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Johan Wagenaar (Dutch composer, organist)*17.June.1941..
1902: Eugen Jochum (German organist, conductor, arranger)*26.March.1987..
1912: Franz Jackson (American saxophonist and clarinetist)*06.May.2008..
Franz Kelch (German bass-baritone lied
and oratorio singer)*05.June.2013.
1921: John W. Peterson (US songwriter)*20.Sept.2006..
El Safi/Wadi' Francis (Lebanese
1923: Victoria de los Angeles (Catalan Spanish operatic soprano)*15.Jan.2005
1924: Colette Renard (French
singer and actress)*06.Oct.2010..
1926: Lou Donaldson (American jazz alto saxophonist).
1926: Puchi Balseiro (Puerto Rican singer, guitarist, composer, radio/tv
1931: Shunsuke Kikuchi (Japanese composer)
1934: William Mathias (Welsh composer)*29.July.1992..
1934: Gillian Knight (English mezzo-soprano)
1936: Katsuhisa Hattori (Japanese composer)
1937: Whisperin' Bill/Bill Anderson (American country music singer
1940: Barry Sadler (US singer, songwriter, author)*08.Sept.1989..
1943: Salvatore Adamo (Belgian singer, guitarist, producer)
1944: Mike Burney (UK sax player; Wizzard/Syd Lawrence Orchestra/freelance)*13.Nov.2014.
Friedman (US singer, songwriter, humorist;
The Texas Jewboys)
1946: Rick Grech (French bassist; Blind Faith/Family)*17.March.1990..
1947: Jim Steinman (US record producer, composer, lyricist).
'Bob' Weston (UK
Fleetwood Mac/Steve Marriott/solo)*03.Jan.2012.
1948: Calvin Russell/Calvert Russell Kosler (American-Texas singer-songwriter,
1948: James Richard Steinman (US songwriter, rock and musical theatre
1949: David Foster OC/OBC (Canadian record producer, composer,
1950: Dan Peek (US multi musician; America/solo)*24.July.2011..
1951: Ronald Bell/Khalis Bayyan (US singer; Kool & The Gang)
1954: Chris Morris (UK guitar, Paper Lace)
Arroyo/José Arroyo González (Colombian
y sus Tesos/La
1955: Beth Leavel (US musical theatre actress)
1957: Lyle Lovett (US country singer)
1957: Carlos Manuel de Marques Paião (Portugese singer,
1958: Joe DeRenzo (US drummer, composer, producer )
1959: Eddie Macdonald (Welsh bass; Alarm)
1961: Calvin Johnson (US singer, guitar; Beat Happening/Halo Benders/Dub
Narcotic Sound System).
1962: Magne "Mags" Furuholmen (Swedish keyboardist; A-Ha)
1962: Anthony Kiedis (US lead singer; Red Hot Chili Peppers)
1963: Kenny Alphin (US country guitarist; Big & Rich).
1963: Rick Allen (UK drums, Def Leppard)
1965: Iküzöne/Ikuzou Baba (Japanese bassist;
1965: Patrik Ringborg (Swedish conductor)
1966: Willie D/ William James Dennis (US rapper; Geto Boys)
1966: Mary Hansen (Australian guitarist, vocals; Stereolab)*09.Dec.2002..
1967: Sophie B. Hawkins (US singer, songwriter, drums; Brian Ferry
1967: Tina Arena/Filippina Lydia Arena (Australian singer)
1969: Darren Partington (UK keyboardist, percussionist; 808 State)
1973: Assia (French born, Algerian singer).
1975: Harold Elwin "Bo" Bice Jr (US singer, guitarist;
second in the fourth season of American Idol).
1975: Scott "Skippy" Chapman (American vocalist, keyboards,
1981: LaTavia Roberson (US singer; Destiny's Child)
1985: Dizzee Rascal/Dylan Mills (British rapper; Roll Deep/solo)
1997: Alex Wolff (American musician and actor).
Bunny Berigan/Rowland Berigan (US
1915: Douglas Lilburn
(New Zealand composer, professor)*06.June.2001..
(US singer, actress, composer)*03.Oct.2011..
Sid Cooper (US big band, studio musician, composer
1923: Pearl Lavinia Carr (UK singer; solo/Pearl Carr & Teddy
1926: Charlie Walker (American country music singer)*12.Sept.2008..
jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger)*19.Dec.2013.
1931: Phil Woods (US jazz bebop saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader,
1937: Earl 'Speedo' Carroll (US singer; Coasters/Cadillacs)*25.Nov.2012.
1938: Jay Black/David Blatt (American singer; Jay and the Americans).
1941: Brian Poole (UK lead singer; The Tremeloes/solo)
1941: Bruce Welch/Bruce Cripps (UK guitar, songwriter, producer,
singer; Shadows/Moonlight Shadows)
1943: Dave Munden (UK drummer; Tremeloes)
1944: Keith Emerson (UK vocalist, keyboards, piano, synthesizer;
Chip Hawkes/Leonard Donald Hawkes (UK bassist; The Tremeloes).
1946: Giuseppe Sinopoli (Italian
conductor and composer)*20.April.2001.
1947: Dave Pegg (UK bassist; Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull )
1951: Belinda "Lindy" Morrison (Australian drummer; The
1952: Maxine Nightingale (UK singer)
1954: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr (US drummer in his fathers band)*13.Nov.1973..
1955: Chris Burnett (US saxophone player, composer, veteran of
US military jazz bands)
1956: Chris Fairbrass (UK guitarist; Right Said Fred)
1957: Carter Beauford (US drummer; Dave Matthews Band)
1957: Notis Sfakianakis (Greek singer)
1961: k.d. lang/Kathryn Dawn Lang (Canadian country & pop vocalist,
1962: Mireille Delunsch (French operatic soprano singer).
1963: Bobby Dall/Robert Harry Kuykendall (US bassist; Poison)
1967: Kurt Elling (US jazz vocalist)
1968: Ultra Naté (US singer, DJ; House Music, Dance-pop,
1969: Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (US bassist; Korn).
1969: Andy Barker (keyboards; 808 State)
1971: John Hampson (US guitar, vocals; Nine Days)
1974: Nelly/Cornell Haynes Jr (US vocals, hip-hop, rapper; St.
1974: Prodigy/Albert Johnson (American rapper;
1975: Chris Walla (US guitarist; Death Cab for Cutie).
1982: Kyoko Fukada (Japanese actress, model, singer)
1986: Erika Jo/Erika Jo Heriges (US singer)
1989: Katelyn Tarver (US singer)
1990: Kendall Schmidt (US singer, actor)
1899: Rezso Seress (Hungarian singer, pianist,
1903: Joe Turner (American Jazz pianist; Benny Carter Orchestra, many
Hal Jackson (US
disc jockey, radio personality)*23.May.2012.
1930: Mable John (American blues vocalist; Motown/backing singer/solo).
1933: John Barry/John Barry Prendergast OBE (UK trumpeter, film composer;
John Barry 7)*30.Jan.2011.
Bill Arhos (US musician, founder of
the Austin City Limits show)*11.April.2015.
Guha Thakurta (Indian singer, actress)
1935: Henry Alonzon Grimes (US jazz bassist; all the greats)
Kobayashi (Japanese singer)
1939: Joe McPhee (jazz saxophonist, trumpet; Trio X/Peter Brötzmann
1941: Brian Poole (UK singer; The Tremeloes/solo)
1943: Bert Jansch (Scottish singer, piano, guitar; Pentangle/solo)*05.Oct.2011.
1945: J.D. Souther/John David Souther (US country rock singer-songwriter,
1945: Nick Simper (UK bassist; Deep Purple/Quatermass II/Good Old
1946: Tommy Dee (US singer, guitar, keyboard; Dead on Arrival/Tommy
Lala (US drummer, actor, voice actor; many top sessions)*18.March.2014.
1948: Lulu/Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie (Scottish singer, songwriter,TV
1953: Reggie Knighton (US guitarist; Grass Roots)
1953: Helios Creed (US singer, guitarist; Chrome).
1954: Adam Ant/Stuart Leslie Goddard (UK singer, actor; Adam &
1955: Teresa De Sio (Italian singer-songwriter)
b.vocals; Adam and the Ants/Bow Wow Wow/others)*21.Nov.1995.
1960: James Prime (Scottish pianist; Deacon Blue)
James Alan Shelton (US bluegrass guitarist; Clinch
1962: Ian McNabb (UK singer, guitar; Icicle Works/solo)
1962: Marilyn/Peter Robinson (US cross-dressing singer)
1969: Jimmy Keegan (US drummer; session musician / Spock's Beard)
1969: Mark Roberts (Welsh singer, guitar; Catatonia)
1969: Robert Miles/Roberto Concina (Swiss DJ, Producer, Arranger,
1967: Steven Wilson (UK guitarist, singer, bass, keyboard, producer;
1972: Phillip Hill (US bass and guitar player; The Queers/Teen
Idols/Screeching Weasel/ others).
1973: Sticky Fingaz/Kirk
Jones (American rapper, actor; Onyx).
1973: Mick Thompson (American guitarist; Slipknot)
1976: Ras/Rahsaan J Bromfield (UK singer; Damage)
1976: Jake Shimabukuro
(US ukulele player).
1979: Tim McIlrath (US singer, rhythm guitarist;
1982: Travis Richter (US guitarist; From
First To Last)
1984: Ryo Nishikido (Japanese singer; NEWS, Kanjani8).
1986: Jasmine Trias (US singer)
1986: Heo Young Saeng (Korean singer; SS501)
1989: Paula DeAnda (American
pop, r&b, and latin pop singer).
Bennie Benjamin (US songwriter; with composer George Weiss)*02.May.1989.
Dixie Lee/Wilma Winifred Wyatt
Vadim Salmanov (Russian composer)*27.Feb.1978.
(US guitarist; sessionist/Billy Mure+Trumpeteers)*25.Sept.2013.
Dickie Valentine/Richard Maxwell (UK
Dayabhai Panchal (Indian
music composer; Shankar-Jaikishan)*12.Sept.1971.
Miliki/Emilio Aragón Bermúdez (Spanish
clown, accordionist, singer)*18.Nov.2012.
Ford/Ian George Stopford Harrison
1932: Tommy Makem (Irish folk musician,
poet, storyteller; Clancy Brothers/solo)*01.Aug.2007.
1938: Harry Elson (US vocalist; Friends Of Distinction)
1940: Delbert McClinton (US vocals, piano, guitar)
1943: Jockey Shabalala (Sth African singer; Ladysmith
1944: Scherrie Payne (US singer,
jazz bandleader, composer, arranger, saxophonist, clarinetist)*25.July.2010.
1947: Mike Smith (Welsh saxophonist; Amen Corner/Judas Jump)
1954: Chris Difford (UK guitarist, vocals, lyricist; Squeeze/solo).
1956: Jordan Rudess (US keyboardist; Dream Theater)
1956: James Honeyman-Scott (UK lead guitarist, songwriter; Pretenders)*16.June.1982.
Carpenter (American international jazz
1960: Frl. Menke/Franziska Menke (German pop singer)
1961: Les Sampou (US folk singer songwriter)
1961: Edward Knight (American composer)
1961: Daron Hagen (American composer)
1963: Marc Déry (Canadian singer, guitarist; Zébulon)
1963: Rosario Flores (Spanish singer, actress)
1963: Lena Zavaroni (UK singer, guitarist, TV host)*01.Oct.1999.
1965: Malandra Burrows (UK actress, singer)
Ishizuka (Japanese guitarist; X Japan/Dope Headz/solo).
1965: Wayne Static (US singer, guitarist; Static-X)
1965: Jeff Scott Soto (US lead vocalist; Yngwie Malmsteen Band,
1966: Kool Rock/Damon Wimbley (US rapper;
1969: Puff Daddy/P
(US rapper, producer)
1970: Malena Ernman (Swedish opera singer)
1971: Shawn Rivera (US singer; Az Yet)
1974: Cedric Bixler-Zavala (US
singer, lyricist; At the Drive-in, The Mars
1974: Louise Redknapp née Nurding (UK singer; Eternal)
1977: Kavana/Anthony Kavanagh (UK solo singer)
1986: Alexz Johnson (Canadian solo singer)
1987: T.O.P/Choi Seung-hyun (Korean rapper; Big Bang)
Paul Wittgenstein (Austrian-born
concert pianist; played with
one hand only)*03.March.1961.
1895: Walter Gieseking (French pianist)*26.Oct.1956.
1911: Roy Rogers/Leonard Franklin Slye (US
actor /country singer)*06.July.1998.
1919: Myron Floren
(US accordianist; The Lawrence Welk Show)*23.July.2005.
1921: Georges Cziffra (Hungarian virtuoso
1930: Bill Langstroth (Canadian
country music producer; Singalong Jubilee)*08.May.2013.
Ike Turner (US pianist, guitar, bandleader,
partner of Tina)*12.Dec.2007.
(Jamaican sax player, flautist;
Banai (Israeli singer, actor)*11.May.2006.
Nicholas Maw (British composer)*19.May.2009.
African jazz pianist, bandleader, composer)*09.Dec.2010.
Joe Dassin (American-French singer
and song writer)*20.Aug.1980.
1940: Anthony Rolfe Johnson CBE
(English tenor singer)*21.July.2010.
1941: Art Garfunkel (US singer, actor; Simon
1942: Pierangelo Bertoli
1943: Sam Shepard/Samuel Shepard Rogers III (US
playwright, actor, director, drummer; Holy Modal Rounders).
1943: Pablo Gomez (Mexican guitarist; Los Bravos/freelance/solo)
Josef Baík Pavelka (Czech
1946: Herman Brood (Dutch pianist,keyboards, singer; Blizzards/Cuby)*11.July.2001.
1946: Loleatta Holloway (US soul and disco singer)*21.March.2011.
1946: Gram Parsons (US singer, guitarist, pianist; Byrds/Flying
Juárez (Argentine singer-songwriter,
1947: Peter Noone (UK singer, actor; Herman's Hermits)
1948: Don McDougall (Canadian singer, guitar; Guess Who/Mother
Tucker's Yellow Duck/own band)
1948: Peter Hammill (UK singer, guitar, keyboards; Van Der Graff
1949: Phil Brodie (UK guitarist,
singer, songwriter; Bitter Suite/Suite FA/Prisoner/own
1949: Jimmie Spheeris (US singer-songwriter, guitar, piano, keyboards)*04.July.1984.
1950: Dennis Provisor (US keyboardist, vocals; Grass Roots)
Studebaker John/John Grimaldi (US guitarist,
harmonica, slide guitar; The Hawks/solo/freelance)
1957: David Moyse (UK guitarist, Air Supply)
1957: Mike Score (US keyboards, vocals; A Flock Of Seagulls)
1958: Don Falcone (US multi-musician; Thessalonians/Melting Euphoria/co-founder
of Noh Poetry Records).
1959: Bryan Adams (Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter)
1959: Robert Fisher (UK singer, songwriter, producer;
Naked Eyes/Climie Fisher Duo)*25.Aug.1999.
1961: David Bryson (US guitarist; Counting Crows)
1963: Brian Wheat (US bass guitarist; Tesla)
(US lead singer, saxophonist; Fishbone).
1965: Paris Grey/Shanna Jackson (singer; Inner City)
1967: Marcelo D2/Marcelo Maldonado Peixoto (Brazilian rapper)
1968: Mark Hunter (keyboards; the band James)
1971: Jonny Greenwood (UK guitarist, keyboards, Radiohead)
1971: Edmond Leung (Hong Kong singer)
1974: Ryan Adams (US singer songwriter)
1975: Angela Gossow (German singer: Arch Enemy)
1975: Lisa Scott-Lee (Welsh singer; Steps)
1976: Jeff Klein (US singer, songwriter, keyboards, guitar).
1979: Michalis Hatzigiannis (Greek-Cypriot songwriter, singer)
1985: Kate DeAraugo (Australian singer; Young Divas)
1985: Koki Tanaka (Japanese rapper; KAT-TUN)
1986: BoA/Boa Kwon (Korean singer)
1987: Kevin Jonas (US guitarist; Jonas Brothers)
1814: Adolphe Sax (Belgian musician: invented the saxophone &
John P. Sousa (US sousaphone player named after him;composer/band
(US jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer)*10.Feb.1961.
1916: Ray Conniff (US trombonist, strings, orchestra director;
(US concert pianist, professor)*04.March.2009.
(Swedish composer, organist)*21.Dec.2013.
Don Lusher (British jazz trombonist, band leader;
1932: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (US country singer,
1937: Eugene Pitt (US singer; The Jive Five)
1938: Jim Pike (American
singer; The Lettermen)
1938: P.J. Proby/James Marcus (US singer)
Carlos Emilio Morales (Cuban jazz guitarist)*13.Nov.2014.
1941: Guy Clark (American
country musician, songwriter and guitar).
1942: Peter Sayers (UK country music banjoist, multi-musician;
1942: Doug Sahm (US singer-songwriter, multi-musician, Sir Douglas
"Wild Man" Fischer (US
1948: Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (US
bass guitarist; Steppenwolf)*01.July.1981.
Young (Scottish-Australian rhythm guitarist,
songwriter, record producer, The Easybeats)
1947: John Wilson (Irish drummer; Them).
1948: Glenn Frey (US guitar, vocals; The Eagles)
1949: Arturo Sandoval (Cuban-born trumpeter; Irakere/own band/guest)
1950: Chris Glen (Scottish bassist; Alex Harvey Band/Michael Schenker
record producer, photographer, entrepreneur)*26.Nov.2010.
1952: Fred Small (US singer-songwriter).
Mango/Giuseppe Mango (Italian singer-songwriter)*07.Dec.2014.
1957: Siobhán McCarthy (Irish singer, actress)
1961: Florent Pagny (French songwriter, singer)
1961: Craig Goldy (US guitarist; Dio/others)
1962: Greg Vail
(US saxophonist; Kilauea/guest/sessions).
1962: Aznil Nawawi (Malaysian host, actor, singer)
1963: Rozz Williams (US
singer; Christian Death/Premature Ejaculation/and
1963: Paul Brindley (UK bassist, Sundays)
1964: Greg Graffin (US singer; Bad Religion)
1964: Corey Glover (US lead singer; Living Colour)
1966: Christian Lorenz (German keyboardist; Rammstein)
1966: Paul Brandon Gilbert (US guitarist; Racer X/Mr.Big/solo)
Matt Johnson (US drummer; Jeff Buckley
1976: Mike Herrera (US singer, bassist, songwriter; MxPx)
1976: Jodi Martin (Australian singer-songwriter)
1978: Jolina Magdangal (Filipina singer, actress and television
1979: Trevor Penick (US singer; O-Town)
1982: Sowelu/Aki Harada (Japanese pop singer)
1982: Steve Millar (Candian/American
1983: Jon Hume (Australian singer; Evermore)
November 7th .
1903: Ary Barroso (Brazilian
composer, pianist, songwriter)*09.Feb.1964.
1905: William Alwyn CBE (UK composer
conductor, music teacher)*11.Sept.1985.
1914: Archie Campbell
country music comic singer, comedian)*29.Aug.1987.
1916: Joe Bushkin (Jazz pianist, composer)*03.Nov.2004
1918: Maria Teresa de Noronha (Portuguese fado singer)*05.July.1993.
1922: Alois Maxwell "Al" Hirt (US trumpeter and bandleader)*27.April.1999.
1926: Dame Joan Sutherland (Australian opera singer)
(Welsh singer, actor; West End & Broadway musicals/films)*20.July.2007.
Burtch (Welsh composer)*12.May.2015.
1936: Dame Gwyneth Jones (Welsh soprano)
1938: Dee Clark/Delectus Clark (US singer)*07.Dec.1990.
Jimmy Mellor (UK bassist:
Wump & His Werbles/others).
1942: Johnny Rivers (US singer, guitarist)
"Chet" William Powers Jr/Dino Valente (US singer, guitarist
1943: Joni Mitchell (US folk singer)
1944: Ray Randall (UK bass guitarist; The Tornados)
1945: David MacTavish (Libyan rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist;
Stephen Bruton (US songwriter, guitarist;
Spencer Ware (American free-jazz saxophonist)*18.Oct.2012.
1949: Steven Stucky (American classical composer)
1951: Kevin Scott Macmichael (Canadian guitar; Cutting Crew/Robert
Benitez (US drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, Madonna's X)
1960: Tommy Thayer (American guitarist; Kiss).
1963: Clint Mansell (UK lead singer, guitarist; Pop Will Eat Itself)
1964: Liam O'Maonlai (Irish singer, guitar, piano; Hothouse Flowers)
1967: David Guetta (French DJ)
1967: Steve Digiorgio (US bassist; Sadus/many sessions).
1967: Sharleen Spiteri (Scottish singer; Texas)
1968: Greg Tribbett (US guitarist; Mudvayne)
1969: Hélène Grimaud (French classical pianist)
1970: Neil Hannon (Nth Irish lead singer; Divine Comedy)
1971: Robin Finck
(US guitarist; Nine Inch Nails/Guns N' Roses)
1974: Chris Summers (Norwegian drummer; Turbonegro).
1976: Rob Caggiano (US guitarist, producer; Anthrax)
1976: One Be Lo/Raland Scruggs (US hip-hop artist; Massive Monkees/solo).
1978: Mark Read (UK singer; uk boy's band A1)
1978: Tomoya Nagase (Japanese actor,
1979: Jon Peter Lewis (US singer, songwriter)
1981: Anthony Moffat (Scottish bassist, writer, film-maker; Sundown
1983: Forrest Kline (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Hellogoodbye)
1990: Matt Corby (Australian singer)
David Monrad Johansen (Norwegian
Mikhail Goldstein aka Mikhailo Mykhailovsky (Soviet violinist, composer,
Miranda (Uruguayan tango singer, composer)*01.Jan.2012.
Connor/Mary Loutsenhizer (American jazz singer)*29.Aug.2009.
1927: Ken Dodd O.B.E. (UK singer, comedian)
(Italian opera singer)*08.June.2014.
1927: Patti Page/Clara Ann Fowler (American singer)*01.Jan.2013.
Russell Berns (US songwriter, producer,
record label chief)*31.Dec.1967.
1934: Doc Green Jr (US bass & baritone singer; The Five Crowns/Drifters)*10.March.1989.
Kenny Cox (US jazz pianist,
1944: Bonnie Bramlett/Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell (US R&B/rock singer;
Delaney and Bonnie).
1944: Rodney Slater (UK saxophonist, wind instruments; Bonzo Dog
1944: Jack Llewleyn Jones (UK drummmer; The Creation).
1945: Butch Rillera (US drummer; Redbone/Bimbam).
Don Murray (US drummer; The Turtles)*22.March.1996.
1946: John Martin (UK drummer; Dr Feelgood)
Wood (UK guitar/multi musician, vocals; Move/Wizzard/ELO)
1947: Minnie Riperton (US R&B singer)*12.July.1979.
1949: Al "the doctor" Berger (US bassist; The Asbury
1949: Bonnie Raitt (US vocals, slide guitar, guitar)
1951: Gerald Alston (US vocalist, The Manhattens)
1954: Satori Shakoor/Jeanette McGruder (US singer, back-up singer;
P Funk/Brides of Funkenstein).
1954: Ricke Lee Jones
(US singer, keyboards, guitar)
Alan Frew (Scottish lead singer,
guitarist, songwriter; Glass Tiger/solo).
1957: Porl Thompson (UK saxophone player, keyboards; Cure)
1958: Terry Lee Miall (UK drummer; Adam and the Ants)
1958: Don Byron (US clarinetist, composer and multi-intrumentalist).
1961: Leif Garrett (US singer, actor)
1967: Marc van Roon (Dutch improvising jazz pianist).
1970: Diana King (Jamaican R&B, reggae singer)
1970: Rat/Gareth Pring (UK guitar; Neds Atomic Dustbin/Groundswell)
1973: Khiry Abdulsamad (US singer; The Boys)
jazz drummer; own band/sessions/guest).
Jully Black/ Jully Ann Inderia Gordon (Canadian R&B singer of
1978: Shyne/Moses Michael Leviy/Jamal Barrow (Belizean born rapper)
1978: Eric Harland (US jazz drummer; sessionist/solo).
Ana Vidovic (Croatian classical guitar virtuoso).
Sam Sparro/Sam Falson (Australian singer-songwriter, music producer).
Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzy)
Aureliano Pertile (Italian tenor singer)*11.Jan.1952.
1921: Pierrette Alarie (French Canadian coloratura soprano)*10.July.2011.
1936: Mary Travers (US singer; Peter, Paul & Mary/solo)*16.Sept.2009.
1937: Roger McGough (UK singer, poet, songwriter; Scaffold)
Persen (Norwegian composer)*12.Dec.2014.
Dennis St. John (US top drummer, musical
Neil Diamond/many sessions)*05.June.2012.
1941: Tom Fogerty (US guitarist, vocals; Creedence Clearwater Revival/solo)*06.Sept.1990.
1943: Lee Graziano (US rock drummer; Rufus/American Breed)
1944: Phil May (UK singer; Pretty Things)
(Argentine folk singer, pioneer)*16.July.2010.
"Snax" Jaeger}some sources
Sept 11 (US
blues-jazz percussionist; sessions)*27.Aug.2000.
1948: Alan Gratzer (US drummer; REO Speedwagon)
1948: Joe Bouchard (US bassist; Blue Öyster Cult)
1948: Michel Pagliaro (Canadian singer, guitar).
Caldwell (US bassist; The Marshall Tucker Band)*28.April.1980.
Tetsuro Kashibuchi (Japanese drummer, singer, composer, record producer)*17.Dec.2013.
1954: Dennis Stratton (UK guitar; Iron Maiden/Praying Mantis)
1959: Thomas Quasthoff (German classical singer)
1960: Demetra Plakas (US punk rock drummer; L7)
1960: Joëlle Ursull (French-Guadeloupean singer).
1964: Pepa/Sandra Denton (Jamaican singer; Salt-N-Pepa).
1965: Bryn Terfel (Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer).
1968: Nazzareno Carusi (Italian international pianist).
1969: Allison Wolfe (US singer; Bratmobile, Cold Cold Hearts, Partyline)
1970: Susan Tedeschi (US blues singer, guitarist)
1970: Scarface/ Bradley Jordan (US southern rapper; The
Domino/Damian Siguenza (US music producer, DJ, manager)
1970: Chris Jericho/Christopher Keith Irvine
(Canadian wrestler, lead singer; Fozzy).
1971: Big Punisher/Christopher Rios (US rapper)*07.Feb.2000
Corin Lisa Tucker
(US singer, guitarist; Sleater-Kinney)
1973: Nick Lachey (US singer, actor; 98 Degrees)
1974: Joe C/Joseph Calleja (American rapper/Kid Rock)*16.Nov.2000
1974: Uncle Kracker/ Matthew Shafer (US rock 'n roll and
1976: Lúcia Moniz (Portuguese singer)
1978: Sisqo/ Mark Althavan Andrews (US R&B singer, actor;
Hart/Micheal Larsen (US
Lyn/Lee Se-jin (Korean singer)
1983: Jennifer Ayache (French
1984: Delta Goodrem (Australian singer, pianist, actress)
1984: Se7en/Choi Dong-Wook (South Korean singer)
Smith Firestone (US
composer, arranger; animated films)*29.Nov.1972.
1907: Jane Froman (US singer,
actor; Jane Froman & nine others)*22.April.1980
1909: Johnny Marks (US song-writer, singer)*03.Sept.1985.
Robinson (US jazz
player, claranet, trumpet; all the greats)*06.Jan.2005.
Billy May (US
composer, arranger and musician)*22.Jan.2004.
1927: Sabah/Jeannette Gergi Fighali (Lebanese singer, actress)*26.Nov.2014.
1928: Ennio Morricone (Italian composer)
1929: George "Mojo" Buford (US harmonica player; Muddy Waters/own
1929: Marilyn Bergman (US composer, songwriter).
1934: Houston Person (jazz
tenor saxophonist, record producer).
''Don'' Groom (UK drummer; The Outlaws/Jet Harris &the
1940: Screaming Lord Sutch/David Sutch (UK singer, politician; the
1944: Sir Tim Rice (UK lyricist)
1945: Donna Fargo (US singer)
Thomas Baker (UK record producer, songwriter, arranger)
1947: Dave Loggins (US singer, songwriter)
1947: Glen Edward Buxton (US guitar, Alice Cooper Band)*19.Oct.1997.
1947: Greg Lake (UK singer, guitar, bassist; The Gods/King Crimson/Emerson,
Lake & Palmer)
1948: Hugh Moffatt (Country music songwriter, singer, trumpet,
1950: Bram Tchaikovsky/Peter
Bramall (UK singer, guitar; Motors).
1950: Ronnie Hammond (US singer; Atlanta Rhythm Section/)*14.March.2011.
1954: Mario Cipollina (bass; Huey Lewis & The News)
1955: John Daniel "Danny" Tate (US milti-musician, songwriter,
Scott Columbus (US drummer;
1958: Massimo Morsello (Italian singer)*10.March.2001.
1958: Brooks Williams (US folk/blues singer, guitarist)
1959: Frank Maudsley (UK bassist; A Flock Of Seagulls)
1961: Norman "Junior" Giscombe (UK singer)
1965: David Hawes (UK bassist; Catherine Wheel)
1966: Steve Mackey (UK bassist; Pulp)
1967: Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles (member of the electronic
band Massive Attack)
1968: Steve Brookstein (UK singer; UK X Factor winner)
1969: Paul "Kermit" Leveridge (UK rapper, hip-hop artist;
1970: Derry Brownson (UK keyboards,
samples, drums; EMF).
1970: U-God/Lamont Jody Hawkins (US rapper; Wu Tang Clan).
G/Warren Griffin 111
1972: DJ Ashba/Daren Jay Ashba (US guitarist, songwriter; Sixx:A.M/Guns
1973: Jacqueline Abbott (UK lead singer; Beautiful South)
1974: Kalma/Niko Hurme (Finnish bass player; Lordi).
1975: Jim Adkins (US singer, guitarist)
1976: Sota Fujimori (Japanese music composer).
1978: Drew McConnell (Irish bassist, backing vocals; Babyshambles)
Diplo/Thomas Wesley Pentz (US DJ, producer,
1978: Eve Jeffers (US female rapper)
1979: Chris Joannou (Australian bass guitarist; Silverchair).
1980: Calvin Chen (Taiwanese singer; Fahrenheit)
1983: Miranda Lambert (US singer, songwriter; Texas Pride).
1985: Ricki-Lee Coulter (Australian singer; second series of Australian
1987: Charles Hamilton (US hip-hop artist)
Elena Gerhardt (German mezzo-soprano singer)*11.Jan.1961.
1912: Larry LaPrise (US singer-songwriter)*04.April.1996.
1927: Mose John Allison Jr. (US singer, songwriter, pianist; Jazz/Blues
(US R&B singer)*10.March.1997.
Handley (UK conductor)*10.Sept.2008.
1930: Walter Louis "Hank" Garland (US session guitarist)*27.Dec.2004.
1936: Opal Courtney
doo-wop singer; The Spaniels)*18.Sept.2008.
1936: Jack Keller (US songwriter)*01.April.2005.
1936: Byungho Yoon (Korean-born
Canadian violinist, composer)*07.July.2014.
1937: Sally Kelly (Irish singer).
1938: Roger Lavern (UK keyboards; English instrumental group The
1941: Jesse Colin Young (US singer, songwriter;
Mac Kissoon/Gerald Farthing (Trinidad-UK
singer; Mac & Katie/freelance/sessionist).
"Chuck" Botfield (UK
guitarist; The Bobcats/The Rockin' Berries).
1945: Vince Martell (US guitar, Vanilla Fudge)
1945: Chris Dreja (UK rhythm guitarist, bass, photograher; Yardbirds/Led
1947: Pat Daugherty (US bass; Black Oak Arkansas)
1950: Jim Peterik (US guitar, keyboards, vocals; Ides Of March/Survivor)
1951: Paul Cowsill (US vocals, sound engineer; Cowsills)
1953: Marshall Crenshaw (US singer songwriter, guitar)
1953: Andy Partridge aka Sir John Johns aka Melchior (UK singer,
songwriter, guitarist; XTC)
1955: Dave Alvin (American singer, songwriter, guitarist;The Blasters/X/solo).
1956: Ian Craig Marsh (UK vocalist; Human League/Heaven 17)
1957: Mike Mesaros (US bassist; Smithereens)
1957: Tony Gad/Tony Robinson (English-Jamacain vocalist, bassist;
Casal (Spanish pop-rock singer).
1961: Corinne Hermès (French singer)
1961: Jan Kuehnemund (American guitarist; Vixen).
1962: Mic Michaeli (Swedish keyboardist; hard rock band Europe).
1962: James Morrison (Australian brassman, flugelhorn, trumpet, trombone;
1964: Judith Edelman (US musician; bluegrass band Ryestraw/solo)
1968: David L Cook (American singer, comedian).
1973: Jason White aka Balducci/Frosco Lee (US guitarist; Pinhead
1974: Static Major/Stephen Ellis Garrett (US R&B singer, rapper,
1976: Jesse Keeler (Canadian bassist, multi-musician; Death from
Above/MSTRKRFT/ Femme Fatale).
1976: Mike Leon Grosch (German singer)
Porter (Canadian singer; Canadian Pop Idols)
1985: Jessica Sierra (US singer)
1987: Yuya Tegoshi (Japanese singer; NEWS and Tegomass)
1989: Reina Tanaka (Japanese singer; Morning Musume, Aa!, Elegies).
1833: Alexander Borodin (Russian composer;vocal/opera/chamber/symphonic)*27.Feb.1887.
1897: Karl Marx (German composer )*08.May.1985.
1911: Buck Clayton/Wilbur Dorsey Clayton (US jazz trumpet player)*08.Dec.1991.
1916: Jean Papineau-Couture (French Canadian composer)*11.Aug.2000.
singer of traditional pop music and jazz)*16.July.2008
Charlie Mariano (American
jazz alto saxophonist)*16.June.2009.
1924: Sam Jones (US jazz bassist, cellist, composer)*15.Dec.1981.
1930: Bob Crewe (US songwriter, producer)*11.Sept.2014.
1936: Mort Shuman (US songwriter)*02.Jan.1991.
1939: Ruby Nash Curtis (US singer; Ruby & the Romantics)
1939: Lucia Poppova (Slovakian soprano)*16.Nov.1993.
1943: Brian Hyland (US pop singer)
1943: John Walker/John Maus (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Walker
1944: Booker T Jones (US organist,multi-musicain,songwriter,producer,arranger;
BookerT & the MG's)
1945: Neil Young (Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist; Crosby Stills
Nash & Young)
1946: Pooch/Arthur Paul Tavares (US vocals; Tavares)
1947: Buck Dharma/Donald Roeser (US guitarist, songwriter; Blue Oyster
1953: Calum Macdonald/Calum Alasdair Domhnallach (Scottish songwriter,
1953: Vasilis Karras (Greek singer)
1955: Leslie McKeown (Scottish lead singer; Bay City Rollers)
1958: Megan Mullally (US actress, singer)
1960: Ismo Alanko (Finnish frontman, multi-musician; Hassisen Kone/Sielun
Veljet/Ismo Alanko Säätiö/solo).
1960: Maurane/Claudine Luypaerts (Belgian singer)
1961: Michaela Paetsch (US violinist)
1962: Brix Smith/Laura Elisse Salenger (US
guitarist; The Fall, The Adult Net)
1963: Sam Lloyd (US actor and capella singer, bassist; The Blanks/The
James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt (US
folk rock singer-songwriter, guitarist)*25.Dec.2009.
1964: David Ellefson (US bassist; Megadeth/Temple of Brutality/ F5/Killing
1967: Grant Nicholas (UK
1968: Aaron Stainthorpe (UK singer; My Dying Bride/freelance)
1968: Jo Dunne (UK guitarist; We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna
Use It =Fuzzbox)*26.Oct.2012.
1969: Kathleen Hanna aka Julie Ruin (US singer, songwriter).
1976: Tevin Campbell (R&B singer, actor)
1976: Judith Holofernes/Judith Holfelder von der Tann (German
singer; Wir sind Helden).
1978: Andrew Kinlochan (UK singer; Phixx)
1979: Crown J/Kim Kye Hoon (South Korean hip hop singer, rapper).
1984: Omarion/Omari Grandberry (singer, crooner, actor; B2K/solo)
1986: Evan Yo (Taiwanese pop singer)
1894: Bennie Moten
(US jazz pianist, band leader)*02.Apr.1935.
1928: Hampton Hawes (US bebop/hard-bop
Lane/Morton Donald Isaacson
(US-born Australian talk show host, singer)*22.Oct.2009.
1934: Jimmy Fontana/Enrico
actor, composer, singer)*11.Sept.2013.
1935: Pulapaka Susheela (Indian singer)
1938: Adrian Barber (UK lead guitar, vocals,
sound engineer; The Big Three/others)
1939: Idris Muhammad (US jazz drummer)
1942: John Hammond (US Slide Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar; blues
1944: Timmy Thomas (US singer)
Bob Frídl/Joseph Frídl (Czech
Caldwell (US guitarist;
Toy Factory/Marshall Tucker Band/Toy
1949: Roger Steen (guitar; Tubes)
1949: Terry Reid (UK singer, guitarist; sessionist)
1950: Mary Lou Metzger (US singer; The Lawrence Welk Show)
1951: Bill Gibson (drums, percussion, vocals; Huey Lewis and the
1953: Andrew Ranken (UK drums; Pogues)
1955: Whoopi Goldberg/Caryn Elaine Johnson (US actress, singer).
1957: Roger Ingram (US trumpeter, educator, author)
1960: Wayne Parker (Canadian bassist; Glass Tiger).
1964: Steve Wong Ka-Keung (Hong Kong singer, composer; Beyond)
1964: Walter Kibby (trumpet, vocals; Fishbone)
1972: Takuya Kimura (Japanese singer, actor)
1973: Ari Hoenig (US jazz drummer)
1977: Huang Xiaoming (Chinese actor, singer)
1977: Chanel Cole Whalley (Australian singer)
1978: Nikolai Fraiture (French-Russian bassist, Strokes)
Subliminal/Ya'akov Shimoni (Israeli rapper, producer)
1981: Shawn Yue (Hong Kong actor, singer)
1982: Kumi Koda (Japanese R&B singer)
Michael Copon (US actor, singer).
1900: Aaron Copland (US composer)*02.Dec.1990.
jazz pianist, bandleader)*04.March.1993.
1905: John Henry Barbee/William
(US blues guitarist, singer)*03.Nov.1964
1915: Martha Tilton (US singer, actress)*08.Dec.2006.
1919: Johnny Desmond/Giovanni Alfredo De Simone (US singer)*06.Sept.1985.
1919: Lisa Otto (German operatic soprano)*18.Sept.2013.
1924: Leonid Borisovitch Kogan (Russian violinist)*17.Dec.1982.
Ray McFall (UK
businessman, music promoter; Cavern Club)*08.Jan.2015.
Narciso Yepes (Spanish classical
saxophonist; Supersax/session player)*02.Sept.2001.
1935: Lefteris Papadopoulos (Greek lyricist, journalist)
1936: Cornell Gunter (US singer; Flairs/The Coasters)*26.Feb.1990.
1936: Carey Bell (US blues musician (d. 2007)
Garrity (UK lead singer, Freddie and the Dreamers)*19.May.2006.
1939: Wendy Carlos (US composer)
1947: Stanley 'Buckwheat Zydeco' Dural (keyboards, organ, piano,
1949: Raul Di Blasio (Argentine pianist, composer, producer)
1949: James Young (US guitar; Styx)
1951: Frankie Banali (US rock drummer)
1951: Steven Bishop (US singer, guitarist, songwriter)
John Such (US bassist, Bon Jovi)
1953: Frankie Banali (US drummer, Quiet Riot/W.A.S.P.)
1953: Alexander O'Neal (R&B, soul singer; Time/solo)
1954: Yanni/Yiannis Chrysomallis (Grecian keyboard, vocalist; studio
1960: Tom Judson (US actor and composer)
1961: Brett Walker (US songwriter, singer, record producer)*08.July.2013.
1961: Antonio Flores (Spanish singer, songwriter)*30.May.1995.
Run/Joseph Simmons (hip-hop, rap
1964: Andrew Banfield (US vocals; The Pasadenas).
1964: Rockie Lynne Rash (US singer, guitarist).
1965: Stuart Ashton Staples (UK
lead vocalist, guitar, melodica; Tindersticks/solo)
1967: Nina Gordon (US singer, songwriter, guitar; Veruca Salt/solo)
1968: Brian Yale (bassist; Matchbox 20)
1969: Butch Walker (singer, songwriter, record producer; Marvelous
1970: Brendan Benson (US ocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums; The
1972: Douglas Payne (Scottish bassist; Travis)
1972: Edyta Górniak (Polish singer; Costume Design, Concert Producer)
1973: Moka Only
(Canadian rapper; Swollen Member)
1974: Adina Howard
(US singer, rapper)
1975: Faye Tozer (UK singer; Steps/solo)
1975: Travis Barker (US drummer; +44/ Blink-182)
1977: Obie Trice (US rapper)
1978: Delphine Chanéac (French model, actress, DJ).
1978: Chris Shar (US multi-musician; Stiffed/Man Man/Santigold)
1979: Tobin Esperance (US
bassist; Papa Roach)
1980: Ben Harper (US lead guitar; Yellowcard)
1983: Lil Boosie/Torrence Hatch (US rapper)
1984: Marija erifovic (Serbian singer)
1990: Jessie Jacobs (Australian actress, singer, bassist; The Volten
Gervase Elwes (English
international tenor singer)*12.Jan.1921.
1905: Annunzio Paolo 'Mantovani' (Italian born conductor,composer,violinist,pianist,leader)*30.March.1980
jazz banjoist, guitarist, bandleader)*04.Aug.1973.
1915: Billo Frómeta (Dominican Republic-Caracas orchestra
conductor, arranger, composer)*05.May.1988.
1920: Jerome Richardson (US multi-reed
player;Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton)*23.June.2000.
Carwithen aka Mary Alwyn
(UK composer, piano, violin)*05.Jan.2003.
Ferrio (Italian composer, conductor, music arranger)*21.Oct.2013.
1928: CW McCall/William Fries (US country & trucker music singer)
1932: Petula Clark (UK singer/actress)
1932: Clyde McPhatter (R&B singer; Dominoes/Drifters/Solo)*13.June.1972.
1937: Little Willie John/William Edgar John (US R&B singer)*26.May.1968
Ellis (US lead singer; The Trammps)*08.March.2012.
Krueck (US musicologist)*24.June.2010.
1940: Samuel Hutt/Hank Wangford (UK C&W singer-songwriter, guitarist,
Jim Dickinson (US pianist, singer, record
1941: Rick Kemp (UK bassist; Steeleye Span)
1945: Anni-Frid "the brunette" Lyngstad (Norwegian/German
1949: Steve Fossen (US bass; Heart/Alias)
Kuldeep Manak/Latif Mohammed (Indian Punjabi language singer)*30.Nov.2011.
1952: Michael Cooper (US R&B lead singer, guitar; Con Funk Shun/solo)
1954: Tony Thompson (US session drummer; Rod Stewart/David Bowey/Chic..many
1956: Michael Hampton (US guitarist; Funkadelic)
1955: Georgie Born (UK academic, anthropologist, musician; Henry
1957: Kevin Eubanks (US jazz guitarist)
1957: Joe Leeway (UK multi-musician, bongos, congas; Thompson Twins)
1960: Dann Huff (US guitarist, session musician, singer-songwriter,
Walter Bennett (US multi-musician,
songwriter, engineer, Titanic Love Affair/Wilco/solo)*24.May.2009.
1965: Daniel "Danny" Patton Sr (US guitarist, banjo player;
Billy Walker Band)*21.May.2006
1967: E-40/Earl Stevens (US Cali Bay Rapper)
1968: Jennifer Charles (US singer, songwriter; Elysian Fields/guest/solo).
1968: Ol' Dirty Bastard/Russell Jones (US rapper; Wu-Tang Clan)*13.Nov.2004
Hawk/John Edward Hawkins
1970: Jack Ingram (US singer, songwriter)
1974: David Carr (US drummer; Third Day).
1974: Chad Kroeger/Chad Robert Turton (Canadian singer, guitar; Nickelback).
Logan Whitehurst (US multi-musician; Little
Tin Frog/Secret Band/Velvet Teen)*03.Dec.2006
1980: Brett Asa "Ace" Young (singer, songwriter, actor;
US Pop Idol)
1981: Jordan Buckley (US heavy metal guitarist; Every Time I Die).
1983: DJ Skee (US DeeJay).
1993: Saaya Irie (Japanese Actress, singer)
William Christopher Handy (US
singer, composer, cornet, trumpet)*28.March.1958.
1895: Paul Hindemith (German composer, violinist, teacher, music theorist,
1896: Lawrence Mervil Tibbett (US opera singer)*15.July.1960.
Jesse Stone (US rhythm and blues
1905: Eddie Condon (US jazz banjoist, guitarist, bandleader)*04.Aug.1973.
1913: Jack "Smilin" Smith
(US musician, former host of 'You Asked
1916: Herb Abramson (US producer, songwrite, co-founder of Atlantic
Kasemets (Estonian-born Canadian composer)*19.Jan.2014.
(US country music singer, banjo;
the Blue Sky Boys)*16.Nov.1919.
1931: Hubert Sumlin (US blues guitarist; solo/Howlin' Wolf's backup
1931: Bob Gibson (US folk singer, songwriter)*28.Sept.1996.
1933: Garnet Mimms (US soul, rhythm and blues singer).
1938: Troy Seals (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; James Brown's
Henrik Otto Donner (Finnish composer, music industry executive)*27.June.2013.
(US record executive; S.O.L.A.R.)*24.Sept.2010.
1943: Winfred "Blue" Lovett (US singer; Manhattans).
Lillian Lopez (Virgin Island singer, songwriter;
Hennessy/Edward Christopher Ross
(Irish folk singer-songwriter)*11.Dec.2007.
Hodges/Mabon Hodges (US guitarist,
1946: Mahasti/Eftekhar Dadehbala
(Persian singer, living in US)*25.June.2007.
1949: Arrow/Alphonsus Cassell (Montserrat,
West Indies soca singer-songwriter, music pioneer)*15.Sept.2010.
1954: Luis Conte (Cuban percussionist; top studio and touring musician)
1961: Corinne Hermès (French singer).
1961: Chris Pitman (US keyboardist; Guns N' Roses)
1962: Josh Silver (US keyboardist; Type O Negative/Original Sin).
1962: Mani/Gary Mounfield (UK bassist; Stone Roses/Primal Scream).
1966: Dave Kushner (US guitarist; Velvet Revolver/Wasted Youth/Loaded/Danzig/Jane's
1966: Christian Lorenz (German keyboardist; Rammstein).
1964: Diana Krall, OC, OBC (Canadian jazz singer, songwriter).
1969: Bryan Abrams (US singer; Color Me Badd).
1970: Logan Mader (US guitarist; Machine Head).
1974: Eric Judy (US bassist; Modest Mouse).
1976: Mario Barravecchia (Italian singer)
1978: Carolina Parra (Brazilian guitarist, drummer; CSS)
1979: Trevor Penick (US singer; O-Town).
1981: Allison Crowe (Canadian singer, songwriter, pianist).
1983: K/Kang Yoon-sung (South Korean
1816: August Wilhelm Ambros (Austrian
composer, music historian)*28.June.1876.
1904: Jack Owens/L. F. Nelson (US blues singer and guitarist)*09.Feb.1997.
Helen Boatwright (US soprano)*01.Dec.2010.
1920: Camillo Felgen (Luxembourgish singer, lyricist,
DJ, TV presenter)*16.July.2005.
Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC, CH, CBE (Australian
1925: Charles Mackerras (Australian-born conductor)
1927: Robert Drasnin (US clarinet player, composer)
1937: Peter Cook (UK
comedian, TV music show 'Revolver')*09.Jan.1995.
1937: Gerry McGee/Gerald James McGee (lead guitar; The Ventures)
1938: Gordon Lightfoot
(Canadian singer, songwriter, piano, guitar)
1939: Joseph ''Joe'' Bower (UK rhythm guitarist, vocalist; Two Jays/Four
Edward Joseph Barber (UK lead guitar; The
1940: Luke Kelly (Irish folk singer, banjo player; Dubliners)*30.Jan.1984.
1942: Bob Gaudio (US singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer;
1942: Martin Scorsese (US film director, screenwriter, producer,
actor, and film historian)
1943: Richard Anthony Hewson (UK producer, arranger,
conductor, multi-instrumentalist; The RAH Band).
1944: Gene Clark (US singer, guitar,songwriter; Byrds/New Christy
1946: Martin Barre (UK lead guitarist; Jethro Tull)
1947: Rod Clements (UK guitar,
keyboards, vocals; Lindisfarne)
1947: Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (US lead vocals, keyboards;
1948: Iain Sutherland (Scottish vocals, guitar, keyboards; Sutherland
Bros And Quiver/freelance)
1948: East Bay Ray/Raymond John Pepperell (US guitarist; Dead Kennedys)
1951: Dean Paul Martin Jr (US
singer, tennis player, actor, military pilot, son of Dean Martin)*21.March.1987.
1956: Peter Cox (UK vocalist, guitar, keyboards; Go West)
1956: Johnny Sombrotto (US guitarist)*??.??.1998
1957: Jim Babjak (US
lead guitarist; The Smithereens)
1959: Harry Rushakoff (US drummer; Concrete Blonde/Ministry)
1960: RuPaul/RuPaul Andre Charles (US singer/super model/male drag
Sean Carasov (British-born
American music industry figure)*30.Oct.2010.
singer, guitarist; Les Colocs)*08.May.2000.
1963: Randy Black (Canadian drummer; Annihilator)
1965: Amanda Brown (Australian musician,
1965: Rob Kokarinen (Finnish
rock singer; Plus Ultra)
1966: Jeff Buckley (US singer-songwriter, guitar; Gods
1966: Kate Ceberano (Australian singer)
1966: Richard Fortus (US guitarist; Guns N' Roses/Love Spit Love).
(US keyboardist; Blues Traveler)
1967: Ronny DeVoe (US singer; New Edition /Bell Biv Devoe)
1967: Ben Wilson (US keyboardist; Blues Traveler).
(English singer, songwriter). not to be confused with
Scottish Mark Gillespie
1970: Paul Allender (British singer; Cradle of Filth)
1972: Kimya Dawson (US singer-songwriter).
1973: Andreas Hedlund/Vintersorg/Mr.V
vocalist, musician, producer)
1975: Lord Infamous/Ricky Dunigan (US rapper; Three 6 Mafia)*20.Dec.2013.
1980: Clarke Isaac Hanson (US guitarist; Hanson)
1981: Sarah Harding (UK singer; Girls Aloud)
1982: Lucy Durack (Australian singer)
1987: Kat DeLuna (US singer).
1882: Amelita Galli-Curci (Italian
operatic coloratura soprano)*26.Nov.1963.
1899: Eugene Ormandy/Jeno Blau (Hungarian
born conductor, violinist)*12.March.1985.
1907: Compay Segundo (Cuban trova guitarist, composer;
1909: Johnny Mercer (US lyricist )*25.June.1976.
1917: Pedro Infante/José Pedro Infante Cruz (Mexican actor, singer)*15.April.1957.
1922: Al Dvorin (US bandleader, talent
agent; Elvis Presley)*22.Aug.2004.
1922: Una Hale (Australian operatic soprano)*04.March.2005.
1924: Lil Greenwood (US vocalist; Duke Ellington/other bands/solo)*19.July.2011.
1927: Hank Ballard/John H. Kendricks (US singer, songwriter; Royals/Midnighters)*02.March.2003.
1928: Otar Gordeli (Georgian composer)
Yoyoy Villame/Roman Tesorio Villame (Filipino singer, composer, lyricist,
1936: Don Cherry (US pocket trumpet, cornet, trumpet, flute; jazz artist)*19.Oct.1995.
1937: Jimmy Crawford/Ronald James William Crawford Lindsey (UK singer)
1941: Conleth 'Con' Cluskey (Irish singer; Bachelors).
Chris Rainbow/Christopher James Harley (Scottish singer-songwriter,
1948: Andrea Marcovicci (US singer, actress)
1949: Herman Rarebell (German drummer, producer; The Scorpions).
1950: Graham Parker (UK singer, song writer; Rumour/solo).
1950: Rudy Sarzo/Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret
y Chaumont (Cuban bassist; Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Manic
1954: Charles Williams (US trombone player; KC and the Sunshine Band/solo/freelance)?
1954: John Parr (UK guitarist, singer, songwriter; The Silence/Bitter
1955: Carter Burwell (US composer).
