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~ May 1st.
1989: Tim Urban (US singer)
1984: Keiichiro Koyama (Japanese singer; News).
1980: Jay Reatard/Jimmy Lindsey Jr (US vocalist, musician; Reatards/Lost
1979: MC Harvey/Michael Harvey
(UK musical artist; So Solid Crew/solo/guest).
1978: Nick Traina (US
singer; Link 80/Knowledge)*20.Sept.1997.
1974: Kellie Crawford (Australian singer; Hi-5)
1970: Bernard Butler (UK guitarist, vocals; The Tears/McAlmont
1968: D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (US bass player; Smashing Pumpkins/Filter).
1967: Tim McGraw/Samuel Timothy Smith (US country singer).
1966: Johnny Colt (US bassist; The Black Crowes/Brand New Immortals'/Supernova).
1962: Owen Paul McGee (Scottish singer).
1959: Phil Smith (UK sax player, guitar; Haircut 100/sessionist).
1958: Paul Gardiner (UK bassist; Tubeway
1957: Rick Driscoll (UK singer; Kenny).
1957: Kow Otani (Japanese composer)
1957: Steve Farris (US guitarist; Mr Mister/sessionist/freelance).
1955: Martin "Marty" O'Donnell (American
award-winning composer; films/tv/video game
1955: Nick Feldman (UK bassist, vocals; Wang Chung/Promised Land).
1954: Frédéric "Fred"
Chichin (French singer, guitar; Les Rita
1954: Ray Parker Jr. (US singer, guitarist; Motown/Raydio/sessionist/freelance).
1953: Glen Ballard (American songwriter and record producer).
1949: Jim Clench (Canadian
bassist; April Wine/Bachman Turner Overdrive)*02.Nov.2010.
1949: Tim Hodgkinson (UK composer, multi-musician; Henry Cow/The
1946: Nick Fortuna (US bassist; Buckinghams).
1945: Rita Coolidge (US singer; Delaney and Bonnie, solo).
1944: Marva Whitney/Marva Ann Manning (American funk singer)*22.Dec.2012.
1939: Judy Collins (US folk singer).
1939: Victor Davies (Canadian composer)
jazz influenced blues guitar virtuoso, vocalist;
1934: Shirley Horn (US award winning jazz
1930: Little Walter/Marion Walter Jacobs (US singer, harmonica
1929: Sonny James (American country music singer and songwriter).
(US actor and opera singer)*06.May.2013.
Dey/Prabodh Chandra Dey
(Indian singer; Bengali/Hindi/Indian
1917: Danielle Darrieux (French singer, actress)
1913: Walter Susskind (Czech conductor)*25.March.1980.
Heinz Eric Roemheld
(US composer; film scores/classical)*11.Feb.1985.
1907: Kate Smith (singer, radio hostess)*17.June.1986.
1988: Lara Liang
1987: Nana Kitade (Japanese pop/rock
1985: Lily Allen (English singer and
1982: Lorie/Laure Pester (French Pop,
electropop, R&B singer).
1978: Steve Bays (Canadian vocals, keyboard; Hot Hot Heat)
1978: Intars Busulis (Latvian singer, trombone player)
1974: Garðar Thór Cortes (Icelandic
1969: Ben Leach (UK keyboard/synthesizer;
1968: Ziana Zain/Siti Roziana binti Zin (Malaysian singer, actress)
1967: David McAlmont (UK singer; Thieves/The Tears/solo).
Maarten van Roozendaal (Dutch
singer, comedian, songwriter)*01.July.2013.
1961: Dr Robert/Robert Howard (UK lead singer; Blow Monkeys/solo)
1959: Tony Wakeford (English bassist, composer; Crisis/Sol Invictus).
1957: Will Kennedy (US drummer; Yellowjackets/sessions/solo)
1956: David Rhodes (UK guitarist, songwriter, producer/composer;
Peter Gabriel/session musician)
Jo Callis (UK guitarist, keyboards; The Rezillos/Human League).
1954: Prescott Niles (US bass; The Knack).
1953: Valery Gergiev (Russian-born conductor)
1952: Mari Natsuki (Japanese singer, dancer, actress)
1951: John Glascock (UK bassist, electric guitar; The Gods/Carmen/Jethro
1950: Lou Gramm/Louis A. Grammatico (US vocals,percussion; Black
1948: Larry Gatlin (US singer, guitar, songwiter; the Imperials/Gatlin
1946: John "Kellogs" Kalinowski (UK rock-n-roll manager;
Procol Harum/many others)*01.March.2013.
1946: Lesley Gore (US singer).
1945: Judge Dread/Alexander Hughes (English reggae and ska artist)*13.March.1998.
1945: Goldy McJohn/John Goadsby (US organ, keyboards; Sparrows/Steppenwolf/Mynah
1945: Randy Cain/Rudy Cain (US singer; The Delfonics)*09.April.2009.
1944: Bob Henrit (UK drummer; top sessionist/DayBreakers/Roulettes/Argent/Unit4+2/Kinks).
1943: Hilton Valentine (UK guitarist; The Alan Price Band/Animals/solo).
1936: Engelbert Humperdinck/Arnold George Dorsey (UK singer).
1936: Michael Rabin (US violinist)*19.Jan.1972.
1933: John 'Bunk' Gardner (US clarinet, sax, bassoon, flute player:
Mothers of Invention).
Sven-Olof Walldoff (Swedish record producer,
composer, orchestra conductor)*10.June.2011.
1929: Frederick Lincoln"Link" Wray (US singer, guitarist)*05.Nov.2005
Horst Walter Stein (German conductor)*27.July.2008.
1924: Theodore Bikel (Austrian-born actor, singer)
1922: Serge Reggiani (Italian-born French singer, actor)*23.July.2004.
1915: Van Alexander/Al Feldman (writer,arranger, leader;Van Alexander
1915: Doris Fisher (US singer and songwriter)*15.Jan.2003.
1898: Henry Hall
(UK bandleader )*28.Oct.1989.
1897: John Fred Coots
1895: Lorenz "Larry" Hart
(American lyricist; Rodgers and Hart)*22.Nov.1943.
1995: Zachary David Sobiech (US pop singer; A Firm Handshake)*20.May.2013.
1985: Greg Raposo (US Pop/Rock Singer; Dream Street/solo).
1983: Myriam Fares (Lebanese singer).
1981: Farrah Franklin (US singer, actress, model; Destiny's Child/solo).
1981: U;Nee/Heo Yoon (South Korean singer, actress)*21.Jan.2007.
1979: Danny Foster (singer; Hear'Say).
1978: Paul Banks (US/UK vocalist, lead guitar, lyricist; Interpol).
1975: Maksim Mrvica (Croatia
1973: Brad Martin (US country music singer, guitarist)
1973: Rea Garvey (Irish singersongwriter, guitarist; German
rock/pop band Reamonn).
1972: Mark Morrison (British R&B singer).
1971: Josey Scott (American singer; Saliva).
1969: Jay Darlington (keyboardist; Kula Shaker/Rooster).
1968: Shane Minor (American country singer).
Bódi (Hungarian rock singer-songwriter;
1965: Simon Smith (UK drummer, tour manager; Wedding Present/Ukrainians/Cinerama)?
1959: David Ball (UK electronic musician, producer; The Grid/Soft
1953: Gary Young (US drummer, singer, guitar; Pavement/solo).
1953: Bruce Hall (US bassist, singer; REO Speedwagon).
Hooker/Jerry Mamberg (Israeli-born US guitarist, songwriter,
1951: Christopher Cross/Christopher Geppert (US singer, songwriter,
1950: Mary Hopkins (Welsh folk singer).
free jazz alto saxophonist)*09.Sept.1978.
1947: John Richardson (UK drummer, multi-musician; Rubettes/solo).
1945: Richard Allix (UK drummmer; Vanity Fare).
Allen "Rusty" Wier
1944: Peter Staples (UK bassist, songwriter; Troggs/Ten Feet Five/Wild
1940: Conny Planck (German
international record producer, mult-musician)*18.Dec.1987.
1934: Frankie Valli/Francis Stephen Castelluccio (US singer; The
Four Lovers/Four Seasons).
Georges Moustaki/Giuseppe Mustacchi (Egyptian-French singer-songwriter)*23.May.2013.
1933: James Brown (US soul singer, keyboards; Famous Flames)*25.Dec.2006.
1928: Dave Dudley/David Darwin
Pedriska (US country music singer)*22.Dec.2003.
1923: George Hadjinikos (Greek pianist, conductor).
1921: Joe Ames (US singer; The Ames Brothers)*22.Dec.2007.
1920: John Aaron Lewis (American
1919: Pete Seeger (US folk singer, songwriter, guitar, banjo)*27.Jan.2014.
(US rock music critic;
Plain Dealer Newspaper)*04.July.2011.
(US lyricist; Comden and Green)*23.Nov.2006.
1916: Léopold Simoneau (French Canadian tenor)*24.Aug.2006.
1912: Virgil Fox (American flamboyant organist)*25.Oct.1980.
1903: Bing Crosby (US singer, actor)*14.Oct.1977.
1987: Anjeza Shahini (Albanian
singer; solo/Eurovision Song contestant).
1985: Anthony Fedorov (American singer;
American Idol contestant).
1984: Will Pugh (US vocalist, guitarist;
1984: Little Boots/Victoria Christina Hesketh (UK
1982: Queen of Crunk/Rasheeda Buckner
(American hiphop singer).
1982: Hector King (Mexican singer, keyboards,
1979: Lance Bass
(US singer, actor; 'N Sync).
1977: Spencer Krug (Canadian multi-musician; Wolf Parade/Sunset
1972: Mike Dirnt/Michael Ryan Pritchard (US bassist; Green Day/The
1972: Chris Tomlin (US singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist)
1971: Rudresh Mahanthappa (Indian-american jazz saxophonist)
Gregg Alexander/Alex Ander/Gregory
Aiuto (US lead singer,songwriter; New Radicals).
1968: Julian Barratt (UK comedian, singer; one half of The Mighty
1964: Gary Hold (US guitarist; Exodus)
Vange Leonel (Brazilian singer, writer, feminist, LGBT activist)*14.July.2014.
1962: Oleta Adams (US soul, jazz, gospel singer, pianist).
1961: Jay Aston (UK singer; Bucks Fizz/Gene Loves Jezebel).
1959: Randy Travis (US Country-Gospel singer).
1955: Robert Ellis Orrall (US singer)
Rey Valera (Filipino singer, songwriter)
Ryan Cayabyab (Filipino singer, composer)
1953: Oleta Adams (US singer)
Jacob Miller (Jamaican reggae artist; solo/guest/Inner Circle)*23.March.1980.
Tirso Cruz III (Filipino actor, singer)
1951: Bruce Day (US drummer, Santana/Pablo Cruise)?
1951: Mick Mars/Bob Alan Deal (US guitar; Motley Crue).
1951: Colin Bass (UK bassist, producer, multi-musician; Camel).
Esco Jackson (US singer; eldest brother of The Jackson Five).
1950: Darryl Hunt (UK bassist; The Pogues/ BISH).
1949: Stella Parton (US country music singer)
1949: Zal Cleminson (Scottish guitarist; Nazareth/Alex Harvey Band)
1945: Georg Wadenius (Swedish guitarist, composer; Blood,Sweat&Tears/int.
1944: Peggy Santiglia (US singer; Angels).
1941: Nick Ashford (US songwriter;
Ashford and Simpson songwriting/production team)*22.Aug.2011.
1941: David LaFlamme (US violin, flute,
vocals; It's A Beautiful Day).
Ronnie Bond (UK drummer; The Troggs)*13.Nov.1992.
1938: Tyrone Davis (US soul singer)*09.Feb.2005.
1937: Ron Carter (US jazz double bassist; Miles Davis/Johnny Frigo/Solo/freelance).
1937: Dick Dale/Richard Anthony
Monsour (US guitarist, King Of The Surf
Guitar; The Del-Tones).
1931: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Russian conductor)
1930: Roberta Peters (American soprano)
Franke (German pop singer,
1928: Lars Gullin (Swedish
jazz baritone saxophone player, pianist, composer)*17.May.1976.
1928: Maynard Ferguson (Canadian trumpeter and bandleader)*23.Aug.2006.
1923: Ed Cassidy (US drummer, actor; Rising Sons/Spirit)*06.Dec.2012.
composer, singer, musician, producer)*21.June.1986.
King Fleming/Walter Flemming (US jazz
"Moe" Purtill (US drummer;
1989: Chris Brown (US singer).
Kurt Calleja (Maltese singer)
1988: Brooke Hogan/Brooke Ellen Bollea (American R&B singer).
1988: Skye Sweetnam (Canadian singer, guitar, piano, songwriter).
1988: Adele/Laurie Blue Adkins (English soul, jazz singer, guitarist).
1987: Marija estic (Bosnian singer; European Song Contestant).
1984: Wade MacNeil (Canadian guitarist; Alexisonfire).
1981: Craig David (UK
rhythm & blues singer).
1973: Casino Versus Japan/Erik Kowalski (US composer,electronic
1972: Devin Townsend (guitar,singer, keyboards; Own Band/Strapping
1971: Carl Crack/Carl Böhm
(German techno musician; Atari)*06.Sept.2001.
1971: David Reilly (American singer, multi-musician; God Lives
1966: Shawn Drover (Canadian drummer; Eidolon/Megadeth).
1964: Lorraine McIntosh (Scottish singer, actress; Deacon Blue).
1963: James LaBrie (Canadian singer; Dream Theater).
1962: Kevin Mooney (UK bassist; Adam And The Ants).
1962: Jenifer McKitrick (US songwriter)
1961: Sean McLuskey (UK R&R vocals, guitar; Jo Boxers).
1959: Ian McCulloch
(UK singer; Echo & The Bunnymen).
1956: Robert Marien (Québécois actor, singer, songwriter).
1951: Rex Goh (Singapore guitarist; Air Supply/Savage Garden/others).
1950: Eddy Amoo (UK singer; Real Thing).
1948: Joe Bean Esposito
(US singer, songwriter).
1948: Bill Ward (UK drummer; Black Sabbath).
1943: Raphael/Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez (Spanish singer)
1942: Jim King/Alec Woodburn (UK saxophone, harmonica,vocals; Farinas/Family/Ring
1942: Tammy Wynette/Virginia Wynette Pugh (US country singer)*06.Apr.1998
1941: Roy Phillips (UK vocals, keyboards; The Saints/The Tornados/The
1937: Johnnie Taylor (singer;Five Echoes/Soul Stirrers/HighwayQCs)*31.May.2000.
1937: Delia Derbyshire (UK electronic music composer)*03.July.2001
1936: Patrick Gowers (British composer)
1935: Edward "Kidd" Jordan
(American jazz saxophonist).
1934: John "Ace" Cannon (US saxophonist)
Marshall Grant (US upright
bassist, electric bassist; Tennessee Two)*07.Aug.2011.
1927: Charles Welles Rosen (US pianist,
Leyva/Wilfredo Pascual (Cuban singer;
Buena Vista Social Club)*22.March.2006.
Jose da Silva/Dino 7 Strings (Brazilian guitar player, pioneer;7
1908: Kurt Böhme (German bass vocalist)*20.Dec.1989.
1901: Blind Willie McTell/William Samuel McTier (US singer)*19.Aug.1959.
1885: Agustín Barrios (Paraguayan guitarist, composer)*07.Aug.1944.
1994: Krystal Jung (US-born Korean singer)
1981: Matt Drake (UK vocalist, guitarist;
1981: Matthew Leone (US bassist; Madina
1981: Nathan Leone (US lead singer; Madina
1981: Mark O'Connell (US drummer; Taking
1980: Taebin/Danny Im (Korean singer;
1979: Kerry Ellis (UK West End actress,
1978: Nick Littlemore (Australian multi-musician,
1971: Sarah Blackwood
(UK lead singer; Dubstar).
1971: Chris Shiflett (US
guitar; Foo Fighters).
1968: Shin Hae-chul (South
Korean singer, songwriter; N.EX.T/others)*27.Oct.2014.
1968: Lætitia Sadier (French singer;
1968: Tony Wright
(UK vocalist; Terrorvision).
1967: Mark Bryan (US
guitarist; Hootie & The Blowfish).
David Narcizo (US drummer; Throwing Muses).
Tony Scalzo (US bass player, vocals; Fastball).
1962: Adam Yellin (US record producer)
1961: Gina Riley (Australian actress, writer, singer, comedian)
1960: Larry Steinbachel (UK keyboards, percussion; Bronski Beat).
1960: Phyllis Treigle (American soprano)
1960: John Flansburgh (US guitar, actor; They Might Be Giants).
1958: Lolita Flores/Dolores González Flores (Spanish singer,
1952: Gregg Henry (US actor, rock, blues and country musician).
1950: Robbie McIntosh (Scottish drummer; Average
(not Robbie- Pretenders)
Surip/Urip Achmad Ariyanto (Indonesian reggae singer)*04.Aug.2009.
1948: Mary MacGregor (US singer).
1945: Bobby Posner (UK bassist; Shel Carson Combo/Colin Hicks &
the Cabin Boys/The Rokes).
1945: Bob Seger (US singer, guitar, songwriter; Silver Bullet Band/Bob
1945: Jimmie Dale Gilmore (US guitarist, vocalist, songwriter,
actor; The Flatlanders).
1942: Colin Earl (UK keyboardists; Mongo Jerry/Foghat/King Earl
Boy/Oliver Morgan (American rhythm &
1939: Herbie Cox (US lead singer; Cleftones).
1939: Eddie C. Campbell (US blues guitarist, singer).
classical pianist and teacher)*14.June.2012.
1924: Denys Wright (UK jazz-skiffle guitarist, pianist;top session
1922: Otmar Suitner (Austrian conductor)
1917: Kal Mann (American lyricist; Elvis Presley, Bobby Rydell
1913: Carmen Cavallaro
(US light music pianist)*12.Oct.1989.
1899: Billy Cotton (British
band leader and entertainer)*25.March.1969.
1989: Master Shortie/Theo Jerome Kerlin (UK hip-hop and R&B
1988: Natalie Mejia (US dancer, singer; Girlicious)
1986: Matt Helders (UK drummer; Arctic Monkeys).
1984: May7ven/Oluwayemisi May Odegbami (Nigerian-UK singer-songwriter,
Dionysis Boukouvalas (Greek composer, pianist, musicologist)
1978: Stian Arnesen (Norwegian guitar, bass, drums, keyboards; Troll/Crowhead/solo).
1977: Lisa Kelly (Irish singer)
1975: Zee/Abdul Aziz Peregrino-Brimah (American holy hip hop artist).
Lynden David Hall (UK singer,
1973: Kristian Lundin (Swedish international songwriter).
1972: Felix da Housecat (US DJ, record producer)
1971: Horgh/Reidar Horghagen (Norwegian drummer; Immortal/Hypocrisy).
1969: Eagle-Eye Lanoo Cherry (Swedish/American singer).
1963: Johnny Lee Middleton (US bassist; Savatage/Trans-Siberian
1961: Phil Campbell (Welsh guitarist; Motorhead/Persian Risk).
1961: Dean Howard (UK lead guitar; T'Pau/freelance).
1960: Adam Bernstein (US music video/television director)
1958: Marty Wilson-Piper (guitar, songwriter; The Church).
1956: Anne Dudley (UK keyboards, synthesizer; self & Jaz Coleman/Art
Baba/Müslüm Akbas (Turkish singer,
1951: Bernie Marsden (UK guitarist; Whitesnake/Company of Snakes/others)
1950: Prairie Prince/Charles L. Prince (US drummer; Tubes/Journey/freelance).
1949: Keith/James Keefer
1948: Pete Wingfield (UK singer, pianist, keyboards, producer;
1946: Bill Danoff (US singer, guitar, songwriter; Starland Vocal
1946: Bill Kreutzmann (American drummer; Grateful Dead).
1946: Jerry Nolan (US drums; New York Dolls/Heartbreakers/solo)*14.Jan.1992.
1946: Thelma Houston (US soul singer; Motown/solo).
1945: Christy Moore (Irish folk singer; Planxty/solo).
1943: Ricky West/Richard Charles Westwood (UK lead guitarist, Tremeloes).
1943: Terry Allen (American country music singer).
1943: Harvey Andrews (UK folk singer and songwriter).
1942: Justin Hinds (Jamaica Ska & Rocksteady singer; Justin
Hinds & the Dominoes)*16
1942: Lois Johnson/Lois
Scoggins (US country
1940: Arthur Blythe (US jazz alto saxophonist, composer; World
Saxophone Quartet/The Leaders)
1939: Johnny Maestro/John Mastrangelo (US lead singer, rhythm guitar;
1936: Jimmy Ruffin (US
soul singer; Motown session singer/solo)*17.Nov.2014.
1933: Nexhmije Pagarusha (Albanian singer).
1932: Derek Taylor (UK press officer, author; Beatles/Byrds/Beachboys)*08.Sept.1997.
baritone opera singer)*08.Oct.2011.
1931: Teresa Brewer/Theresa Breuer (US singer)*17.Oct.2007.
1927: Jim Lowe (American singer, DJ. radio host).
1922: Lew Anderson (American sax player, actor and bandleader)*14.May.2006.
1833: Johannes Brahms (Austrian-Hungarian composer, pianist)*03.April.1897.
1840: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russia composer, pianist)*06.Nov.1893.
1983: Mattie Jay (UK singer; Busted)
1981: Björn Dixgård (Swedish guitarist, singer, songwriter)
1980: Michelle McManus (Scottish singer)
1978: Ana Maria Lombo (US-Colombian singer, dancer; Eden's Crush).
1978: Jang Woo Hyuk (Korean singer)
1977: Bad News Brown/Paul Frappier (Haitian-Canadian rapper, harmonica
1977: Joe Bonamassa (US blues rock guitarist, singer).
1976: Ian Watkins (UK vocals; Lostprophets/Steps).
1976: Martha Wainwright (Canadian/American, singer-songwriter).
1975: Enrique Iglesias (Spanish singer; son of Julio Iglesias).
1973: Kris Hudson-Lee (UK bassist; Crimes of Passion/Deadline/Joe
1972: Darren Hayes (Australian singer, producer; Savage Garden).
1971: Candice Night (US vocalist,lyricist,songwriter,muscian,wife
of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore)
1966: Marta Sánchez (Spanish singer)
1965: Eri Kawai
(Japanese pop, world and classical singer)*04.Aug.2008.
1964: Dave Rowntree (UK drums, director; Blur/animation company
1963: Sylvain Cossette (Quebec singer, songwriter)
1963: Anthony Field (Australian multi-musician, actor)
1960: Eric Brittingham (US bassist; Cinderella/Naked Beggars)
1957: Marie Myriam (French singer)
1954: Phil Wiggins (US Piedmont blues
harmonica player; Cephas & Wiggins).
1953: Alex Van Halen (Dutch drummer; Mammoth/Van Halen/freelance).
1953: Billy Burnette (US guitarist, singer; Fleetwood Mac/solo).
1951: Chris Frantz (US drummer; Gorillaz/Tom Tom Club/Talking Heads).
1951: Philip Bailey (US vocals, percussion; Earth, Wind & Fire/solo).
1948: Felicity Lott (UK singer)
1946: Andrew Sneddon (Scottish bassist; East of Eden).
1945: Keith Jarrett (US jazz pianist).
1944: Bill Legend/William Fifield (UK drummer; Zodiacs/Epics/Teenbeats/Scorpions/T
1944: Gary Glitter/
(US guitarist, singer, songwriter; Neil Young's Crazy Horse/others)*18.Nov.1972.
1943: Paul Samwell-Smith (UK bassist, music producer; Yardbirds/Postcard
of the Edge/others).
"Motorhead" Sherwood (US multi-musician;
1941: John Fred/John Fred Gourrier (US singer; John Fred and His
1941: Mahmoud Ahmed
Tennille (US singer; Captain & Tennille).
1940: Ricky Nelson (US singer)*31.Dec.1985.
Bue/Arne Bue Jensen
trombonist, bandleader; The
Viking Jazz Band)*02.Nov.2011.
1930: Heather Harper
David Myers (US cinematographer, pioneer;
1911: Robert Leroy Johnson (US
blues singer, guitarist virtuoso)*16.Aug.1938.
1910: Mary Lou Williams/Mary Elfrieda Scruggs
(US pianist, singer, composer)*28.May.1981
1905: Red Nichols (Jazz
Cornet, trumpet; all the greats/Five Pennies)*28.June.1965.
1993: Ryosuke Yamada (Japanese actor, singer).
1981: Yu Yokoyama (Japanese actor, singer).
1979: Matt Morris (US singer-songwriter)
1979: Andrew Wilkes Krier (US singer-songwriter,
1979: Pierre Bouvier (Canadian singer, TV host; Simple Plan/MTV).
1975: Ryan Vikedal (Canadian drummer; Nickelback).
1975: Tamia Hill nee Tamia Marilyn Washington (Canadian singer).
1972: Megumi Odaka (Japanese actress, singer)
1971: Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan (UK bassist, DJ; Oasis).
1970: Ghostface Killah/Dennis Coles (US rapper; Wu-Tang Clan).
1970: Alan Sanderson (Italian Grammy winning recording engineer,
mixing engineer, record producer).
1969: Amber/Marie-Claire Cremers (Dutch singer-songwriter)
1969: Peter Wilkinson/Leslie Craig Wilkinson (UK bassist; Cast/Shack).
1965: Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (UK frontman; Curiosity Killed the
1964: Kevin Saunderson (US electronic music producer; Reese &
1963: Sanja Doleal (Croatian singer, television host).
1962: Paul 'PD' Heaton (UK vocalist, producer, mixing; Housemartins,
1962: David Gahan (UK vocals; Depeche Mode).
1961: Sean Altman (US singer; Rockapella).
1960: Marc Duncan (US guitarist; Prayer for Cleansing/Vibrators)?
1955: Anne-Sofie von Otter (Swedish mezzo-soprano)
Palligrosi (US trumpet, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes).
1954: Lawrence Dutton (US violist)
1953: David Benoit (US arranger, keyboardist, pianist; sessionist/freelance).
1953: Connie Kaldor (Canadian singer-songwriter)
1953: John "Rhino" Edwards (UK bassist; Climax Blues
Band/Dexys Midnight Runners/Status Quo).
1951: Vytautas Kernagis (Lithuanian singer-songwriter, bard, director,
1950: Tom Petersson (US 12-string bass guitarist, electric bass;
vocals; Swag/Cheap Trick).
1949: Billy Joel (US pianist, singer, composer, songwriter).
1948: Tania Maria (Brazilian singer, pianist, composer, bandleader)
1948: Richard Hudson (UK drummer, guitarist, sitar;Five Proud Walkers/Strawbs/Monks/others).
1946: Clint Holmes (UK-born American singer-songwriter)
Drafi Deutscher (German Schlager singer,
1945: Steve Katz (US guitar, vocals, Blood SweatTears/American
Flyer/Even Dozen Jug Band)
1944: Richie Furay (US guitar, vocals, Buffalo Springfield/Poco/freelance)
1944: Don Dannemann (US guitarist; Cyrkle).
1942: Tommy Roe (US vocalist, guitarist).
1942: Mike Millward (UK rhythm guitarist, vocals; Fourmost)*07.March.1966
1941: Danny Rapp (US frontman; Danny and the Juniors)*05.April.1983.
his birth certificate states his birth was May 10, he was born at home
on May 9 and registered the following day.
1941: Pete Birrell (UK bassist; Freddie and the Dreamers).
1940: John Hawken (UK organist; Cruisers Rock Combo/Nashville Teens/Spooky
Dick Morrissey (UK top tenor sax, soprano sax, flute,
1939: Nokie Edwards/Nole Floyd Edwards (US guitarist, actor; Ventures).
1938: Colin Eric Allen (UK drummer; Zoot Money's Big Roll Band/John
Mayall/Stone The Crows).
1937: Dave Prater (US singer; Sam and Dave)*09.April.1988.
1937: Sonny Curtis (US fiddle, guitar, singer; Three Tunes/Crickets/solo).
1935: Nokie Edwards/Nole Floyd Edwards (US guitarist; The Ventures).
1924: Bulat Okudzhava (Russian writer, guitarist, songwriter, composer)*12.June.1997.
Mary Virginia Curtis Verna (American
1914: Hank Snow (Canadian country singer, songwriter)*20.Dec.1999
1914: Carlo Maria Giulini (Italian musician, conductor)*14.June.2005.
1914: Frank Chacksfield (UK
pianist, organist, composer, conductor)*09.June.1995.
1909: Don Messer
1904: Conrad Bernier (French-Canadian organist, composer, teacher)*07.Nov.1988.
1992: Charice Pempengco (Filipino
1985: Ashley Poole (US singer; Dream/Lady Phoenix).
1984: Kristyna Myles (UK
1980: Jason Dalyrimple (US singer;
Soul For Real).
1979: Lee Hyori
(South Korean singer).
1977: Keith Murray (US singer; We Are Scientists)
1977: Denise Ho (Hong Kong singer)
1976: Udo Mechels (Belgian
Stuart Braithwaite (Scottish guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer-songwriter;
Shin Jung-hwan (Korean singer)
1975: Torbjørn Brundtland (Norwegian singer, keyboardist;
(French singer, actor and model)*25.Feb.2014.
1974: Liu Fang (Chinese pipa player-Chinese lute)
1973: Aviv Geffen
(Israeli singer-songwriter; Blackfield)
1971: Craig Mack (US rapper)
1970: Perry Blake (Irish singer/songwriter)
1970: Gabriela Montero (Venezuelan pianist)
1967: Young M.C./Marvin Young (rap
1965: Philip Harper
(US jazz trumpeter; Jazz Messengers/Charles Mingus's big band).
1965: Krist Novoselic (Croatian-US
bass, vocals, guitar, accordion, farfisa; Nirvana/Sweet 75/Eyes Adrift).
Gary Daly (vocals,
synthesizer, keyboards; China Crisis).
1961: Danny Carey (US drummer; Tool,
Pigmy Love Circus)
1960: Bono/Paul Hewson (Irish singer,
songwriter, activist, philanthropist, guitarist; U2).
1957: Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie
(UK bassist, singer; Sex Pistols/others/solo)*02.Feb.1979.
1957: Karl Hyde (UK musician; electronic
music duo Underworld).
1956: Paige O'Hara (US Broadway singer, actress)
Cooke (Canadian Sax and reed player;
NOW Orchestra/Coat Cooke Trio).
1952: Sly Dunbar/Lowell Fillmore Dunbar
(US drummer; Impact All-Stars/Sly & Robbie/freelance).
1952: Lee Brilleaux (South African-UK vocalist,
harmonica, slide guitarist; Dr Feelgood)*07.April.1994.
1952: Kikki Danielsson (Swedish
Trevor/Maxwell Grant (Jamaican pioneer
of rap reggae)*07.Aug.2012.
1951: Greg Piccolo (US tenor saxophonist; Roomful of Blues/others)
(US singer; The Dramatics)*04.March.2010.
Reichel (German guitarist, inventor; September
1947: Vic Elmes (UK
guitarist, songwriter; Acid Gallery/The Epics/Christie/Christie Again).
1947: Jay Ferguson (US
vocalist, percussionist, multi-musician; Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne)?
1946: Donovan/Donovan Phillip Leitch
1946: Diderik Wagenaar
(Dutch composer, musical theorist)
1946: Dave Mason (UK guitarist, vocals;
Deep Feeling/Traffic/Fleetwood Mac/solo/top
1946: Graham Gouldman
(UK singer, songwriter, guitarist; 10cc/Mindbenders/Hotlegs).
1944: Jackie Lomax (UK singer, guitar; The
Young/Robert Young (US singer-songwriter, guitar;Juice Newton/Dixie
1940: Carlton George "Carl" Douglas
(Jamaican singer; "Kung Fu Fighting").
1938: Henry Fambrough
(US singer; Detroit Spinners)
(US jazz pianist, composer; studio
& session musician)*22.Feb.2012.
1935: Peter Bennett/Pietro Benedetto (US
music promoter; Beatles/many others)*22.Nov.2012.
1935: Larry Williams
(US singer, saxophone, keyboards, piano)*07.Jan.1980.
(US opera singer and translator)*22.Feb.2012.
1930: Scott Muni/Donald Allen Muñoz
(American radio DJ)*28.Sept.2004.
"Teddy" Riley (jazz trumpet
player and bandleader)*14.Nov.1992
1920: Herburt "Bert" Weedon OBE
(UK guitarist; Ted Heath/Squadronaires/others/solo)*20.April.2012.
1916: Milton Babbitt (US
composer, violin, clarinet, saxophone)*29.Jan.2011.
1909: Maybelle Carter (US guitarist, autoharp, banjoist; Carter
1905: Markos Vamvakaris (Greek rebetiko musician, songwriter)*08.Feb.1972.
1899: Fred Astaire/Frederick Austerlitz (US
singer, dancer, actor)*22.June.1987.
Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (Ukrainian-US
film score composer, conductor)*11.Nov.1894.
Max Steiner (Austrian-born
US music composer; theatre, films)*12.Dec.1971.
1988: Ace Hood/Antoine McColister (American rapper).
Matt Giraud (US singer)
1984: Gerald Clayton (Dutch-American jazz pianist)
1983: Holly Valance/Holly Rachel Vukadinovic (Australian singer, actress).
1982: Guji Lorenzana (Filipino singer, actor)
Cory Monteith (Canadian actor and singer)*13.July.2013.
Erin Lang (Canadian singer, composer)
Perttu Kivilaakso (Finnish cellist; Apocalyptica)
1974: Ryan Adams (singer-songwriter, piano, guitar; The Finger/Whiskeytown).
1972: Daniel Ornellas (Zimbabwean singer, guitarist; Tree63)
Indian/Steven Kapur (UK
vocalist, reggae DJ).
1966: Christoph Schneider (German drummer; Rammstein)
1966: Mike Sifringer (German metal guitarist; Destruction).
1965: Avtar Singh (UK bassist, vocals, Cornershop)
1965: Greg Dulli (US rock composer, singer, instrumentalist; Backbeat
1963: Carrie McDowell/Carrie Hodge (US singer)
(Greek rock guitarist, singer).
1955: Mark Joel Herndon (US drummer; Alabama).
1955: Susan Stenger (US bassist, vocals; Bos/Band Of Susans)
1955: Jonathan "J.J." Jeczalik (UK electronic musician;
Art Of Noise).
1953: Céline Lomez (French-Canadian singer, actress).
1952: Renaud Séchan (French composer)
1948: Shigeru Izumiya (Japanese folk musician)
1947: Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks (US drummer; Allman
1946: Plume Latraverse (French-Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter)
1943: Les Chadwick (UK bassist; Gerry and the Pacemakers).
1941: Eric Burdon (UK lead singer;Alan Price Combo/Animals/War).
1939: Carlos Lyra (Brazilian bossa nova singer, composer)
1936: Carla Bley (US jazz pianist, organist; Carla Bley's The Lost
1935: Christopher "Kit" Lambert (UK record producer,
manager; The Who/others)*07.April.1981
(US singer, actress; The
Dorothea Margaretha "Teddy" Scholten-van Zwieteren (Dutch
1909: Herbert Murrill (English composer)*25.July.1952.
Josip tolcer-Slavenski (Croatian
1888: Irving Berlin (US composer of many pop, stage show and film
Joe "King" Oliver (US jazz
corneter, bandleader; King
Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band)*10.April.1938.
1982: David Thaxton (Welsh
stage actor, singer)
1981: Kentaro Sato (Japanese composer)
1981: Dennis Trillo (Filipino actor, singer)
1978: Wilfred Le Bouthillier (Canadian
1978: Aya Ishiguro (Japanese singer;
1967: Paul D'Amour (US bass guitarist;
Bebel Gilberto (Brazilian
1965: Dez Fafara (US vocalist; Devildriver/Coal
1963: Charles Pettigrew (US singer; Charles
1962: Brett Gurewitz (US songwriter,
record producer; Bad Religion, Epitaph
1961: Billy Duffy (UK guitarist; The
Cult/Theatre Of Hate).
1960: Mark Colwill (UK
bass guitarist; Tindersticks).
1958: Eric Singer/Eric Doyle Mensinger
(UK drummer; Kiss/freelance).
1959: Ray Gillen (US singer; Black
1955: Kix Brooks (singer; Brooks &
1954: Barry "BB" Borden (vocals,
drums; Mother'sFinest/MarshallTucker Band/Molly Hatchet)?
1950: Billy Squier (US guitarist,
vocals, keyboard; The Dead Kennedys/ The Sidewinders/ Piper/ Solo).
1948: Steve Winwood (UK
vocals, keyboards; Spencer Davis Group/Traffic/solo).
1945: Ian McLagan (UK organ, keyboards;
1945: Jayotis Washington (second tenor singer;
1944: James Purify (singer;
James and Bobby Purify).
1943: David Walker (keyboard,
guitar, vocals; Gary Lewis & the Playboys)?
1942: Billy Swan (US singer-songwriter, bass, keyboards; solo/sessionist)
1942: Michel Fugain (French singer, songwriter)
1942: Ian Dury (singer,
songwriter, poet, actor: The Blockheads)*27.March.2000.
1941: Trevor Tomkins
(UK jazz drummer; Gilgamesh/Roy Budd/many others).
Norman Jesse Whitfield (American
songwriter and producer; Motown/Whitfield)*16.Sept.2008.
1938: James ''Jimmie'' Hastings (UK
jazz sax, clarinet, flutist; Ronnie Caryl/Caravan/other).
1937: Bob Montgomery (US
singer, songwriter, record producer/publisher)*04.Dec.2014.
1928: Burt Bacharach (US songwriter,
1928: Henry "Hank" Cosby (US saxophone,
1925: Rex Hobcroft AM
pianist, conductor, composer)*23.Sept.2013.
1922: Gerald Wiggins (American jazz pianist;
Mirzoyan (Georgian-Armenian composer)*05.Oct.2012.
Albert Murray (US literary, jazz critic, biographer, novelist)*18.Aug.2013.
1913: Jamelão/José Bispo
Clementino dos Santos (Brazilian samba
Simionato (Italian mezzo-soprano singer)*05.May.2010.
Émile Frédéric Massenet (French composer)*13.Aug.1912.
1988: Casey Donovan (Australian singer)
1987: Charlotte Wessels (Dutch singer; Delain)
1986: Robert Pattinson (UK actor, singer, model)
1986: Alexander Rybak (Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, pianist,
1985: Iwan Rheon (Welsh stage-television actor, singer)
1984: Benny Dayal (Indian singer)
1983: Grégory Lemarchal (French singer)*30.April.2007
1980: Mau Marcelo (Filipino singer)
1980: Chris Barker (US bassist; Anti-Flag)
1979: Michael Madden (US bassist; Maroon 5).
1977: Ilse DeLange (Dutch singer)
Buckethead/Brian Carroll (US guitar virtuoso; Deli
1968: Alison Goldfrapp (UK musician)
1968: PMD/Parrish J. Smith (US rapper; EPMD/solo)
1967: Melanie Janene Thornton (American-German pop singer)*24.Nov.2001.
(US singer, guitar, songwriter; Death)*13.Dec.2001.
Darius Rucker (US vocals, guitar; Hootie
& The Blowfish).
1965: Tasmin Little (UK classical violinist)
1965: Lari White (US country music singer)
1964: Lorraine McIntosh (Scottish singer; Deacon Blue).
1963: Julian Brookhouse (guitarist; Curiosity Killed the Cat)?
1954: Johnny Logan/Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard (Australian/Irish
Mary Cleere Haran (US cabaret singer)*05.Feb.2011.
(Indian film composer)*23.May.2014.
1951: Paul Thompson (drums, Roxy Music/Oi!/T-Head).
1950: Stevie Wonder/Stevland Judkins (US singer, songwriter, multi-
1950: Danny Kirwan (UK singer, guitar; Fleetwood Mac).
1949: Gunnar Jökull Hákonarson (Icelandic drummer;
1947: Peter "Overend" Watts (UK bassist; Mott The Hoople).
1945: "Blue Lou" Marini
Jr (US saxophone; Earth, Wind & Fire/Saturday
Night Live Band/sessionist).
1945: Magic Dick/Richard Salwitz (US trumpet player, harmonica;
J Geils Band).
singer, youngest sister of Aretha)*25.April.1988.
Petr Hapka (Czech
1943: Clive Palmer (UK banjoist; Incredible
String Band/many others)*23.Nov.2014.
1943: Mary Wells (US singer; Motown artist/other labels)*26.July.1992.
1941: Ritchie Valens/Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes (US singer)*03.Feb.1959.
1941: Joe Brown (UK singer, actor).
1935: Dominic Cossa (US classical baritone singer)
Buddy Catlett/George James Catlett (US jazz multi-instrumentalist)*12.Nov.2014.
1933: Waldick Soriano (Brazilian romantic singer, composer)*04.Sept.2008
1930: Erik Moseholm (Danish
jazz bassist, composer, bandleader)*12.Oct.2012.
Bert Dale (83) (Swedish
1926: Dewey Phillips ("Daddy-O",
1923: Red Garland/William Garland
(US hard bop jazz pianist)*23.April.1984
1920: Gareth Morris (UK flautist)*14.Feb.2007.
1914: Johnnie Wright (US country
singer-songwriter; Johnny & Jack /Kitty Wells)*27.Sept.2011.
1912: Gil Evans (Canadian musician)*20.March.1988
winning composer, arranger and conductor)*24.Jan.1992.
Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (English
composer; Gilbert & Sullivan)*22.Nov.1900.
Miranda Cosgrove (US actress, singer)
1986: Alyosha/Olena Kucher (Ukrainean
1984: Olly Murs (UK singer)
1983: Tom Welham (UK guitarist; Thirteen
1983: Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla (Mexican
actress, singer; RBD)
1983: Sarbel Michael (Greek-born singer)
1982: BeardyMan/Darren Foreman (UK beatboxer)
1976: Hunter Burgan (US bassist; AFI)
1976: Martine McCutcheon/Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting
(UK singer, actress).
1974: Krister Axel (US poet, songwriter)
1973: Shanice/Shanice Wilson (US female singer).
1973: Natalie Appleton/Natalie Jane Appleton Howlett (Canadian
singer; All Saints/Appleton).
1969: Danny Wood (US singer; New Kids On The Block/solo).
1969: Steve Hillier (UK keyboards, songwriter, DJ, journalist;
Uhrmacher (German singer, DJ, music producer, radio host)*06.June.2011.
Melanie Janene Thornton (American-German
pop singer; La Bouche)*24.Nov.2001.
1966: Michael "Mike" Inez (US guitar, sax, bass; Ozzy
Osbourne/Alice In Chains/freelance).
1966: Fabrice 'Fab' Morvan (French singer in the duo Milli Vanilli).
1966: Raphael Saadiq (US vocalist, bassist; Tony! Toni! Toné!)
1964: Shelley Preston (UK singer; Bucks Fizz/Fret Monkey/Hard Candy/session).
1964: Eric Peterson (US guitarist; Testament)
1962: Ian Astbury (UK vocals, producer, percussion; The Cult/freelance).
1962: C.C. DeVille/Bruce Anthony Johannesson
(US lead guitar; Poison).
1961: Jean Leclerc
(French-Canadian singer. guitarist, songwriter)
1960: Ronan Tynan
1960: Anne Clark (UK singer)
1959: Steve Hogarth (UK
vocalist, keyboards, percussion; Marillion/sessionist/solo)
1957: Oliver Simon/Werner Gensmantel (German singer; Mixed Emotions)*31.July.2013.
1953: Tom Cochrane (Canadian singer-songwriter, guitar, harmonica;
1953: John Howard Rutsey (Canadian drummer, founder member; Rush)*11.May.2008.
1952: David Byrne (Scottish vocalist, guitar;Talking
1951: Jay Beckenstein (US saxophone player;
1950: Arthur Grant (UK drums; Edgar Broughton
1947: Al Ciner (US guitar; The Nite Lites/American
1946: Gene Cornish (US guitar, singer, bass;
1945: Stan Tippins aka
Jet Black/Billy Thunder (UK vocalist;
Mott the Hoople/Doc Thomas Group/others)?
1944: Herbie Armstrong
(Irish guitarist; Brian Rossi & the Golden Eagles/Van Morrison/others).
1943: Derek 'Lek' Leckenby (UK guitarist;
1943: Winston Riley (Jamaican
singer, songwriter, record producer)*19.Jan.2012.
1943: Jack Bruce (UK
bassist, multi-musician; Manfred Mann/West/Bruce&Laing/Cream/guest)*25.Oct.2014.
1940: Troy Shondell/Gary Shelton (US
1938: Mike Preston/Jack Davies
(UK singer, actor)
1937: Victor Harold ''Vic''
Flick (UK lead guitarist; John Barry
1936: Charlie Gracie (US singer)
1936: Bobby Darin/Walden Robert Perciville Cassotto
1933: Frank Harte (Irish singer, song collector)*27.June.2005.
Richard Wiedamann (German pianist, composer, cultural mediator)*06.Jan.2011.
Alvin Lucier (US composer)
Berberian (US opera bass singer)*21.Feb.2005.
1928: Will 'Dub' Jones (US bass
vocalist; The Coasters/ The Cadets)*16.Jan.2000.
1925: Patrice Munsel (US
1925: Al Porcino (US jazz trumpet player)
Harrison (US composer)*02.Feb.2003.
1916: Lance Dossor
(UK-born concert pianist)*03.Dec.2005.
1900: Leo Smit (Dutch
concert pianist, composer, writer)*24.Oct.1957.
Sidney Bechet (US
jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer)*14.May.1959.
1995: Ksenia Sitnik (Belarusian singer)
1989: Sunny/Lee Soonkyu (South Korean singer; Girls' Generation)
Jennylyn Mercado (Filipina actress, singer)
1982: Jessica Sutta (US dancer, singer, actress; Pussycat Dolls)
Peter Iwers (Swedish bassist; Flames)
1974: Ahmet Zappa (US singer,songwriter)
1970: Martin Rossiter (UK vocalist; Gene/solo)
1969: Asalah Nasri (Syrian singer)
Seth Putnam (US vocalist; Anal Cunts/sessions)*11.June.2011.
1966: Pete Wiggs (UK keyboardist; Saint Etienne).
1965: Jon Sevink (fiddle; Levellers)?
Godfrey Brookhouse (guitarist; Curiosity
Killed The Cat).
1961: Melle Mel/Melvin Glover (US rap artist; Grandmaster Flash
and the Furious Five).
1959: Andrew Eldritch (producer, vocals, remixing; Sisters of Mercy).
1953: Mike Oldfield (UK composer, keyboards, percussion, guitar,
bass; Kevin Ayres/Barefoot/solo).
1953: Manos Xydous
(Greek singer-songwriter, musician, record producer)*13.April.2010.
Fredericksen (US vocalist; Toto,
1949: Geoff Gill (UK
drummer; Tony Adams-Vicroys/Shots/The Smoke/Chord Five).
1948: Gary Thain (New Zealand bassist; Uriah Heep)*08.Dec.1975
1948: Brian Eno (UK synthesisers, keyboards; Roxy Music/U2)
1947: Graham Goble (Australian guitarist; Little River Band).
1946: Robert Anthony Garner (UK bassist; The Creation).
1946: Dick Laws (UK guitarist; A-Cads/others).
1946: Rod Coombes
(UK drummer; Lulu-Luvvers/Jeff Beck/Juicy Lucy/Stealers Wheel/Strawbs/others).
1945: Lasse Berghagen (Swedish singer)
1944: Frederick Steven Amey/Tich (UK vocalist, guitar; Dave Dee,
Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich).
1941: Kay Toinette "K. T." Oslin (US folk singer)
Castro-Neves (Brazilian guitarist, arranger, composer)*27.Sept.2013.
1938: Lenny Welch (US singer).
1937: Trini Lopez 3rd (US singer, songwriter).
Bruce "Utah" Phillips (US folk singer, political activist)*23.May.2008.
1935: Gordon Mills (UK music manager, harmonica player, vocals,
(US singer, event producer)*15.June.2011.
1932: Baba Oje (US hip-hop artist; Arrested Development).
1925: Natalie Nevins (US
singer; Lawrence Welk/solo)*23.Aug.2010.
1923: John Lanchbery (UK composer,
1918: Eddy Arnold (US top country singer, acoustic guitarist)*08.May.2008.
1912: Arthur Berger (US composer)*07.Oct.2003.
Solovera (Chilean folk singer, composer)*27.Jan.1992.
1993: Lee Ji-eun
1985: Okura Tadayoshi (Japanese singer;
1983: Nancy Ajram (Lebanese singer).
1982: Billy Crawford (Filipino-American
singer-songwriter, TV presenter)
1978: David Ford (UK singer-songwriter;
1977: Dolcenera/Emanuela Trane (Italian
Tony Kakko (Finnish
singer; Sonata Arctica)
1975: Tonéx/Anthony Charles Williams II
(US singer, songwriter, arranger,choreographer)
1974: Laura Pausini (Italian pop singer)
1974: Sonny Sandoval/Paul Joshua Sandoval (US
Special Ed/Edward Archer (US rapper).
1973: Will White (UK electronic producer,
1971: Simon Katz (UK lead guitar; Gorillaz/Jamiroquai).
Rachel Goswell (UK singer, songwriter; Slowdive, Mojave 3)
1970: Danielle Spencer (Australian singer, actress)
Patrick Waite (UK bassist, singer; Musical Youth)*13.Feb.1993.
1968: Ralph Tresvant (US vocalist; New Edition/solo).
1966: Janet Jackson (US singer; solo artist/sister of Michael).
1966: Scott Reeves (US actor, singer)
1965: Chris "Krist" Novoselic (US bass; Eyes Adrift/Sweet
1964: Boyd Tinsley (US violinist, mandolin, vocals; Dave Matthews
New (UK guitarist, singer;
Kids/Public Image Ltd/others)*24.May.2010.
(UK-born Austrian singer; The Rounder Girls)*08.Dec.2013.
1958: Glenn Gregory (UK vocals, synthesizer; Groove Train/Heaven
1955: Hazel O'Connor (UK singer, actress).
1953: Richard Page (US lead singer, bassist, now a songwriter;
1951: Jonathan Richman (US guitarist, vocals, punk icon; Modern
1950: Ray Condo/Ray
Tremblay(Canadian rockabilly singer,
1948: Adrian Legg (UK fingerstyle guitarist; solo/guest/sessions)
1947: Barbara Lee (US singer; Chiffons)*15.May.1992.
1947: Darrell Sweet (English
drummer; The Shadettes/Nazareth)*30.April.1999.
1946: Robert Fripp
(UK guitarist, keyboards; League of
1946: Roger Earl (UK
rock drummer; Savoy Brown, Foghat).
1945: Nicky Chinn (UK songwriter; Sweet/Suzi
1945: Clive Griffiths (UK bassist; Take 5/Timebox/others).
1944: Robert Ernest Barrie Tucker (UK
lead guitarist, vocals; Rustiks)
1944: Billy Cobham
(drums; Jazz Is Dead/Bobby&Midnites/NewYork Jazz Qrt/Mahavishnu Orc).
Zembaty (Polish writer and singer)*27.June.2011.
1939: Pervis Jackson (US singer; Detroit
Henk Pleket (Dutch folk singer, guitarist; the Port Singers)*23.Oct.2011.
Dorothy Jones (US singer; The Cookies/solo)*25.Dec.2010.
1930: Friedrich Gulda (Austrian pianist)*27.Jan.2000.
1929: Betty Carter/Lillie Mae Jones (US
Schoepen (Belgian singer-songwriter, whistler, multi-musician)*17.May.2010.
1922: Eddie Bert (US top bebop jazz trombonist)*28.Sept.2012.
Valentino Liberace (US pianist, singer,
1913: Woody Herman (US
clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, bandleader)*29.Oct.1987.
1991: Adil Omar (Pakistani rapper)
1987: Ott Lepland (Estonian singer)
1985: Derek Hough (US dancer, singer)
1981: Lim Jeong Hee (Korean singer)
1981: Shiri Maimon (Israeli singer)
1980: Dallas Taylor (US singer; Underoath)
1976: Kandi Burruss (US singer; Xscape).
1975: Laura Voutilainen (Finnish singer).
1974: Andrea Corr (Irish vocalist, tin whistle; Corrs).
1973: Joshua Homme (US guitarist, multi-musician; Kyuss/Queens
of the Stone Age).
1973: Steve Barakatt (Canadian composer)
1971: Vernie Bennett (UK singer; Eternal).
1970: Angelica Agurbash (Belorussian singer, actress, model)
1970: Jordan Knight (US vocals; New Kids On The Block).
1970: Darnell Van Rensalier (US vocals; Shai).
1969: Alan Doyle (Canadian singer; Great Big Sea)
1968: Dave Abbruzzese (US drummer; Pearl Jam).
1967: Simon Friend (UK guitarist, multi-musician; Levellers).
1966: Jan Kincaid (UK drummer, keyboardist; Brand New Heavies).
1965: Trent Reznor (US singer; Nine Inch Nails).
1965: Homer O'Dell (US guitarist; Mint Condition)?
1965: Richard Hynd (Scottish
drummer; Texas/Slide).Some sources give June
1963: Page McConnell (US singer, keyboardist, songwriter; Phish)
1962: Tracy Bryn (US vocals; Voice of the Beehive)?
1961: Enya/Eithne Ni Bhraonain (Irish singer, keyboards; Clannad/solo).
1959: Paul Di'Anno (UK vocalist; Praying Mantis/Iron Maiden).
1958: Alan Rankine (Scottish guitars, keyboards; Associates).
Gösta Sundqvist (Finnish singer-songwriter, radio personality;
Leevi & the Leavings)*15.Aug.2003.
1953: Luca Prodan (Italian-Scottish singer, musician; Sumo/Hurlingham
1953: George Johnson (US vocalist, guitar; Brothers Johnson).
Roy Adams (UK drummer; Climax Chicago
1950: Howard Ashman (US
playwright, director, lyricist)*14.March.1991.
