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Georgina Anderson (English singer)*14.Nov.2013.
October 1st .
1997: Sam Verlinden (New
Zealander child singer, actor)
1987: Hiroki Aiba (Japanese actor,
1985: Dizzee Rascal/Dylan Mills (UK
rapper; Roll Deep/solo)
1986: Sayaka Kanda (Japanese singer)
1985: Ryo Miyamori (Japanese singer;
1982: Sandra Oxenryd (Swedish singer;
won Fame Factory in 2005)
1976: Richard Oakes
(UK guitar; Suede)
(Australian rapper, lyricist; Syllabolix Crew)*20.Oct.2011.
Duffy (Irish singer, actor; Boyzone)
1972: Esa Holopainen (Finnish guitarist; Amorphis)
Bolo/Rolando Ephraim McLean
(Jamaican reggae singer, musician)
1969: Ori Kaplan (Israeli jazz saxophonist)
1959: Youssou N'dour (Senegalese singer, percussionist)
1958: Martin Cooper (UK sax; Orchestral Manoeuvres
In The Dark)
1955: Howard Hewett (US singer, piano, guitar;
1952: Ivan Sekyra
rock guitarist, vocalist; Abraxas/Drakar/others)*30.June.2012.
1950: Jeane Manson (US
1950: Elpida Karayiannopoulou
(Greek singer; Eurovision contestant/Sokrati/Tora Zo)
1948: Michael "Cub" Koda (US vocals,
harmonica, guitar; Brownsville Station)*01.July.2000.
1948: Mariska Veres (Dutch singer; Shocking Blue)*02.Dec.2006.
1947: Martin Turner
(UK bass guitarist, Vocals; Wishbone Ash).
1947: Rob Davis (UK guitar; Mud)
1947: Jane Dornacker (US singer, keyboardist, actress; Leila And
1945: Ellen McIlwaine (US singer, songwriter)
1945: Donny Hathaway (US singer, Keyboards, Piano)*13.Jan.1979.
1944: Scott McKenzie (US singer)
1943: Jerry Martini (US saxophonist; Sly and The Family Stone)
1943: Angèle Arsenault (Canadian-Acadian singer, songwriter,
Herb Fame/Herbert Feemster (singer; Peaches
1940: Steve O'Rourke
(UK band manager; Pink Floyd)*30.Oct.2003.
1940: Barbara Parritt (R&B singer; Toys)
folk singer, songwriter)*01.Aug.2013.
Ravinale (Italian composer, music educator)*07.April.2013.
Julio Jaramillo (Ecuadorian singer)*09.Feb.1978.
1935: Julie Andrews (UK singer, actress)
1935: Walter De Maria (USA drummer, sculptor,
composer; The Primitives/others)*25.July.2013.
1932: Albert Collins (US legendary blues
1931: Sylvano Bussotti (Italian composer
of contemporary music, violin)
1930: Sir Richard Harris (Irish actor, singer)*25.Oct.2002.
(US doo-wop singer;The Robins/The
Coasters Mark II)*04.Jan.2011.
Uccio Aloisi (Italian traditional music singer; Li Ucci/solo)*21.Oct.2010.
Floyd "Buddy" McRae (American
singer; The Chords/Chordcats)*19.March.2013.
1924: Roger Williams/Louis Wertz (US singer,
Gesang Martohartono (Indonesian singer-songwriter)*20.May.2010.
1903: Vladimir Horowitz (Russian piano virtuoso)*05.Nov.1989.
1893: Cliff Friend (US
1865: Paul Abraham Dukas (French
composer, teacher of classical music)*17.May.1935.
1771: Pierre Baillot (French violinist, composer;
of the Paris Opéra)*15.Sept.1842.
1644: Alessandro Stradella (Italian composer;
1994: Joshua Vargas (UK performer, singer).
1990: Samantha Barks (Manx singer, actress).
1982: George Pettit (Canadian singer; Alexisonfire)
1980: Gil Ribeiro (Portuguese guitarist, singer, lyricist; The Crew)
1979: Maja Ivarsson (Swedish singer; The Sounds)
1978: Ayu/Ayumi Hamasaki (Japanese singer)
1976: 'Mandisa' Lynn Hundley (US singer)
1974: Sam Roberts (Canadian singer, songwriter)
1973: Proof/DeShaun Holton (US rapper; D12)*11.April.2006.
1973: Lene G Nystrom (Norweigan lead singer; Aqua/solo)
1973: LaTocha "Meatball"
Scott (singer; Xscape)
1971: LeShaun/Selina Thomspon
1971: James Root (US guitarist; Slipknot)
1971: Tiffany/Tiffany Darwisch (US singer)
1969: Badly Drawn Boy/Damon Gough (UK indie singer, songwriter,
1968: Jeff Martin (Canadian singer/songwriter; The Tea Party)
1967: Gillian Welch (US singer, guitar, songwriter)
1967: Bud Gaugh (US drummer; Sublime/Eyes Adrift)
1962: James Hunter (UK singer)
1962: Sigtryggur Baldursson (Icelandic drummer; The Sugarcubes)
1960: Robbie Nevil (US singer, songwriter)
1960: Al Connelly
(Canadian guitarist; Glass Tiger).
1956: Freddie Jackson (US soul singer)
1955: Phil Oakey (UK keyboards, vocals; Human League)
1952: Wahed Wafa (Afghan singer)
1952: John Otway (UK singer, songwriter, guitarist; Otway &
1951: Romina Power (American born Italian singer, actress)
1951: Sting /Gordon Sumner (UK singer, bassist, songwriter, actor)
1950: Mike Rutherford (UK guitar, bass; Genesis/Mike & The
1949: Richard Hell/Richard Meyers (US vocalist, bass; Voidoids;
originator of the punk fashion look)
1948: Chris LeDoux (US singer, guitarist, rodeo performer; Garth
Wando/Wanderley Alves dos Reis (Brazilian singer,
1945: Don McLean (US singer, guitarist, songwriter)
1941: Ron Meagher (US bassist; Beau Brummels)
1941: Jean Vallée/Paul Goeders
(Belgian songwriter and singer)*12.March.2014.
1939: Johnny Ranse/John Ransom (UK rhythm guitar, vocals; Johnny
& Mike with the Shades)
1939: Lolly Vegas/Lolly Vasquez (US guitar, vocals; Redbone)*04.March.2010.
Indian-born multi saxophonist, clarinet player, arranger)*12.Dec.1991.
1933: Phill Niblock
(US composer, filmmaker, videographer)
1929: Howard Roberts
(US jazz guitarist, educator, session musician)*28.June.1992.
1925: Phil Urso
(US jazz tenor saxophonist and composer)*07.April.2008.
1914: Bernarr Rainbow
(UK historian of music, organist, choir master)*17.March.1998.
1901: Alice Prin (French
nightclub singer, artists' model, actress, painter)*29.April.1953
1893: Leroy Shield (US
film score, radio composer; Our Gang/Laurel and Hardy)*09.Jan.1962.
1987: Kaci/Kaci Lyn Battaglia (US singersongwriter,
dancer, actress, kickboxing instructor).
1984: Ashlee Simpson (US singer)
1980: Danny O'Donoghue (Irish singer; The Script)
1979: Shannyn Sossamon (US actress, DJ, appeared videos for Mick
1978: Jake Shears/Jason Sellards (US singer; Scissor Sisters)
1975: India Arie Simpson (US singer, songwriter, multi-musicain)
1974: Talib Kweli Green (US emcee, rap artist)
1972: Garrett Dutton (singer, guitarist; G. Love & Special
1972: Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (hip-hop artist;
1971: Kevin Richardson (US singer; Backstreet Boys)
1969: Gwen Stefani (US singer; No Doubt/solo)
1969: Tetsu/Tetsuya Ogawa (Japanese bassist;
1966: Frank Hannon (US rock guitarist; Tesla).
1962: Tommy Lee (US drummer, Motley Crue)
1961: Robbie Jaymes (UK singer; Modern Romance)
1959: Jack Wagner (actor, singer)
1957: Tim Westwood (UK rap DJ, presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rap
1955: Douglas Allen Woody (US guitarist; Allman Brothers/Gov't
1954: Stevie Ray Vaughan (US guitarist/singer, Double Trouble/solo)*27.Aug.1990.
1951: Keb' Mo' /Kevin Moore (US blues singer, guitarist, songwriter)
1950: Ronald "Ronnie" Laws (US sax, flutist; Earth Wind
Phyllis Nelson (US
1949: Lindsay Buckingham (US guitar, vocals; Fleetwood Mac/solo)
1947: John Perry Barlow (US poet, essayist, songwriter; lyricist
for the Grateful Dead)
1946: Mike Clark (US drummer; the Headhunters/sessionist/freelance/guest).
1945: Antonio Martinez (Spanish lead guitarist; Los Bravos)*1990
1941: Chubby Checker/Ernest Evans (US singer; The Checkmates)
1940: Alan O'Day (US songwriter, singer)*17.May.2013.
1939: Mike Smith/Larry Michael Smith (US songwriter, singer)
1938: Eddie Cochran (US singer, guitarist, drummer, bassist, songwriter)*17.April.1960.
1938: Tereza Kesovija (Croatian
singer, songwriter, flutist)
1936: Steve Reich (American composer; pioneer of minimalism)
1934: Koo Nimo/Daniel Amponsah (Ghanaian singer-songwriter, guitarist,
Karol Szymanowski (Polish composer, pianist)*28.March.1937.
1828: Woldemar Bargiel (German composer, pianist)*23.Feb.1897.
1989: Lil Mama/Niatia Jessica Kirkland (American
1989: Stacey Solomon (English singer; 2009 X Factor finalist)
1986: Yuridia Francisca Gaxiola Flores (Mexican singer).
1985: Shontelle Layne (Barbados born singer)
1984: Lena Katina/Katina Sergeevna (Russian singer, the good girl;
1983: Ueda Tatsuya (Japanese singer; KAT-TUN).
1982: YolanDa Brown (UK jazz saxophonist, composer).this
is not Yolanda "LaLa"
1981: Juka/Fujimoto Hiroki (Japanese singer).
1971: Darren Middleton (Australian guitarist, singer; Powderfinger/Drag).
1971: Friderika Bayer (Hungarian singer; Eurovision Song Contest
1970: Andy Parle (British drummer; Space)*01.Aug.2009.
1967: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin (Hong Kong actor, Cantopop singer).
1965: Fred "Skip" Heller (US singer, guitarist, composer,
1965: Neil Sims (English drummer, Catherine Wheel).
1964: FrancisM/Master Rapper/The Mouth/The Man From Manila/Francis
Magalona (Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor,
1962: Jon Secada (Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer, songwriter).
1961: Philippe Russo (French singer).
1959: Chris Lowe (UK keyboardist, singer; Pet Shop Boys).
Yngve Moe (Norwegian bass guitarist;
with a Stranger/others)*17.April.2013.
1957: Barbara Kooyman (singer, song writer; Timbuk 3)
1947: Ronnie Leahy
(Scottish keyboardist; Jack Bruce/Jon Anderson/Nazareth)
1947: James Fielder (US bassist; Blood Sweat & Tears).
1947: Julien Clerc/Paul-Alain Leclerc (French singer).
1946: Bridget St John (English singer/songwriter, guitarist)
1945: Clifton D. Davis (actor,singer, songwriter)
1944: Rocío Dúrcal/María
de los Ángeles de Las Heras Ortíz
(Spanish singer, actress)*25.March.2006.
1943: Florian Pittis (Romanian stage &
TV actor, folk singer, radio producer)*05.Aug.2007.
1942: Marshall M. Jones (US piano/drums; Ike Turner Band)
1942: Bernice Johnson Reagon (American singer, composer).
1937: Lloyd Green (US steel guitar; session musician)
1929: Leroy Van Dyke (American C&W vocals)
1928: Torben Ulrich (Danish musician, writer, filmmaker, tennis
1919: Geneviève Joy (French
classical and modernist pianist)*27.Nov.2009.
1917: Violeta Parra
(Chilean folklorist, musician, visual artist)*05.Feb.1967.
Frederic Weatherly (English lawyer, author, lyricist)*07.Sept.1929.
1985: Nicola Roberts (UK vocals; Girls Aloud)
1980: Paul Thomas (US bassist; Good Charlotte)
1978: James Burgon Valentine (US guitar; Maroon 5)
1977: Kele Le Roc (UK R&B singer)
1974: Heather Headley (Trinidadian-American soul singer, songwriter,
record producer, actress)
1974: Colin Meloy (US
singer, songwriter, guitar; The Decemberist/solo)
1964: Dave Dederer (US guitar, singer; Presidents Of The U.S.A.)
1961: David Bryson (US guitar; Counting Crows)
1960: Paul Heard (UK bassist, keyboards; M People)
1957: Lee Thompson (UK saxophonist, vocals; Madness)
1955: Leo Barnes (Irish saxophone, vocals; Hothouse Flowers)
1953: Russell Mael (US vocals; The Sparks)
1951: Bob Geldof (Irish singer, songwriter, political activist;
1952: Harold Faltermeyer/Harald Faltermeier (German keyboard,synthesizer,composer;
1950: "Fast" Eddie Clarke (UK guitarist; Fastway/Motorhead)
Yashiki Takajin (Japanese singer-songwriter,
1949: B W Stevenson/Louis Charles Stevenson (US singer, songwriter,
1948: Prince Gideon Israel/Carter
(US singer; Cornelius Bro's & Sister
1948: Lucius "Tawl" Ross (US rhythm guitar; Funkadelic/solo)
1947: Brian Johnson (UK vocals; Geordie/AC-DC)
Darondo/William Daron Pulliam (US
funk and soul singer)*09.June.2013.
1945: Brian Connolly (UK singer, Sweet/the New Sweet/Solo)*09.Feb.1997.
1944: Gerry Scanlan (UK bassist, vocals; TNT/Bitter Suite)
1943: Steve Miller (UK singer, keyboard, guitarist; Steve Miller
1942: Richard Street (US vocals; Temptations)
Scott/ Peter Pendleton (US
1941: Roy Book Binder (US hilbilly blues guitarist).
1937: Abi Ofarim/Abraham Reichstadt (Israeli singer, guitar; Esther
& Abi Ofarim)
1938: Johnny Duncan (US country music singer-songwriter, guitarist)*14.Aug.2006.
1938: Johnny "Dizzy" Moore (Jamaican trumpeter; The Skatalites)*16.Aug.2008.
1938: Carlo Mastrangelo (US baritone vocals; Dion & the Belmonts)
Saunders (US soprano)
1935: Margie Singleton (US singer, TV Performer)
Billy Lee Riley (US rockabilly guitarist,
singer, record producer, songwriter)*02.Aug.2009.
Sidney Harth (US classical violinist,
1925: Bill Dixon
(US trumpeter, flugelhorn, pianist, composer, educator)*16.June.2010.
1922: Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi
(Indian music composer;
Pham Duy Can (Vietnamese
1918: Jimmie Blanton (US
jazz double bassist; Duke Ellington
1907: Mrs Miller/Elva Ruby Connes
1998: Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink (German
child actress. singer).
1986: Tereza Kerndlová (Czech
singer; Black Milk; solo).
1984: Joanna Pacitti (US actress, singer)
1982: William Pierce Butler (US synthesiser,
bass, guitar, percussion; Arcade Fire).
1982: MC Lars/Andrew Robert Nielsen (US
white hip-hop artist).
1977: Melinda Doolittle (US singer).
1976: Dà S /Barbie Hsu (Taiwanese
1972: Anders Iwers (Swedish bassist;
1972: Ryu Shi-won (South Korean actor,
1970: Amy Jo Johnson (US actress,
1966: Tommy Stinson (US bassist, vocal;
Replacements/Guns N' Roses)
1964: Matthew Sweet (US singer, guitarist; Thorns/solo)
1961: Tim Burgess (UK drummer; T'Pau).
1960: Richard Jobson (Scottish lead singer, TV Presenter, film-maker;
1958: Tim Mooney (US drummer; American Music Club/others)*13.June.2012.
1954: David Hidalgo (US singer, songwriter; Los Lobos/Los Super
1951: Gavin Sutherland (Scottish singer, songwriter; The Sutherland
Brothers & Quiver)
Cronin (US singer, guitarist; REO Speedwagon/Kevin Cronin)
1950: Thomas McClary (US lead guitarist, singer; Commodores)
Farrell (Aruban singer, dancer; Boney M)*30.Dec.2010.
1948: Glenn Branca (US avant-garde composer, guitarist; own bands).
1947: Patxi Andión (Spanish singer-songwriter).
1946: Little Millie/Millicent Dolly May Small (Jamacain singer)
(Israeli comedian, songwriter)*13.Jan.2014.
1945: Ivan Graziani (Italian singer-songwriter)*01.Jan.1997.
1945: Robin Shaw (US vocals, bass; Flowerpot Men/White
1943: Cees Veerman (Dutch
singer, guitarist and composer)*17.March.2014.
(US singer; The Skyliners)*21.Feb.1980.
1917: Bob Neal (American DJ, agent)*09.May.1983.
1908: Samuel Blythe "Sammy" Price (US jazz & blues
1820: Jenny Lind (Swedish soprano often known as the Swedish Nightingale)*02.Nov.1887.
1886: Edwin Fischer (Swiss pianist, conductor)*24.Jan.1960.
1988: Stacy DuPree (US
keyboardist, sing-songwriter; Eisley).
1984: Toma Ikuta (Japanese singer, actor).
1982: Li Yundi (Chinese classical pianist).
1981: Doni Schroader (US composer,drummer, percussionist; Trail of
1978: Alesha Dixon (UK
dancer, singer; Mis-Teeq/solo).
1976: Taylor Hicks
(US singer; winner of 5th season of American Idol).
1975: Damian Kulash (US guitarist, singer; OK Go).
1975: Tim Minchin (Australian comedian, pianist, singer).
1974: Charlotte Perrelli nee Nilsson (Swedish singer; won
1999 Eurovision Song Contest)
Daniel Boucher (Canadian singer-somgwriter, guitarist).
1969: Benny Chan Ho Man (Hong Kong actor, singer).
1969: Javier Álvarez (Spanish singer-songwriter).
1968: Thom Yorke (UK vocalist, guitar, keyboards; Radiohead).
1967: Takahiro Izutani (Japanese guitarist, rock and video game
1967: Toni Braxton (US R&B singer).
1967: Luke Haines (UK multi-musician, sing-songwriter; The Auteurs/Black
1966: Marco Beltrami (Italian-American film composer).
1964: Sam Brown (UK solo and backing singer; Deep Purple/David Gilmour/Jules
Brookins (US singer; solo/Afterbach)*15.April.2009.
1961: Brian Mannix (Australian singer and actor).
1960: Kyosuke "Himurock" Himuro/Osamu Teranishi (singer,
1960: Viktor Lazlo/Sonia Dronier (Belgian singer)
1959: David Taylor (UK singer; an original member of Edison Lighthouse)
1959: Simon Cowell (UK record executive, producer, judge on
Pop Idol and American Idol)
W. Smith (US keyboard, vocals; Higher Ground/Amy Grant/freelance)
Mike Shipley (Australian-born award-winning
sound engineer, mixer, music producer)*22.July.2013.
1955: Yo-Yo Ma (French-Chinese celloist; rated one of the best
in the world)
1954: Kenneth Atchley (US composer, noise artist)
1953: Tico Torres/Hector Samuel Juan Torres (US drummer, percussionist;
1951: John Cougar/John Mellencamp (US guitarist, singer, songwriter;
1949: David Hope (US bassist, now an Anglican priest; Kansas)
Georg Danzer (Austrian singer, songwriter)*21.June.2007.
1946: Bernard Lavilliers (French singer).
1945: Kevin Godley (UK drummer, percussion; 10cc/Godley & Creme/others).
1944: Judee Sill (US guitarist, singer, songwriter)*23.Nov.1979.
1941: Martin Murray (lead guitar; Honeycombs)
1941: Tony "Panama" Silvester (US singer; Main Ingredient)*27.Nov.2006.
Larry Jon Wilson (US
Mel Brown (American blues guitarist)*20.March.2009
1939: Colin Francis Cooper
(UK vocalist, saxophone; Climax Blues Band)*03.July.2008.
1937: Dino Valente/Chester William Powers Jr (US singer, guitar,songwriter)*16.Nov.1994.
1937: George Young (US jazz saxophonist)
1935: Jimmy Staggs (US
radio disk jockey, record store owner)*06.Nov.2007.
Fereydoun Farrokhzad (Iranian singer, actor, poet, TV, radio host)*06.Aug.1992.
1936: Charles Dutoit (Swiss conductor)
1927: Al Martino/Alfred Cini (Italian-American singer, actor)*13.Oct.2009.
Bertelmann (German singer and actor)*22.Jan.2014.
1923: Francisco Fellove (Cuban soul singer and songwriter)*15.Feb.2013.
Evans (US jazz alto saxophonist; many
1911: Papa Jo Jones/Jonathan David Samuel Jones (US jazz drummer;
1911: Shura Cherkassky (Ukrainian classical pianist)*27.Dec.1995.
1911: Vaughn Monroe (US baritone singer, trumpet, big band leader)*21.May.1973.
Dave Macon (US
banjo player, singer, songwriter, comedian)*22.March.1952.
1835: Felix Draeseke (German composer of
the "New German School")*26.Feb.1913.
1986: Bruno Mars/Peter Gene Hernandez (US singer-songwriter)
1985: Eiji Wentz (German-Japanese singer; WaT)
1985: Andrew Garcia (US singer; American
1981: Ruby/Rania Hussein Mohammed Tawfik
1979: Gregori Chad Petree
(US guitar, vocalist; Shiny Toy Guns)
1977: Erna Siikavirta
(Finnish keyboard player; Lordi).
1974: DJ Q-Ball/Harry Dean Jr (US singer, DJ; Bloodhound Gang).
1968: Leeroy Thornhill (UK dancer, keyboardist; The Prodigy).
1967: Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley (US singer-songwriter,
keyboardist, record producer).
1965: C-Jay Ramone/Christopher Joseph Ward (US bassist; The Ramones).
1964: CeCe Winans/Priscilla Marie Winans (US gospel and R&B
singer; BeBe & CeCe Winans).
Perry (US singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist; Cherry Poppin' Daddies).
Tim Hensley (US country multi-instrumentalist, vocalist; Kenny
1961: Ted Kooshian (US jazz pianist; own and many bands).
1959: James Johnstone (UK alto saxophonist, guitar; Pigbag)
1955: Lonnie Pitchford (US blues multi-musician)*08.Nov.1998.
1950: Robert "Kool" Bell (US bassist, singer; Kool &
1949: Hamish Stuart (Scottish vocalist, guitar, bass; Chaka Khan/Paul
McCarnty/Average White Band).
1949: Harry Bowens (US lead singer; Was Not Was).
1948: Roger David Lomas (UK lead guitarist, vocalist; George &
the Dragons/Clouds/The Sorrows/others).
Ramone/John William Cummings (US guitarist; The Ramones)*15.Sept.2004.
1947: Tony Wilson (UK bassist, songwriter; Hot Chocolate).
1945: Ray Royer (guitar; Procol Harum/Freedom)
Uldis Stabulnieks (Latvian composer,
pianist and singer)*27.Sept.2012.
1944: Susan Raye (US
1941: George Bellamy (rhythm guitar; The Tornados, father of Matthew
Bellamy of Muse)
1941: Dave Arbus (UK virtuoso violinist, sax, trumpet, flautist;
East Of Eden/freelance)
1940: Fred Cash (African-American soul singer, The Impressions)
1932: Pete Drake/Roddis
Franklin Drake (US record
producer, pedal steel guitar sessionist)*29.July.1988.
1930: Pepper Adams/Park Adams III (jazz baritone sax player; leader/guest)*10.Sept.1986.
1930: Toru Takemitsu (Japanese composer)*20.Feb.1996.
Kurt Redel (German
flutest, violinist, conductor)*12.Feb.2013.
1901: Eivind Groven (Norwegian composer)*08.Feb.1977.
1898: Clarence Williams (US jazz pianist, composer, promoter, theatrical
1834: Walter Kittredge (US singer/songwriter, violin, seraphine;
1883: Dick Burnett (American musician)*23.Jan.1977.
Mac/Harry McClintock (US country
singer, hobo, many interesting
1870: Louis Vierne (French organist, composer)*02.June.1937.
1585: Heinrich Schütz (German
1993: Scotty McCreery (American
1984: Ghetto/Justin Jude Clarke Samuel
(British grime mc).
1979: Alex Greenwald (US singer; Phantom
1978: Rossa Roslaina Sri Handayani (Indonesian
(Irish singer; Westlife).
1975: Rale Micic (Serbian jazz fuitarist,
Anders Göthberg (Swedish guitarist;
Broder Daniel/Honey Is Cool)*30.March.2008.
1975: Sean Lennon (US singer, songwriter,
bassist, son of John and Yoko; own band/solo)
1973: Fabio Lione (Italian singer; Rhapsody
Of Fire/Labyrinth/Vision Divine/Athena).
1973: Terry Balsamo (US guitarist: Evanescence).
1973: Steve Burns (US actor, vocalist, guitar).
1970: Steve Jablonsky (US music composer)
1969: PJ Harvey/Polly Harvey (UK guitarist,
1968: Vix/ Vickie Perks (UK vocalist;
We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It aka Fuzzbox).
1967: Mat Osman (bassist: Suede/Mista
1960: Kenny Garrett (US jazz saxophonist;
sessionist/Miles Davis/Mercer Ellington Orchestra/own).
1959: Thomas Wydler (Swiss drummer; Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds)
1958: Al Jourgensen (Cuban-American multi-musician;
1957: Ini Kamoze/Cecil Campbell (Jamaican
reggae artist, singer, guitar).
1954: James Fearnley (English accordionist;
1952: Sharon Osbourne (UK
music manager, Ozzy's wife,
1950: Reichi Nakaido (Japanese rock guitarist).
1948: Dave Barker/David Crooks (Jamaican
Reggae/Rocksteady singer; Two Tones/Techniques/others/solo).
1948: Clyde Jackson Browne (US singer,
keyboards, piano, guitar, songwriter).
1947: France Gall (French singer, songwriter,
art direction, vocal arrangement)
1945: Taiguara Chalar da Silva (Brazilian
Nona Hendryx (US singer: Labelle/solo)
1944: John Entwistle (English bassist, multi-musician, vocals; The
Pete Cosey (US
guitarist; Miles Davis/many Chicago sessions)*30.May.2012.
Gene Kurtz (US bassist, songwriter;
Roy Head-Traits/Dale Watson-Lonestars/many
Valdés (Cuban pianist, musical director; Irakere)
1941: Warren Luening (US
trumpeter, flugelhorn player; 'a' list studio
1940: Roy E. Ayers (US vocals, vibes; Herbie Mann/Roy Ayers Ubiquity/Superstars
of Jazz Fusion).
1940: John Lennon (UK singer/songwriter, guitarist: The Beatles)*08.Dec.1980.
1937: Pat Burke (UK flautist/saxman: The Foundations)
1936: Richard Kapp (US conductor and founder of the Philharmonia Virtuosi)*04.June.2004.
1928: Einojuhani Rautavaara (Finnish composer of contemporary classical
1924: Regina Smendzianka (Polish
1922: Mario Clavell (Argentine
singer, actor, composer)*10.March.2011.
Lateef/William Emanuel Huddleston (US Grammy Award-winning saxophonist)*23.Dec.2013.
Bebo Valdés/Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro
(Cuban pianist, composer, arranger)*22.March.2013.
1908: Lee Wiley (American jazz singer)*11.Dec.1975.
1873: Carl Flesch (Hungarian violinist,teacher)*14.Nov.1944.
1835: Camille Saint-Saëns (French composer of all genres)*16.Dec.1921.
1585: Heinrich Schütz (German
Gabriella Cilmi (Australian singer)
1991: Mariana Espósito (Argentine actress, singer, model).
1985: Dizzee Rascal/Dylan Kwabena Mills (British rapper/grime artist).
1984: Stephanie Cheng (Hong Kong singer).
1981: Una Healy (Irish singer; The Saturdays).
1980: Tim Maurer (American singer; Suburban Legends).
1980: Sherine/Sherine Abdel Wahhab (Egyptian singer).
Chil Hyun (South
Korean singer; H.O.T).
1979: Mya/Marie Harrison (US singer, songwriter; Ghetto Superstar/Fallen)
1978: Matthew Jay (UK singer, songwriter, not Matt of Busted)*25.Sept.2003.
1973: Scott Morriss (UK bassist; Bluetones)
1972: Dean Roland (US guitarist; Collective Soul)
1971: Evgeny Kissin (Russian classical pianist)
1970: Corinna May (German singer)
1970: Maja Tatic (Serbian singer)
1967: Mike Malinin (US drummer; Goo Goo Dolls)
(Romanian singer, composer, actress)*09.March.2006.
1965: Toshi/Toshimitsu Deyama (Japanese singer; X Japan)
1964: Graham Crabb (UK drums, front man; Pop Will Eat Itself)
1963: Jim Glennie (UK bass; James)
1963: Jonny Male (UK guitarist, Republica)
1963: Anita Mui (Hong Kong pop singer and actress)*30.Dec.2003.
1961: Martin Kemp (UK bassist, actor; Spandau Ballet).
1960: Simon Townshend (UK rock guitarist; Casbah Club/solo/freelance).
1960: Eric Martin (US singer; Mr Big/solo)
Steve Martland (English
1959: Kirsty MacColl aka Mandy Doubt (UK singer; solo/Pogues/Smiths/Drug
1958: Tanya Tucker (US country singer)
1955: David Lee Roth (US vocalist; Van Halen/solo)
1953: Midge Ure/James Ure OBE (Scottish keyboardist, guitar, vocals,
1951: Keith Grimes (US guitarist/solo/session)
Cyril Neville (US vocals, percussion; Neville Brothers/others).
1948: Séverine/Josiane Grizeau (French singer)
1948: Zeke/Ed Volker (US singer, songwriter, keyboard player)
aric (Croatian drummer; Morning Star/220/New Fossils)*03.May.2012.
1946: Ben Vereen (singer, dancer, actor, Broadway star)
1946: John Prine (US singer, songwriter, guitarist).
1946: Jerry Lacroix (US vocalist; Edgar Winter Band/ Blood Sweat
African singer; Ladysmith Black Mambazo choral group)*10.Dec.1991.
1945: Alan Cartwright (bassist; Procol Harum)
1945: Graham Rivens (UK bassist; The Dave Clark Five, Davie Jones
and the Lower Third)?
1943: Jerry LaCroix (US singer; Boogie Kings/White Trash/Edgar
1935: Paul Humphrey (US jazz session drummer)
1929: Ayten Alpman (Turkish jazz - pop singer)*20.April.2012.
1928: Leyla Gencer (Turkish operatic
Thelonious Monk (US
jazz pianist; pioneer of bebop)*17.Feb.1982.
1915: Harry "Sweets" Edison (US trumpeter; Count Basie
1914: Ivory Joe Hunter (US R&B singer, songwriter, pianist)*08.Nov.1974.
1908: Johnny Green (US songwriter, arranger, conductor)*17.May.1989.
date from The Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Creston/Giuseppe Guttoveggio (American
1903: Vernon Duke/Vladimir
Conrad Leonard (English
popular pianist, composer; still worked at 103)*19.April.2003.
1813: Giuseppe Verdi (Italian
Romantic composer, mainly of opera)*27.Jan.1901.
1991: Chauncey Matthews (US
singer; American Juniors).
1989: Henry Lau (Korean singer; Super Junior M).
1979: Gabe Saporta (Uruguayan-US singer, bassist; Cobra Starship/Midtown).
1976: Dominic Aitchison (Scottish
bassist; Mogwai/Crippled Black Phoenix/Stage Blood).
Brendan Brown (US guitar, vocals; Wheatus).
1973: Mike Smith (US guitarist, vocals; The Start/Limp Bizkit/Evolver).
Petra Haden (singer, violin;The Rentals)
1971: MC Lyte/Lana Michele Moorer (US female rapper).
1970: U-God/Lamont Hawkins (US rapper; Wu-Tang Clan).
1965: Alexander von Borsig/Alexander Hacke (German guitarist; Einstürzende
1962: Scott Johnson (guitar; Gin Blossoms)
1962: Andy McCoy (Swedish guitarist; Hanoi Rocks)
1961: Amr Diab (Egyptian pop-star, singer)
1961: Steve Young/Youngblood (filmmaker, designer, publisher, guitarist,
1957: Blair Cunningham (drums, Haircut 100)
1957: Chris Joyce (drums; Durutti Column/Simply Red)
1955: Lindy Boone (US singer; The Boone Family)
(US music manager, author; Doors/Iggy Pop)*05.Jan.2005.
1951: Jean-Jacques Goldman (French singer, guitarist;Tai Phong/freelance/solo)
1950: Andre Woolfolk (US flautist, saxophone, percussion; Earth
Wind and Fire).
1948: Cecilia/Evangelina Sobredo Galanes (Spanish singer-songwriter)*02.Aug.1976.
1947: Al Atkins (UK vocalist; Judas Priest/solo)
1947: Paul Francis (UK drummer; Bobby Christo-Rebels/Rolf Harris/Tony
1946: Daryl Hall (US singer, piano; Hall and Oates)
1946: Gary Mallaber (US drummer, percussion, keyboard; Steve Miller
Lester Bowie (US
jazz trumpet player and composer)*08.Nov.1999.
Billy Higgins (American
jazz drummer;Omette Coleman/freelance)*03.May.2001.
1932: Billie Anthony/Philomena McGeachie Levy (Scottish singer)*05.Jan.1991.
1932: Dottie West/Dorothy Marie Walsh (US C&W singer, guitarist)*04.Sept.1991.
1919: Art Blakey/Abdullah Ibn Buhaina (American jazz drummer)*16.Oct.1990.
Skylar/Selig Shaftel (American composer, singer, lyricist)*02.Feb.2009.
Betty Noyes (US singer, film dubber singer)*24.Dec.1987.
Gotovac (Croatian composer, conductor)*16.Oct.1982.
1992: Taylor Horn (US
1984: Matthew Dewey (Australian composer,singer)
1982: Molly Bennett (Irish folk singer)
1979: Jordan Pundik (US lead singer;
New Found Glory)
1977: Young Jeezy (African-American rapper)
(Ethiopian reggae singer;
1969: Martie Maguire/Martha Elenor Erwin (US
singer, songwriter, multi-musician; Dixie Chicks).
1968: Hugh Jackman (Australian actor, singer, songwriter)
1967: Paul Laine (Canadian singer, composer; Danger Danger/Shugaazer).
1966: Brian Kennedy (Irish singer, songwriter; Van Morrison band/solo).
1966: Harry Allen (US jazz tenor saxophonist; Harry Allen-Joe Cohn
1962: Chris Botti (US jazz trumpeter, composer).
1961: Bob Mould (US guitarist, vocals, songwriter; Hüsker
1958: Jeff Keith (US rock singer; Tesla)
1958: Bryn Merrick (British bassist; The Damned).
1957: Annik Honoré (Belgium
music promoter, record label founder)*04.July.2014.
Attila The Stockbroker/John Baine (UK
poet, musician and songwriter; Brainstorming/solo)
1956: David Vanian/David Letts (UK vocalist; The Damned)
1955: Jane Siberry (Canadian singer, songwriter, keyboards, guitar)
1948: Rick Parfitt (UK singer, rhythm guitar; Status Quo)
1947: George Lam (Hong Kong singer).
(UK rhythm guitar; VIPs/The Teenages/The Ramrods)
1942: Melvin Franklin/David Melvin English (US bass singer; Temptations)*23.Feb.1995.
Alamo/Jean-François Grandin (French singer)*11.Oct.2012.
1936: Melvin Rhyne (US jazz
organist; Wes Montgomery/others/solo)*05.March.2013.
1935: Luciano Pavarotti (Italian tenor singer)*06.Sept.2007.
1935: Sam Moore (US singer; Sam & Dave).
James "Sugar Boy" Crawford (US R&B singer, musician,
1933: Torrie Zito (US pianist, music arranger, composer, conductor)*03.Dec.2009.
1929: Nappy Brown/Napoleon Brown Culp (American blues singer)*20.Sept.2008.
Domna Samiou (Greek singer, traditional music researcher)*10.March.2012.
Alfred "Tubby" Hall (US jazz drummer; Louis Armstrong and
1892: Gilda dalla Rizza (Italian soprano)*05.July.1975.
1872: Ralph Vaughan Williams (English composer; many genres)*26.Aug.1958
1490: Bernardo Pisano/Pagoli (Italian composer, priest, singer)*23.Jan.1548.
1984: Misono Koda (Japanese singer; Day After Tomorrow).
1981: Kele Okereke (English singer, rhythm guitarist; Bloc Party).
1980: Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (US singer, songwriter)
1975: Brandon Casey (US vocals; Jagged Edge).
1975: Brian Casey (US vocals; Jagged Edge).
1974: Hawick Lau Hoi Wai (Chinese actor, singer).
1970: Paul Potts (UK opera singer: winner of Britain's Got Talent).
1970: Mel Jackson (US actor, producer, R&B singer).
1969: Thomas "Rhett" Akins (American country singer).
1968: Tisha Campbell-Martin (US actress, singer).
1968: Carlos Marin (Spanish baritone; Il Divo).
1962: Rob Marche (US guitarist; Jo Boxers)
1960: Joey Belladonna/Joseph Bellardini (US singer, drummer; Anthrax).
1959: Marie Osmond (US singer, TV Host; The Osmonds)
1959: Gerry Darby (English drummer; Carmel)
1958: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (US bass guitar, electric upright
1958: Carmel/Carmel McCourt (UK female singer; Carmel).
Dennis Palmer (US synthesizer player, visual artist; Shaking Ray Levis)*15.Feb.2013.
1952: José Luis Pérez (Uruguan drummer; Jorge Santana/many
1952: Raymond "Mundo" Earwood (US country music singer-songwriter)*21.April.2014.
1952: Henry Padovani (guitar; Police/Electric Chairs/Flying Padovanis)
1950: Simon Nicol (guitar, dulcimer, vocals; Fairport Convention)
1948: John Ford Coley (vocals, pianist, guitarist, actor; England
Dan & John Ford Coley)
1948: Peter Spencer (vocals, drums, saxophone; Smokie)
1948: Lacy J. Dalton/Jill Byrem (US C&W singer, songwriter,
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Pakistani musician, primarily a singer
1948: John Ford Coley (US pianist, multi-musician; musical duo
England Dan & John Ford Coley).
1947: Alan Wakeman (UK saxophonist; Soft Machine).
1947: Sammy Hagar (US guitar,singer; Van Halen).
Mary (Hungarian pop singer)*24.Dec.2011.
1945: Christophe/Daniel Bevilacqua (French singer).
1944: Robert Lamm (US singer, keyboards, piano; Chicago)
1941: Neil Aspinall (UK roadie, personal assistant, record producer/executive;
1941: Paul Simon (US singer, guitar, composer; Simon and Garfunkel)
1940: Chris Farlowe/John
(UK singer; Colosseum/Atomic Rooster/solo)
1940: Pharoah Sanders/Ornette Coleman (American Jazz saxophonist).
1934: Nana Mouskouri (Greece singer, politician).
1927: Lee Konitz (US jazz saxophonist).
Tommy Whittle (Scottish jazz saxophonist;
Jack Parnell/own/top sessionist)*13.Oct.2013.
Ray Brown (US jazz double bassist; own
1925: Gustav Winckler (Danish singer)*20.Jan.1979.
1921: Yves Montand/Ivo Livi (Italian-born
Hague (German born
George Osmond (US patriarch of
the Osmond singing family)*06.Nov.2007.
Canadian violist, composer of electronic music)*30.July.2010.
1909: Art Tatum (American jazz pianist)*05.Nov.1956.
Karl Leichter (Estonian musicologist)*07.March.1987.
1900: Gerald Marks (American songwriter)*27.Jan.1997.
1994: Lil B/Bryan Allen Breeding (US singer;
1992: Savannah Outen (US singer)
1981: Akon/Aliaune Damala Dakha Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara
Akon Thiam (US R&B, rap singer)some sourses
give Akon's birthdate as the
more likey dates
April 16th or 30th 1973
1978: Usher Raymond IV (US R&B singer)
1978: Justin Brannan (US vocalist, writer; Indecision/Most Precious
1977: Tina Dico/Tina Dickow (Danish singer-songwriter)
1975: Shaznay Lewis (UK vocals; All Saints)
1974: Shaggy 2 Dope/Joseph Utsler (US rapper, record producer,
DJ; Insane Clown Posse/solo/others)
1974: Natalie Maines
(US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Dixie Chicks/solo)
1968: Johnny Goudie (US singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental,
1968: Jay Ferguson
(Canadian rhythm guitar, bass, drums;
1965: Karyn White (US singer)
1965: Constantine Koukias (Australian composer)
1963: Yim Jae-beom (South Korean singer)
1959: A.J. Pero/Anthony Jude Pero (US drummer; Cities/Twisted Sister)
1957: Kenny Neal (US blues guitarist, singer)
1958: Thomas Dolby/Thomas Robertson (UK vocals,keyboards,guitar,synthesizer;
1952: Chris Amoo
(UK singer; Real Thing)
1948: Ivory Tilmon
(US singer, guitar; Detroit Emeralds)
1947: Norman Harris
(US guitarist, writer, producer; MFSB/Baker-Harris-Young)*20.March.1987.
1946: Justin Hayward
(UK guitarist, singer; Moody Blues)
1946: Dan McCafferty (Scottish lead singer; Nazareth)
1945: Marcia Barrett (US singer; Boney M)
1945: Colin "bomber"
Hodgkinson (bassist; Whitesnake/Spencer
1944: Peter Charles Moules (UK bass vocalist, bass guitarist; Unit
(Austrian jazz pianist, composer)*01.July.2012.
1943: Dennis D'Ell/Denis James
Dalziel (UK lead singer, harmonica; Honeycombs)*06.July.2005.
1942: Billy Harrison
1940: Cliff Richard/Sir Harry Roger
Webb (UK singer)
1938: Melba Montgomery
1935: La Monte Young (American composer)
1932: Enrico di Giuseppe
(American operatic tenor)*31.Dec.2005.
Puyana/Rafael Puyana Michelsen
1931: Nikhil Banerjee (Indian sitarist, composer, teacher)*27.Jan.1986.
1926: Bill Justis (US saxophonist, composer, musical arranger)*15.July.1982.
1914: Leo Addeo (US saxophonist, clarinet; RCA's key house arrangers/Hugo
1907: Allan Jones (US actor, singer, father
of Jack Jones)*27.June.1992.
1990: Jordan Johnson (US pop/rock singer,
1986: Lee Donghae (South Korean singer; Super Junior)
1984: Shayne Ward (UK singer; winner of X Factor 2005)
1983: Stephy Tang (Hong Kong singer, actress)
1982: Paulini Curuenavuli (Fijian-Australian singer)
Keyshia Cole (US R&B singer)
Siiri Nordin (Finnish singer; Killer)
Tomas Kalnoky (US singer)
1977: Erin McKeown (US multi-instrumentalist, folk-rock singer, songwriter)
1975: Ginuwine/Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (US rapper)
1973: Dax Riggs (US singer, guitarist, synthesizer; Acid Bath/Deadboy
& the Elephantmen/others)
Sandra Kim (Belgian singer; Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1986)
1968: Jyrki 69/Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi (Finnish singer-songwriter;
The 69 Eyes)
1966: Eric Benét Jordan (US R&B and gospel singer)
1966: Dave Stead (UK drummer; Beautiful South)
1966: Dougie Vipond
(Scottish drummer; Deacon Blue)
1953: Tito Jackson/Toriano Adaryll
Jackson (US singer, guitar; Jackson Five)
1948: Chris de Burgh/Christopher John Davison (British-Irish/singer,
1946: Richard Carpenter (US keyboards, composer, singer; Carpenters)
Despiegelaere aka Paul Mellow
(Belgian singer, guitarist, producer; The Machines)*11.Sept.2013.
1942: Chris Andrews (UK singer, songwriter)
1941: Don Stevenson (US drummer; Moby Grape)
Wilson (US jazz saxophonist)*06.June.2013.
1938: Marv Johnson (US R&B singer, songwriter, pianist; Motown/solo)*15.May.1993.
Ward (US blues singer, guitarist; Ohio
1938: Fela Anikulapo Kuti
(Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician,composer)*02.Aug.1997.
1937: Biff Rose/Paul Rose (US comedian and singer-songwriter)
1935: Barry McGuire (US singer, songwriter; New Christy Minstrels/solo)
1934: Natesan Ramani (Indian Carnatic flutist)
Louis Nunley (US baritone singer; Anita
Kerr Singers/ Jordanaires)*26.Oct.2012.
1926: Karl Richter (German conductor, organist)*15.Feb.1981.
1925: Mickey Baker (US guitar virtuoso; Mickey & Sylvia/sessionist)*27.Nov.2012.
1920: Claude Monteux (US flutist, conductor)*22.Feb.2013.
1917: Alan Wendell Livingston (President of Capitol Records, creator-Bozo
Tanner (US trombonist, last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra)*05.Feb.2013.
1983: Loreen/Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui (Swedish
1982: Vincy Wing-yee Chan (Award winning Chinese singer)
1978: Ethan John Luck (US guitarist, photographer, and drummer; The
1977: John Mayer (US singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1972: Tomas Lindberg/Goatspell (Swedish singer; At The Gates/Lock
Up/The Great Deciever)
1971: Chad Gray (US singer)
1969: Roy Hargrove (US jazz trumpeter)
1969: Wendy Wilson (US singer; The Honeys. Daughter of Brian Wilson)
1965: Steve Lamacq (UK journalist, disc jockey)
1965: Simon Bartholomew (guitarist, vocals; Brand New Heavies)
1963: Wig/Brendan Kibble (Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist;
1962: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Russian baritone)
1962: Flea/Michael Peter Balzary (US bassist, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
1962: Mr. Chi Pig/Ken Chinn (Canadian singer; SNFU)
1960: Bob Mould (US guitarist, vocalist, songwriter; Hüsker
1960: Marc Reign (German drummer; thrash metal trio Destruction).
1959: Gary Kemp (UK guitar, singer, songwriter; Spandau Ballet)
1959: Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonian composer)
Kelly Marie/Jacqueline McKinnon (Scottish
1958: Eleftheria Arvanitaki (Greek singer)
1953: Tony Carey (US keyboards; Rainbow/Blessings/Planet P Project/solo)
1952: Boogie Mosson/Cordell Mosson (US bassist; United Soul/Parliament-Funkadelic)*18.April.2013.
1947: Bob Weir (US guitar, vocals; Grateful Dead)
1943: Fred Turner (Canadian bassist; Bachman Turner Overdrive).
1942: Dave Loveday (drummer, sometimes vocals; Fourmost)
1940: Ivan Della Mea
1939: Joe Dolan (Irish
singer of pop and easy listening)*26.Dec.2007.
1938: Nico/Christa Päffgen (German spooky vocalist; Velvet
1937: Emile Ford/Emile Sweetman (Frontman, singer; The Checkmates)
1932: Henry Lewis (US double-bassist, orchestral conductor)*26.Jan.1996.
1932: Claude Léveillée (Canadian
actor, sing-songwriter, composer, pianist)*09.June.2011.
1931: Valery Klimov (Russian classical violinist)
1930: Margreta Elkins AM
1923: Bert Kaempfert/Berthold Kämpfert (German producer, composer,
1922: Max Bygraves (UK comedian, singer, actor, variety performer)*31.Aug.2012.
1903: Big Joe Williams (US delta blues guitarist, singer-songwriter)*16.Oct.1982.
Chiquinha Gonzaga (Brazilian composer)*28.Feb.1935.
1979: Marcela Bovio (Mexican
singer, violinist; Stream of Passion)
1977: Nicole Cabell (US soprano)
1974: Janne Puurtinen (Finnish keyboardist;
Shady/Marshall Bruce Mathers III (US
rap artist, songwriter)
1971: Derrick William Plourde
(US drummer; Lagwagon/Bad
1971: Chris Kirkpatrick (US vocals; 'N
1971: Blues Saraceno (US guitarist; Poison/solo/sessions/guest)
1969: Wyclef Jean (Haitian-born rap artist, guitar; Fugees/solo)
1968: Ziggy Marley (Jamaican raggae singer; Ziggy Marley &
the Melody Makers)
1967: Rene Dif/MEGA-Aqua (vocalist; Aqua)
1962: Anne Rogers (bass, Popinjays)
1960: Bernadette "Bernie" Nolan (Irish
actress, singer; The Nolans)*04.July.2013.
1958: Alan Jackson (US C&W singer, guitar, songwriter)
1951: Roger Pontare (Swedish singer)
1949: Bill Louis Hudson (singer, songwriter; The Hudson Brothers)
1947: David St Hubbins/Michael
McKean (US actor, singer,
guitarist; Spinal Tap)
1946: Michael Hossack (US drummer; The Doobie Brothers/others)*12.March.2012.
1946: Jim Tucker (US rhythm guitarist, Turtles)
1942: Gary Puckett (US singer;The Union Gap/solo)
1941: Jim 'James' Seals (US guitar, sax, fiddle; Seals & Croft)
1941: Earl Thomas Conley (US singer)
1941: Alan Howard (UK bassist; Tremeloes)
Bea Benjamin (South
African jazz singer)*20.Aug.2013.
1935: Michael Eavis (UK dairy farmer: founder of the Glastonbury
1934: Rico Rodrigues (Jamaica's greatest ska trombonist)
(UK lead guitarist; The Worried Men/The Jets/others)*11.Dec.2006.
1933: Jeanine Deckers/The Singing Nun (Belgium nun, singer, guitar,
Scott Murray/Murray Schaff (US sax player;
His own Aristocrats/own trio)*26.Oct.1996.
1923: Barney Kessel
(American jazz guitarist; Columbia Pictures/world sessionist)*06.May.2004.
1922: Luiz Bonfá (Brazilian
Marier KCSG (US scholar, composer, teacher)*24.Feb.2001.
1912: Jack Owens (US
singer, songwriter; The Cruising Crooner)*26.Jan.1982.
William "Cozy" Cole (American
1889: Uncle Art Satherly (UK-US
talent scout, producer, A&R legend)*10.Feb.1988.
1994: Alessandro Iannella (Italian singer, classical, classic comedy)
1985: Tripp Lee/Sinister/Derrick Tribbett (US bassist, vocals;
1982: Ne-Yo (US R&B singer)
1982: Thierry Amiel (French singer)
1980: Josh Gracin (US singer)
1976: Zhou Xun (Chinese actress, singer)
1974: Candy Lo (Hong Kong singer-songwriter, actress)
1974: Peter Svensson (Swedish guitarist; Cardigans)
1971: Mark Morriss (UK lead singer, songwriter; Bluetones/solo)
1969: Volker Neumüller (German music manager)
1967: Eric Stuart (US voice actor and singer)
1965: Curtis Stigers (US jazz vocalist, saxophonist)
1964: Dan Lilker (US vocals, bassist; Anthrax/S.O.D./Nuclear Assault/Brutal
1961: Wynton Marsalis (US trumpeter; Jazz Messengers/solo/freelance)
1957: Catherine Ringer (French singer, songwriter; Les Rita Mitsouko)
1956: Dick Crippen (UK bassist;Tenpole Tudor)
1955: Vanessa Briscoe Hay (US singer, songwriter; Pylon/Supercluster)
Nic Potter (English bassist;
der Graaf Generator/Rare Bird/others/sessionist)*17.Jan.2013.
1949: Joe Egan/Seosamh MacAodhagain (UK singer, songwriter;
1949: Gary Richrath (US guitarist, songwriter; REO Speedwagon)
1947: Laura Nyro (US singer, guitar, piano, songwriter)*08.April.1997.
1946: Howard Shore (Canadian film composer)
1943: Christine Charbonneau (Canadian singer-songwriter)*30.May.2014.
1941: Peter ''Pete'' Watson (UK lead guitarist; The Action).
1940: Cynthia Weil (US songwriter)
1938: Ronnie "Mr Bass Man" Bright (US bass singer; Coasters)
1931: Chris Albertson (US jazz historian)
Hillard Elkins (US
talent manager, agent, film producer)*01.Dec.2010.