Fontenot (US rubboard player; Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience)*15.Oct.2014.
1958: Michael Ramos (Texan synthesizer, percussion, trumpet; The
1960: Kim Wilde/Kim Smith (UK singer).
1961: Jan Kuehnemund (US
guitarist, singer; Vixen)*10.Oct.2013.
1962: Kirk Lee Hammett (US guitarist; Exodus/Metallica).
1968: Romany Malco (US actor, music producer).
1969: Duncan Sheik (US singer, songwriter, composer).
1970: Johan Liiva (Sweden vocalist; Arch Enemy)
1972: Matt Knight (UK bassist; Toploader).
1972: Jessi Alexander (US country music singer/songwriter
1974: Keven "Dino" Conner (US singer ; R&B/hip hop
musical group H-Town)*28.Jan.2003.
1974: Solomon Shazam Conner (US
singer ; R&B/hip hop musical group H-Town)
1975: Ant/Anthony McPartlin (UK actor, TV presenter, singer; P.J.
& Duncan/Ant & Dec).
1975: Pastor Troy/Micah Levar Troy (US rapper; D.S.G.B=Down South
Tomt Thoresen (Norwegian
singer, multi-musician; Dimmu Borgir/guest)
1977: Fabolous/Johnathan David Jackson (US rapper).
1980: Junichi Okada
(Japanese singer; V6).
1980: Ursus Veritas/Dustin Kensrue
(US singer-songwriter; Thrice/solo).
1980: Minori Chihara
(Japanese voice actress, singer)
1981: Gian Magdangal (Filipino singer, actor)
1981: Shin Ji/Lee Jee-Seon
1984: Johnny Christ/Jonathan Lewis Seward (US
bassist; Avenged Sevenfold).
1984: Ryohei Chiba
(Japanese singer; w-inds).
1905: Tommy Dorsey (US trombonist, conductor,
1922: Salil Chowdhury (Indian music composer, poet, writer, filmmaker)*05.Sept.1995.
1927: Joe Hunter (US pianist; Funk Brothers)*02.Feb.2007.
1932: Harry Robinson/Henry
Robertson (Scottish bandleader music director,
1936: Ray Collins (US vocals; The Soul Giants/Frank Zappa band)*24.Dec.2012.
1936: Gilbert Favre (Swiss-Bolivian
folk flautist, quena; Los Jairas)*12.Dec.1998.
1937: Geoff Goddard (UK successful songwriter, producer,keyboards)*15.May.2000.
1938: Hank Medress (American singer, record producer; The Tokens)*18.June.2007.
Pete Moore/Warren Moore (US singer, vocal arranger, record producer;
1943: Fred Lipsius (US saxophone, piano, keyboards; Blood Sweat &
1944: Agnes Baltsa (Greek mezzo-soprano)
Hennessy/Edward Christopher Ross (Irish
1946: Joe Correro (US drummer; Paul Revere and Raiders).
Vig/Per Odeltorp (Swedish bassist, singer, composer)*23.Jan.2012.
Eddie Rayner (New Zealand keyboardist;
1952: Bill Sharpe (UK keyboaerdist; Shakatak)?
1954: Annette Guest (US singer; First Choice).
Ik-Hwan Bae (South Korean violinist)*24.July.2014.
1957: Ofra Haza (Israeli singer)*23.Feb.2000.
1960: Matt Sorum (US drummer; Cult /Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver)
1965: Jason Pierce (UK vocalist; Spacemen 3/Spiritualized).
Kember (UK guitar; Experimental
Audio Research, Spectrum, Spacemen 3).
1969: Michael Lee/Michael
Gary Pearson (British drummer; Page and Plant, The Cult)*24.Nov.2008.
1969: Travis McNabb (US drummer; Better Than Ezra).
1970: Justin Chancellor (UK bassist; Isis/Peach/Tool).
1971: Tony Rich/Antonio Jeffries (US singer, songwriter).
1971: Alice Peacock (American folk singer).
1973: Billy Currington (American singer and songwriter).
1973: Django Haskins (US singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1975: Tamika "Juicy" Scott (US singer; Xscape)
1975: Lil' Mo/Cynthia Loving (R&B singer)
1976: Jun Shibata (Japanese singer, songwriter).
1978: Matt Dusk (Canadian jazz vocalist).
1979: Keith Buckley (US singer; Every Time I Die).
1981: DJ Tukutz/Kim Jung-Sik (South Korean DJ, producer, songwriter;
1986: Jeannie Ortega (US actress, dancer, and songwriter).
1989: Tyga/Michael Stevenson (US rapper)
November 20th .
(US composer, pianist, arranger;
Tut Taylor/Robert Arthur Taylor Sr (US bluegrass dobro, mandolin, banjo
1937: René Kollo (German tenor)
1937: Ruth Laredo (US pianist)*25.May.2005.
1939: Richard Remick "Dick" Smothers (US comic, singer, composer;
The Smother Brothers).
1942: Meredith Monk (US composer, choreographer)
1942: Norman Greenbaum (US singer-songwriter; solo/Dr West's Medicine
Show & Junk Band).
1944: Mike Vernon (UK record producer).
Henk Alkema (Dutch composer, music arranger,
(US singer, songwriter,
guitarist; Sha Na Na/solo)*23.July.2009.
1945: Nanette Workman (American-born Canadian singer, actress).
Blackfoot/John Colbert (US soul singer; The
1946: Duane Allman (US guitar, slide guitar; Allman Brothers/sessionist)*29.Oct.1971.
1946: Ray Stiles (UK bassist; Mud/Hollies).
1947: George Grantham (US drummer; Poco)? some
sourses say Jan 20th
1947: Joe Walsh (US guitarist, singer, songwriter; Eagles/solo/freelance).
1948: Barbara Hendricks (American-born operatic soprano, concert
1949: Bill Reichenbach (US jazz trombonist, composer)
Williams (US guitarist;
1956: Robert Poss (US guitar, vocals; Band Of Susans)?
1954: Aneka /Mary Sandeman (Scottish singer).
1954: Frank Marino/Francesco
Antonio Marino (Canadian
power guitarist; Mahogany Rush/solo).
1957: James "Jimmy" Brown (UK drummer; UB40).
1960: Paul King (Irish vocalist, TV presenter; King/others/solo).
1961: Jim Brickman (US pianist, songwriter)
1962: Steve Alexander (UK singer; Brother Beyond).
1963: Don Braden (US jazz tenor saxophonist; Mingus Big Band/Harper
Linda William (French
model, pop singer)*27.March.2010.
1965: Sen Dog/Senen Reyes (Afro-Cuban rapper; Cypress Hill/Kottonmouth
D/Micheal Diamond (US raps, sings, drums;
1965: Yoshiki Hayashi (Japanese drums, piano; X Japan/the supergroup
1966: Kevin Gilbert (US multi instrumentalist/songwriter; Giraffe/freelance)*17.May.1996.
1967: Teoman/Fazli Teoman Yakupoglu (Turkish rock singer).
1970: Geoffrey Keezer (American jazz pianist; Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers/solo/guest).
1971: Marco Oppedisano (US guitarist, composer)
1971: Kenichi Ito (Japanese guitarist, producer).
1975: Dierks Bentley (American country singer).
1975: Davey Havok (American
singer, lead vocalist; AFI).
1977: Daniel Svensson (Swedish drummer; In Flames/Sacrilege GBG/Diabolique).
1977: Joshua Otis "Josh" Turner (American country music
1978: Ryan Leslie (American singer-songwriter, music producer).
1978: Freya Lin (Taiwanese singer).
1979: Ericson Alexander Molano (Colombian gospel singer).
1981: Kimberley Walsh (UK singer; Girls Aloud).
1985: Aaron Yan (Taiwanese
1986: Jared Followill
(US rock bassist; Kings of Leon)
1986: Oli Sykes
(UK metal/deathcore vocalist; Bring Me The Horizon).
1989: Tyga/Michael Stevenson
1992: Ishimura Maiha
(Japanese pop singer).
2000: Connie Talbot
(English child singer).
Hawkins (UK Saxophonist, Bandleader, Jazz Musician)*19.May.1969.
1907: Samuel "Buck" Ram (US songwriter, manager of The Platters)*01.Jan.1991.
Slim Williamson/Bradley L. Williamson (US recording executive)*25.Dec.2013.
1931: Malcolm Williamson (Australian composer)*02.March.2003.
1935: Fairuz/Nouhad Haddad (Lebanese singer).
1936: James Anderson DePreist (American
Etta Cameron/Ettamae Louvita Coakley
(Danish singer and actor)*04.March.2010.
1940: Dr.John/Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.(keyboard, pianist, guitarist,
Andrew Love (American saxophonist;
The Memphis Horns)*12.April.2012.
1941: David Porter (US soul pianist, vocals, writer for Stax Records)
Goulden (UK guitarist;
Cardona (Puerto Rican jazz percussionist, vocalist)*19.Sept.2014.
1948: Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan (US vocals, keyboards, Piano;
1948: John "Rabbit" Bundrick (US rock keyboard, piano;
1948: Alphonse Mouzon (US drummer; top sessionist/freelance)
Tulin (US bass player;
Electric Prunes/Spirits in the Sky/Smashing Pumpkins)*26.Feb.2011.
1950: Livingston Taylor (US singer, songwriter/brother of James
1952: Lorna Luft (US actress and singer, daughter of Judy Garland)
1955: Peter Koppes (Australian guitarist; The Church)
1960: Brian Ritchie (US bassist; Violent Femmes).
1962: Steven Curtis Chapman (singer, songwriter, guitar)
1965: Bjork Gudmundsdottir (Icelandic singer; Sugarcubes/solo)
1967: Margret Ornolfsdottir (Icelandic keyboardist; Sugarcubes)
1968: Alex James (UK bassist; Blur)
1968: Inka Bause (German actress, singer)
1970: Francis Macdonald (UK drummer, Teenage Fanclub)
1972: Rain Phoenix (US singer, actress)
1974: Aaron Solowoniuk (Canadian drummer; Pezz/Billy Talent)
1974: Kelsi Osborn (US singer; SheDaisy)
1977: Myles Heskett (Australian drummer, percussion; Wolfmother)
1977: Tobias Sammet (German singer; Edguy).
1979: Kim Dong Wan (Korean singer; Shinhwa).
1982: Ryan Starr (US singer; American Pop Idol).
Friedemann Bach (Composer)*01.July.1784.
Hoagland 'Hoagy' Carmichael (US
singer, actor, composer)*27.Dec.1981.
1901: Joaquin Rodrigo (Spanish composer of classical music, virtuoso
1913: Benjamin Britten (British composer,
conductor, violist and pianist)*04.Dec.1976.
1921: Rodney Dangerfield/Jacob Cohen (US comedian, songwriter)*05.Oct.2004.
(Australian legendary jazz pianist)*08.Nov.2012.
Emanuel Feuermann (Austrian-American cellist)*25.March.1942.
1923: Dika Newlin (US composer, singer)*22.July.2006.
and club owner)*23.
1925: Gunther Schuller (US composer, conductor)
Anatoly Poperechny (Russian
poet and songwriter)*18.May.2014.
1934: Rita Sakellariou (Greek singer)*06.Aug.1999.
1941: Terry Stafford (US singer, songwriter)*17.March.1996.
Jessie Colin Young/Perry Miller (US singer,
guitar, bass; The Youngbloods).
1942: Floyd Sneed (Canadian drummer; Three Dog Night)
Tapio/Kari Tapani Jalkanen (Finnish schlager singer)*07.Dec.2010.
1946: Aston "Family Man" Barrett (Jamaican bassist; The
Max Romeo/Maxwell Livingston Smith (Jamaica
Reggae singer; The Emotions).
1947: Rod Price (UK guitarist; Foghat/solo/guest)*22.March.2005.
1947: Paloma San Basilio (Spanish singer)
1947: Sonny Geraci (US lead singer; The Outsiders/Climax)
Ferguson (US guitarist, NRBQ/Ferguson & the Midwest Creole Ensemble)*07.Oct.2009.
1950: Steve Van Zandt (US guitarist; E Street Band/Little Steven
& the Disciples of Soul)
1950: Tina Weymouth (US bass; Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club)
1950: Art Sullivan (Belgian singer)
1951: Kent Nagano (US conductor)
1953: Urmas Alender (Estonian singer)*28.Sept.1994.
1956: Lawrence Gowan (Canadian singer; Styx)
1957: Sharon Bailey (UK drummer; Amazulu)
1958: Horse/Sheena McDonald (Scottish singer/songwriter)
1960: Jim Bob/James Robert Morrison (UK guitarist; Carter USM)
1961: Stephen Hough (UK concert pianist)
1962: Sumi Jo (South Korean operatic soprano)
1962: Neil Fraser (UK lead guitar, vibraphone; Tindersticks).
1968: Rasa Don/Don Norris (US drummer; Arrested Development)
1975: Yanai Aiko (Japanese singer)
1976: Ville Valo (Finnish singer; HIM)
1977: Annika Norlin (Swedish pop singer)
1978: Karen O/Karen Lee Orzolek (American singer: Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
1979: Chris Doran (Irish singer)
1979: Scott Robinson (UK singer; 5ive)
1981: Ben Adams/Benjamin Steven Adams (UK vocals; A1)
1982: Charlene Choi (Hong Kong singer; Twins)
1982: Steven Angello Fragogiannis (Greek DJ, producer, record label
owner; Swedish House Mafia).
1983: Corey Beaulieu (US guitarist; Trivium)
1983: Tyler Hilton (US singer, actor)
1985: Austin Brown (US singer: nephew of the late Michael Jackson)
1876: Manuel De Falla (Spanish composer)*14.Nov.1946.
1921: Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione (Italian singer,
1925: Johnny Mandel (US trombonist, songwriter; Artie Shaw, Count
1926: Robert Lee Burnside (US blues singer, songwriter, guitarist)*01.Sept.2005.
1928: Willis H. Schaefer
(American composer; TV shows/commercials)*30.June.2007.
1928: Jerry Bock (US award winning
Yatco (Filipino conductor and violin prodigy)*01.July.2014.
Mula (Albanian soprano)*22.Dec.2011.
1931: Gloria Lynne/Gloria Alleyne (US
1933: Krzysztof Penderecki (Polish composer).
1935: Johnny Kidd/Frederick
Heath (UK singer, songwriter; Johnny
Kidd & the Pirates)*07.Oct.1966.
Most sites have Johnny Kidd's DOB as Dec 23rd 1939,
the "1939" was for public popularity.
His birthdate according to his authorized
site is November 23rd 1935.
1939: Betty Everett (US R&B singer, pianist)*19.Aug.2001.
Freddie Marsden (UK drums; Gerry & the Pacemakers)
1942: Rodney ''Rod'' Clarke (UK bassist; The Moody Blues/The Rockin'
Mbuya Dyoko (Zimbabwean singer)*26.May.2013.
1945: Keith Hampshire (UK born-Canadian singer-songwriter)
1949: Sandra Stevens (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man)
1949: Marcia Llyneth Griffiths
aka Queen of Reggae (Jamaica
Reggae singer; Bob & Marcia)
1949: Alan Paul (US singer; Manhattan Transfer)
Hardy (US folk singer, songwriter, editor; solo/Folk Brothers)*11.March.2011.
1952: Bill Troiano (US tuba player,teacher, clinician; Long Island
1953: Johan de Meij (Dutch conductor, trombonist, composer)
1953: Francis Cabrel (French singer)
1954: Bruce Hornsby (US accordion, pianist, singer; The Range)
1955: Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer and pianist)
Kester Emeneya/Jean Emeneya Mubiala Kwamambu (Congolese singer)*13.Feb.2014.
1962: Chris Bostock (UK bassist, keyboards; Jo Boxers/freelance/guest)
1962: Calvin Hayes (UK keyboardist; Johnny Hates Jazz).
1966: Ken Block (US lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Sister Hazel/solo)
1966: Charlie Grover (US drummer; Sponge)
1967: Patrick Mameli
(Dutch lead vocalist, guitarist; Pestilence)
1969: Jonathan Seet (Canadian
1972: Chris Adler (US drummer; Lamb of
1972: Kurupt/Ricardo Emmanuel Brown (US gangsta rapper; Tha Dogg
1973: Trick Daddy Dollars/Maurice Young (US rapper).
van Heerden (Sth African trumpeter, vocalist, accordionist;Gramadoelas/others)*07.Jan.2009.
Tommy Marth (US saxophonist; The Killers/otheres)*23.April.2012.
1978: Alison Mosshart (US singer; The Kills/The Dead Weather).
Chris Friedrich (US rock bassist; Caspian)*25.Aug.2013.
1983: Thomas Pridgen (US drummer; The Mars Volta).
1984: Lucas Grabeel (US actor, singer).
1992: Miley Ray Cyrus/Destiny Hope Cyrus (US singer, songwriter,
Eun-bi (South Korean singer; Ladies Code)*03.Sept.2014.
November 24th .
1868: Scott Joplin (African-American composer)*01.April.1917.
popular singer-songwriter, pianist)*13.Dec.1962.
1905: Irene Wicker/ The Singing
Lady (US singer and actress)*17.Nov.1987.
1912: Theodore "Teddy" Wilson (U.S. jazz pianist/arranger)*31.July.1986.
Bill Davis/William Strethan Davis (US
organist; Jazz artist)*17.Aug.1995.
1923: Serge Chaloff (US jazz baritone saxophonist)*16.July.1957.
Al Cohn (American jazz tenor
Kraus (Spanish tenor)*10.Sept.1999.
1934: Alfred Schnittke (Russian composer)*03.Aug.1998.
Prieto (Spanish composer)*05.April.2015.
1939: Carl Bunch (US drummer; Buddy Holly & the Crickets/Roy
Orbison/Hank Williams Jr)*March
1939: Jim Yester (US keyboardist, vocals; Association).
1941: Donald 'Duck' Dunn (US bassist, Booker T &the MG's/freelance/Blues
1941: Pete Best (UK drummer; Silver Beatles/Beatles/Pete
1942: Billy Connolly (Scottish singer, actor, comedian; Humblebums)
1943: Robin Williamson (Scottish vocalist, keyboards, violin, guitar;
Incredible String Band)
Ten Ryk (US
studio musician, singer, arranger)*
1944: Bev Bevan (UK drummer, percussion; The Move/ELO/Black Sabbath)
1945: Lee Michaels/Mike Olsen (US keyboardist, guitar, sax, trombone,
1947: Dave Sinclair (UK keyboardist, pianist, synthesizer; Caravan/Hatfield
and the North/others).
Tony Bourge (Welsh guitarist; Budgie).
1949: Anita Louis (U.S. singer; Soul Children/solo)
1949: Martin Duiser (Dutch record producer)
Bob Burns (US drummer; Lynyrd Skynyrd)*03.April.2015.
1955: Clement Burke/Elvis Ramone (US drummer; Blondie/Ramones/sessionist/guest)
1957: Chris Hayes (US guitarist, vocals; Huey Lewis and the News)
1958: Carmel/Carmel McCourt (UK singer; Carmel)
1960: Edgar Meyer (US bassist, composer; jazz/classical
1962: John Squire (UK guitar; Stone Roses)
drummer, percussionist, composer, educator).
1964: Tony Rombola (US guitarist; Godsmack).
1966: Russell Watson (UK pop & opera singer).
1967: Henrik Brockmann (Danish heavy metal singer; Royal Hunt/Evil
1969: Rob "Blasko"
Nicholson (US bassist, vocals; Killing
1970: Chad Taylor (US lead guitarist; Live)
1970: Julieta Venegas (Latin grammy award winning Mexican singer,
1974: Machel Montano (Trinidad & Tobago
soca singer, record producer, songwriter).
1985: Julia Alexandratou (Greek fashion model, singer).
1895: Wilhelm Kempff (German pianist)*23.May.1991.
1896: Virgil Thomson (US composer and music critic)*30.Sept.1989.
1897: Willie "The Lion" Smith (US Jazz Pianist)*18.April.1975.
1904: Toni Ortelli (Italian composer and alpinist)*03.March.2000.
1914: Eddie Boyd (US blues vocalist, pianist; Mississippi)*13.July.1994.
1922: Gloria Lasso/Rosa
María Coscolin (Spanish-born singer)*04.Dec.2005.
composer and essayist)*07.Sept.2013.
1924: Paul Desmond/Paul Emil Breitenfeld (US jazz saxophonist)*30.May.1977.
1928: Etta Jones (US jazz singer)*16.Oct.2001.
1928: James "Jimmy" Johnson (US gospel/blues singer/guitarist)??
1925: Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant (US jazz tenor and alto
1931: Nathaniel Adderley (American jazz cornetist)*02.Jan.2000.
1940: Percy Sledge (US soul singer)*14.April.2015.
1942: Bob Lind (US folk music singer/songwriter).
Mark Minkov (Russian composer)*29.May.2012.
1946: Bev Bevan (UK rock drummer:The Move/Electric Light Orchestra/Black
1947: Val Fuentes (US drummer; It's A Beautiful Day).
Rodrix/José Rodrigues Trindade
(Brazilian composer, musician, singer; bands/solo)*22.May.2009.
1950: Jocelyn Brown (uk singer; solo/extensive background singer).
Giorgio Faletti (Italian writer, actor, comedian, singer-songwriter)*04.July.2014.
1951: Bill Morrissey (US folk singer, songwriter)*23.July.2011.
1959: Steve Rothery (UK guitarist; Marillion).
1960: Amy Grant (US singer).
1960: Kasey Smith (US keyboardist; Danger Danger/Get With It).
1963: Holly Cole (Canadian jazz singer).
1964: Mark Lanegan (US singer, songwriter; Queen Of The Stone Age/Screaming
1966: Stacy Lattisaw (US R&B and dance music singer).
1966: Tim Armstrong (US: vocals, guitar, drum; Rancid/The Transplants/Operation
1967: Rodney Sheppard (Trinidadian guitarist; Sugar Ray).
1968: Erick Sermon/Erick Onasis/The Green Eyed Bandit/E-Double-E
(US rap artist).
1968: Tunde Emanuel Baiyewu (UK singer, Lighthouse Family).
1972: Mark Morton (US guitarist; Lamb Of God)
1978: Shina Ringo (Japanese singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist).
1979: Thea Gilmore (UK singer, songwriter).
1983: Kirsty Crawford (Scottish singer, songwriter; Pop Idol finalist).
1986: Katie Cassidy (US actress, singer).
Anthony Burton II
(US rap artist; Da Razkalz Cru/solo)*18.May.2009.
November 26th .
1915: Earl Wild (US classical pianist)*23.Jan.2010.
1916: Gerhard Unger (German
Nesuhi Ertegun (Turkish record producer, executive;
Atlantic Records/WEA Int)*15.July.1989.
1924: Michael Holliday/Norman Alexander Milne (UK singer)*29.Oct.1963.
1925: Eugene Istomin (US award winning pianist)*10.Oct.2003.
1929: Slavko Avsenik (Slovenian singer-songwriter,
producer, bandleader; Avsenik Ensambles)
1933: Robert Goulet (US singer, actor; theatre, radio, television
1937: Bob Babbitt/Robert Kreinar
top session bassist; The Funk Brothers)*16.July.2012.
1939: Tina Turner/Anna Mae Bullock (US singer; Ike & Tina Turner/solo).
Davy Graham (UK guitarist, singer and arranger)*15.Dec.2008.
1941: Susanne Marsee née Susan Irene Dowell (US mezzo-soprano).
1942: Michael Devlin (US bass-baritone opera singer).
1944: Jean Terrell (US R&B and jazz singer; Supremes/solo).
1944: Alan Henderson (Irish bassist; Them).
1945: John McVie (UK bassist; John Mayall's Bluesbreakers/Fleetwood
Brian Hibbard (Welsh actor, singer;
1946: Raymond Louis Kennedy (US singer-songwriter, musician, producer)*16.Feb.2014.
1946: Burt Ruiter (Dutch bassist, producer, composer; Focus).
1948: John Rossall (UK sax player, trombonist; Glitter Band)?
1949: Shlomo Artzi (Israeli singer).
1949: Martin Lee (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man).
1960: Chuck Eddy (US music journalist).
1963: Adam Gaynor (US rhythm guitarist; Matchbox 20).
1966: Mark Gillespie (Scottish singer, songwriter; Big Fun).
not to be confused with English Mark Gillespie
1970: Ron Jones (US guitar; Flaming Lips).
1975: DJ Khaled/Khaled Khaled (Palestinian-American hip-hop/rap
artist, DJ. producer; Terror Squad).
1978: Matthew Taylor (US bassist; Motion City Soundtrack)
1980: Satoshi Ohno (Japanese singer, actor; Arashi).
1981: Natasha Bedingfield (UK singer, songwriter).
1981: OJ Da Juiceman/Otis Williams Jr (US rapper)
1981: Natalie Gauci (Australian singer, pianist)
1985: Lil Fizz/Dreux Pierre Frédéric (US rapper,
1987: Kat DeLuna (US singer)
1990: Chipmunk/Jahmaal Noel Fyffe
1990: Rita Sahatçiu Ora (British singer-songwriter, actress).
1927: Ladislav "Ladi" Geisler (Czech
guitarist, bassist; Bert Kaempfert/others/solo)*19.Nov.2011.
1935: Al Jackson Jr (US drummer;
Booker T and the MG's)*01.Oct.1975.
1941: Eddie Rabbit (US country singer, guitarist)*07.May.1998.
Jimi Hendrix/Johnny Allen Hendrix (US
guitarist, singer, songwriter)*18.Sept.1970.
1944: Trevor "Dozy" Ward-Davies
(UK bassist; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)*13.Jan.2015.
1944: Barrie Barnard (UK bassist, vocalist; Vampires/Pinkerton'sAssorted
Adams (Jamaican singer, keyboardist,
arranger, producer; many bands)*17.Dec.2010.
1945: Randy Brecker (US trumpeter, flugelhornist; Blood Sweat &
Peter Dawkins (New
Zealand-born Australian record producer)*03.July.2014.
1948: Dave Winthrop (US saxophonist; Supertramp/Chicken Shack/freelance).
1952: Daryl Stuermer (US guitarist; Genesis)
1953: Boris Grebenshchikov (Russian singer; Aquarium)
1957: Kevin O'Connell (US sound re-recording mixer)
1959: Charlie Burchill (Scottish guitarist, keyboards, violin;
1960: Ashley Ingram (UK guitarist, bassist; Imagination).
1961: Princess/Desiree Heslop (UK singer).
1962: Charlie Benante (US
1962: Mike Bordin (US drummer; Ozzy Osborne/Faith No More).
Eugene Grove (US
1965: Fiachna O'Braonain (Irish singer, guitarist; Hothouse Flowers).
1965: Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo player; Jamiroquai/Tank Tribe)?
Löffel aka Mark Spoon/Spacy Trancer (German DJ and producer)*11.Jan.2006.
1967: Edson Ribeiro (Brazilian singer, arranger, pandeiro player,
1967: Shane Embury (UK guitarist, bassist; Napalm Death/ others).
1969: Myles Kennedy (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Cosmic Dust/Mayfloweer
1973: Twista/Carl Terrell Mitchell (US rapper).
1976: Jean Grae/Tsidi Ibrahim (South African-born rapper).
Skinner (UK singer, songwriter, rapper).
1978: Tim Yeung (US drummer; Vital Remains).
1979: Hilary Hahn (American Grammy Awardwinning
1979: John Mark McMillan (US gospel singer-songwriter)
1979: Shin Hye Sung/Jung Pil-kyo/Steve Jung (Korean lead vocalist;
1985: Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir
1895: Jose Iturbi (Spanish conductor, pianist)*28.June.1980.
1907: George Wettling (American Jazz drummer; Eddie Condon's bands)*06.June.1968
Rose Bampton (American opera singer)*21.Aug.2007.
Vance (American Jazz trumpeter)*01.July.1985.
1927: Gigi Gryce/Basheer Qusim/George General Grice Jr (US jazz
1928: Dariush Safvat
(Persian music master, ethnomusicologist)*17.April.2013.
1929: Berry Gordy (US entrepreneur, founder of Motown Records, former
1932: Ray Perkins (Canadian
bass singer; The Crew-Cuts).
1932: Jerry Coker (American tenor saxophonist)
1932: Ethel Ennis (US jazz singer)
1934: El Gato Barbieri/Leandro Barbieri (Argentinian tenor saxophonist;
1936: Roy McCurdy (Jazz drummer; Modern Jazz Disciples/Blood, Sweat
1936: Celin Romero (Spanish guitarist).
1938: Ricky Stevens/Kenneth Leonard Foskett (UK born singer)
1939: Gary Troxel (US vocalist; Fleetwoods)
1940: Bruce Channel (US singer)
1940: Clem Curtis (Trinidad singer; The Foundations).
1941: Adelhard Roldinger (Austrian bass player, composer; jazz
1941: Jasper Thilo (Danish alto saxophonist; Jazz artist)
1943: Randy Newman (US pianist, singer, composer)
1943: Butch Thompson (US jazz pianist; Butch Thompson Trio)
1944: László Komár (Hungarian rock 'n' roll
1944: R.B. Greaves (Guyanan singer).
1947: Michel Berger (French
singer-songwriter, composer, produce)*02.Aug.1992.
1947: Maria Farantouri (Greek singer).
1947: Gary Taylor (UK bassist; The Herd]
1948: Beeb Birtles/Gerard Bertelkamp (Dutch/Australian guitarist,
singer; Little River Band/solo)
1949: Paul Shaffer (Canadian keyboards, bandleader, musical director;
David Letterman Show)
1949: Hugh McKenna (Scottish keyboardist; Sensational Alex Harvey
1951: Dennis Irwin (US jazz double bassist; John Scofield/Vanguard
1953: Alan Murphy (UK guitarist; freelanced with many great artists)*19.Oct.1989.
1954: David Jaynes (bassist; Modern Romance)
1956: David Van Day (UK vocalist; Dollar/Guys n' Dolls/Bucks Fizz).
1962: Matt Cameron (US drummer; Soundgarden/freelance)
1968: Dawn Robinson (US singer; En Vogue)
1970: Dean Tidey (UK guitarist, songwriter; Feeder/others).
1970: Matt Cheslin (UK bass player, Neds Atomic Dustbin)
1971: Fenriz/Gylve Fenris Nagell
(Norwegian drummer, lyricist; Darkthrone).
1972: Jesper Strömblad (Swedish guitarist; In Flames).
1973: Jade Puget (US guitarist; AFI)
1974: Apl.de.Ap/Allen Pineda Lindo (US hip hop artist; Black Eyed
1974: Styles P/David Styles (US rapper; D-Block)
1975: Satyr/Sigurd Wongraven (Norwegian singer, guitar, bassist;
1975: Muhammed Suiçmez (Turkish-German guitarist, frontman;
1977: Alun D Pughe (Welsh film and music video director).
1979: Chamillionaire/Hakeem Seriki (US rapper; The Color Changin'
1980: Lisa Middelhauve (German singer: Xandria).
1984: Trey Songz (American singer).
1988: Christopher Stringini (American singer).
1997: Thor Salden (Belgian singer).
Gade (Danish composer)*20.Feb.1963.
1894: Lucille Hegamin (US singer;a pioneer African American blues)*01.March.1970
1895: Busby Berkeley/William
Berkeley Enos (musical film choreographer)*14.March.1976.
1902: Danny Alvin (American
jazz drummer; many bands)*06.Dec.1958.
1913: Dennis Sandole (US guitarist, sax, teacher;Tommy Dorsey,
1914: Hal McIntyre (US saxophone, clarinet; Glenn Miller/own band)*05.May.1959
1915: Billy Strayhorn
(American composer, pianist; Duke Ellington)*31.May.1957
1917: Merle Travis (US country music singer, songwriter)*20.Oct.1983.
1922: Bobby Donaldson (US jazz drummer)*02.July.1971.
1928: Otto Bredl (German jazz trombonist)*July
Yiannis Karabesinis (Greek singer-songwriter,
1932: John Gary (American pop vocalist)*04.Jan.1998.
Andrew Kerr (UK
October 6th 2014.
1933: John Mayall (UK blues singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist;
1939: Meco/Domenico Monardo (US keyboardist, producer; studio musician)
1940: Billy Hart (Jazz drummer; Herbie Hancock/various bands)
1940: Chuck Mangione (US jazz pianist, flugelhorn, trumpet, composer,
Cavero Velásquez (Afro
Peruvian singer, song interpreter)*09.Oct.2009.
1940: Denny Doherty (US singer; Mugwumps/Mamas & Papas)*19.Jan.2007
1941: Jody Miller (US country singer)
1942: Felix Cavaliere (US keyboards, vocals; Rascals/Young Rascals)
1942: Philippe Huttenlocher (Swiss opera singer)
1946: Brian Cadd (Australian singer-songwriter).
1947: Ronnie Montrose (US guitarist, singer; Montrose/Gamma/solo/sessionist)*03.March.2012.
1949: Stan Rogers
(Canadian folk singer, songwriter)*02.June.1983.
1951: Roger Troutman (US vocalist; Zapp)*25.April.1999.
1951: Barry Goudreau (US guitar, vocals; Boston)
1958: Michael Dempsey (UK bassist; The Cure/The Associates)
1959: Wendy Wu/Wendy
(UK singer; The Photos).
1961: Masayoshi Yamashita (Japanese bass guitarist; Loudness)
1962: Andy LaRocque/Anders Allhage (Swedish guitarist; King Diamond)
Ronny Jordan/Ronald Laurence Albert
Simpson (UK jazz guitarist)*13.Jan.2014.
1965: Yutaka Ozaki (Japanese singer, songwriter)*25.April.1992.
1968: Martin Carr (lead guitar, songwriter; The Boo Radleys)
1968: Jonathan Knight (US singer; New Kids On The Block)
1970: Frank Delgado (US keyboardist; Deftones)
1972: Roger Shah aka Dj Shah, Sunlounger (German-Pakistani electronic
music composer, producer)
1981: Nicholas Teo (Malaysian singer, actor).
1909: Robert Lee McCollum/Robert Nighthawk
(US guitarist, slide guitar)*05.Nov.1967.
1911: Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno (Mexican
photographer, musician, composer, writer, film director)*07.March.2006.
McGhee (US blues artist; vocals, kazoo, piano, guitar)*16.Feb.1996.
1916: Benny Moten (American swing-style bass player)*27.March.1977.
Dena Epstein (US music librarian, musicologist, author)*13.Nov.2013.
1924: Allan Sherman/Allan Copelon (US comedy singer)*20.Nov.1973.
1929: Dick Wagstaff Clark (DJ, host to American Bandstand)
1931: Jack Sheldon (US jazz trumpeter, singer, actor)
Loyce Moore (American
session musician, orchestra leader, and bassist).
Raul Indipwo (Portuguese
singer; Ouro Negro
1937: Frank Ifield (Australian singer, songwriter, yodeler)
1937: Paul Stookey (US vocals, guitar; Peter, Paul & Mary).
1937: Jimmy Bowen (US record producer, country music singer)
1937: Sean Dunphy (Irish singer; The Hoedowners/solo)*17.May.2011.
1943: Rob Grill (US lead singer, songwriter, bass guitarist; The
Leo Lyons (UK bassist; Jaybirds/Ten Years After).
soul singer, songwriter)*19.March.2007.
1944: Rob Grill (US bassist, vocals; Grass Roots)
1945: Rob Woodward aka Shel Naylor (UK singer; Stevely Makepiece/Lieutenant
1945: Johnny Dyani (South African jazz double
bassist, pianist; The Blue Notes)*24.Oct.1986.
1945: Roger Glover (UK
synthesizer; Deep Purple)
1949: Terry Reid (UK singer, guitarist)
Érick Bamy aka Érick Stevens (French singer; Johnny
Hallyday/Vigon Bamy Jay/solo)*27.Nov.2014.
1948: Stan Sulzmann (British alto saxophonist)
Bruce Patinkin (US
actor, tenor singer).
1953: June Pointer (US singer; Pointer Sisters/solo)*11.April.2006.
1953: Shuggy Otis (US R&B vocalist, harmonica, guitar, bass; freelance/son
of Johnny Otis)
1954: George McArdle (Australian bassist; Little River Band)
1955: Billy Idol/William Michael Albert Broad (UK singer; Generation
1957: John Ashton (UK guitar; Psychedelic Furs)
1957: Andrew Calhoun (US folk singer, guitarist, record producer)
1957: Richard Barbieri (UK keyboardist, vocals; Porcupine Tree/Dolphin
1958: Stacey Q/Stacey Lynn Swain (US singer)
1959: Cherie Currie (American singer, actress, chainsaw artist).
1963: Jalil Hutchins (US rapper, lyricist; Whodini).
1965: Paul Wheeler (Australian drummer; Icehouse)
1968: Des'ree/Desiree Weeks (UK R&B vocalist).
1969: Mike Stone (US guitarist; Queensryche).
1973: John Moyer (American bassist; Disturbed)
McCready/Malinda Gayle McCready (US country music singer)*17.Feb.2013.
1978: Clay Aiken (US singer; American Pop Idol)
1980: Joseph Milligan (US lead guitarist; Anberlin).
1987: Dougie Poynter (UK bass player, backing vocalist; McFly).
1989: Daisy Evans (UK actress, singer, cheerleader; S Club Juniors/S
Breeding (US singer; boy band B5)
1993: Yuuri Chinen (Japanese actor, singer)
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Hugo Distler (34) German composer, born in Nuremberg, he
is known mostly for his sacred choral music. He attended Leipzig Conservatory
for composition and organ. He became organist at St. Jacobi in Lübeck
in 1931. He also taught at the School for Church Music in Spandau, and
became a professor of church music in Berlin in 1940.
(Hugo became increasingly depressed from the death
of friends, aerial attacks, job pressures, and the constant threat of
conscription into the German army, he committed suicide)
b. June 24th 1908.
1952: Dixie Lee/Wilma Winifred Wyatt (40)
American actress, dancer, and singer born in Harriman, Tennessee;
she married Bing Crosby at the age of 18, and had four sons with him,
two of whom, eventually committed suicide. (sadly
died from ovarian cancer) b.
November 4th 1911.
1986: Serge Garant, OC (57) Canadian composer, conductor,
professor of music at the University of Montreal and radio host of Musique
de notre siècle on Radio-Canada. In 1966 he cofounded with Jean
Papineau-Couture, Maryvonne Kendergi, Wilfrid Pelletier and Hugh Davidson
the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.
In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.The Prix Serge-Garant
was created in his honor by the Fondation Émile Nelligan (?)
b. September 22nd 1929.
2003: Anton Maiden/Anton Gustafsson (23) Swedish singer and
music fan born in Kinna, Västergötland, he achieved Internet
fame around 1999 by singing over MIDI and MOD-versions of Iron Maiden
started by publishing some songs on the Internet for a small group of
friends. After being encouraged by them, he made some songs available
to the public in his album Anton Gustafsson tolkar Iron Maiden, which
was distributed under Lunacy and Nihilism record labels. In an interview
with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, he told journalist Martin Carlsson
that Iron Maiden fans "think that my interpretations are a disgrace
to Iron Maiden. But that was never my intent." (Apparently led
by feelings of depression Anton committed suicide)
February 24th 1980.
Terry Knight/Richard Terrance Knapp (61) American rock n
roll music producer, singer-songwriter, radio personality, promoter
and founded and frontman of The Pack. He enjoyed some success in radio,
modest success as a singer, but phenomenal success as the original manager-producer
for Grand Funk Railroad and the producer for Bloodrock. Between 1970-72,
he was a successful and controversial promoter in the rock business,
racking up an eight gold albums. He retired from show business in 1973,
and evenually, after sorting his drug prblem out he settled in Yuma
AZ with his wife and daughter Danielle. He jelled into the community
working in advertising sales for a weekly newspaper.
(died from multiple stab wounds in a fight with his daughter's boyfriend,
Donald A. Fair, against whom Terry was trying to protect his daughter,
in their apartment in Temple, Texas) b.
April 9th 1943.
2004: Mac Dre/Andre Hicks (34) American
gangsta rap artist,was one of the originators of hyphy and is generally
considered the creator of Thizz music. He worked with well-known artists
such as Snoop Dogg, Pisi-P,Warren G, Richie Rich, Keak da Sneak, E-40,
Daz Dillinger, Baby Bash, B-Legit, San Quinn, Yukmouth, PSD, Andre Nickatina,
Mac Mall, Ray Luv and Too Short. (shot to death
while returning to his hotel after a performance in Kansas City, Missouri)
b. July 5th 1970...
2005: Skitch Henderson/Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson
(87) American bandleader, pianist, conductor, and composer,
born in Halstad, Minnesota. He started his professional career in the
1930s playing piano in the roadhouses of the American Midwest, his major
break being as an accompanist on a 1937 MGM promotional tour featuring
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. After the war, he worked for NBC Radio,
where he was the musical director for Frank Sinatra's Lucky Strike Show
and The Philco Hour with Bing Crosby and he also played on Bob Hope's
Pepsodent Show. He went on to found the New York Pops Orchestra in 1983
and served as the music director and conductor of the orchestra until
his death. He conducted numerous symphonic orchestras throughout the
world. Skitch also succeeded Toscanini as music director for NBC Television
and was the original conductor of the orchestras for The Tonight Show
and The Today Show (?) b.
January 27th 1918.
2008: Yma Sumac/Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri
del Castillo (86) Peruvian soprano; one of the most
famous proponents of exotica music, who became an international success,
based on the merits of her extreme vocal range, a span of near five
octaves. Born in Ichocán, Cajamarca, Peru, at the age of 13,
she was invited to appear on Argentinean radio. Soon South America was
quite enchanted with this amazing voice. In 1943, she recorded around
16 songs in Argentina, most have been released on CD in this last decade.
A now classic record, 'Voice of the Xtabay' was recorded in 1950 and
sold over 100,000 copies without major publicity. After
a massively successful concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1950, Yma would
became world famous and traveled the globe and become a vocal phenomenon.
In the 50's, she also appeared in at least 4 films, had worldwide fan
clubs and was eventually declared "the 8th wonder of the world."
She performed globaly throughout her life and on May 6th 2006, Yma flew
to Lima, where she was presented the Orden del Sol award by Peruvian
President Alejandro Toledo and the Jorge Basadre medal by the Universidad
Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (cancer) b.
September 13th 1922.
2008: Nathaniel Mayer (64) American
rhythm & blues singer born in Detroit, Michigan, who started his
career in the early 1960s at Fortune Records. He had a raw, highly energetic
vocal style and wild stage show. At aged 18 years old he scored a Top
40 hit record in 1962 with "Village of Love," credited to
Nathaniel Mayer and The Fabulous Twilights, followed by "Leave
Me Alone," and "I Want Love and Affection (Not The House Of
Correction)". After a 35 year absence from music, in 2002 Nat began
recording and touring again, realeasing albums with Fat Possum, Alive
Records and Norton Records. (stroke) b.
February 10th 1944.
2008: Jimmy Carl Black/James Inkanish Jr (70)
Cheyenne Native American drummer, vocalist and founding member
of the Mothers of Invention; he also worked as a guest vocalist with
Muffin Men, with Jon Larsen on the surrealistic Strange News From Mars
project, featuring several other Zappa alumni, such as Tommy Mars, Bruce
Fowler, Arthur Barrow and several of his own bands. His
trademark line was "Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and
I'm the Indian of the group." (lung cancer) b.
February 1st 1938... read
2008: Shakir Stewart (34) American
record executive; afer graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta,
he build a small studio with a couple of friends. The group then signed
several young producers in the Atlanta area. He went to work at Hitco
Music Publishing, where he signed Beyoncé. He was then appointed
A&R consultant at LaFace Records signing Ciara to the label. He
stayed there until 2004. At the time of his death he was the Senior
Vice President of Island Def Jam Music Group and the Executive Vice
President of Def Jam (Shakir was found dead in
the bathroom of his home in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta with a self-inflicted
gunshot wound) b. April 12th 1974.
2011: André Hodeir (90)
French author, jazz arranger and composer
born in Paris. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, and won first
prizes in fugue, harmony, and music history. While pursuing these studies,
he discovered jazz, and embarked on an exploration of all music forms,
jazz as well as classical. In
1954, he was a founder and directed the Jazz Groupe de Paris, made up
of nine musicians, including Bobby Jaspar, Pierre Michelot and Nat Peck.
He was the author of two books of Essais (1954 and 1956), of numerous
film scores, including Le Palais Idéal by Ado Kyrou, the Jazz
Cantata for the film Chutes de pierres, danger de mort by Michel Fano,
anong others. André also founded his own orchestra during the
Sixties. In 1966 he composed the monumental jazz cantata Anna Livia
Plurabelle, on James Joyce's text, and in 1972 of Bitter Ending, by
The Swingle Singers and a jazz quintet, on the final monologue of Finnegans
Wake (?) b. January
2011: Christiane Legrand (81) French
jazz singer born in Paris; she was the original lead soprano of the
Swingle Singers and was the vocalist who dubbed the part of Madame Emery
in Les parapluies de Cherbourg, the music for which was composed by
her brother Michel Legrand. She also sang the part of Judith in his
Les demoiselles de Rochefort. Christiane
was also the featured soprano on the track "Fires (Which Burn Brightly)"
on the 1973 Procol Harum album Grand Hotel. (?)
b. 21 August 21st 1930.
2012: Mitch Lucker (28) American
vocalist, born in Riverside, California; he was a founding member and
frontman of the deathcore metal band Suicide Silence. The band was formed
in 2002, they toured and played
many festivals including
Mayhem Festival in 2008 and 2011. Mitch and the band released a self-titled
EP in 2005. This has been followed by three studio albums, most recently
The Black Crown in 2011 (tragically Mitch
died from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle, when early on Halloween
eve he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a light pole
in Huntington Beach; sadly he died in hospital the following morning)
b. October 20th 1984.
2013: Bobby Parker (76) American
blues-rock guitarist, born in Lafayette, but raised in LA, California.
By the 50s, he had started working on electric guitar with several blues
and R&B bands of the time, his first stint being with Otis Williams
and the Charms. He also played lead guitar with Bo Diddley, including
an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, toured with Paul Williams, Sam
Everlys, Clyde McPhatter, Jackie
He is best known for his 1961 song, "Watch Your Step" (sadly
died of a heart attack)
b. August 31st 1937.
2014: Michael H. Shamberg (62) American
music video, producer the founder of Factory US born in New York. He
known for his work with Lawrence Weiner and New Order. He was New Orders
video producer, alongside his own work as film maker, teacher and director
of Turtle Salon. Michael
began to work with New Orderr in 1981 when he filmed their concert in
New York. His video production of True Faith earned Best
Music Video at the Brit Awards 1988. His film and artworld contacts
saw him commissioning ground-breaking videos for the group from the
likes of Robert Frank, Robert Longo and Gretchen Bender, William Wegman
and Robert Breer, Jonathan Demme, Philippe Decouflé, Kathryn
Bigelow and Johan Renck.
(tragically Michael was as struck by a mitochondrial
disease in 2006 and sadly died after a long illness) b.
Jenny Lind (67)
singer often known as the Swedish Nightingale; She is known for her
performances in soprano roles in Sweden and Europe, as well as for an
extraordinarily popular tour of America beginning in 1850, and for her
philanthropic work. After years of world tours she retired to England
(she died at Wynd's Point, behind the Little Malvern
Priory, and is buried in the Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire,
October 6th 1820.
Dimitris Mitropoulos (64) Greek
conductor and composer, born in Athens, he studied music at the Athens,
Brussels and Berlin. From 1921 to 1925 he assisted Erich Kleiber at
the Berlin State Opera and then took a number of posts in Greece. He
went on to work with many top orchestras, he conducted opera extensively
in Italy and from 1954 until his death was the principal conductor of
the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He had made his U.S. debut in 1936
with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he later settled in the country,
becoming a naturalized citizen in 1946. He was noted for having a photographic
memory, which enabled him to conduct without a score, even during rehearsals.
(died of heart failure while in Milan, Italy)
b. March 1st 1896.
1966: Mississippi John Smith Hurt (74)
American blues singer and guitarist; his first releases had coincided
with the Great Depression, his later career could hardly have been better
timed. A stellar performance at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival saw his
stardom rise amongst the new "folk revival" audience. He
played extensively in colleges, concert halls, coffee houses and the
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as recording three further
albums. His influence spans music genres bluegrass, blues, country,
folk and contemporary rock and roll (?)
March 8th 1892. (date on his grave stone)
1996: Eva Cassidy (33) American
vocalist born in Washington, DC, known for her interpretations of jazz,
blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. She released her first
album "The Other Side", a set of duets with Chuck Brown in
1992 followed by a live solo album "Live at Blues Alley" in
1996. Sadly she was virtually unknown outside of her native Washington
DC at the time of her death. Four years later, Eva's music was brought
to the attention of British audiences when her version of "Over
the Rainbow" was played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Following
the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of "Over the Rainbow",
taken at the Blues Alley, was shown on BBC Two's Top of the Pops 2.
Shortly afterwards, the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top
of the UK Albums Charts, almost three years after its initial release.
The chart success in the United Kingdom and Ireland led to increased
recognition all over theworld (melanoma)
b. February 2nd 1963.
2007: Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka (23)
Polish drummer and percussionist for the technical death metal band
Decapitated. He had been with the band ever since it was founded in
1996, when he was only 12 years of age. He also did work for the heavy
metal bands Dies Irae and Panzer X. (Decapitated's
tour bus collided with a truck, he died from serious head injuries)
b. January 24th 1984
2009: Beverley O'Sullivan (28) Irish
singer born in the Donaghmede, Dublin. As a child she had glue ear and
had to wear a hearing aid. She lost a further 10% of her hearing later
as a result of a plane journey. Beverley was a member of the pop group
Fifth Avenue and toured with Westlife for three consecutive years before
they split. She also played a cabaret singer in the 2009 film "Happy
Ever Afters", her voice is heard on six songs on the film's soundtrack.
Her vocals also appeared on the tracks "Through the Light"
and "Don't Look Back" on John O'Callaghan's 2009 album Never
Fade Away (tragically died in car crash while
holidaying in India) b.
2010: Eddie Hazell (76) American
jazz singer-guitarist, who recorded his first album in 1961 at age 27.
He was familiar to jazz aficionados from his numerous albums and TV
appearances including the Merv Griffin Show, AM New
York, the Today Show, Kraft Music Hall
with Ed McMahon and Broadway Tonight.
He performed for five decades in clubs and concerts in the U.S. and
Canada, and he was particularly well known in the New York area, playing
in clubs ranging from Michaels Pub and Strykers in New York
to the Newport Jazz Festival. His work was also popular in Japan. He
also did TV commercial work as a singer and performer for various products
including Chase & Sanborn coffee
from Parkinsons Disease)
b. February 6th 1934.
2010: Jim Clench (61)
Canadian bassist; he joined the rock
band April Wine
in 1972, he also took part in some lead vocals on songs such as "Oowatanite"
and "Weeping Widow". His last album with the band was Stand
Back, released just before he left in 1975. In 1978, Jim was asked to
join Bachman Turner Overdrive as bassist, he stayed with BTO until its
demise in the late 1970s, appearing on the albums Street Action and
Rock n' Roll Nights. In 1992, April Wine was reformed and Jim recorded
four more studio albums since the band Attitude, Frigate, Back to the
Mansion, and Roughly Speaking in 2006.
died after battling lung cancer) b.
May 1st 2006.
2010: Rudolf Barshai (86) Russian
conductor and viola player born in Stanitsa Lobinskaya, and studied
at the Moscow Conservatory. He performed as a soloist as well as together
with Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, and as a member of a trio with
Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonid Kogan. He won numerous Soviet and international
competitions. He was the founding violist of the Borodin Quartet in
1945 and was a member until 1953. In
1955, he formed the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, which he led and conducted
until he emigrated to the West in 1977. He was the artistic director
of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 1976 to 1981. From 1981 until 1982
Rudolf was principal conductor of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Principal
Guest Conductor of Orchestre National de France 1985-1986. He was principal
conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1986. He
achieved fame as a musical interpreter and arranger of Shostakovich's
and Prokofiev's music. He is particularly noted for his arrangement
of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 for chamber orchestra. In 2000,
he produced a completion of Gustav Mahler's Tenth Symphony, which was
left unfinished at his death (?) b.
September 28th 1924.
2011: Richárd Weninger (77)
Hungarian composer and harpist. Beginning of his career was répétiteur,
chorus, musical director, between 1963 and 1977 he played as a member
of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and from 1976-2000 he was Division
Director to the Franz Liszt Academy of Szeged. In 1979 he founded and
has since conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Szeged Weiner. He has premiered
many works or is associated with the Hungarian premiere of his name,
together with success in Europe has occurred. He was honored in 1989
with the Liszt Prize; in 1992 the Artisjus Prize; in 1994 the Leo Weiner
music teaching awards; commemorative medals in 1995 and in 2000 the
Higher Education emlékplakettel recognized his work (?)