1949: Bill Bruford (UK drummer; U.K/Yes/National Health/King Crimson/Gong).
1947: Rod Demick (Welsh
born Irish rhythm guitarist,vocalist; The Vibros/Tony-Telstars/The Wheels).
1946: Udo Lindenberg (German singer, composer).
1944: Jessie Winchester (US born/Canadian citizen, vocals, keyboards,
1942: Taj Mahal (US blues singer,multi-instrumentalist).
1941: David Cope (US composer, author)
1941: Malcolm Hale (US lead guitar, trombone, vocals; Spanky And
1938: Pervis Jackson (American R&B bass singer; The Spinners)*18.Aug.2008.
McLean (US jazz alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader)*31.March.2006.
1925: Ira Tucker (US lead singer with The Dixie Hummingbirds for 70
1925: Bob Merrill (US songwriter,
theatrical composer, lyricist, screenwriter)*17.Feb.1998.
Mennin}i (US composer, teacher)*17.June.1983.
1921: Dennis Brain
(UK virtuoso horn player)*01.Sept.1957.
1919: Antonio Aguilar Barraza (Mexican singer, actor)*19.June.2007.
1918: Birgit Nilsson
(Swedish soprano operatic singer)*25.Dec.2005.
1906: Zinka Milanov (Croatian soprano)*30.May.1989.
1901: Werner Egk (German composer)*10.July.1983.
1988: Koji Seto (Japanese actor, singer)
1988: Taeyang (South Korean singer; Big Bang)
1985: Dalma Kovács (Romanian singer, actress)
1985: Francesca Battistelli (US singer)
Rivas aka El Guaruras (Mexican
1980: Ali Zafar (Pakistani singer, model)
1979: David Nail (US country singer)
1975: Jack Johnson (US singer-songwriter, guitar, ukulele, piano,
Raida/Anthony Williams (US hip
hop DJ, turntablist, producer;
1970: Billy Howerdel (US guitarist; A Perfect Circle)
1969: Martika/Marta Marrero (US singer).
Base/Robert Ginyard (US rapper)
Michael Tait (US singer; Newsboys/dc Talk/Tait)
1965: Ingo Schwichtenberg (German drummer; Helloween)*08.March.1995.
Nanne Grönvall (Swedish singer)
1962: Sandra Ann Lauer (German singer;
1961: Russell Senior (UK guitarist,
violinist; Pulp/Venini/Art Brut).
1961: Hugh Whittaker
(drums; Housemartins/Penny Candles/Juniper Chute/Gargoyles)?
1958: Toyah/Toyah Wilcox (singer; Toyah/solo).
1957: Michael Cretu (Romanian musician; Enigma/solo).
1954: Wreckless Eric/Eric Goulden (UK singer,
1954: Reinhold Heil (German composer)
1952: George Strait (US country singer,
1950: Mark Mothersbaugh (US singer,
composer, multi-musician; Devo).
Feliciano 'Butch' Tavares (US vocalist;
Chubby & the Turnpikes/Tavares).
1949: Bill Wallace (Canadian bassist;
The Gettysburg Address/Guess Who).
1949: Rick Wakeman (UK keyboards;
Hawkins (US gospel
1946: George Alexander (US bassist, harmonica;
1946: Bruce Gilbert (UK guitar; Wire/Cupol).
1945: Ian Whiteman (UK
organist; Boz People/Ben Carruthers-Deep/The Action/Mighty Baby).
1944: Albert Hammond (UK guitarist, singer-songwriter;Diamond
Boys/Magic Lanterns/Family Dogg).
1941: Lobby Loyde/John Lyde (Australian guitarist;
Billy Thorpe-Aztecs/Coloured Balls)*21.April.2007.
1922: Kai Winding
(Danish-born jazz trombonist, composer)*06.May.1983
1920: Lucia Mannucci
(Italian singer; Quartetto Cetra/solo)*07.March.2012.
Trenet (French singer)*19.Feb.2001.
Alla Bayanova (Russian singer)*30.Aug.2011.
1912: Pierino 'Perry' Como (singer,
1911: Big Joe Turner (US blues singer,
1892: George "Pops" Foster (US
important jazz string bass player)*29.Oct.1969.
Ezio Pinza (Italian
basso opera singer, actor)*09.May.1957.
Carl Goldmark (Hungarian composer)*02.Jan.1915.
"Sam" Smith (UK
1991: Jordan Pruitt (US singer)
1989: Jasmine/Asumi (Japanese singer-songwriter, producer).
1984: Inna Modja/Inna Bocoum (Malian-French singer).
1981: Yo Gotti/Mario Mims (US rapper).
1978: Kim Zolciak (US reality show star, singer)
1977: Natalia Oreiro (Uruguayan singer and actress)
1977: Wouter Hamel (Dutch singer, guitarist)
1975: Jonas Renkse (Swedish singer; Katatonia/Bloodbath/others/guest)
1972: Jenny Berggren (Swedish
singer; Ace Of Base).
1970: Prince Be/Attrell Cordes (Rap artist; PM Dawn).
1970: Stuart Cable (Welsh drummer, TV/radio personality; Stereophonics/Killing
1968: Paul Hartnoll (UK member of techno band Orbital).
1968: Kyle Eastwood (US jazz bassist, singer).
1967: Michael Lee Firkins
(US electric guitar player).
1965: Boris/Philippe Dhondt (French singer, songwriter, composer,
1965: Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (US vocals; Curiosity Killed The Cat).
1962: Iain Harvie (Scottish guitarist; Del Amitri).
1960: Yazz/Yasmin Evans (UK singer).
1956: Martyn Ware (UK electronic musician, producer; The Human
1954: Phil Rudd (Australian
1952: Grace Jones
(US singer, songwriter, actress).
1951: Joey Ramone/Jeffry Ross Hyman (US lead singer; Ramones)*15.April.2001.
1950: Romeo Challenger (UK drummer; Black Widow/Showaddywaddy).
1950: Mike Wedgwood (bassist; Curved Air)?
1950: Ronald Kerst (American songwriter/poet).
1949: Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (US bassist, ZZ Top).
1948: Grace Jones (Jamaican singer, actress)
1947: David Helfgott (Australian pianist)
1947: Steve Currie (UK
bass player; glam rock band T Rex)*28.April.1981.
1947: Paul Brady (Irish singer, songwriter; The Johnstons, Planxty).
1947: Greg Herbert (US saxophonist, flute; Duke Ellington/Blood
Sweat & Tears)*30.Jan.1978.
1947: Jerry Hyman (singer, trombonist; Blood Sweat & Tears).
1948: Tom Scott (US saxophonist; Blues Brothers Band/Own band/freelance).
1948: Paul Williams
music journalist, publisher, author;
1945: Graham Walker (UK bassist, vocalist; The Grumbleweeds)*02.June.2013.
1945: Pete Townshend (UK guitarist, songwriter; The Who).
1941: Bobby Burgess (US dancer, singer)
1940: Mickey Newbury (US singer, songwriter)*29.Sept.2002.
1932: Alma Cogan (UK singer)*26.Oct.1966.
1932: Claude Blanchard
(French-Canadian singer, comedian and
1931: Éric Tappy
(Swiss operatic tenor)
1929: Estela Raval (Argentina rock
and Latin pop singer; The
1929: Helmut Braunlich
(German-American violinist, composer)*24.May.2013.
Alf (Brazilian singer, pianist and composer)*04.March.2010
1926: David Jacobs (British DJ, TV personality, radio presenter)*02.Sept.2013.
1924: Sandy Wilson (British composer)
1986: LaLa Brown/Yolanda
Brown (American singer)*19.Oct.2007.
1984: Naturi Naughton (US singer; 3LW/solo/Broadway/Stage).
1984: Kenny Vasoli (US
singer, bassist; The Starting Line).
1981: Sean Conlon (singer; Five/solo).
1975: Andrew Sega
(US electronic musician, composer, keyboardist)
1973: Elsa Lunghini
(French singer, actress)
1972: Busta Rhymes/Trevor Tahiem Smith
Jr (US hip hop musician, actor).
1967: Kit Clark (Scottish bassist; Danny
Wilson/Swiss Family Orbison).
1967: Blake Schwarzenbach
(US singer, guitarist; Jawbreaker)
1966: Tom Gorman (guitar; Belly)?
1963: Brian Nash (guitar; Frankie
Goes To Hollywood).
1961: Nick Heyward (guitar, vocals; Haircut
Darc/Daniel Rozoum (French singer; Taxi
"Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole (Hawai'ian
singer songwriter, ukulele player)*26.June.1997.
1959: Sue Cowsill (US
singer; Cowsills/Psycho Sisters/session).
Jane Wiedlin (American rhythm guitarist, singer; The Go-Go's).
1955: Steve George (US keyboardist;
1955: Zbigniew Preisner (Polish film composer)
1954: Guy Hoffman (US drummer, vocals; Violent Femmes/Oil Tasters/BoDeans/others)
1954: Jimmy Henderson (lead guitarist; Black Oak Arkansas).
1952: Warren Cann (drummer; Ultravox).
1950: Victor Lewis (US drummer; Grey/sessionist).
Andy Johns (British sound engineer and record producer)*07.April.2013.
1946: Cher/ Cherilyn Sarkasian (US
singer; Sonny & Cher/solo).
1944: Joe Cocker/Vance Arnold/John Robert
Cocker (UK R&B singer).
1944: Boudewijn de Groot
1943: Al Bano (Italian singer)
1942: Jill "Paula" Jackson (US
singer; Paul and Paula).
1941: Gia Maione
(US jazz singer; Louis
Hank Squires/Henry Stephen Smitsdorff
1940: Karl Anton Rickenbacher (Swiss
1940: Frederick Earl "Shorty" Long (US
soul singer, songwriter, producer; Motown)*29.June.1969.
1940: Frode Thingnæs (Norwegian
jazz tromboneist, rcomposer, conductor, leader)*15.Nov.2012.
1936: Rufus Harley (American
jazz bagpipe player)*31.July.2006.
1935: Dino Saluzzi (Argentinian bandoneón
and banjo player).
Lit/Hyman Litsky (American radio disc jockey)*17.Nov.2007.
(US singer, songwriter; The Cheers)*01.Jan.2011.
1932: Bob Florence
(US arranger, bandleader and pianist)*15.May.2008.
1931: Louis Smith (US bandleader, trumpeter,
DeRosa (US jazz drummer, arranger, bandleader, music educator)*20.Dec.2011.
1925: Vic Ames (US singer; Ames Brothers)*23.Jan.1978.
1925: Chester Ludgin
(US operatic baritone)*09.Aug.2003.
1920: Betty Driver MBE
(UK singer, actress; Betty Turpin-Coronation Street)*15.Oct.2011.
1909: Erich Kunz (Austrian
1992: Olivia Olson (US singer, actress)
1986: Myra Quintana (US singer)
1986: Alexander Noyes (US drummer; Honor Society)
1985: Marco Carta (Italian singer)
1985: Kano/Kane Brett Robinson (UK rapper)
1985: Mutya Buena (singer; Sugababes/solo).
1982: Brian Klemm (US guitarist, vocalist; Suburban Legends)
Maximilian Mutzke (German singer, drummer)
"Wally" De Backer (Belgian-Australian
1978: Adam Gontier (Canadian singer; Three Days Grace)
1976: Deron Miller (US singer, guitarist, songwriter; CKY)
1976: Kardinal Offishall (Canadian rapper)
(US MC-record producer; Mobb Deep).
Adriano Cintra (Brazilian multi-instrumentist; CSS)
1972: Notorious B.I.G. /Biggie Smalls/ Christopher Wallace (US
Julie Vega (Filipino child actress, singer)*06.May.1985.
1967: Blake Schwarzenbach (US guitarist, multi-musician; Jawbreaker/Jets
1964: Martin Blunt (UK bassist; The Charlatans UK)?
1961: Tim Lever (UK keyboards, saxophone, guitars; Dead Or Alive).
1963: Kevin Shields (US-born Irish rock guitarist, producer, My Bloody
1955: Stan Lynch (US drummer, producer, songwriter; Tom Petty &
1954: Marc Ribot (US guitarist, composer)
Vicki Sue Robinson (US
singer and broadway star)*27.April.1927.
Arthur Russell (US cellist,
singer, disco artist)*04.April.1992.
1948: Leo Sayer
(solo singer, harmonica, guitar).
1947: Bill Champlin (singer, songwriter, keyboards, guitarist;
Sons of Champlin/Chicago).
1944: Marcie Blane (US singer)
1943: Vincent Crane/Vincent
Cheesman (UK keyboards;Atomic
Rooster/C.W.of Arthur Brown)*14.Feb.1989.
1943: Hilton Valentine
(UK guitar; The Animals/solo).
1941: Ronald Isley
(US singer; Isley Brothers).
1941: Martin Carthy
(UK folk singer, guitarist)
1940: Tony Sheridan/Anthony Sheridan McGinnity
(UK singer-songwriter, guitarist)*16.Feb.2013.
1939: Malcolm Murphy (UK jazz drummer,vocalist;San Jacinto/Crescent
City Stompers/Ken Colyer/others)?
1938: Pete Gresham (UK jazz pianist; Steve Laine/The Storyville
Jazzmen/Bob Wallis/Keith Smith/others).
1938: Lee "Shot" Williams (US blues
1935: Terry Lightfoot (British jazz clarinetist, bandleader)*15.March.2013.
1933: Maurice André (French trumpet player)*25.Feb.2012.
Tommy Bryant (US jazz double-bassist)*01.Jan.1982.
1928: Tom "Big Daddy"
Donahue (pioneering rock n roll radio
(US artist manager; Dylan/Joplin/manyothers)*25.Jan.1986.
1920: Bill Barber (US jazz tuba player; Miles Davis/John Coltrane/others)*18.June.2007.
1920: Forrest White (US musical instruments industry executive;
1918: Dennis Day/Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty (US singer, comedian)*22.June.1988.
Mendoza (US guitarist and singer of Tejano music)*20.Dec.2007.
1913: Gina Bachauer (Greek pianist)*22.Aug.1976.
1904: Fats Waller/Thomas
Wright Waller (US jazz pianist,
1901: Horace Heidt (US band leader)*01.Dec.1986.
1992: Chinami Tokunaga (Japanese singer)
1981: Su-Elise Nash (UK singer; Mis-Teeq).
1980: Rhett Fisher (US actor, singer; Manic Mind).
1971: Raimund Marasigan (Filipino singer)
DJ Big Will/William Dunn (US DJ and Radio
1967: Dan Roberts (Canadian bassist; Crash Test Dummies).
1967: John Vanderslice (US singer, guitarist; Mk Ultra/solo)
1966: Johnny Gill (US singer; New Edition/solo).
1966: Kenny Hickey (US guitarist; Type O Negative)
Guerrero (Mexican actress, singer; Santa
1962: Jesse Valenzuela (US lead vocals; Gin Blossoms).
1959: Steven Morrissey (UK singer, songwriter; Smiths/solo).
1956: Natasha Shneider
(Russian-born singer, actress)*02.July.2008.
1955: Chalmers "Spanky" Alford
(American jazz guitarist)*24.March.2008.
1955: Mary Black (Irish singer, songwriter).
1955: Jerry Dammers (UK keyboardist; The Specials/The Spatial AKA
1955: Iva Davies (Australian guitarist, vocals; Icehouse).
1955: Jimmy Lyon (US guitarist; Eddie Money/Greg Kihn Band)
1950: Bernie Taupin (UK wind instrumentalist, vocals, Elton John's
co-writer; Farm Dogs).
Bill Lordan (UK drummer; The Mystics/Gypsy/Robin
1943: Hilton Valentine (UK guitarist; Heppers/Wild Cats/Alan Price
1942: Calvin Simon (US vocals; Parliament/Funkadelic).
Ricks (US blues guitarist; freelance/solo)*10.Dec.2007.
1937: Facundo Cabral (Argentine singer and songwriter)*09.July.2011.
1934: Peter Nero/Bernard Nierow (US pianist, pops conductor).
1930: Kenny Ball (UK trumpet player, vocals; Kenny Ball and his
"Mack" Self (US rockabilly singer-songwriter, guitarist;
solo/Silver Dollar Band)*14.June.2011.
1925: James King (American tenor operatic singer)*20.Nov.2005.
1924: Eric Delaney (UK drummer; session/freelance/own band)*14.July.2011.
1924: Cuddly Dudley/Dudley Hislop (Jamaica singer; Cuddly Duddley
& the Redcaps)*15
1924: Charles Aznavour/Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian (Armenian
1922: Jacqueline Ruth Cain (US
1917: Georg Tintner (Austrian-born conductor)*02.Oct.1999.
1914: Sun Ra/Le Sony'r Ra/Herman Poole Blount (US composer, keyboards,
(US jazz trombonist)*09.April.1963.
1991: Lena Meyer-Landrut (German singer)
1983: Heidi Range (UK singer; Sugababes)
1982: Malene Mortensen (Danish singer)
Gwenno Saunders (Welsh dancer, singer; The Pipettes)
Tito Torbellino/Tomas Tovar Rascon (US banda singer)*29.May.2014
........ his 33rd birthday just before he
was brutally murdered]
1978: Scott Raynor (US drummer; blink-182)
1978: Katie Reider (US singer-songwriter, gay rights activist)*14.July.2008.
1974: Mónica Naranjo (Spanish singer)
1974: Charlie Yeung (Hong Kong actress, singer)
1974: Jewel Kilcher (US singer, songwriter).
1974: Richard Jones (UK bass; Stereophonics)?
1973: Maxwell (US soul singer).
1973: Jacopo Gianninoto (Italian singer, guitarist, conposer).
1970: Matt Flynn (US drummer, Maroon 5)
(US smooth jazz saxophonist)
1967: Philip "Phil" James Selway (drums; Radiohead).
1967: Freddie 'Junior' Waite (UK drummer, vocals; Musical Youth)?
1965: Simon Gilbert (UK drums, Suede/Futon)
1958: François Feldman (French singer)
1957: Thereza Bazar (Canadian singer; Dollar/Guys n' Dolls).
1957: Jimmy McShane (Irish singer, dancer, frontman; Baltimora)*29.March.1995.
1955: Luka Bloom (Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist).
1953: Rick Fenn (UK guitarist; 10CC/freelance)
1952: Anne-Marie David (French singer)
1952: Jim Mankey (US guitarist; Concrete Blonde/Sparks).
1947: Jean-Jacques Kravetz (French keyboard player, saxophonist,
composer; Peter Maffay's band/others)
1947: Bill Hunt (French horn, hunting horn; Electric Light Orchestra/Wizzard)?
1946: Danny Klein (US bass; J Geils Band).
1944: Raymon "Tiki" Fulwood (US drummer; Parliament,
1943: Vicky Moscholiou (Greece singer)*16.Aug.2005.
1943: Norman Johnson (US singer; The Showmen/Chairmen Of The Board)*13.Oct.2010.
1942: Fred Wedlock
(UK folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor)*04.March.2010.
(French composer, songwriter, conductor)*14.Nov.2004.
1936: Ingeborg Hallstein (German opera singer)
1934: Robert Moog (American
pioneer of electronic music)*21.Aug.2005.
1928: Pauline Julien (French Canadian singer)*01.Oct.1998.
1928: Rosemary Clooney (US singer, actress)*29.June.2002.
1925: Mac Wiseman (US bluegrass singer, songwriter, guitars, upright
1923: Alicia de Larrocha (Spanish pianist)*25.Sept.2009.
(Swedish actor, opera singer)*06.Feb.2011.
1922: Robert Alexander "Bumps"
Blackwell (US songwriter, arranger, record
1921: Humphrey Lyttelton (UK
jazz trumpeter, bandleader, radio personality)*25.April.2008.
1920: Helen O'Connell (US singer)*09.Sept.1993.
1913: Titi Ruth/Ruth Fernández (Puerto Rican singer)
1912: Jean Françaix (French composer)*25.Sept.1997.
1910: Scatman Crothers/Benjamin Crothers (US actor, singer, guitarist)*22.Nov.1986.
1910: Artie Shaw/Arthur Jacob Arshawsky (US clarinetist, composer,
Reyes/Maria de luz Flores (Mexican
Edmund Rubbra (UK composer)*14.Feb.1986.
1991: Erika Umeda (Japanese singer)
1988: Billy Gilman (country music singer and songwriter).
1983: Alan Lastufka (US author, songwriter, guitarist, artist)
1980: Cecilia Cheung (Hong Kong actress, singer)
1976: Alessandro Cortini (Italian multi-instrumentalist; Nine Inch
1975: Maria Lawson (UK singer) some sources
give 1979 as year of birth
1973: Ruslana Lyzhychko (Ukrainian singer)
1970: Tommy Page (US singer, keyboards).
1969: Rich Robinson (US guitar; The
1967: Steve McDonald
(US bassist; Redd Kross)
1967: Heavy D/Dwight Myers (Jamaican-American
rapper, producer; Heavy D & the Boyz)*08.Nov.2011.
1963: Kathy Leander
1962: Gene Anthony Ray (US actor, dancer,
singer; 'Leroy' in the film & TV's 'Fame')*14.Nov.2003.
1960: Guy Fletcher
(UK keyboardist; Dire Straits)
Larry Blackmon (US singer, songwriter, producer; Cameo).
1955: Rosanne Cash (US country singer,
1955: David Leonard
(US guitarist, singer, songwriter; solo/sessionist/freelance)
1953: Nell Campbell
(US actress, singer)
Clarence Burke Jr (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Five Stairsteps)*25.May.2013.
George Melvin (US jazz and R&B keyboardist)*15.April.2010.
1947: Cynthia Plaster Caster/Cynthia Albritton
(US groupie; took casts of rock stars' penis' & boobs).
1946: Steve Upton (Welsh drummer, percussionist;
1945: Dave Peacock (UK vocals, bass, guitar;
Rebel Rousers/Chas & Dave).
1944: Patti Labelle (US R&B &
soul singer; the Bluebelles/solo).
1942: Derek Quinn (UK
guitar, harmonica; Freddie & the Dreamers).
1941: Bob Dylan/Robert Zimmerman (US vocalist, songwriter,
harmonica, guitar, keyboards).
Konrad Boehmer (German-born Dutch composer, writer)*04.Oct.2014.
1939: Rodney Foster (Nth Ireland trombonist, pianist, vocalist;White
Eagles Band/own bands/others)
1938: Tommy Chong
(Canadian-US comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, singer).
Archie Shepp (US jazz saxophonist, piano, vocals)
1936: Harold Budd (US composer, poet, musician)
Barry Rose OBE (UK choir-trainer, organist)
1930: Hans-Martin Linde (German conductor)
1928: Max Bennett
(US jazz bassist; session musician/own bands)
1914: Giuseppe Valdengo
1886: Paul Paray (French conductor, composer)*10.Oct.1979
Luciana Abreu (Portuguese singer, actress)
1984: Kostas Martakis (Greek singer)
1984: Marion Raven (Norwegian singer-songwriter; M2M)
1981: Huw Stephens (Welsh radio presenter, music promoter; BBC Radio
1/BBC Radio Cymru).
1980: Joe King (US guitarist, co-founder of The Fray)
Giel Beelen (Dutch radio DJ)
1976: Sandra Nasic (German singer; Guano Apes)
1975: Lauryn Hill (US singer, The Fugees/solo).
Frank Klepacki (US guitarist, synthesizer, drums; video game music
1973: Daz Dillinger/Delmar Drew Arnaud (US rapper;Tha Dogg Pound)
1969: Glen Drover (Canadian guitarist; Megadeth)
Karl Roy (Filipino rock singer; POT/Kapatid)*13.March.2012.
1959: Rick Smith (UK keyboards; Underworld).
1958: Paul Weller (UK guitarist, keyboards, songwriter; The Jam/Style
1958: Carrie Newcomer (US folksinger)
1956: Sugar Minott/Lincoln Barrington Minott (Jamaican reggae singer)*10.July.2010.
1956: David P. Sartor (US composer)
Chuck Ruff (US drummer; Edgar Winters/
Sammy Hagar/ Chuck Ruff Group)*14.Oct.2011.
1950: Jean Millington (US bass guitarist, singer; Fanny/Ladies
on the Stage/freelance)?
1950: Robby Steinhardt (US rock, violinist, violist, cellist, singer;
1948: Klaus Meine
(German lead singer; Scorpions).
1947: Mitch Margo (US singer, record producer; The Tokens)
1945: Winston B Weatherill
(UK guitarist, sitar; Astrals/Mickey-Sapphires/Gary Farr-T-Bones/The Fox)?
1945: Dave Lee Travis (UK singer, DJ, BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter).
Charlie Harper/David Charles Perez (UK
lead singer; UK Subs)
1944: Pierre Bachelet (French singer, songwriter)*15.Feb.2005.
1943: John "Poli" Palmer (UK vibraphone, flute, piano,
1943: Jessi Colter (US country singer)
1942: Brian "Blinky" Davison (UK drummer; The Nice)*15.April.2008.
1936: Donnie Elbert (US soul singer)*26.Jan.1989.
1936: Tom T. Hall (US singer, songwriter)
1929: Beverly Sills/Belle Miriam Silverman (US singer)*02.July.2007.
1927: Norman Petty
pianist, songwriter, pioneer record producer;
Norman Petty Trio)*15.Aug.1984.
1922: Kitty Kallen (US big band singer)
1921: Hal David (US pianist, lyricist, arranger, composer)*01.Sept.2012.
Billy Murray (US singing recording artist)*17.Aug.1954.
1982: Jon Tester (US guitarist; Voytek)
1981: Eda-Ines Etti (Estonian singer)
1981: Irini Merkouri (Greek singer)
1981: Isaac Slade (US singer, pianist; The Fray)
1978: Phil Elverum (US singer-songwriter)
1977: Mark Hunter (US lead vocalist, songwriter; Chimaira).
1976: Justin Pierre (US singer; Motion City Soundtrack)
Sergio Vallín Loera
lead guitarist; Maná).
1972: Alan White (UK drums; Oasis / not the YES drummer).
Pfaff (US bassist, Hole
Feinstein (American bassist, producer,
writer, collaborator; sessionist)*14.Dec.2009.
1967: Kevin Moore (US keyboardist, composer; Dream
Theater/Chroma Key music project/O.S.I.)
1964: Lenny Kravitz (US singer, guitarist, drums, songwriter).
1962: Colin Vearncombe/Black (UK singer, songwriter; Black).
1959: Steve Hanley (UK bassist; The Fall/Tom
Hingley and the Lovers)
1958: Wayne Hussey/Jerry Wayne Lovelock (UK
guitar; Mission/Sisters of Mercy).
1957: Diomedes Diaz (Colombian singer)
1957: Kristina Olsen (US musician)
Cacique de La Junta
(Colombian singer-songwriter, composer)*22.Dec.2013.
1954: Marian Gold (German singer; Alphaville)
1953: Richard Sohl (US pianist;
Patti Smith Group)*03.June.1990.
1952: David Meece (US contemporary
1949: Alan ''Al'' Perkes
(UK musician; East of Eden).
1949: Hank Williams, Jr. (US country
1948: Lloyd Parks (Jamaican
reggae vocalist, bass player; Invincibles/Termites/Techniques)
1948: Stevie Nicks (US singer, songwriter;
1946: Mick Ronson (UK guitarist, producer;
Spiders from Mars/sessionist)*29.April.1993.
1945: Garry Peterson (Canadian drummer;
The Guess Who).
1944: Terrence "Verden" Allen
(Welsh keyboards, organ; Mott The Hoople/solo).
Warren "Gates" Nichols (US
steel guitarist; Confederate Railroad)*14.Aug.2009.
Sharon Mosby (US jazz-blues singer)*30.July.2013.
1942: Ray Ennis (UK vocals, guitar; Swinging
1942: Philip 'Phil' Cuncliffe
drummer; The Presidents)?
1942: Peter Miller (UK guitarist, singer-songwriter; Offbeats/Peter
1941: Art Sharp (UK guitarist, vocals; Nashville
1940: Levon Helm/Mark
Lavon Helm (US drummer, singer, multi-musician; The Band/solo)*19.April.2012.
Tabackin (US jazz flautist, tenor saxophonist).
1938: William Bolcom (US composer)
Neil Richard Ardley (UK
jazz pianist, composer, author)*23.Feb.2004.
Vitet (French trumpetist,
1926: Miles Dewey Davis III (US leader, composer,
Frank Guida (Italian composer, producer).
1920: Peggy Lee/Norma Deloris Egstrom (US
blues & jazz singer)*21.Jan.2002.
Thomas Hardin (blind US composer, musician, cosmologist, poet)*08.Sept.1999.
1919: Ruben Gonzalez
1904: George Formby/George Hoy Booth (UK
singing comedian, ukulele, banjo)*06.March.1961.
1986: Timo Descamps (Flemish actor, singer).
1981: Özgür Çevik (Turkish singer, actor)
1976: RJD2/Ramble John Krohn (US hip-hop producer, singer)
1975: Dre/André '3000' Benjamin (US rapper; OutKast).
1975: Jadakiss/Jason Phillips (US rapper; D-Block)
1974: Coleman Mellett
(American jazz guitarist with Chuck Mangione)
1974: Derek Webb (US singer, songwriter; Caedmon's Call)
1972: Ivete Sangalo (Brazilian singer)
1971: Lisa 'Left
Eye' Lopes (US singer, songwriter, rapper;
1966: Sean Kinney (US drummer; Alice In Chains).
1958: Neil Mullane Finn (New Zealand vocalist/guitarist; Split
Enz/Crowded House/Finn Brothers).
1957: Siouxsie Sioux/Susan Dallion (UK bassist; The Banshees/The
1957: Eddie Harsch/Edward Hawrysch (Canadian-American keyboardist,
The Black Crowes)
1951: Ken Nicol (UK lead guitarist; Nicol and Marsh's Easy Street/Steeleye
Span/The Albion Band).
1948: Pete Sears (UK keyboards, bass; Jefferson Starship/Jorma
1947: Colin Standing
(UK lead guitarist; Kit and the Saracens/The Jimmy Brown Sound, Horse)?
1947: Peter Knight (UK violin, mandolin; The Wombles/Steeleye Span/freelance).
1947: Marty Kristian/Martin Vanags (singer; The New Seekers).
1946: Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (Danish double bassist)*19.April.2005.
1945: Bruce Cockburn (Canadian folk/rock guitar, dulcimer, singer,
1944: Alain Souchon (French singer, songwriter)
1943: Cilla Black/Priscilla
(UK singer, TV presenter).
1935: Ramsey Lewis (US keyboard player; Ramsey Lewis Trio).
1935: Mal Evans (English roadie, record producer; Beatles/Apple)*05.Jan.1976.
Ramos/Mariano Ramos Claw (Argentine
1932: Herman "Junior" Parker Jr (US blues singer, harmonica,
(US jazz drummer, teacher)*11.Oct.2011.
1926: Bud Shank/Clifford Everett Shank Jr (American alto saxophonist)*02.April.2009.
Nanette "Jetty" Paerl (Dutch singer)*22
1915: Esther Soré (Chilean singer)*06.Sept.1996.
1909: Dolores Hope (US singer, philanthropist, widow of actor Bob
Champagne (Quebec composer, multi-musician)*21.Dec.1965.
Colbie Caillat (US singer-songwriter)
1981: Adam Green (US singer-songwriter)
1980: Mark Feehily (Irish singer; Westlife).
1970: Mark Richardson (drums, Feeder/Skunk
1970: Jimi Goodwin (UK vocalist, bass, guitar,
1970: Bobby Bognar (US
singer; The Piper Downs)
Kylie Minogue (Australian singer).
Ballew (US guitarist, singer; Presidents of the United States of America).
Vassar (US country music singer)
1963: Gavin Harrison (UK drummer; Porcupine
1962: Roland Gift (UK singer; Fine
1959: Steve Strange/Steven Harrington
(Welsh lead singer, Visage).
1955: Eddie Jobson
(UK violin, keyboards, synthesizers; Curved Air/Roxy Music/Frank Zappa).
Some sourses give Eddie's birthdate as April 28th.
1953: Arto Lindsay (US guitarist, singer; DNA/Ambitious Lovers/others)
1954: Youri Egorov (Soviet classical pianist)*15.April.1988.
1949: Wendy Orlean Williams (US lead singer; Plasmatics/solo)*06.April.1998.
1947: Leland "Lee" Bruce Sklar (US bassist, singer-songwriter,
film score composer).
1948: Ray Laidlaw (UK drummer; Lindisfarne).
du Plenty/David Xavier Harrigan (US
lead singer; The Screamers)*21.Aug.2000.
1945: John Fogerty (US lead singer,
guitar, songwriter; Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo).
Stewart (US country singer, songwriter)*16.Dec.2003.
1944: Gladys Knight (US singer; The
1944: Billy Vera/William McCord Jr
(US singer; Billy Vera & Judy Clay).
John H Harrison (UK bassist; Group X/Hawkwind Zoo/ Hawkwind)*26
Smith (US singer, songwriter; Sweet Inspirations)*24.Dec.2010.
Leonardo Favio/Fuad Jorge Jury (Argentine singer, actor, film director)*05.Nov.2012.
1938: Prince Buster/Muhammed Yusef Ali/Cecil
Bustamente Campbell (Jamaican ska singer).
1935: Richard Van Allan CBE
(UK operatic bass singer)*04.Dec.2008.
Eric von Schmidt
1925: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
1923: György Ligeti (Hungarian
1917: Papa John Creach (US violinist, fiddle;
Jefferson Airplane/J.Starship/Hot Tuna)*22.Feb.1994
1910: T- Bone Walker/Aaron Thibeaux Walker
(US first true lead guitarist)*16.March.1975
1909: Benny Goodman (US clarinetest, conductor,
1900: Tommy Ladnier (US jazz trumpeter)*04.June.1939.
1898: Andy Kirk
jazz saxophonist, tubist; Twelve Clouds of Joy)*11.Dec.1992.
1837: Tony Pastor (US very early vaudeville
1986: Valy Hedjasi (Iranian/German singer)
1985: Shwayze /Aaron Smith (American rapper).
Joanne Borgella (US model, singer;
1982: Ailyn/An Ling/Pilar Giménez García (Spanish singer;
1978: Pelle Almqvist (Swedish lead singer; The Hives)
1978: Daniel Pearce (UK vocalist; One True Voice)
1976: David Buckner (US drummer; Papa Roach)
Spice/Melanie Brown (UK singer; Spice Girls).
Mark Lee (US guitarist; Third Day)
1972: Stanislas Renoult (French singer)
1972: Simon Jones (UK bassist; The Verve/The Shining/others)
1972: Stanislas Renoult (French singer)
1969: Chad Kinchla (Canadian guitarist; Blues Traveler).
1967: Noel Gallagher (UK guitarist, singer; Oasis).
1963: Blaze Bayley/Bayley Alexander Cooke (UK singer, songwriter;
1962: John Pedder (UK bassist; Babybird)
1961: Melissa Etheridge (US rock singer, guitarist).
1961: David Palmer (UK drummer; ABC)
1960: Jesse Johnson (US guitarist, composer; The Time/Prince).
1960: Mel Gaynor (UK drums; Simple Minds).
bassist, composer, bandleader, broadcaster)*07.May.2011.
1956: LaToya Jackson (US singer).
1955: Mike Porcaro (US bassist; Toto/sessionist)
1953: Danny Elfman (US singer, composer, writer of film scores;Oingo
1952: Hilton Ruiz (Afro-Cuban jazz pianist; Roland Kirk Band, solo)*06.June.2006.
1950: Rebbie Jackson/Maureen Reillette Brown (American singer)
1949: Francis Rossi OBE (UK guitar, vocals;
1945: Gary Brooker (UK keyboard; Procul
Harum/Liquorice John Death/Paramounts/Eric
Antonín Viktora (Czech jazz guitarist)*29.May.2014.
1941: Roy Crewsdon (UK rhythm guitar, Freddie and the Dreamers).
1937: Irmin Schmidt (German keyboardist; Can)
1937: Hibari Misora (Japanese award winning singer)*24.June.1989.
1933: Helmuth Rilling (German conductor)
1922: Iannis Xenakis (Greek composer)*04.Feb.2001
1915: Karl Münchinger (German conductor)*13.March.1990.
1915: Igor Buketoff (US
conductor, arranger, teacher)*07.Sept.2001.
Im Yoona (Korean singer; Girls' Generation)
Kevin Covais (US singer)
1987: Joyce Cheng (Hong Kong singer, writer, actress)
1986: Pasha Parfeny (Moldovan
1983: Jennifer Ellison (UK actress, model, singer)
1981: Remy Ma/Remynisce Smith-Mackie (US rapper; Terror Squad/solo)
1981: Devendra Banhart (US singer and songwriter)
1978: Eric Searle (US singer, guitarist; Light Pupil Dilate)
1975: Brian Fair (US singer; Shadows Fall/Transient)
Green/Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (US hip hop, soul singer, rapper; Goodie
1974: Big L/Lamont Coleman (American rapper; D.I.T.C)*15.Feb.1999.
1971: Idina Menzel (US actress, singer).
1971: Patrick Dahleimer (US bassist; Live).
1967: Tim Burgess
(UK vocals, The Charlatans UK).
1966: Stephen Malkmus
(US vocalist, guitarist; Pavement)
1964: Wynonna Judd (US country singer,
1964: Tom Morello (US
guitar, vocals; Lock Up/Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine).
1958: Marie Fredriksson (Swedish
1955: Nicholas "Topper" Headon
(UK drummer; Clash).
1951: Zdravko Colic (Yugoslav-Bosnian
1950: Dann Glenn
(US guitarist, composer)
1944: Lenny Davidson (UK bassist, guitar;
The Blue Jays/Dave Clark Five).
UK trumpeter, flugelhorn player;
many Jazz bands)*22.July.2010.
Don Wayne (US
1933: Michael Garrick MBE (UK jazz pianist,
1932: Pauline Oliveros (American
accordionist, composer, and reedist).
(Dutch harpsichordist, keyboardist and conductor)*16.Jan.2012.
Kalman Bloch (American
clarinetist; Los Angeles Philharmonic)*12.March.2009.
1909: Benjamin "Benny" Goodman
(American clarinetist, bandleader)*13.June.1986.
1988: Hope Partlow (American pop-rock inger).
1986: Sopho Khalvashi (Georgian singer; Eurovision Song Contest).
1983: David Hernandez (US singer; American Idol).
1981: Tasha Reid/Natasha Shanta Reid/Yoon Mi-rae
1980: Andy Hurley (American drummer; Fall
1977: Scott Klopfenstein (US vocalist, trumpet,
guitar, keyboard; Reel Big Fish).
1971: Diana Damrau (German soprano)
1967: Johnny Diesel/Mark Lizotte (Australian
singer, guitarist; Johnny Diesel and the Injectors).
1966: Nick Scotti (American actor and singer).
1965: Steve White (UK drummer; Paul Weller/Style Council/The Players/freelance).
1964: Scotti Hill (American rock guitarist; Skid Row).
1964: Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniel/Darryl Lovelace (US hip-hop
1963: Hugh Dillon (Canadian rock vocalist, actor; The Headstones).
1963: Wendy Smith (UK singer; backing vocals, guitar; Prefab Sprout).
1963: Wesley Willis (US singer, keyboards; MonsterVoodoo Machine/Wesley
1962: Corey Hart (Canadian singer, songwriter, multi-musician).
1959: Danny Pearson (singer, bass; American Music Club/solo)?
Rod Franks (English trumpeter; London
1956: William Bennett (US oboist;
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)*28.Feb.2013.
1956: Fritz Hilpert (German pianist, flute, sound engineer; Kraftwerk).
1955: Tommy Emmanuel (Australian guitarist virtuoso).
1954: Vicki Sue Robinson
(US singer, Broadway star)*27.April.2000.
1952: Karl Bartos (electronic percussionist/keyboards; Kraftwerk/freelance).
Shade (US spinto soprano singer, actress).
Martin Hannett aka Martin Zero (UK record
1948: Mike Edwards
(UK cellist, bass viol, musical arranger; ELO/stage
1948: John "Bonzo" Bonham (UK drummer; Led Zeppelin)*25.Sept.1980.
1947: Greg Abate (US jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger).
1946: Junior Campbell/William Cambell (instrumentalist, vocalist;
1941: Johnny Paycheck/Donny Young/Donald Lytle (US country singer,
1938: Peter Yarrow (US singer, guitar, songwriter; Peter, Paul
1932: Ed Lincoln/Eduardo
Lincoln Barbosa de Sabóia
1931: Shirley Verrett (American operatic soprano)*05.Nov.2010.
Dave McKenna (American jazz pianist)*18.Oct.2008.
1927: James "Red" Holloway (US tenor/alto blues and jazz
1914: Akira Ifukube (Japanese composer
of classical music and film scores)*08.Feb.2006.
Billy Mayerl (UK pianist, composer)*25.March.1959.
1901: Alfredo Antonini (Italian-American symphony conductor and
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PASSED ~ RESPECT
Spike Jones/Lindley Armstrong Jones (53)
American comedian, actor, bandleader, drummer; a popular musician and
bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular
songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would
be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and ridiculous vocals.
Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded under the title Spike
Jones and his City Slickers and toured the USA and Canada under the title
The Musical Depreciation Revue.
He and his band featured in many films including "Thank Your Lucky
Stars", "Variety Girl" and "Fireman, Save My Child"
They starred in TV variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and their
Four Star Revue in 1952, before Spike was given his own slot by CBS, The
Spike Jones Show, which aired from 1954 to 1961. His final group, Spike
Jones's New Band, recorded 4 LPs of brassy renditions of songs of the
1960s, including "Washington Square" and "The Ballad of
Jed Clampett" (sadly taken by emphysema)
December 14th 1911.
1978: Aram Khachaturian (74) Armenian
composer born in Tiflis, Georgia, Russian Empire; works were often influenced
by folk music of Armenia. In 1951, he became professor at the Gnessin
State Musical and Pedagogical Institute, Moscow and the Moscow Conservatory.
He also held important posts at the Composers' Union, becoming deputy
chairman of the Moscow branch in 1937, then appointed vice-chairman of
the Organizing Committee of Soviet Composers in 1939. In 1939 he composed
his ballet Happiness, which was later reworked into the ballet Gayane.
The cinematic quality of his music for Spartacus was clearly seen when
the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia was used as the theme for a popular
BBC drama series, The Onedin Line, during the 1970s. Since then, it has
become one of the most popular of all classical pieces for UK audiences.
Joel Coen's The Hudsucker Proxy also prominently featured music from Spartacus
and Gayane (the "Sabre Dance" included). Gayane's adagio was
used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey among other films.
He was also the composer for the state anthem of the Armenian Soviet Socialist
Republic, whose tune is one of the five current choices to become the
next state anthem of Armenia. The climax of Spartacus was also used in
Caligula (film) and Ice Age: The Meltdown (?)
b. June 6th 1903.
1982: William Primrose CBE (76) Scottish
violist and teacher, born
in Glasgow and in 1919 he moved to study at the then Guildhall School
of Music in London. From there he moved to Belgium to study under Eugène
Ysaÿe who encouraged him to take up the viola instead. In 1930, he
joined Warwick Evans, John Pennington, and Thomas Petre as the violist
in the London String Quartet. In 1937, he began playing in the NBC Symphony
Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His career as a soloist took off when
he started touring with Richard Crooks. He later signed with Arthur Judson,
an influential concert manager. In 1946, he was the soloist in the first
recording of Berlioz's Harold in Italy. In 1953 he was made a Commander
of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II and
also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard
(sadly died of cancer)
Hugo Peretti (69) American songwriter
and record producer; he began his career as a teenager, playing the trumpet
in the Borscht Belt in upstate New York. He graduated to playing with
orchestras, then in the 1950s partnered with his cousin Luigi Creatore
to form the Hugo & Luigi songwriting team that evolved to producing
records. In 1957, they bought into Roulette Records where they wrote songs
for various artists such as Valerie Carr and produced major hits for Jimmie
Rodgers including "Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine",
"Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again" and "Secretly".
In 1960 Hugo & Luigi signed a contract with RCA Records where they
produced crooner Perry Como, Sam Cooke and Ray Peterson and wrote English
lyrics for the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (with the original
bulk of the song written by Solomon Linda), producing the hit for The
Tokens. They wrote the Presley hit single Wild in the Country and with
George David Weiss they co-wrote "Can't Help Falling in Love"
for Elvis Presley. They left RCA in 1964 to join George David Weiss in
writing a musical about the American Civil War. Titled Maggie Flynn, it
ran on Broadway in 1968. In the 1970s, Hugo & Luigi owned part of
Avco Records and then established H&L Records which they operated
until retiring at the end of the decade. Among their successes were recordings
by The Stylistics and The Softones. They also won the 1977 Grammy Award
for Best Musical Show Album as producers for "Bubbling Brown Sugar."
(?) b. December 6th 1916.
1990: Sergio Franchi (64) Italian
born in Cremona, Italy, then the family moved to South Africa in 1952,
where he worked part-time as a draftsman, while continuing to study music.
He later returned to Italy to study with Rossi Masetti in Milan. He toured
extensively in Europe, and in 1962 he undertook an American tour where
he relocated to; in 1972, he became an American citizen. Sergio made his
New York City Broadway mark playing the part of Renato De Rossi opposite
Elizabeth Allen as Leona Samish, in the Rodgers/Sondheim musical Do I
Hear a Waltz?. The title song has become popular in the repertoire. A
has been formed in his name to give out scholarships to talented singing
students of limited means (sadly died of brain cancer)
b. April 6th 1926
Sharon Redd (46) US singer, disco diva; in 1968, she recorded
four songs, "Half As Much", "Do You Want Me", "I've
Got A Feeling" and "Since I Lost You", before getting a
major break starring in an Australian production of Hair, which premiered
in Sydney on June 6, 1969. She
also appeared in her own television special and, in 1974, traveled to
London performing in an American production of The Wedding Of Iphigenia.
She released her first album in 1980, self-titled Sharon Redd, closely
followed by two more "Redd Hott" in 1982 and "Love How
You Feel" in 1983 which sealed her reputation as a true "disco
diva". These recordings featured "You Got My Love", "Never
Give You Up", "In the Name of Love", "Love How You
Feel", "Beat The Street", and "Can You Handle It"
complications) b. October
2006: Johnny Paris/John Pocisk (65)
American saxophone player; he led the instrumental band Johnny and the
Hurricanes, known for their rocking renditions of traditional tunes having
hits such as "Reveille Rock","Beatnik Fly" and "Red
River Rock". The band began as The Orbits in Toledo, in 1957. Signing
to Twirl Records and a name change, Johnny and the Hurricanes recorded
their debut disc "Crossfire" in a vacant cinema to provide echo,
it became a U.S. No.23 hit in the U.S. chart in the summer of 1959. The
band developed a following in Europe. In 1962, they played at the Star-Club
in Hamburg, where a little known British group, The Beatles, served as
an opening act. Johnny and the Hurricanes cut records until 1965. After
the recording haydays Johnny formed a record label, Atila Records, and
his music publishing company, Sirius 1 Music, which still operate today,
and also also bred bull mastiffs under the Lion Heart kennel with his
2nd wife for more than a decade. He continued with the occational tour
with the Hurricanes in Europe and United States until his death (sepsis,
pneumonia and pancytopenia treated splenectomy)
b. August 29th 1940.
Hawk/John Edward Hawkins (36)
American rapper and a founding member of the late DJ Screw's rap group
the Screwed Up Click. He was also the older brother of Fat Pat, who was
killed in 1998. In
1994 Big Hawk, Fat Pat, DJ Screw and some of their friends, KK and Koldjack,
formed the group D.E.A. and Dead End Records. In late 1995 D.E.A. released
an original independent album entitled, Screwed For Life featuring
Lil' Keke, Big Pokey and the rest of the S.U.C. In 1999, after the deaths
of Hawks brother (Fat Pat) and DJ Screw and the incarceration of
many others SUC members, Big Hawk participated in a Southside Playaz compilation
album titled You Got Us Fuxxed Up, with Mike D, Claydoe and
other members of the S.U.C. He released his solo album, "Under Hawk's
Wings" on Dead End Records in 2000 and had recorded with Lil' Flip,
Lil' Keke, Big Moe, Z-Ro, he was also was featured on the Lil' Troy hit
"Wanna Be A Baller" and
featured on the popular single "Swang" by Trae that included
a tribute to Fat Pat in 2005 (gunned down) b. November
"Jimmy" Henshaw (65)
Scottish lead guitar,
keyboardist and songwriter, born in Motherwell. He was a founding member
of the 60's band, the VIP's, who later became prog rock band Spooky Tooth.
As the VIP's, they had a big following in Carlisle & Cumbria, and
played alongside a then newcomer to the music world Jimi Hendrix. The
band are most remembered for their singles "Wintertime", "Don't
Keep Shouting At Me" and "I Wanna Be Free". Jimmy went
on to be a prolific songwriter, record arranger and producer, and as a
multi-musician sessionist he toured most of Europe
(sadly Jimmy died fighting cancer) b. October
Jim Hager (66) American country musician, one half of The Hager
Twins, also known as the Hager Brothers,
with his identical twin Jon,
they first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw. The twins first sang
in the church choir. then as s teenagers, they sang on a Saturday morning
WGN-TV series. Both brothers served in the United States Army and performed
at Officers' Clubs and NCO Clubs in the United States and Europe. After
leaving the military, the Hager brothers moved to California and performed
at the Ledbetter's Night Club in Los Angeles with The Carpenters, The
New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Steve Martin and Kenny Rogers. They
also worked at Disneyland, which is where Buck Owens saw them perform
and signed them to contracts. In addition to Owens, the brothers served
as opening acts for Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears and Lefty
Frizzell. (died in his sleep) b.
August 30th 1941.
2010: Rob McConnell (75)
Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, and
in London, Ontario. He took up the trombone in high school, and began
his performing career in the early 50s, performing and studying with Don
Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later, with fellow Canadian Maynard Ferguson.
In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass, a big band that would become his primary
performing and recording unit through the 1970s and 1980s and Rob &
The Boss Brass became one of Canada's most popular jazz ensembles, performing
live and recording for Concord Jazz and a variety of other labels. In
1997, McConnell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and
in 1998 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Since that time he
has remained active, touring internationally both as a performer and educator,
running clinics around the world and performing as both a leader and a
guest artist (sadly died fighting cancer)
b. February 14th 1935
Daddy /Chris Kelly (34)
American rap artist and one half of the rap duo Kris Kross, formed in
1992 Chris and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith and discovered in an
Atlanta shopping mall and the duo landed a spot on Michael Jackson's 1992
Dangerous World Tour, as well as a cameo appearance on Jackson's "Jam"
music video. They were best known for their hit 1992 song "Jump",
which was No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified
double platinum as a single. Kris Kross was also noted for their fashion
style, which consisted of wearing their clothing backwards. The duo sang
the "Rugrats Rap" for Nickelodeon which was released as extras
on some Nickelodeon VHS Tapes starting in 1994, and was finally released
on CD on The Best of Nicktoons in 1998 (sadly
a suspected drug overdose)
b. August 11th 1978.
Monkey Black/Leonardo Michael Flores Ozuna (27) Dominican
rapper; he began singing at aged 10, although his career properly kicked
off in 2006. He chalked up several hits, including Tienen miedo, although
his biggest success was a remix of El sol y la playa with US rapper Pitbull.
He had moved to Spain in 2009 to further his career on the European music
scene (Leonardo was stabbed to death during
a bar fight in the San Roque neighborhood in Sant Adrià del Besòs,
Barcelona, Spain) b. 1987 ?
2014: Hellmut Federhofer
(102) Austrian musicologist;
born in Graz, he studied music at the Vienna Conservatory, graduating
in 1936. In 1937, he became a librarian at the library of the Technische
Hochschule Graz and later the Universitätsbibliothek Graz. He became
director of the BTH in 1940.
1959 he became professor of music theory. From 1962 until 1979 he was
director of the musicology Institute of Mainz University, where he became
Emeritus Professor of musicology
(?) b. August 6th 1911.
Award-winning bassist, composer and best known as the director of Los
Van Van. He was a creator of popular danceable music and credited with
bringing electronic instrumentation into the Cuban musical form.
In 1999, he received the Latin/Best
Grammy Award for his work on the album "Llegó... Van Van -
Van Van Is Here" (?)
b. August 2nd 1942.
Larry Clinton (75)
American big band composer, bandleader, trumpeter; known for his practise
of rearranging the works of famous composers like Debussy and Tchaikovsky
and adding lyrics was known as "swinging the classics." His
version of Debussys "Reverie", with vocalist Bea Wain,
was particularly popular, which peaked at #1 on Billboard's Record Buying
Guide in 1938. His first stint as a bandleader was from 1937 to 1941,
and he recorded a string of hits for Victor Recordsincluding "I Double
Dare You", "Summer Souvenirs", and "A Study in Brown".
In 1941 Larry and his band appeared in six short musical films, designed
for then-popular "movie jukeboxes". He quit the music business
upon the outbreak of World War II, and became as a flight instructor.
He resumed his musical career and enjoyed further success as a bandleader
from 1948 to 1950. He remained active in the music business until 1961.
(He died in Tucson, Arizona) b. August 17th 1909.
1989: Bennie Benjamin (81)
American songwriter; hugely
successful songwriter often in partenership with the great composer George
David Weiss. At the age of twenty, Bennie moved to New York City, where
he studied the banjo and guitar with Hy Smith, after which he performed
in vaudeville and with various orchestras, until in 1941, when he started
composing songs. In
1968, he became a music publisher, starting his own company. His many
songs include "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Anyone
(Could Fall In Love With You)", "I Don't Want to Set the World
on Fire", "Can Anyone Explain? (No! No! No!)", "I
Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore", "Confess", "Cross
Over the Bridge", "Echoes", "How Important Can It
Be?", "How Can I?", "Strictly Instrumental",
"I Am Blessed", "Of This I'm Sure", "Our Love
(Will See Us Through)", "Don't Take All Night", "Lonely
Man". Bennie was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
b. November 4th 1907.