1926: Chuck Berry/Charles Edward Anderson Berry (US singer, guitar)
1924: Hugh Allan "Buddy" MacMaster (Canadian fiddle player)
Egil Hovland (Norwegian
Mae Hemphill (US award winning blues
musician, guitarist, songwriter)*22.July.2006.
1919: Camilla Ella Williams (African-American operatic soprano)*29.Jan.2012.
1919: Anita O'Day/Anita Belle Colton (US jazz singer)*23.Nov.2006.
1918: Bobby Troup (US jazz & swing blues pianoist, singer,
1898: Lotte Lenya (Austrian singer and actress)*27.Nov.1981.
1990: Janet Leon (Swedish singer; Play)
1981: Christian Bautista (Philippine singer)
1980: K-Swift/Khia Edgerton (US female Hip Hop DJ)*21.July.2008.
1979: Hiromi Yanagihara (Japanese singer; Hello! Project group Country
1979: Brian Robertson (US trombonist; Suburban Legends).
1978: Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali (Finnish guitarist, keyboardist;
1977: DJ Assault/Craig De Sean Adams (US hip hop musician).
1976: Jason Rae (Scottish saxophonist; Haggis Horns)*22.March.2008.
1972: Prakazrel "Pras" Michel (US rap artist; Fugees).
1969: DJ Sammy/Samuel Bouriah (Spanish DJ, producer).
1968: Sinitta/Sinitta Renet Malone (US singer)
1968: Rodney Scott Carrington (US comedian, actor, country music
1967: Yoko Shimomura (Japanese composer)
1967: Trouble T-Roy/Troy Dixon (US hip-hop dancer; Heavy D/The
1962: Lou Briel (Puerto Rican singer, actor)
1960: Daniel Woodgate (UK drummer; Madness).
1960: Jennifer Holliday (US singer)
1957: Karl Wallinger (Welsh keyboardist;The Waterboys, guitarist;
1956: Nino DeFranco (US singer; The DeFranco Family)
1954: Ricky Persell (UK guitarist, vocalist; The Fortunes)
1952: Verónica Castro (Mexican actress, singer, TV personally)
1950: Patrick Simmons (US guitar; Doobie Brothers)
1947: Wilbert Hart (singer; Delfonics)
1946: Keith Reid (Lyricist, Group Member; Procol Harum)
Glenn Milstead (US
female impersonator, actor,
1945: Sharon Redd (US singer, disco diva)*01.May.1992.
1945: Jeannie C. Riley (US country singer)
1944: Peter Tosh/Stepping Razor/Winston McIntosh (Jamaican singer,
1944: George McCrae (US country music singer)
1943: Robin Holloway (British composer)
singer/songwriter, arranger; Kingston Trio/Whiskeyhill
Escobar/Manuel García Escobar (Spanish
Arne Bendiksen (Norwegian singer, songwriter)*26.March.2009.
1916: Emil Gilels (Soviet pianist)*14.Oct.1994.
1915: Farid al-Atrash (Syrian composer, oud
1913: Vinicius de Moraes (Brazilian poet and international songwriter)*09.June.1980.
1909: Cozy Cole (American jazz drummer: all jazz bands, own quntet)*29.Jan.1981
1908: Geirr Tveitt (Norwegian pianist, composer)*01.Feb.1981
1907: Roger Wolfe Kahn (US musician, composer, and bandleader)*12.July.1962.
Erna Berger (German soprano)*14.June.1990.
1988: Risa Niigaki (Japanese singer; Morning
Mitch Lucker (US
lead vocalist; Suicide Silence)*01.Nov.2012.
1983: Alex Nackman (US singer, songwriter,
Casey Calvert (US
guitarist; Hawthorne Heights)*24.Nov.2007.
1980: Gary Jarman (UK singer, songwriter, bassist, multi-musican;
1978: Paul "Pablo" Wilson (Scottish bass player; Terra Diablo
/ Snow Patrol).
1977: Leila Josefowicz (Canadian classical violinist).
1977: Nick Hodgson
(UK drummer; Kaiser Chiefs).
1976: Tom Wisniewski (Scottish guitarist;
1971: Snoop Dogg/Calvin Broadus (US rapper,
hip hop; Dr Dre/solo)
1971: Dannii Minogue (Australian
singer, TV personality)
1967: Luck Mervil (Haitian-Canadian actor, singer-songwriter).
1967: Dann Gillen (US drummer; international freelancer)
Coury (American drummer; Cinderella).
Blake (Scottish guitarist & vocals; Teenage Fanclub/BMX Bandits).
1965: Jil Caplan (French singer,
1964: Luciano/Jepther McClymont (Jamaican roots reggae artist,
1964: David Ryan (drummer; Lemonheads)
1964: Jim "Soni" Sonefeld (US drummer, percussion, piano;
Hootie & The Blowfish)
1962: Dave Wong (Hong Kong/Taiwanese singer-songwriter, stuntman).
1960: Lepa Brena/Fahreta ivojinovic (Yugoslav singer).
1958: Mark King (UK lead singer, bassist; Level 42).
1958: Ivo Pogorelic (Croatian classical pianist).
1957: Susanna Haavisto (Finnish actress, singer)
1956: Martin Taylor (Scottish jazz guitarist; freelance/solo)
Newman (US film score composer).
1954: Steve Orich (US orchestrator; Broadway/others).
1954: Günter Müller (German sound artist, improvisor,
1951: Al Greenwood (US keyboardist; Foreigner).
(French-born American composer)*03.June.2014.
1950: Tom Petty (US guitar, vocals, songwriter; Heartbreakers/Traveling
1945: Ric Lee (UK drummer; Ricky Storm/The Jaybirds/Ten Years After).
1944: David Mancuso (American disc jockey).
1943: Dunja Vejzovic (Croatian soprano).
1943: Buddy "Bugs"
(US blues guitarist;
1942: John Carter/John Shakespeare (UK singer; Ivy League)
1941: James "Jimmy" Henshaw (Scottish lead guitar; VIPs/The
Jones (Original UJ bass player with Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas)*20.Jan.2000.
1939: Jay Siegel (US vocalist; Tokens).
1938: Kathy Kirby/Kathleen O'Rourke (UK pop singer)*19.May.2011.
1937: Wanda Jackson (US singer, songwriter).
Harris (US saxophonist, electric piano,
1934: Bill Chase/William
Edward Chiaiese (US jazz-rock
fusion trumpet player; Chase Band)*09.Aug.1974.
Ross MacManus (UK singer, trumpet player,
songwriter, father of
1925: Tom Dowd (US record producer, engineer; Atlantic Records)*27.Oct.2002.
1923: Robert Craft (American conductor).
opera bass singer)*28.Nov.2012.
Jones/Louis Marshall Jones
(US country & gospel singer, banjo player)*19.Feb.1998.
(UK-born US award winning composer,
Ives (US modernist composer)*May.19.1954.
1986: Christopher Uckermann (Mexican actor, singer; RBD).
1983: Ninette Tayeb (Israeli singer).
1982: Tim Wildsmith (US singer-songwriter, piano, guitar).
1980: Brian Pittman (US bassist; Inhale Exhale/Relient K).
1978: Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg (Finnish keyboardist,
keytar; Sonata Arctica).
1976: Josh Ritter (US singer, dongwriter, guitar, piano).
1974: Costel Busuioc (Romanian tenor)
1973: Lera Auerbach (Russian composer).
1972: Matthew Friedberger (US singer-songwriter; The Fiery Furnaces).
1971: Nick Oliveri (US singer, bassist; Kyuss/Queens of the Stone)
1971: Jade Jagger (daughter of Mick and Bianca)
1970: Tony Mortimer (singer, song writer; East 17)
1965: Hisashi Imai (Japanese guitarist; Buck-Tick/Lucy).
1964: Jon Carin (US guitarist, singer, producer; sessionist/solo/Pink
1959: Rose McDowell (Scottish singer; Strawberry Switchblade)
1957: Julian Cope (UK guitar, organ, vocals; Teardrop Explodes).
1957: Steve Lukather (UK guitarist; Toto).
1955: Rich Mullins (US singer, songwriter of Christian music)*19.Sept.1997.
1953: Eric Faulkner (US guitarist, songwriter, singer; Bay City
1953: Charlotte Caffey (US guitarist, songwriter; Go-Go's/The Graces/Ze
1953: Keith Green (US gospel singer, songwriter, pianist; Last
1952: Brent Mydland (US keyboardist, songwriter; Grateful Dead)*26.July.1990.
1948: John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboard, piano; Free/freelance)
1947: Jerry Bergonzi (US saxophonist, composer, educator; Dave
1947: Tetsu Yamauchi (Japanese drummer; Faces /Free/sessionist)
Lux Interior/Erick Purkhiser (American
1946: Lee Loughnane (US trumpet; Chicago)
1943: Ron Elliott (US vocals, guitar; Beau Brummels)
1942: Elvin Bishop (US rock-blues guitarist, singer; Butterfield/solo)
1941: Dickie Pride/Richard Charles Kneller (UK rock and roll singer)*26
1941: Steve "The Colonel" Cropper (US guitarist; Booker
T and the MG's)
1940: Freddie Marsden (UK drummer; Gerry and the Pacemakers)*09.Dec.2006
1940: Manfred Mann/Michael Lubowitz (Sth.African singer, keyboardist;
Manfred Mann/Earth Band)
1937: Norman Wright (US vocalist; Del-Vikings)
1936: Sheila Jones (UK singer; Kaye Sisters).
1935: Derek Bell MBE (Irish oboist, hammer dulcimer, harpist; The
1925: Isaiah "Doc" Ross (US blues and boogie man, guitar,
1924: Celia Cruz (Cuban singer; Sonora Matancera's band/solo)*16.July.2003.
1921: Sir Malcolm Arnold (British composer)*23.Sept.2006.
1917: John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (US jazz trumpeter, bandleader)*06.Jan.1993
record producer, pianist)*07.Jan.1998.
1884: Claire Waldoff (German
1985: Zachary Walker "Zac" Hanson (US
1983: Plan B/Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew (UK
1980: Garrett Tierney (US bass player; Brand New).
1976: Jon Foreman (US lead singer, guitar; Switchfoot).
1974: Tim Kinsella (US singer; Cap'n Jazz/Sky Corvair, Make Believe/Owls/Friend-Enemy).
1969: Helmut Lotti/Helmut Lotigiers (Belgian singer).
Richard Burrell (Jamaican reggae singer)
1968: Shelby Lynne (US country singer, fiddle, songwriter)
1967: Rita Guerra (Portuguese singer,actress; soundtracks Lion
King, Hercules + more).
1967: Salvatore Di Vittorio (Italian composer, conductor).
1965: John Wesley Harding (anglo-US folk/pop singer, songwriter,
1965: Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek (Polish singer, frontman;
deathmetal band Vader)
1964: Toby Mac/Toby McKeehan (US christian rap singer, songwriter;
Jenifer (US bassist; Bad Brains).
1960: Cris Kirkwood (US bassist; Meat Puppets).
1959: Marc Shaiman (US composer).
1952: Greg Hawkes (US keyboards, saxophonist; Cars).
1949: Steve Bator (US singer, guitarist; Dead Boys/Whores of Babylon/Wanderers
African born, London based soprano
1945: Eddie Brigati (US lead singer, tambourine; Young Rascals/the
1945: Leslie West (US singer, rock guitarist; Mountain/freelance)
1943: Bobby Fuller (US vocals, guitar; Bobby Fuller Four)*18.July.1966.
1942: Annette Funicello (US actress, singer)
1939: Ray Jones (UK bassist; The Dakotas/Billy J Kramer & the
1937: Manos Loïzos (Greek composer)*17.Sept.1982.
1931: Hikaru Hayashi (Japanese
composer, pianist and conductor)*05.Jan.2012.
1930: José Guardiola (Spanish popular singer)*08.April.2012.
1929: Dory Previn (US singer-songwriter and poet)*14.Feb.2012.
1928: Clare Fischer
keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader)*26.Jan.2012.
Dory Previn/Dorothy Veronica Langan
(US singer, songwriter, lyricist)*14.Feb.2012.
1921: Georges Brassens (French singer-songwriter)*29.Oct.1981.
Joseph Kosma (French composer)*07.Aug.1969.
1894: Mei Lanfang (Chinese opera performer)*08.Aug.1961.
1811: Franz Liszt (Hungarian pianist, composer)*31.July.1886.
1990: Stevie Brock (American pop singer).
1987: Faye Hamlin (Swedish lead singer; Play).
1983: Matthew Shultz (US lead singer, guitar; Cage the Elephant)
Harvey/Susan Oluwabimpe Filani (Nigerian R&B, pop singer)*14.Feb.2013.
1981: Yoo Soo-Young (South Korean singer, actress)
1971: Carlo Forlivesi (Italian composer).
1967: Dale Crover (US drummer, multi-musician; Melvins/Men of Porn/Altamont/Nirvana).
1964: Robert Trujillo (US bassist; Suicidal Tendencies/Metallica)
1959: Weird Al /Alfred Matthew Yankovic (US singer, comedian, accordionist,
1958: Rosemarie Nabinger (German singer).
1957: Kelly Marie (British disco singer)
1956: Dwight Yoakam (US country songwriter, singer, actor)
1953: Pauline Black (UK lead singer; Selecter)
1952: Pierre Moerlen (French international drummer, percussionist)*03.May.2005.
1951: Charly Garcia (Argentine singer; Serú Girán/solo)
1949: Michael Burston (UK lead guitar; Motorhead).
1948: Belita Karen Woods (US singer; Brainstorm/Parliament-Funkadelic)*14.May.2012.
1947: Greg Ridley (UK bass player; Humble Pie/Spooky Tooth)*19.Nov.2003.
1945: Kim Larsen (Danish singer).
1944: Mike Harding (English singer, comedian)
1943: Roger Scott (UK radio disc jockey; London's Capital Radio'others)*31.Oct.1989.
Tom Wells (Bermudian-born US television
1940: Ellie Gaye/Eleanor Greenwich (US multi-award winning songwriter,
1939: Charlie Foxx (US guitarist, vocals; The Inez & Charlie
Yvonne Staples (US gospel singer; The Staple Singers)
(Belgian jazz multi-musician,composer,
1927: William "Sonny" Criss (US alto saxophonist; Howard
(US TV host, comedian,
1925: Manos Hadjidakis (Greek Academy Award-winning composer)*15.June.1994.
1923: Ned Rorem (US composer).
1994: Krystal Jung (US-born Korean singer)
1986: Drake/Aubrey Graham (Canadian actor, rapper).
1984: Kaela Kimura (Japanese model, singer).
Adrienne Bailon (American actress, singer).
1983: VV Brown/Vanessa Brown (UK singer)
1980: Monica Arnold (US R&B singer)
1979: Ben Gillies (Australian drummer; Silverchair).
1978: Justin Lee Brannan (US guitarist, musician; Indecision/Most
1973: Madlib/Otis Jackson Jr (US rapper, DJ, multi-instrumentalist,
1971: Eds Chester (UK drummer; Bluetones/Soho).
1970: Alonza Bevan (UK bassist; Kula Shaker).
1969: Rob Green (UK drummer; Toploader)
1962: Debbie Googe (UK bassist; My Bloody Valentine/Snowpony)
1961: Rick Margitza (American jazz tenor saxophonist).
1959: 'Weird Al' Yankovic (US comedy pop singer, actor, writer)
(Russian-born Austrian-American conductor)*15.March.2011.
1959: Rowland S. Howard (Australian guitarist, singer-songwriter;
1954: Tiny/Perry Lee Tavares (US
1954: Jozef Rá (Slovak singer; Elán).
1951: "Big" Ron O'Brien (US disc jockey)*27.April.2008.
1950: Steven Greenberg (US composer,songwriter, label owner, producer)
1948: Barry Ryan/Barry Sapherson (UK singer; Marion Ryan's twin
1948: Paul Ryan/ Paul Sapherson (UK singer; Marion Ryan's twin
1948: Dale "Buffin" Griffin (UK drums; Mott The Hoople)
1947: Edgar Broughton (UK vocalist, guitar, keyboards; Edgar Broughton
1946: Rob Van Leeuwen (guitar, mandoline; Shocking Blue/Motions)
1946: Jerry Edmonton/Jerry McCrohan (Canadian drummer; Sparrow/Steppenwolf)*28.Nov.1993.
1945: Elton Dean (UK saxophonist; Long John B./Keith Tippett/Soft
1945: Alan Titus (US baritone classical singer).
1944: Ray Downs (US author, country singer).
1944: Ted Templeman (US singer, guitarist, drummer; The Tikis/Harpers
Richard Alan "Ricky" Brooks (UK
The Brook Brothers)
(American jazz tenor saxophonist).
1937: Santo Farina (US steel guitar; Santo & Johnny)
Jimmy Dawkins (US Chicago blues-electric blues guitarist, singer)*10.April.2013.
Wyman (UK bassist; Rolling Stones/ Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings).
Bilson (American pianist, music professor).
1931: Sofia Gubaidulina (Russian composer).
1930: The Big Bopper/Jiles Perry
Richardson (US singer, DJ, songwriter)*03.Feb.1959.
1929: George Crumb (American composer)
1927: Jean-Claude Pascal (French singer)*05.May.1992.
1927: Gilbert Bécaud (French singer, composer, actor)*18.Dec.2001.
1925: Luciano Berio (Italian composer)*27.May.2003.
1925: Bob Azzam (Egyptian singer)*24.July.2004.
(Austrian opera singer)*22.Nov.2011.
Robin Scott (British
BBC music controller, other
1913: Tito Gobbi (Italian baritone)*05.March.1984.
1911: Terry 'Sonny'
(US blues singer, harmonica; Jook House Rockers/Buckshot 5)*11.March.1986.
Austin Peralta (US
jazz pianist, composer)*21.Nov.2012.
1986: DJ Webstar/Troy
(US DJ, retro rapper, producer).
Ciara Harris (US
singer, dancer, fashion model).
1984: Sara Helena Lumholdt (Swedish musician;
1984: Katy Perry/Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (American
Beneto Edwards (Jamaican reggae singer).
1982: Eman Lam (Hong Kong singer; at17)
1981: Josh Henderson (US actor, singer)
1981: Jerome Isaac Jones (US singer).
1981: Austin Winkler (US lead vocalist;
1979: Natasha Khan aka Bats for Lashes
(British singer piano, guitar, harpsichord, autoharp).
1975: Eirik Glambek Bøe (Norwegian
1971: Athena Chu (Hong Kong actress,
1971: Neil Fallon (US rhythm guitarist,
lead singer; Clutch/ The Company Band).
1971: Midori Goto (Japanese violinist).
1970: Ed Robertson (Canadian singer,
guitar; Barenaked Ladies).
1968: Todd Thomas (rap artist; Arrested Development).
1964: Nicole Seibert née Hohloch (German singer).
1964: Nick Thorp (UK bassist; Curiosity Killed The Cat).
1963: John Leven (Swedish bassist; Europe).
1961: Chad Smith (US drummer; Red Hot Chili Peppers).
1959: Christina Amphlett (Australian singer, actress; Divinyls)*21.April.2013.
1957: Robbie McIntosh (guitar; The Pretenders/PaulMcCartney/freelance).
1955: Matthias Jabs (German guitarist; Scorpions).
1955: Robin Eubanks (US jazz trombonist).
1951: Richard Lloyd (US guitarist; Television/solo/sessionist).
1950: Chris Norman (UK singer; Smokie/solo).
(US blues musician, artist)*25.Nov.2011.
1947: Barry Landemen (UK keyboardist; Vanity Fare).
1947: Glenn Tipton (UK guitar, keyboards; Judas Priest).
Peter Lieberson (US composer)*23.April.2011.
1946: John Hall (UK drummer, The Equals).
1944: Taffy Danoff/Taffy Nivert (US singer, songwriter; Fat City/Starland
1944: Jon Anderson (UK singer; Warriors/Yes/Jon & Vangelis).
1944: Björn Johansson Lindh (Swedish flautist, keyboardist,
Armistead (US bluegrass banjois, jug player, singer; Tennessee Mafia
1941: Helen Reddy (Australian singer, songwriter, actress).
Jeanne 'Gloria' Black (US singer).
(American singer-songwriter and guitarist)*05.Jan.2009.
1927: Barbara Cook (US actress, Broardway singer).
1926: Galina Vishnevskaya (Russian soprano).
1926: Jimmy Heath aka Little Bird (US jazz sax player; Heath Brothers/freelance).
1912: Minnie Pearl/Sarah Ophelia Colley (US comedienne, singer)*05.March.1996.
1902: Eddie Lang (American jazz guitarist)*26.March.1933.
1838: Georges Bizet (French composer of piano
1825: Johann Strauss
II /Jr (Vienna's greatest composer of light music)*03.June.1899.
1984: Amanda Overmyer (US singer; American
1981: Guy Sebastian (Australian singer; winner of 1st Australian Idol
1978: Mark Barry (UK vocalist, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy; BBMak).
1974: Lisa/Elizabeth Sakura Narita (Japanese-Colombian singer,
writer, producer; m-flo)
1971: Anthony Rapp (US singer, actor; Mark Cohen in the Broadway
1967: Keith Urban (New Zealand born Australian country singer-songwriter,
guitar; married Nicole Kidman)
1966: Masaharu Iwata (Japanese composer)
1965: Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing (Hong Kong singer, dancer, actor)
1965: Judge Jules/Julius O'Riordan (UK remixer, producer, dance
1963: Natalie Merchant (US singer, piano, songwriter; 10,000 Maniacs)
1962: Steve Wren (UK drummer; Then Jerico)
1953: Keith Strickland (US guitarist, drums, keyboards, programming;
1952: David Was/David Weiss (US flute, keyboards, harmonica, producer;
Was (Not Was)).
1951: Tommy Mars (US keyboard; Frank Zappa/Steve Vai/Stuart Hamm/Band
1951: Maggie Roche (Irish-American singer, hammered dulcimer, multi
1951: William "Bootsy" Collins (US bassist, Pacesetters/Funkadelic/Bootsy's
1946: Keith Hopwood (UK guitar; Herman's Hermits)
1944: Michael Piano (US singer; Sandpipers)
1941: Charlie Landsborough (UK singer, songwriter, guitarist).
1936: Alvin W. Casey
guitarist, multi-musician; session musician/The
1934: Hans-Joachim Rödelius (German composer, multi-musician,
1929: Neal Matthews Jr (US
1927: Warne Marsh (US
tenor saxophonist; solo/Supersax)*18.Dec.1987.
E. Myers aka Jimmy DeKnight (US
actor, producer, raconteur)*09.May.2001.
(Swedish choral conductor and teacher)*16.Feb.2013.
1913: Charlie Barnet (US jazz saxophonist and bandleader)*04.Sept.1991.
1911: Mahalia Jackson (US legendary gospel singer;Johnson Brothers/solo)*27.Jan.1972.
1685: Domenico Scarlatti (Italian composer, harpsicord, organ,
1984: Kelly Osbourne (UK
singer, celebrity girl; Osbournes TV Show)
1981: Salem Al Fakir (Swedish singer, multi-musician)
1980: Tanel Padar (Estonian singer; winner the Eurovision Song
1980: Jeku/Jake Jensen (Canadian guitarist, piano, Jew's harp,
1978: Puma Washington/Sabrina Washington (UK singer, dancer; Mis-
1978: Vanessa-Mae (Singapore/UK violinist, piano, actress; Philharmonia
1972: Marika Krook (Finnish singer, actress)
1972: Elissa/Elissar Zakaria Khoury (Lebanese singer).
1970: Adrian Erlandsson (Swedish heavy metal drummer; Cradle of
1967: Scott Weiland (US lead singer: Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet
1963: Farin Urlaub/Jan Ulrich Max Vetter (German singer, guitarist;
1958: Simon Le Bon (UK lead singer, lyricist; Duran Duran/solo).
1958: Felix Wurman (US cellist, composer)*26.Dec.2009.
1956: Hazell Dean (UK singer, composer, producer)
1953: Peter Dodd (UK guitar, Thompson Twins)
1952: Topi Sorsakoski (Finnish singer; Agents/other bands/solo)*13.Aug.2011.
Brigitte Engerer (French classical pianist)*23.June.2012.
1951: Ken "K.K." Downing Jr (UK guitar; Judas Priest)
1951: Éric Morena (French singer)
1949: Garry Tallent (US bass player; Bruce Springsteen's E Street
1949: Byron Allred (keyboards, producer; Steve Miller Band)
Dodd/Joseph Dodd Jr (US actor, singer,
drummer; Mickey Mouse Club/Standells)*29.Nov.2013.
(UK folk singer
with hits such as 'Rosie' & 'Blue Eyes').
1942: Lee Greenwood (American singer)
Ribeiro/Peri Oliveira Martins (Brazilian singer of Bossa Nova, MPB,
1933: Floyd Cramer (US Hall of Fame pianist; sessionist/solo)*31.Dec.1997.
1928: Gilles Vigneault (Canadian poet, singer, songwriter).
Gary Chester/Cesario Gurciullo (American-Italian
top session drummer)*Aug.17.1987.
1922: Poul Bundgaard (Danish actor, singer)*03.June.1998.
Conlon Nancarrow (American - later Mexican citizen composer)*10.Aug.1997.
1782: Niccolò Paganini (Italian violin virtuoso, composer)*27.May.1840.
1988: Devon Murray (Irish singer, actor).
1982: Mai Kuraki (Japanese pop singer)
1979: Natina Reed (US singer,
rapper, actress; Blaque)*27.Oct.2012.
1979: Aki Hakala (Finnish drummer, The Rasmus)
1978: Justin Guarini/Justin Eldrin Bell (US singer; runner-up on the
debut of American Idol).
1976: Karl Tremblay (Canadian singer; Les Cowboys Fringants).
1972: Brad Paisley (US country singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1969: Ben Harper (US vocalist, guitar, steel guitar: NOT Yellowcard
1963: Eros Ramazzotti (Italian singer).
1959: Neville Henry (UK saxophonist; Blow Monkeys)
1958: William Reid (Scottish guitarist; Jesus and Mary Chain/solo).
1957: Stephen Morris (UK drummer, New Order).
singer, composer, songwriter)*16.Nov.2000.
1956: Dave Wyndorf (US singer; Monster Magnet).
1953: Desmond Child (US songwriter)
1948: Telma Hopkins (US singer, actress; Tony Orlando and Dawn).
1947: George Glover
(UK keyboardist; Climax Chicago Blues Band)
1947: Busi Mhlongo (Sth.
African virtuoso singer,
1945: Elton Dean
(UK alto saxophone; Bluesology/ Keith Tippett Sextet/Soft Machine)*08.Feb.2006.
1945: Wayne Fontana/Glyn Ellis (UK singer; Wayne Fontana &
1943: Conny Froboess (German singer).
1941: Hank Marvin/Brian Robson Rankin (UK guitar; The Shadows).
1941: Curtis Lee (US singer).
1939: Jim Post (US singer-songwriter)
1937: Graham Bond (UK vocalist, sax, organ; Graham Bond Organisation)*08.May.1974.
1936: Charlie Daniels (US Sth.rock & jazz singer, guitar, fiddle).
1936: Carl Davis (American-born musical conductor, composer).
1928: Iry LeJeune (US Cajun accordionist)*08.Oct.1955.
1927: Cleo Laine/Clementina Dinah Campbell (UK jazz singer)
1922: Gershon Kingsley (German composer).
1909: Josef Gingold (Russian-American violinist, teacher)*11.Jan.1995.
1896: Howard Hanson (American composer)*26.Feb.1981.
1892: Oliver "Dink" Johnson
(jazz pianist, clarinetist, drums)*29.Nov.1954.
1987: Makoto Ogawa
(Japanese singer; Morning Musume)
1983: Amit Paul (Indian singer)
1982: Ariel Lin (Taiwanese actress, singer)
(Polish drummer; Vader/Dies Irae/sessions)*20.Aug.2005.
1970: Toby Smith (UK keyboards; Jamiroquai)
1969: Roni Size/Ryan Williams (UK drum 'n' bass DJ and producer,
1997 Mercury Music Prize-winner)
1968: Tsunku/Mitsuo Terada (Japanese music producer)
1965: Peter Timmins (Canadian drummer; Cowboy Junkies)
1962: Einar Örn Benediktsson (Icelandic singer, trumpet; Sugarcubes/Björk)
1961: Steven Randall "Randy" Jackson (US singer, conga;
1955: Kevin DuBrow (US lead singer; Quiet Riot)*25.Nov.2007.
1955: Roger O'Donnell (UK keyboardist; Cure/Psychedelic Furs/Thompson
1954: Stephen Luscombe (UK vocalist, multi-musician, Blancmange)
1952: Rich Lataille (US alto sax player; Roomful of Blues/others)
1951: David Paton (Scottish bassist; Pilot/Bay City Rollers/others/solo/sessionist)
1949: James Williamson (US guitarist; The Stooges/Iggy Pop)
1948: Ricky "Ricochet"
Reynolds (US guitarist; Black Oak Arkansas)
Audun Tylden (Norwegian music executive, record producer)*24.Jan.2011.
1946: Peter Green (UK
guitarist, vocals, songwriter; Fleetwood
Mac/The Splinter Group/guest)
1946: Lynn Carey (US actress, singer; Mama Lion)
1945: Frankie Connor (UK rhythm guitarist, radio DJ; The Hideaways)?
1945: Melba Moore (US R&B singer, actress)
1945: Mickey Gallagher (UK Hammond organist, keyboardist; Ian Dury
and the Blockheads/top sessionist).
1944: Denny Laine/Brian Haines (UK guitarist, vocals; Moody Blues/co-founder
1940: Frida Boccara (French singer; 1969
Eurovision Song Contest)*01.Aug.1996.
1930: Natalie Sleeth (US composer)*21.March.
1930: Omara Portuondo (Cuban singer)
1926: Jon S. Vickers (Canadian opera singer; Londons Royal
1925: Zoot Sims/John Haley Sims (US jazz saxophonist)*23.March.1985.
Haim Hefer (Israeli
songwriter, poet and writer)*18.Sept.2012.
1922: Neal Hefti (US jazz musician)*11.Oct.2008.
1917: Eddie Constantine/Edward Constantinowsky (US actor, singer)*25.Feb.1993.
1916: Hadda Brooks
(US jazz singer, pianist, composer)*21.Nov.2002.
1891: Fanny Brice/Fania Borach (US singer, actress, comedian)*29.May.1951.
1989: Vanessa White (UK singer; The Saturdays)
1989: Jay Asforis (US singer)
1984: Keisha Buchanan (UK singer; Sugababes)
1976: Kassidy Osborn
(US singer; SheDaisy)
1975: Ian D'Sa (UK guitarist, vocalist; Canadian
band Billy Talent)
1971: Ahn Jae Wook (South Korean actor, singer)
1970: Maja Tatic (Bosnian singer; Bosnian finalist for the Eurovision
1969: Masanori Hikichi (Japanese composer)
1968: Snow/Darrin O'Brien (Canadian reggae, rapper artist)
1965: Gavin Rossdale (UK lead singer, guitar; Bush/Institute/solo)
1963: Jerry De Borg (UK guitarist; Jesus Jones)
1962: Geoff Beauchamp (UK guitar; Eighth Wonder)
1957: Pierre Bensusan (French-Algerian guitarist).
1949: David Green (Australian bassist; Air Supply)
1947: Timothy B Schmit
(US bass, vocals; Eagles)
1946: Chris Slade (Welsh rock drummer; Asia/AC-DC/Gary Numan/Uriah
1941: Otis Williams (US tenor/baritone singer;Temptations)
1939: Grace Slick/Grace Wing (US singer; Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson
1939: Eddie Holland (US singer, songwriter, producer; Holland/Dozier/Holland)
1934: Frans Brüggen (Dutch conductor, recorder player, baroque
1930: Clifford Brown (US jazz trumpet player)*26.June.1956.
1926: Dave Myers (US guitarist, bassist; Chicago blues band/The
1922: Jane White (US actress, singer)
1914: Richard E Holz (US composer)*Aug.1986.
1908: Patsy Montana/Ruby Rose Blevins (US country music singer,
Daleste/Daniel Pedreira Senna Pellegrine
funk singer, songwriter, rapper)*07.July.2013.
1982: Monica Irimia (Romanian/British singer; Cheeky Girls).
1982: Gabriela Irimia (Romanian/British singer; Cheeky Girls).
1981: Selina/Jen Chia-Hsüan (Taiwanese singer; S.H.E/solo).
1981: Jon Crocker (US songwriter, folk singer, one-man-band).
1981: Frank Iero (US guitarist; My Chemical Romance/Leathermouth/others)
1980: Alondra de la Parra (Mexican founder of the Philharmonic
Orchestra of the Americas)
Ferrer (French singer, actress)
1974: Roger Manganelli (Brazilian bassist, vocals; Less Than Jake)
Saad (Danish rapper)*24.June.2007.
1970: Rogers Stevens (US guitarist; Blind Melon)
1970: Mitch Harris (US guitarist; Napalm Death/others)
1970: Johnny Moeller (US blues guitarist; The Fabulous Thunderbirds).
1970: Malin "Linn" Berggren (Swedish singer; Ace Of Base)
1968: Alistair "Ally" McErlaine (Scottish guitarist;
1968: Al Mackenzie (Irish musician, producer; D:Ream/others)
1967: Vanilla Ice/Robert Van Winkle (US rap artist)
1966: King Ad-Rock/Adam Horovitz (US rap artist; Beastie Boys)
1966: Annabella Lwin (Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter, record
producer; Bow Wow Wow)
Worley (US country singer)
1964: Colm O'Ciosoig (Irish drummer; My Bloody Valentine)
1963: Johnny Marr (UK guitarist, songwriter; Smiths)
1963: Mikkey Dee (Swedish drummer; Motorhead)
1961: Kate Campbell (US singer, acoustic guitar, songwriter)
1961: Larry Mullen Jr (Irish drummer; U2)
1957: Robert Pollard (US singer-songwriter; Guided by Voices)
1957: Brian Stokes Mitchell (US singer, actor)
1952: Tony Bowers (UK bassist; Durutti Column /Simply Red)
1952: Bernard Edwards (US bassist, producer, vocals; Chic/others)*18.April.1996.
1951: Doug Bennett (Canadian singer, songwriter; Doug & the
1949: Bob C. Benberg/Bob Siebenberg (US drummer, composer; Supertramp/others)
1946: Chris Slade/Christopher Rees (Welsh drummer; Manfred Mann's
Earth Band/Asia/ AC/DC).
1945: Russ Ballard (UK singer, multi-instumentalist, songwriter; Argent/others)
1944: Richard "Kinky"
Friedman (singer, songwriter; The Texas
Griffiths (Welsh guitarist in the original lineup of The Quarry Men)*29.Jan.2005.
1939: Ali Farka Touré (Malian guitar virtuoso)*07.March.2006.
(US session drummer, rock and jazz)*07.Jan.2004.
1937: Tom Paxton (US folk singer, songwriter, musician)
1928: Billy Bowman (US steel pedal guitar)*06.Aug.1989.
Jimmy Savile (UK disc jockey, TV presenter, charity fundraiser)*29.Oct.2011.
César Portillo de la Luz (Cuban musician, lyricist, composer)*04.May.2013.
1922: Ted Nash (US alto/tenor jazz saxophonist not to be confused
with his nephew Ted Nash)*12.May.2011.
1921: Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (US jazzman, tenor sax)*22.July.2004.
1920: Joseph Gelineau (French composer)*08.Aug.2008.
Jarvis (US jazz pianist, organist, programer)*25.Jan.2010.
1912: Dale Evans/Frances Octavia Smith (singer, songwriter, actress)*07.Feb.2001.
1896: Ethel Waters (Oscar-nominated American blues vocalist)*01.Sept.1977.
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REMEMBER THIS MONTH
Harrison Verrett (56) American guitarist and banjo player.
He worked with Papa Celestin, Kid Ory and with his brother in-law Fats
Domino (?) b. February
1708: John Blow (59) British
composer and organist of Westminster Abbey and writer of over 100 anthems.
Born at Newark, Nottinghamshire, he wrote for the king and was appointed
Composer to the Chapel Royal. His pupils included William Croft, Jeremiah
Clarke and Henry Purcell. (He died at his house in Broad Sanctuary,
and buried in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey). (baptised
1975: Al Jackson Jr (39) American drummer
with the legendary Stax band, Booker T and the MG's. He started out
in his fathers band at the age of 5. He later began playing in Willie
Mitchell's band and the Ben Branch Band. In the 1960s he was a founding
member of the group, Booker T. & The MG'S.
Al was called "The Human Timekeeper" for his drumming ability,
he designed the groove and thats what the band played to.
Their many hits include "Green Onions," "Hip Hug-Her,"
"Hang 'Em High," and "Time Is Tight" accompanying
such greats as, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett, William
Bell and Al Green. ( Al was murdered after confronting
an intruder in his home) b. November 27th
Freddy Martin (76)
American bandleader and tenor saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Raised largely in an orphanage and with various relatives, he started
out playing drums, switching to C-melody saxophone and later tenor saxophone.
He recorded first for Columbia Records in 1932, then Brunswick Records
till 1938. Afterwards he appeared on RCA's Bluebird and Victor Records.
The band also recorded pseudonymously in the early '30s, backing singers
such as Will Osborne. His real success came in 1941 with an arrangement
from the first movement of Tchaikovskys B-flat piano concerto.
He recorded the piece instrumentally, but soon lyrics were put in and
it was re-cut as "Tonight We Love" with Clyde Rogers' vocal
- becoming his biggest hit. Freddys popularity as a bandleader
led him to Hollywood in the 1940s where he and his band appeared in
a handful of films, including Seven Days' Leave in 1942, Stage Door
Canteen in 1943 and 1948's
Time, among others (sadly died after a lingering illness) b.
December 9th 1906.
McVann (21) English drummer
in the band Soul of Socialism, and also a founding member of "The
Farm" along with Peter Hooton, Steve Grimes, John Melvin in 1983.
1984, Andy and The Farm released
their debut single, "Hearts and Minds", produced by Graham
"Suggs" McPherson (Andy died in a car
crash during a police chase) b.1965
Ray (45) American lead singer
with The Moments and Ray, Goodman & Brown;
The Moments had a total of 27 R&B chart hits, but his biggest hit
came with Ray,Goodman
& Brown's "Special Lady".
He was strongly involved in writing & producing much of their material
as well as performing, production and writing duties for All-Platinum's
other artists. He recorded
a duet with Sylvia Robinson "Sho Nuff Boogie", although it
was billed as Sylvia & the Moments) in 1973.
(died suddenly from a stroke)
b. Dec 15th 1946
1996: Joonas Kokkonen (74) Finnish
composer, he served in the Finnish army during WW2 with great distinction.
He studied at the University of Helsinki, and later at the Sibelius
Academy, where he afterwards taught composition. He went on to become
one of the most internationally famous Finnish composers of the 20th
century after Sibelius. His first success was his 1st symphony in '60.
In the 60s-early 70s he won many prizes for his work and he was appointed
to the Finnish Academy upon the death of Uuno Klami. Joonas
wrote 4 symphonies and other large
orchestral works that are very unique in the Finnish musical history,
vocal works, like his "Requiem" and the Opera "The Last
Temptations" and a great number of large chamber works, like the
3 String Quartets. His 1975 opera The Last Temptations
has received over 500 performances worldwide, and is considered by many
to be Finland's most distinguished national opera.
(?) b. November 13th
The date of Joonas Kokkonen's
death has been variously reported as October 1st 1996 (New Grove Dictionary,
and various internet sources); October 2nd 1996 (internet sources, including
the Finnish Music Center); and October 20th 1996 (New Grove Dictionary
1998: Pauline Julien, CQ (70) Canadian
singer, songwriter, actress, feminist activist and Quebec sovereigntist
in Trois-Rivières, Québec. She worked with Gilles Vigneault
and recorded with him as well as performing pro-independence songs in
Montréal clubs as early as 1964 and later made a career as one
of Québec's most successful female popular singers. Julien's
best-loved songs include "La Manic". In 1994 France decorated
her with the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and was made a
Chevalière de l'Ordre national du Québec (after
being diagnosed with a debilitating brain disease, tragically Julien
took her own life) b. May 23rd 1928.
1999: Lena Zavaroni (35)
Scottish singer, acoustic guitarist and TV show host.
Born in Greenock, she was discovered in the summer of 1973 by record
producer Tommy Scott, who was on holiday in Rothesay and heard her singing
in a band with her father
and uncle. In 1974 Lena appeared on Hughie Greens Opportunity
Knocks and won the show for a record-breaking five weeks running. She
followed this with the album "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me",
at only 10 years of age, she is the youngest person in history to have
an album in the UK top
10 album chart. Also in
'74 she sang at a Hollywood charity show with Frank Sinatra and Lucille
Ball. She appeared in the Morecambe and Wise Show, the '76 Royal Variety
Show and performed at the White House for President Gerald Ford. While
attending London's Italia Conti Academy stage school, Lena met and became
long-term friends with child star Bonnie Langford. The two starred in
the TV special Lena
and Bonnie. Between
1979 and 1982, Lena had her own TV series on the BBC, Lena Zavaroni
and Music, her guests included Spike Milligan and Les Dawson.
had suffered badly from anorexia since the age of 14,
she died from pneumonia 3 weeks after an operation for leukotomy)
Allen / Robert
Allen Deitcher (73) American pianist and songwriter,
born in Troy, New York. He
was an accompanist for Perry Como, Peter Lind Hayes, and Arthur Godfrey.
Some of his compositions were collaborations with lyricist Al Stillman.
His many songs include "You Alone (Solo Tu)", "It's Not
for Me to Say", "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays",
"To Know You (Is to Love You)", "Everybody Loves a Lover",
"If Dreams Came True", and "Chances Are" (?)
b. February 5th 1927.
2004: Bruce Palmer (58)
Canadian bassist; brought
up in Toronto, Canada, Bruce began playing music at age 10. He played
in the Mynah Birds with a young Rick James, which would eventually include
fellow Canadian Neil Young. Mynah Birds auditioned for Motown Records
but split when James left the band. He went on to co-found Buffalo Springfield
in April 1966 in Toronto with Young, Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin and
Richie Furay. Over just 19 months in 1967 and '68, the group established
itself as a folk/country/rock pioneer, producing the transcendent political
anthem "For What It's Worth". Bruce left Buffalo Springfield
in January 1968, replaced by Jim Messina, but the band was finished
shortly thereafter. He went on to release a 1971 solo album for Verve,
"The Cycle is Complete," featuring James on percussion. In
1982, Bruce reteamed with Young
(Bruce sadly died of a heart attack)
b. September 9th
2005: Paul Pena (55)
songwriter and guitarist of Cape Verdean descent. His
music from the first half of his career touched on Delta blues, jazz,
morna, flamenco, folk and rock and roll. In February 1969, his band
played for a week at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, opening twice,
for both Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and The Grateful Dead,
after which they moved to San Francisco. Paul is probably best known
for writing the song "Jet Airliner," a major 1977 hit for
the Steve Miller Band and a staple of classic rock radio; and for appearing
in the 1999 documentary film Genghis Blues, wherein he displayed his
abilities in the field of Tuvan throat singing (he
died after a long brave battle with diabetes and pancreatitis)
2007: Ronnie Hazlehurst (79) British
conductor and theme song composer born in Dukinfield, Cheshire. During
his spare time, he played in a band, and soon became a professional.
His band appeared on the BBC Light Programme. He left and moved to Manchester,
where he became a freelance musician until he was offered a place on
another band at a nightclub in London. Ronnie then worked at Granada
for about a year in 1955. He joined the BBC in 1961, became its Light
Entertainment Musical Director.
composed the theme tunes for many well known British sitcoms and shows
of the 1970s and 1980s, including Are You Being Served?; Last of the
Summer Wine; Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em; Yes Minister
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin; To the Manor Born and Three Up,
Two Down to mention a few. In addition, he wrote the theme tunes for
the sketch show The Two Ronnies, the game shows Blankety Blank, Odd
One Out and Bruce Forsyth's The Generation Game and the chat show Wogan.
Ronnie was also involved with the Eurovision Song Contest and was the
musical director when the event was hosted by the United Kingdom in
1974, 1977 and 1982. He conducted the British entry on seven occasions,
in '77, '82, '87, '88, '89, '91 and '92. In 1999, he was awarded a Gold
Badge from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters
(died after suffering a stroke) b. March
2011: David Bedford (74) British
composer and keyboard player born in Hendon, London. He studied music
at the Royal Academy of Music and later in Venice. In 1969, he was engaged
to orchestrate Kevin Ayers' album Joy of a Toy, on which he also played
keyboards, this led to his role as keyboardist for Ayers' cult band
'The Whole World', which led to numerous collaborations with musicians
from the rock world, most notably in arrangements for Mike Oldfield,
Elvis Costello, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Roy Harper, Propaganda, China
Crisis, Enya, Billy Bragg and many more. For over 30 years he has received
commissions from major orchestras, festivals, ensembles and soloists,
including the English Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Singcircle,
Electric Phoenix, Endymion Ensemble, Sir Peter Pears, Jane's Minstrels,
BASBWE, The Composers Ensemble, The Aldeburgh Festival, Harrogate Festival,
Spitalfields Festival, Chelmsford Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Kings
Lynn Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival and many BBC commissions
including 4 for the Proms. Also from 1969 to 1981, David was Composer
in Residence at Queen's College, London. From 1968 to 1980, he taught
music in a number of London secondary schools. In 1996 he was appointed
Composer in Association with the English Sinfonia. In 2001 he was appointed
Chairman of the Performing Right Society, having previously been Deputy
Chairman (sadly David
died while fighting lung cancer) b.
August 4th 1937.
2013: John Hopkins AM OBE (86)
Australian conductor and music administrator;
he was born in Yorkshire, UK, where he became one of the youngest ever
conductors of a BBC orchestra. In 1957 he moved to New Zealand then
moved to Australia in the 1960s where he became the director of music
at the ABC. He founded the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and started an
orchestra at the Great Barrier Reef.
Never loosing touch with music in New Zealnd he led the National Orchestra
of New Zealand, as well as the New Zealand Opera Company and founded
the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra. He conducted the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra in 1987 for one of New Zealands first Composers
Reading Workshops and
also took orchestral music to parts of South Africa. In 1970 John was
named an Officer of the British Empire and this year, 2013, he was made
a Member of the Order of Australia
July 19th 1927.
Bola de Nieve/Ignacio Jacinto Villa (60) Cuban
singer-pianist and songwriter; he studied at the Mateu Conservatoire
of Havana, worked as a chauffeur and played piano for silent films until
his friend Rita Montaner took him on as an accompanist in the early
'30s taking him to Mexico. He stayed in Mexico and developed an original
performance style as a pianist-singer. He became an elite, sophisticated
cabaret stylist known for ironic patter, subtle musical interpretation,
with a repertoire that included songs in French, English, Catalan, Portuguese
and Italian and he toured widely in Europe and the Americas (?)
b. September 11th 1911.
1976: Quentin "Butter"
American jazz trombonist
born in Springfield, Ohio; in his early career he worked with Cab Calloway
and was in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Later he did notable work with
Charles Mingus, Kenny Burrell, and others.(?)
b. January 13th 1909.
1981: Hazel Scott (61)
Indian jazz and classical pianist and singer;
born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in New York City
from the age of four. She performed extensively on piano as a child,
then trained at the Juilliard School. She appeared in the production
Priorities of 1942 and performed numerous times at the Carnegie Hall.
She was known for improvising on classical themes and also played boogie-woogie,
blues, and ballads and her
album Relaxed Piano Moods with Charles Mingus and Max Roach, is highly
regarded by critics today. Hazel
was the first coloured lady to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott
Show, which premiered on the DuMont Television Network on July 3rd 1950.
However, due to her public opposition
to McCarthyism and racial segregation, the show was canceled, the final
broadcast was September 29th 1950. Hazel also appeared in numerous films,
including 'Something To Shout About', 'I Dood It', 'Broadway Rhythm',
'The Heat's On' and 'Rhapsody in Blue' (?)
b. June 11th 1920.
1989: "Cousin Joe" Pleasant/Pleasant
American blues vocalist and guitarist born in Wallace, Louisiana;
he made a name for himself on the Crescent City nightclub circuit of
the mid-1930s before relocating to New York City in 1942. He is now
more famous for his 1940s recordings with clarinetist Sidney Bechet
and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow. He recorded an impromptu 1971 session
under the title Bad Luck Blues, followed in 1973 by Cousin Joe from
December 20th 1907.
singer and actress, born in Des Moines, Iowa; by 1932, she was performing
in vaudeville when she met the saxophone-playing bandleader Ozzie Nelson,
who hired her to sing with the band, under the name Harriet Hilliard.
They married three years later. Harriot
also went on to have a respectable film career and as a solo performer,
as well as her work with the band. She is also well known for her role
on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Harriet died of congestive heart failure)
b. July 18th 1909.
1998: Gene Autry (91) American
performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies
and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s.
Gene was also owner of the Los Angeles/California Angels Major League
Baseball team from 1961 to 1997, as well as a television station and
several radio stations in southern California.
his signature song was "Back in the Saddle Again", he is best
known today for his Christmas holiday songs, his self penned "Here
Comes Santa Claus", "Frosty the Snowman", and his biggest
hit, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". He was a member of
both the Country Music and Nashville Songwriters halls of fame, and
is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
b. September 29th 1907.
1999: Georg Tintner CM (82) Austrian-born
conductor whose career was principally in New Zealand, Australia, and
a child he was a singer in the Vienna Boys' Choir, and studied composition
and conducting at the Vienna State Academy. In
1938, he moved out of Vienna before moving to Auckland, New Zealand
in 1940. He conducted a church choir until after the war, when he took
over the Auckland Choral Society in 1947, and the Auckland String Players
in 1948. He became a New Zealand citizen in 1946. In 1954, he went to
Australia and became resident conductor of the National Opera of Australia
before joining the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera in 1957.
He spent a year with the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra 1966-67 and three
years with Sadler's Wells Opera 1967-70 before returning to Australia
as Music Director of the West Australian Opera. In 1974, he rejoined
the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera, by then known as the
Australian Opera. He became Music Director of the Queensland Theatre
Orchestra in 1976. In 1987 he moved to Canada, where he became director
of Symphony Nova Scotia. In 1998, he was made a Member of the Order
(so sadly after a six-year
struggle with cancer, Georg
jumped to his death from
the balcony of his 11th-storey Halifax apartment)
b. May 22nd 1917.
2007: Tawn Mastrey (53)
disc jockey, music video producer, and one of rock radio's top media
was among the first to add new artists such as AC/DC, Cheap Trick, The
Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Devo, The Police, Joan Jett, and other now
legendary bands to the playlist while working as Music Director at KSJO,
the San Francisco Bay highest rated Album Oriented Rock station during
the late 1970s, Tawn had a profound impact on the fate of Hard
Rock, Punk, New Wave and later Heavy Metal music at KNAC where the subsequent
Los Angeles Metal Band scene gave birth to artists like Ratt, Mötley
Crüe, Guns NRoses et al. As a fairly open minded
Music Director and DJ at KSJO, Tawn was a deciding voice in which new
artists would be played and added to the KSJO catalogue and decidedly
liberal playlist which only required DJs to play Star
artists after commercial breaks (effects of hepatitis
C, which she contracted as a child) b.
August 20th 1954.
2010: Art Jarvinen (54)
American composer, teacher
and musician, originally from Ohio. He attended the California Institute
of the Arts, studying percussion. He eventually studied composition
there with Morton Subotnick, Stephen Mosko, and Earle Brown. Art composed
over 80 compositions and worked closely with both Frank Zappa and Captain
Beefheart. In 1981, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree and began
teaching at the California Institute of the Arts. That same year Art
became an the original member of
the California EAR Unit, an American chamber ensemble dedicated to the
performance of contemporary classical music (?)