December 21st 1934.
2011: Angelos Skordilis (52) Greek
influencial rock guitarist, who got his break in 1986 as a member of
the band "Knockout" recording the hit song "Do not cry
for me Greece". That same year they released the album "On
the way to Ithaca" which contained the hit "Lost One".
For the last eight years he has worked with the band Chania, touring
and regular visitors on the concert scene (?)
b. December 12th 1959.
2011: Sickan Carlsson/Anna-Greta Carlsson Adamson
(96) Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm. At the
age of 10 she was already singing on radio and through the 1930s50s,
Sickan was Sweden's most popular film actress and its highest paid,
topping the salary of the most popular male performer. She was also
an accomplished singer recording artist performing on stage and in musical
revues. In 2005 she was honoured with an Honorary Guldbagge Award at
the Guldbagge Awards in Sweden (passed
b. August 12th 1915.
2011: Papa Bue/Arne Bue Jensen (81)
Danish trombonist and bandleader born in Copenhagen; after WW
II, he became a sailor for a few years, visiting ports all around the
world, fascinated by jazz he was able to listen and enjoy many lively
music venues. In 1956, back in Copenhagen, along with six other jazz
musicians, he founded the New Orleans Jazz Band, after a jam session
in the establishment 'Cap Horn'. Since he was the eldest he became the
bandleader and being a father he was given the nickname "Papa Bue"
which stuck. Renamed, they released their first album as the Viking
Jazz Band in 1958 and in 1960 their "Schlafe Mein Prinzchen"
sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1969,
Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band was the only non-American band to participate
in the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Arne was honored with the "Golden
Keys to the City. The group remained active into the 1990s, and recorded
with musicians such as George Lewis-1959, Champion Jack Dupree-1962,
Art Hodes-1970, Wild Bill Davison-1970 & 1974, Wingy Manone, Edmond
Hall and Albert Nicholas. They also played with George Lewis, Earl Hines,
Stuff Smith, Ben Webster and recorded Bent Fabricius-Bjerre's theme
music for the Olsen Gang series, now a legendary sequence for the Danes
(?) b. May 8th 1930.
2014: Acker Bilk/Bernard
Stanley Bilk MBE (85)
and vocalist, in Pensford, Somerset; he earned the nickname "Acker"
from the Somerset slang for "friend" or "mate".
After working in the W.D. & H.O. Wills's cigarette factory in Bristol,
he served three years national service with the Royal Engineers in the
Suez Canal Zone, where he learnt the clarinet after his sapper friend,
John A. Britten, gave him one he had bought at a local bazaar there.
On returning home Acker joined his uncle's blacksmith business, qualifying
in the trade and played in local jazz bands in the Bristol area. In
1951, he and his wife, Jean, moved to London where he did a brief stint
in the Ken Colyer band, but not liking London much, they returned west
and Acker formed his own band in Pensford called the Chew Valley Jazzmen,
soon renamed Bristol Paramount Jazz Band before a six-month gig in Düsseldorf,
Germany, playing in a beer bar seven hours a night, seven nights a week.
This is where he developed his distinctive style and appearance, with
his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped and fancy waistcoats and vibrato-rich,
lower-register clarinet style.
MORE <<< (sadly
died after a long illness) b. January 28th 1929.
John Henry Barbee/William George Tucker (58)
blues guitarist and singer born in Henning, Tennessee; he toured in
the 1930s throughout the American South singing and playing slide guitar.
He teamed up with Big Joe Williams, and later on, with Sunnyland Slim
in Memphis. He also played with Sonny Boy Williamson I, on and off for
several years. John was known for being an amazing storyteller. In
the 60s the blues revival was in full swing, Willie Dixon searched out
John and in 1964 he joined the American Folk Blues Festival on an European
tour with fellow blues players, including Lightnin' Hopkins and Howlin'
Wolf (he was involved in an auto accident and suffered a heart attack
while in jail waiting for the case to come to court) b.
November 14th 1905.
Charles Dean Dixon (61)
born in New York City, where he later studied conducting with Albert
Stoessel at the Juilliard School and Columbia University. When early
pursuits of conducting engagements were stifled because of racial bias,
he formed his own orchestra and choral society in 1931. In 1941, he
guest-conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic
during its summer season. He later guest-conducted the Philadelphia
Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1948 he won the Ditson Conductor's
Award. He went on to work in many major opera and music houses in Europe
and America (?) b.
January 10th 1915.
1983: Alfredo Antonini (82) Italian-American
symphony conductor and composer born in Milan, who was active on the
international concert stage as well as on the CBS radio and television
networks from the 1930s through the 1960s. In 1971 he received an Emmy
Award for best musical performance on television for his conducting
of the premiere of Ezra Laderman's opera And David Wept for CBS television
(?) b. May 31st 1901.
"Lockjaw" Davis (64) American
jazz tenor saxophonist, born in New York City; he
played with, Andy Kirk, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Sonny Stitt,
Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and
making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard
bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings of the
1940s also could be classed as rhythm and blues. Eddie can also be heard
playing his saxophone on the 1973 CBS album "Ella Fitzgerald at
the Newport Jazz Festival Live at Carnegie Hall" on the song "Young
Man with a Horn"
b. March 2nd 1922.
1990: Mary Martin (76) US actress,
singer; born in Weatherford, Texas, he originated many roles over her
career including Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Maria in The Sound
of Music. She also became popular on Broadway and received attention
in the national media singing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".
In 1955 and 1956, she received, first, a Tony Award for Peter Pan, and
then an Emmy for appearing in the same role on television. She also
received Tony Awards for South Pacific, and, in 1959 for The Sound of
Music. Mary made an appearance in 1980 in a Royal Variety Performance
in London, performing "Honeybun" from South Pacific (colon
cancer) b. December 1st 1913.
1991: Chris Bender (19)
American R&B singer from the Boston, Massachusetts area.
At the age of 16, he recorded his first album, titled Baby Doll, which
didn't chart. The album Draped hit No.92 on the Billboard R&B album
chart. He charted two singles "I Knew" and "That's Not
The Way" on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Other songs he was known
for included "Who Will I Choose" and "Kiss and Make Up".
(Chris was shot and killed in Brockton, while sitting in his car outside
of the Crescent Court housing project where his mother lived) b.
August 2nd 1972.
1991: Mort Shuman (55) American singer,
pianist and songwriter; on his own or teamed with songwriting partner
Doc Pomus, his songs were recorded by artists such as Dion, Andy Williams,
Bobby Darin, Fabian, The Drifters, and Elvis Presley, among others,
most famous songs include "A Teenager in Love", "Turn
Me Loose", "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance
For Me", "Little Sister", "Can't Get Used to Losing
You", "His Latest Flame" and "Viva Las Vegas"
(complications due to a liver operation)
b. November 3rd 1991.
2002: Lonnie Donegan (71) Scottish
singer, guitar, banjo, songwriter and pioneer, who launched the skiffle
craze in the UK, sometimes called the King of Skiffle. Born in in Bridgeton,
Glasgow, Scotland he was a huge influence on the generation of British
musicians who became famous in the 1960s. The Guinness Book of British
Hit Singles & Albums states Lonnie was "Britain's most successful
and influential recording artist before The Beatles. He chalked up 24
successive Top 30 hits, and was the first UK male to score two U.S.
Top 10s". His many hits include "Rock Island Line", "Gamblin'
Man", "Lost John", "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O",
"Cumberland Gap", "My Dixie Darlin'", "Jack
O' Diamonds", "The Grand Coulee Dam", "Sally Don't
You Grieve", "Tom Dooley", "Does Your Chewing Gum
Lose It's Flavour (On The Bedpost Over Night)", "Battle of
New Orleans", and My Old Man's A Dustman (sadly
lost to heart problems) b.
April 29th 1931.
2004: Joe Bushkin (87) World renowned
American jazz pianist, composer; he began by playing trumpet and piano
with New York City dance bands. He joined Bunny Berigan's band in 1935,
then left to join Muggsy Spanier's Ragtime Band in 1939. From the late
1930's through to the late 1940's he worked with Eddie Condon on records,
radio and TV. After service in WWII he worked with Louis Armstrong and
Benny Goodman. He might be best known for co-writing Oh! Look at Me
Now, with John DeVries, when he worked in Tommy Dorsey's band. That
song would become Frank Sinatra's first hit. Over the course of his
seven-decade career, he aslo accompanied Artie Shaw, Judy Garland and
many more. (sadly died of pneumonia) b.
November 7th 1916.
2006: Arthur "Art" Wood (69)
British blues, pop and rock singer, born in West Drayton, Middlesex,
he enrolled at Ealing School of Art in 1950. While in the army he formed
a skiffle group after which he returned to London. By 1962, he was one
of several singers regularly featured with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated,
which also included Charlie Watts and Cyril Davies. However, as that
group firmed up its line-up with Long John Baldry as the main lead singer,
Art re-formed his own group, which he called The Artwoods. The group
included organist Jon Lord, and drummer Keef Hartley. In 1969 he formed
the short-lived group Quiet Melon, with his brother Ronnie Wood, Rod
Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan and Kim Gardner. Art
went on to join his other brother Ted in setting up a graphic design
business and continued to perform on a semi-professional basis with
the Downliners Sect and reunited versions of the Artwoods, with occasional
guest appearances by his brother Ronnie. (sadly
Art died while fighting prostate cancer)
2006: Paul Mauriat (81) French conductor,
arranger, orchestra leader born in Marseille, a classically trained
musician but decided to specialize in light music. His first major success
came in 1962, as a co-writer of the European hit "Chariot".
He is best known in the US for his million selling remake of André
Popp's "Love is Blue", which was No.1 for 5 weeks in 1968.
Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, "Toccata"
and "Penelope". He has a large recording catalog, featuring
more than 1,000 titles just from his Polygram era, 1965-1993. He sold
over 40 million albums worldwide and held 28 tours in Japan from 1969
to 1998, where in the early-mid 1980s, Paul's orchestra featured in
several Japanese coffee and wine TV commercials (?)
b. March 4th
2009: Sotiris Sgouros (80) Greek
folk musician, clarinetist and singer (?)
2009: Erik Sædén (85)
Swedish bass-baritone and hovsångare born in Vänersborg,
his career was principally centred on Stockholm, both on the operatic
stage as well as the concert platform. He made a few recordings and
appeared in the 1975 Bergman film of The magic flute. He first appeared
at the Royal Opera in Stockholm in 1952 and was a member of the company
until 1981. Among over 100 roles which he sang were the Count (Le Nozze
di Figaro), Beckmesser, Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Scarpia, Jochanaan,
Golaud, Pimen, Wozzeck, and Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress. He appeared
at the Edinburgh Festival in 1959 and 1974, and at the Covent Garden
in 1960 and 1981. He also appeared in Savonlinna, Hamburg, Montreal,
Moscow, Munich and Oslo (?) b.
September 3rd 1924.
2010: Jerry Bock (81) American musical
theatre composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Flushing,
Queens, New York. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 when he and Larry
Holofcener contributed songs to Catch a Star. In 1956 the duo collaborated
on the musical Mr. Wonderful, designed for Sammy Davis, Jr., after which
they worked on Ziegfeld Follies of 1956, which closed out-of-town. He
went on to received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer
Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello!
and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the '65 musical
Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick. Other collaborations with
Harnick include Tenderloin, Man in the Moon, She Loves Me, The Apple
Tree, and The Rothschilds, and contributions to Never Too Late, Baker
Street, and The Madwoman of Central Park West
(?) b. November 23rd 1928.
2010: Rubén Basoalto (63)
Argentine drummer and founder member of the legendary rock band Vox
Dei, formed in 1967. Vox Dei is the oldest band in Argentina, and over
the last 43 years which Rubén aka "The Octopus", has
played in the band he recorded 17 albums, including their 2nd album
the legendary "The Bible". They debuted in 1970 with the album
''Hot'' and their last album ''Live Vox Dei'' was released in 2007.
Between 1982 - 85, he also formed the band "Break" with Raul
Fernandez on guitar and Henry Diaz on bass and vocals, and later played
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in the Argerich Hospital, where he had been hospitalized for three weeks
affected by lung cancer) b. July 9th 1947.
2010: Hotep Idris Galeta/Cecil
Barnard Galeta (69) South
African jazz pianist and educator; in his teens he played
with some of the best jazz musicians in South Africa; Abdullah Ibrahim
aka Dollar Brand and Lamie Zukufu introduced him to bebop and hard bop.
In 1961 he left Sth Africa clandestinely, following many other Sth African
performers to the UK, severe restrictions on public gatherings following
the Sharpeville massacre had made entertainment careers impossible for
any but white artists, and the already poor quality of life for non-whites
was deteriorating rapidly as apartheid became ever stricter. After a
year in the UK he moved to America, where he remained till 1991, when
he returned to South Africa following the collapse of apartheid. In
the US he played and recorded with Herb Alpert, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson,
Elvin Jones, Hugh Masekela, Jackie McLean, Mario Pavone, Joshua Redman,
and Archie Shepp. Outside jazz he performed and recorded with David
Crosby and the Byrds. He continued to record, perform, and teach in
South Africa (died of an asthma attack)
b. June 7th 1941.
2011: Ana tefok (72)
Croatian pop singer, born in Zagreb and
often called Croatian Edith Piaf. She became well known for her numerous
appearances in Opatija , Split , Krapina and Zagreb festivals, also
her television and radio appearances (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. 1940
2011: Cory Smoot (34) American
heavy metal guitarist aka Flattus Maximus from 2002-2011 while he was
lead guitarist in the heavy metal band Gwar, the fifth guitarist to
play the character of 'Flattus Maximus'. He lent his technical skills
to the recording of War Party, and co-produced, as well as co-mixed
Gwar's 2006 release, Beyond Hell. The two albums were recorded at Karma
Studios, owned and operated by Cory. He has been the longest running
Flattus thus and is in the videos for "War Party", "Bring
Back The Bomb", "Womb With A View", "School's Out"
and "Eighth Lock" and is considered by Gwar fans to be the
"True Flattus". Gwar's latest release, Bloody Pit of Horror,
features a 12-minute epic of four songs strung together, which was largely
the brainchild of Cory. Originally he wrote the music for a solo project
of his, but by the suggestion of Dave Brockie, it was reworked to become
new Gwar material. Before Gwar, Cory played with such bands as Misguided
and Locus Factor and still played with Mensrea and his own solo project
called the Cory Smoot Experiment. (tragically
Cory was found dead in the band's tour bus as they prepared to cross
the border into Manitoba, Canada from North Dakota) b. August
2012: Carmélia Alves (89)
Brazilian singer, who was nominated by Luís
Gonzaga the "Queen of Baião," was a hit first in the
1950s with Sabia in the cage. Recognized in Brazil and in Latin America,
she has sold thousands of copies, which forced the Continental label
from Buenos Aires to open another branch to cope with the huge sales.
Carmélia won all major awards, which are now exhibited in a museum,
and she was also part of the group "Singing Radio", formed
in 1988 , alongside friends Ellen, Violet and Carminha (Carmélia,
who was bravely battleing alzheimer's disease and cancer, sadly died
of multiple organ seizure)
b. February 14th 1923.
2013: Bernard Roberts (80) English
pianist, born in Manchester,
he is noted for his recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach
and highly acclaimed for his treatment of the cycle of Beethoven's Piano
Sonatas. His recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2,
performed on piano, was released in 1999 and he has also recorded Bach's
Six Partitas, BWV 825-30, and his French Suites, BWV 812-17. Bernard
has been the subject of a 40 minute BBC2 documentary and he particularly
enjoyed performing the piano trio repertoire with his sons Andrew and
b. July 23rd 1933
2013: Reshma Sitara-e-Imtiaz/Star of Excellence
folk singer, born in the village of Loha and spent much of her childhood
singing at the mazars/shrines of the mystic saints of Sindh. At the
age of twelve, she was spotted singing at Shahbaaz Qalandar's shrine
by a television and radio producer, who arranged for her to make a recording
of "Laal Meri" on Pakistan radio. She became an instant hit
and since that day, Reshma has been one of the most popular folk singers
of Pakistan, appearing on television, recording songs for both the Pakistani
and Indian film industry and performing at home and abroad. Her more
popular songs include "Dama Dam Mast Kalandar", "Hai
O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera", "Sun charkhe di mithi mithi
cook mahiya meinu yaad aunda", "Wey main chori chori",
and "Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol".
was awarded several national awards and she also holds the prestigious
awards 'Sitara-i-Imtiaz' and 'Legends Of Pakistan' given by the President
of Pakistan (sadly
died fighting throat cancer)
2014: Augusto Martelli (74) Italian
composer, conductor, arranger and television personality born in Genoa.
He is probably best known for the song Djamballà, theme song
of the 1971 film Il dio serpente, which reached No.1 in the Italian
charts. He also collaborated with the singer Mina as a composer and
an arranger and with whom he co-fonded the recording company PDU. After
having been conductor in a number of RAI variety shows, from late seventies
onwards he was also host of a number of TV programs, mainly for Canale
5, as well as composing songs and scores for a large number of Fininvest
TV programs (?) b. March 15th 1940.
1931: Charles "Buddy" Bolden/King
Bolden (53) New
Orleans jazzman and cornet player; the first New Orleans jazz musician
to come to prominence, the first important name in jazz history, Buddy's
career has long been buried in legend. Many early jazz musicians credited
Buddy and the members of his band with being the originators of what
came to be known as "jazz", though the term was not yet in
common musical use until after the era of Bolden's prominence. At least
one writer has labeled him the father of jazz. He is credited with creating
a looser, more improvised version of ragtime and adding blues to it;
his band was said to be the first to have brass instruments play the
blues. He was also said to have taken ideas from gospel music heard
in uptown African American Baptist churches. Instead
of imitating other cornetists, he played music he heard "by ear"
and adapted it to his horn. In doing so, he created an exciting and
novel fusion of rag-time, black sacred music, marching-band music and
rural blues. He rearranged the typical New Orleans dance band of the
time to better accommodate the blues; string instruments became the
rhythm section, and the front-line instruments were clarinets, trombones,
and Bolden's cornet. He was known for his powerful, loud, "wide
open" playing style. Joe "King" Oliver, Freddie Keppard,
Bunk Johnson, and many other early New Orleans jazz musicians were directly
inspired by his playing. Also one of the most famous Buddy numbers is
a song called "Funky Butt", known later as "Buddy Bolden's
Blues", which represents one of the earliest references to the
concept of "funk" in popular music (He
was diagnosed with schizophrenia-dementia praecox; in those days, he
was admitted to a mental institution in 1907, where he remained completely
forgotten for the rest of his life. He was buried in an unmarked grave
in Holt Cemetery, a pauper's graveyard in New Orleans. In 1998 a monument
to Buddy was erected in the Cemetery)
b. September 6th 1877.
1969: Ivory "Deek" Watson (60)
American tenor singer, guitarist and trumpeter who in 1932 was singing
in a group called "The Four Riff Brothers" who appeared regularly
on radio station WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio., after which he formed "King,
Jack, and Jester", changing the name to "The 4 Ink Spots"
then The Ink Spots in 1934.
had their first big hit with "If I Didn't Care", in 1939.
Other hits included "Address Unknown", "My Prayer",
"When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano", "Whispering
Grass", "Do I Worry", "Java Jive", "Shout,
Brother, Shout", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I
Can't Stand Losing You", and "Cow-Cow Boogie" among
others. The group split in 1944 and Deek went on to form a group called
the Brown Dots, which later became the 4 Tunes. He later formed a host
of offshoot Ink Spots groups in the 1950s and 1960s until his death.
The Ink Spots were the subject of a 1998 book by Marv Goldberg: "More
Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots And Their Music". The group was
inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and they were even
inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, as influences, in 1989;
this induction consisted of Deek
Watson, Bill Kenny, Charlie
Fuqua, and Hoppy Jones. (?) b.
July 18th 1909.
1994: Fred "Sonic" Smith (45)
US guitar player,
who, in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine
included in thier list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
and the band Sonic Youth took its
name from Fred's nickname
"Sonic". Born in West Virginia but bought up in Detroit. As
a teenger, he lived for music with speed, energy with a rebellious attitude
and formed a rock group Smith's Vibratones, before joining up with his
old school pal, Wayne Kramer to form MC5, short for Motor City Five.
This influencial band released 3 albums before their break up in 1972,
Kick Out the Jams in 1969, Back in the USA in 1970, and High Time in
1971. Fred went on to form Sonic's Rendezvous Band, which released one
single, "City Slang". He and his wife, singer Patti Smith
collaborated on her 1988 album "Dream of Life", and Patti's
1996 album "Gone Again" features a tribute to Fred. (heart
failure) b. September 13th 1949.
2004: Robert Heaton
drummer with the Bradford based punk band New Model Army.
He wrote many of NMA's best known compositions, which are still played
nowadays at their gigs. He
left NMA in 1998 due to health reasons (pancreatic
cancer) b. July 6th 1961.
2008: Jheryl Busby (59) American record
executive; First worked at Stax Records as head of West Coast promotion
and marketing. Moved to Motown Records in 1988 as the company's President
& CEO. He fostered the growth of younger talent, including Another
Bad Creation, Boyz II Men and Johnny Gill. In early 1989, he was able
to sign Diana Ross back to Motown and he retained artists such as Lionel
Richie, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. When Polygram Records bought
Motown he was retained as president. Jheryl was appointed head of the
black music division at DreamWorks Records in 1998 till 2001. He was
named president of Def Soul Classics in 2004. He
also created Umbrella Recordings
with producer Mike City (Found dead in
the hot tub of his home in Malibu, cause not yet known)
2008: Byron Lee (73) Jamaican musician
and record producer; best known for his work as leader of Byron Lee
and the Dragonaires, they turned professional in 1956 and went on to
become one of Jamaica's leading ska bands, continuing since and taking
in other genres such as calypso, Soca, and Mas. He also purchased the
West Indies Records Limited (WIRL) recording studios, renaming it Dynamic
Sounds it soon became one of the best-equipped studios in the Caribbean,
attracting both local and international recording artists, including
Paul Simon and The Rolling Stones (bladder cancer)
b. June 27 1935.
2010: James Freud/Colin
Joseph McGlinchey (51) Australian
vocalist and bassist; he grew up in Melbourne and formed his first band,
Sabre, at the age of 16, with high school friends, but at
left home pursue his musical dreams.
After hearing the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" in 1977,
he formed the band The Spred. By early 1979, with ex-members of Colt,
he formed James Freud & the Radio Stars their debut single, "Modern
Girl," was released in May 1980, which peaked at No.12 on the Australian
Kent Music Report Singles Chart. In 1982, he joined the successful alternative
rock band Models as bass guitarist and shared lead vocalist duties on
some songs, beginning with one of his compositions, "Facing The
North Pole in August" from The Pleasure of Your Company, recorded
in 1983. In 1985, two James-penned hits, "Barbados" and "Out
of Mind, Out of Sight", took Models to No.2 and No.1 on the Australian
singles chart, respectively. He remained in the band until they split
in 1988. He went on to launch a solo career, played in other bands including
Beatfish and Moondog, and wrote his first autobiography in 2002, ''I
Am the Voice Left from Drinking'' where he detailed his alcoholism.
In 2007-09 James performed with Melbourne tribute band 80s Enuff and
in 2008, he released his last solo album ''See you in Hell''. Prior
to his death, James was manager for his sons' band, Attack of the Mannequins,
on the development of an album entitled Rage of the World. A week before
his death, 27 October, James with Models were inducted into the ARIA
Hall of Fame, but due to his alcohol illness he did not attend (James
sadly committed suicide) b. 29 June 29th
2012: Theodore "Ted" Curson (77)
American jazz trumpeter,
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and perhaps best known for recording
and performing with Charles Mingus.
He became interested in playing trumpet after watching a newspaper salesman
play a silver trumpet and was 10 years old, he received his first trumpet.
He attended Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia. At the suggestion
of Miles Davis, he moved to New York in 1956. He performed and recorded
with Cecil Taylor in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1964 Eric Dolphy
tribute composition "Tears for Dolphy" has been used in many
films. Ted also belonged to the greater New York areas jazz scene.
In 1983 he established a late-night jam session at the Blue Note, which
he ran on and off for more than a decade. And for roughly the last 10
years he had been leading a jam session one night a month at Trumpets
Jazz Club in Montclair. He was a familiar face in Finland also, having
performed annually at the Pori Jazz festival each year since the beginning
of the event in 1966 and in 2007, he performed at Finland's Independence
Day Ball at the invitation of president Tarja Halonen.
(sadly died from heart failure)
b. June 3rd 1935.
2013: Charlie Chesterman (?) American
alternative rock singer, guitarist and frontman of Boston college-radio
favorites Scruffy the Cat, part of the late-80s cowpunk scene
that helped spawn the alt-country movement. Between 1987 and 1989, Scruffy
the Cat released two albums and two EPs and some MTV airplay with thier
single My Baby, Shes Alright (sadly
died while fighting cancer)
2013: Eleanor Mlotek (91) American
musicologist born in Brooklyn who specialized in Yiddish folklore. WorldCat
lists her as author of 70 works in 112 editions, in 6 languages. They
include both collections of music and exhibition catalogs of Yiddish
authors. She held the position of Music Archivist at the YIVO Institute
for Jewish Research and is also a columnist at the Yiddish Forward
(?) b. April
1942: George M. Cohan (64)
American musician, actor, writer,
composer; he started his career as a child performing with his parents
and sister in vaudeville as "The Four Cohans." He quickly
started writing songs and sketches and went on to write some 500 songs
in his lifetime. George was one of the founders of ASCAP. His many popular
songs include "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway,"
and "The Yankee Doodle Boy." Beginning with Little Johnny
Jones in 1904, he wrote and starred in over three dozen Broadway shows,
continuing to perform until 1940. He appeared in films, including The
Phantom President in 1932.
in the decade before World War I as "the man who owned Broadway,"
he is considered the father of American musical comedy. His life and
music were depicted in the Academy Award-winning film Yankee Doodle
Dandy in 1942 and the 1968 musical George M!. A statue of Cohan is in
Times Square in New York City. (abdominal
cancer) b. July 3rd 1878.
1954: Oran 'Hot Lips' Page (46)
American jazz trumpeter,
singer, bandleader born in Dallas, Texas, known as a scorching soloist
and powerful vocalist. In
his early years, he travelled the southwest backing such blues singers
as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ida Cox. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri
in 1928 and played with leading bands, including the Walter Page's Blue
Devils, Bennie Moten, and Count Basie's original Reno Club orchestra.
A popular sessionist he was featured in Artie Shaw's Orchestra and played
on many recording sessions, including duets with Pearl Bailey on "The
Hucklebuck" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (?)
1956: Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. (47) American
he is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all
time. Born in Toledo, Ohio
he was a child prodigy with perfect pitch, he learned to play by ear,
picking out church hymns by the age of three, learning tunes from the
radio and copying piano-roll recordings. By 19, Art was playing with
vocalist Jon Hendricks at Toledo's Waiters & Bellman's Club, many
top artists took notice of the young house pianist, often stunned by
his speed and dexterity. In 1932, Tatum traveled to New York with vocalist
Adelaide Hall and the following year he released "Tea for Two,"
which became his signature tune. He went on to play with all the top
musicians in all the top places on bothsides of the ocean. Although
Art was not considered a bebop jazz musician, he had a legion of bop
followers like the alto saxophone icon Charlie Parker and pianist Bud
Powell, and he became a mentor for pianists Billy Taylor and Oscar Peterson.
By 1952, he began showing evidence of euremia, a toxic blood condition
resulting from a severe kidney disease. In in 1953, Art tracked a record
124 solos for noted producer Norman Granz and while the sessions were
hasty, they yielded material for 13 albums (kidney
October 13th 1909.
1960: Johnny Horton (35) American
country music singer who was most famous for his semi-folk, so-called
"saga songs" which launched the "historical ballad"
craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major
crossover hits, most notably in 1959 with "The Battle of New Orleans"
which won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.
The song won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333
of the RIAA's "Songs of the Century". In 1960, Johnny had
two other crossover hits with "North to Alaska", featured
in the John Wayne's hit film, North to Alaska; and "Sink the Bismarck".
He was also a rockabilly singer, with hits such as "Honky Tonk
Man" and "I'm a One-Woman Man" and he was inducted into
the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. (fatal car crash,
when a drunk truck driver hit his car near Milano, Texas)
b. April 30th 1925.
1964: Buddy Cole/Edwin LeMar Cole (47)
American jazz pianist, organist and bandleader;
born in Irving, Illinois, he started his musical career in cinemas playing
between movies. He moved to Hollywood and played with a couple of bands,
most notably the Alvino Ray big band, before becoming a studio musician.
He played piano for Bing Crosby for a number of years and also toured
with Rosemary Clooney and backed the likes of Jill
Corey, and The Four Lads. He also worked extensively with Henry Mancini,
who used his distinctive Hammond organ sound for the sound track to
the TV series "Mr. Lucky." He also recorded several albums
for Warner Brothers records on piano, Hammond organ and theatre pipe
recorded for Capitol Records as both Buddy Cole and as Eddie LaMar and
His Orchestra. (heart
December 15th 1916
1967: Robert Lee McCoy/Robert Nighthawk/Robert
Lee McCollum (57)
American guitarist, vocalist and slide
in Helena, Arkansas, he left home young working as a street busker.
Under his real name Robert
he settled for a time in Memphis, where he played with local orchestras
and musicians, such as the Memphis Jug Band. Ann influence during this
period was Houston Stackhouse, from whom he learnt to play slide guitar,
and with whom he appeared on the radio in Jackson, Mississippi. Under
the name of Robert Lee McCoy he moved to St. Louis, in the mid 1930s.
He played the likes of Henry Townsend, Big Joe Williams, and Sonny Boy
Williamson. This led to 2 recording dates in 1937, the four musicians
recorded together at the Victor Records studio in Aurora, Illinois,
as well as solo recordings including "Prowling Night-Hawk"
recorded 5 May 1937, from which he would take his later pseudonym. Robert
seemed to disappear, then in 1963, as Nighthawk, he was rediscovered
busking in Chicago, this led to further recording sessions and club
dates, and to his return to Arkansas, where he appeared on the King
Biscuit Time radio programme on KFFA. (sadly
he had a stroke followed by a heart attack and died of heart failure)
b. November 30th 1909.
Albert Ayler (34) American
jazz saxophonist, singer and composer, born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio,
he was among the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the 1960s.
He was first taught alto saxophone by his father. In 1952, at the age
of 16, he began playing bar-walking, honking, R&B-style tenor with
blues singer and harmonica player Little Walter, spending two summer
vacations with Walter's band. He later studied at the Academy of Music
in Cleveland with jazz saxophonist Benny Miller. Albert relocated to
Sweden in 1962 where his recording career began, leading Swedish and
Danish groups on radio sessions, and jamming as an unpaid member of
Cecil Taylor's band in the winter of 1962-1963. Back in New York, US,
he found respect and he influenced the new generation of jazz players,
as well as veterans like John Coltrane who he worked with. In 1964 he
toured Europe, with the trio augmented with trumpeter Don Cherry, recorded
and released as The Hilversum Session. On his return from Europe, Albert
embarked on his first major recording contract, since John Coltrane,
recording The Village Concerts, New Grass, and Music is the Healing
Force of the Universe (It is said that on November
5th 1970, he took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and jumped off
as the boat neared Liberty Island. He was found dead in New York City's
East River on Nov 25, a presumed suicide. Rumors circulated that he
had been murdered, due to his involvement in the black power movement.
There was no autopsy) b. July 13th 1936.
Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo (75)
then American bandleader and violinist born in London, Ontario. Forming
"The Royal Canadians" in 1924 with his brothers Carmen, Lebert,
and Victor and other musicians from his hometown, he led the group to
international success, billing themselves as creating "The Sweetest
Music This Side of Heaven''. The Lombardos are believed to have sold
between 100 and 300 million phonograph records during their career.
In 1938, Guy became a naturalized citizen of the United States. The
Royal Canadians were noted for playing the traditional song Auld Lang
Syne as part of the celebrations. Their recording of the song still
plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square. He was inducted
into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007 (sadly
died after suffering a heart attack) b.
June 19th 1902.
1986: Bobby Nunn (61)
American lead and bass singer born in Birmingham, Alabama; in 1955,
he and Carl Gardner split from The Robins to form The Coasters with
Leon Hughes and Billy Guy. After leaving The Coasters, he teamed with
Leon Hughes to record as The Dukes in 1959, releasing two singles "Looking
For You" b/w "Groceries, Sir" and "I Love You"
b/w "Leap Year Cha Cha". He went on to work with both Dorsey
Burnette and The O'Jays, before he put together his own Coasters, in
1985, they appeared on the NBC variety show "Our Time" hosted
by Karen Valentine (heart failure)
b. September 20th 1925.
1989: Vladimir Horowitz (86) Ukrainian-Russian-American
classical virtuoso pianist and composer. His technique and use of tone
colour and the excitement of his playing were and remain legendary.
He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
He gave his US debut on January 12, 1928, in Carnegie Hall. He played
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction
of Sir Thomas Beecham, who was also making his U.S. debut. (he
died in New York of a heart attack and was buried in the Toscanini family
tomb in Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy)
b. October 1st 1903.
1989: Lucius "Lu" Watters (77)
American trumpeter and bandleader in the "West Coast revival"
of Dixieland music. Born in Santa Cruz, California he played trumpet
by the age of 11 and got his first work on a cruise ship. He then worked
for Bob Crosby before deciding to form a Dixieland-style band. He founded
the Yerba Buena Jazz Band in 1939 and it would be a leading force in
the Dixieland revival for the next 11 years, with a small off-period
caused by the war. In 1950 he broke up the band and in 1957 he retired
from full-time playing. In 1963 he made a bit of a return by playing
with Turk Murphy at anti-nuclear rallies. (?)
b. December 19th 1911.
1990: Bobby Scott (53) American
musician, record producer, and songwriter born in Mount Pleasant, New
York, and became a pianist, vibraphonist, and singer, but could also
play the accordion, cello, clarinet, and double bass.In 1952 he began
touring with Louis Prima, and performed with Gene Krupa and Tony Scott
in the 1950s. In 1956 he hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with the song
"Chain Gang", peaking at No.13 and was awarded a gold disc.
As a bandleader, he did sessions for Verve, ABC-Paramount, Bethlehem,
and Musicmasters. As a songwriter, he won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental
Composition for the song "A Taste of Honey". In addition to
"A Taste of Honey", he also co-wrote "He Ain't Heavy,
He's My Brother". In the 1960s he became a music teacher, as well
as occasionally recording, including a Nat King Cole tribute album in
the 1980s. He also arranged for jazz and easy listening musicians such
as Les and Larry Elgart. (sadly died fighting
cancer) b. January
Harris (62) American
tenor saxophonist, though he was also fluent on the electric piano and
organ. His best-known composition is "Freedom Jazz Dance",
recorded and popularized by Miles Davis in the 1960s. Born in Chicago,
after college he was drafted into the United States Army. While serving
in Europe he was accepted into the 7th Army Band, which also included
Don Ellis, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. After
getting out of the army he worked in New York City before returning
to Chicago, where he signed a contract with Vee Jay Records. His first
album Exodus to Jazz included his own jazz arrangement of Ernest Gold's
theme from the movie Exodus. Eddie also came up with the idea of the
reed trumpet, playing one for the first time at The Newport Jazz Festival
of 1970. Until the mid 70s he experimented with new instruments of his
own invention, the reed trumpet was a trumpet with a saxophone mouthpiece,
the saxobone was a saxophone with a trombone mouthpiece, and the guitorgan
was a combination of guitar and organ. He continued to record into the
1990s, but his experimentation ended and he mainly recorded hard bop
(??) b. October 20th 1934.
Epic Soundtracks/Kevin Paul Godfrey (38)
brought up in Solihull, with his brother Adrian Nicholas, who was known
as Nikki Sudden. In
1972 they formed the nucleus of the post-punk rock group Swell Maps,
with "Epic" on drums and piano, and "Nikki" on guitar
and vocals. He
later played drums for both Crime and the City Solution, and These Immortal
Souls. In 1991, he decided to focus on his own songwriting career, as
a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he released three solo albums and
two more "Everything is Temporary", and "Good Things"
have been released posthumously. (Epic
died in his sleep, speculation has been made of the manner of his death;
however, the official cause of death was ruled as inconclusive)
b. March 23rd 1959.
Billy Guy/Frank William Phillips (66)
singer comedy singer but better known for being lead singer and baritone
singer with The Coasters singing lead on such hits as "Searchin',"
"Little Egypt," "Run Red Run," "Wait A Minute,"
among others. Before he joined The Coasters in 1955, he was part of
a comedy singing duo called "Bip and Bop." One single called
"Ding Ding Dong" b/w "Du-Wada-Du" was released on
Aladdin Records in 1955. He
did about a dozen or so solo recordings in 1963 for Double-L Records
which later show up on collections as by The Coasters.
Billy also made a number of solo records during the 1960s and 1970s
including some X rated comedy albums. In 1977, he appeared, along with
Grady Chapman and Jerome Evans, on a recording "Paid The Price"
by Michelle Phillips on her album "Victim Of Romance." (?)
b. June 20th 1936.
2003: Bobby Lee Hatfield (63)
American singer-songwriter born
in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and moved with his family to Anaheim, California
when he was four. A 1958 graduate of Anaheim High School, where he had
sung in the school choir. He met his singing future partner Bill Medley
while at California State University Long Beach. The pair began singing
together '62 in the LA area in a group called the Paramours, sounding
like African-American gospel singers, they renamed their act "The
Righteous Brothers". Their first charted single was "Little
Latin Lupe Lu" and their first No.1 was "You've Lost That
Lovin' Feelin'" came in 1964. Follow-up hits included the No.1
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody",
the latter of which was a Hatfield solo performance that he recorded
again after the success of the movie "Ghost",
remarking that he had not lost any of the high notes in his tenor/falsetto
range since the original recording, but had actually gained one note.
The duo broke up in 1968 but returned with another hit in 1974, the
No.3 "Rock and Roll Heaven." The duo was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003 by Billy Joel (He
was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due
on stage, allegedly an overdose of cocaine had precipitated a fatal
heart attack) b.
August 10th 1940.
Lincoln Wray (76)
American singer, guitarist born Dunn,
North Carolina; he was noted for pioneering a new sound for electric
guitars, as heard in his hit '58 instrumental "Rumble", which
pioneered an overdriven distorted electric guitar sound, and also for
having, invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern
rock guitarist. Rolling Stone included Link at No. 67 on their list
of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He was a great inspiration
to Jeff Beck, Duff McKagan, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Marc
Bolan, Pete Townsend, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others. He is
also credited with inventing 'fuzz' guitar after punching a hole in
a speaker (heart failure) b.
May 2nd 1929.
2005: Virginia MacWatters (93)
coloratura soprano, born
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she studied at the Curtis Institute of
Music, and sang 611 Broadway performances of Adele in Rosalinda from
1942 to 1944. She made her formal operatic debut at the San Francisco
Opera, as Musetta in La bohème, in 1944. She also appeared on
Broadway in La serva padrona as Serpina, 1944 and Mr Strauss Goes to
Boston as Brook Whitney, 1945. Virginia sang at the New York City Opera
from 1946 to 1951, in The Pirates of Penzance as Mabel, Rigoletto as
Gilda, Il barbiere di Siviglia as Rosina, The Old Maid and the Thief
as Laetitia, Le nozze di Figaro as Susanna, Les contes d'Hoffmann as
Olympia, and Ariadne auf Naxos as Zerbinetta. She appeared at the first
season of opera in English at Covent Garden following World War II,
in the name part of Manon and as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, in 1947.
At the New Orleans Opera Association, the coloratura was seen in Il
barbiere di Siviglia-1949, Die Fledermaus-1955 and Le nozze di Figaro-1956.
She retired in 1982 (?)
2007: Nigel Ian Norman Snook (63) English
in Poole, Dorset. He played banjo
on Unit 4 + 2 's first single "The Green Fields".
(?) b. February 26th 1944
2010: Michelle Nicastro (50) American
singer, actress born in Washington D.C., she provided the voice of Princess
Odette in The Swan Princess and its sequels, and the singing voice of
Callisto for the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "The Bitter Suite".
She also had guest starring roles in Airwolf and Knight Rider. She appeared,
briefly, as the college sweetheart of Billy Crystal in When Harry Met
Sally. In 1996 she played Snow White in Coach episode "Grimmworld"
as the girlfriend of Michael "Dauber" Daubinski and had a
role in Full House as Roxanne. On
the stage, she created the role of Ariadne in the 1983 Broadway musical
Merlin. She was the first Eponine in the second US tour of Les Misérables
in 1988. She recorded 4 albums, 2 albums, ''Toonful'' and ''Toonful
Too'' feature songs from animated musicals, ''Reel Imagination'' features
songs from family musicals, and ''On My Own'' features songs from contemporary
Broadway musicals (died
after battling cancer)
b. March 31st 1960.
2010: Shirley Verrett (79) American
operatic mezzo-soprano who successfully transitioned into soprano roles
i.e. soprano sfogato.
Making her operatic debut in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in 1957,
she became particularly well known for her singing in French and Italian
opera, particularly works of Verdi and Donizetti
and went on to enjoy great fame from the late 1960s through the 1990s
and was much admired for her radiant voice, beauty, and great versatility
(sadly died of heart failure) b. May 31st
2011: Bhupen Hazarika (85) Assamese
singer, composer, lyricist, music director, filmmaker a from the state
of Assam in India. He was a legend in Indian music, influenced many
people throughout the country and neighboring countries. His song reflected
his view on the current situations of society, culture, politics, corruption
etc. He composed songs in Assamese, Bengali, Hindi and English. He played
an important role in visualizing the culture and art of Assam to other
parts of India and world
(sadly died of multi-organ failure) b.
September 8th 1926.
2012: Elliott Carter (103) American
composer and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; he studied with Nadia Boulanger
in Paris in the 1930s, and then returned to the United States. From
1940-44, he taught in the program, including music, at St. John's College
in Annapolis, Maryland. He held teaching posts at the Peabody Conservatory
194648, Columbia University, Queens College, New York 195556,
Yale University 196062, Cornell University from 1967 and the Juilliard
School from 1972. In 1967, he was made a member of the American Academy
of Arts and Letters. In 1981, he was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music
Prize, in 1985 the National Medal of Arts. His compositions, which have
been performed all over the world, include orchestral and chamber music
as well as solo instrumental and vocal works. He
was extremely productive in his later years, publishing more than 40
works between the ages of 90 and 100, and over 14 more after he turned
100 in 2008. His last work, 12 Short Epigrams for piano, was completed
on August 13th 2012.
(Elliot died from natural causes) b. December
2012: Leonardo Favio/Fuad Jorge Jury (74)
Argentine singer, actor, and film director;
born in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, he was one of the most successful
Argentine singers in the 1960s and 1970s with big hits like Fuiste mía
un verano, Ella, ella ya me olvidó, Quiero aprender de memoria,
Ding, dong, las cosas del amor and La cita and he starred in many films
including "Crónica de un niño solo" and "El
romance del Aniceto y la Francisca". On October 9th 2010, he was
appointed Argentina's Ambassador of Culture by national decree of the
president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (sadly
died while fighting polyneuritis melaminosa and HCV)
b. May 28th
2014: Manitas de Plata/Ricardo Baliardo (93)
French gitano flamenco guitarist born in a gypsy
caravan in Sète in southern France and he became famous by playing
each year at the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Gypsy pilgrimage in Camargue,
where he was recorded live by Deben Bhattacharya and only agreed to
play in public ten years after the death of Django Reinhardt. He recorded
his first official album in the chapel of Arles in France, in 1963,
for the Phillips label. Upon hearing him play at Arles in 1964, Pablo
Picasso is said to have exclaimed "that man is of greater worth
than I am!" and proceeded to draw on the guitar. Since the mid
60s he has toured the world many times performing at top venues such
Carnegie Hall, New York and the
London Palladium (?) b. August 7th
1672: Heinrich Schütz (87)
German composer worked most of Europe, including in
the court of Prince Christian of Denmark and the court of Prince Johann
Georg. He is regarded as the most important German composer before Johann
Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important
composers of the 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi. He wrote
what is thought to be the first German opera, Dafne, performed at Torgau
in 1627, of which the music has since been lost. He is commemorated
as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on July
28 with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel (stroke)
b. October 8th 1585.
1893: Peter Ilyich
of the Romantic era, of
often dramatic, richly expressive works. His wide ranging output includes
symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental and chamber music and songs.
He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the
classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping
Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto,
his last three numbered symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin (sadly
lost to cholera) b.
May 7th 1840.
1965: Clarence Williams (67)
American jazz pianist,
and business man; born
in Plaquemine, Louisiana, he ran away from home at age 12 to join Billy
Kersand's Traveling Minstrel Show, then moved to New Orleans. Clarence
started a music publishing business with violinist/bandleader Armand
J. Piron 1915. He toured briefly with W.C. Handy, set up 3 music stores
in Chicago, after which he settled in New York in 1923. He supervised
African-American recordings for New York offices of Okeh phonograph
company in the Gaiety Theatre office building in Times Square. He recruited
many of the artists who performed on that label. He also recorded extensively,
leading studio bands frequently for OKeh, Columbia and occasionally
other record labels. He
mostly used "Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings" for his hot band
sides and "Clarence Williams' Washboard Five" for his washboard
sides. His hits include "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate",
"Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Royal Garden Blues",
"Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "Shout, Sister, Shout"
and many others. He also produced and participated in early recordings
by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Virginia Liston, and
many others.His New York publishing company prospered, continuing to
do business until 1943 when he sold its catalog of over 2,000 songs
to Decca for a reputed $50,000. Clarence was posthumously inducted into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, (?)
October 8th 1898.
1968: Charles Munch (77) Alsatian
symphonic conductor and violinist, born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine,
German Empire now France, he is best known as music director of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra. In
1920, he became professor of violin at the Strasbourg Conservatoire
and assistant concertmaster of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over the next 2 decades he held a number of prestigious posts before
he made his début with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on December
27th 1946. He was its Music Director from 1949 to 1962. Charles was
also Director of the Berkshire Music Festival and Berkshire Music Center,
Tanglewood, from 1951 through 1962. He also received honorary degrees
from Boston University, Harvard University, and Brandeis University.
During the 1960s, Munch appeared regularly as a guest conductor throughout
America, Europe, and Japan. In 1967 he founded the Orchestre de Paris
(He died in Richmond, Virginia, of a heart attack
while on an American tour with
the Orchestre de Paris)
September 26th 1891.
1972: Billy Murcia (21) Colombian
drummer, born in Bogotá, and raised in
Jackson Heights, New York. He started out in 1967, with Sylvain Sylvain
in a band called "The Pox", before forming the punk band New
York Dolls in 1971. He played
during their now-legendary series of weekly shows at the Mercer Arts
Center, and went on their 1972 UK tour (While
on a UK tour Billy was at a party, and passed out from an accidental
overdose. He was put in a bathtub and force-fed coffee in an attempt
to revive him, but tragically resulted in asphyxiation and death)
1975: François de Roubaix (36) French
film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine; he did
not receive any formal education in music, but began studying jazz on
his own at age 15, forming a band and learning trombone as an autodidact.
His father, filmmaker Paul de Roubaix, made educational films, and offered
to let François compose scores for them. His first film score
was for a 1961 film by Robert Enrico; through the late 1960s and early
1970s he scored films for Enrico, Jose Giovanni, Jean-Pierre Melville,
Jean-Pierre Mocky, and Yves Boisset. Notable in his style is his use
of folk elements, as well as electronic musical instruments such as
synthesizers and early drum machines. In 1976, his score for Le Vieux
Fusil was awarded a César Award. (tragically
in a car accident in Tenerife, Canary Islands)
b. April 3rd 1939.
1986: Elisabeth Grümmer (75) German
operatic soprano, born at Niederjeutz, near Diedenhofen; she studied
theatre and made her stage debut as Klärchen in Goethe's Egmont.
married the concertmaster of the theater orchestra, Detlev Grümmer,
and they moved to Aachen, where they met Herbert von Karajan. Elisabeth
started to take singing lessons, von Karajan cast her as the first flower
maiden in a performance of Wagner's Parsifal. She went on to perform
in Duisburg and Prague. She performed in all the major opera houses
in Europe and the United States, restricting herself to a small number
of roles, primarily sung in German. She was also active in song recitals
and concert performances, particularly of Brahms' German Requiem (?)
March 31st 1911.
1987: Zohar Argov (32)
Israeli singer and a distinctive
voice in the Mizrahi music scene, born in Rishon LeZion. Zohar's debut
album Eleanor in 1981 featured the title track, "Sod HaMazalot"/"The
Zodiac Secret", and "Mah Lakh Yaldah"/"What's up
Girl", a tribute to his ex-wife, Bracha. Among his other hits are
"HaPerakh BeGani" /"The Flower in My Garden", "Mah
Lakh Yaldah", "Ba'avar Hayu Zmanim"/"In The Past
There Were Times" and "Badad"/"Alone", which
are now considered Israeli classics and an integral part of national
culture. (He committed suicide by hanging himself
in his jail cell after he was arrested on rape charges) b.
July 16th 1955.
1997: Epic Soundtracks/Kevin Godfrey (37)
piano, drums, singer, songwriter, born in Croydon, but brought up in
Solihull, Midlands with his brother Adrian Nicholas, who was known as
Nikki Sudden; In 1972 the brothers formed the nucleus of what was to
become the post-punk rock group Swell Maps, with "Soundtracks"
on drums and piano, and "Sudden" on guitar and vocals. Soundtracks
later played drums for Crime and the City Solution and These Immortal
Souls. In 1991, he decided to focus on his own songwriting career. (died
in his sleep, suicide was suspected) b.
March 23rd 1959.
2005: Minako Honda (38) Japanese
singer and musical actress born in Tokyo; she got famous and popular
known as "Japan's Madonna" because of her sexy fashion and
live performances in the mid to late 1980s. She was also one of the
singers to sing Japanese and English languages. She took formal acting
and singing lessons, and became a notable theatrical singer and actress.
In auditions for the Tokyo production of Miss Saigon, she won out over
12,000 other candidates for the part of Kim, earning the nickname "Tokyo's
Miss Saigon". She appeared in many other theatrical performances.
(sadly died from complications from myelocytic
leukemia) b. July 31st 1967.
2006: Jance Garfat (62) American bassist
and a founder member in
the pop-country rock band
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, later named Dr.Hook, from 1972 till
they disbanded in 1985. At the height of their success Dr Hook were
top of the charts in 42 countries, they amassed 60 gold and platinum
singles and albums. Their hits include "The Cover of the Rolling
Stone", "Sylvia's Mother", "When You're in Love
with a Beautiful Woman",
and "Sexy Eyes". (tragically killed
in a motorcycle accident, while swirving to avoid a dog in Oakland,
Hank Thompson (82)
country music singer and songwriter whose career spanned seven decades.
He sold over 60 million records worldwide. His
musical style, characterized as Honky Tonk Swing, was a mixture of fiddles,
electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, gravelly
baritone vocals. Born in Waco, Texas, Hank decided to pursue his musical
career after serving in the US Navy in World War II, having a two-sided
chart hit in the '40s, "Soft Lips"/"The Grass is Greener
Over Yonder". In 1952, Hank with his backing band The Brazos Valley
Boys had a huge hit with "Wild Side Of Life", the song became
one of the most popular recordings in the genre's history, spending
15 weeks at No.1 Billboard country charts (lung cancer)
b. September 3rd 1925.
2007: George Osmond (90)
American patriarch of the Osmond singing family; he managed his
sons' careers, and at an appearance at Disneyland, they caught the eye
of Walt Disney, who took a personal interest in them. The boys auditioned
for Andy Williams, whose father helped launch them into the national
George's children's fortune rose, he put his career aside to focus on
the family's musical interests and moved the family to California to
place them closer to the heart of the entertainment industry (natural
causes) b. October
2007: Jimmy Staggs (72)
American radio disk jockey; a longtime Chicago, USA radio disc
jockey and record store owner. His radio career began in Birmingham
on WYDE AM. From there, it was on to Philadelphia on WBIG, San Francisco
on KYA, and Milwaukee on WOKY before his stint at KYW, Cleveland and
others. At WCFL, the "Voice of Labor", he did the "afternoon
drive" shift. He referred to the studio call-in line as the "Stagg
Line" and produced a feature titled "Stagg's Starbeat"
in-depth, provocative, and insightful interviews with local, national
and international music celebrities. Staggs interviewed nearly every
major rock star of the 1960s, including Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Frank
Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, the Supremes, The Monkees, and Simon &
Garfunkel. He left the radio business in 1975, and started a chain of
record stores in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He opened a record
store called "Record City," which eventually became a chain
with locations in Lake Zurich, Skokie, Glenview, and Northbrook, with
two more outlets in Orlando, Florida. The last Record City, in Lake
Zurich, closed in 2005 (sadly
lost to esophageal cancer)
b. October 7th 1935.
