) b.
March 4th 1938.
1980: Bert Kaempfert/Berthold Kämpfert
producer, arranger, composer, bandleader born in Hamburg, Germany.
He was hired by Hans Busch to play with his orchestra before serving
as a bandsman in the German Navy during World War II. He later formed
his own touring big band, his first hit with his orchestra was in
1960, with "Wonderland by Night". He made easy listening
and jazz-oriented records, and wrote the music for a number of well-known
songs, including "Strangers in the Night", "Moon Over
Naples", "Tenderly", "Three O'Clock in the Morning",
"Red Roses for a Blue Lady", "Wooden Heart", "Spanish
Eyes" and many others (sadly died of a
heart seizure while at his home in Mallorca, resting up after a triumphant
1986: Assi Rahbani (63) Lebanese
composer, singer, musician and producer. He formed one half of the
Rahbani Brothers with his brother Mansour Rahbani. He started his
musical career at the Near East Radio channel. In 1951, Assi composed
Haddad (later known as Fairuz and Assi's future wife), very first
song, "Itab" ("Blame"), when she was one
of the singers in the radio station's chorus.
By the 1960s, the Rahbani Brothers
had become one of the most famous musical figures in the Arab World,
and were sought after by many Arab singers. In addition to productions
that featured Fairuz, they also wrote and directed hundreds of theatrical
and TV productions. In the 1970s, Assi and Fairuz, became an international
success, specifically after four months of extensively touring North
America. Assi and his brother continued writing musicals and touring
Europe and the Persian Gulf nations with Fairuz (he
sadly died a few weeks after falling into a coma. Beirut's warring
Muslims and Christians declared a cease fire and opened the city's
checkpoints for his funeral. Assi had suffered in the 70s from a brain
hemorrhage which resulted in 3 operations)
b. May 4th 1923.
1987: Abram Chasins (83) American
composer, pianist, piano teacher, lecturer, musicologist, music broadcaster,
radio executive and author, born
in Manhattan, New York. His career as a pianist lasted from 1927 until
1947. He gave many solo recitals and performed with major orchestras
in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. 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
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
and became best known for his live shows and his baritone voice influenced
by Billy Eckstine.
In 1952 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
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
2001: John Lee Hooker (83) American
blues guitarist, singer, songwriter born in Coahoma County, Mississippi.
In the 1930s, he lived in Memphis, Tennessee where he worked on Beale
Street at The New Daisy Theatre and occasionally performed at house
parties and his recording career began in 1948. He performed in a
half-spoken style that became his trademark. His guitar playing is
closely aligned with piano Boogie Woogie. He would play the walking
bass pattern with his thumb, stopping to emphasize the end of a line
with a series of trills, done by rapid hammer-ons and pull-offs. His
best known songs include "Boogie Chillen" in 1948 and "Boom
Boom" in 1962 (died in his sleep)
b. August 22nd 1917.
2002: Matt Dennis (88)
American singer, pianist, bandleader,
arranger, and writer of music for popular music songs born in Seattle,
Washington. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt's orchestra as a vocalist
and pianist, before forming his own band with Dick Haymes as vocalist.
He became vocal coach, arranger, and accompanist for Martha Tilton,
and worked with a new vocal group, the Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford,
one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded
Dorsey to hire Matt as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically,
with fourteen of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year
alone, including "Everything Happens to Me," an early hit
for Frank Sinatra. (sadly died of pneumonia)
b. February 11th 1914.
2007: Georg Danzer (60)
Austrian singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Vienna; although
he is credited as one of the pioneers of Austropop, with his most
famous hits are his comic songs "Jö schau", about a
streaker at the Café Hawelka and "Hupf' in Gatsch",
he always refused to be part of this genre. Georg
was successful as a solo artist, but was also in the group Austria3,
along with Wolfgang Ambros and Rainhard Fendrich. The group was initionally
put together by Fendrich in order to give one single charity concert
in favour of homeless in 1997, which collected more than ATS 2 million,
almost USD 200,000. Their success as a group was overwhelming, so
they formed Austria3 from that day on, until they decided to stop
the project, their last concert was given at Altusried, Germany, on
26 July 2006. However, a month before Georg's death, at a concert
in Vienna on 16 April 2007, the three met again for just three songs.
died of lung cancer) b. October 7th 1946.
Sidebottom/Chris Sievey (54) British
comedian and musician; after leaving the punk band The Freshies, Chris
created the role for which he is be best remembered, Frank Sidebottom.
With his over-sized, papier-mache head, as Frank Sidebottom, he styled
himself as an aspiring singer-songwriter from Timperley, south Manchester
and found fame through a series of TV appearances in the 1980s and
remained a popular cult comedy figure. In late 2009 and early 2010
he supported John Cooper Clarke on a UK tour
b. August 25th
White (67) Scottish
singer, guitarist and actor; primarily
known as a blues vocalist with a trademark gravel-voiced sound. In
the 1960s he recorded with beat groups The Boston Dexters and then
The Buzz. In the 1970s Tam was the first artist to sing live on Top
Of The Pops, and he provided the vocals for Robbie Coltrane to mime
to as Big Jazza McGlone in John Byrne's award-winning television series
Tutti Frutti in 1987. As Tam White & The Dexters, his band built
up a solid and loyal following for their live appearances, becoming
"a fixture" at the Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival, and
supporting blues artists including BB King, Al Green and Van Morrison.
Tam began acting in films and TV in 1990 having roles in Paper Mask,
Braveheart, The Negotiator, Cutthroat Island, Orphans, Taggart, Eastenders
and River City (He died unexpectedly of a heart
attack after a gym session in Edinburgh) b.
July 12th 1942.
Jon Wilson (69) American country
singer, self taught guitarist and songwriter, with singles such as
"Through the Eyes of Little Children" and "I Betcha
Heaven's on a Dirt Road". Born in Swainsboro, Georgia, he released
his debut album New Beginnings in 1975. Three more albums followed,
Let Me Sing My Song to You, Loose Change, and The Sojourner. In the
late 1980s he attended the Frank Brown International Songwriter's
Festival in Perdido Key, Florida and began touring again in 1989,
and by 2003 was still accepting occasional engagements. In 2008, he
released a new album, after a thirty year hiatus from recording (stroke)
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.
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.