2012: Big Jim Sullivan/James George Tomkins
(71) British guitarist born in Middlesex. In 1959, he met
Marty Wilde at The 2i's Coffee Bar, and was invited to become a member
of his backing group, the Wildcats, who were the warm up act on the
television series, Oh, Boy!. The Wildcats backed Eddie Cochran and Gene
Vincent on their tour of Britain in 1960. In the 60s and 70s he also
played on hits by Billy Fury, Frank Ifield, Adam Faith, Frankie Vaughan,
Helen Shapiro, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Shirley
Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Georgie Fame, Bobby Darin, Little Richard,
The Walker Brothers, Donovan, David Bowie, Engelbert Humperdinck, Benny
Hill, The New Seekers, Thunderclap Newman, Love Affair, Long John Baldry,
Marmalade, Small Faces, The Tremeloes, Rolf Harris, George Harrison
and many more as well as being a member of Tom Jones' band. He performed
on 55 No.1 hits singles during this time. In 1975, he teamed up with
Derek Lawrence, to form the record label, Retreat Records. They produced
various artists over a period of about two years. Amongst them were
Labi Siffre, Chas & Dave and McGuinness Flint and he produced and
arranged Siffre's "I Got The ..." which was sampled by Eminem.
Jim and Lawrence went to the United States during this period, to produce
the glam metal band, Angel. In 1978, he became part of the James Last
Orchestra for nine years, also toured with Olivia Newton-John after
her success with Grease. In 1987, he began composing music for films
and jingles. Later, he and guitarist Doug Pruden toured as the BJS Duo,
and he also played in the Big Jim Sullivan Band with Pete
Shaw, Duncan McKenzie
and Malcolm Mortimore. In
2006 he was featured in the Guitar Maestros DVD series with Doug Pruden.
(sadly Jim died from complications of heart disease and diabetes)
b. February 14th 1941
2013: Kaare Alexander Ørnung (82)
pianist and music teacher.born in Oslo and he
made his debut in 1952, worked at the Veitvet Music Academy between
1959 and 1973 and at the Opera College in 1968. From 1973 he was a lecturer
at the Norwegian Academy, then associate professor from 1974. He collaborated
among others with violinist Arve Tellefsen and the two played together
on the records Du milde Mosart in 1977 and Serenade in 1980. He also
played in many concerts organized by among others, Rikskonsertene (?)
January 26th 1931.
1966: David Lambert
jazz lyricist, singer, and an originator of vocalese. He was best known
as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. He spent a lifetime
experimenting with the human voice, and expanding the possibilities
of its use within jazz.
band debut was with Johnny Long's Orchestra in the early 1940s. Along
with early partner Buddy Stewart, he successfully brought singing into
modern jazz, concurrently with Ella Fitzgerald. In the late 1950s he
teamed with wordsmith, and vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks. The two were
later joined by Annie Ross, and the lineup was a hit.
(Tragically he was hit and killed by a car while
changing a tyre) b. June
1967: Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes 100s
of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised
works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists
displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your
Land", which is regularly sung in American schools. Many of his
recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Such songwriters
as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton have acknowledged their debt
to Woody as an influence. He
traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned
traditional folk and blues songs. Many of his songs are about his experiences
in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression, earning him the nickname
the "Dust Bowl Troubadour". Throughout his life Woody was
associated with United States communist groups, though he was never
an actual member of any. During his later years, in spite of his illness,
Woody served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration
to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships
with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan. Woody was inducted into the
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997 (died
from complications of Huntington's disease)
b. July 14th 1912.
2000: Benjamin Orr/Benjamin
American bassist and vocalist; born
in Lakewood, Ohio, he learnt to play many instruments including the
bass, and keyboards.
In his early days he was known as "Bennie Eleven-Letters"
and dropped out of High School to play in local bands such as Mixed
Emotions and The Grasshoppers as lead singer and guitarist. The latter
was the house band on the syndicated TV show Upbeat produced by WEWS-TV
in Cleveland. In 1970 he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he met Ric Ocasek
and formed a musical partnership that would continue to the end of his
life. Along with lead guitarist Jas Goodkind, they formed a folk band
called Milkwood. The group released one album, "How's the Weather?"
in 1972. By the mid 1970s he was working in a Boston night club band,
Cap'n Swing, whose members included future Cars leader Ric Ocasek and
guitarist Elliot Easton. After the group broke up in 1975, the three
of them joined up with keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson
to form The Cars in 1976. After several top hits and multi-platinum
albums with The Cars, he released his only solo project The Lace in
1986. Ben continued to work with The Cars for one more album before
their breakup in 1988, after which he recorded tracks with guitarist
John Kalishes. From 1998 until his death in 2000, he performed with
three bands, including his own band "ORR", The Voices of Classic
Rock, and Big People (sadly died of pancreatic
September 8th 1947.
Elfi von Dassanowsky (83)
Austrian-American singer, pianist and film producer;
piano prodigy at 5, she attended the Vienna Institute of the Blessed
Virgin Mary and at aged 15, became
youngest woman admitted to Vienna's Academy of Music and Performing
Arts to that date to be trained as an opera singer and concert pianist
as the protégé of concert pianist, Emil von Sauer. In
1946, she made her opera debut in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro"
and her wide soprano to mezzo range gained her rapid fame in leading
roles in throughout Central Europe. She is one of the few women in history,
and one of the youngest, at age 23, to co-found a major film studio--Belvedere
Film Vienna. As creative producer she helped revitalize Austrian cinema
and discover such European film talent as Nadja Tiller and Gunther Philipp.
Elfi initiated musical theatre groups, was announcer for Allied Forces
Broadcasting and the BBC, toured Central Europe in a one-woman-show
and gave master classes in voice and piano, often to refugees who could
not gain entry into music academies. In
Hollywood in the early 1960s, she resisted becoming a starlet and remained
behind the camera in an industry that did not yet accept women in the
leading production role she had in Europe. She worked as a noted vocal
coach for director Otto Preminger on such films as "In Harm's Way"
and "The Cardinal". In 1999, Elfi re-established Belvedere
Film with her son as a LA-based production company and served as Executive
Producer of the award-winning dramatic short film, "Semmelweis,"
the spy-comedy "Wilson Chance," and the documentary "The
Archduke and Herbert Hinkel." Dassanowsky was honored for her pioneering
work by Austria, by the cities of Los Angeles and Vienna, as well as
by the State of California which declared February 2nd 1996, "Elfi
von Dassanowsky Day." She was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des
Arts et des Letters of France, and she received the Austrian Film Archive's
Lifetime Achievement Medal and the UNESCO Mozart Medal, among many other
awards (sadly Elfi died from heart failure)
b. February 2nd 1924.
Valdengo (93) Italian operatic baritone
born in Turin. He is probably best remembered for his NBC radio broadcasts
of Otello-1947 as Iago, Aida-1949 as Amonasro, and Falstaff-1950 as
the title role. The Toscanini Aida, with Herva Nelli in the name part,
was simulcast on both television and radio, one of the first instances
of such an event, and the telecast has been released on both VHS and
DVD. Giuseppe also appeared in one film, MGM's movie, The Great Caruso-1951,
starring Mario Lanza as the famous tenor. During the 1950s Giuseppe
sang in most of the principal European opera houses, most often portraying
roles from the Verdi baritone repertory (?)
2009: Robert Kirby
keyboard player and arranger of string sections for rock and folk music;
he studied at Cambridge where with fellow students he sang in a group
called 'The Gentle Power of Song'. By 1978 Robert had already
had recorded arrangements for over 40 albums.
Also from 1975-1978 he was one of the two keyboard players for Strawbs,
touring the UK and internationally, and getting some composing credits
on the albums Deep Cuts, Deadlines and Burning for You. He did some
further arranging for Strawbs with Baroque & Roll in 2001, Déjà
Fou in 2004 and 2009's Dancing to the Devil's Beat. He is best known
for his work on the Nick Drake albums, Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter,
but has also worked with Elton John, Ralph McTell, Paul Weller, Elvis
Costello and the dutch band Flemming. In July 2005, Robert conducted
an 18-piece orchestra in Manhattan's Central Park for a show of Drake's
music, using his original scores (?)
b. April 16th
2011: Kay Armen (95) American
singer, actress and composer who has made many records and performed
in theatres, night clubs, films and television. She joined ASCAP in
1953 and her popular-song compositions include "Be Good to Yourself";
"My Love and I"; and "It's a Sin to Cry Over You"
(?) b. November 2nd 1915.
2011: Mikko Laine (30)
Finnish guitarist and member of the
Remedy which was formed in the late '90s and has released two studio
albums to date, 2007's 'The Wounded Ones' and last year's 'Apoptosis'.
The band has played along side the likes of Symphony X, Mekong Delta
and Long Distance Calling, among others.
(The band were on tour at the time Mikko died;
after performing at the ProgPower Europe festival in Baarlo, Holland,
Mikko was backstage asleep when a truck reversed onto him tragically
killing him) b. ????
2012: Kathryn "Kathi" McDonald (64)
American singer born in Washington state
and started performing professionally around Seattle when she was 12
years old. At the age of 19 she moved to San Francisco and joined Ike
and Tina Turner as an Ikette, after which she did some work with Big
Brother & the Holding Company. In 1972 she recorded "Insane
Asylum" for Capitol Records. Also around this time she
contributed backing vocals on four
including the hit single Tumbling Dice and Save Your Breath which was
released over 20 years after. Kathi went on to devote more than two
decades to recording and performing in collaboration with Long John
Baldry, and the duo scored with their version of "You've Lost That
Loving Feeling" when it was released in Canada. In later years,
she also contributed to the Seattle Women in Rhythm and Blues project.
She reunited with Big Brother & the Holding Company in California
for a concert on New Year's Eve, 1997 and was inducted into the Washington
Blues Society's Hall of Fame in 1999.
More recently Kathi often performed with Chicago Blues guitarist Rich
Kirch and also performed with her own band Kathi MacDonald and Friends
b. September 25th 1948.
2013: Frank D'Rone (81) American
jazz singer and guitarist born in Brockton, Massachusetts and raised
in Providence, Rhode Island. He began singing and playing the guitar
professionally at age five; at 11, he had his own local radio show and
at 13 he won an Artist's Degree in classical guitar from the American
Guild of Stringed Instruments. At age 18, he moved to New York and
in the late 50s he
to Chicago where he attracted the attention of jazz greats such
Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton and Nat King Cole. His first album, Frank
D'Rone Sings, was released in 1959 and included liner notes penned by
Cole, who later helped Frank earn several appearances on The Tonight
Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1960s and 1970s. He also had a hit
in the UK Singles Chart in 1960, with "Strawberry Blonde (The Band
Rocked On)". Frank continued to perform and record throughout his
life, his last album being "Double Exposure" released in 2012
(sadly Frank died while fighting cancer) b. April 26th 1932.
Savitt/Jacob Savetnick (41)
arranger, big bandleader, violinist, and vocalist born in Shumsk; he
was invited to joined the Philadelphia Orchestra when was only nineteen,
having studied at the Curtis Institute and in Europe.
In 1937 he formed
his band The Top Hatters and began touring the
following year. Their songs include "720 in the Books" "It's
A Wonderful World" and his theme songs "Quaker City Jazz"
and "From Out Of Space". He was one of the first of the Big
Band leaders to feature an African American vocalist, George Tunnell
aka "Bon Bon". His other vocalists included Carlotta Dale,
Allan DeWitt, Joe Martin, and Gloria DeHaven (?)
September 4th 1907.
Janis Joplin (27)
American blues singer born in Port
Arthur, Texas; Janis always felt a bit of an outcast and misfit at school
and was teased badly. She took solice in her love of the blues. Influenced
by the likes of Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Odetta and Big Mama Thornton,
she took to singing. She left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, living
in North Beach and later Haight-Ashbury. In 1964, Janis,
Jorma Kaukonen and Margareta Kaukonen
recorded a number of blues standards, this session included seven tracks:
"Typewriter Talk," "Trouble In Mind," "Kansas
City Blues," "Hesitation Blues", "Nobody Knows You
When You're Down and Out", "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy" and
"Long Black Train Blues," and was later released as the bootleg
album The Typewriter Tape. Not dealing with her drug problems well she
returned home to clean up. By '66 she was back fronting the psychedelic
rock band Big Brother and The Holding Company; thier first public performance
was at San
Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.
They toured heavily, appeared at festivals including Monterey, TV appearences,
and released two albums, "Big Brother and the Holding Company"
in 1967 and "Cheap Thrills" in 1968. At the Palace of Fine
Arts Festival on August 31 and September 1 she announced that she would
be leaving Big Brother. They toured through the fall and Janis gave
her last official performance with Big Brother at a Family Dog benefit
on December 1st 1968. After the split, Janis formed a new backup group,
the Kozmic Blues Band. The band was influenced by the Stax-Volt Rhythm
and Blues bands of the 1960s, Janis and the Kozmic Blues Band toured
North America and Europe throughout 1969, appearing at Woodstock in
August. Janis released one album with her new band "I Got Dem Ol'
Kozmic Blues Again Mama!". Their final gig with Janis was at Madison
Square Garden in New York City on the night of December 1920,
1969. In her final year Janis holidayed in Brazil, after which she formed
her new backing band of mainly Canadian musicians The Full Tilt Boogie
Band, but she performed in a reunion with Big Brother at the Fillmore
West in San Francisco on April 4th 1970, recordings from this concert
were included in an in-concert album released, before
she started touring with Full Tilt Boogie
in the May. Then in June and July on the all-star Festival Express tour
through Canada. Janis's last public performance, with Full Tilt Boogie,
was on August 12th 1970 at the Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to this they had recorded enough in the studios for an album,
the result was the posthumously released "Pearl". It became
the biggest selling album of her career and featured her biggest hit
single, a cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee".
Kristofferson had been Joplin's lover not long before her death. Janis
lived fast and died young, an American icon and souvenir of the 1960s
(Tragically died at the Landmark Hotel, Hollywood,
after an accidental heroin overdose) b.
January 19th 1943.
Glenn Gould (50) Canadian
pianist, composer and
winner of 4 grammys, who
became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists
of the 20 century. He was renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard
music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by a remarkable
technical proficiency and a capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture
of Bachs music. Glenn rejected most
of the standard Romantic piano literature and shunned the music of several
of its composers, notably Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, and Frédéric
Chopin. In 1982 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
September 25th 1932.
Ainsworth (66) English singer and dance band conductor born
in Bolton. At the age of 14, Herman Darewski recognised
his talent and signed him
up to tour with his dance band. When his voice broke he learnt the guitar
and soon joined Oscar Rabin's orchestra where he played in the band
and did musical arrangements, they also broadcast on the radio. Alyn
turned down an offer from Val Parnell to conduct the London Palladium
Orchestra and chose in 1951 to join the BBC Northern Variety Orchestra,
first as arranger, then as conductor. In the early 60s he was signed
up by Granada TV as presenter of "Spot the Tune". In 1965
he conducted the orchestra at the Royal Command Performance at the London
Palladium for the third time.
He was also the musical director for the BBC's anniversary programme
Fifty Years Of Music broadcast in 1972
and he conducted in the Eurovision Song Contest five times, '75, '76,
'77 for Belgium, 1978 and 1990. (?) b.
Frank Wilson (49)
lead singer of J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers; born in Lufkin,
Texas, he joined the Cavaliers after his discharge from Goodfellow Air
Force Base in San Angelo, Texas in 1962. Their
first chart hit was "Last Kiss" b/s "That's How Much
I Love You", became a hit in June of 1964, it reached No.2 on the
Billboard Hot 100, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold
disc. They charted with only one other song, "Hey, Little One".
J.Frank with or without the Cavaliers, continued to release records
until 1978. While he continued to tour and play until his death (died
Danny Gatton (49)
guitarist; born in Washington DC; he began his career playing in bands
while still a teenager and began to attract wider interest in the 1970s
while playing guitar and banjo for the group Liz Meyer & Friends.
He made his name as a performer the 1980s, both as a solo performer
and with his Redneck Jazz Explosion, in which he would trade licks with
virtuoso pedal steel player Buddy Emmons over a tight bass-drums rhythm
which drew from blues, country, bebop and rockabilly influences. He
also backed Robert Gordon and Roger Miller. He contributed a cover of
"Apricot Brandy", a song by supergroup Rhinoceros, to the
1990 compilation album Rubáiyát. Danny was ranked 63rd
on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003
and on May 26th, 2010, Gibson.com ranked him as the 27th best guitarist
of all time. (tragically
Danny suicide) b. September 4th 1945.
1999: Arthur Stewart "Art" Farmer (71)
jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player,and also played flumpet, a trumpet-flugelhorn
combination designed for him by David Monette. Born in Council Bluffs,
Iowa worked as a musician from the mid-1940s onwards, based in LA, he
played in the bands of Benny Carter and Jay McShann among others. He
joined Lionel Hampton's orchestra around 1953, with fellow trumpeters
Clifford Brown and Quincy Jones. Later relocating to New York, he worked
with Gigi Gryce, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and George Russell,
among others. He also formed "The Jazztet" with the composer
and tenor sax player Benny Golson. Art moved to Europe, ultimately based
in Vienna, where he performed with The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big
Band, and also recorded extensively as a leader throughout his later
career. With Golson he revived 'The Jazztet' in the 1980s for a number
of engagements, with the original trombonist Curtis Fuller returning
to the group (?)
2005: Mike Gibbins
lefty drummer; he was a founding member the Iveys, later renamed Badfinger,
after "Badfinger Boogie", an unused title for a Lennon-McCartney
composition. He helped form The Iveys in 1965 and his powerful playing
helped push the Iveys to a new level of proficiency and by the end of
the year the group was being booked as an opening act for local appearances
by the likes of the Who, the Yardbirds, the Moody Blues, and the Spencer
Davis Group and was a popular attraction on the London club scene. They
signed with Apple and changed their name to Badfinger, and broke through
to the British and American Top Ten with the Paul McCartney-composed
"Come and Get It." The group followed this up in 1970 with
their LP masterpiece No Dice, scoring a hit with the now pop classic
"No Matter What" which featured the ballad "Without You".
Mike and the band backed George Harrison's solo masterpiece "All
Things Must Pass", and also serving as the backing unit at George's
Concert for Bangladesh. He was one of two members of the group left
behind following a pair of tragic suicides, and he led reorganized versions
of "Badfinger" into the 1980s and beyond. (died
in his sleep at home in Florida) b.
March 12th 1949.
2008: Al Gallogoro (95) American
jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, born to a Chicago, but moved to Birmingham,
Alabama when he was five years old.
He made his first stage appearance at Birmingham's Lyric Theatre in
1926. After six years of playing nightclubs, speakeasies and vaudeville
shows at the Orpheum Theater, Al moved to New York City and worked in
radio bands. In 1933 he briefly joined Isham Jones' big band, making
one record session with it. In 1936 he was hired to play lead alto saxophone
in Paul Whiteman's orchestra, among the most popular performing groups
of the era. After that group disbanded in 1940 he was hired to play
bass clarinet in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini.
Among his credits is the famed opening clarinet glissando from the 1945
Warner Brothers film "Rhapsody in Blue", Al performed that
particular piece over 10,000 times in his career. In 1947 his former
bandleader invited him to join him as a live performer on New York's
WJZ radio station. Al contributed countless saxophone solos to that
station's programs over two decades and continued to do live radio work
throughout his life.
Jimmy Dorsey praised him as "the best sax player who ever lived"
b. June 20th 1913.
2009: Mercedes Sosa (74) Argentinian
folk singer; born in San Miguel de Tucumán, in northwestern Argentina,
her roots were in Argentine folk music, she became one of the preeminent
exponents of nueva canción. Mercedes became known as La Negra
by her fans for her long, jet-black hair, and was best known as the
voice of the "voiceless ones". In a career spanning nearly
six decades, as well as working in South America, she toured in both
the US and Europe and released 70 albums from "La Voz de la Zafra"
in 1959, "Canciones con Fundamento" in 1965 and Yo No Canto
Por Cantar in 1966, to the release of Éxitos Eternos in 2005,
La Historia del Folklore in 2007, Cantora 1 and Cantora 2 both in 2009
died from an aggravation of her preexisting kidney disease)
b. July 9th 1935.
Alberto Alves da Silva (89)
artist and musician, considered the father of samba de São Paulo,
and founder of the samba school and most successful carnival in São
Paulo, the Nene da Vila Matilde.
founded the blue and white of the Eastern Zone in 1949. The school grew
and became a reference community, winning eleven championships. In 2010,
Nene da Vila Matilde was champion of the Access Group and in 2011 returns
to the elite of São Paulo carnival. (respiratory
2013: Akira Miyoshi (80)
Japanese composer, born in Suginami,
Tokyo. He was a child prodigy on the piano, studying with Kozaburo Hirai
and Tomojiro Ikenouchi. He studied French literature at the University
of Tokyo, and then at the Paris Conservatory with Henri Challan and
Raymond Gallois-Montbrun from 1955 to 1957. He returned to Japan in
1957 and continued studying French, graduating in 1960. In 1965, he
became a professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. He was the recipient
of the 31st Suntory Music Award in 1999 and won four Otaka prizes for
his compositions (sadly Akira died from
heart failure) b. January 10th 1933
Silvestre Revueltas Sánchez (40)
composer, violinist and conductor; born in Santiago Papasquiaro in Durango,
he studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City, St. Edward's
University in Austin, TX and the Chicago College of Music. In 1929 became
assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, a
post he held until 1935. He did much to promote contemporary Mexican
music. He wrote film music, chamber music, songs and a number of other
works. Among his orchestral music are a number of symphonic poems with
Sensemayá: Chant for the Killing of a Snake-1938, based on a
poem by Nicolás Guillén. He appeared briefly as a bar
piano player in the movie ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! in
1935, for which he composed the music. When shooting breaks out in the
bar while he is playing "La cucaracha", he holds up a sign
reading "Se suplica no tirarle al pianista" (Please don't
shoot at the piano player!). He went to Spain and worked for the Republicans
during the Spanish Civil War, but upon Francisco Franco's victory, returned
to Mexico to teach. He earned little, and sadly fell into poverty and
died of pneumonia in Mexico City on the day his ballet El renacuajo
paseador, written 4 years earlier, premièred)
December 31st 1899.
Booker Little Jr (23) American jazz trumpeter and composer
born in Memphis, he studied at the Chicago Conservatory from 1956-58
and worked with leading local musicians such as Johnny Griffin. He then
moved to New York where he met up with drummer Max Roach and multi-instrumentalist
Eric Dolphy. From '58 to '61 he recorded four albums with Max Roach
and two albums with
Eric Dolphy in '60 and '61.
He also recorded with the John Coltrane Quartet, Frank Strozier, and
Abbey Lincoln as well as four albums as a leader of his Booker Little
Quartet. Booker is considered to be one of the first trumpet players
to develop his own sound after Clifford Brown. (Sadly
he died prematurely of complications resulting from uremia, kidney failure)
April 2nd 1938.
1981: Jud Strunk/Justin Strunk Jr (45) American
singer-songwriter and comedian; he learnt to play the banjo as a boy
and began entertaining locals. He went on to to appear on national TV
network shows such as Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Johnny
The Tonight Show. In
1973, he wrote and recorded the song "A Daisy a Day," which
made the Billboard Top 20 on both the country and pop music charts.
He also wrote and recorded three humorous songs that made it into the
country music charts, one of which continues to be played on the Dr.
Demento show, is "The Biggest Parakeets in Town". He also
toured with the Andy Williams Road Show (Jud was
a private pilot and owned a 1941 Fairchild M62-A. Tragically, he suffered
a heart attack while taking off in the aircraft at the Carrabassett
Valley Airport in Maine and was killed instantly along with his passenger,
local businessman Dick Ayotte) b. June
1985: Brian Keenan
(42) American drummer born in New York; as a child, he also
lived in Conisbrough, Yorkshire, UK, and in Ireland. In the early 60s
he did a short stint with Manfred Mann, the musician. Back in the USA,
in 1965, Brian joined The Chambers Brothers a soul-music group, soon
after they got their big break when they appeared at the Newport Folk
Festival, after which they recorded their debut album People Get Ready.
The band scored their first major hit in 1968 with the well noted 11-minute
long song "Time Has Come Today". Brian left the band in 1971,
to form his own band, The Losers, which became the house band at Ondine,
the first discotheque in New York City. Brian went on to start up his
own recording studio in Connecticut (sadly died
of a fatal heart attack) b. January 28th
note: Manfred Mann, the musician, came
to UK in 1961. He met drummer Mike Hugg, at Clacton Butlins Holiday
Camp, in '62 and together they formed a blues jazz band called the Mann
Hugg Blues Brothers, which evolved into Manfred Mann. Mike Hugg has
always drummed with Manfred since 1962. Brian must have drummed with
Manfred when he first relocated to Britain from South Africa
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"Manny" Sayles (79)
American jazz banjoist and guitarist, he played
violin and viola as a child in Florida, then taught himself banjo and
guitar. Relocating to New Orleans he joined William Ridgely's Tuxedo
Orchestra, after which he worked with Fate Marable, Armand Piron, and
Sidney Desvigne on riverboats up and down the Mississippi River. In
1929 he participated in recordings with the Jones-Collins Astoria Hot
Eight. 1933 sees Manny in Chicago with his own band; playing in the
house band at the Jazz Ltd Club and recording with Roosevelt Sykes and
the years he played with many including Sweet Emma Barrett, Punch Miller,
the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, he played and toured japan with George
Lewis, and also recorded with the likes of Peter Bocage, Kid Thomas
Valentine, Earl Hines, and Louis Cottrell, Jr. He recorded as a leader
in the 1960s for GHB, Nobility, Dixie, and Big Lou (?)
b. January 31st 1907.
1992: Eddie Kendricks (52) American
singer and songwriter, noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style.
Born in Union Springs, Alabama, he helped form a doo-wop group called
The Cavaliers, and began performing around Birmingham. The group decided
to move for better opportunities and in 1957 the group moved to Cleveland,
Ohio. In Cleveland, they met manager Milton Jenkins, and soon moved
with Jenkins to Detroit, Michigan, where the Cavaliers renamed themselves
'The Primes'. They went on to become Motown's singing group The Temptations,
Eddie was one of their lead singers until 1971. His was the lead voice
on such famous songs as "The Way You Do The Things You Do",
"Get Ready", and "Just My Imagination". As a solo
artist, Eddie recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s, including
the number-one single "Keep On Truckin'" (sadly
lost his battle with lung cancer) b. December
1995: Marcel Neville King (38) English
singer born in Manchester, he was the youngest member of "The Sweet
Sensation", a band formed in Manchester in 1973 which came to notice
after appearing on the ITV talent show New Faces. Under the guidance
Tony Hatch the band signed to Pye Records. Their second single release
"Sad Sweet Dreamer" was a UK No.1 hit in October 1974, also
reaching No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following spring. Their
follow up "Purely by Coincidence" reached No.11 in the UK
singles chart in January 1975. In 1977 they entered into A Song For
Europe in an attempt to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision
Song Contest. Their song "You're My Sweet Sensation" ended
in 8th place. Marcel launched a solo career in 1985 recording the single
"Reach for Love" in 1991. (cerebral
haemorrhage) b. January 4th 1958
Rodney Dangerfield/Jacob Cohen (82) American comedian
and actor, best known for the catchphrases "I don't get no respect"
or "I get no respect" and his monologues on that theme. He
wrote songs for the cartoon "Rover Dangerfield", appeared
on TV's Johnny Carson's Tonight Show over 70 times and was in the movies
Natural Born Killers and Caddyshack. His album, No Respect, won a Grammy
Award. One of his TV specials featured a musical number, "Rappin'
Rodney, soon became one of the first MTV music videos (He
underwent surgery Aug 25th 2004 to replace a heart valve. He later fell
into a coma and tragically never recovered)
b. November 22nd 1921.
2009: Mike Alexander (32) British
bassist born in London; in 2000, he joined Ben Carter and Matt Drake
in a metal covers band, before they formed the band Evile in 2004, recording
an EP "All Hallows Eve" the same year and a demo "Hell
Demo" in '06. The band released their debut album, "Enter
the Grave" worldwide '07. Mike, who endorsed Hartke amplifiers
and cabinets and Dunlop bass strings, and Evile had released their second
album Infected Nations, earlier in, 2009 (tragically
died from a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot on the lungs, while in
Sweden during a European tour in support of their new album)
b. June 22nd 1977.
2010: Steve Lee (47) Swiss singer;
he rose to fame in the 1990s with the Swiss rock band Gotthard of which
he was a founder member, frontman, and lead singer. Their
last 11 albums all charted
at No.1. Their chart success in their native Switzerland made Gotthard
one of the country's most successful bands of all time. They recently
toured with Whitesnake and played at Arrow Rock Festival in Holland
(tragically Steve was killed in a motorcycle accident
in Mesquite, Nevada, when a truck hit five parked motorcycles) b.
August 5th 1963.
2010: William Shakespeare/John
Cabe/Billy Shake/John Cave
(61) Australian glam rock singer, born
in Sydney, and was vocalist for beat group, The Amazons. In 1966, they
released a single, "Ain't that Lovin' You Baby". After The
Amazons, he continued performing in Sydney clubs as Johnny Cabe. In
early 1974, he was in Albert Studios where noted Australian producers-songwriters
Vanda & Young were recording "Can't Stop Myself from Loving
You" for another singer who was unable to reach its high notes.
Johns's falsetto voice was suitable so V&W signed him to Albert
Productions and groomed him into the glam
rocker William Shakespeare
along the lines of Alvin Stardust or Gary Glitter. "Can't Stop
Myself from Loving You" was released as a single in July and peaked
at No.2. This was followed in 1974 by his debut album of the same name,
and a 2nd single "My Little Angel" which topped the charts
in 1975. "Just the Way You Are" and "Last Night"
were his last chart hits in 1976. His career was shattered when he was
convicted of carnal knowledge with a 15-year-old fan. In 1978, Shakespeare,
who had an alcohol addiction and clinical depression, was treated with
Deep Sleep Therapy. The early 80s saw him in smaller gigs as Billy Shake.
Sadly he was still on the alcoholic slide (sadly
died of a heart attack) b.1948.
2011: Bert Jansch (67) Scottish
folk guitarist, singer and songwriter born in Glasgow and came to prominence
in London in the 1960s, as an acoustic guitarist, as well as a singer-songwriter.
He was a leading figure in the British folk music revival of the 1960s,
and toured extensively starting in the 1960s and continuing into the
21st century. Bert recorded several solo albums, before becoming a founding
member of popular folk-rock band Pentangle in 1968, touring and recording
with them until their break-up in 1972 and also during the 80s and early
90s after their reformation. His work influenced such artists as Paul
Simon, Johnny Marr, Neil Young, Bernard
Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Fleet Foxes and
Devendra Banhart. He has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards at
the BBC Folk Awards: one, in 2001, for his solo achievements and the
other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle. In 2009 he was diagnosed with
lung cancer, but after treatment went on to perform a two-month, co-headlining
US tour with Neil Young in 2010 (sadly
died while bravely fighting cancer)
November 3rd 1943.
2012: Edvard Mirzoyan (91) Armenian
composer, born in Gori, Georgia. Initially schooled in music in Yerevan
and graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory, Mirzoyan went on
to Moscow to further refine his art. In late 1956 he was elected president
of the Armenian Composers Union, a position he held until 1991.
He was professor of composition at the Komitas State Conservatory, and
president of the Peace Foundation. His compositional output was small
but quite distinguished, combining graceful lyricism with intense drama.
With its formal structure and tonal design, his style has been described
as Neoclassical, with elements of Armenian folksong always present.
Mirzoyans String Quartet, Cello Sonata, Symphony for Strings and
Timpani, and Epitaph for String Orchestra have become notable additions
to the international music repertoire (?)
b. May 12th 1921.
Warren/Edward Warren (74) American
jazz double bassist; he began playing professionally at age 14 in a
local Washington, D.C. band led by his father, Edward. He worked with
other local groups, including bandleader Rick Henderson at the historic
Howard Theater on 7th and T Streets. In
1958, he moved to New York City to play with Kenny Dorham. His
solos were inventive, occasionally using the bow. Butch is better known
as a sideman on many albums, including Dexter Gordon's "Go",
Jackie McLean's "Vertigo" and "Hipnosis", and many
recordings with Thelonious Monk. His most memorable contribution was
on Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man", on Hancock's debut album,
Takin' Off. He can also be heard on recordings with Miles Davis, Hank
Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Elmo Hope, Donald Byrd, Sonny Clark, Kenny
Dorham, Joe Henderson, Horace Parlan, Jackie McLean, Grant Green, Bobby
Timmons Stanley Turrentine and others.
(sadly Butch died fighting cancer)
b. August 9th 1939
1762: Francesco Manfredini (78)
Italian Baroque composer, violinist, and
church musician born in Pistoia and studied violin with Giuseppe Torelli
in Bologna. He became musical director at St. Philip's Cathedral in
his home town of Pistoia. Much of his music is presumed to have been
destroyed after his death; only 43 published works and a handful of
manuscripts are left (?) b.
June 22nd 1684.
Leevi Antti Madetoja
in Oulu, he studied music in Helsinki, Paris, Vienna and Berlin, his
music is strongly influenced by the traditional music of his home region.
His three symphonies are based on the legacy of Sibelian and Russian
romanticism, Gallic clarity and folk elements. The sombre Symphony Nº
2 was written during the civil war and could be described as a war symphony.
Another fine work written in the same year is the elegant piano piece
Kuoleman Puutarha (Garden of Death), dedicated to his brother, who had
died during the war. His finest works are considered the opera The Ostrobothnians,
the Third Symphony, Comedy Overture, the ballet Okon Fuoko, and his
songs for male choir. (sadly died of from exhaustion,
overwork and heart disease) b. February
Johnny O'Keefe (43) Australian
pioneering rock and roll
singer of the 1950s, 60s and 170s. He had his own one-hour live TV show
"Six O'Clock Rock", featuring many local artists. Born in
the eastern Sydney suburb of Bondi Junction, in September 1956 Johnny
and his friend Dave Owen, a US-born tenor sax player formed Australia's
first rock'n'roll band, The Dee Jays. He
also became the first Australian pop star to chart, with his third release,
"I'm the Wild One." which was covered in '87 by Iggy Pop as
"Real Wild Child". He was also the first Australian rock 'n'
roll performer to tour the US. In his 20 career, he released over 50
singles, 50 EP's and 100 albums. Johnny's last public appearance was
on Seven Network's Sounds program, taped on 30 September 1978. (Tragically
he died from a heart attack induced by an accidental overdose of prescribed
drugs) b. January 19th 1935.
1985: Nelson Riddle (64)
American bandleader, arranger
and orchestrator whose long career spanned from the 1940s until the
1980s, He began taking piano lessons at the age of eight and trombone
lessons at aged fourteen. After his graduation from Ridgewood High School,
he spent his late teens and early 20s playing trombone in and occasionally
arranging for various local dance bands, culminating in his association
with the Charlie Spivak Orchestra. In 1943, he joined the Merchant Marine,
serving at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York for roughly two years.
During this time he continued working for the Charlie Spivak Orchestra
and he studyed orchestration under his fellow merchant marine, composer
Alan Shulman. After his enlistment term ended, Nelson travelled to Chicago
to join the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1944; he remained the orchestra's
third trombone for eleven months until drafted by the United States
Army in April, 1945.
1946 he moved to Hollywood to pursue his career as an arranger. For
several years he wrote arrangements for multiple radio and record projects.
He went on to form his own orchestra providing
jazzy big-band style arrangements to accompany such as Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald,
Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Linda Ronstadt and many others. (liver
b. June 1st 1921.
1999: Amália da Piedade Rodrigues (79)
actress. She was known as the "Queen of Fado" and was most
influential in introducing fado to the world outside of Portugal. She
was unquestionably the most important figure in the genres development.
Her first professional engagement in a fado venue took place in 1939,
and her popularity extend with trips to Spain, and lengthy stay in Brazil
where, in 1945, she made her first recordings on Brazilian label Continental,
her career explored with world tours, film and TV appearances. By 1962
she concentrated on recording and performing live at a slower pace.
During the 1970s, Amália
upon a heavy schedule of worldwide concert performances. Her 1977 album
Cantigas numa Língua Antiga was received as a triumph and the
'80s and '90s brought her enthronement as a living legend (died
in her home at Lisbon, Rua de São Bento which is now a museum.
Portugal's government declared a period of national mourning)
b. July 23rd 1920.
Note: Despite official documents which give her
date of birth as July 23rd, Amália Rodrigues always said her
birthday was July 1st 1920.
Claude Luter (83)
French jazz and dixieland clarinet player, and a soprano saxophonist,
born in Paris. He started out on the trumpeter
before switching to clarinet. After discovering New Orleans jazz in
his teens, he began playing private parties and clubs during the Nazi
occupation, and post-liberation, Claude emerged as a fixture at the
Lorientais, one of the Latin Quarter's premier nightspots. He recorded
with many of the visiting American jazz musicians including Willie "The
Lion" Smith, Rex Stewart, and Buck Clayton, but maybe best known
for being an accompanist to the great Sidney Bechet when he was in Paris.
In 1960 Claude paired with fellow clarinetist Barney Bigard before forming
his own band, which he continued to lead for the remainder of his life.
In 1970 he went to LA to participate in events celebrating Louis Armstrong's
70th birthday and in 1997 flying to New Orleans to honor Bechet. (sadly
he died from complications after a fall)
b. July 23rd 1923.
2010: Colette Renard (86)
French singer and actress, born in Ermont. After studying cello,
she became secretary, then a singer in the Raymond Legrand's band.
Colette is probably the last popular singer inspired by postwar realists.
She also recorded several albums of bawdy songs, the most famous is
probably Nights of a Lady. Colette has starred in several films including
A King Without Entertainment and IP5 (sadly died
after a long illness) b. November 1st 1924.
2012: Nick Curran (35) American
blues/rock & roll singer-guitarist, born in Biddeford; he began
his professional career at 19, leaving Maine to tour with Ronnie Dawson,
The Blonde Bomber,
before moving to Dallas where he joined the
Lenz's backing band. From
2004-07 Nick played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds appearing on their
2005 recording, Painted On. Also during that time, he and bassist Ronnie
James started the punk band Deguello. As a solo artist Nick performed
four songs in a scene in the 2008 HBO Series, True Blood, based on The
Southern Vampire Mysteries. 2008, also saw Nick form the rock n
roll roots band, The Lowlifes, as well as playing in the Austin-based
punk/rock n roll band The Flash Boys (sadly
Nick died fighting cancer)
b. September 30th 1977.
2013: Senén Suárez (91)
Cuban guitarist born in the province of Matanzas
where as a teenager he joined the Valladares
Brothers Orchestra. In the
40s he moved to Havana where he won a first prize in the radio program
"The Supreme Court of Art" and joined the popular Colonial
Set with singer
Nelo Sosa and pianist Carlos
Faxas; they recorded 20 songs for the label PANART. In the late 50s
he formed the Senen Suarez Combo and accompanied artists like La Lupe
and Paulina Alvarez. He took Cuban music to countries like Canada, Indonesia,
Angola, USSR, Nicaragua, Granada
composed over a hundred works
of genres like Guaracha, the are, the bolero and rumba. His works have
been performed by international artists such as Celia Cruz, Benny More,
Laito Sureda, Oscar de Leon, La Orquesta Aragon, Orishas and La Sonora
Matancera among others.
In 1997 he wrote the book "The Roots of Son", research paper
on the history of Habanero Septet with this collection of the bulk of
(?) b. July
2013: Will Ogdon (92) American
composer and academic
born in Redlands, California and studied composition with Ernst Krenek,
Roger Sessions and René Leibowitz at Indiana University.
He taught at the University of California, San Diego beginning in 1966
until he retired in 1991. He also held faculty positions at the University
of Texas at Austin, the St. Catherine University in Minnesota and Illinois
Wesleyan University. Following his retirement in 1991, Will
continued to compose and wrote his last piece in 2008, which was premiered
at UC San Diego by Négyesy and violinist Päivikki Nykter.
He has collaborated with the singer Carol Plantamura (?)
b. April 19th 1921.
Mario Lanza/Alfredo Arnold Cocozza (38) Legendary
tenor and Hollywood movie star who enjoyed success in 1940s and 1950s.
His voice was considered by some to rival that of Enrico Caruso, whom
Lanza portrayed in the 1951 film The Great Caruso. He was able to sing
all types of music. His career covered opera, radio, concerts, recordings,
and motion pictures. He was the first artist for RCA Victor Red Seal
to receive a gold disc and the first artist to sell two and half million
albums. A highly influential artist, Mario has been credited with inspiring
successive generations of opera singers, including Plácido Domingo,
Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci and José Carreras. (died
in Rome from a pulmonary embolism) b. January
1966: Johnny Kidd/Frederick Heath (30)
English frontman and singer with Johnny Kidd & the Pirates;
he had hit songs from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. Their first single
was the raw "Please Don't Touch", reaching No. 25 on the UK
singles charts in 1959, this song has since been covered many times,
most successfully by Motörhead. His most famous song as a composer
was "Shakin' All Over" which was a No.1 UK hit in 1960. Kidd's
own version didn't chart outside of Europe, but two cover versions did:
The Guess Who topped the Canadian charts and hit No.22 US with their
1965 version of "Shakin' All Over", and in Australia, Normie
Rowe topped the charts with it later the same year. It was also covered
by The Who on the classic Live at Leeds album and Iggy Pop covered it
on his solo album "Avenue B". Johnny and his band are remembered
for appearing onstage in pirate costumes, complete with eye-patches,
he was one of the pre-Beatles British rock and rollers to achieve worldwide
fame (died in a car crash; near Radcliffe, Manchester,
while on tour) b. November 23rd 1935.
Most sites have Johnny Kidd's DOB
as Dec 23rd 1939, the "1939" was for public popularity. His
birthdate according to his authorized
site his DOB is is November 23rd 1935.
1966: Smiley Lewis/Overton Amos Lemons (53)
American R&B singer, in his mid teens he ran off to New Orleans,
where he began playing clubs in the French Quarter and "Tan bars"
in the 7th Ward, at times billed as Smiling Lewis, a variation of the
nickname earned by his lack of front teeth, and often accompanied by
pianist Isidore "Tuts" Washington, and he spent the mid-1930s
with in Thomas Jefferson's Dixieland band. When the band dissolved,
Smiley turned to going from one club to another, playing gigs for only
tips. He went on to record hits including, "Tee-Nah-Nah",
"The Bells Are Ringing", "Blue Monday", "(I
Love You) For Sentimental Reasons", "I Hear You Knocking",
"One Night (Of Sin)", "Please Listen To Me", "Shame,
Shame, Shame", "The Bells Are Ringing" and "I Hear
You Knocking" of which many have been covered by the likes of Elvis
Presley, Dave Edmunds, Gale Storm, Fats Domino and many others. (sadly
lost his battle with stomach cancer) b.
July 5th 1913.
''Bernie'' Cash (53) English jazz doube
bassist, trumpet player, saxophonist, fluist, piccolo, arranger, composer,
born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, and began his musical career as a trumpet
player, gaining a reputation playing with different bands around the
UK. At the age of 25, he decided to take up the double bass, and moved
to London in 1961 where he became involved in the jazz scene, and played
with many musicians of note. Soon he returned to Yorkshire, where he
founded the Light Music Course at Leeds College of Music, a course that
is still running today. Among the many musicians he played with include
Ian Bell, Eric Silk, Bob Wallis, Pat Hawes, Bobby Mickleburgh, Bruce
Turne, Eggy Ley, Harry Gold, Diz Disley's Soho String Quintet, Dave
Shepherd, Oscar Rabin, Johnny Duncan, Charles Ernescoe, The Bryan Layton
Trio, and his own The Bernie Cash Band (?)
b. January 18th 1935.
Dennis Sandole (87) American jazz musician, he taught himself
the guitar at 19, and his older brother, Adolph, taught himself the
baritone saxophone. They began playing together in a neighborhood band
in Philadelphia, and a decade later, in the early 1940's, Dennis was
playing guitar with some of the major swing-era big bands, including
those led by Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, Tommy Dorsey and Ray McKinley.
While on the West Coast in that period, he also recorded film soundtracks
and played at studio recording sessions, including several for Frank
Sinatra and Billie Holiday. In the mid-40's, he moved back to Philadelphia
to write music and teach at the Granoff Studios, he was John Coltrane's
mentor from '46 until the early 50's. His other students over half a
century included the saxophonists Rob Brown, James Moody, Michael Brecker,
and Bobby Zankel; the pianists Matthew Shipp and Sumi Tonooka; and the
guitarists Jim Hall, Joe Diorio and Pat Martino (died
in his Philadelphia home) b.
November 29th 1913.
2002: Pierangelo Bertoli (59) Italian
singer-songwriter and poet born in Sassuolo, at the age of 4 he suffered
of poliomyelitis and sadly he lost use of his legs. He started his career
as a singer at the end of 1973 with the album Rosso colore dell'amore
in 1974 and one year later with the self-produced album Roca Blues.
One of his most famous album was A muso duro of 1979. In 1990 he collaborates
with Elio e le Storie Tese. In 1991 and 1992 he took part to the Sanremo
Music Festival. His last album, 301 Guerre Fa in 2002 was composed with
the collaboration of his son Alberto and Luciano Ligabue (Pierangelo
died of a heart-attack due to a tumor)
b. November 5th 1942.
2009: Steve Ferguson (60)
American guitarist, born in Louisville, KY, he first formed
a group called the Merseybeats with his high school friend, pianist
Terry Adams, before the two moved Miami, Florida, where the pair helped
found the band NRBQ, short for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (originally
Quintet), with singer Frank Gadler, drummer Tom Staley and bassist Joey
Spampinato in 1967. Soon they relocated to the northeastern US, living
in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they gained attention in local clubs.
In the spring of 1969, NRBQ was the opening act for a 3-band program
at "The Fillmore East" with 2nd act Joe Cocker the headline
act The Jeff Beck Group, with lead singer Rod Stewart (Steve
died after a long battle with cancer) b.
November 22nd 1948
Pistol/Ian Morris (53) New
Zealand multi-award winning guitarist, singer-songwriter,
he was a founder member of Th' Dudes, releasing their debut album in
"Right First Time" in 1979. This produced 3 singles "Be
Mine Tonight"/"That Look In Your Eyes"; "Walking
In Light"; and
"Right First Time".
This was followed by 3 more albums. Ian also had hits as a solo artist
under the name Tex Pistol including "Nobody Else", "The
Game of Love", and "The Ballad of Buckskin Bob" / "Winter".
His production credits include DD Smash, The Screaming Meemees, the
Warratahs, When the Cat's Away, Greg Johnson and Dave Dobbyn. Ian also
wrote numerous jingles
and in 2006, he toured with a re-formed Th' Dudes on a New Zealand tour.
(he was found at his home in Napier on New Zealand's North Island. Police
say there were no suspicious circumstances)
2013: Dick LaPalm/Ricardo LaPalombara (86)
American jazz and pop record promoter
music producer known
as the Jazz Lobbyist born in Chicago who was instrumental
in gaining radio airplay for artists such as with Nat
King Cole, Dorothy Ashby,
Ahmad Jamal, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan,
the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dick Haymes, Count Basie and Sonny Rollins.
In 2007 he published a list of, in
his view, the most influential
radio jazz DJs (sadly
died while bravely fighting caner) b. June
Jean Joseph de Mondonville (60)
French composer and violinist born in Narbonne in Southwest France .
In 1733 he moved to Paris where he gained the patronage of the king's
mistress Madame de Pompadour and won several musical posts, including
violinist for the Concert Spirituel. His motet Venite exultemus domino,
published in 1740, won him the post of Maître de musique de la
Chapelle (Master of Music of the Chapel). Thanks to his mastery of both
orchestral and vocal music, Jean brought to his grand motet -- the dominant
genre of music in the repertory of the Chapelle royale (Royal Chapel)
before the Revolution (died in Belleville near
Paris) December 25th 1711 (baptised)
1834: François-Adrien Boïeldieu (58)
French composer under the Ancien Régime in Rouenl, one
of the most significant composer in France in the early decades of the
nineteenth century, In 1825 he produced his masterpiece, La dame blanche.
Unusual for the time, La dame blanche was based on episodes from two
novels by Walter Scott. The libretto by Eugène Scribe is built
around the theme of the long lost child fortunately recognized at a
moment of peril. The style of the opera influenced Lucia di Lammermoor,
I puritani and La jolie fille de Perth. La dame blanche was one of the
first attempts to introduce the fantastic into opera (cancer
of the larynx) b. December 16th
Kathleen Mary Ferrier CBE (41) English contralto singer,
born in Higher Walton, Lancashire. She later moved with her family to
Blackburn, Lancashire. She excelled in the music of Mahler, of Bach
and of Handel. Her recitals often included songs by Schubert, Schumann
and Brahms, and towards the end of her career she sang Chausson's Poème
de l'amour et de la mer. However, she is perhaps best remembered for
her interpretations of British folk songs, including "Blow the
wind southerly". She
also sang regularly in the Netherlands, and in France, Germany, Italy
and Scandinavia. She paid three visits to North America in 1948, 1949
and 1950 and sang at each of the first six Edinburgh International Festivals.
Benjamin Britten wrote several works specifically for her, including
Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Abraham and Isaac (also written for
Peter Pears), and part of the Spring Symphony. Among other composers
who wrote specifically for her were Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Bliss and
Edmund Rubbra. She worked with many famous conductors, including Bruno
Walter, John Barbirolli, Malcolm Sargent, Clemens Krauss, Otto Klemperer,
Herbert von Karajan, Eduard van Beinum and also with Benjamin Britten.
She also worked with other famous singers such as Isobel Baillie, Elisabeth
Schwarzkopf, Julius Patzak and Peter Pears. Kathleen was especially
remembered for her brave performances during her final illness. (Sadly
lost to breast cancer) b. April 22nd
1955: Iry LeJeune (26) American accordionist born in Pointe
Noire, Louisiana, he was one of the best selling and most popular Cajun
musicians in the mid to late 1940s into the early 1950s. His
recordings and repertoire remain influential to the present day. He
was among a handful of recording artists who returned the accordion
to prominence in commercially recorded Cajun music and dance hall performances.
In 1948 Iry met fiddler Floyd LeBlanc, together they traveled to
Houston, Texas where they recorded "Love Bridge Waltz" and
"Evangeline Special" with Virgil Bozeman's Oklahoma Tornadoes
supporting. This disc was the turning point in his career and for Cajun
music. Iry eventually assembled a band, the Lacassine Playboys, which
at one time or another featured Crawford Vincent or Robby Bertrand on
drums, Alfred "Duckhead" Cormier on guitar, Wilson Granger
on fiddle, R. C. Vanicor on steel guitar and occasionally Shuler on
and fiddler J. B. Fuselier were returning home after playing at a dance
at the Green Wing club in Eunice when they got a flat. While changing
the tyre a driver sped past at about 90mph, hitting Iry, killing him
and knocking his body into a field) b.
October 28th 1928.
Giorgos Papasideris (75) Greece country singer, composer
and lyricist; born on Salamis Island, Greece, after leaving elementary
school, he spent his entire career working professionally in the field
of traditional Greek folk music and Arvanite folk music, producing many
popular recordings. In
Alonia, a district
of Salamis City, there is a bust in memory of him. (heart
attack) b. September 14th 1902.
Christopher Keene (47) American
conductor, born in Berkeley, CA; he
studied at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1969 to 1971
he was Music Director of Eliot Feld's American Ballet Company. Also
associated with the Spoleto Festival from 1968 and was Music Director
there from 1972 to 1976, after which he co-founded the Spoleto Festival
USA, where he was Music Director from 1977 to 1980. Christopher conducted
in many of the major opera houses including in 1976 conducting the world
premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Hero for the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
He was founder of the Long Island Philharmonic in 1979, and directed
it until 1990. In 1976, he led the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's
Bilby's Doll, at the Houston Grand Opera. His last performance, at the
City Opera, was of Hindemith's Mathis der Maler (sadly
died from lymphoma arising from AIDS) b.
December 21st 1946.
Gidget Gein/Bradley Stewart (39) American
bassist; born in Hollywood, Florida and was taught to play guitar by
a catholic priest. He grew up with his friend
Brian Hugh Warner and their personalities
expressed themselves through fun ideals in Gidget Gein and Marilyn Manson.
They formed the band and
came on south Florida music scene as
Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, and began
to work with musician-producer Trent Reznor.