2009: Jacno/Denis Quilliard (52)
French musician, he was a founding member of the first French
punk band The Stinky Toys. They took part in the 100 Club Punk Festival
in London, sharing the bill with such bands as Sex Pistols, The Clash,
The Damned and Buzzcocks.The Stinky Toys released a self titled album
brfore splitting in 1979. In the early 1980s, Jacno teamed up with former
Stinky Toys singer Elli Medeiros to form the pop duo Elli et Jacno.They
released three albums together before splitting up to cocerntrate on
solo careers. Jacno had also released his debut solo album 'Jacno' in
'79, followed by seven more, the last being Tant de Temps in 2006 (cancer)
b. July 3rd 1957.
Gordon Beck (75) British
jazz pianist and composer born in Brixton, London, and studied piano
in his youth, but went into a career as an engineering technical draughtsman.
Largely self-taught, he returned to music after spending time in Canada
where he was exposed to the works of George Shearing and Dave Brubeck.
He joined Tubby Hayes group in 1962 back in England he
and later formed his own trio, made up of Tony Oxley, Jeff Clyne, and
himself. From 1969 to 1972 he toured with Phil Woods's European Rhythm
Machine. He was a member of Nucleus during 1972-74 and after which he
formed the group Gyroscope. Gordon also recorded albums with Allan Holdsworth,
with whom he also toured the States and Japan, Henri Texier, Didier
Lockwood among others and
is maybe best remembered by many for his album Experiments With Pops
b. September 16th 1936.
2011: Mito Loeffler (50) French
gypsy jazz guitarist, a perfect representative of the gypsy style of
eastern France, solid right hand, phrasing and virtuosic percussive
happy, thunderous chord bearing, his joy of playing was never hidden.
really great musician carried the legacy of Django Reinhardt with honor
and his sudden death leaves a large gap in the Gypsy jazz scene (a
possible heart attack) b. 1961.
2013: Clyde Stacy (77)
American singer, guitarist and a co-creator of the Tulsa
Sound, known for the 1950s hit songs "Hoy Hoy," and "So
Young"; other hits included "So Young" and "Sure
Do Love You Baby" (tragically died in a traffic
he drove into the back of a truck
on U.S. 69 at Harris Road) b.
2014: Big Paybacc/Habeeb
Ameer Zekajj (38) American West-Coast rapper, best
known for his 2011 YouTube hit "Gangsta Luv" (tragically shot
while having lunch at McDonalds; just weeks before his murder, Paybacc
and numerous others confronted rapper Lil Wayne due to Wayne publicly
bad-mouthing the street gang Crips in one of his music videos) b.
2014: Maggie Boyle (57)
English folk singer, who also played flute, whistle and bodhrán.
Born in London, as a youngster she joined the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí
Éireann /"Society of the Musicians of Ireland". She
was a member of John Renbourn's group "Ship of Fools" from
1988, which released one album on the "Run River" label, owned
and operated by her then husband and fellow group member Steve Tilston.
She performed most of the music used in the movie Patriot Games in 1992
and Legends of the Fall in 1994. Maggie also worked with artists including
Duck Baker, Ben Paley, Bert Jansch, Grace Notes, John
McCormick, Gordon Tyrrall and many others. She released 3 solo albums
from 1987 to her last, Won't You Come Away in 2012
December 24th 1956.
2014: Rick "Rick the Bass Player"
Rosas (65) American musician born in West LA, California
where he went on to be one of the most sought after studio session musicians.
He has played with Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash &
Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Ron Wood, Etta James, and the
short-lived reunion of the Buffalo Springfield, among many others, including
touring with Dan Fogelberg in 1985. He
had been the bassist for the Waddy Wachtel Band since 2000 and performed
bass with The Flash in Jonathan Demme's movie Ricki and The Flash. The
band was composed of guitarist Rick Springfield, drummer Joe Vitale
and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, backing up Meryl Streep, as "Ricki,"
on vocals and guitar. While touring with Pegi Young & the Survivors,
he got the call from Neil Young to fill in for Crazy Horse bassist Billy
Talbot, who had suffered a mild stroke a few weeks before their 2014
European Tour, making Rick the only bassist to have played with Buffalo
Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Crazy Horse (sadly
died fighting lung cancer) b. September
1960: A.P. Carter/Alvin Pleasant Delaney
Carter (68) American country music singer-songwriter, guitarist
and founding member of The Carter Family group, one of the most notable
acts in the history of country music. Born in Maces Spring, Virginia.
married Sara Dougherty on
June 18th 1915, and they had three children: Gladys/Millard, Janette/Jett,
and Joe. In 1927, he formed the Carter Family band together with his
wife and Sara's cousin, Maybelle, who was married to Alvin's brother,
Ezra Carter, and they together formed the first commercial rural country
music group. Alvin traveling extensively throughout the country collecting
and blending songs, particularly from Appalachian musicians. Alvin and
Sara separated in 1932, they officially divorced in 1939, but the band
remained together until 1943. Maybelle and her daughters continued to
tour as The Carter Family, while Alvin left the music business to run
a general store in Virginia. In 1952, Alvin reformed The Carter Family
with Sara and some of their grown children; the reunion lasted until
1956. Despite dying in relative obscurity, Alvin was inducted into the
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and inducted as part of The Carter
Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame both in 1970. In 1993, his
image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. In
2001 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of
Honor (died in Kingsport, TN)
b. December 15th 1891.
Taylor (70) American
jazz drummer; in his teens
he performed in minstrel shows touring the American South and Mexico,
and Wild West revues, including "Buffalo Bill" Cody's show.
He played in Memphis, in 1913, on washboard, drums, wood blocks, and
xylophone. As a xylophonist he collaborated with W.C. Handy, and later
played with Jelly Roll Morton.In
1917 he moved to Chicago, where he was based out of for most of his
career. He played with Handy, Will Marion Cook, Clarence Williams, and
the Chicago Novelty Orchestra. He joined the military during World War
I and served in France with the 365th Infantry Band. The 365th Infantry
were nicknamed the "Buffalo Soldiers," the enlisted personnel
were almost entirely African-American soldiers from Texas and Oklahoma.
Next he worked with Dave Peyton, Fess Williams and again with Clarence
Williams. In the 1930s, due to the downturn in opportunities to perform
during the Great Depression, he quit music and became a cobbler. In
the 1940s he returned to active performance with Freddie Shayne and
others; in the 1950s he played for several years with Natty Dominique.
Shortly before his death he led his own Creole Jazz Band (?)
b. January 1st 1894.
1983: Germaine Tailleferre
(91) French composer and the only female member of
the famous composers' group Les Six. At the Paris Conservatory she was
awarded prizes in several categories. Most notably she wrote 18 short
works in the Petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieu for Caroline Tardieu,
the Conservatorys Assistant Professor of Harp. In the 20s her
1st Piano Concerto, The Harp Concertino, the Ballets "Le marchand
d'oiseaux" and "La nouvelle Cythère" and "Sous
le ramparts d'Athènes" in collaboration with Paul Claudel,
as well as several pioneering film scores, including "B'anda"
in which she used African themes. The 30s produced the Concerto for
Two Pianos, the
Violin Concerto, Choeurs,
Saxophones and Orchestra, Operas "Zoulaïna" and "Le
marin de Bolivar", and "La cantate de Narcisse" in collaboration
with Paul Valéry. In the 40s she composed orchestral and chamber
music, plus many other works including the ballets "Paris-Magie"
with Lise Delarme and "Parisiana", The Operas "Il était
un petit navire" with Henri Jeanson, "Dolores", "La
petite sirène" with Philip Soupault, and "Le maître"
b. April 19th 1892.
1986: Tracy Pew (28)
Australian bassist, while attending Caulfield Grammar School
in Melbourne, he joined a band called The Boys Next Door, along with
schoolfriends Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Phill Calvert. In 1976 he band
relocated to London and renamed themselves The Birthday Party but did
not find success. The Birthday Party split in 1983, although Tracy briefly
played bass for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a live tour
and contributed to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds'
cover LP Kicking Against the Pricks.
He returned to Melbourne to study literature and philosophy and also
performed on Lydia Lunch's concept album Honeymoon In Red (an
epileptic seizure resulted in head injuries so severe he died from a
brain hemorrhage shortly afterwards) b.
December 17th 1957.
1988: Conrad Bernier (84) French-Canadian
organist, composer, and teacher born in Quebec
City. In 1923 he won the Prix dEurope to study organ in Paris,
where he studied 1923-26. In 1926 he returned to Canada for a concert
tour, after which he was organist at the Church of the Visitation in
Detroit. His next appointment was at the Catholic University of America
in Washington, D.C., where he became director of the Organ Department
in 1927. In that capacity he taught for almost half a century until
he was named Professor Emeritus in 1974. He continued teaching counterpoint,
fugue, and composition until the eve of his death
May 9th 1904.
1991: Prince Gideon Israel/Carter Cornelius
(53) American R&B singer
born in Dania Beach, FL; he was part of his family group Cornelius Brothers
& Sister Rose,
along with his brother Eddie, and his sisters Billie Jo, and Rose, formed
in 1971. They scored hits
with "Treat Her Like A Lady", "Too Late To Turn Back
Now", and "Don't Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me)".
In '76 Carter went into seclusion with Yahweh Ben Yahweh, founder of
the a religious sect the Nation of Yahweh, whose followers adopt the
surname Israel. He built a recording studio where he wrote, recorded
and mixed the sect's music and videos (sadly died
of a heart attack)
b. October 5th 1948.
1994: Shorty Rogers/Milton Rajonsky (70)
American jazz trumpeter and arranger, born in in Great Barrington,
Massachusetts. He went on to be one of the principal creators of West
Coast jazz. He played both the trumpet and flugelhorn, and was in demand
for his skills as an arranger. He worked first as a professional musician
with Will Bradley and Red Norvo. From 1947 to 1949, he worked extensively
with Woody Herman and in '50 and '51 he played with Stan Kenton. From
'53 through '62 he recorded a series of RCA Victor albums and Atlantic
albums with his own group, Shorty Rogers and His Giants, including Shorty
Courts the Count, The Swinging Mr. Rogers, and Martians Come Back. In
the early '60s he quit the jazz scene for many years. In 1982, he was
persuaded to pick up his trumpet, playing first with Britains
National Youth Jazz Orchestra and soon with Bud Shank and others. In
the 1990s he formed a Lighthouse All Stars group along with Shank, Bill
Perkins and Bob Cooper. (fell ill in the early
1990s and died during KLON's West Coast Jazz festival)
b. April 14th 1924
1995: Jerry Daniels (79)
American tenor singer, guitarist and ukulele player,
in 1931 he
and Charlie Fuqua formed a vocal duo
"Kyle and Charlie",
performing in the Indianapolis area, before
joining Hoppy Jones and Deek Watson to form The
Ink Spots in '34. He left the group in 1936 before their commercial
success (?) b. December
Howard Keel/Harold Clifford Leek (85) American
singer, actor; starred in many of the classic
film musicals of the 1950s. In 1945, he briefly understudied for John
Raitt in the Broadway musical hit Carousel before being assigned to
Oklahoma!, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. When performing this
play during this period, Howard accomplished a feat that has never been
duplicated: he performed the leads in both shows on the same day. In
1947, Oklahoma! became the first American postwar musical to travel
to London, England, and Howard/Harold joined the production. On the
opening night, 30 April, at the Drury Lane Theatre, the capacity audience,
which included the future Queen Elizabeth II, demanded fourteen encores.
Keel was hailed as the next great star, becoming the toast of London's
West End >>> READ
MORE <<< (lost
to colon cancer)
b. April 13th 1919.
2008: Jody Reynolds/Ralph Joseph Reynolds (75)
American rockabilly singer and guitarist, born in Denver, but grew up
in Shady Grove, Oklahoma. Jody released 13 singles in the 60' &
70s, his biggest hit single was 1958's "Endless
Sleep" which reached No.5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
He wrote it in a single afternoon in 1956 while in Yuma, Arizona. (liver
cancer) b. December 3rd 1932.
2011: Georgi Movsesyan (66) Russian
composer, born in Kharkov, Ukraine; he graduated from the Gnessin State
Musical College in 1964. Honored as a People's Artist of Russia in 2001,
he is mostly known for his songs "Beryoza", "Moi goda",
"Olympiada", "Nachalo" performed by Iosif Kobzon,
Lev Leshchenko, Anna German, Vakhtang Kikabidze and others (Georgi
sadly died of a heart attack)
b. August 2nd 1945.
2012: Clive Dunn OBE
(92) English actor, comedian and singer; born in Covent
Garden, Westminster, London; he played in many film roles from the 1930s
onwards, appearing alongside Will Hay in the films Boys Will Be Boys
in 1935 and Good Morning, Boys in 1937. His last film role was along
side Peter Sellers, in The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu in 1980. Clive
served in the army with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, in WW2, during
which he spent 4 years in prisoner-of-war and labour camps in Austria,
after which worked for many years in music halls and theatres. In 1956
and 1957, he appeared in both series of The Tony Hancock Show and the
MORE <<< (Clive
sadly died in Porugal,
from complications following an operation)
b. January 9th 1920.
2012: Gyan Singh (61) Indian bass
guitarist; his career stretched back several decades, in the 70s, he
met Amyt Datta at the Beatstock, La Martiniere band competition. They
became friends and longtime collaborators playing together in bands
including Pop Secret. But he will, perhaps, be best remembered for his
outstanding contribution as bassist and songwriter with the pioneering
indie band Skinny Alley, again with Amyt. The band was formed in the
90s', and they released their first album Escape the Roar in 2003. This
was followed by a second album "Moony Boom", in 2007 (sadly
Gyan died while fighting cancer) b. 1951.
2012: Cleveland Duncan (77) American
singer, founding member and lead vocalist of The Penguins, a doo-wop
group of the 1950s and early 1960s. The pioneering vocal group was formed
in L.A. in 1953 by Cleveland and his school friend Curtis Williams,
along with Dexter Tisby and Bruce Tate. They are best remembered for
their Top 10 hit, "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)", which
was one of the first rhythm and blues tracks to cross over to the pop
charts. The song peaked at No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but
had a three-week run at No.1 on the R&B chart. The group broke up
in 1962, but Cleveland continued recording as "The Penguins",
with Walter Saulsberry and a backing group, the Viceroys and other various
members over the years. One of his last appearances with the group was
on the PBS television special, Doo Wop 50, in 2001. Cleveland, along
with The Penguins were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in
b. July 23rd 1935.
November 8 .
Ivory Joe Hunter (60)
African American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist, best known
for his hit recording, "Since I Met You, Baby" in 1956. The
Baron of the Boogie,
is not to be confused with Motown producer-songwriter Joe Hunter. Born
in Kirbyville, Texas, he was christened Ivory Joe, Ivory Joe Hunter
is not a nickname, but the artist's real birth name. In the early 1940s,
he had his own radio show in Beaumont, Texas, on KFDM, where he eventually
became program manager, and in 1942 he moved to LA, joining Johnny Moore's
Three Blazers. He wrote and recorded his first song, "Blues at
Sunrise", with the Three Blazers on his own label, Ivory Records.
Other hits include "I Quit My Pretty Mama", "Guess Who",
"I Almost Lost My Mind", "Yes, I Want You", "Empty
Arms" and "City Lights". Ivory was a prolific songwriter,
some estimate he wrote more than 7,000 songs. Elvis Presley was among
the many artists to record Ivory's songs, with "My Wish Came True",
"Ain't That Loving You, Baby", "I Need You So",
"It's Still Here" and "I Will Be True." (Ivory
sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. October
1983: James Booker (43) American
jazz pianist, sax player and singer; he was highly skilled in classical
music and played Bach and Chopin, among other composers, he mastered
and memorized solos by Erroll Garner, and Liberace. His thorough background
in piano literature may have enabled his original and virtuosic interpretations
of jazz and other American popular music. These performances combined
elements of stride, blues, gospel and Latin piano styles. He made his
recording debut in 1954 with "Doin' the Hambone" and "Thinkin'
'Bout My Baby." This led to session work with Smiley Lewis, Fats
Domino, and Lloyd Price. After attending University in 1960, his "Gonzo"
charted on U.S. Billboard chart, and the R&B chart. This was followed
by some moderately successful singles. In the 1960s, he turned to drugs,
and in 1970 served a brief sentence in Angola Prison for possession.
During 1976, he played and toured with the Jerry Garcia Band. James
recorded a number of albums while touring Europe in 1977, including
New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live!, which was recorded at his performance
in the 'Boogie Woogie and Ragtime Piano Contest' in Zurich, Switzerland
This album won the Grand Prix du Disque. After
which he continued recording and touring and playing major festivals.
He performed is final concert at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans in
October of 1983 (sadly
died of renal failure
while seated in a wheelchair, waiting to be seen at the emergency room
at New Orleans Charity Hospital)
b. December 17th 1939
1992: Larry Levan/Lawrence Philpot (38) American DeeJay who
worked the New York City night club Paradise Garage, a prototype of
the modern dance club, because it was entirely focused on dancing, and
was the first to put the DJ at the center of attention. Larry developed
a cult following, who referred to his sets as "Saturday Mass".
Influential US DJ François Kevorkian credits him with introducing
the dub aesthetic into dance music. Larry experimented with drum machines
and synthesizers which helped establish new electronic, post-disco sound
into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004 (after
returning home from Japan, Larry voluntarily entered the hospital. He
died four days later of heart failure caused by endocarditis)
July 20th 1954.
1998: Lonnie Pitchford
American blues diddley bow player, multi-musician
and instrument maker from Lexington, Mississippi;
he began making his one-stringed diddley bows as a five-year-old, fashioning
them mostly out of parts from old electric guitars. He was also an accomplished
six-string guitarist, acoustic and electric, and piano player, as well
as playing the double bass and harmonica. Lonnie was "discovered"
by ethnomusicologist Worth Long, after he had began to attract crowds
playing the music of Robert Johnson, songs like "Come On In My
Kitchen" and "Terraplane Blues," on his one-stringed
didley bow. His albums include All Around Man in 1994, as well as several
compilations, including Mississippi Moan, a 1988 release; Roots of Rhythm
and Blues: A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era, released in 1992 and
Deep Blues also in 1992. Lonnie was voted as one of Living Blues magazine's
"top 40 under 40" new blues players to watch (Aids)
1999: Lester Bowie (58) American jazz trumpet player and
composer; member of the AACM, he co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago
remaining a member for the rest of his life. He was also a member of
Jack DeJohnette's New Directions quartet and played and recorded with
Fela Kuti. ( liver cancer, the following year
he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame) b.
Oct 11th 1941
Speranza (47) American
singer; best known as New York-based metal band Riot's original frontman,
from 1976-1981. He sung on their first three albums, 1977's Rock City,
1979's Narita and 1981's Fire Down Under, before leaving the band in
returned to Florida and became an exterminator (Pancreatic
March 12th 1956
2000: Richard Edwin "Dick" Morrissey
sax, soprano sax, flutist
and composer, born in Horley, Surrey. Self-taught, he started playing
clarinet in his school band at 16, before joining the Original Climax
Jazz Band, after which he joined trumpeter Gus Galbraith's Septet, where
alto-sax player Peter King introduced him to Charlie Parker's recordings,
he then began specialising on tenor saxophone shortly after. He formed
his own quartet in 1960 and cut his debut LP, It's Morrissey, Man!,
the following year. He spent much of 1962 in Calcutta, where he joined
the Ashley Kozak Quartet. Upon his return to Britain, he formed a new
quartet with pianist Harry South, bassist Phil Bates, and drummer Phil
Seaman that appeared regularly at Ronnie Scott's famed jazz club and
cut the 1965 LP Storm Warning. He also backed visiting American musicians
like trombonist J.J. Johnson, and in 1966 cut a live LP with blues great
Jimmy Witherspoon. In 1969 he co-founded the progressive rock band 'If',
from 1970-1975, they produced 8 studio-recorded albums and did some
17 tours of Europe, the US and Canada. In 1975, Dick toured Germany
with Alexis Korner and then to the US to tour and record with the Average
White Band, where he met guitarist, Jim Mullen, and together they formed
Morrissey-Mullen aka M&M. They playing together for sixteen years,
during which they came to be known as "Mr Sax and Captain Axe"
because of their hallmark based around calls and responses between guitar
and saxophone. He also had a vast and varied session career that extended
well beyond jazz to include sessions with Paul McCartney, Stiff Little
Fingers, Demis Roussos, Peter Gabriel, The Blow Monkeys, Soft Machine,
Orange Juice, Daryl Hall, Brian Auger & Pete York, Gary
Numan and Roy Harper,
as well as Johnny Dankworth,
Roy Budd, Ian Hamer Sextet, Georgie Fame, Geoff Whitehorn, Gino Vannelli,
and so many others.
He also appeared on the Vangelis-composed
soundtrack to Ridley Scott's groundbreaking sci-fi classic Blade Runner
(sadly died after many years bravely fighting various forms of cancer)
b. May 9th 1940.
2006: Basil Poledouris (61) Greek-American
film score composer, Kansas City, Missouri; his score for Conan the
Barbarian is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of
motion picture scoring ever written. In
1996 he scored the "The Tradition of the Games" for the Atlanta
Olympics Opening Ceremony that accompanied the memorable dance tribute
to the athletes and goddesses of victory of the ancient Greek Olympics
using silhouette imagery. Other notable film scores include The Blue
Lagoon in 1980; Conan the Destroyer in 1984; Red Dawn in 1984; RoboCop
in 1987; The Hunt for Red October in 1990; Free Willy in 1993 and its
first sequel; Starship Troopers in 1997; and For Love of the Game in
1999. (complications from cancer)
August 21st 1945.
Fuchs/ Gerhardt Fuchs (34) American
indie rock drummer, writer and graphic artist; he attended the University
of Georgia, where he studied graphic design and drummed in the local
Athens bands The Martians, Vineland, and Koncak before joining the dance-punk
group !!!, performing on their album Myth Takes. He also played drums
for The Juan Maclean during their live performances, and played live
for other DFA Records' outfits including MSTRKRFT, LCD
Soundsystem and Holy
Ghost!. He then joined Maserati, playing on their albums 'Inventions
for the New Season' and 'Passages' and had just completed a U.S. Montreal,
Toronto and Vancouver tour this October. Jerry also did graphic design
work for the magazine Chunklet and wrote articles as a freelance writer
for Entertainment Weekly (He got was caught
in a broken elevator in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, when
he attempted to jump out of the car, he accidentally fell
5 stories down the elevator shaft
to his death)
2011: Heavy D/ Dwight Arrington Myers (44)
Jamaican-born American rapper,
record producer and singer who moved
with his family to New York City when he was a young child. He was the
former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, the influencial hip hop group
which included G-Whiz, "Trouble" T. Roy, and Eddie F. His
debut, Living Large, was released in 1987, but it was his 2nd album
Big Tyme which was his breakthrough that included the hits "We
Got Out Own Thang", "Somebody for Me", and "Gyrlz,
They Love Me". Tragically Trouble T. Roy died at age 22 in a fall
on July 15, 1990, his passing led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum
album, Peaceful Journey, called "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)"
which is regarded as a hip-hop classic.
MORE <<< (he
tragically died suddenly and unexpectedly due to "respiratory issues")
b. May 24th 1967.
2011: Jimmy Norman (74) American
rhythm and blues and jazz singer, songwriter;
in his early career, he had a charting solo single "I Don't Love
You No More (I Don't Care About You)", as well as performing session
work with Jimi Hendrix. He was a noted lyricist and songwriter. He wrote
the expanded lyrics of the song "Time Is on My Side", which
became a hit for The Rolling Stones among others. After producing a
single for The Coasters in 1969 for Lloyd Price's Turntable Records,
Jimmy replaced Vernon Harrell as the regular substitute, then permanently,
for Billy Guy in the group in the 70s. During his 30 years with the
Coasters, he also teamed up with Eddie Palmieri as lead vocalist in
the group Harlem River Drive, which released a self-titled album in
1971. Later in life he suffered multiple heart attacks and respiratory
disease which restricted him. In July 2002, Jimmy's rare tape of his
jam session with Marley reached considerably above its estimated value
when auctioned at $26,290. Jimmy's
last public appearance was for the Jazz Foundations Loft Party
in New York City on Oct 29th 2011 where he performed
two songs, Collector of Keys, and Time is On My Side
(?) b. August 12th 1937.
2012: Ian Pearce (90) Australian
legendary jazz pianist
also known for his trombone and trumpet skills,
and a founding father of Tasmania's
jazz scene. He started
his career in 1936 when he formed the state's first jazz band, the Barrelhouse
Four, with his brother Cedric and friends Tom Pickering and Rex Green.
a stint in the army, he studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium before
moving to England, where he helped lead the global trad jazz revival
of the 1950s. After returning to Tasmania he led or co-led bands including
the Ian Pearce Sextet, the Pearce-Pickering Jazz Band and the Pearce-Pickering
Ragtime Five, and his contributions to Australian jazz were officially
recognised in 1995 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
Ian was also a life member of the Hobart Jazz Club (sadly
Ian died while fighting cancer)*November
2013: Chiyoko Shimakura (75)
Japanese enka singer and actress, born in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. In
1954 she won the 1st prize of the Columbia Music Entertainment singers
competition. In 1955, she made her recording début with the single
"Konoyo no Hana" and appeared in Kohaku Uta Gassen, starring
35 times. She performed again in the Kohaku in 2004 (sadly
Chiyoko died fighting liver cancer)
b. March 30th 1938
1951: Sigmund Romberg
operetta composer; his adaptation of melodies
by Franz Schubert for Blossom Time in 1921 was a great success. He subsequently
wrote his best-known operettas, The Student Prince-1924, The Desert
Song-1926 and The New Moon-1928, which are in a style similar to the
Viennese operettas of Franz Lehár. He also wrote Rosalie-1928
together with George Gershwin. His later works, such as Up in Central
Park (1945), are closer to the American musical in style, but they were
less successful. Romberg also wrote a number of film scores and adapted
his own work for film. Columbia Records asked him to conduct orchestral
arrangements of his music, which he had played in concerts, for a series
of recordings from 1945 to 1950 that were issued both on 78-rpm and
33-1/3 rpm discs. These performances are now prized by record collectors
(?) b. July
Jan Johansson (37) Swedish
jazz pianist; sadly he is little known outside Scandinavia, and his
records are not widely available, though Jazz på svenska/Jazz
in Swedish has sold more than a 1/4 of a million copies, and is the
best selling jazz release ever in Sweden(died
in a car crash on his way to a concert) b.
September 16th 1931.
Montand/Ivo Livi (69)
singer, actor; in Monsummano Terme, Italy, but grew up in Marseille,
France. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In
1944 he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris and she made him
part of her act, becoming his mentor and lover. His recognizably crooner
songs, especially those about Paris, became instant classics. During
his career, Montand acted in many American motion pictures as well as
on Broadway. He was nominated for a Cesar Award for "Best Actor"
in 1980 for "I comme Icare" and again in 1984 for "Garçon!"
from a heart attack) b. October 13th 1921.
1999: Herb Abramson (82) US
record producer in Brooklyn, New York City; he
produced such performers as Billy
Ravens at National Records
and founded his first record company Jubilee Records
in 1946 with Jerry Blaine producing jazz, R&B and Gospel recordings,
he went on to co-found Atlantic records. After leaving Atlantic, he
set up his own recording studio A-1 Sound Studios, Hank
Crawford, James Moody, Richie Cordell,
Johnny Nash and Lloyd Price were among the artists who recorded there.
In 1998 Herb received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues
Foundation (?) b.
November 16th 1916.
2003: Davy Chesterfield/David Goldsworthy (40)
English singer, guitarist and founder member of the
indie pop band The Chesterf!elds formed in 1984, Yeovil, Somerset.
Signed to the label Subway Organization, they released an EP ''A Guitar
In Your Bath'' and single ''Completely & Utterly''
before releasing an album ''Kettle'' in 1987. They moved to their
own Household label, issuing 2 more singles and a third album, Crocodile
Tears. The Chesterf!elds final single, "Fool Is The Man" was
released in 1989, after which the band split. They did reformed in the
1990's to tour Japan after their material was re-issued there (tragically
killed by a hit & run driver in Oxford, UK)
2010: Jessica Sanso (95)
American opera singer (?)
b. September 24th 1915.
2011: Renée Franke (83) German
pop singer, born in Hamburg, as a pop singer she had several hits including
"C'est si bon" in the 50s. In 1954, she also appeared the
film "The Lady of the office". From 1966 to 1993 Renée
worked as a radio presenter at the Bayerische Rundfunk-NDR. (sadly
died in Munich) b.
May 4th 1928.
2012: Major Harris III
R&B singer born in Richmond, Virginia. He first sang with groups
such as The Charmers, The Teenagers, The Jarmels, and Nat Turner's Rebellion
and he recorded a few solo 7" records. In the early 1970s, he took
over from Randy Cain as a member of The Delfonics; he quit the group
to go solo in 1974. He scored a string of R&B hits in the US, including
the Top Ten single "Love Won't Let Me Wait", which peaked
at No.5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and No.37 in the UK Top 50.
and earned Major a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 25 June 1975. Later
he returned to the Delfonics, and continued to tour with one of two
touring ensembles that used the name in the 90s and 2000s. (sadly
died of heart and lung failure)*February
2013: Bob Gillett (88) American-born
New Zealand jazz performer, bandleader, arranger and record producer.
He arrived in Auckland in 1962, having led an 18-piece army band in
Europe during the war and a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra for
two years. He made an
immediate impression on the local
music scene, influencing such people as Bernie Allen, Claude Papesch,
Alan Broadbent, and Mike Nock.
formed his own radio band, he was also a musical director for some of
the TV pop shows and produced Ray Columbus and others in the recording
studio.In 1972 he returned to the States for a holiday but encountered
visa problems on trying to return to New Zealand and did not come back
for 20 years
2014: Jonathan Athon (32) American
bassist born in Savannah, Georgia. He was a founding member of the sludge
metal/swamp metal/stoner metal band, Black Tusk, which he formed in
2005. They released 4 albums including, Taste the Sin, in 2010.
(Jonathan tragically died from injuries sustained
in a motorcycle accident when he tried avoid a car that had run a stop
sign. He was placed in a medically-induced coma and, per his wishes,
was pulled from life support after it was determined that he had irreparable
brain damage) b. 1982
1973: David "Stringbean" Akeman (57)
banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit
television show, Hee Haw. He is one of the most celebrated performers
of "old-time" banjo playing, also called "clawhammer"
or "frailing", and he
is listed along with Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones, and Ralph Stanley,
as among the great old-time style banjo players
(the Akemans returned home after performing at
the Grand Ole Opry, and were shot dead upon their arrival. Thieves had
lain in wait for hours. Their bodies were discovered the following morning
by neighbour and fellow performer, Grandpa Jones aka Louis Marshall
June 17th 1916.
1994: Carmen Mercedes McRae (74) American
jazz singer, pianist; worked with Count Basie,
Mercer Ellington, also a solo artist and was considered one of the most
influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Drawing inspiration
from Billie Holiday, she established her own distinctive voice, she
recorded over 60 albums during her career (sadly
emphysema took her breath away) b. April
1997: Tommy Tedesco (67)
American master session musician and renowned jazz and bebop
guitarist; described as the most recorded guitarist
in history, having played on thousands of recordings, including the
Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis
Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and
Frank Sinatra. TV themes include Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Green Acres,
M*A*S*H, Batman, and Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special. Film soundtracks
include The French Connection, The Godfather, Jaws, The Deer Hunter,
Field of Dreams, plus several Elvis Presley films. He was also the guitarist
for the Original Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show. He was one of the
very few sidemen credited for work on animated cartoons for the The
Ant and the Aardvark cartoons (Heart disease)
b. July 3rd
2002: Johnny Griffith (67) American
keyboardist, member of the Motown Funk Brother
house band; he played the Steinway grand piano, the Hammond B-3 organ,
the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the celeste and
harpsichord. Among the many Motown recordings he played on are "I
Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, "I Can't Help
Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by Four Tops, and "Stop!
In the Name of Love" by The Supremes (?)
b. July 10th 1936.
2004: Katy de la Cruz (97) Leading
Filipino singer born in Intramuros, Manila, she
specialized in jazz vocals and torch songs in a performing career that
lasted 8 decades. Hailed as "The Queen of Filipino Jazz" and
as "The Queen of Bodabil", she was, by the age of 18, the
highest paid entertainer in the Philippines. She also appeared in films
and received a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award in 1953., ill health
caused her to retire from public life in the 1990s (?)
b. February 13th 1907.
2006: Gerald LeVert (40)
American R&B soul baritone
singer; He was the most sensual, powerful baritone R&B singer of
his generation. He sang with his brother, Sean Levert, and friend Marc
Gordon in the R&B trio LeVert. He was also a part of LSG, an R&B
musical group as well as recording solo (died
at home in his sleep of a sudden, unexpected heart attack)
b. July 13th 1966.
Miriam Makeba (76) South African singer and civil rights
activist often referred to as Mama Afrika. When in London she met Harry
Belafonte, who assisted her in gaining entry to and fame in the United
States. She released many of her most famous hits there including "Pata
Pata", "The Click Song" ("Qongqothwane" in
Xhosa), and "Malaika". In 1966, she received the Grammy Award
for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for An Evening
With Belafonte/Makeba. The album dealt with the political plight of
black South Africans under apartheid. (heart attack)
b. March 4th
2008: Wannes Van de Velde (71)
Flemish singer, musician, poet and artist (?)
b. April 29th 1937.
2010: Tony West (72)
British bassist and founder member of the Liverpool rock
and roll band The Searchers. The band was formed in 1957, it grew out
of an earlier skiffle group formed by Tony, John McNally, and guitarist
Brian Dolan. Tony left the band in 1960. In 1976 Tony established the
highly successful Tony West Entertainment Agency in Liverpool arranging
venues and supplying acts throughout Britain until his death (died
peacefully in his sleep during the night at his Hightown home)
2010: Lee Harper (65) American
jazz trumpeter, born in Camp Le Jeune; he left this day job in late
'71, to play professionally, most of 1972 he played in Seattle before
moving to Europe late that year. His first locations were Paris, Salzburg
and Munich, where he played with Günter
Lenz, Al Porcino, Bobby
Jones, Catharina Valente, Benny Bailey, Mal Waldron, Sal Nistico, Joe
Haider, Boko Petrovic, Art Farmer, Charly Antolini, Bob Wilber,
Billy Brooks, Allan Praskin, etc. In the Munich years he also appeared
in several jazz recordings.
late 1979 Lee met Erich Kleinschuster and moved to Vienna to work in
Erich's quintett and the Austrian Radio (ORF) Big-Band. In the Vienna
years he worked with many great musicians, including Thad Jones, Leo
Wright, Hans Koller, Fritz Pauer, Ernie Wilkins, Art Farmer, Paul Kuhn,
Karl Ratzer, and Aladar Pege. In late 1985 Lee moved to Salzburg, where
he lived till his death. He further played with Rudi Wilfer, Barbara
Dennerlein, Charlie Mariano, Jarek Smietana, Renato Chicco, Carl Drevo,
Frankfurt Jazz Connection, Robert Bonisolo, Connexion Latina, Heinz
von Hermann, Alex Meik, Russ Spiegel, Karen Edwards, Franz Trattner,
Wolfgang Pointner, Buddy Cattlet, Hadley Caliman, Al Cohn, Bill Elgart,
Wayne Darling and Lee Harper's Little Big Band (sadly
died of a heart attack) b.
February 27th 1945.
2012: Geneviere "Bong" Pascasio (?)
Filipino rock singer-songwriter, tatoo artist and member of the
novelty rock band Grin Department. The band came to fame in the 1990s
and released 4 albums. Among their hit songs were Barkada
and Miss U (sadly died fighting colon cancer)
1945: Jerome David Kern (60) American
composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important
American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more
than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics
as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man",
"A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "All
the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long
Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with
many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including
George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar
Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and E. Y.
Harburg. He was nominated 8 times for Academy Awards,
winning 2 for "The Way You Look Tonight" in 1936 and "The
Last Time I Saw Paris" in 1941 and Jerome was was inducted into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1970.
(he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking
at the south west corner of Park Avenue and 57th street, identifiable
only by his ASCAP card, he was initially taken to the indigent ward
at City Hospital, later transferred to Doctors Hospital in Manhattan,
where he sadly died) b. January 27th 1885.
1968: Jeanne Marie-Madeleine Demessieux () French
organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue born in Montpellier, southern
France. She entered the Montpellier Conservatory in 1928 and in 1932,
she obtained first prizes in solfège and piano. In 1933, Jeanne
Demessieux was enrolled as student at the Paris Conservatory; studying
piano with Simon Riera and Magda Tagliaferro, harmony with Jean Gallon,
counterpoint and fugue with Noël Gallon, and composition with Henri
Büsser. She had a prodigious memory, she had memorized more than
2,500 works, including the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian
Bach, César Franck, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn and Marcel
made numerous recordings, including the complete organ works of César
Franck, which was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1960
(died due to an embolism) b. February 13th
1972: Berry Oakley (24) American
bassist and one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.
He was known for his long, melodic bass runs underneath Duane Allman
and Dicky Betts' furious guitar soloing. "In Memory of Elizabeth
Reed" and "Whipping Post" from the At Fillmore East live
album capture Oakley at his best (died in a motorcycle accident at the
same intersection as his friend and former band member Duane Allman,
who had died a year earlier) b. April 4th 1948.
1977: Greta Keller (74) Austrian cabaret
singer and actress; For over 45 years, her voice a legend-in radio shows,
films, revues, concerts and musicals, but above all her records circled
the globe. First called 'The Great Lady Of Chanson' in her native Vienna,
it followed her to London and America. Her voice featured in the Oscar-winning
movie, Cabaret, singing the song, "Heirat", she also appeared
on Stage with Marlene Dietrich in "Broadway", in which she
sang and danced. (?) b. February
1979: Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin
film score composer and conductor, he
became a U.S. citizen in 1937.
He scored American movies like Frank Capra's Lost Horizon- 1937; It's
a Wonderful Life- 1946; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington- 1939. He also
worked on Cyrano de Bergerac-1950; Fred Zinnemann's High Noon-1952,
for which he received a Best Song Oscar for Do Not Forsake Me,
Oh My Darlin'/The Ballad of High Noon; Giant-1956;
Friendly Persuasion-1956; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral -1957; Rio Bravo-1959;
and The Alamo-1960. He also composed the music for Land of the Pharaohs
- 1955; The Guns of Navarone -1961; Town Without Pity-1961; 55 Days
at Peking-1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire-1964; and The War Wagon
-1967, to mention a few. Dimitri also scored four films for Alfred Hitchcock:
Shadow of a Doubt-1943, Strangers on a Train-1951, I Confess-1953, and
Dial M for Murder-1954
died while in London, UK)
1983: Arno Harutyuni Babajanian (62) Soviet
Armenian composer and pianist, People's Artist of the Armenian SSR -1956
and Soviet Union -1971. Born in Yerevan, Armenia, he went on to be a
laureate of two Stalin State Prizes of the USSR 1951 and 1953 and honoured
with two Armenian SSR State Prizes in 1967 and 1983. Much of his music
is rooted in Armenian folk music and folklore. But generally, the way
in which he uses Armenian folk music is in the virtuosic style of Rachmaninov
and Khachaturian. His later works were influenced by Prokofiev and Bartók.
He is also a noted pianist and often performed his own works in concerts.
(?) b. January 22nd 1921.
1988: William Ifor Jones (88) Welsh
conductor and organist raised in Merthyr Tydfil, he studied at the Royal
Academy of Music in London from 1920 to 1925. He was for a time organist
at the Welsh Baptist Church in Castle Street, London, worked at the
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and assisted with the British National
Opera Company in the role of prompter. He emigrated to America in early
1930, where he taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore,
MD, and at Rutgers University - Douglas College in New Brunswick, NJ.
While at Rutgers, he formed a glee club and also performed the complete
Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1939, he made his debut as
the third Conductor of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem with who he stayed
until he retired in 1969, he also conducted The Choir and members of
The Philadelphia Orchestra 1948-56. (?)
January 23rd 1900.
Erskine Hawkins (79) American
trumpet player and big band leader; dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".
He is most remembered as the composer of the jazz standard, "Tuxedo
Junction" -1939, which became a popular hit during World War II.
who were featured with his orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown
and Della Reese. In 1978 he became one of the first five artists inducted
into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and 1989, he was inducted into the
Alabama Music Hall of Fame. From 1967 to 1989 he was trumpeter and band
leader at the show nightclub in The Concord Resort Hotel, Kiamesha Lake,
New York (?) b.
July 26th 1914.
1998: Patrick Clancy (76) Irish folk
singer best known as a member of the group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy
Makem. After WW2 he went travelling to South America and ended up in
New York. In 1955 Pat's younger brother Liam Clancy immigrated to New
York, and met up with Tommy Makem, also from Ireland, they all teamed
up and formed The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. The group achieved
phenomenal success in America after an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan
Show" which led to a contract with Columbia Records. They performed
together for about eight years until Makem left the group to pursue
a solo career. Patrick returned to Ireland to live in Carrick-on-Suir
and bought a dairy farm. (died after a battle
with cancer) b. March 7th 1922.
2004: Pete Jolly/Peter Ceragioli Jr (72) American
accordionist, pianist; best known for his performance
of various TV themes, his music
can be heard on television programs such as Get Smart, The Love Boat,
I Spy, Mannix, M*A*S*H, and Dallas, as well as hundreds of movie soundtracks.
With the Pete Jolly Trio, and also as a solo artist, he recorded several
albums, the last in 2000, a collaboration with Jan Lundgren. He also
worked with other notable jazz artists, including Art
Pepper, Buddy DeFranco, and
Red Norvo, and for many years with EZ music arranger and director Ray
Conniff. (complications of bone marrow cancer)
b. June 5th 1932.
2007: John Petersen (65)
American drummer with The Beau Brummels appearing on their hits
including "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little", and
appeared with the band in the 1965 sci-fi/comedy movie Village of the
Giants. In late '66, he left the Beau Brummels for the band Tikis, who
were in the process of changing their name to Harpers Bizarre. The group
broke up in 1970, but John returned for a reunion album in 1976 and
for occasional reunions with the Beau Brummels. In 1975, he played with
and recorded on the band's self-titled album. He went on to become a
successful producer (sadly died of a heart attack)
b. January 8th
sources give John's birthdate as 1945 .. which would make him 62 at
the time oof his death)
2009: Tom Merriman (??)
American music composer and jingle writer based in Dallas, Texas, who
in 1955 created the first production company specializing in radio station
advertising campaigns and jingles. Merriman led the Liberty Network
Band, and arranged and/or produced music for Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington
and Cab Calloway. In
addition, Merriman created many national advertising jingles, corporate
musical shows, Las Vegas shows, and theme park ride music. The companies
that since 1967 have born his initials have had several incarnations;
the latest is TM Studios (Sadly died after several
months of declining health) b. ????
2010: Tony Edwards (78) British
band manager of the British rock band, Deep Purple. He looked after
the band from 1967-76 until they split. He was also instrumental in
their early success and came up with the name of the band who were originally
called Roundabout. Quote:"Without Tony Edwards there would be no
Deep Purple" - Ritchie Blackmore (?)
2011: Michael Garrick (78)
English jazz pianist and composer born
in Enfield, Middlesex,
he formed his first quartet, featuring vibraphonist Peter Shade while
at University College, London, from which
he graduated in 1959 with a B.A. in English literature. After which
he became the musical director of the roadshow "Poetry & Jazz
in Concert". He came to special prominence in the British contemporary
jazz world initially as the pianist with the Don RendellIan Carr
quintet from 1965 to 1969, and led his own sextet from 1966. He is perhaps
best known for his jazz-choral works, the first of which he started
in 1967 Jazz Praises. Aside from his performing, recording, and composing,
he was heavily involved in jazz education, and held teaching posts at
the Royal Academy of Music and at Trinity College of Music, London.
His own record label Jazz Academy Records features many albums by his
Michael Garrick Jazz Orchestra and has trio, solo, quartet and other
small groupings, some including singers Norma Winstone, Anita Wardell
and Jacqui Dankworth. Michael was appointed MBE in the 2010 Birthday
Honours (sadly died after
suffering heart problems for some years) b. May 30th 1933
2012: John Napier (?)
American singer with Ethyl Meatplow, an
American alternative/industrial music band best known for their album,
Happy Days, Sweetheart, released in 1993 by Dali Records. The album's
songs "Devil's Johnson," "Queenie" and "Ripened
Peach" were made into music videos. After Ethyl Meatplow,
John started the label Basura! and headed another band, Buccinator.
He was also in the band E. Coli which released an album, To Drool and
a touring member of Nitzer Ebb for several of their U.S. and European
tours for their "Big Hit" album. He eventually took a break
from music; went back to school and received his Bachelors and Masters
degrees in Social Work from Humboldt State University
(sadly his death was drug related) b. ????
2013: Bob Beckham (86) American
country singer born in Stratford, Oklahoma. He scored two hit singles
in the U.S., "Just as Much as Ever" which peaked at No.32
on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 and "Crazy Arms" peaking
at No. 36 in 1960. Bob also composed Vic Dana's 1963 chart entry "Danger".
He later became the owner of Combine Records and helped to shape the
careers of Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Stevens Larry Gatlin
and Jerry Reed, among many others (?)
b. July 8th 1927
2013: Arash Farazmand (28) Iranian
rock drummer and a founding member of the Iranian rock band, The Yellow
Dogs. Hailing from Tehran,
they formed Yellow Dogs in 2006 and sang in English and played Western
instruments. They played their first aboveground / legal concert at
the Peyote club in Istanbul in January 2010. Two days later, they flew
to New York City to perform their second aboveground concert at the
Cameo Gallery, in Brooklyn, New York. They later played Santos Party
House and the Delancey in New York and they played the Wave in Austin,
Texas as part of the SXSW festival. They performed in Bahman Ghobadi's
Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winning film, No One Knows About Persian
he was shot dead in Brooklyn, New York, along with an associate Ali
Eskandarian and his brother and fellow bandmate guitarist
Soroush Farazmand, by a 29-year-old disgruntled musician, Ali Akbar
2013: Soroush Farazmand (27)
Iranian rock guitarist
and a founding member of the Iranian rock band, The Yellow Dogs. Hailing
from Tehran, they formed Yellow Dogs in 2006 and sang in English and
played Western instruments. They played their first aboveground / legal
concert at the Peyote club in Istanbul in January 2010. Two days later,
they flew to New York City to perform their second aboveground concert
at the Cameo Gallery, in Brooklyn, New York. They later played Santos
Party House and the Delancey in New York and they played the Wave in
Austin, Texas as part of the SXSW festival. They performed in Bahman
Ghobadi's Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winning film, No One Knows
About Persian Cats (tragically he was shot dead
in Brooklyn, New York, along with an associate Ali Eskandarian and his
brother and fellow bandmate drummer
Arash Farazmand, by a 29-year-old disgruntled musician, Ali Akbar Mohammed
2014: James "Jim"
Erb (88) American
composer, arranger, musicologist, and conductor;
born in Richmond, VA; in 1954 he taught music and conducted the choirs
and glee clubs at University of Richmond. He conducted the Richmond
Symphony chorus for 35 years, retiring in 2007. He is best known for
his arrangements of the Folk song "Shenandoah", and among
musicologists of the Renaissance for his work on the magnificats of
Orlando Di Lasso. Jim also conducted the group Chorus of Alumni and
Friends of the University of Richmond (?)
b. January 25th 1926
2014: Carlos Emilio Morales (75)
Cuban jazz guitarist; learned to play guitar at
the age of 12 He started his professional career in 1959 with the Teatro
Musical de La Habana orchestra, where classical guitarist Leo Brouwer
was composer. In
1967, Carlos became a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música
Moderna, an 18-piece big band conceived and directed by Armando de Sequeira
Romeu, which featured players such as Chucho Valdés, Paquito
D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and Carlos Averhoff, among others, who together
with Carlos founded the Irakere group in 1973. He toured and recorded
extensively with Irakere as well as his projects, including master teaching
classes at Escuela de Superación Profesional
b. November 6th 1939.
2014: Big Bank Hank/Imp the Dimp/Henry Lee
Jackson (57) American old school rapper,
born in the Bronx, New York City. He graduated from Bronx Community
College with an A.S. degree in oceanography. Whilst working the door's
of a Bronx nightclub, 'The Sparkle', he became the music manager, of
Grandmaster Caz and his group The Mighty Force MC's and local hip hop
group, the Cold Crush Brothers. Hank was discovered by producer and
co-founded of Sugar Hill Records Sylvia
Robinson, when she heard him rapping some the Cold Crush rhymes. She
asked him to join a group she was forming, The Sugarhill Gang, who became
known mostly for their 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first
rap single to become a Top 40 hit. It reached No.36 on the Billboard
Hot 100 but peaked at No. 3 in the UK, and No.1 in Canada and Holland.
They had more European hits, such as "Apache", "Eighth
Wonder", "Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)", and "Showdown".
In 1999, the trio recorded Jump on It! a hip hop children's album (sadly
Henry while died fighting cancer, which had spread to his kidneys)
b. January 11th 1956.
Rudolf Friml (93) Czech composer of
operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as being a pianist.
After musical training and a brief performing career in his native Prague,
he moved to the United States, where he became a composer. His best-known
works are Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King, each of which enjoyed success
on Broadway and in London and were adapted for film. His last stage
musical was Music Hath Charms in 1934. In 1967, Rudolf
performed in a special concert at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco,
he began with a piano improvisation, then played special arrangements
of his own compositions as well as composers who had influenced him
b. December 7th 1879
1976: Walter Piston (82) American
composer of classical music, music theorist and influential professor
of music at Harvard University whose many students included Leroy Anderson,
Leonard Bernstein, and Elliott Carter. Born in Rockland, Maine his works
included orchestral, band, concertante, piano, organ, chamber/instrumental,
choral, Hiss only ballet work, The Incredible Flutist, was written for
the Boston Pops Orchestra. (?) b.
January 20th 1894
1983: Preston Jackson/James Preston McDonald (81) American
trombonist; played and-or recorded with Tig Chambers, Al Simone, Eli
Rice, and Art Sims, Bernie Young and his Creole Jazz Band, Richard M.
Jones, Dave Peyton, Erskine Tate, Benny Waters, Louis Armstrong, Half
Pint Jaxon, Carroll Dickerson, Jimmy Bell, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge,
Walter Barnes, Johnny Long, Johnny
Dodds and Zilner Randolph's
W.P.A. Band among others as well as having his own band (?)
January 3rd 1902.
1985: Dicky Wells (78)
American jazz trombonist
born in Centerville, Tennessee. He moved to New York City in 1926, and
became a member of the Lloyd Scott band. He played with Count Basie
between 1938-1945 and 1947-1950 and he also played with Cecil Scott,
Spike Hughes, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Jimmy Rushing,
Buck Clayton and Ray Charles. In his later years, he suffered a severe
beating that affected his memory, happily he recovered and continued
to perform. He played frequently at the West End jazz club at 116th
and Broadway, most often with a band called The Countsmen, led by alto
saxophonist Earle Warren, his colleague from Count Basie days. A trademark
was Dicky's "pepper pot" mute which he made himself (?)
b. November 12th 1985.
Carlos Surinach (82) Catalan
Spanish-born composer and conductor,
born in Barcelona, where he conducted the Orquestra Simfònica
de Barcelona and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He studied composition at
the Barcelona Conservatory, then went to Germany, where he studied in
Berlin with Max Trapp and Richard Strauss, taking five of Strauss's
seminars. In 1948 his opera ''El mozo que caso con mujer brava'' premiered
in Barcelona. In 1951, he emigrated to the America, where he became
a successful composer for the dance. He became a U.S. citizen in 1959.
He composed three ballet scores for the renowned choreographer Martha
Graham: Embattled Garden-1958, Acrobats of God-1960 and The Owl and
the Pussycat-1978. He also composed Feast of Ashes for the Joffrey Ballet
b. March 4th 1915.