C. Newman (86) American
country 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
1963: Mary Atanasiu/Maria Tanase (49) Romanian
singer of traditional folkloric and popular music born in Bucharest;
in 1934, she joined the Carabus Theatre of Constantin Tanase. Her
debut took place on June 2nd 1937 under the stage name of Mary Atanasiu
in the musical hall theatres, Alhambra and Gioconda. She represented
Romania at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, as well
as at the 1939 New York World's Fair. During World War II, together
with George Enescu, George Vraca and Constantin Tanase, she performed
in a series of shows for soldiers injured on the battlefield. After
World War II, she performed in the Review Ensemble and the Satirical
and Musical Theatre Constantin Tanase. She had parts in the plays
"The Living Corpse" by Leo Tolstoy in 1945, and "Horia"
by Mihai Davidoglu in 1956. In 1955, she received the State Prize
and in 1957 she was honored with the medals "Ordinul Muncii"/The
Order for Activity, "Premiul de Stat"/The State Award, and
the title "Artista Emerita"/Honoured Artist of the Republic
for her contributions to the arts. Maria toured many times in the
last 15 years of her life, including over forty trips to New York
City, America (sadly Maria
died of cancer) b.
September 25th 1913.
1969: Judy Garland/Frances Ethel
American singer and actress, born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Through
a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, Judy attained international
stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, and as a recording
artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she
received a Juvenile Academy Award, won a Golden Globe Award, received
the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her work in films, as well as Grammy
Awards and a Special Tony Award. She had a contralto singing range.
As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, she won a special Oscar and
it gave her a theme song for the rest of her life: "Somewhere
Over the Rainbow" (overdose of sleeping
June 10th 1922.
1974: Darius Milhaud (81) French
composer and teacher; born in Marseilles he was a member of Les Six
/ The Group of Six, a group of six composers working in Montparnasse
whose music is often seen as a reaction against the musical style
of Richard Wagner and impressionist music; the
other composers were Georges
Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine
was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His compositions
are influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality. 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 (?)
September 4th 1892.
1977: Peter Laughner (24) American
& The Wolves, The Blue Drivers and Friction. He maybe better known
for his work with Rocket From The Tombs and the early work of Pere
Ubu, also for his writings in Creem magazine. Peter was considered
as a replacement for Richard Lloyd when he departed Television, a
band whom he championed from their earliest days(sadly
died from acute pancreatitis) b.
August 22nd 1952.
1984: Dillwyn Owen Paton "Dill"
Jones (60) Welsh jazz stride
born in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, he was turned onto jazz
as a 10-year-old by hearing records by Fats Waller and Bix Beiderbecke
on the radio. After the war he enrolled at Trinity College of Music
in London but did not complete the course, preferring the informality
of late night jazz sessions. Dill
joined the Harry Parry Sextet and Vic Lewis' Orchestra before plying
his trade as ship's pianist on the luxury liner, the Queen Mary, sailing
between New York and Southampton. This gave him the chance to visit
New York's jazz clubs and see the likes of Coleman Hawkins and Lennie
Tristano. He emigrated to the United States in 1961. Jones was soon
in demand, and earned his reputation playing with the likes of Gene
Krupa, Jimmy McPartland and Yank Lawson (sadly
lost his battle with throat cancer)
b. August 19th
1987: Fred Astaire/Frederick Austerlitz (88)
American dancer and singer of stage and movies
born in Omaha, Nebraska;
he was the most celebrated dancer in the history of film, his stage
and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which
he made 31 musical films
between 1933 and 1968.
He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the US Film
Institute. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with
whom he made ten films. Modest about his singing abilities he introduced
some of the most celebrated songs from the Great American Songbook,
in particular, Cole Porter's: "Night and Day" in Gay Divorce;
Irving Berlin's "Isn't This a Lovely Day?", "Cheek
to Cheek" and "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" in Top
Hat; "Let's Face the Music and Dance" in Follow the Fleet;
and "Change Partners" in Carefree. He first presented Jerome
Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" in Swing Time; the Gershwins'
"They Can't Take That Away From Me" in Shall We Dance; "A
Foggy Day" and "Nice Work if You Can Get it" in A Damsel
in Distress; Johnny Mercer's "One for My Baby" from The
Sky's the Limit; "Something's Gotta Give" from Daddy Long
Legs; "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" from Stop Flirting;
"Fascinating Rhythm" in Lady, Be Good; "Funny Face"
in Funny Face; Harry Warren and Arthur Freed's "This Heart of
Mine" from Ziegfeld Follies among many others. Also a songwriter
of note himself, with "I'm Building Up to an Awful Letdown"
written with lyricist Johnny Mercer, reaching number four in the Hit
Parade of 1936 and he recorded his own "It's Just Like Taking
Candy from a Baby". During 1952 Fred recorded The Astaire Story,
a four-volume album with a quintet led by Oscar Peterson. The album
provided a musical overview of his career, and was produced by Norman
Granz. The Astaire Story later won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in
1999, a special Grammy award to honor recordings that are at least
twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical
significance" (sadly Fred died of pneumonia)
b. May 10th 1899.
1988: Jesse Ed Davis (43) Native
American session guitarist, one of the most sort after session guitarists
of the late 60's and 70's. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, his father, Jesse
Ed Davis II, was Muscogee Creek and Seminole while his mother's side
was Kiowa and he graduated from Northeast High School in 1962. He
quit the University of Oklahoma and went touring with Conway Twitty,
after which he became a session musician before joining Taj Mahal
and playing guitar and piano on his first three albums. Jesse played
slide, lead and rhythm, country to jazz during his three-year stint,
making an appearance with the band as a musical guest in The Rolling
Stones Rock and Roll Circus.
He released his first solo album the self-titled album Jesse Davis
in 1971. After Taj Mahal's
1969 album Giant Step, went
on to work closely with ex-Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison,
playing guitar on several of their solo albums. He also performed
session work for David Cassidy, Albert King, Willie Nelson, Ringo
Starr, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Jackson Browne, Steve
Miller, Harry Nilsson, Van Dyke Parks, and others. He spending much
of the 1980s dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, he then played
in The Graffiti Band, which coupled his music with the poetry of American
Indian activist John Trudell.
the Spring of '87, The Graffiti Band performed with Taj Mahal at the
Palomino Club, and George Harrison, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty rose
from the audience to join Jesse and Taj Mahal in an unrehearsed set
which included Fogerty's "Proud Mary" and Dylan's "Watching
the River Flow" and "Blue Suede Shoes", "Peggy
Sue", "Honey Don't", "Matchbox", and "Gone,
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 Gehrig's disease)
May 21st 1916.
Emmett Berry (77)
American trumpet player born in Macon, Georgia. He began with study
of classical trumpet in Georgia, but by 18 had switched to jazz and
moved to New York City. He became a member of Fletcher Henderson's
band and later replaced Roy Eldridge as soloist. In the 1940s he worked
in Eldridge's Little Jazz Trumpet Ensemble and also played in Count
Basie's band. He is noted as an accompaniment for Billie Holiday,
and was in the picture A Great Day in Harlem, and the special The
Sound of Jazz.