They dropped the Spooky Kids from the band name in 1992. Sadly, Gidget
was going out of control as his drug habit increased and he was dropped
from the band in 1993. He did a stint in New York forming the band Gidget
Gein and the Dali Gaggers with guitarist Al B. Romano which featured
various fun displays of degenerate art and post-punk styled songwriting.
Before the release of the Dali Gaggers only album Confessions of a Spooky
Kid, he headed back to Florida to try to kick his drug addiction. He
left Florida in 2004 taking his now extensive art collection with him,
and began to execute art and fashion shows in Hollywood, California,
under the organised name Gollywood
years of sobriety, Bradley sadly died of a heroin overdose)
b. September 11th 1969.
2010: Reg King (65) English
singer and songwriter, born in Paddington,
London; he was most famous for being the lead singer with The Boys and
The Action. (sadly
died fighting cancer)
b. February 5th 1945.
2010: Albertina Walker (81)
gospel music singer, in the early 1950s Walker founded her own Gospel
music group The Caravans, The Caravans' membership has included: James
Cleveland, Bessie Griffin, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews,
Loleatta Holloway, Cassietta George, and Delores Washington. Her discovery
of these artists resulted in the nickname "Star Maker". Walker
retired The Caravans in the late 1960s, performing as a solo artist.
the mid 1970s, Albertina signed with Savoy Records then Benson Records,
Word Records, A&M Records, and other record companies, recording
a series of solo projects, many of them with big church choirs including
The Evangelical Choir, The Cathedral of Love Choir, The Metro Mass choir,
and her own church choir - The West Point Choir. She recorded her first
solo project Put A Little Love In Your Heart in 1975. She also recorded
several projects together with Reverend James Cleveland. To date, she
has recorded over 60 albums, including gold selling hits "Please
Be Patient With Me", "I Can Go To God In Prayer", "The
Best Is Yet To Come", "Impossible Dream", and "Joy
Will Come". Albertina has sung for United States presidents George
W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and Sth Africa's president, Nelson Mandela
() b. August 29th
2011: Ingvar Wixell (80) Swedish
baritone opera singer, born in Luleå
he made his debut in 1955 as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute at
the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm where he was member of the company
until 1967. He made his British debut during the Royal Swedish Operas
visit to Covent Garden in 1960, and sang Gugliemo at Glyndebourne and
at the Proms in 1962. For the Royal Opera, London he sang Boccanegra
in 1972. In America he appeared at San Francisco Opera - 1972 and the
Metropolitan Opera - 1973. He was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
1967 where he was a member for more than 30 years. At Bayreuth he sang
the Herald in Lohengrin - 1971. Among other roles, he has sung Figaro
in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen Amonasro
in Verdi's Aïda, Baron Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, and the title
roles in Verdi's Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Mozart's Don Giovanni,
Verdi's Falstaff and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. In 1965, Wixell performed
all the songs in the competition to select Sweden's Eurovision Song
Contest entry. The winning song was "Annorstädes Vals"
(Elsewhere Waltz), which Wixell went on to perform at the international
final in Naples (?)
b. May 7th 1931.
2011: Mikey Welsh (40) American
artist and bassist, born in Syracuse, New York, best known as the former
bassist of the alternative rock band Weezer. He started out as a Boston-area
musician, playing in bands such as Heretix, Chevy Heston, Jocobono,
Left Nut, and Slower. He was also Juliana Hatfield's touring bassist.
In 1997 he joined the first incarnation of The Rivers Cuomo Band, the
side-project of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Mikey
joined Weezer following the departure of Matt Sharp in 1998. During
Weezer's hiatus he played with Verbena and the first incarnation of
Patrick Wilson's band The Special Goodness. He again played with Weezer
from the time that they regrouped in 2000 until August 2001, when he
suffered a mental breakdown. Shortly afterwards, Mikey retired from
music to focus on his art career. By Aug 2008 he had 13 exhibitions
of his artwork and he was a member of Outsider Art (tragically,
Mikey was found dead in a hotel room in Chicago, Illinois. No cause
of death has yet been announced) b. April
2011: Roger Williams/Louis Weertz (87)
American pianist born in Omaha, Nebraska;
he is noted for recording "Autumn Leaves", the only piano
instrumental to reach No.1 on Billboard's popular music chart in 1955.
It sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1966
he had another Top Ten hit with the song "Born Free" from
the motion picture soundtrack. His other hits include "Near You",
"Till", "The Impossible Dream", "Yellow Bird",
"Maria", and "The Theme from Somewhere in Time".
Billboard magazine ranks him as the top selling piano recording artist
in history with 18 gold and platinum albums to his credit
and as of 2004, he had released 116 albums.
He was known as the "Pianist to the Presidents" having played
for nine administrations beginning with Harry S. Truman. His last White
House performance was in November 2008 for a luncheon hosted by former
First Lady Laura Bush. On his 75th birthday, Roger performed his first
12 hour piano marathon. He performed the marathon at Steinway Hall in
New York City and the Nixon, Carter and Reagan Presidential Libraries.
His Steinway & Sons "Gold Steinway" grand piano has been
on tour for public display and entertainment during 20072008.
In 2010 Roger was inducted into the Hit Parade
Hall of Fame (Roger
sadly died while fighting pancreatic cancer)
b. October 1st 1924.
2012: Varsha Bhosle (56) Indian
journalist and singer; she worked as a hindi and bhojpuri playback singer
in Hindi and Marathi movies, and appeared in concerts with her mother.Varsha
finished school from Hill Grange High School, on Pedder Road, Mumbai,
in 1974, with an ISC. She studied Political Science at Elphinstone College,
which is affiliated with Bombay University in Mumbai. She
wrote columns for the Indian web portal, Rediff,
during 1997 - 2003; columns for The Sunday Observer during 1994 - 1998;
and for Gentleman magazine in 1993. She also wrote a little for the
Times of India and for Rakshak - The Protector police magazine (sadly,
2012: John Tchicai (76) Danish
saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz, born in Aarhus; he studied violin
as a boy, and in his mid-teens began playing clarinet and alto saxophone,
focusing on the latter. By the late 1950s he was travelling around northern
Europe, playing with many musicians. He moved to New York in 1963 and
co-founded The New York Contemporary Five with Archie Shepp. He later
became a leading figure of the jazz avant-garde movement in Europe.
He also played with John Coltrane, Milford Graves, Carla Bley and Steve
Swallow. He returned to Europe in 2001 and eventually settled in southern
France (On June 11th 2012 he suffered a
brain hemorrhage, he was recovering but sadly he has died in a Perpignan
hospital) b. April 28th 1936
Chevron/Philip Ryan (56) Irish
singer, songwriter and guitarist; born in Dublin he was regarded as
one of the most influential figures in Irish punk music. In 1976 along
with Pete Holidai, Steve Rapid, Jimmy Crashe and Mark Megaray he founded
the punk rock outfit The Radiators from Space, in which Philip was lead
singer. They were one of the earliest punk bands and released two albums,
TV Tube Heart in 1977 and Ghostown in 1979. Following a temporary breakup
of the band in 1981, he lived in London where he befriended Shane MacGowan
when they worked together at a record shop. Following
the release of the Pogues' 1984 debut album Red Roses For Me, Philip
was invited to join the band on a short-term basis as cover for banjo
player Jem Finer's paternity leave. He then took over as lead guitarist
when Shane decided to concentrate on singing and he became a full-time
More <<< (sadly Philip
died while bravely battling esophageal cancer) b. June 17th 1957
Helen Morgan (41) American
singer, guitarist and actress born in Danville, Illinois, and worked
in films and on the stage. She
toured extensively in vaudeville and
made a big splash in the Chicago club scene in the 1920s. She starred
as Julie LaVerne in the original Hammerstein
and Kern's musical Broadway
production of Show Boat in 1927 as well as in the 1932 Broadway revival
of the musical, and appeared in the first two of its subsequent film
adaptations, in 1929 and in 1936, becoming firmly associated with the
Another notable success was the title role of Hammerstein and Kern's
musical, Sweet Adeline in 1929.
She also appeared and sang in many films including Applause, Glorifying
the American Girl, Roadhouse Nights, The Gigolo Racket, Manhattan Lullaby,
Frankie and Johnnie, You Belong to Me, Marie Galante, Sweet Music to
mention a few.
Helen was portrayed in
the 1957 biopic The Helen Morgan Story. (cirrhosis
of the liver) b.
August 2nd 1900.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
pioneering gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist;
born Rosetta Nubin in Cotton Plant, Arkansas,
she began performing at age four, billed as "Little Rosetta Nubin,
the singing and guitar playing miracle".
Rosetta attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with a unique mixture
of spiritual lyrics and early rock and roll accompaniment. She became
the first great recording star of gospel music in the late '30s and
also became known as the "original soul sister" of recorded
music. On October 31, 1938, Rosetta recorded for the first time, four
sides with Decca Records backed by "Lucky" Millinder's jazz
orchestra. Her records caused an immediate furor: many churchgoers were
shocked by the mixture of sacred and secular music, but secular audiences
loved them. Songs like "This Train" and "Rock Me",
which combined gospel themes with bouncy up-tempo arrangements, became
smash hits among audiences with little previous exposure to gospel music.
In April / May 1964, she toured the UK as part of the "American
Folk Blues and Gospel Caravan", alongside Muddy Waters and Otis
Spann, Ranson Knowling and Little Willie Smith, Reverend Gary Davis,
Cousin Joe and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee;
pianist Cousin Joe Pleasant
accompanied her on stage. Many musicians, from Elvis Presley and Jerry
Lee Lewis to Isaac Hayes and Aretha Franklin to Sean Michel and The
Noisettes have cited her as an influence. The Noisettes
released the single "Sister
Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)" in 2007, the same year Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant released a duet album Raising Sand, Track No.7 of that
album is titled "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us". (Her
performances were curtailed by a stroke in 1970, after which she lost
the use of her legs. Rosetta sadly died after a second stroke, on the
eve of a scheduled recording session) b.
March 20th 1915
1978: Jacques Brel (49) Belgian
singer-songwriter. Brel composed and recorded his songs almost exclusively
in French, although he recorded a number of songs in Dutch.
songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except
in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, most
famously Scott Walker and Judy Collins. Others who have sung his work
in English include Karen Akers, Marc Almond, Momus/Nick Currie, Beirut,
Bellowhead, David Bowie, Ray Charles, John Denver, The Dresden Dolls,
Gavin Friday, Alex Harvey, Terry Jacks, Alan Clayson, Barb Jungr, The
Kingston Trio, Jack Lukeman, Amanda McBroom, Rod McKuen, Sensational
Alex Harvey Band, Spencer Moody, Camille O'Sullivan, Dax Riggs, Nina
Simone, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Laurika Rauch and Dave Van
Ronk. In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor
and director. Jacques has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including
over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. His
most frequently recorded song is "Ne me quitte pas" ("Don't
Leave Me"), usually translated in English as "If You Go Away",
overall, there have been at least 400 different recorded versions of
this standard in at least 22 different languages (sadly
lost his battle with cancer) b.
April 8th 1929.
1988: Clifton 'Cliff' Gallup (58)
American electric guitarist, who played rock and roll in Gene Vincent's
band The Blue Caps in the 1950s. He played on 35 tracks with Vincent,
including his biggest hit "Be-Bop-A-Lula", and established
a reputation as one of the most technically proficient guitarists in
early rock and roll. He left the band in '56, returning only for some
more studio sessions that same year for the second Gene Vincent &
The Bluecaps LP. In the mid 1960s Clinton made a solo album for the
local Pussy Cat record label in Norfolk, 'Straight Down the Middle',
in a more mellow instrumental style akin to Chet Atkins and Les Paul.
He played guitar up until the day he died. He last played in Norfolk
with a group called the H-Lo's 48 hours before his death (heart
attack) b. June 17th 1930.
1991: Roy Black/Gerhard Höllerich (48) German
pop/schlager singer and actor who appeared in several musical comedies
and starred in the 1989 TV series, Ein Schloß am Wörthersee.
Roy Black and His Cannons achieved local fame and were offered a recording
contract with Polydor Records. However, his record producer Hans Bertram
decided on a solo career for Roy, and a switch to romantic songs for
his protégé, a decision which soon led to nationwide fame.
In 1966, his single "Ganz in Weiß" sold in excess of
one million copies by the end of 1967. His 1969 song "Dein schönstes
Geschenk", sold one million copies by May 1970, having spent nine
weeks at number one in the German chart. From 1967, Black also took
on roles in several musical comedy films, for example in the 1969 movie
Hilfe, ich liebe Zwillinge/ Help, I Love Twins
January 25th 1943.
Jackson (76) American vibraphonist; born in Detroit, he very
was an expressive player, he differentiated himself from other vibraphonists
in his attention to variations of dynamics and rhythm. He was particularly
fond of the 12-bar blues at slow tempos. Milt was discovered by Dizzy
Gillespie, who hired him for his sextet in 1946 and also kept him for
larger ensembles. He quickly acquired experience working with the most
important figures in jazz of the era, including Woody Herman, Howard
McGhee, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. From the mid-70s to the
mid-80s, Jackson recorded for Norman Granz's Pablo Records, including
the classic Jackson, Johnson, Brown & Company (1983), featuring
Milt with J. J. Johnson on trombone, Ray Brown on bass, backed by Tom
Ranier on piano, guitarist John Collins, and drummer Roy McCurdy. He
also guested on recordings by many leading jazz, blues and soul artists,
such as B.B. King, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, and Ray Charles (?)
b. January 1st 1923.
2003: Carl Fontana (75)
American jazz trombonist, born in Monroe,
Louisiana, he learned jazz music from his father Collie, a saxophonist
and violin player, and first performed with his father's band while
in high school. He attended at University of Louisiana Monroe for two
years, then transferred to Louisiana State University, receiving his
degree in Music Education in 1950. From 1951 he joined up with Woody
three years he joined Lionel
Hampton's big band in 1954. In early 1955 he played briefly with Hal
McIntyre before joining Stan Kenton's big band later in the year. He
recorded three albums with Kenton and also worked with fellow trombonist
Kai Winding during this period. In 1966 he toured in Africa with Herman's
band, but he primarily performed with house orchestras in Las Vegas
during the 1960s, particularly Paul Anka's band and the bands backing
Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, and the Benny Goodman orchestra.
In the 1980s, he appeared regularly on National Public Radio's Monday
Night Jazz program. And although he recorded on more than 70 albums
over his long career, his first true record as a headliner did not appear
until 1985 when Uptown Jazz released The Great Fontana, his first release
as a solo headliner. He toured internationally now and then with various
artists, but because he rarely recorded under his own name and toured
only occasionally after 1958, he is significantly less famous among
mainstream jazz fans, although very well-known amongst his fellow musicians.
(sadly alzheimer's disease took him away)
July 18th 1928.
2003: Don Lanphere (75) American
tenor and soprano saxophonist born in Wenatchee, Washington; he ranked
with some of the top jazz musicians of his time before he was even 20,
recording with such trumpet legends as Fats Navarro and Max Roach in
the late 1940s and early 1950s. He played gigs with Woody Herman, Charlie
Parker and Artie Shaw. In the late 50s and early 60s he performed with
Herb Pomeroy and Woody Herman again. In the '80s he began doing tours
in New York and Kansas City in 1983 and a European tour in 1985. (sadly
lost to liver failure) b. June 26th
2007: Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge née Jacqueline
Breyer (38) American nurse,
keyboardist and singer with
Majesty and PTV3 (a revamped
version of Psychic TV); they released fourteen live albums in eighteen
months, enough to earn them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records
(Lady Jayre had an undiagnosed heart condition
which was thought to have been connected with her long-term battle with
stomach cancer. Lady Jaye collapsed and died in the arms of her heartbroken
husband Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) b.
July 1st 1969.
2009: Russell Allen "Rusty" Wier (65)
American singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas; Rusty's
career started the early 1970s and covers multiple music genres. He
is most famous for his composition "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance"
which was a small hit for him, but has been covered by, among artists,
Jerry Jeff Walker, Chris LeDoux, John Hiatt, Barbara Mandrell, and Bonnie
Raitt whose version of the song was a country hit when it was included
on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Rusty was inducted into the Austin Music
Awards Hall of Fame in 2002. (cancer)
b. May 3rd 1944.
Cavero Velásquez (68) Afro
Peruvian singer, who enjoyed international fame and considered by many
Peruvians a symbol of the Afro Peruvian identity or Peruanidad. He
specialized in interpreting, traditional songs from authentic and original
rhythms of Perú, some of his best interpretations are songs that
were composed by the notable Peruvian composer Augusto Polo Campos,
other comes from a profound Afro-Peruvian traditional Música
criolla which is actually Afro Peruvian music.
in Rebagliati Hospital in Lima,
from complications of sepsis)
b. November 29th
2011: Bill Brown (69)
American disc jockey born in Lawrenceville, Georgia;
he began his radio career at various radio stations, including San Diego
Top 40 station 136/KGB, now KLSD. He began working on WOR-FM now WRKS
in 1966 doing various swing airshifts, eventually becoming full time.
Initially, WOR-FM was a progressive rock station, but it evolved into
an adult top 40/oldies station by 1968. When CBS-FM launched a freeform
rock format in 1969, Bill with his signature deep voice was hired. In
1972, when the station flipped to Oldies, Bill adjusted. He would remain
a constant at CBS-FM until the bitter end in 2005 when the Jack
format took over, making the jocks obsolete. He
then retired from CBS-FM after 33 years of playing oldies as well as
nearly 36 years of service. He is the only air personality to be with
the station through their first entire run using live on air personalities.
He did one of their first shifts the day WCBS FM adopted the rock format
in 1969 and the very last live airshift doing oldies in 2005
(?) b. August 15th
Eddie Cantor/Edward Israel Iskowitz (72)
vaudeville performer, dancer,
singer, actor, and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway, radio and early
TV audiences, he was regarded almost as a family member by millions
because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing
anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. His eye-rolling song-and-dance
routines eventually led to his nickname, Banjo Eyes. His eyes became
his trademark, often exaggerated in illustrations, and leading to his
appearance on Broadway in the musical Banjo Eyes in 1941
(heart attack) b.
January 31st 1892.
1978: Ralph Marterie (63)
Italian trumpet player and big-band leader born in Acerra, Italy. In
the 1940s, he played trumpet for various bands.
In 1953 he recorded a version of Bill Haley's "Crazy, Man, Crazy"
which reached No.13 on the Billboard jockey chart,
his highest success in the U.S. charts was a cover of "Skokiaan"
in 1954. Other hits "Pretend", "Tricky", "Caravan"
"Shish-Kebab", "Dancing Trumpet", "Dry Marterie",
and "Carla" (?)
b. December 24th
Paray (93) French
conductor, organist and composer,
born Le Tréport;
in 1911, he won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Yanitza.
After WW1, he was invited to conduct the orchestra of the Casino de
Cauterets, which included players from the Lamoureux Orchestra, which
led him to conduct this Orchestra in Paris. Later he was music director
of the Monte Carlo Orchestra, and president of the Concerts Colonne.
He made his US debut with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
in 1939. In 1952, he was appointed music director of the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, conducting them in numerous recordings for Mercury Records'
"Living Presence" series. He also was a National Patron of
Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity (?)
2002: Teresa Graves (54) African-American
actress and singer; born in Houston, Texas, Teresa began her career
singing with The Doodletown Pipers, before turning to acting and became
a regular in Our Place in 1967, Turn On in 1969 and then the Rowan &
Martin's Laugh-In. She appeared in a number of films before her pivotal
role in the 1974 television movie Get Christie Love! from
is credited as the first African American woman to play the lead in
a police film and TV show. In
1983, she retired from show business to devote her time to the religion
(died in a fire at her home)
January 10th 1948.
2003: Eugene Istomin (77) American
classical pianist, born in New York City; he was famed for his work
in the piano trio, with Isaac Stern and Leonard Rose, the Istomin-Stern-Rose
Trio, with whom he made many recordings, particularly of music by Beethoven,
Brahms and Schubert. He also played with them in orchestral music, with
conductors such as Eugene Ormandy, Bruno Walter and also worked as as
a soloist. He went on to win the Leventritt award, a
Grammy Award in 1970, the
Philhadelphia Youth Award, and also received the French Legion d'Honneur
in 2001 (sadly Eugene died from liver cancer)
2005: Nick Hawkins (40)
British guitarist born in Luton;
he joined Big Audio Dynamite II in 1990, and went on to receive gold
and platinum awards with the band for their hit singles, "Rush"
and "The Globe". He left the band in 1997, but continued to
write and produce music and moved to the USA, making his home in Las
Vegas. Nick also scored for films as well as producing his wife, Jo
Beng's debut album, which was released on his own record label, P-Phonic
Records (died of a heart attack)
b. February 3rd 1965.
2008: Dave Wright (64) English
guitarist and vocalist
born in Winchester;
he was a member of the British rock band The Troggs founded in the 1960s
that had a number of hits in UK and the US. Their most famous songs
include, "Wild Thing", "With a Girl Like You", and
"Love Is All Around". The Troggs' Billboard Hot 100 chart
topper "Wild Thing" is ranked No.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 (?)
b. January 21st
Aguilé (73) Argentine
singer and songwriter; he started his career in Argentina, before relocating
to Spain in 1963, where he had a successful musical career, both as
a songwriter and singer. In
the 80s, he was the musical assessor of the Televisión Española
multidisciplinary contest "1,2,3 Responda Otra Vez".He has
more than 700 songs to his name but maybe best known for his worldwide
hit song '"Cuando Sali de Cuba" ("When I Left Cuba").
Back in 1990, Luis Aguilé created the music and lyrics of the
anthem of CF Monterrey. It is considered one of the best soccer anthems
in the world. He has also worked as a music producer and author, mainly
on children's books and novels. He has been finalist twice for the Premio
Planeta of Spanish Novel (stomach cancer)
2009: Stephen Gately (33) Irish
pop singer and actor, born in Dublin, along with Ronan Keating, he was
one of two lead singers in the boy band Boyzone. The band was put together
in 1993 by manager Louis Walsh and thier 1994 debut single "Working
My Way Back to You" reached No.3 in the Irish charts; this was
followed by 17 top ten hits in the UK singles charts, which included
6 chart toppers. They released 3 albums Said And Done, A Different Beat,
and Where We Belong, all of which reached the No.1 spot in the UK. After
the success of Boyzone, the band decided in 2000 to move on to solo
projects. Stephen was the first with his debut solo single titled New
Beginning and later a debut solo album of the same name. The album included
"Bright Eyes" which he recorded for the soundtrack to the
new TV version of Watership Down. He also became the voice of one of
the characters, 'Blackavar', which was created to look like him. Stephen
also took to the stage appearing in a various stage productions, which
included the lead role in Bill Kenwright's new production of Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat and he appeared on many television programmes.
In 2008, he rejoined his bandmates as Boyzone reformed for a series
of concerts and recordings (died suddenly while
on holiday in Mallorca, the cause of death has yet to be determined)
b. March 17th
2010: Solomon Burke (70)
American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter,
born in Philadelphia; he began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia,
soon moving on to host a gospel radio show and met fellow preacher Martin
Luther King, Jr. several times. His first hit was "Just Out Of
Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)", after he had signed to Atlantic Records.
Solomon's best known song is "Cry to Me", was a hit twice:
first in the 60's, and again in the 1980s when it was used in the film
and appeared on the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing. He released his debut
album ''Solomon Burke'' in 1962, this was followed by a further 35 albums
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died of natural causes at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, immediately
after his flight from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, where he had been due
to perform with De Dijk on October 12)
b. March 21st 1940.
2011: Jagjit Singh (70) Indian
ghazal singer, composer, music director, pianist and entrepreneur. Popularly
known as "The Ghazal King" he gained acclaim together with
his wife, another Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh, in the 1970s and
1980s, as the first successful husband-wife duo act in the history of
recorded Indian music. They are considered to be the pioneers of modern
ghazal singing and regarded as most successful recording artistes outside
the realm of Indian film music. He has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu,
Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages. He was awarded India's
third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003
(sadly died of a brain haemorrhage)
b. February 8th 1941.
2013: Cal Smith/Calvin Grant Shofner (81)
American country singer, born in Gans, Oklahoma
and was raised in Oakland, CA. He began his music career performing
at the Remember Me Cafe in San Francisco at the age of 15 and appeared
on the California Hayride television show in the mid-1950s before serving
two years in the military. From 1961 to
1969 he played guitar as a member of Ernest
Tubb's Texas Troubadours before launching his solo career. "The
Lord Knows I'm Drinking" became his first number-one country hit
and in 1974, he recorded two of his greatest hits, "It's Time to
Pay the Fiddler" and "Country Bumpkin" which received
Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the
Country Music Association. He released his last album, Stories
of Life by Cal Smith, which produced his last hit single "King
Lear" (?) b.
April 7th 1932.
2013: Jan Kuehnemund (51)
American guitarist and singer; originally from
St. Paul, Minnesota, she was the original founding member of the all-female
American hard rock band Vixen. Hailed as "the female Bon Jovi",
the band achieved commercial success during the late 1980s and early
1990s as part of the Los Angeles, California glam metal scene. Her trademark
guitar playing can be heard on their debut album Vixen in 1988, the
follow up album Rev It Up in 1990 and
their reunion album Live & Learn released in 2006
(sadly died while battling cancer)
b. November 18th 1961.
1963: Édith Piaf/Edith Giovanni Gassion
(47) French singer and actress;
one of the most popular French singers of the 1940s and '50s, famous
internationally for her husky, mournful voice and her songs of loneliness
and despair. At aged 14, she joined her father in his acrobatic street
performances all over France, where she first sang in public, before
going it alone as a street singer at the age of 16. In 1935 she was
discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée,
whose club Le Gerny off the Champs-Élysées was frequented
by the upper and lower classes alike. Louis taught her stage presense
and nicknamed her La Môme Piaf ...The Waif Sparrow or Little Sparrow
as she was only 4ft 8in tall. After the war, she became known internationally,
touring Europe, the United States, and South America. Among her songs
are "La Vie en rose", "Non, je ne regrette rien",
"Hymne à l'amour", "Milord", "La Foule",
"l'Accordéoniste", and "Padam... Padam..."
Édith's signature song "La vie en rose" was voted a
Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. (sadly lost her battle with cancer)
b. December 19th 1915.
Williams/Sollie Paul Williams (68)
American Western swing guitarist and singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois.
is best known for his talking blues style; his biggest hit was the novelty
song, "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)", which held
the number one position on the Billboard charts for six weeks in 1947.
"Smoke" was the No. 5 song on Billboard's Top 100 list for
1947, and was No.1 on the country chart that year. It can be heard during
the opening scenes of the 2006 movie, Thank You for Smoking (sadly
died of pancreatic cancer) b.
August 23rd 1917.
1993: Jess Thomas (66) American
Wagnerian tenor, born in San
Francisco, CA. As a child
he took part in various musical activities and later studied at the
University of Nebraska and Stanford. He made his operatic debut in '57
for San Francisco Opera performing in Der Rosenkavalier as the Haushofmeister.
He went on to be awarded the Wagner medal at Bayreuth, in 1963. His
many appearances in America and Europe between the late 50s and early
80s included 15 seasons in 109 performances of 15 roles at the Metropolitan
Opera in New York City (?) b.
punk rock bassist and songwriter born in Rio de Janeiro. At the age
of 15, he suffered from epiphysiolysis, a disease that paralyzed his
legs for two years. Renato had to have a platinum implant, which earned
him the nickname "Six Million Dollar Man". During
the years of 1978 and 1979, he was the bass player with the punk rock
band Aborto Elétrico / Electric Abortion. Renato wrote many songs
during this period, that would later become hits of a later band Capital
1982, the band broke up and developed into two bands Legião Urbana,
they became widely famous in Brazil, with protest songs at first, then
songs about love, spiritualism, family and sex. The other band formed
was Capital Inicial recording seven albums from 1982 to 1996. Renato
played in both bands writing many of the songs. In the 90s he released
two solo albums, with English and Italian songs
died of an AIDS related illness) b. March
2007: Werner von Trapp (91) Austrian-born
musician and singer, member of the Trapp Family Singers who inspired
the world-renowned Trapp Family Singers, who inspired the 1959 Broadway
musical and the 1965 Academy Award-winning Best Picture The Sound of
Music. The Trapps fled Austria after the German annexation of Austria,
fearing reprisals after declining to sing at Hitler's birthday party
and Georg von Trapp's refusal to accept a commission in the German Navy.
They went to America in 1938, settled in Vermont in 1942. Werner became
a naturalized US citizen while serving in the United States Army, serving
with the 10th Mountain division in Italy during World War II. Sadly
his father Georg Ritter von Trapp died in 1947 and the family eventually
ceased performing. After
which Werner then became a dairy farmer before eventually retiring in
Waitsfield, Vermont. (?)
b. December 21st
2008: Neal Hefti (85)
American jazz trumpeter, composer, tune writer,
and arranger born in Hastings, Nebraska. He was perhaps best known for
composing the theme music for the Batman television series of the 1960s,
and for scoring the 1968 film The Odd Couple and the subsequent TV series
of the same name. He
began arranging professionally in his teens, when he wrote charts for
Nat Towles. He became a prominent composer and arranger while playing
trumpet for Woody Herman; when working for Herman he provided new arrangements
for "Woodchopper's Ball" and "Blowin' Up a Storm,"
and composed "The Good Earth" and "Wild Root." After
leaving Herman's band in 1946, Neal concentrated on arranging and composing,
although he occasionally led his own bands. He is especially known for
his charts for Count Basie such as "Li'l Darlin'" and "Cute"
at his home in Toluca Lake, California) October
2008: Russ Hamilton/Ronald Hulme (76) British
singer, born in Liverpool; he was one of the first singer-songwriters
of pop music to have come out of the city, and the first Liverpool artist
to hit the US music scene with his song "Rainbow" several
years before The Beatles. In 1957, chart success in the U.S. was a very
unusual feat for an English performer. "Rainbow" reached No.4
on Billboard Hot 100, sold over one million copies, and reached gold
disc status. Russ
followed this with another self penned item, "Wedding Ring"
which managed to reach the Top 20. In 1960, he was invited to Nashville,
and recorded "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" with The Jordanaires
and Chet Atkins. Other hits include "I Still Belong to You",
"I Had a Dream", "My Mothers Eyes" and "Reprieve
of Tom Dooley" (?)
b. January 19th 1932.
2011: Kim Brown (66) British-born
Finland-based musician, best-known for his band, The Renegades, born
in Birmingham, England but lived much of his life in Finland. He
played guitar and was the lead vocalist of the band and wrote
many of the No.1 songs for The Renegades. From 1975 to 1982, he temporarily
moved to Italy where he created a 1950's-styled classic rock'n'roll
combo called Kim & The Cadillacs recording several hits and were
regulars on all kinds of national television shows in Italy. He returned
to Finland, returning occasionally to Italy appearing in oldies shows
or dance hall gigs in resort towns (sadly Kim
died battling cancer) b. June 2nd 1945.
2011: George "Mojo" Buford (81)
American blues harmonica player, born in Hernando, moved
relocated to Chicago in 1952. He formed the Savage Boys that eventually
became known as the
Muddy Waters Jr. Band who substituted for Muddy Waters at local nightclubs
whilst he was touring. George
first played in Muddy Waters' backing band in 1959, replacing Little
Walter, but in 1962 he moved to Minneapolis to front his own band and
record albums. It was here that he gained his nickname "Mojo",
because of audiences requesting him to perform his cover version of
"Got My Mojo Working". He returned to Muddy Waters' combo
in 1967 for a year when he replaced James Cotton and had a longer tenure
with Muddy Waters in the early 1970s and returned for the final time
after Jerry Portnoy departed to form The Legendary Blues Band.
died after a long time in hospital)
b. November 10th 1929.
2011: Freddie Gruber (84) American
jazz drummer and teacher to a number of professional drummers including
Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl and Bruce Becker.
Freddie grew up in the New York bebop scene and played with Charlie
Parker, among many others. On January 15th 2011, he was honored at the
NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. with a lifetime achievement award for educational
excellence throughout his career (?)
Frank Alamo/Jean-François Grandin (70) French
singer, born in Paris; he sang in a leading French children's choir,
"Les Petits Chanteurs à la croix de bois", and studied
music in London between 1957 and 1960. In 1962, he met pop music promoter
and record company executive Eddie Barclay signed him to his label and
persuaded him to take the stage name Frank Alamo, the surname being
in tribute to John Wayne's film The Alamo. Alamo helped popularise the
yé-yé style of music in France. His hit records included
"Biche ô ma Biche"/"Sweets for My Sweet",
"Je veux prendre ta main"/"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
and Je me bats pour gagner"/"A Hard Day's Night". He
released 30 singles over a five-year period in the early and mid-60s
died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
October 12th 1941
2012: Erik Moseholm (82) Danish
jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and music administrator, born in
Fredericia. In 1948 he moved to Copenhagen where he soon became one
of the most significant modern jazz musicians of his day and 1958
he was voted Danish Jazz Musician of the Year
and in 1960
European Jazz Bassist of the Year.
His work is well documented on some 50 albums and he has recorded with
international stars such as Don Byas and Eric Dolphy. He was the leader
of the DR Big Band from 1961 to 1966 and the principal of the Rhythmic
Music Conservatory in Copenhagen from 1992 to 1997. As a music composer
he composed music for all sizes of orchestras and also created theatre
and film music. In 1998
Erik was honored with the Order of the Dannebrog
(?) b. May 13th 1930.
2013: Wadih El Safi/Wadi' Francis (91)
Lebanese singer-songwriter, actor, instrumentalist
and cultural icon often called the "Voice of Lebanon". Born
in Niha, he started his musical journey at 17 when he won a singing
contest held by Lebanese Radio. In 1947, El Safi traveled to Brazil,
where he remained until 1950, after which, he
toured the world, singing in many languages, including Arabic, Syriac,
French, Portuguese and Italian. He wrote over 3000 songs and is well
known for his mawawil (an improvised singing style) of 'ataba, mijana,
and Abu el Zuluf. He has also performed and recorded with many well-known
Lebanese musicians, including , Fairouz, and Sabah (In
2012, he broke his leg and had to have surgery to mend the fracture.
After the surgery, his health declined quickly. In 2013, he was admitted
to hospital, suffering from pulmonary consolidation. On October 11th
2013, he fell ill at his son's home and was rushed to the Bellevue Medical
Center where sadly he died) b. November 1st 1921
1956: Don Lorenzo Perosi (83) Italian
composer born at Tortona, Piedmont;
he was the most prolific and significant
Italian composer of sacred music at the turn of the 20th century
and the only member of the Giovane Scuola who did not write opera. In
the late 1890s, while he was still only in his 20s, he
was an internationally celebrated
composer of sacred music, especially large-scale oratorios including
La Passione di Cristo, La Trasfigurazione di Cristo, La
Risurrezione di Lazzaro, La Risurrezione di Cristo, Il Natale del Redentore,
La Strage degli Innocenti,
Il Giudizio Universale and Transitus Animae. His masses and mottetti
include, Missa In Honorem Ss. Gervasii et Protasii, Missa "Te Deum
Laudamus", Missa Eucharistica, Missa [Prima] Pontificalis, Messa
da Requiem, Missa a Tre Voci Maschili (Missa Cerviana), Missa "Benedicamus
Domino", Missa Secunda Pontificalis, and Melodie Sacre (eight volumes).
He also wrote secular music.. symphonic poems,
chamber music, and concertos,
as well as writing for the organ.
According to musicologist Arturo Sacchetti's estimate, Lorenzo composed
an incredable 3,000 - 4,000 works (?) b.
December 21st 1872.
1971: Gene Vincent/Vincent Eugene Craddock (36)
American singer born in Norfolk, Virginia, a pioneer of rock 'n'
roll and rockabilly. His 1956 top 10 hit with his Blue Caps, "Be-Bop-A-Lula,"
is considered a significant early example of rockabilly. Other hits
included "Race With The Devil", "Bluejean Bop",
Bop" and "Woman
Love". Vincent also
became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, 'The Girl Can't
Help It' together with Jayne Mansfield. On April 16, 1960, while on
tour in the UK, Gene , Eddie Cochran, and songwriter Sharon Sheeley
were involved in a high-speed traffic accident in a private hire taxi.
Gene broke his ribs and collarbone and further damaged his weakened
leg, Sharon suffered a broken pelvis, but tragically Wddie Cochran,
who had been thrown from the vehicle, suffered serious brain injuries
and died the next day. He was the first inductee into the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame upon its formation in 1997. The following year he was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame at 1749 N. Vine St. He is a member of the Rock and Roll
and Rockabilly halls of fame (he sadly died from
a ruptured stomach ulcer while visiting his father in California)
b. February 11th 1935.
1978: Nancy Spungen (20)
American paranoid schizophrenic girlfriend of Sex Pistol's
Sid Vicious. Nancy left home at age 17 and moved to New York City. She
followed bands such as Aerosmith, The New York Dolls and The Ramones.
In 1977, at the age of 19, she moved to London, allegedly to win over
Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers, but met The
Sex Pistols instead. When lead singer Johnny Rotten rejected her, she
pursued bassist Sid Vicious and they soon moved in together.During a
tumultuous 23-month relationship, Nancy and Sid became addicted to heroin
and other drugs. Sid was already an abuser of multiple drugs before
he met Nancy, but many sources claim she introduced him to heroin; other
sources claim that he had begun to use speed with his mother at an early
age and then got into heroin after meeting Nancy. (she
was found sprawled on the bathroom floor of their hotel room clad in
a black bra and panties. She had bled to death from a single stab wound
to the abdomen, later traced to a knife owned by Sid Vicious. Sid died
of an overdose while on bail before he could be tried for murder)
b. February 27th 1958.
1985: Ricky Wilson (32) American self-taught
guitarist born in Athens, Georgia, he was the original guitarist and
a founding member of the B-52's along with his sister, Kate Pierson,
Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider. They played their first gig in
1977 at a Valentine's Day party for friends. The band's quirky take
on the New Wave sound of their era was a combination of dance and surf
music set apart by the unusual guitar tunings used by Ricky. He
also played the guitar on the song "Breakin' In My Heart"
on the 1979 self-titled album by Tom Verlaine (Ricky
sadly died prematurely from complications due to aids)
b. March 19th 1953.
1989:Carmen Cavallaro (76) American
pianist born in New York, who established himself as one of the most
accomplished and admired light music pianists of his generation. In
1933, he joined the jazz band of Al Kavelin, where he quickly became
the featured soloist. After four years he switched to a series of other
big bands, including Rudy Vallee's in 1937. He also worked briefly with
Enrico Madriguera and Abe Lyman.
his own band, a five-piece combo, in St. Louis in 1939, his popularity
grew and his group expanded into a 14-piece orchestra, releasing some
19 albums for Decca over the years
passed to cancer) b.
May 6th 1913.
1997: John Denver/Henry John Deutschendorf
Jr (53) American singer-songwriter and guitarist born in
Roswell, New Mexico. At the age of 12, he received a 1910 Gibson acoustic
jazz guitar from his grandmother and he taught himself to play it well
enough to play locally as a teenager in groups such as the folk-music
group "The Alpine Trio". John went on to become one of the
most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s in terms of record sales,
he recorded and released around 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed
himself. He was named Poet Laureate of Colorado in 1977. Songs such
as "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Take Me Home, Country Roads",
"Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on My Shoulders",
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy", "Annie's Song" and
"Calypso" attained worldwide popularity. Among his varied
projects and interests, John founded his own environmental group, the
Windstar Foundation and had a keen interest in solutions to world hunger.
He visited Africa during the 1980s to witness first-hand the suffering
caused by starvation and to work with African leaders toward solutions.
1983 and 1984, John hosted the annual Grammy Awards. In the 1983 finale,
he was joined on stage by folk-music legend Joan Baez with whom he led
an all-star version of "Blowing in the Wind" and "Let
The Sunshine In". John has recieved 9 awards in honoor of his music,
including 2 grammies and an Emmy, and was inducted into the Songwriters
Hall of Fame in 1996 (tragically killed when the
light aircraft he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay, California)
b. December 31st 1943.
2001: Dan Del Santo (50) American steel
guitarist, guitarist, singer-songwriter; having made his presence felt
on Texas' outlaw country scene during the late '70s, he had left country
music by the mid-'80s and launched an Afro-Cuban band, the Professors
of Pleasures. Latin music remained his prime genre as he went on to
host a third-world music show for an Austin-based radio station. Dan
relocated to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he formed new band, Perros del Sol,
and continued to perform his original songs in the Spanish language
(esophageal bleeding) b. September
2002: Ray Conniff (85)
American trombonist, strings, orchestra director; after serving
in the U.S. Army in World War II, where he worked under Walter Schumann,
he was hired by Mitch Miller, then head of A & R at Columbia Records,
as their home arranger, working with several artists including Rosemary
Clooney, Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell and
Johnnie Ray. He wrote a top 10 arrangement for Don Cherry's "Band
of Gold" in 1955, a single that sold more than a million copies.
the hit singles he backed with his orchestra (and eventually with a
male chorus) were "Yes Tonight Josephine" and "Just Walkin'
in the Rain" by Johnnie Ray; "Chances Are" and "It's
Not for Me to Say" by Johnny Mathis; "A White Sport Coat"
and "The Hanging Tree" by Marty Robbins; "Moonlight Gambler"
by Frankie Laine; "Up Above My Head," a duet by Frankie Laine
and Johnnie Ray; and "Pet Me, Poppa" by Rosemary Clooney.
He also backed up the albums Tony by Tony Bennett, Blue Swing by Eileen
Rodgers, Swingin' for Two by Don Cherry, and half the tracks of The
Big Beat by Johnnie Ray. Between
1957 and 1968, he had 28 albums in the American Top 40, the most famous
one being Somewhere My Love (1966). He topped the album list in Britain
in 1969 with His Orchestra, His Chorus, His Singers, His Sound, an album
which was originally published to promote his European tour (Germany,
Austria, Switzerland) in 1969. He also was the first American popular
artist to record in Russiain 1974 he recorded Ray Conniff in Moscow
with the help of a local choir. He sold about 70 million albums worldwide
and continued recording and performing until his death (died after a
fall and hitting his head) b. November 6th 1916.
Knight (72) American
songwriter, singer and guitarist, born
in Birmingham, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama, where
he wrote music in his spare time. In 1956 he founded a rockabilly group,
The Knightmares, releasing their debut single, "Bop Boogie to the
Blues", that same year. Baker moved to Hollywood in 1958, he wrote
the song "Lonesome Town"and other hits for Rick Nelson. He
wrote "Just Relax", which he released as a solo single in
1959, with Cochran on guitar. He also wrote the song "The Wonder
of You" followed by songs for Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, West
Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Ernest Ashworth, Hank Williams, Jr.,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave & Sugar, and Mickey Gilley among others. Baker's
last solo release was "If Only", in 1977 (?)
b. July 4th 1933.
2006: Al Thompson (59) American musician,
former Motown drummer and longtime drummer for Gladys Knight & The
Pips, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole (?) b.????
2009: Dickie Peterson (63) American
singer and bass guitarist born in Grand Forks, ND;
although his first instrument had been drums
he has played electric bass since the age of thirteen,
citing Otis Redding as an influence to his music.
He moved Davis CA, then to San Francisco in the early 60s. After playing
in the band Andrew Staples & The Oxford Circle, he helped form the
power trio Blue Cheer, with himself as lead singer/bassist, Leigh Stephens
guitarist and Eric Albronda
on the drums, Eric was soon replaced by Paul Whaley. Their first hit
in 1968 was a cover version
of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" from their debut album
Vincebus Eruptum. The single peaked at No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100
chart, and the album peaked at No.11 on the Billboard 200 chart. Dickie
spent much of his last two decades based in Germany, playing with Blue
Cheer and other groups including
Mother Ocean in the early 2000s,
the Hank Davison Band and as an acoustic duo with Hank Davison under
the name "Dos Hombres" (Dickie sadly died while fighting liver
cancer) b. September 12th 1946.
2009: Ian Wallace OBE (90)
British bass-baritone opera and concert singer, he made his operatic
debut with the New London Opera Company at the Cambridge Theatre, London,
in 1946, as Schaunard in La bohème. Throughout the 50s, he was
a feature at Glyndebourne, specializing in basso buffo roles, notably
Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. In the 1960s and 1970s he was closely
associated with Scottish Opera. From the early 1960s to the 1980s, he
performed a one-man show, featuring operatic excerpts, ballads and comic
songs. He was particularly noted for his performances of the music of
Flanders and Swann, and "The Hippopotamus" became his signature
tune. He also acted occasionally on TV and in films, including Tom Thumb,
made in 1958. Ian
was well known for having been a panellist throughout the 27-year run
of the radio panel game My Music, not missing a single episode of more
than 520 that were broadcast (died after long
illness) b. July
2011: Joel "Taz" DiGregorio (67)
American keyboardist born
in Worcester, Massachusetts; in his mid teens he started out with the
group Paul Chaplan and the Emeralds, best known for their 1959 hit "Shortnin'
Bread". The group disbanded in 1961 and Joel found other gigs including
playing in a lounge band in Florida. In 1964, aged 20, he met and joined
Charlie Daniels who at that time was in a band called the Jaguars. After
a stint in the army Joel
resumed his longtime
membership in The Charlie Daniels Band. In
1979, their signature hit "The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
reached No.3 in US Pop Charts was co-written by Joel and was honored
with a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979. In addition
to his work with Daniels, he recorded 2 solo projects: 2008's
"Midnight in Savannah"
and "Shake Rag" also in 2008 (tragically
Joel died in a car crash
on his way to meet Charles Daniel's tour bus)
b. January 8th 1944.
2012: Geraldine Mucha (95)
music composer of Orcadian descent;
born in London, she studied music first with her father and later she
studied composition with Benjamin Dale at the Royal Academy of Music.
After 1945 she lived in Prague with her husband, Czech writer Jirí
Mucha, son of Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha.
She has composed numerous musical works, from ballets to large-scale
orchestral pieces to chamber pieces to variations on folk songs. Following
her husband's death in 1991, she and their son John founded the Mucha
Foundation to continue Jirí's work protecting and promoting Alphonse
Muchas legacy (Geraldine
died suddenly and peacefully at home after a dinner party in her honour)
b. July 5th 1917.
2013: Lin Youren (75)
Chinese a noted player of the Chinese musical instrument guqin,
born in Shanghai, but was brought up in nearby Nanjing. Early on in
his musical development, Lin studied with Liu Shaochun and enterd the
Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1958 to study the guqin. He was influenced
by the playing styles of Liu Jingshao, Gu Meigeng, Shen Caonong, and
Wei Zhongle in particular. Lin gave guqin recitals in Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States (?)
1974: Ed Sullivan (73)
American TV host, band leader born in New
York City; former boxer, sportswriter, theatre columnist for The New
York Graphic and New York Daily News, show business news radio
broadcaster, took on yet
another medium in 1933 by writing and starring in the film Mr. Broadway,
which has him guiding the audience around New York nightspots to meet
entertainers and celebrities. Ed soon became a powerful starmaker in
the entertainment world himself. In '48, the CBS network hired Ed to
do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show, Toast of the Town, which later
became The Ed Sullivan Show,
famous for introducing new musical acts.
Debuting in Sunday June 20th 1948, the show was broadcast from CBS Studio
50, at 1697 Broadway, at 53rd Street, in New York City, which in 1967
was renamed the Ed Sullivan Theatre, and is now the home of The Late
Show with David Letterman. The last Ed Sullivan show telecast No.1068,
was on March 28th 1971 with guests Melanie, Joanna Simon, Danny Davis
and the Nashville Brass, and Sandler and Young. He has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd
(sadly died of esophageal cancer) b. September
1987: Kishore Kumar/Abhas Kumar Ganguly (58)
Indian film playback singer and actor
who also worked as lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter
and scriptwriter. Kishore sang in many Indian languages including Bengali,
Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and
Oriya. He can be heard solo or collaborating with other artists on hundreds
of tracks. Kishore also starred in many films including New
Delhi, Aasha, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Half Ticket, and Padosan (?)
b. August 4th 1929.
Britt Woodman (80)
trombonist best known for his work with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus;
he first worked with Phil Moore and Les Hite. After service in World
War II he played with Boyd Raeburn before joining with Lionel Hampton
in 1946. In the 1950s
he worked with Duke Ellington. As a member of the Duke's band he can
be heard on The Complete Porgy and Bess, Such Sweet Thunder, Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, Black, Brown, and Beige and Indigos
1960 he moved on from Ellington to work in a pit orchestra. Later he
worked with Mingus and can be heard on the 1963 album Mingus Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus. In the 1970s he led his own octet and worked with
Toshiko Akiyoshi (?)
b. June 4th 1920
2001: Peter Doyle (52) Australian
pop singer and songwriter born in Melbourne; he started his career at
the age of 9 appearing regular
over 5 years
on a children's television talent show Swallow's Juniors. From 1965
to 1967 he released ten singles in Australia, including a cover of Conway
Twitty's 'Speechless (The Pick Up)', and Solomon Burke's 'Stupidity'.
May 1968 saw him join the vocal trio 'The Virgil
Brothers', but after relocating to England they spit up and Peter joined
the 3rd and most successful line up of the New Seekers recording hits
such as "What Have They Done To My Song Ma", "Never Ending
Song of Love" and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing".
In 1972 they came second representing the UK, in the Eurovision Song
Contest with the song "Beg, Steal or Borrow". Peter resumed
his solo career in 1973, returning to Australia in 1981 to join the
band Standing Room Only. The follinging year he moved to America to
work with the group Regis
for the next five years. Back in Australia
he regularly performed on the club circuit. (sadly
lost to throat cancer) b. July 28th 1949.
2009: Al Martino/Alfred
Cini (82) American singer and actor; after servicing
in the US Navy in WW II, including being a part of the Iwo Jima invasion
where he was wounded, inspired by Al Jolson and Perry Como, he started
his singing career, performing in local nightclubs for a time, before
moving to New York in 1948. He went on to win first place on Arthur
Godfrey's Talent Scouts television program, thanks to a rendition of
Como's "If," this led to a recording contract with the Philadelphia
based independent label, BBS. Al had a string of hit singles and albums
that stretched from the early 1950s all the way into the mid 1970s.
His single "Here in My Heart" was No.1 in the first ever UK
Singles Chart, published by the New Musical Express on November 14,
1952, putting him into the Guinness Book of World Records, it remained
in the top position for nine weeks. One of his most successful hits
was "Spanish Eyes", achieving several gold and platinum discs
for sales. As well as his singing career, Al played the role of Johnny
Fontane in the 1972 film The Godfather, as well as singing the film's
theme, Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather). He played
the same role in The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, as
well as The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (died
at his home in Springfield, Pennsylvania, 6 days after his 82nd birthday)
b. October 7th 1927.
2010: Kostas Kafasis (70) Greek
actor and singer (died after battling cancer)
2010: Marzieh/Ashraf os-Sadat Mortezai (86)
Iranian singer, Tehran-born singer of Persian traditional
music. Known as the first lady of Persian music, she has been one of
the most outstanding figures the artistic society of Iran has ever witnessed.
After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 she no longer appeared onstage
and eventually would leave her homeland in the 1990s due to the political
repression. She joined the Mujaheddin-e Khalq organisation (MKO).
after she left the country, she performed several concerts in Los Angeles,
California in 1995, and later at the Earl's Court, London in 1996. Her
hits include Az Atash Gozashtam, Dokhtare koli, Khoda koneh keh khabam,
Bia Bia Benshin, Golhaaye Bahari, Ze Man Ay Negaaram, Soozeh Del, and
Mayzadeh to mention a few (sadly
died of cancer)
(?) American rap artist and promoter;
he was an original member of the rap group Harlem World founded by Mase.
The group consisted of six members Huddy, Mase's sister Baby Stase,
Blinky Blink, Cardan, Meeno and Loon. They released their first and
only album, The Movement on March 9th 1999, it reached No.11 on the
Billboard 200 and went gold. Despite the success of the album, the group
disbanded later in the year with their last appearance being Mase's
"From Scratch" on his second album.