2000: Franck Pourcel (87)
orchestra leader and violinist; he studied violin at the Conservatoire
in Marseille, led several jazz ensembles, including the French Fiddlers,
and spent a year in Paris at the Conservatoire. By 1931 he was working
as a violinist at the Théâtre des Variétés
in Marseille, he then became the musical director for Yves Montand and
Lucienne Boyer, with whom he went on a world tour. In
1953 he recorded "Blue Tango" and the follow up "Limelight".
By 1958 Franck commenced recording classical music. His series of Pages
Célèbres led to him conduct the London Symphony Orchestra,
The Society of Concerts for the Conservatoirte, The BBC Orchestra, and
the Lamoureux Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In 1962 he co-composed
with Paul Mauriat and Raymond Lefèvre the hit, "Chariot",
which was recorded by Petula Clark and followed up by Peggy March as
"I Will Follow Him", which became the main theme for the film,
Sister Act. (Parkinson's
b. August 11th 1913.
2001: Albert Hague (81)
actor, born in Berlin; he went to America in 1939 on scholarship to
the University of Cincinnati. After graduating in 1942, he served in
the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. His Broadway
Musicals include Plain and Fancy-1955, Redhead-1959 and The Fig Leaves
Are Falling-1969, with lyrics by Allan Sherman. Famous songs he wrote
include "Young and Foolish", "Look Who's in Love",
and "Did I Ever Really Live?". He was also the composer for
the TV musical cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Albert also
appeared on the TV series Fame, where he played Mr. Shorofsky, the music
teacher, a part he originated in the film of the same name (sadly
lost his battle with cancer at a hospital in Marina del Rey, California
) b. October 13th
2003: Tony Thompson (48) International
session drummer with Rod Stewart, David Bowey,
Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Sister Sledge, Mick Jagger & manymore.
He is best known for his work with Chic. In 2005 Tony and the Chic band
members were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.(died within
a month of being diagnosed with kidney cancer, just 3 days before his
b. November 15th 1954.
Mitch Mitchell (61) English drummer of the legendary Jimi
Hendrix Experience, he was the last surviving member of the power trio
which proved one of the most influential bands in the history of rock
music. As well as playing in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and he played
and/or recorded with the likes of Martha Velez, Junior Brown, Greg Parker,
Bruce Cameron, Roger Chapman, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Jack Bruce among
had just finished a coast to coast tour across America, and due to fly
home to the UK, but was found dead that morning in his hotel bedroom
at Portland, Oregon, Officals say he died of natural causes)
b. July 9th 1947.
2010: Henryk Górecki (76)
Polish composer of contemporary classical music in the village of Czernica;
he studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice between 1955
and 1960. In 1968, he joined the faculty and rose to provost before
resigning in 1979. Henryk
became a leading figure
of the Polish avant-garde during the post-Stalin cultural thaw. His
Webernian-influenced serialist works of the 1950s and 1960s were characterized
by adherence to dissonant modernism and drew influence from Luigi Nono,
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki and Kazimierz Serocki. He
continued in this direction throughout the 1960s, but by the mid 1970s
had changed to a less complex sacred minimalist sound, exemplified by
the transitional Symphony No. 2 and the hugely popular Symphony No.
3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). This later style developed through
several other distinct phases, from such works as his 1979 Beatus Vir,
to the choral 1981 hymn Miserere, the 1993 Kleines Requiem für
eine Polka and his requiem Good Night (sadly died
after a long illness) b.
December 6th 1933.
2011: Doyle Bramhall (62) American
and singer-songwriter Doyle Bramhall was born and raised in Dallas,
Texas and while still at high school, he and Jimmie Vaughan formed The
Chessmen. The highly talented band opened for Jimi Hendrix when he played
Dallas. In 1969, he moved to Austin and formed the band Texas Storm,
with his friend Jimmie Vaughan and in the 70s, he founded The Nightcrawlers
with Marc Benno,
MORE <<< (Doyle
away in his sleep of heart failure) b.
February 17th 1949.
2012: Bob French (74)
American jazz drummer and radio show host at WWOZ, born in New Orleans;
he organized an R&B band in high school that included James Booker,
Art Neville, Charles Neville (of The Neville Brothers), and Kidd Jordan,
and Alvin Batiste. In the 1960s he recorded with Earl King and Fats
Domino. He has also played and recorded with Dave Bartholomew. Bob led
The Tuxedo Jazz Band from 1977 until his death in 2012. The Tuxedo Jazz
Band was formerly led by Oscar "Papa" Celestin and later by
Bob's father, Albert "Papa" French from 1958 to 1977 (sadly
Bob passed away with dementia and diabetes) b.
2013: Sir John Tavener (69) British
composer and spiritual adventurer, born in Wembley, London, he was known
for his extensive output of religious works, including The Whale,
his dramatic cantata based on the Old Testament story of Jonah in 1968,
"The Protecting Veil" and "Song for Athene". He
began as a prodigy; in 1968 at the age of 24, he was described by The
Guardian as "the musical discovery of the year. His "Song
for Athene was performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales
in 1997 and following Diana's death, he also composed and dedicated
to her memory the piece Eternity's Sunrise, based on poetry by William
Blake. In '99, he dedicated his book The Music Of Silence: A Composers
Testament to Mother Thekla, who he said helped me put my
music and my life together. During
his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of
his generation and was knighted in 2000 for
his services to music. He was honoured with the Ivors Classical Music
Award at the 50th Ivor Novello Awards in May 2005 (sadly
Sir John died from long term effects of Marfan syndrome) b.
January 28th 1944.
2014: Buddy Catlett/George James Catlett (81)
American jazz multi-instrumentalist
() b. May 13th 1933.
1967: Harriet Cohen
CBE (61) British
pianist born in
London, Harriet studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music under Tobias
Matthay, having won the Ada Lewis scholarship at the age of 12. She
was particularly associated with J. S. Bach's music: a few composers
wrote music specifically for her, particularly her
Arnold Bax, who wrote most of his piano pieces for her, including music
for David Lean's 1948 film version of Oliver Twist. He also composed
Concertino for Left Hand for her after she lost the use of her right
hand in 1948. The Harriet Cohen International
Music Award was introduced in her honour in 1951 (?)
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr
(19) American drummer in his father's
band (car accident)
1987: Harold Vick (51)
American hard bop
and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina,
probably better known for his work with musicians like Grant Green,
Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Shirley Scott, among a host of others.
He also played with Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie,
Mercer Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Taylor, Shirley Scott, Donald
Byrd, Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff. Harold
played in films such as Stardust Memories and Cotton Club, in which
he played a musician; was in the Spike Lee film School Days; and featured
on the soundtrack for She's Gotta Have It. hey (?)
b. April 3rd 1936.
in Budapest, he
studied at the Franz Liszt Academy with Béla Bartók for
piano, his links with Bartók continued for many years: he conducted
the world premiere of Bartók's Viola Concerto, as completed by
Tibor Serly, with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1949, with William
Primrose as the soloist. He made his conducting debut in 1924 with the
Budapest Royal Opera. As well as composing original works, he compiled
and arranged pieces by Johann Strauss II for the ballet Graduation Ball,
which he conducted the world premiere in Sydney in 1940, during the
1939-1940 Australian tour by the "Original Ballets Russes",
as well as Jacques Offenbach's La belle Hélène and Bluebeard,
and Modest Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochyntsi. His autobiography,
Notes of Seven Decades, was published in 1979. In 1983, Queen Elizabeth
II made Antal an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British
Empire (?) b. April
Vejvoda (86) Czech
composer, he learned to play the fiddle and flugelhorn in a band led
by his father. Later he played these instruments in a military band
and started to compose in the 1920s. He was the author of the "Beer
Barrel Polka", and he wrote many other hits, such as Kdyby ty muziky
nebyly/"If those bands did not exist" and Já ráda
tancuju/"I love to dance" (?)
1992: Ronnie Bond/Ronald James Bullis
(52) British drummer born in Andover,
Hampshire, he was a founding member of the rock band, The Troggs, originally
called The Troglodytes. They had hits in the UK and the USA. Their songs
include, "Wild Thing", "Anyway That You Want Me",
"Love Is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You".
The Troggs Billboard Hot 100 chart topper "Wild Thing" is
ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest
Songs of All Time, and was an influence on garage rock and punk rock.
Many of their hits have also been successful as covers, such as Jimi
Hendrix with Wild Thing, Wet Wet Wet and REM with love Is All Around,
and Spiritualized with "Anyway That You Want Me". Iggy Pop,
The Buzzcocks and The Ramones are amongst punk bands who cited the Troggs
as an influence. Ronnie also released a solo single "Anything For
b. May 4th 1940.
1996: Bill Doggett (80)
US pianist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
At 15, he had joined a combo, playing local theaters and clubs while
attending high school. In 1947, he joined the Louis
Jordan's Tympany Five as pianist pianist,
it was here that he first achieved success playing the Hammond organ
and in 1950 he is reputed to have written one of Jordan's biggest hits,
"Saturday Night Fish Fry", for which Jordan claimed the writing
1951, Bill organized his own trio, his best known recording is "Honky
Tonk," a rhythm and blues hit of 1956 which sold four million copies,
and which he co-wrote with Billy Butler. He won the Cash Box award for
best rhythm and blues performer in 1957, 1958, and 1959. He also arranged
for many bandleaders and performers, including Louis Armstrong, Count
Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lionel Hampton. He continued to play and
arrange until his death (died
of a heart attack in New York City) b.
February 16th 1916.
1999: Donald Mills (84) American
lead tenor and member of the jazz and pop vocal quartet
The Mills Brothers who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined
sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen
gold records. Their songs included "Tiger Rag", "Goodbye
Blues", their theme song, "You're Nobody's Sweetheart Now",
"Ole Rockin' Chair", "Lazy River", "How'm I
Doin'", "Lazy Bones", "Sweet Sue", "Lulu's
Back in Town", "Bye-Bye Blackbird", "Sleepy Head",
"Shoe Shine Boy" and others. In
1934, The Mills Brothers became the first African-Americans to give
a command performance before British royalty. They performed at the
Regal Theatre for a special audience to King George V, Queen Mary, and
their mother. The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group
Hall of Fame in 1998 (?)
b. April 29th 1915
Roland Hanna (70) American jazz pianist born in Detroit,
Michigan ; a style diverse enough to fit into swing, bop, and more adventurous
settings. He studied at Eastman School of Music and Juilliard School.
He worked with several big names, such as Benny Goodman and Charles
Mingus, in the 1950s although only briefly in both cases. From 1967
to 1974 he was a regular member of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.
During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet. Roland
was given an honory knighthood
by the President of Liberia in 1970 in recognition for a series of concerts
held to benefit Liberian children,
thus the "Sir" (Roland sadly died from
a heart attack) b.
February 10th 1932.
2004: John Balance (42) English
multi-musician and artist born in Mansfield;
he was the founder and half of the experimental music group Coil. He
was responsible for vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics and various esoteric
sound-making instruments and devices. Prior to this John's first known
track is under the alias "Merderwerkers" titled "Blue
Funk (Scars For E)" on the Sterile Records. He also published a
magazine called "Stabmental" and released a track titled,
"A Thin Veil Of Blood" under the alias Stabmental, after which
he joined up with Peter Christopherson and Boyd Rice recording Nightmare
Culture under the alias "The Sickness of Snakes" and performed
alongside Christopherson in Psychic TV before the duo formed Coil.
(lost his balance & tipped over the banisters at his home while
under the influence of alcohol) b. February
2004: Ol' Dirty
Bastard /Russell Tyrone Jones (35)
American rap artist born in Brooklyn, New
York City, he was one of the founding members of the hip hop group Wu-Tang
Clan in 1992. After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, in 1995, Ol' Dirty
Bastard went on to a successful solo career, although sometimes hampered
by legal troubles. March 28th 1995, he released Return to the 36 Chambers:
The Dirty Version' which produced the hit singles "Brooklyn Zoo"
and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya", the album went to platinum status.
In 1997, he appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan's second and most commercially
successful work, the double album Wu-Tang Forever. During the 1998 Video
Music Awards, he performed "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)"
onstage with Pras, Mya. Between jail sentences he released his 'Nigga
Please' albums this produced the single "Got Your Money".
In 2003 he starred in a VH1 special, Inside Out: Ol' Dirty Bastard Life
on Parole. He also managed to record a new album, originally scheduled
to be released through Dame Dash Music Group in 2004; it was shelved
indefinitely (collapsed and died of a drug overdose
at a Manhattan recording studio in New York shortly after complaining
of chest pain)
b. November 15th 1968.
Erik Kurmangaliev (47)
opera singer, actor and a leading public figure in Russia's perestroika
music scene.; debuted in 1980 at the Leningrad Philharmonia. He later
performed in Alfred Shnitke's Second Symphony and "Dr. Faust"
cantata during his career. His
career reached his peak when he teamed up with director Roman Viktyuk
in the early 1990s, when he appeared in the Russian language version
of David Hwang's M. Butterfly. He made his last appearance in film appearance
in Rustam Khamdanov's "Vocal Parallels" (Erik
sadly died fighting a liver infection) b.
December 31st 1959.
2011: Diego Rivas aka El Guaruras (31) Mexican
singer, born in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, and started singing in school
contests. He later joined the band Arriba Mi Sinaloa, but split from
them in 2006, after which he formed and performed with his own band
Los Guaruras. He also
had an online presence with a radio station. Diego was a singer of narcocorridos
- songs glorifying drug traffickers. One
of his songs is an ode to Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Mexico's
most wanted drug lord. Other hits include "El
Estándar", "Soy yo", "Dos celulares",
"El Amor no se vende" among others (Diego
and two companions were killed with an AK-47 in a drive-by shooting
in Culiacan) b.
May 18th 1980.
2011: Yvonne "Dixie" Fasnacht (101)
jazz singer, clarinetist and New Orleans' French Quarter club owner.
She toured with the Southland Rhythm Girls, playing Dixieland Jazz in
the 1930s. In 1939, she and her sister Irma opened the first of several
jazz bars in New Orleans, all bearing the name Dixie's. Her Bourbon
Street edition Dixie's Bar Of Music, was described as a place where
rich and poor, famous and not, gay and straight felt totally comfortable.
Truman Capote, Rock
Williams, Danny Kaye and Gore Vidal were among those who visited the
bar and it was one of the first that catered openly to gays. Dixie lived
in her apartment on Bourbon Street, well
into her 90s, still
dying her hair red and dressing elegantly (?)
b. July 7th 1910.
2013: Dena Epstein (96) American
music librarian and author born in Milwaukee; she studied music at the
University of Chicago and library science at the University of Illinois,
graduating in 1943 and in 1946 she began working as a cataloguer and
reviser for the Library of Congress music section. She returned to the
University of Chicago in 1964 as the Assistant Music Librarian, in which
position she served for 22 years. Dena served as president of the Music
Library Association (MLA) from 1977 to 1979 and was awarded the association's
highest citation in 1986. In 1955, she started researching the historical
origins of American slave music and her 1977 book on the topic, Sinful
Tunes and Spirituals: black folk music to the Civil War, was awarded
the Chicago Folklore Prize and the Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical
Association. Other books include Music Publishing in Chicago Before
1871 published in 1969 (?) b. November
2014: Mike Burney (70) English
saxophonist born in the Great Barr area of Birmingham, and received
his musical education at Bromsgrove College of Further Education.
In the early to mid 60s he
started out with the Everetts Blueshounds before joining Billy
Fury's backing band in 1968 to 1970. Following this, he became a founding
member of Wizzard. The band made their live debut at The London Rock
and Roll Show at Wembley Stadium on August 5th 1972, this was the very
first concert to be held at the stadium and Wizzard's second appearance
was at the Reading Festival later that month. He played on hits s such
as "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" of which also Mike
wrote its b-side, "Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.)".
Their biggest hit was with their second single,"See My Baby Jive",
which topped the UK charts, this was followed "Angel Fingers (A
Teen Ballad)", which also topped the charts. Mike went on to become
a much in demand session musician and visiting American musicians, knowing
of his reputation as a world-class player, would
(sadly died while fighting a long brave battle
with cancer) b. November
Flesch (71) Hungarian violinist, and teacher; born in Moson;
he began playing the violin at seven years of age. At 10, he was taken
to Vienna, and began to study with Jakob Grün. At 17 years old,
he left for Paris and joined the Paris Conservatoire. He settled in
Berlin, and in 1934 went to live in London.
was known for his solo performances in a very wide range of repertoire
from Baroque music to contemporary, gaining fame as a chamber music
performer. He also taught at Bucharest 1897-1902, Amsterdam 1903-08,
Philadelphia 1924-28 and the Berlin High School for Music 1929-34. Carl
published a number of instructional books, including
the 1923 'Die Kunst des Violin-Spiels' (?)
b. October 9th 1873.
1946: Manuel de Falla y Matheu (69)
Spanish composer of classical music, born in Cádiz.
He became interested in native Andalusian music, particularly Andalusian
flamenco, specifically cante jondo, the influence of which can be strongly
felt in many of his works. His first important work was the one-act
opera La vida breve/Life is Short or The Brief Life, written in 1905,
premiered in 1913. Manuel spent 1907 to 1914 in Paris, where he met
composers who had an influence on his style, including the impressionists
Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Paul Dukas. From 1921 to 1939 Manuel
lived in Granada, where he organized the Concurso de Cante Jondo in
1922. In Granada he wrote the puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro/Master
Peter's Puppet Show and a concerto for harpsichord and chamber ensemble.
He continued to work after moving to Argentina in 1939, following Francisco
Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War (?)
1968: Hilton Jefferson (65)
American jazz alto saxophonist
born in Danbury, CT; perhaps
best-known for leading the saxophone section from 1940-1949 in the Cab
Calloway band. In
1929 Jefferson began his professional career with Claude Hopkins, and
throughout the '30s was busy working for the big bands of McKinney's
Cotton Pickers, Chick Webb, and Fletcher Henderson. From 1952-53 Hilton
performed with Duke Ellington. In the 50s he continued to perform, especially
with Rex Stewart and former members of the Fletcher Henderson band
b. July 30th 1903.
1977: Richard Stewart Addinsell (74) British
composer, best known for film music, notably his Warsaw Concerto, composed
for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight, also known under the later title
Suicide Squadron. Other film credits include Goodbye Mr. Chips-1939;
Gaslight-1940; Blithe Spirit-1945; Tom Brown's Schooldays-1951; Scrooge-1951;
The Prince and the Showgirl-1957;
A Tale of Two Cities-1958; Beau Brummell-1955 and Life at the Top in
1965. In 1932, with Clemence Dane, he wrote the incidental music for
the Broadway adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. He collaborated from
1942 with Joyce Grenfell, for her West End revues including 'Tuppence
Coloured', 'Penny Plain' and her one-woman shows. He also wrote among
many other works the orchestral piece 'Southern Rhapsody', which was
played every morning at the start of TV broadcasts by the former Southern
Television company in south of England from 1958 to 1981 (?)
b. January 13th 1904.
Rufus Adams (52)
American jazz tenor saxophonist, flutist and clarinet player, born in
Covington, Georgia, also known for his idiosyncratic singing. At high
school he was playing tenor in funk bands and in 1961, he toured with
Sam Cooke, then in '63 he moved to Ohio where he played with organ based
groups. He relocated to New York in
he played with Roy Haynes, Gil Evans, and Art Blakey, among others.
also co-led a quartet with pianist Don Pullen. One of his last recordings
was America on the Blue Note label. The album consists of classic American
songs like "Tennessee Waltz", "You Are My Sunshine"
and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as well as a few original
songs that articulate his surprisingly positive view of his country
and the gifts it had given him. It also includes "The Star Spangled
Banner" and "America the Beautiful" (?)
April 29th 1940.
1992: Theodore "Teddy" Riley
(68) American jazz trumpet player and
bandleader born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he would spend most
of his career; Mostly known for playing jazz, he also worked and recorded
with various Rhythm & Blues bands. Artists and groups he worked
with included Fats Domino, Champion Jack Dupree, The Dookie Chase Orchestra,
Roy Brown's Band, The Olympia Brass Band, The Williams Brass Band, and
The Royal Brass Band. In 1971 Teddy played on the cornet used by Louis
Armstrong in his youth for the New Orleans ceremonies marking Armstrong's
b. May 10th
2002: Elena Nikolaidi
mezzo-soprano opera singer who went on to sing leading roles with major
opera companies worldwide and made numerous recordings. She made her
US operatic debut as Amneris in Verdi's Aïda with the San Francisco
Opera and reprised the role for her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1951.
In the early 60s she retired from opera but continued concertizing e
for a number of years. In
1960 Elena accepted a position on the voice faculty of Florida State
University in Tallahassee. In 1977 she went to Houston, Texas, as the
primary voice instructor for the newly established Houston Opera Studio,
a young-artist training program that was at that time a joint venture
of Houston Grand Opera and the University of Houston
(?) b. June 14th 1909.
Gene Anthony Ray (41) American
actor, dancer, vocalist and choreographer, born in Harlem, New York.
He was best known for his portrayal of the street smart dancer Leroy
in the 1980 film Fame and the TV spin-off which aired from '82 until
'87. In 1987 he played Billy Nolan in the musical adaptation
of Carrie by Stephen King in the original opening in Stratford-Upon-Avon
which closed after less than a month, he then transferred to Broadway
and continued to play the role until the musical closed after only five
public performances (Gene died of a stroke, sadly
due to aids) b. May 24th 1962.
2004: Michel Colombier (65) French
composer, songwriter and conductor born in Lyon, by 14 years, he had
discovered jazz and was performing with small combos and big bands.
At 22 years, he was hired as musical director of Barclay Records, his
first assignment was to arrange Charles Aznavour's first album in English
for release in the US. He composed the music for 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme'at
the Comédie-Française, his only creation for stage. Michel
entered the world of ballet with one of Maurice Béjart's masterpieces,
"Messe Pour Le Temps Present", co-written with Pierre Henry,
he also co-write for many years with Serge Gainsbourg. Michel worked
with an extremely diversified array of artists, including the Beach
& Fire, Supertramp,
Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Herbie Hancock,
Ponty, Brigitte Fontaine,
Catherine Deneuve, Herb
Joni Mitchell, Jeanne
Moreau, Stephane Grappelli, David
Sanborn, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Madonna
Jaco Pastorius to
mention a few. He also wrote the music for more than twenty ballets,
and worked with some of the world's greatest dance companies and choreographers
(sadly died of cancer)
b. May 23rd 1939.
Mills (40) American drummer and a founder
member of the death metal band Insanity. It was formed in 1985 in the
San Francisco Bay Area and unleashed some of the most intensely brutal
death metal of that time. Bud created the 1-1 drum beat that was faster
than the fastest thrash beat used at the time. (sadly
died after a brave battle with esophageal cancer)
b. April 17th 1967.
Jackie Leven aka Sir
Vincent Lone (61)
Scottish folk musician and songwriter,
born in Kirkcaldy, Fife. he started his musical career in the late 1960s
under the pseudonym "John St Field", and recorded an album,
'Control', between 1973-1975. He found success with new wave band Doll
by Doll which he formed in '77, releasing 4 albums between 1979-1982;
after which he launched his solo career. He suffered a street assault
and near strangulation during the recording of his first solo album
in 1984, which left him unable to speak for nearly two years. During
this time he sadly became addicted to heroin. In 1994 and thankfully
clean, his solo career restarted with the release of the mini-album
Songs from the Argyll Cycle and the full-album The Mystery of Love is
Greater than the Mystery of Death. He went on to release more than twenty
albums under his own name or under the pseudonym Sir Vincent Lone
(sadly Jackie died battling
June 18th 1950.
2011: Laura Kennedy (?) American
musician and original bassist with the post-punk band Bush Tetras. The
group scored two dance hits in the U.S. with "Too Many Creeps"
peaking at No.57 Dance in 1981, and "Can't Be Funky / Cowboys In
Africa" peaking at No.32 in 1982 (sadly
passed away due to complications from Hepatitis C) b.
2011: Lee Pockriss (87)
songwriter born in Brooklyn; along with
Paul Vance he co-wrote "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot
Bikini", recorded in 1960 by Brian Hyland; the Grammy-nominated
"Catch a Falling Star", recorded in 1957 by Perry Como; and
the 1969 hit, "Tracy", recorded by The Cuff Links. He also
wrote Anita Bryant's "My Little Corner of the World", Shelley
Fabares' "Johnny Angel" recorded in 1962, and the Clint Holmes
song "Playground In My Mind". With lyricist Anne Croswell
he wrote the songs for the Broadway musical Tovarich, which received
a Grammy nomination for Original Cast Album. He and Croswell have also
collaborated on the frequently produced Ernest in Love and Bodo. Lee
also wrote the music for the musicals Wonderful Olly, Dolley Madison,
and Divorce Of Course.He wrote seven original songs for MGM's full length
animated film The Phantom Tollbooth, scored the film The Subject Was
Roses and wrote the title songs for One, Two, Three and the Western
classic, Stagecoach. In the 1980s, Lee wrote several songs for the children's
educational series Sesame Street, including "My Polliwog Ways"-Kermit
the Frog, "Transylvania Love Call"-Count von Count, and "My
Rock"-Bert (sadly died after a long illness)
b. January 20th 1924.
he started playing jazz at age 23, in Japan. In
the 1962 Jazz Critics Poll of Downbeat Magazine, Roger Herrera was voted
one of the worlds best bass players, along with Charles Mingus,
Ray Brown and Ron Carter. He toured around the world and
performed twice at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Fest with the legendary
Filipino pianist Romy Posadas. Roger was scheduled to perform at the
2012 Filipino-American Jazz Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill but
backed out a month ago because of failing health. At the Fest the Works
of the Masters segment will be dedicated in his honor... an Emil
Mijares arrangement of Waiting for Waits, originally performed
in 1984 at the Folks Arts Theater, where Roger played bass; and an original
tune by Angel Pena, Bass-ically Yours, composed in his honor.
(sadly died of pneumonia)
b. January 8th 1932
2012: Martin Fay (76)
Irish fiddler and bones player, born in Cabra,
he was inspired to learn to play violin after seeing a film about celebrated
violinist-composer, Paganini and went on to win a scolarship to the
Dublin Municipal School of Music. Martin got his first job with a six-piece
orchestra that played music at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, before joining
the traditional Irish band Ceoltóirí Cualann. Then in
the November of 1962, Martin, along with Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts,
Michael Tubridy and David Fallon founded the group, The Chieftains.
They remained semi-professional up until the very early 70s, by then
they had achieved great success in Ireland and the UK. In 1973, their
popularity began to spread to the USA
2013: Georgina Anderson (15) English
singer born in Marske-by-the-Sea, Teesside. Georgina debuted on youtube
with a Bonnie Raitt cover "I
Can't Make You Love Me", which has already had almost 40,000
YouTube hits and has been re-tweeted by celebs including comedian Johnny
Vegas and Teesside actor Mark Benton. This has been followed by a posthumous
2013 hit single, "Two
Thirds of a Piece", which has to date reached No.63 on the
UK Singles Chart (tragically young Georgina has
died after being diagnosed with stage four liver cancer and having bravely
faced all available cancer treatment options) b.October
2014: Morteza Pashaei (30)
Iranian pop singer born in Tehran; he began
his professional music career in 2009 by publishing his songs on the
internet, notably Youtube. As an artist, he was known to be quite innovative.
He is best known for his 2012
track, Yeki Hast
(sadly died fighting stomach cancer) b.
August 13th 1984.
November 15 .
1963: Fritz Reiner (74) Hungarian
conductor, he moved to America in 1922 to take the post of Principal
Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He remained until 1931,
after which he taght at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1938 to 1948 and
made a few recordings with them for Columbia Records, then spent several
years at the Metropolitan Opera, where he conducted a historic production
of Strauss's Salome in 1949, with the Bulgarian soprano Ljuba Welitsch
in the title role, and the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The
Rake's Progress in 1951. He also conducted and made a recording of the
famous 1952 Metropolitan Opera production of Bizet's Carmen, starring
Rise Stevens (heart
December 19th 1888.
1987: Ray Pablo Falconer (26)
British Reggae producer
in the 1970s and 1980s. Brother
to Earl Falconer from UB40, he produced most of singles and albums for
UB40. (died in a tragic car crash)
1991: Jacques Morali (45)
French music producer, who is best remembered for being the creator
and driving force behind the disco group, Village People. Also between
1974 and 1982 he wrote, co-wrote and produced over 65 albums, including
hits like "Brazil", "The Best Disco In Town", "Life
Is Music", "African Queens", "Quiet Village"
and "American Generation" (sadly died
from aids) b. July 4th 1947.
1997: Saul Chaplin (85) American
composer and musical director; he worked on stage, screen and television
since the days of Tin Pan Alley. In film, he won four Oscars for collaborating
on the scores and orchestrations of An American in Paris, Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers and West Side Story
as well as a nomination for High Society.
Other films included Can-Can, I Could Go On Singing, The Sound of Music,
STAR!, Man of La Mancha and That's Entertainment and the list goes on
(suffered a bad fall and died as a result of his
injuries) b. February 19th 1912.
2003: Wesley Webb "Speedy" West (79)
Country Music Hall of Fame US pedal steel guitarist and record producer.
Top session player until a stroke left him partilly paralized in 1981,
just between 1950 and 1955 alone, he played on over 6,000 recordings
with a total of 177 different artists, including Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford,
and Paul Weston's Orchestra, Billy May's Orchestra, Betty Hutton, Helen
O'Connell, Doris Day, Johnnie Ray, Ella Mae Morse, Spike Jones, Jean
Shepard, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and many others. (Wesley
sadly died after suffering long term heart problems)
b. January 25th 1924.
2009: Derek B/EZQ/Derek
Boland (44) British rapper, a
pioneering figure on the UK hip hop scene in the '80s. He started DJing
in a mobile unit around London at 15, before joining local pirate radio
stations and finally starting WBLS,
own station, (not the one in New York).
He was soon working as an A&R man for the Music Is Life label, where
he recorded the track 'Rock The Beat' when a proposed compilation ran
short of tracks. He used the pseudonym, EZQ, and also did his own DJing
under the Derek B name. The song went on to be released as a single,
and was followed by other releases including 'Good Groove' "Bad
Young Brother" and "We've Got The Juice". He later released
the album Bullet From a Gun while with Rush Artist Management. Derek
B was the first UK rapper to achieve pop success, and appeared on BBC
Television's Top of the Pops Derek was also successful as a producer
and remixer, working with the Cookie Crew and Eric B and Rakim. He also
helped write the 1988, Liverpool F.C. anthem, "Anfield Rap"
(sadly died of
a heart attack) b.
January 15th 1965.
he graduated from a nautical college and began working on a deep sea
fishing boat. While receiving treatment for an illness in 1952, he submitted
some lyrics to a magazine competition and won, leading to his debut
as a lyricist the following year. Some of his best known works are Hakodate
no Hito for Saburo Kitajima, Sanbyaku Rokuju Goho no March
for Kiyoko Suizenji, and the theme song for the Otoko wa Tsurai
Yo movie series. He also wrote songs for Miyuki Kawanaka, Ichiro
Toba, Hibari Misora, and Harumi Miyako, among many others. Tetsuro
had the honor of receiving the Shiju Hosho in 1986 and the Order of
the Sacred Treasure in 2000. For a time, he served as chairman of JASRAC,
and he was the current head of the Japanese Lyricists Association
(passed away with heart failure at a Tokyo hospital)
b. September 30th 1925.
2010: Roberto Pregadio (81) Italian
pianist, orchestra director and television personality, born in Catania;
he graduated from the Conservatory of Naples and in 1960 joined the
Light Music Orchestra of the RAI. He accompanied the orchestra concert
of Claudio Villa at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1961 . From the mid
sixties for fifteen years he has composed and conducted numerous soundtracks
for movies. In radio he worked in various programs, including Whole
Town's Talking, Do you like Radio?, and The Microphone is Yours. In
the 80s he formed the band "Swing Sextet of Rome" with Franco
Chiari vibraphone, Baldo Maestri at the clarinet, Carlo Pes on guitar,
Alessio Urso on bass and Roberto Zappulla on drums, the group has recorded
for Fonit- Cetra the album Five Continents. Roberto was one of better
known Spaghetti western composers who scored 9 films such as Django
the Last Killer, A Hole in the Forehead, Ciccio
Forgives I Dont, Paths of War, Twice a
Judas, The Forgotten Pistolero, Mallory Must
Not Die, Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity, Three
Supermen of the West. (Roberto passed away
from natural causes) b. December 6th 1928.
2011: Moogy Klingman/Mark
Klingman (61) American rock keyboardist, producer,
songwriter, founding member of Todd Rundgren's musical team Utopia,
and later became a solo recording artist and bandleader. He grew up
in Great Neck, Long Island, New York and at 16 he joined Jimmy James
and the Blue Flames with Randy California and Jimi Hendrix. His association
with Todd Rundgren began in 1969, when Moogy was the original keyboardist
for Todd and also Utopia. In his Manhattan loft, he and Todd constructed
the "Secret Sound" recording studio where they recorded Todd's
'A Wizard', 'A True Star', 'Todd', and other albums. He played on ten
Todd Rundgren albums, as well as several Utopia albums. Over his long
career, Moogy has played, recorded and/or had his songs recorded by
artists including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Chuck Berry,
Luther Vandross, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Allan Woody and
Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule and has also worked
with Carly Simon, Cindy Lauper, Shawn Colvin, Irene Cara, and Thelma
Houston. He was the co-founder of the band The Peaceniks, along with
Barry Gruber, he also played in the "Moogy/Woody Band" with
Allman Brothers alumni Allan Woody, and Warren Haynes, as well as having
solo albums out on Capitol, EMI records, and on his own label (sadly
Moogy died while bravely fighting cancer)
September 7th 1950.
2012: Khin Maung Toe (62) Burmese
singersongwriter born in Mawlaik, Sagaing Division and was the
longtime lead singer of the Mizzima Hlaing band. He was one of the few
successful Burmese singer-songwriters who wrote his own original songs.
He released 21 albums in his career and is best known for his 1984 hit
"Maha Hsan Thu". Khin's last performance was in September
2012 in a charity concert organized by the 88 Student Generation Group
(sadly Khin died while fighting liver cancer)
b. April 2nd 1950.
2012: Frode Thingnæs
(72) Norwegian jazz composer, arranger, conductor
and trombone player. Born in Nore in Buskerud, at 8 years old he started
to play trumpet in his school band and in 1953 he switched to trombone.
He received his music education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music
in Copenhagen. From 1959 onwards he played in orchestras led by Bjørn
Jacobsen, Gunnar Brostigen, Mikkel Flagstad and Kjell Karlsen. His own
quintet, formed in 1960, was included on Norway's first jazz album,
released in 1963. Together with Philip Kruse he wrote the music for
the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest entries "Hvor er du?"
-1974,and "Mata Hari" -1976, both performed by his former
wife, Anne-Karine Strøm .He also contributed to releases by Egil
Kapstad, Terje Rypdal, Laila Dalseth, Espen Rud, Bjørn Alterhaug
and Per Husby.
(sadly died from complications from a heart attack)
May 20th 1940.
1942: Joseph Schmidt (38) Jewish
Romanian tenor and actor, born in Davideny, a small town in the Bukovina
province of Austria-Hungary. His first vocal training was as an alto
boy in the Czernowitz Synagogue, and by 1924 he was featured in his
first solo recital in Czernowitz singing traditional Jewish songs and
arias by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Bizet. He moved to Berlin and in
1929 Cornelis Bronsgeest, a famous Dutch baritone, engaged him for a
radio broadcast as Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. This was
the beginning of a successful international career. He toured Europe
and the United States performing in Carnegie Hall together with other
prominent singers such as Grace Moore. When WWII broke out he was caught
in France by the German invasion. He attempted to escape to America
but, unfortunately, this failed and he made a dash for the Swiss border
(he was interned in a Swiss
refugee camp in Gyrenbad near Zürich in October 1942. He was already
in frail health. Harsh camp life and lack of medical care sadly brought
about a fatal heart attack) b. March 4th
1978: Jimmy Nottingham (52) American
big band trumpeter, Flugelhorn;
his first pro job was with Cecil Payne in 1943. Also played with Willie
Smith, Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie and Herbie Fields.
While working for CBS for over 20 years he played jazz in his spare
time with Budd Johnson, Oliver Nelson, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman,
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, and Clark Terry (?) b.
Dec 15th 1925
1982: Al Haig (58)
American freelance jazz pianist and best known as one of
the pioneers and his distinctive bebop style; born
in Newark, New Jersey; he started out playing with Dizzy Gillespie and
Charlie Parker in 1944, and performed with Eddie Davis and His Beboppers,
the Eddie Davis Quintet, Stan Getz, he was part of the celebrated nonet
on the first session of Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool
(?) b. July 19th 1924.
1984: Leonard Rose (66) American cellist
and pedagogue born in Washington, DC; after completing his studies at
Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music at age 20, he joined Arturo
Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra, and almost immediately became associate
principal. At 21 he was principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra
and at 26 was the principal of the New York Philharmonic. He made many
recordings as a soloist after 1951, including concertos with conductors
such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, George Szell and Bruno Walter
among others. Rose also joined with Isaac Stern and Eugene Istomin in
a celebrated piano trio (sadly died of leukemia)
b. July 27th 1918.
1984: Vic Dickenson (78) African-American
jazz trombonist. His career started out in the 1920s and led him through
musical associations with such legends as Jimmy Rushing, Coleman Hawkins,
Count Basie, Sidney Bechet, Earl Hines, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Carter,
Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holliday. At one
time he was a member of "The World's Greatest Jazz Band,"
which was the house band at The Roosevelt Grill in NYC. Also a soloist
of wide acclaim known for the distinctive sound he coaxed out of the
trombone (?) b. August
1993: Lucia Poppová (54) Slovak
operatic soprano, born in Záhorská Ves; she began her
career as a soubrette soprano, and later moved into the light-lyric
and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire and then the lighter Richard
Strauss and Wagner operas. Her career included performances at Vienna
State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Lucia
was also a highly-regarded recitalist and leader singer (sadly
lost his battle against brain cancer) b.
November 12th 1939.
Valente/Jesse Oris Farrow/Chester
"Chet" William Powers Jr (56) American singer,
guitarist and songwriter. In the early 1960s he went under the name
of Dino Valente, and while involved in the Greenwich Village folk music
scene, he wrote "Get Together", a quintessential 1960s love-and-peace
anthem. Moving west, he became a member of the band Big Sur and the
San Francisco psychedelic rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Dino underwent brain surgery for an AVM in the late 1980s. In spite
of suffering from short-term memory loss and the effects of anti-convulsive
medications, he continued to write songs and play with fellow Marin
County musicians. His last major performance was a benefit at San Francisco's
Great American Music Hall. (died suddenly at his
home in Santa Rosa, California) b. November
1999: Grady Owen (?) American
guitarist and singer-songwriter; a one time member
of Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps after which he worked
solo and with a number of other acts, including Johnny Carroll, Howard
Reed and the Levee Singers. Several of his songs have been recorded
by Sonny James and other singers. Gene Vincent recorded some of Grady's
songs, including "Lovely Loretta," Grady himself can be heard
singing one of his own song's "I Don't Feel Like Rockin' Tonight"
on the recently released album "Gene Vincent -- the lost Dallas
Sessions" from Dragon Street Records (?)
2000: Ahmet Kaya (43)
and composer, he generally
sang in Turkish, some of his most popular songs include "Protect
Yourself", "My Heart is Bleeding", "A Strange Man",
"Ayrilik Vakti", Koçero, and Agladikça/"As
We Cry". His first album, Aglama Bebegim, was released in 1985,
his popularity continued to rise into the 90s when in 1994 he released
the album Sarkilarim Daglara which sold 2.8 million copies. All of his
90s albums were chart-toppers. During
his career he recorded around 20 albums. Ahmet relocated
went to France in June 1999 escaping various charges arising from his
political views (died from a heart attack in Paris)
October 28th 1957.
2000: Russ Conway/Trevor Stanford (75)
pop music pianist, composer; his piano instrumentals dominated the UK
Singles Chart during 1959, including two self penned No.1 hits "Side
Saddle" and "Roulette". He maintained a chart presence
in the early 1960s, with other hits including
"China Tea", "Party Pop", "More Party Pops",
"More And More Party Pops", "Snow Coach", "Lucky
Five" and "Lucky Five". Russ became a fixture on light
entertainment TV shows and radio for many years afterwards. He
wrote the music for the West End musical "Mr Venus" but his
career was blighted by ill-health, and in his later life he was noted
for his charity work. (cancer)
2000: Joe C/Joseph Calleja (26) American
rapper who became popular as part of Kid Rock's band.He was first featured
on the demo "Cool Daddy Cool" in 1995. He also appeared on
television, including a guest role on The Simpsons and as a celebrity
deathmatch competitor on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch in 2000. In his
songs he claims to be "3 foot 9 with a 10 foot dick".
(He suffered and died from
the effects of a digestive condition called Celiac disease, which caused
him constant pain and his stunted growth, he died in his sleep)
b. November 9th 1974.
2000: DJ Screw/Robert Earl Davis, Jr (29)
hiphop rapper with Screwed
Up Click; born in Houston,
Texas, he was a central figure in the Houston hip hop scene. He began
deejaying at age 13, his innovation included the trademark technique
of slowing down the basic tracks of a cut when he remixed it. This process
is called "screwing" a song. Slowing down the song was supposed
to recreate the effect of recreationally using Promethazine with Codeine
(died of a heart attack. His cause of death was
rumored to be either a codeine overdose or the result of long-term buildup
of codeine in his system. However, Screwed Up Click member Z-Ro stated
that Screw's death came from someone putting methamphetamine into his
codeine, and he believes that it was someone very close to the Click
who sabotaged him) b. July
2001: Tommy Flanagan (71)
American jazz pianist born in Detroit, Michigan,
particularly remembered as an accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald. He played
on a number of critically acclaimed recordings, such as John Coltrane's
Giant Steps, Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus, The Incredible Jazz
Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper's Straight Life. During his career,
he was nominated for four Grammy Awards, two for Best Jazz Performance
as a Group and two for Best Jazz Performance: Soloist (Tommy
died of a arterial aneurysm). b. March
2007: Grethe Kausland (60)
Norwegian singer and performer; as a child star she was one of Norway's
most popular singers, her debut single Teddyen min in 1955,
sold more than 100.000
records. She sung and performed on stage,TV
and films (lost his battle with lung cancer)
b. July 3rd
2009: Jeff Clyne (72) British
jazz bass and double bassist; born in London, he worked with Tubby Hayes
and Ronnie Scott in their group 'The Jazz Couriers' for a year from
1958, and was part of the group of musicians who opened Ronnie Scott's
Club in November 1959. He was a regular member of Hayes' groups from
1961. Jeff accompanied and or recorded with Blossom Dearie, Stan Tracey,
Ian Carr, Gordon Beck,, Dudley Moore, Zoot Sims, Norma Winstone, John
Burch and Marion Montgomery. He was a member of Nucleus, Isotope, Gilgamesh,
Giles Farnaby's Dream Band and Turning Point in the 1970s and often
worked with drummer Trevor Tomkins (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. January 29th
2010: Mimi Perrin (84) French
jazz singer and pianist; between 1956 and 1958 she was a member of Blossom
Dearie's vocal group Blue Stars of France, after which she worked in
studios as a background singer. In
1959, she formed the vocal sextet Les Double Six, which included, Louis
and Monique Aldebert, Monique and Roger Guérin, Christiane Legrand,
Ward Swingle, Eddy Louiss and Bernard Lubat. Her group completed several
European tours and also traveled to North America, recording with Quincy
Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ray Charles. In recent years she has worked
as a translator, including translations of the biographies of Nina Simone,
Dizzy Gillespie, and Quincy Jones, as well as all the novels by John
le Carré since 1989 with her daughter Isabelle
(?) b. February 2nd
2011: René A. Morel (79)
French-born American violin luthier who was highly
regarded by leading international string players, and has been described
as "arguably the best violin restorer in the world". He served
on the juries of many violin-making competitions, and held offices in
both the International Society of Violin and Bow Makers as well as the
American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b. March 11th 1932.
1955: James "Jimmy" Johnson (61) American
jazz pianist and composer, maybe the most important pioneers of the
stride style of jazz piano playing.
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the teens, he gained a reputation
as one of the premier ragtime pianists on the East coast, he became
in demand as a recording artist, and made dozens of superb player piano
roll recordings for Aeolian, Perfection, Artempo, Rythmodik, and QRS
during the period from 1917 - 1927. As his piano style continued to
evolve, his 1921 phonograph recordings of "Harlem Strut",
"Carolina Shout", and "Keep off the Grass" were
among the first jazz piano solos to be put onto records. His piano style
later was to become a model for the early Count Basie, Duke Ellington,
Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk.
Besides being a jazz piano pioneer, and a most spontaneously inventive
performer, Jimmy composed many hit tunes in his work for the musical
theatre: "Charleston" which became one of the most popular
songs and the definitive dance number/theme tune of the Roaring Twenties.
Others are "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)", "You've
Got to Be Modernistic", "Don't Cry, Baby", "Keep
off the Grass", "Old Fashioned Love", "A Porter's
Love Song to a Chambermaid", "Carolina Shout", and "Snowy
Morning Blues". He permanently retired from performing after suffering
a severe, paralyzing stroke in 1951. Jimmy was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame-1970, Down
Beat Jazz Hall of Fame-1973, Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame-1980, and
the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame-2007. In spite
of the fact that Jimmy can arguably be considered to have been the first
jazz pianist, the composer of the signature tune of the Roaring Twenties,
as well as other enduring tunes, he remains largely unknown to the general
public. (heart problems)
b. February 1st 1894.
born in Rio de Janeiro; he is described as "the single most significant
creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music". Villa-Lobos
has become the best-known and most significant Latin American composer
to date. He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal
works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by
stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified
by his Bachianas brasileiras / "Brazilian Bach-pieces".
b. March 5th 1887.
1979: John Glascock (28) English
bass player and electric guitarist with The Juniors, Head Medicine,
The Gods, Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, Carmen,
his last band being Jethro
played on the Jethro Tull albums Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young
to Die!, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, Live - Bursting Out, and
heart defect) b. May
1981: Bob Eberly (65)
big band singer and brother of well-known big-band singer, Ray Eberle.
He is known for singing with Jimmy Dorsey's band and is most well-known
for singing "Green Eyes". (?)
1982: Eduard Tubin (77) Estonian
born in Torila, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire, now Estonia.
After the Soviet Union invaded in 1944, he fled to Stockholm, where
he remained for the rest of his life. It was here where he wrote some
of his greatest works, including much music for the choirs and symphonies
6-10. Towards the end of his life, he slowly began
to gain recognition, particularly after the conductor Neeme Järvi,
also an Estonian, moved to the USA in 1980. In the last year of his
life his Tenth Symphony was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
and he received several awards from Swedish music organisations
June 18th 1905.
1987: Irene Wicker/The Singing
singer and actress; The Kellogg Company sponsored "The Singing
Lady," beginning in 1931. The show was billed as the nation's first
radio network program for children. The show was always hosted by Irene,
who was known for her melodic and soothing voice (?)
b. November 24th 1905.
1995: Alan Hull (50) English lead singer,
songwriter and founding member of the Tyneside folk rock band, Lindisfarne,
he also played
guitar and keyboards. He was hailed as the most innovative songwriter
since Bob Dylan. His most famous songs include "Lady Eleanor",
"Fog on the Tyne", and "Run for Home"
(died unexpectedly from a sudden heart thrombosis) b.
February 20th 1945.
Michael Karoli (53) German guitarist,
violinist and composer, born and grew up in Straubing, Bavaria. He was
a founding member of the influential krautrock band Can. His main role
was guitarist, later also providing vocals. He was a constant member
of the band, playing with it between 1968 and its break-up in 1979.
They had singles such as "Spoon" and "I Want More"
and albums including Tago Mago in 1971 and 1972's
He also joined the band for its two reunions, in 1986 and 1991 (sadly
died after a long battle with cancer)
b. April 29th 1948.
2003: Arthur Conley (57) American
horn player, vocalist, songwriter; born in McIntosh County, Georgia
and grew up in Atlanta. He first recorded in 1959 as the lead singer
of Arthur & the Corvets. With this group, he released three singles
in 1963 and 1964, "Poor Girl", "I Believe", and
"Flossie Mae". He launched a solo career, and is well known
for his 1967 hit, "Sweet Soul Music". It shot to the number
two spot on both the pop and R&B charts, earning Conley the number
eleven male artist ranking for 1967. The song paid homage to other soul
singers like Lou Rawls, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. He e relocated
to England in 1975, and spent several years in Belgium, after which
he settled in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in spring 1977, where
he promoted new music (died in Ruurlo,
The Netherlands after a long battle with intestinal cancer) b.
January 4th 1946.
2003: Don Gibson (75) American
songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee,
Gibson penned and recorded such country standards as "Oh Lonesome
Me", "Blue Blue Day", "Sweet Dreams" and "I
Can't Stop Loving You" and enjoyed a string of country hits from
1957 into the early 1970's. He was nicknamed "The Sad Poet,"
because he frequently wrote songs that told of loneliness and lost love.
was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973, and
in 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (natural
April 3rd 1928.
2006: Flo Sandon (82) Italian
singer born in Vicenza, her musical career began in 1944 when she debuted
in a Red Cross charity show and went on to be popular in the post-WWII
years. She won the Sanremo Music Fest in 1953 with the song "Viale
d'autunno". Her other hits include "Vorrei volare", "Kiss
Me", "I Love Paris", "Passa il tempo", "Concerto
d'autunno", "Verde luna", "Domani", "Que
sera sera" and "Bevi con me" (?)
June 29th 1924.
2006: Ruth Brown/Ruth Weston (78)
American blues singer born
in Portsmouth, Virginia;
known as "Queen Mother of the Blues",
you can hear her influence in everyone from Little Richard to Etta James,
Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and
in today's divas like Christina Aguilera.
She had a series
of hit songs for fledgling Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So
Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats
Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known
as "The house that Ruth built". She used her influence to
press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts, which
led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances
in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Ruth a Tony Award, and
the original soundtrack won a Grammy Award. (stroke
and heart attack) b.
January 12th 1928
2007: Hy Lit/Hyman Litsky (73)
American radio disc jockey;
Philadelphia-area DJ since the 1950s, with WIBG-AM, WDAS-AM/FM, WKBS-TV,
WSNI/WPGR. He also hosted the nationally syndicated "Hy Lit Show,"
from WKBS-TV in Philadelphia which aired in more than 30 markets nationwide
(sadly he suffered with Parkinson's disease, and
died of kidney and heart failure at Paoli Memorial Hospital )
b. May 20th 1934.
2010: Harry Whitaker (68) American
jazz pianist, born in Pensacola, Florida, he began learning the piano
at age 5, and began classical lessons at age 7. He moved to Chicago
in 1948, and to Detroit in 1953 at age 11. In 1959, at age 16, he graduated
high school and embarked on the road with dexterous bassist Ray McKinney.
After two years, he moved to New York and started playing with Slide
Hampton in 1965, before joining vibraphonist Roy Ayers band in 1970.
He can be heard on the breakthrough Roy Ayers recording We Live
in Brooklyn Baby and went on to work with vocalist Roberta Flack
during her most commercial and successful years beginning in the mid-1970s.
his health had been declining over the last couple of years, Harry performed
frequently at Fat Cat Billiards and Smalls, both religious institutions
in the West Village jazz scene
b. September 19th 1942.
Gary Garcia (63) American
guitarist, singer, songwriter from Akron, Ohio and was one half of the
duo Buckner & Garcia along with Jerry Buckner. Their first collaboration
was in 1980, when they wrote a novelty Christmas song, "Merry Christmas
in the NFL," about Howard Cosell as Santa Claus. Performed under
the pseudonym "Willis The Guard & Vigorish", the song
reached No.82 on the Billboard charts despite limited airplay after
Cosell found the song offensive. In 1981, the duo, who had been together
since high school days, wrote a sentimental country song called "Footprints
in the Sand," performed by Edgel Groves. They also wrote the lyrics
for extra verses of an extended version of the WKRP in Cincinnati theme
song in 1982. However,
the duo is best known for the song "Pac-Man Fever", which
became a large novelty hit in 1982, peaking at No.9 in the United States.
Later the same year, they signed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records.
and they released Pac-Man Fever, a full album consisting entirely of
songs about arcade video games (?)
b. July 28th 1948.
2012: Billy Scott/ Peter
Pendleton (70) American singer, born
in Huntington, West Virginia; he sang with various groups while in the
Army, and after he was discharged in 1964 took the stage name "Billy
Scott". In 1965 he formed and became lead
vocalist for the group The Prophets, later known as "The Georgia
Prophets", and eventually "Billy Scott & The Party Prophets".
He was known for beach musical hits such as "I Got the Fever",
his first gold record, and "California". (sadly
died while fighting pancreatic and liver cancer)
b. October 5th 1942.