(?) b. July 23rd
1995: Leonid Petrovich Derbenyov (64)
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, Arno Babajanian,
Flyarkovsky, Maksim Dunayevsky. His
songs have been performed by many Russian pop stars, among them Muslim
Magomayev-"The Best City on Earth"; Alla Pugacheva-"The
Kings Can Do Whatever They Will", "You have to light";
Mikhail Boyarsky-"Everything will be", "Urban flowers",
"Fast train"; Lev Leshchenko-"Goodbye", "Native
Land"; and Masha Rasputina-"Live, the Country", "Let
Me In the Himalayas", "I'll Come Back". He won the
annual "Song of the Year" competition in the years of 1963,
1964, 1965 and 1973 (sadly died in Moscow after
a serious illness) b. April 12th 1931.
Ted Gärdestad (41) Swedish
singer and songwriter born in Sollentuna; he started to compose music
at the age of six. At the age of eight he played his own compositions
on national television, and at ten he was the star of a national TV
series. He effectively
filled the gap between the progressive movement's experiments and
ABBA's disco-pop. Managing the difficult transition from child star
to teen idol he later failed to make much impact on a more mature
audience and went quiet in the '80s. After a troubled decade he tried
to make a comeback in the early '90s, when
he was briefly coaxed
out of retirement by his friend Swedish pop star Harpo. He joined
Harpo on a concert tour and made a few guest appearances and in 1992
they released the duet "Lycka"
("Happiness") as a single, but
he soon disappeared again until his death.
(Ted's death is generally considered suicide, by running in front
of a train, but could have been something to do with his schizophrenia)
b. February 18th
Benny Green (70)
British sax player, radio presenter, and DJ born in Leeds, Yorkshire;
in 1958, he appeared in the UK pop charts as a member of Lord Rockingham's
XI, who were the hou se band on ITV's rock 'n' roll show 'Oh Boy!'
The novelty jazz/rock opus 'Hoots Mon', complete with spoken interjections
in a broad mock-Scots accent, made No 1 for three weeks in November
and December. His BBC Radio 2 Sunday afternoon record show ran for
many years until his death. He had a huge range of knowledge about
the kind of music he liked, by classic "Great American Songbook"
composers like Kern and Cole Porter and jazz, and would introduce
most records with details about the artist and often moaned about
the latest issues in music he disagreed with. He also chaired a radio
comedy panel game broadcast regularly on Radio 2 and the BBC World
Service for 20 years, Jazz Score, with many jazz artists appearing
on this show (cancer) b. December 9th 1927.
2007: Billie Beatty (73) American
gifted and flamboyant lead guitarist; an icon in Washington gospel
quartet circles for decades (sadly Billie died
of a heart attack) b.
2011: Mike Waterson
folk singer-songwriter born in Hull, Yorkshire. He is best known as
a member of The Watersons, with his sisters Lal and Norma and his
brother-in-law Martin Carthy. In the 1968-1972 interval between the
two incarnations of The Watersons, he and his sister Lal recorded
the album Bright Phoebus. Mike
was also a member of English folk "supergroup", consisting
at various times of various members of Swan Arcade, Coope Boyes &
Simpson, and The Watersons, Blue Murder. Mike appeared in the original
recording of Peter Bellamy's The Transports. In 2008, Mike made a
guest appearance alongside Norma Waterson on Scottish musician James
Yorkston's album When the Haar Rolls In, singing his sister Lal's
song Midnight Feast
died fighting cancer)
2011: Jared Southwick
(34) American rock guitarist with the hardcore punk
band The Dream Is Dead. The band was founded in 2001 after releasing
a few EPs and a tour of the west coast in March 2005, they recorded
their full-length debut, Hail The New Pawn (sadly
died from a liver and kidney condition) b.????
2011: Cyril Ornadel (87) British
conductor and composer; born in London he studied at the Royal College
of Music. As well as being musical director for a number of major
West End shows, including the first London production of My Fair Lady,
he composed several musicals of his own, including Pickwick, 1963,
lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Great Expectations in 1975 starring John
Mills, and Treasure Island in 1973. Great Expectations and Treasure
Island both with lyrics by Hal Shaper were designated Best British
Musical at the Ivor Novello Awards. He also penned the song Portrait
of My Love , a hit for Matt Monro in 1960. At My Time of Life from
Great Expectations was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1976. His contribution
to music for television includes scores for Edward the Seventh (1975),
starring Timothy West as Edward VII and the opening and closing titles
of the British television science-fiction series Sapphire & Steel
(1979). He also conducted music for The Strauss Family, by the eponymous
composers. Cyril Ornadel's autobiography "Reach for the Moon"
was published by The Book Guild in 2007 (?)
b. December 2nd 1924.
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) b.
2013: Leandro 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.
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)
2014: 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)
January 6th 1933.
2014: 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.
Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (81)
born in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. He was noted
for his works incorporating elements of the folk music of Russia,
Ukraine, and surrounding republics. In 1900 he graduated from the
Moscow Conservatory, where he studied violin, composition, and music
theory. After teaching for a while in Moscow, he studied conducting
in Berlin from 1905-07, first appearing in Russia as a conductor in
1908, the same year his tone poem The Sirens was well received. He
taught at the Kiev Conservatory and made director in 1914. He returned
to Moscow in 1920, taught at the conservatory there, and became involved
in studying Russian folk music, traveling widely to collect material.
achieved a high status in the Soviet musical world after the Russian
Revolution, largely because of his interest in national styles. He
organized workers concerts and directed committees of the Moscow
Union of Composers and Union of Soviet Composers. His ballet The Red
Poppy-1927 won international popularity for a time. Also well regarded
were the ballet The Bronze Horseman and his Symphony No. 3. (?)
b. January 11th 1875.
1959: Boris Vian (39) French
writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor
and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels. As well
as his books published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan, Boris
was also an important influence on the French jazz scene. He served
as liaison for Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in
Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris Jazz)
and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in the United
States and in France. His own music and songs enjoyed popularity during
his lifetime, particularly the anti-war song "Le 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
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 Gees
in Englewood, New Jersey) b. November
2010: Pete Quaife (66) English
bassist and founding member of the British rock band The Kinks; he
founded a group known as The Ravens in 1963 with brothers Ray and
Dave Davies. Around late 1963, they changed their name to The Kinks,
and hired Mick Avory as a drummer. The group scored several major
international hits throughout the 1960s such as "Sunny Afternoon"
and "Waterloo Sunset". Their early singles, including "You
Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night",
have been cited as an early influence on the hard rock and heavy metal
genres. After leaving The Kinks, Pete founded a new band, the country/rock
outfit, Mapleoak, the group gigged heavily in Denmark and in the UK
during most of 1969 and early 1970, after which in 1980, Pete retired
from the music world and relocated to Belleville, Ontario, Canada
to work as a graphic 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)
December 31st 1943.