Huddy became a fixture on New York's party scene promoting 100s of high-profile
events. Although Huddy did
appeared on Ray
Benzino's 2003 anti-Eminem
mixtape Die Another Day: Flawless Victory, as well as his album Arch
Nemesis in 2005. In hip-hop circles, he is well known as a close associate
of Cam'ron. In 2005, Cam'ron credited his childhood friend Huddy
with saving his life when he was shot two times while leaving a party
during the Howard University homecoming weekend in Washington, D.C.
(tragically died when his car collided with a truck in New York, on
the George Washington bridge) b. ????
Norman Johnson (67) American
songwriter and record producer, born in Norfolk,
Virginia. He began singing in his church choir at the age of six. His
recording debut came six years later on Atlantic Records, with his group
the Humdingers, although the tracks remain unreleased. In 1961, and
following a change in name to The Showmen, he and the group issued the
single "It Will Stand." The track was a chart hit in both
1961 and 1964, they split up in 1968. Guided
by Holland-Dozier-Holland, Norman recruited Danny Woods (ex-The Showmen),
Harrison Kennedy, and Eddie Curtis and created Chairmen of the Board.
Their debut single, "Give Me Just a Little More Time", a No.3
hit in the US Billboard R&B chart in 1969. Further hits included
"(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String" and "Everything's
Tuesday". Norman started a songwriting career with "Pay to
the Piper," another hit for Chairmen of the Board, he wrote most
of the band's material. Other songs he penned include the Grammy Award
winning "Patches" for Clarence Carter, "Want Ads",
"Stick Up," and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show"
and "Bring the Boys Home" for Freda Payne. Chairmen of the
Board's popularity diminshed in the middle of the 1970s, although Johnson
and Woods remained together re-billed as the Chairmen. He went on to
work the beach music circuit, and became beach music icon. In 1993,
Norman and Woods released an album, What Goes Around Comes Around. In
recognition of the contribution that Norman had made to American popular
music, the Virginia General Assembly designated June 9th 2001 as General
Johnson Day in Virginia (?)
b. May 23rd 1943.
Pavlina Nikaj (80)
singer born in Korca, he sang on Radio
Korca in the mid
to late 40s and in 1950 he was appointed a singer in the Army Ensemble.
After which in 1957 he became a professional singer in the Estrada Theater
of Tirana, where he stayed nearly 20 years. He was considered a "pioneer"
of easy interpretation of the Albanian music with songs such as "The
Paths of Happiness", "Featureless Forget", "My Song
Dedicated To You", "Among The Crop Have a Point" among
many others. Pavlina was decorated by the President of Albania with
the command "Frashëri", the silver, in 2005 (?)
2011: Chris Doig (63) New Zealand
opera singer and sports administrator, in 1972 he won New Zealand's
Mobil Song Quest and subsequently became principal tenor at the Vienna
State Opera. Later in his career he was appointed chief executive of
New Zealand Cricket and was a member of the New Zealand Rugby Union
was awarded an OBE for his service to the arts in 1992, and in June
2011 was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. (sadly
Chris died while fighting bowel
b. April 4th 1948.
2013: Tommy Whittle (87) British
jazz saxophonist born in Grangemouth, Scotland, he started playing clarinet
at the age of 12 before taking up the tenor saxophone at 13. He moved
to Chatham, Kent, at 16 and in 1943 started playing in
Claude Giddins' dance-hall band. In the 1950s he joined Cyril
Stapleton's BBC Show Band where he became featured as a soloist in nationwide
broadcasts. In April 1954 he formed his own quintet with Harry Klein
and Dill Jones, later touring with a ten-piece band for 14 months. He
then led various small groups as well as doing jazz club work. In 1955
he was voted Britain's top tenor-sax player in the New Musical Express
poll and topped the Melody Maker poll the following year. He spent a
long period with the Jack Parnell ATV Orchestra and later with Laurie
Johnson's London Big Band, while he continued to play regularly at jazz
clubs. During this time he also recorded with Benny Goodman. During
the 1980s and 1990s, as well as an enduring commitment to jazz, he was
also in demand as a session musician and often appeared in the Ted Heath
Band. In July 2005 Tommy was awarded the prestigious medal of the Worshipful
Company of Musicians for lifetime achievement in British jazz. His last
few gigs included the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester in October 2012
and with Ray McVay's tribute Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Wolverhampton
Grand Theatre in July 2013 (sadly
Tommy died from
pneumonia on his birthday while
holidaying in Spain) b. October 13th 1926.
2013: Angela Moldovan (86)
Romanian singer and actress born in Chisinau,
in present-day Moldova; she was a singer of popular music and also an
accomplished opera singer and an actress, known for her roles in the
musical Veronica and its sequel Veronica se întoarce (sadly
Angela died of a cardiac arrest) b. September
Trent (54) American
jazz pianist; he led one of the most fabled of the territory bands,
an outfit that recorded just eight titles, but was legendary. He led
his first band in the early '20s, and in 1924 he played with Eugene
Cook's Synco Six. He then took over leadership of the band, which played
until 1934, playing mostly in the American South and Midwest, as well
as on steamboats. He left music in the mid-1930s but returned with another
band in 1938. His sidemen included Terrence Holder, Alex Hill, Stuff
Smith, Snub Mosley, Charlie Christian, Sweets Edison, Mouse Randolph,
and Peanuts Holland (?) b.
August 24th 1905.
1977: Bing Crosby/Harry Lillis Crosby (74)
American singer, actor, singer of
"White Christmas", and starred in the "On the Road"
films with Bob Hope. One of the first multimedia stars, from 1934 to
1954 he was very successful across record sales, radio ratings and motion
picture grosses. Bing and his musical acts influenced male singers of
the era that followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and
Dean Martin. In 1926, while singing at Los Angeles Metropolitan Theatre,
Bing and his vocal duo partner Al Rinker caught the eye of Paul Whiteman,
arguably the most famous bandleader at the time. Hired for $150 a week,
they made their debut on December 6th 1926 at the Tivoli Theatre in
Chicago and their first recording was, "I've Got The Girl,"
with Don Clark's Orchestra. On September 2nd 1931, Crosby made his solo
radio debut. In 1931, he signed with Brunswick Records and recording
under Jack Kapp and signed with CBS Radio to do a weekly 15 minute radio
broadcast; almost immediately he became a huge hit. His songs "Out
of Nowhere", "Just One More Chance", "At Your Command"
and "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)"
were among the the best selling songs of 1931. Bing's biggest musical
hit was his recording of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas",
which he introduced through a 1942 Christmas-season radio broadcast
and the movie Holiday Inn. According to ticket sales, he is, at 1,077,900,000
tickets sold, the third most popular actor of all time, behind Clark
Gable and John Wayne. In 1962, Bing was the first person to be recognized
with the Grammy Global Achievement Award. He won an Academy Award for
Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion
picture Going My Way. Bing is one of the few people to have three stars
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is a member of the National Association
of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division (He died of a heart
attack on a golf course in Spain, having just completed the 18th hole)
b. May 3rd
1985: Emil Gilels (78) Soviet
pianist; he was the first Soviet artist to be allowed to travel extensively
in the West. After WW2, he toured Europe starting from 1947 as a concert
pianist, and made his US debut in 1955 playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto
No. 1 in Philadelphia. His repertoire was vast, ranging from Scarlatti
to Stravinsky. He played all the concertos and sonatas of Beethoven,
both concertos of Brahms, a large amount of Schumann and Chopin, some
Schubert, Liszt and many of the Russian composers from the 19th and
20th centuries. The power and excitement that Emil generates in a live
performance can still be felt more than forty years later (he
was killed accidentally by the Russian doctor after a medical check-up)
b. October 19th 1916.
1990: Leonard Bernstein (72) American
conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among
the first conductors born and educated in the USA to receive worldwide
acclaim. He was probably best known to the public as the longtime music
director of the New York Philharmonic, for conducting concerts by many
of the world's leading orchestras, and for writing the music for West
Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, and On the Town. He was the first
classical music conductor to make numerous TV appearances between 1954-89.
He also wrote symphonies and other concert music (Leonard
sadly died of emphysema) b. August 25th
Yankovic (83) American singer and accordian
virtuoso; America's undisputed Polka King, the first polka artist to
score a million-selling single with 1948's "Just Because",
the first to perform on television, and the first to win a Grammy for
Best Polka Album
"70 Years of Hits", in 1986. Of Slovene descent, he came from
South Euclid, Ohio, he released over 200 recordings in his career. Frankie
seldom strayed from the Slovenian-style polka, but did record with Chet
Atkins, Don Everly, and did a version of the Too Fat Polka
with comedian Drew Carey. Frankie also had a long standing relationship
with accordion virtuoso Joey Miskulin
(sadly died from heart failure)
b. July 15th 1915.
2002: Norbert Schultze (91)
German composer and
pianist, most remembered for writing the famed WW II song, "Lili
Marlene", he also wrote the music for the Luftwaffe's unofficial
anthem, "Bomben auf Engelland"/Bombs on England. Educated
in music in Cologne and Munich, he became a theatrical musical director
in Heidelberg. After WW2 he worked as a bit-actor in two German movies
including "Max und Moritz" in 1956 and "Zu jung fuer
die Liebe?" in 1961 and wrote numerous operas, operettas such as
Rain in Paris, musicals, ballets and "Max and Moritz", and
music for more than 50 movies, and songs. He also served
on the Executive Board of the German Society for Composing and Performing
Music from 1973 to 1991, and in 1996, received its Ring of Honor for
his contributions to music (?)
b. January 26th 1911.
2006: Freddy Fender/Baldemar
Huerta (69) American singer, songwriter and guitarist;
he was the first and biggest pioneer in Tex Mex music, and one of the
most important musicians in Tejano Music History, he is documented as
The First American Hispanic and Hispanic Rock & Roll Recording Artist
In Anglo Latino Musical History. He made himself a guitar at the age
of six, at 10 he was singing on local radio stations and winning talent
competitions. Then at 16, he joined the Marines for three years. After
his discharge, he started playing Texas honky tonks and dance halls.
His big break came with Falcon Records in 1957, when he recorded Spanish
versions of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and Harry Belafonte's
"Jamaica Farewell." The recordings both reached No1 in Mexico
and South America. He signed with Imperial Records in 1959, renaming
himself "Fender" after the brand of his electric guitar, and
"Freddy", well.. because it sounded good with Fender.In 1974,
he recorded "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" and on April
8, 1975, it reached the Number One spot on Billboard's pop and county
charts, the first time in history an artist's first single reached Number
One on both charts. With its success, he won the Academy of Country
Music's best new artist award. Throughout his long career Freddy has
appeared on 18 TV shows, in 8 films, 11 videos, and countless soundtracks,
commercials, shows, tributes and is a triple Grammy Award winner. He
won his first shared Grammy with the Texas Tornados, in 1990 for best
Mexican-American performance for "Soy de San Luis", his second
shared Grammy came in with Los Super Seven in the same category in 1998
for "Los Super Seven". Then in year 2002 he won his own Grammy
for Best Latin Pop Album in 2002 for "La Musica de Baldemar Huerta."
(lung cancer) b.
June 4th 1937.
2007: Big Moe/Kenneth Moore (33) American
rapper born in Houston, known for a softer and slower style than other
Houston rappers, including a mixture of rapping and singing that he
called "rapsinging" as well as for his music that celebrated
codeine-laced syrup as a recreational drug. He began his career free
styling on DJ Screw's mix tapes before being signed to Wreckshop Records,
releasing his debut album, City of Syrup in 2000 (died
after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma)
b. August 20th 1974.
2009: Johnny Jones (73) American R&B
guitarist and bandleader; born in Nashville, he moved to Chicago in
the '50s. Where he shared an apartment with harmonica player Walter
McCollum. Together they formed a small group, working regularly with
Junior Wells and Freddy King. Johnny moved back to Nashville in the
early 1960s to become a session musician and formed a band the Imperial
Seven. Johnny and Jimi Hendrix once faced off in a legendary guitar
duel at the city's Club Baron in the early 1960s and he also appeared
alongside Jimi on the regional TV music series 'Night Train,' where
Johnny played in the House Band. In 1964, he assumed leadership of the
King Casuals, the band founded in 1962 by Jimi Hendrix and bassist Billy
Cox in Clarksville, he replaced Hendrix. They recorded a portfolio of
singles in later years. The most recent recording with his band was
the 2001, Blues Is In the House. After which he traveled and played
in the UK 3 times, the last being in the spring of 2009. In the early
2000s, he and other players on the Jefferson Street scene were held
in the spotlight by the Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm
& Blues, 19451970 exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum and its accompanying double-album (Johnny
was found dead in his apartment) b. ??.1936
2011: Chuck Ruff (60)
American drummer born in Reno, Nevada and went on to played in
the rock group Sawbuck with Ronnie Montrose and Bill Church from 19681970.
Chuck and Montrose later joined Edgar Winter with Dan Hartman to form
The Edgar Winter Group in 1972. It was with this band that he had his
biggest successes: first with the album They Only Come Out at Night-1973,
featuring "Frankenstein" which reached No. 1 in the U.S. in
May 1973, and the top 15 single "Free Ride", which reached
No. 14 that same year. The album Shock Treatment, which featured the
song "Easy Street", was also successful. In 1977, he joined
Sammy Hagar and performed on the albums Street Machine-1979 and Danger
Zone-1979, including the song "Bad Reputation" which is in
the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In his later years, Chuck continued
performing music in Reno, Nevada with the Chuck Ruff Group and his last
project, Geezersläw (sadly Chuck has died after long illness) b.
May 25th 1951.
2012: B.B. Cunningham (70) American
keyboardist, bassist and singer-songwriter, born Blake Baker Cunningham
Jr., in Jackson. At 14, he became the youngest member of the local musicians
union. He helped his father, crooner Buddy, run the family's Cover Records
label, for which he served as session player, producer and artist in
'50s and early '60s. In 1954, Sam Phillips of Sun Studio asked him to
add some percussion to a session by a young Elvis Presley. Blake also
led the band the Six OClock Boys and was a member of the touring
version of Ronnie and the Daytonas, known for the song G.T.O.
The touring group became the Hombres, which scored a No.12 Billboard
hit in 1967 with the raw, edgy Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)"
, which Blake co-wrote. The cult classic has since been covered by John
Mellencamp and used in the 2005 film Elizabethtown. He later
worked at the famed Sounds of Memphis Studio, until 1971, when he moved
to Los Angeles, where he served as chief engineer at Independent Recorders
working with Billy Joel, Elton John, Lou Rawls and others. Blake returned
to Memphis launching his own studio, and he also joined Jerry Lee Lewis
band in 1997 in which he was a member until his death. He released his
solo album, Hangin In, in 2003 and continued to play
with and inspire local musicians. During this time in Memphis, Blake
also had a side job as a sucurity guard. (Blake
was tragically shot dead in his
line of duty as a sucurity guard) b. 1942
Dame Marie Tempest DBE/Mary Susan Etherington (78) English
singer and actress known as the "queen of her profession".
became the most famous soprano in late Victorian light opera and Edwardian
musical comedies. Later, she became a leading comic actress and toured
widely in North America and elsewhere. She was, at times, her own theatre
manager during a career spanning 55 years. Marie was also instrumental
in the founding of the actors' union Equity in England (?)
b. July 15th 1864.
1964: Cole Porter (73)
singer, multi-musician, composer, songwriter born in Peru, Indiana,
U.S. He e
learned the violin at age 6, the piano at 8, and wrote his first operetta
at 10. Cole wrote songs both words and music for over 30 stage and film
musicals. His works include the musical including "Kiss Me, Kate",
"Du Barry Was a Lady", "Gay Divorce" "Anything
"Fifty Million Frenchmen", "Can-Can",
He has written songs persifically for greats such as Fred Astaire and
Gene Kelly among many others. Writing
and composing songs such as
"Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You",
"I've Got You Under My Skin", "In the Still of the Night",
and Day", "At Long Last Love", "From
Alpha to Omega", "You
Never Know", "Let's Misbehave", "From Now On",
"My Heart Belongs to Daddy". He was one of the greatest contributors
to the Great American Songbook and Cole is one of the few Tin Pan Alley
composers to have written both lyrics and music for his songs
(kidney failure) b. June 9th 1891.
1966: Colette Bonheur/Colette Chailler (39)
Quebec Canadian singer born in Montreal, from 1954 to 1957, she worked
with Jacques Normand, Gilles Pellerin starring in the variety show 'Door
Open' on the Radio-Canada, and also sang in Montreal's top cabarets
such as Cabaret Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Continental Café, and
Quebec Chez Gerard. In the fall of 1954 she again worked with Jacques
Normand, Gilles Pellerin, plus Normand Hudon, Pierre Theriault and others
at The Three Beavers, above the Café Saint-Jacques. Her rendition
of "Violets fields" won the prize in radio Canadian singing
contest in 1957. In 1961 she married the saxophonist Gerry Robinson,
and they relocated to the Bahamas (She
died in the Bahamas under mysterious circumstances)
b. September 20th 1927.
Bobby "Lester" Dallas (50)
lead singer with the Moonglows, born in Louisville.
Lester and high school classmate Harvey Fuqua started singing at parties
as a duo in the 40s. They formed The Moonglows in 1951, originally calling
themselves the Crazy Sounds, but were renamed by disc jockey Alan Freed
as the Moonglows. They also cut some recordings as the Moonlighters.
Their first major hit was the No.1 R&B "Sincerely" for
Chess in 1954, which reached number 20 on the pop charts. They enjoyed
five more Top Ten R&B hits on from 1955 to 1958, including "Most
of All," "We Go Together," "See Saw," and "Please
Send Me Someone to Love," as well as "Ten Commandments of
Love." The different styles defined the Moonglows two lead singers,
Harvey Fuqua favoured the up-tempo R&B/rock numbers while Lester
sung more of the romantic ballads. (sadly died
after fighting cancer) b. January 13th
Terry Gilkyson (83)
US singer, lyricist, composer; he wrote and recorded "The
Cry of the Wild Goose," which became a hit song for Frankie Laine
in 1950, as well as the 1953 hit song "Tell Me a Story" recorded
by Jimmy Boyd and Laine. In the 1956, he formed a group called The Easy
Riders with Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, having a major hit with "Marianne"
selling in excess of one million copies, earning a gold disc. The three
also wrote "Memories Are Made of This," which became a popular
song in several versions, including an adaptation for the 1956 Hungarian
also appeared in, as well as wrote songs for, the 1951 Western film
Slaughter Trail. In the 1960s, he left the group to work for the Walt
Disney Studios, writing music both for movies and the television series
The Wonderful World of Disney especially "The Scarecrow of Romney
Marsh." In 1968 he was nominated for an Academy Award for "The
Bare Necessities" from the movie The Jungle Book (died
in Austin, Texas, while visiting family)
b. June 7th 1916.
Dave Godin (68) English
writer, critic and founder of the record labels, Soul City and Deep
Soul, born in Rotherham, Sth Yorkshire, and who coined the term, Northern
Soul. After working in advertising, Dave founded the Tamla Motown Appreciation
Society, and in time was recruited by Berry Gordy to become Motown's
consultant in the UK, setting up its distribution through EMI. In 1966,
colleague David Nathan and friend Robert Blackmore,
he founded Soul City, a record shop and label on which he released such
then-obscure soul classics. It was in their shop that Dave coined the
term northern soul, a description that he would popularise through his
work as a music journalist. In his career he also coined the term Deep
Soul and he promoted the interests of a large number of US musicians
whose work had fallen out of favour in their home country. In the mid
1990s he started to compile a series of CDs of rare and some not so
rare, recordings - "Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures" - for
Ace Records, which featured such artists as Loretta Williams, Eddie
and Ernie, Jaibi, Ruby Johnson and Jimmy and Louise Tig. The albums
were greeted with universal critical acclaim, and Dave described the
series as the proudest achievement of his life (sadly
Dave died fighting lung cancer) b.
June 21st 1936.
2008: Edie Adams (81)
American singer in Broadway and television making her Broadway debut
in 1953, playing Rosalind Russells sister in the Leonard Bernstein
musical Wonderful Town". She starred on Broadway in Wonderful
Town in 1953 and in Li'l Abner in 1956, and played the Fairy Godmother
in Rodgers & Hammerstein's original 1957 Cinderella broadcast. She
also played "Miss Olsen" in the 1960 film The Apartment. In
1962 she appeared on ABC with Duke Ellington. In 1963 she also began
a variety show, Heres Edie, in which she performed
with the likes of Count Basie and Sammy Davis Jr. The show received
five Emmy nominations. In 2003, as one of the last surviving headliners
from the all-star movie, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Edie joined
actors Marvin Kaplan and Sid Caesar at 40th anniversary celebrations
of the movie (sadly died from pneumonia and cancer)
2008: Frankie Venom/Frank Kerr
(51) Canadian lead vocalist, punk pioneer and founding member
punk rock band Teenage Head, formed at Westdale High School
in Hamilton, Ontario in 1975. 1980's "Frantic City" was the
band's breakthrough album, producing the hit singles "Let's Shake"
and "Somethin' On My Mind". They toured to support the album,
including opening the major Heatwave festival in August. In June 1980
their performance at Toronto's Ontario Place sparked a riot. The incident
made headlines across the country, and led Ontario Place to ban rock
concerts for several years afterward. The band appeared, as themselves,
in the movie Class of 1984 and performed "Ain't Got No Sense".
Frankie left the band after the release of "Trouble in the Jungle",
1985 (natural causes)
2011: Betty Driver (91) English
singer, actress and 42 years as Coronation Street's Betty Turpin;
in Leicester, England, but at aged two Betty moved to West Didsbury,
Manchester, with her family. At the age of 8, pushed by her mother,
she began performing professionally with Terence Byron Repertory Theatre
Company; singing for the BBC by the age of 10; and began touring across
the UK in her first revue at the age of 12. Whilst performing in London
at the age of 14, Betty was spotted by the agent Bert Aza, despite her
young age, he booked her for the lead in a revival of Mr Tower Of London,
which had brought Gracie Fields to prominence 19 years earlier. When
she was still only 14, when she made her first record "Jubilee
Baby", and had another major success with "The Sailor with
the Navy Blue Eyes" and made several more hit records >>>
(sadly Betty has died from pneumonia)
b. May 20th 1920.
Lynne/Gloria Alleyne (81) American jazz vocalist born in
New York City; as a young girl, she sang with the local African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church Choir and at 15 won first prize at the "Amateur
Night" at the Apollo Theater. She recorded as part of such groups
as the Enchanters and the Dell-Tones in the 1950s and recorded as a
soloist under her birth name, though most of her work was released under
her stage name. During her 50 year career, she has worked with giants
such as Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald,
Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Bobby Timmons, Philly Joe Jones and Harry
"Sweets" Edison. Also she wrote lyrics for Watermelon
Man with Herbie Hancock and All Day Long with Kenny
On July 25th 1995, New York City proclaimed it Gloria
Lynne Day; in 1996 she received the International Women of Jazz Award
in 1997 she was honored with a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm
and Blues Foundation. Other honors include the National Treasure Award
from the Seasoned Citizens Theatre Company in 2003; induction into the
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame and the Living
Legend Award from the State of Pennsylvania in 2007
(sadly died of a heart attack) b.
November 23rd 1931.
2013: Donald "Duck" Bailey Sr (80)
American jazz drummer born in Philadelphia probably best known
as the drummer in the trio of jazz organist Jimmy Smith from 1956 to
1964 and also for his work with The Three Sounds on Blue Note Records.
He also worked as a sideman for some of the most famous musicians in
jazz including Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Hampton Hawes, Sonny Rollins,
Freddie Hubbard, and Red Mitchell. He also played with John Coltrane
in their early Philadelphia years. In the mid 70s, he moved to Japan
where he lived for six years and in 1978, released an album called "So
In Love" on Trio Records. This jazz album, featuring him playing
harmonica, received rave reviews and is a sought after jazz collectible.
His last project "Blueprints of Jazz Vol.3 featuring Donald Bailey"
was issued on the Talking House record label and released in 2009 (?)
b. March 26th 1933.
1945: James Vincent Monaco (60) Italian-born
American composer of popular music; born in Fornia, Italy; his family
emigrated to USA when he was six. He worked as a ragtime player in Chicago
before moving to New York. His first successful song "Oh, You Circus
Day" was featured in the 1912 Broadway revue Hanky Panky. Further
success came with "Row, Row, Row" (lyrics-William Jerome)
in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1912. Perhaps his best remembered song is
"You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" (lyrics-Joseph
McCarthy) introduced by Al Jolson in 1913. Other lyricists he teamed
up with included Johnny Burke to produce songs for several Bing Crosby
films. James was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970
(?) b. January
Benatzky (63) Austrian
composer of Czech origin, born in Moravské Budejovice. He composed
operas and operettas, such as Cherchez la femme-1911, Casanova-1928,
Die drei Musketiere-1929, Im weißen Rössl-1930, and Meine
Schwester und ich-1930. (?)
b. June 5th 1884.
Hall/Ram Hall (62)
jazz drummer born in Sellies, Louisiana;
studying at New Orleans University until 1914, Minor began playing with
Kid Ory. He played in various New Orleans bands such as the Superior
Band, then moved to Chicago in 1918. He took his brother, Tubby Hall's
spot in Lawrence Duhe's band briefly before serving in the U.S. Army
during WWI. In 1926 he played with Jimmy Noone, and then moved to California
for an extended run with Mutt Carey's Jeffersonians from 1927 to 1932.
He played in the Winslow Allen band in the 1930s, but took a hiatus
from music for part of the decade, and served briefly in the Army again
in '42. In 1945 he rejoined Ory in his Creole Jazz Band and became one
of his most longstanding members, remaining with Ory's ensemble until
1956, when he retired through poor health. Minor recorded extensively
with Ory and also did some recording with Louis Armstrong in the 1940s
(?) b. March 2nd 1897.
Leonard Chess/Lejzor Czyz (52) The
founder of the Chess record label, played a pivotal role in the birth
of the Chicago electric blues movement of the postwar era, launching
the careers of legends. In the 1950s, Chess Records' commercial success
grew with artists such as Little Walter, The Moonglows, The Flamingos
and Chuck Berry, and in the '60s with Etta James, Fontella Bass, Koko
Taylor, Little Milton, Laura Lee and Tommy Tucker, as well as with the
subsidiary labels Checker, Argo and Cadet. As the 1960s progressed,
Chess's recording enterprise branched out into other genres including
gospel, traditional jazz, spoken word, comedy, and more (heart
attack) b. March 12th 1917.
1973: Gene Krupa (64)
American jazz & big band
in Chicago, Illinois. Many
consider him to be one of the most influential drummers of the 20th
century, particularly regarding the development of the drum kit. Many
jazz historians believe he made history in 1927 as the first kit drummer
ever to record using a bass drum pedal. Others, however, believe this
was done earlier by Baby Dodds. His drum method was published in 1938
and immediately became the standard text. He is also credited with inventing
the rim shot on the snare drum. The 1937 recording of Louis Prima's
"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" by Benny Goodman and His
Orchestra featuring Gene on drums was inducted into the Grammy Hall
of Fame and Gene was the first drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer
Hall of Fame in 1978. Sal
Mineo starred as Gene Krupa in the Columbia Pictures movie The Gene
Krupa Story in 1959. (leukemia
and heart failure)
b. January 15th 1909.
1982: Mario Del Monaco (67) Italian
tenor and is regarded by his admirers as being one of the greatest dramatic
tenors of the 20th century. Born in Florence career began with his debut
on December 31st 1940, as Pinkerton at the Puccini Theater in Milan
and made his first recordings in Milan in 1948 for HMV. He sang at the
New York Metropolitan Opera from 1951 to 1959, enjoying particular success
in dramatic Verdi parts such as Radames. He soon established himself
as one of a quartet of Italian tenor "superstars" who reached
the peak of their fame in the 1950s and '60s, the others being Giuseppe
Di Stefano, Carlo Bergonzi and Franco Corelli. He retired from the stage
in 1975 (Mario
sadly died as a result of nephritis)
b. July 27th 1915.
1982: Jakov Gotovac (87)
Croatian composer, conductor of classical
music. He is the author of the most famous Croatian nationalist opera,
the comic Ero s onoga svijeta "Ero the joker",
which has been performed on all continents except Australia, and translated
into nine languages, with its libretto written by Milan Begovic. It
has been performed in more than 80 theatres in Europe alone .
In his works, he represents the late national romanticism, with national
folklore being the main source of ideas and inspiration (?)
(72) American musician and television
in Menasha, Wisconsin, he was the elder brother and business partner
of famed US entertainer Liberace, Wladziu Valentino Liberace. He appeared
regularly on his brother's syndicated TV show in the 1950s as violin
accompanist and orchestral arranger (died
of leukemia in Las Vegas, Nevada) b. July
Arthur Grumiaux (65) Belgian violinist,
also proficient in piano, born in Villers-Perwin. He begin music studies
at the age of only 4, and trained on violin and piano with the Fernand
Quintet at the Charleroi Conservatory, where he took first prize at
the age of 11. Arthur's playing was included on over 30 recordings.
The titles on these releases favour the compositions of Bach, Beethoven,
Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert, but he also including works by Corelli,
Ravel, Debussy and Franck. In addition to his solo work, he recorded
Mozart quintets with the Grumiaux Ensemble, and various selections with
the Grumiaux Trio. His successful performance career led up to royal
recognition, and in 1973 he was knighted baron by King Baudouin for
his services to music, thus sharing the title with Paganini.
struggled with diabetes, his heavy recording schedules and concert performances,
sadly he died of a sudden stroke while in in Brussels)
b. March 21st 1921
1990: Art Blakey/Abdullah Ibn Buhaina (71)
US jazz drummer; one of the inventors of the modern, bebop style
of drumming. He was known as a powerful musician and a ferocious groover.
He is undoubtedly one of the most influential jazz musicians ever; his
brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and still remains profoundly influential
on mainstream jazz. As a teenager he was playing the piano full-time,
leading a commercial band, before teaching himself to drum.After which
in the 1940s, Blakey was a member of bands led by Mary Lou Williams,
Fletcher Henderson, and Billy Eckstine.
In 1947 Art organized the Seventeen Messengers, a rehearsal band, and
recorded with an octet called the Jazz Messengers. Over the years the
Jazz Messengers served as a springboard for young jazz musicians such
as Donald Byrd, Johnny Griffin, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard,
Keith Jarrett, Chuck Mangione, Woody Shaw, JoAnne Brackeen and Wynton
Marsalis. Art made a world tour in 19712 with the Giants of Jazz
including Dizzy Gillespie, Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt, Thelonious Monk
and Al McKibbon. Up to the 1960s Art also recorded as a sideman with
many other musicians including Jimmy Smith, Herbie Nichols, Cannonball
Adderley, Miles Davis, Grant Green, and Jazz Messengers graduates Lee
Morgan and Hank Mobley, amongst many others. However, after the mid-1960s
he mostly concentrated on his own work as a leader (he
sadly died while battling lung cancer)
October 11th 1919.
2001: Etta Jones (72) American
jazz singer; critical success and relative commercial obscurity earned
her a reputation in her lifetime as a "jazz musician's jazz singer",
a highly underrated singer who rarely received the recognition she so
richly deserved. Her first recordings "Salty Papa Blues,"
"Evil Gal Blues," "Blow Top Blues," and "Long,
Long Journey" were produced by Leonard Feather in 1944, featuring
her in the company of clarinetist Barney Bigard and tenor saxophonist
Georgie Auld. Her last recording, a tribute to Billie Holiday, was released
57 years later on the day of her death. Only one of her recordings,
her debut album "Don't Go to Strangers" in 1960 was a big
success with sales of over a million copies. Etta had three Grammy nominations,
for the Don't Go to Strangers LP in 1960, Save Your Love for Me in 1981,
and My Buddy in 1999. In 2008 the album Don't Go to Strangers was inducted
into the Grammy Hall of Fame (sadly died after
battling cancer) b. October 25th 1928.
2004: Doug Bennett (52) Canadian
rock singer-songwriter, born
in Toronto, he moved to Vancouver in 1973. In 1977, he formed the rock
band Doug and the Slugs, they toured extensively through America in
the 1980s. He wrote or co-wrote many of their songs such as "Too
Bad," "Day By Day," "Making It Work" and "Tomcat
Prowl." Besides numerous works with Doug and the Slugs, he released
a solo album, Animato, in 1986. He also produced and directed music
videos for artists such as Headpins, Trooper, Zappacosta, Images In
Vogue and for the Slugs themselves
(Doug tragacally died a week after falling into
a coma) b. October 31st 1951.
David Reilly (34)
American singer, songwriting, multi-musician, production partner in
the electro-rock band God Lives Underwater aka GLU. They released a
self-titled EP, the album Empty, which produced the single "No
More Love", after which he left to launch a solo career. Also with
GLU bandmember Jeff Turzo, he produced and remixed for Skinny Puppy,
Rob Zombie, and Messiah, and he organized and contributed to 1998's
For the Masses: A Tribute To Depeche Mode (complications
of a coma brought on by pain medication for an abscessed tooth)
b. May 5th
2006: John "Tommy" Johnson (71)
American orchestral tuba player.
He performed on more than 2,000 film soundtracks, most notably John
Williams' Jaws score, in which he played a high-register tuba solo as
the melodic theme for the shark; born in LA, California. He received
a bachelor's degree in music in 1956 and he played on his first film
in 1958, the score for Al Capone. He went on to become Hollywood's "first-call"
tuba player, playing for TV commercials and series, such as The Flintstones.
In addition to Jaws, his films included, The Godfather, the Indiana
Jones series, the Star Trek movie series, The Lion King, Titanic, The
Thin Red Line (the 1998 remake), The Matrix, Cats and Dogs, Forrest
Gump, Air Force One, Back to the Future, A Bug's Life and Lethal Weapon
are just a few of the 2000 (sadly lost his battle
with cancer and kidney failure) b. January
2007: Steve J. Spears (56)
Australian playwright, actor,
writer and singer,
born in Adelaide, after his parents separated,, he grew up with relatives
in the suburb of Mile End. He studied Law at the University of Adelaide,
but through writing and performing student revues, was distracted into
a career in the theatre.
His most famous work was The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin in '76.
He was cited as "one of Australia's most celebrated playwrights".
Steve lost his brave battle with lung cancer)
b. January 22nd 1951.
2007: Todor "Toe" Proeski (26)
Macedonian singer songwriter born in Prilep;
a regurlar at the Eastern European festivals and represented Macedonia
at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. He was called "Elvis Presley
of the Balkans". Todor was an established songwriter, he wrote
several hits for himself including "Ima Li Den Za Nas"/"Is
There A Day For Us", "Slusa Li"/"Are You Listening",
"Malecka"/"Little One" and "Polsko Cveke"/"Field
Flower". In 2004, Proeski composed "Muza" ("Muse")
for Martin Vucic, the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest representative for
the Republic of Macedonia. Todor also held humanitarian concerts throughout
the Republic of Macedonia. He was awarded with the Mother Theresa Humanitarian
Award and in 2003 he became a Regional UNICEF Ambassador. (died
near Nova Gradika, Croatia, he was a passenger in a car accident
when the airbags failed to activate) b.
January 25th 1981.
1849: Frederic Francois Chopin (39)
pianist; a child prodigy, performing in elegant salons & beginning
to write his own pieces at the age of 8. He went on to compose 3 piano
sonatas, 5 rondos, 4 scherzos, 4 ballades, 17 polonaises, including
one with orchestral accompaniment and one for cello and piano accompaniment,
58 mazurkas, 20 waltzes, 3 écossaises, 26 preludes, 4 sets of
variations, including Souvenir de Paganini, 4 impromptus, 21 nocturnes,
27 études (twelve in the Op. 10 cycle, twelve in the Op. 25 cycle,
and three in a collection without an opus number), 2 concertos for piano
and orchestra, Opp. 11 and 21. He also composed a fantaisie, an Allegro
de concert, a barcarole, a berceuse, a bolero, a tarantella, a contredanse,
a fugue, a cantabile, a lento, a Funeral March, and a Feuille d'album.
Chopin's other works include a krakowiak for piano and orchestra; fantasia
on themes from Polish songs with accompanying orchestra, a trio for
violin, cello and piano; a sonata for cello and piano, a Grand Duo in
E major for cello and piano with Auguste Franchomme on themes from Giacomo
Meyerbeer's opera Robert le diable, and 19 Polish songs for voice and
accompanying piano. (Chopin sadly died of tuberculosis
in Paris) b. March 1st 1810
1972: Billy Williams (61) US
singer, born in Waco, Texas; he had a highly successful cover, recording
of Fats Waller's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter"
in 1957. His trademark hook for his songs was to shout "Oh, Yeah"
at the end of lyrics. He was the lead singer of The Charioteers between
1930-50, after which he formed his own Billy Williams Quartet with Eugene
Dixon, Claude Riddick and John Ball. Many appearances on TV followed,
especially on Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar. By the early 1960s
he had lost his voice due to diabetes. Billy moved to Chicago and worked
as a social worker until his death (?)
1984: Alberta Hunter (89) American
blues singer, songwriter, and nurse, born in Memphis. Her career had
started back in the 1910s, and from there on, she became a successful
jazz and blues recording artist, being critically acclaimed to the ranks
of Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith. She first toured Europe in 1917, performing
in Paris and London. In the 1920s and 1930s, she appeared in clubs and
on stage in musicals in both New York and London. The songs she wrote
include the critically acclaimed "Downhearted Blues"-1922.
She recorded several records with Perry Bradford from 1922 to 1927.
In 1928, she played "Queenie" opposite Paul Robeson in the
first London production of Show Boat at Drury Lane. She subsequently
performed in nightclubs throughout Europe and appeared for the 1934
winter season with Jack Jackson's society orchestra at London's Dorchester
Hotel. Alberta spent the late 1930s on both sides of the Atlantic and
the early 1940s performing at home. In 1944, she took a U.S.O. troupe
to Casablanca and continued entertaining troops in both theatres of
war for the duration of World War II and into the early postwar period.
In the 1950s, she retired from performing and entered the medical field,
only to successfully resume her singing career in her eighties, touring
in Europe and South America, and made more TV appearances (?)
b. April 1st 1895.
1991: Tennessee Ernie Ford (72) American
singer and TV performer; his baritone voice is best known for his grim
coal-mining song "Sixteen Tons". Born in Bristol, Te, he sang
in the school choir and played the trombone. In 1937 he worked as an
announcer for WOAI but left to attend the Cincinnati Conservatory of
Music. He held radio jobs in Atlanta and Knoxville between 1939-41.
In 1946 he went to live in San Bernardino, and landed an announcers
job with KXLA in Pasadena. His comical Tennessee Ernie character bless
your pea-pickin little heart caught the ear of disc jockey-TV
host Cliffie Stone, who made him a regular cast member of LAs
Hometown Jamboree country music television and radio shows. He sang
at the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, and in 1953 he became the first country
singer to appear at Londons prestigious Palladium. His album "Great
Gospel Songs" won a Grammy in 1964. Ernie has been awarded three
stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for radio, records and television.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 and was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990. (liver
disease) b. February 13th 1919.
"Criss" Michael Oliva (30)
American lead guitarist and co-founder of the heavy metal
band Savatage, born in Pompton Plains, NJ, before the Oliva family moved
to Dunedin, Florida in 1976. It was here that Criss and his brother
Jon formed a band Avatar, in 1978, but in 1983 they had to change their
name, deciding on Savatage, they released their first two albums, Sirens
in 1983 and The Dungeons Are Calling in 1985. Savatage continued to
flourish, releasing a further 6 albums after signing with Atlantic Records
in 1985. The band toured relentlessly, with Criss winning critical acclaim,
his biggest dream was for Savatage's 1991 album Streets: A Rock Opera
to achieve platinum status (An
oncoming car operated by a drunk driver crossed the median and struck
Criss' car head-on, tragically killing him instantly) b.
April 3rd 1963.
Acland (30) British drummer; he played in bands such as The
Infection and Panic, before becoming a founder member of the London-based
shoegazing and britpop band, Lush. They went on to release 3 albums,
several singles and EPs (Lush had just completed
a tour and music festival appearances, then two days after bandmate
Emma Anderson announced a desire to quit the band, Chris committed suicide
by hanging himself in his parents' house in Cumbria. His bandmates were
devastated and disbanded after a long period of mourning)
b. September 7th 1966.
Jokke/Joachim Nielsen (36) Norwegian singer, guitarist;
he was the frontman and guitarist of the Norwegian rock band Jokke &
Valentinerne, which he formed in 1982 with his long time partner May-Irene
Aasen on drums and Håkon Torgersen on bass. The band went on to
become one of the most popular bands in Oslo's underground rock scene.
Their first album "Alt kan repareres"(Everything can be repaired)
was released in 1986. Much of the band's lyrics were about alcohol,
societal underdogs, misfits and so-called anti-heroes, Jokke himself
had a reputation of frequently getting drunk on stage. In 1992, he created
a scandal when he received Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian equivalent
of the Grammy awards, visibly drunk and/or under the influence of drugs
(drug overdose) b.
September 8th 1964.
2001: Jay Livingston (86) American
songwriter, piano, composer and singer best known as half of a songwriting
duo with Ray Evans. Their professional collaboration began in 1937,
they won the Academy Award for Best Original Song three times: in 1948
for the song Buttons and Bows, written for the movie The Palefacen;
1950 for the song Mona Lisa, written for the movie Captain Carey, U.S.A.;
and in 1956 for the song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera,
Sera)," featured in the movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. They wrote
popular TV themes for shows including Bonanza and Mr. Ed. They also
wrote the Christmas song Silver Bells in 1951 for the film The Lemon
Drop Kid as well as "Never Let Me Go" for the 1956 film The
Scarlet Hour. Jay is an inductee in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame
b. March 28th 1915.
2002: Chuck Domanico (58) American
jazz bass player; born in Chicago and settled in Los Angeles in the
mid 1960s, and for nearly forty years was a central jazz figure in Hollywood
as well as contributing to a huge number of films and television programs.
As a West Coast sessionist
he worked with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell,
Taj Mahal, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Shelly Manne, Manhattan Transfer,
Chet Baker, Oliver Nelson, John Klemmer, Roger Kellaway, Barney Kessel,
Art Pepper, and many more. (sadly lost to lung
cancer) b. January 20th 1944.
2002: Bashful Brother Oswald/Pete Kirby/Beecher
Ray Kirby (90) American singer, guitar, banjo and fiddle
player born in rural Sevier County, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.
By his teens, he was playing for square dances. It was at one such party
that he met a Hawaiian guitarist named Rudy Waikiki. Impressed Beecher
bought his first resonator guitar. He visited the Chicago World's Fair
in 1933, playing in clubs and gaining a following. Breecher moved to
Knoxville, Tennessee in 1934. Taking the stage name Pete Kirby, he played
resonator guitar with local bands, including Roy Acuff's Crazy Tennesseans,
later to become the Smoky Mountain Boys. It was with Roy that he became
introduced as Bashful Brother Oswald. He joined the Grand Ole Opry with
Acuff's band on New Year's Day 1939 and stayed with the band until Roy's
death in 1995. He was also a sort after session player; his session
work included working with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Will the Circle
Be Unbroken, an album that paid tribute to the old-time, traditional
country musicians of Nashville, Tennessee. For nearly 60 years, he was
one of the most influential and talented resonator players in country
music (died at his home in Madison) b.
December 26th 1911.
2002: Derek Bell M.B.E. (66) Northern
Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer, best known
for his accompaniment work on various instruments with The Chieftains,
he was the only member of the band to wear a tie at every public performance.
Born in Belfast, he graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1957.
Between 1958 and 1990 he composed several classical works, including
three piano sonatas, two symphonies. In 1965 he became an oboist and
harpist with the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra. He had been known to
be able to skilfully play the pedal harp, neo-Celtic harp, and wire-strung
Irish-Bardic harp and served as a Professor of Harp at the Academy of
Music in Belfast. For two precarious years he recorded both with the
BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra and with The Chieftains, until finally
becoming a full-time member of the Chieftains in 1975. Derek was awarded
an MBE in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to traditional
music. His final album was with Kriyananda, the Mystic Harp vol II,
a collection of compositions in a new age style, for solo harp, quite
different from the traditional and classical compositions for which
he was otherwise known (Derek sadly died of a
cardiac arrest) b. October 21st 1935.
2004: Uzi Hitman (52) Israeli singer,
songwriter, and TV personality; he became popular during the 1980s and
'90s. He composed and wrote over 650 songs, his most famous songs include
Noladati Lashalom/I Was Born for Peace, Ratziti Sheteda/I Wanted You
to Know, Todah /Thank you, Mi yada' sh'kach yihiye /Who Knew It Would
Be Like This and Kan /Here, which reached 3rd place during the 1991
Eurovision Song Contest. Uzi also appeared on the 80s children's programmes
Parpar Nehmad and Hopa Hei (sadly died of a heart
attack) b. June 9th 1952.
2007: Teresa Brewer/Theresa Breuer (76)
American pop and jazz singer who grew up in Toledo, Ohio; she was
one of the most popular female singers of the 1950s with hits such as
"Dancin' with Someone", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must
Fall", "Choo'n Gum", "Ricochet", "Baby,
Baby, Baby", "Bell Bottom Blues", "Our Heartbreaking
Waltz", "Pledging My Love", "Tweedle Dee" and
"Rock Love", "A Tear Fell" and "Bo Weevil".
Teresa re-emerged as a jazz vocalist in the 1980's and 1990's recording
a number of albums including tribute albums to Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong,
and Irving Berlin and recorded with such jazz greats as Count Basie,
Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Hackett. Over her career,
she recorded around 600 song titles (sadly died
of a neuromuscular disease) b. May 7th
2007: Clarence "Tater" Tate (76)
American bluegrass fiddle player and bassist, a member of
Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and over the course of a 60-year-plus
career, he lent support to many of the leading figures in the genre,
from Bill Monroe to Jimmy Martin. Born in the south west Virginia he
played the guitar as a child and had appeared on local radio by the
age of 10. By 1950, he had become a much-sought-after sideman, and performed
regularly on Knoxville's popular Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round. In 1956, received
an invitation from Bill Monroe to join his seminal group, the Blue Grass
Boys. He also worked alongside bluegrass notables including Carl Story,
Hylo Brown, Jim Eanes, Red Smiley, The Shenandoah Cut-Ups, Lester Flatt's
Nashville Grass and others along his long musical journey (sadly
lost his struggle with lung cancer) b.
February 4th 1931.
2008: Levi Stubbs/Levi Stubbles (72) American lead vocalist
with The Four Tops; he began his professional singing career with friends
Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence
Payton to form the Four Aims in 1954. Two years later, the group changed
their name to the Four Tops. The group began as a supper-club act before
finally signing to Motown Records in 1963. As an actor, he provided
the voice of the carnivorous plant "Audrey II" in the movie
version of the musical Little Shop of Horrors in 1986 and the voice
of Mother Brain in the animated TV series Captain N: The Game Master
in 1989 (complications of cancer and stroke)
b. June 6th 1936... read
2009: Carla Boni/Carla Gaiano (84) Italian
singer; Carla started a long association on Rai, the Italian State Radio
and TV network, as a singer in 1951. In '53 she won the Festival della
canzone italiana with Flo Sandon, singing "Viale d'Autunno".
In 1955 she won the "Festival di Napoli" with the song "'E
stelle 'e Napule ", singing with her husband Gino Latilla and Maria
Paris. During her career of over half a centry, she formed a band with
her husband Gino Latilla, Nilla Pizzi and Giorgio Consolini, called
the Flabby band, in which she sang a new version of Mambo Italiano (died
in Rome, after a long illness) b.
July 17th 1925.
2009: Vic Mizzy (93) American
composer for television and movies whose best-known works are the themes
to the 1960s television sitcoms Green Acres and The Addams Family. He
also penned top-20 songs in the 1930s and 40s including Doris Day's
1945 hit "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time"; "There's
a Faraway Look in Your Eye" "Three Little Sisters", and
"Take It Easy" all 3 co-written with lyricist Irving Taylor;
"Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes", "The Whole World Is Singing
My Song", "Choo'n Gum", "The Jones Boy", and
"With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho". He broke into TV in
1959, composing music for Shirley Temple's Storybook and the themes
for Moment of Fear, Klondike and Kentucky Jones. During the 1960s, he
wrote themes and scores for the hit shows Green Acres, The Addams Family,
as well as for other sitcoms including The Pruitts of Southampton, The
Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Captain Nice, The Don Rickles Show, and
Temperature's Rising, also five Don Knotts films including The Ghost
and Mr. Chicken and The Reluctant Astronaut. Other work includes scores
for the William Castle films The Night Walker and The Busy Body, and
underscores for the TV series The Richard Boone Show and Quincy, as
well as for such TV movies as Terror on the 40th Floor. He also worked
with Sam Raimi for the outtake music of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man
3 (?) b.
January 9th 1916.
Hart/Micheal Larsen (28) American
rapper born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, who went on to become a battle
emcee, touring the circuit between 1997 and 2001. During this time he
won top prizes at Scribble Jam 99, the Rock Steady Anniversary
2000, and Blaze Battle Chicago 2000. He contributed a track to the Anticon
compilation, ''Music for the Advancement of Hip Hop''. Additionally,
he toured extensively as second emcee and support DJ for Atmosphere.
Eyedea and his friend Gregory Keltgen aka DJ Abilities formed a duo
Sixth Sense, now known as Eyedea & Abilities and in 2001 released
an album ''First Born''. In 2002, Eyedea, under his pen name "Oliver
Hart", he released the self-produced ''The Many Faces of Oliver
Hart''. In 2004, he and Abilities reunited to release the self-titled
album E&A. The summer of 2009 saw Eyedea & Abilities joining
the massive touring hip hop festival Rock the Bells (cause
of death not yet released) b. November
2010: Dennis Taylor (56) American
saxophonist and author, born in New England and later relocated to Nashville,
where he became a session and stage musician whose saxophone aided recordings
by Delbert McClinton, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Michelle
Shocked, Buckwheat Zydeco, Todd Snider, and many others. As an author
his books include ''Blues Saxophone'', ''Jazz Saxophone'' and ''Amazing
Phrasing''. In 2007 he became a full member of the Delbert McClinton's.
After 30 plus years of studios, sessions and sideman stage performances,
Dennis had just completed his first solo album (sadly
died of a heart attack while on tour with
the Delbert McClinton band)
NOTE: not to be
confused with New Jersey based singer Dennis Taylor
2012: Luigi Vellucci (99) American
opera singer, born in Providence, Rhode Island. He made his professional
debut in 1948 as Don Basilio in the New York City Opera's production
of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. He sang with the New York City Opera
from 1948 until 1955 and again from 1960 until he retired from singing
professionally in the early 1970s. In addition
to his work with the New York City Opera, he performed with many professional
opera companies in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Chicago Lyric
Opera, Havana Opera, NBC Opera and the Montreal Opera Guild. All told,
his repertoire consisted of over 80 roles in five languages in opera,
musical comedy, operetta, and Gilbert and Sullivan productions. He can
also be heard on two commercially available recordings. After retiring
from performing, he taught privately, led church choirs, and volunteered
in public schools (died
from natural causes)
2012: László Komár (67)
Hungarian rock and roll singer; between 1962-1965 he was a member of
the band Scampolo after which he became a member of the co-Dogs. He
also performed with bands such as Atlas, Bergendy, Non-Stop and The
Eyes, Mouth, and Hearts before turning solo in the mid 70s. In 1981,
he released his first solo album:Checkerboard, which was followed by
many more. On November 28th 2011 Hungarotons awarded him a Lifetime
Achievement Award. (sadly
from complications of a pulmonary embolism)
b. November 28th 1944
1944: Orwill "Hoppy" Jones (39)
American jazz cello player which
he played in the style of an upright bass, and he was the bass singer
in the Ink Spots where he was an important and the stablising member.
They first recorded for Victor Records in 1935, but although the group
was growing rapidly in popularity their early record releases were not
commercially successful. They had their first 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"
before Hoppy's sudden 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 and Roll Hall of Fame, as influences, in 1989;
this induction consisted of Hoppy
Watson, Bill Kenny,
(Hoppy collapsed on stage and died after being
taken home. It turned out that he had been having cerebral hemorrhages
for over a year) b. February
1994: Lee Allen (68)
American tenor saxophone player born in Pittsburg, Kansas, he
played 4 decades on dozens of hits and many hundreds of sides.