1998: hide/Hideto Matsumoto (33)
Japanese guitarist; lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan
from 1987 to 1997. He was also a successful solo artist and co-founder
of the United States based band Zilch. In 1980 entered Zushi Kaisei Senior
High School in Zushi, Kanagawa, where he joined the school's brass band,
quit the band though, because he was assigned
the clarinet, while he wanted to play the trumpet. He then concentrated
guitar and in 1981, formed the band Saver
Tiger. The following year they started playing shows at live houses in
Yokosuka, such as Rock City. He joined X Japan, then called X, in 1987
as the band's lead guitarist and occasional songwriter, composing songs
like "Celebration", "Joker" and the single "Scars".
In 1993 went solo, releasing 3 albums Hide Your Face in 1994, Psyence
in 1996, and Ja, Zoo in 1998) also starred in an art film titled Seth
et Holth, along with Tusk of Zi:Kill. In 1994, hide oversaw the production
of the first release on his own label Lemoned (After a night out drinking,
he was found hanged with a towel tied to a doorknob in his Tokyo apartment.
Three fans died in copycat suicides, of the 50,000 people who attended
his funeral, nearly 60 were hospitalized and about 200 received medical
treatment) b. December 13th 1964.
2008: Graham Thomas Bell (60) English
pop and rock singer, born in Blyth, Northumberland. Graham made a solo
single in 1966, and a solo album in 1972 with Tim Hinkley, Mel Collins
and Ian Wallace. He was a member of Skip Bifferty, later Heavy Jelly,
and Every Which Way. In 1971 he
joined his old mates from Skip Bifferty to form Bell & Arc. He then
appeared in Tommy, after which it was reported that Pete Townshend produced
an album for him but it never saw the light of day. Graham then moved
to America where he toured with Long John Baldry among others, before
returning to his native North East England in the mid 1980s. He also lived
for a while in Cumbria before finally heading for London again and cropping
up in Snowy White's Blues Agency in 1989. He also played on Carol Grimes'
Warm Blood in 1974, with Tommy Eyre, Jess Roden, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick
and Henry Lowther (?)
b. April 17th 1948.
2009: Kiyoshiro Imawano (58) Japanese
rock musician, lyricist, musical
composer and actor from Tokyo,
dubbed "Japan's King of Rock". While in school, he formed a
band named the Clovers. This band changed its name to RC Succession in
1968, an influencial rock band which debuted on the music scene in 1970.
In 1982, he collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto and released the single
"Ikenai Rouge Magic" which became a top hit on the Oricon chart.
the break up of RC Succession , Kiyoshiro continued as a solo singer.
In '92, he released the album Memphis which was recorded with Booker T.
& the M.G.'s. in Memphis, where he received an honorary citizenship
from the Mayor of Memphis.Over his career he recorded on 27 albums and
was known for pioneering adoption of linguistic characteristics of the
Japanese language into his songs (cancer)
b. April 2nd 1951.
2011: Ernest Mogotsi Mothle (69) South
African jazz double bassist, electric bassist, vocalists and composer.
While at St. Marin's School in Sophiatown, he played in the Father Huddleston
Band, after which in 1959 he founded
the vocal group Dominoes
with Francis and Cornelius Kekana and Gabriel Tladi. He was then with
the African Jazz and Variety Show, Heshoo Beshoo Group, and The Jazz Prophet.
In 1972 he went to Europe, where he worked from 1974 in Julian
Bahulas band and played and recorded with Mike Oldfield recorded, Jim
Dvorak's Joy, Dudu Pukwanas band, Trevor Watts Drum Orchestra and Moire
Music, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath. From 1986 he performed
in Germany regularly with the Jazz against apartheid project to Makaya
Ntshoko and John Tchicai . In 1989 he was with Winston Mankunku touring
Europe. In 1995 he went back to South Africa where he was a music teacher
of the Tshwane University of Technology. With his own group, he is also
on the DVD Acoustic Africa-2004. In 2007 he played with his quartet at
the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (sadly
died from the effects of diabetes disease)
b. December 2nd 1941.
2012: Zvi Zeitlin (90) Belorussian-born
American classical violinist, he had a distinguished international career
as a soloist, and gave important early performances of the Arnold Schoenberg
Violin concerto. He was also the dedicatee of a concerto by the American
composer Gunther Schuller. He taught for 45 years at the
University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music
(sadly died from pneumonia) b. February 21th
2013: Sid Selvidge (69)
American guitarist, singer,
producer and record label owner, raised
in Greenville, Miss. While in high school he dee jayed jazz and rock 'n'
roll records for WDDT radio and would later spin for KWHAM in West Memphis
and eventually he founded the internationally broadcast radio program,
Beale Street Caravan. Also after moving to Memphis to attend Rhodes College
he began to turn toward blues music and later founded the rock band Mud
Boy and the Neutrons, who influenced the Memphis alternative rock scene
in the 1970s through the 1990s (sadly died while
fighting cancer) b. July 21st 1943
2013: Jeff Hanneman (49) American
guitarist born in Oakland and grew up in Long Beach, California. In 1981
he approached Kerry King, when King was auditioning for a band. After
the try-out session, the two guitarists started talking and playing Iron
Maiden and Judas Priest songs and decided to form their own band, and
Slayer was born (sadly died from liver failure)
b. January 31st 1964.
2014: Chino Montero (52)
American Hawaiian award-winning guitarist,
falsetto vocalist; he had been best known in recent years for his work
backing other performers, most notably Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, and
as the member of two all-star groups, Palolo, and Manoa Madness. He won
a Hoku Award in 2011 as a member of a third all-star group, Amy Hanaialii
and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii, after having worked as a recording
studio sideman on several projects that had won Hoku Awards for the artists
who had hired him to back them
(sadly died of a heart attack)
2014: Lester Armistead (71) American
bluegrass banjo player, jug player, singer and a founding member of The
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (sadly died while
bravely fighting cancer) b. October 25th
2014: Jessica Cleaves (65) American
singer and a founder member of the vocal group The Friends of Distinction,
best known for their late 1960s hits, "Grazing in the Grass",
"Love or Let Me Be Lonely", and "Going in Circles"
and often opening for Ray Charles. During the 1970s, she also performed
with Earth, Wind & Fire, and recorded with the group for two albums,
Last Days and Time and Head to the Sky. Jessica later r moved to Detroit
and went on to record with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
(?) b. December 10th 1948
1935: Cecil Irwin (32) American tenor
saxophonist, clarinet, big band arranger; mostly known for his membership
in several of the great Earl Hines bands of the 1920s and '30s. At this
time he also played sideman with Johnny Dodds, Jabbo Smith, King Oliver,
and Joe Venuti. Earlier in his career Cecil had played with Carroll Dickerson,
Erskine Tate, and Junie Cobb (tragically died in
traffic accident that occurred outside of Des Moines, IA, while he was
on tour) b. December 7th 1902.
1972: Les Harvey (27) Scottish guitarist,
born in Glasgow, Scotland. In the 1960s he was asked to join The Animals
by Alan Price, but chose to stay with his brother Alex in the Alex Harvey
Soul Band. He later joined Blues Council, recording one record, 'Baby
Don't Look Down'. Then in March 1965 their tour van crashed killing vocalist
Fraser Calder and bassist James Giffen, the rest of the band went their
Les joined Scottish band Cartoone to record some tracks for their 2nd
album, and accompanied Cartoone on their live tour of USA supporting Led
Zeppelin. Les and Cartoone were given a standing ovation in Chicago when
they supported the US band Spirit in 1969. In late 1969, Les joined Stone
The Crows , the rock/blues band formed in Glasgow, which had previously
been known as 'Power'. He stayed with Stone The Crows until his tragic
untimely death (electrocuted
by a live microphone on stage at Swansea's Top Rank Suite)
b. September 13th 1945.
1991: Mohammed Abdel Wahab (84) Egyptian
singer, musician and composer, noted for composing the "Ya Beladi",
the National anthem of the Kingdom of Libya 19511969. Despite the
fact that Abdel composed many songs and musical pieces in classic Arab
music, he was always criticized for his orientation to Western music.
In fact, his introduced the Western rhythms to Arab songs in a way appropriate
to the known forms of Arab songs. For example, he introduced in 1941 in
his song Al Gondol the Waltz rhythm, and in 1957, he introduced the rock
and roll rhythm in Abdel Halim Hafezs song Ya Albi Ya Khali (?)
b. March 7th 1907.
1996: Dimitri Fampas (74) Greek classical
guitarist, born in Milina of Lafkos, near Volos; as a child, he played
traditional music on lute and mandolin. In '39, he studied Advanced Musical
Theory at the Athens Conservatory and in 1953, he received a diploma in
classical guitar performance cum laude from the National Conservatory
of Greece. In 1955 and '56, he received a scholarship from the Italian
government to study guitar with Andrés Segovia and musicology with
Emilio Pujol at the Academia Chigianna in Siena. In 1959,
he attended classes with Segovia once more, this time at the Academy of
Santiago, Spain, receiving a scholarship from Segovia himself. Dimitri's
career spanned almost four decades with hundreds of recitals worldwide.
He toured in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria,
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Turkey, USA, Canada, USSR and the
also created two guitarist orchestras, one for young players and another
for advanced guitarists, with which he made numerous concert appearances
b. December 22nd 1921.
Rose Blevins (87)
country music singer-songwriter; she was the first female country performer
to have a million-selling single with "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart"
in 1935. Born
in Beaudry, Arkansas, she
went to California in
to study violin at the University of the West. Here she won a local talent
contest with her singing, yodelling, and playing the guitar and first
prize was to play on the Hollywood Breakfast Club radio program. She travelled
to Chicago with her 2 brothers, to enter a large watermelon the Chicago
World's Fair. While there, she auditioned for a crooner's role, however,
the producer fell in love with her "giggle" and auditioned her
instead at WLS-AM for a group called the Prairie Ramblers. she and the
Ramblers became regulars on WLS's National Barn Dance program. The Prairie
Ramblers also backed Patsy on most of her hits with ARC Records, Decca
Records, and RCA Records. Later she performed with her two daughters Beverly
and Judy as the Patsy Montana Trio. Patsy was inducted into the National
Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1987 and in the
Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1996
(died at her home in San Jacinto) b. October
1997: Narciso Yepes (69) Spanish classical
guitarist; at 13, he was accepted to study at the Conservatorio de Valencia
with the pianist and composer Vicente Asencio. Here he followed courses
in harmony, composition, and performance. In 1950, after performing in
Paris, he spent a year studying interpretation under the violinist George
Enescu, and the pianist Walter Gieseking. He also studied informally with
Nadia Boulanger. This was followed by a long period in Italy where he
worked with artists of every kind. Over is career he was granted many
honours including the Gold Medal for Distinction in Arts, conferred by
King Juan Carlos I; membership in the Academy of Alfonso X el Sabio;
an Honorary Doctorate from the Uni of Murcia, and the National Music Prize
of Spain (He died in Murcia) b.
November 14th 1927.
2001: Billy Higgins (64) American
drummer; beginning in 1958 he started to play on Ornette Coleman's first
records, before freelancing extensively with hard bop and other post-bop
players, including Bo Diddley, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson,
Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk,
Lee Morgan, David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, and
Cedar Walton. He played on over 700 recordings, including recordings of
rock and funk. In 1989, Billy co-founded a cultural center,
in Los Angeles...
The World Stage, to encourage and promote younger jazz musicians.
(liver disease and liver failure brought on by hepatitis) b.
October 10th 1936.
2002: Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov (73)
Russian conductor, composer, and pianist,
born in Moscow; from 1955 he conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, being appointed
principal conductor there in '62. From 1965 he was principal conductor
of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra. In '79 he was appointed principal
guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was particularly
noted for his interpretations of Russian works, covering the whole range
of Russian music, from Mikhail Glinka to the present day. He was also
one of the few Russian conductors to conduct the entire symphonic output
of Gustav Mahler. His own compositions included a string quartet in 1948,
symphony in 1956, Russian Variations for harp and orchestra in 1975, and
a piano concerto in 1976, among other works. Yevgeny
was also a fine pianist, two notable recordings being Sergei Rachmaninoff's
Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, and a disc of Nikolai Medtner's piano music
b. September 6th 1928.
2005: Pierre Moerlen (52) French
drummer and percussionist, best known for his work with Gong and Mike
January 1973, Pierre joined Daevid Allen's band, Gong, debuting on the
Angel's Egg album. In June 1973 he was asked by Virgin's boss Richard
Branson to play percussion with Mike Oldfield for the premiere of Tubular
Bells. Between 1975 and 1987, beginning with Ommadawn, Pierre would be
Mike Oldfield's percussionist of choice for his albums and his tours.
From 1978 Gong went under the name of Pierre Moerlen's Gong releasing
'Downwind' in 1979, 'Time Is The Key' in 1979 followed by "Live"
and "Leave It Open" both in 1980. Following Mike Oldfield's
10th Anniversary tour in 1983, Pierre joined the Swedish progressive/symphonic
band "Tribute". PMG reformed for two albums and tours in the
late 1980s. After spending several years as orchestra pit musician for
various musicals, he returned to active service in 1997 when he joined
the British jazz-rock outfit Brand X for international touring in 1997.
Later that year, he was asked to rejoin Gong, and toured with the band
until 1999. He then concentrated on putting together a new PMG line-up
and repertoire, which resulted in the live album Pentanine, recorded in
Moscow in 2002 (died unexpectedly of natural causes)
2010: Roy Carrier (63)
American Zydeco musician, singer, and accordionist, he formed his first
band The Night Rockers in 1961, at the age of 14, with himself on guitar,
a brother on drums, his uncle on the rubboard, and an accordion player
named Chris Johnson. In 1965, he re-formed the Night Rockers band, with
himself fronting the group on accordion and released 9 albums the last
being Zydeco Soul in 2006 (?) b. February
2012: Willie French Lowery (68) American
singer/songwriter, guitarist, and composer born in Lumbee. During a musical
career of more than four decades, he wrote more than 500 songs in genres
ranging from gospel and blues to country and children's music. His 1970
song "Streets of Gold" reached No.1 on the pop charts in the
Carolinas, Virginia, Philadelphia and New York. He had owned and managed
Willie French Lowery Publishing since 1977 and between 1994 and 2003,
he owned and operated Soundstation Recording Studio in Lumberton, where
he produced and recorded gospel, rock, folk, and traditional American
Indian artists. His 1979 album "Proud to Be a Lumbee" inspired
pride for thousands of Lumbee Indians and helped them develop self esteem.
He received numerous honors including a lifetime achievement award given
to him by the Lumbee tribe in 2006 for his service (sadly
Willie died after a 12-year battle with Parkinson's Disease) b.
2012: Nenad aric (65)
Croatian drummer and member of the band The New Fossils, he was also the
husband of the bands singer Sanja Dolezal. Born in in Rijeka, he was with
his first band, Morning Star, for four years before he joined the legendary
band 220. After the sudden death of a band member 1985, Nenad joined The
New Fossils (sadly died from a massive stroke)
b. October 10th 1947.
2012: Edith Bliss (52) Australian
pop singer and television presenter, born in Brisbane, Queensland; she
moved to Sydney in 1979 where she won a contract with ATV Northern Publishing.
Under the supervision of Chris Gilbey she began recording, releasing "If
It's Love You Want", "Heart of Stone" and "Two Single
Beds", before releasing the album Sheer Bliss, in 1980. Bliss opted
for a career in television. She was employed as a reporter on the children's
series Simon Townsend's Wonder World which began in 1979. In 1984 Edith
and another reporter, Phillip Tanner, reported from Rome for Wonder World
and appeared on Where Are They Now on the Seven Network, for a Wonder
World reunion in 2006 (sadly died after a
long illness) b. September 28th 1959.
2012: Lloyd Brevett (80) Jamaican
double bassist and founder member of The Skatalites, who pioneered ska
music and paved the way for reggae. The founders of the Skatalites, Lloyd
along with Tommy McCook-died 1998, Rolando Alphonso-died 1998, Lloyd Knibb-died
2011, Don Drummond-died 1969, Jah Jerry Haynes-died 2007, Jackie Mittoo-died
1990, Johnny Moore -2008, Jackie Opel-died 1970 and Lester Sterling, started
to play together in 1955, and formed the now legendary Skatalites in 1964.
In spring 1964, they recorded their first LP Ska Authentic at Studio One
in Kingston and toured Jamaica as the creators of ska. Later that year
"Man in the Street", entered the Top 10 in the UK. The Skatalites
were together for >>> READ
MORE <<< (sadly Lloyd
died from a second stroke, 6 weeks after his 32 year old son, Okine, was
murdered in March by gunmen outside the family's home in Kingston. He
was gunned down a few of hours after accepting, on behalf of his father,
a reggae industry award for Lloyd's musical contributions) b. August
2013: Cedric "Im" Brooks (70)
Jamaican saxophonist and flautist known for his
solo recordings and as a member of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari,
The Light of Saba, and The Skatalites. He learned music theory and clarinet
at aged 11, while a pupil at the famous Alpha Boys School, after which
he took up tenor saxophone and flute. He was a member of groups such as
The Vagabonds and the Granville Williams Band in the early 1960s, but
it would be the late 1960s when he would find his first major commercial
success, as part of a duo with trumpeter David Madden, Im & David.
In 1970 he teamed up with Rastafarian drummer Count Ossie, as Im and Count
Ossie they released tracks such as "Black is Black", "So
Long Rastafari Calling", and "Give Me Back My Language and Culture".
The pair later formed The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with Cedric acting
as musical director and leader of the horn section. He left in 1974 to
form a new band, the Divine Light, later called The Light of Saba. During
the 1980s and 1990s, he released a few singles but largely worked as a
session musician and in 1998 he worked with Carlos Malcolm in California,
as part of a 20-piece ska and mento orchestra known as "Zimbobway's
King Kingston Orchestra". In 1999, after the sad death of saxophonist
Rolando Alphonso, Cedric joined the legendary Skatalites (sadly
died of a cardiac arrest) b. 1943/44
2014: Mary Ellen Tanner (67)
American singer and
television personality; born in Covington and graduated
High School in 1964 and sang with the Deke Moffett band. She went on to
become a regular on The Bob Braun Show and work with the likes of Bob
Hope, Liberace, George Burns, Paul Williams, The Les Brown Orchestra,
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic
Orchestra and worked with the Cincinnati Opera's 90th anniversary celebration
in 2010. She was also vocalist for the Blue Wisp Big Band and had her
own trio who she performed with in clubs throughout Greater Cincinnati
(sadly Mary Ellen died multiple organ failure) b. 1946
1937: Noel Rosa (26)
Brazilian composer, songwriter, guitarist and banjo player; born
in Rio de Janeiro he was one of the greatest names in Brazilian popular
music, giving a new twist to samba, combining its Afro-Brazilian roots
with a more urban, witty language and making it a vehicle for ironic social
commentary. He wrote around 250 successful compositions. "Com que
roupa?", "Fita amarela", "São coisas nossas",
"Pela décima vez", "É
bom parar", "O orvalho vem
caindo", "Coração" and "Gago apaixonado"
(sadly tuberculosis) b.
December 11th 1910.
1955: George Enescu (73)
Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher;
he created his first musical composition at the age of five, at seven
he entered the Vienna Conservatory and graduated before his 13th birthday,
earning the silver medal. In his Viennese concerts young George played
works by Brahms, Sarasate and Mendelssohn. In 1923 he made his debut as
a conductor in a concert given by the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York
City. He was also a noted violin teacher, Yehudi Menuhin, Christian Ferras,
Ivry Gitlis, Arthur Grumiaux, Ida Haendel and Joan Field were among his
was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional
music fraternity (?)
b. August 19th 1881.
1979: Leo Addeo (64) American saxophonist,
clarinetist, and arranger; born in New York City, he studied violin as
a child, but switched to clarinet and saxophone in his teens and had love
for Hawaiian music. After performing with several bands, he
went over to the arrangment side of the business working wiith the likes
of Gene Krupa, Larry Clinton, and Frankie Carle. Hugo
Winterhalter hired Leo as an orchestrator and brought him along when he
moved to RCA in the early 1950s. Leo went on to become one of RCA's key
house arrangers for most of the 1950s and 1960s, with Hawaiian music being
his speciality (?) b.
October 14th 1914.
1987: Paul Butterfield (44) American
blues harmonica player and singer, who founded the Paul Butterfield Blues
Band in the early 60s and performed at the original Woodstock Festival.
Their original debut sessions were scrapped, to appear in 1995 as The
Original Lost Elektra Sessions. A second recording live at the Cafe Au
Go Go, were also rejected by producer Paul Rothchild. Some of the discarded
tracks appeared on the What's Shakin LP shared with the Lovin' Spoonful.
Later in 1967, The Butterfield Blues Band played the Monterey International
Pop Festival along with Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Otis Redding,
and many others. Following the releases of Live in 1970 and Sometimes
I Just Feel Like Smiling in 1971, Paul broke up the horn band and formed
a new group including Chris Parker on drums, guitarist Amos Garrett, Geoff
Muldaur, pianist Ronnie Barron and bassist Billy Rich, naming the ensemble
"Better Days." The group released Paul Butterfield's Better
Days and It All Comes Back in 1972 and 1973, respectively. In
1976, they performed at The Band's final concert, The Last Waltz. Together
with The Band, he performed the song "Mystery Train" and backed
Muddy Waters on "Mannish Boy". The late 1970s and early 1980s
saw Paul as a solo act and a session musician, he also toured as a duo
with Rick Danko, formerly of The Band, and he also toured with another
member of The Band, Levon Helm, as a member of Helm's "RCO All Stars"
in 1977. In 1986 Butterfield released his final studio album, The Legendary
Paul Butterfield Rides Again (sadly
died from a drugs related heart failure)
b. December 17th 1942.
1990: Emily Remler (32) American jazz
guitarist; born in New York City, Emily began to play the guitar at the
age of ten. She veared from rock to jazz while studying at the Berklee
College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and began to listen to legendary
jazz greats such
as Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and
John Coltrane. Emily rose to prominence in the 1980s. She recorded seven
albums of hard bop, jazz standards and fusion guitar, releasing her debut
1981. This was followed by Take Two,
Transitions, Catwalk, Together - with Larry Coryell, East to Wes and her
final album, This is Me in 1990. As well as her solo caree, Emily played
in blues groups, on Broadway and with artists as diverse as Larry Coryell
to the singer Rosemary Clooney. She played for the Los Angeles version
of the show 'Sophisticated Ladies' from 1981 to 1982 and produced two
popular guitar instruction videos. She also worked as guitarist for Astrud
Gilberto. In 1985 she won the Guitarist Of The Year award
in DownBeat Jazz Magazines international poll. (sadly
died of heart failure at the
home of musician Ed Gaston
at Connells Point, while on tour in Australia)
September 18th 1957.
2012: Adam Yauch aka MCA (47) American
rapper, bassist and film director born in Brooklyn, NYC. While at high
school, he taught himself to play the bass guitar and formed the Beastie
Boys with John Berry, Michael Diamond and Kate Schellenbach. They played
their first show, then still a hardcore punk band on his 17th birthday
and at aged 22, he and the Beastie Boys, now performing as a hip hop trio,
toured with Madonna in 1985, and a year later released their debut album
Licensed to Ill, which has been followed by 7 other albums the last being
their 2011 album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Under the pseudonym "Nathanial
Hörnblowér", Adam directed many of the Beastie Boys'
music videos and in 2002, he built a recording studio in New York City
More <<< (sadly Adam
died battling cancer) b. August 5th 1964.
Milan Peroutka (49) Czech drummer; he joined the rock band
Olympic in 1986 as a replacement for Peter Hejduk and was an active member
of the band until his unexpected death (?)
b. January 1st 1964.
2013: César Portillo de la Luz (90)
Cuban musician, lyricist and composer, born in Havana, and is credited
with founding the filin music genre. The Miami Herald described him as
"a fundamental author of Latin American music" and "one
of Cubas most celebrated composers" and he is also cited as
"the most distinguished lyricist of his generation.
He had his own show titled Feeling Season and received international prominence
after his 1946 song "Contigo en la distancia"/"With You
in the Distance" was performed by Andy Russell. His songs have been
performed by many well-established artists worldwide, including Nat King
Cole, Christina Aguilera, José José and Lucho Gatica. César
was awarded the Premio Latino a Toda Una Vida by the Spanish Academy of
the Arts and Lyrics of Music at a ceremony held in Madrid in 2004 (?)
b. October 31st 1922.
1959: Hal McIntyre (44) American saxophone
and clarinet player, bandleader and a founding member of the Glenn Miller
Orchestra. Born in Cromwell, Connecticut, he played extensively as a teenager
and led his own octet in 1935. He was offered a ten day slot as an alto
sax behind Benny Goodman, but Glenn Miller heard of his ability and drafted
him as a founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, where he played
from 1937 to 1941. He co-wrote the song "Daisy Mae" with Billy
May which was recorded by Glenn Miller. In 1941 he formed another band
touring all America and played overseas for troops during WW II. He toured
extensively with singer Sunny Gale until the summer of '51 and backed
The Mills Brothers for their 1952 smash hit "Glow Worm"
died in a house fire at his home in LA)
b. November 29th 1914.
1972: Reverend Gary Davis (76) American
blues and gospel guitarist & singer, his unique finger-picking style
influenced many other artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Wizz
Jones, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb Mo, Ollabelle and Resurrection Band. Born in
the south, he played around the Carolinas in his earlier days, but in
the 1940s, he relocated to New York City. By the 1960s, he had become
known as the "Harlem Street Singer" and had acquired a reputation
as the person to see if you wanted to learn to play guitar, his students
in New York City included Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Roy Book Binder,
Woody Mann, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Winslow, and Ernie Hawkins..
The folk revival of the 1960s re-invigorated his career, culminating in
a performance at the Newport Folk Festival and the recording by Peter,
Paul and Mary of "Samson and Delilah", also known as "If
I Had My Way", originally a Blind Willie Johnson recording that Gary
had popularized (sadly he died of a heart attack)
b. April 30th 1896.
Lanin (85) US
bandleader; recorded under names Lanin's Arcadians, Lanin's Jazz Band,
Lanin's Famous Players, Lanin's Southern Serenaders, Lanin's Red Heads,
Sam Lanin's Dance Ensemble, Lanin's Arkansaw Travelers. Also a session
leader for an enormous number of jazz recording sessions of the 1920s.
Among the ensembles he directed and recorded with were Ladd's Black Aces,
The Broadway Bell-Hops, The Westerners, The Pillsbury Orchestra and Bailey's
Lucky Seven. He had a rotating cast of noted musicians playing with him,
including Phil Napoleon, Miff Mole, Jules Levy Jr. and Red Nichols, Jimmy
Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Manny Klein, Jimmy McPartland, Bix Beiderbecke,
Eddie Lang, Bunny Berigan, Nick Lucas and Frankie Trumbauer (sadly
died and forgotten by many)
b. September 4th 1891.
vibraphonist and percussionist born in St. Louis, Missouri to touring
Swedish American vaudevillians. He was a latin jazz musician, though he
also explored various other jazz idioms. Unlike other American jazz musicians
who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America,
he never abandoned it, performing it until his death. Cal
primarily played the vibraphone, but he was also accomplished on the drums,
bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians
from several cultures. He is often linked to the development of Latin
Rock and Acid Jazz. Although fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized
as "Latin Jazz" or, earlier, "Afro-Cuban Jazz", his
output swung freely between both styles. He won a Grammy in 1980 for his
album La Onda Va Bien, capping off a career that spanned over forty years
was born on tour, he also died on tour. While on the road with his band
in Manila, he sadly collapsed from a heart attack)
b. July 16th 1925.
1986: Billy Mackel (75)
American jazz guitarist, he started out playing banjo early in
his career in his home town of Baltimore, but switched to guitar in the
1930s. He led his own band early in the 1940s, then joined Lionel Hampton
in 1944. Billy worked with Hampton, with occasional intermissions, for
around forty years, touring and recording with him copiously. In the 1940s
he also recorded with Milt Buckner, Arnett Cobb, Herbie Fields, and others,
and worked with Billy Williams in the 60s (?)
b. December 28th 1910.
(1910 is the correct not 1912)
Billo Frómeta (72) Dominican orchestra
conductor, arranger and composer, born in Pimentel, Provincia Duarte.
At the age of 15, he founded and was the resident conductor of the Banda
del Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ciudad Trujillo/Ciudad Trujillo's Fire Brigade's
Band. He also founded the Orquesta Sinfónica de Santo Domingo during
this time, they moved to Venezuela in December 1937, where they changed
thier name to "Billo's Caracas Boys". Billo played in Venezuela
until the fall of Marcos Pérez Jiménez in 1958 when he moved
to Cuba for 2 years after which he returned to Venezuela. (April
1988, he suffered a stroke while rehearsing with the Venezuela Symphony
Orchestra for a concert-tribute in his honour that would occur the very
next day: just after he finished conducting the practice run for "Un
Cubano en Caracas", he collapsed on the ground as the orchestra was
applauding his performance. Frómeta died the following week)
November 15th 1915.
1992: Jean-Claude Pascal (64)
French singer born in Paris; while working for Christian Dior,
on his work for costumes for the theatre-play Don Juan he came into contact
with acting and made his first cinema-movie in 1949 with Quattro rose
rosse, dozens more movies followed including Le Rideau cramoisi, Le Grand
jeu, La Encrucijada, and Le Rendez-vousand. Jean-Claude
won the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg singing "Nous
les amoureux"/We the lovers. He later represented Luxembourg again
in the 1981 contest and finished 11th of 20 singing "C'est peut-être
pas l'Amérique"/ It may not be America (?)
b. October 24th 1927.
Dodd/Clement Seymour Dodd (72)
Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development
of ska and reggae in the 1950s, '60s and beyond. In 1962 he produced the
Jazz record 'I Cover The Water Front' on the Port-O-Jam label, two of
the musicians who played on the album, Roland Alphonso and Don Drummond
became founding members of the Skatalites three years later. In 1963 he
opened Studio One on Brentford Road, Kingston. It was the first black-owned
recording studio in Jamaica. He held regular Sunday evening auditions
in search of new talent, and it was here that he first found Bob Marley,
singing as a part of The Wailin' Wailers. He received his nickname "Coxsone"
at school: because of his teenage talent as a cricketer, his friends compared
him to Alec Coxon, a member of the 1940s Yorkshire County Cricket Club
team. Coxsone was posthumously awarded the Order of Distinction, in the
rank of Commander on October 15th 2007, for service to the Jamaica music
industry (sadly taken by a heart attack) b.
January 26th 1932.
2004: Ritsuko Okazaki (44) Japanese
singer-songwriter; she made her debut in 1993 with Kanashii Jiyu / Koi
ga, Kiete Yuku - Sad Freedom / Love has Disappeared. During the nineties,
she continued singing and also wrote songs for seiyus. From 2000 she became
involved in earnest with anime and composed several songs for Wedding
Peach, Fruits Basket and Love Hina. She formed the duo Melocure in 2002
with singer-songwriter Megumi Hinata. Ritsuko was diagnosed with stomach
cancer in 2003 but still continued with her work (tragically
she died suddenly from septic shock) b. December
Naushad Ali (86)
Indian music director; regarded as a
pioneer of Indian music, one of the foremost music directors and composers
for Bollywood films. Naushad worked with several lyricists, including
Shakeel Badayuni, Majrooh Sultanpuri, D. N. Madhok, Zia Sarhadi, and Khumar
India in 1957, for which he had composed music, was the first Indian film
that got nominated for Oscar. In 1981, Naushad was awarded the Dadasaheb
Phalke Award for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. In 1988 he
worked in a Malayalam Film Dhwani starring Ever Green Hero Prem Nazir.
In 1995 he gave music for Shahrukh Khan starrer, Guddu of which a few
songs became popular. In 2004, when a colorized version of the classic
Mughal-e-Azam was released, Naushad was a guest of honor at the premiere.
He composed the tunes of Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story in 2005 at the
age of 86, becoming the world's oldest composer (old
age) b. December 25th
2008: Thomas Boggs (63) American drummer;
he played in local Memphis bands including Tommy Burk and the Counts and
with Flash and the Board of Directors, who opened for Paul Revere and
the Raiders. In '68 he joined the Box Tops, playing on thier hit "Sweet
Cream Ladies". After The Box Tops he went into the catering business
and went on to found the Huey's Restaurant Chain around Memphis, USA.
(cancer related) b. July 16th 1944.
2008: Jerry Wallace (79) American
country music singer born in Guilford, Missouri; his better-known songs
include "Primrose Lane", "Shutters And Boards", "In
The Misty Moonlight", "Otoko no Sekai" and "If You
Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" which was featured in the 1972 Night Gallery
episode "The Tune in Dan's Cafe". Also in 1972, he gained nomination
for the Country Music Association Award as Male Vocalist of the Year,
and his song "To Get To You" gained nomination for Single of
the Year (heart failure)
b. December 15th 1928.
2010: Lucho Barrios/Luis Barrios Rojas (76)
Peruvian bolero singer born in Callao (sadly died
due to a pulmonary embolism) b. April 22nd
2010: Giulietta Simionato (99) Italian
mezzo-soprano singer, born in Forli She studied in Rovigo and Padua, and
made her operatic debut at Montagnana in 1928 and by the end of her career
was recognised as one of the most respected singers of her generation.
In 1936, she made her debut at La Scala and appeared there regularly between
1936 and 1966. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
in 1953, where she likewise appeared regularly between 1963 and 1965.
1959, Giulietta made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Azucena in
Il Trovatore. She also appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, the San Francisco
Opera, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the Lyric Opera of Chicago
from 19541961, the Vienna State Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.
In 1957, she sang in Anna Bolena with Maria Callas. Giulietta was a major
recording artist and retired in 1966 (died in Rome
a week before her 100th birthday) b. May
2011: Nigel Pickering (81) American
guitarist with Spanky and Our Gang born in Pontiac, Mich,
the late 50s and early 60s, saw him playing with The Folksters, with Art
Schill and bassist Ken Hodges, who later became a member of Our Gang.
The Folksters performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and for Johnny Carson.
Eventually, he, Hodges, and McFarlane got together to play and sing as
a fill-in band at "Mother Blues," a Chicago nightclub, wearing
costumes and incorporating comedy into the act. Soon after the idea for
Spanky and Our Gang was born. The group's songs made the charts from 1967
to 1969, including "Sunday Will Never Be The Same","Making
Every Minute Count", "Lazy Day", "Sunday Mornin'"
in the spring, which reached #30, and "Like To Get To Know You",They
cut a few albums and performed on major TV shows, but broke up when their
guiding light, guitarist and trombonist Malcolm Hale, died of pneumonia
(sadly Nigel died battling liver cancer) b.
2013: Greg Quill (66)
Australian-born musician, singer, songwriter and journalist; he lived
in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and was a long serving entertainment columnist
at the Toronto Star newspaper until his death. He began his music career
in the 1960s, and released an album, Fleetwood Plain in 1970. He formed
Country Radio that same year which signed to Infinity Records and
started co-writing with the bands Kerryn Tolhurst. Their second
single, 1972 Gypsy Queen, spent 13 weeks on the Australian
music charts, peaking at No. 12. The song was in the soundtrack to 2007s
"December Boys," starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the 2009 ABC
series "East of Everything"; it was released in Canada in 1972
on Torontos MUCH Productions. After getting an arts grant, he moved
to Toronto in 1974 and became a journalist at The Star (died
in his sleep due to pneumonia and a recently diagnosed case of sleep apnea)
Dickie Valentine/Richard Maxwell (41) English
pop singer born in London. On
14 Feb 1949, he was signed by Ted Heath to join his band, as a singer
to work alongside Lita Roza and Denis Lotis. He was voted the Top UK Male
Vocalist in 1952 while singing with the Ted Heath Orchestra, the most
successful of all British big bands, and again after going solo in 1954.
November 1954, he was invited to sing at the Royal Command Performance,
and in February 1955 he was top billed at the London Palladium. Not only
did he sing, he also did jokes and impersonated many people, including
Johnnie Ray, Frankie Laine, Mario Lanza, and Billy Daniels. He recorded
two number one hits, "Christmas Alphabet" and "Finger of
Suspicion". In 1955 was by far his best chart year, with two number
ones and three other Top Ten hits. While his second number one "Christmas
Alphabet" marked the first time in the UK that a song created for
the Christmas market hit number one. In April 1955, he again topped the
bill at the London Palladium for two weeks, a month after winning the
male vocalist category in the NME poll. He went on to win this title consecutively
from 1953-57. In 1961, he had a TV series Calling Dickie Valentine. In
1966 he partnered with Peter Sellers on the ATV sketch show The Dickie
(Dickie was tragically killed outright in a car
crash on a single lane bridge at Glangrwyney, near Crickhowell, Wales,
together with pianist Sidney Boatman and drummer Dave Pearson)
b. November 4th 1929.
pianist with Dickie Valentine (see
above) b. ????
drummer with Dickie Valentine (see
above) b. 1928
1972: Sir Ernest Alexander Campbell MacMillan CC (79)
Canadian orchestral conductor and composer, and Canada's only "Musical
Knight". He is widely regarded as being Canada's pre-eminent musician,
from the 1920s through the 50s. His extraordinary contributions to the
development of music in Canada, as conductor, performer, composer, administrator,
lecturer, adjudicator, writer, humourist, and statesman, are unparalleled.
From 1926 to 1942, he was principal of the Toronto Conservatory of Music,
later to become the Royal Conservatory of Music. He notably was instrumental
in establishing the Conservatory String Quartet in 1929. He was a conductor
of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra between 1931 and 1956. Noted for choosing
slow tempos when conducting earned him the affectionate name "Lord
Largo"! During the Centennial of the City of Toronto, in 1934, he
was the chairman of the Music and Pagentry Committee. For many years,
he served as organist of the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. For his 'services
to music in Canada', he was knighted in 1935 by King George V. In 1969,
he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada. His Order of Canada
investiture by then Governor General of Canada, Roland Michener, in Toronto,
marked the first time the award had been made in a private ceremony, as
his health did not allow him to travel to Ottawa (?)
b. August 18th 1893.
1983: Kai Chresten Winding
(60) Danish born American trombonist
and jazz composer. He is well known for a successful collaboration with
fellow trombonist J. J. Johnson. Born in Aarhus, Denmark, he immigrated
to the US in 1934, graduating
in 1940 from Stuyvesant High School in New York. His career as a professional
trombonist began in 1940 with Shorty Allen's band, then played with Sonny
Dunham and Alvino Rey. After
the war, he joined Benny Goodman's band, and later moved on to Stan Kenton's
orchestra. During the 60s, Kai had a long stint at Verve Records, his
best known recording from this period is "More", the theme from
the movie Mondo Cane. In the 70s and early 80s, Kai recorded for a number
of independent record labels, and he continued to give clinics, play jazz
concerts and even reunited with Johnson for a live concert in Japan
(Tragically died from a brain tumor)
b. May 18th 1922
1985: Julie Vega (16) Filipino child actress and singer; as
well as her acting career,
she became a successful singer in her own right and sing many of the theme
songs of the movies she appeared in like Dear Mama, Where Love Has Gone,
Don't Cry for Me Papa, and Iiyak Ka Rin. Her debut single Somewhere in
My Past, was a major hit which became a certified gold record.
had been diagnosed with a form of demyelinating disease, which was highly
suspected to be either Guillain-Barré syndrome or multiple sclerosis,
but her cause of death was officially listed as cardiac arrest secondary
to bronchopneumonia) b. May 21st 1968.
1992: Marlene Dietrich (90)
German-born American cabaret singer, chorus girl and film and stage actress,
born in Schöneberg, a district of Berlin, Germany. In 1920s Berlin,
she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola
in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international
fame and a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US. Her many Hollywood
films included Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The
Scarlet Empress, and The Devil is a Woman. Marlene became a US citizen
in 1939; during World War II, she was a high-profile frontline entertainer.
Although she still made occasional films in the post-war years, she spent
most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a successful show
appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, with Bacharach as conductor, in 1964
and 1965 and made appearances on Broadway twice in 1967 and 1968, winning
a special Tony Award for her performance. In 1999 the American Film Institute
named Marlene the ninth greatest female star of all time (died
peacefully of natural causes in Paris, France)
b. December 27th 1901.
2002: Otis Blackwell (69) American
songwriter, singer and pianist born in Brooklyn, New York, one of the
greatest R&B songwriters of all time whose work significantly influenced
rock 'n' roll. His compositions include Little Willie John's "Fever",
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless",
Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up" and
"Return to Sender" with Winfield Scott, Jimmy Jones' "Handy
and so many more. He first became
known by winning a local talent contest at the Apollo Theater, Harlem,
New York in 1952, which led to a recording contract with RCA and then
with Jay-Dee. His first release was his own composition "Daddy Rolling
Stone" which became a favorite in Jamaica where it was recorded by
Derek Martin. The song later became part of The Who's Mod repertoire.
Otis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986
and in 1991 into the National Academy of Popular Music's Songwriters Hall
of Fame. His crowning moment came in the late 1980s when the Black Rock
Coalition, an organization of black rock musicians, led by Vernon Reid,
the lead guitarist of the band, Living Colour, held a tribute for him
at the Prospect Park Bandshell in his native Brooklyn
(Otis sadly died from a heart attack) b.
[Otis Blackwell not be confused with songwriter
and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell]
2004: Barney Kessel (80)
American jazz guitarist, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma; In
1944 he participated in the film Jammin' the Blues, which featured Lester
Young, and in 1947 he recorded with Charlie Parker's New Stars on the
Relaxin' at Camarillo session and others for Dial Records. He was rated
the No.1 guitarist in Esquire, Down Beat, and Playboy magazine polls between
1947 and 1960. As a "first call"
guitarist at Columbia Pictures, during the 1960s Kessel became one of
the most in-demand session guitarists in America, and was considered a
key member of the group of first-call session musicians now usually known
as The Wrecking Crew. During the 1970s, he presented his seminar 'The
Effective Guitarist' in various locations around the world (sadly
Barney died from a brain tumor) b.
October 17th 1923.
McLennan (48) Australian
singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Rockhampton, Queensland, then
moved to Cairns as a young child. In 1976 Grant began a Bachelor of Arts
degree at the University of Queensland. Then in 1977/78
along with singer-songwriter Robert Forster he
co-founded the alternative rock band
The Go-Betweens, releasing their first official album
'Send Me A Lullaby' in 1982, after
which they relocated to the UK. Their second LP 'Before Hollywood' in
1983 established them as cult favourites in the UK. Grant's
composition "Cattle And Cane"
was a hit on the British independent charts and also named by the A.P.R.A
as one of the 10 greatest Australian songs of all time. After recording
six albums, The Go-Betweens disbanded in December 1989. Next, Grant collaborated
on two albums with the band Jack Frost, recorded four solo albums, and
collaborated with Powderfinger's Ian Haug in Far Out Corporation. In
2000 Grant and Robert reformed The
Go-Betweens, and recorded three more albums. Their last studio album,
Oceans Apart, won the band their first ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary
Album. Their That Striped Sunlight Sound DVD was nominated for Best Music
DVD at the 2006 awards (died suddenly of a heart
attack) b. February 12th 1958
2007: Ðorde Novkovic (63)
Croatian songwriter; he joined the musical school in Sarajevo at
the age of 6. After graduating conducting from Musical Academy in Sarajevo,
he founded a band Pro Arte in 1967. His first hit came in 1969 with the
song "Vie se nece vratiti" performed by Mio Kovac
and sold in half a million copies. In
1973, Pro Arte merged with another Sarajevo pop group Indexi, but the
experiment lasted only several months. Pro Arte existed in continuity
until 1980, then off-and-on throughout the 1980s until Dorde moved to
Rovinj, Croatia in 1989. This is where Ðorde switched to writing songs,
creating material for some of the hits of the former Yugoslavia. He collaborated
with performers such as Mio Kovac, Neda Ukraden, Zdravko Colic,
Duko Lokin, Ðani Maran, Tomislav Ivcic, Tereza Kesovija,
Ivica erfezi, Gabi Novak, Srebrna krila and others. He
wrote the song "Don't Ever Cry" for Put, the first Croatian
representative in the Eurovision Song Contest and also co-owned and managed
the Croatia Records label (sadly died after a stroke)
b. September 2nd 1943.
Michael "Micky" Waller (66) British
drummer born in Hammersmith, London; he was much in demand as a session
musician and played with many of the biggest names on the UK rock and
blues scene after he became a professional musician in 1960 and eventually
he became Rod Stewart's drummer of choice. His first pro-band, The Flee-Rekkers,
had a No.23 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1960, with their recording
of "Green Jeans". He left to join a well-known band of the day,
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. In July 1963, he joined the Cyril Davies R&B
All Stars. After Davies' death in 1964, he joined Marty Wilde as one of
the Wildecats. After a short stint with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames,
who he rejoined several times, he joined Brian Auger as part of The Trinity.
In April 1965, the group evolved into The Steampacket. He also worked
with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Jeff Beck Group, John Mayall's
Bluesbreakers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and in 1968, was involved in
staging the rock musical Hair in London. He also played with the Walker
Brothers, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Dusty Springfield, Paul
McCartney, Rod Stewart and played in the band of Tex- Mex accordion player
Flaco Jimenez in the mid-80s. But blues and R&B were his love, and
after much studio work in the 70s and 80s he continued throughout his
later years, to play live in bands such as Deluxe Blues Band, Terry Smith
Blues Band, and his own Micky Waller Band.
(sadly Micky died from liver failure) b. September 6th 1941. Most
sources give Micky Waller's death as April 29th 2008
2008: Franz Jackson (95)
American saxophonist and clarinetist of the Chicago jazz school.
Born in Rock Island, Illinois he was long noted as being one of the last
surviving jazz artists to have recorded pre-1940. His first professonal
job came at age 16 with Albert Ammons in 1929. He then worked with Cassino
Simpson, 1931; Carroll Dickerson in 1932 and 1934-6; Jimmie Noone in 1934;
Roy Eldridge - 1937; and Fletcher Henderson from 1937-38. He re-joined
Eldridge in 1938 and went with him to New York. He toured California with
Earl Hines in 1940-41, then worked in New York City with Fats Waller in
1941 and Cootie Williams in 1942. He next played in Boston with Frankie
Newton from 1942-3, toured again with Eldridge in 1944, and worked with
Wilbur De Paris in 1944-45. Franz visited the Pacific with Jesse Stone
in 1946 in the first of a series of US tours he played in the late 1940's
and early 1950's. After
returning to Chicago in 1957, Franz formed his own band, the very successful
Original Jass All-Stars and
1996, he received the Jazz Master Award from Arts Midwest.
Franz was still active well into his 90s in various jazz clubs of Chicago,
and also played at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the world (?)
b. November 1st 1912.
2009: Randall "Poodie" Locke (56)
American stage manager; he had worked as a roadie for singer-songwriter
B.W. Stevenson before becoming Nelson's stage manager around the time
Willie released his 1975 album, Red Headed Stranger. He appeared in Nelson's
1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose. He opened Poodie's Hilltop Bar and Grill
in Spicewood, Texas, in 2002, the bar became a favorite stop for musicians.
(heart attack) b. ????
2009: Viola Wills/Viola Mae Wilkerson (69)
American pop singer;
she was discovered by Barry White
in 1965, who signed her to Bronco Records and changed her name to Viola
Wills. She started her career at the L.A. Conservatory of Music and, over
the following years, in addition to working with Barry White, also performed
with Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and many other established recording
artists of the era. It was while working in London as one of Cocker's
backing vocalists, dubbed the "Sanctified Sisters" that she
worked on and released her solo debut album of self-penned originals titled
Soft Centers, backed by Cocker's session players. Her hits include including
"Gonna Get Along Without You Now", "Dare To Dream",
"Both Sides Now", "No News Is News", "A House
Is Not a Home", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Love
Pains", "Let's Love Now", "Take One Step Forward"
(by Wills and Noel McCalla), and "Always Something There to Remind
Me" (cancer) b.
December 30th 1939.
2009: Ean Evans (48) American bassist;
he started out at 5 playing the trumpet, before changing to guitar in
his early teens and playing with local bands. Influenced by the likes
of John Paul Jones, Leon Wilkeson and Geddy Lee he
changed to bass, enjoying the aggressive
approach to playing. In
the 1980s he played bass for a rock band called "...Five Miles High!",
before forming his first original band "Cupid's Arrow", which
was popular in the Atlanta area. After composing and recording over 50
songs, Ean became a full time studio musician. He went on to play with
The Outlaws, recording and world wide touring. He then formed his band
"Noon" in which he was guitarist, bass player as well as primary
songwriter and vocalist. In August of 2001 he joined Lynyrd Skynyrd replacing
bassist Leon Wilkeson who had sadly passed away
(cancer) b. September
2011: Mike Spoerndle (59)
American club owner ans promoter of East Haven, who founded the
legendary New Haven music club Toads Place in 1975. Mike helped
bring some of the biggest names in rock n roll to the Elm City,
including the Rolling Stones surprise performance on Aug. 12, 1989.
Bob Dylan played for six hours on Jan. 12, 1990. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen,
U2, REM, and Bon Jovi all performed, are just a few who have performed
at Toad's Place (the exact cause of death remains
unknown, but Spoerndle had battled drug and alcohol dependency in the
past decade) b. 1952
Steve Martland (53)
English composer, born in Liverpool
and studied composition at Liverpool University and in the Netherlands
with Louis Andriessen. He worked mainly with artists outside classical
institutions, Dutch and US groups, freelance musicians and his own Steve
Martland Band which tours his music internationally. He also worked with
the Kings Singers and Evelyn Glennie for whom he wrote Street Songs.
His Principia was adopted as the theme music for the BBC radio programme
The Music Machine. Dance Works is also used as the title music for a Dutch
TV programme. He also wrote and directed A Temporary Arrangement with
the Sea, a film about Louis Andriessen. In August 1998 he collaborated
with the band Spiritualized on a project for the Flux Festival in Edinburgh,
Also, Steve was composer in residence at the ETNA Music Festival in Sicily
in 2006 and 2007 (died
in his sleep) b. October 10th 1959.
2013: Francesco Sorianello (84) American
actor and opera singer; as well as portraying the role of Alessandro over
10 seasons of the Ramona Pageant between 1967-81, he
performed a number of concerts, appeared
in stage productions, mostly musicals and appeared in The Unsinkable
Molly Brown with Debbie Reynolds in 1989.
Francesco has died of a
b. May 1st 1929.
2014: Antony Hopkins/Ernest William Antony Reynolds
(93) British composer,
conductor, pianist, writer and radio broadcaster, born in London.
His works include the operas Lady Rohesia, The Man from Tuscany, and Three's
Company; the ballet Café des Sports; and Scena for soprano and
strings, which was later arranged for three solo voices and full orchestra.
He also wrote
extensively for films, including, Here Come the Huggetts in 1948, The
Pickwick Papers in 1952, Cast a Dark Shadow in 1955 and Billy Budd in
1962. Antony was appointed a CBE in 1976 for his services to music (?)
b. March 21st 1921.
Ron Wilson (44) American
drummer, best known as one of the original members of The Surfaris, an
early surf rock group formed in Glendora, California in 1962., introducing
a vigorous cadence-laced drumming style which made their music much more
energetic than other surf bands. His energetic drum solo made 'Wipe Out'
the best-remembered instrumental of the period. The band toured in various
forms for many years and at times invited members of the audience to attempt
Ron's drum riff while the guitarists played the melody (sadly Ron died
of a brain aneurysm) b. June ?? 1945.
1995: Ray McKinley (84) American
jazz drummer, singer and bandleader; Dorsey Brothers, Will Bradley, Glenn
Miller, and became leader of the revived Glenn Miller band. He got his
start working with local bands in the DallasFort Worth area, before
joining Smith Ballew in 1929, when he met Glenn Miller. The two formed
a friendship which lasted from 1929 until Miller's death in 1944. They
both joined the Dorsey Brothers in 1934. Ray remained with Jimmy until
1939, when he joined Will Bradley, becoming co-leader. His biggest hit
with Bradley, as a singer, was "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,"
which he recorded early in the year 1940. He joined Glenn Miller's Army
Air Force band, which he co-led with arranger Jerry Gray after Miller's
disappearance in December 1944. He formed his own band, then n 1956, capitalizing
on the popularity of the Glenn Miller Story movie Ray was chosen to be
the leader of the revived Glenn Miller band, which he led until 1966.
He co-hosted a 13-week CBS-TV summer series with the band on CBS-TV in
1961. Surviving kinescopes of the program, which was broadcast live, show
another side of McKinley's talent: On that "Glenn Miller Time"
series .. he was a more than adept song and dance man as well. (?) b.
June 18th 1910.
1998: Eddie Rabbitt (56) American
singer and songwriter; he grow up in New Jersey, but moved to Nashville
to start a career as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to
a recording career after penning such hits as "Kentucky Rain"
for Elvis Presley in 1970 and "Pure Love" for Ronnie Milsap
in 1974. Later in the 1970s, he helped to develop the crossover-influenced
sound of country music prevalent in the 1980s with hits "Suspicions"
and "Every Which Way but Loose". His duets "Friends and
Lovers" and "You and I", with Juice Newton and Crystal
Gayle respectively, later served as the themes for the soap operas Days
of Our Lives and All My Children. In the 1970s and 80s he penned 20 No.1
country hits including "Drivin' My Life Away" and "I Love
a Rainy Night," which also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Adult
Contemporary Tracks (lung cancer) b. November 27th
2004: Rudi Maugeri (73) Canadian baritone
singer and founding member of The Crew-Cuts, who named themselves after
the then popular crew cut haircut, one of the first connections made between
pop music and hairstyle. They all had been members of the St. Michael's
Choir School in Toronto. They were most famous for their recording of
a cover version of The Chords, hit record, "Sh-Boom" in 1954.