2011: 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
Gaye died after suffering a heart attack)
b. March 20th 1947.
2012: Brigitte Engerer
(59) French classical
pianist born in Tunis; she studied at the Paris Conservatoire and
in 1968 aged only 15, obtained a first prize in piano. In 1969, she
won the Concours International Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud, following
which she was invited to undertake further training at the Moscow
Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she joined the class of Stanislav Neuhaus:
she studied there for nine years. In 1980 her career took a decisive
turn when Herbert von Karajan invited her to play with the Berlin
Philharmonic. Her subsequent career was divided between giving recitals
and teaching at the Paris Conservatoire. Her images appear repeatedly
in Sophie Laloy's film Je te mangerais, in which she is admired by
Mary, the main character. She is also the interpreter of classical
pieces for piano used in the film. (sadly Brigitte
died while fighting cancer) b. October
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
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"
Gardel (44 or 47)
Uruguay/Argentinian tango singer, composer and actor;
tango's first superstar and still one of its most enduring performers,
revered as an icon in the Latin world of music. He began his singing
career in bars and parties, he sang with Francisco Martino and later
in a trio with Martino and José Razzano. Carlos
created the tango-canción
in 1917 with his rendition of Pascual Contursi and Samuel Castriota's
Mi Noche Triste. The recording sold 10,000 copies and was a hit throughout
Latin America. He went on tour through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile,
Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, and also made appearances
in Paris, New York, Barcelona and Madrid. He sold 70,000 records in
the first three months of a 1928 visit to Paris. As his popularity
grew, he made a number of films for Paramount in France and the U.S.
died an airplane
crash in Medellín, Colombia) b.
1887 or 1890.
Jackie Gleason (71) American
singer, actor, popular TV host; he was known for his brash visual
and verbal comedy style, especially by his character Ralph Kramden
on The Honeymooners, a situation-comedy television series. His most
noted film roles were as Minnesota Fats in the drama film The Hustler-1961
and as Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit movie series.
But also throughout the 50s and 60s, he enjoyed a secondary music
career, lending his name to a series of best-selling "mood music"
albums with jazz overtones for Capitol Records. He felt there was
a ready market for romantic instrumentals. His first three albums
of more than 50, 'Music for Lovers Only', 'Lover's Rhapsody'
and 'Music to Make You
Misty' all reached No.1 on the Billboard 200. Jackie also took the
role of a lead performer in the musical Take Me Along, which ran from
1959 to 1960; he won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading
Actor in a Musical (sadly died after his fight with cancer)
b. February 26th 1916.
Misora (52) Japanese award
winning enka singer, actress
and the 1st woman in , to receive the People's Honour Award, which
was awarded posthumously for her notable contributions to the music
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 4th 1959.
2008: Ira 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 (?)
March 22nd 1929.
2010: JoJo Billingsley (58) American
singer, songwriter and recording artist. In December 1975, she was
hired, along with Cassie Gaines and Leslie Hawkins, to be a backup
singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ronnie Van Zant dubbed them "The Honkettes".
As one of Lynyrd Skynyrds Honkettes, she toured with the band
from Japan to England. In
2005, she performed several times as "The Honkettes" in
an alternative version of Lynyrd Skynyrd called "The Saturday
Night Special Band" that also included Ed King, Artimus Pyle
and Leslie Hawkins that helped to raise money for Hurricane Katrina
2006, she performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd for only the third time since
the 1977 plane crash. The first was at Charlie Daniels' 1979 Volunteer
Jam film of which appears in the VH-1 Behind The Music profile of
the band, the second at the opening of Freebird The Movie at Atlanta's
Fox Theatre in 1995, and singing "Sweet Home Alabama" at
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at which Lynyrd
Skynyrd was honored. (sadly
lost her battle with cancer)
Alan Krueck (70) American
musicologist; he wrote
his doctoral dissertation, The symphonies of Felix Draeseke: a study
in consideration of developments in symphonic form in the second half
of the nineteenth century for the University of Zurich in 1967. This
was the first English-language study of Draeseke's music. In 1993,
Alan founded the North American adjunct of the International Draeseke
Society, and produced a number of CDs on the society's label. He edited,
among other works, the previously unpublished 2nd of Draeseke's sonatas
for viola alta and his opera Bertran de 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.
2012: Jean Cox (90) American tenor
opera singer, born in Gadsden, Alabama; he made his Bayreuth debut
as a Steersman in The Flying Dutchman in 1956 (?)
b. January 16th 1922.
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 10th 1972.
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.
2014: 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
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
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".
June 4, Capitol Records opened its first office in a second-floor
room south of Sunset Boulevard. On the same day, Wallichs presented
the first free record to a Los Angeles disc jockey named Peter Potter.
Potter was so pleased Wallichs decided to give free records to other
DJs, becoming the first in the business to do so (?)
b. November 18th 1909.
1983: Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (67)
of classical music, born in Buenos Aires. He is considered one of
the most important Latin American classical composers.
studied at the conservatory
in Buenos Aires, graduating in 1938. After a visit to the United States
in 194547, where he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood,
he returned to Buenos Aires and co-founded the League of Composers.
He held a number of teaching posts. He moved back to the United States
in 1968 and from 1970 lived in Europe (He
passed away in Geneva)
b. April 11th 1916.
1985: Connie Curtis "Pee Wee" Crayton
blues guitarist, vocalist born in Rockdale, Texas; it is thought he
was the first blues guitarist to use a Fender Stratocaster, given
to him by Leo Fender. He took to playing guitar seriously after moving
to California in 1935, and settling in San Francisco. While there
he absorbed the music of T-Bone Walker, but developed his own unique
approach. His aggressive playing contrasted with his smooth vocal
style, and was copied by many later blues guitarists. One of his first
recordings was the instrumental, "Blues After Hours", which
reached No.1 in the Billboard R&B chart late that year. Its flip
side, the sleek pop ballad "I'm Still in Love With You"
1987: Boudleaux Bryant (67)
American songwriter, born in Shellman, Georgia, he
was trained as a classical violinist and during the 193738 season
he performed with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra. He
went on to become one of the greatest songwriters in country music
history along with his wife Felice Bryant. The husband-and-wife country
music and pop songwriting team are best known for songs such as "Raining
In My Heart", "Wake up little Susie", "Rocky Top,"
"Love Hurts" and numerous Everly Brothers hits, including
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love".