2014: Doktor Flori (35) Albanian
rapper, singer and songwriter (sadly died
from a cardiac arrest) b. 1979.
2014: Jimmy Lee Ruffin (78)
American soul singer, born in Collinsville, Mississippi; he was nearly
two when his brother David was born, and as children, the brothers began
singing with a gospel group, the Dixie Nightingales. In 1961, Jimmy
became a singer as part of the Motown stable, mostly on sessions but
also recording singles for its subsidiary Miracle label. He
was then drafted for national service, but returned to Motownin 1964,
where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace
Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired
him for the job instead, so Jimmy worked with The Funk brothers as a
main backing singer and he resumed his solo career. He recorded for
Motown's subsidiary Soul label, but with little success. Then in 1966,
he persuaded songwriters Weatherspoon, Riser and Dean to let him record
one of their numbers which they had written
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died after a serious illnesss) b.
May 7th 1936.
Ted Heath (67) English
bandleader, composer and trombonist born in Wandsworth,
London, he was the most famous and successful big band leader
in Great Britain of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, recording more than 100
albums and selling over 20 million records. After playing tenor horn
at the age of six, he later switched to trombone. His first real band
gig was with an American band on tour in Europe - the Southern Syncopation
Orchestra - which had an engagement in Vienna, Austria and needed a
trombone player. The drummer for this band, Benny Payton, taught Ted
much about Jazz and Swing. From 1925 to 1926 Ted played in the Kit Cat
Club band led by American Al Starita. In 1928, he joined Bert Ambrose's
orchestra at the Mayfair Hotel in London and played there until 1935
when he moved on to Sydney Lipton's orchestra at the Grosvenor House.
It was during this time that Ted became the most prominent trombone
player in England, he played on numerous recordings. In 1940, he joined
Geraldo's orchestra and played hundreds of concerts and broadcasts during
the war traveling to the Middle East to play to the Allied Forces based
there. Inspired by Glenn Miller Ted formed his own band. The Ted Heath
Band was first heard on a BBC broadcast in 1944. The band was organized
originally as a British "All Star Band" playing only radio
dates. Ted and his band went on to work with many of the world's great
artists including Nat King Cole, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Marlene
Dietrich, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett to mention just a few. His
band members included among others Ronnie Scott, the pianist Stan Tracey,
trumpeters Kenny Baker and Duncan Campbell, sax players Red Price, Ronnie
Chamberlain, Don Rendell and Tommy Whittle, trombonists Don Lusher and
Wally Smith, drummer Jack Parnell. The addition of singers including
Dickie Valentine, Lita Roza, and Dennis Lotis. Ted and his band also
appeared in several films. (?) b.
March 30th 1902.
1971: Herman 'Junior' Parker (39)
American blues singer and harmonica
player also known as Little Junior Parker or "Mr Blues"; he
is best remembered for his unique voice which has been described as
"honeyed," and "velvet-smooth". He was posthumously
inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. His biggest influence
as a harmonica player was Sonny Boy Williamson, with whom he worked
before moving on to work for Howlin' Wolf in. He was also a member of
Memphis's ad hoc group, the Beale Streeters, with Bobby 'Blue' Bland
and B.B. King (died after a series of brain operations)
b. May 27 1932.
1972: Danny Whitten (29) American
musician, guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with Neil
Young and Crazy Horse, and for the song "I Don't Want To Talk About
It", a hit for Rita Coolidge, Rod Stewart and Everything but the
Girl. Born in Columbus, Georgia, he joined Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina
among others in the doo-wop group Danny and the Memories. After recording
an single, "Can't Help Loving That Girl of Mine", they moved
to San Francisco where they morphed into a folk-psychedelic rock act
called The Psyrcle, then The Rockets. They joined up with Neil Young
and the recording sessions led to Young's second album, 'Everybody Knows
This Is Nowhere' credited as Neil Young with Crazy Horse with Danny
on second guitar and vocals. in 1970, Crazy Horse recorded its first
solo album, released in early 1971, thier debut album included five
songs by Danny. Sadly now into heroin he participated only in the early
stages of Young's next solo album, "After the Gold Rush",
performing on "Oh, Lonesome Me", "I Believe in You",
and "When You Dance I Can Really Love". During
this time, Neil wrote and recorded
"The Needle and the Damage Done" with direct references to
Danny's addiction and its role in the destruction of his talent
(sadly overdosed on a mixture of Valium and Vodka)
b. May 8th 1943.
1973: Alois Hába (80)
Czech composer, born at Vizovice, Moravia, he began
to compose during his earlier studies in Kromerí 190812.
In 1920, as a student of Franz Schreker, he composed his first quarter-tone
work - String Quartet No. 2. In 19231948 he worked first as an
instructor, later as professor at the Prague Conservatory. During World
War II, he was endangered by Nazis, because he tried to help his Jewish
pupils. After the war he lived in peace in the Socialist Republic of
Czechoslovakia. His best known work is the opera Mother, which received
its premiere at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Germany in May
1931; the cast included the Swiss tenor Max Meili, an early music specialist
and primarily a recitalist rather than an opera singer
(?) b. June 23rd
1994: Cabell "Cab" Calloway III
(86) American jazz singer, bandleader;
one of the great entertainers, a household name by 1932, and never really
declined in fame. A talented jazz singer, a superior scatter, his gyrations
and showmanship on-stage at the Cotton Club sometimes overshadowed the
quality of his always excellent bands. Calloway's Orchestra featured
performers trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham,
saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon "Chu" Berry, New Orleans
guitar ace Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton. He continued to perform
until his death (died after suffering a major
stroke 6 months previously)
b. December 25th 1907
1999: Paul Frederic Bowles (88) American
expatriate composer, author, and translator. Following a cultured middle-class
upbringing in New York City, during which he displayed a talent for
music and writing, he pursued his education at the University of Virginia
before making various trips to Paris in the 1930s. He studied music
with Aaron Copland and in New York wrote music for various theatrical
productions, as well as other compositions. He achieved critical and
popular success with the publication in 1949 of his first novel The
Sheltering Sky, set in what was known as French North Africa, which
he had visited in 1931. In
1947 Bowles settled in Tangier, Morocco, except for winters spent in
Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) during the early 1950s, Tangier was
his home for the remainder of his life. (heart
attack) b. December 30th 1910.
1999: Doug Sahm (57) American
multi-musician, proficient on dozens of musical instruments,
born in San Antonio, Texas;
he was a child prodigy in country music, but became a significant figure
in blues, rock and other genres, he is said to have been offered a permanent
spot on the Grand Ole Opry, but his mother wanted him to finish junior
high. Today he is considered one of the most important figures in what
is identified as Tex-Mex. He was founder-leader of the '60s hippie band
The Sir Douglas Quintet, and later with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender
and Flaco Jimenez -The Texas Tornados. He was also a sought-after session
musician, appearing on releases of other artists including, The Grateful
Dead. He sang backing vocals on Willie Nelson's 1977 gospel album, The
Troublemaker. (heart attack)
b. November 6th 1941
Brunskill (82) British
born in London; originally a guitarist but after working as a military
policeman during WW2, he took up the trumpet and became interested in
the New Orleans traditional Jazz sound and artists as Muggsy Spanier
and Bunk Johnson. Some of his East End contemporaries included clarinetists
Cy Laurie and Monty Sunshine. In 1952 Bill's group fronted by guitarist
Tony Donegan, appeared at a Royal Festival Hall concert, along with
US Lonnie Johnson. In '55, he formed a group to play Sunday afternoons
at Cy Laurie's Club in London's West End, a group designed for young
musicians to 'sit in' and gain experience playing in public. Guitarist
'Diz' Disley once featured such a rough and ready session in one of
his satirical Melody Maker cartoons entitled " Bill Brunskill's
Workshop". Bill began another long engagement at the 'Lord Napier'
in the South London surburb of Thornton Heath which went on to be a
mecca for visitng jazz musicians
(?) b. February 2nd 1920.
2003: Michael Kamen
(55) American composer, especially
of film scores, orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer,
and session musician.He wrote eleven ballets, a saxophone concerto,
and provided scores for films such as The Dead Zone, For Queen &
Country, Polyester, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Highlander,
X-Men, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Licence to Kill, the Lethal Weapon
series, the first three films of the Die Hard series, Mr. Holland's
Opus, Splitting Heirs and many others. Other successes include his work
with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and Roger Waters (he is one of the few
people to have been invited to work with both former Pink Floyd members,
after their split), as well as Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith,
Tom Petty, David Bowie, Metallica,
Rush, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting,
and Kate Bush (heart attack)
b. April 15th 1948
2004: Cy Coleman/Seymour Kaufman (75) American
composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist born in New York City; he was
a child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall,
and Carnegie Hall between the ages of 6 and 9, but he
decided to build a career in popular music. His first collaborator was
Joseph McCarthy, they wrote The Riviera, but his most successful early
partnership, was with Carolyn Leigh, writing many pop hits, including
Witchcraft and The Best Is Yet To Come. In the late 1970s, he collaborations
included 'I Love My Wife', 'On The Twentieth Century', and 'Home Again,
Home Again'. In 1980, Cy served as producer and composer for the circus-themed
Barnum, later in the decade, he collaborated on Welcome to the Club,
and City of Angels. His film scores include Father Goose, The Art of
Love, Garbo Talks, Power, and Family Business. In addition, he wrote
Shirley MacLaine's memorable television specials, If My Friends Could
See Me Now and Gypsy in My Soul. Cy has been the only composer to win
consecutive Tony awards for Best Score at the same time that the corresponding
musicals won for Best Musical: City of Angels and Will Rogers' Follies
(cardiac arrest) b.
June 14th 1929.
2007: John Hughey (73)
US pedal steel guitar player, credited with developing the "crying
sound" steel guitar technique; John spent over 20 years playing,
touring and recording with Conway Twitty, 12 years with Vince Gill and
also as a session pedal steel player, he recorded with Elvis Presley,
Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart and around 140 other artists (heart
complications) b. Dec 27th 1933
2007: Chickie Williams/Jessie Wanda Crupe (88)
American country music singer
and wife of singer-bandleader, Doc Williams; The Williams' were popular
performers, although the couple and their band the Border Riders recorded,
performed live and appeared on the radio for over five decades they
never had a national hit. Chickie sang and recorded solo, with her husband
Doc and later occasionally with her 3 daughters (?)
2009: Johnny Almond (63) British
jazz and rock musician; born in Enfield, Middlesex, he learnt the drums
from his father at a very early age, but soon learnt the saxophone,
alto saxophone became his first instrument, but he also played tenor
sax and eventually mastered seven others instruments, including keyboard
and the vibraphone. Johnny played professionally in several bands as
a teenager, he led his own jazz combo, played with Tony Knight's Chess
Men, and Zoot Money's Big Roll Band before joining the Alan Price Set,
after which he joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in June of 1969 appearing
on the albums Turning Point and Empty Rooms. He is probibly best known
for his work with fellow multi-instrumentalist Jon Mark forming the
Mark-Almond Band. They recruited bassist Rodger Sutton and keyboardist
Tommy Eyre. The group built something of a following through touring,
with their live shows often featuring lengthy instrumental jams. They
recorded several albums in the early 70's. Then released To the Heart
in 1976 and Other People's Rooms in 1978. Since the late '70s, Johnny
has worked primarily as a session musician, but more lately in the 21st
century, his solo albums from 1969-1970 have become popular in Japan
and Europe (died fighting cancer)
b. July 20th 1946.
2012: Eddie Munji III (57) Philipino
guitarist; known as Lakay among his colleagues he became
part of a generation of top-notch musicians who helped define the sound
of contemporary Filipino music in the 1970s and 80s. He was known
for his creative arrangements of traditional Filipino folk songs as
well as local pop tunes. His arrangements include Handog ng Pilipino
Magmahal ng) Syota ng Iba, Syotang Pa-Class, Lumang
Tugtugin, Salawikain and many more
died from a massive stroke)
2012: Miliki/Emilio Aragón Bermúdez
clown, accordionist, and singer born in Carmona, Seville into a circus
performing family. At a very young age he joined his brothers Gabriel
and Alfonso to form the trio Gaby, Fofó and Miliki. They began
working in the 1930s and held several seasons at the Circo Price in
Madrid. In 1946, the three brothers emigrated across the Atlantic, where
they remained for 26 years. They first set up shop in Cuba, where they
made their first incursions into the world of television in 1949. In
the following years, they stayed and performed in Mexico, Venezuela,
Puerto Rico, Argentina and the United States. In 1972, they returned
to Spain and the following year began work on the TV program El gran
circo de TVE, which made the group, now known as Los payasos de la tele,
a family phenomenon in Spain. After the brothers split in 1983 Miliki
launched the band Monano y su Banda, and formed a duo with his daughter
Rita Irasema. They recorded several albums such as La vuelta al mundo
en 30 minutos-1986, El flautista de Hamelín-1987, Vamos a marcarnos
una canción-1991, ¡Superdiscoguay!-1992 and ¿Estás
contento? ¡Sí señor!-1994. He also directed the
film Yo quiero ser torero in 1987. He
returned to television to host children's programs, with his daughter
Rita. They hosted La merienda 1990-1991 and La guardería 1990-1991,
both in Antena 3, and Superguay 1991-1993 in Telecinco. In 1993, they
relaunched on TVE El gran circo de TVE, which lasted until 1995
(?) b. November 4th
2013: S. R. D. Vaidyanathan (84)
Indian Nadhaswara player born in in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. Over
his 60+ year and highly awarded career he has performed in Singapore,
Thailand, Sri-Lanka and other countries. Many concerts were relayed
by All India Radio stations and he was the top grade Vidwan list and
acted as member in Audio-visual Board of AIR.
b. March 15th 1929.
2014: Dave Appell (92) American
musician, pioneer, musical arranger and record producer born in Philadelphia;
during his service in World War II, he worked as an arranger for several
United States Navy big bands, including Jimmie Lunceford orchestra.
After the war he arranged for dance orchestras, including Benny Carter
and Earl "Fatha" Hines and he recorded on Decca Records as
the Dave Appell Four, before changing the group name to the Applejacks.
He and The Applejacks appeared in the 1956 Alan Freed film, "Don't
Knock the Rock",
which also featured
Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard and other greats of the era.
He and The Applejacks played Las Vegas, before returning to Philadelphia,
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March 24th 1922.
1828: Franz Peter Schubert (31)
Austrian composer. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies, including
the famous "Unfinished Symphony", liturgical music, operas,
some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music.
He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.
(Sadly died prematurely of "typhoid fever",
a diagnosis which was vague at the time; several scholars suspect the
real illness was tertiary syphilis) b.
January 31st 1797.
1974: George Brunies (72) American
jazz trombonist who came to fame in the '30s, and was part of the Dixieland
revival. He was known as the "King of the Tailgate Trombone".
By 8 he was already playing alto horn professionally in Papa Jack Laine's
band. A few years later he switched to trombone. He played with many
jazz, dance, and parade bands in New Orleans. He never learned to read
music, but could quickly pick up tunes and invent a part for his instrument.
Moving to Chicago in the early 20's he joined a band of his New Orleans
friends playing at the Friar's Inn, this was the band that became famous
as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings (?) b.
February 6th 1902.
1977: William "Sonny" Criss (50) American
alto saxophonist, born in Memphis and moved to Los Angeles at the age
of 15. His first major break came in 1947 on a number of jam sessions
arranged by jazz impresario Norman Granz. He developed his own, concise,
bluesy tone and then went on to play in bands including Buddy Rich's
band and Howard McGhee's, which also featured Charlie Parker and bands
led by Johnny Otis, Stan Kenton and Billy Eckstine just to mention a
few and as a leader he recorded 22 albums between 1947 and 1977
(sadly by 1977, Sonny had developed stomach cancer and as a consequence
of this painful condition, he committed suicide by a self-inflicted
gunshot) b. October 23rd 1927
Tom Evans (36)
bassist, guitarist, vocals,
songwriter; started his music career as a member of "The Inbeateens"
in 1961, he soon progressed to a Liverpool mod/soul group called Them
Calderstones. In 1967, he joined a Welsh band called The Iveys who changed
their name to Badfinger and Paul McCartney of The Beatles gave the group
a boost by offering them his song "Come and Get It" which
he produced for the band. It became a featured track for the film The
Magic Christian, which starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. Other
major successes in the 1970s were "No Matter
What," "Day After Day," and "Baby Blue", each
featured some of Toms vocals, background harmony and dual lead. Tom's
high-career moment was with his composition "Without You,"
co-written with bandmate Peter Ham. The song became a No.1 hit worldwide
for Harry Nilsson and has since become a standard in the music industry.
(Tom & Joey Molland of Badfinger argued on the telephone, reportedly
about the publishing royalty of the song "Without You." Following
the argument, Tom sadly hanged himself in the garden at his home, in
an eerie replay of fellow band mate Pete Ham's 1975 death scene) b.
June 5th 1947
1992: Bobby Russell (51) American
songwriter born in Nashville; he wrote hits including "The Night
the Lights Went Out in Georgia"; "Used To Be" from the
film The Grasshopper; and "Little Green Apples," which won
him a Song of the Year Grammy Award in 1968. He also wrote and performed
a major hit in 1971 about a suburban father nursing a hangover while
his children raise Cain on a Saturday morning, appropriately called
"Saturday Morning Confusion." (sadly
died of coronary artery disease)
b. April 19th 1940.
2003: Greg Ridley (56) English
bassist who played with Spooky Tooth and Humble
Pie; he entered music as Dino, part of a local band called "Dino
& the Danubes", and playing guitar and bass in other local
bands before he and his friend Mike Harrison formed the V.I.P.s, which
later became Spooky Tooth. He co-founded one of the first super-groups
in 1969, Humble Pie which originally
consisted of himself on bass,
Steve Marriott former lead singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of
Small Faces, Peter Frampton former lead singer and guitarist of The
Herd, and 17 year old drummer Jerry Shirley (pneumonia)
b. October 23rd 1947.
2004: Terry Melcher
singer-songwriter, record producer, and managed much of his mother Doris
Day's affairs. in the early 60's he and Bruce Johnston formed the vocal
duet Bruce & Terry. The duo also created another band together,
The Rip Chords. He had joined Columbia Records working with The Byrds
he produced their song, Turn, Turn, Turn, and helped produce Mr. Tambourine
Man. He later worked with Paul Revere, Wayne Newton, Frankie Laine,
Jimmy Boyd, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, Mark Lindsay and The Mamas &
The Papas. He was instrumental in signing another near-legendary L.A.
band, the Rising Sons led by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. He earned a Golden
Globe nomination ...READ
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b. February 8th 1942
2004: George Canseco (70)
Filipino song composer who wrote some of Pinoy pop music's
most enduring classics; he studied liberal arts at University of the
East. After which, he worked for the Philippines Herald and the Associated
Press as a journalist, a scriptwriter for the Manila Broadcasting Company,
and news director at Eagle Broadcasting. George began devoting himself
to writing music when Martial Law broke out in 1972. He
wrote for Sharon Cuneta and Basil Valdez, and his songs were recorded
by Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez, Pilita Corrales,
and Kuh Ledesma. He became president of the Filipino Society of Composers,
Authors and Publishers or FILSCAP in 1973, and was elected as a councilor
in the fourth district of Quezon City in 1988. George composed his last
film score in 1989 for "Paano Ang Ngayon Kung Wala Nang Bukas,"
which starred Kring Kring Gonzales and Ronaldo Valdes
(died after battling liver cancer) b. April
2007: Paul Brodie (73) Canadian
saxophonist with 50 albums to his credit; co-founded
the World Saxophone Congress in Chicago. In 1994, he was made an Officer
of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour, for having
"shown true mastery of his art through his ability to reach all
ages with his music" (died while undergoing
heart surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto) b.
April 10th 1934.
Cents/Ladislav Demeterffy (77) Croatian
singer and accordion player; he represented
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "Romanca",
calling himself 75 Cents he sang alongside the Croatian street band
(not yet disclosed) b.
January 29th 1933.
2010: Albert "June" Gardner (79)
American drummer born in New Orleans who played bebop, R&B,
and traditional jazz; He studied with the influential Professor Valmont
Victor and turned professional as soon as he left high school,
first hitting the road with vocalist Lil Green. When he returned to
New Orleans he became a regular at the now-infamous Dew Drop Inn playing
with Edgar Blanchard & the Gondoliers with whom he also recorded.
In his younger days, June was heavily on the rhythm and blues scene
both in the studio and on tour. He played and recorded with the greats
including spending nine years with Roy Brown and hitting the drums behind
the legendary Sam Cooke from 1960 until the vocalist's death in 1964.
It's June laying down the essential rhythm on Lee Dorsey's smash hit
"Working in a Coal Mine" and also performed regularly with
Dave Bartholomew's band. He also lead his own traditional jazz
group, June Gardner & the Fellas. For seven years, he and the "Fellas"
played a mix bag of material at South Claiborne Avenue's Maison's Las
Vegas Strip. After that, he headed to Bourbon Street to perform at the
Famous Door, La Strada and the Maison Bourbon plus he joined trumpeter
Wallace Davenport at the Paddock. June was also heard on more modern
stylings working with artists like saxophonist Alvin "Red"
Tyler, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and jazz/soul vocalist Lou Rawls
and can be heard on his 2000 album 99 Plus One. This year, June Gardner
& the Fellas opened up the Economy Hall Tent at Jazz Fest, an event
he's played "since the beginning" (?)
2011: Ladislav "Ladi" Geisler (83)
Czech guitarist and bassist, who established a high profile in
the post-war German music scene. Best known for his work with pop musicians
such as Bert Kaempfert, James Last and Freddy Quinn, Geisler developed
the distinctive Knack-Bass percussive bass sound that helped
popularize the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra. He later released numerous
records under his own name (sadly
Ladi died four days after collapsing
at a club gig in Hamburg) b. November 27th
2012: Pete La Roca/Peter
Sims (74) American jazz drummer, born
in New York City; between 1957-68 he played with Sonny Rollins, Jackie
McLean, Slide Hampton, John Coltrane Quartet, Marian McPartland, Art
Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bley, and
Steve Kühn, among others, as well as leading his own group and
working as the house drummer at the Jazz Workshop in Boston. During
this period, he twice recorded as leader, firstly on Basra-1965 and
Turkish Women at the Bath-1967, also issued as Bliss under pianist Chick
Corea's name on Muse. In 1968 he left music to become
a lawyer, successfully suing when his second album as leader was released
under Corea's name without his consent. He returned to jazz in 1979,
and recorded one new album as a leader, Swingtime on Blue Note in 1997
(sadly died while fighting lung cancer)
April 7th 1938.
November 20 .
1973: Allan Sherman/Allan
American comedy singer, parodist,
satirist, and TV producer; his biggest chart hit was a spoof of summer
camp entitled "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," reaching #2 on
the national Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in late 1963. The
lyrics were sung to the tune of one segment of Ponchielli's "Dance
of the Hours". He released 10 albums, 2 best of's and a box set.
In 1971 he was the voice of the Cat in the Hat from the television special.
His last film before his death was Dr. Seuss on the Loose (sadly
lost to emphysema) b. November 30th 1924.
Franklin Palmer Jr. (52) American writer, musicologist, clarinetist,
saxophonist, and blues producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Robert
is best known for books he authored such as Deep Blues, his music journalism
articles for The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine, his work
producing blues recordings and the soundtrack to the film Deep Blues.
Also he is known for his clarinet work in the 1960s band The Insect
Trust. A collection of his work, titled "Blues & Chaos: The
Music Writing of Robert Palmer" and edited by Anthony DeCurtis,
was published by Scribner in November of 2009 (sadly
died from liver disease) b.
June 19th 1945
Roland Alphonso/The Cheif Musician (67)
Jamaican tenor saxophonist; he joined the band Clue J & The
Blues Blasters and backed many sessions of Coxsone Dodd in a typical
Jamaican R&B style. By 1960, he was recording for many other producers
such as Duke Reid, Lloyd "The Matador" Daley and King Edwards.
During this period he played in different bands, such as The Alley Cats,
The City Slickers, and Aubrey Adams & The Dew Droppers. In 1963,
after few months spent in Nassau, Bahamas, he took part in the creation
of The Studio One Orchestra, the first session band of the freshly opened
recording studio of Coxsone. This band soon adopted the name of The
Skatalites. He played on numerous records coming out from Jamaican studios,
especially for Bunny Lee. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Distinction
by the Jamaican government in 1980. The Skatalites reformed in 1983,
he toured and recorded with them constantly until his death (?)
b. January 12th 1931.
2004: Jenny Ross (42)
English keyboardist and vocals with post-punk/techno band "Section
best known for their classic Techno single "Looking from a Hilltop."
She was also known by her married name, Jennifer Cassidy
(sadly died fighting cancer) b.
2005: James King (80) American singer,
widely regarded as the finest American heldentenor of the post-war period.
He started singing as a baritone, as a tenor he won the American Opera
Auditions in Cincinnati in 1961 and made his debut as Don Jose in Bizet's
Carmen with the San Francisco Opera. He sang the French and Italian
repertoire with the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1962 to 1965 and world-wide
at most of the major opera houses, being a particular favorite at the
Vienna State Opera, where he last appeared as Florestan in Beethoven's
Fidelio, in 1997 (died from a heart attack)
May 22nd 1925.
2005: Chris Whitley (45)
US guitarist, because of his unique style of playing, he used
many alternate tunings for his guitars. He appeared in the concert film
documentary Hellhounds on my Trail - The Afterlife of Robert Johnson.
well as his solo work he has also recorded with Shawn Colvin, Cassandra
Wilson, Rob Wasserman, Little Jimmy Scott, Mike Watt, Johnny Society,
Joe Henry, Michael Shrieve, Chocolate Genius, DJ Logic, Ely Guerra,
Goat, Dave Pirner (of Soul Asylum), Clint Mansell and Jeff Lang (sadly
lost his fight with lung cancer) b. August
2007: Ernest 'Doc' Paulin (100)
American jazz trumpet player with the Paulin Brass Band and played with
such greats as Kid Ory, Danny Barker, Papa Celestine and Harold Dejean,
to name a few. He made a great contribution to New Orleans music with
his drafting of young musicians into his band. His band was featured
in Always for Pleasure, an award-winning film about New Orleans culture
(?) b. June 22nd
Briban (39) Romanian soprano, a graduate of the Music Academy
in Bucharest, Briban made her debut as a soloist with the Opera Nationala
Bucuresti in 2000. She made her international debut at the Wiener Staatsoper
in 2003. She went on to sing in cities such as Bucharest, Berlin and
Bangkok during a 10-year-career. From 2003 until 2010, Roxana also performed
at the Vienna State Opera.
(sadly an apparent suicide, following a period of depression)
2012: Michael Dunford
(68) Britishmusician born and raised
in Surrey; he was
and chief composer behind the UK progressive rock band, Renaissances
sweeping, symphonic progressive rock. His first job was selling clothing
in a local shop followed by a stint as an airside driver at Heathrow
Airport which enabled him to form a "skiffle" group which
lead to his first rock band called Nashville Teens in the early 1960s.
Nashville Teens reached No.6 on U.K. singles charts with their version
of Tobacco Road. On leaving them, he formed several other bands including
The Pentad and The Plebes. One night he went to see the original band
Renaissance perform locally and ended up joining them in the early 1970s.
The original band members were Jim McCarty, Louis Cennamo, John Hawken,
Keith Relf and Jane Relf. Michael
and vocalist Annie Haslam took over Renaissance in 1971 and soon had
established the group as a world class recording and touring act, selling
out venues like New York's Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in
London. The band are most notable for their 1978 UK top 10 hit "Northern
Lights" and progressive rock classics like "Carpet of the
Sun", "Mother Russia", and "Ashes Are Burning".
This autumn Michael and the band completed recording their first new
studio album in 12 years. Grandine il Vento. All the music on the new
album except for one track was composed and arranged by Michael and
features him on acoustic guitars and backing vocals
had just returned home from the first leg of the band's North American
tour, but suffered a massive Instantaneous Cerebral Hemorrhage while
at home. He tragically died later
Flora Martirosyan (55) Armenian singer,
young singer she took part in Garoun 73 song contest and won the 1st
place among 800 participants. Later,
as a soloist at a state folk orchestra she toured over 70 countries
while also studying at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas. In
1991, Flora left for USA with her husband, to return to Armenia a few
years later. From 1997 to 2001, she headed a Yerevan-based Music School
after Armen Tigranyan in Yerevan. In 2002, she established an International
Music Academy after Komitas in USA.In 2006, she initiated A Pan-Armenian
Song Contest Festival. Then in 2008, Flora, jointly created international
organization Artist for Peace with Michael Stone to raise awareness
of crimes against humanity. In 2011, she initiated the Never Again peace
concert featured world-famed artists Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Eric
Benet, Pras, Malina Moyem united in a cause against injustice.
died of complications following gall bladder surgery)
b. February 5th 1957.
2014: Arthur Butterworth MBE (91)
English composer and conductor born in Manchester;
studied composition at the
Royal Manchester College of Music, where he also learned the trumpet
and conducting. He played trumpet in the (Royal) Scottish National Orchestra
from 194955 and in the Hallé from 195562. He also
played as a freelance until 1963, when he began to teach at the Huddersfield
School of Music, which he combined with composing and conducting. His
vast repertoire of works include 7 symphonies and a selection of his
orchestral and chamber works have been released on the Dutton Epoch
Label. He was made an MBE in 1995. (?)
b. August 4th 1923.
1953: Lawrence James "Larry"
Shields (60) American jazz clarinetist;
born in Uptown, New Orleans, he started playing clarinet at 14
years old and played with Papa Jack Laine's bands. He was one of the
early New Orleans musicians to go to Chicago, first heading north in
the summer of 1915 to join Bert Kelly's band, then with Tom Brown's
band. He joined the Original Dixieland Jass Band in November of 1916.
The following year that band made the first jazz phonograph records,
propelling Larry's playing to national prominence. Relocating to New
York in 1921, he played with
Paul Whiteman and
various other bands in New York City, before moving to Los Angeles,
California where he stayed throughout the 1920s, leading his own band
and appearing in some Hollywood films. In
the 1930s Larry returned to Chicago and joined the reformed Original
Dixieland Jazz Band. He then worked for a while at "Nick's"
in New York before returning to play in New Orleans and later in California
September 13th 1893.
1974: Frank Martin (84) Swiss
composer who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands; The
Petite Symphonie Concertante is the best known of his orchestral works,
as the early Mass is of his choral compositions and the Jedermann monologues,
for baritone and piano or orchestra, of his works for solo voice. Other
of his pieces include a full-scale symphony, two piano concertos, a
harpsichord concerto, a violin concerto, a cello concerto, a concerto
for seven wind instruments, and a series of six one-movement works he
called "ballades" for various solo instruments with piano
or orchestra and a dozen major scores for the operatic
worked on his last cantata, Et la vie l'emporta, until ten days before
his death (?)
b. September 15th 1890.
1992: Severino Gazzelloni (73)
Italian flute player born in Roccasecca,
was the principle
in the RAI orchestra for 30 years and
dedicatee of many works. Composers including Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez,
Bruno Maderna and Igor Stravinsky wrote pieces for him. He
was also a flute teacher, the jazz player Eric Dolphy and classical
flautist Abbie de Quant are among his pupils. Dolphy honored Severino
by naming a composition for him which he included in his 1964 Out to
Lunch! album (died
in Cassino) b.
January 5th 1919.
Peter Grant (60) English music manager
in the south London suburb of South Norwood, Surrey.
He managed the popular English bands The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and
Bad Company, amongst others, and was also a record executive for Swan
Song Records. Peter has been described as "one of the shrewdest
and most ruthless managers in rock history". He is widely credited
with improving pay and conditions for musicians in dealings with concert
promoters. He began work as an entertainment manager at a hotel in Jersey
before being employed as a bouncer and doorman at London's famous The
2i's Coffee Bar. In 1963, Peter was hired by promoter Don Arden to act
as the British tour manager for artists such as Bo Diddley, The Everly
Brothers, Little Richard, Brian Hyland, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran,
Gene Vincent, and The Animals. By 1964, he had started to manage his
own acts including The Nashville Teens, She Trinity, The New Vaudeville
Band, Jeff Beck, Terry Reid, and Stone the Crows. After the official
breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980, and the subsequent folding of the Swan
Song label in 1983, he virtually retired from the music business to
his private estate in Hellingly. This is the house that is featured
at the beginning of the film The Song Remains the Same. Peter later
became a keynote speaker at music management conferences such as In
The City, where he was lauded by latter-day peers (heart
b. April 5th 1935.
1995: Matthew Ashman (35) English guitarist,
born and raised in Mill Hill, London, and attended school alongside
Boz Boorer. He
was influenced by jazz while learning guitar, and joined his first band,
Staffix, after learning Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird". He then
performed in the band The Kameras, before joining Adam and the Ants
in June of 1978, playing guitar and singing backing vocals. He
also played guitar for the band Bow Wow Wow (complications
caused by diabetes)
November 3rd 1960.
2001: Norman Granz (83) American jazz
music impresario and producer, born in
was the founder of five record labels: Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve
and Pablo. Many of the names that made history in jazz signed with one
of Norman Granz's labels, including Cannonball Adderley, Louis Armstrong,
Count Basie, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Buck Clayton, Paulinho
Da Costa, Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Duke Ellington, Herb Ellis,
Tal Farlow, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Bill Harris,
Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Illinois
Jacquet, Hank Jones, Barney Kessel, Gene Krupa, Ken Kersey, Charlie
Parker, Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Bud Powell, Buddy Rich,
Charlie Shavers, Sonny Stitt, Slim Gaillard, Art Tatum, Ben Webster
and Lester Young. He always fought for the music he believed in, having
a love for freewheeling jam sessions, for his artists and against racism,
forcing many hotels and concert venues to become integrated in the 1940s
in Geneva, Switzerland)
b. August 6th 1918.
2002: Hadda Brooks/Hadda Hapgood (86) US
jazz singer, pianist, composer raised in the Boyle Heights area of Los
Angeles; encouraged by orchestra leader Charlie Barnet, she practiced
singing "You Won't Let Me Go," and the song became her first
vocal recording in 1947. She also played the small part of a lounge
piano player in films, and often sang the title song. "Out of the
Blue" became a top hit for Brooks, "Boogie Woogie Blues"
followed in 1948, and she appeared in In a Lonely Placein 1950, starring
Humphrey Bogart, and in The Bad and the Beautiful in 1952 with Lana
Turner and Kirk Douglas. Other hits include "Swingin' the Boogie",
"That's My Desire", "Romance in the Dark", "Don't
Take Your Love From Me", "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere",
"You Won't Go". Hadda became the first African-American woman
to host her own television show in 1957. The Hadda Brooks Show. She
continued singing well into her 80's, celebrating her 80th birthday
by performing two full shows at Depp's Viper Room, and in 2000, the
Los Angeles Music Awards honored Hadda Brooks with the Lifetime Achievement
Award. In 2007, a 72-minute documentary, Queen of the Boogie, directed
by Austin Young & Barry Pett, was presented at the Los Angeles Silver
Lake Film Festival (sadly died following open-heart
October 29th 1916.
2006: Robert Lockwood Jr (91) American
blues guitarist born in Helena, Arkansas; he started playing the organ
in his father's church at the age of 8. The famous bluesman Robert Johnson
lived with his mother for 10 years off and on after his parents' divorce.
from Johnson not only how to play guitar, but timing and stage presence
as well. Robert
Sonny Boy Williamson II,
Howlin' Wolf and others in
the Mississippi area in 1937-39. From 1939-40 he split his time playing
in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and Helena. In
1950 he settled in Chicago and in '54 he replaced Louis Myers as guitarist
in Little Walter's band, and played on Walter's No.1 hit "My Babe"
in 1955. After which in the late '50s he recorded several sessions with
Sonny Boy Williamson II for Chess Records, sessions which also included
Willie Dixon and Otis Spann, and also performed and/or recorded with
Sunnyland Slim, Eddie Boyd, and Muddy Waters among many others. In 2004,
Robert appeared at Eric Clapton's first Crossroads Guitar Festival in
Dallas, Texas, where a live recording
Lockwood, Jr. Henry James Townsend,
Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, and David Honeyboy Edwards,
and "Last of the Great Mississippi
Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas" album was the result, the four
blues legends were aged from 89 to 94 years old. The album was awarded
a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2008, the first Grammy
win for the musicians (sadly died having earlier
suffered a cerebral aneurysm and a stroke)
b. March 27th 1915.
2009: Allen Shelton (73) American
banjo player, born in Reidsville, North Carolina. In the 1950s, he performed
together with Hack Johnson and the Tennesseans, and later, with Jim
Eanes and Mac Wiseman. He joined Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys,
and began recording for Columbia Records on December 7, 1960. In 1966,
Jim & Jesse had an offer to record with the Nashville Symphony and
Allen left the band in protest and retired from music business. About
ten years later he found himself once more on the road with Jim &
Jesse and making more records. He made his first solo album on Rounder
Records in 1976. (sadly died of leukemia)
b. July 2nd 1936.
2010: Almeida Prado (67) Brazilian
composer and pianist; born in Santos, São Paulo, he wrote over
400 compositions and won various prizes for his work. After winning
1st prize for his cantata Pequenos Funerais Cantantes at the I Festival
de Música da Guanabara in 1969, he continued his studies in Paris
from 1970 to 1973, besides brief studies with György Ligeti and
Lukas Foss in Darmstadt. Returning to Brazil
in 1974, Almeida first taught at the Conservatório Municipal
de Cubatão, and then, hired by Zeferino Vaz, he became a professor
at the UNICAMP Institute of the Arts, retiring in 2000. In January 2007,
his cantata Hiléia, Um Mural da Amazônia, was performed
at Carnegie Hall by the Orquestra Bachiana Filarmônica de São
Paulo conducted by João Carlos Martins. (sadly
died from the lung desease pulmonary edema) b. February 8th 1943.
2011: Paul Yandell (76) American
country music finger style and thumbpicker guitarist; born in Mayfield,
Kentucky, he moved to Nashville in 1955 where he started his professional
career recording and touring with the Louvin Brothers. After serving
in the Army, he spent the 1960s performing and recording with Kitty
Wells and with Jerry Reed in the early 70, after which he served as
Chet Atkins' primary sideman from 1975 until Atkins' death in 2001.
As a session musician, he also recorded with Dolly Parton, George Strait,
Hank Thompson, the Everly Brothers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Perry Como,
Roger Whitaker, Les Paul, Woody Herman and so many others. Following
Atkins' death, Paul recorded five solo albums and performed in Nashville
with Steve Wariner in 2009 when Atkins was inducted into the Musicians
Hall of Fame. (The cause of his death is not yet
public, but in recent years, he was in declining health)
b. September 5th 1935.
2012: Austin Peralta (22) American
jazz pianist and composer born
at the age of 13 he won the Shelly
Manne New Talent Award given by the Los Angeles Jazz Society in 2003.
At aged 15, he was a featured performer at the 2006 Tokyo Jazz Festival,
appearing with his own trio, and performing live with major jazz and
jazz fusion stars Chick Corea, Hank Jones, Sadao Watanabe, John Patitucci
and Omar Hakim. In 2006, aged 16, he recorded two albums for Sony Music:
"Maiden Voyage" and "Mantra". Austin composed and
performed the score for the remastered documentary feature What Happened
to Kerouac?-2012 and appeared on the track "DMT Song" on Flying
Lotus' album Until the Quiet Comes-2012. He also contributed to the
original soundtrack of his father's documentary film Riding Giants with
a piano solo. Before his death, Austin was performing regularly with
Allan Holdsworth and Virgil Donati. (no
cause of death has been given) b. October
2014: Wang Kun (89) Chinese
opera singer, actress, musical director, and teacher specializing in
revolutionary repertoire, born in 1925 in Tang County, Hebei province.
She was most famous for her leading role in the opera The White Haired
Girl, and her interpretations of songs such as "Nanniwan".
Although she mainly sang revolutionary songs herself, Wang was an ardent
supporter of popular music in the early 1980s, when such music was the
target of heavy criticism in the wake of the Cultural Revolution.
(?) b. 1925.
1900: Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (58)
English composer born in London; he composed his first anthem at aged
8 and was selected as soloist in the boys' choir of the Chapel Royal.
Reverend Thomas Helmore, arranged for the publication and performance
of his early compositions. In 1856, the Royal Academy of Music awarded
the first Mendelssohn Scholarship to the 14 year old Sullivan, allowing
him to study first at the Academy and then in Germany, at the Leipzig
Conservatoire. He is best known for his series of 14 operatic collaborations
with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including such enduring works as H.M.S.
Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Arthur composed 23
operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios,
two ballets, incidental music to several plays, and numerous hymns and
other church pieces, songs, and piano and chamber pieces. The best known
of his hymns and songs include "Onward Christian Soldiers"
and "The Lost Chord". His unfinished opera, The Emerald Isle,
was completed by Edward German and produced in 1901 and his Te Deum
Laudamus, written to commemorate the end of the Boer War, was performed
posthumously (sadly Arthur died of heart failure,
following an attack of bronchitis) b.
May 13th 1842
1943: Lorenz "Larry" Hart (48) American
lyricist in Harlem, New York and attended Columbia University, where
a friend introduced him to Richard Rodgers, and the two joined forces
to write songs for a series of amateur and student productions. In 1919,
the team's song "Any Old Place With You" was included in the
Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. The great success of their score
for the 1925 Theatre Guild production, The Garrick Gaieties, brought
them great acclaim. They
continued working together until Hart's death. Some other of his more
famous lyrics include, "Blue Moon", "Isn't It Romantic?",
"Mountain Greenery", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Manhattan",
"Where or When", "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered",
"Falling in Love with Love", "I'll Tell The Man In The
Street" and "My Funny Valentine".
and Hart's final collaboration was in the fall of 1943 for a revival
of A Connecticut Yankee. Five days after this show opened, Larry died
in New York City (pneumonia
from exposure. Larry sadly struggled with emotional turmoil about his
sexuality and battled with alcoholism, which contributed to his death)
b. May 2nd 1895.
Sherman "Scatman" Crothers (76) American
actor, singer, dancer and multi-musician; born in Terre Haute, Indiana,
he was known for his work as Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico
and the Man, and as Dick Hallorann in The Shining in 1980. He was also
a prolific voiceover artist, and provided the voices of
Jazz the Autobot in The Transformers, the title character in Hong Kong
Phooey, Meadowlark Lemon
in the animated TV version of The Harlem Globetrotters, and Scat Cat
in the 1970 film The Aristocats. He performed on piano and drums in
several bands, most notably with bandleader Slim Gaillard and was part
of the music group The Ramparts who sang Bob Dylan's "The Death
of Emmett Till". He also sang and played guitar, recording several
solo albums and singles (sadly
died of pneumonia while bravely battling lung and throat cancer)
b. May 23rd 1910.
1994: Forrest Fred White (74) American
musical instruments industry executive, best known for his association
with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. He
began working at Fender on 20 May 1954, eventually becoming its Vice
President. Leo Fender named a line of student amplifiers and steel guitars
after him in 1955. He remained with the company until December 1966.
He was also a partner with Fender in the Music Man company after both
men left Fender (?)
b. May 21st 1920.
1997: Michael Hutchence (37) Australian
singer-songwriter, most famous for his work with rock band INXS; raised
primarily in Hong Kong, at the age of eight he made his professional
debut singing in a commercial for an area toy company. He gained a reputation
as a enigmatic, sensual frontman, although his close friends and family
always maintained he was much more introverted than his on stage persona.
A talented lyricist, he co-wrote almost all of INXS' songs with Andrew
Farriss, who has attributed his own success as a songwriter to Hutchence's
'genius.' (His naked body was found behind the
door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt
and the buckle has broken away and his body was found kneeling on the
floor, facing the door) b. January
2001: Norman Granz (83) American
jazz impresario and producer born in LA; he first emerged into the public
view when he organised desegregated jam sessions at the Trouville Club,
which he later expanded when he staged a memorable concert at the Philharmonic
Auditorium in LA on July 2, 1944, headed of "Jazz at the Philharmonic".
several JATP concerts in Los Angeles, He began producing JATP concert
tours, in USA and Canada, from late fall/winter of 1945-46 to 1957,
and from 1952 in Europe, these all featured Swing and Bop musicians.
was a fundamental figure in American jazz, especially from about 1947-60.
He was the founder of five record labels: Clef, Norgran, Down Home,
Verve and Pablo. His recording artists included including Cannonball
Carter, Louis Armstrong,
Count Basie, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Buck Clayton, Paulinho Da Costa,
Ellington, Buddy DeFranco,
Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel
Hampton, Bill Harris, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Billie Holiday,
Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Barney Kessel, Gene Krupa,
Ken Kersey, Charlie Parker, Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips,
Bud Powell, Buddy Rich, Charlie Shavers, Sonny Stitt, Slim Gaillard,
Art Tatum, Ben Webster, Lester Young and more. Norman is also much remembered
for his notable anti-racist position and for the battles he consequently
fought for his artists, many of whom were black, in times and places
where skin colour was the cause of vile and open discrimination. (?)
b. August 6th 1918.
Breed/Eric Breed (36) American
rapper; a Flint, Michigan-based rapper best known for his singles "Ain't
No Future in Yo Frontin", which peaked at No.66 on the Billboard
Hot 100, and "Gotta Get Mine", featuring 2Pac, that made it
to #6 on the Hot Rap Singles (sadly died of kidney
Neale (39) Canadian
singer-songwriter, from Hamilton, and the lead singer of the award winning
band, Jacksoul. Jacksoul was one of Canadas most successful contemporary
soul groups, with a string of hits that included 'Cant Stop' and
'Still Believe in Love'. The group won the Juno Award for R&B/soul
recording of the year twice, in 2001 and 2007. Haydain, whose vocal
style was compared to Seal, also received an Urban Music Award for songwriter
of the year in 2004 and a SOCAN award in 2005, and was named president
of the Songwriters Association of Canada in 2006. Haydain has only just
recovered after in August 2007, a car collided with his Vespa scooter,
leaving him in a coma with head injuries. After a long and slow recovery
and bravely battling cancer, he just
managed to finish their
new album, Soulmate, co-produced by himself and Ron Lopata, the album
he started almost three years ago, will be released by Sony Music Canada
on December 1st. It contains 10 new songs written before singer Haydain
Neal's accident. (lung cancer)
2010: Hukamati Makoto (64)
composer, arranger, pianist and synthesizer player; since his debut
in 1971, he has produced numerous original albums and performed with
his own bands. In the late '70s, he invited New York based studio musicians
such as Steve Gadd, the Brecker Brothers and Mike Mainieri to Japan
and they held live performances together at various venues. His album
"Jun Fukamachi & the New York All Stars/Live" was re-released
in 2002. In 1989, he became a Professor of the Department Music at Senzoku
Gakuen College and was charge of establishing Japan's first course specializing
in music synthesis. In '96 he left the university and resumed his career
as a musician. His recent live performances were mainly based on piano
improvisation, exploring the possibilities of creating music of the
Japanese origin for the world's audience (?)
2011: Paul Motian (80) American
jazz drummer, percussionist and composer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. After playing guitar in his
childhood, he began playing the drums at age 12, and during the Korean
War he joined the Navy. Paul became a professional musician in 1954,
and briefly played with pianist Thelonious Monk, before coming to prominence
in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans. He later led several
groups recording over 36 albums as a leader. Paul played an important
role in freeing the drummer from strict time-keeping duties (sadly
Paul died of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome)
March 25th 1931.
2011: Sena Jurinac (90)
Austrian opera singer,
born in Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina, she studied at the Zagreb Academy
of Music, and also with Milka Kostrencic. Her dark, forceful voice was
pitched exactly between soprano and mezzo. Her repertoire included Butterfly,
Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Desdemona (Otello), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser),
Ilia, Iphigenia, Jenufa, Leonora (La forza del destino), the Composer
(Ariadne auf Naxos), Marie (Wozzeck), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Poppea,
and Tosca. In many operas her repertoire included more than one major
role and also played supporting roles in The Ring of the Nibelung: Woglinde,
Gutrune, and several of the Norns. Her final operatic performance was
as the Marschallin at the Vienna State Opera in November 1982
(?) b. October
Reichel (62) German guitarist,
and inventor of the daxophone; born in Hagen, he began to teach
himself violin at age 7, around age 15, he began to play guitar inspired
by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and later, Frank Zappa, Cream, and
Jimi Hendrix. He played in various local bands, before playing his own
solo material, his first release being Wichlinghauser Blues in 1973.
As well as his many solo works he recorded duets with a wide variety
of musicians, including accordionist Rüdiger Carl, cellist Tom
Cora, percussionist EROC, and a number of guitarists including Kazuhisa
Uchihashi and Fred Frith. He was also a member of the September Band,
as well as performing with larger ensembles led by the likes of saxophonist
Thomas Borgmann and Butch Morris, an avante-garde conductor. Hans constructed
and built several variations of guitars and basses, most of them featuring
multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and 3rd Bridges.
His Daxophone is a single wooden blade fixed in a block containing a
contact microphone, which is played mostly with a bow
(?) b. May
2011: Himie Voxman (99) American
musician, music pedagogue and administrator and composer who produced
volumes of compositions and pedagogical literature for wind instruments.
He is recognized as one of the most influential American music educators
of the last century. Although he was originally trained as a chemical
engineer, he devoted his life to woodwind music and education. He joined
the University of Iowa School of Music in 1939, and became Director
in 1954, holding that position until his retirement in 1980. Professor
Voxman stayed an active teacher and played first clarinet in the Iowa
City Concert Band till well in his ninties. He is the author of numerous
musical compilations, reviews and books and has many honours and awards
September 17th 1912.
2012: Peter Bennett/
self made musical promoter, born in The Bronx, New York. Following
the death of Brian Epstein in 1967, he was hired as promotional manager
for The Beatles and Apple Corps. His first promotion was "Hey Jude",
followed by the White Album, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It
Be. After the band's breakup, he became the promotion manager for each
of the four Beatles individually: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George
Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well as the original drummer Pete Best
and numerous other stars. Cited by Billboard Magazine as the man who
"made unknowns into stars and stars into superstars", he has
the distinction of being the only promotions manager to work simultaneously
with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra
and Tony Bennett. September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 he participated in the
first annual Orillia Beatles Festival speaking about his involvement
with the Beatles and little-known facts. Also at this event was Paul
Saltzman, photographer of the Beatles in India with Maharishi Mahesh
May 10th 1935.
Claire Barry/Clara Bagelman (94) American
singer born in the Bronx, New York. She and her sister Minnie began
singing in Yiddish, as The Bagelman Sisters and made their first recordings
with Victor Records in the late 1930s.
When Dick Manning started his "Yiddish Melodies in Swing"
radio program on New York's WHN, the sisters changed of their stage
name the Barry Sisters before joining the show. They stayed with the
show from 1937 to the mid 50s. They also toured with Mickey Katz. During
the height of their popularity, made appearances on the Ed Sullivan
and Jack Paar shows and were one of the few American acts to tour the
Soviet Union in 1959. The sisters also entertained Israeli troops during
the Yom Kippur War (?)
1979: Judee Sill (35) American
pianist, guitarist, singer-songwriter born in
she rebelled against her
mother's remarrage to animator Ken Muse, eventually turning to petty
crime and serving time in the early 60s. Around this time she became
a heroin addict, eventually kicking the habit as she started to pursue
a musical career. Her song "Lady-O" became a hit for the Turtles
in 1969, and she caught the attention of David Crosby and Graham Nash,
and playing with them as an opening act. She was signed to David Geffen's
Asylum Records, and became part of the "Laurel Canyon Sound"
made famous by Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Two albums, Judde Still
in 1971 and Heart Food in 1972 were critically acclaimed, with a song
from the first, "Jesus Was a Cross-Maker" getting her airplay
and being covered by the Hollies. She also recorded demos for a third
album in 1974, which were released with other rarities on the 2005 two-disc
collection Dreams Come True. Many of her songs reflected her interests
in Christian spirituality and metaphysics. After a series of car accidents
and back surgery which left her in constant physical pain, she struggled
with drug addiction and dropped out of the music scene (heroin &
cocaine drug overdose) b. October 7th 1944.
Henry Coker (59)
jazz trombonist born in Dallas; his professional
debut with John White in 1935. From 1937 to 1939 he played with Nat
Towles's territory band, then moved to Hawaii to play with Monk McFay.
After Pearl Harbor he returned to California, playing with Benny Carter,
Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Heywood,
and played in early, groundbreaking sessions by giants such as Charles
Mingus in the late '40s and Sonny Rollins and R&B groups such as
Johnny Otis and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and
Charles Mingus. He fell ill from 1949-1951, but after his recovery he
worked with Sonny Rollins,Tony
Bennett, Sarah Vaughan
and then joined Count Basie's band, playing and recording with him from
1952 to 1963.