Rudi also worked as a disc jockey, radio show host and station programmer
in both New York and L.A. (sadly lost his brave
battle with pancreatic cancer) b. January
2010: David Fisher (70)
American folk singer and guitarist; while still at high school in New
Haven, Connecticut, Dave sang with a doo-wop group called the Academics,
he released three singles while with them. A year later while at Wesleyan
University in Middletown, Connecticut, Dave started the Highwaymen, originally
calling themselves the Clansmen, with
Bob Burnett, Steve Trott, Chan Daniels and Steve Butts. They had a Billboard
No.1 hit in 1961 with "Michael" which sold
over one million copies, and were awarded a gold disc.
It was followed by another top 20 hit in 1962 "Cottonfields".
continued for another three years recording two albums and performed countless
concerts and television shows. Dave spent the next thirty years in LA
where he composed, arranged, edited and supervised music for TV and film
for most of the major studios and wrote over a thousand songs, before
again performing with a reformed Highwayman as lead tenor, lead guitarist
and musical director (?)
Francisco Aguabella (84) Cuban-American
jazz percussionist, born
in Matanzas, he first left
Cuba in the 1950s to perform with Katherine Dunham in the Shelley Winters
film "Mambo" filmed in Italy. After touring with Katherine Dunham
he relocated to America and performed and toured with Peggy Lee for the
next seven years. He performed in Europe, Australia, South America, and
all over the United States, including the White House. Francisco enjoyed
an extensive music performing and recording career with
many great jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria,
Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, Lalo Schifrin, Cal Tjader, Nancy
Wilson, Poncho Sanchez, Bebo Valdes and numerous others. He also taught
Afro-Cuban drumming to undergraduate and graduate students at the University
of California, Los Angeles. (sadly
lost his life to a cancer-related illness)
b. August 28th 1925.
2011: John Walker/John Joseph Maus (67)
American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in New York City, but
moved to California in 1947. After singing at local venues, John went
on to form The Walker Brothers in 1964 along with bassist Scott Engel,
and drummer Al "Tiny" Schneider. Their song "Make It Easy
On Yourself", reached No.1 in the UK chart in September 1965. The
following year they had their second UK No.1, "The Sun Ain't Gonna
Shine Anymore", it was also their biggest hit in the US, where it
made No.13 on the Billboard Hot 100. In early '68, The Walker Brothers
split up and John began performing solo releasing a single, "Annabella",
and the album, 'If You Go Away'. In 1974,
he reformed The Walker Brothers
and in 1975, they released an album, No Regrets and recorded two further
albums together, Lines and Nite Flights. In 2000, he set up his own record
label and released a CD, You. He toured Britain again as part of a nostalgia
package tour in 2004, and released an album, Silver Sixties Tour 2004
(sadly John died battling liver cancer)
b. November 12th 1943.
2011: George Webley (53) British musician,
composer, bandleader, and broadcaster born in Clapham, London. He left
school at the age of 14 to go on the road with a showband. He became Herbie
Flowers', noted bassist of Blue Mink, T.Rex and Sky, apprentice in his
late teens and was himself a session bass player until the age of 30.
George then became a musical director for EMI producing dozens of chart
records. In 1989, he became bandleader on Jameson Tonight and composed
or arranged the theme music for the television programmes Have I Got News
For You, The Office, Room 101, and Graham Norton. He
also composed numerous other themes for the National Theatre, Arts Theatre,
ballet, and radio including Ian McMillans East Coast Girls, Emma
Clarke's Share and Share Alike, and Neil Mosseys Stockport So Good
They Named It Once. In 1999 Webley presented the BBC2 educational series
Music File, which won the Prix La Basle award for educational excellence.
He also won the 2002 Sony Gold for Music Broadcaster whilst on BBC
Three Counties, where he launched "Cabbie Chat - The Rank Opinion",
which ran every morning on his Milton Keynes Breakfast programme. In his
last 5 years he worked mostly on BBC London radio and most recently he
formed a new band, The G Spot, featuring Happy Dave on drums and Jez on
guitar. They played their first gig on 28 Aug 2010 for Natalie Cassidy
of Eastenders fame at the National Theatre, South Bank, London. The performance
was filmed for a reality show to be shown later this year, 2011, on E4
(awaiting the coroners report)
b. May 29th
2013: Eric Kitteringham (66)
Irish rock bassist born in Cork; together with Norman
Damery, he played in the leading
1960s Cork band, The Axels but when the band
split up in 1966, he and Damery joined up with Rory Gallagher who had
just left The Impact and together they formed the band Taste. They played
and toured together for two years including performing at the Star Club
in Hamburg and released a single "Blister On The Moon" before
Eric and Damery left the band in 1968 (sadly
died bravely battling cancer) b.
2013: Peter Rauhofer (48) Austrian
dj, remixer and producer who formerly went under the moniker Club 69 as
well as Size Queen. From Vienna, he was famous for a variety of his remixes
including Cher's, "Believe", and a number of Madonna's songs
including "Nothing Really Matters", "American Life",
"Nothing Fails", "Nobody Knows Me", "Get Together",
"Impressive Instant", and "4 Minutes", as well as
her collaboration with Britney Spears, "Me Against The Music"
and various collaborations with Janet Jackson, "Throb",
"Just A Little While" to name a few. He provided remixes for
Whitney Houston, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Pet
Shop Boys, Christina
Aguilera, Yoko Ono, Pink, Tori Amos and Mariah Carey. In
2000 he won the Grammy Award
for Best Remixer of the Year for his remix of Cher Believe song (sadly
died of brain cancer) b. April 29th 1965.
2014: Sir George Christie (79) British
opera manager, he was the son of John Christie, the founder of the Glyndebourne
Opera House and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera at his home at Glyndebourne,
Sussex in 1934. His mother was singer Audrey Mildmay. George took over
the festival in 1958 when he was 23 and he created the Glyndebourne Tour.
Sir George oversaw the demolition of the old opera house and its replacement
by a new one, all without a penny sought in public subsidy. He was knighted
in 1984 and appointed a Companion of Honour in 2001. He was, for a while,
a member of the Arts Council and the South Bank Board. In 2013 he won
a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the Opera Awards in London
(?) b. December 31st
1967: LaVerne Sophia Andrews (55) American
contralto singer and eldest of The Andrews Sisters, who became the best-selling
female vocal group in the history of popular music setting records that
remain unsurpassed to this day. Born in Minnesota, LaVerne played piano
accompaniment for the silent film showings in exchange for free dancing
lessons for herself and her sisters, Maxine and Patricia. They started
their career as imitators of an earlier successful singing group, the
Boswell Sisters. After singing with various dance bands and touring in
vaudeville with the likes of Ted Mack, Leon Belasco, and comic bandleader
Larry Rich, they first came to national attention with their recordings
and radio broadcasts in 1937, most notably via their major record hit,
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön/To Me, You Are Beautiful. Once the sisters
found fame and settled in California. During World War II, they entertained
the Allied forces extensively in America, Africa and Italy, visiting Army,
Navy, Marine and Coast Guard bases, war zones, hospitals, and munitions
b. July 6th 1911.
British keyboard player, one of the great catalytic figures of 60s rock
in UK, and has a claim to the title "Father of the British Blues".
He gained attention as a jazz saxophonist as a member of the Don Rendell
Quintet. After which, he was a member of Blues Incorporated, a group led
by Alexis Korner, before forming his Graham Bond Quartet. With a lineup
of himself on vocals and organ, Ginger Baker on drums, Jack Bruce on double
bass, and, briefly, John McLaughlin on guitar, who was replaced by Dick
Heckstall-Smith on sax and the name changed to the Graham Bond Organization.
Graham was the main song writer, and also produced their two studio albums,
The Sound of '65 and There's a Bond Between Us. The GBO is notable in
popular music history for jump-starting the careers of two future Cream
members, bassist/singer Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. One song
Bruce and Baker originally recorded with Bond, "Train Time,"
later wound up in the repertoire of Cream. Graham also formed Magus with
UK folk-singer Carolanne Pegg, the group disbanded around Christmas 1973
without recording. During that same period, he discovered American singer-songwriter-guitarist
Mick Lee, and took him under his wing. They played together live, but
never recorded. The new band also had plans to include Chris Wood of Traffic,
but never materialized due to Bond's untimely death (suicide??
maybe?? He died under the wheels of train at Finsbury Park station, London)
b. October 28th 1937.
1982: Neil Bogart/Neil E. Bogatz (39)
American record executive. He was a singer in the 1960s before running
Cameo-Parkway Records, after which he became an executive at Buddah Records.
He is credited with being a key player in the rise of bubblegum pop music
during his time working at Cameo-Parkway and Buddah. He founded Casablanca
Records in the 70's. The
KISS album Creatures of the Night was dedicated to the memory of Neil,
Donna Summer's self-titled album from 1982 is also dedicated to
Neil's memory, and the liner notes contain one of his s favorite sayings,
"why head for the mountaintop when you're reaching for the sky".
In the 1980 film Can't Stop the Music, actor Paul Sand plays a record
executive loosely based on Bogart. (sadly he lost
his fight with cancer) b. February 3rd 1943.
1985: Carl Marx (87) German composer
and conductor; he composed orchestral works, concerti, chamber music,
piano music, works for organ, cantatas, numerous choral works and lieder
set to words by German poets. He studied musical composition with Orff,
Siegmund von Hausegger and Anton Beer-Waldbrunn among others. In 1928
he became choir director of the Munich Bach Society, and in 1929 was appointed
professor of compositional technique at the Akademie der Tonkunst, Munich.
From 1939 to 1945 he taught music theory at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory
in Graz, composed music for Nazi ceremonies and contributed to songbooks
for the Hitler Youth. From 1946 until given emeritus status he was professor
of composition at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (He
died in Stuttgart) b. November 12th 1897.
1988: Joseph Hilton 'Nappy' Lamare (82) American
jazz banjoist, electric bassist, guitarist, and vocalist, born in New
Orleans. He started his musical career in New Orleans working with performers
such as Monk Hazel, Johnny Wiggs and Sharkey Bonano, to name a few. He
perhaps best-known for his work from 1930-1935 with the Ben Pollack band,
and from 1935-1943 with the Bob Crosby band (?)
b. June 14th 1905.
1990: Luigi Nono (66)
Italian pianist and avant-garde composer
of classical music, he remains one of the most prominent composers of
the 20th century. Born in Venice, Hermann Scherchen presented Luigi's
first acknowledged work, the Variazioni canoniche sulla serie dell'op.
41 di A. Schönberg in 1950, at the Internationale Ferienkurse für
Neue Musik Darmstadt. During the 1960s, Luigi's musical activities became
increasingly explicit and polemical in their subject, whether that be
the warning against nuclear catastrophe - Canti di vita e d'amore: sul
ponte di Hiroshima of 1962; the denunciation of capitalist exploitation
- La Fabbrica Illuminata in 1964; the condemnation of Nazi war criminals
in the wake of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials - Ricorda cosi ti hanno
fatto in Auschwitz, 1965; or of American imperialism in the war against
Vietnam - A floresta e jovem e cheia de vida of 1966. His
last masterpieces, such as Caminantes
Ayacucho 198687, inspired
by a region in southern Peru that experiences extreme poverty and social
unrest, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura 198889, and "Hay
que caminar" soñando 1989, offer poignant comment on the composer's
life-long quest for political renewal and social justice.
b. January 29th 1924.
Rudolf Serkin (88) Bohemian-born
pianist born in Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Cheb, Czech Republic.a
child prodigy, he was sent to Vienna at the age of 9, where he studied
piano with Richard Robert and, later, composition with Joseph Marx making
his public debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at 12. Shortly after the
outbreak of WW II in 1939, he emigrated to the United States, where he
taught several generations of pianists at the Curtis Institute of Music
in Philadelphia. From 1968 to 1976 he served as the Institute's Director.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and in March
1972 celebrated his 100th appearance with the New York Philharmonic by
playing Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No.1. The orchestra and board
of directors also named him an honorary member of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony
Society, a distinction also conferred on Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky,
and Paul Hindemith. In 1986, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a guest
artist with the orchestra. He is also regarded as one of the primary interpreters
of the music of Beethoven in the 20th century (sadly
died of cancer)
b. March 28th 1903.
1991: Jean Langlais (84) French
composer of modern classical music, organist, and improviser, born in
La Fontenelle a village near Mont St Michel. He became blind due to glaucoma
when he was only two years old, and was sent to study at the Institut
National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, where he began to study the organ.
From there, he progressed to the Paris Conservatoire, obtaining prizes
in organ. Jean was a prolific composer, composing 254 works with opus
numbers, the first of which was his Prelude and Fugue for organ in 1927,
and the last his Trio in 1990, another organ piece. Although best known
as a composer of organ music and sacred choral music, he also composed
a number of instrumental, orchestral and chamber works and some secular
song settings. He
was also a much in demand as a concert organist, and toured widely across
Europe and the United States.
b. February 15th 1907.
Teresa Teng (42) Chinese pop singer from Taiwan, her voice
and songs are instantly recognized throughout east Asia. Her songs also
enjoy huge popularity among Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian
and Indonesian listeners. To date she currently holds the record of being
the highest selling Asian artist of all time with sales of over 100 million,
slightly higher than that of Michiya Mihashi. Teresa was known for her
folk songs and romantic ballads, such as "When Will You Return?"
and "The Moon Represents My Heart". She recorded songs not only
in her native Mandarin but also in English,
Cantonese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indonesian (Tragically
died from a severe respiratory attack while on holiday in Thailand. Teresa
was a lifelong sufferer from asthma) b. January
1996: Celedonio Romero (83) Cuban
guitarist, composer and poet, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He studied classical
guitar at the Conservatory of Málaga and at the Madrid Royal Conservatory
and made his concert debut at the age of 22. In 1957 he relocated to Southern
California, where with his three sons Angel, Celin and Pepe started a
guitar quartet, the Romeros. Celedonio made a large number of recordings,
both solo and with the Romeros, and he also wrote over 100 compositions
for guitar, including a dozen concertos. He
was inducted into the Orden de Isabel la Católica by King Juan
Carlos I. He was also made a "Caballero del Santo Sepulcro"
/ "Knight of the Holy Sepulchre" by Pope John Paul II.
b. March 2nd 1913.
Nasrat Parsa (36) Afghani singer; one of the few Afghan singers
who had a formal training in classical music. It was these lessons that
would prepare him for performing the ghazal that he later became known
for in Europe. Due to Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the ensuing
disruptive guerrilla fighting, Nasrat and his family left Afghanistan
in 1981 for Pakistan and subsequently to New Delhi, India, where he attended
the school of music under the apprenticeship of classic Indian singer
Daish Pandi. Nasrat and his family next immigrated to Hamburg, Germany,
where he met fellow countrymen and became more involved in the music scene
with the other exiled singers and musicians.There, he taught Waly Hedjasi,
better known as VALY, a highly acclaimed musician. In 2005 at the height
of his popularity, Nasrat was invited to perform at a concert in Vancouver,
Canada, for Mothers Day, opening a tour that was scheduled to include
several cities in North America (murdered while
performing at the Mother's Day concert in Canada) b.
February 22nd 1968
Fortin (37) Canadian singer and
guitarist, born near the village of St-Thomas-Didyme, in the Lac-Saint-Jean
region of Quebec, he studied cinema at the Université de Montréal.
In 1990 he formed and fronted the band Les Colocs. The band marked the
history of Quebec music with their sound, infused with brass sounds, first
very wild and festive, later more mellow, as well as more inspired by
swing, country, blues and african music. Their debut self titled album
was released in '93, which was followed by 1995's 'Atrocetomique' and
'Dehors novembre' in '98 which won the Félix Award for the Rock
Album of the Year. Albums 'Les Années 1992-1995', 'Suite 2116'
and 'Live 1993-1998' were released after his death. A movie about his
life, "Dédé à travers les brumes" was released
on March 13th 2009 (Dédé
committed Hara-kiri, a Japanese ritual
suicide by disembowelment, in his apartment in the Plateau neighborhood
of Montreal) b. November 17th 1962.
2008: Eddy Arnold (89) American country
music star; with 145 songs on the country charts including 28 number one
hits. A member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 and the Country Music Hall
of Fame since 1966, he ranked 22nd on Country Music Television's 2003
list of "The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music" and he is among
one of the most popular country singers in U.S. history. His many hits
included "That's How Much I Love You", "What Is Life Without
Love", "It's a Sin", "I'll Hold You in My Heart",
"To My Sorrow", "Anytime", "Bouquet of Roses",
"(Just a Little Lovin') Will Go a Long Way", "A Heart Full
of Love (For a Handful of Kisses)", "One Kiss Too Many",
"There's Been a Change in Me", "Kentucky Waltz", "I
Wanna Play House With You", "Eddy's Song", "Make the
World Go Away", "I Want to Go with You" and "Turn
the World Around" to mention just a few. In 2000, he was awarded
the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, Arnold received a lifetime achievement
award from the Recording Academy, and later that year, released an album
with RCA Records called After All These Years. (Eddy
died of natural causes, just one week short of his 90th birthday) b.
May 15th 1918.
2011: Cornell Dupree (69) American
jazz and R&B guitarist, beginning his career playing in the Atlantic
Records studio band, recording on albums by Aretha Franklin, noted for
playing the opening guitar riff on Aretha's "Respect" and King
Curtis as a member of "The King Pins". He appeared on the 1969
Lena Horne and Gábor Szabó recording, and on recordings
with Archie Shepp, Grover Washington, Jr., Snooky Young and Miles Davis.
In the late 70s he was a founding member of the band Stuff, which featured
fellow guitarist Eric Gale, Richard Tee on keyboards, Steve Gadd, Chris
Parker on drums, and Gordon Edwards on bass. Also Dupree and Cornell recorded
together on many occasions. Other notable albums include Joe Cocker's
Stingray and Luxury You Can Afford, plus his solo albums Teasin', Saturday
Night Fever (instrumental), Shadow Dancing, Can't Get Through, Coast to
Coast, Uncle Funky, Child's Play, Bop 'n' Blues, and Unstuffed. He played
on Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Please
Send Me Someone to Love", and is featured on two tracks of Peter
Wolf's 1998 album, Fool's Parade (sadly
Cornell died of complications from emphysema)
b. December 19th 1942.
2012: Roman Totenberg (101) Polish-born
American violinist born in Lódz. He made his debut at the age of
12 as soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 1923. He was also
awarded the gold medal at the Chopin Conservatory/Warsaw and continued
his studies with Carl Flesch in Berlin, where he won the International
Mendelssohn Prize in 1931, and later with George Enescu and Pierre Monteux
in Paris. He made both his British debut in London and his American debut
in New York in 1935. In 1983 he was named Artist Teacher of the Year by
the American String Teachers Association and in April 2007 he was honored
with the New England String Ensemble's Muses & Mentors Award for his
great artistry and significant contributions to string education. In 1988
he was awarded the highest Medal of Merit by the Polish Government for
his life-long contributions to Polish society (?)
b. January 1st 1911.
2012: Kiyoko Otani (93) Japanese soprano
singer (died from respiratory
2012: Everett Lilly (87) American
bluegrass mandolin player and along with his brother Bea, performed as
the Lilly Brothers. Born in Clear Creek, WV, they made their radio debut
on the Old Farm Hour show at WCHS in Charleston in 1938. In 1948, the
brothers signed with the WWVA Jamboree as members of "Red Belcher's
Kentucky Ridge Runners", but quit two years later because of a financial
dispute and the brothers retired temporarily. In 1951, he joined Flatt
& Scruggs as mandolin player, then the next year, in 1952, Tex Logan,
persuaded them to reunite. The personnel of the Lilly Brothers: Everett,
Bea, Don Stover and Tex Logan, didn't change between 1952 and 1970 and
is considered one of bluegrass music's most stable lineups. The death
of Everetts son, Giles, in a car crash in 1970 brought a start of
an end to the brothers. For the remainder of the 1970s, the brothers did
reunite on several occasions. In the 1980s, as Bea retired, Everett and
his son Mark played together in the group "Clear Creek Crossin'"
and he continued to play and perform with his sons in the band Everett
Lilly and the Lilly Mountaineers until his death. The Lilly Brothers
career was chronicled in a 1979 documentary "True Facts in a Country
Song". In 1986, the Lilly Brothers were inducted into the Massachusetts
Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2002, they were inducted into the International
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, and in 2008, inducted into the West Virginia
Music Hall Of Fame (?) b.
July 1st 1924.
2013: Zia Fariduddin Dagar
(80) Indian classical vocalist in the
Dhrupad, the oldest existing form of north Indian classical music (Hindustani
classical music) and part of the Dagar family of musicians. He taught
at the Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal, along with his elder brother, Ustad Zia
Mohiuddin Dagar for 25 years. He
was awarded the 1994 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Hindustani music-Vocal
by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and
Drama. Padma Shri- India's fourth highest civilian honor been conferred
upon him in year 2012, but he turned it down, saying the government did
not care about his seniority as he was chosen for it after much younger
Dhrupad singers were conferred the honour. Zia represented the 19th generation
of the musical tradition of the Dagar family that is believed to have
preserved and nurtured Dhrupad for 20 generations
(sadly died after a short illness) b. June
2013: Bill Langstroth (82)
Canadian country music producer raised in
Montreal; his first gig was in Halifax as a producer at CBC. Working alongside
Don Messer, he quickly climbed the ladder, from coordinating producer
in 1954 to a series producer in 1955. He built the Don Messer show into
a nationally broadcasted program and in the years following hosted, "Singalong
Jubilee." His extensive efforts and great talent in the areas of
television production allow him to be recognized as one of the country's
first and best industry leaders and in 2011, he was inducted into the
Canadian Country Music Hall of fame (?) b.
November 5th 1930. <- Canadian Country Music
Hall give this as Bill Langstroth's birthdate, which makes him 82, not
81 as reported on many sites.
Juan Tarodo (52) Spanish drummer, songwriter
and producer; born in Madrid, he was a founding member
of the techno pop Olé Olé,
one of the most successful bands in Spain and Latin America between 1983
and 1993, with hits singles such as "No controls", "Conspiracy"
and "I'm a thousand". After the band split in 1993, Juan moved
more to the production side of the business. As a producer, he worked
with the likes of Noelia,
Jose Luciano, Pedro Marin, Anibal
Berraute, Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma" and Juan Gabriel, among
others (sadly Juan
died battling leukemia) b. June 12th 1960.
2014: Jair Rodrigues (75) Brazilian
singer, born in Igarapava and grew up in Nova Europa. At the start of
the 1960s, he gained popularity in the state capital as a singer on various
television programs for new musical talent. In 1965, he and Elis Regina
successfully sang together on "O Fino da Bossa", a television
program on TV Record. In 1966 he sang at the "Record Festival"
with the song "Disparada" and came joint first. Jair released
an album a year and performed hits such as O Menino da Porteira, Boi da
Cara Preta e Majestade o Sabiá. He has toured Europe, the United
States and Japan. (sadly died of a heart
attack) b. February 6th 1939.
1919: James Reese Europe (38) American
ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. Born in Mobile,
Alabama, into a musical family, at about ten, his family moved to Washington,
D.C., where he studied violin with Enrico Hurlei, the assistant director
of the Marine Corps Band. At 22, he moved to New York and began playing
piano in a cabaret and in 1905, he joined Joe Jordan to write for The
Memphis Students. In 1907, he was the musical director of Cole and Johnson's
Shoo-Fly Re giment. James was the leading figure on the African American
music scene of New York City in the 1910s. George Gershwin remembered
sitting on the curb outside Baron Wilkin's nightclub in Harlem for hours
when he was seven years old, listening to James Europe play. In 1910,
he founded one of the most unusual African-American organizations of the
time The Clef Club playing many of the most elite functions in New York,
London, Paris, and on yachts traveling worldwide. During
World War I James obtained a Commission in the New York Army National
Guard, where he saw combat as a lieutenant with the 369th Infantry Regiment
(the "Harlem Hellfighters"). He went on to direct the regimental
band to great acclaim entertaining the troops. During this time, his group
performed in a series of concerts with some of the greatest marching bands
of France, Britain, and Italy. James and his band returned triumphantly
to New York on February 12, 1919, and soon began a tour of American cities.
The final concert on the tour was at Mechanic's Hall in Boston (During
the intermission of his concert at Bostons Mechanics Hall,
James was fatally stabbed in the neck
by his drummer Herbert Wright,
his jugular vein with a pen
knife. James was granted the first ever public funeral for an African
American in New York) b. February 22nd
1957: Ezio Pinza (64) Italian
bass opera singer born in Rome; he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan
Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. He opposite
many celebrated singers at the Met during his heyday. They included, among
others, such international stars as Rosa Ponselle, Elisabeth Rethberg,
Giovanni Martinelli, Beniamino Gigli, Lawrence Tibbett and Giuseppe De
Luca. He also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan, and at the Royal
Opera House, Covent Garden, London. After retiring from
the Met in 1948, he enjoyed a fresh career on Broadway in the musical
theatre and also appeared in several Hollywood films.
sadly died from a stroke) b.
May 18th 1892
1983: Bob Neal
American DJ and agent,
born to missionary parents in the Belgian Congo on the continent of Africa.
After a well traveled upbringing, back in America, in the late 1940s,
he had his own country music program on WMPS, "The Bob Neal Farm
Hour". This gave him the change to promote young artists and songwriters,
and in 1954 Sam Phillips of Sun Records introduced him to a young Elvis,
Bob took over Elvis's early management signing him in 1955. He also formed
the talent agency, Stars Inc and by 1956, he was putting together package
shows, which took several artists on a tour, these included Johnny Cash,
Sonny James, Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings, Johnny Horton, Faron Young
and others. Over the years Bob has promoted and/or managed many other
artists such as Carl Belew, Tommy Cash, Stonewall Jackson, Sonny James,
Warner Mack, Johnny Paycheck, Pete Drake, Connie Hall and Jimmy Martin
to mention a few (?)
b. October 6th 1917.
1989: Keith Whitley (34) American country music singer, guitarist,
born in Sandy Hook, KY; his brief career in mainstream country music lasted
from 1984 until 1989, but he continues to influence an entire generation
of singers and songwriters. He charted nineteen singles on the Billboard
country charts, including five consecutive No.1s: "Don't Close Your
Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", "I'm No Stranger
to the Rain", "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It
Ain't Nothin'", the last two posthumously (alcohol
poisoning) b. July 1st 1954.
1991: Yanka Dyagileva (24) Russian
poet and singer-songwriter, born in Novosibirsk and was one of the brightest
figures in Russia's underground punk scene. She played solo and performed
with others, including Egor Letov and Velikiye Oktyabri of the Great Octobers
rock band. She was greatly influenced by her friend Alexander Bashlachev,
and Letov, her lover and mentor. Her songs were a mixture of desperate,
punk-style nihilism and folk lamentations. (The
exact date of her sad death is unknown; on May 9th 1991, Yanka disappeared
from her countryside home, where she lived with her family. On May 17th
she was found dead in the Inya River, far away from the place where she
had disappeared. It is thought she probably committed suicide after a
long bout with depression) b. September 4th 1966.
1998: Talat Mahmood (74)
Indian playback singer and film actor born in Lucknow, he sang about 800
songs in his long career; he studied classical music at Morris Music College.
His reputation as a ghazal singer soon spread with his classical songs
" Sapnon Ki Suhaani Duniyaa Ko " for film Shikast and "
Laage Tose Naina " for Chaandi Ki Deewar. In 1949 Talat moved to
Bombay, to sing for the Bombay film industry. His name and fame had already
preceded him and soon he was flooded with offers. His big break came with
the song "Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho" composed
by music-composer Anil Biswas for the soundtrack of the movie "Arzoo".
Talat also acted in over a dozen films with top actresses of the time
like Nutan, Mala Sinha, Suraiya and others. Later he decided to give up
acting to concentrate on singing (?)
b. February 24th 1924.
2001: James E. Myers (81)
American songwriter, actor, producer, and raconteur; maybe best
known as the credited co-writer of "Rock Around the Clock" for
which he used the pseudonym "Jimmy DeKnight". After his work
with Billy Haley, he began providing songs to The Jodimars, a group made
up of former Comets. In later years, James turned to acting, appearing
in small roles in a number of films such as The China Syndrome; he also
directed at least two films under his Jimmy DeKnight nom de plume. He
also wrote an autobiography based upon his experiences in World War II
entitled Hell in a Foxhole, and opened a museum in his home dedicated
to "Rock Around the Clock" (leukemia)
b. October 26th 1919.
2009: Stephen Bruton (60)
American songwriter and guitarist; born in Wilmington, Delaware and moved
to Texas at the age of two. After
graduating from Texas Christian University he
mixed with the Fort Worth music scene and was soon playing in Kris Kristofferson's
band just as Kris's career was about to take off. Stephen and Kris's collaboration
and friendship lasted more than 40 years. Throughout his long career
he has also worked with such artists and musicians as NRBQ, T Bone Burnett,
Bonnie Raitt, Sonny Landreth, Rita Coolidge, Christine McVie, Elvis Costello,
Delbert McClinton and Carly Simon and produced albums for Alejandro Escovedo,
Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hal Ketchum, Storyville and Chris Smither
b. November 7th 1948
2009: Travis Edmonson (76) American
singer-songwriter and guitarist who performed
both as a soloist and in the group Bud and Travis. At the age of 5, he
briefly played the role of Curley on the TV show Our Gang. He began his
singing career at age seven as a member of the St. Andrew's Episcopal
Church choir, where he sang with his three older brothers. In the early
1950s, he served in the US Army, before beginning his musical career in
San Francisco. After singing solo, he joined a quartet, the Gateway Singers
with Louis Gottlieb. In 1958, he formed Bud and Travis along with Bud
Dashiell, they recorded eight albums in seven years and appeared at many
top nightclubs and on television, including a guest appearance on the
show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He was considered a folk music
"pioneer" and influencing groups such as the Kingston Trio and
was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Tucson Area Music Awards in
for his musical accomplishments (heart failure)
b. September 23rd 1932.
2009: Eugene Smith (88) American
gospel singer known
for his distinct baritone/tenor voice; he
met Roberta Martin at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church when he joined
the junior chorus led by Martin. That same year, 1933, he became one of
the original Roberta Martin Singers. Some of their most popular releases
included "Old Ship of Zion", "He
Knows How Much You Can Bear", "Yield
Not To Temptation", "Only a Look" and "The Lord Will
Make a Way". In the early 1940s, Eugene composed the gospel blues
song "I Know the Lord Will Make a Way, Oh Yes He Will", which
is still popular among congregations today, and in 1949, he also became
the business manager and booking agent for the Roberta Martin Singers.
After he group disbanded, in 1969 when Roberta Martin died, Eugene still
sang in and around the Chicago area, and participated in various programs
honoring The Roberta Martin Singers and other singers and musicians from
the "Golden Era" of gospel until his death (died in his sleep
at his apartment in Chicago, Illinois)
b. April 22nd
2010: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (92)
American jazz singer and actress born in Brooklyn,
New York, Lena joined the mike chorus of the Cotton Club
at the age of sixteen and in 1934 she landed a small role in an all-black
Broadway show Dance with Your Gods. In 1935 she became the featured singer
with the Noble Sissle Society Orchestra, which performed at many first-rate
hotel ballrooms and nightclubs. She left Sissle in 1936 to perform as
a solo singer in a variety of New York City clubs before moving to Hollywood,
where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts
in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Due to the Red Scare
and her left-leaning political views, she found herself blacklisted and
unable to get work in Hollywood. Returning to her roots as a nightclub
performer, she headlined clubs and hotels throughout the U.S., Canada
and Europe. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, Lena was a staple of
TV variety shows, appearing multiple times on Perry Como's Kraft Music
Hall, The Ed Sullivan Show...>>> READ
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away in the New YorkPresbyterian Hospital in New York City)
b. June 30th 1917.
parang musician, who, along with siblings Tito, Toy and Victor, made up
the legendary Lara Brothers, whose indigenous music was popular especially
during the Christmas season. He was the last surviving member of the Lara
Brothers, formed almost sixty years ago. Willie received many honors in
his life as an iconic parrandero and was honoured nationally by winning
the Hummingbird Silver Medal (sadly
died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, after minor medical
tests) b. June 8th 1929.
2014: Selim Sesler (57)
Turkish clarinet player, of Gypsy origin, born in Kesan, Edirne. At the
age of 14, he began to play in village weddings and fairs. In the 1980s,
he moved to Istanbul, where he joined Romani music bands and performed
in restaurants, music halls, night clubs and weddings. He also took part
at the musical theatre of Ferhan Sensoy and recorded some small-budget
albums. He gained international fame in the 90s while touring Canada with
Brenna MacCrimmon and went on to hold concerts at Barbican Centre in London,
New York City, Boston,and Chicago. His albums went on sale in the United
States, in Europe, in Canada, and even in Japan. He developed a rich repertoire
and a unique playing style and he featured in the Golden Bear-winning
movie Head-On in 2004. (sadly
Selim died while battling a coronary heart disease) b. 1957
2014: Joe Wilder (92) American
jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer born in Philadelphia and studied
at the Mastbaum School of Music. At 19, he joined his first touring big
band, Les Hite's band, before serving in the Marines during WWII. In the
40's and early 50's, he played in the orchestras of Jimmie Lunceford,
Herbie Fields, Sam Donahue, Lucky Millinder, Noble Sissle, Dizzy Gillespie,
and finally with the Count Basie Orchestra. From 1957 to 1974, he did
studio work for ABC-TV, New York, and in the pit orchestras for Broadway
also performed on several occasions with the New York Philharmonic under
Andre Kostelanetz and Pierre Boulez and played lead for the Symphony Of
The New World from 1965 to 1971. In
his long career he was a regular sideman with such musicians as NEA Jazz
Masters Hank Jones, Gil Evans, and Benny Goodman and
became a favorite with vocalists and played for Billie Holiday, Lena Horne,
Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Eileen Farrell, Tony Bennett, and many
others. He appeared on The Cosby Show episode "Play It Again, Russell"
in 1986 and played the trumpet in the Malcolm X Orchestra in Spike Lee's
"Malcolm X" in 1992. Since 1991 he returned as a leader and
recorded three albums for Evening Star. Joe was awarded the Temple
University Jazz Master's Hall of Fame Award in 2006 and The National Endowment
for the Arts honored him with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz
Masters Award for 2008
(sadly died from congestive heart failure)
b. February 22nd 1922.
1979: Carl Martin (73) American
multi-musician including conga, percussion, guitar; he enjoyed a career
that spanned over five decades under several different monikers, including
The Four Keys, the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, the Wandering Troubadours
and his own Carl Martin Trio (?)
b. April 1st 1906.
1989: Woody Herman Shaw II (44) US
jazz trumpet; he grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and began his study of
music at the age of 11, later attending Newark Arts High School. Early
in his career he was influenced by Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Fats Navarro,
Booker Little, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. He worked during the
1960s with greats such
as Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Art
Blakey. During this period he also recorded for Blue Note Records as a
sideman with Andrew Hill, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and
others. Beginning in the mid-1970s he worked primarily as a leader. In
in 1978 was signed to Columbia Records and recorded the albums Rosewood,
Stepping Stones, Woody III, For Sure, and United. Rosewood was nominated
for 2 Grammies and was voted Best Jazz Album of 1978 in the Down Beat
Reader's Poll, which also voted Woody Best Jazz Trumpeter of the Year
and No.4 Jazz Musician of the Year. Woody is often credited with developing
an improvisational approach based on larger intervals, like fourths and
fifths, instead of the smaller intervals which are more easily playable
on the trumpet (kidney failure). b. December 24th
1992: Sylvia Syms/Sylvia Blagman (74)
American jazz singer; born in Brooklyn, New York, aahe received informal
training from Billie Holiday and in 1941 she made her debut at a club
called Billy's Stable. In
1948, performing at the Cinderella Club in Greenwich Village, she was
seen by Mae West, who gave her a part in a show she was doing. She was
signed to Decca Records, her major success
was "I Could Have Danced All Night" in 1956. Frank Sinatra produced
her 1982 album Syms By Sinatra. In the late 80s and early 90s, Sylvia
still performed occasionally at intimate venues such as Eighty Eights,
Michaels Pub, and Freddys in New York, where sensitive audiences
thrilled to her tasteful selections, which included such delights as Skylark,
You Are Not My First Love, I Want To Be Yours,
Fun To Be Fooled, I Guess Ill Hang My Tears Out
To Dry, It Amazes Me, and Pink Taffeta.
(died on stage of a heart attack). b.
December 2nd 1917
1999: Shel Silverstein (68)
American poet, winning songwriter, musician, composer,
author of children's books, cartoonist
and screenwriter. As well as his vast
book and stage writings, cartoons, he
composed original music for several films, and displayed a musical versatility
in these projects, playing guitar, piano, saxophone, and trombone himself.
By the end of the 1950s, his
had include music to his arts, and began writing songs. He eventually
collaborated with Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Hank Snow,
Buck Owens, and 70s pop icon, Dr. Hook. Shel was the creative
force behind Hooks Top 40 hit On the Cover of the Rolling
He also wrote the Johnny Cash hit, A Boy named Sue winning
a 1970 Grammy, and the Irish Rovers
His music was used in films, his song "I'm Checking Out" featured
in the "Postcards from the Edge" and was nominated for an academy
award. He was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 2002 (This amazingly artist free spirit
died from a heart attack) b. September
2002: Kaifi Azmi (83) Indian poet, multi-award
winning songwriter and composer; born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, he is
considered one the greatest Urdu poets of 20th century. He wrote his first
lyrics for the film Buzdil, directed by Shaheed Latif, in 1952. His greatest
feat as a writer was Chetan Anand's Heer Raanjha in 1970 wherein the entire
dialogue of the film was in verse, a tremendous achievement and one of
the greatest feats of Hindi film writing. As a lyricist and songwriter,
though he wrote for numerous films, he will always be remembered for Guru
Dutt's Kaagaz Ke Phool-1959 and Chetan Anand's Haqeeqat-1964, India's
greatest war film. Some notables films for which he wrote lyrics include
Anupama-1966, Saat Hindustani-1969, Shola Aur Shabnam, Parwana-1971, Bawarchi-1972,
Hanste Zakhm-1973, Arth-1982 and Razia Sultan-1983. He also played a memorable
role of Naseem's grandfather in Naseem in 1995 (?)
January 19th 1919.
2005: David Wayne (47)
American singer for the heavy metal bands Metal Church, Wayne,
and Reverend. From 1982 to 1988, he
appeared as vocalist on four albums by Metal Church. When
he left the band in 1988, he formed Reverend, which remained active even
after his death. His legacy as a vocalist is captured in Metal Church's
only live album, Live, recorded in 1986 in Texas while on tour with Anthrax.
He also started a band called Wayne aka David Wayne's Metal Church, and
joined ex-Cradle of Filth guitarist Stuart Antsis in Bastardsun. (died
from complications following a car crash).
b. January 1st 1958.
2006: Soraya/Soraya Raquel Lamilla Cuevas (38)
Columbian-American singer/songwriter, guitarist, arranger and record
successful Latin music star, she had two number-one songs on Billboard's
Latin Pop Airplay charts. She won a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for the self
titled album "Soraya" as "Best Album by Songwriter",
which she produced, and a 2005 Latin Grammy Awards nomination for "Female
Pop Vocal Album" for her album El Otro Lado de Mí (literally
"The other side of me"). She was the opening act for the 2005
Billboard Latin Music Awards. Her career spanned ten years, and she recorded
five albums (sadly
lost her six year brave battle with breast cancer).
b. March 11th 1969
Josephus Hicks Jr (64) American jazz pianist, composer who
had been on the international jazz scene for over 40 years. John studied
music at Lincoln University in Missouri and Berklee School of Music in
Boston before moving to New York in 1963. He
was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and occasionally in the 1970s
worked with Betty Carter and was in one of Woody Herman's groups. From
the early 1980s until his death he performed solo and led his own groups
including The Keystone Trio. He also played and recorded with jazz artists
such as David Murray, Joe Lovano, David "Fathead" Newman, George
Mraz, Arthur Blythe, Kenny Barron among many others. John recorded the
seventh instalment of the "Live at Maybeck Recital Hall" series
of solo concerts, which were recorded for Concord Records.(died
of undisclosed causes).
b. December 21st 1941
2008: Leyla Gencer/Ayse Leyla Çeyrekgil (78)
Turkish operatic soprano born in Istanbul, known as "La
Diva Turca"/The Turkish Diva and "La Regina"/The Queen
in the operatic circles; she was a notable bel canto soprano who spent
most of her career in Italy, from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s,
and had a repertoire encompassing more than seventy roles including works
from composers such as; Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart to neo-classical period;
from Cherubini, Spontini, Johann Simon Mayr and the romantic period to
Puccini, Prokofiev, Britten, Poulenc, Menotti and Rocca; from a lyric
soprano varying to dramatic colorature. She made very few commercial recordings;
however, numerous bootleg recordings of her performances exist. In particular,
Leyla was associated with the heroines of Donizetti (?)
b. October 10th 1928.
actress, singer; born in Melbourne, Australia, Jessie began acting as
a child, known for her roles in children's TV series in Australia including
The Saddle Club, Fergus McPhail, and Holly's Heroes. She was in stage
productions alongside Lisa McCune and Bert Newton in The Sound of Music.
In the months before her death, she had taken a break from acting to focus
on music and was planning to attend the Victorian College of the Arts
to study bass guitar and establish herself as a musician. She also played
the bass in a rock band called The Volten Sins. She is featured on the
The Saddle Club soundtrack and on "Friends Forever" and "Princess
Veronica Tour EP" with Janelle Corlass-Brown. In 2003 she and Corlass-Brown
released a CD single for their song "Trouble" under their characters
names Ashley and Melanie (while
walking along the platform at Cheltenham station, she tripped and fell
onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train. Jessie died instantly
from her injuries)
November 15th 1990.
2009: Clive Scott (64) British
keyboardist and songwriter; he started out with Scott and The Antarctics
the pop/rock group, Jigsaw
with Des Dyer. He played keyboard as well as composing and/or co-writing
most of the group's recordings. Their merits include the million-selling
1975 hit single "Sky High", reaching top placing on both sides
of the Atlantic as well as in Japan. After
13 albums Jigsaw split in the 1981, and Clive worked as a songwriter and
record producer for other musicians, together with Ian Levine, including
Who Do You Think You Are? which was a hit for Opportunity Knocks winners
Candlewick Green in 1974, another song influenced by American soul music.
His work has been recorded by Nicki French, Bad Boys Inc, Boyzone, Jon
Otis among many others. Most recently, Clive and Ian had written and produced
the albums Northern Soul 2007 and Disco 2008, both recorded in Clive's
'Racetrack' Studios in Ascot, Berkshire (He had
fallen from a ladder and had brain surgery, died from of a stroke two
weeks later) b. February
2011: Stanley Wright (62) American
jazz bass player, music teacher in a Brooklyn public school and to the
kids living on the block. He is also father to Hollywood "Blade"
actress N'Bushe Wright (Stanley was brutally murdered,
his body was found stuffed in a steamer trunk in the basement of his family's
Brooklyn home) b. 1949.
2011: Zim Ngqawana (51)
South African jazz flautist and saxophonist, started playing flute at
the age of 21. He won entrance to a place at Rhodes
University and later studied for a diploma in Jazz Studies at the University
of Natal. He was offered scholarships to the Max Roach/Wynton Marsalis
jazz workshop and later a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts.
At the University of Massachusetts he studied with jazz musicians Archie
Shepp and Yusef Lateef. After
his return to South Africa in the 1990s he worked with South African jazz
musicians Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim. Zim features on Bjorn Ole
Solburg and his Norwegian San Ensemble's album San Song. He toured the
United States with his band 'Ingoma' in 1995 and made an appearance at
Black History Week in Chicago. Zim performed a duet with poet Lefifi Tladi
in the documentary Giant Steps-2005 (sadly
died of a stroke) b. December 25th 1959
2012: Bernardo Sassetti Pais (41) Portuguese
jazz pianist and film composer, born in Lisbon; He initially played guitar,
before studying piano and music theory at age nine. By the late 1980s,
he was backing visiting musicians and teaching jazz piano in Lisbon. During
the 1990s, he worked in London, where he recorded three albums with Guy
Barker's group. His 2006 album Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon received a top
four-star rating in The Penguin Guide to Jazz and was selected for The
Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums.
addition to his jazz work, he has composed numerous film scores. He has
also acted in films, including appearing as a member of the Napoli Jazz
Sextet in The Talented Mr. Ripley (Tragically,
he died after falling off a cliff in Guincho, Cascais, Portugal, while
shooting pictures for a new book) b. .June 24th 1970.
2014: Jadiel el Tsunami/Ramon
American Puerto Rican reggaeton singer; born in Ponce, he started
and making songs at the age of eight. During his adolescence
he continued making music and at 18, he decided to go for a career in
the music industry. He went on to work with big names such as Arcangel,
Randy of Jowell & Randy duo, Tito el Bambino and Don Omar. He released
a dozen singles and only one album, Lo Mejor de Mi,
which he released in 2008 (while staying with family in
Gates, N.Y. Ramon tragically died from injuries he sustained when he lost
control of his motorcycle and crossed the road and into the path of an
oncoming car on Route 104) b. December 22nd 1985.
2014: Marlow Tackett (69/70)
American country music singer-songwriter and native of Dorton in Pike
County, who was long known as the "Mountain Santa Claus" for
throwing an annual Christmas party for needy families in the area. He
began holding Christmas parties for poor families in the mid-70s at his
Pikeville nightclub, Marlow's Country Palace after receiving a letter
from a 12-year-old girl asking if he could help her and her 5 brothers
and sisters have a good Christmas. Marlow and his band went to the girl's
home and found the children living in tattered clothes and there was no
electricity or running water, or presents for Christmas. It is said by
some that country music legend Ernest Tubb gave Marlow the name "Mountain
Santa" (?) b.
1970: Johnny Hodges (62) American
alto and soprano saxophonist and lead player of Duke Ellington's saxophone
section. He spent 38 years with Ellington, leaving to lead his own band
from 1951 to 1955, returning to the fold shortly before Ellington's triumphant
return to prominence via the orchestra's performance at the 1956 Newport
Jazz Festival. His playing became the identifying voice of the Ellington
orchestra. He also played with Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Roberts
Chick Webb, many others (heart attack).
b. July 25th 1907
1975: Little Benny Harris (56) American
trumpeter, composer; a self taught musician, he fixture on 52nd Street
in the 40s & 50's taking part in many early bop sessions and playing
and recording with Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, John Kirby, Coleman
Hawkins, Don Byas, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and many others. He
was also the composer of "Ornithology," "Crazelogy,"
"Reets and I", and "Wahoo" (?)
b. April 23th 1919
Raymond Flatt (64) American bluegrass singer-guitarist, born
in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee, best known for his membership duo The Foggy
Mountain Boys, also known as Flatt and Scruggs, along with banjo player
Earl Scruggs. Lester's career spanned multiple decades; besides his work
with Scruggs, he released solo and collaboration works. He also served
as a member of Bill Monroe's band during the 1940s. Flatt and Scruggs
were ranked No.24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003. They
performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", which was used as the
theme for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. He was posthumously
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985 with Scruggs and
Lester was also posthumously made an inaugural inductee into the International
Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991 (?)
June 19th 1914.
1981: Bob Marley (36)
Jamacain singer, songwriter, guitarist; Reggae's most transcendent and
iconic figure, he was the 1st Jamaican artist to achieve international
superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island
to the far-flung corners of the globe. His music gave voice to the day-to-day
struggles of the Jamaican people, vividly capturing not only the plight
of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality,
their source of strength. Bob's best known hits include "I Shot the
Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Could You Be Loved",
"Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song",
"One Love" and, with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds",
as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron
Lion Zion". The compilation '84 album, Legend, released three years
after his death, is reggae's best-selling album, being 10 times Platinum
in the U.S. and selling 20 million copies worldwide (sadly
died of lung and brain cancer). b. February
1990: Stratos Dionysiou
(54) Greek singer born in Nigrita, Serres; success came
to him late 1960s when he turned several Akis Panos songs into hits:What
don't I do, Why, my good neighbour?, The laughing stock of the World,
I told you so, At Munich Station, They were false and many others. Composer
Mimis Plessas gave him his mega hit "Fire is raining down my path",
a song whose lyrics were written by Lefteris Papadopoulos. Stratos toured
the United States with great success and was going from strength to strength
when his career was abruptly halted by his arrest on weapon- and drug-related
charges. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment, but still recorded
in prison and continued after his release in 1976
b. November 8th 1935.
1998: Oreste Kirkop (74) Maltese tenor
and actor; he made his operatic debut in 1945 as Turiddu in Cavalleria
Rusticana. He continued singing opera with visiting Italian companies
and appeared in concert with Tito Gobbi and Maria Caniglia. In
1950 he moved to the United Kingdom and sang principal tenor roles with
the Carl Rosa Opera Company, later with Sadler's Wells-1952 singing Turiddu,
Mario Cavaradossi, and Rodolfo in Luisa Miller. He appeared on BBC TV
as Canio in Pagliacci. In 1954 he made his Covent Garden debut as the
Duke in Rigoletto and later as Rodolfo in La bohème. A contract
with Paramount Pictures led to the leading role of François Villon
in the 1956 film version of The Vagabond King. He sang opera at Las Vegas
and the Hollywood Bowl and appeared on NBC TV in pioneering productions
of Madame Butterfly, La traviata and Rigoletto. He sang the role of the
Duke of Mantua, in the first telecast ever of Verdi's "Rigoletto"
in 1958. Also In 1958 he returned to Covent Garden and retired in 1960.
July 26th 1923
2001: Henry Manners Katzman (89)
American pianist, composer, painter and one of the founders of Broadcast
Music Incorporated (BMI), which was established as an alternative to ASCAP,
the leading music publisher of the day. BMI's creation allowed for the
expansion of American music, and helped pave the way for the eventual
rise of rock, soul, and country music. In March 1940, BMI issued their
very first contract for "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together",
with music composed by himself and lyrics by Robert Sour. He composed
over 65 other popular works, including "Delilah", "Starlight
Sonata", famously covered by a young Frank Sinatra, "Keep An
Eye On Your Heart", and "Mabel Mabel". He also composed
soundtrack music, including "Thumper Song" and "Twitterpated"
for the original Bambi animated film. As
a pianist, he played with George Gershwin and accompanied Irene Bordony,
Fred Allen, and Jan Peerce. He also volunteered with the Veterans Bedside
Network, and was a long-time member of the Radio Pioneers (?)
2003: Noel Redding (57) British bass
player born in Folkestone, England; at nine, he played violin at school
and then mandolin and guitar. His first public appearances were at the
Hythe Youth Club then at Harvey Grammar School where he was a student.
His first local band was The Strangers with John "Andy" Andrews.
He played in several other local bands, mainly as lead guitarist, before
turning professional at 17, and touring in Scotland and Germany, in the
clubs with Neil Landon and the Burnettes formed in late 1962 and The Loving
Kind formed in November 1965. He
was selected by Chas Chandler as the bassist for Jimi Hendrix's band in
1966, and he left in 1969. He
was featured on three seminal albums with Hendrix, 'Are
You Experienced?', 'Axis: Bold
as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland'
Although he appeared in other bands
after Hendrix's death, he never achieved a similar level of success. While
living in L.A., Noel joined
a heavy metal three-piece, Road, before
relocating to Clonakilty, Ireland in 1972, where he formed The Noel Redding
Band with Eric Bell from Thin Lizzy. Noel recorded and toured sporadically
through the years, occasionally doing session work on other artists' albums
including recording for Thin Lizzy and Traffic. He performed with the
rock band Phish in 1993. He also formed Shut Up Frank with Dave Clarke,
Mick Avory of The Kinks and Dave Rowberry of The Animals. They toured
extensively and recorded several albums, which are still available on
Mouse Records (died at hid home from Shock haemorrhage due to oesophageal
varices in reaction to cirrhosis of the liver). b.
December 25th 1945
2004: John Whitehead (55)
American singer,songwriter, record producer; he was best known
as one of the key members of the Philadelphia International record label,
and was one-half of the successful team of McFadden & Whitehead with
Gene McFadden. McFadden
and Whitehead wrote many hits for Philadelphia International artists such
as The O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and had their own
hit with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" in 1979. Whitehead converted
to Islam in 1996 and received an LL.D. from Bates College (John
was brutally murdered by 2 gunmen while fixing his car outside his Philadelphia
home) b. July 10th
2005: Michalis Genitsaris (87) Greek
rebetiko singer and composer, born in Piraeus, he composed songs such
as Ego maggas fainomouna (?)
b. June 15th 1917.
2006: Yossi Banai (73) Israeli singer
actor, born in Jerusalem, he was one
of the first members of the IDF's famous troupe of performers, the Nahal
troupe. As a singer, he was famous for his personal presentation, smoky
voice and penchant for performing French chansons. Some of his revues
consisted of renditions of the songs of Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens,
which were often translated from the French for him by Naomi Shemer. Shemer
also wrote several of her own songs for Yossi (sadly
died of cancer) b.
November 5th 1932.
2008: John Rutsey (55)
Canadian drummer and a founding member of Rush; he played drums
in Rush from 1968 until July 1974. It was during this time that he played
on the "Not Fade Away"/"You Can't Fight It" single
and the band's eponymous debut LP. He left the band, due to health concerns
related to diabetes, which posed problems with extended tours. (died
in his sleep of an apparent heart attack) b.
May 14th 1953
2008: Dottie Rambo/Joyce Reba Luttrell (74)
American southern gospel singer, songwriter, and musician, born
in Madisonville, Kentucky, she was both a Grammy and Dove award winning
artist. Her music is renowned internationally for its simple melodies
and articulate, evocative lyrical qualities, often dealing with themes
such as heaven, Christian sacrifice, and the born-again Christian experience.