Beginning in 1957 they came to national prominence in both country
music and pop music when they wrote a string of hugely successful
songs for the Everly Brothers and hits for others such as Roy Orbison
and Buddy Holly. Their compositions were recorded by many artists
from a variety of musical genres, including Tony Bennett, Sonny James,
Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer,
Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello,
Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and
By the late '80s, it was
estimated that Boudleaux and Felice's warehouse of 3,000 songs had
sold over 300 million copies worldwide.
1972 they were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,
in 1986 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; and in 1991 the Country
Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (?)
b. February 13th 1920.
Hillel Slovak (26) Israeli-American
lead guitarist born in Haifa, Israel, his family emigrated to America
when Hillel was four settling in Queens, New York, then in 1967 relocated
to Southern California. While at
Fairfax High School he
met future bandmates Jack Irons and Michael "Flea" Balzary.
They formed a band called Chain Reaction, then changed the name to
Anthym. They next dubbed themselves "Tony Flow and the Miraculously
Majestic Masters of Mayhem", before changing to the Red Hot Chili
Peppers. Hillel's work was one of the major contributing factors to
the Red Hot Chili Peppers' early sound. He was also a huge influence
on a young John Frusciante, who would later replace him as guitarist
in the band. (Hillel died of a heroin overdose
shortly after the band returned from a European tour)
b. April 13th 1962.
1998: Lounès Matoub (42)
Berber Kabyle singer and mondol player, born in the village of Taourirt
Moussa in Kabylie. At 9 years old he built his first guitar from an
empty car oil can and composed his first songs as a teenager. He began
his singing career under the patronage of the established Kabyle singer
Idir. He recorded his first album Ay Izem/The Lion in 1978; it was
a huge success. He went on to record 36 albums, as well as writing
songs for other artists. He gave his first major concert in April
1980, at the time of the "Berber Spring" protest movement
in Kabylie. Lounes was a prominent advocate of the Berber cause and
secularism in Algeria throughout his life. 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,
and wounding his three female passengers. Tens of thousands people
attended his funeral and a week of violent riots followed)
b. January 24th 1956
Bill Moss (76) American gospel singer born in Selma, Alabama
and sang in a choir led by his sister the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark.
He served in the Korean War and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts
where he was an active singer.
moved to Detroit, Michigan and formed The Celestials with his wife
Essie Moss. Bill Moss & the Celestials would perform with acts
such as The Staple Singers and Mighty Clouds of Joy at venues such
as the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The Celestials were one of the first
gospel groups to use electric instruments. Their best known songs
include "Turn It Over to Jesus", "Everything is Going
to be Alright" and "The Way We Use to Have Church".
Bill was inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame
in 2004 (sadly
died of emphysema) b.
Persian singer who was recognized as the "Persian Diva"
and "Banooye Golhaa va Delha." She was the younger sister
of another popular Iranian female singer, Hayedeh. Mahasti worked
with some of the most famous Iranian composers, including Parviz Yahaghi,
Habibollah Badiei, Homayoon Khorram, Asadollah Malek, Anooshiravan
Rohani, Jahanbakhsh Pazooki, Hasan Shamaeizadeh, Mohammad Heidari,
Jamshid Sheibani, Sadegh Nojooki, and Manoochehr Cheshmazar She emigrated
to the UK in 1978, and then relocated to the US where she lived till
her death (colon cancer) b.
November 16th 1946.
2009: Sky "Sunlight" Saxon/Richard
Elvern Marsh (71) American rock and roll singer-songwriter
and guitarist who was best known as the leader and singer of the 1960s
Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock band The Seeds. He began his career
performing doo-wop pop tunes in the early 1960s under the name Little
Richie Marsh.After changing his name to Sky Saxon, he formed the Electra-Fires
in 1962 and then Sky Saxon & the Soul Rockers. In 1965, he founded
the psychedelic flower power band The Seeds their hits included "Can't
Seem to Make You Mine", "Mr. Farmer" and "Pushin'
Too Hard," which became a top 40 song and enduring rock anthem
in 1967. In 1973, he became a member of the Source Family religious
group, a Hollywood Hills commune led by YaHoWha who gave him the names
Sunlight and Arlick. In the following years he released a number of
albums under various band names including The Starry Seeds Band, Sky
Saxon & Firewall, King Arthur's Court, and Shapes Have Fangs,
as well as reforming several times The Seeds with different musician
2008, Saxon and the Seeds collaborated on some new songs and recordings
with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Even
though "Pushing Too Hard" was named one of The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, The Seeds
have still not been recognized by that institution (sadly
unexpectedly after being hospitalized in Austin, Texas with an infection
of the internal organs)
b. August 20th 1937. Different
sources suggest a birth year of 1937, 1945 or 1946
2009: Michael Joseph Jackson (50)
American recording artist, entertainer and
he was the seventh of nine children. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie,
Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. His father
who allegedy physically and emotionally abused Michael as a child,
often performed in an R&B band called The Falcons. He was raised
as a Jehovah's Witness by his mother. In 1964, he and his brother
Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers, a band formed by brothers Jackie,
Tito and Jermaine, as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine,
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died of a cardiac arrest)
2009: Yasmine/Hilde Rens (37)
Belgian singer, presenter and television personality born in Antwerp;
she became known as a singer during the 1980s. At the age of 17, Yasmine
made her television debut in 1989 as a contestant on a Flemish television
talent show, performing a reindition of Don't Cry for Me Argentina
as Julie Covington.
years later, she earned a record deal, releasing her first single,
"Wie Denk Jij Wel Dat Je Bent" and her first album, Mooi
zo in the same year. She went onto record another five mainstream
pop albums before releasing Vandaag (Het morgen van gisteren) in 2004,
a critically lauded CD of Leonard Cohen songs translated into Dutch.
Her last album, Licht Ontvlambaar, was released in 2006.
until her death, Yasmine was a regular on the VRT's main television
station, één, where she was an in-vision continuity
announcer and a presenter for various entertainment shows including
De Rode Loper, Memento and Zo is er maar één (tragically
she had hung herself from a tree - her suicide reportedly followed
a severe depression allegedly inflicted by the split with
Marianne Dupon) b.
March 3rd 1972.