He toured with Ray Charles from 1966 to 1971. He did freelance and film/television
studio work in the mid-1970s, rejoining Basie briefly in 1973 and Charles
in 1976. Henry also appears on J.J. Johnson's Trombones Incorporated
session, featuring ten trombonistsand bandleader Osie Johnson immortalized
the trombonist with the solo feature tune "Cokernut Tree"
b. December 24th 1919.
1992: Roy Acuff (89)
US country singer, fiddleplayer, and songwriter, the first living artist
elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1962. Born in Maynardville,
Tennessee, he was called the King of Country Music, and for more than
60 years he lived up to that title. Throughout his career, he was a
champion for traditional country values, enforcing his beliefs as a
performer, a music publisher, and as the Grand Master of the Grand Ole
Opry. Roy was the first country music superstar after the death of Jimmie
Rodgers, pioneering an influential vocal style that complemented the
spare, simple songs he was performing. Generations of artists, from
Hank Williams to George Jones, have been influenced by him, and countless
others have paid respect to him. At the time of his death in 1992, he
was still actively involved in the Grand Ole Opry, and was as popular
as ever. Over his long career he released 43 albums with many hit singles
including "The Prodigal Son", "I'll Forgive You But I
Can't Forget", "Write Me Sweetheart", "(Our Own)
Jole Blon", "The Waltz of the Wind",
"This World Can't Stand Long", "Tennessee
Waltz", "A Sinner's Death", and "Once More".
In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, and given a lifetime
achievement award by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
died in Nashville from congestive heart failure)
b. September 15th 1903.
Boyce (55) American
songwriter, born in Phoenix, Arizona he was one half of Boyce &
known for The Monkees songs. Tommy's
first success the song "Be My Guest" he wrote for Fats Domino,
the song hit No.8 in the US and No.11 in the UK. He met Bobby Hart in
1959, their breakthrough was with Chubby Checker, "Lazy Elsie Molly",
in 1964. They went on to write hits for Jay & the Americans-"Come
a Little Bit Closer", Paul Revere & the Raiders-"(I'm
Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and The Leaves-"Words". The
duo also wrote the theme song to the daytime soap Days of Our Lives.
In late 1965, they wrote, produced and performed the soundtrack to the
pilot of The Monkees and several of theirhits. Boyce and Hart embarked
on a successful career as recording artists in their own right, releasing
three albums on A&M Records: Test Patterns, I Wonder What She's
Doing Tonight, and It's All Happening on the Inside. The duo also had
five charting singles; the most well-known of these was "I Wonder
What She's Doing Tonight, in early 1968, selling over one million copies,
and was awarded a gold disc.
Boyce and Hart wrote in excess of 300 songs and sold more than 42 million
records as a partnership (he
struggled with depression, and suffering a brain aneurysm, he sadly
b. September 29th 1939.
1995: Junior Walker/ Autry DeWalt II / Autry De
Walt Mixon (64) American singer, saxophonist;
he formed his own band the 'Jumping Jacks' when he was only 14 years
old. His friend, drummer Billy Nix, started his own group the 'Rhythm
Rockers', now and again, the 2 musicians would play in each others bands.
Billy aquired a regular gig at a local TV station in South Bend, Indiana,
and asked Junoir to join him and his keyboardist, Fred Patton permanently.
Shortly after, local singer Willie Woods joined the group. When Billy
got drafted into the US Army, Jr.Walker, Fred and Willie moved to Battle
Creek, Michigan, where they were joined by drummer Tony Washington and
soon Victor Thomas replaced Fred on piano. This new line up called themseves
the 'All Stars'. Junior got his big break in 1961, when Johnny Bristol
saw the band he recommended them to Harvey Fuqua, who signed them to
his record label and changed their name to Junior Walker & the All
Stars. When Harvey's labels were taken over by Motown's Berry Gordy,
Jr. Walker & The All Stars became members of the Motown Records
family, recording on Motown's Soul label. In 1966, Billy "Stix"
Nicks once again met up with Junior, and joined band. Their first and
signature hit was "Shotgun", written by Junior, it reached
No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1965,
and was followed by many other hits, such as "I'm a Road Runner",
"Pucker Up Buttercup", "Shake and Fingerpop", "Come
See About Me", and "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?".
In 1979, Junior Walker went solo and was signed to Norman Whitfield's..
Whitfield Records label. He also played the sax on the group Foreigner's
"Urgent" in 1981. In 1983, Junior re-signed with Motown and
was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1995, a few months
before he died. Junior's song, "Shotgun", was inducted into
the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (Junior sadly
died after his battle with cancer) b. June
1996: Art Porter Jr (35) American
jazz saxophonist and son of jazz musician Art Porter, Sr; born in Little
Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 9 he joined his father's band as a drummer
and played with them into his teenage years. Art
Porter Sr. helped Bill Clinton pass legislation that would allow a minor
to play in a night club if a parent or guardian was present. This became
known as the Art Porter Bill.
In the mid 80s young Art moved to Chicago, and studied tenor saxophone
with Von Freeman and performed with Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff.
During the 90s he developed an interest in R&B and hip hop and merged
elements of these into his performances. Soon after this, Art s produced
several albums, beginning in the summer of 1992 with Pocket City, followed
by Straight to the Point, Undercover and finally Lay Your Hands On Me.
These albums were known as by people wanting their "smooth jazz"
not too smooth. Art and his father performed for President Clinton during
his 1993 inauguration, playing Amazing Grace at a prayer breakfast (drowned
in a tragic accident on the Kratha Taek reservoir in Sai Yok, Thailand,
when the boat he was on sprang a leach & sank)
b. August 3rd
2001: O.C. Smith/Ocie
Lee Smith (69)
born in Mansfield, Louisiana, but moved with his parents to Little Rock,
Arkansas, then with his mother to LA, California. His first break as
a singer with Sy Oliver after which he released his debut single, a
cover of the Little Richard hit "Tutti Frutti" in December
1955. In 1961, he was recruited by Count Basie, a position he held until
1965. In 1968, he entered the charts for the first time with "Son
of Hickory Holler's Tramp", which reached No. 2 in the UK Singles
Chart and broke the Top 40 in the US.
"Little Green Apples," which went to No.2 on the Billboard
Hot 100 and received a gold record from the R.I.A.A. for sales of one
million records. He continued to record, reaching the R&B, Adult
Contemporary and pop charts in his home country with the likes of "Daddy's
Little Man", "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife", "Me and
You" and "Love To Burn". He also returned to the UK Singles
Chart in 1977 with "Together", reaching a Top 30 position.
became Dr. O.C. Smith, pastor of the City of Angels Science of Mind
Centre in LA and he continued to preach until his death
(sadly died of a heart attack)
b. June 21st 1932.
2005: Chris Whitley (45)
blues singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Houston; he learned to
play guitar at 15 and spent the early 1980s busking on the streets of
New York City and played with Marc Miller, Arto Lindsay and Michael
Beinhorn. From 1983 he spent 4 years in Belgium. Back in New York City
he was signed to Columbia Records after which 16 albums of Chris have
been released debuting with Living with the Law in 1991. In
2000, Chris recorded Perfect Day with Chris Wood and Billy Martin. Chris
also recorded with Shawn Colvin on Fat City, Cassandra Wilson on Blue
Light 'til Dawn and New Moon Daughter, Rob Wasserman and Les Claypool
Society on Wood and Clairvoyance, Wasserman's
on All of My Friends, Joe
Henry on Fuse, Michael Shrieve on Fascination, Chocolate Genius on GodMusic),
Ely Guerra on Lotofire, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum on Faces & Names,
Clint Mansell on the Knockaround Guys soundtrack, also with DJ Logic,
Little Jimmy Scott, Mike Watt, Daniel Lanois, and Jeff Lang. Chris's
"Breaking Your Fall" from Hotel Vast Horizon-2003, won in
The 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Song. He won again the following year in The 4th Annual Independent
Music Awards for Best Blues/R&B Song with "Her Furious Angels"
from War Crime Blues (sadly lost to lung cancer)
b. August 31st 1960.
April Lawton (58) American
guitar virtuoso, singer, and composer who came to notice in the early
to mid 70s as a member of the rock band Ramatam, which also included
former Iron Butterfly guitarist Mike Pinera and the former Jimi Hendrix
drummer Mitch Mitchell. She was hailed as the female Jimi Hendrix by
many, and her style was a mix of Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and
Alan Holdsworth. She
stayed with Ramatam for two studio albums, their self-titled debut and
"In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns". April left after
the second album, to follow her solo project called the April Lawton
Band, which dissolved in the late 1970s. April then disappeared from
the music scene to concentrate on painting and graphic design, her personal
life stayed very private until her death, although during the 1990s
she recorded demos for a future album, but the material remains unreleased.
Some excerpts are available at the April Lawton tribute website (sadly
died from heart failure at her home) b.
July 30th 1948.
2006: Betty Comden (89)
American lyricist born in New York
City; she was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who
provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved
and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th
century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green lasted for six decades,
during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment
figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne
and Leonard Bernstein, gathering
7 Tony Awards out of 12 nominations along the way.
Singin' in the Rain; The Band Wagon; It's Always Fair Weather; Two on
the Aisle; Wonderful Town; Subways Are For Sleeping; Fade Out - Fade
In; and Hallelujah, Baby! are just a few musicals they worked on. Their
final musical hit was 1991's The Will Rogers Follies
(heart failure) b.
May 3rd 1917.
2006: Anita O'Day/Anita Belle Colton (87)
American jazz singer sometimes nicknamed
"Jezabel of Jazz"; her early band appearances shattered the
traditional image of the "girl singer". Refusing to pander
to any female stereotype, she presented herself as a "hip"
jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening
gown. She started out as a chorus girl in such Uptown venues
as the Celebrity Club and the Vanity Fair, then found work as a singer
and waitress at the Ball of Fire, the Vialago, and the Planet Mars.
In 1939 she sang for Miller's Quartet, until 1941 when she joined Gene
Krupa, of the 34 sides she recorded with Krupa, it was "Let Me
Off Uptown", a novelty duet with Roy Eldridge, that became her
first big hit, and Down Beat named her "New Star of the Year".
In the 50s also began performing in festivals and concerts with such
musicians as Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Dinah Washington, Cal
Tjader, George Shearing,
and Thelonious Monk. She appeared in the documentary Jazz on a Summer's
Day, filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival which increased her popularity.
Her career seemed over when she nearly died of a heroin overdose in
1968. After kicking the habit, she made a comeback at the 1970 Berlin
Jazz Festival. She also appeared in the films Zig Zag (1970) and The
Outfit (1974). She resumed making live and studio albums, many recorded
in Japan, and several were released on her own label, Emily Records.
peacefully in her sleep.
The official cause of death was cardiac arrest)
b. October 18th 1919.
2007: Frank Guarrera (83)
Italian-American lyric baritone
who enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the Metropolitan Opera,
singing with the company for a total of 680 performances. He performed
35 different roles at the Met, mostly from the Italian and French repertories,
from 1948 through 1976. His most frequent assignments at the house were
as Escamillo in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Marcello in Giacomo Puccini's
La Bohème, Valentin in Charles Gounod's Faust, and Ping in Puccini's
Turandot. He was also an admired interpreter of Mozart roles, establishing
himself in the parts of both Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Così
fan tutte and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Most of the roles
he portrayed were from the lyric repertoire, such as the title role
in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, but he also sang some heavier roles
at the Met like Amonasro in Aïda, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del
West and Il conte di Luna in Il trovatore (diabetes) b.
December 3rd 1923.
Sidney Hickox CBE (60) British
conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music; he founded the City
of London Sinfonia in '71, remaining music director until his death.
He also founded the Richard Hickox Singers & Orchestra in the same
year. He was the director of music at the Endellion Music Festival from
1972 to 2008. In '72 at the age of only 24 he was appointed Martin Neary's
successor as organist and master of music at St. Margaret's, Westminster,
subsequently adding the directorships of the London Symphony Chorus,
and Bradford Festival Chorus. In 1990, he co-founded the baroque orchestra
Collegium Musicum 90 with Simon Standage. He was Associate Guest Conductor
of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1985 until his death. He was also
Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus from 1976 to 1991, with
whom he premiered The Three Kings by Peter Maxwell Davies in 1995. He
also premiered that composer's A Dance on the Hill in 2005 (heart attack)
2008: Richard "Richey" James Edwards
guitarist, the former co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist of the Welsh
rock band Manic Street Preachers has been
officially 'presumed dead' >>> READ
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b. December 22nd 1967.
2008: Robert Lucas (46) American
singer and guitarist former
Canned Heat blues-rock band, He was one of four singers to have fronted
the band during its more than 40 year history and had two stints fronting
the band. In
his solo career and has recorded seven solo albums and has performed
with Big Joe Turner, George Smith, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie
'Cleanhead' Vinson, and Percy Mayfield among others. He has been recognised
by blues fans and critics worldwide as one of the most inspired singer,
player and songwriter talents of the past decade (Robert
died of a drug overdose) b. July
2009: Richard Meale (77) Australian
composer; he studied piano with Winifred Burston at the NSW State Conservatorium
of Music, as well as clarinet, harp, history and theory, before studying
at the University of California, Los Angeles and other American institutions.
is best known for the 1986 opera Voss, with libretto by David Malouf
based on the novel of the same title by Patrick White. Malouf also collaborated
with Meale on his second operatic project, Mer de glace (198691),
a tableaux-like juxtaposition of some ideas of the novel Frankenstein
alongside the real dealings of Mary Shelley with Shelley and Byron.
1969 to 1988 he was part of the music faculty of the University of Adelaide,
South Australia. In 2000, Meale was conferred Doctor of Letters honoris
causa by the University of New England in New South Wales (?)
b. August 24th 1932.
2009: Joe Papa (?) American
singer and drummer who joined up with Paul Lemos and the pioneering
experimental band Controlled Bleeding when the band decided they would
add some vocals to their music. Since the bands demise, Joe Papa, has
worked on different side projects with former members, including founding
a band The Breastfed Yak, along with Paul Lemos and Ruins drummer, Tatsuya
Yoshida, immersing themselves in free jazz madness. Their debut CD,
was Get Your Greasy Head Off The Sham was released in 2003. (heart
attack) b ????.
2009: Pim Koopman (56)
Dutch progressive rock drummer, born in Hilversum,
he co-founded the band Kayak in 1972, along with Ton Scherpenzeel, Johan
Slager and Max Werner. He left the band in 1976 and went on to become
a record producer, and was successful with acts such as Maywood, Petra
and Robby Valentine. He returned to Kayak for the reunion in 1999 and
had been playing drums in Kayak until his death. His last album with
the band 'Letters From Utopia' was released on Sept 16th 2009. As well
as his musical talents, he was the composer of six entries to the Eurovision
Song Contest: Jouw lach" performed by Dick Rienstra in 1977,
"Later" by Brigitte in 1984, "Déja
Vu" and "Champagne"
by Willeke Alberti in 1994, "De wereld is van jou" by Gina
de Wit and "Met of zonder jou" by Clau-Dya's in 1996. He has
been involved with two other bands, 'Diesel' and 'The President' which
was a collaboration with Okkie Huysdens. (?)
b. March 11th
2010: James Tyler (70) American
lutenist, banjoist, guitarist, composer, musicologist and author, who
featured on over 60 early music recordings. Born
in Hartford, Connecticut he initially studied the Banjo and Mandolin
with Walter K. Bauer, then the Lute with Joseph Iadone - he also played
the Cello. As a lutenist, he performed and recorded with New York Pro
Musica, and also toured and recorded as a banjoist with "Max Morath
and the Original Rag Quartet". In 1969, his interest in early music
took him to London where he married Joyce Geller.
the 1970s and 80s, he performed and recorded in London with Musica Reservata,
the Consort of Musicke, the Julian Bream Consort and the Early Music
Consort of London under David Munrow. He then founded his own ensemble,
the "London Early Music Group" in 1977, which lasted until
1990. He composed music for BBC television productions of Shakespeare
plays, and also made an appearance as a lutenist in the 1972 film, Mary
Queen of Scots. In 1986, he became professor of Music and director of
the master's and doctoral degree programs in early music performance
at the University of Southern California, a post he held until retiring
August 3rd 1940
2011: Montserrat Figueras (69) Spanish
soprano born in Barcelona, Catalonia and began studying early singing
techniques together with her sister Pilar Figueras in 1966. In
1974 she and her husband Jordi Savall, Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson
Smith formed Hespèrion XX, an early music ensemble. Montserrat
and her husband were members also of a newer version of that ensemble,
Hespèrion XXI. As well they founded the groups La Capella Reial
de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations. She also performed and recorded
regularly as a solo artist as well as with her children: daughter Arianna
and son Ferran (?)
b. March 15th 1942.
2011: Gamexane/Horacio Villafañe (48)
Argentine guitarist, backing vocalist and
founder member the Argentine punk / rock band Todos Tus Muertos created
in 1985. In 1986 they recorded their first demo - Noches Agitadas en
el Cementerio and in 1988, a self-named album was released. After three
years of recording, in 1990 a second album was released, Nena de Hiroshima.
Over the years of recording and performing they toured North, Central
and South America and their 8th but sadly Horacio's last album Crisis
Mundial / World Crisis was released in 2010 (tragically
Horacio died unexpectedly several days
being admitted to the Guemes
Sanatorium Buenos Aires, because of gastro intestinal bleeding)
b. October 20th 1964.
2011: Barry Llewellyn (63) Jamaican
singer and songwriter, raised in Trench Town; he was a founding and
longstanding member of The Heptones, a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae
vocal trio most active in the 1960s and early 1970s. They were one of
the more significant trios of that era, and played a major role in the
gradual transition between ska and rocksteady with their three-part
harmonies. Their hits include Gun Man Coming to Town, Fattie Fattie,
Get in the Groove, Love Won't Come Easy, Gonna Fight, Party Time, I've
Got a Feeling, Tripe Girl and Pretty Looks, among others (sadly
Barry died of pneumonia)
b. December 24th 1947.
songwriter born in Hardmoney, KY; he began writing poetry and learned
to play guitar as a teenager, before a 7 year stint in the US Army.
He got his first hit in 1970 for Opry star George Morgan, "Lilacs
and Fire". He went on to write
memorable country hits such
as "Unwound" and "Marina del Ray" for George Strait
and "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" for George Jones among
many others. ()
December 5th 1939.
2014: Agustín Briolini (22) Argentinian
musician and lead singer-guitarist of the Argentinian up-and-coming
rock band, Krebs. At the time of his death he was on tour with Krebs,
promoting their first album and was preparing for a sold out show at
Teatro del Sol (while doing a sound check at Teatro
del Sol, Villa Carlos Paz, he was electrocuted when he touched the microphone.
Agustin recieved immediate medical assistance, then was taken to a hospital
where, tragically he was pronounced dead)
b. April 6th 1992.
2014: Clive Palmer (71)
British folk musician and banjoist, born in Edmonton, North London;
he took banjo lessons from the age of 10 and in 1957 began playing with
jazz bands in Soho. He began busking with Wizz Jones in Paris in 195960,
before moving to Edinburgh in late 1962. By now a virtuoso banjo player,
he teamed up as a duo with singer and guitarist Robin Williamson in
1963, playing traditional and bluegrass songs. They became the Incredible
String Band in 1965 and soon added a third member, Mike Heron. Early
in 1966, he also ran "Clive's Incredible Folk Club" in Sauchiehall
Street, Glasgow. He moved to Cornwall where he formed the Famous Jug
Band, The Stockroom Five and The Temple Creatures, and then formed another
band, C.O.B/Clive's Original Band. After living in Brittany for many
years he returned to Cornwall and formed The Clive Palmer Band, who
toured between 2008 and 2011 and produced his last two albums (sadly
died after a long illness)
b. May 13th 1943.
Guido Cantelli (36) Italian
conductor and musical director born in Novara, Italy, studied at the
Milan Conservatory in Italy and began a promising conducting career.
Over his short career he had conducted not only in many of the most
famous concert halls of Europe but also in the US and South Africa.
Among his commercial recordings are Beethoven's 7th symphony, Brahms'
1st and 3rd symphonies, Franck's D minor symphony, with the NBC Symphony
in Carnegie Hall in stereo from 6 April 1954, Mussorgsky's Pictures
at an Exhibition, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Liszt's 2nd piano
concerto with Claudio Arrau, and shorter pieces by Ravel, Rossini, and
others and he recorded Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the New York
Philharmonic for Columbia Records.
was named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan, on November 16th
but his promising career was cut short only one week later (died
in a tragic aircraft crash near Paris, France)
April 27th 1920.
1985: Big Joe Turner (74) American
singer; although he came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his
pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly "Shake, Rattle
and Roll", his career as a performer stretched from the 1920s into
the 1980s. He started singing on street corners for money, then leaving
school at age fourteen to begin working the Kansas City's club scene,
first as a cook, and later as a singing bartender, he became known as
The Singing Barman, and worked in such venues as The Kingfish Club and
The Sunset, where he and his piano playing partner Pete Johnson became
resident performers. He went on to have hits in the late 1930s with
"Cherry Red", "Careless Love", "I Want A Little
Girl" and "Wee Baby Blues" (sadly
died of a heart attack) b. May
1991: Eric "The Fox" Carr/ Paul Caravello
(41) American drummer, best
known for his work with the rock band Kiss, replacing Peter Criss in
1980, remaining a member until he became ill in 1991. He had been playing
in cover bands throughout the 1970s.. His Kiss persona, was first made
up as "The Hawk," but later adopted the persona of "The
Fox", he was also part of the band's
stage makeup removal of their live on MTV in 1983. He also played guitar,
bass guitar, piano and sang background vocals, he sung lead vocals on
"Black Diamond" and "Young and Wasted" live with
Kiss. He sang lead on the remake of "Beth" in the studio on
the album Smashes, Thrashes & Hits. In 1989 he sang lead vocal on
a self-penned, studio track titled "Little Caesar,". His last
live performance with Kiss was November 9, 1990 in New York City, at
Madison Square Garden (heart cancer)
b. July 12th 1950.
1991: Freddie Mercury/Farrokh Bulsara (45)
Zanzibar-born British musician,
best known as the lead singer, pianist and co-founder of the rock band
Queen, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
He came to England at the age of 17 and earned a Diploma in Art and
Graphic Design at Ealing Art College, later using these skills to design
the Queen crest. He remained a British citizen for the rest of his life.
Freddie was a fan of Aretha Franklin, The Who, Jim Croce, Elvis Presley,
Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and The
Beatles, but his favourite performer was singer-actress Liza Minnelli.
Following graduation, he joined a series of bands and sold second-hand
clothes in the Kensington Market in London, and also had a job at Heathrow
airport. In April 1970, he joined with guitarist Brian May and drummer
Roger Taylor who had previously been in a band called Smile. Despite
reservations from the other members, Freddie chose the name "Queen"
for the new band. As a performer, he was known for his 4-octave vocal
range and onstage theatricality and flamboyant performances. As a songwriter,
he composed many international hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody",
which many rate the greatest song of all time, "Killer Queen",
"Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "We
Are the Champions", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love",
and "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy". In addition to his work
with Queen, Freddie also led a solo career and was occasionally a producer
and guest musician, piano or vocals for other artists. He who was of
Indian Parsi descent and grew up in India, has been referred to as "Britain's
first Asian rock star." (Freddie died of
bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS, his death greatly increased
awareness of the disease)
b. September 5th
1993: Albert Collins (61)
American legendary blues guitarist, singer; he had many nicknames,
such as "The Ice Man", "The Master of the Telecaster"
and "The Razor Blade". He began recording in 1960 and released
singles, including many instrumentals such as the million selling "Frosty".
In the spring of 1965 he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and made a name
for himself. His genius was acknowledged by the music world in 1983,
when he won the W. C. Handy Award for his album Don't Lose Your Cool,
which won the award for best blues album of the year. The Fender Custom
Shop created an accurate replica of the "Ice Man"'s namesake
'66 Custom Telecaster in 1990, which featured a double-bound swamp ash
body, a custom-shaped maple neck sporting a separate laminated maple
fingerboard with 21 vintage frets, a custom-wound Seymour Duncan '59
humbucker in the neck position and a Fender Texas Special Tele single-coil
in the bridge (sadly died of lung and liver cancer)
b. October 1st 1932
2001: Melanie Janene Thornton (34) American-German
pop singer born in Charleston, South Carolina. She had dual citizenship
in Germany and the United States and in 1992 Melanie relocated to Germany
where she found fame fronting the Eurodance group La Bouche. They recorded
hits such as "Be My Lover" and "Sweet Dreams" in
the mid-1990s. She also forged a moderately successful solo career in
Germany before her death. Her hits include 'Love How You Love Me', 'Wonderful
Dream', 'Memories' and 'Heartbeat' (Tragically
died in a plane crash of the Crossair Flight 3597 near Bassersdorf by
Zurich in Switzerland) b.
May 13th 1967
2004: James Wong Jim/Uncle Jim/Wong Jum-sum (64)
Cantopop lyricist, writer and
TV host born in Panyu, in what now is part of Guangzhou, China and migrated
to Hong Kong with his family in 1949. As a lyricist of Cantonese songs
in Hong Kong from the 1960s, he wrote over 2,000 songs, collaborating
with composer Joseph Koo aka. Gu Gaa-fai, on many popular TVB TV drama
theme songs, many of which have become classics of the genre. He also
hosted several TV programs, mostly interviews or talk shows oriented
towards adults, on both TVB and ATV. One of the talk shows called "Off-guard
Tonight" , co-hosted by himself and his close friends Chua Lam
and Ni Kuang on ATV, is particularly remembered. He took part in creative
directing positions within the entertainment industry in Hong Kong.
He was also an alumnus of La Salle College. Many fans like to call him
"Uncle Jim" (died after a long battle
with lung cancer) b.
2006: Walter Booker (72)
American jazz bass and double
bassist; recorded and toured with Ray Bryant, Betty Carter, Chick Corea,
Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins,
before joining the Cannonball Adderley Quintet with who he stayed with
til 1975. He then built, and ran the Boogie Woogie Studio in NYC, a
mecca for musicians from all over the world, and through the 1980s,
he played and recorded with Nat Adderley, Nick Brignola, Arnett Cobb,
Richie Cole, John Hicks, Billy Higgins, Clifford Jordan, Pharoah Sanders,
Sarah Vaughan, and Phil Woods. (?)
b. December 17th 1933
2006: Juhani "Juice" Leskinen (56)
singer-songwriter; he was one of the most prominent Finnish singer-songwriters
of the late 20th century. From the early 1970s onward he released nearly
30 full-length albums, as well as writing song lyrics for dozens of
Finnish artists. Many of his songs have reached classic status in Finnish
popular music... "Viidestoista yö", "Kaksoiselämää"
and "Syksyn sävel". (sadly died after suffering from
renal insufficiency, cirrhosis and diabetes)
b. February 19th 1950.
2007: Casey Calvert (26)
American guitarist for the emo/post-hardcore
band Hawthorne Heights. The band, who were originally named A Day in
the Life, have released three studio albums on Victory Records since
changing their name to Hawthorne Heights of which Casey recorded on
the first two, "The Silence in Black and White" which reached
platinum and the gold selling "If Only You Were Lonely" (the
states Casey died of Combined Drug Intoxication) b.
October 20th 1981.
Lee/Michael Gary Pearson (39) British
world renowned drummer; toured and recorded with former Led Zeppelin
musicians Robert Plant and Jimmy Page,
also played drums with Little Angels, The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen,
the reformed version of Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bryan
Adams, Guns 'N' Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Holosade, Alaska, Sweet Janes
and many more. Most recently he had toured with Jeff Martin and played
drums on Jeff's new solo album, "Exile and the Kingdom". He
also performed with The Cult founders Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury on
their Ceremony tour and cooperated on the 2006 album Gillan's Inn (cause
of death not yet established) b.
November 19th 1969.
2008: Kenny MacLean (52)
Scottish/Canadian bassist best known as a former member of the Canadian
New Wave group, the multi-platinum selling band Platinum Blonde. He
had been a SOCAN member for over 28 years and written and recorded tracks
for many prominent Canadian artists and has worked with noted producers
including Terry Brown, David Foster, Bernard Edwards and Carter. He
had been working on his 3rd solo album, which he had completed just
before his death entitled "Completely at Toronto's Mod Club",
it was released on Friday November 21st 2008 (heart
related problem) b.?January
2009: Amy Black (36)
British mezzo-soprano opera singer
of Hedon, near Hull, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, toured
with the European Opera, as well as spending seasons
with the English National Opera.
gave many concerts and recitals in the UK and many other places around
the world, most recently performing in the role of Mercedes in Carmen
for both the Scottish Opera and English National Opera. Amy
underwent heart surgery in June for a defect in her aortic valve but
had recently resumed performing. She often sang before Hull FC rugby
league matches at the KC Stadium. A founder member of the London Theatre
Voices, a quartet of friends who met while singing for the ENO, she
was also known as the star of Classics in the Park, held at Brantingham,
Yorkshire. Amy spent the six months working on the musicals On
the Town with June Whitfield and Kismet, singing along
side Michael Ball at The London Coliseum in the West End and was recently
flown out to Qatar to entertain the legendary
Tenor Placido Domingo (Amys body was discovered lying in
a ditch outside a market garden close to her home. The police are investigating
this sudden, tragic death, but have confirmed they are not treating
it as suspicious) b. 1973.
2010: Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (55)
British pianist, synthesizer and electronics
musician born in Leeds; he was one of the original members of the Industrial
Records band, Throbbing Gristle. After which he participated in the
foundation of Psychic TV along with Geoffrey Rushton aka John Balance.
After his short time in Psychic TV, he formed Coil along with Balance,
which lasted just under 23 years, until Balance died of a fall in their
Weston-Super-Mare home. Peter next reunited Throbbing Gristle and he
composed an album for his solo endeavour The Threshold HouseBoys Choir.
Ivan Pavlov started a new project called Soisong, which officially premiered
in Tokyo on March 9th 2008 and later toured Europe with several shows,
having self-released their debut EP. In April of the same year Peter
and Pavlov, alongside David Tibet, Othon Mataragas and Ernesto Tomasini,
performed a live soundtrack for Derek Jarman's The Angelic Conversation
in Turin, Italy. Prior
to his musical career, Peter was a commercial artist, designer, and
photographer. Notably, he was one of the three partners of the album
cover design group Hipgnosis, which was responsible for many notable
album covers of the 1970s
(?) b. February 27th 1955.
2011: Ludwig Hirsch (65) Austrian
singer-songwriter and actor, born
in Sankt Magdalena am Lemberg, Styria, grew up in the Leopoldstadt district
of Vienna. He made his stage debut in 1973 at the municipal theatre
in Regensburg. From 1975-1979 he was a member of the ensemble of the
Theatre in der Josefstadt. Then in
1978 he launched his career as a singer-songwriter and became known
for his critical, macabre, and morbid lyrics. Ludwig's studio album
Perlen /Pearls, achieved gold status and was awarded the Amadeus Austrian
Music Award, the highest Austrian popular music prize. His newest album,
In Ewigkeit Damen, appeared in 2006. He has also hosted the radio program
Siesta for the Austrian broadcaster Hitradio Ö3. In September 1993,
the Austrian Post honored him with a 5 1/2 schilling stamp and in 2001
he was awarded a silver medal for service to the City of Vienna, and
was made a "Golden citizen" of the city of Vienna
Ludwig committed suicide, by jumping from a window at Wilhelminenspital,
a major hospital in Vienna) b. February 28th 1946.
2011: Imants Kokars (90) Latvian
conductor born in Gulbene; he began his career as a conductor in 1948,
conducting the Cesis Brass Orchestra. In 1956, he graduated from the
Jazeps Vitols State Conservatory of Latvia, where he later became a
lecturer in 1963 and professor in 1977. Since 1965, he was one of the
principal conductors at the famous Latvian National Song Festivals,
which belong to the largest choral festivals worldwide. 1969 he founded
the chamber choir Ava Sol, which became one of the most
distinguished choirs in Latvia. From 1977 through 1991, he was director
of the Latvian Academy of Music. On
12 April 1995 Imants was awarded the Order of the Three Stars, Latvias
highest civil award. (?)
b. August 16th 1921.
2012: Chris Stamp (70)
British music producer and
manager; he started out as a filmmaker and met business partner and
collaborator Kit Lambert while working at Shepperton Film Studios as
an assistant director they both worked on such films as I Could
Go On Singing, The L-Shaped Room and Of Human Bondage. He went on to
co-manage and produce such musical acts as The Who and Jimi Hendrix
in the 1960s and '70s and co-founding the now defunct Track Records
label. By 1975, due to heavy drug use, Chris and Lambert were ousted
by the Who, and the pair relocated to New York City to produce American
R&B/soul group Labelle. Chris later became a psychodrama therapist
and addiction counsellor based in the state of New York
(sadly died of cancer) b. July 7th 1942.
2012: Ian Campbell (79)
British folk musician and founding member of the Ian Campbell Folk Group;
the group formed in 1956 in Birmingham, as the Clarion Skiffle Group
and was renamed the Ian Campbell Folk Group in 1958 and became one of
the most respected, popular and influential folk groups of the British
folk scene of the 1960s. The group's first recordings included the EP,
Ceilidh At The Crown, which was released in 1962 and was the first live
folk club recording to be released on vinyl. On 8 February 2012, at
the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Salford, Ian received the 'Good Tradition'
Award, presented by Stuart Maconie, for Ian's outstanding contribution
to folk music over five decades (sadly
Ian died fighting cancer) b. June 10th 1933.
Dame Myra Hess DBE (75) British
pianist born in London.
At the age of five she began to study the piano and two years later
entered the Guildhall School of Music, where she graduated as winner
of the gold medal. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Tobias
Matthay. was most renowned for her interpretations of the works of Mozart,
Beethoven and Schumann, but had a wide repertoire ranging from Domenico
Scarlatti to contemporary works. She gave the premiere of Howard Ferguson's
Piano Sonata and his Piano Concerto. She also played a good amount of
chamber music, and performed in a piano duo with Irene Scharrer. She
promoted public awareness of the piano duo and two-piano works of Schubert.
She made a well-known arrangement for piano of the chorale prelude "Jesus
bleibet meine Freude" (known in English as "Jesu, Joy of Man's
Desiring") from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 147 "Herz
und Mund und Tat und Leben" (?)
February 25th 1890
1970: Albert Ayler (34) American
jazz saxophonist, singer and composer, born in Cleveland Heights,
Ohio, he was among the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the
was first taught alto saxophone by his father. In 1952, at the age of
16, he began playing bar-walking, honking, R&B-style tenor with
blues singer and harmonica player Little Walter, spending two summer
vacations with Walter's band. He later studied at the Academy of Music
in Cleveland with jazz saxophonist Benny Miller. Albert relocated to
Sweden in 1962 where his recording career began, leading Swedish and
Danish groups on radio sessions, and jamming as an unpaid member of
Cecil Taylor's band in the winter of 1962-1963. Back in New York, US,
he found respect and he influenced the new generation of jazz players,
as well as veterans like John Coltrane who he worked with. In 1964 he
toured Europe, with the trio augmented with trumpeter Don Cherry, recorded
and released as The Hilversum Session. On his return from Europe, Albert
embarked on his first major recording contract, since John Coltrane,
recording The Village Concerts, New Grass, and Music is the Healing
Force of the Universe (It is said that on November
5th 1970, he took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and jumped off
as the boat near Liberty Island. He was found dead in New York City's
East River on Nov 25th, a presumed suicide. Rumors circulated that he
had been murdered, due to his involvement in the black power movement.
There was no autopsy) b. July 13th 1936.
1974: Nick Drake (26) British singer
songwriter and multi-musician, but his primary instrument was the guitar,
though he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, and saxophone. Not
appreciated in his lifetime, but since his death his
work has grown steadily in stature, to the extent that he now ranks
among the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50
years, his songs have been covered by many greats and in 2004, 30 years
after his death, he gained his first chart hit when two singles, "Magic"
and "River Man", were released to coincide with the compilation
album 'Made to Love Magic', later that year, the BBC aired a radio documentary
about Nick, narrated by Brad Pitt (sadly died
from a drug overdose while suffering from a depressive illness)
Don Goldie/Donald Elliott Goldfield (65)
American versatile jazz trumpet player and talented soloist with a wide
range who became especially visible in the late '50s working with Jack
Teagarden. After leaving Jack's group, Goldie led his own band for a
time, and by the late '60s was working with Jackie Gleason in Miami
Beach, as well as playing gigs of his own. He cut albums for Chess Records'
Argo offshoot and the Verve label in the early '60s, and in the 1970s
re-emerged with his own Jazz Forum label, for which he cut a string
of eight LPs. He released his final LP, Don Goldie's Dangerous Jazz
Band, on the Jazzology label in 1982 (tragically
commited suicide) b. February 3th 1930
1997: Barbara/Monique Andrée Serf (67)
French female singer; she appeared on TV variety shows, toured
Japan, Canada, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Her
album "Seule" was one of France's top grossing releases of
1981. In 1982, she was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque
in recognition of her contribution to French culture. An icon of French
musical history, she has been honored with her image on a French postage
stamp. A number of books have been written about her life and her records
still sell in large numbers to this day (respiratory problems) b.
November 24th 1997.
Valentin Elizalde (27) Mexican
singer; born in the city of Navojoa, Sonora, he also known as "El
Gallo de Oro", The Golden Rooster. His biggest Banda hits included
"Vete Ya," "Ebrio de Amor", "Vencedor",
Con El", "Vuelve Cariñito", "Como Me Duele",
" Mi Virgencita", and "Soy Así.". He will
be remembered as one of the best Mexican singers of our time. (gunned
down in an ambush; 28 bullets were found in his body. Some of his songs
were narcocorridos, and some think it appears he was murdered by drug
trafficking gangs) b. February
Kevin DuBrow (52) American
rock singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band
Quiet Riot from 1973 until his death. During Quiet Riot's commercial
heyday in the 1980s, he was known for his on-stage charisma, gravelly
bluesy voice, and suspenders.
He recorded 10 albums with his band and 4 solo albums.
He grew up in Los Angeles, in his mid-teens he had was influenced by
UK rock acts including the Small Faces, Slade, Spooky Tooth, Rod Stewart
and Humble Pie. He joined Quiet Riot in 1973 recording 10 albums with
them which produced singles such as "Cum On Feel the Noize",
"Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" and "Mama Weer All Crazee
Now". Kevin also recorded solo such as Thunderbolt:
A Tribute to AC/DC, a cover of "Highway to Hell"; Appetite
for Reconstruction, a cover of Guns n Roses "Welcome to the Jungle"
and his 2004 album In for the Kill is a 2004
(sadly Kevin died from an accidental overdose of cocaine) b.
October 29th 1955
2010: Tony Dixon (52) Irish
disc jockey, blogger and a member of the "Northside mafia".
He specialised in the hip hop and R&B genres.
He was part of the "Big D" station during the 1970s and Sunshine
Radio during the 1980s. Then he managed a nightclub called "Hollywood
Nights" at the Stillorgan Park Hotel. In February 2000 Dixon became
part of FM104, presenting a show on Saturday nights and possessing his
own catchphrase, "If it's Hip Hop and RnB, don't miss me, Tony
D". While at FM104 he brought artists such as Mary J. Blige, Puff
Daddy and Destiny's Child to the attention of the Dublin public. Blues
& Soul magazine named him as one of the UK's Top 5 DJs
sadly died after a short illness)
2010: Ann Southam (73) Canadian
composer and teacher,
born in Winnipeg; she turned to composing at age 15 and began teaching
at the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1966. Her association with the
New Dance Group of Canada (later Toronto Dance Theatre) began in 1967,
and she became composer-in-residence in 1968. She composed many electronic
scores for this company, and for other dance companies and choreographers.
In 1977, with Diana McIntosh, she helped to create Music Inter Alia,
which promoted Winnipeg new music concerts until 1991. In the 1990s
Ann abandoned electroacoustic writing, creating wholly instrumental
works such as Song of the Varied Thrush for string quartet; Webster's
Spin for string orchestra, and Full Circles just to mention a few. She
was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010
(?) b. February 4th 1937.
2011: Coco Robicheaux/Curtis
American blues musician and artist. Born in Merced,
California. He took his stage name from a Louisiana legend, in which
a naughty child called Coco Robicheaux, is abducted by a werewolf. He
has performed across Europe and America, at every New Orleans French
Quarter festival since 1995 and for 10 consecutive years at the New
Orlean Jazz& Heritage Festival. He was inducted into The Louisiana
Music Hall of Fame on Oct 24th 2009. Coco
appeared in the episode "Hotshots", of the USA Network series
Big Easy, playing a New Orleans musician named "Coco", who
had sold his soul to the devil. Two of Robicheaux's songs were also
featured in the episode, "Broken String" and "Spiritland".
He also appeared as himself in the second episode of HBO's Treme, first
broadcast in the US on April 18th 2010 (?)
b. October 25th 1947
2011: Ross MacManus (84)
English singer, trumpet player, songwriter
and father of Elvis Costello. Born in Birkenhead, he joined Joe Loss
in March 1955 and wrote and sang "Patsy Girl", a 1964 single
credited to Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats. The song was featured
on the "Fathers" episode of Bob Dylan's radio series, Theme
Time Radio Hour, in 2006. In 1970 he recorded a version of The Beatles'
song "The Long and Winding Road" under the pseudonym of Day
Costello and in 1973 he was responsible for the music and vocals from
the much loved R. White's Lemonade television advertisement theme song,
"Secret Lemonade Drinker", on which Elvis Costello plays the
drums, and sang backing vocals. The ad won a silver award at the 1974
International Advertising Festival. Ross also played the trumpet on
two of his son's albums, Out of Our Idiot-87 on the song "A Town
Called Big Nothing," credited to the MacManus Gang and Mighty Like
a Rose-91 on the song "Invasion Hit Parade" (Ross
sadly passed peacefully after a long illness) b. October 20th
2011: Don DeVito (72) American
record producer, music business executive and guitarist. His career
was spent at Columbia Records, where his production credits included
Bob Dylan's albums Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Street-Legal. Born
in Brooklyn, New York, and in his late teens began playing as a guitarist
in Al Kooper's band. In 1967, he began training as an executive with
CBS, and worked as A&R manager covering Miami, before transferring
to New York City in 1971 to head up a new marketing initiative, later
moving to the main Columbia A&R department. He also joined Dylan
on tour and produced his albums Hard Rain, Street Legal and At Budokan.
He also worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, James
Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett and Carole King.
1981 he was appointed National Vice President of A&R for Columbia
and nominated for a Grammy Award on five occasions, winning in the category
of Best Traditional Folk Recording in '89 for the album Folkways-A Vision
Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly (died
after a brave fight with prostate cancer) b.
September 6th 1939.
2012: Juan Carlos Calderón (74)
Spanish singer-songwriter and musician born in Santander, Cantabria.
He was the author of Eres Tú, which, came second in the 1973
Eurovision Song Contest. He also composed another three songs for Eurovision,
one other for The OTI Festival and for several films. His first solo
album "Juan Carlos Calderón presents Juan Carlos Calderón"
in 1968 had a great success and won the Ondas prize. After he recorded,
among others: "Route 101" in 1982 and "Soleá"
in 1998, No. 1 on the American jazz charts. During his long career Juan
was awarded 3 Billboards, 5 Grammy, 5 ASCAP prizes , 2 Premios Ondas,
3 Premios de Música de SGAE (General Society of Authors of Spain)
and 2 Premios Amigo. He also wrote songs for artists like Luis Miguel,
who won a Grammy with one of Juan's songs, Julio Iglesias, Chayanne,
Nino Bravo, Cecilia, Camilo Sesto, Paloma San Basilio, Rocío
Durcal, David Bustamante Mari Trini and others (?)
b. June 7th 1938
2012: Simeon ten Holt (89) Dutch
contemporary classical composer born in Bergen, North Holland; his most
famous work is Canto Ostinato, which he wrote in 1976 and is one of
the most famous classical works in (modern) Dutch music history
(?) b. January
2012: Earl "Speedo"
Carroll (75) American singer;
he was lead vocalist for the doo-wop group The Cadillacs. The group's
released in 1955 was "Speedo",
became Earl's nickname. He joined The Coasters in 1961, leaving the
group in the early 1990. Earl was chosen to be the subject of a children's
book, That's Our Custodian, by Ann Morris The publicity helped him to
revive his career and he permanently reform The Cadillacs.
Earl died from complications of a stroke and battleing diabetes)
b. November 2nd 1937.
2013: Bob Allison/Bob Day/Bernard Colin Day
(72) English pop singer and one half of the duo The Allison,
who were marketed as being brothers, using the surname of Allison. The
Allisons represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 with
the song "Are You Sure?". They came second with 24 points.
The song spent six weeks at No. 2 and a further three weeks in the top
4. Despite a couple of minor follow-up hits, the duo disbanded in 1963.
Through the 70s & 80s he and John teamed up for short tours to keep
'The Allisons' name alive. But by the 1990s, they regularly reunited
to perform on the oldies circuit (sadly has died
after a long illness) b. February 2nd 1941.
Chico Hamilton/Foreststorn Hamilton (92) American
jazz drummer and bandleader; born in LA, California where prior to 1955
he played with many greats including Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet,
Ernie Royal, Slim
& Slam, Dexter
Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton,
T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet,
Billy Eckstine, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan,
Nat King Cole and
six years with Lena Horne established him as a jazz drummer. He recorded
his first album as leader in 1955 with double-bassist George Duvivier
and jazz guitarist Howard Roberts. In that same year he formed an unusual
quintet featuring cello, >>>
(Chico died from
natural causes) b.
September 20th 1921.
2014: Petr Hapka (70)
Czech composer and one of the most significant composers
of Czech film music scores. He is known for his collaborations with
the lyricist Michal Horácek. (?)
b. May 13th 1944.
Tommy Dorsey (51) American jazz
trombonist, trumpeter, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was the
younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey. His lyrical trombone style became one
of the signature sounds of his band and of the Swing Era. The biographical
film of 1947, "The Fabulous Dorseys" describes sketchy details
of how the brothers got their start from-the-bottom-up into the jazz
era of one-nighters, the early days of radio in its infancy stages,
and the onward march when both brothers ended up with Paul Whiteman
before 1935 when The Dorsey Brothers' Orchestra split into two. (died
by choking in his sleep after a heavy meal following which he had taken
sleeping pills. Jimmy Dorsey (out of whose band Tommy had walked two
decades earlier) led his brother's band until his own death of throat
cancer the following year)
1959: Albert Ketèlbey (84)
British composer born in Birmingham, his music is frequently heard on
radio. In a 2003 BBC
radio poll by Your
100 Best Tunes, "Bells across the Meadows" was voted 36th
most popular tune of all time. Other of his many tunes include
In the Mystic Land of Egypt,
In a Monastery Garden, The
Heart's Awakening, In
the Moonlight, Phantasy
for String Quartet, Jungle
Drums, From a Japanese Screen,
In a Chinese Temple Garden, Italian Twilight, Dance
of the Merry Mascots, Cockney
Tangled Tunes (?)
1961: Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser (86)
Russian pianist, teacher and composer, born in Kishinev and studied
at the Moscow Conservatory under Sergei Taneyev and Vassily Safonoff,
winning the Gold Medal for Piano upon his graduation in 1897. He joined
the faculty of the Conservatory shortly afterward and during his tenure
there, his pupils included Grigory Ginzburg, Lazar Berman, Samuil Feinberg,
Dmitry Kabalevsky, Galina Eguiazarova, Nikolai Petrov, Nikolai Kapustin,
Alexander Braginsky, Sulamita Aronovsky, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Dmitry
Paperno, Oxana Yablonskaya, Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, Dmitri Bashkirov,
Dmitry Blagoy and many others. He
made a number of renowned recordings as a pianist. Rachmaninoff's
Second Suite, Op. 17, was dedicated to him as well as Medtner's Lyric
Fragments, Op. 23. (?)
b. March 10th 1875.
1963: Amelita Galli-Curci (81)
Italian operatic coloratura soprano. She was one of the best
regarded singers of the early 20th century. She toured widely in Europe,
and the USA appearing at
many top concert and opera houses. In
1916, Amelita signed a recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine
Company and recorded exclusively for the company until 1930. In 1921
Galli-Curci joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York remaining with
this organization until her retirement from opera in 1930. (sadly
died from emphysema)
b. November 18th 1882.
1973: John Rostill (31)
and composer; born in Birmingham, he was recruited by The Shadows to
replace Brian Locking. He
worked with several artists before joining The Shadows, including The
Interns, The Flintstones and a stint in the backing group of Zoot Money.
After The Shadows break up at the end of the 60s, he toured with Tom
Jones. He was also was a prolific songwriter, contributing to the Shadows'
output from the start, both as a solo composer and as part of the mid-sixties
"Marvin/Welch/Bennett/Rostill" team , and later going on to
write for other artists such as Olivia Newton-John (electrocuted
in his home recording studio)
Frank Rosolino (52)
American jazz trombonist; he became famous in the early 50's playing
in the most popular of Stan Kenton's progressive big bands, before settling
in L.A., where he worked with everybody in the business: Howard Rumsey's
Lighthouse All-Stars, Terry Gibbs, Shorty Rogers, Benny Carter, Buddy
Rich, Dexter Gordon, Carl Fontana, Jean "Toots" Thielemans,
Stan Levey, Shelly Manne, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Knight, Conte Candoli,
Med Flory, Donn Trenner, Mel Tormé, Louis Bellson, Tutti
Marty Paich, Zoot Sims, and
Jones (suffering with depression after
his wife's death, he committed suicide after shooting his
children, Justin, 9; and Jason, 7; Jason
blinded, but survived)
2002: Polo Montañez (47)
Cuban singer and songwriter; formed his own ensemble of family and friends
and quickly became the house act at a resort in the nearby touristic
community of Las Terrazas, and in 1999, he signed with European record
label Lusafrica after being discovered by one of their directors that
was staying at the resort. He
had his biggest success in March 2000 with his first CD "Guajiro
Natural" and the song "Un montón de Estrellas".
He became known as the Guajiro Natural (Natural Countryman) because
of his humble personality and songs about the peasant life in Cuba.
(died in hospital, as a result of a tragic car
accident) b. June 5th 1955.
2003: Soulja Slim/James Tapp Jr (26)
US rapper; known for his U.S. #1 hit
"Slow Motion" with fellow rapper Juvenile. He was one of Master
P's No Limit soldiers, who made his solo debut in 1998 with "Give
It 2 'Em Raw". He
reappeared 3 years later after
a prison stint for armed robbery, with "Streets Made Me".
The following year he released "Years Later..A Few Months After",
which was his last (on his way to do a show he
was shot three times in the face, and once in the chest, in front of
his mother's home
in New Orleans) b.
September 9th 1977.
2005: Mark Craney (53) American
born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he drummed for the rock band Jethro
Tull from June 1980 to May 1981. He also played on Tommy Bolin's last-ever
tour in 1976; he appeared on Gino Vannelli's album "Brother To
Brother", released in 1978 and the following tour. He also appeared
on several tracks from Ph.D. (sadly
lost to pneumonia)
b. August 26th 1952.
Leo Chiosso (86)
Italian lyricist mostly known for his work with Fred Buscaglione.
They formed a songwriting duo who produced about forty songs and created
Buscaglione's public persona, a humorous tough guy with a penchant for
whisky and women.
The first Buscaglione-Chiosso hit was Che bambola of 1956, the song
that brought Buscaglione to nation-wide celebrity. It was followed by
many other hits, including Che notte, Criminalmente bella, Il dritto
di Chicago, Eri piccola così, Lontano da te, Love in Portofino,
Porfirio Villarosa, Sgancia e pedala, Teresa non sparare, Whisky facile.
He also penned lyrics for songs such as Parole, parole, parole, Torpedo
blu, and Montecarlo. He was a prolific television author too, among
his TV credits is the extremely popular music show Canzonissima. He
also wrote stories and scripts for cinema (?)
b. August 8th
"Pia" Beck (84) Dutch
jazz singer and considered
one of the best pianists the Netherlands has ever known.
She began her career shortly after the end of WWII playing the piano
and singing in the Miller Sextet. A few years later she started her
own combo. Her first composition, Pia's Boogie, became a hit. She regularly
toured Europe and had her own stage in the town of Scheveningen near
The Hague. In the 1950 and 60s she made regular appearances in the United
States. New Orleans and Atlanta conferred honorary citizenships on her
of a heart attack at her home in the Costa del Sol, Spain, where she
had lived since 1965)
b. September 18th 1925.