Dottie reportedly wrote 2,500 songs. However ASCAP
has registered 205 titles in its online database to date and BMI shows
an additional 87 songs. Her hits included "We Shall Behold
Him", "Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome (In This Place)", "I
Go To The Rock", Sheltered In The Arms Of God, I
Will Glory In The Cross, He Looked Beyond My Fault,
Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City, For
What Earthly Reason, If That Isnt Love, and many,
many more. (tragically died as a result of injuries
sustained in a bus accident along Interstate 44 just outside of Mount
Vernon, Missouri). b. March 2nd 1934
2011: Eugene "Snooky" Young (92)
American jazz trumpeter and master of the plunger
mute; he was lead trumpeter of the Jimmie Lunceford band from 1939-42,
did three stints totalling eight years with
Count Basie, played with Lionel Hampton and other bands. He was also an
original member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band.
longest engagement was with NBC, where, as a studio trumpeter, he joined
the Tonight Show Band in 1967 and stayed with them until 1992, when the
band was replaced by a smaller group. His many recordings included playing
horn with rock group The Band on their live album Rock of Ages. Snooky
received a NEA Jazz Masters Award for 2009 on October 17, 2008 at Lincoln
Center in New York City and until 2010 was still playing and recording
with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (?)
b. February 3rd 1919.
2013: Grayson Minney (28)
American rock musician, lead singer,
guitarist and founding member with the Connecticut rock band Columbia
Fields. The band was formed when all members went to RHAM High School
in Hebron in 2002. They have shared the national stage with The Backstreet
Boys, The Fray and had the honor of opening for Bon Jovi at the Mohegan
Sun Arena after winning a 96.5TIC-FM contest in 2010. Columbia Fields
also won the Hartford Advocates Best Indie Band award
in 2008, 2009, and 2010 (tragically Grayson
died in a car accident, when he lost control of his car, struck a guardrail
and crashed into an embankment while driving on Route 85, just north of
Route 94 in Hebron) b. 1984
2014: Alan Wills (52)
British drummer, record executive and the founder of Deltasonic record
label based in Liverpool. Deltasonic, which he
named after two things close to his heart, the Delta blues and the band
Sonic Youth, signed many of up and coming
merseyside bands. He
worked first with The Coral, releasing thier first six of albums. Other
bands and acts included The Zutons, The Little
Flames, The Rascals, The
Longcut and The Suzukis, The Dead 60s, The
Basement, Candie Payne, The Sand Band, The Tigerpicks and The Dirty Rivers.
He also had big successes in publishing, working with Miles Kane and The
Last Shadow Puppets on the number one album, The Age Of The Understatement.
Prior to Deltasonic, Alan was the drummer in two celebrated Liverpool
bands, Shack and The Top (tragically
Alan died in University Hospital Aintree,
from head injuries he sustained in a road accident when cycling along
East Prescot Road) b. ? 1962 ?
2014: Ed Gagliardi (62) American
guitarist and original bass player for the 1970s rock band Foreigner.
He was a member of Foreigner from the beginning in 1976 and he played
his Rickenbacker bass guitar left-handed even though he was a naturally
right-handed. He claimed he did that because of his devotion to Paul McCartney
as bass playing inspiration. Ed was on the albums Foreigner and Double
Vision, but he was replaced by Rick Wills in 1979. In
1981 he was part of the band Spys with former Foreigner keyboardist Al
(Ed has sadly died while fighting cancer)
b. February 13th 1952.
Martin Lamble (19) English
drummer with Fairport Convention; he joined the band after viewing the
band's first gig and convincing them that he could do a better job than
their current drummer. He
played on the band's first three albums, the self titled 'Fairport Convention',
'What We Did on Our Holidays' and 'Unhalfbricking'
(died in a van crash on the M1 motorway while returning from a gig in
b. August 28th 1949.
1976: Rudolf Kempe (65) German
conductor, born in Dresden, from the age of 14 he studied at the Dresden
State Opera School. He played oboe in the opera orchestra at Dortmund
and then in the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra, from 1929. Rudolf directed
the Dresden Opera and the Dresden Staatskapelle from '49 to '52, making
his first records, including Der Rosenkavalier, Die Meistersinger and
Der Freischütz. Later from
'65 to '72 he worked with Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, and from 1967 to
his death conducted the Munich Philharmonic, with whom he made international
tours and recorded the first quadraphonic set of the Beethoven symphonies.
the final months of his life, Kempe was the chief conductor of the BBC
Symphony Orchestra ()
b. June 14th 1910.
Konstantin Sokolsky/Konstantin Kudryavtsev (86) Russian
born in Saint-Petersburg,
but for most of his life lived in Riga, Latvia where the family moved
to after the revolutionary turmoil of 1917 began in Saint-Petersburg.
He started singing in 1928 and became friends with popular composer Oscar
Strok, author of tango music, and Konstantin
became the first to sing all
his new songs. In the same time, he himself wrote lyrics and music for
several songs. In the 1930 and 40s, first with the Riga Bonzo theatre
and later individually, he went on tours of Romania, Czechoslovakia and
Yugoslavia, where he became very popular among different audiences. In
Russia, his songs also became popular, he recorded with Bonophon and Bellaccord
b. December 7th 1904.
1995: Mia Martini/ Domenica Bertè (47)
Italian singer and song-writer; She represented
Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1977 with "Libera"
, and in 1992 with "Rapsodia" She recorded her first records
as Mimì Bertè, but she soon decided to change her name to
Mia Martini. She
recorded 17 solo albums, her biggest hit singles were "Piccolo Uomo",
which was recorded in several languages, "Almeno tu nell'universo",
which has been covered by several Italian singers including Mina and Elisa,
and "Minuetto". (found dead under mysterious circumstances in
her apartment at Cardano al Campo, near Milan)
b. Sept 20th 1947.
2001: Pierino Ronaldo "Perry" Como (88)
American singer and TV presenter; sold millions of records for RCA and
also pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the
standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in
television history. His combined success on television and popular recordings
was not matched by any other artist of the time. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania,
he had shown early musical talent in his teens as a trombone player in
the town's brass band and as organist in the local church. In 1933 he
joined Freddy Carlone's band in Ohio, and 3 years later moved up to Ted
Weems' Orchestra and his first recording dates. Their first recording
was a novelty tune called "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes".
In 1942 Perry went to work for the NBC radio program Chesterfield Supper
Club, after which he became a very successful performer in theatre and
nightclub engagements. In 1945, he recorded the pop ballad "Till
the End of Time" (based on Chopin's "Heroic Polonaise"),
which reached No. 1 in the US and marked the beginning of a highly successful
career. It was followed by 13 more U.S. Pop Charts No.1 singles: "Prisoner
of Love"; "Surrender"; "Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba";
"A - You're Adorable"; "Some Enchanted Evening"; "Hoop-De-Doo";
"If"; "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes"; "No
Other Love"; "Wanted"; "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)";
"Round And Round"; and "Catch A Falling Star". He
was the first artist to have ten records sell more than one million copies
and won the 1958 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance - male, for "Catch
a Falling Star." His final Top 40 hit was a cover of Don McLean's
"And I Love You So", in 1973. He
recorded many albums of songs for the RCA Victor label between 1952 and
1987, and is credited with numerous gold records. Como had so many recordings
achieve gold-record status that he refused to have many of them certified.received
the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and was inducted into the
Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007 (Perry died quietly
in his sleep)
b. May 18th 1912
American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist
born in Philadelphia, he began studying clarinet at the age of nine and
studied methods at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia. In the early 1940s
he joined the Bob Chester Band, then later joined Woody Herman's First
Herd as second alto. Following this, John settled in New York and began
to study with Lennie Tristano. He
taught at the Parkway Music School, then at public schools on Long Island,
followed by Manhattan School of Music, and, ultimately, at Berklee College
of Music in Boston
of a stroke)
b. April 13th 1920.
2005: Monica Zetterlund/Monica Nilsson (67)
Swedish singer and actress, born in Hagfors, Värmland. Her
hit songs include "Sakta vi gå genom stan"/"Walking
My Baby Back Home"; "Visa från Utanmyra", "Trubbel",
"Gröna små äpplen"/"Little
Green Apples", "Sista jäntan",
"Monicas vals" '/"Waltz for Debby", "Stick iväg,
Jack!"/"Hit the Road Jack", "Att angöra en brygga",
"Var blev ni av", "Måne över Stureplan"/"Moon
Over Bourbon Street" and "Under vinrankan!", and many others.
She worked with some of the greatest international jazz names including
Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Steve Kuhn and Quincy Jones, and
in the Scandinavian jazz world with people like Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen,
Arne Domnérus, Svend Asmussen and Jan Johansson. Monica suffered
from severe scoliosis, ending the the last years of her life in a wheelchair,
as a result she was forced to retire from performing in 1999. (sadly Monica
died following an accidental fire in her home) b.
2009: Antonio Vega Tallés (51)
Spanish pop singer-songwriter; born in Madrid, he formed the band Nacha
releasing their self titled debut album
in 1980. They went on to release eight albums before the band broke up
in 1988 and Antonio began his solo career. He released his first of six
solo albums "No me iré mañana" in
1991. In 2001, the Nacha Pop song
"Lucha de Gigantes" was used in the film Amores Perros (sadly
Antonio died of pneumonia) b.
December 16th 1957
2009: Dame Heather Begg (76) New Zealand
operatic soprano; she won the 1955 Sydney Sun Aria contest and went to
London in 1957 to attend the UK's National School of Opera on a musical
scholarship, studying with Sister Mary Leo. She
became a professional singer and went on to be the principal resident
mezzo-soprano at Covent Garden, where she stayed for 10 years, singing
with, among others Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido
Domingo, as well as with fellow New Zealander, Kiri Te Kanawa (leukemia)
2010: Joëlle van Noppen (30)
Dutch singer, member of the Dutch girl group WOW!, and solo cabaret singer
(tragically died in a plane crash in Tripoli)
b. January 20th
2011: Lloyd Knibb (80) Jamaican legendary
drummer who is primarily known for his contribution to the development
of the rhythm of the Ska era. He was long time and original member of
Skatalites playing with them from
the 1960s up to his death. He played his last show in Peru about a month
started out playing in jazz bands in the 1940s, starting with the Val
Bennett band and developing technical skills in the jazz band of Eric
Dean, playing popular dances of the day, rumba, cha cha, as well as Glen
Miller songs. Lloyd also drummed with
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics and has recorded for producers Lloyd
Daley and Duke Reid featuring on recordings of Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster,
Sonia Pottinger, Duke Reid and others (?)
b. March 8th 1931.
2011: Theodore Malcolm
"Ted" Nash (88) American
jazz musician, born in the Boston, Massachusetts. He was a noted jazz
and studio musician who played saxophone, flute and clarinet. His professional
career began when he went on the road with a succession of dance bands
finally landing the solo tenor chair with the Les Brown band in 1944 where
he rapidly made a name for himself. His distinctive tenor solos are the
high points of many of the old Les Brown records. He went on to be a first-call
session musician in the Hollywood recording studios for many years and
was the featured alto sax soloist on almost all of Henry Mancini's movie
and TV soundtrack projects which began in the late 1950s (?)
October 31st 1922.
2014: Ernie Chataway (62)
English heavy metal
guitarist and one of the original members of Judas Priest in 1969 to 1970
after which he was part of an early, pre-Robert Plant version of the Honeydrippers
until he was replaced by Rob Halford
2014: Nash the Slash/Jeff
Plewman (66) Canadian rock multi-instrumentalist,
he was known primarily for playing electric violin and mandolin, as well
as harmonica, keyboards, glockenspiel, and other instruments and devices.
He started out as a solo artist in
founding the progressive rock band FM in 1976. Soon after releasing their
debut album, Black Noise, in 1977, he left the band to resume his solo
career. He rejoined FM from 1983 to 1996, concurrent with his solo work.
Nash has performed with surgical bandages covering his face since 1979.
During a gig at The Edge in the late '70s to raise awareness of the threat
from the Three Mile Island disaster, he walked on stage wearing bandages
dipped in phosphorus paint and exclaimed: 'Look, this is what happens
The bandages became his trademark (?)
b. March 26th 1948.
1945: Alfred "Tubby" Hall (49)
American jazz drummer born in Sellers, Louisiana; his family moved
to New Orleans in his childhood, where he played in marching bands. In
March 1917 Tubby moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he played with Sugar
Johnny Smith. After two years in the United States Army, returned to playing
in Chicago mostly with New Orleans bands, joining Carroll Dickerson's
Orchestra and later with the groups of King Oliver, Jimmie Noone, Tiny
Parham, Johnny Dodds. For some years he played with Louis Armstrong, and
is seen in Louis Armstrong's movies of the 1930s. (died in Chicago) b.
October 12th 1895
1975: James 'Bob' Wills (70) American
Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader, born in Old Union,
Texas, in Limestone county near Groesbeck, Texas. He is considered by
many music authorities one of the fathers of Western swing and called
by his fans the "King of Western Swing". His hits include "Smoke
on the Water", "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima", "Roly
Poly", "Silver Dew on the
Blue Grass Tonight", "White Cross on Okinawa", "New
Spanish Two Step", "Sugar
Moon" and so many more (heart problems)
b. March 6th 1905
1981: Joan Weber (45) American singer,
born in Paulsboro, New Jersey; Joan is best known for her US No.1 hit
"Let Me Go, Lover!" and reaching No.16 in the UK in 1955. It
sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. (sadly
died of heart failure at a mental institution in Ancora, New Jersey)
b. December 12th 1935
1988: Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker
jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player and singer, born
in Yale, Oklahoma, and was an specialized in relaxed, even melancholy
music, who rose to prominence as a leading name in cool jazz in the 1950s.
He left school at age 16 in 1946 to join the United States Army. He was
posted to Berlin where he joined the 298th Army band. Leaving the army
in 1948, he studied theory and harmony at El Camino College in Los Angeles.
His earliest notable professional gigs were with saxophonist Vido Musso's
band; also with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz; and in 1952 he was chosen
by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements.
Chet Baker his own quartets in thr mid 50s and won the Downbeat Jazz Poll
in 1954. Chet's many compositions included "Chetty's Lullaby",
"Early Morning Mood", "Two a Day", "So Che Ti
Perdero", "Il Mio Domani", "Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna",
"The Route", "Freeway", "Blue Gilles", "Dessert",
and "Anticipated Blues". In 1983, UK singer Elvis Costello,
a longtime fan of Baker, hired the trumpeter to play a solo on his song
"Shipbuilding", from the album Punch the Clock. The song was
a top 40 hit in the UK, and exposed Baker's music to a new audience. Later,
Chet would often feature Costello's song "Almost Blue", inspired
by Chet's version of "The Thrill Is Gone" in his live sets,
and recorded it on Let's Get Lost. (Friday 3am:
Chet's found dead on a street below his second-story room at the Prins
Hendrik Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with serious wounds to his head.
Cocaine and Heroin
were found in his hotel room, an autopsy
also found these drugs in his body. There was no evidence of a struggle,
the death was ruled an accident). b.
December 23rd 1929
1999: Motohiko Hino (53)
Japanese international jazz drummer; Motohiko
began his musical career when he was 8 years old, tap-dancing in his father's
shows at United States military bases. That was when he first heard jazz
and fell in love with it. One of the first jazz
albums he appeared on was with
the Allan Praskin Quartet
in 1971, "Encounter",
followed by the album "Masahiko Meets Gary" with the trio Samadhi.
As well as playing with many international big jazz names, he also appeared
on many recordings, tours and concerts with his brother, international
trumpeter Terumasa Hino. (?)
b. January 3rd 1946.
2005: Eddie Barclay/Eddie
Barclay (84) French
music producer and
founded of Barclay Records, whose
singers included Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour. After WW2 he launched
what he claimed to be the first discothèque, Eddie's Club, based
on the American clubs that had opened to serve US military personnel,
and started his own band in 1947. The band included Harry Cooper on trumpet,
electric guitarist Jean-Pierre Sasson,
Bobby Guidott on bass, and singer Eve Williams. Eve, whose real name was
Nicole, would become his 2nd of 9 wives. The band accompied the likes
of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Sacha Distel, and
Quincy Jones, who became the artistic director of Barclay Records at the
end of the 1950s. It was during the late 40s that he met Charles Aznavour.
1949, he established Blue Star, his first record label, selling 78 rpm
discs. In 1952 Alan Morrison, invited him to visit the US to see the new
recording technology that enabled the production of 45s and LPs. In 1955
Eddie agreed to manufacture and distribute Mercury Records in Europe.
As well as releasing US records by the likes of Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie,
Sammy Davis, Jr. and Duke Ellington, Barclay engaged Gerhard Lehner, a
German sound engineer, to make original recordings in rue Hoche, Paris.
After selling 1.5 million copies of The Platters' Only You, Barclay Records
rose to become the top music production company in France. His success
led to his nickname as "roi du microsillon" (king of microgroove).
His discoveries included the singers Hugues Aufray, Michel Delpech, Dalida,
Mireille Mathieu, Claude Nougaro, and Eddy Mitchell. His artistes delighted
in the artistic freedom that he gave them, and in the trust that he placed
in their judgement (On
April 29th 2005 Eddie was admitted to the Ambroise-Paré hospital
in Paris with urinary and pulmonary infections. Sadly he died there 13
b. January 26th 1921.
2006: Johnnie Wilder Jr. (56) American
singer, the co-founder and lead vocalist of the international R&B/funk
group Heatwave, popular during the late 1970s, with hits such as "Boogie
Nights", "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Always and Forever"
and "The Groove Line". In
February 1979, a dump truck struck Johnnie's car, paralyzing him from
the neck down and hospitalizing him for a year. During the 1980s and 1990s,
he went on to record other albums with the group and later began a gospel
career, singing a cappella on albums ''My Goal'' and ''One More Day''
in his sleep at his home in Clayton, Ohio, cause unknown) b.
July 3rd 1949
2010: Rosa Rio (107) American organist;
she began as a silent film accompanist and became a leading organist on
network radio and continued to perform until age 107. She was one of the
oldest performers in the music industry, along with Swiss-born tenor Hugues
Cuenod who was 107 and 106-year-old Johannes Heesters. She was nine when
she first played the piano at a silent movie theatre. As a theatre organist,
she performed at theatres in Syracuse, Loew's theatres in New York, Saenger's
Southeastern theatre chain, Scranton Paramount, Brooklyn Fox Theatre,
RKO Albee and the Brooklyn Paramount. On radio, she provided the background
organ music for numerous programs, including Bob and Ray, Ethel and Albert,
Front Page Farrell, Lorenzo Jones, My True Story, The Shadow, and When
a Girl Marries. In TV, she played such shows as As the World Turns and
The Today Show. Rosa moved to Connecticut, where she opened a school of
music, teaching organ, piano, and voice. In
the 80s, she provided scores and Hammond accompaniment for more than 370
silent films released on video by Video Yesteryear. In 1993, she moved
to Florida where for the rest of her life she provided accompaniment for
silent films at the Tampa Theatre!! (?)
b. June 2nd 1902.
2011: Bernard Greenhouse (95)
born born in Newark, New Jersey, he one of
the founding members of the Beaux Arts Trio. After finishing studies with
Pablo Casals, he went on to pursue a solo career for twelve years. During
this period he encountered violinist Daniel Guilet, who invited him to
record some Mozart piano trios with pianist Menahem Pressler. In 1955
they met in New York City, the first meeting of what was to become the
Beaux Arts Trio. In
1958, Bernard acquired the "Countess of Stanlein", also called
the "Paganini Strad", one of 63 Stradivarius celli, and he played
it ever since. In 1987, he left the trio, and concentrated on teaching.
During his career, he taught at the State University of New York, Manhattan
School of Music, New England Conservatory, Rutgers University and the
Juilliard School. A series of videos of his master classes were produced
in '93 by Ethan Winer. After retiring from institutional teaching, he
still gave masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, China,
Korea, Japan and Europe until his death (?)
b. January 3rd 1916.
2011: Piotr Zyzelewicz (46) Polish
drummer; he made his debut in a school punk band SALT-10. After which
he became a member of Army , Israel , Voo Voo and 2Tm2, 3. He has also
drummed with the groups Toya Blues Band, Culture , Crisis Brigade , and
Moscow (sadly died after having a stroke)
b. March 31st
2011: Jack Richardson (81) Canadian
born in Toronto, Ontario, he was a Juno Award-nominated record producer
and Order of Canada recipient. He is perhaps best known for producing
the biggest hit records from The Guess Who from 1969 to 1975. From 1984
to 86, Jack was the music producer for the television show, "Party
With The Rovers" for Global TV in association with Ulster TV in Ireland.
After which he became a Professor in at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario
in the Music Industry Arts program, as well as at the Harris Institute
for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in the Producing and Engineering Program
(PEP). The Juno Award for "Producer of the Year" has been named
in Jack's honour since 2002 (?)
b. July 23rd
2012: Donald "Duck" Dunn (70)
American legendaryaward winning bass guitarist, and record producer,
born in Memphis, Tennessee. While still at school he took up bass and
along with his friends guitarist Steve Cropper, Charlie Freeman, drummer
Terry Johnson, formed "The Royal Spades". This Messick High
School group were joined by keyboardist Jerry "Smoochy" Smith,
singer Ronnie "Stoots" Angel and a budding young horn section
in baritone saxophone player Don Nix, tenor saxophone player Charles "Packy"
Axton, and trumpeter, the future co-founder of The Memphis Horns, Wayne
Jackson. Donald was totally self taught by playing along with records,
but he would fill in what he thought should be there, which made his bass
lines very unique. They were signed to Satellite (later
Stax) Records, and had national hit
with "Last Night" in 1961 under their new name "The Mar-Keys",
but he left the Mar-Keys in 1962 to join Ben Branch's big band. In 1964
he rejoined Steve Cooper in the The Booker T and
the M.G.s >>> READ
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Donald died in his sleep after finishing a double show at the Blue Note
night club in Tokyo the evening before) b.
November 24th 1941
2014: Akihiro Yokoyama (49) Japanese
bassist, leader and manager of the thrash metal band,
United. He has appeared on nine full-length
of their albums, two EPs and two singles. The band have played numerous
times in the USA and have played with Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Slayer, Testament,
Machine Head among others on their Japanese tours.
(?) b. 1965?.
1959: Sidney Bechet (62) American jazz
saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer born in New Orleans. While
in London, he discovered the straight soprano saxophone, and quickly developed
a style quite unlike his warm, reedy clarinet tone. His saxophone sound
could be described as "emotional", "reckless", and
"large". He was one of the first important soloists in jazz,
beating cornetist/trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studios by
several months, and later playing duets with Armstrong. He was perhaps
the first notable jazz saxophonist of any sort. Some of the highlights
of his career include 1923 sides with Louis Armstrong in "Clarence
Williams Blue Five"; the 1932, 1940, 1941 "New Orleans Feetwarmers"
sides; a 1938 "Tommy Ladnier Orchestra" session "Weary
Blues", "Really the Blues"); a hit 1938 recording of "Summertime";
and various versions of his own composition, "Petite Fleur"
(died in Paris on his birthday) b.
May 14th 1897
1967: George Treadwell (47) American
jazz trumpeter; born in New Rochelle, New York, George played in the house
band at Monroe's in Harlem in 1941-42, and went on to work with Benny
Carter, Ace Harris, Tiny Bradshaw, Cootie Williams, and J.C. Heard as
a member of Heard's ensemble, he also accompanied Etta Jones and Sarah
Vaughan. He recorded with Dicky Wells and Ethel Waters; he managed The
Drifters and Ruth Brown, did A&R work in the 1950s as well as working
as a songwriter (?). b.
December 21st 1919
Ann Ganser (22)
and founder member of the vocal group the Shangri-Las, which
consisted of two sets of sisters:
identical twins Marguerite "Marge" and Mary Ann Ganser, plus
Weiss and Elizabeth "Betty" Weiss. The girls often appeared
as a trio, as Betty Weiss rarely appeared on stage until late 1965, preferring
to avoid touring. They
began playing school shows, talent shows, and teen hops, coming to the
attention of Artie Ripp, who arranged the group's first record deal with
Kama Sutra. Their first recording in December 1963 was "Simon Says",
on which Betty sang lead. They had their first hit in 1964 with "Leader
of the Pack" reaching No.1 in US and No.11 in the UK. They continued
to chart with fairly successful U.S. hit records, specializing in adolescent
themes such as alienation, loneliness, abandonment and death. Singles
included "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", "Out in the Streets",
"Give Us Your Blessings", the top ten hit "I Can Never
Go Home Anymore", "Long Live Our Love", "He Cried"
and the spoken-word "Past, Present and Future", featuring music
from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Noteworthy B-sides included
"Heaven Only Knows", "The Train from Kansas City",
"Dressed in Black", and "Paradise" (Mary's
death has been variously reported as encephalitis, a seizure disorder,
or barbiturates) b. February 4th 1947
1976: Keith Relf (33) English vocalist
and musician Richmond, Surrey, known as the lead singer and harmonica
player of The Yardbirds. They drew their repertoire from the Chicago blues
of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson II and
Elmore James, including "Smokestack Lightning", "Good Morning
Little School Girl", "Boom Boom", "I Wish You Would",
"Rollin' and Tumblin'", and "I'm a Man". After the
Yardbirds broke up in 1968, Keith formed the acoustic duo, Together, with
fellow Yardbird Jim McCarty; followed by Renaissance which featured his
sister, Jane Relf; then a hard rock group Armageddon. Relf also produced
tracks for bands such as the acoustic, world music, group Amber, Saturnalia
and Medicine Head, with whom he played bass guitar. He was posthumously
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992
with the Yardbirds (Keith was fatally electrocuted
when playing his guitar while rehearsing new material for the formation
of his new band Illusion). b. March
1998: Frank Sinatra (82)
American singer and actor; arguably the most important popular
music figure of the 20th century, his only real rivals for the title being
Bing Crosby & Elvis Presley. He began his musical career in the swing
era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, he became a successful solo artist
in the early to mid-40s, being the idol of the "bobby soxers."
His professional career had stalled by the 1950s, but it was reborn in
1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his
performance in From Here to Eternity. He
signed with Capitol Records and released several critically lauded albums,
In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers, Come Fly with Me, Only
the Lonely and Nice 'n' Easy. He left Capitol to found his own record
label, Reprise Records, finding success with albums such as Ring-A-Ding-Ding,
Sinatra at the Sands and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim,
he toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized
with celebrities and statesmen. At 50 in 1965, he recorded September of
My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra:
A Man and His Music, and scored hits with "Strangers in the Night"
and "My Way". Among his awards he was the recipient of eleven
Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award
and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won many other awards
for his film acting career. Over his long solo career he released 59 studio
albums, 2 live albums, 8 compilation albums and 297 singles
attack in Los Angeles, California, following a long battle with coronary
heart disease, kidney disease, bladder cancer, and dementia). b.
December 12th 1915.
2006: Lew Anderson (84) American saxophone
and actor, most famous for
being the third and final actor to portray Clarabell the Clown on Howdy
Doody between 1954 and 1960. Born in Kirkman, Iowa he served in the Navy
in WWII, after which he joined the Carlos Molinas Latin Orchestra, where
he also wrote the American dance arrangements. Late in the 1940's, he
joined The Honey Dreamers, a singing group that appeared on radio and
early television shows like The Ed Sullivan Show. After his six years
as Clarabell the clown, he returned to music, and in his later years,
played and led the 16-piece Lew Anderson Big Band Friday nights in New
York's jazzclub, Birdland (sadly died after a fight
with prostate cancer). b. May 7th 1922
2012: Belita Woods (63) American singer,
lead singer of the 1970s R&B group, Brainstorm. They had a disco hit
in 1977 called "Lovin' Is Really My Game". Their follow-up album,
1978's Journey To The Light, included "We're On Our Way Home"
and "If You Ever Need To Cry". In 1992 began touring with the
Parliament-Funkadelic All-Stars, the
start of a 2 decade association. In 2001 she sang on four songs "Scratched",
"When Jack Met Jill", "Relax", and "Tempovision".
Belita also recorded three solo songs released in 2005: "Don't Dance
Too Close", "More Than Words Can Say" and "Saddest
died from heart failure)
b. October 23rd 1948.
2014: Douglas Cummings (67) British
cellist, he was soloist and principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra,
where he performed for 24 years. He was 22 when he joined the LSO as Principal
Cello in 1969, the youngest Principal the Orchestra had appointed to that
date. He worked with some of the music world's greatest names, premiering
many new works and served on the Board of Directors from 1979 to 1982.
He left the Orchestra in 1993 to follow a teaching career. He was also
a founder member of the London Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble. Following
a brain haemorrhage in 1982, Douglas was the subject of one of a series
of four TV programmes, 'Life of an Orchestra', which was broadcast on
BBC1. He is represented on the 2004 album The British Cello Phenomenon.
He also performed and recorded with the Lindsay String Quarte (?)
2014: Morvin Simon (70) New
Zealand Maori composer, kapa haka leader, choirmaster and historian, born
at Kaiwhaiki marae on the Whanganui River. He succeeded his father as
choirmaster at Kaiwhaiki, recording the series of albums The Valley of
Voices, volume 2 of which was a finalist for best Polynesian album at
the 1983 New Zealand Music Awards. Morvin
was the leader of the kapa haka groups Te Matapihi and Te Taikura o te
Awa Tupua and he composed hundreds of songs, including classics such as
Te aroha in 1983, and Moe, moe mai ra adapted from the Welsh lullaby Suo
Gân. In 2012 Morvin was awarded an honorary Bachelor of Arts in
Maori Performing Arts by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, in recognition
of his contribution to kapa haka and cultural stewardship. In the 2013
Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand
Order of Merit for services to Maori (?)
1956: Adrian Rollini (52) US saxophonist
with many bands and his own; the greatest bass saxophonist of all time,
one of the first jazz vibraphonists, and a talented multi-instrumentalist
who could make music on such novelty instruments as the "hot fountain
pen" (a miniature clarinet with a saxophone mouthpiece) and a "goofus."
(There are many rumours about his death; the actual
location of his death was the James Archer Smith Hospital in Homestead,
Florida. He died after an 18 day stay in the hospital following a severe
trauma to his ankle suffered in the early morning hours, apparently from
a car related accident in the car park of The Green Turtle Inn at Islamorada
Key). b. June 28th 1903
1974: Paul Gonsalves (53) American tenor
saxophonist; his first instrument was the guitar, and as a child he was
regularly asked to play Portuguese folk songs for his family. He grew
up in New Bedford, Massachusetts and played as a member of the Sabby Lewis
Orchestra. His first professional engagement in Boston was with the same
group on tenor saxophone, in which he played before and after his military
service during World War II. Before joining Duke Ellington's orchestra
in 1950, he had also played with the big bands of Count Basie 194749
and Dizzy Gillespie 194950.
Paul played 24 years with The Duke; he
caused a near riot at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, with a stunningly
outstanding, mammoth 27 or 28 chorus solo, in the middle of Duke Ellington's
performance when combining "Diminuendo" and "Crescendo
in Blue", the
publicity from which is credited with reviving Ellington's career. This
performance is captured on the album Ellington at Newport. Paul was a
featured soloist in numerous Ellingtonian settings and received the nickname
"The Strolling Violins" from Ellington for playing solos while
walking through the crowds (Tragically
died of a drug overdose while in London, UK. Ellington died 9 days later
and the bodies of The Duke, Paul Gonsalves and Tyree Glenn, lay side by
side in the same New York funeral home). b.
July 12th 1920.
1989: Johnny Green (80) American songwriter,
composer, musical arranger, trumpeter. pianist and conductor born in New
York City. He was given the nickname "Beulah" by colleague Conrad
Salinger. His most famous song was one of his earliest, "Body and
Soul". Others included "Out of Nowhere", co-authored with
Edward Heyman -1931, "Rain Rain Go Away"-1932, "I Cover
the Waterfront", "You're Mine You", and "I Wanna Be
Loved" all in 1933, "Easy Come Easy Go" and "Repeal
The Blues" both in 1934. Johnny also composed the theme for Max Fleischer's
Betty Boop cartoons in 1932, with Edward Heyman as lyricist. Nominated
for an Oscar thirteen times, he won the award for "Easter Parade",
"An American in Paris", "West Side Story", and "Oliver!",
as well as a producer for "The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture",
which won in the Short Subjects category in 1954. Johnny was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (?)
b. October 10th 1908.
1992: Barbara Lee (44) US singer; founding
member of The Chiffons, a Motown all girl vocal group. The group was originally
a trio comprising Barbara, Judy Craig, and Patricia Bennett. They formed
at James Monroe High School in The Bronx in 1960. At the suggestion of
songwriter Ronnie Mack, Sylvia Peterson was added to the group in 1962.
They hit the No.1 spot in the US with their first single "He's So
Fine". This was followed
by numerous hits including "One Fine Day", "Sweet Talkin'
Guy", "I Have A Boyfriend"
"A Love So Fine" and "My
Sweet Lord". Judy Craig left the Chiffons
in 1968, but Barbara, Patrica and Sylvia
continued as a trio. Barabara performed
and toured until her untimely death (She died
from a heart attack just one
day short of her 45th birthday). b. May 16th
1993: Marv Earl Johnson (54)
American R&B and soul singer born in Detroit, Michigan. He
began his career singing with a doo-wop group called the Serenaders in
the mid 1950s. With budding talents not only as a singer but as a songwriter
and pianist, he was discovered by Berry Gordy while he performed at a
carnival. Gordy had already decided to form his first record label, Tamla,
and Marv's recording of "Come to Me" became the label's first
single in May 1959. The fledgling label did not have national distribution
and so the song was released by United Artists, and reached No.30 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart. Between 1959 and 1961, he released nine Billboard
Hot 100 singles including two Top 10s. The first of them was "You
Got What It Takes", which reached No.10 in the US and No.7 in the
UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold
disc. "I Love The Way You Love" reached No.9. He scored his
final US Top 40 single in 1960 with "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains".
It also sold a million copies, giving him his second gold disc. He also
had several hits in Australia too. After issuing his final Motown single
in 1968, Marv remained with Motown working on sales and promotion throughout
the 1970s. He also wrote songs for Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor and
continued singing into the 1990s (sadly
Marv died from a stroke) b. October 15th
1999: Rob Gretton
(46) English manager of the bands 'Joy
Division' and 'New Order', partner in Factory Records, proprietor of the
Rob's Records label and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Haçienda
nightclub in Manchester, England. Rob was portrayed by Paddy Considine
in the 2002 film "24 Hour Party People", which documented the
rise and fall of Factory Records (heart attack).
b. Jan 15th 1953
2000: Geoff Goddard
(62) English songwriter, singer,
keyboard player born in Reading; he
was originally promoted by Joe Meek as a Liberace styled singer named
Anton Hollywood. He started songwriting in the 60s, he wrote songs for
Heinz, Cliff Richard, Mike Berry
and the The Outlaws, Kenny Hollywood,
Freddie Starr, Screaming Lord Sutch, Gunilla Thorne, The Ramblers, John
Leyton and many others and played keyboards on various of his productions,
most notably on The Tornados' worldwilde hit Telstar in 1962. Other
of his many songs include Johnny Remember Me, Just Like Eddie, My Head
Goes Round, Wild Wind, Son This Is She, the BBC banned Tribute To Buddy
Holly, Voodoo Woman, Who Told You, Monster In Black Tights, and Hush-A-Bye
(?). b. November 19th 1937
2003: June Carter Cash (73)
Grammy award winning country singer, played the guitar, banjo, and autoharp.
Second and long term wife of Johnny Cash. She is best known for singing
and songwriting, but she was also an author, actress, comedienne, philanthropist
and humanitarian. Director Elia Kazan saw her perform at the Grand Ole
Opry in 1955 and encouraged her to study acting. She studied with Lee
Strasberg and Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
Her acting roles included Mrs. "Momma" Dewey in Robert Duvall's
1998 movie The Apostle, Sister Ruth, wife to Johnny Cash's character Kid
Cole, on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (19931997), and Clarise on Gunsmoke
in 1957. June was also "Momma James" in The Last Days of Frank
and Jesse James. As
a singer, she had both a solo career and a career singing with first her
family and later her husband. As a solo artist, she became somewhat successful
with upbeat country tunes of the 1950s like "Jukebox Blues"
following heart valve replacement surgery). b.
June 23rd 1929
2004: Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton Eccles (63)
British bass player; after
he played with Danny King & The Dukes, he helped form the early UK
rock band The
Moody Blues, and was the original
in 1964. The Moody Blues released
one album with Clint on bass, "Go Now - The Moody Blues" which
reached No.1 in the UK charts. The album yielded the hit song, "Go
Now", which also reached No.1 in the UK and the Top Ten in the U.S.
left the band and his music career in 1966 to become a carpenter and spend
time with his family. He was replaced briefly by Rod Clark and then by
John Lodge, who is still with the band (He
died of liver problems related to years of alcoholism).
b. June 25th
2008: Bob Florence (75) American pianist,
arranger, and bandleader; He began taking piano lessons at five and initially
intended to be a concert pianist, however he stared working as pianist
and arranger with jazz man Dave Pell and by the mid-1950s he had formed
his own big band working with, amongst others, Herb Geller, Bud Shank,
Frank Capp and Bob Enevoldsen. Since that time, Bob worked in various
big band projects across the Los Angeles area, working mainly with session
musicians and as an accompanist to various singers. Throughout his career
Florence worked as an arranger for Harry James, Louie Bellson, Stan Kenton,
Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Doc Severinsen. At one time he had three variety
shows going... Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Red Skelton, and he had
a close musical relationship with singer Vikki Carr. In the thirty years
he had known her, he wrote six albums and countless arrangements for her
in person performances. Bob
was on the road for four years as Vikki's musical director. He also has
worked closely with Julie Andrews, doing one CD, writing her several charts
and traveled as her accompanist. In
2000 he won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, with his
album "Serendipity" (?)
b. May 20th 1932.
2008: Alexander Mair Courage Jr (89)
American orchestrator, arranger, and composer of music, primarily
for television and motion pictures. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
he began as an orchestrator/arranger at MGM studios, which included work
in such films as Show Boat, The Band Wagon, 'Gigi' and Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers. He
frequently served as an orchestrator on films scored by Andre Previn..
My Fair Lady; Adolph Deutsch.. Funny Face, Some Like It Hot; John Williams..The
Poseidon Adventure, Superman, Jurassic Park, and the Academy Award-nominated
musical films Fiddler on the Roof and Tom Sawyer; and Jerry Goldsmith..
Rudy, Mulan, The Mummy, et al. Alexander succeeded Arthur Morton as primary
orchestrator for Goldsmith in the 1990s .His work for Television he is
probably best known for writing the theme music for Star Trek: The Original
Series, and some other music for the series, but he also worked as a composer
on such TV shows as The Brothers Brannagan, Lost in Space, Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea, Judd, for the Defense, and Daniel Boone. In 1988, he
won an Emmy Award for his music direction on the special Julie Andrews:
The Sound of Christmas. He also frequently collaborated with John Williams
during Williams' tenure with the Boston Pops Orchestra (Alex's
had been declining, he suffered a series
of strokes prior to his death) b.
December 10th 1919.
2009: Buddy Montgomery (79) American
jazz composer, arranger, pianist, vibraphonist; born in Indianapolis,
he was the youngest in a family of musical siblings, influenced by his
brothers Thomas, Monk and Wes... he first played professionally in 1948,
then in 1949 he played with Big Joe Turner, before joining up with Slide
Hampton. After two years in the Army, where he had his own quartet, he
joined the Mastersounds as a vibraphonist with his brother Monk. He led
the Montgomery-Johnson Quintet with Ray Johnson from 1955 to 1957. He
played briefly with Miles Davis in 1960. In 1969 he moved to Milwaukee,
Wisconsin where he taught jazz music locally. Early in the 1980s he moved
to Oakland; there he released more solo material and played with the Riverside
Reunion Band, Charlie Rouse, David Fathead Newman and Bobby Hutcherson
(?) January 30th 1930.
2009: Wayman Tisdale (44) American
jazz bass guitarist and professional basketball
player in the National Basketball Association. Iinfluenced
greatly by funk bands of the 1970s, he launched
his musical career with "Power Forward" in 1995 on the Motown
Label. Primarily a bass player, he recorded eight albums, with the 2001
album "Face to Face" climbing to No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary
jazz chart. In 2002, he was awarded the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma
Jazz Hall of Fame. His most recent release, Rebound, was written and released
after he had been diagnosed with cancer (died while
fighting cancer) b. June
2011: Bob Flanigan (84)
American singer tenor vocalist, trombonist, and founding member of the
jazz group, The Four Freshmen. In 1952, they released their first hit
single "It's a Blue World". Further hits included "Mood
Indigo" in 1954, "Day by Day" in 1955, and "Graduation
Day" in 1956. They
won Best Vocal Group of the Year in Down Beat magazine's Readers' Polls
in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 2000, and 2001. They were nominated in
the Grammy Vocal Group Performance category in 1958 for The Four Freshmen
in Person, 1961 for Voices in Fun, 1962 for The Swingers, 1964 for More
Four Freshmen and Five Trombones, and in 1986 for Fresh!. The Four Freshmen
also made film and television appearances, and performed in concert. After
Bob retired in 1992 he managed the group till his death (sadly
Bob died of congestive heart failure) b.
August 22nd 1926.
2011: M-Bone/ Montae Talbert (22)
American rapper and dancer with Cali Swag District, until 2009, Cali Swag
District was comprised of four anonymous Inglewood teenagers making R
& B/ hip-hop hybrids. Then it filmed the video for "Teach Me
How to Dougie," setting off the biggest dance craze since Soulja
Boy's "Crank Dat" in 2007. "Teach
Me How to Dougie" reached No. 6 on the Billboard rap singles charts
and sold roughly 2 million legal downloads (Montae
was brutally murdered, shot twice in the head in drive-by shooting)
2013: Albert Lance/Lancelot Albert Ingram (87)
Australian tenor, also held French citizenship,
born in Menindee, Sth Australia. He studied voice at the Melbourne Music
Conservatory. After graduation, he sang in cafés and night clubs,
and joined a touring company and performed throughout Australia, singing
popular songs, before auditioning at the Melbourne Opera, where he was
immediately offered a contract. He went on to become Australia's principal
tenor during the 1950s and later enjoyed a highly successful career in
France. He was also invited to perform at the opera houses of Lyon, Bordeaux,
and Marseille, as well as London, Vienna, Moscow, Leningrad, America and
Buenos Aires. He became a permanent member of the Opéra national
du Rhin in Strasbourg from 1973 until his retirement in 1977. After his
retirement from the stage, he turned to full-time teaching, first at the
Music Conservatory of Nice, and later Antibes (?)
b. February 4th 1931.
1953: Jean-Baptiste "Django"
Reinhardt (43) Belgium gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso;
he grew up in a Gypsy caravan, traveling around France. He was severely
burned in a fire in 1928, leaving two fingers of his left hand useless,
but adapted his guitar style to the disability. Django began playing professionally
at the age of 12. He
was a founding member of the Hot Club Quintet
along with jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli,
playing American jazz in French clubs.
He went on to be one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time,
his unique sound made him an international star, and he is credited with
being among the first to elevate the guitar from a rhythm instrument to
a solo instrument. Virtually every guitarist from all genre cite Django
as an influence from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi to George Benson to Willie
Nelson and Jimi Hendrix named his band the Band of Gypsys in honor of
Django's music. (died when walking from the Avon
train station after playing in a Paris club that he collapsed outside
his house from a brain hemorrhage). b. January
1954: Clemens Heinrich Krauss (61)
Austrian conductor and opera impresario, particularly associated
with the music of Richard Strauss. He mainly worked in European Opera
but visited the United States in 1929, conducting in Philadelphia and
with the New York Philharmonic and didn't debut in Britain until he conducted
at Covent Garden in London in 1951. Clemens did not make many recordings;
but his 1950 performance of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, made in
Vienna, and his 1953 live performance of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle from
Bayreuthis are still regarded by some as his best (?)
b. March 31st 1893.
Ernie Freeman (58) American session
pianist; born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ernie learnt play the piano
at very young age and played several
different string instruments including the guitar and violin. He started
working in local the nightclubs. In 1939 he and his sister Evelyn formed
their own band and they became "The Evelyn Freeman Ensemble".
Next Ernie worked with Woody Herman
in the 40's before joining the Ernie Fields Orchestra, playing the piano.
In 1951 he also began playing with the Billy Hadnott Sextet, but left
in 1954 to form his own combo with Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer and Irving
Ashby. In 1955 they released their first record, "No No Baby".
Throughout the 1950s he played on numerous early rock and R&B sessions
in LA, California, particularly on the Modern, Specialty and Aladdin labels,
as well as for white artists such as Duane Eddy and Bobby Vee. He played
piano on The Platters' "The Great Pretender" in 1955. Ernie
released a number of instrumental records of his own, including No.5 R&B
chart hit "Jivin' Around" in 1956 and his cover version of Bill
Justis' "Raunchy", his biggest solo success, which reached No.4
on the pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart in 1957. In 1961, Ernie
together with Earl Palmer, Plas Johnson and René Hall, began recording
as B. Bumble and the Stingers. He continued a successful session career
in the 1960s, appearing on material such as Frank Sinatra's Grammy Award
winning "Strangers in the Night" in 1967; Connie Francis's "Jealous
Heart", and "Addio, mi' amore"; Petula Clark's "This
is My Song" and "For Love" and also worked with Dean Martin.
From 1960 to 1964 he arranged virtually every session for Snuff Garrett
at Liberty Records including artists Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette and Gene
1970 he contributed string arrangements to Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge
Over Troubled Water album, before his retirement (?).
b. Aug 16th 1922.
1990: Sammy Davis Jr (64) American dancer,
singer, multi-instrumentalist, playing vibraphone, trumpet, and drums;
impressionist, comedian, convert to Judaism, and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning
actor. He was a member of the 1960s Rat Pack, which was led by his old
friend Frank Sinatra, and included fellow performers Dean Martin, Joey
Bishop and Peter Lawford. As a child, he learned how to dance from his
father and his "uncle" Will Mastin, who led the dance troupe
his father worked for. Sammy joined the act as a young child and they
became the Will Mastin Trio. After his years in the army, he rejoined
the dance act which played at a wide variety of spots around Portland,
Oregon, and began to achieve success on his own as he was singled out
for praise by critics and released 2 albums. In 1956 he
appear in the Broadway show Mr. Wonderful,
after which he was a headliner at The Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
for many years. During his early years in Las Vegas, he and other African-American
artists like Nat King Cole and Count Basie could entertain on the stage,
but often could not reside at the hotels at which they performed, and
most definitely could not gamble in the casinos or go to the hotel restaurants
and bars. After he achieved superstar success, Davis refused to work at
venues which would practice racial segregation. His demands eventually
led to the integration of Miami Beach nightclubs and Las Vegas casinos.
Davis was particularly proud of this accomplishment.
He has appeared in 4 stage musicals, dozens of TV shows and 36
films. He was nominated 4 times for a grammy award, winning the lifetime
acheivement award in 2001 and in 2002 his song
"What Kind of Fool Am I?" was
inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame. Other awards include Emmys, Tony Award,
Golden Globe, NAACP awards and Kennedy Center Honors; he is on International
Civil Rights Walk of Fame, the Las Vegas Walk of Stars and The Hollywood
Walk of Fame. Sammy was portrayed by Don Cheadle in the HBO movie The
Rat Pack, a made-for-TV movie about the pack of entertainers. Cheadle
won a Golden Globe award for his performance. David
Raynr also portrayed Sammy in the miniseries Sinatra, a TV movie about
the life of Frank Sinatra
cancer). b. December
1992: Chalino Sanchez (31) Mexican singer
and songwriter, born on a ranch in Sinaloa, he went on to record various
corrido tunes, such as "Armando Sánchez" (tribute song
to his murdered brother), "El Sapo," "Beto López,"
and "Los Sinaloenses".
His popularity began to grow in the Mexican American community. By
1989, Chalino was recognized throughout California. Many say that he is
the "Rey the los Corridos" he is one of the best singers ever
to sing in Mexico (Chalino's
body was discovered on the side of a road with two gunshot wounds to the
back of the head. The next day, newspapers in Sinaloa read, "Chalino
Sánchez, Secuestrado, y Ejecutado" / Chalino Sánchez,
Kidnapped and Executed) b. August
Marv Johnson (54) American soul singer,
songwriter, pianist; he began his career singing with a doo-wop group,
The Serenaders, in the mid 1950s. Berry Gordy discovered him while he
was performing at a carnival. His recording of Gordy's song "Come
To Me" became the label's first single in May 1959, it reached No.30
on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Between
'59 and '61, he had 9 Billboard Hot 100 singles including two top tenners;
"You Got What It Takes", which reached No.10 and "I Love
The Way You Love", which reached No.9. He scored his final Top 40
single in 1960 with "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains". After
issuing his final Motown singles in 1968, he remained with Motown throughout
the 1970s working on promotion and sales. He also wrote songs for Tyrone
Davis and Johnnie Taylor. He continued singing into the 1990s, releasing
a solo album on the London based Motor City Records label (died
of a stroke in Columbia, South Carolina)
b. Oct 15th 1938.
1995: Lola Flores/
María de los Dolores Flores Ruiz (72)
Spanish singer, dancer and actress of
gipsy descent; she became a famous dancer and singer of Andalusian gipsy
folklore at a very young age, featuring in films from 1939 to 1987. Her
greatest success was in folklore shows with Manolo Caracol, who was her
artistic partner until 1951. In 2007, the biography Lola la pelicula was
made. The movie describes her early life, starting in 1931 until 1958
b. January 21st 1923
2001: Brian Pendleton (57) British
rhythm guitarist, lead guitar, vocals with both the bands Pretty Things
and So What; he was an incredibly
talented and underrated guitarist, like too many musicians he died virtually
forgotten. (sadly died after his battle with lung
cancer). b. April 13th 1944
2010: Ronnie James Dio/Ronald
James Padavona (67)
American heavy metal singer , songwriter and muli-musician. He performed
with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band
Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n
Aid. Ronnie was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy
metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing
the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. Born in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, he initially played the trumpet and French horn and recorded
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July 10th 1942.
2010: Hank Jones (91)
American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer and
5 times Grammy Award nominee, also
in 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Hank with its highest
honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award. He was also honored in 2003
with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
Jazz Living Legend Award. In 2008, he was awarded the National Medal of
Arts. On April 13, 2009, the University of Hartford presented Hank Jones
with a Doctorate Degree for his musical accomplishments. Hank recorded
over sixty albums under his own name, and countless others as a sideman
including Milt Jackson - The Jazz Skyline; Curtis Fuller - New Trombone;
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else; John Coltrane - Bags & Trane;
Wes Montgomery - So Much Guitar!; Ella Fitzgerald - Rhythm Is My Business;
Dexter Gordon - Ca' Purange, Bob Stewart - Welcome to the Club and Joe
Lovano - Joyous Encounter (?)
b. July 31st 1918.
2012: Maria Biesu (76)
Moldovan opera soprano, born into a peasant family where everyone loved
to sing. In 1965 she was sent to the La Scala theatre in Milan, in '66
she became a prize-winner at the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition,
and in 1967 in Tokyo she won first prize and honorary Gold Cup
prize, and won the title Best Cio-Cio-San in the World at
the First International Competition in Memory of Miura Tomaki. She went
on to sing at the famous Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, and in opera houses
all former Soviet republics, and the "Metropolitan Opera" in
New York. She undertook long tours in Germany, France, Austria, Finland,
Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan,
Australia, and Israel (sadly died of leukemia)
b. August 3rd 1935.
2013: Taleb al-Qaraghulli (73)
Iraqi musician, songwriter and composer born in Dhi Qar province who went
on to become one of the most notable names in Iraqi music. His tunes,
characterised by their remorse, ruefulness and originality, were sung
by the most accomplished Iraqi singers, such as Hussein Nemeh and Yas
Khodr, songs including
"Aazaz", "Taybeen" and "Banafsaj"
(sadly died after a long battle with diabetes)
(70) Pakistani singer and the youngest child of the Pakistani
singer Noor Jehan and director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi
(sadly died from renal disease and diabetes)
b. February 21st 1944.
2014: Nicola Ghiuselev (77) Bulgarian
operatic bass, born in Pavlikeni. He made his stage debut with the National
Opera of Sofia, as Timur in Turandot, in 1960. In 1965, with the Sofia
Opera, he toured Germany, the Netherlands, France and made his debut at
the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Important debuts followed at the Berlin
State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Monte Carlo
Opera, the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Liceo in Barcelona, the San Carlo
in Naples, the Royal Opera House in London, the Verona Arena, the Salzburg
Festival, the Holland Festival, he also appeared in Moscow, Saint Petersburg,
Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Marseille, Toulouse, Chicago, Houston, among
b. August 17th 1936
1935: Paul Dukas
(69) French composer born in Paris; he
was a perfectionist and destroyed many of his pieces out of dissatisfaction
with them, only a few of his compositions remain. His first surviving
works of note are the three concert overtures Goetz de Berlichingen-1883,
Le Roi Lear-1883 and Polyeucte-1891 and the energetic Symphony in C-1896.
symphony was followed by another orchestral work, L'apprenti sorcier/The
Sorcerer's Apprentice-1897, which is based on Goethe's poem "Der
Zauberlehrling". The Sorcerer's Apprentice was used, in a slightly
redacted version, in the Walt Disney film Fantasia a total of perhaps
one minute of the ten-and-a-half-minute piece was omitted. His opera Ariane
et Barbe-Bleue/Ariadne and Bluebeard, on which he worked from 1899 to
1907, has often been compared to Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande,
partly because of musical similarities and partly because both operas
are based on libretti by Maurice Maeterlinck (?)
b. October 1st 1865.
1976: Lars Gullin (48) Swedish
jazz baritone sax player, pianist and composer born in Sanda. A child
prodigy on the accordion, and at age 13 he played clarinet in a military
band and learned the alto saxophone, but after moving to Stockholm in
1947 became a professional pianist, before playing baritone in Seymour
Österwalls band in 1949 He worked as a member of Arne Domnéruss
septet for two years from 1951; the group mainly performed at Nalen, a
leading dance spot in Stockholm.