2011: Godfrey "Goff"
brass band arranger, composer, and musical director of the Chetham's
Big Band for many years. In 1976, he was made a Bard of the Cornish
Gorsedd. He received a Doctorate from Salford Uni in 1990, after a
career that had seen him lead the University Jazz Orchestra to the
BBC Big Band of the Year title in 1989. He
was well known for his original brass compositions such as "Trailblaze",
"Doyen", "Exploding Brass!" and the marches "The
Jaguar" and "Barnard Castle", and won a European Broadcasting
Union Award in 1984 for his "Continental Caprice". He was
also a prolific arranger for brass bands, and his works included "Hymns
of Praise", "Shepherd's Song", "Over the Rainbow",
"Mack the Knife", "New York, New York", "Chanson
d'Amour", "I'll Walk with God", and "That's a
Plenty". He also arranged and composed light orchestral and choral
works, and his works have been performed by the King's Singers, Huddersfield
Choral Society, London Brass, Evelyn Glennie and various BBC orchestras
b. August 18th 1944.
2012: John Koko (51)
American upright acoustic bassist and was member of
the Hawaiian group
The Makaha Sons of Niihau for the last 30 years. They have released
21 CDs, and produced a DVD on their own record label. They have won
Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards. They produce their
own signature concert, "Take a Walk in the Country," in
Hawaii each year. The Makaha Sons have recently formed the Makaha
Sons Foundation, which supports variety of organizations, funding
some of Hawaiis police officers, funding families afflicted
with illnesses, and providing scholarships each year to a selected
high school senior (sadly died of heart
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??
Clifford Brown (25) American jazz trumpeter,
born in Wilmington, Delaware; he performed with Chris Powell, Tadd
Dameron, Lionel Hampton, and Art Blakey before forming his own group
with Max Roach. The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet's pianist,
Richie Powell, younger brother of Bud, contributed original compositions,
as did Brown himself. The partnership of Brown's trumpet with Harold
Land's tenor saxophone made for a very strong front line. Teddy
Edwards briefly replaced Land before Sonny Rollins took over for
the remainder of the group's existence. He
died leaving behind only four years' worth of recordings, nonetheless,
he had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including
Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Valery
Ponomarev, and Wynton Marsalis. Clifford
won the Down Beat critics' poll for
the 'New Star of the Year' in 1954 and he was inducted into the
Down Beat 'Jazz Hall of Fame' in 1972 in the critics' poll.
in a tragic car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, west of Bedford
while en route to a performance. Richie Powell and wife Nancy who
was driving were also killed)
b. October 30th 1930.
bebop jazz pianist, born in New York City; he was the younger brother
of Bud Powell, also a pianist and a member of the group co-led by
Clifford Brown and Max Roach (Richie
and Clifford were being driven overnight by his wife Nancy to an
engagement in Chicago. Nancy lost control of the vehicle on the
Pennsylvania Turnpike during a dark rainy night, all three occupants
were killed in this tragic accident)
b. September 5th 1931.
1984: Albert Dailey (45) American
jazz pianist born in Baltimore, where his
first professional appearances were with the house band of the Baltimore
Royal Theatre, before studying at Morgan State University and the
Peabody Conservatory. He backed Damita Jo DuBlanc on tour from 1960
to 1963, and following this briefly put together his own trio in
Washington, D.C., playing at the Bohemia Caverns. In 1964 he moved
to New York City, where he played with Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes,
Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1967 he played
with Woody Herman at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and played intermittently
with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers around this time. In the 1970s
he played with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, and Archie
Shepp. In the 1980s he did concerts at Carnegie Hall and was a member
of the Upper Manhattan Jazz Society with Charlie Rouse, Benny Bailey,
and Buster Williams. (Sadly died of pneumonia)
June 16th 1939.
1987: Henk Badings (80)
in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies, he worked as a mining engineer
and palaeontologist at Delft until 1937, after which he dedicated
his life entirely to music and was largely self-taught. He had his
first major success in 1930 when his first cello concerto was performed
at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Champions of his work included
such eminent conductors as Eduard van Beinum and Willem Mengelberg.
He held numerous teaching positions including the Musikhochschule
Stuttgart and the University of Utrecht. His works include fourteen
symphonies, two string quartets, several concertos, chamber music,
and incidental music. A Badings Festival was held in Rotterdam in
b. January 17th 1907.
1997: Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole
singer songwriter, ukulele player who
famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released
in 1993 with his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What
a Wonderful World", which was subsequently featured in several
films, television programs, and commercials. In his early teens,
he studied at Upward Bound of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and
his family moved to Makaha, Hawaii. There, he met Louis "Moon"
Kauakahi, Sam Gray, and Jerome Koko. Together with his brother Skippy
they formed the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. From 1976 throughout the
1980s, they gained in popularity as they toured Hawaii and the continental
United States, they released fifteen successful albums. In 1990,
Iz released his first solo album Ka'ano'i, which won awards for
Contemporary Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year from
the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Facing Future was released
in 1993 by The Mountain Apple Company, which featured his most popular
song, the medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful
World". In 1994, Iz was voted favorite entertainer of the year
by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Through his ukulele playing
and incorporation of other genres, such as jazz and reggae, Iz remains
one of the major influences in Hawai'ian music over the last 15
years (died of weight-related respiratory
b. May 20th 1959
Naomi Shemer (73) Israeli singer and song-writer born
on Kvutzat Kinneret and later hailed as the "first lady of
Israeli song and poetry". In the 1950s she served in the Israeli
Defense Force's Nahal entertainment troupe, and studied music at
the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. She did her own songwriting and
composing, set famous poems to music, such as those of the Israeli
poet, Rachel, and adapted well-known songs into Hebrew, such as
the Beatles songs "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be".
She composed in 1963 Hurshat Ha'Eucalyptus/The Eucalyptus Grove,
a song that evokes Kvutzat Kinneret where she was born, and sung
in a recent version by Ishtar. In 1983, Naomi received the Israel
Prize for Hebrew song, words and melody (?)
b. July 13th 1930.
Grete Sultan (99) German-American
pianist, born in Berlin she studied piano from an early age with
American pianist Richard Buhlig, and later with Leonid Kreutzer
and Edwin Fischer. In 1933, after the National Socialists came to
power, she was, as all Jews were, banned from playing in public
and could only appear in concerts of the "Juedischer Kulturbund".