In 1947, he joined the Paul Gayten Band and later, the Dave Bartholomew's
Band. Notable are his recording with singers Fats Domino and Lloyd Price;
he also was the sax soloist on most of Little Richard's epochal hits
from 1955 and '56. His own instrumental song "Walkin' With Mr.
Lee", was a minor hit in 1958 and was played frequently on the
TV program American Bandstand. The rockabilly revival of the late 1970s
found younger musicians seeking his distinctive saxophone. In
October 1981 he
played three shows with the Rolling Stones, he
recorded with the Stray Cats, and was a mentor and eventual member of
The Blasters, recording with them on all of their LPs from their 2nd,
he also toured with them from the early '80s until he died in 1994 (?)
b. July 2nd 1927.
2000: Julie London/Gayle Peck (74) American
actress and singer who was known for her smokey, sensual voice; born
in Santa Rosa, CA, she moved with her parents to L.A. at 14, where she
began singing in public in her teens before appearing in film. She
recorded 32 albums in a career that began in 1955 with a live performance
at the 881 Club in Los Angeles. Billboard named her the most popular
female vocalist for 1955, '56, and '57. She recorded 100's of songs
including 'Don't Worry About Me', 'Motherless Child', 'A Foggy Day',
and 'You're Blasé', "Hot Toddy", "Desafinado",
"Yummy Yummy Yummy", "Daddy","Go Slow"
and "Cry Me a River". Her last recording was "My Funny
Valentine" for the soundtrack of the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's
Machine in 1981. Primarily remembered as a singer, Julie also made more
than 20 films and played many roles in programs made for TV
(Julie sadly died of a stroke)
September 26th 1926.
Man/Roman Tam (52) Hong
Kong Cantopop singer, regarded as the "Godfather of Cantopop".
Born in Guangzhou, China he later immigrated to Hong Kong in 1962 at
the age of 12. After forming a short-lived band known as Roman and the
Four Steps, he became a contract singer under studios term at Television
Broadcasts Limited. He briefly switched to Asia Television Ltd in the
early 1990s. During
the 1990s he accepted many budding singers as his students. Some of
which who became famous included Joey Yung and Ekin Cheng. He had sang
many well known songs for various TV series including Below the Lion
Rock and the 1982 TVB TV series The Legend of the Condor Heroes. He
was also groundbreaking for being the first major Hong Kong singer to
pose in drag and to pose in nude (sadly died after
a brave battle with liver cancer) b. February
Russell née Anna Claudia Russell-Brown (94)
EnglishCanadian singer and comedienne. She
was educated at St Felix School at Southwold, Suffolk, at Harrogate
College and in Brussels and Paris and also studied at the Royal Academy
of Music. Anna gave many concerts in which she sang and played comic
musical sketches on the piano. Among her best-known works are her concert
performances and famous recordings of The Ring of the Nibelungs (An
Analysis), a humorous 30-minute synopsis of Richard Wagner's "Der
Ring des Nibelungen", and on the same album, her parody "How
to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera" (In
her last years, she moved to Australia, in Rosedale near Batemans Bay,
where she died)
b. December 27th 1911
Philip Dube (43) South
African reggae musician, born in Ermelo, formerly of the Eastern Transvaal,
now of Mpumalanga; while at school he joined a choir and formed his
first musical ensemble, called The Skyway Band. It was here too he discovered
the Rastafari movement. At the age of 18 Philip joined his cousin's
band, The Love Brothers, playing Zulu pop music known as mbaqanga. He
went on to
become South Africa's biggest selling reggae artist,
recording 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans
in a 25 year period. In 1989 he won four OKTV Awards for "Prisoner",
won another for "Captured Live" the following year and yet
another two for "House Of Exile" the year after.His 1993 album,
Victims sold over one million copies worldwide, and in 1995 he earned
a worldwide recording contract with Motown. His album Trinity was the
first release on Tabu Records after Motown's acquisition of the label.
(Brutally killed in the Rosettenville suburb of Johannesburg, shot dead
by carjackers; 3 men were tried, found guilty and sentenced to life
in prison) b. August 3rd 1964.
2008: Dave McKenna (78) American
jazz pianist; known for his "three-handed swing", and was
the leading proponent of solo piano style. He started with Boots Mussulli
and Charlie Ventura in the 40's,
worked with many of top swing and Dixieland musicians including Woody
Herman. Gene Krupa, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Eddie Condon, Bobby
Hackett but became primarily a soloist after 1967. Dave was also known
as a wonderful accompanist, recording with such singers as Rosemary
Clooney, Teddi King and Donna Byrne and recording a PBS special with
Tony Bennett (sadly died while fighting lung cancer)
b. May 30th
2008: Dee Dee Warwick/Delia Mae Warrick (63)
soul singer; born in Newark, New Jersey, she started out singing with
her sister Dionne Warwick and their aunt Cissy Houston in the New Hope
Baptist Church Choir in Newark, NJ. The trio formed the Gospelaires
who often performed with the Drinkard Singers. At
a performance at the Apollo Theater in 1959, the Warwick sisters were
recruited by a record producer for session work and Dionne and Dee Dee
Warwick, along with Doris Troy, subsequently became a prolific New York
City area session singing team. Dee Dee who is also cousin of singer,
Whitney Houston is best-known for her hits during the 1960s, including
the No.13 R&B hit "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", also she
was a two time Grammy nominee for "Foolish Fool" and "She
Didn't Know" (died after long illness)
Sept 25th 1945.
2011: Bob Brunning (68) British
blues bassist best known for his role as the original bass guitar player
with the blues rock band Fleetwood Mac. When Peter Green first formed
Fleetwood Mac in 1967 he hired Bob as bassist on a on a temporary basis,
hoping that John McVie would soon leave the Bluesbreakers to join Fleetwood
Mac.. which he did. Bob contributed bass guitar to the track
"Long Grey Mare" on the
band's self titled debut album. After his stint in Fleetwood Mac, he
joined Savoy Brown before embarking on a career in teaching which lasted
30 years. He did not abandon music however, and played in the Brunning
Sunflower Blues Band, Tramp, and later the DeLuxe Blues Band. He also
wrote several books about Fleetwood Mac, the British blues scene, and
music in general. His works about his former group include Behind The
Masks, published in 1990, 1998's Fleetwood Mac: The First 30 Years,
and The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies.
(sadly Bob died from a heart attack) b.
2012: David S. Ware (62) American
jazz saxophonist, born in Plainfield, N.J., and grew up in nearby Scotch
Plains. He started playing alto saxophone at the age of 10, and studied
at the Berklee College of Music in the late 60s. During that time he
met the pianist Cooper-Moore and the drummer Marc Edwards, with whom
he performed through much of the 70s in the jazz group Apogee. In 1973
Sonny Rollins invited Apogee to open for him at the Village Vanguard
after which David moved to New York, where he became part of the SoHo
loft-jazz scene. By the late 80s he was recording as a leader. In 1997
he was signed to Columbia by the saxophonist Branford Marsalis, where
he recorded Go See the World and
as well as the start of the annual Vision Festival in 1996, brought
new attention to the culture around the free jazz scene in New York
and to David Ware's music. From 2001 onward he recorded 10 records for
Aum Fidelity, the label owned by Mr. Joerg, including an album-length
version of Mr. Rollinss 1958 Freedom Suite
died from complications of a kidney transplant) b.
November 7th 1949
American free jazz pianist,
born in Brooklyn. He learned clarinet as a child, and did not commence
his piano studies until adulthood. He developed his left hand playing
to the point where he became essentially ambidextrous as a pianist,
and can play equally fast in both hands. He recorded four albums as
a soloist before embarking on several duo and trio albums in the 1990s
and 2000s with the likes of Peter Brötzmann, Roscoe Mitchell, Conny
Bauer, Mat Maneri, Thomas Buckner and others (?)
2013: Roland Janes (80) American
rockabilly guitarist and record producer; he first started playing mandolin
before moving to guitar and became the house guitarist at Sun in 1956,
was so instrumental in developing the "Sun Sound". He can
be heard on many
Jerry Lee Lewis
tracks including Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and High School Confidential.
He played along with many other Sun artists like Charlie Rich and Sonny
Burgess. He also was a member of Billy Lee Riley's Little Green Men.
Roland and Billy founded their own label, Rita Records, where they had
a hit with Harold Dorman's original version of his song "Mountain
of Love". In the mid 70s he went into semi-retirement and he taught
recording technique classes. In 1982, he left teaching and returned
to Sun with Sam Phillips, although most of his work was now behind the
scenes, he still occasionally got his guitar out for sessions, including
one for Mudhoney's '98 album Tomorrow Hit Today. Roland was recently
elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and was scheduled to receive
a Brass Note on Beale Street (sadly
died while being treated in the aftermath of a heart attack)
b. August 20th 1933.
Isham Jones (62) American
bandleader, saxophonist, bassist and songwriter born in Coalton, Ohio,
but grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. In 1915 he moved to Chicago, which
remained his home base until 1932, when he re-established himself in
New York City. The Isham Jones band made a series of popular records
throughout the 1920s. He led one of the most popular dance bands in
the 1920s and 1930s. His first successful recording, was released in
1921 under Isham Jones and his Orchestra. This million-seller stayed
twelve weeks in the U.S. charts, six at No. 1. Noted musicians who played
in his band included Louis Panico, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Walt
Yoder, and Roy Bargy. He also toured England with his orchestra in 1925.
In April of
1932, a young Bing Crosby recorded two sessions with Isham's band which
included "Sweet Georgia Brown". In October 1932, he teamed
up with the Three X Sisters in New York, they recorded "experimental"
songs for RCA Victor which Isham began to fuse jazz, and early swing
music. They recorded 'Where, I Wonder Where?' and 'What Would Happen
To Me If Something Happened To You'. In
the 1940s, Isham lived
in Colorado on his poultry farm, leaving
occasionally for short tours, before relocating to Los Angeles and he
finally moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1955
(sadly lost his fight with cancer)
b. January 31st 1894.
1987: Jacqueline Mary du Pré OBE (48)
British cellist, acknowledged as one of the greatest players of the
instrument and is particularly associated with Elgar's Cello Concerto
in E Minor. At
age 16, she made her formal début, at Wigmore Hall, London and
made her concerto début in 1962 at the Royal Festival Hall playing
the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Rudolf
Schwarz. She performed at the Proms in 1963, playing the Elgar Concerto
with Sir Malcolm Sargent. Jaqueline went on to performed with several
prestigious orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC
Symphony Orchestra, New
Philharmonia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra,
Israel Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She
regularly performed with such famous conductors as Barbirolli, Sargent,
Sir Adrian Boult, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, and Leonard Bernstein.
Sadly her career was cut short by illness, which forced her to cease
performing at the age of 28
b. January 26th 1945.
1988: Son House/Eddie
James House Jr (86) American
blues singer and guitarist, a pioneer of an innovative style featuring
strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of slide guitar,
and his singing often incorporated elements of southern gospel and spiritual
music. Born in Riverton, Mississippi, but raised in Tallulah, Louisiana,
at 15 he began a preaching career. Son became more and more drawn to
inspired by the work of Willie Wilson by his mid 20s he had taught
himself guitar. He
began playing alongside his
good friend Willie Brown, Charley
Patton, Robert Johnson and Fiddlin' Joe Martin around Robinsonville,
MI, and north to Memphis, Tennessee, until 1942.
His first recordings were for Paramount in Grafton Wisconsin in 1930;
My Black Mama, Dry
Spell Blues, Preachin'
The Blues and an unreleased version of Walking Blues. Lyrically and
musically they were masterpieces. He recorded again in the very early
40s including The
Jinx Blues, Levee
Camp Blues, Government Fleet Blues, Shetland Pony Blues, Fo'Clock Blues
and Camp Hollers. When his dear friend and
musical partner Willie Brown died, Son totally gave up playing
guitar and left his music life behind. Luckily in the 60s he was tracked
down by blues afficianodos Dick Waterman, Nick Perls and Phil Spiro.
Al Wilson of Canned Heat helped Son back into saddle and soon he was
again playing professionally. Over
the next 10 years he appeared at all the world top festivals, Newport
Folk Festival, the New York Folk Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival
to mention a few. He
toured extensively in the US and Europe and
in 1965 he recorded some powerful tracks, Death Letter Blues, Preachin'
Blues, Grinnin' In Your Face and more. In the summer of 1970, while
a recording of his London concerts was released by Liberty Records.
Son's health deteriorated, in 1974 he was forced to retired. He later
moving to Detroit, where he remained until his death. Son
was an important influence on the likes of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf,
Robert and Tommy Johnson. A seminal Delta blues figure, he remains influential
today, with his music being covered by blues-rock groups such as The
White Stripes and slide
Mooney has combined Son's Delta style with power trio Rock and New Orleans
R&B to carry Son's tradition into the 21st Century.
Several of Son's songs were also featured in the 2006 film soundtrack
"Black Snake Moan" (Son
sadly died from cancer of the larynx) b.
March 21st 1902.
Alan Murphy (35)
English rock session guitarist, famed for his collaborations with Kate
on her tour of the Europe & UK in 1978. Both a live video and EP
were released with material taken form this tour. He also contributed
to her albums Never for Ever, The Dreaming, Hounds of Love and the single
Go West. He performed with Fusion Orchestra in 1975. He was an in demand
session musician, playing with many
artists, including Go West,
Long John Baldry, Joan Armatrading, Mike and the Mechanics, Amii Stewart,
Scritti Politti, So and Miquel Brown. In 1988 he joined the group Level
42 as a full time band member and played with them until his death (weakened
by the AIDS, he died of pneumonia) b. November
1995: Don Cherry (58) African-American
jazz cornetest; he became well known in jazz in 1958 when he performed
and recorded with Ornette Coleman, first in a quintet with pianist Paul
Bley and later in what became the predominantly piano-less quartet which
recorded for Atlantic Records. Don
also co-led the Avant-Garde session which saw John Coltrane replacing
Coleman in the Quartet. He also recorded and toured with Sonny Rollins,
was a member of the New York Contemporary Five with Archie Shepp and
John Tchicai, recorded and toured with Albert Ayler and with bandleader
and composer George Russell. His first recording as a leader was Complete
Communion for Blue Note Records in 1965. The band included Coleman's
drummer Ed Blackwell as well as saxophonist Gato Barbieri, whom he had
met while touring Europe with Ayler. Don also ventured into the developing
genre of world fusion music, incorporating influences of Middle Eastern,
traditional African, and Indian music into his playing. He had studied
Indian music with Vasant Rai in the early seventies. From 1978 to 1982,
he recorded three albums for ECM with "world jazz" group Codona,
consisting of himself, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos and sitar and
tabla player Collin Walcott (died
in Málaga, Spain, due to liver failure caused by hepatitis)
November 18th 1995.
1997: Glen Edward Buxton (49) American
lead guitarist and a founder member of the Alice
Cooper Band. In 1964, while at Cortez High School in Phoenix, he co-founded
a rock band called The Earwigs, along with high school students Dennis
Dunaway and Vincent Furnier. They changed their name to The Spiders
in 1965, then to The Nazz in 1967, to avoid legal entanglements with
the Todd Rundgren-led "Nazz", Glen's band changed their name
to Alice Cooper in 1968.
co-wrote o classic songs like "School's Out", "Elected,"
"I'm Eighteen", and "10 Minutes Before the Worm"
and is credited as lead guitarist on 7 albums by the Alice Cooper band,
including the chart-topping Billion Dollar Babies. Throughout the late
'70s and '80s, he maintained a low profile, playing only occasional
club gigs with obscure bands like Shrapnel and Virgin. In 2003, Rolling
Stone magazine ranked Glen number 90 on the "100 Greatest Guitarists
of All Time" (pneumonia) b.
November 10th 1947.
2000: Hortense Ellis (59)
Jamaican reggae musician, and the younger sister
of fellow artist, Alton Ellis.During the 1960s, she toured Jamaica with
Byron Lee and The Dragonaires and had begun recording with some of the
island's top producers such as Ken Lack - "I Shall Sing",
"Hell And Sorrow" and "Brown Girl In The Ring";
Coxsone Dodd - "Twelve Minutes To Go", "Ill Come Softly"
and Duke Reid. In 1970 she and Alton toured Canada. Her
recording of "Unexpected Places"
was a big hit in Jamaica and also in Britain big
hit in the late 70s. Hortense became Queen Tiney for her "Down
Town Ting", an "answer" record to Althea and Donna's
big hit "Uptown Top Ranking" (sadly
died from a stomach
infection) b. April
2005: Ryan Dallas Cook (23) American
trombone player, born in Huntington Beach, CA; better known to his fans
as Dallas Cook, was one of two trombone players in third-wave ska band
Suburban Legends. He attended Huntington Beach High School from 19962000,
where he was a member of the HBHS marching band, to which he attributed
his love of music and performing. After graduation, he joined local
music group Suburban Legends. Dallas was well-known for his choreographed
dance routines with other members of the band including flips,
handstands, balancing his trombone on the palm of his hand, and
jumping on the shoulders of fellow band mate and best friend Brian Robertson.
He appeared on thier 1998 Bomb Squad EP and following five albums (Tragically
Ryan died as a result of a motorcycle accident on the Costa Mesa Freeway,
California where he collided with a Hyundai automobile. The driver of
the Hyundai fled the scene after the accident. Dallas never recovered
consciousness and died on the scene)
American R&B singer and protégé of Lyfe Jennings.
She was an up and coming young artist, best known for her Top 10 R&B
hit single S.E.X.
(La La & her producer, JeTannue Clayborn, were found dead in their
Milwaukee Loud Enuff Productionz recording studio, both had gunshot
wounds and had been dead at least a day before being discovered)
b. May 20th 1986.
2008: Gianni Raimondi (85)
Italian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the Italian composers;
he made his debut there in 1948, as Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale,
going on to perform world wide. Disappointingly he made few studio recordings,
given the length of his career and the sheer number of internationally
distinguished opera houses where he sang (?) b.
April 17th 1923.
2008: Gail Robinson (62) American
c soprano who sang with many of the world's leading opera companies
during the 1970s and 1980s. She was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera
National Council Auditions which started her professional career. After
her performance career ended she taught singing to young artists and
also directed the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Program for over
ten years. Upon leaving the Met, she joined the voice faculty at the
University of Kentucky. (complications from rheumatoid
arthritis) b. August 7th 1946.
2009: Paul Lagos (69) American drummer
with the psychedelic folk band Kaleidoscope. He also played with the
Johnny Otis Band and with John Mayall's "USA Union" tour and
featured on the album. Paul formed Pure Food and Drug Act in the early
'70s (heart attack?) b.1940
2011: Earl Gilliam (81) American
blues pianist, born in Lafayette, La, but moved to New Waverly as a
child with his family. He was a self-taught pianist, from an early age
and started playing piano at the local Baptist church when he was ten
only years old, and by the time he was 17, he was fronting his own blues
band. He moved to Houston when he was 19, quickly becoming a sought-after
sideman, playing with Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown,
and others, as well as cutting several singles with the Sarge, Ivory
Twist, and Going Upstairs imprints in the 1950s. Earl started playing
with Joe "Guitar" Hughes in the 1980s, appearing on three
CDs with him. More recentely following Joe's death, Earl started hosting
regular jam sessions in his garage, which he called "the doghouse",
and he hooked up with former Duke-Peacock session guitarist I.J. Gosey,
and they released their debut album of soulful jazz and blues, "Texas
Doghouse Blues", in 2005 (sadly
Earl has died from lung cancer)
b. January 13th 1930.
2012: Mary Campbell (78) American
music reporter born in Mount Sterling, Ill; her childhood affection
for the big bands and opera she heard on her radio, set the stage for
over four decades as a music writer for The Associated Press. From symphony
to rock 'n' roll, from Duke Ellington to Beverly Sills to the Dixie
Chicks, from Tony Bennett to Mick Jagger to members of the New York
Philharmonic, she covered the whole musical scene, earning respect from
the artists she wrote about and devotion from the public who followed
her profiles and reviews (?)
2013: Lage Fosheim (55)
Norwegian singer, promoter and one half of
the pop-ska duo, The Monroes, which was formed in 1982 by
Lage Fosheim and guitarist Eivind Rølles,
both former members of "Broadway News", a popular pop act
in Oslo during the 70s. They released their debut album, Sunday People
in '83, which was followed by, Face Another Day, in 1985, which sold
over 250,000 copies, making them one of the best selling artists in
Norwegian music history and one of the few to have a Top 10 song in
the United States with their Norwegian No 1 hit "Cheerio".
Following 2 more studio albums and a compilation, the duo disbanded
in 1993, but they continued to work together sporadically with several
one-off reunions until the death of
Eivind earlier this
year. From 1995-2008 Lage also worked as a promo director at Universal
Music/PolyGram. After which he worked as an artist and concert manager,
artists such as Jahn Teigen
like Eivind earlier this year, Lage
died while fighting cancer) b. February
2013: Ronald Shannon Jackson (73) American
drummer born in Fort Worth;
he graduated from I.M. Terrell High, where he played with the marching
band and learned about symphonic percussion and by the age of 15, he
was playing drums professionally. A pioneer of avant-garde jazz, free
funk, and jazz fusion, he appeared on over 50 albums as a bandleader,
sideman, arranger, producer and throughout his career worked with many
of the greats. He and bassist Sirone are the only musicians to have
performed and recorded with the three prime shapers of free jazz: pianist
Cecil Taylor, and saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler. In
1979, he founded his own group, the Decoding Society, playing what has
been dubbed free funk: a blend of funk rhythm and free jazz improvisation.
Over the years his band has featured luminaries such as Akbar Ali, Bern
Nix, Billy Bang, Byrad Lancaster, Cary Denigris, Charles Brackeen, David
Fiuczynski, David Gordon, Tomchess, Dominic Richards, Eric Person, Henry
Scott, Jef Lee Johnson, John Moody, Khan Jamal, Lee Rozie, Masujaa,
Melvin Gibbs, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Reggie Washington, Reverend Bruce Johnson,
Vernon Reid, Robin Eubanks and Zane Massey
(sadly died of leukemia)
b. January 12th 1940.
2013: Noel Harrison (79) British
singer, actor Olympic skier and
son of the actor Rex Harrison born in London to Rex's first of six wives,
Collette Thomas. He joined the Ipswich repertory theatre group and taught
himself guitar, but his main interest at that time was skiing. At an
early age he was a member of the British ski team, becoming its first
giant-slalom champion in 1953 and representing Great Britain at the
1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway and at the 1956 Winter Olympics
in Italy. When he was 20, he started playing his guitar and singing
professionally, around the tables in a Greek restaurant in London. He
also made a living playing in bars and clubs all over Europe, including
appearances at the legendary Blue Angel Club, where one show was recorded
for a live album. He left for the United States in 1965, working as
(sadly Noel died in a hospital following a heart attack at his home
in Devon, England, just a few hours after he had performed that same
evening) b. January 29th 1934.
1977: Ronnie Van Zant (29) American
singer; lead vocalist, lyricist, and a founding
member of the Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was the oldest brother
of .38 Special founder and vocalist Donnie Van Zant and Lynyrd Skynyrd
lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Ronnie
formed Skynyrd late in the summer of 1964 with friends and schoolmates
Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Larry Junstrom, and Bob Burns. Lynyrd
Skynyrd's name was inspired by a gym teacher the boys had in high school,
Leonard Skinner, who disapproved of students with long hair. Their fan
base grow rapidly throughout 1973, mainly due to their opening slot
on The Who's Quadrophenia tour in the United States. Their debut self
titled album produced the hit Freebird, the track achieved the No. 3
spot on Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. Their second album
in 1974, Second Helping, featured their most popular single, "Sweet
Home Alabama", a tongue in cheek response to Neil Young's "Alabama"
and "Southern Man". (Died in
a plane crash. Four band members were killed along with the pilot, Walter
McCreary and co-pilot, William Gray when the band's rented plane, a
Convair 240, ran out of fuel and crashed into a swamp in Gillsburg,
Missouri) b. January
1977: Steve Gaines (27)
guitarist and vocalist with the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. Born in Seneca,
Missouri and raised in Miami, Oklahoma. He began playing guitar after
seeing The Beatles in concert as a teenager. He played with RIO
Smokehouse, The Ravens, Rusty Day, Detroit and Crawdada, before joining
the Lynyrd Skynyrd band, replacing guitarist Ed King in 1976. His skills
were a major contribution to the band, as proven on the 1977 album Street
(same aircrash as above)
b. Sept 14th 1977.
1977: Cassie Gaines (29) US
singer and older sister of Steve Gaines. Cassie
was a member of the female gospel vocal trio The Honkettes, who in 1975
became the backup singers for Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (air
crash as above) b. Jan 9th 1948.
1977: Dean Kilpatrick (?) Assistant
road manager of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band
(air crash as above)
1983: Merle Travis (65)
American country music singer, songwriter;
born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the life and
exploitation of coal miners. Among his many songs are "Sixteen
Tons" and "Dark as a Dungeon". However, it is his masterful
guitar playing and his interpretations of the rich musical traditions
of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky for which he is best known
today. "Travis picking", a syncopated style of finger picking,
is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.
(died of a massive heart attack at his Tahlequah, Oklahoma home) b.
November 29th 1917.
1984: Albert "Budd" Johnson (73)
American tenor saxophonist from Dallas, Texas; he started out
on drums and piano before switching to tenor sax. In the 1920s he performed
in Texas and parts of the Midwest, working with Jesse Stone among others.
He made his recording debut while working with Louis Armstrong's band
in 1932-1933, but is more known for his work with Earl Hines. He was
also an early figure in the bebop era doing sessions with Coleman Hawkins
in 1944. In the 1950s he led his own group and did some session work
for Atlantic Records, he is the featured tenor saxophone soloist on
Ruth Brown's hit, "Teardrops from My Eyes". In the 1960s he
worked with Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Gil Evans and again with Earl
saw him working with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Budd was
inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993
1992: Werner Torkanowsky (66) German
conductor in both the concert hall and opera house; he
was born in Berlin, Germany, and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, and
relocated to the United States in 1948 to study the violin. From 1954
to 1958, he studied conducting under Pierre Monteux. Following his debut
with the Ballets Espagnoles, he became Music Director of Jerome Robbins's
"Ballet USA." In 1959, Werner made his debut with the New
York City Opera, with Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium. He went on to
conduct many major orchestras, including those in Israel, New York,
Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit, as well as at
the Spoleto Festival (?)
b. March 30th 1926
Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine
(52) American guitar player born in Takoma
Park, Maryland; at an early age he accompanied his father on canvasses
of black neighborhoods for old recordings, Henry became an avid collector,
eventually coming to own tens of thousands of recordings of blues, hillbilly,
country, and Cajun music. Throughout the early to mid 1960s Henry played
in various musical configurations and eventually was hired by Frank
Zappa for the original Mothers of Invention. But Henry is known mainly
as a member of the band Canned Heat. He was with the group from its
start in 1966 to July 1969. In later years he played in local bands
but occasionally returned to Canned Heat for a few tours and recordings.
2003 Henry was ranked 77th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100
Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (died from
heart and respiratory failure in a hotel outside Paris after the band
had completed a tour of France) b.
December 25th 1944.
Shirley Horn (71)
American jazz singer, pianist; she collaborated
with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, influencing each other;
Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton
Marsalis and others. She was most noted for her ability to accompany
herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano
while singing. She was nominated for nine Grammy Awards during her career,
winning in 1999 for Jazz Vocal Album for "I Remember Miles",
a tribute to her friend and encourager. Preferring
to perform in small settings, as with her trio, she recorded with orchestra
too, as on the 1992 album "Here's to life", which is highly
rated by her fans, the title song being generally considered as her
signature song. A video documentary of Shirley's life and music was
released at the same time as "Here's To Life" and shared its
title. She was officially recognized by the 109th US Congress for "her
many achievements and contributions to the world of jazz and American
culture", and performed at The White House for several U.S. presidents.
Shirley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee
College of Music in 2002. She was awarded the National Endowment for
the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2005., the highest honors that the United
States bestows upon jazz musicians (She
had been battling breast cancer and diabetes when she died from complications
of a massive stroke) b.
May 1st 1934.
2007: Paul Raven (46) English rock
bassist born in Wolverhampton, best known for his work in the seminal
punk-goth-metal-electronic group Killing Joke, playing with them through
its most commercially successful period, appearing on the 'Fire Dances',
'Night Time' and 'Brighter than a Thousand Suns' albums, before leaving
during the recording of 1988's 'Outside the Gate', rejoining in time
for 1990's 'Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions'. He
later played in the alternative rock/ industrial rock bands Prong and
Ministry. His early musical career included stints in Neon Hearts and
the 1982 glam rock band, Kitsch. (heart attack)
b. january 16th 1961.
2009: Liam Maher (41)
UK singer, who fronted the
baggy band Flowered Up, which he helped form in
Camden, London in 1989 along
with keyboardist Tim Dorney, guitarist Joe Maher, bassist Andy Jackson,
drummer John Tovey, and Barry Mooncult, who wasn't really a member of
the band but danced on-stage with a giant flower around his neck. The
band appeared on the covers of both NME and Melody Maker before releasing
the club anthem
'It's On' in the summer of 1990, which was followed up with 'Phobia'
that autumn; both reached the Top 40 on the U.K. charts. Flowered Up
were best known for their Top 20 single 'Weekender', the 12-minute,
55-second track being their highest charting single.
released their only album 'A Life With Brian' in 1991 and the band split
in 1994. Liam signed up to Alan McGee's Poptones record label in 2001,
but the deal fell through before anything was released. Flowered
in 2005 for several gigs with Happy Mondays
(details of Liams
death not yet released) b. ????
2010: Ari Up/Ariane Forster (48)
German-born British singer born in Munich; Ari
was only 14 when she formed the UK punk rock band The Slits with drummer
Palmolive in 1976. By the late seventies, they were touring as the opening
act for the The Clash. Ari Up's love of reggae led The Slits into a
"jungly", dub style. She was the most flamboyant member of
the group. Her wild hair and crazy stage outfits became her trademarks.
Her 1977 performances with The Slits are featured in The Punk Rock Movie,
a 1992 release of various punk group club performances, principally
at The Roxy. After The Slits split in 1981, she moved with her husband
and twin children to jungle regions of Indonesia and Belize, living
among indigenous people in those areas. Later, they moved to Jamaica,
eventually settling in Kingston. She continued to make
music, first with the New Age Steppers, then solo as Baby Ari, Madussa,
and Ari Up. In 2006 Ari Up reformed The Slits releasing an EP and later
toured in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. She occasionally
played solo concerts in New York, and toured the UK with her backing
band 'The True Warriors'. She also recorded with the Jammyland All Stars,
Brave New Girl, Dubistry, and the German techno-dancehall outfit, Terranova.
Ari Up appeared on Lee "Scratch" Perry's 2008 album, Repentance,
and performed a duet on a cover version of The Yardbirds' song "Mister
You're a Better Man Than I" on Mark Stewart's 2008 album, Edit.
In July 2009, she performed with Perry and Austrian dub band Dubblestandart
in Brooklyn, New York just prior to the Central Park SummerStage festival.
One of Ari's last recordings done in May 2010 in New York was on a track
with Lee Scratch Perry recorded by Subatomic Sound System and released
in August 2010 on 7" vinyl called "Hello, Hell is Very Low"
b/w "Bed Athletes" (sadly lost her battle
b. January 17th 1962.
2011: Robert Hunter (36)
Australian rapper and lyricist, as well
as serving as a founder of Australia's growing hip-hop scene in Perth,
he was also a founding member of the MC
collective Syllabolix Crew, which spawned the likes of Layla
Dazastah, Downsyde and Drapht. He released
four albums, with songs he crafted like 'Never Commit' (sadly
Robert died after a brave battle with cancer)
b. October 1st 1975.
2012: Przemyslaw Gintrowski (60)
Polish composer and musician who debuted in 1976
on a review of the Warsaw Riviera with the song Epitaph for Sergei
Yesenin. In 1979, he formed a trio with Jacek Kaczmarski and Zbigniew
Lapinski, and initiated a poetic programme Mury (Walls)
which became an informal anthem of "Solidarity" and the symbol
of the fight against the regime. With the declaration of martial law
in December 1981 Trio broke up and he started his own artistic activity.
He made his debut as a composer of film music during the next
ten years he created music for over twenty fictional films and serials.
On August 31, 2006 he was awarded by President Lech Kaczynski with The
Order of Polonia Restituta (?)
b. December 21st 1951
William Patton "Bill" Black Jr (39)
bass and double bass player
born in Memphis, Tennessee, he first played music on a cigar box with
a board nailed to it and with strings attached made by his father. By
the age of sixteen Black was playing in local bars and clubs before
an army stint and then joining Scotty Moore to form a band. In early
July 1954, Sam Phillips of Sun Records, set up a green young man named
Elvis Presley with guitarist Scotty Moore, who called Bill to help out.
trio rehearsed dozens of songs, from traditional country, to "Harbor
Lights", to gospel. The search for another song to release along
with "That's All Right" at Sun Records in July 1954 led to
"Blue Moon of Kentucky" via Bill. He went on to play double
bass on all early Presley recordings including "Good Rockin' Tonight",
"Heartbreak Hotel", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery
Train", "That's All Right", "Hound Dog", and
became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass-
electric bass guitar in popular music, on "Jailhouse Rock"
in the late 1950s. In 1959, after leaving Elvis, he joined a Memphis
group that soon evolved into the Bill Black's Combo, releasing hits
such "Smokie" in December 1959, followed by "Smokie,
Part 2", "White Silver Sands", "Josephine",
"Don't Be Cruel", "Blue Tango", "Hearts of
Stone" and others. Bill Black's Combo cut more than 20 albums,
toured the United States and Europe and won awards as the best instrumental
group in America in 1966 and 1967. Bill's stand-up bass is today owned
by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who received it as a birthday present from
his late wife Linda McCartney in the late 1970s. The Bill Black Combo
created musical history in 1964 when they became the opening act for
the Beatles on their historical 13-city tour of America after their
appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sadly Bill himself was not well
enough to make the tour (he died four months after
surgery to remove a brain tumour) b. September
1969: Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac (47)
American poet and writer, author of Beat Generation; after the release
of his book On the Road in 1957, he got instant fame, he was hailed
as a major American writer and considered by some as the King of the
Beatniks as well as the Father of the Hippies, influencing the likes
of Bob Dylan. He is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing,
covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism,
drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers,
including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Richard Brautigan, Thomas Pynchon, Lester
Bangs, Tom Robbins, Will Clarke, and Haruki Murakami. He became an underground
celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the Hippie movement,
although he remained antagonistic toward it. Since his death his literary
prestige has grown and several previously unseen works have been published.
All of his books are in print today, among them: On the Road, Doctor
Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation
Angels, Visions of Cody and Big Sur (sadly Jack
died from cirrhosis of the liver) b. March
Ann Kelly (46) English
blues singer and guitarist favouring delta style rather than rocking
out with a heavy band behind her, but with a huge voice, and a strong
guitar. Born in Streatham, London. She established a musical
partnership with the British blues musician Tony McPhee, and appeared
on two McPhee compiled albums for Liberty Records, "Me And The
Devil" in 1968 and "I Asked for Water, She Gave Me Gasoline"
in 1969. At the end of the 1960s, with an album on a major record label
in the United States, both Johnny Winter and Canned Heat tried to recruit
Jo Ann into their ranks. However, she stayed and played the UK's nightclub
scene, and participated in many musical projects with her brother Dave
Kelly and performed on the European circuit, with the guitarist Pete
Emery or in bands, including the Terry Smith Blues Band (In 1988, Jo
Ann began to suffer from headaches. In 1989 she had an operation to
remove a malignant brain tumour, she seemed to have recovered, but the
following year she tragically collapsed and died after touring again
with her brother) b. January 5th 1944.
Andrews (79) American high harmony
singer in The Andrews Sisters, born in Minnesota. Throughout
their long career, the sisters sold over 75 million records and became
the best-selling female vocal group in the history of popular music
setting records that remain unsurpassed to this day. The sisters charted
with 113 Billboard hits, 46 of these reaching Top 10 status. They were
inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Maxene started a
solo career in 1979 releasing the album 'Maxene: An Andrews Sister'
in 1990. Her last performance was on October 8th 1995, in the show 'Swing
Time Canteen', at New York's Blue Angel Theatre. (?)
b. January 3rd 1916.
1995: Richard Shannon Hoon (28) American
singer, songwriter and guitarist; born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana,
after graduating from McCutcheon High School he fronted two local bands
Styff Kitten and Mank Rage. He also composed his first song at this
time "Change". He relocated to LA where he met musicians Brad
Smith and Rogers Stevens and they formed the band Blind Melon, and soon
had a recording contract with Capitol Records. He also met up with Axl
Rose of Guns 'n' Roses, who were recording their albums Use Your Illusion
I and Use Your Illusion II. Richard sang backing vocals on several of
the tracks, including "The Garden" and "Don't Cry".
Axl also invited him to appear in the video for "Don't Cry".
In 1992, Blind Melon released their self-titled debut album, it sold
poorly until the single "No Rain" was released in September
of 1993 and the album went quadruple-platinum. In 1994, they their second
album 'Soup', released in 1995. They went on tour to promote the album,
which sadly was Richard's last album and tour (Richard
was found dead on the band's tour bus, tragically he had died from a
heart attack, due to a cocaine overdose, while in New Orleans)
b. September 26th 1967.
2003: Elliott Smith (34) Folk-punk
singer, mult-musician, songwriter, born in Omaha, Nebraska; his primary
instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet,
bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Elliott was a founder member of the
indie rock band Heatmiser formed in Portland in 1991. The following
year they recorded an EP 'The Music of Heatmiser' and thier first album
'Dead Air' in 1993.
After leaving Heatmiser, Elliott began his solo career in 1994 and rose
to mainstream fame when his song "Miss Misery", was nominated
for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. The track was
also included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting. He was
working on his sixth at the time of his death (he
died from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive
as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted) b.
August 6th 1969.
2007: Paul Fox (56)
British guitarist, singer; a founder member of the UK punk band,
The Ruts. When the original lead singer Malcolm Owen died of a heroin
overdose the band continued with Paul on vocals, renaming themselves
Ruts DC. When the band broke in the early 1980s, he joined the London
rock band Dirty Strangers, who recorded two albums, on which The Rolling
Stones members, Keith Richards and Ron Wood, both guested on. He went
on to form Choir Militia, in '83, after which he worked with Screaming
Lobsters in 1987 and Fluffy Kittens from 1991 to 1994, retaining hard-core
fan interest. From this point on his musical career was combined with
carpentry, but he cut singles with the Chelsea Punk Rock Allstars in
1997, and ska legend Laurel Aitken in 2000. Paul revived the Ruts name
and songs in 2006, touring with a line up known as Foxy's Ruts (lung
cancer) b. April 11th 1951.
2007: Lance Hahn (40)
American guitarist and frontman, born in Hawaii, but relocated
to San Francisco and then Austin, TX. He started his recording career
in the Hawaiin band Cringer, recordinging numbers such as Perversion
Is Their Destiny and Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Then in 1991 he formed the
punk rock band J Church, releasing 8 albums before his death. Along
side the band, Lance also released a solo acoustic record under the
name 'Cilantro' (after his favourite smell), as well as working as Beck's
touring guitarist in 1994-5 and was in the final line-up of Bay Area
pop-punk band Monsula in the early 1990s. He had also run Honey Bear
Records (named after Winnie The Pooh) since 1994 and wrote extensive
"punk rock history" articles for Maximumrocknroll. (Lance
died of kidney disease, he sadly suffered a collapse during dialysis)
b. February 15th 1967.
2008: Peter Levinson (74) American
music industry biographer; he spent nearly fifty years in the music
industry as a promoter and representative for stars such as Count Basie,
Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Lalo Schifrin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chuck
Mangione, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, Erroll Garner, Stan Getz,
Peggy Lee, Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Maynard Ferguson, Pete Fountain,
Art Garfunkel, Bud Shank, Phyllis Diller, George Shearing, Chick Corea,
Jim Hall, Benny Carter, Charlie Byrd, Louie Bellson, Dee Dee Bridgewater,
Jack Lemmon and Mel Torme. His publicity work also extended into television
and film. He contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2006, which
prevented him from speaking; he used a type-to-speech computer and continued
writing (he died after a fall at his home in Malibu,
July 1st 1934.
2009: Clinton Ford/ Ian George Stopford Harrison
(77) British singer who had his first taste of chart
success in 1959, with a cover of the Red Foley penned song "Old
Shep", his next chart entry was "Too Many Beautiful Girls"
in a trad jazz style, followed by his biggest hit, a rendition of the
1935 George Formby song "Fanlight Fanny". This led to an album
that reached No.16 in the UK Albums Chart in May 1962. After touring
for a while with Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, he returned for a stint
at Liverpool's Cavern Club, to find that the market for trad jazz and
country n western styled novelties had been replaced by the beat music
of a certain local band called The Beatles. He was though, in great
demand on BBC Radio programmes, such as Saturday Club where a live singer
was required, to sing standards and also covers of current hit songs.
His final UK hit "Run To The Door" was issued on the Piccadilly
Records label in 1967 (died after a long illness
in the Isle of Man where he had been living for many years)
b. November 4th 1931.
2009: Sirone/ Norris Jones (69) American
jazz bassist and composer, he worked in Atlanta in the late 50s and
early 60s with "The Group" alongside George Adams; he also
recorded with R&B musicians such as Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson.
He moved to New York in the mid '60s, where he co-founded the "Untraditional
Jazz Improvisational Team" with Dave Burrell. He also worked with
Marion Brown, Gato Barbieri, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Sonny Sharrock,
Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra. In 1971 he co-founded
the Revolutionary Ensemble with Leroy Jenkins and Frank Clayton, also
in the 1970s and early 1980s Sirone recorded with Clifford Thornton,
Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, and Walt Dickerson. In the
1980s, he was member of Phalanx, a group with guitarist James "Blood"
Ulmer, drummer Rashied Ali, and tenor saxophonist George Adams, before
relocating to Germany in 1989, where he lived the remainder of his life
(died in Berlin, Germany)
b. September 28th 1948.
2010: José Carbajal (66)
Uruguayan singer, guitarist, and composer nicknamed
el Sabalero; he was born in Puerto Sauce, Juan Lacaze, but
he moved to Montevideo and began performing in folk clubs in 1967. In
the '70s became famous throughout Latin America. Between
1970 and 1973 lived in Buenos Aires , and later the Uruguayan dictatorship
forced him to relocate to countries like Mexico, France and Spain and
later he settled in the Netherlands. He returned to his native country
in 1984, but left for the Netherlands again in 1992; he had been traveling
back and forth between Uruguay and the Netherlands until his death.
He had many hit songs like "Children, to my people" and "The
Sencillito", and released around 20 albums debuting with Popular
song in 1969 (he
sadly died from a cardiac arrest at his home in Canelones, Uruguay)
b. December 8th 1943.
2010: Uccio Aloisi (82) Italian
traditional singer and along with Uccio Bandello and Uccio Melissano
the founder, the folk group of Li Ucci touring Europe and Italy. Over
the years he has been a regular guest of the concert of the Notte della
Taranta that allowed him to collaborate with international artists such
as Buena Vista Social Club. In 2005 he was one of the main characters
of the documentary film Craj of Marengo (?) b. October 1st 1928.
2011: Freddie Ferrara (?)
American rhythm and blues singer with The Del-Satins and The
Brooklyn Bridge. He was a founding member of the vocal group Del-Satins
in in 1958. In 1961 they recorded their debut single, "I'll Pray
for You" prior to signing Laurie Records. There they joined forces
with Dion, who wanted to replace his existing backing band, the Belmonts,
with a "rockier" sound. The Del-Satins were instantly sent
to work on his new song, "Runaround Sue", which then rose
to number 1 in the Billboard charts. Although their contribution to
the hit was substantial, the Del-Satins received no credit. They also
sang on Dion's later solo hits, "The Wanderer", "Lovers
Who Wander", "Little Diane", "Love Came To Me",
"Ruby Baby", "Donna the Prima Donna" and "Drip
Drop", as well as on records by Len Barry and Jan and Dean. In
the late 60s Freddie joined up with The Brooklyn Bridge band where he
sayed for the next 4 decades. In 2006, the band was inducted into the
Long Island Music Hall of Fame. They are also members of South Carolina's
Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, the New England Vocal Group Hall of Fame,
and Harmony Group Hall of Fame, and recently the group were given a
star on the New Jersey Walk of Fame (sadly
died from a cardiac arrest) b.
2011: Edmundo Ros (100)
Trinidadian bandleader, vocalist and arranger who made
his career in Britain. He directed a popular Latin American orchestra,
had an extensive recording career and owned one of London's leading
nightclubs. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, he enrolled in military
academy where he became interested in music and learned to play the
euphonium. From 1927 to 1937 he lived in Caracas, Venezuela, where he
played in the Venezuelan Military Academy Band as well as being a tympanist
in the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. He received a music scholarship
from the government, under which from 1937-42 he studied harmony, composition
and orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music, London...>>>
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peacefully at his home in Spain) b. December 7th 1910.
2012: Tim Johnson (52)
American country music songwriter born
in the tiny logging community Noti, Oregon. When Mickey Newbury heard
Tim's songs he urged Tim to move to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became
a successful and respected songwriter with more than 100 major label
cuts including "I Let Her Lie", "God Only Cries",
"Thank God For Believers", "Do You Believe Me Now",
"Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind", "She
Misses Him" and "To
Do What I Do". Tim is also known for his collaborations with Rory
Lee Feek of Joey + Rory, with whom he founded an organization called
the Song Trust, in which works by new artists were all credited to that
name. Song Trust's first release was "Bring Him Home Santa"
in 2008 (Tim sadly died fighting cancer)
Rune Torstein Kidde (56) Danish writer,
storyteller, singer, cartoonist and a multi-talented artist and has
released humorous cartoons, poems, novels, children's books and biographies.
Born in Odense, he made radio features to the Danish Children's Radio
and was a folk singer, poet and dramatic. As an accomplished singer
he was a member in Trio Confetti. Also in 2000 he wrote a libretto for
the children's opera "Heksemutter Mortensen og den fede kalkun"
/ Witch Mother Mortensen and the Fat Turkey) for the The Danish Royal
Theatre and has also written lyrics for other artists including Nanna
Lüders Jensen and folk singer Bente Kure (?)
b. September 27th 1957.
2013: Gianni Ferrio (88) Italian
composer, conductor and music arranger; born in Vicenza, he studied
at Vicenza and Venice
conservatories. By the late 50s he was
active as a composer of film scores, signing about 120 sound-tracks
especially for spaghetti westerns and commedie sexy all'italiana. His
piece "One Silver Dollar", the main theme of the sound-track
of Giorgio Ferroni's Un dollaro bucato, was later included in the sound-track
of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. He was also well known
for his work in pop music, particularly for his collaboration with Mina,
for whom he composed, among others, the hit song "Parole parole"
and he wrote arrangements and orchestrations for numerous of her songs
and albums. The last collaboration with Mina was for her 2012 album
12 (American Song Book), for which Ferrio traditionally provided the
string arrangements.He was the official conductor for Sanremo Music
Festival in 1959 and 1962 and for the Eurovision Song Contest 1965.He
also took part, as conductor, in several important Italian TV-shows
(?) b. November 15th 1924.
2013: Colonel Robert Morris (58)
American drummer, singer and songwriter; born
in Whitehaven, Memphis, he was also known as The Man With The
Golden Pen. He was strongly connected to the Memphis Blues and
helped creating the Memphis Sound. During these early days
he played with Eddie Bond, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Ma Rainey, Little
Laura Dukes, Big Sam Clarke and many others. Later he played drums for
Jerry Lee Lewis, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Rich and nearly five years for
Charlie Feathers. In the 1980s he recorded material with rock-and-roll-granny
Cordell Jackson and at the Memphis Fall Fest he also shared stage with
a young Justin Timberlake who sung Hank Williams songs wearing a cowboy
hat. In the 1990s he seriously started to write songs and his legendary
"Truckers Last Ride" went gold and Robert was honored
with the key to the City of Memphis and the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Memphis Music Heritage Foundation for his merits. In 1998 he
received the honorary title of "Colonel aide-de-camp" from
Don Sundquist the governor of the state of Tennessee, after which he
was inducted in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Traditional Country
Hall of Fame. (sadly The Colonel passed
away due to long term effects of a heart attack he suffered in 2008)
b. December 12th 1954
1935: Komitas Vardapet (66)
Armenian priest, composer, choir leader,
singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue and musicologist. Regarded
as the founder of modern Armenian classical music.In 1899 he acquired
the title doctor of musicology and returned to Echmiadzin, where he took
over conducting a polyphonic male choir. He traveled extensively around
the country, listening to and recording details about Armenian folk songs
and dances performed in various villages. This way he collected and published
some 3000 songs, many of them adapted to choir singing. From 1910 he lived
and worked in Istanbul. There he established a 300-member choir Gusan.
He was the first non-European to be admitted into the International Music
Society, of which he was a co-founder. He gave many lectures and performances
throughout Europe, Turkey and Egypt, thus presenting till then very little
known Armenian music. On April 24, 1915, said to be the day when the Armenian
Genocide officially began, he was arrested and put on a train the next
day together with 180 other Armenian notables and sent to the city of
Çankiri in northern Central Anatolia, at a distance of some 300
miles. His good friend, Turkish nationalist poet Mehmet Emin Yurdakul,
the authoress Halide Edip, and the U.S. ambassador Henry Morgenthau intervened
with the government and, by special orders from Talat Pasha, Komitas was
dispatched back to the capital alongside eight other Armenians who had
music academy in Yerevan is named him and there
also exists a worldwide renowned string quartet named after Komitas
(Komitas lost his mind after witnessing the 1915 Armenian Genocide, he
never really fully recovered, he died in a psychiatric clinic in Paris,
France) b. September
26th or October 8th 1869.
1943: Leon Roppolo
jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, guitarist born in Lutcher, Louisiana. He
was a prominent early jazz clarinetist, best known for his playing with
the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. He also made some recordings with Original
Memphis Five and California Ramblers musicians in New York in 1924 as
well as working with other New Orleans bands such as the Halfway House
Orchestra, with which he recorded on saxophone. Leon's compositions include
the jazz standards "Farewell Blues" and "Milenberg Joys",
"Gold Leaf Strut" or "Golden Leaf Strut", "Tin
Roof Blues", and "Make Love to Me" (Leon
died of tertiary syphilis) b. March
1958: Jay Perkins (?)
American bass guitarist; worked with his
brother Carl Perkins (brain
1969: Tommy Edwards (47) American
vocalist, pianist, and composer;
born in Richmond, Virginia, his first impact in R&B circles in 1946,
was writing "That Chick's Too Young to Fry", a hit for Louis
Jordan. He began recording in 1949, and had his first hit in 1951 with
"All Over Again". He is best remembered for his 1958, Billboard
No.1, "It's All in the Game", it also reach No.1, on the UK
singles chart. He sang his hit song on The Ed Sullivan Show, on 14 September,
1958. This was followed by "Love is All We Need," which climbed
to No.15. His last chart hit was "My Melancholy Baby" in 1959
(died after suffering a brain aneurysm in his hometown
of Richmond, Virginia) b. February 17th 1922.
1973: Pablo Casals/Pau Casals i Defilló (96)
Catalan cellist and later conductor. He made many recordings throughout
his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor,
but he is perhaps best remembered for the recording of the Bach Cello
Suites he made from 1936 to 1939. In
1897 he appeared as soloist with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, and was
awarded the Order of Carlos III from the Queen. In 1899, Casals played
at The Crystal Palace in London, and later for Queen Victoria at Osborne
House, her summer residence, accompanied by Ernest Walker. On November
12 and December 17, 1899, he appeared as a soloist at Lamoureux Concerts
in Paris, to great public and critical acclaim. He toured Spain and the
Netherlands with the pianist Harold Bauer in 1900-1901; in 1901-1902 he
made his first tour of the United States; and in 1903 toured South America
and on January 15th 1904, Pablo was invited to play at the White House
for President Theodore Roosevelt, These are just a few hi-lites from his
long career. Pablo was an ardent supporter of the Spanish Republican government,
and after its defeat in 1939, he vowed not to return to Spain until democracy
had been restored, sadly he did not live to see the end of the Franco
dictatorial regime. He was posthumously honoured by the Spanish government
under King Juan Carlos I which, in 1976, issued a commemorative postage
stamp to Pau Casals in honour of the centenary of his birth and in 1989
he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
(Pablo died in San Juan, Puerto Rico) b.