At the same time he began to work with visiting US musicians, recording
with James Moody, Zoot Sims and Clifford Brown, and he first performed
with Lee Konitz in 1951. He formed his own group in 1953, in the following
year, 1954, he won the best newcomer award in the United States Down Beat
magazine, after two March 1953 Swedish sessions were leased and issued
by Contemporary Records as a 10 LP. Later his albums were leased
to Atlantic Records in the United States. Lars toured several European
countries with Chet Baker in October 1955. During 1959 he was active in
Italy, he played with Chet Baker again and with the jazz alto saxophonist
Flavio Ambrosetti, making radio broadcasts with him in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In the 1960s he continued to work occasionally with leading American players,
including Archie Shepp, with whom he recorded in 1963. One of his last
major recording was his Aeros aromatic atomica suite recorded in 1973.
Lars died of a heart attack)
b. May 4th 1928
1989: Johnny Green (50) American composer
in New York City he was one of the most celebrated conductors in American
popular music, he composed one of the great
standards Body and Soul. Collaborating with lyricists such
as Gus Kahn, Yip Harburg, Edward Heyman, Paul Francis Webster, Mack David,
Billy Rose and Johnny Mercier, Johns discography includes a host
of standards including Body and Soul, Coquette,
Im Yours, Oceans of Time, Out of Nowhere,
Weep No More My Baby, I Cover the Waterfront,
An Hour Ago This Minute, Rain, Rain, Go Away,
in the Wind, Easy Come, Easy
Go, Youre Mine, You, The Steam is on he
Beam, Ive Got a Heavy Date, I Wanna Be Loved,
Hello, My Lover, Goodbye, The Turntable Song and
The Song of Raintree County. Nominated for an Oscar thirteen
times, he won the award for "Easter Parade", "An American
in Paris", "West Side Story", and "Oliver!",
as well as for the short subject "The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture".
He also conducted various orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
Denver Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony
Orchestra and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. All these are just a handful of his
(?) b. October
1990: Frank Wright (54)
American free jazz musician, electric bass,
saxophonist; born in Grenada, Mississippi. He was originally a bass player,
working with B. B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland among others.
His style is often compared to Albert Ayler, who was one of his major
influences. In addition to tenor saxophone, he also played the soprano
saxophone and bass clarinet. Known for his frenetic style of tenor saxophone,
under his own name he was "underground" his entire career, recording
11 albums on minor labels. But as a sideman he recorded with the greats
such of Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, Noah Howard, Hans Dulfer,
Sebastian Harrison Georges Arvanitas, Muhammad
Ali, Marvin Peterson, Saheb Sarbib, Peter
Brotzmann, A. R. Penck,and Alan Silva and Bobby Few (?)
b. July 9th
1992: Lawrence Welk (89) American
musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, born in
the German-speaking community of Strasburg, North Dakota. Just after his
21st birthday, he left the family farm to pursue a career in music. During
the 1920s, he performed with the Luke Witkowski, Lincoln Boulds, and George
T. Kelly bands, before starting his own orchestra. He led big bands in
North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, including the Hotsy Totsy Boys
and later the Honolulu Fruit Gum Orchestra. His band was also the station
band for popular radio station WNAX, South Dakota. During the 1930s, he
led a traveling big band, specializing in dance tunes and "sweet"
music. Initially, the band traveled around the country by car. They were
too poor to rent rooms, so they usually slept and changed clothes in their
cars. In the early 1940s, the band began a 10-year stint at the Trianon
Ballroom in Chicago, regularly drawing crowds of nearly 7,000. He went
on to host the popular Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1982. His style
came to be known to his large number of radio, television, and live-performance
fans as "champagne music" (pneumonia).
b. March 11th 1903
1996: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson (61)
American blues guitarist whose long career influenced the development
of blues, soul music, rhythm & blues, funk, rock music, and hip-hop
music. When Johnny was 11, his grandfather offered to give him a guitar
if, he didn't play any of the "devil's music"blues. Johnny
agreed, but "that was the first thing I did." A musical prodigy,
he played with Texas bluesmen Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. Johnny's
ferocious "Space Guitar" of 1954 pioneered guitar feedback and
reverb, which later influenced a subsequent generation of guitarists.
He toured and recorded with his friend Larry Williams, as well as Little
Richard, Don & Dewey, The Olympics, Johnny Otis and, in the mid 1970's
with David Axelrod. He also played with Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert and George
Duke. But as the popularity of blues declined and the era of soul music
ascended in the 1960s, Watson, in his inimitable style, transformed himself
from the southern blues singer with pompadour into the urban soul singer
with pimp hat. (He died on stage of a heart attack,
while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he
collapsed mid guitar solo. His last words were "ain't that a bitch",
probably in reference to the song "Ain't that a Bitch").
b. February 3rd 1935
1996: Kevin Gilbert (29)
American multi instrumentalist, songwriter, who played trumpet,
keyboards, guitars, drums and bass, as well as singing vocals. His talents
also extended to producer. He toured with Eddie Money before winning the
1988 Yamaha Soundcheck International Rock Music Competition with his progressive
rock group Giraffe. Later, he was part of the songwriting collective "The
Tuesday Music Club" that met at producer Bill Bottrell's studio in
Pasadena, California. He introduced his then-girlfriend Sheryl Crow to
Bottrell and his fellow Club musicians and the sessions allowed Crow to
workshop new material, leading to the recording of her breakthrough debut
album, Tuesday Night Music Club. he co-wrote many of the songs on that
album, including 1995 Grammy Record of the Year "All I Wanna Do".
Kevin released his first solo album Thud in 1995 as well as partially
reforming Giraffe to perform the Genesis piece The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
at Progfest '94. Several albums of Kevin's music have been released posthumously
beginning in 1999 with the live album Kevin Gilbert & Thud - Live
at the Troubadour (sadly died of autoerotic self-asphyxiation).
b. November 20th 1966
1999: Bruce Fairbairn (49) Canadian musician
and international record producer from Vancouver, British Columbia. He
was active as a producer from 1976 to 1999 and is considered one of the
best of his era. His most successful productions are Slippery When Wet
by Bon Jovi and Permanent Vacation by Aerosmith. He was originally a trumpet
player and then started a career as a record producer for Canadian rock
band Prism. He won the Canadian music industry Producer of the Year Juno
Award 3 times. He produced albums for many famous international artists
such as Loverboy, Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions,
Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries, INXS, KISS and Yes. His style was
notable for introducing dynamic horn arrangements into rock music productions.
(died of unknown causes at his
home in Vancouver).
b. December 30th 1949
2002: Sharon Sheeley (62)
US songwriter; one of the first and most successful female songwriters
of the early rock & roll era, whose work brought success to artists
like Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, David Gates,
Hal Blaine Herb Alpert and her former fiancé, Eddie Cochran. She
wrote "Love Again" and "Cherished Memories" for Cochran,
and the 1959 hit "Somethin' Else" with Eddie's brother Bob Cochran.
Sharon was a surviver of the Eddie Cochran/Gene Vincent car crash 1960.
Her other songwriting credits included "Hurry Up", recorded
by Ritchie Valens. She collaborated with musician/songwriter, Jackie DeShannon
on a string of hits, including Brenda Lee's "Dum Dum" and "Heart
In Hand," and Irma Thomas's "Breakaway". She also co-wrote
songs with Chris Curtis of The Searchers, including "Night Time"
recorded by Paul and Barry Ryan (cerebral hemorrhage).
b. April 4th 1940
2010:Yvonne Loriod (86) French pianist,
composer and teacher, born in Houilles, Yvelines, She studied at the Paris
Conservatoire. At the age of 25, she was appointed professor at the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She went on to become a
nationally-acclaimed recording artist and concert pianist, and premiered
most of Olivier Messiaen's works for the piano, (Who she married in 1961)
starting in the 1940s, both she and her sister Jeanne often performed
as the soloists in his Turangalîla-Symphonie. Yvonne also orchestrated
part of Messiaen's final orchestral work, Concert à quatre (?)
2010: Bobbejaan Schoepen (85) Belgian
singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, and a pioneer in Belgian pop music, vaudeville,
and European country music. A 'total performer', he was also a guitarist,
comedian, actor, and professional whistler, as well as the founder and
former director of the amusement park, Bobbejaanland. Born
in Boom, Antwerp, he worked his way up from a working-class environment
to become one of the 200 richest people in Belgium.
His musical career flourished from 1948 until the first half of the 1970s.
He sold more than five million copies from his repertoire of nearly 600
songs, which extended from Twang, cabaret, instrumental film music, chansons,
country, to folk and vocal music. In July 2008 he was inducted as the
first European into the Whistlers Hall of Fame, by the
US International Whistlers Convention (cardiac arrest)
b. May 16th
2010: Carla Zilbersmith (47)
singer, comedian and 14 years as artistic director and co-ordinator of
the drama department at College of Marin. Born in Vancouver, she graduated
from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and attended graduate
school at New York University. In 2007 Carla was diagnosed with
Lou Gehrig's disease and she set up one-woman 90 minute stage show and
inspired others with how she faced death. John Zaritsky filmed a documentary
of Carla's traveling show, Academy Award winner Zaritsky said he describes
"Leave Them Laughing" as a " 'musical comedy about dying'
because it includes numerous jokes by Carla about dying and becoming disabled
and also it has loads of songs that she wrote and performs in the documentary".
The films of her last brave travels to Australia, Britain and Mexico demonstrate
the ferocity of her intention to suck the last molecules of pleasure from
her life (sadly
died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
b. December 15th
2012: Donna Summer/LaDonna Adrian Gaines (63)
American singer-songwriter; born in in
Boston, she began singing at a young age in the church. In her teens,
she formed several musical groups imitating Motown girl groups such as
The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas. In the late 1960s, influenced
by Janis Joplin she dropped out of school to join the psychedelic rock
group the Crow as lead singer. Donna moved to Germany for several years
with the cast of the musical "Hair" in the role of Sheila. Whilst
in Munich she sang as a member of the pop group FamilyTree and also sang
as a studio session singer and in theatres. In 1971, still using her birth
name Donna Gaines, she released her first single, a cover of "Sally
Go 'Round the Roses". Donna found international fame during the disco
era of the 70s-80s with a string of >>>
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bravely battling cancer) b. December 31st 1948.
2013: Monroe Hopper (86)
American bass singer and founding member of the
North Carolina gospel group The Hoppers, a family ensemble which began
performing together in 1957. Their hits included "Here I Am"
in 1990, followed by "Milk and Honey", "Mention My Name",
"Anchor to the Power of the Cross", "Heavenly Sunrise",
and "Yes I Am".
They appeared at the inauguration ceremony for Ronald Reagan in 1981 and
won awards for Mixed Vocal Group at the Southern Gospel Music Awards in
both 1982 and 1983. Monroe along with The Hoppers was inducted into Gospel
Music Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition to co-forming the Hoppers, he
was a US Navy Veteran and a pioneer leader in establishing the Hopper
Heritage Foundation, which assists young men and women in pursuing their
educational goals (?)
b. December 26th 1926.
2013: Alan O'Day (72) American
singer-songwriter, born in Hollywood, CA, and is best known for writing
and singing "Undercover Angel," a US No.1 hit in 1977. He also
wrote songs for several other notable performers, such as 1974's Helen
Reddy No.1 hit "Angie Baby" and the Righteous Brothers' No.3
hit "Rock And Roll Heaven". In the 1980s he moved from pop music
to television, co-writing over 100 songs for the Saturday morning Muppet
Babies series, and in the 1990s he wrote and performed music on the National
Geographic series Really Wild Animals (sadly
Alan died bravely fighting brain cancer) b.
October 3rd 1940.
2013: Harold Shapero (93)
American composer and pianist
born in Lynn, Massachusetts; he learned to play the piano as a child,
and for some years was a pianist in dance orchestras. With a friend, he
founded the Hal Kenny Orchestra, a swing-era jazz band, but he was more
interested in classical music and won the Rome Prize in 1941 for the Nine-Minute
Overture. In 1946 he won the Joseph H. Bearns Prize of US$1200 for the
Symphony for String Orchestra and has also won two Guggenheim Fellowships
in 1947 and 1948), two Fulbright Fellowships in 1948 and in 1960, and
a Naumburg Fellowship. In 1951, Brandeis University hired him and he became
chairman of the department and founder of its electronic music studio
with the day's most advanced synthesizers. He taught at Brandeis for 37
(sadly died with complications of pneumonia)
b. April 29th 1920.
2014: Eric Gentry (21)
American musician and lead singer
for the rock band A Feast For Kings formed in September of 2010. The band
have since released a handful of singles and released their debut EP,
Hell On Earth, earlier this year. (Eric was
performing maintenance on a piece of machinery, when he slipped, which
tragically lead to his death) b. 1993 ?
2014: Evan Plunkett/Hollywood Will (25)
American up and coming rapper and 2007 graduate
of Basic High School in Henderson, Las Vegas. He was pursuing his love
of rap music after returning home to Las Vegas from a stint as an aviation
mechanic for the US Marines and was in the process of making a music video
he was fatally shot in the chest when a fight
had erupted between himself and three other men during music video shoot
and party in the
Sky Villa Suite, Palms Casino Resort's Fantasy
Tower) b. 1988 ?
2014: Bongani Masuku (50) South
African singer born in Durban; he became a well-known face on the Johannesburg
session scene and has worked with a host of artists, but is maybe best
known as the backing vocalist of Johnny Clegg's band since 1992. One of
their best-known songs is "Asimbonanga" /"we've never seen
him". In addition to his work with Johnny, he has toured with I Muvrini
on three European tours. (Tragically he was
fatally shot after four men demanded his cellphone and car keys at gunpoint
as he was parking his car in the Troyeville area. Bongani was shot several
times) b. 1964 ?
1911: Gustav Mahler (50) Austrian
late-Romantic composer and one of
the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer, he acted as a
bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism
of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor
was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity
only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance
in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 his music was re-discovered
and championed by a new generation of listeners; Gustav then became one
of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position
he has sustained into the 21st century (New York
in November 1910, he threw himself into a busy Philharmonic season of
concerts and tours. At Christmas 1910 he began suffering from a sore throat,
which persisted. On 21 February 1911, with a temperature of 104 °F,
he insisted on fulfilling an engagement at Carnegie Hall, sadly this was
his last concert, he died not long after of bacterial endocarditis)
1975: Leroy Anderson (66) American composer
of short, light concert pieces, many of which were introduced by the Boston
Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. Born in Cambridge,
Massachusetts his pieces and his recordings during the fifties conducting
a studio orchestra were immense commercial successes. "Blue Tango"
was the first instrumental recording ever to sell one million copies.
His most famous pieces are probably "Sleigh Ride" and "The
Syncopated Clock". In 1950, WCBS-TV in New York City selected "Syncopated
Clock" as the theme song for The Late Show, the WCBS late-night movie.
Mitchell Parish added words to "Syncopated Clock", and later
wrote lyrics for other Anderson tunes, including "Sleigh Ride",
which was not written as a Christmas piece, but as a work that describes
a winter event. Leroy started the work during a heat wave in August 1946.
The Boston Pops' recording of it was the first pure orchestral piece to
reach No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Music chart. From 1952 to 1961, Anderson's
composition "Plink, Plank, Plunk!" was used as the theme for
the CBS panel show I've Got A Secret. In
1958, he composed the music for the Broadway show Goldilocks with orchestrations
by Philip J. Lang which earned two Tony awards
(sadly died of cancer) b.
1980: Ian Curtis (23) English vocalist
and lyricist of the band Joy Division. Critics and fans continue to write
and discuss at length Ian's music, possible motivations and inspirations.
Born in Stretford in Lancashire, in 1976, he met two young musicians,
Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, at a Sex Pistols gig. They formed a band
called Warsaw before changing its name to Joy Division in 1978. Ian became
known for his quiet and awkward demeanour, as well as a unique dancing
style reminiscent of the epileptic seizures he experienced, sometimes
even on stage. His last live performance was on 2 May 1980 at Chamberlain
Hall of Birmingham Uni, a show that included Joy Division's first and
only performance of the song "Ceremony" (He
tragically hung himself reportedly while listening to Iggy Pop's 'The
Idiot') b. July 15th
1984: John Hardee (75)
American jazz and blues tenor saxophonist,
born in Corsicana, Texas; he played with Tiny Grimes and then recorded
as a bandleader for Blue Note between 1946 and 1948, he later played with
Clyde Bernhardt, Cousin Joe, Russell Procope, Earl Bostic, Billy Kyle,
Helen Humes, Billy Taylor, and Lucky Millinder, before becoming a teacher
in the 50s (?). b.
December 20th 1919
1999: Augustus Pablo/Horace Swaby (44)
Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer and keyboardist,
active from the 1970s onwards. Born in St. Andrew, he was perhaps the
first person to use the melodica as a viable musical instrument. Horace
recorded early tracks including "Higgi Higgi", "East of
the River Nile", "Song of the East", and "The Red
Sea" between 1971 and 1973. In the later 1970s, Augustus produced
a steady stream of hits, including the hit "Black Star Liner"
- Fred Locks. He also worked with Dillinger, Norris Reid, I-Roy, Jacob
Miller, Te -Track, The Immortals, Paul Blackman, Earl Sixteen, Roman Stewart,
Lacksley Castell, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Ricky Grant, Delroy Wilson,
Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay. This period was eventually
commemorated with critically acclaimed LPs including King Tubby Meets
Rockers Uptown-76 and Hugh Mundell's classic Africa Must be Free by 1983.
This was followed by East of the River Nile-78, Original Rockers-1979
and Rockers Meets King Tubby in a Firehouse, another acclaimed hit album.
Augustus was also known for his devotion to the spiritual Rastafari movement
(died as a result of a collapsed lung) b.
June 21st 1954.
2000: Stephen M. Wolownik (53) American-Russian
musician and arranger, a pioneer in the Russian and Eastern European music
community in America. He received a bachelor's degree from the University
of Pennsylvania, where he founded the University of Pennsylvania Balalaika
Orchestra in 1964. PennBO was unique in that, with the exception of the
Tamburitzans at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, it was the only university-level
music ensemble dedicated solely to Eastern European music. He
later moved to LA, where he received a master's degree in ethnomusicology
from the University of California. While there, he founded another balalaika
group, the Odessa Balalaikas. Later, he founded balalaika groups in Houston
and Atlanta. After returning to Philadelphia he received a master's degree
in library science from Drexel University, and also co-founded two more
balalaika ensembles, The Balalaika Russe and The Gypsy Balalaikas, the
members of both of which were from the Philadelphia area. Steven continued
directing the Penn Balalaika Orchestra until its demise in 1996. He later
moved to Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where he was an assistant library director
at the Mount Laurel Public Library until his death
b. July 22nd 1946
2004: Clint Warwick/Albert Clinton Eccles
The original English bassist for rock band, The Moody Blues, releasing
one album with them, their debut No.1 hit album 'Go Now - The Moody Blues'.
The album yielded the hit song, "Go Now", which reached #1 in
the UK and the Top Ten in the U.S. (liver disease).
b. June 25th 1940
2004: Elvin Ray Jones
(76) American drummer, born in Pontiac,
Michigan; one of the most influential jazz drummers of the post-bop era.
He was a member of the John Coltrane quartet, appearing on such albums
as A Love Supreme. He led several small groups, some under the name The
Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. He recorded with both of his brothers, jazz
musicians Hank and Thad Jones. His later career saw him working with many
of the younger jazz artists of today, including Bill Frisell (sadly
died of heart failure) b. September 9th 1927
Villame/Roman Tesorio Villame
(74) Filipino singer, composer, lyricist,
and comedian; after many jobs become a bus driver of the Meneses-Butalid
Liner fleet, where he had a bus numbered 13 that plied the Tagbilaran-Ubay-Talibon
route. At the bus company, with
some fellow drivers, he formed the
MBs Combo, a rondalla band where he sang and played the mandolin. He was
soon invited to parties and eventually as an entertainer in fiestas, baptism,
weddings, funerals and special events. The owner of the bus company took
notice of Villames efforts and set up a music studio named Kinampay
Records, after a local dish, just for him. Villame's first recording
"Magellan" in 1972 became
the top-selling record in the Visayas-Mindanao region. Yoyoy went on to
make more than 25 albums and won several sales awards, among them a double
platinum for his album "Tirana My Dear" and a platinum for "McArthur
and Dagohoy" in 1991. He also won Best Novelty for "Piyesta
ng mga Isda" in the 1993 Awit Awards. His long list of hits and his
entertaining style of music earned him the title of "King of Philippine
Novelty Songs" (cardiac arrest) b.
November 18th 1932.
2009: Dolla/Roderick Anthony Burton II (21)
American rap artist; he was a member of Da Razkalz Cru, who signed
to Elektra Records in 2003 and released the single "So Fly".
That same year, he met Akon and P. Diddy, the latter of whom hired Dolla
as a model for his Sean John line of clothes; Dolla appeared on billboards
for the clothing line and modeled across the United States. Dolla
signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label in May 2007. He made his debut with
the single "Who The Fuck Is That", which was his biggest hit,
reaching No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100. (shot
outside the Beverly Center, Los Angeles) b.
November 25th 1987.
2011: Frank L. Lacy (87) American
blues and jazz guitarist from Corrigan, Texas. He moved to Houston, in
the mid 1940's, and in the Texas-Louisana region with Johnny Fontenett,
Arnett Cobb, Milt Larkin, Eddie "Cleanhead Vinson and Don Wilkerson.
prominent civil rights activist and community organizer from 1955-75,
Frank taught in the Houston Independent School Department for 50 years.
In 1990 he recorded with his son, Ku-umba Frank Lacy on the CD Tonal Weights
and Blue Fire alongside Michael Carvin and Fred Hopkins
2011: Leonard Kastle (82) American
opera composer and filmmaker. His operas include Deseret -1961, on a libretto
by Anne Howard Bailey about Brigham Young, which he directed for the NBC
Opera Theatre. In
1956, he composed a thirteen-minute "made-to-measure" opera,
titled The Swing, for two singers, a speaking part, and piano accompaniment.
It was commissioned by and broadcast on the NBC television network. He
also wrote The Pariahs, about the sinking of the whaling ship Essex, a
trilogy of operas about the Shakers known under the collective title The
Passion of Mother Ann: A Sacred Festival Play, a children's opera called
Professor Lookalike and the Children, a piano concerto, sonatas for piano
and violin, and three unproduced screenplays, Wedding at Cana, Change
of Heart, and Shakespeare's Dog. In a 2003 interview for the Criterion
Collection, he said that no producer wanted Wedding at Cana, just another
Honeymoon Killers - which he wrote and directed in 1970, which he did
not want to do (?)
February 11th 1929.
2012: Peter Jones (49)
British drummer, born in Liverpool but moved to Australia; he started
out as a session drummer and 1994 replaced Paul Hester in Crowded House.
After the band split he played in Deadstar with Caroline Kennedy and Nick
Seymour. He was also a member of Harem Scarem and Stove Top, and recorded
with rock band Lucy's Crown. He
also played with Ross Hannaford, Rowland S. Howard, Lisa Miller, Kate
Ceberano, Tinpan Orange and Melbourne musician David Hosking (sadly
died fighting brain cancer) b. April 21st 1963.
2014: Anatoly Poperechny
(79) Russian poet and songwriter born in in Ukraine;
he wrote the lyrics to the song "Trava u doma"/"Grass By
the Home", a major hit for the Russian rock band Zemlyane in the
early 80s. The
song tells about cosmonauts in the space longing for Earth, their homes
and grass near it and in 1983 the
song was the finalist of the of Pesnya goda/ "song of the year"
festival. In 2009, the Russian Federal Space Agency named "Trava
u doma" the official anthem of Russian cosmonauts (?)
b. November 22nd 1934.
2014: Jerry Vale/Genaro Louis Vitaliano (83)
American singer, born in the Bronx, NYC. He started
singing in high school musicals and at local nightclubs. After
hearing Jerry, Paul Insetta, road manager for Guy Mitchell signed him
to a management contract, changed his name and got him a recording contract
with Columbia. His version of "The Star-Spangled Banner", recorded
in 1963, was a fixture at many sporting events for years.
He sang the Late Night with David Letterman anthem "It's a Late Night
World" on the program's eighth anniversary special in 1990 and also
made cameo appearances as himself in the 1990 film Goodfellas and the
'95 film Casino, both directed by Martin Scorsese
died of natural causes in his sleep) b. July
1954: Charles Ives (79)
American modernist composer born in Danbury, Connecticut.
He is widely regarded as one of the first American composers of international
renown. His music was largely ignored during his life, and many of his
works went unperformed for many years. Over time, he came to be regarded
as an "American Original". He combined the American popular
and church-music traditions of his youth with European art music, and
was among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental
music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone
clusters, aleatoric elements, and quarter tones, foreshadowing many musical
innovations of the 20th century. Sources
of Charless tonal imagery are hymn tunes and traditional songs,
the town band at holiday parade, the fiddlers at Saturday night dances,
patriotic songs, sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen
Foster, such as "Holidays Symphony" and arguably his best-known
piece "Three Places in New England"
b. October 20th 1874
1969: Coleman Hawkins (64) US saxophonist, bandleader
born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, educated in Chicago; he was the first
important tenor saxophonist and he remains one of the greatest of all
time, strongly associated with the swing music and big band era, he began
playing professionally in the early 1920s joining the Mamie Smith's Jazz
Hounds in 1921, who he toured with through 1923, when he settled in New
York City, where he joined Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra, staying until
1934, sometimes doubling on clarinet and bass sax. His playing changed
significantly during Louis Armstrong's tenure with the Henderson Orchestra
during 1924-25. In 1934, he accepted an invitation to play with Jack Hylton's
band in London, and toured Europe as a soloist until 1939, memorably working
with Django Reinhardt and Benny Carter in Paris in 1937. He
was important in the development of bebop in the 1940s and continued to
be influenced by the avant-garde jazz of the 1950s and '60s. In
the '40s he led a combo at Kelly's Stables on Manhattan's 52nd Street
with Thelonious Monk, Oscar Pettiford, Miles Davis, and Max Roach as sidemen.
He was leader on what is generally considered the first ever bebop recording
session with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach in 1944. Later he toured with
Howard McGhee and recorded with J. J. Johnson and Fats Navarro. He also
toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic. In
1948 Coleman recorded Picasso, an early piece for unaccompanied saxophone.
After which he divided his time between New York and Europe, making numerous
freelance recordings. The 1960s, saw him appearing regularly at the Village
Vanguard in Manhattan (pneumonia)
b. November 21st 1904
1978: Teddy Hill
American bandleader born in Birmingham, Alabama ; he played a variety
of instruments, including
soprano and tenor saxophone,
and drums. Teddy formed his
own band in 1934, which soon found work over the NBC radio network. Over
several years it featured such major young musicians as Roy Eldridge,
Bill Coleman, Frankie Newton and Dizzy Gillespie. He was also well known
for managing Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, a nightclub where experimental
jam sessions eventually led to the birth of the lingua franca of jazz:
bebop. (?) b.
December 7th 1909
American alto saxophonist born in Jersey
City, New Jersey; he was best known for his long tenure in the Cecil Taylor
Unit. During the 70s he also had his own group with bassoonist Karen Borca
and percussionist Paul Murphy, taking performance opportunities at the
loft jazz movement around Studio Rivbea. His group and the Cecil T Unit
continued a parallel development through the 1970s and 1980s, often involving
the same musicians, such as trumpeter Raphe Malik and bassist William
Parker (Jimmy sadly lost his life to lung cancer)
b. December 1st 1931.
1999: James Blades (97) English percussionist,
one of the most distinguished percussionists in Western music, with long
and varied career. His book Percussion Instruments and their History-1971
is a standard reference work on the subject. Born
in Peterborough, he was a long-time associate of Benjamin Britten, with
whom he conceived many of the unusual percussion effects. In 1954, he
was appointed Professor of Percussion in the Royal Academy of Music. As
a chamber musician he played with the Melos Ensemble and with the English
Chamber Orchestra. His pupils included the rock drummers Carl Palmer,
Richard James Burgess and Evelyn Glennie. His most famous and widely heard
performances were the sound of the African drum playing "V-for-Victory"
in Morse code- the introduction to the BBC broadcasts made to the European
Resistance during World War II, and providing the sound of the gong seen
at the start of Rank Organisation films, he played this sound on a tam-tam,
on screen his sound was mimed to by the "Gongman" (?)
September 9th 1901.
2001: Mike Sammes
(73) English musician and vocal session
arranger. From 1955 to the 1970s, he was responsible for much of the backing
vocals on pop music recorded in Britain. Also the founder of 'The Mike
Sammes Singers' (?) b. February 19th 1928.
Susannah McCorkle (55) American
jazz singer; she studied modern
languages at the University of California, in her home town of Berkeley
and began singing professionally after hearing recordings of Billie Holiday
in the late 1960s. While in the UK, she made two albums before moving
back to the US, settling in New York. With her linguistic skills, she
translated lyrics of Brazilian, French, and Italian songs, notably those
for her Brazilian album 'Sabia'. She released 21 albums, her two early
1990s albums "No
More Blues" and "Sábia", were enormously successful
and made her name known to the wider world. (surviving
breast cancer, Susannah
suffered for many years from depression and took her own life by leaping
off the balcony of her 16th-floor apartment on West 86th Street in Manhattan)
b. January 1st 1946.
2003: Camoflauge/Jason Johnson (21)
American rapper, he started his rap career as he sold 20,000 copies of
Crime Pay$, an album he released with the hip-hop group Crime Affiliates.
When "I Represent", his solo album sold over 50,000 copies,
Universal Music Group offered the rapper a deal. However, when Camoflauge
was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, Universal did not pick up
the option on his contract, even though the charges were later dropped.
He opened for heavyweight rap acts such as 8 Ball, MJG, Scarface, Master
P, Ice-T, Pastor Troy, Lil Boosie, Birdman, Trick Daddy, and Ludacris.
His last album, "Keepin It Real", was released in August 2002
(He was gunned down outside of a recording studio)
b. December 9th 1981.
2003: Joe 'Guitar' Hughes (65) American
red hot blues guitarist, singer from Houston, Texas. In the 1960s he worked
for Little Richard's old group the Upsetters, and next as a member of
Bobby "Blue" Bland's band in the 1960s. From the early 1980s
Joe toured Europe and recorded for Double Trouble Records of Holland.
They issued Texas Guitar Master in 1986, which included a live "Battle
of the Guitars" with fellow Texan bluesman Pete Mayes (heart
Sept 29th 1937.
2006: Freddie Garrity (65) English
lead singer with his band The Dreamers, known for his happy zany stage
acts and 'Do The Freddie' dance. His trademark was his habit of leaping
up and down during performances. This, combined with his almost skeletal
appearance and horn-rimmed glasses, made him an eccentric figure in the
UK pop scene of the 1960s >>> Read
(sadly died from heart problems) b.
Nov 14th 1936.
2009: John Nicholas Maw (73) British
composer born in Grantham, Lincolnshire; he attended the Royal Academy
of Music on Marylebone Road in London, then studied in Paris and for
the past 24 years he lived in Washington, DC. John is best known for the
orchestral pieces Odyssey-1987 and The World in the Evening -1988, the
guitar work Music of Memory -1989 and a violin concerto-1993 written for
Joshua. From 1998 until 2008, he served on the faculty of the Peabody
Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught music composition.
He had previously served on the faculties of Yale University, Bard College,
Boston University, the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University, and
Exeter University. (sadly
died from heart failure with complications from diabetes)
b. November 5th 1935.
2011: Kathy Kirby/Kathleen O'Rourke (72)
British singer born in Ilford, Essex, portrayed herself as a 'blonde
bombshell', and was often compared to Marilyn Monroe. In 1954, at 16,
she went to watch the famous bandleader Bert Ambrose at the Ilford Palais
de Danse, and during the show in an episode that went down in showbusiness
legend she walked up to the maestro and asked if she could sing
with his band, Ambrose agreed. Her
renditions of two standards "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "All
Of Me" were greeted with wild applause. Ambrose, recognising
a remarkable voice and talent, immediately signed her up.
She remained with Ambrose's band for three years and he
became her lover and remained her
mentor until his death in 1971. She
had 5 Top >>> Read
More <<< (sadly Kathy died after
short illness) b. October 20th 1938.
2011: Alda Noni (95) Italian soprano
leggiero, one of the leading soubrette of the immediate postwar period.
in Trieste, she She made her professional debut in Ljubljana in 1937,
as Rosina, later appearing in Zagreb and Belgrade. She sang at the Vienna
State Opera from 1942-46, in Mozart, Rossini and lighter Donizetti roles,
such as: Susanna, Zerlina, Despina, Adina, Norina. She was chosen by Richard
Strauss himself, to sing Zerbinetta in 1944, to celebrate his 80th birthday.
She sang widely in Italy, both on stage and on radio broadcast, where
she was admired in opera by Cimarosa, Paisiello, and Fioravanti, often
partnering Cesare Valletti and Sesto Bruscantini. She also appeared in
London, 1946, Glyndebourne, 1949, and made her Paris Opéra debut
in 1951, as Oscar, later singing Nanetta. She can be heard in many recordings
made for Cetra Records in the early 1950s, notably Le cantatrici villane,
Le nozze di Figaro, Il matrimonio segreto, L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale,
I quatro rusteghi (?)
b. April 30th 1916.
2013: Gerald "Curley" Myers (93)
American guitarist, banjoist, singer and country
music entertainer; born in Boone County and grew up in Clinton County,
he graduated from Frankfort High School in 1938. He had started to sing
at 8 and went on to play in bands, including the
country-comedy band Capn
Stubby & the Buccaneers and ran Shady Acres Ranch in Mulberry from
1949 to 1957. Then,
in 1957 Channel 6 gave him his own show and
in the early 1960s, he played straight man to Fryars Harlow, Curley's
signature cowboy hat, song, calling all Buckaroo Buddies to
the featured Westerns, and antics with Hal Fryars character Harlow
Hickenlooper made him an Indiana TV legend for many (?)
b. April 1st 1920.
2014: Franz-Paul Decker (90)
German-born Canadian conductor born in Cologne, Germany, where
he studied at the Hochschule für Musik. He made his conducting début
at the age of 22 at the Cologne Opera, then four years later was appointed
to the Staatsoper Wiesbaden and subsequently to the positions of conductor
of the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra and Generalmusikdirecktor in Bochum.
He was famous for his mastery and approach to the music of Richard Wagner,
Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner, Max Reger and Gustav Mahler. His performances
of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven
were praised for their balance and clarity. From the 50s to 2004 he worked
with the Municipal Orchestra of Bochum, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony
Orchestra, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra (?) b. June 26th 1923.
2014: Mike Stewart (41) New Zealand
jazz saxophonist, big-band leader and jazz lecturer, born in Invercargill,
but moved to Adlelaide, Australia in 1994 to begin jazz studies at the
Elder Conservatorium where he graduated with honours before joining its
teaching faculty. Mike
also worked in a variety of bands in Adelaide including Goose, the Marmalade
Circus as well as freelancing and pit work with local and international
shows. In 2001 he won the Barossa
Wine Makers Jazz Scholarship and moved to the US to study with jazz master
George Coleman. In 2006 he returned to Adelaide to rejoin teaching staff
at the Elder School of Music and became a significant presence on the
local music scene, leading groups including the Mike Stewart Big Band,
his quartet Airbenders and the merrymaking Adelaide Sax Pack. Also since
2007, he also was the states jazz co-ordinator and brought performers
to South Australia such as Bob Mintzer and George Garzone (tragically
Mike died suddenly of a suspected heart attack while out jogging) b.
1963 ? .
1964: Rudy Lewis (28)
American singer with The Clara Ward Singers before becoming lead
singer of The Drifters from 1960 to 1964, he is featured on such songs
as the hits "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Please Stay,"
"On Broadway," and "Up on the Roof," as well as B-sides
and outtakes such as "She Never Talked to Me That Way," "Stranger
on the Shore," "Somebody New Dancing with You," and "Mexican
he was found dead in his bed on the morning they recorded 'Under The Boardwalk',
Johnny Moore, stepped into the breach. Some accounts say the cause was
a drug overdose, while others who knew him say that Ruby who was a binge
eater, choked to death in his sleep)
b. August 23th 1936.
1967: Manuel Fernandez (23) Spanish
electric organist and founder member of the Spanish beat group Los Bravos.
Their single "Black Is Black" reached No.2 in the UK in July
1966, and No.4 in the US,
the first Spanish group to achieve this. The song sold over one million
copies world wide. Their follow-up
single, "I Don't Care", reached No.16 in the UK later that same
year (sadly Manuel committed suicide after the
tragic death of his bride Lottie Rey in an car accident) b.
September 29th 1943.
1995: Ulysses Simpson Kay
(78) African-American composer,
born in Tucson, Arizona, and went
for graduate work to the Eastman School of Music. After a stint as a musician
in the Navy during the World War II, Ulysses studied at Columbia University.
He went on to work for Broadcast Music, Inc., a performing arts organization,
from 1953 to 1968. In 1968 he was appointed distinguished professor at
Lehman College of the City University of New York. After two decades teaching
there, he retired. As
a composer, his music is mostly neoclassical in style, he was known primarily
for his symphonic and choral compositions. He also wrote five operas.
His final opera, Frederick Douglass, was mounted in April 1991 at the
New Jersey State Opera (?)
b. January 7th 1917.
2000: Jean-Pierre Rampal (78) French
flute virtuoso born in Marseille; one of history's greatest flute players,
and among the most recorded classical artists of all time. His first commercial
recording, made in 1946 for the Boite a Musique label in Montparnasse,
Paris, was of Mozart's Flute Quartet in D, with the Trio Pasquier. Among
composers, Mozart was to remain his principal love. He was devoted to
chamber music, founding the French Wind Quintet/Quintette à Vent
Française in 1945 and the Ensemble Baroque de Paris in 1953. (died
in Paris of heart failure) b. January 7th
2001: Renato Carosone (81) Italian
pianist, singer; among the greatest figures of Italian music scene in
the second half of the 20th century, regarded as the father of Neapolitan
singing, bringing elements of jazz and swing into traditional, Italian
songbook . His song "Torero" remained for 14 weeks at No.1 on
the US hit parade was translated into 12 languages and no fewer than thirty
cover versions were recorded in the USA alone. (complications
from a long-term respiratory illness) b.
January 3rd 1920.
2004: Tony Stough (50)
American guitarist with Plush, The Edge and Wabash (Liver
2010: Gesang Martohartono (92) renowned
Indonesian singer-songwriter from central Java, and he composed the song
Bengawan Solo, a tune which has become famous throughout Indonesia, Japan,
and much of Asia. In 1991, a group of appreciative Japanese war veterans
arranged for a life-sized statue of Gesang to be erected in a Surakarta
park, to mark their respects for the composer of the tune that had managed
to cross the cultural barriers of wartime.
Gesang is regarded as the leading exponent and senior figurehead of the
Solonese kroncong style of Javanese music
2012: Carrie Smith (86)
American blues and jazz singer born in Fort
in 1957 she
performed at the Newport Jazz Festival as a
member of a church choir. She became internationally known in 1974 when
she played Bessie Smith in Dick Hyman's Satchmo Remembered at Carnegie
Hall. After which she launched a solo career, performing with the New
York Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Tyree Glenn-1973, Yank Lawson-1987, Bross
Townsend, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band in addition to numerous solo
albums (?) b.
2012: Robin Gibb (62) British
singer and songwriterand founder member of The Bee Gees; born in Douglas
on the Isle of Man, but his family moved to Manchester where at aged 8,
Robin started out performing alongside his brothers as a child act encouraged
by their father Hugh, a drummer and band leader. The family then moved
to Australia in 1958, where the brothers continued to perform and eventually
took the name Bee Gees, an abbreviation of brothers Gibb. In 1963 their
first single, "The Battle of The Blue and The Grey", made the
charts in Sydney and led to an appearance on a local TV station. In 1965
their single "The Spicks and Specks" gave them their first Australian
No.1. Dreaming of more than the Australian market, they returned to the
UK in 1966 where they were auditioned by impresario Robert Stigwood, who
got them a recording contract with Polydor, here they had their first
major hit with "To Love Somebody", co-written by Robin, followed
by hits including "I've Gotta Get a Message to You", "Massachusetts",
"Words" and "World". But the lead vocals were credited
Barry, this eventually led to tension and in 1969, Robin left the group...
MORE <<< (sadly Robin died after contracting
pneumonia while bravely battling against cancer)
b. December 22nd 1949.
2012: Howard S. "Howie" Richmond (94)
American music publisher and music industry
executive, born in NYC. He established The Richmond Organization-TRO,
one of the largest independent music publishing organizations in the world,
and had a hand in commercialising and promoting many pop, folk and rock
songs since the 1940s.
He began working in the music business in 1935, soon establishing his
own press office in New York City to publicise clients who included Glenn
Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, and Woody Herman.
One key to his expansion was his emphasis on promoting records through
radio stations and their disc jockeys, rather than on promoting songs
through live performances. Throughout the 50s and 60s, many of the pop
songs published by Richmond found success including "I Believe",
"Fly Me To The Moon", "As Long As He Needs Me", "What
Kind Of Fool Am I?", and "Those Were The Days", as well
as songs initiated by Ledbetter, Guthrie, Seeger and others such as "If
I Had a Hammer", "Rock Island Line", "We Shall Overcome"
and "Turn! Turn! Turn!". He developed the company's interests
outside America, working with English and French songwriters such as Lionel
Bart, Anthony Newley and Charles Aznavour. In the 1960s and 1970s, he
developed links with writers such as Shel Silverstein and, through the
subsidiary company Essex Music, UK rock musicians including Pink Floyd,
The Who, David Bowie, The Moody Blues and Black Sabbath (?)
b. January 18th 1918.
Anders Eliasson (66) Swedish composer born in Borlänge;
at aged 9 he began the trumpet and started up a small jazz orchestra,
aged 10 he was writing arrangements; then aged 14 he went on to learn
harmony and counterpoint, followed by 5 years intensive work on Palestrina,
Orlando di Lasso and above all Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1991 he was composer
in residence at the Lapland Festival in Arjeplog and visiting professor
at Sibelius Academy Helsinki in the academic year 93/94. An amazing thirtyseven
of his works
were performed at the 1996 International
Composer´s Festival Stockholm. Since 2005, Anders has been composer-in-residence
of the New York based Arcos Chamber Ensemble (?)
b. April 3rd 1947.
2013: Zachary David Sobiech (18) American
pop singer, guitarist and founding member of the group A Firm Handshake.
In May 2012 his doctors informed him that he had up to a year to live.
Stating that he was no good at writing letters, he would write songs for
people. He recorded the song "Clouds" and released it as a YouTube
video which then went viral surpassing 3 million views at the time of
his death (At the age of 13, tragically Zachary
was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. During his treatment he bravely under
went 10 surgeries and 20 rounds of chemotherapy) b. May 3rd 1995
2013: Ray Manzarek (74) American
rock musician, keyboardist, singer, producer, film director and author,
he was raised on the South Side of
Chicago and learnt to play the piano at an early age. He played in shows
as a teenager while attending High School and DePaul University where
he graduated with a degree in economics. From 1962-65, Ray studied in
the Department of Cinematography at the University of California, L.A.,
where he met film student Jim Morrison. Jim told Ray he had written some
songs, and upon hearing Jim sing a rough version of "Moonlight Drive"
Ray along with Jim, co-founded the Doors at that very moment. Soon after
Ray met drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger at a Transcendental
Meditation lecture, liking them, he asked the two musicians to join the
band. The Doors lacked a bassist, so Ray usually played the bass parts
on a Fender Rhodes piano and his signature sound is that of the Vox Continental
combo >>> READ
(sadly died while fighting bile duct cancer)
b. February 12th 1939.
Coven (54) American
rock bass guitarist, born in Great Neck; in 1965 at 5yrs old, his parents
took him for his first concert experience, The Beatles at Shea Stadium.
When the movie Woodstock came out he was at the preview in New York again
with his parents and that was it! He and his brother Les... played together,
Randy on the drums, his brother on the guitar. So here enters "The
Bass", which he played in several high school bands. In 1978 he attended
the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston where he was surrounded
by an impressive list of soon-to-be renowned musicians Steve Vai, Steve
Smith, Victor Bailey, Jeff Berlin, etc. He formed a life friendship with
fellow student Steve Vai. >>>
READ MORE <<<
(?) b. 1960.
1957: Alexander Vertinsky (68) Russian
poet, singer, composer, cabaret artist and actor born in Kiev, Ukraine,
then part of the Russian Empire. In 1916, he started out as a scenic figure
of Pierrot, with powdered face, singing miniature novellas-in-song known
as ariettas, or "Pierrot's doleful ditties". In 1923 he performed
in Poland and Germany, then moved to Paris, where he would perform before
the Russian émigré clientele at Montmartre cabarets for
nine years. In 1926 he made one of the earliest recordings of the song
"Dorogoi dlinnoyu"/"Endless Road" (which, with English
lyrics by was a major hit for Mary Hopkin in 1968 as Those Were the Days).
several successful tours in the Middle East, Vertinsky followed the majority
of well-to-do Russians to the USA, where he debuted before the audience
which included Rachmaninoff, Chaliapin, and Marlene Dietrich. In 1943
the Soviet government allowed Alexander to return to Russia. Despite lack
of media coverage, he performed about two thousand concerts in the USSR,
touring from Sakhalin to Kaliningrad. In order to feed his family, he
also appeared in Soviet films, often playing prerevolutionary aristocrats,
as in the screen version of Chekhov's "Anna on the Neck"-1955.
His role of an anti-Communist cardinal in "The Doomed Conspiracy"
won him the Stalin Prize for 1951. (?)
b. March 21st 1889.
1973: Vaughn Monroe (61) American baritone singer, trumpet
player and big band leader, born in Akron, Ohio. He recorded extensively
for RCA Victor until the 1950s and his signature tune was "Racing
with the Moon". He recorded hit song "Let It Snow, Let It Snow,
Let It Snow" but turned down "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer".
He hosted The Vaughn Monroe Show on CBS television from 195051 and
from 195455, and also appeared on Bonanza and The Mike Douglas Show,
as well as The Ed Sullivan Show, Texaco Star Theatre, The Jackie Gleason
Show, The Tonight Show, and American Bandstand. Vaughn has been honoured
with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording and radio.(?)
b. October 7th 1911.
1976: Harold Blair AM (51)
Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, born on the Cherbourg
Aboriginal Reserve, near Murgon in Queensland. His mother entered domestic
service, leaving Harold, aged 2, at the mission. He left school at 16,
gaining employment as a farm labourer. He entered a radio amateur hour
talent quest in early 1945, and attracted a record tally of listeners'
votes. A group of trade unionists, academics and musicians formed a trust
to sponsor his musical career. He entered the Melba Conservatorium in
Melbourne in 1945 and earned a Diploma of Music with honours in 1949.
In 1950, Harold was invited to study in the United States by the noted
African-American singer Todd Duncan, where he studied at the Juilliard
School, New York. While in New York he sang in a church in Harlem, and
entered into the community life. He was impressed how people of all races
participated at all levels of society. In 1951 the Australian Broadcasting
Commission offered Blair a three-year singing contract, commencing with
an extensive tour. By the end of the tour he had lost his voice. Breaking
the contract, he was prohibited from professionally singing for three
years. He later became a teacher at the Conservatorium in Melbourne, and
served on the Aboriginal Arts Board. He was was appointed a Member of
the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours of 1976 (?)
b. September 13th 1924.
1996: Paul Delph (39) US singer, songwriter,
producer, engineer and much in demand studio musician born in Cincinnati,
Ohio, he relocated to LA for his musical career. Artists Paul worked with
include Bryan Adams, Jon Anderson, Roy Thomas Baker, Toni Basil, Bob Esty,
Peter Banks, Peabo Bryson, Richard Burmer, Mike Chapman, Ava Cherry, Alice
Cooper, Michael Des Barres, Rhett Davies, Roberta Flack, John Goodsall,
Sam Harris, Phyllis Hyman, Alfonso Johnson, Johnny Mandel, Martin Page,
The Pointer Sisters, Suzi Quatro, Robbie Robertson, Jimmie Spheeris, Donna
Summer, Bernie Taupin, Chester Thomson, Gino Vannelli, The Weather Girls,
Gary Wright and Alee Willis. Paul's
final album, 'A God That Can Dance', released in 1995, chronicles his
struggle with HIV/AIDS (complications of HIV/AIDS) b.
February 28th 1957.
1999: Karnail "Bugz" Pitts (21)
American rapper and hip hop artist; was a former member of the rap group
D12. "Detroit, Detroit" and "These Streets" were his
street singles. (Shot to death when he tried to
help a friend in Detroit's Belle Isle Park)
b. Jan 5th 1978.
2006: Billy Walker (77)
American country singer, guitarist; best-known for his hit, "(I'd
Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes". Billy was an active member of the
Grand Ole Opry
More <<< (tragically
died in a car accident in Fort Deposit, Alabama, on his way back to Nashville
after a performance in Foley. His wife Bettie, bassist, and guitarist,
were also killed in the crash. His grandson, Joshua Brooks, survived the
crash) b. Jan 14th 1929
2006: Charles Lilly Jr (44) American
bassist to Billy Walker (car crash: as above)
b. July 14th 1961
2006: Daniel Patton (40) American
guitarist to Billy Walker (car crash: as above)
b. Nov 15th 1945
2008: Michelle Meldrum (39) American
rock guitarist born in Detroit, her family moved to L.A., when she was
13, and she started playing guitar at age 14. Her first move into the
music business was forming thrash metal band Wargod, then moved on to
become both co-founder and lead guitarist in Phantom Blue, an all-female
heavy metal band. They released their self-titled debut album in 1989
and toured internationally with much success. Michelle
married Europe guitarist John Norum in 1995 and they moved to Sweden where
she went on to form Meldrum, a multi-national hard rock band. In 2005,
Meldrum toured for three months with Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society,
appearing in sold out venues across the US and Europe. In the fall of
2005, Meldrum joined Motörhead as special guests on their 30th anniversary
tour throughout Europe. Meldrum has also toured with Sepultura, Danzig
and Nashville Pussy, among others. Also, Michelle performed with her former
Phantom Blue band mate Linda McDonald and The Iron Maidens on a handful
of gigs in late 2006 (Sadly
she died from cystic growth on the brain)
b. September 28th 1968.
2012: Eddie Blazonczyk aka Eddy Bell (70)
American polka guitarist and singer, born in Chicago. His album, Another
Polka Celebration won the 1986 Grammy in the Polka Category and he was
awarded a National End Ronnoment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship
in 1998. Before becoming a polka artist, and founding Chicago-based Bel-Aire
Records in 1963, he recorded under the name Eddy Bell for Mercury Records
and Lucky Four Records (died from natural causes)
b. July 12th 1941.
2013: Trevor Bolder (62)
English rock bassist, musician,
songwriter and record producer, born in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire.
is best known for his long association with Uriah Heep and his tenure
with The Spiders from Mars, the one-time backing band for David Bowie,
although he also played alongside a variety of musicians from the early
1970s. He first came to prominence in The
Rats, which also featured Mick Ronson on lead guitar. His big break arrived
in 1971, when he replaced Tony Visconti in David Bowie's backing band,
which would soon be known as the Spiders from Mars. His bass and occasional
trumpet work appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall
of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups,
the Spiders' swan song with their leader
More <<< (sadly
died fighting cancer) b. June 9th 1950.
2013: Mack Emerman (89) American
trumpet player and music studio owner born in Erie, Penns; Emerman began
his career in music while attending Duke University, where he led his
own big band. He
moved South Florida in 1950 where in 1959 he created
Criteria Studios in North Miami. It
was a modest single-room studio setup. But after forming a partnership
with legendary Miami-bred producer Tom Dowd, Criteria became the headquarters
for Atlantic Records South, becoming a massive operation that produced
dozens of major international hits by Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Fleetwood
Mac, the Eagles, and so many others.
(sadly Mack died with complications from pneumonia)
2013: Phil Buerstatte (46) American
heavy metal rock drummer
and as a member of the Grammy-nominated New York City metal band White
Zombie from 1992 to 1994. Before
joining White Zombie, he was one of the founding members of the Madison
hard rock act Last Crack, which found success in the late 1980s and early
b. April 7th 1967.
2014: Martin Lister (52) German keyboardist
for German synthpop group Alphaville. He joined Alphaville in 1995 when
the group, which didnt tour regularly during its 80s heyday,
began to play regularly, working as both keyboardist and musical director
for the bands tours in the 90s and 2000s. He is credited on
Alphavilles Visions of Dreamscapes and Crazyshow and was heavily
involved in 2010 comeback record Catching Rays on Giant, even singing
lead vocals on Call Me Down (?)
1965: Christopher Stone (82) British
broadcaster, the first disc jockey in the UK; In 1906 he published a book
of Sea songs and ballads and became the London editor of The Gramophone.
approached the BBC himself with the idea for a record programme, which
the corporation initially dismissed, but he managed to convince them and
on July 7th 1927 he started playing records on air. His relaxed, conversational
style was exceptional at a time when most of the BBC's presentation was
extremely formal, and his programmes became highly popular as a result.
He did wear a dinner jacket and tie when he presented though. In 1934
Chris joined the commercial station Radio Luxembourg and was barred at
the time by the BBC. He went on to work for various radio stations pioneering
music space on radio (?)
b. Sept 19th 1882
1977: Hampton Hawes (48)
American bebop and hard-bop jazz pianist, born in LA, California
and recognized as one of the finest and most influential of the 1950s.
Entirely self-taught, by his teens he was playing with the leading jazz
musicians on the West Coast, including Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Art
Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Teddy Edwards. At 19, he was playing for eight
months with the Howard McGhee Quintet at the Hi De Ho Club, in a group
that included Charlie Parker. After serving in the U.S. army in Japan
from 195254, Hampton formed his own trio, with the bassist Red Mitchell
and drummer Chuck Thompson. The three-record Trio sessions made by this
group in 1955 on Contemporary Records were considered some of the finest
records to come out of the West Coast at the time. The next year, he added
guitarist Jim Hall for the All Night Sessions - three records made during
a non-stop recording session at the Contemporary Studios in LA. In
1956, he won the 'New Star of the Year' award in Down Beat magazine, and
'Arrival of the Year' in Metronome magazine. The following year, he recorded
in New York City with Charles Mingus on the album "Mingus Three".