With Buhlig's help, she fled Germany in 1941 via Lisbon, from where
she emigrated to America by ship, settleing in New York City. Greta
made the premiere recording of John Cage's Etudes Australes and
played it in concerts worldwide. She also performed the music of
Alan Hovhaness and Tui St. George Tucker, but contemporary composers
were not the only ones that interested her: in the 1940s she helped
popularize Bach's Goldberg Variations, and her concert programs
included music from Schubert and Stravinsky to Earle Brown and Morton
Feldman. She gave her last recital in 1996, aged 90, at New York's
Merkin Concert Hall, performing the Goldberg Variations. (Greta
sadly died in a Manhattan hospital five days after her 99th birthday,
of pneumonia complications) b. June
Johnny Jenkins (67) American left-handed blues guitarist
who helped to propel the singing career of Otis Redding and inspired
Jimi Hendrix with his guitar
playing and stage acrobatics. In the 1960s Johnny led a band called
the Pinetoppers, and employed a young Otis Redding as a singer for
the Pinetoppers. As Johnny did not have a driver's license, the
young Otis also served as his personal driver. During a recording
session in 1962 they had 40 minutes of studio time unused. Otis
used this time to record a ballad entitled 'These Arms of Mine'
with Johnny playing guitar, Otis was born.
In 1970 Johnny released the album Ton-Ton Macoute!, in later years
this album became a collectors item as the opening track, a cover
of Dr. John's 'I Walk on Gilded Splinters', has been sampled by
numerous artists from Beck to Oasis. Johnny became disillusioned
with the music industry and did nothing of note until 1996 when
he was persuaded him to make a comeback, he released the album 'Blessed
Blues' recorded with Chuck Leavell. Two further albums followed;
'Handle With Care' and 'All in Good Time' (sadly
he died from a stroke) b.
March 5th 1939.
Arif Mardin (74)
Turkish-American music producer, who
worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of
music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco, and country. He worked
at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, as both an assistant, producer,
arranger, studio manager, and vice president, before moving to EMI
and serving as vice president and general manager of Manhattan Records.
His collaborations include working with including Margie Joseph,
The Rascals, Carly Simon, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand,
the Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Queen, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin,
Lulu, Anita Baker, Judy Collins, Phil Collins, Scritti Politti,
Culture Club, Roberta Flack, Average White Band, Hall & Oates,
Donny Hathaway, Norah Jones, Daniel Rodriguez, Chaka Khan, George
Benson, Melissa Manchester, Side Show, The Manhattan Transfer, Modern
Jazz Quartet, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Dusty Springfield, David
Bowie, Jewel and Ringo Starr. In his career of more than 40 years,
he collected over 40 gold and platinum albums, and has been honoured
with 12 Grammy Awards and 15 nominations (?)
b. March 15th 1932.
2007: Dame Thea King DBE (81) British
classical clarinetist; made a special study of lesser known works
of the 18th and 19th centuries, especially those of Crusell. A principal
clarinetist of the Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, the Melos Ensemble
and the Allegri String Quartet. She was a founder member in 1953
of the Portia Wind Ensemble, an all female group and a member of
the Vesuvius and Robles Ensembles.()
b. December 26th 1925.
2009: Yosef "Jo" Amar (79)
Moroccan-born Israeli singer; a pioneer in the introduction of Moroccan
Jewish liturgical music to Israel. In 1956, he emigrated to Israel
where he lived on moshav Yad Rambam. He became associated with mizrahi
music, mixing the melodies of traditional Sephardic Jewish music
with Arabic music and Western music. Yosef
moved to New York City in 1970, where he performed music and worked
as a cantor. He published an anthology of liturgical music from
Morocco and recorded more than 20 albums, including one with the
Israeli Andalusian Orchestra (died in Miami,
Florida, from undisclosed causes) b.
2010: Shoista Mullojonova (84)
Bukharian Jewish Shashmakom singer. She won
many awards and titles in her career including the prestigious "People's
Artist of the Republic of Tajikistan" and "Merited Artist
of the USSR". She had a seven decade career in music, from
1941 until her death. To this day, she is regarded as one of the
greatest singers of the USSR and of Tajikistan and her recordings
are preserved in the archives of Tajikistan. she was often referred
to as the "Queen of Shashmakom Music" and as the "Daughter
of Tajikistan" (sadly died of
a heart attack) b. September 3rd 1925.
2010: Sergio Vega (40) Mexican
banda singer born in Hornos; in 1989, while living in Phoenix, Arizona,
he and his brothers formed a group called Los Hermanos Vega, which
signed with Joey Records and had several hits such as "Corazón
de Oropel" and "El Rayo de Sinaloa". In
1994, after five years with the group he decided to leave, forming
another group called Los Reyos del Norte, and signing with Digital
Universal. This group had hits such as "Las Parcelas de Mendoza",
"El Dólar Doblado", "El Ayudante", "Olor
a Hierba", "Eres mi Estrella", and "Ayúdame
a Vivir". He later changed his group's name to Sergio Vega
y Sus Shakas Del Norte (Murdered
while on his way to perform at a village festival concert in the
Mexican state of Sinaloa. Gunmen travelling in a truck drove alongside
his red Cadillac and opened fire on the vehicle) b. September
2010: Benny Powell (80) American
jazz trombonist; he played both tenor and bass trombone, and
played professionally at age 14, and by 18 he was playing with Lionel
Hampton. In 1951 began playing with Count Basie, in whose orchestra
he would remain until 1963. Hear Benny's trombone solo in "April
in Paris" After leaving Basie, he freelanced in New York City,
playing on the Merv Griffin Show among other places. He then moved
to California and did extensive work as a session musician, working
with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Carter, and
Randy Weston. Later, he worked as an educator, including as part
of the Jazzmobile project
2014: 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
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.
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
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.
1974: Cliff Friend (80) American
songwriter and pianist born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working on
the road with vaudeville shows, he befriended Al Jolson in LA, who
encouraged Cliff to relocate to New York City to better his career
as a songwriter. He soon became a member of the New York City-centered
music publishers Tin Pan Alley. His first hit was in 1923, called
"You Tell Her - I Stutter" and co-written with Billy Rose,
it was recorded by The Happiness Boys. Over the next 15 years, Cliff
co-wrote many other songs including "Lovesick Blues",
"June Night", "Then I'll Be Happy", "(Oh)
If I Only Had You", "A Night in June (Beneath the Moon)",
"My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now", "It Goes Like
This", "You're a Real Sweetheart", "Bashful
Baby", "I Want to Sing About You", "It's Great
to Be In Love", "Let's Have a Party", "The Sweetest
Music This Side of Heaven", "When My Dream Boat Comes
Home", "You've Got Me In the Palm of Your Hand",
"Out Where the Blue Begins" and "The Merry-Go-Round
Broke Down", which was used as the theme song in the Warner
Bros Looney Tunes cartoon series (died
in Las Vegas, Nevada)
b. October 1st 1893.