German yodeler and popular performer of volkstümliche Musik/ alpine
folk music, born in Reit im Winkl, Bavaria; at the age of 5, she performed
for the first time at Bauer Theatre in Reit im Winkl. She
hosted several music TV-shows in the 1980s and 1990s
b. February 22nd 1920.
2010: Shahir Vithal Umap (80) Indian
folk artist; he won the first prize at the International Folk Music
and Art Festival at Cork, Ireland. His roles in Shyam Benegals
TV series Bharat Ek Khoj and Jabbar Patels film Dr. Babasaheb
Ambedkar won him further laurels and he was nominated for the best actor's
award for his performance in a Marathi film Tingya two years ago.
Shahir composed music for several films, serials and dramas. He was
also a part of popular stage shows Khandobacha Lagin, Gadhwacha Lagna,
Jambhool Akhyan and Me Marathi. (died of a heart
attack while performing at a function in Nagpur)
2010: Mario Pacheco (60)
record producer, photographer and entrepreneur, born
in Madrid, he was an essential figure in the development of contemporary
flamenco and other musical genres in Spain for more than two decades.
In 1982 he founded Nuevos Medios, a record label that introduced countless
guitarists, singers and other flamenco notables through his vision in
furthering the genre worldwide. Through his company, he released albums
by some of the most significative flamenco artists of the period: Carlos
Benavent, Diego Carrasco, Jorge Pardo, Ketama, La Macanita, Pata Negra,
Golpes Bajos, Martirio, Ray Heredia and La Barbería del Sur,
among others. In addition, he released assorted music created by British
rock music groups Joy Division, New Order and The Smiths; minimalist
musician Steve Reich; jazzists Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett Pat Metheny
and Art Pepper, and Cuban music compilations of Bola de Nieve and Benny
Moré. He also mixed compilations of his label artists in the
series Los Jóvenes Flamencos (sadly
died while fighting cancer) b. November
Keith "Keef" Hartley (67)
English drummer and bandleader born in Preston, Lancashire. He fronted
his own band, the Keef Hartley Band or the Keef Hartley Big Band, and
played at Woodstock. He was later a member of Dog Soldier, and has worked
with Rory Storm, replacing Ringo; The Artwoods and John Mayall. In 2007,
he released a ghostwritten autobiography, Halfbreed (A Rock and Roll
Journey That Happened Against All the Odds). He wrote about his life
growing up in Preston, and his career as a drummer and bandleader, including
his band's appearance at Woodstock (tragically
Keef died at at Royal Preston Hospital from complications from surgery)
b. April 8th 1944
Some sources give Keef's death as 27th, also 28th
2013: Stan Stennett (88)
Welsh comic entertainer, actor and jazz musician, born in Cardiff. During
World War II, he served in the army and also worked as an entertainer.
He made his professional stage debut with a group called the Harmaniacs
and later became resident comedian on a radio show, Welsh Rarebit, but
his break was being chosen as one of the regular comedy guests on The
Black and White Minstrel Show.He
also played trumpet and guitar and in his eighties still performed on
stage. Stan was a friend of Eric Morecambe and he hosted Eric's final
show on 27 May 1984, after
which Eric died of a heart attack. Stan's autobiography, Fully Booked,
was published in 2010 (sadly died from
complications following stroke) b. July
2013: Arik Einstein (74) Israeli
singer, songwriter and actor born in Tel Aviv; his father urged him
to audition for an army entertainment troupe and he was accepted into
the Nahal Brigade troupe.
He went on to become vocalist for the bands Batzal Yarok/Green Onion,
Shleeshiyat Gesher Hayarkon/Yarkon Bridge Trio and Hahalonot Hagvohim
/The High Windows.
His collaboration with Shalom Hanoch and the Churchills led to the first
Israeli rock albums. Arik also
wrote the lyrics of many of his own songs, among them "Ani Veata"/Me
and You, "Sa Le'at"/Drive Slowly, "Mekofef Habbanot"/the
Banana Man, "Yoshev Al HaGader"/Sitting on the Fence, "Ima
Sheli"/My Mother and "Uf Gozal"/Fly, Little Nestling
died from an aortic aneurism)
b. January 3rd 1939.
2014: Sabah/Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali (87)
Lebanese singer and actress born in Bdadoun; considered
a "Diva of Music" in the Arab World, she released over 50
albums and acted in 98 movies as well as over 20 stage plays. She had
a reported 3,500 songs in her repertoire. She was one of the first Arabic
singer to perform at Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, and
Piccadilly Theatre in London and Sydney Opera House in Sydney. She was
one of the four Lebanese icons along with Fairuz, Wadih El Safi and
Zaki Nassif and was honored Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dubai
International Film Festival (?) b.
November 10th 1927.
Evelyn Preer (36)
actress and singer; a notable pioneering African-American stage and
screen actress and a blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s.
As well as her many film roles an accomplished vocalist and during stints
in cabaret and musical theatre was occasionally backed by such legendary
and diverse musicians as Duke Ellington and Red Nichols. (after giving
birth to her first and only child, she developed post-parturition complications
and died of double pneumonia) b. July 16th 1896.
1955: Arthur Honegger (63)
Swiss composer, who
was born in France and lived a large part of his life in Paris. He wrote
the ballet Le dit des jeux du monde in 1918, generally considered to
be his first characteristic work. His most frequently performed work
is probably the orchestral work Pacific 231, which is interpreted as
imitating the sound of a steam locomotive. In
1953 Arthur wrote his last composition, A Christmas Cantata.
He was also a co-founded of Les Six with his five friends around 1920
and remained a member all his life. In their music they tried to be
different from Richard Wagner and other composers of Romantic music,
and different from Debussy and Ravel who had been writing Impressionistic
music. They also wanted to write in a simple way instead of using complicated
rhythms such as those of Stravinsky or twelve tone music like Arnold
Schoenberg. Many of their pieces were quite short. They liked strong,
masculine music, especially jazz.
(sadly died after suffering a heart attack)
March 10th 1892.
1958: Artur Rodzinski (66) Polish
conductor of opera and symphonic music born in Split, the capital of
Dalmatia; he went on to work at all the top opera houses and orchestras
around the world, such as the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra,
Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. he
recorded extensively with Thomas Beecham's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
in London from 1955. His final recordings were for EMI in 1958
b. January 1st 1892
1973: Jimmy Widener (54) American
rhythm guitarist, banjo player and vocalist who
played with Hank Snow (tragically he was shot
dead, his body was left in an alley)
b. March 12th 1918
1973: Frank Christian (86)
American New Orleans jazz trumpeter; started working with bandleader
Papa Jack Laine about 1908 and became a mainstay in Papa Jack's bands.
He also worked in the bands of Tom Brown, Johnny Fischer, and led his
own band. He worked in Chicago, New York and toured on Vaudeville with
Gilda Gray and played in various theatre and dance bands before retiring
to his home town of New Orleans (?) b.
September 3rd 1887
1981: Lotte Lenya (81) Austrian
singer and actress; In 1956 she won a Tony Award for her role as Jenny
in Marc Blitzstein's English version of The Threepenny Opera, the only
time an Off-Broadway performance has been so honored. She went on to
record a number of songs from her time in Berlin, as well as songs from
the US theatre.
Her voice had grown a lot deeper so when she was to sing the soprano
part in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and opera, the part was
re-written in lower keys (cancer)
b. October 18th 1898
1994: Fernando Lopes-Graça (87)
Portuguese composer and conductor, he worked
both as a contemporary music composer and as a musicologist. His major
influences came from Portuguese popular music, and continued the work
of other musicologists, like Francisco de Lacerda. He was a member of
the Portuguese Communist Party and was a strong opponent to "Estado
Novo" and its leader António de Oliveira Salazar. He completed
the "Dicionário de Música"/Dictionary of Music,
started by his teacher,
Tomás Borba (?)
b. December 17th 1906.
1998: Barbara Acklin (55) American
singer and songwriter
born in Chicago;
she began singing in church and then as a teenager in nightclubs while
attending Dunbar Vocational High school. Her biggest hit was "Love
Makes a Woman" in 1968 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Other hits included "Show Me the Way to Go," and her first
single, "Raindrops,". She was also a background singer on
Chess Records sessions with artists like Etta James and Fontella Bass.
Besides her singing career she was proficient as a songwriterand she
co-wrote "Have You Seen Her", a major hit for The Chi-Lites
and several of their other biggest songs: "Oh Girl", "Stoned
Out Of My Mind" and "Toby" as well as her own releases.
Her distinctive voice also featured occasionally on background vocals
on some of The Chi-Lites' records (sadly lost
to pneumonia) b. February
2002: John McLevy (75)
Scottish jazz trumpeter born Dundee;
he played in local bands in his mid teens, before moving to London where
he joined the line-up of the BBC Show Band lead by Cyril Stapleton.
Included in his London years was a lengthy stint at the Savoy Hotel
with bandleader, Francisco Cavez. He also recorded numerous albums with
Max Bygraves. He
played in Europe for Benny Goodman in the 1970s, alongside George Masso,
Hank Jones and Slam Stewart and also performed with artists such as
, Roy Williams, accordionist Jack Emblow and later in a duo with veteran
trumpeter Tommy McQuater, retiring in the 90s (?)
b. January 2nd 1927.
Joe Jones (79) American
R&B singer, songwriter and arranger; he is credited with discovering
The Dixie Cups.
(he is not to be confused with guitarist Ivan "Boogaloo Joe"
a singer, his greatest hit was the Top Five 1960 R&B hit "You
Talk Too Much" that also reached No.3 on the Pop chart. He claimed
to have written a few songs, including some New Orleans Mardi Gras classic,
but his claims have not be proven (complications
from quadruple bypass surgery)
b. August 12th 1926
Alan "Fluff" Freeman (79)
DJ, TV & radio personality; he presented late-evening programmes
on Radio Luxembourg in the 1960s and early 1970s. He also worked for
the BBC and then Capital Radio from 1979 to 1988, returned to the BBC
on BBC Radio 2, he revived both Pick of the Pops and The Rock Show,
in the 1990s. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire
(MBE) in 1998. In May 2000 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement
award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. He originally wanted to be an
opera singer, but decided his voice was not strong enough. In 1952 he
was invited to audition as a radio announcer and commenced working for
7LA in Tasmania, known as the teenager's station, before moving to radio
station 3KZ in Melbourne. He came to UK in 1957 (died
peacefully at his home in London, after a brief illness)
2006: Don Butterfield (83) American
tuba player; born in Centralia, Washington started in the late 1940s
playing for the CBS and NBC radio networks. He played in orchestras,
including the American Symphony, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and
on albums by Jackie Gleason. In
the 1950s, he switched to jazz, backing such artists as Dizzy Gillespie,
Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Smith and
Moondog. He fronted his own sextet for a 1955 album on Atlantic Records
and played the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In the 1970s he worked as
a session musician. He played on recordings for a variety of artists
and on television and film soundtracks, including The Godfather Part
II. (stroke-related illness)
January 4th 1923.
"Panama" Silvester (65)
US Panama born singer; relocated in Harlem New York, he co-founded
a trio called the Poets in 1964, with singers Donald McPherson and Luther
Simmons Jr., but they soon changed their name to the Insiders and signed
with RCA. After a couple of singles, they changed their name once again
in 1966, to the Main Ingredient, taking the name from a Coke bottle.
They had hits with "You've Been My Inspiration", "I'm
So Proud", "Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)"
and "Black Seeds Keep on Growing," but sadly in 1971 McPherson,
was suddenly taken ill and died unexpectedly of leukemia. Eventually
Cuba Gooding Sr took his place. "Everybody Plays the Fool,"
become the group's biggest hit. After some solo releases Tony, Gooding
and Simmons reunited as the Main Ingredient in 1979, and recorded two
more albums, 1980's Ready for Love and 1981's I Only Have Eyes for You.
The trio reunited for a second time in 1986, recording "Do Me Right".
Simmons was replaced by Jerome Jackson on the 1989 Polydor album I Just
Wanna Love You. In the wake of Aaron Neville's Top Ten revival of "Everybody
Plays the Fool," Gooding resumed his solo career and issued his
third album in 1993. Tony and Simmons re-formed the Main Ingredient
in 1999 with new lead singer Carlton Blount; this line-up recorded Pure
Magic in 2001 (died
after a six-year struggle with multiple myeloma) b. October 7th
2007: Cecil Payne (84)
American Jazz baritone saxophonist, but also played the alto saxophone
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he began his professional recording career
with J. J. Johnson in 1946.
He has played with many jazz greats, in particular Dizzy Gillespie and
Randy Weston, in addition to his solo work as bandleader. He was still
recording regularly for Delmark Records in the 1990s, when he was in
his seventies, and indeed well into the new millennium
(?) b. December 14th
2009: Al Alberts/Al Albertini (87)
singer born in Chester, Philadelphia. As a teenager, Al appeared on
the radio program the Horn and Hardart Children's Hour. After
graduating from South Philadelphia High, he went to Temple University
and into the US Navy, where he met Dave Mahoney. They went on to found
The Four Aces. The Four Aces recorded the song "Three Coins in
the Fountain", the song hit the No.1 spot twice in 1954, and won
the Academy Award. Their biggest hit "Love is a Many Splendored
Thing", the theme to a 1955 movie was at No.1 for four weeks, this
track also won the Academy Award for best song. Al also popularized
the song "On the Way to Cape May", on record , and later on
his television show and specials. Al went on to became a TV personality
in Philadelphia where he also hosted a one-hour Saturday afternoon talent
show, called Al Alberts Showcase (kidney failure)
b. August 10th 1922
2009: Jacques Braunstein (78)
Venezuelan economist, publicist and jazz disc jockey, born in Bucharest.
He studied violin at six and at 13 took up the acoustic bass. He moved
to Brazil with his family before settling in Caracas, Venezuela in the
early 1950s, becoming a Venezuelan citizen in 1955. He studied at the
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning
two post-graduate degrees in economics and chemical industry. Jacques
founded his radio show Idioma del Jazz in 1955 and the Caracas Jazz
Club in 1956 and August 12th 1956, he promoted the first official jazz
concert in Venezuela at Caracas National Theatre
inviting the clarinetist and saxophonist John LaPorta to play. Over
the years he organized many concerts with notables jazz groups led by
the likes of Nat Adderley, Jeff Berlin, Eddie Bert, Randy Brecker, Gary
Burton, Charlie Byrd, Chick Corea, Paco de Lucía, Paquito D'Rivera,
Bill Evans, Maynard Ferguson, Miroslav
Gillespie, Woody Herman, Barney Kessel, Tito Puente, and Paul Winter,
among others. For
many years, he also worked as a foreign correspondent for magazines
such as Billboard, Down Beat and Paris Match. He was honored by the
U. S. Embassy in Venezuela on the 50th anniversary of his weekly jazz
radio show, in virtue of his public profile, his love of jazz, his dedication
and becoming an ambassador of good will for the radio listeners during
more than 2500 continuous editions from 1955 through 2005
b. August 30th 1931.
2009: Bess Lomax Hawes (88) American
folklorist and musician, born in Austin, Texas. Bess learnt piano, guitar
and folk music from a very early age, from her father, twice president
of the American Folklore Society. In the early 1940s she moved to New
York City, where she was active on the folk scene. She was an on-and-off
member of the Almanac Singers and married singer Baldwin "Butch"
Hawes; another fellow Almanac member, Woody Guthrie, taught her mandolin.
She wrote campaign songs for Walter A. O'Brien and co-wrote, with Jacqueline
Steiner, "M.T.A.," a hit for the Kingston Trio. In the 1950s
she moved to California, she taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and folk
singing, as well as playing at local clubs and folk festivals such as
the Newport Folk Festival and the Berkeley Folk Festival. In 1975, Bess
worked in administration at the Smithsonian Institution, where she was
instrumental in organizing the Smithsonian's 1976 Bicentennial Festival
of Traditional Folk Arts on the National Mall. Bess was given an Honorary
Doctorate from the University of North Carolina and the National Medal
of Arts awarded in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Her
memoir, Sing It Pretty, was published by Illinois University Press in
b. January 21st 1921.
2009: Geneviève Joy (90)
French classical and modernist pianist, born in the small commune of
Bernaville in the Somme. Geneviève was a piano prodigy who was
accepted in to the world-renowned Conservatoire de Paris in 1932 at
the age of 12. At the end of World War II in 1945, she formed a duo-piano
partnership with Jacqueline Robin which lasted for forty-five years,
until 1990. Her husband composer Henri Dutilleux, dedicated his Piano
Sonata to her, Geneviève
recorded the sonata for Erato Records in 1988 (died
in her sleep) b. October 4th 1919
2011: Sultan Khan (71)
Indian sarangi player and singer who performed Hindustani classical
music. He was one of the members of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat
Science, with Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell. He was awarded the Padma
Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honor, in 2010 (sadly
died from kidney failure) b. 1940.
2012: Mickey "Guitar" Baker/MacHouston
Baker (87) American
guitarist and songwriter born in Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of
16 he ran away from an orphanage and stayed in New York City. He found
work as a laborer and then a dishwasher, but he gave up work to become
a full-time pool shark. At 19, he wanted to become a jazz musician,
so taught himself guitar. By 1949, he had his own combo, and he went
west where he was introduced to the blues. He returned east where he
did sessions with Little
Willie John- "Need Your Love
So Bad", The Drifters- "Money Honey", Ruth Brown- "(Mama)
He Treats Your Daughter Mean", Big Joe Turner- "Shake, Rattle
Ike & Tina Turner- "It's
Gonna Work Out Fine", as well as Coleman Hawkins, Ivory
Joe Hunter, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan and
many others. >>>
MORE <<< (Mickey passed
away from kidney and heart failure his home
in Montastruc-la-Conseillère, France)
October 15th 1925.
2013: Chet Kruley/Chester J. Krolewicz (89) American
musician, jazz guitarist and music teacher; born in Cambridge, USA and
began his musical career at the age of 19
playing guitar with Fletcher Hendersons Swing Band, making him the first
white guitarist to join an all-black band, breaking the reverse colour
line. Chet supported U.S. Military troops, by providing entertainment
with the USO Camp Shows around the world. At the height of his career,
he played for famous jazz singers and celebrities like Anita ODay, Morgana
King, Robert Goulet, Jimmie
Lunceford, Rich Little, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sid Ceaser,
Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Jackie Gleason and Nat Pierce.
He spent several years as Diana Rosss lead guitarist and performed with
the Supremes and actor Lou Gossett Junior. Chet also taught at Berklee
College of Music and later, began private lessons at Central Music in
Brockton and Ricks Music World.
2014: Érick Bamy aka Érick Stevens
(64) French singer born in Guadeloupe,
Bamy; he was singer in the rhythm 'n'
blues band the Frogeaters from 1967 until 1972, when then the band broke
up. In 1973 he made an appearance in the Jacques Brel film, The Wild
West, before he became part of Johnny Hallyday's vocal group, for which
he also composed some songs. Their collaboration lasted 25 years and
ended in August 2000. Erick then devoted time to his own career and
recorded several albums. In 2010 he was a finalist in French Got talent
called La France a un incroyable talent on M6, and in 2012 he formed
the soul trio Vigon Bamy Jay, along with singers Vigon and Jay Jay Kani;
their debut album The Soul Men went platinum
(sadly died from a fast cancer) b. November
November 28 .
Erich Moritz von Hornbostel (58)
Austrian ethnomusicologist; remembered for his pioneering work in the
field of ethnomusicology, and for the Sachs-Hornbostel system of musical
instrument classification which he co-authored with Curt Sachs (?) b.
1972: William "Havergal" Brian (96)
British classical composer, who at
last acquired a legendary status when his work was rediscovered in the
'50s and '60s, 32 symphonies he had managed to write, an unusually large
number for any composer since Haydn or Mozart, and of which eight were
completed after the age of 90. He is also notable for his creative persistence
in the face of almost total neglect during the greater part of his long
life. Few composers who have fallen into neglect after an early period
of success have continued to produce so many serious and ambitious works
so long after any chance of performance had gone (?)
b. January 29th 1876.
1972: Jimmy Lytell (67) American
clarinetist; his first professional experience came at age 12, and by
the beginning of the 1920s he was recording with jazz ensembles. He
played in the Original Indiana Five in 1921 and the Original Memphis
Five between 1922-25, and also played in the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band in 1922-24. After the 1920s he rarely performed in jazz settings,
spending more time as a studio and orchestra musician. He worked as
a staff musician for NBC during this time. From 1949 into the late 1950s
he appeared in the New Original Memphis Five revival band (?)
b. December 1st 1904
1992: Wayne Bennett (57) American
blues guitarist; he worked with prominent blues musicians such as John
Lee Hooker, Bobby
Bland, Boxcar Willie, Buddy Guy, and Elmore James, as well as with renowned
jazz musicians, Dexter
Stitt. In 1990, he played on Willy DeVille's album Victory Mixture,
also played with such R & B acts as the Chi-Lites, the Lost Generation,
the Hues Corporation; among many others and cut his own record in '68,
an instrumental "Casanova, Your Playing Days are Over"
(?) b. December 13th 1931
1993: Jerry Edmonton/Jerry McCrohan (47)
Canadian drummer; he and his brother
formed the band The Sparrows. John Kay and Goldy McJohn joined the group
in Toronto in 1965, after some more line up changes and relocating to
California, the group was renamed to Steppenwolf. When Steppenwolf temporarily
broke up on Valentine's Day 1972, he and Goldy McJohn formed a band
"Seven" after which they formed "Manbeast" before
Steppenwolf reconvened in '74 for three albums before breaking up again
in 1976 (car crash) b. October 24th 1946.
2001: Kal Mann/Kalman Cohen (84) American
lyricist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he began his career in
entertainment as a comedy writer for Danny Thomas and Red Buttons, until
his friend and songwriter, Bernie Lowe, encouraged him to try writing
lyrics for the music industry. He went on to co-write among many others
Elvis Presley's "Teddy Bear," Bobby Rydell's "Wild One",
and Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again." Charlie
Gracie's "Butterfly and "Fabulous",
just to mention a few of hits many hits. He wrote some songs such as
"Limbo Rock" credited under the pseudonym Jon Sheldon (sadly
taken by the cruel Alzheimer's disease)
b. May 6th 1917.
2002: Dave "Snaker" Ray (59)
American blues singer and guitarist
who was most notably associated with Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover
recording 6 albums. In the 80,s he and Glover released 3 albums and
in 1998, he and Glover joined with Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan
of The Radiators to form The Back Porch Rockers band, which released
the album "By The Water" in 2000 (sadly
lost his battle with cancer)
Tony Meehan (62) English
born in New End, Hampstead, London; he a founder members of the group
The Shadows, along with Jet Harris, Hank B. Marvin and Bruce Welch.
He played drums on all the early Cliff Richard and The Shadows hits
and also played on the early hits the Shadows had as an instrumental
group. In 1961 he went to work as an arranger / producer and occasional
session drummer for Joe Meek and from early 1962 at Decca Records. He
subsequently teamed up again with Jet Harris, who had also left the
Shadows and moved to Decca and as a duo they had great success notably
on the track, "Diamonds" which also included Jimmy Page on
acoustic rhythm guitar. "Diamonds" was a number one hit in
the UK Singles Chart. Tony briefly played with The Shadows some years
later when Brian Bennett was hospitalised. He
quit the music industry in the 1990s for a major career change as a
he died from head injuries after a fall) b.
March 2nd 1943.
2007: Frédéric "Fred"
Chichin (53) French
singer guitarist born in Clichy, France, he
was the lead member of the band Les Rita Mitsouko, along with Catherine
Ringer, whom he met in 1979. Prior to this he
been active in the
rock bands Fassbinder, Taxi Girl and Gazoline (heart failure, following
complications of the cancer which had diagnosed two months earlier)
b. May 1st 1954.
2007: Ashley Titus/Mr.
South African rapper and TV presenter; started making hip hop in the
1980s, as well as hosting a hip hop show on Bush Radio. In the 1990s
he rapped for Cape Flats-based hip hop group Brasse vannie Kaap, who
won an audience that crossed both musical and racial boundaries, attracting
hip hop and rock fans of various ethnic backgrounds; they were also
noted for their prominent use of the Afrikaans language in their music.
With BVK, he also became known for his strong community involvement,
musical focus on Cape Flats issues, and attempts to reach out to youth
imprisoned in local jails. The
1990s also saw Titus present a magazine show simply named Hip Hop for
the MK89 music channel. (heart problems)
b. December 28th 1970.
2011: Thomas Roady (62)
American drummer born in in Alton Illinois; for nearly 40 years
he had been a top studio musician recording with dozens of artists like
Vince Gill, Dixie Chicks, Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Chesney, Etta James, Kenny
Rogers, James Brown, Millie Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Andy Gibb Donovan,
and Art Garfunkel. He toured many years with top acts like James Taylor,
Paul Anka, Phil Driscoll and John Denver. At the time of his death he
was touring with the Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. (tragically
Tom died in his sleep from heart problems while on the Ricky Skaggs
tour bus) b. January 17th 1949.
2012: Franco Ventriglia (90) American
opera singer born in Fairfield, Connecticut and enlisted in the Marine
Corps, serving in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the South Pacific
during World War II. He went on to sing bass in every major European
opera house during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He sang with Luciano Pavarotti
in La bohème and Rigoletto and performed in Samson and Delilah
at La Scala, a performance he considered the highlight of his career.
He returned to the U.S. in 1978, where he continued to perform at venues
including Carnegie Hall, and traveled to perform in southeast Asia,
until his retirement in 2001 (?) b.
October 20th 1922.
2014: Frances Nero née Peak (71) American
soul and jazz singer, born in Asheville, North Carolina. She started
out She started out performing on local radio, and sang lead vocals
with two local groups, the Tams, and the Untils, a group of her school
classmates. She moved to Detroit, married and sang jazz in nightclubs,
before entering a talent contest on WCHB, sponsored by Motown. She became
the first live performance winner in Motown Records's history, emerging
the winner out of 5,000 contestants in June 1965. She was awarded $500,
a dozen long stemmed red roses, a recording contract for one year and
the honor of being the first female artist signed to Motown's subsidiary
Soul label. She released her debut single "Keep On Lovin' Me"
in 1966. She left the music business in the early 70s, but in 1989 she
was contacted by Ian Levine, a British record producer and promoter
of Northern soul music, and they recorded "Footsteps Following
Me", her first recording for 23 years, the single reached No.17
in the UK Singles Chart in 1991, and was dubbed by British disc jockeys
"the soul anthem of the nineties". In the late 90s she formed
her own record label, AJA Records and in 2006, she issued a DVD autobiography,
Mountains, Motown & Motion Pictures (?)
b. March 13th 1943.
Giacomo Puccini (73)
composer, organist; his operas, including La bohème, Tosca, and
Madama Butterfly, are among the most frequently performed in the standard
repertoire. Some of his arias, such as "O mio babbino caro"
from Gianni Schicchi, "Che gelida manina" from La bohème,
and "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, have become part of popular
culture. (throat cancer led his doctors to recommend a new and experimental
radiation therapy treatment, he died of complications from the treatment;
uncontrolled bleeding led to a heart attack the day after surgery) b.
December 22nd 1858
1954: Oliver "Dink" Johnson (62)
American multi musician; played drums with Jelly Roll Morton, clarinet
with the Five Hounds of Jazz and recorded exstensivley mainly on piano.
He worked around Mississippi and New Orleans, before moving to the western
United States in the early 1910s. He played around Nevada and California,
often with his brother Bill. Most prominently he played with the Original
Creole Orchestra, mainly on drums. He
made his first recordings in 1922 on clarinet with Kid Ory's Band. For
many years he was based in LA, where he led a band in the 1920s. He
made more recordings in the '40s and '50s, mostly on piano, also doing
some one-man band recordings, he played all three of his instruments
through over dubbing (died in Portland, Oregon)
October 28th 1892.
1963: Ernesto Lecuona y Casado (68)
Cuban composer and pianist born
in Guanabacoa, Havana.
He composed over six hundred pieces, mostly in the Cuban vein, and was
a pianist of exceptional quality. He was a prolific composer of songs
and music for stage and film. His works consisted of zarzuela, Afro-Cuban
and Cuban rhythms, suites and many songs which are still very famous.
They include Siboney (Canto Siboney), Malagueña and The Breeze
And I (Andalucía). In 1942, his great hit, Always in my heart
(Siempre en mi Corazon) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song; however,
it lost to White Christmas. Lecuona was a master of the symphonic form
and conducted the Ernesto Lecuona Symphonic Orchestra. The Orchestra
performed in the Cuban Liberation Day Concert at Carnegie Hall (died
in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands)
1972: Carl Stalling (81)
American composer and arranger born in Lexington,
Missouri; he was a composer for music in animated films. He is most
closely associated with the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts
produced by Warner Bros., where he averaged one complete score each
week, for 22 years (?) b.
November 10th 1891.
Ann Burton/Johanna Rafalowicz (56)
Dutch jazz singer
born in Amsterdam where her family had to go into hiding because of
her Jewish descent, not to get caught by the German occupiers. Ann started
out singing with a touring combo, at this stage she adopted her stage
name Ann Burton. She next joined the small Amsterdam theatre 'Het Bavohuis',
before she debuted in 1965 with her self titled album, followed by Blue
Burton; Ballads And Burton; Ann Burton Sings For Lovers And Other Strangers;
Misty Burton; and By Myself Alone in 1974. From 1965 to her death Ann
released 20 albums (Unfortunately
in 1980 Johanna
was stricken by a fatal disease of which
after brave and long suffering
she died) b. March 4th 1933.
1998: George Van Eps (85) American
swing and mainstream jazz guitarist
and son of the legendary classic banjo player Fred Van Eps.
called "the Father of the Seven String Guitar", he was
noted both for his recordings as a leader, and for his work as a session
musician. He was also the author of instructional books that explored
his approach to guitar-based harmony. He was well known as a pioneer
of the seven-string guitar, which allowed him to incorporate sophisticated
bass lines into his improvisation. He was a strong influence on later
seven-string players such as Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, and John
b. August 7th 1913.
1999: Curtis Knight/Curtis McNear (54)
he worked and recorded
with Jimi Hendrix in the early 60's and introduced Hendrix to Ed Chalpin
who had him sign a contract that gave Hendrix only 1% of any royalties
that his recordings earned. In
the 70s Curtis
moved to London, England where he formed the group "Curtis Knight
& Zeus", and toured throughout Europe, relying on his "Hendrix"
connection for many years (?) b. 1945.
2001: Mic Christopher (32)
Irish singer and songwriter born in the Bronx,
New York, but he moved back to Dublin with his parents. In 1990 Christopher
formed the band, the Mary Janes with former Kila bass player and fellow
busker, Karl Odlum, with Simon Goode on guitar and Steven Hogan on drums.
Over the following years The Mary Janes played everywhere from the Feile
and the Fleadh music festivals in Ireland, to Glastonbury Festival in
England, to the CMJ in New York. The band also performed a six week
stint in Bosnia with the War Child charity organization. The Mary Janes
finally split in 1999 and Christopher embarked on a three month solo
tour of Victoria, Australia. Mic had been working on a solo album entitled
Skylarkin' prior to his death. (while in
Groningen, Netherlands, after he had played his set, Mic was found unconscious,
having apparently struck his head on some steps following a fall. On
arrival at a local hospital, he was found to have lapsed into a coma
as a result of severe swelling to the brain. Sadly he never regained
b. September 21st 1969.
2001: George Harrison (58) English
rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author, film producer and sitarist
born in Liverpool; he is best known as the lead guitarist and youngest
member of The Beatles. Following the band's demise, he had a successful
career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys,
a super group where he was known as both Nelson Wilbury and Spike Wilbury.
(sadly lost to lung cancer)
b. February 25th
Jim Nesbitt (76)
American country comic singer; his first hit "Please Mr. Kennedy"
reached No.1, he recorded over 200 tunes including "A Tiger In
My Tank", "New Frontier" "Lookin' For More In '64"
(died after battling a heart condition for several
years) b. December 1st 1931.
2007: Tom Gerald Terrell (57) was a
music journalist, photographer, deejay, promoter, and NPR music reviewer.
He made his mark as a radio personality and concert promoter, impacting
the music scene as a programmer for WHFS and WPFW, and was an early
force behind d.c. space, its non-profit offshoot, District Curators
Inc., and the Nightclub 9:30. Blessed with a honey baritone "radio
voice" and encyclopedic music knowledge, his pioneering radio shows
included "Stolen Moments" on WPFW, and "Sunday Reggae
Splashdown" and "Café C'est What" on WHFS. His
perceptive music journalism was carried in the Unicorn Times, the Washington
City Paper, JazzTimes, Vibe, Essence, Emerge, Savoy, JAZZIZ, Trace,
Village Voice, MTV Magazine, Down Beat Magazine, and Global Rhythms,
to name a few. He was a life-long musicologist who recognized talent
and trends long before they became popular, and, until his death from
, worked to promote new acts in jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, and world
music (sadly Tom died after battling prostate
2010: John Gerrish (100) American
composer, best known for The Falcon, a cappella piece for SATB based
on the Middle or Early Modern English Corpus Christi Carol. Other better-known
works include Variations on a Burgundian Carol for 3 Recorders, based
on the carol Patapan, published in New York by Associated Music Publishers
in 1957, I Sing A Maiden-1953, Fifteen Christmas melodies for soprano
recorder and piano-1954, and the piano solos Country Dance, Mountain
Climbing and 'South Wind-1954 (?)
b. August 14th 1910
2010: Peter Hofmann (66) German
operatic tenor, born in born in Marienbad, German Sudetenland (now modern
Mariánské Lázne, Czech Republic) and grew up in
Darmstadt. He made his professional opera debut in 1972 as Tamino in
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute at Theater Lübeck and
sang his first Siegmund in Richard Wagner's Die Walküre, a role
which he became closely associated with, at the Wuppertal Opera in 1974.
Peter wnet on to have a successful performance career within the fields
of opera, rock, pop, and musical theatre. He first rose to prominence
in 1976 as a heldentenor at the Bayreuth festival where he drew critical
acclaim for his performance of Siegmund in Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.
He was active as one of the world's leading Wagnerian tenors over the
next decade, performing roles like Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegfried, and
Tristan at major opera houses and festivals internationally
(Peter sadly died of dementia and Parkinson's disease) b. August
2013: Oliver Cheatham (65) American
singer born in Detroit, Michigan and was a member of several local groups
including The Young Sirs, Mad Dog And The Pups and Gaslight before releasing
a single, "Hard Times". After playing in a few more bands
he was signed by MCA Records as a solo singer. His first chart success
came in 1983 with his co-penned "Get Down Saturday Night",
which was a chart hit on both sides of the Atlantic. He returned to
the UK charts in 2003, with his No.1 single, "Make Luv", which
sampled "Get Down Saturday Night", though he re-recorded his
vocal parts for later releases. The track was featured on a commercial
for Lynx deodorant on British TV. Its success in the UK led Oliver to
relocate to Surrey, England and he recorded in London for the Native
Soul record label (sadly
Oliver died following a heart attack in his sleep) b. 1948.
2013: Dick Dodd/Joseph Richard Dodd Jr (68)
American actor, singer and drummer, born in Hermosa Beach, CA; he joined
the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of nine in 1955, its first
season. He was later a member of two surf rock bands, The Bel-Airs and
Eddie & the Showmen, which he formed with Eddie Bertrand. He appeared
as a dancer in the 1963 film musical Bye Bye Birdie and had television
guest roles in the 1960s. Dick was drummer and vocalist for The Standells
starting in 1964. Their biggest hit, "Dirty Water", recorded
in 1965, became an anthem for sports fans in Boston with its refrain
of "Boston, you're my home". He continued to perform occasionally,
including as Dick Dodd and the Dodd Squad and in some reunions of the
Standells from the 1980s onwards, making his last performance with them
in 2012 (sadly died while fighting cancer)
b. October 27th 1945.
2014: Luc De Vos (52) Belgian
lead singer, guitarist and writer, born in the village of Wippelgem
near Ghent. In 1989 Luc was a founding member of of the Belgian rock
band Gorky, which not long after changed its name to Gorki. In 1990,
the group finished 3rd in Humo's Rock Rally and in 1991 the band had
their first hit single with 'Anja'. This was followed by other hits
including 'Lieve kleine piranha', 'Schaduw in de schemering' and 'Joerie'.
Luc was a band member until his death. As well as his life with the
band, Luc guested on many TV programmes and voiced VW bus in the Flemish
version of the Disney movie Cars. He also wrote columns for, among others,
Flemish radio station Studio Brussel and the Ghent city magazine Zone
09, as well as writing several books, the most recent of which, Paddenkoppenland/Toadheadsland,
was described by many as an autobiography even though Luc himself denied
this (sadly Luc passed away as a result
of acute organ failure) b. July 12th 1962.
2014: Jon Ster (52) American
rock guitar and keyboards with the New Orleans hard rock band Lillian
Axe. Their classic line-up came together when Stiff members which were
Ron Taylor teamed up with Lillian Axe members Rob
Blaze, and Danny King in 1987. Success came with their 3rd album Poetic
Justice, released in 1992, which produced the hit single, "True
Believer". On May 16th 2010, Lilian Axe became the first hard rock
act to be inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. After the
band split Jon went on to co-form the band Brand New Machine in the
late 90s (sadly
Jon died from heart failure) b. 1962
Wilhelm Furtwängler (68) German
conductor born in Berlin; At his first concert, he led the Kaim Orchestra
- Munich Philharmonic, in Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. After which
held posts at Munich, Lübeck, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Vienna, before
securing a job at the Berlin Staatskapelle in 1920, and in 1922 at the
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and concurrently at the prestigious Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1925 he appeared as
guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, making return
visits in the following two years. Later he became music director
of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Festival and the
Bayreuth Festival. In 1949 he accepted the position of principal conductor
of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and made a notable appearence with
Philharmonia Orchestra, in London, May 22, 1950
January 25th 1886
1955: Josip tolcer-Slavenski (59)
Croatian composer born in Cakovec, Austria-Hungary,
present day Croatia. He started his career as a music teacher in Zagreb
in 1923 but, in 1924, he moved to Belgrade. To some his is best works
are incorporated in a symphony named Simfonija Orienta for soloists,
choir and orchestra as well as in another symphony Balkanofonija. Further
he composed numerous piano works, violin sonatas, string quartets, and
solos; his best-known choir songs are Voda zvira and Romarska
b. May 11th 1896
1957: Beniamino Gigli (67)
Italian operatic tenor born in Recanati,
in the Marche, he was one of the most famous tenors of his generation,
he was renowned internationally for the great beauty of his voice and
the soundness of his vocal technique. In 1914, he won first prize in
an international singing competition in Parma. His operatic debut came
on October 15th 1914 when he played Enzo in Amilcare Ponchielli's La
Gioconda in Rovigo, following which he was in great demand. He went
on to perform in most of the top opera theatres. Before his retirement
in 1955, Beniamino
undertook an exhausting world tour of Farewell Concerts. In his two
remaining years he prepared his Memoirs
(died in Rome)
b. March 20th 1890
1964: Don Redman (64) American
jazz trumpeter, who began playing the trumpet
at the age of 3, joined his first band at 6 years and by the age of
12 he was proficient on all wind instruments ranging from trumpet to
oboe as well as piano. In 1922 he joined the Fletcher Henderson orchestra,
mostly playing clarinet and saxophones. He soon began assisting in writing
arrangements, and did much to formulate the sound that was to become
big band Swing. Notable musicians in his own band included Sidney De
Paris, trumpet, Edward Inge, clarinet, and singer Harlan Lattimore,
who was known as "The Colored Bing Crosby". He also did arrangements
for other band leaders and musicians, including Paul Whiteman, Isham
Jones, and Bing Crosby. Most consider him first great arranger in jazz
history (died in New York)
b. July 29th 1900.
Joyce Irene Grenfell OBE née Phipps (69) English
actress, comedienne, diseuse singer-songwriter, born in London and had
a priveleged upbringing, finishing her education in Paris. She made
her stage debut in 1939 in the Little Revue. In 1942 she wrote what
became her signature song "I'm Going to See You Today".
During WWII, she toured Nth Africa, Southern Italy, the Middle East
and India with her pianist Viola Tunnard performing for British troops.
Her singing and comedic talents on stage led to her acting career in
motion picture comedies.
Her last of 24 films which included 3 St.Trinian films was The Yellow
Rolls-Royce in 1964. Joyce also was a writer for the BBC, but maybe
is now best remembered for her one-woman shows and monologues, in which
she invented roles including a harassed nursery teacher..."George
- don't do that", and she made frequent appearances on the BBC's
music quiz show, Face the Music. In '89, her wartime journals were published
under the title The Time of My Life: Entertaining the Troops
(sadly Joyce died after a brave battle with cancer) b.
1988: Charlie Rouse (64) American
hard bop tenor saxophonist and flautist, born in Washington, DC; well
known for his work with the
highly influential Thelonious Monk's quartet, a period which lasted
from 1959 to 1970. He was later a founding member of the group Sphere,
which began as a tribute to Monk. He also worked with Mal Waldron's
asteroid "(10426) Charlierouse" was officially named to honor
2007 by its discoverer, the American planetary scientist and astronomer
Joe Montani, an ardent fan of Monk and Rouse (sadly
died after a battle with lung cancer) b.
April 6th 1924.
1993: David Houston (57)
American country music singer born in Bossier City, Louisiana;
In 1963, he rose to national stardom with the single "Mountain
of Love"; the song, which rose to No.2 on Billboard's Hot Country
Singles chart and his 1965's "Livin' in a House Full of Love".
1966, Houston released his international breakthrough "Almost Persuaded".
David was awarded 2 Grammy Awards for Best Country & Western Recording
and Best Country & Western Performance, Male in 1967 for "Almost
Persuaded". This was followed by a string of top five singles through
1973, including six more number ones: "With One Exception"
and "You Mean the World to Me" (1967); "Have a Little
Faith" and "Already It's Heaven" (1968); "Baby,
Baby (I Know You're a Lady)" (1970); and 1967's "My Elusive
Dreams" duet with Tammy Wynette. In later years, Houston dueted
with Barbara Mandrell on several of her early hits, most notably 1970's
"After Closing Time" and 1974's "I Love You, I Love You"
(David was sadly taken by
a brain aneurysm) b. December 9th 1935.
1994: Connie Kay/Conrad Henry Kirnon (67)
American jazz drummer; he was a self-taught musician and played
in the Lester Young quintet from 1949-55 before joining the Modern Jazz
Quartet in '55 until the group's dissolution in 1974, recording 41 albums
with them. At this time he also recorded 13 albums with Milt Jackson
between 1955-64. Other musicians he recorded and worked with include
Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Bobby Timmons,
Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley and others. He also played drums on
Van Morrison's seminal LPs Astral Weeks, "Saint Dominic's Preview"
and on 3 tracks on Tupelo Honey (?) b.
April 27th 1927.
Walker (23) American rapper and hip hop producer from New
York City; he featured in the films Juice; Who's the Man?; Bullet, and
contributed to the soundtrack Above the Rim, but is perhaps most famous
for his close affliation with Tupac Shakur during the early 1990s, and
was part of the hip hop group "Live Squad" (tragically
he was murdered by being shot twice in the back by three men who pulled
up alongside his green minivan at 112th Ave. and 209th St. in Queens
Village while he was driving. His minivan smashed into a tree and hit
a parked car before flipping over) b. April
1996: Tiny Tim/Herbert Buckingham Khaury (64)
US singer, ukulele; most famous for his rendition of 'Tiptoe Through
The Tulips' sung in his distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice. He
was generally thought of as a novelty act, though his records display
a wide knowledge of American songs. In August 1970 he performed at the
"Isle of Wight Festival 1970" in front of a crowd of 600,000
people. His performance, which included English folk songs and rock
and roll classics, was a huge hit with the multinational throng of hippies.
At the climax of his set, he sang "There'll Always Be an England"
through a megaphone which brought the huge crowd to its feet. This can
be seen in the 1995 movie of the event, "Message to Love".
In 2000, the Rhino Handmade label released the posthumous Tiny Tim Live
at the Royal Albert Hall. This recording had been made in 1968 at the
height of Tiny Tim's fame, but Reprise Records never released it. It
sat on the shelf until its limited Internet release some 32 years later.
The limited-numbered CD sold out and was reissued on Rhino's regular
label (he suffered a heart attack on stage at
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis and was rushed to Hennepin County Medical
Center where he died after doctors tried to resuscitate him for an hour
and fifteen minutes)
b. April 12th 1932.
1999: Charlie Byrd (74)
American jazz and classical guitarist; he played a classical guitar
with nylon strings using fingerstyle. He collaborated on the famous
1962 album Jazz Samba with Stan Getz, a recording which pushed bossa
nova into the mainstream of American music. During
the late 50s he toured Europe with Woody Herman as part of a US State
Department "goodwill tour". He also led his own groups that
at times featured his brother Joe Byrd, and other great musicians. In
1997 he was deemed a "Maryland Art Treasure" by the Community
Arts Alliance, in 1999 he was knighted by the government of Brazil as
a Knight of the Rio Branco (lung cancer)
b. September 16th 1925.
(or Dec 1st) Don "Sugarcane" Harris (61) US Blues,
jazz and rock violinist and guitarist; was given the nickname "Sugarcane"
by LA bandleader Johnny Otis. He started an act called Don and Dewey
in the mid 1950s. In the 1960s he played exclusively the electric violin,
as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa,
most recognized for his appearances on the Mothers of Invention albums
Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. His lead
vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly
From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the
lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered
highlights of those albums. The 1970's sees him fronting the Pure Food
and Drug Act (sadly died from pulmonary disease)
b. June 19th 1938.
2000: Scott Smith (45)
Canadian bassist born in Winnipeg,
Manitoba; he was the original bassist for the Canadian rock band Loverboy,
best known for their hit singles "Working for the Weekend"
and "Turn Me Loose", although their U.S. Top Ten hits were
"Lovin' Every Minute of It" in 1985 and "This Could Be
the Night" in 1986. (Scott was sailing
with two friends off the coast of San Francisco near the Golden Gate
Bridge, when a freak 26-foot wave swept him overboard. A four-hour search
was conducted in vain. Experts say he could not have survived more than
two and a half hours in waters that cold) b. February 13th 1955.
2006: Elhadi Adam Elhadi/Al-Hadi
Adam Al-Hadi (79) Sudanese
writer and song writer born in El-Helalelih village, Al Jazirah State
in central Sudan on the bank of the Blue Nile. He became well known
in Sudan and in the Arab world when his poem, "Agadan Algak"
/ "Tomorrow I Hope to Meet You" was sung by the pioneer Egyptian
singer Umm Kulthum. The poem was selected by the diva Umm Kulthum among
tens of poems offered to her during her visit to Sudan in 1968. She
delayed to sing the song because of the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser,
but later sang it in May 1971 on stage of the Cinema Gasser el-nil or
Nile Palace, which was composed by Egyptian composer Muhammed Abdelwahab.
Elhadi was a prolific writer and has several collections of poems. The
most known of his work is Koukh Al-Ashwag from mid 1960s, considered
by critics to be the best of his work
(?) b. 1927
2008: Munetaka Higuchi (49)
Japanese drummer born in Nara Nara, during his high school years Munetaka
played in seven different bands, before forming the band Lazy with friend
Akira Takasaki. The musical pair next formed the metal band Loudness
in 1981. During his time with Loudness, Munetaka released his first
solo album, Destruction, in 1983. He left Loudness to concertrate on
his solo career and work on side projects, including Sly, Bloodcircus,
Rose of Rose, and the Rock 'n' Roll Standard Club Band. In 1997, as
"Munetaka Higuchi & Dream Castle", he released the album
Free World. The band featured many famous musicians from the jazz and
rock/metal spheres, like Steve Vai, Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan, Ty
Tabor, Terry Bozzio, T. M. Stevens, Ronnie James Dio, Richie Kotzen
and others. The album was released in February 1997 in Japan. He returned
to Loudness in 2001, maintaining his high profile in the metal genre.
(liver cancer) b. December 24th 1958.
Monty Sunshine (82)
jazz clarinetist born in Stepney, London; revered by traditionalist
fans the world over, he is maybe most famous to many, for his clarinet
solo on the track "Petite Fleur", a million seller for the
Chris Barber Jazz Band in 1959. He was a member of Chris Barber's band
for seven years, participating fully in the band's overseas travels,
including the 1959 American tour, and making many recordings. Eventually
he felt less comfortable with Barber's musical direction and left in
1961 to form his own band, sticking firmly to the "trad" style.
Monty also worked with The Eager Beavers, The Crane River Jazz Band,
Beryl Bryden, George Melly, Johnny Parker, Diz Disley and Donegan's
Dancing Sushine Band (?)
b. April 9th 1928.
J. Blackfoot/John Colbert (65) American soul singer, born
in Greenville, Mississippi, moving to Memphis, Tennessee with his family
as a child. After a short stint in Tennessee State Penitentiary he recorded
a single under his own name and aafter the tragic plane crash that claimed
the lives of Otis Redding and four members of The Bar-Kays, he joined
the reconstituted group as lead singer, and performed with them for
several months but did not record. In 1968 he became a founding member
The Soul Children and produced 15 hits on the R&B chart, including
three that crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, and recorded seven
albums over thenext 10 years. The Soul Children disbanded in 1979, after
which he had a successful solo career. His biggest hit was "Taxi",
which reached the charts in both the US and UK in 1984 (sadly
died fighting cancer) b.
November 20th 1946.
2011: Nelly Byl (92) Belgian songwriter
in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, who wrote over 2000 songs in Dutch and other
languages. She wrote some 200 songs for Will Tura, as well as songs
for artists such as Conny Vandenbos' "Raak me niet aan"-1963
and the Gibson Brothers "Que Sera Mi Vida"-1980 (?)
March 25th 1919.
2011: Kuldeep Manak/Latif Mohammed (62)
Indian Punjabi language singer known for singing a genre of Punjabi
songs called kaliyan. He left his birth place Bathinda and went to Ludhiana
to pursue his career and started singing with the duo Harcharan Grewal
and Seema. In 1976 his first LP 'Ik Tara' included the songs 'Tere Tilley
Ton', 'Chheti Kar Sarwan Bachcha' and 'Garh Mughlane Dian Naaran'. Further
albums included 'Ichhran Dhaahan Maardi', 'Sahiban Da Tarla', and 'Sahiban
Bani Bharaawan Di' (sadly Kuldeep passed away with pneumonia)
b. November 15th 1949.
2011: Benyamin Sönmez (28)
Turkish cellist born to musical Turkish parents in Bremen, Germany and
returned to Aksehir, a town in Konya Province,Turkey at the age of three.
By the time he was 17, having proved his superior musical skills with
his father's band, he came first in the national cello contest. He was
given a place within BBC soloists in 2000. He won a special award at
the International Young Concert Artists Contest organized in Leipzig,
Germany in 2001 and was a prize winner in the 2006 International Adam
Cello Festival and Competition in New Zealand that was chaired by Rostropovich.
He received great admiration at each country he visited, and had a rich
repertoire including modern composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Giya
Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Ástor Piazzolla, Dmitri Shostakovich
and Zoltán Kodály as well as the composers of Baroque
and other eras (Tragically Benyamin died
after suffering a heart attack)
b. January 16th 1983.
2012: Keletigui Diabate (81)
Malian musician, one of the greatest figures in Malian contemporary
music, master of
the balafon, a xylophone-like
wooden-keyed percussion instrument. He
became the first to popularise the
West African balafon, in the west. He
founded one of Mali's first bands Formation A in the 60s and played
with guitarist Salif Keita in the band Ambassadors. He also performed
with Mali's Symmetric Orchestra
(?) b. 1931
2013: Tabu Ley Rochereau/Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi
Tabu (76) Congolese
rumba singer, born in Bagata, in the then Belgian Congo.His musical
career took off in 1956 when he sung with Joseph "Le Grand Kallé"
Kabasele and his band L'African Jazz. He sang in the pan-African hit
Indépendance Cha Cha which propelled him to instant fame. He
stayed with African Jazz until 1963 when he and Dr Nico Kasanda formed
their own group, African Fiesta. Two years later, Tabu Ley formed African
Fiesta National, also known as African Fiesta Flash. The group became
one of the most successful bands in African history, recording African
classics like Afrika Mokili Mobimba and surpassing record sales of one
million copies by 1970. Tabu Ley also went into polopics after President
Mobutu Sese Seko was deposed in 1997. In November 2005 Tabu Ley was
appointed Vice-Governor of Kinshasa, a position devolved to his party,
the Congolese Rally for Democracy by the 2002 peace agreements. He also
served as provincial minister of culture. He was said to have fathered,
different women), up to 68
children, including the French rapper Youssoupha
(Tabu died from complications
after suffering a stroke)
b. November 13th 1937