December 29th 1876.
1986: Jane Dornacker (39)
American actress, keyboardist,
songwriter, traffic reporter; born
in Albuquerque, New Mexico; she
was the lead singer, keyboardist, and songwriter of the 1970s & 1980s
San Francisco pop-rock group Leila And The Snakes. Pearl Gates and Pamela
Wood provided supporting vocals. Their repertoire included "Rock
And Roll Weirdos," "Pyramid Power" and a spoof version
of Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?". Jane
also provided lead vocals on "Christopher Columbus" in 1978,
a song by R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders. She co-wrote the humorous
hit song "Don't Touch Me There" for The Tubes. The song was
sung by Re Styles and appeared on The Tubes' second studio album, Jane
had also toured with The Tubes as a backing singer and dancer. Jane developed
a successful career as a stand-up comic on the San Francisco circuit and
did her first work as a traffic reporter in the early to mid 1980s for
KFRC, a popular Top 40 radio station. She moved to New York City to become
the raspy voiced "trafficologist" and "Jane-in-a-plane".
died in a helicopter crash during a live traffic report for WNBC radio
in New York. Listeners heard her terrified voice screaming "Hit the
water, hit the water" as the helicopter from which she and pilot
Bill Pate were reporting, fell from the sky and crashed into the Hudson
River. Jane is notable for surviving one helicopter crash only to sadly
die in a second helicopter crash in the same year) b.
October 1st 1947.
1989: Ewan MacColl/James 'Jimmie' Miller (74)
British folk singer, songwriter, actor, playwright,
poet, record producer and the
father of the late Kirsty MacColl. Born in Broughton, as well as his acting
career, Ewan also
began to collect and perform traditional ballads. His long involvement
with Topic Records started in 1950 with his release of a single, "The
Asphalter's Song". When, in 1953 Theatre Workshop decided relocate
to London, Ewan,
who had opposed that move, left the company and changed the focus of his
career from acting and playwriting to singing and composing folk and topical
the years he recorded and produced upwards of a hundred albums, many with
English folk song collector and singer A.L. Lloyd. The pair released an
ambitious series of eight LP albums of more or less the complete Child
Ballads. He also produced a number of LPs with Irish singer songwriter
Dominic Behan, brother of the playwright, Brendan Behan. In 2001, "The
Essential Ewan MacColl Songbook" was published, with the words and
music to 200 of his songs
2005: Franky Gee/Francisco Alejandro Gutierrez
born in Havana, before his family emigrated to Miami. After college, he
enlisted in the US Army, while stationed in Germany, he started deejaying.
After which he stayed in Germany and became the frontman for the German
Europop group Captain Jack. His clothing and mannerisms in Captain Jack
were intended to satirize the American military. Captain
Jack's music was widely featured on the popular Konami Arcade game, Dance
Dance Revolution, and others in that series (suffered
a cerebral hemorrhage while walking with his son in Palma, Mallorca. He
went into a coma and subsequently died five days later) b.
February 19th 1962.
2009: Don Lane/Morton
Donald Isaacson (75)
Australian entertainer, talk show host and singer. He began his working
life as a nightclub performer and singer, appearing at many clubs in Hawaii,
L.A. and New York. He appeared on one episode of the Ed Sullivan program
in the late 1950s as one half of a double act. He was drafted into the
U.S. army in the early 50s and was commissioned as an officer serving
in the artillery. He later toured for two years entertaining the troops.
He worked alongside Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Wayne Newton and
others. He also played Professor Harold Hill in the Las Vegas production
of The Music Man. Don relocated to Australia where
became a multi-award winner including 1966: Most Popular Male and Most
Popular Live Show (Tonight with Don Lane); 1967: Most Popular Male and
Most Popular Live Show (Tonight with Don Lane); 1968: Best Male Personality
and Best Show (Tonight with Don Lane); 1969: Best Male Personality and
Best Show (Tonight with Don Lane); 1970: Best Male Personality and Best
Local Show (Tonight Show with Don Lane); 1974: Most Popular Male and Most
Popular Show (The Don Lane Show); and he recieved 4 National Logie awards:Gold
Logie; Most Popular Male Personality; Victoria: Most Popular Male; and
Most Popular Show (sadly
died from dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease) b.
November 13th 1933.
2012: Gabrielle Roth (71)
American singer, author, dancer, philosopher and dramatist.
She devoted her life to dance, singing, poetry and theatre. Her on going
research and communication of these issues led to the development of the
five rhythms aka 5Rhythms, a movement of meditation and free dance, in
which a dancer moves through five different rhythms, which together form
a wave of movement or a 'wave' forms. She was artistic director of her
dance / theater / music group the 'Mirrors' and had her own recording
studio Raven Recording, founded with her husband, Robert Ansell. Gabrielle
released 20 albums and 3 DVDs and she has written three books, two of
which have been translated into Dutch (sadly died
while fighting lung cancer) b. February 4th
2013: Viv Bozack Ngomane (36) South
African radio DJ with Radio Algoa FM and Port Elizabeth icon (tragically
died so young of a stroke) b. 1977
Al Jolson/Asa Yoelson (64) American singer, songwriter, blackfaced
minstrel, comedian, born in Seredius, Lithuania, then a part of
the Russian Empire. His career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950,
during which time he was commonly dubbed "the world's greatest entertainer.
Between 1911 and 1928, Jolson had nine sell-out Winter Garden shows in
a row, more than 80 hit records, and 16 national and international tours.
Yet by some, he's best remembered today for his leading role in the first,
full length, talking movie ever made, The Jazz Singer, released in 1927.
Hits many hits include: Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody, I've
Got My Captain Working for Me Now, Swanee, Avalon, California, Here I
Come and I'm Sitting on Top of the World. Numerous
well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby,
Judy Garland, and Bob Dylan, who once referred to him as "somebody
whose life I can feel (sadly
he died of a massive heart attack, Broadway lowered it's lights for ten
minutes in Al's honor) b. March
1964: Bill Daniles (?) American drummer
with Buddy and the Kings (all four members of US
band Buddy and the Kings were killed when their hired Cesna Skyhawk piloted
by Bill Daniles, crashed nose first killing all on board. They were on
their way to a gig in Harris County. Singer with the group Harold David
Box, had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after Buddy's death in a
plane crash) b.????
1964: Harold "David" Box (21)
American singer with Buddy and the Kings and was one of the singers
who replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after Holly's death. David can
be heard singing lead vocals on "Peggy Sue Got Married". Born
in in Sulphur Springs he was a huge fan of Buddy Holly and in 1958 he
formed the Ravens, a group styled on the Crickets. They cut some demos
at Mitchell Studio in Lubbock. He went to LA with his band, where he sessioned
with the Crickets, after which they returned home to complete their schooling.
In 1964 he finished college and was working with the touring band Buddy
and the Kings which included, himself on lead vocals, Buddy Groves vocalist
and guitar, Carl Banks on bass and Bill Daniels on the drums
(died: as above) b. August 11th 1943
1964: Buddy Groves (?) American guitarist
with Buddy and the Kings (died: as above)
1964: Carl Banks (?) American bassist
with Buddy and the Kings (died: as above)
1968: Naima Wifstrand (78) Swedish
film actor, operetta singer, troubadour, director and composer. She studied
music and singing in Stockholm at the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and
in 1910 she went to London and further trained for Raymond von zur Mühlen.
After her studies she was one of the most acknowledged operetta singers
in Scandinavia. She worked at Oscarsteatern, Sweden's foremost operetta
and musical stage, 1913-1918 and for years to come toured Sweden and Scandinavia.
Her big break-through came as Countess Stasi in Emmerich Kálmán's
operetta Die Csárdásfürstin in 1916. She worked in
the 1920s mainly at the opera houses in Oslo and Copenhagen. For many
years she lived in London where she also performed with troubadour-songs
alone along with her guitar. A curiosity here is that when the first attempts
at broadcasted television took place in Britain Wifstrand actually became
one of the first "TV-stars", so to speak, as she appeared on
TV already in the 1930s and performed a number of songs. She had a big
acting career and was internationally most notable for strong supporting
parts in her later years in a number of Ingmar Bergman-films (?)
b. September 4th 1890
1978: Maybelle Carter (69) American
country musician, best known as a member of the historic Carter Family
act in the 1920s and 1930s and as a member of Mother Maybelle and the
Carter Sisters. She was a member of the original Carter Family, formed
in 1927 by her brother-in-law, A. P. Carter, who was married to her cousin,
Sara, also a part of the trio. It was perhaps the first commercial rural
Country music group. Maybelle was the guitarist and also played autoharp
and banjo; she created a unique sound for the group with her innovative
'scratch' style of guitar playing, also called Carter Family picking,
where she used her thumb to play melody on the bass and middle strings,
and her index finger to fill out the rhythm. Maybelle was inducted as
part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In
1993, her image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family.
In 2001 she was initiated into the International Bluegrass Music Hall
of Honor, and ranked No.8 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music
in 2002. In 2005, she was portrayed by Sandra Ellis Lafferty in the Johnny
Cash biopic Walk the Line (?) May
1984: James Petrillo (92) American
musicians union leader, born in Chicago, Illinois. Though in his youth
he played the trumpet, he finally made a career out of organizing musicians
into the union starting in 1919. He became president of the Chicago Local
10 of the musician's union in 1922, and was president of the American
Federation of Musicians from 1940 to 1958. He continued being the prime
force in the Union for another decade; in the 1960s he was head of the
Union's "Civil Rights Division", which saw to the desegregation
of the local unions and the venues where musicians played (?)
b. March 16th 1892.
1999: Bobby Willis (57) British songwriter
and manager; his first known recorded composition, Shy of Love was featured
on the B-side of Love of the Loved, the debut release of Cilla Black in
September 1963. During the sixties he was to write many songs for his
then girlfriend, Cilla, to record and perform. Is It Love? - was featured
in the beat film Ferry Cross The Mersey in 1965. He often collaborated
with Kenny Lynch and George Martin. After the death of Brian Epstein,
Bobby undertook management duties and represented Cilla for over thirty
years. Bobby married Cilla Black on 25 January 1969 (sadly
lost his struggle with cancer) b. January
2003: Tony Capstick (59) English
comedian, singer, actor, author and broadcaster, born in Rotherham, Yorkshire;
he was a regular performer on folk circuits recording many albums including
'His Round', 'Punch and Judy Man', 'Tony Capstick Does a Turn', 'Songs
of Ewan MacColl', and 'There Was This Bloke'. In 1981, he along with The
Sheffield Grinder, reached No.3 in the UK singles chart with "Capstick
Comes Home". He had a TV series, Capstick's Capers, on Channel 4
in 1983, as well as portraying one of the policemen in the long-running
British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine where he played the role until
his death. Tony had also been a presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield for over
30 years and wrote a regular column in the Rotherham Advertiser (sadly
Tony died from a heart attack) b. July 27th
Adolph Green (87) American lyricist and playwright who, with
long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs
for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as part of Arthur
Freed's production unit at MGM, during the genre's heyday. They shared
a unique comic genius and sophisticated wit that enabled them to forge
a six-decade-long partnership that produced some of Hollywood and Broadway's
greatest hits. Their first Broadway effort was On the Town, a musical
romp about three sailors on leave in New York City. At MGM they wrote
the screenplay for Good News, The Barkleys of Broadway for Ginger Rogers
and Fred Astaire, and then adapted On the Town for Frank Sinatra and Gene
Kelly, and the classic Singin' in the Rain. Among their other credits
are the Mary Martin version of Peter Pan for both Broadway and television,
a streamlined Die Fledermaus for the Metropolitan Opera, and stage musicals
for Carol Burnett, Leslie Uggams, and Lauren Bacall, among others. Their
many collaborators included Garson Kanin, Cy Coleman, Jule Styne, and
André Previn. These are just a few of which they wrote for the
screen, stage and television. In 1958, they appeared on Broadway in A
Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, a revue that included some of
their early sketches. It was a critical and commercial success, and they
brought an updated version back to Broadway in 1977. They received the
Kennedy Center Honors in 1991 and were nominees for 12 Tony Awards and
winners of seven (he died at his home in Manhattan)
b. December 2nd 1914.
2004: Robert Merrill (87) American
operatic baritone; In his early radio appearances as a crooner he was
sometimes billed as Merrill Miller. While singing at bar mitzvahs and
weddings and Borscht Belt resorts, he met an agent, Moe Gale, who found
him work at Radio City Music Hall and with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
With Toscanini conducting, he eventually sang in two of the famous maestro's
NBC broadcasts of famous operas, La traviata with Licia Albanese, in 1946,
and Un ballo in maschera with Herva Nelli, in 1954. Both of those broadcasts
were eventually released on both LP and CD. His 1944 operatic debut was
in Verdi's Aida at Newark, New Jersey, with the famous tenor Giovanni
Martinelli, then in the later stages of his long operatic career. Relatively
late in his singing career, he became known for singing "The Star-Spangled
Banner" at Yankee Stadium. He first sang the national anthem to open
the 1969 baseball season, and it became a tradition for the Yankees to
bring him back each year on Opening Day and special occasions. In honor
of Robert's vast influence on US vocal music, on Feb 16th 1981 he was
awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of
Merit; the National Medal of Arts in 1993 and in 1996 he was presented
with The Lawrence Tibbett Award from the AGMA Relief Fund, honoring his
fifty years of professional achievement and dedication to colleagues
(died at home in New Rochelle, New York, while watching
Game 1 of the 2004 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St.
Louis Cardinals) b. June 4th 1917.
2009: Sohrab Fakir Khaskhely (75)
Pakistani folk singer, playing the yaktaro, a single stringed
instrument and chappar, wooden clappers. He started singing with his uncles
at eight years old and went to Khan Sahab Khety Khan in Rohri for more
musical education. He sung his first song, Kadhy Kadam Kaya Khan Bahar
Ker, at shrine of Kush Khair Muhammad. and started his career on Radio
Pakistan, Khairpur with the famous song Raag . Sohrab went on to become
the greatest Sindhi folk singer in his style of music. Sadly, a paralytic
stroke had recently left Saaiin Sohrab voiceless. He spent some of his
final days at a Sufi shrine in Sindh (sadly died
from kidney disease) b. ??.??.1934
2011: Henk Pleket (74) Dutch folk
singer and guitarist born in Amsterdam; he got his break in 1977 playng
guitar and singing with the Port Singers. Henk and the group recorded
nine gold and seven platinum records. In April 2003 he was honoured as
a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. When the Port Singers disbanded
in August 2007, Henk decided to continue under the name "Port Henk
Pleket Singer" (sadly
died fighting cancer)
b. May 16th 1937.
2011: Gene Kurtz (69) American
bassist and songwriter born in San Antonio and lived in Austin. He played
with a number of San
Antonio bands, including Denny Ezba
& the Goldens with future Sir Douglas Quintet/Texas Tornados organist
Augie Meyers, before hooking up with Roy Head and the Traits in the mid-'60s.
Gene co-wrote "Treat Her Right" reached No.2 on both the Billboard
pop and R&B charts in 1965. Since then, it has been covered by a long
list of artists including Otis Redding, Barbara Mandrell, George Thorogood,
Johnny Thunders, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. He worked
on Edgar Winters seminal Entrance album, and
went on to work with a wide range artists from Bo
Diddley to Charlie Pride to Nana Mouskouri, and make numerous television
and radio appearances in New York, London, Montreal, Los Angeles, Memphis,
Nashville, Houston, Las Vegas, and Austin. In his later years, he reunited
with Head for the 2008 Austin Music Awards, switching to rhythm guitar
and was a longtime member of Dale Watson & His Lonestars. He wrote
"Way Down Texas Way" and appeared with Watson and his band performing
the song in an episode of NBC's Friday Night Lights
(sadly died fighting cancer) ?? b. October
9th 1942 ??.
2012: Michael Marra (60) Scottish
musician and songwriter, born in Dundee. Although he was well known as
a songwriter, he worked extensively in theatre, radio and television.
He formed his first band Hens Teeth in 1971, and later became a
solo artist releasing of his first album the Midas Touch in 1980. As
a solo performer he toured the length and breadth of Britain, performing
in arts centres, theatres, folk clubs and village halls. He opened for
such diverse performers as Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Loudon Wainwright
III, Barbara Dickson and Deacon Blue. He composed his own operetta "If
The Moon Can Be Believed", performed in a 2007 production of the
Demon Barber and wrote the play St Catherines Day. He was awarded
the Herald Angel Award in 2010 for his performance at The Acoustic Music
Centre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (sadly
Michael died fighting throat cancer) b. February
2013: Gypie Mayo/John Phillip Cawthra (62)
English rock guitarist and songwriter, born in Hammersmith,
London; as a boy he was hugely influenced by the UK instumental band The
Shadows. In 1969, he left his day job to join a blues band called White
Mule. The band stayed together for about a year and played all over the
UK, along with gigs in Switzerland and France. After White Mule, he played
in various line-ups during the early to mid-70s including Halcyon, 747,
Alias and was part of an Irish traditional band called Concrete Mick where
he played the mandolin. Early 1977 he replaced Wilko Johnson in Dr. Feelgood;
he played with them for four years and on six albums: Be Seeing You, Private
Practice, As It Happens, Let It Roll, A Case of the Shakes and On The
Job. He also co-wrote the Feelgood's only UK Top 10 single "Milk
and Alcohol" with Nick Lowe. His guitar work was featured on the
Yardbirds' 2003 album, Birdland and made guest appearances on albums such
as Pete Gage's Tough Talk (?) b. July
1957: Walter Rehberg (57) Swiss
concert pianist, composer and writer on musical subjects who was particularly
active from the 1920s to 1950s. Born in Geneva
he studied under his father at Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt, and at the
University School of Music at Mannheim. He later received tuition from
Eugen d'Albert. By 1924 he had composed piano sonatas, a violin sonata
and other piano pieces. During the 1930s he made recordings for Polydor/Brunswick
May 14th 1900.
1974: David Oistrakh
violin master-virtuoso who made many recordings and was the dedicatee
of numerous violin works. His
recordings and performances of Shostakovich's concerti are particularly
noted, he was also a performer of classical concerti. He worked with orchestras
in Russia, and also with musicians in Europe and America. The violin concerto
of Aram Khachaturian is dedicated to him, as are the two violin concerti
by Dmitri Shostakovich. The
most heroic act in his life was his performance of Tchaikovsky's violin
concerto to the end in the downtown music hall during the Battle of Stalingrad
in the winter of 1942 while downtown Stalingrad was being massively bombed
by the German Luftwaffe (After
conducting a cycle of Brahms with the Concertgebouw Orchestra
he died of a heart attack) b. September 30th 1908.
1986: Johnny Dyani (40)
South African jazz double bassist and pianist born in Duncan Village,
a township of the South African city of East London. In the early 1960s
he was a member of South Africa's first integrated jazz band The Blue
Notes, but they fled South Africa in 1964 to seek musical and political
freedom. In 1966, Johnny toured Argentina with Steve Lacy's quartet and
recorded "The Forest and the Zoo". He later moved to Denmark
and Sweden, recording many albums under his own name, often on the SteepleChase
label. He recorded with Dollar Brand , Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, David Murray,
Joseph Jarman, Clifford Jarvis, Don Moye, Han Bennink, Brotherhood of
Breath, Mal Waldron, Pierre Dørge and many others ()
b. November 30th
Shihab/Edmond Gregory (64)
played alto sax professionally for Luther Henderson at age 13, before
studying at the Boston Conservatory and playing with trumpetist Roy Eldridge.
In the mid forties he played lead alto with Fletcher Henderson. During
the late 1940s, he played with Thelonious Monk and also found time to
appear on many recordings by artists including Art Blakey, Miles Davis,
Kenny Dorham, Benny Golson, Tadd Dameron and on John Coltranes first
full session as leader for Prestige, First Trane. In the early 50's he
played with Dizzy Gillespie's big band and switched to baritone. In 1959,
he toured Europe with Quincy Jones, after getting fed up with racial politics
in USA, he relocated to Scandinavia, where he worked for Copenhagen Polytechnic,
and wrote scores for television, cinema and theatre. In
1961, he joined The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band remaining a key
figure for 12 years. In the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, he accompanied
Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson for the Swedish entry Nygammal Vals.
In 1973, he returned to the United States working as a session man for
rock and pop artists and also doing some copywriting for local musicians.
He spent his remaining years between New York and Europe and played in
a successful partnership with Art Farmer (?)
b. June 23rd
2001: Kim Gardner
(53) English rock bassist born in
Dulwich, London; in 1964 Kim and friend Ron Wood together with Tony Munroe,
Ali McKenzie and Pete McDaniels formed The Thunderbirds. Changing their
name to The Birds they released several singles, including No Good
Without You Baby and "Leaving Here". After which Kim and
Ron joined the Mod band The Creation. In 1968 Kim joined up with Tony
Ashton and Roy Dyke to form Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, a jazz- rock band
and had the hit single "Resurrection Shuffle". He was also a
member of Quiet Melon with Rod Stewart. Kim relocated LA in
1974 and spent the rest of the 1970s as both a touring musician and session
musician. During this time he played on twenty-seven albums for such artists
as Jackie Lomax, George Harrison, Bo Diddley and Eric Clapton and toured
with bands including Pacific Gas & Electric. In 1982 he opened a pub
in Hollywood, The Cat and Fiddle where he also desplayed his art work.
In the mid 1980s he was a member of Ian Wallace's Tea Bags group Kims
last recording was a collaboration with Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix
Experience with guests including Bruce Gary, Mick Taylor, Carmine
Appice, Jackie Lomax, Brian
Auger and Ivan Neville (died after a fight with
2005: Joy Clements/Joyce Marie Albrecht (73) American
lyric coloratura soprano who had a substantial opera and concert career
from 1956 through the late 1970s. She notably sang regularly with both
the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera during the 1960s through
the early 1970s. She also traveled regularly for performances with opera
companies and orchestras throughout America but only appeared in a relatively
few number of performances internationally. A highlight of her career
was the July 28th 1965, Concert Version of Aaron Copland's The Tender
Land, as part of the French-American Festival, with the New York Philharmonic.
Clements sang the leading role of Laurie Moss, with Turner, Richard Cassilly,
Treigle and Richard Fredricks also in the cast (sadly
Joy died from complications from multiple sclerosis)
Khemadasa (71) Sri
Lankan musician and composer; a Maestro with a mission known as "Khemadasa
Master" is one of the most influential composers in Sri Lankan music.
Exploring the various styles of music around the world he endeavored to
develop a unique style of music. He combined Sinhala folk tunes, Hindustani
music, Western music and many other streams of music in his compositions
while adapting them to fit contemporary music. Scores written by the master
for films include Paradige, Hansawilak,Thunweniyamaya,
Yasa Isuru widened his acclaim in the field of cinema. He has also composed
music for films produced outside Sri Lanka such as Thousand Flowers
(died while receiving treatments at a private hospital)
b. January 25th 1937
2008: Merl Saunders (74)
American multi-genre pianist and keyboards born in San
Mateo, California, favored the Hammond B-3 console organ. He came to notice
in the 1970s when he began collaborating with Jerry Garcia, with whom
he had begun playing in 1971 at a small Fillmore Street nightclub called
the Matrix. Merl went on to lead his own bands, as Merl Saunders and Friends,
playing live dates with Garcia, Mike Bloomfield, David Grisman, Tom Fogerty,
Vassar Clements, Kenneth Nash, John Kahn and Sheila E. He has worked with
musicians Paul Pena, Bonnie Raitt, Phish, Miles Davis, and B.B. King,
and also recorded with The Dinosaurs, a "supergroup" of first-generation
Bay Area rock musicians (tragically died due to
complications from a broken hip) b. February
2008: Moshe Cotel (65) American pianist
and composer born in in Baltimore, whose music was strongly influenced
by his Jewish roots. He enrolled in the Talmudic
Academy of Baltimore and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins
University where he studied music and took college-preparatory classes,
having enrolled at the age of 9. He wrote a 200-page symphony as a 13-year-old,
to the astonishment of his piano teacher at Peabody who did not believe
him until he pulled the completed score out of his bag. He
earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the Juilliard School in New
York City, in 1964 and 1965 respectively and he won the American Academy
Rome Prize for music composition at age 23, and studied art in Italy for
two years. Performing or conducting his own works or those of others around
the world, Moshel was known for a career that arched from early Romantic
compositions to atonal, unpredictable avante gardist scores and then to
a reversion to Romanticism (died
peacefully from natural causes) b.
February 20th 1943.
2010: Keti Chomata (64) Greek
singer, she studied classical dance and enjoyed singing from a young age.
Giannis Spanos discovered her talent when he came from France looking
for the voice of the new wave of Greek.
She recorded about 200 songs and released about 18 records, one of her
biggest hits was "A Summer Love". Keti also sang for the Greeks
abroad and achieved success in Canada, the USA and Germany
died of cancer)
b. October 24th
2010: Linda Hargrove (61) American
country singer-songwriter and musician born in Tallahassee. In the mid-'70s,
she was one of the first Nashville artists to blend country sounds with
a modern pop/rock sheen; by the time that such a hybrid came to dominate
the charts a decade later, Linda was largely out of the music industry.
In 1975, she moved to Capitol Records, for whom she released her only
Top 40 hit, "Love Was (Once Around the Dance Floor)," from the
LP ''Love, You're the Teacher''. In the same year, Johnny Rodriguez took
her composition "Just Get Up and Close the Door" to the top
of the charts. Sandy Posey, Leon Russell are just a couple of other musicians
who have covered her songs. Linda released two more country albums, 1976's
''Just Like You'' and 1977's ''Impressions'' (Sadly
passed away from complications of a bone marrow transplant)
b. February 3rd 1949.
2012: Bill Dees (73)
American musician and songwriter born in the town of Borger
in the Texas Panhandle, he
played guitar and sang with a band called "The Five Bops" gaining
enough recognition to perform on an Amarillo, radio station. He eventually
made his way to Nashville, where his meeting Roy Orbison led to a collaboration
that produced a string of successful songs including the hits "Oh,
Pretty Woman" and "It's Over". In
1967, Bill co-wrote all the songs for the Roy Orbison album and MGM motion
picture The Fastest Guitar Alive. Beyond his work with Roy, he wrote 100's
of songs, a number of which were recorded by performers such as Johnny
Cash, Loretta Lynn, Skeeter Davis, Glen Campbell, Billy Joe Royal, Frank
Ifield, Mark Dinning and Gene Pitney. In 2000, he recorded his own album
titled Saturday Night At The Movies, a compilation of songs previously
sung by Roy Orbison that had been written with Bill and some that Bill
had written alone (so
sadly died of a brain tumor)
b. January 24th 1939
Escobar/Manuel García Escobar (82)
Spanish singer of Andalusian copla and of Spanish
song. He was also an actor and performed in multiple musicals. Among his
successes are "El porompompero" (1962), "Mi carro"
(1969), "La minifalda" and "Y viva España".
He appeared in more than twenty films and recorded almost eighty albums,
twenty-four of which are gold records and he also won a platinum cassette.
His best-selling album was Y viva España, which sold 6 million
and 10 million in subsequent official reprints copies, making it the best-selling
album in Spain from 1973 to 1992 (sadly Manolo
died while fighting cancer) b. October
Manna Dey/Prabodh Chandra Dey (94) Indian
He debuted in the film Tamanna in 1942 and went on to record more than
4000 songs from 1942 to 2013. The Government of India honoured him with
the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke
Award in 2007. He sang mainly in Hindi and Bengali; he also recorded songs
in several other Indian languages. His peak period in Hindi playback singing
was from 1953-1976. He sang with singers of every generation in Indian
films from 1940-2005 and worked with more than 102 music directors in
Hindi film industry from working with Krishna Chandra Dey in Tamanna in
1942 to music composer Shamir Tandon in 2006. (Manna
was admitted to the ICU in a Bengaluru hospital after a chest infection
gave rise to other complications. He didn't truly recover and has sadly
died of a cardiac arrest) b. May 1st 1919.
Hattie McDaniel (57) American
singer, actress born in ; Hattie was the first African-American to win
an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her
role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind in 1939, but she had a big singing
career too, touring with the Showboat company and others.
was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. Over
the course of her career, she appeared in over 300 films, although she
received screen credits for only about 80. She gained the respect of the
African American show business community with her generosity, elegance,
and charm. Hattie has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood:
one for her contributions to radio at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, and one
for motion pictures at 1719 Vine Street. In 1975, she was inducted into
the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar
winner honored with a US postage stamp (sadly lost
b. June 10th 1895.
1980: Sahir Ludhianvi/Abdul Hayee (59) Indian
poet, songwriter, a popular Urdu poet and Hindi lyricist, who worked extensively
in Hindi films. Born in Ludhiana, Punjab he made his debut in films writing
lyrics for the film Azadi Ki Raah Par in 1949, the film had four songs
written by him. He won the Filmfare Award twice, in 1964 and 1977, and
in 1971 was awarded the Padma Shri. The President of India, Shri Pranab
Mukherjee released a Commemorative Postage Stamp on his birth anniversary
on March 8th 2013 at Rashtrapati Bhavan and his biography, Sahir Ludhianvi:
The People's Poet, has been published by HarperCollins
died from a massive heart attack)
March 8th 1921.
1980: Virgil Fox (68)
Princeton, Illinois; known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ"
concerts of the music of Bach
and were staged complete with light shows.
These groundbreaking events appealed to audiences in the 70s who were
more familiar with rock 'n' roll music. His many recordings made on the
RCA Victor and Capitol labels. His last commercially
released recording was made at his farewell Riverside Church concert on
May 6, 1979. Virgil's 50th year of performing began when he appeared with
the Dallas Symphony in September 1980, in what sadly was to be his final
public performance, one month later, he sadly
in Palm Beach of prostate cancer, for which he had undergone unsuccessful
surgery in 1976)
b. May 3rd 1912.
1985: Gary Holton (33) British
actor and singer, born in London; he began working
in the theatre world with the Sadlers Wells Opera Company for three years.
After leaving Westminster School, he joined the Old Vic Theatre Company,
after which he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford. At 17
he joined the touring company of Hair, for two years, he left the Company
to help form and front the rock band Heavy Metal Kids in 1972. Dave Dee,
signed them to Atlantic Records, where they recorded their first, self-titled
January 1974 followed by Anvil
Chorus, then Kitsch in 1977. Their single "She's No Angel" was
regularly played on BBC Radio 1, a favourite of legendary DJ John Peel.
The band toured America when they changed their name to The Kids and were
also very popular in Norway. Also Gary stood in for The Damned vocalist
Dave Vanian on a short Scottish tour, he also recorded a solo single,
which became a No.1 hit in Norway, a stunning punk-country version of
Kenny Rogers's "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". He and
Casino Steel recorded three albums together, which all did well in Norway.
Gary returned to acting with many minor parts on TV, but got his big break
with the character Wayne in the production Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (sadly
Gary died from an overdose of alcohol and morphine, with traces of diazepam
and cannabis in his system) b. September
"Ikey" Robinson (86)
American banjoist and singer,
in Dublin, Virginia, he moved to Chicago in 1926, playing and recording
with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams and Jabbo Smith during 1928-29.
After which his own groups included Ikey Robinson and his Band, The Hokum
Trio, The Pods of Pepper, Windy City Five, and Sloke & Ike. His 1929
recording "Rock MeMama" is often cited as an early use of the
term "rock" as it evolved from black gospel into rock n roll.
He reunited in the 70s with Jabbo Smith for a successful global tour,
and in 1986 Ikey appeared in Terry Zwigoff's documentary "Louie Bluie"
about musician Howard Armstrong (?)
1991: Bill Graham/Wolodia Grajonca (60)
American rock concert
promoter, who flourished from the 1960s until his death. Born in Berlin,
a Holocaust survivor and orphaned,
took him to America, where he stayed in a foster home in The Bronx in
New York City. After being taunted as an immigrant and being called a
Nazi because of his German accent, he taught himself a perfect New York
accent, graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, changed his name, and
was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, serving in the Korean
War, where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After
which in New York, he worked in as a waiter in clubs, all
the time learning
about what went on behind the scenes, knowing one day he wanted to promote.
He even became a champion mambo dancer in the mambo clubs of New York
City before he relocated to San Francisco around 1960. He began promoting
concerts to raise funds for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, which he was
managering. He left the troupe in the mid 60's to promote concerts full
time. One of the first concerts Bill promoted was with Chet Helms of the
Family Dog organization and featured the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Bill went on to produce shows attracting America's now legendary counterculture
of the time such as Country
Joe and The Fish, Janis
Airplane, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, The Committee, The Fugs, and
one of his favourites The Grateful Dead. He was the manager of Jefferson
Airplane during 1967 and 1968. His successes and popularity allowed him
to become the top concert promoter in rock music. He operated the famous
venues the Fillmore West and Winterland, both in San Francisco and the
Fillmore East in New York City, where the best up-and-coming acts would
come to play. In New York City, he formed a booking agency called The
Millard Agency which organized the booking of bands into various venues
across the US. In the mid-1980s, in conjunction with the city of Mountain
View, California, and Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Wozniak, he masterminded
the creation of the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which became the premier venue
for outdoor concerts in the Silicon Valley. Throughout his career, Bill
also promoted benefit concerts. (tragically and
sadly Bill died in a helicopter crash, when it hit a 200ft utility tower
in Sonoma County, California) b.
January 8th 1931.
1992: Roger Miller (56)
American singer, songwriter, musician and actor, known for his honky tonk-influenced
novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country/pop
hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England
Swings", all from the mid-60s Nashville Sound era. He won an outstanding
11 Grammy Awards, as well as winning Broadway's Tony award for writing
the music and lyrics for Big River, which won a total of 7 Tonys including
best musical in 1985. He was voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. His 11 Grammy
Awards held the record as the most won by any artist until Michael Jackson's
1982 album Thriller. In Erick, Oklahoma where he grew up, a thoroughfare
was renamed "Roger Miller Boulevard" and a museum dedicated
to him was built on the road in 2004 (cancer)
b. January 2nd 1936.
1993: Howie Blauvelt (44) American
bassist; while at school he taught himself to play guitar and formed a
band with class mates calling it The Echoes. As they had 2 guitarists
Howie switched to bass. Soon after he asked his friend Billy Joel to play
piano in his band and they changed the band name to The Lost Souls. They
started winning talent competitions, Mercury Records took an interest
recorded a few tracks including "Journey's End" and "Time
And Time Again." but shelved the project, after renaming them The
Commandos and the tracks are somewhere in the Mercury vault. Howie and
Billy left the band to join The Hassles recording a couple of local albums.
Howie and Billy went on to form the band Attila The Hun, they went back
to After The Hassle and then El Primo. Next Howie went to play with Ram
Jam, with a world favourite "Black Betty", his booming bass
was really showcased with this band. Howie played in several bands before
the funk-blues band Spitball, in
the early 1990's (sadly he died of a heart attack
..you will notice Billy Joel often dedicates his hit, "We Didn't
Start The Fire" to his old friend Howie when he performs the song
in concert) b. February 24th 1949.
1998: Warren Wiebe (45)
vocalist and session artist from San Diego. After playing bass with several
bands, he was discovered by David Foster and Burt Bacharach in Los Angeles
in 1987. He did the duet "Listen to Me" with Celine Dion for
the movie of the same name. It was never officially released. He
was one of several lead vocalists who contributed to the 1991 charity
record "Voices That Care". He is also famous for performing
the song "Human Touch", a ballad which was used as one of the
ending theme songs for the 1996 anime After War Gundam X
July 18th 1953.
William Martin (Billy) Bennett (?) American drummer,
he joined Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs in late 1965. His first recording
with the band was "Li'l Red Riding Hood". (sadly
died of a heart attack) b.????
2002: Sir Richard Harris (70)
Irish actor, singer, producer born in Limerick, Munster. As well as his
award winning film career, Richard was also a singer, between 1967 and
1977 he released 11 albums, one of which, 1968's "A Tramp Shining",
included the seven-minute hit song of him singing "MacArthur Park",
written by Jimmy Webb. This single reached No.2 on the US Billboard Hot
100 chart and topped several music sales charts in Europe during the summer
of 1968. "MacArthur Park" sold over one million copies, and
was awarded a gold disc. The album, "The Yard Went on Forever",
published in 1969. Richard wrote and arranged the orchestral accompaniment
for one of the tracks, a scathing commentary on the sectarian violence
in Northern Ireland delivered as a spoken-word poem written by Dr T James
and entitled "There are Too Many Saviours on My Cross" (Sir
Richard sadly died of Hodgkin's disease)
b. October 1st 1930.
2003: Robert Strassburg (88) American
conductor, composer, musicologist and music educator of the twentieth
century. His studies in music were completed under the supervision of
such leading composers as Igor Stravinsky, Walter Piston and Paul Hindemith
with whom he studied at Tanglewood. His formal academic studies were completed
at the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University where
he obtained a fellowship in composition. He also completed a doctorate
in Fine Arts at the University of Judaism in LA. As a musicologist he
is regarded as a leading authority on the compositions of the composer
Ernest Bloch (?) b.
2004: John Peel /John Robert Parker Ravenscroft
OBE (65) BBC's longest serving
radio DJ, known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest, warm broadcasting
style. He was one of the first to play reggae and punk on British radio.
His significant influence on alternative rock, Pop, British hip hop and
dance music is acknowledged ... Read
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August 30th 1939.
2008: Muslim Magomayev (66)
Azerbaijani operatic and pop singer,
born in Baku; he started as a baritone opera singer earning fame in Rossini's
"Barber of Seville"; his arias from Puccini's "Tosca",
Hajibeyov's "Koroghlu" and "Shah Ismayil". In the
mid 60's he became a pop idol for several generations of music lovers
in the USSR. He also wrote several film soundtracks, acted in films and
hosted TV and radio broadcasts devoted to prominent musicians of the 20th
century (died after a long illness with heart disease)
b. August 17th 1942.
2009: Heinz-Klaus Metzger (77) German
music critic and theorist, he studied piano under Carl Seemann in Freiburg
and composition under Max Deutsch in Paris. In the 60s, he was one of
the first European commentators on John Cage, and spokesman of the movement
called compositional Anarchy, which resulted in the so called Kölner
Manifest of 1960, and serving as a copy editor of the magazine Collage
in Palermo. From 1965 until '69 he worked as a music critic for the Zürcher
Weltwoche. In 1969, he founded, together with his partner, composer and
conductor Rainer Riehn, the 'Ensemble Musica Negativa', where they embraced
the performance of radical new music. From 1977 to 2002 Metzger and Riehn
founded, edited, researched, and provided texts criticism for the musicology
series "Musik-Konzepte" (The concepts of music), Munich text+kritik-edition;
for this they received the Deutscher Kritikerpreis (German critics prize)
in 1983. Also, they edited the two first volumes of the Kompositionen
von Adorno (?) b.
February 6th 1932
2010: Gregory Isaacs (59)
reggae singer; born
in Kingston, Jamaica he was also known as Cool
Ruler and Lonely Lover. In 1968, he made his recording debut with a duet
with Winston Sinclair, "Another Heartache". In 1973 he teamed
up with Errol Dunkley to start the African Museum record label and shop,
and soon had a massive hit with "My Only Lover", credited as
the first lovers rock record ever made. He string of hits in the three
years that followed, ranging from ballads to roots reggae, including "All
I Have Is Love", "Lonely Soldier", "Black a Kill Black",
"Extra Classic", his cover version of Dobby Dobson's "Loving
Pauper" and his first Jamaican number one single with "Love
Is Overdue". By the late 1970s, he was one of the biggest reggae
performers in the world, regularly touring the US and the UK, and only
challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley. Between 1977 and 1978, Greg
again teamed up with Alvin Ranglin, recording more hitsin cluding "Border"
and "Number One". In 1981, he made his first appearance at the
Reggae Sunsplash festival, returning annually until 1991. He performed
at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Inauguration at Jamaica, also
in 2007 he collaborated with the Spanish rap group Flowklorikos album
Donde Duele Inspira. In 2008, after some 40 years as a recording artist,
Isaacs released a new studio album Brand New Me, which was nominated for
the Grammy Awards for 2010 (sadly
Gregory lost his fight with lung cancer)
b. July 15th
2012: Joop Stokkermans (75)
Dutch composer. was an extremely important contributor to Dutch TV music,
radio music and commercials from the early 60s into the late 90s. He made
the music for series like 'Can you tell me the way to Hamelin' and 'Q
and Q' . He was the composer of fixed Jasparina de Jong and made numerous
musicals. Also, he was active in advertising, his most famous advertising
jingle is perhaps for Kips Liver sausage ("Rather than ordinary Kips
liverwurst liverwurst). Also in 1970 he recorded a full album on the only
working ARP available in Europe at the time, together with help from technician
Roddy de Hillster who programmed most of the sounds. Although he is mainly
known as a pianist, he also had a great interest for synthesizers since
they first appeared (?)
b. February 20th 1937
2013: Lawrence Leighton Smith (77) American
conductor and pianist born in Portland, Oregon and earned bachelor's degrees
from Portland State Uni. in 1956 and Mannes College of Music in 1959.
He won 1st prize in the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition
in 1964. He was assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera 1964-1967
and music director of the Westchester Symphony Orchestra 1967-1969. He
was principal guest conductor of the Phoenix Symphony 1970-1973, music
director of the Austin Symphony 1972-1973, music director of the Oregon
Symphony 1973-1980, the San Antonio Symphony 1980-1985, principal guest
conductor of the North Carolina Symphony 1980-1981, music director of
the Louisville Orchestra 19831994, principal guest conductor of
the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 1997-2000 and artistic director of the
Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale from 1995-2004.
As a pianist he has accompanied many artists, including Franco Corelli,
Sherrill Milnes, Zara Nelsova, Ruggiero Ricci, Jennie Tourel, Renata Tebaldi,
Walter Trampler, and Pinchas Zukerman. He has also recorded the complete
works for 2 pianos by Ferruccio Busoni, with fellow pianist Daniell Revenaugh
b. April 8th 1936
Walter Gieseking (60)
born in Lyon; from 1911 to early 1916 he studied at the conservatorium
in Hanover. He had a very wide repertoire, ranging from various pieces
by Bach and the core works by Beethoven through to the concertos of Rachmaninoff
and more modern works by the likes of Busoni, Hindemith, Schoenberg, and
the lesser-known Italian Petrassi. He gave the premiere of the Piano Concerto
by Pfitzner in 1923. Today, though, he is primarily remembered as one
of the greatest interpreters of two French composers in particular: Claude
Debussy and Maurice Ravel. His recording of the complete solo piano works
of Debussy was the first such undertaking and has been re-released on
b. November 5th 1895.
1966: Alma Cogan (34)
British pop singer born in Golders Green, London; In 1949,
she became the resident singer at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch,
where her original six week booking was extended to eighteen months. Shae
went on to be one of the biggest UK stars of the 50s. Her first release
was the 78 rpm record "To Be Worthy Of You" / "Would You"
recorded on her twentieth birthday in 1952. Between 1954
and 1960 she appeared on the
UK Singles Chart eighteen times with her 1955 "Dreamboat" reaching
No.1. Other hits included "Sugar ", "I Can't Tell a Waltz
from a Tango", "Little Things Mean a Lot", and "Willie
Can" (sadly lost to stomach cancer)
b. May 19th 1932.
Wilbert Harrison (65)
American singer, pianist, guitarist, harmonica player,
in Charlotte, North Carolina, began performing in a calypso-based style
releasing 2 singles "This Woman Of Mine" and "Letter Edged
In Black" before moving to Newark, New Jersey, where he had his first
Billboard No.1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City". The
song was written in 1951 and was one of the first credited collaborations
by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. His next No.1 hit came in
1969 with "Let's Stick Together." His other hits included, "C.C.
Rider" "Stagger Lee" "My Love" "Girls On
Parade" "Clementine" "My Babe" "New York's
World Fair" and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" and
his last hit, "My Heart Is Yours" in '71 although Wilbert continued
to perform for many years (?)
1995: Gorni Kramer/Kramer Gorni (81)
Italian accordian, double bass player, bandleader,
he learnt the accordian as a child, then studied double bass at the Conservatory
in Parma and obtained his diploma in 1930. He started working as a musician
for dance bands, then in 1933, aged 20, he formed his own jazz group.
In 1949 Gorni Kramer started working for Garinei and Giovannini, a very
famous duo of impresarios who produced musical comedies. Writing music
for their shows was his main activity for the following ten years. Their
most successful productions were Gran Baldoria, Attanasio cavallo vanesio,
Alvaro piuttosto corsaro, Tobia candida spia, Un paio dali. He went
on to be one of the most famous Italian songwriters, musicians and band
leaders of the 20th Century and he wrote over a thousand songs (died
in Milan) b. July 13th
Scott Murray/Murray Schaff
and singer with his own band Murray Schaff and his Aristocrats in the
50's, known as a very uninhibited act in show business. He later had trios
and bands under the name of Scott Murray, he also owned
the Open End nightclub in New York City in the 60's (?)
b. October 17th 1927.
1999: Hoyt Wayne
American country music singer-songwriter, and a film and television
actor born in Duncan, Oklahoma. His mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote
the classic rock 'n' roll song "Heartbreak Hotel", which became
the first major hit for Elvis Presley. Hoyt became prominent in the early
1960s, establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an
earthy style and powerful voice. Since he first appeared on TV in The
Story of a Folksinger in 1963, he has appeared in many films and TV productions.
As well as singing his own songs, a lott of his songwriting efforts became
well known by other artists throughout the world, including Jealous Man",
"Della and the Dealer", "The Pusher", "Snowblind
Friend", "No-No Song" "Joy to the World" (which
many know better by its opening lyric, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog!"),
"Lion in Winter", "When the Morning Comes"and "Greenback
Dollar". (sadly died after a series of heart
attacks) b. March 25th 1938.
Ruane (52) American
manager and tireless concert promoter from Boston; known best for the
shows he booked and his wild dancing at venues such as the Middle East
and Green Street Grill. Billy was a voluble and volatile presence on the
Boston rock scene for three decades, obsessed with music from jazz to
convinced Joseph and Nabil Sater at the Middle East Restaurant in Central
Square to present live music, opening up a new chapter in Boston rock
in 1987 (a cause
of death has not yet been given, but Billy was hospitalized Oct 18th for
heart trouble, but checked himself out the same day against medical advice)
b. November 10th 1957.
2010: James Phelps (78) American
gospel and R&B singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana,
founder of the Clefs of Calvary and performed alongside Sam Cooke.
In his late teens he moved to Chicago, where he performed with several
gospel groups including the Gospel Songbirds, the Holy Wonders,
it was with the Holy Wonders that
he performed with Lou Rawls,
and the Soul Stirrers where he sang backing their 1964 classic "Lead
Me to the Calvary" with Sam Cooke as lead vocals. He
left the Soul Stirrers and shifted his focus to rhythm and blues when
his Love Is a Five-Letter Word became a hit in 1965. As a
solo act, he went on to tour with R&B greats such as Otis Redding
and James Brown. By the mid-70s his recording career was over, but he
continued to perform both gospel and secular songs for many years.
sadly died from complications of diabetes)
b. April 2nd 1932.
2012: Jo Dunne (43) British
guitarist born in Birmingham; she rose to fame
in the 1980s as part of all-girl
rock group We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Going to Use it, also known as
just Fuzzbox. They had hits with tracks including 'Love is the Slug' and
'Pink Sunshine' (sadly
Jo died while fighting cancer) b. November 12th 1968
2012: Louis Nunley (81)
American baritone singer born in Sikeston,
Missouri, and was raised in Anderson, Indiana. In 1948, he moved to Nashville
to attend David Lipscomb College, where he made his first commercial recordings
in 1949, and graduated in 1952, with a major in Mathematics. He became
a member of The Anita Kerr Singers in February 1953, he is one of the
twenty or so performing musicians, including The Jordanaires, whose contributions
to recordings were the basis of what has become known the world over as
"The Nashville Sound". In 1956, The Anita Kerr Quartet won the
popular "Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts Show". Louis had stayed
busy in the " background singing business" through the 50's,
60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and went strong till his death. Louis has recorded
with hundreds of artists, some of whom are: Red Foley, Brenda Lee, Burl
Ives, Jim Reeves, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Floyd Cramer, Marty Robbins,
Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Dolly Parton, Engelbert Humperdinck,
Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, and, yes, Elvis Presley and
the list goes on. Louis has filled in with "The Jordanaires"
when needed for over forty-five years, subbing for everyone in the group
at one time or another (?) b. October
2013: Tony Brevett (6?) Jamaican
musician and founding member of The Melodians, who are one of Jamaica's
greatest Rocksteady groups, recording classic singles during the late
'60s and early '70s that included the internationally famed "Rivers
of Babylon" and "Sweet Sensation".
formed the group in the Greenwich Town area of Kingston in 1965 along
with Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton, also, close friend Renford Cogle
assisted with writing and arranging material. In 1966 they made their
recording debut with "Lay It On" followed by "Meet Me",
"I Should Have Made It Up", "Let's Join Hands (Together)",
"You Have Caught Me," "Expo 67," "I'll Get Along
Without You," "You Don't Need Me", "Come On Little
Girl", "Little Nut Tree" and "Swing and Dine".
They recorded their biggest hit "Rivers
of Babylon" in
1970 which appeared in the soundtrack to the 1972 movie The Harder They
Come, the 1999 Nicolas Cage movie Bringing Out the Dead and the 2010 Philip
Seymour Hoffman film Jack Goes Boating. Tony and Trevor McNaughton were
on a U.S. tour commemorating The Melodians' 50th anniversary before Tony
(sadly died while fighting cancer)
2013: Al Johnson (65)
American soul singer born in Newport News,
Virginia and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he co-founded
the soul group, The Unifics. The group, with Al as lead singer, had several
hits in the late 60s including "Court Of Love" and "The
Beginning Of The End".
In 1978 he recorded a solo album, "Peaceful" which he co-wrote,
co-produced and arranged. In 1979 sung on jazz/soul producer Norman Connors'
album, "Invitation" singing the lead track, "Your Love".
1980, Al collaborated with Norman, for an album, Back for More, which
produced hit singles "I'm Back for More" and "I've Got
My Second Wind". In
the 90s, he worked with leading soul group, "The Whispers" on
several albums and in 1999, released another solo album for an independent
label, Clout. Johnson re-formed the Unifics with original group member,
Tom Fauntleroy and also toured with a solo gospel show. The group issued
a new album, "Unifics Return" in 2005
(?) b. 1948
1949: Ginette Neveu (30)
French violinist born in Paris, a violin virtuoso
who dazzled audiences in her Europe and UK with her performances, and
listeners around the world with her recordings. At age 15, she achieved
worldwide celebrity status when she won the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
over 180 contestants. Over the next two years, saw her give solo performances
at the leading concert halls of Germany, Poland, the Soviet Union, America,
and Canada. She finally make her London debut in 1945
after World War II. Her brother Jean-Paul accompanied her on piano,
and the two toured post-war Europe extensively, appearing at the Prague
Spring International Music Festival, as well as tours in Australia and
South America. (Ginette and
her brother died in a plane crash
in the Azores, on their way for an
America tour) b.
August 11th 1919
1980: Steve Peregrin Took/Stephen Porter (31)
English drummer, percussion, and harmony
vocalist born in London. At 17, having played drums for some months with
a mod band The Waterproof Sparrows, he answered an ad in Melody Maker
for the electric band that Marc Bolan was forming. Eventuall Tyrannosaurus
Rex, championed by John Peel went onto the club and stage circuit and
thence into the record shops, released three albums and achieved two top
40 hits. While in Tyrannosaurus Rex, Steve also appeared as a backing
vocalist on a session for David Bowie, the results of which can be heard
on the BBC sessions album, Bowie at the Beeb. His drug habit got so bad
Steve was sacked before the US T.Rex tour, but he was contractually obliged
to go on the US tour, his heart was not in it and he 'drowned his sorrows'
in as much drugs as possible. Over the last years of his life he formed
many projects including The Pink Fairies, Shagrat, Steve Took's Horns'
(he choked on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms
had numbed his throat. The death certificate records the cause of death
as being due to asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry. Drugs were
not listed as a contributing factor, though his death is often listed
as a "drugs misadventure") b.