1992: Allan Jones (84) American
actor, singer and
father of singer Jack Jones,
born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania; he starred in many musical films
and broadway productions during the 1930s and 1940s. The best-known
of these were Show Boat-1936, and The Firefly-1937, in which he
sang the popular "Donkey Serenade". However, maybe he
is now best remembered as the romantic straight man to the Marx
Brothers in their first two MGM productions, A Night at the Opera,
and A Day at the Races. Other films include Everybody Sing with
Judy Garland and Fanny Brice; One Night in the Tropics, the film
debut of Abbott and Costello; The Boys from Syracuse; and There's
Magic in Music (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. October 14th 1907.
1992: Charles Tyler (50)
American clarinetist, baritone
and alto sax player, born in Cadiz, Kentucky and spent his childhood
years in Indiana, New York City and Cleveland, Ohio; as a very busy
session player, he spent a four-year period teaching and playing
with adventurous musicians in Los Angeles, including Arthur Blythe,
Bobby Bradford, and David Murray. He moved back to New York in 1973,
where he freelanced, doing stints with Cecil Taylor, Dewey Redman,
and Billy Bang (sadly Charles died while in Toulon, France) b.
1994: Jacques Berthier (71) French
composer of liturgical music, noted for writing much of the music
used at Taizé. He trained in music at the César Franck
School in Paris. In 1955 he was first asked to compose music for
the Taizé Community, which was then just a monastic community
of twenty brothers. Six years later he became organist at the Church
of the Jesuits in Paris, Saint-Ignace, where he worked until his
death. In 1975, he was again asked to compose for Taizé,
this time for chants to be sung by the increasing numbers of young
people coming to worship there. Over nearly 20 years, he built up
a body of church music that has been utilized around the world (?)
b. June 27th
1999: Brian O'Hara (56) English
singer and guitarist with the Merseybeat band, Fourmost,
that recorded in the
1960s. Their biggest UK hit single "A Little Loving" in
1964. Brian and best friend guitarist/vocalist Joey Bower, formed
The Two Jays in 1957 and did a six week tour of the Isle of Man.
The group changed its name to the Four Jays in September 1959 and
made their debut at the Cavern Club on 1 March 1961, nearly three
weeks before The Beatles. Rhythm guitarist/singer Mike Millward
joined the Four Jays in November 1961, followed by the drummer Dave
Lovelady in September 1962. The band had changed their name to The
Fourmost in June 1962. On 30 June 1963, the group signed a management
contract with Brian Epstein. This led to their being auditioned
by George Martin and signed to EMI's Parlophone record label. Other
hits include "Hello Little Girl", "I'm in Love",
"Girls Girls Girls" / "Why Do Fools Fall in Love",
"Here, There and Everywhere" (tragically
Brian hung himself) b. March
2002: John Entwistle (57) English
bassist, vocals and multi-musician,
he was the most influential British bassist in rock music, influencing
the likes of Phil
Butler, Geddy Lee, Cliff
Burton, Billy Sheehan, Lemmy Kilmister, Krist Novoselic and so many
As a young school boy he joined the Middlesex Youth Orchestra, his
initial music training was on trumpet, french horn, and piano, all
of which would figure into his later rock playing. In the early
1960s, he played in several traditional jazz and dixieland outfits,
before forming a duo called the Confederates with schoolmate Pete
Townshend, and later joined Roger Daltrey's band the Detours. This
band who later later become The Who. John
was one of the first to make use of Marshall stacks, (Pete Townshend
has said that John started using Marshalls in order to hear himself
over Keith Moon's drums!)
full treble, full volume" approach to bass sound was originally
supposed to be captured in the bass solo to "My Generation",
this solo bass break is important as it is one of the earliest bass
solos captured on a rock record. After the hectic years with The
Who had slowed down, he had time in the 90s to form "The John
Entwistle Band" with longtime friend, drummer Steve Luongo
and Godfrey Townsend on lead guitar. By
the time of his death, John
had a collection of over 200 instruments reflecting the different
brands he used over his career (John died
in a hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas one
day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour. His
death was due to a heart attack induced by his cocaine habit which
a pre-existing heart condition)
b. October 9th 1944.
2005: Frank Harte (72)
singer and song collector
born in Chapelizod, County Dublin; he emigrated to the United States
for a short period, but later returned to Ireland where he worked
as an architect, lecturer at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology)
in Rathmines, Dublin and in later life fully engaged in songs in
many ways. Frank began collecting early in life and he remembered
buying ballads from a man who sold them by the sheet at the side
of the Adelphi Cinema and by the end of his life had assembled a
database of over 15,500 recordings. He recorded several albums and
made numerous television and radio appearances, most nobably the
Singing Voices series he wrote and presented for RTÉ Radio
(sadly died from a heart attack)
b. May 14th 1933.
2008: Daihachi Oguchi (84)
Japanese master of taiko
drumming, helped found top taiko groups all over the world, including
San Francisco Taiko Dojo. The former jazz musician, was one of the
first to elevate the traditional Japanese folk sounds of taiko to
modern music playing in concert halls, festivals and shrines. He
led and starred in the performance of drumming and dance at the
closing ceremony of the 1998 Nagano Olympics. (tragically died
in hospital the day after being hit by a car)
2009: Fayette Regina Pinkney (61)
American singer, born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, she was one of three young teenagers brought together
by manager Richard Barrett to form The Three Degrees in 1963. She
was a part of the group until 1976, and was with them through their
great years and sang on many of their greatest hits, such as "When
Will I See You Again" and "Take Good Care of Yourself".
She traveled to London in January, 1979 to record her only solo
album, One Degree, which she did in just two weeks, to great acclaim
from both her peers and fans (Fayette
of acute respiratory failure after a short and sudden illness)
Storm/Josephine Owaissa Cottle (87) American
actress and singer born in Bloomington, Victoria County, Texas.
As well as her acting and TV career, including My
Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show,
for a couple years in the early 50s she was a recording artist.
Her first record was "I Hear You Knockin'", the followup
was a two-sided hit, with "Memories Are Made of This"
backed with "A Teenage Prayer." That was followed by a
hit cover of Frankie Lymon's "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."
and "Dark Moon" that went to No.4 on the Billboard Hot
100. She had several other hits and headlined in Las Vegas, but
then gave up recording because of her husband's concerns with the
time she had to devote to that career
away in a convalescent home, near San Francisco in Danville, California)
b. April 5th 1922
2010: Rammellzee (49)
American pioneer hip hop musician and graffiti artist; before his
hip-hop career, he was
an established graffiti artist, peppering the A train in Queensbridge,
NY in the late 70s with his trademark spiky letters. He was known
for his eccentric ways and renaissance ideals and in 1983, NY artist
Jean-Michel Basquiat produced and provided artwork for what was
to become the only record relea