After 3 years in prison for drugs, he resumed playing and recording. During
a world tour in 1967-68, Hampton was surprised to discover that he had
become a legend among jazz listeners overseas and during a ten-month tour
of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, he recorded nine albums, played sold
out shows and concert halls in ten countries (tragically
Hampton died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage)
1989: Steven DeGroote (35) South African
classical pianist born in Johannesburg; he excelled in his career and
after winning the Van Cliburn, his international career took him global,
playing with nearly all the major orchestras around the world. In 1981,
he joined the faculty of Arizona State University and divided his time
between performing and teaching. In 1987, he succeeded Lili Kraus as artist-in-residence
at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. (he
was hospitalized with tuberculosis and pneumonia. He died in Johannesburg
from multiple organ failure) b. 1953
2005: Thurl Ravenscroft (91) American
voice actor, singer and for 53 years, he was best-known as the voice of
Tony the Tiger in more than 500 television commercials for Kellogg's Frosted
Flakes, also the uncredited vocalist of the song "You're a Mean One,
Mr. Grinch" in the Christmas television special based on the Dr.
Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His name was accidentally
left out of the credits.He also sang bass on Rosemary Clooney's This Ole
House which went to No.1 in both the U.S. and UK in 1954. He left Norfolk,
Nebraska, for California in 1933. He achieved early success as part of
a singing group called The Mellomen. The Mellomen can be heard on many
popular recordings of the Big Band Era, including backup for Bing Crosby,
Jones, Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford
and Rosemary Clooney. Among his vast credits are the voice of "Buff",
the buffalo head in the Country Bear Jamboree; lead vocalist on the theme
song Grim Grinning Ghosts in the Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor; both
"Fritz", the German-accented parrot, and one of the Polynesian
god totems in the Enchanted Tiki Room; Narrator on the Disneyland Railroad;
the original voice of the First Mate on the Mark Twain Riverboat; several
singing pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction; the singer
of the theme song for "The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure",
the Hardy Boys serial from the Mickey Mouse Club TV show; the singing
frogs in Splash Mountain and one of the bass voices in the chorus of "it's
a small world". He is sometimes mistaken for Paul Frees, who provides
the "Ghost Host" narration for the Haunted Mansion attraction,
because Ravenscroft was the narrator on Disney's The Story and Song from
the Haunted Mansion vinyl record. He also provided narration on the original
Pirates of the Caribbean vinyl recording, as well as singing several pirate-themed
died while fighting prostate cancer)
February 6th 1914.
2009: Zé Rodrix/José Rodrigues
Trindade (61) Brazilian composer, instrumentalist and singer
born in f Rio de Janeiro. He was well known in his native country for
performing and recording with musical ensembles Sá, Rodrix e Guarabyra,
Som Imaginário and Momento Quatro. From 1973 he also persued a
solo career releasing 10 albums the last being 18 Anos Sem Sucesso - with
Joelho de Porco in 1988 (?)
November 25th 1947
2011: Joseph Brooks (73) American
Grammy-winning songwriter, born in New York City. In the 1960s, Joseph
composed advertising jingles for clients including Pepsi - "You've
Got a Lot to Live" and Maxwell House - "Good to the Last Drop
Feeling". He received numerous Clio Awards for his work, as well
as a People's Choice Award.
He composed the song "You Light Up My Life" for the film of
the same name that he also wrote, directed, and produced. In October '77
reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and held the position for 10
consecutive weeks, then the longest No.1 run in the chart's history. With
sales of over four million copies in the U.S. alone, the song ultimately
became the biggest hit of the 1970s. The song also earned him a Grammy
Award for Song of the Year, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original
Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors
and Publishers Award. Joseph composed music for the film The Lords of
Flatbush and also directed other films and Broadway shows, including In
My Life (sadly Joseph was found dead from an apparent
suicide. His body was discovered with a note, in his Upper East Side apartment)
b. March 11th 1938.
2011: Pilu Momtaz (52)
Bangladeshi pop singer born in Dhaka; in the newly independent
Bangladesh, Pila, along with her peers- Azam Khan, Ferdous Wahid, Fakir
Alamgir and Najma Zaman, initiated 'Bangla Pop' that attained mass popularity.
Her hits included Ekdin Tho Choley Jabo, Chara Gaachh-e
Phool Phuitachhey, Majhi Nao Chhaira Dey, Rita
Choley Jeo Na and more and covers of familiar folk songs Orey
Sampanwala and Nani Go Nani amplified her fame. Her
last stage performance was a with Ferdous Wahid and Fakir Alamgir at last
year's 'Citycell-Channel i Music Awards'. The trio dedicated their performance
of the classic Ek Second-er Nai Bhorosha to their late friend,
singer Firoz Shai (Pilu died of a heart attack)
2012: Janet Carroll (71)
American singer and actress in born in Chicago, a versatile performer
whose professional career spanned more than four decades and included
major roles in Broadway musicals such as Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy,
Hello, Dolly!, Mame, South Pacific and The Pajama Game, before moving
to California, where she won a Drama-Logue Award for her performance as
Klytemnestra in Ezra Pounds Elektraand Hollywood productions, Janet
is perhaps most recognized for her portrayal of Joel's-Tom Cruise's, mother
in the 1983 film Risky Business (sadly died from
a brain tumor) b. December 24th 1940.
2013: Henri Dutilleux (97) French
composer; he studied harmony, counterpoint and piano with Victor Gallois
at the Douai Conservatory before leaving for Paris. In 1938 he won the
Prix de Rome for his cantata L'anneau du roi but did not complete the
entire residency in Rome due to the outbreak of World War II. Henri worked
as Head of Music Production for French Radio from 1945 to 1963 and served
as Professor of Composition at the École Normale de Musique de
Paris from 1961 to 1970. He was appointed to the staff of the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique in 1970 and was composer in residence
at Tanglewood in 1995 and 1998. Invited by Walter Fink, he was the 16th
composer featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau
Musik Festival in 2006 (?)
b. January 22nd
1973: Isador Simon "Sid" Phillips (65)
English jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in London. He
learned violin and piano as a child, and played reeds in his teens in
his brother's European band. He also worked as a publisher and director
for the Edison-Bell Gramophone Company. Sid's first recordings under his
own name were made in 1928, and he continued to record as a leader into
the 1970s. In
1930 he began writing arrangements for Bert Ambrose, and joined Ambrose's
ensemble in 1933, remaining there until 1937. Late in the 1930s Sid played
in the US on radio and freelance in clubs. He served in the RAF during
World War II, then put together his own quartet in 1946 and wrote several
pieces for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He led a Dixieland jazz band of
his own formation from 1949, and his sidemen included George Shearing,
Colin Bailey, Tommy Whittle, and Kenny Ball. One of Sid's popular songs,
"Boogie Man", appears on the Galaxy News Radio Station on the
popular Role-Playing Shooter Game, Fallout 3 (?)
b. June 14th 1907.
1975: Moms Mabley/Loretta Mary Aiken (81) American
standup comedian, singer and a pioneer of the "Chitlin' Circuit"
of African-American vaudeville. Moms became one of the most successful
entertainers of the Chitlin' circuit, earning US$10,000 a week at Harlem's
Apollo Theater at the height of her career. She made her New York City
debut at Connie's Inn in Harlem. In the 1960s, she become known to a wider
white audience, playing Carnegie Hall in 1962, and making a number of
mainstream TV appearances, particularly her multiple appearances on the
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour when that CBS show was the number one
show on television in the late 1960s, which introduced her to a whole
new Boomer audience. She
was billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World", and she tackled
topics too edgy for many other comics of the time, including racism. She
added the occasional satirical song to her jokes; her version of "Abraham,
Martin and John" reached No.35 on the Billboard charts in the summer
of 1969. At 75 years of age, Moms became the oldest person ever to have
a US Top 40 hit. (sadly
died of heart failure)
b. March 19th 1894.
1991: Will Sin/William Sinnott
(30) Scottish bass player and keyboardist in alternative dance
act - experimental electronic music band, The Shamen. He wrote several
agit-pop style songs for the albums 'In Gorbachev We Trust' and 'Phorward',
before developing a more tribal influenced sound for the instrumental
pieces such as "Lightspan" and "Evil is Even" on the
album En-Tact (Will tragically drowned off the coast of La Gomera, in
the Canary Island while filming the group's videos). b.
December 23rd 1960
Kempff (95) German
and composer, born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, but grew up in nearby
Potsdam. In 1917, he made his first major recital, consisting of major
works, including Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata and Brahms Variations
on a theme of Paganini. Wilhelm toured very widely in Europe and much
of the rest of the world. Although his repertory included Bach, Liszt,
Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms, he was particularly well-known for his interpretations
of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, both of whose
complete sonatas he recorded at least once.
He still performed at the age of 80 with his friend Leonard Bernstein
in New York City (?)
b. November 25th 1895.
1994: Joe Pass (65)
American jazz guitarist born in New Brunswick, New Jersey; his
extensive use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation,
and use of a chord-melody style of play opened up new possibilities for
jazz guitar and had a profound influence on future guitarists. He was
a sideman or recorded with Louis Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan,
Joe Williams, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis, Benny Carter, Milt Jackson,
Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald,
Count Basie and many others and worked on TV shows including the The Tonight
Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Steve Allen Show,
and others. (?) b.
Jan 13th 1929
2001: Tommy Eyre (51) English keyboardist,
sessionist, producer and arranger born in Sheffield, Yorkshire; he appeared
on records with dozens of artists such as Joe Cocker, John Martyn, Alex
Harvey, Greg Lake, Gary Moore, B.B. King, John Mayall, Tracy Chapman and
was keyboardist for Wham!. He appeared on many chart-toppers including
Joe Cocker's 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and Gerry Rafferty's
'Baker Street' ... READ
MORE ... (so sadly Tommy died
while bravely battling cancer) b.
June 5th 1949.
2008: Bruce "Utah" Phillips (73)
American folk singer and political activist born in Cleveland, Ohio;
a labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet and the "Golden
Voice of the Great Southwest", he became an elder statesman for the
folk music community, and a keeper of stories and songs that might otherwise
have passed into obscurity including including "Hallelujah, I'm a
"The Preacher and the Slave", and "Bread and Roses''. Bruce
released 17 albums between 1992 and 2001 (sadly died of heart failure)
b. May 15th 1935.
2008: Earl Root (46) American heavy metal
guitarist with Aesma Daeva; a key contributor to the mid west Metal Scene,
he helped form the first Milwaukee Metal Fest, and for 27 years he ran
The Root of all Evil Radio show at KFAI, where he helped promote, interview
and break many new underground acts. (complications
of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) b. 1962
Jean Morrison (59) New Zealand
was a long running member of the ground-breaking Blerta musical and theatrical
co-operative, and later of the similar troupe Red Mole. She appeared in
New Zealand films "Skin Deep" and "Should I Be Good",
about the Mr Asia drug syndicate, and performed the 1987-1990 theme song
to the TVNZ soap opera Gloss. Beaver spent much of her time as a session
musician and backup vocalist for many leading stars and also formed her
own band, The Beaver Band. Her 1988 album "Live at Ronnie Scott's"
was voted New Zealand's "Best Jazz Album" that year. Over her
career Beaver did a number of short stints with the like of Hammond Gamble,
Jimmy and the Jets, and was also
a member of Paul Walker's make-shift band,
the All-Stars when they played at the Windsor
in 1984 (sadly Beverley died from a sarcoma
2012: Hal Jackson (96)
American disc jockey and radio personality, born in Charleston,
South Carolina, He began his broadcasting career as the first African-American
radio sports announcer, broadcasting Howards home baseball games
and local Negro league baseball games. In 1939, he became the first African
American host at WINX/Washington with The Bronze Review, a nightly interview
program. He later hosted talk show, a program of jazz and blues on WOOK-TV.
Hal moved to New York in 1954 and became the first radio personality to
broadcast three daily shows on three different New York stations. Four
million listeners tuned in nightly to hear his mix of music and conversations
with jazz and show business celebrities. In 1971, Hal and Percy Sutton,
co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation-ICBC, which acquired
WLIB, becoming the first African-American owned and operated station in
New York. The following year, ICBC acquired WLIB-FM, changing its call
letters to WBLS, "the total BLack experience in Sound" (?) b.
November 3rd 1915.
2012: Kuldeep "Kuly" Ral (35) British
singer born in Bradford, and a founding member of the band RDB, which
he formed with his brothers Manjeet
and Surjeet. They blended western genres with traditional Punjabi beats
and vocals and released their debut
self titled album in 2001. (sadly
died while receiving treatment at a specialised clinic in Houston for
a brain tumor) b. 1976.
2013: Georges Moustaki/Giuseppe Mustacchi (79)
Egyptian-born French singer-songwriter, born in Alexandria, and he moved
to Paris in 1951. He is best known for his poetic rhythm, simplicity and
composer of romantic songs. He has written songs for Édith Piaf,
including "Milord", Dalida, Françoise Hardy, Barbara,
Brigitte Fontaine, Herbert Pagani, France Gall, and Cindy Daniel, as well
as for himself (?)
b. May 3rd 1934.
2014: Anand Modak (63)
Indian film composer, born in Akola and graduated from S.P. College in
Pune. He started his music career in 1972, assisting Bhaskar Chandavarkar
and started composing independently in 1974, with Satish Alekar's Marathi
play Mahanirvan for Theatre Academy. Most notable mentions about music
he has given for award winning movies Chaukat Raja, Tu Tithe Mee and Harishchandrachi
Factory and plays like Kheliya, Mahapoor, Raigadala Jeva Jag Yete, Begum
Barve, Chaukatcha Raja, and Mukta. One of his last films was biopic Yashwantrao
Chavan - Bakhar Eka Vadalachi 2014. He won Maharashtra State Film Award
for Best Music, for Doghi, Mukta, Raosaheb, and Dhoosar. (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. May 13th 1951.
1963: Elmore James/Elmore
Brooks (45) US blues guitarist, singer,
songwriter and band leader, born in the old Richland community in Holmes
County, Mississippi; known as The King of the Slide Guitar, he had a unique
guitar style, noted for the use of loud amplification and his stirring
voice. Elmore began playing music at 12, using a one-string instrument
'diddley bow'. In his teens he was playing at local dances under the names
Cleanhead and Joe Willie James, before playing with the likes of Sonny
Boy Williamson, and the legendary Robert Johnson. His solo hits include
"It Hurts Me Too", "The Sky Is Crying", "My Bleeding
Heart", "Stranger Blues", "Look On Yonder Wall",
"Done Somebody Wrong", and "Shake Your Moneymaker".
Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa are among many musicians who cite Elmore
as an influence, he is also mentioned in The Beatles' song "For You
Blue", and The Grateful Dead, John Primer, Billy Gibbons and Eric
Clapton are a few who have recorded Elmore James' covers. (died
in Chicago of his third heart
b. January 27th 1918
1970: Cliff Jackson (67)
US jazz pianist; played with Lionel Howard's Musical Aces in 1924
He led his own ensemble, the Krazy Kats, for recordings and he played
extensively as a solo pianist in nightclubs in New York. During this time
he also accompanied singers such as Viola McCoy, Lena Wilson, Sarah Martin,
and Clara Smith. He recorded with Bob Fuller, Elmer Snowden, Sidney Bechet,
Eddie Condon, Garvin Bushell, J.C. Higginbotham, Joe Thomas and others
(heart failure). b. July 19th 1902
1974: The Duke/Duke Ellington/Edward Kennedy
Ellington (75) American jazz pianist, bandleader, songwriter,
composer; the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as
being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for
almost 50 years. Born in Washington DC, The Duke called his music "American
Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed
him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians
who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the
best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them
into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of
jazz. He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these
individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for Johnny Hodges, "Concerto
for Cootie" for Cootie Williams, which later became "Do Nothing
Till You Hear from Me" with Bob Russell's lyrics, and "The Mooche"
for Tricky Sam Nanton and Bubber Miley. He also recorded songs written
by his bandsmen, such as Juan Tizol's "Caravan" and "Perdido"
which brought the 'Spanish Tinge' to big-band jazz. Several members of
the orchestra remained there for several decades. After 1941, he frequently
collaborated with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called
his "writing and arranging companion." Ellington recorded for
many American record companies, and appeared in several films. He
led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974 and among his very many
honors and inductions he earned 13 Grammy awards from 1959 to 2000, nine
while he was alive. Also he is one of only five jazz musicians ever to
have been featured on the cover of Time, the other four being Louis Armstrong,
Thelonious Monk, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck
(sadly we lost him to cancer). b. April 29th
1991: Gene Clark (49) US singer, songwriter,
born in Tipton, Missouri,
influenced by Hank Williams tunes, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers
he began learning the guitar at 9 years old. Soon, he started writing
his own songs, and at 13, he cut his first record with a local rock &
roll combo, Joe Meyers and the Sharks. Next, inspired by
the Kingston Trio and playing with several folk groups he was soon working
with the New Christy Minstrels. Longing to perform his own songs and now
turning to a more rocky genre, he left and moved to LA, where he
met up with Jim "Roger" McGuinn. In 1964 they started assembling
a band that would, in time, come to be known as the Byrds. Gene became
the Byrds' dominant songwriter, penning most of their best-known originals,
including "Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Here Without You,"
and "Eight Miles High," and was one of the group's strongest
vocal presences. After leaving The Byrds he released 2 solo albums "Gene
Clark with the Gosdin Brothers" and "The Fantastic Expedition
of Dillard & Clark" before rejoining The Byrds just for a short
time. He again went solo releasing another 12 albums over his career,
the last studio album being 'So Rebellious a Lover' 1987. In 1979 he formed
a band with ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman for a couple of years.
Gene was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January 1991
along with the other original members (heart attack)
b. November 17th 1944
1996: Jacob Druckman (67) American
composer born in Philadelphia, and a graduate of the Juilliard School.
In 1949 and 1950 he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood and later
continued his studies at the École Normale de Musique in Paris
1954-1955. He worked extensively with electronic music, in addition to
a number of works for orchestra or for small ensembles. In 1972 he won
the Pulitzer Prize for his first large orchestral work ''Windows''. He
was composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic from 1982-1985.
Jacob taught at Juilliard, The Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Brooklyn
College, Bard College, and Yale University, among other appointments (?)
b. June 26th 1928.
2008: Jimmy McGriff (72) American
jazz and blues organist; a hard bop and soul-jazz organist and organ trio
bandleader who developed a distinctive style of playing the Hammond B-3
organ. Born in Germantown, PA, he started playing piano at the age of
five and by his teens had also learned to play vibes, alto sax, drums
and upright bass. His first group was as bassist in a piano trio, before
in Korea with the US Army, a police officer in Philadelphia for two years.
He bought his first Hammond B-3 organ in 1956, spent six months learning
the instrument, then studied at New York's Juilliard School. After which
he formed his own trio. He recorded a series of popular albums between
1962 and 1965, ending with what still stands as one of his finest examples
of blues-based jazz, ''Blues for Mister Jimmy''. Jimmy "retired"
from the music industry in 1972 to start a horse farm in Connecticut.
But Sonny Lester's new record company, Groove Merchant, kept issuing him
records at a rate of three or four a year. By 1973, he was touring relentlessly
and actively recording again. His last of dozens of albums, ''McGriff
Avenue'', was released in 2001 (sadly died from
multiple sclerosis) b. April 3rd 1936.
2009: Jay Walter Bennett (45) American
singer-songwriter, engineer, producer,
best known for his work with the band Wilco. Born in Urbana, Illinois,
Jay was a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, piano, organ, mellotron,
banjo, bass, drums, synthesizer and harmonica. He was a founding member
of the band Titanic Love Affair, recording three albums with them in the
early 1990s: Titanic Love Affair, No Charisma and Their Titanic Majesty's
Request, before joining the alternative rock band Wilco in late 1994,
were he was a member for 7 years recording 3 albums with the band "Being
There", "Summerteeth" and "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot".
Due to conflicts with front man Jeff Tweedy, Jay left Wilco in 2004 for
a solo career. He released five solo albums, "The Palace at 4am",
2004's "Bigger Than Blue, "The Beloved Enemy", "The
Magnificent Defeat" and he also released "Whatever Happened
I Apologize" in 2008 on rockproper.com. Jay was also a sought-after
studio musician, having played on albums with the likes of Sheryl Crow,
Allison Moorer, and Billy Joe Shaver, and produced Blues Traveler's release,¡Bastardos!
(died unexpectedly in his sleep) b.
November 15th 1963.
2010: Petr Muk (45) Czech pop singer
and composer, famous in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Petr
was a member of the bands, Oceán from 1985 to 1993 and Shalom from
1992 to 1996,
before embarking on his solo career.
In addition to his albums of original
songs, the last being "V bluditi dnu" released earlier
this year, 2010, he also released a tribute EP to the English band Erasure
in 2004. (Petr
was found dead by his wife in his home in Prague. The circumstances surrounding
his death have not yet been disclosed)
b. February 4th 1965.
2010: Stella Nova/Steve
English guitarist & singer, known for his work with British punk rock
and New Wave bands in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was once known
as Steve New, during the time he was guitarist of punk band Rich Kids.
Stella started playing with the London Jazz Orchestra at the age of 14.
He came to attention with his connections with the city's punk scene at
the age of 15 after being asked to audition for the Sex Pistols as a second
guitarist alongside Steve Jones. When Pistols' bass player Glen Matlock
was ousted from the band, he invited Atella to join his new group Rich
Kids alongside Rusty Egan and former Slik singer Midge Ure.
later played with Sid Vicious, Public Image Ltd, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde,
Kim Fowley, and a solo Glen Matlock. Stella was also the composer, musician,
and producer in Beastellabeast (sadly
lost his fight with cancer) b. May 16th
2010: Paul Dedrick Gray (38)
American bassist, primary songwriter and one of the founding members
of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot releasing 4 studio
albums. Besides Slipknot, Paul filled in as bassist for Unida during their
2003 tour, appeared on Drop Dead, Gorgeous' Worse Than a Fairy Tale, toured
briefly with Reggie and the Full Effect and appeared on the Roadrunner
United project, performing bass on "The Enemy" and "Baptized
in the Redemption" from the project's album The All-Star Sessions
(autopsy results were released that stated Gray
had died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, and had also
shown signs of "significant heart disease")
April 4th 1972.
2010: Anneliese Rothenberger (83)
German opera singer, born in Mannheim, Germany. In 1947 Günther Rennert
offered her a job at the Hamburg Opera House, where she sang in Rennert's
now famous production of Alban Berg's Lulu twenty years later, a role
she would also perform at the Munich Opera Festival, under the direction
of Christoph von Dohnányi. 1954
saw her make her debut at the Salzburg Festival, and she appeared in Rolf
Liebermann's Schule der Frauen, three years later. From 1954 she became
a guest singer at the Vienna State Opera. She debuted in New York in 1960,
when she sang there in Der Rosenkavalier. Her performance prompted Lotte
Lehmann to call her 'the best Sophie in the world'. She appeared alongside
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Sena Jurinac for the filmed performance of Der
Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival. Anneliese
appeared in many contemporary operas by Henze, Britten, Hindemith, Carl
Orff, Pfitzner, and Menotti and
in 2003, she received the ECHO Award for lifetime achievement (?)
b. June 19th 1926.
2012: Mark "Bam Bam"
McConnell (?) American drummer, he
started his career with local bands in Florida, including the Luca-Gordon
Band in 1987, and Madam X. In 1989
he joined Carrera, and then Warp Drive, who released an album, Gimme Gimme
the same year.
From 1997 to 2005 he teamed up with
Sebastian Bachs band releasing, Bring 'Em Bach Alive! in 2001, and
the live DVD, Forever Wild in 2004. after which Mark drummed with Blackfoot
and Southern Rock Allstars. (sadly Mark died of liver and kidney failure)*August
2013: Helmut Braunlich (84) German-American
violinist, composer, and musicologist, born
in Brünn, Moravia, but moved to the United States in 1951. He played
with various professional symphony orchestras and became a member of the
U.S Air Force Symphony Orchestra. He studied composition at the Catholic
University of America in Washington, D.C. until
he became Professor Emeritus in 1999. His compositions include works for
orchestra, chamber music, works for various solo instruments, and songs.
Several chamber music works have been published by McGinnis & Marx
and by Tap Music Sales. His recordings are available on Educo Records,
Opus One Records, and Centaur Compact Disc (?)
May 19th 1929.
2014: Uña Ramos/Mariano
Ramos Claw (80) Argentine musician, born in the region
of Humahuaca, Jujuy. He was a renowned Andean
composer and a virtuoso of the Quena/Kena,
the end blown bamboo flute of the Andean Altiplano. Among his works are
A flute at night; Eve, wooden bridge (Academy Award Charles Cros); Don
Pablo; and The Princess of the sea. He had lived in Europe for the last
40 years (?) b. May 27th 1933.
1942: Emanuel Feuermann (39)
Austrian-American cellist born
in the Kolomyia, Galitzia, Austro-Hungarian Empire; he became principal
cellist of the Gürzenich Orchestra, and also, as part of the position,
became cellist of the Bram Elderling Quartet. At this time, he also joined
a short-lived piano trio with his brother and Bruno Walter, the latter
on piano. In
1929, he became professor at the Musikhochschule in Berlin where he taught
for the next four years. His musical collaborations during this time included
violinists Carl Flesch, Szymon Goldberg, Joseph Wolfsthal and Paul Hindemith,
who played the viola in a string trio with him and Wolfsthal. With the
rise of Nazism he moved to London, along with Goldberg and Hindemith.
He toured Japan and the United States. He moved for some time to Zürich,
but happened to be in Vienna at the time of the Anschluss. Bronislaw Huberman
helped Emanuel and his family escape to British Palestine. From there
they moved to the United States in 1937. He taught privately and at the
Curtis Institute of Music until his death.
died due to complications in a surgical operation for haemorrhoids)
1965: Sonny Boy Williamson ll /Aleck "Rice" Miller/Aleck Ford
(65) American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter,
born on the Sara Jones Plantation near Glendora, Mississippi in Tallahatchie
County, Mississippi.; much of his best work exhibits a solidly swinging
beat and a rich dialogue between blues harp, guitar, piano, and percussion.
His use of space, his timing, and his tone place him among the greatest
of the blues-harp players. His
hits include "Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes", "Don't Start
Me To Talkin'", "Keep It To Yourself", "Your Funeral
and My Trial", "Bye Bye Bird", "Nine Below Zero",
"Help Me", and the infamous "Little Village", with
dialogue 'unsuitable for airplay' with Leonard Chess. His song "Eyesight
to the Blind" was performed by The Who as a key song in their rock
opera Tommy (died
in his sleep). birthdate
... Sonny Boy claimed to have been born on December
5th 1899, but one researcher, David Evans, claims to have found census
record evidence that he was born around 1912. His gravestone has his birthdate
as March 11th 1908.
1981: Rosa Ponselle (84) American
operatic sopranoin born in Meriden, Connecticut; by 1914, her reputation
as a singer led to a long-term engagement at the San Carlino theater,
one of the largest movie houses in New Haven, near the Yale campus. Rosa
was already an established singer in vaudeville after her debut in The
Girl from Brighton, a 1912 Broadway musical. She sang mainly at the New
York Metropolitan Opera and is generally considered by music critics to
have been one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years (after
a long battle with bone marrow cancer) b.
American jump blues singer and songwriter born New Orleans, Louisiana,
who brought a soul singing style, from gospel music, to the emerging genre
of rock and roll. Roy
and his band "The Mighty Men" were spectacular and exciting
performers, which opened the doors for the likes of Little Richard some
10 years later. From the mid 1940s and through the 50s he
had a string of hits including "Good Rocking Tonight", "Hard
Luck Blues", "Rockin' at Midnight," "Miss
Fanny Brown," "Boogie at Midnight," "Cadillac Baby,"
"Hurry Hurry Baby," "Ain't
No Rockin' No More," "Black Diamond," and "Gal From
Kokomo". After a long dry spell, he performed as part of Johnny Otis'
troupe at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival and a 1973 LP began to rebuild
his long-lost momentum. His role as a crucial link between postwar R&B
and rock's initial rise is still underappreciated by many
(sadly died of a heart attack)
b. September 10th 1925.
1990: Gary Usher (51)
US surf rock songwriter, producer, singer; he gained notice in the early
'60s, writing and producing a number of hits for various surf rock artists.
He was the earliest outside collaborator of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson,
co-writing more than ten songs with Brian, he also worked with the likes
of The Byrds, Dick Dale, Gram Parsons, The Ship and was the force behind
a number of "studio created" bands, including The Hondells and
Sagittarius. (?) b.
December 14th 1938
1994: Sonny Sharrock/Warren Harding
Sharrock (53) US
free playing jazz guitarist, one of the earliest guitarists ever to attempt
free playing, known for his incisive, heavily chorded attack, his bursts
of wild feedback, and for his use of saxophone-like lines played loudly
on guitar.During the late 1980s, he recorded and performed extensively
with the New York-based improvising band Machine Gun, as well as leading
his own bands. He is well known for the soundtrack to the Cartoon Network
program Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, one of the last projects he completed
in the studio before his death. (heart attack)
b. August 27th 1940.
1996: Bradley James Nowell
(28) American lead singer and guitarist
of the Californian band Sublime. In 1982, Bradley joined a band called
Second Sight as a guitarist while in the 9th grade at Wilson Classical
High School in Long Beach, California, after which he played in the punk
band Hogan's Heroes they later changed their name to Sloppy Seconds. In
1988, Bradley met Bud Gaugh, and together with their mutual frind Eric
Wilson founded the Sublime. (He
of a heroin overdose while on a short tour
just before the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut album)
2005: Ruth Laredo (67)
American classical pianist referred to as "America's
First Lady of the Piano" and was able to play God Bless America on
her mother's piano at age two. She attended Detroit's Mumford High School
and graduated from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music in 1960. She
won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1962. Ruth
was known for landmark recordings of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. She was
the first pianist to record all of Rachmaninoff's solo piano works
b. November 20th 1937.
2006: Desmond Dekker/Desmond Adolphus Dacres
(65) Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter. Together
with his backing group, The Aces, consisting of Wilson James and Easton
Barrington Howard,, he had one of the first international Jamaican hits
with "Israelites". Other hits include "007 (Shanty Town)"
in 1967 and "It Mek" in 1969. Before the ascent of Bob Marley,
Desmond was one of the most popular musicians within Jamaica, and one
of the best-known musicians outside it. In the 1970s he spent most of
his time touring and moved to the UK, In the early 1980s, as the 2 Tone
movement died out, he saw his fortunes dwindle and he was declared bankrupt
in 1984. Only a single live album was released in the late 80s, but a
new version of "Israelites" reawakened public interest in 1990,
following its use in a Maxell advertisement. He re-recorded some old singles,
and worked with The Specials for 1992's King of Kings', which used hits
from his s musical heroes, including Derrick Morgan. He also collaborated
on a remix version of "Israelites" with reggae artist Apache
Indian (died of a heart attack at his home in Kent,
UK) b. July 16th 1941.
Kirby Wolland (64)
English born vocalist for The Cherokees
formed in Melbourne Australia in 1961; they began playing Shadows-styled
music around Melbourne, Australia and
released two singles and the rare Here Come the Cherokees album in 1965.
By 1967, the Cherokees were playing swing-styled music and several more
singles again made the Melbourne Top 40. Despite releasing one more single
and supporting the Monkees during their tour of Australia in October 1968,
the Cherokees broke up at the end of the year. John then joined the Sydney
based band, New York Public Library. For over 30 years they played their
unique mix of hard driving bluegrass rhythms, closely blended three-part
harmony and spontaneous madcap humour, switching happily from to folk,
to contemporary country to the inspired lunacy of a Samba (?)
b. September 29th 1942.
2008: Camu Tao/Tero Smith (30) American
rapper and producer who was signed to the Definitive Jux label. He was
a part of the duo S.A. Smash with fellow rapper Metro, a part of the rap
group Weathermen, and the Central Services production team with El-P.
He was also a member of the music collective Cardboard City, and
part of Columbus, Ohio's MHz crew with Copywrite, RJD2, Jakki Tha MotaMouth
& Tage Proto, and with Cage, half of the Nighthawks, who made one
album during a single three-day session (lung
cancer) b. June 6th
2010: Robert Muczynski (81) American
composer born in Chicago, Illinois, who worked in traditional and American
styles, with rhythmic influences from jazz. He studied composition at
DePaul University receiving a Bachelor of Music degree and the Master
of Music degree. He would later teach at DePaul University, Chicago; Loras
College; Dubuque, Iowa; and Roosevelt University, Chicago, before settling
in Tucson in the 1960s where he joined the faculty of the University of
Arizona as composer-in-residence and chairman of the composition department;
he held both a positions until his retirement in 1988. At age 29 he made
his Carnegie Hall debut, performing a program of his own compositions
Among the more than fifty published compositions, his Sonata for Flute
and Piano, his Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and Time Pieces for
clarinet and piano have entered the repertoire and remain frequently performed
in recitals, as has much of his solo piano music and his works appear
on programs in the US, Europe, the Far East, Australia and Mexico (?)
b. March 19th 1929.
Siphiwo Ntshebe (35) South African opera
singer, born in the seaside city of Port Elizabeth. At 13 he joined the
township men's choir and at 16 he performed with an orchestra in Port
matriculating at Khwezilomso High School in the adjacent Zwide township,
he studied music at the then University of Port Elizabeth. He won another
music scholarship to study at Brisbane University in Australia and in
2004 was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music
in London. In 2006 he performed in Berlin for the handover of the Fifa
World Cup for South Africa 2010. Thereafter, he performed for the Duke
of Edinburgh, for Nelson Mandela and Prince Albert in Monte Carlo, at
the South African High Commission in London, with the choir of Christ's
College, Cambridge at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at the
Royal Festival Hall in London and >>>READ
passed away after contracting meningitis just days before he was due to
perform at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg)
b. June 28th
2011: Larry Kinley (68) American actor
and jazz singer Born and raised in Evanston, Mr. Kinley started singing
professionally after he graduated from Purcell High School. He
and his family spent most of the 1970s living and working in Los Angeles,
where he earned a spot on the "Merv Griffin Show". He sang for
several years on the "Uncle Al Show" on WCPO-TV and sang live
for years at locations around Greater Cincinnati, including the Netherland
Hotel, downtown, the Celestial Incline Lounge in Mount Adams and Dee Felice
Café in Covington. He performed with stars, including Henry Mancini
and Tony Bennett (?)
2012: Walter Malli (71) Austrian jazz
soprano saxophonist and drummer born in Graz.
In 1958 he was co-founder of the legendary
Masters of Unorthodox jazz,
the first Austrian free jazz ensembles.
Walter played with important musicians of the international jazz scene
and has participated in LP recordings and international tours. In 2001
he released his last CD production Go Slowly Through The Old Gass'n on
which he improvises with top jazz musicians Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald
and Sunny Murray (?)
b. July 13th 1940.
2013: Clarence Burke, Jr. (62) American
singer, songwriter, guitarist and
member of the Chicago soul group made up of five of Betty and Clarence
Burke Sr.'s six children: Clarence
Jr., Alohe Jean, James, Dennis, Kenneth
"Keni", and briefly, Cubie. They are best known for the 1970
song "O-o-h Child". In 1979, Clarence
Jr founded a new band The Invisible Man's Band with
his brothers Keni,
James and Dennis (?)
b. May 24th 1951
2013: T. M. Soundararajan aka
Indian playback singer in the Tamil film industry for over 6 decades.
He gave his voice to dozens of actors and thespians in the South Indian
film industry such as N.
T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, M. G.
Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar, Rajkumar, A.
Nageswara Rao, Kantha
Rao, RaviChandar, Nagesh, Ranjan,
T S Balayya, Jagayya, Rajanikanth, Kamal Hasan and a generation of actors
from 1946 till 2007. In 2010, he also rendered his voice for the Tamil
Semmozhi Meet Anthem which was composed by A. R. Rahman. He has sung over
10,000 film songs from 1946-2013 and 3000 devotional songs. He had also
given Carnatic classical concerts since 1945 (?)
b. March 24th 1922.
2013: Marshall Lytle (79)
American rock 'n' roll double bassist born in Old Fort, North Carolina.
He was a guitar player before joining Bill Haley's country music group,
The Saddlemen, in 1951, but was hired to play double bass for the group,
so Haley taught Marshall the basics of slap bass playing. In September
1952, they changed their name to Bill Haley & His Comets. Soon after,
he co-wrote with Haley the band's first national hit, "Crazy Man,
Crazy" although he did not receive co-authorship credit for it until
2002. He played on all of Haley's recordings between 1951 and the summer
of 1955, including "Rock Around the Clock". In September 1955,
he, along with drummer Dick Richards and Joey Ambrose, quit The Comets
in a salary dispute and formed their own musical group, The Jodimars.
They became one of the first rock 'n' roll groups to take up residence
in Las Vegas. In October '87, 6 years after the death of Bill Haley, Marshall
was invited to take part in a reunion of the original 1954-55 Comets that
was held in Philadelphia as part of a tribute concert in honor of Dick
Clark. He continued working and touring with the Comets until his retirement
in 2009. In the late 1990s he and his friend Warren Farren wrote a topical
tune called "Viagra Rock" that The Comets recorded; the song
proved to be popular on radio stations in Florida. In 2012 he was inducted
into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
as a member of Bill Haley & His Comets (sadly
Marshall died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. September 1st 1933.
2014: Herb Jeffries/Umberto
Alexander Valentino (100) American
jazz and traditional pop singer and actor, born in Detroit. He
began his career working with Erskine Tate when he moved to Chicago
at the urging of Louis Armstrong. His break came during the 1933 Chicago
World's Fair, Century of Progress Exposition singing with the Earl Hines
Orchestra on Hines national broadcasts live from the Grand Terrace
Cafe. His first recordings were with Hines in 1934, including "Just
to be in Carolina". He then recorded with Duke Ellington from 1940
to 1942. His recording of "Flamingo" in 1940 with Ellington
was a best seller in its day. Herb also starred as a singing cowboy in
several all-black Western films, Harlem on the Prairie, The Bronze Buckaroo,
Harlem Rides the Range and Two-Gun Man from Harlem
in which he sang his own western compositions.
He went on to make other films, starring with Angie Dickinson in Calypso
Joe in 1957 (sadly died of heart failure)
b. September 24th 1913.
1933: Jimmie Rodgers/Yodeling Cowboy (35)
US singer, guitar, banjo, songwriter; known as "The Singing Brakeman"
and "America's Blue Yodeler", he was the first country music
superstar, a status that resulted in another commonly used nickname, "The
Father of Country Music". When the Country Music Hall of Fame was
established in 1961, Rodgers was one of the first three (with Fred Rose
and Hank Williams) to be inducted. He was elected to the Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 1970 and, as an early influence, to the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame in 1986. "Blue Yodel No. 9" was selected as one of The
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. (lung
hemorrhage due to tuberculosis) b. September
1943: Alice Charlotta Tegnér (79) Swedish
music teacher, poet and composer, born in Karlshamn, recognized as a foremost
composer of Swedish children songs during first half of the 1900s,
most notably Mors lilla Olle. In addition to children's songs, she wrote
many other types of music in classical genres such as chamber and sacred
music together with choral music, cantatas, cello and violin sonatas.
Her songs and compositions were inspired by both folk and art music. Her
well-known hymnbook Nu ska vi sjunga, with illustrations by Elsa Beskow,
was published in 1943
(?) b. 12 March 1864.
1968: Little Willie John (30) US
singer/songwriter; he had a string of R&B hits, debuting with the
soulful "All around the World" in 1955. Other hits included
"I'm Shakin'", "Suffering With The Blues", "Talk
To Me", "Need Your Love So Bad", "Sleep". His
biggest hit "Fever" was more famously covered by Peggy Lee in
1958. A cover version of his self penned hit "I Need Your Love So
Bad" by the original early Fleetwood Mac group was also a big hit
in Europe. In all, Willie made the Billboard Top 100 a total of 14 times.
He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
While appealing against his manslaughter conviction he recorded what was
intended to be his comeback album "Nineteen Sixty Six", but
due to contractual wrangles, and the failure of his appeal, it was not
released until 2008 (died in prison; the official
cause of death is listed as a heart attack, though some report he died
of pneumonia or asphyxiation)
b. November 15th 1937.
1977: William Powell
singer, original member and singer of the Ohio-based soul/R&B group,
The O'Jays. William and his friends Walter Williams, Bill Isles, Bobby
Massey and Eddie Levert formed the group in Canton, Ohio in 1958 while
attending Canton McKinley High School. Originally known as The Triumphs,
and then The Mascots, the friends debuted with "Miracles" in
1961, which was a moderate hit in the Cleveland area. In 1963 they took
the name "The O'Jays", in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie
O'Jay, and released "Lonely Drifter", which charted nationally.
They went on to record 10 albums and having 9 chart hits. William along
with the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004
and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. (cancer)
b. January 20th 1942.
Newborn, Jr. (57) American jazz pianist;
hailing from Whiteville, Tennessee he was one of the most technically
skilled pianists in jazz during his prime. He worked with Lionel Hampton,
Charles Mingus, and many others as well as leading his own band. His later
career was intermittent due to his ongoing health problems, leading to
financial problems and he faded from view. His plight and death spurred
the founding of the Jazz Foundation of America, a group dedicated to helping
with the medical bills and other financial needs of retired jazz greats.
(died from a growth on his lungs and was buried
in Memphis National Cemetery in a pauper's grave)
b. December 14th 1931.
Chris McGregor (53) South African
bandleader and pianist; he grew up in the then Transkei, now part of the
Eastern Cape Province, where he was exposed to the music of the local
amaXhosa people. He attended the the South African College of Music and
became active in vibrant Cape jazz scene of the the mid 1950s. As well
as his solo career, he is well known for his foundation and leadership
of the now-legendary Blue Notes, a South African sextet which included
collaborators Dudu Pukwana, Nick Moyake, Louis Moholo, Johnny Dyani and
Mongezi Feza. Equally as notable was Chris's creation of the Brotherhood
of Breath in 1969, which branched out from his work as The Blue Notes.
(?) b. December 24th
1995: Ron Weatherburn (61)
English jazz pianist and composer
born in Dagenham and began playing piano at 6 years old. He worked several
years with The Eric Silk Band, before joining Cy Laurie in early 1958.
He worked with Egg Ley and his Ron Weatherburn-Mac White Band
in Germany, after which he joined
Kenny Ball in 1960. He stayed with Kenny for 10 years. In the 70s Ron
played solo and with Monty
Sunshine. From the 80s onwards he
worked with The Original Eastside Stompers, Brian White's Magna Band and
with Ken Sims' Dixie Kings until his unexplected death (Ron
and Ken Sims were invited to play at the Toronto Classic Jazz Society
Festival, but sadly Ron died in his sleep on the night of his arrival
in Canada) b. January 31st 1934.
1898: Waldo Semon (99) the American
chemist, who, in 1926 discovered plasticized PVC, vinyl for all our LP's
and 45 records. In all, he held 116 patents, and was inducted into the
Invention Hall of Fame in 1995 at age 97 (?)
b. September 10th 1898.
1999: Paul Sacher (93) Swiss conductor,
patron and impresario, in
1926 he founded the Basel Chamber Orchestra to play works written before
the classical period and modern works. Immensely wealthy, he commissioned
works from many well known composers, including Igor Stravinsky , Béla
Bartók, Bohuslav Martinu, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Paul Hindemith,
Hans Werner Henze, Richard Strauss, Elliott Carter, Witold Lutoslawski,
Henri Dutilleux and Harrison Birtwistle. Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse
was one of a number of pieces written in order to celebrate Paul's seventieth
birthday and which includes the Sacher hexachord. Boulez's Grawemeyer
Award winning work Sur Incises was written for Paul's 90th Birthday. Also,
Boulez's entire catalogue, including drafts, was bequeathed to the Paul
Sacher Foundation. Henze dedicated his Tenth Symphony as an in memoriam
to him, who had commissioned it but died before it was completed. In 1997
he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Music in Kraków
and at the time of his death he was reputed in various publications to
be the richest man in Europe (?) b.
April 28th 1906.
2006: Dino Sete Cordas (Seven-String Dino)/Horondino
Jose da Silva (88) Brazilian guitar
player renowned as the greatest influence and pioneer of the seven-string
guitar, a musical instrument in which he developed his own language and
techniques, and one of the greatest choro instrumentalists ever (sadly
Dino died of pneumonia) b. May 5th 1918.
2008: Howlin' Dave/Dante
David (52) Filipino radio disc jockey and proponent of Pinoy
rock; credited with introducing Filipino radio listeners to Filipino rock
music in the early 1970s, and to new wave and punk rock in the 1980s (stroke)
b. July 16th 1955.
2010: Judy Lynn Kelly (74)
American country music singer and beauty
queen who was crowned Miss Idaho in 1955. Born
in Boise, Idaho, as a teenager she joined a nationwide tour of Grand Ole
Opry performers. She was hired to fill in for Jean Shepard, who had become
ill during the tour. Lynn retired from the music business in 1980 to become
a Christian minister (She died of heart failure at her home in Jeffersonville)
b. April 16th 1936.
2012: Roy Wilson (72) Jamaican
pioneer singer and one half of the Jamaican singing duo Higgs and Wilson,
consisting of the late Joe Higgs and Roy Wilson. They were
one of Jamaica's first indigenous recording artists, and became household
names as outstanding harmonisers and Roy for his amazing tenor vocals.
Their single, "Oh Manny Oh", produced by future Prime Minister
Edward Seaga, sold over 50,000 copies in Jamaica in 1960. In the early
1960s they worked with the producer Coxsone Dodd, and had several further
hits, including "How Can I Be Sure" and "There's A Reward".
He left Jamaica around 1970 to live in the USA. Roy was born in Spanish
Town and moved to Kingston when still very young, where he attended Whitefield
Elementary School. He entered singing contests at school before moving
on to the famous Vere Johns Opportunity Hour, where he won some and lost
some. Roy is one of the pioneer Jamaican artistes featured in American
producer Brad Klein's soon-to-be-released documentary, Legends of Ska
(?) b. 1939
2012: John H Harrison (69) British
bassist and founding members for the British hard rock band Hawkwind,
although only in Hawkwind for a short time, he showcased his talents on
the bands legendary self-titled LP, which was released in 1970.
The album is renowned as being the very first space rock release.
The album paved the way for bands such as Kyuss, Muse, the Flaming Lips
and many more. (John
sadly died after a seven year long battle with Huntingtons disease)
b. 28 May 1942.
2013: Mbuya Dyoko (68) Zimbabwean
singer, born in Zvimba, best known for the song "Makuwerere";
she was the first female mbira musician to record her music commercially
in the sixties (sadly she turned to alcohol and
died from cirrhosis of the liver) b. November
2014: DJ Father Shaheed (?) American
rap artist, dee jay and producer with Poor Righteous Teachers, a hip hop
group from Trenton, New Jersey, founded in 1989 and came to fame with
their hit record Rock Dis Funky Joint. Often referred to as
PRT by its fans, they are known as a pro-Black conscious hip hop group,
with musical content inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Gods and
Earths. (tragically DJ Father Shaheed died suddenly
in a motorcycle accident) b. ????
Niccolò Paganini (57) Italian
violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer; he started learning the mandolin
from his father, and moved to the violin by the age of seven. His musical
talents were quickly recognized, earning him numerous scholarships for
violin lessons. By age 18, Paganini was appointed first violin of the
Republic of Lucca, but a substantial portion of his income came from freelancing.
He went on to become
one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark
as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His astounding technical
prowess amazed audiences, many fanciful legends arose to explain his remarkable
abilities, one of the more popular held that he was in league with demonic
powers. His fame as a violinist was matched only by his reputation as
a gambler and womanizer. In performance
Paganini enjoyed playing tricks, like tuning one of his strings a semitone
high (scordatura), or playing the majority of a piece on one string after
breaking the other three. His techniques included harmonics, double stops,
pizzicato with the left and the right hand, and near-impossible fingerings
and bowings (cancer of the larynx) b.
October 27th 1782
1973: P.Ramlee (44) Malaysian actor,
singer and songwriter; in 1947, he won first place in a song competition
organized by Penang Radio. 7 years after his acting career started, he
directed his first film Penarek Becha. In 1957, he appeared in the first
of his Bujang Lapok comedic films, in which he acted along with Aziz Sattar
and S. Shamsudin. During his career he directed and acted in sixty-six
films, and had more than 360 songs to his credit. He
returned permanently to Kuala Lumpur after years with Shaw Brothers in
Singapore. His final film was Laksemana Do Re Mi in 1972 and his last
song and lyrics before his death were Air Mata di Kuala Lumpur/Tears in
Kuala Lumpur. In his last song, the lyrics depict his crushed feelings
and series of disappointments and setbacks upon returning to Malaysia
after years in Singapore. Due
to his contributions to the movie and music industry and his literary
work, he is often considered the icon of Malay entertainment in Malaysia,
Singapore, and Sumatra (sadly died of a heart attack)
March 22nd 1929
1991: Leopold Nowak (86) Austrian
musicologist, born in Vienna, noted for editing and reconstruction of
the works by Anton Bruckner for the International Bruckner Society. He
studied piano and organ at the Imperial Academy of Music in Vienna and
studied musicology with Guido Adler and Robert Lach at the Vienna University,
where he later taught from 1932 to 1973. He succeeded Robert Haas as music
director of the music collection of the Austrian National Library in 1946,
and is credited with helping preserve documents about Bruckner. He also
worked on a new edition of Mozart's famously uncompleted Requiem, and
was able through detailed scrutiny to distinguish Mozart's own handwriting
from that of Süßmayr and Eybler to an extent no one had been
able to do before. In recognition, Leopold was awarded the Goldene Mozart
Medaille in 1985 (?)
b. August 17th 1904.
1992: Uncle Charlie Osborne (101) American
fiddle player who had a unique style of playing the fiddle with his left
hand, on a right-handed fiddle; played numerous shows at the Carter Family
Fold in Scott County, one occasion Johnny Cash was Uncle Charlie's "opening
act". He occasionally gave advice to Tennessee Ernie Ford on his
music and could be heard regularly on WOPI radio station in Bristol, Tennessee.
In the 1980s, Governor Chuck Robb came to his home and presented him with
an award recognizing his contributions to Virginia life and culture. Also,
in the mid eighties, he and his brother Emmett began playing heavily with
their half-brother, George Osborne, a former country & western singer.
Their weekly or semi-weekly jam sessions became the stuff of legends (died
after a short illness). b. December
1995: C W "Stubb"
Stubblefield (64) US music promoter,
barbecue restaurateur; In the 70s and 80s, the Sunday Night
jams held in his small restaurant hosted such musicians as Jessie "Guitar"
Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore,
Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, Tom T. Hall, B. B. King and
George Thorogood. He was inducted into the "The Buddy Holly Walk
of Fame"/ "The West Texas Walk of Fame" situated at Lubbock,
Texas in 1996 (?) b.
March 7th 1931.
1996: Albert "Pud" Brown (79)
US jazz clarinetist and saxophonist; born in Delaware, raised him in Shreveport,
Louisiana, fluent on saxophone by age five and touring throughout North
America by the age of seven. He went on to play with Phil Lavant, Lawrence
Welk, Les Brown, Coleman Hawkins, Doc Cheatham, Danny Barker, Kid Ory,
Percy Humphrey, Louis Armstrong and many others. As well as being active
as an educator in local schools, he was a member of Clive Wilson's Original
Camelia Brass Band in the 1980s, and a regular at the French Quarter's
Palm Court Jazz Cafe until his death (?)
b. January 22nd 1917
1996: Ivan Sutton (82) British concert
promoter; he started as a tea taster, an occupation interrupted by tuberculosis
that led to a year in hospital and sanatorium. During this period of enforced
rest he discovered classical music, while listening to a wind-up gramophone.
In 1943 he started the City Music Society, engaging distinguished performers
from the very beginning. Three years later he persuaded the Goldsmiths'
Company to allow their fine hall to be used for a series of evening concerts.
The first featured the Philharmonia String Quartet, Denis Matthews and
the Zorian Quartet. By 1947 lunchtime recitals had a permanent home at
the Bishopsgate Institute. Over half a century on, the society still presents
series in these two splendid halls, Ivan Sutton in that time having organised
b. Dec 27 1914.
1997: Willie Woods (60) American singer
and guitarist with the legendary Jr Walker's All Stars; he was an original
member along with sax player Junior Walker, drummer Tony Washington, and
keyboardist Vic Thomas. They started out as the 'Rhythm Rockers before
changing to The All Stars.
The group was spotted by Johnny Bristol, and he recommended them to Harvey
Fuqua, in 1961, who had his own record labels. Once the group started
recording on the Harvey label, their name was changed to Junior Walker
& the All Stars. When Fuqua's labels were taken over by Berry Gordy,
Jr. Walker & The All Stars became members of the Motown Records family,
recording for Motown's Soul imprint. They
went on to release 17 albums and produced 25 hit singles
(sadly Willie died after a battle with lung cancer)
b. September 5th
2003: Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce
OMRI (77) Italian composer; noted for
his experimental work, in particular his 1968 composition Sinfonia for
voices and orchestra and his series of numbered solo pieces titled Sequenza
and also for his pioneering work in electronic music. In 1988 he was made
an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London (he
died in a hospital in Rome) b.
October 24th 1925.