July 28th 1949.
1990: Xavier Cugat/Francisco d'Asís Javier
Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deleufo (90)
Spanish violinist, band leader
of Catalan origin who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba; one of
the pioneers of Latin-American dance music. During his eight decade long
helped to popularize the tango, the cha-cha, the mambo and the rhumba.
In the late 1920s, as sound began to be used in films, he put together
another tango band that had some success in early short musical films.
By the early 1930s, he began appearing with his group in feature films.
He took his band to New York for the 1931 opening of Waldorf Astoria Hotel,
for 16 years he helmed the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel's Orchestra. He shuttled
between New York and Los Angeles for most of the next 30 years, alternating
hotel and radio dates with movie appearances (Xavier
sadly died in
Barcelona, his band continued to perform under the direction of Ada Cavallo)
b. January 1st 1900.
2000: Walter Berry (71)
Austrian bass-baritone singer born in
studied voice at the Vienna Music Academy and made his debut at the Vienna
State Opera in 1947. He was a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Opera
in New York City during the 60s and '70s in roles such as Wotan in Die
Walküre, Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten, as Telramund in Lohengrin,
Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, Don Pizarro in Fidelio, as Don Alfonso
in Così fan tutte, the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos and Leporello
in Don Giovanni. He sang his last Barak on 14 April 1978. (?)
b. April 8th 1929.
2000: Winston Grennan (56) Jamaican
drummer, famous session player from 1963 to 1873 in Jamaica and in New
York City through the 1970s and '80s. He has toured and recorded with
Bob Marley to Marvin Gaye to to Dizzy Gillespie to The Rolling Stones
and dozens in between. He appeared in the film 9 1/2 Weeks in 1985, with
his Ska Rocks band, which he assembled in the 1980's and which stayed
active in various incarnations until his death (sadly
Winston died while fighting cancer) b. September
2002: Tom Dowd (77)
American musician born in Manhattan; he grew up playing piano,
violin, tuba, and string bass and went on to become a top recording engineer
and producer for Atlantic Records. He was credited with innovating the
multi-track recording method. Dowd worked on a virtual "who's who"
of recordings that encompassed blues, jazz, pop, rock and soul records.
He engineered numerous jazz dates by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus,
John Coltrane, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Ray Charles, among many others;
a producer for Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chicago, MeatLoaf
and the James Gang to mention a few (sadly passed
away with emphysema) b. October 20th 1925.
2004: Claude Helffer (82) French pianist
born in Paris, noted particularly for his advocacy of 20th-century music.
During the War he entered the élite École polytechnique
and fought for the Resistance. After the War he studied theory and composition
with René Leibowitz. He made his début in Paris in 1948
and from 1954 appeared regularly in the concerts of the Domaine musical.
Claude gave many premières of new works and was the dedicatee of
several notable works, including Erikhthon - Xenakis, 1974; Concerto -
Boucourechliev, 1975; Stances - Betsy Jolas, 1978; Concerto No. 1 - Luis
de Pablo, 1980; Envoi - Gilles Tremblay, 1982; and Modifications - Michael
Jarrell, 1983. He gave master classes all over the world, most notably
at the Salzburg Summer Academy
(?) b. June 18th 1922.
2004: Lester Lanin (97) American
jazz and pop music bandleader; he
quit school to play music in his teens and beginning in 1927, he led ensembles
that were paid to play at the houses of wealthy socialites in Philadelphia
and New York, continuing after the 1929 stock market crash. In 1930, he
was hired to play at a gala for Barbara Hutton, and the event garnered
so much press in New York newspapers that it made him a star. Lester became
a major star of the dance music world, and was hired worldwide to play
for kings and queens, in addition to a recurring invitation to play at
White House inaugural balls from the Eisenhower administration to the
Carter administration. His popularity increased upon the advent of the
LP era. Starting with Epic Records in the middle of the 1950s, he recorded
a string of albums for several labels, many of which hit the US Billboard
200. He continued performing well into the 1990s. In 1999 Lester played
himself in the black and white film comedy Man of the Century, where he
was the favorite musician of lead character Johnny Twennies (?)
b. August 26th 1907.
2007: Ricky Parent (41) American
drummer; he spent his childhood in New Jersey and New York learning to
play the drums from the age of 5 on his Mickey Mouse drum kit. His main
main influence was John Bonham, others have included Buddy Rich, Tony
Williams, Terry Bozzio, and Simon Phillips. He relocated to LA and got
his first high profile gig with War & Peace, a band fronted by Jeff
Pilson. When Vince Neil left Motley Crue, Ricky was called on to lay down
some drum tracks for Vinces solo project, before he joined Enuff
Znuff. Ricky relocated to the bands home base of Chicago becoming
an official member in 1992 where he was a mainstay of the group on stage
and in the studio until 2004 when he took a leave of absence after being
diagnosed with cancer. Over his last three years Ricky had been involved
in other bands and projects including a brief stint with Alice Cooper
as well as playing with Sass Jordan and Tod Howarth's Frehleys Comet (sadly
Ricky died of cancer) b. September 5th 1966.
2012: Natina Reed (32)
singer, rapper, actress and songwriter born in New York City. She was
a member of the R&B trio Blaque. On most of Blaque's songs, she is
featured as a rapper, except on "Mind of a King" where she sings
the song entirely on her own. She was a protégée of the
late rapper Left Eye. Natina also contributed
her own raps to many of Blaque's past singles, including "808",
"Can't Get it Back" and "Bring It All to Me" (remix).
died in a car accident as she was walking on a state highway in Atlanta,
Georgia) b. October
2012: Hans Werner Henze (86) German
composer of prodigious output best known for "his consistent cultivation
of music for the theatre throughout his life". His music is extremely
varied in style, having been influenced by serialism, atonality, Stravinsky,
Italian music, Arabic music and jazz, as well as traditional schools of
German composition. Noted works include Symphony No.9, Elegy
for Young Lovers, The Raft of the Medusa (?)
b. July 1st 1926.
2012: Nada Rudjak (78)
Croatian opera singer; she
debuted in 1963, after a stint in theatre "Comedy", the
scene Zagreb National Theatre as Gilda in Verdi's "Rigoletto",
she won both the audience and the critics. Nada spent most of her career
on that same stage, as a champion of the Opera, with frequent appearances
in numerous international opera houses. The highlight of her career was
as Verdi's "La Traviata" (?) b.1934
2013: Vinko Coce (59) Croatian
opera and pop singer, born in Trogir, and joined the klapa Trogir in 1972.
Between 1983 and 1988, he was a tenor in the mixed choir of the Croatian
National Theatre in Split. He started a solo singing career in 1991, during
which he won the Grand Prix at the Split Festival with the song Sica
li se, Lungomare and he also won a Porin with the klapa Trogir
(sadly died after a long struggle with diabetes) b. December 22nd
2013: Mr.Chips (24)
Honduran reggae artist (tragically
shot to death) b. 1989
2013: Lou Reed (71) American
rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, was born in Brooklyn and grew up
on Long Island. A self taught guitarist his first recording was as a member
of a doo wop-style group, The Jades. As a teenager, in 1956, Lou, who
was bisexual, went through the horrors of electroconvulsive therapy which
was intended to cure his bisexuality; he wrote about the experience in
his 1974 song, "Kill Your Sons". In 1960 he entered Syracuse
University to study journalism, film directing, and creative writing.
In 1964, he moved to New York City where he worked as an in-house songwriter
for Pickwick Records. While there he was in a band "The Primitives",
which included Welsh musician John Cale. They had a minor hit with "The
Ostrich", before forming Velvet Underground
this year, in May, he underwent a liver transplant, but tragically, Lou
who had not been well for the last few months, has died from a "liver-related
ailment") b. March
Ginette Neveu (30) French
violinist; a child prodigy, Ginette took lessons from her mother and made
her solo debut at the age of seven with the Concerts Colonne in Paris.
After studying under Line Talluel, later Jules Boucherit at the Paris
Conservatory, she completed her training with instruction from George
Enescu, Nadia Boulanger, and Carl Flesch. She went on to sign a two year
touring contract giving solo performances at the leading concert halls
of Germany, Poland, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Canada. She
was able to make her London debut in 1945 after WW11. She gave her last
concert on October 20th 1949. (Ginette
and her brother were on an Air France flight en route of a series of concert
engagements. All 48 passengers on board the flight, died when the plane
flew into a mountain after 2 failed attempts to make a landing at the
São Miguel Island airport in the Azores)*August
1964: Heinrich Gustavovich Neuhaus (76) Soviet pianist and
pedagogue born in Elisavetgrad now Kirovohrad, Ukraine. In 1902 aged 14,
he gave a recital in Elisavetgrad with the 11-year-old Mischa Elman and
in 1904 gave concerts in Dortmund, Bonn, Cologne and Berlin. After which
he studied in Berlin and from 1909 until the outbreak of World War I he
studied his master classes in Vienna Academy of Music. He taught at the
Moscow Conservatory from 1922 to 1964 and was made a People's Artist of
the RSFSR in 1956. His pedagogic book The Art of Piano Playing -1958 is
regarded as one of the most authoritative and most widely used treatments
on the subject (?)
b. April 12th 1888
1965: Earl Bostic (52) American
alto saxophonist born in Tulsa, he turned professional at age 18 when
he joined Terence Holder's 'Twelve Clouds of Joy'. He made his first recording
with Lionel Hampton in Oct 1939. He went on to form his own bands which
became important training grounds for up-and-coming jazzmen with the likes
of John Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Benny Golson, Stanley Turrentine, and
Jaki Byard. His popular hits included "Flamingo", "Harlem
Nocturne", "Temptation", "Sleep" and "Where
or When", which showed off his characteristic growl on the horn.
(sadly died of a heart attack) b.
April 25th 1913.
Oliver Nelson (43)
US jazz saxophonist; began learning to play the piano when he was six,
and started on the saxophone at eleven. From 1947 he played in "territory"
bands around Saint Louis, before joining the Louis Jordan big band from
1950 to 1951, playing alto saxophone and arranging. After six albums as
leader between 1959 and 1961 with such musicians as Kenny Dorham, Johnny
Hammond Smith, Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes, King Curtis and Jimmy Forrest,
Oliver's big breakthrough came with The Blues and the Abstract Truth,
on Impulse!, featuring the tune "Stolen Moments," now considered
a standard. This made his name as a composer and arranger, and he went
on to record a number of big-band albums, as well as working as an arranger
for Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Davis, Johnny Hodges, Wes
Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Smith, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine,
Irene Reid, Gene Ammons and many others and he led all-star big bands
between 1966 and 1975. Oliver also spent a great deal of time composing
music for television and films, including Death of a Gunfighter, Ironside,
Night Gallery, Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman,
and Longstreet, and producing and arranging for pop stars such as Nancy
Wilson, James Brown, the Temptations, and Diana Ross (heart
June 4th 1932
1989: Henry Hall (91) British bandleader
born in Peckham, South London and served in both the Salvation Army and
the British Army. He was engaged by the London Midland and Scottish Railway
in charge of the music throughout their then large chain of hotels. This
included Gleneagles, where he had formerly led the band. It was from there
that the BBC took him in 1932 as successor to Jack Payne as leader of
the BBC Dance Orchestra where he gathered a huge following. His signature
tune was "It's Just the Time for Dancing" and he usually ended
with "Here's to the Next Time". In 1932 he recorded the song
"Teddy Bears' Picnic" with his BBC Orchestra. The record gained
enormous popularity and has sold over a million copies. In 1937 he left
the BBC to tour Europe with his band, which comprised many of his BBC
band. During WW2, he played for the troops and after developed his show
business interests becoming something of an agent and producer. His BBC
work again blossomed as he hosted Henry Hall's Guest Night on the radio
and later TV, as well as the programme Face the Music. Henry last appeared
as a bandleader in 1969 before retiring to Eastbournethe.The following
year his service to music was recognised by the award of the OBE (?)
2001: Gerard Hengeveld (90) Dutch classical
pianist, music composer and educator; especially known for his compositions
of study material for piano. Other compositions include two piano concertos,
a violin sonata, and a sonata for cello. He was an able interpreter and
performer of the music of Bach for piano and harpsichord. He gave regular
concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, some captured on record (?)
b. December 7th 1910.
2003: Oliver Sain (71) American saxophone
player, band leader, songwriter, producer, Archway studio owner and all-around
St. Louis music legend; exerted an influence on the evolution of St. Louis
soul and R&B that is rivaled only by that of his close friend and
infrequent collaborator Ike Turner. In 1949, he moved to Greenville, Mississippi
to join his stepfather, pianist Willie Love, as a drummer in a band fronted
by Sonny Boy Williamson, soon leaving to join Howlin Wolf as a drummer
on and off for the following decade. After returning from the US Army
draft he took up the saxophone. Oliver is credited with launching the
career of Little Milton, who became a vocalist is Olivers band,
and discovering Bobby McClure and Fontella Bass, who he originally hired
as pianist for Little Milton.
(sadly he died from a bone
cancer that had followed on from a previous bladder cancer he developed
in 1995) b. March 1st 1932.
From Sally Greenhouse
Oliver bore an astonishing family resemblance
to his beloved and doting Aunt, Addie Philips, who had migrated to St
Louis from a sharecropper's family in the Mississippi Delta in her teens.
Addie attended his gigs for decades, as one of his most faithful fans.Their
speaking voices, incredibly, were also incredibly similar. In her nursing
home room, back in Shelby Mississippi, where she had to return after a
major heart attack in her mid-70's, Addie had 3 framed portraits on her
wall: her mother, at 106 years of age; her nephew, Oliver Sain, the son
of her older sister; and myself, whom she raised in Clayton, Missouri.
He died 14 months after her passing, August 15, 2002. She, too, was an
extraordinary being.. Thankyou Sally
2004: Gil Mellé (72) American
artist, jazz musician and film composer, Gil played the tenor and baritone
saxophone with George Wallington, Max Roach, Tal Farlow, Oscar Pettiford,
Ed Thigpen, Kenny Dorham and Zoot Sims. In the 50s, his paintings and
sculptures were shown in New York galleries and he created the cover art
for albums by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. As a film
and TV composer, he was one of the first to use electronic instruments,
which he built himself, either alone or as an added voice among the string,
wind, brass, and percussion sections of the orchestra and he was the first
to compose a main theme for a TV series arranged entirely for electronic
instruments - Rod Serling's Night Gallery. His 125 film credits include
My Sweet Charlie, That Certain Summer, The Savage is Loose, The Andromeda
Strain, The Judge and Jake Wyler, several Columbo TV movies, Frankenstein:
The True Story, The Six Million Dollar Man, Night Gallery and Kolchak:
The Night Stalker (Heart
b. December 31st 1931.
2006: Marijohn Wilkin (86)
American songwriter born in Texas, famous in the country music
genre for writing a number of hits. She won numerous awards over the years
and was referred to as "The Den Mother of Music Row," as chronicled
in her 1978 biography from Word Books 'Lord, Let Me Leave a Song' written
with Darryl E. Hicks, and named "One of The 100 Most Important Books
About Nashville". Marijohn may be most famous for "One Day at
a Time", often considered the biggest gospel song of the 1970s. She
is credited for the discovery of Kris Kristofferson and being the first
person to give him work as a legitimate songwriter and became the first
to publish his songs, notably "For the Good Times", which in
1970 became a massive pop and country hit for Ray Price.
b. July 14th 1920.
2007: Porter Wayne Wagoner (80) American
country music singer; famous for his flashy Nudie suits and blond pompadour.
He was a featured performer on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee and moved to Nashville,
joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. He introduced a young Dolly Parton
to his long-running TV show, The Porter Wagoner Show which ran on syndicated
television from '60 to '81.. Together, "Porter and Dolly" were
a well-known duet team for many years. His 81 charted records include
two No.1 hit "Satisfied Mind" and Misery Loves Company;
and many top 10 hits including I've Enjoyed As Much of This As I
Can Stand; Sorrow on the Rocks; Green Green Grass
of Home; Skid Row Joe; The Cold Hard Facts of
Life; and The Carroll County Accident. Among his hit
duets with Dolly Parton were a covers of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing
on My Mind"; "We'll Get Ahead Someday"; "Just Someone
I Used To Know"; "Better Move it on Home"; "The Right
Combination"; "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" and "Making
Plans". He also won three Grammy Awards for gospel recordings (died
fighting lung cancer) b.
August 12th 1927.
2007: Jimmy Makulis (72) Greek
singer born in Athens; he became a successful singer in
his native Greece before moving to Germany in the mid 1950s. In 1956 he
had a hit with "Auf Cuba sind die Mädchen braun". His biggest
hit was "Gitarren klingen leise durch die nacht", No.4 in 1959,
and he continued to chart until 1964. He sang "Sehnsucht" ("Longing")
representige Austria in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest. He relocated
to the USA in 1965 livig and performing in Las Vegas. He moved back to
his native Greece in 1985, and in 1990 took part in the selection for
that year's Greek Eurovision entry, finishing fifth. He returned to Germany
in the early 1990s (died following
heart surgery in an Athens hospital) b. April
2009: Taylor Mitchell/Taylor Josephine Stephanie
Luciow (19) Canadian singer, guitarist
and songwriter raised in Toronto; she had graduated from the Etobicoke
School of the Arts with a major in musical theatre and had released an
album 'For Your Consideration' in March 2009. Taylor performed in the
Winnipeg Folk Festival in July and had just started a tour of the Maritimes
on October 23rd 2009, and was to perform in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
and Prince Edward Island. A few days before her death, Taylor was nominated
for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year. (Taylor
was attacked by two coyotes while hiking on the Skyline Trail in the Cape
Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. Tragically, she later died
in hospital from the injuries) b.
August 27th 1990
2010: Walter Payton (68)
American jazz bassist and sousaphonist,
born in New Orleans. He played and toured with the Preservation Hall Jazz
Band and the influential group, the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. Walter also
led his own group called the Snap Bean Band and taught music at New Orleans'
McDonogh 15 Elementary. His recording credits include Lee Dorsey's "Working
in the Coal Mine" and Walter variously worked with Aaron Neville,
Harry Connick Jr., Champion Jack Dupree and Chuck Carbo and is the father
of jazz trumpet player Nicholas Payton.
b. August 23rd 1942
2010: White Jack/Jack
Brokensha (84) Australian
vibraphonist and percussionist, born in Adelaide; he initially studied
percussion under his father, and played xylophone in vaudeville shows
and on radio. He played with the Australian Symphony Orchestra during
1942-44, and played in a band in the Air Force in 1944-46. Forming his
own group, he played in Melbourne in 1947-48, Sydney in 1949-50, Brisbane
later in 1950, and Adelaide in 1951. In '53 he moved to Windsor, Ontario,
Canada with pianist Bryce Rohde... read
more... (died in Sarasota, America,
from congestive heart failure) b.
January 5th 1926.
2011: Beryl Davis (87)
British big band singer and actress;
born in Plymouth, England, she began to sing for her father's band, and
became popular singing for British and Allied troops during World War
II. Glenn Miller discovered her in London, and she sang for the Army Air
Force Orchestra. She moved to Los Angeles after the war with her father's
big band, and worked with Frank Sinatra for one year on Your Hit Parade.
She was part of The Four Girls singing group, with Jane
Russell, Rhonda Fleming, and Connie Haines. They recorded albums and sixteen
best selling singles including "The Magic of Believing", "Somewhere
List'nin'", "Jacob's Ladder" and "The World is Not
My Home". Beryl also appeared both in variety shows and films (tragically
died from complications of Alzheimer's disease) b.
March 16th 1924.
2011: Walter Norris (79) American
jazz pianist and composer born in Little Rock, Arkansas; he started out
with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior
high and high school years. After a two year tour while in the US Air
Forcem he played with Jimmy Ford in Houston, before moving to LA, where
he became an integral part of the West Coast Jazz scene. He played on
Jack Sheldon's first album and on Ornette Coleman's first album, Something
Else! The Music of Ornette Coleman.
In 1960 Walter moved to New York City and
formed a trio with guitarist Billy Bean and bassist Hal Gaylor, and the
group made one album. Norris took a job at the New York City Playboy Club
in 1963 and in time became the club's Director of Entertainment, remaining
there until 1970. He next recorded and toured Europe with the Thad Jones-Mel
Lewis Band, before joining the Charles Mingus Quintet in 1976, but after
a confrontation with Charles, Walter left the band and moved to
Berlin, Germany, accepting a job as pianist
with the Sender Freies Berlin-Orchestra. In 1990, Walter signed a five-album
contract with Concord Records. The resulting recordings were all significant,
but especially Sunburst with saxophonist Joe Henderson, Hues of Blues,
with George Mraz, and the Live at Maybeck Recital Hall solo piano album.
In 1998, he also self-financed the album From Another Star, made in New
York with bassist Mike Richmond, pressing 1,000 copies. A documentary
film directed by Chuck Dodson, Walter Norris, a documentary, was completed
in 2010 (sadly died
at in Berlin, Germany) b. December 27th 1931
2013: Layne Redmond (61) American
drummer, frame drum expert, writer, teacher, historian and mythologist.
The February 2000 issue of Drum! listed her as one of the 53 Heavyweight
Drummers Who Made A Difference in the 1990s, and is the only woman on
this list. For 15 years, she researched the history of the hand-held frame
drum (the world's oldest known drum) in religious and healing rites in
the ancient Mediterranean world culminating in her 1997 book, 'When the
Drummers Were Women'. The book details a lost history of a time when women
were the primary percussionists in the ancient world and also explains
why they are not today. She has featured in many
music festivals including the Touch Festival in Berlin, Seattle Bumbershoot
Festival, the UFBA Percussion Festival in Salvador, Brazil, the Vienna
International Percussion Festival, the World Wide Percussion Festival
in Salvador, Brazil, the Marranzano World Festival, the Institute for
Contemporary Art in London and Tambores do Mundo in San Luis, Brazil.
In the spring of 2007 she presented and performed at the Univ. of Florida's
Health and Spirituality Program and at Stanford University. In April she
taught and performed at a traditional tambourine festival in Sicily (?)
b. August 19th 1952.
2013: Ferdinand Havlík (85)
Czech clarinetist , arranger, composer, bandleader,
conductor of the theater orchestra, occasional film actor and co-founder
of Semafor theatre in Prague. The theatre was a starting point for many
famous Czech musicians such as Karel Gott and Hana Hegerová.
was the longtime music arranger and bandleader of Semaor Theatre Orchestra.
He was also a well respected swing and jazz clarinetist soloist (?)
b. June 17th 1928.
1953: William Kapell (31)
American classical pianist; He won his first competition a t the
age of ten, the prize was a turkey dinner with the pianist José
Iturbi. In 1941, he won the Philadelphia Orchestra's youth competition
and the Naumburg Award. In 1942, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation sponsored
the 19 year old William's New York début which brought him The
Town Hall Award for the year's outstanding concert by a musician under
30. He was immediately signed to an exclusive recording contract with
RCA. By the late 1940s, he had toured the United States, Canada, Europe
and Australia to immense acclaim and critics considered him the most promising
American pianist of the post-World War II generation. (Flying
back to America from the last performance (at Geelong) of his 37 concert
Australian tour, the plane hit King's Mountain, outside San Francisco;
all of the crew and passengers were tragically killed instantly) b.
September 20th 1922.
UK singer born in Liverpool who sang in a
very similar style to Bing Crosby. While working as a seaman in the Merchant
Navy, Michael entered a talent contest at Radio City Music Hall in New
York, which he won. This inspired him to seek a career in show business.
In 1951 he secured two summer seasons work as a vocalist with Dick
Denny's band at Butlin's Holiday Camp, Pwllheli, Wales. He made his first
TV appearance on The Centre Show on 22 July 1955, which was seen by Norrie
Paramor, then head of A&R for EMI's Columbia record label. He went
on to have a long string of hits in the in the UK, including two number
one singles, "The Story of My Life" in 1958 and "Starry
Eyed" in 1960. (Michael suffered badly from
stage fright and had a nervous breakdown in 1961; he committed suicide
two years later) b.
November 26th 1924.
1969: George Murphy "Pops" Foster (77)
American string bass player, he also played the tuba and trumpet. Born
in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, Pops was one of the first important bassists
and he kept the tradition of slap bass solos alive into the late '60s.
He was playing in bands around New Orleans as early as 1906 working with
Jack Carey, Kid Ory, Armand Piron, King Oliver and other hot bands of
the era. In 1921 he moved to St. Louis to play with the Charlie Creath
and Dewey Jackson bands, in which he would be active for much of the decade.
He also joined Ory in Los Angeles. He acquired the nickname "Pops"
because he was far older than any of the other players in the band. In
1929 Foster moved to New York City, where he played with the bands of
Luis Russell and Louis Armstrong through 1940. He giged with various New
York-based bands through the 1940s, including those of Sidney Bechet,
Art Hodes, and regular broadcasts on the national This Is Jazz radio program.
In the late 1940s he began touring more widely and played in many countries
in Europe, especially in France, and throughout the United States including
returns to New Orleans and California. In the late 1950s and early 1960s,
he played with Earl Hines' Small Band. In 1966, he toured Europe with
the New Orleans All-Stars (he died in San Francisco
where in his later years, he had made his home) b.
May 19th 1892.
1971: Duane Allman (24) American guitarist
born in Nashville, Tennessee; in 1960, Duane was motivated to take up
the guitar by the example of his younger brother, Gregg. They played in
several bands while in school before forming the Escorts which eventually
became the Allman Joys. In 1965, the Allman Joys went on the road, performing
throughout the Southeast and eventually based themselves in Nashville
and St. Louis. After a short stint with The Hour Glass, he was hired by
FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to play on an album with Wilson
Pickett's Hey Jude, 1968 album. Duanes work on that album got him hired
as a full-time session musician, and
was featured on releases by artists including Clarence Carter, King Curtis,
Aretha Franklin, Otis Rush, Percy Sledge, Johnny Jenkins, Boz Scaggs,
Delaney & Bonnie and jazz flautist Herbie Mann. He
was noted for his mastery of the slide guitar as well as intensity and
soulfulness on "standard" lead and rhythm guitar.
March 26th 1969, Duane on slide guitar and lead guitar and Gregg on organ
and vocals, formed The Allman Brothers band, along with Dickey Betts,
Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.
Their debut album, The Allman Brothers Band, was recorded in New York
in September 1969 and released a couple months laterwas follrd by intense
went on to become one of the most influential rock groups of the 1970s.
well as his work with his new band, Duane also did some work
with Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos and still worked occasionally
as a session musician. (Duane tragically died in
a motorbike accident, only months after their success of At Fillmore East
and the release of the relating album. He lost control of his Harley Sportster
while trying to swing left, striking the back of the truck or its crane
ball) b. November 20th 1946.
Raymon "Tiki" Fulwood (34) American drummer; in the
late '60s, he was house drummer for the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia
when he met guitarist Eddie Hazel and bassist Billy Nelson core of The
Parliaments musical backing group, soon he replaced drummer Harvey McGee.
The group later became known as Funkadelic. He also played drums in the
Tyrone Davis band between stints with P-Funk, and later was briefly employed
by Miles Davis. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted
in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic (stomach
cancer) b. May
1981: Georges Brassens (60) French singer-songwriter,
born in Sète, a town in southern France. Now an iconic figure in
France, he achieved fame through his simple, elegant songs and articulate,
diverse lyrics; he is considered one of France's most accomplished postwar
poets. He has also set to music poems by both well-known and relatively
obscure poets, including Louis Aragon, Victor Hugo, François Villon,
Jean Richepin, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Many of his songs including
La mauvaise réputation, Les copains d'abord, Le gorille, Les amoureux
des bancs publics, Chanson pour l'Auvergnat, and Supplique pour être
enterré à la plage de Sète, have been translated
into 20 languages and been covered by dozens of artists (cancer)
b. October 22nd 1921.
1986: Jerome Darr (75)
American guitaristand a member of the Washboard Serenaders from
1933 through to 1936, which included a well received European tour. He
went on to become a busy session musician, Jerome focused on work as a
studio musician during an era when sadly the efforts of such talented
players went largely uncredited. He can be heard recording with the likes
of Frankie Lymon, Jonah Jones, Paul Quinichette, Freddie Mitchell, Jack
Dupree, Charles Thompson, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Wright, Sonny Rollins, Buck
Clayton, Papa Lightfoot Quincey Jones, Buddy Johnson, Charlie Parker and
many others (?) b.
December 21st 1910.
1987: Woody Herman (74) American jazz
clarinetist, alto - soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader.
Leading various groups called "The Herd," and one of the most
popular of the 1930s and '40s bandleaders. His bands often played music
that was experimental for their time. Woody's first band became known
for its orchestrations of the blues and was sometimes billed as "The
Band That Plays The Blues". After two and a half years on Decca,
the band had its first hit, "Woodchopper's Ball" recorded in
1939. In jazz, swing was gradually being replaced by bebop. Dizzy Gillespie
wrote three arrangements for Woody Herman, "Woody'n You", "Swing
Shift" and "Down Under", these were arranged in 1942. In
1945, Woody teamed up with Igor Stravinsky for the performance of the
Russian master's "Ebony Concerto". He reformed his group in
1947, calling it the "Second Herd" with a front line of saxophone
players, usually featuring three tenor players and one baritone. He continue
to lead groups for the next several decades Woody's orchestras were "Voted
best swing band in 1945 Down Beat poll; Silver Award by critics in 1946
and 1947 Esquire polls; won Metronome poll, band division, 1946 and 1953;
won NARAS Grammy Award for Encore as best big band jazz album of 1963;
won NARAS Grammy Award for Giant Steps as best big band jazz album of
1973" and Woody was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
in 1987 (?)
May 16th 1913.
1998: Paul Misraki (90) French composer
of popular music and film scores, born in Constantinople now Istanbul,
Turkey, he showed aptitude for music at an early age. He went to Paris
to study classical composition, and by the 1930s had become an established
jazz pianist, arranger and writer of popular songs; around this time he
began composing film scores, with his first known work being for Jean
Renoir's first sound film, On purge bébé, for which he was
uncredited. As a composer and lyricist of popular songs, his first hit
was 1934's "Tout va tres bien," and during his careers in France,
America and Argentina he wrote successful songs in French, English and
Spanish. Over the course of over 60 years, Paul wrote the music to 130
films, scoring works by directors like Jean Renoir, Claude Chabrol, Jacques
Becker, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri-Georges Clouzot,
Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Roger Vadim.
his work, he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur
(died of natural
causes in Paris) b.
January 28th 1908.
Franco Corelli (82)
tenor who had a major international opera career between 1951 and 1976.
Associated in particular with the spinto and dramatic tenor roles of the
Italian repertory, he was celebrated universally for his powerhouse voice,
brilliant top notes, vibrant timbre, passionate singing and remarkable
performances and was dubbed the "Prince of tenors". He had a
long and fruitful partnership with the Metropolitan Opera in New York
City between 1961 and 1975. He also appeared on the stages of most of
the major opera houses in Europe and with opera companies throughout North
America. (He died in Milan, having suffered a stroke
earlier that year) b.
April 8th 1921.
2008: Mike Baker (45)
American lead singer with the progressive metal band Shadow Gallery.
Mike along with Carl Cadden-James, Ron Evans, and John Coonie formed the
progressive metal band Sorcerer in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. After
some line-up changes they changed their name to Shadow Gallery in 1991.
Mike released 5 albums with Shadow Gallery the last being "Room V"
in 2005. Before forming Sorcerer and
in the early 1980s he performed vocals on demos with local bands,
including Nasty Nasty and Axxis. Mike also performed guest vocals on the
single "Day Sixteen: Loser" from Ayreon's 2004 album The Human
Equation. (heart attack) b.
September 2nd 1963
2011: Sir Jimmy Savile (84) British
disc jockey, television presenter and charity fundraiser, raising over
£40,000,000; but is best known for his BBC television show Jim'll
Fix It, and for being the first and last presenter of the long-running
BBC chart show Top of the Pops. He was also well known for his support
of various charities and fundraising efforts, particularly Stoke Mandeville
Hospital. Born ii Leeds, he was a Bevin Boy, conscripted during World
War II to work as a coal miner at South Kirkby Colliery, West Yorkshire.
Having started playing records in dance halls in the early 1940s, he claimed
to be the first ever disc jockey and is acknowledged as one of the pioneers
of twin turntables for continuous play of music. Jimmy
later lived in Salford, and worked as manager of the Plaza Ballroom in
Oxford Road, Manchester, in the mid-fifties and he also managed the Mecca
Locarno ballroom in Leeds around the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mecca
also owned the >>> READ
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died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Roundhay, Leeds)
b. October 31st 1926.
2012: Joel Burrows (?) American
longtime musician and fixture of the Portland music scene. He performed
with many Portland bands and was a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing
drums for the Minders and guitar in the Thermals, among his contributions
for many other bands (In
2011, Joel was struck by a van as he crossed the street and suffered a
serious head injury. He spent months in the ICU and fought for his life.
He made substantial progress and was able to live in an assisted living
facility for people with brain injuries. Sadly he has passed away after
fighting bravely for his life for many months) b.
2012: Blake Mackey (?) American
artist, musician, and founder of Architect Records from Portland. He released
a number of albums over the years, ranging from acoustic singer/songwriterly
material to more electric psych, and ran the Architect Records label.
(death announced on this date)
2013: Sherman Halsey (56)
American music video and television director, producer
and artist manager, born in Independence, Kansas. While studying film
at the University of Kansas, he promoted concerts with artists from his
fathers management and concert promotion company, the Jim Halsey Company's
roster such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Freddy Fender, Hank Thompson, Don Williams
and many others. Sherman went on to produce and direct hundreds of television
shows and more than 70 music videos for country music's biggest stars,
including Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, BB King, Michael
Bolton and Dwight Yoakam (A cause
of death has not been released, but officials said foul play was not suspected.
his body was found at his home by an acquaintance who went to check on
him at the request of family members)
b. February 22nd 1957.
Rudolf Kehrer (90)
Georgian-born German classical pianist, born in
Tiflis, Georgia, to a family of piano-makers who had emigrated from Swabia,
started his recording career in 1961, which lasted over 40 years until
2001. He worked in many diverse locations, including Moscow, Kiev, Weimar,
Remagen, Eggenberg, Munich, Berlin, Jena, Szeged, Prague, Cologne, Meppen,
Busch, Montabaur, Tokyo, Alsfeld, Overath and Eisenach (?)
b. July 10th 1923.
1522: Jean Mouton (63)
French singer, composer, teacher; he was one of the most important
motet composers of the French Renaissance period, he was a court composer
for the king. Of his music, 9 Magnificat settings, 15 masses, 20 chansons,
and over 100 motets survive (?)
1945: Xian Xinghai (40) Chinese composer.
Although he composed in all the major musical forms which includes two
symphonies, a violin concerto, four large scale choral works, nearly 300
songs and an opera, he is best known for his Yellow River Cantata upon
which the Yellow River Concerto for piano and orchestra is based. During
the Sino-Japanese War, he wrote vocal works that encouraged the people
to fight the Japanese invaders, including Saving the Nation, Non-Resistance
the Only Fear, Song of Guerrillas, The Roads Are Opened by Us, The Vast
Siberia, Children of the Motherland, Go to the Homefront of the Enemy,
and On the Taihang Mountains, among others. In 1938 he became dean of
the Music Department at Lu Xun Institute of Arts in Yan'an. It is at this
time that he composed the famous Yellow River Cantata and the Production
Cantata. In 1940 Xian went to the Soviet Union to compose the score of
the documentary film Yan'an and the Eighth Route Army. In 1941 the German
invasion of the Soviet Union disrupted his work and he attempted to return
to China by way of Xinjiang but the local anti-communist warlord, Sheng
Shicai, blocked the way and he got stranded in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. It
was here that he composed the symphonies Liberation of the Nation and
Sacred War, and the suites Red All Over the River and Chinese Rhapsody
for winds and strings. Both the Xinghai Concert Hall and the Xinghai Conservatory
of Music in Guangzhou were named after him (he developed
pulmonary tuberculosis due to overwork and malnutrition. After the war,
he went back to Moscow for medical treatment but could not be cured and
died in a hospital nearby the Moscow Kremlin) b.
June 13th 1905.
1968: Malcolm Hale (27) American lead
guitarist, trombonist, vocals, and a founding member of the folk rock
group Spanky And Our Gang. Their debut self titled album, produced 3 hit
singles "Sunday Will Never Be The Same", "Making Every
Minute Count" and "Lazy Day". Their second album, Like
to Get to Know You, produced a further 2 hit singles "Sunday Mornin'"
and "Like To Get To Know You". They reseased a single "Give
a Damn" in the summer of 1968, in spite of being banned in several
states because of the profanity in its title, and in some cases due to
the fact that it was a comment on racial equality that became the theme
song for the New York Urban Coalition and would later become John Lindsay's
campaign song during his successful run for Mayor of New York (tragically
died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty space heater)
b. May 17th 1941.
1984: Wells Kelly (34) American drummer,
percussionist, and a founder member of the rock-pop band Orleans, formed
in Woodstock, New York in Feb 1972. They were best known for "Dance
with Me"-1975, "Still the One" from the album Waking and
Dreaming-1976, and "Love Takes Time"-1979. "Still the One"
played on the ABC television network as the theme song for their '77 promotional
campaign. Since then, it has been used for numerous commercials and movie
soundtracks. Prior to Orleans, from the late 60s, Wells had played in
several other bands including Thunderfrog, King Harvest, and Boffalongo.
In the early 80's he left Orleans and joined Steve Forberts' Flying Squirrels.
Wells moved to New York were he toured and sessioned with Meatloaf and
Clarence Clemmons among others. In 1983, he joined Meatloafs' Neverland
Express World Tour in 1983 ... read
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a heroin overdose at a party in London, England, while over there recording
with Meat Loaf) b. April 7th 1949
2000: Steve Allen (78) American composer,
pianist, comedian and writer born in New York City, but was raised on
the south side of Chicago by his mother's Irish Catholic family. Steve
went on to be instrumental in innovating the concept of the television
talk show and is called the father of TV talk shows. As well as his huge
and successful TV career, Steve was a creditable pianist, and a prolific
composer, having penned over 14,000 songs, one of which was recorded by
Perry Como and Margaret Whiting, others by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme,
Les Brown, and Gloria Lynne. Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for best
jazz composition, with his song The Gravy Waltz. He also wrote more than
50 books and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (sadly
he died of a cardiac arrest triggered by a minor traffic accident that
occurred earlier that day) b. December 26th
2002: Jam Master Jay / Jason William Mizell (37)
America rapper, the founder and DJ of Run-DMC, prior to this he played
drums and bass in earlier garage bands. He founded the 'Scratch DJ Academy'
in Manhattan for children interested in DJing. In 1989, he established
the label Jam Master Jay Records, which scored a strong success in 1993
with the band Onyx. He also connected Chuck D with Def Jam co-founder
Rick Rubin. (brutually murdered by an assassin's
single bullet at his recording studio in Queens, New York) b.
January 21st 1965.
2003: Steve O'Rourke (63) British
band manager born in Willesden, London, well known for being the manager
of the highly influential rock band Pink Floyd from after the departure
of Syd Barrett in 1968 until his death. He first managed Pink Floyd while
working at the Bryan Morrison Agency, then NEMS Enterprises. Later, he
founded his own company, EMKA Productions. Steve also built a highly successful
parallel career as an enthusiastic gentleman racing driver - a lifelong
passion which he shared with the Floyd's drummer Nick Mason (Steve
sadly suffered a stroke while in Miami, Florida, USA) b.
October 1st 1940.
2007: Linda S. Stein (62) American
rock music manager and real estate broker. Born in New York City, she
was the manager of the Ramones and also managed singer and songwriter
Steve Forbert. In the 90s Linda left band management to become a "real
estate agent to the stars" landing mega-million-dollar apartments
for the likes of Madonna, Sting, Angelina Jolie, Billy Joel, Christie
Brinkley, Bruce Willis, Jann Wenner, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg
and Elton John among others . (tragically Linda
brutally murdered in her apartment by former personal assistant Natavia
Lowery) b. April 24th 1945.
2007: Robert Gerard Goulet (73) Grammy
and Tony Award winning American entertainer, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
after his family moved to Edmonton he attended the famous voice schools
founded by Herbert G. Turner and Jean Letourneau, and later became a radio
announcer for radio station CKUA. Upon graduating from Victoria Composite
high school, he received a scholarship to The Royal Conservatory of Music
in Toronto. Robert rose to international stardom in 1960 as Lancelot in
Lerner and Loewe's hit Broadway musical Camelot. His long career as a
singer and actor encompassed theatre, radio, television and film (He
died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,
a lung desease, while awaiting a lung transplant) b.
November 26th 1933.
2008: Didier Sinclair (43) French
pioneer of french "FM", techno DJ, music producer and artistic
director of FG Dj Radio. He started out on France's youth-oriented NRJ
radio in 1982, and went on to score his first recording success with the
album "Groove2me" in 1999. The following year, his "Lovely
Flight" became an international hit, and Sinclair became a regular
behind the turntables in big techno clubs (died
after a long illness) b. 1966
2009: Norton Buffalo (58) American
singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in California; after playing
with such Bay Area groups as Clover, The Moonlighters, and Elvin Bishop,
he joined the "farewell" European tour of Commander Cody and
His Lost Planet Airmen in early 1976, and was recorded on the band's final
live album We've Got A Live One Here!. Later in 1976 he joined the Steve
Miller Band's 'Fly Like an Eagle national tour and played harmonica on
the band's hit follow-up album Book of Dreams. His association with the
Steve Miller Band lasted over 30 years. By the late 1970s Norton had formed
his own band, The Stampede, recording two albums: Lovin' in the Valley
of the Moon and Desert Horizon. In the late 70s and early 80s he was a
member of the Mickey Hart band, High Noon. He also worked in films, appearing
in 'The Rose', 'Heaven's Gate' and others. Throughout his career Norton
performed and recorded music often as a session musician, and had appeared
on 180 albums. He played harmonica on two tracks on The Doobie Brothers'
Grammy award winning 1978 album Minute By Minute. He was also nominated
for a Grammy in 1992 for "Best Country Instrumental Performance"
for the tune "Song For Jessica" from his 1991 Duet CD R&B
with Guitarist Roy Rogers (sadly died fighting lung
cancer) b. September 28th 1951.
2010: Sean Carasov (49) British-born
American music industry figure; after roading for the Clash, he was the
road-tour-personal manager, under Russell Simmons for the Beastie Boys
from their early club dates to the recording of Licensed to Ill, the Raising
Hell, Together Forever, and Licensed to Ill tours. After touring with
the Beastie Boys, he accepted a desk job with Rush Management. When the
Beastie Boys sued Def Jam-Rush to break from their contract, Sean followed
their lead and moved to CA to pursue new opportunities. He went on to
do A&R work for several record labels including Mammoth, Atlantic
and Jive. At Jive, he was responsible for signing A Tribe Called Quest
and compiling the soundtrack for "Menace II Society".
Sean was a frequent writer, published in a number of international magazines,
such as Bikini, Max, Blast, Asayan, Daytona
Boys' Grand Royal Magazine.
He was the music supervisor for the 1999 film "American Pimp"
and the 2001 film "Prison Song",
in which Q-Tip co-wrote, produced and starred. More recently, Sean worked
in the A&R business at Ted Field's label, ARTIST direct Records. (tragically
he commited suicide by gunshot) b. November
2011: George Rountree (61) American
bandleader, composer and musical leader of the Four Tops. Though not a
performing member of the famed vocal quartet, he was a lynchpin behind-the-scenes
associate and performed a host of roles including musical director, arranger,
composer, trumpeter and keyboardist. George, also known as Tree, was born
in Detroit, the home of Motown and worked with such greats as the Temptations,
Gladys Knight, Frankie Valli, Bill Withers and Martha Reeves. After serving
as The Four Tops musical director for over 30 years, he has lived and
performed in Las Vegas since 2000 (?) b.
2012: Robert Poulton (55) British
baritone with the Glyndebourne Opera; after studying at the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, he began his
professional career in the Glyndebourne chorus and performed central roles
both in its festival and tours. His recent projects included La Traviata
with Opera Holland Park and the Royal Opera House, Tosca with the Scottish
Opera, and Aida at the Royal Albert Hall. International appearances included
engagements with Netherlands Opera, Opera Zuid and Salzburger Landestheater
(tragically killed in a car crash in Sussex)
b. June 4th 1957
2013: Frank Wellington Wess (91) American
jazz saxophonist and flutist, born in Kansas City, Missouri; he began
as a classical musician, before switching to jazz when he moved to Washington,
D.C. and by 19 was working in the Big Bands. After serving in WW2 he joined
Billy Eckstine and from 1953-64 he was a member of Count Basie's band,
also, from 1959 to 1964 he won Down Beat's critic poll for flute. He was
a member of Clark Terry's big band from '67 into the '70s and played in
the New York Jazz Quartet as well as doing a variety of work for TV, as
well as recording with the likes of Zoot Sims, Arif Mardin, Woody Shaw,
Melvin Sparks, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones, Leon Spencer, Chico O'Farrill
to mention a few >>> READ
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Frank died from kidney failure) b. January 4th 1922.
2013: Pete Haycock (62) English
lead guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the Climax Blues Band.
born in Stafford where he attended St.John's Primary School, then King
Edward VI Boys Grammar School and played his first gig at a miners club
at the age of 12. In 1968 at 17, he founded the Climax Chicago Blues Band
along with Richard Jones on bass, guitarist-vocalist Derek Holt, keyboardist
Arthur Wood, George Newsome on drums and harmonica player- vocalist Colin
Cooper; they changed their name to the Climax Blues Band in 1970. The
band produced more than 15 successful albums in their heyday, before they
finally split in 1988. Pete launched a solo career and in 1990, he joined
up with former ELO's Bev Bevan, to form Electric Light Orchestra Part
II. The group toured and recorded in the early 1990s, releasing both a
live CD and video of their performance with the Moscow Symphony Orch.
Also 90s Pete began scoring music for films, he was asked by Hans Zimmer
to collaborate on several projects, including K2 and Drop Zone among others.
Pete formed several of his own bands, continued to record and perform
and had been a featured guest with the Siggi Schwarz' band, performing
on the same bill with ZZ Top and Johnny Winter in 2012. In 2013 he formed
of a super-group recording and scheduled for touring as Pete Haycock's
Climax Blues Band featuring Robin George, several tracks of new material
had been completed before Pete's death (sadly
died from a heart attack) b. March 4th 1951.
1989: Roger Scott (46) British radio
disc jockey born in London, best known for presenting an afternoon radio
show on London's Capital Radio from 1973 until 1988. As a merchant seaman,
he found his way to the US and joined the radio station WPTR in Albany,
New York in 1966 and learned the craft of disc jockey, working with Boom
Boom Brannigan and other legendary names. Eight months later he left WPTR
to become the evening presenter at the Montreal station 1470 CFOX. Roger
returned to the UK when Commercial radio was authorized and in 1973 he
joined the original on-air line-up of London's Capital Radio. In 1976
his regular Friday rush-hour oldies show "Cruising" acquired
a cult following, largely owing to his introduction of obscure rock-a-billy
records (sadly lost to cancer) b.
October 23rd 1943.
1995: Erika Morini (91) Austrian violinist
born in Vienna, she made her début in Berlin, in 1917, and her
American début at New York on January 26th 1921 was one of the
musical sensations of the year, since then she performed in the US often,
both in recital and with the foremost orchestras. She relocated to New
York in 1938, and began spelling her first name Erica. She made her first
visit to London in 1923. Erica retired in 1976 (died
in New York soon after the theft of her Stradivari violin)
b. January 5th 1904.
2000: Watanabe Kazuki (19) Japanese
guitarist born in Shibuya, Tokyo. After playing some roles in a few TV
programs and a film, in 1997 as lead guitarist, he went on to form and
lead the band Raphael which was one of the visual kei bands in Japan.
They released their debut album "Lilac" on April 7th 1998. This
was followed by the release of four further albums. He also had a side-project
called Yuri Juujidan all their tracks were instrumental, Watanabe died
before he could put his voice to them (tragically
died from a drug overdose) b. April 7th 1981.
2001: Bill LeSage (73) British pianist,
vibraphonist, part of the first wave of British bebop musicians to emerge
in the late 1940s. Born in London he joined "Geraldo's Navy"
and played on Cunard's transatlantic liner, the Queen Mary sailing to
New York, where he worked with Lennie Tristano. In 1950 he joined the
Johnny Dankworth Seven and his big band, staying with Johnny until 1961.
In 1969, he formed the Bebop Preservation Society quintet, From the 60's
on he also played with to mention some, the Chris Barber Band, Jack Parnell's
orchestra, the Charlie Watts Big Band, Johnny Scott and Barbara Thompson's
Jubiaba and his own group, as well as accompanying visiting US musicians
such as Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and Ben Webster, amongst others.
He remained a lifelong devotee throughout a long and distinguished career
(sadly lost to cancer)
b. January 20th 1927.
2003: Dr. Srinivasa Iyer (95) Indian
vocalist; one of the great Carnatic vocalists of the 20th century and
the youngest recipient of the Sangeetha Kalanidhi awarded by the Music
Academy in '47. He succeeded Harikesanallur Bhagavathar as Principal of
the Swathi Thirunal College of Music at Thiruvananthapuram, a post he
held for 23 years, until the age of 55. He also became the Chief Producer
of Carnatic music at All India Radio, Madras from 1957 to 1960. In later
life, he concentrated on concert performances and tutoring youngsters.
He gave public concerts even after the age of 90 (?)
b. July 25th 1908.
2005: John "Beatz" Holohan (31)
American drummer raised in Long Island NY, who gained his nickname from
80's rapper Big Daddy Kane. John worked as a band director for the Saint
John's University pep band and played in many bands, although he is best
known for his work in the alternative rock group Bayside from 2004 until
his untimely death. His only release with Bayside was their 2004 self
titled album. (after leaving their Boulder, Colorado
show, Bayside's tour van hit a patch of ice, skidded off the road, and
flipped over, John tragically died in the accident)
b. March 15th 1974.
2008: Sir John Pearse (69) British-born
guitarist and folk singer; he wrote and presented the first ever series
of televised guitar lessons for the BBC, "Hold Down a Chord".
Moving to the USA in '78, he designed products for the Martin Guitar Company
& co-founded Breezy Ridge Instruments, for the purpose of marketing
his line of guitar strings, guitar accessories, it became the vehicle
for his musical inventions and theories (passed
away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Germany)
2009: Chen Lin (39) Chinese pop singer;
she rose to stardom with her 1993 album entitled I Can Never Understand
Your Love, which reached the top of the Chinese album charts selling 1.5
million copies. Chen also had several hit singles including "I Choose
What I Want" and "Give up Your Love" (suicide
by jumping from the ninth floor of an apartment in Chaoyang District,
Beijing) b. January 31st 1970.
2011: Liz Anderson (81) American country
music singer-songwriter born in Roseau, Minnesota, then moved to Sacramento,
California in 1957. She was one of a wave of a new generation of female
vocalists in the genre during the 1960's to write and record her own songs
on a regular basis. She received two Grammy Award nominations in 1967,
for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for her Top 5 hit,
the self-penned "Mama Spank" and with Bobby Bare and Norma Jean
for "Best Country Vocal - Group" for another top 5 hit "The
Game of Triangles". Luz also wrote many of the early hits for her
daughter, Lynn Anderson, and several hits for other artists, notably Merle
Haggard, "All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers" and "I'm
a Lonesome Fugitive". Haggard later named his band "The Strangers"
after the hit and Liz won a BMI award for the song. She published over
260 songs during her career and earned five BMI awards. Many major country
artists of the 1960s recorded at least one of her songs on their albums,
including Charley Pride, Ernest Tubb, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, George
Jones, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Kitty Wells, Connie Smith and Bill
Anderson (sadly Liz passed away with heart complications
and lung disease) b. January 13th 1930.