2004: Ronald Bertram Smith (82)
English classical pianist, composer
and teacher, born in London. He entered the Royal Academy of Music at
the age of 16, after leaving the academy he studied privately in Paris
with Marguerite Long. Ronald was a champion of piano works from the romantic
period; most notably those of Charles-Valentin Alkan, of whom he also
wrote a biography. He also taught the piano for many years at The King's
School, Canterbury (died
b. 3 January 3rd 1922
Izumi Sakai/Sachiko Kamachi (40)
Japanese singer-songwriter; born in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan, and grew up
in Hadano, Kanagawa. In 1991, she joined the five-member pop group Zard
as lead vocalist and wrote the lyrics to all of Zard's songs except Onna
de Itai and Koionna no Yuuutsu. Sakai produced 42 singles as well as 11
albums and 5 compilations in her lifetime. In addition to "Makenaide,"
she produced two other singles that sold over a million copies. Six of
her albums as well as her first three compilations also surpassed the
one-million mark, an unprecedented record. In record sales, Izumi is considered
one of the most successful Japanese singers. In total CDs sold currently
exceeds 30 million making Zard the eighth best-selling act in Japan
after a long battle with cancer) b. February
Tega/Ortega Henderson (25) American
rap artist and member of rapper Nelly's St. Lunatics crew. (gunshot
wounds.. the aspiring Mc, died 11 days after he was rushed to intensive
care at a Missouri hospital following the shooting tragedy)
2010: Jackson Kaujeua (56) Namibian
musician, composer, gospel singer, and a veteran of the Namibian struggle
for independence. He sang in various Namibian languages and English. Jackson
was a member of the Herero ethnic group in !Huns, a village near Keetmanshoop.
Later, he broke off an education as a priest at the mission school of
Otjimbingwe after he came in touch with the songs of gospels singers like
Mahalia Jackson, whose human rights-related lyrics inspired him. In 1973
he started studying music at the Dorkay Art & Music College for talented
Non-Whites in South Africa. However, he was soon expelled from the country
for anti-apartheid activism, and went into exile in 1974. After a short
time in Botswana, the SWAPO-resistance movement, with which he was associated
with until his death, helped him to move to the UK, where he soon became
the lead singer of the group Black Diamond. International success followed
with songs such as "Winds of Change". Having lived as a teacher
in an Angolan refugee camp for a short time in 1979, he returned to Namibia
only after independence in 1990, where he celebrated great successes with
his music, especially with !Gnubu !Nubus. (sadly
died from kidney disease)
b. July 3rd
2010: David Sanger (63)
British classical organist, educated at Eltham College and the Royal Academy
of Music. His
career was launched when he won first prize in two international competitions:
St Albans, England in 1969 and Kiel, Germany in 1972. Since then, he toured
as a solo recitalist. His discography spans the music of several centuries,
and includes the complete organ works of Franck, the complete organ symphonies
of Louis Vierne, and works by Liszt and Lefébure-Wély. He
also recorded the complete organ music of Bach for Meridian Records. His
debut on the organ was with Polydor with Bach and Franck recorded in Munich.
He toured many countries as recitalist, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway,
Finland, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Italy, France, Russia, Iceland, the
United States, Mexico and South Korea, as well as giving many recitals
in the British Isles, notably at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall,
The Royal Festival Hall, the City of London Festival, the Bath Festival,
the Chester Festival, the West-Riding Cathedrals' Festival, and many similar
occasions. He gave Master Classes in many places including Copenhagen,
Stockholm and Oslo, and was 'Headmaster' of the Church Music Seminar in
Bergen for fourteen years. David was frequently partnered by Hans Fagius
from Sweden for Organ Duet Concerts (suspected
suicide, he was found dead at a house in Embleton, near Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death. He
was on bail, charged with eight counts of gross indecency against boys
aged under 16, committed in the late 1970s)
b. April 17th 1947
2011: Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (62)
American poet, musician, and author known primarily
for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s, and for
his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative
efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul
music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues
of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by
Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and
Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later
African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Gilbert's
recording work has received much critical acclaim, especially for one
of his most well-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".
His poetic style has been influential upon every generation of hip hop
since his popularity began. In addition to being widely considered an
influence in today's music, he remained active until his death, and in
2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled "I'm New
Here" (Sadly Gil died in St.Lukes after
becoming ill upon returning from a European trip. He had been HIV-positive
for several years, and that he had been previously hospitalized for pneumonia)
2013: Hideki Yoshimura (46) Japanese
singer and guitarist; he was a founder, frontman and guitarist with the
long-running indie rock and punk rock band Bloodthirsty
Butchers formed in Sapporo, Hokkaido, in the late 80s. They released 14
albums between 1990 and 2010. Hideki also played guitar for other indie
acts such as Copass Grinderz and Discharming Man
(sadly died unexpectedly
of acute heart failure)
2013: Little Tony/Antonio Ciacci (72)
Italian-born Sanmarinese pop singer and actor, born
in Tivoli, but was a citizen of San Marino. He achieved success in Britain
in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as the lead singer of Little Tony &
His Brothers. In
September 1959, they made the first of many appearances on the British
TV show 'Boy Meets Girls' and released their first UK single "I Can't
Help It". Thier 3rd single "Too
Good" reached No.19 in the UK charts in 1960. The group continued
to appear regularly on TV shows in Britain until 1962. They
revisited Italy in 1961 to appear at the Sanremo Festival, where they
performed the song "24.000 baci" and were ranked second. He
returned more permanently the following year and began his solo career,
having his first No.1 in Italy with "Il ragazzo col ciuffo"
in 1962. He continued to sing and record successfully in Italy throughout
his life, despite suffering a heart attack in 2006. But also Tony went
on to work as a movie actor, appearing in over 20 movies in Italy
Tony died while bravely fighting lung cancer) b.
February 7th 1941.
MacDonald/Malcolm MacDonald (66) Scottish music critic
and author, born
in Nairn but lived in England from 1971 until
He wrote many musical books, notably volumes on Brahms, Schoenberg, John
Foulds, Edgard Varèse, Ronald Stevenson and a three-volume study
of the 32 symphonies of Havergal Brian. Other musical books include a
multi-volume edition of the musical journalism of Havergal Brian. He contributed
chapters to symposia on Alan Bush, Brahms, Bernard Stevens, Erik Bergman,
an essay on Czeslaw Marek to a symposium on Swiss Composers and another
on Scottish composers to a symposium on Musical Nationalism in Great Britain
and Finland. He also compiled catalogues of the works of Shostakovich,
John Foulds, Luigi Dallapiccola and Antal Doráti and contributed
articles to many musical encyclopedias such as the New Grove. He was editor
of the modern-music journal Tempo, which he joined in 1972 and he also
composed works, mainly piano pieces and songs. In 1996 he edited for performance
and orchestrated the final portions of, the ballet Soirées de Barcelone
by Roberto Gerhard, which was broadcast that year, performed by the BBC
(?) b. February 26th 1948.
2014: Ruth Flowers/Mamy Rock (74)
British DJ born in Bristol; after marrying and the birth of a son, she
and her husband moved to Portugal where they spent 10 years. After the
death of her husband, she moved to Germany.
She always thought that age was no excuse to give up on things and at
57 she completed the Berlin Marathon. At her grandson, Javier's birthday
at a club, she was seduced by the lively and energetic atmosphere and
joked with her grandson that she too could become a DJ. She was then introduced
to a young French producer, Aurélien Simon, whose musical project
caught her enthusiasm. He introduced her to electro, trained her in DJing
techniques and helped her build her image. She progressively began to
develop her own mixing style, with influences from some of her favorite
artists, including Freddie Mercury, The Black Eyed Peas and several other
top names in the music business. Her first gig was in front of a crowd
of celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey, during the 2009
Cannes Film Festival, at the Villa Murano. She then played at the Queen
Club in Paris, January 28th 2010. Ruth's first single, "Still Rocking",
came out on July 5th 2010 and her last single "Kissy Kissy"
was released on 7 April 2014
(?) b. March 29th 1940.
Lou Williams/Mary Elfrieda Scruggs (71) American jazz pianist,
composer, and arranger, born in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in East
Liberty, Pittsburgh. In 1924, aged 14 she was taken on the Orpheum Circuit.
The following year she played with Duke Ellington in his early band, the
Washingtonians. One morning at 3am, while jamming with McKinney's Cotton
Pickers at Harlem's Rhythm Club, the great Louis Armstrong entered the
room and paused to listen to her. Mary went on to write 100's of compositions
and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records. She wrote
and arranged for such famed bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman,
and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker,
and Dizzy Gillespie (sadly died of bladder cancer)
b. May 8th 1910.
1985: Roy Plomley (71) English radio broadcaster, producer,
playwright and novelist. In 1942, he devised the BBC Radio series Desert
Island Discs. Each show consisted of an interview with a celebrity, interpersed
by the guest's choice of music. He presented 1,791 editions of the programme
stretching over 43 years. He was voted BBC Radio Personality of the Year
in 1979. He came to notice as an announcer, and later producer, for the
International Broadcasting Company (IBC), starting on Radio Normandy in
April 1936 and moving on at the end of that year to the IBC's Paris-based
station, Poste Parisien. This came to an end when commercial broadcasting
from the continent was brought to a halt by World War II. Roy and his
new wife stayed on in Paris, only narrowly escaping back to the UK via
a circuitous route through the chaos and panic of the Fall of France,
losing all their possessions in the process, as German occupying forces
approached the French capital in the June of 1940 (pleurisy) b.
January 20th 1914.
1988: Melvin "Sy" Oliver (77) American
arranger, bandleader, trombonist with Zack White and his Chocolate Beau
Brummels, Alphonse Trent, Tommy Dorsey before forming his own band. He
joined Jimmie Lunceford's band in 1933 and contributed many hit arrangements
to the band, including "My Blue Heaven" and "Ain't She
Sweet". In 1939, he became one of the first African Americans with
a prominent role in a white band when he joined Tommy Dorsey as an arranger.
He led the transition of the Dorsey band from Dixieland to modern big
band. He become known for his "growling" horn playing. (?)
b. Dec 17th 1910.
1993: Isaiah "Doc" Ross (67)
American blues and boogie man, a true one-man band, he played harmonica,
acoustic guitar, bass drum and high-hat simultaneously. Once best known
for the recordings he made for Sun Records in the 1950s, notably "The
Boogie Disease" and "Chicago Breakdown", until he won a
Grammy for his 1981 LP Rare Blues, and subsequently enjoyed a resurgence
and much critical acclaim towards the end of his career (?)
b. Oct. 21st 1925.
1993: Duncan Browne (46)
British singer, songwriter, his biggest hit in the UK was the song
"Journey", as televised on Top of the Pops in 1972 and was included
on his second album Duncan Browne in 1973. By the mid 1970s, he moved
into electric rock mode in collaboration with Peter Godwin, forming the
power pop band Metro, whose recordings were issued on Sire in America
and in addition to his work with Metro he released a couple more solo
albums, The Wild Places and Streets of Fire. From the same period, Duncan's
co-composed song "Criminal World" was recorded by David Bowie
on his 1983 Let's Dance album. In
1984-85, he composed and performed the music for the British television
series Travelling Man, in collaboration with the programme's producer
Sebastian Graham-Jones. The soundtrack was released on vinyl and CD. Duncan
also composed "Salva Me", the theme tune of the BBC series "Shadow
of the Noose" (sadly
lost to cancer) b.
March 25th 1947.
2001: Francis Bebey (71)
Cameroonian-born French artist, musician, and writer born in
attended the Sorbonne, and was further educated in America. In 1957, he
moved to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, and took a job as a
broadcaster. In the early 1960s, he moved to France and started work in
the arts, establishing himself as a musician, sculptor, and writer. His
most popular novel was Agatha Moudio's Son. He also worked as a consultant
for UNESCO. Francis released his first album in 1969. His music was primarily
guitar-based, although he integrated traditional African instruments as
well. His style was groundbreaking, merging Cameroonian makossa with classical
guitar, jazz, and pop. He sang in Duala, English, and French and released
more than 20 albums over his career (?)
b. July 15th 1929.
Tony Ashton (55)
English rock pianist, keyboardist, singer,
composer, producer and artist born in Blackburn, Lancashire. Tony was
invited to join the Liverpool group the Remo Four as organist/vocalist.
The group spent some time being the resident band at Hamburg's legendary
Star club in Germany, followed by a US tour accompanying the Beatles.
They recorded some singles but their best work came in 1966 when they
released their album Smile. Before their break-up in 1968, they backed
George Harrison on his album Wonderwall. Tony formed a new group with
Remo drummer Roy Dyke and bass player Kim Gardner. They called themselves
Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. The trio recorded three albums, but gained recognition
in the UK in 1971, when the single "Resurrection Shuffle" reached
No.3 on the UK Singles Chart. In August 1976, when Purple split, Jon Lord
and Ian Paice and Tony formed of Paice, Ashton, Lord (P.A.L.), a band
rooted in funk, jazz and rock. The line-up was completed by future Whitesnake
guitarist Bernie Marsden and bass player Paul Martinez. They recorded
Malice In Wonderland in Munich. During the 80s Tony co-hosted a TV show
with Rick Wakeman called "GasTank". Every week, there were guests
ranging from Phil Lynott to Ian Paice who sat in with the show's in-house
band led by Ashton and Wakeman. The 90's sees Tony as an artist and playing
the big festivals with
Bernie Marsden, before
becoming seriously ill in 1999. (cancer)
b. March 1st 1946.
2002: Jean Berger (92)
German pianist, educator and composer born in Hamm, from 1933-39,
he lived in Paris and toured widely as a pianist and accompanist. From
1939-41, he was assistant conductor at the Municipal Theatre in Rio de
Janeiro and on the faculty of the Brazilian Conservatory. He also toured
widely throughout South America. In 1941, he moved to America and was
drafted the following year. In 1943, he became a US citizen. He worked
in the Office of War Information producing foreign-language broadcasts
and USO shows until 1946. From 1946-48, he worked as an arranger for CBS
and NBC and toured as a concert accompanist. Also from 1961-66, Jean taught
at the University of Colorado at Boulder and then the Colorado Women's
College, Denver, Colorado from 1968-71 (?)
b. September 27th 1909.
2004: Derek Frigo (36)
American guitarist with Enuff Z' Nuff before
moving to Los Angeles to work on new material and learn how to produce
and engineer music (drug overdose) b.
2007: Norman James Kaye (80) Australian
award winning actor and organist, but maybe best known for his roles in
the films of director Paul Cox. Born
in Melbourne and educated at Geelong Grammar School. Before his acting
career, he was an exemplary musician and he travelled to France to study
the organ with Pierre Cochereau at Notre Dame de Paris, and he won a Premier
Prix for conducting at the Nice Conservatoire. As an adult he was the
choirmaster and music teacher at Caulfield Grammar School from 1958 to
1977. It was the security of a teacher's salary that allowed Norman to
explore the acting world. (sadly died from Alzheimer's
January 17th 1927.
2010: Slim Bryant (101) American country
singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Atlanta, Georgia. After spending
nearly 18 years working with Georgia fiddler Clayton McMichen as part
of his band the Georgia Wildcats, Slim and most of the band separated
from McMichen and moved to Pittsburgh in 1940. He is considered by many
to be the father of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, country music scene,
having performed on the first television program to air in that city,
a musical variety show broadcast live on WDTV from Syria Mosque in Oakland,
PA, in 1949. He was the last surviving musician to have recorded with
the legendary country singer Jimmie Rodgers, who died in 1933. In
1932, Rodgers recorded Slim's song Mother, the Queen of My Heart, with
Slim accompanying him on guitar. Rodgers not only gave him writing credit,
but had them list his name first, which is something many big stars refuse
to do. He also recorded nine other songs with Jimmie. He gained legendary
status on KDKA-TV in the 1950's.With his back-up group, the Wildcats,
he wrote and recorded such novelty songs as Eeny Meeny Dixie Deeny, the
closest he ever came to having a "hit" on the Billboard charts,
and the Iron City Beer jingle that became a fixture in the 50's (?)
b. December 7th 1908
Alys Robi/Alice Robitaille (88) Canadian
singer of Latin American songs; born in the Quebec City, at 13 she moved
to the Théâtre National, on Montreal's Saint Catherine Street.
Under the direction of Rose Ouellette, she learned acting and singing
during a 75-week engagement. She continued her career in the Montreal
cabarets, making radio appearances. For a time during the war, she also
hosted a French radio show named Tambour battant and touring Canadian
military bases propelled her career across Canada. During the 1940s, she
started producing 78s and she became renowned way beyond Canada. She captured
popular imagination with Latin rhythms like Besame Mucho and Tico tico,
after translating herself the Spanish or Brasilian songs into French.
She sang in chic New York cabarets by the mid forties and in 1947, she
travelled to England where she made an appearance on the first regular
BBC program. In the early 1990s, Alys returned into the public eye after
the massive success she had with a song "Laissez-moi encore chanter"
(?) b. February
2013: Fotis Polymeris (93) Greek singer
born in Patras; as a little boy he stood out in singing competitions and
went on to work with many great composers and singers, as well as with
Greek rebetiko artists such as Tsitsanis, Mitsakis, Papaioannou, Vamvakaris
and others. He released his first album before the war, there after recorded
more than 200 songs. Some of his songs were heard in Greek cinema films
such as, Enas xaroumenos alitis /A happy bum, film: Come to Uncle; Asta
ta mallakia sou / Let your tender hair fall, film: Those who do not have
to love; and Tha gurisei ki o trochos / The wheel will turn (?)
2014: Gustavo Lezcano (59)
Cuban-born American multi-musician, and one time member of the
Miami Sound Machine. He left Cuba aged 7 for Brooklyn and, soon after,
South Florida. He joined the Miami Sound Machine in the early 1980s after
he graduated from Florida Atlantic Uni with a degree in music education
in 1976. Lezcano was originally tapped for his skills on guitar and keyboards,
but, the harmonica was his passion. He wrote the title track for Eyes
of Innocence, the Sound Machines first English-language crossover
attempt in 1984. The albums single, Dr. Beat, a Top 20 hit on Billboards
Dance Club Play chart, sports one of Gustavos distinctive harmonica
fills. He was also a session musician and contributed the harmonica lead
that carried the melodic hook on the Bee Gees acoustic ballad, Blue
Island, from the 1993 album Size Isnt Everything. As well as his
commercial work, he spent 32 years as a music teacher at Gratigny Elementary
School (?) b. ?? 1959
1951: Fanny Brice (59)
A popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film
actress and entertainer, remembered best for her many stage, radio and
film appearances and her recordings. She was the creator and star of the
top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. After her death she
was depicted on stage and film by Barbra Streisand as Funny Girl (she
sadly died of a cerebral hemorrhage and
is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles)
b. October 29th 1891.
1989: John Cipollina (64) American
guitarist and Hawaiian steel guitarist born in Berkeley, CA. were he attended
Tamalpais High School, in Mill Valley, CA. He played classical piano in
his youth, but soon switched to the guitar and best known for his role
as a founder and the lead guitarist of the prominent San Francisco rock
band Quicksilver Messenger Service, formed in 1965. He recorded 8 albums
with the band, the last being 'Solid Silver' in 1975. After leaving Quicksilver
he formed the band Copperhead with early Quicksilver member Jim Murray.
They recorded albums Copperhead and Copperhead II. John has also recorded
with bands such as Man, Dinosaur, Ravens, Freelight and others
(chronic emphysema) b. August 24th 1943.
opera conductor born in Naples, where he made his debut in 1951. He was
principal conductor at the Linz opera from '61'62 and on the roster
of the Deutsche Opera in West Berlin from '62 to '68. His first appearance
at La Scala in Milan came in 1969, and he also conducted at the opera
houses of San Francisco, London and New York City and chief conductor
of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from '85 until '89 (Giuseppe
collapsed from a heart attack while conducting a performance of 'Il barbiere
di Siviglia' at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, he sadly
died later in hospital)
b. January 1st 1932.
1992: Ollie Halsall/Peter John Halsall (43)
English guitar virtuoso in the bands Patto, Boxer and also worked
with Kevin Ayers. He is notable as one of the few players of the vibraphone
in rock music. His best known recordings are his works on the album The
Rutles, where he plays many of the instruments and provides backing and
lead vocals of Dirk McQuickly. His role in the accompanying film however,
went to Eric Idle and Ollie only featured in the cameo role as Leppo,
the 5th Rutle who became lost in Hamburg. It is amazing that so few people
seem to know about him. His guitar work was so unusual, fast, and fluid
that it would leave you speechless. He could also make his guitar sing
or cry given a gentle tune. If the world made any sense, he would be way
up there on the guitar hero list with Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, etc. He
was blessed with an incredible gift (sadly Ollie
died of a heart attack)
March 14th 1949 ... READ
1997: Jeff Buckley (30)
US singer-songwriter, guitarist, son of Tim Buckley; before world
tours and fame, he gained popularity in the early 90s playing covers at
venues in Manhattan's East Village, such as Sin-é, and he gradually
focused more on his own material. Known for his guitaring and vocal range
of 4 octaves, he was considered by critics to be one of the most promising
artists of his generation Born in Anaheim, California, he began playing
while in high school, before moving to L.A. to study music; while he was
there, he performed with several jazz and funk bands, as well as playing
with Shinehead, a leader in the dancehall reggae movement. A few years
later, he moved to New York, forming Gods & Monsters with the experimental
guitarist Gary Lucas. He began a solo career and was soon sined Columbia
Records, releasing the Live at Sin-e EP in November of 1993; his album
debut, 1994's Grace, received huge rave reviews. The following 2 years
were filled wil extensive world touring, after
which he moved to Memphis, were he began working on his 2nd album My
Sweetheart the Drunk.
Since Jeff's death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material,
including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his
unfinished second album My Sweetheart the Drunk (After
a recording session, he tragically drowned while swimming in Wolf River,
a slackwater channel of the Mississippi Rive. He had waded in wearing
boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of Led Zeppelin's "Whole
Lotta Love" when he was caught by the wake of a passing tugboat,
not drug related) b.
November 17th 1966.
2005: George Rochberg (86) American
composer of contemporary classical music; born in Paterson, New Jersey.
he attended the Mannes College of Music, and served in the United States
Army in the infantry during WWII. He
was the chairman of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania
until '68, and continued to teach there until 1983. Most of his works
are held in the archive of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland.
Some can also be found in the Music Division of the New York Public Library,
the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts in New York City, New York, the University of Pennsylvania,
Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, and the City University of New
the works composed early in his career, the Symphony No. 2 ('5556)
stands out as an accomplished serial composition, but he is perhaps best
known for his String Quartets Nos. 3-6 (?)
b. July 5th 1918.
2009: Jonny Dollar/Jonny Sharp (45)
British music producer and helped in inventing trip-hop,
one of the most influential musical genres of the 1990s; he produced Massive
Attack's Blue Lines in 1991, which included the poll-topping single 'Unfinished
also worked with Neneh Cherry and on Gabrielle's number one album Rise
credited with helping to shape the "Bristol sound," in which
hip hop-influenced downtempo electronic music is punctuated by breakbeats
and samples (sadly Jonny died fighting cancer)
b. February 20th
2012: Mark Minkov (67) Russian
composer, born in Moscow, where he attended the Merzlyakovki Conservatory
School studying composition under Nikolay Sidelnikov, before studying
under Aram Khachaturian at the Moscow Conservatory in 1964. In 1999 he
was awarded the Golden Pushkin Medal for "his contribution to the
development, preservation and multiplication of the national cultural
traditions, help and support of the creative intelligentsia, and development
and forming of newer styles and directions in culture" and in 2003,
Mark became an Honoured Artist of Russia (?)
b. November 25th 1944.
2012: Doc Watson/Arthel Lane Watson (89)
American folk and bluegrass singe-songwriter,
guitarist, banjo, harmonica player born in Deep Gap, North Carolina. In
1953, joined the Johnson City based Jack Williams' C&W swing band
on electric guitar. The band was often asked to play at square dances,
so, he taught himself to play fiddle tunes on his Les Paul electric guitar.
He later transferred the technique to acoustic guitar, and playing fiddle
tunes became part of his signature sound. His
flatpicking skills, fingerpicking style and knowledge of traditional American
music are highly regarded; From 1970 he performed with his son Merle for
over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985, in an accident on the family
farm. In 1986, Doc received
the North Carolina Award and in 1994 he received a North Carolina Folk
Heritage Award. Also in 1994, Watson teamed up with musicians Randy Scruggs
and Earl Scruggs to contribute the classic song "Keep on the Sunny
Side" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country. Among his many
awards and honors, Doc won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime
In 1997, he received the National Medal of Arts from U.S. president Bill
Clinton. In 2000, he was inducted
into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in Owensboro, Kentucky
and in 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee
College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. (tragically
died from complications following surgery) b.
March 3rd 1923.
2013: Marvin Junior (77)
American lead singer and founding member of the R&B
group, The Dells. The group was formed in Thornton Township High School,
Chicago, Illinois in 1952 by Marvin and his friends Verne Allison, Johnny
Funches, Chuck Barksdale, Mickey and Lucius McGill, under the name the
El-Rays. They released their first single in 1954, "Darling I Know",
which flopped and after which Lucius dropped out of the group. Two years
later and after a change of name to The Dells, they had their first R&B
hit with "Oh What a Night", which peaked at No.5 on the R&B
singles chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold
disc. The song is ranked >>>
MORE <<< (sadly
Marvin died from kidney failure) b. January
2013: Svatopluk Kovanec (76)
Czech jazz trombonist and one of the most important
figures of the Czech jazz scene. From 1959 he was head of a Jazz Combo
in Ústí nad Labem. He was a member of Jazz Celula from 197081,
then with the Jazz Orchestra of the Czechoslovak Radio. Over his career
he also performed with Emil Viklický Sextet, Jazz Combo Ústí
N. L., Konstelace Josefa Vobruby, Praské Dezové
Kvarteto, Skupina Karla Ruicky among others and when
performing abroad has gained a reputation as one of Europe's best trombonist.
Later he was a member of the Gustav Brom
Big Band (sadly died
fighting cancer) b. January 2nd 1936.
2013: Mulgrew Miller (57) American
jazz pianist born in Greenwood, Mississippi; he began his career performing
and recording with Betty Carter in 1980, Woody Shaw 1981-83, and Art Blakey's
Jazz Messengers 1983-86. Over his career he also recorded with Stefon
Harris, Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Kenny Garrett, Antonio Hart, Freddie
Hubbard, Wallace Roney, Cassandra Wilson and many others including 7 albums
with Tony Williams between 1986-1998. Mulgrew
released 16 recorded albums as a leader including 4 albums with Derrick
Hodge on bass and Karriem Riggins on drums: Live At Yoshi's Vol. 1 in
2004, Live At Yoshi's Vol. 2 in 2005, Live At The Kennedy Center Vol.
1 in 2006, and Live At The Kennedy Center Vol. 2 in 2007. On May 20th
2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Performing Arts
at Lafayette College's 171st Commencement Exercises. He was the Director
of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University and the Artist in Residence
at Lafayette College for 2008-2009. His last working trio consisted of
Ivan Taylor on bass and Darrell Green on drums.
Mulgrew died from a stroke) b. August 13th
2014: Miljenko Prohaska (88) Croatian
composer, music arranger and orchestra conductor born in Zagreb. From
mid-1950s to the late 1980s he was a contrabass player with the Zagreb
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Zagreb Symphony Orchestra, the Yugoslav
Radio Orchestra, the Zagreb Jazz Quartet and many other musical ensembles.
In 1989 he retired from playing and became the conductor of Radio Zagreb's
Dance Orch. Between 1996 and 1998 he was conductor of the Croatian Army
Big Band. He also conducted orchestras at five Eurovision Song Contests,
twice in London, twice in Dublin and once in Madrid and often performed
around the world. He also made a number of compositions for symphony orchestras,
as well as music arrangements for popular Croatian singers such as Josipa
Lisac, Gabi Novak and Arsen Dedic. He also worked as a score composer
for a number of television and theatre plays, animated and films, ballets
and choirs, and scored fifteen Croatian feature films. More recently,
he has occasionally worked with the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, the Zagreb
Soloists, the Croatian Radiotelevision's Symphony Orchestra and their
Big Band, and many others. Miljenko
was a longtime member of the Croatian Composers' Society and had served
as its president twice. He also won many awards for his work, including
the Golden Arena for Best Film Music in 1968), the Vladimir Nazor Award
for Life Achievement in 1988 and the Porin Award for Life Achievement
in 1995 (?)
b. September 17th 1925.
2014: Tito Torbellino/Tito Whirlwind /Tomas Tovar
Rascon (33) American banda singer and
musician, born in Phoenix, Arizona. He played the accordion and began
to compose their own melodies at the age of 14 and left school to form
his band 'Tito and his Whirlwind'. The music in his songs sound similar
to polka and includes guitars,
and drums. His songs were mainly
focused on unrequited love, but others talk about the life, crimes and
death of drug kingpins. He and his band went on to record 13 albums, "Te
La Pasas" with Espinoza Paz was the last song Tito recorded. He had
also been working on his first movie El Filly as a producer, director
and actor, a film about a man born in the USA, but with Mexican roots.
(tragically Tito was shot in the head and chest
in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, where he was due make an appearance
at the Obregón Expo 2014. He was attacked and brutally murdered
by six assailants that barged into the Red, a Chinese restaurant in Obregón
City where Tito was enjoying a meal with friends) b.
? May 23rd 1981 [he celebrated his 33rd birthday
just before his death].
2014: Antonín Viktora (71) Czech
jazz guitarist born in Hodonin and
moved to Pragueat
an early age, where he soon became part of the local club scene. Later
from 1973-1974 he was part of the trio with Jiri Suchy and C & K Vocal.
An important stage in his musical career was working in Jazz Sanatorium
Ludek Hulan from 1977 to 1979, after with he formed his own groups. Also
over his long musical career, he played in a variety of other configurations
including Orchestra Karel Gott (sadly
died after a long illness) b. May 29th 1943.
1953: Arthur "Dooley" Wilson (67)
African American actor and singer; appeared
in over twenty motion pictures, maybe he is best remembered as piano-player
"Sam" who sings "As Time Goes By" at the request of
Ilsa Lund / Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film Casablanca. In the 1920s he
played as a drummer in a band which toured Europe. From the 1930s to the
1950s he worked in motion pictures and Broadway musicals, and played Bill
Jackson on the television situation comedy Beulah during its final 19521953
season. (?) b. April
1956: Valaida Snow (51)
American trumpeter, vocalist; she learned
to play cello, bass, banjo, violin, mandolin, harp, accordion, clarinet,
trumpet, saxophone, sing and dance at professional levels by the time
she was 15. She was named "Little Louis" after Louis Armstrong,
who used to call her the world's second best jazz trumpet player besides
himself. While touring Denmark in 1941, she was arrested and sent to a
Nazis Concentration camp where she was held until May of 1942 before being
released on a prisoner exchange. She never emotionally recovered from
the experience (brain hemorrhage)
b. June 2nd 1904.
1971: Marcel Dupré (85) French
organist and composer, a child prodigy, he was born in Rouen, he entered
the Paris Conservatoire in 1904. In 1914, he won the Grand Prix de Rome
for his cantata, Psyché. In 1926, he was appointed professor of
organ performance and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire, a position
he held until 1954. Marcel became famous for performing more than 2000
organ recitals throughout Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe,
which included a recital series of 10 concerts of the complete works of
Johann Sebastian Bach in 1920-Paris Conservatoire and 1921-Palais du Trocadéro,
both performed entirely from memory. The sponsorship of an American transcontinental
tour by the John Wanamaker department store interests rocketed his name
into international prominence. In 1934, he succeeded Charles-Marie Widor
as titular organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, a post he held until his
death in 1971 (?)
b. May 3rd 1886
1976: Melvin 'Lil Son' Jackson (58) US
electric blues artist, singer, guitarist; played early on in a gospel
group called the Blue Eagle Four. He released "Freedom Train Blues"
in 1948, which became a nationwide hit in the U.S. and recorded for Imperial
Records between 1950 and 1954, both as a solo artist and with a backing
band. His 1950 tune "Rockin' and Rollin" was recast by later
musicians as "Rock Me Baby". He was hurt in a car crash in the
middle of the 1950s and gave up his music career. B. B. King covered Melvins
"I Got to Leave This Woman", on his 2000 album, Makin' Love
Is Good for You (cancer) b.
August 16th 1915.
1977: Paul Desmond/Paul Emil Breitenfeld
(52) US jazz alto saxophonist born in
San Francisco; known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and
for penning that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". In addition
to his work with Brubeck he led several of his own groups and did significant
collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall and Chet
Baker. He was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1977.
Paul succumbed to lung cancer following one last tour with Dave Brubeck)
b. November 25th 1924.
1980: Carl Radle (37)
bass player born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and maybe best known for his association
with Eric Clapton, starting in 1969 with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends,
then Derek and the Dominos, and he took part in Joe Cocker's famous Mad
Dogs and Englishmen tour. He worked on all of Eric's solo projects and
was a member of Clapton's touring band from 1970 until 1979. Carl also
can be seen in the famous concert film, The Concert for Bangladesh. By
the time The Concert for Bangladesh album was released in 1972, Carl had
recorded albums with Dave Mason, J. J. Cale, George Harrison, The Colours,
Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and Buddy Guy among others. He can also be seen
in Martin Scorsese's , The Last Waltz, a final concert performance of
The Band, in 1978 (sadly
died from a kidney infection, the effects of alcohol and narcotics).
b. June 18th 1942
Hank Mobley (55) American
hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer; born in Eastman,
Georgia, but was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Early in his career,
he worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach. He took part in one of the
landmark hard bop sessions, alongside Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Doug
Watkins and trumpeter Kenny Dorham. The results of these sessions were
released as Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers. During the 1960s, he
worked chiefly as a leader, recording over 20 albums for Blue Note Records
1955 and 1970., including Soul Station
and Roll Call , He performed with many of the most important hard bop
players, such as Grant Green, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Clark, Wynton Kelly
and Philly Joe Jones, and formed a particularly productive partnership
with trumpeter Lee Morgan (pneumonia)
July 7th 1930.
1987: Melvin Edward Alton "Turk" Murphy
(71) American jazz trombonist
born in Palermo, CA; he was most renowned for playing traditional and
dixieland jazz in San Francisco. In 1952, he headed his own band, "Turk
Murphy's Jazz Band," which included pianist Wally Rose, clarinetist
Bob Helm, banjo player Dick Lammi, and tubaist Bob Short. They played
at the Italian Village at Columbus and Lombard, San Franciscos North
Beach. As well as releasing dozens of albums the band appeared on The
Ed Sullivan Show twice in 1959 and 1965. Among other venues, Melvin's
band played his nightclub "Earthquake McGoons," which opened
in 1960 and moved twice before closing in 1984 and in January of 1987,
Melvin played Carnegie Hall (?)
b. December 16th 1915
1988: Robert O'Reilly (47) Australian
1989: Zinka Milanov (83) Croatian-born operatic
spinto soprano who had a major career centred on the New York Metropolitan
She made her operatic debut as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore
in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the young age of 21. Her debut in her native
Croatia, at the National Theatre in Zagreb, took place five weeks later
as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust. In 1937, the soprano made her
debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Leonora. At that time she adopted
the name Milanov, which was the stage name of her second husband. She
gave her final performance in 1966 at the closing night of the old Metropolitan
Opera House. Having worked as a voice teacher while still performing,
Zinka devoted herself to teaching after her retirement. She recorded prolifically
from the 1940s through to the 1960s. Her voice was well-suited to Italian
operas such as those of Verdi, Ponchielli, Puccini and the verismo composers
(?) b. May 17th 1906.
Ra/Herman Blount (79)
An innovative US jazz composer, bandleader, piano,
poet, synthesizer playe rand philosopher
known for his "cosmic philosophy", musical compositions and
performances. His music touched on virtually the entire history of jazz,
from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz; he was also a pioneer
of electronic music, space music and free improvisation, and was one of
the first musicians, regardless of genre, to make extensive use of electronic
keyboards (sadly died of a stroke) b.
May 22nd 1914.
Antonio Flores (33)
Spanish singer and songwriter born in Madrid; his
first album, "Antonio", was released on 1980 and included the
hit No dudaría and a cover from Joaquín Sabina's Pongamos
que hablo de Madrid. He released 3 more albums Al caer el sol-1984, Gran
Vía-1988 and Cosas mías-1995. 4 albums were released posthumous
(drug overdose only two weeks after the death of
his mother) b.
November 14th 1961.
American songwriter, brother of Diana
Ross; he and Leon Ware wrote hits for acts such as Michael Jackson, The
Miracles and Marvin Gaye. (T-Boy and his wife Patricia,
were found murdered in a basement of a house in Detroit's Oak Park area,
the double murder is still unsolved)
February 28th 1949.
2000: Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke (86)
American saxophonist, singer and bandleader born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gordon started playing saxophone when he was nine, going from soprano
to alto to tenor saxophones and staying with the latter. His first professional
work was with bandleader Ben Young in 1935. He is probably remembered
best for his association and best-selling hit records with Glenn Miller's
popular big band from 1938 to 1942. One of his famous solos can be heard
on "In The Mood" and Gordon sings on another popular Glenn Miller
recording, "Chattanooga Choo Choo". He took over leadership
of the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the death of Glenn in World War II
b. February 12th 1914
2002: Kenny Craddock (52) English
organist, keyboard player, composer and producer, born in Wrekenton, Gateshead.
Throughout his career he worked with artists including Ringo Starr, Ginger
Baker, Billy Bragg, Gerry Rafferty and Alan White. He collaborated with
Alan Hull and Lindisfarne, joining the band in 1973 and remaining with
them until their temporary split in 1975, and acted as musical director
for Van Morrison and Mary Black. Kenny
began touring with Van Morrison in the early 1980s, playing keyboards
until around 1985. In the nineties, he provided, with Colin Gibson, the
incidental music to Steven Moffat's sitcom Joking Apart. He performed
the show's theme song, a cover version of Chris Rea's "Fool (If You
Think It's Over)". Around this time, he also toured with Paul Brady.
Kenny moved to Portugal in 2001, and completed his first solo album in
2002, Mad as the Mist and Snow (tragically died
in a car crash) b. April 18th 1950.
2003: Mickie Most/Michael Peter Hayes (64)
English singer and record producer, with a string of No.1 singles with
his own RAK Records, and with acts such as The Animals, Herman's Hermits,
Donovan, and Suzi Quatro (sadly lost to mesothelioma).
b. June 20th 1938
2009: Waldemar Matuka (76)
Czech singer; brought up in in Prague, he played various musical
instruments with many different bands. In 1960 he recorded his first song
Suvenýr (Souvenir). Later he became an actor in the theatre Semafor
and also won the Zlatý Slavík (Golden Nightingale) music
poll twice, in 1962 and 1967, and placed second several times. He also
sang with Helena Vondrácková, Marta Kubiová,
Hana Hegerová, Karel Gott and
others. As his popularity grew he started acting in movies and writing
songs for movies. He relocated to America in
1986. In Czechoslovakia, the Communist party banned all his songs, destroyed
recordings of Jsem svým pánem ('I'm My Own Master'), deleted
his opening song in the television series Chalupári (just the melody
remained) and changed the title of the series Rozpaky kuchare Svatopluka.
After the 1989 Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia, his songs were returned
to their proper place in the television series. Waldemar
continued to perform in America, mostly for emigrants from Czechoslovakia.
and heart failure, asthma may have contributed to his death)
b. July 2nd 1932.
2010: Ali-Ollie Woodson/Ollie Creggett (58)
American R&B singer, songwriter, keyboardist and occasional actor,
born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in Town Creek, Alabama. Legendary,
Bill Pinkney started Ali on the road at the age of 19, giving him a job
as a keyboardist and then a vocalist for The Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters
in the early 1970s. Ali became the lead singer of Motown's Temptations
from 1984 to 1986, and again from 1988 to 1996. While in the group, he
co-wrote, co-produced, and sang lead and played keyboards on the 1984
Temptations single "Treat Her Like a Lady," which was a No.2
hit on the U.S. R&B charts. His last Temptations album was 1995's
"For Lovers Only", after which he began his solo career ...
MORE ... (Ali sadly passed away after battling
leukemia for eighteen months) b. September
2011: Giorgio Tozzi (88) American
operatic bass born in Chicago; he was a mainstay for many years with the
Metropolitan Opera, and sang principal bass roles in most major opera
house worldwide. Also after dubbing the singing parts for the character
of Emile de Becque, acted by Rossano Brazzi, in the 1958 film of South
Pacific, he spent many years playing the role of de Becque himself in
various revivals and road tours of the show. Giorgio was
the recipient of three Grammy Awards: in 1960 the Grammy Award for Best
Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral for The Marriage of Figaro with
Erich Leinsdorf; in 1961 the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for
Puccini's Turandot, with Erich Leinsdorf; and in 1963 the Grammy Award
for Best Opera Recording for Georg Solti's recording of Verdi's Aida.
He also sang the bass part in the recording of Sir Thomas Beecham's version
of Handel's Messiah for RCA Victor in 1959 (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. January 8th
2012: Pete Cosey (68)
American guitarist from Chicago; he was a key session musician at Chess
Records in the 60s, appearing on recordings by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters,
the Rotary Connection, and Etta James, and he worked with the great Phil
Cohran in the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Pete was also an early member
of The Pharaohs and a group with drummer Maurice White and bassist Louis
Satterfield that eventually evolved into Earth, Wind & Fire. He is
probably most remembered for his genius work with Miles Davis in the early
to mid 70s when Davis
broke up the band in 1975. Pete played on
the trumpeter's heaviest, most electric albums, including Agharta, Pangaea,
and Get Up With It. After Pete continued to appear on records, including
Herbie Hancock's Future Shock and an album with Japanese saxophonist Akira
Sakata. In 2003, he scored a short film, directed by Eli Mavros, Alone
Together and in 2004, he appeared in the Godfathers and Sons episode of
Martin Scorsese's documentary series The Blues. In 2007-08, Pete contributed
to 5 tracks on the CD Miles from India, which celebrates the music of
Miles Davis: "Ife (Fast)", "It's About That Time",
"Miles Runs the Voodoo Down", "Great Expectations",
and "Ife (Slow)"
(?) b. October 9th 1943.
2014: Coleman Lewis (41)
American rock guitarist from Atlanta, Georgia; he was a member of the
punk-blues band Smoke and worked with Cat Power
in the 90s, and more recently has been a
member of the band Ignitor Fool aka Welfare. Over his career he has also
done stints with other bands including Hustler White, Lip Lock Alarm Clock,
Ed Splatt, and Red Eye Gravy (tragically
Coleman died of a heroin overdose) b. 1973
2014: Christine Charbonneau (70) Canadian
singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec; she wrote her
first song at the age of twelve and began singing professionally at La
Butte à Mathieu in Val-David, Québec in 1959 and became
one of the Icons of Québec Songs. Around 1967, as the "Boites
à chansons" were facing decline, she continued her career
at CBC Radio and CBC Television. The 1970s are the most intensive years
of her songwriter career, as it was marked by the recording of many of
her songs with different artists. Du fil des aiguilles et du coton, Je
le vois dans ma soupe, Ça m'fait du bien recorded by France Castel
on Profil Records and Trans-World Records, reached the Top Twenty Charts
in Quebec and her 1973, 1974, 1975 albums are mostly Christine's songs;
Tout va trop vite/Thank you come again, Un jour comme les autres, Le lit
qui craque, made the charts and gave a start to Gallant French career
in Quebec. Her biggest hit as a singer was her disco song of 1975, Censuré.
2008, her song Les femmes sang by Sheila was one of the chosen songs for
the film Stella
(sadly died while bravely fighting cancer)
b. October 18th 1943
1809: Franz Joseph Haydn (77)
Austrian composer; master of keyboard,
vocals, chamber, concerto, opera, choral, symphonic, orchestral and called
the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String
Quartet". Intended for the priesthood, he was recruited at age eight
to the choir at St. Stephen's Church, Vienna, where he learned violin
and keyboard. Joseph was hired by Prince Paul Anton in 1761, and worked
for most of his years of service, 1762'90, as the Esterházy
Kapellmeister (Joseph died after a
long illness) b. March 31st 1732.
1967: Billy Strayhorn (51) American
composer, pianist, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader
Duke Ellington. An extravagantly gifted composer, arranger and pianist,
some considered him a genius; he toiled throughout most of his maturity
in the gaudy shadow of his employer, collaborator and friend, Duke Ellington.
He began his musical career, studying classical music for a time at the
Pittsburgh Music Institute, writing a high school musical, forming a musical
trio that played daily on a local radio station, and, while still in his
teens, composing (with lyrics) the songs "Life Is Lonely", later
renamed "Lush Life", "My Little Brown Book", and "Something
to Live For". He was then introduced to the music of pianists like
Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson at age 19. These musicians guided him into
the realm of jazz where he remained for the rest of his life. His first
jazz exposure was in a combo called the Mad Hatters who played around
met Duke Ellington in December 1938, after an Ellington performance in
Pittsburgh, Billy told, and then showed the Duke how he would have arranged
one of Duke's own pieces, after which Billy worked for Ellington for the
next quarter century as an arranger, composer, occasional pianist and
collaborator until his early death.
(cancer of the esophagus)
b. November 20th 1915
1994: Herva Nelli
born in born in Florence;
made her debut in 1937 with the Salmaggi Opera in New York City. In 1947,
she sang in a concert version of "Otello" with Arturo Toscanini
and the NBC Symphony. Over the next seven years she sang with the orchestra
in several Verdi operas and went to Italy with Toscanini for the postwar
reopening of La Scala opera house. Herva
made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1953 in "Aida" and sang
many leading roles there. Her final performance was in 1962, in "Norma"
at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. After which she concerntrated on a catering
career gaining a particular reputation as a chef. (died
after his battle with leukemia)
January 9th 1909.
1998: Eddie Jones (67)
American jazz double bassist, born
in Greenwood, Mississippi and grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey, he played
in the early 1950s with Sarah Vaughan and Lester Young. He taught music
in South Carolina from 1951 to 1952, and became a member of Count Basie's
orchestra in 1953, remaining there until 1962. He recorded frequently
with this ensemble, and also played with Basie in smaller ensembles; these
featured both Basie sidemen Joe Newman, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Thad
Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Milt Jackson, Coleman Hawkins, and Putte Wickman.
He quit music in 1962 and took a job with IBM; he later became vice president
of an insurance company. In the 1980s he returned to jazz and played on
and off in swing jazz ensembles (?)
2000: Johnnie Taylor (63) US
gospel, blues and soul to pop, doo-wop and disco singer with the Five
Echoes, the Soul Stirrers and the Highway QCs.
Born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. His singing was strikingly close to
that of Sam Cooke, and he was hired to take Sam's place in Cooke's gospel
group, the Soul Stirrers, in 1957.
In 1966, he signed to Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was
dubbed "The Philosopher of Soul". Whilst there he recorded with
the label's house band, Booker T. & the MGs. His hits included "I
Had a Dream", "I've Got to Love Somebody's Baby" (both
written by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter) and "Who's Making
Love?", which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No.
1 on the R&B chart in 1968. In 1976 his number one hit "Disco
Lady," sold over two million copies. Signing with Malaco Records
in the 1984 he recorded a total of 12 albums for the label over the next
15 years, ranking as one of their best-selling artists. Johnnie was given
a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999 and continued
touring and recording up until his death (heart attack).
b. May 5th 1937
2000: Joe Puma (72)
American jazz guitarist; played with such bands as Louie Bellson, Artie
Shaw, Eddie Bert, Herbie Mann, Mat Mathews, Chris Connor, and Paul Quinichette;
he also recorded extensively as a leader. In the 1960s he worked with
Morgana King, Bobby Hackett, Gary Burton, and Carmen McRae, and between
'72-'77 he and Chuck Wayne led an ensemble. He performed and taught into
the late 1990s (cancer).
b. August 13th 2000
2004: Robert Quine (61)
US guitarist; on leaving Berklee School of Music, Richard Hell invited
him to join his new band The Voidoids. Their two albums Blank Generation
and Destiny Street feature Quine's distinctive guitar work. After which
recorded with Lydia Lunch, Jody Harris and Material. In the early 1980s,
former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed asked Robert to join his group.
He appeared on Reed's The Blue Mask, acclaimed as one of Reed's best albums,
also did a world tour, which is documented on the video A Night with Lou
Reed -1983 and the album Live in Italy released 1984. He went on to play,
record and/or tour with many musicians including Tom Waits, John Zorn,
Mori, Marc Ribot, Marianne Faithfull,
Eno, Scritti Politti, Lloyd Cole,
Jody Harris, Matthew
Sweet and Lester
after the death of his wife Alice in August 2003, he committed suicide
by a heroin overdose) b. December 30th 1942
2004: Étienne Roda-Gil
(62) French songwriter and screenwriter; after university studies
in 1968, he met singer Julien Clerc and began a successful collaboration
which lasted until 1980. They did, however, collaborate on the album Utile
in 1992, which won the Prix Vincent Scotto. In 1979, he collaborated with
Gérard Lenorman on the album Boulevard de l'océan. Others
he worked with included Johnny Hallyday, Claude François, Juliette
Gréco, Barbara and Louis Bertignac. In 1989 he received the grand
prix of songwriting from Sacem... La Société des auteurs,
compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (died in Paris) b. Aug
2006: Lula Mae Hardaway (76) American
songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder, Lula co-wrote many of her
son's songs during his teenage years including the hit singles "I
Was Made to Love Her" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours".
For co-writing the latter song, she was nominated for the 1970 Grammy
Award for Best R&B Song and was also the subject of a 2002 biography
entitled, "Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway,
Stevie Wonder's Mother" (?) b.
January 11th 1930.
2009: Danny La Rue OBE/Daniel Pa trick Carroll
(81) Irish-born British female impersonator
and singer; His family moved to England when he was six and he was brought
up at Earnshaw Street in Soho, central London, but moved to County Devon
during the London Blitz. After serving in the British Royal Navy, he became
known for his skill as a 'comic in a frock' as he preferred to be called,
in UK and was featured in theatre productions, in film, TV, and records.
Among his celebrity impersonations were Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor,
Marlene Dietrich, and Margaret Thatcher. At one point he had his own nightclub
in Hanover Square, and also performed on London's West End. In the 1960s
he was among Britain's highest-paid entertainers. In 1968 his version
of "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" reached number 33 in the UK
In the 1970s he owned
the Swan at Streatley hotel. In 1982 he played Dolly Levi in the musical
Hello, Dolly!, and he was until his death still a regular performer in
traditional Christmas pantomime shows in Britain. Danny was made an OBE
in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Other highlites and honors
included Royal Variety Performance appearances in 1969, 1972 and 1978,
Variety Club of Great Britain Showbiz Personality of the Year in 1969,
Theatre Personality of the Year in 1970, Entertainer of the Decade in
1979 and the Brinsworth Award from the EABF for his outstanding contribution
to the entertainment profession and the community (prostate
cancer) b. July 26th 1927.
2010: Rubén Juárez (62)
Argentine singer-songwriter and bandoneónist,
born in Ballesteros, and raised in Avellaneda. His corresponding studies
of the guitar during his youth led him to integrate various rock bands
into his repetoire. Years later he met the guitarist Héctor Arbello
around the time that they both played together with Julio Sosa. They formed
a band and toured around the country. When the bandoneonist Aníbal
Troilo went to watch him the first time, Rubén asked him to be
his artistic godfather. On 2 June 1969 he recorded his first song with
the label Odeón Para vos, canilla, and that was an immediate success.
After a year, he was recruited by Nicolás Mancera to sing on his
TV program Sábados Circulares. Since that time, he had acted in
Argentina and abroad, and recorded songs with artists like Armando Pontier,
Charly García, Pedro Aznar, Leopoldo Federico, Raúl Garello,
Litto Nebbia, the guitarist Roberto Grela and José Colángelo.
In later years he worked with the master Raúl Luzzi
(sadly lost his battle with prostate cancer) b. November 5th 1947.
Lees/Benjamin Lisniansky (86)
American composer of classical music, born
in Harbin, China, and raised in San Francisco. In 1972, he was commissioned
by the Philadelphia Orchestra to write the music to the text of E.B. Whites
The Trumpet of the Swans. In 1985, he was commissioned by
the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to write a piece that would commemorate
the 40th anni of the end of the Holocaust, Symphony No. 4 Memorial
Candles. Symphony No. 5, commemorating the arrival of Swedish immigrants
to Delaware in the 17th century, was recorded, along with his Symphony
No.2 and Symphony No.3, and earned him a 2004 Grammy nomination. A recording
of his Violin Concerto by Elmar Oliveira was also nominated for a Grammy
in 2009. His music has been performed around the world over the years
at venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington
D.C., and in Monaco at a performance celebrating the 500th anniversary
of the kingdom. In 2009 Naxos Records released a new recording of his
String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6, performed by the Cypress String Quartet
(sadly died of heart failure) b.
January 8th 1924.
2011: Sølvi Wang (81)
Norwegian singer and actress, born in Bærum, she started at an early
age singing in her father's, jazz musician Yngvar Wang, orchestra. In
1948 she joined the vocal group The Monn Keys and debuted as a recording
artist in 1950, in a duet with Arve Opsahl. Later she recorded solo albums,
and was responsible for 18 releases in the years up until 1955. She combined
her solo career with performances with The Monn Keys. In 1954 the group
performed their first variety show, Over alle grenser, at Chat Noir in
Oslo. She worked at Chat Noir in the years 1959 to 1963, then at Edderkoppen
from 1963 to 1964, before moving to Det Norske Teatret. Among her many
shows for television, That's Entertainment from 1966 gained her a measure
of international fame when it won an award at the Montreux Comedy Festival.
The award earned her a chance to perform at The Ed Sullivan Show, and
to sing with Jack Parnell's orchestra at the London Palladium. Solvihad
the lead role in movies such as the 1964 comedy Pappa tar gull and the
1978 drama Hvem har bestemt? and also
acted in a production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1987
(?) b. August 28th 1929
2012: Kiyohiko Ozaki aka Yokey (69) Japanese
pop singer, whose father is British & his mother Japanese, began his
45 year career in 1967. He released his first solo single "Yoake
no Wakara" in August, 1970, and released his debut album on April
25th 1971, which reached No.2 in the Oricon, just like his follow up album
which was released in July of that year same year. His most famous single
to many is "Mata Au Himade" / Until The Day When Well
Meet Again (sadly Kiyohika died fighting liver cancer)
b. January 1st 1943.
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